East Rutherford, NJ - The Meadowlands is pleased to announce an extensive 2017 stakes program with total purses in the neighborhood of $12 million. Grand Circuit stakes represent the vast majority of that amount featuring the $1.5 million Hambletonian and Oaks, $1.25 million Fall Final Four, $1.2 million TVG Championships, $1 million Graduate Series and $750,000 Meadowlands Pace along with nearly $1 million in New Jersey Sires Stakes purses. "We are able to maintain the 2017 stakes program with the help of sponsors from within the business and we are grateful for their support. With the Breeders Crown at Hoosier this year we picked up the Fall Final Four to give those races a home and open the Fall Meet in November," said Meadowlands Chairman & CEO Jeff Gural. The Saturday, August 5 Hambletonian Day program (noon post time) worth over $3.5 million in purses on harness racing's greatest day will include important stakes for every division. The $1 million Hambletonian and $300,000 Cane Pace provide fans the opportunity to see a leg of both the trotting and pacing triple crowns on the same card. Leading up to the Hambletonian, the Tompkins-Geers stake for three-year-old trotting fillies and colts is coming to The Meadowlands on Saturday, July 22 to avail horsemen prepping for the Hambo and Oaks the option of one more start over the mile oval going into the big race. Meadowlands Pace night is Saturday, July 15 this year and a full complement of important stakes on the undercard will support that $750,000 race for sophomore pacing colts. The $400,000 Hambletonian Maturity will serve as a co-feature. An early post time of 6:30 is scheduled for Pace night. The $1.25 million Freshman Fall Final Four returns to the Garden State where they began 27 years ago. The Valley Victory and Goldsmith Maid for trotters and Governor's Cup and Three Diamonds for pacers will join the $1.2 TVG Free For All Championship Finals kicking off the 2017 Fall Meet with all finals scheduled for Saturday, November 25 The $200,000 Arthur Cutler Memorial Open Trot has been moved to Kentucky Derby Day, May 6. The Cutler winner will be awarded an invitation to compete in the 2017 Elitlopp which will be raced on Sunday, May 28, this year. Although the Cutler will have no restrictions regarding the use of trotting hopples and/or Lasix, the their use is prohibited in the Elitlopp and if their invitation to compete is accepted it must be done with that understanding. Swedish racing officials wish to make it known that there will be a direct flight to Solvalla for this year's race as was done in 2017. The $1 million Graduate Series for 4 year olds also begins on May 6 at the Meadowlands, travels to Mohawk Racetrack for leg two on June 3, then on to Tioga Downs for the June 11 third leg. Each leg of the Graduate will have a purse of $75,000 or $50,000 if raced in divisions. The $250,000 finals will be raced at he Meadowlands on Pace elimination night, July 8. The 2017 Kindergarten series starts in early July and will again include two legs during the Freshman Festival meet in September at The Meadowlands. The $150,000 finals are scheduled for November 3 and will be raced at Vernon Downs this year. The Miss Versatility Series will have two legs at The Meadowlands to go along with Mohawk Racetrack and Tioga Downs. The $100,000 final will remain a part of the Little Brown Jug card at Delaware, Ohio. All of the conditions for Meadowlands administered stakes/finals have been written to award one percent of the final purse to those horses that finish "out of the money". The NJSS offers $100,000 guaranteed finals to the sophomores in May and freshmen in July with two $20,000 preliminary legs leading up to those events for each group. The complete Meadowlands 2017 stakes schedule may be viewed here and the live racing/stakes calendar here. The website also provides a "Stakes Application" page where you may download all the information on the 2017 events including nomination forms and conditions for all Meadowlands administered stakes. All purses listed are estimates unless denoted as guaranteed (G). The Hambletonian and a few other Grand Circuit stakes on the Meadowlands calendar are administered by and the property of the Hambletonian Society. All of the NJSS races are handled by the NJ Sires Stakes offices. Payments on those stakes should be directed to those offices. Trainers must be approved for nomination to Meadowlands stakes to be accepted. It's suggested that trainers submit a racing application before the February 15 deadline if you are planning to race at The Meadowlands in stakes or overnights in 2017. Call the Racing Office at (201) 842-5130 with questions. From the Meadowlands Media Department
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Racing Hill heads to Saturday's $732,050 Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace as the 9-5 morning line favorite. And while the colt's trip to the Meadowlands Racetrack will consist of a relatively short trailer ride on the New Jersey Turnpike, his owner's journey will be considerably longer. Tom Hill, a 64-year-old lifelong participant in harness racing, will be joining Racing Hill at the Big M from his home in the United Kingdom. It will be Hill's second trip to a Meadowlands Pace; his colt Art Colony participated in the 2009 edition of the event, which was won by Well Said. Racing Hill will start the Meadowlands Pace from post No. 4 with Brett Miller driving for trainer Tony Alagna. "I'm very, very excited," said Hill, who in addition to owning Racing Hill also bred the colt. "It's a race we've really wanted to win. It's a premier race. To me, it's the premier race in the U.S. and I think (Racing Hill) will make a good showing. We're hoping we get a bit of luck. I don't care how good they are, you still need to carry a bit of luck." Racing Hill won the $500,000 Max C. Hempt Memorial on July 2 and finished second to Betting Line in the $780,000 North America Cup on June 18. He received a bye to the Meadowlands Pace final based on his earnings this season, which total $450,340. "He'd raced five weeks in a row so to be able to get a bye was nice for the horse," trainer Alagna said. "He came out of the Hempt good, trained back good (Tuesday) and we were fortunate enough to get nice luck of the draw and hit the four hole. I think we're coming into the race in as good shape as we can be." Alagna won the 2013 Meadowlands Pace with Captaintreacherous, who also received a bye to the final following a victory in the Hempt Memorial. "I don't mind following that pattern," Alagna said with a laugh. Racing Hill, a son of 2011 Meadowlands Pace winner Roll With Joe out of the mare Chasing Ideals, has won seven of 16 career races and earned $583,666. Last year, Racing Hill won five of 10 starts, including divisions of the International Stallion and Bluegrass stakes as well as his elimination for the Breeders Crown. He finished eighth