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Harnessracing.com has reported that harness racing trainer Jim Campbell confirmed Monday afternoon that Millies Possesion has been scratched out of Saturday’s $500,000 Breeders Crown final at Woodbine Mohawk Park after suffering a broken coffin bone in her left front foot. To read the rest of the story, click here.

Real Cool Sam was absent from last week's Bluegrass Stakes harness racing festivities at Red Mile but returns to action Thursday in the third of three $92,100 International Stallion Stakes divisions for 2-year-old male trotters in Lexington, where he will attempt to push his career-long unbeaten streak to nine. Jim Campbell, who trains the gelding, expects it will not be an easy task. Real Cool Sam faces a field that includes Gangster Hanover, who won a Bluegrass division by 9-1/4 lengths in 1:52.3 for trainer-driver Ake Svanstedt. Gangster Hanover trotted his final quarter-mile in :26.2, which was the fastest final quarter in the day's nine races. Real Cool Sam is the 7-5 morning-line favorite. Gangster Hanover is 5-2. "We trained him a little bit (Monday) and he seemed good," Campbell said about Real Cool Sam. "He's had a good week. But the competition is getting tougher, I know that. The way they went last week, there were some really nice colts that stepped up their game quite a bit. It's a tough race. There are some good colts in there and he's going to need his 'A' game." Real Cool Sam, bred and owned by Fashion Farms, is by Muscle Hill out of Cooler Schooner. His wins include the Peter Haughton Memorial, in a then-world-record-equaling 1:53.1 at The Meadowlands, and the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championship in a world-record 1:53.4 at Harrah's Philadelphia. In the PASS final, which was his most recent start on Sept. 8, Real Cool Sam and driver David Miller used a three-wide move on the last turn to rally from fourth and defeat Amigo Volo by two lengths. "I didn't expect him to win that when they were heading up the backside," Campbell said. "That track, it's very hard to make up that much ground the way he did it. He did surprise me." Real Cool Sam, named in memory of track announcer Sam McKee, will head to the Breeders Crown following the International Stallion Stakes. The Breeders Crown eliminations for 2-year-olds are Oct. 18 and the finals are Oct. 25 at Woodbine Mohawk Park. "We had planned a month ago that we were going to race just the one time here," Campbell said. "That was all by design. I just wanted to go the one race here to set him up for the Breeders Crown. "Everything has gone great with him so far," he added. "He trained down good and did everything right, but you still don't know until you race them how they're going to be. He's done everything and more than what we could ask of him." Rome Pays Off, who was second in the Peter Haughton and third in the Bluegrass division won by Amigo Volo, is the 2-1 morning-line favorite in the first International Stallion division. Amigo Volo, who trotted a gelding world-record 1:52.3 to win his Bluegrass division last week, and colt EL Ideal, who won in 1:52.2, lead the way in the second division. Amigo Volo is 8-5 and EL Ideal is 3-1. Racing begins at 1 p.m. (EDT) Thursday at Red Mile. For complete entries, click here. by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA 

WASHINGTON, PA, Sept. 5, 2019 -- Nearly $1.3 million in purses -- and four Pennsylvania Sires Stake championships -- will be on the line Saturday at The Meadows when the track hosts all four $253,000 PASS harness racing finals for 3-year-olds as well as $50,000 consolations in each division. The championships will feature some of the brightest stars in the sophomore ranks, including a pair of Dan Patch Award winners -- Captain Crunch and Warrawee Ubeaut -- and the once-defeated Millies Possession, who swept all four PASS preliminary legs. First post for the 15-race card is 1:05 PM. Here's a look inside the championships: $253,000 Championship -- 3-Year-Old Filly Trotters (race 6) Unraced at 2, Millies Possession has nine wins in 10 starts this year, the only blemish -- if you can call it that -- a second-place finish to When Dovescry in the Hambletonian Oaks. The Fashion Farms homebred daughter of Possess The Will-Fashion Athena has banked $349,017. Perhaps the most interesting thing about her is an unhurried style so different than that of most young trotters. In fact, in her last six outings, she hasn't been on the lead before the half. Will that be her approach Saturday? "It all depends on how the race shapes up," said her trainer, Jim Campbell. "If they're really winging it, we won't have to be too worried about being on the front end. She's pretty versatile. We haven't done anything different with her this week; she's had a good week so far." Millies Possession goes from post 7 for Dexter Dunn. $253,000 Championship -- 3-Year-Old Colt & Gelding Trotters (race 8) Easily the most wide-open final; only two of the nine combatants enter the championship off wins. One of those is Goes Down Smooth, who has captured three of his last four starts, all stakes. But Matt Kakaley will have to work out a trip from post 9 for the Muscle Hill-Peach Martini gelding, who's conditioned by Ron Burke for Burke Racing Stable, William Switala, James Martin and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. $253,000 Championship -- 3-Year-Old Filly Pacers (race 9) This has been the glam PASS division with outstanding performers such as Warrawee Ubeaut, Stonebridge Soul and Treacherous Reign trading blows all season. Yet the championship will be shaped in part by a key defection. Tall Drink Hanover had won four straight stakes, highlighted by her Shady Daisy triumph in 1:48, fastest this year by a sophomore filly. But with two from his stable, Treacherous Reign and Odds On St Lucie, in the championship, trainer Tony Alagna sent Tall Drink Hanover elsewhere. "We kept her eligible to the Simcoe, which conflicts with the championship," Alagna said. "Since we had two other fillies make the final, we chose the Simcoe for her to try to optimize our fillies to the best of their ability. Treacherous Reign came out of her last race great. We've been treating Odds On St Lucie for some throat irritation." The draw favors Treacherous Reign, as the daughter of Captaintreacherous-Scandalous Hanover leaves from post 3 for Dunn and owners Alagna Racing, Big Als Stables, Let It Ride Stables and Dana Parham. Warrawee Ubeaut and Stonebridge Soul drew posts 8 and 9, respectively. $253,000 Championship -- 3-Year-Old Colt & Gelding Pacers (race 10) Captain Crunch returned from a freshening of nearly a month with a strong show finish in the Simcoe, clocked in 1:49.4, and could be even sharper in the championship. "The break was something we planned because there weren't any races on bigger tracks for him after the Cane Pace," said Nancy Johansson, who trains the millionaire son of Captain Treacherous-Sweet Paprika for 3 Brothers Stables, Christina Takter, Rojan Stables and Caviart Farms. "He was a little short (in the Simcoe) and should be tighter Saturday. He needed that start." A potential factor: Captain Crunch will be making his first career start at The Meadows while his chief rival, Southwind Ozzie, has won all four of his races here, including a spectacular 1:48 victory in the Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids. ""He's a good-gaited colt, so that shouldn't be a problem," Johansson said. "I'm not really concerned about him getting over the track." Captain Crunch goes from post 7 with Scott Zeron aboard while Southwind Ozzi and Brian Sears start from post 5. The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association (MSOA) will present blankets to the champions as well as gift bags to their grooms. Visit the MSOA table in the Racebook to register for fan activities. By Evan Pattak, for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

