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The way harness racing driver Jody Jamieson sees it, if stakes-winning pacer Sintra were human, he might be Mike Trout. "He's got speed, he's got stamina, he's got talent," Jamieson said. "When you add in smarts, where he'll let you drive him how you want, that's the total package right there. He's a five-tool baseball player." Sintra will get the chance to display his tools Saturday in the $260,000 Joe Gerrity Jr. Memorial Pace at Saratoga Casino Hotel. Sintra, coming off a 1:47.2 win in the Graduate Series championship July 8 at the Meadowlands, is the 2-1 morning-line favorite in the Gerrity's eight-horse field. Sintra and driver Jamieson will leave from post four. The Gerrity also includes Haughton Memorial winner Mach It So, Ben Franklin Pace and Levy Series champion Keystone Velocity, and Battle of Lake Erie winner All Bets Off. Completing the field are millionaires Clear Vision, Bit Of A Legend, Boston Red Rocks and Somewhere In LA. New Zealand-bred Bit Of A Legend finished second to Wiggle It Jiggleit in last year's Gerrity. Sintra, a 4-year-old gelded son of stallion Mach Three, has won six of eight races this year while competing primarily in races restricted to 4-year-olds, although he did win the Mohawk preferred against older foes on July 1. In the Gerrity, only Sintra and Boston Red Rocks are 4-year-olds; the remaining horses range in ages from 6 to 11. "It's a real advantage to be able to race against 4-year-olds, there's no question about it," said Jamieson, who drives Sintra for trainer/co-owner Dave Menary. "He's got a bit of a tougher test coming up here on Saturday in the Gerrity, but if he gets the trip he's tough." Last year Sintra won eight of 16 starts and earned $229,346 for owners Brad Gray, Michael Guerriero and Menary Racing. Five of the races he lost were won by Betting Line, who was Canada's Horse of the Year. "Anybody that had to race against Betting Line was racing for second money for the most part," Jamieson said. "A couple times I headed him and thought I had him beat and it just didn't work out. It's hard to say whether I've seen a difference in him (this year). He was awesome from day one. He rarely put a bad start in, if at all." Sintra, who was limited to three races at age 2 because of injury, competed mostly at Mohawk last year. His one trip to the Grand Circuit was for the Milstein Pace, where he finished fifth. "We only faced the open company a couple times last year," said Jamieson, who has driven Sintra in 22 of his last 24 races. "This year we're taking on the world. "Dave Menary has done a hell of a job managing him, you can't say enough about him. I think he's also done a hell of a job picking the driver for the horse too." Boston Red Rocks, who is winless in 10 races this year but a runner-up on six occasions, is the Gerrity's 5-2 second choice on the morning line, starting from post No. 1 with Brett Miller driving for trainer Steve Elliott. Keystone Velocity, who drew post eight, is 9-2 followed by All Bets Off at 5-1. "I got a great draw," Jamieson said. "I love the half-mile track, but when you put these kinds of horses on the half-mile track there's obviously a lot of luck and a little bit of a trip scenario that comes into play. But I think he's in the right spot with the four hole and he's in great form." Racing at Saratoga begins at 7:05 p.m. Saturday. The Gerrity is race No. 6 on the card, with post time at 8:45 p.m. approximately. In addition to the Gerrity, the card features eight New York Sire Stakes races. Fans will receive a coupon for a free commemorative 2017 Gerrity Night T-shirt with the purchase of a $2 race program, while supplies last. A variety of local food trucks will be on hand throughout the night near the track apron. As always, parking and admission are free. The Gerrity honors the memory of Joe Gerrity Jr. and his many contributions. A highly respected leader, inspiration and icon for Saratoga Raceway and the horse racing industry, he was a breeder of horses in Loudonville, a licensed harness driver and became Chairman of the Board of Saratoga Harness Racing, Inc. (now Saratoga Casino Hotel) in 1987. He later oversaw the expansion of the facility and the installation of video gaming machines, partially funding the project himself. He also served as a director for the Harness Horse Breeders of New York State for 20 years, and acted as treasurer for much of that time. He passed away in 2005. Below is the field for the $260,000 Joe Gerrity Jr. Memorial Pace. PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer-Line 1-Boston Red Rocks-Brett Miller-Steve Elliott-5/2 2-All Bets Off-Matt Kakaley-Ron Burke-5/1 3-Somewhere In LA-Jason Bartlett-Richard Banca-6/1 4-Sintra-Jody Jamieson-David Menary-2/1 5-Bit Of A Legend N-Jordan Stratton-Peter Tritton-8/1 6-Clear Vision-Mark MacDonald-Jennifer Lappe-15/1 7-Mach It So-David Miller-Jeffrey Bamond Jr.-12/1 8-Keystone Velocity-Simon Allard-Rene Allard-9/2 Ken Weingartner

