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Vernon Downs played host for two divisions of the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) for harness racing freshmen pacing colts & geldings on Friday (August 28). Trainer Mark Harder sweeps both divisions. Southwind Petyr (Dexter Dunn) charges late to win the $51,300 first division. With unbeaten American Courage out of the race scratched sick, it was a wide-open affair. What About Bob (Troy Beyer) took the lead as they went by the stands for the first time. Southwind Petyr ($5.10) took control just before hitting the first quarter in :27.1. Sauvignon Bluechip (Tyler Buter) came flying first-over from fourth and took command and hit the half first in :56.2. Major Makover (Mark MacDonald) made a move first-over going around the final turn. Sauvignon Bluechip still had a slight lead as he hit three-quarters first in 1:25.1. As they made the turn for home Major Makover came hard at Sauvignon Bluechip in the stretch. Southwind Petyr desperately needed racing room. He finally found an opening on the inside and squeezed right on by to win his first career race hitting the mile in 1:52.4. Major Makover finished second with Sauvignon Bluechip settling for third. Southwind Petyr is a colt by American Ideal-Southwind Paris. He is owned by Deena Frost, Wayne Carleton, Dean Lockhart, and trainer Harder. It was his first win in two career starts. Southwind Petyr King James Express (Jason Bartlett) captures the $50,400 second division. Make My Deo (Tyler Buter) went to the lead and led to the first quarter in :27.0. The big favorite I'll Drink To That (Dexter Dunn) came first-up from third and took the lead hitting the first half on top in :55.1. I'll Drink To That looked strong hitting three-quarter first in 1:23.3. King James Express ($10.60) made his move from third as they reached the stretch. He came flying down the stretch like he was fired out of a cannon. He blew right on by to win in a lifetime best of 1:52.0. I'll Drink To That held on to finish second. Stop Staring (Mark MacDonald) came up to finish third. King James Express is a gelding by Art Major-More Diamonds. Owners Carleton, Frost, and Harder once again teamed up as part of the NYSS sweep. He is now two for six in his career. King James Express Vernon Downs returns to live racing on Saturday (August 29) with a 13-race card starting at 3 p.m. For more information go to John Horne for Vernon Downs

Elkton, MD -- Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by the USTA, is excited to announce their line-up for Thursday (July 9) at 10:30 a.m. Guests include Mark Harder, Jessica Otten, and Seth Dowling. Harder joins the program to talk about his 3-year-old star Major Betts who entered the Meadowlands Pace this weekend. The connections declined the bye into the final, the pair will find out what went into that decision and how Major Betts is training leading up to the big weekend. Otten will join to discuss all the happenings at The Meadowlands over the next couple of weeks, along with giving some insight on the elimination set to take place on Saturday evening. Mike and Mike will also talk to Seth Dowling about the wager warriors livestream set to take place on Thursday evening, presented by the Pennsylvania Horse Racing Association. Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by USTA can be heard live every Thursday at 10:30 a.m. via their website or on the archive at by Michael Carter, for Post Time  

