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Not even rainy conditions and a sloppy track could dampen the Adios Pace eliminations for three-year-olds colts at the Meadows Saturday as Somewhere In L A, Let’s Drink On It and McWicked all scored decisive triumphs in their respective divisions. The first three finishers from each $50,000 preliminary round return for the $400,000 final next Saturday afternoon. The first division saw driver Brett Miller give Somewhere In L A ($8.00) a golden second-over trip behind Journeyman (Scott Zeron) and they were able to top three-wide on the final turn and gun down pacesetter Limelight Beach (Yannick Gingras) to score by an impressive four and one-half lengths in 1:50. His mile was the fastest of the three divisions and a lifetime mark for Somewhere In L A. Second was Bushwacker (Dave Palone) and Carracci Hanover (Matt Kakaley) finished third to make the final. Race favorite Limelight Beach faded to fourth place. It was the fourth win this year for Somewhere In L A. The gelded son of Somebeachsomewhere is trained by Jimmy Takter and is owned by J & T Stable, Deo Volente Farms and TL P Stables. Let’s Drink On It ($3.20) and driver Tyler Smith made a quarter move brush to the lead over Mattamerican (Dave Palone) and then held the field at bay to win his division by one and one-quarter lengths in 1:50.2. Beat The Drum (Brett Miller) closed well in the short field to be second and Cammikey (Brian Zendt) was able to grind it out first-over for third place and a spot in the final. “It was a little much going to the three-quarters in 1:21.4,” Said Tyler Smith after the race, “But he was up to it. “My horse is so much better from off the pace. He is wicked off the pace but did not get to do it tonight. But he was good tonight. He can do it either way as long as you don’t rough him up early. He is such a nice horse.” Sired by Art Official, it was the fifth win in nine starts this year for Let’s Drink On It. He is trained by Joe Seekman and co-owned by Tina Seekman, Larry Dond, Hal Hewitt and Vincent Boido, Jr. McWicked ($2.40) and driver David Miller went off as the overwhelming 1/5 betting favorite and did not disappoint his backers as they sped away to an easy three and one-quarter length victory in 1:50.4. Bondi Hanover (Scott Zeron) was the first on the lead, then At Press Time (Matt Kakaley) took command by the opening quarter mile and then they gave way to McWicked before the half mile marker. Brioni (Yannick Gingras) tried a first-over attempt to no avail. At Press Time was able to finish second with Stevensville (Mark MacDonald), who was third-over, closed well enough to finish third. “He was pretty comfortable,” David Miller said. “And he did it pretty easy. “He is an easy horse to rate. I knew Yannkick was just sitting out there so I took advantage of it. I didn’t want to leave real hard. I was waiting to see what would happen. He does not have to be on the lead. He can race just as well from off the pace.” Sired by McArtle and trained by Casie Coleman, it was the fifth win in eight starts this year for McWicked. In his last start he scored in 1:47.3 in winning the $500,000 final of the Max Hempt at Pocono Downs. McWicked is owned by the S S G Stables of North Boston, NY. By Steve Wolf, for

WASHINGTON, PA, July 15, 2014 -- McWicked, the winner of the Hempt final, has been installed as the 8-5 morning line favorite to win his division in Saturday's eliminations for the $600,000 (est.) Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids Presented by Coors Lite at The Meadows Racetrack & Casino. Also favored in the morning line to win their eliminations are Limelight Beach and Cammikey, each at 2-1. First post Saturday evening is 6:55 PM. The top three finishers in each elimination return for the final the afternoon of Saturday, July 26. The elimination fields, in post position order, with trainers, tentative driver assignments and morning line odds: Race 3 1. Bushwacker Chris Ryder Brett Miller 10-1 2. Journeyman Tony Alagna Scott Zeron 5-1 3. Limelight Beach Ron Burke Yannick Gingras 2-1 4. Somewhere In LA Jimmy Takter Brett Miller 7-2 5. Carracci Hanover Ron Burke Yannick Gingras 4-1 6. Kingofthejungle Dirk Simpson Tony Hall 8-1 Race 4 1. Maxi Bon Tony Alagna Scott Zeron 5-1 2. Somesizesomestyle Ron Burke Matt Kakaley 8-1 3. Let's Drink On It Joe Seekman Tyler Smith 7-2 4. Cammikey Bill Zendt Brian Zendt 2-1 5. Mattamerican Norm Parker Dave Palone 4-1 6. Beat The Drum Staffan Lind Brett Miller 10-1 Race 5 1. McWicked Casie Coleman David Miller 8-5 2. Stevensville Ray Schnittker TBA 10-1 3. At Press Time Ron Burke Matt Kakaley 5-2 4. Some Playa Jennifer Sabot Jim Pantaleone 12-1 5. Brioni Robin Cruise Andrew McCarthy 3-1 6. Bondi Hanover Tony Alagna Aaron Merriman 5-1 by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, July 15, 2014--Hempt winner McWicked and a quartet from the powerful Ron Burke stable will lead a competitive field of 18 sophomore colt and gelding pacers into the 48th edition of the $600,000 (est.) Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids Presented by Coors Light at The Meadows Racetrack & Casino. Three $50,000 eliminations are set for the evening of Saturday, July 19 and will go as Races 3-5. The top three finishers in each split return for the final the following Saturday afternoon. Trained by Casie Coleman for SSG Stables, McWicked cruised home by 2-1/4 lengths in the final of the $500,000 Hempt at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, taking his lifetime mark of 1:47.3 and extending his career bankroll to $573,447. He also took one of the North America Cup eliminations, finishing fourth in the final. Off since the Hempt, the son of McCardle-Western Sahara goes from the rail in the third elimination, with David Miller driving. As might be expected, Burke, harness racing's leading conditioner, is well represented in the signature race of his home track. Perhaps the sharpest of Burke's four-pack is At Press Time, who chased McWicked home in the Hempt and came back with a facile score--at 1-9--in the PA All Stars at Pocono. Matt Kakaley will pilot the son of Western Terror-So Right from post 3 in the third elim for Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Also part of the Burke quartet are Carracci Hanover, whose victory in a non-winners of 2 event is his only start this year; Somesizesomestyle, beaten a length while finishing fifth in the PA All Stars, and Limelight Beach, in whom Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi and M1 Stable recently purchased an interest. Trainer Tony Alagna will send out a trio of Adios contenders--Journeyman, Maxi Bon, Bondi Hanover--while conditioner Jimmy Takter is seeking his third blanket of orchids in the last five years with Somewhere in LA. In addition to the Burke quartet, the banners of local owners will be carried by Cammikey, campaigned by Cam Land LLC, whose farm lies just down the road from The Meadows, and Mattamerican, owned by Bob Key. First post this Saturday is 6:55 PM. The elimination fields, in post position order, with trainers and tentative driver assignments: Race 3 1. Bushwacker Chris Ryder Brett Miller 2. Journeyman Tony Alagna Scott Zeron 3. Limelight Beach Ron Burke Yannick Gingras 4. Somewhere In LA Jimmy Takter Brett Miller 5. Carracci Hanover Ron Burke Yannick Gingras 6. Kingofthejungle Dirk Simpson Tony Hall Race 4 1. Maxi Bon Tony Alagna Scott Zeron 2. Somesizesomestyle Ron Burke Matt Kakaley 3. Let's Drink On It Joe Seekman Tyler Smith 4. Cammikey Bill Zendt Brian Zendt 5. Mattamerican Norm Parker Dave Palone 6. Beat The Drum Staffan Lind Brett Miller Race 5 1. McWicked Casie Coleman David Miller 2. Stevensville Ray Schnittker TBA 3. At Press Time Ron Burke Matt Kakaley 4. Some Playa Jennifer Sabot Jim Pantaleone 5. Brioni Robin Cruise Andrew McCarthy 6. Bondi Hanover Tony Alagna Aaron Merriman by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

