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WASHINGTON, PA, July 10, 2014 -- A total of 52 freshman filly trotters will make their Pennsylvania Sires Stakes debut Friday evening at The Meadows Racetrack & Casino. Add to that the 37 two-year-old filly trotters who competed in Wednesday's PA Stallions Series at The Meadows and you have one of the most robust, promising classes of youngsters ever seen in the Commonwealth -- or anywhere else in harness racing. Quality likely will be on display as well, as top trainers are sending well-bred babies after a total of $247,481 in purses. Hall of Famer Jimmy Takter and Jim Campbell will be represented by six fillies each while Julie Miller sends out four. Ake Svanstedt, conditioner of leading Horse of the Year candidate Sebastian K, has a pair in Friday's PASS. First post Friday is 6:55 PM, with the stake contested over seven divisions. Campbell was reluctant to over-praise his sextet -- five of them owned by Jules Siegel's Fashion Farms -- but conceded that he and Siegel are excited about their prospects. "Some of them are coming off one baby race," Campbell noted, "but we're coming out there, so we decided to bring them all. They're just getting started. We put too much pressure on these horses right from the word go. They need a little time to find their way and develop. Once you get into August, they'll separate themselves." Among the most noteworthy from Fashion Farms is Fashion Voyager, a full sister to world champion Pilgrims Taj (Broadway Hall-BWT Maija), who opened her career in hopples with a handy PA All Stars win. She goes in Race 2 from post 7 with John Campbell piloting. "She did it very easily," Jim Campbell said. "She's done everything that we've asked of her so far." Also of interest from the Campbell group is Onda Di Mare, a daughter of Yankee Glide-Upfront OB's Janet who captured her PA All Stars split in 1:56.3 while taking air down the backside. Tim Tetrick will guide her from post 3 in Race 10. Takter, whose ownership groups have the resources to patronize any stallions they choose, will send out fillies from six different stallions -- Andover Hall, Broadway Hall, Cantab Hall, Donato Hanover, Explosive Matter, Muscle Massive -- an indication of the strength of Pennsylvania's ranks and Takter's emphases in selecting yearlings. "I try to buy the horses we like," Takter said. "The sire is not the number one priority; the maternal line is number one. And you have to find out which are the best crosses." Among his six-pack, Takter cited Sarcy, who was beaten a neck in her PA All Stars split after being roughed up the first quarter. "I really like her, but she's in a very tough division," he said. "She's a nice, quick little thing. At Pocono, it was a sprint, and she couldn't get to the horse in front of her." Yannick Gingras drives Sarcy (Donato Hanover-Southwind Allaire) from post 2 in Race 2 for owners Christina Takter, John Fielding and Jim Fielding. During Friday's card, The Meadows and the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association will present "Back to the Track," an industry-wide celebration of the joys of harness racing. Activities include: Family Fun Night, featuring a bounce house/inflatable side, airbrush and balloon artists and a petting zoo; A celebrity match race; A "Meet and Greet" session with horsemen; Harness racing bingo; Backside tours; A "Spin to Win" lottery; T-shirt giveaway; A handicapping contest. July 15 is draw date for Adios Pace The Meadows Racetrack & Casino wishes to remind owners and trainers that entries for the $600,000 (est.) Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids Presented by Coors Light are due by Tuesday, July 15, 9 AM. Eliminations for the Adios are set for Saturday, July 19, when the card kicks off at 6:55 PM. The final will go on Saturday, July 26, headlining a power-packed Grand Circuit program expected to offer an estimated $1 million in purses. First post Adios Day is 12:20 PM. For more information, please contact the race secretary’s office, 724.225.9897. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

On Friday evening, July 4th, Monticello Raceway will host 2 year old pacing fillies in both the New York Sire Stakes and the Excelsior Series. Four NYSS events, along with six Excelsior's, will offer over $174,000 to the owners of the fillies most of whom will be making their first pari-mutuel starts. And when the races are completed a Fabulous fireworks display will be presented. The NYSS events mark the first of eight legs for the freshmen fillies at various New York racetracks en route to the $225,000 Final at Yonkers Raceway on September 13. Along the way the competing fillies will earn points in each leg, depending on the placements, with the top eight point recipients earning a berth in the rich finale. The majority of the entrants are daughters of American Ideal, Art Major, Rock N Roll Heaven and Bettor's Delight although an array of other New York sires progeny dot the 10- race program that features only New York-bred stakes fillies. Granted, it's hard to expound on any of these fillies since they are in the infancy of their racing careers but some already have shown signs of brilliance. Take Bob Horowitz's She's Heavenly, a daughter of Rock N Roll Heaven who'll come into this contest off a 1:55.1 triumph in a baby race at the Meadowlands on June 28. She'll be driven by Mike Lachance. Or, how about Jimmy Takter's undefeated Zip Code Envy, another Rock N Roll filly who has won all three of her baby races at the Meadowlands with her 1:56.1 clocking on June 27 the best of the three. She's owned by Christina Takter, John Fielding, Jim Fielding and Brixton Medical Ab and will be handled by Yannick Gingris. Then there's the Bettor's Delight filly, Bettor N Better, from the powerful Ron Burke barn. She comes in off a 1:56.3 victory in a baby race over Gaitway Farm's mile oval on June 23. She's owned by Our Horse Cents Stable and Blue Chip Bloodstock and will have Jimmy Morrill Jr at the controls. However, the last race on the card, a$27,750 NYSS, has by far the strongest field with seven of the eight pacing fillies winners in non-wagering events led by Ronald Mersky's First Delight, a Bettor's Delight filly who is three-for-three over Saratoga's double oval with her 2:01.2 twelve-length triumph in her last start on June 27 the best. Cheryl McGovern trains her and Mike Lachance will drive. Two others in that contest are also undefeated thus far both with two baby race victories. Lady Beth, a Kenneth J filly owned by Ken Jacobs, Slo Down Stable, Ed Namiotka, Jr and Vincent Tangredi, has two consecutive wins for trainer Sam Serianni, the fastest a 1:58 clocking at Vernon Downs on June 20. Jimmy Morrill, Jr. will do the driving. And the Ron Burke -trained Sassa Hanover is also two-for-two with a 1:58.1 record on a 'good' track at Gaitway Farm on June 16. The daughter of Rock N Roll Heaven, is owned by Burke Racing Stable, Panhellenic Stable, Weaver Buscemi and Lawrence Karr and will be driven by Jimmy Morrill, Jr. Post time for the 10-race card will be at 5:30pm and 20 minutes after the final race fans will be treated to the raceway's 45th annual fireworks display. by John Manzi, for Monticello Raceway  

