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This Week: Currier & Ives, The Meadows, Washington, Pa.; Armbro Flight, Goodtimes, Pepsi North America Cup, Fan Hanover and Roses Are Red eliminations, Woodbine Mohawk Park, Milton, Ontario; Charlie Hill Memorial, Scioto Downs, Columbus, Ohio; and Graduate Series third leg, Tioga Downs, Nichols, N.Y. Schedule of events: Grand Circuit action this week began on Tuesday (June 5) at The Meadows with three divisions in the $73,835 Currier & Ives for 3-year-old filly trotters. Looking For Zelda rolled home in a stakes record 1:54.1 in her division, while Nixie Volo and Bill's Lady captured the other splits. On Wednesday (June 6) The Meadows will offer two divisions in the $110,260 Currier & Ives for 3-year-old male trotters. Action resumes on Friday (June 8) at Woodbine Mohawk Park with two C$35,000 eliminations in the Armbro Flight for trotting mares and two C$30,000 eliminations in the Goodtimes for 3-year-old trotting colts. The Saturday (June 9) card at Mohawk features a trio of C$50,000 eliminations for the Pepsi North America Cup for 3-year-old pacing colts, two C$35,000 eliminations in the Roses Are Red for pacing mares and two C$35,000 eliminations in the Fan Hanover for 3-year-old pacing fillies. Scioto Downs will also host Grand Circuit racing on Saturday as the central Ohio oval features the $200,000 Charlie Hill Memorial for older trotters. Tioga Downs will round out a busy Grand Circuit week on Sunday (June 10) with $75,000 (est.) third leg contests in the Graduate Series for 4-year-old open pacers and trotters. Complete entries for the U.S. races can be found by clicking on this link. Mohawk entries can be found by clicking on this link. Last time: The road to the Pepsi North America Cup made a final stop on Saturday (June 2) at Woodbine Mohawk Park for the Somebeachsomewhere Stakes. A group of 28 3-year-old pacing colts and geldings competed over three $46,200 divisions with 19 of the 28 competitors eligible to the Pepsi North America Cup. Burning Midnight paced home in :27 to hit the wire first in 1:50.4. The first division saw Burning Midnight and driver Trevor Henry pull off a 28-1 stunner in a wild finish that had six horses across the track. Nutcracker Sweet, the 6-5 favorite, cleared early-leader Hidden Delight entering the backstretch and led the field through middle-half fractions of :54.2 and 1 22.1. The speedy Summer Travel left from post 10 and was parked the entire mile, grinding away first-over, while eventual winner Burning Midnight was in that outside flow sitting ninth and fourth-over turning for home. In the stretch, Hidden Delight popped from the two-hole and took the lead, but couldn't hold off rivals on his outside. Simple Kinda Man angled from a buried spot and came flying, but the fastest of them all was Burning Midnight, who paced home in :27 to hit the wire first in 1:50.4. Simple Kinda Man was second, while Grand Teton got third despite a quick mid-stretch break. Hidden Delight settled for fourth. A gelded son of Mach Three, Burning Midnight came into Saturday's contest off a third-place finish in an Ontario Sires Stakes Gold event for his season's debut. The Corey Giles trainee went three-for-eight during his rookie campaign, posting a mark of 1:51.3. The Somebeachsomewhere victory gives Giles his first career Grand Circuit score. Burning Midnight now has $107,292 in career earnings for owners Brad Gray and Denise Guerriero, who will be making the starting fee payment this Saturday to take a shot at the Pepsi North America Cup. Lather Up remained undefeated in 2018 with an easy victory in the second Somebeachsomewhere division. Driven by Montrell Teague, Lather Up got 1-9 favorite respect and called all the shots. The son of I'm Gorgeous posted fractions of :27, :55.4 and 1:23.4, before pacing off on his rivals and winning in 1:50.3. St Lads Neptune delivered a strong final quarter charge to finish second, beaten 1-1/4 lengths, while Scouts Report and Stock were six-plus lengths back rounding out the top four. Trained by Clyde Francis, Lather Up is now four-for-four as a 3-year-old and eight-for-11 overall in his career. Saturday's score increased his career earnings to $133,015 for owners Gary and Barbara Iles. The final division was captured by Jimmy Freight. Driven by Louis Philippe Roy, Jimmy Freight was fired out to the lead and never looked back. The Richard Moreau trainee posted fractions of :26, :55.2 and 1:22.4, before pacing home in :27.3 to win by 4-1/2 lengths in 1:50.2. Metro Pace champion Lost In Time was forced to come first-up and struggled on the far turn. The Jimmy Takter trainee lost significant ground on the leader, but kept battling in the lane and fought off rivals to finish second. When You Dance finished third, Chocolate Swirl was fourth. Owned by Adriano Sorella, Jimmy Freight is now three-for-four this season with all three wins by more than three lengths. The son of Sportswriter was not paid into the Pepsi North America Cup. Jimmy Freight now has 10 wins and a career bankroll of $211,524. Complete recaps of the weekend races are available at the Grand Circuit website. Grand Circuit Standings: In 2018, the Grand Circuit leaders in three categories (driver, trainer and owner) will once again be tracked on a points system (20-10-5 for the top three finishers in divisions/finals and 10-5-2 for the top three finishers in eliminations/legs). Winbak Farms is the sponsor for the 2018 Grand Circuit awards. Here are the leaders following the past weekend. Drivers: 1. Tim Tetrick - 269; 2. Yannick Gingras - 184; 3. Jordan Stratton - 154; 4. Jason Bartlett - 139; 5. Daniel Dube - 75. Trainers: 1. Ron Burke - 213; 2. Peter Tritton - 122; 3. Jim King Jr. - 119; 4. Richard Banca - 75; 5t. Jimmy Takter - 70; 5t. Rene Allard - 70. Owners: 1. Vonknoblauch Stable - 107; 2. Richard Poillucci - 54; 3t. Burke Racing Stable - 52.9; 3t. Weaver Bruscemi - 52.9; 5. Jo Ann Looney-King - 50. Looking ahead: Grand Circuit action will again take place at Mohawk next weekend as the track will host its five stakes finals, led by the C$1 million Pepsi North America Cup, on Saturday night (June 16). by Paul Ramlow, for the Grand Circuit    

