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For the second straight week, In The Arsenal has become the official harness racing “dragon slayer” of unbeaten top two-year-old pacing colts. Last week it was the top rated Artspeak in the $72,000 International Stallion Stake at Lexington’s Red Mile. Artspeak was going for his eighth straight win and just as In The Arsenal started to come up on Artspeak, Artspeak went off-stride and finish third. Sunday it was the unbeaten Yankee Bounty who suffered his first defeat after eight straight wins as In The Arsenal collared him at the top of the stretch and blew him away in the $34,126 Historic Series Goshen Cup at Harrah’s Philadelphia. Who may be next? Driven by Brian Sears, In The Arsenal left from post two and parked out Yankee Bounty (Yannick Gingras) to the opening quarter mile in a speedy :26.2. Then with no one willing to try and come first-over, Yankee Bounty cut fractions of :54.2 and 1:22.3, but it was all to no avail. As soon as Sears pulled In The Arsenal from the pocket, they tore after Yankee Bounty and then pulled away in the stretch to win by two and one-quarter lengths in 1:50.4. It was the third straight win for the son of American Ideal, who is trained by Kelvin Harrison and was bred and is owned by White Birch Farm of Allentown, NJ.  In The Arsenal paid $11.40 to win. In the $34,626 second division of the Goshen Cup, ASAP Hanover and driver Tim Tetrick were stung early to the opening quarter mile in :27 by Lone Survivor (Ron Pierce) and once on the lead was collared by Hall Of Terror (Marcus Miller), but then regained the lead by the three-quarters and pulled away for a seven and three-quarter length romp in 1:51.3. Stover (Brett Miller) was second with Yankee Heaven (Brian Sears) third. Sired by Somebeachsomewhere, ASAP Hanover is trained by Linda Toscano, owned by John Mehlembacher of Ontario and paid $3.60 to win. Tom Fanning’s Betting Exchange won the $24,126 third Goshen Cup division for driver David Miller in 1:52.2 over My Hero Ron (Marcus Miller) with Dragon Eddy (Mike Simons) third. Fanning trains the son of Bettor’s Delight and co-owns him with Howard Taylor and Susan Kajfasz. The $51,190 Harriman Cup for two-year-old trotting colts saw No Reason At All and driver Tim Tetrick win the first division in 1:57 over Don’t Mind Me (Howard Parker) and Mesmerized (Scott Zeron). Mike Simons drove Explosive Drama to victory in the $51,190 second division with a 1:56.1 triumph. They took command of the race after the opening quarter mile and went on to win by one length over Ralph R (Marcus Miller) and Commentary (Yannick Gingras). By Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink.com

Freehold, NJ --- In The Arsenal was away from the races for seven weeks this summer because of illness, but the layoff might have turned into a blessing in disguise. During the recently completed Grand Circuit meet at The Red Mile in Lexington, In The Arsenal won divisions of the Bluegrass and International Stallion stakes. He won his Bluegrass split in a national season’s best 1:49.4 for a 2-year-old pacer and captured his International Stallion division by a length over Cartoon Daddy as previously unbeaten Artspeak went off stride in the stretch and finished third. On Sunday (Oct. 12), In The Arsenal faces another undefeated colt – Yankee Bounty – in the first of three Historic-Goshen Cup divisions at Harrah’s Philadelphia. In The Arsenal, who has won four of seven races, starts from post No. 2 with driver Brian Sears at the lines for trainer Kelvin Harrison. He is 8-5 on the morning line. Yankee Bounty, who is 8-for-8 this year, leaves from post four with Yannick Gingras driving for Ron Burke. He is 9-5. “I’ve never seen one get a nice break during their 2-year-old year where it doesn’t help,” Harrison said about In The Arsenal being sidelined. “He was really sick and missed quite a bit of time before we got him back nice and healthy. His first race at Lexington was a huge mile because he really hadn’t had a good run in him in a couple of months. It was a really good race.”  In The Arsenal is a son of American Ideal out of the mare Ladyotra. He was bred by White Birch Farm, who bought back the colt for $7,500 at the 2013 Standardbred Horse Sale. Harrison attributed the price to In The Arsenal’s then-smallish size, as well as the fact he was the 14th foal out of the then-21-year-old Ladyotra. “I think that kind of determined his price at Harrisburg, because he was really small,” Harrison said. “But he had great conformation, he was well put together.” And during this summer’s respite, he matured physically. “He did grow a lot, no question,” Harrison said. “I was looking at him in the paddock the other day and thought he measured up pretty good to those other horses now. He’s a big-gaited horse too. Even if they’re a small horse, when they’re big gaited they always look bigger on the track.” Prior to his illness, In The Arsenal won two of four races, including the Lawrence B. Sheppard Pace at Yonkers Raceway. One of his setbacks came when he started from post eight at Yonkers in a division of the New York Sire Stakes. Upon returning from his layoff, the colt started from post seven and went off-stride in the Standardbred Stakes at the Delaware County Fair in Ohio, but since then has been perfect.  “The post position kind of sets it for you at Delaware,” Harrison said. “If you’re inside, you can kind of roll, but if you’re outside you’re kind of at the mercy of it. He was just a little fired up there.” In The Arsenal is eligible to the Matron Stakes and Breeders Crown in November. Harrison thinks the colt has all the tools to remain a top performer in the 2-year-old ranks. “He’s got a good shot at it,” Harrison said. “He’s nice and sound and he’s doing everything well. He’s a good colt.” In the second Historic-Goshen Cup division, International Stallion Stakes division winner Hall Of Terror is the 5-2 morning line favorite. Reynolds Stakes division winner Dragon Eddy is the 8-5 choice in the third division. There also will be two divisions of the Historic-Harriman Cup for 2-year-old male trotters on Sunday at Philly. Don’t Mind Me is the 9-5 favorite in the first division and Ralph R is the 8-5 favorite in the second split. In The Arsenal by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications 

