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WILKES-BARRE PA - JL Cruze, 2015's champion Older Male Trotter in North America, got his 2016 harness racing campaign again headed in the right direction with a 1:53 victory in the $25,000 winners-over feature Sunday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono.   John Campbell had his usual seat behind the altered five-year-old son of Crazed, and he guided him to the lead past the 27.2 opening quarter, then backed off the half to 57.1. From there, "JL" cruzed home in 55.4, winning by two lengths over the out-at-every-call Crazshana, completing the Crazed-sired Exacta, with Il Sogno Dream another half-length back in third after going first-over.   This season JL Cruze opened his campaign with three straight victories, but he had gone "only" 1 for 5 since then before this race - if you count a second to Rose Run Parker, still 2016's fastest North American trotter (1:50.4), and a fourth in the Cutler and a fifth in the Lee, in the "only" category. But perhaps his win at Pocono will mark a turnaround back towards his championship form for the Eric Ell-trained trotter, owned by Wm. Kenneth Wood, William Dittmar Jr., and Stephen Iaquinta, and now the winner of $101,430 this year and $761,483 lifetime.   If you like two-year-old trotting stakes fillies, Pocono is the place to be for you the next two nights - eight divisions of Pennsylvania Stallion Series action top the bill on Monday, while the next night will feature five divisions of Pennsylvania Sire Stakes racing.   PHHA / Pocono      

There was a 22-year gap between drives at Buffalo Raceway for John Campbell when he finally made a return visit in July of 2015.   Fortunately for harness racing fans in Western New York, they won't have to wait that long again to see Campbell in the sulky as he returns to the Hamburg half-mile oval to drive in the New York Sire Stakes for the 2-year-old colt and gelding trotters on Wednesday night (July 13).   Campbell's return last season was a good one as he guided Jewels In Hock to an easy victory in the New York Sire Stakes for 3-year-old trotting fillies. While that was his first appearance since 1992, his last victory at Buffalo Raceway before the win in 2015 was back in 1990.   The 61-year-old Campbell was elected into the Harness Racing Hall of Fame in 1990, has won over 11,000 races in his career with purse earnings of almost $293 million. He has won the prestigious Hambletonian and North America Cup six times apiece and has also taken the Little Brown Jug three times.   He'll shuffle back to Buffalo on Wednesday and try his luck in four events with American Cheque and Eastern Promise in the New York Sire Stakes and Carmen's Fluke and Winter Mint in the Excelsior A series races.   There are four $27,250 divisions for the young male trotters.   Such An Angel (Credit Winner-Michelle's Angel) drew the seven post in the opening leg, scheduled as the second race. He beat three of this week's rivals on June 30 at Monticello Raceway by 2-3/4 lengths in 2:01.1 but did it from the rail. Sam Caruso Jr. will be in the bike again and will have to maneuver Such An Angel from the outside.   Big Man Ev (Chapter Seven-Possessed By Lindy) finished second to Such An Angel in his last try and will get the services of Andy Miller.   Neon Lights (Chapter Seven-Flourescent) looked home free on June 30 at Monticello but jumped it off in the stretch and finished third but was disqualified and placed fourth. Chris Lems will be at the controls and will start from the four post.   Devious Man (Credit Winner-Miss Garland) gets the 3-1 morning line nod in the second division, set as the third race. He just missed by a neck to Barn Winner last time out and Miller will try and get this one home from the four spot.   Optimist Blue Chip (Deweycheatumnhowe-Winning Jonlin) was heavily favored is his career debut but broke stride at the gate and finished a distant seventh. Jim Morrill Jr. hopes to keep Optimist Blue Chip on his best behavior as they will start from the seven post.   Money Macintosh (Credit Winner-Apple Plush) gets the five hole in the sixth race with Miller in the sulky. He was an impressive winner last time out, posting a two length decision over American Cheque in 2:00.3. Money Macintosh is the 3-1 choice.   Campbell and American Cheque (Conway Hall-Cheque Lavec) will got another shot at Money MacIntosh as they will start from the three spot. .   Lindy The Second (Credit Winner-Lundy's Heiress) started from the eight hole at Monticello on June 30, had the lead but just missed by a half length and finished third at 27-1 to Barn Winner.   The final division, set at the seventh race, will feature local hopeful Barn Winner (Credit Winner-Hallmarker). Owned by Steve and Nancy Pratt of Corfu, N.Y. and Out In The Country Stables of nearby Darien Center, N.Y., Barn Winner hopes to take advantage of the home cooking.   He's been a perfect 4-for-4 thus far in his young racing career with three qualifier victories and a New York Sire Stakes win at Monticello on June 30. Barn Winner covered the mile in 2:00 and also has a 'baby race' win over the Buffalo Raceway surface. Former Hamburg regular Jeff Gregory will be in town to steer Barn Winner from the two spot.   The main threat could come from Zack's Zoomer (Deweycheatumnhowe-Passageway), an impressive winner in 1:59.3 at Monticello. Miller will drive him and they drew the sixth position on the starting gate.   The Buffalo track record for the 2-year-old colt trotters is 1:59.3 set in 2013 by Royal Deceptor while The Lindy Treaty holds the standard of 2:01.2 established in 2013 for the geldings.   The 14-race card will get underway at 5 p.m. There will also be a $597 carryover in the Pick-5 which begins in the fifth race.   For more information including the latest news, upcoming promotions, race replays and results, go to   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

