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Entering Friday night, Market Share was winless in four starts this season. In fact, he was yet to hit the board. But that all changed in the featured $28,500 Open Handicap Trot at The Meadowlands. Market Share had his game face on this Friday night, as he soared around the East Rutherford harness racing oval, winning in wire to wire fashion as the 2-1 second choice. Market Share led at every point of call, and trotted a 27.2 final quarter while holding off the fast-closing Handover Belle to win in 1:51.1. The race favorite, Obrigado, trailed for much of the mile and despite flying home in 26.3, could only manage to finish third. Both the winner and third place finisher are likely headed to the John Cashman Memorial on Hambletonian Day. Eliminations (if necessary) will be contested next Saturday night. The win was the 26th in the illustrious career of Market Share, whose earnings surpassed $3.7 Million. He is owned by Richard Gutnick, William Augustine and the T L P Stable. He is conditioned by Linda Toscano and was driven to victory by Tim Tetrick, one of five wins on the 12-race card for Tetrick. Market Share Tetrick also scored in the $28,500 Fillies and Mares Open Handicap Pace with the Pennsylvania invader, Ooh Bad Shark, who scored an off the pace win in 1:48.3. Ooh Bad Shark left for position from post six, but was quickly trapped along the pylons as Sandbetweenurtoes and Radar Contact vied for command. In the stretch Ooh Bad Shark was loaded with pace, but had to wait for racing room before angling out wide and finishing with a flourish to chase down Radar Contact with a 26.3 final quarter to score in a lifetime best performance. Longshot Lucy's Pearl rallied to be third. The winner is owned by Donna Fedorak and William Wiggins, who is also the trainer. The first round of the Kindergarten Trotting Series commenced on Friday as well. The colts split into three $10,000 divisions while the fillies contested a pair of $10,000 heats. On the colt side, Reve Royale, Waitlifter K and Winter Harbor emerged victorious while Hollywood Hill and Twice Is Right scored in the filly divisions. Both filly winners are trained by Jimmy Takter and are eligible to the Jim Doherty Memorial while Waitlifter K and Winter Harbor are Peter Haughton-eligible. Brittany Farms had a big night, finding the winner's circle three times with Winter Harbor, Propulsion and Twice Is Right. Rules Of The Road came up with a big effort in a condition trotting event, dominating a solid group in 1:52.3, a lifetime mark. The filly is trained by Janice Connor for the Arden Homestead Stable and was driven by Corey Callahan. She is eligible to the Hambletonian Oaks. Eliminations will take place next Saturday night. There was more than one winning ticket in the last race Jackpot Super Hi-5, therefore that carryover will be $214,272.42 into the 13th race on Saturday. The Saturday program will begin at 7:15 P.M. and it features the $200,000 New Jersey Classic and the $100,000 Miss New Jersey. Darin Zoccali Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment | 1 Racetrack Drive | East Rutherford, NJ 07073            

Doctor Butch is the type of horse that dislikes wearing a blanket, even on the coldest days of winter. A blanket in the winner's circle, though, is another story. "No problem with that," Brad McNinch said with a laugh after detailing how Doctor Butch destroyed two winter blankets this year. "He loves standing in the winner's circle with a blanket." McNinch assists wife Linda Toscano with her New Jersey-based training stable and spends a lot of time with Doctor Butch. The 5-year-old pacer will have the chance to pick up a blanket Saturday at Saratoga Casino and Raceway when he faces seven rivals in the $260,000 Joe Gerrity Jr. Memorial. Doctor Butch, who needs $41,963 to reach $1 million in career earnings, is the longest shot on the morning line at 12-1, but he will neither know nor care about the odds. He will start from post six on the half-mile oval, with Patrick Lachance driving. "He feels good; he looks good," McNinch said about Doctor Butch. "He looks like he can beat anybody and he thinks he can beat anybody. He's just that kind. He's just a good horse. It's mostly attitude. He just wants to beat everybody." Dancin Yankee, the 2014 Gerrity winner, is the 5-2 morning line favorite in Saturday's race. He will start from post two with Jim Morrill Jr. driving for trainer Gary Green. Luck Be Withyou, P H Supercam and All Bets Off are next on the morning line, with odds of 3-1 to 9-2. "I see Dancin Yankee going down the road, but I don't think he'll be left alone; there's enough speed," Toscano said about the race. "Fortunately for us, (Doctor Butch) can race both ways. He'll race just as well from the back as he will on or close to the lead. Hopefully with a trip we'll be OK." Doctor Butch, a son of Art Major out of the mare Classical Yankee, is owned by Ken Jacobs and has won 25 of 87 career races, including the 2013 Art Rooney Pace and 2012 New York Sire Stakes championship for 2-year-old male pacers. He was purchased as a yearling for $55,000 under the name Recent Vintage and his family includes millionaire Yankee Cruiser and stakes-winner JK Majorette. He heads to the Gerrity off a third-place finish in the Open Handicap on July 18 at the Meadowlands. Over his most recent 14 starts, Doctor Butch has six wins and a total of 10 on-the-board efforts. His finishes outside the top three came in two starts from outside posts at Yonkers, a troubled trip in the Gold Cup Invitational at Mohawk, and when he tied up in the Jerry Taylor Invitational at Harrah's Philadelphia. "He's probably a half-step below the top ones, but I wouldn't have any problem putting him in with them," McNinch said. "He's got a great attitude and he's got lots of go. He's on his game right now. It's just the routine he's in now. He loves it." Doctor Butch has raced throughout this year, making at least two starts in every month of 2015, and won eight of 21 appearances. He has been a member of Toscano's stable from the start of his career. "I love that as much as anything," said Toscano, who also credits caretaker Sanne Hansen for her work with Doctor Butch during the past two years. "We put the first harness on him and we broke him. Normally (Jacobs') horses go south and get broken in North Carolina. That year for some reason the colts stayed north. I think that's the best part, to get to keep one you broke yourself and then watched them turn into a good horse. "He's a pleasure to have. He's a very sound horse, and a very, very pretty horse. He's been paying the way. I kind of was instrumental in him not being sold (after his 3-year-old season) because I really believe in the horse. A formula for a really successful operation is having those winter racehorses that can help pay the bills. Ken loves the babies, but he loves to watch the racing too. It's been fun. Doctor Butch has kind of ticked all the boxes." Following is the field for the Gerrity in post order with drivers, trainers and morning line: 1. Michael's Power by Camluck, Bruce Aldrich Jr., Mark Silva, 6-1 2. Dancin Yankee by Yankee Cruiser, Jim Morrill Jr., Gary Green, 5-2 3. Scott Rocks by Rocknroll Hanover, Stephane Bouchard, Mickey Peterson, 8-1 4. P H Supercam by Million Dollar Cam, Jason Bartlett, Jeff Bamond Jr., 4-1 5. Luck Be Withyou by Western Ideal, Mark MacDonald, Mickey Peterson, 3-1 6. Doctor Butch by Art Major, Patrick Lachance, Linda Toscano, 12-1 7. All Bets Off by Bettor's Delight, Matt Kakaley, Ron Burke, 9-2 8. Domethatagain by Bettor's Delight, Billy Dobson, Rene Allard, 10-1 by Ken Weingartner Harness Racing Communications USTA

