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Freehold, NJ --- The test is coming soon. Harness racing trainer John Butenschoen hopes his young student Ideal Rocky is ready to excel. Ideal Rocky is among 23 horses preparing for Saturday’s (Aug. 29) three eliminations for the Metro Pace for 2-year-old male pacers at Mohawk Racetrack in Ontario. The top three finishers from each division plus a fourth-place finisher drawn by lot will advance to the C$685,000 final on Sept. 5. The Mohawk card also includes eliminations for the Canadian Pacing Derby for older male pacers and the She’s A Great Lady Stakes for 2-year-old female pacers. Ideal Rocky, the New Jersey Sire Stakes champion, is in the second of the three Metro eliminations. He is 6-1 on the morning line, with Corey Callahan driving for trainer Butenschoen. Brad Maxwell’s Control The Moment, undefeated in five lifetime starts, is the 7-5 choice. Eight of the last nine editions of the Metro Pace on a fast track have been won with times faster than 1:51, with four triumphs in less than 1:50. None of this year’s 23 Metro hopefuls have been quicker than 1:51.1 so far, and only four have won with times faster than 1:52. Ideal Rocky’s mark is 1:52.4, set in a non-stakes start Aug. 7 at the Meadowlands. “It looks like it’s a real evenly matched group of colts up there,” Butenschoen said. “A lot of these horses are pacing big last halves and quarters. We know they have speed, but when they stretch them out and get to the three-quarters in 1:21 or 1:22 we’ll see which ones get tired and which ones have fight to them. We don’t know. “It will be interesting to see which ones are going to step up. Time will tell. We’ll know in another week for sure. Hopefully when they push them a little harder (Ideal Rocky) will have enough fight left in him to push on and be a good colt.” With a name like “Rocky,” he should show some fight. “Hopefully he’ll be on the right side of the way we’re thinking than on the wrong side,” Butenschoen said, laughing. Ideal Rocky is a son of stallion Rocknroll Hanover, who won the 2004 Metro Pace in 1:49.4, out of the mare Eternity’s Delight, who won the 2006 Jugette. He was purchased for $47,000 at the Standardbred Horse Sale and is owned by Bill Wiswell, Jean Goehlen, and Eugene Schick. His family also includes previous New Jersey Sire Stakes champion colt I Fought Dalaw as well as stakes-winners Emeritus Maximus, Racing Star, and Western Glory. “We spend as much time at the farms as we can,” Butenschoen said. “We probably look at two-thirds of all the horses that are in the sale. He was on Bill’s list of pedigree and my list of conformation, so we went after him. He’s a real well-bred colt. He looked the part. “If he had been New York-eligible or Pennsylvania-eligible, I think he would have been well over a six-figure horse. We got a discount for the New Jersey program. It’s hard to make money there. Hopefully things will get changed around; some legislation (in New Jersey) will prove fruitful. My Pennsylvania colts aren’t eligible to the Metro because they can race for enough money without having to go. But this colt has to go somewhere to get a shot at better money.” Ideal Rocky has won three of six races and earned $82,144. He heads to his Metro Pace elimination off a third-place finish in a division of the Nassagaweya Stakes on Aug. 22 at Mohawk. The Catamount Kid won the race, with Sossy’s King Kong finishing second. “We made a couple little equipment changes on him after his start up there,” Butenschoen said. “He had the rail and was looking at stuff down on the inside. We kind of gave up the race a little bit last week when he wasn’t able to get out of there how we wanted to. Then coming first up into soft fractions wasn’t quite his trip. “But it was a good race for him and a learning lesson for us. We trained him yesterday and he trained good. Hopefully with a start up there over the track he should be ready to roll. We’ll see what we’ve got.” Below are the fields for the Metro eliminations, with drivers, trainers and morning line. Elimination One 1. Bank Shot Hanover by The Panderosa, Corey Callahan, Daniel Renaud, 12-1 2. Blayde Hanover by Somebeachsomewhere, Sylvain Filion, Tony O’Sullivan, 15-1 3. Stonebridge Beach by Mach Three, Stephane Pouliot, Stephane Larocque, 12-1 4. Check Six by Somebeachsomewhere, Matt Kakaley, Ron Burke, 5-2 5. Voracity by Sportswriter, Randy Waples, Tony Alagna, 2-1 6. American Passport by American Ideal, Scott Zeron, Tony Alagna, 4-1 7. Cruise Patrol by Bettor's Delight, Brett Miller, Jimmy Takter, 6-1 8. Nvestment Bluechip by Shadow Play, Jody Jamieson, Dave Menary, 8-1 Elimination Two 1. Carter Beach by Somebeachsomewhere, Jody Jamieson, Carl Jamieson, 10-1 2. Highlandbeachycove by Somebeachsomewhere, Scott Zeron, Tony Alagna, 12-1 3. Sossy’s King Kong by Dragon Again, Doug McNair, R. Nifty Norman, 8-1 4. Ideal Rocky by Rocknroll Hanover, Corey Callahan, John Butenschoen, 6-1 5. Manny by American Ideal, David Miller, Howard Okusko Jr., 10-1 6. Control The Moment by Well Said, Randy Waples, Brad Maxwell, 7-5 7. Racing Hill by Roll With Joe, Brett Miller, Tony Alagna, 5-1 8. Manhattan Beach by Somebeachsomewhere, Matt Kakaley, Ron Burke, 7-2 Elimination Three 1. Mind Trip by American Ideal, Brett Miller, Tony Alagna, 5-1 2. Talk Show by Art Major, John Campbell, Steve Elliott, 2-1 3. Betting Line by Bettor's Delight, Steve Condren, Casie Coleman, 3-1 4. Pretty Boy Hill by Somebeachsomewhere, Matt Kakaley, Ron Burke, 6-1 5. Rodeo Rock by Rock N Roll Heaven, Randy Waples, Don Swick, 12-1 6. The Catamount Kid by Well Said, Jody Jamieson, Carl Jamieson, 5-2 7. Real Kid by Real Desire, Doug McNair, Larry Ainsworth, 15-1 by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications 