in the Breeders Crown final, but was only 5-3/4 lengths back after a first-over bid around the final turn on a "good" track at Woodbine. "He was tremendous as a 2-year-old," Hill said. "He got real sick in Canada (in early September). When Tony took him back home he cleaned him up and put him on Lasix and the horse came right around. He won in (1):51.2 for fun at The Red Mile, and the track was slow that day because of rain. So we knew he was a top colt." In addition to enjoying success with Racing Hill and Art Colony, the Hill family's highlights in harness racing have included winning the 2010 Jugette and Fan Hanover with Western Silk as well as owning 2015 O'Brien Award-winning female trotter Caprice Hill and world champion Lucky Man. Racing Hill's family includes the mother of Western Silk, Extemporaneous, as well as Dan Patch Award winner Silk Stockings. "It makes it very special that he's a homebred," Hill said. "It's a good maternal line. And I think Roll With Joe, for the time he's been at stud, has achieved a lot. "Hopefully this guy can be a stallion. He looks tremendous and he's got all the attributes that you'd expect a top stallion to have. He's laid back, he's a good racehorse, he's easy to drive, and he looks after himself. If he passes that on, he'd be a good stallion." Hill followed his father, Joe, into harness racing. "I've had horses all my life," said Hill, who made his career operating retirement and holiday trailer home businesses. "My father used to have them and we sent horses over to race at the Meadowlands in the '80s and horses to Canada in the '70s. We've tried to carry on, basically. Thank God we've been reasonably successful." In the lone Meadowlands Pace elimination last Saturday, Control The Moment stormed home with a :26.2 final quarter to win by a length in a lifetime best 1:49.2. Lyons Snyder finished second with JK Will Power third. "He's a really nice horse, no question about it," said winning driver Brian Sears, who was sitting behind Control The Moment for the first time. "He did everything I asked. He was nice and relaxed and I was real pleased with the way he got home. It was a big effort. "The horse looks like he races real good from off the pace and the trip worked out nice and he exploded coming home." Control The Moment, Canada's O'Brien Award winner last year, won eight of nine starts at age 2 and has won two of six races this season. He finished fourth in the Hempt Memorial and third in the North America Cup. "I was never discouraged with him," co-owner Howard Taylor said. "I was discouraged by the finishes, but not with how he raced. I don't think he had a bad race. But (Saturday) was just scary. I was shocked. I had an opinion, and I was quoted, that I thought he was better on the front. After (Saturday) I have to admit I was wrong. That was just too much." The complete field for the Meadowlands Pace is as follows: 1. Another Daily Copy - Trace Tetrick - Nick Devita - 30-1 2. Good Living - Corey Callahan - Tom Cancelliere - 30-1 3. Control The Moment - Brian Sears - Brad Maxwell - 5-2 4. Racing Hill - Brett Miller - Tony Alagna - 9-5 5. Lyons Snyder - David Miller - Mark Silva - 9-2 6. Boston Red Rocks - Tim Tetrick - Steve Elliott - 6-1 7. Manhattan Beach - Joe Bongiorno - Ron Burke - 20-1 8. JK Will Power - Yannick Gingras - Ron Burke - 8-1 9. Check Six - Matt Kakaley - Ron Burke - 15-1 10. Talk Show - Scott Zeron - Steve Elliott - 25-1 by Ken Weingartner/Harness Racing Communications/USTA
This Week: Meadowlands Pace, Hambletonian Maturity, W.R. Haughton Memorial, Mistletoe Shalee, Stanley Dancer Memorial, Delvin Miller Memorial, Golden Girls and Miss Versatility, Meadowlands Racetrack, East Rutherford, N.J.; and Lawrence B. Sheppard Memorial, Yonkers Raceway, Yonkers, N.Y. Schedule of events: The stakes heavy Saturday (July 16) Grand Circuit card at the Meadowlands features the $732,050 Meadowlands Pace for 3-year-olds, the $471,800 W.R. Haughton Memorial for free for all pacers, the $471,200 Hambletonian Maturity for 4-year-old trotters, two divisions in the $306,500 Stanley Dancer Memorial for 3-year-old male trotters, the $223,150 Golden Girls for older pacing mares, two divisions in the $193,000 Delvin Miller Memorial for 3-year-old filly trotters, the $157,400 Mistletoe Shalee for 3-year-old filly pacers, and a $40,000 leg of the Miss Versatility for older trotting mares. Saturday Grand Circuit action also includes the $100,000 Lawrence B. Sheppard for 2-year-old colt pacers at Yonkers Raceway. Complete entries for the races are available at this link. Last time: Wiggle It Jiggleit got back on track at the Meadowlands Saturday (July 9), as one week after finishing third in the Ben Franklin, he shrugged off heavy rain and a sloppy track to record a sensational half-length win over rival Freaky Feet Pete in the $250,000 Graduate Series final for 4-year-old pacers. The winning time of 1:47.2 was a lifetime best for the defending Horse of the Year. Rock N' Roll World was third. One week after finishing third behind Always B Miki (as a 5-year-old, ineligible for the Graduate) and Freaky Feet Pete, Wiggle It Jiggleit was away well from post three. Freaky Feet Pete also left quickly and while parked had the lead at the quarter in :25.3. With Wiggle It Jiggleit right behind him, Freaky Feet Pete hit the half in :53.1 and three-quarters in 1:20.4 and appeared to get a bit of separation as they turned for home. But then driver Montrell Teague hit the gas pedal, and once again, Wiggle It Jiggleit, who returned $3.00 to win as the 1-2 favorite, had more than enough fuel left in the tank, edging clear in the final sixteenth to record his 32nd win in 40 lifetime starts for trainer Clyde Francis and owners George Teague Jr. Inc. and Teague Racing Partnership. In the $250,000 Graduate Series final for 4-year-old trotters, John Campbell gave Musical Rhythm a perfect steer from post 10, and after yielding the top before three-quarters, came back for more in deep stretch to storm home a convincing two length winner in 1:51.2. Musical Rhythm left quickly and was parked in second as Crazshana hit the quarter in :27.4. Musical Rhythm took over shortly thereafter, trotting past the half in :55.4. Wings Of Royalty, who got off the rail at the three-eighths and provided live cover for even-money favorite Maestro Blue Chip, ranged up to get the top at three-quarters in 1:23.2 as Campbell handled his charge with care through the far turn. Through the stretch, Maestro Blue Chip did not fire, and nearing the wire, Campbell swung Musical Rhythm out of the pocket and exploded home in the final sixteenth to record the win in 1:51.2, a lifetime best. Centurion ATM, a 30-1 longshot, finished second, with Crazshana third. Maestro Blue Chip faded to sixth. Musical Rhythm returned $12.20 to win as the third betting choice for owners Santo and Nunzio Vena, Claude Hamel and (trainer) Ben Baillargeon, and has now won 12 