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Harness Racing This Week: The 2016 Grand Circuit season has come to a close. The 2017 schedule will be released in January. Last time: Easy Lover Hanover completed a modern day harness racing Cinderella story by winning the $314,600 Hap Hansen Progress Pace in 1:49 at Dover Downs on Monday (Nov. 28). Purchased nearly a year ago after a monumental fire wiped-out owner Brad Grant and trainer Ben Wallace's stable in Ontario, Easy Lover Hanover was purchased at the Meadowlands Winter Mixed Sale earlier this year for $70,000 and he turned into a 15-race winner of more than $300,000, with a personal record 1:49 performance in the final major stake of 2016. Youthful driver Doug McNair made good use of starting from post one by trailing race-favorite Check Six (Yannick Gingras) through fast early fractions before finding room along the passing lane to finally pass the leader late in the stretch for the victory. Check Six finished second in a photo ahead of Boston Red Rocks. Owner Brad Grant and trainer Ben Wallace were elated in the winner's circle. "He was a great horse to buy," said Wallace. "He won the first five races we had. While giving the horse some time off, we gelded him, which we had planned when we got him. After wins at Mohawk and Woodbine, we decided to put up $25,000 to supplement him to this race. "Doug McNair has driven him all season for us and he did another good job tonight." Easy Lover Hanover, a son of Somebeachsomewhere-Easy Go Go, completed his sophomore season with 15 wins, four seconds and two thirds. He nearly equaled his seasonal earnings with the Hap Hansen Progress Pace purse lifting his 2016 total to $314,124. The festive and well-attended Saturday evening (Nov. 26) was made even better for Thomas Dillon, when his horse, Rock Me Baby, won the $120,000 Courageous Lady at Northfield Park. The Courageous Lady was a series of firsts for Rock Me Baby. It was the first time she had raced for Dillon. He purchased her just two weeks ago for $82,000 at the Standardbred Mixed Sale at Harrisburg. It was also Rock Me Baby's first start for trainer Heidi Rohr and the first time that Tim Tetrick has driven the filly. Rock Me Baby left off the gate. She initially sat in third, but was sent to the outside approaching the quarter-mile marker. Once she made the lead at about that pole, Rock Me Baby never experienced an anxious moment the remainder of the mile. She posted fractions of :26.4, :54.4, 1:23 and 1:52. "We had to go a pretty big first half," explained Tetrick. "But I was able to give her a breather around the turn and she was really strong to the finish." The clocking was a stakes record for the Courageous Lady, equaled Northfield Park's track record for sophomore filly pacers and was a new lifetime mark for Rock Me Baby. "I was happy to get to drive her," said Tetrick. "When they called me to ask if I would come here (Northfield), I was like absolutely. I love traveling around to these big races offered at places like Northfield and being able to compete with nice horses. I'm just glad to be a part of all this." Completing the field were Mother Of Art, L A Delight, Yankee Moonshine, Dime A Dance, Bellatricks, Free Show and Time On My Hands. Rock Me Baby (Rock N Roll Heaven-Lover Of Art) now has four wins in 21 lifetime starts. Saturday's victory increased her career bankroll to $164,228. 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) were once again 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 final standings for the 2016 season: Drivers: 1. Yannick Gingras - 1,705.5; 2. David Miller - 1,372; 3. Tim Tetrick - 1,268.5; 4. Scott Zeron - 651.5; 5. Brett Miller - 609.5. Trainers: 1. Ron Burke - 1,636.5; 2. Jimmy Takter - 1,520.5; 3. Tony Alagna - 608; 4. Ake Svanstedt - 491; 5. Erv Miller - 477. Owners: 1. Burke Racing Stable - 372.42; 2. Weaver Bruscemi - 306.67; 3. Marvin Katz - 288.3; 4. Tom Hill - 249; 5. Al Libfeld - 231.8. Looking ahead: The 2017 Grand Circuit schedule will be released in January. Paul Ramlow Grand Circuit Publicity Director

Harness Racing This Week: Courageous Lady, Northfield Park, Northfield, Ohio and Hap Hansen Progress Pace final, Dover Downs, Dover, Del. Schedule of events: The Grand Circuit begins its final week of the 2016 campaign on Saturday (Nov. 26) with the $120,000 Courageous Lady for 3-year-old pacing fillies. The field of eight is led by Jugette winner L A Delight. On Monday (Nov. 28), Dover Downs will host the $300,000 (est.) Hap Hansen Progress Pace final for 3-year-old colts and geldings. Check Six and Manhattan Beach won their $35,000 Hap Hansen Progress Pace eliminations on Nov. 21 at Dover Downs. Complete entries for the races are available at this link. Last time: Downbytheseaside got one back on rival Huntsville Saturday night (Nov. 19) in the $384,800 Governor's Cup at Woodbine Racetrack. The Brian Brown trained colt delivered a powerful performance to win the final major race of the season for 2-year-old pacing males in 1:51.1. Driven by David Miller, Downbytheseaside was unhurried at the start and got away fifth, directly behind Huntsville, the 1-5 favorite. Air Strike charged off the wings of the gate from post nine and put up an opening quarter-mile of :27.2. Huntsville got his cue to go from driver Tim Tetrick after the opening quarter-mile and rushed up to grab the front. However, Miller was not going to let the favorite get away and followed Huntsville to the front, ultimately clearing to command at the half in :55.2. Downbytheseaside and Huntsville began to edge away from their competition on the far turn, as the leader paced a solid third quarter of :27.3 to reach three-quarters in 1:23. In the stretch, Huntsville angled off Miller's back and took his shot at glory, but Downbytheseaside was fired up and turned aside his rival to win by 3-1/4 lengths. A son of Somebeachsomewhere-Sprig Hanover, Downbytheseaside now has eight wins in 13 starts. The Brown trainee completes his rookie season with earnings of $577,106 for owners Country Club Acres Inc., Joe Sbrocco and Richard Lombardo. Snowstorm Hanover grabbed control early in the mile and coasted around the Woodbine oval to a 1:55.1 win as the 7-5 public choice in the $298,960 Valley Victory final for 2-year-old trotting males on Nov. 19. The Ron Burke trained colt by Muscle Massive out of the Andover Hall mare Snow Angel Hanover, was sent to the front by driver Matt Kakaley, trotting splits of :28.1 and :57.3. Into the final turn, Snowstorm Hanover gained three lengths of separation from pocket-rider Moonshiner Hanover, as well as from first-over pursuer Jake and International Moni on his back. Trotting three-quarters in 1:25.3, Snowstorm Hanover still held a sizable lead through the stretch. International Moni fanned off cover and narrowed in on the leader while Jake chased them from third, but Snowstorm Hanover remained in front by a length. Snowstorm Hanover won his sixth race in 14 starts, amassing $340,149 in earnings for owners Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, Phil Collura and Frank Baldachino. That's The Ticket charged home to win the $315,980 Three Diamonds for 2-year-old pacing fillies on Nov. 19 at Woodbine Racetrack. The Chris Ryder trained pacing filly was able to convert off a perfect third-over trip from driver David Miller for her second win in 14 starts. Idyllic Beach, the 6-5 favorite, left out hard to grab command ahead of a pesky Someomensomewhere. The public's choice posted an opening quarter of :27.2 and was unchallenged in the second quarter-mile to lead the field by the half in :56.4. Caviart Ally came first up just after the half and supplied cover to Candlelight Dinner from fifth and That's The Ticket in sixth. The first-over challenger pulled up alongside Idyllic Beach at three-quarters in 1:25.2. In the stretch, That's The Ticket shot off cover and delivered a stunning stretch rally to fly by her rivals with powerful strides. The Ryder trainee crossed the wire first in 1:53.4, 3-1/4 lengths ahead of runner-up Idyllic Beach. Candlelight Dinner edged out Caviart Ally for third. Owned by Craig Henderson, Robert Mondillo and Lawrence Minowitz, That's The Ticket now has 2016 earnings of $268,521. Sent off the 5-2 second choice, Magic Presto sat a pocket trip to 3-5 favorite Princess Aurora before edging off the pylons in the stretch and sweeping to a 1:55.4 victory in the $330,780 Goldsmith Maid final for 2-year-old trotting fillies Nov. 19 at Woodbine Racetrack. Brian Sears guided Richard "Nifty" Norman trainee Magic Presto to the front before the first turn, with Temple Ruins tucking into second and Princess Aurora into third. After a :29.1 quarter, Princess Aurora pursued the front and struggled to clear to command. She managed to take the front before trotting a :58.1 half. Maintaining control through a 1:26.3 third quarter, Princess Aurora was soon braced by Magic Presto emerging from the pocket. Within a matter of strides, Magic Presto trotted to the lead and clear of Princess Aurora to win by 3-1/4 lengths. Temple Ruins chased the two for third and Cameron Hill finished fourth. Winning her fourth race in nine starts this season, Magic Presto, a 2-year-old trotting filly by Kadabra from the Muscles Yankee mare In The Mean Time, finishes her rookie season with $294,762 for owners Melvin Hartman, Herb Liverman, David McDuffee, and Little E. 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 2016 Grand Circuit awards. Here are the current leaders: Drivers: 1. Yannick Gingras - 1,685.5; 2. David Miller - 1,365; 3. Tim Tetrick - 1,241.5; 4. Scott Zeron - 651.5; 5. Brett Miller - 609.5. Trainers: 1. Ron Burke - 1,606.5; 2. Jimmy Takter - 1,518.5; 3. Tony Alagna - 608; 4. Ake Svanstedt - 491; 5. Erv Miller - 477. Owners: 1. Burke Racing Stable - 364.92; 2. Weaver Bruscemi - 301.67; 3. Marvin Katz - 288.3; 4. Tom Hill - 249; 5. Al Libfeld - 231.8. Looking ahead: The 2016 Grand Circuit season will conclude after this weekend; the 2017 Grand Circuit schedule will be released in January. Paul Ramlow Grand Circuit Publicity Directorr  

