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Alan Katz was hesitant to go to Ontario for the North America Cup last month, but he is glad he made the trip. It is unlikely he will have any similar reservations about crossing the Hudson River from New York and heading to Saturday's Meadowlands Pace. Katz and his brothers, Ron and Steve, bred and own JK Endofanera, who is the 2-1 morning line favorite in the $776,000 Meadowlands Pace for 3-year-old pacers at Meadowlands Racetrack in New Jersey. The colt won his Pace elimination by a neck over Always B Miki in 1:48.2 last weekend and will start the final from post two with Brian Sears driving for trainer Ron Burke. In his previous start, June 14, JK Endofanera won the $920,000 North America Cup at Mohawk Racetrack in Ontario. He will try to become the 10th horse in harness racing history to win both the North America Cup and Meadowlands Pace. The Meadowlands Pace and $463,300 William R. Haughton Memorial for older pacers will be shown live on CBS Sports Network beginning at 9 p.m. Saturday. The card also includes the $317,000 Stanley Dancer Memorial, $213,500 Delvin Miller Memorial, $212,150 Mistletoe Shalee, $178,450 Golden Girls, and a $40,000 leg of the Miss Versatility Series. JK Endofanera's win in the North America Cup came from post nine at odds of 12-1 and followed a third-place finish in his Cup elimination. Katz drove eight hours from New York City to Mohawk, staying on the ground because other family members do not care to fly. "I asked Ron if the horse was going to be OK and told him I would be thrilled just to get a check," Katz said. "He said, 'I'm not.' Once I heard that, I figured I had to drive up there because I'd promised my brother. I thought it might be a long weekend, but everything worked out really good. Brian drove him super. "Once in a while, you get lucky. I was thrilled. The trip home seemed a lot shorter." JK Endofanera is a son of stallion Art Major out of the 3 Brothers Stables' mare Presidential Lady, who was a homebred multiple stakes winner. The 3 Brothers Stables' horses are named with the initials JK in memory of late family patriarch Jack Katz. JK Endofanera was named to honor Jack Katz as well as veterinarian Dr. Stephen P. Dey II, who passed away the day the horse was foaled at the Dey family's Heritage Hill Farm. Last year, JK Endofanera won four of seven races and finished second three times. He finished the campaign by winning the Governor's Cup at the Meadowlands. This season, he has posted wins in the Simpson Memorial Stakes and divisions of the Historic-Pocono Cup and Somebeachsomewhere in addition to his North America Cup triumph. In his Meadowlands Pace elimination, Sears and JK Endofanera sat in fourth place for the opening quarter-mile before bursting up the backstretch to take the lead at the halfway point. They then held off challenges from Always B Miki on the outside and Lyonssomewhere on the inside to win in a career-best 1:48.2. "I thought he was going to get beat, but he showed a lot of class and held them all off," Katz said. "He's probably better following horses than he is cutting the mile, but when you're the favorite every week you've got to be on the front. "We're tickled pink about him. I wish we had more like him. In this business, you never take anything for granted; they have to get a lot of good things to happen. It's a race. Anything can happen. But he's been giving us a thrill." Here is the field in post order for the Meadowlands Pace, with drivers, trainers, and morning line odds: 1. National Debt, Ron Pierce, Ron Coyne Jr., 50-1; 2. JK Endofanera, Brian Sears, Ron Burke, 2-1; 3. He's Watching, Tim Tetrick, Dave Menary, 5-2; 4. Tellitlikeitis, Brett Miller, Jimmy Takter, 12-1; 5. Luck Be Withyou, Ron Pierce, Chris Oakes, 6-1; 6. Lyonssomewhere, Yannick Gingras, Jimmy Takter, 8-1; 7. Jet Airway, Marcus Miller, Erv Miller, 15-1; 8. Sometimes Said, Corey Callahan, Jim Campbell, 15-1; 9. Always B Miki, David Miller, Joe Holloway, 4-1; 10. Doo Wop Hanover, John Campbell, Steve Elliott, 30-1. by Ken Weingartner, for Harness Racing Communications  

Five divisions of the Pennsylvania All-Stars for 2 Year Old Trotting Colts & Geldings were held at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs on Friday, July 4th, under a perfect summer night. The harness racing track was listed as fast. Trainer / Driver Jimmy Takter had wins in two divisions; the first division with Uncle Lasse, (Donato Hanover – Solveig); and the fourth division with The Bank (Donato Hanover – Lantern Kronos), with the fastest time of all divisions in 1:56.3.  Other winners included Broadway Appolo (Broadway Hall – Raising Rachel), driven by Corey Callahan and trained by Jim Campbell,  in the second division; Billy Flynn (Cantab Hall – Zeta Jones), driven by Brett Miller and trained by Stefan Lind, in the third division; and Gifted Way (Cantab Hall – Rare Gift), driven by Scott Zeron for trainer Tony Alagna.  The PA All-Stars continue on Saturday night with four divisons for 3 Year Old Pacing Fillies and three divisions for 3 Year Old Trotting Colts & Geldings.  Post Time is 6:30pm. Jennifer Starr 

Driver Andrew McCarthy scored a victory about Iaintnomomaluke in the sixth race at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs on Wednesday night for the 1,000th victory of his career. McCarthy, who has been a regular at Pocono for the past several years, had moved to 999 with a triple on Tuesday night before toppling the mark on Wednesday night. In other action on Wednesday night at Pocono, there were seven $30,000 divisions of Pennsylvania All Stars races held for 2-year-old trotting fillies. The winners were: Wouldn't Itbesweet (Cantab Hall - U S Victory), driven by Howard Parker and trained by Jim Raymer, in 1:57; Fashion Voyager (Broadway Hall - BWT Maija), driven by John Campbell and trained by Jim Campbell, in 1:57:4; Gatka Hanover (Muscle Massive - Girlie Tough), driven by Matt Kakaley and trained by Ron Burke, in 1:56; Onda Di Mare (Yankee Glide - Upfront Ob's Janet, driven by Tim Tetrick and trained by Jim Campbell, in 1:56:3; Speak To Me (Muscle Massive - Ms Naughty), driven by Yannick Gingras and trained by Jimmy Takter, in 1:57; Jersey Strong (Muscle Massive - Vacation's Over), driven by Tim Tetrick and trained by Mark Harder, in 1:56:4; and Matter Of Days (Explosive Matter - Drinking Days), driven by Matt Kakaley and trained by Todd Schadel. Jim Beviglia      

The popular Saturday Breakfast With The Babies event again enjoyed a perfect morning weather-wise for the races. They got underway at 9:30 with the Cantab Hall x Musical Victory colt Musical Rhythm reversing his previous form, heading right to the front for a gate to wire 1:59.1 / 28.2 win for Scott Zeron. P Mac Attack was second and Wicker Hanover third. He's trained in the Tony Alagna stable for John Fodera and Steve Wienick racing as In The Gym Partners who paid $35,000 at the Lex Select sale. Buzzy Sholty scored a double on the day with a nice pair of Donato Hanover fillies that he trains for the Place Your Betts Stable. The first was Donato's Babe from Marion Monet, a 2:00.1 winner in the second. She led all the way and coasted in over Sobti Hanover and Chezando. The Betts boys, Andrew, Scott and Tim gave $16,000 for her at Harrisburg last fall. HS Carry On (With Faith) came for $1,000 less at the same venue and she was sharp on the lead today through even numbers for the 2:00.3 score over Iluvmyjimmychoos. Shafina Hanover was a winner for Ron Pierce and Noel Daley, who have teamed up on more than a few top trotters over the years. She rallied from well back to catch Praying Gear deep in the stretch in 2:01.1. A $50,000 Harrisburg purchase by Adam Victor & Son and Barbara Matthews, she's an Explosive Matter from She's A Blizzard. Ake Svanstedt won the next couple. He brought a nice Yankee Glide filly named That's So Ironic in and won the fourth, just holding on over a closing Janet in 1:59.3 /28.4. She cost Maryann Racing $47,000 at Lexington. Lima Pride impressed for Svanstedt in the very next race leading to the half, getting buzzed by The Bakers Choice and John Campbell around the last turn then rallying back to win in 2:01.2 / 28.4. He's from the first crop of Muscle Massive out of Pacific Legacy and was a $25,000 buy at the Lexington Selected Sale for the account of Top Ten Racing. Maestro Blue Chip was a good third, closing stoutly for Trond Smedshammer. Trond had a winner in Buen Camino in 1:59 / 28.4 after a pocket ride. He's a good sized homebred Cash Hall from Baby Rella owned by Ernesto Martinez and WCB Stable. He got up to nail Bavaro with Longcat Hanover up for the show. Magenta Man was game to hold off Soboro Hanover after leading all the way in 1:59.4 / 28.4 for Campbell. He's a handsome Muscles Yankee from Magenta Hall that brought $70,000 at Harrisburg and races for Let It Ride, Jeff Gural, Howard Taylor and RBH Venture who have entrusted the "Crocodile Man" Ross Croghan to tend to the training details. She's Heavenly opened the pacing races with a handy 1:55.4 score with Mike Lachance aboard for owner, trainer and breeder Bob Horowitz. She's another winner from the first crop of Rock N Roll Heaven from Hedgie Blue Chip and looks promising. Casie Coleman sent out Oneisalonelynumber to win the tenth in 1:57 / 27.4. He followed Feeling Cam Lucky around the track and surged by with one crack of Dave Miller's whip for the score. This Bettor's Delight colt from No One Is Alone cost West Winds Stable and Adriano Sorella $62,000 last fall at Lexington. Bedroomconfessions got the perfect trip from Scott Zeron and burst through an opening between fillies to win convincingly in 1:55.2 / 27.1 with her individual last split a tick or two faster. She's an American Ideal x Turnoffthelights homebred owned in partnership by Stephanie & Myron Bell's Riverview Farms and her trainer Tony Alagna. The day's final race was the fastest with the $190,000 (HBG) Well Said colt Paparazzi Hanover winning for Yannick Gingras. He moved to the front at the half in 58.3, then threw a 56 / 27.2 at 'em on the end to win in hand over a very wide Sicily and American Crossroads. A son of the top mare Paula's Best, Paparazzi Hanover is trained by Jim Campbell for the potent partnership of Jeff Snyder and Jules Siegel's Fashion Farm. For full results click here. The Miss Hot For Trot pageant final is tonight during the live card which begins at 7:15. by Nick Salvi, for the Meadowlands

