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Warrawee Ubeaut left little question about her speed last year, but her behavior was not always the best. If her work heading into this harness racing season has been any indication, though, the returning Dan Patch Award winner is blossoming into Miss Manners. "At times last year she would get a little too excited and she would drive me instead of letting me drive her," said Yannick Gingras, who has sat behind Warrawee Ubeaut for every start of her career. "But all winter long they told me how good she was coming back and how well behaved she was. They were right. "Her manners have been perfect so far. She's just very chill out there." Warrawee Ubeaut, from the stable of trainer Ron Burke, in 2018 became the fastest 2-year-old pacer in history when she won a division of the International Stallion Stakes in 1:48.3 at Lexington's Red Mile. She makes her 2019 debut Friday afternoon (May 3) in the first of two $83,240 divisions of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes at Harrah's Philadelphia. "We're definitely excited," Gingras said. "I thought she had a great year last year and we're always looking forward to seeing those kinds of horses come back. I'm really happy with the way she qualified. She was perfect both times." Warrawee Ubeaut won two qualifiers at The Meadowlands, both in 1:53.2, ahead of Friday's start. In the first qualifier, she paced her final quarter-mile in :26. In the second, this past Saturday, she came home in :26.4. "She paced home a little more the first week on paper, but the last time was into a strong headwind and she still came home very strong," Gingras said. "Both those starts were exactly what we wanted." Warrawee Ubeaut won seven of 12 races last year and earned $646,995 for owners Burke Racing Stable, Phil Collura, the partnership of Jerry Silva, Theresa Silva, Purnel Jones Jr. and Elizabeth Jones, and the partnership of Mark Weaver and Mike Bruscemi. In addition to the International Stallion, her victories included the Breeders Crown and Kentuckiana Stallion Management Stakes. She is a daughter of former Burke star Sweet Lou, who shared the previous world record of 1:49 for a 2-year-old pacer, out of the mare Great Memories. She is a half-sister to retired O'Brien Award-winner Warrawee Needy, who still shares the world record of 1:46.4 for a 4-year-old pacer. "(Warrawee Ubeaut) won a lot of races last year on pure speed," Gingras said. "This year she is going to have to have manners too. Of course, I think she's got as much, if not more, speed than anybody else but there will be more horses that can keep up with her. If her manners are not good they can beat her. But Ronnie's guys have put in a lot of hard work all winter to get her to where she is now. "It's a strong (3-year-old pacing filly) division," he added. "It's a deep group; there are a bunch of horses that can go. I think if Warrawee Ubeaut is at her best that she is a standout. But I'm sure other guys in the division think theirs are as good. We'll let the horses do the talking." The opening round of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes features seven of the nine fillies that competed in last season's championship for 2-year-olds. Warrawee Ubeaut finished third in the final, beaten a neck by stablemate Sylph Hanover and nipped for second place by Philly Hanover. Those two fillies also return to PaSS action Friday, along with She's Allright, Sweeter Lulu, Stonebridge Soul, and Rockn Philly. Racing begins at 12:25 p.m. (EDT) at Harrah's Philadelphia. For Friday's complete entries, click here. Ken Weingartner

Anderson, IN - Due to the generosity of forward-thinking supporters, the Harness Horse Youth Foundation is pleased to announce its goal of raising funds to purchase a new truck needed for the upcoming harness racing season has been reached. As of April 15, the following farms and organizations stepped up to the "Win" and "Place Levels" of sponsorship and are responsible for this important component needed to execute the popular HHYF Summer Programs: All American Harnessbreds Brittany Farms Diamond Creek Farm Indiana Standardbred Association Kentuckiana Farm Lindy Farms Pennsylvania Harness Horsemen's Association PM Advertising Jim & Georgia Simpson Southern Oaks Training Center "The truck was delivered to the HHYF office this week," announced HHYF President Adam Bowden. "Executive Director Ellen Taylor is now working on designing the layout of the logos so each of the contributors will be displayed on the truck. I would be remiss if I did not mention how much we appreciated the cooperation of Fred Hertrich and his staff in finding such a great truck for HHYF." The Harness Horse Youth Foundation is a charitable 501(c)3 organization dedicated to providing young people and their families educational opportunities with harness horses in order to foster the next generation of participants and fans. The Foundation has been making a difference in young people's lives since 1976; its programs include interactive learning experiences with racehorses as well as offering scholarships and creating and distributing educational materials relating to harness racing. For more information on opportunities through HHYF, or to support its mission, go to www.hhyf.org or call 317.908.0029. Ken Weingartner

Whenever Harvey Eisman is given the opportunity to name a racehorse, he keeps it all in the family. It has nothing to do with harness racing pedigrees, but everything to do with his grandchildren. "It's a fun tradition they've done," said trainer Julie Miller, who trains Jason's Camden, a horse co-owned by Eisman that is named after his son-in-law and year-and-a-half-old grandson. "They get a little kick out of it." Jason's Camden can provide some more thrills in the weeks ahead. On Saturday (April 27), the 3-year-old colt trotter will compete in the $39,650 Dexter Cup elimination at Freehold Raceway. The top-seven finishers from the eight-horse field advance to the $118,950 final on May 4, where they will be joined by bye-recipient Osterc. The Dexter Cup is the traditional first stakes race on the road to August's $1 million Hambletonian Stakes, the sport's premier race for 3-year-old trotters. Jason's Camden is among the Hambletonian-eligible trotters in the Dexter Cup, along with Cavill Hanover, Whirl Winds K, HL Revadon, and Osterc. Eisman co-owns Jason's Camden with the Andy Miller Stable Inc. and Jeff Gural's Little E LLC, which bred the colt. Jason's Camden, a son of Muscle Mass out of Palm Beach Chic, was purchased for $48,000 at the 2017 Standardbred Horse Sale, at which time he was named Palm Beach Muscle. "I'm only a part owner in these horses, but I do get to name quite a few and that's nice," said Eisman, a Michigan resident who has been involved in harness racing since 1977. "All the grandkids go in order naming the horses every year. It was Camden's choice since he was just born and his mother (Julie) came up with Jason's Camden." Some other current horses co-owned by Eisman include Alana's Brilliance, Ev's Girl, Zack's Got The W, and Luv U Bye Click, which is a reference to the way one of Eisman's young granddaughters gets off the phone with him. Jason's Camden won five of nine races last year, finished second on three occasions, and earned $67,750. All his victories came in preliminary rounds of the New York-sired Excelsior "A" Series and he finished second in the final. He also finished second in a division of the Simpson Stakes at Harrah's Philadelphia. "He was a pretty nice horse in New York for us, but one of those slow learners and kind of went through the motions to start," Miller said. "I feel like at the end of the year he kind of understood the program and wanted to do his job. "He handled the half-mile track really well (last year) so we thought the Dexter Cup would be a good opening race for him. He showed a lot of consistency last year. He's a nice big horse, an honest horse, very willing. Hopefully we make it to the final and get a good draw there." Jason's Camden, who is making his season's debut in the Dexter Cup, will start Saturday's elimination from post seven with Andy Miller in the sulky. He is 5-1 on the morning line. "He's pretty docile," Julie Miller said. "He just goes about his day and doesn't need constant attention like some of the others. But when you put the race bike on him and get him behind the gate he's all business. "He's primarily staked in New York but we threw in the Hambo. He would be a longshot for that race, but in case he ends up peaking at that time he'd be in there." Cavill Hanover, trained and driven by Ake Svanstedt, is the 5-2 Dexter Cup elimination favorite from post one. Cavill Hanover, also making his seasonal debut, won three of seven races and $67,193 last year. All three victories came on the New York Sire Stakes circuit. Osterc, who received the bye based on earnings, was last year's Pennsylvania Sire Stakes champion. He won five of seven races in 2018 and earned $226,401. He is trained by Per Engblom. For Saturday's complete entries at Freehold, click here. Racing begins at 12:30 p.m. (EDT) and the Dexter Cup elimination is race 10.   Ken Weingartner Media Relations Manager U.S. Trotting Association

