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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  

Hall of Famer John Campbell breaks down the Super Bowl of Harness Racing. We're one week away from the most prestigious race for trotters in North America, the 94th running of The Hambletonian at The Meadowlands. TV 10/55's Scott Rapoport talks to Hall of Fame driver John Campbell.

East Rutherford, NJ - The entries, post positions and harness racing morning line odds will be revealed for the $1 million Hambletonian and $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks at the Meadowlands during a live post position draw on Tuesday, July 30 beginning at 2:00 p.m. The event will be streamed exclusively on the Meadowlands Racetrack Facebook page and YouTube channel. Fans should be sure to "Like" the Facebook page or "subscribe" to the YouTube channel in order to view the stream. Guests are welcome to attend the live draw which will be held in the Meadowlands Racetrack's second floor Lounge. Marc Malusis, co-host of the "Taz and the Moose" CBS Sports Radio morning show will serve as the co-host and celebrity drawmaster. Marcus Melander, trainer of three top Hambletonian contenders Greenshoe, Gimpanzee and Green Manalishi S, will be a guest on the broadcast. The $1 Million Hambletonian will be broadcast live on CBS Sports Network, 4-5:30 pm on Saturday, August 3. For more information, visit www.playmeadowlands.com or www.hambletonian.com. From the Meadowlands Media Department

Greenshoe has held the top spot all eleven weeks of Ken Warkentin's 2019 Road to the Hambletonian. The entries, post positions and harness racing morning line odds will be revealed for the Hambletonian and Hambletonian Oaks during a live post position draw on Tuesday, July 30 beginning at 2:00 p.m. The event will be streamed exclusively on the Meadowlands Racetrack Facebook page and YouTube channel. #Hambo19 Rank Horse Driver, Trainer, Owner Ken Warkentin’s Comments 1 Greenshoe (Father Patrick) Brian Sears, Marcus Melander, Courant Inc, Hans Backe, Lars Grandqvist, Morten Langli Two-time NJSS champion off an impressive 1:50.1 career best in the Dancer, won his second NJSS Final in 1:50.2, second by a nose in the Beal, Brian Sears looks for his 4th Hambo, Marcus Melander’s uncle Stefan won the 2001 Hambo with Scarlet Knight 2 Gimpanzee (Chapter Seven) Brian Sears, Marcus Melander, Courant Inc, S R F Stable Dan Patch Award winner goes into the Hambo undefeated 12-for-12 & three-for-three in 2019, off a 1:52.4 mark @ Tioga Downs after a 24-day layoff, dominated the EBC @ Vernon Downs, 27YO Marcus Melander picked up checks in the last two Hambos   3 Marseille (Muscle Hill)   Ake Svanstedt, Ake Svanstedt Inc, Order By Stable, Howard Taylor Surged to the forefront with a new mark of 1:51.1 in the Tompkins Geers after missing three weeks, stole the Earl Beal, Jr. Memorial wire-to-wire in 1:52.3 at 55-1, Team Svanstedt won the 2017 Hambo with Perfect Spirit through disqualification 4 Green Manalishi S (Muscle Hill) Tim Tetrick, Marcus Melander, Courant Inc Fresh off an easy 1:52.4 win in the Tompkins Geers after a second [1:51.4] to Swandre The Giant in the Dancer, Hall of Fame nominee Tim Tetrick won the 2012 Hambo with Market Share 5 Pilot Discretion (Muscle Hill) Andrew McCarthy, Tony Alagna, Robert LeBlanc, David Anderson, John Fodera Third [1:52] to Marseille in the Tompkins Geers as a final prep, second [1:51] to Greenshoe in the Dancer, won the Goodtimes Final in 1:52.4, Tony Alagna finished third in 2012 with MY MVP 6 Don’t Let’em (Muscle Hill)   Yannick Gingras, Nancy Johansson, Brittany Farms, Christina Takter, John Fielding, Herb Liverman 2018 Peter Haughton Memorial winner & track record holder bounced back with a career best of 1:50.2 in the Reynolds Memorial on July 27 @ The Big M off a break in the Dancer, Yannick Gingras and Nancy Johansson both look for their first Hambo 7 Swandre The Giant (Swan For All) Dave Miller, Ron Burke, Diamond Creek Racing, J & T Silva Stables, Howard Taylor Pride of Indiana finished second from post 11 in the Reynolds as a final tune up, upset Green Manalishi S in a career best of 1:51.3 in his Dancer division with Lasix added, Dave Miller & Ron Burke look to avenge their DQ in 2017 with What The Hill 8 Soul Strong (Father Patrick)   Dexter Dunn, Ake Svanstedt, Stable Why Not Gelding finished a gutsy first over second [1:51.4] to stablemate Marseille in the Tompkins Geers after holding off stablemate Sheena’s Boy in :26.3 on June 28, the Dexter Dunn breakout season continues