of 14 starts this year. Complete recaps of the weekend races are available at the Grand Circuit website. Grand Circuit Standings: In 2016, the Grand Circuit leaders in three categories (driver, trainer and owner) will once again be tracked on a points system (20-10-5 for the top three finishers in divisions/finals and 10-5-2 for the top three finishers in eliminations/legs). Winbak Farm is the sponsor for the 2016 Grand Circuit awards. Here are the current leaders: Drivers: 1. Yannick Gingras - 224; 2. Jordan Stratton - 221.5; 3. David Miller - 220; 4. Tim Tetrick - 216; 5. Matt Kakaley - 175. Trainers: 1. Ron Burke - 340; 2. Jimmy Takter - 208; 3. Jeff Bamond Jr. - 175; 4. Peter Tritton - 139.5; 5. Clyde Francis - 127.5. Owners: 1. Harry von Knoblauch - 139.5; 2. Bamond Racing - 117; 3. Burke Racing Stable - 85.9; 4. Weaver Bruscemi - 69.9; 5. Courant A B - 65. Looking ahead: Grand Circuit action will be taking place next weekend at Saratoga, Vernon Downs, The Meadows and The Meadowlands. Saratoga will have the Joe Gerrity for older pacers; Vernon features the Zweig Memorial for 3-year-old colt trotters and the Zweig Filly for 3-year-old filly trotters; The Meadows will have eliminations for the Adios for 3-year-old colt pacers; and The Meadowlands will host the first leg of the Kindergarten Series for 2-year-old colt and filly pacers and trotters. by Paul Ramlow, for the Grand Circuit
East Rutherford, NJ - Entries have been taken for one of the biggest nights of the harness racing season with The Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace highlighting a full slate of Grand Circuit events at The Meadowlands on Saturday, July 16. "The Greatest Party in Harness Racing" will begin at a special early post time of 6:30 p.m. The Pace has been drawn and a competitive group of ten top sophomores led by Racing Hill and Control The Moment will battle for $732,050 and the trophy. The $471,800 WR Haughton Memorial FFA pace drew the maximum of twelve entries including the "Big Three" of Always Be Miki, Freaky Feet Pete and Wiggle It Jiggleit. The bulky field activates the clause in the stake's conditions that calls for the race to be contested at the distance of a mile and one eighth. The $223,150 Golden Girls FFA mares pace also maxed out with a dozen of the finest distaffers led by last year's winner, the ageless Anndrovette and back to back Roses Are Red stakes winner Lady Shadow set to go the route distance of 1 1/8 miles. Three-year-old trotters will prepare for the August 6 Hambletonian with the $300,000 Stanley Dancer Memorial which split into a pair of eleven colt & gelding fields, again at a mile and an eighth. Hambo winter book favorite Southwind Frank is listed among the entrants. The $190,000 filly companion stake known as the Del Miller Memorial split into divisions of six and seven at one mile with division leaders All The Time and Broadway Donna named in to the event. The third leg of the Miss Versatility has eight older trotting mares declared in to race for $40,000. The$471,000 Hambletonian Maturity also came up big with eleven four-year-olds including supplemental entry Hannalore Hanover set to go a mile and an eighth on Saturday. That stake will be covered in greater detail by a Hambletonian Society release. Pace night promises to be one for the ages with the staggering amount of horse power on the racetrack enhanced by the $267,769 Jackpot Super Hi-5 wager that has been on ice waiting for just this occasion. The races will be drawn by approximately 5 p.m. today and you will find that information on The Meadowlands website. From the Meadowlands Media Department
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (July 9, 2016) - Tom Hill's Racing Hill drew post position four and was installed as the 9-5 favorite for the harness racing $732,050 Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace next Saturday, July 16 during the post position draw held this evening. Racing Hill is trained by Tony Alagna, who won the 2013 Meadowlands Pace with Captaintreacherous, and will be driven by Brett Miller. By virtue of being the top seasonal money-earner in the field, Racing Hill elected to take a bye to the final. Earlier on Saturday, Control The Moment ($4.00), driven for the first time by Brian Sears, stormed home with a 26.2 final quarter to win the lone Meadowlands Pace elimination by a length in a lifetime-best 1:49.2. Lyons Snyder finished second with JK Will Power third. Check Six was fourth. "He is a really nice horse and did everything that I asked him to do tonight," said Sears, who won the 2005 Meadowlands Pace with Rocknroll Hanover. "The opportunity knocked to be able to drive this horse and I was really looking forward to it. I know he races well from off the pace and everything worked out well." Control The Moment By winning the elimination, Control The Moment earned the right to draw for post positions one through six and will start from post three. He was made the 5-2 second choice on Dave Little's morning line. The complete field for the Meadowlands Pace is as follows: 1. Another Daily Copy - Trace Tetrick - Nick Devita 30/1 2. Good Living - T.B.A. - Tom Cancelliere 30/1 3. Control The Moment - Brian Sears - Brad Maxwell 5/2 4. Racing Hill - Brett Miller - Tony Alagna 9/5 5. Lyons Snyder - David Miller - Mark Silva 9/2 6. Boston Red Rocks - Tim Tetrick - Steve Elliott 6/1 7. Manhattan Beach - Joe Bongiorno - Ron Burke 20/1 8. JK Will Power - Yannick Gingras - Ron Burke 8/1 9. Check Six - Matt Kakaley - Ron Burke 15/1 10. Talk Show - Scott Zeron - Steve Elliott 25/1 Justin Horowitz
This Week: Graduate Series finals, Meadowlands Pace elimination, and W.N. Reynolds Memorial, Meadowlands Racetrack, East Rutherford, N.J. Schedule of events: Grand Circuit races will be contested this Saturday (July 9) at the Meadowlands. The stakes heavy card features the $250,000 Graduate Series finals for 4-year-old pacers and trotters; two divisions in the $56,486 W.N. Reynolds Memorial for 3-year-old filly trotters; and a $50,000 Meadowlands Pace elimination for 3-year-olds. Complete entries for the races are available at this link. Last time: This past weekend's Grand Circuit action was highlighted by four lucrative events on the Sun Stakes Saturday (July 2) program at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. Trainer Jimmy Takter says Always B Miki is a horse that will be long remembered in the future. For now, Takter and the 5-year-old pacer's connections are more than enjoying the stallion's present. Always B Miki won his highly anticipated showdown with Wiggle It Jiggleit and Freaky Feet Pete in Saturday's $500,000 Ben Franklin Pace at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. Always B Miki defeated Freaky Feet Pete by three-quarters of a length in a stakes- and world-record-equaling 1:47, with Wiggle It Jiggleit finishing third. The time equaled the fastest mile in history on a five-eighths-mile