Hightstown, NJ — McWicked, who was the 2018 Horse of the Year in both the U.S. and Canada, returned to the track Tuesday (April 23) for his first harness racing qualifier of the season. The 8-year-old pacing stallion and driver Wally Hennessey cruised around the five-eighths-mile oval at Pompano Park in 1:51.2, winning by 7-3/4 lengths over 3-year-old filly Prescient Beauty. McWicked, trained during the racing season by Casie Coleman, has spent the off season with Jim McDonald. “It looks like he went well,” said Coleman, who is based in Canada. “He’s leaving Saturday and coming back to me. I’ll probably qualify him again, but I’ll wait until I get him in the barn to decide what’s next.” Honored for last season’s 7-year-old campaign, McWicked became the oldest pacer in history to receive Horse of the Year. He led the sport in earnings last year, with $1.57 million, and became the oldest horse in 43 years to top the money standings. For the season, McWicked won 12 of 19 races, capping his campaign with a five-race win streak, and hit the board a total of 17 times. He is owned by Ed James’ SSG Stables. Prescient Beauty, who closed last season with a win in the Three Diamonds, also was qualifying for the first time, as was her Kentucky Sire Stakes champion stablemate Beautyonthebeach. Prescient Beauty was timed in 1:53 in her qualifier while Beautyonthebeach won her qualifier in 1:54. Both 3-year-old fillies were driven by Doug McNair and are trained by Gregg McNair. Jim Avritt Sr. bred and owns both horses.   by Ken Weingartner USTA Media Relations Manager

At the age of 81, Dan Graber says he’s been “up and down the pike a few times.” What he’s never been, at least to this point, is on the road to the Hambletonian. The Indiana resident is hoping this could be the year with his homebred trotter DG’s Caviar, who is undefeated in three races this season at Harrah’s Hoosier Park. DG’s Caviar is the 1-5 morning-line favorite in Wednesday’s $15,000 final of the Cardinal Series at Hoosier. Graber knows it’s a long way from a conditioned series for non-winners of one race to the sport’s premier event for 3-year-old trotters, but DG’s Caviar has impressed him from day one. “I can’t believe what kind of horse I got,” said Graber, who lives in Shipshewana and has been around horses since his childhood. “I started jogging him (just prior to him turning age 2) and I saw right away he was something special. It was just the way he went, and he wanted to go, and he was absolutely perfectly gaited. “I like the way he’s built and the way he can go. He’s a beautiful horse and he’s smart. He’s a nice horse. Everybody likes him. He’s a perfect mannered horse except for one thing; he doesn’t like you to play with his ears. I have a certain way I have to get the bridle on him. Other than that, he’s perfect.” DG’s Caviar is a son of Graber’s stallion Prime Time Caviar, who passed away two years ago, and his 20-year-old mare Dazzling Kosmos, who is no longer able to be bred. Graber also was the breeder of Prime Time Caviar, who won five races and had a mark of 1:57.2 despite battling health issues in his limited career. “He was a much faster horse than his record,” Graber said. Graber was introduced to Standardbreds when his father bought a retired pacer for the family’s 200-acre farm. “We farmed with horses,” said Graber, who grew up Amish. “We used to breed our buggy mare to the stallion, Herbert Patch. They were tough.” When he was in his early 20s, Graber drove in a harness race for the first time at a county fair. “I was working in construction and quit my job,” Graber said. “I had this pacing mare, Patsys Blue Ribbon. In our first race, I was in front at the half but I got beat. “The next day, I was back at my construction job,” he added, laughing. Graber continued in the construction business for a while before embarking on a 55-year career as a farrier. He also continued to drive in races, until 2015, and train horses on his own half-mile track. The only horse he has trained in the past two years is DG’s Caviar. “I’ve had a lot of experience in this business, both shoeing and training,” Graber said. “I’ve been up and down the pike a few times.” Last year, DG’s Caviar went off stride in all three of his races, but was discovered to have an undescended testicle, which was removed. “People told me the best thing I could do for the horse was to turn him out and let him mature and develop,” Graber said. “It was hard for me to do, but I did it, and I got a nice horse.” So far this year, DG’s Caviar has won each of his starts by a minimum of 2-3/4 lengths. His best win time of 1:56 is tied for 22nd among all 3-year-old trotters this season. In addition to the $1 million Hambletonian Stakes, DG’s Caviar is eligible to the Old Oaken Bucket, Circle City, and Indiana Sire Stakes. “Hopefully he can get to the Hambletonian, but he’s going to have to prove himself before that happens,” Graber said. “Naturally I’d like to keep on winning. That’s what everybody wants, right? I hope he keeps right on going.” Racing begins at 6:30 p.m. (EDT) Wednesday at Harrah’s Hoosier Park. The card also includes the finals of the Mya Tri and Chad E. Carlton Trotting Series plus the second appearance of the year for 2017 Breeders Crown champion Fiftydallarbill in the Open Trot. For complete entries, click here.   Ken Weingartner Media Relations Manager U.S. Trotting Association www.ustrotting.com

