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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

East Rutherford, NJ - A single elimination race for the $750,000e Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace (final on Saturday, July 16) and the $250,000 Graduate Series pacing and trotting finals highlight the Saturday, July 9 live harness racing program at The Meadowlands.   Race Secretary Peter Koch accepted declarations on eleven sophomore colts and geldings for the Meadowlands Pace. Race conditions state that with that number of entries, a bye be offered in descending order to the connections of the top 2016 money earners. That offer was made only once, with trainer Tony Alagna accepting on behalf of owner Tom Hill for their Max Hempt Memorial winner Racing Hill, the top seasonal earner among those declared. The remaining ten will race to eliminate one.   The field for the elimination race:   (top 9 in official order of finish return to join Racing Hill in the final/elimination winner will draw from post positions 1-6 for the final)   RACE 7 CRAWFORD FARMS MEADOWLANDS PACE - ELIMINATION 3 Year Old Open ** STAKES BARN - FRIDAY JULY 8 - 11:00 PM **       Purse:  $50,000                         1 Talk Show Sc Zeron S Elliott         2 Lyons Snyder Da Miller M Silva         3 Another Daily Copy             Ji Morrill N Devita         4 JK Will Power Ya Gingras R Burke         5 Boston Red Rocks Ti Tetrick S Elliott         6 Manhattan Beach Ya Gingras R Burke         7 Good Living Br Miller T Cancelliere         8 Check Six            Ya Gingras R Burke         9 Control The Moment Br Sears B Maxwell         10 Ideal Rocky Co Callahan J Butenschoen         Both of the $250,000 Graduate finals drew the maximum of ten entries.   The pacing final is the stage for chapter two of the battle between Indiana-bred titans Wiggle It Jiggleit and Freaky Feet Pete.   GRADUATE SERIES - FINAL 4 Year Old Open Pace       Purse:  $250,000                         1 In The Arsenal                Br Miller K Harrison         2 Artistic Major                Ti Tetrick S Elliott         3 Wiggle It Jiggleit Mo Teague C Francis         4 Rockin' In Heaven Da Miller I Moore         5 Rockin' Ron                  Ya Gingras R Burke         6 Dude's The Man Co Callahan J Okusko         7 Rock N' Roll World Da Miller R Burke         8 Freaky Feet Pete              Tr Tetrick L Rheinheimer         9 Americanprimetime            Jo Campbell R Dane         10 National Seelster           Ma Macdonald C Ryder       (Top series point earner Rockin' In Heaven drew from post positions 1-6)   The trotters are led by the top point earner through the three preliminary legs Maestro Blue Chip in a remarkably well balanced field.   GRADUATE SERIES - FINAL 4 Year Old Open Trot    Purse:  $250,000                         1 Wings Of Royalty Co Callahan G Ducharme         2 Centurion ATM                 Ak Svanstedt A Svanstedt         3 Crescent Fashion Sc Zeron A Svanstedt         4 Canepa Hanover Ya Gingras J Takter         5 Whataworkout Br Miller F Antonacci         6 Maestro Blue Chip             Ti Tetrick J Looney-King         7 Fashion Creditor Br Miller T Fanning         8 Honor And Serve Ak Svanstedt A Svanstedt         9 Crazshana                    Da Miller J Bamond         10 Musical Rhythm            Jo Campbell B Baillargeon                       (Top series point earner Maestro Blue Chip drew from post positions 1-6)   The entire Saturday draw may be accessed on The Meadowlands website. Post time is 7:15 p.m.   Meadowlands Media Relations

Nichols, N.Y. -- Harness racing reigning Horse of the Year Wiggle It Jiggleit ($2.60) proved too much for his ten 4-year-old pacing rivals in Sunday (June 12) afternoon's $75,000 Graduate preliminary at Tioga Downs, drawing clear authoritatively after setting a strong pace.   The 4-year-old Mr Wiggles gelding not only endured early pressure from Rockin Ron (Yannick Gingras) through a :25.4 first quarter, but also a broken buxton in the initial stages of the race. Nonetheless, he dictate all the terms, rating a :55.3 middle half before edging clear of first-over challenger In the Arsenal (Brett Miller) on the far turn. Now a 30-time winner, Wiggle It Jiggleit amassed 5-1/2 lengths clearance over the others in the end, and his 1:48.1 mile equaled Rockeyed Optimist's track record for 4-year-old pacing geldings.   In the Arsenal held second, Rockin in Heaven (David Miller) rallied mildly to save third off a tracking trip, and Rockin Ron faded to fourth after forcing the early pace.   Clyde Francis trains Wiggle It Jiggleit for owners George Teague, Jr. and the Teague Racing Partnership.   Wiggle It Jiggleit     In the $75,000 Graduate Trot, Maestro Blue Chip ($13.40) lasted on the lead, parrying a stern first-over threat from Musical Rhythm (John Campbell) through the middle half and just holding sway from a surging Whataworkout (Scott Zeron) for a 1:53.4 victory. Tim Tetrick drove the 4-year-old Credit Winner entire for owner Richard Poillucci and trainer JoAnn Looney-King. Pinkman (Gingras), the 2015 Hambletonian winner, could not escape the pocket, narrowly beaten for third by Crazshana (David Miller) while lacking for racing room the entirety of the stretch.   