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Harness Racing This Week: Crawford Farms Trot and Muscle Hill, Vernon Downs, Vernon, N.Y.; Yonkers Trot elimination, Hudson Filly Trot and Lady Maud, Yonkers Raceway, Yonkers, N.Y.; Nadia Lobell, The Meadows, Washington, Pa.; Casual Breeze and Metro and She’s A Great Lady eliminations, Mohawk Racetrack, Campbellville, Ontario; and Artiscape and W.N. Reynolds Memorial divisions, Tioga Downs, Nichols, N.Y. Schedule of events: Grand Circuit action begins this Friday (Aug. 26) as Vernon Downs will host a pair of older trotting stakes in the $193,000 Crawford Farms Trot for older males and the $170,000 Muscle Hill for older females. Also on Friday, Mohawk Racetrack will host two C$97,000 divisions in the Casual Breeze for 3-year-old filly trotters. On Saturday (Aug. 27), Yonkers Raceway will host a single $40,000 elimination in the Yonkers Trot for sophomore trotters, the second leg of the sport's trotting Triple Crown. Only eight horses entered the Messenger Stakes for sophomore pacers, the second leg of pacing's Triple Crown, so all eight will advance to next week's final. Additionally, Yonkers will host the $118,574 Hudson Filly Trot for 3-year-old filly trotters and the $109,050 Lady Maud for 3-year-old filly pacers. The Meadows will host a single Grand Circuit stake on Saturday with the $140,000 Nadia Lobell for 3-year-old filly pacers. Also on Saturday, Grand Circuit action at Mohawk Racetrack will feature a pair of stakes eliminations. There will be a trio of C$40,000 eliminations in the Metro for 2-year-old colt pacers and two C$35,000 eliminations in the She's A Great Lady for 2-year-old filly pacers. No eliminations were required for the Canadian Pacing Derby, as 10 of the sport's finest older pacers were entered and will go directly to the C$616,000 final on Sept. 3. On Sunday (Aug. 28), Tioga Downs will card the $175,000 (est.) Artiscape for older pacing mares and W.N. Reynolds Memorial events for freshman trotters. Then on Monday (Aug. 29), Reynolds Memorial races for 2-year-old pacers will be on the program. Complete entries for the races at the U.S. tracks are available at this link. Entries for the Mohawk races are available at this link. Last time: The Grand Circuit spotlight was on The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono this past Saturday night as the track hosted a busy card of 3-year-old stakes. Betting Line paced the fastest mile ever by a 3-year-old on a five-eighths-mile track, romping to a four length win over Racing Hill in 1:47.2 in the $500,000 Battle of the Brandywine. Control The Moment finished third and Boston Red Rocks was fourth. It was Betting Line's ninth consecutive victory. His only loss this year, a second-place finish, came against older horses in his first race of the season. In the Battle of the Brandywine, Racing Hill led to the opening quarter in :26.1, with Control The Moment second and Betting Line third. Driver David Miller fired Betting Line to the front prior to the halfway point, reached in :53.4, and led comfortably to three-quarters in 1:20.1. Betting Line, the 1-2 favorite, was never threatened in the stretch and coasted to the wire. Betting Line has won 15 of 22 career races and earned $1.38 million. The son of Bettor's Delight-Heather's Western is owned by trainer Casie Coleman's West Wins Stable, Christine Calhoun, and Mac Nichol. Southwind Frank turned the tables on rival Marion Marauder, winning Saturday's $500,000 Colonial for 3-year-old trotters by a half-length in 1:52.4. Bar Hopping finished third and Sutton was fourth. It was a trifecta for the progeny of the stallion Muscle Hill. Marion Marauder got the better of Southwind Frank in the Aug. 6 Hambletonian at the Meadowlands, beating him by a nose, but this time the winner's circle trip went to Southwind Frank. In the Colonial, Sutton took the lead as the field left the gate, with Southwind Frank second as they reached the opening quarter in :27.1. Yannick Gingras moved Southwind Frank, the 6-5 favorite, to the front exiting the first turn and led the field to the half in :56.4. By then, the 8-5 Marion Marauder and driver Scott Zeron already were on the move first up, but were unable to get past Southwind Frank. The time to three-quarters was 1:24.3. Southwind Frank has won six of nine races this year and earned $910,023. For his career, the son of Muscle Hil-Flawless Lindy has won 17 of 21 starts and banked $1.69 million. The colt is owned by the Southwind Frank Partners. Darlinonthebeach took the lead after the opening quarter-mile and set all the fractions from there, winning Saturday's $350,000 Valley Forge for 3-year-old female pacers by 4-1/4 lengths over Call Me Queen Be in 1:49.3. Blue Moon Stride finished third, followed by Pure Country. Blue Moon Stride went to the front at the start, with Darlinonthebeach and driver David Miller settling in third as the field paced around the first turn and reached the quarter in :26.1. Darlinonthebeach, the 6-5 second choice behind Pure Country, was on the move coming off the turn and reached the lead on her way to the half in :54.4. From there, Darlinonthebeach reached three-quarters in 1:21.4 and came home a convincing winner for trainer Nancy Johansson and breeder/owner White Birch Farm. 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 - 604.5; 2. Tim Tetrick - 522.5; 3. David Miller - 508; 4. Brett Miller - 293.5; 5. Matt Kakaley - 281. Trainers: 1. Ron Burke - 731.5; 2. Jimmy Takter - 528.5; 3. Linda Toscano - 203; 4. Erv Miller - 197; 5. Clyde Francis - 182.5. Owners: 1. Burke Racing Stable - 169.32; 2. Harry von Knoblauch - 149.5; 3. Weaver Bruscemi - 140.37; 4. Bamond Racing - 117; 5. Tom Hill - 107. Looking ahead: Grand Circuit action will be taking place next week at Yonkers Raceway and Mohawk Racetrack. Yonkers will feature the finals of the Yonkers Trot and Messenger Stakes; Mohawk will offer the Canadian Pacing Derby, finals of the Metro Pace and She's A Great Lady, as well as Simcoe Stakes for 3-year-old colt and filly trotters and 3-year-old filly pacers and Champlain Stakes races for 2-year-old colt and filly trotters. Paul Ramlow Grand Circuit Publicity Director