As harness racing trainer Frank Antonacci says, the best way to make plans for horses is to plan to make new plans on a regular basis. George Ducharme would agree. Both trainers had plans in place for Hambletonian hopefuls in their stables only to see those plans require unexpected alterations. Antonacci's stakes-winning International Moni suffered a bout of colic and was scratched from a July 8 prep for last weekend's Stanley Dancer Memorial, which he also missed as a result of the health scare. Ducharme, on the other hand, got his hopeful --- Muscles Jared --- to the Dancer only to watch the gelding go off stride prior to the start and never get back to proper form. Ducharme had hoped to use the Dancer as a gauge whether to enter the horse in the Hambletonian. International Moni and Muscles Jared will be back in action Saturday at the Meadowlands Racetrack, competing in a $15,000 trot for 3-year-olds. Seven of the eight horses in the race are eligible to the Hambletonian: International Moni, Muscles Jared, Thisguyisonfire, Giveitgasandgo, Sir John F, Di Oggi, and Enterprise. The $1 million Hambletonian, the sport's premier event for 3-year-old trotters, is Aug. 5 at the Meadowlands. International Moni, who is 2-for-2 this year and won the Goodtimes Stakes at Mohawk on June 17, qualified last weekend in 1:53.3 at the Meadowlands. The colt is a son of French sire Love You out of two-time Horse of the Year Moni Maker. He was bred by the Moni Maker Stable, which retains ownership. "Knock on wood, crossed fingers, whatever you want to say, he's doing very well," Antonacci said. "He was going into that qualifier with no work of any real substance since the Goodtimes. I was very happy with how he performed that day. It seems like he recovered fully." International Moni's bout of colic passed without the need for surgery. "Fortunately we didn't have to intervene and everything rectified itself," Antonacci said. "It was one of those oddball, unexplainable kinds of incidents. For him to recover the way he did and a week later go out there and qualify the way he did I think is indicative of what a good horse he really is." So is the way International Moni raced in his Goodtimes elimination and the final. In the elim, the colt came from eight-lengths back at three-quarters to win by a neck in 1:54. In the final, he rallied from fifth at the half to win in 1:52.4. "Horses don't come from last and swoop the field to win anywhere, let alone at Mohawk," Antonacci said, referring to the elimination. "He's just a really, really good horse." The "plan" for International Moni is to race Saturday and then get a week off before the Hambletonian. "That would be the most logical plan at this point, but like I've said, plans change every day," Antonacci said. "There's no such thing as plans with live animals. You make plans and then you adjust every day." Muscles Jared won multiple state-restricted stakes last year including the Massachusetts Sire Stakes championship. This year he suffered a setback because of sickness after returning north from winter training in Florida. He was edged out for a spot in the final of the Earl Beal Jr. Memorial and finished second by a nose in the consolation on July 1. Ducharme was at loss to explain Muscle Jared's performance in the Dancer. "I wish I had an explanation, but I don't," Ducharme said. "He's never done that before. I guess we'll just say he had one of those nights. That's why we put him right back in (to race)." Muscles Jared is owned by Al Ross, who bred 2013 Hambletonian winner Royalty For Life and was among the horse's owners. Ducharme trained Royalty For Life. Ducharme said Muscles Jared's Hambletonian future rested in his performance Saturday. The son of Muscle Massive-Tetiana has won six of 17 races, finished second on five occasions, and earned $191,765 in his career. "He's going to have to trot and show us something," Ducharme said. Saturday's card at the Meadowlands also includes the Tompkins-Geers Stakes for 3-year-old male trotters, which also features a number of Hambletonian-eligible horses. They are Wutan, Perfect Spirit, Dover Dan, Southwind Cobra, Southwind Woody, Earl Variera, Fly On, Southwind Hydro, and Catch The Game. ROAD TO THE HAMBLETONIAN A look at open stakes for 3-year-old male trotters and state-restricted stakes featuring Hambletonian eligibles Date - Track - Event - First - Second - Third May 6 - Freehold - Dexter Cup - Lord Cromwell - Gustavo Fring - Southwind Cobra May 19 - Meadowlands - NJSS - Long Tom - Yes Mickey - Deacon Tony May 19 - Meadowlands - NJSS - What The Hill - Southwind Cobra - New Jersey Viking May 20 - Meadows - PASS - Sortie - Giveitgasandgo - High Glider May 20 - Meadows - PASS - Andy M - Gustavo Fring - Stealth Hanover May 20 - Meadows - PASS - Common Parlance - Brown Bear - Brand New Key May 29 - Vernon - NYSS - Stick With Me Kid - Bill's Man - Top Flight Angel May 29 - Vernon - NYSS - Devious Man - Lord Cromwell - Aces And Eights May 29 - Vernon - NYSS - Enterprise - Swell Chap - Meetmeinthemiddle June 2 - Meadowlands - NJSS Final - Long Tom - King On The Hill - What The Hill June 3 - Meadows - Currier & Ives - Fraser Ridge - Meme Hanover - Muay Hanover June 3 - Meadows - Currier & Ives - Moonshiner Hanover - Giveitgasandgo - Lars Perry June 3 - Meadows - Currier & Ives - Sortie - Dover Dan - Always A Good Time June 9 - Mohawk - Goodtimes Elim - International Moni - Guardian Angel As - Jake June 9 - Mohawk - Goodtimes Elim - Enterprise - AWOL Hanover - Shake It Off Lindy June 9 - Vernon - EBC Elim - Bill's Man - Such An Angel - Stick With Me Kid June 9 - Vernon - EBC Elim - Devious Man - Swell Chap - Lord Cromwell June 10 - Pocono - PASS - Rubio - Muscles Jared - Di Oggi June 10 - Pocono - PASS - Dover Dan - Moonshiner Hanover - Sir John F June 10 - Pocono - PASS - Giveitgasandgo - President Lindy - Andy M June 17 - Mohawk - Goodtimes - International Moni - Mass Production - Seven And Seven June 18 - Vernon - Empire Breeders Classic - Devious Man - Bill's Man - Stick With Me Kid June 24 - Pocono - Beal Elimination - Long Tom - Sortie - Lucky Matter June 24 - Pocono - Beal Elimination - Perfect Spirit - Devious Man - Dover Dan June 24 - Pocono - Beal Elimination - Ariana G* - Bill's Man - Moonshiner Hanover July 1 - Pocono - Earl Beal Jr. Memorial - Devious Man - Long Tom - Ariana G* July 9 - Pocono - PA All Stars - Two AM - Moonshiner Hanover - Di Oggi July 9 - Pocono - PA All Stars - Dover Dan - Andy M - Shake It Off Lindy July 9 - Pocono - PA All Stars - Giveitgasandgo - Explosive Ridge - Common Parlance July 9 - Pocono - PA All Stars - Thisguyisonfire - Sir John F - Ataboy Hanover July 15 - Meadowlands - Stanley Dancer Memorial - Walner - Devious Man - Bill's Man July 15 - Meadowlands - Stanley Dancer Memorial - Long Tom - What The Hill - Meteoric July 22 - Meadowlands - Tompkins-Geers - July 29 - Meadowlands - Reynolds - Aug. 5 - Meadowlands - Hambletonian - Hambletonian eligible in bold *Filly; also eligible to Hambletonian Oaks Ken Weingartner

Hurricane Beach's career got off to a stormy start, but trainer Luc Blais' forecast calls for better days ahead as the harness racing 3-year-old pacer continues to mature. A headstrong youngster, Hurricane Beach was gelded last year and has won three of six races this season. He heads to Saturday's eliminations of the $450,000 Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids at The Meadows off a 9-1/4 length win in 1:51 at Harrah's Philadelphia on July 9. The Adios attracted 14 horses, which were divided into two eliminations. The top four finishers from each division plus the fifth-place finisher with the highest career earnings return for the final on July 29. Meadowlands Pace winner Huntsville is the 7-5 morning-line favorite in the first elim; North America Cup winner Fear The Dragon is the 7-5 choice in the second. Hurricane Beach is 20-1 in the elimination with Fear The Dragon, who is the No. 1-ranked horse in the Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll. Daniel Dube will drive Hurricane Beach for Blais and owner Determination stable. "He's got the physical (attributes) to be a top horse," Blais said. "But to be a top horse you have to be smart too. With racing and maturity, I think he's going to do better. We want to have patience. He has lots of speed that horse. Waiting for him, I think he's going to get better and better. He's a nice horse, a big horse, strong and very fast." Hurricane Beach is a son of stallion Somebeachsomewhere out of the mare Blazing Yankee. He was purchased for $230,000 at the 2015 Lexington Selected Sale and is a half-brother to world-record-setting Hurrikane Kingcole. His family also includes stakes-winners Lady Luvs Diamonds, Banner Yankee and Electric Yankee. Blais raced Hurricane Beach only three times last year, with a best finish of third in a conditioned race, before putting the horse away for the season. "He was very hot last year," Blais said. "I didn't want to go too far with him because I knew he was a little bit aggressive. Sometimes you keep racing and you make a crazy horse. That's why we turned him out right away. We brought him back and took our time with him. He came back pretty good. I think he is better than last year." Hurricane Beach was second in his 2017 debut and won his next start. He made it two in a row with a victory in a career-best 1:50.3 in a division of the Somebeachsomewhere Stakes on June 3 at Mohawk and then finished fourth in his elimination of the North America Cup, failing to advance to the final. A week later in the consolation division, he sped to the first quarter in :25.1 and half in :53 before finishing fifth. Blais, whose best known recent successes include two-time O'Brien Award-winning trotter Intimidate and Ontario Sire Stakes champion trotter Emoticon Hanover, gave the gelding a week off in the field before returning to work. He made equipment changes for Hurricane Beach's most recent race, the win at Philly. "He raced good," said Blais, who worked with stakes-winning pacers such as Goliath Bayama and Goodtime Bayama during his days in Quebec with Yves Filion's Bayama Farms. "Maybe he calmed down. Danny said he was more in control. We'll see. "We just need a little bit of luck." Saturday's card at The Meadows begins at 1:05 p.m., with the Adios eliminations set for 3:45 p.m. approximately. The Adios final July 29 anchors a blockbuster afternoon card that features six Grand Circuit stakes. Following are the fields for the Adios eliminations, in post order with preliminary driving assignments, trainers and morning-line odds: Adios Elimination 1, Race 9 1. Boogie Shuffle-Scott Zeron-Mark Harder-20/1 2. RJP-Yannick Gingras-Ron Burke-5/1 3. Highalator-Dave Palone-Jeffrey Long-10/1 4. Miso Fast-Matt Kakaley-Ron Burke-5/2 5. Blood Line-Mark MacDonald-Jimmy Takter-4/1 6. Southwind Yukon-Matt Kakaley-Ron Burke-20/1 7. Huntsville-Tim Tetrick-Ray Schnittker-7/5 Adios Elimination 2, Race 10 1. Western Hill-Doug McNair-Tony Alagna-5/1 2. Lawrencetown Beach-Yannick Gingras-Ron Burke-10/1 3. Fear The Dragon-David Miller-Brian Brown-7/5 4. Hurricane Beach-Daniel Dube-Luc Blais-20/1 5. Filibuster Hanover-Yannick Gingras-Ron Burke-5/2 6. Eddard Hanover-Matt Kakaley-Ron Burke-20/1 7. Independent One-Matt Kakaley-John Butenschoen-4/1 Ken Weingartner