into his first Hambo 9 Forbidden Trade (Kadabra) Bob McClure, Luc Blais, Determination O’Brien Award winner sports a 6 – 4-2-0 in Ontario this season, a close second [1:52.4] in the Goodtimes Final, Bob McClure and Luc Blais both look to reach their first Hambletonian Final 10 Cantab Fashion (Cantab Hall) Dexter Dunn, Jim Campbell, Fashion Farms Lightly-raced Grand Circuit winner at two in 1:51.4 playing catch up, rallied for third in the Tompkins Geers and fourth in the Reynolds, Jim Campbell won the 1995 Hambo with Tagliabue     KEY PREP RACES Date Stakes Site Winner Driver Trainer 2nd Horse 3rd Horse Time 05/04 Dexter Cup Fhld OSTERC Yannick Gingras Per Engblom HL REVADON Skyway Kon Man 1:57 05/11 PASS Mea GINGER TREE SKYR Dan Rawlings Sam Beegle Capy Chaps Hanover Explosive Magic 1:55 05/11 PASS Mea OSTERC Yannick Gingras Per Engblom KLUTZY FASHION POSSESSED 1:55.1 05/11 PASS Mea GOES DOWN SMOOTH Yannick Gingras Ron Burke CHIPLOSIVE Papi Hanover 1:54.3 05/17 NJSS M GREENSHOE Brian Sears Marcus Melander SHEENA’S BOY BATTENBERG 1:51.2 05/17 NJSS M SOUL STRONG Yannick Gingras Ake Svanstedt NO DRAMA PLEASE Galixton 1:53 05/24 NJSS M REIGN OF HONOR Dave Miller Nifty Norman TRIX AND STONES NO DRAMA PLEASE 1:54.2 05/27 E. Breeders Final VD GIMPANZEE Brian Sears Marcus Melander MR VICKTOR Travel Winner 1:54 05/31 NJSS Final M GREENSHOE Brian Sears Marcus Melander REIGN OF HONOR Galixton 1:50.2 06/02 PASS PcD MARSEILLE Ake Svanstedt Ake Svanstedt GERRY Papi Hanover 1:53.3 06/02 PASS PcD EXPLOSIVEBREAKAWAY Tom Jackson Fred Grant SUMMIT IN SIGHT Capt Chaps Hanover 1:54.2 06/07 Goodtimes Elim Moh FORBIDDEN TRADE Bob McClure Luc Blais SWANDRE THE GIANT SMART AS HILL 1:53.1 06/07 Goodtimes Elim Moh PILOT DISCRETION Andrew McCarthy Tony Alagna SOUTHWIND AVENGER Dream Nation 1:52 06/14 PASS Phl SUMMIT IN SIGHT Andy Miller Julie Miller GOES DOWN SMOOTH Night Hall 1:53 06/14 PASS Phl GUARANTEED Tim Tetrick Linda Toscano Macmorris Hanover Kate’s Massive 1:55.1 06/14 PASS Phl OSTERC Yannick Gingras Per Engblom MARSEILLE EXPLOSIVEBREAKAWAY 1:52.2 06/15 Goodtimes Final Moh PILOT DISCRETION Andrew McCarthy Tony Alagna FORBIDDEN TRADE SUPER SCHISSEL 1:52.4 06/22 E. Beal, Jr. Elim PcD GREENSHOE Brian Sears Marcus Melander OSTERC MARSEILLE 1:52.3 06.22 E. Beal, Jr. Elim PcD GREEN MANALISHI S Tim Tetrick Marcus Melander SUMMIT IN SIGHT SWANDRE THE GIANT 1:52.1 06/29 Earl Beal, Jr. Mem PcD MARSEILLE Ake Svanstedt Ake Savnstedt GREENSHOE GREEN MANILISHI S 1:52.3 07/13 Stanley Dancer M SWANDRE THE GIANT Dave Miller Ron Burke GREEN MANALISHI S REIGN OF HONOR 1:51.3 07/13 Stanley Dancer M GREENSHOE Brian Sears Marcus Melander PILOT DISCRETION SUPER SCHISSEL 1:50.1 07/20 Tompkins Geers M GREEN MANALISHI S Tim Tetrick Marcus Melander SHEENA’S BOY CANTAB FASHION 1:52.4 07/20 Tompkins Geers M MARSEILLE Ake Svanstedt Ake Svanstedt SOUL STRONG PILOT DISCRETION 1:51.4 07-27 Reynolds Memorial M DON’T LET’EM Yannick Gingras Nancy Johansson SWANDRE THE GIANT SUPER SCHISSEL 1:50.2   From the Meadowlands Media Department  

Cream Ridge, NJ - The Hambletonian Party and Poker & Casino Night Charity Event will be held Friday, August 2, at Meadowlands Racetrack, East Rutherford, NJ. Proceeds will benefit the Standardbred Retirement Foundation and the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame.   Tickets are $50 per person and include dinner, open bar, dessert and $25 in casino chips. Casino chips won at table games are exchanged for raffle tickets to deposit in the baskets of the items you want to win. Tickets are drawn at the end of the evening to determine the winners. Raffle items include sports and harness racing memorabilia and fantastic prizes that will be announced at a later date.   Additional casino chips may be purchased through the night. Open bar and table games begin at 6:00 p.m. in the Gallery & Lounge on the second floor.   Poker tournament is $125 per person with limited seats available. The chip leader will receive a three-night, four-day trip for two to Las Vegas, including round-trip airfare, first-class hotel accommodations, food/beverage allowance and show tickets. Second place is $250, third $125. The poker tournament begins at 7:15 p.m. in the Gallery.   Tickets are available online and will also be available at the door.   Contact Janet Terhune or John Mayo at the Museum at 845-294-6330 or Tammy Cailliau at Standardbred Retirement Foundation at 609-738-3255 for further information. Tickets Online   From the Standardbred Retirement Foundation    