CAMPBELLVILLE, August 20 - For harness racing trainer James 'Friday' Dean, Saturday can't come soon enough. Stealing headlines with freshman pacer Thisorthat Hanover since her racing debut in June, Dean's filly is poised to strike next in the first division of the Eternal Camnation Stakes Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack. When Dean and long time owner Scott Horner headed to the Harrisburg Yearling Sale last year, they had reviewed the catalogue meticulously. Their thoughtful preparation led to the purchase of a filly who would go on to become one of the top contenders in her division. "Scott generally has his picks based on pedigree and the videos. We go and look at them in Harrisburg and I think we looked at half a dozen or eight horses," said Dean. "All he said to me at the end was 'who do you really want?' and I said this filly and he bought her. "Everything about her, her video was awesome and she had a lot of leg under her, a really nice body, everything was correct about her. I knew we'd have to pay for her but I didn't think he'd go that much, but Scott wanted her as much as I did." When the gavel fell on Hip #161 in Harrisburg, the price stood at $110,000. With $67,900 in the bank so far, she is well on her way to making good on his investment. Scott Horner has been one of Dean's key owners in the last ten years since he started out on his own in 2005. Along with brother, Clay Horner, the pair have bred and owned many horses of note throughout the years. Among them was the beloved pint-sized pacing sensation, Doonbeg. "Scott comes to the barn two or three times a week. He likes putting his horses away and jogging them and all that. He enjoys coming down and going with his horses, he's a very hands on owner. As for Horner's most recent investment, Thisorthat Hanover continued to impress every step of the way heading into her two-year-old season. Though Dean was confident in her progress, he was unwilling to make any early judgments. "She was perfect prepping for this season, she never did anything wrong, she just did all her lessons well. She never gave us any problems as we brought her along. I don't think you really know how they'll do based on training, you can train them down and you can think they're going to be a nice horse but until you actually race them, they can disappoint you. Or, they go in the other direction and surprise you." In her second lifetime start, the Sportswriter filly blasted her way to the front, striding to the quarter in 26.1 and the half in 55.4. Maintaining her lead to the three-quarter pole, she was overtaken coming into the stretch by Thatsoveryverynice, who went on to stop the clock in an Ontario Sires Stakes record-setting mile of 1:51.2. "She was a little warm that night, she was hitting the bike and she just took off like a rocket. Randy (Waples) had his hands full, he could never get her quiet after that so we put in some earplugs and a different check bit and she's been good since." With four starts under her belt, Thisorthat Hanover has come to establish herself as a vicious contender on the front end, pacing her way to the top by the half in every start. In her most recent start, Dean's filly relinquished the lead to Mark Steacy trained filly Bernadette in the third-quarter. In the stretch, Thisorthat Hanover challenged Bernadette on the outside, but was interfered with and sent off stride finishing second. However, the interference infraction by Bernadette vaulted Thisorthat Hanover from second to first. "In her last start, Randy said that with the way she was, he could have sat in with her third if he wanted to but he chose to be on the front. She's really good; he said she was going to win anyways. " Heading into Saturday's Eternal Camnation Stakes, Dean plans to give his filly a quiet week. "This is the first time she's raced back to back two weeks in a row, so generally I don't train them hard when they're racing weekly." Waples will once again take up the lines this week, leaving from post four in the third race on the card. She will be up for a rematch with Thatsoveryverynice, as well as New Jersey Sires Stakes champion Blue Moon Stride, who heads into Saturday with four straight victories. Dean isn't setting anything in stone, but a good effort Saturday will mean more Grand Circuit action for 'Thisorthat'. "After this we're playing it by ear, with these young horses, anything can happen," said Dean. "If she races good on Saturday, she's got the Shes A Great Lady the following week and then her Sires Stakes obligations." Dean also sends out Peg in the second division of the Eternal Camnation, drawing the two-hole with Phil Hudon in the bike. The Dragon Again filly will face stiff competition in the form of L A Delight, who carries a five race win streak into Saturday's event. With a mark of 1:56.3 taken at Mohawk, she has shown speed of 1:54.4 and promises to be a contender. As for where 'Friday' will be on Saturday night, he will be heading on to the track at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono with Split the House when 'Thisorthat' is scheduled to race, warming up for The Battle of the Brandywine. Co-owned by Scott Horner, Peter Milligan and Dean, the Rocknroll Hanover colt has stormed onto the scene in his three-year-old season. Absent at two due to injury, he has made up for lost time in proving himself to be one to watch as the year progresses. Sweeping the Summertime Series at Mohawk, he heads into the 'Battle' off a career-best 1:48.3 victory in the New Jersey Classic at the Meadowlands on July 25. Going up against many of the horses he saw in the Pepsi North America Cup elimination, like winner Wakizashi Hanover, this time around, Dean believes his horse will be an even stronger contender. "He's good right now. He may still be a bit of an unknown because we haven't raced against those horses a whole lot. In the North America Cup, I don't know if he was mentally ready for that race. There's not much we could do about it, we had four starts and won them all handily so we gave him a shot. It didn't work out but he's rebounded, got a nice trip at the Meadowlands with a sweet drive and everything worked out. "I think he could be a Grand Circuit horse, we never ever questioned his ability. It's tough for a horse that doesn't race as a two-year-old to go in his fifth lifetime start and be in with the crème de la crème. He didn't race bad in his (Cup) elimination, he was only beat three lengths but I don't think he was quite ready for it." Split the House will have John Campbell in the bike Saturday, who will be making his return to racing after a three-week hiatus with a broken wrist. "I tried to get Brian Sears or Yannick Gingras for him on Saturday, but Brian originally said he wasn't coming down and Yannick has his Burke obligations. John (Campbell) is a good fit for any horse, I didn't know if he was coming back Saturday. When I saw that he would be, I gave him a call and he said he'd be glad to drive the colt. "He's been lucky so far with the draws. He'll make a good race out of it and he's got 'The Master' driving, so hopefully it'll all work out." Thisorthat Hanover and Split the House are two of the many horses in Dean's stable that have the trainer en route to a banner year. Despite having posted less than sixty starts in 2015, Dean has put up a 17-7-7 record with his stable so far, maintaining a 0.400 training average. "I think it's simply better horses," said Dean. "Split the House, we knew he was a nice colt last year and unfortunately he cracked a bone and couldn't prove it, so he's doing it this year. I don't race very many horses. Just overall better quality horses this year and I'm really, really happy to have them." Saturday night features a strong group of juvenile pacers contesting two divisions of the Eternal Camnation and three divisions of the Nassagaweya Stakes, both offering an opportunity for final preparations before the Shes A Great lady and the Metro Pace eliminations on August 29. The first race Saturday goes to post at 7:25 p.m. Hannah Beckett for WEG Communications

The Standardbred Horse Sales Company is proud to announce that our 77th Annual Harrisburg Yearling Sale Preview is now posted on our website, www.theblackbook.com. Individual yearling pedigrees will soon follow, with yearling video links posted closer to the Sale. Yearling Sale dates are Monday, November 2 through Wednesday, November 4, featuring 1,015 fabulous yearlings - 615 by Pennsylvania sires, 261 by New York sires, 100 by Ontario sires, 31 by New Jersey sires, and 8 by Ohio sires. Yearlings by first year sires including World Champion Chapter Seven (31), Russell Hanover (5), Archangel (2), and Winning Mister (1) will be presented. Printed catalogs will be mailed September 9. Standardbred will again offer catalogs formatted for the iPad through the Equineline.com Sales Catalog app. As always, Standardbred provides multiple "Search" functions and downloadable PDF packets on our website to help you find your champion. Our convenient "My Black Book" feature allows customers to store lists of yearling prospects with pedigrees, video links, and personal notes in a confidential format that is accessible from any Internet-capable device. Paul F. Spears Standardbred Horse Sales Company

Freehold, NJ --- Fred Hertrich III was disappointed Spirit To Win failed to sell at the 2013 Standardbred Horse Sale, but the harness racing breeder-turned-owner of the 3-year-old trotting filly has been nothing but pleased with her performance on the racetrack. Spirit To Win, who in her most recent start defeated Mission Brief by a nose at 48-1 odds to capture the Delvin Miller Memorial, was among 16 horses entered Monday for the $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks for 3-year-old female trotters at Meadowlands Racetrack. The field was split into two eight-horse $35,000 eliminations Saturday at the Big M, with Spirit To Win drawing post eight in the second division. The top five finishers in each elimination advance to the Hambletonian Oaks final Aug 8. Posts for the final will be drawn Monday (Aug. 3), with elimination winners drawing for posts one through five while all other finalists are part of an open draw. Posts for the $1 million Hambletonian, open to 3-year-old trotters regardless of gender, also will be drawn that day. Stakes-winners Smokinmombo from the stable of trainer Chris Beaver and Wild Honey from the stable of trainer Jimmy Takter are this year’s top money-earners in the first Oaks elimination. Spirit To Win’s division includes Julie Miller-trained stake-winner Livininthefastlane and Takter’s Sarcy. Spirit To Win is a daughter of stallion Cantab Hall and first foal out of the mare Celebrity Spirit, who is a half-sister to Dan Patch Award winners Master Lavec and Housethatruthbuilt. Spirit To Win, who saw her 2-year-old campaign abbreviated by a fractured pastern bone that required four months of stall rest, has won four of 10 races in her career, hitting the board a total of nine times, and earned $168,130. “We were kind of disappointed that we didn’t get her sold,” said Hertrich, who shares ownership of the filly with the Noblock Racing Stable of Ontario. “She was the first foal out of one of our mares and we thought she would bring substantially more than what ended up being the final bid on her ($35,000). We’re always happy to take fillies out of our good mares or our new mares. If we have to race them, we’ll race them. “She was such a good foal. You like the ones that never have a problem. We were more than happy to retain her at that number. She’s gone out and done very well.” Dustin Jones liked Spirit To Win as a yearling and approached Hertrich about training the filly. Hertrich sent Spirit To Win home with the Ontario-based conditioner. Last season, Spirit To Win won the Pure Ivory Series and finished second to Stubborn Belle in a division of the Champlain in a stakes-record 1:54.2 mile. “As a 2-year-old we were really high on her,” Jones said. “I expect her to race good (Saturday). She’s raced good every race this year. She came out of her last race good and I’m happy with the way she is right now.” Spirit To Win’s victory in the Delvin Miller Memorial was her first win in four starts this season. She finished second by a neck against older rivals in her seasonal debut and then was third by a neck in a division of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. She entered the Miller off a third-place finish in another division of the PaSS, this time at Harrah’s Philadelphia. “If she had gotten through in the passing lane (at Pocono) I think she would have won,” Jones said. “At Philly, she just wasn’t handling the track good. But if she’s close, she always wants to pass another horse.” Her desire to pass horses was on display in the Miller, where Spirit To Win rallied from third place with a :26 final quarter-mile to nip Mission Brief at the wire. It was the first time in her career that Mission Brief was defeated in a start in which she did not go off stride. “She’s got an awful lot of ability, which everyone was able to see,” Hertrich said. “Now it’s just a case of going forward with that. Dustin seems to think we’re in a very good place. It should be a lot of fun. “When you can get a trotting filly that can finish in a mile in 26 (seconds) flat, that’s pretty special. She can kick to another gear and accelerate through the wire. It’s going to take a good filly to beat her. You better be able to come at the end of the mile or she’s going to come and get her.” Spirit To Win will not have to face Mission Brief in the Hambletonian Oaks. Mission Brief, who was last season’s Dan Patch Award winner for best 2-year-old female trotter and trotted the fastest mile in history by a 2-year-old when she won in 1:50.3 at the Red Mile, will be entered in the Hambletonian. She will try to become the first female trotter to capture the grand prize since Continentalvictory in 1996. Mission Brief, trained by Ron Burke, was making her first start in seven weeks in the Miller Memorial and rebounded from that setback with a 1:51.4 triumph Sunday in the Dr. Harry M. Zweig Memorial Filly Trot at Vernon Downs. “We all have watched Mission Brief,” Hertrich said. “The Burke team has done a great job getting her back. She was so good last year at 2 it was scary. If she keeps progressing she’s going to give the boys all they want. It’s great for the sport. “Kudos to Ron Burke and the other owners, they’ve done something great for the game. They understand this could be something special.” Following are the elimination fields in post order for the Hambletonian Oaks with listed drivers and trainers: Race 6-HN-Horse-Driver-Trainer 1-Lady Winona by Credit Winner -Andy Miller-Julie Miller  2-Cocoacabana by Chocolatier -John Campbell-Frank Ingrassia  3-Lock Down Lindy by Lucky Chucky -Tim Tetrick-Tony Alagna  4-Smexi by Explosive Matter -Corey Callahan-Jimmy Takter  5-Bright Baby Blues by Andover Hall -David Miller-Bob Stewart  6-Gatka Hanover by Muscle Massive -Yannick Gingras-Ron Burke  7-Wild Honey by Cantab Hall -John Campbell-Jimmy Takter  8-Smokinmombo by Explosive Matter -Aaron Merriman-Christopher Beaver  Race 7-HN-Horse-Driver-Trainer 1-Rules Of The Road by Muscle Hill -Corey Callahan-Janice Connor  2-Sarcy by Donato Hanover -Johnny Takter-Jimmy Takter  3-Speak To Me by Muscle Massive -Scott Zeron-Jimmy Takter  4-Magic Marker by Andover Hall -David Miller-R. Nifty Norman  5-Katniss by Credit Winner -Ake Svanstedt-Ake Svanstedt  6-Livininthefastlane by Donato Hanover -Andy Miller-Julie Miller  7-Classical Annie by Andover Hall -Aaron Merriman-Jim Arledge Jr.  8-Spirit To Win by Cantab Hall -Brett Miller-R. Dustin Jones Spirit To Win by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications

WASHINGTON, PA, July 7, 2015 -- When Milligan's School captured a division of Tuesday's $216,980 Pennsylvania Sires Stake for freshman colt and gelding trotters at The Meadows, he brought joy to Julie and Andy Miller -- and a little slice of Russia. That's because Milligan's School is owned by Stroy Inc. whose Natalia Stroy operates a fair-sized stable from her Moscow base. According to Julie Miller, Stroy wanted to gain access to the American market, so Dr. Paul F. Spears, vice president of Hanover Shoe Farms, introduced her to the Millers. They helped her pick out the son of Yankee Glide-Tori Ann at Harrisburg and signed the ticket for $120,000. "She wanted to race horses here," Julie Miller indicated, "and as Paul Spears said, one of the best places to race in the U.S. is the Pennsylvania circuit. So I'm glad it worked out." Stroy's American adventure nearly turned sour when, in his career debut in a PA All-Stars split, Milligan's School was on the business end of a mishap and nearly knocked off his pins. The youngster showed no ill effects Tuesday when he responded to Andy Miller's urging and blasted past past the leader, Boyz N Guitars, to defeat him by 2 lengths in 1:57. Pastor Dudley finished third. "We didn't make any changes," Julie Miller said. "All we wanted was a trouble-free trip. If we had that, I thought he'd have a go, and he did." The stake, known as the Hickory Pride, was contested over six divisions, with Lagerfeld, Hititoutofthepark, Sliding Home, Dupree and Staying Focused taking the other splits. The Millers teamed for a second stake win with Staying Focused while Corey Callahan enjoyed a stake double (Hititoutofthepark, Sliding Home). Lagerfeld is a full brother to 2012 Hambletonian runner-up Guccio, who was piloted and conditioned by Jimmy Takter. When Takter saw Lagerfeld at auction, he knew he had to have this yearling, so he joined with Christina Takter, John Fielding, Herb Liverman and Jim Fielding to purchase the son of Yankee Glide-Southern Senorita for $200,000. In his career debut in the Hickory Pride, Lagerfeld began to pay dividends on that handsome investment, moving twice for Takter and surging late to defeat the game Raisethejollyroger by a neck in 1:58.1. Granite State earned show. "He wanted to win," Takter said. "I had to stabilize him in the last turn, but he raced a good race. He has the pedigree to step it up. I just have to teach him some things. I want him to come here and learn something for his future." Out before the half, Hititoutofthepark moved relentlessly to gobble up the leader and scored in 1:57, matching Milligan's School for stake honors. Brownie Hanover was second, 3 lengths back, while Major Matter completed the ticket. "He's a little quirky," Callahan said. "I kind of have to let him do what he wants to do. He definitely wants to do it. He has a great attitude. He's a little anxious and wants to go a million at the word "go." He has to figure the whole racing thing out." John Butenschoen trains the $18,000 yearling acquisition, a son of Yankee Glide-Celebrity Liza, for Give It A Shot Stable, Kurt Welling and VIP Internet Stable. Dave Palone drove three winners on the 15-race card. Wednesday's program at The Meadows features five divisions of a PA Stallion Series stake for 2-year-old filly trotters. First post is 12:55 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

