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March 28, 2015 - Johnny Takter teamed Maven to her first European victory today, taking the Prixies Lopp for Mares (2140 meters, 1.3 miles, Kat 1) at Solvalla, taking the co-feature worth 200,000SEK to the winner. Takter left alertly from post eight, eased three-wide to the front out of the first turn and led throughout to a five length victory, after Your Highness and Bjorn Goop made a miscue when pressing for the lead in the last turn. Maven (6f Glidemaster-M Stewart-American Winner) recorded her 30th career victory now for earnings of 14,088,134SEK for trainer Jimmy W. Takter. Maven was clocked in 1.11.2kr (off even fractions) to secure victory from Youana for Erik Adielsson and Jumble As with Flemming Jensen up. Fourth went to Stylish Hanover with Orjan Kihlstrom aboard. This victory has earned an Elitloppet invite for the talented Maven. Digital Ink Wins Today’s Gr. II UET Masters Series at Solvalla The Orjan Kihlstrom teamed, Stefan Melander’s owned and trained Digital Ink (6g Super Photo Kosmos-Laverda des Pres-Filou du Boscail), took today’s featured Gold Series at Solvalla, his eighth straight to boost his career earnings to 5,282,800SEK (24th win in 48 starts). Digital Ink was away mid-pack and then advanced to a first moving position to gain command midway through the contest from which he drew away for a comfortable win to earn 250,000SEK winner share of the purse. Clocked in 1.11.4kr over the 2140 meters autostart distance, the winner took victory from OBI Wan (6g Ganymede-Heja Reerstrup-Speedy Herve) and teamster Jurgen Sunnesson with third to the Torbjorn Jansson teamed Porthos Amok (6m Orlando Vici-Baroness Amok-Pine Chip). Thomas H. Hicks  

WILKES-BARRE PA - Trotting males and pacing females were featured in first leg harness racing action of their divisions of the Bobby Weiss Series Tuesday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, with two $15,000 sections for each group contested. In the first trotting cut Two Hip Dip set the pace, then blasted home in 1:55.4 - 56.2 - 27.1 for driver David Miller and trainer/owner Nick Salenetri. The son of Glidemaster was the slight favorite in a race where two horses were sent off at 4-5 - his co-"odds-on" rival Bourbon Bay was outfooted late for second by Raise The Curtain. The other diamondgaited division also went to driver David Miller, again on the engine, this time with Walk The Walk. Walk The Walk trotted the trot about five lengths better than anyone else in the field until the shadow of the wire, where he ran the run, but was not in violation of the breaking rules. The son of Muscle Hill, owned by trainer Chris Ryder in partnership with Sidney Korn, Robert Mondillo, and Max Wernick, posted a new personal speed badge of 1:55.1 despite the bobble, with back timings of 56.3 - 28. Miller and Ryder again teamed in a division of the female Weiss action, using "pocket rocket" tactics into a 28 kicker with the Rocknroll Hanover filly Crescent City to get a nose up in a new mark of 1:54 for Diamond Creek Racing. This event also featured an unusual betting pattern, with three horses at less than 2-1 - the winner was 7-5, place horse Hollyrocker was 9-5, and first-over Caviart Shelly (fourth) was 3-2. The other distaff division also saw a nose separate the top two, as a daughter of Somebeachsomewhere, Life Is A Beach, maintained an early brush to command to the wire over The Beach Nextdoor in a personal best 1:53.1, with twin 28.1s the last half. Matt Kakaley had sulky duty for trainer Ron Burke and the omnipresent Burke Racing / Weaver Bruscemi partnership. David Miller and Kakaley had three wins on the card; doubles were recorded by George Napolitano Jr. and, on his birthday, Mike Simons, with the latter win for "The Trot Man" the appropriately-gaited Magnum Kosmos. As opposed to opening night this past Saturday, where the average win mutuel was over $21, 7 of 13 chalks clicked this evening. Jerry Connors for PHHA/Pocono             Spam Not spam Forget previous vote