racetrack. Always B Miki, who also won in 1:47 last week at Pocono, shares the record with Sweet Lou. Always B Miki has won five of seven races this year and nine of 11 since returning from injury last October. He is owned by Bluewood Stable, Roll The Dice Stable, and Christina Takter. For his career, Always B Miki has won 23 of 42 starts and earned $1.56 million. Driver Yannick Gingras tucked his whip and breathed a sigh of relief at the wire as he and Southwind Frank won the $500,000 Earl Beal Jr. Memorial in 1:52.4. Southwind Frank led the field through the half in :56.2 and three-quarters in 1:24.4 before coming home in :28 to win by 2-1/4 lengths. Trolley was second with Bar Hopping third. A son of Muscle Hill out of Flawless Lindy, Southwind Frank is trained by Ron Burke for Southwind Frank Partners. As fireworks popped overhead, Racing Hill made some fireworks of his own in winning the $500,000 Max C. Hempt Memorial final in a rated 1:49. Sent off as the 3-5 favorite off a 1:49.1 elimination win last week, Racing Hill took the lead from Boston Red Rocks shortly before the quarter in :25.4. Driver Brett Miller then took the son of Roll With Joe-Chasing Ideals through a second quarter in :29. No one was catching Racing Hill as he led the field to the three-quarters in 1:22 and sprinted home to win by 2-1/2 lengths. JK Will Power was second with Boston Red Rocks third. Tony Alagna trains Racing Hill for owner-breeder Tom Hill. He now has two wins, three seconds and a third in six starts this year, good for $450,340 in seasonal earnings. Pure Country and driver Brett Miller made their way to the front near the midway point and never relinquished the lead from there, winning Saturday's $300,000 James M. Lynch Memorial for 3-year-old female pacers by a half-length over Blue Moon Stride in a stakes-record-equaling 1:49.2. I Said Diamonds led the field to the opening quarter-mile in :27, but soon gave up the top spot to Darlinonthebeach. Pure Country was on the move ahead of Blue Moon Stride in the outside flow and made her way to the lead as the group reached the half in :54.2. Darlinonthebeach slowed on the backstretch and did not finish. Pure Country reached three-quarters in 1:22.1 and paced home from there to win for the fourth time in seven starts this season. Blue Moon Stride was followed by Lindwood Beachgirl in third and I Said Diamonds in fourth. It was Pure Country's third major victory of the campaign, having captured the Miss Pennsylvania and Fan Hanover earlier this year. A daughter of Somebeachsomewhere out of the mare Western Montana, Pure Country has won 14 of 17 career races and earned $1.19 million. She is owned by Diamond Creek Racing. Complete recaps of the weekend races are available at the Grand Circuit website. Grand Circuit Standings: In 2016, the Grand Circuit leaders in three categories (driver, trainer and owner) will once again be tracked on a points system (20-10-5 for the top three finishers in divisions/finals and 10-5-2 for the top three finishers in eliminations/legs). Winbak Farm is the sponsor for the 2016 Grand Circuit awards. Here are the current leaders: Drivers: 1. Jordan Stratton - 221.5; 2. Yannick Gingras - 202; 3. David Miller - 190; 4. Tim Tetrick - 176; 5. Matt Kakaley - 165. Trainers: 1. Ron Burke - 318; 2. Jimmy Takter - 188; 3. Jeff Bamond Jr. - 170; 4. Peter Tritton - 139.5; 5. Rene Allard - 125. Owners: 1. Harry von Knoblauch - 139.5; 2. Bamond Racing - 112; 3. Burke Racing Stable - 80.9; 4. Weaver Bruscemi - 66.15; 5. Courant A B - 60. Looking ahead: Grand Circuit action will be taking place next weekend at The Meadowlands and Yonkers Raceway. The massive Meadowlands card will feature the Meadowlands Pace final, the William Haughton Memorial, the Hambletonian Maturity, the Stanley Dancer Trot, the Del Miller Memorial, the Mistletoe Shalee, the Golden Girls and a leg of the Miss Versatilty. Yonkers will host the Lawrence B. Sheppard for 2-year-old pacing colts. by Paul Ramlow for the Grand Circuit
Ideal Rocky hasn't found himself in many ideal situations this season, but trainer John Butenschoen remains a fan of the 3-year-old pacer and hopes his luck can change in Saturday's lone Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace elimination at the Meadowlands Racetrack. The top nine finishers in the elimination will advance to the $736,000 Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace final on July 16 at the Big M, where they will join bye-recipient Racing Hill. Saturday's card also includes the Graduate Series championships for trotters and pacers as well as two Reynolds Memorial divisions for 3-year-old female trotters. Ideal Rocky's luck certainly was no good in the draw for the Pace elimination, as he got post 10 in the 10-horse field. In his previous start, he had post eight in a conditioned race at Mohawk and got stuck on the outside for most of the mile. Before that, he had post eight in his North America Cup elimination and failed to advance to the final. And he had post six in the six-horse New Jersey Sire Stakes championship, where he finished third despite a :26.1 last quarter-mile. "It is what it is," Butenschoen said. "That's part of horseracing. "The horse is a good horse. It's a long season and hopefully he'll get his chance to show it somewhere down the line here. You just hope things will turn around at some point." Ideal Rocky, a son of stallion Rocknroll Hanover --- the 2005 Meadowlands Pace winner --- out of the stakes-winning mare Eternity's Delight, was purchased for $47,000 under the name Rocabybaby Fashion at the 2014 Standardbred Horse Sale. He is owned by William Wiswell, Jean Goehlen, and Eugene Schick. Last year, Ideal Rocky won a division of the International Stallion Stakes and defeated future Dan Patch Award-winner Boston Red Rocks in both the New Jersey Sire Stakes championship for 2-year-old male pacers and the Lou Babic. For his career, Ideal Rocky has won five of 20 races and earned $263,873. Ideal Rocky heads to the Meadowlands Pace elimination off a qualifier on July 2 at the Meadowlands. He finished second, sandwiched between Pace hopefuls Good Living and Check Six. "I was real happy with his qualifier the other day and (driver) Corey (Callahan) was real happy with him," Butenschoen said. "We figured we'd throw our hat in the fire again. The only silver lining (to the Pace elimination draw) is that he only has to beat one horse, and if he can't beat one he doesn't deserve to be in the final." Ideal Rocky wasn't eligible to last week's Max C. Hempt Memorial, which was won by Racing Hill. Following the Meadowlands Pace, the colt is eligible to the Adios and New Jersey Classic. "The schedule is impossible," Butenschoen said. "Everyone asks what you have to do to get owners or keep owners in the business, and staking is one of the major obstacles. It's expensive as all get out if you were to pay them into every week, and they're not easy