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My Hero Ron could be harness racing trainer Ron Burke's hero with a win in Saturday's $400,000 Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids presented by Coors Light at The Meadows Racetrack and Casino. Since being purchased in early June by Burke and his racing partners, My Hero Ron has put together a three-race win streak heading to the 49th edition of the event at Burke's home track. The Burke Stable, which won the 2007 Adios with May June Character, will send three horses into the final, with Cooperstown and Yankee Bounty joining My Hero Ron in the field of nine. First race post time is 12:20 p.m. Saturday, with the Adios scheduled for approximately 4 p.m. My Hero Ron, driven by Yannick Gingras, won his Adios elimination by 1-1/2 lengths over Yankee Bounty in 1:50.3. My Hero Ron drew post No. 7 for the final and is the 3-1 second choice on the morning line. Gingras piloted Sunfire Blue Chip to the 2013 Adios crown. Cooperstown also won an Adios elimination with Gingras - at 37-1 odds - besting Lost For Words and favorite Dude's The Man both by a neck in 1:49.4. Cooperstown, who will be driven by Matt Kakaley in the final, drew post four and is 6-1 on the morning line. Dude's The Man is the 5-2 favorite in the Adios final after his rally from sixth place in his elimination fell just short. Dude's The Man, who finished second in the Meadowlands Pace on July 18, will start from post two with Corey Callahan driving for trainer Jessica Okusko. National Seelster, who won the remaining of the three Adios eliminations in 1:51.1, drew post nine for the final and is 6-1 for driver Tim Tetrick and trainer Chris Ryder. My Hero Ron, who has won five of 19 career races and earned $139,128, is owned by Burke Racing, the partnership of Mark Weaver and Mike Bruscemi, Larry Karr, and Frank Baldachino. He won a division of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes on June 6 in his first start for the Burke Brigade and last year finished second in divisions of the Tompkins-Geers, Historic-Goshen Cup, and Arden Downs stakes for then-trainer Erv Miller. "I love him," Burke said about the gelding, who is a son of Well Said out of the mare Erma La Em. "I think he's our best shot. He just gets better every time we race him. He's versatile. He's a big horse, a strong horse, with a good attitude." Yankee Bounty won last year's Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championship for 2-year-old male pacers and finished his campaign with eight victories in 10 starts. This season he is winless in 10 races. His second-place finish to My Hero Ron in their Adios elimination was Yankee Bounty's best finish since a runner-up effort on May 28 in a division of the PaSS. Driver Brett Miller and Yankee Bounty will start the Adios final from post one and are 15-1 on the morning line. "He's definitely underachieved," said Burke, who trains the gelded son of Yankee Cruiser-Bootleg Yankee for the Yankee Bounty Partnership and Frank Chick. "He was the best 2-year-old in Pennsylvania last year. Other horses got better (this year) and he didn't seem to. But last week also was a little bit of a return to form." Cooperstown has won only four of 23 lifetime races, but hit the board a total of 16 times on his way to earnings of $178,687. Last year, the son of Four Starzzz Shark-American Charm finished third in the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championship and sixth in the Breeders Crown for 2-year-old male pacers. His triumph in his Adios elimination was his first win in stakes company. Cooperstown, whose mother is a half-sister to multiple Dan Patch Award winner Art Major, is owned by Burke Racing, Weaver-Bruscemi, Keith Pippi, and Michelle Yanek. "Probably all this year he's been a little bit of an underachiever too," Burke said. "He was third in the (Pennsylvania Sire Stakes) final last year and a Breeders Crown horse and yet he's had trouble getting out of non-winners of three. He probably should have been racing better. The other day was like a return to form for him as well." Following is the Adios field in post order, with drivers, trainers and morning line odds: 1 .Yankee Bounty by Yankee Cruiser --Brett Miller, Ron Burke, 8-1 2. Dude's The Man by American Ideal --Corey Callahan, Jessica Okusko, 5-2 3. Trading Up by Somebeachsomewhere --Brett Miller, Tony Alagna, 10-1 4. Cooperstown by Four Starzzz Shark --Matt Kakaley, Ron Burke, 6-1 5. Dreams Beachboy by Somebeachsomewhere --Scott Zeron, Tony Alagna, 15-1 6. Lost For Words by Well Said --David Miller, Brian Brown, 5-1 7. My Hero Ron by Well Said --Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke, 3-1 8. Angelo J Fra by The Panderosa -Tony Hall, Norm Parker, 15-1 9. National Seelster by Bettor's Delight --Tim Tetrick, Chris Ryder, 8-1 by Ken Weingartner Harness Racing Communications USTA

Caroline "Kitty" Gerry remembers the thrills she enjoyed watching Bruschette compete on the racetrack and she hopes to rekindle those feelings with a daughter of the stakes-winning trotting mare. Legal Lady, a daughter of Bruschette who Gerry bred and owns, is entered in Friday's second of three eliminations for the Jim Doherty Memorial Stakes (formerly Merrie Annabelle) for 2-year-old female trotters at Meadowlands Racetrack. The top three finishers from each elimination plus a fourth-place finisher drawn by lot will advance to the $389,450 final on Hambletonian Day, Aug. 8, at the Big M. Trained by Jan Johnson, who also conditioned Bruschette, Legal Lady will start her elimination from post two with Corey Callahan in the sulky. She is 15-1 on the morning line. Julie Miller-trained Womans Will, who will leave from post three with driver Andy Miller, is the 2-1 choice. Broadway Donna, from the stable of trainer Jim Campbell, is undefeated in four career races and the 4-5 favorite in the first elimination. Jimmy Takter's Kathy Parker, named in honor of the longtime editor and general manager of The Horseman And Fair World magazine, is the 5-2 favorite in the third division. Friday's card also features two eliminations for the Peter Haughton Memorial Stakes for 2-year-old male trotters. Ron Burke's Southwind Frank is the 2-1 morning line favorite in the first division and Takter-trained Bar Hopping is the 3-1 pick in the second. The top five finishers from each elimination advance to the $349,850 final on Hambletonian Day. Legal Lady, by stallion Deweycheatumnhowe, heads to the Doherty Memorial off a second-place finish in her career debut in a maiden race on July 17 at the Meadowlands. Legal Lady, who qualified four times prior to making her first purse start, finished a neck behind Jazebel De Vie in 1:58.3. "We haven't rushed her," said Gerry, a New York resident who is the wife of Harness Racing Hall of Fame member Ebby Gerry Jr. "I'm against that and Jan is more that way also. He doesn't like to rush them, especially at (age) 2. "She keeps bringing down her times, which is good. (Success) just depends on a lot of things. We'll hope. I'm not going to be disappointed as long as she races well." Gerry owned Bruschette during her racing career, which ended with nine wins in 48 races and earnings of $302,383. Her top victory came in the 2008 Allerage Farms Mare Trot at Lexington's Red Mile. Bruschette rallied from seventh place in the final quarter-mile to win by 1-1/2 lengths over Brigham Dream in a career-best 1:53.1. "She was great," Gerry said. "I went down to the winner's circle and there was a mother and child there. The child gave me the flowers and I was crying. The little girl said to her mother, why is she crying? I got so emotional. That was a big day for me. That was the most thrilling moment." Gerry hopes for more thrills with Legal Lady, who is all lady in the barn and all business on the track. "I can pet her, I can rub her nose, I can give her carrots, and the minute she comes out of the stall and you start putting the harness on her she is ready to go," Gerry said, adding with a laugh, "Then you don't want to be petting her or anywhere near her. "I'm excited," she added. "My husband keeps saying that you can't get attached. Well, I'm already attached. I can't help it. I rode as a kid all the time and I love animals." Gerry, who is an accomplished artist, hopes Legal Lady can paint a winning picture on Friday night, but knows it is a difficult assignment. She also knows the filly could have a lengthy career ahead of her. "If she qualifies for the final it would be very exciting," Gerry said. "I don't want to get my hopes too high and get disappointed. But even if she doesn't qualify, there will be other races. She's only 2. I just hope she stays trotting and stays healthy and we'll see what happens." Following are the elimination fields in post order for the Doherty Memorial with drivers, trainers and morning line: Elimination 1 1. Broadway Donna, David Miller, Jim Campbell, 4-5 2. I'm Outstanding, Yannick Gingras, Jimmy Takter, 8-1 3. Worldclass Hanover, Pat Lachance, Pat Lachance, 12-1 4. Hollywood Hill, Jimmy Takter, Jimmy Takter, 7-2 5. Celebrity Eventsy, Brett Miller, Staffan Lind, 8-1 6. Southwind Adele, Ake Svanstedt, Ake Svanstedt, 10-1 7. Everything N More, Tim Tetrick, Nancy Johansson, 20-1 8. Do I, Corey Callahan, Ron Burke, 20-1 Elimination 2 1. Candle In The Wind, Jim Marohn Jr., Janice Connor, 20-1 2. Legal Lady, Corey Callahan, Jan Johnson, 15-1 3. Womans Will, Andy Miller, Julie Miller, 2-1 4. Sharon's Luck, Brett Miller, Staffan Lind, 30-1 5. Gifted Lady, John Campbell, Jimmy Takter, 9-2 6. Miss Tezsla, Jimmy Takter, Jimmy Takter, 6-1 7. Twice Is Right, Yannick Gingras, Jimmy Takter, 5-2 8. Hot Curry, David Miller, Ron Burke, 8-1 9. Silent Blessings, Tim Tetrick, Nancy Johansson, 8-1 Elimination 3 1. New Leaf, Jim Marohn Jr., Tom Haughton, 20-1 2. Thankful Reward, Tim Tetrick, Tony Alagna, 5-1 3. Unau S, Corey Callahan, Jonas Czernyson, 20-1 4. Kathy Parker, Johnny Takter, Jimmy Takter, 5-2 5. Jazebel De Vie, Scott Zeron, Chris Ryder, 12-1 6. Silvia, David Miller, Ron Burke, 6-1 7. Sunset Glider, Yannick Gingras, Jimmy Takter, 3-1 8. Encore Gold, John Campbell, Charlie Norris, 4-1 9. Lindy's On Fire, Marcus Melander, Marcus Melander, 20-1 by Ken Weingartner Harness Racing Communications USTA      