Maestro Blue Chip     The afternoon's two $62,400 New York Sire Stakes events for 3-year-old pacing fillies saw Angels Rockn Pink ($15.20) and Time on My Hands ($4.10) work to the fore early and never look back. Angels Rockin Pink, a daughter of Rock N Roll Heaven and Miss Liz, turned aside a first-over push from Dime a Dance for a 1:52.1 win under Mark MacDonald for trainer Chris Oakes.   Time on My Hands also repelled a third-quarter challenge, but later would have to outlast a late push from American Ivy (Andy Miller), who vacated the pocket in upper stretch. Jason Bartlett drove the daughter of American Ideal and Bewitching Jewell to a 1:53.2 victory for trainer Chris Ryder.   The annual Tioga Downs Scholarship Race, a non-wagering exhibition sponsored by the Harness Horse Breeders of New York State and the Southern Tier Harness Horsemen's Association, went to the Tompkins Cortland Community College-bound Alexis Eaton, teaming up with trainer Mike Deters in a two-seated jog cart behind Prairie Jaguar in the 5/8-mile race.   Live racing returns to Tioga Downs on Friday (June 17) evening, with post time slated for 6:30 p.m. Eastern.   by James Witherite, Tioga Downs

It took exactly three decades for Jo Ann Looney-King and her family to discover a horse that would return them to the winner’s circle at the Meadowlands. That feat alone renders Maestro Blue Chip as a special animal to the family, however, they are also extremely attached to the 4-year-old harness racing stallion because they feel he is the most talented trotter ever to grace their shedrow. “My sister (Susan Looney) was the youngest driver to ever win a race at the Meadowlands when she was 16,” said Looney-King. “That was 30 years ago, so you cannot imagine how thrilling it was for us to finally return there when Maestro won the first leg of the Graduate Series. Our entire family was there to enjoy it and it only made it even sweeter that he beat a horse like Pinkman to get us there. That win really was like a dream come true. Any time you win it is so exciting, but when you win like that it makes it an unforgettable evening. Especially when Jim (her husband) thinks this horse is the best trotter we have ever had.” Purchased by Richard Poilluici for $90,000 at this year’s Tattersalls January Select Mixed Sale, the son of Credit Winner and the SJ’s Caviar mare Up Front Hotsey will attempt to collect his 11th victory since entering the Kings’ barn on Sunday (June 12) when he competes in the $75,000 third leg of the Graduate Series at Tioga Downs. Maestro Blue Chip will commence his journey from post position eight with Tim Tetrick holding the lines and is the 5-1 third choice on the morning line. He will have to face champion Pinkman (2-1), who will leave from post position six, and one of the hottest horses in harness racing in Musical Rhythm (3-1), who will begin trotting from the rail. Despite amassing the highest seasonal bankroll in the contest ($154,000) and serving notice he is a top contender in his division after holding Pinkman at bay at odds of 30-1 on May 21, Maestro Blue Chip appears to remain a bit under the radar, not only at the betting windows, but within the industry. In fact, his triumph over Pinkman and Crescent Fashion was shocking to many who follow the sport, but his endeavors and success were not shocking to his connections. “The minute Jim saw him at the sale he wanted him,” Looney-King said. “It is absolutely impossible not to fall in love with him at first sight. He is such a handsome horse and carries himself with such class. When a horse like that becomes available at the sale, you always wonder why, but this horse was co-owned by Michael Andrew and Purple Haze Stables. “I have experience with Michael’s horses and when I talked to him about this one, he said the only reason he was in the sale was because he had 30 babies at home and it cost money to feed them. That made perfect sense to us as we have been there and sold hoses that went on to do well for other people. That is what you want to see and we were just tickled to get the opportunity to have a horse like him.” Prior to his arrival in his new residence, Maestro Blue Chip, the second foal out of his dam who earned $433,643 during her racing career, was trained by Trond Smedshammer. He performed primarily on the New York Sire Stakes circuit and compiled a record of 13-2-2-2 with just over $78,000 in purse money. After joining the Kings’ stable, the stallion won 10 consecutive races, including the $73,500 Yonkers Raceway/SOA of New York Bonus Trotting Series final on April 26. The only blemish on his record in 2016 came when he finished behind his elders Obrigado and Il Sogno Dream in the Maxie Lee Memorial on May 29 at Harrah's Philadelphia in his last start. “We probably should not have skipped the second leg of the Graduate for the Maxie Lee,” Looney-King said. “But when a race goes for $200,000 and it’s close to home with no starting fee, it is difficult to turn down. Also, we always try to help out when the race office needs horses. We were very pleased with how he trotted and are looking forward to bringing him to Tioga. “This is the first time we have ever raced there and I hate to talk about (post) positions, because that is part of the sport, but we are hoping he works out a nice