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Harness Racing This Week: Yonkers Trot eliminations and Hudson Filly Trot and Lady Maud, Yonkers Raceway, Yonkers, N.Y.; Canadian Pacing Derby, Metro and She's A Great Lady eliminations and Casual Breeze, Mohawk Racetrack, Campbellville, Ontario; and Kindergarten Series, Tioga Downs, Nichols, N.Y. Schedule of events: This Saturday (Aug. 29), Yonkers Raceway will host a pair of $40,000 eliminations 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 $149,240 Hudson Filly Trot for 3-year-old filly trotters and the $116,430 Lady Maud for 3-year-old filly pacers. Grand Circuit action at Mohawk Racetrack kicks off on Friday (Aug. 28) with two divisions in the C$183,950 Casual Breeze for 3-year-old trotting fillies. On Saturday, Mohawk will host a trio of stakes eliminations. There will be a pair of C$40,000 eliminations in the Canadian Pacing Derby for open pacers, 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. On Sunday (Aug. 30), Tioga Downs will host the second leg of the Kindergarten Series for 2-year-old colt and filly trotters. Each of the divisions will race for purses of $10,000. 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, while celebrating its 50th anniversary. Wiggle It Jiggleit won the Battle of the Brandywine in 1:48 for driver Montrell Teague. Wiggle It Jiggleit made it look easy, capturing Saturday's $500,000 Battle of the Brandywine for 3-year-old male pacers by three lengths over Wakizashi Hanover in 1:48. Dude's The Man finished third and Artspeak was fourth. The winning time equaled Lucan Hanover's world record for a 3-year-old gelding pacer on a five-eighths-mile track. Wiggle It Jiggleit has won 16 of 18 races this year and pushed his seasonal earnings to $1.43 million. His previous stakes victories this season included the Hempt Memorial, also at Pocono, Meadowlands Pace and Milstein Memorial. For his career, the son of Mr Wiggles-Mozzi Hanover has won 17 of 19 starts. Hambletonian champion Pinkman went off stride at the start, opening the door for his eight rivals in Saturday's $500,000 Colonial for 3-year-old male trotters, and Crazy Wow was the one to take advantage. Crazy Wow, who was not eligible to the Hambletonian, won the Colonial by 1-1/4 lengths over The Bank in 1:52.3. Uncle Lasse finished third and Wicker Hanover was fourth. Crazy Wow, sent off at odds of 9-1, was the third choice in the betting behind 1-5 favorite Pinkman and Uncle Lasse. Crazy Wow has won five of nine races this year and earned $542,537. For his career, the son of Crazed-No Pan No Gain has won 10 of 20 starts and banked $775,465. He is owned by Our Horse Cents Stables, JT45, J&T Silva Stables, and Deo Volente Farms. Bettor Be Steppin earned her second stakes win of the season at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, capturing Saturday's $350,000 Valley Forge for 3-year-old female pacers in a lifetime-best 1:50. Momas Got A Gun was second, beaten by three-quarters of a length, while Sassa Hanover finished third and Totally Rusty was fourth. Bettor Be Steppin, trained by Joe Holloway, has won five of 11 races this year and earned $419,150. She has won nine of 23 races lifetime for owners Val D'Or Farms, Rojan Stables, and Ted Gewertz. She pushed her career earnings to $717,793. Fresh off his 1:47 win in the U.S. Pacing Championship, State Treasurer maintained his superiority in the older pacing ranks with a 1:47.2 track record triumph in the $150,000 Roll With Joe, held Sunday (Aug. 23) at Tioga Downs. State Treasurer prevailed by 3-3/4 lengths in the end, well in hand at the winning post with plenty in reserve. Clear Vision held second, while Foiled Again stayed on for third off a second-over trip. Dr. Ian Moore trains State Treasurer for owners Sally and Paul MacDonald. He has won six of his 12 season's starts, with earnings of $489,482. 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 - 669; 2. Tim Tetrick - 485; 3. David Miller - 431.5; 4. Brian Sears - 387; 5. Corey Callahan - 327.5. Trainers: 1. Ron Burke - 857; 2. Jimmy Takter - 542; 3. Jeff Bamond Jr. - 298; 4. Erv Miller - 212; 5. Tony Alagna - 191. Owners: 1. Bamond Racing - 233; 2. Burke Racing - 198.4; 3. Weaver Bruscemi - 172.70; 4. George Teague Jr. Inc. - 140; 5. Jeff Snyder - 101.2. Looking ahead: Grand Circuit action will be taking place next week at Yonkers Raceway, Mohawk Racetrack and Balmoral Park. Yonkers will feature the finals of the Yonkers Trot and Messenger Stakes; Mohawk will offer the finals of the Canadian Pacing Derby, 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 for 2-year-old colt and filly trotters; and Balmoral has American-National races for 2-year-old colt and filly trotters. Paul Ramlow Grand Circuit Publicity Director

Harness Racing This Week: Review Stakes, Illinois State Fair, Springfield, Ill.; Fox Stake, the Ralph Wilfong, the Horseman Stakes and the Hoosier Stakes, Indiana State Fair, Indianapolis, Ind.; Moni Maker, The Meadows, Washington, Pa.; Muscle Hill, Artiscape and Crawford Farms Trot, Vernon Downs, Vernon, N.Y.; 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.; Lady Maud and Hudson Filly Trot eliminations, Yonkers Raceway, Yonkers, N.Y.; Prix d'Ete, Hippodrome 3R, Trois Rivieres, Quebec; and Roll With Joe and Reynolds Memorial, Tioga Downs, Nichols, N.Y. Schedule of events: An extremely busy week of Grand Circuit action kicks off on Monday (Aug. 17) at the Illinois State Fair with the $23,200 Review Stake for 2-year-old trotters and the $22,900 Review Stake for 2-year-old pacers. The Tuesday (Aug. 18) program features the $18,200 Review Stake for 3-year-old trotters, the $12,200 Review Stake for 3-year-old colt pacers and the $10,900 Review Stake for 3-year-old filly pacers. The Indiana State Fair will host one day of Grand Circuit racing on Wednesday (Aug. 19) with the feature being the $46,304 Fox Stake for 2-year-old colt pacers. The co-featured event is the $35,997 Ralph Wilfong for 2-year-old colt trotters. The Hoosier Stakes for 2-year-olds will see two divisions in the $23,372 2-year-old filly trot and the $21,832 2-year-old filly pace, with single divisions in the $20,350 2-year-old colt trot and the $20,020 2-year-old colt pace. The Horseman Stakes for 3-year-olds features single divisions in the $35,928 3-year-old filly trot, the $35,158 3-year-old colt trot, the $32,600 3-year-old filly pace and the $32,354 3-year-old colt pace. Then on Friday (Aug. 21), Vernon Downs has a trio of $175,000 (est.) events in the Crawford Farms Trot for older trotters, the Muscle Hill for older trotting mares and the Artiscape for older pacing mares, while The Meadows will host the $175,000 (est.) Moni Maker for 3-year-old filly trotters. Saturday's (Aug. 22) Grand Circuit action will be led by a trio of stakes and consolations 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 and $75,000 consolations. Red Shores Racetrack & Casino will host the C$75,000 (est.) Gold Cup and Saucer for older pacers. Mohawk Racetrack will contest the C$225,000 (est.) Nassagaweya for 2-year-old colt pacers and the C$150,000 (est.) Eternal Camnation for 2-year-old filly pacers. Yonkers offers $20,000 eliminations in the Lady Maud for 3-year-old pacing fillies and the Hudson Filly Trot for 3-year-old trotting fillies. Grand Circuit action concludes on Sunday (Aug. 23) at Hippodrome 3R with the C$200,000 Prix d'Ete for 4-year-old pacers and at Tioga Downs with the $175,000 (est.) Roll With Joe for older pacing males and $65,000 (est.) W.N. Reynolds Memorial races for 2-year-old colt and filly trotters. 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: Wiggle It Jiggleit and driver Montrell Teague won the $405,000 Carl Milstein Memorial for 3-year-old male pacers this past Friday night (Aug. 14) at Northfield Park in 1:49.3. The time set a new track record for 3-year-old gelding pacers, topping the old mark of 1:52 shared by Gryffindor in 2005 and Hare Craft in 2004. Wiggle It Jiggleit, driven by Montrell Teague, held off Lost For Words to win the Milstein Memorial in 1:49.3. Wiggle It Jiggleit held on to win by 1-1/2 lengths over Lost For Words. Wakizashi Hanover was third with The Wayfaring Man fourth. Wiggle It Jiggleit is trained by Clyde Francis for George Teague Jr. Inc. After winning the lion's share of the biggest purse in the history of Northfield Park, he became a millionaire, boasting 16 wins in 18 lifetime starts. JK Endofanera and driver Brett Miller used a valiant stretch drive to overtake a field of 10 in the 22nd installment of the $307,500 Dan Patch Stakes for older pacing males, also on Aug. 14, at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. With a final time of 1:48.4, JK Endofanera was able to take advantage of the long Hoosier Park stretch to score his third win of the season for trainer Jimmy Takter. JK Endofanera exploded past his rivals with a :26.2 final quarter to get the win by 2-1/2 lengths. All Bets Off held on gamely for the second-place finish while Clear Vision rounded out the trifecta. With the win, the 4-year-old son of Art Major-Presidential Lady pushed his lifetime bankroll to $1,708,338 for his connections at the 3 Brothers Stables. 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 - 572; 2. Tim Tetrick - 430; 3. David Miller - 387.5; 4. Brian Sears - 332; 5. Corey Callahan - 247.5. Trainers: 1. Ron Burke - 715; 2. Jimmy Takter - 485; 3. Jeff Bamond Jr. - 273; 4. Ray Schnittker - 187; 5. Rene Allard - 173. Owners: 1. Bamond Racing - 210.5; 2. Burke Racing - 167.5; 3. Weaver Bruscemi - 149.30; 4. George Teague Jr. Inc. - 120; 5. Jeff Snyder - 100.2. Looking ahead: Grand Circuit action will be taking place next week at Yonkers Raceway, Mohawk Racetrack and Tioga Downs. Yonkers will contest the finals of the Lady Maud and Hudson Filly Trot, plus eliminations for the Messengers 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. Tioga Downs will offer the second leg of the Kindergarten for 2-year-old colt and filly trotters. Paul Ramlow Grand Circuit Publicity Director