After proving a gritty winner in both his preliminary events, Jeneral Patton ($2.80) earned a hard-fought 1:51.3 victory in Sunday (July 5) afternoon's harness racing $42,800 final of the Nichols True Value pacing series at Tioga Downs.   Jim Marohn, Jr. brushed to the lead with the 4-year-old Art Major entire after a :27 first quarter, clearing Gokudo Hanover (Tom Jackson) with a circuit to go but then yielding to Let's Foal Around (Mike Simons), who claimed commend on entry to the clubhouse turn after dueling for the lead at race's outset. With Let's Foal Around taking charge through a :54.3 half mile, Jeneral Patton was able to draft along comfortably in the pocket as the mid-race leader faced heavier pressure. With three-eighths to go, Let's Foal Around faced pressure from a first-over Idealbeach Hanover (Brandon Simpson), and the two dueled through a 1:22.1 three-quarter sectional while Marohn angled Jeneral Patton three-wide on the far turn. In upper stretch, Let's Foal Around kicked clear of his dueling rivals, but was chased valiantly by a late-charging Stratocaster (Aaron Byron) up the pegs. Jeneral Patton responded to the late threat, holding sway by half a length. Stratocaster's potent inside kick earned him second honors, and the tiring Let's Foal Around held third.   Linda Toscano trains Jeneral Patton for owner Kenneth Jacobs.   Marohn took the $10,000 Open II Pace earlier on the card, driving Ron Burke trainee Eastend Eddie ($3.30) to a 4-1/2 length win over Electrofire (Simons) and Lauxmont Capri (Jim Taggart, Jr.) by way of a third-over trip. After losing cover on the approach to the far turn, the 7-year-old Million Dollar Cam gelding began to edge away, drawing off for a 1:51.2 score.   The afternoon's co-featured Open I Pace carried a purse of $14,000, and saw Believe This Bob ($3.30) dictate the terms through strong fractions before drawing clear to a 3-1/2 length win over U Belong To Me (Marohn) and Bettorsluckystreak (Taggart). Aaron Byron drove the 7-year-old Beach Romeo gelding for trainer Joe Skowyra.   Byron led all drivers with three wins on the 11-race card.   Live racing returns to Tioga on Friday (July 10) evening, with post time scheduled for 6:15 p.m. Eastern time.   by James Witherite, Tioga Downs

Gotmyredressontnit put up the fastest mile while Soft Idea and Encore Deo also found the winner's circle in their first career starts to highlight the action in the three $36,566 divisions of the New York Sire Stakes for 2-year-old filly pacers at the harness racing meeting at Buffalo Raceway Wednesday night (July 1).   The track record at Buffalo Raceway of 1:56.3 set by Silk Purse in 2011 and tied by Summertime Lea in 2012 will remain safe for another season.   The first division was the quickest as Gotmyredressontnit just missed the track record with a 1:56.4 clocking while Soft Idea and Encore Deo each went the mile in 1:57.3 over the fast track.   The favored Gotmyredressontnit ($4.10) toyed with the field in the first division.   Sitting third at the quarter pole, driver Jason Bartlett said it was time to go with Gotmyredressontnit and took command.   She was on cruise control from there, going 58.1 in the second half mile, including a 28.2 last panel to pull away from runner up Wishy Washy Girl (Jordan Stratton) by 2-3/4 lengths while Another Look (Tom Jackson) finished in third..   Bartlett said after the race, "This filly is really fast. She's high speed and has a great gait."   He added that he was confident when they passed the half-mile pole.   "The way she's been qualifiying, I knew we had it won at the half mile.   I still haven't pulled the plugs on her." Gotmyredressontnit won her two non-betting prep races by 3-1/2 and 4-1/2 lengths.   Owned and trained by Janice Connor, Gotmyredressontnit (Roll With Joe-Western Top Cat) is now a perfect 1-for-1 in her young career.   In the second division, a gutsy drive by Scott Zeron in the passing lane allowed Soft Idea (American Ideal-Walk Softly) to score a narrow victory over Vino And Formaggio and Angels Rockn Pink in an exciting blanket finish that was decided by a mere head.   Angels Rockn Pink (John MacDonald) set the fractions of 29.1, 59.0 and 1:28.1. They looked home free at the top of the stretch but things started to fall apart. The leg-weary Angels Rockn Pink was begging for the finish line but Soft Idea and Vino And Formaggio (Kevin Cummings) were pacing strong to the finish.   Soft Idea ($13.60) went as far down the passing lane as possible and managed to nose past the game Vino And Formaggio at the wire while Angels Rockn Pink was a head back.   Zeron admitted it was a tight squeeze down the stretch. He then added, "She was loaded the entire mile. I backed her off around the turns but down the stretch, I had a ton of horse."   Soft Idea is trained by Linda Toscano and is co-owned by the South Mountain Stable, the Bay's Stable, Radio Racing Stable and Little E LLC.   After losing a narrow decision in the second leg of the Sire Stakes, Cummings got his revenge in the third and final division aboard Encore Deo ($10.80).   Blasting to the top from the five post, Encore Deo, a $100,000 Lexington Sales purchase, played a game of catch me if you can and ended up wiring the field of seven. Putting up fractions of 30.1, 59.4 and 1:28.4, a 28.4 last quarter panel was enough to hold off any late threat. No Clouds Bluechip (Bartlett) finished 3/4 lengths back while Dime A Dance (Stratton) took the show spot.   "She handled the track really well," Cummings said of Encore Deo (Rock N Roll Heaven -Docdor Cameo). "I was a hair worried around the last turn, but once she straightened out in the stretch, she had a a lot left."   Encore Deo is trained by Ron Burke and co-owned by the Burke Stable, Weaver Buscemi, Jason Melillo and Lawrence Karr.   In the $15,000 Excelsior 'A' Series, it was a clean sweep for Jim Morrill Jr. as he guided Amazon Ideal ($3.40) to a 2:00.3 win and was in the sulky with Roll Of Dreams ($4.00) who turned in a 2:00.1 time.   The $6,800 Excelsior 'B' Series went to Milky Way Rae ($4.20) who toured the Buffalo Raceway half-mile oval in 2:00.4 with Bartlett in the bike.   BZ Glide (Morrill Jr.) was victorious in the $10,500 Open Trot in 1:57.2 and returned $2.70 for the win. Morrill Jr. finished the night with four victories.   Country Delight ($4.00) went coast-to-coast in notching a 1:57.3 win in the $9,500 Open pace for the filly and mares. John Cummings Jr. handled the driving duties.   Racing will continue on Friday night at Buffalo Raceway with 11 races scheduled to go to the post at 6:35 p.m.   For more information including the latest news, upcoming promotions, race replays and results, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   Brian J. Mazurek