trip for himself from that spot. We are also fortunate to have one of the best drivers in the business that is terrific at always providing horses with the opportunity to win whenever they are on the track in Tim (Tetrick). Our goal is just to make the final and we could not be more pleased with how our horse is right now. We expect him to race very well even though it is a tough field.” Although his presence in the series final at the Meadowlands on July 9 has yet to be determined, the Kings have quite the season planned for Maestro Blue Chip as the horse is staked to contests such as the Cleveland Trotting Classic, Chip Noble Memorial, Centaur Trotting Classic, and Dayton Trotting Derby. “Jim believes in the horse enough to have him eligible to five $250,000 races after this series,” Looney-King said. “We know it’s a long season and Maestro will always tell us where to go. It always depends on the horse and how he is doing, but we are so excited to have him. He really is such a pleasure in every capacity. I can’t explain how enjoyable he is and what he has already accomplished in such a short time has been amazing for us.” Maestro Blue Chip is not the only member of the King stable that will be performing in a stakes event this weekend. The duo also have last year’s Matron victor, Newborn Sassy, in-to-go in a C$35,000 elimination for the Fan Hanover at Mohawk Racetrack on Saturday (June 11). The daughter of  Western Ideal and Sass Newton, an accomplished offspring of Storm Compensation, went through the ring at the 2014 Lexington Selected Sale for $38,000 as a yearling. The Kings own her in conjunction with CC Racing LLC and the filly has proved to be quite a bargain as she has earned $263,569 with a resume of 14-8-2-2. She has yet to have her picture taken from four trips to the gate this year, but she has placed twice and nabbed the show spot on one occasion. On Saturday evening (June 11), Newborn Sassy will start pacing from post six in the third race on the card. Tetrick is responsible for steering the 5-1 morning line selection when she faces the likes of L A Delight (2-1, post seven), Darlinonthebeach (9-5, post two) and Lindwood Beachgirl (9-2, post three). “We have her because Timmy (Tetrick) was familiar with her dam and just loved her,” Looney-King said. “We were shocked he kept putting up his hand to bid on her at the sale and then he told us she would be a terrific acquisition for us. He really wanted us to have her and it ended up he was 100 percent correct about how good to us she would be. “She got a bit of a late start last year because she had chips removed, but she was rolling at the end of the season. We realize this is a very strong division with fillies like Pure Country and Darlinonthebeach, but we really feel Sassy can not only compete but when she receives the right trip she can win. “We are just hoping for that with her this weekend so we can make the final. Again, it’s a long year with a lot of racing, but we have her staked to nearly all the important races and are anxious to see how her year goes. We are anticipating great things from her. Like Maestro, she is a dream to ship, an absolute pleasure in the barn and will do anything you ask of her on the track. “We just feel so blessed to have the horses we do right now. We are just overwhelmed to have the kind of horses that allow us to be involved in these races and that brings such joy into our lives. How can you ask for anything more? There are times we still cannot comprehend how fortunate we are.” by Kimberly French, USTA Internet News Editor   

Nichols, N.Y. -- Four-year-old superstars Wiggle It Jiggleit and Pinkman head a star-studded 15-race harness racing card on Sunday (June 12) afternoon at Tioga Downs, with the third preliminary leg of the Graduate Series and New York Sire Stakes events for 3-year-old pacing fillies sharing the spotlight.   In the $75,000 eighth race, a Graduate event for pacers, double millionaire Wiggle It Jiggleit squares off against ten other 4-year-olds. The gelded son of Mr Wiggles arrives following impressive victories in the Battle of Lake Erie at Northfield (1:49.4) and the Dorothy Mullin Invitational at Harrah's Philadelphia (1:47.3). Montrell Teague handles the driving duties for trainer Clyde Francis.   "I think he'll handle the Tioga track fine," said Teague. "The biggest disadvantage will be the 11-horse field, and the two trailers will try to keep position up close. You can almost bet that Rockin Ron's going to leave."   A rematch off the Confederation Cup showdown went to Wiggle It Jiggleit in the Mullin, and Teague remains confident heading to this rubber match following the reigning Horse of the Year's effort at Philadelphia. "I didn't want to give Rockin Ron any advantage [at Philadelphia]. I pulled early and got right beside Rockin Ron. On the turn, I tried to stay as close as possible to save some ground; then I started driving on him and he went on."   Wiggle It Jiggleit will start from post 4 as the 4-5 morning line favorite.   Rockin Ron, who looks to avenge his recent defeat, headlines a three-horse entry trained by Ron Burke and Kelvin Harrison. The 19-time winner drew post two in the overflow field, and Yannick Gingras will be in to drive.   