Freehold, NJ --- Marvin Katz understands the buzz associated with a harness racing filly taking on the boys in the Hambletonian, but following Ariana G’s win in last weekend’s Delvin Miller Memorial at the Meadowlands, the longtime owner and breeder was content to enjoy his horse’s present rather than speculate about her future. Ariana G won her division of the Miller in 1:51.4 Saturday to give her 13 victories in 16 career races. She is the fastest 3-year-old female trotter this season, with a mark of 1:51.1, and second-fastest 3-year-old trotter overall, behind only colt Walner -- the Hambletonian favorite -- at 1:50.2. The 3-year-old trotting colt with the next best win time is Long Tom, at 1:52.1. “It’s not hyperbole; I believe that she can race with them. I really believe that,” Katz said. “Whether we will or not, I don’t know. We’ll talk about it. “We’ll just enjoy the (Miller) victory right now.” A total of 161 fillies have entered the Hambletonian in its 91-year history, with 13 winning the sport’s most prestigious event for 3-year-old trotters. Since the creation of the Hambletonian Oaks, which was first raced in 1971 and is restricted to fillies, 21 females have entered the Hambletonian. The most recent filly to win the Hambletonian was Continentalvictory in 1996. The two most recent fillies to enter the race, Pampered Princess in 2007 and Mission Brief in 2015, both won eliminations. Pampered Princess was seventh-placed-sixth in her final, won by Donato Hanover, and Mission Brief finished second to Pinkman in her final. “It’s good for the sport and it makes a good story, but we have to do what’s best for the horse,” said Katz, who shares ownership of Ariana G with Al Libfeld and will add the filly to their award-winning broodmare band at the completion of her career. “We don’t want to put her in a position where we compromise her in any way. She doesn’t deserve that.” Jimmy Takter, who trains Ariana G, is no stranger to the girl-vs.-boys storyline. He trained Pampered Princess as well as Mission Brief’s nemesis Pinkman. Pampered Princess, like Ariana G, won Dan Patch and O’Brien awards at age 2 as her division’s best horse. She headed to the Hambletonian eliminations with 14 wins in 17 career races and had finished off the board only once. Ariana G, who also has been worse than third only once, has won four of five races this year. She beat male rivals in her elimination for the Earl Beal Jr. Memorial, but drew post eight for the final on July 1 at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono and finished third behind Hambletonian hopefuls Devious Man and Long Tom. The New Jersey Sire Stakes champion rebounded with her victory in her Miller division. “She was terrific,” Katz said. “She was good and strong all the way through the wire, an excellent performance. It was a super mile. “She’s had a fabulous year so far. She went (1:51.1) in the New Jersey final and she was great in the elimination for the Beal. Unfortunately she drew a bad post in the final. It was just too much to ask of her.” Ariana G is a daughter of 2009 Hambletonian winner Muscle Hill out of the mare Cantab It All and her full sister, All The Time, won last year’s Hambletonian Oaks. Ariana G is one of only two fillies in history to win with sub-1:52 miles at both ages 2 and 3. The other is Mission Brief. “This is clearly a great champion and an ambassador for the sport in some respects,” Katz said about Ariana G, adding about the Hambletonian, “We have to consider all these factors and we’ll discuss it among ourselves, with Jimmy of course, and take his guidance and go from there.” by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications  

East Rutherford, NJ --- Five-year-old gelded trotter In Secret was the top-selling horse at Sunday's Tattersalls Summer Mixed Sale at the Meadowlands Racetrack, going for $140,000 to trainer Ron Burke and Burke Racing. "He's the only horse we came to buy," Burke said. "I'm thrilled to get him." In Secret is a son of Deweycheatumnhowe out of the mare Secret Magic. His family includes millionaire Possess The Magic. For his career, In Secret has won 16 of 69 starts and earned $233,385. The gelding raced in Canada his entire career until joining the stable of trainer Noel Daley in the U.S. in February. For Daley, In Secret won two of 12 races while hitting the board a total of eight times. Both of his wins with Daley came at Yonkers in conditioned races, but In Secret was second three times in the open and third once. "I think he's a Yonkers open trotter," Burke said. "The idea is to keep him at Yonkers; I think he'll be that kind of horse. If he gets a little bit better, we'll see. Noel is good trainer, I'm just looking to maintain him and hope that he becomes a Yonkers open trotter." In Secret was among three horses to sell for at least $100,000 and a total of five sold for at least $75,000. Following In Secret on the best-seller's list were 4-year-old gelded pacer JJ Flynn (Western Ideal-Allamerican Cognac) for $102,000 to Josh Green, agent; 5-year-old gelded pacer Maxdaddy Blue Chip (Sportswriter-Ascending) for $100,000 to Allard Racing; 3-year-old colt pacer Mr Varsity (Roll With Joe-Bronzer Babe) to Dylan Davis for $87,000; and 5-year-old gelded pacer Guantanamo Bay for $75,000 to Carmine Fusco. For complete sale results, click here. Ken Weingartner  

