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Freehold, NJ --- Harness racing trainer Kelvin Harrison knows Lynch Memorial hopeful Concerto is stepping up in class, but he thinks it could be a stepping stone. Unraced at age 2, Concerto has won four of eight races this season as she prepares for Saturday’s eliminations of the James M. Lynch Memorial for 3-year-old female pacers at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. All of Concerto’s victories have come in conditioned races, but the filly held her own in one start in state-restricted stakes action and has Harrison looking forward to her future. “It’s just an experience thing with her,” Harrison said. “Each time she races she seems to get a little bit better. I think this is pretty wishful thinking this week going in against these fillies, but eventually I believe she’ll be up to that level.” Concerto competes in the third of three Lynch eliminations. The six-horse field features the top two finishers from last week’s Fan Hanover Stakes --- nose winner Bettor’s Up and runner-up Agent Q, with Agent Q getting the 2-1 nod in morning line favoritism over 5-2 Bettor’s Up. Concerto is 10-1. The first elimination is led by Lismore Pace winner Tequila Monday (2-1) and returning Dan Patch Award winner Idyllic Beach (3-1). In the second elimination, multiple stakes winner Roaring To Go (2-1) and Pennsylvania Stallion Series standout Brazuca (5-2) are the top choices. The top three finishers from each elimination advance to the $300,000 Lynch final July 1 at Pocono. Saturday’s card at Pocono also includes eliminations of the Ben Franklin for older male pacers, Earl Beal Jr. Memorial for 3-year-old trotters, and Max C. Hempt Memorial for 3-year-old male pacers. Concerto is a daughter of stallion Bettor's Delight out of the Badlands Hanover mare Born Storyteller. The filly is owned by breeder Ron Mario, who also bred and raced Born Storyteller. Born Storyteller won an elimination of the Lynch in 2005 and finished fourth in the final. A year later, she finished second to Burning Point in the Breeders Crown Mare Pace. Concerto’s half-sister Beach Story was third in the 2014 Jugette. Concerto suffered from soreness as a 2-year-old and was turned out. She made her debut in March with a 10th-place finish at the Meadowlands, but since then has finished worse than second only twice. One time was on a sloppy track at Harrah’s Philadelphia, where she went off stride, and the other was a fifth-place finish in a division of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes, where she was beaten by only 1-3/4 lengths. She has two wins and a second in her most recent three starts. “We brought her back late last year and got her ready to race,” Harrison said. “She wasn’t the fastest learner; she was a little aggressive. But she’s settled in good. “When they don’t race at 2 and they have to go against these horses at 3 it’s a little harder for some of them. She raced once in the sire stakes at (Philly) and she was really pretty good and I think she’s improved since then. This is a tall order, but I think she can develop into being this type of filly.” For a look at all the entries for Saturday at Pocono, click here. by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications 

East Rutherford, N.J. - Kelvin Harrison trainee In the Arsenal looks to return to his winning ways in Saturday (December 3) evening's $17,500 pacing feature at The Meadowlands. The harness racing millionaire squares off against six rivals--including the red-hot Bullet Bob and recent Stateside arrival Uncle Lile A--in the night's second of 13 races. Despite a break at the start of his last race, the 4-year-old American Ideal entire proved strong in victory three back, using a first-over bid and a :26.2 closing quarter to defeat Boston Red Rocks and Quality Closer in 1:49.1, a mile which equaled his lifetime mark. Brett Miller drives the 15-time winner from post three in the field of seven. In the Arsenal's entrymate Dream Out Loud N arrives from Harrah's Philadelphia following a win over similar competition on Sunday. David Miller once again will drive the Darran Cassar trainee from post seven, and the pair have been installed as the 2-1 favored entry on the morning line. Bullet Bob has emerged as a sharp contender in recent weeks, and could serve as a likely pacesetter in the race from post six. The 32-time winner controlled the terms in this same event last week, only to be reeled in by pocket rival Mr Hasani N in the last 40 yards of a 1:50.3 mile. Corey Callahan drives the 4-1 third choice for trainer Mark Harder. Also of note in the field is Noel Daley trainee Uncle Lile A, who recently arrived in the United States after a lengthy campaign in Australia. Fellow Australian Andy McCarthy once again will drive the 8-year-old gelding following a sweep of the "Dash for the G-Notes" series in early November and a hard-closing third-place finish behind Dream Out Loud N in their recent Philadelphia matchup. The Saturday sub-feature is the culmination of the Jersey Strong series for $7,500 claiming pacers, with a full field of ten lining up for the night's 12th event. Esprit de Kayjay A is part of the 2-1 favored entry sent to post by trainer Mike Fiumenero after a second-place finish in his Freehold preliminary and a strong 1:53.4 win in his local preliminary last week. David Miller will drive the 60-time winner. As is standard, a combined $105,000 in guaranteed Pick 4 and Pick 5 pools await players on the Saturday card, along with a pair of 20¢ Jackpot High Five opportunities. Post time is slated for 7:15 p.m. by James Witherite, Meadowlands

Kelvin Harrison's In The Arsenal won the fastest of the two splits for the $185,000 Bluegrass Stakes at the harness racing meeting in The Red Mile 3-year-old colt pace, winning in 1:52.3.   Sitting off a hot pace set by Paparazzi Hanover, including fractions of :27.4, :54.3, and 1:23, driver Brian Sears pulled the even-money choice off the pylons and around a tiring pocket sitter in National Seelster.   Catching Paparazzi Hanover at the top of the stretch, In The Arsenal progressed to the lead with Rock N' Roll World, following his move after the leader, beginning to challenge for control.   However, In The Arsenal dug in to the inside of Rock N' Roll World and held a half-length advantage in the end. Reggiano closed for third.   Getting the 13th win of his career and earning $885,973 in the process, the colt by American Ideal, out of the On The Road Again mare Ladyotra, returned $4.00 to win. He's owned by breeder White Birch Farms and In The Arsenal Racing, trained by Kelvin Harrison, and driven by Brian Sears.   "He raced well tonight," Kelvin Harrison said. "Like you said [to interviewer Gabe Prewitt], he was good here last year." " In the Messenger, he got it the way he likes it, and he got nailed."   "We had some sickness issues coming out of Tioga [in the Empire Breeders Classic], and still a little bit coming out of the Messenger, but I think we finally got him cleaned up."   "We'll be here next week for the Tattersalls Pace, and then hopefully everything's good because then we're going to the Breeders Crown," Harrison also said.   Flushing cover as he began his bid past the half, Split The House rallied down the center of the course and by speed-maker Penji Hanover to take the second split of the Bluegrass in 1:53.1.   Penji Hanover established fractions of :29.1, :57.1, and 1:25.3. Dude's The Man, flushed out by Split The House after the half, came up to challenge Penji Hanover at the top of the stretch.   Penji Hanover drifted off the pylons, allowing pocket-rider Blood Brother to sprint into contention through the stretch.   Off cover, Split The House managed to out sprint Blood Brother heading to the finish, doing so while besting third-place finisher Penji Hanover and fourth-place finisher Dude's The Man.   A recent purchase by owners Crawford Farms LLC and trainer Chris Oakes, the colt by Rocknroll Hanover out of the Camluck mare Shake That Junk claimed the eighth win of his career, and pushed his earnings to $241,481.   Driven to victory by Tim Tetrick, he paid $3.20 to win.   "It's really hard for these horses to go twice in one day," Chris Oakes said in regards to scratching Split The House from the Little Brown Jug final.   "He drew badly, and I hadn't had the horse that long, so not knowing him and his characteristics, I didn't want to put his future in jeopardy; I'd only had the horse a week at that point. He was good. You could see in the last turn, he was full of pace, and I figured he'd fire home pretty well, and he did."   "I kind of had my eye on him and I mentioned it to the Crawfords," Oakes also said in regards to purchasing Split The House. "I haven't even been with them that long and they knew all about this horse. As soon as he became available, they jumped on it."   "He wasn't paid in next week [to the Tattersalls], but he does have the Breeders Crown coming up and I'm pretty sure that's what we'll be pointing to," Oakes also said.   Ray Cotolo

