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The $289,000 Bluegrass stakes for two-year-old colt and gelding trotters at the harness racing meeting at The Red Mile, going on Thursday, Oct. 1, was split into four divisions when 25 horses dropped into the box. The first of three $72,000 divisions goes as the third race on the program. Julie Miller-trained Milligan's School headlines the six-horse field off a 1:57.2 qualifier at Harrah's Philadelphia. Owned by Stroy Inc., the son of Yankee Glide has three wins to his credit, including an elimination of the Peter Haughton Memorial at the Meadowlands and a division of the Tompkins-Geers at Tioga Downs. Jimmy Takter's Earn And Burn is also a major contender, with his resume consisting of $65,551 in earnings, a second in a Peter Haughton Memorial elimination, and a third in the Peter Haughton final. Earn And Burn is owned by Christina Takter, John and Jim Fielding, and Brixton Medical Ab. Kindergarten series star Hollywood Highway leads the second split, entering off of wins in both prelims of the series held at Lexington. Trained by Staffan Lind, the Muscle Massive colt has hit the board in three of four starts, with $14,000 banked. Jimmy Takter sends a Kindergarten contender in Honor Above All, who has hit the board in the Kindergarten preliminaries but is still seeking his maiden win. He's owned by Order By Stables. Winner of the $351,000 Pennsylvania Sires Stakes, Jimmy Takter's Lagerfeld highlights the third division, owned by Christina Takter, John and Jim Fielding, and Herb Liverman. He has entered the winners' circle twice this season in seven starts, with the other occasion being in a $36,030 sires stakes division. Another state-bred star will line up on the gate with Kanthaka. Third in the $225,000 Ohio Sires Stakes, the Triumphant Caviar colt won six legs of the Ohio Sires Stakes leading into the final, accumulating $135,054 this season. He was more recently fourth in a $35,061 division of the Ohio Breeders Championship. He's owned by trainer Christopher Beaver in partnership with Wilbur Stoll Lang. The final round goes for $73,000 and features a septet of trotters. It also features the return of Jimmy Takter-trainee Bar Hopping, who enters off a 1:57 qualifier at The Red Mile. Owned by Christina Takter, Hattfield Stables, Marvin Katz, and Al Libfeld, he has one win this season, coming in a preliminary of the New Jersey Sires Stakes at the Meadowlands. He makes his first pari-mutuel start since scratching sick from a division of the Reynolds in late August. He was fourth in the Peter Haughton Memorial after finishing second in an elimination for the Peter Haughton and in the $100,000 New Jersey Sires Stakes final. He'll be competing against improving trotters Celebrity Pilatus, who enters off a fourth in a $50,000 division of the Standardbred at Delaware, Ohio, and Ake Svanstedt's Dupree, who finished third in the Pennsylvania Sires Stakes final. The quartet of Bluegrass stakes holds the spotlight for Thursday's program, which consists of 10 races and kicks off at 7:00pm. Ray Cotolo

Lexington, KY - The Kindergarten Trotting series continued on Thursday evening at The Red Mile.   The colt divisions began the evening with Mavens Way scoring a $37.20 upset for young Oskar Florhed taking a nice record of 1:55.3 in the process. The son of Muscle Hill from Doris Deo sat close up early then wore down Dominion Beach in the shadow of the wire for the win. He is trained by Ake Svanstedt for his own interests along with partners al & Janet Burroughs and TLP Stable.   Charlie Norris worked out a perfect pocket trip for Cloud Nine Hanover in the next division for a huge $54.40 upset after favored Southwind Flash broke on the final bend. Charlie trains the son of Muscle Massive who was winning for the first time on behalf of his wife Carrie, Acadia Farms and G&B Racing. Celebrity Express rallied from well back for the place.   Hollywood Highway struck a blow for favoritism winning right back for Dave Palone in a new record of 1:55.2 in the third and last colt split. He's another by Muscle Massive who has found his best form here on the clay for trainer Staffan Lind. Marvin Katz and Al Goldband share the ownership.   Palone won the very next race with Haughty, who has clearly been the class of the Kindergarten filly races in Lexington. Jimmy Takter conditions the winner and had the second place finisher as well in Hollywood Hill. Haughty was well within herself tonight in a measured 1:55.4 tally. She races for the ownership group of Al Libfeld, Marvin Katz and Sam Goldband.   Howie Okusko, Jr steered Sweet Ashley T to yet another upset in the last of the Kindergarten races returning $38.60 to her small legion of backers. The Conway Hall filly took a 1:56 record in the process for trainer Homer Hochstetler who owns her with South Of The Tracks Racing.   The Kindergarten goes on hiatus until leg five set for October 23 at Vernon Downs with the finals the next week.   Red Mile racing resumes on Saturday before going dark for week. The Grand Circuit kicks off on Wednesday, September 30 racing at 7pm through Saturday, October 3 then matinee racing the following Wednesday through Saturday.   Find all the info you'll need on all things Red Mile on the website.   Nick Salvi