Sunday night’s $7,200 feature is the Jim Grundy Trot, named for the driver/trainer harness racing fixture in California harness racing for over 30 years who passed away in 2009 at the age of 74. Jim Grundy made 2,617 trips to the charmed enclosure as a driver, with more than $10.3 million in career purses. Originally a hockey player in his native Canada, a knee injury forced Jim to hang up his skates and stick in 1958. Going into the family business of harness racing, he found his second niche in life as a driver/trainer. Grundy apprenticed under famed horsemen Eddie Cobb, Clint Hodges and Frank Popfinger before going out on his own in the early 1960s. He was the leading driver at Monticello for three straight years beginning in 1971 before heading west with his wife Deborah, a former schoolteacher and bookkeeper for the stable. It was here that Grundy blossomed into one of the state’s top harness horsemen. Teaming with owners like Chris Bardis, Lloyd Arnold and Ron Zumbrun, he won countless stakes races with the likes of Googie, Hugabear, Steam and Easel. He was especially noted as an outstanding trainer of young trotters. Steve Desomer, Gene Vallandingham and Rick Kuebler competed against Grundy for many years and have high praise for his skills.J im was not only our friend, but partners with us on many memorable horses,” Desomer said. “He was an exceptional horseman and that resulted in a long and successful career.” Vallandingham related, “I knew Jim from the time he came to California. He was a nice guy and a great horseman and I always enjoyed his company.” Kuebler also did battle with Jim on many occasions at Cal Expo, Hollywood Park and Los Alamitos. “I’d have to say he was the most accomplished trainer of young trotters we’ve ever had in the state. Even after his retirement, horsemen would seek him out to get advice in shoeing and balancing a trotter. It was all about his expertise and passion.” Brussel Sprout heads Jim Grundy Trot Brussel Sprout, an overpowering winner of the prep for this race two weeks ago, looms a solid choice in Sunday evening’s $7,200 Jim Grundy Trot at Cal Expo. There will be nine races on Sunday with a first post of  4:55 p.m. The main event is set go as the sixth contest on the evening with a field of six facing starter Kenny Fowler. Brussel Sprout is a 6-year-old son of Glidemaster out of the Prakas mare Elana Hanover who races for Clint Lugar and Matias Ruiz, is conditioned by Ray Burt and will have Luke Plano at the controls. Sent off the 3-5 favorite in the Jim Grundy Trot prep in his most recent appearance on February 8, Brussel Sprout did not disappoint his many backers. He was used early and again at the half, took command for good once straightened for home and went on to a three and a quarter length decision over the sloppy going. Taking him on Sunday are Vari Forgetful with Bruce Clarke; Silverlode, who will have Steve Desomer in the sulky; Hooray Katie with Steve Wiseman; Timmy T, Steve Farrell Jr; and Lodi Dorian Blues with Pierre Girard guiding. A reminder that there are four wagers offered here each night with a reduced 16% takeout rate. They are the Jackpot 6 and Hi-5, which are both 10-cent minimum bets; the 50-cent Pick 5 and the 20-cent Pick 4, which comes with a $25,000-guaranteed pool on Sunday.                                                ******** Next week will find the trotters and pacers in action on Saturday and Sunday nights, February 28 and March 1. By Mark Ratzky, Publicity – Cal Expo Harness