Trenton, NJ — When the New York Yankees play a day-night doubleheader against the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium Aug. 3, they may want to double check their equipment just to make sure everything is in order. Because, if he has his way, New York’s assistant equipment manager will be on the other side of the George Washington Bridge, harness racing. Joe Lee has worked with the Yankees for a quarter century and it’s going to kill him to miss two games with the hated Beantowners. But he hopes to be watching his horse, Mr Vicktor, compete in harness racing’s crown jewel that day at The Meadowlands. “I will try and be at this Hambletonian,” Lee said. “This will probably be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and I think I’m afforded to take a day off. I mean after 25 years I can take a day off. Although it is against the Red Sox, and it is two games. It’s the worst combo. This would be a great gig if they didn’t have to play all these games.” With the Yanks in Boston this weekend, at least Lee can watch Mr Vicktor make his Meadowlands debut Saturday (July 27) in the $81,200 W.N. Reynolds Memorial. The race is the final stakes prep for the $1 million Hambletonian, harness racing’s premier event for 3-year-old trotters, the first weekend in August. Mr Vicktor has won seven of 10 lifetime starts, with two seconds and one third, while earning $195,152. All of his races have been in New York, primarily on the New York Sire Stakes circuit. This year, the colt has won six of eight starts and finished second twice, both times behind undefeated Gimpanzee, who was the 2018 Dan Patch Award winner for best 2-year-old male trotter. “We skipped the sire stakes this weekend in New York to get him off the smaller tracks,” Lee said. “He’s been on the bigger track (seven-eighths Vernon Downs) but hasn’t been on the mile. Going into the Hambletonian, we wanted to get him a trip over The Meadowlands track. We had staked him earlier this winter for the Reynolds, actually as a prep race if he ever turned out to be the horse he turned out to be. That worked out.” Did it ever. Mr Vicktor, by RC Royalty out of Hawaiian Vicky, was purchased for $21,000 at the 2017 Morrisville Sale by Lee, Diamond Pride LLC, which is former Yankees manager Joe Torre, and Sholty Racing. Buzzy Sholty, the horse’s original trainer, made the call. “Buzzy’s got a good eye for picking out horses that look like they have good conformation,” Lee said. “Buzzy also is pretty good on the breeding and the cross breed and what he thinks could be a good cross breed and what he thinks is the best shot at getting to the track for not a lot of money. Buzzy is never one to over-pay and say, ‘Hey we’re getting this horse no matter what.’ “Buzzy’s picked out good horses in the past for me too. Not one that was going to be in the Hambletonian, but Buzzy’s got a good eye on picking a well-built horse. And seeing the horse is an RC Royalty, you’re going to get him a little cheaper. But he’s built well and he’s got a tough heart.” Mr Vicktor won his first lifetime start at Monticello Raceway in the New York Excelsior Series A and came back to finish third at Tioga Downs in the same series. But during the race he made a breathing noise and the decision was made to shut him down for the season. “He was getting entrapped,” Lee said. “So, we did the surgery and let him have the time he needed to heal. At the same time, we thought we had a really nice horse. Buzzy was really patient with him and let him come back on his own. “This year he qualified fine. He started out in a non-winners of two (at Yonkers) and won handily with Buzzy driving. We said, ‘All right, he looks pretty good here, he looks like he’s come back, he’s not having any breathing issue.’ Going back to his first race, he went 2:00 at Monticello and we said, ‘Wow, you have a horse that can go in 2:00 at Monticello in his first lifetime start and not be fully getting his air, we must have a nice horse.’ It was fully worth it to do the surgery and give him the time that he needed.” Mr Vicktor has won seven of 10 lifetime starts, with two seconds and one third, while earning $195,152 In May, Bob Santagata and Jennifer Lappe came looking for a quality horse, and Lee and Torre brought them in on Mr Vicktor, but they wanted to hold on to a stake. “Bob Santagata was interested in having a nice 3-year-old that was coming into his own,” Lee said. “Our horse was really lightly raced, it looked like he had some ability. So, he was willing to take a shot. He was interested in purchasing the horse, but we wanted to also stay in because we thought the horse had a lot of ability as well. So, Jennifer and Bob Santagata joined up with us and on we went.” Once the deal was complete, Lappe took over the training duties while Sholty continued to paddock the colt and warm him up. Tyler Buter remained as the driver, which made sense since Mr Vicktor was undefeated this year at the time the new partners came on board. “He had known the horse, he had trained him at the farm with Buzzy,” Lee said. “Tyler was really familiar with him. To be honest, over the years, the money we made from the last horse Tyler was driving for us helped us get Mr Vicktor. “Tyler has always done right by us. He always has the horses in a good spot and never really over-races them. He races that horse as if it’s his own. Tyler’s a real good horseman as well. He knows what he’s doing out there and we’re comfortable with him.” That makes for a good combination since Mr Vicktor is capable of racing several different ways. In his second start this year, he was challenged on the backstretch and collared, but dug in and won by 4-3/4 lengths. “He’s got it in him, he knows when he’s got to race,” Lee said. “He’s a pretty versatile horse. If you need to leave the gate, he’ll push right out of there. There’s been a couple races where they’ve been flying in the first turn and he’s gotten away either fourth, fifth and then come first over right away. He’s got a big brush in him, he swells up when he gets on the lead. He’s raced both on the lead and from behind. “Tyler has done a really, really good job keeping him relaxed in the post parade and keeping his feet underneath him going to the gate. He can tend to be a little hot when he’s warming up. That was last year. Jogging this year, he’d tend to get a little hot. But so far he’s been OK.” Mr Vicktor is one of many horses Lee has owned with Torre, who won four World Series as Yankees manager and who has had some success as a Thoroughbred owner. “Typically for the last few years, anything I’ve owned Joe has taken a piece of,” Lee said. “He’s excited about this also; I’m hoping he can make it to the Meadowlands for the Hambletonian. For the most part he’ll watch online, especially when Mr Vicktor’s been racing. I’ve called him when he’s racing and he’s always on the road.” Lee recalled calling him once to tell Torre the horse was racing in Vernon Downs, and woke him up in the middle of the night because he was in Israel. “He still stops by the stadium quite a bit and I see him and he says, ‘Hey how are you doing partner,’” Lee said. “He loves being a part of it.” One of Torre’s great trademarks as a manager was his calm, cool demeanor. He always seemed unflappable, whether in the dugout or under the hot lights of a World Series press conference. But when it comes to racing, Torre shows a rare emotional side. “Overall his demeanor is he’s a very laid back person,” Lee said. “But he gets excited during a race when I’ve watched races and been at races with him. He’s like anybody else. When you have a stake in a race or you have a wager, yeah you get excited. The thrill of winning, no matter whether it’s a 10 claimer or a stakes horse, that never goes away, never gets old.” It’s a thrill Lee hopes to keep experiencing with Mr Vicktor, especially if he actually decides to miss the big Red Sox doubleheader. by Rich Fisher, USTA Web Newsroom Senior Correspondent

No 2-year-old trotter was faster than Cantab Fashion last season, but it's been a slow trek back to action for harness racing trainer Jim Campbell's colt. Cantab Fashion will make his 2019 debut Saturday (July 20) in the first of two $50,450 divisions of the Tompkins-Geers Stakes at The Meadowlands, where his performance will help determine whether he can be ready for the sport's premier event for 3-year-old trotters, the Hambletonian, Aug. 3 at the Big M. Last year, 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. "He's definitely a talented colt, has got a lot of speed, but it hasn't been easy this year, that's for sure," said Campbell, who trains Cantab Fashion for breeder/owner Fashion Farms. "I wish we were coming in under different circumstances, but he's had some issues, which is why we're starting in the middle of July instead of the middle of May. "I've got no bold predictions or anything like that. I don't know how he's going to be. The Hambletonian is coming up in two weeks and I don't know if we're going to make it, or not make it, or what the deal is. That's why we want to get him raced on Saturday and see how he does. If he goes good