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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

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

CAMPBELLVILLE, August 2 – In the world of Harness Racing, John Fielding is one of the more prominent owners in the sport and there aren't many stakes events the Toronto resident hasn’t won. However, the Hambletonian is one race Fielding has yet to win, something he hopes to change this Saturday at The Meadowlands for the $1.2 million classic. Fielding’s chances appear more likely than others with three entries for the 88th edition, including Corky, Dontyouforgetit and High Bridge, all conditioned by New Jersey-based Jimmy Takter. “It’s such a great feeling just to be a part of the day,” Fielding said. “The atmosphere is something that every racing fan should experience. The venue is terrific and the best horses are displayed in one day. ” The closest Fielding came to winning the Hambletonian occurred last year when Guccio finished second, by a neck, to Market Share. Fielding hopes his luck is soon to change. “I’m probably most excited about Corky,” he said. “I think he’s got a very good chance to win. He’s had a great week and coming into this weekend in great form. He’s a bit of a green horse and continues to learn and continues to get stronger with each start. I expect him to close out the year very well.” Corky, a son of Muscles Yankee, has banked $611,988 in his career with a 1:52.4 lifetime best. The $100,000 yearling purchase is fresh off a 1:54.3 victory at The Meadowlands this past Saturday. Corky has been installed as the 2-1 morning line favourite for driver David Miller in the third elimination. Dontyouforgetit was the favourite to win the $450,000 Yonkers Trot this past weekend, but the son of Cantab Hall made a costly break in stride, which resulted in a fourth place finish. “He got run into, which was disappointing, but we’re really looking forward to Saturday with him,” said Fielding. “His mother, Solveig ($930,132), is a mare that Jimmy and I also had. So maybe he’s got a special meaning. I think he’ll handle the heats very well if he’s fortunate enough to get through the first one. He’s on the smaller side, but he’s got a heart the side of a watermelon. He’s got the grit and determination.” Dontyouforgetit has an impressive resume this season with a 4-1-2 record from eight starts along with $231,732 in seasonal earnings. The brown trotter has been installed as the 7/2 third choice in the second elimination for driver Yannick Gingras. His half-sister, Shake It Cerry is one of the favourites to win the $321,700 Merrie Annabelle, for two-year-old trotting fillies, also on Saturday for Fielding and Takter. Fielding’s final Hambletonian starter is High Bridge, who might be considered the lesser of the three entries. The talented son of Cantab Hall has a 4-3-1 record from 11 starts this season and $102,730 in the bank. “High Bridge continues to get better as well. At the end of his two-year-old season, I mentioned to Jimmy that this might be one that we want to cull and he said not to give up on him yet and that he’ll be fine and Jimmy was right,” said Fielding. “He won the three-year-old open the other night at The Meadowlands beating some good horses. He did it all on the front last week and I’m not sure that’s his strongest suit. He can be dangerous in there and I think he’ll handle the heats very well if he’s fortunate to get by the first one.” Gingras will once again be at the helm in the first elimination. Fielding and Takter’s relationship dates back many years and the pair have forged a prosperous partnership and friendship. “Jimmy is the best trainer that I’ve ever been around. He’s got a terrific work ethic and that translates into results,” Fielding said. “His regiment at the farm is second to none and I’m very lucky to be partners with him and his wife, Christina, for such a long period of time. Both Jimmy and his wife, Christina, are terrific people inside and outside of racing.” Fielding, who currently owns 40 horses, will send out five starters on Friday night along with nine starters on Saturday at the East Rutherford, New Jersey oval. Three heats will take place with the top three finishers and one fourth-place finisher returning again that afternoon to contest the final. First race post for the Hambletonian begins at 11:50 a.m. by Greg Gangle  

Ali Blue scores in NYSS action on Monday at Tioga Downs Ali Blue (Yannick Gingras) posted the fastest of three divisions of NYSS for freshman pacing fillies on Monday night at Tioga Downs. Leaving from post position number one in a field scratched down to seven, Gingras moved Ali Blue back to the front after an opening quarter of 29 set by Suplemental Income (Matt Kakaley). From there the duo posted fractions of 57.1 and 1:24.4 before sprinting home in 27.4 to capture her third win of the season in a new lifetime best of 1:52.3. The only blemish on the record of the 2-year old daughter of American Ideal - Mintjulep Bluechip, came in the Tompkins-Geers stakes where Ali Blue broke a hopple just after the start of the race. Jimmy Takter trains Ali Blue for the ownership group of Christina Takter, John Fielding, R A W Equine, and Jim Fielding. Other NYSS division winners included: Sweetnsinful - Jimmy Whittemore in 1:53.2 for trainer Homer Hochstetler and Tioga Downs' track record holder, JK Molly - Tim Tetrick in 1:53 for trainer Linda Toscano. Five divisions of NYSS excelsior events were also held on Monday night with divisions being won by: Valentina De Vie - Howard Parker (1:54.3), Spreester - Jim Morrill Jr. (1:57), One Hot Majorette - Tim Tetrick (1:55.4), Just Add Vodka - Tyler Buter (1:57.2), and Francessa - Sam Caruso Jr. (1:56.4). Tioga Downs continues live racing action on Friday, August 2nd with a post time of 6:50pm. For more information on Tioga Downs please visit us on our website at www.tiogadowns.com . Dustin Ross  