Harness racing trainer Kelvin Harrison was in the right place at the right time when the opportunity to train Meadowlands Pace finalist In The Arsenal was presented to him. He was at the Harrisburg Sale with money enough to buy one yearling - this would be the filly Sweetwithoutsugar, who cost $20,000. "I happened to buy one of [the White Birch Farm] yearlings," recalled Harrison, who is stabled at the White Birch Farm Training Center in Allentown, NJ. "I talked to the farm manager, Steve Williams, and he thanked me for buying one of theirs". "We've been friends for many, many years. He asked me if I would be interested in taking one that they had bought back. I had actually looked at the colt. He was small but was a nice colt. Absolutely nothing [wrong with him]. He was very, very correct and just a beautiful looking colt with a smart head on him, great body, just small." That colt was In The Arsenal, whom White Birch's owner, Michael Parisi, bought back when the bidding stopped at $7,500. Coming into the $706,000 Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace Final on Saturday night at the Meadowlands, the son of American Ideal - LadyOTRA has banked $751,663. The Meadowlands Pace is the tenth race on the stakes-laden 14-event card. In The Arsenal, paired with driver Brian Sears, has been installed as the 3-1 second choice to 4-5 Wiggle It Jiggleit], leaving from post six. In The Arsenal might be small in size, but there has been little question that he has a big engine. "This colt was great from Day 1," said Harrison, who has 12 horses in training. "As soon as we put the hobbles on him, he was incredible." "He wasn't one of those you had to teach to go fast; he was one of those you had to throttle back his speed to keep him from going too fast." "He was a natural. He is a smart colt." Harrison, who was born in Methven, New Zealand and came to the United States in 1972, has had a long and successful career. For the last 10 years, he has been a member of the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey's Board of Directors. "This is my 50th year in the business," said Harrison, a Bordentown NJ resident known by his friends as Red. "I got out of school when I was 15 years old, and I am now 65." "Fifth years I've been doing this," he repeated. "If I could win the Meadowlands Pace 50 years down the line, it would be amazing." "Training horses is not work for me. It's not a job; it's a life. You are all in, or you're not in at all. It's a full commitment." For many years, Harrison campaigned 30-horse stables, racing at the tracks in New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania. In 1989, he won the premier Meadowlands race for two-year-old pacers, the Woodrow Wilson Pace, with Sam Francisco Ben. A mare he trained, Frightening P, became the first female to break the 1:49 barrier with a 1:48.4 clocking at the Meadowlands. His stable star in 1992 was Direct Flight, who competed in the Meadowlands Pace, the showcase event for three-year-old pacers, and finished third. In The Arsenal will mark his return to the Meadowlands Pace for the first time in 23 years. "Hollywood [Meadowlands interviewer Bob "Hollywood" Heyden] asked me why it took me so long [to get back in the Meadowlands Pace]," Harrison mused. "Well maybe it's because I broke two yearlings last year, maybe it's because I broke two the year before and maybe the year before that I had none. "This game is still a matter of opportunity," he noted. "I had a good year this year - I broke three colts. The odds are just amazing. The odds are ridiculous. I had two in the Breeders Crown last year, Beach Story [who finished sixth] and In The Arsenal [who was second by half a length]. This weekend we have [four-year-old pacing mare] Beach Story in the $213,450 Golden Girls and In The Arsenal in the Meadowlands Pace." At two, In The Arsenal posted six wins, one second and one third from 11 starts, earning $396,318. His victories included the $125,000 Sheppard Stakes at Yonkers, a pair of stakes at Lexington's Red Mile and the $193,200 Matron at Dover Downs. In December, White Birch Farm sold a 40 percent interest in the bay to In The Arsenal Racing of Long Beach, NY which includes Edwin Gold, Lorraine Muscara, Mark Muscara, Robert Muscara, Cheryl Rondinelli, Howard Taylor, and Jerry and Teresa Silva's J&T Silva Stables. This year the colt [he was a ridgling at two], has five wins, one second and one third in eight starts, adding $255,345 to his bankroll. He won the $300,000 Rooney Final at Yonkers on May 30. After winning his North America Cup elimination, he was fourth in the $810,000 final. In the $500,000 Hempt on July 4 at Pocono Downs, he was third, behind Wiggle It Jiggleit and Artspeak. He paced a lifetime best of 1:49.1, taking his Meadowlands Pace elimination on July 11. "The only thing with him is that he's a little aggressive," said Harrison. "He's not the complete package yet. He has a tendency to over-race. He has a tendency to get fired up. When he's on the front end, he's nice and relaxed, and if he's first up, he's nice and relaxed. But when he's following cover, he doesn't relax like he should. He's vastly improved from what he was. Each week he gets better and better." After the Meadowlands Pace, In The Arsenal will get a few weeks off and return to the Meadowlands for the Cane Pace before traveling to Northfield Park for the Millstein, Pocono for the Battle of Brandywine, Yonkers for the Messenger and Delaware, OH for the Little Brown Jug. On Saturday night, as he has all year, Harrison will turn the lines over to Brian Sears to drive In The Arsenal. Victory would be a sweet way to celebrate 50 years in the industry for Harrison, who has no plans to retire. "That's what we're here for," he said. "It's great [to have a top horse]. I'm very appreciative." Carol Hodes

