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East Rutherford, NJ - The field has been set for Harness Horse Youth Foundation's "invitational" exhibition to be held Saturday, Aug. 3, at the Meadowlands Racetrack. Representatives from the recently concluded Leadership program were selected to participate. The invitational participants' information: Post Position 1 Genna Kerlin will drive Royal Attire; assistant driver is Dexter Dunn Genna is 12 years old and lives in Allentown, N.J. Post Position 2 Collin Young will drive Ima's Hit; assistant driver is Corey Callahan Collin is 14 years old and lives in Wallkill, N.Y. Post Position 3 Paige Kopiec will drive I Want Another; assistant driver is David Miller Paige is 16 years old and lives in London, Ohio Post Position 4 Dedrick Sanders will drive CD's Miss M; assistant driver is Tim Tetrick Dedrick is 15 years old and lives in Walnut Grove, Mississippi "HHYF is proud of the efforts put forth by this year's selected young people. Each one showed great improvement and interest as the Leadership week progressed. It is always a pleasure to reward outstanding efforts with the total experience of Hambletonian Day, not to mention the thrill of being on the track with harness racing's finest drivers" explained Executive Director Ellen Taylor. Post time for the HHYF exhibition will be 11:25 a.m. (EDT), just prior to the beginning of the day's star-packed card including the Hambletonian and Hambletonian Oaks. HHYF events would not be possible without the support of the following sponsors: Win & Place Level: Diamond Creek Farm, All American Harnessbreds, Brittany Farms, IN Standardbred Association, Kentuckiana Farms, Lindy Farms, PM Advertising, PA Harness Horsemen's Association, Jim & Georgia Simpson, and Southern Oaks Training Center. Stable Level: Joe Asher/Chris McErlean, Fair Island Farm, Fair Winds Farm, Meadows Standardbred Owners Association, Standardbred Owners and Breeders of New Jersey, Val D'or Farms. Additional support from: Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association, U.S. Trotting Association, Big Dee's, Burke Racing LLC, Cameo Hills Farm, Embroidery Unlimited, New Meadowlands, New York State Ag & Breeding Development Fund, Tioga Downs, Vernon Downs, World Wide Pedigrees, Ada Jean Ackerman, Chris Wittstruck. Stable conditioners: Dylan Davis Stable, Emily Hay Stable, Kris Hinchcliff Stable, Jason Skinner Stable, Andrew Stafford Stable, and Wyatt Starkey. The Harness Horse Youth Foundation is a charitable 501(c)3 organization dedicated to providing young people and their families educational opportunities with harness horses in order to foster the next generation of participants and fans. The Foundation has been making a difference in young people's lives since 1976; its programs include interactive learning experiences with racehorses as well as offering scholarships and creating and distributing educational materials relating to harness racing. For more information on opportunities through HHYF, or to support its mission, go to www.hhyf.org or call 317.908.0029. From the Harness Horse Youth Foundation

Trainer Nancy Johansson is fond of her Hambletonian harness racing contender Don't Let'em, even if the colt is not always the best student. "He would be the kid in the classroom that's always in the corner, the class clown," Johansson said with a laugh. "But I've liked him since the first time he ever set foot on the farm. You know why? He's always so happy. "I think that's why he gets himself in trouble," she added, laughing again. Don't Let'em is the 4-1 second choice in Saturday's second of two $70,000 Hambletonian Stakes eliminations at The Meadowlands. Greenshoe, this year's fastest 3-year-old trotter with a mark of 1:50.1, is the 4-5 choice. The top-five finishers in each elimination return for the $1 million final later in the day. The Hambletonian and $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks will be aired live as part of a 90-minute broadcast on CBS Sports Network beginning at 4 p.m. (EDT). The Hambletonian Day card starts at noon. Don't Let'em is in his first year with Johansson's training stable after spending his 2-year-old campaign with her father, now-retired Jimmy Takter. Last year, Don't Let'em dazzled on Hambletonian Day, winning the Peter Haughton Memorial in a stakes-record 1:51.4. He ended the season with four wins and a second (by a nose) in 10 starts. He went off stride in all five of his off-the-board finishes. This year, Don't Let'em has gone off stride once in four races. He has two wins and a second (again by a nose) and heads to the Hambletonian off a career-best 1:50.2 victory in the Reynolds Memorial last week at The Meadowlands. "He's fast," Johansson said. "I don't know if he's as fast as Greenshoe, but we'll see. If he can just behave, he can be right there. And he's strong too. He was parked the entire mile in the Reynolds; he never saw the rail until the stretch. So, he's got all the tools. It's just all the puzzle pieces need to be put together in the right spot Saturday." Johansson, who was the caretaker of 2010 Hambletonian winner Muscle Massive, started her own stable in 2013. She was harness racing's Rising Star Award winner in 2014, when she trained Horse of the Year JK She'salady. She trained two Dan Patch Award recipients in 2018 and both will be in action on Hambletonian Day: Captain Crunch in the Cane Pace for 3-year-old pacers and 4-year-old Kissin In The Sand in the Lady Liberty for female pacers. Her best finish in the Hambletonian came in 2014, when Resolve was fifth. Don't Let'em, a son of Muscle Hill-Passageway, is owned by breeder Brittany Farms, Christina Takter, John Fielding, and Herb Liverman. All are past winners of the Hambletonian. The most recent horse to win the Peter Haughton Memorial at age 2 and come back the following year to win the Hambletonian was Muscle Hill. Johansson will go into the Hambletonian with an outlook to mirror her colt's sunny disposition. "I don't really have any expectations because I can just be happy then," Johansson said. Per Engblom has two in the Hambletonian Per Engblom is making his Hambletonian debut with his own stable, but is no stranger to the race after spending the past six years as the top assistant to now-retired Hall of Fame trainer Jimmy Takter. Engblom was part of two Hambletonian victories during that time frame, with Trixton in 2014 and Pinkman in 2015. The 39-year-old Engblom will send two horses into the Hambletonian, 15-1 Osterc in the first elimination and 10-1 Super Schissel in the second. Osterc was the 2018 Pennsylvania Sire Stakes champion and Super Schissel won the 2018 Matron Stakes. Both were trained by Takter last season. "So far, we feel good," Engblom said. "I try to do what we always did here, taking it easy and don't step too much out of the line. We try to follow the routine and do what we always do. Hopefully the program we put together for the horses will have them peak at the right time. "I've been around enough to know we're not going in as favorites. I know we're going in to try to make the best we can." Osterc, a son of Cantab Hall-Oh Oh Hereshecomes, has won three of eight races this year including the Dexter Cup for breeders/owners Goran Falk and Christina Takter. He went off stride in two of his past three races, but Engblom attributed the miscues to shoeing. The colt enters the Hambletonian off a fourth-place finish in a division of the Tompkins-Geers on July 20. "We went back to the old shoes and away we went," Engblom said. "He's a little tight gaited and if his timing is not right it makes a big difference for him. I think we've got him back on track. He's just a great racehorse to be around. He always tries his heart out. "The (Tompkins-Geers) turned into a sprint. He came home in :27 and that's about as fast as he can come home, but he can take a lot of air. If the race sets up with different fractions, he's going to benefit from that." Super Schissel, who has a conditioned win among six starts this season, heads to the Hambletonian off a third-place finish in last week's Reynolds Memorial, when he started from post 12 in a 12-horse field and was timed in 1:51.4. Engblom plans to race the colt, a son of Uncle Peter-Bavarde owned by Al Libfeld and Perry Soderberg, barefoot on Saturday. "We saved that all year, now it's time," Engblom said. "That's going to clean him up (gait-wise) a little bit. If we take his shoes off, he can trot a little bit faster. He can leave the gate a little bit faster and be a little more in the game. He trotted (1):51.4 with a little road trouble so if we can make him five or six lengths better, he can pick up a check." Jim Campbell on Cantab Fashion Cantab Fashion got a late start to his 2019 campaign, making his seasonal debut on July 20 with a third-place finish in a division of the Tompkins-Geers at The Meadowlands. He returned to action last week and was fourth in the 12-horse Reynolds Memorial. "He unfortunately got stuck behind a 100-1 shot, but I thought he raced really good," trainer Jim Campbell said about Cantab Fashion's most recent effort. "He showed some good trot getting out of there and held his own finishing after getting backed up a little bit." No 2-year-old trotter was faster than Cantab Fashion last season. Cantab Fashion put together a five-race win streak, including two stakes victories at Lexington's Red Mile, during his seven-start campaign and tied for the season's fastest time with a 1:51.4 mile. Campbell won the 1995 Hambletonian with Tagliabue and the 2009 Hambletonian Oaks with Broadway Schooner. Both trotters were owned by the wife-and-husband team of Arlene and Jules Siegel. Jules Siegel was inducted into the Harness Racing Hall of Fame in 2018. Siegel's Fashion Farms is the breeder and owner of Cantab Fashion, a son of Cantab Hall-Defiant Donato. "I was happy (with the first race) and I think he was better and stronger last week," Campbell said. "It's not the ideal situation, but it is what it is. I think he's got enough into him. It's going to be an interesting day. There are a lot of good trotters out there. I guess it's all going to depend how everything sets up." In addition to Cantab Fashion in the Hambletonian, Campbell will send Millies Possesion (also undefeated, with eight wins) to the Hambletonian Oaks, Real Cool Sam into the Peter Haughton Memorial, and Crystal Fashion (last year's fourth-place finisher in the Hambletonian) into the John Cashman Memorial. by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA   