Columbus, OH - The U.S. Trotting Association (USTA), in conjunction with the Harness Horse Youth Foundation, is seeking applicants between the ages of 16-20 to participate as members of its Youth Leadership Development Subcommittee. Deadline for application is Wednesday (May 1). The online application is available by clicking here. Written applications must include a statement of recommendation from an industry participant. Currently there are open positions in USTA Districts: 2 (Michigan, Indiana) 3 (Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming, Hawaii and Alaska) 4A (Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Texas) 8 (New York) 8A (New York) 11 (Delaware, D.C., Maryland and Virginia) If selected to serve on the subcommittee, delegates will be involved in projects with USTA staff and directors to improve the youth experience in harness racing and promote harness racing to a younger audience. Delegates will benefit from possible academic credit, opportunities for published work and leadership training. Applicants must be or become a USTA member or USTA youth member. One delegate will be selected for each USTA district. Districts are listed at www.ustrotting.com/directors.cfm. The term of service for those selected will be two years. For additional information, contact USTA Director Gabe Wand at gabewand@yahoo.com or 608.574.5468.   Ken Weingartner Media Relations Manager U.S. Trotting Association www.ustrotting.com

Harness racing driver Daniel Dube is hoping for business as usual when Western Fame competes in Saturday's (April 20) $662,800 George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series championship at Yonkers Raceway, where the 6-year-old stallion has won four of five starts in the event and led nearly every step of the way. He knows it might not be that easy. "I'd like to think I'm going to go around the track like I usually do but for big money somebody is going to take a shot," Dube said. Dube and Western Fame will start the Levy championship from post five. Western Fame has seven wins and two second-places finishes in his past 11 races at Yonkers. He finished seventh in last year's Levy final. For his career, Western Fame has won 20 of 73 starts and earned $1.15 million. He was trained by Jimmy Takter before heading to the stable of Rene Allard at the end of last year. Dube and Allard have teamed to win three of the past four Levy championships. "(Post) five is really good, it's a perfect spot for my horse. I'm happy with that," Dube said, adding about Western Fame's work in the series, "He's been doing it nice and easy. "He's got a lot of good qualities; he's quick off the gate and he's quick turning for home. He's just a nice horse. He's strong. I hope he keeps going that way. If he doesn't get sick or something he should be good." Western Fame finished the Levy's five preliminary rounds with a series-best 350 points. Ideal Jimmy was second with 325 points thanks to three wins and two seconds. But the 6-year-old gelding did not fare well in the draw and will start Saturday from post eight, which has produced only 14 winners in 508 tries (2.8 percent). Last week, Ideal Jimmy and driver Brent Holland started from post six in their preliminary division and led from start to finish. "He's razor sharp, but from (post) eight you've got to have a lot of luck," said Ideal Jimmy's trainer, Erv Miller. "It's pretty hard to get out of there on the lead from the eight hole, but you never know. We'll see what happens. "He's a very handy horse, which he showed the last start. He can do what he needs to do. He's been real good racing from behind too. We'll just have to see how it works out. He's really come into his own. He's really good now. He's real sharp for the final, but the eight hole makes it tough." Of the eight Levy finalists, all but two competed in all five of the prelims. JJ Flynn skipped last week's round and Rodeo Rock sat out April 6. Rodeo Rock, who starts Saturday from post six, returned last week with a second-place finish behind Western Fame. "I would have liked to draw a little bit closer (inside) but it's not a horrible position," said Andy McCarthy, who drives Rodeo Rock. "Hopefully things get mixed up pretty good the first half. I think that's a possibility. I don't know what (Holland) will do with Ideal Jimmy. He leaves the gate so fast, he might take a chance. "It could be a bit of a rush into that first turn. A lot of horses can leave fast and I think they're all going to try to push for a good position there early. I just hope they don't line up. I've got to hope they mix it up pretty good the first three-eighths of a mile and see what happens after that." Rodeo Rock won his first two rounds in the series before a third-place finish on March 30. "He was very good the first two weeks," McCarthy said. "I probably drove him bad that third week. I should have pushed off harder and tried to trip him out a little more, but I came first over. He got just a little tired at the end of the mile. "I thought he raced terrific last week. I had to come first up out of the third turn into a very fast back half and he didn't lose ground. He kept pacing." Racing at Yonkers begins at 6:50 p.m. (EDT). The Levy championship is race 11 on the card. The card also includes the $401,600 Blue Chip Matchmaker championship for older female pacers (race nine). For complete Saturday night entries, click here. Following is the field for the $662,800 George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing championship. PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer 1-Anythingforlove A        Joe Bongiorno - Jennifer Bongiorno 2-More The Better N       Scott Zeron - Ross Croghan 3-JJ Flynn                       Tim Tetrick - Josh Green 4-The Downtown Bus -   Tim Tetrick - Jeff Gillis 5-Western Fame             Dan Dube - Rene Allard 6-Rodeo Rock                 Andrew McCarthy-Robert Cleary 7-The Wall                      Andy Miller - Nick Surick 8-Ideal Jimmy                 Brent Holland - Erv Miller Ken Weingartner