Artspeak’s unbeaten streak has ended after seven straight wins as the two-year-old colt had the lead in the stretch and made a break as In The Arsenal came on the inside to win the $72,000 International Stallion Stake at Lexington’s Red Mile Saturday. It was In The Arsenal and driver Brian Sears who was on top first at the start with Blood Brother (Brett Miller) getting the two-hole trip to the opening quarter mile in :28.1. Then at the half mile marker in :56, driver Scott Zeron sent Artspeak first-over and they cleared to the lead as Cartoon Daddy (Yannick Gingras), who was rough gaited behind the starting gate, had rebounded and was second-over then first-over to the three-quarters in 1:24. As they started down the stretch, Artspeak seemed to be in total command but just as Sears moved In The Arsenal to the inside to mount a challenge, Artspeak went off-stride. In The Arsenal passed him by and then held off Cartoon Daddy to win by one and one-half lengths in 1:51.3. Artspeak was able to get back on stride to finish third. “My colt does get a little funny in the hole,” Sears said, “So we wanted to get in front early. I know the other colt (Artspeak) is usually so strong once on the lead and don’t know what happened to him down the lane, maybe saw something, but my colt had a lot of pace. We were able to get up on the inside and avoid the break and it all worked out.” Sired by American Ideal, it was the fourth win in just seven starts this year for In The Arsenal. He is trained by Kelvin Harrison and is owned and bred by White Birth Farm of Allentown, NJ. He paid $11.60 to win. In The Arsenal Hall Of Terror returned the biggest payoff of the ISS quartet, winning in 1:51.3 at odds of 15-1. Talking Points gained control easily, with Soto tucking into second, and Reggiano into third. Talking Points, uncontested for the first half of the mile, set splits of :27 and :55.2 (:28.2). Joe Hill edged outward and began to pace towards Talking Points around the far turn. Hall Of Terror drafted behind, and watched as Talking Points and Joe Hill were eye-to-eye through a 1:23.4 (:29.2) third quarter. Joe Hill soon claimed a slight advantage over Talking Points in the stretch. Hall Of Terror fanned off cover and soared to the front. Dude’s The Man came into contention and took second, but could only manage second behind Hall Of Terror, pacing to victory in 1:51.3 (:27.4). Soto finished third, and Talking Points was fourth. The son of Western Terror-Maytime Hall-Cambest returned $32.60 to win, with the $2 exacta, over the 8/5 favorite, returning $118.80. Owned by Erv Miller Stables, Paymaq Racing, R. Michelon, and L. Willinger, trained by Erv Miller, and driven by Mark MacDonald, he paced a lifetime best effort of 1:51.3. This win also pushes his seasonal earnings to $91,538. “Erv [Miller] really worked him hard,” driver Mark MacDonald said. “He told me that he trained him [Hall Of Terror] up really, really hard, and he wasn’t happy with him last week. He was a little flat; he added Lasix today, and the real-hard training trip, the Lasix, everything worked out.” “We got a great trip,” MacDonald also said. “Anytime you can get a trip like that, and get towed to the head of the stretch, you get lucky; he [Hall Of Terror] paced home good.” Hall Of Terror Rich Wisdom sat behind horses battling for control, and made his move around the far turn to sweep by rivals and win in 1:51. Jd He’s Da’ Bomb blasted of the gate, while Mcardles Lightning battled for the lead from the pylons. At the quarter, Mcardles Lightning abandoned the pocket, and rushed for control. Pacing past that split in :27, Jd He’s Da Bomb attempted to park Mcardles Lighting, but failed to do so. Asap Hanover soon pulled first over, and was up to Mcardles Lighting’s wheel through a :54.3 (:27.3) half. Clearing command entering the far turn, Asap Hanover was bracing for the challenge of 4/5-favorite Rich Wisdom, who was pacing in third through a 1:23.1 (:28.2) third quarter.  Rich Wisdom came alongside Asap Hanover in the stretch, soon leaving him in his dust. Mccardles Lighting took second, while Asap Hanover held third from closing Penji Hanover and Stover. Rich Wisdom was victorious in 1:51 (:27.4). Returning $3.80 to win, the son of Dragon Again-Wisdom-Artsplace is owned by Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, Jjk Stables, and Phil Collura, trained by Ron Burke, and driven by Yannick Gingras. Pacing a lifetime best, his bankroll now stands at $142,290. “I raced him in a Sires Stake consolation in Pennsylvania, and he was okay that day,” driver Yannick Gingras said. “Seems like he’s figured things out [since then]. He went to Indiana, and raced really good [in the Elevation]. Both of his starts here in Lexington have been awesome.” “I was a little bit worried with my colt,” Gingras also said. “He’s usually a little bit of an aggressive colt, but today he was behind the starting car and he completely dropped the bit on me. For the whole race, I couldn’t get him onto the bit, so I wasn’t sure how good he was going to be, but he just kept on going.” Rich Wisdom Sent off the 1-2-public choice, Lost For Words made his striking move around the far turn, winning by nearly 4 lengths in 1:50.4. The pace was set by Gallic Beach, putting up fractions of :27.2 and :54.3 (:27.1). Berkley drafted in the pocket, Traceur Hanover raced third, and Lost For Words sat fourth. Traceur Hanover was flushed by Lost For Words around the far turn, and soon swept by pacesetter Gallic Beach through a 1:23 (:28.2) third quarter. His lead was short-lived, as Lost For Words fanned off cover and, under a hand drive, zoomed by his foes. Traceur Hanover held second, and Freedomformysoul finished third in a 1:50.4 (:27.4) mile. Owned by Country Club Acres, William Robinson, Richard Lombardo, and Strollin Stables, trained by Joe Holloway, and driven by David Miller, the Well Said-Thou Shalt Not-Real Desire colt lowered his lifetime mark of 1:51.1 equaled at Lexington last week. Now with earnings of $186,337, he paid $3.00 to win. Lost For Words Live racing resumes on Sunday, October 5 with the $89,000 Allerage Filly and Mare Trot, $90,000 Allerage Filly and Mare Pace, $173,000 Allerage Open Trot, $160,500 Allerage Open Pace, $224,000 Kentucky Filly Futurity, and the $435,000 Kentucky Futurity. Post time for closing day of The Red Mile’s meeting is set for 1:00pmEDT. By Steven Wolf and Ray Cotolo, for Harnesslink.com

