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With victories ranging from the Grand Circuit to Sire Stakes Championships on down to modest claiming races, VIP Stable has achieved another milestone today with their 1,000th victory! VIP's Founder and Managing Partner, Ed O'Connor, was thrilled about today's wins, and said "I want to thank everyone involved in getting VIP to this rare level of success, especially our many trainers and partners over the years! We've been involved with a lot of great people since I started VIP in 1999, but I especially want to thank Greg Trotto, who got us our very first win, and John Butenschoen, who has helped us become a factor on the stakes scene. What a great ride" Tom Janes who joined Ed in managing VIP in 2005, added: "Whether it's a stakes event or with a 4k claimer, getting to the winner's circle is always a thrill. Having experienced it 1,000 times now is very rewarding feeling". Since its founding 1999, VIP Stable has been the most successful racing syndicate in the United States Harness Racing. VIP Stable has led all Partnerships in wins for the past 5 years, and has purse earnings over $13.5 million. VIP Stable becomes first Harness Racing Partnership to earn $2.5 Million in purses in a single season! How we operate       VIP Stable operates under 3 core beliefs: Excellence - We are committed to aggressively pursue winning in an ethical manor   Honesty - We will be truthful at all times and expect the same from our partners and trainers Positive Attitude -  We will maintain a positive attitude and treat everyone with respect  VIP Stable's Standardbred Stats Year ST W P S Win% Purses 2013   541   85   84   70   16%   1,725,758 2012   721   134   95   86   19%   1,905,106 2011   659   131   93   86   20%   2,536,975 2010   637   108   98   87   17%   1,471,924 2009   677   119   87   84   18%   1,649,148 2008   662   85   102   75   13%   1,241,957 2007 * 733   145   109   88   20%   1,540,001 2006   383   55   63   57   14%   481,208 2005   260   35   30   33   13%   268,833 2004   155   20   14   15   13%   107,938 2003   167   29   33   26   17%   114,548 2002   84   13   11   16   16%   118,389 2001   130   28   14   24   22%   182,209 2000   65   11   6   10   17%   52,223 Total   5,877   1,000   839   757   17%   13,398,537   Bold = Tops in the North America *VIP Stable's 145 wins in 2007 are the most ever in the US for a public Harness Racing Partnership   VIP Stable's Thoroughbred Stats Year ST W P S ITM% Purses 2013   19   2   3   3   42%   91,184 2012   13   0   2   3   39%   41,893 Total   32   2   5   6   41%   133,077     Edwin T. O'Connor | Founder & Managing Partner | VIP Internet Stable,LLC  

Freehold, NJ – September 27, 2013 – Muscle On In and Well Built, stablemates and both sons of Muscle Hill, finished one-two in the $66,500 Harold Dancer Trot on Friday, September 27, 2013 at Freehold Raceway. Muscle On In [$3.40, $3.80, $2.60] was in front at every call and scored a length and a quarter victory over Well Built, trotting the mile in 2:00.1.  Skates N Plates by Revenue was third by three lengths. Both first crop of Muscle Hill colts are trained by their co-owner, Chris Ryder. Ryder turned over the driving assignment on Muscle On In to Daniel Dube while he handled Well Built. A $15,000 Harrisburg Sale purchase, Muscle On In races for the partnership of Ryder, Robert Mondillo of Delaware, OH and Max Wernick of New City, NY. Muscle On In now has three wins in nine starts and a bankroll of $52,665. The Harold Dancer Trot for two-year-old New Jersey-sired trotters is sponsored by the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey. In New Jersey Sire Stakes – Green Acres action prior to the betting card, I’ll Bring Dessert, driven by Jim Marshall III and trained by Linda Toscano, was a five-length winner over Shelikescandy in 2:03.4.  Both are daughters of Chocolatier.  I’ll Bring Dessert, who picked up her first win in seven starts, races for PC Wellwood Enterprises of Cambridge, Ontario and William Weaver III of Freehold, NJ. Muscle Pump Queen by Muscles Yankee was third by six and a quarter in the $7,000 third leg for two-year-old trotting fillies. In the $7,000 opening leg for three-year-old trotting colts, Dagget was a neck winner over Chocolate Delight in 2:01.4  Marion Mayday was third by a length and a quarter. The top three finishers are all sired by Chocolatier Dagget was driven by Tyler Butenschoen for trainer John Butenschoen.  He is owned by William Wiswell of Elkhorn, WI and Jean Goehlen of Aurora, IL. by Carol Hodes for SBOA/NJ    

