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Nautilus De Vie (Credit Winner) easily set a new lifetime mark as he trotted past the race's favorite to prevail in the $8,300 co-feature on Thursday night at the harness racing meeting at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. Leading driver Bruce Aldrich Jr. piloted the Jim Doherty-trained trotter and left hard early to make the lead before yielding to the move of the favored UF Lindsay Lou Who (Mark Beckwith). Nautilus De Vie went into the passing lane in the stretch and sailed by to score in a career best 1:57.2 in the Winners of 2 but not more than four Lifetime trotting co-feature. UF Lindsay Lou Who held second while Tango Pirate (Frank Coppola Jr) earned the show spot. It was the third victory of the year for Nautilus De Vie who came into Thursday's tilt with a career best win time of 2:01.1, a mark that was significantly lowered after his pocket ride in the co-feature. Live racing continues on Friday night at Saratoga with first post time set for 7:05pm. Mike Sardella  

East Rutherford, NJ - The Meadowlands is pleased to announce that beginning with the 2015 edition, the Merrie Annabelle stake for two-year-old trotting fillies will be retitled the "Jim Doherty Memorial" recognizing the legacy of that Hall of Fame harness racing horseman.   Jim Doherty was born in New Brunswick, Canada. He learned horses at the hand of his father Frank at Exhibition Park in Saint John and drove his first winner in 1959. Honing his skills while rising through the levels of racetrack quality, Doherty eventually excelled on the ultra-competitive New England circuit through the 1970's.   New England was where his talents would draw the interest of Joe DeFrank when that Hall of Fame Racing Secretary was assembling the nucleus of horsemen that would launch the inaugural Meadowlands meet in 1976. Jim became a part of the fabric at the fantastic new venue and his talents as both a horseman and a driver led to his operating a large and powerful stable for decades.   On the racetrack his stars were many, led by the champion trotter Fools Goal who earned more than $3 million while winning all the major races for his division. No Nonsense Woman was a million dollar winner, counting the Goldsmith Maid, World Filly Trotting Derby and Breeders Crown among her successes. Starchip Enterprise promised greatness before succumbing to a career-ending injury at three.   Beyond his Meadowlands achievements, Doherty enjoyed great success on a national level including the 2002 Glen Garnsey Trainer of the Year award. His life's work culminated in his 2002 induction into the Living Hall of Fame, the highest award bestowed upon a Standardbred horseman.   In a game that is defined by competition, "Gentleman Jim" Doherty's class and grace earned him the respect of his peers as few have in the long history of racing.   The inaugural Merrie Annabelle stake was raced in 1977 for a purse of just $30,000. It quickly became the "must win" race for the feminine freshmen and by 1985 the purse had risen to its apex at $627,250.   Past winners of the stake include champions like Peace Corps, CR Kay Suzie, Check Me Out, Shake It Cerry and last year's sensation Mission Brief (who set the stakes record at 1:52.2).   "Jim Doherty was one of the horsemen that helped put the Meadowlands on the map more than 30 years ago," said Meadowlands chairman Jeffrey Gural. "His contributions to the Meadowlands and harness racing are numerous and this is another way to honor his legacy."   "As a young harness racing fan growing up in Ohio, you couldn't help but look up to "Gentleman Jim" Doherty," said Jason M. Settlemoir, Meadowlands CEO and General Manager. "He was the consummate horseman that you always respected and rooted for on the sport's biggest stage. He touched so many people in this industry and we hope attaching his name to one of the sport's premier races will help keep his memory alive forever."   The 2015 $350,000E Jim Doherty Memorial will be raced on Hambletonian Day, August 8, 2015.   Meadowlands Live Racing   The Holiday weekend is upon us and The Meadowlands hosts a powerful card tonight. The $250,000 Graduate Pacing Final and first leg of the New Jersey Sires Stakes for freshmen lead the racing and a brilliant fireworks show will be launched after the last of the twelve races.   Horseplayers will also have the opportunity to wager into a pair of large carryover pools in the Jackpot Super High 5. The Race Five carryover is $170,877 and the Race Twelve carryover is $154,332.   First post on both Friday and Saturday is 7:15pm.   Meadowlands Media Relations Department      