MILTON, ON - June 2, 2018 - The road to the Pepsi North America Cup made a final stop on Saturday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park for the Somebeachsomewhere Stakes. A group of 28 three-year-old pacing colts and geldings competed over three $60,000 divisions with 19 of the 28 competitors eligible to the Pepsi North America Cup. The first division saw Burning Midnight and driver Trevor Henry pull off a 28-1 stunner in a wild finish that had six-horses across the track. Nutcracker Sweet, the 6/5 favourite, cleared early-leader Hidden Delight entering the backstretch and led the field through middle-half fractions of :54.2 and 1:22.1. The speedy Summer Travel left from post-ten and was parked the entire mile, grinding away first-over, while eventual winner Burning Midnight was in that outside flow sitting ninth and fourth-over turning for home. In the stretch, Hidden Delight popped from the two-hole and took the lead, but couldn't hold off rivals on his outside. Simple Kinda Man angled from a buried spot and came flying, but the fastest of them all was Burning Midnight, who paced home in :27 to hit the wire first in 1:50.4. Simple Kinda Man was second, while Grand Teton got third despite a quick mid-stretch break. Hidden Delight settled for fourth. A gelded son of Mach Three, Burning Midnight came into Saturday's contest off a third-place finish in an Ontario Sires Stakes Gold event for his season debut. The Corey Giles trainee went three for eight during his rookie campaign, posting a mark of 1:51.3. The Somebeachsomewhere victory gives Giles his first career Grand Circuit score. "It feels awesome," said Giles post-race. "I told Trevor (Henry) he can go for a piece, just keep him brave and when you use him he'll pace hard down to the wire." Burning Midnight now has $135,701 in career-earnings for owners Brad Gray and Denise Guerriero, who will be making the starting fee payment next Saturday to take a shot at the Pepsi North America Cup. "He's in." said Giles. Burning Midnight paid $59.10 to win. Lather Up remained undefeated in 2018 with an easy victory in the second Somebeachsomewhere division. Driven by Montrell Teague, Lather Up got 1/9 favourite-respect and called all the shots. The son of Im Gorgeous posted fractions of :27, :55.4 and 1:23.4, before pacing off on his rivals and winning in 1:50.3. St Lads Neptune delivered a strong final-quarter charge to finish second beat a length and a quarter, while Scouts Report and Stock were six-plus lengths back rounding out the top-four. Trained by Clyde Francis, Lather Up turned many heads with an incredible 1:49.1 victory last week in his Woodbine Mohawk Park debut and Teague felt he was just as good Saturday. "He did it just as easy as last week and plugs were still in, so it's looking good for next week." Lather Up is now four for four as a three-year-old and eight for 11 overall in his career. Saturday's score increases his career-earnings to $142,100 for owners Gary and Barbara Iles. Teague, who finished second in the 2016 Pepsi North America Cup with Wiggle It Jiggleit, is ready for another chance at Canada's richest race. "We'll be prepared with him, but the pressure is going to be on like always. I don't think I'm going to get as easy as trip as I've been given the horse the last couple times, but we'll figure out." A $2 win ticket on Lather Up returned $2.20. The final division was captured by Jimmy Freight, who is not eligible to the Pepsi North America Cup. Driven by Louis Philippe Roy, Jimmy Freight was fired out to the lead and never looked back. The Richard Moreau trainee posted fractions of :26., :55.2 and 1:22.4, before pacing home in :27.3 to win by four and a half lengths in 1:50.2. Metro Pace champion Lost In Time was forced to come first-up and struggled on the far turn. The Jimmy Takter trainee lost significant ground on the leader, but kept battling in the lane and fought off rivals to finish second. When You Dance finished third, Chocolate Swirl was fourth. Owned by Adriano Sorella, Jimmy Freight is now three for four this season with all three wins by more than three-lengths. The son of Sportswriter was not paid into the Pepsi North America Cup. "Last year he was a really nice horse and he wasn't really staked to anything when I bought him, so we had to stick to the OSS," said Sorella. "This year I kind of staked him okay, I was a little bit worried about staking him to the NA Cup, but he's been racing really good, so I'm kind of excited. "I've spent a lot of money on staking in the past and I wish I would've staked him to it, but there is a lot of nice horses...I won't take anything away from him, but I like how he's been this year." Jimmy Freight now has 10 wins and a career-bankroll of $264,752. He paid $5.10 to win. The entry box for the Pepsi North America Cup eliminations closes Tuesday morning at 10:30 a.m. The second leg of the Graduate Series for four-year-old pacers and trotters also took place on Saturday's card. A group of 15 pacers were split into two $63,500 divisions, while an overflow field of 12 trotters met in a single $95,250 division. Miso Fast returned to Mohawk Park for the first-time since last year's Pepsi North America Cup and walked away a Graduate Series pacing division winner. The Virgil Morgan Jr. trainee and driver Tim Tetrick made a third-quarter first-up bid from fourth to confront and rush by race-favourite Lawrencetown Beach. Miso Fast finished off his mile with a :26.3 last-quarter to win by a length and a half in 1:50.2. Lawrencetown Beach was second, while Photobombr Hanover was fourth placed third after Bags To Riches was disqualified from third for causing interference. "I thought there was going to be a little more speed than there was really and there wasn't and I was kind of stuck first up," said Tetrick post-race. "Going around the last turn I was watching Burke's horse (Lawrencetown Beach) on the front and he always slobs a little bit in the turn and I thought maybe my horse with his quick foot could get around him and he did." Racing for Winchester Baye Acres LLC, Miso Fast is now two for six with $44,755 earned this season. His Graduate division triumph gives him nine wins in his career and bumps his lifetime earnings to nearly $700,000. Miso Fast paid $8 to win. The second pacing division was another victory for Tetrick, as he shot up the rail to win with Maroma Beach. The Ron Burke trainee was sent to the lead by Tetrick and posted a :26.3 opener. Blood Line, the race-favourite, quickly moved third to first entering the backstretch and led through panels of :55.1 and 1:22.3. In the stretch, Blood Line battled with Beckhams Z Tam, who had been grinding away first-up. Maroma Beach and Tetrick got an open lane up the inside to make it a three-horse battle and prevailed by a neck in 1:50.1. Blood Line held for second over Beckhams Z Tam. Maroma Beach's victory was a big rebound effort after a rough-mile in the Confederation Cup on May 20. "Burke is good at that, they can get beat up one week and the next week they turn the page real quick," said Tetrick. "He's got a very good knack to getting them back on racing form and this horse he doesn't remember anything from last week and bounced back very good." Maroma Beach is now three for eight this season with over $60,000 earned for the ownership group of Burke Racing Stable LLC, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, JandT Silva Purnel & Libb and Howard Taylor. His victory Saturday gives him eight for his career and pushes him over the $100,000 earnings mark. Maroma Beach paid $29.10 to win. The Graduate Series trotting division saw a talented-field of 12 squaring off. Dunbar Hall and driver Jody Jamieson rallied by rivals to win in 1:53 despite sitting 11th at the half. Ariana G made a second-quarter move to the lead and posted fractions of :55.1 and 1:25 to lead her male counterparts into the lane. The superstar trotting mare didn't have her best on Saturday and was swallowed up by rivals in the lane. Dunbar Hall, who was eighth and fourth-over turning for home, unleashed a :26.4 final-quarter to grab his fifth win of the season. Achilles Duharas finished second, while Top Flight Angel was third and Bills Man fourth. Trained by Stephanie Jamieson, Dunbar Hall turned the tables in the second leg of the Graduate after finish second in the opening leg on May 19 at The Meadowlands. Jody Jamieson was confident about Saturday's start after the close call in the series opener. "Just the turn of foot he had (at The Meadowlands), I think it was really evident on the replay and even for people at home watching him," said Jody Jamieson following the race. "I got a lot of texts and comments about how explosive his turn of foot was and I thought if I got any kind of clean trip I had a shot. "Obviously I was a long way back and everything had to work out for him to win tonight, but he was very strong and hopefully he just continues on." Owned by Carl Jamieson and George Harrison, Dunbar Hall is five for nine this season and has surpassed $100,000 in earnings. His career numbers now sit at 10 wins and $232,679 earned. A $2 win ticket on Dunbar Hall returned $18. Live racing resumes Monday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Post time is 7:30 p.m. Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Communications

This Week: Battle of Lake Erie, Northfield Park, Northfield, Ohio; and Graduate Series second leg and Somebeachsomewhere, Woodbine Mohawk Park, Milton, Ontario. Schedule of events: Grand Circuit action will take place on Saturday (June 2) at two venues. Northfield Park will host the $200,000 Battle of Lake Erie for open pacers and Woodbine Mohawk Park will feature three C$60,000 divisions in the Somebeachsomewhere for 3-year-old pacing colts, a pair of C$63,500 second leg divisions in the Graduate Series for 4-year-old pacers and a single C$95,250 race in the second leg of the Graduate Series for 4-year-old trotters. Complete entries for the Northfield Park race can be found by clicking on this link. Mohawk entries can be found by clicking on this link. Last time: The polls have closed and it's officially Trump Nation. The colt by that very same name proved quite the best Saturday night (May 26), winning Yonkers Raceway's $300,000 Art Rooney Pace. The 28th Rooney saw six 3-year-old colts and two geldings start, but seven ended up chasing in vain. Trump Nation captured the $300,000 Art Rooney Pace. From post position four, Trump Nation (Jason Bartlett, $6.80) was forwardly-placed, as was Babes Dig Me (Brett Miller). The latter made the first lead, before the former played leapfrog. Trump Nation seized the day (night?) just after a :27.3 opening quarter-mile. Trump Nation, who won the second of last week's two elimination races, then rated a :29 next subsection (:56.3 half), which would serve him well. Along came 3-5 favorite Springsteen (Brian Sears), first-up from fifth, and the race was underway in earnest. Kwik Talkin (George Brennan) slipped out to race second-over, but gapped badly. Meanwhile, the leader and his 'prompter' rolled through a :26.4 third quarter (1:23.2), with the people's preference packing it in readily. Trump Nation owned a 1-3/4 length lead in and out of the final turn. Babes Dig Me edged from the pocket, while Minnie Vinnie had room after sitting third. However, Trump Nation was up to the challenge, defeating Minnie Vinnie by 1-1/4 lengths in 1:51.3 -- a life-best by a good number. Babes Dig Me was clearly third, with 124-1 rank outsider Major Authority (Mark MacDonald) and Decoy (Dave Miller) rounding out the payees. Kwik Talkin, Springsteen and Jimtastic (Eric Goodell) completed the order. For second choice Trump Nation, a statebred son of Betterthancheddar co-owned by Evan Katz and Crawford Farms Racing and trained by Chris Oakes, it was his third win in four seasonal starts. "I couldn't have asked for the race to work out any better," Bartlett said. "I was able to back down the half and pick it up when Springsteen came at me. I thought the two outside horses (Babes Dig Me and Decoy) had to leave, and when I saw Brett (Miller, Babes Dig Me), I let him go and retook. "I have to say that (former trainer) Andrew (Harris) really did the right thing with him last season, wanting to race him from off the pace. He deserves a lot of credit." As does the chauffeur, who won his first Rooney Pace in his 11th try. "It took me long enough," Bartlett said. Complete recaps of all the weekend races, including the Camluck Classic at The Raceway at Western Fair District and a trio of $150,000 invitational events at Harrah's Philadelphia, are available at the Grand Circuit website. Grand Circuit Standings: In 2018, the Grand Circuit leaders in three categories (driver, trainer and owner) will once again be tracked on a points system (20-10-5 for the top three finishers in divisions/finals and 10-5-2 for the top three finishers in eliminations/legs). Winbak Farms is the sponsor for the 2018 Grand Circuit awards. Here are the leaders following the past weekend. Drivers: 1. Tim Tetrick - 209; 2. Yannick Gingras - 149; 3. Jason Bartlett - 139; 4. Jordan Stratton - 134; 5. Daniel Dube - 75. Trainers: 1. Ron Burke - 158; 2. Peter Tritton - 102; 3. Jim King Jr. - 99; 4. Richard Banca - 75; 5. Rene Allard - 70. Owners: 1. Vonknoblauch Stable - 87; 2. Richard Poillucci - 44; 3t. Burke Racing Stable - 40.3; 3t. Weaver Bruscemi - 40.3; 5. Jo Ann Looney-King - 40. Looking ahead: Grand Circuit action will take place next week at The Meadows, Scioto Downs, Woodbine Mohawk Park, and Tioga Downs. The Meadows will card the Currier & Ives for 3-year-old trotters of both sexes, Scioto will host the Charlie Hill for open trotters, Mohawk will feature five stakes eliminations, led by the North America Cup for 3-year-old male pacers, and Tioga Downs will offer the third leg of the Graduate Series for 4-year-old pacers and trotters. by Paul Ramlow, for the Grand Circuit

