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The race for divisional honors could become clearer, or further muddled, depending on the outcome of Saturday's $531,250 Breeders Crown for 3-year-old male harness racing pacers at the Meadowlands. No fewer than eight horses in the 3-year-old male pacing division can claim at least one major open stakes triumph this season. The Pacing Triple Crown races - the Cane Pace, Little Brown Jug and Messenger - were won by Lyonssomewhere, Limelight Beach and All Bets Off, respectively. Among the richest remaining open stakes for 3-year-old male pacers, the North America Cup went to JK Endofanera, the Meadowlands Pace to He's Watching, the Max C. Hempt Memorial and Delvin Miller Adios to McWicked, the Monument Circle to Always B Miki, and the Matron to Big Boy Dreams. Always B Miki, JK Endofanera, Limelight Beach and McWicked are among the 10 horses in Saturday's Breeders Crown. So is Luck Be Withyou, who won last season's Breeders Crown for 2-year-olds, as well as Little Brown Jug runner-up Let's Drink On It. Limelight Beach and Always B Miki won their respective Breeders Crown eliminations last weekend. Always B Miki, who won by a neck over JK Endofanera in 1:50 for his fifth consecutive victory, drew post No. 4 and is the 8-5 morning line favorite. Limelight Beach, who won by a half-length over McWicked in 1:49.3, got post five and is the 3-1 third choice behind 5-2 JK Endofanera. Although the Progress Pace and Cleveland Classic follow the Breeders Crown, many will look to Saturday night to provide some clarity about the division picture. "I think Always B Miki has come on really good in the fall," said Yannick Gingras, who drives rival Limelight Beach. "If he wins, I think it gives him the division. The same thing for JK Endofanera. Limelight Beach, if he wins this, I think there will be talk there too. After that, I'm not sure." Always B Miki is a homebred son of Always A Virgin-Artstopper from Joe Hurley's Roll The Dice Stable and named in honor of Hurley's wife. Hurley owns the colt with Mitchel Skolnick's multi-partnered Bluewood Stable and Martin Granoff's Val D'Or Farms. His victories include his Crown elim, Monument Circle, Indiana Sire Stakes championship, and divisions of the Tattersalls Pace and Bluegrass Stakes. He has finished no worse than second in 12 consecutive starts, winning nine. For the season, he has won 12 of 19 starts and $791,482. One of his runner-up finishes came to He's Watching in world-record-equaling 1:46.4 in the Meadowlands Pace despite starting from post nine and racing on the outside - three to four wide at times - the entire way. "That was probably the biggest mile I've ever seen a horse go," said David Miller, who drives Always B Miki for six-time Breeders Crown-winning trainer Joe Holloway. "It was unbelievable." Always B Miki was supplemented to the Breeders Crown for $62,500. "It is unbelievably unexpressionable; that's all I can say," Hurley said about having the Breeders Crown favorite. "It's ecstasy." When Miller was asked if Always B Miki compared favorably to No Pan Intended, a 3-year-old colt pacer Miller drove to Horse of the Year honors in 2003, he replied with a grin, "Oh yeah, for sure." Always B Miki's half-sister, Yagonnakissmeornot, is the favorite in Saturday's $281,250 Breeders Crown Mare Pace. But family connections are not limited to Always B Miki as JK Endofanera's full sister, JK She'salady, is the favorite in Saturday's $500,000 Breeders Crown for 2-year-old filly pacers. JK Endofanera is a homebred son of Art Major-Presidential Lady owned by Alan, Ron and Steve Katz's 3 Brothers Stables. He was named to honor the Katz's late father, Jack Katz, as well as veterinarian Dr. Stephen P. Dey II, who passed away the day the horse was foaled at the Dey family's Heritage Hill Farm. The colt is trained by six-time Breeders Crown winner Ron Burke and driven by Ron Pierce. JK Endofanera's wins this year include the North America Cup, American-National Stakes and a division of the Tattersalls Pace. He has won 10 of 17 starts this year and $956,145. "I couldn't be happier with the way the horse raced (in his elimination) or the way I raced him," Pierce said. "He had a lot of pace. I'm very happy with him and I feel very confident going into next week. I really feel good about him and the trip he got. Even though I was on top at the half, he was well within himself." Limelight Beach, a son of Somebeachsomewhere-Benear, was winless in his first 12 starts this season before capturing his opening heat and the final of the Little Brown Jug in September. The gelding was purchased by the Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, and M1 Stable in July, with one of the original owners, Wingfield Brothers, remaining on board. In seven starts beginning with Jug Day, Limelight Beach has five wins and a second-place finish. His only off-the-board finish came in the American-National Stakes when he went off stride and was fifth. "He jumped something," Gingras said. "I'm not sure what he saw. I didn't see anything, but he saw something." Limelight Beach has made 12 starts for Burke, finishing worse than third only twice. He finished fourth in his first race, was found to have bled, and added Lasix for subsequent starts. His wins include divisions of the Circle City and Bluegrass Stakes, plus his elimination for the Breeders Crown. "Even two weeks before the Jug you could tell he was coming around a little bit," Gingras said. "He was racing better and better every week, the addition of Lasix I think helped him, and he was finally healthy. It all came together in the Jug and he's been really good since." McWicked, who is 6-1 on the morning line, also could make a statement for year-end honors. The son of McArdle-Western Sahara has nine victories in 20 starts, including a world-record 1:47.3 mile in the Hempt at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, and a division-best $1.03 million in purses. He was first-time Lasix in his Breeders Crown elimination after three consecutive third-place finishes. "I've been real happy with him," said Casie Coleman, a three-time Breeders Crown winner who trains McWicked for owner Ed James' S S G Stables. "I'm not a big fan of Lasix, but I decided to try it. He seems to be bouncing back at the right time. He trained (Wednesday) and was real sharp. "This division has been wide open, it's been a different winner almost every big race. It's been good racing, and good betting races, because you never know what's going to happen with this group. I'm thinking if one of these horses like JK Endofanera, McWicked, Always B Miki, Limelight Beach ends up winning the Breeders Crown, division honors is looking pretty favorable in their direction." $531,250 3-YEAR-OLD COLT PACE 1. Let's Drink On It, Tyler Smith, Joe Seekman, 15-1; 2. Somesizesomestyle, Matt Kakaley, Ron Burke, 30-1; 3. McWicked, Brian Sears, Casie Coleman, 6-1; 4. Always B Miki, David Miller, Joe Holloway, 8-5; 5. Limelight Beach, Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke, 3-1; 6. JK Endofanera, Ron Pierce, Ron Burke, 5-2; 7. Doo Wop Hanover, John Campbell, Steve Elliott, 20-1; 8. Somestarsomewhere, Matt Kakaley, Ron Burke, 30-1; 9. Luck Be Withyou, Brian Sears, Chris Oakes, 20-1; 10. Capital Account, Brett Miller, Jimmy Takter, 30-1. by Ken Weingartner, for Harness Racing Communications  

