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WASHINGTON, PA, April 22, 2015 -- Seduce A Stranger took a usually suicidal path -- four wide down the backside -- but she made it work en route to a 15-1 upset victory in Wednesday's harness racing $36,700 championship of the Daylon Miracle Trot for 3-year-old fillies at The Meadows. The unusual scenario was set up by a hotly contested first quarter when the 2-5 favorite, She Glides, was parked five wide from post 9. She made the lead before the three-eighths but was ripe for the picking. Seduce A Stranger followed the cover of Donato Babe and kicked by her around the final turn to score in 2:00.1 on a "good" track for Doug Snyder. Donato Babe held second, 3-1/4 lengths back, while the weary favorite finished third. Dane Snyder trains Seduce A Stranger, a daughter of Muscle Massive-Khifra Hanover, for Thomas King III and Danielle Snyder, who purchased her at auction after her freshman campaign. Doug Snyder said he couldn't remember ever being that wide, that early, and still winning the race. "I told the guys, 'I knew I was a winner when I went four wide,'" he said. "I might have lied to them. "When they start going for good money, they like to race. My filly's shown that she comes from off the pace, so I was happy getting away where we did. She's still a green filly. We had a little luck and a little help." He noted that the addition of Lasix three starts back was a factor. "In the final of the previous series, she came up pretty short at the wire," he said. "I had a big hold of her at the three-quarter pole that day and felt like she'd go right on. So Lasix has definitely helped." Aaron Merriman and Tony Hall each piloted three winners on the 14-race card. Friday's program at The Meadows is highlighted by the inaugural $51,100 The Meadows Maturity for older distaff trotters, which has attracted two 2014 Dan Patch Award winners -- Trotter of the Year Shake It Cerry and Mare Trotter of the Year Classic Martine. The card also features the $33,700 championship of the Do Me Honor Pace for sophomore fillies. First post is 6:55 PM. Evan Pattak

WASHINGTON, PA, April 6, 2015 -- Flying Muscles and Chef Lee, the 1-9 and 1-5 favorites, respectively, justified harness racing bettors' faith in them Monday at The Meadows, as each captured a $17,500 opening-leg division of the Tamarind Trot. The series for 3-year-old colts and geldings honors Tamarind, one of the track's top active trotters, who is owned and trained by Bill Bercury. Flying Muscles acquitted himself well in the recent Ken Weaver Memorial Trot for 3- and 4-year-olds, finishing second in the championship. Without older competitors to face, he was even more impressive, claiming the lead for Dave Palone past the quarter and prevailing geared down in 1:58.4. Early leader Only The Brave was 2 lengths back in second, with Knucklebiter third. Todd Rooney trains the Muscle Massive-Maker A Laker gelding and owns with David Lee and Eldon Thompson. Chef Lee, who broke his maiden last time out in his 11th try, trotted like a polished pro for Mike Wilder, moving to the front at the quarter pole and scoring in 2:00.1, 4 lengths better than Bettin Bruce. Stage Hand K completed the ticket. Norm Parker owns and trains the Cantab Hall-Summer Savory gelding. In the $20,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot, Daylon Miracle did what she does best -- show up the boys. The lone mare in the field triumphed on the front end for Aaron Merriman and owner/trainer Bercury in 1:54.1. The pocket-sitting Tall Cotton saved place, 2 lengths in arrears, while Big And Little earned show. Daylon Miracle, a 6-year-old daughter of Pegasus Spur-Daylon Marvel who now boasts $444,357 in career earnings, has faced colts, stallions and geldings in five of her last six outings, collecting three wins and two thirds. Merriman piloted five winners on the 14-race card while Palone and Wilder each enjoyed a triple. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

