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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    

WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 10, 2013 — Valley Of Sin blazed to a track record 1:52.3 in a Pennsylvania Sires Stake division Friday at The Meadows, locking up his spot in the PASS championship. However, the jubilation in his corner quickly turned to concern when he exhibited the effects of an injury apparently suffered during the race. The $237,045 event for 3-year-old colt and gelding trotters, known as the Hickory Smoke, was contested over three divisions and was the final qualifying PASS leg. Its Complicated and Bluto — each on the outside looking in at the championship before the Hickory Smoke — captured the other splits to secure spots in the final. The Meadows will host all four $260,000 championships for 3-year-olds Friday, Sept. 13. Valley of Sin launched a powerful first-over move from fourth for Corey Callahan and drew off to triumph by 6-1/2 lengths over Lindy’s Tru Grit, with Possessed Fashion third. The time, a stakes record, also knocked a tick from the track record for sophomore colt trotters established by Magic Tonight last year. After the staff of trainer John Butenschoen examined the son of Yankee Glide-Anklet Hanover in the winners’ circle, they unhitched his sulky and walked him gingerly back to the paddock as he favored his left front leg. “He felt absolutely awesome during the race,” Callahan said. “In the last turn, he put in a funny step on me. I just eased him through. He really wants to do it.” VIP Internet Stable and Harmony Oaks Racing Stable own Valley of Sin, who is eligible for next week’s Colonial. Its Complicated began the evening ranked 10th in PASS points. But using Lasix for the first time, he hustled to the front for Eric Ledford and hung on to down High Bridge by a neck in 1:53.4. Smoother Ride earned show. Kris Hite, who conditions the SJ’s Caviar-Before The Rain gelding for Hatfield Stables, called Lasix a factor in the winning performance. “I think Lasix was pretty big,” Hite said. “He got beat in his last two starts when he got a little tired late. It’s been a long time since I had one in the PASS final — won all three divisions and made a break in the final. Hopefully we get a little better luck this time.” Tied for ninth in PASS points with Vibe Blue Chip and facing that rival in his split, Bluto needed a big race to make the final. He got it . . . and a break. Though he finished second to Vibe Blue Chip, he was awarded the win when Vibe Blue Chip was disqualified to sixth for interference around the final turn. Show Ticket was promoted to second while Longwell was fourth-placed-third. Dave Palone drove the son of Donato Hanover-Blur for trainer Jimmy Takter and owners Christina Takter, John Fielding, Louis Camara and Jim Fielding. $80,000 PA Stallion Series — 3-Year-Old Colt and Gelding Trotters In Friday’s companion feature, Team Six got away as poorly as usual but moved well behind cover to capture his division in 1:54.3, matching the stake record set last year by Wing Tips. Also taking $20,000 splits were Rossini, Hampton Beach and Sailer Eddie. Winning driver Mike Wilder anticipated a sluggish start from Team Six and got exactly what he expected. “They told me to get his attention and babysit him for the first eighth, and after that he should be fine,” Wilder said. “That’s exactly what he was. He really did nothing wrong.” The son of Yankee Glide-Armbro Vanquish mover quickly behind the live cover of Cantab Abs, brushed by him in the lane and bettered him by 3 lengths. Ruddy Rusty completed the ticket. Robin Cruise trains Team Six for Peggy Hood, Mystical Maker Farms, Paymaq Racing and Jorgen Jahre, Jr. Rossini worked out a cozy pocket trip and exploded late for trainer/driver Jim Raymer and owner Harbor Racing Stable to prevail in 1:55.3, a head better than Born To Fight, with Hep third. “In the better group, you have to learn to sit to go with them, and he’ll do that,” Raymer said. “I really think he can go in 1:53, but he likes 1:55.” Stake racing at The Meadows resumes Monday with an $80,000 PA Stallion Series event for freshman colt and gelding pacers. First post is 12:55 PM. Evan Pattak

