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Cranbury, NJ.....The milestone 95th Hambletonian will be raced on Saturday, August 8 at The New Meadowlands in Rutherford, NJ. Though traditionally scheduled on the first Saturday in August, every six years the event moves to the second Saturday, as is the case in 2020. The Meadowlands has been the longest-running host track of America's Classic Trotting event, having staged the race for the last 38 years since the Society voted to relocate from the Du Quoin State Fair in Illinois in 1981. The partners recently extended their contract to host the Hambletonian through 2023. The $1.2 million event will revert to elimination heats raced the week before on Saturday, August 1, along with the eliminations for the distaff companion event, the $600,000 Hambletonian Oaks. The race is simulcast internationally and attracts record wagering handle and attendance at the north Jersey track. The Hambletonian has undergone multiple format changes and been raced at six host tracks since 1926. The Hambletonian is the first leg of the trotting Triple Crown, followed by the Yonkers Trot in Yonkers, NY and the Kentucky Futurity in Lexington, KY. It is currently the only harness racing broadcast on network TV, and has been for more than 30 years. The $400,000 Hambletonian Maturity, for eligible 4-year-old trotters, will be raced on Saturday, July 18, the night of the Meadowlands Pace. For more information contact Moira Fanning at the Hambletonian Society (609-371-2211) or Rachel Ryan at the Meadowlands Racetrack (201-842-5015). From the Hambletonian Society

All 3-year-old trotters not eligible to the 2019 Hambletonian or Oaks have the option to supplement to the 2020 Hambletonian Maturity for 4-year-olds, with a supplemental payment of $2,000 on Nov. 15. The $400,000E Hambletonian Maturity is raced at The Meadowlands at a distance of a mile and an eighth and all starters receive money. It is typically the richest 4-year-old Trot offered. There is an additional supplemental window of $5,000 on February 15, 2020. Eligible trotters to the Oaks or Hambletonian in 2019 make a sustaining payment of $2,000 (fillies pay $1,500) on February 15, 2020 to start, as do supplemental entrants. The Hambletonian Maturity of 2020 will be the seventh edition of the race created by the Hambletonian Society and The Meadowlands to provide a racing opportunity for four-year-old trotters. All supplemental nomination fees are made payable to the Hambletonian Society Inc. and are added to the amount of the purse of the specific race. For more information go to or call David Janes at 609-371-2211. From the Hambletonian Society

East Rutherford, NJ -- An extra eighth of a mile can make the difference, and that seemed to be the case when 23-1 shot Crystal Fashion drove by heavy harness racing favorite Atlanta nearing the wire to capture the $450,000 Hambletonian Maturity for 4-year-olds at The Meadowlands on Saturday night (July 13) for driver Tim Tetrick.   The outcome of the race appeared to go through the 1-5 favorite Atlanta, as Yannick Gingras got her away in third in the early stages while Crystal Fashion wrestled the lead from Custom Cantab through a :26.1 opening quarter. Gingras hit the accelerator, and Atlanta hustled to the front after the opening fraction. Atlanta appeared in complete command through a half in :55 and three-quarters of a mile in 1:23.1, with Manchego on the offensive but Gingras appearing relaxed and ready to sprint home.   The fourth quarter had Atlanta leading through a 1:50.2 mile, but the mare started to bear out, enabling Tetrick and Crystal Fashion to find room along the pylons to go by the favorite. Custom Cantab and David Miller flew to the finish and came up just a nose off the winner, with Atlanta third past the finish line. However, a judges' inquiry into the race revealed that Custom Cantab had in fact interfered with three horses -- Phaetosive, Fiftydallarbill and Six Pack -- and was placed behind them as a result. The revised order of finish elevated Atlanta to second, with Six Pack placed third and Manchego fourth.   Crystal Fashion is a 4-year-old gelding by Cantab Hall trained by Jim Campbell for Fashion Farms LLC of New Hope, Pa. Sent off at 23-1, Crystal Fashion returned $48.20 in his third win of the season in seven starts.   "I wanted to be forwardly placed," said Tetrick following the victory. "I followed Atlanta last week and it didn't work out. I thought the extra distance would help my horse."   Crystal Fashion completed the mile and one-eighth distance in 2:04.3.   by Jay Bergman, Meadowlands Media

