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Jim Campbell is ready for a busy weekend with his female trotters. It begins Friday when two-time Dan Patch Award-winner Broadway Donna makes her harness racing debut as a 4-year-old and it continues Saturday with three 3-year-old fillies competing at The Meadows in Pennsylvania Sire Stakes action. After capturing Dan Patch Award honors at ages 2 and 3, Broadway Donna begins her 4-year-old campaign against mostly male rivals in a conditioned race at the Meadowlands. Broadway Donna is 6-1 on the morning line in a seven-horse field that includes Dayson (2-1), Opulent Yankee (5-2), B Yoyo (4-1) and Market Share (5-1). Only two female trotters in history have received Dan Patch Awards at ages 2, 3 and 4: CR Kay Suzie and Peace Corps. Broadway Donna has won 16 of 22 career races and earned $1.19 million for breeder/owner Fashion Farms. She finished last season with a four-race win streak that included victories in the Kentucky Filly Futurity and Breeders Crown for 3-year-old filly trotters. "She seems good," Campbell said about Broadway Donna, a daughter of 2007 Horse of the Year Donato Hanover out of the Dan Patch Award-winning Broadway Schooner. "We're hoping she comes back and races how she did to finish last year. She really had it all put together." Broadway Donna and Dayson are eligible to the Graduate Series for 4-year-old trotters, which begins May 20 at the Meadowlands. "We didn't put (Broadway Donna) in against the boys other than the Graduate," Campbell said. "The rest is all the mares' races. We'll just play it by ear and see how it goes." Campbell's three fillies in Pennsylvania are open stakes-winner Onda Su, Broadway Idole, and Donato Fashion. Onda Su, who is 1-for-1 this year, won a division of the Bluegrass Stakes last year at Lexington's Red Mile. She made 12 starts in 2016 and went off stride in six of them. In the remaining six races, she posted three victories and a total of five top-three finishes. The filly is owned by Frederick Schwartz, Shirley Schwartz, and ONDA Racing Stable. "She has ability, but she's also messed up more times than she needs to," Campbell said. "A lot of it is mental. She gets herself worked up. She can test your patience. I've had a few horses grow out of it over the years, so I'm hoping she falls into that category." Onda Su, a daughter of Muscle Massive out of Upfront OB's Janet, competes in the first of four Pennsylvania Sire Stakes divisions Saturday and is 6-1 on the morning line. She defeated a field that included 4-year-old male rivals in her 2017 debut, winning by 1-3/4 lengths over Multitaskr Hanover in 1:57.1 at Harrah's Philadelphia. "She was real good in her last race," Campbell said. "We just hope she continues with that. She's got ability, so I'm just hoping her manners stay in check and we'll see how it goes from there." Broadway Idole also is 1-for-1 this year. Last season, the daughter of Broadway Hall-Idole Normand won once in 12 races, but earned $135,266 thanks to second-place finishes in divisions of the Bluegrass and International Stallion stakes plus fourth-place finishes in the Jim Doherty Memorial and Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championship. "She was good last year," Campbell said. "It's a tough group and it was a real tough group of 2-year-olds last year. She got money in with some of the better ones. She's got a nice gait and gets over the ground good. We're hoping for a nice year with her." Broadway Idole, bred and owned by Fashion Farms, is a full sister to 2011 Pennsylvania Sire Stakes champion Stormin Normand. She is in the third of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes divisions and is 7-2 on the morning line. "She's got a little pedigree behind her," Campbell said. "She's got the gait and the speed; I'm hoping she can carry her speed a little further this year." Donato Fashion has two second-place finishes this season and won one of nine starts last year. Another filly bred and owned by Fashion Farms, she is a daughter of Donato Hanover out of the 2009 Pennsylvania Sire Stakes champion Fashion Feline. "She raced real good her first start this year," Campbell said. "She raced good her second start, she was second, but I thought she maybe should have won. We scoped her afterward and she bled a little, so she's racing her first start on Lasix. Hopefully that will help her." Donato Fashion is in the fourth division of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes and is 8-1 on the morning line. The morning line favorites in each division, beginning with the first, are Dirk Simpson's Dangle Then Deke (5-2), Charlie Norris' Treviso (2-1), Jimmy Takter's Princess Aurora (5-2), and John Butenschoen's Fine Tuned Lady (5-2). All were stakes winners last year. Fine Tuned Lady was the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes champion. "It's a good group of fillies," Campbell said. "There are a lot of them, and a lot of them that can go fast too. It's a pretty exceptional group. Everybody's got to come back (to top form this year). I've had some success with that and I've had some disappointments too. But I'm happy with the way they've come back so far." Complete entries for the Meadows races are available at this link. Ken Weingartner Media Relations Manager

East Rutherford, N.J. -- Broadway Donna and David Miller continued to swoon the division by earning an easy win in the $500,000 Breeders Crown for harness racing 3-year-old trotting fillies at The Meadowlands in 1:53.1. The Jim Campbell-trained daughter of Donato Hanover from the Broadway Hall mare Broadway Schooner, didn't make her move until mid-race and was never urged to coast down the stretch and win. Emoticon Hanover and Fad Finance left quickly from the gate with the former getting the top to cut tepid :28 first panel. Caprice Hill stalked those two in third until All The Time pulled to first over as the field went to a half in :56.3. All The Time got the best of Emoticon Hanover to take the lead and that's when Broadway Donna began to stride rapidly on the outside. Earn Your Wings picked up live cover but Broadway Donna was in full flight at three-quarters in 1:25.3, wearing down All The Time, who held for third, while Emoticon Hanover shook loose to get second. Owned by Fashion Farms LLC, Broadway Donna won the Breeders Crown final after a victory in her elimination, coming off a straight-heat score in the Kentucky Filly Futurity to register her seventh win in a dozen starts as a 3-year-old. Broadway Donna paid $3.60 to win. "I was hoping to get away somewhere in the middle and come with cover," said Miller, "but, right off the gate nobody from the inside was even pushing off, so I had to do something. I got around, and when Yannick [on All The Time] was moving back, I [knew] I was going to be first over. She really has [gotten better through the season]. She's way sharper now than she was half way through the summer, and that's always a good thing." "[Jules Siegel and I] are both very happy," remarked Campbell. "From Mr. Siegel's point of view, he bred her, and to have a filly like this and put her over one-million dollars lifetime [is incredible]. When you breed one and race one that does that for you, you're supposed to be happy. Jules is always extra proud of his homebreds."   by Frank Cotolo, Hambletonian Society

