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Harness racing's richest horse this year, Father Patrick, will look to add to his bankroll when he visits Indiana's Hoosier Park for Friday's $230,000 Carl Erskine Trot for 3-year-olds. Father Patrick, who on Tuesday ascended to the No. 1 spot in the weekly Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll, knocking Sebastian K from the position he held each of the previous 23 weeks of the rankings, drew post one for the Erskine with regular driver Yannick Gingras. Father Patrick has earned $1.38 million this year. The Erskine is part of a stakes-filled card at Hoosier, along with the $275,000 Monument Circle for 3-year-old male pacers, $211,500 Hoosier Park Pacing Derby for older pacers, $193,000 Moni Maker for 3-year-old female trotters, and $176,500 Nadia Lobell for 3-year-old female pacers. Father Patrick hails from the stable of trainer Jimmy Takter, who conditions the five richest trotters in North America this season: 3-year-old colts Father Patrick, Nuncio and Trixton, followed by 3-year-old fillies Shake It Cerry and Lifetime Pursuit. Nuncio, who last weekend won the Yonkers Trot, has earned $1.29 million. It marks the first time in harness racing history that one trainer has produced two million-dollar trotters in the same division. Shake It Cerry and Lifetime Pursuit will square off in the Moni Maker Stakes. Father Patrick is coming off a three-length victory in the American-National Stakes at Chicago's Balmoral Park on Oct. 11. He has won 11 of 14 starts this year, including the Canadian Trotting Classic, Beal Memorial, Zweig Memorial, and Stanley Dancer Memorial. He has five wins in his most recent six races, with his only setback being a second-place finish to Nuncio in the Kentucky Futurity on Oct. 5. "He got a nice little break after the American-National," Takter said. "He had a little foot issue (in the Futurity). He wasn't happy about that. In his start in Chicago, I saw right away he was on the right foot there. "It's got to be perfect for these horses, that's the way it is." Father Patrick, a son of Cantab Hall-Gala Dream owned by the Christina Takter-led Father Patrick Stable ownership group, has won 21 of 25 career races and $2.12 million. He was the 2013 Dan Patch Award winner for best 2-year-old male trotter. Takter also sends Odds On Amethyst to the Erskine. Odds On Amethyst has won three of 10 races this season, but gone off stride in five losses. "He's fast enough, but whether he's going to manner himself, that's another thing," Takter said. The race also includes home-track star Rose Run Parker, from the stable of trainer Ron Burke. Rose Run Parker, who has never raced anywhere but Hoosier Park, has won 13 of 15 races this year and $324,700. He will start from post three with regular driver Ricky Macomber Jr. Shake It Cerry has won 12 of 14 races this year and $803,436 while Lifetime Pursuit has won eight of 15 starts and $706,729. Shake It Cerry, the 2013 Dan Patch Award winner for best 2-year-old female trotter, leaves from post six with driver Ron Pierce while Lifetime Pursuit has post two with Gingras. Last time out, Shake It Cerry beat Lifetime Pursuit by three-quarters of a length in the American-National for 3-year-old female trotters. "Both of them raced very good in Chicago," Takter said. "They're going to meet again in Indiana. They're both very, very nice fillies. They've been able to stay sound." Takter's Somewhere In L A, who bumped the starting gate and suffered a nosebleed in the American-National for 3-year-old male pacers and struggled to a seventh-place finish, takes on the Burke Stable's JK Endofanera, Limelight Beach, Big Boy Dreams, At Press Time, and Forty Five Red in the Monument Circle. "He's such a good horse," Takter said about Somewhere In L A. "I love that horse. He's as good as any 3-year-old pacing colt out there. He's very, very tough. I trained him back twice now, and no bleeding. I talked to (Dr.) Patty Hogan and she thought he's going to be fine." The Monument Circle also includes Joe Holloway's Always B Miki, Joe Seekman's Let's Drink On It, and Erv Miller's Jet Airway. Takter's Uffizi Hanover is among the nine 3-year-old filly pacers in the Nadia Lobell, which also includes Jugette winner Color's A Virgin from the stable of Brian Brown. "Uffizi trained so good," Takter said. "She's been having so much problems in the turns, but she was fantastic today. Uffizi, when she has the right day, she's good." The Burke Stable is also well represented in the Hoosier Park Pacing Derby, sending out Sweet Lou, Foiled Again, Bettor's Edge, Clear Vision, and Easy Again. Sweet Lou, who has won 10 of 16 races and $958,558 this year, will try to snap a three-race losing streak. Foiled Again has won six of 23 starts and $701,643 this season, pushing his North American record for career purses to $6.73 million. To view the full card, click here. by Ken Weingartner, for Harness Racing Communications  

TORONTO, October 25 - The finest two-year-olds in harness racing were on display Saturday night at Woodbine Racetrack for the Fall Four Stakes. Consisting of the Governors Cup, Valley Victory, Three Diamonds and Goldsmith Maid, the Fall Four Stakes has been an annual showcase of the best freshmen in the sport. A costly miscue and a giant upset got the action underway in the $464,000 Goldsmith Maid for two-year-old trotting fillies. Mission Brief, the 3/5 heavy favourite, made a break leaving the gate throwing the fate of the rich final up into the air. Capitalizing on the public's choice break was 70-1 longshot Smexi and driver Corey Callahan. A daughter of Explosive Matter, Smexi got a two-hole trip behind Stubborn Belle and driver Paul Macdonell and was able to come off the leaders back in the stretch and trot on to a length and a half victory. Stubborn Belle held on for second, while Juanitas Fury finished third. "Leaving out of there I looked over and saw that she (Mission Brief) had made a break," said Callahan following the race. "We got really lucky Paul and I, we just kind of got things on our own up there, nobody really moved and it worked perfect for me." Trained by Jimmy Takter for owners Christina Takter, John and Jim Fielding and Herb Liverman, Smexi had only one victory in eleven starts heading into the Goldsmith Maid. Takter, who drove Smexi in her elimination last week, handed the lines over to Callahan and told the driver his filly was ready and to put her in the race. "Tonight before the race he (Takter) pulled me aside and told me listen she was a little rough on me last week," said Callahan. "But I warmed her up tonight and she was really sharp and on her toes." The Goldsmith Maid victory pushes Smexi's career bankroll to over $364,000. Smexi paid $159.30 to win, while a $2 exactor paid just under $1,200. Smexi Fall Four night quickly became the Takter show in the $521,000 Valley Victory for two-year-old trotting colts and geldings. Takter trainees finished first, second, fourth and fifth to almost take the entire purse home in the rich final Pinkman and driver Sylvain Filion were able to convert off a second over trip to narrowly defeat stablemate Uncle Lasse by a head in 1:55.4. The heavy 3/5 favourite, Habitat, finished third wedge between Takter starters, as The Bank and Walter White finished fourth and fifth respectively. A son of Explosive Matter, Pinkman was making only his sixth career start in the Valley Victory final, but has now won four of those starts for earnings of over $330,000. Following the race, Takter explained why Pinkman was a little late getting to the races. "We castrated him after his baby races, he kind of didn't pay attention where he was suppose to," said Takter. "He had a very complicated castration, so it took a little bit of a long time for him to get where he (is), but he has surprised me a lot." Takter also said the son of Explosive Matter wasn't on his radar as a superstar training down. "Average, he did everything right, but I had quite a few horses that I thought were a lot better, but these horses that have the good willing to want to do it, especially at this time of year, can get it all." Pinkman is owned by Christina Takter, John and Jim Fielding, Joyce McClelland and Herb Liverman. He returned $16.60 to win. Pinkman Artspeak, this year's Metro Pace winner, bounced back in impressive fashion to win the $565,000 Governors Cup for the two-year-old pacing colts and geldings. Leaving from post position six, Artspeak and driver Scott Zeron got away sixth and were able to get into the outer flow on the backstretch, as Lost For Words hung up a big half of :54.3. As the field rounded the final turn, Pierce Hanover cleared to the front leaving Artspeak second over on the back of Lyons Again, as the field ripped by the three-quarter pole in 1:21.4. In the stretch, Artspeak came off his cover and powered by his rivals to take the lead and score a solid length and a half victory in 1:50.4. Go Daddy Go got up to finish second, while Pierce Hanover held on for third. A son of Western Ideal, Artspeak is trained by Tony Alagna for owners Brittany Farms, Marvin Katz, Joe Sbrocco and In The GYM Partners. Heading into the Governors Cup final, Artspeak had made a break in two consecutive starts for the first two losses of his career. Following the race, Alagna spoke about the recent miscues from the two-year-old and getting him ready for the final. "I came up Tuesday, trained him up Wednesday and he trained fantastic at the farm, so I thought we had the kinks worked out," said Alagna. "Most people know that if I didn't have confidence the horse was ok, with the connections that own the horse he would've never been here to race, so I was very happy that he showed us the redemption that everybody thought he should." After training Artspeak earlier in the week, Alagna said he told the connections at dinner that he had full confidence in the horse. "I told them that night at dinner, he's back on his game, we've got our horse back." By adding the Governors Cup to his resume that already includes the Metro Pace, Artspeak has now won the two richest events of the season for two-year-old pacers. His record now stands at eight wins from ten starts for career earnings of just over $805,000. Artspeak paid $3.50 to win. Jk Shesalady improved to a perfect ten for ten with another victory in the $424,000 Three Diamonds for two-year-old pacing fillies Saturday night at Woodbine. Sent off as the heavy 1/5 favourite, Jk Shesalady and Yannick Gingras got away fifth and sat along the rail until the midway point of the race. Around the final turn, Gingras sent Jk Shealady first up to challenge the leader, The Show Returns, as the fillies were on even terms at the three-quarter pole in 1:24. Jk Shesalady came off the turn and quickly created separation with the field and cruised home to an impressive looking length and a half victory in 1:52.1. Solar Sister took the place spot, while Ideal Nuggets finished third. The Three Diamonds victory was the tenth win in a row for the undefeated Jk Shealady. Following the race, Gingras talked about racing her first up once again Saturday night. "It seems to be working for her, so no sense in changing anything," said Gingras. "She likes to relax in the first half and she's got a huge brush for the second half." A daughter of Art Major, Jk Shesalady is trained by Nancy Johansson for owners 3 Brothers Stable. Jk Shesalady has now banked over $669,000 in her rookie season and has earned herself consideration in Horse of the Year talk. She returned $2.50 to win. Mark McKelvie