YONKERS, N.Y. – Glenn Goller watched with interest as Declan Seelster’s harness racing career began in the Ontario Sire Stakes at Mohawk. The Big Jim son turned heads with a 1:51.4 victory on debut August 19, 2017 and followed the effort with several other big miles, leading the Menary trainee to earn a place in the OSS Silver Final.  However, the talented pacer finished up the track in that start and failed to make an impression as a 3-year-old. He raced just six times between May 20 and July 7, 2018 and his best finish was a third-place effort in $13,090 overnight at Woodbine. As a result, Declan Seelster soon appeared on the sales listings. Goller pounced and gave the horse to Mark Harder to train. “The owner had watched the horse as an early 2-year-old,” Harder said. “He had some ability, but he tailed off and when he came up as available for sale, he bought him and asked me to take him.” Goller and Harder gave Declan Seelster plenty of time off. Their patience was immediately rewarded. When Declan Seelster started training back with Harder last November, he made a great first impression. “Looking at his lines, he showed a lot of ability as an early 2-year-old. It looked like it might have been a bit much too soon and it took a while to get over those early miles,” Harder said. “He seemed OK right from the get-go,” Harder continued. “He had a big, long break and he felt like a horse pretty much right from the get-go. He’s pretty mellow, a pretty easy-going horse, easy to be around. There are not many tricks to him, really. He’s pretty manageable.”  Declan Seelster qualified for Harder at the Meadowlands December 8, 2018, finishing fifth in 1:54. He made his first start six days later, winning an $11,000 overnight from off-the-pace in 1:52.3 and posting a :27.0 final quarter.  “He trained like he would be a good horse, but off his lines he showed that he really hadn’t been finishing at all and we really just wanted to make sure we didn’t use him too hard early and that he got braved up, got finishing, and passing some horses, and got a good attitude about it and it worked out right. We took our time with him, raced him the right way, got him finishing, and he’s just gotten better.” Declan Seelster continued to impress on the racetrack, finishing second from post 10 after trailing early December 22 and again being the runner up January 5 after setting the early fractions. Still fitting the non-winners of four races condition, Harder nominated the gelding to the Sagamore Hill Pacing Series at Yonkers Raceway. To prep for the four-week series, Harder gave Declan Seelster about a month off before bringing him to Yonkers to test the waters on the half-mile track. His first attempt February 18 yielded just a third-place finish, but a week later, Declan Seelster went down the road in a $14,500 overnight, winning by 5 lengths. “He started off struggling a little bit on the turns and we rigged him up more and more and he just seems like he’s gotten stronger and stronger every start. He just seems to be getting better with more practice over it,” Harder said. “Some horses take to Yonkers right away and some don’t. He came from the Meadowlands to there and just took a couple starts to get ready.” Declan Seelster continued to fire throughout the series. He finished second in a first leg division March 5 and followed the effort with two wins in the last two weeks, including an off-the-pace victory from post seven in leg two and a 1:53.3 win last out. He’s earned $25,000 in the series and leads the standings heading into the $60,200 final Tuesday night (March 26). Declan Seelster drew post five in the final and Joe Bongiorno will drive. He is the 5-2 co-second choice on the morning line. The Allard entry of Prologue and Wester Beachboy will start from posts four and six, respectively and together, are the 8-5 favorites. Ron Burke will send out Cheese Melt and Sharp Action Money. The duo drew posts one and seven, respectively and the entry is 5-2. On Accident is 9-1 from post two off wins in the series’ first and third legs. Yeahnah and Bettor Than Spring complete the lineup. “I’ve been watching them all, watching all those preliminary legs, so I sort of know what we’re up against,” Harder said. “It seems like the better ones all drew outside of him, so I’m sure they’ll be some action. You never really know what’s going to happen, so it’s up to the drivers. “I think he can do it either way. The nice thing about him is he’s a pretty relaxed horse in a race,” Harder continued. “He doesn’t take a lot out of himself. You can put him on the front and then the next week you can take him off the gate easily. During the race, he’s not crazy, he’s actually a little bit lazy in the race, so he takes care of himself.” The Sagamore Hill finale is carded as the sixth race while the $30,000 consolation will go as race eight. The Matchmaker and Levy Series continue this weekend. Live harness racing is featured at Yonkers Raceway every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday night. First post time is 6:50 p.m. For entries to the races, click here.   By Brandon Valvo for the SOA of NY  

Wilkes-Barre, PA - The $500,000 three-year-old Breeders Crown Filly Trot figured to be a battle among Atlanta, currently top-ranked in the sport's top ten poll, Manchego (seventh), and Phaetosive. However, longshot Lily Stride, at 31-1, had other ideas and pulled the upset in the $500,000 event, winning in 1:53.2. Lily Stride paid $65.40 to her backers. Plunge Blue Chip pressured favored Atlanta early, but she cleared to the lead at the 26.4 quarter. She was immediately pressured by Manchego, who was followed by Phaetosive in the outside flow. Atlanta posted fractions of 54.2 and 1:23.4 as Manchego tired and Phaetosive moved three-wide. Meanwhile, Plunge Blue Chip moved outside, opening up the passing lane for Lily Stride and Tim Tetrick, who posted his second consecutive Crown win on the evening. The win over the sloppy surface did not surprise driver Tim Tetrick, who said, "Ever since the first week of Lexington she's really been charging. She got taken out in the (Kentucky) Futurity Final, or she would have been second or third, and last week came home in 27.1. I thought she was setting on a good race. I'm really surprised she paid 31-1. They all went to the outside and we took a shortcut, which I have been doing with her the last few starts. The track is holding up really well. The footing is good." Harder, who posted his first Breeders Crown win, said the filly's season is not over. "The monkey off my back is great. You know, I am really happy to do it with this filly because the group she hit this year are great, great fillies. I thought I had a great, great filly until I qualified her and these other ones started showing up and they are vicious, they're really tough. She's going to go down under and the owners will race her down there, which will be, you know, a feather in their cap, to race a Breeders Crown winner." Owned by Emilio and Maria Roasti of Condell Park, New South Wales, Australia, Lily Stride is a bay filly by Muscle Hill from the Donato Hanover mare Sterling Volo. Bred by Kentuckiana Farms and Jorgen Jahre, Jr., Lily Stride posted her 12th career victory as she claimed the John Simpson Memorial Trophy, sponsored by Hanover Shoe Farms, and pushed her career earnings over $700,000. by Keith Gisser, For The Breeders Crown

