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Harrisburg, PA --- Bodacious sold for $355,000 and was the sales topper during Monday's opening session of the Standardbred Horse Sale in Harrisburg. Chris Oakes signed the sales slip for the daughter of Somebeachsomewhere-Silky. She is a full sister to Beach Body p,2,1:53.1f ($280,609), the runner-up in last month's Breeders Crown for 2-year-old filly pacers. Oakes is also the trainer of Beach Body. Canepa Hanover sold for $300,000 earlier in the day. The Muscle Hill-Cressida Hanover colt was purchased by Jimmy Takter. He is a half-brother to 2006 Horse of the Year Glidemaster. Below is a list of the $100,000-plus yearlings sold during Monday's session. A full recap will be available shortly. Hip-Name-Sex-Sire-Dam-Price 194–Bodacious–Filly–Somebeachsomewhere-Silky–$355,000 Half-sister to Malicious (1:50.1f; $780,859) and Ms Malicious (1:51.4f; $351,963); full sister to Beach Body (1:53.1f; $280,609) 89–Canepa Hanover–Colt–Muscle Hill-Cressida Hanover–$300,000 Half-brother to 2006 Horse of the Year Glidemaster (1:51.1; $1.96 million) 202–Honey I’m Home–Colt–Well Said-Sweet Future–$300,000 Half-brother to Bettor Sweet (1:47.2; $2.78 million) and Sweet Lou (1:47.4s; $2.04 million) 155–Way Bay Hanover–Colt–Somebeachsomewhere-Western Duel–$270,000 Half-brother to Westwardho Hanover (1:49.1f; $689,408), Woodstock Hanover (1:50.1f; $456,007) and Whackamole Hanover (1:49f; $439,896) 108–Katniss–Filly–Credit Winner–Armbro Deja Vu–$260,000 Full sister to Dejarmbro (1:52.2f; $1.13 million) 189–Fire Permit–Colt–Credit Winner-Amber Fire Hanover–$230,000 Dam is a half-sister to Spicy Wings (1:54.3f; $570,720) 164–Paparazzi Hanover–Colt–Well Said-Paula’s Best–$190,000 Half-brother to Pirouette Hanover (1:50.3; $608,759) 172–Lookslikeachpndale–Colt–Muscle Hill-Poster Pin Up–$185,000 Stakes-winning dam had a mark of 1:55.4f and earned $439,454 187–Off To Bed–Colt–Credit Winner-Satin Pillows–$185,000 Full brother to To Dream On (1:52.1; $975,395) 162–Peruski Hanover–Colt–Somebeachsomewhere-Paris Hanover–$180,000 Dam is a half-sister to Philos Hanover (1:49.3f; $523,246) and Panther Hanover (1:47.2; $367,877) 144–Hit The Hay–Filly–Kadabra-Bedtime Song–$160,000 Dam is a half-sister to Pampered Princess (1:53; $1.64 million) 186–Workout Warrior–Colt–Muscle Hill-Sabrina Hall–$160,000 Half-brother to He’s A Demon (1:53.1; $305,370) 82–Its Okay To Stare–Filly–Deweycheatumnhowe-Glide By–$155,000 Dam is a half-sister to Maven (1:51.4h; $1.37 million) and Lanson (1:51.3; $791,586) 106–Lady Winona–Filly–Credit Winner-Ladylind–$155,000 Full sister to Jezzy (1:55; $834,240) 176–Wheels Ah Smokin–Colt–Muscles Yankee-Quick Credit–$155,000 Half-brother to Wheeling N Dealin (1:55; $811,226) 222–Bring On The Beach–Colt–Mach Three-Wheres The Beach–$155,000 Full brother to 2008 Horse of the Year Somebeachsomewhere (1:46.4; $3.22 million) 61–Dreams Beachboy–Colt–Somebeachsomewhere-Dream-A-While–$150,000 70–Morning Blue Chip–Colt–Bettor's Delight-BJ’s Sunshine–$150,000 Full-brother to Fashion Delight (1:50.1s; $803,897) 116–Lovely Jan–Filly–Muscle Massive-Lotsa Love–$145,000 Dam is a half-sister to Malabar Man (1:53.1; $2.14 million) 175–Motleyjue Bluechip–Colt–Art Major-Fool That I Am–$145,000 Full brother to Feel Like A Fool (1:49.4; $933,986) and Fool Me Once (1:48.1s; $635,057) 149–Anwar Hanover–Colt–Well Said-Allamerican Nadia–$140,000 Half-brother to Rusty’s All In (1:50f; $481,589) and Apprentice Hanover (1:49.4f; $383,405) 158–Strong Sorceress–Filly–Kadabra-One Tough Lass–$140,000 Dam won 2008 Kentucky Filly Futurity 133–Class Included–Colt–Muscles Yankee-Yankee Blondie–$137,000 Full brother to 2009 Horse of the Year Muscle Hill (1:50.1; $3.27 million) 114–Raylan Givens–Colt–Rock N Roll Heaven-Lisheen–$135,000 Half-brother to Lismara (1:47.3; $2.14 million) 216–Azorean Art–Colt–Art Major-Dancin Barefoot–$135,000 Stakes-winning dam had mark of 1:51.4f and earned $219,147 107–Lilu Hanover–Filly–Andover Hall-Lady Luck Hanover–$130,000 Full sister to Luckycharm Hanover (1:52.2; $430,056) 151–Ideal Donato–Colt–Donato Hanover-New Ideal–$130,000 Half-brother to Kadealia (1:55.1s; $570,375) 183–Arque Hanover–Colt–Rock N Roll Heaven-A Pippin Hanover–$130,000 Dam is a half-sister to Appleoosa Hanover (1:52.1s; $468,725) 200–Gold Beach–Filly–Somebeachsomewhere-Sunone–$130,000 Three-quarter brother to Smashbox (1:51.4s; $426,282) 62–Late Night–Colt–Art Major-Dreamland’s Jo Jo–$125,000 Half-brother to Real Nice (1:51.1h; $1.24 million) 227–Hard Rock Deo–Colt–Rocknroll Hanover-Worldly Beauty–$125,000 Full brother to World Of Rocknroll (1:50.3s; $338,561) 14–Raptureblisterburn–Filly–Conway Hall-Lady Marian–$120,000 Half-brother to Possessed Fashion (1:53.4; $314,272) 59–Day Man Hanover–Colt–Credit Winner-Dornello–$120,000 Half-brother to Lauderdale (1:54.1s; $217,535) 79–Sacreligulous–Colt–Credit Winner-Religulous–$120,000 168–Taiya Hanover–Filly–Rock N Roll Heaven–Trim Hanover–$120,000 Half-sister to American Jewel (1:48.2s; $1.84 million) 213–Penji Hanover–Colt–Art Major-Platinum Hanover–$120,000 Dam is a half-sister to Philos Hanover (1:49.3f; $523,246) and Panther Hanover (1:47.2; $367,877) 177–Can’t Wait Hanover–Colt–Somebeachsomewhere-Carolina Angel–$110,000 Dam is a full sister to Knock Three Times (1:51; $645,922) 204–Tady’s Legacy–Colt–Muscle Hill-Tady’s Comer–$110,000 Half-brother to Hez Striking (1:52.3s; $1 million) and Tady Strikes Again (1:54f; $585,681) 104–Rocknroll Katie–Filly–Rocknroll Hanover-Kutekatie–$100,000 Dam is a full sister to Kikikatie (1:50.3; $1.26 million) and Just Wait Kate (1:50.4; $387,931) by Ken Weingartner for USTA/HRC