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - CBS Sports Network will present a 90-minute telecast of the $1 million Hambletonian, live from The Meadowlands Racetrack, East Rutherford, N.J., on Sat., Aug. 3, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. [EDT] The Hambletonian is the first and most prestigious leg of the Trotting Triple Crown. The broadcast will re-air Sunday, Aug. 4 at 8:30 a.m. CBS Sports Network has been the broadcast home of the Hambletonian since 2012, and will showcase the $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks, and provide coverage of the $280,000 John Cashman Memorial Trot. "The Hambletonian is the premier harness racing event in North America," said Hambletonian Society president John Campbell, the organization that owns and administers 136 of racing's most important events. "The Hambletonian has been televised for 40 years and with the support of our broadcast partners, The Meadowlands, and the U.S. Trotting Association that is going to continue." The on-air team for the Hambletonian is a stellar trio of award-winning harness racing veterans. Gary Seibel, a former host of racing coverage on ESPN, NBC, CBS and TVG, will anchor the coverage. A member of harness racing's Communicators Hall of Fame, Seibel will be appearing on his 26th straight Hambletonian broadcast, including a 13-year run on CBS and a 5-year stint with NBC. Seibel is a veteran horse racing broadcaster, who has been widely recognized as one of network television's premier harness racing authorities for nearly three decades. Seibel will begin his seventh season as track announcer and TV simulcast host at Cal Expo racetrack in Sacramento, California. Dave Brower, one of harness racing's sharpest handicappers, will co-anchor. Brower, a staple of The Meadowlands airwaves, recently returned to "Racing from the Meadowlands" television program on SNY, and is an alumnus of Fox Sports New York, MSG Networks and TVG's "Drive Time". He is the author of the bestseller Harnessing Winners: The Complete Guide to Handicapping Harness Races. Canada's Greg Blanchard will provide pre-and-post race interviews, along with information from the backstretch throughout the day. The Director of Racing at Ontario-based Western Fair, Blanchard has previously worked for Woodbine Entertainment Group in Toronto as a television commentator, hosting both network and simulcast broadcasts for both Standardbred and thoroughbred breeds and also served as Manager of Media Communications for the Standardbred division. Emmy Award winner Mike Trager and the Trager Group have been executive producers of the Hambletonian broadcasts for the past 25 years. The award winning team will be led by producer David Bruner and director David Newman, both Hambletonian and harness racing broadcast veterans. Meadowlands announcer Ken Warkentin will provide his racing expertise and race call. The Hambletonian show will re-air Sunday, Aug. 4 at 8:30 a.m. CBS Sports Network, the 24-hour home of CBS Sports, is available across the country in more than 99 million homes nationwide. CBS Sports Network televises nearly 600 live events and over 3,000 hours of live programming every year including live college football, college basketball, and more from the MW, AAC, Big East, C-USA, A-10, Army, Navy, and the Patriot League. CBSSN is also the home to Professional Bull Riding and Big3 Basketball. For more information, and to access the CBS Sports Network channel finder, go to www.cbssportsnetwork.com. by Moira Fanning, for the Hambletonian Society