Nick Salenetri was disappointed when knee woes prevented Two Hip Dip from beginning his racing career last season. After giving the trotter plenty of time to recover, Salenetri is looking forward to seeing what the horse can do when he makes his delayed debut in Thursday’s opening round of the Super Bowl series at the Meadowlands. “Hopefully he won’t embarrass me,” said Salenetri, who owns and trains Two Hip Dip. “I think he’s got some upside to him and I think we could have some fun with him. “He’s really a pleasure to be around; he’s got a great personality. He’s very well mannered. I think that’s his biggest asset. He doesn’t want to make a break and I think he can race from either behind or on top. And with a trotter that wants to stay flat, you can always have a little fun.” Salenetri bought Two Hip Dip for $16,000 at the 2012 Lexington Selected Sale. The horse is a son of stallion Glidemaster out of the mare Mayflower Volo and his family includes stakes-winners Missy’s Goalfire, Have You Ever, Lassie’s Goal and Lear Jetta. Two Hip Dip was unraced as a 2-year-old – Salenetri says he never races his horses at 2 – and was training well at 3 when a chip was discovered in one of his knees. After surgery, Salenetri decided to bring back the horse slowly. “If he didn’t have the chip in his knee, we would have raced him at 3,” Salenetri said. “(After his recovery) I figured we were so late in the season, I gave him as much time as he needed and took my time bringing him back. “We’ll see what happens at 4. I don’t have any great expectations, although it wouldn’t surprise me if he was a very, very nice horse. He shows me that he could be, but I’ll let him dictate what he wants to do. I’m not going to put him in a situation where he’s not going to be comfortable.” Salenetri has a small stable of horses in central New Jersey, where his primary business is operating a nationwide trade show transportation company. He is probably best known for the stakes-winning trotter Nikki Cole Cole, who finished second to the great Moni Maker in the 2000 Nat Ray Invitational. “The transportation company is a little more reliable than the horse industry, although I love the horse industry much more,” Salenetri said. “The horses are my passion. It’s enjoyable. It’s just a lot of fun being out there.” Two Hip Dip was originally named Mustbe Volo, but renamed because of his resemblance to another of Salenetri’s horses, Our Little Dip, who was born with a dropped hip. The “Dip” part of the name is a reference to the nickname of the Franklin & Marshall athletic teams – Diplomats – where the Salenetris’ daughter played soccer. “My wife Patty said he looks just like Our Little Dip, so you have to name him Two Hip Dip because he has two hips,” Salenetri said. Two Hip Dip enters the Super Bowl series off two qualifiers, winning the second in 1:59.1 with a :27.1 last quarter-mile. He competes in the fourth of four Super Bowl divisions Thursday and will start from post five with David Miller in the sulky. He is 12-1 on the morning line. “I didn’t plan on racing him until probably February, but he showed he was OK in both the qualifiers,” Salenetri said. “I asked Dave what he thought and he said I should take a chance and put him in and see how he does. He’s done everything good at this point coming back. “There are some very nice horses in (the Super Bowl series). We’ll try to teach him a little bit. Dave is superb at bringing around a young horse. He’s very conscientious. He knows exactly what he’s doing out there. I was very pleased when he was able to take him for me.” For more about the Super Bowl series, click here. Ken Weingartner Media Relations Manager Harness Racing Communications

No matter what Maven accomplishes in Saturday's $500,000 Breeders Crown Open Trot at the Meadowlands, she will always be special to driver Yannick Gingras. Gingras was with the now 5-year-old mare when she went to the track for her first qualifier, back in June 2011 at the Meadowlands. He was behind Maven for her first start, a winning effort in a division of the Pennsylvania Sires Stakes at the Meadows, less than a month later. They teamed with previous trainer Jonas Czernyson to win Breeders Crown trophies at ages 3 and 4, and picked up the 2013 Dan Patch Award for best older female trotter. All totaled, Gingras has raced Maven in 46 of her 52 career races, winning 26. Now they will try to beat the boys in the Breeders Crown Open Trot. If they do, it will be the first time a mare has won the race since Moni Maker in 1998. Maven won last week's single elimination by a neck over Your So Vain in 1:52.2, starting from post 10 and racing on the outside for the entire mile. Maven, purchased earlier this month for $750,000 by Herb Liverman and turned over to trainer Jimmy Takter, will start the final from post four and is the 4-1 third choice on the morning line behind 3-1 favorite Commander Crowe and 7-2 Market Share. Commander Crowe and Market Share received byes to the final. "I think she's only going to be better," Gingras said. "It wasn't the best of weeks last week, Jimmy didn't really have much time to do anything. "But she was awesome last week. She was parked for every step and still was trotting at the wire. I think she can get a good mile in (1):51 this weekend. Whether it will be enough, I'm not sure, but I'm not afraid of anybody in the race, I can tell you that." For her career, Maven has won 29 of 52 races and earned $1.60 million. She finished second to Market Share in last year's American-National Stakes as the only mare in the race, and earlier this season went to Sweden for the Elitlopp Invitational, where she finished third in her elimination and sixth in the final. "It would definitely mean a lot to win this one, there's no doubt about that," Gingras said. "But she's already been really special and is always going to be a very special horse to me. And the ride is not over. There's a lot more left with her for sure." by Ken Weingartner, for Harness Racing Communications  