JL Cruze is the fastest trotter in Meadowlands history. After winning the $250,000 Graduate Final in 1:49.4, JL Cruze captured that title as well as becoming a World Champion as the final time was the fastest trotting mile in one-mile track history. Sent off as the 3/5 favorite, JL Cruze floated off the gate and sat on the outside while the leaders sorted themselves out. In the meantime, Father Patrick was right behind JL Cruze early in the mile. Gural Hanover cleared the lead from Opulent Yankee through the first quarter in 26.3 and that is when JL Cruze and John Campbell made their move to the lead. From there, JL Cruze dictated the terms. Meanwhile, Father Patrick found himself parked, about six lengths off the lead of JL Cruze, who reached the half mile in 54.2. At that point, Father Patrick launched his bid and moved smartly first over into the strong pace as JL Cruze zipped past three quarters in 1:22.4. But from there, Father Patrick was all-done and JL Cruze set sail for home and opened up a three length lead. Shake It Cerry, who caught up to the cover of Father Patrick as the field reached the head of the stretch, kicked home powerfully and she began to reel in the favorite as the wire approached. But the wire came in time, and when JL Cruze hit the finish, the teletimer read 1:49.4. Shake It Cerry put forth the race of her life, finishing a head back in second, with Resolve rallying well to be third. JL Cruze, who was a $35,000 Harrisburg mixed sale purchase, has now earned over $396,000 this season and is without question, the best trotter in North America. His trainer Eric Ell spoke about his future plans. "He'll be here next week," said Ell, confirming that JL Cruze will be supplemented to The Hambletonian Maturity on Meadowlands Pace. Speaking to the final time, Ell was at a loss for words. "I could never have expected this, it's unbelievable, just unbelievable. He has had two major injuries this year, but he just keeps on coming. What a horse." JL Cruze is owned by W Kenneth Wood, W J Dittmar Jr and S J Iaquinta and was driven by John Campbell. JL Cruze The Meadowlands Pace Eliminations were on tap Saturday night as well. In The Arsenal put forth one of the best performances of his career in the first $50,000 Meadowlands Pace Elimination. Sent off as the second choice in the wagering at 5/2, In The Arsenal and Brian Sears were intent on the lead. Artspeak and Scott Zeron tried to make the early lead, but Sears stepped on the gas pedal and seated Artspeak in the pocket on the first turn. In The Arsenal reached the opening quarter in 27.2 and then was able to steal a soft second quarter, reaching the half-mile in just 56.1. As trainer Kelvin Harrison pointed out in his post-race interview, "at that point the race was over." From there, In The Arsenal picked up the tempo and Artspeak appeared to struggle to keep up as In The Arsenal kicked away past three-quarters in 1:23.3. Sears did not let up, as In The Arsenal sprinted a final quarter in 25.3, completing a 53-second back half-mile to win his Pace Elimination easily in 1:49.1. Dealt A Winner, who was dismissed at 26-1, sat third throughout the mile, angled in the stretch and paced home impressively to grab the second spot with the Dude's The Man third. Artspeak, who squandered a pocket trip behind the winner did qualify for the Final finishing fourth and Revenge Shark grabbed the last spot from this elimination to make the Final, finishing fifth. In The Arsenal won for the 11th time in 19 starts and now has earnings over $750,000. The 1:49.1 clocking was a lifetime mark. He is owned by White Birch Farm and In The Arsenal Racing and trained by Kelvin Harrison. For Harrison, this will be his first starter in The Meadowlands Pace in 23 years and he is excited to be back. "It takes power to get one to this race and we have a good one. This is what we're in the game for." Brian Sears was oozing confidence after his win. "He has been good the whole time," said Sears. "He's just a sweetheart of a horse and hopefully we can get it done next week." In The Arsenal Sears last won The Meadowlands Pace ten years ago with the legendary Rocknroll Hanover. The Meadowlands Pace Field was drawn and is as follows: 1) Lyons Levi Lewis 30-1 2) Dude's The Man 30-1 3) Artspeak 6-1 4) Wiggle It Jiggleit 4/5 5) Rock N' Roll World 50-1 6) In The Arsenal 3-1 7) Revenge Shark 30-1 8) Dealt A Winner 20-1 9) Wakizashi Hanover 4-1 10) Badiou Hanover 50-1 There was a single Mistletoe Shalee elimination for $25,000, with three fillies receiving byes into the final. Those fillies are Bettor Be Steppin, Sassa Hanover and The Show Returns. The winner of the elimination was Band Of Angels, who scored in 1:50, a lifetime best effort. Her driver Yannick Gingras put her in play early and she dictated the fractions through 27.2, 55.4 and 1:23.2 before turning for home in front. Divine Caroline was right on her tail first over with Moonlit Dance looking to rally off cover and she came flying late, but Band Of Angels was able to just hold on. Moonlit Dance was second and Divine Caroline third. Also making the final were Stacia Hanover, Single Me, Deli Beach and Happiness. Band Of Angels is trained by Ron Burke for W J Donovan. The $62,406 W.N Reynolds Memorial for three year old trotters was dramatically altered with the scratch of morning line favorite Muscle Diamond. Cruzado Dela Noche was established as the 4/5 choice, but he made a break before the start. The 5/2 second choice, Real DJ Hanover jumped off-stride on the first turn. That left the race to Suit And Tie who won in wire to wire fashion in 1:54.1. Callahan put his colt right on the lead and he wheeled off fractions of 27.4, 57.2 and 1:26.1 before turning for home with a longshot, Colbert, on his back. But Suit And Tie had plenty left in the tank and he rolled home to score rather easily over Colbert. Total Darkness checked in third. Suit And Tie made it back to back Meadowlands wins and has now won four times in 2015 from eight starts. The winner is eligible to The Hambletonian. He is trained by John Butenschoen for William Wiswell and M&L of Delaware. Model Behavior dominated her $29,403 division of the W.N. Reynolds Memorial for filly trotters, winning in wire to wire fashion in 1:53.2. The three year old daughter of Muscles Yankee was the 3/5 betting choice in the Grand Circuit event and did not disappoint. Tim Tetrick put his filly on the lead from the start and she never looked back, coasting through fractions of 28.3, 57.1 and 1:25.4 before sprinting through the stretch in 27.3 to win with ease. Longshot Meadowbranch Wendy rallied well while outsprinting Scented Roses to grab the place spot. The winner, who gave Mission Brief all she could handle in the New Jersey Sire Stakes Final, is trained by Robert Baggitt Jr. for the Fair Winds Farm. The 1:53.2 clocking was a lifetime mark in Model Behavior's sixth win from 16 career starts. Her earnings continue to close in on the six-figure mark as they now stand at over $84,000. The other W.N. Reynolds division for the filly trotters carried a purse of $29,803 and it was won by Magic Marker who was released at 4-1. The story of the race until the final jump was Rules Of The Road, who was gunned to the lead and flew through fractions of 27.1, 55.3 and 1:23.2. Pocket-sitter Blue Muse was having trouble keeping up while first over I'm So Fancy stalled the live outer flow. This allowed Corey Callahan to get separation on the field and Rules Of The Road opened up a five length lead in the stretch. But she began to get very leg-weary as the finish line neared and that enabled Magic Marker, who was far back early in the mile to gun down the pacesetter in the final strides to steal the victory in a very sharp 1:52.2. The time was a lifetime best performance. Lock Down Lindy could rally enough off cover and had to settle for third as the 6/5 favorite. Magic Marker is a three year old Andover Hall filly for Nifty Norman. She was driven by Dave Miller who had his choice of three fillies in the race. The winner is owned by Mel Hartman, Herb Liverman and Dave Mc Duffeee along with Little E L.L.C. Magic Marker is eligible to The Hambletonian Oaks and the Delvin Miller Memorial. Table Talk will march into The Golden Girls on Meadowlands Pace night off an impressive first over, winning performance in the $26,000 Filly and Mare Open Pace. Allowed to settle just off the pace, Table Talk and Tim Tetrick bided their time, as Hot List rolled to a scorching opening quarter of 25.3. Radar Contact, the prohibitive betting choice at odds of 1/2 then made a quarter-move to the lead and she would dictate the tempo through a half-mile in 54.1 before facing the challenge of Table Talk. Those two mares raced on even terms past three-quarters in 1:22.4. When the field straightened away in the stretch, Table Talk asserted herself, leveling off and pacing home in 26.4 to win in a lifetime best-equaling 1:49.3. Beach Story rallied to grab the second spot from Radar Contact. Table Talk is a four year old Bettor's Delight mare and is owned by The Wiz Kids Stable LLC. The winning trainer is W. Bart Dalious. Table talked returned $8.60 to win. There were no winning tickets in the jackpot Super Hi-5 in the last race, so the carryover pool going into Friday's program now stands at $197,368. Total handle for Meadowlands Pace elimination night was $3,053,416 compared to $2,881,516 on Meadowlands Pace elimination night last year. This year did have an additional race, but also an early start time of 5:30 P.M. Racing returns with the New Jersey Sire Stakes Finals for two year olds on Friday, July 17th, with post time set for 7:15 P.M.   Darin Zoccali