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Nike Franco N handed award-winning Lady Shadow her first loss of the year, battling through the stretch to wear down the harness racing even-money favorite and win Saturday's $201,000 Golden Girls for pacing mares by three-quarters of a length in 2:01.2 for the mile and an eighth distance at the Meadowlands. The 2-1 second choice and driver Tim Tetrick led the 11-horse field to the opening quarter in :26.1 before yielding the top spot to Lady Shadow, a returning Dan Patch and O'Brien Award winner who was unbeaten in five starts this season, who set fractions of :54.2 to the half, 1:22 to three-quarters and 1:48.1 for the mile. In the stretch, Nike Franco N moved to the outside and methodically cut into Lady Shadow's lead until reaching the front as the duo neared the wire. She paid $6.80 to win. It was 4¼ lengths back to third-place finisher Call Me Queen Be. Nike Franco N, a New Zealand-bred 7-year-old, has won eight of 13 races since arriving in North America last October. The Golden Girls was her first U.S. stakes triumph. "We knew she was capable of this and when I saw she was getting a trip behind that great Lady Shadow, I said, 'This is our night'," said Jo Ann Looney-King, who trains Nike Franco N for owner Richard Poillucci. "Richard has been buying us some of the top pacers from Down Under. He picks his own horses out, he sends them to us. We simply go with the wonderful horses he buys for us." Nike Franco N, a daughter of McArdle-Nearea Franco, has won 26 of 46 career races and earned $571,672. Her North American earnings are $250,279. Nike Franco N By Ken Weingartner  

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Agent Q moved alongside leader Brazuca on the final turn and pulled away from the field to win Saturday's $165,700 Mistletoe Shalee for harness racing 3-year-old filly pacers by two lengths in a stakes- and track-record equaling 1:48.4 at the Meadowlands. Idyllic Beach finished second and Awash was third. Sent off as the 1-5 favorite, Agent Q and driver David Miller were fourth in the race's early stages as Brazuca led the fillies to the opening quarter in :26.4 and half in :54.3. By that time, Agent Q was on the move first over and was a quarter-length from the lead when the field reached three-quarters in 1:21.4. Agent Q's time equaled the track and stakes record set by Dancinwiththestarz in 2010. "She's just been unbelievable the last few weeks," co-owner Bill Rochetti Jr. said. "It's so fun to watch." Agent Q has won five of eight races this year and earned $379,124 and her victories this season also include the Lynch Memorial. For her career, she has won eight of 18 races and finished worse than third only once on her way to banking $817,828. The daughter of Western Terror-Teenage Paige, trained by Chris Ryder, is owned by Martin Scharf, Rochetti Cassar Racing and Robert Muscara. Agent Q paid $2.60 to win. Agent Q By Ken Weingartner  

There will be no shortage of award-winning horses on the track Saturday at the Meadowlands. The star-packed harness racing card features eight stakes events, with at least one Dan Patch Award winner in each. In fact, all told there will be the recipients of a combined 22 Dan Patch and O'Brien awards in action Saturday night at the Big M. Marion Marauder, the 2016 Dan Patch Award Trotter of the Year and an O'Brien divisional champ, is the 6-5 morning line favorite in the $458,750 Hambletonian Maturity for 4-year-olds. He edged Dan Patch/O'Brien award-winning mare Hannelore Hanover by one vote in the closest Trotter of the Year balloting in the award's 46-year history. Last year, Marion Marauder won 10 of 15 races including the Hambletonian, Yonkers Trot and Kentucky Futurity on his way to becoming the ninth Trotting Triple Crown winner in history. This year, Marion Marauder has won two of three starts and heads to the Hambletonian Maturity off a 1:51.2 win in the Graduate Series championship for 4-year-olds last weekend at the Meadowlands. "I can't say enough about him," Marion Marauder's regular driver Scott Zeron said. "His transition from (age) 3 to 4 has been unbelievable. He got a little broader in the shoulders, looks better, and mentally his game has really evolved. "Last year I tried to avoid putting him on the front too early in the race. Even at the three-quarter pole I didn't really want to be on the front because he loves a target. It was a matter of timing his burst of speed at the end because he would always go on by, but then he would relax when he got by them. "This year, I've been first up twice and he's powered past horses and kept on pushing. He's made my job easier. Not that I'm going to turn him into a front-runner, but I don't have to worry about him relaxing when he gets the lead. He loves his job even more this year. It's a great feeling." Hannelore Hanover, who won last year's Hambletonian Maturity as a supplemental entry, is the 2-5 favorite in Saturday's first of two divisions of the Miss Versatility Series for trotting mares. Last year, Hannelore Hanover won 17 of 20 races. This year, she finished second in the Miami Valley Distaff to start the campaign but has since reeled off three consecutive wins, including the Armbro Flight Stakes. "She hasn't been as sharp as she was last year, but she's coming closer and closer to it," trainer Ron Burke said. "Hopefully we're not that far. I look for her to be ready to go this week." The first division of the Miss Versatility also includes two-time O'Brien Award winner Caprice Hill. The second division is led by two-time Dan Patch Award winner Broadway Donna, who is the 2-1 favorite. Following is a look at the award-winners in action Saturday, in race order. Race 1: Ariana G (Dan Patch and O'Brien) in division of Delvin Miller Memorial. Race 2: Hannelore Hanover, Caprice Hill. Race 3: Walner (Dan Patch) in division of Stanley Dancer Memorial. Race 5: Idyllic Beach (Dan Patch and O'Brien) in Mistletoe Shalee. Race 6: Broadway Donna. Race 8: Marion Marauder. Race 9: Huntsville (Dan Patch) in Meadowlands Pace. Race 10: Boston Red Rocks (Dan Patch) in William R. Haughton Memorial. Race 11: Lady Shadow (Dan Patch, three-time O'Brien); Pure Country (two-time Dan Patch) in Golden Girls. Race 13: Beyond Delight (O'Brien) in conditioned race. For Saturday's complete Meadowlands card, click here. For a look at Meadowlands Pace night at a glance, click here. Ken Weingartner