LEXINGTON, KY-- Winning her elimination, Broadway Donna returned to the track hours later to claim a harness racing victory in the $312,000 Kentucky Filly Futurity at The Red Mile Earlier on the card, Broadway Donna trotted a 1:51.1 to win the first of two eliminations for the Filly Futurity, paying $7.00 to win. Sitting fourth through a :27 quarter set by Southwind Hope, Broadway Donna moved first over from fourth to brush to control before the half. She was in front through a :55 half and began kicking away from Southwind Hope chasing in second and Spicedbourbongirl in third. Trotting to three-quarters in 1:23.1, Broadway Donna remained in front by open lengths through the stretch, coasting home while Earn Your Wings came down the center of the track for second and Flowers N Songs for third. Spicedbourbongirl finished fourth and Dream Child was fifth.   "She wasn't at the top of her game last week," Jim Campbell said. "Part of it was probably my fault; I should've pulled her hind shoes last week, but she warmed up so good that I thought she was okay with them on. Dave [Miller] thought the track kind of stuck to her and wore her out more than anything, so I'll take the blame for last week.   "I was just watching David and he was just letting her trot along. I was just hoping that she would bounce back and be like her old self, and if she was, the fractions wouldn't bother me. David didn't even look like he was asking her; she looked real strong all the way down the lane. I was paying more attention to David than I was the fractions.   Owned by Vanersol In., Dancing In Thehall, an Ake Svanstedt-trainee by Cantab Hall out of the Donerail mare Doin' The Town, pulled off a 47-1 upset in the second elimination, winning in 1:53.   Womans Will led the field through a :28 first quarter before losing the lead to Side Bet Hanover. Celebrity Eventsy pulled first over from fifth with Wildflower on her back at the half, timed in :55.4. Dancing In Thehall was trotting at the rail in sixth around the far turn while Side Bet Hanover progressed to three-quarters in front of Celebrity Eventsy stalled first over in 1:24.4.   Side Bet Hanover drifted off the rail through the stretch, leaving room for Dancing In Thehall and driver Yannick Gingras to sweep up the rail while Wildflower, Gin And Lindy, and Double Exposure tried to advance towards the center of the track. Side Bet Hanover tried to fight off Dancing In Thehall to her inside heading to the line, but Dancing In Thehall edged by. Double Exposure finished third, Gin And Lindy fourth, and Gracie Hanover fifth.   "[We] just tried to stay close to the rail and hope that something opened up," Yannick Gingras said. "She felt really strong around the last turn, so I figured at that point I made the final, but all the way through the stretch she kept picking them off one by one."   Dancing In Thehall paid $96.80 to win.   In the second heat, Broadway Donna grabbed command before the half and strolled to a 1:51.2 victory.   Sent off the 3-5 favorite, Broadway Donna edged off the cones passing the quarter in :27.3 to take the top from Spicedbourbongirl. She trotted to the half in :55.3 as Side Bet Hanover initiated a first-over bid into the turn, being tracked by Flowers N Songs. Side Bet Hanover matched strides with Spicedbourbongirl heading to three-quarters about two lengths off of Broadway Donna. Timed in 1:23.4, Broadway Donna kicked away in the stretch under wraps while Spicedbourbongirl chased for second and Flowers N Songs kicked off cover for third.   Broadway Donna, by Donato Hanover out of the Broadway Hall mare Broadway Schooner, won her 14th race in 20 starts, earning $933,494 for owner Fashion Farms LLC. Trained by Jim Campbell and driven by David Miller, she returned $3.20 to win.   "It was pretty much an identical trip [to the first heat]," David Miller said. "She was just the same in the second heat as she was in the first."   "[We] couldn't be more proud of her today," Jim Campbell said. "She showed what she can really do, and for her to go two heats like she did today was just impressive. She's an amazing filly.   "She started off on a good note; she was really good in her first start. And then in her second start she was sick. She bled a little bit in the Hambletonian Oaks, and we put her on Lasix but it didn't seem to kick in until today. She went out and did what we were hoping to see today.   "Mr. Segal will make the final decision on [racing her at four]. I'm sure he's leaning towards it, but as long as everything finishes up good this year, I'm sure he'd be in favor of that. They probably have a spot for her all reserved for whenever that time comes, but hopefully it's not for a couple years."   By Ray Cotolo, for The Red Mile