In about two months it’ll be the 16th anniversary of the closing of Sportsman’s Park to harness racing. The old Cicero, Illinois track’s final Standardbred program was Friday, October 10, 1997 and attached is that night’s front page of its program. As you can see by the top headline Dave Magee was the leading driver in the Sportsman’s Park final meet while Joe Anderson took the trainer’s title for a sixth consecutive year. After finishing second to Tony Morgan in the Sportsman’s driver race the previous two years (1995 and 1996), Magee reclaimed the driving crown in 1997 for an unprecedented 11th time. Earlier Magee won the Sportsman’s Park driving titles in 1981 through 1983, in 1987, 1989, 1991 through 1994 and in 1997. The final stake race was the $20,000 Rambling Willie for ICF pacers 3 and up. There were 12 horses battling on the seven-eighth’s track, The 35-1 longshot Oliver G Slim, trained and driven by Merv Chupp was the $73.60 upset winner of that stake, coming from 10th with a :26.1 final quarter in 1:53 flat. Oliver G Slim that night beat the likes of Broadway Preview, Hot Chilli Pepper, Bingo Johnnie and Jeffrey’s Pet. The last harness race contested before the demise of Sportsman’s Park was an $8,000 ICF claiming event with a $5,000 purse on the 10-race card. It went to Rose and George Bonomo’s Lake Hills Doc, driven by Andy Miller. The Top 10 drivers on the 1997 and last Sportsman’s Park meeting were Dave Magee, Tony Morgan, Andy Miller, Dale Hiteman, Joe Anderson, Lavern Hostetler, Dean Magee, Dan Knox and Jim Curran. A year earlier (1996) Joe Anderson became the first trainer in Sportsman’s Park history to win over 100 races and $1.2 million in purses and he did it again in 1997. From second through 20th the final trainer’s race it was Brian Pinske, Doug Larsen, Jim Eaton, Dave McCaffrey, Gerry Hansen, Julie Miller, Jim Meade, Ken Rucker, Merv Chupp, Andrew Patterson, Roger Welch, Mitch McKenzie, Perry Smith, Mark Fransen, John Butenschoen, Ronnie Roberts, Homer Hochstetler, Lloyd Daulton and Neil Coleman, in that order. Mike Paradise The Illinois Harness Horsemen's Association  

Driver Ron Pierce and trainer John Butenschoen were the big winners on Tuesday night in Stallion Series action at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. There were six divisions of the Series held for 2-year-old fillies on the pace, each race carrying a purse of $20,000. Pierce drove three of the six Stallion Series winners, while Butenschoen is the trainer for two of the winners. Pierce and Butenschoen joined forces to win the fourth division with McVita Bella (Somebeachsomewhere-Cheyenne Sabrina), who scored in 1:54:2. Other Stallion Series winners on the night were: Dragon Town (Dragon Again-Town Pro Miss), driven by Pierce and trained by Sam DePinto, in 1:54:4; Lasting Appeal (The Panderosa-Dress To Suggest), driven by Pierce and trained by Bob McIntosh, in 1:54; Seashell Hanover (Somebeachsmoewhere-Stolly Up Bluechip), driven by Doug McNair and trained by Gregg McNair, in 1:52:4; Mayabelle (McArdle-Crisis), driven by Mike Simons and trained by Butenschoen, in 1:53:3; and Weeper (Allamerican Native-Pleasant Yet Bad), driven David Miller and trained by Kelly O'Donnell, in 1:52. by Jim Beviglia  

If The Hambletonian Eve card is any indication, it is going to be a great Hambletonian Day at The Meadowlands. Once again, The Meadowlands posted increases across the board. First, the total handle of $2,605,779 marked an increase of 33-percent from the night before The Hambletonian last year. Next, the attendance showed an increase of 34-percent. Last but not least, the live handle was up $106,518 over 2012 or 43-percent, the largest live handle increase of the meet. All signs are pointing to a huge Hambletonian Day. Tonight, The Meadowlands played host to the Townsend Ackerman and Duenna stakes for three year old trotting colts and fillies respectively that did not declare for the Hambo or Oaks on Saturday. The Ackerman field a pair of $50,000 divisions for the colts with Valley Of Sin and Exemplar both emerging as winning favorites. Trainer John Butenschoen added the trotting hopples to Valley Of Sin for this race and the Yankee Glide colt came from far back to win in 1:55.1 for Corey Callahan. VIP Internet Stables and Harmony Oaks Racing Stable own the winner. Exemplar is a lightly raced Andover Hall gelding who has found his form recently for trainer Per Henriksen. Now a winner in three of his last four, Exemplar equaled his career best of 1:54.3 for John Campbell, forwardly placed throughout his first Meadowlands start. Andrea Lea Racing Stables and Asa Farm share ownership. The fillies raced for $30,000 in each division and both went faster than their male counterparts with Lady Broadway and Cupcake both being driven to 1:53.4 personal records by Ron Pierce. Lady Broadway ground her way up to the leader in mid-stretch and rolled on by late for the win. She is a Broadway Hall filly trained by Chris Oakes for his wife Susan, Hauser Brothers Racing and Conrad Zurich. Cupcake, by Glidemaster, rallied from just off the lead for Pierce to score. Don Swick trains her for his longtime patron Bill Peshina's Royal Wire Products. Tomorrow is closing day of the 2013 meet and it is the greatest day in harness racing. The Meadowlands Racetrack proudly presents the $1.2 Million Hambletonian as the marquis event of a blockbuster 15-race program with total purses over $3.6 Million. Gates Open at 10:00 A.M. and first post is 11:50 A.M.  