Nuncio and driver John Campbell ended up being just a half-length off of sweeping the harness racing Trotting Triple Crown as Nuncio captured the third jewel, the $500,000 Yonkers Trot final, at Yonkers Raceway Saturday. It seemed nearly an effortless effort for the three-year-old son of Andover Hall, who got away in second place early as Don Dorado (Tim Tetrick) shot to the early lead from post seven. Once they reached the opening quarter mile in an easy :29 second, Campbell moved Nuncio to the front and it was pretty much a cake-walk from that point on. Nuncio led the field to the half mile in a leisurely :58.4 with no one coming up to challenge. In the backstretch Journey (Daniel Dube) was able to flush Datsyuk (Charlie Norris) to come first-over as they passed the three-quarters in 1:27.3. Then on the final turn the pocket-sitting Don Dorado went off-stride and it became a two-horse race to the wire. Nuncio went wide coming down the stretch but Datsyuk was unable to gain ground as Nuncio went on to win by two and one-quarter open lengths in 1:56. Datsyuk held for second place with Resolve (David Miller) finishing third. “Father Patrick has gotten a lot of accolades,” said John Campbell, “And Trixton deservingly so too. But this horse (Nuncio) is just so consistent. I have so much admiration and think so highly of this horse because he always gives me such a big effort. Horses like him are hard to find. “Any horse at this level has to have consistency,” Campbell added, They have to have speed, they have to have heart, but his consistency over two years has just been remarkable. He has never put in a poor performance for me at all.” “It takes a pretty good horse,” Campbell said, “to have never raced on a half mile before and put in two great miles like he has is unbelievable.” It was the 60th edition of the Yonkers Trot and the third time that Campbell has won the Triple Crown jewel. Trained by Jimmy Takter and owned by Stall TZ of Vero Beach, FL, it was the tenth win in 15 starts this year for Nuncio. He now sports $1,297,096 in earnings this year. Nuncio paid just $2.10 to win was the 1/9 overwhelming favorite. Nuncio Last week All Bets Off and driver Matt Kakaley barely made it to the final of the $500,000 Messenger Stakes, the third jewel of the Pacing Triple Crown. He tried to wire the field and ended up finishes fourth, beaten just one length. But with the first four official finishers returning for the final, All Bets Off was back in the hunt and drew post six for the final and this time Matt Kakaley made sure no one was able to catch them. Shooting to the early lead with Lyonssomewhere (Brett Miller) fighting off Stevensville (Mark MacDonald) for the two-hole spot, Kakaley made the lead with All Bets Off and cut the mile to the opening quarter mile in a quick :26.3 seconds. Kakaley and All Bets Off were then able to back down the speed slightly, going to the half mile in :55.1 as McWicked and driver David Miller, the 1-2 favorite, made their move first-over from fourth place with Luck Be Withyou (Tim Tetrick) following their outside cover. All Bets Off was in full gear and took the field to the three-quarters in 1:23 and was not letting off the pace. By the top of the stretch, Kakaley and All Bets Off were up by four lengths and then breezed to the wire to win by two and three-quarter lengths in 1:51.1. Luck Be Withyou came on for second with McWicked third. “He wasn’t that good last week,” Matt Kakaley said, “He wasn’t himself. But I had all the faith in the world in Ronnie (Burke) that they would have him ready and they showed up tonight. “I was leaving tonight no matter what,” Kakaley said. “We were not doing to duck’em. He (All Bets Off) can leave so quick. I had him jammed on the car pretty good and he just sprinted right out of there. He was rolling along and had a pretty good hold on me. He was in the bits and felt pretty good and I was pretty confident. “This is huge,” Kakaley said. “This is the biggest win of my career. It’s been a great year for me. And Ronnie has been giving me great opportunities. Things have been going really well thanks to him.” The time of the race for the 50th edition of the Messenger, 1:51.1, was the fastest Messenger Stakes ever held at Yonkers. Sired by Bettor’s Delight, it was the 11th win in 15 starts this year for All Bets Off. Trained by Ron Burke and co-owned by the Burke Racing Stable, Frank Baldachino, Panhellenic Stable and Rosemary Shelswell, All Bets Off paid $11.80 to win. All Bets Off By Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink.com 