miles. "Do you pay them into everything and then pick your races as you go? Or do you just opt to take out something? We picked our spots. The horse has been good on a mile track. We know if he's healthy he's going to have several weeks in a row, so it might not hurt to skip a week." The Meadowlands Pace elimination includes, from post one through nine: Talk Show, Lyons Snyder, Another Daily Copy, JK Will Power, Boston Red Rocks, Manhattan Beach, Good Living, Check Six, and Control The Moment. Check Six, from the barn of trainer Ron Burke, won this year's Pennsylvania Classic, where stablemate JK Will Power finished second. JK Will Power also finished second in the Hempt Memorial. Control The Moment, last year's O'Brien Award winner in Canada, finished third in the North America Cup, behind Betting Line and Racing Hill. Betting Line wasn't eligible to the Meadowlands Pace. "It's very rare that these horses can go out there and be good from beginning to end," Butenschoen said. "They're going to trade blows as they go along. Hopefully (Ideal Rocky) is right at the right time if we do draw inside. "We'll keep our fingers crossed and hope for the best." By Ken Weingartner/Harness Racing Communications/USTA
East Rutherford, NJ - A single elimination race for the $750,000e Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace (final on Saturday, July 16) and the $250,000 Graduate Series pacing and trotting finals highlight the Saturday, July 9 live harness racing program at The Meadowlands. Race Secretary Peter Koch accepted declarations on eleven sophomore colts and geldings for the Meadowlands Pace. Race conditions state that with that number of entries, a bye be offered in descending order to the connections of the top 2016 money earners. That offer was made only once, with trainer Tony Alagna accepting on behalf of owner Tom Hill for their Max Hempt Memorial winner Racing Hill, the top seasonal earner among those declared. The remaining ten will race to eliminate one. The field for the elimination race: (top 9 in official order of finish return to join Racing Hill in the final/elimination winner will draw from post positions 1-6 for the final) RACE 7 CRAWFORD FARMS MEADOWLANDS PACE - ELIMINATION 3 Year Old Open ** STAKES BARN - FRIDAY JULY 8 - 11:00 PM ** Purse: $50,000 1 Talk Show Sc Zeron S Elliott 2 Lyons Snyder Da Miller M Silva 3 Another Daily Copy Ji Morrill N Devita 4 JK Will Power Ya Gingras R Burke 5 Boston Red Rocks Ti Tetrick S Elliott 6 Manhattan Beach Ya Gingras R Burke 7 Good Living Br Miller T Cancelliere 8 Check Six Ya Gingras R Burke 9 Control The Moment Br Sears B Maxwell 10 Ideal Rocky Co Callahan J Butenschoen Both of the $250,000 Graduate finals drew the maximum of ten entries. The pacing final is the stage for chapter two of the battle between Indiana-bred titans Wiggle It Jiggleit and Freaky Feet Pete. GRADUATE SERIES - FINAL 4 Year Old Open Pace Purse: $250,000 1 In The Arsenal Br Miller K Harrison 2 Artistic Major Ti Tetrick S Elliott 3 Wiggle It Jiggleit Mo Teague C Francis 4 Rockin' In Heaven Da Miller I Moore 5 Rockin' Ron Ya Gingras R Burke 6 Dude's The Man Co Callahan J Okusko 7 Rock N' Roll World Da Miller R Burke 8 Freaky Feet Pete Tr Tetrick L Rheinheimer 9 Americanprimetime Jo Campbell R Dane 10 National Seelster Ma Macdonald C Ryder (Top series point earner Rockin' In Heaven drew from post positions 1-6) The trotters are led by the top point earner through the three preliminary legs Maestro Blue Chip in a remarkably well balanced field. GRADUATE SERIES - FINAL 4 Year Old Open Trot Purse: $250,000 1 Wings Of Royalty Co Callahan G Ducharme 2 Centurion ATM Ak Svanstedt A Svanstedt 3 Crescent Fashion Sc Zeron A Svanstedt 4 Canepa Hanover Ya Gingras J Takter 5 Whataworkout Br Miller F Antonacci 6 Maestro Blue Chip Ti Tetrick J Looney-King 7 Fashion Creditor Br Miller T Fanning 8 Honor And Serve Ak Svanstedt A Svanstedt 9 Crazshana Da Miller J Bamond 10 Musical Rhythm Jo Campbell B Baillargeon (Top series point earner Maestro Blue Chip drew from post positions 1-6) The entire Saturday draw may be accessed on The Meadowlands website. Post time is 7:15 p.m. Meadowlands Media Relations
Harness racing three-year-old Control The Moment, by Well Said takes over the top spot on "Road To The Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace". Control The Moment blasted from post 9 to set scorching fractions in the $1m Pepsi North America Cup last week while parking Lyons Snyder through a vicious 1:20.3 first three-quarters. He held on gamely to finish third. The Canadian two-year-old champion faces American freshman champ Boston Red Rocks in the Hempt Elimination this week. Rank Horse Driver, Trainer, Owner Justin Horowitz & Jenn Bongiorno's Comments 1 Control The Moment ($449,595 – 1:49.4) R. Waples, B. Maxwell Bradley R. Maxwell, Howard A. Taylor, Edwin J. Gold, Ben D. Mudry Blasted from post 9 to set scorching fractions while parking Lyons Snyder through a 1:20.3 first three-quarters. Held on gamely to finish third. Canadian two-year-old champion faces American freshman champ Boston Red Rocks in Hempt Elimination Last Race: 6/18 – Moh – NA Cup Final – 3rd 2 Racing Hill ($321,166 – 1:51.2) B. Miller, T. Alagna Tom Hill Debuts at Number Two off impressive runner-up finish to Betting Line in NA Cup Final after miscue in elimination. Clearly fast enough and looks to be Alagna’s best hope for a second Pace trophy. Last Race: 6/18 – Moh – NA Cup Final – 2nd 3 Lyons Snyder ($121,218 – 1:49.0) S. Filion, M. Silva Jeffrey S. Snyder, Geoffrey Lyons Mound Parked through vicious fractions in NA Cup Final after ultra game runner-up finish to eventual winner Betting Line in Elimination. Earns well-deserved rest and will skip Hempt at Pocono to freshen up for The Pace Last Race: 6/18 – Moh – NA Cup Final – 6th 4 Katies Rocker ($311,755 – 1:50.3) D. Miller, J. Campbell Fashion Farms LLC NJSS Champion skipped the NA Cup to prepare for Hempt Memorial at Pocono. Posted impressive qualifier win in 1:52.2 over NJSS Filly champion Blue Moon Stride this past Saturday. Faces Racing Hill and Talk Show in Hempt Elimination Last Race: 6/18 – M1 – Qualifier – 1st (1:52.2) 5 Boston Red Rocks ($695,615 – 1:50.3) T. Tetrick, S.Elliott Peter R. Blood, Rick Berks Followed Betting Line from well back in NA Cup Final but was outkicked to finish 4th. Consistent type, but lacks the same dominance he displayed at the end of 2-year-old season. Does have four-time Pace winner Tetrick on his side Last Race: 6/18 – Moh – NA Cup Final – 4th 6 Talk Show ($121,936 – 1:51.1Q) S. Zeron, S. Elliott Talk Show Partners, LLC Faces first true test of the season in second of two Hempt Eliminations on Saturday night after a pair of wins to kick off his 3-year-old season. Wildly fast 2-year-old seems more controllable after winter gelding. Last Race: 6/13 – Gty – Qualifier – 1st (1:53.3) 7 Check Six ($490,988 – 1:50.3) Y. Gingras, R. Burke Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, William