Linda Toscano trainee El Bloombito (Marcus Miller) picked up his third straight win in the featured harness racing event at Harrah's Philadelphia on Sunday (June 21). It was a pace for non-winners of $20,000 in their last five starts or non-winners of 9 pari-mutuel races or $90,000 lifetime. The 4-year-old son of American Ideal got away sixth off a fast first-quarter (:26.1) set by lukewarm favorite Mr Husani N (Jim Pantaleano). The pace remained contested, as Ron Coyne trainee National Debt (Geo. Napolitano Jr.) brushed up to clear by the half, which was timed in :54.2. That's when El Bloombito made his move. He used a quick burst to take the lead at the three-quarter pole (1:21.3). He maintained a two length lead to the finish, equaling a lifetime's best performance of 1:50. Bettor's Glass (Andrew McCarthy) rallied for place, while Grab Your Keys closed for the show spot. It was the 9th career win for El Bloombito ($7.00), who is owned by Stake Your Claim Stables, the Camelot Stables, and Fred Wallace. Winning driver Marcus Miller had three wins on the card. George Napolitano Jr. and Andrew McCarthy each had four wins on the Father's Day program. Michael Bozich

There were two opens valued at $30,000 each at the harness racing meeting at Harrah's Philadelphia on Sunday afternoon (June 14). The open pace was race six on the fourteen race program. It featured two of the top three finishers from the Jerry Taylor Invitational, including winner Great Vintage (Dave Miller) and third place finisher Mach It So (Jason Bartlett). The race favorite however was Doctor Butch (Scott Zeron). The 5-year-old son of Art Major finished fifth in the Jerry Taylor two starts back, winning his last start in 1:48.2 at the Big M. He was forwardly placed at the start, leading at the quarter-pole (26.4). Mach It So quickly vacated the pocket to take the lead, hitting the half in :55.1. Long shot Big N Bad (Eric Carlson) made mild headway first over, but was unable to gain past three-quarters (1:22.4). In the stretch, Doctor Butch was able to close home in :26.3 to win for the 25th time in his career, stopping the timer in 1:49.2. Mach It So finished second, while Great Vintage closed for third. Doctor Butch is owned by Kenneth Jacobs, and trained by Linda Toscano. He paid $5.00. In the open trot (race 10), Tom Fanning trainee Possessed Fashion (Jason Bartlett) was the lukewarm favorite. The son of Donato Hanover left well for early position from post 3, settling in behind battling leaders at the quarter (:27.3). Linda Toscano trainee Uva Hanover (Dave Miller) and Jimmy Takter trainee Not Afraid (Corey Callahan) battled for the lead with the latter being used hard to clear from post 8. After the tempo settled down at the half (:56.1), Jim Raymer trainee Rossini (Andrew McCarthy) mustered up a first over challenge. They battled to a three-quarter time of 1:24.3. Not Afraid put away the long shot's challenge in the turn, but could not hold off Uva Hanover down the stretch. The 4-year-old won by a little more than a length, stopping the clock in 1:53.2, a lifetime's best. Possessed Fashion got up for second, while Not Again tired to third. Uva Hanover is owned by Stake Your Claim Stables and Martin Sternberg, and paid $8.40 to win. Driver Dave Miller had five wins on the program. Michael Bozich