It is with great sadness that the family of James Francis (Jim) Doherty of Clifton announces his peaceful passing at Villa Marie Claire Hospice in New Jersey on March 14th, 2015. Jim was born in Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada on September 27th, 1940, son of the late James Francis Doherty and Anna Mary (Clancy) Doherty. Besides his parents Jim was predeceased by his younger brothers Peter and Paul. Jim is survived by his wife, Marianne (Cinek) Doherty and sons James Francis III (Jodie) and Michael Erin Doherty; grandchildren Christopher, Laura, Jamie, Cadence and Clancy; brother William (Rita); sisters Mary Murphy (William), Martina Shannon (Donald), Patricia Loughery (Merrill), Anne Gilbride (Paul) and Evelyn Doherty; sister-in-law Roxanne Doherty; numerous nieces and nephews; grandnieces and grandnephews; mother-in-law Lillian Cinek and sister-in-law Christina MacGilvray (Scott). Jim knew from an early age what his lifetime career would be. He first experienced horses through his father Frank's logging business and harness racing interests, leading to Jim's introduction to harness racing at Exhibition Park in Saint John. He acquired his first Standardbred while attending St. Malachy's High School. In 1959, he won his first race and quickly was on his way to a lifelong love of the sport. Jim worked continuously to improve his stable and was soon on the road to bigger racetracks, first in Montreal and then to New England. Jim was elected to the New England Harness Writers Hall of Fame and soon after to the Saint John Sports Hall of Fame and New Brunswick Sports Hall of Fame in Canada. Having excelled on the New England circuit, Jim answered the call to New Jersey's Meadowlands Racetrack in 1976. Jim's skills as an all-round horseman; owning, training and driving soon came to the forefront amongst the best the sport had to offer resulting in Jim being elected to the United States Harness Racing Hall of Fame in Goshen, N.Y. Jim had many world class horses, four of the best being No Nonsense Woman, Starchip Enterprise, Fools Goal and Green with Envy. Jim won many major races in the U.S. and Canada, including the Canadian Trotting Classic, Maple Leaf Trotting Classic, Breeders Crown, Valley Victory, Delvin Miller Memorial, Goldsmith Maid, World Filly Trotting Derby, Roses are Red, three Provincial Cups and many more. In 1982 Jim won the $519, 000 New Jersey Classic driving Pitt Boy; the same year he competed in the World Driving Championships in Australia. In 1972, Jim was the leading percentage driver in both the U.S. and Canada and in 2002 received the Glen Garnsey Memorial Trainer of the Year Award from the United States Harness Writers Association. Jim received the New Jersey Sports Writers Association "Harness Racing Man of the Year Award" in 2007. Jim also known as "Gentleman Jim" for his honesty, integrity and consideration of others, liked to meet with family and friends to reminisce and share stories about horse racing and his favorite hockey team, the New York Rangers. Jim was a member of the United States Trotting Association (USTA); The Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association (SBOA) of New Jersey; The Standardbred Owners Association (SOA) of New York; and Standardbred Canada. Funeral Services will be on Friday, March 20th at 10:15 am from the Bizub-Quinlan Funeral Home, 1313 Van Houten Ave., Clifton with a Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 am at St. Andrew the Apostle RC Church, 400 Mt. Prospect Ave., Clifton. Private cremation to follow with interment of ashes to follow at a later date. Visitation will be Wednesday & Thursday from 2-4 & 7-9 pm on both days. Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of the donor's choice.  See more at: http://bizub.com/obituary/James-F.-Doherty/Clifton-NJ/1491069#obit-services