Two horses in history have won the Canadian Trotting Classic at age 3 and Maple Leaf Trot at age 4. Crystal Fashion will try to add his name to the list this weekend. Crystal Fashion brings a three-race win streak to Saturday's C$600,000 Maple Leaf Trot at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The Jim Campbell-trained 4-year-old gelding won his Maple Leaf Trot elimination last week, following victories in the Cashman Memorial and Hambletonian Maturity. He will start the Maple Leaf final from post two with David Miller at the lines. Crystal Fashion, who won last year's Canadian Trotting Classic as part of a $1.08-million season, is the 3-1 second choice on the morning line behind 5-2 favorite Guardian Angel AS, who also was a Maple Leaf elimination winner. With a win Crystal Fashion would join Market Share and Mr Muscleman as the only horses to win the Canadian Trotting Classic, which is for 3-year-olds, and Maple Leaf Trot in successive years. Market Share accomplished the feat in 2012-13; Mr Muscleman in 2003-04. Mr Muscleman added a second Maple Leaf title in 2005. Ima Lula is the only other horse to win both the Canadian Trotting Classic and Maple Leaf, in 1977, but she captured both at age 4, prior to the CTC being restricted to 3-year-olds. "We've been very fortunate," Campbell said about Crystal Fashion. "He's come up big in some of the big races. He's always been the type of horse to give us a great effort every time we put him out there. "He definitely is more versatile this year. You can race him any way you want, which is a huge advantage when you're racing at this level. Even as a 2- and 3-year-old, being first over never bothered him, but he was always better chasing horses. This year, he can chase after them or he can go on the front end; he can do it from either way. It gives the driver options." Crystal Fashion, owned by Fashion Farms, has won 18 of 38 career races and finished worse than third only six times. Only once has he been worse than fifth. In addition to his aforementioned victories, his triumphs last year included the Beal Memorial, Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championship, and an elimination of the Hambletonian. He finished fourth in the Hambletonian final. "The biggest change (from last year) is that he's grown and filled out a lot," Campbell said. "But his mannerisms are the same as they have been the last couple years. He's just a nice horse to be around. He's a real pleasure. He's just got a great personality. He's always got his head out (of his stall) and is looking for someone to come up and say hi to him." Crystal Fashion is part of a talented field in the Maple Leaf. The 10-horse group includes three Trotter of the Year recipients - Atlanta and Marion Marauder in the U.S. and Speeding Spur in New Zealand - as well as divisional award-winners Emoticon Hanover in Canada and Manchego and Six Pack in the States. Earlier this year, Atlanta trotted the fastest mile in Canadian history when she won the Armbro Flight Stakes in 1:50.2 at Mohawk. Guardian Angel AS became the fastest male trotter in a race on a half-mile track when he won the Cleveland Trotting Classic in 1:52 at Northfield Park. "This has got to be one of the best races of the year," Campbell said. "I think it sets up for a good betting race. The way it looks, anything could happen. I'm sure there is going to be a lot of action in there. "You could make a point for a lot of horses in there. There are a lot that have been on their game lately and a couple that are maybe starting to come back into form. For a trainer with a horse in there, it's a tough race; it's hard to say which way it'll go. But on the other hand, for somebody that loves watching horse racing, they're going to see a really good race." Racing begins at 7:10 p.m. (EDT) Saturday at Mohawk. The Maple Leaf Trot is race five on the card, which also includes the C$525,000 Canadian Pacing Derby for older pacers (race eight) and C$171,503 Simcoe Stakes for 3-year-old pacers (race nine). For complete entries, click here. Following is the field for the C$600,000 Maple Leaf Trot. PP-Horse-Sire-Driver-Trainer-M/L 1 - Six Pack - Muscle Mass - Ake Svanstedt - Ake Svanstedt - 4/1 2 - Crystal Fashion - Cantab Hall - David Miller - Jim Campbel l- 3/1 3 - Guardian Angel AS - Archangel - Tim Tetrick - Anette Lorentzon - 5/2 4 - Speeding Spur N - Pegasus Spur - Jody Jamieson - Linda Toscano - 10/1 5 - Dancer Hall - Deweycheatumnhowe - James MacDonald - Rod Boyd - 20/1 6 - Dream Together - Muscle Hill - Randy Waples - Luc Blais - 15/1 7 - Manchego - Muscle Hill - Andy McCarthy - Nancy Johansson  -8/1 8 - Marion Marauder - Muscle Hill - Scott Zeron - Mike Keeling - 8/1 9 - Emoticon Hanover - Kadabra - Dan Dube - Luc Blais - 20/1 10- Atlanta - Chapter Seven - Yannick Gingras - Ron Burke - 9/2 by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA    

