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Harness Racing This Week: Arthur Cutler Memorial, Meadowlands Racetrack, East Rutherford, N.J. and Ben Franklin Pace, Earl Beal Jr. Memorial, Max C. Hempt Memorial and James M. Lynch Memorial eliminations, The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, Wilkes-Barre, Pa. Schedule of events: The Grand Circuit spotlight will shine on Meadowlands Racetrack on Friday (June 24) with the $200,000 Arthur Cutler Memorial for older trotters. A field of seven will go to the post in race seven. The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono will host four sets of Sun Stakes eliminations on Saturday (June 25). There will be three eliminations in the Ben Franklin for older pacers and a pair of eliminations in the Earl Beal Jr. Memorial for 3-year-old trotters, the Max C. Hempt Memorial for 3-year-old pacers and the James M. Lynch Memorial for 3-year-old filly pacers. Complete entries for the races can be found by clicking on this link. Last time: Last weekend's Grand Circuit action was highlighted by the $780,000 Pepsi North America Cup for 3-year-old pacers at Mohawk Racetrack. Betting Line, driven by David Miller, demonstrated his off-the-pace talent by flying from fifth to first to win the North America Cup on Saturday (June 18) by one length in a stakes, track and Canadian record equaling score of 1:47.4. The stakes record was originally set at Mohawk by Thinking Out Loud in 2012. Betting Line's win in the 33rd edition of the Cup is also the 19th time that an elimination winner has also won the final. With the win, trainer Casie Coleman, who just celebrated her 36th birthday, earned her second career North America Cup title. "This was all I wanted for my birthday and Betting Line made it come true," said the Cambridge, Ontario resident, who won her first Cup in 2010 with Sportswriter. Betting Line, the even-money favorite, settled into fifth while driver Randy Waples marched Control The Moment off the gate from post nine towards the front. The Brad Maxwell trainee made the front ahead of Racing Hill to post a :26.4 opening quarter. Heading to the half, driver Sylvain Filion took a shot at the lead with Lyons Snyder from third, but Waples kept the tempo hot and parked the first-over challenger to the half in :53.4. Around the final turn, Lyons Snyder began to fade away first-up while Control The Moment continued to power along on the lead. Racing Hill circled around the tiring Lyons Snyder as Betting Line was moving up into the action on the outside from fifth. After a three-quarter clocking of 1:20.3, Control The Moment brought the field into the lane with a pair of challengers ready to battle. Racing Hill overtook the lead with less than an eighth of a mile to go, but Betting Line was in striking range pacing powerful strides just a few lengths back. Betting Line surged by Racing Hill in deep stretch to win. Control The Moment faded to third. The son of Bettor's Delight-Heather's Western notched his 10th victory in 17 career outings and lifted his lifetime purse earnings to $863,280 for owners West Wins Stable, Christine Calhoun and Mac Nichol. Complete recaps of the weekend races are available at the Grand Circuit website. Grand Circuit Standings: In 2016, the Grand Circuit leaders in three categories (driver, trainer and owner) will once again be tracked on a points system (20-10-5 for the top three finishers in divisions/finals and 10-5-2 for the top three finishers in eliminations/legs). Winbak Farm is the sponsor for the 2016 Grand Circuit awards. Here are the current leaders: Drivers: 1. Jordan Stratton - 191.5; 2. Yannick Gingras - 152; 3. David Miller - 141; 4. Tim Tetrick - 136; 5. Daniel Dube - 120. Trainers: 1. Ron Burke - 218; 2. Jeff Bamond Jr. - 170; 3. Peter Tritton - 139.5; 4. Rene Allard - 125; 5. Clyde Francis - 92.5. Owners: 1. Harry von Knoblauch - 139.5; 2. Bamond Racing - 112; 3. Burke Racing Stable - 63.85; 4. Weaver Bruscemi - 58.85; 5t. George Teague Jr. Inc. - 46.25; 