Atlanta secured her place in harness racing history last August when she became the first filly in 22 years to defeat the boys in the Hambletonian Stakes. Over the past month, though, the mare has served notice that she is not finished making history. On June 15, Atlanta won the Armbro Flight Stakes in 1:50.2 at Woodbine Mohawk Park, setting the record for the fastest trotting mile in Canadian history. Last weekend, she added to her legend by winning the Graduate Series championship in 1:49.1 at The Meadowlands to become the fastest female trotter of all time. The time also was the fastest in the 43-year history of the Big M. "There is no doubt that every time she races, you think you've seen the best of her, and she shows you something else," said Brad Grant, one of Atlanta's owners. "She actually continues to amaze." Atlanta's next opportunity to dazzle is Saturday in the $450,000 Hambletonian Maturity at The Meadowlands. The Hambletonian Maturity was created by the Hambletonian Society and The Meadowlands as a race solely for 4-year-olds previously eligible to the Hambletonian and Hambletonian Oaks. This year's event attracted a field of 11. The distance of the race is 1-1/8 miles rather than the traditional mile. Atlanta, who is undefeated in six starts this year, will attempt to become the second Hambletonian winner to capture the modern version of the Hambletonian Maturity. Marion Marauder first accomplished the feat in 2017. She also will try to become the third mare in the past four years to win the race, joining Ariana G in 2018 and Hannelore Hanover in 2016. Eight of Atlanta's rivals in the Maturity also competed in the Graduate final, which Atlanta won by a neck over Six Pack by rallying from fifth place with a quarter-mile to go. The others from the Graduate are Custom Cantab, Manchego, Crystal Fashion, Muscle M Up, Mission Accepted, Phaetosive, and Fiftydallarbill. Atlanta will start the Maturity from post four with regular driver Yannick Gingras at the lines for trainer Ron Burke. "It's mostly the same field of horses," Grant said. "I take nothing away from any of the horses in there, the slowest horse in the Graduate went a mile in (1):50.4 and five of them were under 1:50, so it's a great bunch of horses and they're all there to win. Nothing is going to come easily for anybody." Atlanta won eight of 14 races last year and earned $1.01 million on her way to being named Trotter of the Year at the Dan Patch Awards banquet. In all but one of her victories, she led at the half. This year, she has won three times when no better than fifth at the half. "The last couple years, the safest spot to be was on the front," said Grant, who shares ownership of Atlanta with Crawford Farms Racing and Howard Taylor. "This year she is showing that she can come from off the pace, or in this case trot, and get up there and win. Ronnie and Yannick have done a great job racing her off a helmet and keeping her calm. She seems to be a very versatile mare. I like that." So, what is Atlanta's full potential? "I don't know that answer," Grant said. "I'm not even sure if you talk to Yannick or Ronnie whether they know that answer. Every night she surprises us. She just seems to find a way to win." Saturday's 13-race card at The Meadowlands also includes the Meadowlands Pace for 3-year-old pacers, two divisions of the Stanley Dancer Memorial for 3-year-old male trotters, two divisions of the Delvin Miller Memorial for 3-year-old female trotters, Mistletoe Shalee for 3-year-old female pacers, William R. Haughton Memorial for older male pacers, Golden Girls for older female pacers, and a leg of the Miss Versatility Series for older female trotters. Racing begins at 7:15 p.m. (EDT). For Saturday's complete entries, click here. by Ken Weingartner, USTA Media Relations Manager

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Ariana G, the 1-5 favorite driven by Yannick Gingras, led wire-to-wire before drawing clear late to a 2¾-length victory in the 27th edition of the $405,850 Hambletonian Maturity for harness racing 4-year-old trotters Saturday night at the Meadowlands. Ariana G completed the 1 1/8-mile distance in 2:05 and cruised to her third win in five starts this season, posting her 24th victory in 31 career starts. Coming off a world-record 1:50 2/5 score in the Graduate Series final just a week ago, Ariana G also joins 2016 winner and Gingras-driven Hannelore Hanover (who won earlier on the Saturday card in the Miss Versatility), 1964 winner Elma and 1963 winner Spry Rodney as mare winners of the Maturity and also hits the record books as the first mare to complete the Hambletonian Oaks-Maturity double. As the prohibitive favorite, Ariana G returned $2.60 to win. "I was so happy with her performance. I was a little nervous with her nine post. She cut it close a bit down the stretch, but she is just an amazing horse," said trainer Jimmy Takter, who took home his first Maturity win. "We should not compare great horse with others. She has been so good. She is just a perfect horse." Takter said Ariana G will next race on Hambletonian Day (Aug. 4) in the John Cashman Memorial. Bill's Man, driven by Corey Callahan, was second, with Top Flight Angel and Andy Miller grabbing the show dough.   by Lou Monaco, for the Hambletonian Society

