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Freehold, NJ --- Long Tom might be short on experience, but trainer Marcus Melander believes the 2-year-old male trotter can stand tall when it comes to harness racing on the Grand Circuit. The colt, who spent time in Sweden after being purchased for $60,000 at last year’s Standardbred Horse Sale, competes Thursday (Sept. 29) in the first of six Bluegrass Stakes divisions at Red Mile. “He feels like the right horse, but there are some good horses out there as well, so it’s not so easy,” Melander said about Long Tom, who heads to Lexington with two wins and a second in three career races. “He started out good and we’ll see how he does against the best ones out here. I definitely think he can be on the Grand Circuit. “He feels like a good horse and I think he’ll get better and better with every race he can have. We’ll see after Lexington how we do. But so far he’s been very good.” Long Tom is a son of stallion Muscle Hill out of the mare Ilia. He is a half-brother to Tight Lines, who last week finished third in the Old Oaken Bucket at the Delaware County Fairgrounds in Ohio. Signed for by Swedish trainer Reijo Liljendahl, the horse is owned by the Finland-based AMG Stable Oy. Following the Harrisburg sale, Long Tom traveled to Sweden, where he was in Liljendahl’s stable. “We talked in February and Reijo told me he had a good horse he wanted to send over,” Melander said. “I liked him already at the sale, so when Reijo told me the name of the horse I was happy. He was a good-looking horse. He came to me at the end of March.” Because of his travels, Long Tom wasn’t ready to see action when qualifiers for 2-year-olds began in mid-June at the Meadowlands. But when Melander brought the colt to qualifiers a month later, he was pleased. On Aug. 9, Long Tom made his racing debut in a conditioned race at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono and won by 1-1/2 lengths in 1:59.1. Four weeks later, he finished second to New Jersey Viking in the Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of New Jersey-sponsored Harold Dancer Memorial Trot and followed that effort with a 1:56.1 victory in a conditioned race for 2- and 3-year-olds at the Meadowlands. “He’s been racing very well,” Melander said. “In the qualifiers I took it very easy with him and I felt he was a good horse. In his first lifetime start, he won very easy at Pocono even if it was just in (1):59.1. He did it so easy. “After that, he had some problems getting into races when the Meadowlands closed. But he raced very well at Freehold after some time off and when he won at the Meadowlands he raced great again.” Long Tom is a horse that tends to get complacent when he reaches the front, but Melander is impressed with the colt’s desire to win. “He’s not like a monster in training; he’s very lazy,” Melander said. “He’s like an older horse that’s been doing this for a while. He’s never grabby. He’s almost too lazy sometimes. Last week when he won at the Meadowlands he had plenty left. He’s just so lazy you need to get him going to hold his speed otherwise he waits for the other horses. “But you can feel in a horse when they want to be first. He’s nice gaited, but what I like most is his head. He wants to be a racehorse; he wants to win.” At Lexington, Melander is anxious to see if Long Tom has the speed to be a top colt. “That’s the thing, he’s never been coming home faster than :29 (seconds),” Melander said. “But he’s so lazy. When he’s first, he doesn’t go much faster. He knows he’s first and he knows he’s going to win. I think he’s got the speed. I’m not saying he’s going to go :26 quarters down here, but I think he can go faster than :29, that’s for sure.” Long Tom, who has earned $19,250 this season, is 9-2 on the morning line in his six-horse Bluegrass division, where he will start from post one with driver Tim Tetrick. Bill’s Man, from the stable of trainer John Butenschoen, is the 2-1 favorite from post two with driver Corey Callahan. The morning line favorites in the remaining divisions, in race order, are Tony Alagna’s stakes-winner Signal Hill, Frank Antonacci’s International Moni, Julie Miller’s stakes-winner Fly On, Ron Burke’s Peter Haughton Memorial champ What The Hill, and Jimmy Takter’s King On The Hill. For the complete card, click here. by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications 

Freehold, NJ --- Five-year-old female pacer Lady Shadow was the week’s biggest mover in the Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll, climbing from ninth to sixth in the harness racing rankings following her win in the Milton Stakes last weekend. Wiggle It Jiggleit, who was idle, remains No. 1. The next four spots also are unchanged, with Hannelore Hanover, Always B Miki, Betting Line, and Marion Marauder rounding out the top five. Hannelore Hanover won last week’s Centaur Trotting Classic while Always B Miki captured the Hoosier Park Pacing Derby and Betting Line won the Little Brown Jug. Marion Marauder did not race. The Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll does not determine Horse of the Year. The U.S. Harness Writers Association votes in December on all division winners plus Trotter of the Year, Pacer of the Year and Horse of the Year. Rankings based on the votes of harness racing media representatives on a 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis. Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown Standardbred Poll: Week 19 – 9/27/2016 Rank Name (First Place Votes) A/G/S Record Earnings Points Pvs 1 Wiggle It Jiggleit (22) 4pg 21-13-6-2 $1,424,337 324 1 2 Hannelore Hanover (1) 4tm 17-15-2-0 $896,111 281 2 3 Always B Miki (4) 5ph 13-8-4-0 $961,792 274 3 4 Betting Line (8) 3pc 14-13-1-0 $1,372,386 272 4 5 Marion Marauder 3tc 12-9-2-0 $1,257,782 208 5 6 Lady Shadow 5pm 16-9-2-1 $618,481 106 9 7 Racing Hill 3pc 12-5-5-2 $1,225,550 94 6 8 Resolve 5th 8-4-1-1 $538,740 81 8 9 Southwind Frank 3tc 11-6-4-0 $941,218 74 7 10 Ariana G 2tf 8-7-0-0 $407,092 43 10   Also: Pure Country (42); Bar Hopping (29); L A Delight (27); Control The Moment (13); Western Fame (10); Freaky Feet Pete (9); Caprice Hill, Darlinonthebeach (8); Homicide Hunter (5); Beyond Delight, Shamballa (4); All The Time, Blenheim, Downbytheseaside, Idyllic Beach (2); Arsenic (1). by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications

Betting Line won the 71st Little Brown Jug, presented by the Ohio Harness Horsemen’s Association, with a world record performance in the $577,000 harness racing event’s second heat Thursday at the Delaware County Fairgrounds in central Ohio. The Casie Coleman-trained Betting Line, who extended his win streak to 13 races with his Jug victory, stopped the timer in 1:49, equaling the fastest mile ever by a 3-year-old pacer on a half-mile track. Wiggle It Jiggleit, a gelding, established that record last year at Harrington Raceway. Betting Line’s effort, though, was the fastest half-mile triumph ever by a colt. Betting Line, the 1-9 favorite in the second heat, took the lead from Western Fame just after the halfway point in the mile race for 3-year-old pacers and cruised to an eight length victory from there. Western Fame was second, followed by Dr J Hanover and Lyons Snyder. It was driver David Miller’s fourth career Jug win and the third for Coleman. “It was pretty easy,” Miller said after the second heat. “He was great both trips and I’m so glad for all the connections and the horse to win the Little Brown Jug.” Miller is among five drivers to win the Little Brown Jug at least four times. Billy Haughton and Mike Lachance lead the list with five apiece while Miller, Stanley Dancer and Ron Pierce have four. Coleman joined four other trainers with three Jug triumphs. Haughton tops the list with six victories. “I enjoy each and every one of them and this is really special,” Miller said. Earlier in the day, Betting Line and Western Fame won their respective first heats. Betting Line captured his division by 2-1/2 lengths over Lyons Snyder in 1:50.4 while Western Fame won by 1-1/4 lengths over Big Top Hanover in 1:50.1. But prior to the first heat, a controversy that had been brewing behind the scenes since early this morning came to a head. It involved a lost cell phone belonging to one of winning trainer Casie Coleman’s employees that was found on the backstretch with a message on it that trainers Ron Burke, Jimmy Taker and Tony Alagna brought to the attention of the judges because they interpreted it as a message directing her employee to give something to the horse this morning. Coleman explained that she was referring to yogurt that Betting Line gets twice a day. The three other trainers, who had nine of the 11 horses in the Jug, asked the judges to scratch the eventual Jug winner and protested Betting Line’s participation with a threat to scratch their horses if their protest was not accepted. As a show of their protest, the three other trainers demanded that Betting Line leave for the post parade five minutes earlier than the rest of the field for the first Jug heat. “The horsemen expressed their concerns to the Ohio State Racing Commission (OSRC),” said the official statement from the Little Brown Jug following the race. “Little Brown Jug officials worked with the OSRC and the horsemen and we are pleased that the horsemen participated in our event. At this point it is an OSRC decision.” Betting Line has won 13 of 14 races this year and earned $1.37 million. He is owned by Coleman’s West Wins Stable, Christine Calhoun, and Mac Nichol. “We’re just so excited he got the job done,” said Coleman, whose previous Jug victories came with Vegas Vacation in 2013 and Michael’s Power in 2012. “I love the Jug. Every single year I’ll be here supporting it as long as I have horses good enough. “Coming to Delaware, Ohio -- whether it be any horse, let alone a Jug or Jugette horse -- I’ve never seen a fan base this big. The crowd here deserves to see a good show and they do a great, great job here. I’m just fortunate that we’ve had horses good enough to compete in this race.” Betting Line is a son of 2001 Little Brown Jug winner Bettor’s Delight out of the stakes-winning mare Heather’s Western. He was purchased for $60,000 at the 2014 Standardbred Horse Sale. The Little Brown Jug was the third jewel in the Pacing Triple Crown. The first, the Cane Pace, was won by Control The Moment while the second, the Messenger, was won by Racing Hill. "He is not probably the best horse, he is the best horse that I’ve ever trained," added Coleman. "There is no question and I have had a lot of nice horses. "I love all my horses. I don’t know what it is with this horse. It’s the wind he has. He just never gets tired after a race. There have been many times he has just been sitting, where I haven’t been a happy camper with where he has been sitting coming around the last turn and he just mows them down. "His heart. He just loves to win. I’ve never been able to train a horse this good and I don’t think many people have. Heart, intelligence, speed, it’s all a great combination. He’s just the perfect animal. "If there was one thing I could change on him, I would change nothing. He’s just an awesome animal. Ones like these don’t come along very often." Betting Line, Western Fame win Jug opening-round heats Betting Line won for the 12th consecutive time, capturing the first of two opening-round heats of Thursday’s Little Brown Jug by 2-1/2 lengths in 1:50.4 at the Delaware County Fairgrounds. Lyons Snyder was second, Dr J Hanover third, and Check Six fourth. Check Six set the pace for much of the mile, hitting the quarter in :27.1, half in :56, and three-quarters in 1:23.4. But by that time, first-over Lyons Snyder had pulled even and second-over Betting Line was ready to go three wide coming out of the final turn. Betting Line, who was fifth for the first three-eighths of the race before flushing the cover of Lyons Snyder prior to the halfway point, pulled away from his foes in the stretch and won comfortably for trainer Casie Coleman. “It worked out just kind of like I thought it would,” winning driver David Miller said. “(Check Six) left and I was able to pick up good cover. He actually took me farther than I thought he would. My horse was strong the whole way and anxious to go anytime I asked him. He finished up good. He was good and strong all the way to the wire.” Western Fame and driver Mark MacDonald controlled the race from post one, parking out favorite Racing Hill for much of the mile, on their way to a 1:50.1 win in Thursday’s second opening-round heat of the Little Brown Jug for 3-year-old male pacers. Big Top Hanover, Racing Hill, and Manhattan Beach rounded out the top four. MacDonald hustled Western Fame off the gate and protected the inside spot from Racing Hill, who started in post two. After reaching the quarter in :26.4, Racing Hill challenged Western Fame for the lead, but was unable to get to the front. He briefly ducked back to third as the half was reached in :53.4, but soon thereafter was back on the move again. Western Fame rebuffed Racing Hill again as they hit three-quarters in 1:22.1 and then held off Big Top Hanover by 1-1/4 lengths for the victory. “It was kind of an all-or-nothing drive, I guess,” said a laughing MacDonald, who drove Western Fame for trainer Jimmy Takter. “The first heat, there wasn’t a whole lot of action so I wanted to give the crowd something to see. “We had the rail; it’s tough when you get stuck in the two hole at Delaware, not too many horses win out of the two hole. Jimmy had a lot of confidence in the horse. He thought he would be really good over this track and he showed some grittiness today. He never got a breather. When I called on him halfway down the stretch, he paced away for me. “It was the perfect opportunity for him to show his speed. He has always had it, but quite possibly today he could finally really show it. He has always raced well. You can see that from his last race in the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes final.” Western Fame is owned by breeder Brittany Farms. He was the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championship runner-up to Check Six on Sept. 10. Racing Hill and Check Six were scratched from the second heat. -- Kim French also contributed to this report Ken Weingartner

