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Ron Burke has enjoyed success with 2-year-old filly pacers, including the two most recent harness racing Dan Patch Award winners, Youaremycandygirl in 2017 and Warrawee Ubeaut in 2018, and on Monday (June 17) got another look at a group that will try to continue that good fortune. Burke sent out four winning 2-year-old filly pacers during Monday's qualifiers at Gaitway Farm, with Merga Hanover victorious in 1:54, Sweet Ace in 1:54.3, Wayside in 1:55.2, and Sweet Camille in 1:57. Merga Hanover and Sweet Ace, who both won qualifiers earlier this month, were the only winners timed in less than 1:55.1 over the course of the morning's 12 qualifiers for 2-year-olds. Merga Hanover, who won her first qualifier on June 3 in 1:56.4 at Gaitway, is by American Ideal out of Magic Starlight and was purchased for $150,000 at the Standardbred Horse Sale. She is owned by Thomas Dillon, Scott Dillon, Joe Sbrocco, and Bill Donovan. She was bred by Hanover Shoe Farms. Sweet Ace, who was a Gaitway winner in 2:03.3 on June 10, is by Sweet Lou out of One Ace Too Many. She was purchased for $20,000 at the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale and is owned by Burke Racing, Larry Karr, Jason Melillo, and J&T Silva-Purnel & Libby. She was bred by Crawford Farms. Wayside, who was making her qualifying debut, is by Somebeachsomewhere out of Al's Girl. She is a full sister to O'Brien Award winner Sandbetweenurtoes and was purchased for $100,000 at the Lexington Selected Sale. She is owned by Burke Racing, Brad Grant, J&T Silva-Purnel & Libby, and Weaver Bruscemi. She was bred by Steve Stewart and John Carver. Sweet Camille, who finished third in a qualifier on June 10, is by Sweet Lou out of stakes-winning millionaire Camille. She is owned by Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, M1 Stable, and Jack Piatt III. The ownership group also bred the filly. Sweet Camille                                                --Ken Weingartner photo "I thought Merga Hanover stamped herself as probably my best filly," Burke said. "Merga was great and Sweet Ace was great. But Wayside, that was her first time, and (second-place finisher) Primrose, it was her first time, so I was very happy with them. "The ones that have qualified twice unless they made mistakes, that's it for them. I'll start looking for overnights or we'll just prep them for the races off this. You see the improvement in them. We trained them in between this time, so they're going to be a little bit better. I was very happy." Burke's stable was responsible for 10 of the 12 winning 2-year-olds. Other second-time winners for Burke were pacing colts The Greek Freak and Cattlewash, both in 1:55.1, and trotting colt S Class in 1:57.1. Two horses that were second in their first qualifiers, trotting colt Cupid Hanover and pacing colt Mac's Big Boy, also earned victories Monday. The Greek Freak                                     --Ken Weingartner photo The Greek Freak, the nickname of NBA star Giannis Antetokounmpo, is a son of Captaintreacherous out of Thirty X and was purchased for $75,000 at the Lexington Selected Sale. He is owned by Burke Racing, Piatt Racing, J&T Silva-Purnel & Libby, and Weaver Bruscemi. He was bred by Steve Jones and Mark Mullen. Cattlewash, bred and owned by Bill Donovan, is by Somebeachsomewhere-Road Bet. S Class is by Muscle Hill out of Spellbound Hanover and a full brother to 2016 Trotter of the Year Marion Marauder. He is owned by Burke Racing Stable, Crawford Farms Racing, Purnel & Libby, and Weaver Bruscemi. He was bred by Bill Mulligan and purchased privately. Cupid Hanover, who won in 1:58.3, is by Father Patrick out of Cressida Hanover and a half-brother to 2006 Horse of the Year Glidemaster. He was purchased for $250,000 at the Standardbred Horse Sale and is owned by the Burke-led Elite Trotting. He was bred by Brittany Farms. Mac's Big Boy, who won in 1:55.3, is by Somebeachsomewhere out of Hall of Fame broodmare Michelle's Jackpot and is a half-brother to millionaires Michael's Power and Michelle's Power. He was purchased for $60,000 at the Standardbred Horse Sale and is owned by Burke Racing, J&T Silva-Purnel & Libby, Weaver Bruscemi, and Wingfield Five. He was bred by Jeff Snyder. Rounding out Burke's winners was trotting colt Vinny De Vie, who stopped the timer in 1:59.4. He is by Muscle Hill out of So You De Vie. He was purchased for $70,000 at the Standardbred Horse Sale and is owned by Elite Trotting. He was bred by Joie De Vie Farm. "Out of the colts, I was very happy with Cattlewash, The Greek Freak, Mac's Big Boy," Burke said. "I thought the one that was the biggest surprise was Caliber (who finished third in Mac's Big Boy's qualifier). He showed pace late into a big mile. He's a big, great looking colt out of Allstar Rating, who was a world-record holder. He maybe hadn't shown that until now. Maybe he's one of those horses that in a race is going to come alive. I'm excited about that. "I was very happy. I thought it was a very good day." The two winning 2-year-olds not from the Burke stable were trotting fillies Ramona Hill for trainer Tony Alagna and Love A Good Story for trainer Julie Miller. Ramona Hill                                                    --Ken Weingartner photo Ramona Hill, who won in 1:56.2 with a back half in :55, is by Muscle Hill out of Lock Down Lindy. She was purchased for $70,000 at the Lexington Selected Sale and is owned by Brad Grant, Crawford Farms Racing, Robert Leblanc, and In The Gym Partners. She was bred by Crawford Partners. Love A Good Story, who won in 1:57.2, is by Chapter Seven out of Celebrity Lovin. She was purchased for $90,000 at the Lexington Selected Sale and is owned by Pinske Stables and Kentuckiana Racing Stable. She was bred by Celebrity Farms.   Ken Weingartner Media Relations Manager U.S. Trotting Association www.ustrotting.com

Manalapan, NJ - The last time harness racing trainer Scott DiDomenico qualified 2-year-olds at Gaitway Farm, it seemed dark clouds followed him at every turn. Of the eight horses he sent into action that morning last June, one posted a win and only one other finished better than fifth. "It was kind of a beatdown day," DiDomeninco said. On Monday, there were dark clouds - literally, this time - all around but DiDomenico had a sunny disposition after watching three of his seven 2-year-olds post victories and another finish second. "It was a good day at the office," DiDomenico said. "It's been a little lean the last couple years qualifying here. To see these horses come through and go good is very fulfilling. It certainly wasn't a Black Monday today; it was a good Monday." A misty rain fell throughout the morning, with the temperature at 65 degrees to start the card. The track was rated "good." DiDomenico's winners were filly pacers Bolt Of Speed and So Rude as well as filly trotter Keystone Candace. Bolt Of Speed, by Bolt The Duer out of Winbak Speedi, won in 1:56.3. She was