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Columbus, OH --- Coming off a season in which his pupils earned just over $2.3 million, the largest annual sum of his 26-year harness racing career, John Butenschoen acknowledges 2017 could be a banner one as well, especially when a filly such as Fine Tuned Lady graces his shedrow. “She came in and grew and put on more weight,” Butenschoen said. “I am very, very happy with her and look forward to what she can accomplish this year. I’m looking forward to the season, but it’s like I’ve been telling my help, they better enjoy the good mood I’m in right now, because another month or so when things start to get serious, I start worrying about everything and won’t be easy to be around.” While defending Pennsylvania Sire Stakes 2-year-old male trot champion Giveitgasandgo and the royally bred Bluegrass Stakes winner Dover Dan may have received more attention, the 3-year-old star of Butenshoen’s stable may very well be Pennsylvania Sire Stakes 2-year-old filly trot champion Fine Tuned Lady. The daughter of Cantab Hall-Poster Princess was selected and purchased for $27,000 by William Wiswell and M And L of Delaware at the 2015 Standardbred Horse Sale at Harrisburg. In her sole year of racing, she has compiled a resume of 12-6-5-0 and collected $438,340. Due to the fact her dam won $153,407 on the track and has produced Prince Rocco (SJ’s Photo, $159,910), Poster Pin Up (Andover Hall, $439,454), Call To Post (Tom Ridge, $322,385) and Everyone’s Talkin (Donato Hanover, $131,993), Fine Tuned Lady’s connections felt quite fortunate they could bring her home for that price. “We were definitely shocked and were looking at each other when the gavel went down and it was only $27,000 for her,” Butenschoen said. “We were prepared to go much higher, but we were not going to complain or even give it too much thought as to why. We were just very, very happy to have her for that amount of money with her family being as good as it is.” Fine Tuned Lady commenced her career with a second place finish in a $30,000 division of the Pennsylvania All Stars held at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono on June 27. She followed her debut effort with a maiden-breaking score at the same facility in a $14,000 non-winners event on July 4 and another victory in Sire Stakes company at The Meadows the subsequent week in a stakes record 1:55.1. After another second under the same conditions in a return to The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono on July 19, Fined Tuned Lady received two weeks off, won a qualifying contest on Aug. 3 and then was second in two Sire Stakes races at Harrah’s Philadelphia on Aug. 11 and The Meadows on Aug. 23. Qualifying at Pocono yet again on Aug. 31, the filly then led from gate to wire to capture the $252,000 Pennsylvania Sire Stakes final for her age, sex and gait on Sept. 11 at Harrah’s Philadelphia. “Everyone that got behind her at first thought she was a good horse,” Butenschoen said. “But just good. It was when Corey Callahan drove her for the first time in her first baby race he told us she might be better than just that. As soon as he got out of the bike he came right over and said, ‘I really like this filly and I will follow her wherever she goes.’ Now that is saying something when a driver like Corey makes that kind of commitment and he turned out to be right. She has not done one thing wrong and had a great year.” Fine Tuned Lady left the friendly confines of her home state and Sire Stakes company to contest some of the sport’s elite fillies in the $250,000 Kentuckiana Stallion Management Stake at Hoosier Park on Sept. 23, which she won, prior to journeying to Red Mile to finish second and fourth, respectively, in divisions of the Bluegrass Stake and the International Stallion Stake. A return to Philadelphia on Oct. 28 yielded a victory in the John Simpson Stake and Fine Tuned Lady capped off her season with a triumph in the $148,700 Matron Stake at Dover Downs on Nov. 3. Although her regular reinsman, Callahan, extolled the filly’s virtues early in her career, Butenschoen already had a specific plan in mind to manage her season and he did not deviate from it. “We got lucky with her when she won the Kentuckiana because that other filly (1-9 favorite and divisional champion, Ariana G) broke right at the start,” Butenschoen said. Prior to that miscue, Ariana G was undefeated and appeared invincible. “We mapped out a schedule where we could still dodge some top fillies like Ariana G, take advantage of Pennsylvania’s Sire Stakes program and make some money in other races later in the year with her,” Butenschoen said. “We could have put her in the Breeders Crown, or taken her to Canada, but the way the schedule was set we could keep her here and put her in two races where we knew we could get a nice check with her rather than having her knock heads with the top ones in those races, then not being able to hit the board. “Also, she is very handy and comes off the gate very well. We were not sure how that advantage she has would have played over the bigger, mile tracks with the best fillies who are proven over that type of track. “We will follow a similar schedule with her this year,” he continued. “It will be up to her to see if we do put her in races like the Breeders Crown. She will have the opportunity to show us. “As I said, I’m very pleased with how she looks, but it is a long season and in this business you can never predict what is going to happen.” by Kim French, USTA Internet News Editor

Pennsylvania Sire Stakes champion Giveitgasandgo is certainly creating his own VIP experience leading up to this weekend's harness racing Breeders Crown. Trained by John Butenschoen, Giveitgasandgo had won seven straight races prior to finishing third in last week's Breeders Crown elimination, in which he qualified for the $600,000 2-Year-Old Colt & Gelding Trot final this Saturday at The Meadowlands in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Scheduled as race six on the stacked 16-race card, Giveitgasandgo starts from the rail in the 10-horse field, with Corey Callahan in the sulky. Post time is scheduled for 8:40 p.m. ET. "He's a very nice colt that's done everything we've asked of him so far this year," said Callahan, who is seeking his first Crown trophy. "Last week was his first start on a big track for me and it was great acclimating mile for him. We drew a great spot and think he'll give a good showing of himself in the final." The Yankee Glide-Mazda Hanover ridgling is owned by Harmony Oaks Racing Stable (Sorrento, FL), David Miller (Lake Wylie, SC), Lawrence Means (Camp Hill, PA) and VIP Internet Stable. VIP Internet Stable, based out of Piscataway, New Jersey, is a racehorse syndication group that was started by co-partners Ed O'Connor and Tom Janes in 1999. The concept was that anyone from any location could now get involved with harness racing ownership, with the goal of offering fractional ownership in order to get as many people as possible involved in the game. "In 2009 we were fortunate enough to take an interest in a horse by the name of River Shark. This eventual million-dollar earner took us to various stakes events (including the Little Brown Jug) and got us interested in the excitement surrounding 2 and 3-year-old stakes racing," Janes said. "At the time we were also introduced to John (Butenschoen). John had relocated from the struggling Illinois horse program to Pennsylvania. He enjoyed the baby game, so we started buying a few pieces of yearlings with him and some of his partners." From there, the relationship between the two expanded and grew. "We then started getting seven to eight yearlings with John each year and were again introduced to the exciting world of stakes racing. We started winning a sire stakes leg here and there as well as few other events. The interest and excitement continued to build when in 2012 we won the $250,000 Kentucky Sire Stakes with Duel In The Sun. That continued in 2013 when we won the $260,000 PA Sire Stakes with Allstar Partner," Janes said. "We fell a little short in 2014, but finished a close second in the PA Sires with Tomy Terror, and last year we were back in the loop with a nice trotter by the name of Hititoutofthepark, who has earned over $300,000 for us." Enter Giveitgasandgo in 2016. "We took an interest in Giveitgasandgo at last year's Lexington Sale where he was purchased for $32,000. John looks at hundreds of horses prior to the sale and then provides his owners with his overall ratings based on several factors. We then walk the sale grounds with John and review his top selections as well as any that we might like. We've had some luck with some fairly priced Yankee Glides in the past, so certainly were keeping an eye on any that John had rated as an 'A'," Janes added. Back track to two weeks ago at The Meadows Racetrack & Casino, where Giveitgasandgo had a statement performance. In the $103,800 Keystone Classic 2-Year-Old Colt & Gelding Trot, Giveitgasandgo (with driver Scott Zeron) won his seventh straight in a career-best 1:54 4/5, eclipsing the old stakes record of 1:55 2/5 set by Keystone Activator and Pilgrim's Taj and equaling Sutton's track record. Thus far, he has set the fastest time on a five-eighths-mile track in the division this year and for his efforts, raised his earnings to $264,240. "We are of course thrilled to have Giveitgasandgo in the Breeders Crown. Our members are extremely excited to own a piece of such a nice horse and many of them have only dreamed of owning a horse like this and we're excited to give them that opportunity," Janes said. "We realize that it's going to be very tough going up against Linda's (Toscano) horse, Walner. However, Giveitgasandgo is pretty talented and has been prepped nicely for this." RACE 6 - Meadowlands - NJ - October 29, 2016 BREEDERS CROWN - FINAL 2 Year Old Colts & Geldings Bill Weaver Memorial Trophy Planned Post Time: 8:46 PM 1 - Giveitgasandgo - Callahan - Butenschoen- 5/1 2 - Walner* - Tetrick - Toscano- 7/5 3 - Snowstorm Hanover - Kakaley - Burke-15/1 4 - Sortie* - McCarthy - Daley-8/1 5 - Dover Dan - S. Zeron - Butenschoen- 15/1 6 - Sir John F - Kakaley - Takter-20/1 7 - Moonshiner Hanover - S. Zeron - Beaver-12/1 8 - What the Hill - D. Miller - Burke-8/1 9 - Fly On - A. Miller - J. Miller-12/1 10 - Jake - Filion - Blais-6/1 by Lou Monaco for Breeders Crown      