Uffizi Hanover won the biggest race of her career so far at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, the 2013 Breeders Crown for 2-year-old female pacers, after losing the previous week. Last weekend, Uffizi Hanover finished second to Cinamony in her elimination for Saturday's $300,000 James M. Lynch Memorial for 3-year-old female pacers. The filly started from post seven and raced to the front in a :54.4 opening half-mile before losing the lead in the stretch. This weekend, she starts from post No. 1 with driver David Miller at the lines for trainer Jimmy Takter and is the 5-2 morning line favorite. Horses from post one have a 14.5 win percentage at Pocono Downs, compared to 7.6 percent from post seven. Prior to last weekend's elimination, Uffizi Hanover led at the halfway point in just one of her previous 15 career starts. She also finished second in that race. "I think she will be better this week," Miller said. "She had the outside last week and I decided to leave with her and she got used a little bit early. That's really not her style. "This week, if I can get away close I think I'll be in good shape. She surprises us all the time." Saturday's stakes-laden card at Pocono Downs also includes the $500,000 Max C. Hempt Memorial for 3-year-old pacers, the $500,000 Earl Beal Jr. Memorial for 3-year-old trotters, the $500,000 Ben Franklin Pace for older pacers, and the $100,000 Sun Invitational for older trotters. Post time is 6:30 p.m. for the first race. The Sun Invitational is race No. 8 and will be followed by the four stakes. Uffizi Hanover has won four of 16 lifetime starts and earned $594,500 for owners Al Libfeld, Marvin Katz and Sam Goldband. She entered her Lynch elim off a victory in the Fan Hanover Stakes at Mohawk Racetrack on June 14. Fancy Desire and Weeper, who won the other two Lynch eliminations, are 3-1 and 4-1, respectively in the final. Fancy Desire drew post four and Weeper got post eight. Cinamony will leave from post six and is 6-1. Following are Saturday's Sun Invitational and stakes fields in post order with drivers, trainers and morning line: Race 8, $100,000 Sun Invitational - 1. Arch Madness, Brian Sears, Trond Smedshammer, 10-1; 2. Sevruga, Ron Pierce, Julie Miller, 5-1; 3. Market Share, Tim Tetrick, Linda Toscano, 7-2; 4. Amigo Ranger, Simon Allard, Rene Allard, 12-1; 5. Archangel, Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke, 6-1; 6. Modern Family, Dave Palone, Daryl Bier, 3-1; 7. Sebastian K, Ake Svanstedt, Ake Svanstedt, 2-1. Race 9, $300,000 Lynch Memorial - 1. Uffizi Hanover, David Miller, Jimmy Takter, 5-2; 2. Sayitall BB, Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke, 5-1; 3. Also Encouraging, Brett Miller, Casie Coleman, 15-1; 4. Fancy Desire, George Napolitano Jr., Kevin Carr, 3-1; 5. Southwind Silence, Matt Kakaley, Ron Burke, 10-1; 6. Cinamony, Corey Callahan, Alex Rice Jr., 6-1; 7. Gallie Bythe Beach, John Campbell, Jim Campbell, 12-1; 8. Weeper, Dave Palone, Kelly O'Donnell, 4-1; 9. My Lady Day, Tim Tetrick, Joe Holloway, 20-1. Race 10, $500,000 Hempt Memorial - 1. Cammikey, Brian Zendt, Bill Zendt, 6-1; 2. Allstar Partner, Corey Callahan, John Butenschoen, 12-1; 3. McWicked, David Miller, Casie Coleman, 5-2; 4. Sometimes Said, John Campbell, Jim Campbell, 4-1; 5. At Press Time, Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke, 5-1; 6. Stevensville, Tim Tetrick, Ray Schnittker, 20-1; 7. Bushwacker, Ron Pierce, Chris Ryder, 15-1; 8. All Bets Off, Matt Kakaley, Ron Burke, 3-1; 9. Limelight Beach, Brian Sears, Brian Brown, 10-1. Race 11, $500,000 Franklin Pace - 1. Bettor's Edge, Matt Kakaley, Ron Burke, 12-1; 2. Allstar Legend, Scott Zeron, Ron Burke, 15-1; 3. Foiled Again, Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke, 4-1; 4. Sweet Lou, Ron Pierce, Ron Burke, 5-2; 5. Domethatagain, Simon Allard, Rene Allard, 10-1; 6. Bolt The Duer, Mark MacDonald, Peter Foley, 5-1; 7. Captive Audience, David Miller, Corey Johnson, 20-1; 8. Captaintreacherous, Tim Tetrick, Tony Alagna, 3-1; 9. Sunshine Beach, Brian Sears, Mark Steacy, 6-1. Race 12, $500,000 Beal Jr. Memorial - 1. Amped Up Hanover, Matt Kakaley, Ron Burke, 10-1; 2. Nuncio, John Campbell, Jimmy Takter, 3-1; 3. Harper Blue Chip, Brian Sears, Mark Steacy, 5-1; 4. Don Dorado, Tim Tetrick, Robert Baggitt Jr., 4-1; 5. Outburst, Andrew McCarthy, Noel Daley, 15-1; 6. Well Built, Jim Meittinis, Chris Ryder, 20-1; 7. Datsyuk, Charlie Norris, Charlie Norris, 6-1; 8. Father Patrick, Yannick Gingras, Jimmy Takter, 5-2; 9. Sumatra, Brett Miller, Tom Fanning, 12-1. by Ken Weingartner, for Harness Racing Communications  