Harness Racing This Week: Battle of the Brandywine, Colonial and Valley Forge, The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, Wilkes-Barre, Pa.; Gold Cup and Saucer final, Red Shores Racetrack & Casino, Charlottetown, PEI; Nassagaweya and Eternal Camnation, Mohawk Racetrack, Campbellville, Ont.; Prix d'Ete, Hippodrome 3R, Trois Rivieres, Quebec; and Kindergarten Series leg, Vernon Downs, Vernon, N.Y. Schedule of events: An extremely busy week of Grand Circuit action kicks off on Thursday (Aug. 18) at Vernon Downs with three $10,000 divisions in the Kindergarten Series for 2-year-old filly trotters and two $10,000 divisions in the Kindergarten Series for 2-year-old colt trotters. On Friday (Aug. 19), Vernon will host two $10,000 divisions in the Kindergarten Series for 2-year-old filly pacers and a single $10,000 race in the Kindergarten Series for 2-year-old colt pacers. Saturday's (Aug. 20) Grand Circuit action will be led by a trio of stakes at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. The Battle of the Brandywine for 3-year-old colt pacers and the Colonial for 3-year-old colt trotters both feature a $500,000 final and $200,000 and $100,000 consolations; the Valley Forge for 3-year-old filly pacers offers a $350,000 final and $150,000 consolation. Also on Saturday, Red Shores Racetrack & Casino will host the C$60,000 Gold Cup and Saucer final for older pacers, while Mohawk Racetrack will contest two divisions in the C$211,000 Nassagaweya for 2-year-old colt pacers and two divisions in the C$211,100 Eternal Camnation for 2-year-old filly pacers. Grand Circuit action concludes on Sunday (Aug. 21) at Hippodrome 3R with the C$200,000 Prix d'Ete for 4-year-old pacers. Complete entries for the races at the U.S. tracks are available at this link. Entries for the Canadian tracks are available at this link. Last time: There was a throbbing energy throughout the Friday (Aug. 12) evening that not only emanated from those in attendance at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino, but from those individuals not present to witness what could very well be the most stellar field ever assembled in the 23-year-old history of the $325,000 Dan Patch Stakes and certainly no one could possess one ounce of disappointment at the outcome. Not only did Wiggle It Jiggleit appear defeated in mid-stretch, the defending Horse of the Year, known at times for his erratic antics off the track, displayed a new dimension in his racing style as he strode up the rail to hand Always B Miki his second consecutive defeat. The son of Mr Wiggles-Mozzi Hanover, with Montrell Teague in his customary position in the bike, tripped the timer in 1:49.1. As expected, Wiggle It Jiggleit was placed on the lead leaving the gate from post position one, with Freaky Feet Pete, who began to pace his mile right next to him, right behind him. Wakizashi Hanover followed his colleagues in third, with the public selection Always B Miki in fourth. The gelding clicked off the contest's first fraction in a sensible :27 and tossed down another comfortable :27.4 quarter before David Miller brushed Always B Miki straight to the lead. Wiggle It Jiggle was content to sit in the pocket as Trace Tetrick and Freaky Feet Pete were satisfied with remaining in third. As Always B Miki hit the three-quarter pole in 1:22.4, Tetrick decided he could wait no longer to make a move and gave Freaky Feet Pete enough rein to surge alongside Always B Miki. The hometown hero, however, could not sustain his bid and failed to clear the world champion. After Always B Miki repelled Freak Feet Pete's challenge, it appeared the Dan Patch title would be the next revered stake to grace his resume. Wiggle It Jiggleit and Teague, however, were far from finished and coveted that accolade as their own. Teague angled the gelding in towards the rail and Wiggle It Jiggleit gamely responded to spurt through on the inside and pull away from his rival to best him by a length. All Bets Off and Shamballa battled behind the top two, with the former pacing a sizzling :25.2 final panel to hit the wire in tandem for third place, as they could not be separated at the wire. Betting Line ($2.40), driven by David Miller, won the $300,000 Carl Milstein Memorial at Northfield Park in 1:51 on Saturday (Aug. 13). He started from post two and sat third through a :25.4 opening quarter. Miller pulled first over in the second turn and pressed the leader, Mr Wiggle Pants, through fractions of :54.4 and 1:22.3. Betting Line bobbled around the final turn, but sprinted away after regaining composure, and bested his competition by four lengths. Saturday's win was Betting Line's eighth consecutive victory. His lone loss this year was a runner-up performance in his 2016 Mowawk Racetrack debut. Betting Line (Bettor's Delight-Heather's Western) increased his career bankroll to $1,133,505 for owners West Wins Stable, Christine Calhoun and Mac Nichol. Casie Coleman is the trainer. 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 - 550.5; 2. Tim Tetrick - 492.5; 3. David Miller - 441; 4. Matt Kakaley - 281; 5. Brett Miller - 276.5. Trainers: 1. Ron Burke - 696.5; 2. Jimmy Takter - 491.5; 3. Clyde Francis - 182.5; 4. Linda Toscano - 181; 5. Jeff Bamond Jr. - 175. Owners: 1. Burke Racing Stable - 164.77; 2. Harry von Knoblauch - 149.5; 3. Weaver Bruscemi - 135.82; 4. Bamond Racing - 117; 5. Tom Hill - 97. Looking ahead: Grand Circuit action will be taking place next week at Vernon Downs, Yonkers Raceway, Mohawk Racetrack, The Meadows and Tioga Downs. Vernon will host the Crawford Farm Trot and Muscle Hill Trot for 3-year-olds. Yonkers will contest the Lady Maud and Hudson Filly Trot, plus eliminations for the Messenger Stakes and Yonkers Trot, the second legs of the Pacing and Trotting Triple Crown. Mohawk Racetrack will contest eliminations in the Canadian Pacing Derby for older pacers, the Metro for 2-year-old colt pacers and the She's A Great Lady for 2-year-old filly pacers. The Meadows has the Nadia Lobell for 3-year-old filly pacers. Tioga Downs will offer the Artiscape for older pacing mares and Reynolds Memorial divisions for 2-year-olds. Paul Ramlow Grand Circuit Publicity Director

Harness Racing This Week: Dan Patch Invitational, Hoosier Park, Anderson, Ind.; Carl Milstein Memorial, Northfield Park, Northfield, Ohio; Moni Maker, The Meadows, Washington, Pa.; Fox Stake, the Ralph Wilfong, the Horseman Stakes and the Hoosier Stakes, Indiana State Fair, Indianapolis, Ind.; Tompkins-Geers and Miss Versatility, Tioga Downs, Nichols, N.Y.; and Gold Cup and Saucer trials, Red Shores Racetrack & Casino, Charlottetown, PEI. Schedule of events: An extremely busy week of Grand Circuit action kicks off this Thursday (Aug. 11) as the Indiana State Fair will host one day of Grand Circuit racing with the feature being the $51,995 Fox Stake for 2-year-old colt pacers. The co-featured event is the $28,901 Ralph Wilfong for 2-year-old colt trotters. The Hoosier Stakes for 2-year-olds will see two divisions each in the $21,966 2-year-old filly trot, the $21,252 2-year-old filly pace, the $20,740 2-year-old colt pace and the $20,080 2-year-old colt trot. The Horseman Stakes for 3-year-olds features two divisions in the $35,524 3-year-old filly trot and single divisions in the $35,862 3-year-old colt trot, the $25,302 3-year-old filly pace and the $24,395 3-year-old colt pace. Also on Thursday, Tioga Downs will host two divisions in the $56,820 Tompkins-Geers for 2-year-old filly trotters and two divisions in the $56,670 Tompkins-Geers for 2-year-old colt trotters. Tioga comes right back on Friday (Aug. 12) with three divisions in the $80,068 Tompkins-Geers for 2-year-old filly pacers and three divisions in the $73,920 Tompkins-Geers for 2-year-old colt pacers. Tioga will round out their weekend of Grand Circuit action on Sunday (Aug. 14) with a $40,000 (est.) leg of the Miss Versatility for older trotting mares. On Friday night (Aug. 12) Hoosier Park will offer the $325,000 Dan