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

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

CAMPBELLVILLE, September 16 – The 68th edition of the prestigious Little Brown Jug will be taking place this Thursday in Delaware, Ohio. Nineteen sophomore pacers will contest three eliminations with many Canadian connections taking part in the action. Vegas Vacation, the early favourite to win the ‘Jug,’ is trained by Casie Coleman of Cambridge and owned by West Wins Stable of Cambridge, Adriano Sorella of Milton, Phyllis Saunders of Hamilton and Anthony Beaten of Waterdown. Coleman will be looking for back-to-back Jug championships after capturing last year’s edition with Michaels Power, driven by Scott Zeron from Oakville. The star pacer has banked $554,310 this season along with a 7-3-1 record from 13 starts in 2013. The son of Bettors Delight is fresh off a victory in the Simcoe Stakes at Mohawk. The $32,000 yearling purchase also captured the Empire Breeders Championship and finished second in the Hempt and Adios this season. He will be driven by Brian Sears from post five in the first elimination. He has been installed as the 2-1 morning line favourite. Coleman’s other entry, Lucan Hanover, will begin from post four for driver David Miller. The son of Western Ideal took his 1:48.3 life’s best in the New Jersey Classic earlier this season at The Meadowlands. The swift pacer has a 6-1-2 record from 12 starts this season along with $216,908 in seasonal earnings. West Wins Stable also shares ownership with Christine Calhoun of Chatham. Last year’s Breeders Crown winner, Rockin Amadeus will look to give Hall of Fame trainer Jimmy Takter his second Little Brown Jug triumph. Owned and bred by Lothlorien of Cheltenham, Rockin Amadeus boasts a 3-0-3 record from 11 starts this season. The talented pacer is fresh off a 1:53.1 victory at Yonkers Racetrack for regular pilot Yannick Gingras. Sired by the late Rocknroll Hanover, Rockin Amadeus has $615,107 in career earnings. Oakville resident and defending champion Scott Zeron will look for back-to-back Jug trophies when he begins with Mach It So in the second elimination. Trained by Richard ‘Nifty’ Norman, Mach It So has found the winners circle first in eight of 12 starts this season along with $347,575 in earnings. The son of Ontario-sired Mach Three will begin from post two in the second elimination. Also in that elim will be the Canadian-owned Word Power and Urbanite Hanover. Word Power is owned by Brad Grant of Milton, while Jody Jamieson of Moffat will be at the helm. The talented son of Western Ideal has a 4-2-2 record in 10 starts this season along with $225,802 in earnings. Word Power will start from post six. Urbanite Hanover, who will begin from the outside post seven, is trained by John Williamson of Waterdown. He also owns a piece of the horse with Daniel Haist of Ridgeville. Also a son of Western Ideal, Urbanite Hanover will look for his third victory this season. The final two Canadian starters in the third elim are Resistance Futile and Sunfire Blue Chip. Resistance Futile will begin from post two for trainer Blair Burgess of Campbellville. He has co-ownership with Champagne Stable of Toronto, James Walker of Port Perry and Deo Velente Farm of New Jersey. The speedy son of Real Desire has a 6-2-2- record from 17 starts this season and $174,991 in earnings. He took his 1:49.2 lifetime best earlier this year. Sunfire Blue Chip, who is installed as the 2-1 morning line favourite in his elimination, is co-owned by Toronto’s John Fielding, his brother, Jim, and R A W Equine Inc, of Burlington. The son of American Ideal has a terrific 6-1-2 record from 12 starts and $448,830 in earnings. Yannick Gingras will be at the helm from post three. The top three horses in each of the elimination races will advance to the $265,224 second heat. If an elimination winner scores in the second heat, he will be the Jug winner. Otherwise, the four heat-winners will return for a $110,510 race-off. The fields will line up as follows: $58,939 First Elimination HN-Horse-Driver-Trainer-Line 1. Eddie Sweat - Dan Noble - Edward Zubkoff, Jr. - 20-1 2. Lonewolf Currier - Dave Palone - Kevin McDermott - 4-1 3. Rockin Amadeus - Yannick Gingras - Jimmy Takter - 5-2 4. Right Touch - Ray Paver-Ray Paver - 6-1 5. Vegas Vacation - Brian Sears - Casie Coleman - 2-1 6. Wake Up Peter - Ron Pierce - Tony Alagna - 8-1 $58,939 Second Elimination HN-Horse-Driver-Trainer-Line 1. Ilikeitrealhot - Matt Kakaley - Ron Potter - 15-1 2. Mach It So - Scott Zeron - Nifty Norman - 4-1 3. Emeritus Maximus - Tim Tetrick - Tony Alagna - 8-1 4. Lucan Hanover - David Miller - Casie Coleman - 5-2 5. Beach Memories - David Miller - Brian Brown - 6-1 6. Word Power - Jody Jamieson - Larry Remmen - 5-1 7. Urbanite Hanover - Tim Tetrick - John Williamson - 12-1 $58,939 Third Elimination HN-Horse-Driver-Trainer-Line 1. Twilight Bonfire - John Campbell - Danny Collins - 5-2 2. Resistance Futile - Andy Miller - Blair Burgess - 10-1 3. Sunfire Blue Chip - Yannick Gingras - Jimmy Takter - 2-1 4. Johny Rock - Andy Miller - John Butenschoen - 4-1 5. Odds On Equuleus - Tim Tetrick - Tony Alagna - 8-1 6. Only The Lonely - Matt Kakaley - Nick Surick - 15-1 by Greg Gangle  