A half-length loss in the Hambletonian Stakes prevents Nuncio from a chance at history, but the 3-year-old male trotter can add to his credentials with a win in Saturday's $500,000 Yonkers Trot at Yonkers Raceway. The Yonkers Trot is the third jewel in harness racing's Trotting Triple Crown. Nuncio finished second to stablemate Trixton in the first leg, the Hambletonian, and defeated stablemate Father Patrick by 1-1/4 lengths in the second leg, the Kentucky Futurity. Nuncio, trained by Jimmy Takter and driven by John Campbell, will start the eight-horse Yonkers Trot from post No. 2. The colt has won nine of 14 races this year, including his Yonkers Trot elimination last week, and earned $1.04 million for owner Stefan Melander's Stall TZ Inc. The most recent horse to win the Trotting Triple Crown was Glidemaster in 2006. The last horse to capture two jewels and finish second in the remaining leg was Mack Lobell in 1987. Takter has won the Yonkers Trot three times; Campbell has won twice. "John was very pleased with him (last week)," Takter said about Nuncio, who brings a three-race win streak to Yonkers. "He was very strong in the stretch. He's in great form. The horse is sharp." Nuncio has never finished worse than second in any of his 24 career starts, posting 14 victories while earning $1.50 million. Eight of Nuncio's 10 lifetime second-place finishes have come behind Father Patrick, who leads all harness racing horses in purses this season with $1.38 million. Takter did not enter Father Patrick in the Yonkers Trot. "That's very difficult, especially racing in all the major stakes," Takter said, referring to Nuncio finishing first or second in all his starts. "He's got a fantastic resume. He's a really hard worker. "Father Patrick, he's (Wayne) Gretzky or Michael Jordan. There's no effort. Nuncio really has to work at it to be what he is. The other one, he's just got it. But Nuncio has got a hell of an attitude; a great attitude." New York Sire Stakes champion Gural Hanover, who won the other Yonkers Trot elimination, starts from post No. 1 with Jim Morrill Jr. driving for trainer Ron Burke. Saturday's card at Yonkers also includes the $500,000 Messenger Stakes for 3-year-old pacers and the $250,000 International Trot Preview Invitational, along with the $150,854 Lady Maud for 3-year-old female pacers and $124,590 Hudson Trot for 3-year-old female trotters. The Messenger is the third leg of the Pacing Triple Crown. Takter's Lyonssomewhere won the first jewel, the Cane Pace, and starts the Messenger from post No. 3. Limelight Beach, who won the second leg of the Crown, the Little Brown Jug, did not enter the Messenger. Lyonssomewhere went off stride while leading his elimination in the Little Brown Jug and failed to advance to the second heat. "He could have won the Jug if he didn't do whatever he did in the last turn," Takter said. "It was like the biggest shock of the year. If he won his elimination, he would have had a hell of a shot at it. It's the small details. You've got to click. That's why it's tough to win it." Luck Be Withyou, who won the Messenger elimination last week, starts from post five with Tim Tetrick at the lines for trainer Chris Oakes. The field also includes multiple-stakes-winners McWicked and All Bets Off. The last horse to win the Pacing Triple Crown was No Pan Intended in 2003. Sebastian K, history's fastest trotter with a mark of 1:49, headlines the International Trot Preview, which also features European star Commander Crowe and 2013 Horse of the Year Bee A Magician, who is the only female trotter in the eight-horse event. Commander Crowe is making his first start in North America since the 2012 Breeders Crown. He will stay in the U.S. to compete in this year's Breeders Crown in November at the Meadowlands. by Ken Weingartner, for Harness Racing Communications

YONKERS, NY, Tuesday, October 21, 2014—All together now…”The pills are alive with the sound of stakes draws…” Post positions have been procured for Yonkers Raceway’s stakes-stuffed Saturday night program, which features more than $1.5 million in purses for the five features, a $20,000 guaranteed all-stakes-race Pick 5 pool and a free t-shirt (while supplies last).  First post for the baker’s-dozen buffet is 7:10 PM. Race 5 – $500,000 YONKERS TROT NO. 60 (3-year-old colts/geldings) approximate post time 8:50 PM, with approx. 20-25 minutes between these races 1-Gural Hanover (Jim Morrill Jr.) 2-Nuncio (John Campbell) 3-Expressive Action (Jason Bartlett) 4-Datsyuk (Charlie Norris) 5-Resolve (Tim Tetrick) 6-King City (George Brennan) 7-Journey (Dan Dube) 8-Don Dorado (Tetrick also listed) Race 6 – $500,000 MESSENGER STAKES 1-Stevensville (Mark MacDonald) 2-National Debt (Bartlett) 3-Lyonssomewhere (Brett Miller) 4-McWicked (Dave Miller) 5-Luck Be Withyou (Tetrick) 6-e-All Bets Off (Matt Kakaley) 7-Western Conquest (Brent Holland) 8-e-Forty Five Red (Brennan) e-Ron Burke owner/trainer entry Race 7 – $150,874 HUDSON FILLY TROT  1-Highest Peak (Ake Svanstedt) 2-e-Market Rally (Morrill Jr.) 3-Mistresswithmuscle (Driver TBA) 4-e-Avalacious (MacDonald) 5-Bambino Supreme (Brennan) 6-Yoga (Brett Miller) e-Ron Burke owner/trainer entry Race 8 – $124,590 LADY MAUD  1-Do Your Job (Eric Carlson) 2-Act Now (Brennan) 3-Scandalicious (Dube) 4-Anagada (Campbell) 5-Fancy Desire (Brennan also listed) 6-Tyra (Tetrick) 7-e-Beautiful Lady (Kakaley) 8-e-A La Notte Hanover (Kakaley also listed) e-Ron Burke owner/trainer entry Race 9 – $250,000 INTERNATIONAL TROT PREVIEW (1¼ miles) 1-Commander Crowe (Orjan Kihlstrom) 2-Bee a Magician (Dave Miller) 3-Archangel (Kakaley) 4-Obrigado (Bartlett) 5-Arch Madness (Trond Smedshammer) 6-Sebastian K (Ake Svanstedt) 7-Natural Herbie (Verlin Yoder) 8-Not Afraid (Brett Miller) Program changes are to be made Wednesday morning. Please be advised that program pages Saturday’s Pick 5 (50-cent base) shall be available for perusal no later than Wednesday afternoon at www.yonkersraceway.com. As always, the guaranteed pool is a joint venture of the Raceway, the Standardbred Owners Association of New York and the US Trotting Association’s Strategic Wagering Program.      Yonkers 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 daily.  by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

Through the first 32 consecutive editions of Maywood Park’s Windy City Pace several of this prominent 3-year-old stakes have likely been won or lost by the luck of the draw a few days before the race. Drawing outside on a half-miler can be a disaster in a big money event. For that matter a poor post can sometimes have a dramatic effect on a horse’s chances to win on a big track as well. After Somewhere In L A acquired the 10-hole in last week’s $227,000 American National 3-year-old colt pace at Balmoral Park his driver Brett Miller had to be grinning when he learned the Jimmy Takter gelding landed the two-slot for tonight’s $180,000 Windy City Pace. Last week Somewhere In L A came from seventh at the three-quarter pole to finish second best behind JK Endofanera, uncorking a :26.4 last quarter. “Of course drawing the 10-hole hurt my horse’s chances but what hurt us even more was having Limelight Beach and JF Endofanera starting right next to us,: said Brett. “I was kind of forced to do the opposition of what they did. Nevertheless my horse raced really good. “Jimmy Takter has done a great job with the horse. Somewhere In L A is no doubt one of the nicest horses I have ever sat behind,” continued the 41-year--old Ohio native with over 6,700 career driving wins. “Somewhere In L A is a Cadillac to drive. He can do it any way. He can race up-front. He can race off the pace and he can race first-over. There are a lot of horses who can’t race first-over. Unfortunately I’ve been stuck with him first-over quite a bit. “In the Adios I was first over. In the Jug I was first-over, so I’m very happy he got the two-hole in the Windy City. “This horse has made $444,000 this year and honestly, not to be whining, if he had drawn some better post position who knows how much he could have made.” Somewhere In L A will open up as the 2-1 morning line favorite to add the winner’s share of the Windy City purse to his bank account for his east coast owners J&T Silvia, Deo Volente Farms and T L P Stable who acquired the son of Somebeachsomewhere on June 1 of this year. Let’s Drink On It (Travis Seekman), an American National champion at two, is the 5-2 second choice with the one-slot. The Joe Seekman went from 10th to 3rd last week in the final quarter of the mile of the 3-year-old American National pace and was second best to Limelight Beach in the Jug Final on the Delaware, Ohio half-mile oval. Big Boy Dreams (4-1, Tim Tetrick), also figures to get a lot of play after last week’s 1:51.1 romp in a American National Consolation, the Ron Burke trainee’s second start on Lasix. From the four slot out you’ll find Three Of Clubs (6-1, Doug Mc Nair), Kingofthe jungle (20-1, Brian Carpenter), Neat (10-1, Casey Leonard), On Golden Ponder (12-1, Dean Magee) and the Illinois bred champ Unlocked (15-1, Dave Magee). by Mike Paradise, for IHHA