Pompano Beach, FL…October 17, 2014…Don’t Spank Me pulled off a mile upset at Pompano Park on Wednesday by scoring a decisive win in a lifetime best 1:54 for Bruce Ranger in the Florida Sunshine State Stake for three year-old pacing fillies. The daughter of Capital Request, owned by Jean Carter along with trainer Wayne Carter, went right to the front and clocked opening panels of :28.1 and :57.4 before thwarting the bid of the 3 to 10 favorite, Tashia, handled by Stephane Lareau, with a :27.3 third panel and romping home in :28.3 to seal the deal. Tashia did finish second while Dandee Diamond finished third for Wally Ross, Jr. I C U Misty and Track Girl picked up minor awards in the field of seevn. In winning her Pompano Park debut this season, Don’t Spank Me stopped the seven race winning streak of Tashia. In a post-race interview, Ranger said, “Wayne (trainer Carter) said the filly is quite handy and can leave if asked. She was completely well within herself the entire mile and beat a very tough filly in Tashia in the process.” The ultra-consistent Don’t Spank Me now has a 4-3-3 scorecard in 12 starts this year, pushing her lifetime bankroll to $47,788. As second choice in the betting, Don’t Spank Me returned $6.40 to win. Pompano’s featured “winner’s over” trot went, also in a mild upset, to My Man, handled by Stephane Lareau for trainer Noreen Paulin and owner Claude Baril. The five year-old son of Malabar Man, stepping up in class after a win last week, was well back early as Lugar, driven by Tom Sells, cut fractions of :27.4 and :57. On the backside, Lareau, still sixth, began to close an eight length gap. following Spring Goal (Rick Plano) as that one began his bid from fifth halfway through the mile. Turning for home after three quarter in 1:26.2, Spring Goal was surging and edged by Lugar a sixteenth out but My Man, widest of all, nailed Spring Goal right on the money with Lugar third in a three horse picture. The victory was My Man’s sixth of the year, sending his 2013 bounty to $35,425. Other notable performances on the mid-week card included J D Eleven Bells in the Sunshine State Stakes event for juvenile fillies and the 10 year-old Gale Warning. J D Eleven Bells, handled by Rick Plano overcame a second tier post to score an easy win in a lifetime best 1:57.1, defeating La Regina (Ranger) by five lengths. Sandalonia (Mickey McNichol) rallied to finish third over Heather (Lareau). Marion picked up the nickel. It ws the second win in six lifetime starts for J D Eleven Bells, a daughter of Eleven A M trained by Paul Bernardo for owner Joseph Martinelli, Sr. Gale Warning won for the 58th time during his splendid career, scoring a gate to wire win for Andy Santeramo in 1:57.1. Gale Warning, owned by Ciro Gentile along with trainer Rod Lorenzo, now has lifetime earnings of $614,665. by John Berry for Isle Pompano Park

Johnny Takter steered 7/1 long shot Dreams Take Time (4m Andover Andover-B My Honey-Viking Kronos) to a close score in 1.14.04kr to win the 2013 edition of the classic Prix Deutschland at Hamburg. The purse was 200,000 euros over the 2720 meter autostart distance. Sire of the winner was a $170,000 yearling in the U.S. and is a son of Andover Hall from Wac by Malabar Man. Indigious (4m Prodigious-Indication) was second for Erik Adielsson, owner Stall Express and trainer Stig H. Johansson. Quid Pro Quo (4m Yankee Glide-Hostage) was third for teamster Ake Svanstedt with Call Me Hanover (4g Kadabra-Chiptease-Pin e Chip) fourth for Per Lennartsson. Favored Clint W. Boko finished seventh. by Thomas H. Hicks for Harnesslink.com  