MANALAPAN, NJ - June 27, 2014 - French Laundry took the rest of the field to the cleaners, coasting to a five and three-quarter length victory in the $39,000 opening round of the New Jersey Sires Stakes for two-year-old harness racing trotting colts and geldings, the first race on Friday, June 27, 2014 at the Meadowlands. The Muscles Yankee colt, out of the Hambletonian Oaks winner Creamy Mimi, trotted the mile in 1:56 flat, equaling the stakes record set by Yankee Glide in 1996. The 3-5 favorite, under a confident hand-drive by Yannick Gingras, won his pari-mutuel debut, paying $3.20, following up on a two-for-two record in baby races. The Jimmy Takter trainee was a $115,000 Lexington Selected Sale purchase by Christina Takter of East Windsor, NJ and Ontario-based John Fielding, Jim Fielding, Marvin Katz and Al Libfeld. In the battle for second, True Blue [Muscle Hill], with Tim Tetrick driving, got up and Broken Record [Muscles Yankee], with Ron Pierce, held on for third by nine lengths. Saturday Mornings, driven by David Miller, collected top money in the $38,500 New Jersey Sire Stakes for two-year-old trotting fillies in the fifth race. It was a wire-to-wire effort for 6/5 Saturday Mornings [$4.40] who trotted the mile in 1:57.2, finishing a length and three-quarters ahead of Demons N Diamonds. Southwind Cartier was third by two and three-quarter lengths. Trained by Joe Holloway, Saturday Mornings was a $32,000 Lexington Selected Sale yearling purchase for Bluestone Farms of Hopewell, NJ. Mission Brief, the 4/5 favorite broke early and finished last. All seven of the starters were daughters of Muscle Hill NJSS PACING DIVISIONS TO STACIA HANOVER, DEALT A WINNER, CASHAWAY & WEAPONS DEALER Stacia Hanover by Western Ideal popped out of the pocket in the stretch and out-sprinted the pacesetter The Show Returns for a half- length victory in the $25,500 first division of the New Jersey Sire Stakes for two-year-old pacing fillies in the third race. Driven by Scott Zeron and trained by Steve Elliott, Stacia Hanover paced the mile in 1:59.1, with a last quarter in 25.4 seconds, after The Show Returns [Rocknroll Hanover], with Brian Sears driving, cut slow, unpressured fractions. Rocknroll Allnight [Rocknroll Hanover], rough in the stretch, survived an inquiry, finishing third by nine lengths. Stacia Hanover, sent off at 3-5, paid $3.20. She was a $35,000 Harrisburg Sale purchase for David Van Duse of Madison, OH and Michael Cimaglio of Lyndhurst, OH. In the second $25,500 filly pacing division, the 11th race, 3-5 Cashaway [$3.40] held off challenges from Ideal Nuggets [Western Ideal] and Smart Zone [Rocknroll Hanover] to win in 1:55 flat. Tim Tetrick guided Cashaway, a daughter of Western Ideal out of the proven producer CPA, to the neck victory with a half-length to Smart Zone in third. The Tony Alagna trainee was a $105,000 Lexington Selected Sale purchase. She is owned by her co-breeder, Brittany Farms of Versailles, KY, in partnership with Marvin Katz of Toronto, Ontario. Dealt A Winner [$8.20} paced a New Jersey Sire Stakes record for two-year-old geldings when he stopped the clock in 1:52.4 in the ninth race, the $27,000 first division for pacing colts and geldings. David Miller brushed the Cam's Card Shark gelding from sixth to the lead down the backstretch, taking command from Western Pioneer, the 4/5 favorite, and would not be caught, winning by a length and a quarter. Hurrikane Ali gained ground in the stretch to finish second while Ticket To Roll was three and a half lengths back in third. Both are sons of Rocknroll Hanover. Dealt A Winner, trained by Edward Hart and owned by Jeff Snyder of New York City, was a $35,000 Harrisburg Sale yearling purchase. The 1:52.4 mile eclipsed the gelding mark of 1:53 shared by Fancy Creek Storm [1997] and Western Ace [2005]. In the 12th race, the $27,000 second division for pacing colts and geldings, Weapons Dealer by Western Ideal had the ammunition in the stretch to post a length and a half victory over Too Darn Hot [Rocknroll Hanover] in 1:54.2. Mr Censi [Cam's Card Shark] was four and a half lengths back in third. Brett Miller was in the sulky for the victory. Isaac Waxman trains for Brenda Waxman of Dundas, Ontario and Aaron Waxman of Burlington, Ontario, who acquired the White Birch Farm-bred colt for $10,000 at the Harrisburg Sale. By Carol Hodes, SBOANJ and Darin Zoccali  

MANALAPAN, NJ - June 25, 2014 - Hope springs eternal as two-year-old New Jersey-sired pacers and trotters make their first career starts on Friday night, June 27, 2014 at the Meadowlands Racetrack. Eight trotting colts - five sons of Muscles Yankee and three by Muscle Hill - will make their debuts in the second race, the first leg of the New Jersey Sire Stakes, vying for a purse of $39,000. Seven trotting fillies, all by Muscle Hill, will go postward in the $38,500 fifth race. Two divisions of pacing colts and geldings, each worth $27,000, are carded as the ninth and 12th races on the 14-race card. In the first split, there are six sons of Rocknroll Hanover, two by Cam's Card Shark and one by Western Ideal. In the second division, five are by Rocknroll Hanover, and two each by Cam's Card Shark and Western Ideal. Two-year-old pacing fillies are competing in a pair of $25,500 divisions, races three and 11, and include seven by Rocknroll Hanover and five by Western Ideal. Yearling prices do not guarantee great racehorses but expectations will be high for the six entrants who cost $100,000 or more as yearlings. Among the trotters, they are French Laundry, a $115,000 Lexington Selected Sale purchase trained by Jimmy Takter and winner in both of his baby races, including a 1:57.3 clocking on June 14. The son of Muscles Yankee is out of the $927,169-earner and Hambletonian Oaks winner Creamy Mimi, who is also the dam of The Franchise and King City. French Laundry races for Christina Takter, John Fielding, Jim Fielding and co-breeders Marvin Katz and Al Libfeld. True Blue Stride, a Muscle Hill son of Sabrina Hall, cost $160,000 at the Harrisburg Sale. He is the three-quarter brother of He's A Demon, who banked more than $300,000. Mark Harder trains for Australians Emilio and Maria Rosati. The filly Mission Brief, trained by Ron Burke, was a $150,000 Lexington Selected Sale purchase by Burke Racing, Our Horse Cents Stables, J&T Silva Stables and Weaver Bruscemi. The daughter of Muscle Hill is out of Breeders Crown winner Southwind Serena and won her last baby race by 23 lengths in 1:57.4. On the pacing side, Richard and Joanne Young have invested $180,000 [Lexington Selected Sale] in The Show Returns by Rocknroll Hanover out of Stienam's Place and turned her over to trainer Chris Ryder. The Youngs campaigned her $2.4 million earning full sister Put On A Show. Tony Alagna is training Cashaway for Brittany Farms [co-breeder] and Marvin Katz, after the Western Ideal -CPA filly passed through the Lexington Selected sales ring for $105,000. She is the full sister to two who have won in excess of $250,000 each, Authorize and Act Now, and has won a baby race in 1:55.4. The Rocknroll Hanover colt Sid Rock is the first foal of My Fantasy, who earned nearly $345,000. He was a $100,000 Lexington Selected Sale purchase for William Wiswell, Jean Goehlen and Eugene Schick and is trained by John Butenschoen. by Carol Hodes, for the SBOANJ