CAMPBELLVILLE, June 13...The finest three-year-old pacers in harness racing battled it out Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack in a trio of $50,000 eliminations for the $1 million Pepsi North America Cup. The first Cup elimination saw the undefeated Wiggle It Jiggleit, as expected, prevail with yet another dominant performance. Sent postward the overwhelming public choice in the field of eight, the son of Mr Wiggles, who finished fourth to Well Said in the 2009 Cup, thus kept his unblemished record intact, now a perfect 11 for 11, 10 starts of which have come this year already in a very busy campaign. Wiggle It Jiggleit, with driver Montrell Teague, the son of the owner, busted out from the start, getting the first quarter in :26.2, then slowing to a crawl while still in front, reaching the half in a pedestrian :56.3. From there, it was all over, as the pacesetter turned back a brief challenge from Arque Hanover, getting to three-quarters in 1:23.3, before coasting home by six lengths in 1:49.2. Arque Hanover hung on for second, with Yankee Bounty third and Hurrikane Ali, who had chased the leader early, dropping to fourth. Trained by Clyde Francis for owner George Teague Jr., Wiggle It Jiggleit has hardly been breathed on in his 11 romps, his smallest margin of victory being one and one-half lengths. "Yes, that's exactly how I wanted it (a soft second quarter)," said Teague. "I didn't want to go another (1) :48 or anything like that. We'll wait till next week for that when the money's down. I took him off the gate just in case but I timed the gate perfectly and he stormed out of there like it was nothing. I hope he continues to do it (answer the call) and I'm having fun doing it with him." There's a lot of similarities between Wiggle It Jiggleit and Mr Wiggles, said owner Teague, who also campaigned the sire. "The other horse (Mr Wiggles) doesn't get the recognition he deserves," said Teague. "He won a couple of major races. But this horse is the best horse I've ever trained by far. Very intelligent, speed. I've never trained one as fast as him." Teague also trained (along with sister Brenda) and co-owned Total Truth, who won the 2006 Pepsi North America Cup. Last month, Wiggle It Jiggleit set a world record of 1:49 for a half-mile track when winning by over 14 lengths on May 11 at HarringtonPark in Delaware. Wiggle It Jiggleit paid $2.10, $2.10 (no show wagering), combining with Arque Hanover ($8.10) for a $16.80 (5-3) exactor. A 5-3-6 (Yankee Bounty) triactor was worth $83.50, while a $1 Superfecta [5-3-6-4 (Hurrikane Ali)] came back $172.20. Wiggle It Jiggleit Following the impressive first elim win by undefeated Wiggle It Jiggleit in 1:49.2, it was heavily-favoured In The Arsenal's turn to show his firepower. And he did. But just barely. With Brian Sears at the controls, In The Arsenal tracked from fourth for most of the mile, as Go Daddy Go took the field through a quarter in :26.3, the half in 54.4 and three-quarters in 1:22.3. The son of American Ideal had powered up to challenge the leader off the far turn, struck front in early stretch, then had enough left to hold off a raft of pursuers, including Penji Hanover, who once again finished a troubled second, a half-length behind, with Good Friday Three third and Revenge Shark fourth, in 1:49.4. With the win, In The Arsenal remained unbeaten in four starts this year, including the rich Rooney final at Yonkers May 30, has taken 10 of 15 overall and will come into the Cup with earnings of over $600,000. "He did in the hard way," said trainer Kelvin Harrison. "He come first up. He was a safe winner. I think the biggest thing about him this year is he's a whole lot smarter than he was last year. When we started him up last year, he was hard to stop. Now he'll race smart. He's very athletic. He's grown a lot actually. He was really small early. He's come through it in good shape. Wasn't that hard a race for him and seems nice and fresh when he came back. So hopefully we'll be okay. He's got wild speed, he's got it all." Sears has won two Pepsi North America Cups...in 2005 with Rocknroll Hanover and last year with JK Endofanera. In The Arsenal paid $3.90, $2.70 and $2.70, combining with Penji Hanover ($8, $6.20) for a $31.30 (7-2) exactor. A 7-2-3 (Good Friday Three, $11.30) triactor returned a solid $608.40, while a $1 Superfecta [7-2-3-6 (Revenge Shark)] was worth $1,509.40. In The Arsenal Wakizashi Hanover and driver Tim Tetrick pulled off an upset in the third and final Pepsi North America Cup elimination, roaring from well back and rolling to a one and three-quarter length win over the 1-5 choice, Artspeak. A winner in three of his four outings this year, prior to the elim, the son of Dragon Again got the job done in a career best 1:49.2. Owned by Tri County Stable of Truro, Nova Scotia and trained by Joann Looney King, Wakizashi Hanover was sixth and widest turning for home before turning on the jets and powering past the leaders. While no match for the winner, Artspeak, last year's two-year-old pacing colt champion in both Canada and the United States, came on for second, as pacesetter Betting Exchange hung on for third. Split The House wound up fourth. "I was very confident coming in," said Tetrick, who steered Captaintreacherous to victory in the 2013 Pepsi North America Cup. "I knew Artspeak was a great horse and he'd be tough to beat. But I had a lot of confidence in my horse. He's been good all along. He's had some tough trips that haven't always worked out. But he's always right there. He's always on the ticket. He likes to finish. "My horse was really grabbing on (around the final turn) and Artspeak was kind of struggling. I just let him rip. He circled them and he paced to the wire really strong. I'm really happy with the horse. He's coming into the race (next Saturday's final) great. The connections are doing a great job. Give us the right trip and I think he can go with just about anything out there." Rock N Roll World took the field through an opening quarter in :26.3 before Betting Exchange grabbed command (:54.2 for the half, 1:22.4 for three-quarters), as Artspeak lingered in fifth and Wakizashi Hanover sixth, until turning for home. Wakizashi Hanover paid $15.80, $4 and $3, combining with Artspeak ($2.30, $2.10) for a $37.10 (1-7) exactor. A 1-7-2 (Betting Exchange, $3.60) triactor was worth $190.40, while a $1 Superfecta [1-7-2-5 (Split The House)] returned $283.80. Wakizashi Hanover The top three finishers in each $50,000 elimination qualified for the 32nd edition of the $1 million Pepsi North America Cup final, along with one fourth place finisher drawn by lot (Hurrikane Ali). More importantly, each winner earned his connections the right to select a post position before the balance of field is drawn on Tuesday. Here is the field, in alphabetical order, for the $1 million Pepsi North America Cup. Arque Hanover by Rock N Roll Heaven Artspeak by Western Ideal Betting Exchange by Bettor's Delight Good Friday Three by Mach Three Hurrikane Ali by Rocknroll Hanover In The Arsenal by American Ideal Penji Hanover by Art Major Wakizashi Hanover by Dragon Again Wiggle It Jiggleit by Mr Wiggles Yankee Bounty by Dragon Again AE: Split The House by Rocknroll Hanover Jeff Timson for WEG Communications