Saturday night, we could come back and get a race into him the following week as well. "It's hard to get a good reading on him because he doesn't train as well as he goes in a race. You'll know (how he is) when I know." Cantab Fashion is among 17 Hambletonian-eligible trotters in the two Tompkins-Geers divisions. Following this weekend's action, there is one more stakes prep for the Hambletonian, the Reynolds on July 27 at The Meadowlands. Campbell is not alone in wanting to get a look at a Hambletonian hopeful prior to the big event. Aldebaranwalkabout, who won two of seven races last year for trainer Jonas Czernyson, is making his second start of 2019 in the first division of the Tompkins-Geers. He finished fourth in a conditioned race June 28 at The Meadowlands, timed in 1:53.1 with a final quarter-mile of :26.3. "We got a slow start with him, but I think he's pretty nice right now," said Czernyson, who trains the colt for Aldebaran Park Inc. "I let him tell me when he was ready, and it looks like it's paying off. I like him a lot the way we are right now. I think we're going in the right direction. I wanted to have one more start in him, like last week, but I couldn't get him in. I trained him up good and he's having a very good week at home, so I'm excited. "I'm going to see how he races Saturday and make up my mind from there. I don't know if I want to go three weeks in a row (prior to the Hambletonian). But I might race him in the Reynolds to make sure he's tight and ready." Aldebaranwalkabout was second-placed-first in a division of the Bluegrass Stakes last year. "We had some issues last year; he was growing a lot," Czernyson said. "He was tall and gangly. He's filled out now. He needed a little more time last year, but he showed me a couple of times that he acted like he wanted to be a good horse." Cantab Fashion is 10-1 on the morning line while Aldebaranwalkabout is 12-1. The first division's 2-1 favorite is Green Manalishi S, who finished second to Swandre The Giant last week in a division of the Stanley Dancer Memorial. Green Manalishi S has won six of 13 career races, with six seconds and a third. "We thought he raced OK," said trainer Marcus Melander, who trains the colt for Courant Inc. "You always want to win but I think he needed that race. It was only his third start of the year and after the race we decided we wanted to race him one more time. He's a big horse and he needed one more race. I think this race was the perfect race to be in because we'll have two weeks to the Hambo." Green Manalishi S is No. 5 on Meadowlands Racetrack announcer/analyst Ken Warkentin's Road to the Hambletonian Top 10. Pilot Discretion, who is No. 3, and Marseille, who is No. 9, are in the second division of the Tompkins-Geers. Saturday's Meadowlands card also includes two divisions of the Tompkins-Geers for 3-year-old female trotters, with 15 Hambletonian Oaks-eligible fillies in action, and the final of the Mr Muscleman Series for open trotters. Racing begins at 7:15 p.m. (EDT). For complete entries, click here. by Ken Weingartner, USTA Media Relations Manager

Swandre The Giant moves up to number four on harness racings Warkentin’s Road to the Hambletonian top ten.  Greenshoe and Gimpanzee remain one-two. #Hambo19   Rank Horse Driver, Trainer, Owner Ken Warkentin’s Comments 1 Greenshoe (Father Patrick) Brian Sears, Marcus Melander, Courant Inc, Hans Backe, Lars Grandqvist, Morten Langli Rebounded off a tough loss in the Beal with an effortless career best of 1:50.1, a fifth off the Stanley Dancer Memorial stakes mark, Sears said, “He’s done everything we’ve asked all year long, and he’s done it pretty easily, pretty in hand, so we’re real happy with where we’re at right now.” 2 Gimpanzee (Chapter Seven) Brian Sears, Marcus Melander, Courant Inc, S R F Stable 11-for-11 & two-for-two this season, dominated the EBC @ Vernon Downs in 1:54, then cruised in a NYSS event @ Yonkers in 1:55, tunes up for the Hambo in a NYSS division on July 19, post five in Race 8 @ Tioga Downs after a 24-day layoff   3 Pilot Discretion (Muscle Hill)   Andrew McCarthy, Tony Alagna, Robert LeBlanc, David Anderson, John Fodera Undefeated streak snapped, yet finished a solid second [1:51] to Greenshoe in his Dancer division, was coming off a career best 1:51.4 Big M qualifier, won the Goodtimes Final in 1:52.4, right back with post one in Tomkins Geers division @ Big M on July 20 4 Swandre The Giant (Swan For All)   Dave Miller, Ron Burke, Diamond Creek Racing, J & T Silva Stables, Howard Taylor Unleashed a Big M debut upset in a career best of 1:51.3 in his Dancer division, Miller said, “It was definitely the Lasix, and they pulled the shoes off too.  