Hickory Lane Farm, Findlay, Ohio is pleased to announce that it is adding another world champion trotter to its stallion roster in 2015 when World Champion, Uncle Peter (Cantab Hall-Victory Treasure-Enjoy Lavec), 1:54.2; 3, 1:52.3f; 4, 1:50.3f ($1,290,660) joins World Champion, Dejarmbro to form the most prolific tandem of promising young trotting stallions to stand in the state of Ohio. Winner of just under 1.3 million dollars and 13 races, Uncle Peter, at age 2, won the elimination and final of the Breeder's Crown on a 5/8 mile track in 1:54.2f. At 3, he won the Stanley Dancer Memorial, an elimination of the Hambletonian, a Pennsylvania Sires Stakes and the Pennsylvania All Stars. At 4, he established a world record for four year olds on a 5/8 mile track of 1:50.3f while banking in excess of a half a million dollars racing against the best trotters in North America. Born and raised in Ohio at Winterwood Farm, Uncle Peter will stand for an introductory service fee of $6,000.00. Uncle Peter is syndicated and shares are still available for purchase. For more information, please contact R. Kevin Greenfield, Syndicate Manager at 419-346-0609, kgreenfield@gkflaw.com or Hickory Lane Farm Manager, Brad Wallace at 419-422-3004, brad@hickorylanefarm.com From Hickory Lane Farm

Shake It Cerry trotted to a new harness racing stakes and track record clocking of 1:52.2 in the $150,000 American National 3-year-Old Filly Trot Saturday night at Balmoral Park. The previous record was 1:54, set in 2010 by Springtime Volo and in 2000 by Armbro Temple. Reined by Ron Pierce for trainer Jimmy Takter and the Solveig's Racing Partners of East Windsor, NJ, the daughter of Donato Hanover notched her 20th career victory and pushed her career earnings to $1,631,205.   "She's incredibly fast off the gate," said the filly's caretaker Helen Engblom. "I know that Lifetime Pursuit is a really good racehorse so I was a little concerned with her being right on her back. She is a special filly. She's a real sweetheart to be around and easy to take care of."   Shake It Cerry left hard from post nine, with stablemate and 2013 Hambletonian Oaks winner Lifetime Pursuit (Yannick Gingras) right beside her until the former cleared at the :28.1 first quarter. Those two remained tightly bunched through the :57.3 half and the 1:25.3 three-quarters, with Broadway Socks (Dan Rawlings) and Cee Bee Yes (Scott Zeron) following.   Turning for home, Shake It Cerry began to open up on her rivals, being challenged only briefly by Lifetime Pursuit, but to no avail as the former brushed in :26.4 to keep her six-race win streak intact. Lifetime Pursuit picked notched runner-up honors, with the hard-trying Cee Bee Yes grabbing the show money.   Shake It Cerry should be a cince for divisional honors, especially off her victory in the the 49th edition of the $224,000 Kentucky Filly Futurity just one week ago. This season Shake It Cerry has also won the $368,100 Elegant Image at Mohawk in 1:52.1; the $213,500 Miller Memorial at The Meadowlands in 1:53; the $150,000 Zweig at Vernon in 1:53.1; the $93,850 Currie & Ives Final in 1:55.3 at The Meadows; her $35,000 Hambletonian Oaks prep at The Meadowlands in 1:54.4; and the $99,997 PASS Final in 1:53.1 at The Meadows, among others.   Shake It Cerry is the fourth foal out of her dam and is full sister to Solvato 3, 1:53.2f ($300,931) and the 2-year-old Uncle Lasse 2, 1:54.1 ($203,279). She also has a half-brother in Dontyouforgetit 3, 1:52.1f ($598,049). By Kimberly Rinker

Father Patrick added another feather to his illustrious cap by simply cruising to a five length victory in 1:52.2 in the $203,000 American National for harness racing 3-year-old trotters Saturday night at Balmoral Park.   The son of Cantab Hall-Gala Dream-Enjoy Lavec led at every post for driver Yannick Gingras, comfortably trotting through fractions of :28.2, :57.2 and 1:24.4. That final time equaled the Balmoral track record for sophomore trotting colts.   "I was open to any idea when the wings folded and no one was going out of there, so I left easily and it was a walk in the park for him. The last time he got away with a half like that was when he qualified," said Gingras. "I asked him to trot down the lane as I didn't want to get too cute and have anyone catch us, but was just on cruise control."   Trained by Jimmy Takter for the Father Patrick Stable of East Windsor, NJ, Father Patrick upped his seasonal earnings to $1,385,581 and his career earnings to $2,129,638.   E L Titan finished in second for driver Ron Pierce and trainer Riina Rekila, while Rompaway Galaxy got up for third with John Campbell in the sulky for trainer Krista Harmon.   The victory was career win 21 for Father Patrick and seasonal win 11. Father Patrick was the unanimous choice by the US Harness Writers as the Dan Patch Award winning 2-Year-Old Trotting Colt of 2013 when he won 10 of 11 starts, including the Peter Haughton Memorial, William Wellwood Memorial and the Breeders Crown, setting a world record mark of 1:52.1f at Pocono Downs. He was also the leading money winner in his division with $755,047 in seasonal earnings in 2013. This year, Father Patrick's wins include a 1:50.4 triumph in a division of the Bluegrass Stakes at The Red Mile on Sept. 28, and wins in the $613,800 Canadian Trotting Classic; the $260,000 Pennsylvania Sire Stakes Championship Final and the $340,000 Zweig Memorial, the $500,000 Earl Beal Jr at Pocono Downs in a world record time of 1:50.2f and the $317 Stanley Dancer Memorial in 1:51.3, among others. Father Patrick was bred by Brittany Farms, and was a $105,000 yearling purchase at the 2012 Lexington Selected Sale. He is a full brother to million-dollar-earner and 2010 Dan Patch Award winner Pastor Stephen, 3, 1:52.4s, ($1,048,607), and also has a 2-year-old full brother in Whom Shall I Fear (a $475,000 yearling purchase at the 2013 Lexington Selected Sale), who finished second by a head on Oct. 3 at Lexington to longshot Aldabaran Eagle in 1:55.1 with Gingras in the sulky. Takter also conditions this colt. Kimberly A. Rinker