Freehold, NJ --- Mission Brief, fresh off her victory in the Dr. Harry M. Zweig Memorial Filly Trot, moved into the Top 10 in this week’s harness racing  Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll while the top six horses in the rankings remained unchanged. Wiggle It Jiggleit, JL Cruze, and Bee A Magician did not race and held their spots at the top of the poll. Pinkman remained fourth following his victory in the Zweig Memorial Open, followed by idle Wakizashi Hanover and State Treasurer. 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 11 –7/28/2015  Rank Name (First Place Votes) A/G/S Record Earnings Points Pvs 1 Wiggle It Jiggleit (25) 3pg 15-14-1-0 $961,092 330 1 2 JL Cruze (5) 4tg 18-16-2-0 $612,788 302 2 3 Bee A Magician (4) 5tm 8-7-1-0 $408,070 280 3 4 Pinkman 3tg 7-6-1-0 $620,965 219 4 5 Wakizashi Hanover 3pg 10-6-2-1 $639,902 184 5 6 State Treasurer 6ph 9-4-1-2 $305,090 102 6 7 Mission Brief (1) 3tf 4-3-1-0 $200,347 90 -- 8 Doo Wop Hanover 4ph 11-6-1-1 $258,326 83 7 9 Shake It Cerry 4tm 9-3-1-2 $196,733 64 8 10 In The Arsenal 3pc 9-5-1-1 $362,405 43 9 Also: Uncle Lasse (31); Barn Doll (19); Split The House (18); Freaky Feet Pete, P H Supercam (17); Lady Shadow, Rockeyed Optimist (16); Moonlit Dance (13); Spirit To Win (11); Father Patrick (9); Artspeak, Market Share (8); Anndrovette (6); Canepa Hanover, The Bank (4); Centurion ATM, Foiled Again, Luck Be Withyou, Ooh Bad Shark, Southwind Frank (3); All The Time, Betting Line, Daylon Magician, Dude’s The Man, Handover Belle, Pure Country (2); Churita, Cinamony, Mach It So, Melmerby Beach (1). Mission Brief winning The Dr. Harry M. Zweig Memorial Filly Trot by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications 

James "Friday" Dean says it might have been ambitious to send lightly raced Split The House to the North America Cup earlier this year, but the harness racing trainer is looking forward to seeing the colt return to action against some of the best 3-year-old male pacers in North America in Saturday's $200,000 Anthony Abbatiello SBOA New Jersey Classic at the Meadowlands. Split The House drew post seven in the seven-horse field and is 9-2 on the morning line. Regular driver Randy Waples will make the trip from Ontario to New Jersey to drive the horse, who has posted six wins in eight starts this season. New Jersey Sire Stake champion Artspeak, who was the 2014 Dan Patch Award winner for best 2-year-old male pacer, is the 8-5 morning line favorite in the New Jersey Classic. He will start from post five with Scott Zeron driving for trainer Tony Alagna. Split The House was unraced as a 2-year-old because of a fractured pastern bone, but opened this year with four victories heading into the North America Cup at Mohawk Racetrack in June. Split The House finished fourth in his North America Cup elimination, just missing out on advancing to the final, and a week later finished fourth in the North America Cup Consolation. He bounced back from the setbacks by winning a preliminary leg and final of the Summertime Series at Mohawk. "I think if the North America Cup wasn't in our backyard I wouldn't have raced him in it," said Dean, who is based in Ontario and owns Split The House with Scott Horner and Peter Milligan. "We kind of threw him to the wolves a little early. He didn't embarrass himself though and he rebounded well. He's pretty sharp right now so we'll take another crack at the big boys." Waples left no doubt of what he thought about Split The House following the Summertime final, which Split The House won by 2-3/4 lengths over Rockin In Heaven in 1:50.2. "In my estimation he's one of the best 3-year-olds out there, it's just the truth," Waples said. "He was kind of misbehaving a little bit behind the gate (in the North America Cup) and Friday put a screen on him and he's just a different horse now. The last couple of weeks he seems like he's turned a corner. "I think he definitely deserves to be with (the Grand Circuit pacers). If you've got a good field of horses you can find one to follow and I just think this horse is going to go a big mile before the year is up." Split The House was purchased as a yearling under the name Current Course for $60,000. He is a son of Rocknroll Hanover out of the mare Shake That Junk, who raced for Dean and was successful on the Ontario circuit. "We really liked the look of this colt," Dean said. "Then he cracked a pastern behind and stood in a stall for four months. But he was really patient about it. "But we really liked what we had seen from him (prior to his injury). He loved his work. He was a natural. He's a real good horse to train." Split The House is staked to a number of major races, including the Battle of the Brandywine, Simcoe, Little Brown Jug, Bluegrass, and Breeders Crown. "If we're good enough, we'll show up," Dean said. Artspeak heads to the New Jersey Classic off a sixth-place finish in the Meadowlands Pace last weekend. He was second in the Hempt Memorial on July 4 at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono and fifth in the North America Cup. For the year, Artspeak has won three of eight races and earned $255,135 for owners Brittany Farms, Marvin Katz, Joe Sbrocco, and In The Gym Partners. Dealt A Winner is the 5-2 second choice in the New Jersey Classic. He will start from post four with John Campbell driving for trainer Mark Silva. He was fourth in the Meadowlands Pace and a multiple stakes-winner in 2014. The remainder of the New Jersey Classic field is Pierce Hanover, Revenge Shark, Badix Hanover, and Hurrikane Ali. Saturday's Meadowlands card also includes the $100,000 Thomas D'Altrui SBOA Miss New Jersey for 3-year-old female pacers. The Show Returns is the 5-2 morning line favorite, starting from post seven with John Campbell driving for Chris Ryder. The field for the $200,000 Anthony Abbatiello New Jersey Classic [11th race] with drivers, trainers and morning line: 1-Pierce Hanover, Douglas McNair, Ken Sucee, 6-1; 2-Revenge Shark, Brett Miller Tony Alagna, 8-1; 3-Badix Hanover, Ake Svanstedt, Ake Svanstedt, 20-1; 4-Dealt A Winner, John Campbell, Mark Silva, 5-2; 5 Artspeak, Scott Zeron, Tony Alagna, 8-5; 6-Hurrikane Ali, Jim Marohn Jr., John McDermott Jr., 10-1, and 10-Split The House, Randy Waples, James Dean, 9-2. Pierce Hanover, Revenge Shark and Dealt A Winner are by Cam’s Card Shark; Badix Hanover and Artspeak are by Western Ideal; Hurrikane Ali and Split The House are by Rocknroll Hanover. The field for the $100,000 Thomas D’Altrui Miss New Jersey [seventh race] with drivers, trainers and morning line: 1-Lindys Old Lady, Douglas McNair, Frank Antonacci, 6-1; 2-Thirty X, Vincent Ginsburg, Richard Silverman, 20-1; 3-Stacia Hanover, Scott Zeron, Steve Elliott, 3-1; 4-Cheyenne Robin, Randy Waples, Robert Siegelman, 20-1; 5-Strut My Stuff, Jim Marohn Jr, Ross Croghan, 15-1; 6-Happiness, Joe Bongiorno, Ron Burke, 10-1; 7-The Show Returns, John Campbell, Chris Ryder, 5-2; 8-Crescent City, Steve Smith, Chris Ryder. 12-1; 9-Ideal Nuggets, Mike Simons, Ed Lohmeyer, 8-1, and 10-Wicked Little Minx, Brett Miller, Nancy Johansson, 9-2. Stacia Hanover, Strut My Stuff and Ideal Nuggets are by Western Ideal; all others by Rocknroll Hanover. by Ken Weingartner Harness Racing Communications USTA  