A harness racing pair of Meadowlands Pace contenders earned strong confidence builders Saturday night. First up was Beat The Drum, who showed early speed, caught a bit of a shuffle, moved first over as the 2-1 second choice and just kept on coming to win a non-winners of four event in 1:50.1. Beat The Drum will likely make his next start in a Meadowlands Pace elimination for Bender Sweden Inc and trainer Staffan Lind. Dan Rawlings guided the son of Tell All to his new lifetime mark. Not to be out-done was the Art Official colt Let's Drink On It, who faced seven older rivals in the sixth race B-2 event for $18,000. Moving to the half mile pole, the 4-5 betting choice made the lead through a sharp 54.2 half mile, then paced a 54.1 back half mile to win by over four lengths over the veteran Silent Swing in an extremely sharp, and lifetime best 1:48.3. Currently eighth on The Road to The Meadowlands Pace, Let's Drink On It is owned by Seekman, Bond, Hewitt and Boido Jr, trained by Joe Seekman and was driven to victory by his regular pilot, Tyler Smith, who had a career night, winning five races on the program. It's safe to say that Odds On Equuleus has left his 0 for 15 three year old campaign behind him. Tonight at The Meadowlands, he flashed the turn of foot that caught everyone's attention as a two year old, winning tonight's $30,000 Free-For-All Hanidcap in a lifetime best, 1:48.2. Leaving from post position three and sent off as the 2-1 second choice, Marcus Miller gathered Odds On Equuleus back towards the rear of the field, settling in next to last through an opening quarter of 26.2 and a rapid half-mile of 53.3, established by Aracache Hanover. He awaited the move of Wake Up Peter, who in turn flushed out Dovuto Hanover, positioning Odds On Equuleus third over through three-quarters of 1:21.3 Turning for home it appeared to be anyone's race, with Aracache Hanover grimly holding onto the lead, Dovuto Hanover grinding away first over and Wake Up Peter gathering momentum off cover. But then, seemingly in an instant, Odds On Equuleus appeared widest of all in deep stretch and accelerated dramatically to win going away, pacing the final quarter mile in 26 seconds flat. Wake Up Peter was a very solid second and Dovuto Hanover a game third. The winner is owned by Odds On Racing and trained by Tony Alagna. For the second consecutive night, live handle at The Meadowlands showed slight gains over the previous year, gathering momentum into the strongest month of the meet. Next weekend begins the Championship stretch at The Meadowlands. Friday night features New Jersey Sire Stakes for the two year old trotters, while Saturday night carries the freshmen pacers as well as eliminations for The Meadowlands Pace, Mistletoe Shalee and William Haughton Memorial. Also on the card is the $450,000 est. Hambletonian Maturity for four year old trotters at one mile and one eighth, with a field that could hold up to 16 entrants. The intriguing matchup in that event is that of 2013 Hambletonian winner Royalty For Life pitted against the 2013 Hambletonian Oaks Winner (and Horse of the Year), Bee A Magician. Please note that while the Friday July 4th program will begin at 7:15 P.M., Saturday July 5th will carry a special 6:30 P.M. post time, with fireworks to follow the live racing program. For more information, go to by Darin Zoccali, for the Meadowlands  