The month of August is winding down and the stakes racing continues at a hot and heavy pace at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. And it seems that whenever those stakes races take place, top horsemen and horsewomen also bring some of their best overnight horses to Pocono as well, spicing up those races. Let's take a look at all that transpired in the past racing week at Pocono and hand out some Weekly Awards along the way. PACER OF THE WEEK: REBEL ROUSER Early in the year, it was shaping up to be a monster season for this five-year-old gelding. Rebel Rouser came out of the gate in 2019 on top of his game with wins in seven out of ten races, all within the first four months of the year. But an injury sidelined him from April until August, stunting his formidable momentum. In his first start back at Yonkers on August 5, he went off as a heavy favorite and led until late but then broke stride, which sent him back to qualifiers. When he returned to action on August 18 at Pocono, he was met with some skepticism from the bettors, going off at 6-1 as he faced a field of winners of four to seven condition pacers. But he found his old form in a big way, going gate to wire from an outside post for a victory on a sloppy track in a career-best 1:51. The bandwagon was full when he faced the same class on Sunday night at Pocono, as Rebel Rouser went off as a 3-5 favorite with an inside post in a field of eight. Even though track conditions were ideal this time around, driver Yannick Gingras didn't have to ask the gelding for nearly as much speed in the early going as was the case the previous week. Nobody challenged Rebel Rouser as he coasted to the half in just 57 seconds. That left him with plenty in the tank late when challenged by pocket horse Daamericansky, and Rebel Rouser, trained by Bob Cleary, held him off by a neck for his second straight win at Pocono, this one coming in 1:53:1. Other top pacers this week include: Photobombr Hanover (Simon Allard, Tom Fanning), who followed up a win at Harrah's with a condition victory on Saturday night at Pocono in 1:51:2; Torrid Bromac (Pat Berry, Ted Sulseki), whose claiming win on Saturday night in a career-best 1:50:4 gave him victories in three of his last four races; and Artful Bliss (Anthony Napolitano, Marta Piotrow), who rolled to his fourth straight $7,500 claiming victory on Monday afternoon, winning in 1:52:2. TROTTER OF THE WEEK: RAINBOWINTHEWEST Hailing from the barn of trainer Robert Rougeaux III, this four-year-old mare spent a lot of the season at The Meadows, and made it up as high as the Open Handicap level. Her first try at Pocono was a respectable third-place finish in a $14,000 condition trot. She dropped down a notch the following week and picked up a solid win as a heavy favorite in 1:54 at the $12,500 level, posting a career-best time in the process. Feeling confident off that win, Rainbowinthewest jumped back up in class again to the $14,000 condition trotters on Sunday night. The big difference this time around was, after having the inside #1 post in her previous two journeys at Pocono, she was saddled with the outside post in a field of eight on Sunday night. That, along with the move back up in class, was probably why she was let go at odds of 9-1, well behind the 3-5 favorite Tag Up And Go. Driver Marcus Miller, unconcerned by the odds or the post, sent Rainbowinthewest flying to the front in the early part of the mile. Tag Up And Go came at her with a strong first-over move, while Bucketlist Hanover, getting a garden trip, took aim on the inside late. But the mare had an answer for them all, gutting out the final strides to win a tight one. She managed the mile in 1:54:1 this time around, giving her two straight impressive condition victories on the Pocono oval. Honorable mention on the trotting side goes to: Eurobond (Andy Miller, Julie Miller), who followed up a win at Harrah's with a condition victory at Pocono on Sunday night, posting the week's fastest trotting time of 1:51:3 in the process; Beyond Kronos (Tim Tetrick, Jim Campbell), whose Stallion Series win over other two-year-old trotting colts and geldings was his third straight and came in the fastest stakes time (1:54:4) of the night; and High Blue (George Napolitano Jr., Joe Pavia Jr.), who rattled off his second straight claiming handicap win on Tuesday and did so in 1:54:2, matching a career-best time. LONG SHOT OF THE WEEK: FASHION WINNER With Marcus Miller in the bike, this trotter rallied for a condition victory on the Monday afternoon program at 26-1, paying out $55.60 on a $2-win ticket. DRIVER OF THE WEEK: SIMON ALLARD Simon went on a tear on Saturday, winning six out of the 14 races on the card, with only of those victories coming aboard a betting favorite. TRAINER OF THE WEEK: JIM CAMPBELL Campbell's impressive contingent of two-year-old trotters include Sunday night Stallion Series winner Beyond Kronos and Sire Stakes winner Real Cool Sam, who remained unbeaten after seven races. That will do it for this week at Pocono, but we'll see you at the track. Feel free to e-mail me at jbeviglia@hotmail.com. by Jim Beviglia, for Pocono Downs      

YONKERS, NY, Friday, August 9, 2019-Pocketed favorite Alexa's Power (Jason Bartlett, $4.50) gave the harness racing public what it wanted Friday night (Aug. 9th), winning Yonkers Raceway's $46,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace. The board spoke her name and Alexa's Power raced as if she knew it. Making the first lead from post position No. 4, she then deferred to raging, eight-hole-assigned Feelin' Red Hot (George Brennan) before a 27-second opening quarter-mile. From there, the lass who had won her previous three tries threw down a :55.4 intermission and 1:23.1 three-quarters. However, she could not shake either Alexa's Power or Dibaba N (Eric Goodell). A bit cooler at the windows this time around, Feelin' Red Hot was a bit shorter on the track. Alexa's Power collared the leader early in the lane, going by to whip Dibaba N by three-quarters of a length in a season's-best 1:51.1. Feelin' Red Hot easily held third, with Annabeth (Jim Marohn Jr.) and Betterb Chevron N (Brent Holland) settling for the remainder. For Alexa's Power, a 4-year-old homebred daughter of Somebeachsomewhere co-owned by Jeff & Michael Snyder and trained by Jim Campbell, it was her third win in 14 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $28.80, the triple returned $202 and the superfecta paid $974. Friday night's Pick 5, who began with a $7,500 carryover and $20,000 guaranteed pool, attracted $26,812 of new coin into the gimmick. It was a 5/4/5/5/3 winning combination returning $107.62 for each correct half-a-buck wager. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

East Rutherford, NJ -- Crystal Fashion drove by race favorites Six Pack and Guardian Angel As in the final strides to capture the $280,000 John Cashman Memorial at The Meadowlands on Saturday (Aug. 3).   David Miller had Crystal Fashion away alertly from post seven in the field of 10 and swept to the lead quickly, hitting the opening quarter in :26.3. Six Pack, the betting favorite at post time, had to work hard to go past Crystal Fashion and cleared past the quarter. Six Pack controlled the pace nicely with a half in :55 for trainer-driver Ã…ke Svanstedt as Crystal Fashion sat patiently in the pocket.   Action picked up on the far turn, when second choice Guardian Angel As and Tim Tetrick got into gear and put pressure on the leader through three-quarters in 1:23.1. As the top pair battled head-to-head, Miller was fortunate to find room to angle off the rail with Crystal Fashion entering the homestretch. The Jim Campbell-trained 4-year-old picked up the bit and rallied gamely in the late stages to wear down the field and score in 1:50, a Cashman Memorial stakes record-equaling time.   Guardian Angel As finished second with Six Pack back in third.   Jules Siegel's Fashion Farms LLC own Crystal Fashion, a gelded son of Cantab Hall that won for the fourth time in eight starts in 2019.   "It was his first step against older horses," Campbell said following the race. "You give him a chance and he'll go right to the wire."   "I was happy the way the trip worked out," said Miller. "When I got room, he had plenty of horse."   Crystal Fashion was racing for the first time since winning the $450,000 Hambletonian Maturity as a 23-1 shot. On Saturday, he faced older competition for the first time and returned $18.80 to his backers.   by Jay Bergman, for the Hambletonian Society  