She is the defending champion of her division and banked $625,642 in only 14 trips to the post, yet when the stage is set for the most heralded contest of her career, the harness racing spotlight still fails to shine on Broadway Donna in this Saturday's (Aug. 6) edition of the $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks final. “This is the race we have pointed for and wanted to win,” said Jim Campbell, her conditioner. “Right from the day she was born we fell in love with her. She was just a perfect foal and is still a big, strong filly. She looked the part of a nice racehorse and when we started to train her down she showed us why we felt so strongly about her. She is always professional. She can be tricky because she does like her own way, but she never gets hot like her mother could do from time to time. She has perfect manners and an excellent mind. The best way to put it is she has it all.” The regally bred daughter of Donato Hanover and Broadway Schooner will commence her journey to an Oaks crown from post position seven in the 12th race on a nationally televised card (CBS Sports Network) at the Meadowlands. Where she commences her mile is not exactly what Campbell and regular pilot David Miller had envisioned, but this filly, who is the third choice on the morning line (7-2) behind 2015 Breeders Crown victress All The Time (9-5) and 2015 O'Brien Award winner Caprice Hill (5-2), not only possesses all the necessary attributes to triumph, but her presence on this stage appeared to be predestined long before she ever placed a hoof on the ground for those responsible for her birth at Fashion Farms. Her mother, however, who is by Broadway Hall, would be a tough act for any of her progeny to follow. Broadway Schooner did not capture the adulation of the press in her first season of campaigning, as she only captured one race in seven starts, but the mare stole the show her sophomore season. She proved best in the 2009 edition of the Hambletonian Oaks and also appeared in the winner’s circle in that year’s Breeders Crown. At the end of the season she was honored with the Dan Patch Award for her performances. Broadway Donna is her second foal. Her first foal, Musclesprinctonian (Muscle Hill, $69,280), is standing stud in Indiana and her younger sibling Wutan (Muscle Hill) sold for $130,000 as a yearling last fall. That kind of lineage is difficult for any horse to live up to, but with this filly, quite possibly, her best is yet to come. Both Campbell and Miller acknowledged Broadway Donna was not as impressive as they had hoped at the end of her Hambletonian Oaks elimination, where she finished second but was placed third after a late break in stride. But despite the abnormal miscue, this filly should still be attracting attention to win this female classic. “I really have a lot of respect for her,” Miller said. “It may not have appeared I was pushing on her to win her elimination, but I was. We wanted to be able to select our post position. She just was a little tired at the end of the race and that is uncharacteristic of her. She always does everything on her own and well within herself. The track that night may have had something to with it. It was very hard and you don’t know if it was stinging her feet. “I do know this is a very competitive race and every advantage you have is going to be important. It will be difficult to win from the seven (post position), but this filly has already impressed with how she can overcome situations.” Campbell agrees with Miller that this year’s Oaks should not have a clear-cut favorite. “This is one of the toughest Oaks we have seen in a long time,” Campbell said. “There are five or six fillies in here that can easily win depending on how their trip goes. It is not an easy race and being drawn on the outside of some of these fillies could be the difference. That is racing though and the Oaks is one of those that we really want to win.” $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks Race 12 – Post time 4:41 p.m. PP-Horse-Sire--Driver-Trainer-Morning Line 1. Caprice Hill – Kadabra - Tim Tetrick–Tony Alagna–5/2 2. Celebrity Eventsy – Manofmanymissions - John Campbell–Staffan Lind–6/1 3. Dream Child – Muscle Hill - Scott Zeron–Linda Toscano–30/1 4. Side Bet Hanover – Donato Hanover - Corey Callahan–Jonas Czernyson–8/1 5. Windowshopper – Donato Hanover - Brian Sears–Ake Svanstedt–40/1 6. All The Time – Muscle Hill - Yannick Gingras–Jimmy Takter–9/5 7. Broadway Donna – Donato Hanover - David Miller–Jim Campbell–7/2 8. Wildflower – Muscle Hill - Ake Svanstedt–Ake Svanstedt–30/1 9. Black Broadway – Broadway Hall - Brett Miller–Michael Eaton–50/1 10. Double Exposure – Donato Hanover - Tim Tetrick–Tony Alagna–15/1 Ken Weingartner

WILKES-BARRE PA - Broadway Donna, last year's Two-Year-Old Trotting Filly of the Year, made her harness racing three-year-old debut a successful one Sunday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, winning a division of the second preliminary leg of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes for three-year-old trotting fillies in 1:54.1.   Despite not having raced in eight months and three days, since she suffered her only loss when making a break on the lead in her Breeders Crown elimination, the Pocono faithful backed the daughter of Donato Hanover to the tune of 3-5, and she rewarded their confidence. Driver David Miller sent the ten-time winner to lead after the 28 quarter, tripped the beam in 57.2 and 1:26.3 midrace, then sprinted home in 27.3 to win by 1¾ lengths over early leader Spicedbourbongirl. Kathy Parker was third, two lengths behind Spicedbourbongirl and an equal distance ahead of second choice Double Exposure, who went first-over here but had to settle for fourth in her first start since winning the Goldsmith Maid Final last November. Jim Campbell trains the winner of $558,392 for owner/breeder Fashion Farms LLC.   Ginny Weasley upheld the quickly(in No.Am.)-established fact that Ãke Svanstedt trainees are race-ready no matter how long a layoff, rallying into a 56 last half to overhaul pacesetter Sunset Glider by 1¾ lengths and take a new mark of 1:55 in another division. The Andover Hanover filly had not raced since May 17, but she was certainly ready to run her Sire Stakes record in 2016 to 2-for-2, with Lucas Wallin handling sulky duties for Svanstedt and owners Torp Trotting Inc.   In the third division, Ultimate Shopper kept her 2016 tally undefeated after a pair of starts, taking the lead off the first turn, pushing favorite Woman's Will hard before surrendering the lead to her, then moving again in the stretch and running down that foe to post a two length win in 1:54.3. Tim Tetrick was the pilot for the daughter of Yankee Glide, whom trainer Anette Loretzon co-owns with ACL Stuteri AB and Kjell Johansson.   Rose Run Parker, still the fastest trotter of 2016 by virtue of his Meadowlands victory in 1:50.4 one month minus one day ago, worked his way past favored JL Cruze in front of the stands, got a relative middle half breather of 57.3 despite a parked rival on his shoulder, then motored home in 28, with JL Cruze unable to make up stretch ground, in winning the $25.000 winners-over trot in 1:53. The altered son of Jailhouse Jesse, now with a 67% win percentage in 2016 (6-for-9) and a 68% win percentage lifetime (34-for-50), tallied Sunday night for driver Yannick Gingras, trainer Ron Burke, and the ownership of Burke Racing Stable LLC and Weaver Bruscemi LLC.   Tomorrow will be a very big day at The Downs, both in the race office and on the racetrack. The eliminations for this coming Saturday's eliminations for the $2M+ Sun Stakes Saturday to be held on July 2 will be DRAWN MONDAY MORNING AT 9 A.M. (horsemen please note), with a release previewing their races going out midafternoon. At night, five divisions of PA Stallion Series sophomore trotting fillies will be in the feature spotlight.   PHHA / Pocono

