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.
He’s Watching, one of harness racing’s most brilliant performers of recent times, has been retired. The son of American Ideal went an unbeaten eight for eight as a two-year-old, blazing a succession of track and world records on his way to being voted USTA Two-Year-Old Pacer of the Year. 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. This sublime victory matched the all-age world record, made him the fastest ever three-year-old at the Meadowlands and the youngest ever winner of the Meadowlands Pace. Being a 13th June foal, he had remarkably only turned three twenty-nine days earlier. 2015 has seen the four-year-old He’s Watching get close to racing only to have his season frustrated and ultimately ended by injury. He’s Watching retires with $1,129,215 in earnings, five track records and two world records to his name. A great career no doubt – but one that promised so much more. Trained by David Menary, he was raced by Menary Racing Inc, Brad Gray and Michael Guerriero of Ontario along with the Muscara Racing Trust of Pennsylvania. A stud career now beckons for the horse who one of his owners described as “strutting into the parade ring with a look that said - who wants to fight me today?” Very few could. He's Watching He's Watching set a new world record for a 2-year-old pacer on a 5/8 mile track with a 1:50 win in the New York Sire Stakes at Tioga Downs on August 9. He's Watching was driven by Jim Morrill, Jr The Meadowlands Pace
Through all the glory and fun times throughout his career, this season means the most to harness racing owner and trainer George Teague, Jr., not just because of the caliber of horses he has, but it's because this involves his family. The number one thing he wants fans to know is "I am a family guy first and foremost". The harness racing world is abuzz by the magnificent triumphs of Wiggle It Jiggle It and there's every reason in the book why Wiggle It Jiggleit should receive such praise. Driven by Montrell Teague, George's son, life couldn't be any sweeter after Wiggle It Jiggleit won the Meadowlands Pace in 1:47.4 for his seventh straight win this year. What's added sugar to the dessert is that George also owns the mom and dad of Wiggle It Jiggleit. "I raced both of them and I liked them enough to keep them around and that is the extra bonus of it. I am having a ball of a time," he says. "I have two wonderful daughters, Shanika and Shamika, that nobody speaks of and Montrell who everyone knows because he drives." George continues, "Shanika and Shamika are just as involved as he is". Trainer Clyde Francis has worked with George for "15 or 17 years" and George listed him down as trainer because "he's a hard working guy and he is having just as much fun as we are. There were only two spots to list him, either owner or trainer and I didn't want to change the owner's name," George says with a chuckle. When asked why he didn't want to be listed as trainer, George admits ''it's more enjoyable to be an owner." George notes that Clyde is like a brother to him, trainer together through the rough times and the good times. "Believe it or not as an owner I am having has much fun as I possibly can.... He's always been a great friend, like a brother. I feel happier that he is down as trainer with his name in the program, I wouldn't have it any other way." George adds, "I'm happy Clyde is getting recognized for all his hard work." Before 2015, George admits there have been obstacles, like any other horseman. "If you have talent and work hard as well as give yourself a chance, you will make it," he said. "I gave myself a chance; I invested into myself with horses," George explained. "It's a big gamble being an owner and the obstacle is and will always be financial, as for any other obstacles that you usually see, I don't experience it very often." George continues, "One thing I can say about harness racing is that it is very forgiving. You work hard enough; people don't look at (color)." George admits there is still racism in the world, but not so in harness racing. "People in harness racing," George Said, "Some never looked at me and my sister as color. I think Montrell has less of a hurdle than I do because people do not see him that way." "I've been blessed," George explained. "This is one business where you work hard enough you have a chance. The moral is" he states, "If you don't invest in yourself, you're not going to get someone else to invest in you." Save your money is George's advice, this way you have more to invest in you. "Ownership is the most fun aspect to this game." George said. "I've had great partners and we had a lot of fun together. However nothing replaces the fun I am having with this horse (Wiggle It Jiggleit) now." "I have my son driving with no rules on how he is going to drive," George said, "We talk and communicate strategy with Clyde, it's all great!" With family coming first, racing finishing a strong second, George's next passion is cheering on RG3 and the Washington Redskins. "If Griffin can get back to the way he was 2 or 3 years ago," George hopes, "He can do something special." by Roderick Balgobin, for Harnesslink.com
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. George Teague Jr. was beaming as he watched his son Montrell guide Wiggle It Jiggleit to an impressive victory Saturday night in the $706,000 Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace at Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment. The dominant horse in the division did it again, beating Dude's The Man by 1 3/4 lengths in 1:47 4/5. The gelding posted his 14th win in 15 starts this year, losing only the North America Cup to Wakizashi Hanover by less than a length. George Teague had been here before, winning the 2007 Pace with Southwind Lynx. Seeing his son return to the winner's circle this time elevated the experience to a new level. "Couldn't be happier, I couldn't be prouder of my son Montrell," George Teague said. "He speaks for himself. He's doing a great job for the horse as much as the horse is doing for him. Wiggle It Jiggleit is certainly doing it. Stung a little bit by a 26 1/5 opening quarter, Wiggle It Jiggleit cleared In The Arsenal to take charge down the backstretch. The 2/5 favorite soon had company as Wakizashi Hanover ranged up first over. It was a classic battle around the final turn, the two division leaders side by side. Then it was over as Wiggle It Jiggleit shook loose in the lane with Montrell Teague pumping his fist as they crossed the finish line. "I'm always surprised," Montrell Teague said. "Every week I look forward to driving him. He's the best horse I've ever driven. Driving for dad and having all my family here is unbelievable. At 24, Montrell Teague is the youngest driver to capture the track's signature event for 3-year-olds. Wakizashi Hanover held on for third. Wiggle It Jiggleit paid $2.80, $2.20 and $2.10, earning $353,000 for George Teague Jr. Inc. Clyde Francis, Teague's long-time assistant, is the trainer. Dude's The Man returned $17.40 and $9.20 while Wakizashi Hanover paid $2.80 to show. Dealt A Winner was fourth followed by Revenge Shark, Artspeak, Rock N' Roll World, In The Arsenal, Lyons Levi Lewis and Badiou Hanover. THE STANLEY DANCER MEMORIAL Pinkman won again, solidifying his standing as the favorite for the $1 million Hambletonian for 3-year-old trotters here on Aug 8. Last season's Dan Patch winner is 5 for 6 this season following a neck victory over Habitat in 1:52 2/5 in the first $157,250 Dancer division. Yannick Gingras