Patch Invitational for older pacing horses featuring Always B Miki, Freaky Feet Pete and Wiggle It Jiggleit, along with Shamballa, who defeated that trio in last week's U.S. Pacing Championship. On Saturday (Aug. 13) Northfield Park will host the $300,000 Carl Milstein Memorial for 3-year-old pacers with North America Cup champion Betting Line taking on a talented field that includes the filly Pure County. Also on Saturday The Meadows will feature 3-year-old filly trotters in the $147,500 Moni Maker. Then over the weekend, Red Shores Racetrack & Casino will host two days of trials for the Gold Cup and Saucer for older pacers. Fourteen horses have being nominated, thus setting the stage for trials on Saturday (Aug. 13) and Monday (Aug. 15). The top finishers in the trials will advance to the final on Saturday (Aug. 20). Harness racing's richest horse, Foiled Again, has been entered to compete in the legendary race. He has drawn the rail for the first trial. Complete entries for the U.S. races are available at this link. Entries for the Red Shores Racetrack & Casino races are available at this link. Last time: Meadowlands Racetrack closed out their Championship Meet this past Saturday with several lucrative Grand Circuit races led by the $1.14 million Hambletonian, the first leg of trotting's Triple Crown for 3-year-olds. Marion Marauder won Saturday's Hambletonian, presented by Mullinax Ford, by a nose over Southwind Frank in 1:51.4. Sutton was third as the top three horses stretched across the finish line separated by only a neck in the 91st edition of the sport's top race for 3-year-old trotters. It was Marion Marauder's second win of the day. Earlier in the afternoon, he won his Hambletonian elimination by a half-length over Southwind Frank in a career-best 1:51.3. Last year, Marion Marauder was winless in races against Southwind Frank, finishing second on four occasions. In the Hambletonian final, Marion Marauder was fifth as Southwind Frank and Bar Hopping traded the lead in the first half of the race. At that point Scott Zeron, driving Marion Marauder for the wife-and-husband training team of Paula Wellwood and Mike Keeling, put his horse in gear and launched a first-over attack. Marion Marauder was second behind Bar Hopping at three-quarters, but reached the front at the top of the stretch. As Bar Hopping dropped back, eventually finishing fifth, Marion Marauder held off hard-charging challenges from Southwind Frank to his inside and Sutton on the outside. Waitlifter K was fourth, beaten a length. Marion Marauder, a son of 2009 Hambletonian winner Muscle Hill out of the Nova Award-winning mare Spellbound Hanover, has won six of seven races this year and seven of 20 career starts. He pushed his lifetime earnings to $1.01 million with his Hambletonian triumph for owners Marion Jean Wellwood and Devin Keeling. Control The Moment won the first jewel in Pacing's Triple Crown, capturing Saturday's $320,000 Cane Pace for 3-year-old pacers by one length over Manhattan Beach at the Meadowlands. JK Will Power was third, nosing out filly Pure Country for the show spot. The race featured a field of 11 horses and was contested at 1-1/8 miles. The time was 2:02.4. Control The Moment was sixth in the early part of the race, which saw Big Top Hanover lead to the first quarter in :25.4 before JK Will Power took the front and guided the field to the half in :54.2. From there, JK Will Power and Manny engaged in a battle for the top spot, hitting three-quarters in 1:21.4. But Control The Moment made a big move on the final turn and took control for the victory. The time to the mile was 1:49. Pure Country, who was trying to join Countess Adios as the only filly to win the Cane Pace, started the race from the trailing position and was eighth through the first half of the race. Control The Moment, racing for the first time since winning the Meadowlands Pace on July 16, was driven by Brian Sears for trainer Brad Maxwell. The colt has won four of eight races this season and 12 of 17 in his career. A son of Well Said-Life'sliltreasure, he is owned by the Control The Moment Stable. He has earned $1.02 million in his career. 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 current leaders: Drivers: 1. Yannick Gingras - 550.5; 2. Tim Tetrick - 407.5; 3. David Miller - 406; 4. Matt Kakaley - 271; 5t. Jordan Stratton - 236.5; 5t. Brett Miller - 236.5. Trainers: 1. Ron Burke - 654; 2. Jimmy Takter - 441.5; 3. Jeff Bamond Jr. - 175; 4. Clyde Francis - 162.5; 5. Peter Tritton - 149.5. Owners: 1. Burke Racing Stable - 152.45; 2. Harry von Knoblauch - 149.5; 3. Weaver Bruscemi - 123.5; 4. Bamond Racing - 117; 5. Tom Hill - 97. Looking ahead: Grand Circuit action will be taking place next week at Vernon Downs, Mohawk Racetrack, The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, Red Shores Racetrack & Casino, Yonkers Raceway and Hippodrome 3R. Vernon will kick off the week by hosting of the second leg of the Kindergarten for freshman pacers and trotters; Mohawk Racetrack will feature the Nassagaweya and Eternal Camnation; The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono will offer the Battle of the Brandywine, the Colonial and the Valley Forge; Red Shores Racetrack & Casino has the Gold Cup and Saucer final; Yonkers Raceway will contest the Lady Maud and Hudson Filly Trot eliminations; and Hippodrome 3R will host the Prix d'Ete. Paul Ramlow

Columbus, OH --- The post positions have been drawn and the harness racing fields are set for the first weekend of the 2016 Grand Circuit Challenge with three races this Saturday (Aug. 6) on Hambletonian day, presented by Mullinax Ford, at the Meadowlands. The 2016 Grand Circuit Challenge offers a $100,000 grand prize to any contestant who can successfully pick the winner in each of the contest's 18 races. If no one correctly picks every winner, the contestant with the most wins will earn $5,000, the runner-up wins a VIP experience and the third-place finisher gets a special harness racing gift pack. There will also be weekly prizes awarded throughout the contest including autographed drivers' colors from Brian Sears and Billy Haughton and VIP experiences such as winner's circle presentations, starting gate car rides and backstretch tours. Other prizes include Hambletonian and track logo merchandise, dinner in the clubhouse, gift baskets and gift certificates as well as free track programs. To help you make your selections, some of harness racing's top handicappers will provide their expert opinions on all of the races. Each week, the Daily Racing Form's Derick Giwner will share his opinions on the DRF website at www.drf.com/events/harness-grand-circuit-challenge. Click on the link to see who he likes in this weekend's three contest races. There will also be selections from other top harness handicappers from the Horseplayers Association of North America on www.HarnessRacingFanZone.com. Also, for each of the 18 races, contestants will be provided with past performances courtesy of TrackMaster at no charge. Get the free past performances by clicking here. Following is the schedule for the $100,000 Grand Circuit Challenge: Aug. 6 - Hambletonian at the Meadowlands Aug. 6 - Hambletonian Oaks at the Meadowlands Aug. 6 - U.S. Pacing Championship at the Meadowlands Aug. 12 - Dan Patch at Hoosier Park Aug. 20 - Battle of the Brandywine at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono Aug. 26 - Muscle Hill at Vernon Downs Sept. 3 - Yonkers Trot at Yonkers Raceway Sept. 3 - Messenger at Yonkers Raceway Sept. 10 - Jim Ewart Memorial at Scioto Downs Sept. 17 - Canadian Trotting Classic at Mohawk Racetrack Sept. 21 - Jugette at the Delaware County Fairgrounds Sept. 22 - Little Brown Jug at the Delaware County Fairgrounds Sept. 30 - Dayton Pacing Derby at Dayton Raceway Oct. 9 - Tattersalls at Red Mile Oct. 9 - Kentucky Futurity at Red Mile Oct. 15 - International Trot at Yonkers Raceway Oct. 28 - Breeders Crown at the Meadowlands Oct. 29 - Breeders Crown at the Meadowlands Ken Weingartner