Not only did Maven beat her nine harness racing male rivals in winning the $25,000 Breeders Crown elimination for older horses. Not only did she do it having to start from the far outside in post ten. Not only did she make her second start for a new trainer a winning effort. But she also did it having to close from sixth place around the final turn. Quick Deal (Corey Callahan) was first to show with Wheeling N Dealin (Rick Zeron) sitting the pocket trip and Sevruga (Andy Miller) stuck first-over to the quarter in :27.2 with Arch Madness (Brian Sears) second over. Maven and Yannick Gingras was just getting into gear third over following Archangle (Brian Sears) on the outside. Then after the half mile in :56, Quick Deal went off-stride and Callahan sharply took him inside as to not hinder the field. Sevruga was able to take the lead, Arch Madness then came first-over and they went to the three-quarters in 1:24.2. Turning for home Sevruga began to fade as Arch Madness came on but then there was Maven and Gingras pouring it on to take the lead and following them with a ton of speed was Your So Vain and Ake Svantedt. Your So Vain kept gaining ground but it was too late as Maven held on to win by a half-length in 1:52.2. “She really showed me in the post parade she was going to be good,” said Yannick Gingras. “She was parked out with cover the whole, it was an OK trip, not the worst.  It was about as good as it was going to get. She is such a great horse. She didn’t have the best of weeks from the sale and being able to race on the outside the whole mile and still dug in she showed what a great horse she is.” Your So Vain was second with Flanagan Memory (Brett Miller) third. Also making it to the final next week were Archangle in fifth and Arch Madness in sixth. Maven paid $6.60 to win. A five-year-old mare by Glidemaster, she is now trained by Jimmy Takter as she was purchased at the Harrisburg sale for $750,000 earlier this month by Herb Liverman of Miami Beach, FL. By Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink.com

The connections of Commander Crowe, Creatine, Intimidate and Market Share accepted byes in the Breeders Crown Open Trot, leaving 10 horses to battle in a single elimination Saturday. The top six finishers will advance to the $500,000 final on Nov. 22 at the Big M. Maven is the 2-1 morning line favorite in the elimination, despite drawing post 10. A 5-year-old daughter of Glidemaster-M Stewart, she is a two-time Breeders Crown champion, having won the Mare Trot last year and the division for 3-year-old filly trotters in 2012. She is coming off a win in the Muscle Hill, her third victory in 11 starts this season. Maven, purchased Saturday for $750,000 by Herb Liverman, will try to become the first female to win the Open Trot since Moni Maker in 1998. Other past Crown champions in the Open Trot are Market Share, Intimidate, Arch Madness and Wheeling N Dealin. Market Share captured the Open Trot last season and will try to become the first horse to win this division in back-to-back years since Fool’s Goal in 2002 and 2003. European star Commander Crowe is making his third Breeders Crown appearance. He finished third in his previous two Crown starts, to San Pail in 2011 and Chapter Seven in 2012. The last invited foreign horse to win the Breeders Crown Trot was Italian sensation Varenne, who captured the 2001 trophy with a then-world-record 1:51.1 at the Meadowlands. Commander Crowe and Arch Madness, who is making a record seventh appearance in the Breeders Crown series, both have earned more than $4.25 million lifetime, placing them among the top six trotters in history for career purses. Arch Madness and Intimidate both won Breeders Crown trophies at the age of 3, while Wheeling N Dealin was the 2-year-old champion in 2012. by Ken Weingartner, for Harness racing Communications