Trainer Nancy Johansson is fond of her Hambletonian harness racing contender Don't Let'em, even if the colt is not always the best student. "He would be the kid in the classroom that's always in the corner, the class clown," Johansson said with a laugh. "But I've liked him since the first time he ever set foot on the farm. You know why? He's always so happy. "I think that's why he gets himself in trouble," she added, laughing again. Don't Let'em is the 4-1 second choice in Saturday's second of two $70,000 Hambletonian Stakes eliminations at The Meadowlands. Greenshoe, this year's fastest 3-year-old trotter with a mark of 1:50.1, is the 4-5 choice. The top-five finishers in each elimination return for the $1 million final later in the day. The Hambletonian and $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks will be aired live as part of a 90-minute broadcast on CBS Sports Network beginning at 4 p.m. (EDT). The Hambletonian Day card starts at noon. Don't Let'em is in his first year with Johansson's training stable after spending his 2-year-old campaign with her father, now-retired Jimmy Takter. Last year, Don't Let'em dazzled on Hambletonian Day, winning the Peter Haughton Memorial in a stakes-record 1:51.4. He ended the season with four wins and a second (by a nose) in 10 starts. He went off stride in all five of his off-the-board finishes. This year, Don't Let'em has gone off stride once in four races. He has two wins and a second (again by a nose) and heads to the Hambletonian off a career-best 1:50.2 victory in the Reynolds Memorial last week at The Meadowlands. "He's fast," Johansson said. "I don't know if he's as fast as Greenshoe, but we'll see. If he can just behave, he can be right there. And he's strong too. He was parked the entire mile in the Reynolds; he never saw the rail until the stretch. So, he's got all the tools. It's just all the puzzle pieces need to be put together in the right spot Saturday." Johansson, who was the caretaker of 2010 Hambletonian winner Muscle Massive, started her own stable in 2013. She was harness racing's Rising Star Award winner in 2014, when she trained Horse of the Year JK She'salady. She trained two Dan Patch Award recipients in 2018 and both will be in action on Hambletonian Day: Captain Crunch in the Cane Pace for 3-year-old pacers and 4-year-old Kissin In The Sand in the Lady Liberty for female pacers. Her best finish in the Hambletonian came in 2014, when Resolve was fifth. Don't Let'em, a son of Muscle Hill-Passageway, is owned by breeder Brittany Farms, Christina Takter, John Fielding, and Herb Liverman. All are past winners of the Hambletonian. The most recent horse to win the Peter Haughton Memorial at age 2 and come back the following year to win the Hambletonian was Muscle Hill. Johansson will go into the Hambletonian with an outlook to mirror her colt's sunny disposition. "I don't really have any expectations because I can just be happy then," Johansson said. Per Engblom has two in the Hambletonian Per Engblom is making his Hambletonian debut with his own stable, but is no stranger to the race after spending the past six years as the top assistant to now-retired Hall of Fame trainer Jimmy Takter. Engblom was part of two Hambletonian victories during that time frame, with Trixton in 2014 and Pinkman in 2015. The 39-year-old Engblom will send two horses into the Hambletonian, 15-1 Osterc in the first elimination and 10-1 Super Schissel in the second. Osterc was the 2018 Pennsylvania Sire Stakes champion and Super Schissel won the 2018 Matron Stakes. Both were trained by Takter last season. "So far, we feel good," Engblom said. "I try to do what we always did here, taking it easy and don't step too much out of the line. We try to follow the routine and do what we always do. Hopefully the program we put together for the horses will have them peak at the right time. "I've been around enough to know we're not going in as favorites. I know we're going in to try to make the best we can." Osterc, a son of Cantab Hall-Oh Oh Hereshecomes, has won three of eight races this year including the Dexter Cup for breeders/owners Goran Falk and Christina Takter. He went off stride in two of his past three races, but Engblom attributed the miscues to shoeing. The colt enters the Hambletonian off a fourth-place finish in a division of the Tompkins-Geers on July 20. "We went back to the old shoes and away we went," Engblom said. "He's a little tight gaited and if his timing is not right it makes a big difference for him. I think we've got him back on track. He's just a great racehorse to be around. He always tries his heart out. "The (Tompkins-Geers) turned into a sprint. He came home in :27 and that's about as fast as he can come home, but he can take a lot of air. If the race sets up with different fractions, he's going to benefit from that." Super Schissel, who has a conditioned win among six starts this season, heads to the Hambletonian off a third-place finish in last week's Reynolds Memorial, when he started from post 12 in a 12-horse field and was timed in 1:51.4. Engblom plans to race the colt, a son of Uncle Peter-Bavarde owned by Al Libfeld and Perry Soderberg, barefoot on Saturday. "We saved that all year, now it's time," Engblom said. "That's going to clean him up (gait-wise) a little bit. If we take his shoes off, he can trot a little bit faster. He can leave the gate a little bit faster and be a little more in the game. He trotted (1):51.4 with a little road trouble so if we can make him five or six lengths better, he can pick up a check." Jim Campbell on Cantab Fashion Cantab Fashion got a late start to his 2019 campaign, making his seasonal debut on July 20 with a third-place finish in a division of the Tompkins-Geers at The Meadowlands. He returned to action last week and was fourth in the 12-horse Reynolds Memorial. "He unfortunately got stuck behind a 100-1 shot, but I thought he raced really good," trainer Jim Campbell said about Cantab Fashion's most recent effort. "He showed some good trot getting out of there and held his own finishing after getting backed up a little bit." No 2-year-old trotter was faster than Cantab Fashion last season. Cantab Fashion put together a five-race win streak, including two stakes victories at Lexington's Red Mile, during his seven-start campaign and tied for the season's fastest time with a 1:51.4 mile. Campbell won the 1995 Hambletonian with Tagliabue and the 2009 Hambletonian Oaks with Broadway Schooner. Both trotters were owned by the wife-and-husband team of Arlene and Jules Siegel. Jules Siegel was inducted into the Harness Racing Hall of Fame in 2018. Siegel's Fashion Farms is the breeder and owner of Cantab Fashion, a son of Cantab Hall-Defiant Donato. "I was happy (with the first race) and I think he was better and stronger last week," Campbell said. "It's not the ideal situation, but it is what it is. I think he's got enough into him. It's going to be an interesting day. There are a lot of good trotters out there. I guess it's all going to depend how everything sets up." In addition to Cantab Fashion in the Hambletonian, Campbell will send Millies Possesion (also undefeated, with eight wins) to the Hambletonian Oaks, Real Cool Sam into the Peter Haughton Memorial, and Crystal Fashion (last year's fourth-place finisher in the Hambletonian) into the John Cashman Memorial. by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA   