INNISFIL, ON — Well before Riveting Rosie made her Ontario Sires Stakes debut trainer John Bax felt the two-year-old trotting filly would find success on the province’s premier circuit and on Tuesday night at Georgian Downs the filly proved him right with an effortless victory in her Gold Series division. Riveting Rosie and driver Paul MacDonell controlled the tempo in the second $42,000 division and cruised home three and three-quarter length winners in 2:00.1. Muscle Babe and Aphrodity followed the fan favourites across the finish line. Peterborough resident Bax shares ownership of Riveting Rosie with J And T Stable of Newmarket, John Hayes of Sharon, and Don Allensen of Wyoming. The partners offered up $17,000 to acquire the daughter of Muscle Mass from last fall’s Lexington Selected Yearling Sale. In the July 5 Gold Series season opener at Mohawk Racetrack the filly finished second by half a length to Marcella Seelster and that effort combined with Tuesday’s victory put her second in the freshman trotting filly point standings heading into the Aug. 5 Mid-Summer Challenge. Marcella Seelster cemented her status as the filly to beat in the $150,000 Mid-Summer Challenge with a second straight victory, circling the Georgian Downs oval in 2:00.1 for trainer-driver Jimmy Takter. The Deweycheatumnhowe daughter bested Luck Is All Ineed and Suegrabbitnrun. Marcella Hall, owned by Christina Takter of New Jersey, John Fielding of Toronto, R A W Equine of Burlington and Jim Fielding of Toronto, is flawless through two Gold Series starts and sits atop the division standings with 100 points. Deweys Kate (2:00.2), Dream Act (2:00.1) and Herecomesthebride (1:58) captured the other Gold Series divisions and will all compete in the Mid-Summer Challenge at Mohawk Racetrack on Aug. 5. Ontario Sires Stakes action returns to Georgian Downs on Saturday, July 27 with the second Grassroots leg for the three-year-old pacing colts. For complete results click here Ontario Sires Stakes

WASHINGTON, PA, July 20, 2013—Lonewolf Currier and Sunfire Blue Chip captured Saturday’s $50,000 eliminations for the Delvin Miller Adios at The Meadows and will lead a field of eight into the $500,000 final on Saturday, July 27. Also qualifying were Word Power, Some Kinda Beach, Evenin Of Pleasure, Ultimate Beachboy, Vegas Vacation and Beach Memories. The draw for the final takes place Tuesday, July 23, 12:30 PM and will be carried on Meadows Live! First post Adios Day is 12:20 PM. Lonewolf Currier was away fourth but brushed quickly to the front with a quarter-pole move for John Campbell. But his evening’s work was far from done. First, he had to withstand a first-over bid from Sunshine Beach, who eventually broke stride nearing the final turn. Next challenge was the Lightning Lane charge of Ultimate Beachboy, the recent acquisition of the Ron Burke stable. The son of The Panderosa-Ladyking was up to the task, scoring in a swift 1:48.4 to defeat Ultimate Beachboy by a head, with Vegas Vacation third. “I had to use him a number of times, but he responded very well,” Campbell said of the $110,000 yearling purchase. “He got a little tired at the wire, but he had a right to. I’m very impressed with him. He shows some miles where, if you didn’t use him, he would kick home very strong. But it looked like if you took Evan Pattakhim back here, you would never get in the race. I wanted to give him a good opportunity to get qualified.” Kevin McDermott, who conditions Lonewolf Currier, said he never doubted his colt’s talent and versatility, even when he finished out of the money in three straight races—tough stakes, all—in late June and early July. I’m absolutely pumped,” McDermott said. “He raced awesome. He proved what a good horse he is. We were fighting sickness going into the Meadowlands Pace, but he was a different horse last week (when he won at Harrah’s Philly). I asked John to give him a chance, and it worked out great.” Lonewolf Currier’s win gives the final a local flavor, as he’s owned by prominent southwestern Pennsylvania businessman and philanthropist Fran Azur. For Campbell, it was the 25th victory in an Adios elimination or final, more than twice as many as the runner-up, Ron Pierce. Sunfire Blue Chip, leaving from post 7 for Dave Palone, was looped from the gate by Some Kinda Beach but persevered until clearing. That, Palone said, was part of the plan. “That was kind of by strategy,” Palone said. “I wanted to hold my position and not let both outside horses get around me. I had a lot of confidence in him, and the front was the place to be tonight.” The son of American Ideal-Shot Togo Bluechip had just enough to fend off Word Power, who endured a horrible trip and never saw the cones, by a nose. The hard-used Some Kinda Beach earned show. “Wherever he draws in the final should be fine,” Palone said, “unless he draws outside all the speed and you’re forced to surrender too far back. He’s a pretty impressive horse to drive. He gives you a good try.” Jimmy Takter trains Sunfire Blue Chip, a $75,000 yearling acquisition, for Christina Takter, John Fielding, Jim Fielding, Brixton Medical AB and RAW Equine Inc. by Evan Pattak  