It is with great sadness that the family of Jim Doherty announces his peaceful passing at the Villa Marie Claire Hospice on March 14, 2015. Arrangements are under the care of Bizub-Quinlan Funeral Home, Clifton, New Jersey. Mr. Doherty, 74, from Canada, got his start in the sport by helping his father in New Brunswick. He came to New England in the mid-1960s and soon established himself as a top driver in that area, battling Ted Wing for regional driving supremacy throughout the first half of the 1970s. When The Meadowlands opened in 1976, Mr. Doherty decided to give the mile oval a try. He was one of the top drivers there for many years, with more than 1,600 wins and $20 million in earnings in his Meadowlands career. During the 1980s, Mr. Doherty enjoyed a lot of success with the pacing mare Green With Envy. He guided her to back-to-back Older Pacing Mare of the Year honors in 1984 and 1985. Mr. Doherty returned to the limelight thanks to a trio of outstanding trotters in No Nonsense Woman, Starchip Entrprise and Fool’s Goal. As a freshman in 1996, the Sierra Kosmos distaffer No Nonsense Woman had seven wins in 11 starts, with earnings of $288,573. Her biggest victory came when Mr. Doherty steered her to a wire-to-wire triumph in the $302,900 Goldsmith Maid Final. During the 1997 campaign, No Nonsense Woman emerged as the best horse in her class. She had 14 wins and three seconds in 17 trips to the post, with earnings of $838,563. She captured the $438,750 Breeders Crown Final, the $320,000 Delvin Miller Memorial Final, the $134,762 Matron, the $130,000 World Filly Trotting Derby, and the $100,000 Pennsylvania Sires Stakes Final. It came as no surprise that No Nonsense Woman was a near unanimous selection in the Dan Patch Awards balloting as the top sophomore trotting filly in the sport. In 1998 Mr. Doherty sent out the freshman trotting colt Starchip Entrprise. The bay son of Pine Chip was in the money in eight of his 12 season’s starts, with four wins and earnings of $374,684. His biggest victory came in the $343,400Valley Victory Final. He also overcame post nine to finish second in the $458,000 Peter Haughton Memorial Final, a neck back of Enjoy Lavec. With expectations high for his sophomore campaign, Starchip Entrprise got off to a good start when he captured the $480,800 Canadian Trotting Classic Final in a lifetime best 1:54. Unfortunately, it was the lone highlight of a 1999 season that would be curtailed in August when Starchip Entrprise broke a coffin bone while racing in a Townsend Ackerman division at The Meadowlands. That injury forced him to prematurely end his racing career. Another top trotter in the Doherty Stable was the gelding Fool’s Goal. He enjoyed a terrific season in 2001 at the age of six. He banked $434,300 on the strength of four wins in 18 season’s starts. He was at his best in the $500,000 Nat Ray Final at The Meadowlands, defeating Dr Ronerail in a time of 1:53. Fool’s Goal also won the $243,000 Titan Cup Final that year. During his 7-year-old season in 2002, he broke the bank with earnings of $1,277,640, thanks to seven wins, three seconds, and one third in 15 starts. Fool’s Goal was in fine form in the $1 million Breeders Crown Final, defeating Plesac in a time of 1:51.3, equaling his lifetime mark which was set a month earlier in the $225,000 Titan Cup Final. Other big victories in 2002 came in the $536,130 Maple Leaf Trotting Classic Final and the $200,000 Cutler Memorial Final. At season’s end, Fool’s Goal earned a Dan Patch Award as the top older trotting male in the sport and led to Mr. Doherty receiving the Glen Garnsey Memorial Trainer of the Year award from the United States Harness Writers’ Association. Still going strong in 2003 as an 8-year-old, Fool’s Goal finished in the money nine times in 11 trips behind the gate, banking $639,363. He was at his best in the $800,000 Breeders Crown Final, defeating Victory Sam in a time of 1:52.4. He finished with 35 lifetime wins and earnings of $3,057,070. In the summer of 2003, Mr. Doherty was inducted into the Living Hall of Fame in Goshen, New York. A full obituary will be posted when one is available. From the USTA Media Department

Kid PK (Wearable Art) continued his hot streak on Thursday night at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. The Jim Doherty Jr-trained harness racing trotter missed all of 2013 but has come out strong in his comeback season. After recording two wins early in the summer, Kid PK moved into the winners of 2 but not more than 4 races lifetime class at Saratoga in August and has been on a tear ever since. The four year old pacer was a runner up in each of his first three tries in that class including a pair of starts in which he closed in final quarters of 27 seconds. Kid PK then scored front running victories in two straight heading into Thursday night's try in the $7,490 pacing event. Driver Stephane Bouchard was content to sit the pocket to Rock N Joe (Billy Dobson) who was the runner up to him last week. It was deja  vu for Kid PK who prevailed in 1:55 for the second consecutive Thursday night and was followed at the wire by Rock N Joe once again. Alero Blue Chip (Shawn Gray) completed the trifecta. Kid PK now has five wins in twelve starts in 2014. Live racing continues on Friday night at Saratoga with a first post time of 6:45pm. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway  