Harness Racing This Week: Fall Four finals, Woodbine Racetrack, Toronto, Ont., and Progress Pace eliminations, Dover Downs, Dover, Del. Schedule of events: The Grand Circuit returns to Woodbine Racetrack on Saturday (Nov. 19) with the Fall Four finals for 2-year-old pacers and trotters. On tap will be the C$520,000 Governor's Cup for pacing colts, the C$447,000 Goldsmith Maid for filly trotters, the C$427,000 Three Diamonds for pacing fillies and the C$404,000 Valley Victory for colt trotters. On Monday (Nov. 21) Dover Downs will host $35,000 eliminations in the Progress Pace for 3-year-old colt pacers. The $300,000 (est.) Progress Pace final will be held on Nov. 28. Complete entries for the Woodbine races are available at this link. The Dover entries are available at this link. Last time: Always B Miki will always be remembered as a champion. The fastest pacer in the history of harness racing capped his career in triumphant fashion, using a sustained first-over bid to overpower All Bets Off and sprint off to a 1:48.2 victory in the $400,000 TVG Free For All Pace on Saturday evening (Nov. 12) at The Meadowlands. David Miller moved Always B Miki first-over out of midfield after patiently stalking sizzling fractions of :25.4 and :54.1, making gradual gains into pacesetter All Bets Off (Matt Kakaley) through the far turn. The 5-year-old Always A Virgin stallion pushed to the fore in upper stretch, leaving All Bets Off well in his wake and evading eventual runner-up Mach It So (Tim Tetrick) by 4-1/4 lengths. Melmerby Beach (Marcus Miller) benefitted from the outer flow and saved third with a mild stand-side push over the tiring All Bets Off. Miller and trainer Jimmy Takter had nothing but glowing reports of Always B Miki's curtain call. "When I asked him, he took right off," said Miller. "Jimmy (Takter) has done a great job keeping him good all year, and I tell you what, he's good today as he's been all year. He's an incredible horse; he's a true champion." "It's a wonderful feeling standing here at our home track," said Takter. "He's just a wonderful horse to be around. He's so personable, anybody working with this horse just would love him. "It's nice to quit on the top, too. This horse has a future ahead of him, and it's going to be very, very exciting to train his offspring." Always B Miki wraps up his racing career with 30 wins in 53 starts -- 12 of those wins coming this year -- as well as $2,715,368 in earnings for Bluewood Stable, Roll The Dice Stable and Christina Takter. Obrigado, one of two of the eight in the $400,000 TVG Free For All Trot to have not contested a Breeders Crown event two weeks ago, sought control of the terms early and dug in to parry a barrage of pressure in a compelling race which saw the entire octet covered by two lengths at the winning post. The 6-year-old Boy Band gelding pushed clear of JL Cruze (John Campbell) following a :27.2 initial quarter-mile and worked to stave off the first-over threat of 3-year-old Crown champion Bar Hopping (Tim Tetrick) through the far turn. Upon straightening for home, Mark MacDonald called upon Obrigado for every ounce of effort he had remaining, and the pair dug in to withstand a late three-wide charge from Crazy Wow (Yannick Gingras) by a nose in 1:52.4. Lookslikeachpndale (Scott Zeron) charged down the grandstand side to take third over odds-on favorite Resolve (Ã…ke Svanstedt), who only could muster fourth place from a third-over trip while only missing by a neck. Trainer Paul Kelley shares ownership of Obrigado with the SRF Stable, Linwood Higgins and Stable 45. In the $200,000 TVG for trotting mares, Hannelore Hanover rallied from off the pace to once again defeat Bee A Magician, vaulting home and reeling in the quadruple millionaire for a 1:51.4 score. Lady Shadow used nearly identical tactics as Always B Miki en route to her 1:50 win in the $200,000 TVG for pacing mares, grinding down rival Solar Sister and evading the late-emerging Bedroomconfessions by 1-1/2 lengths. 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 2016 Grand Circuit awards. Here are the current leaders: Drivers: 1. Yannick Gingras - 1,660.5; 2. David Miller - 1,325; 3. Tim Tetrick - 1,231.5; 4. Scott Zeron - 641.5; 5. Brett Miller - 609.5. Trainers: 1. Ron Burke - 1,576.5; 2. Jimmy Takter - 1,498.5; 3. Tony Alagna - 608; 4. Ake Svanstedt - 491; 5. Erv Miller - 477. Owners: 1. Burke Racing Stable - 357.42; 2. Weaver Bruscemi - 294.17; 3. Marvin Katz - 280.8; 4. Tom Hill - 249; 5. Al Libfeld - 226.8. Looking ahead: The 2016 Grand Circuit season will conclude after Thanksgiving with the Progress Pace at Dover Downs and the Courageous Lady for 3-year-old pacing fillies at Northfield Park. Paul Ramlow Grand Circuit Publicity Director

Harness Racing This Week: Matron Stakes, Dover Downs, Dover, Del.; TVG Series finals, Meadowlands Racetrack, East Rutherford, N.J.; and Fall Four eliminations, Woodbine Racetrack, Toronto, Ont. Schedule of events: The Grand Circuit returns to Dover Downs this Thursday (Nov. 10) for four Matron Stakes for 3-year-olds of both sexes and gaits. The 3-year-old colt trot carries a purse of $178,650, the 3-year-old colt pacers will race for $160,200, the purse for the 3-year-old filly trot is $149,000 and the 3-year-old filly pacers will race for $148,400. The Saturday (Nov. 12) card at Meadowlands Racetrack features the four TVG Series finals for older pacers and trotters. The older horse pace and older horse trot each carry a purse of $400,000, while the older mare pacers and older mare trotters will race for $200,000 each. On Friday night (Nov. 11) Woodbine Racetrack will host eliminations in two of the Fall Four events for pacers and trotters. There will be a pair of C$25,000 eliminations in the Valley Victory for 2-year-old male trotters and the Three Diamonds for 2-year-old filly pacers. Eliminations were not required for the Governor's Cup for 2-year-old male pacers and the Goldsmith Maid for 2-year-old filly trotters. Complete entries for the U.S. races are available at this link, while the Woodbine races are available at this link. Last time: Fresh off a win in the $500,000 Breeders Crown final for 3-year-old trotting colts, Bar Hopping was back in the spotlight as he ventured to Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday (Nov. 4) to turn in a dominant performance and take home top honors in the featured event of the evening on a stakes filled card, the $220,000 Carl Erskine Trot for 3-year-old trotting colts. With Tim Tetrick in the bike, Bar Hopping staged a big rally late in the lane to hold off all rivals in 1:53.4 and establish a new track record in the process. The previous track record for 3-year-old trotting colts was a 1:54.3 mark established by Creatine and David Miller in the 2013 edition of the Carl Erskine Trot. Leaving from post two in a talented field of 10, Bar Hopping left alertly but Andy Miller had Sutton firing off the gate from post three to grab the early lead through the opening panel in :27.1. Bar Hopping was content to sit in the pocket while Bridge To Jesse's and John DeLong were next in line third. Dayson and Yannick Gingras were unable to find a spot along the rail and pressed on to the lead to reach the front just before the half in :56.2. Dayson continued to call the shots at the three-quarter clocking in 1:26.2 but Tetrick had Bar Hopping on the attack first-over. As the field turned for home, the stage was set for a battle to the wire. Tetrick asked his mount for more and Bar Hopping utilized a :27 final quarter to get the win by a quarter-length over a game Dayson. Sutton held on for third place honors. As the 1-5 heavy betting favorite, Bar Hopping returned $2.60 at the betting windows. Trained by Jimmy Takter, the millionaire trotter has now won nine of 18 seasonal starts while bankrolling $1,171,795 in purse earnings. The Muscle Hill-Cocktail Hour colt recorded his third consecutive victory and tenth lifetime win for his connections of Christina Takter, Hatfield Stables, Marvin Katz and Al Libfeld. Breeders Crown champions Walner ($2.10) and Someomensomewhere ($2.80) came back to capture their Kindergarten Classic Series finals with flair on Saturday (Nov. 5) evening at The Meadowlands. In the $200,600 Kindergarten final for 2-year-old trotting colts and geldings, the impressive Walner used the first seven-sixteenths of the mile to work clear, striding clear of Limerence (Ãke Svanstedt) just before completing a :55.4 half-mile. The son of Chapter Seven and Random Destiny would go on to hold off a first-over challenge from his stablemate Eastern Promise (John Campbell) on the far turn before accelerating away from the field at Tim Tetrick's first asking. Walner amassed seven lengths of clearance over Simply Volo (Corey Callahan), who rallied off third-over cover to take second. Fly On (Andy Miller) hooked wide from around a wall of horses to save third. Walner's 1:53.2 mile earned him a seventh career win in eight starts for owner Kenneth Jacobs and trainer Linda Toscano. Someomensomewhere narrowly prevailed in the $149,100 Kindergarten final for 2-year-old pacing fillies, just reaching up to collar Caviart Ally at the end of a 1:51.2 mile. Marcus Miller settled the daughter of Somebeachsomewhere and Omen Hanover just off the top trio on the first turn before angling out to stalk the live cover of Caviart Ally (Andy McCarthy) through the far turn. As Cavairt Ally wore down pacesetter Gurl Band K (Joe Bongiorno), Someomensomewhere mounted her late bid after losing cover, chasing down the filly she stalked through the far turn for the narrow win. No Chaser (Andy Miller) checked in third, some 5-3/4 lengths detached. Erv Miller trains four-time winner Someomensomewhere for the Nick Surick Stable and Howard Schneidler's KDM Stables. 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 2016 Grand Circuit awards. Here are the current leaders: Drivers: 1. Yannick Gingras - 1,563.5; 2. David Miller - 1,295; 3. Tim Tetrick - 1,189.5; 4. Scott Zeron - 621.5; 5. Brett Miller - 589.5. Trainers: 1. Ron Burke - 1,499.5; 2. Jimmy Takter - 1,423.5; 3. Tony Alagna - 578; 4. Ake Svanstedt - 476; 5. Erv Miller - 472. Owners: 1. Burke Racing Stable - 340.67; 2. Weaver Bruscemi - 283.67; 3. Marvin Katz - 273.3; 4. Tom Hill - 229; 5. Al Libfeld - 221.8. Looking ahead: Grand Circuit action will take place next week at Woodbine Racetrack with the Fall Four finals for 2-year-olds -- the Governor's Cup, Valley Victory, Three Diamonds and Goldsmith Maid. Paul Ramlow  