Nuncio spent a lot of this past winter learning to use his natural talent in a more productive way, and it shows. The 3-year-old trotter, who is 3-1 from post two in Saturday's $500,000 Earl Beal Jr. Memorial at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs is undefeated in four starts in 2014 after a barn change following his 2-year-old season. New trainer Jimmy Takter concentrated on teaching the son of Andover Hall to conserve and use his speed judiciously and driver John Campbell said he's passing the course so far. Last year, Nuncio led at the half-mile point in eight of his 10 races. This year, he's been no better than third at the halfway point of any race and not seen the lead until the stretch. "I'm very happy with the way he's been coming along," Campbell said. "He just got so aggressive and so wound up at the end of last year that you just couldn't rate him at all. That was to his detriment in a couple races and it cost him winning. Jimmy trained him from behind all winter and we've qualified him that way and raced him that way and he's started to figure it out, so I can be a little more aggressive with him at the gate. "He left a little bit last week and didn't get wound up. I'm very happy with his manners so far. He's been very relaxed and that's important because if they're worked up and you're fighting with them, you just take away energy. He's always been able to go; speed hasn't been an issue ever with him. It's more been just manageability." Nuncio won his Beal elimination last weekend by a half-length over Datsyuk in 1:52.2. His previous three wins this season all came in divisions of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes. Last year, he won five of 10 races and never finished worse than second on his way to $461,074. His earnings were third most among 2-year-old trotters, behind Takter-trained colt Father Patrick and Takter-trained filly Shake It Cerry. Four of Nuncio's second-place efforts were against Father Patrick, in the eliminations and final of the Peter Haughton Memorial and elims and final of the Breeders Crown. Nuncio won the Matron Stakes and a division of the Reynolds; he also was runner-up to Muscle Network in the Valley Victory. Father Patrick, who received the 2013 Dan Patch Award for best 2-year-old male trotter, also won his Beal elimination last week. He drew post No. 8 for the final and is the 5-2 morning line favorite with driver Yannick Gingras. "I'd certainly rather have the two hole than outside, that is for sure, but once we get in to the race, everybody will know at the quarter whether it's good or bad," Campbell said. "But going in to the race, I'd rather be down inside." Father Patrick won his Beal elim by 2-1/4 lengths over Harper Blue Chip in 1:52.4. He is 4-for-4 this year and brings a 13-race win streak into the Beal final. Last year, Father Patrick won 10 of 11 races, including the Breeders Crown at Pocono Downs, the Wellwood Memorial and the Peter Haughton Memorial. His only setback came against Nuncio in July. "This is the first time all year that he'll be asked to go," Gingras said. "He's more than ready after four easy starts." Saturday's stakes-laden card at Pocono Downs also includes the $500,000 Max C. Hempt Memorial for 3-year-old pacers, the $500,000 Ben Franklin Pace for older pacers, the $300,000 James M. Lynch Memorial for 3-year-old female pacers, and $100,000 Sun Invitational for older trotters. Post time is 6:30 p.m. for the first race. The Sun Invitational is race No. 8 and will be followed by the four stakes. Following are Saturday's Sun Invitational and stakes fields in post order with drivers, trainers and morning line: Race 8, $100,000 Sun Invitational - 1. Arch Madness, Brian Sears, Trond Smedshammer, 10-1; 2. Sevruga, Ron Pierce, Julie Miller, 5-1; 3. Market Share, Tim Tetrick, Linda Toscano, 7-2; 4. Amigo Ranger, Simon Allard, Rene Allard, 12-1; 5. Archangel, Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke, 6-1; 6. Modern Family, Dave Palone, Daryl Bier, 3-1; 7. Sebastian K, Ake Svanstedt, Ake Svanstedt, 2-1. Race 9, $300,000 Lynch Memorial - 1. Uffizi Hanover, David Miller, Jimmy Takter, 5-2; 2. Sayitall BB, Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke, 5-1; 3. Also Encouraging, Brett Miller, Casie Coleman, 15-1; 4. Fancy Desire, George Napolitano Jr., Kevin Carr, 3-1; 5. Southwind Silence, Matt Kakaley, Ron Burke, 10-1; 6. Cinamony, Corey Callahan, Alex Rice Jr., 6-1; 7. Gallie Bythe Beach, John Campbell, Jim Campbell, 12-1; 8. Weeper, Dave Palone, Kelly O'Donnell, 4-1; 9. My Lady Day, Tim Tetrick, Joe Holloway, 20-1. Race 10, $500,000 Hempt Memorial - 1. Cammikey, Brian Zendt, Bill Zendt, 6-1; 2. Allstar Partner, Corey Callahan, John Butenschoen, 12-1; 3. McWicked, David Miller, Casie Coleman, 5-2; 4. Sometimes Said, John Campbell, Jim Campbell, 4-1; 5. At Press Time, Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke, 5-1; 6. Stevensville, Tim Tetrick, Ray Schnittker, 20-1; 7. Bushwacker, Ron Pierce, Chris Ryder, 15-1; 8. All Bets Off, Matt Kakaley, Ron Burke, 3-1; 9. Limelight Beach, Brian Sears, Brian Brown, 10-1. Race 11, $500,000 Franklin Pace - 1. Bettor's Edge, Matt Kakaley, Ron Burke, 12-1; 2. Allstar Legend, Scott Zeron, Ron Burke, 15-1; 3. Foiled Again, Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke, 4-1; 4. Sweet Lou, Ron Pierce, Ron Burke, 5-2; 5. Domethatagain, Simon Allard, Rene Allard, 10-1; 6. Bolt The Duer, Mark MacDonald, Peter Foley, 5-1; 7. Captive Audience, David Miller, Corey Johnson, 20-1; 8. Captaintreacherous, Tim Tetrick, Tony Alagna, 3-1; 9. Sunshine Beach, Brian Sears, Mark Steacy, 6-1. Race 12, $500,000 Beal Jr. Memorial - 1. Amped Up Hanover, Matt Kakaley, Ron Burke, 10-1; 2. Nuncio, John Campbell, Jimmy Takter, 3-1; 3. Harper Blue Chip, Brian Sears, Mark Steacy, 5-1; 4. Don Dorado, Tim Tetrick, Robert Baggitt Jr., 4-1; 5. Outburst, Andrew McCarthy, Noel Daley, 15-1; 6. Well Built, Jim Meittinis, Chris Ryder, 20-1; 7. Datsyuk, Charlie Norris, Charlie Norris, 6-1; 8. Father Patrick, Yannick Gingras, Jimmy Takter, 5-2; 9. Sumatra, Brett Miller, Tom Fanning, 12-1. by Ellen Harvey, for Harness Racing Communications  

No trotter in history has recorded four winning miles of 1:50.3 or faster, but on Saturday night Sebastian K will try to accomplish the feat in only his fourth start in North America. Sebastian K is among the seven horses in Saturday's $100,000 Sun Invitational for older trotters at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. The field also includes Market Share, who is history's only other trotter with three winning miles of 1:50.3 or faster. Last weekend, Sebastian K and trainer/driver Ake Svanstedt won for the third time in as many starts since arriving in the U.S. from Sweden. They captured the third round of the TVG Free For All Series for older trotters in 1:50.3 at the Meadowlands, beating Archangel by two lengths and third-place Market Share by 4-3/4. Sebastian K won his U.S. debut in a world-record-equaling 1:50.1 on May 10 and followed that performance with a 1:50.2 victory in the $175,000 Arthur J. Cutler Memorial final. "It's an amazing story," said Bjorn "Bernie" Noren, who is Svanstedt's assistant. "Of course we were hoping he was going to do great, but this is - I don't want to say a surprise, really - but a good feeling that the horse can do like he's done." Saturday's stakes-laden card at Pocono Downs also includes the $500,000 Max C. Hempt Memorial for 3-year-old pacers, the $500,000 Earl Beal Jr. Memorial for 3-year-old trotters, the $500,000 Ben Franklin Pace for older pacers, and the $300,000 James M. Lynch Memorial for 3-year-old female pacers. Post time is 6:30 p.m. for the first race. The Sun Invitational is race No. 8 and will be followed by the four stakes. Sebastian K drew post No. 7 in the Sun Invitational, which also includes Arch Madness, Sevruga, Amigo Ranger, Archangel, and Modern Family. Arch Madness, one of the richest trotters in history with more than $4 million in purses, and Sevruga also are among history's 15 trotters to win with at least a 1:50.3 time. Arch Madness, who has won twice in his career with a time of 1:50.2, Market Share, Sebastian K, and the retired Chapter Seven are the only trotters in history to win in 1:50.3 or faster multiple times. One of Market Share's 1:50.3 miles came last year in a qualifier. Earlier this year he trotted 1:50.2 at Harrah's Philadelphia, the fastest time ever on a five-eighths-mile track. Pocono Downs is a five-eighths-mile track known for its speed, so that mark could be in jeopardy Saturday. Depending on how the race unfolds, a sub-1:50 mile might not be out of the question. "It's not out of the possibility," Noren said. "It depends how the race unfolds. If they get to three quarters and everybody still has something in the tank, it could happen. If you go too much in the [first] half, of course you're going to go a little slower the last half. That's the way racing is. But that's a fast track. If the weather is good, they're going to have the track in top shape." In his most recent race, Sebastian K won from gate to wire. He got the lead with a :27.3 opening quarter-mile before relaxing in a :28.2 second quarter. He trotted :54.3 for the second half, including :26.2 for the final quarter-mile. "It was the best I ever felt him," Svanstedt said. "Usually he gets to the front and looks around for other horses, but this time he just kept going." Added Noren, "Ake was just sitting and waiting. He was waiting for somebody to come and then Market Share came first up and the last quarter he let [Sebastian K] go and he was flying home really good. It was his best race so far. He was really sharp. He really wanted to take off. "The horse looks great, he feels great. He should get better the more he's racing." Following are Saturday's Sun Invitational and stakes fields in post order with drivers, trainers and morning line: Race 8, $100,000 Sun Invitational - 1. Arch Madness, Brian Sears, Trond Smedshammer, 10-1; 2. Sevruga, Ron Pierce, Julie Miller, 5-1; 3. Market Share, Tim Tetrick, Linda Toscano, 7-2; 4. Amigo Ranger, Simon Allard, Rene Allard, 12-1; 5. Archangel, Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke, 6-1; 6. Modern Family, Dave Palone, Daryl Bier, 3-1; 7. Sebastian K, Ake Svanstedt, Ake Svanstedt, 2-1. Race 9, $300,000 Lynch Memorial - 1. Uffizi Hanover, David Miller, Jimmy Takter, 5-2; 2. Sayitall BB, Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke, 5-1; 3. Also Encouraging, Brett Miller, Casie Coleman, 15-1; 4. Fancy Desire, George Napolitano Jr., Kevin Carr, 3-1; 5. Southwind Silence, Matt Kakaley, Ron Burke, 10-1; 6. Cinamony, Corey Callahan, Alex Rice Jr., 6-1; 7. Gallie Bythe Beach, John Campbell, Jim Campbell, 12-1; 8. Weeper, Dave Palone, Kelly O'Donnell, 4-1; 9. My Lady Day, Tim Tetrick, Joe Holloway, 20-1. Race 10, $500,000 Hempt Memorial - 1. Cammikey, Brian Zendt, Bill Zendt, 6-1; 2. Allstar Partner, Corey Callahan, John Butenschoen, 12-1; 3. McWicked, David Miller, Casie Coleman, 5-2; 4. Sometimes Said, John Campbell, Jim Campbell, 4-1; 5. At Press Time, Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke, 5-1; 6. Stevensville, Tim Tetrick, Ray Schnittker, 20-1; 7. Bushwacker, Ron Pierce, Chris Ryder, 15-1; 8. All Bets Off, Matt Kakaley, Ron Burke, 3-1; 9. Limelight Beach, Brian Sears, Brian Brown, 10-1. Race 11, $500,000 Franklin Pace - 1. Bettor's Edge, Matt Kakaley, Ron Burke, 12-1; 2. Allstar Legend, Scott Zeron, Ron Burke, 15-1; 3. Foiled Again, Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke, 4-1; 4. Sweet Lou, Ron Pierce, Ron Burke, 5-2; 5. Domethatagain, Simon Allard, Rene Allard, 10-1; 6. Bolt The Duer, Mark MacDonald, Peter Foley, 5-1; 7. Captive Audience, David Miller, Corey Johnson, 20-1; 8. Captaintreacherous, Tim Tetrick, Tony Alagna, 3-1; 9. Sunshine Beach, Brian Sears, Mark Steacy, 6-1. Race 12, $500,000 Beal Jr. Memorial - 1. Amped Up Hanover, Matt Kakaley, Ron Burke, 10-1; 2. Nuncio, John Campbell, Jimmy Takter, 3-1; 3. Harper Blue Chip, Brian Sears, Mark Steacy, 5-1; 4. Don Dorado, Tim Tetrick, Robert Baggitt Jr., 4-1; 5. Outburst, Andrew McCarthy, Noel Daley, 15-1; 6. Well Built, Jim Meittinis, Chris Ryder, 20-1; 7. Datsyuk, Charlie Norris, Charlie Norris, 6-1; 8. Father Patrick, Yannick Gingras, Jimmy Takter, 5-2; 9. Sumatra, Brett Miller, Tom Fanning, 12-1. by Ken Weingartner, for Harness Racing Communications  