Live racing resumed on Thursday night at Saratoga Casino and Raceway following a week and a half long hiatus. Young pacer Kid PK (Wearable Art) had the daunting task of overcoming post position eight in the evening's $7,490 feature. The Jim Doherty Jr-trained Kid PK is enjoying a solid comeback season after sitting out the 2013 season. Stephane Bouchard sat behind Kid PK following three consecutive second place finishes for the four year old pacer. Showing early speed, Kid PK made the lead early but eventually had to pull the pocket behind a sharply tiring rival before drawing clear to win in a career best 1:57.3. Sweet Water Jack (Billy Dobson) was in the outer flow and wound up finishing second while Stirling Cadillac (Mark Beckwith) earned the show spot in the race for winners of two but not more than four pari-mutuel races lifetime. Live racing continues on Friday night at Saratoga with a first post time set for 6:45pm. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway  

David Yarock swept the two divisions of the CKG Billings Amateur Trot at Saratoga Casino and Raceway on Sunday afternoon. Yarock, along with partners Joel Golub and David Glasser, claimed trotter CSI What's My Name (Tagliabue) a couple weeks back at Saratoga. As an eight-year-old last year, CSI What's My Name finished in a tie for Trotter of the Year at the Spa despite racing almost solely in claimers. Yarock piloted the gutsy trotter to a first-over victory in the Billings Trot on Sunday and stopped the timer in 1:58.1 as they bested front-running Mr Invincible and reinsman Tony Ciuffetelli. Coincidentally, it was Ciuffetelli who owned and trained CSI What's My Name in his award winning 2013 campaign. Yarock's other victory came behind his Nowerland Nathan (Sir Taurus) as they went wire-to-wire at odds of 10-1 in the $5,000 CKG Billings Amateur Driving Series. Nowerland Nathan's third victory of the year came in 2:00.2. Jim Doherty Jr. trains both CSI What's My Name and Nowerland Nathan for Yarock who enjoyed a driving double in the Billings Series. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway  

MANALAPAN, NJ - March 8, 2014 - Bruce B. McElven, age 66, co-owner of the 2002 Trotting Horse of the Year Fool's Goal, passed away suddenly March 6, 2014 at home. He was a lifelong resident of Pemberton, NJ, and graduate of Pemberton Township High School Class of 1966. McElven was a fuel oil merchant and was the second generation owner of McElven Fuel Inc., Pemberton. He was a member of Grace Episcopal Church and former member of the Pemberton Rotary and the Pemberton Sportsman's Club. He co-owned and bred, with Ron Allen, the Jim Doherty-trained Fool's Goal, who raced from 1997 to 2005, posting 35 wins, nine seconds and 10 thirds from 112 starts and earnings of $3,057,070. He was preceded in death by his parents, David and Edith McElven, and his brother, Buddy Dale. He leaves his fiance Sharon L. Scorer. He is the former husband of Kathy McElven, the father of Wendy Cicero, grandfather of Andrew and Matthew, uncle of Beth Castellini and her husband, Mike, close friend of Thomas and Lynora Budd and Marvin Maker, stepfather of Judy, Johnni, Jennnifer and Jessica, and step grandfather of Andrew, Arianna and Lukas. Visitation will take place from 3 to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, March12, 2014 at the Lankenau Funeral Home, 31 Elizabeth Street, Pemberton Borough, NJ, with funeral service at 6 p.m. http://www.lankenaufuneralhomes.com/obits/obituary.php?id=456465 by Carol Hodes, for SBOANJ              