Veteran open class trotter Master Pine (10g Master Lavec-Pine Career-Pine Chip) with Helene Gregory aboard won today’s $16,000 Monte/RUS special over a rain-dulled Red Mile surface in 1:58.4. The winner is trained by Julie Miller for owners Mark Moger and Albert Delia Jr. and was bred in Ohio by Double Springs Farm. Gregory used a backstretch brush to pass early contenders Chinese Cuisine (5g Revenue-Missymandarine-Malabar Man) with Tina Duer up, for owner Peninsula Farm Inc., and the Balanced Image son Harlequin handled by Riina Rekila. Master Pine opened a five length advantage around the final turn and maintained a steady stretch pace closing in :30.3 for a head advantage on the line to win over fast finishing A Penny Earned (4h Conway Hall-Penny Dream-Dream Vacation ), with Heather Reese aboard. Chinese Cuisine was third. A Penny Earned was 17 lengths back at the half and closed impressively for trainer George Ducharme and owners Ross, Fontaine, Ducharme and Oliva that includes Royalty For Life’s Hambletonian winning connections. by Thomas H. Hicks for Harnesslink.com  

The annual Morrisville State College (NY) Equine Institute Fall Yearling Sale took place Sunday with 125 yearlings (mostly NYSS eligibles) selling. The average price was a respectable $10,246. Top consignor and sires, with more than one selling) are listed below. Sale topper was hip 49, the Lucky Chucky-Classical Princess-Malabar man colt Lucky Pablo that brought $59,000. The colt was consigned by Crawford Farms LLC of Syracuse and acquired by Jim Gianncazzi of Fayetteville, NY. Second dam of this colt produced the $2 million international winner Crowning Classic (1:55f by Crowning Point). Top Consignor: Crawford Farms LLC (11 sold) $20,455 average Top Sires: Lucky Chucky (6 sold) $22,000 average Conway Hall (7) $19,286 Art Major (2) $19,000 Crazed (7) $16,571 RC Royalty (17) $13,206 by Thomas H. Hicks for Harnesslink.com  

Pietro Gubellini engineered a championship day as his pupil Pitagora Bi (4m Self Possessed-Guidara As-Lemon Dra) took the 209,000 euro, 2060 meters autostart Grand Prix Continental (International Open) at Bologne, Italy. The winner, owned by Scuderia Verner SRL, scored in 1.13.1kr over Probo OP (4m From Above-Elimara-Lemon Dra) and trainer/driver Ed Moni. Princess Kronos (4f Donato Hanover-Malibu Princess-Malabar Man) landed third for Lorenzo Baldi with Plutonio (4m Self Possessed-Indra Bi-Toss Out) fourth and Per Amore Gual (4f Varenne-Palmatica Gual-Uronometro) fifth. The companion event, Grand Prix Continental Filly (55,000 euro purse, 1660 meters autostart), went to Prussia (4f Ken Warkentin-Elvezia-Pine Chip) for trainer/driver Gubellini in a stake record 1.11.9kr. She rallied from off the pace to draw away convincingly over runner-up Parinaz (4f Ganymede-CarmagnoleMB-Lemon Dra) handled by Enrico Bellei. Peace of Mind (4f Uronometro-Erica d’Alfa-Sugarcane Hanover) took third for Roberto Andreghetti with Petra Inn Ronco (4f Cantab Hall-Cynthia del Ronco) finishing fourth. The Bologne undercard featured the Prix Wayne Eden with two eliminations and a final. Elims went to Geox (10g Sugarcane Hanover-Gitana d’Asolo-Udet Hanover) in 1.13.3kr over 1660 meters autostart for a 9,900 euro purse. Gubellini drove the winner as he defeated Oncle Photo VL (5g SJs Photo-Balalaica SLM-Lemon Dra). The second elimination went to the Roberto Vecchione driven Occhiata Jet (5f Pine Chip-First Lady Jet-Supergill) in 1.12.5kr over Ortensia Gual with Enrico Bellei up. The 1660 meter autostart final, with a purse of 16,500 euro, produced a 1.12.9kr score for Occhiata Jet with Oncle Photo VL and Geox next across the line. The l’Europeo Gentlemen drivers contest was held this weekend in Moscow. Leading breeder/driver Maurizio Biasuzzi took the prize over 13 other contestants. Italy...MAURIZIO BIASUZZI 36 points Belgium...PIET VAN POLLAERT 36 Russia...VLADIMIR VARYGIN 34 Finland...JANNE MARKUS RAISANEN 33 Denmark...BJARNE HAAJENSEN 33 Germany...IMMO MULLER 32 Switzerland...JOEY VIGNONI 32 Netherlands...FRED HANDELAAR 30 Hungay...TAMAS KELEMEN 30 Spain...MIQUEL VICH CAPO 29 Ukraine...VOLODIMIR KUSHTAL 28 Sweeden...HÅKAN B JOHANSSON 26 Norway...TRULS PEDERSEN 25 Austria...THOMAS ROYER 18 by Thomas H. Hicks for Harnesslink.com  