ANDERSON, Ind.-November 3, 2016 - Grand Circuit harness racing action will make its way back to Hoosier Park for the fourth and final time this season on Friday, November 4 and with it, bring the top rated horses in North America to Hoosier Park in search of the lucrative purses offered on the 14-race card beginning at 5:45 p.m. With purses approaching $1 million, Hoosier Park will host a standout card that includes the $200,000 Monument Circle Pace for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings, the $220,000 Carl Erskine Trot for three-year-old trotting colts and geldings, the $115,000 Crossroads of America for three-year-old trotting fillies and the $112,500 USS Indianapolis Memorial for three-year-old pacing fillies. Fresh off a win in the $500,000 Breeders Crown Final for three-year-old trotting colts, Bar Hopping will look to add to his bankroll when he visits Indiana for the first time this season in the $220,000 Carl Erskine Trot for trainer Jimmy Takter. The Muscle Hill-Cocktail Hour colt, whose seasonal earnings just surpassed the $1 million mark, has won 8 of 17 seasonal outings while also recording wins in the $522,210 Canadian Trotting Classic and $300,000 Zweig Memorial. Bar Hopping will play the role of morning line favorite at 3-5 in the Carl Erskine Trot and start from post two with Tim Tetrick in the bike. Hoosier Park's leading trainer, Ron Burke will send out a strong contingent in the $200,000 Monument Circle Pace which has been slated as the 12th race on the evening's program. Check Six, one of five horses from the Burke Stable in the Monument Circle, is the slight 7-5 morning line favorite over stablemate Manhattan Beach who has been enlisted at 8-5. Manhattan Beach finished second in the Breeders Crown Final and Check Six was third. Burke has trained three of the last four winners in the previous editions of the Monument Circle Pace at Hoosier Park. "Check Six has been racing tough all year racing week in and week and out," Burke noted. "He went a brutal trip last week in the Breeders Crown final so if the trip works out a little better for him in the Monument Circle, I think he will be sharp." Burke also has two chances to win the $112,500 USS Indianapolis Memorial for three-year-old pacing fillies on Friday with Yankee Moonshine and Dime A Dance. Dime A Dance has won four of 16 seasonal outings while earning $237,510 in purse earnings and will start from post ten with Matt Kakaley in the bike. Yankee Moonshine and Yannick Gingras drew post six. The Burke pair will look to upset the Indiana Sires Stakes Champion Seventimesavirgin and John DeLong who will start from the coveted rail position. Seventimesavirgin went undefeated in Indiana Sires Stakes action this season but had her 9-race winning streak snapped last week in Grand Circuit stakes action at Hoosier Park. In conjunction with the racing action on the track, Hoosier Park will host "Fantastic Fridays" and feature $1 beers, $1 dogs, and $1 programs during live racing. At the conclusion of live racing, the popular Corey Cox Band will perform a free show in the Terrace Showroom. 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 12. Emily Gaskin

Harness Racing This Week: Breeders Crown eliminations, Meadowlands Racetrack, East Rutherford, N.J. Schedule of events: The Grand Circuit heads to Meadowlands Racetrack this Friday (Oct. 21) and Saturday (Oct. 22) for Breeders Crown eliminations in nine divisions. Eliminations will not be required for the open pace, the open trot and the mare trot. The Friday card features a pair of $25,000 eliminations in the mare pace and two $20,000 eliminations in the 2-year-old filly trot. The Saturday card features a pair of $25,000 eliminations in the 3-year-old colt pace, 3-year-old filly pace, 3-year-old colt trot and 3-year-old filly trot, as well as a pair of $20,000 eliminations in the 2-year-old colt pace, 2-year-old filly pace and 2-year-old colt trot. Complete entries for the races are available at this link. Last time: Resolve and trainer-driver Ãke Svanstedt, representing the United States, staked out their spot on the lead early on and went 1-1/4 miles with no serious challenges to win the $1 million Yonkers International Trot on Saturday afternoon (Oct. 15) at Yonkers Raceway. The time of 2:23.4 was a stakes and North American race record for the distance on a half-mile track. The field of 10 trotted off the gate with Oasis Bi of Italy briefly in the lead before Resolve took over that spot and held it to the :28.1 quarter-mile, on to the :57.1 half-mile, 1:26 three-quarters and 1:54.4 at the mile marker. Oasis Bi and driver Erik Adielsson gave futile chase throughout those fractions with Explosive De Vie (Sweden, Kevin Oscarsson) and Obrigado (United States, Mark MacDonald) behind him in pursuit. The win, by 1-1/2 lengths, was the 14th time the race has been won by the American representative since it was first contested in 1959. Oasis Bi was second and Flanagan Memory (Canada, Brian Sears) was third. Resolve is owned by Hans Enggren and won for the fifth time this year, increasing his 2016 bankroll to $1,195,513. The 5-year-old son of Muscle Hill has 15 career victories and $2,110,638 in lifetime winnings. 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 2016 Grand Circuit awards. Here are the current leaders: Drivers: 1. Yannick Gingras - 1,306.5; 2. David Miller - 1,060; 3. Tim Tetrick - 988.5; 4. Scott Zeron - 533.5; 5. Brett Miller - 532.5. Trainers: 1. Jimmy Takter - 1,217.5; 2. Ron Burke - 1,173.5; 3.Tony Alagna - 529; 4. Ake Svanstedt - 441; 5. Julie Miller - 355. Owners: 1. Burke Racing Stable - 261.62; 2. Marvin Katz - 229.25; 3. Weaver Bruscemi - 219.27; 4. Tom Hill - 204; 5. Al Libfeld - 180. Looking ahead: Grand Circuit action will once again take place next week at Meadowlands Racetrack with Breeders Crown finals in all 12 categories (2- and 3-year-old colt and filly pacers and trotters and older horse and mare pacers and trotters). The Meadowlands will also host a leg of the Kindergarten Series for 2-year-old pacers and trotters of both sexes. Harrah's Philadelphia (John Simpson Stakes for 2-year-old colt and filly pacers and trotters) and Hoosier Park (Circle City for 3-year-olds of both sexes and gaits and Madison County for 2-year-olds of both sexes and gaits) will also be hosting Grand Circuit racing. Paul Ramlow Grand Circuit Publicity Director

Harness Racing This Week: Yonkers International Trot, Yonkers Raceway, Yonkers, N.Y.; and John Simpson Stakes, Harrah's Philadelphia, Chester, Pa. Schedule of events: This week's marquee event on the Grand Circuit is the $1 million Yonkers International Trot, which will be held on Saturday (Oct. 15) at Yonkers Raceway. A field of 10 top trotters will head to the gate in the Yonkers International. Also on tap this week will be the John Simpson Stakes at Harrah's Philadelphia. Trotters will be in the spotlight on Friday (Oct. 14) with two $40,000 divisions for both the 3-year-old colts and 3-year-old fillies. The Sunday (Oct. 16) card will feature the $47,000 (est.) 3-year-old colt pace and the $40,000 (est.) 3-year-old filly pace. Complete entries for the races are available at this link. Last time: Scott Zeron had no game plan when it came to driving Marion Marauder in this past Sunday's Kentucky Futurity. It turned out to be a winning strategy. Starting from the second tier's post No. 11, with the Trotting Triple Crown on the line, Zeron and Marion Marauder worked out a trip that saw the duo emerge from behind horses in the stretch to chase down rivals Bar Hopping and Southwind Frank and win the $431,000 Kentucky Futurity by a head in 1:52.3. Southwind Frank finished second and Bar Hopping was third. Marion Marauder, who became the ninth horse to win the Trotting Triple Crown and first since Glidemaster in 2006, won the Hambletonian -- the Crown's first jewel -- by a nose over Southwind Frank. He won the second jewel, the Yonkers Trot, by a head over Smalltownthrowdown. Marion Marauder raced on the outside for the entire mile and was no better than seventh place through three-quarters of the race. He followed 9-5 favorite Bar Hopping, who started in the second tier's post No. 12 in the 12-horse field, in the outer flow and those two eventually drafted behind the cover of second-over Southwind Frank. As the field made its way down the stretch, horses fanned six wide across the track with the focus on Southwind Frank, Bar Hopping and the late-charging Marion Marauder, who trotted the last quarter-mile in :26.4. Marion Marauder has won 10 of 13 races this year and earned $1.47 million for owners Marion Jean Wellwood, who is trainer Paula Wellwood's mother, and Devin Keeling, who is the son of the trainer. Marion Marauder is a son of stallion Muscle Hill, the 2009 Horse of the Year, out of the Nova Award-winning mare Spellbound Hanover. Making his move for the top midway down the backstretch, Always B Miki set fast fractions before driver David Miller implored him through the stretch, advancing to win the $138,000 Allerage Farms Open Pace in an all-time record mile of 1:46 on Sunday at The Red Mile. Always B Miki broke the old world record of 1:46.1, set by Cambest in a time trial at the Illinois State Fair in Springfield in 1993. The previous race mark of 1:46.4 was shared by four horses -- Holborn Hanover, Somebeachsomewhere, Warrawee Needy and He's Watching. Always B Miki got away third as Shamballa was sent to the lead through a :26.1 opening quarter. David Miller showed Always B Miki the whip and he rushed first over to claim command to the half, timed in :52.2. He continued his sprint around the far turn, passing three-quarters in 1:19.4 before being chased home by Shamballa and All Bets Off in the stretch. A 5-year-old horse by Always A Virgin out of the Artsplace mare Artstopper, Always B Miki won his 27th race in 50 career starts, earning $2,296,368 for owners Bluewood Stable, Roll The Dice Stable and Christina Takter. He is trained by Jimmy Takter. 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 2016 Grand Circuit awards. Here are the current leaders: Drivers: 1. Yannick Gingras - 1,246.5; 2. David Miller - 985; 3. Tim Tetrick - 948.5; 4. Brett Miller - 492.5; 5. Scott Zeron - 471.5. Trainers: 1. Jimmy Takter - 1,157.5; 2. Ron Burke - 1,093.5; 3. Tony Alagna - 492; 4. Ake Svanstedt - 411; 5. Julie Miller - 335. Owners: 1. Burke Racing Stable - 245.37; 2. Marvin Katz - 226.75; 3. Weaver Bruscemi - 208.02; 4. Tom Hill - 184; 5. Al Libfeld - 178.75. Looking ahead: Grand Circuit action will take place next weekend at Meadowlands Racetrack with Breeders Crown eliminations set to take place on Friday (Oct. 21) and Saturday (Oct. 22). Paul Ramlow Grand Circuit Publicity Director