If fans are looking for a horse in top form entering Saturday's (April 20) $401,600 Blue Chip Matchmaker championship for harness racing older female pacers, they need to only look at...well, just about everyone. Six of the eight mares are heading to the Matchmaker championship at Yonkers Raceway off a win (thanks to four horses skipping last week's fifth-and-final preliminary round of the series). Furthermore, a look at each of the finalist's past three starts show only three finishes worse than second in the 24 total tries, and two of those occurred from post eight, which is the least favorable post position at the track. "It's been a very good series," said Jason Bartlett, who drives Andrew Harris-trained Dont Think Twice A. "There have been a lot of different winners every week. It's basically the same times too, right around (1):52. "Shartin is Shartin, but otherwise it's a very competitive group. It's going to come down to who gets the better trip." Shartin is defending Matchmaker champion Shartin N, the New Zealand-bred mare who was the 2018 Dan Patch Award winner for best older female pacer. She won three of her four preliminary rounds in the series and was fourth from post eight in her remaining start. She will start Saturday from post six, one spot outside of stablemate Bettor Joy N, who was a nose from being undefeated in four races in the series. "They're both pretty powerful girls," said Jim King Jr., who trains both mares. "Hopefully everybody behaves in the first turn and no one causes any bad luck for somebody else. From there, let the best horse win. At least let them all have a chance. If they all behave around the first turn and everyone gets where they're going, I think I've got a little better chance than most. I've got two good horses and they're in respectable spots." Shartin N was a known quantity entering the series, but Bettor Joy N has made a name for herself as well. She has won once by leading from start to finish and twice by rallying from fourth at the top of the stretch. "We had a little adjustment to make (after she lost in the first round) and fortunately it all went well," King said. "We opened her up and got her more quiet, got her to pay a little more attention to the driver rather than be so anxious. She's very versatile. I don't think we've seen her best work yet." Dont Think Twice A, who starts Saturday from post four, has two wins and two seconds in the series. She is one of four mares to finish no worse than second in all her Matchmaker prelims, along with Apple Bottom Jeans, Feelin Red Hot, and Bettor Joy N. "I think I drew a good spot," Bartlett said. "There is speed inside and Shartin got the six so (driver Tim Tetrick) has to make a decision what he wants to do. I have a good mare, coming off a win, so I think she's got as good a shot as anybody. She's handy. She can do just about anything you ask her to do and she's got a great attitude. I've loved her since day one." Apple Bottom Jeans, who was a neck from being unbeaten in four Matchmaker starts, will start from post two. She has gone gate-to-wire in all three of her victories in the series and was caught by Feelin Red Hot just prior to the finish in the other. "She should be a perfect 4-for-4," driver Corey Callahan said. "That week (she lost) was my fault. Everybody was kind of walking to the half, so I went ahead and did that too. I shouldn't have done that. I should have let her keep moving along. She's got a big, long gait. I took full responsibility for that. "She's been winning on the front because that's how the races have set up and she's been such a heavy favorite. I've been able to cut it or get away quiet to the lead. But she is a better horse tracking horses down. She might be in that spot (this week), or she might be in a spot where she can cut it. I don't really think she will be, but you never know when they say go." Apple Bottom Jeans did not race during the fourth week of the series but returned with a win in the fifth round. Dont Think Twice A, Bettor Joy N, Shartin N, and Ideal Lifestyle A all took off last week. Kaitlyn N, Feelin Red Hot, and Seaswift Joy N each competed in all five preliminary rounds. "We'll see which one of us went the right way," Callahan said with a laugh. "Until somebody beats her, Shartin is the one to beat," he added. "There are a lot of other nice mares in there. It's not like she's going to be able to get away quiet and brush to the lead and have things her way. I don't think anybody is going to be able to do that." Racing begins at 6:50 p.m. (EDT). The Matchmaker is race nine on the card, which also includes the $662,800 George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series championship (race 11). Following is the field for the $401,600 Blue Chip Matchmaker Series championship. PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer 1-Kaitlyn N-Matt Kakaley-Richard Banca 2-Apple Bottom Jeans-Corey Callahan-Dylan Davis 3-Feelin Red Hot-George Brennan-Ron Burke 4-Dont Think Twice A-Jason Bartlett-Andrew Harris 5-Bettor Joy N-Dexter Dunn-Jim King Jr. 6-Shartin N-Tim Tetrick-Jim King Jr. 7-Ideal Lifestyle A-TBA-Tahnee Camilleri 8-Seaswift Joy N-Jim Marohn Jr.-Tony Alagna Ken Weingartner