Not a stranger to multiple wins on a harness racing card Jimmy Morrill Jr. owned the afternoon at Monticello Raceway after posting 4 wins on the card, 3 of which were New York Sire Stakes events. In the first Sire Stakes division of the day, Race 1, worth $29,850, last year's Night of Champions 2 Year Old Colt Pace winner Cartoon Daddy left strong for the lead, he relinquished the front past the ¼ in 28:3 to A Bettor Hat, who took them past the half in 57:2. The eventual winner was sitting 3rd, at the 5/8 marker Jason Bartlett Jr. and Americanprimetime were on the move and charging, a spirited stretch drive ensued as Americanprimetime edged A Bettor Hat in 1:54.2 by a scant neck. The son of American Ideal is trained by Rick Dane Jr. for owners Rock & Roll Stables. 2nd Division (Race 5) J Eagle Feather scored a wire to win over the pocket sitting SOTO, giving Morrill his second win of the young afternoon in 1:54:3. The son of Bettor's Delight is trained by Linda Toscano. His win was his 2nd consecutive win in Sire Stake Company. Finishing 3rd was Lone Survivor. Race 8 was the 3rd division, K Ryan Bluechip started from the rail, after an impressive win last week at Pocono Downs in 1:50:3, Kid Rock and National Seelster blasted off the gate, National Seelster wrestled control at the ¼ mile and led the rest of the way, King of Delight driven by Scot Zeron mounted a threat in the paddock turn. K-Rock sat in the Garden spot the entire mile, in perfect striking distance heading in the stretch he dived into the passing lane, but to no avail as he was unable to catch National Seelster who won by a neck in 1:54:4. The son of Bettor's Delight was driven by Jim Morrill Jr. for trainer Chris Ryder. Race 13, the seven horse field raced in post-position order until just past the half when the outer tier started to unfold, Scott Zeron pulled Artistic Major first over and was at the back of My Spirit Soars (Bettor's Delight) but was never able to make up any ground as Jimmy Morrill Jr. won his 4th race of the afternoon in 1:54:1. After the race in the winner's circle when congratulated on his fourth win of the afternoon, Jimmy said "I should have won the other Sire Stakes event also, I just got beat!"; The most impressive race of the day came in the last race, an Excelsior A division. John Butenschoen's son of Art Major, Gold Coast Muscle went down the road, he put the sleeper move on the field with a pair of middle quarters of 28.0, he took them past the ¾ in 1:24:1 to win easy in the days fastest mile 1:53 by open lengths. Longtime NY owner and patron of the sport Ken Jacobs, has 2 winners on the day. In other action, Division A winners were Major Camby - James Marohn Jr. - 1:56:1, 1:56, American Cross Road - Matt Kakaley - 1:56:1 by 8 lengths, , Nobettorplacetobe John Cummings Jr. 1:54:4. The Excelsior B series winners were Simon Said - Jim Morrill Jr. - Tarport Andy - Jim Devaux - 1:57:2. Monticello Raceway continues to have strong support from the betting public as $761,000 was wagered on the card for a $53,357 average per race. By Shawn F. Wiles

There were five divisions of Stallion Series action for 3-year-old colt and gelding trotters contested at the harness racing meeting at Harrah's Philadelphia on Wednesday afternoon (May 13). In the first division, it was J&T Silva Stable's Old Oak (Marcus Johansson) picking up the victory. The son of Donato Hanover brushed towards the front at the quarter pole, and led every step from that point. PCF Stable's Kolbee's Star (Corey Callahan) provided some tense moments late in the stretch however. The son of Lear Jetta maintained pocket position, but could not go by the winner in the passing lane. Bennie Magliochetti's Bistro finished third. It was the third career win for Old Oak, clocking a lifetime's best 1:56.4. He paid $3.20. In division two, Richard Gutnick's RG's Thunderbolt (Tim Tetrick) was dominant in victory. The son of Yankee Glide went right to the front and made every call a winning one, stopping the timer in 1:57. It was the second straight win for the Linda Toscano trainee, who is a perfect two for two on the season. Muscle Massive colt Ralph R (Marcus Miller) finished second via a pocket trip, while Hurrikane Jonny K (George Napolitano Jr.) finished third.The winner paid $4.80. In the third division, it was Jonas Czernyson trainee Keystone Bodacious (Corey Callahan) leading the field from start to finish. The son of Muscle Massive set moderate fractions to win for the first time. The final time was 1:57.1. Florida invader Silvermass Volo (George Napolitano Jr.) raced strong first-over, but had to settle for second, while long shot Wildintention As (Dave Miller) finished third. Keystone Bodacious is owned by Arden Homestead Stables, Mal and Janet Burroughs, Lst Stables, and Bill Devan Jr. He paid $9.80. In Division four, Harbor Racing's Don't Mind Me (Jim Raymer) went all the way for the victory. The son of Andover Hall faced a challenge at three-quarters from the upstart Handover The Money (Ake Svanstedt). Don't Mind Me responded however, pulling away to win by three lengths, stopping the clock in 1:56.4. Handover The Money (Ake Svanstedt) finished second, while W W (Tim Tetrick) finished third. It was the third career win for Don't Mind Me, who paid $4.80 to win. In the fastest of the five divisions, it was Newcastle going gate-to-wire for the win. The son of Cantab Hall quickly assumed command at the start and never looked back. It was the second win of the day for Harbor Racing Stable and trainer Jim Raymer. Newcastle (Corey Callahan) is now three for four in 2015. Ake Svanstedt trainee Colbert finished second, while Ferragamo (Brett Miller) finished third. The winner paid $2.60. Michael Bozich