The Grand Circuit meet at The Red Mile is behind us, and it was a classic. Whether you privilege the breathtaking speed embodied in Always B Miki’s 1:46 world record win in the Allerage Open or the historical significance of the triumph by Marion Marauder in the Kentucky Futurity that capped the first Triple Crown season in a decade, nobody can cite a lack of drama. As one might expect, Muscle Hill and Somebeachsomewhere, the dominant forces at the Lexington Selected Sale that paralleled the meet, also rode roughshod over the competition on the track. Muscle Hill’s progeny won eight stakes races/eliminations, while SBSW’s get won 15 of the same. This is in addition to the success they had in the late closers that filled out the cards. Muscle Massive and Donato Hanover were second to Muscle Hill with four stakes wins each, while Art Major played second fiddle to SBSW, also with four. Appropriately enough, Marion Marauder, our new Trotting Triple Crown winner, is a son of Muscle Hill. He won for Scott Zeron and the extended Wellwood family. This was the young stallions first Kentucky Futurity credit.  The new speed king, Always B Miki, who won for David Miller and Jimmy Takter, is by the 12-year-old Indiana sire Always A Virgin, a successful regional stallion who has had limited exposure to the Grand Circuit. Miki broke the 1:46.4 race record shared by He’s Watching, Holborn Hanover, SBSW and Warrawee Needy as well as Cambest’s 23-year-old 1:46.1 time trial mark. Tim Tetrick won the most races at the meet: nine stakes and eight late closers. His most impressive win was Thursday’s 1:51.3 world record score by the impressive Chapter Seven freshman Walner for Linda Toscano and Ken Jacobs. This was only his fifth start, after taking two in the NYSS and a Kindergarten leg. He knocked a tick off of Southwind Frank’s 2015 mark. This colt is trending straight up. What Frank was to the 2015 meet, Walner was to this one. David Miller, who laid the foundation for his 2015 Driver of the Year award with a big closing day at last year’s Red Mile meet, may have done the same on Sunday with wins behind Darlinonthebeach in the Garnsey, Broadway Donna in the Filly Futurity and Always B Miki in the Allerage. Overall, he was second to Tetrick with seven stakes wins, in addition to scoring in a pair of late closers. Last year he sealed the deal with five wins on the Breeders Crown program at Woodbine two weeks after the Red Mile meet. Whether he recreates that feat at The Meadowlands this year or not, his numbers, in a season where he took the winter off, combined with the quality of his wins, make him the favorite to repeat as DOY. Andy Miller won five stakes, four of them for his wife Julie and one for Ross Croghan, as well as one late closer. Yannick Gingras also won five stakes, just as he did last year, but was blanked in the late closers this time. Corey Callahan, Brett Miller and Marcus Miller each had four stakes wins. The latter won three splits of the ISS on Saturday, all for his dad, with two of them, the SBSW filly Zane Hanover and the Art Major colt, Chip Walther, paying $189.80 and $84.80, respectively. Ake Svanstedt, Charlie Norris and Scott Zeron each had three stakes wins, with the latter also taking four late closers. Jimmy Takter topped all trainers with eight stakes wins, including that record mile by Always B Miki. Just as David Miller is primed to once again overcome Yannick’s earnings lead in the DOY contest, Takter may again overcome Ron Burke’s huge plurality in wins and money in the TOY race. Ron Burke had five stakes wins, including an upset in a Tattersalls split by the 20/1 Art Major colt, Stolen Glimpse, for Brian Sears. Last year Burke only won four of the high-dollar races, but he had eight second place finishes in them. On Sunday his Crazy Wow was second in the Allerage Open at 13/1, while Big Top Hanover was second in the Tattersalls Pace at 28/1. And Southwind Frank was nosed out by Marion Marauder in the Futurity. So the money was still rolling in. Julie Miller, Ake Svanstedt and Erv Miller each had four stakes wins, while Charlie Norris and Jim Campbell won three apiece. Tony Alagna, who had 5 stakes wins last year, including the Tattersalls Pace with Artspeak, had only 2 this time, although he did win 6 late closers. 54% of the stakes winners were bred in Pennsylvania, while 21% were from New York and 16% from New Jersey. Most of the latter are by Muscle Hill, who now stands in PA, and that must be taken into consideration. Ohio, Indiana, Florida and Ontario had one each, and one was by the French stallion, Love You. The Ontario SS Super Finals take place over the weekend so participation by that sector in Lexington is minimal. On the trotting side, there were eight for Muscle Hill, four each for Donato Hanover and Muscle Massive, three each for Cantab Hall and Credit winner, two for Andover Hall and the rest with one apiece. In 2015 Cantab Hall had 5 wins to 3 for Muscle Hill. As was the case this year three-quarters of the trot wins went to PA stallions. Somebeachsomewhere’s domination was more extreme than that of Muscle Hill. His progeny won 15 high-dollar stakes to four for Art Major and one each for all the rest. That amounts to a ridiculous 55% win rate for the 11-year-old son of Mach Three. This served as a marked contrast to last year when SBSW’s get had only three wins and New York pacing stallions dominated Pennsylvania by an 11 to 6 margin. American Ideal had no stakes credits this year, after accumulating four in 2015. Lots of juicy payoffs, aside from the pair from Marcus Miller and one from Sears/Burke already mentioned. The Crazed colt Shake It Off Lindy paid $29.60 for Tetrick and Antonacci in a Bluegrass split; the Yankee Glide filly Overdraft Volo paid $49.20 in another Bluegrass split for Andy and Julie Miller; the RNR Heaven colt Rock The Boat paid $38.20 in a Bluegrass division; the Credit Winner filly Bankette paid $73.60 for David Miller in a LC; the Donato filly Temple Ruins paid $30.60 in an ISS split for Brian Sears; and Gingras’ Cantab Hall filly Dancing IN The Hall paid $98.60 in a Filly Futurity elimination…. The most interesting winner was the Florida bred sophomore filly pacer Prairie Sweetheart, who was supplemented to the Allerage Mare and smoked her more accomplished foes in 1:49.1 for Matt Kakaley and Ross Croghan. Her sire, Royal Millennium, is an obscure 17-year-old son of Run The Table, whose granddam is a full sister to the great Sonsam. Prairie Sweetheart has won all 12 lifetime starts. There were some short fields, the Allerage Mare Trot had to be cancelled due to a lack of entries, and there was some wind and rain to contend with, but on the whole the record setting numbers at the sale were mirrored by some of the same on the track. Joe FitzGerald has been an avid harness racing fan and historian for the last half-century. He writes a weekly blog for  http://viewfromthegrandstand.blogspot.com/.  Joe’s commentary reflects his own views and not that of Harnesslink.

