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Millstone, Twp., NJ - The 4th annual Hambletonian Post Position Draw & Charity Casino Night will be held on Monday, August 3rd, at The New Meadowlands Racetrack in East Rutherford, NJ, following the Hambletonian Post Position Draw. All proceeds will benefit the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame and the Standardbred Retirement Foundation. Dinner and an open bar begin at 4:00 pm in the Lounge on the Grandstand Level. Tickets for this exciting event are now on sale. Dinner and casino tickets are $50 per person and include dinner, dessert, entertainment, open bar, and $25 in casino chips. Additional casino chips may also be purchased throughout the night for games such as craps, roulette, blackjack, and poker. A poker tournament is being held separately at the same event venue and has a buy-in of $100 per person (does not include dinner and casino ticket). The winner/chip leader will receive a three-night, four-day trip for two to Las Vegas, including round-trip airfare, first-class hotel accommodations, round-trip hotel transfers, and show tickets. The poker tournament begins at 5:30pm sharp. Registration opens at 4:00 pm. Walk-ins are permitted; however, space will be limited. Prizes and an auction include 2 Suite Tickets and VIP Parking for Kenny Chesney & Jason Aldean Aug 15; an Apple Watch; a FitBitCharge; Dinner for 4 at Pink's with Valet parking; $3000.00 Bradford Portraits Gift Certificate; $5000.00 Bradford Portraits Gift Certificate; Brett Gardner Yankees Signed Baseball; Mark Texiera Yankees Signed Baseball; Masahira Tanaka Yankees Signed Baseball; $100.00 G/C to Black Stallion Restaurant in Vernon, NY and more. To purchase dinner or tournament tickets, contact: John Mayo at  or Kate Kingsbury at Sponsorship packages, which include dinner tickets and casino chips, are also available. Standardbred Retirement Foundation | 353 Sweetmans Lane, Suite 101 | Millstone Twp. | NJ | 08535

When the entry box closed at 9:00 am today for the bevy of  harness racing stakes this coming weekend as the 2015 Meadowlands Championship Meet concludes, some required elimination races while others did not.   All of these stakes have their finals scheduled for Hambletonian Day, August 8.   The $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks drew sixteen three-year-old filly trotters which split precisely into a pair of eight filly $35,000 elims carded races six and seven on Saturday, August 1.   Freshman trotters will compete in $20,000 elimination races on Friday, July 31.   The Peter Haughton Memorial (final purse 349,850) attracted nineteen colts who will vie for a final berth in races five and nine.   Freshman fillies entered for the newly christened Jim Doherty Memorial (final $389,450) numbered twenty six and will sort themselves out in races two, four and eight.   The stakes for older horses required no elimination races and although many of those entered will compete in Open classes offered in lieu, all will go directly to the Finals of their respective events.   The $301,500 John Cashman Memorial attracted an even dozen older trotters.   Those twelve will race at the route distance of a mile and an eighth in the August 8 final.   The horses entered for the Cashman are:   DW'S NY YANK Y. Gingras R. Burke FLANAGAN MEMORY T. Tetrick R. Dion GURAL HANOVER Y. Gingras R. Burke INTIMIDATE S. Zeron L. Blais LINDY'S TRU GRIT A. Miller J. Miller MAGIC TONIGHT O. Kihlstrom R. Walmann MARKET SHARE T. Tetrick L. Toscano MASTER OF LAW B. Miller J. Takter MELADY'S MONET J. Campbell K. Mc Dermott NATURAL HERBIE V. Yoder V. Yoder OBRIGADO M. MacDonald P. Kelley WIND OF THE NORTH D. Miller D. Bier     The Lady Liberty for pacing mares had eleven entered and they will also compete at the extended distance in the $251,250 final. The mares entered are:   ACT NOW J. Hanney N. Drennan ANNDROVETTE T. Tetrick J. Bamond Jr. BEACH STORY C. Callahan K. Harrison COLOR'S A VIRGIN D. Miller T. OSullivan EMPRESS DEO S. Zeron M. Givens FANCY DESIRE M. MacDonald D. Renaud ROCKLAMATION Y. Gingras R. Burke SANDBETWEENURTOES D. Miller L. Remmen SAYITALL BB Y. Gingras R. Burke TABLE TALK A. Miller W. Dalious VENUS DELIGHT J. Bartlett J. Bamond Jr.   Finally, nine older horse pacers will square off in the $215,400 United States Pacing Championship at one mile. They are:   BETTOR'S EDGE M. Kakaley R. Burke DANCIN YANKEE J. Morrill Jr G. Green DOO WOP HANOVER J. Campbell S. Elliott FOILED AGAIN Y. Gingras R. Burke JK ENDOFANERA B. Miller J. Takter MACH IT SO T. Tetrick J. Bamond Jr. SOMEWHERE IN LA C. Callahan J. Takter STATE TREASURER D. Miller I. Moore WAKE UP PETER B. Miller L. Remmen   The entries for this weekend will be available on The Meadowlands website.  

When the harness racing fields are drawn Monday morning for Hambletonian Day, Mission Brief's name won't be among the entries for the Hambletonian Oaks. On Sunday night, trainer Ron Burke confirmed to The Meadowlands Racetrack that his star three year old filly will take on the boys in the 90th Hambletonian on Saturday, August 8th. "We're going," said Burke. "The plan has always been to go as long as she was good and today at Vernon she was as good as she has been. She had to be super and she was." The Hambletonian is raced in heat format, which means if at least 14 horses enter, the winner of the Hambletonian would have to race twice in the same day. But Burke said that was not a concern. "I'm really not worried about that. She is just so athletic, I really don't think it will be a problem." If there are 13 horses or less entered in The Hambletonian, it will be raced as one dash for the cash. As for the reason why Burke and his ownership chose The Hambletonian over the Oaks, it came down to a simple notion. "If we win this race, it will change our lives and it makes her career." "I know the Oaks is $500,000 and she would be odds-on to win that race, but it wouldn't change our lives." "Winning The Hambletonian changes lives." The sportsmanship of Ron Burke and the ownership of Mission Brief was on display with this decision as well. "It will be great for the sport." "To have a filly like this trying to beat all of Takter's horses." "This will be a great story." "I think we have the filly to do it." "If I am wrong, I'm wrong and I have been wrong and criticized before, but I really think she can do it." There is one question that remains, who will Yannick Gingras drive? Gingras pilots both Mission Brief and the best three year old colt in the country, Pinkman. As of now, Ron Burke says that Gingras has not committed to either horse. "If they both race huge in the eliminations (assuming they are in separate eliminations), he might not be able to decide until after the first heat." That storyline is one that may go down in the annals of harness racing history. A decision of a lifetime some might say. Gingras may literally have to choose between two dynamic trotters in the sport's biggest race in the hour leading up to the race. Gingras has done it all in the sport, but still seeks his first Hambletonian, adding to the pressure of this decision. Gingras was quoted in an interview after winning the Zweig stating he "hoped Mission Brief went in the Oaks." But, given that he also drives Pinkman, it is certainly understandable why Gingras shared that sentiment. Gingras was reached Sunday night and confirmed a decision on his part has not been made as of yet. The last filly to win The Hambletonian was Continental Victory in 1996. Mission Brief looks to add her name to the list of fillies that have accomplished this most herculean fete. The Hambletonian will headline what may prove be one of the greatest days in harness racing history that will also include Wiggle It Jiggleit in the first jewel of the Pacing Triple Crown, The Cane Pace. Hambletonian Day is Saturday, August 8th at The Meadowlands. Post time is 12:00 P.M The Hambletonian Final will be race 13 on a 15-race program with a post time of 5:15 P.M. Darin Zoccali