Harness Racing This Week: Hambletonian, Hambletonian Oaks, John Cashman Memorial, U.S. Pacing Championship, Lady Liberty, Fresh Yankee, Cane Pace, Shady Daisy, Peter Haughton Memorial, and Jim Doherty Memorial, Meadowlands Racetrack, East Rutherford, N.J. Schedule of events: Grand Circuit action takes place this Saturday (Aug. 6) at Meadowlands Racetrack with one of the biggest Grand Circuit cards of the season. The afternoon program is led by the $1.14 million Hambletonian, the first leg of trotting's Triple Crown for 3-year-olds. Other major stakes races to be contested that day are the $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks for 3-year-old filly trotters, the $273,600 John Cashman Memorial for older trotters, the $225,550 U.S. Pacing Championship for older pacers, the $235,950 Lady Liberty for older pacing mares, the 188,350 Fresh Yankee for older trotting mares, the $320,000 Cane Pace, the first leg of Pacing's Triple Crown for 3-year-olds, the $94,675 Shady Daisy for 3-year-old pacing fillies, the $294,450 Peter Haughton Memorial for 2-year-old colt trotters, and the $306,500 Jim Dohery Memorial for 2-year-old filly trotters. Complete entries for the races are available at this link. Last time: Looped from the gate and forced into brutal fractions of :25.2 and :52.1 -- in the slop, no less -- Racing Hill showed his talent and heart when he drew away from the field late and captured Saturday's (July 30) $400,000 final of the Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids at The Meadows in a career-best 1:48.4. The pocket-sitting Check Six could not improve his position in the lane and finished second, 2-1/4 lengths back, while Fernando Hanover was a ground-saving third. Racing Hill entered the 50th edition of the Adios with the flashiest credentials, including his victory in the $500,000 Hempt Memorial final and second-place finishes in the finals of the North America Cup and the Meadowlands Pace. But if his rivals didn't appear up to the task of beating Racing Hill, it seemed that weather and the trip might do him in. Rain punctuated by storms -- the skies cleared shortly before the Adios went off -- created a surface that proved tiring to some early leaders throughout the card. And Racing Hill, the 2-5 favorite, couldn't take the lead from Check Six until just before the three-eighths. "The race was not going the way I wanted it to go," said winning driver Brett Miller. "I was expecting a few more people to leave and kind of shooting for the three-hole. When that didn't happen, I said to myself, we're in trouble." Once he thwarted the first-over challenge of longshot Another Daily Copy, the son of Roll With Joe-Chasing Ideals opened up and had only the timer to beat. The win pushed his career bankroll to $970,028. Tony Alagna, who trains Racing Hill for owner/breeder Tom Hill, said he expected a swift opening half-mile if only because his colt was facing five foes from the powerful Ron Burke stable. "I didn't think they would let us get to the half in :55," Alagna said. "I knew they would make us earn it. I'm a big believer in watching drivers' body language. I was watching Brett in the bike, and he was telling me that he felt he had something left." 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 current leaders: Drivers: 1. Yannick Gingras - 448.5; 2. Tim Tetrick - 387.5; 3. David Miller - 341; 4. Matt Kakaley - 259; 5. Jordan Stratton - 236.5. Trainers: 1. Ron Burke - 584; 2. Jimmy Takter - 354.5; 3. Jeff Bamond Jr. - 175; 4. Clyde Francis - 152.5; 5. Peter Tritton - 149.5. Owners: 1. Harry von Knoblauch - 149.5; 2. Burke Racing Stable - 138.25; 3. Bamond Racing - 117; 4. Weaver Bruscemi - 114.3; 5. Tom Hill - 87. Looking ahead: Grand Circuit action will be taking place next week at Northfield Park led by the Carl Milstein Memorial for 3-year-old pacers; at Hoosier Park with the Dan Patch for free for all pacers; at The Meadows with the Moni Maker for sophomore filly trotters; at the Indiana State Fair with the Fox Stakes highlighting 10 stakes; and at Tioga Downs with Tompkins-Geers events for 2-year-old colt and filly pacers and trotters. Paul Ramlow Grand Circuit Publicity Director

WASHINGTON, PA, July 30, 2016 -- Saturday's harness racing card at The Meadows, highlighted by the $400,000 final of the Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids and the $110,950 Adioo Volo, featured four other Arden Downs stakes. Here's a recap of those Grand Circuit events. $56,418 Ned McCarr -- 3-Year-Old Filly Trotters Glidinthruparadise lost her duel for the early lead and had to slink back to third, a disappointment that would frustrate many young trotters. But the daughter of Yankee Glide-Chowda wasn't discouraged at all, moving first over to put away the leader, Hot Curry, and score for Brian Zendt in a career-best 1:55, matching the stake record of Upfrontluckycarol. "She's a little headstrong leaving the gate, and she was going forward no matter what," Zendt reported. "I didn't want to sit third, but they were going enough that she had more trot than any of them late." Ameliosi finished second, 1-3/4 lengths back, while Moots completed the ticket. Lisa Dunn trains Glidinthruparadise, who was won six of her eleven starts this year, and owns with Leslie Dunn Zendt. Keystone Taylor took the other Ned McCarr split for Dave Palone, trainer Jenny Melander and owner Steve Organ. $76.764 Gov. David L. Lawrence -- 2-Year-Old Colt & Gelding Pacers The fastest two-year-old of 2016, Fear The Dragon, again put in a huge mile, overcoming both the sloppy surface and a determined late bid by Don'ttellmeagain to win in 1:52.4. The son of Dragon Again, trained by Brian Brown for the Emerald Highlands Farm, went a mile that might have been as impressive as the 1:50.3 mile he went here on July 20 to make him the fastest freshman so far, regardless of track size. Hall of Famer David Miller whooshed the precocious baby to the lead from fourth coming on the first turn, with Don'ttellmeagain, undefeated in three previous starts, relinquishing the lead going into turn two. From there it was basically a two-horse contest, and Don'ttellmeagain did himself