EAST RUTHERFORD (May 9, 2015) - If the first two starts of her 2015 harness racing campaign are any indication, Bee A Magician will be a force to be reckoned with once again. On Saturday night at The Meadowlands, she not only defeated the boys in the $50,000 prep for the Arthur J. Cutler Memorial, she destroyed them. Escaping at 12-1, despite coming off a track record performance at Yonkers, Bee A Magician was dismissed by the punters from post position 10. Off the gate, Zeron asked his champion mare for a little speed, but his plan wasn't to make the lead. "I figured we would float out there and I would try to set her up second or third over," said Zeron, "but nobody else really pushed out there, so she brought me to the top rather easily and then we let Yannick go, sat behind him and that was perfect." Bee A Magician did lead at the first point of call, which she reached in 27.4, but she would relinquish that lead to DW's NY Yank, who briefly went off-stride at the start. The Burke-trainee entered tonight riding a four race win streak and he would lead the field past the half-mile in 55.4. Meanwhile. The even money favorite, Melady's Monet was taken back off the speed and would commit first over as the field moved down the backstretch. Hambletonian Winner Market Share would ride his cover around the far turn. Bee A Magician continued to draft in the pocket behind the leader past three quarters in 1:24.3. But from there, the mare made her move. "She pulled me out of the pocket," added Zeron. "She wanted to go and once she made the lead she kicked in even more." Bee A Magician opened up daylight in the stretch and was a geared down and ultra-impressive winner in 1:51.3. Wind Of The North rallied well to finish second, with Melady's Monet holding onto third despite a tough first over trip. In 2013, Bee A Magician completed an undefeated campaign, that included a Hambletonian Oaks win. That campaign led to her being voted the Horse of the Year. She will look to become the first mare to win the Arthur J. Cutler Memorial in the 17-year history of the race in the $175,000 Final on Saturday, May 16th. The magnificent mare by Kadabra is owned by Melvin Hartman, Marvin Katz and David Mc Duffee and trained by Nifty Norman. For Queen Bee, it was her 33rd victory from 49 starts. Her earnings continue to close in on $2.8 Million. The win capped off a big night for Scott Zeron, who won four races on the card. Bee A Magician Earlier on the racing program, the top pacers contested the $27,500 Open Handicap which was scratched down to a field of six. Newcomer Ellis Park was a 9/5 favorite at post time, but both Dovuto Hanover and Doctor Butch were not far behind in the pari-mutuel wagering. Doctor Butch was asked for speed off the gate and would be guided to a pocket spot behind Fool Me Once who would lead the field for the first three quarters of a mile, establishing fractions of 26.2, 54.2 and 1:21.2 but the lead would not last the length of the stretch as the field closed in, none more so than Doctor Butch. The five year old son of Art Major ripped out of the pocket in the stretch and scampered away from the field to win impressively in 1:48.1, establishing a new lifetime mark and sending his lifetime earnings past $900,000. Dovuto Hanover rallied from off the pace to finish second, while Ellis Park, who roughed it first over, held on for third. Doctor Butch won for the 23rd time in his career for Linda Toscano and Kenneth Jacobs and was driven to victory by his usual partner in the sulky, Tim Tetrick. Doctor Butch In other action, Rock Of The Ages scored a victory over a trio of Meadowlands Pace-eligibles, winning in 1:51 for Brett Miller. Trading Up, Sicily and Jo Pa's Well Said, all on the road to The Meadowlands Pace finished behind the 7-1 upset winner. Rock Of The Ages Tony Alagna had a good night on Saturday at The Meadowlands. In addition to his Trading Up finishing second in his three year old debut, he won a pair of races with Shades Of Bay and Odds On Equuleus, both with Scott Zeron in the sulky. The former is a Meadowlands Pace-eligible colt who was making his three year old debut. He was victorious in a very sharp 1:50.3. The Meadowlands Pace theme would continue in the very next race, as Edward Teach, another Pace-eligible colt scored in a condition event in a lifetime best 1:51 for the Burke/Gingras connection. Shades Of Bay Odds On Equuleus Art History won for the third consecutive time, taking a tough condition even in 1:51.1 capping what was a very good night for Scott Zeron. Art History There were two winning tickets in the fifth race Jackpot Super Hi-5, so that jackpot pool carried over once again and will feature a $112,844 carryover into Friday night. The last race jackpot also went unclaimed and that carryover will be $87,837 into the Friday program. The handle of just over $2.8 Million was virtually flat compared to this night in 2014, with one less race. Racing returns on Friday which features the New Jersey Sire Stakes for thee year old trotters and the eagerly anticipated three year old debut of Mission Brief. Post time is 7:15 P.M. Darin Zoccali