wheeled Pinkman to the front midway down the backstretch and they dictated the action from there. The final margin was a little snug as Habitat made an inside move and stablemate Canepa Hanover finished a close-up third. "My colt was really strong," Gingras said. "I was just playing with him a little bit in the stretch to make him do his job, but he had so much more." Pinkman, trained by Jimmy Takter, paid $2.60 to win. The victory lifted the gelding's earnings over $1 million for Christina Takter, John & Jim Fielding, Joyce McClelland and Herb Liverman. Takter was in the sulky as The Bank took the $159,750 second Dancer division in a career best 1:50 4/5. The 10-1 shot enhanced his Hambletonian credentials with his second win in six starts this season, giving Takter a training sweep in the Dancer. "This horse held on very well," Takter said. "Pinkman is more of a laid-back horse. He felt like had everything under control." The Bank, owned by Christina Takter and Goren Falk, paid $22.80 to win. The most amazing aspect of the race was the recovery by Centurion ATM, getting second after making a break down the backstretch. He closed relentlessly to finish only one length behind The Bank with French Laundry, another Takter trainee, third. Pinkman $187,000 DELVIN MILLER MEMORIAL Spirit To Win pulled a 48-1 upset in final prep over the track for 3-year-old trotting fillies heading to the $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks on the Hambletonian undercard. With Brett Miller urging her on, Spirit To Win swarmed past Mission Brief, last season's Dan Patch winner, by a nose for her first win in four starts this season, and fourth win in 10 starts overall. "We thought she was a top filly last year," trainer Dustin Jones said. "She ended up cracking a pastern so we had to stop on her. We were really, really high on her last year." That potential is finally starting to show, putting Spirit To Win squarely in the Hambletonian Oaks picture. Owned by Frederick Hertrich and Noblock Racing, Spirit To Win paid $99.40 to win, capping an early 50-cent Pick 4 for a $56,333.55 payoff. The time was 1:52. Mission Brief was a game second in her first start since late May while Livinthefastlane, the even-money favorite, got third. Spirit To Win $430,600 WILLIAM R. HAUGHTON MEMORIAL The longshot theme continued in the Free-For-All pace as Mach It So prevailed by a neck at 17-1. The 5-year-old Mach Three gelding trained by Jeffrey Bamond, Jr. for Bamond Racing got his second win in 12 starts this season. Tim Tetrick worked out a second-over trip in the 1:48 1/5 mile. "When he trips out like that, he's pretty tough to beat," Tetrick said. "He proved that tonight." Mach It So paid $36.40 to win as State Treasurer outfinished Foiled Again, the sport's richest horse, for the place spot. Mach It So $213,450 GOLDEN GIRLS Tetrick, trainer Bamond and Bamond Racing struck again with another outsider as Anndrovette took the Free-For-All pacing mares at 36-1. The win price was a stunning $74.20 for the four-time defending Dan Patch Award winner who had not raced well here in the past. It was only Anndrovette's second win in 16 races at the Meadowlands. Her previous triumph came in the 2012 Overbid final. Anndrovette rallied in the stretch to overcome Sandbetweenurtoes and then held off Table Talk by one length in 2:02 4/5 for the 1 1/8 miles. "I think the mile and an eighth definitely helped her," trainer Jeff Bamond Jr. said. "You can definitely never count her out. Anndrovette $207,350 MISTLETOE SHALEE David Miller became the third richest driver in the history of the sport, moving past Mike Lachance, when Moonlit Dance captured the $207,350 stakes for 3-year-old pacing fillies. "That's quite an honor, to do something like that," Miller said. "Mike has been a top, top driver for so many years. It's quite an honor for me" Moonlit Dance earned the victory the hard way: a brave first over trip from post 10 to beat Divine Caroline by 1 Â½ lengths at 7-1. Moonlit Dance maintained her momentum through the stretch to get the win. "I can't say enough about her," Miller said. "She took a very tough trip and still had horse left. It was not a great trip at all. She overcame my drive." Moonlit Dance is owned by the David Goodrow Stable and trained by Tony O'Sullivan. She paid $17 to win. The time was 1:49. Moonlit Dance $443,300 HAMBLETONIAN MATURITY JL Cruze extended his winning streak to five in the stakes for 4-year-old trotters. The gelding has developed into a winning machine for trainer Eric Ell and owners Kenneth Wood, William Ditmar and Stephen Iaquinta with 16 wins in 18 starts this season. John Campbell guided JL Cruze to a neck victory over Resolve in 2:04 2/5, a world record for the 1 1/8 miles. JL Cruze paid $4 to win. Total handle for Meadowlands Pace night was $4,247,602. The last race Jackpot Super Hi-5 Carryover swelled to $208,774. Racing returns Friday, with first post time at 7:15 P.M. JL Cruze MEADOWLANDS 50 CENT PICK 4 PAYS $56,333.55 EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. _ The early 50-cent Pick 4 was a jackpot bonanza for one lucky bettor who took home $56,333.55. The wager was made through the Twin Spires betting network. The sequence started with Stimulus Plan paying $39.40 to win the fourth race. Next up, The Bank ($22.80) won the $159,750 Stanley Dancer Memorial followed by Dragon Eddy ($5.40) before Spirit To Win closed it out with $99.40 score in the $187,000 Delvin Miller Memorial. Mike Farrell for Meadowlands Media Relations
East Rutherford, NJ - The "Greatest Party in Harness Racing" is at The Meadowlands on Saturday night as the continent's best sophomore pacing colts contest The $706,000 Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace. The track's signature race will be supported by an All-Star card worth over $2.5 million in purses. The races include; the $443,300 Hambletonian Maturity for 4-year-old trotters, the $430,600 William R. Haughton Memorial featuring Free-For-All pacers, the $213,450 Golden Girls for Free-For-All pacing mares, the $187,000 Del Miller Memorial for 3-year-old filly trotters and a pair of divisions for the sophomore colt trotters in the $315,000 Stanley Dancer Memorial. The $207,350 Mistletoe Shalee for 3-year-old pacing fillies serves as the filly companion to the Pace. It's the seventh race, opening a $100,000 Guaranteed 15% take-out Pick 4 (races 7-10) and may require starting the sequence by pressing the "All" button as you place that wager. With last season's division leader JK Shesalady currently sidelined, there is a bevvy of pacing beauties scratching and clawing their way toward the divisional tiara. Bettor Be Steppin "stepped up" in the hotly contested Lynch final at Pocono, benefitting from a heady steer by Corey Callahan to win for trainer Joe Holloway who won the stake 20 years ago with She's A Great Lady. She has a stable mate leaving from the rail in Divine Caroline who will have the services of Brian Sears for the first time on Saturday. Both fillies race for the interests of Val D'Or, Ted Gewertz and Rojan Stable with Michael Ouriel joining the Divine Caroline group. Ronnie Burke has three in the final, including the winner of last week's elimination, Band Of Angels who he trains for Bill Donovan. Yannick Gingras sticks with her, leaving the drive on Burke, Panhellenic Stable, Weaver Bruscemi and Larry Kerr's good filly Sassa Hanover to Matt Kakaley. Happiness (Joe Bongiorno) rounds out the triumvirate. The Show Returns draws inside and she's certainly a player for owners Richard & Joanne Young. The 2015 NJSS Final winner has the speed to get to a spot quickly if necessary for driver Tim Tetrick and a habit of offering value to the horseplayer. Chris Ryder is her conditioner. Aside from the talent on the track, Pace night is filled with promotional activities from the time that the gates are opened at 5:00 pm. The Meadowlands Pace T-Shirt giveaway is always highly anticipated and the 2015 edition is way cool. Customers can sign-up for a myriad of giveaway activities including Horse Play, the $1 million Ball Drop, $500 win wagers on the Pace and wagering vouchers will be given away at Victory Terrace. The Backyard will play host to the Pastmasters band and plenty of family-related entertainment activities. Inside, dining options are available in all of the new grandstand's exciting venues. Stay informed of all Pace night doings by liking our Facebook page and following along on Twitter with the #Pace15. The fun starts at 7:15 pm. Meadowlands Media Relations Department
