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East Rutherford, N.J. - Kelvin Harrison trainee In the Arsenal looks to return to his winning ways in Saturday (December 3) evening's $17,500 pacing feature at The Meadowlands. The harness racing millionaire squares off against six rivals--including the red-hot Bullet Bob and recent Stateside arrival Uncle Lile A--in the night's second of 13 races. Despite a break at the start of his last race, the 4-year-old American Ideal entire proved strong in victory three back, using a first-over bid and a :26.2 closing quarter to defeat Boston Red Rocks and Quality Closer in 1:49.1, a mile which equaled his lifetime mark. Brett Miller drives the 15-time winner from post three in the field of seven. In the Arsenal's entrymate Dream Out Loud N arrives from Harrah's Philadelphia following a win over similar competition on Sunday. David Miller once again will drive the Darran Cassar trainee from post seven, and the pair have been installed as the 2-1 favored entry on the morning line. Bullet Bob has emerged as a sharp contender in recent weeks, and could serve as a likely pacesetter in the race from post six. The 32-time winner controlled the terms in this same event last week, only to be reeled in by pocket rival Mr Hasani N in the last 40 yards of a 1:50.3 mile. Corey Callahan drives the 4-1 third choice for trainer Mark Harder. Also of note in the field is Noel Daley trainee Uncle Lile A, who recently arrived in the United States after a lengthy campaign in Australia. Fellow Australian Andy McCarthy once again will drive the 8-year-old gelding following a sweep of the "Dash for the G-Notes" series in early November and a hard-closing third-place finish behind Dream Out Loud N in their recent Philadelphia matchup. The Saturday sub-feature is the culmination of the Jersey Strong series for $7,500 claiming pacers, with a full field of ten lining up for the night's 12th event. Esprit de Kayjay A is part of the 2-1 favored entry sent to post by trainer Mike Fiumenero after a second-place finish in his Freehold preliminary and a strong 1:53.4 win in his local preliminary last week. David Miller will drive the 60-time winner. As is standard, a combined $105,000 in guaranteed Pick 4 and Pick 5 pools await players on the Saturday card, along with a pair of 20¢ Jackpot High Five opportunities. Post time is slated for 7:15 p.m. by James Witherite, Meadowlands

East Rutherford, N.J. - While odds-on favorite Ashley's Husband failed to make any impression by way of his first-over bid in Saturday (November 26) night's $17,500 featured harness racing pacing event at The Meadowlands, the Muscara Racing Trust's Mr Hasani N ($23.20) took full advantage of a clear pocket trip to just gather in pacesetter Bullet Bob for a 1:50.3 upset score. Andy McCarthy nestled the 8-year-old Christian Cullen gelding in the pocket behind Bullet Bob (Scott Zeron) on the first turn, and the pair drafted through early splits of :27.3 and :56.2 before the pace picked up. Mr Hasani N kept up strongly with the accelerating Bullet Bob through a :27.1 third sectional while Ashley's Husband (Vinny Ginsburg) only could muster gradual uncovered gains from his midpack stalking spot. In mid-stretch, Mr Hasani N switched off the pegs and pushed to the fore entirely at will, using a :26.3 last quarter to defeat Bullet Bob by half a length. Ashley's Husband refused to regress in the straight and managed third place. Darren Cassar trains Mr Hasani N, now a 39-time winner. In the night's $17,500 "Dash for the G-Notes" final for first-level pacers, Stimulus Plan ($10.20) made all the pace and dueled gamely to repel a strong first-over challenge from even-money favorite Card Shock (David Miller) for a 1:52 triumph. Vinny Ginsburg drove the 6-year-old Western Ideal gelding for trainer Robert Ginsburg, Jr. Total handle for Saturday's 13-race program was $2,196,939. As the last-race 20¢ Jackpot Super High Five was not hit by a single player, the carryover mounts to $46,999 heading to next Friday's card. Post time is 7:15 p.m. Eastern. by James Witherite, Meadowlands  