Anderson, IN --- Fine Tuned Lady, with Corey Callahan at the lines, pulled an upset to the tune of 8-1 in the featured harness racing event of the evening, the $250,000 Kentuckiana Stallion Management Stakes for 2-year-old trotting fillies at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday (Sept. 23). The heavily favored Jimmy Takter trainee Ariana G tasted defeat for the first time in her career after breaking stride behind the gate. Taking advantage of the costly break by the post time favorite, Fine Tuned Lady turned in a strong gate-to-wire performance to score her fourth win of the season in 1:56.2. With the post time favorite out of contention from the start, Callahan sent Fine Tuned Lady away from the gate firing from post seven. She was able to grab command and dictate soft, first-half fractions of :27.3 and :59.2. Temple Ruins and Ricky Macomber Jr. benefitted from a pocket trip while Tim Tetrick and Sianna Hanover were next in line third. Fine Tuned Lady remained uncontested to the three-quarter clocking in 1:28.4 before feeling a threat from Can’t I and John Campbell who were applying pressure first-over as the field turned for home, Fine Tuned Lady looked strong on the front and when Callahan asked her for more, she responded with a :27.3 final panel to win by 3-1/2 lengths. Can’t I trotted evenly to finish second while Temple Ruins rounded out the trifecta. Fine Tuned Lady returned $18.80 to her backers at the betting windows. “My plan was to leave all along and hopefully track Ariana G and make a run at her late,” Callahan noted after the victory. “I wanted to follow because I think my filly is actually better off a helmet but I was able to get a breather down the backside on the front tonight and she did the rest. She trotted strong all the way to the wire tonight.” Trained by John Butenschoen, the 2-year-old daughter of  Cantab Hall-Poster Princess recorded the fourth win of her young career from eight seasonal starts. Owned by William C. Wiswell and M&L of Delaware LLC, Fine Tuned Lady has now amassed $326,340 in career purse earnings for her connections. Ariana G was unable to recover from the break behind the gate and finished tenth. However, the Takter-Gingras duo rebounded in the $35,000 Kentuckiana Stallion Management consolation with Princess Aurora who scored in a new lifetime best of 1:54.4. “This filly raced great,” Takter noted in the winner’s circle. “Post nine was just a little tricky for Ariana G. She didn’t like it from the start and things like that happen, especially with 2-year-olds. It was unfortunate for her but she’s such a nice filly, she will be okay.” Grand Circuit racing action will continue at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday (Sept. 24 ) with a standout card that includes the $220,000 Centaur Trotting Classic, the $246,000 Kentuckiana Stallion Management Stakes, the $170,000 Hoosier Park Pacing Derby, the $140,000 Elevation Pace and the $100,000 Jenna’s Beach Boy Invitational Pace. The first races will line-up behind the gate at 5:45 p.m. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule at Hoosier Park, please visit by Emily Gaskin, for Hoosier Park 

ANDERSON, IN - September 23, 2016 - Fine Tuned Lady, with Corey Callahan at the lines, pulled an upset to the tune of 8-1 in the featured event of the evening, the $250,000 Kentuckiana Stallion Management Stakes for two-year-old trotting fillies, at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, September 23. The heavily favored Jimmy Takter trainee Ariana G tasted defeat for the first time in her career after breaking stride behind the gate. Taking advantage of the costly break by the post time favorite, Fine Tuned Lady turned in a strong gate to wire performance to score her fourth win of the season in 1:56.2. With the post time favorite out of contention from the start, Callahan sent Fine Tuned Lady away from the gate firing from post seven. She was able to grab command and dictate soft, first-half fractions of :27.3 and :59.2. Temple Ruins and Ricky Macomber Jr. benefitted from a pocket trip while Tim Tetrick and Sianna Hanover were next in line third. Fine Tuned Lady remained uncontested to the three-quarter clocking in 1:28.4 before feeling a threat from Can't I and John Campbell who were applying pressure first-over as the field turned for home, Fine Tuned Lady looked strong on the front and when Callahan asked her for more, she responded with a :27.3 final panel to win by three and a half lengths. Can't I trotted evenly to finish second while Temple Ruins rounded out the trifecta. Fine Tuned Lady returned $18.80 to her backers at the betting windows. "My plan was to leave all along and hopefully track Ariana G and make a run at her late," Callahan noted after the victory. "I wanted to follow because I think my filly is actually better off a helmet but I was able to get a breather down the backside on the front tonight and she did the rest. She trotted strong all the way to the wire tonight." Trained by John Butenschoen, the two-year-old daughter of Cantab Hall-Poster Princess recorded the fourth win of her young career from eight seasonal starts. Owned by William C. Wiswell and M&L of Delaware LLC, Fine Tuned Lady has now amassed $326,340 in career purse earnings for her connections. Ariana G was unable to recover from the break behind the gate and finished tenth. However, the Takter, Gingras duo rebounded in the $35,000 Kentuckiana Stallion Management consolation with Princess Aurora who scored in a new lifetime best of 1:54.4. "This filly raced great," Takter noted in the winner's circle. "Post 9 was just a little tricky for Ariana G. She didn't like it from the start and things like that happen, especially with two-year-olds. It was unfortunate for her but she's such a nice filly, she will be okay." Grand Circuit racing action will continue at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, September 24 with a standout card that includes the $220,000 Centaur Trotting Classic, the $246,000 Kentuckiana Stallion Management Stakes, the $170,000 Hoosier Park Pacing Derby, the $140,000 Elevation Pace and the $100,000 Jenna's Beach Boy Invitational Pace. The first races will line-up behind the gate at 5:45 p.m. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule at Hoosier Park, please visit by Emily Gaskin, for Hoosier Park

WILKES-BARRE PA - Trainer John Butenschoen took the first three of five divisions of the third preliminary leg of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes for harness racing two-year-old trotting colts on a "sloppy" track Sunday at Mohegan Sun Pocono - but he lost his streak in the fourth, ironically with the only baby who had a win in each of the first two legs.   But success comes first, and a Butenschoen trainee was the fastest of the five winners: Giveitgasandgo, a Yankee Glide colt who has now won three in a row, the last two Sires events, Sunday overcoming the outermost post seven by making every pole a winning one in 1:57.1. Corey Callahan, who has been a red-hot teammate of Butenschoen's in stakes events lately, guided the odds-on winner for the ownership of Harmony Oaks Racing Stable Inc., David Miller, Lawrence Means, and VIP Internet Stable LLC.   Callahan also sulkysat behind one of Butenschoen's two other Sire Stakes winners, both of whom had been Stallion Series winners that have now made the successful stepup to Sire Stakes competition. Corey was handling the Crazed gelding Simply Volo, second choice of the crowd, who parlayed a second-over trip into a new mark of 1:58.4 for owners Miller and Means, giving them a stakes double along with Giveitgasandgo, and their partners in Simply Volo, Kentuckiana Racing Stable and Eugene Schick.   Mike Simons, Pocono's "Trot Man," drove the third Butenschoen winner, the Andover Hall gelding Wiagram Hanover, and for very good reason - he is a co-owner of the rookie, along with Christopher Giaccio and Albert Abdala III. Simons moved Wiagram Hanover from fifth to first during the second quarter and put a new lifetime mark of 1:58 on the 3-1 third choice.   The stage was thus set when Butenschoen sent out Dover Dan, as noted the only double winner in the Sires to date, but a glance at the tote board which held him as 8 to 5 second choice augured anything but a waltz here. The 1 to 2 favorite was the Muscle Massive gelding Muscles Jared, coming off successive 1:56.1 scores, and the powerful trotter rolled to his third straight win in 1:58, by open lengths over Andy M, with Dover Dan tiring after a first-over trip and finishing third. Trainer George Ducharme and owner Al Ross, part of Team Royalty For Life a couple of years back, look to have a fine one in the making here - and they did well in picking John Campbell as the driver, as not too far back in Muscles Jared's pedigree you'll find Armbro Keepsake, a champion mare whom Campbell guided to a Breeders Crown victory.   Muscle Massive garnered a siring double in the other division, which looked the most competitive having gathered four previous Sires winner, but the chalk prevailed in Snowstorm Hanover, a colt who was on the lead at the ¾ in the Peter Haughton Final before making a miscue. Snowstorm's demeanor was perfect tonight despite the off going, powering home from second-over for a 1:57.3 victory for driver Matt Kakaley, trainer Ron Burke (back in the same winners circle where he stood 24 hours earlier with Southwind Frank after winning the Colonial), and the partnership of Burke Racing Stable LLC, Frank Baldachino, Phillip Collura, and Weaver Bruscemi LLC.   As this group of trotters heads to Harrah's Philadelphia for its final preliminary on September 1 (their Championship and Consolation races are also at the Philadelphia oval on September 11), to call the pointstandings "crowded" would be an understatement. With a 35-25-15-10-8-5-4-2-1 point system based on finish (and an *asterisk indicating two-time winners below), the unofficial standings after three legs are *Dover Dan, 85; *Giveitgasandgo, 80 (giving Butenschoen the top two spots); You Cant Habit, 75; *Muscles Jared, 72; Moonshiner Hanover and *Snowstorm Hanover, tied with 70; Affair Of Honor, 60 (also a Butenschoen); and Box Of Luck, 58. The top eight get into the Championship event; two AEs also are programmed and can draw into the race until 6 p.m. the night before; those two spots right now are occupied by Andy M and Phi Alpha, tied at 55. And with ten horses "on the bubble" at less than 20 points behind the top eight, the action at Harrah's should be fierce the first day of September.   They'll be catching on soon, Marcus.   Marcus Miller, "Mr. Longshot" at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono over the last two years, won the eleventh and twelfth races at the mountain oval Sunday night and rocked the toteboard with a 1-2 punch -- first he guided Soda Pump to an $83.80 victory, and then he followed up in the very next race with $71.20 stunner Goldin Parachute.   For Miller, the "twin bombers" were his seventh and eighth at the 2016 meet -- last year he led Pocono for the entire year's racing with five winners of $50 or more. Since July 1, he's had six of the twelve horses in this price category, two of them coming within three races on Super Stakes Saturday on July 2, giving him two cards with two $50+ winners in 2016. Tom Jackson is his nearest rival at the current Pocono meet with four longshot triumphs.   It should be noted that the trainer of Soda Pump is Clifton Green, who's getting to be the "Mr. Longshot" of the training set. This $83.80 winner gives him three on the meet, tying him at the top of the Pocono conditioners' list with a person that will surprise some -- Ron Burke. On July 26, Miller and Green hooked up to produce $154.20 winner Larson Hanover at Pocono.   PHHA / Pocono  