The feature race on the Friday harness racing program at The Meadowlands was the 11th race, B1/A2 Handicap Trot. Scratched down to a select field of the six, the field was led by a pair of classy trotters in Not Afraid and Opening Night. It was Bambino Glide however who made it clear from the start that he was intent on the lead, seating Not Afraid in the pocket through a 26.3 opening quarter. While this was occurring, Opening Night found himself well off the lead, trailing the field. Driver John Campbell was forced to pull Opening Night to the outside just three-eighths of a mile into the race as Marcus Miller slowed things down on the lead to the tune of a 55.2 half-mile before hitting three quarters in 1:24.3. While Bambino Glide was coasting along on the lead, Opening Night was forced to commit to a long, steady grind where he would find himself on even terms with the leader turning for home. Meanwhile, Not Afraid, who was allowed to draft behind the pacesetter, was lurking in the weeds behind the two leaders. Brett Miller guided his gelding into the three-path where he towered up and wore down a game Opening Night to score in 1:52.4. Bambino Glide saved the show over a fast-closing Whata Donato. Not Afraid is trained by Jimmy Takter for Christina Takter, John Fielding and Goran Anderberg. The Friday card also featured the beginning of two series, The Cathedra Dot Com and The Flower Child. The Cathedra Dot Com named for one of the finest race-mares and broodmares of all time and Flower Child who was one of the top Free For All trotters many years ago. Both series were contested by horses with six or more starts at Freehold Raceway, or horses classified at the C-2 level. The first division of the Cathedra Dot Com appeared to be a layover on paper, but it took a photo finish to decide the result between 3-5 favorite Mojarra Hanover and 3-1 second choice The Summer Wind. Mojarra Hanover went right to the lead, establishing a 27.1, 54.2 and 1:22.4 tempo, while never facing a challenge. That changed in the middle of the stretch as The Summer Wind, who saved ground throughout, wheeled out in the stretch and set her sights on Mojarra Hanover nearing the wire. The narrowest of margins separated the two mares at the finish and the win photograph revealed it was the nose of Mojarra Hanover on the wire. The 1:51.1 clocking equaled the winner's lifetime mark which she established just one week ago. It was five lengths back to Fancy Pants Sandy in third. That made back to back wins for the Chris Scicluna trained mare for lessee John Sheehan who was also in the sulky for the victory. The second Cathedra Dot Com division was a more wide open affair and the result supported that notion. In a surprise, it was 10-1 Kz Beach Girl, who traditionally races from well off the pace showing the most early speed, clearing the lead to the opening quarter in 27.1. Driver John Campbell then rationed out his mare's speed with a 28.2 second panel, before hitting three-quarters in 1:23.2. Throughout the race, Kz Beach Girl never faced an outside challenge and separated herself from pocket sitting Mistresstothestars in the stretch to win by three convincing lengths. Trevor's Bebe checked in third. The winner was trained by Michael Forte for owner Ricky Bucci. The third and final Cathedra Dot Com split closed out the Friday program with a field of nine. It appeared that the road to the winner's circle would have to go through Carolsideal who was sent off as the 3/5 favorite for trainer/driver Jeff Dauplaise. His mare was pressing the lead through an opening quarter of 27.1, before being forced to yield to the pocket behind a backstretch-brushing Ideal A Little and Brett Miller, who got to the half-mile pole in 55.1 and three quarters in 1:23.4. Carolsideal was the only mare with a shot at the leader turning for home and she pulled the pocket in the stretch but could only make mild progress as Ideal A Little kept the favorite at bay, winning in 1:52.1 at 5-1. The win was the third on the card for Brett Miller for trainer Sam De Pinto and owners White Birch Farm and Shannon De Pinto. The Flower Child got underway in the ninth race in a very contentious event. Captain Primeau was sent off as the 7/5 favorite, but interestingly Ake Svanstedt, who had his choice between Captain Primeau and 39-1 Vallas Cowgirl opted to the latter. Neither would be victorious though as Helios, who appeared very rough on the far turn, was kept trotting impressively by Marcus Miller to score. The winner was shown racetrack in the stretch where the gelding rallied past pace-setting Americash Express, who had established splits of 28.1, 56.2 and 1:25.2 and held off Dash For The Cash down to the wire who rallied to be 2nd. J Cs Jake rallied from well back to be third. Helios returned $6.20 to win as the 2-1 second choice. Helios is trained by Julie Miller for Little E L.L.C. and Manzo/Scalia Racing. The second division of the Flower Child was another competitive field, with Sina reigning as the 5/2 slight favorite at post time and she did not disappoint as John Campbell put his mare in perfect position. Sina was allowed to settle off the pace, which was set by Perfect Picture originally through a quarter in 27.2, before Mr Ridgetaker cleared the lead while parking out Upfrontstrikesgold through a half-mile of 55 flat. Mr Ridgetaker then got another challenge from Perfect Picture which allowed John Campbell to place Sina in perfect striking position second over behind the speed at three-quarters in 1:24.2. When Perfect Picture began to tire, John Campbell launched Sina three-wide where she rolled past the leaders and then held off the late charge from Lad Pine at the wire. The winner is trained by Robert Bencal for Moon Goddess LLC. The third division of the Flower Child kicked off the late daily double with the betting public deciding on McKenzie's Star as their 6/5 betting choice. The mare was looking for her second win in three days, as she scored a neck victory at Harrah's Philadelphia on Wednesday. The early lead belonged to Hasty Proffitt who established fractions of 27.2, 57 and 1:26.4. Arriba Amigo was forced first over until a space opened up to slide into the pocket behind the leader. The problem was McKenzie's Star was drafting behind his cover and when Arriba Amigo moved to the pylons, McKenzie's star accelerated past Arriba Amigo and Hasty Proffitt to draw away convincingly in the stretch, tripping the timer in 1:55.4. McKenzie's Star was driven to victory by Dave Miller for trainer Joe Holloway and owners Four Js Stable. Despite a forty-five minute delay, the on-track handle for the Friday program showed gains of 27-percent on a beautiful night in East Rutherford, New Jersey, while total handle was up nearly 10-percent. After the races, the party continued on Victory Terrace which is proving to be one of North Jersey's most popular hot-spots. Breakfast with the Babies kicks off Belmont Stakes Saturday at The Meadowlands at 9:30 A.M. in Trotters where breakfast is free to members and $7.95 for non-members. General Admission begins at 10:30 A.M. with The Belmont card getting underway at 11:35. At 11:30 A.M. the Victory Sports Bar Belmont Buffet begins. Victory Terrace and The Backyard both open at noon. Saturday night features Seafood Fest which commences at 5:00 P.M., which includes a Peel & Eat Shrimp Contest. All these activities lead up to The Belmont Stakes post time at 6:52 P.M. for California Chrome's quest for the Triple Crown. Shortly after the running of The Belmont, The Meadowlands 13-race program begins at 7:15 P.M. In addition to live racing, the Gilbert Gottfried comedy show in the gallery begins at 8:00 P.M. For more information log onto playmeadowlands.com Darin Zoccali