LEXINGTON, KY-- Harness racing freshmen colt pacers congregated at The Red Mile on Saturday, September 27 to compete in four divisions of the $331,000 Bluegrass Stakes, the fastest In The Arsenal in 1:49.4. In his first mile since his Metro Pace triumph, undefeated Artspeak led for nearly every step as the 1/9 favorite, winning in 1:51.3. Sicily and Blood Brother battled for the top while Artspeak floated off the gate, and got parked in fourth. He soon sprinted up to race-leader Sicily and cleared command after a :27.2 first quarter. Left alone on top, Artspeak rolled to the half in :55.4 (:28.2). Blood Brother soon edged to the outside and began to pursuit Artspeak. With Hall Of Terror tracking his move, Blood Brother paced up to Artspeak's wheel at three-quarters in 1:24.3 (:28.4). Artspeak turned away Blood Brother's challenge, and, while not drawing away, was striding towards the finish. Sicily slid up the inside to take second, and Traceur Hanover was storming down the center of the course, but had to settle for third as Artspeak crossed the line in front in 1:51.3 (:27). Owned by Brittany Farms, Marvin Katz, Joe Sbrocco, and In The Gym Partners, trained by Tony Alagna, and driven by Scott Zeron, the divisional leader has earned $479,575 this season. A son of Western Ideal-The Art Museum-Artsplace, he returned $2.10 to win. "They got close to me because we went a soft third quarter, but when they looked him in the eye, he [Artspeak] took off like a good horse," driver Scott Zeron said. "He's pretty smart; he has a closed bridle, so he can't see them coming, but he can hear them, even through the earplugs. He was pretty full tonight." "He's a sweetheart to drive," Scott Zeron also said. "He acts like an aged pacer already, so my job is easy." Artspeak New York Sires Stakes champion Cartoon Daddy traveled patiently around the track and swept passed his cover and rivals to win in 1:50.1. David Miller sent Talking Points for the front and battled with Gallic Beach for that spot. Sprinting by her approaching the quarter, Talking Points led through a :27.4 first panel. After an uncontested half in :55 (:27.1), Jake Blue Chip tipped first over with Cartoon Daddy on his back. Jake Blue Chip stalled in his bid midway through the turn, but soon rushed towards Talking Points to apply pressure. The duo hooked into battle through a 1:23.1 (:28.1) third quarter. Jake Blue Chip quickly abandoned the battle, while Cartoon Daddy fanned wide and began to rally down the center of the course. Gallic Beach slid by Talking Points at the pylons to quickly gain control, but it was soon revoked by Cartoon Daddy in a 1:50.1 (:27) mile, a lifetime mark. Bankrolling $249,067 this year, the Art Major-Ask Alice-The Panderosa colt is owned by Burke Racing Stable and Joseph Di Scala, trained by Ron Burke and driven by Yannick Gingras. Sent off the 4/5 favorite, he paid $3.80 to win. "I knew the cover was good enough, but it was just if the horse [Cartoon Daddy] was good enough," trainer Ron Burke said. "That was a good-enough trip that he should win if he was the best. He raced good; the horse up the rail [Gallic Beach] bothered me more than the trip." Cartoon Daddy The Well Said-Thou Shalt Not-Real Desire colt Lost For Words maintained control of the field for the latter stages of the mile and sprinted to victory in 1:51.1. Bet You floated towards the front, with Penji Hanover tucking into second and Lost For Words getting away in third. After an opening split in :30, David Miller signaled Lost For Words to brush to the top. Stubborn to lose control, Bet You stretched out the 2/5 favorite to the best of his ability, but Lost For Words gained control through a :56.1 (:26.1) half. Attempting to slow down the third quarter, Berkley led a two-wide cavalry charge towards the top, tracked by Lone Survivor and Tyd Theglyde. Lost For Words was revved-up for a quarter-mile sprint after reaching three-quarters in 1:24.4 (:28.3). Edging 4-lengths clear from Bet You, Lost For Words flew down to the wire in 1:51.1 (:26.2). Bet You settled for second, Penji Hanover closed for third and Lone Survivor finished fourth. The $2.80 winner has earned $150,337 this year for owners Country Club Acres, William Robinson, Richard Lombardo, and The Strollin Stables. Trained by Brian Brown, Lost For Words equaled his lifetime best of 1:51.1 at Harrah's Philadelphia. "He had to work pretty good to get back there [to the lead]," driver David Miller said. "He got a third-quarter breather, and he was strolling coming home." "He's been really good all season long," Dave Miller also said. "I overdrove him in the final of the [Pennsylvania] Sires Stakes, but he's made up for it in the last couple of weeks." Lost For Words Lawrence B. Sheppard champion In The Arsenal pulled off a 25-1 upset in the closing division, doing so over Rich Wisdom in 1:49.4. Several colts contested in the early pace, with Well Well Well gaining control after a :27.3 quarter. Southwind Masimo soon edged to the outside to take the front, with In The Arsenal on his back and The Wayfaring Man. In The Arsenal took control after a :55 (:27.2) half. After a 1:23 (:28) third quarter, In The Arsenal braced for the bids of Rich Wisdom and Freedomformysoul towards the center of the course. Once Rich Wisdom came within a length of In The Arsenal, he quickly responded to driver Brian Sears' encouragement and crossed the line in 1:49.4 (:26.4). A son of American Ideal-Ladyotra-On The Road Again, he has earned $118,655 this season for owner White Birch Farms. Trained by Kelvin Harrison, his mile of 1:49.4 was a lifetime mark. He paid $52.20 to win. "He won the Sheppard earlier," Brian Sears said. "On a half-mile track, he showed some ability. His manners have been unruly at times, but he has a very good gait, very willing and loves to race horses. He tries all the way. The only thing we've had problems with is his manners at times, but he has tons of talent." In The Arsenal Live racing resumes on Sunday, September 28, with the $173,400 Bluegrass for three-year-old filly trotters and the $187,200 Bluegrass for three-year-old colt trotters. Post time is slated for 1:00pmEDT. Race replays of action from The Red Mile can be found on our YouTube channel: Red Mile Harness. By Ray Cotolo, for The Red Mile