The 6-year-old State Treasurer, purchased for a mere $6,500 at the 2010 Standardbred Horse Sale, is a multiple-stakes-winner with more than $1 million in earnings for harness racing owners Sally and Allan MacDonald and Paul and Sophie MacDonald. Earlier this year he won an unprecedented third Molson Pace and last season he captured the Allerage Farms Open Pace at Lexington's Red Mile. He also missed by only a neck in last year's Breeders Crown Open Pace, finishing third. Last weekend, State Treasurer won his elimination for Saturday's $500,000 Ben Franklin Pace for older male pacers from post nine by a neck over Dynamic Youth in 1:50.3 over a sloppy track at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. He will start the final from post four with David Miller driving for trainer Dr. Ian Moore. "We refer to him as our once-in-a-lifetime horse," said Sally MacDonald, who lives on Prince Edward Island. "When we stop and think about all the people we've met and the traveling we've done, it's basically all because of him. It's been just such an enjoyable time with him." Luck Be Withyou, who won the first of the two Franklin eliminations last weekend, drew post nine for the final. George Napolitano Jr. will drive for trainer Chris Oakes. Saturday's card at Pocono also includes the $500,000 Max C. Hempt Memorial for 3-year-old male pacers, $500,000 Earl Beal Jr. Memorial for 3-year-old male trotters, $300,000 James M. Lynch Memorial for 3-year-old female pacers, and $75,000 Sun Invitational for older trotters. State Treasurer has won four of seven races this year. The four victories have come in his most recent five outings - despite starting from inside of post seven only once - and include the Molson Pace and Gold Cup Invitational. His setback came in the Battle of Lake Erie, where he was fifth by 1-3/4 lengths from post seven at half-mile Northfield Park. "We're very happy with the way he's been racing of late, that's for sure," said Paul MacDonald, who lives in Toronto and is Allan MacDonald's nephew. "We've been drawing poorly it seems quite a bit lately, but that's horse racing. It's certainly tough with such a strong group of older pacers when you're drawing on the outside. I don't think we'll continue to get the breaks we've been getting in some of these races. You just can't do that all the time against such a good group of horses." State Treasurer is a son of stallion Real Desire out of the mare Ideal Treasure, who is a full sister to stakes-winner Ideal Matters. His third dam is world champion stakes-winner Hit Parade. Allan MacDonald selected State Treasurer as a yearling. It was the first horse ever owned by Sally, Paul and Sophie. "My husband had been involved (with horses previously) but we decided to put this horse in my name," Sally MacDonald said. "He thinks I'm his good-luck charm." Said Paul, with a laugh, "Some people say I'm probably ruined now with him as the first horse. "It's been fantastic. Just to be there and participate against an incredible group of horses has been the highlight. Dr. Moore has said he's never had a bad race and I think what he means by that is the horse always gives 110 percent. He may get a bad trip, or the draw may be terrible, or the flow doesn't work out the way that you hope, but the horse is always giving it his best. "We've just had such a great time with this guy. We owe a lot of it to Dr. Moore. He's been just super with him." State Treasurer, who has been trained by Moore throughout his career, has won 25 of 78 career races and earned $1.08 million. He banked a career-best $464,311 last season. "He's an awesome horse to be around," Sally MacDonald said. "He's got a terrific personality. Everybody that sees him likes him. "It's just been such a good-news story with him." Following is the Ben Franklin field in post order with listed drivers and trainers: 1. Domethatagain by Bettor's Delight -  Tim Tetrick, Rene Allard 2. Foiled Again by Dragon Again -  Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke 3. Clear Vision by Western Hanover -  Brett Miller, Ron Burke 4. State Treasurer by Real Desire -  David Miller, Ian Moore 5. Dynamic Youth by Bettor's Delight -  Andrew McCarthy, Aaron Lambert 6. Mach It So by Mach Three -  Tim Tetrick, Jeff Bamond Jr. 7. Captive Audience by Art Major -  Jim Morrill Jr., Doug Berkeley 8. Vegas Vacation by Bettor's Delight -  Brian Sears, Casie Coleman 9. Luck Be Withyou by Western Ideal -  George Napolitano Jr., Chris Oakes   Following is the Hempt Memorial field in post order with listed drivers and trainers: 1. Pierce Hanover by Cams Card Shark -  Brett Miller, Ken Sucee 2. Betting Exchange by Bettor's Delight -  Jim Morrill Jr., Tom Fanning 3. Lost For Words by Well Said -  David Miller, Brian Brown 4. Artspeak by Western Ideal -  Scott Zeron, Tony Alagna 5. Wiggle It Jiggleit by Mr Wiggles -  Montrell Teague, Clyde Francis 6. In The Arsenal by American Ideal  -  Brian Sears, Kelvin Harrison 7. Wakizashi Hanover by Dragon Again -  Tim Tetrick, Joann Looney-King 8. A Bettor Hat by Bettor's Delight -  Yannick Gingras, Gilbert Garcia-Herrera 9. National Seelster by Bettor's Delight -  Andy Miller, Chris Ryder   Following is the Beal Memorial field in post order with listed drivers and trainers: 1. Pinkman by Ezplosive Matter -  Yannick Gingras, Jimmy Takter 2. Cruzado Dela Noche by Muscle Massive -  David Miller, Nancy Johansson 3. Centurion ATM by Sjs Caviar -  Ake Svanstedt, Ake Svanstedt 4. Uncle Lasse by Donato Hanover -  Brett Miller, Jimmy Takter 5. Crazy Wow by Crazed -  Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke 6. Wicker Hanover by Explosive Matter - Andrew McCarthy, Noel Daley 7. Shoot The Thrill by Explosive Matter -  Tim Tetrick, Dirk Simpson 8. Boots N Chains by Yankee Glide -  Andy Miller, John Butenschoen 9. Southwind Mozart by Muscle Hill - John Campbell, Ake Svanstedt   Following is the Lynch Memorial field in post order with listed drivers and trainers: 1. Bettor Be Steppin by Bettor's Delight -  Corey Callahan, Joe Holloway 2. Deli Beach by Somebeachsomewhere -  John Campbell, Brett Bittle 3. Stacia Hanover by Western Ideal -  Scott Zeron, Steve Elliott 4. Sassa Hanover by Rock N Roll Heaven -  Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke 5. Divine Caroline by Rock N Roll Heaven -  David Miller, Joe Holloway 6. Momas Got A Gun by Somebeachsomewhere -  Brett Miller, Virgil Morgan Jr. 7. Single Me by Bettor's Delight -  Brian Sears, Ross Croghan 8. Wicked Little Minx by Rocknroll Hanover -  Brett Miller, Nancy Johansson 9. The Show Returns by Rocknroll Hanover -  Tim Tetrick, Chris Ryder   Following is the Sun Invitational field in post order with listed drivers and trainers: 1. My Love Bi by Donato Hanover -  George Napolitano Jr., Gilbert Garcia-Herrera 2. Hot Shot Blue Chip by Revenue S -  Joe Pavia Jr., Jonas Czernyson 3. Sebastian K by Korean -  Ake Svanstedt, Ake Svanstedt 4. Daylon Miracle by Pegasus Spur -  Simon Allard, Rene Allard 5. JL Cruze by Crazed -  John Campbell, Eric Ell 6. Gural Hanover by Crazed -  Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke 7. Classic Martine by Classic Photo -  Tim Tetrick, Chris Oakes by Ken Weingartner Harness Racing Communications USTA

Harness racing driver Corey Callahan got the jump on Driver of the Week honors, finding the winner's circle five times on Friday night at The Meadowlands. Callahan didn't waste any time, winning the first two year old event of the season at The Meadowlands, with the John Butenschoen trained Ideal Rocky, a Rocknroll Hanover colt that cost $47,000 at the Harrisburg yearling sale. Callahan and Butenschoen would team up again later on the night, winning a condition trotting event with the Currier and Ives winner, Suit and Tie (Andover Hall). The Captain would also go on to score with B Stern (Bettor's Delight) in wire to wire fashion in a condition pacing event for fillies and mares at 13-1. He also guided Beach Story (Somebeachsomewhere) to a strong win in a very tough upper-level condition pacing event for mares and steered Tirade Hanover (Crazed) to a well-meant win in a competitive middle level condition trotting event. With the five wins, Callahan moved into the top-five in the Meadowlands drivers standings. The feature race of the night was the $50,000 TVG Free For All Trot, the third leg in the $1.2 Million series. Obrigado made his debut in the series and he made it a winning one, scoring in impressive fashion in 1:51.3, a lifetime best performance. Last week, Obrigado found himself locked in throughout the mile while crying out for racing room in the stretch, Mark Macdonald made sure that wouldn't happen this time, putting his gelding in the game early. But Obrigado had to work hard early on, parked out by DW's NY Yank, the 9/5 favorite and the two raced in tandem past the quarter in 26.3. Shortly after the trotters turned into the backstretch, Obrigado cleared the lead and it was a lead he would not relinquish. MacDonald effectively backed his trotter down to a 55.3 half mile before reaching three-quarters in 1:25.1, completely a tepid 58.3 middle half-mile. In the stretch, the Boy Band gelding  simply out-sprinted the field, kicking home in 26.2 to complete the triumph. Flanagan Memory rallied to finish second with Melady's Monet overcoming traffic trouble in the stretch to finish third. Obrigado is co-owned by his trainer Paul Kelley, L. Higgins and W. Weaver III. The fifth race Jackpot Super Hi-5 survived another night, despite a 15-1 upset and that carryover will be $168,564 into the Saturday program. The last race carryover swelled to $149,836 as well. Racing resumes on Saturday with first post time at 7:15 P.M. Darin Zoccali

If anyone thought that harness racing super sire Bettor's Delight was coming to the end of his brilliant stallion career, then todays results of the two year old races at Mohawk Racetrack would have dispelled that theory well and truly. Betty Hill, a daughter of Bettors Delight won the first race for the babies in 1:55.3 after a big move to lead midrace. A $40,000 purchase at last years Harrisburg Sales, Betty Hill is owned by Tom Hill of Lancashire in the United Kingdom. A minor highlight of the race was the run of L A Delight who came from well back for a close up third on debut. Another daughter of Bettor's Delight, L A Delight is a half sister to the very smart racemare Somewhere In L A 1:50 ($599,461) and judging by todays run could be one to follow. The second heat was won by the very mature looking Kays Shadow who employed similar tactics to Betty Hill in scooting to the lead midrace and then defying the opposition to run her down, winning in 1:54 flat. The daughter of Shadow Play was a $23,000 purchase at last year Harrisburg sale and looks more like a four year old than a two year old. Nothing in this heat ran on well enough to say they would challenge Kays Shadow in the near future and her meeting with Betty Hill and L A Delight in the near future will be worth going to see. Betty Hill Harnesslink Media