L. Switala, James J. Martin Rebounded with a win in a PASS over Another Daily Copy after failing to qualify for NA Cup Final. Closing in on $500,000 in lifetime earnings could give leading-trainer Burke his first Pace victory Last Race: 6/17 – PHL – PASS – 1st (1:51.1) 8 American Passport ($212,534 – 1:51.3Q) B. Sears, T. Alagna Brittany Farms, Riverview Racing, Alagna Racing, Jodi L. Siamis Picks up new driver in 2005 Pace winner Brian Sears for Hempt Elimination after failing to make NA Cup Final. Draws into first of two elims and faces Control the Moment and Boston Red Rocks Last Race: 6/11 – Moh – NA Cup Elim – 6th 9 Another Daily Copy ($125,310 – 1:50) J. Morrill, Jr., N.DeVita Carl Sackheim Finished second in PASS behind Check Six and picks up new driver, Jim Morrill, Jr, for Hempt Eliminations. Has yet to leave PA to race this year, but continues to improve ahead of Grand Circuit seasonal debut Last Race – 6/17 – PHL – PASS – 2nd 10 JK Will Power ($324,933 – 1:51.1) Y.Gingras, R. Burke 3 Brothers Stable Moves into the top 10, replacing stablemate Big Top Hanover who disappointed in NA Cup Final. Another that has raced exclusively in PA won most recent start in PASS at Harrah’s Philadelphia. Draws into the first of two Hempt elims against Control the Moment and Boston Red Rocks Last Race – 6/17 – PHL – PASS – 1st (1:53) KEY PREP RACES Date Stakes Site Winner Trainer Driver 2nd Horse 3rd Horse Time 5/7 Pennsylvania Classic PcD CHECK SIX R. Burke Y. Gingras JK WILL POWER BIG TOP HANOVER 1:50.3 5/22 PA Sire Stakes PcD Fernando Hanover R. Burke M. Kakaley BIG TOP HANOVER ANOTHER DAILY COPY 1:51.2 PA Sire Stakes PcD LYONS SNYDER M. Silva S. Zeron Adrian Hanover Settlemoir 1:49.4 PA Sire Stakes PcD CHECK SIX R. Burke Y. Gingras Arthur Pendragon MANHATTAN BEACH 1:52.3 5/28 6/4 Art Rooney Final NJ Sire Stakes Final YR M1 Missile J KATIES ROCKER L. Toscano J. Campbell B. Sears D. Miller TAILGUNNER HANOVER BOSTON RED ROCKS Yankee Artillery IDEAL ROCKY 1:53.0 1:50.3 6/4 6/6 6/11 6/17 PA Sire Stakes NY Sire Stakes NA Cup Eliminations PA Sire Stakes Mea Mea MR MR MR Moh Moh Phl Phl ANOTHER DAILY COPY Adrian Hanover TALK SHOW Craftship Manny Betting Line BOSTON RED ROCKS JK WILL POWER Western Fame N. DeVita C. Oakes S. Elliott T. Alagna J. Okusko C. Coleman S. Elliott R. Burke J. Takter T. Hall D. Palone S. Zeron S. Zeron C. Lems D. Miller T. Tetrick D. Miller D. Miller CHECK SIX BIG TOP HANOVER Missile J Artmagic Fine Diamond LYONS SNYDER BIG TOP HANOVER Adrian Hanover GOOD LIVING JK WILL POWER MANHATTAN BEACH Nox Vegas Bluechip Autotune Hanover Concur RACING HILL Michaels Victory Ideal Jimmy Blake North 1:50.0 1:49.4 1:53.3 1:53.2 1:54.2 1:49.1 1:50.3 1:53.0 1:50.4 6/18 6/24 6/25 7/2 7/2 NA Cup Final NY Sire Stakes Max Hempt Elims Max Hempt Final Ontario Sire Stakes Phl Moh YR PcD PcD Moh CHECK SIX Betting Line R. Burke C. Coleman Y. Gingras D. Miller ANOTHER DAILY COPY RACING HILL WESTERN DYNASTY CONTROL THE MOMENT 1:51.1 1:47.4 MEADOWLANDS PACE ELIGIBLES IN CAPS – Supplements are permitted per the conditions of the race
Boston Red Rocks regains the top harness racing spot in week 4 of the Road to the Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace. Rank Horse Driver, Trainer, Owner Justin Horowitz & Jenn Bongiorno's Comments 1 Boston Red Rocks ($639,455 – 1:50.3) T. Tetrick, S.Elliott Peter R. Blood, Rick Berks Rebounded with first-over victory in his NA Cup elimination at odds of 3/4. Starting from post four as 3/1 second choice behind non-Pace-eligible Betting Line. Could become ninth horse to win NA Cup and Pace including fellow Elliott trainee Well Said Last Race: 6/11 – Moh – NA Cup Elim – 1st (1:50.3) 2 Lyons Snyder ($113,418 – 1:49.0) S. Filion, M. Silva Jeffrey S. Snyder, Geoffrey Lyons Mound Got caught in the last strides by favorite Betting Line when trying to wire his NA Cup elimination. Drew post two in the Final and was made 4/1 third choice. Son of ’09 Pace champ Well Said continues to develop rapidly Last Race: 6/11 – Moh – NA Cup Elim – 2nd 3 Control The Moment ($365,355 – 1:49.4) R. Waples, B. Maxwell Bradley R. Maxwell, Howard A. Taylor, Edwin J. Gold, Ben D. Mudry Continues to round into form with only two 2016 starts under his belt. Posted a 26.2 last quarter in his NA Cup elim. Canadian champion drew poorly in NA Cup Final (post 9) but has the look of live longshot Last Race: 6/4 – Moh – Somebeachsomewhere – 2nd 4 Katies Rocker ($311,755 – 1:50.3) D. Miller, J. Campbell Fashion Farms LLC Scored biggest career win in upset of Boston Red Rocks in $100,000 NJSS Final while lowering his lifetime mark. Skipping NA Cup to prepare for Hempt Memorial at Pocono. Entered to qualify Saturday morning at the Meadowlands Last Race: 6/4 – M1 – NJSS Final – 1st (1:50.3) 5 Big Top Hanover ($569,637 – 1:51.0) Y.Gingras, R. Burke JT45, Burke Racing Stable Finished second to top-ranked Boston Red Rocks in his NA Cup elim. Drew the rail for the Final and was Gingras’s choice. Still looking for first win of 2016 after six on-the-board finishes Last Race: 6/11 – Moh – NA Cup Elim – 2nd 6 Talk Show ($121,936 – 1:51.1Q) S. Zeron, S. Elliott Talk Show Partners, LLC Stayed undefeated in 2016 with NYSS win over Rooney victor Missile J. Also skipped the NA Cup but stayed sharp this past Monday with a 1:53.3 qualifier win at Gaitway Farm on a very windy morning Last Race: 6/13 – Gty – Qualifier – 1st (1:53.3) 7 Check Six ($463,595 – 1:50.3) Y. Gingras, R. Burke Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, William L. Switala, James J. Martin Drops again after another disappointing effort when finishing 6th in his NA Cup elim and failing to make the Final. Right back in Friday at Harrah’s Philadelphia in a PASS as the 8/5 morning line favorite Last Race: 6/11 – Moh –NA Cup Elim – 6th 8 American Passport ($212,534 – 1:51.3Q) S. Zeron, T. Alagna Brittany Farms, Riverview Racing, Alagna Racing, Jodi L. Siamis Must regroup after 6th place finish in NA Cup elim and failing to make the Final. Still feel like this horse has the talent to compete with the top horses, but must put it all together on the track Last Race: 6/11 – Moh – NA Cup Elim – 6th 9 Another Daily Copy ($111,614 – 1:50) C.Callahan, N.DeVita Carl Sackheim Looks to back up his 20/1 upset win over Check Six in a PASS two weeks ago when he faces that same rival again in Friday’s PASS at Harrah’s Philadelphia. Son of Somebeachsomewhere, who famously lost The Pace to Art Official in 2008 Last Race – 6/4 – Mea – PASS – 1st (1:50) 10 Rollaroundtheworld ($21,200 – 1:50.1) D. Miller, T. Alagna Adriano Sorella First caught our eye with impressive debut win at the Meadowlands before being shut down for winter. Again caught our eye in Tony Alagna-debut in Meadowlands conditioned race. Inexperienced, but clearly talented Last Race – 6/4 – M1 – NW2 – 1st (1:50.1) KEY PREP RACES Date Stakes Site Winner Trainer Driver 2nd Horse 3rd Horse Time 5/7 Pennsylvania