The $1 million Hambletonian and filly companion stake, the $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks, will be raced on Saturday afternoon, August 8, at the Meadowlands Racetrack, East Rutherford, New Jersey. The 90th edition of the classic harness racing event will feature eliminations and the final on the same day. Eliminations for the Hambletonian Oaks, if necessary, will be raced the prior week, Saturday, August 1. The number of total eligible trotters to the two races remained the same as last year with 193 paid in, but an additional ten more colts made the payment this year, while the Oaks eligibles dropped by an identical ten fillies. The powerful barns of Jimmy Takter and Ron Burke house both freshmen trotter Dan Patch honorees: Pinkman, a winner of $566,960 and the filly Mission Brief, who banked $591,070 in her brilliant freshman campaign. Between the two conditioners they harnessed seven of the top ten money-winning 2-year-old trotters in 2014. Pinkman, a gelded son of Explosive Matter, made his presence felt in September of last year, winning the Standardbred Stakes at Delaware, Ohio. He followed up with wins in the International Stallion Stakes at Lexington and the Valley Victory at Mohawk in Canada, then used the Breeders Crown at the Meadowlands to sew up divisional honors. Takter, who has won three editions of the Hambletonian - Malabar Man in 1997, Muscle Massive in 2010 and Trixton last year - has a loaded sophomore roster to try for a fourth title. In the 2015 Hoof Beats Comprehensive Predictive Rankings for Trotters, Takter trains four of the top 10 voted "most likely to succeed" this year. Yet it's two lightly raced colts that Takter feels may represent his best shot at repeat Hambletonian glory. "Whom Shall I Fear, who is a full brother to Father Patrick, didn't race many starts last year. He was second in the International Stallion Stakes (behind Aldebaran Eagle). But he was big and growthy and we just stopped with him." "He is going to qualify next week at The Meadowlands and so will Canepa Hanover. Last year I thought those two would be my two best colts. They are both a little green so need to get some racing under their belts before the big stakes." said Takter. Mission Brief, the first filly to top the colts in the experimental rankings in years, may look to also be the first filly winner of the Hambletonian since Continentalvictory in 1996. "She should be back to the races about mid-May," said Burke about his trainee, dubbed a "freak" after a freshman year that wowed the harness racing world. "We'll let her tell us when she is ready," he continued. "Maybe a NJ Sire Stake is on the schedule first. Last year, she was so big and strong it just took her a while to figure things out. She has shown a lot of improvement and the Hambletonian is definitely something we would like to try to win. My Dad is 79 and winning the [Little Brown] Jug for us as a team and as a family was so special...I would like to try the Hambletonian." The 2014 Peter Haughton winner Centurion ATM, trained and driven by Ake Svanstedt, is also among the top sophomores eligible, and a Hambletonian win would make him just the third colt to win both elite races, joining Donato Hanover (07) and Muscle Hill (09). The Hambletonian has been hosted by the Meadowlands Racetrack since 1981 and is the longest nationally televised event in harness racing. A 90-minute live broadcast will air on CBS Sports Network from 4-5:30 p.m. [EDT]. There are no supplemental entries permitted in the Hambletonian and Oaks, nor are participants in those events or the Hambletonian Maturity permitted the use of Lasix or Butazolidin. All entrants are subject to the out-of-competition testing rules described in the conditions. The Hambletonian Society and the Meadowlands sponsor the only events in North American horse racing that prohibit the use of any race day medication. The Hambletonian is the first event in the trotting Triple Crown. The Yonkers Trot is the second leg and will be raced Saturday, Sep. 5 at Yonkers Raceway in New York. The third and final leg in 2015 is the Kentucky Futurity, scheduled for Saturday, Oct.10 at the Red Mile in Lexington, KY. The last trotter to win the Triple Crown was Glidemaster in 2006. The Hambletonian trail commences Saturday, May 2, with the Dexter Cup and Lady Suffolk at Freehold Raceway. Eligibles for all Hambletonian-serviced stakes;   3-Year-Old Colt Trot in 2015 - $1,000,000 Guaranteed   Heats and Final to race on Saturday, August 8, at The Meadowlands Racetrack, East Rutherford, NJ   ACCENTURE HANOVER   ALDEBARAN EAGLE   APOSTLES CREED   BIG RICH   BILLY FLYNN   BLOODSTOCKSDIAMOND   BOOTS N CHAINS   CANEPA HANOVER   CAPT SERIOUS   CELEBRITY BUGATTI   CELEBRITY LAMBO   CELEBRITY MASSIVE   CELEBRITY PEGASUS   CENTURION ATM   CITIZEN HALL   CLASS INCLUDED   CODE BON   COLBERT   CREDIT CREATION   CRESCENT FASHION   CRUZADO DELA NOCHE   CUE HALL   CURFEW   DANISH DURANGO   DAPPER DON   DEFY ANYTHING   DIVISIONIST   DON'T MIND ME   DONATOMITE   DONT RUSH   EL DIABLO BR   EXPLOSIVE BROTHER   FASHION CREDITOR   FASHION TRIBUTE   FINISH LINE   FRENCH LAUNDRY   GIFTED WAY   GONE VIRAL   GREAT MAGIC   GUESS WHOS BACK   HABITAT   HANDOVER THE MONEY   HIGHLANDMUSCLEHALL   HILLSONATOR   HONOR AND SERVE   HURRIKANE JONNY K   IN SECRET   INFINITI AS   IRON   JACKSONS MINION   KADA BRA JON   KEYSTONE BODACIOUS   LIBERTARIAN   LIMA PRIDE   LOOKSLIKEACHPNDALE   MADE BY DESIGN   MAMBO BLUE CHIP   MASSIF DU HARAS   MASSIVE LIGHTNING   ME AMORA   MICHAEL'S PEARL   MILLVILLE ROAD   MONOPOLY BLUE CHIP   MONSIEUR HALL   MOUNTAIN TOP   MUSCLE BLUES   MUSCLE DIAMOND   MUSICAL RHYTHM   MYTHOLOGY BLUECHIP   NATURAL KEMP   NEW DAWN   NEXTGEN HANOVER   NO REASON AT ALL   OHMYGOSH DE VIE   OLD BREW   OLD OAK   ON THE SLY   ONE DIRECTION   P MAC ATTACK   PIECE OF CAKE   PIERCEWAVE HANOVER   PIERRE   PINKMAN   POINTILLIST   PROGRESSION   RALLY IN THE NIGHT   REAL DJ HANOVER   SEE THE STARS   SHOW BIZ HALL   SIXTEEN ENCORES   SOBORO HANOVER   SONIC   SOULSHOUT   SOUTHWIND MOZART   SOUTHWIND STRYKER   SS POSEIDON   STILLWATER   STONEBRIDGE FORCE   SUGARMAKESMECRAZY   SUIT AND TIE   TADY'S LEGACY   TALBOT HERCULES   TEA PARTY CRAZE   TEMPLE OF DREAMS   THE BANK   TOTAL DARKNESS   TRUE BLUE STRIDE   TRUST FUND BABY   UNCLE HANOVER   UNCLE LASSE   WALTER WHITE   WHATAWORKOUT   WHEELS AH SMOKIN   WHOM SHALL I FEAR   WIN B HILL   WIN THE DAY   WINGS OF ROYALTY   WORKOUT WONDER   118 Trotting Colts & Geldings     THE HAMBLETONIAN® OAKS 3-Year-Old Filly Trot in 2015 - $500,000 guaranteed final   A LIST LINDY   ANDOVER N UNDER   ANNALIINA   BATTLE MAGE   BEE THE QUEEN   BENEDETTA RASTELLI   BIG SKY PARADISE   BLINTZ   BON APPETIT   BRIGHT BABY BLUES   BRIGHT EYES   BY AND BY HANOVER   CHRISTINE SIXTEEN   CLASSICAL ANNIE   COCOACABANA   CONCENTRATION   CRAZY BEAUTIFUL   DANIELLE HALL   DAY AT THE SPA   DEW DROP   DEWEY TAKE CREDIT   DRINKSONTHEHOUSE   DYNAMITE DAISY   FLY ANGEL FLY   FLYER MEL   FROU FROU   GATKA HANOVER   GOLD CORA   I'M SO FANCY   ITS EASY TO SMILE   IWANTMYTWODOLLARS   JOLENE JOLENE   JOSIE'S JOY   KATNISS   KELSEY'S KEEPSAKE   KEYSTONE INDIA   KIMCO HALL   KIRSI HANOVER   KOLACHKE   LADY WINONA   LILU HANOVER   LINDY LAND   LIVININTHEFASTLANE   LOCK DOWN LINDY   LOVE ME MADLY   MAGIC MARKER   MATTER OF DAYS   MISSION BRIEF   MONI FROM HEAVEN   MY LUCKY WORD   ONDA DI MARE   READY TO IGNITE   RILEY'S DREAM   RULES OF THE ROAD   SARCY   SCENTED ROSES   SHAQLINE   SISTAS   SMEXI   SMOKINMOMBO   SOBTI HANOVER   SOUTHWIND CARTIER   SPEAK TO ME   SPIRIT TO WIN   SQUEALS OF DELIGHT   STIRLING DIVA   STUBBORN BELLE   SWEET SHURGA   SWEET THING   THE GRAND FILLY   UNE DUHARAS   WAITING ROOM   WICLET HANOVER   WILD HONEY   WORDIE HANOVER   75 Trotting Fillies   (The above lists are subject to omissions and corrections.)   Moira Fanning Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown

WASHINGTON, PA, March 16, 2015 -- Keystone Chester and Flying Muscles each captured his second straight division in Monday's third leg of the Ken Weaver Memorial Trot at The Meadows, though they used dramatically different styles to do so. Jetta Dough took the other $12,000 split in the series for 3- and 4-year-old colts, stallions and geldings. The championship legs of the Ken Weaver and three other current series at The Meadows are set for Friday, March 27, first post 6:55 PM. Keystone Chester, a 4-year-old Chocolatier - Keystone Chickadee gelding, quarter-poled to the lead for Aaron Merriman, trainer Andy Rickert and owner Murdock Racing Stable and rolled to victory in a career best 1:56.4. Early leader Great Magic, previously undefeated in the series, was 3-1/2 lengths back in second, with Knucklebiter third. Flying Muscles, on the other hand, was 7 lengths behind at the three-quarters when he launched his winning move for Brian Zendt. He scored in 1:58.2, a head better than Rannoch Moor. Justice Delight earned show. Todd Rooney trains Flying Muscles, a 3-year-old Muscle Massive-Maker A Laker gelding, and owns with David Lee and Eldon Thompson. Elsewhere on the card, Chaching Hanover took a NW2 event in 1:54.2, fastest this year by a sophomore colt on a five-eighths-mile track. Mike Wilder piloted the son of Yankee Cruiser-Chana Hanover for trainer Jan Fread and owners Karen Fread, Michael Toth and Michelle Linnert. It was one of four wins for Wilder on the 14-race card. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

Next weeks round of the harness racing sales has quite a few entries by the son of Muscles Yankee in Muscle Mass. Muscle Mass 1:53.8 ($229,000) won eight of twelve on the track before being injured with the highlight being his win in 1:53.8 at his second lifetime start at two. Muscle Mass is bred in the purple with elite level horses everywhere in his pedigree. His dam is Graceful Touch 1:56 ($192,000) by Pine Chip whose first six foals all went through the sales ring at either Harrisburg or Lexington and as you can see from the list below were keenly sought after. Muscle Mass by Muscles Yankee  -  $100,000 Touchdown Town by Muscles Yankee  -  $320,000  Muscle Massive by Muscles Yankee  -  $425,000 Thatsnotmyname by Windsongs Legacy  -  $250,000 Graceful Kelly by Muscles Yankee  -  $145,000 Mr Lucky Luke by Lucky Chucky  -  $450,000  Graceful Touch is one of only two foals from the high class Valley Victory mare in Act Of Grace 1:52.3 ($403,525) with the other being her full brother in Cobol 1:54 ($417,457)  With his pedigree and two year old speed, Muscle Mass was always going to be given his chance at stud in North America and he went to stud in 2009 in Canada. Right from the start Muscle Mass has shown the ability to leave elite level trotters and with his first crop just turned five, he already has $8,479,420 in stake earnings on his card. In the season just completed in North America Muscle Mass finished seventh on the three year old sires list ahead of such outstanding sires as Kadabra, Angus Hall, Muscles Yankee and Majestic Son. Last season Muscle Mass made the move to Blue Chip Farms in New York where he stands at a fee of $6,000 which is an indication of his standing now in the stallion ranks in North America. His full brother Muscle Massive 1:51 ($1,245,297) made a great start at stud last year with his two year olds finishing fifth on the two year old siring charts in his debut season. Available to New Zealand breeders via frozen semen in 2009/2010, the first and only crop to date of Muscle Mass old enough to race in New Zealand were born in the 2010/2011 season. Numbering just five live foals, that number is now four with Massuci having died. The remaining four foals are now four year olds and are all mares. Below is a record of their racing careers to date. Zheyna - 18 starts - 3 wins - 2 seconds - 4 thirds - Stakes $21,764 Mass Invasion - 12 starts - 1 win - 4 seconds - 1 third - Stakes $9433 Schleck - 6 starts - 2 wins - 2 seconds - 0 thirds - Stakes $16,439 K D Muscles 16 starts - 0 wins - 4 seconds - 3 thirds - Stakes $40,297 K D Muscles would have to be the biggest stakes winning maiden trotter in New Zealand having run second to Majestic Time in the the $25,000 New Zealand Trotting Oaks in a 2:00 mile rate and second to Thebestlove in the $97,500 Sales Trot in a 1:59.9 mile rate  . Four foals for four lovely mares is not a bad start however you look at it. Unavailable for the 2010/2011 and 2011/ 2012 seasons, Muscle Mass shuttled to New Zealand in the 2012/2013 season and served a healthy book of 71 mares on the back of the performance of his handful of foals from his first crop. Now yearlings, this crop numbers 55 and Muscle Mass did cover some lovely trotting mares in the one year he shuttled here. It was a no show again in 2013/2014 and 2014/ 2015 so if you want a son or daughter of Muscle Mass, this years yearling sales might be your last opportunity in the foreseeable future to acquire one. Harnesslink Media

The following are the 2015 service fees for the stallions standing at Hanover Shoe Farms. All of the books are subject to close without notice.  Andover Hall $10,000 Cantab Hall $20,000 Captaintreacherous $15,000 Donato Hanover $15,000 Explosive Matter $7,500 Muscle Massive $7,500 Somebeachsomewhere $25,000 Well Said $15,000 Western Ideal $7,500 From Hanover Shoe Farms