purchased for $30,000 at the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale and is owned by Triple D Stables and JFE Enterprise. She was bred by Winbak Farm. So Rude, by So Surreal out of I Am A Snob (a full sister to stakes winner Pedigree Snob) won in 1:58.2. She was purchased for $16,000 at the Goshen Yearling Sale and is owned by Triple D Stables and Michael Ferriero. She was bred by Steve Jones. Keystone Candace, by Andover Hall out of Caitir, won in 2:00.2. She was purchased for $25,000 at the Standardbred Horse Sale and is owned by Triple D Stables and R.B.H. Ventures. She was bred by the estate of George Hempt Trust. Keystone Candace "I was happy with everything," DiDomenico said. "I thought Keystone Candace was probably the best of the three. She's trained well all the way through and it's nice to see a fulfilling effort the first time out. But I'm happy with all of them. They all were professional and did a good job. I can't knock any of them. "Even some of the ones that got beat were OK. I'm not a trainer that has to win qualifiers. I like to see them passing horses and going forward at the wire. Seeing them do that and seeing them win is special." Ron Burke led the way with five winning 2-year-olds while Julie Miller joined DiDomenico with three. Donna Marshall had one victory. Burke won with filly trotter Sister Sledge in 2:01.2, colt trotter Patriarch Hanover in 2:00.1, colt pacer Stop Action in 1:58.4, filly pacer Dance Club in 1:57, and filly pacer Sweet Ace in 2:03.3. Sister Sledge, who won in 1:59.2 during last week's Gaitway qualifiers, is by Father Patrick out of Behindclosedoors. She was purchased for $35,000 at the Standardbred Horse Sale and is owned by Burke Racing, Jason Melillo, J&T Silva-Purnel & Libby, and Weaver Bruscemi. She was bred by Sergent Stables and Andray Farm. Patriarch Hanover is by Father Patrick out of 2012 Hambletonian Oaks winner Personal Style. He was purchased for $22,000 at the Standardbred Horse Sale and is owned by Burke Racing Stable, William Switala, James Martin, and Weaver Bruscemi. He was bred by Brittany Farms and Melvin Hartman. Patriarch Hanover Stop Action is by Somebeachsomewhere out of The Show Returns, a stakes-winning full sister to Dan Patch Award winner Put On A Show. He was purchased for $170,000 at the Lexington Selected Sale and is owned by Thomas Dillon and Scott Dillon. He was bred by Steve Stewart, Black Creek Farm, Michael Robinson, and South Mountain Stables. Dance Club is by A Rocknroll Dance out of Liscaramore. She is owned by Burke Racing, Knox Services Inc., David Wills, and Weaver Bruscemi. She was bred by Wills and Douglas Brechler. Sweet Ace is by Sweet Lou out of One Ace Too Many. She was purchased for $20,000 at the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale and is owned by Burke Racing, Larry Karr, Melillo, and J&T Silva-Purnel & Libby. She was bred by Crawford Farms. Miller's wins came with colt pacer Bombshell Hanover in 1:55.3, colt trotter Big Oil in 1:58.2, and gelding pacer Western Vacation in 1:57.3. Bombshell Hanover is by Somebeachsomewhere out of Blind Ambition and is a half-brother to stakes winners Big Top Hanover and Badiou Hanover. He was purchased for $60,000 at the Standardbred Horse Sale and is owned by Pinkse Stables, Andy Miller Stable Inc., and Curly Tall Curly Small. He was bred by Hanover Shoe Farms. Bombshell Hanover Big Oil is by Father Patrick out of former Miller Stable star Cee Bee Yes. He is owned by breeders Jason Allen and Doug Allen as well as Ronald Allen. Western Vacation is by Western Ideal out of Robin Cruiser. He is owned by breeder Pinske Stables. Marshall's victory came with filly trotter Miss McKee. The horse made a break last week but returned Monday following the removal of trotting hobbles and won in 1:57.4. Miss McKee is by Muscle Massive out of Dazzling Deb. She is owned by Marshall and William Duncan, who bred the filly with Glen Vetrano. For complete charts, click here. Ken Weingartner

Manalapan, NJ - S Class, a full brother to 2016 Trotter of the Year Marion Marauder, and So So De Vie, from the family of the sport's all-time richest pacer Foiled Again, were among the two dozen 2-year-olds sent out by harness racing trainer Ron Burke for qualifiers Monday morning (June 3) at Gaitway Farm. Gaitway hosted the first of this month's three Monday qualifiers, which essentially was Breakfast with the Burke Brigade as all but three of the 2-year-olds in action were from the Burke barn. S Class won his qualifier by one length over Ontopofthehill in 1:59.1. S Class, by Muscle Hill out of Spellbound Hanover, is owned by Burke Racing Stable, Crawford Farms Racing, Purnel & Libby, and Weaver Bruscemi. He was purchased privately. "He was very good today," Burke said about S Class. "Ontopofthehill (a $250,000 Lexington Selected Sale purchase by Muscle Hill-On The Bright Side) is a fast horse that's going to learn to be a very good horse. "This is a good group. All the trotters today are good horses, there's not a bad one in them. I've got a couple more, maybe two of the better ones, that aren't ready yet. But these are some of my better ones." Burke's other 2-year-old trotters Monday included filly winner Sister Sledge (1:59.2) and colt Cupid Hanover, a $250,000 Standardbred Horse Sale buy who finished second to 3-year-old Zeus PV in his qualifier. Sister Sledge, by Father Patrick-Behindclosedoors, was purchased for $35,000 at the Standardbred Horse Sale and is owned by Burke Racing, Jason Melillo, J&T Silva-Purnel & Libby, and Weaver Bruscemi. "Sister Sledge was really good," Burke said. "I was happy with all (four of mine) in there. Cupid Hanover is good. We're just trying to teach him to be patient and sit in a hole. If we let him roll, I think he'd be better." Sister Sledge                        --Ken Weingartner photo So So De Vie, a $15,000 Standardbred Horse Sale purchase by American Ideal out of Place Your Best (a half-sister to Foiled Again) finished second in his qualifier to Cattlewash, who stopped the clock in 1:58.3. Cattlewash, bred and owned by Bill Donovan, is by Somebeachsomewhere-Road Bet. "Cattlewash has been great training down the whole time," Burke said. "So So De Vie is the best one we've had in (Foiled Again's) family since him. I'm really happy with him." Colt pacer The Greek Freak won the day's fastest race for the 2-year-olds, in 1:56.1, despite a change in conditions that saw him face a strong headwind in the stretch. The Greek Freak, the nickname of NBA star Giannis Antetokounmpo, is a son of Captaintreacherous-Thirty X and was purchased for $75,000 at the Lexington Selected Sale. He is owned by Burke Racing, Piatt Racing, J&T Silva-Purnel & Libby, and Weaver Bruscemi. The Greek Freak                         --Ken Weingartner photo Burke-trained filly pacers Merga Hanover and Shouldabeenatd were Burke's remaining winners in the seven qualifiers for the 2-year-olds. Merga Hanover, by American Ideal-Magic Starlight, won in 1:56.4. Purchased for $150,000 at the Standardbred Horse Sale, she is owned by Thomas Dillon, Scott Dillon, Joe Sbrocco, and Donovan. Shouldabeenatd, by Sweet Lou-Breakheart Pass, won in 1:57.1 for breeder-owners Burke Racing and Weaver Bruscemi. Sailaja Deo finished second in the three-filly field. Merga Hanover         --Ken Weingartner photo "Merga is out of a mare I used to train, Magic Starlight, and she's been good the whole way. She was very good today," Burke said. "Sailaja Deo is a nice filly. She had to cut it into the wind. I think she might be a little better than Shouldabeenatd, but Shouldabeenatd is a nice filly too out of a good mare. I was happy with the way she paced home. Another typical good (Sweet) Lou filly." For Monday's complete charts from qualifiers at Gaitway, click here.   Ken Weingartner Media Relations Manager U.S. Trotting Association www.ustrotting.com