Vernon, N.Y. -- Fresh off a track-record performance at Tioga Downs in last week's Geers Stakes, Cougar Bait ($5.00, part of entry) proved dominant in Friday (August 19) evening's lone $10,000 Kindergarten Classic preliminary for harness racing 2-year-old pacing colts and geldings, carded as race two at Vernon Downs   Marcus Miller brushed the Western Terror-No One Is Alone gelding to the fore after a :27.2 first quarter before rating a :57.3 middle half. Upon turning for home, Cougar Bait felt mild pressure from 3-5 favorite Lindythefourteenth (Scott Zeron), edging clear easily off the corner--Lindythefourteenth broke stride only after he began to regress. Meanwhile, Cougar Bait drew off by 4-3/4 lengths over his stablemate Harry Terror (Andy McCarthy), who rallied belatedly to take second from Manattack (Chris Lems). The 1:51.4 mile time gave Cougar Bait a new lifetime mark in his third consecutive win.   John Butenschoen trains Cougar Bait for the Harmony Oaks Racing Stable, Inc., Jeremey Day, Tangie Massey, and the VIP Internet Stable, LLC.   Miller scored a stakes double at the Miracle Mile, making gradual gains with Ameraway ($3.90, part of entry) through the stretch en route to a 1:53 win over Well What's New (Zeron) and V String (McCarthy) in the tenth event, a Kindergarten preliminary for pacing fillies. Trainer Erv Miller co-owns the daughter of American Ideal and Shyaway with Paymaq Racing, the aforementioned Tangie Massey, and Neil Cumsky.   The earlier Kindergarten split for fillies, carded as race six, saw Caviart Ally ($3.80, part of entry) make all the pace and accelerate through the far turn for a 1:53.2 score over pocket rival Someonesomewhere (Miller) and the belatedly-gaining Jenny's Terror (Fern Paquet, Jr.). Andy McCarthy drove the daughter of Bettor's Delight and Allamerican Cool for trainer Noel Daley and owner Caviart Farms.   Live racing returns to Vernon Downs on Saturday (August 20) evening; post time is set for 6:45 p.m. Eastern.   by James Witherite, Vernon Downs

WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 10, 2016 -- With their schedule so busy, harness racing trainer John Butenschoen and his wife, Jackie, weren't planning anything special for Wednesday, their 30th wedding anniversary. But they got something special anyway -- Pennsylvania Sires Stake victories at The Meadows from John Butenschoen trainees Dover Dan and Giveitgasandgo. Corey Callahan piloted both colts. The $184,096 stake for freshman colt and gelding trotters, known as the Florida Pro, was contested over four divisions, with Muscles Jared and You Can't Habit taking the other splits. Their anniversary was something of a homecoming for Jackie Butenschoen, who grew up in Washington County. Her father, the late Jack Kiger, was a blacksmith at The Meadows when the track opened in 1963. John composed an anniversary message to Jackie and posted it on Facebook, then gave her yet another present. "I put her to work," he joked. As is his custom, Dover Dan lagged near the rear before launching a decisive first-over move that carried him to his second PASS win in as many tries for owners William Wiswell, Jean Goehlen and Eugene Schick. He scored in 1:57, 1-3/4 lengths better than early leader Muay Hanover, with Phi Alpha third. Butenschoen said that rallying style suits Dover Dan for now. "He's been wanting to get a little anxious and keyed up," he said. "Today, we just wanted to make sure he got off the gate trotting. He has the ability; it's just a matter of keeping him focused. As long as he races like he's racing, I don't see any need (to send him)." Muscles Jared quarter-poled to the front for John Campbell and had little problem from there, prevailing in a stake-fastest 1:56.1. Box Of Luck was second, 2-3/4 lengths back, while Andy M completed the ticket. Since trainer George Ducharme added hopples for Alfred Ross' gelded son of Muscle Massive-Tetiana, the colt has two wins in as many outings. "That really helps a lot of young trotters," Campbell said. "It steadies them when they need it the most. They have more confidence with their gait. He felt good. I was impressed with him the night he raced at the Meadowlands, and he came back as good or better. In the last turn, he looked around and thought it was all over. I got his attention back, and he picked it up in the lane." You Can't Habit also converted an uncovered move to victory, triumphing in 1:57 for Brett Miller, trainer John McDermott and owner 4 Leaf Racing. Moonshiner Hanover was second, 2-1/4 lengths in arrears, while Affair Of Honor -- another from the Butenschoen stable -- earned show. "He's such a nice horse -- he really loves his work," McDermott said of the son of Cantab Hall-Habit Of Creature, a $55,000 yearling acquisition. "As long as he's not going too fast, he can get it done. He's staked very lightly. We want to make him into a nice 3-year-old and aged horse." In the $20,000 Preferred Handicap Trot, I Know My Chip extended his winning streak to four when he zipped by his stablemate, Tall Cotton, to down him by 1/2 length in 1:54.3. Classicality was third. Callahan drove the 4-year-old Deep Chip-Madeline's Crown gelding, who now boasts $447,793 in career earnings, for trainer Ron Burke and owners Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Phillip Collura. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Saturday when the action-packed card features the $147,500 Moni Maker for 3-year-old filly trotters and two events for 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers: a $160,760 PASS and an $80,000 PA Stallion Series stake. First post is 1 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

Nichols, N.Y. -- After his late push to the fore in last week's Open, Hititoutofthepark ($3.10) earned his third straight harness racing win in his $38,440 Arthur Tompkins Memorial Stakes division on Friday (July 1) evening at Tioga Downs.   Mike Simons situated the 3-year-old Yankee Glide ridgling behind the live cover of Tight Lines (Jeff Gregory) on the backstretch, towed closer to pacesetter Steed (Matt Kakaley) through middle fractions of :57.1 and 1:26.2 before making his three-wide push in the final 300 yards. Hititoutofthepark accelerated off the far turn, working clear in mid-stretch and accelerating to hold sway of the late-rallying Blownoutofthewater (Jim Morrill, Jr.) in 1:55.2. Steed, while collared after repelling his first-over rival, checked in third after his game front-trotting effort.   John Butenschoen trains 9-time winner Hititoutofthepark for the Give It a Shot Stable, Kurt Welling, and the VIP Internet Stable.   Dominion Beach ($80.00) upset in his $38,940 Tompkins division, surging up late to collar the first-over odds-on favorite Cufflink Hanover in 1:54.2. Marcus Johansson drove the son of Muscle Hill for Courant AB and trainer Nancy Johansson.   In the two $27,690 Tompkins splits for fillies, Goosebump Hanover ($5.60, Morrill, 1:55.2) lunged to the fore off second-over spotting, and Celebrity Eventsy ($2.30, John Campbell, 1:54.4) edged clear of her foes handily after brushing to the fore with a circuit to go.   The Geers Stakes for 3-year-old pacers headline Monday (July 4) afternoon's program at Tioga, with $119,750 in aggregate purses on the line. Art Rooney winner Missile J (Tim Tetrick) headlines the $66,375 split for colts and geldings, carded as the fifth of nine races on the Independence Day program. Racing returns most immediately to Tioga on Saturday (July 2) evening, with the first of nine races due off at 6:30 p.m. Eastern.   by James Witherite, Tioga Downs