On Thursday June 30, Monticello Raceway showcased a hefty card of 14 races, featuring New York Sire Stake action for 2 Year Old Trotting Colts. On tap are 5 splits of Sire Stakes, ($22,000) 4 heats of the Divisions A's ($15,000) and 2 races for the Division B ($6,600) and 2 dashes of the NAADA event and 1 Catskill Amateurs event, Practice is over, now it's for real, that's what over 80 freshman trotting colts discovered when they made their Pari mutuel and half mile oval debut. John Campbell had 3 winner's races on the afternoon's card. Owners Ted Gewertz and Wanda Polisseni both enjoyed an owners double on the afternoon. In the first $22,200 dash, Such An Angel, took advantage and protected the rail, as he led wire to wire to win in 2:01:1, sprinting home in 29.1. The Credit Winner colt is owned in partnership of Samuel Caruso and Wanda Polisseni, trained by Paul Kelly and driven by Sam Caruso. The $110,000 yearling purchase has 3 wins in as many starts. Race 4, the undefeated Barn Winner scored in impressive fashion for driver Jeff Gregory, as Lindy The Second showed the field thru even fractions of 30 seconds for each quarter, Gregory was patiently bidding his time, down the backstretch Gregory carefully tipped the Credit Winner colt to the outside at the 3/4, at top of the lane the Credit Winner colt angled into contention, he responded well when asked for trot, coming home in a brisk 28:3 over Devious Man and fraction setting Lindy the Second. Steven Pratt is trainer and co-owner along with Out in the Country Stable, scoring in 2:00. The 3rd heat was in race 6, Odeon Bluechip (PP3) left fastest from the gate and showed the way out of the first turn Zack's Zoomer (Deweycheatumnhowe), pulled the 2 hole and quickly took the lead from Odeon Bluechip (Credit Winner) before the quarter, reaching that marker in 30:0, they reached an even rated half in 1:00:2, at the 5/8 marker John Campbell, driving Volare made a bold move and challenged Zacks Zoomer but had to settled for 2nd money as Zacks Zoomer withstood the challenged The Erv Miller trainee scored by 1¼ length over Volare in 1:59:3 for owners Miller & Eisman, and was driven by Andy Miller, it was the fastest mile of the day for the 2 year olds. Aces and Eights was content to sit the pocket behind fraction setting Neon Lights the entire mile, Daley tipped the son of RC Royalty to the outside as they fanned for home. Neon Lights started to labor for driver Chris Lems and made an ill-timed break in deep stretch, Ace and Eights inherited the lead and won over Shaq To The Rack and Ray Schnittker in 2:00:3 for winning connections of Daley, Crawford, Lombardo and Brooks. The last of 5 Sire Stakes came in race 12, Money Macintosh won by 2 lengths for Andy - Julie Miller team. The son of Credit Winner eased from the 8 hole and found himself parked 3 deep going into the first turn and down the backstrecth, after dodging a few breakers he eventually made his way to the lead past the ¼ in 30:3, he showed the field through fractions of 1:01:2, 1:31:3 and was never heeded to prevail in 2:00:3. Money Macintosh is owned by Story Inc. of Millstone Township. The John Campbell classes started in an Excelsior A event as he scored with diminutive and uniquely colored New York Chrome for jubilant owner Philip Hale of New Hartford NY in 2:01.3. Campbell would go on to win the final 2 races of the afternoon, in the 13, Sheldon (Chapter 7) minded his manners and won in 2:04.4. Winter Mint (Credit Winner) who was a handful scoring down but was on his best behavior once behind the gate, he floated out from post 2 and was sitting 3rd when the horses in front of him made breaks, once given the lead he was never headed to win in 2:02.2 The Sire stats for the day were Credit Winner had 5 winners, Deweychetumnhowe 3, RC Royalty, Chapter Seven & Mutineer all had 1 each. By Shawn Wiles, for Monticello Raceway

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec - It came down to the very last race of the competition with four drivers, John Campbell, Jody Jamieson, Tim Tetrick and Sylvain Filion all able to win the inaugural Hippodrome 3R All-Star Driver's Tournament Sunday with a triumph in the ninth race. And when the dust (mud actually) settled, it was Jody Jamieson's second place finish in the ninth race with Matts Phil that won him the tournament. Also in the tournament were Yannick Gingras, Daniel Dube, Mario Charron and Denis St-Pierre. They all competed in eight championship races with $10,000 in prize money on the line. Jamieson, with his 25 points in the last race, ended with 160 points. John Campbell was second with 135 points and Sylvain Filion third with 128 points. "This victory is just extra special," Jamieson said. "Going against John Campbell and Tim Tetrick, local stars Denis St-Pierre and Mario Charron, Yannick, Daniel and Sylvain, I'm just ecstatic with this trophy. "I drove one really bad earlier," Jamieson said, "or else I would have left nothing to chance, but it all worked out. The track was super despite the rain. It was actually better with the hard rain as it kept the mud down and make racing good. "I had no idea of the scores going into the last race," Jamieson explained. "And maybe that was the best strategy going forward. I went into the last race not know, just trying to win it. "I am so happy to represent racing in Ontario (WEG) and to bring home the trophy!" Jamieson said with a smile. "It means that much more to me. "And what a crowd here today despite the rain." Jamieson added. "I must of signed hundreds of autographs and the management at 3R are top notch. Harness racing has such a great following in Quebec and I hope they really do well this season." The tournament started in the second race with Jamieson taking the early point lead as he gave the maiden trotter, Victor D Morgan ($9.90), a perfect second-over trip and the three-year-old son of Charlie B Morgan came on in the stretch to win by two and one-half lengths in 2:03.4. The third race was won by Charlie Drummond ($9.00) and driver Sylvain Filion, who was winless in 23 prior starts. The fourth race saw John Campbell, who had no points after the first two rounds, put a lifetime mark of 2:01 with the trotter Sexy PC ($15.00). Tim Tetrick made his presences known in the fifth race and he was able to take the early lead away from Force Seelster (Yannick Gingras) and then wire the field with Hard Rock ($3.70) in 1:59.2. "What a super facility this is," Tetrick said. "The turns here are banked perfectly. Even in the rain my horse flew around the turns as if it was a fast track. It is my first time here and I am impressed with this racetrack. The fans get right up on the fence and you can hear them cheering and shouting for you down the stretch and right to the finish." Daniel Dube then got into the tournament with his victory in the sixth race aboard My Lucky Bluejean ($3.40) in 1:58.1. Then in the seventh race, John Campbell surged back into the lead with a strong front-end victory aboard Rainbow Palace ($5.90) in 1:58.1. Jamieson then surged back to the lead in the eight race, taking full advantage of starting from the rail with Fortune Playboy ($3.8), leading from start to finish in 1:58. That put Jamieson on top by just two points over John Campbell, 135 to 133 with the final race still to be contested. Both Tim Tetrick and Sylvain Filion could also come back and take the trophy if they could win the ninth race. It was Daniel Dube in the ninth race with SOS Mach Xtreme ($4.70) who was the victor, but Jamieson, who started from post seven, had left sharply with Matts Phil, then gave away and took the cover from SOS Mach Xtreme. He then waited until the top of the stretch to come after SOS Mach Xtreme, but it was too late. The move though did insure that Jamieson finished second and that gave him the tournament victory. Jamieson was the only driver in the tournament who was able to score points in all eight of the championship races. It was also the second 3R tournament that Jamieson has won. He was victorious in the 2014 fall tournament at 3R. "This has been a fantastic day." Said Vincent Trudel, general manager at 3R. "I never dreamed that these best drivers in North America would come for a tournament at 3R. I believe this is the confirmation that we have a nice facility, a good, fast and quality racetrack and these drivers all raved about how good it was despite the rain. "The people in Trois-Rivieres and the surrounding area are coming here. They proved that today with 4,000 fans braving the bad rains to come for this tournament and to meet and see great drivers in action. "Having these drivers supporting the relaunch of harness racing in Quebec is so great." Trudel added. "We have gone through turmoil in the past and will now show our government that racing could still be a big thing for this jurisdiction. If it was a sunny day this afternoon we might have had twice the crowd we did. "And what a competition it turned out to be." Trudel said. The winner could not be decided until the final race of the tournament. Each race was exciting for the drivers and for the fans and that is what counts." TRACK NOTES: Live harness racing resumes at 3R Tuesday night with the third round of the $120,000 Quebec-Bred Series for four and five-year-old trotters. For a free race program and live video feed of the races, visit From the Quebec Jockey Club    