WILKES-BARRE PA - Broadway Donna, the 2YO Trotting Filly of the Year for 2015, makes her 2016 debut on Sunday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, as the second preliminary round of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes for harness racing sophomore misses will be conducted over three divisions.   Broadway Donna, a daughter of Donato Hanover - Broadway Schooner trained by Jim Campbell for owner / breeder Fashion Farms LLC of New Hope PA, went undefeated in the first nine starts of her freshman campaign, along the way taking the three preliminary Sire Stakes legs she contested and then the $351,000 Championship event.   In a singular case of bad timing, though, Broadway Donna made a break in her tenth and what would turn out to be last start of 2015, opening up a 3½ length lead after a brush to the ¾ but then losing gait at Mohawk in her Breeders Crown elimination, thus failing to qualify for the next week's Crown Championship. But the quality of her two-year-old campaign in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Kentucky (she was a major stakes winner in all three states) carried her to North American divisional honors.   Broadway Donna comes back to the racing wars off of three straight wins in qualifying events. She will be starting from post two in the fourth race field of nine, with her regular driver, Hall of Famer David Miller, set to pilot her. Her main opposition may come from Spicedbourbongirl, victorious in the first Sire Stakes prelim on May 7 at The Meadows, and 4-for-5 this year for co-owner / trainer / driver Jeff Gregory.   Each of Sunday's three Sire Stakes divisions contains a May 7 Meadows winner from the first prelim. Race 6 will feature Ginny Weasley, a daughter of Andover Hall who overcame post eight in winning in western Pennsylvania. Ginny Weasley will be starting Sunday having been away from the races for 33 days, since a second in a PA All-Stars event at Pocono, but trainer Ãke Svanstedt has become known for sending out a ready-to-win horse when any member of his stable goes behind the gate. Svanstedt's lieutenant Lucas Wallin, who guided her to victory at The Meadows, again will be in the sulky as Ginny Weasley starts from the middle of the nine-horse field.   Fastest of the three winners during the Meadows first preliminary was the Cantab Hall filly Pink Pistol, who closed from sixth at the half to show her heels to the field in 1:55 flat. Trainer Rob Harmon has again tapped driver Jeff Gregory for Sunday's eighth race Sires division, with the pair starting two from the outside in post seven.   Aside from the Sire Stakes fillies, another trotter who will attract his fair share of attention on Sunday is JL Cruze, the Older Trotting Male of the Year in North America in 2015, who has drawn the rail in a field of eight contesting a $25,000 winners-over event in race 10. The Crazed gelding, one of the few trotters in history to possess a sub-1:50 mark which he earned at The Meadowlands by winning in 1:49.4, has won four of six races this season, but in his last start he made a break while on the lead of the Maxie Lee Trot at Harrah's Philadelphia on May 29. Trainer Eric Ell and driver John Campbell will be looking to get the star trotter back on course against a field which includes Rose Run Parker, whose 1:50.4 victory in New Jersey on May 20 still stands as the fastest trotting mile of the season.   On Monday, five divisions of the sophomore trotting fillies will battle it out in the second preliminary round of Pennsylvania Stallion Series action. Much of that night's attention will be on Goodtogo Hanover (race 5, post 5, trainer Bill Zendt, driver Brian Zendt), a first round prelim winner and also a Currier and Ives winner at the Zendts' home track of The Meadows, as she makes her first 2016 start away from her base.   PHHA / Pocono

Saturday morning's short program of seven harness racing qualifiers at The Meadowlands got underway at 9:30 on a fast track under overcast skies with the temperature in the low 60's and no wind.   Last season's Dan Patch Freshman Filly Trotter of the Year, Broadway Donna was back for her second go around which resulted in a 1:55.2 romp for Dave Miller. She set fractions of 28:2, :58.2 & 1:27.4, edging away through the stretch on her own. Haughty, Thankful Reward and Side Bet Hanover followed her in. Jim Campbell trains the winner for Fashion Farms, LLC.   The royally bred Pampered Winner (Credit Winner x Pampered Princess) knifed through rivals with plenty of trot in deep stretch for Brett Miller to a 1:57.1 win. She's prepping for the New York Sires Stakes and $250,000 Empire Breeders Classic next month for Jimmy Takter and Brixton Medical, Inc.   Goin To The Limit found his best foot this morning for the Alagna barn. Lightly raced at two, the Donato Hanover colt cut the mile to win in 1:53.2 / 28.1 for Tim Tetrick. Tony owns him with John Fodera and Tangie Massey.   Hambo hopeful Make Or Miss returned to the mile track and looked happy to be back after making a break over in a PA All Star race at Pocono on Derby Day. Joe Bongiorno moved him to the lead at the three-eighths and he went on to win comfortably while drifting out some in the stretch over Soderberg in 1:55.1 / 28.3. Burke Rascing, Our Horse Cents, Weaver Bruscemi and J&T Silva own the colt.   Shake It Cerry made her return following an uncharacteristic poor performance in the Mack Lobell Elitlopp Playoff this morning and she looked fantastic. Dave Miller eased her over to the half in :58.1 then let her trot, resulting in a :54 flat final and 26 last quarter to end the 1:52.1 mile. She's back on track for Takter and the Solveig Racing Partners.   The gritty old campaigner Clear Vision is back to the racing wars for the Burke barn. He sat third along the rail in for charioteer Yannick Gingras until mid-stretch, then sprinted into the 27 flat last quarter to collect the 1:55.1. Now ten years of age, Clear Vision is less than $8,000 for $2.5 million in his distinguished career for Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi, Panhellenic Stable and James Koran.   Top pacing filly Pure Country got some work in this morning, closing a 1:54.1 mile with a 26.3 final panel for Brett Miller while holding the late rallying Petticoat winner Capela at bay. Takter trains her for Diamond Creek Racing.   Live racing resumes tonight at 7:15.   Meadowlands Media Relations  