Vernon NY - The Grand Circuit comes to upstate New York bringing harness racing's finest three-year-old colt and filly trotters to ply their trade in the $630,000 Dr. Harry M. Zweig Memorial on the Sunday, July 26 matinee card at Vernon Downs. This year's race serves as an important prep for the 2015 Hambletonian, a fortnight hence.   Hall of Fame horseman Jimmy Takter has entered four Hambo hopefuls from his armada of sophomore square-gaited stalwarts in the 41st edition of the Zweig. Pinkman, Canepa Hanover, Uncle Lasse and Whom Shall I Fear comprise the Takter presence and will race as an imposing coupled entry in the $370,000 Main Event (race nine) for colts.   Last year's top freshman trotter Pinkman (Yannick Gingras) eclipsed the $1 million mark in career earnings while winning a division of the Stanley Dancer Memorial for owners Christina Takter, John & Jim Fielding, Joyce McClelland and Herb Liverman last week at The Meadowlands. He took the $500,000 Beal final in World Record time and is but a half-length from perfection in six tries this season.   Canepa Hanover (Takter) has flashed brilliance, specifically a pair of sub-1:52 wins this spring, but broke in the Goodtimes final and had missed a month before his well-meant third to Pinkman in the Dancer. He is the whole package, looks combined with the big pedigree and is diligently working off the $300,000 yearling sale promise made to owners Brittany Farms, Marvin Katz, Al Libfeld, Brixton Medical and Christina Takter.   Uncle Lasse's (Brett Miller) season would be unblemished, had he not suffered a head defeat at the hands of Pinkman in that Beal final. He's talented, consistent, fresh and ready for his push at the title for Solveig's Racing Partners and Goran Falk.   Whom Shall I Fear (John Campbell) cost the most, $475,000, and has accomplished the least to this point. He remains a work in progress for his eponymous ownership group.   The $76,000 consolation race for colts goes as the third with a couple of talented, well connected  colts using it as their final exam before the August 8 Hambletonian.   Muscle Diamond (Campbell) was second to the aforementioned Pinkman in last year's Breeders Crown final and was considered to have a legitimate shot at the sophomore title by many winter book enthusiasts. Horse racing however, is fraught with peril and trainer Brett Bittle has been forced to react to a series of nagging issues with his star colt. With but a single start and a handful of qualifiers on Muscle Diamond's sophomore résumé, time is dangerously close to running out on this year's Hambo dreams for his owners, the Kellers and the Bittles.   Iron (Tim Tetrick) holds the hopes of another family steeped in Hambletonian tradition and this season has run the gamut of emotion for trainer Frank Antonacci. Handled carefully at two, Iron has shown the speed you need to win the classics but thus far not the grit. He needs a confidence builder, as do the connections, KR Breeding, Robert Rudolph and Frank Baldassare.   The $185,000 Zweig Filly trot will continue the saga of the enigmatic Mission Brief (Gingras). Her well documented transition from freshman to sophomore took a welcome positive turn in last week's Del Miller Memorial where she showed marked improvement in a narrow 1:52 defeat. Sunday's race will help her connections to make the difficult choice of Hambo or Oaks for their enigmatic prodigy. Part of a three-pronged Ron Burke entry, Mission Brief races for the interests of her trainer as Burke Racing along with Our Horse Cents, J&T Silva and Weaver Bruscemi.   The Harry M. Zweig Memorial honors the late Dr. Harry Zweig, a distinguished veterinarian, and his numerous contributions to the state’s equine industry. In 1979, by amendment to the pari-mutuel racing and wagering law, the New York State legislature created the Harry M. Zweig Memorial Fund for Equine Research to promote equine research at the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine. The Harry M. Zweig Committee was established for the purpose of administering the fund and is composed of individuals in specified state agencies and equine industry positions and others who represent equine breeders, owners, trainers, and veterinarians.   Also on the bill are the ever-popular Budweiser Clydesdales, available throughout the afternoon and slated to perform after the fifth race. Racing Under Saddle is on the program as well, they're off between races three and four.   Post time is 1:15 pm at the Downs on Sunday.   Vernon Downs Media Relations Department

Pinkman and Mission Brief, last season's divisional champions, headline the 3-year-old trotting stakes at the harness racing meeting Saturday night at Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment. With the $1 million Hambletonian on Aug. 8 looming large on everyone's calendar, the two divisions of the Stanley Dancer and the $187,000 Delvin Miller for fillies offer the final chances for meaningful tune-ups over the track. The Dancer and the Miller are among the supporting events on the 14-race card topped by the $706,000 Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace. First post is 7:15 p.m. Pinkman, 4 for 5 this season for trainer Jimmy Takter and current Hambletonian favorite, tops the first $157,225 Dancer division. That lone loss was a half-length defeat in the Beal eliminations at Pocono Downs. "He was justly slightly anemic for the race," Takter said. "His red blood count was a little bit low. We had to change his vitamin program, and we got him back in good order." Pinkman was in good health for the $500,000 Beal final, winning in 1:51 3/5, a world record for a 3-year-old trotting gelding on a five-eighths mile track. "He came out of that race fantastic," Takter said. "He's feeling great. He's always a contender. He's probably the most consistent of my 3-year-olds." This will be Pinkman's return to the Big M after five starts this season on smaller tracks in Pennsylvania. "I think that's going to help him," Takter said of the mile oval. "I don't think it's any disadvantage for him at all." Pinkman has post 2, one slot inside of Takter's Capena Hanover who had a night to forget in the Goodtimes final at Mohawk Raceway last month. The colt headed into the race on a roll, having won the New Jersey Sires Stakes final at The Meadowlands by 3 1/2 lengths and a Goodtimes elimination in an 11 1/2 length romp. It blew up when the 1-5 favorite made a break just as Yannick Gingras steered him to lead down the backside. "I'm really not sure what happened," Takter said. "He's not an easy horse. When he's on his right day, he's as fast as anything. He's probably the fastest of my group, but he's a little bit tricky." Capena Hanover hasn't raced since the Goodtimes final on June 20, so Takter is using this race to sharpen the colt. "I trained him in 1:55 on my farm two weeks ago," he said. "I don't expect him to be up to Pinkman's condition right now but my goal, of course, is to have him as good as I can for the Hambletonian. Takter has trained three Hambletonian winners, including Trixton last year. The main threat to the Takter duo in the first Dancer division is Habitat, trained by Ron Burke. "He's a very nice horse," Burke said. "He's made the quietest almost $800,000 of any horse I've ever had. I just don't know if he can trot fast enough to beat the very best colts. I don't know if he can trot in 1:51 on the mile tracks, because that's what it takes." Muscle Diamond, Billy Flynn and Cruzado Dela Noche complete the field. Takter has three more Hambletonian prospects in the second $159,725 Dancer division: French Laundry, The Bank and Whom Shall I Fear. After Capena Hanover's miscue in the Goodtimes final, Takter was still sitting pretty as French Laundry made a bold move for the lead turning for home. And then he jumped off stride. "The track was a little funny that night," Takter said. "I don't think he got a 100 percent hold of that track. He lost his footing but until then, he was, for sure, the winner." "He's a top horse. He's very game and he rarely puts in a bad performance." Even after two breakers, Takter was still in the Goodtimes hunt as long shot The Bank came rolling late to get second money. The Bank returned to action last week at The Meadowlands, losing by only by a length after cutting the fractions against older rivals. "He's ready for a good mile," Takter said. "He may be a notch below the other horses we've mentioned, but he's not a bad horse. He could be a sleeper in this spot." Burke sends out Crazy Now, a nice closing third in the Beal final. "I have all the confidence in the world in him," Burke said. "I really expect a big mile from him Saturday. He was very good at Pocono and we didn't get the trip we wanted. He was full of trot at the finish and I look to be ultra-aggressive Saturday." Centurion ATM, Donatomite and Iron complete the lineup in the second Dancer division. Turning to the fillies in the Miller, the discussion starts with Mission Brief. She has won 11 of 15, including the Merrie Annabelle and the Breeders Crown here last year. She has raced only twice this season, taking a leg and the final of the New Jersey Sires Stakes on May 30 Mission Brief has qualified twice since then, making a break in the first effort while on a huge lead. Burke equipped her with trotting hobbles for the second qualifier on July 3, and she responded with a safe mile. She will retain the hobbles for the Dancer. "She trained very well this week," Burke said. "I'm not sure she's perfect yet. We don't think the hobbles are a big difference. We're trying to give her a little bit of confidence. Gait-wise, she's fine. She's had a little bit of a back issue and I'm trying to get her over it. I think I'm getting there." After her stellar freshman season, speculation swirled that Mission Brief would take on the boys in the Hambletonian instead of facing fillies in the $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks. Burke himself helped fuel the Hambo fever. Now he has backed off just a tad. "I've said all along: It's Hambletonian or bust," Burke said. "We're wavering a little bit. I've got to get her sound, otherwise it would be stupid to go there." "But you only have so many chances to win the Hambo, unless you're Takter, and you hate to pass it up." Saturday will go a long way to making that decision. Takter sends out Wild Honey in the Dancer, hoping for the best against the Dan Patch winner. "If Mission Brief is herself, she's in a class all of her own," Takter said "Wild Honey comes in off a great qualifier. She's a good filly in a good spot." Bee The Queen, Livinthefastlane, Spirit To Win, Magic Marker, Lady Winona and Lock Down Lindy complete the Miller field Darin Zoccali