When it came to the draw for last week's Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace, Badiou Hanover was more like "Badluck" Hanover, getting stuck with the most outside starting spot - post No. 10. At least as the gelding prepares for Saturday's eliminations for the $525,000 Delvin Miller Adios Pace at The Meadows, he is off to a better start. Badiou Hanover will start his elimination, the second of three divisions, from post two with driver Andy Miller. He is 8-1 on the morning line. Badiou Hanover, pronounced "Ba-dew," has won five of 10 races this season and earned $84,705. He should feel at home at The Meadows, having posted a win there in June in the Pennsylvania Stallion Series. In addition, four of his five victories this year have come on five-eighth-mile tracks, such as The Meadows. Meadowlands Pace runner-up Dude's The Man is the 2-1 morning line favorite in Badiou Hanover's elimination, which also includes Lost For Words, Tomy Terror, Rock N' Roll World, and Cooperstown. The top three finishers from each of the three eliminations will advance to the Adios final on Aug. 1 at The Meadows. "It's a nice draw," trainer Julie Miller said. "This is a good group, needless to say. It's going to always depend on who gets the good draw, who is in the best form and who gets the good trip. Those are the three things you need to win the race. "I'm going into it pretty good. I've got a pretty good driver, a pretty good draw, and a fit horse. I'm ready to rock." Badiou Hanover had won four of five races, including the Hempt Memorial Consolation, prior to finishing fourth in his Meadowlands Pace elimination and then 10th in the final. Miller, who was making her first appearance in a Meadowlands Pace final, was philosophical about the outcome. "For my Meadowlands Pace debut, that wasn't much of a showing," she said with a laugh. "But he was behind the 8-ball already with the 10 hole. Everything had to go wrong for them and everything had to go right for us." Badiou Hanover is a son of Well Said out of the mare Blind Ambition. He was purchased for $105,000 at the 2013 Standardbred Horse Sale and his family includes stakes-winners Cheyenne Rei, Ain't No Stopn Him, Lon Todd Hanover, and Salute Hanover, as well as Artstopper, the dam of Yagonnakissmeornot and Always B Miki. He is owned by Pinkse Stables and Joe P Racing, which this week purchased the ownership share previously held by Jim Simpson. For his career, Badiou Hanover has won seven of 17 races and earned $127,360. "He's powerful and big and has a good gait to him," Miller said. "He was just a little lazy and lost focus at the beginning. But as a 3-year-old he's come into form. He's getting it. Andy says he's a pleasure to drive. That's half the battle, to have a versatile horse. He doesn't mind if he's on the lead or following. With the Meadows, I want to be up close or on the lead with it being a five-eighths (of a mile track) but he's really handy. "He's just a nice horse. As of right now he's no Wiggle It Jiggleit or Wakizashi (Hanover) but he's getting money and we're paying our bills and the owners are happy. I think he's got a career ahead of him. He's a sound horse. I could see him being a nice aged horse." Below are the Adios eliminations fields, in post order with the sire, drivers, trainers and morning line. Post positions for the final will be determined by an open draw. Race 4 1. Chaching Hanover by Yankee Cruiser, Dick Stillings, Jan Fread, 5-1 2. Angelo J Fra by The Panderosa, Tony Hall, Norm Parker, 12-1 3. National Seelster by Bettor's Delight, Tim Tetrick, Chris Ryder, 5-2 4. Dreams Beachboy by Somebeachsomewhere, Dave Palone, Tony Alagna, 3-1 5. Rufo by Dragon Again, Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke, 10-1 6. Dragon Eddy by Dragon Again, Corey Callahan, John Butenschoen, 8-5 Race 5 1. Lost For Words by Well Said, David Miller, Brian Brown, 5-1 2. Badiou Hanover by Well Said, Andy Miller, Julie Miller, 8-1 3. Tomy Terror by Western Terror, Mike Wilder, John Butenschoen, 4-1 4. Rock N' Roll World by Rocknroll Hanover, Tim Tetrick, Kelly Stackowicz, 7-2 5. Cooperstown by Four Starzzz Shark, Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke, 10-1 6. Dude's The Man by American Ideal, Corey Callahan, Jessica Okusko, 2-1 Race 6 1. Berkley by Art Major, David Miller, Randy Bendis, 4-1 2. Yankee Bounty by Dragon Again, Corey Callahan, Ron Burke, 6-1 3. Utah Beach by Somebeachsomewhere, Andy Miller, Tim Twaddle, 8-1 4. Trading Up by Somebeachsomewhere, Dave Palone, Tony Alagna, 7-2 5. Jo Pa's Well Said by Well Said, Marcus Miller, Jim Campbell, 8-1 6. My Hero Ron by Well Said, Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke, 5-2 7. Rise Up Now by Somebeachsomewhere, Tim Tetrick, Brian Brown, 5-1 by Ken Weingartner Harness Racing Communications USTA      

On Friday night, the 11-year-old gelding is expected to become only the third trotter in 24 years to start 100 races at the harness racing meeting at the Big M. Captain Primeau, named after former Philadelphia Flyers captain Keith Primeau, is entered in the fifth race on the card and will leave from post four with driver Corey Callahan at the lines for trainer Conny Svensson. Captain Primeau has won 13 of 99 lifetime starts at the Meadowlands. The only trotters since 1992 to start more races at the North Jersey oval are Great Adventure, with 111, and Close Encounter, with 103. Great Adventure retired in 2007; Close Encounter in 2010. For his career, Captain Primeau has won 32 of 189 races and earned $326,168 for Svensson and his wife Anneli. The Svenssons also bred Captain Primeau, who is a son of Enjoy Lavec out of the world champion mare Lizzie Lee Brook and is a full brother to stakes-winner Brind'amour. Conny Svensson had dibs on naming the horse if it was a boy and planned to call him simply Primeau. But the Svenssons' then 9-year-old daughter Sarah came up with the addition to the name. "He's the only horse that all of us have seen born," said Conny, who is a longtime assistant and farrier to trainer Jimmy Takter. "When he was born and stuck his head out, Sarah saw the white star - it looked like a 'C' when he was newborn - and said 'That's Captain Primeau.' So that's what he became." Captain Primeau was unraced at age 2 because of soreness and immaturity. He was sent to Quebec and won his first three races as a 3-year-old for Pierre Bovay at Hippdrome Montreal before capturing the Future Stars Series at Rideau Carleton. He returned to New Jersey in late summer, but colic surgery brought his season to an end with five victories in nine starts. He won his first race at age 4, at Tioga Downs, but he had issues with making breaks and was limited to eight races for the year. The following season, he started to become a more consistent performer, hitting the board in 10 of 17 races and earning $53,815. "He was a lot of trouble in the beginning," Conny said. "I think Jimmy (Takter) drove him his first eight or so starts (at age 5) and finally got him pretty solid. But there were a lot of breaks in the beginning. The last few years he's been pretty solid." Conny added with a laugh, "He's finally learned." Captain Primeau finished third in the 2009 Hiram Woodruff Series final at the Meadowlands, but has done the vast majority of his work in conditioned races at the Big M and other area tracks. Among his most memorable victories were a win over 2005 Hambletonian champion Vivid Photo at Harrah's Philadelphia in 2011 and a triumph over Photo Maxx from post 10 at odds of 24-1 in 2010 at the Meadowlands. "When he beat Vivid Photo at Chester, that's a race I always remember," Conny said. "Even though it was late in Vivid Photo's career, to me he was one of the real champions. For Captain to beat him, that was really big. (Trainer) Roger Hammer congratulated us. That was really neat." The win over Photo Maxx was memorable not only because Captain Primeau and driver Ron Pierce rallied from ninth place in the final quarter-mile, but because Photo Maxx was then owned by former hockey star Mats Sundin. And track announcer Ken Warkentin put a signature call on the finish. "Coming into the last turn, Pierce was sitting last and buried," Anneli said. "You're wondering where is he going to go? Before you know it, here he comes, and he beat Photo Maxx right at the wire. "They always say 'Captain Primeau scores' (when he wins) at the Meadowlands, but that was the first time." Captain Primeau, who has had 30 different drivers throughout his career, has won four of 18 races this year and earned $21,246. He was third in his most recent start, at Harrah's Philadelphia, but won twice in the GSY Amateur Series at the Meadowlands prior to that race. His race Friday will be sponsored by Razer horseshoes; Captain Primeau was one of the first horses in North America to wear the shoes. "As long as he wants to race and can compete, he'll be racing," Conny said. "There's nothing that tells me that he wants to quit soon. There's no sign of that. He just had back-to-back wins at the Meadowlands, even though it was amateur races. He still wants to do it. He's happy to go race. "He's one of the kindest horses you want to be around. When they have fans come through the paddock, they always come to us. He loves the attention. He's great like that. He's a very social horse." The key to Captain Primeau's longevity is his routine. "We let him do whatever he wants," said Anneli, who wrote a song titled Let's Go Captain Primeau, which was recorded by Lisa Bouchelle. "When we train him, we don't bring a whip or a stopwatch. He does whatever he wants to do, all the time. "When we come back from racing, you'll think he's tired, but we turn him out and he gallops around the whole field and rolls around and jumps and kicks." Added Conny, "He's a very happy horse. I think a big thing is that he's in the field year-round. He lives outside. With his mentality it's very important that he's outside. He's never been happy in a stall." The Svenssons will keep Captain Primeau at their home whenever he retires. Conny thinks the gelding will make a nice riding horse. But for now, there is still racing to be done. "He's definitely a family member," Anneli said. "I feel like when I go to race him, it's like when you go with your kid to do a sport. Of course, they can't always win, but you always feel proud when they try." Ken Weingartner  