Harness racing trainer Kelvin Harrison was in the right place at the right time when the opportunity to train Meadowlands Pace finalist In The Arsenal was presented to him. He was at the Harrisburg Sale with money enough to buy one yearling - this would be the filly Sweetwithoutsugar, who cost $20,000. "I happened to buy one of [the White Birch Farm] yearlings," recalled Harrison, who is stabled at the White Birch Farm Training Center in Allentown, NJ. "I talked to the farm manager, Steve Williams, and he thanked me for buying one of theirs". "We've been friends for many, many years. He asked me if I would be interested in taking one that they had bought back. I had actually looked at the colt. He was small but was a nice colt. Absolutely nothing [wrong with him]. He was very, very correct and just a beautiful looking colt with a smart head on him, great body, just small." That colt was In The Arsenal, whom White Birch's owner, Michael Parisi, bought back when the bidding stopped at $7,500. Coming into the $706,000 Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace Final on Saturday night at the Meadowlands, the son of American Ideal - LadyOTRA has banked $751,663. The Meadowlands Pace is the tenth race on the stakes-laden 14-event card. In The Arsenal, paired with driver Brian Sears, has been installed as the 3-1 second choice to 4-5 Wiggle It Jiggleit], leaving from post six. In The Arsenal might be small in size, but there has been little question that he has a big engine. "This colt was great from Day 1," said Harrison, who has 12 horses in training. "As soon as we put the hobbles on him, he was incredible." "He wasn't one of those you had to teach to go fast; he was one of those you had to throttle back his speed to keep him from going too fast." "He was a natural. He is a smart colt." Harrison, who was born in Methven, New Zealand and came to the United States in 1972, has had a long and successful career. For the last 10 years, he has been a member of the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey's Board of Directors. "This is my 50th year in the business," said Harrison, a Bordentown NJ resident known by his friends as Red. "I got out of school when I was 15 years old, and I am now 65." "Fifth years I've been doing this," he repeated. "If I could win the Meadowlands Pace 50 years down the line, it would be amazing." "Training horses is not work for me. It's not a job; it's a life. You are all in, or you're not in at all. It's a full commitment." For many years, Harrison campaigned 30-horse stables, racing at the tracks in New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania. In 1989, he won the premier Meadowlands race for two-year-old pacers, the Woodrow Wilson Pace, with Sam Francisco Ben. A mare he trained, Frightening P, became the first female to break the 1:49 barrier with a 1:48.4 clocking at the Meadowlands. His stable star in 1992 was Direct Flight, who competed in the Meadowlands Pace, the showcase event for three-year-old pacers, and finished third. In The Arsenal will mark his return to the Meadowlands Pace for the first time in 23 years. "Hollywood [Meadowlands interviewer Bob "Hollywood" Heyden] asked me why it took me so long [to get back in the Meadowlands Pace]," Harrison mused. "Well maybe it's because I broke two yearlings last year, maybe it's because I broke two the year before and maybe the year before that I had none. "This game is still a matter of opportunity," he noted. "I had a good year this year - I broke three colts. The odds are just amazing. The odds are ridiculous. I had two in the Breeders Crown last year, Beach Story [who finished sixth] and In The Arsenal [who was second by half a length]. This weekend we have [four-year-old pacing mare] Beach Story in the $213,450 Golden Girls and In The Arsenal in the Meadowlands Pace." At two, In The Arsenal posted six wins, one second and one third from 11 starts, earning $396,318. His victories included the $125,000 Sheppard Stakes at Yonkers, a pair of stakes at Lexington's Red Mile and the $193,200 Matron at Dover Downs. In December, White Birch Farm sold a 40 percent interest in the bay to In The Arsenal Racing of Long Beach, NY which includes Edwin Gold, Lorraine Muscara, Mark Muscara, Robert Muscara, Cheryl Rondinelli, Howard Taylor, and Jerry and Teresa Silva's J&T Silva Stables. This year the colt [he was a ridgling at two], has five wins, one second and one third in eight starts, adding $255,345 to his bankroll. He won the $300,000 Rooney Final at Yonkers on May 30. After winning his North America Cup elimination, he was fourth in the $810,000 final. In the $500,000 Hempt on July 4 at Pocono Downs, he was third, behind Wiggle It Jiggleit and Artspeak. He paced a lifetime best of 1:49.1, taking his Meadowlands Pace elimination on July 11. "The only thing with him is that he's a little aggressive," said Harrison. "He's not the complete package yet. He has a tendency to over-race. He has a tendency to get fired up. When he's on the front end, he's nice and relaxed, and if he's first up, he's nice and relaxed. But when he's following cover, he doesn't relax like he should. He's vastly improved from what he was. Each week he gets better and better." After the Meadowlands Pace, In The Arsenal will get a few weeks off and return to the Meadowlands for the Cane Pace before traveling to Northfield Park for the Millstein, Pocono for the Battle of Brandywine, Yonkers for the Messenger and Delaware, OH for the Little Brown Jug. On Saturday night, as he has all year, Harrison will turn the lines over to Brian Sears to drive In The Arsenal. Victory would be a sweet way to celebrate 50 years in the industry for Harrison, who has no plans to retire. "That's what we're here for," he said. "It's great [to have a top horse]. I'm very appreciative." Carol Hodes