Hightstown, NJ --- Harness racing trainer Mark Harder is hoping Wes Delight can provide a lot of joy this season. The 3-year-old male pacer will race Saturday (May 12) in a $23,066 division of the W.N. Reynolds Memorial Stakes at Yonkers Raceway as he tunes up for a North America Cup bid next month. Last year, Wes Delight won three of 11 starts and earned $124,077 for owners Harder, Rick Phillips, and Deena Frost. So far this year, the colt beat older horses in his seasonal debut and finished second to Dorsoduro Hanover in a division of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes at The Meadows despite traffic trouble around the final turn. “I think he’s the real deal,” Harder said. “He showed a lot of talent last year at 2, but just struggled with his gait a little bit. He’s come back good and strong this year. He was very good at the Meadows last week. He sat behind (leader) Pedro Hanover and he stopped and took us out of the race. But when he got free, he had a lot of pace late.” Wes Delight is a son of Bettor's Delight out of Maid West, a half-sister to stakes-winner Gimmebackmybullets. Wes Delight was purchased for $55,000 at the 2016 Lexington Selected Sale. He is the 5-2 morning-line favorite in his Reynolds division, which is the first of three for the 3-year-old male pacers, and will have Corey Callahan in the sulky. “He will have a couple of races before we head off to the North America Cup,” Harder said. “Big plans, but I think he can go with those horses. He’s not a big horse, but he travels like a bigger horse. He gets over the ground good and has good desire. He’s got a personality and is just a nice horse to be around. He’s just a happy horse.” Harder also will send out horses in the other two Reynolds divisions, 4-1 Iluvtomakemoney in the third and 12-1 Major Offense in the second. Iluvtomakemoney, a son of Well Said out of millionaire Symphony In Motion, has won six of 15 career races and heads to the Reynolds off a victory in a division of the Pennsylvania Stallion Series. He has earned $93,901 lifetime and is owned by breeder Joseph Jannuzzelli. Tim Tetrick will drive the gelding. “He’s just a good little hard-hitting horse,” Harder said. “He’s not overly abundant in talent, but he goes to the races and makes money. He’s always right there. We’ll keep him away from the big boys. You’re better off being a big fish in a little pond than a little fish in a big pond.” Major Offense, who is eligible to the upcoming Art Rooney Pace at Yonkers, won twice in his first three races this year but is winless in three starts since then. For his career, the son of Art Major-Northwestern has won two of 12 races and earned $29,056 for the same ownership group as Wes Delight. George Brennan will drive Major Offense; his first opportunity in the bike behind the gelding. “It seems like he’s tailed off a little bit, like he doesn’t really like it (at Yonkers) much,” Harder said. “We decided to give this race a shot and I made a driver change just to see if it made a difference. He’s just not getting away in good spots and he’s gapping off. We’ll see if George can light a fire in him a little bit and get him involved. “How he races will determine whether we go to the Rooney or not. It’s doubtful at this stage.” Rob Harmon’s Kwik Talkin is the 5-2 morning-line favorite in the second Reynolds division and Harmon’s Mach N Cheese is the 5-2 choice in the third. In addition to the Reynolds action for the boys, Yonkers hosts three divisions for the 3-year-old female pacers as well. First race post time is 6:50 p.m. (EDT). For complete entries, click here. by Ken Weingartner, USTA Media Relations Manager 

DOVER, Del. --- The $25,000 Open trot has a new face, Rock Of Cashel, fresh from a wire-to-wire victory on an off track at Yonkers last week. There are seven starters in this week's top trot on Tuesday (3/6) at Dover Downs. Post time is 4:30 p.m. Jeff Rush and Joe Jannuzelli own half-million dollar winner Rock Of Cashel trained by Mark Harder. Lazurus was an upset winner in this event last Tuesday. Tim Tetrick will drive again, this time leaving from the rail. Celebrity Pegasus, owned by Ken Wood, Bill Dittmar, Steve Iaquinta and Minisink Farms, appears returning to top form with Art Stafford Jr. in the bike. Mike Casalino and Dylan Davis' front-trottingTheresademoninme, handled by Jonathan Roberts, has been a fixture in this event all season. After three straight 7 posts, Chip Moore's Royal Becca J, has won two feature trots with Jack Parker Jr. handling the assignments. Also, Elysium Lindy, owned by Weaver Bruscemi, DiScala and Burke Racing escapes consecutive outside post 8 starts and should be heard from with Corey Callahan at the controls. Golden Son, with Russell Foster driving for owner John DeVito, was a strong second last week, but is burdened by the outside post in the seven-horse field. Also on the Tuesday card is a $13,500 Winners trot Jackson's Gold, owned, trained and driven by Vic Kirby, as moved up the ranks with two convincing victories. Program favorite Broadway Promise (Tetrick) racing for Dana Parham, CC Racing and Triple D Stables and Howard Taylor and Rich Lombardo's Holiday Promise (Tony Morgan) finished a close-up second and third last week. Ed Gannon, Yannick Gingras, and Frank Canzone's Tyson (Callahan),who won three- four races last year, makes his seasonal debut in the field of nine. Bamond Racing's Crazshana (Tetrick) drops out of the Open to a $12,000 Winners-Over, Richard Gutnick and TLP Stable's Moonlight Cocktail (Tony Morgan), Bob Shahan and the Parson's OI Love My Boss (Allan Davis) and Wisenheimer (Russell Foster) racing for Jenny Melander, a winner last week and from post 1, this time. Dover Downs features a 50-cent Pick 5 wager starting with the 2nd race through the 6th. A late daily double is carded for the 12th and 13th races. Dover Downs races four days a week, Monday through Thursday with post time at 4:30 p.m. An excellent selection of food is available while watching the races at the acclaimed Winner's Circle Restaurant Buffet. Call 302-674-4600 for reservations. Simulcasting of harness and thoroughbred races each day from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight in the Race and Sports Book.   Marv Bachrad