East Rutherford, NJ - The final Future Wager on the 94th edition of the Hambletonian at The Meadowlands will open its fourth and final pool Thursday, August 1, at 11:00 a.m. The pool will remain open until Saturday, August 3 at post time of the first elimination and/or heat of the Hambletonian scheduled for Race 8 with a post-time of 2:55 p.m. [EDT]. A winning ticket pays the closing odds in the pool before the first elimination of the Hambletonian, Race 8. This is the final of four pools opened in advance of the Hambletonian, held Saturday, August 3, at The Meadowlands. Of the 101 trotting colts eligible for the $1 million Hambletonian, just 16 entered to race for $1 million on Saturday, Aug. 3 at The Meadowlands Racetrack. The Marcus Melander trained quartet of trotters - Greenshoe, Green Manalishi S, Gimpanzee and Gerry, have earned a combined $1.9 million to date and it's no surprise that Greenshoe is tabbed the Future Wager favorite at 2-1. The first Future Wager poll closed with Indiana-sired Swandre The Giant favored at 2-1, but the Ron Burke trained Hambo hopeful is now 12-1. The second Future Wager Pool closed with a drastic shift to the lightly-raced Greenshoe, whose two winning efforts in NJ Sire Stake events were nothing short of dominant. The colt offered 3-5 odds at closing time. Greenshoe remained the favorite in Pool 3 closing at 8-5. Wagering will be available at racetrack and online sites throughout North America and internationally, and wagering for the final pool closes on Saturday, August 3 at post time of the first elimination and/or heat of the Hambletonian scheduled for Race 8 with a post-time of 2:55 p.m. [EDT]. Real-time odds, pool data and updates on field participants for the 2019 Hambletonian Wagers and current odds will be shown on various simulcast shows including at the Meadowlands Racetrack. The 14 horses assigned odds in the pool are listed in alphabetical order on the attached program page. The mutuel field, No. 15, will consist of Reign Of Honor and Summit In Sight. The minimum future wager is $1 and all future wagers are win only. The winner of each pool will be determined by the official first-place finisher in the 2019 Hambletonian final heat. The Hambletonian Future Wager will be set-up in the tote system as one separate event. Past performance lines for the Hambletonian eligible horses will be available free of charge on the Meadowlands website www.playmeadowlands.com. All rules and updates can be found there and on www.Hambletonian.com. 2019 Hambletonian Future Wagering - Pool #4 in morning line order HD-Horse-Morning Line Odds   1. Greenshoe/ 2-1 2. Don't Let'Em/ 5-1 3. Gimpanzee/ 8-1 4. Green Manalishi S/ 10-1 5. Swandre The Giant/ 12-1 6. Cantab Fashion /15-1 7. Forbidden Trade/ 15-1 8. Marseille/ 15-1 9. Pilot Discretion/15-1 10. Soul Strong /15-1 11. Super Schissel/ 15-1 12. Gerry/ 20-1 13. Mr. Vicktor/ 30-1 14. Osterc/30-1 15. Field (Reign Of Honor & Summit In Sight) /20-1 The 2019 Hambletonian Future Wager Official Rules https://www.hambletonian.com/uploads/8/2/8/3/82831928/2019hambofuturewagerrules.pdf 17% Takeout Win Wagering Only-$1 Minimum MANDATORY PAYOUTS THIS SATURDAY The Meadowlands Racetrack will offer horseplayers a rare opportunity this Saturday with mandatory payouts in the track's two jackpot super high five wagers. The Race Seven jackpot is $7,084.66 while the Race Eleven jackpot is $53,519.54. Both wagers have a 20-cent base wager and carry a 15 percent takeout. On nights when there is no single winning ticket, 25 percent of the net pool is added to the jackpot amount while 75 percent of the net pool is paid out to the multiple winners. Race Seven's mandatory payout race features a field of 12 pacers in the $230,200 Sam Mckee Memorial. Race Eleven's mandatory payout is the $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks. Saturday's full card past performances are available at http://meadowlandsracetrack.com/content.aspx?id=3357 from the Hambletonian Society and Meadowlands Racetrack

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - Harness racing's greatest day will offer some of its best wagering opportunities on Saturday (Aug. 3) when the $1 million, 94th edition of the Hambletonian for 3-year-olds on the trot serves as the marquee event on a 16-race star-studded, stakes-laden extravaganza that gets underway at a special early post time of noon. "If you are hosting the greatest program in harness racing, it has to be the greatest program for the horseplayers as well," said Meadowlands' Chief Operating Officer and General Manager Jason Settlemoir. "And with a plethora of low-takeout wagers along with carryovers and the biggest pools of the year, the Meadowlands has created enormous value for the horseplayer to wager on racing's greatest stars on our biggest day." There will be six wagers on the program that could bring huge payoffs that will offer a low 15 percent takeout: 20-Cent Survivor Pick-6 (Race 1) 50-Cent Pick-5 (Races 3-7) with a guaranteed pool of $50,000 20-Cent Jackpot Super High-Five (Race 7), which has a carryover of $7,000 and will have an estimated pool of $25,000 50-Cent Pick-4 (Races 8-11) with a guaranteed pool of $100,000 20-Cent Jackpot Super High-Five (Race 11), which has a carryover of $53,000 and an estimated pool of $150,000 50-Cent Pick-4 (Races 13-16) with a guaranteed pool of $50,000 The two Super High-Fives will not be offered on Friday night's program. Both will be on the menu and paid out on Hambletonian Day. "The 11th race on the card is the Hambletonian Oaks," said Settlemoir. "And that $500,000 event will offer a $53,000 carryover on the Super High-Five. We will pay out more than the amount wagered to the winners if the final pool is under $400,000 given the carryover and the takeout. From a betting standpoint, that is the greatest value wager at any racetrack on Saturday and will bring added interest from racing fans around the world to wager on the Hambletonian program." In addition to the award-winning live in-house simulcast show that the Big M will send out all day long to outlets around the country and the world, the CBS Sports Network will present a live 90-minute telecast beginning at 4 p.m. with host Gary Seibel, the Communicators Hall of Famer and track announcer at Cal-Expo, and co-host Dave Brower, the lead TV personality at the Big M and author of the handicapping book "Harnessing Winners". CBSSN will televise three live races during its broadcast: $280,000 John Cashman Memorial for free-for-all trotters (4:10 p.m. post time) $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks for 3-year-old trotting fillies (4:40 p.m.) $1,000,000 Hambletonian for 3-year-old trotters (5:14 p.m.) For those not coming out to the track, free live streaming will be available on the Meadowlands Facebook Live page. It will also be available on the Roberts Television Network (rtn.tv), which is not a free service. For those who want an expert opinion on the Friday and Saturday race cards, go to playmeadowlands.com for track oddsmaker and analyst Brower's race reviews. For free past performances of the entire Hambletonian Day card, DRF Harness is your destination. You can also access live video and money back specials if you are a DRF Bets customer. Go to promos.drf.com/meadowlands2019 for the PPs. For free program pages of the 50-Cent Pick-4 that begins with Race 8 - which will include the 11th race 20-Cent Jackpot Super High-Five - go to ustrotting.com or playmeadowlands.com. ONE LAST REMINDER: Friday's race card gets underway at 7:15 p.m. and the Hambletonian Day program on Saturday gets started at noon. From the Meadowlands Media Department  