When young trotter Cruzado Dela Noche went off stride at the start of his second lifetime race, trainer Nancy Johansson might have been disappointed, but when she watched what happened next, she was impressed. Cruzado Dela Noche regained his footing and trotted his final quarter-mile in :26.3 to cap a :54.4 second half in a division of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes at The Meadows. "I was like, oh wow, he can go a little," Johansson said, laughing. "He had an outside post and broke leaving the gate, which is something babies can do, but he's shown speed from the beginning." Johansson hopes to see more of that speed Saturday when Cruzado Dela Noche competes in the second of two Breeders Crown eliminations for 2-year-old male trotters. He will start from post nine, with driver David Miller, and is 6-1 on the morning line. Kindergarten Classic Series champion French Laundry is the 5-2 favorite followed by Peter Haughton Memorial runner-up Uncle Lasse at 3-1. Both horses are trained by Johansson's father, Jimmy Takter. Takter's Pinkman, the Valley Victory Stakes winner, is the 2-1 favorite in the first elimination, followed by Matron Stakes winner Habitat at 5-2 and Peter Haughton winner Centurion ATM at 4-1. The top five finishers from each elimination advance to the $500,000 final on Nov. 22. Elim winners will draw for posts one through five for the final. Known around the stable as "Nacho," Cruzado Dela Noche has won three of 10 races and earned $164,040 for owner Courant A B of Sweden. He is a son of 2010 Hambletonian winner Muscle Massive, a Takter-trained colt for which Johansson was the groom, out of the mare Alidade. Cruzado Dela Noche beat French Laundry by three-quarters of a length in 1:53.4 in a division of the International Stallion Stakes in October. Only two 2-year-old male trotters have posted a faster winning time this season, Centurion ATM and Pinkman. "He raced enormously," Johansson said about the International Stallion, which was contested in a rainstorm at The Red Mile. "He trotted (1):53.4 in the pouring rain on the front end and did all the work himself. He's very honest." Cruzado Dela Noche finished third in the Matron Stakes last week, beaten a half-length by Habitat, in his first start since the International Stallion. "He was really good," said Johansson, who also trains 2-year-old female pacer JK She'salady, the No. 1-ranked horse in harness racing's weekly Top 10 poll. "He hadn't raced since Lexington so he was a little short, but I was happy with the race. "I think he fits (in the Breeders Crown). I think he's just as good as any of the other ones. I don't think there's anyone I'm really afraid of. I think if things work in his way he could just as well be the winner at the end as anyone else. I think he deserves a little more credit than he's gotten. He's living in Lady's shadow a little bit I think. "I like him a lot. Not only that, but he's a Muscle Massive, which is very close to my heart." by Ken Weingartner, for Harness Racing Communications

Yesterday at the harness racing meeting at Gore another daughter of the Muscles Yankee sire, Muscle Mass was a winner at just her third lifetime start. Mass Invasion is a 4 year old mare by Muscle Mass who is trained at Rakauhauka by Clark Barron for his father in law Joe Crooks. Sent out favourite after being unlucky at her previous start, Clark jumped Mass Invasion to an early lead from barrier four. Attacked after 300 metres by Springfield Eyre who went to the front, Clark immediately took Mass Invasion out of the trail and back into the lead and it was a lead she would never surrender. Keeping up a good clip the whole journey, Mass Invasion had too many guns in the straight and comfortably held off her challengers. Mass Invasion trotted the 2200 metres from a stand in 2:57.6 with closing sectionals of 60.6 and 30. Clark has a bit of time for the young trotter who only qualified in late August. "This is really only her first serious preparation and she has come a long way in a short time. She is a lovely gaited trotter with great manners as she showed yesterday," he said. The track had plenty of top on it early in the day and Clark thought Mass Invasion wasn't as fluid as normal in the conditions. "The track had a lot of top in race one and she wasn't completely at ease in it She wasn't that happy in front either but after being so unlucky the start before I thought I would take luck out of the equation," Clark said  Clark thinks that she will handle the step up to the C1 grade going on her trial runs. "She has raced a lot of the C1 trotters at trials and more than held her own so I think she will handle the rise in class," he said. Mass Invasion is one of only five live foals from the first crop of Muscle Mass that were sired by frozen semen. The whole five are 4 year old mares and Mass Invasion is his third winner but the best performer from that crop of five is undoubtedly K D Muscles 2:00.1 ($40,297) who though placed second in both the Trotting Oaks and the PGG Sales race, is yet to win on raceday. Muscle Mass was not available in 2011 or 2012 to New Zealand breeders but was available in 2013 via fresh semen and does have 55 yearlings to represent him next season. With his oldest crop just coming to the end of their four year old season in North America, Muscle Mass has $7,606,424 on his card already with 11 in 1:55. Muscle Mass is currently 11th on the North American 2 year old sires list this season while his full brother Muscle Massive is a close second to Muscle Hill with his first crop of 2 year olds. With the performance of his stock in North America and of the handful of his 4 year olds in New Zealand, you would expect the stock of Muscle Mass to be keenly sought after at next years sales. Harnesslink Media  