After being slowed for three months by a harness racing training accident earlier this year, Kevin McDermott is looking forward to rejuvenation this spring and summer. McDermott, who is stabled at Magical Acres in central New Jersey, is among the state's horsemen buoyed by Gov. Phil Murphy's recent approval of legislation directing a total of $100 million to horseracing and breeding during a five-year span. The 51-year-old McDermott has been part of the harness racing scene in New Jersey since he was a teenager. Since opening his own stable three decades ago, he has won 1,569 races and $24.5 million in purses. Notable horses trained by McDermott include stakes-winners Hypnotic Blue Chip, Lonewolf Currier, Mac Action, Major Look, and Yes Its True as well as millionaires Blueridge Western and Noble Falcon. McDermott has eight horses at Magical Acres, including Melanie’s Tedy, who was a winner in divisions of the Indiana Sire Stakes and Kindergarten Classic Series. He was sired by Hypnotic Blue Chip. In 2012, McDermott and his brother John, who also is a trainer, were honored by the New Jersey chapter of the U.S. Harness Writers Association with its Stanley Dancer Award. The award recognizes individuals whose efforts on behalf of racing and cooperation with the media are in keeping with the example set by the late Hall of Fame driver and trainer Stanley Dancer. McDermott recently took time to speak with the U.S. Trotting Association's Ken Weingartner about his past, present, and future in harness racing. KW: Let's start at the beginning. How did you get started in harness racing? KM: I was pen pals with Jim Doherty, Herve Filion, a bunch of guys in the sport, and got my first job working with Jack Parker Jr. I was 16 years old. I had crawled under the back gate at the Meadowlands. I've been doing it ever since. KW: Do you think younger people know what a pen pal is? KM: (Laughs). That's true. I used to go to races with my dad and I got to like it so I started writing letters and people would answer me back. That's how I got into it. I started collecting whips too. KW: Were you surprised people were so responsive? KM: Carol Hodes, who worked at the Meadowlands (as director of media relations) at the time, helped me out a lot. Whenever I would write to her as a kid she would always get them to respond to me, and it was them responding. So I owe Carol a lot. KW: What were your hopes when you started out writing to these people? KM: In high school I was an all-state track runner and I had scholarships to go to a lot of schools, but all I wanted to do was work with horses. I had no family members in the business, but I always loved the horses. It's all I ever wanted to do. KW: What did you run in high school? KM: I was a half-miler. Pure natural talent was all I had. It wasn't work ethic. (Laughs). KW: So what was it like when you first started with the horses? KM: The first summer I worked with Jimmy Doherty, just helping out. Then Jack Parker Jr. kind of took me under his wing and really treated me good. I always joke with Jack that if I ever hit the Mega Millions he's the first person I'm taking care of. He's a great person. KW: Did you go off on your own after that? KM: I worked for Linda Toscano and Nick Sodano for a couple years each and they were both great. Then went on my own and claimed a $7,000 claimer named It Will Be Me at Freehold and she won her first three or four starts. I kind of got lucky that I was doing good. D'Elegance Stables gave me the opportunity to train one or two horses and it just led to another one and another one. Before you knew it, I had 30 horses. KW: What do you enjoy most about your job? KM: I just love the horses. I love working around the horses. There's just something about it. You develop such a bond with them. They're just great animals. KW: How many horses do you have right now? KM: I only have eight. It's the fewest I've had in 30 years. Earlier this year I got into an accident; I broke five ribs, got knocked unconscious, bruised my spine, bruised my kidneys. I was down basically for three months. I kept working through it, but I'm just starting to get healthy now and I'm going to try to expand my stable again. KW: Of the ones you have now, who are a few that you like? KM: Melanie's Tedy. He's in the Reynolds and the Rooney at Yonkers and then he'll go on to the Indiana Sire Stakes. He raced his first start (Sunday against older horses at Harrah's Philadelphia) and came the back half in :55. I was very happy with him. I think he will be in for a good year. His sister Melanies Angelique has been training down very good too. I also have a (2-year-old half-sister) to Lonewolf Currier and Lookout Hanover named Last One Hanover and she's been going very good too. KW: What have been your biggest thrills? KM: Probably winning the Titan Cup with Mac Action because he was an Amish horse that went on to become a great trotter. We kept him until he died at 21 years old. No question Hypnotic Blue Chip winning the U.S. Pacing Championship in a world-record (1:47.2). More importantly, I did it for (owner) Fran Azur, who has been like a father figure to me. Fran only breeds his Hypnotics right now, he hasn't been buying racehorses and it's hurt my business, but he's the best. I absolutely love him. KW: What races haven't you won that you would most like to win? KM: I've never won the Meadowlands Pace or the Hambletonian, but besides that I've won my share of big races and I've had four or five world champions along the way. I've got almost 1,600 wins and I'm very proud of that. KW: What is most rewarding about working with the horses and is there a horse in particular that stands out as having been really rewarding? KM: I think Noble Falcon. We bought him at Harrisburg for ($80,000) and we were really just looking at making him a 4-year-old $50,000 claimer. He made a million dollars and he did it the hard way. He did it in overnights, he never won a big race. He was just a treat to be around. He's a beautiful horse. He's got a home for life, him and Blueridge Western, who both made a million dollars for me. Fran gave them both homes for life, which to me is very special. KW: What has been the most valuable lesson you've learned over the years? KM: Just to be fair to the owners and tell them the truth, whether it's good news or bad news. I've been blessed to have very loyal owners for years. KW: With New Jersey getting the appropriation for the next five years, how big of a boost has that been and how big of a boost do you see it being for everyone here? KM: It saved the sport. I think it is tremendous. I train horses for (Meadowlands CEO) Jeff Gural and I'm thrilled for Jeff. I just wish I had a couple more horses that I could race at the Meadowlands. Hopefully over the next month or two I'll pick up some stakes horses and be able to race more at the Meadowlands. I think New Jersey has to get better horses to race here. I think the higher-class horses have to come back to the Meadowlands to make it like it was. There are not too many trainers who were around in the '80s, '90s, 2000s when it was the mecca. I was there and I would love to see that come back. At the end of the day it comes to be bringing bigger horses back, the higher claimers and higher-class horses, and we need to try to get some of the top drivers back too. KW: What do you like to do with your free time? KM: I really don't have any hobbies anymore. I love watching my son (Liam) wrestle. He's a good wrestler in college (at Roger Williams University in Rhode Island). I live for my kids, and that's the truth. Everything I do is for my kids now. That's it. Ken Weingartner  

Hightstown, NJ — Warrawee Ubeaut, a filly who last year became the fastest 2-year-old pacer in harness racing history thanks to her 1:48.3 win in a division of the International Stallion Stakes at Lexington’s Red Mile, is among the Dan Patch Award winners making their 2019 returns in Saturday’s (April 13) qualifiers at The Meadowlands. Others in that group are 4-year-old pacing mares Kissin In The Sand and Youaremycandygirl as well as 4-year-old gelding pacer Dorsoduro Hanover. Kissin In The Sand and Dorsoduro Hanover were 2018 Dan Patch honorees while Youaremycandygirl received her award in 2017. Ron Burke trains Warrawee Ubeaut, Youaremycandygirl, and Dorsoduro Hanover. Nancy Johansson trains Kissin In The Sand. Warrawee Ubeaut won seven of 12 races last year and earned $646,995. Her wins included the Breeders Crown and Kentuckiana Stallion Management Stakes in addition to her world-record victory in Lexington. “She had a great year,” Burke said earlier this year. “There is no limit on what she can do. The filly has as much speed as any horse we’ve ever had. I think as long as we manage her correctly, she is going to be very competitive and can do special things.” Dorsoduro Hanover led all 3-year-old pacers in earnings last year with $1.28 million. He won 10 of 22 races, with his victories including the Breeders Crown, Delvin Miller Adios, and Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championship. He also had six second-place finishes, including in the Meadowlands Pace and Little Brown Jug. Youaremycandygirl won nine of 17 races last season and earned $550,033. Kissin In The Sand won 10 of 15 races and never finished worse than second on her way to a division-best $845,495 in purses. Her wins included the James M. Lynch Memorial, Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championship, Mistletoe Shalee, and Bluegrass Stakes. She was second in the Breeders Crown and Fan Hanover. Burke will send out 17 horses Saturday morning at the Big M. Also entered from his stable are 4-year-old pacing mare Percy Bluechip, an O’Brien Award winner in 2017 and Breeders Crown champion last season, and 3-year-old filly trotter Sonnet Grace, who won the Goldsmith Maid. Other returning stakes winners in his group are Sylph Hanover and St Somewhere (3-year-old filly pacers), Baron Remy (4-year-old mare pacer), De Los Cielos Deo (3-year-old colt pacer), This Is The Plan (4-year-old gelding pacer), and Filibuster Hanover (5-year-old gelding pacer). Johansson has nine horses entered, with stakes-winners Blood Money (3-year-old colt pacer) and Thinkbig Dreambig (4-year-old stallion pacer) among those joining Kissin In The Sand on the trip. Trainer Ake Svanstedt sends out seven horses, including stakes winners Yes Mickey (5-year-old gelding trotter), Plunge Blue Chip (4-year-old mare trotter), and Ice Attraction (5-year-old mare trotter). Other returning stakes winners entered on Saturday include Yonkers International Trot champion Cruzado Dela Noche (7-year-old stallion trotter) for trainer Marcus Melander as well as Julie Miller-trained Special Honor (3-year-old filly trotter) and Top Flight Angel (5-year-old stallion trotter), Chris Ryder’s Stonebridge Soul (3-year-old filly pacer), and Mark Silva’s Dealt A Winner (7-year-old gelding pacer). For the complete entries on the U.S. Trotting Association website, click here. For past performance pages from the Meadowlands website, click here.   by Ken Weingartner USTA Media Relations Manager