Mach It So was a last-minute addition to the Little Brown Jug field, but trainer Nifty Norman thinks the gelding fits in nicely among the 19 horses entered in Thursday's pacing classic. Held at the Delaware County Fair in central Ohio, the $552,551 Little Brown Jug is the second jewel in the Pacing Triple Crown and requires a horse to win twice to be declared the champion. The top three finishers from three elimination heats advance to the second heat. If a first-round winner also wins the second heat, he is declared the winner. If another horse wins, then a four-horse race-off is held to determine the winner. The last race-off was in 2000, when Astreos defeated Gallo Blue Chip, George Scooter and Profita. Mach It So, who has won eight of 12 races this year and earned $336,751 for owner Bamond Racing, is in the second of the three first-heat divisions. He will start from post two with driver Scott Zeron and is the 4-1 second choice on the morning line, behind Lucan Hanover from the stable of trainer Casie Coleman. Incidentally, the 24-year-old Zeron last year became the youngest driver to win the Jug, with Coleman-trained Michael's Power. "He's a good little horse," Norman said about Mach It So. "He won't get embarrassed. I think he fits in there pretty good. It helps when you draw inside like that. He's not the best horse in there, but I think he's good enough to get in the final and good enough to get a check in the final. "You need a lot of luck in that race, it doesn't matter how good a horse you've got. The best horse doesn't always win." Jeffrey Bamond and his son Jeffrey Jr. purchased Mach It So in a private sale last September. Mach It So, a son of Mach Three-Beach Dancer, is a half-brother to 2009 Woodrow Wilson Pace winner Windfall Blue Chip. Originally, the connections were going to skip the Little Brown Jug, but reconsidered when it was announced that top contenders Captaintreacherous and Sunshine Beach would bypass the race. Captaintreacherous, the defending Pacer of the Year who has won seven of eight races this year, captured the first jewel in the Triple Crown, the Cane Pace, on Sept. 2. Mach It So is the leader in points in the Ontario Sire Stakes Gold Series for 3-year-old male pacers, where he is 4-for-4 this season, and Norman wanted the horse to race prior to the Sept. 28 Super Final. "We weren't intending on going, but then a couple (horses) dropped out - like Captaintreacherous and Sunshine Beach - and the owners like to go to the race, so I said let's go," Norman said. "We've got to race him somewhere, so we might as well race him for $500,000." In his most recent start, Sept. 7, Mach It So was fourth in a division of the Simcoe Stakes at Mohawk Racetrack. Mach It So was in last place on the final turn, more than nine lengths from the front, but came home in :26 to finish three lengths from winner Fool Me Once. "He was really good," Norman said. "He just got a little bit held up, his cover wasn't that great, but the horse himself was very good. He finished up really strong." Norman doesn't anticipate Mach It So having difficulty getting around Delaware's half-mile oval. On Aug. 28 in a sire stakes event, Mach It So won at half-mile Grand River Raceway in a track-record 1:51.4. "He can get away from the gate good when you want him to," Norman said. "I think he'll be fine." by Ken Weingartner for HRC RIGHT TOUCH HOPES TO FEEL RIGHT AT HOME Delaware, Ohio, is almost home for 3-year-old pacer Right Touch. The gelded son of Always A Virgin-Touch Of Bogart was born and raised just 45 minutes east of the track, in Mount Vernon, Ohio, at the farm of his breeder and co-owner, Carolyn Brechler, and the family's Knox Services Inc. Right Touch has post four in the first of three Little Brown preliminary heats at odds of 6-1. He's coming off two straight wins, including a career-best 1:50.1 in the $200,000 Indiana Sire Stakes championship at Hoosier Park on Sept. 11, after four consecutive second-place efforts. He has five wins in 12 starts this year and career earnings of $448,404, made primarily in Indiana-bred company. Vegas Vacation, trained by Casie Coleman, is the 2-1 favorite in his Jug heat, followed by Jimmy Takter's Rockin Amadeus, who won last year's Breeders Crown for 2-year-old male pacers. "We'll find out Thursday if he's up to it, but we're all Buckeyes that own him so that's something you always look forward to - the Jug," said trainer Ray Paver, a Columbus native who is part of the ownership group, along with Circleville's John Rhoads Jr. "We don't know if we'll ever have another chance to get to it, so we might as well put him in." Paver says Right Touch's strengths include his diverse racing style. "You can really race him any way, but he's actually better coming off cover," Paver said. "He explodes coming out of a hole so I'm hoping he has one of those :25.4 quarters (his last quarter in a second-place finish at Hoosier on Aug. 21) on Thursday. "He races any way you can, it doesn't matter to him if he's on the front or coming from behind or first up. He likes looking at a horse, so I just play it by ear and see what happens when the gate folds." Paver will have to be on the lookout for what other horses do in the race, but beforehand, it's a different type of horse power he'll have to be alert for. "He doesn't like tractors," Paver said. "He goes to the outside fence and wants to buck and kick by them." $58,939 First Elimination HN-Horse-Driver-Trainer-Line 1. Eddie Sweat-Dan Noble-Edward Zubkoff, Jr.-20-1 2. Lonewolf Currier-Dave Palone-Kevin McDermott-4-1 3. Rockin Amadeus-Yannick Gingras-Jimmy Takter-5-2 4. Right Touch-Ray Paver-Ray Paver-6-1 5. Vegas Vacation-Brian Sears-Casie Coleman-2-1 6. Wake Up Peter-Ron Pierce-Tony Alagna-8-1 $58,939 Second Elimination HN-Horse-Driver-Trainer-Line 1. Ilikeitrealhot-Matt Kakaley-Ron Potter-15-1 2. Mach It So-Scott Zeron-Nifty Norman-4-1 3. Emeritus Maximus-Tim Tetrick-Tony Alagna-8-1 4. Lucan Hanover-David Miller-Casie Coleman-5-2 5. Beach Memories-David Miller-Brian Brown-6-1 6. Word Power-Jody Jamieson-Larry Remmen-5-1 7. Urbanite Hanover-Tim Tetrick-John Williamson-12-1 $58,939 Third Elimination HN-Horse-Driver-Trainer-Line 1. Twilight Bonfire-John Campbell-Danny Collins-5-2 2. Resistance Futile-Andy Miller-Blair Burgess-10-1 3. Sunfire Blue Chip-Yannick Gingras-Jimmy Takter-2-1 4. Johny Rock-Andy Miller-John Butenschoen-4-1 5. Odds On Equuleus-Tim Tetrick-Tony Alagna-8-1 6. Only The Lonely-Matt Kakaley-Nick Surick-15-1 by Ellen Harvey for HRC  