MILTON, ON - May 29, 2018 - A stakes-filled card with major Pepsi North America Cup implications is set for this Saturday evening (June 2) at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The Somebeachsomewhere Stakes and Graduate Series will make up half of Saturday's card with three divisions of each event to be contested. A big turnout for the Somebeachsomewhere Stakes has 28 three-year-old pacers split into three $60,000 divisions. The event for sophomores is annually slated for the week prior to the Pepsi North America Cup eliminations and this year's event will see 19 eligible pacers prepping for Canada's richest harness race. Metro Pace champion Lost In Time headlines this year's edition, as the Dan Patch Award winner will leave from post-three with driver Scott Zeron in Saturday's third division. A son of A Rocknroll Dance, Lost In Time will be making his second start of the season after finishing second by a nose in a Pennsylvania Sires Stakes division on May 19 at Pocono. The Jimmy Takter trainee has five wins, three runner-up finishes and over $700,000 earned in 10 career starts. Saturday's event will be Lost In Time's first start at Woodbine Mohawk Park since he captured the $816,000 Metro Pace last September for original trainer Jim Mulinix. Takter's stable will have a big chance to find the winner's circle in the evening's first division, as he sends out the strong duo of Grand Teton (PP2, Yannick Gingras) and Nutcracker Sweet (PP7, Tim Tetrick). Nutcracker Sweet finished fourth in his season debut at Pocono on May 19 after posting a sizzling qualifying mile of 1:50.2 a week earlier at The Meadowlands. The son of Bettors Delight won four of 13 starts, including two Grand Circuit events at The Red Mile, during his rookie campaign. Grand Teton, a half-brother to three-time Breeders Crown champion Pure Country, will be making his Canadian debut in the Somebeachsomewhere. The son of A Rocknroll Dance posted five wins and three runner-up finishes in 12 starts last season. He comes into Saturday's contest off a second-place finish at Pocono on May 19. Local speedster Summer Travel (PP10, Louis Philippe Roy) will also compete in the opening-division and enters off a strong 1:50.3 win last week at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The evening's second division will have all eyes on Clyde Francis trainee Lather Up (PP5, Montrell Teague) following his ultra-impressive 1:49.1 victory last Saturday at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Lather Up is three for three this season after winning four of seven starts during an interrupted rookie campaign. The son of Ohio-stallion Im Gorgeous has posted Track Record miles in both his two and three-year-old seasons in the Buckeye State with a 1:51.1 performance last year at Scioto and a 1:50 effort on May 6 at Miami Valley. The Somebeachsomewhere Stakes have been carded as Races 5, 8 and 10. Woodbine Mohawk Park will also be hosting a leg of The Graduate Series on Saturday evening. The series for four-year-old pacers and trotters will be visiting the Milton, Ontario racetrack for the third-consecutive year. The Graduate pacing division has attracted 16 entrants, split into two $60,000 divisions, while the trotting side will see one-dash with an overflow field of 12 battling for $95,250. The opening-split for pacers includes Classic Pro (PP3, Sylvain Filion), last season's O'Brien Award winner, and Miso Fast (PP8, Tetrick), a career-winner of over $600,000. The second-division will see the Graduate Series debut of Beckhams Z Tam (PP3, Ricky Macomber Jr), who captured last year's Breeders Crown at Hoosier Park and is a career-winner of more than $565,000. The Graduate Trot has potential "race of the night" written all over it with a field of 12 to tango. Superstar Ariana G (PP2, Gingras) is undefeated in six-career starts at Woodbine Mohawk Park and comes into Saturday's race off a victory in the first-leg on May 19 at The Meadowlands. Achille Duharas (PP7, Mario Baillargeon) captured the other division on May 19 and is six for nine this season with four wins at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The Graduate Series pacing splits have been carded as Races 3 and 9, while the trotting event will go as Race 7. Post time for Saturday's stakes-packed card is 7:30 p.m. To view early program pages for the 12-race card, click here. Below are the fields for Saturday's stakes events. PP/Horse/Driver/Trainer Race 3: Graduate - Pace - $63,500 1. Photobombr Hanover (Brett Miller/Tom Fanning) 2. Bags To Riches (Jody Jamieson/Jason Skinner) 3. Classic Pro (Sylvain Filion/Dr. Ian Moore) 4. Funknwaffles (Corey Callahan/John Butenschoen) 5. Lawrencetown Beach (Louis Philippe Roy/Ron Burke) 6. Dreamfair B J (Jody Jamieson/Patrick Fletcher) 7. Rock N Tony (Louis Philippe Roy/Ron Burke) 8. Miso Fast (Tim Tetrick/Virgil Morgan Jr) Race 5: Somebeachsomewhere - $60,000 1. Topville Olympian (Jody Jamieson/Dave Menary) 2. Grand Teton (Yannick Gingras/Jimmy Takter) 3. Beachin Lindy (Chris Christoforou/Steve Charlton) 4. Burning Midnight (Trevor Henry/Corey Giles) 5. Hidden Delight (Sylvain Filion/Eric Adams) 6. Sharp Action Money (Sylvain Filion/Murray Brethour) 7. Nutcracker Sweet (Tim Tetrick/Jimmy Takter) 8. Simple Kinda Man (Corey Callahan/Scott McEneny) 9. Sports Legend (Louis Philippe Roy/Richard Moreau) 10. Summer Travel (Louis Philippe Roy/Casie Coleman) Race 7: Graduate - Trot - $95,250 1. Barn Bella (Jeff Gregory/Steven Pratt) 2. Ariana G (Yannick Gingras/Jimmy Takter) 3. R First Class (Mario Baillargeon/Ben Baillargeon) 4. Bills Man (Corey Callahan/John Butenschoen) 5. Moonshiner Hanover (Trevor Henry/Chris Beaver) 6. Lindy The Great (Tim Tetrick/Domenico Cecere) 7. Achille Duharas (Mario Baillargeon/Ben Baillargeon) 8. Dunbar Hall (Jody Jamieson/Stephanie Jamieson) 9. Top Flight Angel (Andy Miller/Julie Miller) 10. International Moni (Scott Zeron/Domenico Cecere) 11. Yes Mickey (Louis Philippe Roy/Ake Svanstedt) 12. Jake (Bob McClure/Luc Blais) Race 8: Somebeachsomewhere - $60,000 1. Dancin Doug (Trevor Henry/Ron Adams) 2. Scouts Report (Sylvain Filion/Eric Adams) 3. Stock (Sylvain Filion/Dany Fontaine) 4. Mission Three (Phil Hudon/Jack Moiseyev) 5. Lather Up (Montrell Teague/Clyde Francis) 6. Western Passage (Doug McNair/Casie Coleman) 7. St Lads Neptune (Jody Jamieson/Stephanie Jamieson) 8. Pro Beach (Yannick Gingras/Jimmy Takter) 9. Dragon Time (Sylvain Filion/Dave Menary) Race 9: Graduate - Pace - $63,500 1. Blood Line (Yannick Gingras/Jimmy Takter) 2. Independent One (Louis Philippe Roy/Richard Moreau) 3. Beckhams Z Tam (Ricky Macomber Jr./Jamie Macomber) 4. Odds On Delray (Sylvain Filion/Tony Alagna) 5. Maroma Beach (Louis Philippe Roy/Ron Burke) 6. Daiymir (Montrell Teague/Clyde Francis) 7. Eddard Hanover (Louis Philippe Roy/Ron Burke) 8. Macs Jackpot (Brett Miller/Jeffrey Smith) Race 10: Somebeachsomewhere - $60,000 1. Pedro Hanover (Trevor Henry/Corey Giles) 2. Casimir Richie P (Trevor Henry/Dr. Ian Moore) 3. Lost In Time (Scott Zeron/Jimmy Takter) 4. Chocolate Swirl (Sylvain Filion/Eric Adams) 5. Levis Day (Trevor Henry/Victor Puddy) 6. When You Dance (Jody Jamieson/Ben Wallace) 7. Jimmy Freight (Louis Philippe Roy/Richard Moreau) 8. Ghost Dance (Mike Saftic/Eric Adams) 9. Trump That (Jody Jamieson/Dave Menary) by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Communications

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Ariana G made her return to harness racing a winning one, scoring in the first of two divisions of the first leg of the Graduate Series for 4-year-old trotters Saturday night at the Meadowlands. The 2017 Hambletonian Oaks and Breeders Crown champion was ready to go in her first start as a 4-year-old off a pair of solid qualifiers, marching up to the top just after the quarter, which went in :27.3. Bill's Man, the 9-2 second choice in the wagering, came after the leader as he made progress up the backstretch and got into striking position at three-quarters, but Ariana G had been able to rate the middle half in :57.2, leaving her plenty for the stretch drive. After trotting her final quarter in :27.1, she hit the wire three-quarters-of-a-length in front of Dunbar Hall, who had explosive late trot after going a third-over trip. Yes Mickey, one of only three horses to defeat Ariana G a year ago, finished third. "(Driver) Yannick (Gingras) said she was loaded," said winning trainer Jimmy Takter. "But I'm always nervous when my horses make their first start of the year." He needn't have been. As the 2-5 favorite, Ariana G returned $2.80 to her backers for owners Marvin Katz and Al Libfeld. She trotted the mile in 1:52.1 and now has 22 wins from 27 lifetime starts and earnings of $1.89 million. The second Graduate division saw a thrilling stretch duel go to Achille Duharas, who nailed International Moni by a nose on the wire in 1:52.2. Making his first start of the year, International Moni was sharp, working out an inside trip and looking like a winner in deep stretch, but the Toronto invader Achille Duharas ($8.20 to win), with Jody Jamieson driving, got up as they hit the finish. Lord Cromwell was third. A LITTLE MORE: The total wager of $2,172,322 represented a 25 percent decrease from the corresponding card from a year ago. A total of only 83 horses participated on Saturday's program, an average of 8.3 per race for the 10 races. Last year, 112 horses were spread over 12 races, an average of 9.3 per race. ... One lucky simulcast player in Toms River, N.J. raked the pot in the 20-Cent Survivor Pick-10. After surviving nine legs, he or she walked away with $15,257. ... Harness racing's biggest pot of gold got a little bit bigger. The Late 20-Cent Jackpot Super High-Five failed to result in a single-ticket winner, bloating the carryover to $233,359. ... Racing resumes at the Meadowlands Friday at 7:15 p.m. By Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations

Hightstown, NJ --- It is not uncommon to see a female trotter receive a Dan Patch Award at both ages 2 and 3. What is uncommon is to see one of those harness racing ladies win another award at age 4. Since the first Dan Patch Award for 2-year-old filly trotters was handed out in 1978, only Peace Corps and CR Kay Suzie have accomplished the feat. When Ariana G launches her 2018 campaign in Saturday’s first round of the Graduate Series for 4-year-old trotters, she will be the fourth female trotter in as many years to attempt to join that select group. Ariana G, one of two mares to enter the Graduate Series opener, is the 2-1 morning-line favorite in the first of two $50,000 divisions. A total of 13 filly trotters have won Dan Patch Awards at both ages 2 and 3, including Broadway Donna, Mission Brief, and Shake It Cerry in the three years prior to Ariana G. Ariana G won 12 of 15 races last year and earned $1.12 million for owners Marvin Katz and Al Libfeld, who also bred the horse. Trained by Jimmy Takter and driven by Yannick Gingras, her victories included the Hambletonian Oaks, Breeders Crown, and Elegantimage Stakes. For her career, Ariana G has won 21 of 26 races and earned $1.86 million. Katz told Hoof Beats magazine the decision to bring Ariana G back rather than to start her on a broodmare career was based on conversations with Takter. Those talks began during the middle of last year’s racing season. “We have the greatest of respect for Jimmy Takter’s opinion,” Katz said. “He felt she deserved the right to come back and that she was certainly capable of coming back and racing with any and all, and could develop into a great aged mare as well.” Added Gingras, “There’s only so many horses like her. She’s very special and you hate to see a horse like her go to the breeding shed too early. There’s no doubt every time I stepped on the racetrack with her, I knew I had the best horse in the race. Maybe it didn’t work out the way we wanted every time, but she’s very special and she gives 100 percent each time.” Ariana G faced male rivals on three occasions last year. She won an elimination of the Earl Beal Jr. Memorial and finished third in the final. She also finished second in the Dr. Harry M. Zweig Memorial. Her foes Saturday are New Jersey Viking, Bill’s Man, Lindy The Great, Yes Mickey, Fraser Ridge, Dunbar Hall, and Sortie. In the second division of the Graduate, Achille Duharas is the 5-2 morning-line favorite. The remainder of the field is Moonshiner Hanover, Lord Cromwell, Swell Chap, International Moni, Don Dream, and the mare Barn Bella. Racing begins at 7:15 p.m. (EDT). The Meadowlands card also includes second-round action in three other series -- the Rainbow Blue, Escort, and Hot Lead. For those arriving at the track early, harness racing’s all-time richest horse, 14-year-old pacer Foiled Again, will be in a qualifier at approximately 5:15 p.m. as he gets ready to resume his season before retiring at the end of the year. For Saturday’s complete Meadowlands entries, click here. For track announcer Ken Warkentin’s analysis, click here. Editor's Note: To read a feature story on Ariana G from the March 2018 edition of Hoof Beatsmagazine, click here. To subscribe to Hoof Beats, click here. by Ken Weingartner, USTA Media Relations Manager

Marion Marauder returned to the winner's circle at the Meadowlands Racetrack, site of his Hambletonian victory last August, on Saturday night thanks to a 1:51.2 triumph in the $240,000 Graduate Series final for 4-year-old trotters. Warrawee Roo, sent off at 59-1, finished second, beaten by three-quarters of a length, and Dayson was third. In the $240,000 Graduate Series final for 4-year-old pacers, 6-5 favorite Sintra followed the cover of Check Six around the last turn before bursting through the stretch to win by 4-1/2 lengths over Boston Red Rocks in 1:47.2. Western Fame finished third. For Marion Marauder, who became the first Trotting Triple Crown winner to compete at the Meadowlands as a 4-year-old, it was his second win in three starts this season. Last year Marion Marauder swept the Triple Crown --- the Hambletonian, Yonkers Trot and Kentucky Futurity --- on his way to being named Trotter of the Year. Marion Marauder, the 4-5 favorite in the Graduate, and driver Scott Zeron started from post nine and were fifth through the opening half mile, but started a first-over march on the backstretch to overcome fraction-setting Trolley at the top of the stretch. Marion Marauder, who lowered his career mark by one-fifth of a second, paid $3.80 to win. "He's come back better than we expected," said Mike Keeling, who trains Marion Marauder with his wife Paula Wellwood. "He was in great form that first start at Tioga (winning in 1:52.4) and we were just pleased to come down here and get in the final. He was pretty impressive tonight." Marion Marauder, a son of Muscle Hill out of the mare Spellbound Hanover, has won 13 of 31 career races and earned $1.9 million in purses for owners Marion Jean Wellwood and Devin Keeling. Next up for Marion Marauder, who bypassed the breeding shed to continue racing this year, will be the Hambletonian Maturity for 4-year-old trotters at the Meadowlands on July 15. "It was the easiest tough decision we've ever made," Keeling said about continuing Marion Marauder's racing career. "We never really said goodbye to him last fall and bringing him back was something we really wanted to do. We just felt compelled to try the stallion route, but he loves racing and we love racing him." In the Graduate final for pacers, Western Fame, Lyons Snyder and Dr J Hanover all took turns on the front as the field reached the first quarter in :26.3, half in :53.2 and three-quarters in 1:20.4. Check Six battled with Dr J Hanover for the lead on the last turn, but Sintra was in striking position. "I thought I had the best horse, I just had to find the right spot with him," winning driver Jody Jamieson said. "It worked out good. I got to follow a live helmet, I almost ran over Yannick (Gingras with Check Six) at the head of the stretch I was so live. This horse just keeps bailing me out every time I get to sit behind him. "The sky is the limit. This horse has just been a champ ever since I started driving him. Last year Betting Line got the better of us most every time, but he's had another year to develop and he showed it tonight, wrapped up in (1):47.2. Simply amazing from where I was sitting." Sintra, who paid $4.60 to win, is trained by Dave Menary for owners Brad Gray, Michael Guerriero and Menary Racing. He has won six of eight races this year and earned $209,202. For his career, the son of Mach Three out of Dancin Barefoot has won 14 of 27 starts and banked $445,762. By Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications

Trolley (Marcus Miller) won the first race of the Graduate (Leg 3) ($50,000) for  harness racing 4 year-old trotters Sunday afternoon at Tioga Downs. The 4 year-old by Donato Hanover was third after the first-quarter trailing early leader Double L Lindy (Ake Svanstedt). Owned by Paymaq Racing, Mathias, Gillis, and Willinger while trained by Erv Miller, Trolley would go by just before the half. Trolley ($4.60) would be joined by the second favorite Tight Lines (Jeff Gregory) just before the three-quarter mark. The two would battle all the way into the stretch before Trolley would shake loose to win in 1:51.2, equaling the overall track record Bourbon Bay. He would establish a new mark for a 4 year-old horse. Double L Lindy finished third. In the second race of the Graduate ($50,000) for 4 year-old trotters, Marion Marauder (Scot Zeron) returned to action for the first time as a 4 year-old winning in 1:52.4. Owned by Marion Wellwood and Devin Keeling while trained by Paula Wellwood, the Muscle Hill horse took over the lead from heavy favorite Dayson (Yannick Gingras), just before the stretch drive. Marion Marauder ($6.60) would hold off late charging Dia Monde (Jody (Jamieson), who finished second. Cufflink Hanover (Jayson Bartlett) came up to capture third. The Graduate (Leg 3) ($75,000) for 4 year-old pacers were also on hand. Dr. J Hanover (Douglas McNair) proved his win in 1:46.4 at Mowhawk was no fluke. The 4 year-old gelding by Somebeachsomewhere led the field from gate to wire in 1:48.3. Owned by Grant, LeBlanc, Weinick with Samelman and trained by Tony Alagna, Dr J Hanover ($7.00) fought off constant pressure from second place finisher Boston Red Rocks (Tim Tetrick). Check Six (Yannick Gingras) came up late for third. Tioga Downs returns to live racing on Friday (June 16) at 6:50 p.m. No racing on Saturday (June 17) because of Travis Tritt concert. For more information please go to www.tiogadowns.com. John Horne for Tioga Downs

Nichols, NY - The Graduate Series makes a stop at Tioga Downs on Sunday (June 11) for the third and last preliminary leg leading up to the $250,000e harness racing finals on July 8 at The Meadowlands.   Eleven trotters were declared and split into two short fields carded as races three and five, each division for a purse of $50,000.   The enigmatic Trolley fell just short of taking last week's second leg at Mohawk, losing a tight photo to Dayson in 1:52.3 and comes into Sunday's third race as the logical choice among the field of five. Trolley doesn't race often, having made only ten starts at two and three but when he's good he's very good. He successfully battled the best of his crop last season despite a pre mature end to his campaign, counting a second in last year's Beal final as his career highlight to date. Erv Miller trains the son of Donato Hanover for Paymaq Racing, Leland Mathias, Greg Gillis and Louis Willinger while Marcus Miller is the driver.   Division two fields six and serves as the seasonal debut of the 2016 Triple Crown winning Trotter of the Year, Marion Marauder. After a storybook three-year-old season, he has had a pair of Mohawk qualifiers to prepare for trainer Paula Wellwood and will be reunited with driver Scott Zeron on Sunday. Marion Marauder won 10 of his 15 starts last year while earning nearly $1.5 million for his owners the grandma & grandson duo of Jean Wellwood and Devin Keeling.   Ten pacers declared for the single division $75,000 Graduate leg (race 7) and quite a formidable group it is. Dr J Hanover (Doug McNair) just last week paced the fastest mile in the long history of Canadian harness racing with his 1:46.4 win in the second Graduate leg at Mohawk and has drawn post two on Sunday. Tony Alagna trains Dr J for Brad Grant, Robert LeBlanc, Steve Wienick and Irwin Samelman.   Posted just to his inside is Boston Red Rocks (Tim Tetrick) who did a lot of the work in the record mile and finished second, beaten only a length at the end. Sintra (Jody Jamieson) has won divisions of both Graduate legs and possess a wicked lick when called upon. Jimmy Takter sends out the dynamic Lyon's Snyder (Mark MacDonald) while all Check Six (Yannick Gingras) does is win money.   It's a stellar start to the Grand Circuit season at Tioga Downs and the racing starts at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday.          