Nichols, N.Y. -- Fresh off a 15-1 upset in a $55,503 Pennsylvania Sire Stakes event at Pocono, Hititoutofthepark ($8.30) rose to chase down older harness racing company in Saturday (June 25) evening's $11,000 Open 1 Trot at Tioga Downs.   Mike Simons took his time with the 3-year-old Yankee Glide ridgling, settling well off a :27.3 first quarter Dragin the Wagon (Aaron Byron) and working closer through a :58.1 half. With three-eighths to go, Simons chased the first-over Oh No Three O (Jeff Long), towed significantly closer through the far turn before readying to make a three-wide push for home.   "He came right off the gate nice and handy, followed live cover, and when I called on him, he just pinned his ears and dug in," commented Simons on the 8-time winner. "He's a real professional."   Hititoutofthepark accelerated upon cornering, passing the stalled Oh No Three O with little effort, and subsequently chasing down Dragin the Wagon for a narrow 1:55.2 triumph. Six Bax (Jim Taggart) stayed on for third off a cozy pocket trip.   John Butenschoen trains Hititoutofthepark for the Give It a Shot Stable, Kurt Welling, and the VIP Internet Stable.   For Simons, the win was one of five in the bike on the 10-race card. In addition to his trainee Talktomecourage N ($4.70, 1:54.1) in the seventh, Simons teamed up with Undercover Bro ($5.20, 1:56.1), Alaskan Seelster ($12.80, 1:54), and Justherighttouch ($9.20, 1:56.2).   No one hit the 50¢ Pick 5, resulting in a carryover to Sunday (June 26) afternoon's card of $1,143.61. The Pick 5 kicks off in the first of 11 races, with post time set for 1:30 p.m. Eastern.   by James Witherite, Tioga Downs

Iron Mine Bucky survived a miserable first quarter in the slop and went on to capture the faster division of Saturday's $116,304 Currier & Ives at The Meadows. Cufflink Hanover took the other division in the stake for harness racing 3-year-old colt and gelding trotters. Iron Mine Bucky hadn't raced since winning an Oct. 2 Keystone Classic split at The Meadows, and he got just the sort of journey -- stuck outside -- winning driver George Dennis didn't want. "I wasn't expecting to get that rough a trip," Dennis said. "They didn't go that much early, and he got a little excited -- first time out, first time in the mud. I didn't want to wrestle him back to last." But the Hambletonian-eligible son of Explosive Matter-My Foolish Dream persevered on the outside and overpowered the leader, 2-5 favorite Hititoutofthepark. Iron Mine Bucky prevailed in 1:55.2, 1-1/2 lengths better than Steed, while Hititoutofthepark saved show. "He really trotted strong up the backside and turned in a big mile," Dennis said. "I'm very, very pleased." Greg Haverstick trains Iron Mine Bucky, who extended his career bankroll to $132,023, for Iron Mine Branch LLC. Iron Mine Bucky Cufflink Hanover has won three of four starts since adding hopples, and he again looked useful and professional. He worked out a pocket trip behind Truemass Volo, then blew by him in the lane to triumph in 1:55.4. Hollywood Highway found late room for second, 2 lengths back, with Truemass Volo third. "He's been getting lucky with his trips, and he's been racing good," said winning driver David Miller, who owns the Andover Hall-CR Savoire Faire gelding with the Enzed Racing Stable of the colt's trainer, Nifty Norman. "He seemed way sharper today than he did last week. He's coming along really nice." Cufflink Hanover $70,500 Currier & Ives, 3-Year-Old Filly Trotters Saturday's rain-soaked program also featured the filly division of the Currier & Ives, with Goodtogo Hanover rolling to her seventh consecutive victory. Lookin Sharp erased a sizable deficit to take the other split. Goodtogo Hanover was away second for Brian Zendt, who moved her to the point before the quarter. The daughter of Explosive Matter-Grammy Hall held off the late challenge of the pocket-sitting Witnesstheprincess by 3/4 lengths in 1:56.4. Moots completed the ticket. Goodtogo Hanover, who vaulted over $100,000 in career earnings, is undefeated in seven outings this year, but she showed once again that she can be a handful until the gate folds. "She was a little wild behind the gate -- ohmygosh," Zendt said. "She had her head hung up on the gate for a minute. She was so mad I don't know how she didn't run. She makes you worry, but as long as you don't have her doubled up and mad, she'll be okay. She doesn't want to run. All she wants to do is get out of there." Bill Zendt conditions Goodtogo Hanover and owns with Gary Saul. Goodtogo Hanover Lookin Sharp, the 4-5 favorite, trailed the leader, Sunset Glider, by 3 lengths at the three-quarters when Matt Kakaley suggested it was time to get busy. She tracked down Sunset Glider and downed her by a neck in 1:57, with My Pink Bike third. "Of all the horses we sent to Florida (for the winter), she's probably one of the horses who grew up and matured the most," said Tyler Butenschoen, assistant to winning trainer John Butenschoen. "I saw a big difference in her. She showed late in the year she could go with the best fillies. The more the year went on, the more she learned and the better she got." William Wiswell and M&L of Delaware campaign the daughter of Andover Hall-Warrawee Krisp, who soared over $200,000 in career earnings. Lookin Sharp Evan Pattak

Third-time harness racing starter Ideal Joey ($3.90) impressed at odds-on in his first-round $7,500 Nichols True Value Late Closing Series division on Sunday (May 15) at Tioga Downs, making all the pace and evading f the first-over Cenovis for a 1:53.3 triumph.   Mike Simons sprinted clear with the 3-year-old Roll With Joe gelding on entry to the first turn, assuming command from Diamond J (Fern Paquet, Jr.) through a :28 initial quarter before backing down the tempo with a circuit to go. Following a :57 half mile, Ideal Joey was nudged along by a steadily-advancing Cenovis through a :28.1 third quarter. Ideal Joey responded instantly to the pressure, edging clear on the far turn and ultimately prevailing by 2-1/2 lengths. Runner-up Cenovis held 2-3/4 lengths clear of the second-over JK Onaroll (John Cummings, Jr.).   John Butenschoen trains Ideal Joey for the Harmony Oaks Racing Stable and William Wiswell.   The win for Simons was part of a Sunday afternoon driving grand slam. Justin Huckabone accounted for three wins on the 13-race program.   The other Nichols True Value division went to Le Gambe ($7.60), who pounced in upper stretch and worked clear of the dueling Century Chancellor (Simons) and Rocket J (Jim Marohn, Jr.) for a 1:56.4 victory. Mike Simons drove the 3-year-old Shadyshark Hanover gelding for owner Ronald Michelon and trainer Erv Miller.   In the overnight feature, a $9,000 top-level conditioned pace, Tony Dinges trainee Grande Seelster ($30.40, Scott Coulter) emerged out of traffic in the last 70 yards, wedging wide to overtake Murder He Wrote (Marohn) and Winyard Hanover (Simons) in the final yards of a 1:53.3 mile. Favorite P L Idaho (Clements) only could muster fourth after faltering mid-race despite a ferocious stand-side rally.   Off the track, Tioga Downs mainstay Floyd, a 22-year-old quarter horse, was honored on Sunday afternoon. Floyd, accompanied by longtime Tioga outrider Wendy Ross, will conclude his career at Solvalla Racecourse in Sweden later this month at the 2016 Elitloppet.   As no one hit the 50¢ Pick 5, the carryover for Friday (May 20) evening's card mounts to $498.30. First post on Friday is slated for 6:30 p.m. EDT.   by James Witherite, Tioga Downs