Harness racing this week: Carl Milstein Memorial, Northfield Park, Northfield, Ohio; Dan Patch Invitational, Hoosier Park, Anderson, Ind.; Gold Cup and Saucer trials, Red Shores Racetrack & Casino, Charlottetown, PEI; and Tompkins-Geers, Tioga Downs, Nichols, N.Y. Schedule of events: Grand Circuit action kicks off this Friday (Aug. 14) at Northfield Park with the $405,000 Carl Milstein Memorial for 3-year-old male pacers. On that same evening, Hoosier Park will host the $300,000 Dan Patch Invitational for older pacers. Then on the weekend, Red Shores Racetrack & Casino will host two days of trials for the Gold Cup and Saucer for older pacers. Twelve horses have being nominated, thus setting the stage for trials on Saturday (Aug. 15) and Monday (Aug. 17). The top finishers in the trials will advance to the final on Saturday (Aug. 22). On Sunday (Aug. 16), Tioga Downs will host the Tompkins-Geers races for 2- and 3-year-old colt and filly trotters. Each of the four divisions will race for estimated purses of $65,000. Complete entries for the Northfield Park, Hoosier Park and Tioga Downs 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 $1.2 million Hambletonian, the first leg of trotting's Triple Crown for 3-year-olds. Pinkman and Brian Sears, who got the drive on the horse less than an hour before the race, took control of the $1 million Hambletonian final at the half and never gave it up as they cruised under the wire to be the 90th winners of the trotting classic in a world record time of 1:51. Pinkman (Explosive Matter-Margie Seelster) is trained by Jimmy Takter and owned by Christina Takter, John and Jim Fielding, Joyce McClelland and Herb Liverman. His winning time was the fastest ever by a sophomore trotting gelding on a mile track. The filly Mission Brief, who Yannick Gingras chose to drive after her win in the second elimination, gave futile chase in deep stretch and made up ground, but not enough to win. Uncle Lasse, also trained by Takter, was third after adding trotting hobbles between the elimination and the final. As the field trotted off the starting gate, it was Uncle Lasse (David Miller) who was first to the lead from post seven, hitting the quarter-mile mark in :27.2, with The Bank (Johnny Takter) outside and behind him and Pinkman in third. The Bank was on the move just past the quarter-mile mark, with Pinkman behind him. By the time they reached the half-mile marker in :55.2, Pinkman had the lead on the outside and The Bank was second. Mission Brief, who had been fourth, a few lengths from the leaders most of the way to the half, hustled to join the crowd and bore down on the leader, Pinkman, around the final turn, getting to his wheel as the field turned for home. She lost contact when they straightened out, but re-engaged under urging from Gingras as the wire drew closer. She got close, but not close enough, three-quarters of a length back. Uncle Lasse was third, The Bank fourth and Jacksons Minion got the final purse check. Wild Honey came up big in the Hambletonian Oaks. Driver Yannick Gingras and trainer Jimmy Takter teamed up to win the $500,000 Oaks for the second consecutive year as Wild Honey captured the race for 3-year-old female trotters by 1-3/4 lengths over Rules Of The Road in 1:52.2. Bright Baby Blues finished third and Livininthefastlane was fourth. It was Takter's fifth Hambletonian Oaks victory. It was Gingras' fifth win of the day. This duo won the 2014 edition of the Oaks with Lifetime Pursuit. Wild Honey, who was the 6-5 favorite, is a daughter of Cantab Hall-U Wanna Lindy. She has won 13 of 19 career races and earned $838,488. She is owned by Christina Takter, John Fielding, Herb Liverman, and Jim Fielding. Takter won both the Hambletonian and the Hambletonian Oaks for the second straight year. He won last year with Trixton in the Hambo and Lifetime Pursuit in the Oaks. Complete recaps of all the weekend 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 - 572; 2. Tim Tetrick - 410; 3. David Miller - 377.5; 4. Brian Sears - 332; 5. Corey Callahan - 247.5. Trainers: 1. Ron Burke - 685; 2. Jimmy Takter - 465; 3. Jeff Bamond Jr. - 273; 4. Ray Schnittker - 187; 5. Rene Allard - 163. Owners: 1. Bamond Racing - 210.5; 2. Burke Racing - 160; 3. Weaver Bruscemi - 141.80; 4. George Teague Jr. Inc. - 100; 5. Jeff Snyder - 78.5. Looking ahead: Grand Circuit action will be taking place next week at the Illinois State Fair in Springfield with the Review Stakes; at the Indiana State Fair with the Fox Stake, the Ralph Wilfong, the Horseman Stakes and the Hoosier Stakes; at Red Shores Racetrack & Casino with the Gold Cup and Saucer final; at The Meadows with the Moni Maker; at Vernon Downs with the Muscle Hill, Artiscape and Crawford Farms Trot; at Yonkers Raceway with the Lady Maud and Hudson Filly Trot eliminations; at Mohawk Racetrack with the Nassagaweya and Eternal Camnation; and at the Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono with the Battle of the Brandywine, the Colonial and the Valley Forge. Paul Ramlow Grand Circuit Publicity Director  