Bloomsburg, PA---The final stop of the 2014 Pennsylvania fair season staged the first phase of its harness racing action on Thursday and Friday, with Pennsylvania Fair Sire Stakes the features over the half-mile oval in this northeast Pennsylvania town. (This Tuesday and Wednesday, the time-honored Bloomsburg Stakes will ring down the final curtain on this year’s circuit.) In a season where pacers had dominated the headlines heretofore, the Fair Sire Stakes here saw the trotters take center stage, with all four divisions of the diamondgaiters posting the fastest clockings of the fair circuit for age, sex, and gait. (A certain two-year-old pacing filly also got her name on that list, too, but more on her in a moment.) The sophomore trotting gelding Millertown Road put it all together Friday over the track where he trains, going wire-to-wire in 2:00.2, last quarter 28.3, to post the summer’s fastest trot mile over the Pennsy twicearounds. The son of Malabar Millennium took the faster division of his event by defeating Faust, who had held the season’s record, for driver Steve Schoeffel, trainer Jim McGettigan, and owner Edward McGettigan Jr. Other winners in this class were Fly Past Hanover, giving driver Schoeffel 2/3 of this section with his 11th win of the year, and Mr Weaver, who won his last eight Fair Sire Stakes starts en route to nine triumphs on the season. Earlier, the filly Hearts Content had matched Faust’s 2:00.4 trot mark for 2014 with an exciting wire-to-wire victory over an onrushing Cantabs Lightning in the fastest 3TF cut. Racing on the lead as is her wont, the daughter of SJ’s Caviar opened a big enough margin that her major rival couldn’t catch her as Hearts Content tallied for driver Roger Hammer and the Dunn Stable of trainer Walter “Boots” Dunn. A day earlier, driver Steve Schoeffel still had his name next to the fastest 2TF, but it was the Muscle Massive miss Missive replacing Mooksie on the top of the charts after a 2:01.4 triumph. Schoeffel also trains Missive, who led all the way for owners Kathy Schoeffel and the Lander Stable LLC. Two trotting geldings both went in 2:04 to set the standard for baby trotting males. First up was The Master, with Steve Schoeffel earning himself another line in the 2014 record books by sulkysitting behind the Glidemaster gelding for trainer Syl King Jr. and owner Mahlon Martin. Fifteen minutes later, the SJ’s Caviar gelding Music Man De Vie wrote his name alongside that of The Master by matching his time for driver Marc Mosher and trainer/lessee Clifton Green while defeating Schoeffel’s Police Navidad, who is still tied for most wins by a baby trotter in North America with 10. The one pacer posting a PA fair season’s mark was the winningest two-year-old in all of North America, the Western Terror pacing filly Tropical Terror, who ran her remarkable record to 17-15-2-0 with a 2:00 victory for Team Shaw – driver Chris, trainer Jason, and owner Mason. The 2:00 equaled the clocking of Keystone I Wish, who has hung the only two defeats on Tropical Terror – and who finished behind “TT” Thursday after a fierce duel the last quarter. Team Shaw’s 2PG Nippy won for the 14th time of this season earlier in the card, putting him second in victories among all U.S./Canadian freshmen. Also worth a mention is Ruffle Up, a sophomore Real Artist gelding who posted the fastest clocking of the meet, 1:59.3, in winning Friday for owner/trainer/driver Roger Hammer; Ruffle Up had three magic miles this summer, while no other horse could post more than one. A report on the Bloomsburg Stakes will follow this Wednesday’s action, and a summary of the entire 2014 fair season will be issued shortly after that sending. From the Pennsylvania Fair Harness Horseman's Association 

Mach It So and Golden Receiver raced to a dead heat for the win in Saturday night's featured Preferred pace at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. The race carried a purse of $25,000. Mach It So (Mach Three-Beach Dancer), driven by Andrew McCarthy for trainer PJ Fraley, appeared to have the race wrapped up when he kicked his cover at the top of the stretch and scooted to the lead. But Golden Receiver (Village Jove-Royal Gold), driven by Simon Allard for trainer Jake Huff, found another gear in the passing lane late and rallied to pull dead even with Mach It So as they crossed the line in 1:49:4. Clint Westwood finished third, while, in a racing oddity, Word Power and Big Time Promise were Inseparable at the line for fifth place, making it the rare harness race with two separate dead heats. In other action on Saturday night, Maven (Glidemaster-M Stewart), the only mare up against the field of boys in the $25,000 Preferred Handicap trot, powered up first over to corral a hot pace and score by a length in 1:52:3. Trained by Jonas Czernyson and driven by Mark MacDonald, Maven, the 5-2 second choice in a field of eight, won for the second time this year and 27th in her career, pushing her lifetime earnings to $1,481,796. Waiting On A Woman finished second wile 6-5 favorite Sevruga settled for 3rd. by Jim Beviglia, for Pocono Downs