VERNON, NY—The favorite Maud Blue Chip continued her winning ways with a career-best 1:58 performance in a division of Thursday night’s $109,124 New York Sires Stakes feature for 2-year-old filly trotters at Vernon Downs. Competing against eight eager rivals over a rain-affected good track in Thursday’s ninth race, Maud Blue Chip rallied from fourth at the half to become a challenging second entering the final quarter. With Tyler Buter doing the teaming for trainer Chuck Sylvester, the steady-striding brown filly turned on the speed in the stretch and defeated Market Rally by 1-3/4 lengths. It was the Third Straight NYSS score, and the fourth win (coupled with a pair of third-place finishes) in six starts for the quick-footed daughter of Credit Winner-Queen of the Moor, who increased her winnings to $126,639 for owners Melvin Hartman, David H. Mc Duffee and Jeff Gural’s Little E LLC stable. Thursday’s other NYSS winner was Exotic Form, a representative of the Dan Dailey Stable entry, who also closed late to post a 1:58.2 lifetime-fastest tally in the sixth session. Claude Huckabone, III was at the controls for Daley as the opportunistic bay filly overtook the favorite, Gammy’s Girl, in the final furlong and secured a three-quarter length score, her second NYSS win in succession and third (coupled with a second-place finish and a third) in seven official outings. The fast and fit daughter of Malabar Man-Form Fitting increased her earnings to $103,045 for the Winbak Farm. Thursday’s 12-race program also included three divisions of a $38,200 Excelsior Series contest for state-bred frosh-filly high-steppers. The winners were Ski To The Max (Conway Hall-Enjoy The Sun) in 1:59.3 for driver and trainer Gates Brunet and the Theodore Gewertz, Y. Jean Brunet and Deborah Brunet ownership contingent; Emiliana (Cash Hall-Monalisa Can) in 1:59.3 with Chris Long teaming for trainer Jim Graham and owner Lisa Wyatt, and Holly’s Lightning (Conway Hall-Indigo Sakra) in 2:00.2 for driver/trainer Sam Schillaci and owner Greg Martin. The crowd’s choice Billmar Scooter, making just her second local appearance, delivered a 1:51.2 triumph in Thursday’s $10,000 second race, the week’s Open distaff pace. The hard-hitting 8-year-old mare rallied from fourth in the final quarter to defeat Love You Bye, last week’s victor in this class, by two lengths. It was the fifth current victory and 38th all-time for the bay daughter of Keystone Raider-Its Scooter Time, who is owned by driver Tyler Buter, trained by Amber Buter and owned by the Oldford Farms. In addition to Tyler Buter’s driving double, reinsman Chris Lems collected his meet-leading 19th two-win credit during the track’s 63rd program of 2013. DOWNS DOINGS The Peter Carney-conditioned trotter Rattle On (2:02.1) and Holly’s Lightning (2:00.2) each earned their first pari-mutuel victories during Thursday’s card… The Downs will present a 10-race program starting at 6:45 on Friday night… A revised 2013 racing and stakes calendar, as well as additional information regarding Vernon Downs, its casino, hotel, racing and promotional events can be obtained at www.vernondowns.com. Jim Moran  

The New York Sires Stake two year old filly trotters bring their act to Vernon for Thursday's races. Two full fields of nine face the starter with the purse for each at $54,562. Race six is the first division and features a pair of fillies from the Dan Daley barn racing as a coupled entriy. Exotic Form is by Malabar Man and trained by Dan for Winbak Farms. She is twice a winner in NYSS action from six starts with impressive 2:00.3 wins at Batavia and Saratoga on her resume. Claude Huckabone III will drive her, while Daley has the mount on her entry mate.    Flyhawk Falina (Cash Hall) has also won twice and picked up more than $75,000 on the year for owners Joe Pennacchio, Ann-Mari Daley and Mike White.     Maud Blue Chip leads the second split for Hall Of Fame trainer Chuck Sylvester. This Credit Winner lass has more than $87,000 in the bank for Mel Hartman, David Mc Duffee and Little E, LLC on the season on the strength of three wins in NYSS competition. Tyler Buter is listed to drive on Thursday. Three divisions of Excelsior events for the same division support the Sires Stakes races. With the NYSS finals now just a few weeks away, the points may be viewed by following this link.     Post time at Vernon on Thursday is 6:45pm.       by Nick Salvi for Vernon Downs  

Saratoga kicked off the first Wednesday of the fall racing season with a 15 race card featuring 6 divisions of the New York Sire Stakes for 2 year old trotting fillies. Exotic Form, with trainer/driver Dan Daley in the bike, captured race 13 in 200.3, to claim the winner’s share of the $53,775. purse. Owned by Winbak Farm, the 2 year old Malabar Man filly out of Form Fitting returned a whopping $41.00 to win, the largest payoff of the evenings NYSS races. Other NYSS winners were Sweet Jessie T, Trish and Ski To The Max all competing in the Excelsior Series; and Maud Blue Chip and Gammy’s Girl in the NYSS. Live racing continues Thursday evening with a post time of 6:45 PM. by Dave Oxford