East Rutherford, N.J. - Inittowinafortune ($5.00) seized command early and never looked back in Friday (November 25) evening's top distaff pace at The Meadowlands, using a powerful :54.2 back half to evade her eight harness racing rivals in the $17,500 feature by 2-3/4 lengths. Corey Callahan wasted no time with the 6-year-old daughter of Cam's Fortune, putting her in play and clearing the lead just upon entering the first turn. Inittowinafortune made every call a winning one, facing no pressure at all through sectionals of :27 and :55.3 before edging away from a mild first-over challenge from Windsun Glory (Joe Bongiorno) in the final five-sixteenths of the mile. Inittowinafortune sprinted off at first asking, and she maintained clearance on the field while taken in hand for the last sixteenth of her 1:50 triumph. Windsun Glory dueled down pocket rival Better Said (Brett Miller) in upper stretch to secure a clear runner-up spot, while Shutthefrontdoor (Scott Zeron) charged down the grandstand side from the tail of the field to just nab Delightful Dragon (David Miller) for third. Michael Russo trains 34-time winner Inittowinafortune for Michael Pagonas. The win was her second of the season, and just two-fifths of a second shy of her lifetime best. Pick 5 yields hefty payday While two of five favorites prevailed in the night's 50¢ Pick 5 sequence, mid-price winners Big Expense ($25.80, Kyle Husted) and Young American ($15.00, Kyle DiBenedetto) in the third and fourth races respectively set up for a carryover situation should any horse save odds-on favorite Opulent Yankee prevail in the closing leg. As Opulent Yankee ($3.40, Andy Miller) indeed converted in a dominant 1:54 performance, successful players ultimately earned $8,870.20 on the wager which attracted a total pool of $41,754. Total handle for the 12-race card was $2,179,769. First post for Saturday (November 26) evening's 13-race program at the Big M is scheduled for 7:15 p.m. Eastern, and the closing race 20¢ Jackpot Super High Five carryover mounts to $44,213.23. by James Witherite, Meadowlands

East Rutherford, N.J. - Fresh off a resounding 1:51 win two weeks ago, Michael Polansky's Ashley's Husband has been installed the 5-2 morning line harness racing favorite in Saturday (November 26) evening's $17,500 featured top-level pacing event at The Meadowlands, but he'll face his toughest test to date this fall. The 29-time winner used a three-wide push off live cover to defeat Hillbilly Hanover and El Bloombito by 2-1/4 lengths on November 12. Vinny Ginsburg once again will drive the Kyle Spagnola trainee from post 6, but the competition shapes up to be markedly tougher for the 6-year-old gelded son of Henry Clay. Ashley's Husband will square off against a stakes contender and a pair of winners in their most recent starts among the field of eight to do battle in the night's 11th of 13 races. Ron Burke trainee Matrix of Luck returns to action after a third-place finish in the $220,000 Indiana Sire Stakes Super Final and a runner-up effort behind More Dragon in a $35,700 Circle City event last month. The 3-year-old Rockin Image colt has been installed as the 3-1 second choice in his foray into unrestricted competition, and Joe Bongiorno will handle the driving duties from post 2. Mr Hasani N and Bullet Bob enter the race directly off pillar-to-post wins in their most recent efforts. Mr Hasani N invades from Harrah's Philadelphia after defeating similar company twice in his last three starts, most recently springing a 13-1 upset while lasting on the lead. Andy McCarthy once again drives the 38-time winner for Darran Cassar, and the pair will start from post 4 ast the 9-2 third choice. Bullet Bob (5-1, post 3) rises after a stout effort to stave off Moonwriter in 1:51.3 last week, and Scott Zeron will take over the driving duties on the 32-time winner for trainer Mark Harder. A $17,500 "Dash for the G-Notes" for first-level conditioned pacers shares the Saturday spotlight, with a full field of ten lining up for the night's seventh race after leading a quintet of preliminary events last week. Return to Sender N (9-2, Brett Miller, post 3), Card Shock (7-2, David Miller, post 4), Rancousy (8-1, Bongiorno, post 5), Stimulus Plan (8-1, Ginsburg, post 7), and Classic American N (10-1, Steve Smith, post 10) all seek to sweep the mini-series following their success in the preliminary round. Fans on-track on Saturday can win a gift card to a major department store, with twenty-one individual gift cards totaling $1,500. Post time for the first of 13 dashes is slated for 7:15 p.m. Eastern. by James Witherite, Meadowlands