Classic PcD CHECK SIX R. Burke Y. Gingras JK WILL POWER BIG TOP HANOVER 1:50.3 5/22 PA Sire Stakes PcD Fernando Hanover R. Burke M. Kakaley BIG TOP HANOVER ANOTHER DAILY COPY 1:51.2 PA Sire Stakes PcD LYONS SNYDER M. Silva S. Zeron Adrian Hanover Settlemoir 1:49.4 PA Sire Stakes PcD CHECK SIX R. Burke Y. Gingras Arthur Pendragon MANHATTAN BEACH 1:52.3 5/28 6/4 Art Rooney Final NJ Sire Stakes Final YR M1 Missile J KATIES ROCKER L. Toscano J. Campbell B. Sears D. Miller TAILGUNNER HANOVER BOSTON RED ROCKS Yankee Artillery IDEAL ROCKY 1:53.0 1:50.3 6/4 6/6 6/11 6/15 PA Sire Stakes NY Sire Stakes NA Cup Eliminations NY Sire Stakes Mea Mea MR MR MR Moh Moh BR ANOTHER DAILY COPY Adrian Hanover TALK SHOW Craftship Manny Betting Line BOSTON RED ROCKS N. DeVita C. Oakes S. Elliott T. Alagna J. Okusko C. Coleman S. Elliott T. Hall D. Palone S. Zeron S. Zeron C. Lems D. Miller T. Tetrick CHECK SIX BIG TOP HANOVER Missile J Artmagic Fine Diamond LYONS SNYDER BIG TOP HANOVER JK WILL POWER MANHATTAN BEACH Nox Vegas Bluechip Autotune Hanover Concur RACING HILL Michaels Victory 1:50.0 1:49.4 1:53.3 1:53.2 1:54.2 1:49.1 1:50.3 6/17 6/18 6/24 6/25 7/2 7/2 PA Sire Stakes NA Cup Final NY Sire Stakes Max Hempt Elims Max Hempt Final Ontario Sire Stakes Phl Moh YR PcD PcD Moh MEADOWLANDS PACE ELIGIBLES IN CAPS – Supplements are permitted per the conditions of the race
Control The Moment takes over top spot on the harness racing Road to the Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace. It was an impressive comeback race in defeat to the tighter Lyons Snyder in The Somebeachsomewhere stakes last Saturday night at Mohawk Raceway. The reigning Canadian champion enters Canada’s richest race (NA Cup elim) with home-track advantage (7 for 8 lifetime at Mohawk). Rank Horse Driver, Trainer, Owner Justin Horowitz & Jenn Bongiorno's Comments 1 Control The Moment ($362,195 – 1:49.4) R. Waples, B. Maxwell Bradley R. Maxwell, Howard A. Taylor, Edwin J. Gold, Ben D. Mudry Impressive comeback race in defeat to tighter Lyons Snyder. Reigning Canadian champion enters Canada’s richest race (NA Cup elim) with home-track advantage (7 for 8 lifetime at Mohawk). Last Race: 6/4 – Moh – Somebeachsomewhere – 2nd 2 Lyons Snyder ($103,543 – 1:49.0) S. Filion, M. Silva Jeffrey S. Snyder, Geoffrey Lyons Mound Continues to open eyes with lifetime-best win over top-ranked Control The Moment in first race with new driver Sylvain Filion. Draws perfect post in tougher of two NA Cup eliminations this weekend. Acid test this weekend. Last Race: 6/4 – Moh – Somebeachsomewhere – 1st (1:49.0) 3 Boston Red Rocks ($619,705 – 1:50.3) T. Tetrick, S.Elliott Peter R. Blood, Rick Berks Drops another spot after disappointing runner-up finish in $100,000 NJSS Final to Katies Rocker. 2YO Champion draws into softer of two NA Cup elims and can bounce back in first Canadian start since Breeders Crown triumph. Last Race: 6/4 – M1 – NJSS Final – 2nd 4 Check Six ($463,595 – 1:50.3) Y. Gingras, R. Burke Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, William L. Switala, James J. Martin Drops from the top spot after even-money defeat to Pace nominee Another Daily Copy. First defeat of 2016 after four straight wins. Still the most highly regarded of Burke’s four Pace nominees. Faces #1 and #2 in NA Cup elimination. Last Race: 6/4 – Mea –PASS – 2nd 5 Katies Rocker ($311,755 – 1:50.3) D. Miller, J. Campbell Fashion Farms LLC Scored biggest career win in upset of Boston Red Rocks in $100,000 NJSS Final while lowering his lifetime mark. Will skip NA Cup. Fashion Farms homebred Rocknroll Hanover gelding’s dam is a full-sister to millionaire Kikikatie who produced four Pace starters Last Race: 6/4 – M1 – NJSS Final – 1st (1:50.3) 6 Talk Show ($121,936 – 1:51.1Q) S. Zeron, S. Elliott Talk Show Partners, LLC Stayed undefeated in 2016 with NYSS win over Rooney victor Missile J. Trained by two-time Pace winner Steve Elliott who also could have a driver conflict as Zeron is the regular pilot of multiple top contenders Last Race: 6/6 – MR – NYSS – 1st (1:53.3) 7 American Passport ($212,534 – 1:51.3Q) S. Zeron, T. Alagna Brittany Farms, Riverview Racing, Alagna Racing, Jodi L. Siamis Bounced back and was gaining late in impressive runner-up finish to highly regarded Betting Line (not Pace eligible). Draws into softer NA Cup elimination against #3 Boston Red Rocks for 2013 Pace winning trainer Tony Alagna Last Race: 6/4 – Moh – Somebeachsomewhere – 2nd 8 Big Top Hanover ($559,762 – 1:51.0) Y.Gingras, R. Burke JT45, Burke Racing Stable Another runner-up finish in PASS event to Adrian Hanover. Consistent sort still looking for breakthrough performance in 2016. Faces Boston Red Rocks and American Passport in NA Cup elimination Last Race: 6/4 – Mea – PASS – 2nd 9 Travel Playlist ($252,570 – 1:49.2) M.Miller, E. Miller Blue Chip Bloodstock Inc, Ronald C. Michelon, Taylor Made Stallions, Frederick W. Hertrich, III Won third straight qualifier in 1:52 but will skip NA Cup in favor of start in N/W 7 Sunday at Pocono. new york sire stakes champion was the fastest two-year-old last season, but was scratched out of the breeders crown final. Last Race: 10/16/15 – Wdb – Breeders Crown Elim – 5th 10 Another Daily Copy ($111,614 – 1:50) T.B.A, N.DeVita Carl Sackheim Debuts in the top 10 after 20/1 upset victory over Check Six in PASS. Four straight on-the-board finishes for trainer Nick DeVita. Son of Somebeachsomewhere, who famously lost The Pace to Art Official in 2008 Last Race – 6/4 – Mea – PASS – 1st (1:50) Rachel Ryan
East Rutherford, NJ --- Pennsylvania Classic harness racing champion Check Six tops the week two edition of the 'Road to the Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace.' The Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace – Saturday, July 16 Rank Horse Driver, Trainer, Owner Justin Horowitz & Jenn Bongiorno's Comments 1 Check Six ($443,332 – 1:50.3) Y. Gingras, R. Burke Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, William L. Switala, James J. Martin Looks to remain undefeated at three in PASS at The Meadows on 6/4. Perhaps the best of Burke’s four Pace eligibles has ripped off four straight wins to kick off his 3-year-old season including $561,500 PA Classic after disappointing end to 2-year-old season due to foot injury Last Race: 5/22 – PcD –PASS – 1st (1:52.3) 2 Boston Red Rocks ($594,705 – 1:50.3) T. Tetrick, S.Elliott Peter R. Blood, Rick Berks Falls from the top spot after eventful trip third in second leg of NJSS last weekend. Still paced home in 25.2 after being interfered with by breaking horse around first turn. Remains favorite for $100,000 NJSS Final on 6/4 Last Race: 5/28 – M1 – NJSS – 3rd 3 Control The Moment ($347,757 – 1:49.4) R. Waples, B. Maxwell Bradley R. Maxwell, Howard A. Taylor, Edwin J. Gold, Ben D. Mudry Makes highly anticipated 3YO debut Saturday at Mohawk in Somebeachsomewhere. Canada’s O’Brien Award winning freshman suffered his only career loss in breeders