BATAVIA, N.Y. -- It was a 'Daley Double' in the New York Sires Stakes for two-year-old trotting fillies at Batavia Downs Friday night. Trainer/driver Dan Daley registered two victories on the evening, guiding Flyhawk Fallina and Exotic Form to the winner's circle to highlight the Sire Stakes action. In the third and final division, Beauty Of Gray ($3.20) with Jim Meittinis in the bike recorded the popular victory in front of the Batavia Downs fans. In the first division worth $34,577, it was a matter of survival. Flyhawk Fallina ($5.90) shot to the lead off the gate, managing to escape the chaos of four breaking horses. She won going basically unchallenged from gate-to-wire in in 2:01.3. Fashionable Apple (Jim Morrill Jr.), the only other starter not to break, finished 3-1/4 lengths behind in second while the heavily-favored Maud Blue Chip (Cat Manzi) regrouped after the miscue and finished third. Flyhawk Fallina now has two victories, all in Sire Stakes competition, in five career starts for owners J. Pennacchio, A. Daley and M.F. White. It moved her earnings to $53,530 on the season. Flyhawk Fallina is a Cash Hall filly out of Nowerland Nanette, Daley made in two straight Sire Stakes wins in the $35,277 second division as he steered Exotic Form ($13.00) to a head victory over the pace-setting Crediama (Jim Marohn Jr.) in 2:00.3. It was the fastest time of the night in the Sires Stakes. Crediama set the fractions of 30.3, 1:00.3, 1:30.1 over the fast track but couldn't hang on as Exotic Form went to the passing lane and got up just before the wire. Ruby Ruby Who (Jeff Gregory) took the show position. Exotic Form, a Malabar Man filly out of Form Fitting, scored her first victory of her career and increased her bankroll to $28,601 for Winbak Farms. In the final division, worth $35,277, Beauty Of Gray took the lead from Gammy's Girl just before the quarter pole and breezed home from there. Gammy's Girl (Manzi) was two lengths back and took second while Seeyouincourt (Eric Mollor) rallied for show. It was the first career win in two starts for Beauty Of Gray for trainer/owner Tommy Andersson of Sweden. The Conway Hall filly from Armbro Sparkle has made $26,554 in two career appearances. In the $12,800 Excelsior Series, it was bombs away in the first division as Thoughtfilly ($46.40) notched the win for Jim Morrill Jr. in 2:02.1. Sweet Jesse T ($3.20) went the mile in 2:03 for trainer/driver Gates Brunet to take the second division while Emiliana ($4.50) took the final division in 2:03 with Chris Long in the sulky. In overnight action, Cowgirl Hall, currently the Downs track record holder for 3-year-old trotting fillies lowered the aged mark for mares when she went wire-to-wire in 1:57 for trainer/driver Gates Brunet. Racing returns on Saturday night at 6:30 p.m. with a 13-race card. The feature is the $8,500 Open Pace with a field of seven set to go to the post. Naked News, last week's winner, will score from the three hole and is the 3-1 morning line favorite with Jim McNeight in the sulky. Fireyourguns (Mike Caprio) is the next choice at 5-2 out of the seven spot. For all the latest news, information, promotional schedule and race replays, go to http://bataviadownscasino.com/live-racing . by Brian J. Mazurek  

VERNON, NY—Lukas Hall converted a pocket trip into a 1:55 track record victory during the second division of Thursday night’s $106,124 New York Sires Stakes feature for 2-year-old male trotters at Vernon Downs. With Jeff Gregory doing the teaming for trainer Kevin Mc Dermott in Thursday’s $52,562 10th race, Lukas Hall drafted along in second place behind the mile-cutting favorite Crazzycrazzy until the stretch drive, where he came on in a :29-second final quarter to post a career-best win-clocking, that lowered the former Vernon standard for freshman colt trotters by 2/5ths-of-a-second. The previous mark had been established by Manofmanymissions in 2010. It was the second win (coupled with a pair of third-place finishes) in five starts for the quick-striding bay son of Conway Hall-Goddess Of War, who is owned by former New York Jets standout Wayne Chrebet and Jeff Gural’s Little E LLC stable. Two NYSS wins in succession have raised the capable colt’s career earnings to $62,881. Thursday’s other NYSS divisional winner was Daley Lovin’, who also came from behind to record a career-best 1:56.3 victory in the $53,562 sixth race. Trainer Dan Daley drove the homebred son of Conway Hall-Dreamsrmadeofthis for his wife Ann-Mari Daley and Jlrl LLC. It was the first score (coupled with two third-place tallies) in four outings for the lifetime winner of $41,429. With noted NYSS pilot Jim Morrill, Jr. handling the lines in race four, a division of Thursday’s $63,900 Excelsior Series for NY-bred freshman male members of the diagonal gait, JS Trotting Bob became Vernon’s fastest 2-year-old trotting gelding of 2013 after posting a 1:56.3 victory in the fourth race, that was just one second off the track’s 60-year standard for his category. It marked the fourth tally in five starts for the bay son of CR Excalibur-Cr Mimosa, who is trained by Arnie Marks and owned by the Kj LLC Stables. Thursday’s other Excelsior series winners were Wild And Crazy Guy (Crazed-My Baby’s Momma) in 1:57.2, Cash Me Out (Cash Hall-China Victory) in 1:57.4), Winbak Glory (Malabar Man-Mink’s Glory) in 1:59.2 and General Bill Brown (Crazed-Dusty Girl) in 1:59.3. Thursday’s swiftest score was a career-best 1:50.3 victory for Let’s Go Higher in the $10,000 seventh race, the week’s Open contest for female pacers. Morrill, Jr., who collected three wins during the evening’s 13-race card, did the steering for trainer Hedi Rohr and owner Jesse J. De Long. DOWNS DOINGS Lukas Hall’s performance is the ninth Vernon record that has been tied or lowered during the track’s 60th season… The Traylor Racing Stable’s Cash Me Out is unbeaten after three career starts… Wild And Crazy Guy, Daley Lovin’ and General Bill Brown all collected their first pari-mutuel wins on Thursday night…Vernon’s annual “Corntastic Weekend” continues with Friday night’s corn-husking contest… A revised 2013 racing and stakes calendar, as well as additional information regarding Vernon Downs, its casino, hotel, racing and promotional events can be obtained at www.vernondowns.com.    