Under most circumstances, El Bloombito is the kind of horse harness racing trainer Linda Toscano would have looked to sell. But after a discussion with the horse's other owners, it was decided that the 4-year-old El Bloombito was the kind of horse worth keeping. El Bloombito - named after a Twitter account that parodied then-New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's attempts at speaking Spanish - is among nine horses in Saturday's $54,200 Whata Baron Series final at the Meadowlands Racetrack. He is one of three Toscano-trained horses in the race. First race post time is 5:30 p.m. Saturday at the Meadowlands. Toscano had high hopes for El Bloombito after he was purchased for $25,000 at the 2012 Standardbred Horse Sale. He won a division of the Tompkins-Geers as a 2-year-old, but was limited to three starts that season because of soreness. At age 3, El Bloombito won two preliminary divisions of the New York Sire Stakes, but had to be scratched from the final because of illness. "He had issues at both 2 and 3, but he had a lot of speed," said Toscano, who owns El Bloombito with Stake Your Claim Stable and Fred Wallace. "He absolutely had a lot of speed. "I don't keep them very often; I usually sell them after their 3-year-old year so I can make room for the next one. But the group of us talked and thought: Do we really want to sell this horse? He's going to make an awful nice aged racehorse for somebody else. We thought maybe he could pay his way and pay for some of the babies. We decided to keep him, and I'm not unhappy that I kept him. I'm just unhappy that he has no luck." Now a gelding, El Bloombito has won two of nine races this year and hit the board a total of five times. He was fifth in the first round of the Whata Baron Series, although beaten by only a half-length, and third in last week's 12-horse second round despite racing on the outside for the entirety of the extended-distance 1-1/8 miles event. His luck did not improve with the draw for Saturday's final, as he got post nine. Regular driver John Campbell will be in the sulky. The duo is 8-1 on the morning line. "John and he get along really, really well and he's been finishing up like gangbusters," Toscano said. "Even last week at a mile and an eighth he raced well; he was parked the whole mile. I was happy with him. But I don't know how we're going to do it from the nine hole." El Bloombito has done most of his racing this season from off the pace, but that is by design and not because of a lack of speed leaving the starting gate. "He leaves really well, but we're teaching him two ends," Toscano said about the son of American Ideal-On The Arm. "He was a one-trick pony; he used to always have to leave and be on the lead. But he was too grabby. We needed him to relax. He's been racing really well from the back." El Bloombito, who has earned $119,974 lifetime, also has relaxed since being gelded. "He was very tough on himself," Toscano said. "He was the kind of horse that was difficult, both from a caretaker's point of view and a trainer's point of view. He would scream and holler and rant and rave. He's much more focused now. He's just a nice horse to have around." Toscano's other Whata Baron finalists are JK Patriot and Sassy Hanover, who are 15-1 and 20-1, respectively, on the morning line. "Sassy is overmatched, I think," Toscano said. "He's an honest horse and when he's in the right class he wins. I like those kinds of horses. But I think he's one touch above where he belongs (in the Whata Baron). "JK Patriot is just a pleasure to have in the barn. I'm babysitting him for (Ohio's) Sammy and Jodi Schillaci. He doesn't do anything wrong. He's just one of those horses that you'd love to own because he goes out there and finds a way to get a check every single time. Last week he had an impossible spot as well as having his wheel run over, so he dragged a flat tire around the whole mile. He didn't have much shot last week. "He's reunited with David (Miller) and David gets along great with him and maybe he'll get more luck too." Ron Burke-trained Rediscovery, who won his two preliminary starts in the series, is the 2-1 morning line favorite. He leaves from post six with driver Yannick Gingras. Ideal Cowboy and Bettorever, both from the stable of trainer Jeff Bamond Jr., are 5-2 and 3-1, respectively. Bettorever, who also has a preliminary-round win in the series, starts from post two with driver Corey Callahan while Ideal Cowboy begins from post seven with driver Tim Tetrick. * * * Joe Holloway hopes Fast Movin Train is on track for a successful New York Sire Stakes season. But first the gelding will have to compete against the locomotive known as Wiggle It Jiggleit in Saturday's $47,124 Simpson Memorial Stakes for 3-year-old male pacers at the Meadowlands Racetrack. Wiggle It Jiggleit is 5-for-5 this year -- and unbeaten in six lifetime starts -- for owner George Teague Jr., trainer Clyde Francis and driver Montrell Teague. Earlier this season, he won the Buddy Gilmour Series at the Meadowlands as well as beating older horses in a preliminary round of the Sonsam Series. He is the 3-5 morning line favorite in the Simpson, leaving from post four in a seven-horse field. Fast Movin Train is coming off a neck victory over Rock N' Roll World in last week's Reynolds Memorial Stakes at the Meadowlands. Fast Movin Train and driver David Miller won in a career-best 1:52.3 at odds of 24-1. Fast Movin Train drew post five and is 5-1. Rock N' Roll World, who is the 9-2 second choice, will leave from post one with Scott Zeron driving for trainer Mark Silva. After going winless in eight starts last year, Fast Movin Train has two wins and four second-place finishes in eight races this season. He has earned $59,743 in his career. "He's definitely better than he was last year," said Holloway, referring to Fast Movin Train's 0-for-8 season at age 2. "I thought he stood a chance last week. As it worked out, he got a good trip. If he was first up like (favorite) Coaster was, he probably would have been back some. But he shouldn't have been as long a shot as he was." Holloway, who trains Fast Movin Train for owner Michael Ouriel, thinks the horse could be ready for a favorable New York Sire Stakes campaign. "I don't think he's an open type of horse, but hopefully he can be a good sire stakes horse," Holloway said. "He has gate speed, so he can get position in the sire stakes. I think he'll grind it out and have a very decent year." * * * The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono will host four divisions of the Pennsylvania All Stars for 3-year-old male trotters on Saturday, with the races held on the first of two cards that day. Post time is 11 a.m. for the first card and 6:30 p.m. for the nightcap. Fifteen Hambletonian Stakes eligible trotters will compete in the four divisions, with Boots N Chains, Don't Mind Me, and Jacksons Minion in the first group. The second set includes Explosive Brother, Piercewave Hanover, Pierre, Real Dj Hanover, and Soboro Hanover. Cruzado Dela Noche, Finish Line, and Suit And Tie are in the third division while Cue Hall, Danish Durango, On The Sly, and Whom Shall I Fear close out the card. Boots N Chains, from the stable of trainer John Butenschoen, and Nancy Johansson's Cruzado Dela Noche were open stakes winners last season. Whom Shall I Fear, sent out by trainer Jimmy Takter, is a full brother to Dan Patch Award winners Pastor Stephen and Father Patrick. The $1 million Hambletonian is Aug. 8 at the Meadowlands Racetrack. * * * Bee A Magician, the 2013 Horse of the Year, will race Saturday in the Open Handicap at Yonkers Raceway. The 5-year-old mare will leave from post six in a seven-horse field with Brian Sears driving for trainer Nifty Norman. Not Afraid, who leaves from post seven with Daniel Dube driving for Jimmy Takter, is the 5-2 morning line favorite. Ray Schnittker's Dewycolorintheline, the 2013 Yonkers Trot winner, is in post five. * * * JK She'salady, the 2014 Horse of the Year, and Dan Patch Award winners Mission Brief, Pinkman, Father Patrick and Market Share all are scheduled to compete in qualifiers Friday morning at the Meadowlands. The qualifiers are scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m. For a complete look at the card, click here. by Ken Weingartner Harness Racing Communications USTA

A field of eight upper-conditioned level filly and mare pacers lined up for the featured harness racing event on Friday afternoon (April 24) from Harrah's Philadelphia. The wagering public put their support behind Linda Toscano trainee Blush Hanover. The daughter of Art Major was coming off of a solid third place performance against similar. At the start, the race favorite initially left, but took back, as class-dropping Jeremes Sweetheart (Vic Kirby) left hard for the lead. After a swift :27 opening quarter, the pace slowed down some at the half (:56.3/:29.3). Business picked up however, as long shot Odds On Alpha (Marcus Miller) moved up first-over to challenge at three-quarters (1:24.2/:27.4). Jeremes Sweetheart shunned that challenge by stretch's beginning, but faced a host of fresh challengers in the stretch, including favorite Blush Hanover. At the finish, it was Blush Hanover (Tim Tetrick) moving through to narrowly win, stopping the clock in 1:53.3 (:29.1). Jeremes Sweetheart finished second, while Stormunn (Pat Berry) was third. Blush Hanover is owned by Stake Your Claim Stables, Seth Coen, and George Derocker. Michael Bozich