Brussel Sprout (Glidemaster) continued his winning streak on Thursday night at Saratoga Casino and Raceway in the evening's $8,000 featured race. The five-year-old trotter came into Thursday's tilt on a three-race win streak and recorded his fourth straight score on the front end in his first start off the claim for trainer Andy Sardella. Brussel Sprout was the public's 1-5 favorite in the betting and raced like it as he never had an anxious moment en route to the 1:58.3 victory over the 'off' track after an evening of rain in the Spa City. Leading driver Billy Dobson piloted Brussel Sprout to the score and added four wins to his already lengthy lead in the driving standings as the 30 year old reinsman in well on his way to yet another driving title. Live racing continues on Friday night at Saratoga with a first post set for 7:05pm. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway

Brussel Sprout (Glidemaster) continued his recent hot streak on Thursday night at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. The five year old trotter moved into the $15,000 claimers a few weeks ago and is now three-for-three in that class following a frontrunning victory in 1:58.2 on a chilly summer night in the Spa City. The Allan Johnson-trained trotter set a lifetime mark last week when he overcame a tough trip to prevail in 1:56.3 and extended his win streak on Thursday night. Pop My Buttons (Phil Fluet) sat the pocket to the favored winner and finished second to complete a chalky $4.40 exacta while Holy Smokes (Stephane Bouchard) completed the triple. Brussel Sprout was driven to victory by Austin Siegelman. Live racing continues on Friday night at Saratoga with first post time set for 7:05pm.  Mike Sardella

Campanile (No Pan Intended) has been the most consistent force in the Fillies and Mares Open this year at Saratoga Casino and Raceway and on Friday night, she flexed her muscles once again. The Allan Johnson trainee came into the race as a first or second place finisher in five consecutive $17,000 Opens and was first or second in eight of her last nine local tries heading into Friday's feature. Driver Austin Siegelman was content to get away at the back of the six horse field in the early stages as Campanile's rivals slugged it out posting blistering fractions. The five year old mare swooped the group and recorded a 1:52.2 victory in the Open, her fastest win time of the season. It was one of three wins on the card for Johnson and Siegelman who won with trotters Backstreet Hanover (Andover Hall) and Brussel Sprout (Glidemaster). Campanile returned $7.90 to win in what was her sixth victory of the season. Tiamo (Mark Beckwith) was the Open's runner up while Road Bet (Frank Coppola Jr) held on for third. Live racing continues on Saturday night at Saratoga with a first post time of 7:05pm. Mike Sardella  

HONESDALE PA - The second half of the dual-phase harness racing meet at the Wayne County Fairgrounds in this northeast PA town, the "PA Fair Sire Stakes" portion after the "county fair" portion, ended yesterday, with many familiar storylines in place at the wire: Roger Hammer, who set the Honesdale track records on both the pace (Alastor Hanover, 1:56.2) and trot (Vivid Photo, 2:02) in 2010, again in 2014 had the fastest mile, a 2:00.4 outing by the Rocknroll Hanover gelding Rockabella, for whom Hammer is owner/trainer/driver, in a division of the FFA pace Wednesday. Like most of the week's miles at Honesdale, the early pace was conservative, but the final quarter was impressive (28); The most interesting fair division so far, the two-year-old filly pace, had seen Keystone I Wish stop Tropical Terror's win streak at eight earlier in the week; on Thursday the fillies, who had deadheated at Bedford, drew in separate divisions: and both won: first the Art Official filly Keystone I Wish for trainer / driver Todd Schadel, co-owner with his wife Christine; and then the Western Terror filly Tropical Terror for driver Chris Shaw, trainer Jason Shaw, and owner Mason Shaw; The 2PFs went in races 3 and 4; races 1 and 2 were for the 2TFs, and both Schadel and Shaw won one each of these two as well - both catchdriving for owner/trainer Boots Dunn: the Glidemaster filly Shewontkissandtell and the Tom Ridge filly Isabella Carina. Driving doubles seemed to be the order of the day in the Thursday Fair Sire Stakes for babies: on the colt side, Marc Mosher guided both trot winners, while on the pace Chris Shaw paraded back twice; Well-known amateur horseman Alan Schwartz made a rare venture over the New York state line profitable as he won with R'lene Jetta, a Lear Jetta sophomore filly he owns, trains, and drove; And of course the ongoing success of Hurricane Shaw, the trio mentioned above. After Chris drove seven winners during the first session and Jason trained five, all for his two-year-old son Mason the owner, Team Shaw went 6-5-5 during the second two-day section. FINISHING LINES - Roger Hammer also trained the fastest winner of the opening day of the two-day meet in Waynesburg PA (358 miles southwest of Honesdale) yesterday, with the Rustler Hanover baby gelding Rustlercafe distancing a Quaker State field in 2:02 for driver Steve Schoeffel, who won three times on that card. There will be a full summary on the Waynesburg meet appearing after today's racing for three-year-olds. Publicity Office of PA Fair Harness Horsemen's Association    