Sunday's Morrisville Sale featured overall numbers close to last year’s; five more yearlings were sold for a similar average of more than $10,000. Still, the number sold is down about 37% from 2011. Last year the first crop sales of high profile New York stallions Rock N Roll Heaven and Lucky Chucky created some buzz, while this year it was 2011 sophomore division winner Roll With Joe who was experiencing his first auction. Only five by that stallion sold at Morrisville, for a very modest $8,700 average. Most of the initial action on RWJ will come at Lexington, where nine fillies and eight colts will be sold, and in Harrisburg, where nineteen fillies and eighteen colts will be hammered down. Last year only six from Lucy Chucky’s first crop sold at Morrisville, for an encouraging $22,000 average—high for this sale. The $450,000 the Cancelliere brothers paid for a brother to Muscle Massive and Muscle Mass skewed the results at Lexington, but at Harrisburg 32 averaged more than $32,000. Overall, the Chuckys were well received. Lucky Chucky ranked third behind Conway Hall and Crazed on the NYSS 2-year-old earnings list; Nunkeri, who finished second in the Championship Final, was his top filly and Gabe The Bear Dean and Mambo Blue Chip were two of the better colts. All in all Chucky was competitive in the program but hasn’t made his mark on the Grand Circuit. Granted, opportunities for the latter have been limited. Twice as many sold at Morrisville this year—13—and they averaged about half of what they did last year--$12,423. A dozen Lucky Chuckys will sell in Lexington and 17 will be available at Harrisburg. Like Lucky Chucky, Rock N Roll Heaven keeps a low profile at the Morrisville Sale. Five sold for a $15,000 average last year while three averaged almost $13,000 today. What happened at Morrisville gave no clue about Heaven’s future sale prospects in 2013: 33 of them averaged a hefty $48,000 at Harrisburg. Twenty-five will be available there this year and 30 will sell at Lexington. Heaven ranked third in his division, behind Bettor’s Delight and Art Major, on the NYSS 2-year-old pacing money list. His daughters Sassa Hanover and Band Of Angels were dominant players in the division for Ron Burke, but in the Championship final at Yonkers, the leader in both age groups, Bettor’s Delight, stepped up for the win in the form of his daughter Mosquito Blue Chip. Heaven was a decidedly gyno-centric stallion; his colts were no factor. Prediction: nobody will be writing a $450,000 check for one this year. RC Royalty stands at Morrisville and topped the sale in the number available, as 17 brought an average of more than $13,000. This was down 27% from last year when 20 sold on the wave of Royalty For Life’s division championship. RC Royalty ranked fourth on the 2-year-old money list and fifth on the 3-year-old list. The sophomore filly Avalicious and the freshman colt Royal Deceptor were probably his best. There were no budding Royalty For Life’s in the mix. He sells one at Lexington and none at Harrisburg. His brush with fame did not propel the eleven-year-old beyond his regional stallion status. But the sales topper on Sunday was one of his daughters, Royal Encore, who brought $85,000. Cash Hall, the Self Possessed stallion who now stands in Ohio for $3,000, raised his profile markedly in the NYSS with his outstanding freshman filly Market Rally and her paternal brother Buen Camino. The former crushed the opposition on the Night of Champions. Premium performers will always garner a stallion more love than healthy averages. Last year Cash Hall, who still has NYSS eligibility, had 13 sell at Morrisville for an $8,800 average. This year only four sold, but they averaged three times that. Cash Hall is in a no man’s land between New York and Ohio right now. The young Credit Winner stallion, Crazed, is about to stand his third season at Hanover in Pennsylvania. His fee was dropped from $6,000 to $4,000 last year. Crazed, who still has NYSS eligibility, sold seven for $16,571 today, up from the 12 he sold for an average of $9,200 in 2013. He was second to Conway Hall among two and three-year-old trotters in the NYSS this year. Gural Hanover and Crazy Wow, both winners of their respective finals, were crazy good this year. Nineteen by Crazed sell at Harrisburg. The buyers haven’t been particularly receptive up until now, but we should see more enthusiasm for him this year. Credit Winner, Art Major and Bettor’s Delight play a very limited role in this sale.  The latter, who now resides in Pennsylvania, has exhausted his two-year-old eligibility which will transfer to Ontario next year. He won’t be missed by the other stallions. We’ll find out at Lexington and Harrisburg whether or not the buyers consider his little brother, Roll With Joe, a suitable substitute. Conway Hall, leader of both the two and three-year-old divisions, and the most underrated stallion in the sport, sold seven for a $19,000 average, just like last year. by Joe FitzGerald for http://viewfromthegrandstand.blogspot.com

YORK PA - The York County Fair, in the southcentral county of Pennsylvania which once was home to the Capital City of the United States of the same name, didn't host any Presidents during its two days of harness racing on Monday and Tuesday. But it was the third-to-last stop of the local fair circuit this year, did crown two more divisional pointstandings champions, bringing the year's total to three - the first, of course, being the Princess of all North American freshmen. Tropical Terror ran her remarkable record to 15-14-1-0 on Monday, "two-year-old day," by capturing the faster of the two Pennsylvania Fair Sire Stakes divisions in 2:02.1. The campaigners of the Western Terror filly, Team Shaw - driver Chris; Chris's brother, trainer Jason; and Jason's son, owner Mason - may have enjoyed this one a little more, because their filly defeated her one conqueror, second-place finisher Keystone I Wish, although to the credit of the place horse she narrowed the other's advantage from 11 lengths at the quarter to 2½ at the wire. Tropical Terror, the winningest freshman in all of North America, had clinched her divisional title, and the blanket in the stable's colors presented at the fair banquet associated with the USTA District meeting (the Shaws' will be their blue and white), three stops ago at Wattsburg. Surprisingly, the second-winningest 2YO on the continent, the Nuclear Breeze gelding Nippy, has not yet clinched the colt section, despite posting his 12th win of the year, and eighth in succession, in 2:04, three races before Tropical Terror. And that's because a 2YO with 11 victories, Marshmallow Pulse, is also a PA fair regular, and in fact won the fastest of the division's three PaFSS cuts with a 2:03 mile the race after Nippy. Oh - did we mention that Nippy and the Quik Pulse Mindale gelding Marshmallow Pulse are also members of the Team Shaw stronghouse? Among the "Terror," Nippy (15-12-3-0), and "Pulse" (14-11-3-0), the trio have an awesome record of 44-37-7-0 - unheard-of consistency for babies, especially on the sometimes rough-n-tumble county fair circuit. Among the three, they have bankrolled $90,081 this summer for the college scholarship fund of owner Mason Shaw - which he won't need until 2030, as he is currently "also a two-year-old." The first of the two other horses to clinch a divisional pointstandings title raced in the very first contest of the meet - Police Navidad, an altered freshman son of Muscle Massive who assured his mathematical clinch in the division with his ninth seasonal triumph, putting him one off the North American victory lead among all baby squaregaiters. The gold and blue blanket will be going to trainer/driver Steve Schoeffel for owner/mom Virginia, owner/wife Kathy, and Lander Stables LLC. The third already-assured blanket will be of dark green and white with black edging, as the three-year-old Art Official gelding Mister Chaos clinched his crown by winning in 2:00.2 for trainer Bob Rougeaux III and D And P Racing LLC, with Chris Shaw the sulky deputy here. Ironically, that was not the fastest mile of the meet, as 15 minutes later the Real Artist gelding Ruffled Up won in even time for owner/trainer/driver Roger Hammer. Mister Chaos is now poised to attempt to become something not achieved since the fair circuit pointstandings' historical records were preserved starting in 2002: the first horse to win both his pointstandings blanket and the Championship Final at age two and three. There are two more fair stops to make - Gratz this weekend (Sept. 14-15) and Bloomsburg (Sept. 18-19) -- before the $200,000 Pennsylvania Fair Sire Stakes Championship Night at The Meadows on Saturday, October 4. The other horse with a chance to do the "double double," the Western Terror filly La Fiesta, does currently have a slight lead in her pointstandings, but she'll need her "A" game to handle a pacing miss who, along with Nippy, has the PaFSS's longest current win skein at 8, TSM Soul Sister, a McArdle filly who also won at York for driver Todd Cummings, trainer Bob Krenitsky Jr., and owner/breeder Ted Tomson. Fom the PA Fair Harness Horsemen's Association