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. and Tompkins-Geers, Tioga Downs, Nichols, N.Y. Schedule of events: Grand Circuit action kicks off this Saturday (Aug. 8) at Meadowlands Racetrack with one of the biggest cards of the season. The afternoon program is led by the $1.2 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 $301,500 John Cashman Memorial for older male trotters, the $215,400 U.S. Pacing Championship for older male pacers, the $251,250 Lady Liberty for older pacing mares, the 181,450 Fresh Yankee for older trotting mares, the $319,400 Cane Pace, the first leg of Pacing's Triple Crown for 3-year-olds, the $109,500 Shady Daisy for 3-year-old pacing fillies, the $349,850 Peter Haughton Memorial for 2-year-old colt trotters, and the $389,450 Jim Doherty Memorial for 2-year-old filly trotters. Tioga Downs on Sunday will feature $65,000 (est.) Tompkins-Geers divisions for 2- and 3-year-old colt and filly pacers. Complete entries for the races are available at this link. Last time: He was forced into a first-over challenge and skipped shadows for much of the mile, but when all was said and done, Dude's The Man captured this past Saturday's (Aug. 1) $400,000 final of the Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids Presented by Coors Light at The Meadows in 1:48.4, fourth-fastest in the 49-year history of the event. Yankee Bounty rallied for second, two lengths back, while Lost For Words, who threatened briefly in the lane, was third. Winning trainer Jessica Okusko won the Adios orchids in her first try while winning driver Corey Callahan, who had 13 previous Adios starts including eliminations, took his first Adios title. M And L of Delaware and Victoria Dickinson own Dude's The Man, a son of American Ideal-Art's Risk who finished second to Wiggle It Jiggleit in the Meadowlands Pace final but has been hampered at times by lack of early speed. Although Dude's The Man was first up from fourth, he had little trouble clearing My Hero Ron, winner of an Adios elimination on July 25. Another potential problem for Dude's The Man vanished in the lane when Lost For Words, right on the winner's bumper, didn't finish strongly. Dude's The Man will start in this Saturday's Cane Pace at Meadowlands Racetrack. Complete recaps of all the weekend 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 - 492; 2. Tim Tetrick - 390; 3. David Miller - 290; 4. Brian Sears - 282; 5. John Campbell - 238. Trainers: 1. Ron Burke - 630; 2. Jimmy Takter - 378; 3. Jeff Bamond Jr. - 248; 4. Ray Schnittker - 187; 5. Rene Allard - 163. Owners: 1. Bamond Racing - 195.5; 2. Burke Racing - 145.8; 3. Weaver Bruscemi - 127.60; 4. George Teague Jr. Inc. - 100; 5. Ray Schnittker - 74.9. Looking ahead: Grand Circuit action will be taking place next week at Northfield Park with the Carl Milstein Memorial for 3-year-old male pacers; at Hoosier Park with the Dan Patch for older pacers; at Charlottetown Driving Park with the Gold Cup and Saucer eliminations for older pacers; and at Tioga Downs with Tompkins-Geers events for 2- and 3-year-old colt and filly trotters. Paul Ramlow Grand Circuit Publicity Director

Harness Racing This Week: Delvin Miller Adios final, Adioo Volo and Arden Downs, The Meadows, Washington, Pa.; Hambletonian Oaks, Peter Haughton Memorial and Jim Doherty Memorial eliminations and TVG Opens, Meadowlands Racetrack, East Rutherford, N.J.; and Hanover Stakes, Balmoral Park, Crete, Ill. Schedule of events: Grand Circuit actions kicks off this Friday (July 31) at The Meadows with three divisions in the $60,000 Arden Downs for 2-year-old colt trotters and three divisions in the $60,000 Arden Downs for 2-year-old filly trotters. The Saturday (Aug. 1) card at The Meadows features the $400,000 Delvin Miller Adios final and $50,000 Adios consolation for 3-year-old colt pacers, two divisions in the $125,000 Adioo Volo for 3-year-old filly pacers, four divisions in the $80,000 Arden Downs for 2-year-old filly pacers, three divisions in the $71,170 Arden Downs for 2-year-old colt pacers, two divisions in the $65,142 Arden Downs for 3-year-old colt trotters and a single $65,000 division in the 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. 8). On Friday, the Meadowlands will host three $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 Big M program will feature two $35,000 eliminations in the Hambletonian Oaks for 3-year-old filly trotters. The Meadowlands will also offer $50,000 TVG Open races for both older pacers and trotters. Also on Saturday, Balmoral Park will contest Hanover Colt Stakes for 2-year-old male trotters and pacers, along with Hanover Filly Stakes for freshman female trotters and pacers. Complete entries for the races are available at this link. Last time: When Yannick Gingras makes an appearance at Vernon Downs, he has a strong tendency to be mightily successful on the racetrack. Such was the case this past Sunday (July 26) afternoon, when he swept the filly and colt divisions of the Harry M. Zweig Memorial stakes. Pinkman and Gingras found room up the inside to strike late from a pocket trip in the $370,000 Zweig event for 3-year-old trotting colts and geldings. Beginning from post seven as part of a four-horse Jimmy Takter-trained entry, Pinkman left strongly, stringing out Habitat (Brian Sears) in the early going before yielding to stablemate Canepa Hanover (Takter) after a :27.3 initial quarter. The gelded son of Explosive Matter and Margie Seelster drafted comfortably behind his stablemate through a :56.1 middle half, but was boxed at the apex of the far turn when Habitat attempted a first-over bid. With racing room at a premium in upper stretch, Pinkman found room up the inside, passing Canepa Hanover in the final sixteenth. He prevailed by three-quarters of a length in 1:52, a stakes record. Canepa Hanover held second, while Workout Wonder (Daniel Dubé) rallied late to take third past Wings Of Royalty (Tim Tetrick). Pinkman stretched his career bankroll to $1,187,925 for Christina Takter, John Fielding, Jim Fielding, Joyce McClelland, and Herb Liverman. In the $185,000 Zweig for 3-year-old trotting fillies, Gingras settled Mission Brief into the third spot out of her mid-pack post, tracking Wild Honey (John Campbell) and Magic Marker (Brian Sears) through a :27 initial quarter before brushing to the fore at the race's midpoint. Just as Wild Honey slackened through a :56.1 half-mile, Mission Brief charged past, opening up her lead to two lengths on the far turn. The daughter of Muscle Hill and Southwind Serena would hold that margin through a :55.3 final half, defeating Wild Honey in 1:51.4. Magic Marker stayed on to be third, while Gatka Hanover (Brett Miller) rallied mildly off cover to take fourth. Ron Burke trains Mission Brief for the Burke Racing Stable, Our Horse Cents Stables, the J&T Silva Stables, and Weaver Bruscemi. Now a 12-time winner, Mission Brief has amassed $791,417 in career earnings. P H Supercam overcame a first-over journey to score in the seventh annual Joe Gerrity Jr. Memorial Pace at Saratoga Casino and Raceway on Saturday (July 25). The Jeff Bamond Jr. trainee drew post position four and after leaving to get away third, came first-over on the race's favorite Dancin Yankee (Jim Morrill Jr.) in the $260,000 free-for-all pace. Dancin Yankee, the Saratoga track record holder after winning the 2014 Gerrity in 1:48.4, returned to town to defend his title and came up just a neck shy of repeating. Jason Bartlett piloted P H Supercam, who wore down Dancin Yankee in the final strides to secure the win in 1:50.1, easily the fastest mile of the '15 campaign at the Spa. Dancin Yankee had to settle for second while longshot Domethatagain (Billy Dobson) came on to finish third. The victory was the eighth in 17 seasonal tries for millionaire pacer P H Supercam, who is owned by his trainer. Complete recaps of all the weekend 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 - 333; 2. Tim Tetrick - 313; 3. Brian Sears - 275; 4. David Miller - 259; 5. John Campbell - 218. Trainers: 1. Ron Burke - 430; 2. Jimmy Takter - 282; 3. Jeff Bamond Jr. - 248; 4. Ray Schnittker - 187; 5. Rene Allard - 163. Owners: 1. Bamond Racing - 195.5; 2. Burke Racing - 107.5; 3. George Teague Jr. Inc. - 100; 4. Weaver Bruscemi - 99.3; 5. Ray Schnittker - 74.9. Looking ahead: Grand Circuit action will be taking place next weekend at Meadowlands Racetrack and Tioga Downs. Meadowlands Racetrack will host ten Grand Circuit events, led by the $1 million Hambletonian, the first leg of Trotting's Triple Crown for 3-year-olds. Tioga Downs will race Tompkins-Geers stakes for 2- and 3-year-old colt and filly pacers. Paul Ramlow Grand Circuit Publicity Director