Young trotter Ulster (Glidemaster) parlayed the pocket ride to victory for leading driver Billy Dobson on Tuesday night at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. The three-year-old Ulster inherited the rail after a scratch of one of his rivals and wound up getting a two-hole trip behind pacesetter LG's Pride (Jordan Derue) who was making his local debut. Ulster sailed by in the stretch to record a lifetime best win in 1:59.2 in the evening's $6,500 featured race. LG's Pride was the race's runner up while Master Act (Stephane Bouchard) came on to finish third. Ulster, who is trained by Joe Facin Jr, went off at odds of 9-2. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway  

WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 4, 2014 -- Don't Mind Me thwarted the same rival twice en route to victory in 1:57.1, fastest split in Monday's $80,000 Pennsylvania Stallion Series stake at The Meadows. KY Lucky, Master The Past and Plump Jack took the other divisions in the event for 2-year-old colt and gelding trotters. Don't Mind Me and trainer/driver Jim Raymer had the lead at the quarter when Longcat Hanover and Dan Rawlings ranged up on the outside. When Don't Mind Me refused to release him, Longcat Hanover retreated to the pocket, only to try again near the three-quarters. The result was the same, as Don't Mind Me defeated his persistent challenger by a length, with Up Front Murray third. The time was a tick off the stake record. "He's a lazy sort of thing -- he hasn't even learned to be a racehorse," Raymer said of the son of Andover Hall-Peace Of Mind, a $50,000 yearling acquisition for Harbor Racing Stable. "If I let Danny go, chances are my horse would've just backed up and not had any interest in racing at all. So I took a shot. "Physically, he's ready; mentally, he's not. He's like a 5-year-old. He loves to be out there, his manners are super. It's just that I want him to be a little bit of a racehorse." A three-race maiden entering the stake, Master The Past erased a 4-1/2-length deficit with an uncovered backside burst that carried him to victory in 1:58.4 for Mike Wilder. Wimborne Hanover, who was on the lead when Master The Past blew by, was second, 4-3/4 lengths back, with Marion Coca a rallying third. "I totally was expecting (a big race from him)," said Clinton Guitard, who conditions the Glidemaster-So Fine Kash gelding, a $15,000 yearling purchase, for Michael Guitard. "He looked like he would win his last race, but he got a little tired. I figured he could go in the stallion series." KY Lucky made it two wins in three career starts when he quarter-poled to the lead for Eric Ledford and comfortably held off Cue Hall by a length to score in 1:59. Craig Grummel, Curt Grummel and Chili Day Stables campaign the Illinois-based youngster and sent him to The Meadows to trainer Tim Twaddle. Although he's had the Malabar Millennium-Rosalita gelding for only a week, Twaddle likes what he sees. "He's a great little guy -- I can't say anything bad about him," Twaddle said. "He's honest and game." In the $22,500 Filly & Mare Not Listed Preferred/Preferred Handicap Pace, early leader Do Me Honor was shuffled to fourth but shot the Lightning Lane to notch her second straight victory for Aaron Merriman and owner/trainer Bill Bercury The time of 1:51.2 matched the career best for the 6-year-old daughter of Cheyenne Rei-Do Me Right, who pushed her lifetime bankroll to $487,858. Rescue Team was a head back in second while Novascotia Hanover earned show. Merriman won five races and Wilder three on the 15-race card. On Tuesday, Aug. 5, The Meadows Racetrack & Casino will offer a $10,000-guaranteed pool for its Pick 5 wager as part of the United States Trotting Association's Strategic Wagering Initiative. The Meadows added the “instant” guarantee after Monday’s Pick 5 was uncovered, resulting in a two-day carryover of $2,985.10. In addition, The Meadows will offer a $5,000-guaranteed pool for the Pick 4, a regular feature of the track’s Monday and Tuesday cards. Minimum wager for the Pick 4 (Races 4-7) and Pick 5 (Races 12-16) is 50 cents. Since Pennsylvania law requires a minimum per-race wager of $2, a player wagering at the 50-cent level must bet at least four tickets. First post for Tuesday’s program, which features a $233,008 Pennsylvania Sires Stake for 2-year-old colt and gelding trotters, is 12:55 PM. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