Delaware, OH --- Don Dream was a nightmare for his rivals, winning Thursday’s (Sept. 22) second $32,050 division of the Standardbred Stakes for harness racing 2-year-old male trotters in a world record 1:55 at the Delaware County Fairgrounds. Moonshiner Hanover, who followed Don Dream throughout the mile, finished second by 1-3/4 lengths and Andy M was third. Don Dream’s time is the fastest in history for a 2-year-old trotter on a half-mile track. The previous mark of 1:55.2 was held by filly Wild Honey. The best prior clocking for a male trotter was 1:55.3 held by Dontyouforgetit. A son of Donato Hanover out of the mare Gabbys Dream, Don Dream was making his first start for new owners Michelle and Albert Crawford and Susan Oakes, who purchased the colt last week. The horse is trained by Chris Oakes. "David (Miller, his driver) really likes him and said he went around the track well in hand," said Chris Oakes. "He broke the track record in his last start at Harrah's (1:55.2) and I did speak with David about him before I bought him to discuss his opinion of him. The Crawfords were kind enough to agree with us and hopefully with their continued backing can purchase more nice horses just like him. "I wasn't surprised really that he set the world record. I flew in on Monday and trained him on the track earlier this week and he got over it extremely well. David said much the same thing about how he handled it today. "He goes on to Lexington next." Don Dream, the 2-5 favorite, and Miller went to the lead at the start and never looked back. Don Dream set fractions of :28.1, :57.3, and 1:26.4 on his way to his fourth win in eight races. He has earned $79,240. He’s On A Mission and driver Tim Tetrick won Thursday’s first $32,050 division of the Standardbred Stakes for 2-year-old male trotters, capitalizing when Lars Perry went off stride in the stretch as he attempted to lead the race from start to finish. He’s On A Mission stopped the timer in 1:58.3, with Lars Perry second but placed third because of the break. Brand New Key was third-placed-second. Lars Perry and Brand New Key battled on the first turn for the early advantage, with Lars Perry eventually forcing Brand New Key to back off and settle into second. Lars Perry set fractions of :27.4, :58.2, and 1:28.1 before pulling away from the field heading into the stretch. He’s On A Mission, who was third for most of the mile, was on the move in the stretch and took advantage of Lars Perry’s missteps. A gelded son of Groton Hall out of the mare Lisas Mission, He’s On A Mission is owned by trainer Stacey Ruddick along with Denise Dennis. He has won three of six races and earned $75,375. He was the Kentucky Sire Stakes championship runner-up in August. "Unfortunately he was not himself the night of the KYSS final," said Ruddick. "He had a bad week, was really nervous and right up on the bit which is not like him. I was a little concerned he would get wound up here with everything that was going on or that he would have to leave from the eight-hole in a big field. But we got here on Tuesday and he has been nice and relaxed and just taking everything in. "As far as how he drew, it could not have worked out any better. Also we have a small track back at the farm that we train on so I knew the turns would be no problem for him. Then Timmy (Tetrick) drove him perfectly. I've known Timmy for years when he used to drive for me when I raced at the Illinois fairs. He learned from his dad how to bring the babies along slowly. "I bought this horse as a weanling and it's an interesting story. I was looking at Kentucky babies because I knew there were not many mares bred there. I had a list printed out actually and Walnut Hall sold a bunch of mares in foal that year at the Delaware sale. His dam was a little older and I was looking more towards a younger mare. This Amish guy was looking at her and so I asked him if he was interested in the mare only because I was interested in the baby. He told me the mare only, so I told him I would not bid against him if I could have first shot at the baby. He agreed and when this horse was a baby we went to look at him, decided we wanted him and traded a stallion share, then I brought some other horses to that farm and we got him. "He is eligible next for some late closers at Lexington and he is a very nice colt. I think he's a nicer colt than he may receive credit for." by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications -- Kim French also contributed to this report