Although he is still relatively new as an owner, Lindsey Rankin understands how rare it is to find a top racehorse. So he is trying to enjoy the ride with Lady Shadow to the fullest. Lady Shadow is among 22 horses in Wednesday's $298,100 Jugette for 3-year-old female pacers at the Delaware County Fair in Ohio. The field was divided into three eliminations, from which the top three in each will advance to the same-day final. The winner of 10 of 18 career races, Lady Shadow competes in the first elimination. She drew post No. 2 for the son-and-father team of driver Doug McNair and trainer Gregg McNair and is the 5-2 morning line favorite. Beach Gal, who is coming off a third-place finish in the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championship, is the 5-2 favorite in the second elimination. She starts from post four for driver Tim Tetrick and trainer Dave Menary. Gettingreadytoroll, who has won three in a row including the Simcoe Stakes and Miss New Jersey, is the 5-2 choice in the third division. She will start from post two with Yannick Gingras at the lines for trainer Jimmy Takter. Lady Shadow has earned $426,753 in her career, racing to this point only in Ontario. "We've only been in it for five years, but I think she's probably our once-in-a-lifetime horse," said Rankin, a Michigan resident who owns Lady Shadow with his wife, Connie. "So we're going to try to enjoy it. It would be nice to make the final. We have family and friends coming to see her. "She's got a lot of ability. She's a really nice filly. She's got a big heart. It's been a lot of fun." Lady Shadow won five of eight races last year, including the Battle of the Belles at Grand River Raceway, and finished second by a neck in the Ontario Sire Stakes championship. So far this season, Lady Shadow has won five of 10 starts, including the Standardbred Breeders of Ontario Association final and two preliminary divisions of the Ontario Sire Stakes Gold Series. She won her elimination for the Canadian Breeders Championship by more than eight lengths in a career-best 1:49.2 on July 12 at Mohawk, but went off stride at the start of the final on a sloppy track and finished sixth. But even with the miscue, which left her trailing the early leaders by 27 lengths after the first quarter and 21 lengths at the halfway point, she missed by just 1-3/4 lengths. "We're not really sure what happened," Rankin said. "Doug said she was fumbly gaited and just started to run. Once he set her, she was fine, but he wasn't real sure what that was all about. She did that once earlier this year too. She's kind of a hot head sometimes. She's settled down as the season has gone on, but at the beginning of the year she was a lot to handle. "She's got a lot of speed, but sometimes she's hard to rate. She likes to be put up in the front, in contention, from the get-go." Rankin owned horses for three years beginning in 1979, but got out of the sport because of the demands of running a business that supplies graphic design equipment. Five years ago, he asked his then 11-year-old daughter Abby if she wanted to get a horse, and when the young girl's eyes lit up, he was back in the game. "Now we're kind of hooked back into it," said the now-retired Rankin, who owns six horses. He bought Lady Shadow for $19,000 at the Forest City Sale in Ontario. The filly is a daughter of 2008 Little Brown Jug winner Shadow Play out of the mare Lady Camella. The dam's family includes 1962 Little Brown Jug winner Lehigh Hanover as well as famed trotter Peter Volo. "I liked a lot about her; her conformation," Rankin said. "She's always been high strung. We had a lot of issues with her when she was a yearling. She was always trying to do something stupid, but we got through it all. "We've been real happy with her this year. She paces a half-mile track just as well as she does a big track, so we think she deserves a shot." Below are the elimination fields for the Jugette in post order with drivers, trainers, and morning line odds. Elim One: 1. Shell Bell, Kurt Sugg, Kurt Sugg, 12-1; 2. Lady Shadow, Doug McNair, Gregg McNair, 5-2; 3. Color's A Virgin, Trace Tetrick, Brian Brown, 4-1; 4. Southwind Silence, Matt Kakaley, Ron Burke, 6-1; 5. Ali Blue, Yannick Gingras, Jimmy Takter, 5-1; 6. Beach Body, Ron Pierce, Chris Oakes, 10-1; 7. Also Encouraging, David Miller, Casie Coleman, 7-2. Elim Two: 1. Uffizi Hanover, David Miller, Jimmy Takter, 4-1; 2. Allstar Rating, Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke, 7-2; 3. Somethinincredible, Ron Pierce, Bob McIntosh, 8-1; 4. Beach Gal, Tim Tetrick, Dave Menary, 5-2; 5. Fits Well, Scott Zeron, Brian Brown, 12-1; 6. Gallie Bythe Beach, John Campbell, Jim Campbell, 10-1; 7. A La Notte Hanover, Matt Kakaley, Ron Burke, 8-1; 8. Sectionline Aqua, Brett Miller, Steve Bauder, 5-1. Elim Three: 1. Cut A Deal, Jim Pantaleano, Nick Surick, 12-1; 2. Gettingreadytoroll, Yannick Gingras, Jimmy Takter, 5-2; 3. Beautiful Lady, Matt Kakaley, Ron Burke, 5-1; 4. Someislandsomwhere, Ron Pierce, Casie Coleman, 6-1; 5. Candy's A Virgin, Trace Tetrick, Brian Brown, 4-1; 6. Sandbetweenurtoes, Brett Miller, Larry Remmen, 7-2; 7. Beach Story, David Miller, Kelvin Harrison, 8-1. by Ken Weingartner, for Harness Racing Communications