MANALAPAN, NJ - Management at Gaitway Farms and the SBOANJ would like to thank all the trainers, drivers, and grooms that participated in the last three weeks of qualifiers at Gaitway Farms. Also, a thank you to the sponsors of the food and refreshments during the races. Despite rainy weather the first two weeks, all three sessions were very successful. Food and refreshments were provided by Colts Neck Equine, Cunningham & Cunningham Equine Insurance, Deo Volente Farms, Dey Equine Veterinarians, Fair Winds Farm, Freehold Raceway, Goshen Yearling Sale, Heritage Hill Farm, Meadowlands Racetrack, Northwood Bloodstock, Preferred Equine, SBOA-NJ, Southwind Farms, Tattersalls, TrotPac, Walnridge Farm, and Wedgewood Pharmacy. Thanks again to all participants and sponsors we hope to see you again next year. by Courtney Stafford, for the SBOANJ 

Manalapan, NJ --- Trainer Scott DiDomenico got his first look at a new addition to his stable during Monday's (June 18) qualifiers for 2-year-olds at Gaitway Farm while trainer Ron Burke got his final look at a number of horses that will soon begin their racing careers. Both were pleased. DiDomenico's newcomer was 2-year-old female pacer So Awesome, who won her qualifier in 1:56.4 with Tim Tetrick in the sulky. So Awesome was purchased by Bill Hartt on June 13 following a qualifying win at Saratoga in 1:57.4 for former owner-trainer Tony Ciuffetelli. So Awesome is a daughter of So Surreal out of Teddy Ballgirl. "She looks like she's pretty good," DiDomenico said. "To this point it looks like she's got a shot to be special. We haven't done much with her, but everything she's done has been professional. So far so good. Hopefully I don't mess her up. It was a good first step." Burke had eight winners among the 11 races for the 2-year-olds. Three from the Burke Brigade picked up their second wins of the three-week qualifying sessions at Gaitway -- male pacers De Los Cielos Deo and Semi Tough as well as female pacer Warrawee Ubeaut. De Los Cielos Deo, a son of Captaintreacherous out of Lisjune, won in 1:52.3. Purchased for $140,000 at the Lexington Selected Sale, he is a half-brother to Dan Patch Award-winner I Luv The Nitelife and is owned by Burke Racing Stable, Larry Karr, J&T Silva-Purnel & Libby, and the Weaver Bruscemi partnership. Semi Tough, by Somebeachsomewhere out of Jan It Jackson, won by 12 lengths in 1:53.4. The colt, who was purchased for $115,000 at the Lexington Selected Sale, is owned by Burke Racing, Frank Baldachino, J&T Silva-Purnel & Libby, and Weaver Bruscemi. His family includes stakes-winner Sunshine Beach. Warrawee Ubeaut, a daughter of Sweet Lou out of Great Memories, paced her mile in 1:54.3. She was a $70,000 purchase at the Lexington Selected Sale and is owned by Burke Racing Stable, Phil Collura, J&T Silva-Purnel & Libby, and the Weaver Bruscemi partnership. She is a half-sister to O'Brien Award-winning millionaire Warrawee Needy. Burke's remaining winners among 2-year-olds were male pacer Warrawee Unique, female pacer Typhoon, male trotter Cheap Tricks, and female trotters Atonement and Fade Into You. Warrawee Unique, by Sweet Lou out of Queen Fourteen, won in 1:54. Purchased for $160,000 at the Lexington Selected Sale, she is owned by Burke Racing, Crawford Farms, J&T Silva-Purnel & Libby, and Weaver Bruscemi. His family includes 2010 Metro Pace winner Mystician and Ontario stars Camystic and Lucks Mistress. Typhoon, by A Rocknroll Dance out of Hallie Gallie, won in 1:57.2. She was purchased for $100,000 at the Lexington Selected Sale and is owned by Bill Donovan. Typhoon's second dam is Dan Patch Award-winner Galleria, who is the dam of stakes-winners Gallie Bythe Beach and Western Gallie. Cheap Tricks, by Trixton out of Maud Blue Chip, won in 1:58.1 for owners Burke Racing, Collura, J&T Silva-Purnel & Libby, and Weaver Bruscemi. She was purchased for $65,000 at the Standardbred Horse Sale. Fade Into You, by Cantab Hall out of Fortunes Of Fables, won in 1:56.4. She is owned by Burke Racing, Collura, J&T Silva-Purnel & Libby, and Weaver Bruscemi and was purchased for $65,000 at the Lexington Selected Sale. Her family includes stakes-winners Flawless Bluestone and Feed Your Head. Atonement, by Father Patrick out of Swan Hot Mama, won in 2:00. Bred by Diamond Creek Farm, she is owned by Diamond Creek Racing. She is a half-sister to stakes-winner Repentance. Her family also includes stakes-winner Swan For All and Swan In A Million. "For our better ones, this was it," Burke said about the qualifiers. "They might start in an overnight, but a lot of them will go to stakes right off this. "De Los Cielos Deo is probably as good a colt as we've had in a long time. I also thought Semi Tough was very impressive today and Fade Into You, (Warrawee) Ubeaut and (Warrawee) Unique were very good too. For Unique, that was good. His first start (a sixth-place finish) was disappointing; that was totally out of character. We've always thought he was just a step below De Los, and even here they were starting to think it was a tossup. We're thrilled." The day's remaining two winners among 2-year-olds came from the stable of trainer Julie Miller, who won with female trotter Ev's Girl and male trotter No Drama Please. Ev's Girl, by Crazed out of Lindys Lullaby, won in 1:58.4. She is owned by Andy Miller Stable, Harvey Eisman and Little E LLC and was purchased for $29,000 at the Standardbred Horse Sale. She also won a qualifier on June 4. No Drama Please, by Trixton out of Female Drama, won in 1:57.4. He is owned by Stroy Inc. and was purchased for $54,000 at the Standardbred Horse Sale. Trainer Tom Fanning, who like Burke, DiDomenico and Miller is based at Gaitway, sent out his entire group of four 2-year-olds for their debuts on Monday, with female pacer Trillions Hanover (Somebeachsomewhere-Tutu Hanover) losing by a nose to Typhoon and female pacer Unspoken Promise (Somebeachsomewhere-Pucker Up) losing by a neck to So Awesome after leading for nearly the entire mile with Andy Miller in the sulky. "They all went good," Fanning said. "We don't train them in (1):56 before these races, they all went about (2):01. They all paced good. Andy really liked Unspoken Promise. She opened up by like seven (lengths) and got lost on the lead. She was kind of waiting for someone to come up on her. "We'll probably go to (Harrah's Philadelphia) next week (to qualify) and then they'll go in a race depending on how they come out of it. There's not a lot of stress here, a little bit of a home-court advantage. It's just another day for them." Food and refreshments were provided during the three weeks of qualifying at Gaitway Farm by sponsors Colts Neck Equine, Cunningham & Cunningham Equine Insurance, Deo Volente Farms, Dey Equine Veterinarians, Fair Winds Farm, Freehold Raceway, Goshen Yearling Sale, Heritage Hill Farm, Meadowlands Racetrack, Northwood Bloodstock, Preferred Equine, SBOA-NJ, Southwind Farms, Tattersalls, TrotPac, Walnridge Farm, and Wedgewood Pharmacy. by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA 