CAMPBELLVILLE, June 3 – Fans that came to Mohawk Racetrack on Saturday evening witnessed history, as four-year-old pacer Dr J Hanover paced the fastest mile in Canadian harness racing history. The Tony Alagna trained son of Somebeachsomewhere and driver Doug McNair took full advantage of wild fractions to come away with a 1:46.4 victory. The clocking not only set a new Canadian record, but also established a new World Record for a four-year-old gelding. “I thought around the last turn he felt good,” said McNair following Dr J Hanover’s historic mile. “At the head of the stretch he still felt good and then half way down the lane I thought he had a pretty good shot (at the record), but I couldn’t believe it after.” Dr J Hanover was fired to the front by McNair in a field of six and posted an opening-quarter of :26.2. Boston Red Rocks and Brett Miller swept up to take the lead entering the backstretch, but they immediately had company in the form of Lyons Snyder and Yannick Gingras. The half flashed up in :53, as Lyons Snyder powered by Boston Red Rocks and continued to set a wild pace entering the far turn. Positions went unchanged in the third-quarter, as Dr J Hanover sat third and three-lengths back, while Lyons Snyder hit three-quarters in 1:20. In the stretch, Boston Red Rocks angled out and paced by Lyons Snyder, while Dr J Hanover followed the path and eventually tipped off his back to set up a two-horse battle. Boston Red Rocks tried his best to fight off the outside pressure, but Dr J Hanover was too much to handle and powered by to win by a length at odds of 15-1. Saturday’s $67,230 Graduate leg was the first time McNair had driven Dr J Hanover. “They just told me he had pretty good gate speed,” McNair commented. “He had been racing on the small tracks the last six or eight starts, so they told me if I got him out of there he should perform well and they were right.” Trained by Alagna for owners Brad Grant, Robert LeBlanc, Steven Wienick and Irwin Samelman, Dr J Hanover was winless in nine starts heading into Saturday, but that is quickly forgotten after his record performance. “He made the front pretty easy,” McNair noted. “I kind of had him shut down at the quarter-pole, but Brett (Miller) came around and we just kept pacing. “When Yannick (Gingras) came, they went :53 and 1:20 and when Brett came back out (at the top of the stretch) he gave me cover again and when I kicked off cover he felt like he was really pacing and I was surprised to see that kind of a mile.” Dr J Hanover now has career numbers of nine wins and $387,961 earned. He paid $32.90 to win. The clocking of 1:46.4 breaks the Mohawk and Canadian record of 1:47.1, which was set last June by Always B Miki. Dr J Hanover is now also a World Champion, as he broke the four-year-old gelding mark of 1:47.2, which was held by Bettor Sweet and Wiggle It Jiggleit. He also equaled Warrawee Needy’s overall record for a four-year-old pacer. Dr J Hanover The other $67,230 Graduate division didn’t feature any records, but did have a thrilling finish. Dave Menary trainee Sintra battled back to edge out Western Fame in 1:49.3. Driven by Jody Jamieson, Sintra made a second-quarter move to the lead from third to take command away from Western Fame. Jamieson’s charge posted middle-half fractions of :53.3 and 1:21. In the stretch, Western Fame was angled to the outside and got by Sintra for a moment, but the Menary trainee wouldn’t quit and fought back to win by a nose. Easy Lover Hanover shot up the rail late to finish third. “I knew he was going to have to dig deep,” said Menary about his feeling at the top of the lane. “I knew he really dug back in and was by the horse after the wire,” said Menary about his feeling at the wire. “He’s a good enough horse that he was passed and he dug. That’s the kind of a horse he is.” A four-year-old gelded son of Mach Three, Sintra improved his 2017 record to four wins in five starts with his triumph Saturday. He is now a 12-time winner with career earnings exceeding $400,000 for owners Brad Gray, Michael Guerriero and Menary Racing Inc. Sintra paid $3.90 to win. Sintra Over on the trotting side, Ron Burke trainee Dayson prevailed in a photo finish over Trolley to win the $100,845 12-horse Graduate Series Trot. Driven by Gingras, Dayson grabbed the lead in the second-quarter, but had to deal with pressure by first-over challenger Warrawee Roo throughout the middle-half. After trotting a third-quarter in :28 to reach that station in 1:24.1, Dayson put away Warrawee Roo, but immediately had to deal with Trolley, who had been sitting second-over with driver Marcus Miller. Dayson and Trolley went toe-to-toe down to the wire, with the leader holding on to win by a nose in 1:52.3. “I thought maybe he got me in the last step,” admitted Gingras post-race. “My horse had raced on the front a few weeks in a row…I really wanted tonight to race him from the back if it was a shorter field, but I was in a tough spot and if I took him back I would’ve got away about sixth or seventh, but my horse raced another big mile.” Broadway Donna, who had captured the opening leg of the Graduate, didn’t have her usual punch in the lane and finished third. A four-year-old gelded son of Conway Hall, Dayson was winless in three starts heading into Saturday’s outing. He now has 20 career wins and earnings of over $700,000 for owners Burke Racing Stable LLC, Our Horse Cents Stables, J And T Silva Stables LLC and Rossie Smith. Dayson paid $4.40 to win. Dayson Saturday’s card also featured a pair of 11-horse $70,000 Somebeachsomewhere Stakes divisions, as many Pepsi North America Cup eligible three-year-old pacers were putting in their final preparations ahead of next week’s eliminations. Hurricane Beach and driver Louis Philippe Roy captured the first division in 1:50.3. The Luc Blais trainee went gate-to-wire to score his second win of the season. A gelded son of Somebeachsomewhere and North America Cup eligible, Hurricane Beach set fractions of :26.3, :55 and 1:22.1, before scooting home in :28.3 to capture a division of the race named for his sire. Lawrencetown Beach finished four-lengths back in second, while Sports Column was third. Roy’s victory with Hurricane Beach Saturday was the first Grand Circuit victory of his career. Following the race, he noted that some equipment adjustments made a big difference for his charge. “We trained him with different equipment last week and he was too grabby,” said Roy. “So (Blais) put back the equipment he had before cause he couldn’t relax like he did tonight with the other equipment.” Hurricane Beach, who was winless in three starts as a rookie, came into Saturday’s start with only $12,180 in earnings. His bankroll now sits at $47,180 for owner Determination. A $2 win ticket on Hurricane Beach returned $14.40. Hurricane Beach Another son of Somebeachsomewhere captured the second division to make it a perfect sweep for “The Beach” in his own race. Despite never seeing the rail, Macs Jackpot and David Miller came from way back to score a 42/1 upset. The Jim Campbell trainee sat eighth and on the outside throughout the majority of the mile, but was able to pick up the pieces when leader Richard Hill tired in the lane. Richard Hill cleared to the lead just after the opening-quarter and posted fractions of :54.3 and 1:22.1. In the stretch, Richard Hill had to fight off Frontier Seelster, but that took its toll and the backfield came to life. Macs Jackpot followed Stealth Bomber down the lane and was able to surge by all his rivals to win by a neck in 1:51.4. Stealth Bomber edged out Richard Hill for second. Trained by Campbell for owner Jeff Snyder, Macs Jackpot overcame post-nine to score his second victory in six starts this season. “We had planned on trying to get him into the race, but with a big field and all, a lot of guys were taking a shot,” said Miller following the race. “He ended up fourth-over and was out the whole way, but he was just kind of feeling pretty comfortable until the last turn and then he did get interested and finished it up good.” Macs Jackpot is eligible to next week’s Pepsi North America Cup eliminations. He paid $86.30 to win. Macs Jackpot The Pepsi North America Cup eliminations will take place next Saturday (June 10). Live racing resumes Monday night at Mohawk Racetrack. Post time is 7:30 p.m. Mark McKelvie