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec - If there ever was more of an incentive to win Sunday's All-Star Drivers Tournament at the Hippodrome 3R on Sunday, Denis St-Pierre should capture the event hands down. The Quebec native is ready to take on fellow horseman Mario Charron and throw in harness racing greats John Campbell, Yannick Gingras, Tim Tetrick, Daniel Dube, Sylvain Filion and Jody Jamieson and St-Pierre is in awe. "What great talent and ability all of these drivers are bringing to 3R Sunday." St-Pierre said. "That is enough incentive for me to be on my best game, but I guess you can say that I have a special "ace" up my sleeve for tomorrow." Sure, Denis St-Pierre knows all these horses. It's his home track where he was won the driving title the last two years. He has driven some in the past, knows their quirks and knows the ability of the other horses and drivers in the race. It's a fair advantage in his favor. "My special "ace" is coming to see me at the autograph session," St-Pierre says with a smile. "I will get up from my seat when she arrives and walk in front and give her a big hug and kisses and then I will cry." See you, Denis St-Pierre is going to meet his half-sister, Nathalie Cartier, for the very first time at the autograph session. "Six months ago this woman contacts me to be her friend on Facebook," St-Pierre explained. "Then one night she sends me personal message that she has to talk with me. I was tired and did not want to. Then she writes again and again so I call her. "She asks me if I am the professional harness racing driver," St-Pierre explains, "Then she tells me about father and that I am her half-brother. Boy oh boy I nearly fell on the floor. We have since talked and talked and she has met other members of my family, but because of my schedule between Toronto and Montreal, I have not been able to actually meet her yet. That special meeting will take place Sunday at the Hippodrome 3R. "She called me and said that she is coming to meet me at the tournament." St-Pierre said. "And that she is expecting me to win it for her. If that is not enough of an incentive for me to be at my best, then nothing is. "Rain or shine tomorrow, I do not care." St-Pierre added. "I have a new angel in my life and she will be there rooting for me so I will be doing more than my very best on the track." St-Pierre said that after the races the family and newest member will all go out for dinner and catch up on a lifetime. TRACK NOTES: Track announcer Guy Lafontaine and his trademark start of every race, "Hippty Hippty Howe BOOM" will also be calling the races in both French and English. The 3R track commentator, Daniel Delisle will be joined by Harnesslink's Steve Wolf and they will do live interviews after every race also in French and English. Most racetracks, wagering website and OTB's will be carrying the Hippodrome 3R signal. There is a free program available at along with a link to watch the races live on the internet via Roberts Communications. There are ten races on the Sunday program, the eight drivers will compete in races 2 through 9. The point system is 1st - 50 points, 2nd - 25 points, 3rd - 12 points, 4th - 8 points, 5th - 5 points, 6th - 2 points and 7th and 8th - 0 points. In the event of a scratched horse, that driver will get an average of his seven drives in the tournament. The meet and greet autograph session gets underway in the clubhouse at 12:15 pm and first race post time is 1:30 pm. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec, June 3, 2016 - With the upcoming All-Star Drivers Tournament at the Hippodrome 3R set for this Sunday, June 5, we thought to ask all the drivers for some of their thoughts heading into the competition. Featured in eight championship events, races two through nine on the 1:30 pm program, here is what the drivers had to say. Our main question we asked was "What special talent will you be bringing to 3R that will help you win the tournament?" First to respond was Toronto's Jody Jamieson from Moffat, Ontario, who has 7,300 career wins and purses won over $114 million. He was last at 3R in 2014 when he won the Fall Drivers Tournament. "Misdirection!" Jamieson said. "Ever see Monster University? Watch it to find out what I mean! With this incredibly talented group I'll need every trick up my sleeve! I've actually been to 3R twice before. I like it there. I was 3rd in the 1st Prix D'Ete with the ill-fated Apprentice Hanover. "As far as my experiences with 3R, I'd say it like this, totally incredible!" Jamieson added, "I've rarely felt more welcomed and comfy at a racetrack! I'm a bit worried about what I said in my victory speech after winning this tournament in 2014. I mistakenly said that I hate the people of Trois-Rivieres! "It was my poor attempt at expressing my appreciation to the people in the area while letting them know that I still #hate; the Montreal Canadians!" Jamieson added with a grin. "It didn't come out how I wanted so I'm cautiously optimistic about how the folks will receive me this year. "Bring it on habitants! #leafnation," Jamieson laughed. 3R's leading driver the past two seasons, Denis St-Pierre, who has over 4,000 wins and $25 million in purses, hails from Montreal and had this to say. "I'm going to bring a positive outlook that will help me to overcome any challenges I may face," St-Pierre said. "And keep going forward to the end! Being from Montreal and having raced most of my career at 3R, I am very familiar with the track. "Does this give me a special edge over the other drivers in the tournament?" St-Pierre said, "Well, it does not hurt to know the track really well, but these drivers can pick up fast on that. I look forward to representing the Hippodrome 3R and will make it a good show for my fans. It is such a pleasure to be driving against all of these talented horseman. This is going to make for a very memorable day!" Tim Tetrick is the lone American in the tournament. He currently resides in New Jersey and has nearly 9,200 career wins and nearly 168 million in purses won. Tetrick had this to say about the tournament. "I have no special talents," Tetrick said. "Just going to try my best and hope the horses respond for me. "It does not make any difference that I am the only American in the tournament. I do not speak French too." Daniel Dube is the lone native of Trois-Rivieres. He has now amassed 8,400 wins and $104 million in purses won. Back in 2012 he won the inaugural fall tournament at 3R. Dube said this about the tournament. "I am actually flying up to Montreal Thursday," Dube explained, "So I can have a little time with my family and friends. I do not get back home as much I would like. "I was born and raised in Trois-Rivieres and still have my longtime friends there. I think I will have a good number of friends and family at the track on Sunday rooting for me." Dube said. "That will help me, it will be a tough competition." Yannick Gingras is also a Quebec native and won his first race right at the Hippodrome 3R. He won the 2013 Fall Drivers Tournament at 3R with ease, capturing five of the eight races. He is now nearing his 6,000th career win and has $133 million in purse earnings. "It is always special when I come home and drive at 3R," Gingras said. "This year I am coming up with my son and daughter and with all the family members and friends that will come out, I will have the best cheering section supporting me. "I drive against most of these guys all year long." Gringras added, "So having my parents and my kids and friends and relatives all in my corner will be my edge in the tournament. Having some good horses to drive will help too!" Hall of Famer John Campbell hails originally from Canada but has been a New Jersey resident for many many years. He is the winner of 10,500 races with purses earned nearing $300 million. "I am mainly looking forward to being back in Quebec." Campbell said. "I have so many good memories of being at Blue Bonnets and the presentation they had for their big stake race days. I look forward to seeing the same at 3R on Sunday for this tournament." Mario Charron is from Quebec and this past year missed tying Denis St-Pierre for the driving title at the Hippodrome 3R by one victory on closing day. He has over 2,000 wins and purse earnings of more than $10 million. "I think my advantage is that I drive all the time at 3R," Charron said, "and I know all these horses very well so maybe that will give me a slight edge. I think that I drew very well for the tournament and have a good shot to be as they say "in the hunt." "I am also honored to be in this tournament with John Campbell." Charron added. "To me he is the Wayne Gretsky of harness racing. I have driven against him a few times over my career in some stakes races and he is just super. You do not win 10,000 races and $300 million in purses and not have super talent." Sylvain Filion is another Quebec native and last year won the 2015 O'Brien Award as Canada's leading driver. He is the son of Hall of Famers Yves Filion and nephew of Herve Filion. He has over 8,000 career wins and $86 million won with the horses he has driven. "It is always special to come back to 3R," Filion said. "I look forward to seeing my old buddies and that inspires me to do well. I get to see the horsemen and friends I grew up with like Daniel Dube and Mario Charron. I do not get to meet them too often anymore and it will be good. "This will be a great competition," Filion said. "Such talented drivers. Of course I want to win it in front of my 3R track, but I will need some strong horses, and of course, some racing luck." "When asked, Hipprodrome 3R general manager, Vincent Trudel would not be put on the spot. He said "There is no way I can or will make a choice of who will win the tournament. There is too much great talent among these drivers, but I promise everyone this will be a great event." TRACK NOTES: Statistician Jerry Connors tallied up the driver's points based on just the early morning line and came up with the following:                                             Driver Points       # Favorites     # Races points earned MARIO CHARRON                   149                       1                        8 JOHN CAMPBELL                     142                      1                        8 DANIEL DUBE                            130                      2                        6 TIM TETRICK                               109                     1                          6 JODY JAMIESON                          97                       1                       5 DENIS ST PIERRE                        77                      1                         5 YANNICK GINGRAS                    60                       1                         3 SYLVAIN FILION                           52                        0                          7 A free program for Sunday's card at 3R is now available at Most racetracks, internet wagering sites and off track betting sites will carry the ten-race program or you can watch for free at the Quebec Jockey Club website too. From the Quebec Jockey Club