For Release: Greg Gangle - WEG Communications   Magic Feeling is magical in Celias Counsel final TORONTO, May 1 - Magic Feeling, driven by Mike Saftic, parlayed a two-hole trip into a winning effort in this year's edition of the $34,400 Celias Counsel final at Woodbine Racetrack. After capturing last week's second leg at odds of 50-1, the daughter of Kadabra remains unbeaten in two starts this season for trainer and co-owner Frank O'Reilly. Flexible Woman (Steve Byron) was quickly on the march in the early stages as she led her nine rivals past the opening quarters in :27.4. Magic Feeling was sitting In The Pocket with K D Bella (Randy Waples) sitting third. Flexible Woman would continue to lead past the half in :57.1 and three-quarters in 1:27. Race favourite Tosca (Per Henriksen) would venture first-over around the final turn, giving cover to Just Call Me Lady (Trevor Ritchie), who had been parked the mile. Turning for home, Flexible Woman was still in command, but Tosca, Magic Feeling and K D Bella were within striking range. In deep stretch, K D Bella appeared to have the most momentum on the outside, but Saftic was able to split between horses with Magic Feeling and find a seam in the final stages to score the victory in 1:57.3. K D Bella finished second with Tosca third. Flexible Woman completed the superfecta. A $30,000 yearling purchase, Magic Feeling increased her bankroll to $24,700 for co-owners John Fielding and Isidoro Russo. She paid $7 to win.   -30-   Greg Gangle WEG Communications - Standardbred (416) 675-7223) x4209 @GGangle_WOMoh P Please consider the environment before printing this email. - Proud Member of Imagine Canada, achieving Caring Company Status - Recycling Council of Ontario's Platinum Waste Minimization Award - Quality ERA Gold Award winner for continuous improvements This e-mail and any attachments may contain confidential and privileged information. If you are not the intended recipient, please notify the sender immediately by return e-mail, delete this e-mail and destroy any copies. Any dissemination or use of this information by a person other than the intended recipient is unauthorized and may be illegal.

TORONTO, April 30 - After winning in her first start of the season last week at 50-1, harness racing trainer and co-owner Frank O'Reilly can only hope Magic Feeling is ready to pull another disappearing trick on the field in Thursday night's Celias Counsel final, at Woodbine. The daughter of Kadabra scored an eye-catching 1:57 victory in last week's second round of the Celias Counsel and now advances to the rich $34,400 final, slated for race six. "We'll take the long bombs along with the short ones," O'Reilly chuckled about the major upset. "Her winning didn't really catch me by surprise because she trotted a :57 back half in her qualifier. The speed was there." O'Reilly first laid eyes on Magic Feeling two years ago at the 2012 Harrisburg Yearling sale where he purchased the bay filly for $30,000. "She was a big, strong, raw boned filly that came from a good family," O'Reilly said. "Her brother is doing quite well right now (Nowucit Nowudont - $215,518) and she was within the price range." After numerous qualifying attempts last season and one start, O'Reilly elected to pull the plug on Magic Feeling's rookie campaign. "She was immature and had some aches and pains, so we had to do what was best by her," he said. "We raced her once and could have continued, but the year was pretty much over. We brought her along far enough to find out that she was well worth keeping. She has a lot of talent to her." Looking ahead to this year's final of the Celias Counsel, O'Reilly remains optimistic about his chances. "I think she has as good of a shot as any of them in there," he said. "She's paid into the Casual Breeze and Elegantimage so I do think enough of her. If she's on her game, she will be just fine." John Fielding and Isidoro Russo also own the bay filly who has stashed away $7,500 in earnings. This year's final of the Celias Counsel will begin in race six on Thursday evening's 10-race programme. The field will line up as follows: 1. Serendipitous 2. Magic Feeling 3. Flexible Woman 4. K D Bella 5. Fashion Goddess 6. Tosca 7. Kadabra Lavictoire 8. Wings Of Ballykeel 9. Miss Everything 10. Just Call Me Lady Greg Gangle WEG Communications

TORONTO, April 24 - After making a miscue as the heavy-favourite in last week's opening round of the Celias Counsel Series, Flexible Woman regained her form as she took the faster of two divisions Thursday evening at Woodbine. Sent off as the 4/5 favourite, Flexible Woman and driver Steve Byron stopped the clock in 1:56.4, a new career best. Byron and Flexible Woman led gate-to-wire through panels of :27.1, :56.3 and 1:27.1, before edging away from her eight rivals to win by half a length. K D Bella (Mike Saftic) came on to finish second, with Serendipitious (Jody Jamieson) third. Trained by John Bax for Parkhill Stud Farm and breeder Glengate Farms, Flexible Woman increased her bankroll to $49,986. The daughter of Federal Flex-Womanlee now has a 2-1-0 record from four starts this season. In the other division, Magic Feeling and Mike Saftic stunned their rivals at 50-1. Sent off as the second choice, Wings Of Ballykeel (Sylvain Filion) was first to the front, but elected to allow a parked-out Domedomedome (Jack Moiseyev) to the position of command at the opening quarter in :28. Heading towards the half, Magic Feeling was still on the outside and crossed over to make the front, but Wings Of Ballykeel quickly regained control before the mid-way point in :58.1. Wings of Ballykeel continued to lead her seven rivals past three-quarters in 1:28.3. Down the stretch, Wings Of Ballykeel was still on the lead, but Magic Feeling would get the best of her rival in deep stretch to complete the upset. Post time favourite Just Call Me Lady (Trevor Ritchie) rallied off cover to finish third. Trained and co-owned by Frank O'Reilly along with John Fielding and Isidoro Russo, Magic Feeling made her first start of the season a winning one as her bankroll sits at $7,500. The daughter of Kadabra paid $103.00 to win. by Greg Gangle, for WEG