CAMPBELLVILLE, May 30 - The Somebeachsomewhere Stakes and Graduate Series highlight a strong 11-race harness racing card this Saturday (June 3) at Mohawk Racetrack. A total of 22 three-year-old pacing colts and geldings, including 16 eligible horses to the Pepsi North America Cup, have been split into two 11-horse $70,000 divisions for the Somebeachsomewhere. The Somebeachsomewhere Stakes (formerly Burlington) is annually a final stop for many three-year-olds ahead of the Pepsi North America Cup. Last year's Cup winner Betting Line also captured his division of "The Beach" to become the 12th Cup winner to pull off the double. Each division on Saturday consists of eight Pepsi North America Cup eligible three-year-olds. The first division features Metro Pace winner Beyond Delight, who will look to regain the magic touch he found last season in stakes action. Sylvain Filion will drive the Tony O'Sullivan trainee from post-seven. A son of Bettors Delight, Beyond Delight is the richest horses in "The Beach" with $424,825 earned. The O'Sullivan trainee, who won three of 11 starts last season, will be making his second start of 2017 on Saturday. All three of Beyond Delight's victories have been in stakes events. The first split also features Sports Column, who won four of six starts in an abbreviated two-year-old season. The Blake MacIntosh trainee won the Battle of Waterloo and two Ontario Sires Stakes Gold divisions as a rookie, but will be searching for his first win as a three-year-old on Saturday. A son of Sportswriter, Sports Column has drawn the rail and will have Chris Christoforou in the sulky. The other six Pepsi North America Cup eligible horses in the first division are Some Attitude (PP2), Classic Pro (PP3), Lawrencetown Beach (PP4), American Sportsman (PP6), Hurricane Beach (PP9) and Who Said Not To (PP11). The second division is led by Ontario Sires Stakes standout Streakavana, who leads the field in earnings with $202,622. The Scott McEneny trainee will be searching for his first win of the season, but has hit the board in two of three starts this season, including a third-place effort in an OSS event last week. A gelded son of Big Jim, Streakavana has drawn post-three with Filion scheduled to drive. Pepsi North America Cup eligible Henry The Dragon will be making his Mohawk debut from post-ten in the second division for Team Teague. The son of Custard The Dragon has won eight of 12 starts and is coming in off a fourth-place finish in the Art Rooney at Yonkers. Montrell Teague drives the Cup eligible for trainer Clyde Francis and owner George Teague. Champlain Stakes winner Ideal Wheel is another Cup eligible to watch out for in the second division. The Casie Coleman trainee won three of six starts as a rookie and recently finished third in his three-year-old debut. Louis Philippe Roy will be driving Ideal Wheel from post-two. The five other Pepsi North America Cup eligible horses in the second split are Stealth Bomber (PP4), Richard Hill (PP5), Mc Mach (PP6), Macs Jackpot (PP9) and Arsenal Seelster (PP11). The Somebeachsomewhere Stakes divisions have been carded as races four and eight. The Graduate Series, restricted to four-year-olds, stops by Mohawk for the second consecutive year on Saturday. A group of 12 trotters and 13 pacers were entered for the second leg of the series. The $100,845 ($75,000 USD) Graduate Trot features Broadway Donna, who captured the opening leg on May 20 at The Meadowlands and is the lone mare in the field. She'll be looking to beat the boys for a second time, but will have to do so in an overflow field of 12. The Jim Campbell trainee will be making her third start of the season Saturday and has regular driver David Miller in town to steer her from post position nine. Broadway Donna won seven of 12 starts last season, including the Breeders Crown, en route to winning the Dan Patch Award for her division. The daughter of Donato Hanover has made 17 trips to the winner's circle in her career and banked over $1.2 million for owner Fashion Farms. Also in the field of 12 is Ron Burke trainee Dayson, who is searching for his first win of the season after capturing 12 of 22 and banking over $500,000 last season. Yannick Gingras will be driving the son of Conway Hall from post-five. The Graduate Trot is carded as race seven. Over on the pacing side, a pair of $67,230 ($50,000 USD) divisions will be contested. The seven-horse second division will be the main event as the top-three finishers from the Confederation Cup, Western Fame, Check Six and Sintra, will all meet up. Western Fame is coming in off a strong front-end victory in the $176,000 Confederation Cup on May 21 at Flamboro. The Jimmy Takter trainee will team up with driver Trevor Henry and starts from post-three. A son of Western Ideal, Western Fame won six of 25 starts last season, including a victory in the first heat of the Little Brown Jug. The Brittany Farms homebred has won three of four starts this season and carries career numbers of nine wins and $573,174 earned into Saturday's start. Ron Burke trainee Check Six banked over $1 million last season and has yet to finish outside the top-two in four starts this year. The son of Somebeachsomewhere won an opening leg division of the Graduate on May 6 at The Meadowlands and most recently finished second in the Confederation Cup. Yannick Gingras will steer Check Six, a 16-time winner, from post-two. Sintra, who caught the attention of many with a stunning 1:49.1 score in the opening leg of the Graduate, will be searching for his fourth win in five starts. Trained by Dave Menary, Sintra won three in a row to start the season before finishing third from a tough-post in the Confederation Cup final. The Mach Three bay gelding won eight of 16 starts last season, but raced primarily in Ontario Sires Stakes and didn't garner Grand Circuit attention until this season. Sintra will team up with driver Jody Jamieson to start from post-three. The final four horses competing in the second split are Artmagic, Easy Lover Hanover, Seeley Man and Magnum J. Meanwhile, the first division will have a field of six going postward and it is led by millionaire Boston Red Rocks, who starts from post-three for trainer Steve Elliott. The Graduate Pace divisions are carded as races two and nine. Post time Saturday is 7:30 p.m. and an early-program proof for the stakes-filled card can be viewed by clicking here. Here are the fields for Saturday's stakes. $70,000 Somebeachsomewhere (Division #1 - Race 4) 1. Sports Column by Sportswriter (Chris Christoforou - Blake MacIntosh) 2. Some Attitude by Somebeachsomewhere (David Miller - Bob McIntosh) 3. Classic Pro by Shadow Play (Trevor Henry - Dr. Ian Moore) 4. Lawrencetown Beach by Somebeachsomewhere (Paul MacDonell - Paul MacDonell) 5. Southwind General by Sportswriter (Jody Jamieson - Jack Darling) 6. American Sportsman by Somebeachsomewhere (Doug McNair - Gregg McNair) 7. Beyond Delight by Bettor's Delight (Sylvain Filion - Tony O'Sullivan) 8. Red John by Mach Three (Trevor Henry - Victor Puddy) 9. Hurricane Beach by Somebeachsomewhere (Louis Philippe Roy - Luc Blais) 10. Manceiver by Sportswriter (Jody Jamieson - Howard Okusko Jr.) 11. Who Said Not To by Well Said (James MacDonald - Mark Steacy)   $70,000 Somebeachsomewhere (Division #2 - Race 8) 1. Makasi by Shanghia Phil (James MacDonald - Mark Steacy) 2. Ideal Wheel by American Ideal (Louis Philippe Roy - Casie Coleman) 3. Streakavana by Big Jim (Sylvain Filion - Scott McEneny) 4. Stealth Bomber by Rocknroll Hanover  (Brett Miller - Tony O'Sullivan) 5. Richard Hill by Mach Three (Doug McNair - Richard Moreau) 6. Mc Mach by Mach Three (Paul MacDonell - Bob McIntosh) 7. Frontier Seelster by Artistic Fella (Jody Jamieson - Jack Darling) 8. Rock This Way by Rocknroll Hanover (Mario Baillargeon - Ben Baillargeon) 9. Macs Jackpot by Somebeachsomewhere (David Miller - Jim Campbell) 10. Henry The Dragon by Custard The Dragon (Montrell Teague - Clyde Francis) 11. Arsenal Seelster by Artistic Fella (Jonathan Drury - Colin Johnson)   $100,845 Graduate Trot (Race 7) 1. Trolley by Donato Hanover (Marcus Miller - Erv Miller) 2. Blenheim by Yankee Glide (Chris Christoforou - Per Henriksen) 3. Warrawee Roo by Majestic Son (Sylvain Filion - Luc Blais) 4. Double L Lindy by Muscles Yankee (Chris Christoforou - Ake Svanstedt) 5. Dayson by Conway Hall (Yannick Gingras - Ron Burke) 6. Manofmanyimages by Manofmannymissions (Steve Condren - John Bax) 7. Waitlifter K by Muscles Yankee (Yannick Gingras - Paul Reid) 8. Dia Monde by Deweycheatumnhowe (Randy Waples - Tom Durand) 9. Broadway Donna by Donato Hanover (David Miller - Jim Campbell) 10. Hill Of A Colt by Muscle Hill (Doug McNair - Gregg McNair) 11. Cufflink Hanover by Andover Hall (Louis Philippe Roy - John Butenschoen) 12. Dupree by Andover Hall (Doug McNair - Marcus Melander)   $67,230 Graduate Pace (Division #1 - Race 2) 1. Lyons Snyder by Well Said (Yannick Gingras - Jimmy Takter) 2. Roll Away Joe by Roll With Joe (Yannick Gingras - Ron Burke) 3. Boston Red Rocks by Rocknroll Hanover (Tim Tetrick - Steve Elliott) 4. Manhattan Beach by Somebeachsomewhere (David Miller - Walter Haynes Jr.) 5. Dr J Hanover by Somebeachsomewhere (Sylvain Filion - Tony Alagna) 6. Stonebridge Beach by Somebeachsomewhere (Stephane Pouliot - Stephane Larocque)   Mark McKelvie