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec - The most competitive field of world class drivers ever to grace a harness racing oval in the province of Quebec, will be at the Hippodrome 3R on Sunday for their inaugural All-Star Drivers Tournament. Hall of Famer John Campbell, American sensation Tim Tetrick, 2015 Driver of the Year in the USA, Yannick Gingras, Yonkers sensation Daniel Dube, 2015 Driver of the Year in Canada, Sylvain Filion, World Driving Champion Jody Jamieson and 3R's leading reinsman from 2015, Denis St-Pierre and Mario Charron are the stars that will be performing. They will battle in eight All-Star races Sunday with $10,000 in prize money on the line. "What a super group of top drivers we have for this first time event," said Vincent Trudel, general manager at the Hippodrome 3R. "Never before has such a tournament like this with many of the best drivers in the world taken place not only in Quebec, but many tracks throughout racing. It will be very exciting for our fans, our horsemen and our staff to see this competition Sunday." The post positions were drawn earlier in the afternoon. All eight of the drivers will each start once from posts 1 through 8 on the afternoon card. The point system is 1st 50 points, 2nd 25 points, 3rd 12 points, 4th 8 points, 5th five points, 6th place two points and those that finish 7th and 8th get no points. If a driver loses a horse due to a scratch, that driver will get an average of his points from their other seven drives that day. For both John Campbell and Tim Tetrick, it will be their first time ever driving at the Hippodrome 3R. "I am very pleased with how the post-position draw came out today," said Trudel. "I want to thank all the trainers and owners who entered their horses today for the tournament on Sunday. "We were hoping to have at least nine races on the program," Trudel added, "and we have ten full fields, which is very encouraging. I also must thank the drivers for taking time from their busy schedules to come to 3R to participate. We feel this is a great event that will help promote the Hippodrome 3R and our strong growing race program in Quebec." TRACK NOTES: Post time is 1:30 pm but race fans will be treated to an autograph session with the eight drivers in the Clubhouse from 12:15 pm to 1:00 pm Sunday, then a special on-track introduction of all the drivers. The competition begins in the second race. Race fans that come to the track will also be able to compete in a special contest to pick the winner of the tournament. All that is needed is to selection the winning driver and deposit the entry form in the drum for that driver. After the tournament, one winning name from the driver that finishes 1st, 2nd and 3rd will be drawn to share in $500 cash. After each race on the program, there will live interviews by 3R's Daniel Delisle and USA's Steve Wolf with the drivers in the tournament. Race fans will be able to watch and wager on the 3R program at most simulcast outlets and online wagering websites. A free race program will be posted and there will be a free video feed of the race card by visiting From the Quebec Jockey Club