We are visiting today with three time harness racing trainer of the year Jimmy Takter.   This past year Jimmy had three Breeders Crown winners, Father Patrick ( two-year old colt trotter), Shake It Cerry ( two-year old filly trotter), and Ulffizi Hanover ( two-year old filly pacer). His past accomplishments include more than 70 million in earnings and more than 1,200 victories for his stable. He has won the Hambletonian twice, with Muscle Massive and Malabar Man, and trained back-to back Horse of the Year Moni Maker. We caught up with him as he got off the training track at his impressive farm in East Windsor, New Jersey.   One-On-One is done exclusively for Harnesslink.com by Brian McEvoy.   HLINK: Tell us about your impressive farm and training facility in East Windsor, New Jersey and what you are focusing on at this time of the year.   JT: Right now I am concentrating on the babies we just recently bought. We have 70 horses and of those are 40 new babies. We have over 100 acres, a 5/8 mile track, a 3/4 mile straight track, and a 2 mile jogging track.   HLINK: You had an incredible year of racing. What are your thoughts on this past year of racing?   JT: It was a very good year with close to 8 million. I didn't have those three olds that I had the year before. I was actually aiming for around 6 million, so doing 8 million was very good.   HLINK: You had two Breeders Crown winning trotters in Shake It Cerry and Father Patrick. Ron Pierce has said that Shake It Cerry is the best two-year- old filly trotter he has ever driven. How good was she this year? What are your plans for her next year?   JT: She had a fantastic year. She is one of a kind. She had one bad start in Indiana. She trotted 1:51 and a piece at Pocono. This year was one of the best group of two-year-old trotting fillies I have ever seen. She is just a top horse. I have to see the stakes schedule when it comes out. I will schedule her for all the big races.   HLINK: Would you race her against the boys in the Hambo?   JT: I don't thinks so. If it is a shallow group of three year olds, which I don't think it will be. Then it is a possibility, but probably not.   HLINK: Your two-year-old trotter, Father Patrick, destroyed the competition this year. Yannick Gingras said " He can go so fast it's scary". He will be the early favorite for the Hambletonian. Give us the lowdown on Father Patrick.   JT: He had a perfect season. He is one of the most gifted horses I have ever been around. He is the best two-year-old I have ever had. He is one of the better two-year-olds I ever seen in the 30 years I have been here. He is very consistent and has a flawless gait. He has been a very sound horse, which is a big plus. I am going to lay out the right schedule for him. The goal is to win the Hambletonian.   HLINK: Let's talk about your two outstanding two-year-old fillies in Uffizi Hanover and Ali Blue.   JT: Ali Blue has been a horse that has been hampered by bad posts and bad luck all year. When she had a good post as in her last race,she came up in bad form and finished third. She had a good year. She can step it up and compete at the highest level next year and be a top horse. Uffizi was coming on at the end of the year. She was sitting on top of a top performance. It was a surprise to me that she won the Breeders Crown. I am excited about her. She can compete at the highest level next year.   HLINK: You had both Guccio and Uncle Peter in the ultra competitive older trot division. You have stated that Uncle Peter is a notch better than Guccio.   JT: They established themselves very well in the age group. I think both of those horses will have a chance to step it up next year. Uncle Peter is a little bit more handy. You can use him a little more at the start and get better position. That is the big difference. Guccio has to depend upon what kind of pace it is. Things like that make it a handicap for him.   HLINK: Trixton was the highest priced trotting yearling sold at auction last year at $360,000. He had an up and down year. How do you see his development?   JT: I think he is going to do quite well. He was battling some issues all year. We finally found out he had a hairline fracture of the sesamoid. We took care of that. I think he is going to be good to go next year and be a contender for all the big races.   HLINK: Rockin Amedeus had a bit of a disappointing year after winning the Breeders Crown as a two-year-old. What happened with him this year? Will he be shut down and race again next year?   JT: It looks like he might end up as a stallion in Ohio next year   HLINK: You were very active at both the Harrisburg and Lexington sales. You had the sales topper at Lexington in Custom Fit for a high bid of $475,000. He is the full brother to Father Patrick and Pastor Stephen. Were you surprised by how high the bidding got?   JT: The horse was a absolutely gorgeous horse. I was actually afraid that I might have to go higher than that. The same group of people that own Father Patrick wanted this horse. I am so glad I got him and he is a very nice colt.   HLINK: At Harrisburg you bought Canepa Hanover for $300,000. He is the half brother to Breeders Crown winner Glidemaster.   JT: He is also a very nice colt. I am also so happy to get him. He is a beautiful horse with a great gait. He shows a lot of promise at this point.   HLINK: Tell us about some of your other purchases.   JT: It is so early to tell which horses will be really good. They have been just jogging a little bit. I am so pleased with the purchases. This is the best group of purchased horses that I have ever had. This is a group of great potential horses, especially the two -year- old trotting colts. They are very, very, strong this year. There is one horse that I did not pay that much for that is out of a Costa Rica sister. I really like this horse that I bought at Harrisburg. I though he would go much higher. I got him for a reasonable amount. I think his name is Murray Hanover. MY wife is in charge of naming the horses.   HLINK: What are your impressions of the new Meadowlands and how it will help racing?   JT: I am really pleased with the job they done. It looks like they have all the material. Now we just gotta bring the crowd there and let them start betting. There is a whole process they have to go thru. They have to teach people to start getting exciting about going to the races again. They have plenty of new bars, restaurants, and entertainment. They have to keep it up. Hopefully the people will come back. We have to take care of the customers who come to the races. We can't just expect them to show up.   HLINK: The industry is putting a little more emphasis on racing horses as they get a little older. The Meadowlands has just added a $ 400,000 type Hambletonian trot for 4-year-old male trotters. What are your thoughts on this trend?   JT: You see great horses like Captaintreacherous. He had two very tough seasons. I think horses only have so many good miles in them. If you are racing a horse as hard as we do as a two-year-old and then again as a three-year-old, it is tough. Forcing people to continue racing as a four-year old, I am against that. That is no guarantee how good Captaintreacherous will come back. Those people should have to right to stand him at stud if they choose to. You take a horse like Heston Blue Chip who only made $80,000 this year. That is a sign that it is very difficult to establish themselves as a 4-year-old. Unless they are going to have a strictly 4-Year- old races for these horses and I don't think the industry can afford it. We were very fortunate with Guccio, Uncle Peter and Market Share as there was a generation change for those aged horses. Thrond's horse was basically the only one that was left. There was a bunch of beat up trotters. Those horses came in very nice. It is tough for the pacers. I think you take a 3 year-old pacer that is turning 4 and they are going to have a helluva time facing this competition.   HLINK: The racing in Ohio is going to be a big factor in the future with the opening of all the Racinos. How do you see your participation in Ohio racing?   JT: I think it is a big possibility. They are starting to accumulate some stallions now.. They need to upgrade the breeding material. They will get it done. The purses will eventually climb up. Hopefully they will get it close to Pennsylvania, which would be great. When the money comes a stable like us will show up. I haven't purchased any Ohio breds yet.   HLINK: You have some great owners in John Fielding, Marvin Katz, the Solveigs Group, and others. Tell us about your relationship with your owners.   JT: The owners I have now are the best in the sport. I don't have one single bad owner. It is just a pleasure to work for them. They are very understanding and have been in the game a long time. They know it is bad days and good days. They are all good friends of mine. I have a very good group of people behind me.   HLINK: Your wife Christina is also a owner for you. Is she tough on you?   JT: No she is not really. She is my biggest supporter. She handles everything in the operation and billing. She makes sure everybody is paid and is running the show. She has a tough job actually.   HLINK: How do you decide which drivers to put on your horses? You have used many including Tim Tetrick, David Miller, Ron Pierce, Yannick Gingras and others. You also at times drive yourself.   JT: I make all the calls. I never let the owners get involved with that. I know all my horses and all the players. I try to find the most suitable driver for that horse. But sometimes I have a horse that is a little bit green. I know my horses better than those guys. I am a half decent driver and when they are established and are ready for them to play with, I can turn them over to these guys.   HLINK: You have had success with the trotters and pacers.. Who do you think is easier to train?   JT: The pacers are maybe a little bit easier game. The pacers are a little more sensitive. You have to play more mental game with the pacers. You have to make sure they don't get crushed too early. Pacers can get crushed early easier than a trotter does.   HLINK: You have won most every stakes race, Hambo, Breeders Crown, Elitelope, etc. What races have you not won that you have your eye on?   JT: All these big races are nice to win. There are a couple of them left to win. The North American Cup and the Meadowlands Pace I have been second in. They are basically the only two big races I have not won. Of course I am much more supportive in the trotting industry. I have better bred trotters than pacers. Sooner or later I will grab those races in the future.   HLINK: It is a little slower time of the year in harness racing. Are you planning a break or some vacation time?   JT: We have not made any plans yet. Most likely we will try to get away somewhere. I will look at the weather. When it look like it is going to change we will get away for a few days.   By Brian McEvoy for Harnesslink.com                        