For the second consecutive year, harness racing trainer John Butenschoen is bringing a son of stallion Yankee Glide and the mare Celebrity Liza on to the Hambletonian trail, but there is little family resemblance between last year’s colt, Boots N Chains, and this year’s hopeful, Hititoutofthepark. “It’s kind of like watching “Twins” with Danny DeVito and Arnold Schwarzenegger,” Butenschoen said with a laugh. “Physically they’re nothing alike. Hititoutofthepark reminds me more of the Yankee Glide colt I had, (state-bred stakes-winner) Valley Of Sin; kind of about the same gait, same size. “Boots N Chains was a little heavier, thicker type of horse. He was really kind of laid back. This horse here can get a little aggressive on the track at times. They’re two completely different kinds of colts.” Hititoutofthepark is among 15 Hambletonian-eligible trotters competing in Saturday’s (May 14) Pennsylvania Sire Stakes divisions at The Meadows. Hititoutofthepark is in the third of four $41,000-plus divisions and will start from post five with Corey Callahan in the sulky. He is the 5-2 morning line favorite. The seven-horse field also includes Hambletonian hopefuls Granite State, Treasure Keys K, Milligan’s School, and Desert Runner. Milligan’s School, a multiple open stakes winner last season, is the 7-2 second choice. Hititoutofthepark won his 2016 debut on May 7 at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, beating defending Pennsylvania Sire Stakes champion Lagerfeld by a head in 1:55. Last year, Hititoutofthepark won five of 11 races and earned $128,820 for owners Give It A Shot Stable, Kurt Welling, and VIP Internet Stable. His victories included divisions of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes, Pennsylvania All-Stars, and Tompkins-Geers Stakes. He was scratched sick from the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championship because of a 103-degree temperature. In his start prior to the PaSS final, Hititoutofthepark won by three-quarters of a length over Lagerfeld despite going off stride early in the race. “He had a real good year last year,” Butenschoen said. “We could have had a little bit more money on his card. We didn’t really know what we had. We raced him in Pennsylvania mainly and gave him one shot in Lexington. He raced well there (finishing second in an International Stallion Stakes division) and we turned him out. “Hopefully he’ll be OK for this summer and we’ll have some fun with him.” In addition to the Hambletonian, Hititoutofthepark’s stakes schedule includes the Arden Downs, Currier & Ives, Keystone Classic, Matron, and Yonkers Trot. “We’re not trying to gear up only for the Hambletonian,” Butenschoen said. “It’s just a shot at it. There are a bunch of partners in on him and we thought we’d give it a try and see what happens. We try to zig when other people zag. If it fits his schedule when it comes up we’ll take a look at it then. “I’ve looked forward too many times in the past. I’ve had all kinds of great plans coming out of (winter training in) Florida and horses get sick or making breaks and you’re left scrambling, so I try not to look too far ahead. I kind of knew where his first three starts where going to be and then we’ll see what happens afterwards.” Butenschoen hoped to have Boots N Chains pointed toward last year’s Hambletonian, but the colt never got on a roll after a 2-year-old campaign that saw him win a division of the Simpson Memorial Stakes and post runner-up finishes to French Laundry in the Kindergarten Classic championship and Muscle Diamond in a division of the International Stallion Stakes. “I thought he was going to come back really well, but he just didn’t seem to get any faster from (age) 2 to 3,” Butenschoen said. “He didn’t make that next jump up. Hititoutofthepark, we’ll see. Hopefully he’ll make that jump. But they’ve both made money for me, so I’m not going to complain about either one.” Other Hambletonian-eligible trotters competing on Saturday in the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes are morning line favorites Tight Lines (3-1 in the first division) and Mikkeli Hanover (5-2 in the second division) as well as Alexander Hanover, Breedlove, Hollywood Highway, Lagerfeld, Love Matters, Marion Gondolier, Sliding Home, and Southern Cross. Tyson is the 2-1 morning line pick in the fourth division, followed by Lagerfeld at 4-1. by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications  