The Hambletonian Maturity, a race exclusively for 4-year-old trotters, drew nine entrants and will go to post Saturday (July 14) at the Meadowlands Racetrack for a purse of $405,850. Ariana G, owned by Marvin Katz and Al Libfeld, fresh off a world-record 1:50.2 victory in the Graduate Series final, seeks to join 2016 winner Hannelore Hanover, 1964 winner Elma and 1963 winner Spry Rodney as mare winners of the Maturity. Ariana G, who won the 2017 Hambletonian Oaks on her way to divisional honors and $1.1 million in earnings, would be the first mare to complete the Oaks-Maturity double if she wins Saturday. Her stiffest competition comes in the form of Guardian Angel As, with three wins in three starts this year for trainer Anette Lorentzon. The son of Archangel authored a 4-year-old track record of 1:52 last month at Harrah's Philadelphia, but was ineligible to the Graduate final. Owned by ACL Stuteri AB and Kjell Johansson, Guardian Angel As has racked up $320,030 in his career, with most of his sophomore success coming on the New York Sire Stakes trail. This year he's a different horse according to Lorentzon. "Last year he was just unlucky most of the time," Lorentzon said. "He raced good but he wasn't as good on a half-mile track and that's where the New York Sire Stakes are raced. He was always better on a mile track. I thought he raced really, really good in the Hambletonian to make the final and everyone knows the story of him getting run into. (Guardian Angel As, driven by Jason Bartlett, was fourth in his Hambletonian heat and interfered with in the final, causing the first ever disqualification of a Hambletonian winner, when What The Hill was placed ninth). "At the end of the year I started to have a problem with his foot -- I'm still not sure what bothered him, but he had a lot of issues with it. He raced really well in Lexington but he was not paid into the Kentucky Futurity. Then the Breeders Crown, that didn't go as we planned either. I was happy in the elimination but the final did not work out as it should, so then I just turned him out." Guardian Angel As ended the year with a record of 19-8-3-1 and $259,280 in earnings. Lorentzon qualified him at Hoosier Park in May and won an overnight in 1:53, a new mark for Guardian Angel As that he subsequently lowered in winning a leg of the Graduate at Tioga Downs and lowered again by setting the track record at Harrah's Philadelphia in 1:52. "When Timmy (Tetrick) drove him in Tioga he said he got away a little further back then he wanted but won as easy as could be. Then of course at (Harrah's Philadelphia) he was very happy with him," Lorentzon said. "We missed the Graduate because you have to race in half the legs and there are only three and I did not want to ship him to Canada because it's a long season with a lot of racing towards the end of the year. I am thinking about the future with him because we plan on racing him for several more years -- you never know what will happen but that's our plan. "Ariana G was very, very impressive and it's a tough race for everybody. I'll be happy if he races well and has a little luck." Also entered is Sortie, who was a surprise third-place finisher in the Graduate final at 53-1 for trainer/driver Trond Smedshammer; Canadian invader R First Class from the barn of Ben Baillargeon; a pair of contenders from trainer John Butenschoen, Don Dream and Bill's Man; as well as International Moni, Yes Mickey and Top Flight Angel. R First Class is driven by Trevor Henry, whose most recent of only three previous career appearances at The Meadowlands was in 2017 when he drove Classic Pro to a third-place finish in the Meadowlands Pace at 64-1. PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer-Morning Line 1-Guardian Angel As-Tim Tetrick-Anette Lorentzon-4/1 2-Yes Mickey-Ake Svanstedt-Ake Svanstedt-12/1 3-R First Class-Trevor Henry-Benoit Baillargeon-15/1 4-Top Flight Angel-Andy Miller-Julie Miller-8/1 5-International Moni-Scott Zeron-Domenico Cecere-5/1 6-Don Dream-Brett Miller-John Butenschoen-20/1 7-Sortie-Trond Smedshammer-Trond Smedshammer-10/1 8-Bill's Man-Corey Callahan-John Butenschoen-10/1 9-Ariana G-Yannick Gingras-Jimmy Takter-7/5 Trainer/driver Ake Svanstedt won the first edition of the current incarnation of the Hambletonian Maturity in 2014 with Your So Vain and starts Yes Mickey from post two. Four of the nine entered were 2017 Hambletonian starters: Bill's Man, Guardian Angel As, International Moni, and Sortie. Created by the Hambletonian Society and the Meadowlands as a racing opportunity solely for 4-year-olds previously eligible to the Hambletonian and Oaks, like those events the Maturity racing conditions prohibit the use of Lasix, the only race day medication permitted in New Jersey and entrants are subject to out of competition testing. The distance is 1-1/8 miles. All starters in the race will receive money, with the winner receiving 50 percent of the purse. One percent of the total purse will be paid to the owners of the finalists finishing sixth through ninth. The remainder of the purse for the Maturity will be divided 50-24-16-10 percent for the horses finishing second through fifth. For the complete Meadowlands card, click here. For Meadowlands announcer Ken Warkentin's analysis of all the races, click here. by Moira Fanning, for the Hambletonian Society  