East Rutherford, N.J. - Favorites came up short in both the featured trotting and pacing events on Saturday (November 19) evening at The Meadowlands, as Waiting On a Woman ($22.00) and Bullet Bob ($15.20) went on to score minor upsets on the evening's 11-race harness racing card. In the $13,000 trotting feature, carded as race two, 7-5 favorite Rock of Cashel (Andy Miller) used a bold middle move to engage Aldebaran Eagle (Jim Meittinis) through the far turn after stalking early sectionals of :28.1 and :57.1. Despite steady first-over gains to take charge from Aldebaran Eagle into a :28.4 third quarter and wear him down in upper stretch, Joe Bongiorno found clearance to slide second-over with Waiting On a Woman off the far turn and narrowly chase down Rock of Cashel in the last yards of a 1:53.4 mile. Aldebaran Eagle held third despite tiring, while 2012 Hambletonian winner Market Share (Victor Kirby) stayed on for fourth. Kyle Spagnola trains the 8-year-old Northern Bailey gelding for Michael Polansky. Waiting On a Woman's sixth seasonal win increases his career tally to 57 victories. For runner-up Rock of Cashel, it was his fourth straight second-place finish in the class and course. While Waiting On a Woman sprung his upset in the featured trot from just off the pace, Bullet Bob captured the night's $14,000 upper-level pace (race 7) in front-end fashion. Victor Kirby sought the early lead with the 7-year-old Tell All gelding and never looked back, rating a :56.3 first half mile before repelling a stiff first-over challenge from Moonwriter (Bongiorno) which lasted nearly the entirety of a :55 closing half mile. Bullet Bob rose well to pressure, holding sway by half a length in 1:51.3 for his seventh seasonal win and the 32nd of his career. Betting Exchange (Andy Miller) emerged out of traffic to save third. Mark Harder trains Fox Hollow Farm homebred Bullet Bob. Live racing returns to the Big M on Friday (November 25) evening, with a carryover of $40,679.67 heading to the last-race 20¢ Jackpot Super High 5. First post is scheduled for 7:15 p.m. Eastern time. by James Witherite, Meadowlands

East Rutherford, N.J. -- After patiently tracking an exacting pace, odds-on harness racing favorite Tessa Seelster ($3.00) was able to chase down pocket rival Inittowinafortune to capture Friday's (November 18) featured $17,500 top-level distaff pace at The Meadowlands.   Tessa Seelster was anxious to move forward when the gates folded in, but Yannick Gingras was able to wrangle the 4-year-old daughter of Shadow Play into a tracking spot behind pacesetter Nat a Virgin (David Miller) and the pocket-sitting Inittowinafortune (Corey Callahan) through early splits of :26.3 and :53.4. With five-sixteenths to go, Tessa Seelster angled second-over behind Inittowinafortune, who powered clear of a taxed Nat a Virgin approaching head-stretch. While Inittowinafortune edged away by nearly four lengths in upper stretch, she too began to tire in the final sixteenth, just nosed out in the last yards of a 1:50 mile by Tessa Seelster. Icommandmyspirit (Jim Marohn, Jr.) rallied belatedly to save third, 2-3/4 lengths in arrears of the top pair.   Ron Burke trains Tessa Seelster for the Burke Racing Stable, the Weaver Bruscemi partnership, and Jonathan Newman.   Always B Miki retired in trackside ceremony   World champion Always B Miki made one final visit to the Big M winner's enclosure for a special retirement ceremony after he capped his career with a resounding win in the $400,000 TVG Free-For-All Pace last weekend. The fastest Standardbred to ever set foot on a racetrack concluded his career with 30 wins in 53 career starts, over $2.7 million in earnings, and a career mark of 1:46 taken at the Red Mile in October. Always B Miki will transition from the Jimmy Takter stable to assume stud duty at Diamond Creek Farm in Pennsylvania.   Live racing returns to The Meadowlands with an 11-race card slated for Saturday (November 19) evening, and a last-race Jackpot Super Hi-5 carryover of $38,181.74. Post time is 7:15 p.m. Eastern.   by James Witherite, Meadowlands

East Rutherford, N.J. - Market Share, the 2012 Hambletonian winner, squares off against Rock of Cashel and five others in Saturday (November 19) night's top trot at The Meadowlands. The $13,000 conditioned event is carded as the second of 11 races on the evening's harness racing program. The 27-time winner boasts over $3.7 million in career earnings, and enters the race off a third-place effort behind Mambo Lindy in a similar event last week. As regular driver Tim Tetrick will be at Toronto's Woodbine Racetrack for the Fall Final Four, Victor Kirby picks up the assignment for trainer Linda Toscano. While Market Share leads the field in terms of star power, Mark Harder trainee Rock of Cashel has been installed as the 2-1 morning line favorite following a pair of runner-up finishes at this level. Andy Miller drives the 6-year-old entire, who shows ability to threaten from on or off the pace alike. Among the five to square off against the marquee pair is Hoosier invader Double A Cash Hall, who earned minor placings in Indiana stakes events and invitational races alike. Veteran trainer Todd Buter takes over the conditioning duties for fellow Michigander Scott Galloway, and Greg Merton will drive the 3-1 second choice. The evening's top conditioned pacing event carries a $14,000 purse, and is carded as race seven. Betting Exchange, a standout on the New York Sire Stakes circuit last summer, has been installed as the lukewarm 7-2 morning line favorite in the wide-open affair following a 1:50.4 effort in defeat to Stay Up Late at the same level two starts back. Andy Miller drives the son of Bettor's Delight for trainer Tom Fanning. As usual, a combined $105,000 in guaranteed Pick 4 and Pick 5 pools await players on- and off-track alike. Fans on course will receive 2017 wall calendars featuring the work of Meadowlands photographer Michael Lisa, while supplies last. Post time is slated for 7:15 p.m. Eastern. by James Witherite, Meadowlands

