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 Lindy’s Tru Grit ($25.00) scored a minor upset in the $235,000 American National 3-Year-Old Colt Trot at odds of 11-1, stopping the timer in a new lifetime mark of 1:53.3 for driver Tim Tetrick.  The 3-year-old son of Cantab Hall is trained by Frank Antonacci for the Lindy Racing Stable & Robert Rudolph. The brown colt notched his fifth career victory in 14 starts and pushed his career earnings to $288,881.  Lindy’s Tru Grit returned $25.00 on a two dollar ticket.   Creatine (Mike Lachance) took the lead to the :27.3 first quarter before Spider Blue Chip took (Ron Pierce) over at the :55.2 half, with Rossini (Peter Wrenn) first over and Pine Credit (Marcus Miller) second over.  Spider Blue Chip kept the lead to the 1:25 three-quarters with Pine Credit drawing even, before   Lindy’s Tru Grit shook loose and flew home to win easily for Tetrick by a length.   “There was a lot of speed early and the speed isn’t holding up,” said winning driver Tim Tetrick. “My horse is fresh at a time in the season when a lot of horses have been racing hard and aren’t fresh.  I wanted to make sure my horse didn’t run and tonight he was super solid.”   Creatine held on for second, while Lauderdale (David Miller) close well to be third and EL Rocket (Yannick Gingras) got up late to be fourth.   Video attached by Kimbery Rinker for Balmoral Park  

Another great rivalry has shaped up late this season between the sophomore trotters Creatine and Spider Blue Chip. That match-up figures to be front and center again this Saturday, Nov. 9th when the two diagonally gaited foes meet again in the $235,000 American National 3yo Colt Trot.   Just last Friday (Nov. 1) at Hoosier Park, Creatine avenged his Breeders Crown loss to his main rival by besting him by a head in the $286,500 Carl Erskine Trot in 1:54.3.  Spider Blue Chip had prevailed by a head over Creatine in the $500,000 Breeders Crown Sophomore Trot on Oct. 19 at Pocono, winning that race in 1:53.3 by a neck.   Trained by Bob Stewart and bred and owned by the Diamond Creek Racing Stable of Wellsville, PA, Creatine has been steered in the majority of his outings by Hall of Famer Mike LA chance, and now sports $815,495 in career earnings.   “He came out of the win at Hoosier just happy as a clam,” Stewart said. “Afterwards, we shipped him back to our winter base of Paris, Kentucky.  He’ll be at Odds On Acres on Friday morning prior to his start at Balmoral, because we want to make sure he gets plenty of turn-out time before Saturday’s American National.”   A brown son of Andover Hall, Creatine raced just seven times as a freshman, with all of his pari-mutuel starts coming at Lexington.  He scored three wins, a second and a third—earning $63,020 for his connections—and winning two overnights on The Red Mile clay in early autumn, before capturing the $101,000 Bluegrass 2-Year-Old Colt Final on Sept. 28, 2012 in a seasonal best 1:57.1 with Lachance in the sulky.   “We decided to stop with him and not go to the Breeders Crown or any of the other year-end races, because we thought he had raced enough as a 2-year-old,” Stewart said after the youngster’s Bluegrass triumph. “We were concentrating on this year and he came back to our expectations.”   Stewart’s patience obviously paid off, as Creatine has missed only two checks all season, and has thus far amassed $752,439 in 16 starts, with eight wins, four seconds and one third.   “We’ve had good luck at Balmoral with our other horses over the years, and this will be the last start of the season for him,” Stewart acknowledged.  “We’re looking forward to racing him next season.”   After having throat surgery in early July of this year to correct a breathing issue, Creatine went on to score victories in a $79,416 Pennsylvania Sire Stake on July 18 in 1:54.4 and his Hambletonian elimination on Aug. 3 in 1:52.4.  He also won a $200,000 Colonial Invitational Trot on Aug. 17 at Pocono in a lifetime best of 1:52.2; then won a $50,000 PASS consolation in 1:53.2 by five lengths on Sept. 13; and a $86,900 Blue Grass division on Sept. 29 in 1:52.3.     The following week he captured the $368,900 Kentucky Futurity Final—the third jewel of trotting’s Triple Crown—in 1:53.2 over a sloppy Red Mile surface. The victory gave Creatine his tenth career  victory and driver Mike Lachance his fourth Kentucky Futurity triumph and his second in a row, as he captured the 2012 edition with My MVP.   “We haven’t made any changes to Creatine for his Balmoral start,” Stewart noted.  “He races in aluminum shoes and the only time that changes is when he races at The Red Mile and we change his shoes to steel.”   “The Hoosier win was great for the horse and great for Mike (driver Lachance),” Stewart said. “I think Mike thought he had the best horse in the Breeders Crown, and he was a bit disappointed to finish second that night.  Now hopefully, we’ll just have a repeat of the Hoosier race at Balmoral.”   Lachance, who was inducted into the Harness Racing Hall of Fame in 1995, is no stranger to winning races at Balmoral Park. He ranks tenth in history among all drivers in wins, with more 10,000 and his $189+ million in purse earnings sets him third on the all-time list in that category as well.   Creatine is just the second of four foals out of the Muscles Yankee mare Berry Nice Muscles ($31,906).  He has half-siblings in Strawberry Wine (by Kadabra) 4, 1:56F ($101,285) and Mister Anson (by Conway Hall) 2, 2:00.4H ($99,542).   Stewart, 58, has conditioned the winners of more than $10 million to date, including Dan Patch award winners Andover Hall and Conway Hall, and Angus Hall.   With over one million dollars in his career coffers, Spider Blue Chip will be looking to avenge his loss to Creatine one week ago.  The brown son of Andover Hall was a $60,000 yearling purchase at the 2010 Lexington Selected Yearling Sale by owner David McDuffee of Delray Beach, FL and Melvin Hartman of Ottawa, ON.   Besides his Breeders Crown victory in both the final and his elimination (in 1:52.4), Spider Blue Chip has also scored triumphs in the $500,000 Colonial Trot on Aug. 17 at Pocono Downs in 1:52.2, the $260,000 Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championship on Sept. 13 at The Meadows in 1:54.1, and a Bluegrass division on Sept. 29 at The Red Mile in a career best 1:51.3. “This horse is just is so consistent every week,” trainer Chuck Sylvester stressed. “I’m really proud of him. He wants to win and won’t let horses go by. We’ll probably race him next year since he’s a gelding.”   Spider Blue Chip also was impressive even in defeat. He was second by a head to Royalty For Life in the $294,000 Stanley Dancer Memorial at the Meadowlands on July 13, third in the Kentucky Futurity final in 1:52, and fifth in the Hambletonian Final on Aug. 3 after winning his $70,000 elimination in 1:53.4 earlier that afternoon.   “This horse tries every week and he’ll show up,” said Sylvester, 73. “That’s what’s good.   To date in 2013 Spider Blue Chip has $1,084,218 in earnings from 19 starts, with ten wins, three seconds and a pair of thirds. As a freshman, he earned $89,181 from eight starts, winning two, including a PASS.   