East Rutherford, NJ - Meadowlands Pace night is billed as the "Greatest Party in Harness Racing" and the 2018 edition promises to live up to that tag line both on and off the track. Post time on Saturday is 6:35 pm.   Pace weekend begins with a busy Friday night card where the $350,000 New Jersey Sires Stakes (NJSS) freshman finals hold center stage supported by four Kindergarten legs, a Pick 5 Guaranteed pool of $100,000 buoyed by a $28,976 carry over and the mandatory payout of the last race Jackpot Super Hi-5 pool, currently at $276,939, that could well enter seven figure territory by post time.   The $75,000 NJSS pacing finals are led by Hurrikane Emperor who has dominated the pacing colts in each leg and meets the same three rivals on Friday (non-betting event at 6:15 pm) for trainers John McDermott, père et fils and owners Jonathan Klee Racing, Kuhen Racing, Pegasis Invst Group, and G. Vierno.   Molly Dooker is an even money morning line choice in the filly race for the Visionary Breeders of NJ, who turns out to be trainer Tony Alagna. She jogged in last week's leg, finishing a 1:54.1 mile with a 27.1 final quarter for driver Brett Miller to win by more than four.   The NJSS trotting finals are both full of exciting prospects, ten in each $125,000 race in fact.   The fillies come up in race 5 where sires Father Patrick and Trixton, who are represented by 19 of the 20 finalists, have the two logical favorites.   Whispering Oaks, by Father Patrick, was a leg #1 winner in 1:55.4 largely due to the talents of her driver Yannick Gingras as she raced greenly while Yannick kept her not only on stride but on course to get the win in the last step. Jimmy Takter trains Whispering Oaks for Brixton Medical, Herb Liverman and R A W Equine, Inc.   Mother Bonnie scored her win in leg two for Andy McCarthy trotting to a national season's best of 1:55. The Trixton lass is a Robert McNerney and Hauser Brothers Racing homebred from the Noel Daley stable.   The result of the colt final will largely depend on the state of mind that the enigmatic Greenshoe brings into the race. The son of Father Patrick has exhibited extreme talent, winning a baby race in 1:55 on June 2, but has also demonstrated a fractious side which led to going him off stride at the start in his leg one appearance, only to make a sensational recovery and win the race in 1:56.2 despite the ground given with the miscue. Brian Sears has the assignment to keep Greenshoe to task for trainer Marcus Melander and owner Courant, Inc.   On Saturday night the eight Grand Circuit stakes are led by the $701,800 Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace (race 8), clearly one of the most competitive in the 42 year history of the stake.   Last season's O'Brien freshman award winner Stay Hungry (Doug McNair), owned by Brad Grant and the late Irwin Samelman and Courtly Choice, racing for the interests of Hutt Racing, Mac & Heim Stable, Daniel Plouffe and Touch Stone Stable, supplemented to the race at a cost of more than $62,000, won last week's elimination races and have the favorite's target on their backs.   Trainer Tony Alagna sends out three for the final including the aforementioned Stay Hungry, the season's fastest sophomore in American History (Yannick Gingras drives for Brittany Farms, Marvin Katz and American History Racing) who was second in the Courtly Choice elim and Babe's Dig Me (Brett Miller for Grant, Joe Sbrocco, Robert LeBlanc and In The Gym).   Courtly Choice carries the hopes of trainer Blake Macintosh and partners who backed their talented colt with a large cheque to give him a shot at the title. He also offers Hall of Fame driver Dave Miller one of his best chances to win the Pace, something he has yet to do.   The supporting card is nothing short of amazing with the $405,000 Hambletonian Maturity for 4-year-olds bringing harness racing's newest diva Ariana G back to the track just one week removed from her brilliant world record 1:50.2 demolition of many of these same rivals in last Saturday's Graduate final. Gingras has the drive on her for Takter and owners Marvin Katz and Al Libfeld.   A dozen talented debutantes will contest the sophomore pacing filly Mistletoe Shalee stake (race 5) led by Kissin In The Sand (Scott Zeron), trained by Nancy Johansson for Marvin Katz and Bud Hatfield Stable, who turned heads with a gritty uncovered masterpiece in the Lynch Memorial final a fortnight past.   The WR Haughton Memorial (race 10) for older horses and Golden Girls (race 9) for their female counterparts also drew over flow fields of twelve with all of the stars of the division present.   Mcwicked (Brian Sears), as sharp as he's ever been at age 7 for Casie Coleman and owner SSG Stable, will be the choice in the Haughton off his bruising win in the Ben Franklin.   Shartin N (Tim Tetrick) has dominated the pacing mares in 2018, having won all of the major stakes thus far for owners Richard Poillucci and Jo Ann Looney King and she'll be the strong public choice in the Golden Girls. Jim King, Jr trains.   Note that all 12 horse fields will race at a distance of a mile and one eighth.   Also on the Pace card are the final preps for the upcoming Hambletonian and Hambletonian Oaks which are set to be raced on Saturday, August 4.   The top colts are all counted among the 16 entered for the $362,000 (divided) Stanley Dancer Memorial (races 4 & 6) with several among them rounding into Hambo form at the perfect time and others still looking for answers.   The $257,000 Del Miller Memorial split into a pair of sevens (race 3 & 11) with a few of those fillies holding hopes of the main event come Hambletonian Day, depending on their performance and that of the colts racing in the Dancer.   How might one begin a card such as this?   Well, here at The Meadowlands we'll kick the evening off with a pair of Miss Versatility divisions for the finest aged trotting mares around, among them 2018 Horse of the Year Hannelore Hanover (Gingras) who has been flawless thus far in the new season.   Off the track there's a ton going on with the always popular Pace T-shirt giveaway, the $500 win wager promotion and a BBQ contest along with various activities for the family.   For the horseplayer Pace night is one of the highlights each season with big pools and the horizontal guarantees have been increased accordingly. The Pick 5 is guaranteed at $40,000 and the Pick 4 hiked to $75,000 for the evening. Free program pages are available courtesy of Trackmaster.   Pace night is always a highlight of the racing season and this year the experience is one you'll want to be a part of.   Remember, post time is 6:35.   by Nick Salvi, for the Meadowlands        

East Rutherford, NJ - The $2.7 million Meadowlands Pace card leads a stakes-laden weekend of Grand Circuit racing at The Meadowlands with a special 6:35 pm on Saturday.   The $701,800 Pace has ten of the finest sophomore colts heading post-ward led by last week's elimination winners Courtly Choice and Stay Hungry.   The supporting stakes pretty much all filled up to the max with the WR Haughton Memorial, Golden Girls and Mistletoe Shalee all fielding a dozen horses at the route distance at a mile and one eighth. Virtually all of the division leaders are listed among the entrants.   The Hambletonian Maturity has drawn nine led by Ariana G in fresh of her amazing 1:50.2 World record romp in last week's Graduate final.   The leading preps for the upcoming August 4 Hambletonian and companion Oaks stakes filled with the logical contenders.   The Stanley Dancer Memorial for colts will split at 16 boasting both O'Brien award winner Alarm Detector and Dan Patch winner Fourth Dimension and Wolfgang fronting a half dozen from Jimmy Takter's loaded barn.   The Del Miller for fillies drew 14 featuring Manchego's return to racing against the girls. She'll face the potent duo of Phaetosive and Seviyorum coming off track record efforts at Harrahs. For the record, Atlanta was not eligible to the Miller.   Last but certainly not least comes the Miss Versatility composed of 13 (2 div) older trotting mares including the magnificent Hannelore Hanover compete for money and points toward the final on Jug Day in Delaware.   Friday's card features the New Jersey Sires Stakes finals with full fields of 10 in both trots and the first leg of the Kindergarten Series for trotters.   Complete information will be available later today on The Meadowlands website.   by Nick Salvi, for the Meadowlands        