Gallie Bythe Beach and harness racing driver Matt Kakaley returned to town sharp Friday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $32,000 Filly and Mare Open Pace. In play early from post position No. 5 (she won the 5-thru-8) draw, "Gallie" was one of four leavers. She took a brief seat third before moving around Jungle Genie N (Brian Sears). Gallie Bythe Beach made the lead right the :28.3 opening-quarter mile, then rated a soft, :29.4 second station (:58.2 half). From there, 13-10 favorite Sell a Bit N (Jordan Stratton), who had found a four-hole from post No. 8, went after the leader. However, Gallie Bythe Beach opened some acreage in and out the 1:26.2 three-quarters, taking a length-and-three-quarter lead into the lane. She closed the sale, beating a stubborn Sell a Bit N by a length in 1:55.1. Regil Elektra (Jason Bartlett) was along for third, with last week's victress, Rockn Ruby N (Dan Dube), and Jungle Genie N rounding out the payees. For second choice Gallie Bythe Beach, a 4-year-old homebred daughter of Somebeachsomewhere owned by Fashion Farms and trained by Jim Campbell, it was her first win in a pair of seasonal starts.. The exacta paid $16.60, with the triple returning $56.50. The Raceway's live season continues Saturday night (first post 7:10 PM) and a "French" Sunday afternoon (first post 12:30 PM). Frank Drucker

Harness racing resumes at The Meadowlands on Friday evening (February 12) with fourteen pari-mutuel puzzlers on the menu beginning at 6:35 p.m. Optimism is high that the wagering can continue the current streak of four consecutive cards with all-sources handle on the live racing eclipsing the $3 million mark for the first time in a dozen years.   The various components that encourage play are again in place with twenty-three of the weekend's twenty-eight races filling to the limit of ten and the enticing combination of low take-out and guaranteed pools on the horizontal wagers offering value.   The recent racing has been contentious, competitive and exciting each night with an intriguing blend in the drivers colony of fresh, young faces intent on making their mark and the solid core of Meadowlands regulars representing the very best in the game.   The feature race on Friday is a $20,000 condition event for pacing mares comprised of eight well-matched distaff veterans in quest of the winner's share. Making her 2016 debut is The accomplished Fashion Farms homebred Gallie Bythe Beach. The multiple stakes winning daughter of Somebeachsomewhere has earned over $675,000 in her career and was a good second in the TVG Free For All Championship last November. She has been trained throughout her career by Jim Campbell and the red-hot Tim Tetrick has the drive on Friday.   The competition is led by Inittowinafortune, back from a two week stint at Yonkers to the scene of her greatest successes, Clear View Hanover who has won her last two at the Big M and Girllookatthatbody who has made a successful transition to the metropolitan scene since arriving from Michigan.   Handicapping help is available via each night's Race Reviews compiled with care by James Witherite. These reviews are available well in advance of each card, offering keen observations to supplement your own. Free program pages for the Late Pick 4 are available courtesy of Trackmaster.   The promotions this weekend are Valentine-centric with several dining options available to accompany the excitement of the live racing, providing an opportunity to show your sweetheart just how much you care.   Stakes Payment Reminder   All information and necessary forms to nominate horses to the 2016 stakes at The Meadowlands may be accessed on the track website. Mail must be postmarked by February 17 to meet the deadline.   Meadowlands Media Relations          