One race later, in the $75,000 Graduate preliminary for trotters, Gingras will drive last year's Hambletonian winner Pinkman for trainer Jimmy Takter. The 18-time winner returns from Solvalla Racecourse in Stockholm, where he wired fellow 4-year-olds in 1:52.2 on the Elitloppet undercard. Pinkman will start from post 6 as the 2-1 morning line favorite. Among the seven foes Pinkman will face is Musical Rhythm, a winner in his Graduate event at Mohawk last weekend. Following a sweep of the Don Mills series in April, the 19-time winner has risen to top-tier competition with aplomb, also drawing off in a Preferred event at Mohawk. Benoit Ballairgeon trains the Cantab Hall entire, and Hall-of-Fame driver John Campbell will be aboard from post 1.   A pair of $62,400 New York Sire Stakes events for 3-year-old pacing fillies are carded as races 6 and 11, with a quintet of Burke trainees leading the group of 18 sophomores. Dime a Dance (Matt Kakaley) leads a 2-1 favored entry in race 6 as the only Sire Stakes winner thus far this year in the group, while Chris Ryder trainee Time On My Hands (Jason Bartlett) and Linda Toscano trainee Soft Idea (Jim Morrill, Jr.) will look to upend the Burke trio in race 11.   Post time for Sunday's stakes program is 1:30 p.m. Eastern.   by James Witherite, Tioga Downs

Nichols, NY - The third leg of the harness racing Graduate Series is scheduled for Sunday, June 12 at Tioga Downs.   Also on the card is the NYSS for three-year-old pacing fillies.   The entry box closes at 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, June 8. Click this link to access the condition sheet.   This is the last of the preliminary legs leading up to the $250,000G finals at The Meadowlands on Saturday, July 9.   Follow this link to find the current standings though leg #2.   Tioga Downs Media Offices    

CAMPBELLVILLE, June 4 - Harness racing's Pepsi North America Cup picture became a little bit clearer after Saturday night's Somebeachsomewhere Stakes at Mohawk Racetrack. A talented group of 19 three-year-old pacers competed in a pair of $75,000 Somebeachsomewhere divisions. Of the 19 competitors in Saturday's event, 17 were eligible to the Pepsi North America Cup. Betting Line continued his impressive early-season with a 1:50.1 victory in the first 'Beach' split. The Casie Coleman trainee got away fourth for driver Jonathan Drury and was quickly moved in the second-quarter when Tony Alagna trainee American Passport brushed to the front from third. Betting Line followed his rival and cleared to command at the half in :55.2. After reaching the three-quarter pole in 1:23.3, Betting Line and American Passport created a little separation on their competition in the lane. The Coleman trainee was able to shoot home in :26.3 and hold off deep stretch push by a strong finishing American Passport to win by half a length. Michaels Victory finished third, while Magnum J was fourth. A son of Bettors Delight, Betting Line entered Saturday's race off an impressive 1:49.4 score on May 21. The sophomore paced a :52.2 back-half to secure the victory on that occasion. "He won so I'm not disappointed with him obviously, but he was a bit worked up in the paddock tonight," said Coleman, following Saturday's victory. "I actually had to move his paddock stall down to the end of the paddock and he took a little bit of his race out of him before he went to the gate tonight. "He's a little better than he was tonight and we will get that rectified for next week." Betting Line, who banked over $540,000 as a rookie and won the OSS Super Final, is owned by West Wins Stable, Christine Calhoun and Mac Nichol. His 2016 record now sits at two wins and a second in three starts. The son of Bettors Delight is a top contender heading into the NA Cup eliminations and was the heavy 2/5 choice in Saturday's 'Beach' Stakes. "He's coming into the NA Cup perfect," Coleman said. "I couldn't be any happier with his schedule coming into the NA Cup and I just have to fix a couple paddock situations and I might put his shoes back to how I used to have them." Betting Line had a shoeing change of steel to aluminum for Saturday's start. The Coleman trainee paid $2.80 to win. Betting Line The second division saw Lyons Snyder turn in a huge effort to win in 1:49. Driven by Sylvain Filion, Lyons Snyder left from post-three and got away in the two-hole behind Major Hill. The Mark Silva trained colt didn't sit in the pocket long and circled around to the front just after Major Hill cut a :25.4 opening-quarter. Lyons Snyder rolled right along in the middle-half with fractions of :54.1 and 1:22.1. Meanwhile, O'Brien Award winner Control The Moment was sitting second-over rounding the final turn and ready to fire. In the stretch, Control The Moment took his best shot and got right up to Lyons Snyder, but the Silva trainee dug in and shot home in :26.4 to win by half a length. Nocturnal Bluechip finished third, while Major Hill was fourth. A son of Well Said, Lyons Snyder entered Saturday's contest with three wins in five starts this season after going winless in five outings as a rookie. "He's trained good all year," said Silva, who took over the training of the colt late last season. "He was sore last year, we gave him four months off and he's come back great this year." Lyons Snyder has now earned $105,968 this season for owners Jeff Snyder and Geoffrey Lyons Mound and is a serious contender heading into the NA Cup. "He still runs out a little," Silva said. "We've got a little more work to do with him, but if I straighten that out he's a serious horse." Lyons Snyder was sent off as the 3/2 favourite and paid $5.10 to win. Lyons Snyder Next up for the majority of the 'Beach' competitors is the Pepsi North America Cup eliminations next Saturday (June 11). The last 'Cup' champ to win a division of the Somebeachsomewhere was JK Endofanera in 2014. Also on Saturday, the Graduate Series made its debut at Mohawk Racetrack with many of the sport's top four-year-olds meeting up. Freaky Feet Pete headlined a seven-horse field for the Graduate Pace and lived up to the hype with a 1:49.1 victory. Scott Zeron picked up the live catch-drive behind the Larry Rheinheimer trainee, made a quarter-pole move and never looked back. After Rockin In Heaven posted a :26 opening-quarter, Freaky Feet Pete took the lead and rolled through the middle-half in :54.3 and 1:22.4. The son of Rockin Image finished the job with a :26.2 final-quarter under minimal urging. Rockin In Heaven finished a length and a quarter back in second, while Dudes The Man and Rock N Roll World finished third and fourth, respectively. Freaky Feet Pete now has four wins in five starts this season to bring his career record to 28 wins in 32 outings. His most recent victory pushes his career earnings to $1.3 million for owners Mary Jo Rheinheimer and Marty Rheinheimer. Larry Rheinheimer noted prior to Saturday's race that Freaky Feet Pete's upcoming schedule is currently undecided. 'Pete' paid $2.20 to win. Freaky Feet Pete A field of 11 four-year-old trotters squared off in the $98,250 Graduate Trot. Returning to his home track after suffering his first loss of the season, Musical Rhythm called all the shots and scored a 1:52.3 victory for Mario and Ben Baillargeon. The son of Cantab Hall trotted out quickly from post-five to grab command. Top contender Crazy Wow made a break when parked around the first turn, which changed the complexion of the race. Musical Rhythm was able to get a :29.3 second-quarter breather to lead the field by the half in :57. The soft-quarter was the turning point, as the 2/1 favourite reached the three-quarter pole in 1:25.1 and sprinted home in :27.2 for the 2½ length victory. Crescent Fashion finished second, while Honor And Serve was third. Crazshana, who won the first leg of the Graduate, was a hard-closing fourth. "Lucky enough the eight-horse (Crazy Wow) made a break in the first turn and we got a cheap second-quarter," said Mario Baillargeon. "Them good horses that's all they need...it takes a real good one to beat them and I knew at the half he was going to be hard to beat." Musical Rhythm is undefeated this season on the WEG Circuit and now has 10 wins in 11 starts. He is owned by Santo and Nunzio Vena, Claude Hamel and Ben Baillargeon. The son of Cantab Hall now has seasonal earnings of $182,425 and is likely headed to Tioga Downs for his next start in the final preliminary leg of the Graduate. Musical Rhythm paid $6.10 to win. Musical Rhythm The final preliminary leg of the Graduate Series is scheduled for next Sunday (June 12) at Tioga. The finals of the series are set for July 9 at The Meadowlands. In other action Saturday, Shamballa rocketed from off the pace to win the $34,000 Preferred in 1:49.2. The Rick Zeron trainee used his signature final-quarter kick to score his second win in three starts this season. 2015 Canadian Horse of the Year State Treasurer finished second, while Nirvana Seelster was third. Live racing resumes Monday night at Mohawk Racetrack. Post time is 7:30 p.m. Mark McKelvie

Harness Racing This Week: Graduate Series second leg and the Somebeachsomewhere stakes, Mohawk Racetrack, Campbellville, Ontario. Schedule of events: Grand Circuit action will take place at Mohawk Racetrack on Saturday night (June 4) with a pair of C$98,250 second leg divisions in the Graduate Series for 4-year-old pacers and trotters and two C$75,000 divisions in the Somebeachsomewhere for 3-year-old pacing colts. Complete entries for the races can be found by clicking on this link. Last time: Last weekend's Grand Circuit action was highlighted by the Molson Pace for older pacers at The Raceway at Western Fair District, the Art Rooney for 3-year-olds at Yonkers Raceway, and a trio of invitational races at Harrah's Philadelphia. Evenin Of Pleasure was sent off at odds of 35-1 in Friday night's (May 27) $115,500 Molson Pace, the signature race of The Raceway at Western Fair District. Luckily the horse didn't read the tote board. Sunfire Blue Chip, looking to give driver Mark MacDonald his first Molson Pace win in 10 tries, rattled off fractions of :26.3, :55.2 and 1:23 but was caught in the stretch by the garden spot sitting Evenin Of Pleasure (Sylvain Filion) who hit the wire first in 1:50.3. The time established a new track record, shaving a tick off the previous mark set by MacDonald and Tigerama in 2008. Sunfire Blue Chip held for second after the impressive performance. McWicked claimed the show spot while All Bets Off and P H Supercam took the final two checks. State Treasurer, vying for his fourth straight Molson title, hit