East Rutherford, N.J. - Always B Miki ($2.10) will always be remembered as a harness racing champion. The fastest pacer in the history of harness racing capped his career in triumphant fashion, using a sustained first-over bid to overpower All Bets Off and sprint off to a 1:48.2 victory in the $400,000 TVG Free-For-All Pace on Saturday (November 12) evening at The Meadowlands. David Miller moved Always B Miki first-over out of midfield after patiently stalking sizzling fractions of :25.4 and :54.1, making gradual gains into pacesetter All Bets Off (Matt Kakaley) through the far turn. The 5-year-old Always a Virgin entire pushed to the fore in upper stretch, leaving All Bets Off well in his wake and evading eventual runner-up Mach It So (Tim Tetrick) by 4-1/4 lengths. Melmerby Beach (Marcus Miller) benefitted from the outer flow and saved third with a mild stand-side push over the tiring All Bets Off. Miller and trainer Jimmy Takter had nothing but glowing reports of Always B Miki's curtain call. "When I asked him, he took right off," said Miller. "Jimmy [Takter] has done a great job keeping him good all year, and I tell you what, he's good today as he's been all year. He's an incredible horse; he's a true champion." "It's a wonderful feeling standing here at our home track," said Takter. "He's just a wonderful horse to be around. He's so personable, anybody working with this horse just would love him." "It's nice to quit on the top, too," Takter concluded. "This horse has a future ahead of him, and it's going to be very, very exciting to train his offspring." Always B Miki wraps up his racing career with 30 wins in 53 starts--12 of those wins coming this year--as well as $2,719,368 in earnings for the Bluewood Stable, the Roll the Dice Stable, and Christina Takter. by James Witherite, Meadowlands    

In the $200,000 TVG for trotting mares (race 4), Hannelore Hanover ($3.60) rallied from off the pace to once again defeat Bee a Magician, vaulting home and reeling in the harness racing quadruple millionaire for a 1:51.4 score. Yannick Gingras settled the 4-year-old Swan for All mare well off a contested pace before sliding second-over behind Shake It Cerry (David Miller) on approach to the far turn. After she was carried into the mid-division, Hannelore Hanover angled three-wide off the far turn and found her best strides in the final eighth of a mile, charging home to collar Bee a Magician (Brian Sears) just inside the sixteenth pole and draw clear by 1-3/4 lengths. D'One (Tetrick) held third from a pocket trip, but was four lengths detached from the top pair. Ron Burke trains 26-time winner Hannelore Hanover for the Burke Racing Stable, the Weaver Bruscemi partnership, Frank Baldachino, and the J&T Silva Stables. Lady Shadow sustains first-over in mares pace Lady Shadow ($2.40) used nearly identical tactics as Always B Miki en route to her 1:50 win in the $200,000 TVG for pacing mares (race 8), grinding down rival Solar Sister and evading the late-emerging Bedroomconfessions by 1-1/2 lengths. The 5-year-old Shadow Play mare earned her 12th win of the season for trainer Ron Adams and the partnership of David Kryway, Carl Atley, Ed Gold, and the BFJ Stable, emerging off the pegs out of midfield as Solar Sister (Sears) brushed into a :54.3 half mile and working to the fore with just over a quarter mile remaining. After wearing down Solar Sister, Lady Shadow worked to gain separation on the field while Bedroomconfessions (Scott Zeron), who knifed through traffic to just capture second from a staying Sassa Hanover (Matt Kakaley). Gingras earned a stakes driving double on the night with Lady Shadow. Obrigado outlasts barrage of pressure, upsets in TVG trot Obrigado ($19.80), one of two of the eight in the $400,000 TVG Free-For-All Trot (race 10) to have not contested a Breeders Crown event two weeks ago, sought control of the terms early and dug in to parry a barrage of pressure in a compelling race which saw the entire octet covered by two lengths at the winning post. The 6-year-old Boy Band gelding pushed clear of JL Cruze (John Campbell) following a :27.2 initial quarter and worked to stave off the first-over threat of 3-year-old Crown champion Bar Hopping (Tetrick) through the far turn. Upon straightening for home, Mark MacDonald called upon Obrigado for every ounce of effort he had remaining, and the pair dug in to withstand a late three-wide charge from Crazy Wow (Gingras) by a nose in 1:52.4. Lookslikeachpndale (Zeron) charged down the grandstand side to take third over odds-on favorite Resolve (Ãke Svanstedt), who only could muster fourth place from a third-over trip while only missing by a neck. Trainer Paul Kelley shares ownership of Obrigado with the SRF Stable, Linwood Higgins, and Stable 45. Total handle for the 12-race card was $2,695,344. Live racing returns to The Meadowlands on Friday (November 18) evening, with the last-race Jackpot High-5 carryover mounting to $27,303.63. First post is slated for 7:15 p.m. Eastern. by James Witherite, Meadowlands

