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Harness Racing This Week: Molson Pace, The Raceway at Western Fair District, London, Ontario; Art Rooney and Lismore, Yonkers Raceway, Yonkers, N.Y.; and Maxie Lee Memorial, Dorothy Mullin Invitational and Betsy Ross, Harrah's Philadelphia, Chester, Pa. Schedule of events: The Grand Circuit will take place at three locations this weekend. Action begins on Friday (May 27) at The Raceway at Western Fair District with the C$150,000 Molson Pace for free for all pacers. Three-time defending champion State Treasurer drew the coveted rail in his quest for a historic fourth consecutive title. Yonkers Raceway will host the $300,000 final of the Art Rooney Pace (3-year-old colts/geldings) and the $100,000 Lismore Pace (3-year-old fillies) on Saturday (May 28). Elimination winner Missile J leads the field in the Art Rooney Pace. Harrah's Philadelphia will host three Invitational events on Sunday (May 29), each with a purse of $200,000, in the Maxie Lee Memorial for older trotters, the Dorothy Mullin Invitational for older pacing males and the Betsy Ross for older filly and mare pacers. Complete entries for the Yonkers and Harrah's Philadelphia races can be found by clicking on this link. Western Fair entries can be found by clicking on this link. Last time: Last weekend's Grand Circuit action was highlighted by the Battle of Lake Erie for older pacers. Despite the presence of Foiled Again, the wealthiest horse in harness racing history and millionaires Luck Be Withyou and All Bets Off, the Battle of Lake Erie was billed as a rubber match between the defending Horse of the Year Wiggle It Jiggleit, conditioned by Clyde Francis, and the 3-year-old Breeders Crown winner Freaky Feet Pete, who is trained by Larry Rheinheimer. After all, this was the fourth encounter between the two superstar 4-year-olds and Freaky Feet Pete held the advantage over the 2015 champion at 2-1. Sent off at odds of 1-2, Wiggle It Jiggleit and driver Montrell Teague easily snatched the lead from post position one immediately after they paced away from the gate. The other seven members of the field surprisingly enough seemed content to allow Wiggle It Jiggleit to roll unopposed on the front through a half in :55.4. That is when reinsman Trace Tetrick decided it was time to put some pressure on Wiggle It Jiggleit and pulled Freaky Feet Pete, who was the public's second selection at 6-5, from fourth position to challenge his rival. Although the Indiana champion appeared to be moving at full throttle after three-quarters in 1:23, he could not pass Wiggle It Jiggleit or even draw close enough alongside to look him in the eye in the stretch. As the horses strode towards the finish line, Wiggle It Jiggleit only placed more distance between himself and his opponents, as Freaky Feet Pete's early efforts were clearly responsible for him retreating several hundred yards before the wire. This allowed All Bets Off, at odds of 30-1, to come on and collect second place. Freaky Feet Pete was third and Luck Be Withyou rounded out the superfecta. The winning margin was 4-1/4 lengths and the mile was paced in 1:49.4. Owned by George Teague Jr. Inc. and Teague Racing Partnership, Wiggle It Jiggleit is trained by Clyde Francis. In other Grand Circuit action from over the weekend, Iron Mine Bucky survived a miserable first quarter in the slop and went on to capture the faster division of Saturday's $116,304 Currier & Ives at The Meadows. Cufflink Hanover took the other division in the stake for 3-year-old colt and gelding trotters. Iron Mine Bucky hadn't raced since winning an Oct. 2 Keystone Classic split at The Meadows, and he got just the sort of journey -- stuck outside -- winning driver George Dennis didn't want. But the Hambletonian-eligible son of Explosive Matter-My Foolish Dream persevered on the outside and overpowered the leader, 2-5 favorite Hititoutofthepark. Iron Mine Bucky prevailed in 1:55.2, 1-1/2 lengths better than Steed, while Hititoutofthepark saved show. Greg Haverstick trains Iron Mine Bucky, who extended his career bankroll to $132,023, for Iron Mine Branch LLC. Cufflink Hanover has won three of four starts since adding hobbles, and he again looked useful and professional. He worked out a pocket trip behind Truemass Volo, then blew by him in the lane to triumph in 1:55.4. Hollywood Highway found late room for second, two lengths back, with Truemass Volo third. Driver David Miller owns the Andover Hall-CR Savoire Faire gelding with the Enzed Racing Stable of the colt's trainer, Nifty Norman. Complete recaps of all 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 leaders following the past weekend: Drivers: 1. Jordan Stratton - 161.5; 2. Daniel Dube - 120; 3. Matt Kakaley - 100; 4. George Brennan - 98; 5. Jason Bartlett - 90. Trainers: 1. Ron Burke - 158; 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. Courant A B - 40. Looking ahead: Grand Circuit action will take place at Mohawk next weekend and will feature the Somebeachsomewhere for 3-year-old colt pacers and the second leg of the Graduate for 4-year-old open pacers and trotters. Paul Ramlow Grand Circuit Publicity Director

Harness Racing This Week: Battle of Lake Erie, Northfield Park, Northfield, Ohio; Graduate Series first leg, Meadowlands Racetrack, East Rutherford, N.J.; Currier & Ives, The Meadows, Washington, Pa.; Art Rooney elimination, Yonkers Raceway, Yonkers, N.Y.; and Miss Versatility first leg, Mohawk Racetrack, Campbellville, Ontario. Schedule of events: A busy weekend of Grand Circuit racing will be highlighted by the $200,000 Battle of Lake Erie for older pacers on Saturday (May 21) at Northfield Park. Also on Saturday, Meadowlands Racetrack will feature two $50,000 divisions of the first leg of the Graduate for 4-year-old trotters and a single $75,000 division in the Graduate for 4-year-old pacers. The Meadows on Saturday will host a pair of divisions in the $116,304 Currier & Ives for 3-year-old male trotters and two divisions in the $70,500 Currier & Ives filly for 3-year-old female trotters. Finally on Saturday, Yonkers Raceway will feature a single $40,000 elimination in the Art Rooney Pace for 3-year-olds. The top eight horses in the field of nine will advance to next week's final. On Monday (May 23) Mohawk Racetrack will host two C$30,000 divisions in the opening leg of the Miss Versatility for older trotting mares. Complete entries for the U.S. races are available at this link. The Mohawk races can be viewed at this link. Last time: Rockin Ron and driver Yannick Gingras established a new track and Canadian record in winning the 38th edition of the $187,880 Confederation Cup on Sunday night (May 15) at Flamboro Downs. The streaking Ron Burke trainee held off reigning Horse of the Year Wiggle It Jiggleit, the 3-5 favored second tier starter, in 1:50.1 to set a new record for older pacers on a half-mile track. Gingras left with Rockin Ron from post four as he indicated he would in a pre-race interview on the Flamboro Downs broadcast. Rockin In Heaven (Trevor Henry) also left from post seven and cleared to command heading to the first turn. However, Rockin Rock retook the lead into a :26.2 first quarter. As the 4-5 second wagering choice led the field off the turn in front of the grandstand, his stablemate My Hero Ron (Matt Kakaley) tipped first over from fourth with Wiggle It Jiggleit (Montrell Teague) following his cover. Rockin Ron raced past the half in :55.3 and headed to three-quarters in 1:23.3 while Teague fired Wiggle It Jiggleit three-wide down the backstretch to take over second place. Wiggle It Jiggleit continued to chase the leader as they turned for home, but Rockin Ron maintained a one length advantage down the stretch as he sprinted home in :26.3 to score the 1:50.1 triumph, equaling his lifetime mark that he took at Miami Valley Raceway in his last start. Rodeo Romeo (Brett Miller) finished 2-1/2 lengths behind in third off a three-hole trip. Rockin Rock has now won all 11 of his starts racing for the Burke stable, including 10 this year. The 4-year-old Real Desire gelding is owned by Burke Racing LLC, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Rtc Stables Inc. 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 leaders following the past weekend: Drivers: 1. Jordan Stratton - 161.5; 2. Daniel Dube - 115; 3. George Brennan - 96; 4. Jason Bartlett - 90; 5. Tim Tetrick - 69. Trainers: 1. Peter Tritton - 134.5; 2. Jeff Bamond Jr. - 128; 3. Ron Burke - 123; 4. Rene Allard - 120; 5. Richard Banca - 42. Owners: 1. Harry von Knoblauch - 134.5; 2. Bamond Racing - 75; 3. Courant A B - 40; 4. Allard Racing - 39.55; 5. Durazzano Stable - 35. Looking ahead: Grand Circuit action will take place next week at The Raceway at Western Fair District (Molson Pace for open pacers); Yonkers Raceway (Art Rooney final and Lismore for 3-year-old pacers); and Harrah's Philadelphia (Maxie Lee Memorial for open trotters, Dorothy Mullin Pace for open pacers, and Betsy Ross for pacing mares). Paul Ramlow