East Rutherford, NJ – Lady Broadway and Cupcake, both driven to victory by Ron Pierce, showed they are faster than the colts in winning their respective $30,000 divisions of the Duenna Trot at the Meadowlands Friday, both fillies winning in lifetime best identical times of 1:53.4 The sixth race first Duenna division saw True Valentine (Yannick Gingras) led the field through the opening panels of :28 and :56.1 and then True Day Dream and driver Mike Lachance came first over and took command at the three-quarters in 1:25 but also had given good live cover to Lady Broadway and Pierce. As they came down the stretch, True Day Dream seemed to be the strong horse but not for long as Pierce was able to get Lady Broadway into high gear and she mowed down True Day Dream and won going away by three-quarters of a length in a lifetime best 1:53.4. It was the sixth win this year for Lady Broadway, who is trained by Chris Oakes and is owned by Susan Oakes, Hauser Bros Racing and Conrad Zurich. She paid $10.80 to win. True Day Dream was second with Curtsy Hanover (Corey Callahan) third. Then in the 10th race second Duenna division, John Campbell sent the gray filly, Silver Credit, right to the lead with Cupcake and Piece gapping in second as Silver Credit cut fractions of :27.4, :55.2 and 1:24.2. But Cupcake slowly had gained on the pacesetter and by the top of the stretch pulled to the outside and collared Silver Credit. Those two then raced neck and neck down the stretch but Silver Credit began to wire before the wire as Cupcake went on to win by two lengths. Déjà vu Too (Corey Callahan) was third. It was the second win this year for Cupcake, who is sired by Glidemaster and is trained by Don Swick and is owned by the Royal Wire Products of Ohio. She paid $9.80 to win. The fastest of the two $50,000 divisions of the Townsend Ackerman Trot went to Exemplar and driver John Campbell in the 8th race second division. The race was marred by numerous breaking horses early in the race as Bloodstockshalltab (Yannick Gingras) took the early lead in :28.2 with Exemplar on their back. But Campbell moved right out after the first quarter and took command for good, cutting the mile to the half in :57 and three-quarters in 1:25.4 before going on to win by one and one-half lengths in 1:54.3. Deadliest Catch (John Duer) has come first-over on the final turn and was second with Bloodstockshalltab third. Sired by Andover Hall, Exemplar posted his third win this year and tied his lifetime mark for trainer Per Henriksen and the Andrea Lea Racing Stable and Asa Farm of Canada. In the sixth race first division of the Townsend Ackerman, Valley Of Sin, who was eighth on the outside at the three-quarter mile marker, was able to swing three-wide on the final into second place at the top of the stretch and then surge on to the wire to win by one and three-quarter lengths in 1:55.1. Driven by Corey Callahan, Valley Of Sin had followed the outside flow of Amalfi Coast (Dewayne Minor) who ended up third. Second place went to Smoother Ride (John Campbell), who has cut the mile early and was shuffled back to sixth at the three-quarters but rallied again to be second. For Valley Of Sin, who is sired by Yankee Glide, it was his fifth victory on the year. He is trained by John Butenschoen and is owned by the VIP Internet Stable and the Harmony Oaks Racing Stable. By Steve Wolf  