great credit by cutting into the leader's margin steadily. In the end, Fear The Dragon held his tough rival off by a neck with a 27.4 kicker. Cinnabar Dragon finished third. The very next race on the card was another division of the Lawrence, and fans could be forgiven at headstretch if they thought they were watching a replay: the first race went in splits of 27.4, 56.1, and 1:25.1 with the pocket horse second choice moving out to challenge the favorite, while the second division featuring fractions of 27.3, 56.1, and 1:25.1, with the second choice two-holer moving to challenge. The difference was that Every Way Out, the pocket horse, proved the better late over front-stepping Normandy Beach, gaining into a 27.2 last quarter to win by a length in 1:52.3 to tie his mark. Southwind Yukon completed the ticket. The son of If I Can Dream is a New Jersey Sire Stakes champion and undefeated in four starts for driver Tim Tetrick, trainer Dylan Davis and owners Howard Taylor, Abraham Basen, Ed Gold and Thomas Lazzaro. Tetrick indicated he had little to lose by vacating the pocket early. "I wanted to give my horse a chance," he said. "From the middle of the turn on, he's supposed to be able to pace with that horse (Every Way Out). I thought I would win or be second either way. For a 2-year-old, he's pretty seasoned -- and he'll get better, too." When 1-5 favorite Downbytheseaside broke his overcheck going to the gate and caused a recall, it may have been an omen that it wouldn't be his day. Indeed, after being sixth by 8-1/2 lengths just before the last half of 55.1, he could only rally for third, as second-choice Filibuster Hanover came out of the pocket in the 27 last quarter to catch front-stepping Bettor's Western by a head. The time of 1:52, the fastest divisional clocking and only two ticks off the stakes record, was also a personal best for the Somebeachsomewhere colt. Yannick Gingras drove for trainer Ron Burke and the ownership of Burke Racing Stable LLC, JT45, Joseph DiScala, Jr. and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. The first three divisions produced a favorite and two second choices as winners, but in the last division, the longest shot on the board, 39-1 Bellows Binge, followed Eddard Hanover around the final turn, then caught that rival in the last couple steps. He posted a nose victory in 1:53, lowering his mark five seconds for trainer Dirk Simpson and owners Desyllas Racing LLC, William Beck and Carol Rieken. Driver Dan Rawlings guided the son of Bettor's Delight -- Jerry Connors $58,466 James Manderino -- 3-Year-Old Colt & Gelding Trotters Truemass Volo shot the Lightning Lane and triumphed in 1:56.2 for Matt Kakaley, trainer Doug Hamilton and owners Jon Erdner and Martin Garey. Meadowbranch Memo rallied for place, 3/4 lengths back, with Mac Deeno third. Truemass Volo was parked the first quarter, but when Kakaley released Mac Deeno to the lead, Truemass Volo gained valuable cover. Hamilton said that after facing tough competition in the Beal and the Stanley Dancer, the Muscle Massive-Tresbien Volo gelding was able to show he belongs with his division's elite. "I don't think he can beat them on a consistent basis, but he's one of the top ones," Hamilton said. "He just hasn't showed it yet. He's had a lot of bad luck, and we've been going through an educational process with him." Truemass Volo extended his career bankroll to $187,255. Rocco's Tacos overcame post 8 to capture the other Manderino split in 1:56.4 for Zendt, Melander and owners John DeVito and Rocco Manniello. $62,965 Mary Lib Miller -- 2-Year-Old Filly Pacers Pittstop Danika, benefiting from a first-quarter break by favored Watch What You Say, made every pole a winning one in posting a 3-1/4-length victory over Dangerous Woman in the first division The daughter of Yankee Cruiser took a maiden mark of 1:55 in the off going, with Matt Kakaley handling the lines for trainer Ron Burke (who got checks with each of his three entrants in the division) and the partnership of Burke Racing Stable LLC, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and M1 Stable. Watch What You Say, who went into the infield to get squared away, made a fine recovery and survived an inquiry to be third. "This was a little bit easier spot for her," Kakaley said. "Outside posts against sires stake horses are real tough. She's been racing good. She has a good attitude, and she has a good future." Burke came right back in the second division with Make Mine Mocha, a Bettor's Delight filly who visited Victory Lane for the first time after drawing off to a 2-1/4-length victory in 1:54, with the track upgraded to good for the last two Miller cuts. Mike Wilder quarter-moved with Make Mine Mocha, and the pair was not in doubt thereafter while winning for Burke Racing Stable LLC, Phil Collura, Michelle Yanek and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. The final division produced an impressive winner in another daughter of Yankee Cruiser, Keystone Rampage, who moved to the lead in front of the stands, then scooted home in 28 to trip the timer in 1:53, two ticks off the stakes record. Dave Palone was in the sulky behind the victorious filly, who took a new mark for trainer Kevin Lare and owner Frank Chick. -- Jerry Connors The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

The 2016 Grand Circuit Challenge is a harness racing contest that offers a $100,000 grand prize to any contestant who can successfully pick the winner in each of the contest’s 18 races, as well as consolation prizes and weekly prizes. If no player selects all correct winners a $5,000 first prize will be awarded to the player with the most correct picks, and a VIP Race Experience will be awarded as a second prize. The contest, which involves 10 different racetracks, will begin on Aug. 6, with the Hambletonian, Hambletonian Oaks and U.S. Pacing Championship from the Meadowlands and concludes at that same track with a Breeders Crown race on Oct. 29. For each of the 18 races, contestants will be provided with past performances courtesy of TrackMaster at no charge. In addition, Derick Giwner from Daily Racing Form will provide his expert handicapping analysis on each race prior to every contest and players from the Horseplayers Association of North America will also provide tips and handicapping. Contestants can sign up for the contest on the Harness Racing Fan Zone website by clicking here. To view the 2016 Grand Circuit Challenge video, click here. Following is the schedule for the $100,000 Grand Circuit Challenge: Aug. 6 - Hambletonian at the Meadowlands  Aug. 6 - Hambletonian Oaks at the Meadowlands  Aug. 6 - U.S. Pacing Championship at the Meadowlands  Aug. 12 - Dan Patch at Hoosier Park  Aug. 20 - Battle of the Brandywine at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono  Aug. 26 – Muscle Hill at Vernon Downs  Sept. 3 - Yonkers Trot at Yonkers Raceway  Sept. 3 - Messenger at Yonkers Raceway  Sept. 10 - Jim Ewart Memorial at Scioto Downs  Sept. 17 - Canadian Trotting Classic at Mohawk Racetrack  Sept. 21 - Jugette at the Delaware County Fairgrounds  Sept. 22 - Little Brown Jug at the Delaware County Fairgrounds  Sept. 30 - Dayton Pacing Derby at Dayton Raceway  Oct. 9 – Tattersalls at Red Mile  Oct. 9 - Kentucky Futurity at Red Mile  Oct. 15 - International Trot at Yonkers Raceway  Oct. 28 - Breeders Crown at the Meadowlands  Oct. 29 - Breeders Crown at the Meadowlands