5t. Teague Racing Partnerships - 46.25. Looking ahead: Next weekend's Grand Circuit action will be taking place at five different tracks. Pocono will have the finals for the Ben Franklin (older pacers), Earl Beal Memorial (3-year-old trotters), Max Hempt Memorial (3-year-old pacers) and James Lynch (3-year-old filly pacers); Northfield Park will host the Cleveland Trotting Classic for older trotters; Mohawk will host a leg of the Miss Versatility for older trotting mares; Tioga Downs will offer Tompkins-Geers stakes for 3-year-old colt and filly trotters; and Historic Track will feature Landmark Stakes for 2- and 3-year-olds of both sexes and gaits. Paul Ramlow Grand Circuit Publicity Director

East Rutherford, NJ - The $200,000 Arthur J. Cutler Memorial will see seven of the top harness racing older trotters currently racing convene at The Meadowlands to contest the 19th renewal of the Grand Circuit stake on Friday, June 24.   Mr. Cutler was a popular and successful Manhattan restaurateur. His empire of restaurants began in 1990 with Carmines (still a popular Italian family style venue) and grew to embrace several cuisines such as Ollie's Noodle Shop, Gabriela's Mexican and Virgil's BBQ. A Virgil's location is set to be opened soon by Mr. Cutler's longtime friend Jeff Gural as part of the renovations at Tioga Downs.   On the track (race 7) it's a quality over quantity field that includes Obrigado, who will seek to make it three consecutive memorial trots having annexed the Charlie Hill and Maxie Lee in his last two starts. A winner 37 times in 67 career starts, Obrigado is now less than $4,000 from the coveted million dollar mark in career earnings. Trainer Paul Kelley shares ownership of the classy veteran with the SRF Stable, Linwood Higgins and Stable 45 and Mark MacDonald will be in to drive.   Resolve is making his first start back state-side for Ake Svanstedt after an impressive showing in the Elitlopp last month where he finished second in that final to Nuncio.   JL Cruze will return to his favorite track as he searches for the form that made him virtually invincible in his award winning season of one year ago.   The Burke Stable has drawn posts one and two with Crazy Wow and Gural Hanover. Wind Of The North and Flanagan Memory are both accomplished trotters who add class and form to the contentious field.   Post time on Friday is 7:15 p.m.   Meadowlands Media Relations  

Harness Racing This Week: North America Cup, Fan Hanover, Roses Are Red, Goodtimes and Armbro Flight finals, Mohawk Racetrack, Campbellville, Ontario; Meadows Maturity, The Meadows, Washington, Pa.; and Roll With Joe, Tioga Downs, Nichols, N.Y. Schedule of events: The Grand Circuit spotlight will be on Mohawk Racetrack this weekend as the Ontario oval hosts five lucrative stakes finals on Saturday night (June 18) led by the C$1 million Pepsi North America Cup for 3-year-old colt pacers. Also on the card will be the C$438,000 Fan Hanover for 3-year-old filly pacers, the C$370,000 Roses Are Red for older mare pacers, the C$268,000 Goodtimes for 3-year-old colt trotters and the C$267,000 Armbro Flight for older mare trotters. Also on Saturday, The Meadows will host the $54,000 Meadows Maturity Trot for 4-year-old horses and geldings. Tioga Downs rounds out the weekend of Grand Circuit racing on Sunday (June 19) with the $179,000 Roll With Joe for open pacers. Complete entries for the Mohawk races can be found by clicking on this link. Meadows and Tioga Downs entries can be found by clicking on this link. Last time: Last weekend's Grand Circuit action was highlighted by the $210,000 Charlie Hill Memorial held on a steamy Saturday (June 11) evening at Scioto Downs. Obrigado fended off the late charge of track record holder and world champion Natural Herbie to claim the trophy for the Hill Memorial Trot. The 6-year-old gelding, piloted by regular reinsman Mark MacDonald, was the beneficiary of a perfect pocket trip, which the duo parlayed into a powerful 1:53.3 score. Leaving from post six, the gelded