CAMPBELLVILLE, September 16 - Blue Moon Stride converted off a perfect second-over trip to win Saturday's $256,000 Milton Stakes at Mohawk Racetrack in a harness racing stakes record 1:48.4. The Mark Harder trained four-year-old pacing mare and driver David Miller followed up their 7-1 upset victory in last week's elimination with a mild 6-1 upset in Saturday's final. Post-ten starter Witch Dali blasted out from the outside to grab the early lead and post a :26.1 opening-quarter. Wrangler Magic and Pure Country, the 6/5 favourite, were both seeking the lead early and parked around the first turn. Pure Country cleared to the lead nearing the half, but paid a big price by pacing a :53.3 opening-half. Lady Shadow came out from fourth and committed first up at the half, providing cover for Blue Moon Stride, who was pacing sixth. Pure Country and Lady Shadow dueled by three-quarters in 1:21.1, while Miller was just waiting for the stretch in a perfect second-over spot. Blue Moon Stride rocketed off cover in the lane and surged to the lead. The Harder trainee stormed home in :27.2 to win by three-quarters of a length over a charging L A Delight. Frost Damage Blues finished third, while Darlinonthebeach was fourth. A daughter of Rocknroll Hanover, Blue Moon Stride appears to have found her best stride with Miller in the sulky. The duo have now won three races in a row when working together and the four-year-old is arguably at her best right now. "She's very sharp right now," said Miller. "I talked to Mark (Harder) last night and he assured me that she was coming into the race in great shape and he was absolutely right. "She's beaten the best ones the last three weeks pretty handily, so yes I'm pretty high on her." Owned by Emilio & Maria Rosati, Blue Moon Stride is now four for 13 this season with $243,119 earned. The Harder trainee earned her 14th victory Saturday and pushes her career earnings over $950,000. The clocking of 1:48.4 lowered the Milton Stakes record by a full-second. The previous mark of 1:49.4 was set twice by Rocklamation in 2012 and 2013. A $2 win ticket on Blue Moon Stride returned $14.30. The $2 exacta with runner up L A Delight ($8.50, $4.60) paid $100.50, while the $1 Trifecta including Frost Damage Blues ($3.80) paid $323.20. Mark McKelvie

WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 15, 2017 -- Iluvtomakemoney completed his sweep of the Pennsylvania Stallion Series four preliminary legs with a hard-fought victory in Tuesday's $60,000 leg at The Meadows. The event for harness racing freshman colt and gelding pacers was contested over three divisions, with Like Clockwork and No Easy Day taking the other splits. The Meadows will host all eight stallion series championships, each offering a $40,000 purse, on Saturday, Sept. 2. Hammered down to 3-5, Iluvtomakemoney was expected to make short work of the field. But his competitors had other ideas, as the Well Said-Symphony In Motion gelding found himself widest in a three-ply, 26.4 battle for the early lead. He reached the point for Tony Hall and held off the rallying Someboysomewhere by a neck in 1:54.3, with Dancinat Midland third. "He gets really grabby in a hole, so my instructions today were: do what you have to do to get to the front," Hall said. "I don't know why we had to do a quarter in 26.4 -- it got very confusing. I wasn't sure if he had enough left, but he toughed it out and got the job done." Mark Harder trains the homebred Iluvtomakemoney for Joseph Jannuzzelli. Like Clockwork extended his career unbeaten streak to four, including three stallion series victories, by quarter-poling to the lead for Mike Wilder and scoring easily in 1:53.3. Early leader Aleppo Hanover was second, 3-3/4 lengths back, while Dew A Little Dance earned show. Tim Twaddle trains the Ponder-Macharoundtheclock gelding for owner/breeder Birnam Wood Farms. "He doesn't act like a 2-year-old," Wilder said. "Everything comes easy for him. He doesn't show much greenness. I keep pushing him to the lead to keep him out of trouble, but it doesn't seem to bother him. He has a quiet demeanor but a big motor." No Easy Day was dropping down from PA Sires Stake events; the class relief showed as he rocketed by four horses in the stretch to notch his maiden victory in 1:53.3 for Dan Charlino, trainer Ron Burke and owner Thomas Dillon. Beach Watch was 1-1/4 lengths back in second while Yupper completed the ticket. "Ronnie said he'd be really good, just race him from the back," Charlino said of the son of Somebeachsomewhere-Wish All You Want. "He was kind of 'colty,' just kind of goofing around back there, until I popped the plugs. When I asked him to go, he shifted into a gear these colts don't have." In the $20,000 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot, Jewels In Hock enjoyed escort service from her stablemate, Classical Annie, then blew by her in the lane to triumph in 1:54. Wilder drove for Burke and owner Crawford Farms Racing. The 5-year-old daughter of Credit Winner-Jewels Galore extended her career bankroll to $512,955. It was one of three wins for Wilder on the 14-race program. Wednesday's card at The Meadows features a pair of events for 3-year-old filly trotters: a $142,654 PA Sires Stake known as the Meadow Bright and a $100,000 stallion series stake. First post is 1:05 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