A field of 22 filly pacers will compete for the $298,100 Jugette on Wednesday, September 17 at the Delaware County Fairgrounds. In the first elimination Lady Shadow (Doug McNair) has been named the 5-2 morning line favorite. The Shadow Play lass has won two straight races in Ontario Sire Stakes action and has bankrolled $236,861 this season for Lindsey and Connie Rankin of Lexington, MI.  Beach Gal (Tim Tetrick) was tapped the top choice in the $39,746 second elimination. The Somebeachsomewhere filly owns a 1:49.3 mark at Mohawk Raceway and has limetime earnings of 358,096. Beach Gal is trained by David Menary for Kenneth Ewen, Hewvilla Farms, Denis Breton and Larry Menary all of Ontario. The final elimination is shaping up to be a battle between Gettingreadytoroll (Yannick Gingras) and Sandbetweenurtoes (Brett Miller)  Gettingreadytoroll is coming into the Jugette off a 1:49.4 victory in the $191,074 Simcoe Stakes. Gettingreadytoroll is campaigned by John and Jim Fielding and the 2014 Lady Pace Honoree, Christina Takter. Jimmy Takter trains the daughter of Rocknroll Hanover. Sandbetweenurtoes has won eight of nine seasonal starts and has won nearly $250,000 this year. Larry Remmen trains the daughter of Somebeachsomewhere for Bradley Grant of Milton, Ontario.  44th Jugette -- Three-Year-Old Filly Pace PP Horse (Driver/Trainer) Odds 1st Elimination $39,746    1. Shell Bell (Kurt Sugg/Kurt Sugg)    12-1    2. Lady Shadow (Doug McNair/Gregg McNair)    5-2    3. Color’s A Virgin (Trace Tetrick/Brian Brown)    4-1    4. Southwind Silence (Matt Kakaley/Ron Burke)      6-1    5. Ali Blue (Yannick Gingras/Jimmy Takter)   5-1    6. Beach Body (Ron Pierce/Chris Oakes) 10-1    7. Also Encouraging (David Miller/Casie Coleman)   7-2 2nd Elimination $39,746    1. Uffizi Hanover (David Miller/Jimmy Takter)      4-1    2. Allstar Rating (Yannick Gingras/Ron Burke)      7-2    3. Somethinincredible (John Campbell/Robert McIntosh) 8-1    4. Beach Gal (Tim Tetrick/David Menary)      5-2    5. Fits Well (Scott Zeron/Brian Brown) 12-1    6. Gallie Bythe Beach (John Campbell/Jim Campbell) 10-1    7. A La Notte Hanover (Yannick Gingras/Ron Burke)  8-1    8. Sectionline Aqua (TBA/Steve Bauder) 5-1 3rd Elimination $39,746    1. Cut A Deal (Brett Miller/Nick Surick)     12-1    2. Gettingreadytoroll (Yannick Gingras/Jimmy Takter) 5-2    3. Beautiful Lady (Yannick Gingras/Ron Burke)      5-1    4. Someislandsomwhere (Brett Miller/Casie Coleman) 6-1    5. Candy’s A Virgin (Trace Tetrick/Brian Brown)    4-1    6. Sandbetweenurtoes (Brett Miller/Larry Remmen)   7-2    7. Beach Story (Yannick Gingras/Kelvin Harrison)   8-1 Top three finishers in each elimination will return for the $178,862 final. by Jay Wolf, for the Little Brown Jug

“I really feared for my life,” said harness racing trainer Kelvin Harrison, after the truck and trailer he was riding in caught fire and burned to the ground Wednesday afternoon. Luckily, the three horses in the trailer and the equipment were safely removed. The incident happened just 20 miles from Pocono Downs outside of Wilks-Barrie, PA around 4:00 pm. Harrison was traveling with Enrico Robinson, assistant trainer for P J Fraley, using Fraley’s truck and trailer. They had left earlier in the day from Freehold, NJ. Of the three horses going to race at Pocono Downs that evening, one was Fraley’s, one was Harrison’s and one was Mark Kesmodel’s. “I was actually taking a little nap,” Harrison said, “When all of a sudden there was this noise and banging coming from the engine of the truck. Then we saw smoke and Enrico pulled right over. “He was able to find a spot that was sort of a side service road and pulled over,” Harrison explained, “So we were around 40 feet from the main highway. But once we stopped the truck the flames started shooting up and around the hood of the truck. “I told Enrico that we had to get the horses out right away,” Harrison said. “We got the race bike off, opened the trailer and then Andrew McCarthy, a driver who was also going to race at Pocono Downs, pulled over and he came over and helped us and we got the three horses out of the trailer safely. “Then a Good Samaritan whose name I can’t recall pulled over,” Harrison added, “and he said his daughter has a riding horse and he wanted to help so we gave him one of the horses to hold. “Then a fire truck arrived,” Harrison said, “And with their help we were able to get all of the equipment out of the trailer before both the truck and trailer were engulfed in flames and burned to the ground, totally demolished. It was so hot in the equipment room of the trailer that one of coolers was all singed.” Kelvin Harrison said that if the truck was not diesel but a gas truck, it could have been much worse. “I knew we have enough time to at least get the horses out,” Harrison explained,” because it was a diesel truck and it would take a while if it would have blown up. If it had been a gas truck it would have blown right away. We were so lucky. As it was the fuel tank still blew up with a major explosion that nearly spooked the horses so bad they almost got away.” “Andrew McCarthy, the firemen, especially that Good Samaritan who stayed the entire time helping us, nearly an hour and a half,” said Harrison, “they helped bring a happy ending to this event. If not for them it would have been a lot worse than it was.” Harrison said that traffic was tied up for miles and that by the time they got to Pocono Downs, one of the horses was too late to the paddock and was scratched while the other two raced but did not do well after the traumatic experience. “I don’t what could have happened to set that truck on fire,” Harrison said. “I feel sorry for PJ Fraley as he lost a good truck and a nice four-horse trailer. I have never been in a situation like this before and hope to never experience it again. It was very scary.” By Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink.com