He felt really strong.  Through the stretch I was getting by (Green Manalishi S) without even asking him yet.”  5 Green Manalishi S (Muscle Hill)   Tim Tetrick, Marcus Melander, Courant Inc Brushed to the top, set easy fractions & settled for second [1:51.4] to Swandre The Giant as the heavy favorite in his Dancer division, only his third start of 2019, post five in Tomkins Geers division @ Big M on July 20 6 Forbidden Trade (Kadabra) Bob McClure, Luc Blais, Determination O’Brien Award winner notched his third win in five starts this season with an easy 1:54 in a 3YO overnight @ Mohawk on July 12, won his Goodtimes elimination in 1:53.1, a close second [1:52.4] in that final, followed by an OSS Gold event in 1:53.1 [:26.3] @ Mohawk 7 Don’t Let’em (Muscle Hill)   Yannick Gingras, Nancy Johansson, Brittany Farms, Christina Takter, John Fielding, Herb Liverman Sat a two-hole behind Pilot Discretion, broke turning for home & finished seventh in his Dancer division, second in :26 to Pilot Discretion in a Big M qualifier on July 5 after dominating a Big M overnight in 1:51.3, now in full regroup mode 8 Super Schissel (Uncle Peter)   Scott Zeron, Per Engblom, Al Libfeld, Perry Soderberg Finished a distant third [1:52.3] to Greenshoe in his Dancer division, Grand Circuit winning 2YO finished a close third [1:52.4] in the Goodtimes Final, romped in an overnight @ The Big M on June 28 & took a new mark of 1:52.4 9 Marseille (Muscle Hill) Ake Svanstedt, Ake Svanstedt Inc, Order By Stable, Howard Taylor Stole the Earl Beal, Jr. Memorial wire-to-wire in 1:52.3 at 55-1, did not race last two weeks, post 6 in Tomkins Geers division @ Big M on July 20, stablemates Soul Strong & Sheena’s Boy also in to go 10 Reign Of Honor (Father Patrick) Scott Zeron, Nifty Norman, Deo Volente Farms, Jennifer Dalton Stable, Tom Pontone, Kentuckiana Racing Stable Rallied in :27 to finished third [1:52] to Swandre The Giant in his Dancer division, stormed home to win a NJSS division 1:54.2 on May 24, runner up to Greenshoe in the NJSS Final     KEY PREP RACES Date Stakes Site Winner Driver Trainer 2nd Horse 3rd Horse Time 05/04 Dexter Cup Fhld OSTERC Yannick Gingras Per Engblom HL REVADON Skyway Kon Man 1:57 05/11 PASS Mea GINGER TREE SKYR Dan Rawlings Sam Beegle Capy Chaps Hanover Explosive Magic 1:55 05/11 PASS Mea OSTERC Yannick Gingras Per Engblom KLUTZY FASHION POSSESSED 1:55.1 05/11 PASS Mea GOES DOWN SMOOTH Yannick Gingras Ron Burke CHIPLOSIVE Papi Hanover 1:54.3 05/17 NJSS M GREENSHOE Brian Sears Marcus Melander SHEENA’S BOY BATTENBERG 1:51.2 05/17 NJSS M SOUL STRONG Yannick Gingras Ake Svanstedt NO DRAMA PLEASE Galixton 1:53 05/24 NJSS M REIGN OF HONOR Dave Miller Nifty Norman TRIX AND STONES NO DRAMA PLEASE 1:54.2 05/27 E. Breeders Final VD GIMPANZEE Brian Sears Marcus Melander MR VICKTOR Travel Winner 1:54 05/31 NJSS Final M GREENSHOE Brian Sears Marcus Melander REIGN OF HONOR Galixton 1:50.2 06/02 PASS PcD MARSEILLE Ake Svanstedt Ake Svanstedt GERRY Papi Hanover 1:53.3 06/02 PASS PcD EXPLOSIVEBREAKAWAY Tom Jackson Fred Grant SUMMIT IN SIGHT Capt Chaps Hanover 1:54.2 06/07 Goodtimes Elim Moh FORBIDDEN TRADE Bob McClure Luc Blais SWANDRE THE GIANT SMART AS HILL 1:53.1 06/07 Goodtimes Elim Moh PILOT DISCRETION Andrew McCarthy Tony Alagna SOUTHWIND AVENGER Dream Nation 1:52 06/14 PASS Phl SUMMIT IN SIGHT Andy Miller Julie Miller GOES DOWN SMOOTH Night Hall 1:53 06/14 PASS Phl GUARANTEED Tim Tetrick Linda Toscano Macmorris Hanover Kate’s Massive 1:55.1 06/14 PASS Phl OSTERC Yannick Gingras Per Engblom MARSEILLE EXPLOSIVEBREAKAWAY 1:52.2 06/15 Goodtimes Final Moh PILOT DISCRETION Andrew McCarthy Tony Alagna FORBIDDEN TRADE SUPER SCHISSEL 1:52.4 06/22 E. Beal, Jr. Elim PcD GREENSHOE Brian Sears Marcus Melander OSTERC MARSEILLE 1:52.3 06.22 E. Beal, Jr. Elim PcD GREEN MANALISHI S Tim Tetrick Marcus Melander SUMMIT IN SIGHT SWANDRE THE GIANT 1:52.1 06/29 Earl Beal, Jr. Mem PcD MARSEILLE Ake Svanstedt Ake Savnstedt GREENSHOE GREEN MANILISHI S 1:52.3 07/13 Stanley Dancer M SWANDRE THE GIANT Dave Miller Ron Burke GREEN MANALISHI S REIGN OF HONOR 1:51.3 07/13 Stanley Dancer M GREENSHOE Brian Sears Marcus Melander PILOT DISCRETION SUPER SCHISSEL 1:50.1         HAMBLETONIAN ELIGIBLES IN CAPS

East Rutherford, NJ — Seven of the ten horses in Ken Warkentin’s Road to the Hambletonian Week 8 are racing in Saturday’s Stanley Dancer Memorial at The Meadowlands. To view the complete list, click here.  