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (June 24, 2015) - It is a long way from the harness racing fairs of Maine to the big leagues at the Meadowlands, but it is a trip that Obrigado is making. Now, his trainer Paul Kelley expects him to make noise against the sport's top trotters. Obrigado, a five-year-old gelding by leading Maine stallion Boy Band, faces five others in the $50,000 TVG Free For All on Friday (June 26) at the Meadowlands. "He is a tremendous looking individual," said trainer Paul Kelley. "He is everything you would want a trotter to look like. He gets over the ground really well and likes to race. He's just a class animal and is easy to manage around the barn." At two and three, Obrigado won 21 straight races in Maine when trained by Ivan Davies and owned by longtime top Maine breeder Mike Andrew. After earning more than $168,000 and back-to-back Maine-bred championships, Obrigado was entered in the 2013 Harrisburg Mixed Sale. Kelley jumped in to purchase Obrigado for $53,000. "Mike and I have been friends for a long time and he's a really sharp guy," said Kelley. "When I bought him, I thought he might develop into a nice open level trotter at Saratoga, but nobody thought we were buying this type of horse. He has been a very pleasant surprise." Kelley owns Obrigado with partners Linwood Higgins, Bill Weaver, and Stable 45. Last year, Obrigado finished first or second in 16 of 21 starts, all at the Open level at Saratoga, Tioga Downs, and Yonkers, while earning more than $173,000. By the end of the season, he had earned a spot in the prestigious International Trot Invitational at Yonkers and finished a fast-closing fourth behind Natural Herbie, Commander Crowe, and Bee A Magician. With that performance, Kelley was convinced he had a potentially top class horse. "As the competition got tougher, he kept showing up and showing that he fit with them," said Kelley. "The plan is to show up at these big races and if all goes well, which I think it will, then we'll keep competing at the top level." Obrigado made his first career start on a one-mile track last week at the Meadowlands. He finished second behind fellow TVG rival DW's NY Yank after being locked in on the pylons throughout the stretch. Mark MacDonald will take his usual seat behind Obrigado on Friday. Kelley credits Jenna Calagaris, Obrigado's groom, for constantly handling every little detail to keep the horse at peak performance and his second trainer and blacksmith, Kevin Constantine. Obrigado is the 2-1 morning line favorite in Friday's race. His rivals include Canadian invader Flanagan Memory, the former European star Mr. Picolit, who is making his North American debut for Ake Svanstedt, and locally-based contenders DW's NY Yank, Melady's Monet, and Master of Law. The TVG Free For All goes as race six on the twelve-race card that also includes carryovers of $165,662 and $144,277 in the Jackpot Super High 5 wagers in races five and twelve. Post time is 7:15 p.m. Meadowlands Pace Hashtag Unveiled The Meadowlands has unveiled the official hashtag for the track's signature race, the Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace. Fans can join the conversation and follow along on the road to the Pace by using #Pace15 on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Eliminations for the Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace are July 11 with the $750,000(est) Final set for July 18. Justin Horowitz

On a glorious summer’s evening on Thursday 18th June, the harness racing crowd at Corbiewood Stadium, Bannockburn in Scotland were treated to a driving hat-trick from Gordon Gilvear and a back-to-back driving double from Stuart Mackenzie, on a night that featured the SHRC 3YO Derby and PJI Engineering Ltd. Final. The first race saw six horses go to post for the first of three eliminations of the PJI Engineering Ltd. Final.  Anniejoan, driven by Gregor Menzies, led out from post position two and sought to control the race from the front.  She remained unchallenged until the three-quarter marker, when regular visitor to the winner’s circle Funtime Frankie and Gordon Gilvear loomed large on the outside.  Rounding the final turn, Gordon looked confident and his charge did not let him down, winning by one length from Anniejoan with Mega Star another length behind them in third. Race 1 (1 mile) 1st Funtime Frankie (Jimmy Long-Lyons Flum) – G Gilvear 2nd Anniejoan (Genghis Pan-Big Red Dog) – G Menzies 3rd Mega Star (Genghis Pan-Party West) – G Cullen 6 Ran Time: 2.08.88 Dist: 1L & 1L Elimination 2 featured another six runners who were all vying for a position in the final. The two gate horses, Mrs Doubtfire and Ayr Escape, driven by young guns Tony Allan and Hugh O’Neil Jr respectively, fired out of the gate both in pursuit of the front end. Mrs Doubtfire and Tony Allan secured the lead and dictated the early fractions until the race began in earnest. The first challenge came from Final Fantasy as the field approached the bell (which signals that there is one lap left), with Sureamsomething looking a serious threat second over. Approaching the final bend, Sureamsomething switched three wide and showed a good turn of foot to take up the running half way up the home straight.  Alan Scot and Scott Murray, who had been last heading down the back straight, made the quick decision to pull wide to avoid slowing traffic on the rail and thundered down the home stretch against the stand side rail to finish a fast-closing second to Sureamsomething and William Greenhorn. Race 2 (1 mile) 1st Sureamsomething (Wolfdancer Mindale-Suream Smart) – W Greenhorn 2nd Alan Scot (Prince Lee Dancer-Southlands Kestrel) – S Murray 3rd BJs Harmony (The Firepan-Country Melody) – H Menzies 6 Ran Time: 2.07.75 Dist: Neck & 3/4L The third and final elimination again had six runners facing the starter. Styx N Stones on his seasonal debut led out with Stuart Mackenzie in the bike. The betting favourite, Bestinthewest, filed away in second spot with Dreamfair Dancer in third, and the runners remained in Indian file for most of the race.  Brian Gilvear felt Bestinthewest had waited long enough and challenged at the three-quarter marker, looking to be a major danger as they swung off the last turn. However, Styx N Stones kicked on again and despite Bestinthewest’s bravest efforts, Stuart Mackenzie’s horse was not for passing and he was second to a very game winner. Race 3 (1 mile) 1st Styx N Stones (Daylon Alert-Styx Soprano) – S Mackenzie 2nd Bestinthewest (Cammibest-Party West) – B Gilvear 3rd Mr Brightside (Dreamfair Vogel-Dillys Eyes On You) – G Gilvear 6 Ran Time: 2.05.79 Dist: Neck & 1 1/2L Race four featured 8 runners with no more than one lifetime win and looked to be a competitive race on paper. Betting favourite GDs Beauty made a break behind the starting gate which allowed locally-trained Styx Locomotive to establish early supremacy. William Greenhorn dictated sensible fractions from on top, with the first challenge coming with one lap to go in the form of Caragh’s Hall and William Drysdale. Heading away from the stands, Evenwood Coolsting was snapping at their heels with Iliana looking for racing room on the inside. Down the back straight Stuart Mackenzie switched a bold three wide and challenged the leader with Evenwood Coolsting, and took up the running off the last bend. Iliana had by now found the racing room she’d been searching for and hit top gear, however Evenwood Coolsting proved too hard to catch and ran out the winner to provide Stuart with his back-to-back double. Race 4 (1 mile) 1st Evenwood Coolsting (The Firepan-Lamour La Plott) – S Mackenzie 2nd Iliana (Dream Work-Cherokee) – G Cullen 3rd Styx Locomotive (Soulofthematter-Styx Ghost) – W Greenhorn 8 Ran Time: 2.09.37 Dist: 3/4L & 2L The fifth race was the prestigious SHRC 3YO Derby, which has been won by some of the finest 3YO pacers the UK has seen. Going into the race the Sportswriter colt Rewrite History, who boasted a perfect five wins from five lifetime starts, was the overwhelming favourite. The 2013 Harrisburg purchase, owned and trained locally by the Gilvear family, landed fourth from post position six, whilst San Diego and Gregor Menzies took up the running. As soon as the field settled, Gordon Gilvear decided it was time to go and breezed to pole position after a lap. From then on it was a race for the minor placings, with the filly ATM taking second spot and the improving Rhyds Opal finishing impressively for third. This victory took Rewrite History’s record to six from six and a lucrative stakes campaign lays ahead. Race 5 (1 mile) 1st Rewrite History (Sportswriter-Treat Me Good) – G Gilvear 2nd ATM (Genghis Pan-Yoko Hall) – H Menzies 3rd Rhyds Opal (Hasty Hall-CPR) – W Greenhorn 6 Ran Time: 2.06.00 Dist:  3L & 4 1/2L The final race on an evening of exciting racing was the PJI Engineering Ltd. Final over an extended distance of 1m3f, featuring six of the best placed horses in the earlier eliminations. Funtime Frankie made use of his favourable starting position, receiving at least 20 yards from the other runners. He remained the uncontested leader for much of the race which allowed him to go through the mile in 2.11. Sureamsomething emerged from the chasing pack as a big danger under a cool drive from William Greenhorn and looked to have a big chance of victory when heading Funtime Frankie halfway up the home stretch. However, Funtime Frankie, who had tasted victory in his last three starts, was not to be denied and dug deep to get back up in the shadow of the winning post.  This win gave Gordon Gilvear his hat-trick on the night and was four on the run in Bannockburn for Funtime Frankie.  Once again, regular driver Logan Fowler was present to celebrate in the winner’s circle and no doubt the wins are helping him to a speedy recovery. Race 6 (1 mile 3 furlongs) 1st Funtime Frankie (Jimmy Long-Lyons Flum) – G Gilvear 2nd Sureamsomething (Wolfdancer Mindale-Suream Smart) – W Greenhorn 3rd BJs Harmony (The Firepan-Country Melody) – H Menzies 6 Ran Time: 2.58.70 Dist: 3/4L & 2 1/2L The next meeting at Corbiewood will be Thursday 25th June; first race 7:30pm. Steven Wolf Director of North American  and European Operations