Charles Wingfield will head to Thursday's $577,000 Little Brown Jug presented by the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association with a bit of a long shot in Manhattan Beach, but the Ohio resident is hoping the colt can follow in his brother's footsteps at the Delaware County Fairgrounds and carry him to another trip to the harness racing winner's circle. Manhattan Beach is a full brother to 2014 Little Brown Jug winner Limelight Beach, who entered that year's event winless in 12 races at age 3 but captured the Jug in straight heats. Wingfield and his brothers Robert and Thomas are among the owners of Manhattan Beach and also were part of the Limelight Beach ownership group. "It's unbelievable," said Wingfield, who lives in Kenton, about 40 miles northwest of the fairgrounds. "To win one, I was beside myself. We're in the record book. They can't take that away from us. "Just to be in there is great. We've got a lot of family and friends coming, all behind Manhattan. I have no idea how many people are coming. The last two years I've set up 40 chairs. My two brothers said that's not enough, so we set a few more up. It's very, very exciting." Brothers --- equine in this case, not human --- winning the Little Brown Jug is not unprecedented. Noble Adios won the 1956 Jug two years after full brother Adios Harry won the event. And 1953 champion Keystoner was a half-brother to 1951 winner Tar Heel. Manhattan Beach is one of five Little Brown Jug contenders from the stable of trainer Ron Burke. The colt will start in the second of two first-round heats Thursday and is 6-1 on the morning line. His division includes Tony Alagna-trained multiple-stakes-winner Racing Hill, who is the 3-5 choice in the elimination. A horse must win two one-mile races on the same day to capture the Little Brown Jug trophy. Eleven horses entered the event for 3-year-old pacers and were divided into two $92,320 first-heat eliminations. Betting Line, who brings an 11-race unbeaten streak to the fairgrounds for trainer Casie Coleman, is the 3-5 morning line favorite in the first. The top four finishers in each elimination advance to the $276,960 second heat. If one of the two elimination winners is victorious in the second heat, he is the Jug champion. Otherwise, the three heat-winners return for a $115,400 race-off. The last race-off was in 2000, when Astreos won the event. Manhattan Beach has won four of 16 races this year and earned $260,853 for owners Burke Racing, the partnership of Mark Weaver and Mike Bruscemi, Geoffrey Lyons Mound, and the Wingfields. Matt Kakaley will drive the son of Somebeachsomewhere-Benear from post four in the second elimination. "I know there are a couple better than him, but it's a horserace," Wingfield said. "Casie's colt looks like the horse to beat. He is just amazing. And Racing Hill looks awful tough. "We'll hope for the best, hope things work our way. But no matter what, it will be a lot of fun." The other horses from the Burke Stable are Pennsylvania Sire Stakes champion Check Six, Big Top Hanover, Fernando Hanover, and Stolen Glimpse. * * * * * * Jeff Snyder's first trip to the Little Brown Jug didn't go as hoped, but the longtime owner has enjoyed his share of successes at the Delaware County Fairgrounds since then. Snyder's first Jug was in 1994 with favorite Cam's Card Shark, who was scratched from the race because of lameness and never raced again. Cam's Card Shark, the 1994 Horse of the Year, has sired three Jug champions, though, including Snyder's first winner of the event, Million Dollar Cam. Snyder also was co-owner of 2009 Jug winner Well Said and the breeder/owner of 2012 champion Michael's Power. On Thursday, Snyder will hope a son of Well Said --- Lyons Snyder --- can give him a record-breaking fourth victory in the Little Brown Jug. Snyder is tied with George Segal and Stanley Dancer for the most wins by an owner with three. "They're all pretty special wins," Snyder said. "We've had good luck at the Jug, even when we didn't win it. Hopefully, that will continue. You never know what can happen when you go to the Jug." Lyons Snyder, co-owned by Snyder and Geoffrey Lyons Mound, races in the first of two opening-round heats Thursday. He will start from post three in the same division as Betting Line and Check Six and is 15-1 on the morning line. Sylvain Filion will drive. The colt, making his third start for trainer Jimmy Takter, has won five of 14 races this year and earned $212,268. His victories include a division of the Somebeachsomewhere Stakes, where he defeated Control The Moment, and he heads to the Jug off a second-place finish to Betting Line in the Simcoe Stakes. "We think a lot of him," Snyder said. "He had some issues earlier, but he came out of his last race very sound. He just got beat on the wire to Betting Line. We're hoping that he'll do well. "Win or lose, we go out there to have a good time. That's the main thing. We've had lots of fun out there." Segal also has the opportunity to win his fourth Little Brown Jug. His Brittany Farms is co-owner of Dr J Hanover and the breeder/owner of Western Fame. * * * * * * Trainer Casie Coleman never stops learning; at least when it comes to the nuances of racing at the Delaware County Fairgrounds. "We've done well there, but you learn more every time you go there," said Coleman, who has won both the Little Brown Jug and the Jugette twice. "There are definitely different things with how you've got to shoe them and how you've got to rig them. "I'm only at that track a couple of days a year, but we're getting more used to it and getting them rigged right and shod right when they go there. I've been learning as I go. Hopefully I'll have everything down here soon." Coleman trains this year's Little Brown Jug favorite Betting Line, who puts his 11-race win streak on the line Thursday. Betting Line, with three-time Jug winner David Miller in the sulky, is the 3-5 morning line favorite in the first of two opening heats. Betting Line has won 11 consecutive races since beginning his season with a second-place finish against older horses. His victories include the North America Cup, Battle of the Brandywine, and Carl Milstein Memorial Invitational. He heads to the Jug off a win in the Simcoe Stakes on Sept. 10 at Mohawk Racetrack, where he rallied from an 8-1/4 length deficit on the final turn to beat Lyons Snyder by a half-length in 1:49.1. His win in the Milstein was at Northfield Park, which is a half-mile track, such as the oval at the fairgrounds. Betting Line overcame a brief break of stride on the final turn to win by four lengths. "Obviously everyone knows he had a little issue at Northfield when he made the little skip around the last turn," Coleman said. "We know that was an issue, but we're working on changing his rigging just a little bit to help him get over the half better. Delaware is the best half-mile track I've ever been on. I'm hoping he will be fine." Coleman, who got married last week, won the Jug with Michael's Power in 2012 and Vegas Vacation in 2013, and would join four other trainers with three triumphs if Betting Line is victorious. Billy Haughton holds the record for training wins with six. Stanley Dancer, with four Jugs, is the only other trainer with more than three. "The triple would be pretty awesome," Coleman said. "I thought we had a shot at it with McWicked (in 2014) and it just didn't quite work out. He just wasn't quite himself. Now hopefully this guy has a good chance. Betting Line looks pretty good coming into it." * * * * * * Spider Man Hanover will return to the site of his most memorable 2015 performance, the Delaware County Fairgrounds, when he races in Thursday's Little Brown Jug. Last year, Spider Man Hanover won a division of the Standardbred Stakes at the fairgrounds in a then-world-record 1:51.4 for 2-year-old male pacers on a half-mile track. The colt was in the fairgrounds-based stable of trainer Brian Brown last year and into 2016 before heading to Ron Burke in August. He was purchased Sept. 14 by trainer Nick Surick and Howard Schneidler's KDM Stables Corp. with an eye toward competing in the Jug. "I'm glad to be in it," Surick said. "I like to have fun and I try to support these races, especially a race like this. You're going to get 40,000 to 50,000 people here that truly love harness racing. It's a fun week. Hopefully we can do a little good. Out of all the horses in the Jug, I've got a horse that knows how to get around this track. Hopefully he'll be OK. "It's a tough spot. We're going against really good horses. We're definitely coming in as a long shot, but that's what makes horseracing and that's why they race these horses. Anything can happen in a horserace." Spider Man Hanover and driver Andy Miller will start from post five in the second of the two opening heats and are 20-1 on the morning line. Spider Man Hanover, a son of Western Ideal, has won one of 10 races this year after earning $221,355 last season. Surick said Spider Man Hanover has battled issues with tying up this year. The colt prepped for the Little Brown Jug by qualifying in 1:52 at half-mile Freehold Raceway on Sept. 15. "He just got tired a little late, but that was a lot more than we thought he'd go anyway," Surick said. "We were happy with that. Hopefully we can make him a little better. We got here Sunday and he trained really good Monday morning. I was pleased with him. "We're not going in with high expectations. We just want to have some fun. But hopefully he can do a little more than that. Andy could have stayed home, but he's coming here just to drive that one horse, so I think he's got a little confidence in the horse too." For all of the latest news, photos and videos for the 71st edition of the Little Brown Jug, visit the Harness Racing FanZone's mini-site by clicking here. Below are the fields for the Little Brown Jug first-heat eliminations. The eliminations are races 13 and 14. The second heat is race 18. First elimination-Purse $92,320 HN-Horse-Sire-Driver-Trainer-Morning Line 1. Dr J Hanover - Somebeachsomewhere - Scott Zeron-Tony Alagna-6/1 2. Stolen Glimpse - Art Major - Yannick Gingras-Ron Burke-15/1 3. Lyons Snyder - Well Said - Yannick Gingras-Jimmy Takter-8/1 4. Check Six - Somebeachsomewhere - Yannick Gingras-Ron Burke-2/1 5. Betting Line - Bettor's Delight - David Miller-Casie Coleman-3/5 6. Fernando Hanover - Dragon Again - Tim Tetrick-Ron Burke-12-1   Second elimination-Purse $92,320 HN-Horse-Sire-Driver-Trainer-Morning Line 1. Western Fame - Western Ideal - Mark MacDonald-Jimmy Takter-4/1 2. Racing Hill - Roll With Joe - Brett Miller-Tony Alagna-3/5 3. Big Top Hanover - Western Ideal - David Miller-Ron Burke-15/1 4. Manhattan Beach - Somebeachsomewhere - Matt Kakaley-Ron Burke-6/1 5. Spider Man Hanover - Western Ideal - Andy Miller-Nick Surick-20/1 Ken Weingartner