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (July 15, 2015) - Before attention turns to Saturday's Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace card, harness racing fans would be wise to focus on Friday night's all-star showdown between 2013 Horse of the Year Bee A Magician and 2012 Hambletonian champion Market Share. The pair faces off in the $26,000 Open Trot that shares the spotlight with four $100,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes Finals on Friday's thirteen-race card at The Meadowlands. Bee A Magician has been better than ever this year. The five-year-old mare is six for seven in 2015 including a dominant win over the boys in the Cutler Memorial at the Meadowlands in May. She has not raced since a four-length win in the Armbro Flight at Mohawk on June 20. She tuned up for her return with 1:52.4 win in a qualifier over Market Share and Mr. Picolit last Saturday. "I am actually a little surprised at how well she has raced this season so far, especially against the males," said the mare's trainer Nifty Norman. "She likes to stay close to home and enjoys getting turned out, especially in this hot weather. We have backed off her work load and don't train her as hard as we used to. She's put on some weight and is ready to get back to work." As dominant as Bee A Magician has been, Market Share is just getting tuned up for a run at the second half of the season. The career earner of $3.68 million has made just three starts this year and none since the May 24 Maxie Lee at Harrah's Philadelphia. "He was a little sick in the Maxie Lee and his blood just wasn't where we wanted," explained Linda Toscano, who became the first female trainer to win the Hambletonian with Market Share in 2012. "The back end of the season is really where the biggest races are for the older trotters so I decided to just back off on him, get him healthy, and point for the later part of the year." Toscano said Market Share's schedule includes all of the major events for the aged trotters starting with the John Cashman Memorial on Hambletonian Day and the Crawford Farms Trot at Vernon Downs on August 21. Despite the recent injury to Sebastian K, Toscano is expecting Market Share to have his hands full facing a deep and competitive division of aged trotters. "JL Cruze has been amazing and I truly believe that if Bee A Magician had gone to Europe, she would've won the Elitlopp this year," said Toscano. "It seems like racing older horses is catching on which is good for the sport and good for our industry, but that means the fields are getting tougher for us." Friday's field also includes another millionaire mare, Classic Martine, and European import Mr. Picolit, who makes his second Meadowlands start for Ake Svanstedt. There is a carryover of $197,368 in the final race Jackpot Super High Five. Handicappers also have another opportunity to tackle the newest bet at the Meadowlands. Race five offers a 20-cent Super High 5 wager with an industry low eight-percent takeout. Post time is 7:15 p.m. Justin Horowitz Media Relations Manager Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment      

The biggest day on the harness racing calendar every year in North America is Hambletonian Day at The Meadowlands. With just eight weeks to go until the big day, the contenders are all stepping out and as has become the norm, Jimmy Takter trainees are at the forefront of many of the discussions concerning potential winners. Jimmy Takter needs no introduction to harness racing fans with a record of success with the straight out trotter that is second to none. A Hall Of Fame inductee in 2012 and a four time trainer of the year, Jimmy has already won three Hambletonians and last year was very special when he drove the winner of the Hambletonian and trained the winner of the Hambletonian Oaks. With over $13,000,000 in seasonal earnings in 2014, Jimmy shows no sign of slowing up and has several leading candidates for this years edition of the Hambletonian. They are headed by last seasons two year old Breeders Crown winner in Pinkman 1:52.2 ($696,925) who is three from three this season. Uncle Lasse 1:51.4 ($467,359) is another Takter trainee to start the season in the right fashion with a three from three record as well. Throw in the rapidly improving Canepa Hanover 1:51.1 ($112,150) and Jimmy will once again hold a strong hand in this years race. Recently Jimmy sat down on In The Sulky to give his thoughts on his runners this year. View here Harnesslink Media  