The $400,000E Hambletonian Maturity trotting race is scheduled for Saturday, July 14 at The Meadowlands. The race conditions allow for supplemental entry and are as follows: Supplemental entries are due and payable by 8 a.m. on Tuesday, July 10, 2018. Payment of $50,000 ($42,000 plus the $8,000 entrance fee) must be in certified U.S. Funds and RECEIVED in the Racing Office prior to 8 a.m. (local time) on that day along with the supplemental entry. The supplemental check may also be delivered to the Hambletonian Society office before the end of the business day on Monday, July 9. All supplemental entrance fees shall be made payable to the Hambletonian Society Inc. All supplemental fees shall be added to the amount of the purse of the specific race. Entries for eligible horses are due at the standard entry time of 9:00 a.m. Tuesday, July 10. If any supplemental entries are received for the Hambletonian Maturity, notice will be dispersed via Meadowlands text message service. Like the Hambletonian and Oaks, the Maturity racing conditions prohibit the use of Lasix, the only race day medication permitted in New Jersey, and entrants are subject to out of competition testing. All contestants must report to the Stakes Barn at the Meadowlands no later than 11:00 p.m., Friday, July 13. The Maturity is raced at a distance of a mile and an eighth and all starters will receive money. The complete race conditions and eligibles can be found here: Please call the Meadowlands Racing office at 201-842-5130 or the Hambletonian Society at 609-371-2211 for further information. From the Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - It was a big-time harness racing performance by the defending Trotter of the Year. Driven by Scott Zeron, 1-5 favorite Marion Marauder chased down Cufflink Hanover by a head in 2:05.2 for the mile-and-an-eighth distance to capture the $458,750 Hambletonian Maturity for 4-year-old trotters at the Meadowlands Saturday night, and in doing so, became the first horse in the fourth edition of the series to complete the Hambo-Hambo Maturity sweep. Zeron waited for his moment to go first over just after the three-quarter mile mark and powered his way to the finish line, outlasting Cufflink Hanover. Warrawee Roo finished third with Dayson fourth. "He's a grinder, I'm not worried about him getting weak at the end, that's for sure," said Zeron. "The way it unfolds, a mile and an eighth, a lot of people can do different things out there. Right now, he's at the best part of his game. It's hard to believe after the year he had last year. I don't mind coming first up, he loves looking at them, just going right on by them. This year, he's matured to pull away. (His desire to race) is even more as a 4-year-old. It makes my life so much easier." Marion Marauder paid $2.60, $2.20 and $2.10. Cufflink Hanover, with Corey Callahan driving, paid $7.40 and $4.60 to place with Warrawee Roo (Daniel Dube) paying $3.60 to show. It was the son of Muscle Hill's third win in four starts this season. He's won 14 of 32 lifetime and has earned over $2 million for owners Marion Jean Wellwood and Devin Keeling. Last year, Marion Marauder swept the Triple Crown - the Hambletonian, Yonkers Trot and Kentucky Futurity - on his way to being named Trotter of the Year. Marion Marauder By Lou Monaco, for the Hambletonian Society  

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (July 11, 2017) - Nearly $3 million in Grand Circuit stakes will be contested on Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace night, Saturday, July 15 with an early post time of 6:30 p.m. The $435,000e William R. Haughton Memorial Free-For-All pace will go with a bulky field of 12 at the distance of one-and-one-eighth-miles with Battle of Lake Erie winner All Bets Off and Ben Franklin runner-up Mel Mara chief among the entrants. Lady Shadow is a clear favorite to defend her $200,000e Golden Girls title in a field of pacing mares that is eleven deep and will also go the route distance of one-mile-and-one-eighth. 2016 Trotting Triple Crown champion and last week's Graduate winner Marion Marauder heads a field of nine 4-year-old trotters in the $420,000 Hambletonian Maturity. The Maturity is scheduled at the extended nine furlong distance. The $240,000e Del Miller Memorial will field a pair of seven-horse splits with division leaders Ariana G, Magic Presto and Glitzy Gal using the stake as a springboard to the Hambletonian Oaks on August 5, with eliminations scheduled a week prior. Walner continues to blaze a trail to the $1 million Hambletonian, using the $300,000 Stanley Dancer Memorial as his next stop along with 16 other sophomore colt trotters. Devious Man, Long Tom and What The Hill lead the competition. Seven 3-year-old pacing fillies were entered in the $170,000e Mistletoe Shalee and 13 older mare trotters named into the Miss Versatility. The $738,550 Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace final was drawn after last week's elimination: 1. Blood Line (Mark MacDonald, Jimmy Takter) 5-1 2. Macs Jackpot (David Miller, Jim Campbell) 15-1 3. Boogie Shuffle (Scott Zeron, Mark Harder) 30-1 4. Huntsville (Tim Tetrick, Ray Schnittker) Even 5. Downbytheseaside (Brian Sears, Brian Brown) 4-1 6. Miso Fast (Matt Kakaley, Ron Burke) 10-1 7. Filibuster Hanover (Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke) 10-1 8. Santafes Coach (Corey Callahan, Leo Iordan) 20-1 9. Classic Pro (Trevor Henry, Dr. Ian Moore) 15-1 10. Talent Soup (Eric Abbatiello, Bruce Saunders) 30-1 Complete entry information will be available later today via by Justin Horowitz, for the Meadowlands