CAMPBELLVILLE, August 1 - All eyes in harness racing will be on the Meadowlands this Saturday for the Hambletonian and local standout Harper Blue Chip will be one of eleven trotters vying for harness racing's highest profile trotting title. Trained by local conditioner Mark Steacy, Harper Blue Chip will start from post position nine with driver Brian Sears in the $1,006,125 Hambletonaian, which is carded as Race 13 on Saturday afternoon. Harper Blue Chip races for owners Landmark 6 Racing Stable of Kingston, David McDonald of Cornwall, David Reid of Glenburnie and George Judson of Athens, Ontario. The son of Majestic Son - Winning Jonlin is coming off a 3 ¾ length victory in the Canadian Breeders Championship at Mohawk on July 19. In six starts this season, Harper Blue Chip has visited the winner's circle twice and has only missed the board once when he finished fourth to the Father Patrick in the $500,000 Earl Beal Memorial at Pocono Downs on June 28. Just like the Beal Memorial, Harper Blue Chip and the rest of the field will be gunning for Father Patrick, who enters the Hambletonian on a 15 race win streak. Father Patrick is just one of three starters (Nuncio and Trixton) sent out by trainer Jimmy Takter. Takter's trio are the top three choices on the morning line. Harper Blue Chip is the fourth choice in the early odds of 12-1. Steacy admits that it will be a tough task defeating Takter's trio, but that his horse is on top of his game. "We've got our work cut out for us," said Steacy. "I was quite disappointed drawing the nine, it kind of made things a lot more difficult, but our horse is going into the race really good and healthy, so I expect a good effort from him as long as we have some race luck." Since the fourth place effort in the Beal, Harper Blue Chip has dominated locally and Steacy believes Harper Blue Chip is a better horse than the last time he faced the continent's very best. "I think with the trio of Jimmy Takter's it's a big step up, but he's raced against these horses before, never been able to beat them, but he's gone against them and he's been respectable," said Steacy. "I think my horse is better than the last time he raced against these horses and I think he's improved with every start and again a lot of racing luck and you never what might happen." Steacy has an idea of the trip he would like for his charge, but will leave the strategy up to defending and two-time Hambletonian winning driver Brian Sears. "It's going to be up to Brian Sears, but I'm hoping he will try to charge off the gate...obviously you want to be as close to Father Patrick or Trixton or one of those horses that you can be." Defeating Takter's trio will be a tough task for the Mark Steacy trainee, but Steacy knows what it takes to win a million dollar race with a three-year-old trotter. In 2006, Steacy captured the million dollar Canadian Trotting Classic with Majestic Son, the sire of Harper Blue Chip, overcoming favourites Chocolatier and Trotting Triple Crown winner Glidemaster. On Saturday afternoon, Steacy will be looking to recreate that million dollar magic with Harper Blue Chip. No horse has been hotter on the WEG circuit this season than State Treasurer and the Dr. Ian Moore trainee will take his talents south to the Meadowlands to battle with the sport's top free-for-all pacers on Saturday. State Treasurer will start from post two with driver David Miller in a field of nine for the $257,700 US Pacing Championship. The five-year-old son of Real Desire - Ideal Tresurer has won seven times in ten starts this season, including a victory last Saturday night in the Preferred at Mohawk in 1:48.3. State Treasurer has started in the WEG Preferred seven times this season and is currently riding a six race win streak in the circuit's top class. All six of those wins have been sub-1:50 miles. His biggest victory of the season was on May 30 in the $150,000 Molson Pace at Western Fair. State Treasurer's rivals on Saturday include Sweet Lou, who is currently on a seven race win streak, and Captaintreacherous, the 2013 Pepsi North America Cup winner. Two starts back, State Treasurer tackled this group in the $463,000 William Haughton Memorial at the Meadowlands and finished fourth, while only beaten 2 ½ lengths. This Saturday, State Treasurer will need to bring his top game and the speed he has been putting on display. by Mark McKelvie, for WEG

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