Hannelore Hanover and Solar Sister notched Grand Circuit victories on closing day of the 2016 Miami Valley Raceway harness racing meet on Sunday (May 8).   The pair of $100,000 races were highlights of the 88th and final program of Miami Valley's third season, its most successful to date with huge increases above 20% in both average handle and total purses.   Hannelore Hanover kept her 2016 season perfect in her fifth start by wiring a classy field of North America's best older trotting mares in 1:52.3, a new track record for 4-year-old female squaregaiters. Despite facing a full field with lifetime earnings north of $4 million in the $100,000 Miami Valley Distaff, the winning daughter of Indiana sire Swan For All was dispatched as a prohibitive favorite, and driver Ricky Macomber Jr. guided her accordingly. Speeding off the wings of the starting gate, Hannelore Hanover and Macomber stopped the first-quarter beam in :27.1 and never looked back through subsequent fractions of :55.4 and 1:23.3. At the head of the lane, it looked briefly as if the taxing fractions might doom the Ron Burke trainees fate, but when Macomber asked for a bit more Hannelore Hanover responded with a :29 flat final panel to seal a 1-3/4 length victory.   Charmed Life (Jody Jamieso) gave futile chase to finish second, while Daylon Miracle (Daniel Dube) raced gamely to finish just a quarter-length further back in third.   Hannelore Hanover increased her career bankroll to $405,324 with her 14th win in 26 lifetime starts. She is owned by Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi and Frank Baldachino.   Solar Sister had to survive a lengthy judge's inquiry before being named the official upset winner of the $100,000 Chip Noble Memorial for the continent's top pacing mares. Although it appeared that Solar Sister and driver Doug McNair may have forced at least one other horse wider when they vacated the pylons down the backstretch, the judges ultimately decided that the confusion was caused by a tiring frontrunner (Lady Shadow) who was simultaneously drifting into the outer flow.   The winner left with alacrity to drop in behind Lady Shadow (Aaron Merriman) before the :26.2 quarter, then enjoyed a pocket ride through a :55.2 half before pulling going to the three quarter station. Solar Sister was first-over in second when the field sped past that 1:22.3 marker, then emerged victorious following a thrilling stretch drive that resulted in a three-horse photo finish in 1:51.2. Favorite Yagonnakissmeornot (Dube), who won the inaugural Noble Memorial in 2014 and still holds the distaff track record, was parked much of the mile and finished just a head behind, with Purrfect Bags (Victor Kirby) third across the wire, just another head behind in her first seasonal start.   Gregg McNair trains the winning 4-year-old daughter of Mach Three for David Willmot and Clay Homer. She now sports 11 career triumphs and $681,387 in earnings.   A pair of $20,000 Opens were also contested on the getaway matinee card.   Il Mago (Trace Tetrick) topped Penn (Josh Sutton) and Cimeronken (Kyle Ater) in the trotting feature, clocked in 1:55.. It was the sixth win in a dozen 2016 starts for the 7-year-old son of Kadabra, who is owned by CC Racing LLC and trained by Tyler George.   Addys Way (Dan Noble) emerged from a stride-for-stride stretch duel with Igottafeelinfran (Kayne Kauffman) to cop the top local pacing mares event in 1:52.1. OK Hallelujah (Jason Brewer) collected the show dough. Perkins Racing Stable LLC owns Addys Way, an 8-year-old Cambest mare, also trained by Noble. She now has an impressive 47 victories from 189 starts and is nearing $400,000 in bank deposits.   Gregg Keidel    

Harness Racing This Week: Lady Suffolk and Dexter Cup, Freehold Raceway, Freehold, N.J.; Mack Lobell Elitlopp Playoff, Meadowlands Racetrack, East Rutherford, N.J.; and Chip Noble Memorial and Miami Valley Distaff, Miami Valley Raceway, Lebanon, Ohio. Schedule of events: The Grand Circuit at Freehold this week features the $140,800 Dexter Cup for 3-year-old open trotters and the $58,000 Lady Suffolk for 3-year-old filly trotters on Saturday (May 7). Meadowlands Racetrack offers the $150,000 Mack Lobell Elitlopp Playoff for older trotters on Sunday (May 8). Also on Sunday, Miami Valley Raceway will feature the $100,000 Chip Noble Memorial for older pacing mares and the $100,000 Miami Valley Distaff for older trotting mares. Complete entries for the races are available at this link. Last time: Freehold Raceway hosted three $16,000 eliminations for the Dexter Cup for 3-year-old male trotters this past Saturday afternoon (April 30). The first (and fastest) elimination was captured by David Miller and Enzed Racing Stable's Cufflink Hanover, who took advantage of a perfect trip to score in a time of 1:57.3. Co-owner Miller was in the sulky as the son of Andover Hall-CR Savoire Faire posted his initial win in two season's starts. The Nifty Norman trainee was a 1-1/4 length winner over Steed (Matt Kakaley), who cut fractions of :29.2, :59.2 and 1:28.3 before yielding to the winner in the lane. Credevie was third for trainer/driver Trond Smedshammer. The second division was captured by Courant A B's Dominion Beach, a 1:58 winner for driver Marcus Johansson and trainer Nancy Johansson. The Muscle Hill-Windylane Hanover sophomore brushed to the lead at the three-quarter pole and then held off a late surge by Sir Royson (Jim Marohn Jr.) to win by a half-length. Cloud Nine Hanover was third for trainer/driver Charlie Norris. The victory was the third lifetime for Dominion Beach, who upped his career earnings to $98,267. Owner Courant A B also captured the final elimination as Dante went gate-to-wire for trainer/driver Ake Svanstedt to emerge victorious in 1:58.3. The Credit Winner-Michelle's Angel colt pulled away in the lane for a 3-1/2 length victory over Inukchuk Chuck (Jim Marshall III) with Hillman third for trainer/driver Marcus Melander. The victory was the first in three career starts for Dante. 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 leaders following the past weekend: Drivers: 1. Jordan Stratton - 161.5; 2. Daniel Dube - 100; 3. George Brennan - 96; 4. Jason Bartlett - 90; 5. Tim Tetrick - 69. Trainers: 1. Peter Tritton - 134.5; 2. Jeff Bamond Jr. - 128; 3. Rene Allard - 105; 4. Ron Burke - 93; 5. Richard Banca - 42. Owners: 1. Harry von Knoblauch - 134.5: 2. Bamond Racing - 75; 3t. Durazzano Stable - 35; 3t. Allard Racing - 35; 5t. Burke Racing Stable - 25.45; 5t. Weaver Bruscemi - 25.45. Looking ahead: Grand Circuit action will take place next weekend at Flamboro Downs as the track will host the C$244,000 Confederation Cup for 4-year-old open pacers. Paul Ramlow  