Lisa and Bob McNerney have bred a stakes-winning trotter in Frau Blucher. Now they aim to own a stakes-winning homebred and have a trio of harness racing hopefuls, including Frau Blucher's half-brother Big Poppy. Big Poppy, a 3-year-old gelding, was unraced last season but is among several Hambletonian Stakes-eligible trotters competing in the Walner Series at the Meadowlands Racetrack. He is a son of Donato Hanover out of Lisa McNerney's mare My Angel, who produced Frau Blucher (originally named Bella Lisanti). Frau Blucher was a two-time Pennsylvania Sire Stakes champion and won the Buckette Stakes in 1:53.1 at the 2013 Delaware County Fair, a time that remains a world-record for a 3-year-old filly trotter on a half-mile track. She also won a division of the Bluegrass Stakes as a freshman and finished second as a sophomore to Horse of the Year Bee A Magician in the Breeders Crown. She closed her career with $988,264 in purses. "She was a great introduction to breeding, but my wife will never let me forget that we sold the horse for $21,000 and she ended up making almost a million dollars," Bob McNerney said with a laugh. "We sold her at (the Standardbred Horse Sale in) Harrisburg. Tim Hauser ended up buying her and changed the name. "We became partners on some future horses. It was nice to see that happen. It's been a good experience and we're just hoping for the best." One of those "future horses" is Big Poppy. McNerney and Tim Hauser's Hauser Bros. Racing also bred Hambletonian Oaks hopeful Mother Bonnie, who won her career debut in 1:55 last year in a division of the New Jersey Sire Stakes before being limited to four races because of various issues, and her 2-year-old full sister Spoiled Princess, who has received high marks while preparing for her season. "We really have some high expectations," said McNerney, who bought his first horse in 1987. "We really love the harness racing. Once you get bitten (by the sport) you're bit. You're always chasing that dream. Maybe this year we'll have something to talk about." Big Poppy was unraced last season but is Hambletonian Stakes-eligible. USTA/Ken Weingartner photo. McNerney, who is in commercial real estate, and his wife have a small farm in northern New Jersey and live 25 miles from the Meadowlands. "We have some Pennsylvania (horses), we have some New York, but New Jersey is where we want to be," McNerney said. "Now with the ($100 million) appropriation coming in it's going to help us a little bit more. I like to go and watch my horses race and grew up with the Meadowlands; that's what we like. Jersey is where it's at." There is one division of the Walner Series this week, with an 11-horse field going one mile. Big Poppy and driver Eric Abbatiello start from post one and are 15-1 on the morning line. Richard "Nifty" Norman trains Big Poppy. "We don't know if he's going to be a Hambletonian horse, but he'll be a racehorse," McNerney said. "We're hoping he's got some of that (Frau Blucher) blood in him. We're taking a shot this year and see what happens. "This business can be disappointing at times, but it can be so rewarding. We're hoping for a good year. We try to do everything we can from an owner's perspective to get them to that point." Goes Down Smooth, another Hambletonian eligible, is the 3-1 morning-line pick in the Walner. He starts from post nine with Yannick Gingras at the lines for trainer Ron Burke. Friday's card also includes three divisions of the Wiggle It Jiggleit Series for 3-year-old male pacers. Two Meadowlands Pace eligibles are among the morning-line favorites: World On Edge, 5-2 in the first division for the Gingras-Burke tandem, and newly-minted Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund champion Goldberg, 9-5 in the third split for driver Montrell Teague and trainer Brenda Teague. World On Edge heads to the second round of the Wiggle It Jiggleit off a 1:54.1 win in last week's opener. It was World On Edge's seasonal debut. The gelding is by Roll With Joe out of Inanotherworld. His family includes two-time Dan Patch Award winner Worldly Beauty and Worldly Treasure, who is the dam of two-time Pacer of the Year Captaintreacherous. "He improved greatly last year when we put him on the big track," Burke said about World On Edge, who capped his freshman season with a third-place finish in a division of the International Stallion Stakes at Lexington's Red Mile. "I'm hoping he'll come back this year and have a good year. He's big and strong and comes from a good family. I think he is going to be a good horse; I don't know if he is a great horse." Goldberg also was stakes-placed last year, finishing second to eventual Dan Patch Award-winner Captain Crunch in a division of the Nassagaweya and third behind Captain Ahab and De Los Cielos Deo in his elimination of the Metro Pace. A virus knocked the colt out of the Metro final and sidelined him the remainder of the year. "He's a little bigger, stronger," said Montrell Teague, who bred and owns Goldberg. "He's a lot smarter, he's quieted down a lot. Last year he was pretty rank and this year I've opened him up a little bit and it's worked pretty good so far. He's letting me drive him; last year he was a little more aggressive and didn't really know what he was doing." The morning-line favorite in the remaining division of the Wiggle It Jiggleit is Rollwithpapajoe, who is 3-1 with David Miller driving for trainer Jennifer Bongiorno. Round three of the Wiggle It Jiggleit and Walner will be April 19. The finals are April 27. Racing begins at 7:15 p.m. (EDT). For Friday's complete entries, click here.   Ken Weingartner Media Relations Manager U.S. Trotting Association www.ustrotting.com