LEXINGTON, KY-- Supplementing to the Kentucky Futurity for $47,621, Hambletonian and Yonkers Trot-winner Marion Marauder will attempt to be the ninth champion to claim the Trotting Triple Crown amid a stakes-packed harness racing card to close out the Grand Circuit meeting at The Red Mile on Sunday, October 9. The draw for the 124th Kentucky Futurity was conducted during The Red Mile's Thursday afternoon program. A field of 12 is slated to go in a single dash for $431,000, carded as race 12 on a 14-race program. Marion Marauder, by Muscle Hill out of the Donerail mare Spellbound Hanover, drew post 11.   "It's not [a great draw], but it should be a great race for the fans," Scott Zeron, Marion Marauder's driver, said. "I hope I can drive a nice race and have a little luck. I think I have the horse that can win it, I just have to make sure I drive him that way."   "I would trade places with literally anyone else," Zeron said jokingly on the draw. "[Jimmy] Takter's [has the] one, two, and twelve, so not only am I boxed in at the beginning but I'm boxed in by the Takter crew, too. It's going to take some nifty-stick handling."   A winner of 10 in 25 starts and $1,539,768 for owners Marion Wellwood and Devin Keeling, Marion Marauder is the 5-2 morning-line favorite. Southwind Frank, who bested Marion Marauder through most of last season and recently in the $500,000 Colonial Trot, is the 3-1 second choice. Bar Hopping, beating Marion Marauder in the $522,120 Canadian Trotting Classic and winning recently an $81,250 Bluegrass division, is 4-1, and Sutton off a 1:52 win in an $82,250 Bluegrass division is 6-1.   The Kentucky Filly Futurity goes as two heats, with two eliminations set for the first heat. Heat two will go for $218,400 and is the final race on the program.   Broadway Donna goes for redemption after breaking in a $62,400 Bluegrass split as the 1-5 favorite. Owned by Fashion Farms LLC and trained by Jim Campbell, the Donato Hanover filly, out of the Broadway Hall mare Broadway Schooner, Broadway Donna starts from post one. She has won 12 of 18 starts, earning $800,894.   Ginny Weasley, the Andover Hall filly out of the Donerail mare Donepunk who won a Bluegrass split in 1:53.1, neighbors Broadway Donna from post two. Ake Svanstedt trains the winner of six races in 19 starts, earning $128,563 for owner Torp Trotting Inc.   Celebrity Eventsy will try to rebound in the second elimination. Finishing fifth as the 2-5 favorite in a $62,400 Bluegrass division, trainer Staffan Lind sends the daughter of Manofmanymissions, from the American Winner mare Little Ms Queenie, from post four for owner Celebrity Farms. A winner of eight in 22 starts, she has earned $456,803 in her career.   She competes against Side Bet Hanover, by Donato Hanover out of the Muscles Yankee mare Sea Level Hanover, starting from post three. Jonas Czernyson trains for owner Srf Stable. Winning five of 18 starts in her career, she has compiled $175,336 in earnings.   Pacing fillies will congregate for two divisions of the $213,500 Glen Garnsey Memorial.   Off a second-place finish to Darlinonthebeach as the 4-5 favorite in 1:50.2, Pure Country races in the first division. The Jimmy Takter-trained daughter of Somebeachsomewhere, out of the Western Hanover mare Western Montana, has won 17 of 27 starts and earned $1,596,948 for owner Diamond Creek Racing. She races from post six.   Darlinonthebeach, by Somebeachsomewhere out of the Bettor's Delight mare Darlin's Delight, races from post seven in the second division for trainer Nancy Johansson. A winner of 11 in 27 starts, she has earned $776,823 for owner White Birch Farm.   From post one, Blue Moon Stride enters the second division off a 1:50.1 win in a $73,000 Bluegrass split. The filly by Rocknroll Hanover, out of the Cam's Card Shark mare Classic Star, has won 10 of 26 starts, earning $658,886 for owners Emilio & Maria Rosati. She has finished third to Darlinonthebeach in both the $94,675 Shady Daisy and the $350,000 Valley Forge.   Sophomore pacing colts and geldings were divided into two divisions for the $416,000 Tattersalls Pace.   Division one draws Check Six, Western Fame, and Lindy Beach, all of whom are entering off wins in the Bluegrass. Check Six, by Somebeachsomewhere out of the Artsplace mare Southwind Vanna, won his $57,300 Bluegrass division in 1:50 as the even-money favorite. Winning 12 of 26 starts, he has earned $903,804 for owners Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, William Switala & Joe Martin. Trainer Ron Burke sends him from post six.   Western Fame, winning a $58,300 Bluegrass division as the 2-5 favorite in 1:50.3, starts from post seven. Trained by Jimmy Takter, the colt by Western Ideal, from the Artiscape mare Shyaway, has won five of 22 starts, earning $316,156 for owner Brittany Farms.   Trying for his fifth-straight win this season, Lindy Beach, off a 1:50.3 win in the Bluegrass, races from post nine. By Somebeachsomewhere out of the Real Desire mare Real Appealing, he has won four of 13 starts, earning $64,912 for owners Lindy Farms of Connecticut and Frank Baldassare and trainer Frank Antonacci.   Racing Hill, after scratching from the $276,960 Little Brown Jug, headlines the second division from post seven. Trained by Tony Alagna, the colt by Roll With Joe, from the American Ideal mare Chasing Ideals, finished third in the first heat of the Little Brown Jug in a 1:50.1 mile. With wins in the $500,000 Messenger Pace and $400,000 Adios Pace, he has 10 victories to his credit in 22 starts, earning $1,358,876 for owner Tom Hill.   Tony Alagna also trains American Passport, by American Ideal out of the Four Starzzz Shark mare Star Of The Show. He draws post two after nearly going wire to wire in his Bluegrass split, instead finishing second by three-quarters of a length to Check Six. A winner of five in 25 starts, he has earned $298,016 for owners Brittany Farms, Riverview Racing, Alagna Racing, and Jody Siamis.   The aged racing divisions will also compete in their respective splits of the Allerage Farms stakes.   Older pacing fillies and mares will contest in the $100,000 Allerage Farms Stakes. Division speedster Lady Shadow races from post two off a 1:50 win in the $236,360 Milton Stakes. The mare by Shadow Play, out of the Camluck mare Lady Camella, has won 25 of 51 starts, earning $1,354,042 for owners David Kryway, Carl Atley, Edwin Gold and the Bfj Stable.   The $101,000 Allerage Farms Open Trot attracts Obrigado as he readies for the $1,000,000 International Trot at Yonkers Raceway. Recently winning the $160,00 Dayton Trotting Derby in 1:53.2, Obrigado will start from post three. Trained by Paul Kelley, the gelding by Boy Band, from the Malabar Man mare Malimony, has won 40 of 76 starts, amassing $1,362,019 in earnings for owners Paul Kelley Racing Stable, Srf Stable, Linwood Higgins and Stable 45.   With the announcement that Always B Miki will stand at Diamond Creek Farms in 2017, the all-time world record could be at stake in the $138,000 Allerage Open Pace. By Always A Virgin out of the Artsplace mare Artstopper, Always B Miki, a winner of 26 in 49 starts, has dazzled across the country all season and has demonstrated a talented amount of speed. With a mark of 1:47 at Pocono Downs taken in both the elimination and final of the Ben Franklin and then equaled in the $225,000 Jim Ewart Memorial, Always B Miki has earned $2,227,368 for owners Bluewood Stable, Roll The Dice Stable, and Christina Takter. The five-year-old will start from post three.   Post time for the final day of the Grand Circuit fortnight at The Red Mile is set for 1:00pm.   By Ray Cotolo, for The Red Mile

Harness Racing This Week: The Red Mile Grand Circuit, Red Mile, Lexington, Ky. Schedule of events: The second week of Grand Circuit action at Red Mile kicks off on Thursday (Oct. 6) with five divisions in the $280,000 International Stallion Stake for 2-year-old colt trotters. The Friday (Oct. 7) card features four divisions in the $255,000 International Stallion Stake for 2-year-old filly trotters. On Saturday (Oct. 8) Red Mile will host four divisions in the $262,000 International Stallion Stake for 2-year-old colt pacers and four divisions in the $260,000 International Stallion Stake for 2-year-old filly pacers. On Sunday (Oct. 9), Red Mile will offer the $500,000 (est.) Kentucky Futurity, the third leg of Trotting's Triple Crown for 3-year-olds, the companion $300,000 (est.) Kentucky Filly Futurity for 3-year-old filly trotters, the $500,000 (est.) Tattersalls Pace for 3-year-old colt pacers, the $300,000 (est.) Glen Garnsey Memorial for 3-year-old filly pacers, a pair of $150,000 (est.) Allerage races for both open pacers and open trotters, and $70,000 (est.) Allerage races for older pacing mares and older trotting mares. Complete entries for the races are available at this link. Last time: The clubhouse was sold out, the denizens of the apron stood shoulder-to-shoulder despite the deluge the area had withstood 14 of the last 24 hours and before the first race went off on the card at Hollywood Gaming Dayton Raceway on Friday (Sept. 30) all people could discuss was how fortunate they were to witness live the most elite equine athletes on the continent. Wiggle It Jiggleit repaid their reverence and homage with a dazzling photo finish triumph in a track record 1:49.1 by a head over Always B Miki. The public's sentimental selection, Freaky Fete Pete, checked in 1-3/4 lengths behind in third. As the crowd chanted his name, Wiggle It Jiggleit and pilot Montrell Teague prepared to leave from post position five. The second choice at odds of 6-5, the defending Horse of the Year was unhurried at the start and settled into fourth behind race leader Luck Be Withyou (Eric Goodell), third selection Freaky Feet Pete (Trace Tetrick) and even money favorite Always B Miki (David Miller). After establishing fractions of :26.2 and :54.4 in their first tour around the track, Miller decided he had waited long enough and sent Always B Miki first-over. Teague immediately grasped the golden opportunity for live cover and pulled Wiggle It Jiggleit from his position to follow Always B Miki's assault on the top two. After ranging alongside Luck Be Withyou momentarily, Always B Miki took control after three-quarters in 1:22.1 with Wiggle It Jiggleit right on his flank. This locked Freaky Feet Pete in along the rail and shuffled him to fourth with Luck Be Withyou in second and Wiggle It Jiggleit in third as the drive for the wire ensued at the top of the homestretch. As Always B Miki appeared poised to pull ahead and never relinquish the lead, Wiggle It Jiggleit loomed menacingly on the outside. Those two once again waged war through the length of the homestretch and at the finish line, and left the exhilarated crowd puzzling over which horse captured the battle. Within minutes, that seemed much more like hours, Wiggle It Jiggleit was declared the victor and the fans demonstrated their appreciation for his monstrous effort with a round of cheers that drowned out any other sound. Conditioned by Clyde Francis, Wiggle It Jiggleit paid $4.40 to win. The 4-year-old gelding has now amassed a staggering $3.68 million lifetime and posted his 37th win from 49 career trips to the post for owners George Teague Jr. Inc. and Teague Racing Partnership. One race prior to yet another fantastic showdown between Always B Miki and Wiggle It Jiggleit, Obrigado made his own strong statement by emphatically capturing the $160,000 Dayton Trotting Derby for conditioner and co-owner Paul Kelley. With regular reinsman Mark MacDonald holding the lines, the public's second wagering selection (8-5) behind only Shake It Cerry, commenced trotting from post position five and swiftly settled into second place behind Homicide Hunter (Eric Goodell). As Homicide Hunter set all the fractions heading into the stretch, clicking off panels of :26.3, :56.2 and 1:24.2, Obrigado was content to remain in the pocket for the entire journey. As Wind Of The North (Matt Kakaley) made his first-over bid heading into the lane, Obrigado was briefly overtaken, but that is when MacDonald pushed the button. At that juncture, the rest of the field was only competing for second place as the gelding glided to the wire to stop the clock in 1:53.2. Centurion ATM (Aaron Merriman) closed from the clouds to finish second, 2-1/4 lengths behind the winner, while Wind Of The North was relegated to third after his early move. Also owned by SRF Stable, Linwood Higgins and Stable 45, Obrigado increased his bankroll to $1.36 million with his 40th lifetime win. 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 2016 Grand Circuit awards. Here are the current leaders: Drivers: 1. Yannick Gingras - 1,131.5; 2. David Miller - 885; 3. Tim Tetrick - 828.5; 4. Brett Miller - 452.5; 5. Scott Zeron - 401.5. Trainers: 1. Jimmy Takter - 1,042.5; 2. Ron Burke - 978.5; 3. Tony Alagna - 447; 4. Ake Svanstedt - 341; 5. Linda Toscano - 269. Owners: 1. Burke Racing Stable - 222.87; 2. Marvin Katz - 198.8; 3. Weaver Bruscemi - 185.52; 4. Tom Hill - 184; 5. Al Libfeld - 157.05. Looking ahead: Grand Circuit action will take place next weekend at Yonkers Raceway and Harrah's Philadelphia. Yonkers will offer the Yonkers International Trot for free-for-all trotters and Harrah's Philadelphia will host Simpson Stakes races for 3-year-olds of both sexes and gaits. Paul Ramlow