Freehold, NJ --- A year ago, Sandbetweenurtoes won her first eight races of the season before seeing her campaign derailed by illness. She has returned this year to win two of five starts and is the favorite in Saturday’s $213,450 Golden Girls for older female pacers at Meadowlands Racetrack. The Golden Girls is part of a stakes-filled night at the Big M. The card also includes the $706,000 Meadowlands Pace for 3-year-old pacers, $443,300 Hambletonian Maturity for 4-year-old trotters, $430,600 William R. Haughton Memorial for older male pacers, $207,350 Mistletoe Shalee for 3-year-old female pacers, $187,000 Delvin Miller Memorial for 3-year-old female trotters, and two $155,000-plus divisions of the Stanley Dancer Memorial for 3-year-old male trotters. Sandbetweenurtoes enters the Golden Girls off a win in the Preferred for fillies and mares at Mohawk Racetrack on July 4. Last year, she won her first eight races, including the Mistletoe Shalee, but failed to hit the board in her final three starts of the season. She finished with $252,572 in purses for owner Brad Grant and the stable of trainers Larry and Ray Remmen. “She ended up getting sick and she never overcame it,” Larry Remmen said. “We tried to play catch-up and it just doesn’t work that late in the year. This year she’s come back a little stronger and, knock on wood, she’s been healthy. She’s trained good so maybe if we get the right trip there we can do some damage.” A daughter of Somebeachsomewhere out of the mare Al’s Girl, Sandbetweenurtoes started this year with a fifth-place finish in the Open Handicap for fillies and mares at the Meadowlands, beaten only 1-3/4 lengths. She won a conditioned race at Harrah’s Philadelphia, then was third-placed-second in her elimination for the Roses Are Red Stakes and third in the Roses Are Red final at Mohawk. Sandbetweenurtoes won the July 4 Preferred at Mohawk in gate-to-wire fashion by 1-1/2 lengths over Marlee B in 1:50.4. “She raced good in Canada,” Remmen said. “She won her last start, but I thought she would have won a little easier. But that’s kind of the way she races. She only does what she has to do when she’s left alone on the front. The bottom line is she won the race. She had a good go in the three starts up there. “So far she’s been going the right way at the wire. I’m happy with how she’s progressed so far. It’s a long year for the horses racing in that company.” This year’s Golden Girls features a 12-horse field and will be contested at 1-1/8 miles. Sandbetweenurtoes will start from post two with driver John Campbell and is the modest 4-1 favorite on the morning line. Katie Said, leaving from post three with Brett Miller at the lines for trainer Jimmy Takter, is the 9-2 second choice. Color’s A Virgin, Table Talk, Venus Delight, Rocklamation, Anndrovette, and Beach Story are listed at 5-1 to 8-1 on the morning line. Rocklamation is a two-time Golden Girls champion and is joined by Anndrovette and Color’s A Virgin as Dan Patch Award winners in the field. “It’s pretty wide open,” Remmen said. “I think it’s a pretty even field. It’s going to come down to the trip; we’ll have to see what the fractions go. It should be interesting with 12 horses at a mile and an eighth. It seems like in those races there are horses that look like certain winners and it all changes the last sixteenth of a mile. “I’m curious to how it’s going to play out, but we’re hoping for good things.” by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications 

After winning the Graduate Series for harness racing 4-year-old pacers, Doo Wop Hanover will try to move to the head of the class in Saturday's $430,600 William R. Haughton Memorial at Meadowlands Racetrack. Doo Wop Hanover goes to the Haughton - where there is no restriction on age - with a four-race win streak after sweeping three preliminary divisions and the final of the Graduate. He has won six of 10 races overall this season and earned $254,020 for owners Peter Blood and Rick Berks. He will start the Haughton from post No. 5 with John Campbell driving for trainer Steve Elliott and is the 5-2 morning line favorite. The nine-horse Haughton field also includes Ben Franklin Pace winner Luck Be Withyou, Molson Pace champion State Treasurer, last season's North America Cup winner JK Endofanera, and harness racing's all-time richest horse Foiled Again. Doo Wop Hanover is among four 4-year-olds - along with Luck Be Withyou, JK Endofanera, and Lyonssomewhere - in the Haughton. "He's learned how to race," Elliott said about Doo Wop Hanover, who has won 12 of 39 lifetime starts and earned $561,327. "He's more controllable this year. Now he'll sit outside and ride instead of trying to run off with you. He's bigger and stronger. He's just a nice horse." The Haughton will be Doo Wop Hanover's second stakes-level test against older horses this year. He finished third, beaten by a nose, in a round of the TVG Free For All Pacing Series in May. The race was won by JK Endofanera. "Anytime you can race 4-year-olds against 4-year-olds, you're racing good horses, but they're all pretty equal," Elliott said. "The older horses can throw four :26 quarters at you like it's nothing. Three-year-olds, there are a few that can, but most of them have to have a :27 quarter somewhere. "I think it's beneficial that they have the 4-year-old races. It allowed the horses to grow into themselves. That 3- to 4-year-old transition, where they had to race against all the older horses, it didn't get much tougher than that. If you could pick your spot and get a trip, it was OK, but week in and week out it's very tough. You have to go against the likes of Foiled Again and those kinds of horses, they're just flat-out iron horses. And there are a lot of good horses out there now." Luck Be Withyou is the 3-1 second choice in the Haughton, where he will start from post nine with Brian Sears driving for trainer Chris Oakes. State Treasurer, starting from post eight with David Miller at the lines for Ian Moore, is 7-2 on the morning line. Doo Wop Hanover is not the only Graduate Series champion looking to keep a win streak alive on Saturday. JL Cruze, who won the Graduate's trotting edition with a world-record 1:49.4 triumph last weekend, is the 3-5 favorite in the $443,300 Hambletonian Maturity for 4-year-old trotters. It was JL Cruze's 11th consecutive victory and gave the gelding 15 wins in 17 starts this season. Campbell will drive JL Cruze from post six for trainer Eric Ell and owners Ken Wood, Bill Dittmar Jr., and Stephen Iaquinta. The connections paid $50,000 to supplement JL Cruze to the Hambletonian Maturity. The six-horse Hambletonian Maturity will be contested at 1-1/8 miles. The remainder of the field, in post order, is Father Patrick, Shake It Cerry, Resolve, Gural Hanover, and Il Sogno Dream. JL Cruze raced through the winter and spring, captured four series championships -- the Super Bowl, Singer Memorial, Shiaway St Pat and Weiss - prior to the Graduate. He posted three wins over Father Patrick in the Graduate Series, edged 2014 Trotter of the Year Shake It Cerry by a nose with his world-record effort in the final, and also holds a victory over world champion Sebastian K. "He's more than surprised us," Dittmar said about JL Cruze, who was purchased by the group for $37,000 at November's Standardbred Horse Sale Mixed Sale. "We thought he would be very competitive in the winter series, getting into the Graduate Series we just hoped he could get some checks. But the more he raced, the better he got. It's just a dream come true." The 1:49.4 mile last weekend was the first sub-1:50 win by a trotter on a mile racetrack in harness racing history. The only faster victories on any sized track anywhere were Sebastian K's 1:49 at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono last year and Enough Talk's 1:49.3 at Colonial Downs in 2008. "When you see 1:49.4 come up (on the timer) for the first time ever at the Meadowlands, I've been in this business for 30-some years, and it's just crazy," Dittmar said. "How else can you explain it? When you think of all the great trotters that have raced at this track, to see us come up here and do 1:49.4 is just absolutely amazing." by Ken Weingartner Harness Racing Communications USTA  