YONKERS, NY, Friday, June 30, 2017 - Locally-debuting Blue Moon Stride (Brian Sears, $5.80) handled the Westchester harness racing crowd with few issues Friday night (June 30th), winning Yonkers Raceway's $55,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace. The field, thorough first-half-mile raindrops, was pared to half-dozen after Call Me Queen Be (ill) and Sell a Bit N (late for Lasix) were both withdrawn. In play from position No. 4 (in once notch due to one of those defections), Blue Moon Stride worked around She'sjusadelight N (Ron Cushing), taking the lead right at a :27.1 opening quarter-mile. It was a 56-second intermission before last week's victress, Freeze Out (George Brennan), moved from fifth. That one, as the 13-10 fave, challenged the leader in and out of a 1:23.3 three-quarters before being put away. Blue Moon Stride opened couple of lengths entering lane before widening her stride to win by 3½ lengths in 1:52.2. She'sjustadelight N chased with no shot, while Freeze Out tired to third. I Deal in Kisses (Dan Dube) and Venus Delight (Brent Holland) came away with the minors, while Jewel Leigh A (Mark MacDonald) was always outrun. For second choice Blue Moon Stride, a 4-year-old daughter of Rocknroll Hanover Aussie co-owned by Emilio & Marie Rosati and trained by Mark Harder, it was her first win in 16 seasonal starts (career earnings over $760,000). The exacta paid $15.20, the triple returned $30.40 and the superfecta was refunded due to insufficient starters. A reminder regarding Saturday's (July 1st) simulcast of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby from the Curragh. Races 3 thru 8 shall be imported, with the Derby going as the 7th race (approx. post 12:20 PM ). Mutuel windows (fourth floor only) have an early 10 AM opening. Frank Drucker

Mention this year's group of older female pacers to Mark Harder and the longtime harness racing trainer can only shake his head in amazement. The division is led by returning Dan Patch Award winner Lady Shadow and bolstered by the arrival of a gifted class of 4-year-olds that includes two-time Dan Patch Award recipient Pure Country and numerous stakes champions, such as Harder's Blue Moon Stride. "Oh my God, those are good mares," Harder said after watching Blue Moon Stride win a qualifier Saturday at the Meadowlands in her final prep for this season. "Real good mares out there. They'll beat each other up all year I'm sure. "I love my mare," he added. "I'm not saying that I'm stepping out and beating those other mares by any means, but I'll tell you what, she'll give them a shake. "We just have to go race now." Blue Moon Stride will make her seasonal debut Friday in a conditioned race at the Meadowlands. Darlinonthebeach, another of last year's talented 3-year-olds, also is in the eight-horse field. Of last year's top eight money-winning 3-year-old filly pacers, seven are staked to at least one of this season's most lucrative races for pacing mares. The list features the entire top six --- Pure Country, Call Me Queen Be, L A Delight, Darlinonthebeach, Seventimesavirgin, and Blue Moon Stride --- as well as No. 8 I Said Diamonds. Put those mares in the mix with Lady Shadow as well as returning millionaires Sassa Hanover, Solar Sister, and Venus Delight --- not to mention stakes-winner Bedroomconfessions and New Zealand-bred newcomer Nike Franco --- and it might be the best group of older female pacers since the early 2000s when Eternal Camnation, Bunny Lake, Worldly Beauty, Burning Point, Loyal Opposition, Carolina Sunshine, and Always Cam were among the prominent players. Blue Moon Stride will start her first test of the year from post No. 4 with Andy McCarthy driving for Harder and owners Emilio and Maria Rosati. She heads to the race off a 1:51.4 qualifier win over Pure Country and Darlinonthebeach last weekend. It was Blue Moon Stride's second qualifier; she finished fourth the first time out. "I was very disappointed in her (first qualifier)," Harder said. "I just think she fooled me. Even though she trained well, I don't think she was quite as fit as I thought she was. I'm much happier this week." Last year, Blue Moon Stride won six of 17 races and earned $407,222 in purses. Her victories included the Mistletoe Shalee, New Jersey Sire Stakes championship, and a division of the Bluegrass Stakes. Blue Moon Stride was purchased as a weanling for $27,000 as part of the Perretti Farms dispersal sale at the 2013 Standardbred Mixed Sale. She is a daughter of Rocknroll Hanover out of the mare Classic Star. Her dam is a full sister to Dan Patch Award winners Bettor's Delight and Roll With Joe and a half-sister to 2003 Horse of the Year No Pan Intended. "As a filly, she was big all along," Harder said about Blue Moon Stride. "She's just continued to grow and fill out. Even muscle wise and weight wise, she's just a bigger mare this year. "She's pretty much in everything this year but the Graduate," he added. "Canada, all around, wherever we can go." Darlinonthebeach will start Friday's race from post eight with David Miller driving for trainer Nancy Johansson. The field also includes Prairie Sweetheart, who was undefeated in a total of 14 races at ages 2 and 3 before finishing third in her 4-year-old debut two weeks ago. The two-time Florida Breeders Stakes champion defeated older rivals, including Lady Shadow, in last year's Allerage Farms Fillies and Mares Pace at Lexington's Red Mile. Prairie Sweetheart, with John Campbell driving for trainer Ross Croghan, starts from post three on Friday. Ken Weingartner Media Relations Manager