CAMPBELLVILLE, June 11 - As bidding stalled at $7,000 on one of White Birch Farm's yearlings at the Harrisburg sale in 2013, Farm Manager Steve Williams felt compelled to act. Choosing to buy the colt back for $7,500, he soon proved to be the ultimate harness racing bargain. Making his first start on Canadian soil in the second $50,000 North America Cup elimination on Saturday night, In The Arsenal will be looking to extend his sophomore win-streak after going three for three to start his campaign. In his first start of 2015, the American Ideal colt captured a New York Sires Stakes event in a tidy 1:50 before finishing on top in both his Art Rooney elimination and the $300,000 final. Choosing to forego the Somebeachsomewhere at Mohawk Racetrack on June 6, trainer Kelvin Harrison believes he is good and fresh going into the eliminations. "He's a little more mature as a three year old," said Harrison. "He didn't grow much but he is a lot smarter than he was last year. "I didn't feel it was necessary to send him to the 'Somebeach'. He raced three weeks in a row and I wanted him to get some rest before the North America Cup." In The Arsenal's freshman campaign saw a 6-1-1 record in eleven starts, banking just shy of $400,000. Owned by White Birch Farm and In The Arsenal Racing, he took a mark of 1:49.4 over Lexington in September before rounding out the season with an impressive performance in the Breeders Crown final, finishing second by a head to Traceur Hanover. Though he picked up the lion's share of the purse in the Art Rooney final on May 30, a slight bobble at the wire gave fans pause and nearly cost him the race. Fortunately, Harrison believes this nothing to show concern over. "It was the finish lights at Yonkers. There was a little bit of sunlight peaking over the building and he ducked a little sideways. He made it look worse than it actually was." The fourteenth foal out of Ladyotra headed north Wednesday morning with Harrison following suit on Thursday. Brian Sears is confirmed to drive, after establishing a successful partnership with the colt in his last nine starts. "He's going to be stabled at (Richard) 'Nifty' Norman's place. Hopefully we'll be there after the eliminations and for the final." In The Arsenal's first start in Canada will bring Harrison back to Mohawk after a seven year hiatus. His last start came in the Breeders Crown Open Mare Pace where his trainee Free held off a hard-closing Invitro to finish third. He will be looking for repeat success, with a finish in the top three guaranteeing a coveted spot in the $1 million Pepsi North America Cup Final on June 20. "He was very good coming out of the Rooney. He's obviously as good as anything I've ever had; he's a real tough horse." Harrison has seen his fair share of success, with $11.9 million in purses collected over the last thirteen years and he is hopeful In The Arsenal will do his part in helping him surpass the 1,000 win milestone. The three-year-old will start from post position seven and is one of only two horses in his elimination field to bypass the Somebeachsomewhere. He will face off against division winner Dudes the Man, who won handily in his 'Beach' division for Corey Callahan in 1:50.3, to his outside in post position eight. The field also includes Bob McIntosh trainee Go Daddy Go, who rallied to finish a strong second in his division after starting from the ten hole. Pennsylvania invader Allbeef N Nobull and The Wayfaring Man are likely to find themselves in the mix as well, posing a challenge for Harrison's trainee. "It's a talented field; they wouldn't be there if they weren't. It comes down to a little luck and a big effort. "It's like I always say 'it's not where you start, it's where you finish'." In The Arsenal is staked to the majority of major stakes event throughout the rest of the season, with the Meadowlands Pace and the Little Brown Jug on Harrison's radar. Twenty-four horses will start in three North America Cup eliminations Saturday (June 13) at Mohawk in search of a spot in the $1 million final the following week. The first race goes to post at 7:25 p.m. Hannah Beckett for WEG Communications

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, May 30, 2015 - Harness racing favored In the Arsenal (Brian Sears, $2.50, part of entry) prevailed after making it interesting Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $300,000 final of the Art Rooney Pace. Eight 3-year-olds-seven colts and one geldings-went postward in the 25th Rooney, which began in 1989, a year after the death of Art Rooney Sr. In the Arsenal, unhurried early from post position No. 2, saw pole-sitting Rock N' Roll World (Dan Dube) make the first lead before a visit from the winner's entrymate, Betting Exchange (Dave Miler). That one, denied a an early pocket by the eventual winner made the lead just after a :27.2 opening quarter-mile. In the Arsenal then moved from third, getting around his stable buddy right around the 56-second intermission. Soon after, Arque Hanover (Jason Bartlett) was put in play, going after In the Arsenal toward a 1:24 three-quarters. In the Arsenal eventually disposed of that one, taking a length lead into the lane. He was home free by a cozy margin...until he bore right a path or so and appeared to pull himself up. Betting Exchange was the main beneficiary, ducking inside to make it close. Not close enough, however, as In the Arsenal prevailed by a diminishing head in 1:51.2. Betting Exchange made the entry 1-2, with Rock N' Roll World third, beaten a length. Arque Hanover and National Seelster (Eric Carlson) came away with the remainder, with Cartoon Daddy (Mark MacDonald), Bet You (Tyler Buter) and Sonofa Sizzle (George Brennan) completing the order. For In the Arsenal, a $7,500 "buyback" son of American Ideal trained by Kelvin Harrison for co-owners (breeder) White Birch Farm) and In the Arsenal Racing, it was his third win in as many seasonal starts (career 9-for-14, earnings of $581,843). The exacta (Rock N' Roll World 'second') paid $5.70, with the triple (Arque Hanover 'third') returning $18. It was Sears' third win in the Rooney, after Badlands Nitro (2008) and Pet Rock (2012, stakes-record 1:51. "I was thinking about letting (Betting Exchange) in early, but In the Arsenal can grab on a bit, so I kept him going. As far as what happened (with the bolt) late, I have no idea. He gave no inclination, and I have no explanation, other than to say he's learning. Luckily, no one was outside of me." Frank Drucker