A field of eight classy trotters lined up behind the starter for the featured harness racing event on a chilly Thursday at Harrah's Philadelphia. It was a trot for winners over $25,000 lifetime going for a purse of $25,000. It was a war right from the word go, as they battled three wide to the quarter. Race Favorite Luminosity (Yannick Gingras) emerged with the lead from post five, by an opening quarter in :27.4. Linda Toscano trainee Uva Hanover (Tim Tetrick) secured pocket position, while millionaire trotter Sevruga was forced to take back into third. After a calmer half (:57.2/:29.3), Jim Campbell trainee Opening Night (John Campbell) moved up to challenge. After a third quarter timed in 1:26.1(:28.4), Luminosity drew clear by a length, but was unable to hold off the passing lane bid of Uva Hanover, who won by a head in the end. The final time was 1:55.1. It was the ninth win out of twenty-five starts for the son of Cantab Hall. He is owned by Stake Your Claim Stables and Martin Sternberg. Luminosity was second, while Team Six (Marcus Miller) rallied for third. The winner paid $9.40. Michael Bozich

A field of seven lined up behind the starter for the featured event of the day from Harrah's Philadelphia, a trot for non-winners of $25,000 in their last 5 starts or non-winners of 9 races or $90,000 lifetime. Three horses were making their 2015 debuts after solid 3-year-old campaigns. Linda Toscano trainee Uva Hanover, Chris Ryder trainee Madewell Hanover, and Walter Carroll trainee Wheelsandthelegman each made over $100,000 as 3-year-olds. At the start however, it was favored Il Mago (Yannick Gingras) going right to the front, and making every call a winning one, stopping the clock in 1:55. Spider Blue Chip (Dave Miller) closed up the inside to finish second, while millionaire trotter Sevruga (Andy Miller). It was the 24th career win for the 6-year-old horse by Kadabra, who was making his 99th start. The winner paid $4.00. Michael Bozich

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - (Saturday, March 14, 2015) There have not been many better horses in the sport of harness racing this winter than Rockeyed Optimist and his win Saturday night at The Meadowlands in the first round of the Clyde Hirt series may have been his most impressive victory yet. Fresh off his win in the $59,000 Sonsam Final, a lifetime best 1:50 performance, Rockeyed Optimist was a 1/5 favorite to win the $20,000 first round of the Clyde Hirt series and he did not disappoint. Reunited with Tim Tetrick, who returned from the World Drivers Championship in Australia, Rockeyed Optimist sat third early in the mile and was relaxed through a quarter of 26.4 before making his move for the lead. He would spring past Rock Out before the half-mile in 55-seconds and that essentially closed the book on the race. From the moment he seized command, the lead would only expand through the final three-eighths of a mile, sprinting a 27.4 third panel before setting sail for home. At the top of the stretch Tetrick asked his star for speed and the response was devastating as Rockeyed Optimist sprinted to the wire in 26.4 to win by open lengths in a lifetime best 1:49.3. Caviart Luca was the runner-up with Rock Out third. Rockeyed Optimist has now won five times from six starts this season for trainer Steve Elliot and owners Anthony Perretti, Berkner, A&B Stable and Battaglia. The $25,000 Preferred Handicap for pacers featured a competitive field and a thrilling finish. Speed Again and Yannick Gingras made an easy lead off the gate, with Doctor Butch, the 7/5 favorite securing the pocket spot into the first turn. Speed Again rolled through fractions of 27.2, 56.2 and 1:24.2, and Doctor Butch remained right behind the leader throughout the first three-quarters of a mile. Ontario Success moved first over and challenged for the lead around the far turn, effectively keeping Tim Tetrick and Doctor Butch locked in the pocket. That scenario played out in the stretch with Tetrick look for racing room as Ontario Success hit the front in the final eighth of a mile. Blatanly Best was gathering momentum from the back of the pack and began to close in as Tetrick tried to thread the needle between horses nearing the wire. There was just enough room for Doctor Butch as he slipped through and just got his nose on the wire first in 1:51.2. Blatantly Best finished second with Ontario Success not far behind in third. Doctor Butch is trained by Linda Toscano for Kenneth Jacobs. The win was the 20th in the five year olds career.   Darin Zoccali