April 10, 2019, from the USTA Communications Department Columbus, OH - The U.S. Trotting Association announced Wednesday (April 10) that T.C. Lane has been promoted to the newly-created position of chief operating officer. In his new role, Lane will work to optimize the Association's operating capabilities, oversee internal project development, and employ strategies to maximize member satisfaction. He will report directly to USTA Executive Vice President/CEO Mike Tanner and will continue in his role as the USTA's registrar. "Elevating T.C. into this newly-created position is a natural fit because he is a guy that gets things done," said Tanner. "His knowledge of the Association and its protocols will serve him well, as will his track record of having greatly advanced our operating practices in the Registry and Member Services. "T.C. is highly respected, both inside the USTA and throughout the industry, and has earned the promotion," added Tanner. "With his leadership, we'll be a stronger and more efficient organization." Lane joined the USTA as its director of officials in 2002 following a stint with the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association, where he was the representative to Ohio's county fairs. At the USTA, Lane has served as registrar and director of member services, duties that include supervision of the Race Track Support department, which provides 24/7 service to all pari-mutuel and fair tracks in the country, the coordination of an 11-person ID technician team, and direction of the Information/Research department. He also led, along with Sherry Antion-Mohr, the USTA's director of information technology, the development of the USTA Online Entry platform, which currently processes approximately 90 percent of the sport's entries each year. More recently, Lane oversaw the creation and implementation of the USTA's microchipping program and the release of an app to utilize with the program. Lane is a graduate of The Ohio State University, where he majored in agricultural economics and minored in equine science.   Ken Weingartner Media Relations Manager U.S. Trotting Association www.ustrotting.com  

Peter Tritton's one-two punch in the George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series was reduced to one when a quarter crack sidelined past champion Bit Of A Legend N, but Pacing Major N could still carry the stable's banner into the April 20 championship at Yonkers Raceway. Pacing Major N is 10th in points heading into Saturday's fifth-and-final preliminary round of the harness racing series, from which the top-eight horses advance to vie for the crown. There are four divisions Saturday, with Pacing Major N competing in the third. He meets four of the top seven in the standings: points-leader Western Fame as well as two-time prelim winners The Wall, More The Better N, and Rodeo Rock. A horse receives 25 points each time he races in a preliminary round. Points are also awarded based on finish, with 50 points for a win, 25 for second, 12 for third, eight for fourth, and five for fifth. Pacing Major N is 16 points shy of eighth place and 25 points shy of sixth. More The Better N is 53 points clear in fifth. Pacing Major N, a 6-year-old New Zealand-bred stallion by Art Major, had a win in the series on March 30 and finished third last week. He starts Saturday from post three with regular driver Jordan Stratton. "He's our only chance at the moment; we've got to make do with what we've got," said Tritton, who trains Pacing Major N for owner Von Knoblauch Stable. "He's going good so we'll keep our fingers crossed. "I've always had a good opinion of him. Yonkers is probably not his favorite track; I think he would be better on a bigger track. He had a bit of trouble getting around those corners and the first couple of runs he wasn't quite right. But we made a couple of changes and I think he's back to where he should be now. We expected that he'd go all right if we had him right. He's good now." Tritton had high hopes for Bit Of A Legend N, also owned by Von Knoblauch Stable, but the 10-year-old stallion saw his participation in the series end after two rounds because of his hoof issue. Tritton expects the horse to return to the races within a month. "He's still working, but we haven't trained him," Tritton said. "He's not too far away, I'm just being overly cautious with him because he's older now and I don't want to put too much stress on him. It's a shame. I think he was coming up every bit as good as ever. It's just bad timing. We've got to live with it." Western Fame leads the Levy standings with 275 points thanks to his three wins and one second-place finish. He is followed by Ideal Jimmy with 250, JJ Flynn and The Wall with 233 each, More The Better N with 220, Anythingforlove A with 192, Rodeo Rock with 187, and Somewhere In LA with 183. JJ Flynn is the only horse in the top 20 taking the week off. Ideal Jimmy, Anythingforlove A, and Somewhere In LA are in Saturday's fourth division, where the remaining five horses in the field are 25th or lower in the standings. Leading the group on the outside looking in is ninth-place Bettors Fire N, with 170 points, followed by Pacing Major N (167), Endeavor (166), Lyons Steel (163), Gokudo Hanover (162), Imarocnrollegend N (158), The Downtown Bus (155), and Mac's Jackpot (150). Bettors Fire N, Lyons Steel, Gokudo Hanover, Imarocnrollegend N, and The Downtown Bus all compete in Saturday's second division. Pacing Major N is joined in the third division by Endeavor and Mac's Jackpot. The next three horses in the standings - I'm Some Graduate (143 points), Control Tower (137), and Dr J Hanover (137) - all are in the first division. "The key to this series is you have to keep drawing well," Tritton said. "You've got to have that luck. That's what is good about the series, it's a little bit of luck too. It's good to give everybody a bit of a chance." For Saturday's complete entries, click here. Racing begins at 6:50 p.m. (EDT). For the Levy Series standings, click here.   Ken Weingartner Media Relations Manager U.S. Trotting Association www.ustrotting.com

Columbus, OH - On Saturday night (April 6), DerbyWars.com will host a Last Chance World Harness Handicapping Championship Super-Qualifier with up to six spots gaining entry to the $150,000 (est.) WHHC final one week later on Saturday (April 13) at the Meadowlands. The WHHC has a guaranteed first-place prize of $40,000. WHHC entries are $1,300, with $1,000 going to the prize and $300 to each player's real-money bankroll. This Saturday's WHHC Last Chance Super-Qualifier has an entry fee of $300, with one in five players qualifying for the WHHC. Players can also attempt to qualify for the Last Chance Super-Qualifier for only $33 or $86 earlier on Friday (April 5) or Saturday night. The qualifying schedule this week includes: Thursday: Woodbine Mohawk Park Friday: The Meadowlands, Woodbine Mohawk Park Saturday: The Meadowlands, Woodbine Mohawk Park DerbyWars hosts online qualifiers for the WHHC every night. Complete qualifier information can be found at this link. A list of players who qualified for WHHC on DerbyWars can be found here. More WHHC information can be found at this link. For information on how to become a WHHC partner outlet or sponsor, contact Rachel Ryan, Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment (rryan@playmeadowlands.com) or 201.842.5015. For online qualifying information, or to have your track participate in online qualifiers, contact support@derbywars.com.   Ken Weingartner Media Relations Manager U.S. Trotting Association www.ustrotting.com