Manalapan, NJ --- Yannick Gingras was impressed with 2-year-old female pacer Warrawee Ubeaut when he trained her earlier this year in Florida, and the filly continued to get high marks from Gingras following her first qualifier on Monday (June 11) at New Jersey's Gaitway Farm. Warrawee Ubeaut, a daughter of Sweet Lou out of Great Memories, paced her mile in 1:56 with a :26.3 final quarter-mile to win by eight lengths for trainer Ron Burke. She was a $70,000 purchase at the Lexington Selected Sale and is owned by Burke Racing Stable, Phil Collura, J&T Silva - Purnel & Libby, and the Weaver Bruscemi partnership. She is a half-sister to O'Brien Award-winning millionaire Warrawee Needy. "When I was in Florida I really liked her; she was one of my favorite fillies that Ronnie had," Gingras said. "She's a little fussy with her mouth, has little quirks about her, but today she came a quarter in :26 and change and was very strong. I was really happy with her." There were nine qualifiers for 2-year-olds Monday at Gaitway, where the Burke Brigade sent out 21 of the day's 45 rookies and won six of the races. The remaining three qualifiers for the 2-year-olds were won by Team Orange Crush, the wife-and-husband duo of trainer Julie Miller and driver Andy Miller. Gingras won four times with 2-year-olds, with female pacers She's Allright and Pace Baby Pace along with male pacer Semi Tough joining Warrawee Ubeaut. She's Allright, a daughter of Sweet Lou-Atsallrite Hanover, won in 1:54.3. She was bred by owners Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi, Michelle Yanek, and Collura. Her family includes Dan Patch Award-winner Allamerican Native and stakes-winner Apprentice Hanover. This was She's Allright's second qualifying effort; she went off stride last week. "I was a little careful with her, but she didn't offer to do anything wrong today," Gingras said. "There are little things to work on with her, I have to talk to Ronnie, but she had plenty of pace as well." Pace Baby Pace (Sweet Lou-Breakheart Pass) won in 1:56.3 and Semi Tough (Somebeachsomewhere-Jan It Jackson) won in 1:54.3 with a :26.2 final quarter. Pace Baby Pace is owned by breeders Burke Racing and Weaver Bruscemi. Semi Tough, who was purchased for $115,000 at the Lexington Selected Sale, is owned by Burke Racing, Frank Baldachino, J&T Silva - Purnel & Libby, and Weaver Bruscemi. His family includes stakes-winner Sunshine Beach. "A bunch of the pacers went very well," Gingras said. "A lot of them went (1):54, (1):55, (1):56, so a lot of them have speed. You want to see how they do it and if they have manners. You need a quick turn of speed, but have to be able to turn it on and off and turn it on again. "A lot of horses have one quarter in them, but if you want a top horse you need two quarters at different times in the race, not just back-to-back quarters. They've got to come back to you when you ask them. That's kind of what you're looking for now." Burke's remaining winners were male pacer Bicorne Hanover (Art Major-Boldnbrash Hanover) in 1:55.3 with driver Joe Bongiorno and male trotter Goes Down Smooth (Muscle Hill-Peach Martini) in 1:57 with Andy McCarthy. Bicorne Hanover was a $47,000 purchase at the Standardbred Horse Sale and is owned by Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi, James Martin, and William Switala. His family includes Dan Patch and O'Brien awards winner Big Jim. Goes Down Smooth was purchased for $82,000 at the Standardbred Horse Sale and is owned by Burke Racing, Switala, Martin, and Weaver Bruscemi. Winners for the Millers were 2-year-old female trotters Reilly K in 2:00.1 and Paint The Corners in 2:00 along with male trotter Klutzy in 1:57.2. Reilly K (Donato Hanover-Athena Miss) was purchased for $50,000 at the Lexington Selected Sale and is owned by Andy Miller Stable, Nick Surick Stable, and Daniel Plouffe. She is a full-sister to stakes-winner Make Or Miss. Paint The Corners (Andover Hall-Nuvola) is owned by breeder Al Libfeld. Klutzy (Cantab Hall-Upside Hanover) was purchased for $55,000 at the Lexington Selected Sale and is owned by Stroy Inc. Trainer Trond Smedshammer had two second-place finishers among the 2-year-olds, sending out four starters in three races. Matterlei (Explosive Matter-Hawaiian Lei) finished second to Reilly K and Skyway Kon Man (Conway Hall-Keystone Sadie) finished second to Goes Down Smooth. "They were OK," Smedshammer said. "There were no real surprises. That's all you ask for, that they behave and finish with a little trot." Smedshammer has 18 total 2-year-olds this season. "I don't see any stars in there, but they're training down pretty solid," he said. "But you don't really know until you start racing." by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA   

Manalapan, NJ --- Julie Miller could smile after watching a group of her 2-year-old pacers and trotters qualify for the first time Monday (June 4) at Gaitway Farm. "I think we had one hiccup and everything else went OK," said Miller, who sent out 14 horses in the day's 11 races for 2-year-olds. "You can't complain. I wanted them to be behind the gate, be handy, do what you ask them to do; all of them were really nice in that respect. That made us happy. "When they all have a good experience you're just really happy with the day." Two-year-olds from the stable of trainer Ron Burke dominated the entries, with 33. All totaled, Miller and Burke sent out 47 of the 55 rookies that competed during the day. Action was delayed from starting for more than an hour because of heavy rain that fell overnight and into the early morning. "Luckily, Gaitway got the track ready to go and we got it accomplished today," Miller said. Miller's winners were female trotters French Cafe (Father Patrick-Creamy Mimi) in 1:58.4, Ev's Girl (Crazed-Lindys Lullaby) in 1:58.4, and Special Honor (Father Patrick-Honor Thy Daughter) in 1:58.3 along with male trotters Soul Strong (Father Patrick-Sheer Soul) in 1:57.4 and Prospect Hill (Muscle Hill-Louise Kemp) in 1:58.3. French Cafe, a half-sister to stakes-winner French