DOVER, Del. --- The 18th renewal of the $400,000 (est) Progress Pace at Dover Downs is the highlight of the first full month of the track's 45th season. The Progress Pace is the signature event of the 2013 Dover Downs' "Novemberfest of Racing." The Progress Pace features the sport's leading three-year-olds in training in a two-week event. First, a $35,000 elimination division on Nov. 10 with the top eight finishers return for a $284,160 final on Nov. 17. Vegas Vacation, driven by Brian Sears, scored a 1:48.3 victory in this year's Matron Final. The gelding was favorite for the Progress Pace elim., but did not come out of the Matron, "100 percent," thus was scratched. Twilight Bonfire, a 20-1 longshot from post 8 with Tim Tetrick driving, pulled a major surprise in the $35,000 elim by nipping Sunshine Beach by half a neck. The Progress Pace Final on Dec. 1 is the richest race in Delaware harness racing this year. Progress Pace history The Progress Pace was created by Dover Downs' CEO Denis McGlynn in the fashion of a former state of Delaware sports' tradition - The Battle of the Brandywine - formerly the showcase event of ill-fated Brandywine Raceway. Over the years, Most of the sports leading drivers, owners and stables have participated in the Progress Pace. Hall of Fame drivers include three-time winners John Campbell and Ron Pierce, Mike Lachance, Cat Manzi, Dave Palone and David Miller. Luc Ouellette also drove three winners while Bret Pelling trained three Progress Pace champions. Sampson Street Stable has shared in three Progress Pace champions, Newman Racing is the only other with more than one winner. The first Progress Pace was carded in 1996 with a $100,000 final. The winner was Armbro Operative, owned by Tom Walsh, Jr. and Dave McDuffy, driven by Mike Lachance. It was the first of three Progress Pace winners conditioned by Brett Pelling. Pelling also trained the winners of the next two winners of the event, when Dream Away, owned by Canadian horsemen Marvin Katz, Sam Goldband and Al Libfeld won the 1997 edition and Crown Jewel Stable's Browning Blue Chip took 1998 laurels. Both winners were driven by John Campbell. Luc Ouellette drove Jeff Snyder's Royalflush Hanover to his first Progress Pace titles. The gelding overtook Grinfromeartoear on the backstretch and pulled off to win the 1999 title. The following season, Ouellette came back to drive 2000 winner Powerful Toy, owned by Newman Racing Stable, Sampson Street and Dodge A Bullet stables. Ron Pierce made the winner's circle in the 2001 event driving Peruvian Hanover for owners Sidney Korn and Alvin Jacobson. Art Major beat stablemate McArdle to win the 2002 edition. Owned by Deena Frost, Jerry Silva, Sampson Street and TLP stables, Art Major was the third Progress Pace champion driven by John Campbell, In 2003, for the second straight year and third time in Progress Pace history, Radar Sign, a colt owned in part by Sampson Street Stable and Newman Racing Stable, driven by Ouellette, won the final. The 2004 winner was longshot Holborn Hanover, with George Brennan driving for trainer Mark Harder and owners John Fielding and Canamerica Capital Corp. Holborn Hanover became the first sub-150 Progress Pace winner posting a come-from-behind 1:49.3f victory. In 2005, Gryffindor, became the first Delaware-owned and trained winner. After being purchased by Three Point Acres in time to win the Messenger Stake at Harrington Raceway, the sophomore won the 10th Progress Pace wire-to-wire in 1:50 with David Miller in the sulky. The purse was the event's all-time highest, $394,120. Another Delaware owned and conditioned colt, Total Truth, was the 2006 Progress Pace champion. The colt owned by Only Money and Teague Inc., the first of two straight for Hall of Fame driver Ron Pierce. Pierce returned to take 2007 Progress Pace in upset fashion. Trained by Robby Siegelman for The Cheyenne Gang, Ghee House rolled down the lane for a 1:50.4 upset victory to take the 12th edition. In November 2008, overlooked at 32-1, Cat Manzi drove Bettor Sweet to a surprise 1:52.1f victory, the second richest Progress Pace boasting a $390,000 purse. Two locally owned horses Rudy Rednose and Badlands Nitro, both trained by George Teague, finished second and third respectively. Vertical Horizon and Jim Morrill Jr. were the winning 1:50.4 team, for the 2009 edition. In 2010, Yannick Gingras guided Rockin Image to an impressive 1:50.3 victory. The 2011 winner was Westwardho Hanover, a 1:49.1 performance piloted by Dave Palone. Heston Blue Chip completed an outstanding Fall campaign to win the 2012 Progress Pace with Tim Tetrick in the bike, in event winning time of 1:49. Progress Pace Champions Year Purse Winner (Driver) Win Time 1996 $100,000 Armbro Operative (Mike Lachance) 1:53f 1997 $100,000 Dream Away (John Campbell) 1:54f 1998 $225,000 Browning Blue Chip (John Campbell)1:51.2f 1999 $225,000 Royalflush Hanover (Luc Ouellette) 1:51.2f 2000 $228,000 Powerful Toy (Luc Ouellette) 1:52.1f 2001 $337,100 Peruvian Hanover (Ron Pierce) 1:52.3f 2002 $335,000 Art Major (John Campbell) 1:51f 2003 $350,060 Radar Sign (Luc Ouellette) 1:51.4f 2004 $345,900 Holborn Hanover (George Brennan) 1:49.3f 2005 $394,120 Gryffindor (David Miller) 1:50f 2006 $348,900 Total Truth (Ron Pierce) 1:52.2f 2007 $350,900 Ghee House (Ron Pierce) 1:50.4f 2008 $390,000 Bettor Sweet (Cat Manzi) 1:51.2f 2009 $350,000 Vertical Horizon (Jim Morrill Jr.) 1:50.4f 2010 $320,000 Rockin Image (Yannick Gingras) 1:50.3f 2011 $330,000 Westwardho Hanover (Dave Palone) 1:49.1f 2012 $270,000 Heston Blue Chip (Tim Tetrick) 1:49f - event record by Marv Bachrad for Dover Downs  