When he became unruly at the end of his 2-year-old season, Sylvester gelded the youngster, only to discover later that his breaking problem was caused by a foot abscess.   “He popped a gravel in his left hind hoof,” Sylvester said. “If we had known that, we wouldn’t have cut him.”   Sylvester is well known for having a special touch with the trotting gait, as he harnessed both 1987 and 1988 Horse of the Year Mack Lobell to a trio of Breeders Crown victories, and also trained two-time Crown winner Pine Chip. He conditioned Muscles Yankee to numerous wins in 1998, and has won the famed Hambletonian four times (only Billy Haughton, Stanley Dancer and Ben White have won it more times as trainers).   Spider Blue Chip was bred by Olympic show jumping rider McLain Ward, of Brewster, NY and is the second of four foals out of the Muscles Yankee mare Southwind Catlin 2, 1:57.2 ($203,734).  He has half siblings in Depp Blue Chip (by Equinox Bi) 4, 1:58.1F ($16,243) and Mandela Blue Chip (by Crazed, now 2) 2, 2:01.1F ($9,259). Regular pilot and Hall of Fame reinsman Ron Pierce is slated to drive him tonight. by Kimberly Rinker for Balmoral Park  

   Balmoral Park will not only play host to some of the best horses in North America on Saturday Nov. 9th for the American National Stakes ,  but some of the sport’s leading reinsman will also be in Crete to steer the cream of the crop over the one-mile oval.      A pair of $200 million men—Hall of Famers John Campbell and Ron Pierce are slated to drive. This pair will reach half a billion combined in purse earnings—that’s right—HALF A BILLION DOLLARS, in 2014.       While many of Campbell’s accomplishments in the sport came when he was in his 30s and 40s, every single one of Pierce’s Triple Crown or Breeders Crown triumphs—41 total—have all come after his 35th birthday!  Pierce, who trailed Campbell for many years, surpassed $200 million in career earnings while competing at Lexington’s famed Red Mile this September.      Pierce is also the oldest driver to record a driving triple in Breeders Crown Finals, when he did so a few weeks ago at Pocono Downs, at age 57.  He was the first driver to win with a 2-year-old in 1:50, when he steered Badlands Hanover to a 1:50 clocking in the 1998 Breeders Crown at Colonial Downs.  He was also the only driver to defeat world champ Somebeachsomewhere, when he piloted Art Official to victory in the 2008 Meadowlands Pace.      Pierce is also the only driver to go five straight seasons winning either the Meadowlands Pace (2008, 2009, 2001) or the Hambletonian (2007, 2010)—two of the sport’s greatest events, and just missed becoming the only driver in history to win the Hambletonian from post ten in 2002 with Like A Prayer, who finished a neck back of the winning Chip Chip Hooray. Pierce also was the driver behind the sport’s last female Horse of the Year, Rainbow Blue (2004).      Campbell, 58, was the youngest person ever inducted into harness racing’ s Hall of Fame in 1990, and his dominance and presence in racing in untouchable, as he at the top of nearly every statistical list kept by the USTA.  He’s driven the winners of more than $3 million annually every year since 1982, except for 2011, when he drove the winners of $2.5 million.   He currently has $284 million in career purse earnings and 10,613 lifetime wins to his credit.      Campbell is the leading driver of Breeders Crown winners with 43 to his credit and has won six Hambletonians , three Hambletonian Oaks, six Kentucky Futurities, three Little Brown Jugs, and Sweden’s famed Elitloppe, among his endless list of accomplishments.       Campbell and Pierce are also the two winningest drivers in Breeders Crown history with 29 victories each, while Mike Lachance (also here tonight) is in third with 27 Breeders Crown titles to his credit.      Speaking of Breeders Crown triumphs, for the first time in history, the top five ranking North American drivers won every Breeders Crown Final contested this year, on Oct. 19 at Pocono Downs in Pennsylvania.  Pierce, Tim Tetrick, and Yannick Gingras each won three Crowns, while David Miller notched two Crowns and Brian Sears a single Crown.       With his lone 2013 Breeders Crown victory, Sears (also here tonight!) extended his streak of winning at least one Breeders Crown race now for 11 straight years.   John Campbell, no surprise, holds the record at 15 years (1984-1988).      Sears has nearly $150 million in purse earnings and was the first driver in history to earn more than $15 million in a single season (in 2005), the same year he drove Rocknroll Hanover and Muscle Hill to Horse of the Year titles, and the same year he set a world record for female pacers with My Little Dragon of 1:48.1.       Ten of Sears’ 24 Breeders Crown wins (all since 2003) have come with 3-year-old trotters (5 fillies & 5 colts each).  He has driven all of trainer Trond Smedshammer’s eight Breeders Crown winners, and is the only driver in history to have won the Hambletonian and the Hambletonian Oaks in the same year, twice—in 2009 and 2013.      Yannick Gingras (he’s here too!) had just one Breeders Crown victory prior to his start in the classic events in 2012.  That lone win, however, came with Southwind Serena in 2008 in the 3-year-old Filly Trot—when he steered her to win and return $102.80 on a two dollar ticket.  Gingras, 34, is nearly $7 million ahead of Campbell in career earnings at the same age.      Gingras also steered the 2012 American National 3-year-old Filly Trot winner Maven, to a 1:54.3 clocking here last year, and had multiple Am-Nat victories in 2011 when he piloted Princess Cruiser to win the 2-year-old Filly Pace in 1:56.1; Looking Hanover to win the Aged Trot in 1:56; and Foiled Again to win the Aged Pace in 1:51.4.      Mike Lachance, 62, who’ll be piloting Creatine tonight in the American National for 3-year-old colt trotters, just finished second with the colt at the Breeders Crown, and won the Kentucky Futurity at The Red Mile with the Bob Stewart-trained sophomore in September.       Lachance was the first driver to win six races on a day card and six races that same night, when he did so at Yonkers on June 23, 1987.  One year later, in 1988, he scored his 5,000th career victory at The Meadowlands, with Instrument Landing.      Lachance also became the first driver in history to win a Breeders Crown race at age 55 or older when he won three in 2006 at Woodbine Raceway in Toronto.  He won one Hambletonian (with Dream Victory in 1994) before going into the Hall of Fame in 1995, and three after going in (with Continentalvictory in 1996; Self Possessed in 1999 and Amigo Hall in 2003) and is the last driver to win the Hambletonian with a female, the aforementioned Continentalvictory.      Lachance has won eight American Nationals:  first in 1988 with Matt’s Scooter in 1:55.2 in the 3-year-old Colt Pace; then in 1992 with Baltic Striker in 1:57.3 in the 3-year-old Colt Trot & with Imperfection in 1:59.3 in the 3-year-old Filly Trot & with Crouch in 1:54.4 in the 3-year-old Colt Pace; in 1995 with Divine Victory in 1:57.2 in the 3-year-old Filly Trot; in 1999 with Self Possessed in 1:53 in the 3-year-old Colt Trot; in 2004 with Cantab Hall in 1:55 in the 3-year-old Colt Trot; and in 2009 with Lanson in 1:53.4 in the Aged Trot.      