Clyde Francis has worked with George Teague Jr. for nearly two decades, but until this year was not much in the public eye. That has changed with Francis being the harness racing trainer of Teague's 3-year-old male pacer Wiggle It Jiggleit, who is the favorite in Saturday's $706,000 Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace at the Meadowlands. The 58-year-old Francis is a native of Nassawadox, Va., not far from where Teague and his sister Brenda grew up on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. Since joining the Teague Stable, Francis has been associated with a number of star horses, including 2004 Horse of the Year Rainbow Blue. Teague wanted Francis to get more recognition for his work, so he listed Francis as the trainer of Wiggle It Jiggleit. Following Wiggle It Jiggleit's Meadowlands Pace elimination win last Saturday night, Francis took time to speak with Ken Weingartner of the USTA's Harness Racing Communications division. KW: Hey, Clyde got time for a few questions? CF: Sure, what do you want to know? KW: Everything. CF: I can't tell you everything; I have to keep some secrets. (Laughs.) KW: OK, that's fair. But how did you get started in harness racing? CF: As a kid, going to the fairs. I've always loved horses. I had a pony when I was a kid. I had to have a horse. There were two fairs, Weirwood and Tasley, and I'd go hang out at the fairs when I didn't have school in the summer. KW: How old were you? CF: When I first started, I was like 7. KW: And how old were you when you started getting serious? CF: I would walk them then. I was small, but they would let me walk the horses after they raced. That's what I would do every day. When I got out of high school, I worked for the Wests down in Birdsnest. They had a lot of horses. I worked for them for a couple years. And I had a couple of my own then. But I stopped with the horses fulltime and started doing masonry work. I did that for about 25 years until my back went bad. I had surgery on it and they told me what I was doing wasn't a good thing. I used to come up to George's all the time and be with the horses and he asked me to come to work for him. That's what I did. The kids were about ready to get out of high school and my wife was probably glad to get rid of me. It's been about 16 or 17 years now. It's been so long, I've lost track of time. KW: How did you meet George? CF: We're from the same area in Virginia. Where I lived was only about 13 miles from where they lived. I knew George and Brenda when they were kids. They would have a board across the front of the jog cart and they'd jog the horses. Their feet weren't long enough to touch the stirrups. That's how long I've known them. They couldn't have been more than 8 or 9. KW: What's it been like working with George all these years? CF: It's been fun. We've had our highs and we've had our lows, but it's been fun. KW: What do you most enjoy about doing what you do? CF: My wife always told me that if you're happy doing what you're doing, you don't mind doing it. I don't mind getting up in the morning. I've got a routine where I wake up in the morning at 3:30 or 4 o'clock -- that's every day. I'll go home tonight (after the Meadowlands Pace elimination) and won't get home until 1 or 2 o'clock in the morning, but I'll be at work by 6 o'clock anyway. I get up and go to the barn, and the first stall I go to is his (Wiggle It Jiggleit) and then see how everybody is doing. Then I start doing the other stuff I've got to do. KW: Up until now what have been the highlights? CF: Just getting started, you'd say Rainbow Blue. With her, you'd say you had the horse of a lifetime. And then this guy (Wiggle It Jiggleit) comes along. He's just a great horse. I never had any idea he would turn into the horse that he has. I told George that I thought he would be a good horse, but nothing like he's turned out to be. KW: But you liked him all along, though. CF: Yeah. When they qualified him at (Harrah's Philadelphia) he won in (1):54.1 with a quarter in :26.4 on the end of it. I hadn't been going anywhere (with the horses) but I took him to Pocono for his first start and a guy saw me there and said "What are you doing up here? This has got to be something good for George to send you up here with him." He went a big mile in (1):51.2 and just jogged. We were debating whether to send me out to Indiana with him for the Indiana Sire Stakes, but he wasn't perfectly sound so we decided to shut him down for the year. We started him early (this year) to see what we really did have. He showed up in the winter and he had a few critics saying that he wouldn't be around this time of year. But so far he's proved all of them wrong. KW: What's it meant to you for George to put you down as trainer to get the accolades? CF: It's been unreal. You're not going to find many people that would do something like that for you. I've been around a lot of the horses, a lot of the good ones; Total Truth, Western Ace, (Southwind) Lynx, (Mr) Wiggles, Delmarvalous, (Badlands) Nitro, Fancy Filly, Isabella Blue Chip. Some good horses. Most of the time, we broke all of them by ourselves. We'd walk them out of the stall, put the harness on them, 'click, click' and away we'd go. George would holler that as long as the wheels were turning, we were alright. That's the way it's been. KW: And how about Wiggle It Jiggleit's nickname? CF: He's always getting into stuff. Always. There are things you think that he won't do, and he'll find a way to do it. We've got his whole stall padded. Kevin Switzer gave him the nickname "Bubble Wrap." But he's a nice horse to work around. He's got an attitude, but he's nice to work around. KW: What did you think of Wiggle It Jiggleit's elimination? CF: He raced huge. People assume he's uncontrollable because they've always seen him on the front, but he's not. You can do what you want with him. He's a smart horse. You can race him anyway you want to race him. I don't think anybody was looking for him to come from off the pace tonight, I think they were looking for him to blast out of there and go to the front. But he's not one-dimensional. KW: Are you happy with post four in the final? CF: Yeah. It's not too far out. Wakizashi (Hanover) got the nine and In The Arsenal got the six. With the positions that everybody got, you don't know what they're going to do in the race. With this caliber of horses, I look for everybody to try to get near the front. KW: How do you see the final? CF: It should be a good race. In The Arsenal raced huge (in his elimination), and so did Wakizashi (Hanover). There are a lot of good horses in there. Hopefully we'll show up and be the better on (Saturday) night. Pace Preview - Wiggle It Jiggleit by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. Wiggle It Jiggleit is ideally positioned for the $706,000 Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace. The 4-5 favorite has a cozy starting spot post 4 against nine rivals in the signature event at Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment on Saturday night. The Pace tops a compelling 14-race card that also includes $443,000 Hambletonian Maturity for 4-year-old trotters, the $430,600 William R. Haughton Memorial featuring Free-For-All pacers, the $213,450 Golden Girls for Free-For-All pacing mares and the $201,350 Mistletoe Shalee for 3-year-old pacing fillies. Fans looking ahead to the $1 million Hambletonian and $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks here on Aug. 8 can check out many of the leading 3-year-old trotters in two divisions of the Stanley Dancer Memorial and a single dash for the fillies in the Delvin Miller Memorial. But the night belongs to the 3-year-old pacers, a division Wiggle It Jiggleit has dominated. The son of Mr Wiggles has won 14 of 15 races in his brilliant career for George Teague Jr. "It's been a nice little run so far," Teague said. "The draw didn't hurt. We got the 4, that's a great spot." The lone loss came in the North America Cup in late June at Mohawk Raceway. Wiggle It Jiggleit did the heavy lifting that night, setting the pace until the final strides when Wakizashi Hanover edged past for a 5-1 upset. "You put that behind you," Teague said. "I'm not saying it won't happen again. You just hope it doesn't happen too often in the major races. He raced great that night. He