Freehold, NJ --- JK She’salady improved her hold on No. 1 in this week’s Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll after winning her elimination in the Breeders Crown for 2-year-old female pacers. JK She’salady received 22 first-place votes, an increase of five, and increased her advantage to 48 points over second-place Sebastian K. Sebastian K, Nuncio, Shake It Cerry, Father Patrick and Sweet Lou -- in positions two through six -- did not race last week. All but Sebastian K will be competing in the Breeders Crown this weekend at the Meadowlands. Always B Miki moved up a spot off his elimination win in the Breeders Crown for 3-year-old male pacers. Mission Brief joined the rankings at No. 10 following her elimination victory in the Breeders Crown for 2-year-old female trotters. JK Endofanera dropped from the Top 10. Hambletonian/Breeders Crown Standardbred Poll: Week 27 – 11/18/2014 Rank Name (1st Place Votes) A/G/S Record Earnings Points Pvs 1 JK She’salady (22) 2pf 11-11-0-0 $633,330 321 1 2 Sebastian K (6) 8th 12-8-2-0 $663,853 273 2 3 Nuncio (6) 3tc 16-11-5-0 $1,398,071 271 T3 4 Shake It Cerry (1) 3tf 16-14-0-1 $980,411 257 T3 5 Father Patrick 3tc 16-11-3-0 $1,443,081 211 5 6 Sweet Lou 5ph 17-10-2-1 $1,011,433 130 6 7 Always B Miki 3pc 19-12-4-0 $791,482 125 8 8 Artspeak 2pc 10-8-0-2 $742,185 68 7 9 Trixton 3tc 11-8-1-1 $893,370 67 9 10 Mission Brief 2tf 12-8-0-0 $341,070 60 -- Also: JK Endofanera (42), Maven (18), Limelight Beach (16), Color’s A Virgin (13), McWicked, Wild Honey (7), In The Arsenal, Lifetime Pursuit, Natural Herbie, Pinkman (5), Market Share (4), Dancin Yankee, French Laundry, Harper Blue Chip, Modern Family (3), All Bets Off, Freaky Feet Pete, He’s Watching (1). by Ken Weingartner, for Harness Racing Communications

The connections of Commander Crowe, Creatine, Intimidate and Market Share accepted byes in the Breeders Crown Open Trot, leaving 10 horses to battle in a single elimination Saturday. The top six finishers will advance to the $500,000 final on Nov. 22 at the Big M. Maven is the 2-1 morning line favorite in the elimination, despite drawing post 10. A 5-year-old daughter of Glidemaster-M Stewart, she is a two-time Breeders Crown champion, having won the Mare Trot last year and the division for 3-year-old filly trotters in 2012. She is coming off a win in the Muscle Hill, her third victory in 11 starts this season. Maven, purchased Saturday for $750,000 by Herb Liverman, will try to become the first female to win the Open Trot since Moni Maker in 1998. Other past Crown champions in the Open Trot are Market Share, Intimidate, Arch Madness and Wheeling N Dealin. Market Share captured the Open Trot last season and will try to become the first horse to win this division in back-to-back years since Fool’s Goal in 2002 and 2003. European star Commander Crowe is making his third Breeders Crown appearance. He finished third in his previous two Crown starts, to San Pail in 2011 and Chapter Seven in 2012. The last invited foreign horse to win the Breeders Crown Trot was Italian sensation Varenne, who captured the 2001 trophy with a then-world-record 1:51.1 at the Meadowlands. Commander Crowe and Arch Madness, who is making a record seventh appearance in the Breeders Crown series, both have earned more than $4.25 million lifetime, placing them among the top six trotters in history for career purses. Arch Madness and Intimidate both won Breeders Crown trophies at the age of 3, while Wheeling N Dealin was the 2-year-old champion in 2012. by Ken Weingartner, for Harness racing Communications

For his first 10 starts, 2-year-old male pacer Tomy Terror was a model of harness racing consistency, posting four wins and six second-place finishes. Trainer John Butenschoen would rather forget race No. 11. Tomy Terror finished eighth in last week’s Matron Stakes, which was won by In The Arsenal over a “good” track at Dover Downs. Tomy Terror was at the front of the outer flow at the half and second on the outside to In The Arsenal at the three-quarters mark before dropping back in the stretch. Butenschoen is looking for the gelding to bounce back Saturday when he competes in the second of two eliminations of the Breeders Crown for 2-year-old male pacers at the Meadowlands. Tomy Terror drew post seven and is 9-2 on the morning line. In The Arsenal, who got post 10, is the 8-5 favorite. “The Matron was very disappointing,” Butenschoen said. “We’re just going to throw out that race. It was a bad night weather-wise. I’m not so sure he didn’t displace and get his air shut off. Anything that was first up didn’t seem to play well on that track that night. “But he came out of it great. The next day he was bucking and playing out in the field. We brought him in and jogged him a little bit and his blood work was normal. I trained him (Monday) before the (entry) box closed and decided to put him in. Hopefully he’ll go back to the form he showed us all year long.” Tomy Terror is a son of Western Terror-Mib Hanover owned by William Wiswell, Jean Goehlen, Eugene Schick and VIP Internet Stable. His wins include divisions of the Pennsylvania All Stars, Pennsylvania Sire Stakes and Simpson Stakes, the latter in a track-record 1:50.2 at Vernon Downs. He finished second by a nose to Yankee Bounty in the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championship. “Yankee Bounty was no slouch,” Butenschoen said. “Just going off the competition that we faced in Pennsylvania and what they’ve done when they stepped out of the state, I think we’ve got a good shot. As long as he comes back to where he was, I think we’ll be OK.” Multiple-stakes-winner Lost For Words is the 5-2 favorite in the first Breeders Crown elimination. The top five finishers from each elimination advance to the $500,000 final on Nov. 22. Elim winners will draw for posts one through five for the final. Butenschoen also sends Suit And Tie into the second of two Breeders Crown eliminations for 2-year-old male trotters Saturday at the Meadowlands. Suit And Tie, who has one win in 15 starts for owners Wiswell and M And L Of Delaware Inc., is 20-1 on the morning line. He is coming off a fifth-place finish in the Kindergarten Classic Series championship, beaten only 2-1/2 lengths, and was third in his two previous starts. “The Kindergarten final was what got us to put him in,” Butenschoen said. “He finished fifth, but he was just loaded with trot. Every week we raced him (recently) he just got better and better, so we decided to give him a try. The owners are game for it. They enjoy the business and the horse is ready. We’ll give it a go.” by Ken Weingartner, for Harness Racing Communications

When young trotter Cruzado Dela Noche went off stride at the start of his second lifetime race, trainer Nancy Johansson might have been disappointed, but when she watched what happened next, she was impressed. Cruzado Dela Noche regained his footing and trotted his final quarter-mile in :26.3 to cap a :54.4 second half in a division of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes at The Meadows. "I was like, oh wow, he can go a little," Johansson said, laughing. "He had an outside post and broke leaving the gate, which is something babies can do, but he's shown speed from the beginning." Johansson hopes to see more of that speed Saturday when Cruzado Dela Noche competes in the second of two Breeders Crown eliminations for 2-year-old male trotters. He will start from post nine, with driver David Miller, and is 6-1 on the morning line. Kindergarten Classic Series champion French Laundry is the 5-2 favorite followed by Peter Haughton Memorial runner-up Uncle Lasse at 3-1. Both horses are trained by Johansson's father, Jimmy Takter. Takter's Pinkman, the Valley Victory Stakes winner, is the 2-1 favorite in the first elimination, followed by Matron Stakes winner Habitat at 5-2 and Peter Haughton winner Centurion ATM at 4-1. The top five finishers from each elimination advance to the $500,000 final on Nov. 22. Elim winners will draw for posts one through five for the final. Known around the stable as "Nacho," Cruzado Dela Noche has won three of 10 races and earned $164,040 for owner Courant A B of Sweden. He is a son of 2010 Hambletonian winner Muscle Massive, a Takter-trained colt for which Johansson was the groom, out of the mare Alidade. Cruzado Dela Noche beat French Laundry by three-quarters of a length in 1:53.4 in a division of the International Stallion Stakes in October. Only two 2-year-old male trotters have posted a faster winning time this season, Centurion ATM and Pinkman. "He raced enormously," Johansson said about the International Stallion, which was contested in a rainstorm at The Red Mile. "He trotted (1):53.4 in the pouring rain on the front end and did all the work himself. He's very honest." Cruzado Dela Noche finished third in the Matron Stakes last week, beaten a half-length by Habitat, in his first start since the International Stallion. "He was really good," said Johansson, who also trains 2-year-old female pacer JK She'salady, the No. 1-ranked horse in harness racing's weekly Top 10 poll. "He hadn't raced since Lexington so he was a little short, but I was happy with the race. "I think he fits (in the Breeders Crown). I think he's just as good as any of the other ones. I don't think there's anyone I'm really afraid of. I think if things work in his way he could just as well be the winner at the end as anyone else. I think he deserves a little more credit than he's gotten. He's living in Lady's shadow a little bit I think. "I like him a lot. Not only that, but he's a Muscle Massive, which is very close to my heart." by Ken Weingartner, for Harness Racing Communications