This Week: Delvin Miller Adios final, Adioo Volo and Arden Downs, The Meadows, Washington, Pa.; John Cashman Jr. Memorial, Lady Liberty, Peter Haughton Memorial and Merrie Annabelle eliminations, Meadowlands Racetrack, East Rutherford, N.J. Schedule of events: Grand Circuit actions kicks off this Friday (July 25) at The Meadows with four divisions in the $80,000 Arden Downs for 2-year-old colt trotters and three divisions in the $60,000 Arden Downs for 2-year-old filly trotters. The Saturday (July 26) card at The Meadows features the $400,000 Delvin Miller Adios final and $30,000 Adios consolation for 3-year-old colt pacers, a single division in the $114,175 Adioo Volo for 3-year-old filly pacers, three divisions in the $75,000 Arden Downs for 2-year-old colt pacers, two divisions in the $75,000 Arden Downs for 2-year-old filly pacers, two divisions in the $65,310 Arden Downs for 3-year-old colt trotters and two divisions in the $54,952 Arden Downs for 3-year-old filly trotters. Meadowlands Racetrack will offer four sets of elimination races this week, with all the finals slated for the Hambletonian card of Saturday (Aug. 2). On Friday, the Meadowlands will host two $20,000 eliminations in the Merrie Annabelle for 2-year-old filly trotters and a single $20,000 elimination in the Peter Haughton Memorial for 2-year-old colt trotters. On Saturday the program will feature two $50,000 eliminations in the John Cashman Jr. Memorial for older trotters and a single $40,000 elimination in the Lady Liberty for older pacing mares. Complete entries for the races are available at this link. Last time: Intimidate, trained by Luc Blais and driven by Sylvain Filion, pulled off a 45-1 upset over the heavily favored Sebastian K in the $560,790 Maple Leaf Trot this past Saturday at Mohawk Racetrack. Intimidate won the Maple Leaf Trot by a nose over Sebastian K. Sent postward as the 1-5 favorite, Sebastian K got away in second behind post ten starter Modern Family who was sent hard to the lead over the 'sloppy' track to post an opening quarter of :26.4. In the second quarter, trainer-driver Ake Svandstedt sent Sebastian K to the lead and controlled the race through the middle half with fractions of :57.3 and 1:26.4. Intimidate got away in sixth and picked up cover in the second quarter behind Flanagan Memory and was towed around the final turn second-over and just a few lengths away from Sebastian K. In the stretch, Sebastian K continued to dig in and tried to hold off his challengers, but Intimidate in the final stride nailed the heavy favorite to win the 63rd edition of the Maple Leaf Trot in 1:54.2. Market Share, the 2013 Maple Leaf Trot winner, came off the rail and made a late charge on the far outside to finish third. The Maple Leaf Trot victory was the third win in seven starts this season for Intimidate, a 5-year-old son of Justice Hall-Fabulous Tag, owned by Determination and Judith Farrow. In other Grand Circuit action over the weekend, Clear Vision broke the Northfield Park track record for older pacing geldings, posting a 1:49.3 win in the 29th edition of the $150,000 Battle of Lake Erie. Clear Vision (Western Hanover-Artistic Vision) is owned by the partnership of Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, The Panhellenic Stable and James Koran. He is trained by Ron Burke, who called upon Brett Miller to drive. Clear Vision started from post four and immediately advanced a position when Bolt The Duer made an uncharacteristic break to his inside. He was still sitting third at the :26.2 opening quarter. Miller pulled Clear Vision in the second panel and he remained first-over through times of :54.2 and 1:22. Clear Vision locked horns with pacesetter Night Pro in the last turn and bested him by two lengths in the stretch, stopping the timer at 1:49.3. Foiled Again finished third. In The Arsenal (Eric Goodell) never had an anxious moment this past Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $125,000 final of the Lawrence B. Sheppard Pace in 1:56.4. In the Arsenal opened 2-3/4 lengths on the field in and out of the final turn. A pocketed Rock N' Roll World cosmetically cut the final margin down to three-quarters of a length in 1:56.4. Third went to a stubborn Parklane Eagle. Second choice In the Arsenal, a White Birch Farm homebred son of American Ideal-Ladyotra trained by Kelvin Harrison, returned $6.30 for his second win in three seasonal/career starts. Complete recaps of all the weekend races are available at the Grand Circuit website. Grand Circuit Standings: In 2014, the Grand Circuit leaders in three categories (driver, trainer and owner) will once again be tracked on a points system (20-10-5 for the top three finishers in divisions/finals and 10-5-2 for the top three finishers in eliminations/legs). Winbak Farms is the sponsor for the 2014 Grand Circuit awards. Here are the leaders following the past weekend. Drivers: 1. Yannick Gingras - 437; 2. Tim Tetrick - 434; 3. Ron Pierce - 292; 4. Brian Sears - 205; 5. George Brennan - 174.5. Trainers: 1. Ron Burke - 767.5; 2. Jimmy Takter - 397; 3. PJ Fraley - 189; 4. Ray Schnittker - 184; 5. Joe Holloway - 152. Owners: 1. Burke Racing - 177.8; 2. Weaver Bruscemi - 160.3; 3. Bamond Racing - 146.5; 4. 3 Brothers Stable - 92; 5. Brad Grant - 79.5. Looking ahead: Grand Circuit action will be taking place next weekend at Meadowlands Racetrack, Balmoral Park and Tioga Downs. Meadowlands Racetrack will host nine Grand Circuit events, led by the $1.2 million Hambletonian, the first leg of Trotting's Triple Crown for 3-year-olds. Balmoral Park will contest Hanover Stakes for 2-year-old colt and filly pacers and trotters. Tioga Downs will race Tompkins-Geers stakes for 2-year-old colt and filly pacers. by Paul Ramlow, for the Grand Circuit        