LEXINGTON, KY-- Week two of the Grand Circuit meeting at The Red Mile will begin with five divisions of the $288,000 International Stallion Stakes for harness racing two-year-old trotting colts and geldings on Thursday, October 6. Off a win in the Bluegrass last week, New Jersey Viking starts in the first division. The colt by Muscle Hill from the Broadway Hall mare Hall Of Wishes has won four races in seven starts this season, earning $111,893 for owners Knutsson Trotting Inc. and Little E LLC. Trained and driven by Ake Svanstedt, he won a $56,250 Bluegrass split going wire to wire in 1:56.1. He'll start from post seven.   Also in the first division is Signal Hill, who tries for redemption after finishing fourth as the even-money favorite in a $55,250 Bluegrass split. He attempted to trot by his rivals in the stretch, but lost stride approaching the wire. By Muscle Hill out of the Cantab Hall mare Special Appeal, Signal Hill has won two races in seven starts and earned $63,101 for owners Brittany Farms, David Mc Duffee, Marvin Katz, and Adriano Sorella. The Tony Alagna trainee will start from post three.   Division two attracts Snowstorm Hanover, who won a $55,250 Bluegrass division going wire to wire in 1:55.3. A winner in three of eight starts, the colt by Muscle Massive out of the Andover Hall mare Snow Angel Hanover has earned $86,869 for owners Burke Racing Stable, Frank Baldachino, Phillip Collura and Weaver Bruscemi. Trainer Ron Burke sends him from post six.   International Moni, by Love You out of the Speedy Crown mare Moni Maker, competes against Snowstorm Hanover. Winless in seven starts this season, he enters off a third-place finish to Snowstorm Hanover in the Bluegrass last week, and was also third in the $266,600 William Wellwood Memorial at 24-1. He has earned $49,795 this season for owner Moni Make Stable. The Frank Antonacci trainee starts from post two.   Long Tom, off a 1:55.2 win in a $55,250 Bluegrass division, will start from post two in the third division. Winning three of his four starts this season and earning $46,875 for owner Amg Stable Oy and trainer Marcus Melander, Long Tom, by Muscle Hill out of the Windsong's Legacy mare Ilia, races against Devious Man, who starts from post four. By Credit Winner out of the Garland Lobell mare Miss Garland, Devious Man has won six of ten starts this season, earning $280,233 for owner Story Inc. The Julie Miller trainee enters off a 1:58 win as the 3-5 favorite in the $225,000 New York Sires Stakes Final at Yonkers.   Dover Dan, winning a $56,250 Bluegrass division in 1:55 at 3-1, competes in the fourth division. By Andover Hall out of the Royal Troubadour mare Cr Kay Suzie, he has won four of eight starts this year, earning $108,579 for owner William Wiswell, Jean Goehlen and Eugene Shcick. Trained by John Butenschoen, he starts from post two.   Linda Toscano enters Walner against Dover Dan, shipping in from the Meadowlands where he won a Kindergarten preliminary in 1:53.4 by six lengths. The colt by Chapter Seven out of the Ken Warkentin mare Random Destiny has won three out of four starts this year, amassing $50,750 for owner Kenneth Jacobs. He will start from post five.   Bluegrass-split winners Shake It Off Lindy and Fly On contest in the final split. Shake It Off Lindy, winning his division in 1:55 after pulling first over to take the lead, will start from post three. By Crazed out of the Love You mare Nashville Lindy, Shake It Off Lindy, trained by Frank Antonacci, has won two of six starts, earning $45,250 for owner K R Breeding LLC.   Fly On, drawing post two after winning his Bluegrass split off a pocket trip in 1:55, has won six of ten starts this season, compiling $88,747 in earnings for owners Andy Miller Stable Inc., Arden Homestead Stable and Gty Stable. The colt by Muscle Hill from the Credit Winner mare Calchips Finisher is trained by Julie Miller.   First race post for Thursday's nine-race program is scheduled for 1:00pm.   By Ray Cotolo, for The Red Mile

LEXINGTON, KY-- Sophomore pacers and trotters compete on the first matinee harness racing program of the Grand Circuit meeting at The Red Mile on Sunday, October 2, with three divisions of the $188,200 Bluegrass for trotting fillies, two divisions of the $163,500 Bluegrass for trotting colts, two divisions of the $147,000 Bluegrass for pacing fillies, and three divisions of the $173,900 Bluegrass for pacing colts. The opening of the three Bluegrass splits for trotting fillies pins Celebrity Eventsy against Double Exposure. Starting from post one, Celebrity Eventsy, by Manofmanymissions from the American Winner mare Little Ms Queenie, exits a ninth-place effort in the $331,360 Elegantimage, which was the result of a parked first-over trip. Owned by Celebrity Farms and trained by Staffan Lind, the winner of eight out of twenty-one starts lifetime has earned $453,863. Double Exposure enters off a 1:55.2 qualifier at The Red Mile, and adds Lasix for the first time in her career. Her last pari-mutual start was in a $26,950 Elegantimage elimination, where she finished sixth, failing to make the final. She has won six races out of fifteen starts lifetime, earning $297,413 for owners Brittany Farms and Melvin Hartman and trainer Tony Alagna. Freshman-sensation Broadway Donna, by Donato Hanover from the Broadway Hall mare Broadway Schooner, draws into the second division. Winning the $252,000 Pennsylvania Sires Stakes Championship in 1:53.4 in her most recent start, she earned her 12th win in 17 races, earning $800,894 for owner Fashion Farms LLC. Trained by Jim Campbell, she starts from post one. Trond Smedshammer sends Fad Finance, by Credit Winner from the Sierra Kosmos mare Armbro Vanity, from post five in the second division. Her last race was in the $225,000 New York Sires Stakes Final, where she finished fifth as the 3-5 favorite. Winning nine of 20 starts and earning $275,356, she races for owners Purple Haze Stables LLC, Marc Goldberg, and Rojan Stables. Hambletonian Oaks-elimination winner Side Bet Hanover competes in the final trotting filly split. Since her 38-1 upset in her Hambletonian Oaks elimination, she has finished second in a $74,690 Casual Breeze division and fifth in the Elegantimage Final. A winner of four of 17 starts, the filly by Donato Hanover from the Muscles Yankee mare Sea Level Hanover has earned $143,636 for owner Srf Stable. Trained by Jonas Czernyson, she starts from post two. Wildflower, off a 14-1 upset in the $118,574 Hudson Filly Trot, starts from post six against Side Bet Hanover. After her 1:56.1 performance in the Hudson Filly Trot, she qualified at Pocono Downs, winning by seven lengths in 1:58. Winning four of 16 starts lifetime, she has earned $225,507 for owner-trainer Ake Svanstedt along with partners Douglas Sipple and Mal & Janet Burroughs. The first of two Bluegrass divisions for trotting colts attracts Mavens Way, Sutton, and Lagerfeld. Mavens Way, finishing sixth to Sutton in a 1:51.4 mile against conditioned trotters at the Meadowlands, starts from post one. By Muscle Hill from the Andover Hall mare Doris Deo, he has earned $141,724 over 17 starts for owner-trainer Ake Svanstedt along with partners Mal & Janet Burroughs, T L P Stable, and Esa Hietakanagas. Sutton, who finished third at 48-1 in the $1,000,000 Hambletonian, races from post four. Finishing fourth in the $500,000 Colonial Trot and breaking as the even-money favorite in an $80,095 Simcoe division, he will try for his sixth win in his career. By Donato Hanover, from the Muscles Yankee mare I Wanted Wings, Sutton has compiled $328,806 in earnings over 20 starts for trainer Julie Miller and owners Andy Miller Stable Inc. and Jason & Douglas Allen. Exiting a fourth-place finish in the Pennsylvania Sires Stakes Championship, Lagerfeld, by Yankee Glide from the Yankee Paco mare Southern Senorita, starts from post two. The Jimmy Takter trainee has struggled with gait issues most of the season, breaking in a $153,250 Stanley Dancer Memorial division and in the $40,000 Yonkers Trot elimination. A winner of six in 26 starts, he has earned $602,603 for owners Christina Takter, John and Jim Fielding and Herb Liverman. Bar Hopping, who was sent off as the even-money favorite in the Hambletonian, races in the other trotting colt division. Off a 1:53.1 victory in the $522,120 Canadian Trotting Classic, the Jimmy Takter trained son of Muscle Hill, from the Credit Winner mare Cocktail Hour, starts from post three. Winning six of 22 starts, he has earned $808,188 for owners Christina Takter, Hatfield Stables, Marvin Katz, and Al Libfeld. Pure Country and Darlinonthebeach will battle again when they race in the first Bluegrass division for pacing fillies. Exiting the $143,640 Jugette, Pure Country finished fourth in the final, while Darlinonthebeach scratched after finishing fifth in the first heat. Pure Country, by Somebeachsomewhere from the Western Hanover mare Western Montana, has won 17 of 26 starts and earned $1,578,448 for owner Diamond Creek Racing. She'll race from post two. Darlinonthebeach, by Somebeachsomewhere from the Bettor's Delight mare Darlin's Delight, neighbors Pure Country from post three. A winner of 10 of 26 starts, she has earned $739,823 for owner White Birch Farm. Call Me Queen Be highlights the other pacing filly split. Finishing second as the 1-2 favorite after setting the pace in the Jugette Final, she draws post three. Defeating Pure Country and Darlinonthebeach in both the $252,000 Pennsylvania Sires Stakes Championship and the first heat of the Jugette, they filly by Somebeachsomewhere from the Western Terror mare Preppy Party Girl has nine wins to her credit out of 25 starts, earning $752,384 for owners Let It Ride Stables Inc. and Mr Dana Parham.   American Passport, who emerged into the stakes spotlight after winning a division of the International Stallion Stakes last fall, returns to The Red Mile. Drawing post four, he exits a ninth-place finish in the $100,000 Jenna's Beach Boy. Winning five of 24 starts, he has earned $283,691 for owners Brittany Farms, Alagna Racing, Riverview Racing, and Jody Siamis.   The second Bluegrass division for pacing colts features Western Fame, who won at 10-1 in a $92,320 Little Brown Jug elimination. Drawing post six, the Western Ideal colt from the Artiscape mare Shyaway has won four of 21 starts, earning $287,006 for owner Brittany Farms and trainer Jimmy Takter.   Another Jug finalist, Big Top Hanover, starts from post two. Going off stride before the start, he finished sixth. A winner of five in 33 starts, the colt by Western Ideal from the Art Major mare Blind Ambition has earned $625,612 for owners Burke Racing Stable LLC, Jt 45 and Weaver Bruscemi and trainer Ron Burke.   The final Bluegrass division attracts Dr J Hanover, who enters off a third-place effort in the Little Brown Jug. Starting from post five, Tony Alagna trains the gelding by Somebeachsomwhere, out of the Western Ideal mare So Perfect. He has won eight of 15 starts, amassing $289,149 in earnings for owners Brittany Farms, Marvin Katz, John Cancelliere, and Dr J Partners.   Manhattan Beach, who finished fifth in the Little Brown Jug, races from post two. By Somebeachsomewhere from the Badlands Hanover mare Benear, the Ron Burke trainee has won five of 27 starts, which includes an elimination for the Adios Pace. Also finishing second in the $320,000 Cane Pace, he has earned $381,492 for owners Burke Racing Stable & Weaver Bruscemi, Geoffrey Lyons Mound and Wingfield Brothers.   Sunday's 14-race card is set to start at 1:00pm, which will be the post time for the remaining dates in the Grand Circuit meet.   By Ray Cotolo, for The Red Mile