Harnesslink announced today that Chris Tully, a well-known harness racing insider, has added the role of Social Media Director for Harnesslink.com to his growing list of duties.  Tully, a recent MBA graduate and marketing manager, is well-versed in all aspects of Standardbred harness racing, including sales, breeding, racing and industry promotion. Over the course of his 40 years of involvement in the sport, Tully has been an auction company executive, racetrack manager, amateur driving champion, trainer, owner, pedigree reader, yearling sales ring handler and sales agent. Harnesslink.com’s founder and CEO, John Curtin noted, “We are very excited to have someone as energetic and knowledgeable as Chris Tully to head-up our social media department. Social Media is one of the fastest growing components of our digital platform.  His diverse skill set and vast experience will give Harnesslink a trustworthy content source for our expanding Twitter, Facebook , YouTube and Instagram presence.” Tully began working with horses at his father, Hall of Famer Phil Tully’s breeding farm, Woodstock Stud in Bethel, NY, when he was just eight years old.  He started out painting fences, mowing and weed trimming, during his youth and over time worked his way into the barn, cleaning stalls, feeding broodmares, and ultimately grooming yearlings for the sales. Over his formative years, Chris rubbed horses for George Gilmour at Monticello Raceway and Hall of Famer Jim Doherty at the Meadowlands.  After attending Morrisville College, Tully then worked for his father’s successful auction sales company, Garden State Standardbred performing data entry. Eventually, his pre-internet-era innovations with pedigree production helped elevate him to the position of Sales Manager. He then tried his hand at amateur driving, and soon found himself in the winner’s circle for five legs and the final of the popular CKG Billings Harness Drivers Series that helped him earn the United States Harness Writers Association Amateur Driver of the Year honors in 1993. Currently, Tully is handling the marketing efforts for Winners Circle Blueberries, ensuring that the five million packages sold annually worldwide have a prominent picture of a champion racehorse and a QR code linking back to the firm’s webpage and harness racing industry sites.  In addition, he coordinates the various harness racing promotions that the Bill Augustine supports, such as race sponsorship, HHYF philanthropy, amateur driving, and race program advertising. Tully served for nine years as a director for District 8 (Upstate NY) for the United States Trotting Association, and was also the General Manager of Goshen Historic Track. Tully is currently the national first vice president of the United States Harness Writers Association, and has been the Monticello-Goshen Chapter’s president for the last decade.  In addition, Tully is a popular graphic artist and is responsible for the design and production of the Dan Patch Awards journal, as well as the Hall of Fame Souvenir journal and the Harness Racing Museum gift catalog. By Steve Wolf for Harnesslink.com

As the seven month C.K.G. Billings Harness Drivers Series heads into the home stretch two trots were staged at the Mighty M on Wednesday, Oct. 2. In the first Billings split, Bob “the Headhunter” Hechkoff had his veteran trotter Tremendous Hit on the pole and they took the lead on the first turn although Terry “the Dairy Queen” Donnelly with Canadian Princess also wanted that location. However Hechkoff had other thoughts. He not only parked Donnelly past the quarter but he kept her on the limb the entire mile through relatively stiff fractions but neither Donnelly nor Canadian Princess quit. They were still second on the outside at the three quarters and at the top of the lane Donnelly’s mare finally tired but didn’t give it up as Tremendous Hit finally drew off by two lengths to win in 2:01.4. “Chicago George” Bonomo, with Upfrontstrikesgold rallied to be second while Canadian Princess hung on gamely for third money . “He’s a great old guy and such a pleasure to drive,” Hechkoff, an executive recruiter by trade, , said of Tremendous Hit.”I love this horse.” Sent off as the favorite in the race Tremendous Hit, owned by Hechkoff’s RBH Ventures, paid $4.40 for win. The other split saw Dave “Steady As” Yarock and Guiding Light bide their time In The Pocket and move forward as others in front pulled off the pylons. At the top of the stretch they were second on the inside but still some two lengths behind the pace-setter, Two Shot Lead, driven by Alan “the Intimidator” Schwartz. It appeared that Two Shot Lead would get the job done but in the deep stretch his strides shortened and Guiding Light went charging by and went on to defeat him and win by a length in 2:01.2. Northmedo Wine Guy and “Mighty Matt” Zuccarello took home the show dough. Jim Doherty, Jr. trains Guiding Light who’s owned by Yarock, who is a financial planner by profession. Sent off at odds of 6-1 the veteran 9 year old trotting gelding returned a $14.20 win payoff. by John Manzi for Monticello Raceway  