Ali Blue and driver Yannick Gingras posted a lifetime best mark of 1:51.4 in capturing the $44,175 elimination division of the Matron Stakes for two-year-old pacing fillies Sunday at Dover Downs. Instant Respect (Ron Pierce) was the first on the lead in the bulky field that featured 11 started with Bettor Business (Daniel Dube) getting the garden spot but that was shorted lived as Ali Blue came charging up after an opening quarter mile in :27 to take command. Then at the half mile marker in :55.1, Beach Body (Brian Sears) came first-over but was unable to really gain any ground as Ali Blue held the field at bay to the three-quarters in 1:23.2 and then was in hand coming down the stretch to win by a half length over Instant Respect with Somethinincredible (John Campbell) closing well for third place. Trained by Jimmy Takter, it was the sixth win this year for Ali Blue. The daughter of American Ideal is co-owned by Christina Takter, John Fielding, R A W Equine and Jim Fielding. She paid $6.00 to win. Also returning next week for the $160,000 Matron final will be Beach Body, Tyra, Kate Can’t Wait, Table Talk and My Lady Day. By Steve Wolf for Harnesslink.com

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, October 19, 2013--It was generally a formful foray Saturday night, with Yonkers Raceway hosting eliminations for both the Messenger Stakes--final jewel of the Pacing Triple Crown--and its companion event, Lady Maud Pace. Ten 3-year-olds--eight colts and two geldings--tried the Messenger, while 14 soph ladies went at in the Maud. The first of two, $40,000 elims for the 58th Messenger saw 1-2 choice Sunfire Blue Chip (Yannick Gingas) prevail first-over. Away third from post position No. 3, he stayed there are Lonewolf Currier (Brian Sears) took over from Ronny Bugatti (catch-driver Dave Miller). Those three appeared in some tight early quarters (:28 quarter) before "Lonewolf" made the lead. After a 56-second half. Sunfire Blue Chip made his methodical move. He engaged the leader in and out of the 1:23.4 three-quarters, with Lonewolf Currier taking a length lead into the lane. However, he was surrounded on both sides, with "Sunfire" getting the best of "Ronny" by a head in 1:52. Lonewolf Currier was third--beaten a length, with Good Day Mate (Tim Tetrick) whipping Dedi's Dragon (George Brennan) for fourth...and a place in next week's final. For Sunfire Blue Chip. a son of American Ideal trained by Jimmy Takter for co-owners Christina Takter, Brixton Medical, R A W Equine & Jim and John Fielding, he returned $3 for his eighth win in 18 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $23.4, and there was no triple wagering. "He's become a lot better as the season has gone on," Gingras said of Sunfire Blue Chip. "He wasn't nearly this sound when he was here earlier (fourth in Art Rooney Pace). Now, all he needs is a path where no one's in front of him, either on the lead or first-up. The second elim was simple enough for the gelding Lucan Hanover (Miller). Winning the draw, the 35-cents-on-the-dollar choice claimed the lead from Word Power (Brennan), then laid down the law through intervals of :27.4, :57, 1:25.1 and 1:52.2. The final margin was a measured three-quarters of a length over Word Power, with a first-up Twilight Bonfire (catch-driver Tim Tetrick) third. Odds on Equuleus (Sears) won his private battle with Bet the Moon (Gingras) for fourth...and that invite for next week's finale. For Lucan Hanover, a son of Western Ideal trained by Casie Coleman for West Wins Stable and Christine Calhoun, he returned $2.70 for his ninth win in 17 '13 tries. The exacta (two wagering choices) paid $6.40. "He's just a lot more relaxed than he's been," Miller said. "I always try to score him down with a purpose just so he knows it's time." Gingras and Miller took turns winning the elims for the Messenger after they alternated winning the eliminations for the Lady Maud. Gingras, doing the honors with Charisma Hanover ($7.60) from post No. 3, blew past 7-10 fave Somwherovrarainbow (Sears) and won for fun...fun being 4¼ lengths in 1:51.4. That effort set a sew track record for her division. Handsoffmycupcake (Dan Dube) chased home the winner, with Certified Ideal (Jim Pantaleano) and Parlee Beach (Tetrick) third and fourth, respectively, to earn their "come back" invites. While "Rainbow" was stopping on the lead, it appeared that New York Sire Stakes champ Social Scene (Brennan) was choking down In The Pocket. That tandem finished sixth and seventh, respectively. "Charisma," a a daughter of Dragon Again co-owned (as Burke Racing by (trainer) Ron Burke and Weaver Bruscemi, she's now 10-for-16 this season. The exacta paid $146, with the triple returning $235. "I never took the plugs out," Gingras said. "I know she went a big mile, but I expect her to be ready for (the final)." Miller and Scandalous Hanover ($3.20)--a $15,000 supplemental entrant--worked around pole-sitting longshot Live Entertainment (catch-driver Gingras) right at a 28-second opening quarter. After that, soft-subsections of :57.1, 1:26.1 and 1:54.3 give "Scandalous" a two-length victory. Antigua Hanover (Jason Bartlett) won the scrum for second, with Live Entertainment and Jerseylicious (Cory Callahan) also making the final. "That (front end) is really not her game." Miller said. "She tends to wait on horses, but I take a chance and put her on the lead. She does like to win." Scandalous Hanover, a Dragon Again miss, trained by Coleman for West Wins Stables and Adriano Sorella, is a .500 hitter (11-for-22) this season (6-for-7 since the barn change). The exacta paid $67, with the triple returning $205. The draw both stakes finals, worth $450,000 and $176,684, respectively, takes place Tuesday afternoon. The Raceway's five-night-per-week live schedule continues, with first post every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:10 PM. Evening simulcasting accompanies all live programs, with afternoon simulcasting available around the NYRA schedule. Frank Drucker