East Rutherford, NJ -- The Future Wager on the 94th harness racing edition of the Hambletonian at The Meadowlands will open its third pool Friday, July 5, at 11:00 a.m. This is the third of four pools opened in advance of the Hambletonian, held Saturday, August 3, at The Meadowlands. There are 199 trotting colts and fillies eligible for the $1 million Hambletonian and $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks and with just a month left to the race, favorites have emerged on the The Road to Hambletonian. The first Future Wager poll closed with Indiana-sired Swandre The Giant favored at 2-1. 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. Despite a head loss in the $500,000 Earl Beal Memorial on Sat., June 29 by 57-1 shot Marseille, Meadowlands handicapper Dave Brower has still assigned Greenshoe, a son of Father Patrick-Designed To Be, the favorite's role at 3-1. Greenshoe is one of three contestants from the powerhouse stable of Marcus Melander, joined by Gimpanzee (5-1) and Green Manalishi S (8-1), all owned by Anders Strom's Courant, Inc. Wagering will be available at racetrack and online sites throughout North America and internationally, and wagering for the first pool closes on Sunday, July 7 at 11 p.m. (EDT). The wager will be discussed at length on The Meadowlands weekend simulcast show. 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 Meadowlands Racetrack. Though fillies have their own division in the $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks, several have started in the $1 million open event in recent years, most recently Atlanta, who became just the 14th filly to win a Hambletonian. The only filly not offered at field odds is Evident Beauty, at 30-1. Trained by R. Nifty Norman, Evident Beauty is undefeated this season, with three straight wins in NJ Sire Stake events at The Meadowlands. 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 all remaining horses eligible, including all fillies eligible to the Oaks. There are no coupled entries in the finals and no supplements are permitted to the Hambletonian or Oaks. 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 fourth and final pool opens Thursday, Aug. 1, after the entries and elimination heats are drawn, and closes at post-time of the first elimination and/or heat of the Hambletonian on Saturday, Aug. 3. 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 #3 in morning line order HD-Horse-Morning Line Odds   1. Greenshoe/ 3-1 2. Gimpanzee/ 5-1 3. Green Manalishi S/ 8-1 4. Pilot Discretion/10-1 5. Don't Let'Em/ 10-1 6. Forbidden Trade/ 12-1 7. Super Schissel/ 12-1 8. Marseille /15-1 9. Swandre The Giant/ 15-1 10. Southwind Avenger/ 15-1 11. Soul Strong/20-1 12. Osterc/20-1 13. Mr. Vicktor/ 30-1 14. Evident Beauty (f) /30-1 15. Field (all other horses) /15-1 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   from the Hambletonian Society and Meadowlands Racetrack

Greenshoe and Gimpanzee remain 1,2 in Week 4 of Ken Warkentin's harness racing Road to the Hambletonian. After winning the Goodtimes Final in 1:52.4, Pilot Discretion moves into third spot Rank Horse Driver, Trainer, Owner Ken Warkentin’s Comments 1 Greenshoe (Father Patrick) Brian Sears, Marcus Melander, Courant Inc, Hans Backe, Lars Grandqvist, Morten Langli After an ultra impressive 3YO debut in 1:51.2, made it back-to-back NJSS Finals in a sizzling 1:50.2, tuned up for the Earl Beal, Jr. Memorial eliminations with a 1:52 qualifier @ Pocono on June 12 2 Gimpanzee (Chapter Seven) Brian Sears, Marcus Melander, Courant Inc, S R F Stable Dan Patch Award winner still undefeated 10-for-10, easy 1:54 romp in the EBC @ Vernon Downs in his 2019 debut, cruised to win an eye-catching 1:53.4 Big M qualifier on June 15 3 Pilot Discretion (Muscle Hill)   Andrew McCarthy, Tony Alagna, Robert LeBlanc, David Anderson, John Fodera Remained undefeated 6-for-6 & 4-for-4 this season when he rallied to win the Goodtimes Final in 1:52.4 after with a career best 1:52 elimination romp, Alagna said, “My owners and I talked about it and we always hoped our first stakes race would be the Goodtimes because it’d be a nice flow into stakes company without having to take on all the top colts like Greenshoe & Gimpanzee.” 