Freehold, NJ --- It might run counter to trainer Ron Burke’s intuition, but less appears to be more with Sweet Lou. Burke changed Sweet Lou’s between-race routine and the 5-year-old male pacer has responded with a four-race win streak heading into Saturday’s (June 28) $500,000 Ben Franklin Pace at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. It is Sweet Lou’s longest streak since putting together six consecutive victories bridging his 2- and 3-year-old seasons. Sweet Lou was the 2011 Dan Patch Award winner as harness racing’s best 2-year-old male pacer and earned more than $1 million at age 3, but endured a stretch of just four wins in 31 starts prior to his recent surge. “We’ve backed off on him and he’s become more like a Thoroughbred,” Burke said. “I can’t ask him to race four weeks in a row; I can’t ask him to train in between when he’s racing. I just give him weeks now where he basically jogs and hangs out in the field. “It kills me, because I’m thinking that he’s getting unfit. But I’ve watched him and he just blows back up and starts to look strong again. Then I’ll give him one hard fast work before he races and he seems to race great.” Saturday’s card at Pocono Downs also includes the $500,000 Max C. Hempt Memorial for 3-year-old pacers, the $500,000 Earl Beal Jr. Memorial for 3-year-old trotters, the $300,000 James M. Lynch Memorial for 3-year-old female pacers, and the $100,000 Sun Invitational for older trotters. Post time is 6:30 p.m. for the first race. The Sun Invitational is race No. 8 and will be followed by the four stakes. Sweet Lou, who won his Franklin elimination by four lengths over Bolt The Duer in 1:47.4 last weekend, drew post four in the final. Three other Burke horses -- Bettor’s Edge, Allstar Legend, and Foiled Again -- will all start inside of Sweet Lou while Domethatagain, who edged Captaintreacherous by a nose to win the other Franklin elim in 1:48, got post five. Captaintreacherous, the two-time defending Pacer of the Year, leaves from post eight. “I was very impressed with the way (Sweet Lou) raced the other day,” Burke said. “He’s come back as the horse we always thought he would be.” Sweet Lou’s win streak also coincides with Ron Pierce becoming his driver. “Pierce maybe has a different strategy of how to race him and so far it’s been good,” Burke said. “Everything right now is working good, so we’ll just keep doing it the same way until we need to make a change.” In addition to his quartet in the Franklin, Burke will send At Press Time and All Bets Off into the Hempt, Sayitall BB and Southwind Silence into the Lynch, and Amped Up Hanover into the Beal. All Bets Off, who won the Art Rooney Pace at Yonkers in May, and At Press Time captured their respective Hempt eliminations. All Bets Off has won five of six starts this year; At Press Time bounced back from a third-place finish in a division of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes with the addition of Lasix. “I knew At Press Time would be better,” Burke said. “We did some work on him in between (starts) and got him straighter and he bled very badly. It wasn’t a question of whether we should put him on Lasix, he really needed Lasix. I was happy with his performance. “(All Bets Off) is a very good horse. He’s top five; he’s as good as any horse out there, I think. He can go either way. He had to be pulled to a stop at the top of the lane (in his elim) and most of my horses if you pulled them to a stop like that they wouldn’t fire again. And he did.” The Hempt field also includes McWicked, who won the fastest elimination, in 1:48. Jimmy Takter-trained trotters Father Patrick and Nuncio headline the Beal. Both won their eliminations, with Father Patrick extending his win streak to 13 races dating back to last July. Father Patrick was the 2013 Dan Patch Award winner for best 2-year-old male trotter. Nuncio was a stakes winner and four-time runner-up to Father Patrick last season. This is their first meeting as 3-year-olds. Cinamony, Fancy Desire, and Weeper all won Lynch eliminations. Cinamony and Fancy Desire were supplemented to the Lynch for $15,000. The final also includes multiple-stakes-winner Uffizi Hanover. Sebastian K, who is 3-for-3 since arriving in North America from Sweden, headlines the Sun Invitational. The race also includes Market Share, who is a two-time Dan Patch Award winner. Following are the fields in post order with listed drivers and trainers: Race 8, $100,000 Sun Invitational – 1. Arch Madness, Brian Sears, Trond Smedshammer; 2. Sevruga, Ron Pierce, Julie Miller; 3. Market Share, Tim Tetrick,Linda Toscano; 4. Amigo Ranger, Simon Allard, Rene Allard; 5. Archangel, Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke; 6. Modern Family, Dave Palone, Daryl Bier; 7. Sebastian K, Ake Svanstedt, Ake Svanstedt. Race 9, $300,000 Lynch Memorial – 1. Uffizi Hanover, David Miller, Jimmy Takter; 2. Sayitall BB, Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke; 3. Also Encouraging, Brett Miller, Casie Coleman; 4. Fancy Desire, George Napolitano Jr., Kevin Carr; 5. Southwind Silence, Matt Kakaley, Ron Burke; 6. Cinamony, Corey Callahan, Alex Rice Jr.; 7. Gallie Bythe Beach, John Campbell, Jim Campbell; 8. Weeper, Dave Palone, Kelly O’Donnell; 9. My Lady Day, Tim Tetrick, Joe Holloway. Race 10, $500,000 Hempt Memorial – 1. Cammikey, Brian Zendt, Bill Zendt; 2. Allstar Partner, Tim Tetrick, John Butenschoen; 3. McWicked, David Miller, Casie Coleman; 4. Sometimes Said, John Campbell, Jim Campbell; 5. At Press Time,Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke; 6. Stevensville, Tim Tetrick, Ray Schnittker; 7. Bushwacker, Ron Pierce, Chris Ryder; 8. All Bets Off, Matt Kakaley, Ron Burke; 9. Limelight Beach, Brian Sears, Brian Brown. Race 11, $500,000 Franklin Pace – 1. Bettor’s Edge, Matt Kakaley, Ron Burke; 2. Allstar Legend, Scott Zeron, Ron Burke; 3. Foiled Again, Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke; 4. Sweet Lou, Ron Pierce, Ron Burke; 5. Domethatagain, Simon Allard, Rene Allard; 6. Bolt The Duer, Mark MacDonald, Peter Foley; 7. Captive Audience, David Miller, Corey Johnson; 8. Captaintreacherous, Tim Tetrick, Tony Alagna; 9. Sunshine Beach, Brian Sears, Mark Steacy. Race 12, $500,000 Beal Jr. Memorial – 1. Amped Up Hanover, Matt Kakaley,Ron Burke; 2. Nuncio, John Campbell, Jimmy Takter; 3. Harper Blue Chip, Brian Sears, Mark Steacy; 4. Don Dorado, Tim Tetrick, Robert Baggitt Jr.; 5. Outburst, Andrew McCarthy, Noel Daley; 6. Well Built, Jim Meittinis, Chris Ryder; 7. Datsyuk, Charlie Norris, Charlie Norris; 8. Father Patrick, Yannick Gingras, Jimmy Takter; 9. Sumatra, Brett Miller, Tom Fanning. by Ken Weingartner, for Harness Racing Communications