The videos of the 29 yearlings that Hanover Shoe Farms will be selling at the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale are now online and are available at the Farms' website hanoverpa.com. They should also shortly be available at the Sale's website lexingtonselected.com. The Lexington yearlings are all by the premier sires in Harness Racing including Andover Hall(2), Art Major(2), Bettor's Delight(1), Cantab Hall(2), Donato Hanover(3), Dragon Again(4), Explosive Matter(1), Muscle Hill(1), Muscle Massive(1), Rock N Roll Heaven(1), Somebeachsomewhere(5), Well Said(3), Western Ideal(2) and Yankee Glide(1). The yearlings are now at the Hanover Fairgrounds where they are available for inspection daily, except Sunday beginning at 11.00 AM. They will ship to Lexington on Saturday September 27. They will be available for inspection beginning at 8.00 AM on the Fasig Tipton grounds daily beginning Sunday September 28. For further information please contact Dr Bridgette Jablonsky at 717-637-8931 or at drjablonsky@hanoverpa.com or Murray Brown at 717-487-1812 or at hofmurray@aol.com. From Hanover Shoe Farms

STONEBORO PA - On the good side, the two-year-old trotting filly Peoplesayimnotgood equaled a divisional track record of 2:04.2 in winning Friday at the Great Stoneboro Fair in northwestern PA, while the winningest two-year-old pacers in North America this year, filly Tropical Terror (13) and gelding Nippy (11), added to their win totals atop the baby boys and girls. On the not-so-good side, yet again does a story come out of the Pennsylvania Fair Circuit with no mention of any three-year-old appearing in the first paragraph. There have been four rainouts on the Pennsy circuit this year, three full cards and one where only two races could be gotten in. All four of the soggy cards were to feature three-year-old racing, with a total of 42 races lost due to the foul weather. And they've all come in the last three weeks: Washington on August 11, Dayton on August 13, Meadville on August 20, and now Stoneboro on Sunday, August 31. But back to sunnier news - literally and figuratively. Although not known at the time, the Lear Jetta filly Peoplesayimnogood sent the meet out with a bang when she equaled the 2011 Stoneboro 2TF record of Magnolia Grace when she won the day's final heat in 2:04.2. For owner/trainer/driver Roger Hammer, it was the third winner of the day, pairing with another 2TF winner, Massive Looker, and the homebred Rustlercafe, who won his eighth straight Quaker State event in 2:03.3. In fact, that 2:04.2 becomes more impressive when one realizes that the fastest time in three division of the 2PF event was just a tick faster at 2:04.1. That winner would have been Tropical Terror, who paced to her 13th win in 14 starts (a half-length loss her only blemish), home again first for Team Shaw - driver Chris Shaw, trainer/brother Jason, and owner Mason Shaw, Jason's 2YO son. The Shaws also have their filly's closest "colt" counterpart, the Nuclear Breeze gelding Nippy, who had what would be the fastest clocking of the meet, 2:02.4. In fact, the Shaws took the last two of the four divisions of this event, adding on their Marshmallow Pulse, a Quik Pulse Mindale gelding, notching his 10th victory of the campaign in 2:03.2. Young Mason Shaw, college trust fund already in hand, must think this harness game is an easy one, as these three babies of his have earned $92,972 collectively in the 2½ months of the Keystone twicearound circuit, with a staggering combined record of 41-34-7-0. Top visitor to the winner's circle on Friday was driver Steve Schoeffel, who paraded home four winners, including a sweeping of the 2TC stake with a pair of Muscle Massive geldings (Muscle Massive also sired 2TF winner Massive Looker, mentioned above). First came Wimborne Hanover, who has already won three Stallion Series races "at the mutuel tracks" for trainer Bill Daugherty Jr. and owner Susan Daugherty, and then was the faster of the two, Police Navidad, one of three winners from the Schoeffel barn, who went in 2:06.4 for Steve's mom Virginia, wife Kathy, Lander Stables LLC, and James Reuther. The Pennsylvania fair circuit now "heads east" for its final four regular-season stops before the $200,000 Pennsylvania Fair Sire Stakes Championship Night on Saturday, October 4. The first stop is Port Royal, which has twilight racing for two-year-olds at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday and competition for three-year-olds at high noon Wednesday. From the PA Fair Circuit Horsemen's Association