Harness Racing This Week: Meadowlands Pace, Hambletonian Maturity, W.R. Haughton Memorial, Mistletoe Shalee, Stanley Dancer Memorial, Delvin Miller Memorial, and Golden Girls, Meadowlands Racetrack, East Rutherford, N.J.; and Lawrence B. Sheppard Memorial final, Yonkers Raceway, Yonkers, N.Y. Schedule of events: The stakes heavy Saturday (July 18) Grand Circuit card at the Meadowlands features the $706,000 Meadowlands Pace for 3-year-olds, the $443,000 Hambletonian Maturity for 4-year-old trotters, the $403,600 W.R. Haughton Memorial for free for all pacers, two divisions in the $316,950 Stanley Dancer Memorial for 3-year-old male trotters, the $213,450 Golden Girls for older pacing mares, the $201,350 Mistletoe Shalee for 3-year-old filly pacers, and the $187,000 Delvin Miller Memorial for 3-year-old filly trotters. Saturday Grand Circuit action also includes the $107,500 final at Yonkers in the Lawrence B. Sheppard for 2-year-old colt pacers. Complete entries for the races are available at this link. Last time: JL Cruze held off a fast-closing Shake It Cerry to win the $250,000 Graduate Series final for 4-year-old trotters this past Saturday night (July 11) at The Meadowlands by a nose in an all-age world record time of 1:49.4 for a mile track. It was the fastest trotting mile in the history of the Meadowlands. First to the lead was Gural Hanover and Matt Kakaley as they tripped the quarter timer in :26.3. JL Cruze and driver John Campbell were quick to challenge for the lead just past the quarter and had the lead by the :54.2 half, with Gural Hanover behind them. Father Patrick and Yannick Gingras were then out to challenge for the lead and were on the outside trying to get past Gural Hanover around the final turn. None of them could give JL Cruze a serious challenge, but Shake It Cerry and Jimmy Takter emerged from behind Father Patrick, gaining ground with every stride and falling just short at the wire. Resolve (Ake Svanstedt) was third. JL Cruze, a gelding by Crazed and a $50,000 supplement to the series, is trained by Eric Ell for owners Ken Wood, Bill Dittmar and Steven Iaquinta. Wiggle It Jiggleit and In The Arsenal won the two $50,000 eliminations of the Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace that same night at Meadowlands Racetrack. Wiggle It Jiggleit started out in unfamiliar territory at the back of the pack, but ended up in a familiar spot -- in front -- by a length at the 1:48.4 finish of the second elimination. Wakizashi Hanover (Tim Tetrick) was second and Rock N' Roll World (David Miller) was third. Also qualifying for this week's $706,000 final were Badiou Hanover and Lyons Levi Lewis. In The Arsenal fired on all cylinders in the first elimination, going wire-to-wire to win by 1-1/2 lengths in 1:49.1. Dealt A Winner (David Miller) closed stoutly from off the pace to be second and Dude's The Man (Corey Callahan) was third. Artspeak and Revenge Shark got the final two spots for the final. Complete recaps of the weekend 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 weekend: Drivers: 1. Yannick Gingras - 263; 2. Brian Sears - 255; 3. Tim Tetrick - 248; 4. David Miller - 214; 5. Jason Bartlett - 183. Trainers: 1. Ron Burke - 375; 2. Jimmy Takter - 205; 3. Jeff Bamond Jr. - 188; 4. Ray Schnittker - 187; 5. Rene Allard - 158. Owners: 1. Bamond Racing - 165.5; 2. Burke Racing - 95; 3. Weaver Bruscemi - 86.8; 4. George Teague Jr. Inc. - 80; 5. Ray Schnittker - 74.9. Looking ahead: Grand Circuit action will be taking place next weekend at Saratoga Harness, Vernon Downs, The Meadows and The Meadowlands. Saratoga will have the Joe Gerrity for older pacers; Vernon features the Zweig Memorial for 3-year-old colt trotters and the Zweig Filly for 3-year-old filly trotters; The Meadows will have eliminations for the Adios for 3-year-old colt pacers; and The Meadowlands will host the first leg of the Kindergarten Series for 2-year-old colt and filly trotters. Paul Ramlow Grand Circuit Publicity Director

Harness Racing This Week: Graduate Series final, Meadowlands Pace and Mistletoe Shalee eliminations, and W.N. Reynolds Memorial 3-year-old colt and filly trots, Meadowlands Racetrack, East Rutherford, N.J.; Hanover events for 3-year-old colt and filly pacers, Balmoral Park, Crete, Ill.; and Sheppard eliminations, Yonkers Raceway, Yonkers, N.Y. Schedule of events: The Grand Circuit schedule continues to be a busy one and this week the spotlight shines on three racetracks, beginning with the Meadowlands. The stakes heavy Saturday card features the $250,000 Graduate Series final for 4-year-old totters; the $62,406 W.N. Reynolds Memorial for 3-year-old colt trotters; two divisions in the $59,206 W.N. Reynolds Memorial for 3-year-old filly trotters; a pair of $50,000 Meadowlands Pace eliminations for 3-year-old male pacers; and a single $25,000 Mistletoe Shalee elimination for 3-year-old pacing fillies. Saturday Grand Circuit action also includes the $40,000 (est.) Hanover Colt Stakes for 3-year-old colt pacers and the $40,000 (est.) Hanover Filly Stakes for 3-year-old filly pacers, both at Balmoral Park, and two $25,000 eliminations at Yonkers in the Lawrence B. Sheppard for 2-year-old colt pacers. Complete entries for the races are available at this link. Last time: This past weekend's Grand Circuit action was highlighted by four lucrative events on the Sun Stakes Saturday (July 4) program at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. Wiggle It Jiggleit captured the $500,000 Max C. Hempt Memorial for 3-year-old male pacers by 1-1/2 lengths over Artspeak in 1:48.2. Wiggle It Jiggleit has won 13 of 14 career races for owner George Teague Jr. Inc., trainer Clyde Francis and driver Montrell Teague. His only loss came June 20 in the North America Cup, where he was defeated by Wakizashi Hanover by three-quarters of a length. On Saturday in the Hempt, Wiggle It Jiggleit took the lead following a :26 opening quarter-mile, fought off a first-over challenge from Pierce Hanover on the backstretch, and then pulled away down the stretch. Artspeak finished second, followed by In The Arsenal and Wakizashi Hanover. Wiggle It Jiggleit, a son of Mr Wiggles-Mozzi Hanover, gave George Teague Jr. his fourth Hempt trophy. He trained 2011 victor Custard The Dragon, 2009 winner Johnny Z and 2008 champ Badlands Nitro. With the triumph, Wiggle It Jiggleit pushed his career earnings to $607,242. Pinkman rebounded from his first loss of the year by posting a gate-to-wire win in Saturday's $500,000 Earl Beal Jr. Memorial for 3-year-old male trotters, holding off stablemate Uncle Lasse by a head in a world-record 1:51.3. Pinkman (Explosive Matter-Margie Seelster), last year's Dan Patch Award winner for best 2-year-old male trotter, and driver Yannick Gingras got the lead with a :27.1 opening quarter-mile and then controlled the race from there, going to the half in :56.2. Centurion ATM made a first-over bid on the backstretch, getting within a head of the leader, but was unable to get to the front. In the stretch, the Jimmy Takter-trained Pinkman held off Uncle Lasse to his inside to post his fourth victory in five starts this season. Pinkman's time was the fastest-ever mile by a 3-year-old gelding trotter on a five-eighths-mile track. Crazy Wow finished third followed by Centurion ATM. For his career, Pinkman has won 10 of 13 races and earned $924,300 for owners Christina Takter, John and Jim Fielding, Joyce McClelland, and Herb Liverman. The $500,000 Ben Franklin free for all pace turned out to be as thrilling as a front-end win can be as Luck Be Withyou held on by the shortest of noses over Domethatagain in 1:49. Domethatagain, driven by Simon Allard, left from the rail off the gate, but Luck Be Withyou and George Napolitano Jr. took command before the turn from post nine. Luck Be Withyou led through a quarter in :26.2 and the half in :55. He kept on chugging through three-quarters in 1:21.4. He was a length clear at the top of the stretch, with only Domethatagain coming at him up the rail. It took a long look at the photo before Luck Be Withyou was declared the winner, with favored State Treasurer third. Luck Be Withyou, by Western Ideal-Trim Hanover, is trained by Chris Oakes. He has won five of 10 starts this year and earned $313,710. What was a wide-open race on paper became a wide-open finish as Bettor Be Steppin and Corey Callahan got up to win the $300,000 James Lynch Memorial for 3-year-old pacing fillies in 1:50.4. The race was heated from the start as The Show Returns gunned to the lead from post nine for driver Tim Tetrick. Favored Stacia Hanover (Scott Zeron) cleared to the lead in a first quarter in :26, with the outer flow setting up going to the half. Bettor Be Steppin wasn't a part of that forward flow, however, as she was shuffled back to last. Wicked Little Minx (Brett Miller), a 50-1 longshot, came first-over with Sassa Hanover (Yannick Gingras) third-over through a half in a swift :54.1. They paced through three-quarters in 1:21.4 before the leaders began to struggle and the closers came closing. Momas Got A Gun (Jim Morrill Jr.) was sitting third on the rail and somehow found room inside. She stuck a head in front before Single Me (Brian Sears) and Bettor Be Steppin came from way out. From the far outside, Bettor Be Steppin stuck a nose in front of Single Me at the wire. Momas Got A Gun finished third by a neck. The win was the fourth in seven starts this year for Bettor Be Steppin (Bettor's Delight-Two Steppin' Sally). She has banked $198,316 in 2015 for trainer Joe Holloway and owners Val D'Or Farms, Rojan Stables and Ted Gewertz. Complete recaps of the weekend 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 weekend: Drivers: 1. Yannick Gingras - 253; 2. Brian Sears - 243; 3. Tim Tetrick - 213; 4. David Miller - 182; 5. Jason Bartlett - 173. Trainers: 1. Ron Burke - 365; 2. Jimmy Takter - 195; 3. Jeff Bamond Jr. - 188; 4. Ray Schnittker - 177; 5. Rene Allard - 158. Owners: 1. Bamond Racing - 165.5; 2. Burke Racing - 95; 3. Weaver Bruscemi - 86.8; 4. Ray Schnittker - 72.4; 5. George Teague Jr. Inc. - 70. Looking ahead: Grand Circuit action will be taking place next weekend at The Meadowlands and Yonkers Raceway. The massive Meadowlands card will feature the Meadowlands Pace final, the William Haughton Memorial, the Hambletonian Maturity, the Stanley Dancer Trot, the Del Miller Memorial, the Mistletoe Shalee final, the Golden Girls and a leg of the Miss Versatilty. Yonkers will host the final of the Lawrence B. Sheppard for 2-year-old pacing colts. Paul Ramlow Grand Circuit Publicity Director

