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Freehold, NJ --- Smalltownthrowdown is ready for a small-track harness racing showdown. The Dan Daley-trained 3-year-old is among nine horses entered in Saturday’s (Aug. 27) $40,000 Yonkers Trot elimination at Yonkers Raceway. The gelding has raced four times this season on half-mile tracks, such as Yonkers, and won three. He heads to the elimination off back-to-back victories on half-mile ovals in New York Sire Stakes action. Smalltownthrowdown will start the elimination from post two with Daley driving and is 9-2 on the morning line, the third choice behind Hambletonian winner Marion Marauder at 5-2 and Lagerfeld at 4-1. The top eight finishers advance to the $500,000 Yonkers Trot final Sept. 3 at Yonkers. The winner of the Yonkers Trot, which follows the Hambletonian as the second jewel in the Trotting Triple Crown, will receive an invitation to the $1 million Yonkers International Trot on Oct. 15. “His game is a half-mile track,” said Daley, who trains Smalltownthrowdown for wife Ann-Mari, James Crawford IV, Donald Brenner, and Richard Lombardo. “He seems to trot that (size) track as good as anywhere. A big track doesn’t really pick him up. “To step up against these horses, I don’t know. But he’s been super sharp, so we figured we’d take a shot.” Smalltownthrowdown, his name inspired by a country song, is a son of stallion Cash Hall out of the mare Ann’s Promise. He was purchased for $21,000 at the 2014 SUNY Morrisville Sale under the name Branchport. His half-sister Annies List was a multiple winner on the New York Sire Stakes circuit and earned $260,083 lifetime. “He was my favorite pick at Morrisville,” Daley said. “He’s a Cash Hall. Not many are high on them, but I’ve been lucky with them. He just had a great look. I knew his sister was a really good filly the year before.” Smalltownthrowdown was winless in his first eight races last year, although he hit the board six times including a second-place finish in the New York Sire Stakes championship at Yonkers. He then won back-to-back races, including the Simpson Memorial Stakes at Vernon Downs, to finish the season. This year, the gelding has won five of 12 races and pushed his career earnings to $278,760. He won in a career-best 1:54.4 on Aug. 9 at Saratoga in a division of the New York Sire Stakes and followed up with a 1:56.2 triumph in the NYSS at Monticello on Monday. “It took him a little while to learn to be controllable and do everything right, but he’s turned out to be a nice horse,” Daley said. “He was really sharp at Monticello, so we put him in here and hope we can get some money.” The field for the Yonkers Trot elimination, in post order, is Iron Mine Bucky, Smalltownthrowdown, Marion Marauder, Lagerfeld, Steed, Cufflink Hanover, Celebrity Express, Hititoutofthepark, and trailer Gleaming Memory. Marion Marauder, trained by Paula Wellwood, is bidding to add the second jewel in the Trotting Triple Crown to his list of accomplishments. The third jewel, the Kentucky Futurity, is Oct. 9 at Lexington’s Red Mile, but Marion Marauder is not eligible to the event. Supplemental entries, though, are permitted. There have been eight trotters to complete the Triple Crown sweep. The most recent was Glidemaster in 2006. Below are the post positions: PP-Horse-Sire-Driver-Trainer-Line 1. Iron Mine Bucky - Explosive Matter - George Dennis-Greg Haverstick-7/1 2. Smalltownthrowdown - Cash Hall - Dan Daley-Dan Daley-9/2  3. Marion Marauder - Muscle Hill - Scott Zeron-Paula Wellwood-5/2  4. Lagerfeld - Yankee Glide - Mark MacDonald-Jimmy Takter-4/1 5. Steed - Muscle Hill - Brian Sears-Richard Johnson-15/1 6. Cufflink Hanover - Andover Hall - Jason Bartlett-Chris Oakes-5/1 7. Celebrity Express - Andover Hall - John Campbell-Staffan Lind-20/1 8. Hititoutofthepark - Yankee Glide - Corey Callahan-John Butenschoen-12/1 9. Gleaming Memory - Muscle Massive - Ake Svanstedt-Thomas Milici-15/1 Saturday’s card at Yonkers also includes the $118,574 Hudson Trot for 3-year-old fillies, which finds Staffan Lind’s Celebrity Eventsy as the 3-2 morning line favorite, and the $109,050 Lady Maud for 3-year-old female pacers, where Newborn Sassy is the even-money choice. by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications

Flanagan Memory heads to Friday's $193,000 Crawford Farms Open Trot at Vernon Downs looking for his first stakes win of the season, but the 6-year-old son of stallion Kadabra has already provided more harness racing magical moments than anyone associated with the trotter ever expected. The winner of 17 races and $1.05 million, Flanagan Memory was born two weeks prior to the death of his breeder, Michel Flanagan of Quebec. Flanagan's daughter, Liette, was not involved much in harness racing, but was determined to keep the horse regardless of any input she received. Among those offering advice were her father, who before his passing suggested Liette get rid of the colt because of his crooked legs. "He said I knew nothing about the horses and he didn't want me to get in trouble," Liette Flanagan said. "I told him no, I was going to keep him first and see what (then-trainer) Pierre Touchette said. I wanted to see what we could do and give him a chance. "Pierre said, 'I understand. You're going to do what you have to do. I won't argue with you.' I told him he didn't have to argue, I was going to do it anyways." Flanagan's decision paid off. Flanagan Memory's career victories include the 2015 John Cashman Memorial, 2013 Goodtimes Stakes, and 2013 Ontario Sire Stakes championship. He received the 2013 O'Brien Award for Canada's best 3-year-old male trotter. "I'm happy about it," Flanagan said. "My father, even though he passed away six years ago, he is somewhere living still in the horse. I never expected this. Even my father, if he was alive, he wouldn't believe it. It's really something. When you have that once-in-a-lifetime horse, it's wonderful." Flanagan was unable to attend Flanagan Memory's win in the Goodtimes, but was at Mohawk Racetrack when he won the Ontario championship. "The (Goodtimes), I was very happy," Flanagan said. "I was watching on the computer. I was alone that day watching and I was screaming, 'Come on, baby, come on.' The second one, that's when I realized it wasn't just luck. Everyone around me didn't know I owned the horse, but they found out very fast. I was going crazy." Flanagan Memory, out of the Flanagan-owned mare Classy Stacy, has won four of eight races this year and earned $157,580. All of his victories this season, including a 1:51.2 career-best in July, have come at Mohawk Racetrack in Preferreds. His stakes results include a second-place finish in the Arthur J. Cutler Memorial and third-place finishes in the Charlie Hill Memorial and Cashman. The stallion is trained by Rene Dion, a Touchette protégé who took over following the death of his mentor in 2011. Dion joined Liette Flanagan in ownership of Flanagan Memory prior to the horse's racing career. Flanagan Memory will start Friday's Crawford from post eight with Brian Sears listed to drive. Flanagan Memory is 9-2 on the morning line, the third choice behind Resolve at 5-2 and Obrigado at 7-2. "He's had a nice season," Flanagan said. "He deserves a nice big win now." Flanagan, who is the president of a Montreal-based business association founded by her father in 1972, owns four horses at the moment. In addition to Flanagan Memory and Classy Stacy, she owns Flanagan Memory's full sister Flanagan Lady. The 5-year-old Flanagan Lady was unraced, but is the dam of a Justice Hall-sired yearling named Flanagan Fantasy. She is in foal to Justice Hall again. She plans to continue racing Flanagan Memory for as long as the horse is happy and successful. "We don't force him," Flanagan said. "He's not a machine. We have to respect that too. I think we're doing well with that. We let him tell us when he's ready to go. We just have to watch him and listen to him." Friday's card at Vernon Downs also features the $170,000 Muscle Hill Stakes for older female trotters. Hannelore Hanover, who has won 12 of 13 races this year and earned $580,189 for trainer Ron Burke and owners Burke Racing, the partnership of Mark Weaver and Mike Bruscemi, and Frank Baldachino, is the 5-2 morning line favorite. Following are the fields for the Muscle Hill and Crawford. $170,000 Muscle Hill Mares Trot Race 9 - Post time 9:25 p.m. (EDT) PP - Horse - Sire - Driver - Trainer - Line 1. Harley Momma - SJ's Caviar - Ake Svanstedt - Ake Svanstedt - 8/1 2. Jewels In Hock - Credit Winner - John Campbell - Linda Toscano - 7/2 3. Rules Of The Road - Muscle Hill - Jim Morrill Jr. - Janice Connor - 5/1 4. Barn Doll - Conway Hall - Jeff Gregory - Jeff Gregory - 9/2 5. Shake It Cerry - Donato Hanover - David Miller - Jimmy Takter - 6/1 6. Kelsey's Keepsake - Yankee Glide - Scott Zeron - Ron Burke - 8/1 7. Hannelore Hanover - Swan For All - Yannick Gingras - Ron Burke - 5/2 8. I'm So Fancy - Donato Hanover - Mark MacDonald - Tony Alagna - 10/1 $193,000 Crawford Farms Open Trot Race 10 - Post time 9:45 p.m. (EDT) PP - Horse - Sire - Driver - Trainer - Line 1. Crescent Fashion - Muscle Hill - Jim Morrill Jr. - Ake Svanstedt - 10/1 2. Homicide Hunter - Mr Cantab - David Miller - Chris Oakes - 6/1 3. JL Cruze - Crazed - John Campbell - Eric Ell - 8/1 4. Canepa Hanover - Muscle Hill - Yannick Gingras - Jimmy Takter - 10/1 5. Centurion ATM - SJ's Caviar - Steve Smith - Ake Svanstedt - 8/1 6. Resolve - Muscle Hill - Ake Svanstedt - Ake Svanstedt - 5/2 7. Obrigado - Boy Band - Mark MacDonald - Paul Kelley - 7/2 8. Flanagan Memory - Kadabra - Brian Sears - Rene Dion - 9/2 9. Musical Rhythm - Cantab Hall - Scott Zeron - Benoit Baillargeon - 5/1 Ken Weingartner  

Freehold, NJ --- Three-year-old male pacer Betting Line, who won the Battle of the Brandywine with a world-record performance last Saturday, surges four spots to the No. 2 position in this week’s harness racing Hambletonian Society / Breeders Crown poll. Wiggle It Jiggleit, the runner-up to Rockin Ron in the Prix d’Ete, remains No. 1. Also gaining ground is 3-year-old male trotter Southwind Frank, who moves from eighth to sixth following his win in the Colonial. The Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll does not determine Horse of the Year. The U.S. Harness Writers Association votes in December on all division winners plus Trotter of the Year, Pacer of the Year and Horse of the Year. Rankings based on the votes of harness racing media representatives on a 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis. Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown Standardbred Poll: Week 14 – 8/23/2016 Rank Name (First Place Votes) A/G/S Record Earnings Points Pvs 1 Wiggle It Jiggleit (18) 4pg 18-11-5-2 $1,055,927 318 1 2 Betting Line (10) 3pc 10-9-1-0 $971,830 277 6 3 Always B Miki (1) 5ph 10-6-3-0 $657,570 254 2 4 Hannelore Hanover (5) 4tm 13-12-1-0 $580,189 250 3 5 Marion Marauder 3tc 8-6-1-0 $854,905 184 4 6 Southwind Frank 3tc 9-6-3-0 $910,023 167 8 7 Control The Moment 3pc 9-4-1-2 $737,463 114 5 8 Racing Hill 3pc 10-4-5-1 $961,702 97 7 9 Lady Shadow 5pm 12-6-1-1 $425,451 70 10 10 Pure Country 3pf 12-6-2-2 $713,706 46 9 Also: Darlinonthebeach (38); Resolve (24); Ariana G (16); All The Time (14); Rockin Ron (12); Shamballa (10); Homicide Hunter (9); Mel Mara (7); State Treasurer (6); Dr J Hanover, Fear The Dragon (3); Bar Hopping, Devil Child (2); Caprice Hill, Freaky Feet Pete (1). Resolve received 1 first-place vote. by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications

Columbus, OH --- Full catalog-style pedigrees are now available online through Pathway, the official source for Standardbred and harness racing information at the U.S. Trotting Association's website, www.ustrotting.com. These comprehensive pedigree reports are presented in the familiar catalog-style format, with information going back through four generations on the dam side. The online version contains full production and siblings details, presenting far more information than is available from edited catalog pages. Additionally, the online pedigrees are current when requested, in contrast to the version prepared and printed some time in advance of the sales. "This is another new, valuable online product that the USTA is proud to offer," said USTA CEO and Executive Vice President Mike Tanner. "It's information that is up-to-date and conveniently available whenever it is needed." The catalog-style pedigrees are being offered to USTA members at a special introductory, promotional price of $12.50 each (regular member price is $25) and for $34.95 to non-members. Pedigrees can be purchased at any time through a Pathway account. As a special bonus, all current USTA members logging into their Pathway account may request one pedigree of their choice for free in order to sample the product for a limited time. Visit the Subscriptions area of Pathway to access a free pedigree. Please note: In some reports featuring horses with information outside of North America, there may be limited details available. All North American information is included. To see a sample pedigree, click here. For further information, please contact USTA Member Services Toll Free at 877.800.USTA (8782) or at memberservices@ustrotting.com. Ken Weingartner

Betting Line will put his eight-race win streak on the line in Saturday's $500,000 Battle of the Brandywine at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, where harness racing multiple-stakes-winners Control The Moment and Racing Hill await the opportunity to challenge the Casie Coleman-trained standout for the first time since the North America Cup nearly two months ago. Canadian-based Betting Line won the North America Cup on June 18 at Mohawk Racetrack, with Racing Hill finishing second and Control The Moment finishing third. Since then, Betting Line has won three times on the Ontario Sire Stakes circuit and won last week's Carl Milstein Memorial Invitational. Racing Hill has won four of five starts, including the Max C. Hempt Memorial and Delvin Miller Adios, and finished second to Control The Moment in the Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace. Control The Moment, who finished fourth in the Hempt, has won three consecutive races including the Meadowlands Pace and Cane Pace. "It will be a great race for the fans and everybody involved," Coleman said. "I'm looking forward to it. I think my horse is good coming into it and I'm sure the others will have their horses real good too. It will be a real good race." The Battle of the Brandywine, for 3-year-old pacers, is part of Pocono's Super Stakes Saturday, which also includes the $500,000 Colonial for 3-year-old trotters and $350,000 Valley Forge for 3-year-old female pacers. Betting Line and driver David Miller will start the Battle of the Brandywine from post No. 1. Betting Line, who has accumulated $1.13 million in career purses thanks to winning eight of nine races this year and 14 of 21 lifetime, is the 5-2 morning line favorite. In his most recent start, Betting Line raced first over from prior to the halfway point until the top of the stretch, overcoming a brief break of stride on the final turn, to win the Milstein by four lengths over filly Pure Country in 1:51 on a surface labeled "good" at Northfield Park. "He was phenomenal," said Coleman, whose West Wins Stable is among the colt's owners along with Christine Calhoun and Mac Nichol. "I wish he didn't put in that bobble in the last turn, but we think we've got it rectified. I had his hobbles too long and I'm going to bring them in. But when David hit the turbo button, he was just gone. His speed is unbelievable and his desire to win is unbelievable." Control The Moment won the Cane Pace on Aug. 6 and Meadowlands Pace on July 16. Control The Moment, trained by Canada's Brad Maxwell, has won four of eight races this year and 12 of 17 in his career, good for $1.02 million in earnings. He is owned by the Control The Moment Stable. Brian Sears will drive Control The Moment, who will start the Battle of the Brandywine from post eight. Control The Moment is 3-1 on the morning line. "He's got his work cut out for him," said Sears, who is undefeated in three drives behind Control The Moment. "Our chances definitely would have been better with a better starting spot, but I wouldn't rule us out, that's for sure. But that track is a speed track and you've got to be up close. That's the bottom line. It's just go, go, go. "He is versatile. He can race off the pace. He's got a good mouth. You've got to have a horse that will work with you. This horse, he will let me do my job." Racing Hill will enter the Battle of the Brandywine off a three-week respite following his 1:48.4 win in the Adios on July 30 at The Meadows. Racing Hill was put through quick early fractions of :25.2 to the opening quarter and :52.1 to the half as he wrested the lead from Check Six. For the year, Racing Hill has won four of nine starts, good for a division-leading $836,702 in purses. For his career, the colt has won nine of 19 races and $970,028 for owner Tom Hill. Racing Hill will start the Battle of the Brandywine from post three with Brett Miller at the lines for trainer Tony Alagna. Racing Hill is 4-1 on the morning line. "My colt has been roughed up a few times, but Tony gave him three weeks off and I think that will help," Miller said. "I'd love to be able to give my colt a trip and not get torched like I did in the Adios. I've always loved this horse and had a lot of confidence in him, but that day he showed me what kind of heart he has. I don't know if I've ever sat behind a horse that got parked that hard and went on to win. He really impressed me. "This race is definitely going to be a tough one. With Betting Line having the rail, in my opinion, he's going to be able to do whatever he wants. He does have gate speed, but he doesn't have to use it. With Control The Moment having the eight hole, I kind of feel like he's forced to go forward out of the gate. With my post position, I think I am in a good spot; I think I can see what's going on leaving the gate and hopefully work out a trip." First race post time is 6:30 p.m. (EDT) Saturday. Below is the field for the Battle of the Brandywine, followed by the fields for the Colonial and Valley Forge. $500,000 Colonial 3-year-old trotters Race 12/Post - 10:35 p.m. PP-Horse-Sire--Driver-Trainer-Line 1. Dayson - Conway Hall - David Miller - Ron Burke - 5/1 2. Marion Marauder - Muscle Hill - Scott Zeron - Paula Wellwood - 5/2 3. Milligan's School - Yankee Glide - Brian Sears - Julie Miller - 12/1 4. Hititoutofthepark - Yankee Glide - Corey Callahan - John Butenschoen - 15/1 5. Love Matters - Explosive Matter - Mark MacDonald - Jimmy Takter - 20/1 6. Southwind Frank - Muscle Hill - Yannick Gingras - Ron Burke - 3/1 7. Sutton - Donato Hanover - Andy Miller - Julie Miller - 6/1 8. Bar Hopping - Muscle Hill - Tim Tetrick - Jimmy Takter - 4/1 9. Waitlifter K - Muscles Yankee - Matt Kakaley - Andrew Harris - 10/1   $500,000 Battle of the Brandywine 3-year-old pacers Race 13/Post - 11:00 p.m. PP-Horse_Sire--Driver-Trainer-Line 1. Betting Line - Bettor's Delight - David Miller - Casie Coleman - 5/2 2. Boston Red Rocks - Western Ideal - Tim Tetrick - Steve Elliott - 6/1 3. Racing Hill - Roll With Joe - Brett Miller - Tony Alagna - 4/1 4. Another Daily Copy - Somebeachsomewhere - Corey Callahan - Nicholas Devita - 15/1 5. Check Six - Somebeachsomewhere - Yannick Gingras - Ron Burke - 5/1 6. Western Fame - Western Ideal - Mark MacDonald - Jimmy Takter - 10/1 7. JK Will Power - Somebeachsomewhere - Matt Kakaley - Ron Burke - 12/1 8. Control The Moment - Well Said - Brian Sears - Brad Maxwell - 3/1 9. Big Top Hanover - Western Ideal - Scott Zeron - Ron Burke - 20/1   $350,000 Valley Forge 3-year-old female pacers Race 11/Post - 10:10 p.m. PP-Horse-Sire-Driver-Trainer-Line 1. Call Me Queen Be - Somebeachsomewhere - Scott Zeron - Ross Croghan - 12/1 2. Lindwood Beachgirl - Somebeachsomewhere - Yannick Gingras - Mark Steacy - 4/1 3. Kiss Me Onthebeach - Somebeachsomewhere - John Campbell - Chris Ryder - 5/1 4. JK Fannie - Rocknroll Hanover - Corey Callahan - Nancy Johansson - 15/1 5. Shezarealdeal - Western Ideal - Marcus Miller - Ross Croghan - 20/1 6. Darlinonthebeach - Somebeachsomewhere - David Miller - Nancy Johansson - 3/1 7. Blue Moon Stride - Rocknroll Hanover - Andrew McCarthy - Mark Harder - 6/1 8. I Said Diamonds - Well Said - George Napolitano Jr. - Matias Ruiz - 10/1 9. Pure Country - Somebeachsomewhere - Brett Miller - Jimmy Takter - 5/2 Ken Weingartner