He's Watching returns Saturday to the site of his biggest win, the Meadowlands Racetrack, and harness racing trainer Dave Menary is hopeful it will spark a return to winning form. The colt, who captured the Meadowlands Pace in July with a world-record-equaling 1:46.4 performance, will try to snap a four-race skid when he competes in the first of two Breeders Crown eliminations for 3-year-old male pacers Saturday night at the Big M. "He's undefeated at the Meadowlands, so he likes it here," Menary said. "He seems fresh and happy. We're just going to try to make sure everything is ironed out and hopefully get back on the right track. "It's a wide open (3-year-old colt) division." He's Watching, who has won five of 12 races this year and earned $824,728, starts his elimination from post six and is 7-2 on the morning line. Supplemental entry Always B Miki, the winner of four races in a row and eight of his last nine, is the 8-5 choice from post four followed by North America Cup champ JK Endofanera at 5-2 from post one. Little Brown Jug winner Limelight Beach is the 8-5 favorite in the second elimination, followed by Adios winner McWicked at 2-1. The top five finishers from each elimination advance to the $531,250 final on Nov. 22. Elim winners will draw for posts one through five for the final. He's Watching last won on Aug. 10, in the Empire Breeders Classic at Tioga Downs. In his most recent start he finished sixth in a division of the Tattersalls Pace won by Always B Miki. Afterward he was discovered to have suffered from atrial fibrillation, an electrical disorder of the heart rhythm, but has since been well. "It's something I've monitored, but I think it was a fluke thing," said Menary, who owns the son of American Ideal-Baberhood with Brad Gray, Michael Guerriero and the Muscara Racing Trust. "If it had been a different horse, we probably wouldn't even be talking about it. I was pretty disappointed that day, but we've regrouped and he seems fresh. "Hopefully we'll have a good couple weeks." The Canadian-based Menary skipped the Messenger and Matron stakes and prepared He's Watching for the Breeders Crown with two qualifiers at Mohawk Racetrack in Ontario. He finished second in both, timed in 1:52.4 and 1:53.4. "We bypassed the Messenger because that was rushing him," Menary said. "I made the decision to skip the Matron just thinking it was a little less trucking and a little more time at home and I'd have him a little fresher. "His qualifiers at home were better miles than they look. They were dirty, cold mornings. One morning it was a cold rain and the second qualifier it was snowing. We sat him pretty far back and the horses he missed getting up on are pretty decent horses." The Breeders Crown for 3-year-old male pacers features eight of the division's top nine seasonal money-earners. Wins in an elimination and the final could go a long way toward deciding which horse receives the Dan Patch Award as the group's best. "I guess it depends who it is (that wins)," Menary said. "You might end up adding another horse to the mix. This is a big two weeks for everybody." Ken Weingartner Media Relations Manager Harness Racing Communications

It might have taken a while, but trainer John Bax has gotten the best kind of “stubborn” from 2-year-old female trotter Stubborn Belle. “She’s a lot like her name, she’s a fighter,” Bax said. “You need that to have a good horse. “But it took a while to get on the same page with her. She was pretty single-minded. At first, you had to do things her way. As the year has gone on, she’s gotten a little more manageable. But there sure was a learning curve with her. She’d always rather fight than switch. “It’s frustrating sometimes, but when it goes right it’s pretty good.” Stubborn Belle starts from post seven in the second of two eliminations in the Breeders Crown for 2-year-old female trotters. The top five from each elim advance to the $500,000 final on Nov. 21. A daughter of Taurus Dream-Musetta Hanover, Stubborn Belle is owned by Al Libfeld and Bax’s Parkhill Stud Farm. She has won five of 12 races, including the Peaceful Way Stakes, and earned $448,354, a total good enough to lead all 2-year-old female trotters and trail only the colt Habitat. She enters her Breeders Crown elimination off a second-place finish to Smexi in the Goldsmith Maid. “A lot of times it’s a deal with the females that you have to let them think they’re boss, and usually they are,” Bax said. “It’s a fine line.” Stubborn Belle went off stride in her first two races, but has since won five of 10 starts and finished on the board a total of eight times. “She’s big and strong,” Bax said. “She actually looks like a colt. There’s nothing petite about her. Hopefully down the road she can keep it going. “At the end of the day, she’s been pretty good to me.” Wild Honey, who has won nine of 10 races and finished second in her only loss, is the 4-5 morning line favorite in Stubborn Belle’s elim. Wild Honey, a daughter of Cantab Hall-U Wanna Lindy, is trained by Jimmy Takter for owners Christina Takter, John Fielding, Herb Liverman and Jim Fielding. She heads to the Breeders Crown off a win in the Matron Stakes on Nov. 6 at Dover Downs. Multiple-stakes-winner Mission Brief, a daughter of Muscle Hill-Southwind Serena, is the 3-5 morning line favorite in the first elimination. She has won seven of 11 races for owners Burke Racing, Our Horse Cents Stables, J&T Silva Stables and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. She is the fastest 2-year-old trotter in history, thanks to a 1:50.3 win in October at The Red Mile, but has gone off stride in all four of her losses. by Ken Weingartner, for Harness Racing Communications