Diane Winters, the Little Brown Jug Outrider and Parade Marshal for the past 34 years, will be honored as the 2015 Lady Pace Honoree during the Grand Circuit meet at the Delaware County Fair. Winters has led every Jug field in the post parade since Niatross in 1980 after replacing her cousin, Marilyn Evans, who served as the parade marshal for 15 years. Besides the Delaware Grand Circuit meet, Winters also worked as an outrider for the Red Mile, Ohio Stair Fair and other Ohio county fairs. A native of Delaware, Ohio, Winters has been a member of the Delaware County Agricultural Society Board of Directors since 1991 and served as Board President in 1995. She also has been the driving force behind the All Horse Parade since its inception 30 years ago. The All Horse Parade, is the biggest all-horse parade east of the Mississippi River. Winters will be honored in a winner's circle ceremony after a division of the Ohio Breeders Championship for three-year-old filly pacers on Jug Day. The 2015 Grand Circuit meet at the Delaware County Fairgrounds will feature five days of racing, concluding with the 70th edition of the Little Brown Jug on Thursday, September 25.   For more information or to order tickets, please visit www.littlebrownjug.com.   Steven Wolf Director of North American and European Operations www.harnesslink.com 954-654-3757 steve@harnesslink.com  

Harness Racing This Week: Ben Franklin Pace, Earl Beal Jr. Memorial, Max C. Hempt Memorial and James M. Lynch Memorial finals, The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, Wilkes-Barre, Pa.; Cleveland Trotting Classic, Northfield Park, Northfield, Ohio; Graduate Series final, Meadowlands Racetrack, East Rutherford, N.J.; Miss Versatility, Mohawk Racetrack, Campbellville, Ontario; Hanover Stakes, Balmoral Park, Crete, Ill.; and Landmark Stakes, Historic Track, Goshen, N.Y. Schedule of events: The Grand Circuit spotlight will once again be on The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono this Saturday night (July 4) as the track will host four lucrative stakes finals in the $500,000 Ben Franklin for older pacers, the $500,000 Earl Beal Jr. Memorial for 3-year-old male trotters, the $500,000 Max C. Hempt Memorial for 3-year-old male pacers and the $300,000 James M. Lynch Memorial for 3-year-old filly pacers. A trio of Friday night (July 3) stakes kick-off the Grand Circuit action this week with the $170,000 Cleveland Trotting Classic for older trotters, the $250,000 Graduate Series final for 4-year-old pacers and a C$40,000 leg of the Miss Versatility for older trotting mares. Also on Saturday, Balmoral Park will host $35,000 (est.) divisions of the Hanover Stake for 3-year-old colt and filly trotters, while Historic Track will card eight Landmark Stakes for 2- and 3-year-olds of both sexes and gaits. Complete entries for the U.S. races can be found by clicking on this link. Mohawk entries are available at this link. Last time: Last weekend's Grand Circuit action opened up on Friday night (June 26) at Meadowlands Racetrack with a $50,000 TVG Free For All trotting series leg and Obrigado made his debut in the series a winning one, scoring in impressive fashion in 1:51.3, a lifetime best performance. In his previous start, Obrigado found himself locked in throughout the mile while crying out for racing room in the stretch in a Meadowlands Open. Driver Mark MacDonald made sure that wouldn't happen this time, putting his gelding in the game early. But Obrigado had to work hard early on, parked out by DW's NY Yank, the 9-5 favorite, and the two raced in tandem past the quarter in :26.3. Shortly after the trotters turned into the backstretch, Obrigado cleared the lead and it was a lead he would not relinquish. MacDonald effectively backed his trotter down to a :55.3 half-mile before reaching three-quarters in 1:25.1. In the stretch, Obrigado simply out-sprinted the field, kicking home in :26.2 to complete the triumph. Flanagan Memory rallied to finish second with Melady's Monet overcoming traffic trouble in the stretch to finish third. Obrigado is co-owned by his trainer Paul Kelley, Linwood Higgins, William Weaver III and Stable 45. The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono hosted 11 Grand Circuit races on Saturday, all eliminations for this week's Sun Stakes Saturday card. Grabbing the headlines were the 3-year-old male pacers in the Max Hempt eliminations as Artspeak, Wiggle It Jiggleit and Wakizashi Hanover each posted victories. Artspeak set an evenly-rated pace, looked to be threatened at head-stretch, but responded gamely late to withstand Pocono Pike challenger In The Arsenal for a 1:50 triumph. The son of Western Ideal showed his class to dig down and preserve a head margin at the wire, with Pierce Hanover only another three-quarters of a length behind and also advancing. Artspeak is trained by Tony Alagna for owners Brittany Farms (also co-breeder), Marvin Katz, Joe Sbrocco and the In The Gym Partners. Wiggle It Jiggleit bounced back nicely after his first career loss, making a move in front of the stands to the front nearing the five-eighths and going on to an in-hand four length victory for driver Montrell Teague in 1:50.1. National Seelster, 67-1, had the good fortune of the Wiggle It Jiggleit cover for a quarter-mile, then the bad luck to be left raw, but he fought home gamely to beat early pacesetter Betting Exchange by a neck for place. The winning altered son of Mr Wiggles is now 12-for-13; Clyde Francis handles the training for George Teague Jr. Inc. North America Cup champion Wakizashi Hanover completed a Hempt elim sweep for the favorites, rallying in the Pocono Pike to catch Lost For Words by 1-1/2 lengths in 1:50.4. A Bettor Hat finished third. The victorious Dragon Again gelding was guided by Tim Tetrick for trainer Joanne Looney-King and the Tri-County Stable. Complete recaps of the weekend races, including the other eight Pocono stakes eliminations, 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 weekend: Drivers: 1. Yannick Gingras - 223; 2. Brian Sears - 218; 3. Tim Tetrick - 213; 4. David Miller - 177; 5. Daniel Dube - 157. Trainers: 1. Ron Burke - 335; 2. Jeff Bamond Jr. - 188; 3. Jimmy Takter - 160; 4. Rene Allard - 146; 5. Nifty Norman - 90. Owners: 1. Bamond Racing - 165.5; 2. Burke Racing - 87.5; 3. Weaver Bruscemi - 79.3; 4. Allard Racing - 46.9; 5. Jeff Snyder - 42.5. Looking ahead: Grand Circuit action will be taking place next weekend at Meadowlands Racetrack, Balmoral Park and Yonkers Raceway. The Meadowlands will host the Graduate Series final for 4-year-old trotters, Reynolds divisions for 3-year-old colt and filly trotters, Meadowlands Pace and Mistletoe Shalee eliminations for 3-year-old colt and filly pacers, respectively, and William Haughton Memorial eliminations for older pacers; Balmoral will card Hanover Stakes for 3-year-old colt and filly pacers; and Yonkers features Lawrence Sheppard eliminations for 2-year-old colt pacers. Paul Ramlow