Here is the 2016 harness racing training roster for Southern Oaks, Sorrento, Fla. The Erv Miller Stable has 95 horses, including 56 2-year-olds, and returning stables stars in New York Sires Stakes champion Travel Playlist p,1:49.2; Ideal Jimmy p,2,1:51f; and McDave p,2,1:52.f. John Butenschoen has 39 head in his winter quarters including 25 2-year-olds and returning stable stars Ideal Rocky p,2,1:52.3; Twill Be Done 2,1:56.1f; Landjack Hanover 2,1:57.1f; and Looking Sharp 2,1:57.3f. Dr. Ian Moore has older pacers in millionaire State Treasurer p,1:47; Rockin In Heaven p,3,1:50; and Arthur Blue Chip p,4,1:50.1f in his shedrow. The David and Misty Miller stable is going to be a late arrival. Dave Arrenholtz Stable 2-year-olds JD’s Chasin Jason 2,c,p, Panspacificflight—Southwind Diana Gorgeous View 2,c,p, He’s Gorgeous—Armbro View Shebarocking 2,f,p, Rockin Image—Trinity Islands older Feetonthedashboard 4,m,p, (p,3,1:53, $185,871) Panspacificflight—Incredible Dodger John Butenschoen Stable 2-year-olds Affair Of Honor 2,c,t, Cantab Hall—Fireworks Hanover Alexa’s Princess 2,f,p, Rocknroll Hanover—Michelle’s Victory American Schapps 2,c,p, American Ideal—Peaches And Cream Cougar Bait 2,c,p, Western Terror—No One Is Alone Credit Volo 2,c,t, Credit Winner—Silver Springs Darkest Secret 2,c,p, Somebeachsomewhere—Dark Secret Doverlicious 2,c,t, Andover Hall—CR Kay Suzie Fine Tuned Lady 2,f,t, Cantab Hall—Poster Princess Giveitgasandgo 2,c,t, Yankee Glide—Mazda Hanover Graceful Way Out 2,c,p, Western Terror—Lady Graceful Joe Cool 2,c,p, Roll With Joe—Apere Hanover Just For You 2,f,t, Yankee Glide—Jodi’s Jayme Keystone Cavalier 2,c,t, Explosive Matter—Keystone Chocolate Lightning Onmyfeet 2,c,p, McArdle—Western Top Cat Lima Commando 2,c,p, Rocknroll Hanover—Cold Mist Lima Venture 2,c,p, Rocknroll Hanover—Vanity Fairest Midsummer Romance 2,c,p, Well Said—Midsummer Night Mister To You 2,c,p, Roll With Joe—Coming Late Northern Courtney 2,f,t, Deweycheatumnhowe—Pine Nut Paraglider 2,c,t, Yankee Glide—Some Like It Lindy Puddin N Pie 2,c,t, Yankee Glide—Banbury Cross Sake 2,c,t, RC Royalty—Yessir Thatsmybaby Simply Volo 2,c,t, Crazed—Sterling Volo Terrific Terrific 2,c,p, Western Terror—Just Great Wiagram Hanover 2,c,t, Andover Hall—Wishful Me 3-year-olds Acting Out 3,c,p, (p,2,1:54.3f) Art Major—Shake That Junk Byob 3,c,t, (2,Q1:58.4) SJ’s Caviar—Brioni Suite Fiery Will 3,c,p, Well Said—Fiery Buckeye Hititoutofthepark 3,c,t, (2,1:55.1f, $128,820) Yankee Glide—Celebrity Liza Ideal Joey 3,c,p, Roll With Joe—Ideal Coast Ideal Rocky 3,c,p, (p,2,1:52.3, $254,651) Rocknroll Hanover—Eternity’s Delight Landjack Hanover 3,c,t, (2,1:57.1f, $47,432) Cantab Hall—Likeavirgin Lindy Latescape 3,f,p, Artiscape—Late Closer Lima Cadillac 3,c,t, (2,Q2:03.2) Yankee Glide—Celebrity Deville Lookin Sharp 3,f,t, (2,1:57.3f, $166,781) Andover Hall—Warrawee Krisp Major Plans 3,c,p, (p,2,1:54.1f) Art Major—That’s The Plan Samy Donato 3,c,t, Donato Hanover—Crysta’s Image Twill Be Done 3,f,t, (2,1:56.1f, $84,954) Donato Hanover—Polyester Hanover Western Dial 3,c,p, Western Ideal—Kwik Dial Richard Day Stable 2-year-old Twodays Pennylane 2,f,t, San Siro Lane—North Lima Disco 3-year-old Two Days Ditto 3,c,t, Mr Garjangles-Oceana Hanover older horse Two Days Finale 4,m,t (3,2:08.1h) SJ's Caviar-Oceana Hanover James “Friday” Dean Stable 2-year-olds All Access 2,c,p, Mach Three—Malocchio Billie McJean 2,f,p, McArdle—Igottwordsforyou Northern Vixen 2,f,p, Badlands Hanover—Northern Athena 3-year-olds Jimmys Little Girl 2,f, (p,2,Q1:58.2) Big Jim—Sheer Hose Northern Lauren 3,f,p, Mach Three—Four Starzz Meliss Peg 3,f,p (p,2,1:56.3) Dragon Again—Western Duel Shadow Pink 3,f,p, (p,2,1:54) Shadow Play—Pink Is Perfect Carl Jamieson Stable 2-year-olds Bobcat Bound 2,c,p, Somebeachsomewhere—Sugarcoated Deprived 2,c,p, Warrawee Needy—Spun Sugar Dunbar Hall 2,c,t, Deweycheatumnhowe—Debbie Hall Laminin 2,c,t, Manofmanymissions—Lady Cayster Twin B Bambino 2,f,p, Art Major—Western Heat Windsong Napoleon 2,c,p, Art Major—Bunny Dearest Wishesdocometrue 2,f,p, Art Major—Extreme Dream 3-year-olds Sayonara Hall 3,f,t, Deweycheatumnhowe—Shooting Starlet The Catamount Kid 3,c,p, (p,2,1:52.1, $98,831) Well Said—Under Your Spell To His Credit 3,c,p, Up The Credit—Winning Hand Eddie Lohmeyer Stable 2-year-olds At The Helm 2,c,p, Art Major—Indulge Me Bernardus 2,c,t, RC Royalty—Pacific Elegance Casa Palmera 2,f,t, Andover Hall—Ura Hanover Lookingforamiracle 2,f,t, Yankee Glide—End Of Innocence Miss Prim 2,f,t, Conway Hall—Pacific Photo Moffit Hanover 2,c,p, Dragon Again—Maeve Hanover The Time To Win 2,f,p, Western Ideal—Cannae Cindy 3-year-olds Quiet Cove 3,f,p, (p,2,1:56.3f) Somebeachsomewhere-Dreamlands Jo Jo Shy That Way 3,f,t, Lucky Chucky—Susie’s Magic Spendabuckonme 3,c,p (p,2,1:54.2f) Art Major—Indulge Me older horses Believeinthespirit 5,g,p, (p,3,1:51.2, $116,723) Art Major—Spirit Of The West Ideal Nuggets 4,m,p, (p,2,1:50.4, $271,482) Western Ideal—Rough Sketch Erv Miller Stable 2-year-olds Absolutely Best 2,f,p, Cambest—Garish Ameraway 2,f,p, American Ideal—Shyaway A Squared 2,f,t, Explosive Matter—Flexible Spending Aunt Susie Hanover 2,f,t, Credit Winner—Aunt Mel Beach Boogie 2,c,p, Somebeachsomewhere—Dance Until Dawn Bella Ragaza 2,f,p, Rocknroll Hanover—Armbro Bahama Bently Hanover 2,c,p, Art Major—Bittorsweet Terror Big Thinker 2,c,p, American Ideal—Ubetterthink Think Cabot 2,c,t, Deweycheatumnhowe—Passageway Calbay 2,f,p, Rockin Image—Sand Happy Life Cerisier 2,c,p, Western Terror—Cherry Tree Coco Chili 2,c,t, Credit Winner—Spicy Wings Chilma 2,f,p, Rocknroll Hanover—Lifes A Trip Direct Macawesome 2,f,p, McArdle—Direct Player Donatoboy 2,c,t, Donato Hanover—Voluptuous Ronda Epic Union 2,c,p, Dragon Again—Eternal Justice Equestrianconxtion 2,c,t, Explosive Matter—Daruda Hanover Foxy Swan 2,f,p, Swan For All—Fox Valley Click Hahchachacha 2,f,p, Always A Virgin—Miss ATM Haviture Way Honey 2,f,p, American Ideal—Curvesahead I Am The Danger 2,c,t, Cantab Hall—Tawesome More Just Bogo 2,c,p, He’s Gorgeous—Blissfull Fluzy Lady JJ 2,f,t, Jailhouse Jesse—Lady Of Troy Lightning Onmyfeet 2,f,p, McArdle—Western Top Cat Little Miss Cami 2,f,p, Well Said—Little Miss K Livinginthedream 2,f,p, If I Can Dream—Fox Valley Lucerne Long Driveway 2,f,t, Glidemaster—Fox Valley Ying Loopingforaliving 2,c,p, Art Major—Jamaica Hanover Love Love Me Do 2,f,p, Rocknroll Hanover—Arbeedo Mac And Pay 2,c,t, Manofmanymissions—Six Figure Dreams Maconupwithedragon 2,c,p, Dragon Again—Macon Up Magic Forces 2,c,p, Art Major—Magic Of Michelle Major Graduate 2,f,p, Art Major—Western Graduate Meadowbrook Tiger 2,c,p, Shadyshark Hanover—Rain Dance Jessica No Bus For Us 2,c,t, Muscle  Massive—Be My Baby Mr Greenie 2,c,p, Roll With Joe—Advantest Perfect Major 2,c,p, Art Major—My Perfect Rhyme RJP 2,c,p, Somebeachsomewhere—Vysoke Tatry Rockin Praline 2,f,p, Rockin Image—Fox Valley Praline Rock N Tony 2,c,p, Rockin Image—Pandemonious Rollin About 2,c,p, Roll With Joe—Flitabout Royal Melbourne 2,f,t, Explosive Matter—Vanity Plates Shivered 2,c,t, Credit Winner—Fancy Someomensomewhere 2,f,p, Somebeachsomewhere—Omen Hanover Spin N Roll 2,f,p, Roll With Joe—Armbro Ocasey Stage Review 2,f,p, Art Major—Observe Me Super Riley 2,f,t, Credit Winner—Sashay Swan Forever 2,c,t, Swan For All—Ever A Lady Sweet N Toxic 2,f,p, Dragon Again—Guan Yin Temporary Business 2,f,p, Dragon Again—Safe From Harm Tiki Taka 2,c,t, Manofmanymissions—Zakanaka Uncle Marty 2,c,t, Donato Hanover—My Dollys Dream Unofficialbusiness 2,c,p, Real Desire— Nuzzle Hanover Youvegotwhatitakes 2,c,t, Yankee Glide—Char Catie Becca Zane Hanover 2,f,p, Somebeachsomewhere—Zellweger Bluechip 3-year-olds Alvarez 3,f,t (2,Q2:00.4f) Andover Hall—Celebrity Athena American Image 3,f,p, (p,2,1:54.3f) Rockin Image—L Dee Lourdes Arrow Hanover 3,f,p, (p,2,1:54.3f) Somebeachsomewhere—A And G’sconfusion Bailey’s Lucky Dream 3,f,t, Lucky Chucky—Baileysirishdream Catch A Mission 3,f,t, Manofmanymissions—Catch A Train Evie’s Credit 3,f,t, Credit Winner—Evolution Freeze Out 3,f,p, (p,2,1:55.3h) American Ideal—Mr Deli’s Filly Fresh Cut 3,c,p, (p,2,1:54.2f) American Ideal—Flip For Love Fruition 3,f,t, Credit Winner—Tango Hall Golden Gesture 3,g,p, (p,2,Q1:58.3f) Shark Gesture—Black Gold Mindale Graceful Vision 3,f,p, (p,2,1:52.3) Yankee Cruiser—Vision Of Grace Grandma Jan’s Gem 3,f,t Here Comes Herbie—Deliteful Debbie Ideal Jimmy 3,g,p, (p,2,1:51f, $293,185) Western Ideal—Armbro Nectarine Keystone Paula 3,f,p, (p,2,1:54.1) Bettor's Delight—Take My Pulse Le Gambe 3,c,p, Shadyshark Hanover—Armbro Bahama Legere 3,g,p, (p,2,1:53.2, $42,135) Shadyshark Hanover—Fox Valley Lucerne Like A Gem 3,f,t, (2,Q2:00f) Keystone Blitz—Ladylike Volo Maker A Yankee 3,f,t, (2,1:57f) Yankee Glide—Maker A Laker Maxine Is Cute 3,f,t, Swan For All—Shops For Dresses McDave 3,c,p, (p,2,1:52.1f, $107,598) McArdle—Southwind Piper Mercedes Lorene 3,f,p, Western Terror—Slice Of Life Mystical Mission 3,c,t, Manofmanymissions—Six Figure Dreams Mystical Rock 3,g,p, (p,2,1:51.4, $176,152) Rockin Image—Majorencounter Not Always 3,g,p, (p,2,1:54.1) Always A Virgin—Model A  Pretty Swanderfull 3,c,t, (2,Q1:58.3f) Swan For All—Pretty New Real Mindale 3,g,p, Real Desire—Sail Lynne Mindale Redneck Rally 3,c,p, (p,2,1:56.2h) American Ideal—Ms Harrington Rockin Ronnie 3,c,p, Rocknroll Hanover—Flibbertigibbet Roll N Catch 3,c,p, Rocknroll Hanover—Catch The Show  Shady Stella 3,f,p, (p,2,1:54.1, $54,058) Shadyshark Hanover—She’s Stella Southern Palms 3,g,t, (2,1:59.2h) RC Royalty—Pacific Elegance Summer Gesture 2,f,p, (p,2,1:55f) Shadyshark Hanover—Sand Summer Swan For Dee 3,f,t, (2,Q2:00.1f) Swan For All—Yankee Dee Swans Filly 3,f,t, Swan For All—Yadubist Bluegrass Take Your Vitamins 3,c,t, Swan For All—Vitamin M Terror Hall 3,c,p, (p,2,1:56.1f) Western Terror—Marnie Hall Travel Playlist 3,c,p, (p,2,1:49.2, $252,570) Art Major—Village Madonna Trolley 3,c,t, (2,1:56.1f) Donato Hanover—Lakeside Bride older horse Rockingcam Park 4,m,p, (p,3,1:51.2, $149,106) Rocknroll Hanover—Cameron D Art Dr. Ian Moore Stable 2-year-olds Always Rock N Roll 2,c,p, Rocknroll Hanover—Yankee Icon Classic Pro 2,c,p, Shadow Play—Kattimon Mail It In 2,c,p, Shadow Play—Buy In Hanover Southern Heart 2,f,p, Shadow Play—La Daydreamer Spoken Word 2,c,p, Well Said—Terrific Tara Sports Leader 2,f,p, Sportswriter—Mustang Kensley Twin B Cowboy 2,c,p, Roll With Joe-Twin B Intimate Vivid Play 2,c,p, Shadow Play—Cheyenne Ava 3-year-olds Good Will Hanover 3,f,p, (p,2,1:52.3, $122,857) Big Jim—Go For Best Mac’s Star 3,g,p, Somebeachsomewhere—Knock Three Times Some Gold 3,c,p, Somebeachsomewhere—Alpine Gold Sutton Seelster 3,c,p, (p,2,1:55.3f) Camluck—Smilesplace Worthy Art 3,c,p, Shadow Play—Art Account older horses Arthur Blue Chip 5,h,p, (p,4,1:50.1f, $506,384) Shadow Play-Advantest Rockin In Heaven 4,h,p, (p,3,1:50, $364,303) Rock N Roll Heaven—Tropic’s Beachgirl State Treasurer 7,h,p, (p,1:47, $1,827,147) Real Desire—Ideal Treasure Pinske Stable 2-year-olds Aubergine Hanover 2,f,p, Somebeachsomewhere—Arts Masterpiece Dances Cruiser 2,c,p, Yankee Cruiser—Dances On The Wind Independent One 2,c,p, Rocknroll Hanover—Sun N Sand Inverse Hanover 2,f,p, Somebeachsomewhere—Ideal Newton Memorial Cruise 2,c,p, Yankee Cruiser—Pacific Dragonette Northwest Yankee 2,c,p, Yankee Cruiser—Northwest Hanover Overdraft Hanover 2,f,t, Yankee Glide—Bank Of Newport Safensound Hanover 2,c,p, Yankee Cruiser—Singnoevil Southwind Santana 2,c,t, Cantab Hall—Spice On Ice Well Now Hanover 2,c,p, Well Said—Western Duel Sweetest Emotion 2,f,p, Rocknroll Hanover—Sweet Paprika 3-year-olds Century Chancellor 3,g,p, Western Terror—Beachy Girl by Kendra Casselman   