There were both betting favorites and long shots that prevailed as Harrah’s Philadelphia hosted four $260,000 Championship Finals for two-year-old trotters and pacers Sunday afternoon. The fastest mile of the four finals was in the 12th race for two-year-old pacing colts and geldings as Allstar Partner was not only able to lead from start to finish for driver Corey Callahan, but was also able to handle a first-over challenge for half of the one mile race by Let’s Drink On It. Callahan sent Allstar Partner right to the lead from post four with McWicked (Andy Miller) leaving from post six and grabbing the two-hole trip as they raced to the opening quarter mile in :26.4. Then it was Let’s Drink On It and driver Tim Tetrick the first to show, coming first-over at the half mile in :55.3 with Limelight Beach (Dave Miller) following his outside cover. On to the three-quarters in 1:23.1, Let’s Drink On It kept inching up on race leader Allstar Partner, but that all came to an end as the field started down the stretch to the finish. Let’s Drink On It spit out the bit and began to fade fast and Sometimes Said (John Campbell) moved up from fifth place and mounted a challenge but it was too late as Callahan had the race measured with ease for Allstart Partner, who went on to win by two and one-quarter lengths in 1:52. Sometimes Said was second with McWicken third. Trained by John Butenschoen, it was the sixth straight victory for Allstar Partner and his seventh win in nine starts this year for the VIP Internet Stable of Piscataway, NJ and Michael Foti of Brigantine, NJ. The two-year-old gelding by Four Starzzz Shark paid $3.00 to win as the betting favorite. Betting fans were not impressed enough by Cooler Schooner’s last two victories, including a world record mile nor Lifetime Pursuit’s five wins in six starts as they made Designed To Be the betting favorite in the 10th race $260,000 PASS Championship Final for two-year-old trotting fillies. And the betting fans were right! Tipped out three-wide on the final turn and then kicking in the afterburners, Designed To Be and driver Andy Miller romped by five opening lengths in winning the championship final in a lifetime best time of 1:54.3. The race started off with none other than Cooler Schooner and driver John Campbell leaving from post eight and going right to the lead with A Perfect Gem (Marcus Miller) sitting the two-hole trip. Past the opening quarter mile in :27, then the half mile in :55.2, Cooler Schooner led the way. In the backstretch Juniata Hanover and driver Matt Kakaley came first-over and following their cover was Designed To Be. But the live cover was not good enough after the three-quarters in 1:25.1 as Miller moved out with Designed To Be and by the top of the stretch was in second place and collaring Cooler Schooner as they started down the home stretch. From there is as easy as pie as Designed To Be pulled away from the field and cruised to the finish. A Perfect Gem was second and Struck By Lindy (Dave Miller) closed well to be third. Owned and bred by Al Libfeid of Pickering, Ontario and Marvin Katz of Toronto, it was the third win in six starts for Designed To Be. The daughter of Donato Hanover is trained by Julie Miller and paid $5.20 to win. In the 9th race $260,000 Championship Final for two-year-old pacing fillies it was a long shot that ruled the day as 15-1 Southwind Silence and driver Yannick Gingras upset the race favorite Gallie Bythe Beach (John Campbell) with a stunning 1:52.2 victory. It was Southwind Silence who was first to show out of the starting gate, grabbing the early lead but that was short lived as Tyra and driver Tim Terick wanted the top and got it at the opening quarter mile in :26.3. Meanwhile, Gallie Bythe Beach was in third place and Campbell then sent the daughter of Somebeachsomewhere to the front before the half mile marker in :55.1. The field then raced down the backstretch through the three-quarters in 1:23 with only Ron Pierce and Beach Body coming first-over but they could not even come close to the race leaders who were cutting awesome fractions. Then in the stretch the fast early fractions caught up to both Gallie Bythe Beach and Tyra as Southwind Silence and Gingras out kicked both of them in the stretch to win by one length. Gallie Bythe Beach was second with Tyra third. Sired by Well Said and trained by Ron Burke, it was the second win this year and a lifetime mark for Southwind Silence. She is owned by the Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, Kar and Di Scala, Jr. At 15-1 odds, Southwind Silence paid $33.80 to win. There was nothing super special in the 11th race $260,000 PASS Championship Final for two-year-old trotting colts. Just watch Don Dorado and driver Tim Tetrick leave out of post position two, cut the entire mile race and hold the field at bay in winning in 1:56.2. Simple as that. Monte Cristo Spur (Richard Stillings) was able to get the two-hole trip as they raced to the opening quarter in :27.1. Then as the field came to the half mile marker it was Exodus Hanover and driver Andy Miller) coming first-over in :57 but at first it seems they were rating themselves on the outside as Exodus Hanover could not even collar Monte Cristo Spur in second place. Then after the three-quarters in 1:25.2 it became evident that Exodus Hanover was not going to get the job done and Monte Cristo Spur was running out of gas as Tim Tetrick has Don Dorado on automatic pilot and they went on to win by one and one-half lengths. Auspicious Hanover (Charlie Norris) closed from fifth place at the top of the stretch to be second and Exodus Hanover stayed game in finishing third. Trained by Robert Baggitt, Jr. for breeder/owner Michael Walker of Davison, Michigan, it was the fourth win in just six starts for Don Dorado. The son of Donato Hanover went off at odds of 2-1 and paid $6.80 to win. By Steve Wolf for