East Rutherford, NJ - Saturday night at The Meadowlands promises great harness racing and great food with Grand Circuit stakes for the top three-year-old trotters in their final preparation before next weeks' Hambletonian, the fastest sophomore pacers in the Garden State and Brews, Blues & BBQ to satisfy your culinary desires.   Saturday's racing features are a pair of ten filly $50,000 elimination races for next week's $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks featuring the finest trotting fillies in the land.   The first elimination is race six where Tom Hill's 2015 O'Brien award winning Caprice Hill makes her Meadowlands pari-mutuel debut against Ontario rival and Zweig Filly winner Flowers N Songs, Reynolds Memorial winner Side Bet Hanover and the Del Miller dead-heat duo of Unica Steed and Woman's Will. Tim Tetrick has the drive on Caprice for trainer Tony Alagna.   The second split (race seven) boasts a very accomplished group led by the 2015 Dan Patch award winner for the division, Broadway Donna. She faces a solid nine that includes multiple stakes winners Celebrity Eventsy, All The Time and Double Exposure. Dave Miller has driven Broadway Donna in each of her thirteen career starts, resulting in eleven wins for owner Jules Siegel's Fashion Farms and trainer Jim Campbell.   The supporting card includes the $150,000 Anthony Abbatiello for New Jersey bred sophomore pacing colts and its filly companion stake, the $85,000 Thomas D'Altrui Memorial.   Boston Red Rocks is still searching for his award winning form of last season. He finds a friendly spot in the Abbatiello, starting from the rail in race two, that may launch him back into the limelight for the trainer-driver team of Steve Elliott and Tim Tetrick. Peter Blood and Rick Berks share ownership of Boston Red Rocks.   The D'Altrui looks like a showcase for Blue Moon Stride. She's in the midst of a terrific season for trainer Mark Harder and owners Emelio and Maria Rosati with four wins including the NJSS final and the Mistletoe Shalee in a career best 1:49.2 for Andy McCarthy in her last. The D'Altrui is off the card at 6:40 p.m.   We'll also get a last look at presumptive Hambletonian favorite Southwind Frank who will give his ten opponents a head start as he gets his final tune-up for the big race from the second tier in the $53,000 Scott Frost - W.N. Reynolds Memorial. Yannick Gingras is assigned with the task of navigating a course to the winner's circle for trainer Ron Burks and his partners in the eponymously named stable.   The Meadowlands will host the popular Brews, Blues & BBQ on Saturday night with several accomplished meat smokers and roasters competing for prizes and recognition. For the horseplayer, we offer a free look into the $50,000 Guaranteed Late Pick 4 wagers each week.   Post time is 7:15 p.m.   Meadowlands Media Relations          

Trenton, NJ --- Harness racing trainer Ed Hart and owner Jeff Snyder might be best known for their successes with pacers, so seeing them team up with a Grand Circuit trotter might appear to be a little out of character. But Hart says training 2-year-old Another Chapter -- who is racing in the second of two Peter Haughton Memorial eliminations Friday (July 29) at the Meadowlands -- isn’t much different than what he is used to. “I don’t think so,” Hart said, when asked if he changes his approach. “A lot of time you just have to take your time. I guess what I’m saying is for both (pacers and trotters). It’s how they develop as they come along. You just have to take your time with it.” Hart has not seen enough of Another Chapter to draw any firm conclusions on his future. He likes what he has seen so far, as the colt has one third-place finish in three starts -- all on the New York Sire Stakes circuit. He heads to his Haughton elimination off a fifth-place finish on July 21 at Vernon Downs, where he came home fastest of all, in :27.4, and was beaten only 1-1/2 lengths. Brett Miller will drive Another Chapter on Friday. He is the 4-1 third choice on the morning line, behind two trotters from the stable of trainer Ron Burke, What The Hill (2-1) and Southwind Cobra (3-1). Another Chapter’s sire is Chapter Seven, the 2012 Horse of the Year. His dam is Southwind Catlin, the New Jersey Sire Stakes champion at age 2 in 2004. He is a half-brother to 2013 Breeders Crown winner Spider Blue Chip and the family also includes stakes-winner Flawless Bluestone and Pine Schooner, who is the mother of 2009 Hambletonian Oaks winner Broadway Schooner. He was purchased for $125,000 by Snyder -- perhaps best known as owner of 1994 Horse of the Year Cam’s Card Shark and co-owner of 2005 Horse of the Year Rocknroll Hanover -- and Four Friends Racing Stable at the Standardbred Horse Sale. The owners changed his name from Orthodox Blue Chip to Another Chapter. “I think the owners were interested in the first crop of Chapter Seven, and this is another exciting horse coming in,” Hart said. “He’s a well bred horse. That’s what Jeff Snyder has liked.” Hart was unable to make many comparisons between Another Chapter and his parents, as he did not know Southwind Catlin and only saw Chapter Seven race. “He’s not a real big horse, just a nice, medium size horse,” Hart said. “I don’t think Chapter Seven was very big either.” The trainer did note that Another Chapter does share a major trait with his siblings. “I’ve got a few Chapter Sevens and the one thing I’ve liked is all their attitudes,” he said. “He’s got a lot of try. He’s got a very good attitude, he just tries all the time.” Asked if there is anything about the horse that concerned him, Hart said, “I don’t think so. It’s like all young trotters, he’s still a little bit of a work in progress. There are going to be mistakes and bumps down the road but overall he’s been OK. He seems to be getting better each week.” The trainer noted that in the stable, Another Chapter is quiet for a colt, saying “he’s nippy, but he’s good. He’s a happy horse. He’s sharp; not a salty type of horse.” The horse’s health has been solid so far, as he has yet to take a sick day. Immediately after reporting that, Hart laughed and said, “I probably shouldn’t say that. I better knock on wood.” Because his races have been limited so far, Hart doesn’t have a firm idea of what type of trip he likes. Another Chapter has shown a tendency to be aggressive behind the gate, so they have been taking it easy with him. “For the most part, he’s finished up pretty strong in the mile,” Hart said. “I know it’s a tough task (Friday) coming from the sire stakes, but I do like his chances (to advance). I raced him at Vernon and I think the best part of his mile was toward the wire. He’s finishing up real strong.” Hart, who had the sport’s top 2-year-old male pacer in 2004 in Village Jolt (also owned by Snyder); and harness racing’s top 3-year-old male pacer in 2011 in Roll With Joe, has Another Chapter staked up. “We’ll just see how it develops, see how he finishes out the rest of the sire stakes,” Hart said. “I think he has all the major stakes; the Breeders Crown and what not. So we’ll try and get through this week, finish out the sire stakes and see what happens towards the fall. “He’s one of those colts that just seems to get better every week. That’s what you want. We just have to keep going forward.” by Rich Fisher, USTA Web Newsroom Senior Correspondent