John Campbell put a little more distance between himself and the field Friday night as the leading harness racing driver in Meadowlands history steered four winners on the 11-race card. The Hall of Famer guided Mavens Way to victory in the lone New Jersey Sire Stakes event for 3-year-old colt and gelding trotters. After racing on the lead - and taking pressure virtually every step down the backside from Southwind Flash - the son of Muscle Hill held off the late-charging 6-5 favorite Jack Vernon to win by a neck in a lifetime-best 1:51.4 for trainer Ake Svanstedt and owners Svanstedt, Burroughs and the T L P Stable. Double L Lindy finished third. Sent to the gate as the second choice in the wagering, Mavens Way returned $9.80 to his backers. Campbell also scored with Batoutahill ($6.20 to win, 1:55.1) in a division of the NJSS for 3-year-old trotting fillies, as well as with pair of conditioned pacers, Gweneeee J ($7.00, 1:50.1) and Danish Durango ($5.20, 1:52). CARRYOVER CONTINUES: The late 20 cent Jackpot Super High Five, which has not once had had a single-ticket winner since the start of the current meeting on November 13 of last year, now has a carryover of $234,671.79 heading into the next program. ... Southwind Hope ($3.40, 1:54.1) won the other division of the NJSS for 3-year-old trotting fillies. ... The Meadowlands is back with live racing Saturday at 7:15 p.m. ... On Sunday morning, the Meadowlands will offer on-site wagering on races nine through 15 from Solvalla, Sweden. The ninth race is the first of two Elitlopp eliminations and has an estimated post time of 9:22 a.m. Doors open at 9 a.m. by Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations

Grand Circuit harness racing trotting mares capped off an eventful May long weekend Monday night at Mohawk Racetrack. The first leg of the Miss Versatility Series featured two $30,000 divisions. The series for older trotting mares stops at Mohawk twice, The Meadowlands and Tioga Downs before wrapping up with the final on Little Brown Jug Day at the Delaware County Fairgrounds. A scratch in each division left fields of seven to battle in first round splits. Four-year-old Jewels In Hock and driver John Campbell took care of business in the first division with a 1:54.2 victory by 4½ lengths. The Linda Toscano trainee took command of the race on the way to the half with a fourth to first move. After posting fractions of :57.3 and 1:26.2, Jewels In Hock kicked clear from her rivals and trotted home comfortably in :28 to win as the public's choice. White Becomes Her, the leader at the opening-quarter, finished second, while MissysGa Ga crossed the wire third. A daughter of Credit Winner, Jewels In Hock won 9 of 17 starts last season and was the New York Sires Stakes champion. She finished her sophomore season with over $353,000 in earnings. The four-year-old trotting mare picked up her first win in her second start of the season Monday. Owned by KJ Stables LLC, Jewels In Hock now has 12 career victories and over $382,000 in career earnings. The Toscano trainee paid $3.80 to win. Jewels In Hock In the second division, Rockin With Dewey just held off a late surge from Charmed Life to win in 1:53.3. The Ben Baillargeon trainee flashed some early speed for driver Mario Baillargeon and got away in the two-hole behind longshot Second Sister. There was little movement throughout the opening-half with Second Sister posting panels of :28.1 and :56.3. Baillargeon angled Rockin With Dewey out of the pocket nearing the three-quarter pole, while Charmed Life was moving up towards the front on the outside. In the stretch, Rockin With Dewey took the lead and was trotting up a storm. Charmed Life was sitting a few lengths back of the leader, but in the final strides closed in to make it a photo finish. At the wire, Rockin With Dewey came out on top by a narrow margin. Charmed Life now has four runner-up finishes in five starts this season. Elegant Serenity finished third. A six-year-old daughter of Deweycheatumnhowe, Rockin With Dewey now has two wins in five starts this season. She is owned by Ben Baillargeon and Diane Ingham. Rockin With Dewey has had success previously in the Miss Versatility. The Baillargeon trainee won two legs of the series last year. The six-year-old trotting mare now has 16 career victories and earnings of over $523,000. Rockin With Dewey paid $5.70 to win. Rockin With Dewey The next leg of the Miss Versatility Series is set for Canada Day (July 1) at Mohawk. Also on Monday, Flanagan Memory was a repeat winner in the $34,000 Preferred Trot. Driven by Chris Christoforou, Flanagan Memory came first up around the final turn to draw even with the leader Rubber Duck turning for home. The Rene Dion trainee marched by to take the lead in the lane and score a length and a half victory in 1:53.3. Intimidate got up to finish second, while Rubber Duck was third. A six-year-old son of Kadabra, Flanagan Memory now has two wins in three starts this season after winning two of 15 starts last year and banking $299,769. He paid $3.10 to win Monday evening. Flanagan Memory Live racing resumes Thursday night at Mohawk. Post time is 7:30 p.m. Mark McKelvie