some traffic trouble as the field paced through the backstretch the second time and finished sixth. It was the first win in 2016 for Evenin Of Pleasure, a 6-year-old son of Dragon Again owned by Gestion JY Blais Inc. of Montreal, Quebec. It was as uneventful an eight-hole trip as Missile J (Brian Sears, $2,60, part of entry) could possibly have wished for Saturday night (May 28) in winning Yonkers Raceway's $300,000 Art Rooney Pace. A week after winning the lone, $40,000 elimination for the 26th Rooney, Missile J was blind-drawed behind the eight-ball in a field of two 3-year-old colts and six geldings. He was in play early over a track that was moisturized by a fair amount of pre-card rain. Missile J fell into an open three-hole behind pole-sitting entrymate Artmagic (George Brennan) and Rodeo Rock (Dan Dube), who left a bit wide from post position two to make sure Missile J couldn't get around him early. Artmagic had things his own way over the "good" surface, getting a :27.3 opening quarter-mile and :56.1 intermission. The leader then lost his closest pursuer, as Rodeo Rock gave up the ghost chasing a :27.2 third quarter (1:23.3). Missile J had taken out of third by then, getting into second and picking up the scent of the leader. Artmagic owned a 1-1/2 length lead into the lane, but his night was about to end. Missile J and a handful of closers rolled by, with Missile J drawing out to win by 2-1/4 lengths in 1:53. Second went to a much-improved Tailgunner Hanover (Ray Schnittker), with Yankee Artillery (Jordan Stratton), Artmagic and Manny (Brent Holland) settling for the smaller remainder. For Missile J, an unraced at two, $100,000 American Ideal gelding co-owned by Ken Jacobs' KJ Stables and Wanda Polisseni's Purple Haze Stables and trained by Linda Toscano, it was his fifth (consecutive) win in eight seasonal starts. Most people might be unhappy to see clouds block out the sun on their Memorial Day weekend, but Montrell Teague couldn't have been more overjoyed. Teague drives Wiggle It Jiggleit, a horse who has a penchant for jumping shadows on the racetrack. So when Teague saw the clouds roll in moments before heading onto the track for Wiggle It Jiggleit's start in Sunday's (May 29) $200,000 Dorothy Mullin Invitational for older male pacers at Harrah's Philadelphia, he was relieved. And under the cover of those clouds, Wiggle It Jiggleit went out and paced the fastest mile in the 11-year history of Harrah's Philadelphia, stopping the timer in 1:47.3 as he captured the Mullin Invitational by 1-3/4 lengths over early pacesetter Rockin Ron. Rockeyed Optimist finished third. The previous fastest mile at Harrah's Philadelphia was 1:48, a mark shared by Artistic Fella and Mister Big. The time was one-fifth of a second off the world record for a 4-year-old gelding pacer on a five-eighths-mile oval. In the Mullin, Wiggle It Jiggleit found himself in second place behind Confederation Cup champion Rockin Ron. Teague and the 1-2 favorite made their move to challenge Rockin Ron just after reaching the race's midpoint and battled side-by-side around the final turn. From there, Wiggle It Jiggleit paced away from his rivals to post the victory for owners George Teague Jr., who is Montrell's father, and the Teague Racing Partnership. Wiggle It Jiggleit is trained by Clyde Francis. Also on Sunday's card at Harrah's Philadelphia, Obrigado won the $200,000 Maxie Lee Memorial for older trotters by a neck over Il Sogno Dream in 1:52 and Venus Delight won the $200,000 Betsy Ross Invitational for older female pacers by 2-1/2 lengths over Katie Said in 1:50.4. 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 - 186.5; 2. Daniel Dube - 120; 3. George Brennan - 103; 4. Matt Kakaley - 100; 5. Jason Bartlett - 90. Trainers: 1. Ron Burke - 163; 2. Jeff Bamond Jr. - 138; 3. Peter Tritton - 134.5; 4. Rene Allard - 120; 5. Clyde Francis - 62.5. Owners: 1. Harry von Knoblauch - 134.5; 2. Bamond Racing - 85; 3t. Burke Racing Stable - 45.55; 3t. Weaver Bruscemi - 45.55; 5. Purple Haze Stables - 44. Looking ahead: Grand Circuit action will take place next week at Scioto Downs, Mohawk, The Meadows, and Tioga Downs. 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; The Meadows will contest eliminations for the Meadows Maturity for older trotting mares; and Tioga Downs will offer the third leg of the Graduate Series for 4-year-old pacers and trotters. Paul Ramlow Grand Circuit Publicity Director

CAMPBELLVILLE, May 31 - A talented group of 19 harness racing three-year-old pacers have been split into two $75,000 divisions for this Saturday's Somebeachsomewhere Stakes at Mohawk Racetrack. A stacked 11-race card has been assembled for Saturday and, along with the Somebeachsomewhere, will also feature a leg of the Graduate Series for four-year-olds and an Ontario Sires Stakes Gold event for sophomore pacing fillies. The Somebeachsomewhere Stakes (previously known as The Burlington) serves as the final prep before the Pepsi North America Cup eliminations (June 11). Of the 19 horses in this year's Somebeachsomewhere Stakes, 17 are eligible to the 'Cup'. The first division Saturday is headlined by several of last year's standout rookies and OSS top stars. OSS Super Final champion Betting Line (PP2, Jonathan Drury) is looking for his second win