Freehold, NJ --- There is no movement in the top seven spots in this week’s Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll, but two newcomers join the harness racing rankings at No. 8 and No. 10. Five-year-old male trotter Resolve returns to the Top 10 thanks to his victory in the Maple Leaf Trot, where No. 2-ranked Hannelore Hanover finished second. Female trotter Ariana G becomes the first 2-year-old in this year’s Top 10 following her triumph in the Peaceful Way Stakes. The filly is undefeated in seven starts. Wiggle It Jiggleit, who won the Bobby Quillen Memorial on Monday, remains No. 1. The Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll does not determine Horse of the Year. The U.S. Harness Writers Association votes in December on all division winners plus Trotter of the Year, Pacer of the Year and Horse of the Year. Rankings based on the votes of harness racing media representatives on a 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis. Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown Standardbred Poll: Week 18 – 9/20/2016 Rank Name (First Place Votes) A/G/S Record Earnings Points Pvs 1 Wiggle It Jiggleit (23) 4pg 21-13-6-2 $1,424,337 326 1 2 Hannelore Hanover (1) 4tm 16-14-2-0 $786,111 275 2 3 Always B Miki (3) 5ph 12-7-4-0 $876,792 271 3 4 Betting Line (8) 3pc 12-11-1-0 $1,090,810 262 4 5 Marion Marauder 3tc 12-9-2-0 $1,257,782 208 5 6 Racing Hill 3pc 11-5-5-1 $1,211,702 124 6 7 Southwind Frank 3tc 11-6-4-0 $941,218 79 7 8 Resolve 5th 8-4-1-1 $538,740 76 -- 9 Lady Shadow 5pm 15-8-2-1 $500,301 74 9 10 Ariana G 2tf 7-7-0-0 $407,092 69 --   Also: Pure Country (61); Bar Hopping (27); Control The Moment (18); Caprice Hill (13); Darlinonthebeach (10); Shamballa (7); Homicide Hunter, Seven And Seven (5); Beyond Delight (4); Downbytheseaside, Freaky Feet Pete (3); All The Time, Obrigado (2); Check Six (1). by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications

Freehold, NJ --- The field is gaining on Wiggle It Jiggleit in this week’s harness racing Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll. Wiggle It Jiggleit -- who finished second to Always B Miki in a world-record-equaling mile in the Jim Ewart Memorial on Saturday -- remains No. 1, but his lead is only 16 points over No. 2 Hannelore Hanover. The two were separated by 64 points last week. Hannelore Hanover won her elimination for the Maple Leaf Trot last weekend, extending her win streak to nine. Always B Miki gained 72 points in the poll and vaults from fifth to third in the rankings following his 1:47 triumph at Eldorado Scioto Downs in the Ewart. Betting Line won the Simcoe Stakes last weekend, pushing his win streak to 11 races, and is No. 4 in the poll. Canadian Trotting Classic elimination winner Marion Marauder is fifth. The top five horses in the rankings are separated by 78 points. The gap from No. 5 Marion Marauder to No. 6 Racing Hill is 114 points. The Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll does not determine Horse of the Year. The U.S. Harness Writers Association votes in December on all division winners plus Trotter of the Year, Pacer of the Year and Horse of the Year. Rankings based on the votes of harness racing media representatives on a 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis. Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown Standardbred Poll: Week 17 – 9/13/2016 Rank Name (First Place Votes) A/G/S Record Earnings Points Pvs 1 Wiggle It Jiggleit (15) 4pg 20-12-6-2 $1,349,337 312 1 2 Hannelore Hanover (8) 4tm 15-14-1-0 $678,039 296 2 3 Always B Miki (5) 5ph 12-7-4-0 $876,792 269 5 4 Betting Line (7) 3pc 12-11-1-0 $1,090,810 262 3 5 Marion Marauder 3tc 11-9-1-0 $1,140,305 234 4 6 Racing Hill 3pc 11-5-5-1 $1,211,702 120 7 7 Southwind Frank 3tc 10-6-4-0 $917,723 116 6 8 Pure Country 3pf 14-7-3-2 $859,752 81 8 9 Lady Shadow 5pm 14-7-2-1 $487,001 55 10 10 Control The Moment 3pc 9-4-1-2 $737,463 42 9 Ariana G (37); Caprice Hill (21); Resolve (17); Darlinonthebeach, Homicide Hunter (11); Check Six (8); All The Time, Freaky Feet Pete (5); Beyond Delight, Obrigado (4); Call Me Queen Be, Idyllic Beach, Luck Be Withyou (3); Bar Hopping, What The Hill (2); All Bets Off, Huntsville (1). by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications 

To paraphrase the poet Robert Burns, the best laid plans of mice and horse trainers often go awry. Harness racing trainer Frank Antonacci had mapped out a schedule for 2-year-old female trotter Grandma's Moni, but the filly got sick after winning her debut in a sharp 1:55.2 at the Meadowlands Racetrack and the trainer was forced to abandon his early-season plans. She missed two races, but Grandma's Moni is back on track for Thursday's eliminations for the Peaceful Way Stakes at Mohawk. Grandma's Moni is in the first of two Peaceful Way eliminations and is 9-2 on the morning line. She will start from post four with driver Scott Zeron in a nine-horse field. "Plan --- and then plan to have your plan go wrong," Antonacci said with a laugh about Grandma's Moni's early setback to illness. "We made a conscious decision to race her lightly until the fall. We're really not too far off where we wanted to be, but I would have preferred to have another race into her going into this week. "But good horses can overcome, so hopefully she's as good as we think she may be." Bred and owned by the Moni Maker Stable, Grandma's Moni is a daughter of stallion Donato Hanover, the Horse of the Year in 2007, out of the mare All Our Moni. Her second dam is two-time Horse of the Year Moni Maker and she is a full sister to Reigning Moni, who competes in Saturday's Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championship at The Meadows. Antonacci was impressed with Grandma's Moni from the beginning. "She was head and shoulders better than the rest all winter," Antonacci said. "She was the most talented. She's an impressive horse. Hopefully things continue to go well now. Hopefully she's the one we've been waiting for." Grandma's Moni won her first start by 2-1/2 lengths over Crann Tara in a division of the Kindergarten Series for 2-year-old female trotters at the Meadowlands on July 22. Her winning time of 1:55.2 is tied for the eighth fastest among all 2-year-old female trotters this season. The plan was to race Grandma's Moni in the second leg of the Kindergarten Series on Aug. 18 at Vernon and then head to Mohawk for the Sept. 1 Champlain Stakes. Instead, Antonacci decided to skip the Champlain and qualify Grandma's Moni on Aug. 30 at Mohawk. She won in 1:58.1. "We just focused on getting her healthy," Antonacci said. "We qualified her there last week and she felt good and she trained good again over the weekend. Talent-wise, I think she belongs with those other fillies (in the Peaceful Way). Hopefully she'll get a good start back this week and then be primed and ready to go for the final." The Peaceful Way final is Sept. 17 at Mohawk. The top five finishers from each elimination advance to the final. Thats All Moni is the 5-2 morning line favorite in the first Peaceful Way elimination. The Jimmy Takter-trained filly has a win on the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes circuit and finished second to Ariana G in a division of last week's Champlain. Ariana G, undefeated in five career starts, is the 3-5 choice in the second Peaceful Way elim. She also is from the Takter Stable. Antonacci's visit to Mohawk for stakes eliminations is not limited to Grandma's Moni in the Peaceful Way. A day later, the trainer will send out International Moni in the first of two eliminations for the William Wellwood Memorial for 2-year-old male trotters. International Moni is the penultimate foal out of the late Moni Maker. He is by accomplished French sire Love You, whose offspring include 2013 Elitlopp winner Nahar. On Saturday night, Nahar - owned by Daniel and Henrik Sedin of the National Hockey League's Vancouver Canucks - makes his first start in North America in an elimination for the Maple Leaf Trot at Mohawk. Winless in four starts, International Moni is 15-1 on the morning line in his elimination. He also is owned by breeder Moni Maker Stable, which is made up of members of the Antonacci family and David Reid. "He's in tough, but he's a pretty nice horse," Antonacci said. "We expect he will keep improving." Takter-trained Rubio, the winner of a Champlain division last week, is the even-money favorite in the first Wellwood elimination. Rubio, bred by the Antonacci-Reid connected Moni Market Breeders, is a son of stallion Cantab Hall with foreign blood courtesy of his dam, Italienne Girl. Peter Haughton Memorial winner What The Hill, from the stable of trainer Ron Burke, is the 9-5 second choice in that elimination. In the second elimination, Italian-born Victor Gio, by the French star Ready Cash, is the 2-1 favorite for the Takter Stable. "It seems like there are some nice horses, especially this year, coming from that out-crossing," Antonacci said. "It's something that's been working out well for us. It makes it a little more interesting than seeing the same old same old." Ken Weingartner Media Relations Manager Harness Racing Communications A division of the U.S. Trotting Association