MILTON, ON - August 1, 2019 - Fans and horseplayers in the Milton and surrounding area can come out to Woodbine Mohawk Park this Saturday (August 3) to watch and wager on the Hambletonian from The Meadowlands. Full-card simulcast coverage is available inside the Mohawk Racebook, located on the main grandstand floor. The Trackside Bar will open a few hours earlier than normal at 3 p.m. for fans to come in and watch the Hambletonian. The $1 million Hambletonian and $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks headline a stellar card of racing from The Meadowlands. Post time is Noon. The Hambletonian final is expected to go at 5:14 p.m. Woodbine Mohawk Park has a special post time of 6:45 p.m. for this Saturday's card of live racing, which take places on the Civic Holiday Fireworks and Family Fun Night. A fireworks spectacular will take place following the last race, which is scheduled for 10 p.m. For more information, visit www.WoodbineMohawkPark.com. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Entertainment  

In past years, when Robert LeBlanc went to The Meadowlands to watch the Hambletonian, he always thought how cool it would be to have a horse in the race. This year, he finds out. LeBlanc, a retired vice president at IBM who has partnered on horses in trainer Tony Alagna's stable for three years, is among the owners of Pilot Discretion. The colt competes in the second of Saturday's (Aug. 3) two $70,000 Hambletonian Stakes eliminations at the Big M, where the top-five finishers from each division return for the $1 million final later in the day. Pilot Discretion will start from post three with Andy McCarthy in the sulky. He is 10-1 on the morning line. Greenshoe is the 4-5 favorite in the division. The Hambletonian Day card begins at noon. The Hambletonian, the sport's premier race for 3-year-old trotters, and $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks, restricted to 3-year-old female trotters, will be featured during a live 90-minute broadcast on CBS Sports Network from 4-5:30 p.m. (EDT). "As an owner, this is our race," said LeBlanc, a Canadian who now resides in Austin, Texas. "Everybody wants to be in the Hambletonian. Having a horse that's good enough, it may never happen again. But I'm enjoying the ride. Tony and the team have done an amazing job with him. Tony has managed him very well and he just keeps getting better and better." Pilot Discretion has won six of eight career races and never finished worse than third, earning $174,029. He was 2-for-2 in 2018 but saw his season end because of sickness. The son of Muscle Hill-Self Indulgent won his first four races this season, including the Goodtimes Stakes, before finishing second to Greenshoe in a division of the Stanley Dancer Memorial and third in a division of the Tompkins-Geers Stakes. "We raced him in the Tompkins-Geers just to get him another race because he'd had a month break between the Goodtimes and the Dancer," Alagna said. "We wanted to race him and give him last week off. We raced him off the pace; we didn't want to put him on the front again in his last start since we put him on the front in the Dancer. He closed very well, :26.3. "He seems great. He's very fresh. Even the night I warmed him up his last start at the Meadowlands, he was bucking and playing and kicking just going his first trip. He hasn't done that in the last couple starts. So, I think he's as fresh as a horse could be going into it." For LeBlanc, who owns Pilot Discretion with Dave Anderson and John Fodera, it's been difficult to wait for Hambletonian time to arrive. "I've got no more fingernails, I've bitten them off," LeBlanc said. "It's been a buildup every week. I'll be pretty wound up by Saturday. I'll be super excited. I've already told my wife that I have to watch the race outside (the grandstand) because I'll be the one screaming the loudest. "If you see a lunatic screaming if he's coming down the stretch with a shot (to win) you know it will be me. Every owner will be a lunatic, absolutely. That's the fun of it. This is what makes this game so much fun." Can Ake Svanstedt win another Hambletonian? Ake Svanstedt, who won the 2017 Hambletonian through disqualification with Perfect Spirit, will send two horses into Saturday's event. Marseille is 5-1 in the second elimination, where Greenshoe is the 4-5 favorite, and Soul Strong is 8-1 in the first elim, where Gimpanzee is the 2-1 choice. Svanstedt trains both horses and will drive Marseille, who is owned by Svanstedt, Stefan Balazsi's Order By Stable, and Howard Taylor. Dexter Dunn is listed to drive Soul Strong, who is owned by Cees Faber's Stable Why Not. Marseille upset Greenshoe to win the Earl Beal Jr. Memorial on June 29. For the year, he has won three of five races and never been worse than third. The son of Muscle Hill-Order By Wish heads to the Hambletonian off a career-best 1:51.4 victory in a division of the Tompkins-Geers on July 20. "He raced good the last time and he is training normal," Svanstedt said. Marseille was limited to four races last year because of soreness. When he returned this year, his behavior left much to be desired. The connections considered gelding Marseille but decided to hold off and gave the colt another opportunity to show improvement. He finished second in a qualifier and then won his seasonal debut, which ended the discussion. "Maybe he heard what we were talking about," Svanstedt said, smiling. "After he qualified and started racing, his head changed totally. He is not a stud when he comes to race. He has focus. He is a real racehorse and he wants to race. He is all business." Soul Strong was winless in eight races last year but has won three of six starts in 2019. He finished second to Marseille in the Tompkins-Geers. "He was not so good gaited when we started but his gait is better and better," Svanstedt said. "He was always a little sore and it was a balance how much we could train and race. But he has a good heart and has gotten stronger and stronger. We gelded him over the winter, and he is better now. He is older and stronger. He is going to be faster and faster." Svanstedt, like many others, considers Greenshoe the horse to beat. "Greenshoe is No. 1 but behind him it's wide open," Svanstedt said. "In the Hambletonian, there is good money behind the winner also. Of course, I want to win. But I must be realistic. "It's tough to be (in the Hambletonian). Everything must be a hundred percent perfect that day. When all the horses are on the same level, it can be the post position and the horse must be a hundred percent that day. Everything must be good." Andy & Julie Miller hoping for Summitt In Sight Team Miller - the wife-husband duo of trainer Julie and driver Andy - has hit the board in the past three Hambletonians and is hoping for more of the same on Saturday with Summit In Sight. The colt is 20-1 on the morning line in the first elimination, where Gimpanzee is the 2-1 favorite. "He is a longshot for the race but we're going to give him a chance," Julie Miller said. "We think we've got him sharp and ready. Basically, we need a lot of luck and hopefully he puts his best foot forward." Summit In Sight, owned by Natalia Stroy's Stroy Inc. and the Andy Miller Stable, was limited to two races in 2018 after suffering a bout of colic in the spring. He began this year with a sixth-place finish before putting together a streak of six starts where he finished either first (four times) or second. The string was broken when he went off stride and finished eighth in the Beal Memorial final. He heads to the Hambletonian off a fifth-place finish in a division of the Dancer. "We shut him down thinking he could be a nice 3-year-old," Julie Miller said about the son of Muscle Hill-Bluff. "We got him ready early and he flashed some talent. He had some unfortunate luck in the Beal with how the fractions of the race went; we really thought we had a good chance in there. "I trained him at the Meadowlands on Saturday just to get a good mile in him. I'm hoping I've got it all into place. He really developed from (age) 2 to 3 maturity wise. His gait got more extended and he grew up mentally as well. He's a more manageable horse, so however Andy chooses to drive him, suits him." Team Miller's past three finishes in the Hambletonian were a second by Met's Hall in 2018, third-placed second by Devious Man in 2017, and fast-closing third by Sutton in 2016. "Hopefully we can keep that momentum going," Julie Miller said. Hambletonian Elimination One PP-Driver-Trainer-Morning Line 1-Cantab Fashion-Dexter Dunn-Jim Campbell-6/1 2-Summit In Sight-Andy Miller-Julie Miller-20/1 3-Swandre The Giant-David Miller-Ron Burke-7/2 4-Soul Strong-Dexter Dunn-Ake Svanstedt-8/1 5-Mr Vicktor-Tyler Buter-Jennifer Lappe-15/1 6-Osterc-Yannick Gingras-Per Engblom-15/1 7-Gimpanzee-Brian Sears-Marcus Melander-2/1 8-Green Manalishi S-Tim Tetrick-Marcus Melander-5/2 Hambletonian Elimination Two PP-Driver-Trainer-Morning Line 1-Forbidden Trade-Bob McClure-Luc Blais-12/1 2-Gerry-Orjan Kihlstrom-Marcus Melander-20/1 3-Pilot Discretion-Andrew McCarthy-Tony Alagna-10/1 4-Reign Of Honor-David Miller-R. Nifty Norman-20/1 5-Greenshoe-Brian Sears-Marcus Melander-4/5 6-Don't Let'em-Yannick Gingras-Nancy Johansson-4/1 7-Super Schissel-Scott Zeron-Per Engblom-10/1 8-Marseille-Ake Svanstedt-Ake Svanstedt-5/1 by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA   