East Rutherford, N.J. - Delightful Dragon ($6.20) and Mambo Lindy ($10.40) proved tops in Friday (November 11) evening's featured harness racing events at The Meadowlands, while Jim Marohn, Jr. led all drivers with a hat trick on the 11-race card. Delightful Dragon used steady first-over gains through the middle stages of the $17,500 top-level distaff pacing feature (race 7), chasing down a fast pace and edging away to a 1:51.4 victory. After tucking into the third spot early behind pacesetter Seeking Nirvana (Henrik Lundell), Jim Marohn, Jr. angled the 5-year-old Bettor's Delight mare first-over on approach to race's midpoint, making gradual gains into a :54 half mile. Delightful Dragon pushed to the fore with five-sixteenths to go as the pace slackened through a :29 third quarter, and opened 2-3/4 lengths of clearance on Icommandmyspirit (Corey Callahan), who rallied off third-over cover to take second from a laboring Gweneeee J (Joe Bongiorno) in deep stretch. Noel Daley owns and trains 17-time winner Delightful Dragon. For Marohn, the featured win was the middle leg of a driving hat trick, which also included wins aboard Detroit Rapper ($2.80, 1:57.1) and Four Hour Nap ($19.80, 1:53.1). In the night's top trotting race, a $15,000 conditioned event (race 6), Mambo Lindy enjoyed a pocket trip behind Waiting On a Woman (Vinny Ginsburg) through sectionals of :28, :56 ,and 1:24.3 before angling off the pegs and striking the front in upper stretch. The 5-year-old Donato Hanover gelding edged clear at will as Waiting On a Woman gave way, evading a belated stand-side challenge from odds-on favorite Rock of Cashel (John Campbell) to prevail in 1:53.4. Triple millionaire Market Share (Marohn) stayed on from second-over to save third. For Mambo Lindy, the win was the 13th of his career, and just two-fifths of a second shy of his lifetime mark. Italian-born Patrizio Ancora handled the driving duties for the Antonacci family's Greathorse group and trainer Frank Antonacci. Favorites upended in Pick 5, Jackpot High-5 hit As four of five favorites in the night's Pick 5 sequence were handed defeat, successful players enjoyed a $4,009.90 dividend in the wager which culminated with Harper Lee's 19-1 upset. Harper Lee also keyed a $13,395.06 Jackpot High-5 dividend over Lastladystanding (57-1), St Lads Morgan (17-1), Paydaze On the Way (2-1) and First Best (3-2 favorite) in the night's fifth event. The last-race Jackpot High-5 did not have a single unique winner, resulting in a carryover of $25,295.61. A quartet of TVG Finals with a combined $1.2 million in purses headline Saturday's (November 12) 12-race card; post time is slated for 7:15 p.m. EST. by James Witherite, Meadowlands