son of Boy Band and the Malabar Man mare Malimony settled into second behind the leader and recent world champion Muscle Up The Goal. Content to allow the hometown favorite and the public's selection at 4-5 to set the pace, Obrigado simply followed that rival around the Columbus oval behind fractions of :27.1, :57.3 and 1:25.3 before he was pulled out of the pocket at the top of the stretch to commence his drive to the wire with a :27.4 final panel. Obrigado glided by Muscle Up The Goal and completed his victorious journey to the wire seemingly well in hand. Natural Herbie placed pressure on the property of conditioner Paul Kelley, SRF Stable, Linwood Higgins, and Stable 45, however, his first over bid rendered him unable to match strides with the victor. Flanagan Memory, the 2013 O'Brien Award winner, closed from eighth to nab the show spot. Sent off at odds of 3-1, Obrigado paid his supporters $8.20. Betting Line and Boston Red Rocks head into Saturday's C$1 million Pepsi North America Cup final after defeating the finest 3-year-old pacers on the continent in a pair of eliminations on Saturday night (June 11) at Mohawk Racetrack. Betting Line used a first-over trip to capture the first $39,500 elimination in 1:49.1. The Casie Coleman trainee, who was the 8-5 second choice, tracked from fifth in the early going, then made a bid for the lead at the midway point as Lyons Snyder took the field to the quarter in :27.2, half in :55.2 and three-quarters in 1:22.2. Into the stretch, Lyons Snyder veered off the rail and gave a pocket-sitting Racing Hill room to sneak up the inside, but Betting Line was on the outside and used a :26.2 final quarter kick to breeze by his rivals and score the victory by three-quarters of a length. Lyons Snyder finished second, while Racing Hill was third. Also advancing is fourth-place finisher Control The Moment and Beast Mode, who finished fifth. Betting Line notched his third victory of the season from four outings and ninth lifetime triumph. With the win, the son of Bettor's Delight and Heather's Western lifted his career earnings to $473,280 for owners West Wins Stable, Christine Calhoun and Mac Nichol. In the second elimination, the Steve Elliott pupil Boston Red Rocks used an off-the-pace trip to win by a half-length in 1:50.3. Boston Red Rocks and driver Tim Tetrick followed from fourth as Nvestment Bluechip posted the opening panel in :26.4 and Nocturnal Bluechip clocked the half in :54.4. While the sophomores were passing the three-quarter marker in 1:22.4, Boston Red Rocks had advanced first-up and was stalking Nocturnal Bluechip from second. When the pacers entered the stretch, Boston Red Rocks, the 3-5 favorite, struck the front and held off a late surge from Big Top Hanover, who finished second and third-place finisher Michael's Victory. Magnum J, who went from last to fourth and fifth-place finisher Manhattan Beach also advance to the final. Boston Red Rocks scored his second triumph of the season from four outings and sixth career victory. With the win, the son of the late Rocknroll Hanover and McGibson lifted his career earnings to $639,455 for Peter Blood and Rick Berks. Complete recaps of the weekend races are available at the Grand Circuit website. Grand Circuit Standings: In 2016, the Grand Circuit leaders in three categories (driver, trainer and owner) will once again be tracked on a points system (20-10-5 for the top three finishers in divisions/finals and 10-5-2 for the top three finishers in eliminations/legs). Winbak Farm is the sponsor for the 2016 Grand Circuit awards. Here are the current leaders: Drivers: 1. Jordan Stratton - 191.5; 2. Tim Tetrick - 126; 3. Daniel Dube - 120; 4. Yannick Gingras - 112; 5. Matt Kakaley - 110. Trainers: 1. Ron Burke - 198; 2. Jeff Bamond Jr. - 168; 3. Peter Tritton - 139.5; 4. Rene Allard - 125; 5. Clyde Francis - 82.5. Owners: 1. Harry von Knoblauch - 139.5; 2. Bamond Racing - 110; 3. Burke Racing Stable - 57.15; 4. Weaver Bruscemi - 52.15; 5. Purple Haze Stables - 44. Looking ahead: Next weekend will see Grand Circuit action taking place at Meadowlands Racetrack and The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. The Meadowlands will host the Arthur Cutler Memorial for older trotters on Friday (June 24), while Pocono will have eliminations for the Ben Franklin (older pacers), Earl Beal Memorial (3-year-old colt trotters), Max Hempt Memorial (3-year-old colt pacers) and James Lynch (3-year-old filly pacers) on Saturday (June 25). Paul Ramlow Grand Circuit Publicity Director