Call Me Queen Be faces a tough group of older female pacers in Saturday's $201,000 Golden Girls at the Meadowlands Racetrack, but driver Scott Zeron expects his mare to be in the thick of the action from the get-go. It's been a successful formula for the horse, who has earned nearly $1.1 million in her career. "Even as a 2- and 3-year-old, we've kept her races kind of all the same," Zeron said. "She's made a million dollars by leaving really fast, sitting in, and letting things happen down the stretch. Whether she gets room and squeaks out or whether she gets her seconds or thirds, she's made a million dollars doing that." Call Me Queen Be, trained by Ross Croghan for owners Let It Ride Stables and Dana Parham, has won 11 of 37 career starts and hit the board a total of 29 times. Her wins include the 2016 Breeders Crown for 3-year-old filly pacers. She has been either first or second at the first quarter in 16 of her most recent 19 races and 28 times overall. "I know my horse really well; she can do almost anything I ask of her," said Zeron, who has driven Call Be Queen Be in all but four of her races. "Her best asset is she can leave with the car and go 25 seconds and then go a second quarter in 32 seconds. She makes my job very easy." The Golden Girls is one of Saturday's two stakes events for older pacers. Mel Mara is the 3-1 morning-line favorite in the $427,400 William R. Haughton Memorial for the older male pacers, which will be contested one race prior to the Golden Girls on the star-studded Meadowlands Pace Night card. Lady Shadow, the sport's No. 2-ranked horse in the Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll, headlines the Golden Girls. The 6-year-old mare is unbeaten in five races this year and owns an eight-race win streak dating back to October. She is the 9-5 morning-line favorite in the Golden Girls despite drawing post No. 10 in the 1-1/8 mile event. A year ago, Lady Shadow won the Golden Girls with a world-record 2:00.3 clocking for 1-1/8 miles. At the conclusion of last season, Lady Shadow received the Dan Patch Award for best older female pacer in the U.S. and soon thereafter added a third O'Brien Award in Canada to go with honors at ages 3 and 4. Lady Shadow, owned by David Kryway, Carl Atley, Ed Gold and BFJ Stable, has won 33 of 60 career races and earned $1.86 million in purses. She is trained by Ron Adams. Yannick Gingras will be in the sulky. New Zealand-bred Nike Franco, who was second by a neck to Lady Shadow last week in the preferred handicap for fillies and mares at the Meadowlands, is the 4-1 second choice from post four. She has won three of eight races this year and seven of 12 since arriving in North America. She is owned by Richard Poillucci and trained by Jo Ann Looney-King. Tim Tetrick handles the driving. Pure Country, a Dan Patch Award winner at ages 2 and 3, is 5-1 from post one and heads to the race off an eye-popping 1:48 qualifier on July 1 at the Meadowlands. Pure Country, trained by Jimmy Takter, has two second-place finishes in four races this season. She has won 20 of 35 career races and earned $1.8 million for owner Diamond Creek Racing. "I knew (Jimmy) was going to drive her to kind of shake her up and wake her up," Diamond Creek's Adam Bowden said about Pure Country's qualifier, the fastest in history. "Obviously this year is a little disappointing after what she did at 2 and 3, but she's had tough trips and she's been sick most of her starts, battling something. We kind of got her cleaned up after Canada and she's showed that she's sharp again. I'm anticipating a good second half of the year now." Pure Country's impressive qualifier and Lady Shadow starting from the outermost spot on the gate add to the intrigue surrounding this year's Golden Girls. "It's going to be exciting," said Zeron, who leaves from post three with Call Me Queen Be and is 12-1. "A lot of horses could push out of there; it's going to be an interesting race to that (first) quarter, that's for sure. I think everybody kind of wants that two-hole trip if Yannick is going to make the choice to go to the front (with Lady Shadow). She tends to run out late and being in the two-hole spot to her is exactly where you want to be." Mel Mara heads to the Haughton Memorial, also being contested at 1-1/8 miles, off a second-place finish by a head to Keystone Velocity in the Ben Franklin Pace on July 1 at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. The 8-year-old stallion has won three of five races this year and finished no worse than second while pushing his career earnings to $876,464. Boston Red Rocks, winless in nine races this year but second on five occasions and third twice, is the 7-2 second choice on the morning line. All Bets Off, who earlier this season won the Battle of Lake Erie and tops the Haughton Memorial field with $2.44 million in career earnings, is next at 9-2. "I wish it wasn't a mile and an eighth; it makes (All Bets Off) more of a closer in the race," said All Bets Off's trainer Ron Burke. "We'll hope the trip works out. He's always right around there." First race post time is 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the Meadowlands. The Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace for 3-year-old pacers, featuring Dan Patch Award winner Huntsville, and the Hambletonian Maturity, with returning Trotter of the Year Marion Marauder, will air live on cable's SNY from 9-10 p.m. For Saturday's complete Meadowlands card, click here. For a look at Meadowlands Pace night at a glance, click here. Ken Weingartner

Market Share will be away from the races for a while, but the award-winning 8-year-old trotter is expected to return to harness racing action later this season for what might be a farewell tour. Richard Gutnick, who co-owns Market Share with T L P Stable and Bill Augustine, said the horse will be sidelined for approximately a month because he was gelded Wednesday at the New Jersey Equine Clinic. Fertility issues prevented the 2012 Hambletonian winner from a breeding career and the gelding procedure was veterinarian recommended so Market Share could have a more enjoyable future and be put in the company of other horses. "They feel he will be much happier and I want to do whatever is best for the horse," Gutnick said. "I would love to have some of his offspring, but it wasn't meant to be. I'm just counting my lucky stars to have a horse like him. He deserves a great life. It's all about the horses, I just love being around them." Market Share is a two-time Dan Patch Award divisional champion, at ages 3 and 4, and the winner of 32 of 95 career races. His $3.78 million in career purses rank No. 2 being Bee A Magician among trotters that raced only in North America. In addition to the 2012 Hambletonian, Market Share's victories include the Canadian Trotting Classic in 2012, the Breeders Crown Open Trot, Maple Leaf Trot and TVG Series championship in 2013, and the Maxie Lee Memorial Invitational in a world-record 1:50.2 in 2014. Market Share, a son of Swedish stallion Revenue out of the mare Classical Flirt, has won four of 14 races this year. In his three most recent starts, Market Share posted two wins and a third. His best win time this season of 1:52.4 is tied for third best among trotters older than 7. If all goes well, Market Share will return to racing later this year with a focus on Dover Downs. Two of Market Share's four victories this year came at the Delaware oval. "The amazing thing is he still loves to race," Gutnick said. "I don't think he's Grand Circuit anymore, but I think he could be open caliber. If he loves to race and he's not hurting himself and he's holding his own, not at the highest level but a high level, then we could continue. That will be a decision based on what it's like a few months from now. "But this could be his last go-round. The horse doesn't owe me anything. I owe him a lot. He gave me a lot of pleasure, a lot of excitement, more so than one person deserves." Ken Weingartner Media Relations Manager