Until recently, Staffan Lind figured if he was ever going to win a million-dollar race, it would be with a trotter. But that could change Saturday. Lind, a native of Sweden known for his work with stakes-winning trotters such as Celebrity Secret, Celebrity Deville, and Celebrity Bombay, sends Beat The Drum into Saturday's C$1 million North America Cup for 3-year-old pacers at Mohawk Racetrack. Beat The Drum finished second to Lyonssomewhere in his North America Cup elimination last weekend, covering the final quarter-mile in :25.4 to rally from fifth place and advance to the final. Beat The Drum will start from post one with driver Yannick Gingras and is 20-1 on the morning line. The long odds don't concern Lind. "He raced good [in his elimination] and came out of the race good," Lind said. "Hopefully he can do alright next week. He woke up. I knew he wasn't going to be ready for a couple races, but he woke up in the [New Jersey] Sire Stakes final and came home really good. That's why we took a shot." Beat The Drum finished third in the New Jersey Sire Stakes championship, again closing with a fast final quarter-mile of :25.4 as he rallied from seven lengths back to miss by two. For his career, Beat The Drum has won three of 17 starts, hit the board a total of eight times, and earned $164,574. He won a division of the Reynolds Stakes at Tioga Downs last September and capped his 2-year-old campaign with a fourth-place effort in the Governor's Cup. He is owned by Bender Sweden Inc. Beat The Drum, purchased for $17,000 at the Lexington Selected Sale, is a son of 2007 North America Cup winner Tell All out of the mare Pop Diva. His family includes stakes-winner Art's Conquest. "I think he has developed mentally a lot from last year," Lind said. "That's the biggest part. He's more racy now. He's always been good gaited and strong. Some of the other horses may have a quicker turn of speed, but he came home :25.4 again and you can't ask much more than that." Only once has Beat The Drum been better than third in the opening quarter-mile of any race and only twice has he held the lead at the half (and he won both those races). Lind, though, was pleased with Beat The Drum's ability to get good position in his North America Cup elimination and is hoping for a repeat. "He hasn't been able to leave [the starting gate] that good, that's why he always comes off the pace, but in the last race I thought he got away pretty good without being used," Lind said. "Hopefully he can get to position this time. He's a strong horse. For him, it's probably better when they go fast. I think he'll be alright." As for getting a million-dollar win with a pacer rather than a trotter, Lind laughed. "I wouldn't have thought it," he said, "but I'd take it." Following is the North America Cup field in post order with drivers, trainers, and morning line: 1. Beat The Drum, Yannick Gingras, Staffan Lind, 20-1; 2. McWicked, David Miller, Casie Coleman, 7-2; 3. Tellitlikeitis, Brett Miller, Jimmy Takter, 3-1; 4. Lyonssomewhere, Corey Callahan, Jimmy Takter, 4-1; 5. Let's Drink On It, Tyler Smith, Joe Seekman, 6-1; 6. Ideal Cowboy, Scott Zeron, P.J. Fraley, 15-1; 7. He's Watching, Tim Tetrick, Dave Menary, 5-1; 8. Luck Be Withyou, Ron Pierce, Bill Cass, 12-1; 9. JK Endofanera, Brian Sears, Ron Burke, 10-1; 10. Sometimes Said, John Campbell, Jim Campbell, 20-1. McWicked, Tellitlikeitis, and Lyonssomewhere were elimination winners. The connections of those horses picked post positions; the remainder of the field was drawn. by Ken Weingartner, for Harness Racing Communications

Campbellville, ON --- Last weekend’s elimination winners McWicked, Tellitlikeitis and Lyonssomewhere head an extremely competitive field of 10 for the $1 million Pepsi North America Cup harness race, this Saturday at Mohawk Racetrack. The 31st edition of the world’s richest pacing event, showcasing the finest 3-year-olds on the continent, will go postward at 10:14 p.m. and will be shown live on TSN. A half-hour preview of the race will air on TSN GO from 9:30-10:00 p.m., with the race set for TSN from 9:30 p.m.–10:30 p.m. The winner will earn C$500,000. Post positions were drawn today at Mohawk, with Toronto Maple Leafs forward Dave Bolland as the guest drawmaster. Last Saturday, three Cup eliminations were held to determine the field for the final. The three winners earned their connections the right to choose a post position before the balance of the field was drawn. Seventeen of the past 30 Cup winners also won their elimination. Trainer Casie Coleman, who won the 2010 Cup with Sportswriter, sends out McWicked, who recorded the fastest elim, winning by two lengths in 1:48.3, from post two. Owned by SSG Stables, McWicked, a son of 2002 Cup third place finisher Mcardle, is a five time winner in 14 outings with career earnings of $244,707. Driver David Miller has yet to win the Cup in 13 tries, but has twice been second, including last year with a 96-1 shot Twilight Bonfire. Trainer Jimmy Takter, more renowned as a trotting conditioner for such stars as Moni Maker, Kadabra and Malabar Man, but who also directed filly pacer See You At Peelers to championship seasons, will have two Cup entrants, Tellitlikeitis (post three) and Lyonssomewhere (post four), who both won their elims in ultra-impressive fashion and who both will be solidly backed on Saturday night. Tellitlikeitis, bred and owned by Lothlorien of Cheltenham, Ontario, took his elim in a career best 1:48.4, blowing by heavily-favored He's Watching to win by 2-1/4 lengths in only his second start of the year. The regally bred son of 2009 Cup winner Well Said out of champion Kikikatie also won his season opener, a Pennsylvania Sires Stake, at Pocono Downs in May. Lothlorien has shared ownership of three previous Cup winners -- Well Said (2009), Rocknroll Hanover (2005) and Red River Hanover (2002). Takter has only started two previous Cup entrants, both in 2012, and finished second with Time To Roll. Driver Brett Miller has two previous Cup drives, finishing second in 2010 with We Will See. Lyonssomewhere, owned by Geoffrey Lyons Mound of Burford, Ontario is undefeated in five starts. The son of 2008 Cup winner and Horse of the Year Somebeachsomewhere took his elim comfortably in 1:50.1 by 1-3/4 lengths in his first stakes appearance. He’ll be driven by Corey Callahan, making only his second Cup drive after finishing fourth with Mr Wiggles in 2009. He's Watching (post seven), co-owned and trained by David Menary of Rockton, Ontario, finished second to Tellitlikeitis in his elim, but last year won all eight starts en route to a Dan Patch Award as the United States’ top 2-year-old colt pacer. Winner of a Somebeachsomewhere division on May 31 in a career best 1:49.3, the son of American Ideal will be driven by the continent’s perennial leader, Tim Tetrick, who steered champion Captaintreacherous to an authoritative score in last year’s Cup. JK Endofanera (post nine), trained by Ron Burke for owner-breeder 3 Brothers Stables of New York City, had a five-race win streak broken in his elim when finishing third as the 1-2 choice to Lyonssomewhere, while drifting out in the stretch. The son of Art Major is the field’s leading money winner with $453,517, topped by his win last year in the Governor’s Cup at the Meadowlands. He’ll be driven by Brian Sears, who steered Rocknroll Hanover to victory in the 2005 Cup. Last year’s Breeders Crown champion, Luck Be Withyou (post eight), was third to Tellitlikeitis in his elim, after finishing second to JK Endofanera in a Somebeachsomewhere division the week before in his seasonal debut. Trained by Bill Cass for owner John Craig of North York, the son of Western Ideal will be driven by Ron Pierce, who has won two Cups, with Total Truth in 2006 and Well Said in 2009. Let's Drink On It (post five), trained by Joe Seekman, is a seven-time winner in 16 starts and was third to McWicked in his elim. A son of Art Official, the only horse to defeat Somebeachsomewhere, he’ll be piloted by 21-year-old Tyler Smith, who would become the youngest driver to win the Pepsi North America Cup. Sometimes Said (post 10), another son of 2009 Cup winner Well Said, finished second to McWicked last Saturday, the ninth time in 14 outings he’s been the runner-up. Trained by Jim Campbell for owner Fashion Farms and driven by his Hall of Fame brother and record six-time Cup winner John Campbell, Sometimes Said was also second to Luck Be Withyou in last year’s Breeders Crown. Beat The Drum (post one), a son of 2007 Cup winner Tell All, finished second as a 27-1 shot to Lyonssomewhere in his elim for trainer Staffan Lind. Yannick Gingras drives the three-time winner in 17 starts, the most outings by any Cup entrant this year. Completing the field is Ideal Cowboy (post six), who finished fourth to McWicked in his elim but drew into the final. Trained by PJ Fraley, the son of American Ideal has banked $48,684 in 10 career starts. Scott Zeron will drive. In 2012, Thinking Out Loud set the stakes record of 1:47.4 at Mohawk, eclipsing the former mark of 1:48.1 established by Well Said in 2009 while Hall of Famer Bettor's Delight has won the race by the largest margin, 4-1/2 lengths, in 2001. Other winners of the Cup, which began in 1984 at Greenwood Raceway, include such champions as Jate Lobell (1987), Precious Bunny (1991), Presidential Ball (1993), Cam's Card Shark (1994), Gallo Blue Chip (2000), Rocknroll Hanover (2005), Somebeachsomewhere (2008) and Captaintreacherous (2013). The Cup was raced at Greenwood from 1984-93, followed by Woodbine from 1994-2006. It was held at Mohawk Racetrack for the first time in 2007. The shortest-priced winners, at $2.70, are Jate Lobell and Presidential Ball, while Goalie Jeff, in 1989, provided the highest win payoff, $93.60. Horseplayers will get an added bonus on Pepsi North America Cup night when Mohawk will offer three Pick-4 wagers including an “All Stakes Pick-4.” The All Stakes Pick-4, with a $100,000 guaranteed pool, will run from race seven to 10 and will feature the Roses Are Red, Mohawk Gold Cup, Fan Hanover and conclude in race 10 with the 31st Pepsi North America Cup. $1 million Pepsi North America Cup Post–Horse–Driver-Trainer-Line 1–Beat The Drum–Yannick Gingras-Staffan Lind-20-1 2–McWicked–David Miller-Casie Coleman-7-2 3–Tellitlikeitis–Brett Miller-Jimmy Takter-3-1 4–Lyonssomewhere–Corey Callahan-Jimmy Takter-4-1 5–Let's Drink On It–Tyler Smith-Joe Seekman-6-1 6–Ideal Cowboy–Scott Zeron-PJ Fraley-15-1 7–He's Watching–Tim Tetrick-David Menary-5-1 8–Luck Be Withyou–Ron Pierce-William Cass-12-1 9–JK Endofanera–Brian Sears-Ron Burke-10-1 10–Sometimes Said–John Campbell-Jim Campbell-20-1 AE–Jet Airway–Scott Zeron-Erv Miller From the Publicity Department at WEG