Pinkman, who won the 2015 Hambletonian on his way to being named Trotter of the Year, is ready for a new season and trainer Per Engblom is optimistic that "the old man" is poised for a solid harness racing campaign. The 7-year-old gelding makes his seasonal debut Friday (April 5) in the preferred handicap trot at The Meadowlands, which could be the first of two preps for Pinkman ahead of May's Arthur J. Cutler Memorial at the Big M. For the past several years, Pinkman has been troubled by chronic throat and breathing issues; he made a total of only 14 starts at ages 4 and 5. Last year, he enjoyed his healthiest campaign since age 3 and equaled his career high for starts with 17. Pinkman heads to Friday's race off a 1:54.2 win in a qualifier at the Meadowlands on March 30. He starts from post six in an eight-horse field and is 5-1 on the morning line with Yannick Gingras in the sulky. Sutton, with Andy Miller driving for trainer Julie Miller, is the 5-2 favorite. "The old man is doing good," Engblom said about Pinkman. "He had a good winter, actually a little bit better winter than he's had the last couple years. We didn't miss any training with him. He's been staying healthy, he's been breathing well, and he qualified great. "You have to take him for what he is. He's an older horse and you can't really push him. But if he's feeling well, he will give you what he's got." Engblom is well acquainted with Pinkman. A native of Sweden, Engblom is in his first year running his own stable in the U.S. following six seasons as the top assistant in Jimmy Takter's stable, where Pinkman has spent his career. Pinkman, a son of Explosive Matter out of Margie Seelster, has won 19 of 56 career races and earned $2.73 million for owners Christina Takter, brothers John and Jim Fielding, Joyce McClelland, and Herb Liverman. He was a Dan Patch Award winner at ages 2 and 3 and counts the Canadian Trotting Classic, Kentucky Futurity, and Beal and Zweig memorials among his victories in addition to the Hambletonian. Despite his health woes in recent years, Pinkman has earned $270,212 since turning 4. He won a Group 2 race in Sweden in 2016 and was stakes-placed last year. He trotted 1:49.2 in Homicide Hunter's 1:48.4 world-record mile in the Allerage Open Trot at Lexington's Red Mile, where he finished third. "He had a little bad luck last year," Engblom said, referring to eight starts from posts eight, nine, 10 or the second tier. "At the end of last year, he was doing pretty well. He trotted (1):49 and a piece in Lexington. He's still got it, we just need to manage him. That's the key. "He's been so solid (preparing for this season). I really think he's going to do OK. I'm really confident he can have a pretty good year. He's a sound horse. His legs are as tough as they come. It's fun to work with classy old horses like him. It's a thrill every time you train him." Friday's card at the Meadowlands also includes the start of the Walner Series for trotters and the Wiggle It Jiggleit Series for pacers. Each series features three preliminary rounds followed by an April 27 final. Racing begins at 7:15 p.m. (EDT). For complete Friday entries, click here.   Ken Weingartner Media Relations Manager U.S. Trotting Association www.ustrotting.com

Chillaxin Away is the defending champion on Delaware's harness racing circuit for state-bred male pacers, but Goldberg is ready to try to wrestle the title from him. The two horses meet in Thursday's (April 4) $100,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund final for 3-year-old colts and geldings at Dover Downs, with "Chilly" a slight 8-5 favorite on the morning line. Last season, Chillaxin Away won both DSBF championships for 2-year-old male pacers, in October at Harrington Raceway and November at Dover, and was two neck defeats from being unbeaten in six races in the series. Goldberg did not race in Delaware last year as he was instead pointed to the Grand Circuit. The colt was limited to only four starts because of a virus but hit the board three times in open stakes action. Chillaxin Away enters Thursday's final off a half-length win over Goldberg in 1:51.2 in the second preliminary round of the DSBF. Both horses were winners in their first-round races. Chillaxin Away starts the final from post four with Tim Tetrick driving for trainer Jim King Jr. while Goldberg, who is 9-5 on the morning line, leaves from post three with Montrell Teague at the lines for trainer Brenda Teague. "We think we've got a pretty good chance," King said about Chillaxin Away, a gelding known as "Chilly" around the barn. "We have to deal with Goldberg. They were extremely high on him. They had some issues, but now they seem to have him squared away. I'm concerned about him. We were able to handle him last week but he out-drew us and is definitely a concern." Chillaxin Away is by Roddy's Bags Again out of Shake Away, a mare who raced at the top levels of the Delaware circuit for King in the mid-2000s. Chillaxin Away was bred by King's wife, Jo Ann Looney-King, who remains the owner of the horse. For his career, Chillaxin Away has won eight of 15 races and earned $170,600. His past five starts away from the DSBF series have all come against fields with older horses. "All of (Shake Away's) male babies have been pretty good horses and this one is as good as any of them," trainer King said. "He's stepped up pretty good. Like all of them, he's got little quirks and little issues here and there but nothing we haven't been able to correct by the next start and go again. "He's a fun little horse. He's got plenty of ability and I like his determination. His raw speed is really good; he can really sprint. For where he's got to go, I don't think there are any that can pace a quarter faster than him or anything like that. Barring anything really silly, I think he's going to be OK in the final. He gets home in 26 and a piece after being first over, that's pretty good anywhere you go let alone for a Delaware-bred." Chillaxin Away will not be doing a lot of traveling, though. He is not staked outside of Delaware. "I'm a little bit stingy," King said with a laugh. "I still don't think he's one of those. He's just a really nice little horse. He doesn't have the size to him, that was the biggest thing. He just didn't appear to be stout enough. I've been close enough to it to know that it's not very likely we're going to bring one out of our backyard to (compete on the Grand Circuit)." Montrell Teague hopes he can eventually return to the Grand Circuit with Goldberg. Teague bred and owns the colt, who is a son of Mr Wiggles out of Chausettes Blanche. The colt has won two of seven career races and earned $47,070. Last year, Goldberg finished second to eventual Dan Patch Award-winner Captain Crunch in a division of the Nassagaweya Stakes and was third behind Captain Ahab and De Los Cielos Deo in his elimination of the Metro Pace. A virus knocked the colt out of the Metro final and sidelined him the remainder of the year. "I just turned him out because I didn't want to ruin him," Teague said. "He showed a lot of promise last year. I was very big on him, but you never know how they're going to come back after catching a virus like that. I'm just happy he came back. "(The timing of the DSBF) is kind of a gift and a curse. I wanted to give him a little more time in the field, but at least I can see what I've got. I staked him up pretty good to give myself options. The main thing is to see how he comes out of Thursday's final." Teague is happy with Goldberg's return so far. "He's a little bigger, stronger," Teague said. "He's a lot smarter, he's quieted down a lot. Last year he was pretty rank and this year I've opened him up a little bit and it's worked pretty good so far. He's letting me drive him; last year he was a little more aggressive and didn't really know what he was doing." The DSBF championship is race 10 on Dover's card. Racing begins at 4:30 p.m. (EDT). For Thursday's complete entries, click here.   Ken Weingartner Media Relations Manager U.S. Trotting Association www.ustrotting.com      

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