Freehold, NJ --- Long Tom might be short on experience, but trainer Marcus Melander believes the 2-year-old male trotter can stand tall when it comes to harness racing on the Grand Circuit. The colt, who spent time in Sweden after being purchased for $60,000 at last year’s Standardbred Horse Sale, competes Thursday (Sept. 29) in the first of six Bluegrass Stakes divisions at Red Mile. “He feels like the right horse, but there are some good horses out there as well, so it’s not so easy,” Melander said about Long Tom, who heads to Lexington with two wins and a second in three career races. “He started out good and we’ll see how he does against the best ones out here. I definitely think he can be on the Grand Circuit. “He feels like a good horse and I think he’ll get better and better with every race he can have. We’ll see after Lexington how we do. But so far he’s been very good.” Long Tom is a son of stallion Muscle Hill out of the mare Ilia. He is a half-brother to Tight Lines, who last week finished third in the Old Oaken Bucket at the Delaware County Fairgrounds in Ohio. Signed for by Swedish trainer Reijo Liljendahl, the horse is owned by the Finland-based AMG Stable Oy. Following the Harrisburg sale, Long Tom traveled to Sweden, where he was in Liljendahl’s stable. “We talked in February and Reijo told me he had a good horse he wanted to send over,” Melander said. “I liked him already at the sale, so when Reijo told me the name of the horse I was happy. He was a good-looking horse. He came to me at the end of March.” Because of his travels, Long Tom wasn’t ready to see action when qualifiers for 2-year-olds began in mid-June at the Meadowlands. But when Melander brought the colt to qualifiers a month later, he was pleased. On Aug. 9, Long Tom made his racing debut in a conditioned race at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono and won by 1-1/2 lengths in 1:59.1. Four weeks later, he finished second to New Jersey Viking in the Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of New Jersey-sponsored Harold Dancer Memorial Trot and followed that effort with a 1:56.1 victory in a conditioned race for 2- and 3-year-olds at the Meadowlands. “He’s been racing very well,” Melander said. “In the qualifiers I took it very easy with him and I felt he was a good horse. In his first lifetime start, he won very easy at Pocono even if it was just in (1):59.1. He did it so easy. “After that, he had some problems getting into races when the Meadowlands closed. But he raced very well at Freehold after some time off and when he won at the Meadowlands he raced great again.” Long Tom is a horse that tends to get complacent when he reaches the front, but Melander is impressed with the colt’s desire to win. “He’s not like a monster in training; he’s very lazy,” Melander said. “He’s like an older horse that’s been doing this for a while. He’s never grabby. He’s almost too lazy sometimes. Last week when he won at the Meadowlands he had plenty left. He’s just so lazy you need to get him going to hold his speed otherwise he waits for the other horses. “But you can feel in a horse when they want to be first. He’s nice gaited, but what I like most is his head. He wants to be a racehorse; he wants to win.” At Lexington, Melander is anxious to see if Long Tom has the speed to be a top colt. “That’s the thing, he’s never been coming home faster than :29 (seconds),” Melander said. “But he’s so lazy. When he’s first, he doesn’t go much faster. He knows he’s first and he knows he’s going to win. I think he’s got the speed. I’m not saying he’s going to go :26 quarters down here, but I think he can go faster than :29, that’s for sure.” Long Tom, who has earned $19,250 this season, is 9-2 on the morning line in his six-horse Bluegrass division, where he will start from post one with driver Tim Tetrick. Bill’s Man, from the stable of trainer John Butenschoen, is the 2-1 favorite from post two with driver Corey Callahan. The morning line favorites in the remaining divisions, in race order, are Tony Alagna’s stakes-winner Signal Hill, Frank Antonacci’s International Moni, Julie Miller’s stakes-winner Fly On, Ron Burke’s Peter Haughton Memorial champ What The Hill, and Jimmy Takter’s King On The Hill. For the complete card, click here. by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications 

Harness Racing This Week: Bluegrass Stakes, Red Mile, Lexington, Ky. and Dayton Pacing Derby and Dayton Trotting Derby, Hollywood Dayton Raceway, Dayton, Ohio. Schedule of events: Grand Circuit action kicks off on Thursday (Sept. 29) at Red Mile with six divisions in the $334,500 Bluegrass for 2-year-old colt trotters. The Friday (Sept. 30) card at the Lexington oval will feature five divisions in the $298,000 Bluegrass for 2-year-old filly trotters. On Saturday (Oct. 1), The Red Mile will offer $200,000 (est.) Bluegrass events for 2-year-old colt and filly pacers. The first week of racing in Lexington will conclude on Sunday (Oct. 2) with $200,000 (est.) Bluegrass events for 3-year-old male and female trotters and pacers. Hollywood Dayton Raceway on Friday night will feature a pair of Grand Circuit stakes in the $150,000 Dayton Pacing Derby for older pacers and the $160,000 Dayton Trotting Derby for older trotters. Complete entries for the races are available at this link. Last time: The Grand Circuit spotlight was on the Delaware (Ohio) County Fair this past week, with the $577,000 Little Brown Jug leading five days of exciting stakes races. Betting Line won the 71st Little Brown Jug, presented by the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association, with a world record performance in the event's second heat Thursday (Sept. 22) at the Delaware County Fairgrounds. The Casie Coleman-trained Betting Line, who extended his win streak to 13 races with his Jug victory, stopped the timer in 1:49, equaling the fastest mile ever by a 3-year-old pacer on a half-mile track. Wiggle It Jiggleit, a gelding, established that record last year at Harrington Raceway. Betting Line's effort, though, was the fastest half-mile triumph ever by a colt. Betting Line, the 1-9 favorite in the second heat, took the lead from Western Fame just after the halfway point in the mile race for 3-year-old pacers and cruised to an eight length victory from there. Western Fame was second, followed by Dr J Hanover and Lyons Snyder. It was driver David Miller's fourth career Jug win and the third for Coleman. Betting Line has won 13 of 14 races this year and earned $1.37 million. He is owned by Coleman's West Wins Stable, Christine Calhoun, and Mac Nichol. In other Grand Circuit action over the weekend, some of the sport's top trotters were showcased in the $220,000 Centaur Trotting Classic at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday (Sept. 24). Hannelore Hanover, with driver Yannick Gingras, returned to her home state of Indiana to turn in a dominant performance. Just as Bee A Magician did the previous year, Hannelore Hanover easily handled a field of nine male counterparts to add another stakes victory to her resume. With a final time of 1:52.4, the world champion mare made her game winning move down the backside and coasted on to the wire to finish 2-1/4 lengths in front of the competition. Trained by Hoosier Park's leading trainer, Ron Burke, the 4-year-old daughter of Swan For All-High Sobriety notched her 15th win from 17 seasonal outings. Hannelore Hanover has now amassed $1,201,685 lifetime for her connections of Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, Frank Baldachino, and J&T Silva Stables. Lady Shadow continued her outstanding season with a powerful 1:50 victory in the $236,360 Milton Stakes Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack. Yagonnakissmeornot was able to finish second after getting away fourth and staying inside until three-quarters. Waasmula charged home for third, while Bedroomconfessions closed well from the back for fourth. A 5-year-old daughter of Shadow Play, Lady Shadow has now won nine of 16 starts and earned $618,481 this season for trainer Ron Adams and owners David Kryway, Carl Atley, Edwin Gold and BFJ Stable. 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 2016 Grand Circuit awards. Here are the current leaders: Drivers: 1. Yannick Gingras - 1,056.5; 2. David Miller - 820; 3. Tim Tetrick - 708.5; 4. Brett Miller - 407.5; 5. Scott Zeron - 336.5. Trainers: 1. Jimmy Takter - 952.5; 2. Ron Burke - 913.5; 3. Tony Alagna - 412; 4. Ake Svanstedt - 306; 5. Linda Toscano - 249. Owners: 1. Burke Racing Stable - 211.17; 2. Marvin Katz - 179.6; 3. Tom Hill - 179; 4. Weaver Bruscemi - 175.52; 5.Harry von Knoblauch - 149.5. Looking ahead: Grand Circuit action will be taking place next week at Lexington's historic Red Mile. Featured will be the Kentucky Futurity, the third leg of Trotting's Triple Crown for 3-year-olds. Also on tap will be the companion Kentucky Filly Futurity for the sophomore fillies, the Tattersalls Pace and the Glen Garnsey Memorial for 3-year-old pacers, four International Stallion Stakes races for 2-year-olds of both sexes and gaits, and four Allerage contests for open pacers and trotters. Paul Ramlow Grand Circuit Publicity Director