Everything appears to be right on with All Bets Off as he heads into Saturday's $300,000 Art Rooney Pace for 3-year-olds at Yonkers Raceway. All Bets Off, trained by Ron Burke and driven by Matt Kakaley, won his Rooney elimination last weekend by 2-1/2 lengths over Some Playa in 1:52.3. In his eight starts since joining the Burke Stable last September, All Bets Off has won five times and finished second on three occasions. He finished last season by winning the Matron Stakes at Dover Downs, beating Stevensville by a half-length in a track-record 1:50. Stevensville also is in the Rooney, having won his elimination by 3-3/4 lengths over Gold Rocks in 1:53. All Bets Off will start the Rooney final from post four; Stevensville, with driver Tim Tetrick at the lines for trainer Ray Schnittker, from post six. All Bets Off is the 7-5 morning line favorite. "He was very good," Burke said about All Bets Off's elimination win. "He's been super since we got him. We're trying to figure out how good he is and where he fits. This is a chance for us to see if he belongs in the group with the top 10 colts in the division. "But he's been pretty special since we got him." Burke owns All Bets Off with Frank Baldachino, The Panhellenic Stable Corp. and Rosemary Shelswell. A resident of Ontario, Shelswell was part of the previous ownership group that purchased All Bets Off for $7,000 at the 2012 Standardbred Horse Sale. All Bets Off is a son of stallion Bettor's Delight out of the mare Armbro Penelope, who enjoyed success on the Ontario circuit in the mid-1990s. For his career, All Bets Off has won six of 15 races, finished second five times, and earned $216,917. All Bets Off is not eligible to the North America Cup or Meadowlands Pace, but has the Max C. Hempt Memorial, Messenger Pace, Progress Pace and New York Sire Stakes on his schedule. This season, he had a win and a second against older horses before his victory in his Rooney elim. "He's done everything we've asked of him," Burke said. "He's got a good spot (for the Rooney final). He can do it both ways, so he should be good there." If luck counts for anything, trainer Tony Alagna should feel good heading into the Rooney final. He saw his Bondi Hanover and Gold Rocks draw posts two and three, respectively, and then found out his Maxi Bon, who was also-eligible, got the coveted post No. 1 when Thereisapaceforus scratched. Gold Rocks and Bondi Hanover finished second and third behind Stevensville in their Rooney elim. Maxi Bon went off stride and finished fifth in his elim, which was won by All Bets Off. "Both (Gold Rocks and Bondi Hanover) raced very well," Algana said. "Gold Rocks won the Babic at Freehold last year, so we knew he was a good half-mile horse. That was only Bondi Hanover's fourth lifetime start and he raced excellent. For a maiden to go against those horses and be third, we're very happy with him. "Maxi Bon is a fast horse that had some trouble in the last turn when he was out and going. We made some adjustments and he trained well (Wednesday)." Alagna said All Bets Off and Stevensville are the horses to beat. "Other than that, I think our horses are as competitive as anyone else's," Alagna said. "Gold Rocks, the half-mile track and five-eighths are going to be his thing. He's handy and you've got to use that to your advantage. I don't think the big track picks him up nearly as much. He's Meadowlands Pace eligible just in case he rises up, but we're going to concentrate on the smaller tracks." Following is the field in post order for the Art Rooney Pace with listed drivers and trainers: 1. Maxi Bon, Daniel Dube, Tony Alagna; 2. Bondi Hanover, Jason Bartlett, Tony Alagna; 3. Gold Rocks, Eric Goodell, Tony Alagna; 4. All Bets Off, Matt Kakaley, Ron Burke; 5. Some Playa, George Brennan, Jennifer Sabot; 6. Stevensville, Tim Tetrick, Ray Schnittker; 7. Unlocked, Brent Holland, Erv Miller; 8. Ideal Fashion, Jordan Stratton, Jim Campbell. SOUTHWIND SILENCE HOPES TO MAKE NOISE IN LISMORE Ron Burke is happy with Southwind Silence as she prepares for Saturday's $124,744 Lismore Pace for 3-year-old filly pacers at Yonkers. Southwind Silence finished fourth in a division of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes in her seasonal debut at The Meadows on May 3, but bounced back last weekend to win her Lismore Pace elimination by 1-1/2 lengths over Bettor Business in 1:54. Last year, Southwind Silence won the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championship for 2-year-old filly pacers and also won a division of the Kentuckiana Stallion Management Stakes. For her career, the daughter of Well Said-Southwind Solara has won four of 15 races, hit the board 13 times, and earned $391,211 for owners Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Larry Karr and Joseph DiScala Jr. "She was a very good filly last year," Burke said. "I wasn't completely happy with her first start this year. It was alright, but she had to come first up and that doesn't usually work at The Meadows if you can't clear. (In her elimination) she seemed more like her normal self. "She seemed to handle the track well, and at Yonkers that's a big thing." Tyra, who was third in last year's Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championship, also won a Lismore elimination. She beat Rusty's Bliss by 1-1/2 lengths in 1:54.4 and is the 8-5 morning line choice in the final. Following is the field in post order for the Lismore Pace with listed drivers and trainers: 1. Also Encouraging, Matt Kakaley, Casie Coleman; 2. It Was Fascination, Brent Holland, Tony Alagna; 3. Bettor Business, Daniel Dube, Scott DiDomenico; 4. Tyra, Tim Tetrick, Joann Looney-King; 5. Southwind Silence, George Brennan, Ron Burke; 6. Rusty's Bliss, Jason Bartlett, Douglas Lewis; 7. Gentlemens Delight, Marcus Johansson, Nancy Johansson; 8. Palm Beach, Eric Carlson, Douglas Lewis. by Ken Weingartner, for Harness Racing Communications

Captaintreacherous vs Foiled Again led the Friday qualifying parade at The Meadowlands. They left the gate with Matt Kakaley insisting on the lead with Foiled Again from post one and "The Captain" taking a tuck around the first turn. That order continued through fractions of :28, :56.4 and 1:25.1 when Foiled drifted into the two or three path as the turned home and Tim Tetrick steering Captaintreacherous though on the inside as they sprinted home in :26.1. Foiled held sway to the wire in the 1:51.2 work. Both horses were quite willing and encouraged only by the spirit of the competition. It's going to be a fun summer watching these two and the rest of the top older horses square off. Overall, conditions were fair for the qualifiers held under overcast skies with little wind and temperatures in the mid 60's, the track was fast. The enigmatic Quick Deal had to get a flat line after a pair of gate breaks and he did so in 1:54 with Matt Kakaley in to drive some Burke horses with Yannick Gingras abroad for Sunday's Elitlopp. Quick Deal has spotted top trotters considerable ground a number of times with his antics and gone some incredible uncharted fractions in pursuit of the field in those races. He barely raised a sweat today. Boadicea Hanover, also from the Burke barn with Scott Zeron driving, tracked the winner and was a good second. Creatine made his seasonal debut this morning for trainer Bobby Stewart. The 2013 Kentucky Futurity winner was strong riding along In The Pocket behind Celebrity Secret through easy numbers, then responded willingly when Mike La Chance tipped him out in the stretch to win by a length in 1:54.3 / 28. Celebrity Secret went a good mile and held the place over a closing Money On My Mind. The talented sophomore pacing filly Gallie By The Beach flashed a glimpse of what she's capable of with a 1:52.2/ 26.4 off by herself for John Campbell. She is the result of mating the champion mare of a decade ago Galleria to the current king of pacing sires Somebeachsomewhere and she's the goods. Jim Campbell trains her for Jules Siegel's Fashion Farms. Two from Tony Alagna's fleet of sophomore pacing colts sprinted home together in 27 flat on the end of a 1:53 mile with Ideal Magic and Tetrick edging Journeyman and Scott Zeron. They both looked sharp in preparation for upcoming stakes engagements. Lord Of Misrule was a closing third as the Antonacci stable made its first appearance of the spring. Find results and replays of the day's events here. Live racing returns tonight at 7:15 with the New Jersey Sires Stakes trotters on the bill. by Nick Salvi, for the Meadowlands  