Trace Tetrick is ready to make his Breeders Crown debut Friday night at the Meadowlands, but the 28-year-old driver is looking to treat the occasion like any other race. Tetrick drives Color's A Virgin in the second of two $25,000 Breeders Crown eliminations for 3-year-old female pacers on Friday. Color's A Virgin, whose connections paid $62,500 to supplement to the event, starts from post two and is the 8-5 morning line favorite in the seven-horse field. The top five finishers from each elimination advance to the $593,750 Breeders Crown final, which will be contested Nov. 21 at the Big M. "It will be exciting," said Tetrick, who was Hoosier Park's leading driver in 2012 and sits atop the standings again this season. "I know she'll do her job and as long as I do mine I think we'll have a good showing. "It's a big race, but all in all it's just another race. That's how I have to look at it. You can't really drive any differently. You're not going to do anything unusual. You can't change things up." There is no reason to change. Since getting behind Color's A Virgin in June, Tetrick and the filly have teamed for 12 wins and a second-place finish in 13 starts. Along the way, Color's A Virgin won the Jugette at the Delaware County Fair in Ohio, where trainer Brian Brown is based, as well as the Nadia Lobell Stakes and Indiana Sire Stakes Super Final, both at Hoosier Park. "At first she was a little shaky, but she's matured a lot and only gotten better every week," Tetrick said. "She's stayed very consistent all summer. She hasn't had to do a whole lot of shipping. She's raced mainly in Indiana and when she raced in the Jugette she didn't need to get on a trailer because Brian trains right there in Delaware. "I think a small thing like that probably helps in the end." Color's A Virgin is a daughter of Always A Virgin-Full Color, bred and owned by Bruce Trogdon's Emerald Highlands Farm. She has won 17 of 25 career races and earned $684,322. Her Breeders Crown elimination also includes Weeper, Uffizi Hanover, Sandbetweenurtoes, and Precocious Beauty. Weeper, who has earned $424,561 this year for trainer Kelly O'Donnell and owners Joe and Joann Thomson's Bay Pond Racing Stable, enters the Breeders Crown off a win in the Matron Stakes. The daughter of Allamerican Native-Pleasant Yet Bad has won eight of 15 starts this season. Multiple-stakes-winner Uffizi Hanover, a Jimmy Takter-trained daughter of Well Said-Up Front Dragonfly owned by Al Libfeld, Marvin Katz and Sam Goldband, won last year's Breeders Crown for 2-year-old female pacers. The last filly pacer to capture Breeders Crown trophies at ages 2 and 3 was My Little Dragon in 2005 and 2006. Sandbetweenurtoes (Somebeachsomewhere-Al's Girl) has won eight of 10 races this year, including the Mistletoe Shalee at the Meadowlands in July, for trainer Larry Remmen and owner Brad Grant. Precocious Beauty, a daughter of Art Major-Precious Beauty trained by Gregg McNair for owner Jim Avritt Sr., received the 2013 Dan Patch Award for best 2-year-old female pacer. "I know it's a tough group, but that filly of mine has been holding her own all summer," Tetrick said. "Everything we've asked of her, she's done." Tetrick hopes she can do it again the next two weekends in the Breeders Crown. Of course, the Tetrick name is no stranger to Breeders Crown success. Tetrick's older brother Tim has won 13 trophies in the championship series. "I feel very fortunate for being in the Midwest to get a ride like this," said Tetrick, who has won 354 races and established a career high with $4.56 million in purses this season. "She's come from here and I've been able to stay with her and go to a show like this. "You've got to be in them to win them." Sayitall BB, a third supplemental entry to the Breeders Crown for 3-year-old female pacers, is the 2-1 morning line favorite in the first of the two eliminations. A daughter of Tell All-Challo B B, she is trained by Ron Burke and owned by Burke Racing and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. She has won three consecutive starts since returning from a summer respite. by Ken Weingartner, for Harness Racing Communications

Dave Palone, the leading driver at The Meadows Racetrack, near Pittsburgh, PA is now five wins away from being the leading harness driver in the world. He won three races on Wednesday and has 16,749 wins at the end of racing on November 12. The current record of 16,753 wins is held by Heinz Wewering of Germany, so Palone needs four to tie him and five to surpass him and take the record. Wewering has seven drives scheduled on Sunday, November 16 at this writing. Wewering, who is 64, trains about two dozen horses and his wins have come almost exclusively from horses he also trains. He has been German driving champion 29 times and twice won the World Driving Championship. Palone has 12 races on Friday, so it is possible the record-tying and breaking wins could come on Friday. The Meadows does not race on Thursdays. by Ken Weingartner, for Harness Racing Communications