Freehold, NJ --- Already a physically gifted harness racing colt, In The Arsenal added a new weapon to his cache during his offseason. A little bit of patience. In The Arsenal, racing as part of a common-ownership entry with Betting Exchange, is the even-money morning line favorite in Saturday’s $300,000 Art Rooney Pace for 3-year-olds at Yonkers Raceway. In The Arsenal and driver Brian Sears will start from post No. 2 for trainer Kelvin Harrison. Sonofa Sizzle, who has won four of five races this year including his Rooney elimination by a neck over Betting Exchange in 1:52.1, drew post eight and is the 3-1 second choice. Saturday’s card also features the $117,724 Lismore Pace for 3-year-old female pacers. The entry of Totally Rusty, who is undefeated in four starts this year, and Strut My Stuff is the 1-1 morning line choice. Last week, In The Arsenal won his Rooney elimination by a head over Rock N’ Roll World in 1:53.1. He is 2-for-2 this season and has won eight of 13 career races while earning $431,843 in purses. He is owned by breeder White Birch Farm and the multi-partnered In The Arsenal Racing. “He’s matured a lot, as far as being a lot smarter than he was last year,” Harrison said. “Last year if you started him up you really had trouble holding him. Now he’s more manageable; his manners are a lot better. He’s way smarter. That’s the big thing for him. You can’t be wasting energy against these kinds of horses.” Last year, In The Arsenal won the Lawrence B. Sheppard final at Yonkers in mid-July before being sidelined for more than a month because of illness. When he returned, he won four of five starts before drawing post 10 in both his elimination and final for the Breeders Crown. He finished third in his elim and second in the final. In addition to his victory in the Sheppard, the colt’s triumphs included the Matron Stakes and divisions of the Bluegrass, International Stallion, and Historic-Goshen Cup. 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.” With a win Saturday, In The Arsenal would become the first horse to capture the Sheppard at age 2 and Rooney at age 3. The list of Rooney winners includes Horse of the Year recipients Precious Bunny, Cam’s Card Shark, Gallo Blue Chip, and No Pan Intended, as well as stars One More Laugh, Pet Rock, and the filly See You At Peelers. “It’s his race to win or lose,” Harrison said about In The Arsenal. “He’s got a good spot, he’s got a good driver; if things go reasonably well for him I’m sure he’s going to be right there. “He likes a half-mile track. He can pace the turns wicked fast. He’s good on any size track, but when you pace the turns as hard as he can pace them it’s a bigger advantage to him.” Following the Rooney, In The Arsenal will head to Canada for the North America Cup. He also has the Max C. Hempt Memorial and Meadowlands Pace on his schedule in the next several weeks. “Obviously I don’t think we’re going to be doing them all,” Harrison said. “We’ll take our shots and see how it goes. If everything went perfectly you would skip the Hempt and freshen him up for the Meadowlands Pace. The Hempt is big money, it’s a great race, it’s just a shame they’re all back to back.” Following is the field in post order for the Art Rooney Pace with drivers, trainers, and morning line: 1. Rock N’ Roll World, Daniel Dube, Mark Silva, 7-1 2. In The Arsenal, Brian Sears, Kelvin Harrison, 1-1 3. Argue Hanover, Jason Bartlett, Casie Coleman, 10-1 4. National Seelster, Eric Carlson, Chris Ryder, 6-1 5. Betting Exchange, David Miller, Tom Fanning, 1-1 6. Bet You, Tyler Buter, Jimmy Takter, 20-1 7. Cartoon Daddy, Mark MacDonald, Ron Burke, 15-1 8. Sonofa Sizzle, George Brennan, Josh Green, 3-1 by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications

YONKERS, NY, Tuesday, May 26, 2015 - In the Arsenal, already with a Yonkers Raceway open stakes wins to his credit, drew post position No. 2 for Saturday night's harness racing $300,000 Art Rooney Pace. The 25th edition of the Art Rooney, one of the sport's premier events for the 3-year-old male pacers, goes as the fourth of 12 races (first post 7:10 PM, approximate post for Rooney 8:15 PM). Brian Sears drives In the Arsenal, a son of American Ideal trained by Kelvin Harrison for co-owners (breeder) White Birch Farm and In the Arsenal Racing. The colt won the second of last weekend's two elimination races, defeating Rock N' Roll World by a head in 1:53.1. In the Arsenal has won eight of his 13 career races and $431,843, making him the richest of the octet the final. He first gained prominence last summer, winning the $125,000 Lawrence B. Sheppard, the Raceway's premier event for 2-year-old pacing colts and geldings. Last week's other elim winner, Sonofa Sizzle (1:52.1), wasn't as fortunate with the open draw. He landed behind the eight-ball with George Brennan picking up the assignment for trainer Josh Green. Sears drove the son of Life Sizzles a week ago. The field for the Rooney Pace... 1 - Rock N' World (Dan Dube), 2 - In the Arsenal (Brian Sears), 3 - Arque Hanover (Jason Bartlett), 4 - National Seelster (Andy Miller), 5 - Betting Exchange (Dave Miller), 6 - Bet You (Brett Miller), 7 - Cartoon Daddy (Yannick Gingras), 8 - Sonofa Sizzle (George Brennan). Note that In the Arsenal and Betting Exchange shall race as a common-ownership entry. Saturday night's undercard is led by the companion event, the $117,724 Lismore for 3-year-old pacing fillies (6th race, approximate post 9 PM). The half-dozen lasses... 1 - Strut My Stuff (Jordan Stratton), 2 - Bedroomconfessions (Sears), 3 - Totally Rusty (Bartlett), 4 - Sassa Hanover (Gingras), 5 - Purrfect Bags (Tim Tetrick), 6 - Special Package (Brennan). Note Strut My Stuff and Totally Rusty race as a (common-ownership) entry, with the latter of $15,000 supplemental entrant. Changes (if any) to these races are to be made Wednesday morning. Frank Drucker

Nichols, NY -- After his two-year-old season culminated in a second-place finish in the Breeders Crown, In the Arsenal ($2.60) made good on his odds-on promise in one of four New York Sire Stakes events ($110,000 added total purse) for harness racing three-year-old pacing colts and geldings on Sunday (May 17) afternoon at Tioga Downs.   The son of American Ideal and Ladyotra (On the Road Again) settled well off the early pace, retreating to fourth after he was caught wide on the first turn behind eventual pacesetter Gold Coast Muscle (Mike Simons). In the Arsenal would stalk comfortably from midfield as Soto (Brett Miller) made a push to the fore after a :26.1 first quarter mile, advancing in the breeze to press the pace on the backstretch. While able to make gradual gains on his own, he found another gear just before the far turn upon immediate asking from Brian Sears, making up two lengths on Soto through a :27.1 third quarter. In the Arsenal continued his pursuit in earnest, dueling with and just collaring Soto in the final yards, prevailing by a scant neck in 1:50. Oneisalonelynumber (David Miller) stayed on to finish third after following the winner's cover.   Kelvin Harrison trains seven-time winner In the Arsenal for owner-breeder White Birch Farm and the In the Arsenal Racing partnership.   For Sears, the victory was one of three on the card, also teaming up with Time Out I'm Tired ($25.00, 1:52.4) and JK Allnitelong ($8.80, 1:51.4) in a pair of Excelsior events on the undercard.   Art Major sired two of the other three New York Sire Stakes winners on the afternoon's program, with Yannick Gingras driving Sicily ($9.70, 1:51.1) and Cartoon Daddy ($4.30, 1:51.4) to victory in their respective divisions. National Seelster ($5.80, 1:51.4)--who gave futile chase to Wiggle It Jiggleit in the $58,000 Gilmour at the Meadowlands in March--captured the fourth division, with Andy Miller piloting the Bettor's Delight colt.   A special Monday evening card is up next at Tioga Downs, with the first of 11 races on May 18 due off at 6:15 p.m. Eastern time. by James Witherite, Tioga Downs  