Clyde Francis has worked with George Teague Jr. for nearly two decades, but until this year was not much in the public eye. That has changed with Francis being the harness racing trainer of Teague's 3-year-old male pacer Wiggle It Jiggleit, who is the favorite in Saturday's $706,000 Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace at the Meadowlands. The 58-year-old Francis is a native of Nassawadox, Va., not far from where Teague and his sister Brenda grew up on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. Since joining the Teague Stable, Francis has been associated with a number of star horses, including 2004 Horse of the Year Rainbow Blue. Teague wanted Francis to get more recognition for his work, so he listed Francis as the trainer of Wiggle It Jiggleit. Following Wiggle It Jiggleit's Meadowlands Pace elimination win last Saturday night, Francis took time to speak with Ken Weingartner of the USTA's Harness Racing Communications division. KW: Hey, Clyde got time for a few questions? CF: Sure, what do you want to know? KW: Everything. CF: I can't tell you everything; I have to keep some secrets. (Laughs.) KW: OK, that's fair. But how did you get started in harness racing? CF: As a kid, going to the fairs. I've always loved horses. I had a pony when I was a kid. I had to have a horse. There were two fairs, Weirwood and Tasley, and I'd go hang out at the fairs when I didn't have school in the summer. KW: How old were you? CF: When I first started, I was like 7. KW: And how old were you when you started getting serious? CF: I would walk them then. I was small, but they would let me walk the horses after they raced. That's what I would do every day. When I got out of high school, I worked for the Wests down in Birdsnest. They had a lot of horses. I worked for them for a couple years. And I had a couple of my own then. But I stopped with the horses fulltime and started doing masonry work. I did that for about 25 years until my back went bad. I had surgery on it and they told me what I was doing wasn't a good thing. I used to come up to George's all the time and be with the horses and he asked me to come to work for him. That's what I did. The kids were about ready to get out of high school and my wife was probably glad to get rid of me. It's been about 16 or 17 years now. It's been so long, I've lost track of time. KW: How did you meet George? CF: We're from the same area in Virginia. Where I lived was only about 13 miles from where they lived. I knew George and Brenda when they were kids. They would have a board across the front of the jog cart and they'd jog the horses. Their feet weren't long enough to touch the stirrups. That's how long I've known them. They couldn't have been more than 8 or 9. KW: What's it been like working with George all these years? CF: It's been fun. We've had our highs and we've had our lows, but it's been fun. KW: What do you most enjoy about doing what you do? CF: My wife always told me that if you're happy doing what you're doing, you don't mind doing it. I don't mind getting up in the morning. I've got a routine where I wake up in the morning at 3:30 or 4 o'clock -- that's every day. I'll go home tonight (after the Meadowlands Pace elimination) and won't get home until 1 or 2 o'clock in the morning, but I'll be at work by 6 o'clock anyway. I get up and go to the barn, and the first stall I go to is his (Wiggle It Jiggleit) and then see how everybody is doing. Then I start doing the other stuff I've got to do. KW: Up until now what have been the highlights? CF: Just getting started, you'd say Rainbow Blue. With her, you'd say you had the horse of a lifetime. And then this guy (Wiggle It Jiggleit) comes along. He's just a great horse. I never had any idea he would turn into the horse that he has. I told George that I thought he would be a good horse, but nothing like he's turned out to be. KW: But you liked him all along, though. CF: Yeah. When they qualified him at (Harrah's Philadelphia) he won in (1):54.1 with a quarter in :26.4 on the end of it. I hadn't been going anywhere (with the horses) but I took him to Pocono for his first start and a guy saw me there and said "What are you doing up here? This has got to be something good for George to send you up here with him." He went a big mile in (1):51.2 and just jogged. We were debating whether to send me out to Indiana with him for the Indiana Sire Stakes, but he wasn't perfectly sound so we decided to shut him down for the year. We started him early (this year) to see what we really did have. He showed up in the winter and he had a few critics saying that he wouldn't be around this time of year. But so far he's proved all of them wrong. KW: What's it meant to you for George to put you down as trainer to get the accolades? CF: It's been unreal. You're not going to find many people that would do something like that for you. I've been around a lot of the horses, a lot of the good ones; Total Truth, Western Ace, (Southwind) Lynx, (Mr) Wiggles, Delmarvalous, (Badlands) Nitro, Fancy Filly, Isabella Blue Chip. Some good horses. Most of the time, we broke all of them by ourselves. We'd walk them out of the stall, put the harness on them, 'click, click' and away we'd go. George would holler that as long as the wheels were turning, we were alright. That's the way it's been. KW: And how about Wiggle It Jiggleit's nickname? CF: He's always getting into stuff. Always. There are things you think that he won't do, and he'll find a way to do it. We've got his whole stall padded. Kevin Switzer gave him the nickname "Bubble Wrap." But he's a nice horse to work around. He's got an attitude, but he's nice to work around. KW: What did you think of Wiggle It Jiggleit's elimination? CF: He raced huge. People assume he's uncontrollable because they've always seen him on the front, but he's not. You can do what you want with him. He's a smart horse. You can race him anyway you want to race him. I don't think anybody was looking for him to come from off the pace tonight, I think they were looking for him to blast out of there and go to the front. But he's not one-dimensional. KW: Are you happy with post four in the final? CF: Yeah. It's not too far out. Wakizashi (Hanover) got the nine and In The Arsenal got the six. With the positions that everybody got, you don't know what they're going to do in the race. With this caliber of horses, I look for everybody to try to get near the front. KW: How do you see the final? CF: It should be a good race. In The Arsenal raced huge (in his elimination), and so did Wakizashi (Hanover). There are a lot of good horses in there. Hopefully we'll show up and be the better on (Saturday) night. Pace Preview - Wiggle It Jiggleit by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications       

Freehold, NJ --- JL Cruze, who trotted the first sub-1:50 mile on a mile racetrack last weekend in winning the Graduate Series final in 1:49.4 at the Meadowlands, moved into second place in this week’s Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll. The 4-year-old male trotter was third in the previous rankings, but jumped ahead of idle trotter Bee A Magician. Shake It Cerry, a 4-year-old female trotter who was last season’s Trotter of the Year, finished a hard-charging second to JL Cruze in his world-record performance, missing by a nose, and vaulted into the Top 10 at No. 9. Meadowlands Pace elimination winner Wiggle It Jiggleit remained No. 1 in the rankings. Also moving into the Top 10 was In The Arsenal, who also won a Meadowlands Pace elimination last weekend. 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 9 – 7/14/2015  Rank Name (First Place Votes) A/G/S Record Earnings Points Pvs 1 Wiggle It Jiggleit (21) 3pg 14-13-1-0 $625,742 331 1 2 JL Cruze (9) 4tg 17-15-2-0 $391,138 311 3 3 Bee A Magician (5) 5tm 7-6-1-0 $395,070 294 2 4 Doo Wop Hanover 4ph 10-6-1-1 $254,020 183 4 5 Wakizashi Hanover 3pg 9-6-2-0 $559,418 178 5 6 Pinkman 3tg 5-4-1-0 $357,340 150 6 7 In The Arsenal 3pc 8-5-1-1 $355,345 114 -- 8 State Treasurer 6ph 8-4-0-2 $201,746 61 9 9 Shake It Cerry 4tm 8-3-1-1 $144,601 52 -- 10 Father Patrick 4th 4-1-2-0 $116,562 44 8   Also: Artspeak (42); Rockeyed Optimist (39); Uncle Lasse (25); Mission Brief (19); Lady Shadow (17); Luck Be Withyou (16); Barn Doll (13); Sebastian K (12); Wrangler Magic (6); Bettor Be Steppin, Split The House (5); Allie Labrook (4); Crazy Wow, Daylon Magician, Melmerby Beach, P H Supercam (1). by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications 