Elkton, MD -- Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by the USTA/BetAmerica, is excited to announce the line-up for Thursday morning (Aug. 1) at 10:30 a.m. They will be joined by Nancy Johansson, Marcus Melander, Dave Brower and Moira Fanning.. Co-host Michael Carter sat down with Nancy Johansson and Marcus Melander at their respective farms to talk their Hambletonian contenders. Both Melander and Johansson have big opportunities to win on Saturday afternoon and they discussed their chances in the big race. Brower, the handicapper and morning line oddsmaker at The Meadowlands will join to talk about the action packed sixteen race program slated for Saturday afternoon. The pair will dissect the races and talk about the $1,000,000 Hambletonian. Fanning, the COO of the Hambletonian Society, joins the program this week talk about the race and what goes into putting the day together. She will discuss some of the happenings at The Meadowlands this Saturday and what fans on track can expect. Post Time can be heard live on Saturday from 3-6 p.m. with live coverage of the 94th Hambletonian. Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by USTA/BetAmerica can be heard live every Thursday at 10:30 a.m. via their website www.posttimewithmikeandmike.com or on the archive at www.betamerica.com/BARN. by Michael Carter, for the Mike and Mike Show  

This Week: Hambletonian, Hambletonian Oaks, John Cashman Memorial, Sam McKee Memorial, Lady Liberty, Dr. John Steele Memorial, Cane Pace, Shady Daisy, Peter Haughton Memorial, and Jim Doherty Memorial, Meadowlands Racetrack, East Rutherford, N.J. Schedule of events: Grand Circuit action takes place this Saturday (Aug. 3) at Meadowlands Racetrack with one of the biggest Grand Circuit cards of the season. The afternoon program is led by the $1.14 million Hambletonian, the first leg of trotting's Triple Crown for 3-year-olds. Other major stakes races to be contested that day are the $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks for 3-year-old filly trotters, the $280,000 John Cashman Memorial for older trotters, the $230,200 Sam McKee Memorial for older pacers, the $183,500 Lady Liberty for older pacing mares, the $186,000 Dr. John Steele Memorial for older trotting mares, the $285,362 Cane Pace, the first leg of Pacing's Triple Crown for 3-year-olds, the $100,362 Shady Daisy for 3-year-old pacing fillies, the $324,550 Peter Haughton Memorial for 2-year-old colt trotters, and the $310,700 Jim Doherty Memorial for 2-year-old filly trotters. Complete entries for the races are available at this link. Last time: Five weeks after undergoing emergency surgery for hernia repair, Southwind Ozzi blazed to victory for Brian Sears in 1:48 in Saturday's (July 27) $400,000 final of the Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids at The Meadows. Bill MacKenzie, who trains the son of Somebeachsomewhere-Southwind Solara for Vincent Ali Jr. and Alma Iafelice, became an Adios victor in his first appearance in the stake. Southwind Ozzi blazed to victory for Brian Sears in 1:48 in the $400,000 final of the Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids at The Meadows. Chris Gooden photo. Southwind Ozzi came through his surgery well, though surgeons had to remove a testicle during the procedure. Thus, Southwind Ozzi goes into history as the first ridgling to win the Pace for the Orchids. Southwind Ozzi and Sears got away fourth, watching as Prince Of Tides and Dave Palone threw down sizzling fractions of :25.3 and :53.3. When he saw that, Sears said he was comfortable sending his charge first over. "I liked the way things were setting up," he said. "They were going so fast that they couldn't really shut it down that much. I had sent him first up before, and he didn't seem to mind it. He's a pleasure to drive. He makes my job easy." Southwind Ozzi overwhelmed Prince Of Tides and drew off to score by seven lengths while Prince Of Tides gamely held off Stag Party for place. Complete recaps of all the weekend races are available at the Grand Circuit website. Grand Circuit Standings: In 2019, the Grand Circuit leaders in three categories (driver, trainer and owner) will once again be tracked on a points system (20-10-5 for the top three finishers in divisions/finals and 10-5-2 for the top three finishers in eliminations/legs). Winbak Farms is the sponsor for the 2019 Grand Circuit awards. Here are the leaders following this past weekend: Drivers: 1. Tim Tetrick - 606; 2. Yannick Gingras - 481; 3. David Miller - 314; 4. Dexter Dunn - 297; 5. Andrew McCarthy - 279. Trainers: 1. Ron Burke - 583; 2. Tony Alagna - 262; 3. Jim King Jr. - 234; 4. Marcus Melander - 179; 5. Ake Svanstedt - 169. Owners: 1. Fashion Farms - 132; 2. Burke Racing Stable - 107; 3. Weaver Bruscemi - 97; 4. Brad Grant - 95.7; 5. Jo Ann Looney-King - 87.8. Looking ahead: Grand Circuit action will be taking place next week at Northfield Park with the Carl Milstein Memorial for 3-year-old pacers; at Hoosier Park with the Dan Patch for free for all pacers; at the Indiana State Fair with the Fox Stake highlighting 10 stakes; at Tioga Downs with the Crawford Farm and Joie De Vie for older trotters and Tompkins-Geers races for 2-year-olds of both sexes and gaits; and at Charlottetown Driving Park with the Gold Cup and Saucer eliminations for older pacers. by Paul Ramlow, for the Grand Circuit  