in three starts this season. The Casie Coleman trainee won his last start on May 21 at Mohawk in 1:49.4 and paced a :52.2 back-half. Voracity (PP5, Brett Miller), a winner of over $298,000, and Nvestment Bluechip (PP9, Jody Jamieson), third-place finisher in last year's Breeders Crown and winner of over $368,000, join their OSS rival in the first split. Trainer Tony Alagna not only sends out Voracity in the first division, but also Grand Circuit winner American Passport (PP3, Scott Zeron). The son of American Ideal posted three consecutive victories last season in Grand Circuit events, including a pair at The Red Mile. Michaels Victory (PP7, Sylvain Filion) and Magnum J (PP10, Doug McNair) are both coming off Sires Stakes victories in New Jersey and Ontario. Stonebridge Beach (PP1, Sylvain Filion), Flaherty (PP4, Trevor Henry), Dreamfair Mesa (PP6, Randy Waples) and Some Gold (PP8, James MacDonald) complete the field of ten for the first division. Metro Pace and O'Brien Award winner Control The Moment (PP4, Randy Waples) headlines the second division. The Brad Maxwell trainee is making his 2016 debut after a pair of qualifiers at Mohawk. The son of Well Said won eight of nine starts last season, banked over $461,000 and took a mark of 1:49.4 at Mohawk. Also in the second split, Alagna trainee Highlandbeachycove (PP9, Scott Zeron) will look to improve to three for three to start his sophomore season; Mark Silva trainee Lyons Snyder (PP3, Sylvain Filion) is coming off a Pennsylvania Sires Stakes victory in 1:49.4 at Pocono; and Dave Menary trainee Major Hill (PP6, Jody Jamieson) is entering off a 1:50.4 winning performance last week at Mohawk. The field of nine is completed by Bettor Memories (PP1, Chris Christoforou), Arsenic (PP2, Doug McNair), Nocturnal Bluechip (PP5, Paul MacDonell), Cruise Patrol (PP7, James MacDonald) and Brookdale Sonny (PP8, Sylvain Fillion). The Somebeachsomewhere divisions have been carded as races six and eight. Also on Saturday, the Graduate Series makes a stop at the Campbellville oval. A field of 11 four-year-old trotters will compete in the Graduate Trot, while a group of seven four-year-olds will battle in the Graduate Pace. Each race goes for a purse of $98,250. Local standout Musical Rhythm (PP5, Mario Baillargeon) stars in the Graduate Trot. The Ben Baillargeon trainee had his 11 race win streak snapped in the first leg of the series on May 21 at The Meadowlands. However, the son of Cantab Hall has won 13 of his last 14 starts on the WEG Circuit. The Graduate Trot field also includes Ron Burke trainee Crazy Wow (PP8, Matt Kakaley), a winner of over $1.3 million, and first leg winner Crazshana (PP10, James MacDonald) from the Jeff Bamond barn. The Graduate Pace is headlined by Breeders Crown champion Freaky Feet Pete (PP5, Scott Zeron). The Larry Rheinheimer trainee has won 27 of 31 career starts and will be making his first trip back to Canada since his Crown triumph at Woodbine last October. Freaky Feet Pete, a winner of over $1.2 million, has won three of four starts this season and is entering the Graduate off a third-place finish in the Battle of Lake Erie at Northfield. The field of seven also includes last year's Adios winner Dudes The Man (PP4, Jody Jamieson). The Howard Okusko Jr. trainee won his season debut Monday afternoon at Vernon Downs in 1:49.4. Dudes The Man hit the board in almost half of his 21 starts last season and earned over $715,000. The Graduate Trot has been carded as the fifth-race, while the Graduate Pace is the evening's ninth-race. The first OSS Gold event of the season at Mohawk will also highlight Saturday's card. A group of 16 sophomore pacing fillies have been split into two $105,000 divisions. Fresh off a victory in the S.B.O.A Stakes, Dr. Ian Moore trainee Good Will Hanover will look to keep her momentum rolling in the first split. O'Brien Award winner L A Delight, who suffered her first loss in 12 starts last Saturday, will look to get back on track in the second division for trainer Bob McIntosh. Not to be overshadowed by all the stakes action, an impressive group of older pacers will square off in the $34,000 Preferred (Race 4). State Treasurer, Nickle Bag, Shamballa and Evenin Of Pleasure are just a few of the notables in the field of nine for the Preferred. Post time for Saturday's stakes-packed card of racing is 7:30 p.m. The program pages (without final changes) for Saturday's card can be accessed by clicking here. Mark McKelvie

Boston Red Rocks may have been given a bit of a scare at the wire, but ended a trend of high-profile beaten harness racing favorites on Saturday night at the Meadowlands, scoring in his 2016 debut in a division of the New Jersey Sire Stakes for 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers. The Steve Elliott trainee, who is pointing toward the Meadowlands Pace, was permitted to set tepid fractions of :28, :56.2 and 1:24.1 while unchallenged. Ideal Rocky, who sat the pocket throughout, stayed with the 1-9 favorite and sprinted home during the final sixteenth to come up just a head short of pulling off the upset. Katies Rocker was third. Boston Red Rocks went the mile in a lifetime-best equaling 1:50.3 with Tim Tetrick in the bike and paid $2.20 to win for owners Peter Blood and Rick Berks. Boston Red