On Monday (July 13), 40 key harness racing industry stakeholders met in Columbus, Ohio, to exchange dozens of ideas on how to address the problem of declining foal crops and the challenge of attracting new owners to harness racing at a summit organized by the U.S. Trotting Association. Many of the participants commented throughout the day on the value of the gathering and the need to leave the meeting with an action plan and agenda. "It went well and there were a lot of interesting ideas discussed," said USTA President Phil Langley. "Obviously, we had a group that wanted to work together to get things done. Now we have to find out what we can do to execute what everyone agreed on." A number of the participants emphasized the need for owners, breeders, horsemen and racetracks to work together on these important initiatives and the importance of making the racetrack experience a good one to attract potential new owners. A major initiative that was unanimously agreed upon was the reallocation of purses to increase money for maiden and non-winners races. Tom Luchento (SBOA of NJ), Myron Bell (Brittany Farms) and Tom Grossman (Blue Chip Farms), as well as USTA directors Nick Salvi and Jim Reynolds, all spoke on the need to create better economic opportunities for owners of younger horses. Other owner-related topics agreed to pursue are: cooperation from the tracks and horsemen to work together and with the USTA to better educate the public on benefits of horse ownership. * Through new owners' seminars * Working to improve web presence of horse ownership information * Utilizing racetrack and racino contact lists to distribute horse ownership information to potential new owners *development and distribution of videos highlighting the excitement of horse ownership * As well as providing additional free ownership benefits including automatic notification of horses entered, free program pages for races entered from TrackMaster and free replays of those races. In addition, Myron Bell from Brittany Farms explained his Grand Slams of trotting and pacing concept. Both series, one for each gait, would involve seven or eight major races to include bonuses for the winning horses with an additional bonus for a sweep. At the conclusion of the all-day summit, USTA Chairman of the Board Ivan Axelrod informed the participants that the USTA would be sending each of them a summary of the meeting next week, so that an action plan could be developed. Following were the attendees at the USTA Summit: Myron Bell - Brittany Farms                                           Bob Boni - Northwood Bloodstock Agency Murray Brown - Hanover Shoe Farms                        Bob Carson - Writer Tom Charters - Hambletonian Society                        Eric Cherry - Owner Mike Freibert - Bluegrass Staking                                Teena Freibert - Bluegrass Staking John Gallinger - Standardbred Canada                      Kevin Greenfield - Ohio Harness Horsemen's Asoc  Tom Grossman - Blue Chip Farms                               Ellen Harvey - Harness Racing Communications Rob Key - Converseon social media agency            Milt Leeman - Owner Mark Loewe - Penn National Gaming                         Tom Luchento - St-bred Breeders & Owners of NJ  Joe McLead - Sugar Valley Farm                                 Dot Morgan - New Vocations Virgil Morgan Jr. -- Trainer                                             David Reid - Preferred Equine Marketing Robert Schmitz - Ohio State Racing Commission     David Siegel - TrackMaster Steve Stewart - Hunterton Farm & Sales Agency      Ann Straatman - Seelster Farms Janet Terhune - Harness Racing Hall of Fame         Joe Thomson - Winbak Farm                                                                                                                                                                                           Ken Weingartner           

Doug Paul and Victoria Dickinson hope "Dude" is the man in the Meadowlands Pace. Paul and Dickinson are among the harness racing owners of Dude's The Man, who was one of the 14 horses entered in Saturday's Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace eliminations at Meadowlands Racetrack. The 3-year-old male pacer is Dickinson's first race horse and is named after her Jack Russell terrier, Dude. "And Dude is the man," Dickinson said with a laugh, adding about the horse and dog, "They have similar strong personalities." Dude's The Man, with Corey Callahan listed to drive, will race in the first of two $50,000 Meadowlands Pace eliminations Saturday. The top five finishers from each seven-horse field will advance to the final on July 18 at the Big M. Elimination winners will have the opportunity to draw from posts one through six for the final. "He's a fast horse," said Paul, who owns Dude's The Man with his mother, Rosalind, as M And L of Delaware LLC. "One of these days he's going to step up and win a big race for us. Hopefully it will be next weekend. He's got the speed, he's just got to get the right type of trip. "We're real happy with him. We couldn't be happier." The Meadowlands Pace eliminations are part of a Saturday card that also includes a single elimination for the Mistletoe Shalee for 3-year-old female pacers, Reynolds Stakes divisions for 3-year-old male and female trotters, and the $250,000 Graduate Series final for 4-year-old trotters. First race post time is 5:30 p.m. Saturday. Dude's The Man prepped for his Meadowlands Pace elim with a second-place finish against older horses Monday night at Vernon Downs, the home base of trainers Howard Okusko Jr. and Jessica Okusko. For the year, the colt has won two of six races - including a division of the Somebeachsomewhere Stakes - and earned $43,501. He has been off the board just once, when he was beaten by only one length in his North America Cup elimination and finished fifth. "The North America Cup, it was just the luck of the draw," Paul said. "The way the race set up, he just had a little too far to come, but he was flying at the wire. "He never knows the end of the mile. He's always full of pace finishing. He normally runs out of racetrack before he's tired." Dude's The Man's connections decided to skip last weekend's Max C. Hempt Memorial in the hopes of having a fresh horse for the Meadowlands Pace. The Pace elims include four horses - Wiggle It Jiggleit, Wakizashi Hanover, Artspeak and In The Arsenal - who were among the top five finishers in both the North America Cup and Hempt. Wiggle It Jiggleit won the Hempt in 1:48.2 last Saturday at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. Wakizashi Hanover won the North America Cup in 1:48 on June 20 at Mohawk Racetrack. Those two horses will compete in the second Meadowlands Pace elimination, along with undefeated Iowa invader Roland N Rock. "We figured we'd skip the Hempt because they fly there anyhow and be fresh coming into the Meadowlands Pace," Paul said. "Hopefully some of them tired themselves out, although those good ones never seem to tire themselves out, do they?" Dude's The Man is a son of American Ideal out of the mare Art's Risk. His second dam is Dan Patch Award winner Delinquent Account, who is the mother of Dan Patch Award honoree Artiscape. Dude's The Man was purchased under the name American Risk for $40,000 at the Standardbred Horse Sale. "He was the only yearling in the sale that didn't have a video," said Paul, who has seen Dude's The Man win four of 16 career races and earn $87,788. "I don't know if that hurt his price or not. But we liked what he looked like and we try to buy families that can produce a good horse." Dickinson, who is a real estate agent in Greenville, Del., is a longtime friend of the Paul family. She had previous experience riding horses and over time developed an interest in trotters and pacers. "It's been an evolution," Dickinson said. "It's been fun to learn. At least we're starting out on a good note with Dude." And now she is looking forward to the chance to advance to the Meadowlands Pace final. "It's exciting to have something to watch every week with hope and anticipation," Dickinson said. "It's beyond exciting. It can't come quickly enough." Here are the fields for the Meadowlands Pace eliminations: HN-PP-Horse-Sire-Driver-Trainer 1-1-Dealt A Winner by Cams Card Shark -David Miller-Mark Silva 2-2-In The Arsenal by American Ideal -Brian Sears-Kelvin Harrison 3-3-Dude's The Man by American Ideal -Corey Callahan-Jessica Okusko 4-4-Artspeak by Western Ideal -Scott Zeron-Tony Alagna 5-5-Hurrikane Ali by Rocknroll Hanover -Yannick Gingras-John McDermott 6-6-Revenge Shark by Cams Card Shark -Corey Callahan-Tony Alagna 7-7-Pierce Hanover by Cams Card Shark -Brett Miller-Ken Sucee HN-PP-Horse-Sire-Driver-Trainer 1-1-Trading Up by Somebeachsomewhere -Scott Zeron-Tony Alagna 2-2-Rock N' Roll World by Rocknroll Hanover -David Miller-Mark Silva 3-3-Roland N Rock by Rocknroll Hanover -John Campbell-Duane Roland 4-4-Lyons Levi Lewis by Well Said -Yannick Gingras-Ron Burke 5-5-Badiou Hanover by Well Said -Andy Miller-Julie Miller 6-6-Wakizashi Hanover by Dragon Again -Tim Tetrick-Joann Looney-King 7-7-Wiggle It Jiggleit by Mr Wiggles -Montrell Teague-Clyde Francis by Ken Weingartner Harness Racing Communications USTA