Two-million dollar winner Father Patrick invades the Chicago racing scene on Saturday night, headlining a field of ten sophomore trotters in the $203,000 American National 3-Year-Old Colt Trot, slated as the fourth race on the big American National Night program. Trained by Jimmy Takter and driven by Yannick Gingras, Father Patrick is owned by the Father Patrick Stables of East Windsor, NJ and to date has earnings of $2,036,258. Takter named the colt in honor of the Rev. Patrick McDonnell of the St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church in Hightstown, N.J. McDonnell said he was first taken aback, then welcomed the idea of having a horse named after him.   "Most people have a baby named after them," McDonnell, 70, offered. "What do you do when you have a 1,200-pound horse named after you when it comes to birthdays and things like that?" Takter, 53, was inducted into the Harness Racing Hall of Fame in 2012 and has conditioned three Hambletonian champions, including this year's winner Trixton, who he also drove to victory in trotting's biggest event. He also harnessed Hambo champs Muscle Massive in 2010 and Malabar Man in 1997. Despite training more than 1,487 winners to $86,429,844 in purses, Takter says Father Patrick is in a league of his own. "I had a lot of great horses," he acknowledged. "I'd been looking for that horse I consider quite outstanding. I think Father Patrick is that horse. He's so flexible, has a great gait and a very sound horse. He's extremely easy to work with and never gives you a bad day He's one of a kind." Father Patrick was the unanimous choice by the US Harness Writers as the Dan Patch Award winning 2-Year-Old Trotting Colt of 2013 when he won 10 of 11 starts, including the Peter Haughton Memorial, William Wellwood Memorial and the Breeders Crown, setting a world record mark of 1:52.1f at Pocono Downs. He was also the leading money winner in his division with $755,047 in seasonal earnings in 2013. This year, Father Patrick's wins include a 1:50.4 triumph in a division of the Bluegrass Stakes at The Red Mile on Sept. 28, and wins in the $613,800 Canadian Trotting Classic; the $260,000 Pennsylvania Sire Stakes Championship Final and the $340,000 Zweig Memorial, the $500,000 Earl Beal Jr at Pocono Downs in a world record time of 1:50.2f and the $317 Stanley Dancer Memorial in 1:51.3, among others. Last Sunday at The Red Mile he was bested by stablemate Nuncio in the $435,000 Kentucky Futurity in the late stretch after battling the latter throughout the last half of the race. Coincidentally, Nuncio was only horse to defeat Father Patrick during his freshman campaign. That tough-luck loss did nothing to tarnish the colt's image with regular driver Yannick Gingras who was still singing his praises after the loss. "He's a great horse," Gingras stated. "When I made the move to the Meadowlands, I made it to drive great horses and he's definitely the most talented horse I've driven." The Father Patrick Stable is comprised of owners Adam Bowden, John Fielding, Christina Takter, Brittany Farms, Brixton Medical AB, Marvin Katz, Al Libfeld and Sam Goldband. Co-owner Bowden owns Diamond Creek Farm, which has facilities in both Kentucky and Pennsylvania, and it's at one of those facilities that Father Patrick will stand stud once his racing career is finished. Father Patrick was bred by Brittany Farms, and is a son of Cantab Hall out of the unraced Enjoy Lavec mare Gala Dream. He was a $105,000 yearling purchase at the 2012 Lexington Selected Sale and is a full brother to million-dollar-earner and 2010 Dan Patch Award winner Pastor Stephen, 3, 1:52.4s, ($1,048,607). He also has a 2-year-old full brother in Whom Shall I Fear (a $475,000 yearling purchase at the 2013 Lexington Selected Sale), who finished second by a head on Oct. 3 at Lexington to longshot Aldabaran Eagle in 1:55.1 with Gingras in the sulky. Takter also conditions this colt. After going unclaimed on Thursday night, horseplayer’s will have a shot at a big payoff on Friday night at Maywood Park as the 10 cent Hi-Five will have a carryover of $6,522.88. Thus with the help of Maywood Park management and the United States Trotting Association’s Strategic Wagering Initiative, Maywood will offer aguaranteed Hi-Five pool of $25,000 on the Friday night finale!     Balmoral Hi-Five at $25,000 TONIGHT!   Once again the Hi-Five can be played for as little as a .10 cent investment giving all gamblers, regardless of the size of the their bankrolls, a chance to play for a nice payday tonight. The wager is often referred to as the “ultimate get out bet” by handicappers throughout the country.   There will also be a $10,000 guaranteed Pick 4 pool on races 10-13 this evening.   The Pick 6 also has a carryover of $595.10 for Friday night’s action. The Pick 6, which features a low 20 cent minimum wager is on races four through nine.     Handicappers across North America can get a head start on their competition with free 12 line program pages for the guaranteed pools courtesy of the USTA Strategic Wagering Initiative and Track Master on the handicapping section at www.ustrotting.com.   Post time for the opener on Friday, Oct. 10th, at Maywood Park is 7:10 p.m. (central). This marks the second straight Friday night that fans will have a shot at the big money before heading home!    by Kimbery RInker, for Balmoral Park

This Week's Harness Racing: Historic Series, Harrah’s Philadelphia, Chester, Pa., and American-National finals, Balmoral Park, Crete, Ill. Schedule of events: Grand Circuit action this week will get underway on Thursday (Oct. 9) at Harrah’s Philadelphia with four divisions in the $100,680 Historic – Acorn for 2-year-old filly trotters. The Friday (Oct. 10) card at Philadelphia will feature a trio of divisions in the $104,178 Historic – Debutante for 2-year-old filly pacers. The Sunday (Oct. 12) card at Philadelphia offers three divisions in the $102,878 Historic – Goshen Cup for 2-year-old colt pacers and two splits in the $102,380 Historic – Harriman Cup for 2-year-old colt trotters. Balmoral Park will host eight American-National Grand Circuit stakes events on Saturday (Oct. 11). The card will feature the $227,000 3-year-old colt pace, the $203,000 3-year-old colt trot, the $179,000 open pace, the $173,500 3-year-old filly pace, the $166,300 open trot, the $150,000 3-year-old filly trot, the $86,000 2-year-old colt pace and the $61,150 2-year-old filly pace. Complete entries for the races are available at this link. Last time: The Kentucky Futurity, the second leg of Trotting’s Triple Crown, capped off two exciting weeks of Grand Circuit racing at The Red Mile.   USTA/Mark Hall photo Nuncio and John Campbell captured the Kentucky Futurity at The Red Mile. Team Takter provided Red Mile fans with a thrilling stretch duel between stablemates Nuncio and Father Patrick who slugged it out to the wire, with Nuncio emerging victorious by 1-1/4 lengths in 1:51.3 in the 122nd edition of the $435,000 Kentucky Futurity for sophomore trotting colts. Hall of Famer John Campbell steered Nuncio, a son of Andover Hall-Nicole Isabelle, to his eighth win of the season and his 13th career victory for owner Stall TZ, Inc. He now has $1,488,970 in career earnings. Nuncio had the lead from start to finish, trotting through splits of :27.2, :54.1 and 1:22.2 before Father Patrick (Yannick Gingras) began to challenge him. It appeared that Father Patrick was going to trot right past Nuncio, but the latter dug in hard and held off his stablemate. Shake It Cerry put forth a dominating performance in the 49th edition of the $224,000 Kentucky Filly Futurity, stopping the timer in 1:52.2 for driver Ron Pierce and trainer Takter. The 1-5 public’s choice, a daughter of Donato Hanover-Solveig, pushed her career earnings to $1,562,205 for the Solveig’s Racing Partners. Shake It Cerry took the lead handily in rein to Pierce, trotting comfortably through fractions of :27.4, :56.2 and 1:25.1 before drawing off in the stretch by 4-1/2 lengths. Vanity Matters (David Miller) made a bid first over going to the three-quarters and held on to be second, while Scream And Shout (Yannick Gingras) got up for third. Complete recaps of all the races are available at the Grand Circuit website. Grand Circuit Standings: In 2014, the Grand Circuit leaders in three categories (driver, trainer and owner) will once again be tracked on a points system (20-10-5 for the top three finishers in divisions/finals and 10-5-2 for the top three finishers in eliminations/legs). Winbak Farms is the sponsor for the 2014 Grand Circuit awards. Here are the leaders following the past weekend. Drivers: 1. Yannick Gingras – 1,685; 2. Tim Tetrick – 850; 3. David Miller – 780.5; 4. Ron Pierce – 565.5; 5. Corey Callahan – 501. Trainers: 1. Ron Burke – 1,735.5; 2. Jimmy Takter – 1,367; 3. Joe Holloway – 329; 4. Erv Miller – 311.5; 5. Tony Alagna – 310. Owners: 1. Burke Racing - 388.85; 2. Weaver Bruscemi – 346.35; 3. 3 Brothers Stable – 247; 4. Robert Key – 230; 5. Brittany Farms – 223.95. Looking ahead: Grand Circuit action will take place next weekend at Maywood Park, Woodbine Racetrack, Vernon Downs and Yonkers Raceway. Maywood Park will feature four races led by the Windy City Pace for 3-year-olds, along with the Cinderella for 3-year-old filly pacers, the Abe Lincoln for 2-year-old colt pacers and the Galt for 3-year-old trotters; Woodbine will offer eliminations in four events for 2-year-olds of both sexes and gaits (the Goldsmith Maid and Three Diamonds for fillies and the Governor’s Cup and Valley Victory for colts); Vernon will offer the fifth leg of the Kindergarten Series for 2-year-old colt and filly trotters; and Yonkers has four sets of eliminations in stakes for 3-year-olds of both sexes and gats, led by the Messenger, the final leg of Pacing’s Triple Crown, and the Yonkers Trot, the final leg of Trotting’s Triple Crown, along with the Lady Maud for pacing fillies and the Hudson Filly Trot for trotting fillies. Paul Ramlow Grand Circuit Publicity Director