East Rutherford, NJ - Sixteen 3-year-old trotters entered Saturday's 94th Hambletonian Stakes at The Meadowlands, requiring two eight-horse eliminations to reduce the field to 10 for the $1 million final later that afternoon. Gimpanzee is the 2-1 morning-line favorite in the first elimination and Greenshoe is the 4-5 favorite in the second. The draws for the Hambletonian and companion Hambletonian Oaks, which is restricted to 3-year-old female trotters, were held Tuesday at The Meadowlands. Gimpanzee drew post No. 7 in his elimination and Greenshoe drew post No. 5. Both colts are trained by Marcus Melander. The top-five finishers from each $100,000 elimination return for the final. Millies Possesion, who won one of last week's two eliminations for the Hambletonian Oaks, is the 9-5 morning-line favorite in the $500,000 final. When Dovescry, the other elimination winner, is the 5-2 second choice. As elimination winners, Millies Possesion and When Dovescry drew for spots in posts one through five, with Millies Possesion getting post two and When Dovescry getting post five. The Hambletonian Day card begins at noon. The Hambletonian and Hambletonian Oaks will be featured on a live 90-minute broadcast on CBS Sports Network from 4-5:30 p.m. (EDT). Greenshoe, the No. 1-ranked horse in Meadowlands announcer/analyst Ken Warkentin's Road to the Hambletonian, has won four of five races this year, with his only loss a second-place finish by a head to Marseille in the Earl Beal Jr. Memorial. Greenshoe heads to the Hambletonian off a 1:50.1 win in his division of the Stanley Dancer Memorial on July 13 at The Meadowlands. The time is the fastest of the season for a 3-year-old trotter. Marcus Melander trains Greenshoe for Anders Strom's Courant Inc., Hans Backe, Lars Granqvist, and Morten Langli. Three-time Hambletonian winner Brian Sears will drive Greenshoe. Gimpanzee is undefeated in 12 career starts and will try to become only the second unbeaten horse to win the Hambletonian. Deweycheatumnhowe accomplished the feat in 2008. Gimpanzee, owned by Courant Inc. and Lennart Agren's S R F Stable, was the 2018 Dan Patch Award winner for best 2-year-old male trotter. He also will have Sears in the sulky in his elimination. Greenshoe and Gimpanzee are two of four horses trained by the 27-year-old Melander in the Hambletonian. The others are Green Manalishi S and Gerry. Green Manalishi S, who has never finished worse than third in 14 career races, winning seven, is owned by Courant Inc. and is the 5-2 second choice in the first elimination. S R F Stable, which won the Hambletonian in 2017 with Perfect Spirit, owns Gerry. "With a horse like Greenshoe, when he's going to be the big favorite, of course it's going to be a little pressure," said Melander, who is making his third appearance in the Hambletonian. "But I can't do much more. I think I've prepared the horses the best I can. Now it's just up to the horses. I can't be more happy with them, how they feel at home, and how they've been racing. I'm excited, I have a good feeling. As long as they're fine, I think they will do a good race. "Like I said, I can't do much more. We need some racing luck, of course. There is so much that can go wrong in a race, you need a little bit of luck, a little bit of racing luck. Hopefully, we'll have that too." Other contenders include Don't Let'em, who with a 1:50.2 win in last week's Reynolds Memorial is the season's second-fastest 3-year-old trotter, hails from the stable of trainer Nancy Johansson. Don't Let'em, who is 4-1 in the second elimination, won last year's Peter Haughton Memorial for 2-year-old male trotters on Hambletonian Day and is bidding to become the first Haughton champ to capture the Hambletonian since Muscle Hill in 2009. Marseille, trained by Ake Svanstedt, captured a division of the Tompkins-Geers Stakes in addition to winning the Beal Memorial. He is 5-1 in the second elimination. Svanstedt, who trained Perfect Spirit in 2017, is the only trainer in this year's Hambletonian to previously win the race. Swandre The Giant, who won a division of the Stanley Dancer Memorial by a length over Green Manalishi S, is the 7-2 third choice in the first elimination. He is trained by Ron Burke. In the Hambletonian Oaks, Millies Possesion, unraced at age 2, will try to extend her career win streak to nine against a field of nine rivals. She won her Oaks elimination by a nose over Evident Beauty in 1:52.3. "I thought (Evident Beauty) had the momentum on her (in the stretch) but Millie dug in," said Jim Campbell, who trains the filly for owner Fashion Farms. "She's a true professional. She just knows what she's supposed to do." When Dovescry won her elimination by three lengths over Southwind Casha in 1:51.3. She has hit the board in all 12 lifetime starts, winning six. "She's amazing," said Simon Allard, who drives the filly for his brother Rene, and owners Go Fast Stable, Yves Sarrazin, Kapildeo Singh, and Lawrence Dumain. "You could put a glass of water on her back and nothing would spill, she just trots so nice. You don't get the chance to drive horses like that every day. I'm so happy to be able to do this." Hambletonian Elimination One PP-Driver-Trainer-Morning Line 1-Cantab Fashion-Dexter Dunn-Jim Campbell-6/1 2-Summit In Sight-Andy Miller-Julie Miller-20/1 3-Swandre The Giant-David Miller-Ron Burke-7/2 4-Soul Strong-Dexter Dunn-Ake Svanstedt-8/1 5-Mr Vicktor-Tyler Buter-Jennifer Lappe-15/1 6-Osterc-Yannick Gingras-Per Engblom-15/1 7-Gimpanzee-Brian Sears-Marcus Melander-2/1 8-Green Manalishi S-Tim Tetrick-Marcus Melander-5/2 Hambletonian Elimination Two PP-Driver-Trainer-Morning Line 1-Forbidden Trade-Bob McClure-Luc Blais-12/1 2-Gerry-Orjan Kihlstrom-Marcus Melander-20/1 3-Pilot Discretion-Andrew McCarthy-Tony Alagna-10/1 4-Reign Of Honor-David Miller-R. Nifty Norman-20/1 5-Greenshoe-Brian Sears-Marcus Melander-4/5 6-Don't Let'em-Yannick Gingras-Nancy Johansson-4/1 7-Super Schissel-Scott Zeron-Per Engblom-10/1 8-Marseille-Ake Svanstedt-Ake Svanstedt-5/1 Hambletonian Oaks final PP-Driver-Trainer-Morning Line 1-Southwind Casha-Scott Zeron-John Bax-15/1 2-Millies Possesion-Dexter Dunn-Jim Campbell-9/5 3-Sonnet Grace-Yannick Gingras-Ron Burke-15/1 4-Evident Beauty-David Miller-R. Nifty Norman-7/2 5-When Dovescry-Simon Allard-Rene Allard-5/2 6-Sweet Chapter-Matt Kakaley-Blake MacIntosh-20/1 7-Asiago-Tim Tetrick-Per Engblom-15/1 8-Queen Of Trixs-Andrew McCarthy-Lucas Wallin-15/1 9-Princess Deo-Andrew McCarthy-Lucas Wallin-12/1 10-Miss Trixton-Brian Sears-Marcus Melander-30/1 by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA  