Adam Bowden is never quite sure what to expect from Blood Line. Last weekend, the colt finished second to award-winning Huntsville in the Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace elimination, completing the mile in 1:49.1 with a :26.3 last quarter. In his previous start, Blood Line went off stride at odds of 2-1 in his elimination of the Hempt Memorial and failed to advance to the final. Needless to say, Bowden is hoping for more of the former than the latter in Saturday's $738,550 Meadowlands Pace final for 3-year-old pacers at the Meadowlands Racetrack in New Jersey. Blood Line, co-bred by Bowden's Diamond Creek Farm and owned by Bowden's Diamond Creek Racing, will start from post No. 1 with Mark MacDonald driving for trainer Jimmy Takter. Blood Line is 5-1 on the morning line, third choice behind even-money favorite Huntsville and 4-1 Downbytheseaside. "If he puts it all together, you get a mile like the other night," Bowden said about Blood Line. "If not, then you get a horse that makes a break in an elimination that he's got a chance to win. He's frustrating in that sense, but he's clearly got high speed and if he's in the right spot he's going to challenge (Saturday). "He's kind of shown the ability to go with the top horses. I'm not sure he's in the same league as Huntsville, Fear The Dragon and Downbytheseaside, but I think that next group of horses is wide open and on any given day he's as good as they are. I was happy with the way Mark raced him in the elimination and put him in a good spot and kind of followed Huntsville all along. He gave himself a chance and then drew well for the final. I think we're in a good spot." The Meadowlands Pace is part of a stakes-packed card at the Meadowlands on Saturday, with an earlier-than-usual 6:30 p.m. post time for the first race. The Meadowlands Pace will air live on cable's SNY from 9-10 p.m., with the Hambletonian Maturity for 4-year-old trotters also part of the broadcast. Blood Line is a son of stallion Somebeachsomewhere out of the lightly-raced mare Blood Diamond. He is a full brother to Blood Brother, who has earned $613,613 in four seasons of racing, and his second dam is Hall of Fame broodmare Arterra, the mother of millionaires If I Can Dream and Western Terror. Third dam Delinquent Account was a Dan Patch and O'Brien award winner and the mother of similarly awarded Artiscape. "(Blood Diamond) got injured before she could really show anything, but she comes from one of those top-class families and the intention always was to keep everything out of her," Bowden said. "She's bound to produce a great one based on her pedigree and the way these horses look. Whether it's Blood Line or the next one or the next one, she's going to do it. "She's produced two talented horses. I don't know where the limit is for this horse, but I guess we'll find out Saturday and the rest of the year." Blood Line has won three of 17 career races and earned $165,119. Last year he won divisions of the Bluegrass Stakes and Pennsylvania Sire Stakes. So far this season he posted one win on the sire stakes circuit. MacDonald has driven the horse four times, posting a win among three in-the-money finishes and never being worse than fourth. "Mark seems to be the perfect fit for him, for whatever reason," Bowden said. "His skill set and the horse just seem to mesh well together and they've raced well together. Finger's crossed. I can't imagine that he's not going to drive him aggressively and get him in a good position. If the horse is talented enough he'll be there." Takter has sent seven horses to the Meadowlands Pace final, with his best finish coming in 2009 with runner-up Vintage Master. Blood Brother is not Bowden's only hope to win the Meadowlands Pace. Diamond Creek Racing is among the owners of Downbytheseaside. The remaining owners of the Brian Brown-trained colt are Country Club Acres, Joe Sbrocco and Richard Lombardo. Downbytheseaside was among three horses, with Classic Pro and Miso Fast, to receive byes to the Meadowlands Pace final. For the year, the colt has won five of seven races and earned $323,500. He won the Art Rooney Pace and was third in the North America Cup, behind Fear The Dragon and Huntsville, and fifth in the Hempt Memorial. "The Hempt final was a little bit of a disappointment but Brian said he scoped sick, so that sort of explains that," Bowden said about Downbytheseaside, who has won 13 of 20 career races and finished worse than third only once while earning $900,606. "It's kind of nice that he got a bye and I think he's coming into this race as good as he's been all year. I would expect he would be right there at the end. I'd be disappointed if he wasn't." Huntsville, trained by Ray Schnittker and driven by Tim Tetrick, has won four of six races this year and 11 of 17 lifetime. He has never finished worse than second and counts the 2016 Breeders Crown at the Meadowlands among his career victories. He was second in the North America Cup. Schnittker won the 2010 Meadowlands Pace with One More Laugh. Tetrick has won four Paces, tied with Ron Pierce for the second most in history. John Campbell holds the record with seven trophies. Following is the field for the $738,550 Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace for 3-year-old pacers in post order with drivers, trainers and morning line. PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer-Line 1-Blood Line-Mark MacDonald-Jimmy Takter-5/1 2-Mac's Jackpot-David Miller-Jim Campbell-15/1 3-Boogie Shuffle-Scott Zeron-Mark Harder-30/1 4-Huntsville-Tim Tetrick-Ray Schnittker-1/1 5-Downbytheseaside-Brian Sears-Brian Brown-4/1 6-Miso Fast-Matt Kakaley-Ron Burke-10/1 7-Filibuster Hanover-Yannick Gingras-Ron Burke-10/1 8-Santafe's Coach-Corey Callahan-Leo Iordan-20/1 9-Classic Pro-Trevor Henry-Dr. Ian Moore-15/1 10-Talent Soup-Eric Abbatiello-Bruce Saunders-30/1 by Ken Weingartner/Harness Racing Communications/USTA

Freehold, NJ --- Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace elimination winner Huntsville caused the only shift in this week’s Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown Top 10, moving from No. 6 to No. 4 in the rankings and pushing idle trotters Ariana G and Crazy Wow each down one notch. The top three remained unchanged, with Fear The Dragon in the No. 1 spot followed by Lady Shadow and Hannelore Hanover. Graduate Series trot champion Marion Marauder joined the Top 10 at No. 10. Returning Dan Patch Award winner Walner, who made his seasonal debut last Saturday with a 1:51.1 victory in a conditioned race, just missed cracking the Top 10, ended up tied with Devious Man at No. 11. The Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll does not determine Horse of the Year. The U.S. Harness Writers Association votes in December on all Dan Patch Award 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) Age/Gait/Sex Record Earnings Points Pvs 1 Fear The Dragon (25) 3pc 8-7-1-0 $711,953 333 1 2 Lady Shadow (7) 6pm 5-5-0-0 $281,000 299 2 3 Hannelore Hanover (1) 5tm 4-3-1-0 $146,138 222 3 4 Huntsville (1) 3pc 6-4-2-0 $263,529 209 6 5 Ariana G 3tf 4-3-0-1 $132,500 188 4 6 Crazy Wow 5th 6-3-3-0 $324,000 170 5 7 Downbytheseaside 3pc 7-5-0-1 $323,500 112 7 8 Keystone Velocity 9ph 11-6-0-1 $618,000 79 8 9 Resolve 6th 3-2-1-0 $166,750 64 9 10 Marion Marauder 4th 3-2-0-1 $143,342 50 -- Walner received one first-place vote. North American statistics only. by Ken Weingartner, for Harness Racing Communications