Katies Rocker rolled in his Governor's Cup elimination last weekend and he will try to provide an encore in the $413,000 final for 2-year-old male pacers Saturday at the Meadowlands Racetrack. The Governor's Cup is part of a busy weekend at the Meadowlands. Other top races Saturday include the $489,400 Valley Victory Stakes for 2-year-old male trotters, the $173,500 Tarport Hap for 3-year-old female pacers and the $144,000 Continentalvictory for 3-year-old female trotters, plus the $400,000 TVG Free For All Series championships for male pacers and trotters. Katies Rocker will start the Governor's Cup final from post five with David Miller driving for trainer Jim Campbell. Last week, Katies Rocker won his elimination by a nose over JK Will Power in 1:52.1. For the year, Katies Rocker has won six of 12 races and earned $154,418 for breeder/owner Fashion Farms. The gelding enters the final with three wins in his four most recent starts. "He's been very consistent and we've been very happy with the way he's come along," Campbell said. "He's gotten a lot better as he's gotten some racing into him. He's a pretty good sized colt and he's just kind of coming into himself now. He's very well-bred, that's for sure. He's a real nice-mannered colt, too. He's just a perfect horse to be around in the barn and a nice horse to train." Katies Rocker is a son of Rocknroll Hanover out of the stakes-winning mare Just Wait Kate. His dam is a full sister to Dan Patch Award-winner Kikikatie and the family also includes stakes-winner Katie Said, who races in Friday's $200,000 TVG Free For All Series championship for older female pacers at the Meadowlands, and O'Brien Award-winner Camluck. Among Katies Rocker's wins are the Reynolds Stakes at Tioga Downs and a division of the Bluegrass Stakes over a sloppy track at The Red Mile. He finished a parked-out fifth from post seven in the Matron Stakes and was fifth in the New Jersey Sire Stakes championship in one of the few starts that he failed to be moving forward in the stretch. "It was a steering issue (in the New Jersey Sire Stakes final) more than anything," Campbell said. "We checked him out afterward and everything checked out OK. It was just kind of a freak thing." Campbell also sends out Show The Fashion in the Governor's Cup. Show The Fashion, also owned by Fashion Farms, has won two of nine races and earned $31,933 this season. He finished fifth in his Governor's Cup elimination, which was won by Big Top Hanover in 1:51. "His race last week was the first time he's gone up against that class of horse and even gone that type of speed," Campbell said. "I wasn't disappointed in him. I thought he raced well. "He was just a little bit slower in coming along (because of sickness) but he's a good-gaited colt and he's got some speed. He's obviously going to need a good trip to get a good piece of it, but we're hopefully that might happen because he does have the speed. We wanted to get some experience into him and see how he handles it." Big Top Hanover, one of four Governor's Cup finalists from the stable of trainer Ron Burke, entered last week's Governor's Cup eliminations off a win in the Matron Stakes and second-place finish in the Breeders Crown. The Governor's Cup final also includes Breeders Crown champion Boston Red Rocks, who was second by a nose to Big Top Hanover last weekend, as well as stakes-winners Ideal Rocky, Spider Man Hanover, Autotune Hanover, and Check Six. "There are some top colts in there," Campbell said. "It's probably going to come down to whoever gets the better trip. It's going to be a very tough competitive race." Campbell's work at the Meadowlands this weekend isn't limited to Saturday. He sends Gallie Bythe Beach into the TVG Free For All Series championship for the pacing mares. The 4-year-old has won three of her four most recent races and finished no worse than third in her past six starts. "She's come around pretty good the last five or six weeks," Campbell said. "She's been racing really good. I was real happy with the way she raced last week. She's coming into the race in pretty good form. Again, a lot of it is probably going to depend on trip, but hopefully she'll get a nice trip and get a chance to get a good piece of it." For Saturday's complete Meadowlands card, click here. Post time is 7 p.m. for the night's first race. by Ken Weingartner for Harness Racing Communications

MANALAPAN, NJ - October 24, 2015 - In a battle to the wire, 2-1 Katies Rocker slipped up the harness racing pylons to nip 1-2 Ideal Rocky in the $30,000 New Jersey Futurity for two-year-old pacers, the featured sixth race at Freehold on Saturday, October 24, 2015. Ideal Rocky, winner of the Lou Babic at Freehold and a division of the International Stallion Stakes at the Red Mile, took the lead from Katies Rocker before the half and was leading well into the stretch. But then Jim Marohn Jr. moved the pocket-sitting Katies Rocker up the pylons to win the tight photo finish by a nose. It was a length and a quarter back to Don'tcallmefrancis in third. The time of the race was 1:55.3. The top three finishers are all sons of the late Rocknroll Hanover. Katies Rocker [$6.80], trained by Jim Campbell, posted his fifth win with two seconds in 10 starts. A winner of divisions of the Reynolds and Bluegrass, he is owned by his breeder, Fashion Farms LLC of New Hope, PA. The victory lifted his earnings to $134,348. The New Jersey Futurity is sponsored by the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey. By Carol Hodes for the SBOANJ

LEXINGTON, KY-- The opening night of the Grand Circuit harness racing meeting at The Red Mile began with two divisions of the $259,000 Bluegrass Stakes for 2-year-old filly trotters on Wednesday night, Sept. 30.   Broadway Donna escaped defeat in a stretch-drive duel against Ultimate Shopper, winning the opening division by a nose in 1:59. The 1-9 favorite controlled the pace for a majority of the mile, circling early pacesetter I'm Outstanding, who established the first quarter in :30.4, before the half to obtain the lead. Drawing away off a half of :59.4 and three-quarters in 1:29.2, Broadway Donna led by about 5 lengths at the top of the stretch. Ultimate Shopper, sitting third for the entire mile, edged first over into the stretch and gave pursuit to Broadway Donna, coming up to her wheel by the eighth pole. However, Broadway Donna faced the challenge and claimed victory. Finishing third and fourth were Twice Is Right and Southwind Pearl.   A $2.10 winner, Broadway Donna, sired by Donato Hanover out of the mare Broadway Schooner by Broadway Hall, is owned and bred by Fashion Farms, trained by Jim Campbell, and driven by David Miller. Broadway Donna remains undefeated in nine starts this season, piling $531,286 in career earnings.   "She's been terrific all year," Dave Miller said. "Tonight might have not been a good night for her, and maybe the front [was] not a good place to be, but she held tough."   "The rail [was] pretty deep," Miller also said. "I tried to stay off the rail, but it was getting to her late."   The other split went to Celebrity Eventsy, who battled for the lead with All The Time throughout the mile, progressing to a 1:56.1 victory. The second choice at 6-5, driver Brett Miller sent Celebrity Eventsy to the lead and through a :28.3 first quarter. All The Time, the 4-5 favorite, tipped off the pylons and brushed to the top after a :58 half. Controlling the pace at three-quarters in 1:27.2, Celebrity Eventsy popped out of the pocket into the stretch and drifted in her bid after the favorite. She eventually edged past All The Time in the sixteenth pole, winning by a neck. Dancing In Thehall finished third, and Miss Tezsla was fourth.   Celebrity Eventsy, from the first crop of Manofmanymissions out of the mare Little Ms Queenie by American Winner, was bred by Kentuckiana Farms, and races for the interest of Celebrity Farms. She is conditioned by Staffan Lind and was driven by Brett Miller. She has now won three races this season, and has earnings of $167,212.   "[If] you go by the times of the rest of the races, this was a very good mile," Brett Miller said. "She raced very well in her last start in the Peaceful Way. I actually turned the guy [Could It Be Magic] loose at the half, and I'm not so sure if it didn't cost me the race. She's a very nice filly."   Grand Circuit action continues tomorrow, Thursday, Oct. 1, with four divisions of the $289,000 Bluegrass Stakes for 2-year-old colt trotters. Post time for the 10-race card is 7:00pm.   By Ray Cotolo, for The Red Mile