She might be best known for once bursting through a gaggle of geese on her way to victory at The Meadows, but co-owner Howard Taylor hopes that by the end of the season people recognize Southwind Roulette for her talent. Southwind Roulette, who has won five of seven starts this year, races in the third of three Historic-Debutante Stakes divisions at Harrah's Philadelphia on Friday. Her victories include the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championship and her $284,448 in purses rank No. 2 to undefeated JK She'salady among 2-year-old female pacers. "She's a really nice filly," said Taylor, who owns Southwind Roulette with Brad Grant. "She's real long gaited. If you watch her stride, she really reaches out. "And she wins," he added with a laugh. "And she wins a lot of money. There's nothing not to like about her." The first division of the Historic-Debutante Stakes includes stakes-winner Ideal Nuggets. Southwind Roulette's split also includes New York Sire Stakes championship runner-up Bossers Joy. Southwind Roulette is a daughter of 2008 Horse of the Year Somebeachsomewhere out of the stakes-winning mare Southwind Rio. She was purchased as a yearling for $30,000 at the 2013 Lexington Selected Sale. She started the year with trainer Doug Lewis before moving to the barn of Ron Burke in July. "I have a friend who has a real good eye for yearlings, Mike Hall," Taylor said. "Mike picked her out. He always finds holes in the sale, cheap horses for the breeding. He found her and told me I should buy her." Southwind Roulette began her career by winning a division of the Pennsylvania All Stars and then finished third in a division of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes. In her next start at The Meadows, in another PaSS division, she and driver Yannick Gingras won despite having to go through a gaggle of geese on the track just prior to the final turn. "I talked to Doug afterward and told him I didn't believe what I saw there," Taylor said. "He told me that the farm they're on has geese. She'd seen that before and gone through them before, so she didn't think anything of it. Of all the horses in the race, she's probably the only one that would have done that. Yannick said she didn't even bat an eye. He was worried, but she wasn't." Southwind Roulette followed that win with two more victories in the preliminary rounds of the sire stakes before capturing the championship on Sept. 6 at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. She enters the Historic-Debutante after a seventh-place finish in a division of the Kentuckiana Stallion Management Stakes at Hoosier Park, where she got parked in an opening :25.3 quarter-mile. "Other than that, she's been super," Taylor said. "We have hopes for the Breeders Crown. That's all you can ask for at this point in the year, that you're still going strong and you've got a shot to get the brass ring." GOLD CORA HOPES TO GLITTER IN ACORN After finishing second to Jolene Jolene and Mission Brief in back-to-back world-record miles, Gold Cora's connections might wonder: Who will it be this time? "I hope if anybody it would be us," trainer Rich Gillock said with a laugh. "It seems we're getting good at getting into those kinds of races. That's pretty tough sledding. "But I'm not complaining. I'm happy to be second in those kinds of races." Gold Cora races Thursday in the second of four Historic-Acorn Stakes for 2-year-old female trotters at Harrah's Philadelphia. She will start from post No. 1 with driver Tim Tetrick and is the 8-5 morning line favorite. A daughter of stallion Encore Encore out of the mare Striking Gold K, Gold Cora has won three of 11 races and $94,098 for breeder/owner Bob Key. Gillock trained both of Gold Cora's parents and Tetrick drove Encore Encore, who won a division of the Bluegrass Stakes and finished second to Federal Flex in the 2008 Valley Victory. "This filly has come along and she's been improving as the year progresses," Gillock said. "Hopefully we can get a piece of the pie every time and it will add up." Gold Cora went off stride in consecutive starts in August, but since then has been a steady performer. "I had to regroup with her and rig her a little differently," Gillock said. "She had a few little issues going on, just little things that were factors, and we got them squared away." Gold Cora has two wins, two seconds and a third in her last five races. Her victories came in divisions of the Reynolds Stakes at Tioga Downs and the Kindergarten Series at The Red Mile. Her remaining three on-the-board finishes during that span came in record-setting races. She finished third in a division the Kentuckiana Stallion Management Stakes at Hoosier Park, where Speak To Me established the track mark for 2-year-old female trotters with a 1:55.2 victory. Next, at The Red Mile, Gold Cora finished second to Jolene Jolene in a division of the Bluegrass Stakes in a 1:52.1 mile that equaled the world record. A week later, she was second to Mission Brief in a division of the International Stallion Stakes in the fastest-ever mile by a 2-year-old trotter, 1:50.3. "We stayed up tight (in the Kentuckiana) and she hadn't gone those kinds of fractions before and she just didn't get home any," Gillock said. "It was just the way that race went; it took a toll on the majority of them except the horse that won. But I think that stretched her out a little and I hope she'll keep going forward." Following the Historic-Acorn Stakes, Gold Cora could go to Canada for the Goldsmith Maid or to Vernon Downs for the final preliminary round of the Kindergarten Series. "We'll see how we do at (Philly) and go from there," Gillock said. Pennsylvania Sire Stakes champion Wild Honey is the 8-5 morning line favorite in the first division of the Historic-Acorn Stakes. The Jimmy Takter-trainee has won seven consecutive starts since losing her debut by a head to Gatka Hanover. In September, she trotted the fastest mile in history by a 2-year-old trotter on a half-mile racetrack, winning in 1:55.2 at the Delaware County Fair in Ohio. Takter's Shaqline, who is coming off second-place finishes in divisions of the International Stallion and Kentuckiana Stallion Management stakes, is the 8-5 choice in the third division. Jersey Strong, trained by Mark Harder, is the 8-5 favorite in the fourth and final division. She finished second to Wild Honey in the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championship. by Ken Weingartner, for Harness Racing Communications  