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec, May 13, 2016 - With just three weeks to go, the inaugural All-Star Drivers Tournament at the Hippodrome 3R on Sunday, June 5, is beginning to heat up and heading the list is Hall of Famer John Campbell and Quebec native Yannick Gingras. Two of the all-time great drivers in the sport of harness racing, Campbell and Yannick bring two distinct styles of driving to the tournament. "I have never driven at the Hippodrome 3R before," said John Campbell, "So I really look forward to this tournament. And competing against some of the best drivers in our sport will keep me on my toes. I'm not coming up there just to go around the track." Born in Ailsa Craig, Ontario, Campbell is the leader winner of all time in purses earned by the horses he has driven, approaching $300 million. His name is synonymous with harness racing and management at the Hippodrome 3R is honored to have him in the competition. "The last time I was in Quebec," Campbell explained, "was to compete in the Prix D'Ete at Blue Bonnets. It was such a great experience because they put such a tremendous show on every year. Campbell is the youngest driver ever inducted into the Hall of Fame at age 35 in 1990. Among his exploits he has won the Hambletonian six times, most recently in 2006. It is hard to find any major stakes event he has not won over the year. Just a few years back he scored his 10,000th career win. Campbell is also the president of the Grand Circuit and was very pleased when the Hippodrome 3R revived the Prix D'Ete and has made it a Grand Circuit event. "I was so impressed when Vincent Trudel (general manager at 3R) came to the race secretary's meetings in 2013 and announced that 3R was bringing back the Prix D'Ete. I won that race in 1992 with Direct Flight and that as very special. I really hope to have a drive in this year's Prix D'Ete." Also in the driver's tournament June 5 is a very familiar and popular face at the Hippodrome 3R in Quebec native Yannick Gingras. Raised in Sorel, Gringras was born into harness racing, following in the footsteps of his father, Raymond. "My special memorial of 3R," Gingras said, "Is that of being a kid and the drive back and forth to the races at 3R with my dad. That drive was always so good, talking about the horses and driving races. "Also special was that I got my first win as a professional driver at the Hippodrome 3R," Gingras explained. "That is definitely a race you never Everyone is Quebec is proud of Yannick Gingras. With harness racing being a close knit group, many personally know the young man who began his career professional in 1998 and now 15 years later is on the top of the world. After making the move to the USA, Gingras has become the most sought after driver in all of North America. His purse earnings with the horses he has driven is at $17 million a year and his season he should be celebrating his 6,000th career victory. The two top trainers in harness racing, Ron Burke and Jimmy Takter use him regularly on their top horses, to the point that Gingras, at many crucial times, must choose between them which horse to drive in a rich stakes race. It is a nice problem to have. As for the upcoming driver's tournament, Gingras most certainly has a leg up on John Campbell, as he won the inaugural Fall Driver's Tournament at 3R in 2013 in a romp, capturing three of the first four divisions, then adding two more win five of the eight races. "I just love coming back to the 3R and to drive in front of my friends and family." Gingras said. "I win lots of big races in my career, but never in front of all my friends and family as was the case this year. As long as I have some good horses, I can win the tournament this year." Gingras may have "stacked the deck" for this year's tournament in race fans, as he has made reservations for 36 people in the dining room for his mother, father and just a few friends. "It will be so good to see everyone again." Gingras explained, "Now with my kids in school and my busy race schedule all summer long, I have not had the chance to come back to 3R to see everyone. I am so grateful to the Hippodrone 3R for setting this tournament up." The last time Gingras was at 3R was in 2014 for the revival of the Prix D'Ete, which he won with the Jimmy Taker trained Sunfire Blue Chip. They had drawn the outside post 8 but it was not a factor as Sunfire Blue Chip not only won the race, but rewrote the all-age track record with a 1:50.3 mile clocking. But it was earlier on the race program that day, when Gingras won a race and was mobbed in the winner's circle by family, friends and fans. So much so that he got permission to leave the winner's circle to talk with them and sign autographs. But when you have many of the world's best drivers in the tournament, it is never a walk in the park to win it. Especially when Campbell and Gingras will be driving against Trois-Rivieres native Daniel Dube, Tim Terick from the USA, Ontario stars Sylvain Filion and Jody Jamieson plus 3R leading reinsman Denis St-Pierre and Mario Charron. All eight of the drivers will be at the track for a meet and greet with race fans Sunday, June 5 at 12:30 pm in the clubhouse area. For more information, visit From the Quebec Jockey Club

Art History displayed his considerable back class powering clear of seven overmatched harness racing foes to take the Meadowlands Saturday night featured $13,000 conditioned pace. The Steve Elliott trainee was handled aggressively from the start by driver John Campbell and battled for the early lead around the first turn with longshot Totally Dreamy, who had the front at the quarter in a quick :26.1. Campbell quickly moved the 5-year-old gelded son of Western Ideal to the top before the three-eighths as the field was in a straight line at the half in :55. Jacksrluckytoo raced uncovered to challenge the leader at three-quarters in 1:23, but from there Art History accelerated clear of the field through the stretch, stopping the teletimer in 1:49.4. It was two lengths back to Jacksrluckytoo, who held on for second. Ideal Shadow was third. As the 1-2 favorite, Art History paid $3 to win for owners Kenneth Klein and the Old Block Stables and now has four wins in 12 seasonal starts. CARRYOVER CARRIES ON: Once again, the 12th race 20 cent Jackpot Super High Five went unhit, swelling the carryover for the next program to $209,002.94. ... Joe Bongiorno had a big night, driving four winners on the card. ... All-source wagering on the program totaled $2,980,296, an increase of $342,008 over the corresponding card from a year ago. ... The Big M is back on short rest with a special Sunday Mother's Day program that gets underway at 12:40 p.m. The featured first race is the $150,000 Mack Lobell Elitlopp Playoff. by Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations    

Hall of Fame Driver David Miller becomes only the third harness racing driver ever to eclipse $200 million dollars in career earnings. He accomplished the milestone on Wednesday afternoon at Harrah's Philadelphia behind 40-1 shot Hickory Chumley, who crossed the line first and paid $82.80 to win. The other drivers to have eclipsed the $200 million dollar mark are John Campbell and Ron Pierce.  