MANALAPAN, NJ – September 20, 2013 – Choco Sun led a Chocolatier sweep of the top three spots of the $25,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes – Green Acres and Super Classic won the $38,500 Charles I. Smith Trot on Friday, September 20, 2013 at Freehold Raceway. Choco Sun, driven by Jim Meittinis and trained by Oriano Torstensson, captured the Green Acres Final for two-year-old trotting colts and geldings in 1:59.3, finishing a nose ahead of Chocolate Day and a length and a quarter in front of Holiday Spirit. All three are sons of Chocolatier. The seventh race longshot, Choco Sun paid $54.20 to win, picking up his second straight victory. He has been first or second in four of five starts, banking more than $21,000 for Eirik Djuve of Sola, Norway. Muscle On In, the betting favorite, broke stride, finished seventh and was placed eighth on a disqualification. Super Classic, a son of Muscles Yankee, romped to a six and a quarter length tally over Dagget [Chocolatier] and Bouncer [Muscles Yankee] was nine and a quarter back in third in the $38,500 Charles I. Smith for New Jersey-sired three-year-old trotters. The Jim Doherty trainee, driven by Eric Abbatiello, trotted the mile in 2:00.2. William Augustine of Hammonton, NJ owns Super Classic, who picked up his second straight win and pushed his career bankroll to $73,953 with three wins, one second and four thirds in 22 starts. The Charles Smith, contested before the betting card, is sponsored by the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey. In a three-horse $7,000 division of the Green Acres for two-year-old trotting fillies, also took place off the betting card, Worldrecordsweeper [Muscles Yankee] finished a neck ahead of I’ll Bring Dessert [Chocolatier] in 2:03.1 Muscle Pump Queen [Muscles Yankee] was third by 15 ¼ lengths. Kevin Oscarsson drove Worldrecordsweeper, who is trained by Jim Oscarsson and owned by Jokikunnan Tila Oy of Finland. by Carol Hodes for SBOANJ  

MANALAPAN, NJ - September 19, 2013 - Muscle On In has been installed as the slight 3-1 morning line favorite in the $25,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes - Green Acres Final for two-year-old trotting colts and geldings, the seventh race on Friday, September 20, 2013 at Freehold Raceway.. The son of Muscle Hill, driven by Daniel Dube for trainer Chris Ryder, drew post seven. The colt has two wins in seven starts, including an Arden division and last week's third leg of the Green Acres. He has banked nearly $20,000 for Ryder and partners Robert Mondilo of Delaware, OH and Max Wernick of New City, NY. Second choice in the morning line is the Revenue gelding Angels Ransom, trained and driven by Roland Mallar, listed at 7-2 from post three. Angels Ransom won the opening leg of the Green Acres and finished second in his last two starts. He has finished in-the-money in four of eight starts for owner Michael Andrew of Gorham, ME. The Green Acres field [from the rail out with sire, driver, trainer and morning line]: Holiday Spirit, Chocolatier, Steve Smith, Nicholas Callahan, 5-1; Skates N Plates, Revenue, Jim Marshall III, Paul Reid, 8-1; Angels Ransom, Revenue, Roland Mallar, Roland Mallar, 8-1; Celebrity Spitfire, Muscles Yankee, Eric Abbatiello, Susanne Strandqvist, 10-1; Choco Sun, Chocolatier, Jim Meittinis, Orjan Torstensson, 6-1; Chocolate Day, Chocolatier, Marcus Johansson, Julie Miller, 9-2; Muscle On It, Muscle Hill, Daniel Dube, Chris Ryder, 3-1 and Time N Tide, Chocolatier, Steven Smith, Nicholas Callahan, 5-1. Chocolate Day and Time N Tide are coupled in the wagering. Hall of Fame driver Cat Manzi, who suffered a fracture pelvis in a racing accident at Freehold Raceway on September 6 and went into rehab on September 11, is scheduled to be released and head home on Friday, September 20, 2013, according to his wife, Ellen. Super Classic, a Hambletonian hopeful in August, makes his next start in the $38,500 Charles I. Smith Final, a non-wagering event for New Jersey-sired three-year-old trotters which drew three entrants. Super Classic, owned by William J. Augustine of Hammonton, NJ, has two wins, one second and four thirds from 21 career starts and earnings of $54,703. Eric Abbatiello will drive for trainer Jim Doherty. The competition includes Bouncer, a son of Muscles Yankee driven by Tom Jackson and trained by James Petruccelli, and Dagget, a Chocolatier gelding from the barn of John Butenschoen and driven by Tyler Butenschoen. The Charles Smith is sponsored by the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey. The Charles Smith Final has a post time of 12:20 p.m. and follows a $7,000 second leg of the New Jersey Sire Stakes - Green Acres for two-year-old trotting fillies at 12:15 p.m. Three are entered in the filly trot: Worldrecordsweeper by Muscles Yankee, I'll Bring Dessert by Chocolatier and Muscle Pump Queen by Muscles Yankee. by Carol Hodes for SBOANJ  