Rocks Earlier on the card, chalk players took two big punches to the chin. Maestro Blue Chip stayed perfect in 10 starts this season, winning a division of the Graduate Series for 4-year-old trotters in a lifetime-best 1:51.3. Pinkman, the 2015 Hambletonian champion who was upset a week ago in his first start of the year, tasted defeat for a second straight outing as the 3-5 public choice. Like last week, Pinkman had a clear lead at three-quarters but could not maintain his advantage to the wire, settling for third as Crescent Fashion closed to get the place spot, 1½ lengths behind the winner. Facing by far the stiffest task he's had this year, Maestro Blue Chip was sent off at odds of 30-1 and returned $63.20 to his backers. David Miller drove the Jo Ann Looney-King trainee for owner Richard Poillucci. Maestro Blue Chip Crazshana wins the other $50,000 Graduate Division In a division of the Graduate for 4-year-old pacers, another short favorite went down as Confederation Cup winner Rockin Ron lost for the first time in 11 starts this year, coming up a half-length short to Artistic Major, who scored for the team of Elliott and Tetrick in 1:48.1, a lifetime best. After grabbing the early lead, 1-5 shot Rockin Ron was shuffled back after several lead changes and had to overcome a three-hole trip. As Artistic Major was tipping off cover and storming home to victory, Rockin Ron was desperately seeking room to race and did not find a clear path until the sixteenth pole. He had explosive pace from there to get second. Split The House was third. Artistic Major returned $20.40 to win for owners Van Dusen, Cimaglio, Elliott and Patel. Artistic Major THE CLIMB CONTINUES: The 12th race 20 cent Jackpot Super High Five once again did not have a single-ticket winner, meaning that the carryover for the next program has now swelled to $231,017.66. ... All-source wagering on the card totaled $2,778,867. ... The Meadowlands is back with live racing Friday at 7:15 p.m. by Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations

Saturday night's harness racing card at The Meadowlands has a lot to offer. The first leg of the Graduate Series brings Grand Circuit four-year-old trotters and pacers to town and the pacing side of the New Jersey Sires Stakes gets underway, featuring 2015's top freshman Boston Red Rocks in his seasonal debut.   The Graduate trotters were split into a pair of $50,000 divisions with Wings Of Victory, fresh off his lifetime best 1:51.4 win here last week, listed as the morning line choice from the rail in race two. Trainer George Ducharme and owner Ray Campbell, Jr will enlist Corey Callahan to drive their stable star for the first time on Saturday.   Pinkman (PP #3) makes his second seasonal start in division two (race six). Last year's Trotter of the Year got nipped at the wire by Wings Of Royalty after doing the heavy lifting on the front end last Friday. He's been pronounced fit and ready to go off that effort by Yannick Gingras who drives the gelding regularly for trainer Jimmy Takter and owners Christina Takter, John & Jim Fielding, Joyce Mc Clelland and Herb Liverman.   The Graduate pacers, a talented, well-balanced field of nine, assemble for the $75,000 eighth race. Rockin Ron (PP #4) has been perfect since joining the Ron Burke stable late last year. The latest in the line of Indiana invaders to join pacing's upper echelon has strung together eleven straight wins and scored his first Grand Circuit victory in the Confederation Cup last Sunday. Rockin Ron was matched successfully with Gingras for the first time in that outing and the pair shall seek to extend the streak for the ownership group of Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi and RTC Stables.   The competition is led by the iron-tough In The Arsenal who will be leaving from the rail for Brett Miller after a useful closing effort in his first start against the best Open pacers last week.   Boston Red Rocks never missed the board in nine starts as a freshman and secured divisional honors with his late season heroics, by winning both the Breeders Crown and Governor's Cup finals. With a pair of impressive qualifiers under his belt, the imposing son of Rocknroll Hanover gets underway from post four in this $25,000 test for owners Peter Blood and Rick Berks. Steve Elliott and Tim Tetrick provide plenty of championship experience as his trainer and driver.   The competition is led by Ideal Rocky, who vanquished the top choice in the NJSS freshman final last year and Katie's Rocker who quietly had a solid season at two and has made a good appearance in both of his morning trials.   The pacing fillies (race five) are led by Blue Moon Stride who will attempt to defend her NJSS tiara, having won last year's final. She faced Grand Circuit types through the balance of her freshman season and has earned more money in her career than her eight opponents combined. Andrew McCarthy has the drive from post position six for trainer Mark Harder and owners Emilio and Maria Rosati of Australia.   Saturday is Preakness Day as well as the scene of the All About Beer Magazine's World Beer Festival, so the place will be "hoppin". Don't miss it.   Post time is 7:15 p.m.   Meadowlands Media Relations    

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