Freehold, NJ --- Wiggle It Jiggleit, who won last weekend’s Hempt Memorial, moved to No. 1 in this week’s harness racing  Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll. There were no newcomers to the Top 10, but every horse with the exception of No. 7 Artspeak, who was second in the Hempt, changed position. Bee A Magician, who was idle last week, dropped from first to second in the poll while JL Cruze, who defeated debuting Sebastian K by a nose with a world-record performance in the Sun Invitational, moved from fourth to third. Graduate Series champ Doo Wop Hanover jumped a spot to fourth while Wakizashi Hanover slipped to fifth. Pinkman, who won the Beal Memorial with a world-record effort, went from No. 10 to No. 6. 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 8 – 7/7/2015                                                             Rank Name (First Place Votes) Age/Gait/Sex Record Earnings Points Pvs 1 Wiggle It Jiggleit (18) 3pg 13-12-1-0 $600,742 321 2 2 Bee A Magician (15) 5tm 7-6-1-0 $395,070 312 1 3 JL Cruze (2) 4tg 16-14-2-0 $271,138 277 4 4 Doo Wop Hanover 4ph 10-6-1-1 $254,020 187 5 5 Wakizashi Hanover 3pg 8-6-1-0 $546,918 172 3 6 Pinkman 3tg 5-4-1-0 $357,340 135 10 7 Artspeak 3pc 6-3-2-0 $244,075 112 7 8 Father Patrick 4th 3-1-2-0 $114,062 108 6 9 State Treasurer 6ph 8-4-0-2 $201,746 57 8 10 Rockeyed Optimist 4pg 12-9-2-0 $190,525 38 9 Also: In The Arsenal (35); Uncle Lasse (30); Luck Be Withyou (28); Mission Brief (25); Sebastian K (20); Lady Shadow (13); Bettor Be Steppin, Wrangler Magic (9); Barn Doll (8); Canepa Hanover, Daylon Magician (6); Shake It Cerry (5); Yagonnakissmeornot (4); Dancin Yankee (3); Freaky Feet Pete (2); Domethatagain, Obrigado, The Show Returns (1). by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications 

"I felt good in January, and that part hasn't changed," Teague said with a grin Saturday (July 4) after watching Wiggle It Jiggleit capture the $500,000 Max C. Hempt Memorial for 3-year-old male pacers at the harness racing meeting at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono by 1-1/2 lengths over Artspeak in 1:48.2. "He doesn't disappoint. Even in his loss, I wasn't jumping off the bandwagon. He's a good horse. I still think he's one of the best 3-year-olds I've ever had." Wiggle It Jiggleit has won 13 of 14 career races for owner Teague, trainer Clyde Francis and driver Montrell Teague. His only loss came June 20 in the North America Cup, where he was defeated by Wakizashi Hanover by three-quarters of a length. On Saturday in the Hempt, Wiggle It Jiggleit took the lead following a :26 opening quarter-mile, fought off a first-over challenge from Pierce Hanover on the backstretch, and then pulled away down the stretch. Artspeak finished second, followed by In The Arsenal and Wakizashi Hanover. "When he cleared to the front I knew he had a pretty good shot at it," Francis said. "Wakizashi has a big kick on the end of it but he wasn't making up much ground. Halfway down the lane nobody got close to him and I knew they weren't going to catch him then." Montrell Teague, who won the Hempt in 2011 with Custard The Dragon, was taking nothing for granted. "I was looking everywhere; I was looking for anybody," he said. "I saw Timmy (Tetrick with Wakizashi Hanover) pull three wide and that's when I popped the earplugs and stepped on the gas because I know how good his horse is coming off cover." Wiggle It Jiggleit, a son of Mr Wiggles-Mozzi Hanover, gave George Teague Jr. his fourth Hempt trophy. He trained Custard The Dragon as well as 2009 winner Johnny Z and 2008 champ Badlands Nitro. The gelding's next assignment will be the Meadowlands Pace. With the triumph, Wiggle It Jiggleit pushed his career earnings to $607,242. But the most important thing for Teague was the two people with whom he is sharing the ride. "Montrell and Clyde Francis are the best part for me," Teague said, adding about Francis, "We're like brothers. He works his (butt) off." Wiggle It Jiggleit  Luck Be Withyou overcomes post nine in Franklin triumph                               The $500,000 Ben Franklin free for all pace turned out to be as thrilling as a front-end win can be as Luck Be Withyou held on by the shortest of noses over Domethatagain in 1:49 on Saturday (July 4) at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. Domethatagain, driven by Simon Allard, left from the rail off the gate, but Luck Be Withyou and George Napolitano Jr. took command before the turn from post nine. Luck Be Withyou led through a quarter in :26.2 and the half in :55, which were favorable fractions in the eyes of the 4-year-old horse's owner, John Craig. "I didn't think it was so bad when it was :26.2, because he got the lead in :26 last week in the slop, with a half in :53 and change," he said. "When I saw :55 at the half, I said 'There are good horses back there like Foiled Again and State Treasurer and they are going to come at him. I hope he has enough.'" Luck Be Withyou kept on chugging through three-quarters in 1:21.4. He was a length clear at the top of the stretch, with only Domethatagain coming at him up the rail. It took a long look at the photo before Luck Be Withyou was declared the winner, with favored State Treasurer third. Luck Be Withyou paid $10 to win as the public's second choice. "He had just enough," Craig said with a grin. "It's hard to explain to people the adrenaline rush you get when you see a race like that." Luck Be Withyou, by Western Ideal-Trim Hanover, is trained by Chris Oakes, who got some credit from his owner. "All the credit goes to those who work on the horse," he said. "I just watch and pay the bills." Luck Be Withyou Pinkman bounces back to win Beal in world record score                                           Pinkman rebounded from his first loss of the year by posting a gate-to-wire win in Saturday's (July 4) $500,000 Earl Beal Jr. Memorial for 3-year-old male trotters, holding off stablemate Uncle Lasse by a head in a world-record 1:51.3 at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. Pinkman, last year's Dan Patch Award winner for best 2-year-old male trotter, and driver Yannick Gingras got the lead with a :27.1 opening quarter-mile and then controlled the race from there, going to the half in :56.2. Centurion ATM made a first-over bid on the backstretch, getting within a head of the leader, but was unable to get to the front. In the stretch, the Jimmy Takter-trained Pinkman held off Uncle Lasse to his inside to post his fourth victory in five starts this season. Pinkman's time was the fastest-ever mile by a 3-year-old gelding trotter on a five-eighths-mile track. Crazy Wow finished third followed by Centurion ATM. Last week, Pinkman finished second to Wicker Hanover in his Beal elimination and was found to be sick. "I can't complain about the trip, the fractions, everything went his way," Gingras said about Pinkman's performance in the Beal final. "He's got that intimidating speed; he can leave the gate so good. Last week leaving the gate I knew he wasn't quite right because he didn't leave the gate like he did today. Usually the first couple steps he just snaps right out. "Today he was back to himself and I don't even think he's a hundred percent. I'd say last week he was 50 or 60 percent and he was probably like 90 today. I think Jimmy can get him even better than this." For his career, Pinkman has won 10 of 13 races and earned $924,300 for owners Christina Takter, John and Jim Fielding, Joyce McClelland, and Herb Liverman. "I saw him open up at like 5-1 (odds) tonight and Crazy Wow was 3-5 or something," Gingras said. "They've got to start giving him credit. He doesn't do it flashy, he does it the way he did it today, but he gets it done. He's a winner." Pinkman  Bettor Be Steppin wins wild Lynch Memorial  What was a wide-open race on paper became a wide-open finish as Bettor Be Steppin and Corey Callahan got up to win the $300,000 James Lynch Memorial for 3-year-old pacing fillies Saturday night (July 4) at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono in 1:50.4. The race was heated from the start as The Show Returns gunned to the lead from post nine for driver Tim Tetrick. Favored Stacia Hanover (Scott Zeron) cleared to the lead in a first quarter in :26, with the outer flow setting up going to the half. Bettor Be Steppin wasn't a part of that forward flow, however, as she was shuffled back to last. According to her connections, stablemate Divine Caroline (David Miller) was getting the better trip "At the half I thought we were dead," said trainer Joe Holloway. "She was fourth on the rail, fourth or fifth, just totally boxed. Divine Caroline was on the outside, loaded with pace, so I was hoping to see her go. I was trying to watch them both and at the half I thought the only shot I had was Divine Caroline." Wicked Little Minx (Brett Miller), a 50-1 longshot, came first-over with Sassa Hanover (Yannick Gingras) third-over through a half in a swift :54.1. They paced through three-quarters in 1:21.4 before the leaders began to struggle and the closers came closing. Momas Got A Gun (Jim Morrill Jr.) was sitting third on the rail and somehow found room inside. She stuck a head in front before Single Me (Brian Sears) and Bettor Be Steppin came from way out. From the far outside, Bettor Be Steppin stuck a nose in front of Single Me at the wire. Momas Got A Gun finished third by a neck. The win was the fourth in seven starts this year for Bettor Be Steppin. She paid $33.60 to win. The 1-7 exacta paid $895.60 and the 1-7-6 trifecta paid $10,958.10. "This was a good horse last year," said Ted Gewertz, who co-owns the Bettor's Delight-Two Steppin' Sally filly with Val D'Or Farms and Rojan Stables. "She was having a little trouble earlier in the year. [2014 Horse of the Year] JK She'salady didn't make the final, so that helped." Bettor Be Steppin T.J. Burkett and Ken Weingartner / U.S. Trotting Association  