Ast Rutherford, N.J. - Fox Hollow Farm's Bullet Bob ($21.40) dug deep to withstand a barrage of late pressure and prevail over a powerful odds-on entry of Dream Out Loud N and In the Arsenal in Saturday (December 3) night's harness racing featured $17,500 top-level pacing event at The Meadowlands. Corey Callahan wasted no time with the red-hot 7-year-old Tell All gelding, sprinting to the fore just upon entering the first turn. The pair controlled solid early sectionals of :27.4 and :54.4 before facing a first-over challenge from Dream Out Loud N (David Miller) in the final five-sixteenths of the mile. Bullet Bob dug in at once, not only working to stave off Dream Out Loud N for the length of the home straight, but also a late bid from the second-over In the Arsenal (Brett Miller), who fanned off cover upon cornering for home. Ultimately, Bullet Bob prevailed by half a length in 1:51 for his second win of the meeting and the 33rd of his career. Dream Out Loud N and In the Arsenal took second and third respectively, while the late-emerging Ashley's Husband (Vinny Ginsburg) made a belated stand-side push to claim fourth. Mark Harder trains Bullet Bob, whose 1:51 mile earned him a new seasonal mark. Full fields and healthy dividends spurred a strong total handle for Saturday night's 13-race card, as players combined to wager $2,924,959. Noteworthy dividends included the $20,020.22 takedown of the 20¢ Jackpot Super High Five in the night's fifth race, and a $9,539.35 Pick 5 payoff over a sequence which saw four of five favorites vanquished to begin the program. Live racing returns to the Big M on Friday (December 9) evening; post time is slated for 7:15 p.m. Eastern. by James Witherite, Meadowlands

Harness racing owner Bob Tambur enjoys watching his horses compete, but even more than that he delights in simply watching them grow up. "I just have a love for raising these horses; I get a big kick out of it," said Tambur, a northeast Pennsylvania resident whose homebred Boogie Shuffle races out of the training stable of Mark Harder in Saturday's first of five Bluegrass Stakes divisions for 2-year-old male pacers at Lexington's Red Mile. "I tell Mark all the time, I get as big a kick out of breeding these horses as I do watching them race. I get a kick out of seeing how they turn out. It's more special when they do well, but I'm just so happy to be competitive." Boogie Shuffle has been competitive for Tambur's Fox Hollow Farm, with a total of six on-the-board finishes in eight starts and earnings of $72,633. He has one win and four second-place finishes, with three of the runner-up efforts coming on the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes circuit to Huntsville, Downbytheseaside, and Fear The Dragon. Huntsville went on to win the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championship, with Downbytheseaside second and Fear The Dragon third. Those three horses also are among the four fastest 2-year-old male pacers of the season; the other is Ocean Colony. Boogie Shuffle and driver Scott Zeron will see Huntsville, Fear The Dragon, and Ocean Colony in their seven-horse Bluegrass division Saturday. Huntsville, from the Ray Schnittker Stable, is the 2-1 morning line favorite while Boogie Shuffle is 6-1. The division features five horses with at least $69,000 in purses; no other division has more than two. "If you want to be a top horse you've got to race with the top horses," Tambur said about Boogie Shuffle's difficult draw. "There are no breathers, not in today's world. I'd like to win them all, but that's not how it goes." Tambur, whose business ventures include a financial company and real estate development, got started in harness racing a little more than 20 years ago and enjoyed success in the mid-1990s with stakes-winning female pacer Sweetgeorgiabrown. Other notable horses have included stakes-winner Sutter Hanover (in partnership) and hard-knocking homebred Bullet Bob, who has earned $359,095. Boogie Shuffle is a son of stallion Well Said out of Tambur's mare Ciela Hanover. Boogie Shuffle's 3-year-old full brother Senator Charlie has earned $77,690 for Fox Hollow Farm and a Well Said-Ciela Hanover yearling named Kaboom Pow will soon start preparing for his racing career. Ciela Hanover this year produced a Sweet Lou-sired filly named Sweet Anna Banana. "I have high hopes for the two on the ground, the filly and the colt," Tambur said. "The brother to Boogie is bigger at this stage. He's a good-looking colt. We hope he does well. We hope he's got the speed and the desire Boogie has. It's all about the heart." Tambur thought highly of Boogie Shuffle from the time he was born. "I saw that horse an hour after he was born and he was standing up and he was so correct," Tambur said. "From day one, he looked fabulous; from hour one. I always felt because of how correct he was that he was going to be a well-gaited horse." Boogie Shuffle heads to the Bluegrass off a fourth-place finish in a division of the Liberty Bell Series in which he encountered traffic trouble in the stretch. The colt's remaining stakes schedule includes the International Stallion, Breeders Crown, and Matron. "We're hopeful, but we know the competition is keen," Tambur said. "He is getting stronger and he's grown a little bit. We just hope he continues to get faster and get better. He's got a good motor, and he's got a good heart, so we'll see what happens. Hopefully he continues to do well." The favorites in the remaining four Bluegrass divisions for 2-year-old male pacers are, in race order, Erv Miller's R J P, Jimmy Takter's Blood Line, Brian Brown's Downbytheseaside, and Ron Burke's Miso Fast. There also are four divisions of the Bluegrass Stakes for 2-year-old female pacers, headlined by Takter's She's A Great Lady champion Idyllic Beach. For Saturday's complete card, click here. Ken Weingartner  