This Week: Blue Chip Matchmaker and George Morton Levy series finals and consolations, Yonkers Raceway, Yonkers, N.Y. Schedule of events: The Grand Circuit at Yonkers this week features the $609,000 final and the $100,000 consolation of the George Morton Levy series for open pacers, as well as the $309,800 final and $75,000 consolation in the Blue Chip Matchmaker series for open pacing mares. All four races will take place on Saturday (April 23). Complete entries for the races can be found by clicking on this link. Last time: It was as advertised Saturday night (April 16), with Yonkers Raceway hosting the fifth and final preliminary round of the George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series. The highly-anticipated first matchup between Wiggle It Jiggleit and Bit Of A Legend N was so stirring that neither one wanted to be left out of the picture. Both were sent off at odds-on in the last of three $50,000 divisions and when the stone dust settled, the camera was unable to separate 3-4 favorite Wiggle It Jiggleit (Montrell Teague) and 9-10 second choice Bit Of A Legend N (Jordan Stratton) in 1:51.2. Bit Of A Legend N, a 7-year-old Down Under son of Bettor's Delight owned by Harry von Knoblauch and trained by Peter Tritton, has won seven of his nine North American starts. Wiggle It Jiggleit, a 4-year-old Mr Wiggles gelding, is now three-for-four (two-for-three in series) this season and 26-for-31 in his $2 million-plus career. George Teague Jr. and Teague Racing Partnership co-own the horse, trained by Clyde Francis. Saturday night's opening Levy division was won by 6-5 choice Lettucerockthem A (Brian Sears). From post No. 2, he quarter-moved, then held second-choice P H Supercam at bay by a half-length in a life-best 1:51. All Bets Off was buried early, then picked off the rest for third. Lettucerockthem A, a 6-year-old Down Under Art Major gelding co-owned as Allard Racing by trainer Rene Allard, Bob Hamather and Bruce Soulsby, is two-for-seven this season (one-for-three in series). The second series get-together was won by a pocket-sitting fave Mach It So (Tim Tetrick). From post No. 2, he tripped-out by a neck over a stubborn, first-up Texican N in 1:51.3. Te Kawau N was third. Foiled Again, in his 250th career start, cut the mile from the pylons, gave way grudgingly late and finished fourth. Mach It So, a 6-year-old Mach Three gelding owned by Bamond Racing and trained by Jeffrey Bamond Jr., is now three-for-five this series/season. Yonkers Raceway's Blue Chip Matchmaker continued Friday night (April 15), with a pair of $40,000 divisions comprising the fifth and final preliminary round. The evening began with Krispy Apple (Jason Bartlett) eschewing an early pocket, then lasting on the lead. From post position No. 2, she was immediately seated early by Cinamony, but wanted nothing to do with that. She then took over before completing her rounds (:27.4, :56.3, 1:24.2, 1:52.2) for a second consecutive series victory. Sell A Bit N, as the 3-2 favorite, had left into a three-hole. She elected not to move first-up, then found herself wedged behind a tiring Cinamony. Sell A Bit N did get the passing lane, but not nearly in time to track down Krispy Apple, who -- as the second choice -- prevailed by three-quarters of a length. Carolsideal, an uncovered winner a week ago, was an uncovered third here. Krispy Apple, an 8-year-old Western Ideal ma'am co-owned by Bamond Racing and Joseph Davino and trained by Jeffrey Bamond Jr., is now two-for-six this season (two-for-five in the series) after her 42nd career victory. The second event saw a repeating Yagonnakissmeornot (Dan Dube) pick off a badly-drifting Mach It A Par. From post No. 2, the 13-10 fave worked around Yagonnakissmeornot and set tepid intervals (:28.1, :58, 1:26). Mach It A Par opened a couple of lengths entering the lane, but her desire to meet the crowd was about to cost her. Yagonnakissmeornot, as the second choice, stayed on the straight and narrow to win by a length in 1:53.2. Skippin By was a three-hole third. Yagonnakissmeornot, a 7-year-old daughter of The Panderosa co-owned as Allard Racing by trainer Rene Allard, Yves Sarazain and Kapildeo Singh, is now three-for-six this season (three-for-six in the series). 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 leaders following the past weekend at Yonkers: Drivers: 1. Jordan Stratton - 131.5; 2. George Brennan - 96; 3. Jason Bartlett - 88; 4. Daniel Dube - 68; 5. Tim Tetrick - 64. Trainers: 1. Jeff Bamond Jr. - 123; 2. Peter Tritton - 99.5; 3. Ron Burke - 83; 4. Rene Allard - 73; 5t. Andrew Harris - 37; 5t. Richard Banca - 37. Owners: 1. Harry von Knoblauch - 99.5: 2. Bamond Racing - 72.5; 3. Durazzano Stable - 30; 4. Allard Racing - 24.3; 5t. Burke Racing Stable - 22.95; 5t. Weaver Bruscemi - 22.95. Looking ahead: Grand Circuit action will take place next weekend at Freehold Raceway, with $40,000 Dexter Cup eliminations (if necessary) for 3-year-old open trotters on Saturday (April 30). by Paul Ramlow, for the Grand Circuit  

Harness Racing This Week: Blue Chip Matchmaker and George Morton Levy series third legs, Yonkers Raceway, Yonkers, N.Y. Schedule of events: The Grand Circuit at Yonkers this week features three $40,000 divisions on Friday (April 1) in the third round of the Blue Chip Matchmaker series for open pacing mares. The Saturday (April 2) card at Yonkers will see four $50,000 divisions in the third round of the George Morton Levy series for open pacers. Complete entries for the races can be found by clicking on this link. Last time: Yonkers Raceway's Saturday night (March 26) card brought with it the second round of the George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series. Five $50,000 divisions featured all six opening-leg winners, and half of those repeated. George Brennan had an embarrassment of riches, winning again with a pocket-ripping Take It Back Terry ($2.50) in a night's-fastest 1:51.1 and a down-the-road Lucan Hanover ($3.50) in 1:52. Take It Back Terry, last season's series runner-up, drew the pylons and sat a chilly two-hole behind Ideal Cowboy (Jason Bartlett). Ideal Cowboy led through intervals of :27.2, :55.4 and 1:24, taking a 1-1/2 length lead into the lane. Take It Back Terry roared out of the pocket and won by 2-1/2 lengths. Ideal Cowboy saved second over 49-1 Dream Out Loud N (Yannick Gingras). Take It Back Terry, a 7-year-old Western Terror gelding co-owned (as Burke Racing) by trainer Ron Burke, Weaver Bruscemi, Larry Karr and Phil Collura, won his second race in three seasonal starts. Lucan Hanover, from post no. 6, won by a neck (:27.3, :57, 1:24.4), with Texican N (Jordan Stratton) a pocket second. Te Kawau N (Dan Dube) was a three-hole in his North American purse debut. Lucan Hanover, a 6-year-old Western Ideal gelding owned by West Wins Stable and trained by Andrew Harris, is now four-for-four to begin his season. Bit Of A Legend N (Stratton), from post No. 4, also doubled-up in the series, easily winning the third division (:28.3, :57.3, 1:25.4, 1:53). Evenin Of Pleasure (Dube) was second, beaten by 1-1/2 lengths, with Western Rockstar A (Gingras) a first-up third. Bit Of A Legend N, a 7-year-old Down Under son of Bettor's Delight owned by Harry von Knoblauch and trained by Peter Tritton, has won four of his five North American starts. Yonkers Raceway's Blue Chip Matchmaker continued Friday night with three $40,000 divisions comprising the encore round. The evening's opening event saw Sell A Bit N (Stratton) take full advantage of a rare good starting station. In play from post position No. 4, she held sway (:27.3, :56.3, 1:24.3, 1:52.1). Friday's second Matchmaker event had Yagonnakissmeornot (Dube), as the second choice, do it from first-up, winning by a neck in 1:53.3. The night's final series event was won by an off-the-pace Al Raza N (Stratton), who won by 1-1/4 lengths in 1:52.1, matching her life-best. 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 leaders following the past weekend at Yonkers: Drivers: 1. George Brennan - 64; 2. Jordan Stratton - 60; 3t. Daniel Dube - 34; 3t. Jason Bartlett - 34; 5. Matt Kakaley - 24. Trainers: 1. Jeff Bamond Jr. - 44; 2. Ron Burke - 42; 3. Peter Tritton - 40; 4. Andrew Harris - 32; 5. Rene Allard - 22. Owners: 1. Harry von Knoblauch -40; 2. Bamond Racing - 24.5; 3t. Durazzano Stable - 20; 3t. West Wins Stable - 20; 5t. Burke Racing Stable - 12.20; 5t. Weaver Bruscemi - 12.20. Looking ahead: Grand Circuit action will continue with legs of the Blue Chip Matchmaker and George Morton Levy over the next two weekends. The finals and consolations for both events will be held on April 23. Paul Ramlow Grand Circuit Publicity Director