After weeks of seeing his horses at the top of the Hambletonian rankings, Anders Strom is finally just days from watching his group race in the $1 million event for 3-year-old trotters at The Meadowlands. Strom, who races as Courant Inc., co-owns Greenshoe and Gimpanzee - who sit in the top two spots in Meadowlands announcer/analyst Ken Warkentin's final Road to the Hambletonian ratings - as well as No. 4 Green Manalishi S. Greenshoe and Gimpanzee have occupied the top positions for all 11 weeks of the rankings. All three horses are trained by Marcus Melander. "It feels just great," Strom said. "Obviously, I hoped all three would stay sound and healthy for entry into the big race and here we are. Marcus has had a good plan for the three and, so far, it has worked out just fine." Greenshoe has won four of five races this year, with his only loss a second-place finish by a head to Marseille in the Earl Beal Jr. Memorial. Greenshoe heads to the Hambletonian off a 1:50.1 win in his division of the Stanley Dancer Memorial on July 13 at The Meadowlands. The time is the fastest of the season for a 3-year-old trotter. "He is the most capable and he has matured well this season and looked better for every start," said Strom, who owns Greenshoe with former New York Red Bulls coach Hans Backe, Lars Granqvist, and Morten Langli. "He lost in the Beal, but I just saw that as a minor bump in the road; the horse finished fantastically and looked really sharp. "For me, he is one of those horses that there are only 10 of each century. Muscle Hill was the last one and I believe Greenshoe is of a similar caliber." Gimpanzee is undefeated in 12 career starts and will try to become only the second unbeaten horse to win the Hambletonian. Deweycheatumnhowe accomplished the feat in 2008. Gimpanzee, owned by Courant Inc. and Lennart Agren's S R F Stable, was the 2018 Dan Patch Award winner for best 2-year-old male trotter. He is 3-for-3 this year, with all his starts in state-bred restricted races in New York. "Gimpanzee is so smart," Strom said. "He has not put one foot wrong and it will be very interesting to see him in this situation on Saturday. Even if he doesn't win the Hambletonian, I think he will be one of the top horses when we summarize the 3-year-olds toward the end of the season." Green Manalishi S has won two of four races this season. He heads to the Hambletonian off a win in a division of the Tompkins-Geers on July 20. He finished second in a division of the Stanley Dancer Memorial, behind Swandre The Giant, and third in the Beal Memorial. The colt has finished in the top three in all 14 career races, winning seven. He is owned solely by Courant Inc. "Green Manalishi has been raced with one eye on the rest of the season; there is an option to ship him to Sweden for the $1.1 million Kriterium, which is 1-1/2 miles for Swedish-born horses that should suit him as a glove," Strom said. "But we haven't decided yet. He looks like he is trending upwards and I believe he can race well on Saturday." Sixteen horses entered the Hambletonian, so two eight-horse eliminations will be contested Saturday and the top-five finishers from each division will advance to the final later that afternoon. The Hambletonian Day card begins at noon. The Hambletonian and Hambletonian Oaks will be featured during a live 90-minute broadcast on CBS Sports Network from 4-5:30 p.m. (EDT). "All three horses are very strong and sound, so two heats will normally work in our favor, even if you never can be sure if the individual horse is suited for racing twice on the same day," Strom said. "Our horses have proven that they are more than able, but I have respect for the opposition; any horse can lose on the day. Fingers crossed!" by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA

Elkton, MD -- Post Time with Mike and Mike, presented by USTA/BetAmerica, continues their live remote season on Saturday (Aug. 3) with coverage of the 2019 Hambletonian, live from Meadowlands Racing and Entertainment in New Jersey. Mike and Mike will have extensive coverage of The Hambletonian beginning at 3:00 p.m. via their website that will run for three hours. Ashley Mailloux will join the duo providing interviews from the winner's circle, pre- and post-race reaction, and handicapping analysis of the stakes-laden program at The Meadowlands. Also joining the duo will be Daily Racing Form handicapper Garnet Barnsdale. Barnsdale will join Carter and Bozich during the broadcast to analyze the program. The Meadowlands has a 16-race program featuring multiple stakes events. First post is 12 noon. Gamblers will have a plethora of guarantees to swing at on Saturday afternoon. The guaranteed wagers begin in race three, where the 50-cent Pick 5 will carry a $50,000 guarantee. In race eight, the 50-cent Pick 4 will carry a mark of $100,000, and the final guaranteed wager will begin in race eleven, featuring a Pick 4 guaranteed at $50,000. Gates at The Meadowlands open at 10 a.m. and admission is $5. Patrons will receive a 2019 commemorative Hambletonian baseball cap to adults and Hambletonian kids horse bag (while supply lasts). There will be a Hambletonian Hat Contest with $1,000 in cash and prizes up for grabs for the best hats and winners in multiple divisions. The Backyard Fan Zone Tent kicks off at 10 a.m. featuring a drivers autograph session from 10-11:30 a.m., Hambo pony appearances, selfie stations and much more. There will also be live music from Second Contact, carnival rides/games, and food trucks in attendance. Post Time with Mike and Mike's live show can be heard via their website, or on demand at www.betamerica.com/BARN. by Michael Carter, for Post Time With Mike & Mike  