MANALAPAN, NJ – September 17, 2013 – Super Classic, a Hambletonian hopeful in August, makes his next start in the $38,500 Charles I. Smith Final on Friday, September 20, 2013 at Freehold Raceway. The non-wagering event for New Jersey-sired three-year-old trotters drew three entrants.  "This colt was in against [eventual winner] Royalty For Life on August 3 at the Meadowlands, clearly the toughest of the three Hambletonian divisions,” said owner William J. Augustine of Hammonton, NJ.  “I think he raced well that day, considering the fierce competition.  He has been freshened up and showed that he can handle Freehold's half-mile track by winning his last start pretty handily.” Augustine, owner of Winners Circle Blueberries and an accomplished amateur driver, made a barn change after the Hambletonian, turning the gelded son of Muscles Yankee over to Hall of Famer Jim Doherty.  Freehold’s leading driver, Eric Abbatiello, will be in the sulky and leave from the rail position. Super Classic has two wins, one second and four thirds from 21 career starts and earnings of $54,703. The competition includes Bouncer, a son of Muscles Yankee driven by Tom Jackson and trained by James Petruccelli, and Dagget, a Chocolatier gelding from the barn of John Butenschoen and driven by Tyler Butenschoen.  The Charles Smith is sponsored by the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey.  The Charles Smith Final has a post time of 12:20 p.m. and follows a $7,000 second leg of the New Jersey Sire Stakes – Green Acres for two-year-old trotting fillies at 12:15 p.m. Three are entered in the filly trot: Worldrecordsweeper by Muscles Yankee, I’ll Bring Dessert by Chocolatier and Muscle Pump Queen by Muscles Yankee.  The feature on the betting card is the $25,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes – Green Acres Final for two-year-old trotting colts and geldings, the seventh race.  by Carol Hodes for SBOANJ  

JS Trotting Bob (CR Excalibur) continued his sensational freshman season on Friday night at Saratoga Casino and Raceway as the New York Sire Stakes for two year old colt and gelding trotters took center stage on the fifteen race card. JS Trotting Bob was acquired by the KJ Stables of Baldwinsville, NY a little over a month ago and has since gone four-for-four after his Friday night romp at the Spa in the $90,863 Sire Stakes race. Jim Morrill Jr was in town to pilot the freshman trotter for trainer Tracy Brainard and sat patiently in midpack before unleashing his attack heading to the three quarter pole. The race’s 1-9 betting favorite, JS Trotting Bob prevailed in 2:00.3 over an off track that followed a day full of rain. The two year old standout is now seven for eight in his young career and will head into the Night of Champions as the two year old colt to beat. The other $90,863 Sire Stakes race went to Jim Doherty’s Mister Anson (Conway Hall), who benefited from a disqualification of first place finisher Cash Me Out. It was the first career victory for Mister Anson who may have punched his ticket to the Sire Stakes final with the win. Live racing continues on Saturday at the Spa with a 6:45pm first post. by Mike Sardella for Saratoga Raceway