Two-year-old female pacer JK She’salady, the No. 1-ranked horse in harness racing’s weekly poll, will try to stay undefeated and older female trotter Maven will try to take down the boys when Breeders Crown eliminations are held Friday and Saturday at Meadowlands Racetrack. A total of 156 horses entered on Tuesday for the 12 Breeders Crown events at the Meadowlands. Eliminations are unnecessary for the 3-year-old male and female trotters, as well as the Open Pace, Mare Pace and Mare Trot, so those horses advance directly to their respective finals. The $5.4 million Breeders Crown finals will be Friday, Nov. 21, and Saturday, Nov. 22, celebrating the one-year anniversary of the new Meadowlands grandstand under the management of Jeff Gural. Post time is 7:15 p.m. both nights. Finals for 2-year-old filly trotters, 3-year-old filly trotters, 3-year-old filly pacers and mare trotters will be held Nov. 21. The remaining eight finals will be Nov. 22. JK She’salady, unbeaten in 10 starts for trainer Nancy Johansson and owner 3 Brothers Stables, was among 15 2-year-old filly pacers to enter the Breeders Crown. The daughter of Art Major-Presidential Lady drew post five in the first of two $25,000 eliminations to be contested Friday. The top five finishers from each elim advance to the $500,000 final on Nov. 22. Maven, purchased Saturday for $750,000 by Herb Liverman at the Standardbred Horse Sale’s Mixed Sale, will try to become the first female to win the Open Trot since Moni Maker in 1998. The Open Trot attracted 14 entries, so a single elimination will be contested Saturday. The top six finishers will join Commander Crowe, Creatine, Intimidate, and Market Share – whose connections accepted byes – in the $500,000 final on Nov. 22. Commander Crowe received his bye by virtue of being a foreign invitee while the remaining three horses received byes based on seasonal earnings. Maven, a 5-year-old daughter of Glidemaster-M Stewart, is a two-time Breeders Crown champion, having won the Mare Trot last year and the division for 3-year-old filly trotters in 2012. She is coming off a win in the Muscle Hill, her third victory in 11 starts this season. She drew post 10 for the elim. The Open Trot features a deep field that includes past Breeders Crown champions Market Share, Intimidate, Arch Madness and Wheeling N Dealin, along with Commander Crowe. Market Share captured the Open Trot last season and will try to become the first horse to win this division in back-to-back years since Fool’s Goal in 2002 and 2003. European star Commander Crowe is making his third Breeders Crown appearance. He finished third in his previous two Crown starts, to San Pail in 2011 and Chapter Seven in 2012. The last invited foreign horse to win the Breeders Crown Trot was Italian sensation Varenne, who captured the 2001 trophy with a then-world-record 1:51.1 at the Meadowlands. Commander Crowe and Arch Madness, who is making a record seventh appearance in the Breeders Crown series, both have earned more than $4.25 million lifetime, placing them among the top six trotters in history for career purses. Arch Madness and Intimidate both won Breeders Crown trophies at the age of 3, while Wheeling N Dealin was the 2-year-old champion in 2012. Sixteen horses entered the Breeders Crown for 3-year-old male pacers, with eight of the division’s top nine seasonal money-earners in the group. They are Adios winner McWicked, North America Cup champ JK Endofanera, Meadowlands Pace winner He’s Watching, Monument Circle winner Always B Miki, Little Brown Jug winner Limelight Beach, Adios runner-up Somewhere In L A, Jug runner-up Let’s Drink On It, and Cane Pace winner Lyonssomewhere. Be Withyou, who captured last season’s Breeders Crown for 2-year-old male pacers. The last colt pacer to win at ages 2 and 3 was Artiscape in 1997 and 1998. The $531,250 final is Nov. 22. Fifteen horses entered the Breeders Crown for 3-year-old female pacers, where Uffizi Hanover, a daughter of Well Said-Up Front Dragonfly owned by Al Libfeld, Marvin Katz and Sam Goldband, will try for a second trophy. She won last year’s Crown for 2-year-old fillies and will try to become the first filly pacer since My Little Dragon in 2005-06 to win at ages 2 and 3. Uffizi Hanover will start the second of two eliminations from post three on Friday. Supplemental entries Color’s A Virgin and Weeper, who rank No. 1 and 2, respectively, in seasonal earnings in the division, also are among the hopefuls vying to reach the $593,750 final on Nov. 21. In The Arsenal (American Ideal-Ladyotra) has won six of nine starts, including the Matron Stakes, and brings a four-race win streak to the eliminations for 2-year-old male pacers. Go Daddy Go (Ponder-Sanfrancine) won the Battle of Waterloo and was second in the Governor’s Cup. Lyons Levi Lewis (Well Said-Tongue In Cheek) was second in the Metro Pace and Matron. Following is a look at the 12 Breeders Crown divisions, with fields, beginning with eliminations. Expanded capsules are provided for races going directly to finals. The Breeders Crown 3-Year-Old Colt Pace, 3-Year-Old Colt Trot and Open Trot will be drawn at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 18, at a press conference at Victory Sports Bar at the Meadowlands. FRIDAY ELIMINATIONS 2-Year-Old Filly Trot (top five from each $25,000 elimination advance to $500,000 final on Nov. 21) Division One (Race 2):  1. Hot Start, Brian Sears, Jonas Czernyson; 2. Scented Roses, Ake Svanstedt, Ake Svanstedt; 3. Mission Brief, Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke; 4. Gold Cora, Tim Tetrick, Rich Gillock; 5. Smexi, Corey Callahan, Jimmy Takter; 6. Lilu Hanover, Scott Zeron, Jimmy Takter; 7. Danielle Hall, Jody Jamieson, Carl Jamieson. Division Two (Race 12): 1. Wild Honey, Yannick Gingras, Jimmy Takter; 2. Bright Baby Blues, David Miller, Joe Holloway; 3. Sarcy, Brett Miller, Jimmy Takter; 4. Wiclet Hanover, Ake Svanstedt, Ake Svanstedt; 5. Livininthefastlane, Tim Tetrick, Julie Miller; 6. Love Me Madly, John Campbell, Ross Croghan; 7. Stubborn Belle, Paul MacDonell, John Bax. 2-Year-Old Filly Pace (top five from each $25,000 elimination advance to $500,000 final on Nov. 22) Division One (Race 3): 1. Heavenly Bride, Brian Sears, Casie Coleman; 2. Wicked Little Minx, Ake Svanstedt, Ake Svanstedt; 3. The Show Returns, Scott Zeron, Chris Ryder; 4. Bettor N Better, Ron Pierce, Ron Burke; 5. JK She’salady, Tim Tetrick, Nancy Johansson; 6. Bettor Be Steppin, Corey Callahan, Joe Holloway; 7. Sassa Hanover, Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke. Division Two (Race 6): 1. Well Hello There, Matt Kakaley, Ron Burke; 2. Divine Caroline, Corey Callahan, Joe Holloway; 3. Southwind Roulette, Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke; 4. Ideal Nuggets, David Miller, Ed Lohmeyer; 5. Heart Major, Ron Pierce, Joe Pavia Jr.; 6. Sports Chic, Jody Jamieson, Blake MacIntosh; 7. Happy Becky, David Miller, Casie Coleman; 8. Happiness, Mike Simons, John Butenschoen. 3-Year-Old Filly Pace (top five from each $25,000 elimination advance to $593,750 final on Nov. 21) Division One (Race 4): 1. Act Now, George Brennan, Nikolas Drennan; 2. Sayitall BB, Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke; 3. Major Dancer, Brian Sears, Casie Coleman; 4. Beach Gal, Jody Jamieson, Dave Menary; 5. Table Talk, Andy Miller, Bart Dalious; 6. Nat A Virgin, Jody Jamieson, Dustin Jones; 7. Gettingreadytoroll, Yannick Gingras, Jimmy Takter; 8. Gallie Bythe Beach, Tim Tetrick, Jim Campbell. Division Two (Race 7): 1. Beach Story, David Miller, Kelvin Harrison; 2. Color’s A Virgin, Trace Tetrick, Brian Brown; 3. Uffizi Hanover, Brett Miller, Jimmy Takter; 4. Allstar Rating, Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke; 5. Precocious Beauty, Doug McNair, Gregg McNair; 6. Sandbetweenurtoes, Brett Miller, Larry Remmen; 7. Weeper, Ron Pierce, Kelly O’Donnell. SATURDAY ELIMINATIONS 2-Year-Old Colt & Gelding Trot (top five from each $25,000 elimination advance to $500,000 final on Nov. 22) Division One (Race 2): 1. On The Sly, Brett Miller, Morgan McInnis; 2. Walter White, Brian Sears, Jimmy Takter; 3. The Bank, Jimmy Takter, Jimmy Takter; 4. Guess Whos Back, Brian Sears, Nikolas Drennan; 5. Pinkman, Yannick Gingras, Jimmy Takter; 6. Habitat, Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke; 7. Infiniti As, Charlie Norris, Anette Lorentzon; 8. Centurion ATM, Ake Svanstedt, Ake Svanstedt; 9. Sixteen Encores, Tim Tetrick, Rich Gillock. Division Two (Race 4): 1. Stonebridge Force, Ake Svanstedt, Ake Svanstedt; 2. True Blue Stride, John Campbell, Mark Harder; 3. Suit And Tie, Mike Simons, John Butenschoen; 4. Muscle Diamond, John Campbell, Brett Bittle; 5. Whataworkout, Scott Zeron, Frank Antonacci; 6. Piercewave Hanover, Corey Callahan, Ron Burke; 7. French Laundry, Brett Miller, Jimmy Takter; 8. Uncle Lasse, Ron Pierce, Jimmy Takter; 9. Cruzado  Dela Noche, David Miller, Nancy Johansson. 2-Year-Old Colt & Gelding Pace (top five from each $25,000 elimination advance to $500,000 final on Nov. 22) Division One (Race 8): 1. Go Daddy Go, John Campbell, Bob McIntosh; 2. Lost For Words, David Miller, Brian Brown; 3. Franzo, Scott Zeron, Jimmy Takter; 4. Sicily, Corey Callahan, Nikolas Drennan; 5. Rich Wisdom, Matt Kakaley, Ron Burke; 6. Soto, Brett Miller, Jimmy Takter; 7. Lyons Again, Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke; 8. Kona Kid, Tim Tetrick, Scott McEneny; 9. Migrate Blue Chip, Rick Zeron, Luc Blais. Division Two (Race 11): 1. Traceur Hanover, Tim Tetrick, Corey Johnson; 2. Arque Hanover, Tim Tetrick, Jeff Gillis; 3. Lyons Levi Lewis, Ron Pierce, Ron Burke; 4. Bet You, Brett Miller; Jimmy Takter; 5. Hall Of Terror, Marcus Miller, Erv Miller; 6. Cooperstown, Matt Kakaley, Ron Burke; 7. Tomy Terror, Corey Callahan, John Butenschoen; 8. Raylan Givens, Andrew McCarthy, Tom Cancelliere; 9. Cartoon Daddy, Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke; 10. In The Arsenal, Brian Sears, Kelvin Harrison. 3-Year-Old Colt & Gelding Pace (top five from each $25,000 elimination advance to $531,250 final on Nov. 22) Division One (Race 5): 1. JK Endofanera, Ron Pierce, Ron Burke; 2. Parnu Hanover, Andrew McCarthy, Tom Cancelliere; 3. Somewhere In L A, Brett Miller, Jimmy Takter; 4. Always B Miki, David Miller, Joe Holloway; 5. Luck Be Withyou, Tim Tetrick, Chris Oakes; 6. He’s Watching, Tim Tetrick, Dave Menary; 7. Somesizesomestyle, Matt Kakaley, Ron Burke; 8. Let’s Drink On It, Tyler Smith, Joe Seekman. Division Two (Race 7): 1. Doo Wop Hanover, Ron Pierce, Steve Elliott; 2. Caviart Luca, Brian Sears, Noel Daley; 3. McWicked, Brian Sears, Casie Coleman; 4. Lyonssomewhere, TBA, Jimmy Takter; 5. Capital Account, Yannick Gingras, Jimmy Takter; 6. Jet Airway, Marcus Miller, Erv Miller; 7. Somestarsomewhere, Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke; 8. Limelight Beach, Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke. Open Trot (Top six finishers from single $25,000 elimination advance to $500,000 final on Nov. 22) Elimination (Race 10): 1. Wheeling N Dealin, Rick Zeron, Luc Blais; 2. Your So Vain, Ake Svanstedt, Ake Svanstedt; 3. Flanagan Memory, Brett Miller, Rene Dion; 4. Master Of Law, Jimmy Takter, Jimmy Takter; 5. Quick Deal, Andy Miller, Julie Miller; 6. Sevruga, Andy Miller, Julie Miller; 7. Wishing Stone, Matt Kakaley, Ron Burke; 8. Arch Madness, George Brennan, Trond Smedshammer; 9. Archangel, Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke; 10. Maven, Yannick Gingras, Jimmy Takter. Byes: Commander Crowe, Creatine, Intimidate, and Market Share. $281,250 MARE PACE (Final: Nov. 21) The 11-horse field for the Mare Pace in post order: 1. Camille, 2. Charisma Hanover, 3. Voelz Hanover, 4. Somwherovrarainbow, 5. Yagonnakissmeornot, 6. Shelliscape, 7. Krispy Apple, 8. Anndrovette, 9. Rocklamation, 10. Regil Elektra, 11. Venus Delight. Anndrovette, the three-time defending Dan Patch Award winner for best older mare pacer, is a two-time Breeders Crown champion, with victories in 2011 and 2012. The 7-year-old daughter of Riverboat King-Easy Miss has won six of 20 starts this year and earned $490,352 for owners Bamond Racing and Joe Davino. Bamond Racing, which is Jeff Bamond and Jeff Bamond Jr., also won last year’s Breeders Crown, with Shelliscape. A daughter of Artiscape-Shell I Scoot, the 5-year-old Shelliscape has won three of 23 races this season. Bamond Racing also supplemented recent purchase Venus Delight to the Mare Pace. The 4-year-old daughter of Bettor’s Delight-Venus Killean, is coming off a Nov. 7 win in the open handicap for fillies and mares at Yonkers. Yagonnakissmeornot, a daughter of The Panderosa-Artstopper and half-sister to Breeders Crown 3-year-old colt pace contender Always B Miki, has made $476,218 this year for owners Allard Racing, Yves Sarrazin and Kapildeo Singh, meriting a $31,250 supplemental entry to the Mare Pace. Somwherovrarainbow, a daughter of Somebeachsomewhere-Rainbow Blue trained by Joe Holloway for owners Ted Gewertz and Diamond Creek Racing, won a Breeders Crown title in 2012 at age 2. $500,000 3-YEAR-OLD FILLY TROT (Final: Nov. 21) The nine-horse field for the 3-Year-Old Filly Trot in post order: 1. Market Rally, 2. Lifetime Pursuit, 3. Shake It Cerry, 4. Struck By Lindy, 5. Cantabs Fortune, 6. Heaven’s Door, 7. Vanity Matters, 8. Riveting Rosie, 9. Cee Bee Yes. Shake It Cerry won last year’s Breeders Crown for 2-year-old filly trotters and will try to become the first filly trotter since Cameron Hall to win at ages 2 and 3. Cameron Hall accomplished the feat in 2001 and 2002. Shake It Cerry, who has won 22 of 27 career races and $1.80 million, was the 2013 Dan Patch Award winner for best 2-year-old filly trotter. A daughter of Donato Hanover-Solveig owned by Solveig’s Racing Partners, Shake It Cerry has won 14 of 16 races this year and $980,411 for trainer Jimmy Takter. She has won eight consecutive starts since finishing fourth in the Hambletonian Oaks. Lifetime Pursuit, also trained by Takter, won the Hambletonian Oaks as part of a six-race win streak during the summer. She has finished second in her past four starts, three times to Shake It Cerry and once to Cee Bee Yes. A daughter of Cantab Hall-Queen Of Grace, she has won eight of 17 races this year and $795,216 for owner Brittany Farms. Takter is the leading trainer in Breeders Crown history, with 18 trophies and $8.35 million in purses. Brittany Farms is the leading owner, with 16 victories and $7.17 million in earnings. $250,000 MARE TROT (Final: Nov. 21) The eight-horse field for the Mare Trot in post order: 1. Intense America, 2. Classic Martine, 3. Bee A Magician, 4. Handover Belle, 5. Ma Chere Hall, 6. Charmed Life, 7. D’Orsay, 8. Mistery Woman. Bee A Magician, who was the 2013 Horse of the Year in both the U.S. and Canada, is a past champ. She claimed the Crown for 3-year-old fillies last season on her way to a perfect 17-for-17 campaign. A daughter of Kadabra-Beehive, Bee A Magician is owned by Mel Hartman, Herb Liverman and David McDuffee. She has won three of 14 races this year and earned $293,914. Classic Martine, a daughter of Classic Photo-Drinking Days, has won nine of 16 starts this year and earned $368,912 for owners Hauser Bros. Racing, Susan Oakes, Conrad Zurich and Ed Gold. The mare, who earlier this year won the Armbro Flight Stakes and Miss Versatility Series championship, is trained by Chris Oakes. Mistery Woman won the Allerage Farms Mare Trot on Oct. 5 at The Red Mile in a world-record 1:51, edging Bee A Magician by a neck. The 4-year-old mare, a daughter of Donato Hanover-My Dolly’s Dream trained by co-owner Jonas Czernyson, lowered the previous world record of 1:51.1 shared by Bee A Magician and Classic Martine. Michael Taranto’s Aldebaran Park Inc. also shares ownership of Mistery Woman. $400,000 OPEN PACE (Final: Nov. 22) The seven-horse field for the Open Pace in post order: 1. Bettor’s Edge, 2. Modern Legend, 3. State Treasurer, 4. Thinking Out Loud, 5. Foiled Again, 6. Clear Vision, 7. Sweet Lou. Foiled Again won last year’s event, becoming at the age of 9 the oldest Breeders Crown winner in history. The son of Dragon Again-In A Safe Place will try to join Bettor Sweet (2011-12), Won The West (2009-10) and Boulder Creek (2004-05) as recent horses to win this event in consecutive years. Already the richest horse in North American harness racing history, Foiled Again has earned $718,563 this year for owners Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and JJK Stables. The gelding has banked $6.74 million during his career and received the past three Dan Patch Award honors for best older male pacer. Sweet Lou, also from the stable of trainer Ron Burke, won a Breeders Crown title in 2011 at the age of 2. The now 5-year-old son of Yankee Cruiser-Sweet Future has won 10 of 17 starts this year and $1.01 million for owners Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi, Larry Karr and Phil Collura. Earlier this year, Sweet Lou set a record with six consecutive victories in faster than 1:48. $500,000 3-YEAR-OLD COLT & GELDING TROT (Final: Nov. 22) The 10-horse field for the 3-Year-Old Colt Trot in alphabetical order is Datsyuk, Don Dorado, E L Titan, Father Patrick, Harper Blue Chip, Hillustrious, Il Sogno Dream, Nuncio, Odds On Amethyst, and Sumatra. Father Patrick, a son of Cantab Hall-Gala Dream, won the 2013 Breeders Crown for 2-year-old male trotters on his way to the Dan Patch Award as the division’s best. The last colt trotter to win at ages 2 and 3 was Muscle Hill in 2008 and 2009. Owned by the Father Patrick Stable and trained by Jimmy Takter, Father Patrick has won 11 of 16 races this year and $1.44 million. His wins include the Canadian Trotting Classic, Beal Memorial, Zweig Memorial, and Stanley Dancer Memorial. Nuncio, also trained by Takter, has won 11 of 16 races this year and $1.39 million. He brings a five-race win streak to the Breeders Crown, with two legs of the Trotting Triple Crown – the Kentucky Futurity and Yonkers Trot – among his victories during that span. A son of Andover Hall-Nicole Isabelle owned by Stefan Melander’s Stall TZ Inc., the colt finished second in the Hambletonian. by Ken Weingartner, for Harness Racing Communications