Laundry, is owned by breeders Marvin Katz and Al Libfeld. Ev's Girl, the first foal out of Lindys Lullaby, is owned by Andy Miller Stable, Harvey Eisman and Little E LLC. Special Honor, whose second dam is Dan Patch Award-winner Honorable Daughter, is owned by breeders Brittany Farms, Katz and Libfeld. Soul Strong, a half-brother to stakes-winner Designed To Be, is owned by Stable Why Not while Prospect Hill, the first foal out of Louise Kemp, is owned by Stroy Inc. Burke's winners were male pacers De Los Cielos Deo (Captaintreacherous-Lisjune) in 1:56.4 and World On Edge (Roll With Joe-Inanotherworld) in 1:55 along with female pacer Sylph Hanover (Somebeachsomewhere-She's A Fan) in 1:57. De Los Cielos Deo, a half-brother to Dan Patch Award-winner I Luv The Nitelife, is owned by Burke Racing Stable, Larry Karr, J&T Silva-Purnel & Libby, and the Weaver Bruscemi partnership. World On Edge, whose family includes two-time Dan Patch Award-winner Worldly Beauty, is owned by Burke Racing, Joseph DiScala Jr., J&T Silva-Purnel & Libby, and Adriano Sorella. Sylph Hanover, a half-sister to stakes-winner Shakai Hanover, is owned by Burke Racing, William Switala, James Martin, and Joseph Critelli. In addition, Burke's female pacer Sweet Chrome (Sweet Lou-Camille) finished second by a nose in 1:55.1 to 3-year-old female pacer Ideal Life. Two of the qualifiers for the 2-year-olds included one 3-year-old; the other was won by 3-year-old female pacer I Will Do It, with Shawn Vallee's 2-year-old Devious Delight (Bettor's Delight-In A Whisper) second in 1:59. "Overall, I wasn't happy with mine as a group," Burke said. "There were a couple highlights, but overall I would say they were just average at best. I don't know if the track was off, or it was just the first time out. De Los Cielos Deo, Sylph Hanover, World On Edge; they looked good and finished alertly. I'm looking for horses that don't look tired at the wire. We'll see." The remaining qualifier for the 2-year-olds was won by Joe Holloway-trained male pacer Union Station (Somebeachsomewhere-Hit The Curb) in 1:57.3. The colt, whose family includes New Jersey Sire Stakes champion Lookinforadventure, is owned by Val D'Or Farms, Rojan Stables, and Ted Gewertz. "He went fine," Holloway said. "I didn't think we were going to get to go today. At 5 o'clock this morning it was still raining. The track crew did a good job. "I was happy. He's been training down good. I took four to the Meadowlands on Saturday, and don't have enough help to take more, so we had a couple here. It's good that we can do it here, but I like shipping them and giving them the whole experience, being in the paddock and everything; it's just like training them here. But it's good for them. Hopefully we'll go on from here." Complete charts for all the qualifying races can be found at this link. by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA   

MANALAPAN, NJ -- May 31, 2018 -- Gaitway Farm will once again host Baby Races and Qualifiers in the month of June for New Jersey horsemen.   The races will be held on June 4th, June 11th, and June 18th. Enter by the previous Saturdays (June 2, 9, and 16) by using the USTA online entry service or calling Gaitway Farms at 732.446.7100 between 8-9 a.m.   The draw will be available Saturday afternoon. There will be a $100 entry fee per horse. If you have any questions please call Karen Fagliarone at 732.239.0281. TRAINING SESSIONS CONTINUE AT MEADOWLANDS  EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ -- May 31, 2018 -- This morning (May 31) the Meadowlands hosted the training session for 56 participating young horses.   With the success of the last few weeks the Meadowlands and the SBOANJ are happy to announce the extension of the sessions for another week. Thursday, June 7, 2018 will be the last day of mile training at the Meadowlands by Courtney Stafford, for the SBOANJ  

Trenton, NJ --- The sound of a 2006 Chevy Malibu can be heard roaring along the drive and, suddenly, a bevy of cats emerge from seemingly everywhere to greet the driver. It’s meal time for the felines at harness racing's training center Gaitway Farm in New Jersey. The vehicle’s passengers are Marion Sumpf and Liz Horvath, both known for their work as caretakers, who have been guardian angels for feral cats at the farm for the past eight years, as well as the now defunct Showplace Farms. Marion has retired recently and Liz is on disability. The two are currently feeding 28 cats that have either been dumped off or just appeared at the farm. Rather than take them to a shelter, where they would perish if not adopted, they look out for them. Since ferals do not get along with humans, most of the cats hide in the trees and brush at the end of the back barn. But they wait for the humming of that specific engine.   USTA/Ken Weingartner photo Marion Sumpf and Liz Horvath have been guardian angels for feral cats at Gaitway Farm for the past eight years. “It’s amazing, they know the sound of my car and they all come running like a herd of elephants,” Sumpf said. “It’s pretty cool. “They learn to know who feeds them. It’s not me that they like. There’s a few I can pick up and pet, but the majority are pretty scared. They’ll come when the food is down but as soon as you try to pet them or something, they’re gone. They come right back when I back off. They’re associated with the sound of this car. ‘Oh, here comes the food person, it’s time to eat, let’s rock.’ They come from every corner.” But as much as they like the food, most don’t care to show thanks. “You’re not going to grab them and play with them,” said Sumpf, who worked as a groom at Ron Burke’s stable before retiring. “We may have a few like that, but the majority you can’t pet them and carry on or you’re liable to have cut marks.” Sumpf and Horvath don’t do it to be loved. They do it because they feel it’s the right thing to keep these animals alive and healthy. Part of that is to make sure they don’t multiply and, over the years, have paid out of their own pockets to have them neutered and spayed. Fortunately, they have had help. A few years ago Gaitway paid to have a dozen fixed. Trainers and grooms at the farm have supplied food; remnants of grocery store rotisserie chickens are a favorite with the feline set. Several grooms and trainers on the farm have donated money; Dr. Patty Hogan ran a youth clinic at her clinic and in lieu of tuition, each attendee was asked to bring cat food that was donated to the cause; and an equine veterinarian who requests anonymity helps out by neutering male cats free of charge. But with so many animals, ranging from kittens on up, a big financial burden still falls on Sumpf and Horvath, who refuse to let the cats suffer or perish. “We’ve been doing it just because somebody needs to do it,” Sumpf said. “There’s always the people that say, ‘Phooey on them, just drown them or whatever.’ That’s just normal, sadly. But they don’t go a day without getting fed. They get canned food and dry cat food every day.” While at Showplace, the farm manager kept tabs on the cats and would let the women know whenever a new one came along. At Gaitway it has been more of a team effort, which it needed, as the farm was over-run with cats when Sumpf and Horvath arrived. They managed to track them and get them fixed to put a hold on reproduction; but cats still show up out of nowhere. “A lot of the grooms and some of the trainers will let us know if there’s a cat we don’t recognize that has appeared,” said Sumpf, who has four of the cats from Showplace living with her. While traps are their preferred method of capture, both Horvath and Sumpf have had to resort to netting cats that refuse to come out of barn rafters. “We’ll round them up and get them fixed,” she says. “Sometimes they’ll help us pay for it. What happens is, if you don’t get a handle on it, you can have one female have four or five litters a year. If you multiply that and they have five kittens, that’s a lot of cats. “A lot of it has been our money. Gaitway did help us fix a bunch, and different clinics have helped us. But we still have to take them to people, pay the gas and tolls, pay for the food.” One would think Sumpf would wish to find homes for all the cats to defer her costs; and she has indeed given some away to folks who want them for their farms. But Marion would rather a person’s first choice be to adopt from a shelter, which euthanizes animals if they do not find homes for them after a certain amount of time. “We ourselves will not take any to be euthanized,” Sumpf said. “There are so many in shelters that are so inexpensive, I would almost rather them go there if they want to adopt one. It’s not that I’m against them adopting from us, but I feel so bad when I look online how many get killed at shelters every year. It drives me nuts.” Sumpf noted there are several groups in the Millstone, N.J. area -- where she lives -- that do this sort of thing. “We’re not trying to make an occupation out of this,” she said. “There are just so many of them, it’s just sad. People should just do the right thing; they’d really put a kink in it. At least try to keep them from having more, that’s the whole thing. “I just think it’s a necessity. If we don’t do it, who’s going to? We’ll keep doing it for as long as we’re around here.” Anyone wishing to donate funding for spaying and neutering as needed, cat food or gift cards to Tractor Supply, Petco, or any store selling cat food, to this worthy cause can do so by emailing Sumpf and Horvath at amahmama@aol.com. by Rich Fisher, USTA Web Newsroom Senior Correspondent

Manalapan, NJ --- Dave Van Wart walked away from Gaitway Farm wearing a broad smile this morning, but that's not unusual. Van Wart, who grew up near the training facility and still lives in the area, has owned harness racing horses for the past six years and spends as much time as possible watching them prep for the races at trainer Tom Fanning's stable. "This is my stress relief," he said with a grin. "It's really enjoyable for me." But his smile was a little extra special Monday after watching his 2-year-old female pacer Zuluwarriorhanover win one of the morning's 10 qualifiers for freshmen at Gaitway. Zuluwarriorhanover, driven by Andy Miller, beat Step Beyond by a nose in 1:56.1 in her first qualifying try of the season despite a gusty headwind. "I thought she raced fantastic," said Van Wart, who owns a nursery and landscape business. "She was very good, very strong. Tom does an excellent job. I was excited to watch her. Anytime you buy a yearling it's nice to see them do that. We've staked her to a few nice races. I really enjoy the horses." Van Wart wasn't alone in having reason to smile. Trainer Ron Burke sent out six winning 2-year-olds, including colt pacer JK Wildfire, who won in 1:55.3 with driver Yannick Gingras to set the day's best time by a pacer. Trainer Julie Miller won two qualifiers, both with colt trotters, including day's best Met's Hall in 1:57. Trond Smedshammer, who won with filly trotter Chaperess, rounded out the list of trainers with wins. Zuluwarriorhanover is a daughter of Somebeachsomewhere out of the mare Zellweger Bluechip. She was purchased for $52,000 at the Standardbred Horse Sale and is a full sister to stakes winner Zane Hanover. The family also includes millionaire Fashion Delight as well as 2016 Empire Breeders Classic 3-year-old filly champion No Clouds Bluechip. "Dave had her on a very short list of horses he liked," Fanning said. "It worked out well because we both liked her. She was a little small, but I loved her pedigree." Burke's JK Wildfire (Somebeachsomewhere-Bittorsweet Terror) won in 1:55.3 after finishing second in his first qualifier on June 5. He was purchased for $175,000 at the Standardbred Horse Sale and is owned by 3 Brothers Stables. He is a half-brother to stakes winner Chip Walther and his second dam, stakes-winner Swifty But Nifty, is the mother of millionaire Cam Swifty and multiple-stakes-winner Lonesome Day. Other winners for Burke were filly pacers Youaremycandygirl, Let's Fall In Love and Belle's Delight, colt pacer Go West Go Fast, and filly trotter D'Bomb. Bill Donovan owns Youaremycandygirl, Let's Fall In Love, Belle's Delight, and D'Bomb. Youaremycandygirl, driven by Gingras, won her second qualifier of the month, this in 1:55.4 after going 1:58.4 on June 5. Youaremycandygirl (American Ideal-Sweet Lady Jane) was purchased for $150,000 at the Standardbred Horse Sale. The filly's second dam is Sweet Future, who is the mother of Pacer of the Year Sweet Lou (a former Burke Stable star) and multiple-stakes-winner Bettor Sweet. Let's Fall In Love (Rock N Roll Heaven-Time N Again) and Gingras won in 1:56.3. She was purchased for $150,000 at the Lexington Selected Sale and is a full sister to New York Sire Stakes champion Band Of Angels and a half-sister to millionaire Romantic Moment. Go West Go Fast (Western Ideal-Female Champs) and driver Joe Bongiorno won in 1:56.4. He was purchased for $32,000 at the Standardbred Horse Sale and is owned by Burke Racing Stable, Frank Baldachino, Silva Purnel & Libby, and Weaver Bruscemi. He is a full brother to stakes winner Ideal Champ. Belle's Delight (Bettor's Delight-Sanabellevalentine) won in 1:58.3 with driver Matt Kakaley. She was purchased for $50,000 at the Lexington Selected Sale and her second dam is millionaire Sanabelle Island. D'Bomb (Explosive Matter-Machita) and Gingras won in 1:59.1. She was purchased for $65,000 at the Lexington Selected Sale and is a half-sister to stakes winner Blue Porsche. "It was another good day," Burke said. "It's tough to get a read because of the headwind today. It's hard for babies to come off a turn and face a 20-mph wind and just keep hammering through it. Any that hung in are good horses. I think it was a little easier to sit and try to slingshot past late. But whatever they're getting home is legit. It's not wind-aided, it's wind-impaired. "Now it's race time." Met's Hall (Cantab