Harness Racing This Week: Armbro Flight, Goodtimes, North America Cup, Fan Hanover and Roses Are Red eliminations, Mohawk Racetrack, Campbellville, Ontario; Charlie Hill Memorial, Scioto Downs, Columbus, Ohio; Meadows Maturity, The Meadows, Washington, Pa.; and Graduate Series third leg, Tioga Downs, Nichols, N.Y. Schedule of events: Grand Circuit action this week begins on Friday (June 10) at Mohawk Racetrack with two C$35,000 eliminations in the Armbro Flight for trotting mares and two C$30,000 eliminations in the Goodtimes for 3-year-old trotting colts. The Saturday (June 11) card at Mohawk features a pair of C$50,000 eliminations for the North America Cup for 3-year-old pacing colts, three C$35,000 eliminations in the Roses Are Red for pacing mares and two C$35,000 eliminations in the Fan Hanover for 3-year-old pacing fillies. Scioto Downs and The Meadows will also host Grand Circuit racing on Saturday. Scioto features the $210,000 Charlie Hill Memorial for older trotters and The Meadows will contest the $46,500 Meadows Maturity Trot for older trotting mares. Tioga Downs will round out a busy Grand Circuit weekend on Sunday (June 12) with $75,000 third leg contests in the Graduate Series for 4-year-old open pacers and trotters. Complete entries for the U.S. races can be found by clicking on this link. Mohawk entries can be found by clicking on this link. Last time: The Pepsi North America Cup picture became a little bit clearer after Saturday night's (June 4) Somebeachsomewhere Stakes at Mohawk Racetrack. A talented group of 19 3-year-old pacers competed in a pair of Somebeachsomewhere divisions. Of the 19 competitors in Saturday's event, 17 were eligible to the Pepsi North America Cup. Betting Line continued his impressive early-season with a 1:50.1 victory in the first split. The Casie Coleman trainee got away fourth for driver Jonathan Drury and was quickly moved in the second quarter when Tony Alagna trainee American Passport brushed to the front from third. Betting Line followed his rival and cleared to command at the half in :55.2. After reaching the three-quarter pole in 1:23.3, Betting Line and American Passport created a little separation on their competition in the lane. The Coleman trainee was able to shoot home in :26.3 and hold off deep stretch push by a strong finishing American Passport to win by a half-length. Michael's Victory finished third, while Magnum J was fourth. Betting Line, who banked $411,675 as a rookie and won the OSS Super Final, is owned by West Wins Stable, Christine Calhoun and Mac Nichol. His 2016 record now sits at two wins and a second in three starts. The second division saw Lyons Snyder turn in a huge effort to win in 1:49. Driven by Sylvain Filion, Lyons Snyder left from post three and got away in the two-hole behind Major Hill. The Mark Silva trained colt didn't sit in the pocket long and circled around to the front just after Major Hill cut a :25.4 opening quarter. Lyons Snyder rolled right along in the middle half with fractions of :54.1 and 1:22.1. Meanwhile, O'Brien Award winner Control The Moment was sitting second-over rounding the final turn and ready to fire. In the stretch, Control The Moment took his best shot and got right up to Lyons Snyder, but the Silva trainee dug in and shot home in :26.4 to win by a half-length. Nocturnal Bluechip finished third, while Major Hill was fourth. A son of Well Said, Lyons Snyder entered Saturday's contest with three wins in five starts this season after going winless in