Freehold, NJ --- Four-year-old male pacer Wiggle It Jiggleit strengthened his hold on the No. 1 spot in this week’s harness racing Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll, adding eight first-place votes to his total thanks to his victory in the Canadian Pacing Derby last Saturday at Mohawk. Other winners last week in the Top 10 were No. 3 Betting Line (Ontario Sire Stakes Gold), No. 4 Marion Marauder (Yonkers Trot), No. 7 Racing Hill (Messenger Stakes), and No. 8 Pure Country (Simcoe Stakes). The Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll does not determine Horse of the Year. The U.S. Harness Writers Association votes in December on all division winners plus Trotter of the Year, Pacer of the Year and Horse of the Year. Rankings based on the votes of harness racing media representatives on a 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis. Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown Standardbred Poll: Week 16 – 9/6/2016 Rank Name (First Place Votes) Age/Gait/Sex Record Earnings Points Pvs 1 Wiggle It Jiggleit (26) 4pg 19-12-5-2 $1,293,087 337 1 2 Hannelore Hanover (4) 4tm 14-13-1-0 $662,639 273 2 3 Betting Line (5) 3pc 11-10-1-0 $1,012,255 268 3 4 Marion Marauder 3tc 10-8-1-0 $1,124,905 244 5 5 Always B Miki 5ph 11-6-4-0 $764,292 197 4 6 Southwind Frank 3tc 9-6-3-0 $910,023 141 6 7 Racing Hill 3pc 11-5-5-1 $1,211,702 139 8 8 Pure Country 3pf 13-7-2-2 $796,752 91 10 9 Control The Moment 3pc 9-4-1-2 $737,463 82 7 10 Lady Shadow 5pm 13-6-2-1 $475,451 58 9 Also: Ariana G (22); Darlinonthebeach (17); Obrigado (13); Caprice Hill (11); Resolve (8); Beyond Delight (6); All The Time, Idyllic Beach (5); Freaky Feet Pete (3); Funknwaffles, Sintra (2), What The Hill (1). Ken Weingartner Media Relations Manager Harness Racing Communications