No 2-year-old trotter was faster than Cantab Fashion last season, but it's been a slow trek back to action for harness racing trainer Jim Campbell's colt. Cantab Fashion will make his 2019 debut Saturday (July 20) in the first of two $50,450 divisions of the Tompkins-Geers Stakes at The Meadowlands, where his performance will help determine whether he can be ready for the sport's premier event for 3-year-old trotters, the Hambletonian, Aug. 3 at the Big M. Last year, Cantab Fashion put together a five-race win streak, including two stakes victories at Lexington's Red Mile, during his seven-start campaign and tied for the season's fastest time with a 1:51.4 mile. "He's definitely a talented colt, has got a lot of speed, but it hasn't been easy this year, that's for sure," said Campbell, who trains Cantab Fashion for breeder/owner Fashion Farms. "I wish we were coming in under different circumstances, but he's had some issues, which is why we're starting in the middle of July instead of the middle of May. "I've got no bold predictions or anything like that. I don't know how he's going to be. The Hambletonian is coming up in two weeks and I don't know if we're going to make it, or not make it, or what the deal is. That's why we want to get him raced on Saturday and see how he does. If he goes good Saturday night, we could come back and get a race into him the following week as well. "It's hard to get a good reading on him because he doesn't train as well as he goes in a race. You'll know (how he is) when I know." Cantab Fashion is among 17 Hambletonian-eligible trotters in the two Tompkins-Geers divisions. Following this weekend's action, there is one more stakes prep for the Hambletonian, the Reynolds on July 27 at The Meadowlands. Campbell is not alone in wanting to get a look at a Hambletonian hopeful prior to the big event. Aldebaranwalkabout, who won two of seven races last year for trainer Jonas Czernyson, is making his second start of 2019 in the first division of the Tompkins-Geers. He finished fourth in a conditioned race June 28 at The Meadowlands, timed in 1:53.1 with a final quarter-mile of :26.3. "We got a slow start with him, but I think he's pretty nice right now," said Czernyson, who trains the colt for Aldebaran Park Inc. "I let him tell me when he was ready, and it looks like it's paying off. I like him a lot the way we are right now. I think we're going in the right direction. I wanted to have one more start in him, like last week, but I couldn't get him in. I trained him up good and he's having a very good week at home, so I'm excited. "I'm going to see how he races Saturday and make up my mind from there. I don't know if I want to go three weeks in a row (prior to the Hambletonian). But I might race him in the Reynolds to make sure he's tight and ready." Aldebaranwalkabout was second-placed-first in a division of the Bluegrass Stakes last year. "We had some issues last year; he was growing a lot," Czernyson said. "He was tall and gangly. He's filled out now. He needed a little more time last year, but he showed me a couple of times that he acted like he wanted to be a good horse." Cantab Fashion is 10-1 on the morning line while Aldebaranwalkabout is 12-1. The first division's 2-1 favorite is Green Manalishi S, who finished second to Swandre The Giant last week in a division of the Stanley Dancer Memorial. Green Manalishi S has won six of 13 career races, with six seconds and a third. "We thought he raced OK," said trainer Marcus Melander, who trains the colt for Courant Inc. "You always want to win but I think he needed that race. It was only his third start of the year and after the race we decided we wanted to race him one more time. He's a big horse and he needed one more race. I think this race was the perfect race to be in because we'll have two weeks to the Hambo." Green Manalishi S is No. 5 on Meadowlands Racetrack announcer/analyst Ken Warkentin's Road to the Hambletonian Top 10. Pilot Discretion, who is No. 3, and Marseille, who is No. 9, are in the second division of the Tompkins-Geers. Saturday's Meadowlands card also includes two divisions of the Tompkins-Geers for 3-year-old female trotters, with 15 Hambletonian Oaks-eligible fillies in action, and the final of the Mr Muscleman Series for open trotters. Racing begins at 7:15 p.m. (EDT). For complete entries, click here. by Ken Weingartner, USTA Media Relations Manager

Over the past 40 years, only three female trotters have earned at least $300,000 at age 3 after being unraced at age 2. Harness racing trainer Jim Campbell trained one of the horses in that group, Stage Show, in 2008. He hopes to add another to the list this season. Millies Possesion is 6-for-6 this year for Campbell and breeder/owner Fashion Farms after sitting out her 2-year-old campaign because of soundness issues. She won four times on the Pennsylvania stakes circuit before notching her first Grand Circuit victory last week in a division of the Reynolds Memorial at The Meadowlands, pushing her earnings to $107,267. On Saturday, she competes in the second of two divisions of the Del Miller Memorial at The Meadowlands. The $126,500 race is expected to be her final prep for the Hambletonian Oaks eliminations July 27 at the Big M. "I can't say enough about her; she kind of speaks for herself," Campbell said. "She made a great transition last week stepping up with tougher horses and her first time at The Meadowlands. She took to it like a true professional. "It's a small percentage of the ones that don't race at 2 that come back and do what she's done. Am I surprised? Nothing surprises me in this game anymore. You think you know something and then it goes the opposite way. With her, the more she's raced, the more she's shown that she knows what she has to do. She's just a true professional. She gives you everything she's got." Only one 3-year-old filly over the past 40 years has earned more than $564,000 after missing her 2-year-old season, pacer Yellow Diamond, with $1.31 million in 2009. In addition to Stage Show, who won the Matron Stakes and finished third in the Oaks and Breeders Crown on her way to $394,279, the trotters to surpass $300,000 were Ontario standouts China Pearls (with $511,856 in 2011) and Donven Promise (with $456,350 in 2001). Both were O'Brien Award winners. Campbell considered Millies Possesion, a daughter of Possess The Will out of Fashion Athena, one of his top 2-year-olds last season before shutting her down. This season, she is the sport's fastest 3-year-old filly trotter thanks to her 1:51.1 win in the Reynolds. Millies Possesion, with regular driver Dexter Dunn, started from post nine and raced on the outside the entire mile. "It's hard when you're training them to say this one is going to be our best one because you never know what they're going to do when they go behind the starting gate," Campbell said. "I'm really impressed with her gait and the way she gets over the ground, and her determination and attitude. She knows she's a racehorse and she loves doing it. There's nothing negative to say about her, that's for sure." Among the fillies joining Millies Possesion in the second Del Miller division are Starita, who also won a Reynolds division last week, as well as The Ice Dutchess, who won last year's Peaceful Way and Jim Doherty Memorial stakes, and multiple Pennsylvania stakes winner Asiago. The $124,000 first division includes Reynolds division winner Cloud Nine Fashion, also from Campbell's stable, and New Jersey Sire Stakes champion Evident Beauty. Also in action Saturday will be Hambletonian-eligible 3-year-old male trotters in two divisions of the Stanley Dancer Memorial. The fields feature seven of the 10 horses in Meadowlands announcer/analyst Ken Warkentin's Road to the Hambletonian rankings: No. 1 Greenshoe, No. 3 Green Manalishi S, No. 4 Pilot Discretion, No. 5 Don't Let'em, No. 7 Super Schissel, No. 9 Swandre The Giant, and No. 10 Osterc. Saturday's 13-race card at The Meadowlands also includes the Meadowlands Pace for 3-year-old pacers, the Hambletonian Maturity for 4-year-old trotters, Mistletoe Shalee for 3-year-old female pacers, William R. Haughton Memorial for older male pacers, Golden Girls for older female pacers, and a leg of the Miss Versatility Series for older female trotters. Racing begins at 7:15 p.m. (EDT). For Saturday's complete entries, click here. by Ken Weingartner, USTA Media Relations Manager    