five outings as a rookie. Lyons Snyder has now earned $97,343 this season for owners Jeff Snyder and Geoffrey Lyons Mound and is a serious contender heading into the NA Cup. Complete recaps of the weekend races are available at the Grand Circuit website. Grand Circuit Standings: In 2016, the Grand Circuit leaders in three categories (driver, trainer and owner) will once again be tracked on a points system (20-10-5 for the top three finishers in divisions/finals and 10-5-2 for the top three finishers in eliminations/legs). Winbak Farm is the sponsor for the 2016 Grand Circuit awards. Here are the current leaders: Drivers: 1. Jordan Stratton - 191.5; 2. Daniel Dube - 120; 3. Matt Kakaley - 110; 4. Tim Tetrick - 104; 5. George Brennan - 103. Trainers: 1. Ron Burke - 173; 2. Jeff Bamond Jr. - 158; 3. Peter Tritton - 139.5; 4. Rene Allard - 120; 5. Clyde Francis - 82.5. Owners: 1. Harry von Knoblauch - 139.5; 2. Bamond Racing - 105; 3t. Burke Racing Stable - 48.85; 3t. Weaver Bruscemi - 48.85; 5. Purple Haze Stables - 44. Looking ahead: Grand Circuit action will take place at Mohawk, the Meadows and Tioga Downs next weekend. Mohawk will host its five stakes finals, led by the C$1 million North America Cup, on Saturday night (June 18); the Meadows will offer the Meadows Maturity Trot for older trotting males; and Tioga Downs will feature the Roll With Joe for open pacers. Paul Ramlow Grand Circuit Publicity Director  

Harness Racing This Week: Graduate Series second leg and the Somebeachsomewhere stakes, Mohawk Racetrack, Campbellville, Ontario. Schedule of events: Grand Circuit action will take place at Mohawk Racetrack on Saturday night (June 4) with a pair of C$98,250 second leg divisions in the Graduate Series for 4-year-old pacers and trotters and two C$75,000 divisions in the Somebeachsomewhere for 3-year-old pacing colts. Complete entries for the races can be found by clicking on this link. Last time: Last weekend's Grand Circuit action was highlighted by the Molson Pace for older pacers at The Raceway at Western Fair District, the Art Rooney for 3-year-olds at Yonkers Raceway, and a trio of invitational races at Harrah's Philadelphia. Evenin Of Pleasure was sent off at odds of 35-1 in Friday night's (May 27) $115,500 Molson Pace, the signature race of The Raceway at Western Fair District. Luckily the horse didn't read the tote board. Sunfire Blue Chip, looking to give driver Mark MacDonald his first Molson Pace win in 10 tries, rattled off fractions of :26.3, :55.2 and 1:23 but was caught in the stretch by the garden spot sitting Evenin Of Pleasure (Sylvain Filion) who hit the wire first in 1:50.3. The time established a new track record, shaving a tick off the previous mark set by MacDonald and Tigerama in 2008. Sunfire Blue Chip held for second after the impressive performance. McWicked claimed the show spot while All Bets Off and P H Supercam took the final two checks. State Treasurer, vying for his fourth straight Molson title, hit some traffic trouble as the field paced through the backstretch the second time and finished sixth. It was the first win in 2016 for Evenin Of Pleasure, a 6-year-old son of Dragon Again owned by Gestion JY Blais Inc. of Montreal, Quebec. It was as uneventful an eight-hole trip as Missile J (Brian Sears, $2,60, part of entry) could possibly have wished for Saturday night (May 28) in winning Yonkers Raceway's $300,000 Art Rooney Pace. A week after winning the lone, $40,000 elimination for the 26th Rooney, Missile J was blind-drawed behind the eight-ball in a field of two 3-year-old colts and six geldings. He was in play early over a track that was moisturized by a fair amount of pre-card rain. Missile J fell into an open three-hole behind pole-sitting entrymate Artmagic (George Brennan) and Rodeo Rock (Dan Dube), who left a bit wide from post position two to make sure Missile J couldn't get around him early. Artmagic had things his own way over the "good" surface, getting a :27.3 opening quarter-mile and :56.1 intermission. The leader