Ohio native David Miller, 48, is the fourth leading money winning driver in the sport’s history and has nearly 11,000 career victories. He is the only driver in history with eleven, $10 million seasons and is the only driver to ever have a Triple Crown and Breeders Crown winner in the same season, in 2003 with No Pan Intended.  He won the first ever Breeders Crown million dollar event, with the mighty trotter Magician in 2000.      This year he’s steered his two fastest career drives: with Pet Rock and Shebestingin, who both paced in 1:47, and was elected into harness racing’s national Hall of Fame this year as well. He was named Driver of the Year in 2003 and is a three-time winner of the Little Brown Jug.  He is also one of only two drivers to have won the Jug and its sister event, the Jugette, the same year.  His ranks among the top five Breeders Crown winning reinsmen, with $8.5 million in Crown earnings.      Tim Tetrick needs no introduction to Illinois racing fans. This Prairie State native has 13 Breeders Crown wins under his belt with only a few weeks away from his 32nd birthday (Nov. 22).  This is the seventh straight year he’ll sit atop the national standings in earnings (only Billy Haughton has ever gone longer; eight years—from 1952 to 1959).    Tetrick has the distinction of being the youngest member of harness racing’s $100 million-earning club, and is the only driver to win a million dollar race on a half-mile track—when he steered Southwind Lynx to win the 2007 Rooney at Yonkers. He’s the only driver in history to win the Meadowlands Pace twice in his first four attempts and if Captaintreacherous is named Horse of the Year, it will be the first time in 28 years that a driver has won that award back to back with a trotter and then with a pacer (last year he was the driver on the Linda Toscano-trained Chapter Seven).  Hall of Famer Bill O’Donnell accomplished that feat in 1984 and 1985 with Fancy Crown and the great Nihilator.   by Kimberly Rinker for Balmoral Park

Schedule of events: Balmoral Park will host eight American-National Grand Circuit stakes events on Saturday (Nov. 9). The card will feature the $275,000 (est.) 3-year-old colt pace, the $250,000 (est.) 3-year-old colt trot, the $200,000 (est.) open pace, the $180,000 (est.) open trot, the $150,000 (est.) 3-year-old filly pace, the $150,000 (est.) 3-year-old filly trot, the $115,000 2-year-old filly pace and the $113,000 2-year-old colt pace. Dover Downs will feature seven sets of Matron eliminations on Sunday night (Nov. 10). There will be two elimination races in the $55,550 Matron for 2-year-old colt trotters and $43,550 Matron for 3-year-old filly pacers. Single eliminations will be held in the $54,750 3-year-old filly trot, the $53,462 3-year-old colt pace, the $51,525 2-year-old colt pace, the $51,075 3-year-old colt trot and the $44,175 2-year-old filly pace. Eliminations were not required for the 2-year-old filly trotters, but a field of eight will go to the post Sunday night in a $46,700 Matron preview. Last time: Jason Bartlett and the New York-bred Ronny Bugatti out-gamed a stubborn Sunfire Blue Chip (Yannick Gingras) on the money, winning Yonkers Raceway's $450,000 final of the Messenger Stakes -- final jewel of the Pacing Triple Crown -- for 3-year-old colts and geldings this past Saturday night. Ronny Bugatti ducked inside in the lane and stopped Sunfire Blue Chip by a head in 1:51.4 -- a track record for 3-year-old pacing geldings. Twilight Bonfire (Tim Tetrick), next-to-last early, rallied for third. Ronny Bugatti, an Art Major gelding trained by Allan Johnson for co-owners Eric Prevost, Bridget McNeese and Tom Haughton, returned $14.80 for his third win in 15 seasonal starts. Charisma Hanover (Yannick Gingras) romped to a stakes record Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $178,684 final of the Lady Maud pace for 3-year-old fillies with the greatest of ease. The final margin was 3-1/2 lengths in 1:52. Certified Ideal managed to hold second from a very loose pocket, with Scandalous Hanover, Handsoffmycupcake and Antigua Hanover rounding out the payees. Charisma Hanover, a daughter of Dragon Again co-owned (as Burke Racing) by trainer Ron Burke and Weaver Bruscemi, returned $2.90 for her 11th win in 17 '13 tries. At odds of 43-1, Dedi's Dragon pulled off one of the biggest upsets of the season as he was able to wear down the overwhelmingly favored Captaintreacherous late in the stretch to win the $252,000 Monument Circle for 3-year-old pacing colts and geldings at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Nov. 1. Driver Yannick Gingras was able to work out a perfect, second-over trip to get the sophomore colt home in 1:50.4. Notching his fourth win from 20 seasonal outings, Dedi's Dragon established a new lifetime mark with the victory. Dedi's Dragon has now amassed $330,043 for his connections at Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, Phil Collura and Tracy Hendler. On a night ruled by upsets, Creatine and Mike Lachance stayed true to course to pull off a slight upset in the $286,500 Carl Erskine trot at Hoosier Park. After finishing second to Spider Blue Chip in the $500,000 Breeders Crown last month, Creatine was able to reverse the charges and use a sharp, front-running effort to hold off a late charge from the recent Breeders Crown champion and score in 1:54.3. Notching his eighth win from 16 seasonal starts, Creatine has now earned $815,459 lifetime for his connections at Diamond Creek Racing. The Kentucky Futurity champion is sired by Andover Hall and has now won 11 of 23 lifetime outings for trainer Bob Stewart. Pet Rock and David Miller followed suit in the $223,500 Hoosier Park Pacing Derby by holding off Breeders Crown champion Foiled Again late in the stretch to score in 1:50.3. After finishing second to Foiled Again in the Breeders Crown Open Pace, Pet Rock and Miller turned the tables and used a similar front-running effort to get the victory. Virgil Morgan, Jr. trains the 4-year-old son of Rocknroll Hanover-Casual Beauty for owner Frank Bellino. Notching his fifth win of the season, the multiple world champion has amassed $880,820 this season. Complete recaps of all the races are available at the Grand Circuit website. Grand Circuit Standings: In 2013, the Grand Circuit leaders in three categories (driver, trainer and owner) will 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). Hanover Shoe Farms is the sponsor for the 2013 Grand Circuit awards. Here are the leaders following the past weekend: Drivers: 1. Yannick Gingras - 1,710; 2. Tim Tetrick - 1,417; 3. David Miller - 1,058; 4. Ron Pierce - 662.5; and 5. Brian Sears - 654.5. Trainers: 1. Ron Burke - 1,644.5; 2. Jimmy Takter - 1,111.5; 3. Linda Toscano - 468.5; 4. Tony Alagna - 431; and 5. Jonas Czernyson - 422.5. Owners: 1. Burke Racing - 368.9; 2. Weaver Bruscemi - 346.95; 3. Brittany Farms - 256.8; 4. Frank Bellino - 248.5; and 5. WJ Donovan - 227.75. Looking ahead: Grand Circuit action will take place next weekend at Maywood Park and Dover Downs. Maywood will host four Grand Circuit stakes led by the Windy City Pace for 3-year-old colts. Dover will host eight Matron Stake finals for 2- and 3-year-olds of both sexes and gaits. by Paul Ramlow for the Grand Circuit  