STONEBORO PA - The Pennsylvania Fair Circuit was in a total "split" situation this past Tuesday and Wednesday, with the racing for two-year-olds conducted at both the Erie County Fair in Wattsburg and the Indiana County Fair on Tuesday, and the three-year-olds going the following days at both places. Speed was achieved at both venues: the two track records for trotting fillies were rewritten at Wattsburg, while at Indiana the only 2:00 mile of the fair season outside of Bedford went into the books. And one young horseman accomplished an amazing feat linking both tracks both days. On Tuesday morning the two-year-old trotting filly Missive reset the Wattsburg track record for a/s/g to 2:08 in winning her division of the Fair Sire Stakes (and going faster than the boys did). Steve Schoeffel, Wattsburg's leading driver with six wins in the two days, trains and drove the daughter of Muscle Massive for Lander Stables LLC and Kathy Schoeffel. Within an hour of that performance, North America's winningest two-year-olds, the pacing filly Tropical Terror (now at 12) and gelding Nippy (10), both added to their victory total, and both did it in the same unusual way - they were both placed first in their events. Both the Western Terror filly Tropical Terror (who has now won in a dead-heat and by disqualification, and lost by a half-length in her only other start) and the Nuclear Breeze gelding Nippy are campaigned by Team Shaw - trainer Jason Shaw (Wattsburg meet leader with 4 wins over the two days), driver Chris Shaw, and owner Mason Shaw, Jason's 2YO son. On Wednesday Wattsburg altered another line in its record tables when the sophomore Straight Up Lindy filly Static Electricity made the stopwatch click at 2:05.2. The firm of Shaw, Shaw, and Shaw also profited from this trotter's victory. Tuesday's Indiana action saw Todd Schadel drive four winners, but he had to settle for second behind perhaps the most impressive winner of the day, the baby trotting filly by SJ's Caviar named HS Pearl, who won in 2:07.1 (also faster than either winning time posted by her colt counterparts, like Missive at Wattsburg), and with last quarter of 29.4. Wayne Long trains and drives the impressive miss, and he shares ownership with Joyce Lineweaver. On Wednesday at Indiana, the Yankee Cruiser gelding Fangled Hanover teamed with owner/trainer/driver Roger Hammer to win a division of the 3PC event in 2:00, the only magic mile of the year on the Pennsy twicearounds other than at the speed show at Bedford, which produced six such times. There have only been a handful of clockings in even time or better at Indiana (the all-time fastest is 1:58.3 by Straight Character), and Fangled Hanover now joins that select group for Hammer, who was the meet's leading trainer with four and co-leading driver with four along with his Vivid Photo partner Schadel - and an up-and-coming horseman who deserves his own paragraph. 20-year-old Cory Kreiser has only 48 driving victories in his young career, and he had never trained a winner before this season. But Kreiser posted four sulky victories at Indiana to tie the veterans Hammer and Schadel - and even more impressively he trained a winner - each day - at each of the two tracks! Winning at Wattsburg Tuesday was Uber Doober Do (Schoeffel deputizing) and Julio Lauxmont (Brady Brown) Wednesday in Quaker State events; at his "base" at Indiana, Kreiser was the victorious trainer/driver in a Sire Stake with Allstar Ballet on Tuesday and a Quaker State with Acelia on Wednesday to complete the unique trainer quartet. Cory also had Indiana catch-driving Sire Stakes triumphs with Koi Lauxmont for trainer Ted Williams on Tuesday and Medoland Onyx for conditioner Pat Medors on Wednesday, thus achieving his sulky foursome. The circuit moves on to its final "Western stop" this Friday and Sunday at the Great Stoneboro Fair; freshman will start their races at 10 a.m. Friday, with sophomores set to go Sunday at high noon. The circuit then heads east for its final tour, at Port Royal, York, Gratz, and Bloomsburg, then goes back west to The Meadows on Saturday evening, October 5 for the $200,000 Pennsylvania Fair Sire Stakes Championship Night. From the PA Fair Harness Horsemen's Association

Billy Flynn won his sixth consecutive race to start his career, capturing a division of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes on Wednesday night at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. There were four divisions of the Sire Stakes held on Wednesday night for 2-year-old trotting colts and geldings with purses ranging from $62,653 to $63,053. Billy Flynn (Cantab Hall-Zeta Jones), a two-year-old colt trained by Staffan Lind and driven by Brett Miller, took the lead on the first turn of his split and coasted from there to a win in 1:55:4, a new career-best on a track listed in good condition. In addition to the six-for-six start, Billy Flynn has now swept all four preliminary legs of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes. Other Sire Stakes winners on Wednesday night: Cruzado Dela Noche (Muscle Massive-Alidade), driven by David Miller and trained by Nancy Johansson, in 1:55:4; Hurrikane Jonny K (Andover Hall-Lavieenrose De Vie), driven by George Napolitano Jr. and trained by John McDermott, in 1:56:2; and Uncle Lasse (Donato Hanover-Solveig), driven by Ron Pierce and trained by Jimmy Takter, in 1:56:4. Week in Review On Saturday night at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, we were lucky enough to have two $25,000 Preferred races on the card, one each for the trotters and pacers. As if often the case, those Preferred races, gathering such brilliant talent as they tend to do, produced thrilling outcomes and our three major award-winners for the week. That’s right, I said three. Read on and see how this is possible as we hand out the Weekly Awards. PACERS OF THE WEEK: MACH IT SO and GOLDEN RECEIVER There are a lot of close finishes in harness racing, but relatively few dead heats. After all, the chances of two horses travelling the distance of a mile and arriving at the finish line at exactly the same time so that they inseparable when the finish line is viewed in a photo, is pretty rare. It’s always a kick when it happens, but, when it happens between two horses the caliber of Mach It So and Golden Receiver, it’s a special treat. On Saturday night, those two star pacers were lined up alongside each other in the Preferred pace. Golden Receiver, a former Pacer of the Year at Pocono, came in slumping a bit, but with career earnings of over $2.1 million, he’s always a major threat. Mach It So came in at the top of his game, having won two straight, including a Preferred at Pocono on August 2. It looked as though it would be the hot horse’s night when Mach It So, driven by Andrew McCarthy for trainer PJ Fraley, took over the lead in the stretch with a huge first-over move. But Golden Receiver, with Simon Allard driving for trainer Jake Huff, suddenly surged on the inside. The two hit the line together and the photo couldn’t separate them, so they shared the victory in 1:49:4. In a bizarre twist, two other horses in the race, Word Power and Big Time Promise, finished in their own dead heat for fifth place. Wacky, wonderful stuff in the week’s featured race. Other top pacers this week include: Bolt The Duer (Mark MacDonald, Peter Foley), the standout veteran who won his second straight condition pace on Saturday night, this one coming in 1:50; Giveittoemstaight (George Napolitano Jr., Gilberto Garcia-Herrera), a mare who rolled to her second straight condition win on Friday night and matched her career mark of 1:50:4 in the process; and Flying Cowboy (Andrew McCarthy, Matias Ruiz), whose career-best win in 1:50:4 in a claiming handicap on Wednesday night was his third consecutive victory. TROTTER OF THE WEEK: MAVEN In the trotting game, fillies of ages two and three usually get the chance to compete against each other a large majority of the time. Once they hit age four though and officially become mares, the opportunities to face their own gender exclusively start to dry out. Some stakes races still dot the schedule, but most tracks don’t offer overnight races for only distaff trotters over age four. That means they have to go up against the boys every once in a while. For a trotter as talented as Maven, a 5-year-old mare from the Jonas Czernyson barn who has pretty much conquered all comers to this point in her career, such a prospect isn’t all that daunting. Even in a race like Saturday night’s Preferred Handicap trot, which featured some tough veteran male trotters like Not Afraid and Sevruga, the mare raced with extreme confidence. With Mark MacDonald in the bike, Maven made a huge move on the outside late to take over the lead, holding off Waiting On A Woman by a length for the win. It was just her second victory of the year, coming in a scorching 1:52:3, but it pushed her career earnings up near $1.5 million. There’s a lot more money to be earned by this standout, probably some of it at the expense of her male counterparts. Honorable mention on the trotting side this week goes to: Amigo Ranger (Simon Allard, Rene Allard), whose condition victory on Tuesday night in 1:52:3 was a career-best and matched the fastest trotting time of the week at Pocono; Donatomite (Trond Smedshammer trainer and driver), who stayed unbeaten after three career starts as a 2-year-old with a Stallion Series win on Tuesday night in 1:54:4; and Billy Flynn ( Brett Miller, Staffan Lind), a two-year-old who now has six wins in six tries after a Pennsylvania Sire Stakes win on Wednesday night in a career-best 1:55:4. LONG SHOT OF THE WEEK: G NOTE This 2-year-old filly made quite an auspicious debut with Andrew McCarthy in the bike, upsetting the field in Tuesday night’s final race at 30-1 to pay off $62.60 on a $2 win ticket. DRIVER OF THE WEEK: ANTHONY NAPOLITANO With driving doubles on Sunday and Tuesday highlighting another fine week at the races, A-Nap became the latest driver to earn 100 victories in the 2014 meet at Pocono. TRAINER OF THE WEEK: NEAL EHRHART Ehrhart pulled off quite the training double on Tuesday night, scoring first with 14-1 shot Guilford and then adding Fool’s Revenue later in the night at 15-1. That will do it for this week, but we’ll see you at the track. Feel free to e-mail me atjbeviglia@mohegansunpocono.com. by Jim Beviglia, for Pocono Downs