MANALAPAN, NJ - November 19, 2014 - The dreaded 10-hole has landed on In The Arsenal like a 100 megaton bomb. It was the two-year-old pacing colt's fate in last week's Breeders Crown eliminations, and driver Brian Sears fired him off the gate, utilizing a 26.3 opening quarter to take the lead and cut the fractions. In the end, the 3-5 favorite tired and finished third by a length, snapping his winning streak at four. "It was a tough first quarter out of the 10-hole," trainer Kelvin Harrison said of the elimination race. "You get a lot of horses leaving, and it was a tough spot. He didn't really settle that well after that. He raced very well, considering. He was three-deep for most of it." So when the over-sized ping pong balls were pulled at Tuesday's post position draw, it was despair for Harrison, a long-time member of the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey Board of Directors. Fate had stuck her finger in Harrison's eye. In The Arsenal will have to overcome post 10 again in the $500,000 Breeders Crown Colt & Gelding Pace, one of the eight divisions carded on Saturday night, November 22, 2014 at the Meadowlands. Four of the finals will occupy slots on the Friday night program. "When you draw a bad post, you have to depend on someone else's luck," Harrison said. "You've got to rely on the trip, the luck. You don't win the Breeders Crown from the 10." Occasionally, winners do overcome outside post positions, but everyone knew what Harrison meant. In The Arsenal, a son of American Ideal - LadyOTRA, was made the 4-1 third choice behind elim winners Go Daddy Go [5-2 from post five] and Traceur Hanover [7-2 from post two]. Bred by White Birch Farm of Allentown, NJ, In The Arsenal was bought back out of the Harrisburg Sale when he only drew $7,500 in the bidding. He was a smallish yearling, according to Harrison, and the 14th foal out of her 21-year-old dam. Michael Parisi's White Birch turned the colt over to Harrison to train and, thus far, it was fortuitous to be "stuck" with In The Arsenal as he has banked $271,318 this year. In The Arsenal has six wins in his 10 starts: the elims and final of the LB Sheppard at Yonkers in July, a division of the Bluegrass and the International Stallion Stakes at the Red Mile in the early fall, a Goshen Cup division of the Historic Series at Harrah's Philadelphia on October 12 and the Matron Stakes at Dover Downs on November 7. In The Arsenal's 1:49.4 mile on September 27 in Lexington has made him the only sub 1:50 two-year-old this year. Harrison, 64, was born in Methuen, New Zealand, but is based in Bordentown, NJ and racing in New Jersey since the late 1970s. He is not new to this rodeo. He has had seven prior Breeders Crown entrants, including Born Storyteller, who was second in the Mares Pace Final in 2006, and Free, who was third in the Mares Pace Final in 2007. He is looking for his first Breeders Crown champion. Harrison trainees have earned nearly $12 million, including $560,419 this year, his best since 2008 when his stable exceed $900,000 in earnings for the second straight season. Some of his other top performers have included Direct Flight, 1991 Interdominion winner Dare You Too, 1989 Woodrow Wilson winner San Francisco Ben and Frightening P. White Birch Farm is no stranger to the Breeders Crown winner's circle. It bred two of the 2013 winners, Horse of the Year Bee A Magician and two-time Pacer of the Year Captaintreacherous. In The Arsenal is driven by Brian Sears, who has a record of 24 Breeders Crown wins - 44 of 107 on-the-board -- for $9.7 million in purse money. The Two-Year-Old Colt Pace will be the seventh race on the 13-race card. The draw, with driver, trainer and morning line, prior to scratches and changes: 1-Cooperstown-Matt Kakaley-Ron Burke- 20-1 2-Traceur Hanover-Andy Miller-Corey Johnson-7-2 3-Lyons Levi Lewis-Ron Pierce-Ron Burke-8-1 4-Franzo-Scott-Zeron-Jimmy Takter-20-1 5-Go Daddy Go-John Campbell-Robert McIntosh-5-2 6-Sicily-George Brennan-Nikolas Drennan-20-1 7-Tomy Terror-Corey Callahan-John Butenschoen-8-1 8-Soto-Brett Miller-Jimmy Takter-30-1 9-Lost For Words-David Miller-Brian Brown-9-2 10-In The Arsenal-Brian Sears-Kelvin Harrison-7-2 By Carol Hodes, for the SBOANJ

In The Arsenal has stamped himself as a contender to challenge Artspeak for top harness racing honors in 2014 as the two-year-old pacing colt notched his fourth straight win with an impressive 1:51 triumph in the $193,200 Matron Stake at Dover Downs Thursday. It was the longest shot on the board, 99-1 Lyons Levi Lewis and driver Ron Pierce who shot out of post seven to take early command. But then In The Arsenal and driver Brian Sears was grinding it out and after the opening quarter mile in :26.4 they took command for good. No one was willing to take a shot at In The Arsenal as he sped to the half mile in :55.1. Then Tomy Terror (Corey Callahan) came first-over with Cartoon Daddy (Yannick Gingras) following their cover but they could gain no ground on In The Arsenal. After the three-quarters in 1:22.4, Cartoon Daddy tried coming three-wide and Yankee Bounty (David Miller) four-wide but their moves were to no avail as In The Arsenal sped away to a two length triumph. Lyons Levi Lewis held for second with Bet You (Brett Miller) third. “He’s got a lot of go in his engine,” said Brian Sears, “He may still be a little green but he is figuring it all out. He will fight you a little but when he throws that engine into another gear he can go.” Sired by American Ideal, In The Arsenal posted his sixth win of the year in nine starts and now heads to the Breeders Crown as the race favorite. He is trained by Kelvin Harrison and was bred and is owned by White Birth Farm of Allentown, NJ. He paid $4.80 to win. In The Arsenal Yannick Gingras put on a driving clinic at Dover Downs as he made it three-for-three early on the program in the Matron Stakes, winning the $199,600 division for two-year-old pacing fillies with Sassa Hanover. Gringras took no chances having to start from the far outside with Sassa Hanover in post eight and left after the lead. Bettor Be Steppin and driver Corey Callahan were the first on the lead to the opening quarter mile in :26.2. But Gingras had Sassa Hanover already on the move and then on the lead. With the track upgraded from sloppy to good, Sassa Hanover led to the half mile in :55 as Ideal Nuggets (David Miller) came first-over, flushed out by Heavenly Bride (Brian Sears). By the three-quarters in 1:23.4, Gingras and Sassa Hanover still held the field at bay as Heavenly Bride came three-wide on the final turn to try and mount a challenge. But Sassa Hanover proved to be the tough horse, holding off all contenders to win by one and one-quarter lengths in 1:52.3 Bettor N Better (Ron Pierce) closed well to be second with Well Hello There (Matt Kakaley) third. The first three finishers in the race are all trained by Ron Burke, who had four of the eight starters in the race. Southwind Roulette was fifth for the Burke Stable. “I had my options opens at the start,” said Yannick Gingras,” but I was not going to get away in last place from the eight hole. I knew the move we had to make was to go to the front and she was great.” Sired by Rock N Roll Heaven, Sassa Hanover is owned by Burke Racing Stable, Panhellenic Stable, Weaver Brucemi and Larry Karr. She paid $8.40 to win in scoring her ninth victory on the year in just eleven starts. Sassa Hanover By Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink.com

No matter how professional and knowledgeable you are in your approach to harness racing, some times you just need to be in the right place at the right time and to have lady luck with you to taste the real highs of this industry. When Charlie Roberts looks back at how he came to acquire Scuse Me, he must thank his lucky stars that he was in the right place at the right time. Bred by the legendary horseman Jim Dalgety, Scuse Me was raced by Jim in partnership with Vicki Purdon and was trained by her husband at the time, Mark Purdon. Scuse Me won the Great Northern Oaks of her year against such standouts as Kate's First and Megaera and then came back at four and won the Noel Taylor Mile against the boys in a scorching 1:53.5 At this point she was purchased by JC International on behalf of clients of the former New Zealander Kelvin Harrison for racing in North America. Not long after her arrival in North America is when things started to go off the rails a touch. Even though she had passed the vet exam in New Zealand with flying colours, Scuse Me was found to have a problem when tried in North America which meant a huge cloud was cast over her racing future. Just when it looked like a major dispute was flairing, John Curtin of JC International convinced the parties to let him resell Scuse Me as a broodmare to recoup the purchasers money. Charlie Roberts was one of those approached and he must thank his lucky stars every day that he purchased the mare back from North America. As of today Scuse Me has had twelve foals old enough to race for twelve winners including of course Adore Me 1:52.4 ($915,606)  Imagine Me 1:54.5pl ($247,175)  Megabucks 1:49.3 ($88,499)  Toledo 1:57.1 ($88,514) and this years exciting 3 year old Have Faith In Me 1:56.6 who is a live chance in the Sires Stakes final on Cup Day. The first daughter of Scuse Me that Charlie bred from was the Dream Away mare, Splendid Dreams and what a fantastic job she has done to date. She is already the dam of Christen Me 1:50.4 ($1,104,654) and Hands Christian 1:52.5 ($316,824) and her first daughter that Charlie bred from was the In The Pocket mare Splendid Deal who has left Maxim 1:55.9 ($397,413) and Splendour 1:56.2 ($148,990). Next Tuesday at Addington Charlie will get great pleasure in watching Have Faith In Me go round in the Sires Stakes Final and two hours later watching the trio he bred in Christen Me, Adore Me and Hands Christian try to deny Terror To Love a fourth New Zealand Cup. Charlie had the foresight to purchase Scuse Me fifteen years ago when offered her by John Curtin but the circumstances that lead to that offer shows that being in the right place at the right time is just as important. Harnesslink Media