Freehold, NJ --- JK She’salady and Sebastian K remained in the top two spots in the Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll, with Nuncio and Shake It Cerry making upward moves and landing in a tie for third. Neither JK She’salady nor Sebastian K raced last week. Nuncio won the Matron Stakes for 3-year-old male trotters and Shake It Cerry won the Matron Stakes for 3-year-old female trotters. Father Patrick, who went off stride at the start of the Matron for 3-year-old male trotters, slipped to fifth in the poll. There were no newcomers to the Top 10. The Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll does not determine Horse of the Year. The U.S. Harness Writers Association votes in December on all divisional winners plus Trotter of the Year, Pacer of the Year and Horse of the Year. Hambletonian/Breeders Crown Standardbred Poll: Week 26 – 11/11/2014 Rank Name (1st Place Votes) A/G/S Record Earnings Points Pvs 1 JK She’salady (17) 2pf 10-10-0-0 $620,830 308 1 2 Sebastian K (7) 8th 12-8-2-0 $663,853 272 2 T3 Nuncio (6) 3tc 16-11-5-0 $1,398,071 260 5 T3 Shake It Cerry (2) 3tf 16-14-0-1 $980,411 260 4 5 Father Patrick (3) 3tc 16-11-3-0 $1,443,081 227 3 6 Sweet Lou 5ph 17-10-2-1 $1,011,433 141 6 7 Artspeak 2pc 10-8-0-2 $742,185 100 7 8 Always B Miki 3pc 18-11-4-0 $778,982 93 9 9 Trixton 3tc 11-8-1-1 $893,370 80 8 10 JK Endofanera 3pc 16-10-2-1 $949,895 51 10 Also: Mission Brief (36), In The Arsenal (19), McWicked (12), Lifetime Pursuit, Natural Herbie (9), He’s Watching, Limelight Beach (7), Clear Vision, Dancin Yankee (5), Color’s A Virgin, Market Share (4), Habitat, Harper Blue Chip, Modern Family (3), Maven (2), All Bets Off, Freaky Feet Pete, Somewhere In LA, Weeper, Wild Honey (1). by Ken Weingartner, for Harness Racing Communications