Freehold, NJ --- Ed Hart grew up near Goshen, N.Y., and as a teenager got his start in harness racing at the town’s racetracks, so it is no surprise he looks forward to returning with horses to Historic Track during the annual Grand Circuit meet. “I always enjoy racing at Goshen,” said Hart, who was born in Warwick, N.Y., and now lives in Middletown. “I usually race at least one horse there every year. It’s a lot of fun. A lot of people show up there and there’s a lot of excitement.” On Friday (July 3), Hart will send out Brickman in the first of two $15,000 New York Excelsior Series “A” divisions for 3-year-old male pacers at Historic Track. There are seven Excelsior events on the day’s card, with post time at 1 p.m. for the first race. The Grand Circuit weekend at Historic Track begins Thursday with New York Fair Stakes. There will be Landmark Stakes on Saturday followed by Hall of Fame Day on Sunday. Brickman was bred locally by Blue Chip Bloodstock Inc., Herbert Burns III and Stephen Demeter. That group along with Scott Lipps continues to own the gelding. Brickman is a son of Art Major out of the mare Regal Wish, and is a full brother to Just Add Vodka, a winner on the New York Sire Stakes circuit. The family also includes Dan Patch Award winners Bettor’s Delight, No Pan Intended, and Roll With Joe. “He’s a nice horse,” Hart said about Brickman, who has one win in 10 career races and a mark of 1:51.3. “He’s just had a few issues, mostly breathing, allergy issues. I think he’ll turn into a real nice race horse. He’s been a little slow in coming, but he seems to be getting better now.” Of course, an appreciation for Goshen and Historic Track is not limited to those who grew up in the area. Joann Perry -- who about seven years ago began splitting her year between her home in Hawkinsville, Ga., (winter) and upstate New York (summer) -- enjoys the atmosphere there as much as anyone. “I love it,” said Perry, who will send out Haydens Little Man in the same Excelsior division as Brickman. “We always enjoy ourselves. It’s a beautiful place and I love the town. It’s gorgeous.” The homebred Haydens Little Man, named after one of Perry’s grandsons, has won two of 19 career races. His father is American Ideal and his mother, Shady Matilda, was a world champion mare who in 2005 finished second in a Landmark Stakes at Historic Track for the Perry family. Haydens Little Man has two second-place finishes and one third in his four most recent starts. “I love the horses,” Perry said. “They end up being more family than they are an animal. We always name horses we’ve bred after family members. Hayden is 9 now, but he was the newest member of our family at the time.” She added about Haydens Little Man, “He’s done well usually on the half-mile tracks around New York, so I hope he’s his normal self.” For more about Historic Track, visit its website here. by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications 

Northeast Ohio's newest premier race, the Cleveland Trotting Classic, will go to post Friday (July 3) at Northfield Park. The Classic carries a $170,000 purse for its inaugural edition and has attracted some of the best veteran trotters in North America. The Grand Circuit race is the featured event of a stakes-laden program. The Friday harness racing card offers total purses of $647,500. Obrigado drew post two and has been named the 2-1 morning-line favorite in the Classic field by Northfield Park Executive Vice President of Racing and Simulcasting, Dave Bianconi. Entering Friday's race off a 1:51.3 lifetime mark in the $50,000 TVG Free for All at the Meadowlands, Canadian Mark MacDonald has been named to drive the 5 year-old Boy Band gelding. Obrigado sports 31wins, including 21 consecutive victories earlier in his career, and has lifetime earnings of $421,164. DW's NY Yank is the 3-1 second choice. He drew post three for powerhouse trainer Ron Burke. The six year-old has five wins this year and 37 career victories. DW's NY Yank is a hard-hitting Open trotter that has garnered career earnings of $855,914 with a 1:51.3 mark at Pocono Downs taken in 2013. Daylon Magician is the richest in the field with $1,849,527 in earnings. The son of Kadabra drew post seven and is 6-1. The seven year-old has five wins this year and 30 lifetime scores, the richest being the $1,020,000 Canadian Trot at Mohawk Racetrack in 2011. Jack Moiseyev is the seven year-old's trainer and driver. Daylon Magician has a 1:51.1 mark at Mohawk Racetrack, trotted in 2013. The 2015 Cleveland Trotting Classic field: Horse   Sire   Driver   Trainer   M/L 1 - Count Me In by Full Count - Aaron Merriman* Ron Burke 9-2 2 - Obrigado by Boy Band - Mark MacDonald Paul Kelley 2-1 3 - DW's NY by Dilbert Hanover -  Yank Chris Page Ron Burke 3-1 4 - Awesome Valley by  - Aaron Merriman* Joseph Hundertpfund Jr. 20-1 5 - Datsyuk by Explosive Matter - Charlie Norris Charlie Norris 15-1 6 - Rompaway Galaxy by Rompaway Wally - Aaron Merriman* Krista Harmon 12-1 7 - Daylon Magician by Kadabra - Jack Moiseyev Jack Moiseyev 6-1 8 - Il Sogno Dream by Cantab Hall - Aaron Merriman* Christopher Beaver 8-1 *Driver selections will be finalized by 9:00 p.m. Tuesday evening. Powerful Undercard This year's Classic program undercard highlights 11 $40,000 Ohio Sires Stakes races featuring the best freshman filly pacers and trotters in the Buckeye State. There will be six divisions of filly pacers and five filly trot stake races going to post. Superfecta wagering has been added to Friday's 11th race, the Classic feature. A $10,000 Guaranteed Pick 4 has also been added and covers races eight through 11. First race post time is 6:00 p.m. In addition to superior racing action, Battle 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 a plethora of FREE fanfare activities. These attractions include a t-shirt toss from the winner's circle by the successful driver of each race, driver meet-and-greets and commemorative poster signings throughout the evening, Harness Racing Bingo offering over $1,000 in cash and prizes, country band Six String Cowboy performing on the apron from 6:00 till 10:00 p.m., and spinning of the Northfield Park Prize Wheel for cash and prizes from 8:00 till 9:30 p.m. Ayers Ratliff