After being unable to find any clearance and losing by a neck to Spider Blue Chip in the $500,000 Breeders Crown, Creatine and driver Mike Lachance were able to reverse that role and hand Spider Blue Chip a head loss Saturday in the $286,500 Carl Erskine Trot at Hoosier Park. It was as simple as playing catch me if you can. Lachance sent Creatine to the front with Spider Blue Chip (Ron Pierce) on their backs while Creatine cut fractions of :27.2, :57.3 and 1:26.2 to the three-quarters mile marker. Meanwhile, E L Rocket (Yannick Gingras) came first-over at the half and gave cover on the outside to Tirade Hanover (Dave Miller) but they were unable to collar the race leader. Then in the stretch Spider Blue Chip and Pierce mounted their charge at Creatine and Lachance but Creatine proved to be the strong horse tonight and just held on at the finish in 1:54.3. Dewycolorintheline (Mark Macdonald) closed well to be third. Trained by Bob Stewart and bred and owned by the Diamond Creek Racing Stable of Wellsville, PA, it was the eighth win in sixteen starts for the son of Andover Hall. Sent off as the 2-1 second choice in the race, Creatine paid $6.00 to win. By Steve Wolf for

WILKES-BARRE PA -- I Luv The Nightlife ($4.00) proved to love the wet life as well Saturday night at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, rocketing out of the pocket in the stretch to catch pacesetting Shebestingin as the rain started to come down heavily to win the $500,000 Breeders Crown three-year-old filly pace in 1:50. I Luv The Nitelife, a daughter of Rocknroll Hanover bred by MJG Racing Stables and Louis Willinger and owned by Richard and Joanne Young, has been the division dominator, but the crowd only made her second favorite as even money against 4-5 Shebestingin, who paced the fastest mile ever by a mare, 1:47, at Lexington in her last start. I Luv The Nitelife proved nimblest off the gate to make the lead easily for driver Tim Tetrick, who won his second straight Crown after Market Share in the previous race. Meanwhile, Shebestingin left only moderately, and was looped by the winner and three-wide throughout the 25.4 opener. Shebestingin finally made the top in front of the stands, with I Luv The Nitelife content to sit a pocket through a 54.3 half and a 1:21.4 3/4s, with defending champion Somwherovrarainbow battling the leader down the back and around the turn. When "Rainbow" tired, Tetrick tipped "Nitelife" out and the champion filly was full of pace to be without challenge on the money. Authorize and Aunt Caroline made up ground late to round out the board; a tiring Shebestingin and Parlee Beach caught the last checks. The winner had last competed in a race on September 18, winning the Jugette; after the race, trainer Chris Ryder said, "That month seemed like an eternity. But she qualified well (twice winning at Pocono), and tonight she showed her best form. She'll go to Chicago next, and yes, we intend to bring her back to race (in 2014)." FINISHING LINES -- With Shake It Cerry in race 5, Ron Pierce recorded his 27th BC victory, tying him with Mike Lachance for #2 in all-time Breeders Crown driving wins....Like Pierce in the 2FT, Tetrick won the 3FP Crown for the third time in four years....The hard rain caused the judges to shift the track rating from "fast" to "sloppy" for race 8....In the older trot, the changeto sped tactics did not prove effective for the noted closer Intimdate -- he faded to eighth, beaten 15 lengths. Video attached by Jerry Connors for

Wilkes Barre, PA – At a press luncheon today the final two fields for the 12 Breeders Crown Championship finals were drawn for post positions at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. In the 12th race $500,000 final for three-year-old pacing colts, there was a late scratch of Fool Me Once and thus the AE 1, Urbantite Hanover was able to draw into the race, but per the Breeders Crown conditions he must start from post nine. Captaintreacherous (Tim Tetrick) 5/2 Beach Memories (Dave Miller) 10-1 Lucan Hanover (Dave Miller) 4-1 Apprentice Hanover (Jody Jamieson) 15-1 Vegas Vacation (Brian Sears) 3-1 Captive Audience (Randy Waples) 12-1 Sunfire Blue Chip (Yannick Gingras) 6-1 Sunshine Beach (John Campbell) 5-1 Urbanite Hanover (Doug McNair) 20-1 In the 13th race $500,000 final for three-year-old trotting colts the posts are: Royalty For Life (Brian Sears) 5/2 All Laid Out (Dave Miller) 3-1 E L Rocket (Yannick Gingras) 12-1 Deadliest Catch (Corey Callahan) 10-1 Spider Blue Chip (Ron Pierce) 5-1 Creatine (Mike Lachance) 6-1 Smilin Eli (Tim Tetrick) 8-1 Dewycolorintheline (Ray Schnittker) 15-1 Aperfectyankee (Jim Oscarsson) 15-1 By Brian McEvoy for

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This Week: Breeders Crown eliminations, Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, Wilkes-Barre, Pa. and Hanover Stakes, Balmoral Park, Crete, Ill. Schedule of events: Grand Circuit action this week will get underway on Friday night (Oct. 11) at Pocono Downs with three sets of Breeders Crown eliminations, with a $25,000 purse for each race. There will be a pair of elims in the 2-year-old filly trot and 2-year-old filly pace, plus a single contest for the 2-year-old colt trotters. The Saturday card (Oct. 12) at Pocono will feature seven sets of $25,000 Breeders Crown eliminations. The 2-year-old colt pacers will split into a trio of eliminations; the 3-year-old filly trotters, 3-year-old colt trotters, 3-year-old colt pacers, and older mare trotters will have two eliminations apiece; and the older mare pacers and older open pacers will each have a single elimination. Balmoral Park will host a pair of $70,000 (est.) Hanover Stakes on Sunday (Oct. 13) with contests for both the 2-year-old colt trotters and the 2-year-old filly trotters. Complete entries for the races are available at this link. Complete recaps of all the races are available at the Grand Circuit website. Grand Circuit Standings: In 2013, the Grand Circuit leaders in three categories (driver, trainer and owner) will 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). Hanover Shoe Farms is the sponsor for the 2013 Grand Circuit awards. Here are the leaders following the past weekend: Drivers: 1. Yannick Gingras – 1,423; 2. Tim Tetrick – 1,284; 3. David Miller - 872; 4. Brian Sears - 598.5; and 5. Andy Miller – 575. Trainers: 1. Ron Burke – 1,357.5; 2. Jimmy Takter – 937.5; 3. Linda Toscano – 443.5; 4. Jonas Czernyson – 362.5; and 5. Tony Alagna – 359. Owners: 1. Burke Racing – 298.2; 2. Weaver Bruscemi – 280; 3. Brittany Farms – 225.1; 4. Frank Bellino – 218.5; and 5. WJ Donovan – 185.75. Looking ahead: Grand Circuit action will take place next weekend at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs and Vernon Downs. Pocono will host all 12 Breeders Crown finals for 2-year-olds, 3-year-olds and older horses of both sexes and gaits. Vernon will offer the fifth leg of the Kindergarten Series for 2-year-old colt and filly trotters. by Paul Ramlow for the Grand Circuit  