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- What's Goin On probably had the harness racing fans asking that exact question as he shocked the field in his $36,567 division of the New York Sire Stakes for the 2-year-old colt and gelding pacers at Buffalo Raceway on Wednesday night (July 20).   In covering the mile in 1:56.4, the fastest of the three divisions, What's Goin On (Mark MacDonald) paid a handsome $37.60 to his faithful backers.   In other Sire Stakes action, driver Jody Jamieson took Windsong Napoleon straight to the lead and never looked back in registering an easy 6-1/4 length triumph over Twin B Cowboy (Jim Morrill Jr.) in 1:57.2 while the heavily-favored Miso Fast (Matt Kakaley) avoided disaster down the backstretch and was able to track down the pace-setting Americanfirewater (Jamieson) in 1:57.3.   The winners were short of the track records of He's Watching (1:55.4) set for the colts in 2013 and Roadside Delight (1:56.3) established in 2010 for the geldings.   In the most shocking result of the night, What's Goin On led from the start and put up respectable splits of 29.4, 59.4 and 1:29.1. The Mark Harder-trainee had plenty left in the tank for the last quarter mile as he paced home in 27.3 to hold off any late threats. This Is My Song (Jamieson) finished in second while Offdahook Bluechip (Kakaley) finished in third.   Owned by Rick Phillips, the VIP Internet Stable, Deanna Frost and Mark Harder, it was the first victory for What's Goin On (Roll With Joe-Shipps Xclamation).   In the first leg, Windsong Napoleon was able to set fractions of 29.4, 59.3 and 1:29.1 and used a final panel of 28.1 in going gate-to-wire in disposing of Twin B Cowboy and third place finisher America's Fleet (Mark MacDonald).   Owned by trainer Carl Jamieson, Thomas Kyron and Douglas Good, Windsong Napoleon (Art Major-Bunny Dearest) now has two victories in four career tries, earning $26,879.   In the other bracket, Miso Fast ($2.30) was fortunate to avoid trouble heading to the three-quarter pole and used a 27.4 last split to collar Americanfirewater in 1:57.3. Willie Joe Hall (Pat Lachance) took the show position.   Going first over down the backstretch, Miso Fast and a heads up Kakaley were able to swing wide and avoid the pocket-sitting Outkast Blue Chip who broke stride and scattered the field.   In the home stretch, Americanfirewater could feel the pressure being applied by Miso Fast in the lane and could do nothing but helplessly watch.   Miso Fast (Roll With Joe-Sakura Hanover) is trained by Ron Burke and is owned by the Burke Racing Stable, Our Horse Cents Stable and the J&T Silva Stable. It was his second straight Sire Stakes victory, now a winner of $39,896 in just two lifetime appearances.   Morrill Jr. took a pair of $15,000 Excelsior A Series events. He guided Funknwaffles ($2.50) to a 1:57.4 victory and Serious Major ($2.70) to a 1:59.1 decision. In the other leg, Percy's Z Tam ($4.60) found the winner's circle with a 2:00.0 score with Lachance in the bike.   Sargeant Reckless was a popular $4.20 winner in the $6.500 Excelsior B Series as Morrill Jr. steered him to a 2:01 victory. Watch Me Fly ($5.00) took the other division in 2:01.3 with Kevin Cummings aboard.   There were two divisions of the Claiming Championship Series contested with Fresh Squeezed ($4.50) posting a 1:56.1 victory for Kakaley in the $14,800 finale for filly and mare pacers ($8,000-$12,500).   In the $10,000 championship event for the distaff pacers ($4,000-$7,000), Mystical Danica ($3.20) cruised to a 1:57.2 victory under the guidance of Cummings.   Princess Katie (Ray Fisher Jr.) toured the Buffalo Raceway half-mile oval in 1:55.2 to capture the $9,500 Open Pace for the filly and mares. She returned $4.20 for the victory.   The final week of racing will continue on Friday night at Buffalo Raceway with 10 races going to the post at 5 p.m.   For more information including the latest news, race replays, results and upcoming promotions, go to   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