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

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

Tyler Smith imagined a day when he would get the chance to be the regular driver of a Grand Circuit horse. In his mind, he thought the opportunity might come a decade from now. In reality, it is now. The 21-year-old Smith, who last season was the leading driver at Hoosier Park and became the youngest driver to reach 1,000 career wins, will be the regular driver of 3-year-old male pacer Let's Drink On It. Let's Drink On It, who finished last year by winning the American-National Stakes with Brian Sears in the sulky, is the 5-2 morning line favorite in Saturday's third of three C$75,000 divisions of the Somebeachsomewhere Stakes at Mohawk Racetrack. The Somebeachsomewhere Stakes is the final prep for the North America Cup, for which eliminations are June 7 and the C$1 million final is June 14. Smith, who drove Let's Drink On It once last year, qualified the colt twice this season and has driven the horse to two wins in two starts. Let's Drink On It is coming off a 1:49 win in a division of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs on May 17. That time is the fastest by a 3-year-old pacer so far this season. "He qualified the horse and it looked like he got along with the horse very well," trainer Joe Seekman said. "He's got confidence in the horse. There's nothing better than a driver with confidence in your horse." Smith, an Ohio native with 1,376 wins to his credit, is thrilled to have the chance to drive Let's Drink On It. Last season, Smith set career highs with 507 victories, which tied for 12th best among all drivers in North America, and $3.66 million in purses. "I thought maybe when I was 30 I'd get an opportunity like this," Smith said. "To be 21 and asked to stick with (Let's Drink On It), it's a dream come true. "I know I've got more high hopes for him than a lot of people. I know he's rated under some other horses, and he should be at this point because those horses accomplished more last year. But there's something about him that I think is special." Smith's trip to Mohawk will be his first visit to Canada. The decision to give up drives at Hoosier Park was difficult, but necessary. "The Indiana Sire Stakes (first leg finals) are the same night as the North America Cup elims and I've got horses in every division that I think could be one or two," Smith said. "But I've got to do this. This could be my ticket." Let's Drink On It won five of 12 races and $174,601 last year. A son of stallion Art Official out of the mare Letmedowneasy, the colt was purchased for $12,000 at the 2012 Lexington Selected Sale. Seekman trained Art Official, who is best remembered for his upset of Somebeachsomewhere in the 2008 Meadowlands Pace. Seekman was impressed with Let's Drink On It's performance in the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes, but thought the colt's debut 1:50.1 win on May 10 in a conditioned race at Hoosier was even better. Let's Drink On It paced the last half-mile in :53.1 to beat 7-year-old Meirs Hanover by five lengths. "It's kind of a wide-open (3-year-old) division this year," said Seekman, who trains Let's Drink On It for wife Tina Seekman, Larry Bond, Hal Hewitt and Vincent Boido Jr. "I don't know if he's a top one, but I think he's going to make his presence felt." Joining Let's Drink On It in the third division of the Somebeachsomewhere Stakes are Melmerby Beach, Jet Airway, Boomboom Ballykeel, That's My Opinion, He's Watching, Bugger Bruiser, and Surprise Hanover. He's Waching was the 2013 Dan Patch Award winner for best 2-year-old male pacer after dominating the New York Sire Stakes circuit. He made his seasonal debut last weekend in the eliminations for the Art Rooney Pace at Yonkers, but went off stride and failed to advance to the final. "It was an unfortunate set of circumstances," co-owner/trainer Dave Menary said after the race. "There didn't appear to be any physical issues, but what happened happened. He's too good a horse, and we'll go back and see. I'm confident this is just going to be a blip on the radar." In Saturday's first division of the Somebeachsomewhere Stakes, multiple-stakes-winner JK Endofanera brings a four-race win streak to Mohawk for trainer Ron Burke and driver Brian Sears. The colt is 2-for-2 this season, with victories in the Simpson Memorial and Historic-Pocono Cup. JK Endofanera is the 7-5 morning line favorite in the split, which also includes last season's Breeders Crown winner for 2-year-old male pacers, Luck Be Withyou. The Bill Cass-trained Luck Be Withyou is making his first start of the campaign and will have Ron Pierce at the lines. The rest of the first division field is Marco De Vie, Three Of Clubs, Play It Again Sam, Somewhere Fancy, and Falcon Justice. Joe Holloway's Always B Miki is the 5-2 favorite in the second division, which also includes Here Comes William, Somewhere In LA, McWicked, Silverhill Shadow, Roger Mach Em, Somestarsomewhere, and Capital Account. by Ken Weingartner, for Harness Racing Communications

In this space, we usually hand out the Weekly Awards. But every now and again, we deviate from our formula due to something special taking place at the track. In this case, it was Saturday night's racing card, which featured the first appearance of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes, a world-record performance, and a young driver who nearly stole the show from everybody. Regular watchers know just how fantastic the racing is Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs has become over the past few years. But nights like Saturday evening that go a little above and beyond are always special. Let's take a look at some of the spectacular moments from the night. If you've been to the track enough, you'll hear the phrase that a horse "needs a start" from handicappers. What it means is that a horse is coming off a long layoff and isn't expected to perform at its peak the first time back. While that might have been a good rule in the past, I find it to be less and less reliable as time passes. For example, take Saturday night's Pennsylvania Sire Stakes action for 3-year-old colts and geldings on the pace. In the first split of the night, Tellitlikeitis, a big earner as a 2-year-old for the Jimmy Takter barn, was making his first start since September. Two outstanding qualifiers must have prepared him enough though, because driver Brett Miller positioned him in the pocket and then blew by pacesetter Limelight Beach in the stretch to score in a scorching 1:49:1, the first of many sizzling times achieved on the night. Ironically, the horse that finished second behind Tellitlikeitis in one of those qualifiers at The Meadowlands was Somestarsomewhere, and he proved to be ready for his close-up as well. With Matt Kakaley in the bike for trainer Ron Burke, the colt, who hadn't raced since finishing third in the Breeders Crown in October, won a thrilling stretch battle in his Sire Stakes division in 1:50:3. The other two Sire Stakes winners had good stories as well. At Press Time, another one guided by Burke and Kakaley, bounced back from a 4th-place finish in an overnight race at Pocono in his last start to pull off a 10-1 upset in his division in 1:49:1. And the night's most dominant performance was turned in by Let's Drink On It, who arrived from Indiana and rolled to a convincing win in the night's fastest Sire Stakes time of 1:49. Tyler Smith did the driving for trainer Joe Seekman. If Smith seems like an unfamiliar name, it's because the 21-year-old driver, who usually does his racing in Indiana, was making his first appearance at Pocono. And what a debut it was. In addition to the win aboard Let's Drink On It, Smith also picked up wins aboard McMarvel at 21-1 and Arsenal at 11-1. He had five starts on the night and picked up three victories and a show, and if you bet the horses he drove $2 across the board all night, you would have walked away with a profit of $88.90. The bettors are probably hoping Smith comes back soon; I'm not so sure if the other drivers will be as anxious to see him again. For all of the drama and excitement of the Sire Stakes, Dancin Yankee had something even better in store for the faithful in the $25,000 Preferred pace. Last seen winning the Van Rose Memorial at Pocono two weeks previous to Saturday night, he returned to action with a performance for the ages. He took the lead with an incredibly fast brush in the front stretch, reaching the half in 52:2 to give an indication that this race could be one for the record books. The 6-year-old stallion from the Josh Green barn had to fight off a first-over charge from Mach It So on the back stretch, which seemed like it might leave him vulnerable to pocket horse Clear Vision coming home. But driver Brett Miller asked Dancin Yankee for a little more and he gave a lot, holding off Clear Vision by a neck in 1:47:2. Not only was that the fastest time ever posted at Pocono, it matched the speediest time ever recorded on a 5/8-mile oval. Dancin Yankee's performance thrilled about everyone in attendance, with the possible exception of Anderlecht. The 9-year-old stallion won the 13th race in an eye-popping 1:48. That time would have set the track record for aged stallions on the pace at the start of the night. But, alas, Dancin Yankee beat him to it with a time that was three-fifths of a second faster. The moral of the story is that, on a night as stellar as Saturday night at Pocono, even the extraordinary can seem just OK. That will do it for this week, but we'll see you at the track. Feel free to e-mail me at by Jim Beviglia, for Pocono Downs          