Freehold, NJ --- The test is coming soon. Harness racing trainer John Butenschoen hopes his young student Ideal Rocky is ready to excel. Ideal Rocky is among 23 horses preparing for Saturday’s (Aug. 29) three eliminations for the Metro Pace for 2-year-old male pacers at Mohawk Racetrack in Ontario. The top three finishers from each division plus a fourth-place finisher drawn by lot will advance to the C$685,000 final on Sept. 5. The Mohawk card also includes eliminations for the Canadian Pacing Derby for older male pacers and the She’s A Great Lady Stakes for 2-year-old female pacers. Ideal Rocky, the New Jersey Sire Stakes champion, is in the second of the three Metro eliminations. He is 6-1 on the morning line, with Corey Callahan driving for trainer Butenschoen. Brad Maxwell’s Control The Moment, undefeated in five lifetime starts, is the 7-5 choice. Eight of the last nine editions of the Metro Pace on a fast track have been won with times faster than 1:51, with four triumphs in less than 1:50. None of this year’s 23 Metro hopefuls have been quicker than 1:51.1 so far, and only four have won with times faster than 1:52. Ideal Rocky’s mark is 1:52.4, set in a non-stakes start Aug. 7 at the Meadowlands. “It looks like it’s a real evenly matched group of colts up there,” Butenschoen said. “A lot of these horses are pacing big last halves and quarters. We know they have speed, but when they stretch them out and get to the three-quarters in 1:21 or 1:22 we’ll see which ones get tired and which ones have fight to them. We don’t know. “It will be interesting to see which ones are going to step up. Time will tell. We’ll know in another week for sure. Hopefully when they push them a little harder (Ideal Rocky) will have enough fight left in him to push on and be a good colt.” With a name like “Rocky,” he should show some fight. “Hopefully he’ll be on the right side of the way we’re thinking than on the wrong side,” Butenschoen said, laughing. Ideal Rocky is a son of stallion Rocknroll Hanover, who won the 2004 Metro Pace in 1:49.4, out of the mare Eternity’s Delight, who won the 2006 Jugette. He was purchased for $47,000 at the Standardbred Horse Sale and is owned by Bill Wiswell, Jean Goehlen, and Eugene Schick. His family also includes previous New Jersey Sire Stakes champion colt I Fought Dalaw as well as stakes-winners Emeritus Maximus, Racing Star, and Western Glory. “We spend as much time at the farms as we can,” Butenschoen said. “We probably look at two-thirds of all the horses that are in the sale. He was on Bill’s list of pedigree and my list of conformation, so we went after him. He’s a real well-bred colt. He looked the part. “If he had been New York-eligible or Pennsylvania-eligible, I think he would have been well over a six-figure horse. We got a discount for the New Jersey program. It’s hard to make money there. Hopefully things will get changed around; some legislation (in New Jersey) will prove fruitful. My Pennsylvania colts aren’t eligible to the Metro because they can race for enough money without having to go. But this colt has to go somewhere to get a shot at better money.” Ideal Rocky has won three of six races and earned $82,144. He heads to his Metro Pace elimination off a third-place finish in a division of the Nassagaweya Stakes on Aug. 22 at Mohawk. The Catamount Kid won the race, with Sossy’s King Kong finishing second. “We made a couple little equipment changes on him after his start up there,” Butenschoen said. “He had the rail and was looking at stuff down on the inside. We kind of gave up the race a little bit last week when he wasn’t able to get out of there how we wanted to. Then coming first up into soft fractions wasn’t quite his trip. “But it was a good race for him and a learning lesson for us. We trained him yesterday and he trained good. Hopefully with a start up there over the track he should be ready to roll. We’ll see what we’ve got.” Below are the fields for the Metro eliminations, with drivers, trainers and morning line. Elimination One 1. Bank Shot Hanover by The Panderosa, Corey Callahan, Daniel Renaud, 12-1 2. Blayde Hanover by Somebeachsomewhere, Sylvain Filion, Tony O’Sullivan, 15-1 3. Stonebridge Beach by Mach Three, Stephane Pouliot, Stephane Larocque, 12-1 4. Check Six by Somebeachsomewhere, Matt Kakaley, Ron Burke, 5-2 5. Voracity by Sportswriter, Randy Waples, Tony Alagna, 2-1 6. American Passport by American Ideal, Scott Zeron, Tony Alagna, 4-1 7. Cruise Patrol by Bettor's Delight, Brett Miller, Jimmy Takter, 6-1 8. Nvestment Bluechip by Shadow Play, Jody Jamieson, Dave Menary, 8-1 Elimination Two 1. Carter Beach by Somebeachsomewhere, Jody Jamieson, Carl Jamieson, 10-1 2. Highlandbeachycove by Somebeachsomewhere, Scott Zeron, Tony Alagna, 12-1 3. Sossy’s King Kong by Dragon Again, Doug McNair, R. Nifty Norman, 8-1 4. Ideal Rocky by Rocknroll Hanover, Corey Callahan, John Butenschoen, 6-1 5. Manny by American Ideal, David Miller, Howard Okusko Jr., 10-1 6. Control The Moment by Well Said, Randy Waples, Brad Maxwell, 7-5 7. Racing Hill by Roll With Joe, Brett Miller, Tony Alagna, 5-1 8. Manhattan Beach by Somebeachsomewhere, Matt Kakaley, Ron Burke, 7-2 Elimination Three 1. Mind Trip by American Ideal, Brett Miller, Tony Alagna, 5-1 2. Talk Show by Art Major, John Campbell, Steve Elliott, 2-1 3. Betting Line by Bettor's Delight, Steve Condren, Casie Coleman, 3-1 4. Pretty Boy Hill by Somebeachsomewhere, Matt Kakaley, Ron Burke, 6-1 5. Rodeo Rock by Rock N Roll Heaven, Randy Waples, Don Swick, 12-1 6. The Catamount Kid by Well Said, Jody Jamieson, Carl Jamieson, 5-2 7. Real Kid by Real Desire, Doug McNair, Larry Ainsworth, 15-1 by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications 