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Broadway Donna outlasted Dayson after a stirring stretch duel to capture the first leg of the Graduate Series for harness racing 4-year-old trotters at the Meadowlands Saturday night. The 6-5 favorite Dayson, who bled after failing one week ago in his Graduate prep, was sailing along on the lead with Lasix added as Broadway Donna inched closer racing on the rim after vacating the five hole just after the half. The pair were on even terms at the head of the stretch as Broadway Donna, a daughter of Donato Hanover, continued to wear down the leader before going on to a half-length win in 1:52.1. Tight Lines was third. Broadway Donna, the 2016 Breeders Crown champion, returned $5.60 to win as the 9-5 second choice in the wagering with David Miller in the sulky for trainer Jim Campbell. "That's what she's going to do for the rest of the year," said winning owner Jules Siegel (Fashion Farms). Broadway Donna 'LYONS' ROARS: The betting public wasn't deterred by the fact that Lyons Snyder had gone off stride in both of his starts this year, and they were rewarded for their loyalty. The 4-year-old son of Well Said was bet down to 4-5 and went right down the road in a $17,500 conditioned pace. The time for the mile was an eye-popping 1:48.3, which equaled the sport's seasonal best, which was established by Rock N' Roll World at Hoosier Park on May 12. Lyons Snyder paid $3.80 to win for owners Jeff Snyder and Geoffrey Lyons Mound, trainer Jimmy Takter and driver Yannick Gingras. A LITTLE MORE: Clear Vision gunned down Dealt A Winner nearing the wire to take the Preferred Pace in 1:49. ... Wagering was vigorous as all-source betting totaled $2,880,980. ... Racing resumes Friday at 7:15 p.m. Clear Vision GIANT JACKPOT SUPER HIGH FIVE HIT AT BIG M One lucky patron at the Meadowlands’ owned off-track wagering facility Winners at Bayonne walked off with a monster score in Saturday night’s fifth race. That lucky bettor had the correct combination of 9-10-5-3-4 in the Big M’s 20 Cent Jackpot Super High Five and walked away with a payoff of $43,641.50. The race winner, Preparty, paid $10.40 to win.   By Dave Little, for the Meadowlands  

This Week: Meadowlands Pace, Hambletonian Maturity, W.R. Haughton Memorial, Mistletoe Shalee, Stanley Dancer Memorial, Delvin Miller Memorial, Golden Girls and Miss Versatility, Meadowlands Racetrack, East Rutherford, N.J.; and Lawrence B. Sheppard Memorial, Yonkers Raceway, Yonkers, N.Y. Schedule of events: The stakes heavy Saturday (July 16) Grand Circuit card at the Meadowlands features the $732,050 Meadowlands Pace for 3-year-olds, the $471,800 W.R. Haughton Memorial for free for all pacers, the $471,200 Hambletonian Maturity for 4-year-old trotters, two divisions in the $306,500 Stanley Dancer Memorial for 3-year-old male trotters, the $223,150 Golden Girls for older pacing mares, two divisions in the $193,000 Delvin Miller Memorial for 3-year-old filly trotters, the $157,400 Mistletoe Shalee for 3-year-old filly pacers, and a $40,000 leg of the Miss Versatility for older trotting mares. Saturday Grand Circuit action also includes the $100,000 Lawrence B. Sheppard for 2-year-old colt pacers at Yonkers Raceway. Complete entries for the races are available at this link. Last time: Wiggle It Jiggleit got back on track at the Meadowlands Saturday (July 9), as one week after finishing third in the Ben Franklin, he shrugged off heavy rain and a sloppy track to record a sensational half-length win over rival Freaky Feet Pete in the $250,000 Graduate Series final for 4-year-old pacers. The winning time of 1:47.2 was a lifetime best for the defending Horse of the Year. Rock N' Roll World was third. One week after finishing third behind Always B Miki (as a 5-year-old, ineligible for the Graduate) and Freaky Feet Pete, Wiggle It Jiggleit was away well from post three. Freaky Feet Pete also left quickly and while parked had the lead at the quarter in :25.3. With Wiggle It Jiggleit right behind him, Freaky Feet Pete hit the half in :53.1 and three-quarters in 1:20.4 and appeared to get a bit of separation as they turned for home. But then driver Montrell Teague hit the gas pedal, and once again, Wiggle It Jiggleit, who returned $3.00 to win as the 1-2 favorite, had more than enough fuel left in the tank, edging clear in the final sixteenth to record his 32nd win in 40 lifetime starts for trainer Clyde Francis and owners George Teague Jr. Inc. and Teague Racing Partnership. In the $250,000 Graduate Series final for 4-year-old trotters, John Campbell gave Musical Rhythm a perfect steer from post 10, and after yielding the top before three-quarters, came back for more in deep stretch to storm home a convincing two length winner in 1:51.2. Musical Rhythm left quickly and was parked in second as Crazshana hit the quarter in :27.4. Musical Rhythm took over shortly thereafter, trotting past the half in :55.4. Wings Of Royalty, who got off the rail at the three-eighths and provided live cover for even-money favorite Maestro Blue Chip, ranged up to get the top at three-quarters in 1:23.2 as Campbell handled his charge with care through the far turn. Through the stretch, Maestro Blue Chip did not fire, and nearing the wire, Campbell swung Musical Rhythm out of the pocket and exploded home in the final sixteenth to record the win in 1:51.2, a lifetime best. Centurion ATM, a 30-1 longshot, finished second, with Crazshana third. Maestro Blue Chip faded to sixth. Musical Rhythm returned $12.20 to win as the third betting choice for owners Santo and Nunzio Vena, Claude Hamel and (trainer) Ben Baillargeon, and has now won 12 of 14 starts this year. Complete recaps of the weekend races are available at the Grand Circuit website. Grand Circuit Standings: In 2016, the Grand Circuit leaders in three categories (driver, trainer and owner) will once again be tracked on a points system (20-10-5 for the top three finishers in divisions/finals and 10-5-2 for the top three finishers in eliminations/legs). Winbak Farm is the sponsor for the 2016 Grand Circuit awards. Here are the current leaders: Drivers: 1. Yannick Gingras - 224; 2. Jordan Stratton - 221.5; 3. David Miller - 220; 4. Tim Tetrick - 216; 5. Matt Kakaley - 175. Trainers: 1. Ron Burke - 340; 2. Jimmy Takter - 208; 3. Jeff Bamond Jr. - 175; 4. Peter Tritton - 139.5; 5. Clyde Francis - 127.5. Owners: 1. Harry von Knoblauch - 139.5; 2. Bamond Racing - 117; 3. Burke Racing Stable - 85.9; 4. Weaver Bruscemi - 69.9; 5. Courant A B - 65. Looking ahead: Grand Circuit action will be taking place next weekend at Saratoga, Vernon Downs, The Meadows and The Meadowlands. Saratoga will have the Joe Gerrity for older pacers; Vernon features the Zweig Memorial for 3-year-old colt trotters and the Zweig Filly for 3-year-old filly trotters; The Meadows will have eliminations for the Adios for 3-year-old colt pacers; and The Meadowlands will host the first leg of the Kindergarten Series for 2-year-old colt and filly pacers and trotters. by Paul Ramlow, for the Grand Circuit  

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - Wiggle It Jiggleit got back on track at the Meadowlands Saturday night, as one week after finishing third in the Ben Franklin, he shrugged off heavy rain and a sloppy track to record a sensational ½-length win over harness racing rival Freaky Feet Pete in the $250,000 Graduate Series Final for 4-year-old pacers. The winning time of 1:47.2 was a lifetime best for the defending Horse of the Year. Rock N' Roll World was third. "He's a great horse who likes to do what he does," said owner George Teague Jr. One week after finishing third behind Always B Miki (as a 5-year-old, ineligible for the Graduate) and Freaky Feet Pete, Wiggle It Jiggleit was away well from post three. Freaky Feet Pete also left quickly and while parked had the lead at the quarter in :25.3. With Wiggle It Jiggleit right behind him, Pete hit the half in :53.1 and three-quarters in 1:20.4 and appeared to get a bit of separation as they turned for home. But then driver Montrell Teague hit the gas pedal, and once again, Wiggle It Jiggleit, who returned $3.00 to win as the 1-2 favorite, had more than enough fuel left in the tank, edging clear in the final sixteenth to record his 32nd win in 40 lifetime starts for trainer Clyde Francis. "Great horses do great things," said Teague. In the $250,000 Graduate Series Final for 4-year-old trotters, John Campbell gave Musical Rhythm a perfect steer from post 10, and after yielding the top before three-quarters, came back for more in deep stretch to storm home a convincing 2-length winner. "This little guy amazes me all the time," said winning trainer Benoit Baillargeon. "But you have to be careful with him in the turns." Which is exactly how Campbell handled things. Musical Rhythm left quickly and was parked in second as Crazshana hit the quarter in :27.4. Musical Rhythm took over shortly thereafter, trotting past the half in :55.4. Wings Of Royalty, who got off the rail at the three-eighths and provided live cover for even-money favorite Maestro Blue Chip, ranged up to get the top at three-quarters in 1:23.2 as Campbell handled his charge with care through the far turn. Through the stretch, Maestro Blue Chip did not fire, and nearing the wire, Campbell swung Musical Rhythm out of the pocket and exploded home in the final sixteenth to record the win in 1:51.2, a lifetime best. Centurion ATM, a 30-1 longshot, finished second, with Crazshana third. Maestro Blue Chip faded to sixth. "He let the guy go on the turn," said Baillargeon of Campbell permitting Wings Of Royalty to get the lead. "But then he swelled right up." Musical Rhythm returned $12.20 to win as the third betting choice for owners Santo and Nunzio Vena, Claude Hamel and Baillargeon, and has now won 12 of 14 starts this year. For Campbell, it marked his second consecutive win in the Graduate for trotters. A year ago, he guided JL Cruze to victory lane in 1:49.4, the only sub-1:50 mile on the trot in Meadowlands history. SUPER CARRYOVER: There was no single-ticket winner in the 5th race 20 cent Jackpot Super High Five, increasing the carryover for the next racing program to $33,508.72. ... All-source wagering on the card totaled $2,834,080. ... Racing resumes at the Meadowlands Friday at 7:15 p.m. ... Meadowlands Pace Night is Saturday, July 16, and has an early post time of 6:30 p.m. by Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations  