CHESTER PA - The Jim Campbell Stable came to the first set of two-year-old qualifying races at Harrah's Philadelphia ready to roar, as the harness racing trainer won six races during the Tuesday morning trials, including five of the six on the trot. Among the trotting colts, a pair sponsored by Campbell and owner/breeder Fashion Farms LLC, both out of champion full sisters, won by a combined 37 lengths. The faster was Real Cool Sam, a son of Muscle Hill and the first foal of his dam Cooler Schooner, put on the front by David Miller and winning in 1:59.2 with identical back :28.3 quarters. Miller also drove the Possess The Will - Broadway Schooner baby Steel Schooner, a ¾ brother to millionaire star Broadway Donna, to an engine success in 2:01.2, coming the back half in :59.2. Campbell also scored at first asking with the Father Patrick - Muscle Amour youngster Saxon, rallying out of the pocket from behind a slow pace to stop the timer in 2:04.3 for driver Tim Tetrick and the Runthetable Stables. On the pacing colt side, trainer Bruce Saunders harnessed a pair of winners, the first being the Western Ideal - Southwind Piaya colt Manticore, who won his 1:58.2 mile coming out of the two-hole with twin :28.1 back quarters for David Miller and the ownership of M&L Of Delaware LLC and M&M Harness Racing LLC. Rockin Rocko, a colt by Rockin Image - Pacific Classic (a half sister to Pacific Fella), then came uncovered from third for driver Dexter Dunn and burned home in :56.1 - :27.2 in a 1:59.2 triumph for Joseph Martinelli Sr. Jim Campbell added a fourth colt success with the Sweet Lou - Show And Tell pacing entire Tell Them Lou, who also stepped home in :56.1 - :27.2 to record a 1:58 victory from the pocket for driver Tim Tetrick and the partnership of Fashion Farms LLC and Judith Peres. When the baby action switched over to the fillies, Campbell kept in the forefront, taking both divisions for trotters. The first winner was Sherry Lyns Lady, a $220,000 yearling purchase, coming out of the pocket with :28.2 finishing speed to tally in 2:02.1. Owned by Coyote Wynd Farms, Sherry Lyns Lady is by Father Patrick and is the first foal of Demoiselle Hanover, whose dam D Train also produced champion racehorse and sire Donato Hanover. Sherry Lyns Lady had driver Tim Tetrick. Another Campbell / David Miller/ Fashion Farms winning teaming was Impressive Fashion, whose 2:03 final time may not initially seem impressive but whose own back fractions of :57.2 - :27.3 certainly do. Impressive Fashion is a Father Patrick filly out of Impressive Kemp, a half-sister to Trixton, with other stars close up in her pedigree. In the pacing filly ranks, the fastest winner was Alicorn, a daughter of Bettor's Delight - Mythical who came out of the two-hole and turned in a :57.1 last half to start her career with a 1:58 victory for driver Andrew McCarthy, trainer Roland Mallar, and owners Windemere Stable LLC and Robert Muscara.   PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia Jerry Connors

Jim Campbell figures when you bring together many of the best 4-year-old trotters in North America, there is no such thing as an easy spot. So, although his returning millionaire Crystal Fashion will avoid two 2018 Dan Patch Award winners (Atlanta and Six Pack) and a 2017 Breeders Crown champion (Fiftydallarbill) in Saturday's (May 18) opening round of the Graduate harness racings series at The Meadowlands, Campbell is not expecting a stroll in the park. Crystal Fashion competes in the second of two $50,000 divisions, starting from post one with regular driver Tim Tetrick. "On paper maybe the other one does look a little tougher, but when you go race them, they're all going to go fast and they're all going to be tough," Campbell said. "So, I don't put a lot of thought into that. Every time I think there is a division that looks easier on paper they always go more. "It's a good group of 4-year-olds out there. The only thing I worry about is my own horse. We're going to send him out there to race and whatever happens, it happens. Just being at the Meadowlands, you know they're going to be going fast no matter what." Generating speed is not an issue for this group. Returning Trotter of the Year Atlanta, with her 1:50.4 season-opening win in the Miami Valley Distaff on May 6, is the year's fastest trotter while Fiftydallarbill's 1:51.3 time in winning a conditioned race last weekend at the Meadowlands is second best. And last year, Six Pack became the sport's fastest-ever 3-year-old with a 1:49.1 win in the Kentucky Futurity in addition to trotting 1:50 earlier in the campaign while Crystal Fashion tied for the sixth-fastest mile ever by a 3-year-old (1:50.1). Not to be forgotten, Atlanta won the Hambletonian in 1:50.4 and had a season-best mark of 1:50.3, which ranks seventh among all female 3-year-old trotters in history, and multiple-stakes-winner Phaetosive - who is in Saturday's second Graduate division with Crystal Fashion - was not far off with a 1:51 mark. Crystal Fashion, who won nine of 17 races last year including the Canadian Trotting Classic and Earl Beal Jr. Memorial, made his first start of 2019 on May 4 in the Great Northeast Open Series for trotters at Harrah's Philadelphia, where he finished fourth. "He's the type of horse that needs to get racing to get himself tight," Campbell said. "He's going to need some more racing to get himself into top shape, but I was very happy with his first race. "He hasn't really changed (from last year). He's got the same personality and everything like that. He maybe filled out a little more, but for both a 2-year-old and a 3-year-old he was a good-sized colt. Maybe he grew a little bit, but for the most part he's pretty much the same." Phaetosive, who won last year's Elegantimage Stakes, will be making her seasonal debut, as is New York Sire Stakes final runner-up The Veteran. Custom Cantab, an Indiana Sire Stakes champion mare who won 13 of 17 races last season including the Matron, heads to the Graduate's second division off a third-place finish in the Miami Valley Distaff. In the first division, Six Pack and Eurobond are the two trotters making their seasonal debuts. Six Pack won 11 of 15 races last year including the Kentucky Futurity, Yonkers Trot, and Matron. He received the Dan Patch Award for best 3-year-old male trotter. Six Pack                              Mark Hall photo "He trained back good," trainer-driver Ake Svanstedt said. "He qualified two times. He was maybe a little lazy the last qualifier, but he had an open bridle. I think he is sharp now. He feels much better when we train after the second qualifier. I hope he can do a good race. "We're going to race him in the Graduate and then the Hambletonian Maturity. After that he can go in the open. He feels strong. He's a big horse. He is so big I think he can be stronger when he is older. We'll see after a couple of races what he can do." In addition to Atlanta, there will be a second Hambletonian winner competing on Saturday's card at the Meadowlands as 2015 champion Pinkman looks to pick up his second win in the Mr Muscleman Series for older trotters. A total of four Hambletonian winners will be in action this year: Atlanta, Pinkman, Perfect Spirit (in Europe) and Marion Marauder. The Meadowlands also hosts the second round of the Rainbow Blue Series for older female pacers on Saturday. The six-horse field includes Dan Patch Award winners Kissin In The Sand (2018) and Youaremycandygirl (2017) as well as millionaire Caviart Ally. Racing begins at 7:15 p.m. (EDT). For complete entries, click here.   Ken Weingartner Media Relations Manager U.S. Trotting Association www.ustrotting.com