Classic Pro might be the easiest horse to identify in Saturday's $738,550 Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace for harness racing 3-year-old pacers, but not because of any markings or equipment --- or even a number --- on the colt. It is because what Classic Pro will be missing: hobbles. Classic Pro, trained by Dr. Ian Moore, has raced free legged this year and enjoyed a fair amount of success along the way. The son of former Moore standout Shadow Play has won three of seven races and earned $101,975 this season for owners Moore, R G McGroup Ltd., and hockey legend Serge Savard. In fact, excluding one race in which Classic Pro went off stride prior to the start, the only 3-year-olds to finish ahead of the colt this season are Fear The Dragon, Huntsville, and Downbytheseaside. Those three horses are ranked Nos. 1, 6 and 7, respectively, in the sport's Top 10 poll. Last year, Classic Pro was winless in 11 races but finished third on six occasions and earned $93,272. "He was a nice colt last year," Moore said. "He raced against some of the best ones last year. He just drew bad or just the way things went in the race. He never had a win but he still made a nice bit of money for us. "He's filled out more and got bigger and stronger. I trained him down free legged and he seemed good so we thought we'd try it. He seemed so much happier and had a big longer gait to him, especially behind. So we just left him alone and that's the way he's been." Moore can recall racing two other horses free legged during his training career. The first was in the mid-1970s. The second, Astronomical, was a decade ago. In 2007, Astronomical became the fastest free-legged pacer in history when he won in 1:50 at Georgian Downs. Classic Pro has a mark of 1:52.1 this year, which came in a conditioned race at Mohawk. Moore accepted a bye for Classic Pro to advance directly to the Meadowlands Pace final rather than race in last weekend's elimination for the event. The bye was based on seasonal earnings. The connections of Downbytheseaside and Miso Fast also accepted byes. Huntsville won the Meadowlands Pace elimination by 2-1/4 lengths over Blood Line in 1:48.4. Ray Schnittker, who trains and co-owns Huntsville, turned down a bye. "At first I thought we would go and race," Moore said. "Then I got thinking about it. He's free legged and you never know if something might happen and he might not make the final. And I figured Huntsville was going to race because he hadn't raced in two weeks, so I decided to take the bye. I trained him on Saturday and he should be ready to roll." Moore's decision to race Classic Pro without hobbles is not without trepidation since the colt went off stride in a division of the Somebeachsomewhere Stakes on June 3 at Mohawk. Moore drove the horse in a qualifier three days later and the horse made a break behind the gate again, this time wearing hobbles. "The little bump we did have, he started to get pretty hot behind the gate," Moore said. "After he got a few wins this year, it seemed to change his temperament a little bit. He's getting a bit more aggressive now. "He started getting geared up behind the gate. He hit the stirrups of the bike (sulky) and it was driving him crazy. We got a big bike for him now and have got ear plugs in him. He seems much better. But it's still kind of an adventure at that level with that speed." Classic Pro will start the Meadowlands Pace from post nine with Trevor Henry in the sulky. The horse is Moore's second Meadowlands Pace finalist and Henry's first. Moore finished seventh with State Treasurer in 2012. "That's the way it goes," Moore said about drawing post nine in the 10-horse field. "It would have been nice to draw better. There are at least three good ones there in Huntsville, Downbytheseaside and Miso Fast. After that it's kind of open a bit. We'll just hope to get a little bit of racing there." Following is the field for the $738,550 Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace for 3-year-old pacers in post order with drivers, trainers and morning line. PP-Horse-Sire-Driver-Trainer-Line 1-Blood Line-Somebeachsomewhere-Mark MacDonald-Jimmy Takter-5/1 2-Mac's Jackpot-Somebeachsomewhere-David Miller-Jim Campbell-15/1 3-Boogie Shuffle-Well Said-Scott Zeron-Mark Harder-30/1 4-Huntsville-Somebeachsomewhere-Tim Tetrick-Ray Schnittker-1/1 5-Downbytheseaside-Somebeachsomewhere-Brian Sears-Brian Brown-4/1 6-Miso Fast-Roll With Joe-Matt Kakaley-Ron Burke-10/1 7-Filibuster Hanover-Somebeacsomewhere-Yannick Gingras-Ron Burke-10/1 8-Santafe's Coach-Bettor' Delight-Corey Callahan-Leo Iordan-20/1 9-Classic Pro-Shadow Play-Trevor Henry-Dr. Ian Moore-15/1 10-Talent Soup-American Ideal-Eric Abbatiello-Bruce Saunders-30/1 Scheduled post time: 9:34 p.m. Ken Weingartner

Columbus, OH --- Both Hawthorne Race Course and Meadowlands Racetrack have announced partnerships with DerbyWars that include revenue-sharing with the harness racing tracks and horsemen for use of their races in contests on, as well as video and data sharing opportunities to enhance the customer experience. DerbyWars offers dozens of different harness contests each night featuring Hawthorne Thursday through Sunday and Meadowlands on Friday and Saturday. Games include Survivor contests, Head-Head contests and both free games and cash games. On Friday and Saturday nights, there is a $1,500 Harness Game with a $750 first-place prize. On Friday (July 14), DerbyWars will offer a free $500 contest featuring Meadowlands and Hawthorne races, which are also part of the USTA's Strategic Wagering Program, starting at 9:30 p.m. (EDT) featuring Meadowlands races 7-10 and Hawthorne races 8-11. Fans can register for free at To enter the contest, visit Since those races comprise Pick-4 USTA Strategic Wagers at those two tracks, fans can get free past performances at "Our mission is to be an innovator in horse racing and establishing partnerships with harness tracks will help us continue to introduce new players to racing, re-engage others, and ultimately grow the sport," said DerbyWars CEO/Founder Mark Midland. "We were the first contest site to establish track and horsemen revenue-sharing agreements and now we're expanding that model greatly," added Midland. "We continue to see tremendous growth opportunities for the sport through contests and look forward to working with more harness tracks going forward." DerbyWars, which has conducted contests on Cal Expo races since 2016, added Hawthorne harness races in mid-June. "We were excited to be able to expand our partnership with DerbyWars from our Thoroughbred meets to our Standardbred schedule as well," said Hawthorne Director of Publicity and Racing Analyst Jim Miller. "DerbyWars provides fans more opportunities to focus on our wagering product and gives our racing at Hawthorne increased exposure. We look forward to being able to grow our product with the assistance of the DerbyWars platform." The new partnership between the Meadowlands and DerbyWars will also allow for the growth of the annual World Harness Handicapping Championship. "We are excited to join DerbyWars and think it is a great opportunity to get our world-class harness racing product in front of our core customers on the site as well as, hopefully, new horseplayers and potentially crossover players from the Thoroughbred world," said Meadowlands GM/COO Jason M. Settlemoir. "As the proud hosts of the World Harness Handicapping Championship every spring, we see this partnership as a way to grow the number of contest players in the harness game and ultimately grow the prize pool and profile of the WHHC," added Settlemoir. "We are also delighted to share the revenue generated from the DerbyWars contests with our horsemen and we thank SBOANJ President Mark Ford for his support." Contests serve to grow racing in several ways: Easy-to-play contests and free games create a low barrier for new fans. Contests increase interest in day-to-day racing, not just big events. Social nature of contests leverages existing players to involve friends, re-engage dormant players, and congratulate winners. Technological advances such as real time picks, real time chat and social interaction create an educational environment where players can learn from others. DerbyWars also announced new partnership agreements with several Thoroughbred tracks -- NYRA (Aqueduct, Belmont, Saratoga), Monmouth Park, Ellis Park, Louisiana Downs and Fairmont Park. They have had previous agreements with Cal Expo, Hawthorne (Thoroughbred), Kentucky Downs and Sam Houston. DerbyWars hosts hundreds of Thoroughbred and Harness contests each week on DerbyWars is a product of Horse Racing Labs, LLC, an industry innovation startup based in Louisville, Ky., which also includes, a leading horse racing news site with hundreds of thousands of profiles on horses, trainers, jockeys, stables and races and, which analyzes prominent stakes races each week so readers can wager more and with more confidence. For more information, contact Ken Weingartner