Hall-Met's Inn) won in his first qualifier of the year. He was purchased for $132,000 at the Standardbred Horse Sale and is owned by Stroy Inc. and the Andy Miller Racing Stable. His family includes 2009 Horse of the Year Muscle Hill. Can't Afford It also won in his first qualifier, stopping the timer in 1:59. The son of Cantab Hall-Nothing But Moni was purchased for $120,000 at the Lexington Selected Sale and is owned by Stable Why Not. His second dam is two-time Horse of the Year Moni Maker and his family includes newly-minted Goodtimes Stakes champion International Moni. Both horses were driven by Andy Miller. "Met's Hall has been a nice horse training down the whole time, a model of consistency," Julie Miller said. "We have high hopes for him and so far so good. I've liked him since the word go. He's got an aura about him. He's built well and he's got a good head on him. He's got that 'it' factor. "Can't Afford It trained down in the Netherlands, so he came to us a little late. He's not staked until later in the year and we're really taking our time with him. Andy said he was super today. He's a really nice colt." Chaperess (Chapter Seven-Wedding Dress) won in 1:59.1 for driver David Miller and owner Purple Haze Stable. The filly trotter was purchased for $55,000 at the Standardbred Horse Sale. "It was her first time behind the gate and she was very good, very professional," Smedshammer said. "She was training good all winter, but she got set back three weeks because we found out she had a chip in a hind ankle and we had to operate in March. That's why she is a little bit behind the other ones. But I like her." For the complete charts from Monday's qualifiers, click here. Ken Weingartner

Manalapan, NJ --- Harness racing trainer Jeff Smith liked 2-year-old female pacer Presto Blue Chip as she trained down during the winter and the filly's first trip around the track in race conditions had Smith smiling as well. Presto Blue Chip, a full sister to stakes-winner Missile J purchased for $150,000 at the Standardbred Horse Sale, won her first qualifying try of the season in 1:55.4 Monday morning at Gaitway Farm. Brett Miller drove Presto Blue Chip for Smith and owners Howard Ouriel and Michael Ouriel. "I was very impressed," Smith said. "She showed the class I think she's got. She trained down like that; I think she's a real horse. You never know yet. But nothing bothers her. Everything that she's done has been professional. She's well-bred and very smart." Presto Blue Chip is a daughter of stallion American Ideal out of the mare Cantor's Daughter, who was a Kentucky Sire Stakes champion. In addition to Missile J, Presto Blue Chip is a full sister to stakes-winner Brownsville Bomber and her second dam, stakes-winner Swifty But Nifty, is the mother of millionaire Cam Swifty and multiple-stakes-winner Lonesome Day. "The owners are enthusiasts," Smith said. "They love the game. It would be nice to have a nice horse for them." Gaitway hosted 10 qualifiers for 2-year-olds Monday. Gaitway-based trainer Ron Burke won five of the events, including the fastest trot with colt Quality Kemp (1:56) and pace with colt Dorsoduro Hanover (1:55.1) on a steamy morning that saw temperatures near 85 degrees at the 10 a.m. start of the card. "I was very happy," said Burke, who sent out 19 freshmen at the qualifiers. "I thought a couple of them separated themselves from the others. But overall, I was thrilled with the whole group." Dorsoduro Hanover (Somebeachsomewhere-Deer Valley Miss) finished second in a qualifier last week, when he was timed in 1:55.2. He is a half-brother to stakes-winners Doo Wop Hanover and Knock Three Times. He was purchased for $100,000 at the Standardbred Horse Sale and is owned by Burke Racing Stable, Silva Purnel & Libby, Weaver Bruscemi, and Wingfield Five. Quality Kemp (Muscle Hill-Impressive Kemp) also was out for his second qualifying effort. He finished fourth last week at Gaitway, timed in 2:00.2. He was purchased for $175,000 at the Lexington Selected Sale and is owned by Burke Racing, Silva Purnel & Libby, Weaver Bruscemi, and Michelle Yanek. The colt's dam, Impressive Kemp, was a multiple-stakes-winner (including a Breeders Crown) out of Emilie Cas El, a Horse of the Year Award winner in Canada and the mother of Hambletonian champion Trixton as well as world champion Highscore Kemp. The family also includes trotting stars Andover Hall, Angus Hall and Conway Hall. Other 2-year-old winners for Burke were colt pacer Tixnstones, colt trotter U Need Stones, and filly pacer Sansovina Hanover. U Need Stones (Wishing Stone-Sequin Hanover) won last week in 1:59 and triumphed today in 1:59.2. He is owned by Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi, Larry Karr, and Phil Collura, who all bred the colt. Tixnstones (Betterthancheddar-Ticket To Rock) won his qualifier in 1:56.4 for owners Burke Racing, Silva Purnel & Libby, Phil Collura, and Weaver Bruscemi. Out of a dam who earned $1.11 million on the racetrack, Tixnstones was a $37,000 purchase at the Lexington Selected Sale. Sansovina Hanover (Somebeachsomewhere-Shacked Up) was making her second start in a qualifier and won in 2:00 after finishing second, timed in 1:58.1, last week. Sansovina Hanover paced her final quarter in :26.4 on Monday following a half in 1:03. She paced out an additional quarter mile in :27, Burke said. "Yannick knew that wasn't enough work for her," Burke said, referring to driver Yannick Gingras, who also won with U Need Stones. "That's what I like to see. When they've got another quarter in :27 left in them at the end of the mile, you know they're a decent horse." Sansovina Hanover, out of a $1.39-million-earning mare, was purchased for $70,000 at the Standardbred Horse Sale. She is owned by Burke Racing, Silva Purnel & Libby, Yanek, and Weaver Bruscemi. Matt Kakaley drove Quality Kemp, Dorsoduro Hanover, and Tixnstones for Burke. Trainer Julie Miller won two qualifiers with 2-year-olds, both with Andy Miller in the sulky. Endless Flirt, a filly trotter, won in 1:59.1 and Ideal Deal, a colt pacer, won in 1:58.4. Endless Flirt (Andover Hall-Flirtin Victory) is a half-sister to Breeders Crown champions Flirtin Miss and Pick Me Up as well as three-quarter sister to stakes-winner Flirtin Man. She is owned by breeder Al Libfeld. Ideal Deal (American Ideal-Flirtwithedealer) won in 1:58.4. He was purchased for $31,000 at the Standardbred Horse Sale and is owned by Nick Surick Stable, Andy Miller Stable, and Harvey Eisman. Filly pacer Lady Day (Always A Virgin-Island Blush) won in 1:59.3 for trainer Joe Holloway and driver Andy Miller. She was third last week, timed in 1:59.2. Purchased for $40,000 at the Standardbred Horse Sale, her family includes two-time Dan Patch Award winner My Little Dragon. She is owned by Val D'Or Farms, Rojan Stables, and Ted Gewertz. Bob Key homebred filly trotter Baby Wants (Conway Hall-Baby American) won in 1:59.4 for trainer Andrew Harris, also with Miller in the bike. The final Monday of qualifiers at Gaitway is June 19. Ken Weingartner Media Relations Manager  