WASHINGTON, PA, July 17, 2013 — Sunfire Blue Chip and Vegas Vacation have been installed as 2-1 and 3-1 favorites, respectively, in Saturday’s eliminations for the $600,000 (est.) Delvin Miller Adios at The Meadows. The final goes the following Saturday with first post at 12:20 PM. Trained by Jimmy Takter, Sunfire Blue Chip won an elimination of the Hempt before finishing a close-up third in the final behind Captain Treacherous and Vegas Vacation. The son of American Ideal-Shot Togo Bluechip has won half his 12 career starts and $142,464 for owners Christina Takter, John Fielding, Jim Fielding, Brixton Medical AB and RAW Equine Inc. He goes from post 7 in Race 6 with Dave Palone aboard. Vegas Vacation took a three-week vacation following two narrow losses to division leader Captain Treacherous in the Hempt, and trainer Casie Coleman reports that the Bettor’s Delight-Don’t You Smile gelding trained well last weekend. West Wins Stable, Adriano Sorella, Anthony Beaton and Phyllis Saunders own Vegas Vacation, a career winner of $306,851, who goes from the rail in Race 7 for Brian Sears. On July 20, The Meadows, in association with HorseTourneys.com, will conduct a “Pick & Pray” handicapping contest, with the winner earning a berth in the 2014 World Harness Handicapping Contest. (Those interested in registering or learning more should visit the Web site horsetourneys.com and check out the free past performances at TrackMaster.) In addition, in cooperation with the United States Trotting Association’s Strategic Wagering Program, The Meadows will offer a Pick 4 (races 4-7) with a guaranteed $7,500 pool. The July 20 card gets underway at 6:55 PM. Fields for the Adios eliminations, in post-position order with drivers and morning line odds: Race 6 1. Dew N Doughnuts Mile Wilder 20-1 2. Dedi’s Dragon Matt Kakaley 3-1 3. Twilight Bonfire Corey Callahan 12-1 4. Evenin Of Pleasure Brett Miller 12-1 5. Hail The Taxi John Campbell 20-1 6. Martini Hanover Brian Sears 10-1 7. Sunfire Blue Chip Dave Palone 2-1 8. Some Kinda Beach Andy Miller 6-1 9. Word Power Jim Morrill, Jr. 4-1 Race 7 1. Vegas Vacation Brian Sears 3-1 2. Resistance Futile Andrew McCarthy 5-1 3. Sunshine Beach George Brennan 4-1 4. Eddie Sweat Brett Miller 6-1 5. Good Day Mate Jim Morrill, Jr. 5-1 6. Lonewolf Currier John Campbell 12-1 7. Ultimate Beachboy Dave Palone 20-1 8. Source Of Pride Matt Kakaley 6-1 9. Beach Memories Corey Callahan 12-1 by Evan Pattak  

The Historic stakes for all divisions of harness racing three year olds will be raced on Sunday at Tioga Downs for total purses of nearly $250,000.

Harness racing owner John Fielding feels the 'success pendulum' may be swinging upward again for Uncle Peter. He hopes to see proof of that from his 4-year-old trotter in Sunday's $250,000 Maxie Lee Memorial at Harrah's Philadelphia.

John Fielding, one of the most prominent owners in harness racing, will be well represented in this Saturday's $1 million Canadian Trotting Classic at Mohawk.

John Fielding is one of harness racing's most successful owners. He has won numerous harness racing stakes races over the years, including 10 Breeders Crown trophies, which is good for second place in the history of the series, and was named the sport's owner of the year in 2011 by the U.S. Harness Writers Association.

One could determine from See You At Peelers' harness racing accomplishments that she was special on the racetrack. In the eyes of those around her, though, it was unnecessary to look merely at paper for such assurance. It was evident by the way she went to work.

Not Afraid showed his courage, holding off Frost Bites K at the wire for a head victory in the $138,300 Dexter Cup for harness racing three-year-old trotters on Saturday, May 5, 2012 at Freehold Raceway.

She earned nearly $200,000 throughout her harness racing debut season while only capturing one race, but last year Cedar Dove compensated her connections' conviction in her ability by posting victories in five of her last seven appearances en route to her selection as the 2011 Dan Patch Award champion 3-year-old filly trotter.

Harness racing driver Doug McNair made the most of his trip to Woodbine Racetrack on Friday evening as the young reinsman captured two of four divisions of the opening leg of the $20,000 HorsePlayer Interactive Series (HPI).

The $330,000 Progress Pace Final and three Matron sophomore finals headline a $772,930 stakes-laden Sunday (Nov. 13 ) harness racing card at Dover Downs. Post time is 5:30 p.m.

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