Jim Campbell knows stakes-winner Alexa's Power will face a challenge this year at age 4, leaving the age-restricted ranks to take on the best older female pacers in the sport, but the harness racing trainer believes his mare has a temperament that could help her along. "She's got that feisty, racing attitude to her, and she likes to race," Campbell said. "I think those are pretty good qualities to help her make that transition. But it's a very tough group, probably as tough as there's been in a long, long time. "The toughest part for them is coming back at 4 and making that transition. She needs to get some racing and see what she can do." Alexa's Power starts to get that racing Friday at the Meadowlands, where she kicks off her 4-year-old season in the preferred handicap for fillies and mares. She faces eight rivals, including 2018 Golden Girls winner Divas Image, who is the 2-1 morning-line favorite. Alexa's Power, with Marcus Miller in the sulky, is 6-1. Last year, Alexa's Power won multiple Grand Circuit stakes, including the Jugette and Lismore Pace. She won nine of 20 races, hit the board a total of 17 times, and ranked fourth in divisional earnings with $469,363. The three horses that finished ahead of her in purses have either a Dan Patch or O'Brien award to their credit: Kissin In The Sand, Youaremycandygirl, and Percy Bluechip. "I was very happy with her," Campbell said. "She's such a nice filly to race because she gives you a good effort every time you put her out there. And she's just a real nice horse to be around, too. She's one that you love having in the barn." Alexa's Power, a daughter of Somebeachsomewhere out of the O'Brien Award-winning mare Michelle's Power, is owned by breeder Jeff Snyder and his son Michael. She is a full sister to stakes-winner Mac's Jackpot and her family also includes Canada's 2012 Horse of the Year Michael's Power as well as Hall of Famer Cam's Card Shark. Alexa's Power The mare prepped for Friday's race with two qualifiers at the Meadowlands. She finished fifth in the first and fourth in the second, beaten 1-1/4 lengths. "She bled a little bit in her second qualifier, so we put her on Lasix; it will be her first start on Lasix," Campbell said. "But other than that, she's come back good. "We were thinking of the (Blue Chip Matchmaker Series) for her, but bleeding and not getting off on the right foot, that was going to be pretty tough. We're just going to get her a few overnights and see where she's at and go from there. She's staked up. We'll go race to race and see how she is and go from there." Racing begins at 7:15 p.m. (EDT) Friday at the Meadowlands. The card also includes a preferred handicap for trotters, where Sutton is the morning-line favorite (2-1) over Trolley (5-2). Sutton handed Trolley his only loss in five races this season on March 8. Trolley defeated Sutton in his seasonal debut on Feb. 22. For Friday's complete entries, click here. Ken Weingartner

LEXINGTON, KY--Jim Campbell trainee Cantab Fashion collected his fourth consecutive win from five starts career when trotting to an open-length 1:55.3 victory in the final harness racing division of the $343,000 Uncle Peter Bluegrass Two-Year-Old Colt and Gelding Trot, sponsored by Hickory Lane Horse Farms, on Thursday, Sept. 27 at The Red Mile. Away fourth at the quarter, Cantab Fashion sat off a :29.2 opening quarter set by 3-2 favorite Prospect Hill before tipping off the rail and moving first over for the top spot past a :59.3 half. Cantab Fashion took control midway around the final turn and held a two-length margin on Final Claim, left first over, and Prospect Hill heading to three-quarters. Cantab Fashion continued on the front with a widening margin by three-quarters in 1:28. The 2-1 second choice trotted through the stretch under wraps as Kings County, rallying three wide from second over, took second ahead of Battenberg popping from the pocket for third and Prospect Hill holding fourth. A colt by Cantab Hall, Cantab Fashion pushed his career bankroll to $64,500 for owner Fashion Farms LLC. David Miller sat behind the $6.20 winner. Aldebaranwalkabout stormed home widest on the course to pull a 29-1 upset in the $86,000 first division following a disqualification of race-favorite Don't Let'em. Wittyville took the top from the inside with Brady Bunch getting away second and 4-5 favourite Don't Let'em floating into contention third. Past the quarter in :29, Don't Let'em took the lead and trotted uncontested to the half in :57.2. Trainer-driver Ake Svanstedt pulled first over from fourth with Sheena's Boy rounding the final turn and marched to match strides with tempo-setter Don't Let'em by three-quarters in 1:27.1. Sheena's Boy retreated into the stretch as Takter kept Don't Let'em, drifting off the rail, on stride through the lane. Brady Bunch, off the rail trip, angled towards the center of the track while Wittyville slid through a gap at the inside and Aldebaranwalkabout, trailing the on-stride pack throughout, charged through the center of the course. Don't Let'em went into a pace in the final sixteenth of the mile and broke strides nearing the wire. Aldebaranwalkabout surged and snagged the second spot in a photo with Brady Bunch third and Wittyville fourth. Because of the break, Don't Let'em was disqualified to eighth, placing Aldebaranwalkabout as the race winner. Returning $61.20 to win, Aldebaranwalkabout, a Muscle Hill colt trained by Jonas Czernyson, won his second race from five starts, earning $53,300 for owner Aldebaran Park Inc. Andrew McCarthy sat in the bike. William Wellwood Memorial winner Green Manalishi S cruised as the 1-9 favorite to a 1:56.1 open-length victory in the $85,000 second Bluegrass split. Driver Tim Tetrick placed the Marcus Melander trainee third behind pacesetter Dylan The Great through a :29.2 opening quarter. Green Manalishi S made his move for the lead midway through the backstretch and brushed to the front at the half in :58.1. Super Schissel edged first up from fourth moving into the final turn as Dylan The Great lost ground to the inside and Green Manalishi S opened his lead. Through three-quarters in 1:28.1, Green Manalishi S held a three-length lead while Trix And Stones, from off cover, rallied through the center to take second from Super Schissel in third and Dylan The Great holding fourth. Winning his fifth race from seven starts, Green Manalishi S, by Muscle Hill, has now compiled $343,257 in earnings for owner Courant Inc. Tim Tetrick drove the $2.10 winner. Chin Chin Hall ranged to the top from off cover in the stretch to pull a 14-1 upset in the $86,000 third division of Bluegrass in 1:55.4. Positioned fifth as Amico Mio Bi, Forecast and Union Forces battled three wide for the lead to the quarter, Chin Chin Hall sat off a :28.1 opening quarter set by Union Forces circling to the front. Amico Mio Bi, shuffled to third, flushed first over as Hudson River strode into contention past a :57.2 half. Amico Mio Bi overtook Union Forces moving around the final turn and left Hudson River uncovered. Chin Chin Hall angled off the rail and caught cover second over as Amico Mio Bi trotted past three-quarters in 1:27.2. Hudson River moved to the lead into the stretch as Chin Chin Hall kicked off cover and gradually progressed to the front heading to the line. Hudson River held second from Forecast lunging towards the rail for third and Amico Mio Bi lengths behind in fourth. Paying $31.60 to win, Chin Chin Hall, a colt by Cash Hall, won his first race in his second start career, earning $43,000 for owners David Mc Duffee and Gene Oldford Farms LLC. Peter Wrenn sat at the reins for trainer Melanie Wrenn. Grand Circuit action continues at The Red Mile Friday, Sept. 28 with two-year-old filly trotters competing in four divisions of the $373,000 Norman Woolworth Memorial Bluegrass Stakes and two-year-old filly pacers in three divisions of the $273,100 Artspeak Bluegrass Stakes. The program starts with a first-race post at 7:00 p.m. (EDT). By Ray Cotolo, for The Red Mile