Freehold, NJ --- Harness racing trainer Frank Antonacci hopes he can get pumped about Iron, particularly if the 3-year-old trotter sees a favorable change in his fortunes. Iron was a stakes winner in 2014, but also suffered from some bad luck with post position draws and missed a month of action because of complications from what was believed to be a spider bite. This year, the colt jumped a partition in his trailer on the way to a qualifier, but avoided serious injury. “Luckily, he came out of it fine and he’s been doing well,” Antonacci said, adding with a laugh, “If his luck has changed this year, moving forward we’ll be in good shape.” Iron is one of the 13 horses entered in the Goodtimes Stakes for 3-year-old trotters at Mohawk Racetrack in Ontario. The field was divided into two eliminations, to be contested Friday, from which the top five finishers in each group will advance to the C$233,000 final on June 20. Iron and driver Tim Tetrick will start from post one in the first elim and are 6-1 on the morning line. Jimmy Takter’s Canepa Hanover, fresh off his lifetime-best 1:51.1 victory in the New Jersey Sire Stakes championship on May 30 at the Meadowlands, is the 2-5 morning line choice in the opening division. Takter’s French Laundry, a stakes-winner in 2014 who finished second in the New Jersey Sire Stakes final, is the 3-5 favorite in the second elimination. Friday’s card also includes two eliminations for the C$272,000 Armbro Flight Stakes for older female trotters. Bee A Magician -- taking on the ladies for the first time this year after going 4-for-5 against male rivals -- is the 6-5 morning line favorite in the first division. Classic Martine, who won the Armbro Flight last season, is the 2-1 second choice. Shake It Cerry, the 2014 Trotter of the Year, is the 9-5 pick in the second elimination, followed by Frau Blucher at 4-1 and Charmed Life at 9-2. Shake It Cerry started the campaign by going winless in three races, but enters her elim off back-to-back victories over male foes in the Graduate Series. Iron has started only once this year, winning a conditioned race for 3-year-olds in 1:53.4 at the Meadowlands on June 5. Last season, the colt won the American-National Stakes at Balmoral Park and finished third in a division of the Kindergarten Series. He finished fourth in a division of the Bluegrass Stakes, beaten by 2-3/4 lengths by Uncle Lasse. For his career, the homebred Iron has won two of seven races and earned $53,762 for the Antonacci family’s K R Breeding and Robert Rudolph. A son of Cantab Hall out of Ivory Lindy, Iron is a full brother to stakes-winner Lindys Jersey Boy and his family includes Breeders Crown champion Musical Victory as well as Higher Love, who is the dam of Hambletonian Oaks winner Lookout Victory. “He’s got the pedigree and he’s a fantastic looking horse with a great gait,” Antonacci said. “I’m hesitant to say what I think his potential is, but he was a pretty nice horse last year and I think he’ll be a better horse this year. It’s tough. There are a lot of nice horses out there. We’ll just have to see where he falls in. He’s got all the tools to be right up there near the top. “He’s just a physically impressive horse. He really is. That accompanied with his athleticism; for a horse his size, he’s got that 26-second speed, which you need nowadays. As big of a horse as he was, and lanky, he was a pretty good 2-year-old. He’s an improved 3-year-old. He’s got a big runway ahead of him.” Iron is eligible to the $1 million Hambletonian Stakes on Aug. 8 at the Meadowlands. The other Hambletonian eligible trotters in the Goodtimes field are Canepa Hanover, French Laundry, The Bank, Win The Day, and Infiniti As. “Going to the Goodtimes was one of those things we really weren’t sure (we were going to do) until we saw how he came out of the last race and looked at the list of eligibles,” Antonacci said. “I thought it was going to be two short (elimination) fields -- and that actually happened, which is nice. “Hopefully he’ll get two weeks in Canada. We’ll bring him back to the farm and let him miss a week or two and then rev him back up again. Historically most of the horses that win (the Hambletonian) go in with five or six starts under their belt.” Iron is not Antonacci’s only stakes hopeful racing at Mohawk this weekend. On Saturday, the 31-year-old trainer sends Lindys Old Lady to the eliminations for the C$479,000 Fan Hanover Stakes for 3-year-old female pacers. Lindys Old Lady and driver Scott Zeron got post 10 in the second of two divisions, where Happiness is the 2-1 morning line favorite and Solar Sister is the 5-2 second choice. The first group is headlined by 2014 Horse of the Year JK She’salady, who is 2-5 on the morning line. Bettor Be Steppin is next at 4-1. Unraced at age 2, Lindys Old Lady won her first two starts this season before finishing fifth in the New Jersey Sire Stakes championship on May 30. Happiness, who was the favorite in the sire stakes final, finished fourth as The Show Returns won at odds of 40-1. “We were disappointed,” Antonacci said. “I think the two horses that everybody thought would finish right next to each other did -- but we were fourth and fifth. “She came out of it good. She’s been sound. I hesitate to make any excuses. I think she’ll probably have a different kind of race this week from the 10-hole. That was only her third lifetime start. Sometimes that lack of experience kind of comes out.” Antonacci is making an equipment change in the hopes of getting Lindys Old Lady to relax. “We changed her bridle a little bit,” he said. “She had closed blinkers last week; we’ll use some blinkers with holes on it because she kind of got revved up behind the gate and had to slam on the breaks (early in the race) and then move to the front. She had to do a bunch of different things and sometimes that’s hard on a green horse.” Also on Saturday’s card at Mohawk are three eliminations for the C$1 million North America Cup for 3-year-old pacers and two eliminations for the C$350,000 Roses Are Red Stakes for older female pacers. Wiggle It Jiggleit, In The Arsenal and Artspeak are the morning line favorites in the Cup elims. Radar Contact is the choice in the first elim for the Roses Are Red, followed closely by Anndrovette, Weeper, Lady Shadow and Yagonnakissmeornot. Anndrovette, a four-time Dan Patch Award honoree, has won the last three editions of the race. Venus Delight is the favorite in the second elimination, followed by Krispy Apple, Table Talk, and Color’s A Virgin. by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications 

East Rutherford, NJ - Friday night at the Meadowlands featured the second leg of the New Jersey Sires Stakes (NJSS) for harness racing three-year-old trotters with the fillies and colts each competing in a single $25,000 race with next week's $100,000 finals as their target.   Nine fillies went to the post absent last week's winner Mission Brief who remained in the barn with her final berth secure and Rules Of The Road took full advantage of that circumstance.   The Muscle Hill filly from Right On Renee led all the way for David Miller through comfortable fractions and held off a serious bid from Model Behavior to win in 1:55. Riley's Dream was third. Arden Homestead Stable and trainer Janice Connor share ownership of Rules Of The Road.   Guess Who's Back took another step on the Hambletonian trail with a measured 1:52.4 win over a game Canepa Hanover in the colt division. Sent for the front early, Guess Who's Back led by the 55:3 half where Brian Sears deferred to the Jimmy Takter driven Canepa Hanover who was working his way up through a wind-aided sub 27 second quarter. Using the cover as a breather for his colt, Sears fanned his mount for the drive off the last turn and went by for a narrow win under is own power with a 29.2 final stanza into the wind. Aldebaran Eagle gained some late to be third.   Guess Who's Back moves onto the final as the horse to beat for trainer Nik Drennan and owners Joe Davino, Brad Shackman, TLP Stable and J&T Silva.   Weeper won the $27,500 Mare Open Pace again, this time in a front-running effort for Yannick Gingras. Allowed uncontested fractions, Weeper responded with a 26.4 close to the 1:50.3 mile. Inittowinafortune held second after a pocket ride and Coffee Addict was a gallant third after an uncovered charge at the winner around the final bend. Jimmy Takter trains the winner for the Bay Pond Racing Stable.   Live racing resumes tomorrow night at 7:15pm.   From Meadowlands Media Relations

Freehold, NJ --- El Diablo BR is getting thrown into the fire. A Norwegian-born son of Muscle Hill, El Diablo BR makes only his fourth career start Friday (May 15) when he faces six rivals in the second of two New Jersey Sire Stakes divisions for harness racing 3-year-old male trotters at the Meadowlands Racetrack. The field consists entirely of Hambletonian Stakes-eligible horses and includes stakes-winners Muscle Diamond and French Laundry. “That’s like the Hambletonian right from the get-go,” trainer Trond Smedshammer said. “I would have rather not found out this way what I’ve got, but that’s the way it is with the New Jersey Sire Stakes. “He showed some ability trotting in (1):55 and a piece as a 2-year-old and now in (1):54.4 this year. I know he’s going to trot in (1):52, but that doesn’t necessarily mean he’s good enough for the bigger stakes here. You see people qualifying in (1):52.” El Diablo BR was bred by Norway’s Bjorn Rishaug and is out of the stakes-winning mare Fiery Chip. Last year, the colt was limited to two starts because of sickness and soreness. He finished fifth in his debut, a preliminary division of the Kindergarten Series in which Habitat defeated The Bank by a neck, and was timed in 1:55.4. He then went off stride in a division of the New Jersey Sire Stakes Green Acres Series at Freehold and Smedshammer decided to turn out the colt for the rest of the year. El Diablo BR came back this season and began his campaign with a second-place finish from post nine in a conditioned race at the Meadowlands. The race was won by Soboro Hanover, who also is eligible to the Hambletonian. In addition to the Hambletonian, El Diablo BR’s stakes schedule includes the Goodtimes Stakes in June and Canadian Trotting Classic in September. “He trained good all winter,” Smedshammer said. “He’s been a little bit of a bully at the Meadowlands. He comes on the track and he wants to be a tough guy and kick and stuff like that. Hopefully by racing every week he’ll settle down and learn. He’s going to be going a few weeks in a row now and if he’s any good he’s got the Goodtimes right after. He’ll get plenty of races in the next five weeks, that’s for sure. “He’s also got stakes back there (in Norway). The Norwegian stakes competition level is like night and day compared to here. If he’s not good enough here, he’ll go back there.” El Diablo BR will leave from post four with driver Tim Tetrick in his New Jersey Sire Stakes division. He is 6-1 on the morning line. Muscle Diamond, who finished second in last year’s Breeders Crown, is the 6-5 favorite followed by French Laundry at 2-1. The eight-horse first division -- also consisting entirely of Hambletonian-eligible trotters -- is led by last year’s New Jersey Sire Stakes champion, Guess Whos Back. The Nik Drennan-trained colt is making his seasonal debut and is the 6-5 morning line favorite. Canepa Hanover is the 2-1 second choice. Also debuting Friday is Mission Brief, who is the 3-5 morning line favorite in the first round of the New Jersey Sire Stakes for 3-year-old female trotters. by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications 