When no one put in a decent bid at the yearling sales for In The Arsenal, White Birch Farms of Allentown, NJ decided to buy their homebred son of American Ideal back and gave him to trainer Kelvin Harrison to prepare for the races. And that move has paid off royally as In The Arsenal was able to lead from start to finish in capturing the $125,000 final of the Lawrence B. Sheppard Pace final for two-year-olds Saturday at Yonkers Raceway. Driven by Eric Goodell, In The Arsenal was sent right to the lead from start and by the first turn he not only well in command but his main rival, the 2/5 favorite Cartoon Daddy (George Brennan), could not handle the first turn, became rough gated and went off stride. From that point on no one could come close to In The Arsenal as Goodell held the field at bay through fractions of :27.4, :58.4 and 1:28.4 before sprinting home to an easy one and one-quarter length triumph in 1:56.4. Rock N’ Roll World (Eric Carlson), who had the two-hole trip at odds of 42-1, was second with Parklane Eagle (Jordan Stratton) third. “(In the Arsenal) dragged me out of there really good,” Goodell said. “I went faster than I wanted to go early, but he was able to relax after that. “I had no idea the other horse (Cartoon Daddy) made a break. I was just worried about mine and things worked out.” Goodell also won the $44,000 Open Handicap Pace with Dream Out Loud N ($9.70) in 1:51.4, with a :54.4 back half. It was the second straight win for In The Arsenal, who paid $6.30 to win. By Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink.com

Louisville, KY --- It wasn’t exactly in the cards for White Birch Farms to be racing In The Arsenal, but after capturing his $25,000 Lawrence B. Sheppard elimination at Yonkers Raceway on July 12, in front running fashion, they have to feel vindicated after the colt came home from last year’s Harrisburg Sale rather than being in someone else’s barn. “He didn’t reach his reserve,” said Kelvin Harrison, the colt’s conditioner. “So White Birch bought him back for $7,500. It was because he was small, but not real small. He was also absolutely correct. “I think it was because he was the 14th foal out of this mare (Ladyotra). A lot of today’s yearling buyers will steer away from horses after they are the eighth foal for some reason. Also, the thing is they grow and that’s exactly what he did. Even if he had turned out to be a small 2-year-old that wouldn’t have bothered me as Direct Fight (a former Harrison trainee that earned $825,052 in his career) was and it never bothered him.” The son of American Ideal and the On The Road Again mare Ladyotra, In The Arsenal seeks his second consecutive triumph and the second of his three race career on Saturday (July 19) in the $175,000 Sheppard final. In The Arsenal will leave from post position two with Eric Goodell holding the lines in race five. He is the 5-2 morning line second choice in a field of eight. The colt will face some stiff competition from 8-5 morning line favorite Cartoon Daddy, who is a perfect two-for-two with more than $31,000 in the bank and was the other Sheppard elimination victor. But back to In The Arsenal’s family tree. The homebred’s dam was 21 years old when she foaled him, but Ladyotra, who earned more than $115,000 in her racing career, has been as prolific as they come in the breeding shed. From her 14 foals she has produced Exquisite Art (1998, Artsplace, p,3,1:50.4, $578,544), Otra Sign (1999, Life Sign, p,1:54.2f, $115,458), Queen Otra (2001, Artsplace, p,4,1:51, $200,837) and Premier (2007, Artsplace, p,1:51.3f, $158,233). Ladyotra has dropped nine winners and the 12 yearlings that were sold to other buyers at public auction fetched the sum of $589,000. It is still early in his racing career, but In The Arsenal certainly possesses the genetic material to be a very nice horse. “I watched He’s Watching last year in the final of the (New York) Sire Stakes,” Harrison said. “He was a small horse but he has the same sire as In The Arsenal and he certainly could go fast. I watched him again this year in the eliminations for the Meadowlands Pace and he had not grown much from last year but was really muscled out. Then you saw what he did the night of the Meadowlands Pace. 1:46.4. That time speaks for itself. “In The Arsenal has actually grown and is now probably bigger than He’s Watching. He is no longer a small horse but a medium sized one. He’s very muscular and he’s a well put together horse. He is also great gaited. The only thing that ever concerned me with him was he might get a little bit hot.” The colt was sixth in his career debut on July 5, a $15,000 2-year-old race at Meadowlands Racetrack, after having the lead at the half. “It wasn’t the greatest of trips,” Harrison said. “Brian (Sears) chased him up a little bit out of the gate and then he got him going. He put him in the hole and then he didn’t get out of the hole, then was a bit aggressive when he did let him go. He still paced nicely right to the wire. “For the elimination, I thought when the sheet came out, we would put him in the hole and race him from behind, but when I saw what was in there I told Eric (Goodell) to just not get him in trouble.” After Saturday’s engagement, In The Arsenal will appear in most of the major stakes races for his age, gait and gender. “We have him staked up to everything,” Harrison said. “He just has real, real high speed. I think he’s one of those that has enough speed to make his own race. He’s also one of those horses that has never had a bad day. Even when he was training, I trained him with a group and put him behind, etc. He just always did everything so easily. I even worked him at White Birch in 1:59 before I even qualified him. Even then he was really handy.” Here is the field for the Sheppard final, with drivers, trainers and morning line odds: 1-Rock N’ Roll World-Eric Carlson-Nifty Norman-10-1, 2-In The Arsenal-Eric Goodell-Kelvin Harrison-5-2, 3-Perfect Bet, Jeff Dauplaise, Jeff Dauplaise-12-1, 4-Mystical Pacer-Brent Holland-Erv Miller-10-1, 5-Cartoon Daddy-George Brennan-Ron Burke-8-5, 6-Parklane Eagle-Jordan Stratton-Peter Foley-20-1, 7-Lone Survivor-Brian Sears-Sam DePinto-6-1, 8-Byby Landon-Jason Bartlett-Allan Johnson-8-1. Courtesy of Kimberly French, USTA Web Newsroom Senior Correspondent 