East Rutherford, NJ - The Meadowlands will host the $1,200,000 Hambletonian and its $500,000 filly companion Hambletonian Oaks on the "Greatest Day In Harness Racing" Saturday, August 3 with total purses on the card of nearly $4,000,000.   Sixteen horses were entered for the Hambletonian, resulting in two divisions of the first heat with the top five finishers in the official order returning for the $1,000,000 final (post time 5:14pm) which will be featured during the live broadcast on the CBS Sports Network from 4:00 to 5:30pm. The entered horses appear below in alphabetical order. Cantab Fashion Dont Let'em Forbidden Trade Gerry Gimpanzee Green Manalishi S Greenshoe Marseille Mr Vicktor Osterc Pilot Discretion Reign Of Honor Soul Strong Summit In Sight Super Schissel Swandre The Giant The top Grand Circuit stakes on the undercard include; The $230,000e Sam McKee Memorial FFA Pace with a full field of twelve going the route distance of a mile and one eighth (only stake at the added distance on the day) featuring Lather Up who became the co-fastest horse in Standardbred history by virtue of his 1:46 clocking for a mile in the July 10 Graduate final. The FFA Mare Lady Liberty brings out Shartin N who has had her way with the girls all season and currently sits atop the weekly Top Ten polls among the ten distaffers entered. The $300,000e John Cashman Memorial FFA Trot fields ten top trotters with Guardian Angel AS coming in from his Spirit of Massachusetts triumph and the streaking Eurobond facing stakes caliber off his record equaling 1:50.2 last week. The $175,000 Dr. John Steele also has ten to go led by the inimitable Hannelore Hanover, at her best once again facing nine rivals.   The $300,000e Cane Pace pits NA Cup winner Captain Crunch against Bettor's Wish in their continuing rivalry among the eight entered. Its companion filly pace the $100,000e Shady Daisy has the best nine currently racing led by Stonebridge Soul.   Freshman trotting stakes the $324,550 Peter Haughton Memorial for the colts and $310,700 Jim Doherty Memorial for fillies round out the Grand Circuit part of the 16 race extravaganza with post time at noon. The Hambletonian will be drawn live at 2:00pm today on The Meadowlands Facebook page. Check the complete draw later today on The Meadowlands website where you'll also find all pertinent information on the day's racing and all planned activities.   by Nick Salvi, for the Meadowlands  

Sixteen 3-year-old trotters entered today for America's Trotting Classic, the $1,000,000 Hambletonian, to be held Saturday, Aug. 3, at The Meadowlands Racetrack, East Rutherford, N.J. Post positions, drivers and morning-line odds will be available during a live post draw at 2 p.m. (EDT) that will be streamed on the Meadowlands Facebook page and YouTube channel. The entered horses in alphabetical order are: Cantab Fashion Don't Let'em Forbidden Trade Gerry Gimpanzee Green Manalishi S Greenshoe Marseille Mr Vicktor Osterc Pilot Discretion Reign Of Honor Soul Strong Summit In Sight Super Schissel Swandre The Giant From the Hambletonian Society    

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - In celebration of the 94th edition of America's greatest harness race, the Hambletonian Society, Meadowlands Racetrack and Tomasello Winery have again teamed up to provide fans and guests with two special limited edition wine selections. The $1 million Hambletonian will be raced Saturday afternoon, Aug. 3 as the finale to the championship meet at the Meadowlands Racetrack. Post time is 12 noon. Labeled "The Hambletonian at the Meadowlands", the Hammonton-based winery (the second-oldest active in the Garden State) will produce a Pinot Grigio and a Pinot Noir exclusively for Saturday's edition that will be available for purchase Friday, Aug. 2 and Saturday, Aug. 3 at the Meadowlands Racetrack. This year's label was created by Meadowlands Racetrack's graphic designer Kathleen Estes and is based on the Jim Lisa of track photographer LisaPhoto image of last year's Hambletonian winner, Atlanta, in honor of her becoming the 14th filly in history to win the event and the first to accomplish the feat in 22 years. "Folks are always looking for an alternative to Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay which seem to be still so popular after a long period of time. The truth is some of the world's finest wine educators will tell you after tasting thousands of wines, many still find Pinot Noir to be one of the best wines in the world. Without any question this is the most difficult grape to grow in New Jersey hands down, but for people who want to explore a nice soft red wine there is nothing better," said Tomasello Winery vice president Jack Tomasello. "Pinot Grigio is such a nice white wine for the summer and it has such a clean and crisp taste. Non-oaked, this wine goes so well with foul and fish, but can also be served with fine cheeses and spreads." Tomasello Winery is a fourth generation family-owned winery producing award winning wines since 1933. Tomasello is one of the largest winegrowers in New Jersey, having 70 acres of grapes under cultivation, and producing 75,000 cases of wine per year, distributing in over half of the United States and also exporting to the Pacific Rim. In addition to wines, Tomasello produces sparkling wines, hard ciders, fruit wines and ports. Tomasello Winery has 10 retail outlets thought out the Garden State and their wines are distributed by Fedway and available in over 800 retail wine stores in the state. by Moira Fanning, for the Hambletonian Society

Columbus, OH -- This week leading up to the $1 million Hambletonian at The Meadowlands on Saturday, the USTA is producing a video series of the leading contenders in the race. The "Road to the Hambletonian" is presented by the Hambletonian Society and the daily videos can be viewed by clicking on the banner on the homepage of www.ustrotting.com or by clicking here. Hosted by the USTA's Wendy Ross and Michael Carter, each video will feature footage from farms and training centers and will include interviews with the connections of the top horses scheduled to compete in the 94th Hambletonian this weekend. The $1 million Hambletonian will be part of the live CBS Sports Network broadcast this Saturday from 4-5:30 p.m. (EDT). From the USTA Media Department  

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