CAMPBELLVILLE, June 20...Wakizashi Hanover, driven by Tim Tetrick, sat a perfect two-hole trip behind the pacesetting heavy favourite and previously unbeaten Wiggle It Jiggleit, before charging by the leader in deep stretch to win capture the $1 million Pepsi North America Cup, the richest harness racing pacing event in the world, Saturday at Mohawk Racetrack in 1:48. The final time was just a fifth of a second off the stakes record at Mohawk set by Thinking Out Loud in 2012. It also marked the 18th time that an elim winner had also won the final. Named for a ceremonial Japanese sword, 'Wakizashi' had come into the final off a blazing 1:49.2 elim win, when he threw down a :25.3 final quarter while upsetting last year's division champion Artspeak. The 32nd edition of the Cup brought together the finest three-year-old pacers on the continent, including the undefeated Wiggle It Jiggleit, a perfect 11-for-11, including his elim in 1:49.2 and Wakizashi Hanover, who tipped his hand last week as well. For Tetrick, it was his second Cup win, following a victory with favoured Captaintreacherous in 2013. Wakizashi Hanover, purchased for only $23,000 at the Harrisburg Sale in 2013, is owned by a group of Nova Scotians, based in Truro, and trained by Joann Looney-King. The Cup was his fifth and biggest win in six starts this year, after taking two of six last year. But the gelded son of Dragon Again-Western Gesture, bred by Hanover Shoe Farms in Pennsylvania, has only been worse than second once. The sire was fourth to Straight Path in the 1998 Cup. "It worked out perfect," said Tetrick. "I got to follow a really good horse (Wiggle It Jiggleit) and the horse did the rest. My horse tipped and we got the job done. He's a nice colt. The connections have done a great job with him. I appreciate them letting me drive the horse. He's versatile. He's a good horse and he's got tons of speed." As expected, Wiggle It Jiggleit, driven by 24-year-old Montrell Teague for his father, owner George Teague, went immediately to the front, laying down fractions of :25.1 (equalling the fastest Cup first-quarter), 53.3 for the half and 1:21 for three-quarters. But right on his tail throughout was Wakizashi Hanover, who was then angled out in mid-stretch and wore down the leader for the mild surprise by three-quarters of a length. Betting Exchange came on for third, three lengths behind the winner, while In The Arsenal, another elim winner from last week, was fourth. "Lots of supporters calling, sending messages in the last two days, it's just been phenomenal," said co-owner Bruce Kennedy, who along with his partners, races under the Tri County Stable banner. "We're living a dream. Three of the six people are brand new owners, never owned a horse before. What a way to start a career. Now they're hooked, I hope. "We've got a great trainer in Joann Looney-King and her husband, Jim, and we have a great relationship. We're all small time operators. I don't know how you get Tim Tetrick as a driver but we did. We had the package coming in." Wakizashi Hanover earned $500,000 for the prestigious win, pushing his career bankroll to almost $700,000. Sent postward the 5-1 third choice, he paid $13.40, $4 and $3.20, combining with Wiggle It Jiggleit ($2.50, $2.20) for a $30.60 (2-3) exactor. A 2-3-4 (Betting Exchange, $8.40) triactor came back $235.10, while a $1 Superfecta [2-3-4-5 (In The Arsenal)] was worth $410.45. Mark McKelvie

EAST RUTHERFORD (June 19, 2015) - The third leg of the Graduate Series for trotters at The Meadowlands pitted a rematch of JL Cruze vs. Father Patrick, this time for $100,000. Fresh off the upset two weeks ago that sent shockwaves throughout the harness racing sport, JL Cruze was given more respect at the windows Friday night, sent off as the 9/5 second choice. Father Patrick was given the nod as the favorite, despite the narrow loss last-out and post 10 tonight, released as the 1/2 choice. JL Cruze floated off the gate, while Father Patrick did the same, watching many trotters vying for early position to his inside. Around the first turn, JL Cruze sat mid-pack in fifth, with Father Patrick right behind him. The early lead belonged to Gural Hanover, who reached the quarter in 26.4. As the field straightened up on the backstretch, JL Cruze launched his bid for the lead, with Father Patrick hot on his heels and the pair ranged up into contention as JL Cruze cleared the lead going to the half-mile in a sharp 54.1. Father Patrick was left uncovered briefly, but he asserted himself rather quickly and made the lead as the field moved into the far turn. His pilot, Yannick Gingras, let Patrick roll to three quarters in 1:22.3, while Sumata was challenging first over. JL Cruze was locked in the pocket for much of the stretch as Father Patrick reached for the line. But inside the final eighth of a mile, the pylons opened up for JL Cruze and John Campbell guided his trotter through the narrow opening where he sprinted to the wire to defeat Father Patrick in a lifetime best 1:50.4. That clocking also equaled the fastest trotting mile of the season thus far. Resolve rallied to be third from well back. JL Cruze is owned by W Kenneth Wood, W J Dittmar Jr and S J Iaquinta and trained by Eric Ell. The four-year-old Crazed gelding cost just $32,000 at the Harrisburg Mixed Sale in November and has now earned $233,638 this season. Driver John Campbell spoke to how the horse has developed. "Back in February, we knew he was good, but I don't think anyone could have predicted this. But he kept getting stronger as time went on and I knew he could trot with these, but I wasn't sure he could win. But he just keeps getting better." Amazingly, trainer Eric Ell reported that JL Cruze kicked his stall the morning of the second round of the Graduate and he considered scratching the horse. Not only did he race, but he defeated Father Patrick, a feat he accomplished again tonight. The $250,000 Graduate Trot Final will be contested on Meadowlands Pace elimination night, Saturday, July 11th. JL Cruze The third leg for the Graduate pacers was also contested Friday night at The Meadowlands for $100,000. An overloaded field of twelve would go to the post and because of the two trailers, the race was contested at 1 1/8th miles. Rockeyed Optimist, a winner of nine of 10 starts this season was sent off as the odds-on favorite, while Doo Wop Hanover, a winner of the first rounds of the Graduate series was let go at 7/2. Both four year olds are trained by Steve Elliot. The early speed came from the inside as Limelight Beach and Lyonssomewhere blasted to the front, but Rockeyed Optimist was aggressive from his outside post and he would grind into it early on and made the lead past the quarter of 27.1. In the meantime, Doo Wop Hanover never saw the pylons and was allowed to settle into his stride uncovered while racing nearly 10 lengths off the lead as Rockeyed Optimist sprinted past the half-mile in 53.4. At that point, Doo Wop Hanover began to a launch a steady bid for the lead while leading the outer flow, tracked by All Bets Off. Rockeyed Optimist completed three-quarters in 1:22.1 as Doo Wop Hanover continued to close in. As the field straightened away in the stretch, the two Elliot trainees were side by side and they put on a show, pacing through the stretch together, leaving the field behind. Doo Wop Hanover, despite being uncovered throughout the nine furlongs, was able to wear down his stable mate and score a win in a world record clocking for one mile and one eighth, winning in 2:02.3, eclipsing the previous mark of 2:03.1, established by Noble Ability in 1999. All Bets Off checked in third. The four-year-old son of Rocknroll Hanover  was sent out by owners Peter Blood and Rick Berks. John Campbell swept The Graduate events Friday night and was extremely impressed with the performance of Doo Wop Hanover. "He went a huge trip, but he wasn't working that hard and that was the key. But we were out the whole way and he just kept coming." Both Elliot trainees are being pointed to the $250,000 Graduate Final on Friday, July 3rd. Doo Wop Hanover In other action, Hot List (McArdle) made it back to back victories, both in the form of pylon skimming drives as she won the $28,500 Fillies and Mares Open Pace over Iniitowinafortune in a sharp 1:49.4. The win was another on the card for John Campbell who scored a hat trick on the program. The mare is trained by Arnold Marks. The $26,000 Open Trot was won in wire to wire fashion by DW's NY Yank, who led at every pole to score in 1:52.1. Obrigado was locked in the pocket throughout the mile and appeared to have a ton of trot while finishing second. Trainer Ron Burke sent out the winner. DW's NY Yank The $22,800 Cathedra Dot Com Final went to Next Flight Up in a 24-1 upset and she rallied down the center of the racetrack and chased down Oceans Motion, Real Drama and That Woman Hanover to score in 1:50.4 for Brett Miller and trainer Jeff Smith. Next Flight Up Both carryovers in the Jackpot Super Hi-5 lived to fight another day, with the fifth race carryover growing to $162,597 and the last race carryover swelling to $141,004. Total handle for the Friday program yielded a 10-percent increase over the same night in 2014, despite one less race. Racing resumes on Saturday with a 13-race program beginning at 7:15 P.M. Darin Zoccali