YONKERS, NY, Wednesday, July 16, 2014-Elimination winners In the Arsenal (Eric Goodell, post 2) and Cartoon Daddy (George Brennan, post 5) lead eight 2-year-old colts into Saturday night's $125,000 final of Yonkers Raceway's Lawrence B. Sheppard Pace. In the Arsenal won the first of last weekend's two, $25,000 elims in a maiden-breaking 1:56.2. The White Birch Farm homebred son of American Ideal, caught three-wide early, nonetheless strode out by 2¾ lengths. "(The Sheppard) was always on our schedule," trainer Kelvin Harrison said. "He's a smallish horse, and we thought the half-mile track would suit him." Cartoon Daddy was a tick faster in his elimination, prevailing in 1:56.1. The $60,000 son of Art Major, co-owned (as Burke Racing) by (trainer) Ron Burke and Joe DiScala Jr., hit town after a New York Sire Stakes win at Buffalo. "He was looking around (in his elimination), the way 2-year-olds tend to, but once I pulled the plugs, he was all business," Brennan said. The Sheppard goes as the fifth race (approximate post 8:50 PM) on the 12-race card. After the open draws, the roster is... 1-Rock N' Roll World (Pat Lachance), 2-In the Arsenal (Eric Goodell), 3- Perfect Bet (Jeff Dauplaise), 4-Mystical Pacer (Brent Holland), 5-Cartoon Daddy (George Brennan), 6-Parklane Eagle (Jordan Stratton), 7-Lone Survivor (Brian Sears), 8-Byby Landon (Jason Bartlett). 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 daily. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

YONKERS, NY, Sunday, July 13, 2014-Statebred as well are open stakes are in Yonkers Raceway's display window the week. Monday night, the $225,000 New York Sire Stakes Mike Cipriani Trot finds a pair of rich divisions ($111,500 and $113,500, respectively) for 3-year-old fillies going as races 5 and 6. The first event sees defending NYSS champ Market Rally (Jim Morrill Jr., post 4) as a very probable short-priced number. The daughter of Cash Hall is 2-for-2 since adding Lasix, sire stakes wins at Buffalo at Vernon. The lass, purchased after her frosh season, is co-owned by (trainer) Ron Burke, Weaver Bruscemi and Panhellenic Stable. Glownngold (Brian Sears, post 3), unraced at 2, has hit the board in eight of her 12 tries this season. Gammy's Girl (Dave Miller, post 1) is looking to regain her six-figure form of a season ago. The second Cipriani event figures the more competitive, with last-out NYSS winner Avalicious (Yannick Gingras, post 2) and Empire Breeders Classic victress Crediama (Trond Smedshammer) among the leading lasses. Thursday night, the $221,000 NYSS Armand Palatucci Pace brings the 3-year-old colts and geldings back downstate. A trio of groupings-purses of $72,800, $74,100 and $74,100-goes as races 1,4 and 9. The second event is the one above the marquee. It offer the local return of Art Rooney Pace winner All Bets Off (Matt Kakaley, post 5), part of the a Burke co-owned/trained entry. The Bettor's Delight colt is 5-for-7 this season ($273,050). Saturday night, it's the $125,000 final of the Lawrence B. Sheppard Pace for 2-year-old colts and geldings. Leading the octet into are this past weekend's elimination winners In the Arsenal (Eric Goodell, 1:56.2) and Cartoon Daddy (George Brennan, 1:56.1). The winners, trained by Kelvin Harrison and Burke, respectively, are joined by Byby Landon, Mystical Pacer, Rock N' Roll World, Lone Survivor, Perfect Eagle and Parklane Eagle. The open draw for the Sheppard is scheduled for 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 daily. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, July 12, 2014-Pole assignee Sapphire City (Dan Dube, $7.80) held off favored Pancetta (Jordan Stratton) Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $44,000 Open Handicap Pace. It was Aracache Hanover (George Brennan) cutting his teeth through fractions of :26.4, :55.1 and 1:23, with only mild, first-up pressure from longshot Dream Out Loud N (Eric Goodell). "Aracache" owned a length-and-a-half lead into the lane, but was done soon thereafter. Pancetta, the 11-10 choice, set up shop over and closed stoutly, but Sapphire City-deposited into the passing lane-whipped that one by a half-length 1:51...a season's-best by three full seconds. Dream Out Loud N held credibly for third, with invading Getitoffyourchest (Brent Holland) and The Real One (Pat Lachance) settling for the minor moolah. For second choice Sapphire City, a 8-year-old Metropolitan gelding owned by Centaur Stable & Jordan Sklut and trained by Paul Blumenfeld, it was his third win in 23 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $20.40, with the triple returning $115. Also Saturday, a pair of $25,000 eliminations for the Lawrence B. Sheppard Pace for 2-year-old colts and geldings. Leading the octet into Saturday's $125,000 finale are winners In the Arsenal (Goodell, $13.80) and Carton Daddy (Brennan, $3.20) in 1:56.1. The winners, trained by Kelvin Harrison and Ron Burke, respectively, shall be joined next week Byby Landon, Mystical Pacer, Rock N' Roll World, Lone Survivor, Perfect Eagle and Parklane Eagle. The open draw is scheduled for 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 daily. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

Whether controversial harness racing trainer Lou Pena is guilty or not some of the United States best conditioners are now worried and looking over their shoulders in light of the New York State Racing and Wagering Board (NYSRWB) last week suspending Pena for 1,700 equine drug violations in nearly 700 races.

The 16th Annual SBOANJ Golf Outing raised funds to benefit harness racing horsemen and produced a fun day for 115 golfers on July 11, 2011 at Gambler Ridge Golf Course in Cream Ridge, NJ. The golfers lucked into a mid-90s day with enough of a breeze to let them tour the course in fine form. In total, 130 people took part in the festivities, including a prime rib dinner.

The earthquake that hit Christchurch in New Zealand earlier this week with a 6.3 rating had reverberations to the United States harness racing community. News of the quake was received in the U.S. on Monday night (February 21).

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