East Rutherford, N.J. - While Always B Miki's curtain call in the $400,000 TVG Free-For-All Pace is rightfully bound to garner great attention on Saturday (November 12) evening's 12-race harness racing card at The Meadowlands, the showdown between Hannelore Hanover and Bee a Magician in the $200,000 TVG Mares Trot just two races earlier has all the makings of a race for the ages. In the Mares Trot, carded as race 4, quadruple millionaire Bee a Magician looks to avenge her defeat to Hannelore Hanover in the Breeders Crown. The 6-year-old daughter of Kadabra, who has earned more than any other trotter on North American soil in harness racing history, has drawn widest in the field of seven, with regular driver Brian Sears once again at the lines for trainer Richard "Nifty" Norman. A 45-time winner in her career, Bee a Magician has been installed as the 2-1 morning-line second choice. Her main adversary, Hannelore Hanover, is the 7-5 early favorite after wins in the Breeders Crown, Centaur Trotting Classic, Muscle Hill, and Fresh Yankee as part of a season in which she made over a million dollars. Yannick Gingras will drive the 4-year-old Swan for All mare for Ron Burke. Among the others to square off are Jimmy Takter trainee Shake It Cerry (David Miller, 5-1, post one) and 2015 Breeders Crown champion D'One (Tim Tetrick, 6-1, post six). Always B Miki leads a field of seven in the Free-For-All Pace, carded as the night's sixth event. The fastest pacer of all time--by virtue of his 1:46 mile at the Red Mile in October--has been installed the 1-5 morning line favorite in his career finale, and David Miller will once again drive the Takter trainee from post three. US Pacing Championship winner Shamballa (Scott Zeron, post seven) is the 6-1 second choice. In the $200,000 Mares Pace, the eighth event of the evening, Lady Shadow has been installed as the 4-5 morning line favorite from post three in the field of nine. Gingras once again drives the 5-year-old daughter of Shadow Play for trainer Ron Adams after they teamed up for a resounding 1:49.4 win in the Breeders Crown. In fact, the race shapes up as a reprise of the distaff Crown, with the top six finishers all returning. Save for the Mares Trot, the most compelling matchup of the night may well come in the $400,000 Free-For-All Trot, carded as race 10. Three-year-old Breeders Crown champion Bar Hopping rises to challenge older foes, to include International Trot winner Resolve and Crawford Farms Trot winner Obrigado in the field of eight. Bar Hopping returns to the Big M after victory in the Erskine at Hoosier last week, and Tetrick retains the drive on the Takter trainee. The son of Muscle Hill starts from post three as the 4-1 morning-line second choice, while Resolve has been installed the 7-5 favorite for trainer-driver Åke Svanstedt from post 6. From a wagering standpoint, a combined $105,000 in guaranteed Pick 4 and Pick 5 pools are included on the menu, as well as a pair of 20¢ Jackpot Super Hi-5 wagers. First post is slated for 7:15 p.m. Eastern. by James Witherite, Meadowlands

East Rutherford, N.J. - Fresh off their Breeders Crown harness racing triumphs last week, Walner ($2.10) and Someomensomewhere ($2.80) came back to capture their Kindergarten Classic series finals with flair on Saturday (November 5) evening at The Meadowlands. In the $200,600 Kindergarten final for 2-year-old trotting colts and geldings (race 2), the impressive Walner used the first seven-sixteenths of the mile to work clear, striding clear of Limerence (Ãke Svanstedt) just before completing a :55.4 half mile. The son of Chapter Seven and Random Destiny would go on to parry a first-over challenge from his stablemate Eastern Promise (John Campbell) on the far turn before accelerating away from the field at Tim Tetrick's first asking. Walner amassed seven lengths of clearance over Simply Volo (Corey Callahan), who rallied off third-over cover to take second. Fly On (Andy Miller) hooked wide from around a wall of horses to save third. Walner's 1:53.2 mile earned him a seventh career win in eight starts for owner Kenneth Jacobs and trainer Linda Toscano. Someomensomewhere narrowly prevailed in the $149,100 Kindergarten final for 2-year-old pacing fillies (race 8), just reaching up to collar Caviart Ally at the end of a 1:51.2 mile. Marcus Miller settled the daughter of Somebeachsomewhere and Omen Hanover just off the top trio on the first turn before angling out to stalk the live cover of Caviart Ally (Andy McCarthy) through the far turn. As Cavairt Ally wore down pacesetter Gurl Band K (Joe Bongiorno), Someomensomewhere mounted her late bid after losing cover, chasing down the filly she stalked through the far turn for the narrow win. No Chaser (Andy Miller) checked in third, some 5-3/4 lengths detached. Erv Miller trains 4-time winner Someomensomewhere for the Nick Surick Stable and Howard Schneidler's KDM Stables. The $147,200 Kindergarten final for 2-year-old pacing colts and geldings (race 4) wasn't lacking for the dramatic, as not only did a scant head separate the top four finishers, but the favored pair of Air Strike and Chip Walther finished in a dead heat for the win in 1:52.1. Air Strike (David Miller), the Joe Holloway-trained Indiana star, used a middle move to take charge from Erv Miller trainee Chip Walther (Marcus Miller) through a :55.4 half mile before working to withstand first-over pressure from Mac's Jackpot (Tim Tetrick) through the late stages of the race. But while Air Strike was able to keep Mac's Jackpot at bay, Chip Walther found room to hook three-wide at the eighth pole and surge late for a share of the win. Deo de Janiero (Scott Zero) mounted late gains up the pegs for third, missing the joint winners by a mere nose. Val D'Or Farms and Ted Gewertz own Air Strike, while the partnership of the Erv Miller Stable, Paymaq Racing, the Nick Surick Stable, and Louis Willinger share ownership of Chip Walther. While favorites lived up to their billing in three of the Kindergarten events, Overdraft Volo ($34.80) sprung a major upset in the $190,200 2-year-old filly trot. As favorites Feed Your Head (Yannick Gingras) and Hillarmbro (Trond Smedshammer) dueled on approach to the far turn, David Miller angled the daughter of Yankee Glide and Bank of Newport fourth-over. Overdraft Volo circled three-wide off the far turn and took aim on the top pair, chasing them down and striking the front a sixteenth from home before accelerating away to a 1:55 victory by 1-1/4 lengths. Hillarmbro and Feed Your Head finished second and third respectively. Julie Miller trains Overdraft Volo for the Pinske Stables and the Kentuckiana Racing Stable. In a non-wagering Racing Under Saddle event, presented by Back on Track and Knutsson trotting, Richard Gutnick's Modest Prince and Helene Gregory held a clear lead over five others en route to a decisive 1:56.3 victory. Linda Toscano trains the 6-year-old RC Royalty gelding. Total handle for the 13-race card was $2,425,766. Live racing returns to The Meadowlands on Friday (November 11) evening; post time is slated for 7:15 p.m. EST. by James Witherite, Meadowlands