After seeing Sutton come within a photo finish of winning the Hambletonian earlier this month, co-owner/driver Andy Miller believes the 3-year-old colt can remain in the picture among the division's best trotters the rest of the season. Sutton's next opportunity arrives Saturday when he competes in the $500,000 Colonial at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. The race is part of Pocono's Super Stakes Saturday and also features the $500,000 Battle of the Brandywine for 3-year-old pacers and the $350,000 Valley Forge for 3-year-old female pacers. The Colonial's nine-horse field includes the top six finishers in the Hambletonian, which was won by Marion Marauder. He beat Southwind Frank by a nose and Sutton by a neck, with that trio followed by Waitlifter K, Bar Hopping, and Milligan's School. Sutton, trained by Miller's wife Julie, will start from post seven and is 6-1 on the morning line. Marion Marauder, leaving from post two with Scott Zeron at the lines for trainer Paula Wellwood, is the 5-2 favorite. "He raced super in the final of the Hambletonian," Miller said. "I'm very happy with third, but to be that close, if things had gone a little differently maybe he could have gotten there. He got close to a win at least." Sutton, who battled health and soundness issues earlier this year, has won four of 17 career races and earned $280,306 for owners Andy Miller Stable, Jason Allen, and Doug Allen. Over his last five starts, Sutton has posted a win, two seconds, and a third. His only off-the-board finish came in his Hambletonian elimination, where he was fourth. "He's really been good his last three or four starts," Miller said. "He had a few issues earlier in the year but the last month or so he's been on his game. He's been pretty sharp. "I think he's a major player. I don't know if he's the best, but I think he's a major player in the 3-year-old ranks and might go on to be a nice aged horse after that. He's a fast horse, it's just a matter of keeping all the pieces of the puzzle in place." Sutton is a son of 2007 Horse of the Year Donato Hanover out of the stakes-winning mare I Wanted Wings. He was purchased for $40,000 at the 2014 Standardbred Horse Sale. "We liked his family and the way he looked," Miller said. "He's a very nice looking horse." Last year, Sutton had two wins - including a track-record 1:54.4 effort at The Meadows - and three second-place finishes among his first six starts. He then got post eight in the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championship, also at The Meadows, and was parked for three-quarters of a mile before going off stride in the stretch. From there, he had two off-the-board finishes at Lexington's Red Mile and was shut down for the year. "He had a pretty good year until the luck turned," Miller said. "After the sire stakes final, things kind of went bad for him so we quit with him. But he was always very nice. He has a lot of speed and is a very talented horse; things just didn't always work out for him." Earlier this year, Sutton won a qualifier at the Meadowlands in 1:51.2. The time is tied for the fastest mile of the season by a 3-year-old trotter. Dayson, another Colonial contender, shares the mark. Marion Marauder (1:51.3), Bar Hopping (1:51.4), Southwind Frank (1:52.1) and Waitlifter K (1:52.3) also are among this year's 10 fastest 3-year-old male trotters meeting in the Colonial. "Hopefully with a little racing luck we can be close somewhere and get a good piece of it," Miller said. The Miller Stable also sends out Milligan's School in the Colonial. Brian Sears is listed to drive the colt, who has won eight of 25 races and earned $490,226 for owner Stroy Inc. "He's a very nice horse," Miller said. "He's honest and goes about his work. He's close all the time. He almost always races very good." First race post time is 6:30 p.m. (EDT) Saturday. Below is the field for the Colonial, followed by the fields for the Valley Forge and Battle of the Brandywine. $500,000 Colonial 3-year-old trotters Race 12/Post - 10:35 p.m. PP-Horse-Sire--Driver-Trainer-Line 1. Dayson - Conway Hall - David Miller - Ron Burke - 5/1 2. Marion Marauder - Muscle Hill - Scott Zeron - Paula Wellwood - 5/2 3. Milligan's School - Yankee Glide - Brian Sears - Julie Miller - 12/1 4. Hititoutofthepark - Yankee Glide - Corey Callahan - John Butenschoen - 15/1 5. Love Matters - Explosive Matter - Mark MacDonald - Jimmy Takter - 20/1 6. Southwind Frank - Muscle Hill - Yannick Gingras - Ron Burke - 3/1 7. Sutton - Donato Hanover - Andy Miller - Julie Miller - 6/1 8. Bar Hopping - Muscle Hill - Tim Tetrick - Jimmy Takter - 4/1 9. Waitlifter K - Muscles Yankee - Matt Kakaley - Andrew Harris - 10/1   $500,000 Battle of the Brandywine 3-year-old pacers Race 13/Post - 11:00 p.m. PP-Horse_Sire--Driver-Trainer-Line 1. Betting Line - Bettor's Delight - David Miller - Casie Coleman - 5/2 2. Boston Red Rocks - Western Ideal - Tim Tetrick - Steve Elliott - 6/1 3. Racing Hill - Roll With Joe - Brett Miller - Tony Alagna - 4/1 4. Another Daily Copy - Somebeachsomewhere - Corey Callahan - Nicholas Devita - 15/1 5. Check Six - Somebeachsomewhere - Yannick Gingras - Ron Burke - 5/1 6. Western Fame - Western Ideal - Mark MacDonald - Jimmy Takter - 10/1 7. JK Will Power - Somebeachsomewhere - Matt Kakaley - Ron Burke - 12/1 8. Control The Moment - Well Said - Brian Sears - Brad Maxwell - 3/1 9. Big Top Hanover - Western Ideal - Scott Zeron - Ron Burke - 20/1   $350,000 Valley Forge 3-year-old female pacers Race 11/Post - 10:10 p.m. PP-Horse-Sire-Driver-Trainer-Line 1. Call Me Queen Be - Somebeachsomewhere - Scott Zeron - Ross Croghan - 12/1 2. Lindwood Beachgirl - Somebeachsomewhere - Yannick Gingras - Mark Steacy - 4/1 3. Kiss Me Onthebeach - Somebeachsomewhere - John Campbell - Chris Ryder - 5/1 4. JK Fannie - Rocknroll Hanover - Corey Callahan - Nancy Johansson - 15/1 5. Shezarealdeal - Western Ideal - Marcus Miller - Ross Croghan - 20/1 6. Darlinonthebeach - Somebeachsomewhere - David Miller - Nancy Johansson - 3/1 7. Blue Moon Stride - Rocknroll Hanover - Andrew McCarthy - Mark Harder - 6/1 8. I Said Diamonds - Well Said - George Napolitano Jr. - Matias Ruiz - 10/1 9. Pure Country - Somebeachsomewhere - Brett Miller - Jimmy Takter - 5/2 Ken Weingartner