CAMPBELLVILLE, June 18 - For the harness racing Tri County Stable of Truro, Nova Scotia, their direct flight to cloud nine was a $23,000 ticket purchased at the Harrisburg Yearling Sale in 2013. The six-partner syndicate will touch down at Mohawk Racetrack on Saturday night, in the hopes of watching Wakizashi Hanover trip the timer first in the Pepsi North America Cup final. Comprised of Percy Bonnell, Scott Bowen, David Bugden, Wayne Burley, David Chabassol, and Bruce Kennedy, the group pooled $20,000 in the hopes of jumping back into the racing game. "Three of us have fifty years in the business," said partner Bruce Kennedy. "We had the yearning to get back into racing after some time away so we pulled a group together and hurried down to Harrisburg with the little Black Book in our hands." The story of the Dragon Again gelding snowballs from there. Close friend and neighbour Brent MacGrath of Somebeachsomewhere fame spoke with his contacts at Hanover Shoe Farms, who compiled a list of their yearlings that were likely to fit the requirements of the group. Among the group was Wakizashi Hanover. "We weren't looking for $100,000 yearlings; we were looking for something more reasonable. Everyone judges and grades yearlings differently and with the help of that list, we narrowed it down to 50 or 60 horses." As the sale progressed, the group put in bids on nine yearlings but failed to emerge the winning buyer. This caused them some concern, having purchased a new harness and all the necessary gear for their new horse earlier in the week. "There were around 1,118 yearlings or so in the sale and he was 1,104. We really started looking at the last fifteen horses; we paid a little bit over our budget for him but we were prepared to pay a bit extra over leaving without a horse at all." The group had connected with Maine-based trainer Gordon Corey prior to the sale, having worked with him in the past. The gelding shipped directly to Pinehurst, North Carolina to learn the ropes under Corey's watchful eye. "Corey was happy to have him; he was coming along pretty good from November to February. We kept a weekly record of him, tracking his progress every step of the way." As February arrived, so did stakes payment season. Unsure of what to pay him into, they chose to focus on the Pennsylvania Sires Stakes program. The two-year-old was showing his potential and didn't fail to catch the eye of others. Involved with a horse racing in Harrington, Delaware with Jim King Jr., Corey introduced King to the young hopeful. "Jim was at the Fun Day at Pinehurst to wrap up the winter program. He came over and trained the horse a few trips and really liked him. He trained the horse in 2:19 and Gordon relayed to us how pleased Jim was with the horse. "We made contact with Jim and said 'if you've got space for him, you've got him'. The plan was for Jim to keep him until July to see if he was good enough to bring home to race in our country. Long story short, he hasn't made it to Nova Scotia yet." During his freshman campaign, he posted a record of 2-3-0 in six starts and bankrolled over $100,000 for his connections. Posting a mark of 1:51 over Pocono Downs in a Sires Stakes event, he always seemed to indicate that there was more left in the tank. Kennedy describes the group fondly as a family, united by their beloved horse. "We've grown to have a great relationship with the Kings; Jim is a personal friend and a great partner with Tim Tetrick. We couldn't have afforded to look for a driver like Tim and yet he came our way. "Our six people are really ecstatic about this guy, we've rolled into racing with the elite at three and we never thought we'd be here." Wakizashi Hanover stormed home in his North America Cup elimination from sixth-place to claim victory in a career best of 1:49.2, holding off 1-5 favourite Artspeak in an impressive finish. Emerging from last Saturday fresh and in good spirits, Kennedy is confident in the horse's performance in the final. "He gave us something he was hiding all along, after the race Tim said to me 'he was explosive today, he gave me more than anything I expected to get'. Tim has had a few drives on him and it couldn't have been any better for us, the strategy panned out perfectly. "This morning (June 17) we were at the training center and he trained awesome, he looks as ready as can be. The way he was this morning proved that. He has never missed a meal, rests himself well every day and he's just a happy and healthy horse." Staked lightly last year due to financial constraints and uncertainty, Tri County have an impressive dance card slated for their horse in the upcoming season. "We took all his earnings from last year in Pennsylvania and we reinvested it all in the three-year-old stake program for him." Wakizashi Hanover has many major events on his radar, with the Hempt, the Meadowlands Pace and the Milstein in the near future. The syndicate is also looking further down the road with the Breeders Crown the goal at the end of the season, back on Canadian soil. "I don't know if the horse gets as tired listening to all of these things as I do listing them, but he's got a full place if he can handle it. It's a wicked schedule of fierce competitors. "We're not the richest people in racing but we're the luckiest right now. This kind of a trip, I wish everyone could have this one day in harness racing, just once." Wakizashi Hanover Hannah Beckett for WEG Communications

East Rutherford, NJ - Breakfast with the Babies on Saturday morning at The Meadowlands drew a large harness racing crowd of interested observers on a lovely morning with fluffy clouds, a pleasant breeze and temperatures in the mid-70's as the races began at 9:30am.   Jimmy Takter and Yannick Gingras were back from an exceptionally successful trip to Mohawk last night and they picked up right where they left off, sharing a win in the first race for filly trotters via a dead-heat.   Takter cut the mile with Kathy Parker (Andover Hall) with Gingras in High Heels (Kadabra) tracking her from the pocket. In the stretch High Heels advanced on the leader, but Kathy Parker dug in, stubbornly holding her ground in 2:00.1 / 29-.   High Heels is owned by Christina Takter, John & Jim Fielding and Herb Liverman who paid $115,000 at the Standardbred Horse Sales (SHS) last fall, while Kathy Parker cost Mrs. Takter, Brixton Medical, RAW Equine and Joyce McClelland $87,000 at The Lexington Selected Yearling Sale (LSYS).   Race two went to the Muscle Hill filly Dream Child in 2:00.4. Dave Miller moved her to the top as they passed the half in 1:02.3 holding sway over Candy Lane and Powerful Glare. Dream Child was a $75,000 LSYS purchase by Bill Donovan and is trained in the Jonas Czernyson stable.   Ray Schnittker won the third with Will Self, a son of Donato Hanover from the champion mare Fall For You, a $65,000 buy at Harrisburg by Ray with Ted Gewertz, Arden Homestead and the Bordogna Arnold Stable. Ray took the lead early with Will Self, released Dark Pool after the quarter and followed that one until unleashing a powerful 28.3 close on the 2:00.3 mile.   Jan Johnson drove I'm Volo, a Yankee Glide homebred filly he trains for long-time owner Jorgen Jahre, Jr to a 2:02.3 win after storming to the top around the final bend.   Race five shaped up to be a throwback to the "Million Dollar Baby" days with over $1.25 million worth of hopes and dreams spread over the eight trotting colts that lined up behind the gate.   Mosconi Hanover gave both Jimmy Takter and Donato Hanover another winner with a 1:59.4 front end effort. The $190,000 SHS graduate held off a pair of Svanstedt colts in a 29.4 final quarter with Jimmy driving. Christina Takter, Brixton Medical, Lou Camara and Order By Stable comprise the partnership that owns the promising colt.   Ake Svanstedt struck with Dice Man (a $33,000 SHS SJ's Caviar colt) out the pocket with a 28.4 last quarter tacked onto the 2:01.1 mile. Courant AB owns the winner.   Schnittker unveiled a very talented Donato Hanover filly dazzled the crowd with a quick move around the final turn into the 28.1 third quarter then coasted in for the 1:58.3 win. She was a $27,000 bargain bought from the SHS by Ray and Charles Iannazzo.   Takter came back to win the eighth with the $130,000 SHS Cantab Hall colt Cantabra after a prolonged battle with Remix Hanover and Svanstedt. Jimmy drove him to the win for owners Christina Takter and Brixton Medical.   Pacing colts took over in the ninth race with the Somebeachsomewhere Check Six winning for Gingras in 1:56.2 with a 27.3 last split. He comes from the Burke stable where Ron and partners Weaver Bruscemi, Bill Switala and James Martin invested $30,000 to put him in the barn.   The Sportswriter colt Voracity was a winner today in 1:56.1 / 27.3 converting a pocket ride with Scott Zeron driving for Tony Alagna. He cost Brad Grant, John Fodera and his trainer $47,000 at the Lexington sale last fall.   Corey Callahan sent Brooklynite right to the front from his open outside post and set solid fractions, lasting for the 1:54.2 win. Joe Holloway trains the winner for Val D'Or Farms, Ted Gewertz, Rojan Stable and L&L DeVisser who paid $80,000 for the son of Somebeachsomewhere at Harrisburg last fall.   Eloquent Grace opened the filly pacing races with a 1:55.2 / 28.1 score for Burke & Gingras. She popped out of the pocket and barely wore down a very game American Ivy for the "W". The Well Said filly brought an $80,000 bid from Burke Racing, Ed Gold, Howard Taylor and J&T Silva.   Burke and Gingras came right back with the $42,000 SHS buy Yankee Moonshine, a Yankee Cruiser filly who looked sharp winning for the second time, this one in 1:56.2. Burke Racing, JT 45, Larry Karr and Weaver Bruscemi own her.   Western Dynasty was dead game to win in the fourteenth and last two-year-old race, holding off three closers after setting the pace in 1:57.2 / 27.3. Dave Miller drove the $100,000 SHS Western Ideal colt for trainer Chris Ryder who shares ownership with Craig Henderson and Bob Mondillo. Beach Ogre, Capital Builder and Mindtrip were across the track in pursuit.   To see the full results click here   Videos will be added as they become avaliable   Race 1 - High Heels     Race 2 - Dream Child       Race 3 - Will Self     Race 4 - I'm Volo       Race 5 - Mosconi Hanover     Race 6 - Dice Man       Race 7 - Windowshopper       Race 8 - Cantabra     Race 9 - Check Six       Race 10 - Voracity       Race 11 - Brooklynite       Race 12 - Eloquent Grace       Race 13 - Yankee Moonshine       Race 14 - Western Dynasty       Live racing tonight at The Meadowlands begins at 7:15pm.   Meadowlands Media Relations Department