Alexa’s Power proved to be the strong horse Wednesday as she overpowered pacesetter Strong Opinion at the top of the stretch to capture the 48th annual $230,7000 Jugette at Delaware, Ohio. The classic grand circuit event for harness racing three-year-old pacing fillies saw the 19th race feature began with betting favorite Youaremycandygirl and driver Yannick Gingras going off-stride at the start of the race and was never in contention. Strong Opinion and driver Chris Page go right to the front from post one with Alexa’s Power and driver Tim Tetrick grabbing the two-hole spot as they sped to the opening quarter mile in :26.4. Then coming to the half mile marker, driver Tim Tetrick came out from the inside in post two and sit there as no one was coming from behind to force him to go on as they went to the half in :55.2. E Dee’s Well Said (Jim Pantaleano) at 62-1 odds, filled the gap behind Strong Opinion. Going to the three-quarters in 1:22.4, Strong Opinion was still in command with Alexa’s Power stalking them on the outside. Then in the stretch, Alexa’s Power and Tetrick wore down Strong Opinion and went on to win by one length in 1:51.2. E Dee’s Well Said came on for second place with Strong Opinion third. “I had about 100 ideas flowing through my head behind the starting gate,” said winning driver Tim Tetrick. “I saw Yannick’s (Gingras) horse (Youaremycandygirl) make a misstep and I didn’t want to fall too far back so we went to the two-hole and figured to outmuscle most of them from there. “She really raced her butt off today,” Tetrick said. “She was just super.” Sired by Somebeachsomewhere, it was the 9th win in 15 starts this year for Alexa’s Power. She is trained by Jim Campbell and owned and bred by Jeffery and Michael Snyder of New York, NY. She paid $3.80 to win. “This is my first Jugette,” said winning trainer Jim Campbell. “It’s so exciting. We’ve had a really good year with Alexa all season, Timmy has driven her since her first qualifier. We have had a lot of fun and this win is the best.” Jim Campbell did say that they had made an equipment change on Alexa’s Power, adding a pull-down bridle that she was using for the first time today. This year’s Jugette was named in Memory of Hall of Fame Communicator, Laverne A. Hill. To see the 2018 Jugette replay go to https://youtu.be/emEv23NX-io On Thursday is the $627,000 Little Brown Jug for the colts with two elimination divisions followed by heats until one horse has won twice. By Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink

MILTON, ON - September 15, 2018 - This year's edition of the $665,000 Canadian Trotting Classic was a hoof-to-hoof harness racing heavyweight battle from start to finish, with Crystal Fashion coming out on top in the final strides. Saddled with the daunting post 10, Crystal Fashion, a bay son of Cantab Hall, needed a little racing luck and plenty of grit to get the job done in Canada's richest trotting event of 2018. On Saturday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park, the Jim Campbell trainee had plenty of the latter. Sent off as the 5-2 second choice to 3-5 Mets Hall, Crystal Fashion, piloted by Tim Tetrick, was full of trot as the gate took off from the field of 11 sophomore stars. After taking his rivals through an opening quarter in :27.3, Crystal Fashion then found himself sitting in second spot once Mets Hall, with Andy Miller driving, went from second to first. The see-saw tussle between the leaders continued through a half in :56.2 and three-quarters in 1.25-flat, with the final round coming as the field straightened for home. Down the stretch, Crystal Fashion, on the outside, and Mets Hall, to his inside, put on a show for the packed house at Woodbine Mohawk Park. At the wire, Crystal Fashion ($7.90 to win) eked out a hard-fought half-length triumph over his rival, in 1:52.1. Fiftydallarbill was third, while Lawmaker was fourth. The 10-2 exactor returned $21 and a 10-2-8 triactor paid $91.60. A $1 superfecta (10-2-8-5) was worth $444.85. There was a pari-mutuel refund for Winning American, who had a broken equipment issue prior to the start of the race. "It worked out good today," said Tetrick who two races earlier teamed with Green Manalishi S to win the William Wellwood Memorial. "We got out of there good and got on the right foot. He crossed over well, in-hand, and the favourite came and we had to let him go, so I got a dream trip." Both Crystal Fashion and Tetrick had to work overtime to finally reel in a stubborn Mets Hall. "I went ahead and pulled the pocket at the top of the lane," he said. "We had a horse race to the wire, but today my horse outgrinded him. With Crystal, you never know for sure. He always gives a pretty good effort, but sometimes he can look at butterflies." Tonight, he stung like a bee. It was lifetime win No. 13 from 25 starts for the bay gelding, owned by Fashion Farms LLC. In 13 starts this year, Crystal Fashion, bred by Hanover Shoe Farms, has nine wins and a trio of seconds. "Very impressed," said Campbell. "Timmy did a great job getting him out of there to put him in good position. The horse, he digs. If he's got a target to go at, he goes after it. He's just been a tremendous horse to train this year." Crystal Fashion will soon head to the Bluegrass State for his next engagements. "He's been good at both two and three," said Campbell. "He seems to get better. He'll go down to Lexington and have two races there and then he'll go to the Breeders Crown." by Chris Lomon, for Woodbine Communications  

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