Undefeated in eight starts this season, Jim Doherty Memorial-winner Broadway Donna tops the 16 freshmen filly trotters divided into two divisions of the $259,000 Bluegrass Stakes, scheduled for the eight-race card on Wednesday, Sept. 30 at the harness racing meeting at The Red Mile.   Entering off a 2-length win in the $351,000 Pennsylvania Sires Stakes final, the Jim Campbell-trained Broadway Donna will start from the rail in the opening division of the Bluegrass.   She will line up with seven other fillies, including Kindergarten Series-contender Southwind Pearl, trained by Jonas Czernyson, who will be trying for her maiden victory.   Broadway Donna has earned $466,536 in her eight outings, which is more than the rest of the field's earnings combined.   The filly by Donato Hanover out of Hambletonian Oaks champion Broadway Schooner is owned and bred by Fashion Farms and will be guided by regular driver David Miller.   Jimmy Takter sends a pair of fillies in the first Bluegrass division, them being Twice Is Right and I'm Outstanding, both of whom are shipping from Mohawk off of breaks in the Peaceful Way eliminations.   The daughters of Donato Hanover were also runner up to Peaceful Way-champion Caprice Hill in a $66,850 division of the Champlain Stakes.   The duo will start from posts 5 and 8 respectively. Twice Is Right races for the interests of Brittany Farms, while I'm Outstanding is owned by Christina Takter, John and Jim Fielding, and Herb Liverman.   Celebrity Eventsy, from the first crop of Manofmanymissions, leads the second division.   The Staffan Lind trainee has banked $102,462 this season and comes into this event off a second-place finish to Caprice Hill in the $311,600 Peaceful Way.   She has won two races in seven attempts, including an elimination for the Peaceful Way. Brett Miller will steer the Celebrity Farms filly.   Takter has another pair of fillies on the Grand Circuit card, with the second-division entrants All The Time and Miss Tezsla.   All The Time, a homebred owned by Marvin Katz and Al Libfeld, approaches this race off a break in the Peaceful Way Final.   A winner of four in seven starts, the daughter of Muscle Hill has earned $99,865 this season.   Her stable mate Miss Tezsla ships in from Delaware, Ohio, where she finished third in a $37,200 division of the Standardbred Stakes.   Before that, she won the $40,000 Stallion Series championship at Pocono Downs, a race restricted to Pennsylvania-sired horses.   The $45,000 Lexington Select yearling has won four out of eight starts for owners Christina Takter, John and Jim Fielding, Brixton Medical Ab, and Herb Liverman.   She has earned $63,374 this season.   The opening card of the Grand Circuit meeting kicks off at 7:00 p.m.   A sextet of late-closing events will be contested on the undercard of the two Bluegrass Stakes.   Ray Cotolo

Broadway Donna and Whitelake Hanover remain unbeaten — they’re a combined 13-13 lifetime — following wins in Tuesday’s Pennsylvania Sires Stake action for freshman filly trotters at the harness racing meeting at The Meadows.   The $205,840 event, known as the Delmonica Hanover, was contested over four divisions, with Kathy Parker and Womans Will taking the other splits. Though the luck of the draw has kept Broadway Donna and Whitelake Hanover apart, the two are set for a showdown in the PASS championship Sept. 11 at The Meadows, which that day will host all four $260,000 (est) finals for 2-year-olds.   Asked to compare Broadway Donna and Whitelake Hanover, David Miller, who regularly pilots both and did so in the Delmonica Hanover, said:   “They’re pretty similar, really." "They’re both real handy." "They’re pretty even, to tell you the truth." "Whitelake is probably a little quicker off the gate, but Donna makes up for it. "She can race either way."   “I was thinking how lucky I’ve been — four legs and they never met up." "Usually when I have a couple nice ones, they all get in together." "I’ll have to pick one, but it’s a nice problem to have.”   Although both fillies won easily, Broadway Donna’s victory may have been more impressive visually. After some early jockeying for the lead, she powered to the front near the quarter and drew off to triumph by 9-1/4 lengths in 1:55.2, a tick off the stake record. Winning Symbol and Lookin Sharp completed the ticket.   “She knows what she has to do, and she goes out there and does it,” said Jim Campbell, who conditions the homebred daughter of Donato Hanover-Broadway Schooner for Fashion Farms. “As I’ve said, she’s a real professional.”   With her seventh consecutive win, Broadway Donna boosted her career bankroll to $291,036.   Whitelake Hanover forged ahead by 5 lengths at the quarter and coasted home from there, prevailing by 2-1/4 lengths in 1:56.1. Maker A Yankee rallied for second, with Dancing In Thehall a ground-saving third. Chris Oakes trains the daughter of Explosive Matter-Whispering Wind, who completed her sweep of the four PASS preliminary legs, for Omar Belier, Dennis Coons and Susan Oakes.   A nose loser to Broadway Donna in the $389,450 final of the James Doherty Memorial, Kathy Parker gave the undefeated fillies something to think about when she scored for Yannick Gingras in 1:56.3 to extend her career bankroll to $171,598. She was second by 1-1/2 lengths down the backside, but Kathy Parker blue-penciled that margin when she pulled the pocket early to challenge the leader, Gracie Hanover.   “The horse on the front looked a little grabby early on,” Gingras said. “I figured it wouldn’t help either one of us if I moved earlier than that." "At that point, it was time to go. I didn’t want to have to move her into the last turn if somebody else came." "I figured it was the best place to do it. She’s right up there with the best ones.”   Synonymous Hanover was second, a length behind, while Gracie Hanover saved show. Jimmy Takter conditions Kathy Parker, a daughter of Andover Hall-Mallelujah, for Christina Takter, Brixton Medical, RAW Equine and Joyce McClelland.   Elsewhere on the card, it was her initial appearance in the $18,000 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot, but Dough Dough rose to the occasion, stalking Mistress Valentine from the pocket and downing her by a neck in 1:55.1. Kandian Club finished third.   Dick Stillings drove the 5-year-old daughter of CR Excalibur-Rising Dough, who vaulted over $100,000 in career earnings, for trainer J.W. Miller and owner/breeder En Mar Stable The race featured even more dough, as the winner’s half sister, Ciao Dough, finished fourth.   Aaron Merriman and Miller each fashioned a three-bagger on the 15-race card.   Evan Pattak