Three-year-old Pennsylvania sired pacing colts where in the limelight at Pocono Downs Saturday in four $66,363 divisions. The first race, first division saw Jimmy Takter’s Tellitlikeitis get the pocket rocket two-hole trip and squeak by pacesetter Limelight Beach (David Miller) to win by three-quarters of a length in 1:49.1. Seventh Secret (Mike Wilder) was third. It was Brett Miller and Tellitlikeitis taking the early lead to the opening quarter mile in :26.2 with Sometimes Said (John Campbell) getting the two-hole trip but that was short lived as David Miller had Limelight Beach in gear on the outside and they took command before the half mile in :55.1. Content to sit the pocket trip, Brett Miller sat patiently with Tellitlikeitis and let David Miller lead with Limelight Beach to the three-quarters in 1:22. Then in the stretch, Brett Miller got Tellitlikeitis into gear and they wore down Limelight Beach before the wire, winning by three-quarters of a length. Limelight Beach held for second with a late closing Seventh Secret (Mike Wilder) third. Tellitlikeitis paid $4.60 to win “This is a really special colt,” said Brett Miller. “We were driving to win but I was being cautious. Limelight Beach is a really nice colt. I felt he was worthy to be behind him and it worked out.” It was the first start of the year for the colt by Well Said. The fourth race second division saw At Press Time and driver Matt Kakaley leave out of the gate and take command with Mattamerican (Andrew McCarthy) on their backs. Then on the move came Maxi Bon and driver Dave Palone and they took command to the opening quarter mile in :26.3. After the half mile in :53.4, Cammikey and Brian Zendt came first over to challenge Maxi Bon and push them to the three-quarters in 1:21.3. Coming down the stretch Maxi Bon could not hold off At Press Time as Matt Kakaley snuck him up the passing lane to a one length triumph in 1:49.1. Maxi Bon held for second with Cammikey third. At Press Time was a 10-1 long shot and paid $22.00 to win. “He raced real well tonight,” Kakaley said. “I drove him last week and roughed him up. He’s good off the gate and once I got to the passing lane I knew we got them.” Sired by Western Terror, it was the third win in five starts this year for At Press Time. The slowest of the four races came in the sixth race third division. Parnu Hanover (Andrew McCarthy) was winging out of the starting gate and took command but that was short lived as Matt Kakaley came charging up with Somestarsomewhere and they led at the opening quarter mile in :26.4. Then by the half mile in :54.4, Somewhere In L A  and Mark MacDonald started up first-over and those two got into gear by the three-quarters in 1:22.1 and then the action heated up more as the two horses battled it out down the stretch and right to the wire with Somestarsomewhere holding on by a head in 1:50.3. Blooming Genius (Tyler Smith) was third. “There was a lot more action in the first turn than I thought,” said Matt Kakaley. “I just wanted him to make the top. He was coming in on the turns but he straighten right up in the straightaways. Once he straighten out he was home free.” Trained by Ron Burke and owned by the Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi, it was the first start this year for the colt by Somebeachsomewhere. They saved the best and the fastest of the four divisions for race eight. It was a slugfest from the very start. Allstar Partner and driver George Napolitano, Jr. left sharply from post eight and was able to take the quick lead. Then it was McWicked and driver Simon Allard on the outside after the opening quarter mile in :26.1 and they were able to clear to the lead by the half mile in :54. The action then heated up as Let’s Drink On It and driver Tyler Smith started up first-over only they blew right by McWicked and took command by the three-quarters in 1:20.4 and Tyler Smith kept after Let’s Drink On It and they flew down the stretch to win with ease by two and three-quarter lengths in 1:49. McWicked held for the second place with Some Playa (Brett Miller) third. “The horse paced 1:50 at Hoosier,” Tyler Smith said. “He is the real deal. They are going to fly me to Canada for the Somebeachsomewhere and the North America Cup. They asked me to stick with him and hopefully we keep winning.” A $174,000 winner last year, Let’s Drink On It is sired by Art Official and tonight’s 1:49 victory is a lifetime mark and his second straight win this season. He is trained by Joe Seekman and owned by Seekman, Bond, Hewitt and Boido, Jr. Let’s Drink On It paid $3.60 to win. By Steve Wolf and Brian McEvoy, for Harnesslink