Harness Racing This Week: Blue Chip Matchmaker and George Morton Levy series second legs, Yonkers Raceway, Yonkers, N.Y. Schedule of events: The Grand Circuit at Yonkers this week features three $40,000 divisions on Friday (March 25) in the second round of the Blue Chip Matchmaker series for open pacing mares. The Saturday (March 26) card at Yonkers will see five $50,000 divisions in the second round of the George Morton Levy series for open pacers. Complete entries for the races can be found by clicking on this link. Last time: Yonkers Raceway's Saturday night (March 19) card featured six $50,000 divisions in the opening round of the George Morton Levy Series. The evening's fastest (1:51) grouping produced the evening's least probable result, as Texas Terror N (Matt Kakaley, $100) drew off in the line. Sitting off hot (:26.1; 54.2; 1:22.2) fractions, Texas Terror N -- from post position No. 4 -- was able to slip out and roll by in a life-best effort. He defeated a passing-lane-inheriting Evenin Of Pleasure (Dan Dube) by 1-1/2 lengths, with Sunfire Blue Chip (Mark MacDonald) a solid third. Santa Fe Beachboy (Jason Bartlett), as the 3-4 choice, was used up in the early fray and faded to fifth. For Texas Terror N, an 8-year-old Down Under Western Terror gelding owned by Blindswitch Racing and trained by Jose Godinez, it was his second win in nine seasonal starts. Yonkers Raceway's Blue Chip Matchmaker began Friday night (March 18), with the sport's best pacing mares embarking upon a six-week odyssey. Three consecutive $40,000 events comprised the opening round. The series starter saw Al Raza N (Jordan Stratton, $15.20) snap 9-10 favorite Krispy Apple (Jason Bartlett) right nearing the wire in a season's-best 1:52.3. Hazmatt (Brian Sears) was third, with Delightful Dragon (Brent Holland) and Skippin' By (Yannick Gingras) settling for the remainder. For fifth choice Al Raza N, a 6-year-old Down Under daughter of Gotta Go Cullect owned by Durazzano Stable and trained by Agostino Abbatiello, it was her second win in three seasonal starts. Complete recaps of all the 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 2015 Grand Circuit awards. Here are the leaders following the opening weekend at Yonkers: Drivers: 1. George Brennan - 37; 2. Jordan Stratton - 25; 3. Jason Bartlett - 24; 4. Matt Kakaley - 22; 5. Tim Tetrick - 15. Trainers: 1. Jeff Bamond Jr. - 32; 2. Ron Burke - 17; 3t. Peter Tritton - 15; 3t. Andrew Harris - 15; 5t. Agostino Abbatiello - 10; 5t. Jose Godinez - 10; 5t. Josh Green - 10; 5t. Richard Banca - 10. Owners: 1. Bamond Racing - 18.5; 2. Harry Von Knoblauch - 15; 3t. Jeff Bamond Jr. - 10; 3t. Blindswitch Racing Stable - 10; 3t. Durazzano Stable - 10; 3t. West Wins Stable - 10. Looking ahead: Grand Circuit action will continue with legs of the Blue Chip Matchmaker and George Morton Levy over the next three weekends. The finals and consolations for both events will be held on April 23. Paul Ramlow Grand Circuit Publicity Director

This Week: Blue Chip Matchmaker and George Morton Levy series opening legs, Yonkers Raceway, Yonkers, N.Y. These are the opening harness racing events of the 2016 Grand Circuit season. Schedule of events: The Grand Circuit at Yonkers features three $40,000 divisions on Friday (March 18) in the first round of the Blue Chip Matchmaker series for open pacing mares. The Saturday (March 19) card at Yonkers will see six $50,000 divisions in the opening round of the George Morton Levy series for open pacers. Venus Delight was a 1:52.4 winner in the 2015 Blue Chip Matchmaker final. There are 23 pacing mares entered in the first leg of the six-week Matchmaker event, which concludes on April 23. Defending series champ Venus Delight (Jason Bartlett, post two) and runner-up Yagonnakissmeornot (Dan Dube, post one) find themselves as next-door neighbors in the second division, with the former making her seasonal pari-mutuel debut. The opening grouping includes Yonkers Open Handicap regular Regil Elektra (Tim Tetrick, post three), the double-millionaire-in-waiting Krispy Apple (Bartlett, post four) and a tested-for-class Hazmatt (Brian Sears), who goes after a sixth consecutive victory. Friday night's final Matchmaker event finds a couple of Breeders Crown finalists from a season ago in The Show Returns (Sears, post five) and Lady Shadow (Corey Callahan, post seven), while For The Ladies N (Jordan Stratton) won last season's consolation of this series. Saturday night's (March 19) opening round of the Levy did the Matchmaker three better, with six $50,000 divisions with seven Free-For-Allers each. Domethatagain was a 1:51.1 winner in the 2015 George Morton Levy Series final. Last season' s series champ, Domethatagain (Dube), drew outside of the rivals in the second grouping, while 2014's Levy winner, P H Supercam (Bartlett), finds himself stuck outside in the fifth event. Take It Back Terry (George Brennan, post three), bridesmaid to Domethatagain a season ago, landed post No. 3 in the first division. The final get-together figures to prove interesting, with recent local winners Bit Of A Legend N (Stratton. post two), Let's Drink On It (Tyler Buter, post four) and All Bets Off (Matt Kakaley, post five) opposing one another. Foiled Again, the now-12-year-old gelding, begins his quest for a third Levy title from post No. 2 in the second division. It's the 247th purse start for harness racing's richest horse ($7.3 million), who gets regular date Yannick Gingras for the assignment. Foiled Again enters off a pair of seconds in Meadowlands qualifiers. Complete entries for the races can be found by clicking on this link. 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 Farms is the sponsor for the 2016 Grand Circuit awards. Looking ahead: Grand Circuit action will continue with legs of the Blue Chip Matchmaker and George Morton Levy over the next four weekends. The finals and consolations for both events will be held on April 23. Paul Ramlow Grand Circuit Publicity Director