Three harness racing series finals made up the Winter Series Spectacular at The Meadowlands on Saturday night. The Super Bowl, Wordly Beauty and last but not least, the Escort Final with a purse of $56,000 appeared the most competitive of the three series finals on paper. Coming into The Escort Final, Tim Tetrick had what appeared to be a difficult decision to make, between Khan Blue Chip, a Linda Toscano trainee and Company Man. Tetrick decided to sit behind Company Man and it was proven that he chose wisely. Sent off as the 2-1 second choice, Tetrick allowed Company Man to sit third, just off the speed of Khan Blue Chip through a rather soft opening quarter of 28.1. Sensing the light tempo, Tetrick pulled his gelding as they straightened up in the backstretch and made a strong bid for the lead. Company Man hit the half-mile in 56 and three-quarters in 1:23.3, before getting separation on the field and opening up a three length lead turning for home. His main rival, Major Uptrend, was stacked up third over finding himself with five lengths to make up at the top of the stretch. Driven by Corey Callahan, Major Uptrend lengthened his stride late, along with a game JK Patriot and that pair began to close in on Company Man. But Tetrick saved just enough for the final strides and Company Man held on for the score in 1:51.4. Major Uptrend was second and JK Patriot third. Tetrick noted that his horse has the potential to move up the class ladder in the coming months. "He's tough enough," said Tetrick, "he can carry his speed for a long time and he's tough enough and that makes for a good racehorse." Up next for Company Man will be the Sonsam series which gets underway on Saturday February 7th. The top-five finishers from The Escort are all eligible to the Sonsam. Company Man is trained by Virgil Morgan Jr.for Daniel Mitchell. Company Man Tetrick was far from done as he had a major contender, Witch Dali, in the the second winter-series Final contested which was the $47,600 Wordly Beauty for three and four year old filly and mare pacers. Donttellruss was sent off as the 4/5 favorite off her pocket-rocket win over Witch Dali in round two of the series. Tonight, Corey Callahan was intent on the lead, parking out all challengers, especially the first over Just Fine. Donttellruss established a hot-pace of 27, 54 and 1:22.3 before turning for home with the lead, with Empress Deo looming off cover and Witch Dali situated third over as the field entered the stretch. Callahan called on Donttellruss for everything she had, but Tim Tetrick showed his mare, Witch Dali some racetrack and she responded, carving into the margin with each and ever stride. Nearing the wire, Witch Dali wore down a gritty Donttellruss to win the Worldly Beauty in 1:52.2. The win marked the sixth in seven starts since returning from the layoff for Witch Dali and it also made for the second winter series win for the daughter of Dali. Trainer Tony Alagna said he was "licking his chops watching his mare tracking the leaders from third over with the hot fractions up front." Alagna also made reference to a foot issue that kept his mare on the sidelines for one year saying, "we waited on her, but she has come back great and she was super tonight." Witch Dali was driven by Tim Tetrick for Tony Alagna, Alagna Racing and Bradley Grant. Donttellruss saved the runner-up spot with Empress Deo third. The top-three finishers are all bound for the Burning Point series which gets underway on Friday, February 6th. The Super Bowl looked like a four-horse race on paper and on the heels of a defeat in round two of the Super Bowl series as a 3/5 favorite, JL Cruze turned the tables once again on Opulent Yankee when the big money was down, winning the $50,000 Super Bowl Final with John Campbell. Sent off as the 2-1 third choice, JL Cruze left for position and was seemingly moving up to challenge the early lead, but was promptly looped by a three-wide Two Hip Dip going past the opening quarter of 28.4. JL Cruze was hung out on the rim, grinding it first over through a strong 27.2 second quarter. Campbell asked his gelding for speed at this point and JL Cruze responded and took over the lead from Two Hip Dip moving into the far turn. Opulent Yankee was tracking the leaders from third and he elected to remain on the pylons as his entry-mates Blocking The Way and Propulsion moved to the outside. However, Two Hip Dip got aggressive and pulled from the pocket just before the three-quarter pole to challenge JL Cruze, which enabled Opulent Yankee to advance along the pylons as Two Hip Dip flattened out in the stretch. Turning for home off three-quarters in 1:25, JL Cruze accelerated away from the field, with the three-horse entry chasing him home as Two Hip Dip faded, but no one was catching JL Cruze, who streaked under the wire a powerful Super Bowl Champion in 1:54.4. Opulent Yankee was second with Blocking The Way third. The top-five finishers in the Super Bowl Final are all eligible to the upcoming Charles Singer Memorial trotting series which begins on Thursday, February 5th. JL Cruze was driven to victory by John Campbell for trainer Eric Ell who mentioned in a post-race interview that his gelding "was battling a bit of an illness the week before and was not 100-percent, but he had a great week this week and showed up with his best effort tonight." JL Cruze is owned by W Kenneth Wood, W J Dittmar Jr. and S J Iaquinta. The Super Bowl Final was part of a pick 5 sequence that sported a $22,616 carryover, resulting in a total pool Saturday night of $146,934. Darin Zoccali    

From where trainer harness racing Linda Toscano sits, JK Patriot looks like his mom. More importantly, the 4-year-old pacer acts like her too. Toscano trained JK Patriot's dam, JK Majorette, a stakes-winning three-quarter sister to millionaire Yankee Cruiser, in 2007 and 2008. Now she conditions JK Patriot for owners Matt Bencic and Sam Schillaci, and is preparing the gelding for Saturday's $56,000 Escort Series final for 3- and 4-year-old male pacers at the Meadowlands. "They have a similar gait," Toscano said about JK Patriot and JK Majorette. "Sitting behind them, his rear end is the exact same as hers was. "She was a good race mare for me, so to get to race him is kind of a cool thing. He's got a really good desire and she was the same way too. She wanted to win." JK Patriot will start Saturday's nine-horse Escort final from post eight with driver David Miller. JK Patriot, who had a win and a second-place finish in the two preliminary rounds of the series, is 6-1 on the morning line. Toscano also will send Khan Blue Chip into the final. Khan Blue Chip, who had a dead-heat win and second-place finish in his preliminary rounds, is 4-1 from post three with driver Andy Miller. The entry of Major Uptrend and Brick Bazooka is the 8-5 morning line favorite, followed by What I Believe at 2-1. JK Patriot and Khan Blue Chip both were trained by Schillaci before being sent to Toscano for the Escort. JK Patriot has won seven of 24 career races and $59,709. In his last nine starts, dating back to early November, he has five victories and four second-place finishes. Khan Blue Chip, owned by William Heinz and Jack Heinz, has won six of 16 lifetime races and $38,739. "They both came from Jodi and Sammy Schillaci; I babysit for them in the wintertime, and I'm happy to do it," Toscano said. "They're good horsemen and they always send horses that look great and are ready to do exactly what they tell me they're ready to do. "(JK Patriot) was good every start before I got him and he's been holding his form. He's been very sharp. (Khan Blue Chip) is a fast horse. He was unlucky in his first start -- he got caught in -- but finished up good. Last week he raced great." Last week, JK Patriot won his Escort division - which was contested at 1-1/8 miles - by two lengths over Major Uptrend, who was eventually disqualified and placed 11th. Toscano believes the extra distance might help the horse in this week's traditional mile race. "It can't hurt," Toscano said. "I don't think (the horses) notice a difference unless they're on the lead or on the outside. But there's no question it will leg one up. When I'm trying to leg one up training, it's not uncommon for me to go a mile-and-a-half, so why wouldn't it help." Major Uptrend, Company Man and What I Believe each won a first-round Escort division. JK Patriot was joined by Khan Blue Chip and What I Believe, who finished in a dead heat, with victories in round two. What I Believe will start from post four with Ron Pierce driving for trainer Ron Burke. Major Uptrend, who went off stride last week in the race won by JK Patriot, leaves from post five with Corey Callahan at the lines, also for Burke. Major Uptrend is coupled with Brick Bazooka, trained by Larry Remmen, because of common ownership. Company Man, trained by Virgil Morgan Jr., drew post one and is 6-1 with driver Tim Tetrick. "It's a good group," Toscano said. "I think the trip will win it. That's what I like about the (JK) Patriot horse; he doesn't seem to need one. The outside hasn't hurt him too much and he's been first up for a long ways. He kind of does what he needs to do. "But there are some really nice horses in there and I think whoever gets the best trip is probably going to be the victor." By Ken Weingartner / Harness Racing Communications / USTA

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