Bee A Magician, Captaintreacherous and I Luv The Nitelife, who have combined to win 35 of 37 races and $3.67 million this year, lead the list of 156 horses entered Tuesday for the 12 Breeders Crown events at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. Eliminations are unnecessary for the 3-year-old filly pacers and Open Trot, which both received nine entries. Eliminations for 2-year-old male and female trotters plus 2-year-old female pacers are Friday at Pocono Downs, with the remaining elims Saturday. Post time is 6:30 p.m. both nights. All 12 finals - with purses totaling $5.6 million - will be Saturday, Oct. 19, at Pocono Downs. Post time is 5 p.m. for the first race. Bee A Magician, a 3-year-old filly trotter, is 13-for-13 this year for trainer Richard "Nifty" Norman and owners Melvin Hartman, Herb Liverman and David McDuffee. She enters the Breeders Crown off a win in the Ontario Sire Stakes championship Sept. 28 at Mohawk, which pushed her seasonal earnings to $1.09 million. Other victories this season include the $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks and $356,981 Elegantimage Stakes. A daughter of the stallion Kadabra out of the mare Beehive, Bee A Magician is the fastest 3-year-old trotter this season, with a clocking of 1:51 that came in winning the $265,500 Delvin Miller Memorial on July 13 at the Meadowlands. The time is the fastest ever for a 3-year-old filly trotter. Bee A Magician has won 23 of 26 lifetime starts and earned $1.86 million - the most ever for a filly trotter at ages 2 and 3 combined. She finished third in last season's Breeders Crown for 2-year-old filly trotters, which was won by To Dream On. Bee A Magician is the second of two eliminations for the 3-year-old filly trotters, starting from post three. To Dream On, who on Sunday won the $205,100 Kentucky Filly Futurity final, is in the second of the two eliminations. To Dream On is one of 12 previous Breeders Crown champions entered in this year's event. Three-year-old colt pacer Captaintreacherous is a nose from perfect this year, with 10 wins in 11 starts and $1.61 million. He is trained by Tony Alagna for the Captaintreacherous Racing ownership group. He heads to the Breeders Crown following his victory Saturday in a $215,500 division of the Tattersalls Pace at The Red Mile. Other wins this year for the son of Somebeachsomewhere-Worldly Treasure include the $980,000 North America Cup, the $635,750 Meadowlands Pace, the $500,000 Max C. Hempt Memorial and the $360,211 Cane Pace. His only loss came by a nose to Sunshine Beach in the $500,000 Battle of the Brandywine in a world-record 1:47.4 mile. Captaintreacherous has won 18 of 21 career races and earned $2.53 million. He finished third in last season's Breeders Crown for 2-year-old male pacers. He is in the second of two eliminations for the 3-year-old male pacers and will leave from post four. I Luv The Nitelife, a 3-year-old filly pacer, has won 12 of 13 races this year and earned $968,337 for trainer Chris Ryder and owners Richard and Joanne Young. A daughter of Rocknroll Hanover-Lisjune, she most recently won the $154,650 Jugette final at the Delaware County Fair on Sept. 18 for her 11th consecutive victory. Other triumphs include the $384,044 Fan Hanover Stakes, the $350,000 Valley Forge and the $300,000 James M. Lynch Memorial. For her career, she has won 16 of 23 starts and $1.65 million. She finished second in last season's Breeders Crown for 2-year-old filly pacers, which was won by Somwherovrarainbow. Eliminations are unnecessary for the 3-year-old filly pacers, so the final was drawn Tuesday. I Luv The Nitelife will start from post seven; Somwherovrarainbow leaves from post eight. Shebestingin, who on Sunday paced the fastest mile in history by a female pacer when she won a division of the Glen Garnsey Memorial in 1:47, drew post five. The Open Trot, Mare Trot and Mare Pace each have three past Breeders Crown winners. Arch Madness, who makes his record-tying sixth Breeders Crown appearance, Intimidate and Uncle Peter all are previous trophy winners competing in this year's Open Trot. Arch Madness became the ninth trotter in history to surpass $4 million in career earnings when he won the Allerage Farms Open Trot on Sunday at The Red Mile. In the Mare Trot, Cedar Dove, Check Me Out and Maven have won titles, as have Mare Pace contenders Anndrovette, Economy Terror and Monkey On My Wheel. Anndrovette is seeking her third consecutive Breeders Crown, a feat never accomplished in any of the open divisions. Sweet Lou, in the Open Pace, completes the list of previous Breeders Crown champions. The Open Pace also includes Foiled Again, who is the richest pacer in harness racing history, with $5.38 million. Following are the fields with listed drivers and trainers. Elimination purses are $25,000. FRIDAY ELIMINATIONS 2-year-old filly trotters (top four in each elim and fifth place with highest seasonal earnings advance) Division One: 1. Struck By Lindy, David Miller, Nifty Norman; 2. Goddess, John Campbell, Paul Kelley; 3. Designed To Be, Andy Miller, Julie Miller; 4. Shake It Cerry, Ron Pierce, Jimmy Takter; 5. Lifetime Pursuit, Yannick Gingras, Jimmy Takter; 6. Cantabs Fortune, Rick Zeron, Rick Zeron; 7. Market Rally, John Cummings Jr., Megan Wilson. Division Two: 1. Cooler Schooner, John Campbell, Jim Campbell; 2. Scream And Shout, Jimmy Takter, Jimmy Takter; 3. Harley Momma, Howard Parker, Jim Raymer; 4. Vanity Matters, Yannick Gingras, Jonas Czernyson; 5. Noon Tea Party, Brian Sears, Paul Fusco; 6. Demanding Sam, Paul Macdonell, Scott McEneny; 7. Ruby, Marcus Miller, Erv Miller. 2-year-old filly pacers (top four in each elim and fifth place with highest seasonal earnings advance) Division One: She's Da Bomb, Jody Jamieson, Tony O'Sullivan; 2. Rain Cloud Hanover, Brian Sears, David Taff; 3. Put On A Display, Tim Tetrick, Chris Ryder; 4. Gallie Bythe Beach, John Campbell, Jim Campbell; 5. Bettor Business, Tim Tetrick, Scott DiDomenico; 6. Southwind Silence, Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke; 7. Ali Blue, Yannick Gingras, Jimmy Takter; 8. Beach Body, Ron Pierce, Chris Oakes. Division Two: 1. Precocious Beauty, Doug McNair, Gregg McNair; 2. JK Molly, Tim Tetrick, Ron Burke; 3. Act Now, Ron Pierce, Nikolas Drennan; 4. Quick Thrill, Jim Morrill Jr., Brewer Adams; 5. Allstar Rating, Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke; 6. Rockingcam Park, Brian Sears, Ron Coyne Jr.; 7. Scandalicious, Andy Miller, Scott DiDomenico; 8. Uffizi Hanover, David Miller, Jimmy Takter; 9. Delightful Dragon, Mike Lachance, Noel Daley. 