Harness racing this week: The 2015 Grand Circuit season has come to a close. The 2016 schedule will be released in January. Last time: George Teague Jr. Inc.'s Wiggle It Jiggleit led every step of a 1:48.2 mile to win the $300,000 Hap Hansen Progress Pace final this past Monday night (Nov. 30) at Dover Downs. The 3-year-old son of Mr Wiggles-Mozzi Hanover cut fractions of :26.1, :54 and 1:20.4 for driver Montrell Teague and kicked home in :27.3 on his way to a 3-3/4 length victory over Dealt A Winner (David Miller). Dude's The Man (Corey Callahan) finished third. The victory was the 22nd in 26 season's starts for Wiggle It Jiggleit, who saw his 2015 earnings climb to $2,181,995. A festive and well-attended evening was made even better for Burke Racing Stable, The Panhellenic Stable, Weaver Bruscemi and Lawrence Karr, when their horse Sassa Hanover won the $120,000 Courageous Lady on Friday (Nov. 27) at Northfield Park. Trained by Ron Burke and driven by North America's leading money-winning driver, Yannick Gingras, Sassa Hanover prevailed in 1:52.1, a stakes and track record performance for 3-year-old filly pacers. After blasting off the gate and pressing to get the lead through a :26 opening quarter on a sloppy track, Sassa Hanvoer led unchallenged through middle fractions of :55 and 1:23.2. Turning for home Gingras enjoyed a 2-1/2 length lead, but hung on by only a head over hard-charging Bettor N Better (Tim Tetrick). Sassa Hanover (Rock N Roll Heaven-Sayo Hanover) now has 16 wins in 34 lifetime starts. Friday's victory increased her career bankroll to $1,008,469. She went to post as the bettors' choice and returned $3.60 to win. Complete recaps of all the races are available at the Grand Circuit website. Grand Circuit Standings: In 2015, 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 2015 Grand Circuit awards. Here are the final standings for the 2015 season: Drivers: 1. Yannick Gingras - 1,599; 2. David Miller - 1,311.5; 3. Tim Tetrick - 1,215; 4. Brett Miller - 670; 5. Scott Zeron - 586.5. Trainers: 1. Ron Burke - 1,932; 2. Jimmy Takter - 1,605; 3. Tony Alagna - 612.5; 4. Jeff Bamond Jr. - 395; 5. Ake Svanstedt - 386. Owners: 1. Burke Racing - 446.3; 2. Weaver Bruscemi - 374.35; 3. Bamond Racing - 330; 4. Christina Takter - 252.1; 5. George Teague Jr. Inc. - 250. Looking ahead: The 2015 Grand Circuit schedule will be released in January. Paul Ramlow Grand Circuit Publicity Director   6130 S. Sunbury Rd.   Westerville, OH 43081-9309   Office: 614.224.2291, ext. 3232   Fax: 614.222.6791   www.ustrotting.com      

This Week: Courageous Lady, Northfield Park, Northfield, Ohio and Hap Hansen Progress Pace, Dover Downs, Dover, Del. Schedule of events: The Grand Circuit heads to Northfield Park and Dover Downs for the final two Grand Circuit races of the 2015 season. On Friday (Nov. 27), Northfield will host the $120,000 Courageous Lady for 3-year-old filly pacers. This year's Jugette winner, Sassa Hanover, will start from post three and has been named the 2-1 early favorite. Then on Monday (Nov. 30), Dover will feature the $300,000 (est.) final of the Hap Hansen Progress Pace for 3-year-old male pacers. Wiggle It Jiggleit downed eight rivals for his 21st victory of the season in the $35,000 Hap Hansen Progress Pace elimination this past Monday. Complete entries for the races are available at this link. Last time: This past Saturday (Nov. 21), Resolve won the $400,000 TVG Free For All Trotting Championship at Meadowlands Racetrack in 1:51.4 for driver/trainer Ake Svanstedt. Resolve won the $400,000 TVG Free For All Trotting Championship in 1:51.4 for driver/trainer Ake Svanstedt. In similar fashion to his win in the final preliminary leg the week before, Resolve moved to the lead shortly after the opening quarter, which was reached in :27 by longshot DW's NY Yank. Once on the lead, Resolve was allowed to relax. The same could not be said for E L Titan who got caught in some traffic down the backstretch and ended up three wide, trotting toward the half-mile. Tim Tetrick guided E L Titan to the first over position after racing three wide, crossing in front of Obrigado with The Bank in the outer flow. But Resolve was able to back the field down with a :29.3 second quarter, reaching the half-mile in :56.3. E L Titan, in the final start of his career, was applying pressure, but Svanstedt had plenty of horse in front of him and Resolve began to edge away, trotting past three-quarters in 1:25. The stretch drive was a mere formality as Resolve began to pour it on, winning by three lengths in the end, trotting a final quarter of :26.4 to complete the mile in 1:51.4. Obrigado held the runner-up position while Flanagan Memory rallied from last to be third. The win was the fourth of the season for Resolve. He finishes his 4-year-old campaign with earnings of $700,938. Resolve is owned by Hans Enggren. A field of six contested the $400,000 TVG Pacing Championship. Off the wings of the gate, five of the six free for all pacers tried to leave for position. The only horse content to watch the action early was Bettor's Edge. That strategy by Matt Kakaley turned out to be the winning one as Bettor's Edge stormed down the center of the track, from dead last, to score a 19-1 upset in 1:50. e field turned for home, the free for all pacers spread across the track and all took their shots. Mach It So found room at the pylons, Foiled Again tried to kick off cover, JK Endofanera reached for the wire and Bettor's Edge was rallying down the center of the track. In the end, Bettor's Edge out-sprinted the talented field to win going away in 1:50. Mach It So rallied up the pylons for the runner-up spot while Foiled Again finished third. Trainer Ron Burke confirmed that both Bettor's Edge and Foiled Again will head to North Carolina for the winter and will return for the 2016 racing season. The win was the 26th in the career of Bettor's Edge, sending his lifetime earnings to nearly $1.8 million. The victory in the TVG Pacing Championship was the third stakes win on the night for trainer Burke, who also captured the $144,000 Continentalvictory with Mission Brief and whose Make Or Miss finished in a dead heat for win in the $489,400 Valley Victory. Complete recaps of all the races are available at the Grand Circuit website. Grand Circuit Standings: In 2015, 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 2015 Grand Circuit awards. Here are the leaders following the past week's action: Drivers: 1. Yannick Gingras - 1,579; 2. David Miller - 1,299.5; 3. Tim Tetrick - 1,205; 4. Brett Miller - 670; 5. Scott Zeron - 586.5. Trainers: 1. Ron Burke - 1,907; 2. Jimmy Takter - 1,605; 3. Tony Alagna - 612.5; 4. Ake Svanstedt - 386; 5. Jeff Bamond Jr. - 385. Owners: 1. Burke Racing - 441.3; 2. Weaver Bruscemi - 369.35; 3. Bamond Racing - 320; 4. Christina Takter - 252.1; 5. George Teague Jr. Inc. - 220. Looking ahead: The 2015 Grand Circuit season will conclude after this weekend; the 2016 Grand Circuit schedule will be released early next year. by Paul Ramlow,forThe Grand Circuit