Bee A Magician, Captaintreacherous and I Luv The Nitelife, who have combined to win 35 of 37 races and $3.67 million this year, lead the list of 156 horses entered Tuesday for the 12 Breeders Crown events at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. Eliminations are unnecessary for the 3-year-old filly pacers and Open Trot, which both received nine entries. Eliminations for 2-year-old male and female trotters plus 2-year-old female pacers are Friday at Pocono Downs, with the remaining elims Saturday. Post time is 6:30 p.m. both nights. All 12 finals - with purses totaling $5.6 million - will be Saturday, Oct. 19, at Pocono Downs. Post time is 5 p.m. for the first race. Bee A Magician, a 3-year-old filly trotter, is 13-for-13 this year for trainer Richard "Nifty" Norman and owners Melvin Hartman, Herb Liverman and David McDuffee. She enters the Breeders Crown off a win in the Ontario Sire Stakes championship Sept. 28 at Mohawk, which pushed her seasonal earnings to $1.09 million. Other victories this season include the $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks and $356,981 Elegantimage Stakes. A daughter of the stallion Kadabra out of the mare Beehive, Bee A Magician is the fastest 3-year-old trotter this season, with a clocking of 1:51 that came in winning the $265,500 Delvin Miller Memorial on July 13 at the Meadowlands. The time is the fastest ever for a 3-year-old filly trotter. Bee A Magician has won 23 of 26 lifetime starts and earned $1.86 million - the most ever for a filly trotter at ages 2 and 3 combined. She finished third in last season's Breeders Crown for 2-year-old filly trotters, which was won by To Dream On. Bee A Magician is the second of two eliminations for the 3-year-old filly trotters, starting from post three. To Dream On, who on Sunday won the $205,100 Kentucky Filly Futurity final, is in the second of the two eliminations. To Dream On is one of 12 previous Breeders Crown champions entered in this year's event. Three-year-old colt pacer Captaintreacherous is a nose from perfect this year, with 10 wins in 11 starts and $1.61 million. He is trained by Tony Alagna for the Captaintreacherous Racing ownership group. He heads to the Breeders Crown following his victory Saturday in a $215,500 division of the Tattersalls Pace at The Red Mile. Other wins this year for the son of Somebeachsomewhere-Worldly Treasure include the $980,000 North America Cup, the $635,750 Meadowlands Pace, the $500,000 Max C. Hempt Memorial and the $360,211 Cane Pace. His only loss came by a nose to Sunshine Beach in the $500,000 Battle of the Brandywine in a world-record 1:47.4 mile. Captaintreacherous has won 18 of 21 career races and earned $2.53 million. He finished third in last season's Breeders Crown for 2-year-old male pacers. He is in the second of two eliminations for the 3-year-old male pacers and will leave from post four. I Luv The Nitelife, a 3-year-old filly pacer, has won 12 of 13 races this year and earned $968,337 for trainer Chris Ryder and owners Richard and Joanne Young. A daughter of Rocknroll Hanover-Lisjune, she most recently won the $154,650 Jugette final at the Delaware County Fair on Sept. 18 for her 11th consecutive victory. Other triumphs include the $384,044 Fan Hanover Stakes, the $350,000 Valley Forge and the $300,000 James M. Lynch Memorial. For her career, she has won 16 of 23 starts and $1.65 million. She finished second in last season's Breeders Crown for 2-year-old filly pacers, which was won by Somwherovrarainbow. Eliminations are unnecessary for the 3-year-old filly pacers, so the final was drawn Tuesday. I Luv The Nitelife will start from post seven; Somwherovrarainbow leaves from post eight. Shebestingin, who on Sunday paced the fastest mile in history by a female pacer when she won a division of the Glen Garnsey Memorial in 1:47, drew post five. The Open Trot, Mare Trot and Mare Pace each have three past Breeders Crown winners. Arch Madness, who makes his record-tying sixth Breeders Crown appearance, Intimidate and Uncle Peter all are previous trophy winners competing in this year's Open Trot. Arch Madness became the ninth trotter in history to surpass $4 million in career earnings when he won the Allerage Farms Open Trot on Sunday at The Red Mile. In the Mare Trot, Cedar Dove, Check Me Out and Maven have won titles, as have Mare Pace contenders Anndrovette, Economy Terror and Monkey On My Wheel. Anndrovette is seeking her third consecutive Breeders Crown, a feat never accomplished in any of the open divisions. Sweet Lou, in the Open Pace, completes the list of previous Breeders Crown champions. The Open Pace also includes Foiled Again, who is the richest pacer in harness racing history, with $5.38 million. Following are the fields with listed drivers and trainers. Elimination purses are $25,000. FRIDAY ELIMINATIONS 2-year-old filly trotters (top four in each elim and fifth place with highest seasonal earnings advance) Division One: 1. Struck By Lindy, David Miller, Nifty Norman; 2. Goddess, John Campbell, Paul Kelley; 3. Designed To Be, Andy Miller, Julie Miller; 4. Shake It Cerry, Ron Pierce, Jimmy Takter; 5. Lifetime Pursuit, Yannick Gingras, Jimmy Takter; 6. Cantabs Fortune, Rick Zeron, Rick Zeron; 7. Market Rally, John Cummings Jr., Megan Wilson. Division Two: 1. Cooler Schooner, John Campbell, Jim Campbell; 2. Scream And Shout, Jimmy Takter, Jimmy Takter; 3. Harley Momma, Howard Parker, Jim Raymer; 4. Vanity Matters, Yannick Gingras, Jonas Czernyson; 5. Noon Tea Party, Brian Sears, Paul Fusco; 6. Demanding Sam, Paul Macdonell, Scott McEneny; 7. Ruby, Marcus Miller, Erv Miller. 2-year-old filly pacers (top four in each elim and fifth place with highest seasonal earnings advance) Division One: She's Da Bomb, Jody Jamieson, Tony O'Sullivan; 2. Rain Cloud Hanover, Brian Sears, David Taff; 3. Put On A Display, Tim Tetrick, Chris Ryder; 4. Gallie Bythe Beach, John Campbell, Jim Campbell; 5. Bettor Business, Tim Tetrick, Scott DiDomenico; 6. Southwind Silence, Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke; 7. Ali Blue, Yannick Gingras, Jimmy Takter; 8. Beach Body, Ron Pierce, Chris Oakes. Division Two: 1. Precocious Beauty, Doug McNair, Gregg McNair; 2. JK Molly, Tim Tetrick, Ron Burke; 3. Act Now, Ron Pierce, Nikolas Drennan; 4. Quick Thrill, Jim Morrill Jr., Brewer Adams; 5. Allstar Rating, Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke; 6. Rockingcam Park, Brian Sears, Ron Coyne Jr.; 7. Scandalicious, Andy Miller, Scott DiDomenico; 8. Uffizi Hanover, David Miller, Jimmy Takter; 9. Delightful Dragon, Mike Lachance, Noel Daley. 