Harness Racing This Week: Grand Circuit action, Delvin Miller Adios final, Adioo Volo and Arden Downs, The Meadows, Washington, Pa.; Hambletonian Oaks, Peter Haughton Memorial and Jim Doherty Memorial eliminations and Reynolds Memorial, Meadowlands Racetrack, East Rutherford, N.J. Schedule of events: Grand Circuit actions kicks off this Friday (July 29) at The Meadows with three divisions in the $53,048 Arden Downs for 2-year-old colt trotters and three divisions in the $49,850 Arden Downs for 2-year-old filly trotters. The Saturday (July 30) card at The Meadows features the $400,000 Delvin Miller Adios final for 3-year-old colt pacers, the $110,950 Adioo Volo for 3-year-old filly pacers, four divisions in the $76,724 Arden Downs for 2-year-old colt pacers, three divisions in the $62,965 Arden Downs for 2-year-old filly pacers, two divisions in the $58,466 Arden Downs for 3-year-old colt trotters and two divisions in the $56,818 Arden Downs for 3-year-old filly trotters. Meadowlands Racetrack will offer three sets of elimination races this week, with all the finals slated for the Hambletonian card of Saturday (Aug. 6). On Friday, the Meadowlands will host two $20,000 eliminations in the Jim Doherty Memorial for 2-year-old filly trotters and a pair of $20,000 eliminations in the Peter Haughton Memorial for 2-year-old colt trotters. On Saturday the program will feature two $50,000 eliminations in the Hambletonian Oaks for 3-year-old filly trotters as well as the $53,488 W.N. Reynolds Memorial for 3-year-old male trotters. Complete entries for the races are available at this link. Last time: It was no pace through the park for reigning Horse of the Year Wiggle It Jiggleit, but the 4-year-old world champion prevailed in his first sojourn to Saratoga Casino Hotel on Saturday (July 23) in the eighth annual $260,000 Joe Gerrity Jr. Memorial Pace. Driver Montrell Teague blasted the superstar pacer and 1-9 favorite out early, but the rest of field had other ideas when it came to allowing the gelding to assume early control. In fact, Bit Of A Legend N and All Bets Off were intent upon denying Wiggle It Jiggleit to have things his own way and parked him out three-wide through a stiff first quarter-mile in :26.3. Teague then decided to send the gelding alongside leader All Bets Off (Matt Kakaley) and cleared for the lead in a half of :54.4. After stealing a third quarter breather, Wiggle It Jiggleit sprinted away in a :27.1 final panel to win by two lengths in 1:51. Bit Of A Legend N (Jordan Stratton) closed quickly up the rail and won the photo for place with All Bets Off earning the show spot. It was victory number 10 in 15 starts this year for Wiggle It Jiggleit who is owned by George Teague Jr. Inc. and Teague Racing Partnership and trained by Clyde Francis. Bar Hopping and Flowers N Songs proved victorious in their respective main events of the Dr. Harry M. Zweig Memorial for 3-year-old trotters on Sunday (July 24) at Vernon Downs. Bar Hopping used an aggressive middle move to seize command in the $300,000 Zweig main event for colts and geldings, brushing from fifth and clearing just after a :57 half-mile. The son of Muscle Hill would go on to face pressure from Hititoutofthepark (Corey Callahan) on the far turn, but edged clear upon straightening for home. Bar Hopping subsequently held sway of a late bid from pocket rival Milligan's School (Andy Miller) to prevail by 1-1/2 lengths in 1:53.1. Milligan's School narrowly held second from Love Matters (Brett Miller) and the leveled-off Hititoutofthepark, who shared third in a dead heat. Tim Tetrick drove Bar Hopping, now a three-time winner, for trainer Jimmy Takter and owners Christina Takter, Hatfield Stables, Marvin Katz, and Al Libfeld. In the $140,000 Zweig event for fillies, Flowers N Songs vaulted off third-over cover to eclipse 6-5 favorite Womans Will for a 1:53.4 victory. Yannick Gingras settled well off the pace with the Deweycheatumnhowe filly, floating off the pegs at race's midpoint to stalk cover provided by Womans Will (Andy Miller) and Fad Finance (Jim Morrill Jr.). In upper stretch, Flowers N Songs circled four-wide, finding her best stride at the eighth pole and sling-shotting clear to a 1-3/4 length victory over the aforementioned pair. Womans Will narrowly held second, while Fad Finance stayed on for third. Paul Reid trains seven-time winner Flowers N Songs for Robert Key. 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 current leaders: Drivers: 1. Yannick Gingras - 321; 2. David Miller - 277; 3. Tim Tetrick - 268; 4. Jordan Stratton - 236.5; 5. Brett Miller - 197. Trainers: 1. Ron Burke - 415; 2. Jimmy Takter - 285; 3. Jeff Bamond Jr. - 175; 4. Clyde Francis - 152.5; 5. Peter Tritton - 149.5. Owners: 1. Harry von Knoblauch - 149.5; 2. Bamond Racing - 117; 3. Burke Racing Stable - 100.1; 4. Weaver Bruscemi - 84.1; 5t. George Teague Jr. Inc. - 76.25; 5t. Teague Racing Partnership - 76.25. Looking ahead: Grand Circuit action will be taking place next weekend at Meadowlands Racetrack. The track will host ten Grand Circuit events, led by the $1 million Hambletonian, the first leg of Trotting's Triple Crown for 3-year-olds, and the $320,000 Cane Pace, the first leg of Pacing's Triple Crown for 3-year-olds. Paul Ramlow

Harness racing this week: Joe Gerrity Memorial, Saratoga Hotel Casino, Saratoga Springs, N.Y.; Zweig Memorial and Zweig Filly, Vernon Downs, Vernon, N.Y.; Delvin Miller Adios eliminations, The Meadows, Washington, Pa; and Kindergarten Series, Meadowlands Racetrack, East Rutherford, N.J. Schedule of events: Grand Circuit action will be held this weekend at four different racetracks. Action begins on Friday (July 22) at Meadowlands Racetrack with three $10,000 divisions of the Kindergarten for 2-year-old trotting colts and two $10,000 divisions of the Kindergarten for 2-year-old trotting fillies. On Saturday (July 23), Saratoga will host their marquee event, the $260,000 Joe Gerrity Memorial for older pacers; The Meadows will offer a pair of $25,000 eliminations for their marquee event, the Devlin Miller Adios for 3-year-old colt pacers; and the Meadowlands will feature two $10,000 divisions of the Kindergarten for 2-year-old pacing colts and a lone $10,000 division of the Kindergarten for 2-year-old pacing fillies. The busy weekend concludes on Sunday (July 24) as Vernon Downs will offer the $300,000 Zweig Memorial for 3-year-old colt trotters (and $75,000 and $30,000 consolations), as well as the $140,000 Zweig Filly for 