Marion Marauder returned to the winner's circle at the Meadowlands Racetrack, site of his Hambletonian victory last August, on Saturday night thanks to a 1:51.2 triumph in the $240,000 Graduate Series final for 4-year-old trotters. Warrawee Roo, sent off at 59-1, finished second, beaten by three-quarters of a length, and Dayson was third. In the $240,000 Graduate Series final for 4-year-old pacers, 6-5 favorite Sintra followed the cover of Check Six around the last turn before bursting through the stretch to win by 4-1/2 lengths over Boston Red Rocks in 1:47.2. Western Fame finished third. For Marion Marauder, who became the first Trotting Triple Crown winner to compete at the Meadowlands as a 4-year-old, it was his second win in three starts this season. Last year Marion Marauder swept the Triple Crown --- the Hambletonian, Yonkers Trot and Kentucky Futurity --- on his way to being named Trotter of the Year. Marion Marauder, the 4-5 favorite in the Graduate, and driver Scott Zeron started from post nine and were fifth through the opening half mile, but started a first-over march on the backstretch to overcome fraction-setting Trolley at the top of the stretch. Marion Marauder, who lowered his career mark by one-fifth of a second, paid $3.80 to win. "He's come back better than we expected," said Mike Keeling, who trains Marion Marauder with his wife Paula Wellwood. "He was in great form that first start at Tioga (winning in 1:52.4) and we were just pleased to come down here and get in the final. He was pretty impressive tonight." Marion Marauder, a son of Muscle Hill out of the mare Spellbound Hanover, has won 13 of 31 career races and earned $1.9 million in purses for owners Marion Jean Wellwood and Devin Keeling. Next up for Marion Marauder, who bypassed the breeding shed to continue racing this year, will be the Hambletonian Maturity for 4-year-old trotters at the Meadowlands on July 15. "It was the easiest tough decision we've ever made," Keeling said about continuing Marion Marauder's racing career. "We never really said goodbye to him last fall and bringing him back was something we really wanted to do. We just felt compelled to try the stallion route, but he loves racing and we love racing him." In the Graduate final for pacers, Western Fame, Lyons Snyder and Dr J Hanover all took turns on the front as the field reached the first quarter in :26.3, half in :53.2 and three-quarters in 1:20.4. Check Six battled with Dr J Hanover for the lead on the last turn, but Sintra was in striking position. "I thought I had the best horse, I just had to find the right spot with him," winning driver Jody Jamieson said. "It worked out good. I got to follow a live helmet, I almost ran over Yannick (Gingras with Check Six) at the head of the stretch I was so live. This horse just keeps bailing me out every time I get to sit behind him. "The sky is the limit. This horse has just been a champ ever since I started driving him. Last year Betting Line got the better of us most every time, but he's had another year to develop and he showed it tonight, wrapped up in (1):47.2. Simply amazing from where I was sitting." Sintra, who paid $4.60 to win, is trained by Dave Menary for owners Brad Gray, Michael Guerriero and Menary Racing. He has won six of eight races this year and earned $209,202. For his career, the son of Mach Three out of Dancin Barefoot has won 14 of 27 starts and banked $445,762. By Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications

Harness racing trainer Jim Campbell hopes Mac's Jackpot can cash in with a strong performance in Saturday's Meadowlands Pace elimination. Mac's Jackpot is among 10 horses in the $50,000 elimination at the Meadowlands Racetrack, where the top seven finishers will advance to the $700,000 final on July 15. They will be joined in the final by three bye recipients based on seasonal earnings: Downbytheseaside, Classic Pro, and Miso Fast. Dan Patch Award winner Huntsville, last season's top male 2-year-old, is the 9-5 morning line favorite in the Meadowlands Pace elimination. Filibuster Hanover is the 4-1 second choice, followed by Blood Line at 5-1. The elimination winner will draw from post one through six for the final. First race post time is 6:30 p.m. Saturday. The card also includes the $240,000 finals of the Graduate Series for 4-year-old trotters and pacers, the $41,880 Reynolds for 3-year-old female trotters, and the seasonal debut of Hambletonian contender Walner in a conditioned race. Mac's Jackpot, who will have David Miller in the sulky and is 10-1, heads to the Meadowlands Pace elimination off a career-best 1:50.2 win in a division of the Tompkins-Geers Stakes at Tioga Downs on July 2. In his previous start, Mac's Jackpot was beaten by a head in the consolation division of the North America Cup at Mohawk. "He raced real good at Tioga," Campbell said. "This is a different level, but he's a good gaited big strong colt. He's got the speed and everything, we just hope he can take it to the next level. Dave's going with him Saturday and Dave gets along good with him. We're hoping he can continue to put in a good race." Mac's Jackpot was bred by owner Jeff Snyder, who is a record three-time winner of the Meadowlands Pace. Mac's Jackpot is by Somebeachsomewhere out of the O'Brien Award winning mare Michelle's Power. He hails from the same family as Snyder's first Meadowlands Pace winner, Cam's Card Shark, as well as 2012 Canadian Horse of the Year Michael's Power. For the year, Mac's Jackpot has won three of nine races and earned $84,950. For his career, the gelding has won seven of 23 starts and banked $180,079. "It's going to be a tough field," Campbell said about the Meadowlands Pace elimination. "Huntsville stands out in there, but anytime you're racing in a race like the Meadowlands Pace there are always horses that step up that maybe don't look as good in the program. There's never an easy spot. There's never an easy spot at the Meadowlands, it doesn't matter what the class is." Mac's Jackpot is not Campbell's lone stakes hopeful in action Saturday. The trainer will send out two-time Dan Patch Award winner Broadway Donna in the Graduate final for trotters and, across the Hudson River at Yonkers, Jo Pa's Way and Matinee Fashion in the eliminations of the Lawrence B. Sheppard Pace for 2-year-old male pacers. Broadway Donna, the only female in the nine-horse Graduate field for trotters, is 5-1 on the morning line. Marion Marauder, last year's Trotting Triple Crown winner and Trotter of the Year, is the 5-2 choice from post nine while Trolley is 3-1 and Dayson is 4-1. In her most recent start, Broadway Donna finished eighth in the Armbro Flight Stakes for trotting mares at Mohawk. Campbell said Broadway Donna suffered from tying up (muscle cramping) while in Canada and looks better since returning to his stable's base in central New Jersey. Broadway Donna has won one of five starts this season, with the victory coming in a preliminary round of the Graduate, and has hit the board a total of four times. For her career, the Fashion Farms bred and owned lass has won 17 of 27 races and earned $1.25 million. "She didn't have a good week that last week up in Canada," Campbell said. "She seems to be happy to be back in New Jersey. She acts good, everything like that. We'll see how she goes. Marion Marauder is the one to beat in there, but there are a few other horses in there that can go along pretty good too." There are three $25,000 eliminations of the Sheppard, with Jo Pa's Way at 9-2 in the first division and Matinee Fashion at 15-1 in the third. The first two finishers from each elimination plus the two fastest third-place finishers return for the $110,500 final on July 15. Jo Pa's Way, a son of American Ideal-Marie's Z Tam owned by Emposimato Stables, makes his debut after two qualifiers, one at Harrah's Philadelphia and the most recent at Yonkers. He finished sixth at Yonkers, timed in 1:59.4. "It's kind of a strange situation with him," Campbell said. "We haven't really gotten a fair reading on him. His first qualifier he locked up on a line and flipped his palate. His next one was a qualifier at Yonkers and he was against older horses. He's a really good gaited colt and he trained down nice. At least he's had a go around Yonkers, which I think is an advantage. We'll get a better reading on him on Saturday." Fashion Farms-owned Matinee Fashion, who finished fourth in his only start, meets three horses with wins under their belts in his elimination, including 2-1 favorite Paprike Blue Chip. Matinee Fashion is a son of Roll With Joe out of the mare Clara and was bred by Yonkers Raceway President Tim Rooney. "He's a nice big strong good gaited colt," Campbell said. "He went good in his one start and he's an easy going colt. He's in what looks like a pretty tough division, but he seems like the type of horse that should go around Yonkers good. "I think it's the toughest I've ever seen this race," Campbell added. "There are a lot of good colts. It's amazing how fast these 2-year-olds are starting off." For Saturday's complete Meadowlands card, click here. For Saturday's complete Yonkers card, click here. Ken Weingartner Media Relations Manager

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