Delaware, OH --- A field of 19 sophomore pacers have dropped into the box for the $552,551 Little Brown Jug, the second leg of Pacing's Triple Crown, set for Thursday (Sept. 19) at the Delaware County Fair.   Casie Coleman, who conditioned last year's Jug champion, Michael's Power, will be looking to make it two straight at Delaware when she sends Vegas Vacation and Lucan Hanover behind the gate on Thursday. The last trainer to win back-to-back Jugs is Tom Artandi who won with BJ Scoot in 1988 and Goalie Jeff in 1989.   Vegas Vacation is the top ranked horse in the latest "Road to the Little Brown Jug" and comes to Delaware off a Simcoe Stakes record of 1:48.3 for 3-year-old pacing males on Saturday (Sept. 7) at Mohawk. The bay colt also captured the $257,250 Empire Breeders Classic at Tioga in August and was second in both the $500,000 Max Hempt and the $450,000 Adios.   Trained by Coleman for owners Adriano Sorella, Anthony Beaton, Phyllis Saunders and West Wins Stable, Vegas Vacation has won eight of 23 lifetime starts, with $646,516 in career earnings. The son of Bettor's Delight-Don't You Smile has a 7-3-1 record from 13 starts this season, with earnings of $549,905. He has drawn post position five in the first elimination for driver Brian Sears and has been listed as the 2-1 morning line favorite.   Coleman's other Jug starter will be Lucan Hanover, a son of stallion Western Ideal out of the mare Lauren Order. He is owned by West Wins Stable and Christine Calhoun. Lucan Hanover has won six of his 12 season's starts, with earnings of $214,919. He is seven for 16 lifetime, with a bankroll of $232,284.   Lucan Hanover had won three of his first 10 career races before Coleman put him in the Summertime Pacing Series at Mohawk Racetrack. He swept two preliminary legs and the final as a precursor to his lifetime-best 1:48.3 win from post eight in the $250,000 New Jersey Classic at Meadowlands Racetrack, his biggest win to date. In his last start, Lucan Hanover was third in a Simcoe contest at Mohawk. He is the 5-2 morning line favorite in the second elimination and will score from the four hole for driver David Miller.   "Everything is going great," said Coleman of her two Jug starters. "I trained both of them yesterday (Friday) and they are real good. After I jog them tomorrow (Sunday), we are shipping to Delaware.   "The draw was good; with six- and seven-horse fields you can't draw the eight."   Adios champion Sunfire Blue Chip will be among the other leading contenders in Thursday's Jug. The Jimmy Takter trainee has won six of 12 starts this year and earned $448,255. The son of American Ideal-Shot Togo Bluechip is owned by Christina Takter, John and Jim Fielding, Brixton Medical AB and RAW Equine.   One of two Takter trainees in the field (the other being Rockin Amadeus), Sunfire Blue Chip will start from post three in the third elimination for driver Yannick Gingras and is the morning line choice at 2-1.   The top three horses in each of the elimination races will advance to the $265,224 second heat. If an elimination winner scores in the second heat, he will be the Jug winner. Otherwise, the four heat-winners will return for a $110,510 race-off.   The exact race numbers and post times for the LBJ will be announced after the balance of the Thursday program is drawn on Monday.   For more information on the Grand Circuit racing, please visit   Below is the field for the $552,551 Little Brown Jug, in post position order, with drivers, trainers and morning line odds.   $58,939 First Elimination   HN-Horse-Driver-Trainer-Line   1. Eddie Sweat-Dan Noble-Edward Zubkoff, Jr.-20-1   2. Lonewolf Currier-Dave Palone-Kevin McDermott-4-1   3. Rockin Amadeus-Yannick Gingras-Jimmy Takter-5-2   4. Right Touch-Ray Paver-Ray Paver-6-1   5. Vegas Vacation-Brian Sears-Casie Coleman-2-1   6. Wake Up Peter-Ron Pierce-Tony Alagna-8-1   $58,939 Second Elimination   HN-Horse-Driver-Trainer-Line   1. Ilikeitrealhot-Matt Kakaley-Ron Potter-15-1   2. Mach It So-Scott Zeron-Nifty Norman-4-1   3. Emeritus Maximus-Tim Tetrick-Tony Alagna-8-1   4. Lucan Hanover-David Miller-Casie Coleman-5-2   5. Beach Memories-David Miller-Brian Brown-6-1   6. Word Power-Jody Jamieson-Larry Remmen-5-1   7. Urbanite Hanover-Tim Tetrick-John Williamson-12-1   $58,939 Third Elimination   HN-Horse-Driver-Trainer-Line   1. Twilight Bonfire-John Campbell-Danny Collins-5-2   2. Resistance Futile-Andy Miller-Blair Burgess-10-1   3. Sunfire Blue Chip-Yannick Gingras-Jimmy Takter-2-1   4. Johny Rock-Andy Miller-John Butenschoen-4-1   5. Odds On Equuleus-Tim Tetrick-Tony Alagna-8-1   6. Only The Lonely-Matt Kakaley-Nick Surick-15-1   by Paul Ramlow for The Grand Circuit  

CAMPBELLVILLE, September 14 – After a victory and a pair of second-place finishes in his last three starts, Punxsutawney is certainly rounding into form heading into the $686,000 Canadian Trotting Classic, Saturday at Mohawk. The talented son of Glidemaster finished second in his elimination, beaten only a neck, to Master Of Law in 1:53.4 at odds of 10-1. Prior to last week, Punxsutawney finished second in the $75,000 Zweig Memorial Consolation before winning his division of the $100,000 Colonial Trot. “He raced very well in his elimination. His first quarter was :27.3 and his final quarter was :27.3, you can’t ask for much more,” said trainer John Butenschoen. “He’s had a very good week. We left him in Canada at Ideal Training Center and he’s coming into the race as good as we can expect.” Punxsutawney will leave post two with morning line odds at 12-1 for driver Corey Callahan. Things didn’t go as planned earlier this season for Butenschoen and Punxsutawney. “He started off the year so good,” said the veteran conditioner. “He won his first two races then he started making breaks and we didn’t know why. We tried everything to figure it out and later we found out it was his front feet. He played around with him, tried different shoeing and we settled on putting glue-on aluminums on, which seems to help, along with swimming him. We then put trotting hobbles on him too. That was more psychological than anything because he was so accustomed to making breaks.” When Punxsutawney wasn’t putting his best foot forward on the racetrack, Butenschoen always had the confidence from owner Jerry Graham “Jerry had a lot faith in the horse and was very patient, which is sometimes hard to do in this game,” Butenschoen said. “He’s been in the game for many years and trained so he knows what it’s all about. We didn’t feel the pressure or be under the gun to figure this horse out, which was a blessing because he always knew this horse had what it takes.” The lightly-raced youngster will look for his biggest victory of his career in the 38th edition of the classic. The bay has a 3-2-0 record from nine starts along with $113,639 earned this season. “It will be interesting to see how it plays out and how much speed there is up front. Wheeling N Dealin raced a lot better last week and I expect him to be even better. Royalty For Life is a horse you can’t overlook as well as both elimination winners. There may not be a (1):50 (1) :51 trotter, but there are a lot of nice horses in this field. It seems like a fairly wide-open race and we don’t mind being a longshot.” Butenschoen admires the qualities of his young trotter. “He’s a good, happy horse. His attitude is great and he always tries. As a trainer, that’s one thing that you have to admire. He’s got a lot of talent with a ton of speed, so hopefully that continues to show up. Obviously we thought enough of him this season because we staked him heavily. He started off the year so well, so hopefully we can end it the same way.” Beginning from post position two is something the veteran conditioner isn’t going to argue about. “I’m not complaining,” Butenschoen said with a laugh. "That’s just fine with me. Corey (Callahan) has done a great job with this horse and they seem to be a good match together. Corey can race him anyway he wants, which gives him options.“ Both elimination winners Master Of Law and Your So Vain were allowed to pick there post positions. Master Of Law picked post two with Your So Vain beginning from post three, respectively. In his career Punxsutawney has banked $252,104 with a 5-4-0 record from 18 career starts. The $16,000 yearling purchase was bred by Audray Farm of Punxsutawney, Pa.   by Greg Gangle for WEG  