3-year-old filly trotters (and $35,000 and $15,000 consolations). Complete entries for the races are available at this link. Last time: Meadowlands Racetrack hosted nine lucrative Grand Circuit events this past Saturday, led by the $732,050 Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace for 3-year-olds. Brian Sears, the dominant driving force at the Meadowlands for the first decade of the new millennium, returned to his old stomping grounds Saturday night and won the Meadowlands Pace in 1:48.2 with Control The Moment, a horse he drove for the first time last week in the Pace elimination. "It was great to get a spin with him last week," said Sears, who also won the 2005 Pace with Rocknroll Hanover. "And I was real happy with the post draw." After winning a week ago from well off the pace, Sears had Control The Moment on the go early from post three and was up in the early fray as Lyons Snyder hit the quarter in :26.3. Racing Hill, the Tony Alagna trainee who opted to take a bye into the final, surged to the lead at the three-eighths before yielding the top to a headstrong Control The Moment, who had the lead at the half in :53.2 and three-quarters in 1:21.2. Control The Moment looked home free after opening up a 2-1/2 length edge at the head of the stretch but got leg weary nearing the wire as Racing Hill came back for more. In the final sixteenth, the 8-5 second choice was coming at the 3-5 favorite, but came up a nose short at the finish. Check Six was third. "The trip worked out perfect," said Sears. "And I think the fractions were pretty comfortable. But it was pretty exciting at the wire." Control The Moment returned $3.40 to win for trainer Brad Maxwell and owners Control The Moment Stable and has now won 11 of 16 lifetime starts, good for earnings just shy of $900,000. Also on the stakes loaded Saturday card, Always B Miki and driver David Miller took command down the backstretch with a powerful brush past Wiggle It Jiggleit and went on to a three-quarter length victory over 39-1 shot Shamballa in the $471,800 William R. Haughton Memorial. And it was another world record -- his third straight -- pacing the 1-1/8 miles in 2:01.1 as the 2-5 favorite in the 12-horse field. Always B Miki ($2.80) posted a fourth straight win, improving his season mark to 6-2-0 in eight starts for trainer Jimmy Takter and the ownership team of Bluewood Stable, Roll The Dice Stable and Christina Takter. "He's just a fantastic horse to do what he does," Jimmy Takter said. "He's gone through a lot. It takes a special horse to come back from all the injuries he had. It gets me very emotional every time I see him race. "This horse is one of a kind. I've had quite a few nice pacers, but this horse, you don't do what he's doing. I'm always a big statement guy, but I think this could be the greatest horse who ever lived. I really think so. He didn't have an easy trip today. He won by a length and a half, maybe, but he's a lazy horse. He's not a grabby horse. But if somebody challenges him, he's got another gear." 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 current leaders: Drivers: 1. Yannick Gingras - 294; 2. David Miller - 260; 3. Tim Tetrick - 246; 4. Jordan Stratton - 226.5; 5. Brett Miller - 182. Trainers: 1. Ron Burke - 390; 2. Jimmy Takter - 273; 3. Jeff Bamond Jr. - 175; 4. Peter Tritton - 139.5; 5. Clyde Francis - 132.5. Owners: 1. Harry von Knoblauch - 139.5; 2. Bamond Racing - 117; 3. Burke Racing Stable - 93.85; 4. Weaver Bruscemi - 77.85; 5t. George Teague Jr. Inc. - 66.25; 5t. Teague Racing Partnership - 66.25. Looking ahead: Grand Circuit action will be taking place next weekend at The Meadows and Meadowlands Racetrack. The Meadows will host eight Grand Circuit events, led by the final of the Delvin Miller Adios for 3-year-old pacing colts. Meadowlands Racetrack will host eliminations for three lucrative stakes, led by the Hambletonian Oaks for 3-year-old filly trotters, as well as the Reynolds Memorial for 3-year-old colt trotters. by Paul Ramlow, publicity director, the Grand Circuit  

Northeast Ohio's premier trotting race, the Cleveland Trotting Classic, will go to post Saturday (July 2) at Northfield Park. This will be the second edition of the Classic and it carries a purse of $180,000. The Grand Circuit event has attracted some of the best veteran trotters in North America. It has been slated as the 11th event on a 15-race harness racing program. First race post time is 6:00 p.m.   Shake It Cerry drew post three and has been named the 2-1 morning line favorite by Northfield Park Executive Vice President of Racing and Simulcasting Dave Bianconi. Although winless so far in 2016, the five year-old mare has 28 lifetime successes and earnings over $2.5 million.   Obrigado drew the rail and has been assigned a 3-1 morning line. He was the runner-up in last year's Classic and has three wins in six starts this season, most recently a 1:53.3 score in the $210,000 Charlie Hill Memorial at Scioto Downs on June 11.   Local favorite Like Old Times enters this event off two straight wins over the Flying Turns. She was the 2015 Ohio Horse of the Year and is conditioned by Northfield Park Wall of Famer and Ohio Trotmaster, Don McKirgan. Although programmed as a 25-1 longshot, she broke the track record for four year-old trotting mares just two weeks ago.   The 2016 Cleveland Trotting Classic field: Post Horse Driver Trainer M/L 1 Obrigado - Mark MacDonald Paul Kelley 3-1 2 Homicide Hunter - Dave Palone Chris Oakes 4-1 3 Shake It Cerry - Aaron Merriman Jimmy Takter 2-1   4 Il Sogno Dream - Trevor Henry Christopher Beaver 10-1   5 Muscle Up The Goal - Aaron Merriman Christopher Beaver 8-1   6 Maestro Blue Chip - Victory Kirby Jo Ann Looney-King 6-1   7 Like Old Times -  Don McKirgan - Ronnie Wrenn Jr. 25-1   8 Boffin - Jason Merriman -  Anette Lorentzon 25-1   *Driver selections will be finalized by 9 p.m. Tuesday evening.   This year's Classic program undercard is highlighted by three $20,000 Open events. One features Foiled Again, the richest horse in the history of harness racing and a three-time Battle of Lake Erie winner. The Opens and the Trotting Classic comprise the evening's Pick-4, which carries a $10,000 guaranteed pool.   In addition to superior racing action, the night will also offer guests a buffet in Lady Luck's clubhouse dining room. The buffet is just $19.95. Reservations are preferred and can be made by calling 330.467.4101.   Guests who want to be close to all of the racing action can stop by the grandstand apron for an array of FREE fanfare activities. These attractions include a FREE Northfield Park ball cap for the first 1,500 patrons, a t-shirt toss from the winner's circle by the successful driver of each race, country band Six String Cowboy performing on the apron from 6-10 p.m., spinning of the Northfield Park Prize Wheel for FREE cash and prizes from 8-9 p.m., and some of Northeast Ohio's favorite food trucks on the grandstand apron from 6-10 p.m.   Ayers Ratliff

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  

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