Harness racing trainer Jim Campbell is happy with Honor And Serve's preparation for his 3-year-old season. He is less excited about the way the trotting colt will have to start it. Honor And Serve opens his campaign Thursday by competing in the fourth of four Pennsylvania Sire Stakes divisions at Harrah's Philadelphia. He faces a group that includes returning Dan Patch Award-winner Pinkman as well as stakes-winners Walter White and Cruzado Dela Noche. A total of 23 Hambletonian Stakes-eligible trotters will race in Thursday's Pennsylvania Sire Stakes divisions at Philly. Trainer Jimmy Takter sends out the morning line favorite in each division: Uncle Lasse in the first, Whom Shall I Fear in the second, The Bank in the third, and Pinkman in the fourth. The $1 million Hambletonian is Aug. 8 at the Meadowlands Racetrack. Last year, Honor And Serve won two preliminary divisions of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes and finished second to Billy Flynn in the $260,000 series championship. He also finished second to Habitat in a division of the Bluegrass Stakes at The Red Mile. He ended the season with six top-three finishes in nine starts and earnings of $164,920 for owner Fashion Farms. Two of his off-the-board finishes came when he went off stride and the other was a fifth-place finish where he was beaten by only 1-1/2 lengths in a division of the International Stallion Stakes. "I was happy with his year," Campbell said. "He raced really good in some of the sire stakes, including the sire stakes final, and he raced good in Lexington too. We had a couple disappointments with him making breaks in the Peter Haughton (Stakes) and the Matron; in the Haughton he just took a bad step and in the Matron he kind of got jammed up a little bit. "But he was the type of horse that never got hurt or anything like that, so hopefully he'll come back and have a good year for us." Honor And Serve is a son of Donato Hanover - the 2007 Horse of the Year - out of mare Honorable Daughter, who received the 2008 Dan Patch Award for best 2-year-old female trotter. Bred by Valley High Stable, the colt sold for $75,000 at the 2013 Standardbred Horse Sale. "He's matured both physically and mentally," Campbell said. "He showed us some nice speed last year and he's bigger and stronger this year so hopefully he'll be able to carry it further." Honor And Serve prepped for the start of this season with two qualifiers, winning the second in 1:56.2 on May 5 at Harrah's Philadelphia. He will start his Pennsylvania Sire Stakes race from post one with driver Tim Tetrick and is the 4-1 second choice on the morning line. Pinkman, who is 2-1, also is making his seasonal debut. He will leave from post three with driver Yannick Gingras. Last season, Pinkman won six of eight races and earned $566,960. Named after a character from the television series "Breaking Bad" (as is stablemate Walter White) the gelding's victories included the Breeders Crown, in a stakes-record-equaling 1:53.2, and Valley Victory Stakes. Walter White, Cruzado Dela Noche, and Dapper Don all enter the race 1-for-1 this season. Cruzado Dela Noche won a division of the Pennsylvania All Stars on May 2 at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono while Walter White and Dapper Don won conditioned races. "We couldn't have asked him to be any better in his two qualifiers," Campbell said about Honor And Serve. "It's just unfortunate he got into the division he got in, but we have no control over that. "He's staked for everything. What he races in, that's going to be week to week. There are a lot of good horses out there, that's for sure." Whom Shall I Fear, who is a full brother to Dan Patch Award winners Pastor Stephen and Father Patrick, is 3-for-3 this year after going winless in five starts last season. He is coming off a victory in the Pennsylvania All Stars and is the 9-5 morning line favorite in the second PaSS division. Uncle Lasse, a full brother to Trotter of the Year Shake It Cerry, last year won a division of the Bluegrass and finished second in the Peter Haughton and Valley Victory. He is making his seasonal debut and is the 2-1 choice in the first PaSS group. The Bank, who also won a Bluegrass division last season, is the 2-1 favorite in the third division. Here is a link to Thursday's entire card at Harrah's Philadelphia. by Ken Weingartner Harness Racing Communications USTA

Habitat enters this harness racing season playing second fiddle to stablemate Mission Brief, but he will be the first 3-year-old trotter from trainer Ron Burke's stable to venture onto the road to the Hambletonian Stakes. A multiple stakes-winner in 2014, Habitat will get his campaign started Saturday when he faces seven foes in the $133,170 Dexter Cup for 3-year-old trotters at Freehold Raceway. Habitat, who is one of four Hambletonian eligible horses in the field, will start from post six with Yannick Gingras in the sulky. Also in the Dexter will be four horses from the stable of trainer Ray Schnittker - Gabe The Bear Dean, HA Taylor, Bavaro, and Broken Record - along with Charlie Norris' Divisionist, Jimmy Takter's Apostles Creed, and Rich Gillock's Sixteen Encores. Apostles Creed, Divisionist, Habitat, and Sixteen Encores are eligible to the Hambletonian. Last year, Habitat won seven of 13 races and earned $534,407 in purses - a total that ranked third among all 2-year-old trotters, behind only division Dan Patch Award winners Mission Brief (female) and Pinkman (male). Habitat's victories included the William Wellwood Memorial and Matron Stakes as well as divisions of the Tompkins-Geers, Champlain, and Bluegrass. "I'm very happy with him," said Burke, who owns Habitat with Our Horse Cents Stables and Weaver Bruscemi. "I'm pleasantly surprised. He did improve (from last year) and I didn't think he would because he was smaller and so quick to learn last year. I'm thrilled." Burke was so pleased with Habitat's early work that he decided to enter the colt in the Dexter. Habitat, who won a qualifier in 1:56.3 at Harrah's Philadelphia on April 21, received a bye into the Dexter final based on career earnings. Broken Record, Gabe The Bear Dean, and Sixteen Encores also got byes while Apostles Creed, Divisionist, HA Taylor, and Bavaro reached the final thanks to finishing one-through-four in an eight-horse elimination last weekend at Freehold. "I wasn't planning on going to (the Dexter)," Burke said. "Then I trained him a week out and he was so good, I thought I would look it up and see what horses (were eligible). I threw him in at Philly and Yannick said he was vicious. I knew there was the chance I could get a bye and then it gave me 10 days to work him again in between. I was happy with it. "It's a nice purse for the level of competition. It's not going to be the hardest horses he's going to face all year and it will be a nice start to the year to get him going." Habitat, a son of stallion Conway Hall out of the mare Habit's Best, made one start on a half-mile track last year, going off stride in a division of the New York Sire Stakes at Buffalo Raceway. Burke, though, believes Habitat will be alright on Freehold's half-mile oval. "Freehold is such a good track; they get around there so well," Burke said. "I don't really worry about it too much." Habitat would enter the year as the star of most stables, but Burke also is preparing Mission Brief for her 3-year-old campaign - and a chance to take on the boys in the Hambletonian. She is scheduled to qualify Friday morning at the Meadowlands. Last year, she trotted the fastest mile in history by a 2-year-old - 1:50.3. That time, on paper, was at least eight lengths better than any other 2-year-old trotter last season. Additionally, of the four fastest miles ever by a 2-year-old trotter, Mission Brief owns or shares three of the times. "If not for Mission Brief, I'd be falling all over (Habitat)," Burke said. "But they're not the same horse." Apostles Creed won the Dexter Cup elimination by one length over Divisionist in 1:59.4. Takter has trained four Dexter Cup winners during his career. Schnittker has five triumphs in the Dexter Cup. Following is the field for the Dexter Cup in post order with listed drivers and trainers: 1. Gabe The Bear Dean, Jordan Stratton, Ray Schnittker 2. HA Taylor, Steve Smith, Ray Schnittker 3. Bavaro, George Brennan, Ray Schnittker 4. Divisionist, Charlie Norris, Charlie Norris 5. Apostles Creed, Brett Miller, Jimmy Takter 6. Habitat, Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke 7. Sixteen Encores, David Miller, Rich Gillock 8. Broken Record, Ray Schnittker, Ray Schnittker Ken Weingartner Harness Racing Communications USTA