The Cleveland Trotting Classic, Northeast Ohio's newest premier race, is scheduled for its inaugural edition on Friday, July 3. The Grand Circuit race is estimated to carry a purse of $180,000 and has drawn an impressive slate of 22 of the best harness racing veteran trotters in North America that are eligible to the event. Market Share leads all eligibles in earnings with $3,685,796. The six year-old, although winless this year in three starts, has 25 lifetime victories and sports a mark of 1:50.2 at Harrah's Philadelphia. In 2012 Market Share won the $1,500,000 Hambletonian at the Meadowlands, the $1,030,000 Canadian Trot at Mohawk Racetrack, the $235,000 American National at Balmoral Park and the $108,000 Galt at Maywood Park. In 2013 Market Share won the $526,710 Maple Leaf Trot at Mohawk Racetrack, the $600,000 Breeders Crown at Pocono Downs, the $200,000 American National at Balmoral Park and the $500,000 TVG Free for All at the Meadowlands. Last year Market Share was successful in the $250,000 Maxie Lee at Harrah's Philadelphia and the $162,000 Dayton Trotting Derby at Hollywood Dayton Raceway. Daylon Magician is the other millionaire of the bunch with $1,847,324 to his credit and a lifetime mark of 1:51.1 at Mohawk Racetrack. The seven year-old has 30 lifetime wins, the richest being the $1,020,000 Canadian Trot at Mohawk Racetrack in 2011. The trotter already has five wins this year and has not been worse than third in his seven starts so far in 2015. DW's NY Yank just won a $26,000 Open Handicap at the Meadowlands. That triumph increased his seasonal win tally to five and lifetime victories to 37. The six year-old hard-hitting Open trotter has garnered career earnings of $853,414 and sports a 1:51.3 mark at Pocono Downs taken in 2013. Il Sogno Dream, in rein to Northfield Park's runner-up leading driver, Aaron Merriman, scored in his last outing in a $25,000 Open Trot at Scioto Downs. He has won two of four starts this year. The four year-old has earned $488,101 with 10 lifetime victories and a 1:52.2 mark at Scioto Downs in May of this year. Natural Herbie also posted a win in his most recent race, a $15,000 conditioned event at Hoosier Park. The five year-old has 25 lifetime wins including the $200,000 Indiana Sire Stake final in 2012 and 2013 and the $250,000 International Trot at Yonkers Raceway in 2014. Natural Herbie has $770,991 in career earnings and a mark of 1:51.4 at the Meadowlands. Friday's Cleveland Trotting Classic will be well-supported with an undercard featuring multiple $40,000 divisions of Ohio Sires Stakes for freshman filly pacers and trotters. Numerous fan-friendly attractions are on tap, including a t-shirt toss from the winner's circle by the successful driver of each race, driver meet-and-greets and commemorative poster signings throughout the evening, Harness Racing Bingo offering over $1,000 in cash and prizes, country band Six String Cowboy performing on the apron from 6:00 till 10:00 p.m., and spinning of the Northfield Park Prize Wheel for cash and prizes from 8:00 till 9:30 p.m. Lady Luck's Clubhouse Restaurant will be offering a $19.95 picnic-themed buffet special. Reservations are preferred and can be made by calling 330-467-4101. First race post time for the inaugural Cleveland Trotting Classic card is 6:00 p.m. Parking and Admission are always FREE at Northfield Park. Ayers Ratliff

Harness Racing This Week: TVG Free For All Trot, 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 26) with a $50,000 leg of the TVG Free For All Championship Series for older trotters. A field of six will go to the post in race 6. The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono will host four sets of stakes eliminations on Saturday (June 27). There will be three eliminations in the Earl Beal Jr. Memorial for 3-year-old colt trotters, the Max C. Hempt Memorial for 3-year-old colt pacers and the James M. Lynch Memorial for 3-year-old filly pacers. The Ben Franklin for older pacers will be raced in a pair of eliminations. 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 $810,000 Pepsi North America Cup for 3-year-old male pacers at Mohawk Racetrack. Wakizashi Hanover, driven by Tim Tetrick, sat a perfect two-hole trip behind the pacesetting heavy favorite and previously unbeaten Wiggle It Jiggleit, before charging by the leader in deep stretch to capture the North America Cup, this past Saturday at Mohawk Racetrack, in 1:48. Wakizashi Hanover, purchased for only $23,000 at the Standardbred Horse Sale in 2013, is owned by a group of Nova Scotians, based in Truro, and trained by Joann Looney-King. The Cup was his fifth and biggest win in six starts this year, after taking two of six last year. As expected, Wiggle It Jiggleit, driven by 24-year-old Montrell Teague for his father, owner George Teague, went immediately to the front, putting down fractions of :25.1 (equaling the fastest Cup first quarter), :53.3 for the half and 1:21 for three-quarters. But right on his tail throughout was Wakizashi Hanover, who was then angled out in mid-stretch and wore down the leader for the mild surprise by three-quarters of a length. Betting Exchange came on for third, three lengths behind the winner, while In The Arsenal, another elim winner from last week, was fourth. Bee A Magician, the 2013 Horse of the Year, made her rivals disappear down the stretch, scoring an effortless 4-3/4 length victory over longshot Charmed Life in the $220,320 Armbro Flight final for filly and mare trotters, part of a star-studded stakes undercard on Pepsi North America Cup night. Bee A Magician and driver Brian Sears, sent postward the overwhelming 1-5 choice, popped out from fourth and took over from Classic Martine after the half was reached in :56.4. From there, after opening six lengths while getting to the three-quarters in 1:24.2, it was just a question of how far the 5-year-old mare would win by, as she clipped a fifth of a second off the stakes record set by Buck I St Pat in 2010, completing the mile in 1:51.4. Classic Martine held on for third with Shake It Cerry fourth. Bee A Magician was winning her 37th race in 54 starts and has now earned almost $3.2 million for trainer Nifty Norman and owners Melvin Hartman, Herb Liverman and David McDuffee. Complete recaps of the weekend 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 weekend: Drivers: 1t. Yannick Gingras - 208; 1t. Brian Sears - 208; 3. Tim Tetrick - 195; 4. Daniel Dube - 157; 5. David Miller - 145. Trainers: 1. Ron Burke - 323; 2. Jeff Bamond Jr. - 188; 3t. Rene Allard - 145; 3t. Jimmy Takter - 145; 5. Nifty Norman - 90. Owners: 1. Bamond Racing - 165.5; 2. Burke Racing - 85.75; 3. Weaver Bruscemi - 77.55; 4. Allard Racing - 46.6; 5. Jeff Snyder - 42.5. Looking ahead: Next weekend Grand Circuit action will be taking place at six 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 Trot Classic for older trotters; Meadowlands Racetrack will card the final of the Graduate for 4-year-old pacers; Mohawk will host a leg of the Miss Versatility for older trotting mares; Balmoral Park will offer Hanover 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

Harness Racing This Week: North America Cup, Fan Hanover, Roses Are Red, Goodtimes and Armbro Flight finals, Mohawk Racetrack, Campbellville, Ontario; and The Graduate Series third leg, Meadowlands Racetrack, East Rutherford, N.J. 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 20) led by the C$1 million Pepsi North America Cup for 3-year-old colt pacers. Also on the card will be the C$479,000 Fan Hanover for 3-year-old filly pacers, the C$350,000 Roses Are Red for older mare pacers, the C$272,000 Armbro Flight for older mare trotters and the C$233,000 Goodtimes for 3-year-old colt trotters. Friday night (June 19) will see Meadowlands Racetrack host the $100,000 third leg of the Graduate Series for 4-year-old trotters and pacers. Two-time Dan Patch Award winner Father Patrick leads a full field of 10 in the trot, while 12 horses will race in the pace, slated for the added distance of 1-1/8 miles. Complete entries for the Mohawk races can be found by clicking on this link. Meadowlands entries can be found by clicking on this link. Last time: Last weekend's Grand Circuit action was highlighted by the $175,000 Battle of Lake Erie at Northfield Park. Harness racing's longest shining star, Foiled Again, became the first three-time champion of the Battle of Lake Erie when he crossed the wire a winner on Friday (June 12). Approaching the start the 11-year-old was already the richest Standardbred of all-time and became the first horse to earn in excess of $7 million with his triumph. Foiled Again (Dragon Again-In A Safe Place) is owned by the partnership of Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and JJK Stables. He is trained by Ron Burke, who called upon Matt Kakaley to drive. Foiled Again started from post five and sat fourth through the :26 opening quarter. Kakaley pulled Foiled Again in the second panel and he remained first-over through times of :53.4 and 1:21.3. Foiled Again took advantage of his chance when Luck Be Withyou, who had led throughout, went offstride entering the final turn. Foiled Again inherited the lead and fought off his competition in the stretch to win by a neck over stablemate Clear Vision, stopping the timer at 1:50.3. The win pushes Foiled Again's earnings to $7,012,531. Five sets of eliminations for this weekend's Mohawk stakes finals were also part of last week's Grand Circuit action. Leading the way were the finest 3-year-old pacing colts on the continent facing off in three Pepsi North America Cup eliminations. Wiggle It Jiggleit, In The Arsenal and Wakizashi Hanover all turned in victories heading into this weekend's C$1 million final. The first Cup elimination saw the undefeated Wiggle It Jiggleit, as expected, prevail with yet another dominant performance. Sent postward the overwhelming public choice in the field of eight, the son of Mr Wiggles kept his unblemished record intact, now a perfect 11-for-11, 10 starts of which have come this year already in a very busy campaign. Wiggle It Jiggleit, with driver Montrell Teague, the son of the horse's owner George Teague Jr., busted out from the start, getting the first quarter in :26.2, then slowing to a crawl while still in front, reaching the half in a pedestrian :56.3. From there, it was all over, as the pacesetter turned back a brief challenge from Arque Hanover, getting to three-quarters in 1:23.3, before coasting home by six lengths in 1:49.2. Arque Hanover hung on for second, with Yankee Bounty third and Hurrikane Ali, who had chased the leader early, dropping to fourth. Following the impressive first elim win by Wiggle It Jiggleit, it was heavily-favored In The Arsenal's turn to show his firepower. And he did, but just barely. With Brian Sears at the controls, In The Arsenal tracked from fourth for most of the mile, as Go Daddy Go took the field through a quarter in :26.3, the half in 54.4 and three-quarters in 1:22.3. The son of American Ideal had powered up to challenge the leader off the far turn, struck the front in early stretch, then had enough left to hold off a raft of pursuers, including Penji Hanover, who finished second, a half-length behind, with Good Friday Three third and Revenge Shark fourth, in 1:49.4. With the win, In The Arsenal remained unbeaten in four starts this year, including the rich Rooney final at Yonkers. He has taken 10 of 15 overall for trainer Kelvin Harrison. Wakizashi Hanover and driver Tim Tetrick pulled off an upset in the third and final Pepsi North America Cup elimination, roaring from well back and rolling to a 1-3/4 length win over the 1-5 choice Artspeak. A winner in three of his four outings this year prior to the elimination, the son of Dragon Again got the job done in a career best 1:49.2. Trained by Joann Looney King, Wakizashi Hanover was sixth and widest turning for home before turning on the jets and powering past the leaders. While no match for the winner, Artspeak, last year's 2-year-old pacing colt champion in both Canada and the United States, came on for second, as pacesetter Betting Exchange hung on for third. Split The House wound up fourth. Complete recaps of the weekend 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 weekend: Drivers: 1. Yannick Gingras - 203; 2. Brian Sears - 188; 3. Tim Tetrick - 165; 4. Daniel Dube - 157; 5. David Miller - 135. Trainers: 1. Ron Burke - 321; 2. Jeff Bamond Jr. - 188; 3. Rene Allard - 135; 4. Jimmy Takter - 130; 5. Nifty Norman - 70. Owners: 1. Bamond Racing - 165.5; 2. Burke Racing - 85.25; 3. Weaver Bruscemi - 77.05; 4. Allard Racing - 43.3; 5. Jeff Snyder - 40. Looking ahead: Next weekend will see Grand Circuit action taking place at Meadowlands Racetrack and Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. The Meadowlands will host a leg of the TVG Free For All series for older trotters on Friday (June 26), 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 27). Paul Ramlow Grand Circuit Publicity Director