just got caught." They have met twice since then with Wiggle It Jiggleit prevailing in the Hempt Final at Pocono Downs and in last week's Meadowlands Pace eliminations. The colt showed a fresh dimension in the elimination with a dazzling closing kick in a 25 2/5 second final quarter with Montrell Teague, George's son, in the sulky. Usually a domineering force on or near the pace, Wiggle It Jiggleit dropped back to sixth before launching his bid. "I don't tell him how to drive," Teague said. "He said he was going to take him back and my reply was 'All the way to last?' His intention was to race him off the pace." It didn't matter. Wiggle It Jiggleit tracked the move by archrival Wakizashi Hanover before kicking clear to a length victory in 1:48 4/5. That versatility _ the ability to challenge the pace early or rally late _ makes Wiggle It Jiggleit a handful for the competition. "I feel comfortable any way he races, if front or from behind," Teague said. "He's fired every time he's been in the (entry) box, regardless of the trip. He's a very intelligent horse. I don't worry too much about that." Teague is looking for his second Pace win, having taken the 2007 edition with Southwind Lynx. Only one feeling could top that: a victory Saturday with his son at the reins. "I was fortunate enough to win it one time before, and I still get a buzz from that win," Teague said. "Montrell has done me proud, and so has the horse. It would add that much more to the race if we happen to win it." Wakizashi Hanover and driver Tim Tetrick have the post position blues after landing the 9 as the 4-1 third choice on odds maker Darin Zoccali's morning line. "That didn't go in my favor there," Tetrick said of the post. "I wish mine could have drawn on the inside half of the gate. It is what it is. It's just a starting spot." And hardly an ideal one, especially with Wiggle It Jiggleit in the 4 slot. "He's going to have the most options of anybody," Tetrick said of the favorite. "Everyone is going to want to either follow him or have him in play. It's his race to win or lose. I just wish we could have drawn in a little bit to have a fair shot at him." Tetrick is a four-time Pace winner, including the last two editions with Captaintreacherous (2013) and He's Watching (2014). Wakizashi Hanover, trained by Joann Looney-King and owned by the Tri County Stable from Truro, Nova Scotia, has six wins and a pair of seconds in nine starts this year. The gelding didn't have the easiest trip in last week's eliminations. He wound up second-over behind long shot Lyons Levi Lewis, forcing Tetrick to move sooner than he wanted with Wiggle It Jiggleit right on his back. "He followed me all the way and had a real good trip," Tetrick said. "I had to come three deep early." In The Arsenal won the other Pace elimination, a career-best 1:49 1/5 victory with Brian Sears at the lines for trainer Kelvin Harrison. He starts from post 6 as the 3-1 second choice. This will be Harrison's first Pace starter in 23 years. "We're very happy to be there," Harrison said. "Hopefully things work out and we get a good trip. We've got a couple of tough contenders in there." Starting with Wiggle It Jiggleit. "We've got one shot I believe to beat Wiggle It Jiggleit and that's to be very close to him. We'll start outside of him and go from there. We've had a tough grind of six weeks and we've come through these races extremely well." In The Arsenal was a yearling buy-back for White Birch Farms when the bidding topped out at $7,500. He turned into a bargain, an 11-time winner with $751,693 in the bank. Artspeak is the 6-1 fourth choice from post 3 with Scott Zeron driving for trainer Tony Alagna. The colt hasn't hit his best stride this year after a freshman campaign in which he won the Metro Pace, the Governor's Cup and the Dan Patch Award as divisional champion. He was fourth last week to In The Arsenal as the 1-2 favorite in his Pace elimination. The other contenders all offer double-digit odds. Dealt A Winner is 20-1 while Lyons Levi Lewis, Dude's The Man and Revenge Shark are 30-1. Rock N' Roll World and Badiou Hanover are 50-1. Mike Farrell, writing for Meadowlands Media Relations
Freehold, NJ --- Harness Racing driver John Campbell has seen trotter JL Cruze raise his game to a new level and now he will see if pacer Roland N Rock can do the same. JL Cruze and Roland N Rock both race Saturday at Meadowlands Racetrack. JL Cruze, who went from being unknown heading into this season to the No. 3-ranked horse in harness racing, faces eight rivals in the $250,000 Graduate Series final for 4-year-old trotters while Iowa invader Roland N Rock puts his perfect 18-for-18 career record on the line in the second of two eliminations for the Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace. The Meadowlands Pace elims and Graduate final are part of a Saturday card that also includes a single elimination for the Mistletoe Shalee for 3-year-old female pacers and Reynolds Stakes divisions for 3-year-old male and female trotters. First race post time is 5:30 p.m. Saturday. Roland N Rock enters his Meadowlands Pace elim having dominated the Iowa fair circuit as well as posting stakes wins at Springfield, Ill., Balmoral Park, and Goshen Historic Track. Campbell drove Roland N Rock at Historic Track, where last weekend the gelding posted a 10-1/4 length win in 1:56.2 in the Landmark Stakes for 3-year-old male pacers. Campbell will be behind Roland N Rock again in his Meadowlands Pace elimination, which also includes North America Cup winner Wakizashi Hanover and Hempt Memorial winner Wiggle It Jiggleit. The top five finishers from the seven-horse division will advance to the final. "It's impossible to tell if he can go with those horses, but if he can't, he's not far off," said Campbell, who will drive Roland N Rock for owners Duane and Connie Roland. Duane Roland is the trainer. "They did bring a really good horse out East." Wakizashi Hanover and Wiggle It Jiggleit will be racing for the fifth consecutive week when they hit the track for their Meadowlands Pace elimination, but that is unlikely to provide Roland N Rock with an advantage. "I don't think that matters," Campbell said. "It's just a question of whether he's going to be able to make that leap up against the competition. "I used him two or three times (in the Landmark) and he still won handily, even though it's nowhere near where he's going to have to go this week. But he's great gaited, he's a really good sized horse, and he's got really good manners. He's a really nice horse." Of course, Campbell has already seen an unheralded horse make the leap up against the competition in JL Cruze. In his three most recent starts, JL Cruze has defeated Dan Patch Award winner Father Patrick twice in the Graduate Series and Dan Patch Award winner Sebastian K in the Sun Invitational. JL Cruze brings a ten-race win streak to the Graduate Series final. For the year, he has won 14 of 16 races and earned $271,138 for owners Ken Wood, Bill Dittmar and Stephen Iaquinta. The group purchased JL Cruze for $37,000 at November's Standardbred Horse Sale Mixed Sale. The Graduate Series final includes Father Patrick and stablemate Shake It Cerry, who was the 2014 Dan Patch Award Trotter of the Year. "You don't expect to race for that kind of money and have it easy," Campbell said. "The only thing I expect out of (JL Cruze) is that he'll race well. He's never disappointed me with any of his races and I expect him to race good again this weekend. He's just been a very consistent hard-trying horse." Following is the field for the Graduate Series final for 4-year-old trotters: HN-PP-Horse- Sire-Driver-Trainer 1-1-Rompaway Galaxy by Rompaway Wally -Jim Marohn Jr.