BATAVIA, NY ---- JS Trotting Bob established a new Batavia Downs track record for 2-year-old colt trotters Monday afternoon by going wire-to-wire in 1:58.2 over a fast track in a $50,506 division of the New York Sires Stakes. That eclipsed the old mark of 1:58.4 set by Dejarmbro in 2010. Morrill Jr. then made it a clean sweep in the Sires Stakes as he guided Flyhawk El Durado to an easy 4-1/2 victory over General Bill Brown in 2:01.3 in the second $50,506 leg. Morrill Jr. finished with six winners on the Labor Day afternoon. While JS Trotting Bob ($3.20) set the new track record, he did have some anxious moments down the stretch. After posting fractions of 29.4, 59.1 and 1:29.0, he had to hold off an impressive late charge by Cash Me Out (Michael McGivern) who managed to close in within a half-length at the wire but had to settle for second. Daley Lovin (Dan Daley) was third. Morrill Jr. said of close finish, "My colt wasn't all in...he's still green. He stops then starts again." Fortunately for JS Trotting Bob, he had enough withstand the late challenge and score his sixth win in seven career starts. JS Trotting Bob (CR Excalibur-CR Mimosa) is owned by Ken Jacob's, KJ Stables and trained by Arnold Marks. The win put his earnings to $110,312 on the season. Flyhawk El Durado (Conway Hall-El Paso Gal) went gate-to-wire in notching his fourth win in seven appearances. He posted some leisurely fractions of 30.1, 1:01.4 to the half. But midway down the backstretch, General Bill Brown made a big brush and caught the attention of Flyhawk El Durado ($3.40). But that threat was quickly rebuffed by the winner and General Bill Brown had to settle for second while Mister Anson (Jim Doherty) took the show spot. Lukas Hall (Cat Manzi), sent off at 1-1, was sitting the garden spot around the final turn behind Flyhawk El Durado but broke stride and lost any hope. With the victory Flyhawk El Durado increased his winnings to $145,822 for owner Martin Scharf. Mark Ford trained the winner. In the $12,700 Excelsior Series for 2-year-old colt trotters, Winbak Glory ($9.10) and Cat Manzi went the fastest mile in the four divisions with a 2:00.4. Royal Max ($6.90) and John Stark Jr. posted a victory in 2:01.3 in the second division while in the third leg HS Merlin (Dan Daley) pulled the shocker with a $18.80 win in 2:03. Finally in the fourth and final division, Morrill Jr. cruised with Crazolo ($2.30) in 2:01.4. Haste (Jim McNeight) used a seasonal best of 1:57.4 to register a surprising $26.00 victory in the $8,500 Open Trot. The $3,000 Guaranteed Pick-4, which begins in the third race, returns on Wednesday night when racing resumes with a 12-race card slated for 6:30 p.m. The entire program will be telecast live on Time-Warner Cable, Channel 98 in Rochester and surrounding areas. The feature will be the seventh race as the Filly and Mare Open Pace will be contested for $8,500. Real Joy and driver Shawn McDonough are the 5-2 morning line favorite scoring from the six post. For more information including upcoming promotions, news and race replays, go to http://bataviadownscasino.com/live-racing . by Brian J. Mazurek

YONKERS, NY, Tuesday, August 20, 2013--New York Sire Stakes hit town Tuesday night, with Yonkers Raceway hosting the $283,574 Milt Taylor Trot for 2-year-old colts and geldings. With the event attracting just a dozen, it meant a pair of divisions going for a cool $141,787 each. That fun factoid suited driver Jim Morrill Jr. just fine, since he won 'em both. The first event saw 3-10 favorite Crazzycrazzy (Brian Sears) wanting nothing to do with the doings. He was off-stride behind the gate, caught the field, then broke again. That left second choice J's Trotting Bob ($8.10)--leaving from post position No. 2--to his own devices. Taking over from 57-1 shot General Bill Brown (Tyler Raymer) right at a :29.3 opening quarter-mile, simple sub-stations of 1:00.2, 1:30.31, and 1:59 left him 2¾ lengths to the good at the wire. Cash Me Out (Mickey McGivern) rallied into second, with a first-up Daley Lovin' (Dan Daley), General Bill Brown and My Friend Charlie (Chris Lems) rounding out the payees. "Bob," a CR Excalibur gelding owned by Ken Jacob's KJ Stables and trained by Arnie Marks, is now 5-for-6 this season after a successful sire stakes debut. The exacta paid $41.20, with the triple returning $88.50. Morrill and third choice, pole-sitting Flyhawk El Durado ($11.60), rallied from a loose pocket in the second event...which again saw a Sears escort jump it off. Credit Fashion, the slight second choice, lost it in the first turn. He did catch back trotting as tepid 6-5 choice Lukas Hall (Jeff Gregory) made the lead around the eventual winner. Lukas Hall (:29.3, 1:00.1) then surrendered the lead to a big third-quarter move from Credit Fashion, who found a 1:30.4 next station and had two lengths turning for home. However, he could not close the sale, with Flyhawk El Durado chasing him down the passing lane. "El Durado" won by a half-length in 1:59.4. Credit Fashion saved second, with Lukas Hall, Consumer Rate (Cat Manzi) and Mister Anson (Jim Doherty) settling for the remainder. Flyhawk El Durado, a son of Conway Hall trained by Mark Ford for owner Martin Scharf, has won half of his six seasonal starts. The exacta paid $27.80, with the triple returning $72. Thursday night's features the $289,775 NYSS Jim Meagher Pace for frosh colts and geldings. Three ($96,025, $96,025 and $97,725) events, going as races 3,4 and 6 are on the agenda. The Raceway's five-night-per-week live schedule continues, with first post every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:10 PM. Evening simulcasting accompanies all live programs, with afternoon simulcasting available around the NYRA schedule. by Frank Drucker  

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