4 Green Manalishi S (Muscle Hill) Tim Tetrick, Marcus Melander, Courant Inc Wm. Wellwood & Bluegrass made breaks in two straight qualifiers, then rebounded with a strong second [1:53.4] to Marion Marauder in a Big M qualifier on June 8, did race or qualify last week 5 Forbidden Trade (Kadabra) Bob McClure, Luc Blais, Determination O’Brien Award winner upset Swandre the Giant with a :26.3 final quarter to win his Goodtimes elimination in 1:53.1, then finished a close second [1:52.4] in the final 6 Don’t Let’em (Muscle Hill)   Yannick Gingras, Nancy Johansson, Brittany Farms, Christina Takter, John Fielding, Herb Liverman Peter Haughton Memorial winner in a track record 1:51.4, off a sick scratch rallied in :26.1 to finish second [1:52] by a nose in a sharp 3YO debut on June 7 @ Big M, did not race or qualify last week 7 Osterc (Cantab Hall)   Yannick Gingras, Per Engblom, Al Libfeld, Perry Soderberg Yannick Gingras, PASS champion & Dexter Cup winner won his second PASS event of the season in a career best 1:52.2 @ Harrah’s Philadelphia on June 14, Earl Beal, Jr. Memorial eliminations next 8 Super Schissel (Uncle Peter) Scott Zeron, Per Engblom, Al Libfeld, Perry Soderberg Grand Circuit winning 2YO finished fourth [1:53.3] from post 10 in an elimination of Goodtimes, then stormed home to finish a close third [1:52.4] in the final 9 Swandre The Giant (Swan For All) Ron Burke, Diamond Creek Racing, J & T Silva Stables, Howard Taylor Won his 3YO debut & first start for Team Burke in career best 1:54 in ISS @ Hoosier Park, second [1:53.1] in his Goodtimes elim, set the pace & finished fourth [1:53] in the final 10 Reign Of Honor (Father Patrick) Dave Miller, Nifty Norman, De Volente Farms, Jennifer Dalton Stable, Tom Pontone, Kentuckiana Racing Stable Kindergarten Classic winner rallied to win a NJSS division in 1:54.2 & closed from far back to finish second [1:51.3] to Greenshoe in the NJSS Final, did not race or qualify last two weeks   Ken Warkentin

WILKES-BARRE PA - Greenshoe, who has returned in 2019 with two sensational harness racing victories and is the current Hambletonian favorite, will be in a qualifier Wednesday morning at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, perhaps preparing for the Earl Beal Trot eliminations at the mountain oval on June 22. A sophomore son of Father Patrick trained by Marcus Melander for Courant Inc., Hans Backe, Lars Granqvist, and Morten Langli, Greenshoe showed promise as a two-year-old when he won two of four starts, but he has been devastating in both his 2019 triumphs, first a 1:51.2 win in a New Jersey Sire Stakes elimination at The Meadowlands and then a 1:50.2 shocker in the NJSS two weeks later. Brian Sears will be on hand at Pocono to guide Greenshoe from post three. Another top three-year-old, the Somebeachsomewhere pacing colt Southwind Ozzi, will also be in a Wednesday qualifier. The Bill Mac Kenzie trainee was only one for seven as a two-year-old and thus was not paid in to Pocono's signature sophomore pacing event, the Hempt, but this season he has shown the form that puts him near the top of his sophomore class, with his 1:48.4 victory at Philly on May 26 the fastest race win of the year in his group. Sears also has the drive behind Southwind Ozzi as they start from post five. In addition to these stars of today, there will be plenty of stars of tomorrow at Pocono Wednesday, competing in seventeen two-year-old qualifiers. First of the twenty-one early-session races tomorrow is 9 a.m. - and Greenshoe is in the first race. PHHA / Pocono

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