-Krista Harmon 2-2-Opulent Yankee by Muscles Yankee -Andy Miller-Julie Miller 3-3-Resolve by Muscle Hill -Ake Svanstedt-Ake Svanstedt 4-4-Shake It Cerry by Donato Hanover -Jimmy Takter-Jimmy Takter 5-5-Gural Hanover by Crazed -Matt Kakaley-Ron Burke 6-6-JL Cruze by Crazed -John Campbell-Eric Ell 7-7-Father Patrick by Cantab Hall -Yannick Gingras-Jimmy Takter 8-8-Sumatra by Muscles Yankee -David Miller-Tom Fanning 9-9 Madewell Hanover by Yankee Glide -Chris Ryder-Chris Ryder by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (July 8, 2015) - Before fans turn their focus to Saturday's eliminations for the $800,000 Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace, their attention will be on Friday night's second round of New Jersey Sire Stakes for two-year-olds at the Meadowlands. Friday's thirteen-race program and Saturday's fourteen-race program each begin at the special early post time of 5:30 p.m. to avoid traffic congestion with Taylor Swift concert goers at MetLife Stadium next door to the racetrack. The Sire Stakes include two divisions for both the male and female trotters plus single divisions for both male and female pacers. Round one winner Boston Red Rocks heads the fourth race for pacing colts and geldings. The colt by Rocknroll Hanover won last week's opening round by two lengths over Katies Rocker, who is also back in Friday's race. Boston Red Rocks, who is owned by Peter Blood and Rick Berks, scored in 1:53.2 for trainer Steve Elliott. Southwind Frank turned in perhaps the most impressive round one performance by a trotter with his 1:56.3 win, sprinting home in 26.3 to prevail by a head over the highly regarded Brooklyn Hill. Those well-bred sons of Muscle Hill drew in separate divisions on Friday. Race eleven features the pacing fillies and is headlined by Rock My Girl, a 1:53.3 opening round winner. She is shared in ownership by West Wins Stable, Adriano Sorella, and Ron Broadstone. John Campbell drives for trainer Casie Coleman. Fans are invited to follow along with the online conversation leading up to the Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace by using #Pace15 on social media. This past Saturday night, one lucky player cashed the jackpot Super Hi-Five in the last race at The Meadowlands for over $173,000. The wager was placed through TVG by a bettor in Virginia. It was the second time this meet that a person took home over six figures on the Jackpot Super Hi-Five Wager. Given that there are only ten racing dates remaining in the 2015 Championship Meet, rather than begin a new jackpot pool with only one month to build that pool, The Meadowlands has made some changes to its wagering format. Beginning this Friday, July 10th, the carryover pool for the fifth race Jackpot Super Hi-5, which presently sits at $175,601.70, has been moved from the fifth race to the last race. Therefore, those customers looking to wager into the Jackpot Hi-Five Carryover pool can do so in the last race each racing card going forward. The pool will have a mandatory payout on Hambletonian Day, Saturday, August 8th. The wager carries a $.20 cent minimum and consists of an eight-percent (8%) takeout rate. If there is one winner, the entire jackpot pool pays out. If there is more than one winner, the wager pays out 75-percent (75%) of the net pool of new money, with 25-percent (25%) added to the jackpot carryover pool for the next live harness racing date. Second, the fifth race will continue to offer a Super Hi-Five each night, but there will be no jackpot carryover pool. The pool will pay out each and every night and it will still carry an industry-low eight-percent (8%) takeout rate. It will be offered at the $.20 cent minimum as well. Lastly, the next two Saturday nights of racing, Meadowlands Pace elimination night and Meadowlands Pace night, will offer 14-races and will carry three pick four wagers, with the newest edition covering races 11 through 14 with a takeout of just 15-percent. The late night pick four pool will carry a $25,000 Guarantee and will be offered at the $.50 cent minimum. Meadowlands Pace Night will see increases for the guaranteed pools on The Meadowlands multi-race mainstay wagers. The Pick 5, covering races one through five and the Early Pick Four, covering races three through six, will carry $50,000 Guaranteed Pools. The Late Pick Four Pool, covering races seven through ten, will carry a $100,000 Guaranteed Pool. Post Time for both this Friday (July 10) and Saturday (July 11) is 5:30 P.M. The early post time is due to a Talyor Swift concert at MetLife Stadium which is scheduled to begin at 7:00 P.M. A race was added to each program due to the early post and customers will have a little more time in between in each race as well. Despite the racing cards beginning nearly two hours earlier than usual, the racing programs will conclude around 10:30 P.M., which will allow customers attending the races at The Meadowlands to exit without traffic congestions as the Taylor Swift concert is scheduled to conclude at 11:30 P.M. Post time will return to 7:15 P.M. the following weekend, Friday, July 17th and Meadowlands Pace Night, Saturday July 18th. Dining Options Reminder for Meadowlands Pace Just a reminder that dining reservations for Meadowlands Pace Night should be made as soon as possible as space is very limited. Dining options consist of Victory Sports Bar, Pink, Trotters and the West Deck. Victory will offer it's regular dining menu, which can be found at http://www.meadowlandsracetrack.com/uploadedFiles/SpringVictoryMenu1.pdf. Pink will offer a $39.95 Pre-Fixe Menu which can be accessed at http://www.meadowlandsracetrack.com/uploadedFiles/2015pace%20buffet%20menu_pink.pdf. Trotters will offer a $39.95 buffet for members-only as Meadowlands Pace night is one of the blackout dates on the calendar for Trotters. The West Deck will offer a $34.95 buffet and its menu can be found athttp://www.meadowlandsracetrack.com/uploadedFiles/2015pace%20buffet%20menuwestdeck.pdf. Each menu includes the necessary contact information for those looking to make reservations. Please note that Post Time for both this Friday (July 10) and Saturday (July 11) is 5:30 P.M, while Meadowlands Pace Night will begin at the usual time of 7:15 P.M. Darin Zoccali
Doug Paul and Victoria Dickinson hope "Dude" is the man in the Meadowlands Pace. Paul and Dickinson are among the harness racing owners of Dude's The Man, who was one of the 14 horses entered in Saturday's Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace eliminations at Meadowlands Racetrack. The 3-year-old male pacer is Dickinson's first race horse and is named after her Jack Russell terrier, Dude. "And Dude is the man," Dickinson said with a laugh, adding about the horse and dog, "They have similar strong personalities." Dude's The Man, with Corey Callahan listed to drive, will race in the first of two $50,000 Meadowlands Pace eliminations Saturday. The top five finishers from each seven-horse field will advance to the final on July 18 at the Big M. Elimination winners will have the opportunity to draw from posts one through six for the final. "He's a fast horse," said Paul, who owns Dude's The Man with his mother, Rosalind, as M And L of Delaware LLC. "One of these days he's going to step up and win a big race for us. Hopefully it will be next weekend. He's got the speed, he's just got to get the right type of trip. "We're real happy with him. We couldn't be happier." The