crown final at woodbine, finishing sixth behind boston red rocks. Last Race: 10/24/15 – Wdb – Breeders Crown Final – 6th 4 Travel Playlist ($252,570 – 1:49.2) E.Miller, M. Miller Blue Chip Bloodstock Inc, Ronald C. Michelon, Taylor Made Stallions, Frederick W. Hertrich, III Is entered to qualify Saturday morning at the Meadowlands for a third time ahead of 3YO debut. Wickedly fast son of art major set his lifetime mark in a track record win at vernon downs. new york sire stakes champion was the fastest two-year-old last season, but was scratched out of the breeders crown final. Last Race: 10/16/15 – Wdb – Breeders Crown Elim – 5th 5 Big Top Hanover ($539,499 – 1:51.0) Y.Gingras, R. Burke JT45, Burke Racing Stable Looks to score first win of 2016 in PASS on 6/4 after a trio of on-the-board finishes in stakes races. Breeders Crown runner-up was the second highest earning two-year-old last season. finished season strong with wins in the matron and governor’s cup elimination over boston red rocks. Last Race: 5/22 – PcD – PASS – 2nd 6 Lyons Snyder ($74,668 – 1:49.4) S. Zeron, M. Silva Jeffrey S. Snyder, Geoffrey Lyons Mound Faces 3rd-ranked Control The Moment in Somebeachsomewhere at Mohawk on 6/4. Winless in five freshman starts when trained by burke. moved to silva for 2016 and has won three of five starts including lifetime best in PASS last out. Son of 2009 Pace winner Well Said Last Race: 5/22 – PcD – PASS – 1st (1:49.4) 7 American Passport ($198,096 – 1:51.3Q) S. Zeron, T. Alagna Brittany Farms, Riverview Racing, Alagna Racing, Jodi L. Siamis Looks to rebound in Somebeachsomewhere on 6/4 after making miscue last out in seasonal debut. Blossomed at Lexington with wins in the Bluegrass and International Stallion Stakes. Would give Alagna his second Pace win after Captaintreacherous in 2013. Last Race: 5/21 – M1 – N/W 4 – 7th 8 Talk Show ($101,986 – 1:51.1Q) S. Zeron, S. Elliott Talk Show Partners, LLC Debuts in the top 10 after impressive qualifier and first 3YO start. Always talented and fast colt was gelded during the winter and appears to be more manageable. Son of Art Major faces NYSS foes at Monticello on 6/6 Last Race: 5/30 – YR – N/W 4 – 1st (1:52.4) 9 I’m Some Graduate ($119,927 – 1:50.3) T. Tetrick, T. Cancelliere John Cancelliere Faces first major test of 2016 against top-ranked Check Six in PASS at The Meadows on 6/4. Well-bred colt by Somebeachsomewhere out of the millionaire Jugette winner Western Graduate won four of seven starts last season including PASS Consolation. Last Race – 5/23 – PcD – TSS – 1st (1:51.4) 10 Katies Rocker ($255,505 – 1:52.1) D. Miller, J. Campbell Fashion Farms LLC Moves down a notch after runner-up finish in second leg of NJSS to Michael’s Victory. Another from the final crop of 2005 Pace winner Rocknroll Hanover out of a Jugette-winning mare. Last Race: 5/28 – M1 – NJSS – 2nd KEY PREP RACES Date Stakes Site Winner Trainer Driver 2nd Horse 3rd Horse Time 5/7 Pennsylvania Classic PcD CHECK SIX R. Burke Y. Gingras JK WILL POWER BIG TOP HANOVER 1:50.3 5/22 PA Sire Stakes PcD Fernando Hanover R. Burke M. Kakaley BIG TOP HANOVER ANOTHER DAILY COPY 1:51.2 PA Sire Stakes PcD LYONS SNYDER M. Silva S. Zeron Adrian Hanover Settlemoir 1:49.4 PA Sire Stakes PcD CHECK SIX R. Burke Y. Gingras Arthur Pendragon MANHATTAN BEACH 1:52.3 5/28 6/4 Art Rooney Final NJ Sire Stakes Final YR M1 Missile J L. Toscano B. Sears TAILGUNNER HANOVER Yankee Artillery 1:53.0 6/4 6/6 6/11 6/15 PA Sire Stakes NY Sire Stakes NA Cup Eliminations NY Sire Stakes Mea MR Moh BR 6/17 6/18 6/24 6/25 7/2 7/2 PA Sire Stakes NA Cup Final NY Sire Stakes Max Hempt Elims Max Hempt Final Ontario Sire Stakes Phl Moh YR PcD PcD Moh MEADOWLANDS PACE ELIGIBLES IN CAPS – Supplements are permitted per the conditions of the race
East Rutherford, NJ - Yearling nominations ($50 payment) to the 2018 Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace for foals of 2015 are due by May 15. With that date falling on Sunday this year postmarks by May 17 will be accepted per USTA rule 12:02. You may download the nomination form here. Please call the Racing Office at 201-842-5130 for further information. From the Meadowlands Media Department
Port Perry, ON --- Tara Hills Stud Farm and Muscara Racing Trust have announced that multiple world champion He's Watching p,3,1:46.4 ($1,116,450) will stand stud at Tara Hills’ Port Perry, Ontario, farm starting in 2016. He's Watching electrified the harness racing industry during his 2-year-old season as he went undefeated in eight starts, all New York Sire Stakes, set five track records and two world records. He was crowned the Dan Patch 2-year-old colt Pacer of the Year at the conclusion of that season. His career defining performance came as a three-year-old in the 2014 Meadowlands Pace where he cruised home in :25.3 in the hands of Tim Tetrick to win by 2½ lengths in a sensational 1:46.4. The time equaled the world record. He earned a total of $824,728 that season, with other stakes wins in the Somebeachsomewhere and the Empire Breeders Classic. Trained by David Menary, He's Watching was raced by Menary Racing Inc, Brad Gray and Michael Guerriero of Ontario along with the Muscara Racing Trust of Pennsylvania. A son of American Ideal, He's Watching hails from one of the most storied pacing families in racing as his fourth dam is Leah Almahurst, a winner of more than $1 million almost three decades ago, and the dam of $1.4 million winner Western Ideal. He's Watching is presently standing at Alabar in New Zealand and his book is getting an excellent response. The He's Watching Stallion Group look forward to being a sponsor of the Breeders Crown championship on Saturday (Oct. 24) at Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto. The stallion's stud fee will be announced at a later time. He's Watching seen here setting a new world record for a 2-year-old pacer (second lifetime start) on a 5/8 mile track with a 1:50 win in the New York Sire Stakes at Tioga Downs on August 9 2013.
He’s Arrived! We are excited to announce that the World Champion He’s Watching has arrived at Alabar, our New Zealand farm. He arrived in great condition with our New Zealand manager Graeme Henley in awe of his physique and presence. “It was a great to have He's Watching arrive on farm this morning. “To have the equal fastest horse ever in our sport, the horse that won the Meadowlands Pace little over a year ago, make his world debut as a sire at our farm is a big thrill. “Good horses tend to know they're good and this guy certainly has that aura about him. The first thing you notice about him is his strength - he's got a great shoulder on him and a powerful rump. “It's not hard to see where his speed comes from; he's like an American sprinter - a ball of muscle with a real bounce and swagger to him.” He’s Watching will begin collecting tomorrrow and a bevy of stakes winners, stakes producing mares and other high quality consorts await him.