The stake season shifts into high gear with Pennsylvania Sire Stakes action at both Pocono Downs and the Meadows Racetrack this Saturday, May 17th.  Eleven North America Cup eligibles will be in action in four divisions of  three-year-old pacing colts at Pocono Downs, with $266,252 in purses. Shake It Cerry, last year's Dan Patch Award winning Two-Year-Old Filly Trotter of the Year, makes her three-year-old debut with two divisions of three-year-old trotting fillies in action for $199,400 at the Meadows Racetrack. The three-year-old colts will feature the eleven North America Cup eligibles highlighted by Somestarsomewhere, Sometimes Said, Tellitlikeitis, Limelight Beach, Let's Drink On It,  and McWicked.    The first division features the Jim Campbell trained Sometimes Said driven by his brother John. Something Said paced a final half in :53.2 on the end of a 151 mile on May 6 at Pocono. Sometimes Said was second losing only by a neck in last year's Breeders Crown final. He banked close to $300,000 in 10 starts in 2013.   The first division also has Jimmy Takter's Tellitlikeitis. The Well Said pacer showed he is going to have a big year with an amazing 1:50.1 qualifying mile, last quarter in a crazy 25.2, at the Meadowlands on May 10. Limelight Beach comes in off a solid sophomore year with six wins in 10 starts, highlighted by two grand circuit victories in Lexington and a 149.4 mark at the Red Mile.   The third division features four North America Cup eligibles in Somestarsomewhere, Here Comes William, Avalanche Hanover, and Parnu Hanover. Ron Burke's Somestarsomewhere was third in the Breeders Crown final last year. His two-year-old campaign was highlighted by a 1:49.4 mile victory in the Breeders Crown elims and a 1:49.2 World Record mark at the Red Mile.   The third division also features Bob Mcintosh's Somewhere in L A. Somewhere In L A comes into the race fresh off a victory over early sensation National Debt in the Diplomat at Woodbine. North America Cup eligibles Parnu Hanover, Here Comes William, and Avalanche Hanover round out the third division.   The forth division features several outstanding colts. The race has four North America Cup eligibles in Let's Drink On It, McWicked, Somewhere Fancy, and Sweet Talkin Clyde.   The forth division also features John Butenscheon's Allstar Partner. Allstar Partner won last season’s Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championship for two-year-old male pacers on his way to earning $282,454 for owners VIP Internet Stable and Michael Foti. He was victorious in seven of ten races, including divisions of the Historic-Goshen Cup and Arden Downs, while making all of his starts in Pennsylvania.   McWicked comes into the race for Casie Coleman fresh off a convincing victory over older horses in 1:51 at Pocono on May 11th. Let's Drink On It was victorious in last year's American National at Balmoral and comes in fresh off a 1:50.3 score at Hoosier Park. Tyler Smith jets in from the midwest to drive.   Rounding out the forth division is early sensation Fire In The Belly. Lightly raced at age two, he has six victories in eight starts in 2014. He has been racing against quality older pacers in all his starts and has a 150.4 mark on the year at Dover Downs   The Meadows Racetrack features three-year-trotting fillies in two divisions for $199,400. Last year's champion filly makes her three-year-old debut for trainer Jimmy Takter from post seven in the second division. Shake It Cerry will be driven by Ron Pierce for Solveig's Racing Partners ownership group, captured eight of 11 starts and earned $827,769. Her victories included the Breeders Crown for two-year-old filly trotters, Goldsmith Maid, and Merrie Annabelle.   Shake It Cerry will be tested by Julie Miller's Take The Money and Harley Momma. Take The Money comes into the race with five victories in six starts on the year. She was parked to the half before clearing to the lead in her last start, losing by a nose at the wire to Harley Momma. Take the Money won three divisions of the Weiss Series at Pocono Downs in easy fashion earlier this year.   Harley Momma comes into the race with three victories in four starts for the year. She was victorious over Take the Money in the first Pennsylavnia Sire Stakes race of the year on May 8th at Harrah's Chester. She has already banked $51,000 in purses.   The first division of trotting fillies features another outstanding trotter trained by Jimmy Takter, Lifetime Pursuit. Lifetime Pursuit was a winner of six races in eleven starts in her two-year-old campaign. She finished second to Shake It Cerry in last year's Breeders Crown elims for two-year-old trotting fillies. She will need to mind her manners having made a break in last year's Breeders Crown final.   Competition in the first division should come from Steppin Out, Nitro Nittany, and Global Magic. Nitro Nittany steps up in class fresh off a 155.1 victory in the Stallion Series on May 17th at Harrah's Chester.  Steppin Out is coming into the race off a victory in Pennsylvania Sire Stakes action on May 8th at Harrah's Chester. Global Magic showed some talent banking over $75,000 last year.   Pocono Downs Race 1 Sometimes Said is coming in off a big mile with a 53.2 second half. The Breeders Crown runner up is in with two tough customers. Tellitlikeis comes in off a monster qualifier at the Big M 1:50.1, last quarter in 25.2. Limelight Beach had a stellar two-year-old season. He should be better in second start. Race 4 Maxi Bon is hit or miss. He has a outstanding mile at the Big M on May 3rd, in 1:49.4. He didn't mind his manners in his last start and made a break. Cammikey comes in with a five-race race winning streak at the Meadows. At Press Time will battle for the show money. Race 6 Somestarsomewhere is the class horse in here. He showed his talent last year in the Breeders Crown. He comes in off a second place finish to Tellitlikeitis in qualifier. Somewhere In L A looks like an improving colt.  He has sharp come from behind win in Diplomat at Woodbine. Parnu Hanover chased Sometimes Said in  his last race. Race 8 This is the most interesting race on the card. McWicked came from off the pace to win impressively over the front favoring Pocono oval. Allstar Partner faded in last against a monster performance by Jk Endofanera. Fire In The Belly has been racing against some quality older horses. He is race ready with eight starts already. Let's Drink On it comes in off a huge win at Hoosier in 1:50.1. Tyler Smith comes in to drive.   The Meadows Race 4 The only question is can Lifetime Pursuit stay flat. She is by far the best in the weaker division if she minds her manners. Nitro Nittany is six for seven lifetime. She steps up in class with easy win in stallion series. Global Magic showed some talent at two in winning over $75,000. Race 8 The queen continues to wear her crown. Shake it Cerry takes home the jewels despite starting from the outside. Take The Money and Harley Momma should battle it out for second. Take The Money had a bad trip in last against Harley Momma. Harley Momma gets third.   by Brian McEvoy, for Harnesslink.com