2-year-old male trotters (top seven advance) 1. Southwind Spirit, Brian Sears, Ron Burke; 2. Expressive Action, Brian Sears, John Grasso; 3. Exodus Hanover, Andy Miller, Steve Elliott; 4. Another Transcript, Corey Callahan, Jerry Silverman; 5. Odds On Amethyst, Tim Tetrick, Robin Schadt; 6. Auspicious Hanover, Charlie Norris, Charlie Norris; 7. Muscle Network, Jody Jamieson, Tony O'Sullivan; 8. Nuncio, John Campbell, Jim Oscarsson; 9. Father Patrick, Yannick Gingras, Jimmy Takter. Byes: Credit Fashion, Don Dorado. SATURDAY ELIMINATIONS 2-year-old male pacers (top three finishers from each elimination advance) Division One: 1. Workandplayhard, Corey Callahan, John Butenschoen; 2. Journeyman, Mike Lachance, Tony Alagna; 3. Let's Drink On It, Ron Pierce, Joe Seekman; 4. So Surreal, Tim Tetrick, Ray Schnittker; 5. Idealbeach Hanover, Jody Jamieson, Mark Ford; 6. Somestarsomewhere, Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke; 7. Sometimes Said, John Campbell, Jim Campbell. Division Two: 1. Beat The Drum, TBA, Staffan Lind; 2. Doo Wop Hanover, Ron Pierce, Steve Elliott; 3. Bakersfield, Yannick Gingras, Jimmy Takter; 4. Melmerby Beach, Paul Macdonell, Brent MacGrath; 5. Crafty Master, Doug McNair, Gregg McNair; 6. Carracci Hanover, Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke; 7. Western Vintage, Yannick Gingras, Nancy Johansson; 8. Some Major Beach, Brian Sears, Tony Alagna. Division Three: 1. Luck Be Withyou, Ron Pierce, Chris Oakes; 2. Smack Talk, Ron Pierce, John Williamson; 3. Three Of Clubs, Doug McNair, Gregg McNair; 4. Fort Knox, Scott Zeron, Tony Alagna; 5. Pierce, Jimmy Takter, Jimmy Takter; 6. Ari Allstar, Brian Sears, Mark Ford; 7. Stevensville, Ray Schnittker, Ray Schnittker; 8. Arthur Blue Chip, Randy Waples, Ian Moore. 3-year-old filly trotters (top four in each elim and fifth place with highest seasonal earnings advance) Division One: 1. Royal Assets, Ray Schnittker, Ray Schnittker; 2. Bouncing Bax, Howard Parker, Jim Raymer; 3. Coffeecake Hanover, Matt Kakaley, Ron Burke; 4. Thistle Dhu, Brett Miller, Del S. Miller; 5. To Dream On, Jimmy Takter, Jimmy Takter; 6. Frau Blucher, Ron Pierce, Chris Oakes. Division Two: 1. Southwind Cocoa, Tim Tetrick, Linda Toscano; 2. Shared Past, Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke; 3. Bee A Magician, Brian Sears, Nifty Norman; 4. Ma Chere Hall, Corey Callahan, Jonas Czernyson; 5. Time To Kill, John Campbell, Ross Croghan; 6. Handover Belle, Mike Lachance, Tony Alagna. Mare trotters (top four in each elim and fifth place with highest seasonal earnings advance) Division One: 1. Bax Of Life, John Campbell, Jerry Duford; 2. Unefoisdansmavie, Matt Kakaley, Ron Burke; 3. Mystical Starlight, Brett Miller, Ross Croghan; 4. D'Orsay, Corey Callahan, Jonas Czernyson; 5. Cowgirl Hall, Brian Sears, Deborah Brunet; 6. Cedar Dove, Ron Pierce, Noel Daley; 7. China Pearls, Paul Macdonell, David Drew. Division Two: 1. Real Babe, David Miller, Mark Harder; 2. Maven, Yannick Gingras, Jonas Czernyson; 3. Check Me Out, Tim Tetrick, Ray Schnittker; 4. Intense America, Mike Lachance, Susanne Kerwood; 5. Win Missy B, TBA, Rich Gillock; 6. Beatgoeson Hanover, David Miller, Nifty Norman. 3-year-old male pacers (top four in each elim and fifth place with highest seasonal earnings advance) Division One: 1. Lucan Hanover, David Miller, Casie Coleman; 2. Sunshine Beach, John Campbell, Mark Steacy; 3. Wake Up Peter, Rick Zeron, Tony Alagna; 4. Fool Me Once, Brian Sears, Mark Austin; 5. Apprentice Hanover, Jody Jamieson, Ben Wallace; 6. Captive Audience, Randy Waples, Colin Johnson. Division Two: 1. Vegas Vacation, Brian Sears, Casie Coleman; 2. Urbanite Hanover, Yannick Gingras, John Williamson; 3. Emeritus Maximus, TBA, Tony Alagna; 4. Captaintreacherous, Tim Tetrick, Tony Alagna; 5. Sunfire Blue Chip, Yannick Gingras, Jimmy Takter; 6. Beach Memories, David Miller, Brian Brown. 3-year-old male trotters (top four in each elim and fifth place with highest seasonal earnings advance) Division One: 1. Bluto, Jimmy Takter, Jimmy Takter; 2. Dewycolorintheline, Ray Schnittker, Ray Schnittker; 3. Fico, Corey Callahan, Staffan Lind; 4. Deadliest Catch, Ron Pierce, John Duer; 5. Smilin Eli, Tim Tetrick, David Smith; 6. All Laid Out, David Miller, Noel Daley; 7. Possessed Fashion, John Campbell, Tom Fanning. Division Two: 1. Caveat Emptor, Ray Schnittker, Ray Schnittker; 2. Royalty For Life, Brian Sears, George Ducharme; 3. Hamdalla, Jody Jamieson, Riina Rekila; 4. E L Rocket, Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke; 5. Spider Blue Chip, Ron Pierce, Chuck Sylvester; 6. Aperfectyankee, Jim Oscarsson, Jim Oscarsson; 7. Creatine, Mike Lachance, Bob Stewart. Open Pace (top seven advance) 1. Warrawee Needy, Jody Jamieson, Mark Ford; 2. A Rocknroll Dance, Tim Tetrick, Jim Mulinix; 3. Bettor's Edge, Tim Tetrick, Linda Toscano; 4. Modern Legend, John Campbell, David Drew; 5. Sweet Lou, Matt Kakaley, Ron Burke; 6. Foiled Again, Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke; 7. Golden Receiver, Corey Callahan, Mark Harder; 8. Michael's Power, Brian Sears, Casie Coleman; 9. Bolt The Duer, Mark MacDonald, Pete Foley. Byes: Clear Vision, Pet Rock. Mare Pace (top seven advance) 1. Economy Terror, Ron Pierce, Chris Oakes; 2. Rocklamation, Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke; 3. Swinging Beauty, Ron Pierce, Ron Burke; 4. Ooh Bad Shark, Howard Parker, William Wiggins; 5. Anndrovette, Tim Tetrick, P.J. Fraley; 6. Monkey On My Wheel, Brian Sears, Casie Coleman; 7. Krispy Apple, Tim Tetrick, P.J. Fraley; 8. Camille, Matt Kakaley, Ron Burke; 9. Shelliscape, David Miller, P.J. Fraley. Byes: Drop The Ball, Feeling You. FINALS, ON OCT. 19 (no eliminations necessary) $500,000 3-year-old filly pace: 1. Parlee Beach, 2. Mattie Terror Girl, 3. Carols Desire, 4. Authorize, 5. Shebestingin, 6. Aunt Caroline, 7. I Luv The Nitelife, 8. Somwherovrarainbow, 9. Love Canal. $600,000 Open Trot: 1. Market Share, 2. Wishing Stone, 3. My MVP, 4. Guccio, 5. Intimidate, 6. Mister Herbie, 7. Arch Madness, 8. Uncle Peter, 9. Sevruga. by Ken Weingartner for HRC  