CAMPBELLVILLE, June 11 - As bidding stalled at $7,000 on one of White Birch Farm's yearlings at the Harrisburg sale in 2013, Farm Manager Steve Williams felt compelled to act. Choosing to buy the colt back for $7,500, he soon proved to be the ultimate harness racing bargain. Making his first start on Canadian soil in the second $50,000 North America Cup elimination on Saturday night, In The Arsenal will be looking to extend his sophomore win-streak after going three for three to start his campaign. In his first start of 2015, the American Ideal colt captured a New York Sires Stakes event in a tidy 1:50 before finishing on top in both his Art Rooney elimination and the $300,000 final. Choosing to forego the Somebeachsomewhere at Mohawk Racetrack on June 6, trainer Kelvin Harrison believes he is good and fresh going into the eliminations. "He's a little more mature as a three year old," said Harrison. "He didn't grow much but he is a lot smarter than he was last year. "I didn't feel it was necessary to send him to the 'Somebeach'. He raced three weeks in a row and I wanted him to get some rest before the North America Cup." In The Arsenal's freshman campaign saw a 6-1-1 record in eleven starts, banking just shy of $400,000. Owned by White Birch Farm and In The Arsenal Racing, he took a mark of 1:49.4 over Lexington in September before rounding out the season with an impressive performance in the Breeders Crown final, finishing second by a head to Traceur Hanover. Though he picked up the lion's share of the purse in the Art Rooney final on May 30, a slight bobble at the wire gave fans pause and nearly cost him the race. Fortunately, Harrison believes this nothing to show concern over. "It was the finish lights at Yonkers. There was a little bit of sunlight peaking over the building and he ducked a little sideways. He made it look worse than it actually was." The fourteenth foal out of Ladyotra headed north Wednesday morning with Harrison following suit on Thursday. Brian Sears is confirmed to drive, after establishing a successful partnership with the colt in his last nine starts. "He's going to be stabled at (Richard) 'Nifty' Norman's place. Hopefully we'll be there after the eliminations and for the final." In The Arsenal's first start in Canada will bring Harrison back to Mohawk after a seven year hiatus. His last start came in the Breeders Crown Open Mare Pace where his trainee Free held off a hard-closing Invitro to finish third. He will be looking for repeat success, with a finish in the top three guaranteeing a coveted spot in the $1 million Pepsi North America Cup Final on June 20. "He was very good coming out of the Rooney. He's obviously as good as anything I've ever had; he's a real tough horse." Harrison has seen his fair share of success, with $11.9 million in purses collected over the last thirteen years and he is hopeful In The Arsenal will do his part in helping him surpass the 1,000 win milestone. The three-year-old will start from post position seven and is one of only two horses in his elimination field to bypass the Somebeachsomewhere. He will face off against division winner Dudes the Man, who won handily in his 'Beach' division for Corey Callahan in 1:50.3, to his outside in post position eight. The field also includes Bob McIntosh trainee Go Daddy Go, who rallied to finish a strong second in his division after starting from the ten hole. Pennsylvania invader Allbeef N Nobull and The Wayfaring Man are likely to find themselves in the mix as well, posing a challenge for Harrison's trainee. "It's a talented field; they wouldn't be there if they weren't. It comes down to a little luck and a big effort. "It's like I always say 'it's not where you start, it's where you finish'." In The Arsenal is staked to the majority of major stakes event throughout the rest of the season, with the Meadowlands Pace and the Little Brown Jug on Harrison's radar. Twenty-four horses will start in three North America Cup eliminations Saturday (June 13) at Mohawk in search of a spot in the $1 million final the following week. The first race goes to post at 7:25 p.m. Hannah Beckett for WEG Communications

East Rutherford, NJ - Saturday morning served as Opening Day for the 2015 harness racing edition of Breakfast With The Babies at The Meadowlands. It was a beautiful, windless morning with temperatures in the 70's. There were but four two-year-old races with short fields in all.   The first race was for trotters with a field of three fillies. Royal Treason led all the way with a 28.4 sprint on the end of a mile in 202.2 for driver Tim Tetrick. She's a daughter of RC Royalty owned by trainer Paul Kelley in partnership with Charlie Iannazzo, Steve Michaels and Jim Winske. She was a $26,000 purchase at the Morrisville sale last fall.   Colt trotters came up next and the Andover Hall colt Mikkeli Hanover looked like his $130,000 Harrisburg price tag may have been a bargain. He set all fractions as driver Yannick Gingras did his best to rate the colt through a sensible 1:01 half, tacking a 28.2 final quarter on the 1:59.3 mile under wraps. He sure is big and pretty! Ron Burke trains for his Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, Frank Baldachino and Panhellic Stable Corp.   Also noteworthy in this race was the sharp looking Cantab Hall colt Rocky Hanover who followed along willingly to be second just a few lengths off the winner, finishing under his own power. Rocky Hanover will sell tomorrow in the Tattersalls Mixed sale as Hip #9 for trainer Tony Alagna and Steve Stewart.   A pair of Burke pacing fillies squared off in the third with Yankee Moonshine holding Eloquent Grace at bay though a sparkling 26.3 close to a 1:57.2 mile. Matt Kakaley drove the $42,000 Harrisburg Yankee Cruiser filly for Burke Racing, Stable 45, Larry Karr and Weaver Bruscemi. The Roll With Joe filly Play Again went along nicely to be third here and she will be sold in tomorrow's sale as Hip #7.   Stolen Glimpse looked sharp, easily winning the colt pace in 1:55.3/27.2 for Gingras and Burke. The Art Major colt was a $100,000 Harrisburg purchase by Stable 45, J&T Silva and Burke Racing. No Shame Blue Chip, also sale-bound as Hip #6, set the early fractions here.   Moving on, one of last season's top freshman filly trotters and half-mile track World Record holder Wild Honey breezed a mile in 1:54.1/27.2 for Yannick. She looked fantastic today for trainer Jimmy Takter scoring a decisive open length win over the good colt Billy Flynn.   Gural Hanover (Gingras) and JL Cruze (John Campbell) came out to sharpen up for next week's second leg of the Graduate Series and sharpen up they did. Gural Hanover cut the mile as JL Cruze followed along in second through a 1:24.3 three quarters, then threw up a 27 flat last quarter to finish the 1:51.3 mile that drew a couple of "Wows" from the small crowd of attendees. JL Cruze actually closed it up a bit in the final eighth under no urging at all.   The field of pacers that lined up next would be the feature at any track with three of the entrants, Foiled Again, McWicked and Bettor's Edge accounting for more than $9 million. There were all nearly upstaged by That's My Opinion who bull rushed the field just past the McWicked-led 57.2 half and opened up by three or four. Ultimately, the old warrior Foiled Again (Gingras) saved the day by tracking That's My Opinion down near the wire in 1:51 flat and he looked good doing it. It's good to see him back.   That's My Opinion sells as Hip #84 tomorrow, he may be the sleeper of the sale.   JK Endofanera (Gingras) and Somewhere In LA (Brett Miller) were also getting in some work before the Graduate leg, the former zipping around the oval in 1:50 off a half in 56 for Gingras going under the wire four or five in advance of his chief rival.   Three year old pacer King Of Delight closed it out with a 1:51.3 win for trainer/driver Richie Silverman over Dream's Beachboy and the sale-bound Suchasenseofhumor (Hip #54) who set the fractions and held well late.   Live racing resumes tonight at 7:15pm and it will be accompanied by the annual Food Truck battle known as JerseyFest.   Royal Treason (Race 1 Baby race)     Mikkeli Hanover (Race 2 Baby race)     Yankee Moonshine (Race 3 Baby race)     Stolen Glimpse  (Race 4 Baby race)     Toys Is Ours (Race 5 qualifier)     Wild Honey (Race 6 qualifier)     Gural Hanover (Race 7 qualifier)     Foiled Again (Race 8 qualifier)     JK Endofanera (Race 9 qualifier)     Well Hello There (Race 10 qualifier)     King Of Delight (Race 11 qualifier)     Meadowlands Media Relations Department    

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