On Monday afternoon (Sept.30) Monticello Raceway hosted four $45,000 finals of the Excelsior Series for 2-year-old pacers and trotters and arguably the most impressive was the victory turned in by Spreester when she easily defeated seven other New York bred pacing fillies by four lengths in 1:57.4. Jimmy Morrill, Jr. was in the sulky when Spreester started from the seven hole but that position was quickly compromised when they left strong and made the front before the quarter mile timer flashed :29.1. Once on the lead they remained unchallenged as the daughter of American Ideal paced through fractions of :59 and 1:28:2 before Morrill gave her her head and she paced off to an easy victory over Barbuda Babe and Jimmy Meittinis . Carlota Blue Chip was third for Joe Bongiorno. Trainer Paul Zabielski handed the lines to Jimmy Morrill, Jr. and it was the first time that Morrill sat behind the filly who had previously won seven of nine races this year. A relatively small filly Morrill said of her; “She’s like a little car, just as handy as can be.” Although Morrill was impressed with the filly her owner Kimberly Zabielski was more so after she rushed from the paddock to the winners circle with a smile from ear. While she held Spreester for the photo she said;: We bred her and we’re so proud of her .She’s our first sires stakes winner.” In spite of having the seven hole Spreester was sent off as the odds on favorite and paid $3.80 for win. In the colt division Jason Bartlett and Natural Leda were also teamed for the first time and the talented reinsman took advantage of racing luck and got Natural Leda home first in a 1:57.2 mile. After a pocket trip though past the half and around the clubhouse turn Bartlett felt his colt was ready for action. “He was good up the backside and they were working hard in front of me so I moved (to challenge) and we got alongside of Jimmy (Morrill, Jr. with Cabbies Delight) and my colt outpaced him to the wire,” Bartlett said of Natural Leda. Cabbie’s Delight held on for second and Hands Off Frank (Jordan Stratton) finished third. Owned by Deanna Frost, Rick Phillips and John Fielding, Natural Leda returned a $16.00 win payoff. John Stark, Jr. guided Royal Max to his fourth win in his last five starts when they easily captured the freshmen colt trotting division turning back Uproar and driver Chris Lems in a time of 2:01.1 by an eased-up six lengths. Dan Daley got Commissioner Daley up for the show dough Royal Max looked mighty impressive in victory and Stark was asked why he wasn’t racing in the sire stakes to which he simply said; “He got good late.” Owned by Ed Smith, Crawford Farms, Jim Giannuzzi and Dave Smith the son of RC Royalty paid $3.60 for win. The $45,000 filly final went to Ski To The Max and driver Gates Brunet in 2:02.4 over Trish (Jim Meititnis) and Brookside Lily (Aaron Byron) “She got good late and I think next year she’s sires stakes caliber,” Brunet said of Ski To The Max. Co- owned by Ted Gewertz, Debbie Brunet and Jean Brunet Ski To The Max paid $3.60 for win. John Manzi

WASHINGTON, PA, Sept. 30, 2013 — Classic Martine, Pennsylvania’s co-champion 3-year-old filly trotter, flashed that championship form Monday at The Meadows as she powered to victory in 1:53.3, a Keystone Classic record. The $90,000 event was contested over three divisions, with Thistle Dhu and Drink The Wine — both piloted by Brett Miller — taking the other splits. Classic Martine last raced in the PA Sires Stakes final Sept. 13 at The Meadows, when she and her stablemate, Frau Blucher, crossed the wire together in 1:53.2, fastest trotting dead heat ever. She was just as sharp Monday, quarter-poling to the lead for Dave Palone and drawing off to defeat the pocket-sitting Coffeecake Hanover by 3 lengths. Upfrontluckycarol was third. “This might be one of the best trotting fillies I’ve driven,” Palone said. “She’s awesome. She was well within herself. I never let her trot at any point in the mile. Pretty impressive.” The time erased the previous stake mark of 1:54.3 established by Panthalops in 2011. Chris Oakes trains the daughter of Classic Photo-Drinking Days, who soared over $500,000 in career earnings, for Hauser Bros. Racing, Susan Oakes, Conrad Zurich and Edwin Gold. Thistle Dhu made it four straight wins — all since adding Lasix — but had to bear down to hold off the rallying Gliding To Glory by a nose in 1:55.1. Promisemethis earned show. “We didn’t want her on the front today; it just worked out that way,” said Del S. Miller, who conditions the daughter of Donato Hanover-Yankee Topaz for William Donovan. “It was 17 days since her last race. I thought she was beat for sure. She just dug in.” In the PASS championship, Drink The Wine challenged down the backside but stalled and had to settle for fifth. She was much sharper in the Keystone Classic, converting a similar trip to victory in 1:56.1. UF Tadys Donato was 1/2-length back in second while Faith closed from well back to complete the ticket. “I’ve been having trouble steering her,” Brett Miller said. “Today, she steered perfect. That was the difference. It definitely made her go faster.” Nifty Norman trains the daughter of Andover Hall-Naked Lyric for Melvin Hartman and RAW Equine Inc. $81,600 Keystone Classic — 3-Year-Old Filly Pacers Stunning upsets marked Monday’s companion feature, as Coffee Addict scored at 21-1 while Live Entertainment took the other split at a nearly-as-juicy 19-1. Coffee Addict figured to be racing for a check after drawing in with PASS champion Charisma Hanover, the 1-9 favorite. But when Charisma Hanover went off stride after breaking a hopple hanger, Coffee Addict took full advantage, brushing from the pocket to triumph in 1:52.3 for Aaron Merriman, trainer Bruce Saunders and owners James C. Clarke, Sr. and Andrew Altobelli. R Marie Hanover was 4-1/2 lengths back in second, with Canary Island third. The daughter of Dragon Again-Kahlua Queen vaulted over $100,000 in lifetime earnings. “I actually thought I had a chance; I raced her like I did,” Merriman said of the daughter of Dragon Again-Kahlua Queen. “I’m nut sure if that (break by Charisma Hanover) mattered. That’s how good my filly was. She won very, very handy.” Live Entertainment endured a tough first quarter before finding a seat fourth, but she followed cover beautifully and prevailed in 1:52.4 for Dan Rawlings. Novascotia Hanover was second, a length in arrears, with Icommandmyspirit third. “All the fractions were big, but the track seemed tiring today,” Rawlings said. “I followed the horse I wanted to follow. The trip worked out to my benefit.” Jimmy Takter trains Live Entertainment, a daughter of Real Artist-West Side Glory, for Christina Takter and John Fielding. Stake racing at The Meadows continues Tuesday with a pair of Keystone Classics — a $90,000 stake for 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers and a $94,998 event for sophomore colt and gelding trotters. First post is 12:55 PM. by Evan Pottak for The Meadows  

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  

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, September 14, 2013--Great Vintage (Larry Stalbaum) was first to the lead and first to the line Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $37,000 Open Pace. With schnoz on starting gate from post position No. 4, Great Vintage made the lead around I Fought Dalaw (Mark MacDonald) right at the :27.1 opening quarter-mile. Then, locally-debuting Aracache Hanover (George Brennan), as the 1-2 favorite, moved from third. "Aracache" found a :55.4 intermission before second choice Domethatagain (Brent Holland) moved from fourth. That one prompted the issue in and out of the 1:23.4 three-quarters, though Aracache Hanover maintained a length-and-a-half lead into the lane. However, his $1.5 million career resume failed to impress the Westchesterites. Great Vintage ducked inside, winning a protracted duel by a nose in 1:51.4. Diamond Cowboy (Jason Bartlett) closed stoutly to snatch second, with Aracache Hanover--beaten a head--Domethatagain and I Fought Dalaw completing the cashers. For Great Vintage, a 5-year-old statebred son of American Ideal trained by Jimmy Takter for co-owners Christina Takter, John Fielding, Goran Anderberg and Falkbolagen AB, he returned $13.80 (third choice) his for his seventh win in 24 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $152, with the triple returning $641. Special Saturday night props to Lucky Man, whose third-place finish in the $19,000, fifth-race pace made his harness racing's newest millionaire ($1,000,838). The Raceway's five-night-per-week live schedule continues, with first post every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:10 PM. Evening simulcasting accompanies all live programs, with afternoon simulcasting available around the NYRA schedule. Frank Drucker

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