EAST RUTHERFORD, April 24, 2015 - For the past two weeks, Inittowinafortune has chased Radar Contact from the pocket and each time she came up short. That changed Friday night at The Meadowlands as the five year old mare earned a hard-fought harness racing victory by a flared nostril in the featured $27,500 Fillies and Mares Open Handicap. Inittowinafortune was released as the 4-1 third choice behind Radar Contact (3/5) and Rocklamation (2-1). Radar Contact was sent immediately to the lead from her assigned outside post and she would remain on the point through strong fractions of 26.2, 54 and 1:22.1 before turning for home with Inittowinafortune right on her tail. As the open mares straighted away, Corey Callahan guided Inittowinafortune to the outside and mounted their bid for the lead. Callahan's mare put a head in front in mid-stretch, but Radar Contact dug back in and the two talented mares paced all the way to the wire together. Only a nose separated the pair, with Inittowinafortune earning a well-deserved victory over Radar Contact. Rocklamation was three lengths back in third in the 1:50.2 mile. Inittowinafortune is trained by Michael Russo for owner Michael Pagonas. Whom Shall I Fear was the easiest of winners again Friday night at The Meadowlands, as he coasted to a dominant wire to wire performance in his division of the Spring Preview for the three year old trotters. It appeared as though the $475,000 yearling never took a deep breadth as he coasted to a 1:54.4 triumph. The brother of Father Patrick, controlled the tempo through fractions of 28.4, 58 and 1:26.2 while never facing a challenge. Whom Shall I Fear is trained by Jimmy Takter for the Whom Shall I Fear Stable. For the second consecutive week, social media went abuzz as Whom Shall I Fear crossed the finish line Friday night. Many were asking the question as to if this is the three year old colt to watch leading up to The Hambletonian and if this is the horse that can push Mission Brief? The most interesting aspect of that question is that Yannick Gingras drives both horses. Muscle Network, the 2013 Valley Victory made his four year old debut a winning one, by taking a condition trotting event in 1:54.3. The Tony O'Sullivan trainee was last early in the mile and was allowed to find his stride through fractions of 28 and 56.4 before being guided to the outside by Dave Miller. Muscle Network found a live outer flow where he positioned himself third over and followed live cover past three-quarters in 1:25 where he set up his late rally as the field turned for home. From there, the classy four year old closed in on Quick Deal and reeled him in just before the wire to earn the comeback victory. Muscle Network is staked well, including the TVG Trotting Championship, and the upcoming Graduate series which begins one month from now at Tioga Downs. He is owned by Frank Bellino & Sons L.L.C. Stacia Hanover also returned a winner in a condition event for filly and mare pacers. The 2014 New Jersey Sire Stakes champion was relegated to last early in the mile through rather tepid fractions of 28.2 and 57.1. Shortly past the half-mile pole, Stacia Hanover was guided outside and tracked live cover from a third over position where she would remain past three quarters in 1:26.1. From there, Scott Zeron would show his filly racetrack and she responded rallying home well to score in 1:55 over an equally fast-closing Strut My Stuff. American Truth saw her three race win streak come to an end, cutting the mile and finishing third. Stacia Hanover is trained by Steve Elliot for David Van Dusen and Michael Cimaglio. In amateur racing news, Hannah Miller continues to ride her amazing hot streak. Miller won the first race on the evening, the French-American Friendship Amateur event with Jacks To Open. Her record this season now stands at 6 wins from 21 starts with 12 of those 21 races resulting in an in-the-money finish. For her career, Miller has won 15 of 41 starts. The other amateur event went to Mr Ridgetaker and Alan Charles who took the field wire to wire. Both Jackpot Super Hi-5 wagers saw their carryovers continue. The 5th race carryover has grown to $91,918, while the last race carryover now stands at $62,450. Total handle for the 13-race program of $2,649,116 was an eight-percent (8%) increase over the same Friday one year ago. Racing resumes on Saturday, featuring the second round of the Whata Baron series, with first post time at 7:15 P.M. Meadowlands To Open For Two Year Old Training on April 30th Two Year Olds Welcome To Train at The Meadowlands through the end of May Beginning Thursday, April 30th, two year olds will be able to train at The Meadowlands on Thursday mornings throughout the month of May. Horsemen can supply The Meadowlands with $1,000 for an unlimited number of two year olds to train or can pay $50 per horse.  All payments made will be added to The Meadowlands purse account, less expenses. Horsemen must submit payment along with a list of horses that will be training to the Meadowlands Race Office on Tuesday of each week, with training hours taking place on Thursday morning. Any horsemen with questions should contact The Meadowlands Race Office. In addition, please note that qualifiers next week will take place on Friday, May 1st at 9:30 A.M.  Qualifiers will return to Saturdays the following week. Darin Zoccali