Successful harness racing owners Emilio and Mary Rosati have raced some very talented horses around the world. When questioned about the best horse he has owned he quickly answers Excel Stride, but the gelding's ranking could be under threat due to the emergence of impressive American filly Blue Moon Stride. The Mark Harder trained filly won the $100,000 New Jersey Sires Stakes Final at the Meadowlands over the weekend and Rosati believes this is just the beginning for the daughter of Rocknroll Hanover. "I spoke to her driver Andy McCarthy after the win and he told me she cruised home and he never touched her, I think she might be something special," Rosati said. "She ran 1:50 and two fifths at her run prior and Andy told me he thought she could have broken 1:50 if he had asked her to. She is staked for a lot of big races over there and Pocono will be her next stop." Blue Moon Stride's dam is Classic Star, a full sister to superstar sire Bettor's Delight and Rosati was very keen to buy into the family. "They don't come much better bred than her, it is an interesting story because she had a full sister go through the sales before I bought her. I looked at the full sister but I wasn't 100% happy with her confirmation and she ended up going for $120,000 at auction. "When Mr Perretti died the family sold all of his horses including the weanlings so I rang Mark Harder about the weanling. He went and had a look at her and told me she was very small but very correct, I was very keen to buy into the family so I told Mark to go and buy her." Harder purchased the weanling filly at auction and contacted Rosati to pass on the good news. "When Mark rang he told me he had purchased her but I was shocked when he told me the price, I couldn't believe it when he said he only paid $27,000 for her. The Americans just don't like buying weanlings, they like to see the yearlings stride out and because she was small I think that's why I got her so cheap. "I sent her straight to a farm that I have sent horses to before where the grass is up to the horses' knees and told them to take care of her. She continued to grow and she is now the best part of 16 hands." Rosati is hoping to see Blue Moon Stride compete in Delaware and Lexington. "I'd love to see her race in the Jugette and then go to the Red Mile, if that was the case Mary and I would go over to watch her. "We aren't going to Canada, she picked up an allergy when she went last year and while there are some nice races there for her, it took too long for her to get over the problems last season." Blue Moon Stride was a tall lean two year old but has developed as an early three year old. "She really filled out and has matured a lot, if she stays sounds then who knows where she may end up, I'd like to bring her to Sydney to race in the 2018 Miracle Mile but there is a lot to happen between now and then." "She hasn't done as much as Excel Stride did yet but she has the potential to be my best." Rosati confirmed the filly will end up coming to Australia whether it is to race or breed. "All of my broodmares are here in Australia so at some stage she will be here too. I'd love to see her come here and race but when I bought her I wanted to buy into the family and her bloodlines are so good that I'm excited by what she could do as a broodmare." Greg Hayes

Something strange happened to 1-9 favorite Boston Red Rocks in Saturday night's second leg of the New Jersey Sire Stakes for harness racing 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers at the Meadowlands: Victory. More specifically, Michael's Victory. Sent off at 32-1 in the field of five, Michael's Victory worked out a perfect pocket trip and scored by a half-length over the pace-setting Katies Rocker in a lifetime-best 1:49.1. Boston Red Rocks was third, followed by Don'tcallmefrancis and Ideal Rocky. All The Cookies was scratched. Things could not have gone worse for the early Meadowlands Pace favorite. As Boston Red Rocks was making his way around the first turn, 9-2 second choice Ideal Rocky broke stride right in front of him, forcing him to take back. Boston Red Rocks caught the top pair by the half, and had every chance in the stretch, but was outsprinted to the wire. Michael's Victory paid $66.80 for driver Scott Zeron, trainer Mark Silva and owner Jeffrey Snyder. In the second leg of the NJSS for sophomore filly pacers Blue Moon Stride was dominant for a second straight week. The Mark Harder trainee grabbed the top at the three-eighths and sailed down the road for driver Andrew McCarthy, winning by 2¾ lengths in a lifetime-best 1:50.2 as the 1-9 public choice ($2.20) for owners Emilio and Maria Rosati. Show Time Hill was second with JK Fannie third. CARRYOVER CONTINUES: The 12th race 20 cent Jackpot Super High Five, which has not had a single-ticket winner since the start of the current meeting, now has a carryover of $237,882.33 heading into the next program. ... Brett Miller led the driver colony with four winners on the night. ... On Sunday, the Meadowlands will offer on-site wagering on races nine through 15 from Solvalla, Sweden. The ninth race is the first of two Elitlopp eliminations and has an estimated post time of 9:22 a.m. Doors open at 9 a.m. ... The Meadowlands returns with live racing Friday at 7:15 p.m. by Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations

Joe Larry N Curly (Roll With Joe) broke the track record for harness racing two year old pacers on Thursday at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. The Mark Harder-trained freshman colt was the public's overwhelming betting favorite in the $73,712 New York Sire Stake race on a beautiful afternoon in the Spa City. Jim Morrill Jr. piloted the two year old pacing star and moved him to the lead going to the opening quarter. Only briefly confronted in the mile, Joe Larry N Curly was confidently piloted and well in hand at the wire while a measured one length winner in 1:53.1. The win time bested the previous mark of 1:53.3 for a freshman pacing colt set by Heston Blue Chip on the Night of Champions at Saratoga in 2011. The victory moved Joe Larry N Curly's record to five for eight in the win column for the breakout freshman star of the NY Sire Stakes who will head into next week's Night of Champions as one ofthe favorites. Harder won the other $73,712 division of the NYSS as well as his Autotune Hanover (Art Major) cruised to victory in 1:54.2 with Tyler Buter at the lines. For Autotune Hanover, it was the fourth win in eight tries on the season. Live racing continues on Friday night with first post time set for 6:45pm. Mike Sardella    

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