Vernon, N.Y. -- Scott Woogen and Brenda Messenger's Lauxmont Capri ($10.20) pounced from the pocket to capture Saturday (November 5) evening's featured $7,900 Miracle Mile pacing event at Vernon Downs, and John MacDonald sewed up top harness racing trainer and driver honors for the 2016 season, which came to an end with a 12-race card.   The 6-year-old Red River Hanover gelding drafted behind 9-5 favorite Skip Jive (Jay Randall) through splits of :25.4, :54.2, and 1:23.1 before making his move just before cornering for home. Once Mike Merton moved Lauxmont Capri off the pegs, he pressed immediately and collared Skip Jive at the eighth pole, accelerating away and repelling a late bid from Modern Gesture (Truman Gale) to prevail by a length in 1:51.4. Skip Jive faded to third.   Gary Messenger trains 20-time winner Lauxmont Capri.   John MacDonald's 197 driving wins and 54 training wins through the season earned him top honors in both categories. MacDonald finished the meet 48 wins clear of the second-best driver Chris Lems and five clear of training runner-up Andy Gardner.   In the annual "Turn Back the Clock Rewind Race", contested clockwise over seven-eighths of a mile, Avogadro Hanover ($8.20) slid up the pegs after tracking a contested pace, reaching the lead in the last sixteenth of a mile and completing the single circuit in 1:40.3, a neck better than Ton of Luck (Merton) and the collared pacesetter Bring Them Home (Justin Huckabone).   The 2017 season at Vernon Downs is slated to begin in April; fans and horsemen alike are advised to consult www.vernondowns.com through the winter for updates.   by James Witherite, Vernon Downs

Vernon, N.Y. - William Ballard's Gimme the Cash ($3.40) held off all comers in Friday (November 4) evening's harness racing  featured $6,700 trotting event at Vernon Downs, living up to odds-on billing. The 5-year-old Cash Hall mare sprinted to the fore early, clearing Count Speed (John MacDonald) with ease before controlling the terms through :27.1, :56.3, and 1:25.2 sectionals. Upon reaching head-stretch, Gimme the Cash responded to pressure from Count Speed up the pegs, but was also faced with a threat from the late-emerging My Lucky Word (Truman Gale) in the last yards. Ultimately, Gimme the Cash prevailed by a nose over My Lucky Word in 1:54.3, while Count Speed was a gamely chasing third. Angus MacDonald trains Gimme the Cash, who took her 13th career win and her third in four tries. For driver Chris Lems, the featured win kicked off a hat trick on the 13-race card only to be outdone by John MacDonald, who led all drivers with four victories on the night. Saturday (November 5) evening's closing night program features the annual "Turn Back the Clock Rewind Race", conducted clockwise at seven-eighths of a mile, as the eighth of 12 dashes carded. Horsemen and bettors alike should note a special 6:00 p.m. post time for the closing night card, with fireworks to follow. by James Witherite, Vernon Downs