East Rutherford, NJ - The Meadowlands racetrack was abuzz this morning as some of the top older horses and three-year-olds were prepping for upcoming stakes. A dozen qualifiers began at 9:30 on a dry track under clear skies with little wind and the temperature in the 50's.   A number of Mack Lobell Elitlopp Playoff eligibles used today's qualifiers to prep for next Sunday's stake and JL Cruze made a strong case for his chances, sprinting clear of a good field by several lengths off the last turn then coasting late in 1:53/:27.   Crazy Wow left for the lead, released JL Cruze approaching the half and was second best while Pinkman made late gains to be third. Eric Ell conditions the winner for owners Ken Wood, Bill Dittmar, Jr and Steve Iaquinta.   DW's NY Yank is another eligible that impressed with an easy 1:53.2/:27.3 win for Yannick Gingras and trainer Ron Burke. Canepa Hanover got another good work in on his return to the races and was a comfortable second while Jewels In Hock and Crazshana also went well and were together at the wire. Burke Racing owns the winner in partnership with Howard Taylor and Weaver Bruscemi.   Be advised that there will be no live racing at The Meadowlands on Friday, May 6. There will be a live card on Sunday, May 8 a Mother's Day matinee card with post time at 12:40 p.m. The first race on that Mother's Day card will be the $150,000e Mack Lobell Elitlopp Playoff.   Radiant Beam won the day's opener for Andy and Julie Miller in 1:56/:28.2 after a pocket ride behind Dizzy Broad. Hollywood Hill split horses to gain the place while Dizzy Broad tired a bit though held third. Jason and Ronald Allen own the winner.   Several of 2015's finest two-year-old trotting fillies gathered for the second race and Caprice Hill was the winner in 1:53/:28 for Tim Tetrick. She sat a pocket behind the anxious Black Broadway who rattled off fast fractions, went by quickly and finished willingly in the fast mile. Last season's Dan Patch award winner, All The Time, made good gains late to be just a neck back in second, a useful first seasonal effort and Womans Will was a good third in her first go. Tony Alagna trains Caprice Hill for owner Tom Hill.   Southwind Flash (Y. Gingras/R. Burke) and Free Willy Hanover (T. Smedshammer) went under the wire together after a stretch-long duel finishing the 1:56.3 mile with a 27.4 final quarter in race four.   Lagerfeld won his second qualifier in 1:56/:28.1 with a strong rally from a stalking position for Gingras. He rode along in third as The Perfect Lindy set the fractions, fanned out and went by with no encouragement needed from the driver. Bar Hopping impressed in his first outing, closing strongly to be second for John Campbell and The Perfect Lindy held for third. Jimmy Takter trains Lagerfeld for his wife Christina, Herb Liverman and the Fieldings, John & Jim.   After the break sophomore colt trotters resumed the program with Make Or Miss looking very strong in his first outing of the season. Held in third by driver Joe Bongiorno early as Brooklyn Hill set a faster clip than David Miller would have liked, Make Or Miss was fanned wide in the stretch and went by under his own power in 1:54.2/:28. Brooklyn Hill held up well for second with Milligan's School and Love Matters both making a good appearance in their seasonal bow. Division leader Southwind Frank was programmed for this qualifier but did not race due to what's being reported as a quarter crack issue.   Pacers came up in race nine and a good group of sophomore colts and geldings finished across the track in a line with Voracity and Ideal Rocky together in advance of the six-pack. The mile was 1:52.3 with a 26.4 final quarter. Voracity is on his way to Ontario for trainer Alagna who owns the colt in partnership with Brad Grant and John Fodera while Ideal Rocky is prepping for the New Jersey Sires Stakes for trainer John Butenschoen and owners William Wiswell, Jean Goehlen and Eugene Schick.   Mindtrip went a good mile this morning, taking over near the half then winning as driver Yannick Gingras pleased in 1:52.4/:27.1. Tap Into Power closed nicely for second and Highlandbeachycove was an even third, while racing a bit greenly when shown racetrack. Mindtrip hails from the Alagna barn and is owned by the trainer in partnership with Crawford Racing, Sbrocco, Fodera and Massey.   American Ivy was a winner this morning in 1:52.4/:27.1 for Andy and Julie Miller. She sat second as Blue Moon Stride cut the mile then edged by that one late while staving off the rail rally by Three Dreams. Joe P Racing is the owner.   Mcwicked closed out the day with a 1:50.4/:26.2 win for Scott Zeron. Mcwicked zipped to the lead early, yielded to In The Arsenal for the middle half then took the rail route back by that rival for the win. In The Arsenal went well in his first qualifier, a solid second. Steve Elliott now trains Mcwicked for the SSG Stables.   The final of the World Harness Handicapping Challenge is tonight, call Rachel Ryan if you want in. Post time for the live card tonight is 7:15 p.m.   From the Meadowlands Media Department

Trois-Rivieres, Quebec - Opening day for the Hippodrome 3R is right around the corner on Sunday, May 1 and management at Quebec's only pari-mutuel harness racing track is ready to greet fans with some big, positive changes. "From our new All-Star Spring Driver's Tournament with many of the best harness drivers in the world coming to 3R, to our redesigned website, we are ready for a very exciting race season in 2016." Said 3R General Manager Vincent Trudel. The track opens with live racing on Sunday's at 1:30 pm starting May 1 and then adding Tuesday night racing (post time 7:00 pm) beginning on May 24. "We have positive changes set for this season," Trudel added. "In order to boost our simulcast signal, our track announcer, Guy LaFontaine, will be calling the races in both English and French, and we will have our changes, handicapping selections and other broadcast items in both languages as is our website. "We have also hired a new Director of Marketing, Andre Provencher," Trudel said. "To assist us for promotional events, marketing and simulcasting. He is already a welcomed addition to our staff." What Trudel is most excited about for the new season is the All-Star Driver's Tournament set for Sunday, June 5. "We have never had such a lineup of the best drivers in North America racing here at 3R." Trudel gleamed. "Hall of Famer John Campbell, Tim Tetrick, Yannick Gingras, Jody Jamison, Daniel Dube, Sylvain Filion and our own Denis St Pierre and Mario Charron. What a great tournament this will be. I am so grateful for these driver's taking the time from their busy schedules to come here to Trois-Rivieres." The tournament will comprise of eight races and throughout the day there will be interviews after each race and a special Meet and Greet with all the drivers starting at 12:30 pm. "Just after we announced the tournament and the top drivers in the competition, the dining room at the track was sold out in days." Trudel said. The premier event of the season is the third annual revival of the Prix D'Ete for four-year-old pacers with a purse of $200,000. Set for Sunday, August 21, this year's Prix D'Ete is headlined by the nomination of the 2015 Harness Horse of the Year, Wiggle It Jiggleit. "We are hoping that owner George Teague and Wiggle It Jiggleit have a strong and healthy season," said Trudel, "so that they will come here and race in the Prix D'Ete. The race has had many great horses compete in prior years and the racing fans in Quebec would love the opportunity to see this world champion race on our track." Other stakes at 3R this season include the Lucien Bombardier Pace for two-year-old fillies on Sunday, September 11 and the very popular Quebec-Bred Series for two, three and four-year-old pacers. The Quebec-Bred Series takes place from May through September depending on age with preliminary round and finals in all divisions. Leading driver for the past two years, Denis St-Pierre, is ready for the start of the 3R racing season. "I may be living in Ontario now," St-Pierre said, "But I will be at 3R every time I have the chance to drive mainly in the stakes races. I did this last year and missed some programs but still was able to hang on for the driving title against Mario Charron. He nearly caught me on closing day. "I am so honored to be part of the upcoming driver tournament on June 5," St-Pierre added, "What a great job the management at the Hippodrome 3R has done to have these world class drivers come to Quebec. "It is so important for our race program at 3R to have a tournament of this top class for everyone in North America to have their eyes on," St-Pierre said. "I can't wait for this day as it will be great to compete again these guys. This is very positive for harness racing at 3R and important for all the horsemen and women in Quebec to support." The Hippodrome 3R's top drivers, trainers and owners will be back for the summer meet. Along with Denis St-Pierre and Mario Charron, Stephane Brosseau, Stephane Gendron, Pascal Berube, Jocelyn Gendron and Louise-Phillip Roy, who is currently the leading driver at Rideau Carlton Raceway, will all be back at 3R. Top trainers returning to 3R include Maxime Velaye, who captured his first driving title last year with an impressive UDR of .443. He will be joined by Jean Tourigny, Yves Tessier, Dany Fontaine and Andre Champagne. "It is very exciting getting ready for this Sunday," Trudel said. "I know the race fans in Quebec are anxious for the return of live racing to Trois-Rivieres and we are ready to show everyone a good time." For more information visit From the Quebec Jockey Club      