East Rutherford, NJ -- The earlier release regarding OOC testing incorrectly included the Hambletonian Maturity among the stakes addressed. That race is administered by the Hambletonian Society and the entrants to it are subject to testing per the conditions of that race.   The revised statement is below;   The Meadowlands has announced that all horses entered in the following stakes; Graduate Finals Trot & Pace, Meadowlands Pace, Mistletoe Shalee, WR Haughton Memorial, Golden Girls, Stanley Dancer Memorial and Del Miller Memorial will be required to be stabled at an approved training facility within a 150 mile radius of The Meadowlands by 8:00 pm (EDT) on Monday, July 3 and be made available for Out Of Competition testing as requested.   Trainers for all of the horses entered in those stakes are responsible for informing The Meadowlands Racing Office at (877) 782-5130 to disclose where each horse will be stabled from July 3 until the stakes have been raced.   A requirement of a similiar time frame will be made for horses racing in those stakes surrounding and on Hambletonian Day, August 5. Further details will be released as they become available.   Nick Salvi  

The mare showed the boys.   Hannelore Hanover and driver Yannick Gingras took the lead on the far turn and was much the best, capturing the $471,200 Hambletonian Maturity for 4-year-olds at 1 1/8 miles by 3 1/2 lengths on the Meadowlands Pace undercard Saturday night at the Meadowlands.   Hannelore Hanover, the 4-5 post-time favorite and daughter of Swan For All, recorded her ninth victory in 10 starts this year and paid $3.80 to win.   "She was even better tonight than she was in Canada (winning three straight in the Armbro Flight eliminations and final and Ms. Versatility)," said Gingras. "The second time I raced her in Canada, she was a little bit hot. They made a couple of changes on her and she usually starts out a little bit stiff, but she warms right out of it. Tonight, the minute she hit the track, she felt super. She just dominated them."   Trained by Ron Burke, Hannelore Hanover brushed past Musical Rhythm, driven by John Campbell, at the half-mile mark and cleared to take the lead for good.   Fractions for the 1 1/8-mile trot were :26.3, :55.4, 1:24.4, 1:52.3 and 2:05.4.   Wings of Royalty, driven by Brian Sears, held on nicely to finish second with Crazy Wow, driven by Tim Tetrick and also trained by Burke, grabbing the show spot.   Hannelore Hanover, who was supplemented to the race for $50,000, joined Bee A Magician (second in 2014) and Shake It Cerry (third in 2015) as the only mares to start in the Maturity against the males.   Created by the Hambletonian Society and the Meadowlands as a racing opportunity solely for 4-year-olds previously eligible to the Hambletonian and Oaks, the Maturity racing conditions prohibit the use of Lasix, the only race day medication permitted in New Jersey.   The highly anticipated wagering opportunity of the season, the mandatory payout of the Super High Five wager, returned $3,269.52 for every 20¢ winning ticket. The total pool of $1,015,660 included $747,891 in new money wagered, in addition to the $267,769 carryover amount. The wager had not been hit since the Meadowlands season began in November. The 3/5 favorite Lady Shadow set a world record for 1 1/8 miles to win the Golden Girls in 2:00.3. The favorite was followed across the wire by 6/1 Solar Sister and 27/1 Inittowinafortune. Fourth place went to 42/1 Devil Child and 11/1 Katie Said rounded out the winning combination. There was a total of 276 winning tickets that were rewarded thanks to the large carryover and low 15-percent takeout rate. by Lou Monaco, for the Meadowlands        