Freehold, NJ --- Not often is there an opportunity to bet on a 200,000-to-1 shot, but such will be the case Tuesday at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. At least figuratively. White Bliss, the rare white harness racing horse, makes his career debut in race No. 11 at Pocono Downs. The race is scheduled for 9:30 p.m., approximately. Ake Svanstedt, who trains White Bliss, will drive the 2-year-old colt pacer in the race for maiden 2-, 3- and 4-year-olds. White Bliss will start from post four and is 4-1 on the morning line. White Bliss is a son of the bay colored stallion Art Major and bay mare Coochie Mama. Approximately 200,000 Standardbred foals were born of bay parents since the birth of the previous white horse, a filly named Historicallyunique, in Ontario in 1998. Owned by Knutsson Trotting Inc. (Michael Knutsson and Tristan Sjoberg) and Asa Sjoberg, White Bliss sold for $240,000 at the 2013 Standardbred Horse Sale. The colt prepped for his debut with three qualifiers at Pocono Downs. He was timed in 1:56.3 in the most recent, on Oct. 23. “He was very green in his first start, but he’s gotten better and better in each qualifier,” said Bjorn “Bernie” Noren, who is Svanstedt’s assistant trainer. “If he goes (1):53 or (1):54 that wouldn’t surprise me.” White Bliss suffered a bout of colic in the winter and some growing pains during the summer, which pushed back his debut, but Noren likes the way the colt approaches his work. “He has a great attitude,” Noren said. “He wants to do it. I think the more he races, the better he’ll get.” by Ken Weingartner, for Harness Racing Communications

Dave Palone, the leading driver at The Meadows Racetrack, near Pittsburgh, PA is now nine wins away from being the leading harness driver in the world. He won twice on Monday and has 16,745 wins at the end of racing on November 10. The current record of 16,753 wins is held by Heinz Wewering of Germany, so Palone needs eight to tie him and nine to surpass him and take the record. Wewering had been at 16,751 as of Sunday, November 9, but two recent wins were recorded Monday morning, moving him to 16,753. Wewering has no more drives until at least Friday of this week. Wewering, who is 64, trains about two dozen horses and his wins have come almost exclusively from horses he also trains. He has been German driving champion 29 times and twice won the World Driving Championship. Palone has 12 more drives on Tuesday and nine on Wednesday, so it is possible the record-tying and breaking wins could come in the next few days. While Wewering continues to compete, the rate of his wins is declining substantially, while Palone's have remained consistent, making it unlikely the record will change hands between those two. by Ken Weingartner, for Harness Racing Communications  

Dave Palone, the leading driver at The Meadows Racetrack, near Pittsburgh, Pa., is nine wins away from being the leading harness driver in the world. He has 16,743 wins as of Monday morning, Nov. 10. Palone has 11 drives on Monday, 12 on Tuesday and nine on Wednesday, so it is possible the record-tying and breaking wins could come in the next few days. He needs eight more to tie the mark and nine to break it. The current record of 16,751 wins is held by Heinz Wewering of Germany. Wewering, who is 64, trains about two dozen horses and his wins have come almost exclusively from horses he also trains. He has been German driving champion 29 times and twice won the World Driving Championship. While Wewering continues to compete, the rate of his wins is declining substantially, while Palone's have remained consistent, making it unlikely the record will change hands between those two. Palone, 52, is a native of Waynesburg, Pa. and a resident of Washington, Pa. He is the rare harness horseman who did not learn the sport at the feet of family members. While he rode horses and participated in 4-H equine activities, Palone learned, together with his family, as a teenager when his late father Marion "Butch" Palone bought Standardbreds. His brother Mike Palone is now a trainer. Since his first win in 1983, Palone has 16,743 wins through Nov. 9. Horses he's driven have won $122,371,896. The vast majority of those wins have come at his home track, The Meadows, though he has driven in major stakes races across North America. He has been leading driver at The Meadows for 25 consecutive years and is the current leading driver there. Palone was inducted into the Harness Racing Hall of Fame in 2010 and in 2012 he became the all-time leading driver in North America, passing Herve Filion's previous mark to reach 15,181 on July 5. Palone is seven-time Harness Tracks of America Driver of the Year, in 1999, 2000, 2003, 2004, 2008 and 2009 (tie) and 2013. On four occasions, he has been the leading race-winning driver in North America: 1999, 2000, 2004 and 2012. Ken Weingartner Media Relations Manager Harness Racing Communications