Jimmy Takter-trained Canepa Hanover and Whom Shall I Fear headline a group of 12 harness racing Hambletonian hopefuls scheduled to qualify Saturday at the Meadowlands Racetrack. Whom Shall I Fear and Canepa Hanover both battled maturity and health issues last season at age 2, combining for only 11 starts and one victory. Canepa Hanover, who made six starts, won a Peter Haughton prep race in 1:58.1 at the Meadowlands and finished second in the New Jersey Sire Stakes championship. He went off stride in three races, including the Peter Haughton Memorial Stakes. A son of stallion Muscle Hill out of the mare Cressida Hanover, Canepa Hanover is a half-brother to 2006 Horse of the Year Glidemaster. The colt sold for $300,000 at the 2013 Standardbred Horse Sale. Whom Shall I Fear was winless in five starts last year, but finished second in a division of the International Stallion Stakes at The Red Mile. The colt is a full brother to Dan Patch Award winners Pastor Stephen and Father Patrick and sold - under the name Custom Fit - for a Lexington Selected Sale-record $475,000 in 2013. "They are huge horses, big horses," said Takter, who won last year's Hambletonian with Trixton and is a three-time winner of the trotting classic. "Canepa started getting more problems after a couple starts. But he was in the Peter Haughton, so at least he showed that kind of ability. He was probably one of the fastest colts early. "But both of them have come back super. I never turned them out; I kept them around and kept going with them. I actually wish they would have been out a couple of weeks earlier, but the weather hasn't cooperated. I'm very excited to go up with both of them. They should be able to qualify very nice and we'll see where we're heading." Other Hambletonian-eligible male trotters entered in Saturday's qualifiers are Explosive Brother, Fashion Creditor, Finish Line, Handover The Money, Michael's Pearl, Natural Kemp, P Mac Attack, Southwind Mozart, Stonebridge Force, and Workout Wonder. Natural Kemp, who last year won one of two starts for trainer Ake Svanstedt, is a son of Muscles Yankee out of the stakes-winning mare Impressive Kemp. His family includes last year's Hambletonian winner Trixton as well as Dan Patch Award winners Andover Hall and Conway Hall. Svanstedt also trains Handover The Money, Southwind Mozart, Stonebridge Force, and Workout Wonder. Handover The Money, a son of Andover Hall-CR Sister Suzie, is a half-brother to 2010 Yonkers Trot winner On The Tab whose family also includes Dan Patch Award winner CR Kay Suzie. Stonebridge Force, by Muscle Hill out of Cream Puff, is a half-brother to 2008 Hambletonian Oaks winner Creamy Mimi and his family includes Dan Patch Award winner Pizza Dolce. Trond Smedshammer, who won the 2004 Hambletonian with Windsong's Legacy, trains and drives Finish Line, a son of Yankee Glide-Calchips Finisher whose family includes past Smedshammer star - and Dan Patch Award winner - Blur. Explosive Brother, a son of Explosive Matter-Meadowbranch Irene in the stable of trainer Noel Daley, is a half-brother to Dan Patch Award winner Mr Muscleman. Fashion Creditor, now in the stable of trainer Tom Fanning, finished third in a division of the International Stallion Stakes last year. He is a son of Credit Winner-Bon Voyage. P Mac Attack is by Muscle Hill and out of the stakes-winning mare Under My Thumb. He is trained by Nancy Johansson. Michael's Pearl is from the stable of Bruce Lauer. The $1 million Hambletonian Stakes will be contested Aug. 8 at the Meadowlands, with eliminations and final on the same day. by Ken Weingartner Harness Racing Communications USTA