Most people in this day and age operate on a budget and understandably so. They want some bang for their buck and that is especially true in harness racing. Frank Baldachino, however, is emphatic that splurging on Hannelore Hanover and not sticking to the bottom line may have very well been the best investment he has ever made. "Ron (Burke) and I always have a set limit on what we will spend when we look at horses," said Baldachino. "You have to stick with that line because it is easy to over spend, so for this filly we had $30,000 as our price (at the 2013 Standardbred Horse Sale), but I looked at Ron and said let's go up one more tick for her. So we went in for $2,000 more and that made her ours. It was the best $2,000 I have ever spent." Baldachino and his partners, Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi, decided to open up their wallets yet again in regards to this world champion when they footed the $50,000 bill to supplement her to the $471,200 Hambletonian Maturity on Saturday (July 16) at the Meadowlands. The 4-year-old daughter of Swan For All and the Dream Vacation mare High Sobriety will begin trotting from post position four with Yannick Gingras in the bike. The Indiana champion is 3-1 on the morning line in the 1-1/8 mile contest and is only the third female to participate in this event after Bee A Magician and Shake It Cerry. She is certainly a top contender to have her picture taken after the field crosses the line. She possesses the swiftest season's mark of her 10 rivals (1:51) and only the Graduate Series final victor, Musical Rhythm, has earned more cash this season ($270,573 to her $224,505). "It really was not a difficult decision to supplement her," Baldachino said. "We kept a close eye on the race last week (the Graduate Series final) and felt none of the colts stood out over her. She has been simply terrific this year and has done everything so easily without even being really asked. With those kind of performances we felt now was the time to put her against the colts. No one from that division has proved to stand out and with what she has accomplished at this point, she deserves the opportunity." With only two starts at age two, Hannelore Hanover was given an extended vacation after a 10th place finish in the $75,000 Indiana Sire Stakes final on July 5, 2014. The filly was stabled at Hoosier Park and under the watchful eye of Jamie Macomber, one of trainer Ron Burke's stellar staff and her husband, Rick. Hannelore Hanover had her hooves full competing against the likes of Indiana champion Churita as a sophomore, but as the year progressed, so did this filly. On Aug. 5, 2015 she demolished her rivals in a $20,000 Indiana Sire Stakes leg while coming home in :27.4. That triumph was the first of seven straight wins to close out her 3-year-old season and since then she has only tasted defeat in one event, which was a second to the seasoned Allie Labrook at Hoosier Park on June 2. The mare was timed in :26.4 for her last quarter-mile in that contest and she finished in front of Natural Herbie. She then traveled to Canada where she dominated her fellow females in the elimination for the $208,260 Armbro Flight final and then equaled the world record of 1:51, which was also a stakes and track record, in the final itself. The next engagement on her agenda was another romp in a $23,100 leg of the Miss Versatility Series, also at Mohawk Racetrack, on July 1. Hannelore Hanover stopped the clock in 1:53.4 without being seriously tested. "She is just a big, strong, perfectly made animal," Baldachino said. "She has all the parts and they are all put together. She looks exactly like a trotter should look. Everything she has done this year has just been outstanding. She did require some patience to grow into herself and Jamie, Rick and Ron all deserve credit for bringing her along. They gave her everything she needed and she has rewarded us with how she has performed. "We are all excited about Saturday night and for the rest of the year with her. To do what she has done already without being asked makes you wonder what else she has to show. Like I said, putting up that extra $2,000 to get her was unbelievably worth it." Baldachino also has another horse competing on Saturday evening's card in All Bets Off. The son of Bettor's Delight and the Dexter Nukes mare Armbro Penelope will leave from post position 12 in the $471,800 William R. Haughton Memorial. He will have to contend with the likes of Always B Miki, Wiggle It Jigglieit and Freaky Feet Pete, but this horse has earned more than $1.9 million and should never be dismissed. "It's not the best post position and he has not had the best luck with the draws this year," Baldachino said. "But he is a very nice little horse. He has speed and has demonstrated he can use it if the trip works out for him. "He's a horse we purchased that was already developed and we did not get him as a yearling like Hannelore, but how can you ever be disappointed with a horse that has done the things he has? We know no matter what he will go out there and give it his best. That's all you can ask for." Following is the field for the Hambletonian Maturity. PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer-Line 1. Fashion Creditor-David Miller-Tom Fanning-30/1 2. Centurion ATM-Trace Tetrick-Ake Svanstedt-20/1 3. Wings Of Royalty-Brian Sears-George Ducharme-10/1 4. Hannelore Hanover-Yannick Gingras-Ron Burke-3/1 5. Crescent Fashion-Scott Zeron-Ake Svanstedt-15/1 6. Muscle Up The Goal-Aaron Merriman-Christopher Beaver-6/1 7. Crazy Wow-Tim Tetrick-Ron Burke-4/1 8. Lookslikeachpndale-Brett Miller-Luc Blais-25/1 9. Musical Rhythm-John Campbell-Benoit Baillargeon-5/2 10. Honor And Serve-Ake Svanstedt-Ake Svanstedt-25/1 11. Canepa Hanover-Corey Callahan-Jimmy Takter-8/1 by Kim French, USTA Internet News Editor