East Rutherford, NJ - It wasn't the nicest morning we've had recently but the track was bustling with training early and a full slate of qualifying races at 9:30. A light rain fell throughout with temps in the low 60's and no wind to speak of. Track was off a second or so at the start, got a bit worse in the middle then began to dry as the rain subsided for the last four or five races.   The headliner matched a pair of million dollar winning sophomore trotters from 2015, Crazy Wow and Pinkman, with Crazy Wow getting the decision in 1:55/:28.2. Honor And Serve (now in the Ake Svanstadt barn) cut the mile and led into the stretch when Crazy Wow trotted up to his outside while Pinkman ducked to the inside as the three finished in a line across the track. Tim Tetrick drove the winner for the Ron Burke stable and owners Horse Cents, J&T Silva and Deo Volente Farms.   Sunset Glider opened the day a winner in a repeat of last week's card. This time she took a pocket behind Silvia, overtook that one quickly at the three-quarters then won off by herself in 1:56.2/:28. Silvia was an urged second. Dave Miller drove her again for Jimmy Takter and owners Brittany Farms, Marvin Katz and Al Libfeld.   Race two contained several of last season's top trotting fillies. Celebrity Eventsy made a good appearance in her first outing, leaving sharply from post nine to the front then yielding to Kathy Parker through middle splits then went by that rival in the stretch under no urging from John Campbell in 1:57.1/:28.3. Kathy Parker and a closing Caprice Hill hit the wire together behind the winner and Haughty was a willing fourth. The unbeaten NYSS champ Non Stick also went along nicely in this one. Staffan Lind trains the winner for Sam Stathis's Celebrity Farms.   Trond Smedshammer put the lightly races Tyson on the front early and won easily over Desert Runner in 1:57.2/:28.4. Trond trains and shares ownership with Purple Haze Stable, Anderson Farms and Marc Goldberg.   Jimmy William is the latest from the great broodmare Solveig and although he didn't do much at two he is showing signs of talent this year. In his second appearance this season he left for position, sat third then went by willingly in 1:58.1/:29.1 for Brett Miller. Southern Cross was a well meant second and Nebraska Jack third. Solveig's Racing Partners owns and Takter trains the winner.   PA Sires Stakes Final winner Lagerfeld won the fifth race for Takter and Yannick Gingras. He sat in as first Gleaming Memory and Hollywood Highway took turns on the lead through slow numbers then went by on his own when shown a clear lane in the stretch closing the 1:57.3 mile with a 28.3 quarter. Hollywood Highway held second and Metatron third. He's another Takter trainee owned by Christina Takter, Jim & John Fielding and Herb Liverman.   Older trotters took the track after a break and Donotomite got up in the last step on Canepa Hanover in 1:54.4 for Smedshammer. The two took turns on the lead with Canepa Hanover taking over past the half and leading through a 27.3 third quarter then Donotomite wearing him down in the 29 flat close. The winner is a Michael Andrew homebred trained by Trond.   Pacing fillies came up in the eighth today and Cut And Paste got up from far back in 1:53.2/28.2 for Jimmy Marohn, Jr. Heels On The Beach set the early numbers then two or three waves of fillies overtook the early leaders as they neared the wire. Penpal was second and Shezarealdeal an up the inside third. Linda Toscano trains the winner and owns part as Cameo Stable with Stake Your Claim and Fred Wallace.   Pure Country was powerful this morning, drawing away from some good fillies in 1:53.1/:27 for Brett Miller. Slowly taking the lead from post seven through a 28.3 opener, Miller yielded to No Clouds Blue Chip past that station, sat for a half then tipped Pure Country passing the three quarter mark and she took off. Yankee Moonshine and Pure Ivy followed the winner in. Diamnod Creek Farms owns the winner and she is trained in the Jimmy Takter stable.   Pretty Boy Hill prevailed after a stretch-long battle with Selvin in 1:56.1/:27.4. Tetrick drove for trainer Tony Alagna and owner Tom Hill.   Older pacers wrapped the morning session and Artistic Major a winner from well back in 1:53.4/:27.3 with Brett Miller aboard for Steve Elliott.   Post time for the live card tonight is 7:15 p.m.   From the Meadowlands Media Department

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (April 21, 2016) - Winning 16 of 21 races, trotting the fastest mile in the history of the Meadowlands, and earning a Dan Patch Award as the sport's top aged trotter would seem like the perfect season for any horse. And yet trainer Eric Ell says JL Cruze probably could have been better. "Honestly, I cannot recall a start last year where he did not have gait issues, was not on a line, or was not fighting through some sort of lameness issue," explained the Mid-Atlantic based conditioner who has earned a reputation for his miracle work with troubled trotters. "He has never really been all that smooth, but he is just incredible and as game a racehorse as you will find." According to Ell, JL Cruze has come back a lot better so far in three undefeated starts as a five-year-old. Ell credits a change in the horse's feed that has allowed the son of Crazed - Topcat Hall, by Conway Hall to thrive. "Last year, he was a really picky eater and frequently would go a few days without eating much after his races," said Ell. "We raced him very hard through all of those series that he was winning and he was fighting lameness issues. This year we are really looking forward to being able to manage his season better and giving him really only two races per month." The next main goal for JL Cruze will be the inaugural Elitlopp Playoff on May 8 at the Meadowlands. The $150,000 Free For All Trot is shaping up as a must-see early-season showdown that will award the winner an invitation to The Elitlopp at Solvalla Racecourse in Sweden on May 29. Ell is giving JL Cruze this week off following a stretch of three wins over a 15-day period at the beginning of April. "My plan is to race him at the Meadowlands next week, assuming the race fills," said Ell. "That would then give him nine days to the Playoff, which would be the perfect amount of spacing. And my God, what a great field of horses he will face. There would be no shame in losing to any of those horses." Fans that wish to follow along the road to the Mack Lobell Elitlopp Playoff may visit a special website that will provide the latest news and profiles of all nominated horses at and follow along on social media using #ElitloppPlayoff. by Justin Horowitz, for the Meadowlands

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