As Hambletonian winner Marion Marauder prepares for Saturday's (Sept. 3) $500,000 Yonkers Trot for 3-year-old trotters at Yonkers Raceway -- the second jewel in the Trotting Triple Crown -- harness racing trainer Paula Wellwood feels the horse is set in his ways. That's great when it comes to being on the track, as Marion Marauder has won seven of nine starts this season, including this past Saturday's Yonkers Trot elimination in his small-track debut. "He just been his normal self," Wellwood said. "He came into the race good and was well in hand the other night. He's sharp, he's healthy, he's happy. There's really no change in him. He's the same horse, and you don't want any changes. He just stays the same every day." In the stable, however, it can lead to a few issues. "He's a very smart horse and he figures things out pretty quick," the Canadian trainer said. "If something's not right he lets you know immediately. One day I mixed his food wrong and he just spit it out like a kid who would spit his food out back at you! "I was trying to stand in there, I went to put the tub in and he just looked at me, and he went 'Bleaaahh!' all over my hand, literally like a kid spitting out something they don't like. I threw it out, changed it and he ate everything." Wellwood, who trains Marion Marauder with her husband Mike Keeling, is not about to upset the routine. If Marion Marauder wants to be pampered a little more, so be it. "The only thing I can say is different is maybe the horse is a little more spoiled," Wellwood said. "He likes what he does, he really has a set routine and he seems to be thriving on it more than anything. It's just a little bit of attitude he's got, like 'Don't screw this up.' "He kind of acts up a little bit at times. He's a little more pushy and he probably should be put more in line, but I don't do that. He deserves whatever he wants to do. He's so set in his routine, he has a solid routine and it just seems to be agreeing with him." Wellwood is unsure if Marion Marauder is aware of just what he has accomplished this year, especially winning the Hambletonian. That being said, he has gotten an attitude boost from his feats this season. The colt, owned by family members Marion Jean Wellwood and Devin Keeling, has earned $874,905 this year with his other victories including the Goodtimes Stakes and a division of the Stanley Dancer Memorial. "He's pretty confident in himself, I will say that," Wellwood said. "I don't know if he knows or not, but it seems like the more big races he wins, he seems a little more pushy. He's got lots of confidence too. He's brimming with it, which happens. That happens with human athletes, they just get more and more confident and that's kind of what he's like." Driver Scott Zeron has been confident in Marion Marauder throughout the season and has not been afraid to share that confidence publicly when entering a race. Wellwood takes the opposite tact. Despite the fact she "couldn't be more pleased," with Marion Marauder drawing the No. 4 post Saturday, the trainer isn't about to handicap the race. "I leave that totally up to Scott," she said. "I don't like to predict how it will go. I'm kind of superstitious that way." She will say, however, that the horse is racing as well as he has all year. "He's so professional now," Wellwood said. "Scott says you can do anything with him. Whatever he asks him to do he does. So I think he's just more adept. In the race he's very focused and he takes it serious and wants to do the best he can. That's how I would describe him." An interesting sidebar to this race is that if Marion Marauder wins he is not staked to the final leg of the Triple Crown, the Kentucky Futurity at Lexington's Red Mile. To do so, the horse's owners would have to pay a substantial supplement fee. Will it happen? "It's probably doubtful, and we'd have no regrets," Wellwood said. "We mapped out a schedule and we don't usually take them to Lexington to race. Things could always change but I would have to say we're just going to stick with our main plan. He goes back to Canada after this and then he's off to the Breeders Crown, so he has a big break, which I feel is a well-deserved break." And while Wellwood is not completely ruling out the Futurity, her overall concern is for Marion Marauder's well-being. "It's all about whatever is good for the horse," she said. "That comes absolutely first. We're not going to say never, but he's still got hurdles to overcome. So you don't know. You can never predict anything." Following is the field for the Yonkers Trot. $500,000 Yonkers Trot 3-year-old male trotters Race 8/Post 9:30 p.m. (EDT) PP-Horse-Sire-Driver-Trainer-Line 1. Iron Mine Bucky - Explosive Matter - George Dennis-Greg Haverstick-12/1 2. Celebrity Express - Andover Hall - John Campbell-Staffan Lind-20/1 3. Smalltownthrowdown - Cash Hall - Dan Daley-Dan Daley-7/2 4. Marion Marauder - Muscle Hill - Scott Zeron-Paula Wellwood-1/1 5. Lagerfeld - Yankee Glide - Mark MacDonald-Jimmy Takter-7/1 6. Steed - Muscle Hill - Brian Sears-Richard Johnson-20/1 7. Hititoutofthepark - Yankee Glide - Corey Callahan-John Butenschoen-20/1 8. Cufflink Hanover - Andover Hall - Jason Bartlett-Chris Oakes-7/1 Ken Weingartner Media Relations Manager Harness Racing Communications

Freehold, NJ --- Four-year-old female trotter Hannelore Hanover, who extended her win streak to eight with a harness racing track-record in last Friday’s Muscle Hill at Vernon Downs, moves to No. 2 in this week’s Hambletonian Society / Breeders Crown poll. The mare is the only horse to make a gain in the rankings. Wiggle It Jiggle, who was idle, remains in the No. 1 position following a quiet week. Marion Marauder, who won the Yonkers Trot elimination last Saturday, and Lady Shadow, who finished second to Solar Sister in Sunday’s Artiscape, joined Hannelore Hanover as the only Top 10 horses in action last week. The Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll does not determine Horse of the Year. The U.S. Harness Writers Association votes in December on all division winners plus Trotter of the Year, Pacer of the Year and Horse of the Year. Rankings based on the votes of harness racing media representatives on a 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis. Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown Standardbred Poll: Week 15 – 8/30/2016 Rank Name (First Place Votes) A/G/S Record Earnings Points Pvs 1 Wiggle It Jiggleit (18) 4pg 18-11-5-2 $1,055,927 321 1 2 Hannelore Hanover (7) 4tm 14-13-1-0 $662,639 282 4 3 Betting Line (10) 3pc 10-9-1-0 $971,830 268 2 4 Always B Miki 5ph 10-6-3-0 $657,570 229 3 5 Marion Marauder 3tc 9-7-1-0 $874,905 215 5 6 Southwind Frank 3tc 9-6-3-0 $910,023 157 6 7 Control The Moment 3pc 9-4-1-2 $737,463 105 7 8 Racing Hill 3pc 10-4-5-1 $961,702 91 8 9 Lady Shadow 5pm 13-6-2-1 $475,451 68 9 10 Pure Country 3pf 12-6-2-2 $713,706 49 10   Also: Obrigado (32); Darlinonthebeach (23); Ariana G (15); Resolve (13); All The Time (11); Rockin Ron (10); Solar Sister (9); Caprice Hill (7); Lookslikeachpndale (5); Luck Be Withyou (3); Bar Hopping, Funknwaffles, L A Delight, Newborn Sassy (2); Freaky Feet Pete, Huntsville, Muscle Hustle, What The Hill (1). by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications 

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

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

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

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

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

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