Fashion Farms/Campbell Brothers Have 3 Entered

Trainer Joe Seekman has put to rest any and all speculation that his top two-year-old pacing colt, Let’s Drink On It, had hurt himself in the Metro Pace Final on August 31. In the Metro Final, Let’s Drink On It was in third place coming down the stretch when he locked wheels and then went on a wild break and ended up finishing ninth. “He is OK,” Seekman said. “I was a little concerned after the race but once we got him in the race paddock I could see that he did jump on himself and was a bit sore but that was it.” Sired by Art Official from the Cam Luck mare, Letmedoweasy, Let’s Drink On It has four wins and two thirds in seven starts this year with earnings of more than $116,000 and a record of 1:51.1. The Metro final was the first time Let's Drink On It had failed to hit the board. “We gave him a bit of rest,” Seekman said, “And last Friday I trained him in a jog cart in 2:09 and he was perfect again. “We’ll shock ‘em in his next start this Sunday at Harrah’s in the $260,000 PA Sire Stakes finals.” Seekman added. “ By Steve Wolf for

Metro Pace, Canadian Pacing Derby and Shes A Great Lady Stakes

CAMPBELLVILLE, August 24…The sports top rookie pacers were showcased on Saturday evening at Mohawk in a trio of $40,000 Metro Pace eliminations. Arthur Blue Chip, Western Vintage and Lets Drink On It captured their respective eliminations and stamped themselves as top contenders for this year’s $683,000 final on Saturday, August 31 at Mohawk. Favoured Arthur Blue Chip, with Randy Waples driving, fended off all challengers to handily win the first of three eliminations. Taking over from Luck Be Withyou after a 27.1 opening quarter, Arthur Blue Chip took the field to the half in :55.4 and three-quarters in 1.24.2. For a moment in early stretch, it looked like the pacesetter would need to repulse Tellitlikeitis and Yannick Gingras, who were rallying on the inside, but the son of Shadow Play-Advantest pulled away late for the one and one-half length tally in a career best 1:51.2. Luck Be Withyou outnodded Tellitlikeitis for second, with Some Major Beach getting up for fourth. “He’s getting to be a really nice colt now,” said trainer Dr. Ian Moore. “He’s just getting better every day. Tonight, he was quite quiet in the paddock. I thought something was wrong with him. But he came his last quarter in 27 flat, so looks like he’s okay for now. “Last week was the first time he raced off the front. I told Randy I’d leave it up to him as to how he wanted to race him tonight.” A $135,000 yearling purchase and a half-brother to Kenneth J, Arthur Blue Chip came into his elim fresh from a comfortable front-end score last week in a division of the Nassagaweya in 1:52. He’s now won five of seven starts for the Shadow One Stable of Guelph, Ontario, while pocketing $194,495. Arthur Blue Chip paid $4.20, $2.90 and $2.30, combining with Luck Be Withyou ($4.90, $3.30) for a $15.60 (4-5) exactor. A 4-5-2 (Tellitlikeitis, $2.70) triactor was worth $69.40 while a $1 Superfecta [4-5-2-7 (Some Major Beach)] returned $148.75. Odds-on Western Vintage coasted to a two length score in the second Metro Pace elim for driver Yannick Gingras. Western Vintage, a Western Ideal-Major Harmony colt, took over from Ideal Magic after the first quarter in 27.4 and blasted to the top, getting to the half in 55.2. Around the far turn and into the stretch, the favourite was pressed by Somewhere in LA after reaching three-quarters in 1:24.3, but Gingras let out another notch and Western Vintage drew off impressively in 1:51.3. Winds of Change blew by the rest of the field to collar second place, with Play It Again Sam third and Ideal Magic fourth. It was also the fourth win in five starts for the Nancy Johansson trainee, his only blemish coming last week in a Nassagaweya division, when he made a break before the start as the 7-5 choice and was distanced. “He was a little anxious last week on (driver) Marcus (Johansson), that’s why he ran,” explained Gingras. “He was a little anxious on me a little bit tonight, too. That’s why I let him do his thing. “He was full of pace. He was just waiting for me to call on him. Every time I’ve called on him so far, he’s had something left. I’ve yet to pull the ear plugs on him but I’m sure next week we’ll have to. I think he has as good a chance as anybody (next week) and he’s done nothing wrong so far.” Gingras is now undefeated on the colt in three pari-mutuel starts, including a New Jersey Sires Stake on July 13 at the Meadowlands. Just a $7,000 yearling purchase by owner Perry Soderberg of Manalapan, New Jersey, Western Vintage has now banked $117,250. Western Vintage paid $3.70, $2.70 and $2.10, teaming with Winds of Change ($7.10, $3.80) for a $21.60 (3-2) exactor. A 3-2-1 (Play It Again Sam, $2.20) triactor returned $52.20, while a $1 Superfecta [3-2-1-8 (Ideal Magic)] was worth $127.50. Favoured Let’s Drink On It gamely outfought Boomboom Ballykeel in deep stretch to post a neck decision in the third and final elimination. Boomboom Ballykeel took the field through an opening quarter in 27.2, before Let’s Drink On It was hustled to the front by driver Jim Morrill, getting to the half in a leisurely 56.1. After three-quarters was reached in 1:23.4, it looked like the chalk was home free, but Boomboom Ballykeel mounted a rail rally and appeared to put a head in front before Let’s Drink On It re-rallied for the close victory in a life best 1:51.1, the fastest of the three elims. Beat the Drum came on for third, six and one-quarter lengths behind the top pair, while Somesizesomestyle was fourth. Trained by Joe Seekman for U.S. interests, the son of Art Official, who was also trained by Seekman, was only a $12,000 Lexington yearling purchase. Art Official was the only horse to beat Somebeachsomewhere, and he did it in the $1 million Meadowlands Pace in July of 2008. “Jimmy (Morrill) said he thought tonight maybe he might be better covered up,” said Seekman. “There was a little scare in the stretch when the other horse come up the inside. But he’s two fingers. He can go anywhere. He doesn’t have to be on the front. “Art Official never won at two and this horse already has four wins. We thought we stole him (for only $12,000 at the sale).” Let’s Drink On It, winning his fourth in six starts, paid $4.70, $2.80 and $2.50, combining with Boomboom Ballykeel ($4.40, $3.60) for a $16.20 (4-7) exactor. A 4-7-3 (Beat the Drum, $3.10) triactor was worth $103.10 while a $1 Superfecta [4-7-3-1 (Somesizesomestyle)] returned $242.25. The rich classic has been won recently by a host of champions, including last year by Captaintreacherous, Sportswriter in 2009, Somebeachsomewhere in 2007 and Rocknroll Hanover in 2004. The top three finishers in each $40,000 elim, plus a fourth place finisher drawn by lot (Ideal Magic), advance to the final. The elim winners get to choose a post position before the rest of the field is drawn. 1. Boomboom Ballykeel 2. Lets Drink On It 3.Western Vintage 4. Arthur Blue Chip 5. Tellitlikeitis 6. Winds Of Change 7. Luck Be Withyou 8. Beat The Drum 9. Play It Again Sam 10. Ideal Magic Metro videos are races 5,7,9 attached Greg Gangle  