Meadowlands Pace eliminations are part of a Saturday card that also includes a single elimination for the Mistletoe Shalee for 3-year-old female pacers, Reynolds Stakes divisions for 3-year-old male and female trotters, and the $250,000 Graduate Series final for 4-year-old trotters. First race post time is 5:30 p.m. Saturday. Dude's The Man prepped for his Meadowlands Pace elim with a second-place finish against older horses Monday night at Vernon Downs, the home base of trainers Howard Okusko Jr. and Jessica Okusko. For the year, the colt has won two of six races - including a division of the Somebeachsomewhere Stakes - and earned $43,501. He has been off the board just once, when he was beaten by only one length in his North America Cup elimination and finished fifth. "The North America Cup, it was just the luck of the draw," Paul said. "The way the race set up, he just had a little too far to come, but he was flying at the wire. "He never knows the end of the mile. He's always full of pace finishing. He normally runs out of racetrack before he's tired." Dude's The Man's connections decided to skip last weekend's Max C. Hempt Memorial in the hopes of having a fresh horse for the Meadowlands Pace. The Pace elims include four horses - Wiggle It Jiggleit, Wakizashi Hanover, Artspeak and In The Arsenal - who were among the top five finishers in both the North America Cup and Hempt. Wiggle It Jiggleit won the Hempt in 1:48.2 last Saturday at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. Wakizashi Hanover won the North America Cup in 1:48 on June 20 at Mohawk Racetrack. Those two horses will compete in the second Meadowlands Pace elimination, along with undefeated Iowa invader Roland N Rock. "We figured we'd skip the Hempt because they fly there anyhow and be fresh coming into the Meadowlands Pace," Paul said. "Hopefully some of them tired themselves out, although those good ones never seem to tire themselves out, do they?" Dude's The Man is a son of American Ideal out of the mare Art's Risk. His second dam is Dan Patch Award winner Delinquent Account, who is the mother of Dan Patch Award honoree Artiscape. Dude's The Man was purchased under the name American Risk for $40,000 at the Standardbred Horse Sale. "He was the only yearling in the sale that didn't have a video," said Paul, who has seen Dude's The Man win four of 16 career races and earn $87,788. "I don't know if that hurt his price or not. But we liked what he looked like and we try to buy families that can produce a good horse." Dickinson, who is a real estate agent in Greenville, Del., is a longtime friend of the Paul family. She had previous experience riding horses and over time developed an interest in trotters and pacers. "It's been an evolution," Dickinson said. "It's been fun to learn. At least we're starting out on a good note with Dude." And now she is looking forward to the chance to advance to the Meadowlands Pace final. "It's exciting to have something to watch every week with hope and anticipation," Dickinson said. "It's beyond exciting. It can't come quickly enough." Here are the fields for the Meadowlands Pace eliminations: HN-PP-Horse-Sire-Driver-Trainer 1-1-Dealt A Winner by Cams Card Shark -David Miller-Mark Silva 2-2-In The Arsenal by American Ideal -Brian Sears-Kelvin Harrison 3-3-Dude's The Man by American Ideal -Corey Callahan-Jessica Okusko 4-4-Artspeak by Western Ideal -Scott Zeron-Tony Alagna 5-5-Hurrikane Ali by Rocknroll Hanover -Yannick Gingras-John McDermott 6-6-Revenge Shark by Cams Card Shark -Corey Callahan-Tony Alagna 7-7-Pierce Hanover by Cams Card Shark -Brett Miller-Ken Sucee HN-PP-Horse-Sire-Driver-Trainer 1-1-Trading Up by Somebeachsomewhere -Scott Zeron-Tony Alagna 2-2-Rock N' Roll World by Rocknroll Hanover -David Miller-Mark Silva 3-3-Roland N Rock by Rocknroll Hanover -John Campbell-Duane Roland 4-4-Lyons Levi Lewis by Well Said -Yannick Gingras-Ron Burke 5-5-Badiou Hanover by Well Said -Andy Miller-Julie Miller 6-6-Wakizashi Hanover by Dragon Again -Tim Tetrick-Joann Looney-King 7-7-Wiggle It Jiggleit by Mr Wiggles -Montrell Teague-Clyde Francis by Ken Weingartner Harness Racing Communications USTA
East Rutherford, NJ - Entries were taken yesterday for several marquee events of The Meadowlands Grand Circuit season and there are a few details to go along with the draw. The complete list of entries for Saturday, July 11 is available on The Meadowlands website. Please be aware that Post Time for both Friday & Saturday live racing this week is 5:30PM. Also note that Races 7 & 10 have been switched in order from the original draw. The Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace drew fourteen three-year-old pacing colts, which split into a pair of $50,000 eliminations to be raced this Saturday, July 11. The top five finishers from each elimination return and winner of each will have their post for the final drawn from position 1 through 6. After the $100,000 cost of the elims, The Meadowlands Pace final will be for a purse of slightly more than $700,000. All horses entered in the Meadowlands Pace elims must report to the Stakes Barn no later than 11:00PM on Friday, July 10. Here are the fields: RACE 6 MEADOWLANDS PACE - ELIMINATION - STAKES BARN - FRIDAY JULY 10 - 11 PM Live Purse: $50000 Pace Distance: 1 Mile H PP Horse Driver Trainer Yrs. Best Last 3 Odds 1 1 Dealt A Winner (L) Da Miller M Silva 1:52.0 5-2-2 0-0 2 2 In The Arsenal Br Sears K Harrison 1:49.4 3-2-4 0-0 3 3 Dude's The Man Co Callahan J Okusko 1:50.3 3-5-1 0-0 4 4 Artspeak (L) Sc Zeron T Alagna 1:48.4 2-1-5 0-0 5 5 Hurrikane Ali (L) Ya Gingras J McDermott 1:50.0 1-6-4 0-0 6 6 Revenge Shark Co Callahan T Alagna 1:50.2 1-7-4 0-0 7 7 Pierce Hanover Br Miller K Sucee 1:51.0 8-3-3 0-0 RACE 11 MEADOWLANDS PACE - ELIMINATION STAKES BARN - FRIDAY JULY 10 - 11 PM Live Purse: $50000 Pace Distance: 1 Mile H PP Horse Driver Trainer Yrs. Best Last 3 Odds 1 1 Trading Up Sc Zeron T Alagna 1:51.1 1-7-3 0-0 2 2 Rock N' Roll World Da Miller M Silva 7-2-6 0-0 3 3 Roland N Rock Jo Campbell D Roland 1:53.2 1-1-1 0-0 4 4 Lyons Levi Lewis (L) Ya Gingras R Burke 1:50.4 7-1-6 0-0 5 5 Badiou Hanover An Miller J Miller 1:50.2 1-4-1 0-0 6 6 Wakizashi Hanover Ti Tetrick J Looney-King 1:48.0 4-1-1 0-0 7 7 Wiggle It Jiggleit Mo Teague C Francis 1:48.2 1-1-2 0-0 The Mistletoe Shalee drew thirteen fillies which as per the conditions resulted in byes to the top three seasonal earners (Bettor Be Steppin, Sassa Hanover and The Show Returns). The remaining ten fillies will race to eliminate three to get to ten for the final which will go for just over $200,000. The winner of this elimination will have their post for the final drawn from position 1 through 6. RACE 12 MISTLETOE SHALEE - ELIMINATION 3 Year Old Fillies NO STAKES BARN Live Purse: $25000 Available Wagering: Pace Distance: 1 Mile H PP Horse Driver Trainer Yrs. Best Last 3 Odds 1 1 Happiness Ya Gingras R Burke 1:50.3 7-9-4 0-0 2 2 Divine Caroline Da Miller J Holloway 1:51.2 6-2-3 0-0 3 3 Thirty X Ti Tetrick R Silverman 1:52.0 1-2-1 0-0 4 4 Band Of Angels Ya Gingras R Burke 1:52.4 3-1-1 0-0 5 5 Single Me Br Sears R Croghan 2-3-9 0-0 6 6 Well Hello There Br Sears R Burke 1:51.3 2-7-1 0-0 7 7 Moonlit Dance Da Miller T Osullivan 1:50.4 3-7-1 0-0 8 8 Deli Beach (L) Jo Campbell B Bittle 9-3-8 0-0 9 9 Storm Point Br Miller R Burke 1:52.3 2-6-5 0-0 10 10 Stacia Hanover (L) Sc Zeron S Elliott 1:51.3 7-1-3 0-0 The WR Haughton Memorial Free For All Pace drew nine declarations and those horses will go straight to the $430,000 final next Saturday. That race will be drawn next week. The declared (in alphabetical order) are: Bettor's Edge Dancin Yankee Doo Wop Hanover Foiled Again JK Endofanera Luck Be With You Lyonssomewhere Mach It So State Treasurer Saturday is also the date for the Graduate Series Trotting Final. Here is the field for that race: RACE 7 GRADUATE - FINAL 4 Year Old Open TROT NO STAKES BARN Live Purse: $250000 Trot Distance: 1 Mile H PP Horse Driver Trainer Yrs. Best Last 3 Odds 1 1 Rompaway Galaxy Ji Marohn K Harmon 1:52.0 4-5-1 0-0 2 2 Opulent Yankee An Miller J Miller 1:52.3 1-4-4 0-0 3 3 Resolve Ak Svanstedt A Svanstedt 3-3-3 0-0 4 4 Shake It Cerry Ji Takter J Takter 1:51.4 4-1-1 0-0 5 5 Gural Hanover (L) Ma Kakaley R Burke 1:51.3 3-1-6 0-0 6 6 Jl Cruze Jo Campbell E Ell 1:50.4 1-1-1 0-0 7 7 Father Patrick Ya Gingras J Takter 1:52.0 2-2-1 0-0 8 8 Sumatra (L) Da Miller T Fanning 1:54.0 7-7-3 0-0 9 9 Madewell Hanover Ch Ryder C Ryder 1:58.2 9-8-6 0-0 Call the Racing Office at 201-460-4214 with questions and to make dining reservations to attend the races this or any other weekend. Meadowlands Media Relations Department