East Rutherford, NJ --- There were two fillies alone at the wire and it took a photo to determine that Broadway Donna was the winner by a nose in the $389,450 Jim Doherty Memorial Trot for 2-year-old harness racing fillies on Saturday (Aug. 8) at The Meadowlands. The race was formerly known as the Merrie Annabelle and was renamed this year for the late Hall of Fame trainer who made The Meadowlands his home base. Broadway Donna was driven by David Miller for trainer Jim Campbell and owner/breeder Fashion Farms. Her sire, Donato Hanover is a Hambletonian winner and her dam, Broadway Schooner is a Hambletonian Oaks winner. The caretaker of Broadway Donna is Walter Teat, who also cared for Broadway Schooner and her dam, Pine Schooner. The 1-9 favorite, Broadway Donna raced off the pace set by early leaders Kathy Parker (Johnny Takter) and Sunset Glider (Yannick Gingras). They hit the quarter-mile mark in :27.3. Celebrity Eventsy (Brett Miller) made a break right around the quarter-mile marker, which put some ground behind those leaders and the rest of the field. Broadway Donna rushed up to the lead just past the :56.4 half-mile marker and was still on top at the 1:25 three-quarters. As they turned for home, Kathy Parker and Johnny Takter had room to make up ground along the rail and they moved alongside Broadway Donna for the final strides to the wire. Broadway Donna held off that late charge for the win by a nose in 1:54.2. Sunset Glider finished third. The victory was Broadway Donna's sixth straight to begin her career. She has purse earnings of $274,941. “He (the late Jim Doherty) was a very good friend and a great horseman,” said winning trainer Jim Campbell. “He was a gentleman. If you bumped into him 10 times in a day he would say hello to you 10 times. For me, when I first came to the Meadowlands, he was someone I looked up to. He had a powerful stable and he knew how to do things right and he continued that right on to the end. He was a first-class man. I’m glad I got to know him the way I did. “She (Broadway Donna) fought off the horse (Kathy Parker) that was coming on hard on the inside. She’s done everything we’ve asked of her. That was her sixth start today. She did it easier last week, but she dug in when she had to and got the job done. That’s the main thing.” Broadway Donna by Ellen Harvey, Harness Racing Communications 

WILKES-BARRE PA - For a track with a 47.8% winning favorites rate heading into Sunday's harness racing program, The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono offered some tasty win mutuels on well-pedigreed horses in the first three of the four $20,000 divisions of the Pennsylvania Stallion Series for three-year-old pacing colts.   The chalkplayers finally had their moment in the spotlight in the fourth and final division, and even in that event favored Parklane Eagle had a couple of anxious moments before winning in a personal best 1:51 for driver David Miller and trainer Peter Foley. The son of Somebeachsomewhere, owned by Shirley Le Vin, had controlled the early pace with fractions of 26.4 and 55.1, but 47-1 shot Kwik Mac gave the frontstepper something to think about as he got to within a neck at the 1:23.1 3/4s. Parklane Eagle shrugged off that challenge though, and by the wire he had that rival 3¾ lengths in arrears of him.   Hall of Fame driver Miller also brought the “best bet for the odds” winner of four, a horse with impeccable connections making his first start of the year for trainer Jim Campbell. Gallic Beach is a son of Somebeachsomewhere out of Western Gallie, whose dam Galleria (herself a champion racemare) has also produced the unlucky Gallie Bythe Sea, a Breeders Crown elimination winner at two and three who through misfortune got to start in neither final. And Gallic Beach was ready right out of the box, setting the pace and blazing home in 54.3 to earn a new speed badge of 1:51.4 for owner/breeder Fashion Farms LLC - and returning a generous $15.40.   Sire Somebeachsomwhere had a third Stallion Series winner in Guantanamo Bay, who overcame the first-over route to hang a head loss on Jo Pa's Well Said, flying late after coming from sixth at the half, to take a new mark of 1:52 for driver Mike Simons, at 11-1 odds, highest return on the four winners. Trainer Fred Grant, a native of Nova Scotia, conditions the winner for owners from his native province, James Bagnell and Ann Smith.   It's rare to get 5-1 at Pocono on the track's eight-time driving champion George Napolitano Jr., and even rarer if "GNap" is teaming with top trainer Chris Oakes. But the backers of the McArdle gelding Mckenry got just such a windfall in his division, as the pacesetting winner got a nontaxing half in 57, then flew home in 55 for "GNap" to hold off "ANap" (his brother Anthony) and hard-charging Angelo J Fra by a half-length, with the 1:52 final package giving each series winner a rewritten speed mark. Mckenry won for Susan Oakes, Conrad Zurich, Hauser Brothers Racing Enterprises, and the Wheelhouse Racing Stable.   The Stallion Series' four winners reflect the purpose of Pennsylvania's "little brother" to the Sire Stakes - it gives a chance for horses not quite yet at the top a chance to race competitively for good money. Parkland Eagle had three lifetime wins coming into his race - which was the exact total of the other three winners combined. But after four miles in 1:52 or better, one of more of the visitors to Victory Lane Sunday at The Downs could be stepping up to battle the "big boys" as they develop.   PHHA / Pocono  

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