Donatomite rolled to the fastest winning time in Stallion Series action on Tuesday night at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. There were six $20,000 divisions of the Stallion series held for 2-year-old colts and geldings on the trot. Donatomite (Donato Hanover-Malvictorian), driven and trained by Trond Smedshammer, stayed unbeaten after three career races by winning his division by 6 ¼ lengths in an impressive 1:54:4. Other Stallion Series winners on the night: Tommy Bar (Cantab Hall-Spellyuptothebar), driven by Ron Pierce and trained by Bill Popfinger, in 1:58:2; Handover The Money (Andover Hall-CR Sister Suzie), driven and trained by Francisco Del Cid, in 1:59:1; Don't Mind Me (Andover Hall-Peace Of Mind), driven and trained by Jim Raymer, in 1:56:2; Wimborne Hanover (Muscle Massive-Wherley), driven by George Napolitano Jr. and trained by William Daugherty Jr., in 1:57:1; and Finish Line (Yankee Glide-Calchips Finisher), driven and trained by Trond Smedshammer, in 1:57:4. by Jim Beviglia, for Pocono Downs    

MEADVILLE, PA-- But Jesus said, "Let the children alone, and do not hinder them from coming to Me; for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these." - Matthew 19:14 In all of the centuries of exegesis of that famous Biblical passage, though, no one before the horsemen on the Pennsylvania fair circuit this week would have come up with the interpretation "The two-year-olds get to race, but rain could wash out some of the three-year-old contests." Racing at the Crawford County Fair in Meadville PA this week, the local freshmen got both of their days of racing in - they haven't missed a race yet in 2014. But the three-year-old trotters were washed out on Wednesday - the third time that the sophomores have missed part or the entirety of their action, some 27 races in all so far. The 3YO pacers, though, did get to race on Thursday, so the week "batted" 75%. The sophomores that did get to work, the pacers, made the most of their opportunity, with the fastest Sire Stakes mile of the week, 2:01.1, going to the Well Said gelding Wellsaidanddone, conditioned by Mike Gillock for owner Harry Locke. Wellsaidanddone's driver Brady Brown has come into his own this summer, the 21-year-old already having won 19 races at the fairs, good for fourth place in the current standings. Driver Chris Shaw, the circuit leader, took two of the three divisions of the 3PF event, the fastest being the Four Starzzz Shark miss Allstar Morning, home in 2:02 for trainer Gerald Lee Jr. and owners Kristen and Ethan Spahn. (This division thus had two youthful winning owners in 13YO Ethan and the redoubtable 2YO Mason Shaw, whose La Fiesta also triumphed for Team Shaw.) Both of the Meadville divisional track records this past week came on the trot - remarkable considering there was only one day devoted to trotters, Monday. The freshman Muscle Massive gelding Police Navidad set that division's race record with a 2:06.2 victory in the very first race of the meet for trainer/driver Steve Schoeffel and owners Kathy and Virginia Schoeffel, Lander Stables LLC, and James Reuther. (A quirk in the Meadville books also lists the 2T male Penn Monie Mosie in this category with a 2:05.1 mile, achieved in a qualifier.) The other track trot mark came on Tuesday in the FFA event, with driver Brady Brown again prominent as he hustled the Pegasus Spur gelding Wild Ride to a 2:03 victory to rewrite the line for older trotting males. Wild Ride beat by 1/5 the former mark of S J Better Days; in the FFA pace, Rockabella posted the fastest overall mile of the week for owner/trainer/driver Roger Hammer, with the 2:00.1 time only a fifth shy of Vesuvio Grande's local mark for the older pacing male set. Tuesday's pacing freshmen contests saw three frequent winners for Team Shaw again in Victory Lane, with the Western Terror filly Tropical Terror now the winningest 2YO in North America by two after her 11th victory, this one in 2:04.4. On the colt side, Marshmallow Pulse (at 2:01.4 the fastest division winner) and Nippy both crossed the wire first for the ninth time, putting them among joint leaders for most triumphs by a baby male in 2014. Next on the PA fair schedule are stops on Tuesday and Wednesday at both Indiana and Wattsburg, with freshmen set for Tuesday and sophomores ready to go Wednesday in both settings. Let's hope that at those two stops Genesis 8:4 is more appropriate: ... and the water receded steadily from the earth. From the PA Fair Harness Horsemen's Association

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