For amateur drivers, save Mal "Malabar Man" Burroughs and Bobby "Rapid Rail" Krivelin, a chance to race at the Meadowlands is arguably a highlight in their careers . On August 2 two races for amateur drivers , the overwhelming majority in the Billings Series, went to post and when the dust had settled Steve "You're Never Too" Oldford and Mike "the Mortgage Man" Mitchell were victorious in their respective divisions. Although both races were carded as Hambletonian Amateur Drivers all the participants were members of the C.K.G Billings Driving Series. One trot went non-betting and the other was the third race on the betting card and although all drivers were Billings members four of the horses in the betting race did not fit the Billings conditions thus their drivers couldn't earn any points in the series. "Just to drive over the famed mile oval is joyful enough," said Kelly "Sky" Walker who finished second in the betting race with Rush and Supreme, who didn't fit Billings conditions. "Points or no points it's still fun driving at the Meadowlands." "The Michigan Men prevailed," Oldford said after Walker completed his comment."And the Sisco Stable won both races ." Oldford, an automotive Manufacturers rep from Croswell, MI whose stock is handled by Allen Sisco, scored wire to wire with his own Celtic Merchant in a 1:57.1 clocking holding off a stubborn Wygant Prince, and driver "Coach Paul" Minore in the non-wagering contest. The betting race saw Mitchell, a mortgage broker from Burton MI guide his trotter, B L Class Act, to head victory over "Sky" Walker and Rush N Supreme in a 1:57 clocked mile. Mitchell also uses the services of professional trainer Allen Sisco,, In his contest Oldford went down the pike with Celtic Merchant trotting fractions of :28.1' :57.4, and 1:27.4 despite being challenged by Alan "the Intimidator" Schwartz with Get Chipped. When Schwartz's trotter faded nearing the third stanza Minore took up chase with Wygant Prince and they battled Celtic Merchant to the wire but they had to settle for second money as Oldford's trotter kept them at bay. Gerry "the Catskill Cat" Fielding and Dream Kid had a cover trip and they trotted by Get Chipped in the lane to earn the show dough. Get Chipped finished fourth. For Oldford, the VP of the Billings Series, it was his seventh win this year and the 71st of his amateur driving career. In the other split Mitchell's trotter went a big trip from the eight- hole. After settling down in third place on the first turn as the field the field moved toward the halfway point Mitchell, sensing a slow pace and not wanting to get locked in by the second tier horses in the 10-horse race, moved his trotter to the outside and they made the front before then three quarters. From there it was a battle with "Sky" Walker's Rush N Supreme through the long homestretch and although it took a photo to determine the winner BL Class Act had scored a head triumph over former Billings Gold Cup winner, Rush N Supreme and his driver KellyWalker Third place went to Thehouseisrockin driven by Bob "the Headhunter" Hechkoff. Sent off at odds of over 5-1 BL Class Act, owned by Mitchell, won his fourth seasonal race and returned a $12.60 win mutuel. It was also the fourth season driving victory for "the Mortgage Man" who now has reined 34 winners in his amateur career. The majority of the horses entered in the amateur races here at the Meadowlands, and for that matter at most venues, are owned by their drivers which in itself is a good result of amateur racing. Amateur racing supports the industry because amateur drivers buy horses and nearly all hire professional trainers," Oldford added. by John Manzi  

Firing off a fast pace, veteran Flex The Muscle (6m Muscles Yankee-Alix Hall-Conway Hall) with trainer Ray Schnittker aboard stormed home to easily take the $32,800 Hambletonian Monte Final in 1:59.2. The winning stallion is owned by Schnittker, J&T Silva Stable LLC and Arden Homestead Stable and was bred in Indiana by Silver Linden Farms. Now a career winner of over $847,000 and a 27 time winner in 114 total starts, Flex The Muscle was ten lengths back of early pacesetter Point Of Honour ridden by Tara Hynes as she rolled to the half in :57 and three-quarters in 1:28.1. Chinese Cuisine (5g Revenue-Missymandarine-Malabar Man) then closed in and took the lead for Tina Duer before Flex The Muscle rolled by to score by four lengths with Flowing James (8g Ilooklikemymom-Flowing Jody-Rule The Wind) closing for third with Emma Pettersson. The fourth and fifth checks went to Muscolo with Michelle Crawford up and Waldorf Hall handled by Jenny Melander. Flex The Muscle and Ray Schnittker Twelve horses and riders faced starter Danny Dale's starting gate in what was to-date the richest and most prestigious monte event in North America. Thanks to the Meadowlands, the Hambletonian Society and the sponsors (Jeff Gural, William Weaver's Valley High Stable, Ron Burke Racing Stable, Back On Track, White Birch Farm, Blue Chip Farm and Global Graphics) and supporters that made the Hambletonian Monte Series successful. www.monteamerica.com Thomas H. Hicks  