The $1 million Hambletonian and filly companion stake, the $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks, will be raced on Saturday afternoon, August 8, at the Meadowlands Racetrack, East Rutherford, New Jersey. The 90th edition of the classic harness racing event will feature eliminations and the final on the same day. Eliminations for the Hambletonian Oaks, if necessary, will be raced the prior week, Saturday, August 1. The number of total eligible trotters to the two races remained the same as last year with 193 paid in, but an additional ten more colts made the payment this year, while the Oaks eligibles dropped by an identical ten fillies. The powerful barns of Jimmy Takter and Ron Burke house both freshmen trotter Dan Patch honorees: Pinkman, a winner of $566,960 and the filly Mission Brief, who banked $591,070 in her brilliant freshman campaign. Between the two conditioners they harnessed seven of the top ten money-winning 2-year-old trotters in 2014. Pinkman, a gelded son of Explosive Matter, made his presence felt in September of last year, winning the Standardbred Stakes at Delaware, Ohio. He followed up with wins in the International Stallion Stakes at Lexington and the Valley Victory at Mohawk in Canada, then used the Breeders Crown at the Meadowlands to sew up divisional honors. Takter, who has won three editions of the Hambletonian - Malabar Man in 1997, Muscle Massive in 2010 and Trixton last year - has a loaded sophomore roster to try for a fourth title. In the 2015 Hoof Beats Comprehensive Predictive Rankings for Trotters, Takter trains four of the top 10 voted "most likely to succeed" this year. Yet it's two lightly raced colts that Takter feels may represent his best shot at repeat Hambletonian glory. "Whom Shall I Fear, who is a full brother to Father Patrick, didn't race many starts last year. He was second in the International Stallion Stakes (behind Aldebaran Eagle). But he was big and growthy and we just stopped with him." "He is going to qualify next week at The Meadowlands and so will Canepa Hanover. Last year I thought those two would be my two best colts. They are both a little green so need to get some racing under their belts before the big stakes." said Takter. Mission Brief, the first filly to top the colts in the experimental rankings in years, may look to also be the first filly winner of the Hambletonian since Continentalvictory in 1996. "She should be back to the races about mid-May," said Burke about his trainee, dubbed a "freak" after a freshman year that wowed the harness racing world. "We'll let her tell us when she is ready," he continued. "Maybe a NJ Sire Stake is on the schedule first. Last year, she was so big and strong it just took her a while to figure things out. She has shown a lot of improvement and the Hambletonian is definitely something we would like to try to win. My Dad is 79 and winning the [Little Brown] Jug for us as a team and as a family was so special...I would like to try the Hambletonian." The 2014 Peter Haughton winner Centurion ATM, trained and driven by Ake Svanstedt, is also among the top sophomores eligible, and a Hambletonian win would make him just the third colt to win both elite races, joining Donato Hanover (07) and Muscle Hill (09). The Hambletonian has been hosted by the Meadowlands Racetrack since 1981 and is the longest nationally televised event in harness racing. A 90-minute live broadcast will air on CBS Sports Network from 4-5:30 p.m. [EDT]. There are no supplemental entries permitted in the Hambletonian and Oaks, nor are participants in those events or the Hambletonian Maturity permitted the use of Lasix or Butazolidin. All entrants are subject to the out-of-competition testing rules described in the conditions. The Hambletonian Society and the Meadowlands sponsor the only events in North American horse racing that prohibit the use of any race day medication. The Hambletonian is the first event in the trotting Triple Crown. The Yonkers Trot is the second leg and will be raced Saturday, Sep. 5 at Yonkers Raceway in New York. The third and final leg in 2015 is the Kentucky Futurity, scheduled for Saturday, Oct.10 at the Red Mile in Lexington, KY. The last trotter to win the Triple Crown was Glidemaster in 2006. The Hambletonian trail commences Saturday, May 2, with the Dexter Cup and Lady Suffolk at Freehold Raceway. Eligibles for all Hambletonian-serviced stakes;   3-Year-Old Colt Trot in 2015 - $1,000,000 Guaranteed   Heats and Final to race on Saturday, August 8, at The Meadowlands Racetrack, East Rutherford, NJ   ACCENTURE HANOVER   ALDEBARAN EAGLE   APOSTLES CREED   BIG RICH   BILLY FLYNN   BLOODSTOCKSDIAMOND   BOOTS N CHAINS   CANEPA HANOVER   CAPT SERIOUS   CELEBRITY BUGATTI   CELEBRITY LAMBO   CELEBRITY MASSIVE   CELEBRITY PEGASUS   CENTURION ATM   CITIZEN HALL   CLASS INCLUDED   CODE BON   COLBERT   CREDIT CREATION   CRESCENT FASHION   CRUZADO DELA NOCHE   CUE HALL   CURFEW   DANISH DURANGO   DAPPER DON   DEFY ANYTHING   DIVISIONIST   DON'T MIND ME   DONATOMITE   DONT RUSH   EL DIABLO BR   EXPLOSIVE BROTHER   FASHION CREDITOR   FASHION TRIBUTE   FINISH LINE   FRENCH LAUNDRY   GIFTED WAY   GONE VIRAL   GREAT MAGIC   GUESS WHOS BACK   HABITAT   HANDOVER THE MONEY   HIGHLANDMUSCLEHALL   HILLSONATOR   HONOR AND SERVE   HURRIKANE JONNY K   IN SECRET   INFINITI AS   IRON   JACKSONS MINION   KADA BRA JON   KEYSTONE BODACIOUS   LIBERTARIAN   LIMA PRIDE   LOOKSLIKEACHPNDALE   MADE BY DESIGN   MAMBO BLUE CHIP   MASSIF DU HARAS   MASSIVE LIGHTNING   ME AMORA   MICHAEL'S PEARL   MILLVILLE ROAD   MONOPOLY BLUE CHIP   MONSIEUR HALL   MOUNTAIN TOP   MUSCLE BLUES   MUSCLE DIAMOND   MUSICAL RHYTHM   MYTHOLOGY BLUECHIP   NATURAL KEMP   NEW DAWN   NEXTGEN HANOVER   NO REASON AT ALL   OHMYGOSH DE VIE   OLD BREW   OLD OAK   ON THE SLY   ONE DIRECTION   P MAC ATTACK   PIECE OF CAKE   PIERCEWAVE HANOVER   PIERRE   PINKMAN   POINTILLIST   PROGRESSION   RALLY IN THE NIGHT   REAL DJ HANOVER   SEE THE STARS   SHOW BIZ HALL   SIXTEEN ENCORES   SOBORO HANOVER   SONIC   SOULSHOUT   SOUTHWIND MOZART   SOUTHWIND STRYKER   SS POSEIDON   STILLWATER   STONEBRIDGE FORCE   SUGARMAKESMECRAZY   SUIT AND TIE   TADY'S LEGACY   TALBOT HERCULES   TEA PARTY CRAZE   TEMPLE OF DREAMS   THE BANK   TOTAL DARKNESS   TRUE BLUE STRIDE   TRUST FUND BABY   UNCLE HANOVER   UNCLE LASSE   WALTER WHITE   WHATAWORKOUT   WHEELS AH SMOKIN   WHOM SHALL I FEAR   WIN B HILL   WIN THE DAY   WINGS OF ROYALTY   WORKOUT WONDER   118 Trotting Colts & Geldings     THE HAMBLETONIAN® OAKS 3-Year-Old Filly Trot in 2015 - $500,000 guaranteed final   A LIST LINDY   ANDOVER N UNDER   ANNALIINA   BATTLE MAGE   BEE THE QUEEN   BENEDETTA RASTELLI   BIG SKY PARADISE   BLINTZ   BON APPETIT   BRIGHT BABY BLUES   BRIGHT EYES   BY AND BY HANOVER   CHRISTINE SIXTEEN   CLASSICAL ANNIE   COCOACABANA   CONCENTRATION   CRAZY BEAUTIFUL   DANIELLE HALL   DAY AT THE SPA   DEW DROP   DEWEY TAKE CREDIT   DRINKSONTHEHOUSE   DYNAMITE DAISY   FLY ANGEL FLY   FLYER MEL   FROU FROU   GATKA HANOVER   GOLD CORA   I'M SO FANCY   ITS EASY TO SMILE   IWANTMYTWODOLLARS   JOLENE JOLENE   JOSIE'S JOY   KATNISS   KELSEY'S KEEPSAKE   KEYSTONE INDIA   KIMCO HALL   KIRSI HANOVER   KOLACHKE   LADY WINONA   LILU HANOVER   LINDY LAND   LIVININTHEFASTLANE   LOCK DOWN LINDY   LOVE ME MADLY   MAGIC MARKER   MATTER OF DAYS   MISSION BRIEF   MONI FROM HEAVEN   MY LUCKY WORD   ONDA DI MARE   READY TO IGNITE   RILEY'S DREAM   RULES OF THE ROAD   SARCY   SCENTED ROSES   SHAQLINE   SISTAS   SMEXI   SMOKINMOMBO   SOBTI HANOVER   SOUTHWIND CARTIER   SPEAK TO ME   SPIRIT TO WIN   SQUEALS OF DELIGHT   STIRLING DIVA   STUBBORN BELLE   SWEET SHURGA   SWEET THING   THE GRAND FILLY   UNE DUHARAS   WAITING ROOM   WICLET HANOVER   WILD HONEY   WORDIE HANOVER   75 Trotting Fillies   (The above lists are subject to omissions and corrections.)   Moira Fanning Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (March 11, 2015) - With wins already in the Super Bowl and Charles Singer Memorial, JL Cruze begins his quest for a third straight harness racing winter series win Friday (March 13) in the opening round of the Shiaway St. Pat, honoring the 1981 Hambletonian champion, at Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment. Thirteen trotters were entered for Friday's first round. JL Cruze is the 6/5 morning line favorite in the second of two divisions, which will go as the twelfth race on the 13-race card. The thirteenth race features a $161,277 carryover in the Jackpot Super High 5. JL Cruze was purchased for $37,000 at last fall's Harrisburg Mixed Sale by Mid-Atlantic based trainer Eric Ell for owners Kenneth Wood, Bill Dittmar, Jr., and Stephen Iaquinta. In the 10 starts with Ell, JL Cruze has earned $87,760 with seven wins and two runner-up finishes. "Originally, we just wanted a horse to race up through his conditions in Delaware, but he has been a blessing in disguise," explained Ell. "He just does it so easily and it looks like he's the one to beat again heading into this series." The 55-year-old Ell has trained more than 1,100 winners with more than $14 million in earnings during his career. Always humble and gracious, Ell admits he has had many solid racehorses during his career. He describes his biggest win as the 2011 Maxie Lee at Harrah's Philadelphia with Anders Bluestone, who would go on to earn more than $1 million. "[JL Cruze] just might be one of the best we've had," admitted Ell. "If he keeps improving like he has, you never know." Hall of Famer John Campbell will take his usual seat behind JL Cruze on Friday. Ell will also be represented in the Shiaway St. Pat with another exciting prospect; Razor Ramone brings a five-race winning streak into the first division and will be driven Friday for the first time by Hall of Famer David Miller. Ell purchased the son of Kadabra out of Canada last September. Like JL Cruze, he's owned by Iaquinta and Dittmar. "He can trot a lot, but not quite like JL Cruze yet," said Ell. "He's good on a five-eighths mile track, but I'm not sure if the big track at the Meadowlands will help. He's a stocky built, 'Mighty Mouse' type of horse. His qualifier last week was a good tightener and we're looking forward to seeing how he races on Friday." Holloway Provides Update on star pacing mares Trainer Joe Holloway's Somwherovrarainbow headlines a field of eight in Friday's $30,000 Fillies and Mares Open Pace. The 2012 champion 2-year-old pacing filly has raced only once this year, an easy win in January at the Meadowlands. "I needed to see if she would return to her good form this year and so far it looks like she has," said Holloway. "I expect her to race like herself on Friday and continue after that." Holloway said the plan is to race Somwherovrarainbow in the Blue Chip Matchmaker at Yonkers Raceway. Holloway also reported that his other star mare, world champion Shebestingin, has been retired from racing and is scheduled to be bred to Captaintreacherous. Mare Open Trot Written for Friday A new class has been added to the Friday condition sheet. A Mare Open Handicap Trot for a purse of $27,500 - $30,000 is listed in the hope that enough top trotting mares enter to fill the class. The next condition sheet can be accessed by following this link. By Justin Horowitz for Meadowlands Media Relations  

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