Sebastian K is ready to begin his final season of harness racing and is returning to where he made history. The award-winning 9-year-old trotter will make his 2015 debut in Saturday's $75,000 Sun Invitational at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, the same track where he won in 1:49 last season to establish the record for harness racing's fastest-ever trotting mile. Sebastian K and trainer-driver Ake Svanstedt will start from post No. 3 in the seven-horse Sun Invitational field and are 3-1 on the morning line. JL Cruze, who has won 13 of 15 races this year, is the 5-2 favorite. He will start from post five with John Campbell driving for trainer Eric Ell. The remainder of the field is My Love Bi, Hot Shot Blue Chip, Daylon Miracle, Gural Hanover, and Classic Martine. Sebastian K, owned by Knutsson Trotting Inc., won eight of 13 races last year and received the Dan Patch Award as the sport's best older male trotter. He arrived in the U.S. last year after a record-setting career in Europe. The Swedish-born stallion trotted a world-record-equaling 1:50.1 in his debut at the Meadowlands and capped a record streak of four consecutive victories in 1:50.3 or faster with his world-record 1:49 triumph at Pocono. "It was a wonderful year and it was so pleasing to see how well Sebastian K adapted to the North American tracks and conditions," said Tristan Sjoberg, who with his brother Michael Knutsson makes up Knutsson Trotting Inc. "It was fantastic. We always thought it would suit him, but to see him come flying out of the blocks in (his 2014 debut) and win so convincingly was just great." Sebastian K had eight wins and one second-place finish (by a nose) in his first nine races last year. But prior to competing in North America, the horse never raced on consecutive weekends, which he did through last July and into August. Following that stretch, he had only one win and a total of two on-the-board finishes in five starts. "He is like a Thoroughbred and does not like to race too often, so I wished we would have closed out the season earlier than we did as he was showing signs of fatigue towards October and November," Sjoberg said. "For us and Ake it will be very beneficial to have that freshman year under our belts. We have learned a lot and have adapted to how things are done in the U.S. in comparison to over in Europe. "We will shorten the season for Sebastian and only really race him (July) to October as opposed to May to November last year." Sebastian K handled stud duty during his offseason, which he had done previously in 2012 but not in 2013 or 2014. "We decided to breed him this year for the European market as breeders had contacted us since he broke the world record last year," Sjoberg said. "We are delighted by the demand from Europe and we hope that North American breeders will be as enthusiastic when he retires at the end of this season." Sebastian K, who saw his 2015 campaign delayed because of ulcers, prepped for Saturday's debut with a 1:53.4 win in a qualifier on June 20 at the Meadowlands. "My expectations are modest as this is very much seen as a 'bonus' year for us," Sjoberg said. "This will be his last year of racing and while he is training very well and actually feels smoother and stronger in training, he is 9 years old and should not be at his peak. But he is in great condition and just look what (Breeders Crown champion) Commander Crowe did last year when he was 11 years old. "I am sure Sebastian K will be as competitive this year as last year. The competition has totally changed with many of last year's aged trotters retiring or shipped to Europe so he will face a new group of horses and that will be exciting for fans." One of the new faces Sebastian K will see is JL Cruze, who enters the Sun Invitational off two victories over Dan Patch Award-winner Father Patrick in the Graduate Series at the Meadowlands. His most recent triumph, on June 19, came in a career-best 1:50.4. Daylon Miracle, one of three female trotters in the field, along with Dan Patch Award-winner Classic Martine and My Love Bi, heads to the Sun Invitational with three wins in her most recent four starts while Gural Hanover arrives fresh off a 1:53 victory at Harrah's Philadelphia. by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications 

Freehold, NJ --- Cruzado Dela Noche is not afraid to announce his arrival when he enters a barn. He is making his presence known on the harness racing track as well. The Nancy Johansson-trained Cruzado Dela Noche, known around the stable as “Nacho,” was among last week’s three elimination winners for Saturday’s $500,000 Earl Beal Jr. Memorial for 3-year-old male trotters at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. He won by 2-1/4 lengths over Southwind Mozart in 1:53.3, which was the fastest of the divisions, over a sloppy track. Cruzado Dela Noche and driver David Miller will start the final from post No. 2 and are 4-1 on the morning line. Uncle Lasse, who won his elimination by a head over Crazy Wow in 1:54 and is unbeaten in four races this season, is the 5-2 favorite. He will start from post four with Brett Miller driving for trainer Jimmy Takter. Wicker Hanover, who captured the remaining elimination by a half-length over Pinkman in 1:54.1, is 6-1 from post six with Andy McCarthy driving for trainer Noel Daley. Pinkman, who was the 2014 Dan Patch Award winner for best 2-year-old male trotter and was undefeated in three starts this season prior to his Beal elim, is the 3-1 second choice from post one. Yannick Gingras will drive the Takter trainee. Cruzado Dela Noche has won two of five races this year and finished off the board only once. For his career, he has won five of 16 starts and earned $219,122 for owner Anders Strom’s Courant A B. “You can’t help but like him,” Johansson said. “He’s got the best personality, best attitude. You bring him in the barn and he lets you know he’s there. He screams at the top of his lungs. If you’ve got your back to him and hear him coming you’d think it’s a 17-hand big stallion walking in the barn, and you turn around and it’s little Nacho. But he’s a really happy good feeling colt.” Last year, Cruzado Dela Noche won a division of the International Stallion Stakes in 1:53.4 at Lexington’s Red Mile. He finished third in the Peter Haughton Memorial, behind fellow Beal finalists Centurion ATM and Uncle Lasse, and also in the Matron Stakes. “You couldn’t ask for a more honest little horse,” Johansson said. “He puts his heart out on the track every time; he just tries so hard. But saying that, he does have some ability too. He might be the quickest one of the horses in the race. Some might be a little stronger and can carry their speed longer, but as far as quickness goes, he’s got extreme quick raw speed. “He trotted in (1):51.4 this year at The Meadows (finishing second to Uncle Lasse in a Pennsylvania Sire Stakes division) so he’s no slouch.” In his Beal elimination, Cruzado Dela Noche sat in fourth place until the field was midway up the backstretch, at which point a first-over attack carried the colt to the lead on the final turn. From there, he drew clear to win by 2-1/4 lengths. “I think he raced extremely well last week,” Johansson said. “He got away a little bit back and came first up and put the leader away and was well in hand. David never pulled his earplugs or really asked him to go. I think he’s coming into this race as sharp as he could be for it. “And he drew well, which always helps too. Maybe he can get away a little closer than what he has in his other races this year. Maybe if he can sit a little closer it will help. It’s a speed track so it’s hard to make up any ground if you’re sitting too far back anyhow.” Cruzado Dela Noche is eligible to the Stanley Dancer Memorial (July 18) and Zweig Memorial (July 26) leading up to the $1 million Hambletonian on Aug. 8 at the Meadowlands. “I think he’s one of the players,” Johansson said. “Obviously my dad (Takter) has a very nice group of 3-year-olds. I thought Wicker Hanover raced very well last week and he’s a nice horse too. It’s maybe more of an even year than what we’ve had in the past. There isn’t really one standout. I don’t think there’s one that we want to make the division leader yet because I think anybody could kind of be that right now.” Saturday’s card at Pocono also includes the $500,000 Ben Franklin Pace for older male pacers, $500,000 Max C. Hempt Memorial for 3-year-old male pacers, $300,000 James M. Lynch Memorial for 3-year-old female pacers, and $75,000 Sun Invitational for older trotters. Following is the Beal Memorial field in post order with drivers, trainers, and morning line odds: 1. Pinkman by Ezplosive Matter -  Yannick Gingras, Jimmy Takter - 3-1 2. Cruzado Dela Noche by Muscle Massive -  David Miller, Nancy Johansson - 4-1 3. Centurion ATM by Sjs Caviar -  Ake Svanstedt, Ake Svanstedt - 10-1 4. Uncle Lasse by Donato Hanover -  Brett Miller, Jimmy Takter - 5-2 5. Crazy Wow by Crazed -  Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke - 5-1 6. Wicker Hanover by Explosive Matter - Andrew McCarthy, Noel Daley - 6-1 7. Shoot The Thrill by Explosive Matter -  Tim Tetrick, Dirk Simpson - 12-1 8. Boots N Chains by Yankee Glide -  Andy Miller, John Butenschoen - 20-1 9. Southwind Mozart by Muscle Hill - John Campbell, Ake Svanstedt - 15-1 by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications 

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