East Rutherford, NJ - The Meadowlands will host a bevy of Grand Circuit stakes this coming weekend with total purses in excess of $3.3 million combined for the Friday, November 20 and Saturday, November 21 cards.   Friday is ladies night with the finest in female Standardbred talent on display.   The inaugural $200,000 TVG Mare Open finals take place with seven well-matched pacing mares vying for the title. Breeders Crown winner Color's A Virgin, trained by Brian Brown and driven by David Miller, takes on series point leader Venus Delight and last week's TVG Open winner Sandbetweenurtoes in the seventh race.   A half dozen very accomplished trotting mares seek the winner's share in race twelve. In the absence of division leader D'One, Bee A Magician, Classic Martine and Shake It Cerry become the logical choices. Shake It Cerry comes in off a convincing win over the exact same field of mares in the TVG Open of Friday past, the first time she was paired with driver David Miller for trainer Jimmy Takter   Ten freshman filly trotters are led by Breeders Crown winner All The Time in the $409,950 Goldsmith Maid (race 2). The homebred pride of Marvin Katz and Al Libfeld isn't facing anyone she hasn't handled before and starts from the rail for the potent trainer/driver duo of Takter and Yannick Gingras.   The $385,250 Three Diamonds (race 8) will showcase eight two-year-old filly pacers with three of those coming from the Ross Croghan barn. Shezarealdeal and Call Me Queen Bee were both acquired for Croghan by Eric Cherry's Let It Ride Stable and Dana Parham during the racing season and have paid handsome dividends ranking first and second in earnings among the participants.   Saturday brings the $400,000 TVG Open finals. The trotters come up in race seven and among the eight declared is three-year-old The Bank who accepted an invitation as Breeders Crown champ to join his elders. Trainer Takter has him in top form for David Miller, he'll need his best to battle a solid group of veterans here.   There are no surprises among the six pacers in the twelfth race $400,000 TVG final as the usual cast of characters will assemble, series point leader JK Endofanera (Takter/ Brett Miller) the likely punter's choice here.   Freshman colts are featured in the $489,400 Valley Victory (race 5) trot. trainer Chuck Sylvester is holding a good hand with both of last week's elimination winners, Waitlifter K (Tim Tetrick) and Dog Gone Lucky (Corey Callahan), racing out of his stable.   The pacing colts will battle over the $413,000 prize pool in the Governor's Cup (race eight). The field of ten is extremely well matched and contains Breeders Crown champ Boston Red Rocks. Peter Blood and Rick Berks' colt has really come to hand for trainer Steve Elliott since Tetrick has taken the reins. Elim winners Katie's Rocker and Big Top Hanover will make him earn it.   There was stark contrast at the entry box for two new stakes for three-year-old fillies with a dozen declared for the $173,500 Tarport Hap (race 11) while a mere quartet entered the $144,000 Continentalvictory (race 2).   The Tarport Hap stretches out to a mile and an eighth with two trailers and is a deep and competitive group. A case could be made for literally any of these accomplished young ladies. Divine Caroline has assumed control lately, scoring a Red Mile sweep followed by the Breeders Crown for trainer Joe Holloway and David Miller (who may well be in line for another huge night). Sassa Hanover is the Jugette winner, Bettor N Better qualified well last week and Bedroomconfessions seeks a defining win from the rail.   The presence of Mission Brief and Wild Honey likely had a lot to do with the scant response to the inaugural Continentalvictory, particularly in light of Mission Brief's scintillating 1:50.2f World Record in the Matron last week. Trainer Ron Burke and driver Yannick Gingras felt that the mercurial filly was as good as she's ever been in that one and it has taken that type of effort to best Wild Honey (Takter/ John Campbell) who boasts wins in all of the majors this season.   Post time is 7:00 p.m. each night. There will be a WHHC event on Saturday.   Information on promotions and dining possibilities are available with a visit to The Meadowlands website.   From the Meadowlands Media Department

DOVER, Del. ---- It's the biggest Thursday card of the season. Grand Circuit Week comes to a close with lucrative Matron Stakes three-year-old division on Nov. 12 at Dover Downs. There are four lucrative sophomore divisions, highlight of Dover Downs' "Novemberfest of Stakes." Hambletonian Society-Breeders Crown top-rated Wiggle It Jiggleit and another top 10 performer, Wakizashi Hanover, two Harrington, Del.-area trained speedsters meet in the $200,100 Male pace. In addition on the banner 15-race program are three $20,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) Two-Year-Old Male Paces. The piece d 'resistance of the powerful Matron championship card is the $201,900 colt and gelding pace. George Teague Inc.'s Wiggle Jiggleit, with regular driver Montrell Teague, drew the rail. The world champion gelding has 19 wins in 23 starts, with three close-up seconds, earning $1913,545. One of those setbacks came in the $1-million North American Pace when Tim Tetrick and Wakizashi Hanover won a head-to-head duel to the wire. JoAnn King trains the $1.1-million winner for Tri County Stable. Two other horses with local connections in the final are M&L Of Delaware and Victoria Dickinson's Dude's The Man with Corey Callahan and Frank Chick and Yankee Bounty Parnership's Yankee Bounty, piloted by Yannick Gingras, starting from outside post 8. The rest of the fast field contains Jeff Snyder's Dealt A Winner (David Miller), Van Dusen, Cimaglio, Patel and trainer Steve Elliott's Artistic Major (Scott Zeron), Jeff Snyder and Three Decades Racing's Rock N'Roll World (Daniel Dube) and Joe P Racing's Badiou Hanover (Andy Miller). Sassa Hanover (Matt Kakaley), winner of the 2014 Matron Two-Year-Old Filly pace at Dover Downs seeks to reach six figures in the $201,450 three-year-old final. The $935,561 career winner is owned by Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi, Karr and Panhellenic Stable. Divine Caroline (David Miller) is on a stakes-winning tear. The Breeders Crown champ, trained by former University of Delaware grad Joe Holloway for owners Rojan Stables,Ted Gewertz, Val D'or Farms and M.A. Duriel. The same ownership, minus Duriel, start the fast Bettor Be Steppin (Corey Callahan) from post 8. Last week's American National winner, Devil Child, with driver, also is streaking with three-in-a-row for Susan Oakes and Crawford Farms. Bedroomconfessions (Tim Tetrick) was third in the Breeders Crown for Riverview and Alagna racings. Completing the field are Mosquito Blue Chip (Daniel Dube) leaving from the rail for Falcicchio, Jessop and Our Three Sons Stable. Alongside, Brett Miller steers Courant AB's Wicked Little Minx; and Dana Parham and Let It Ride Stable's Single Me (Andy Miller). Our Hrs Cents, Deo Volente Farms and J&T Silva Stable's $1-million winner Crazy Wow, reined by Tim Tetrick, is the one to beat in the $243,550 Matron soph trot. The fast French Laundry (Brett Miller) owned by ChristinaTakter, John and Jim Fielding and Ontario-breeders Al Libfeld and Marvin Katz, must overcome starting from post 8 while Joe Smith's Fashion Creditor (David Miller) drew the rail. Seven-time winner Bluebird Reverend ( ) is a Delaware-owned contestant. Trainer Bobby Reeser, Case, Johannsen and Indianan Dennis, own the Indian bred. Rubber Duck (Tetrick) has been an Ontario standout racing for Blair and Ema Corbell. Sweden's Ake Swanstedt trains and drives Wolfgang A Stable's Southwind Mozart. Whom Shall I Fear's horse of the same name (David Miller) shared by Howard Taylor, Laura Noren and Order By Stable's Crescent Fashion (Scott Zeron) complete the starting lineup. The $187,400 Matron Three-Year-Old Filly Trot shapes up as the pinnacle event for seasonal top divisional honors. Wild Honey, who set a world record at two at Dover Downs, has won her last three including the Breeders Crown and Kentucky Fill Futurity, will be driven by Hall of Famer John Campbell. The $1-million winner leaves from the rail for Christina Takter, Herb Liverman, John and Jim Fielding. Early season sensation Mission Brief and Yannick Gingras, who has been the favorite in all of her 17 race career, made a break in her Breeders Crown start. The $1.4-million winning speedster has post 5 for Burke, Our Hrs Cnts and J&T Silva Stables and Weaver Bruscemi. The opposition includes Story Inc.'s Lady Winona (Andy Miller), Brittany Farms' Speak To Me (Brett Miller), Howard and Judy Taylor, Dandy Farms and Burke Racing Stable's Speak To Me (Kakaley), Glengate Farms' Juanitas Fury (Tetrick), nine-time winner Bob Key's homebred Soaring Flight ( ) and from the outside Joyce McClelland's She Wore Red ( ). There is also a $25,000 Matron Filly consolation. Led by Lindy Racing's Luck Be A Lindy, handled by Tim Tetrick. The Massachusetts' Stakes champion is winner of four consecutive starts. David Van Dusen and Mike Cimaglio own Stacia Hanover with Scott Zeron. Black Horse Racing's Storm Point, piloted by John Campbell has the rail. Delaware-sired Totally Rusty and Andrew McCarthy, Blueberry Bill Augustine's Frost Damage Blues (D.Miller), Lindy Farms Lindys Old Lady with Yannick Gingras will be joined by Tom Fanning and Fly By Night Stable's Special Package (B.Miller) and The Wiz Kids Stable's Girlofyourdreams, who get in for two scratched horses, Ideal Nugget and Heavenly Bride. Al Moor of Smyrna, Del.- owned Royal Status and John Campbell, Caulfield, with driver Aaron Merriman) and Courant AB and Knutsson Trotting Inc.'s Colbert, a winner of his last three of four starts will be driven by trainer Ake Svanstedt, head the $25,000 Matron consolation trot and Alagna Racing. There is no live racing on Friday. Saturday and Sunday. Racing resumes Monday through Thursday with post time at 4:30 p.m. by Marv Bachrad, for Dover Downs