It might be a longshot for Holmdel's Tom Pontone and his father Lou to visit the winner's circle again in Saturday's $1.2 million Hambletonian Stakes, but that is better than no shot. The Pontones' TLP Stable and Mario Zuanetti's Atlantic Trot share ownership of Banco Solo, who is competing in the third of three Hambletonian elims and is 15-1 on the morning line. Jim Morrill Jr. will drive the colt for trainer Ken Oscarsson. Corky (2-1 on the morning line) and Spider Blue Chip (5-2) are the favorites in the elim. In a return to a format last used in the mid-1990s, the Hambletonian will be contested entirely in one day. The top three finishers from each elim plus the fourth-place finisher with the highest lifetime earnings will advance to the Hambletonian final. The final is scheduled for 4:41 p.m. CBS Sports Network will air live coverage of the Hambletonian from 3:30-5 p.m. "Listen, you have to be there to win," Lou Pontone said. "That's what we're doing." Winning the Hambletonian is something that has become familiar to the Pontones. They won in 2009 with Muscle Hill and made another trip to hoist the trophy last year with Market Share. Only nine owners have won the Hambletonian more than twice in the history of the event, which began in 1926. Banco Solo is winless in seven races this year. He finished third in a 3-year-old open for Hambletonian eligible horses on July 27 at the Meadowlands. The race was won by Corky in 1:54.3. Banco Solo was 4-3/4 lengths back, timed in 1:55.3. He was third in a division of the Currier & Ives at The Meadows and fourth in the Reynolds Memorial at the Meadowlands. He was nosed out for a spot in the final of the $500,000 Beal Memorial at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs despite trotting a 1:53.1 mile. "He's been OK, he's just had some bad racing luck," said Oscarsson, whose younger brother Jim trains and drives Hambletonian contender Aperfectyankee in the second elim. "He seems like he's good enough (to go in the Hambletonian). He feels good and acts like everything is fine. He feels stronger this year; he really grew up and is more mature. He's got the speed to go with them, but hasn't had the racing luck. It's been frustrating." Last year, Banco Solo closed the campaign by winning seven of his last eight starts, including the $206,000 Kindergarten Classic final at Vernon Downs. He finished the season with seven wins in 10 races and earned $157,481. "We didn't think the (Hambletonian) field this year was that strong, like in some previous years," Tom Pontone said. "Who knows what happens. There's not a horse out there that you could really say is the horse to beat. It's not like there is a Donato Hanover or Deweycheatumnhowe or Muscle Hill. We had the possibility to get in the race, so we said why not try it." Muscle Hill won the Hambletonian in 1:50.1, setting the stakes record and equaling the time for the fastest mile ever trotted on a mile track. He was a perfect 12-for-12 as a 3-year-old and was named Horse of the Year. "When you have a horse like Muscle Hill it spoils you," Tom Pontone said. "We never went to a race expecting to lose; we went to every race wondering by how many lengths we were going to win. "You have to come back to reality and hope you can get another good horse that can maybe win some big races. Maybe he doesn't. But you just accept it and go forward and give that horse the opportunity to do the best he can." The Pontones are hoping Banco Solo's best is Saturday. "He's been gradually improving every week," Tom Pontone said, "so we figured we'd give him a shot." by Ken Weingartner  

Freehold, NJ --- When the Rev. Patrick McDonnell found out there was a 2-year-old named after him, he was flattered. He also was a little perplexed. The 2-year-old in this case was a racehorse. Hall of Fame harness racing trainer Jimmy Takter, who lives in East Windsor, named a colt trotter Father Patrick in honor of the Rev. McDonnell, who is the pastor at St. Anthony of Padua Roman Catholic Church in Hightstown. “A lot of people have babies named after them, but how many people have a 1,000-pound 2-year-old named after them? That’s kind of cool,” the Rev. McDonnell said. “It was a surprise and it’s an honor. I’m thankful for that. “But I don’t know what you do,” he added, laughing. “When you have a 2-year-old or someone has a birthday you buy them a little toy. I guess I have to buy him 60 pounds of carrots or something.” Father Patrick has seen his racing career get off to a strong start. He has won two of three races and will likely be the favorite in Saturday’s $280,500 Peter Haughton Memorial at the Meadowlands Racetrack. Father Patrick will start from post three with driver Yannick Gingras in a field of 10 2-year-old male trotters. The Peter Haughton Memorial is one of harness racing’s top stakes races for 2-year-old trotters. The premier race for 3-year-old trotters, the $1.2 million Hambletonian Stakes, also will be contested Saturday at the Meadowlands. Takter has three horses -- Corky, Dontyouforgetit and High Bridge -- in the Hambletonian. He has won the race twice, with Muscle Massive in 2010 and Malabar Man in 1997. CBS Sports Network will air live coverage of the Hambletonian from 3:30-5 p.m. Saturday. Father Patrick is a full-brother to stakes-winning trotter Pastor Stephen, who was named after the Rev. Stephen Heinzel-Nelson, the pastor of Allentown Presbyterian Church. Pastor Stephen won 10 of 22 lifetime races and earned $1.04 million before seeing his career cut short by injury. “I know of Pastor Stephen,” the Rev. McDonnell said, referring to both the man and the horse. “Hopefully we’ll be as successful as he was.” Father Patrick’s father is Cantab Hall, who won $1.44 million in his career and finished second in the 2004 Hambletonian. His mother is Gala Dream, who was unraced but is a half-sister to stakes-winners Sugar Trader and Chocolatier. Father Patrick was purchased for $105,000 as a yearling (under the name Royal Press) at the Lexington Selected Saleand is owned by a group headed by Takter’s wife, Christina. “I don’t think I’ve had a more gifted 2-year-old trotter at this point in his career,” Takter said about Father Patrick. “He has all the things I like in a horse. He’s a good sound horse. You can’t find any fault with him.” Takter became friends with the Rev. McDonnell through attending early morning services at St. Anthony. The two have known each other for a little more than a year. “It was nice that it started off with him coming to morning prayer when he could,” the Rev. McDonnell said. “The door was open and we got to know each other. “We know there is a little community here of people working with the horses and maybe someday we can work with them a little bit. We have a lot of people in our parish that are from Central and South America and they work in the stables. They’re kind of forgotten and sometimes fall through the cracks. This may be a way to begin ministering to them. ” The Rev. McDonnell, who grew up in Elizabeth and knew little about racing prior to following Father Patrick’s career, has been a priest for 40 years, the last 13 of which have been spent at St. Anthony. “He’s such a great guy and I think this is a really, really, really special horse,” Takter said. “It’s a big congregation and hopefully we’ll get some people interested in the races. It’s a lot of fun.” Following is the field for the Peter Haughton Memorial with listed drivers and trainers: 1. Nuncio, John Campbell, Jim Oscarsson; 2. Derby, Ray Schnittker, Schnittker; 3.. Father Patrick, Yannick Gingras, Jimmy Takter; 4. Southwind Spirit, Brian Sears, Ron Burke ; 5. Kapow Hanover, Ron Pierce, Staffan Lind; 6. Great Society, Mike Lachance, Tony Alagna; 7. Well Built, Ron Pierce, Chris Ryder; 8. Song In My Heart, David Miller, Linda Toscano; 9. Quikwit, Tim Tetrick, Stefan Lind; 10. Donato’s Wish, George Brennan, Ray Schnittker. by Ken Weingartner  