John Campbell remembers a time when people wondered whether Cooler Schooner could become a racehorse. Now they might only wonder how fast she can go. Cooler Schooner, who in August trotted the fastest mile in harness racing history for a 2-year-old on any size track when she won in 1:51.3 at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, is the 5-2 morning line favorite in Saturday's $500,000 Breeders Crown for 2-year-old fillies. All 12 Breeders Crown championships will be held Saturday at Pocono Downs. Post time is 5 p.m. for the card's first race. Cooler Schooner won her Breeders Crown elimination race last weekend by nearly 11 lengths in 1:52.2. "She was tough training down and there were many people that saw her train and thought she wouldn't make the races," Campbell said. "She's definitely made them and made an impact." Campbell drives Cooler Schooner for his brother, trainer Jim Campbell. The filly is a daughter of stallion Broadway Hall, who gave the Campbell brothers their only Breeders Crown victory together when he won the 2-year-old colt trot in 2002. She is a full sister to Broadway Schooner, who also was trained by Jim Campbell and won the 2009 Breeders Crown for 3-year-old filly trotters. Now the Campbells will try to win another trophy, for their family as well as Cooler Schooner's. "She can just go so easy, nothing surprises me anymore," said Jim Campbell, who has won a total of three Breeders Crown finals. "After she set that world record, nothing surprises me with her. If she keeps her head on straight, she can go with anybody. But she has to repeat this type of performance (Saturday)." Cooler Schooner has won four of 10 starts and earned $133,231 for owner Fashion Farms. In three of her first five starts she went off stride during the early part of the race. The races in which she made those breaks are the only ones when Cooler Schooner failed to lead the field to the opening quarter-mile. "She's a little headstrong, but she sure can go," said John Campbell, who has won a record 45 Breeders Crown titles. "She's a little difficult to deal with, but down the backstretch (in her elimination) I backed her up and she actually relaxed. But it takes that far into the race to be able to rate her and that's a little more than you'd like. But she was very strong finishing." When asked how talented Cooler Schooner is, the driver grinned. "She's extremely talented," John Campbell said, with a little extra emphasis on the word extremely. "We've had faith in her ability all year. She's just gifted with athletic ability. She travels like a pacer, there's no wasted motion. Her gait is just absolutely flawless. She has a really good attitude. Even when she gets tired she still tries." Jim Campbell has three horses in the Breeders Crown finals, with Credit Fashion at 5-1 in the race for 2-year-old male trotters and Sometimes Said at 12-1 in the event for 2-year-old male pacers. Cooler Schooner will face a tough field in her division, led by the Jimmy Takter triumvirate of Shake It Cerry, Lifetime Pursuit and Scream And Shout. If Cooler Schooner wins, she and sister Broadway Schooner will join a small group of full siblings to capture Breeders Crown trophies: CR Kay Suzie and CR Renegade, Flirtin Miss and Pick Me Up, Western Terror and If I Can Dream, and Economy Terror and Yellow Diamond (who, interestingly, were sired by Western Terror). "Personality-wise, she's pretty much a clone of Broadway," Jim Campbell said. "I think next year she's going to mature a lot. Her sister was the exact same way. She's not like a crazy filly to be around; she's the biggest sweetheart you could be around. I think a lot of it is just immaturity. "Like John says, she's just so gifted. She's got no wasted motion to her and she's got tremendous speed. She's like a natural." by Ken Weingartner for HRC  

Technically, the most important thing about the Breeders Crown eliminations held this past weekend at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs was the opportunity for horses to reach the big-money finals. Yet these superstar horses went at each other as if there were no tomorrows. Several world records fell and the anticipation for the finals at Pocono on October 19 rose. Here is a division-by-division recap of all of the amazing action in the Eliminations on Friday and Saturday night. TWO-YEAR-OLD TROTTING FILLIES: An early break by odds-on favorite Designed To Be in the first split highlighted the unpredictable nature of young trotters. In that division, Jimmy Takter trainee Shake It Cerry, with Ron Pierce in the bike, used a pocket trip to win in a modest 1:54:1. In the second division, Cooler Schooner, who set a world record the last time he was at Pocono, scorched the track to the tune of 1:52:2 and won by 10 ¾ lengths for the combo of trainer Jim Campbell and driver John Campbell. TWO-YEAR-OLD PACING FILLIES: The Campbells were at it again in the first division of this class, as their filly Gallie Bythe Beach rolled on the front end to victory in a world-record matching performance of 1:50:3. That record didn’t last very long. Just two races later, All Star Rating, from the lethal combination of Yannick Gingras and Ron Burke, popped out of the pocket and upended the six-race winning streak of Precocious Beauty, who was the 1-9 favorite in the race, in 1:50:1. TWO-YEAR-OLD TROTTING COLTS AND GELDINGS: There was only one elimination in this group, with the top seven out of nine reaching the final. Father Patrick, winner of eight of nine races coming into the night, had to deal with the outside #9 post and the blinding speed of Nuncio, who left just to his inside and set ridiculous fractions. Yet Father Patrick, from the combo of Takter and Gingras, stayed close enough to rally in 1:52:1, breaking the world record for the age group by more than a second. TWO-YEAR-OLD PACING COLTS AND GELDINGS: With only the top three from each of the three eliminations making the final, the margin for error was small in this group. Somestarsomewhere, courtesy of Burke and Gingras, started Saturday night’s action with a world record win of 1:49:4. The second split was a shocker, as 31-1 shot Doo Wop Hanover, driven by Pierce for trainer Steve Elliott, rallied as the favorites faltered to win in 1:51:3. Trained by Pocono’s own Chris Oakes, Luck Be Withyou stayed on the front end for Pierce in the final split for a convincing three-length win in 1:50. THREE-YEAR-OLD TROTTING FILLIES: In the first of two divisions, Coffeecake Hanover, trained by Burke and driven by Pocono regular Matt Kakaley, surprised higher-regarded foes To Dream On and Frau Blucher with a pocket trip to win at 10-1 in 1:52:4. But all eyes in the final will be on Bee A Magician. Driven by Brian Sears and trained by Nifty Norman, the filly stayed unbeaten after 14 starts this year with a no-sweat victory in the second split in 1:52:4. AGED TROTTING MARES: Bax Of Life and D’Orsay staged a fantastic showdown in the stretch in the first elimination of this group. Bax Of Life, driven by John Campbell for trainer Jerry Duford, won a tight photo in 1:52:4. Maven, a powerhouse mare from the barn of trainer Jonas Czernyson, upstaged everyone in the second split. With Gingras in the bike, she rolled by her competition to win going away in 1:51:4, a new world record for 4-year-old trotting mares. THREE-YEAR-OLD PACING COLTS AND GELDINGS: The world record for 3-year-old pacing geldings on a 5/8-mile oval fell in the first of two eliminations of this group, with David Miller guiding Lucan Hanover, trained by Casie Coleman, to a scorching win in 1:48. The sport’s preeminent equine star did not disappoint in the second split, as Tim Tetrick drove Captaintreacherous, trained by Tony Alagna, to a hard-fought win in 1:49:2, giving the Captain 11 wins in 12 races this season. THREE-YEAR-OLD TROTTING COLTS AND GELDINGS: The trip means so much in these races, as All Laid Out, driven by David Miller for trainer Noel Daley, found out when he rallied from the pocket to neck out favorite Smilin Eli in the first division in 1:52:4. Spider Blue Chip, who won the Colonial in his previous start at Pocono, returned in style in the second split, as he parlayed a great rate job by Pierce to a win by a head in 1:52:4. AGED PACING MARES: Coming off a loss in her last start at Pocono, Anndrovette, the two-time defending Breeders Crown champion in this division, could have taken a bye to the finals. But the mare from the PJ Fraley barn decided to go for a victory in the lone elimination, and the decision paid off. With Tim Tetrick in the bike, the 6-year-old mare worked out a pocket trip and snuck up the passing lane for a tight win in 1:49:1. AGED PACING COLTS AND GELDINGS: There are very few superlatives left to utilize when describing the exploits of 9-year-old veteran Foiled Again. He seems to be getting fresher with age, as he showed in the elimination with a 2 ¾ length victory in 1:48:2. The combo of Gingras and Burke were behind this victory as well, and now we’ll all be watching next week to see if Foiled Again can put the exclamation point on his career with his first ever Breeders Crown win. That will do it for this week, but we’ll see you at the track. Feel free to e-mail me at jbeviglia@mohegansunpocono.com. by Jim Bevigiia for Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs  

It was a great weekend for most involved in the two nights of elimination races for the Breeders Crown at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. Here are some interesting statistics from the weekend. Yannick Gringras, by far, led all the statistics for the weekend races with five winners and four of them either rewrote or tied the World Record in their respective age, gait and gender categories. Ron Pierce was second with four wins, John Campbell has three wins and both David Miller and Tim Tetrick each had two wins. These five drivers made up for 16 wins of the 18 elimination races held. On the training side, Ron Burke led the way with four wins while both Jim Campbell and Jimmy Takter each sent out two winners.   When it came to owners by states, Pennsylvania was on top with 5.5 (co-owners); then New Jersey at 4.5; Ontario 3.5; Florida at 3, Kentucky at 1 and even Rhode Island at .5. For sires it was Pennsylvania leading the way again siring 12 of the 18 race winners. Somebeachsomewhere had 3 and Cantab Hall 2. Second was New Jersey with four (Western Ideal 2); both New York and Ontario had one each. Breeding wise it was Pennsylvania once again with 6 bred in the state, both Kentucky and New Jersey were tied for second with 4 each, New York had 2 and Florida & South Carolina each had 1. Race favorites over the 18 races came in at 6 for 18 or 33%. All four of Ron Pierce’s victories were NOT on favorites! Of the 18 races, 8 were won by horses on the lead, 7 were won by horses sitting in the pocket and 3 were won by horses racing first-over. Foiled Again has won 8 of 24 races this year. He has won five of them not at Pocono Downs and in each of those wins he never paid more than $2.80 to win. But the other three wins all came at Pocono Downs at prices of $6.40; $10.00 and (his BC elim) $11.00. From the chart below you can see that the rail was the best position for winning from but the rest of the posts (except posts 7 & 8) all had winner’s.   post 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 starts 18 18 18 18 18 18 13 9 4 wins 4 2 2 3 3 3 0 0 1   By Jerry Connors and Steve Wolf for Harnesslink.com

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