A strong group of rookie pacers will arrive at the harness racing meeting at Mohawk Racetrack this Saturday (August 22) to contest the Nassagaweya and Eternal Camnation Stakes. The Nassagaweya and Eternal Camnation serve as final preps for the Metro Pace and Shes A Great Lady Stakes eliminations on Saturday, August 29. A total of 21 two-year-old pacing colts and geldings have been split into three $78,334 divisions of the Nassagaweya. The first division features Ontario Sires Stakes standout Voracity (PP2, Randy Waples). The Tony Alagna trainee recently suffered his first defeat by a nose, but brings a record of two wins from three starts into Saturday's contest. A son of Sportswriter, Voracity scored both of his victories in OSS Gold action and is the richest horse in this year's Nassagaweya with $113,750 banked. Also in the first split is the speedy Steve Elliott trainee Talk Show (PP1, Jack Moiseyev). The son of Art Major also has two wins from three starts and sports a mark of 1:52.1 taken in his career debut at The Meadowlands. The second division features the undefeated colt Control The Moment (PP5, Randy Waples). The Brad Maxwell trainee will be making his first start since winning the Dream Maker series final on August 3 and improving to a perfect four for four to start his career. Control The Moment is a son of 2009 Pepsi North America Cup winner Well Said. The third and final split will be highlighted by New Jersey Sires Stakes champion Ideal Rocky (PP1, Andrew McCarthy). The son of Rocknroll Hanover is trained by John Butenschoen and has a record of three wins from five starts for earnings of $75,000. Ideal Rocky won his most recent start on August 7 at The Meadowlands in 1:52.4 with a :26.1 final-quarter. The Nassagaweya has an impressive list of past winners, including Artsplace, Presidential Ball, Real Desire, Mach Three, Sportswriter, Big Jim and Captaintreacherous. Artpseak, who won a division last year, went on to win the 2014 Metro Pace. The Nassagaweya divisions will be contested as Races 2, 4 and 10 on Saturday's 12-race card. A group of 15 rookie pacing fillies have been split into two divisions of the Eternal Camnation Stakes. The $110,631 first division will see a field of seven line up and features three OSS Gold winners. Twin B Thong (PP1, Steve Condren), Thatsoveryverynice (PP3, Jody Jamieson) and Thisorthat Hanover (PP4, Randy Waples) have all tasted success at the top level locally and will look for their first Grand Circuit victory. Blue Moon Stride (PP2, Andrew McCarthy), the New Jersey Sires Stakes champion, will also line up in the first split. The Mark Harder trainee enters the Eternal Camnation with a record of four wins from five starts and earnings of just under $110,000. Blue Moon Stride suffered her only loss in her career debut. A field of eight will contest the $112,130 second division and the Bob McIntosh trainee L A Delight (PP5, Randy Waples) will put her five-race win streak on the line. A daughter of Bettors Delight, L A Delight has built up an impressive resume with victories in two OSS Gold events and the final of the Whenuwishuponastar series. The McIntosh trainee, who suffered her only loss in her career debut, has compiled a bankroll of $105,080. Similar to the Nassagaweya, the Eternal Camnation Stakes has a strong group of past winners, including last year's Horse of the Year JK Shesalady. The Eternal Camnation splits have been carded as Races 3 and 9. Post time Saturday evening is 7:25 p.m. Here are the full fields for the Nassagaweya and Eternal Camnation Stakes. PP/Horse/Sire/Driver/Trainer Nassagaweya - Division 1 - Race 2 1. Talk Show (Art Major) - J. Moiseyev - S. Elliott 2. Voracity (Sportswriter) - Ra. Waples - T. Alagna 3. Heavymetal Hanover (Up The Credit) - M. Saftic - J. Darling 4. Blayde Hanover (Somebeachsomewhere) - S. Filion - T. O'Sullivan 5. Bottom Deals (American Ideal) - S. Condren - L. Toscano 6. Carter Beach (Somebeachsomewhere) - J. Jamieson - C. Jamieson 7. Adrian Hanover (Somebeachsomewhere) - L. Ouellette - W. Cass Nassagaweya - Division 2 - Race 4 1. Rock Power (Rocknroll Hanover) - S. Filion - T. O'Sullivan 2. Inspiration View (Shadow Play) - A. McCarthy - M. Harder 3. Racing Hill (Roll With Joe) - Ra. Waples - T. Alagna 4. Manny (American Ideal) - J. Jamieson - H. Okusko Jr. 5. Control The Moment (Well Said) - Ra. Waples - B. Maxwell 6. Real Kid (Real Desire) - D. McNair - L. Ainsworth 7. American Passport (American Ideal) - J. Jamieson - T. Alagna Nassagaweya - Division 3 - Race 10 1. Ideal Rocky (Rocknroll Hanover) - A. McCarthy - J. Butenschoen 2. Rodeo Rock (Rock N Roll Heaven) - Ra. Waples - D. Swick 3. Mindtrip (American Ideal) - J. Jamieson - T. Alagna 4. Sossys King Kong (Dragon Again) - D. McNair - R. Norman 5. The Catamount Kid (Well Said) - J. Jamieson - C. Jamieson 6. Cruise Patrol (Bettors Delight) - S. Filion - J. Takter 7. Max Is Back (Somebeachsomewhere) - P. MacDonell - P. MacDonell   Eternal Camnation - Division 1 - Race 3 1. Twin B Thong (Sportswriter) - S. Condren - C. Coleman 2. Blue Moon Stride (Rocknroll Hanover) - A. McCarthy - M. Harder 3. Thatsoveryverynice (Vintage Master) - J. Jamieson - T. Alagna 4. Thisorthat Hanover (Sportswriter) - Ra. Waples - J. Dean 5. Three Dreams (Mach Three) - J. MacDonald - J. Bamond Jr. 6. Betty Hill (Bettors Delight) - J. MacDonald - C. Auciello 7. JK Fannie (Rocknroll Hanover) - S. Filion - N. Johansson Eternal Camnation - Division 2 - Race 9 1. Darlinonthebeach (Somebeachsomewhere) - S. Filion - N. Johansson 2. Peg (Dragon Again) - Ph. Hudon - J. Dean 3. Stonebridge Pearl (Mach Three) - TBA - G. McNair 4. Shes Lights Out (Somebeachsomewhere) - P. MacDonell - K. Sucee 5. L A Delight (Bettors Delight) - Ra. Waples - R. McIntosh 6. Keystone Paula (Bettors Delight) - S. Filion - E. Miller 7. Show Time Hill (Rocknroll Hanover) - Ra. Waples - T. Alagna 8. Bernadette (Big Jim) - J. Jamieson - M. Steacy Mark McKelvie  

WILKES-BARRE PA -- Dobre Povedane became a three-time PA Stallion Series winner during the fourth and final preliminary round for three-year-old pacing fillies Friday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, while Mezzanine Hanover, who had been unbeaten in her three series starts to date, had to settle for third in the other division to the $355,000 yearling Bodacious.   Dobre Povedane, Slovak for "well said" (no points for guessing her sire), was a pocket rocket for driver Victor Kirby, covering the mile in 1:52.4 for trainer John Butenschoen and owners David and John Prushnok of Andray Farm, who were co-breeders with William Gregg. With three wins and a second in the four-leg Stallion prelms, Dobre Povedane will be the highest pointearner as she prepares for the $40,000 divisional Championship at Harrah's Philadelphia on September 7.   Bodacious is a daughter of Somebeachsomewhere and Silky, dam of $750,000+-winning Malicious and also Beach Body, who finished second in the 2013 2PC Breeders Crown weeks before that year's Harrisburg sale. Unraced at two, the filly has now won two straight and here lowered her mark to 1:51.1, quarter-moving to victory for driver Simon Allard, trainer Steve Elliott, and the partnership of Conrad Zurich (who co-owns Beach Body) and Hauser Brothers Racing Enterprises LLC. Mezzazine Fashion rallied second-over to just miss in a photo for second behind Apricot Sour.   Unfortunately, the victory in her initial Stallion Series foray earns Bodacious only 35 points, and eight fillies have amassed 50 points or more (points based on finish assigned 35-25-15-10-8-5-4-2-1) to guarantee themselves spots in the Championship (Bodacious can still be entered and draw in if she ranks among the top eight declared). The PA Harness Racing Commission is the official pointkeeper of these races, but an unofficial calculation after the races produced these eight as having earned spots: Dobre Povedane (135 points), Mezzanine Fashion (120), Apricot Sour (93), Angel Plus (86), Repeat Please (60), Lean On Yourself (58), Somewhere Fameous (55), and Eloquently Stated (50).   In a $24,000 overnight feature for older pacing mares, Radar Contact made every pole a winning one for driver Tom Jackson, scurrying home in 54.3 - 27.1 to complete a 1:50.2 package. The daughter of Dontgetinmyway, trainer by Noel Daley for owners Charles Stillings and Dean Ehrgott, has now been first or second in 17 of 23 seasonal starts, and has a highlight of defeat the evergreen Anndrovette in the Betsy Ross Pace at Philly in May.   Tomorrow night, the three-year-old pacing fillies in the Sire Stakes will race in two divisions for their last chance to earn enough points to make their $350,000 Championship (or perhaps $60,000 Consolation), to be raced at Pocono on September 5.    PHHA / Pocono

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