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. _ Royalty For Life, Wheeling N Dealin and Corky are the favorites in the three Hambletonian eliminations on Saturday afternoon at The Meadowlands Racetrack. The wide-open field of 23 was divided into three $70,000 heats. The top three finishers in each heat, along with the highest money-earner among the fourth place finishers, return later that afternoon for the $1 million final for 3-year-old trotters, the richest race in harness racing. Unlike other heat races, the winner does not have to win twice on the same day. The winner of the final is the Hambletonian champion. This marks the first time since 1996 that Hambletonian heats and final will be raced on the same afternoon. In recent years, Hambletonian eliminations were held one week before the final. Royalty For Life is the 8-5 favorite from post 8, the outside slot, in the first heat. He won the Stanley Dancer at the Meadowlands earlier this month and has captured his last two races. Brian Sears will drive for trainer George Ducharme. Wheeling N Dealin, last season’s champion 2-year-old trotter, is the 2-1 favorite from the rail in the second elimination with eight starters. Sylvain Filion will be in the sulky for trainer Dustin Jones. Seven line up for the third and final heat where Corky, winner of the Beal Memorial at Pocono Downs, is the 2-1 favorite from post 5 with David Miller at the lines for trainer Jimmy Takter. Post time for the Hambletonian final is 4:41 p.m. Eastern. The live card starts at 11:50 a.m. The CBS Sports Network will present a 90-minute live telecast starting at 3:30 p.m. This year’s Hambletonian lacks a clear standout, adding to the drama heading into Saturday. Royalty For Life might get a slight nod as the overall favorite. After starting the season making costly breaks, Royalty For Life appears to have turned the corner in the nick of time. “Now that he’s had a few more starts, he’s starting to behave himself,” Ducharme said. “I really believe we’re back on the right track. I think we’re headed on the right path.” This will be Ducharme’s first Hambletonian starter.   immy Takter is old Hambletonian hand, having already won the race twice with Malabar Man (1997) and Muscle Massive (2010). The Hall of Fame trainer sends out a starter in each heat: High Bridge (first), Dontyouforgetit (second) and Corky. “Going into this race is always special,” Takter said. “This is what we’ve been working for.”   Chuck Sylvester can make history with Spider Blue Chip in the third heat. Sylvester has already won four Hambos, one shy of the record held jointly by Billy Haughton, Stanley Dancer and Ben White.   John Campbell looks for more Hambletonian glory with Possessed Fashion in the third heat. Campbell has driven a record six Hambletonian winners. Bee A Magician is the overwhelming 2-5 favorite in the $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks, the companion event for 3-year-old filly trotters. She is a perfect 8 for 8 this year, and was an easy winner in last week’s Oaks eliminations. Bee A Magician starts from post 2 with Brian Sears driving for trainer Richard “Nifty” Norman, winner of last year’s Oaks with Personal Style in a 57-1 stunner. Mistery Woman, winner of the other Oaks elimination, is the 9-2 second choice from post 4 with David Miller at the lines for trainer Jonas Czernyson. Hambletonian Day will be the final live standardbred program contested before the original Meadowlands grandstand. The facility, witness to so much harness racing history, gets a grand sendoff with a stellar 15-race card that includes 14 stakes. In addition to the Hambletonian and the Hambletonian Oaks, the spectacular lineup includes the $321,700 Merrie Annabelle for 2-year-old filly trotters; the $318,350 John Cashman Memorial, formerly the Nat Ray, for older trotters; the $280,500 Peter Haughton Memorial for 2-year-old trotters; the $250,000 Anthony Abbatiello SBOA New Jersey Classic for 3-year-old pacers; the $217,100 Lady Liberty for Free-For-All pacing mares; the $213,650 U.S. Pacing Championship for Free-For-All pacers; the $125,000 Thomas D’Altrui SBOA Miss New Jersey for 3-year-old filly pacers; the $75,000 Vincennes Free-For-All trot and the $55,000 Ima Lula for 4-year-old trotting mares. Fans can follow all the action at www.meadowlandsracetrack.com, Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr and on Twitter at #Hambo13. by Rachel Ryan  

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