East Rutherford, N.J. - After a traffic-troubled Breeders Crown elimination two weeks ago, Lindy Farms' Imagine Dragon ($8.00) used a sustained middle move to take charge amid a fast pace before edging away to a 1:50.4 victory in Friday (November 4) evening's harness racing $17,500 top-level distaff pace at The Meadowlands. The 4-year-old Dragon Again mare slipstreamed the live cover of 8-5 favorite Icommandmyspirit (Corey Callahan) on approach to the backstretch before continuing her push to the fore into a :54 first half mile. From that point, Imagine Dragon repelled a mild first-over challenge from Exhilarated (Scott Zeron) before accelerating away off the far turn. Ultimately, Imagine Dragon used a :27.4 closing sectional to evade the late-emerging Lyons River Pride (Steve Smith) by 2-1/4 lengths, while Icommandmyspirit held third while one-paced from the pocket. "It's really nice to see Imagine Dragon continue in top form after having no luck in her Breeders Crown elimination," said trainer Frank Antonacci of the eight-time winner. "Unfortunately, she tied up badly in the beginning of the season, and that kept her from reaching her real potential this year. It's nice to see her come around now." For driver Andy McCarthy, the featured win was one of three on the night--he also teamed up with Kona Kid ($7.00, 1:53.2) and Stitch in Time ($28.20, 1:56) to lead all drivers. The evening's trotting feature, a $15,000 conditioned event, saw Lady's Dude ($9.40) take advantage of a pocket trip behind odds-on favorite Rock of Cashel and vault clear after a mid-stretch move, drawing off decisively by 5-1/4 lengths en route to a 1:52.2 victory. Jim Marohn, Jr. drove the 5-year-old Victory Sam gelding for trainer Ron Burke. Rock of Cashel (Scott Zeron) just held second from the ground-saving Aldebaran Eagle (McCarthy), who saved third once room availed in deep stretch. The C.K.G. Billings series for amateur drivers made a stop at the Big M in the night's first event, and Sky Hanover ($2.80) proved dominant following her sweeping four-wide move off the far turn to put eight lengths on the field. Sarah Svanstedt drove the 4-year-old Donato Hanover mare to a 1:55.4 victory for trainer Ã…ke Svanstedt. Total all-sources handle for the 12-race card was $2,185,999. Live racing returns to The Meadowlands on Saturday (November 5) evening, with a quartet of Kindergarten Classic finals headlining the 13-race card. Post time is 7:15 p.m. Eastern. by James Witherite, Meadowlands Racing Media  

East Rutherford, N.J. -- A trio of Breeders Crown records were broken or tied on Saturday (October 29) evening at The Meadowlands, highlighted by Racing Hill's 1:48 effort in the $500,000 Crown for harness racing 3-year-old pacing colts and geldings. Brett Miller drove the son of Roll With Joe to his 12th seasonal victory, shaving three-fifths of a second off the previous divisional record held by Somebeachsomewhere. Tony Alagna trains Racing Hill, who also won the Messenger and Adios this year, for owner-breeder Tom Hill. Tim Tetrick turned in a pair of stakes records as part of a natural hat trick on the night, teaming up with Linda Toscano trainee Walner for a 1:53 win in the $600,000 Crown for 2-year-old trotting colts and geldings, and Jimmy Takter trainee Bar Hopping for a record-tying 1:54.1 mile in the $500,000 event for 3-year-old trotting colts and geldings. A pair of drivers earned their first Breeders Crown titles, both in upset fashion. Marcus Miller took the 2-year-old filly pace with 17-1 shot Someomensomewhere, while Scott Zeron teamed up with 12-1 outsider Call Me Queen Be in the 3-year-old filly pace. Other Crown winners on the night were Ariana G (2-year-old filly trot, Gingras/Takter), Huntsville (2-year-old colt pace, Tetrick/Schnittker), and Broadway Donna (3-year-old filly trot, D. Miller/Campbell). In all, the weekend's 12 Breeders Crown events attracted a total of $3,954,042, with total all-sources handle for the weekend coming in at $6,409,792. Pacing divisions of the final Kindergarten Classic series preliminary highlighted the Saturday undercard, each going for $10,000. Eleven 2-year-old pacing colts and geldings contested the opener, and Chip Walther ($3.60) lived up to his odds-on billing. The son of Art Major and Bittorsweet Terror sustained a first-over bid for over half a mile to barely collar Air Strike (David Miller) in 1:51.2, earning a third consecutive victory in the act. Marcus Miller handled the driving duties for trainer Erv Miller. In the filly division, carded as the night's finale, Gurl Band K ($6.60) evaded her nine rivals for a 1:52.3 score. Matt Kakaley drove the daughter of Rock N Roll Heaven and Native Flower for owner Robert Key and trainer Andrew Harris. Live racing returns to the Big M on Friday (November 4) evening, with post time slated for 7:15 p.m. Eastern. by James Witherite, Meadowlands

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