This Week's harness racing: Battle of Lake Erie, Northfield Park, Northfield, Ohio; and Armbro Flight, Goodtimes, North America Cup, Fan Hanover and Roses Are Red eliminations, Mohawk Racetrack, Campbellville, Ontario. Schedule of events: Grand Circuit action this week begins on Friday (June 12) at Northfield Park with the $175,000 Battle Of Lake Erie for older pacing horses. Mohawk Racetrack will also host Grand Circuit racing on Friday 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 13) card at Mohawk features a trio of C$50,000 eliminations for the North America Cup for 3-year-old pacing colts and two C$35,000 eliminations in the Roses Are Red for pacing mares and the Fan Hanover for 3-year-old pacing fillies. Complete entries for the Northfield Park race can be found by clicking on this link. Mohawk entries can be found by clicking on this link. Last time: Last weekend's Grand Circuit action was highlighted by the $200,000 Charlie Hill Memorial for older trotters at Scioto Downs. Bee A Magician, driven by Brian Sears, dug deep to win the Hill Memorial in 1:53.3 on Saturday night (June 6). Sent off as the favorite at odds of 1-5, the 5-year-old Kadabra mare and Sears floated out from post four as DW's NY Yank left from post five and Il Sogno Dream took the lead from post two. Bee A Magician, the lone mare in the race, ranged first-over and took the lead past the first quarter. The mare had an easy second quarter in :29.2 before Natural Herbie came first-over. Near the three-quarters, Lindy's Tru Grit moved three-wide, but Bee A Magician found another gear and opened up in the stretch. DW's NY Yank was closing at the wire, but could only get within a half-length of the victor. Il Sogno Dream was third with Obrigado fourth. Bee A Magician is trained by Richard "Nifty" Norman for co-owners Mel Hartman, Herb Liverman and David McDuffee. The daughter of Kadabra now has four wins in five starts this year, with her lone loss coming to Father Patrick in the Maxie Lee Memorial at Harrah's Philadelphia. The victory vaulted Bee A Magician over the $3 million mark in career earnings. Suit And Tie was dressed for success in Saturday's Currier & Ives open division at The Meadows, promenading through the Lightning Lane to earn a narrow victory in the $119,565 stake for 3-year-old trotters. Suit And Tie had won only two of his previous 21 starts and was somewhat overshadowed by his stablemate, Boots N Chains, who also started in the Currier & Ives. Boots N Chains had to work hard for the lead, securing it at the three-eighths, and was pressured by the first-over Chef Lee. That set the stage for Suit And Tie's rally, as he poured through for Aaron Merriman and scored in a career-best 1:54.1. Shoot The Thrill, who was pushed four wide through the final turn, trotted wide gamely, but came up a nose short while Boots N Chains saved show. John Butenschoen trains Suit And Tie a daughter of Andover Hall for William Wiswell and M And L of Delaware. Complete recaps of the weekend 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 Farms is the sponsor for the 2015 Grand Circuit awards. Here are the leaders following the past weekend: Drivers: 1. Brian Sears - 168; 2. Yannick Gingras - 163: 3. Daniel Dube - 157; 4. Tim Tetrick - 132; 5. David Miller - 126. Trainers: 1. Ron Burke - 279; 2. Jeff Bamond Jr. - 186; 3. Rene Allard - 130; 4. Jimmy Takter - 95; 5. Nifty Norman - 60. Owners: 1. Bamond Racing - 164.5; 2. Burke Racing - 73.55; 3. Weaver Bruscemi - 65.35; 4. Allard Racing - 41.6; 5. Jeff Snyder - 40. Looking ahead: Grand Circuit action will take place at Mohawk and the Meadowlands next weekend. Mohawk will host its five stakes finals, led by the C$1 million North America Cup, on Saturday night (June 20), while the Meadowlands will card the third leg of The Graduate Series for 4-year-old open pacers and trotters on Friday (June 19). Paul Ramlow Grand Circuit Publicity Director

Goshen Historic Track, where it all started and where it still is today, is gearing up for it 178th season of exciting harness racing and 2015 will mark the 105th year of Grand Circuit Racing at “the Cradle of the Trotter”. This year will also be the 54th consecutive season of matinee racing over the famed double oval at Historic Track. Matinee racing commences Sunday, June 7th with the first of three matinee programs and matinee racing will continue on the consecutive Sundays of June 14 and June 21.. Post times for all three matinee race cards will be at 1p.m.. Grand Circuit Racing begins on Thursday, July 2nd and will feature New York Sire Stakes County Fair Races followed on Friday, July 3rd with the New York State Excelsior Series for pacers.  Then on Saturday, July 4th the Landmark Stakes for 2 and 3 year olds along with the C.K.G. Billings Amateur Trots and the Catskill Amateur Drivers Club Paces will be presented. Featured  Sunday, July 5th are sophomore trotters in the New York State Excelsior Series along with a race under saddle for horses and riders that have qualified during any one of the three June matinee programs. Also slated on the card that afternoon is the annual Hall Of Fame Trot with various members of Harness Racing’s Hall of Fame at the controls which has always been a fan favorite.  And after the race the Hall of Famer's will be available for photos and autographs.  Post times for Grand Circuit action will also be at 1pm. Then that evening the annual Hall of Fame Banquet will again be held under the tent on the lawn of the Harness Racing Museum. Once again, Historic Track will sponsor a golf outing, this year on Monday, June 29, at the Golf Club at Mansion Ridge on 1292 Orange Turnpike in nearby Monroe, NY. For further information on the golf outing or to sign-up please call the Historic Track office at 845-294-5333. John Manzi

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