LEXINGTON, KY-- The annual Grand Circuit harness racing meeting at The Red Mile commences on Thursday, September 29 with six divisions of the $334,500 Bluegrass Stakes for two-year-old colt and gelding trotters.   Race four gathers six trotters for the first division. Long Tom, a Muscle Hill colt from the Windsong's Legacy mare Ilia, starts from post one for owner Amg Stable Oy and trainer Marcus Melander. He enters off a lifetime-best 1:56.1 effort in a conditioned race at the Meadowlands.   Stormy Kromer also enters off a lifetime-best performance, drawing post six after a 1:58.4 win from first over as the favorite in the $37,547 Ohio Breeders Championship at the Delaware County Fair. He's owned by Gene Oldford Farms LLC, Wrenn Racing LLC, and Kales Co. LLC.   Division two features another field of six. Signal Hill, who finished seventh in the $266,000 William Wellwood final after a runner up finish in his elimination, competes against Moonshiner Hanover, who finished second in both the $260,000 Pennsylvania Sires Stakes Championship at Harrah's Philadelphia and the $32,050 Standardbred Stakes at the Delaware County Fair.   Moonshiner Hanover will start from post two for owner-trainer Christopher Beaver along with partners Synerco Ventures Inc. and Bill Manes. Signal Hill races from post five for owners Brittany Farms, David Mc Duffee, Marvin Katz, and Adriano Sorella.   International Moni headlines the third division, attempting to obtain the first win of his career. He ships in off a third-place finish in the William Wellwood Memorial along with Mountain Of Love, who finished eighth following a break at the start. Winless in six starts, International Moni, by Love You out of Moni Maker, has amassed $43,165 in earnings for owner Moni Maker Stable and trainer Frank Antonacci.   The fourth division collects seven trotters. Julie Miller sends Fly On from, by Muscle Hill from the Credit Winner mare Calchips Finisher, from post four for his tenth start this season. Winning five of his nine starts and finishing third in his other four starts, he has earned $60,622 this season for owners Andy Miller Stable Inc., Arden Homestead Stables and Gaitway Stable.   Opposing Fly On is Lars Perry for trainer Jimmy Takter, entering off a break as the 8-5 favorite in a $32,050 division of the Standardbred Stakes at the Delaware County Fair. He'll race from post seven in pursuit of his first win of the season. He races for owners Christina Takter, John Fielding, Mellby Gard, and Hatfield Stables.   Division five features Peter Haughton champion What The Hill. Sent off the 9-5 favorite in the William Wellwood Memorial, he broke into the last turn, finishing sixth. Winning three of eight starts this season, he has compiled $236,378 in earnings for owners Burke Racing Stable, Our Horse Cents Stables, Jerry & Theresa Silva Stables and Deo Volente Farms.   What The Hill races from post six against New Jersey Viking, an Ake Svanstedt-trainee who has won three of six starts this year including a $55,780 division of the Reynolds at Tioga Downs and the $29,000 Harold Dancer Memorial, as well as Muscles Jared, a George Ducharme-trained son of Muscle Massive who has won four of seven starts this year and exits the $252,000 Pennsylvania Sires Stakes Championship off a fourth-place finish as the 3-5 favorite. New Jersey Viking and Muscles Jared start from posts four and two respectively.   Capping the card and Bluegrass splits is a field of seven highlighted by the Jimmy Takter-trainee King On The Hill. The colt by Muscle Hill from the Viking Kronos mare Lantern Kronos enters from a fourth-place finish in the William Wellwood Memorial. Earning $86,963 over nine starts this year and two wins, coming in an elimination for the Peter Haughton and a preliminary for the Kindergarten, King On The Hill will start from post one for owners Christina Takter, Goran Falk, Goran Andberg, and Hatfield Stables.   Thursday's program is the first of four Grand Circuit cards this week. Friday's card, September 30, will feature divisions of the Bluegrass for two-year-old filly trotters. The program on Saturday, October 1 will include divisions of the Bluegrass for two-year-old colt and filly pacers, and Sunday's card will feature divisions of the Bluegrass for three-year-old colts and fillies of both gaits.   First race post for Thursday, Friday, and Saturday's cards is 7:00pm. Sunday's card begins the matinee post time of 1:00pm, which will carry through the remainder of the meeting.   By Ray Cotolo, for The Red Mile  

Harness Racing This Week: Delaware Grand Circuit, Delaware County Fair, Delaware, Ohio; Milton Stake final, Mohawk Racetrack, Campbellville, Ontario; and Centaur Trot, Hoosier Park Pacing Derby, Jenna's Beach Boy, Kentuckiana Stallion Management Stakes and The Elevation, Hoosier Park, Anderson, Ind. Schedule of events: Grand Circuit action resumes on Tuesday (Sept. 20) at Delaware with two $27,747 divisions of the Standardbred for 2-year-old filly trotters. The Wednesday (Sept. 21) card at Delaware features the $239,400 Jugette for 3-year-old filly pacers, the $86,200 Buckette for 3-year-old filly trotters and the $49,200 Standardbred for 2-year-old filly pacers. The Thursday (Sept. 22) card at Delaware is highlighted by the $577,000 Little Brown Jug, the third leg of Pacing's Triple Crown for 3-year-olds. Also on tap that day is the $122,500 Old Oaken Bucket for 3-year-old colt trotters, the $120,000 Miss Versatility final for older trotting mares, and two $32,050 divisions in the Standardbred for 2-year-old colt trotters. Grand Circuit racing at Hoosier Park begins on Friday (Sept. 23) with the $200,000 (est.) Kentuckiana Stallion Management Stakes for 2-year-old filly trotters. On Saturday (Sept. 24) Hoosier will host the $250,000 (est.) Kentuckiana Stallion Management Stakes for 2-year-old filly pacers, the $210,000 (est.) Centaur for Open trotters, the $175,000 (est.) Hoosier Park Pacing Derby for Open pacers, the $150,000 (est.) Elevation for 2-year-old colt pacers and the $100,000 (est.) Jenna's Beach Boy for 3-year-old colt pacers. Grand Circuit action at Mohawk will be held on Saturday (Sept. 24) with the C$311,000 Milton Stakes final for older pacing mares. Complete entries for the races at the U.S. tracks are available at this link. Entries for the Mohawk race are available at this link. Last time: The Grand Circuit spotlight was on Mohawk Racetrack this past Saturday, with the finals of five major stakes, led by the $480,320 Maple Leaf Trot for older trotters. Resolve turned in a game effort to come away with a 1:51.4 victory. The 5-year-old stallion went toe-to-toe with the outstanding mare Hannelore Hanover for the final half-mile and ultimately wore down the powerhouse to score a 1-1/2 length victory for trainer/driver Ake Svanstedt. Resolve, who finished second in last year's Maple Leaf Trot, left from the rail and got away third, while Hannelore Hanover released Musical Rhythm to the lead at the opening quarter-mile in :26.4. Driver Yannick Gingras wasted little time circling Hannelore Hanover back to the front in the second quarter-mile and the trotting mare led the field by the half in :55.3. Svanstedt started up Resolve nearing that juncture and immediately confronted the leader moving into the final turn. Hannelore Hanover and Resolve dueled to three-quarters in 1:23 and continued their battle into the lane. The Svanstedt trainee had no quit and finally edged by the gutsy mare in deep stretch for the win. Owned by Hans Enggren, Resolve now has 14 career victories and more than $1.6 million earned. The son of Muscle Hill scored his fourth victory of the season to bring his seasonal earnings to nearly $700,000. Bar Hopping charged home to win the $522,120 Canadian Trotting Classic by 3-1/2 lengths Saturday night at Mohawk. The Jimmy Takter trained colt was able to convert off a perfect second-over steer from driver Tim Tetrick to win Canada's biggest race for 3-year-old trotters. A trio of longshots fired out for the front, while Marion Marauder, the 3-5 favorite, was unhurried and got away fourth ahead of main rivals Southwind Frank and Bar Hopping. Scott Zeron sent Marion Marauder to the front in the second quarter-mile and took the lead at the half in :55.4. Southwind Frank was pushed first-over, which allowed Tetrick to put Bar Hopping in a perfect second-over position. Marion Marauder led the field by the three-quarter pole in 1:24.2. In the stretch, Marion Marauder created a little separation on his rivals, but that was quickly erased by Bar Hopping. The Takter trainee fired off cover and powered by in the final eighth of the mile for a 1:53.1 victory. Marion Marauder held on for second, while Bee In Charge finished third ahead of Winter Harbor. A son of Muscle Hill owned by Christina Takter, Hatfeld Stables, Marvin Katz and Al Libfeld, Bar Hopping is now a five-time winner from 13 starts this season for $706,950 in earnings. His career totals are now improved to six victories and $808,188 earned. The triumph Saturday gave trainer Jimmy Takter three consecutive victories in the Canadian Trotting Classic and five overall. 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 2016 Grand Circuit awards. Here are the current leaders: Drivers: 1. Yannick Gingras - 971.5; 2. Tim Tetrick - 678.5; 3. David Miller - 670; 4. Brett Miller - 348.5; 5. Scott Zeron - 299.5. Trainers: 1. Jimmy Takter - 850.5; 2. Ron Burke - 848.5; 3. Tony Alagna - 393; 4. Ake Svanstedt - 306; 5. Linda Toscano - 249. Owners: 1. Burke Racing Stable - 200.72; 2. Tom Hill - 177; 3. Marvin Katz - 172.85; 4. Weaver Bruscemi - 165.07; 5. Harry von Knoblauch - 149.5. Looking ahead: Grand Circuit action will be taking place next week at Lexington's historic Red Mile. There will be eight Bluegrass stakes for 2- and 3-year-olds of both sexes and gaits. Hollywood Dayton Raceway will also be hosting a pair of Grand Circuit events, the Dayton Pacing Derby and the Dayton Trotting Derby for older horses. by Paul Ramlow

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