2-year-old male trotters (top seven advance) 1. Southwind Spirit, Brian Sears, Ron Burke; 2. Expressive Action, Brian Sears, John Grasso; 3. Exodus Hanover, Andy Miller, Steve Elliott; 4. Another Transcript, Corey Callahan, Jerry Silverman; 5. Odds On Amethyst, Tim Tetrick, Robin Schadt; 6. Auspicious Hanover, Charlie Norris, Charlie Norris; 7. Muscle Network, Jody Jamieson, Tony O'Sullivan; 8. Nuncio, John Campbell, Jim Oscarsson; 9. Father Patrick, Yannick Gingras, Jimmy Takter. Byes: Credit Fashion, Don Dorado. SATURDAY ELIMINATIONS 2-year-old male pacers (top three finishers from each elimination advance) Division One: 1. Workandplayhard, Corey Callahan, John Butenschoen; 2. Journeyman, Mike Lachance, Tony Alagna; 3. Let's Drink On It, Ron Pierce, Joe Seekman; 4. So Surreal, Tim Tetrick, Ray Schnittker; 5. Idealbeach Hanover, Jody Jamieson, Mark Ford; 6. Somestarsomewhere, Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke; 7. Sometimes Said, John Campbell, Jim Campbell. Division Two: 1. Beat The Drum, TBA, Staffan Lind; 2. Doo Wop Hanover, Ron Pierce, Steve Elliott; 3. Bakersfield, Yannick Gingras, Jimmy Takter; 4. Melmerby Beach, Paul Macdonell, Brent MacGrath; 5. Crafty Master, Doug McNair, Gregg McNair; 6. Carracci Hanover, Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke; 7. Western Vintage, Yannick Gingras, Nancy Johansson; 8. Some Major Beach, Brian Sears, Tony Alagna. Division Three: 1. Luck Be Withyou, Ron Pierce, Chris Oakes; 2. Smack Talk, Ron Pierce, John Williamson; 3. Three Of Clubs, Doug McNair, Gregg McNair; 4. Fort Knox, Scott Zeron, Tony Alagna; 5. Pierce, Jimmy Takter, Jimmy Takter; 6. Ari Allstar, Brian Sears, Mark Ford; 7. Stevensville, Ray Schnittker, Ray Schnittker; 8. Arthur Blue Chip, Randy Waples, Ian Moore. 3-year-old filly trotters (top four in each elim and fifth place with highest seasonal earnings advance) Division One: 1. Royal Assets, Ray Schnittker, Ray Schnittker; 2. Bouncing Bax, Howard Parker, Jim Raymer; 3. Coffeecake Hanover, Matt Kakaley, Ron Burke; 4. Thistle Dhu, Brett Miller, Del S. Miller; 5. To Dream On, Jimmy Takter, Jimmy Takter; 6. Frau Blucher, Ron Pierce, Chris Oakes. Division Two: 1. Southwind Cocoa, Tim Tetrick, Linda Toscano; 2. Shared Past, Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke; 3. Bee A Magician, Brian Sears, Nifty Norman; 4. Ma Chere Hall, Corey Callahan, Jonas Czernyson; 5. Time To Kill, John Campbell, Ross Croghan; 6. Handover Belle, Mike Lachance, Tony Alagna. Mare trotters (top four in each elim and fifth place with highest seasonal earnings advance) Division One: 1. Bax Of Life, John Campbell, Jerry Duford; 2. Unefoisdansmavie, Matt Kakaley, Ron Burke; 3. Mystical Starlight, Brett Miller, Ross Croghan; 4. D'Orsay, Corey Callahan, Jonas Czernyson; 5. Cowgirl Hall, Brian Sears, Deborah Brunet; 6. Cedar Dove, Ron Pierce, Noel Daley; 7. China Pearls, Paul Macdonell, David Drew. Division Two: 1. Real Babe, David Miller, Mark Harder; 2. Maven, Yannick Gingras, Jonas Czernyson; 3. Check Me Out, Tim Tetrick, Ray Schnittker; 4. Intense America, Mike Lachance, Susanne Kerwood; 5. Win Missy B, TBA, Rich Gillock; 6. Beatgoeson Hanover, David Miller, Nifty Norman. 3-year-old male pacers (top four in each elim and fifth place with highest seasonal earnings advance) Division One: 1. Lucan Hanover, David Miller, Casie Coleman; 2. Sunshine Beach, John Campbell, Mark Steacy; 3. Wake Up Peter, Rick Zeron, Tony Alagna; 4. Fool Me Once, Brian Sears, Mark Austin; 5. Apprentice Hanover, Jody Jamieson, Ben Wallace; 6. Captive Audience, Randy Waples, Colin Johnson. Division Two: 1. Vegas Vacation, Brian Sears, Casie Coleman; 2. Urbanite Hanover, Yannick Gingras, John Williamson; 3. Emeritus Maximus, TBA, Tony Alagna; 4. Captaintreacherous, Tim Tetrick, Tony Alagna; 5. Sunfire Blue Chip, Yannick Gingras, Jimmy Takter; 6. Beach Memories, David Miller, Brian Brown. 3-year-old male trotters (top four in each elim and fifth place with highest seasonal earnings advance) Division One: 1. Bluto, Jimmy Takter, Jimmy Takter; 2. Dewycolorintheline, Ray Schnittker, Ray Schnittker; 3. Fico, Corey Callahan, Staffan Lind; 4. Deadliest Catch, Ron Pierce, John Duer; 5. Smilin Eli, Tim Tetrick, David Smith; 6. All Laid Out, David Miller, Noel Daley; 7. Possessed Fashion, John Campbell, Tom Fanning. Division Two: 1. Caveat Emptor, Ray Schnittker, Ray Schnittker; 2. Royalty For Life, Brian Sears, George Ducharme; 3. Hamdalla, Jody Jamieson, Riina Rekila; 4. E L Rocket, Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke; 5. Spider Blue Chip, Ron Pierce, Chuck Sylvester; 6. Aperfectyankee, Jim Oscarsson, Jim Oscarsson; 7. Creatine, Mike Lachance, Bob Stewart. Open Pace (top seven advance) 1. Warrawee Needy, Jody Jamieson, Mark Ford; 2. A Rocknroll Dance, Tim Tetrick, Jim Mulinix; 3. Bettor's Edge, Tim Tetrick, Linda Toscano; 4. Modern Legend, John Campbell, David Drew; 5. Sweet Lou, Matt Kakaley, Ron Burke; 6. Foiled Again, Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke; 7. Golden Receiver, Corey Callahan, Mark Harder; 8. Michael's Power, Brian Sears, Casie Coleman; 9. Bolt The Duer, Mark MacDonald, Pete Foley. Byes: Clear Vision, Pet Rock. Mare Pace (top seven advance) 1. Economy Terror, Ron Pierce, Chris Oakes; 2. Rocklamation, Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke; 3. Swinging Beauty, Ron Pierce, Ron Burke; 4. Ooh Bad Shark, Howard Parker, William Wiggins; 5. Anndrovette, Tim Tetrick, P.J. Fraley; 6. Monkey On My Wheel, Brian Sears, Casie Coleman; 7. Krispy Apple, Tim Tetrick, P.J. Fraley; 8. Camille, Matt Kakaley, Ron Burke; 9. Shelliscape, David Miller, P.J. Fraley. Byes: Drop The Ball, Feeling You. FINALS, ON OCT. 19 (no eliminations necessary) $500,000 3-year-old filly pace: 1. Parlee Beach, 2. Mattie Terror Girl, 3. Carols Desire, 4. Authorize, 5. Shebestingin, 6. Aunt Caroline, 7. I Luv The Nitelife, 8. Somwherovrarainbow, 9. Love Canal. $600,000 Open Trot: 1. Market Share, 2. Wishing Stone, 3. My MVP, 4. Guccio, 5. Intimidate, 6. Mister Herbie, 7. Arch Madness, 8. Uncle Peter, 9. Sevruga. by Ken Weingartner for HRC  

Hall of Fame harness driver Michel Lachance, at age 62, scored his second straight Kentucky Futurity Trot victory, capturing the third jewel of the Trotting Triple Crown with Creatine over a sloppy track at the Red Mile in Lexington, KY Sunday. After finishing second in his $79,050 elimination heat, Creatine drew post four for the $368,900 Futurity final.  Both Wheeling N Dealin and Lindy’s True Grit scratched out of the final. The race started off with the favorite, Royalty For Life, and driver Brian Sears going right to the lead with Spider Blue Chip and Ron Pierce settling into the two-hole to the opening quarter mile in :27.4. They raced that way to the half mile in :55.4 with no movement from the back of the pack. By the final turn Your So Vain and driver Tim Tetrick came first-over and that gave great cover on the outside to Creatine and Lachance as the field sped by the three-quarters in 1:24. As they started down the stretch, Creatine had tipped to the outside and was building up steam. All Laid Out (Dave Miller) was coming from the outside too as Royalty For Life began to fade and Spider Blue Chip had little racing room. Then at the finish Creatine and Lachance pulled away to win by one length with All Laid Out second and Spider Blue Chip third. For Creatine, a three-year-old colt by Andover Hall from the Muscles Yankee mare, Berry Nice Muscles, it was his seventh win this year. He is trained by Bob Stewart and was bred and is owned by the Diamond Creek Racing Stable of Wellsville, PA. Sent off at odds of 15-1, Creatine paid $33.80 to win. By Steve Wolf for