MANALAPAN, NJ - July 27, 2013 - Johny Rock and I Luv the Nitelife, both offspring of Rocknroll Hanover, turned in winning performances in stakes preps on Saturday night, July 27, 2013 at the Meadowlands. Both will be back on Hambletonian Day, August 3, for the finals of the most prestigious events for New Jersey-sired pacers, the $250,000 Anthony Abbatiello New Jersey Classic for three-year-old colts and the $125,000 Thomas D'Altrui Miss New Jersey for three-year-old fillies. For a 1-5 shot, I Luv The Nitelife made it interesting, briefly relinquishing the lead in the stretch and holding on for a nose victory in the $20,000 Miss New Jersey Prep, the first race. The Chris Ryder trainee picked up her seventh win in eight starts this year. Tim Tetrick guided her to a win in 1:50.3. The only mar on the filly's record this year was a third place finish - a half a length back - in the $150,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes Final on June 1. That race was won by Ms Caila J Fra and Jerseylicious was second. This time it was Jerseylicious who tested I Luv The Nitelife in the stretch but was dispatched in the final strides while Ms Caila J Fra was third by two lengths. Both Jerseylicious and Ms Caila J Fra are daughters of Western Ideal. I Luv The Nitelife [$2.40], who won the $384,044 Fan Hanover, the $300,000 Lynch and the $184,250 Mistletoe Shalee this summer, now has a six-race winning streak and has finished in-the-money in 17 of 18 lifetime starts. She has banked $1.2 million for Richard and Joanne Young of Coconut Creek, FL. The balance of the order of finish was Ideal Ginny, Authorize, JK Letitgo and Certified Ideal, all daughters of Western Ideal. All seven fillies will face off in the final. The stakes record of 1:50 by Put On A Show will be on the line. The colts took center stage in the $25,000 New Jersey Classic Prep, the fourth race, as 5-1 Johny Rock scored three-length tally in a career best 1:50.1. Early on driver Andy Miller had to wrestle Johny Rock, who was leaving from the outside post and was distracted at the start by the front paddock. But Miller put the Rocknroll Hanover colt on the lead on the first turn and was never challenged. Entrymates Emeritus Maximus and Wake Up Peter, both sons of Rocknroll Hanover, made a bid in the stretch with Emeritus Maximus edging out Wake Up Peter. Johny Rock [$13] trained by John Butenschoen, posted his second win with two seconds and one third in 10 starts this year. His career totals include seven wins, six seconds and one third from 20 attempts. He has now banked $270,000 for William Wiswell of Elkhorn, WI, Jean Goehlen of Aurora, IL and Eugene Schick of Elgin, IL. The balance of the order of finish was Rockin Amadeus, Ideal Carver, Always There, Only The Lonely, Rocks N Bonds and Real Rocker. Always There, Only The Lonely and Ideal Carver are by Western Ideal. The others are by Rocknroll Hanover. All advance to the final along with two other colts, Lucan Hanover, who is racing in the Summertime Pacing Series Final at Mohawk on Monday, and Word Power, who was third in Saturday afternoon's Delvin Miller Adios at the Meadows. The New Jersey Classic and Miss New Jersey are both sponsored by the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey. Carol Hodes for the SBOANJ  