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This week's celebrity sections come from a Dave Briggs. Briggs is the publisher and editor for the Canadian Sportsman magazine. He was presented the Harness Tracks of America's Dan Patch Award for exceptional media, publicity and public relations contributions to the sport of harness racing earlier this year. Little Brown Jug Top 10 Contenders By Dave Briggs - Canadian Sportsman 1. Vegas Vacation inherits top spot after winning the Simcoe and the connections of Captaintreacherous elected not to race in Delaware. Can trainer Casie Coleman win back-to-back Jugs? 2. Sunshine Beach was a solid second to Vegas Vacation for trainer Mark Steacy and has a 1:47.4 mark set a month ago beating Captaintreacherous in the Battle of Brandywine. 3. Sunfire Blue Chip has been a consistent money-maker all year for trainer Jimmy Takter and topped Vegas Vacation in the Adios on July 27. 4. Lucan Hanover, Casie Coleman's other horse, won the New Jersey Classic on Hambletonian Day and has been a solid producer all year. 5. Word Power was just a neck behind Captaintreacherous in the Cane Pace and the Larry Remmen trainee has cashed a check in all but one start this year. 6. Twilight Bonfire was second to Captaintreacherous in the $1 million Pepsi North America Cup in June and the Danny Collins pupil has cashed a cheque in six of the seven starts since. 7. Johny Rock has been a solid performer his last five starts for trainer John Butenschoen. 8. Wake Up Peter is, perhaps, the best winless sophomore pacing colt on the continent. Though a little on the inconsistent side, when he is on, he's near the front-runners. 9. Emeritus Maximus is a sizable longshot, yet the Alagna trainee has been on the board nine times this year in 14 starts against stakes competition and sports a 1:48.4 mile at Pocono. 10. Lonewolf Currier has won a third of his starts, but has been either on or out of it too much to be a serious Jug threat. 1. Vegas Vacation (Last Week #2) Owners: West Wins Stable (ONT), Adriano Sorella (ONT), Anthony Beaton (ONT) & Phyllis Saunders (ONT) Trainer: Casie Coleman Driver: Brian Sears & Scott Zeron Career Earnings: $646,516 Career Mark: 1:48.3 TgDn He won the $114,948 Simcoe Stakes (9/7) at Mohawk Raceway in 1:48.3, equaling his lifetime best. 2. Sunfire Blue Chip (Last Week #5) Owners: Christina Talker (NJ), John & Jim Fielding (ONT), Brixton Medical AB (SWE) and RAW Equine Inc. (ONT) Trainer: Jimmy Takter Driver: Yannick Gingras Career Earnings: $476,819 Career Mark: 1:48.3 Mea The son of American Ideal was third in the Simcoe Stakes on September 7. 3. Sunshine Beach (Last Week #6) Owners: Hudson Standardbred Stable (QUE), Conrad Leber (QUE) and Diane Bertrand (ALB) Trainer: Mark Steacy Driver: Chris Christoforou, Jr./George Brennan Career Earnings: $531,565 Career Mark: 1:47.4 PcD He was second to Vegas Vacation in the Simcoe at Mohawk Raceway (9/7). 4. Johny Rock (Last Week #8) Owners: William C. Wiswell (WI), Jean A. Goehlen (IL) and Eugene W. Schick (IL) Trainer: John Butenschoen Driver: Andy Miller Career Earnings: $387,498 Career Mark: 1:48.0 PcD He set a new lifetime mark with a 1:48 win at Pocono Downs (9/7) in a conditioned event. 5. Lucan Hanover (Last Week #NR) Owners: West Win Stable (ONT) and Christine Calhoun (ONT) Trainer: Casie Coleman Driver: David Miller Career Earnings: $232,284 Career Mark: 1:48.3 M Finished third in a $114,948 division of the Simcoe Stakes (9/7). 6. Twilight Bonfire (Last Week #7) Owners: Robert J. Key (PA) Trainer: Danny Collins Driver: David Miller Career Earnings: $681,489 Career Mark: 1:50.1 Mea Took the fifth spot in the Cane Pace Final at Tioga Downs (9/2). 7. Wake Up Peter (Last Week #3) Owners: Wake Up Peter Partners (IL), Brittany Farms (KY), Louis Willinger (KY) and Eagles Soar Partners (NY) Trainer: Tony Alagna Driver: Ron Pierce Career Earnings: $532,680 Career Mark: Q1:50.0 M The son of Rocknroll Hanover has yet to win in 2013. He could set Jug history with a win. 8. Word Power (Last Week #9) Owner: Bradley Grant (ONT) Trainer: Larry Remmen Driver: Jody Jamieson Career Earnings: $225,802 Career Mark: 1:49.4 M He was just a nose short of an upset of Captaintreacherous in the Cane Pace Final. 9. Odds On Equuleus (Last Week #NR) Owners: Odds On Racing (IL) Trainer: Tony Alagna Driver: John Campbell Career Earnings: $622,801 Career Mark: 1:50.0 M Recently moved to the Tony Alagna Barn. He only has a couple of weeks to straighten him out. 10. Lonewolf Currier (Last Week #10) Owners: Francis Azur (PA) Trainer: Kevin McDermott Driver: John Campbell/Jason Bartlett Career Earnings: $274,495 Career Mark: 1:48.4 Mea Did not race last week. By Jay Wolf – Little Brown Jug Publicity Director  