Freehold, NJ --- Four-year-old male pacer Wiggle It Jiggleit, who won last Friday’s Dan Patch Stakes, returns to the No. 1 spot in this week’s harness racing Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll, unseating 5-year-old rival Always B Miki, who finished second in the Dan Patch. Hannelore Hanover, a 4-year-old female trotter who won last week’s fourth round of the Miss Versatility Series, remains third and is followed by 3-year-old male trotter Marion Marauder and 3-year-old male pacer Control The Moment, who were both idle. Betting Line moves from eighth to sixth thanks to the 3-year-old male pacer’s win in the Carl Milstein Memorial Invitational last Saturday. Pure Country, a 3-year-old female pacer who finished second in the Milstein, is up one spot to No. 9 in the rankings. There are no newcomers in this week’s 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 division winners plus Trotter of the Year, Pacer of the Year and Horse of the Year. Rankings based on the votes of harness racing media representatives on a 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis. Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown Standardbred Poll: Week 13 – 8/16/2016 Rank Name (First Place Votes) A/G/S Record Earnings Points Pvs 1 Wiggle It Jiggleit (26) 4pg 17-11-4-2 $1,016,927 329 2 2 Always B Miki (4) 5ph 10-6-3-0 $657,570 282 1 3 Hannelore Hanover (1) 4tm 13-12-1-0 $580,189 264 3 4 Marion Marauder (1) 3tc 7-6-0-0 $729,905 220 4 5 Control The Moment (1) 3pc 8-4-1-1 $677,463 172 5 6 Betting Line (1) 3pc 9-8-1-0 $721,830 164 8 7 Racing Hill 3pc 9-4-4-1 $836,702 111 6 8 Southwind Frank 3tc 8-5-3-0 $660,023 102 7 9 Pure Country 3pf 11-6-2-2 $685,706 83 10 10 Lady Shadow (1) 5pm 12-6-1-1 $425,451 79 9   Also: Resolve (29); All The Time (17); Ariana G (14); Freaky Feet Pete, Shamballa (12); Bar Hopping (7); Obrigado (6); Celebrity Eventsy, Darlinonthebeach (5); What The Hill (4); Sports Column (3); Fear The Dragon, Manhattan Beach (2); Magnum J (1). by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications

Casie Coleman and the fellow owners of Betting Line decided to skip several of harness racing's big-money events for 3-year-old male pacers this summer, but the group is pleased with the results and betting it pays off down the road. The Canadian-based Betting Line won the North America Cup on June 18 at Mohawk Racetrack in Ontario. Since then, he has raced three times, all on the Ontario Sire Stakes circuit, and posted three victories. He was not staked to the $500,000 Max C. Hempt Memorial, $732,050 Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace, $400,000 Delvin Miller Adios, or $320,000 Cane Pace. Racing Hill won the Hempt and Adios; Control The Moment won the Meadowlands Pace and Cane. Betting Line, who has won seven of eight races this year and earned $571,830, will leave Canada for the first time in his career when he competes in Saturday's $300,000 Carl Milstein Memorial Invitational at Ohio's Northfield Park. Betting Line is the 3-5 morning line favorite in the eight-horse field, which includes filly Pure Country, Dan Patch Award-winner Boston Red Rocks, and Ontario rival Sintra. "He was good each start (following the North America Cup) and I'm glad I was able to give him a bit of a break," said Coleman, who trains Betting Line. The colt is owned by Coleman's West Wins Stable, Christine Calhoun, and Mac Nichol. "A lot of these other horses have been racing tough week in and week out. I know he's going to get busy in the next several weeks. "It's hard to be upset with the money he's made. The Ontario-sired horses go for such good money right here in his backyard. We decided to try to hit all the Ontario Sire Stakes we could and work his open stakes races around them. Our program is so good it's just hard to say no. We decided to go this route and we're all happy with the money he's racking up doing it this way." Following the Milstein, Betting Line will head to the Battle of the Brandywine at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono on Aug. 20. He has an Ontario Sire Stakes event on Sept. 3 at Mohawk and the Simcoe Stakes a week later at the same venue. Next on his schedule is the Little Brown Jug on Sept. 22 at the Delaware County Fairgrounds in Ohio. He is not staked to the Tattersalls Pace at Lexington's Red Mile, but could be supplemented. Coleman, though, is focused on the Ontario Sire Stakes championship on Oct. 15 at Mohawk and the Breeders Crown eliminations a week later at the Meadowlands. If all goes well, Betting Line would make a trip to the Breeders Crown final on Oct. 29 and end his season with the Progress Pace at Dover Downs in November. For now, Coleman is only concerned about the Milstein. Betting Line and driver David Miller will start from post No. 2 on the half-mile oval and bring a seven-race win streak to the event. Pure Country, who finished fourth in the Cane Pace, is the 9-2 second choice from post six. Sintra, who in 10 races this year has posted seven wins and three second-place finishes to Betting Line, is 6-1 from post four. "It will be the first time Betting Line will be on a half-mile track, but it's really well banked and a good surface," Coleman said. "Any inside post is good, so I'm happy with that. It's a tough enough field. You're going for $300,000 so it's always going to be tough. "Sintra, we've beaten him every time so far, but he's a really good horse, so he's one to worry about. Pure Country, she's been just unreal, so you have to worry about her. I don't know some of the horses coming from Indiana and Ohio, but from their lines it looks like they've been racing quite good. He's definitely going to have his work cut out for him, but he seems good and sharp coming into the race." Betting Line won six of 12 races last year, including the Ontario Sire Stakes championship for 2-year-old male pacers. He finished second in the Metro Pace and fourth off a tough trip in the Breeders Crown. Coleman prepared Betting Line for his 3-year-old season by training him with 4-year-old Reverend Hanover, a two-time Ontario champion. It was more out of necessity than by design. "I've just got a small barn and didn't bring back many 3-year-olds," Coleman said. "Reverend, when he trains, he wants to rattle and roll. He's a little bit of an aggressive trainer. Betting Line definitely had to train back with tougher competition than I would have liked, but that's what we had to do.a "He raced great as a 2-year-old, but that last start when he went a tough trip in the Breeders Crown final I was quite worried. You don't want to see a horse end the year with a start like that. I was worried if it would hurt him at all coming back at 3, but he seemed to forget all about that." Coleman is more than happy with Betting Line's attitude, and it's tough to put a price on that. "Every time I put him behind the gate he always gives me everything he's got," Coleman said. "It's always exciting racing him." Ken Weingartner

The United States Trotting Association, in conjunction with the Goshen (NY) Yearling Sale, will conduct a free seminar on Saturday (Sept. 17) for current or former harness racing owners considering making the transition to owning yearlings for the first time. The seminar will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Topics include making a business plan and budget, staking considerations, the basics of pedigree and conformation analysis and how to evaluate pre-sale videos. Students will have the chance to inspect some of the yearlings in the next day's sale for real life examples of conformation strengths and weaknesses. "While it is exciting to own a proven raceway performer, there is little to compare with selecting a yearling and then watching that horse possibly develop into an accomplished stakes performer," says Bob Boni, president of the Goshen Yearling Sale. "The satisfaction is unmatched and the enjoyment can be unlimited. This USTA educational service can be very helpful in making that dream come true." The seminar will be held on the sales grounds at the Ford Training Center at 90 Slaughter Road in Middletown, N.Y. The next day, (Sunday, Sept. 18), approximately 175 yearlings will be sold at public auction. To sign up, go to the USTA store or call 732.780.3700, ellen.harvey@ustrotting.com. Ken Weingartner

Freehold, NJ --- This week’s Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll features a season-low number of horses receiving votes, 21, but a season-high number receiving at least one first-place nod, eight. The previous high for horses receiving first-place votes was seven, set in Week 1 when 37 horses got at least one point. Always B Miki remains No. 1 in the rankings, although his margin over second-place Wiggle It Jiggleit dropped from 48 points to eight. Hannelore Hanover, the winner of last week’s Fresh Yankee, is No. 3 -- up one spot -- while Hambletonian champion Marion Marauder vaults into the Top 10 at No. 4. Marion Marauder is the only newcomer. Cane Pace winner Control The Moment moves from ninth in the rankings to fifth while Hambletonian runner-up Southwind Frank slips to seventh from third. The Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll does not determine Horse of the Year. The U.S. Harness Writers Association votes in December on all division winners plus Trotter of the Year, Pacer of the Year and Horse of the Year. Rankings based on the votes of harness racing media representatives on a 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis. Rank Name (First Place Votes) A/G/S Record Earnings Points Pvs 1 Always B Miki (16) 5ph 9-6-2-0 $578,570 306 1 2 Wiggle It Jiggleit (7) 4pg 16-10-4-2 $858,927 298 2 3 Hannelore Hanover (3) 4tm 12-11-1-0 $560,189 248 4 4 Marion Marauder (5) 3tc 7-6-0-0 $729,905 218 -- 5 Control The Moment (1) 3pc 8-4-1-1 $677,463 176 9 6 Racing Hill (1) 3pc 9-4-4-1 $836,702 120 6 7 Southwind Frank 3tc 8-5-3-0 $660,023 103 3 8 Betting Line 3pc 8-7-1-0 $571,830 98 7 9 Lady Shadow (1) 5pm 12-6-1-1 $425,451 92 10 10 Pure Country 3pf 10-6-1-2 $610,706 83 5 Also: Resolve (47); All The Time (33); Shamballa (31); Freaky Feet Pete (19); What The Hill (14); Obrigado (13); Bar Hopping (11); Ariana G (8); Bee A Magician (3); Bit Of A Legend N (2), Caprice Hill (2). Resolve received 1 first-place vote. by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications 