DOVER, Del ---  A total of $1,561,150 in Matron Stakes purses is on the line in eight stakes finals on a giant Thursday, Nov. 6 program at Dover Downs. Post time is 4:30 p.m. A $26,000 Delaware Special headed by defending Horse of the Meet Nova Artist and track record holder Bandolito, lead a strong undercard. There are five $1,000,000 winners, one of whom, Father Patrick, has earned more than $2-million among the Matron starters. Leading trainers Ron Burke and Jimmy Takter have entered their top young horses. The Filly and Colt freshmen trotters make up the daily double. Wild Honey, a winner of eight of nine races with one second with Yannick Gingras driving for Christine Takter, Liverman and the Fielding’s is the one to beat in the first race boasting a $203,800 purse while Burke-owned Habitat with partners Weaver Bruscemi and Our Horse Cents Stable matches strides with Bender Sweden and Roy Holth’s Bill Flynn with Brett Miller in race #2 going for $237,500.  A Delaware-owned filly pacer, Bettor Be Steppin, owned by Rojan Stables, along with Ted Gewertz and Val D’or Stable and trained by University of Delaware grad Joe Holloway, is a major contender in the $199,600 Matron frosh pace meeting Southwind Roulette, with Corey Callahan, a winner of five of eight starts for Phila. attorney Howard Taylor and Brad Grant and Burke Racing, Pahellerric Stable, Larry Karr and Weaver Bruscemi’s Sassa Hanover, who has won eight of 10 and driven by Gingras. Another local tie comes in the $193,200 colt and gelding pace where Yankee Bounty, owned by Frank Pitts of Harrington, and the Yankee Bounty Partnership, holding an impressive eight wins in nine races record meeting Joe Lyons-Mound’s Lyons Levi Lewis, handled by Ron Pierce, and White Birch Farm’s In The Arsenal, reined by Brian Sears and New York Sire Stakes champion Cartoon Daddy driven by Gingras for Joe Scala and Burke Racing. Takter has the trotters to beat in the sophomore division. The streaking Shake It Cerry racing for Solveig’s Racing Partners and driver Pierce and Lifetime Pursuit, owned by breeder Brittany Farms with Gingras in the bike, are both listed in the sport’s Top 10 and meet in the $160,950 three-year-old filly trot. Father Patrick, owned by the Father Patrick Stable, a winner of 11 of 15 and nearly $2.2-million in his career drew the rail with Gingras driving in the $200,350 colt trot. Red hot trotter Nuncio, winner of last year’s from Matron with John Campbell, returns but most overcome outside post 8. The Stall Tz Inc. colt has never been worse than second winning 15 of 25 lifetime and approaching $1.8-million in earnings. SSG Stable’s McWicked, with David Miller driving for trainer Casey Coleman, a $1-million winner; Matt Kakaley teams with All Bets Off , another million-dollar winner, for Baldachino, Shelswell, Panhellenic Stable and Burke Racing, are among the contestants in the $186,550 Matron Colt pace. Fast finishing Weeper, owned by Bay Pond Stable of Paoli, Pa. and steered by Corey Callahan, is a dramatic fast finisher, She tangles with a pair of Coleman trainees, Mac Nichol’s Major Dancer and Brett Miller and Also Encouraging with David Miller. Both are owned by West Win Stables, in the $179,200 filly pace. To top off the outstanding card, in the $26,000 Delaware Special, Bandolito, co-owned by trainer-driver Daryl Bier, Charles Dombeck and David Bier, closed out last meet scoring a 1:48 performance to break the former track record. In the first Del. Special of the new meet, he collides with Eddie and Kathy Davis’ Nova Artist, with driver Allan Davis, who was voted Horse of the Meet twice in the past three seasons. Among the nine contestants, John Dayton’s Just A Jolt, handled by Vic Kirby, and Kovach Stable’s Feel Like A Fool with Corey Callahan are fast contenders on the strong undercard. Throughout the year, Harness and Thoroughbred Simulcasting opens daily at 12 Noon until 12 Midnight at Dover Downs Race and Sports Book in the Colonnade. There is no charge for parking or admission at Dover Downs.

It was announced today via Harness Racing Update, that Artspeak will not race in the Breeders Crown and is done for the 2014 race according to spokesman Myron Bell for Brittany Farms. Before the Governor’s Cup, Harnesslink interviewed trainer Tony Alagna, who explained that they did not know why Artspeak made breaks in his prior two starts but that he was ready to go in the Governor’s Cup and that he has traveled up to Woodbine early just to train the colt himself and to make sure he was 100% ready to race. Alagna said he would not speculate before the race what the plans were for Artspeak after the Governor’s Cup. Artspeak was at his best and put in a tremendous effort in the Governor’s Cup. But right after the race, Alagna was off to Harrisburg to inspect yearlings for the upcoming sales and would not return any phone calls about the future of Artspeak. Now Myron Bell is stating that “The horse is weak in his stifles and that's why he made two breaks. He has already raced 10 times this year and we don't believe in racing two-year-olds more than 10 times. "That's what Captaintreacherous did. We want a 3-year-old and the best way to do that is to not burn them out as 2-year-olds.” Repeated attempts to reach Tony Alagna for more details have gone unanswered to both Harnesslink and Harness Racing Update. So now with Artspeak put out to pasture for the rest of the 2014 season, that leaves an opening for In The Arsenal to step up and steal some of Artspeaks “thunder” by sweeping the Matron Stakes at Dover Downs and then the Breeders Crown at the Meadowlands. It’s sort of the same route that Heston Blue Chip took in defeating Michael’s Power for three-year-old honors in 2012. Sired by American Ideal, In The Arsenal has won his last three starts and has five wins in his eight starts this season for trainer Kelvin Harrison. One of those wins was against undefeated Artspeak and ended his seven-race winning streak in the International Stallion Stake at Lexington’s Red Mile. Then in his next start, In The Arsenal brought an end to undefeated Yankee Bounty’s eight-race winning streak in the Historic Series Goshen Cup at Harrah’s Philadelphia. “Since his last win at Harrah’s,” said trainer Kelvin Harrison, “He (In The Arsenal) has been really feeling good. We are looking forward to racing in the Matron at Dover Downs next week and if all goes well then we will go next in the Breeders Crown.” By Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink.com

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