This Week: Graduate Series finals, Meadowlands Pace elimination, and W.N. Reynolds Memorial, Meadowlands Racetrack, East Rutherford, N.J. Schedule of events: Grand Circuit races will be contested this Saturday (July 9) at the Meadowlands. The stakes heavy card features the $250,000 Graduate Series finals for 4-year-old pacers and trotters; two divisions in the $56,486 W.N. Reynolds Memorial for 3-year-old filly trotters; and a $50,000 Meadowlands Pace elimination for 3-year-olds. Complete entries for the races are available at this link. Last time: This past weekend's Grand Circuit action was highlighted by four lucrative events on the Sun Stakes Saturday (July 2) program at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. Trainer Jimmy Takter says Always B Miki is a horse that will be long remembered in the future. For now, Takter and the 5-year-old pacer's connections are more than enjoying the stallion's present. Always B Miki won his highly anticipated showdown with Wiggle It Jiggleit and Freaky Feet Pete in Saturday's $500,000 Ben Franklin Pace at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. Always B Miki defeated Freaky Feet Pete by three-quarters of a length in a stakes- and world-record-equaling 1:47, with Wiggle It Jiggleit finishing third. The time equaled the fastest mile in history on a five-eighths-mile racetrack. Always B Miki, who also won in 1:47 last week at Pocono, shares the record with Sweet Lou. Always B Miki has won five of seven races this year and nine of 11 since returning from injury last October. He is owned by Bluewood Stable, Roll The Dice Stable, and Christina Takter. For his career, Always B Miki has won 23 of 42 starts and earned $1.56 million. Driver Yannick Gingras tucked his whip and breathed a sigh of relief at the wire as he and Southwind Frank won the $500,000 Earl Beal Jr. Memorial in 1:52.4. Southwind Frank led the field through the half in :56.2 and three-quarters in 1:24.4 before coming home in :28 to win by 2-1/4 lengths. Trolley was second with Bar Hopping third. A son of Muscle Hill out of Flawless Lindy, Southwind Frank is trained by Ron Burke for Southwind Frank Partners. As fireworks popped overhead, Racing Hill made some fireworks of his own in winning the $500,000 Max C. Hempt Memorial final in a rated 1:49. Sent off as the 3-5 favorite off a 1:49.1 elimination win last week, Racing Hill took the lead from Boston Red Rocks shortly before the quarter in :25.4. Driver Brett Miller then took the son of Roll With Joe-Chasing Ideals through a second quarter in :29. No one was catching Racing Hill as he led the field to the three-quarters in 1:22 and sprinted home to win by 2-1/2 lengths. JK Will Power was second with Boston Red Rocks third. Tony Alagna trains Racing Hill for owner-breeder Tom Hill. He now has two wins, three seconds and a third in six starts this year, good for $450,340 in seasonal earnings. Pure Country and driver Brett Miller made their way to the front near the midway point and never relinquished the lead from there, winning Saturday's $300,000 James M. Lynch Memorial for 3-year-old female pacers by a half-length over Blue Moon Stride in a stakes-record-equaling 1:49.2. I Said Diamonds led the field to the opening quarter-mile in :27, but soon gave up the top spot to Darlinonthebeach. Pure Country was on the move ahead of Blue Moon Stride in the outside flow and made her way to the lead as the group reached the half in :54.2. Darlinonthebeach slowed on the backstretch and did not finish. Pure Country reached three-quarters in 1:22.1 and paced home from there to win for the fourth time in seven starts this season. Blue Moon Stride was followed by Lindwood Beachgirl in third and I Said Diamonds in fourth. It was Pure Country's third major victory of the campaign, having captured the Miss Pennsylvania and Fan Hanover earlier this year. A daughter of Somebeachsomewhere out of the mare Western Montana, Pure Country has won 14 of 17 career races and earned $1.19 million. She is owned by Diamond Creek Racing. Complete recaps of the weekend races are available at the Grand Circuit website. Grand Circuit Standings: In 2016, the Grand Circuit leaders in three categories (driver, trainer and owner) will once again be tracked on a points system (20-10-5 for the top three finishers in divisions/finals and 10-5-2 for the top three finishers in eliminations/legs). Winbak Farm is the sponsor for the 2016 Grand Circuit awards. Here are the current leaders: Drivers: 1. Jordan Stratton - 221.5; 2. Yannick Gingras - 202; 3. David Miller - 190; 4. Tim Tetrick - 176; 5. Matt Kakaley - 165. Trainers: 1. Ron Burke - 318; 2. Jimmy Takter - 188; 3. Jeff Bamond Jr. - 170; 4. Peter Tritton - 139.5; 5. Rene Allard - 125. Owners: 1. Harry von Knoblauch - 139.5; 2. Bamond Racing - 112; 3. Burke Racing Stable - 80.9; 4. Weaver Bruscemi - 66.15; 5. Courant A B - 60. Looking ahead: Grand Circuit action will be taking place next weekend at The Meadowlands and Yonkers Raceway. The massive Meadowlands card will feature the Meadowlands Pace final, the William Haughton Memorial, the Hambletonian Maturity, the Stanley Dancer Trot, the Del Miller Memorial, the Mistletoe Shalee, the Golden Girls and a leg of the Miss Versatilty. Yonkers will host the Lawrence B. Sheppard for 2-year-old pacing colts. by Paul Ramlow for the Grand Circuit  

Freehold, NJ --- Trace Tetrick doesn't have to go far to see the impact that horses like Freaky Feet Pete and Wiggle It Jiggleit are having on harness racing. And it has nothing to do with talking to people at the stables or racetrack. He just has to look around his neighborhood. "My neighbors don't really know much about racing, but they know I drive Pete and they all want to know when he's racing," said Tetrick, who lives in Anderson, Ind., and drives Indiana-based Freaky Feet Pete for trainer Larry Rheinheimer and owners Mary Jo and Marty Rheinheimer. "They all want to know about Pete. People want to follow him and root for him. The sport needs this, something people can follow." Tetrick will be alerting his neighbors to watch the races at New Jersey's Meadowlands on Saturday (July 9) because Freaky Feet Pete and Wiggle It Jiggleit are ready to go at it again. A week after meeting in a memorable edition of the Ben Franklin Stakes, the two headline the $250,000 Graduate Series pacing championship at the Big M. The Graduate Series is for 4-year-old horses, so Ben Franklin winner Always B Miki -- who is 5 -- will not be joining Freaky Feet Pete and Wiggle It Jiggleit for this weekend's drama. But that shouldn't diminish the interest of fans, who watched Freaky Feet Pete and Wiggle It Jiggleit split four previous encounters prior to the Franklin. Freaky Feet Pete finished second to Always B Miki in the Franklin's world-record-equaling 1:47 mile at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. The stallion, a son of Rockin Image-Skyway Lori, has won 29 of 34 lifetime races and earned $1.34 million. He has finished worse than third only once in his career. Delaware-based Wiggle It Jiggleit, a son of Mr Wiggles-Mozzi Hanover who was the Dan Patch Award Horse of the Year in 2015, finished third in the Franklin. Trained by Clyde Francis, the gelding has won 31 of 39 career races and earned $2.69 million for the father-son team of co-owner George Teague Jr. and driver Montrell Teague. Wiggle It Jiggleit also has finished worse than third only once. Wiggle It Jiggleit, who is the No. 2-ranked horse in the current Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll, and Freaky Feet Pete, who is fifth in the rankings, both are world-record holders. "Pete has a big following here in Indiana; people always watch him," Tetrick said. "In Delaware, everyone's got Wiggle. Everyone wants to follow him and George and Montrell. It's nice because people get attached and want to follow it that way. We need hype like that, where it gets people involved and gets them to want to come out and watch the races. It's just great to be a part of it." Wiggle It Jiggleit will start Saturday's Graduate final from post three. Wiggle It Jiggleit has won eight of 12 starts this season, including the Battle of Lake Erie, Dorothy Mullin Invitational, and a preliminary round of the Graduate Series at Tioga Downs. "He came out of the (Franklin) good," Montrell Teague said. "The draw was good to us, so we'll be up close and see how it goes." The Franklin was the focus of the harness racing world's attention, and received national coverage as well from the Associated Press, as it brought together a star-studded field highlighted by Always B Miki, Freaky Feet Pete and Wiggle It Jiggleit. It was the first time all three of those horses met in the same race. "I thought it was fun," Teague said. "It's always more fun when you win, but you're not going to win them all. Third is better than nothing. I was happy with him. "I'm just glad I've got one of the horses causing a lot of buzz right now, along with Miki and Pete and Mel Mara. I think it's all good promotion for the sport." Freaky Feet Pete will start the Graduate from post eight. He has won five of seven races this season, including a preliminary round of the Graduate at Mohawk. Saturday's race will mark his first start at the Meadowlands. "I think he'll be able to hold his own," Tetrick said. "We drew outside, but Pete's versatile and that makes him a big threat. That's what makes all three of those horses (Always B Miki, Freaky Feet Pete, and Wiggle It Jiggleit) great horses. They're fast off the gate, they can carry their speed for a long distance, and it doesn't have to set up perfectly for them to win." Saturday's card at the Meadowlands, which begins at 7:15 p.m., also includes the $250,000 Graduate Series trotting championship, a single elimination for the Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace, and two Reynolds Memorial divisions for 3-year-old female trotters. Following is the field for the Graduate Series pacing championship: PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer 1. In The Arsenal-Brett Miller-Kelvin Harrison 2. Artistic Major-Tim Tetrick-Steve Elliott 3. Wiggle It Jiggleit-Montrell Teague-Clyde Francis 4. Rockin In Heaven-David Miller-Ian Moore 5. Rockin Ron-Yannick Gingras-Ron Burke 6. Dude's The Man-Corey Callahan-Jessica Okusko 7. Rock N' Roll World-David Miller-Ron Burke 8. Freaky Feet Pete-Trace Tetrick-Larry Rheinheimer 9. Americanprimetime-John Campbell-Rick Dane Jr. 10. National Seelster-Mark MacDonald-Chris Ryder by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications

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