Duane and Connie Roland hope to rock the Meadowlands Pace later this month, but first they will prep their 3-year-old pacer for the big harness racing event by competing in one of the 10 Landmark Stakes on Saturday at Historic Track in Goshen. The Rolands' horse, Roland N Rock, is undefeated in 17 career races, with most of his victories coming on the Iowa fair circuit. It is an unlikely starting point for a Meadowlands Pace hopeful, but one the Rolands decided was worth following after watching the gelding dominate his competition to date. "It's very exciting," said Duane Roland, a corn and soybean farmer from Grinnell, Iowa, who trains and usually drives Roland N Rock. "Whatever happens, this is like an experience no one that I know ever gets to do. Who gets to train their own horse and go to New Jersey and race in the Meadowlands Pace? "Back home almost everybody sells their horse when it gets good. Most of the horses that are really good get sold between $50,000 and $75,000. My wife Connie and I are in the position that we don't have to sell him. We figured, let's just keep him and go have fun." Roland N Rock will face four rivals in Saturday's $17,470 Landmark Stakes at Historic Track, which also is an unlikely place to find a Meadowlands Pace hopeful. The only other horse since 1992 to prep for the Meadowlands Pace eliminations by racing at Historic Track was Exporter, who in 2001 won a New York Sire Stakes division in Goshen six days prior to finishing ninth in his Pace elim. Since 1992, four Meadowlands Pace finalists competed at Historic Track the year prior to racing in the Pace, most notably 2000 Pace winner and Horse of the Year Gallo Blue Chip. John Campbell is listed to drive Roland N Rock on Saturday at Historic Track. Post time is 1 p.m. for the first race on the card, which also includes three divisions of the Billings amateur drivers' series. The Grand Circuit weekend at Historic Track concludes Sunday with Hall of Fame Day. The Rolands decided to stake Roland N Rock to several of this year's top races after the horse won the $86,000 American-National Stakes by 2-1/4 lengths in 1:52.2 at Balmoral Park in October. The American-National was one of only two stakes engagements for Roland N Rock last year; the other was the $21,450 Review Stakes at Springfield, Ill., where the gelding romped by 13-1/4 lengths in 1:51.2. "He's never been tested in any of his races," Roland said. "We thought we would test him last year when we went to Springfield and he just took off and won in (1):51.2. Then at Balmoral he was an easy winner too. We decided this was our opportunity, so we took all the money from the American-National and staked him to a bunch of races. We figured we'd just go for it." This year, Roland N Rock is 3-for-3, with his most recent victory coming in 1:55.4 at Wapello County Regional Fair in Eldon, Iowa on June 18. The time shattered the previous track record by 2-2/5 seconds. "It's a car racing track, so the turns are banked pretty good," Roland said. "We talked about it and thought he needed to go in 1:56 there for us to make the decision to come out here. And he did that. He still had more left, so that was good. "I'm still trying to get him to peak. He just needs one more good workout and he should be ready to go. Almost everybody else was ready to race in May and was prepping for the North America Cup (in June). They're going to have raced four to six weeks as hard as they can go leading up to this, so I'm thinking I have a fresh horse, at least that's in my favor." Roland N Rock is a son of the mare Hank's Chip, who the Rolands purchased in foal to stallion Rocknroll Hanover for $6,000 at the 2011 Standardbred Horse Sale's Mixed Sale, when Perretti Farms dispersed its broodmare band. The resulting foal was Roland N Rock. And what did Duane Roland like about Hank's Chip? "The price," he said with a laugh. "We'd gotten about $15,000 in breeders awards and I said let's go spend that and try to buy two mares in foal to Rocknroll Hanover. We had $15,000 to spend. We bought two. This happened to be the good one." The Rolands soon will find out how good. In addition to the Meadowlands Pace, Roland N Rock's stake schedule includes the Carl Milstein Memorial, Battle of the Brandywine, Circle City, Jenna's Beach Boy, Messenger, Matron, and Progress Pace. "We've got to give it a shot," said Roland, who has never raced a horse at the Meadowlands. "We paid him in to all these races, so we're just like let's go do it. If we're eliminated (in the Meadowlands Pace eliminations) and we're in the consolation, we're still happy because we got to go." Roland said the emergence of his horse continues the feel-good storylines surrounding the top 3-year-old pacers so far this season: Wakizashi Hanover ($23,000 yearling with three newcomers in ownership group), In The Arsenal ($7,500 buy back) and Wiggle It Jiggleit (privately purchased as a weanling). "Now you've got this farmer from Iowa bringing this Rocknroll Hanover to the Meadowlands," Roland said. "It's all good for harness racing just to say that anybody can get the good horse. You've got four different stories there all going against the great horse Artspeak. So you never know how it's going to turn out. "We just hope that (Roland N Rock) does well, makes some money, and we have some fun." by Ken Weingartner Harness Racing Communications USTA
East Rutherford, NJ - Eliminations for the 2015 Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace are scheduled for Saturday, July 11. The entry box for eligible horses will close at 9:00am on Monday, July 6. The final will be raced the following Saturday, July 18. The total purse is estimated at $800,000. The race conditions allow for supplemental entry and are as follows: Supplemental entries are due and payable by 8:00am on Monday, July 6, 2015. Payment ($66,700) must be in certified US Funds and RECEIVED in the Racing Office prior to 8:00am (local time) on that day along with the supplemental entry. If any supplemental entries are received, notice will be dispersed via Meadowlands text message service. The horses declared for the eliminations & final are subject to detention as described on the condition sheet. POST TIME FOR LIVE RACING ON FRIDAY, JULY 10 & SATURDAY, JULY 11 WILL BE 5:30PM. The next condition sheet is available here. Race conditions and a list of nominees are also available on the web. Questions should be directed to the Meadowlands Racing Office at 201-842-5130. Meadowlands Media Relations Department