Dover, DE --- Nuncio made it five wins in a row, grabbing the lead before the second turn and never yielding the position on his way to a three-quarter length victory over Harper Blue Chip in 1:54.1 over a "good" track in Thursday's $200,350 Matron Stakes for 3-year-old male trotters at Dover Downs. Hillustrious charged from near the rear of the field through the stretch to finish third. Father Patrick, the 1-2 favorite, went off stride soon after the start and was not a factor. Starting from post eight, Nuncio was second to Harper Blue Chip in the opening quarter-mile, but took the lead as the horses passed the grandstand for the first time. Nuncio, driven by John Campbell, was the 6-5 second choice. "I didn't realize (Father Patrick made a break); I was concentrating on my horse and just keeping him to his task," Campbell said. Nuncio has won 11 of 16 races this year, including two jewels in the Trotting Triple Crown, the Kentucky Futurity and Yonkers Trot, and earned $1.39 million. He is owned by Stall TZ Inc. and trained by Jimmy Takter. For his career, the son of Andover Hall-Nicole Isabelle has won 16 of 26 starts and never finished worse than second. "He's certainly one of the most consistent (horses) that I've been around," Campbell said. "He just goes out and does his work. We had a little trouble last year sometimes rating him, but even when he was like that, he still was hard to beat. "Jimmy worked with him, especially training down (this year) and made sure he came from behind all the time, and now he's just turned into a professional where I can do whatever I want with him." Nuncio also won the 2013 Matron Stakes for 2-year-old male trotters. "He gets around any sized track," Campbell said. "When he's come down here, he gets around it fine. He's a horse that races good up near the front, and that works well here too." Nuncio $186,550 3-year-old colt pace Big Boy Dreams made a three-wide move around the final turn and took advantage of fast early fractions to win the $186,550 Matron Stakes for 3-year-old male pacers by 2-1/2 lengths over Capital Account in 1:50.3. McWicked finished third. Sent off at odds of 24-1, Big Boy Dreams' win coupled with 99-1 Capital Account's second-place finish triggered a $2 exacta payout of $2,188.40 and trifecta of $9,114.80. Lyonssomewhere, Luck Be Withyou, and All Bets Off mixed it up in the early going, resulting in the leaders reaching the opening quarter-mile in :25.3, half in :52.4 and three-quarters in 1:21.2. Big Boy Dreams and driver Ron Pierce followed Jet Airway, who finished fourth, three wide up the backstretch as he began his charge from seventh place to the front. In the Monument Circle on Oct. 31 at Hoosier Park, Big Boy Dreams was on the lead in a first quarter of :26 on a "good" track and eventually finished eighth. "Last week, the weather was horrible, kind of like it is now, and the front end got tortured and he was part of it," winning trainer Ron Burke said. "This week, he went back and one of my other horses (All Bets Off) got tortured and this horse swept them from the back and raced super." Big Boy Dreams has won five of 12 races this year and earned $261,770. The son of If I Can Dream-Stefani Blue Chip is owned by Dominick Rosato. Big Boy Dreams $160,950 3-year-old filly trot Jimmy Takter-trained Shake It Cerry went to the lead in the opening quarter-mile and cruised to a 2-1/4 length win in the $160,950 Matron Stakes for 3-year-old female trotters. The time of 1:52.4 over a surface rated as "good" was a stakes and track record. Lifetime Pursuit, also trained by Takter, finished second and Cee Bee Yes was third. "She's very special, extremely special," driver Ron Pierce said about Shake It Cerry, who was the 2-5 favorite. "She's got the heart, she has the speed, the gait -- she has everything it takes." Shake It Cerry has won 14 of 16 races this season, including eight in a row since finishing fourth in the Hambletonian Oaks, and earned $980,411. The daughter of Donato Hanover-Solveig is owned by Solveig's Racing Partners. Shake It Cerry $179,200 3-year-old filly pace Weeper took the early lead, yielded to 1-5 favorite Act Now prior to the half, and then burst through the passing lane to register a 1-1/4 length victory over Uffizi Hanover in 1:51 in the $179,200 Matron Stakes for 3-year-old female pacers. Major Dancer finished third. Ron Pierce drove Weeper, who was 9-2, for trainer Kelly O'Donnell and ended the night with three Matron wins. "He did the right thing," O'Donnell said about Pierce. "She stepped out of there in :25.4 and got around the (early traffic) and then she was just running that other filly over around the last turn." Weeper, a daughter of Allamerican Native-Pleasant Yet Bad, has won eight of 15 races this year and earned $424,561. She is owned by Bay Pond Racing Stable. Weeper  by Ken Weingartner, for Harness Racing Communications

So far in his brief racing career, trotter Muscle Diamond's strength has been his attitude. It's a trait he might have inherited from his mom, former star Windylane Hanover. "He's a lot like his mom," trainer Brett Bittle said. "His mom wasn't a big horse. Her biggest asset was her determination, and he's kind of the same way. He's always charging at the wire and giving us what he's got. His attitude and his determination are his biggest assets." Bittle trained Windylane Hanover throughout her career, which concluded in 2005 with 21 wins in 60 starts and $1.15 million in purses. She won the 2002 Hambletonian Oaks and received the 2003 Dan Patch Award for best older female trotter. "She was great to us and to come back and get one of her colts and do well with him is pretty special," Bittle said. Muscle Diamond has won two of seven races this year and finished worse than second only twice. He has earned $111,369 for owners Bittle, Charles Keller III, Charles Keller IV, and Dan Bittle. On Thursday, Muscle Diamond competes in the $237,500 Matron Stakes for 2-year-old male trotters at Dover Downs. The race is one of eight Matron Stakes for trotters and pacers on the card. Post time is 4:30 p.m. for the first race. Muscle Diamond will start from post two with driver John Campbell and is 9-1 on the morning line. Wellwood Memorial winner Habitat, trained by Ron Burke, is the 5-2 favorite in a field that also includes stakes-winners Uncle Lasse and Billy Flynn. "He's been fun so far this year," Bittle said about Muscle Diamond, a son of stallion Muscle Hill who was purchased for $40,000 at the 2013 Lexington Selected Sale. "I just raced him sparingly early on because he's very immature. He was kind of a waiting game all winter. He just wasn't a big, strong muscular colt. He just needed time, like a lot of them do. "The way we managed him for this year is mostly for next year. We decided to go easy with him early in the year and he's come around." Muscle Diamond's seven starts are the fewest of any horse in the Matron. His best win time of 1:53.4, set in winning a division of the International Stallion Stakes at The Red Mile in October, is tied for fifth fastest by any 2-year-old trotter this season. After going off stride in his debut at the Meadowlands in July, Muscle Diamond has finished among the top three in every start. "I think he darted away from something on the inside of the track," Bittle said. "At any rate, we talked about it and decided to put trotting hobbles on him. It just steadied him up and gave him some confidence." Muscle Diamond owns a win over New York Sire Stakes champion Crazy Wow and has finished second to Habitat and Billy Flynn in stakes events. Bittle plans to send Muscle Diamond to the Breeders Crown, but first comes the Matron. "It's not going to be his game there because it's a speed-oriented track," Bittle said about Thursday's race. "We haven't been leaving with him and he's a come-from-behind horse. We'll see how the race plays out." Father Patrick and Nuncio, who race out of the stable of trainer Jimmy Takter and have both earned more than $1 million this season, headline the Matron Stakes for 3-year-old male trotters. Takter's multiple-stakes-winners Shake It Cerry and Lifetime Pursuit also lead the way in the Matron for 3-year-old female trotters. Stakes champions Luck Be Withyou, All Bets Off, McWicked, and Lyonssomewhere are among the eight horses in the Matron for 3-year-old male pacers. Act Now, Weeper, and Gettingreadytoroll lead the morning line choices in the Matron for 3-year-old female pacers. Yankee Bounty, who has lost only once in nine races for Delaware-based co-owner Frank Chick and trainer Ron Burke, and Kelvin Harrison's In The Arsenal headline the Matron for 2-year-old male pacers. Takter's once-beaten world champion Wild Honey leads the Matron for 2-year-old female trotters. Joe Holloway's Bettor Be Steppin and Burke's Sassa Hanover are among the stars in the Matron for 2-year-old female pacers. by Ken Weingartner, for Harness Racing Communications  

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