World record holder Sebastian K isn’t coming to town but the trotter who beat him last weekend will be here for Saturday’s American National Night and the nation’s No. 1 ranked 3-year-old colt trotter is also on his way to Balmoral Park. Creatine, who nipped the overwhelming 1 to 5 favorite Sebastian K in last Sunday’s $173,000 Allerage Open Trot will make a second straight appearance on American National night. The Bob Stewart trainee was second in the last year’s American National 3-year-old trot at Balmoral Park. “If everything is okay we’ll be at Balmoral for the American National (Aged Trot) and then hopefully, the Breeders Crown,” announced Stewart after Creatine made up four lengths in the stretch at The Red Mile to overtake Sebastian K in 1:51.2. Meanwhile trainer Jimmy Takter announced that Sunday’s $435,000 Kentucky Futurity winner Nuncio is  headed to New York but runner-up Father Patrick, who beat Nuncio the previous eight times they met and was ranked as the top 3-year-old colt trotter in the country in the latest USTA poll,  is Balmoral Park bound. “(Father) Patrick is going to Chicago for the American National; Nuncio goes to New York for the Yonkers Trot,” Taker told reporters in Kentucky. Father Patrick boasts victories in 20 of 24 lifetime starts with 3 seconds,   Prior to his loss Sunday the 3-year-old colt had rattled off consecutive victories in the $340,000 Zwig at Vernon Downs, the $250,000 PASS stake at Philadelphia, the $613,800 Canadian Trot at Mohawk and a $93,100 division of the Bluegrass at Lexington. Earlier Father Patrick took the $500,000 Beal Final at Pocono Downs and the $317,000 Stanley Dancer Memorial at The Meadowlands in consecutive outings. His 2014 purse earnings stand at $1,292,201 going into Saturday’s $200,000 (est.) American National 3-Year-Old Colt Trot. Saturday’s American National Night lost one of its brightest stars when Joe Holloway, the trainer of nationally ranked Always B Miki, said his horse will skip the $250,000 three-year-old colt pace, 1 of 8 loaded added money stakes on the Balmoral Park card. Always B Miki easily took his $213,800 division of the Tattersalls Pace last Saturday  at The Red Mile opening up a 6 and 1/2 length margin at the 1:21 3/5 there-quarter pole  before settling for a 1 and 1/4 length margin in 1:49.3. “There was stiff wind in the stretch and he felt it when he hit it,” said Holloway. “But he beat a nice field and that’s what a top horse needs to do, find a day to win when it’s not their best day. “It was in the plans to go to Balmoral for the American National but Always B Miki has raced hard three weeks in a row so I wanted to give him the week off. He also didn’t come out of Saturday’s race the way I would have liked and I don’t want to take any chances with him.” In a division of the Bluegrass the previous Saturday Always B Miki stopped the timer in 1:47.4. Always B Miki spent a part of his 2-year-old season under the care of Roger Welch who raced him at Hoosier Park in Indiana Sire Stakes. The colt earned over $85,000 under Welch’s care and didn’t really take off as a 3-year-old until this summer rolled around. “Last year when Roger had him the horse still had a lot of growing to do. He’s a big horse with a long-stride. This summer he’s put it all together but I think he’ll be even better as a 4-year-old when he fills out a little more,” added Holloway. J Ks Endofanera, a head winner of the second Tattersall division in 1:49.1, is expected to be one of several Ron Burke trained horses coming to town for the American Nationals. Entries will be taken for American National Night Wednesday morning at Balmoral Park. by Mike Paradise, for IHHA

Stable mates Nuncio and Father Patrick battled neck and neck down the stretch and Nuncio proved to be the better horse as he won harness racing’s third jewel of the Trotting Triple Crown, capturing the $435,000 Kentucky Futurity Sunday at Lexington’s Red Mile. It was Nuncio and driver John Campbell who left right out from behind the starting gate to take command with race favorite Father Patrick and driver Yannick Gingras getting the pocket-trip in second place. They sped by the opening quarter mile in :27.2 with only Il Sogno Dream (Aaron Merriman) following in third place and the rest of the field was struggling to catch up to the field at the half mile in :54.1. Then as Nuncio led the field to the three-quarters, Gingras made his move with Father Patrick and came to the outside in 1:22.2 and was right alongside Nuncio as they started down the stretch. Racing side by side down the stretch, Father Patrick looked to have the edge but Campbell kept Nuncio going and they not only rallied and caught Father Patrick but passed him by to win by one and one-quarter lengths in 1:51.3. Il Sogno Dream was third. “He started out going faster than I wanted to,” John Campbell said, “And when I backed him up he got a little bumpy, but once Father Patrick came out and I thought he would go right on by and he just got part way by and my horse dug in. I pulled the plugs on him and dropped his blinds and he was able to fight him off. “He had a lot of trot left coming to the wire,” Campbell said. “He is one of those unusual horses that does not trot well over this surface. He was laboring with his gait a little bit but he has a great attitude and puts his head down and goes forward. I could not be happier with the way it turned out.” It was the seventh time that John Campbell has won the Kentucky Futurity. For Nuncio, who is sired by Andover Hall, it was his eighth win this year for trainer Jimmy Takter, who also trains Father Patrick. Nuncio is owned by Stall TZ, Inc., of Vero Beach, Florida and was bred by Russell Williams of PA. He paid $5.80 to win. “Nuncio has been chasing Father Patrick all season long,” Jimmy Takter said. “He well deserved this win. Absolutely wonderful horse to work with.  I was disappointed that Father Patrick did not win the race. But Nuncio is a tough horse to get by and he has the right attitude. He is a fighter and he deserved to win this race. Nuncio By Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink.com

LEXINGTON, KY—The filly equivalent of the Kentucky Futurity, the $224,000 Kentucky Filly Futurity, was contested in its 49th renewal on Sunday, October 5 at The Red Mile. With only seven sophomore filly trotters entering, the race went straight to final.   Shake It Cerry tangoed with six other fillies as the 1/5 favorite, and did not break a sweat, trotting to a 1:52.2 victory over Vanity Matters and Scream And Shout.   Scream And Shout dueled with Highest Peak for control around the first turn, with Scream And Shout emerging in front to the quarter. Setting a fraction of :27.4, Ron Pierce sent Shake It Cerry after the lead, and she commandeered the field before the half.   Trotting past the half in :56.2 (:28.3), she was uncontested on the lead. Vanity Matters was her closest rival past three-quarters, timed in 1:25.1 (:28.3), but soon grew a distance away from Shake It Cerry heading into the stretch. Under a hand drive, Shake It Cerry strode to a 4 ½-length victory in 1:52.2 (:27.1).   The daughter of Donato Hanover-Solveig-Yankee Glide has now earned $1,562,205 in her career, with $734,436 credited to this season. She’s owned by Solveig’s Racing Partners, trained by Jimmy Takter, and driven by Ron Pierce. She returned $2.40 to win.   “The race worked out perfect,” trainer Jimmy Takter said. “It’s a heck of a mile, going [1]:52.2 with a trotting filly. This weather is kind of windy, and it’s tough. Ron [Pierce] says that she’s so good right now that he had seconds left in her.”   “She never really did a bad race,” Takter also said, in regards to Shake It Cerry currently racing at top form. “In the Hambletonian [Oaks], she maybe got a little overdriven, but the rest of her races, in all of her life, have been very good. She’s been an absolutely wonderful horse since she started racing.”   by Ray Cotolo, for The Red Mile