With Super Night less than two weeks away I decided to do some researching on the Illinois gala evening of harness racing that began at old Sportsman’s Park in 1989. Only one horse has ever won the same Super Night stake three consecutive years and that was Clark Fairley’s King Johnnie who captured the then Dan Patch (now the Tony Maurello) in 2005, 2006 and 2007 with Tim Tetrick. Mystical Victress can be the second horse to turn the trick if she can win the Lorna Propes (formerly the Ann Vonian) a third straight time with a victory on September 14th in the pacing stake for ICF fillies and mares age three and up. Another victory in the Propes would make the Erv Miller trainee the only horse to nail down four consecutive Super Night championships. Mystical Victress also won the Grandma Ann Final as a 3-year-old for Indiana owners Mystical Marker Farms and Peggy Hood. You might remember that Mystical Victress was the heavy favorite to win the $250,000 Filly Orange in Blue Final back in 2009 but ended up second best that September night to the John Butenschoen trainee Fox Valley Oracle. The first horse to win a Super Night Championship as a 2, 3 and 4-year-old was the Illinois powerhouse Big Tom when he campaigned for the Joe Anderson Stable at the end of the last century for owners Tom Lewandowski, John Leahy and Anderson Racing Stables. Big Tom’s 1997 Orange and Blue crown was taken at Sportsman’s Park, the last year of harness racing at the Cicero, Illinois track. The illustrious pacer prevailed in the Pete Langley Memorial Final when it was then raced the first time at Balmoral Park in 1998, overtaking his chief rival Taser Gun in the late going (See Photo). The next year Big Tom drew off in the Dan Patch showdown. Lavern Hostetler’s Gosox was the first pacer to capture back-to-back Super Night championships. The Ideal Society colt won the Orange and Blue Colt Final on the first Super Night in 1989 at Sportsman’s and followed with the Langley title in 1990. Broadway Preview was the first colt or gelding pacer to win the same Super Night stake in back-to-back years when he took the Dan Patch crowns in 1995 and 1996 at Sportsman’s. Shady Veil was the first mare to do it when she triumphed in the Ann Vonian in 1997 and 1998. Interestingly she did it on two different racetracks with two different drivers. Jim Curran (See Photo)drove her in the last Ann Vonian to be decided at Sportsman’s in ’97 and Randy Jacobs was at her lines in ’98 when Super Night was switched to Balmoral. Last year’s Super Night handle of $1,767,268, while more than $1 million below the record $2.9-plus million of 2000, did reverse a disturbing trend. It was the highest since 2009 and $150,000 higher than 2011. This year is the 25th consecutive edition of Super Night. Those all so important stake elimination races for the festive evening will be contested next Saturday on the Crete, IL big track. By Mike Paradise The Illinois Harness Horsemen's Association

After his big victory in his elimination division of the Hambletonian, Creatine showed racing fans he is for real and he showed them once again with an easy wire-to-wire triumph Saturday at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs with a lifetime best1:52.2 victory in the $200,000 Colonial Trot consolation for three-year-olds. Driven by Mike Lachance, Creatine left from post four and the race was all but over. To Dream On (Yannick Gingras) elected to race against the colts and grabbed the two-hole trip at the quarter in :27.2. But as the field came to half mile, Pluto and trainer/driver Jimmy Takter came charging first-over as To Dream On went off-stride at the half mile in :55.3 so Pluto dropped right into the two-hole spot as they raced down the backstretch. By the three-quarters in 1:24, Creatine was firmly in control as Possessed Fashion (Brian Sears) was first-over with Vibe Blue Chip (Matt Kakaley). But coming down the stretch it was all Creatine, who won by three and three-quarter lengths. Sired by Andover Hall, Creatine posted his fourth win of the year and paid $3.00 to win. He is trained by Bob Stewart and was bred and is owned by Diamond Creek racing of Wellsville, PA. Johny Rock and driver Andy Miller made perfect use of the passing lane to capture the $200,000 Battle of Brandywine consolation in a lifetime record of 1:48.3. It was Rockin Amadeus (Yannick Gingras) who shot out of the starting gate to take early command with Johny Rock in the two-hold spot through the opening quarter mile in a speedy :25.4. Sweet Talkin Satin (Tim Tetrick) came first-over at the half in :54.2 and started to pressure the leaders down the backstretch with Olde Time Hockey (George Napolitano, Jr.) following second over. At the three-quarters in 1:21.2, Rockin Amadeus was still in command with Sweet Talkin Satin collaring the race leader. As they straighten down and started down the stretch, Andy Miller shot right into the passing lane with Johny Rock and they passed everyone by to win by three lengths. Sweet Talkin Satin was second with Raockin Amadeus fading to third place. Sired by Rocknroll Hanover, it was the fourth win this year for Johny Rock. He is trained by John Butenschoen and is owned by William Wellwood, Jean Geohlen and Eugene Schick. In the $150,000 Valley Forge consolation for three-year-old pacing fillies, Nikki Beach and driver Ron Pierce made it look easy as the daughter of Somebeachsomewhere led from start to finish and won in a lifetime best 1:50. Pocket-sitting Live Entertainment (Yannick Gingras) was second with first-over Carols Desire (Matt Kakaley) finished third. Nikki Beach held the field at bay the entire mile and won by two and one-quarter lengths for her third victory on the season. She is trained by Tony Alagna and is owned by Brittany Farms of Versailles, KY. By Steve Wolf

In the second race $75,000 Valley Forge consolation for three-year-old pacing fillies, UF Dragon’s Queen (Dragon Again) and driver Dave Miller took the early lead from Ideal Ginny (Andy Miller) and then led the John Butenschoenrest of the mile to score in 1:50.3 by one and one-quarter lengths over Ideal Ginny and Mistresstothestarts (Matt Kakaley). It was UF Dragon’s Queen’s fourth win this year for trainer Kelly O’Donnell and the Up Front Racing Stable of Amherst, Ohio. She paid $2.20 to win. Punxsutawney (Glidemaster) was able to mind his manners and stay on stride and return to his winning ways with a parked-out-the-mile 1:53.2 lifetime mark in winning the third race $100,000 Colonial Trot consolation for three-year-old colts. Driven by Corey Callahan, Punxsutawney was caught on the outside early from post five as Wheeling N Dealin (Yannick Gingras) cut the mile with Lindy’s Tru Grit (Tim Tetrick) sat the pocket trip. But Punxsutawney was not to be denied and kept grinding it out, taking the lead at the top of the stretch and then pulling away to win by three and three-quarter lengths. It was Punxsutawney’s third win this year. He is trained by  and owned by Jerry Graham of Salem, IL. By Steve Wolf

WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 14, 2013 — Palm Beach, confidently handled by Brett Miller, pulled the pocket before the final turn and rolled to victory in a stake-record 1:53.4 in Wednesday’s $100,000 Pennsylvania Stallion Series event at The Meadows. The stake for 2-year-old filly pacers was contested over five divisions, with McVita Bella, Lucy’s Pearl, Myrichmothernlaw and Dragon Town also taking $20,000 splits. Miller piloted Dragon Town to give him a stake double among his five wins on the 16-race card. Palm Beach had been getting checks in Pennsylvania Sires Stakes so was enjoying class relief. Miller, however, said there was a more important factor in her record-setting performance. “When they scoped her after her race last week, she was sick with mucous — eight on a scale of 10,” Miller said. “They wanted to put her in a little cheaper class to brave her back up. She definitely feels like she’s getting over her sickness. She was grabbing on and wanting to go.” Palm Beach downed Legal Process by 2-3/4 lengths, with Corona With Lime third. Michael Hall trains the daughter of Somebeachsomewhere-Duncans Artsplace for Rojan Stables, Howard Taylor and Lightning 5 Racing Stable. McVita Bella completed a sweep of her four stallion series preliminary divisions, although she needed a late miscue by the apparent winner to do it. Uffizi Hanover crossed the wire first but was placed back to sixth for an extended gallop in the stretch. Starnight Dancer was promoted to second while Cams Dali was fourth-placed-third. “She did get a gift; it’s always nice to get a little lucky,” said winning driver Mike Wilder. “She’s definitely a threat in the championship. You couldn’t ask for a filly with a better attitude.” John Butenschoen conditions the daughter of Somebeachsomewhere-Cheyenne Sabrina for Harmony Oaks Racing Stable, VIP Internet Stable, Tangie Massey and Bill Boyce. Hammered down to 1-9, Lucy’s Pearl quarter-poled to the lead and jogged home in 1:55 for Dave Palone and trainer Run Gurfein, who owns the daughter of Well Said-Remember When with Elizabeth Novak. Rados Girl was second, 4-1/4 lengths in arrears, while Sunlight Dancer earned show. “I was very happy with her, the way she got home,” Palone said. “I thought she was the best; I just wanted to steer clear of trouble. She likes to do her work, and she can race any way you want her to.” Racing at The Meadows resumes Friday with a trio of Pennsylvania stakes worth approximately $500,000. Since Friday’s card is the final program of the current meeting, the Pick 5, Pick 4 and last superfecta on the card all are “must-pays.” First post is 6:55 PM. Evan Pattak  

WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 13, 2013 — Allstar Partner and McWicked began the day tied for second in Pennsylvania Sires Stakes points. They ended the day still tied but atop the leader board after winning their respective divisions of a $265,408 PASS at The Meadows in the final preliminary leg. Allstar Partner earned bragging rights for the day by scoring in 1:51.4, fastest mile this year by a 2-year-old gelding on a five-eighths-mile track. The PASS championships for 2-year-olds, each with a $260,000 purse, are set for Sept. 15 at Harrah’s Philadelphia. The stake, known as the Tyler B, was contested over four divisions, with Tellitlikeitis and Let’s Drink On It taking the other splits. Allstar Partner roared to the early lead for Corey Callahan and never experienced an anxious moment, defeating the-pocket-sitting The Lunch Pail by 1-1/2 lengths, with Somesizesomestyle third. Limelight Beach, winner of his first three PASS splits, never could mount an effective rally from mid-pack, finishing fourth and dropping to third in PASS rankings. “He can get a little lazy on you and kind of relax,” Callahan said of Allstar Partner. “I gave him a couple taps going to the three-quarter pole. He goes anytime you ask him to go. If I’d needed more, he’d have given me some more. We’ll have to see where we draw (in the championship), but I think he’s as good as any of them.” John Butenschoen trains the son of Four Starzzz Shark-Faithful Ideal for VIP Internet Stable and Michael Foti. McWicked also had an easy time of it, as the son of McArdle-Western Sahara quarter-poled to the lead and prevailed by 3 lengths in 1:53 for Andy Miller, trainer Julie Miller and owners Andy Miller Stable, Paymaq Racing and Hanna Miller. Invictus Hanover and Mattamerican completed the ticket. Tellitlikeitis needed a big race to make the championship — he was tied for 11th entering the Tyler B — and he delivered one, pulling the pocket early for Yannick Gingras and triumphing in 1:52.3. Wicked Business was second, 1-1/2 lengths back, while Avalanche Hanover earned show. “When I qualified him, I thought he was one of the best,” Gingras said. “But he went into a spell there for like two starts when he really was not that good. It looks like he’s bounced back. He likes to follow. If you keep him on a helmet, he gets home good.” Jimmy Takter conditions the homebred son of Well Said-Kikikatie for Lothlorien. Let’s Drink On It, tied for sixth in PASS points before the stake, cemented his position in the finals with an overpowering front-end victory in 1:52. Sometimes Said, the other member of that sixth-place tie, made the championship by finishing second, 1-1/2 lengths in arrears, with At Press Time third. “He shows a lot of front-end speed, but he’s really a two-finger horse,” said Joe Seekman, who trains the son of Art Official-Letmedowneasy for Martin Scharf, Larry Bond and Hal Hewitt. “We got him out of the ‘Scratch & Dent.’ He had curbs in the back (when we bought him). We brought him home, broke him and then pin-fired those. They’ve never bothered him.” Dan Rawlings and Mike Wilder each enjoyed a triple on the 16-race card. Stake racing at The Meadows continues Wednesday with a $100,000 PA Stallion Series event for 2-year-old filly pacers. First post is 6:55 PM. by Evan Pattak    

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