then lost his closest pursuer, as Rodeo Rock gave up the ghost chasing a :27.2 third quarter (1:23.3). Missile J had taken out of third by then, getting into second and picking up the scent of the leader. Artmagic owned a 1-1/2 length lead into the lane, but his night was about to end. Missile J and a handful of closers rolled by, with Missile J drawing out to win by 2-1/4 lengths in 1:53. Second went to a much-improved Tailgunner Hanover (Ray Schnittker), with Yankee Artillery (Jordan Stratton), Artmagic and Manny (Brent Holland) settling for the smaller remainder. For Missile J, an unraced at two, $100,000 American Ideal gelding co-owned by Ken Jacobs' KJ Stables and Wanda Polisseni's Purple Haze Stables and trained by Linda Toscano, it was his fifth (consecutive) win in eight seasonal starts. Most people might be unhappy to see clouds block out the sun on their Memorial Day weekend, but Montrell Teague couldn't have been more overjoyed. Teague drives Wiggle It Jiggleit, a horse who has a penchant for jumping shadows on the racetrack. So when Teague saw the clouds roll in moments before heading onto the track for Wiggle It Jiggleit's start in Sunday's (May 29) $200,000 Dorothy Mullin Invitational for older male pacers at Harrah's Philadelphia, he was relieved. And under the cover of those clouds, Wiggle It Jiggleit went out and paced the fastest mile in the 11-year history of Harrah's Philadelphia, stopping the timer in 1:47.3 as he captured the Mullin Invitational by 1-3/4 lengths over early pacesetter Rockin Ron. Rockeyed Optimist finished third. The previous fastest mile at Harrah's Philadelphia was 1:48, a mark shared by Artistic Fella and Mister Big. The time was one-fifth of a second off the world record for a 4-year-old gelding pacer on a five-eighths-mile oval. In the Mullin, Wiggle It Jiggleit found himself in second place behind Confederation Cup champion Rockin Ron. Teague and the 1-2 favorite made their move to challenge Rockin Ron just after reaching the race's midpoint and battled side-by-side around the final turn. From there, Wiggle It Jiggleit paced away from his rivals to post the victory for owners George Teague Jr., who is Montrell's father, and the Teague Racing Partnership. Wiggle It Jiggleit is trained by Clyde Francis. Also on Sunday's card at Harrah's Philadelphia, Obrigado won the $200,000 Maxie Lee Memorial for older trotters by a neck over Il Sogno Dream in 1:52 and Venus Delight won the $200,000 Betsy Ross Invitational for older female pacers by 2-1/2 lengths over Katie Said in 1:50.4. Complete recaps of the weekend races are available at the Grand Circuit website.Grand Circuit Standings: In 2016, the Grand Circuit leaders in three categories (driver, trainer and owner) will once again be tracked on a points system (20-10-5 for the top three finishers in divisions/finals and 10-5-2 for the top three finishers in eliminations/legs). Winbak Farm is the sponsor for the 2016 Grand Circuit awards. Here are the current leaders: Drivers: 1. Jordan Stratton - 186.5; 2. Daniel Dube - 120; 3. George Brennan - 103; 4. Matt Kakaley - 100; 5. Jason Bartlett - 90. Trainers: 1. Ron Burke - 163; 2. Jeff Bamond Jr. - 138; 3. Peter Tritton - 134.5; 4. Rene Allard - 120; 5. Clyde Francis - 62.5. Owners: 1. Harry von Knoblauch - 134.5; 2. Bamond Racing - 85; 3t. Burke Racing Stable - 45.55; 3t. Weaver Bruscemi - 45.55; 5. Purple Haze Stables - 44. Looking ahead: Grand Circuit action will take place next week at Scioto Downs, Mohawk, The Meadows, and Tioga Downs. Scioto will host the Charlie Hill for open trotters; Mohawk will feature five stakes eliminations, led by the North America Cup for 3-year-old male pacers; The Meadows will contest eliminations for the Meadows Maturity for older trotting mares; and Tioga Downs will offer the third leg of the Graduate Series for 4-year-old pacers and trotters. Paul Ramlow Grand Circuit Publicity Director

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

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