CAMPBELLVILLE, August 20 – North America’s top freshmen pacing colts and geldings are about to thrust into the spotlight. The lucrative $700,000 Metro Pace is slated for Saturday, August 31 at Mohawk, but first, a trio of eliminations is required, Saturday at the Campbellville oval. Illinois-based Joe Seekman has yet to win the rich classic and has a chance with top ranked pacer Lets Drink On It, who has a solid 3-0-2 record from five starts this season. Seekman, who has trained winners over $17 million in his career, has had nothing but praise for his youngster since his early lessons. “Since the first day we broke him, he’s been an absolute gentleman,” Seekman said. “He’s just a natural and everything you want a race horse to be. I’ve had high hopes for him since we first bought him and so far he’s living up to it.” Seekman purchased the son of Art Official for a mere $12,000 at the Lexington Select Yearling Sale last fall. “Maybe he caught my eye at the sale because I trained his father (Art Official),” Seekman said. “He was a sharp looking colt with presence to him. He did have a curb (a condition which causes the swelling of the lower part of the hock), which was likely the reason we got him at the price we did.” So far this year, Lets Drink On It has banked $97,417 along with a 1:51.3 career best for owners Martin Scharf, Larry Bond and Hal Hewitt. The talented pacer has won three Pennsylvania Sires Stakes events including his most recent outing at The Meadows in 1:52 on August 13. “He’s two fingers to drive and very versatile, but he’s been put on the front recently or close to it,” said Seekman, who has 1,104 wins as a trainer. “He raced very well in his latest and is coming into the Metro in great shape. There’s nothing else we can ask of him right now. For a young horse, he just does everything right and often acts like an older horse. He’s just a natural.” Three divisions of the $40,000 Metro Pace eliminations will take place with the top three finishers and one-fourth place finisher advancing to the rich $700,000E final. “After this weekend we’ll have a better indication of who the better colts are,” said the veteran conditioner. “Right now, it’s too early to tell, but hopefully we’re in the top group.” Jim Morrill, Jr. will drive Lets Drink On It from post four in the third elim. Race 5 1) Surprise Hanover 2) Tellitlikeitis 3) Marco De Vie 4) Arthur Blue Chip 5) Luck Bewithyou 6) Here Comes William 7) Some Major Beach 8) Wicked Business 9) Avalanche Hanover Race 7 1) Play It Again Sam 2) Winds Of Change 3) Western Vintage 4) Major Trick 5) Ideal Jet 6) For A Better Time 7) Somewhere In L A 8) Ideal Magic
 9) Twin B Speedo Race 9 1) Somesizesomestyle 2) Idealbeach Hanover 3) Beat The Drum 4) Lets Drink On It 5) Three Of Clubs 6) Carraci Hanover 7) Boomboom Ballykeel 8) Journeyman Also on the 12-race programme, aged pacers will compete in two $40,000 Canadian Pacing Derby eliminations. The top five finishers will advance to the $600K final. Race 4 1) Dapper Dude 2) Fred And Ginger 3) Heston Blue Chip 4) Sweet Lou 5) Hurrikane Kingcole 6) Atochia 7) Bolt The Duer 8) Michaels Power Race 10 1) Warrawee Needy 2) A Rocknroll Dance 3) Aracache Hanover 4) Clear Vision 5) Foiled Again 6) Pet Rock 7) Thinking Out Loud Two-year-old pacing fillies will also contest two $35,000 Shes A Great Lady eliminations. The top five finishers will advance to the $430K final. Both finals will take place on Saturday, August 31, the same night as the Metro Pace final. Race 2 1) Shes Da Bomb 2) I Need Hotstuff 3) Bahama Blue 4) Lasting Appeal 5) Precocious Beauty 6) Impatience 7) Ravinia Hanover 8) Act Now Race 3 1) Seashell Hanover 2) Wanna Rock N Roll 3) Gallie Bythe Beach 4) Sudoku 5) Beach Gal 6) Ali Blue 7) Take That Hanover 8) Rockingcam Park 9) Put On A Display First race post time is 7:25 p.m by Greg Gangle  

Next week will be the eliminations for the $700,000 Metro Pace, the richest harness race to date for two-year-olds in North America this year and if a son of first crop sire Art Official can win the final it will be drinks for everyone. The aptly named colt is Let’s Drink On It and he is trained by Joe Seekman for owners Martin Scharf of NY, Larry Bond of IN and Hal Hewitt of KY. The colt was bred by Kentuckianna Farms, who named the colt. “He was really good looking at the Kentucky sale,” Trainer Joe Seekman said, “My wife (Tina) and I picked him out. We were looking for some sons of Art Official and he looked great. Since we had the dad we wanted some of his foals.” Art Official, under training by Seekman, was a world champion pacer with 18 wins, earnings of $2 million and was one of the only horses ever to beat the renowned Somebeachsomewhere. So it was a natural that he would be looking to buy some of his foals. Purchased for just $12,000, Seekman has helped his owners get their ROI (return on investment) about six times over and more to come with the early performances by Let’s Drink On It. Seekman also purchased another son of Art Official, Wicked Business, who may not be as good as Let’s Drink On It, but the colt has one win and two seconds in six starts and has made $37,000 this season. So far in 2013 Let’s Drink On It has made five starts with three wins and two third place finishes and has earned just over $97,000. He has a race record of 1:51.3 which makes him one of the fastest two-year-olds in all of racing this season. “He is like a complete package so far,” Seekman explained, “He can leave well and cut the mile or he can race from behind and if need be can go the distance on the outside if parked out. He has shown us some great ability and did so early on. “He has paced the whole way from when we first broke him,” Seekman said. “My son, Jared, helped break the colt and he was so natural in his gait that Jared wanted to try him free-legged, but I said we would leave the hopples on.” Winning the Metro is no easy task as youngsters get tested twice over the Mohawk Raceway oval. First there are elimination races on Saturday, August 24 and then the rich final for the ten best on Saturday, August 31. “We have planned all along to race him in the Metro,” Seekman said. “His schedule has been built around it. Now that he won his last start he will get a little rest and then prepare for the Metro. He just gives his all every time he races. I know he will make his presences felt in the race.” And how about drinks for everyone after a victory since that is the colts name? “We get a little kidding about that too,” Seekman said. “But his owners are great and they will buy a drink after he wins every now and then. Perhaps if he can win the Metro it will be drinks for everyone.” by Steve Wolf  

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