MANALAPAN, NJ - July 23, 2013 - The Meadowlands has carded prep races on Saturday night for the finalists in the $250,000 Anthony Abbatiello New Jersey Classic and the $125,000 Thomas D'Altrui Miss New Jersey. Neither of the two events for New Jersey-sired three-year-old pacers, which are sponsored by the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey, required elimination races. The New Jersey Classic drew 11 entrants, nine of whom will compete in the $25,000 prep carded as the fourth race on Saturday, July 27, 2013. All seven of the entrants in the filly companion stakes, the Miss New Jersey, will compete in the $20,000 prep, the first race, including 3-5 morning line favorite I Luv The Nitelife, who swept three major stakes - the Fan Hanover, Lynch and Mistletoe Shalee - and has won six of seven starts this year. The daughter of Rocknroll Hanover, driven by Tim Tetrick and trained by Chris Ryder, drew post four in the Miss New Jersey Prep. Lifetime, she has banked $1,191,577 for Richard and Joanne Young of Coconut Creek, FL. The filly has finished in-the-money in 16 of 17 career starts. Ms Caila J Fra, who swept the New Jersey Sire Stakes, including the $150,000 final on June 1, is rated the 3-1 second choice. Simon Allard will drive the Steve Elliott trainee.  A daughter of Western Ideal, Ms Caila J Fra was unraced at two but has accounted for $136,225 in earnings this year, finishing in-the-money in nine of 14 starts for her owner-breeder, The Fra Stable LLC of Upper Saddle River, NJ. Installed as the 9-5 morning line favorite in the New Jersey Classic Prep, the fourth race, is the Tony Alagna-trained duo of Emeritus Maximus and Wake Up Peter, both sons of Rocknroll Hanover. Tim Tetrick has the call on Emeritus Maximus, post six, who has five wins in nine starts this year, including the Hempt Elim on June 22 at Pocono. He has a career bankroll of $100,908 for the Cheap Speed Stable of Steger, IL, Alan Alber of Ontario and Eagle Soar Partners of Staten Island, NY. Entrymate Wake Up Peter, with Ron Pierce driving, is still looking for hisfirst win of the year but was third in the $980,000 North America Cup. He leaves from post eight. Wake Up Peter races for the Wake Up Peter Partners, Brittany Farms, Lou Willinger and Eagles Soar Partners. He has a career record of two wins, four seconds and three thirds from 16 starts and earnings of $446,453. Rockin Amadeus, who won the $150,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes Final on June 1, is the 2-1 second choice from post four with Yannick Gingras in the sulky for trainer Jimmy Takter. The son of Rocknroll Hanover has banked $552,390 lifetime for owner-breeder Lothlorien of Ontario. Skipping the prep will be the Casie Coleman-trained Lucan Hanover, who won a Summertime Stakes at Mohawk on July 19, and Word Power, from the Larry  Remmen Stable, who is scheduled to compete in the $450,000 Delvin Miller Adios Final on July 27. Stakes records are held by Panther Hanover in the New Jersey Classic [1:47.2 in 2012] and Put On A Show in the Miss New Jersey [1:50 in 2010]. The draws for the preps [in post position order with sire, driver, trainer and morning line]. FIRST RACE -- $20,000 Thomas D'Altrui Miss New Jersey Prep 1-Ideal Ginny, Western Ideal, Marcus Miller, Erv Miller, 12-1 2-Ms Caila J Fra, Western Ideal, Simon Allard, Steve Elliott, 3-1 3-Certified Ideal, Western Ideal, John Campbell, Ross Croghan, 20-1 4-I Luv The Nitelife, Rocknroll Hanover, Tim Tetrick, Chris Ryder, 2-5 5-JK Letitgo, Western Ideal, David Miller, Linda Toscano, 10-1 6-Authorize, Western Ideal, Ron Pierce, Tony Alagna, 30-1 7-Jerseylicious, Western Ideal, Corey Callahan, Wayne Givens, 9-2 FOURTH RACE -- $25,000 Anthony Abbatiello New Jersey Classic Prep 1-Always There, Western Ideal, John Campbell, Nick Surick, 12-1 2-Ideal Carver, Western Ideal, David Miller, Casie Coleman, 10-1 3-Rocks N Bonds, Rocknroll Hanover, Mike Lachance, Joseph Poliseno, 15-1 4-Rockin Amadeus,, Rocknroll Hanover, Yannick Gingras, Jimmy Takter, 2-1 5-Real Rocker, Rocknroll Hanover, Corey Callahan, Trish Foulk, 10-1 6-Emeritus Maximus, Rocknroll Hanover, Tim Tetrick, Tony Alagna, 9-5 7-Only The Lonely, Western Ideal, Pat Berry, Nick Surick, 12-1 8-Wake Up Peter, Rocknroll Hanover, Ron Pierce, Tony Alagna, 9-5 9-Johny Rock, Rocknroll Hanover, Andy Miller, John Butenschoen, 7-2 Always There and Only The Lonely are coupled as 1 & 1A; Emeritus Maximus and Wake Up Peter are coupled as 2 & 2A. Carol Hodes for SBOANJ  

It wasn't a good night for the favorites in Pennsylvania Sire Stakes action at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs on Sunday night.

The Evictor made fast work of seven high-stepping Open harness racing rivals, while Hold On Tightly became the first three-time winner of the season at Vernon Downs on Friday night (April 26). With Marcus Miller doing the teaming for trainer John Butenschoen in race 10, The Evictor took over from Yankee Manny in the stretch drive and powered to an impressive 1:54.3 victory.

Daggett, Jurgen Hanover, and Maximum Credit scored wins in the first leg of the Bobby Weiss Series for harness racing 3-year-old colts and geldings on the trot on Wednesday night at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. The races each carried a purse of $15,000.

Clear skies are forecast for the next few days in Lexington, setting the stage for more intriguing two year old racing in the International Stallion Stakes (INSS). Friday (October 5) brings with it nearly $600,000 in harness racing purses for the taking on the clay carpet.

Harness racing freshman trotting colts were in the spotlight on Friday night (Sept. 28) at The Red Mile as four $101,000 divisions of the Bluegrass Stakes were contested.

Johny Rock is still learning on the job, but he is getting good experience when it comes to winning. A 2-year-old colt pacer, Johny Rock has won four of six starts and finished second twice for trainer John Butenschoen and owners William Wiswell, Jean Goehlen and Eugene Schick. He has earned $119,691.

Johny Rock extended his winning streak to three, scoring a length and a half victory in the $150,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes Final for harness racing two-year-old pacing colts and geldings, the final of the four championships contested on Friday night, August 17, 2012, closing night of the Meadowlands meet.

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