Hambletonian Oaks winner All The Time appears to be doing well as she recovers from emergency colic surgery, harness racing trainer Jimmy Takter said Monday morning. All The Time displayed symptoms of colic early Sunday, roughly 14 hours after winning the Hambletonian Oaks at the Meadowlands Racetrack, and was taken to Mid-Atlantic Equine Medical Center, where intestinal surgery was performed. Takter said he was notified this morning that the 3-year-old female trotter was recovering nicely and normal intestinal function appeared to have resumed. "We were very fortunate," Takter said. "They did a fantastic job at Mid-Atlantic to do what they did. She is going to be there for four or five days so they can monitor her. But as of this morning everything was working well, so that is good." All The Time is owned by Marvin Katz and Al Libfeld, who also bred the filly. She won Saturday's $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks by 3-3/4 lengths over Caprice Hill in 1:52.1, giving Takter his third consecutive win in the Oaks and his sixth champion overall, tying Jan Johnson for the most in history. A daughter of stallion Muscle Hill out of the stakes-winning mare Cantab It All, All The Time has won 11 of 19 career races and earned $827,616. In addition to the Hambletonian Oaks, her victories include the 2015 Breeders Crown for 2-year-old filly trotters and the 2015 New Jersey Sire Stakes championship. All The Time was the first foal out of Cantab It All. The second, Ariana G, is undefeated in four races and won Saturday's Jim Doherty Memorial at the Meadowlands. She is a full sister to All The Time. Takter was uncertain of All The Time's future, saying it would take more than a month for the filly to recover from surgery. "The chances that she is going to race again are 50-50 at best," Takter said. "Maybe I can have her ready for the Breeders Crown (in late October) but she will let me know. I'm not going to do anything to jeopardize her health. She is such a unique horse and her family is great. We are grateful for what she has done." Ken Weingartner

East Rutherford, NJ ---- It wasn’t the perfect drive. But it was the perfect ending. Marion Marauder won Saturday’s (Aug. 6) $1 million Hambletonian, presented by Mullinax Ford, by a nose over Southwind Frank in 1:51.4 at the Meadowlands Racetrack. Sutton was third as the top three horses stretched across the finish line separated by only a neck in the 91st edition of the sport’s top race for harness racing 3-year-old trotters. It was Marion Marauder’s second win of the day. Earlier in the afternoon, he won his Hambletonian elimination by a half-length over Southwind Frank in a career-best 1:51.3. Last year, Marion Marauder was winless in races against Southwind Frank, finishing second on four occasions. In the Hambletonian final, Marion Marauder was fifth as Southwind Frank and Bar Hopping traded the lead in the first half of the race. At that point Scott Zeron, driving Marion Marauder for the wife-and-husband training team of Paula Wellwood and Mike Keeling, put his horse in gear and launched a first-over attack. Marion Marauder was second behind Bar Hopping at three-quarters, but reached the front at the top of the stretch. As Bar Hopping dropped back, eventually finishing fifth, Marion Marauder held off hard-charging challenges from Southwind Frank to his inside and Sutton on the outside. Waitlifter K was fourth, beaten a length. Zeron, who at age 27 became the second-youngest driver to win the Hambletonian, thought he might have moved too soon with Marion Marauder. “I know better,” Zeron said. “I know that when he clears another horse, he thinks the race is over, and I got a little over anxious. I just tried to get away on Southwind Frank and Bar Hopping and just sprint away from them and my horse just kind of started lollygagging around and not knowing where the wire was but he hung tough to finish. “It is amazing. The Wellwood family has trained trotters their whole lives and everything they’ve done has lead up to this point. The pressure is all on the Hambletonian and we delivered, the horse delivered. It was amazing. I can’t believe it.” Wellwood, who became the second female trainer to win the Hambletonian, along with Linda Toscano, is the daughter of the late Bill Wellwood, a driver/trainer enshrined in both the U.S. and Canadian halls of fame. Marion Marauder is owned by Wellwood’s mother, Marion Jean, and her 19-year-old son, Devin Keeling. Marion Marauder’s name combines the names of Wellwood’s mom and the nickname of Devin’s college mascot at McMaster University, where he will play football. Interestingly, the horse’s original name already had “Marion” in it; he was purchased for $37,000 at the 2014 Lexington Selected Sale under the name Marion Monopoly. According to Wellwood, this was the family’s 10th try at winning the Hambletonian. “It means the world; it was my father’s dream,” Wellwood said. “It has been my mother’s and my dream. We’ve tried. When this horse came along, you dare to dream. We started to dream last year. “I was in shock (at the finish) it was so close. I knew where he was, I knew he was first up and had taken over the lead. I guess I was in shock, I couldn’t even scream. I watched and I thought it was too close to call and everyone was saying it was too close to call.” Added a teary-eyed Marion Jean Wellwood, “It feels really good. I’ve been trying for this for a long time and I just want to say I dedicate this to my late husband.” Marion Marauder, a son of 2009 Hambletonian winner  Muscle Hill out of the Nova Award-winning mare Spellbound Hanover, has won six of seven races this year and seven of 20 career starts. He pushed his lifetime earnings to $1.01 million with his Hambletonian triumph. “The difference between last year and this year is that he grew quite a bit,” Paula Wellwood said. “He got bigger and stronger but the real difference is that he learned how to win.” Zeron’s win capped a memorable championship meet at the Meadowlands for the driver, who won the track’s driving title. “I want to thank Paula Wellwood and Mike Keeling for bringing me in to drive this horse full time,” said Zeron, who was driving in the Hambletonian for the first time. “Not a lot of people give a young guy a chance to drive a Hambletonian trotter. It’s amazing.” by Ken Weingartner and Ellen Harvey, Harness Racing Communications