LEXINGTON, KY— A cavalcade of freshmen colt trotters gathered at The Red Mile to compete in four divisions of the $383,600 International Stallion Stakes over a slightly wet track on Friday, October 3. Aldebaran Eagle, heading to the pylons right at the gate’s dispersal, got a perfect trip, and slid up the pylons to win at 106-1 in 1:55.1. Whom Shall I Fear took the lead from Aldebaran Eagle through a :29.3 quarter, with The Bank trotting on the outside in pursuit of the lead. The Bank was the tempo setter to the half, passing that station in :58.2 (:28.4). Southwind Stryker applied pressure from first over, while Centurion Atm tracked his cover. He was sent three wide after The Bank through a 1:27.4 (:29.2) third-quarter. Centurion Atm gradually gained ground down the center of the course, while Whom Shall I Fear snuck by a drifting The Bank. Aldebaran Eagle had room to trot at the inside, and managed to sprint up that crevice to defeat Whom Shall I Fear and Centurion Atm in 1:55.1 (:27.2). Paying $214.80 to win, the son of Muscle Hill-Letsjusttalkaboutme-Self Possessed has earned $72,962 this season, breaking his maiden with his 1:55.1 victory and lifetime best. He’s owned by Aldebaran Park, trained by Jonas Czernyson, and driven by Corey Callahan. “I was just going to take a chance,” driver Corey Callahan said. “This was one of the stiffest divisions, but I’ve liked this colt all along. From the first day I baby-raced him, he felt like he was something special. He just hasn’t been wanting to pass [horses], so today, I figured I was going to get out of there, get away [near the lead.” Aldebaran Eagle Pinkman defeated the unbeaten Billy Flynn in 1:53.3. Crazy Wow set the tempo, while Pinkman stalked from second and Whataworkout sat third. Billy Flynn began his brush to the top after a :27 quarter. Billy Flynn cleared control approaching the half, but was soon contested by Suit And Tie, traveling first over. After a :55.2 (:28.2) half, Billy Flynn began to edge away from Suit And Tie. Remaining in control after a 1:25.2 (:30) third quarter, Billy Flynn appeared home free in the stretch. Out of the pocket came Pinkman, beginning to rally down the center of the track. Billy Flynn was kept to his task, but Pinkman had more trot and trotted by to win by a half-length in 1:53.3 (:28.1). Returning $10.00 to win, and $19.20 for a $2 exacta (over Billy Flynn), the son of Explosive Matter-Margie Seelster-Angus Hall has earned $70,835 this season, and set a lifetime best with his 1:53.3 effort. He’s owned by Christina Takter, John and Jim Fielding, Joe McClelland, and Herb Liverman, trained by Jimmy Takter, and driven by Yannick Gingras. “I was very confident in my horse,” driver Yannick Gingras said. “When I raced him in Delaware, I really liked him. I put him on the front here [at The Red Mile], and he wasn’t quite as good; he wasn’t a big fan of that. I got lucky to get out [of the three-hole] at the top of the stretch, but I knew he’d give me a good kick if he did.” Pinkman Cruzado Dela Noche traveled wire-to-wire through the misty atmosphere, winning in 1:53.4. Cruzado Dela Noche set opening fractions of :28.1 and :57.2 (:29.1) with French Laundry coasting in the pocket. Around the far turn, pressure came from Sugarmakesmecrazy, as well as Big Rich, traveling three wide. Cruzado Dela Noche held control through three-quarters in 1:26.1 (:28.4). Cruzado Dela Noche held onto command despite drifting off the pylons. French Laundry tried to seep up the fresh gap and claim victory, but Cruzado Dela Noche held onto the lead sternly and won by a neck in 1:53.4 (:27.3). Muscial Rhythm finished third, and Sugarmakesmecrazy was fourth. Sent off the 9/5 second choice, the son of Muscle Massive-Alidade-Credit Winner paid $5.60 to win, with the $2 exacta (over the 8/5 favorite) returning $14.20. Owned by Courant AB, trained by Nancy Johansson, and driven by David Miller, he’s now earned $135,540 this season. His 1:53.4 victory is a lifetime mark. “I was actually leaving to see if I could get a spot [near the lead], just to see how the race went,” driver David Miller said. “He was getting to the front, and they left him alone. He had a lot of trot finishing.” “He [French Laundry] sounded like he had a lot of trot behind me,” David Miller also said, in regards to the stretch drive. “My horse still felt pretty good; I hadn’t asked him yet [to trot], and he raced very tough.” Cruzado Dela Noche Walter White sat in the pocket for the whole mile, and snuck up the pylons by pacesetter Special Action to win in 1:56.1. Special Action set fractions of :28.2 and :58.4 (:30.2) while in control. Amicus applied pressure to the leader around the far turn, with Shoot The Thrill tracking second over, and Divisionist, after breaking at the start, trotting three wide. The fractions remained slow past three-quarters in 1:28.1 (:29.2). Special Action tried to hold off a duo of closers, Explosive Drama and Fashion Creditor. Walter White found room at the inside to get into contention, and it was soon Walter White sticking his nose in front of a sprinting Explosive Drama. Walter White was victorious by a nose with Fashion Creditor finishing third, and Special Action fourth in 1:56.1 (:28). A son of Cantab Hall-Muscaloosa-Muscles Yankee, Walter White is owned by Christina Takter, John and Jim Fielding, and R A W Equine, trained by Jimmy Takter and driven by Yannick Gingras. His 1:56.1 win is a lifetime best, and his win pushes his bankroll to $106,887. “It was a little bit tight turning for home, but all he [Walter White] needed was racetrack,” driver Yannick Gingras said. “I wanted to be up-close [to the leader], but I didn’t want to be on the front. Last week, I put him on the front, and he felt really good at the top of the stretch, but he got a little tired.” Walter White Muscle Diamond was gradually carried into the race, and flew by his competition in the stretch to win in 1:53.4. Piercewave Hanover was uncontested on the lead. Iron tracked from second, and On The Sly raced third. Piercewave Hanover set fractions of :27.3 and :56.1 (:28.3) before challengers began their march. Pierre traveled first over around the far turn, but was still nearly 3 lengths off of Piercewave Hanover. Piercewave Hanover continued in control passed three-quarters in 1:25 (:28.4). Piercewave Hanover soon lost the lead to Pierre in the stretch. On The Sly edged off the rail and began to close, while Muscle Diamond was trotting down the center of the course. Muscle Diamond took the lead, with Boots N Chains flying into second. On The Sly held third, and Pierre settled for fourth, as Muscle Diamond flew up to win in 1:53.4 (:28.4). Owned by Charlie Keller III, Charlie Keller IV, and trainer Brett Bittle, and driven by John Campbell, the son of Muscle Hill-Windylane Hanover-Lindy Lane has earned $110,039 this season, with his 1:53.4 victory serving as his lifetime best. He paid $4.60 to win. “Once we put the hopples on him, he’s just a little more steady with his gait,” driver John Campbell said. “He’s really just a nice, little horse. He’s very professional for a two-year-old, and he’s raced good, and finished every race really strong.” “I wasn’t that far back,” Campbell also said, in regards to his second-over trip. “Before we came off the turn, I saw David [Miller on Pierre] was gaining on Yannick [Gingras on Piercewave Hanover], so I wasn’t in any hurry to get off David’s back at that point.” Muscle Diamond  Live racing resumes on Saturday, October 4 with the $288,000 International Stallion Stakes for two-year-old colt pacers, the $220,000 Glen Garnsey Memorial for three-year-old filly pacers, and the $436,600 Tattersalls Pace for three-year-old colt pacers. First race post is scheduled for 1:00pmEDT. Race replays of action from The Red Mile can be found on our YouTube channel: Red Mile Harness. Keep track of all happenings on the Grand Circuit with our Facebook page: The Grand Circuit.  By Ray Cotolo, for The Red Mile

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