The third edition of the modern day Hambletonian Maturity will go post ward Saturday, July 16 at The Meadowlands with a field of 11 four-year-old trotters competing for a purse of $471,200. Ten eligible trotters plus a $50,000 supplement by the connections of the latest Indiana-sired sensation, distaffer Hannelore Hanover, comprise the field of 11. Musical Rhythm, who won a Graduate leg at Mohawk Raceway and the $250,000 Final at The Meadowlands in 1:51.2 last Saturday, leads the field for trainer Ben Baillargeon. With 12 victories in 14 starts and $270,573 this year, a win with Musical Rhythm would give driver John Campbell consecutive victories in the Hambletonian Maturity, following his successful steer with JL Cruze, also a racetime supplement, last year. A son of 1998 Breeders Crown freshman champ Musical Victory and sire Cantab Hall, Musical Rhythm was a $33,000 Standardbred Mixed Horse Sale purchase at Harrisburg last November for owner/trainer Ben Baillargeon, Claude Hamel and Santo and Nunzio Vena. "He is amazing us," said Baillargeon after Musical Rhythm's Graduate Final victory from post 10, setting a new lifetime mark of 1:51.2. "I go to the sale and look for young trotters with speed - I don't care if they make breaks because I think I can fix them- but they have to show some speed. This guy was maybe a little guy when he went through the ring as a yearling but he fit what I was looking for and in my price range. "Both times down at the Meadowlands, I don't know what happened, he didn't get a good trip but he went a hell of a mile Saturday night," continued Baillargeon. "Because he won in 1:52 in March I was able to stake him to the Graduate, Crawford and Allerage, although I originally wanted him to just stay in 4-year-old races." Though Baillargeon has returned to his home base in Ontario, his daughter Sara is headquartered at Magical Acres training center in New Jersey with Musical Rhythm. Hannelore Hanover joins Bee A Magician (second in 2014) and Shake It Cerry (third in 2015) as the only mares to start in the Maturity against the males. The $50,000 supplemental decision was "kinda easy" according to trainer Ron Burke. "We've had to count on her to do everything we planned on Mission Brief doing this year and she has really come through," said Burke. "Her last two wins were in complete shutdown mode without her ever being asked, and everyone who has driven her believes she can trot in 1:49. She just won at Mohawk in 1:51, so that's not out of the question. "It's a lot of money to put up, but she's made a lot so we are kind of playing with our own money here. She has been just unbelievable this year - and no other horse shows the kind of miles she's been doing." The Burke Racing Stable owns Hannelore Hanover, along with the partnership of Mark Weaver and Mike Bruscemi, and Frank Baldachino. A $32,000 purchase as a yearling from the 2013 Standardbred Horse Sale, Hannelore started just twice at two in Indiana-sired events, and also stayed home in Indiana as a sophomore, racking up close to $300,000 in state-bred earnings. Now four, the daughter of Swan For All - High Sobriety has joined Indiana stand outs like Wiggle It Jiggleit, Freaky Feet Pete, Always Be Miki and Color's A Virgin in beating the best North America has to offer. Ironically, Hannelore Hanover's sole loss this year came in her home state to the mare Allie Labrook. Otherwise she has picked up stake wins in the Miami Valley Distaff, Armbro Flight and Miss Versatility. Burke will also start Crazy Wow for Our Horse Cents Stable, JT45, Silva Stables and Deo Volente Stable. A winner of $1.2 million lifetime, Crazy Wow has struggled to find his stride this year but put it together in an overnight race last Friday, scoring in 1:51.2. Ake Svanstedt will start three trotters: Centurion ATM, Crescent Fashion and Honor And Serve. Svanstedt won the first edition of the Maturity in 2014 with Your So Vain. Muscle Up The Goal comes in off a second-place finish to Obrigado in the Cleveland Trotting Classic an open race. Trained by Chris Beaver to more than $300,000 in earnings in just 25 lifetime starts, the son of Muscle Mass-Tag's Goal will be making his first start at The Meadowlands. 2015 Hambletonian winner Pinkman was not entered, but Jimmy Takter has representation in Canepa Hanover. Trainer Luc Blais who has a history of sending out longshot winners has entered Lookslikeachpndale, a lightly-raced son of Muscle Hill; George Ducharme could be the first trainer in modern times to send out a Hambletonian winner [Royalty For Life in 2013] and a Maturity winner should Wings Of Royalty step up; and Tom Fanning adds Fashion Creditor for owner Joe Smith to round out the field. Created by the Hambletonian Society and the Meadowlands as a racing opportunity solely for 4-year-olds previously eligible to the Hambletonian and Oaks, like those events the Maturity racing conditions prohibit the use of Lasix, the only race day medication permitted in New Jersey and entrants are subject to out of competition testing. The distance is a mile and an eighth. All starters in the race will receive money, with the winner receiving 50% of the purse. One percent of the total purse will be paid to the owners of the finalist finishing sixth thru eleventh. The remainder of the purse for the Maturity will be divided 50-24-16-10% for the horses finishing second through fifth. Post positions will be drawn later this afternoon with the rest of the sensational Meadowlands card which features the Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace, Mistletoe Shalee, Stanley Dancer Memorial, Delvin Miller Memorial, Golden Girls, Miss Versatility and the WR Haughton Memorial. The 11-horse field, in alphabetical order, is below: Canepa Hanover Centurion ATM Crazy Wow Crescent Fashion Creditor Hannelore Hanover (S) Honor And Serve Lookslikeachipndale Muscle Up The Goal Musical Rhythm Wings Of Royalty by Moira Fanning for the Hambletonian Society  

East Rutherford, NJ - The $400,000E Hambletonian Maturity trotting race is scheduled for Saturday, July 16 at The Meadowlands.   The race conditions allow for supplemental entry and are as follows: Supplemental entries are due and payable by 8 a.m. on Monday, July 11, 2016. Payment of $50,000 ($42,000 plus the $8,000 entrance fee) must be in certified U.S. Funds and RECEIVED in the Racing Office prior to 8 a.m. (local time) on that day along with the supplemental entry. The supplemental check may also delivered to the Hambletonian Society office before the end of the business day on Friday, July 8.   All supplemental entrance fees shall be made payable to the Hambletonian Society Inc. All supplemental fees shall be added to the amount of the purse of the specific race.   Entries for eligible horses are due at the standard entry time of 9:00 a.m. Monday, July 11. If any supplemental entries are received to the Hambletonian Maturity, notice will be dispersed via Meadowlands text message service.   Like the Hambletonian and Oaks, the Maturity racing conditions prohibit the use of Lasix, the only race day medication permitted in New Jersey and entrants are subject to out of competition testing. The distance is a mile and eighth and all starters will receive money.   The complete race conditions can be found here on the Please call the Meadowlands Racing office at 201-842-5130 or the Hambletonian Society at 609-371-2211 for further information.   From the Meadowlands Media Relations Department

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