Royalty For Life cannot wear the crown, but that doesn't diminish trainer George Ducharme's enthusiasm for Sunday's $527,000 Kentucky Futurity for 3-year-old male trotters at The Red Mile in Lexington. The Kentucky Futurity is the third jewel in the Trotting Triple Crown. Royalty For Life captured the second piece, the Hambletonian, after Dewycolorintheline won the first, the Yonkers Trot. Royalty For Life was among 14 trotters entered in the 121st Futurity, so the field was divided into two seven-horse eliminations. The top five finishers from each elim advance to the same-day final. Unlike previous years when a horse had to win twice to be declared the champion, the winner of the final will receive the trophy regardless of his finish position in his elimination. In addition to the Kentucky Futurity, Sunday's card includes the Kentucky Filly Futurity for 3-year-old filly trotters and the finals of the Allerage Farms Stakes for older male and female trotters and pacers. Royalty For Life, who has won six of 11 races and $1.21 million this year, drew post four in the first Futurity elimination and will be driven by Brian Sears. The rest of the division will line up with Creatine, Punxsutawney and Deadliest Catch inside of Royalty For Life and E L Rocket, Home Turf and Master Of Law to his outside. The second elim features in post-position order All Laid Out, Lauderdale, Wheeling N Dealin, Lindy's Tru Grit, Spider Blue Chip, Your So Vain and High Bridge. "To win the Futurity would be huge," Ducharme said. "When you're a kid getting into the sport, that's one of the races you dream about. This would be right behind the Hambletonian." Royalty For Life, a son of stallion RC Royalty out of the mare Bourbon 'N Grits, heads to the Futurity off a win in the $665,420 Canadian Trotting Classic on Sept. 14 at Mohawk Racetrack. His other victories include the $360,000 Dr. Harry M. Zweig Memorial and the $294,000 Stanley Dancer Memorial. "It's been quite the enjoyable ride," said Ducharme, who trains Royalty For Life for owners Al Ross, Ray Campbell Jr. and Paul Fontaine. "The colt acts good right now and I think the extra week of rest helped him. He trained really well." Ducharme was not concerned about Royalty For Life racing twice on the same day because the Futurity format is the same as the Hambletonian. "He's already proved he can handle it and I expect him to be good with it again," Ducharme said. Creatine, Spider Blue Chip and Your So Vain all won Bluegrass Stakes divisions last weekend at The Red Mile in preparation for the Futurity. Your So Vain has won four of nine races this year, including a division of the Simcoe Stakes, and finished second on three occasions, most recently in the Canadian Trotting Classic to Royalty For Life. The son of stallion Donato Hanover out of the mare Tennis Lover has earned $303,830 for owners Paul and Glenn Van Camp of Ontario. The colt will be driven by Tim Tetrick. The Van Camps are no strangers to successful trotters; Paul's father, Glenn, bred and co-owns 2011 Horse of the Year San Pail (who returned to action Sept. 30 after a 17-month layoff because of injury). "He's a wonderful horse to race," trainer Brad Maxwell said about Your So Vain. "He gives you a full effort every time he races and that's all you can ask of a horse. "It would be great for Mr. Van Camp to win this race, a real feather in the cap. This horse kind of filled in for San Pail while he was out. That would mean more to me than anything." World champion Frau Blucher and Bluegrass division winners Handover Belle and Ma Chere Hall lead the list of nine trotters in the Kentucky Filly Futurity. Like the race for the colts, the Filly Futurity features a first round followed by same-day final. Since only nine horses entered the race, the first race will determine post positions for the final. The field for the opening round in post-position order is Handover Belle, Frau Blucher, To Dream On, Perfect Alliance, Mistery Woman, Classic Martine, Ma Chere Hall, Time To Kill and Shared Past. In the $175,000 Allerage Farms Open Pace, 4-year-old Pet Rock will try for his third world record in as many starts. Pet Rock, who drew post six, paced the fastest mile ever on a five-eighths-mile track (1:47.2) at Scioto Downs on Sept. 7 and the fastest ever on a half-mile track (1:48.1) at the Delaware County Fair in Ohio on Sept. 19. A Rocknroll Dance, who finished second in both those races, starts the Allerage from post three. The $172,200 Allerage Farms Open Trot features Arch Madness, who gave a world-record-equaling performance to win the Allerage elimination last weekend, as well as stakes winners Sevruga, My MVP, Mister Herbie, Market Share, Guccio and Wishing Stone. My MVP won last year's Kentucky Futurity. Rocklamation, coming off her win in the Milton Stakes, leads the field for the $81,000 Allerage Farms Fillies & Mares Pace. Stakes winners Camille and Drop The Ball also are in the eight-horse group. Maven, who won the Miss Versatility Stakes with a world-record 1:51.4 mile at the Delaware County Fair on Sept. 19, headlines the $76,000 Allerage Farms Fillies & Mares Trot. Cedar Dove, who won the 2011 Kentucky Filly Futurity, also is in the eight-horse field, along with Muscle Hill winner D'Orsay and Check Me Out, who was voted the sport's best filly trotter at ages 2 and 3. Kentucky Futurity Elimination 1 1. Creatine, Mike Lachance, Bob Stewart; 2. Punxsutawney, Corey Callahan, John Butenschoen; 3. Deadliest Catch, Ron Pierce, John Duer; 4. Royalty For Life, Brian Sears, George Ducharme; 5. E L Rocket, Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke; 6. Home Turf, Pierce, Noel Daley; 7. Master Of Law, Scott Zeron, Frank Antonacci. Kentucky Futurity Elimination 2 1. All Laid Out, Yannick Gingras, Noel Daley; 2. Lauderdale, Dave Palone, Jonas Czernyson; 3. Wheeling N Dealin, Sylvain Filion, Dustin Jones; 4. Lindy's Tru Grit, Scott Zeron, Frank Antonacci; 5. Spider Blue Chip, Ron Pierce, Chuck Sylvester; 6. Your So Vain, Tim Tetrick, Brad Maxwell; 7. High Bridge, Gingras, Jimmy Takter. By Ken Weingartner/Harness Racing Communications/USTA  