East Rutherford, NJ --- With the focus on harness racing’s “Big Three,” Shamballa proved to be the one in Saturday’s (Aug. 6) $225,550 U.S. Pacing Championship for older pacers at the Meadowlands Racetrack. Shamballa, sent off at odds of 8-1, upset Wiggle It Jiggleit by one length in a career-best 1:47.1, with Dealt A Winner third and favorite Always B Miki fourth. Scott Zeron drove Shamballa for trainer Rick Zeron, his father, and owners Rick Zeron Stables, TAO Racing, Howard Taylor, and Cool Cat Racing. Wiggle It Jiggleit, the 2015 Horse of the Year, went to the front from post six and hit the opening quarter in :27.2. Always B Miki challenged Wiggle It Jiggleit and the two engaged in a brief duel before Always B Miki wrestled the lead at the half, reached in :53.3. Freaky Feet Pete -- who with fellow world champions Wiggle It Jiggleit and Always B Miki has made up the “Big Three” this season -- launched a first-over bid and the group hit three-quarters in 1:20.3. Freaky Feet Pete looked to grab the lead in the stretch, but Shamballa and Zeron were rolling on the outside. Shamballa reached the front and then held off a late bid from Wiggle It Jiggleit, who split horses to get up for second. “A second-over trip made all the difference,” Zeron said. “My dad always told me if you can keep him covered up, he’ll move his little legs as fast as he can all the way down the stretch, and he did just that. “At the three-quarter pole I was thinking, ‘I couldn’t possibly be in a better spot, I just hope this horse isn’t sick today.’” Shamballa, a 6-year-old son of Somebeachsomewhere - Bolero Takara, has won 23 of 53 career races and earned $683,133. The gelding has won three of nine races this season. by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications 

East Rutherford, NJ --- Control The Moment won the first jewel in Pacing’s Triple Crown, capturing Saturday’s $320,000 Cane Pace for harness racing 3-year-old pacers by one length over Manhattan Beach at the Meadowlands. JK Will Power was third, nosing out filly Pure Country for the show spot. The race featured a field of 11 horses and was contested at 1-1/8 miles. The time was 2:02.4. Control The Moment was sixth in the early part of the race, which saw Big Top Hanover lead to the first quarter in :25.4 before JK Will Power took the front and guided the field to the half in :54.2. From there, JK Will Power and Manny engaged in a battle for the top spot, hitting three-quarters in 1:21.4. But Control The Moment made a big move on the final turn and took control for the victory. The time to the mile was 1:49. Pure Country, who was trying to join Countess Adios as the only filly to win the Cane Pace, started the race from the trailing position and was eighth through the first half of the race. Control The Moment, who was racing for the first time since winning the Meadowlands Pace on June 16, was driven by Brian Sears for trainer Brad Maxwell. The colt has won four of eight races this season and 12 of 17 in his career. “He hadn’t raced in a couple weeks and they were racing aggressive enough early in the race,” winning driver Brian Sears said. “He was a little keyed up when he came third over, I had him three deep a little earlier than I wanted, but he’s a really nice horse and paced right to the wire.” Asked about the extra eighth of a mile, Sears said, “With the time off, he probably wasn’t super tight but he was really fresh, anyway.” Control The Moment, a son of  Well Said - Life’sliltreasure, is owned by the Control The Moment Stable. He has earned $1.02 million lifetime. by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications 

East Rutherford, NJ --- Ariana G was the most dangerous woman in Saturday’s (Aug. 6) $306,500 Jim Doherty Memorial for harness racing 2-year-old female trotters, rallying in the stretch to beat Chezatter by one length in 1:53.1 at the Meadowlands. That’s All Moni finished third. Ariana G, a daughter of  Muscle Hill - Cantab It All and a full sister to multiple-stakes-winner All The Time, is 4-for-4 this year. She is trained by Jimmy Takter for owners Marvin Katz and Al Libfeld, who also bred the filly. Takter also trains That’s All Moni, who is co-owned by Katz and Libfeld with Brittany Farms. Waffle Cone was the race’s early leader, hitting the opening quarter-mile in :28.1, before briefly yielding the top spot to That’s All Moni. Waffle Cone retook the lead by the half, reached in :56.1, before facing pressure from Broadway Idole entering the final turn. Chezatter made a three-wide move coming off the turn and Ariana G, who was fifth in the early goings, followed her before fanning four-wide in the stretch to begin her march through the lane. “I was sweating in the first turn, actually,” said winning driver Yannick Gingras. “I got myself in a bad spot, well, I had the rail so I didn’t have much of a choice with (horses) outside of me there but I was able to get out. After that, I felt I was following the filly to beat, so I was confident from there.” Ariana G, the 3-5 favorite, pushed her career earnings to $215,587 with the victory. She paid $3.20 to win. by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications 

East Rutherford, NJ --- Hannelore Hanover posted her sixth consecutive win and 11th in 12 races this year, with a neck victory over Shake It Cerry in Saturday’s (Aug. 6) $188,350 Fresh Yankee for older harness racing female trotters at the Meadowlands. Jewels In Hock finished third. The time for the race, contested at 1-1/8 miles, was 2:05. It equaled the time of last year’s race, won by D’One, also at 1-1/8 miles. Long shot Meadowbranch Wendy was fast off the gate, but driver Yannick Gingras moved the Ron Burke-trained Hannelore Hanover, the 1-9 favorite, to the lead on the first turn. From there, the 4-year-old mare ticked off fractions of :27, :55.4, 1:23.2 and 1:51 to the mile. The time for the mile equaled Hannelore Hanover’s career best. “Yeah, you know, you’ve got to give Shake It Cerry credit; she’s a great mare too,” Gingras said. “Jimmy Takter always has them ready on Hambletonian Day. Ronnie certainly had this mare ready as well. She really dug in hard late.” Hannelore Hanover, a daughter of Swan For All - High Sobriety, is owned by the Burke Racing Stable, the partnership of Mark Weaver and Mike Bruscemi, and Frank Baldachino. She has won 20 of 33 career races and $872,354. by Ken Weingartner, for Harness Racing Communications 

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