This Week: Matron Stakes, Dover Downs, Dover, Del. and Fall Final Four eliminations and TVG Series legs, Meadowlands Racetrack, East Rutherford, N.J. Schedule of events: The Grand Circuit heads to Dover Downs this Thursday (Nov. 12) for four Matron Stakes for 3-year-olds of both sexes and gaits. The 3-year-old colt trot carries a purse of $243,550, the 3-year-old colt pacers will race for $201,900, the purse for the 3-year-old filly pace is $201,450 and the 3-year-old filly trotters will race for $187,400. Meadowlands Racetrack reopens this weekend with Grand Circuit action on Friday (Nov. 13) and Saturday (Nov. 14). On Friday, there will be $25,000 legs in the TVG Series for open mares on both the trot and the pace, plus a $20,000 Goldsmith Maid elimination for 2-year-old filly trotters. Saturday features $50,000 TVG Series races for both open pacers and open trotters, along with a pair of $20,000 eliminations in the Governor's Cup for 2-year-old male pacers and the Valley Victory for 2-year-old male trotters. Complete entries for the races are available at this link. Last time: Eight American-National stakes were in the spotlight this past Saturday night (Nov. 7) at Balmoral Park. Three recent Breeders Crown champions were among the starters on the night, and each of them added an American-National title to their resumes. Freaky Feet Pete was a 1:48.4 winner in his American-National contest. Freaky Feet Pete left no doubt he's one of the best 3-year-old pacing colts in North America as he paced to a stakes-tying 1:48.4 triumph in the $150,000 American-National for sophomore pacing colts and geldings, Given a perfect steer by Trace Tetrick, the Indiana homebred son of Rockin Image-Skyway Lori took the lead away from the hard-trying Lost For Words (David Miller) just past the :26.3 quarter and never looked back, snapping off fractions of :53.4 and 1:21 before sprinting home all alone. Lost For Words held on for second, while Mohawk Warrior (Tim Tetrick) got up for show honors. Trained by Larry Rheinheimer for Mary Jo and Marty Rheinheimer, Freaky Feet Pete added the winner's share of the purse to his lifetime bankroll, which now stands at $1,115,724. The Bank didn't disappoint his backers as he captured the $204,000 American-National for sophomore trotting colts and geldings in 1:53.1. Habitat (Yannick Gingras) took the field through fractions of :28.3, :56.4 and 1:25.1. David Miller pulled The Bank to the outside and wore down the leader with every stride before getting a neck in front a few feet from the wire and going on to win by 1-1/4 lengths. Homicide Hunter (John DeLong) was third. Sent off as the 6-5 favorite and piloted by Miller for trainer Jimmy Takter, the homebred son of Donato Havover-Lantern Kronos notched career victory seven and upped his career earnings to $1,106,300 for owners Christina Takter, Goran Falk and Goran Anderberg. Always B Miki used a bold power move just past the :26.4 opening panel and never looked back, drawing off to win the $136,500 American-National Open Pace in 1:49.1. Also driven by Miller for trainer Takter, the son of Always A Virgin-Artstopper paced confidently to post his fourth victory this season in as many tries. The triumph gave Miller and Takter their third American-National wins of the night. Always B Miki now has $1,228,076 in his career coffers for co-owners Bluewood Stable, Roll The Dice Stable and Christina Takter. Always B Miki bested rivals Luck Be Withyou (Tim Tetrick) and Bettor's Edge (Joe Bongiorno). Complete recaps of all the races are available at the Grand Circuit website. Grand Circuit Standings: In 2015, 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 2015 Grand Circuit awards. Here are the leaders following the past week's action: Drivers: 1. Yannick Gingras - 1,462; 2. David Miller - 1,185.5; 3. Tim Tetrick - 1,056; 4. Brett Miller - 638; 5. Scott Zeron - 564.5. Trainers: 1. Ron Burke - 1,747; 2. Jimmy Takter - 1,519; 3. Tony Alagna - 572.5; 4. Ake Svanstedt - 346; 5. Jeff Bamond Jr. - 340. Owners: 1. Burke Racing - 401.65; 2. Weaver Bruscemi - 337.2; 3. Bamond Racing - 275; 4. Christina Takter - 245.35; 5. Marvin Katz - 203.4. Looking ahead: Grand Circuit action will take place next week at Meadowlands Racetrack with four TVG Series finals for older trotters and pacers, the Fall Final Four finals (the Governor's Cup, Valley Victory, Three Diamonds and Goldsmith Maid) and the Continentalvictory and Tarport Hap for sophomore fillies. by Paul Ramlow, for the Grand Circuit  

Vernon, NY - The Kindergarten Trotting Classic series, a Grand Circuit event for freshman fillies and colts, comes to a conclusion with the rich finals on Halloween night (Saturday, October 31) at Vernon Downs. The harness racing card will also include the annual "Turn Back The Clock" pace and trot where the horses race one circuit of the track clock-wise and the "Four One One" race for greys.   There is a special 6:00pm post time on Saturday.   The Kindergarten colts come up first in race eight with a with a very competitive field of nine going for a purse of $191,500. Trainer Staffan Lind holds a strong hand sending the uncoupled entry of series point leader Hollywood Highway and the emerging talent Celebrity Express into the fray.   With the top point earners assured a draw between posts 1 & 6 by series conditions, Hollywood Highway drew four. He clearly found The Red Mile to his liking, arriving in Kentucky a lightly raced maiden and leaving a Grand Circuit stakes winner with a 1:54.2 mark. He also won a pair of Kindergarten legs there for owners Marvin Katz and Al Libfeld who also bred the son of Muscle Massive. Tim Tetrick drove to Hollywood Highway to his record mile and chose to stick with him for the final.   Celebrity Express (post 7) also came of age in Lexington when paired with driver John Campbell, scoring a late-closer win followed by a solid third in a division of the International Stallion Stake (INSS). The Andover Hall brother to Donato Hanover could make a significant dent in his $200,000 yearling purchase price with a good result here for owner Celebrity Farms.   Jimmy Takter who shattered records with his fantastic Breeders Crown tour de force last week has the power in the $174,500 Kindergarten filly final, race nine on the program.   The Takter coupled entry is led by series point leader Haughty who starts from the rail. The Donato Hanover lass is a three-time Kindergarten leg winner who finished second in last week's Breeders Crown, the only blemish on her freshman slate. Haughty won a Kindergarten split in 1:54.1 in Kentucky then captured an INSS division in advance of her Crown showing. Dave Palone has been the filly's regular pilot and is in to drive for owners Al Libfeld, Marvin Katz and Sam Goldband.   Hollywood Hill (post 2) is the Takter entry-mate here. She has been a model of consistency while winning three of ten seasonal outings for owner/breeder Goran Falk and his partner Christina Takter. John Campbell has the drive on Saturday.   Further information on Saturday's races are available by visiting the Vernon Downs website.   Nick Salvi