Creatine is back at The Red Mile, where he made all seven of his starts last season, and trainer Bob Stewart hopes the 3-year-old colt trotter is ready to continue his winning ways. A son of former Stewart-trained standout Andover Hall, Creatine has won five of 10 races and $233,527 this year for owners Adam and Chris Bowden's Diamond Creek Racing. The horse has won four of five starts since having throat surgery in July to correct a breathing problem. On Sunday afternoon, Creatine will race in the first of three Bluegrass Stakes divisions for 3-year-old male trotters. Creatine, driven by Mike Lachance, is the 2-1 morning line favorite in his split. Your So Vain (7-5) and Master Of Law (5-2) are the morning line choices in the second and third divisions, respectively. "The horse is doing well," said Stewart, who is from Lexington. "He got in the habit of being turned out (earlier this year) so we've been doing it here and it seems to be agreeing with him. He won't have raced in 16 days, but we've done that before. He needed a break before all the racing he's got coming up in the next few weeks." The Bluegrass will serve as a final prep for the Kentucky Futurity, the third jewel in the Trotting Triple Crown, on Oct. 6 at The Red Mile. Of the 22 horses racing in the Bluegrass divisions, 17 are eligible to the Futurity. If all goes well, Stewart will send Creatine to the Futurity and then the Breeders Crown at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. Eliminations for the Breeders Crown are Oct. 12 and the finals are Oct. 19. "I'm looking forward to racing him here; it's my home track," Stewart said. Last year, Creatine won three of seven races, including a $101,000 Bluegrass Stakes division for 2-year-old male trotters. "We decided to stop with him and not go to the Breeders Crown or any of the other year-end races, because we thought he had raced enough as a 2-year-old," Stewart said. "We were concentrating on this year and he came back to our expectations." Creatine had a win and two second-place finishes in five starts prior to his throat surgery. His only loss since then came in the $1 million Hambletonian on Aug. 3 at the Meadowlands. Creatine won his elimination race earlier in the day, but in the final got stuck outside the entire mile and finished eighth. "He's a very good horse," Stewart said. "I don't know if he's the best, but I guess in the next three weeks we're going to find out." Sunday's card, which begins at 1 p.m., also includes two Bluegrass divisions for 3-year-old filly trotters and eliminations for the Allerage Farms Open Trot and Allerage Farms Open Pace. Ma Chere Hall is the 2-1 morning line favorite in the first Bluegrass division for the fillies while world-record-setting Frau Blucher is the 2-1 choice in the second. Market Share is the 5-2 favorite in the Allerage Trot elimination and A Rocknroll Dance is the 5-2 favorite in the Allerage Pace elim. by Ken Weingartner for HRC  

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After his big victory in his elimination division of the Hambletonian, Creatine showed racing fans he is for real and he showed them once again with an easy wire-to-wire triumph Saturday at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs with a lifetime best1:52.2 victory in the $200,000 Colonial Trot consolation for three-year-olds. Driven by Mike Lachance, Creatine left from post four and the race was all but over. To Dream On (Yannick Gingras) elected to race against the colts and grabbed the two-hole trip at the quarter in :27.2. But as the field came to half mile, Pluto and trainer/driver Jimmy Takter came charging first-over as To Dream On went off-stride at the half mile in :55.3 so Pluto dropped right into the two-hole spot as they raced down the backstretch. By the three-quarters in 1:24, Creatine was firmly in control as Possessed Fashion (Brian Sears) was first-over with Vibe Blue Chip (Matt Kakaley). But coming down the stretch it was all Creatine, who won by three and three-quarter lengths. Sired by Andover Hall, Creatine posted his fourth win of the year and paid $3.00 to win. He is trained by Bob Stewart and was bred and is owned by Diamond Creek racing of Wellsville, PA. Johny Rock and driver Andy Miller made perfect use of the passing lane to capture the $200,000 Battle of Brandywine consolation in a lifetime record of 1:48.3. It was Rockin Amadeus (Yannick Gingras) who shot out of the starting gate to take early command with Johny Rock in the two-hold spot through the opening quarter mile in a speedy :25.4. Sweet Talkin Satin (Tim Tetrick) came first-over at the half in :54.2 and started to pressure the leaders down the backstretch with Olde Time Hockey (George Napolitano, Jr.) following second over. At the three-quarters in 1:21.2, Rockin Amadeus was still in command with Sweet Talkin Satin collaring the race leader. As they straighten down and started down the stretch, Andy Miller shot right into the passing lane with Johny Rock and they passed everyone by to win by three lengths. Sweet Talkin Satin was second with Raockin Amadeus fading to third place. Sired by Rocknroll Hanover, it was the fourth win this year for Johny Rock. He is trained by John Butenschoen and is owned by William Wellwood, Jean Geohlen and Eugene Schick. In the $150,000 Valley Forge consolation for three-year-old pacing fillies, Nikki Beach and driver Ron Pierce made it look easy as the daughter of Somebeachsomewhere led from start to finish and won in a lifetime best 1:50. Pocket-sitting Live Entertainment (Yannick Gingras) was second with first-over Carols Desire (Matt Kakaley) finished third. Nikki Beach held the field at bay the entire mile and won by two and one-quarter lengths for her third victory on the season. She is trained by Tony Alagna and is owned by Brittany Farms of Versailles, KY. By Steve Wolf

It only took until the first race was made official for world records to be tied on Super Saturday Night at Mohegan Sun Pocono Downs. The very first race on the card, a $50,000 Mares Pace Invitational, saw Drop The Ball and driver Corey Callahan come first over at the half and take command away from Camille (Matt Kakaley) and then hold the field at bay, winning by one and three-quarter lengths in 1:48.2. Camille was second with Fashion Mystery (Eric Carlson) third. It was not only a lifetime mark for Drop The Ball, but the five-year-old mare by Western Terror tied the world record that she now co-owns with Southwind Tempo and Camille. It was the fourth victory for Drop The Ball, who is trained by Ross Croghan and owned by the Let It Ride Stable, Dana Parham and Robert Cooper Stable, all of south Florida. Drop The Ball paid $2.60 to win. But not to be outdone, in the 4th race $100,000 Battle of Brandywine consolation for three-year-old trotters, Ultimate Beachboy and driver Dave Palone overcame a big scare from Rocknrolwilneverdie (Brian Sears) and scored a 1:48.3 victory to tie the world record for sophomore geldings. It was Sir Richard Z Tam (Mike Lachance) who left from the outside in post eight and battled for the early lead control from Good Day Mate (Ron Pierce) by the opening quarter mile in :26. But that lead was short lived as Palone sent Ultimate Beachboy to the front before the half mile, but they had little rest as Brian Sears came charging first-over at the half in :53.4 with Rocknrolwilneverdieand nearly passed Ultimate Beachboy. But Palone would not let it happen as he woke Ultimate Beachboy up and they barely were able to keep Rocknrolwilneverdie from taking command at the three-quarters in 1:20.4. But from that point on Ultimate Beachboy drew away from the field and won by three and three-quarter lengths. Net Tem Eom (George Naptolitano, Jr.) closed well to be second with Normandy Invasion (Dave Miller) third. It was the fourth win this year for Ultimate Beachboy, a son of Somebeachsomewhere, who is trained by Ron Burke and owned by the Bruke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, M1 Stable and Jack Platt, III. Ultimate Beachboy tied the world record that is now co-held with three other horses, Alsace Hanover, Beach Memories and Vegas Vacation. By Steve Wolf

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