Manalapan, NJ --- After getting his feet wet with a third-place finish in his first-ever drive in a qualifier, Tyler "T.J." Miller made his next trip around the harness racing track at Gaitway Farms a winning one. Miller, the 19-year-old son of trainer Julie Miller and driver Andy Miller, guided Nick Surick's 8-year-old pacer Twincreeks Jack to victory by a nose over New Zealand-bred Super Imposed in 1:53 during Monday's qualifiers at Gaitway. Super Imposed was driven by Andy Miller. "I knew it was close, but I thought I sneaked it out from him," said Tyler Miller, who wore his father's familiar orange, white, and black driving colors. "It was exciting when we passed three-quarters and were coming down the stretch. It was a good way to end the day." Earlier in the day Miller drove 2-year-old trotter Im Your Captain to a third-place finish. The colt was timed in 2:00. "I trained him over the winter when I was off from school and I've been training him down since I got back from school," said Miller, who recently completed his freshman year at Rider University. "I've been going with him a lot and kind of knew the horse." Miller admitted to having butterflies before getting on the track for the first time. "I was pretty nervous beforehand, but once I got behind the gate it was like normal," Miller said. "(My dad) told me it was just like another training mile. It was fun. It was a nice experience." Dad was happy with his son's debut. "He did good," Andy Miller said. "I told him to relax out there and he did. He was nice and quiet and the horse behaved good. He did a good job." Tyler Miller is uncertain of his future on the racetrack, at least when it comes to being a fulltime driver. His first priority is getting his degree at Rider, where he is majoring in business. "I'll finish school first and see where it takes me," Miller said. "I'll just have to see how it goes." Ken Weingartner

Manalapan, NJ --- Ron Burke and Julie Miller sent out the majority of Monday's 2-year-old trotters and pacers at Gaitway Farms' first qualifiers of the month and both trainers were happy with what they saw from their young horses as they prepare for the harness racing season ahead. Burke, who had 23 horses go behind the gate, had five winners on the day while Miller, who sent out 14 2-year-olds, had four victories from that group. Andy Miller drove all of the winners for Team Miller, including the day's fastest 2-year-old pacer, colt Hayden Hanover with a 1:54.4 clocking, and fastest 2-year-old trotter, filly Strawberry Hanover, with a time of 1:57.4. "Everyone minded their manners and had go," Julie Miller said. "You don't want any mishaps and for the horses to have good experiences. This is the first chance to see if they've learned everything we've tried to teach them through the course of the winter and we liked what we saw from them. Andy was really pleased with how everybody qualified." Hayden Hanover is a son of 2008 Horse of the Year Somebeachsomewhere out of the millionaire mare Hana Hanover. He was purchased for $85,000 at the Standardbred Horse Sale and is owned by Pinske Stables and Jim Simpson. Strawberry Hanover is a daughter of 2007 Horse of the Year Donato Hanover out of the mare Star Hanover. Her family includes stakes-winners Superstar Hanover and Celebrity Katie as well as Nova Award-winning Spellbound Hanover, who is the dam of Trotting Triple Crown winner Marion Marauder. Strawberry Hanover was purchased for $95,000 at the Standardbred Horse Sale and is owned by Marvin Katz and Al Libfeld. Also winning for Team Miller were colt pacer Born To Be Bad and filly trotter Seviyorum. Born To Be Bad (Big Bad John-Cruzin Angel) won in 1:56 for owners Marie Trombetta and George Green, who co-bred the colt with Rhonda Heady. Seviyorum (Donato Hanover-Armbro Domino) won in 1:59.1 for breeder/owner Stroy Inc. Burke won with pacing colt Aleppo Hanover and pacing fillies Strong Opinion, Youaremycandygirl, and Let's Fall In Love. He also had a victory with trotting colt U Need Stones. "Everybody was good," Burke said. "I think it's the first time I've ever had none of them make a break; I didn't have one out of 23 make a break. "A couple of them were better than others, but some of the ones that raced from the back were better than they even looked. Really, I can't separate them. I'm happy with them all. The guys did a good job. They let them trot or pace within themselves. I do think it's a good bunch overall, but I don't know who is better than who yet." Aleppo Hanover (Somebeachsomewhere-Anderosa Hanover), who won in 1:56.4, is a half-brother to stakes-winner Autotune Hanover and his family includes stakes-winners Aracache Hanover and Lyons Snyder. Aleppo Hanover was purchased for $30,000 at the Standardbred Horse Sale and is owned by Burke Racing, Silva Purnel & Libby, Larry Karr, and the partnership of Mark Weaver and Mike Bruscemi. Strong Opinion (Well Said-Rough Sketch) won in 1:58.1 for Burke Racing, Jack Piatt II, Silva Purnel & Libby, and Weaver Bruscemi. She was purchased for $50,000 at the Standardbred Horse Sale and is a half-sister to stakes-winner Ideal Nuggets. Youaremycandygirl (American Ideal-Sweet Lady Jane) won in 1:58.4. Purchased for $150,000 at the Standardbred Horse Sale and owned by Bill Donovan, the filly's second dam is Sweet Future --- the mother of Pacer of the Year Sweet Lou and multiple-stakes-winner Bettor Sweet. Let's Fall In Love (Rock N Roll Heaven-Time N Again) also is owned by Donovan and won in 1:59.1. She was purchased for $150,000 at the Lexington Selected Sale and is a full sister to New York Sire Stakes champion Band Of Angels and a half-sister to millionaire Romantic Moment. U Need Stones (Wishing Stone-Sequin Hanover) won in 1:59 and is owned by Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi, Karr, and Phil Collura, who all bred the colt. Yannick Gingras drove four of Burke's winners while Joe Bongiorno was in the sulky for the other. The day's remaining winners were colt trotters Classichap and You Know You Do. Classichap, trained and driven by Trond Smedshammer, won in 1:59.2 for owner Purple Haze Stables. The son of Chapter Seven-Classical Flirt was purchased for $95,000 at the Lexington Selected Sale and is a half-brother to multiple Dan Patch Award recipient Market Share. You Know You Do (Muscle Hill-You Want Me) won in 2:01.4 for trainer-driver Jimmy Takter. The colt's dam was a New York Sire Stakes champion and the family includes Peace A Pie, the mother of Dan Patch Award winner Pizza Dolce. You Know You Do was purchased for $350,000 at the Standardbred Horse Sale. He is owned by Howard Taylor, Order By Stable, Bud Hatfield, and the group of Katz, Libfeld and Sam Goldband. Click here for Monday's complete results from Gaitway. Ken Weingartner Media Relations Manager

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

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