ANDERSON, Ind.-October 28, 2015 - The best in the sport of Harness Racing will be showcased at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, October 30 as Grand Circuit racing action returns to Hoosier Park's seven-eighths mile oval for the fourth and final time this season. With over $1.1 million in purses to be distributed on the evening, Hoosier Park will offer arguably one of the best cards of the 2015 live racing season with a 14-race card that includes the $285,500 Monument Circle Pace, the $265,000 Carl Erskine Trot, and the $165,000 Hoosier Park Pacing Derby. The first race of the evening will line-up behind the starting gate at 5:45 p.m. The $285,500 Monument Circle Pace for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings will feature perhaps the most anticipated matchup in all of harness racing as the Hoosier state's sophomore superstars Wiggle It Jiggleit and Freaky Feet Pete face-off in the rubber match of their rivalry. These two have met twice before on the track at Hoosier Park and each have a win to their credit. Wiggle It Jiggleit bested Freaky Feet Pete earlier in the season in Indiana Sires Stakes action but Freaky Feet Pete avenged that loss with a victory in their most recent match-up in the $220,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Super Final at Hoosier Park on October 10. Wiggle It Jiggleit will line-up behind the gate for the Monument Circle after a sharp 1:49.4 score in his $45,300 division of the Circle City Stakes on October 23 at Hoosier Park. Driven by regular pilot Montrell Teague, Wiggle It Jiggleit went gate to wire to finish four and a half lengths in front of his nearest rival. Wiggle It Jiggleit, the No. 1-ranked horse in harness racing, has drawn the rail and has been installed as the 3-5 morning line favorite in the Monument Circle Pace, slated as the 13th race on the program. Freaky Feet Pete returns to Hoosier Park fresh off a stretch rallying victory as the post time favorite to capture the $531,250 Breeders Crown three-year-old male pacing event at Woodbine on October 24. As a $62,500 supplemental entry, Freaky Feet Pete looked to be far out of contention in the final turn but sprinted home to stop the timer in 1:50 and record his first victory outside the state of Indiana. For the Monument Circle, Freaky Feet Pete drew post three with Trace Tetrick in the sulky and is slated at 7-5 on the morning line for trainer Larry Rheinheimer. Also among the stellar cast of entrants at Hoosier Park on Friday will be the 2015 Hambletonian winner Pinkman who will look to add to his bankroll when he visits Indiana for the first time against nine other competitors in the $265,000 Carl Erskine Trot. Pinkman, harness racing's top-earning horse this season, drew post four with Yannick Gingras in the sulky for trainer Jimmy Takter. Pinkman has bankrolled $1.86 million this year and won 11 of 16 seasonal outings. Most recently, Pinkman finished second the Breeders Crown final for three-year-old trotting colts at Woodbine Racetrack behind stablemate The Bank. The Carl Erskine Trot also includes the undefeated Indiana Sires Stakes Champion Homicide Hunter who was made eligible to the race by a supplemental nomination. The Curt Grummel trainee has won 16 of 16 starts this year and will start from the rail with regular driver John DeLong in the bike as he embarks on his most ambitious outing to date after dominating state breds. The 2015 Dan Patch Stakes winner JK Endofanera will return to Hoosier Park for the second time since his Dan Patch victory and looks to keep his three-race win streak at Hoosier Park in tact in the $165,000 Hoosier Park Pacing Derby from post five with Brett Miller in the sulky. JK Endofanera will ship to Indiana after a second place finish in his last start behind Always B Miki in the Breeders Crown final for open pacers. Not only will the best horses in the country go to post at Hoosier Park on Friday's 14-race card but the best drivers in the country will also be in the spotlight in the second annual East Meets Midwest Drivers' Challenge. This unique challenge will pit the top-five drivers at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino against five of the top drivers from the East in a five-race challenge with the victorious team going home with a winner take all $10,000 prize. The top five drivers from Hoosier Park will make-up "Team Midwest" with the top five drivers from the East making up "Team East". The East Meets Midwest Drivers' Challenge will be featured in races 4-8 on the evening. For more information on the upcoming live racing and entertainment at Hoosier Park, please visit www.hoosierpark.com. The live racing schedule at Hoosier Park will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 14. Emily Gaskin

Harness racing this week: Monument Circle, Carl Erskine Trot, Hoosier Park Pacing Derby, the Crossroads of America, and the USS Indianapolis, Hoosier Park, Anderson, Ind.; and Kindergarten finals, Vernon Downs, Vernon, N.Y. Schedule of events: Grand Circuit action this week will get underway on Friday (Oct. 30) at Hoosier Park with five stakes races on the card. Leading the way is the $285,500 Monument Circle for 3-year-old colt pacers. Also on tap will be the $265,000 Carl Erskine Trot for 3-year-old male trotters, the $165,000 Hoosier Park Pacing Derby for older pacers, the $140,000 Crossroads of America for 3-year-old filly trotters and the $100,000 USS Indianapolis for 3-year-old filly pacers. The Saturday (Oct. 31) card at Vernon Downs features the $191,500 Kindergarten Series final for 2-year-old trotting colts and the $174,500 Kindergarten Series final for 2-year-old trotting fillies. Complete entries for the races are available at this link. Last time: This past Saturday night (Oct. 24) at Woodbine saw 12 Breeders Crown races contested and trainer Jimmy Takter and driver David Miller dominated the proceedings. The finale of the night was the $400,000 Open Pace, in which Always B Miki posted a sensational 1:49.3 mile over a rain-soaked surface at Woodbine. The victory, a year removed from when the son of Always A Virgin had to be scratched from the Crown 3-year-old pacing colt final at The Meadowlands, came at the expense of stablemate JK Endofanera and Mach It So. Owned by Bluewood Stable, Roll The Dice Stable and Christina Takter, the victory was the sixth of the 12 Breeders Crown races for trainer Jimmy Takter and the fifth by winning driver David Miller. Freaky Feet Pete, a $62,500 supplemental entry, rallied from well back as the favorite to capture the $531,250 Breeders Crown 3-year-old male pacing event at Woodbine. The son of Rockin Image looked to be far out of contention on the final turn, but driver Trace Tetrick gave him his marching orders in the stretch and the colt sprinted to a 1:50 victory at the expense of Artspeak and Lost For Words. In the stretch, Lost For Words opened up a few lengths, but Freaky Feet Pete had already been sent wide and he was closing with wild abandon. Trained by Larry Rheinheimer for owners Mary Jo Rheinheimer and Marty Rheinheimer, Freaky Feet Pete kicked home the winner, with Artspeak coming solidly late for second and Lost For Words finishing third. The four Breeders Crown races for 2-year-olds followed form for the most part, with Southwind Frank wrapping up his divisional title in the freshman colt trot race. The son of Muscle Hill-Flawless Lindy has been a dominant force in the division all season long and the Crown performance with Yannick Gingras in the bike was no exception as he cruised over the rain-soaked Woodbine oval in a 1:54.2 clocking under wraps. Owned by Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, Our Horse Cents Stables and J&T Silva Stables, the victory was win number 11 in a dozen starts for the impressive colt trained by leading conditioner Ron Burke, who celebrated his ninth Breeders Crown victory. Pure Country maintained her undefeated streak in the $600,000 Breeders Crown 2-year-old filly pace, winning in 1:51.4 as the 1-9 favorite. With Brett Miller in the sulky, Pure Country defeated Shezarealdeal and Mayhem Seelster in 1:51.4 for her tenth straight victory. A homebred filly from Diamond Creek Farm by Somebeachsomewhere out of the Western Hanover mare Western Montana, Pure Country collected her 10th win of the season and pushed her seasonal earnings to nearly $700,000 for trainer Jimmy Takter. Complete recaps of all the races are available at the Grand Circuit website. Grand Circuit Standings: In 2015, 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 2015 Grand Circuit awards. Here are the leaders following the past week's action: Drivers: 1. Yannick Gingras - 1,345; 2. David Miller - 1,050.5; 3. Tim Tetrick - 901; 4. Brett Miller - 616; 5. Scott Zeron - 549.5. Trainers: 1. Ron Burke - 1,632; 2. Jimmy Takter - 1,412; 3. Tony Alagna - 572.5; 4. Jeff Bamond Jr. - 340; 5. Ake Svanstedt - 321. Owners: 1. Burke Racing - 376.55; 2. Weaver Bruscemi - 322.1; 3. Bamond Racing - 275; 4. Christina Takter - 219.45; 5. Marvin Katz - 193.4. Looking ahead: Grand Circuit action will take place next week at Dover Downs and Balmoral Park. Dover will host the four Matron Stakes for 2-year-old colt and filly pacers and trotters on Thursday (Nov. 5), while Balmoral will feature eight American-National stakes on Saturday (Nov. 7). Paul Ramlow Grand Circuit Publicity Director

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