The Kindergarten Classic series came to to the harness racing meeting at The Red Mile in Kentucky on Thursday night with a mixed bag results-wise.   Fillies began the stakes with Jimmy Takter steering the unbeaten Donato Hanover lass Haughty to an as easy as can be 1:54.1 win.   Takter moved Haughty to the front on the backstretch and widened at will in a very impressive outing. Southwind Adele was second and Sweet Ashley T third.   The winner is owned by Al Libfeld, Marvin Katz and Sam Goldband who paid $80,000 at the Lexington Select sale last fall.   Jan Johnson steered I'm Volo to a 1:58 win for owner and breeder Jorgen Jahre at 17-1 in the second division.   Johnson put the Yankee Glide filly in play early, accepted cover then angled out late to rally past Earn Your Wings and Coco Truffles late.   The tote board exploded in the first of two colt divisions when Dave Palone and Hollywood Highway closed from well back to win in 1:56.1 at odds of 43-1.   With 1-9 favorite Jack Vernon eliminated by a break in the final turn, Palone found clear sailing wide from last and guided the Muscle Massive colt to his first victory for trainer Staffan Lind and owners Marvin Katz and Al Libfeld, who have $50,000 for this fella at the Lexington yearling sale and had a pretty good night.   Sigmund came second and Mavens Way third.   Palone completed a driving triple on the night with a front end score aboard Southwind Flash in 1:55.2 for trainer Ronnie Burke.   The striking Muscle Hill colt took to the clay beautifully for his first win in six outings.   Honor Above All went beautifully in his very first career start tracking the winner and actually gaining late for driver Nicolas Roussel with Brownie Hanover third.   The winner is another Lexington Select sale grad costing Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi, Phil Collura and Jack Piatt lll $85,000 last fall.   Racing returns to The Red Mile on Saturday and the Kindergarten returns for leg four next Thursday.   Nick Salvi

MEADVILLE PA -- Three-year-olds were featured during the final two days of the four-day harness racing meet at the Crawford County Fairgrounds in this northwest Pennsylvania town, with pacing colts Royaltyhasarrived and R N Nate keeping up their winning ways.   First up was the Nuclear Breeze gelding R N Nate, who ran his fair record to 8-7-1-0 with the fastest mile of the meet, 2:01.3, for owner/breeder/trainer/driver Roger Hammer. In the very next event, Royaltyhasarrived, an altered son of Western Terror, upped his 2015 fair numbers to 9-8-1-0 by winning just a tick slower for driver Brady Brown, trainer Steve Schoeffel, and owners Virginia and Kathy Schoeffel and Michael Munn. The luck of the draw has kept these two apart so far this summer; when they get in together, there won't be a space up against the fence in paddock and barn areas.   The only way to do better than having one loss on the fair circuit is having NO losses on the fair circuit, and the Quik Pulse Mindale filly Betterthanrevenge is now 7 for 7 on the state twicearounds. She won here in 2:05 for trainer/driver Harold Brocklehurst and the Thomson Sisters Racing Stable.   In Wednesday's trotting action, Wimborne Hanover and Simeon continued their winning ways. Wimborne, who won last year's Fair Championship for this division, ran his fair record this year to 8 wins in 10 starts when the Muscle Massive gelding reported home first in 2:07.1 for driver Brady Brown, trainer Bill Daugherty Jr., and owner Susan Daugherty. But the defending champ knows he has a tough rival in the Andover Hall gelding Simeon, yet to taste defeat at the fairs after winning his fifth start in 2:06 for driver Aaron Johnston, subbing for trainer Dave Wade; Wade also co-owns the winner with Jerry Brittingham, William Peel III, and Delores Wade.   In case you missed our earlier report, the star performer of the meet was the Great George Two freshman trotting filly A Little Laid Back, who won in 2:04.1 for owner/trainer/driver Roger Hammer Monday. Not only did she obliterate the track record for two-year-old trotting fillies -- her time is faster than any 2YO trotter has ever gone at Meadville, and her clocking eclipsed not only the freshman trotting colts' best effort but also both divisions of THREE-year-old trotters, in addition to being quicker than the best mile of the freshman PACING fillies!   Hammer won nine races over the four days to raise his seasonal lead in the sulky to 59, 13 ahead of Chris Shaw; 8 training triumphs moved him up to 56 for the circuit's year, 21 ahead of Chris's brother Jason.   In the early part of next week, there will be concurrent PA fair racing on Tuesday and Wednesday: at the Indiana County Fair in the hometown of actor Jimmy Stewart, and at the Erie County Fair in Wattsburg PA.   Publicity Office, PA Fair Harness Horsemen's Association  

WILKES-BARRE PA - Truemass Volo and Love Matters both became two-time winners in the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes for harness racing two-year-old trotting colts with victories within the four divisions of the $251,780 third preliminary leg event on Wednesday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono.   First to record the double was the Muscle Massive-Tresbien Volo colt Truemass Volo, who set the pace then held off Sliding Off to his inside and Milligan's School to his outside in taking a new mark of 1:56.2 under the guidance of Tim Tetrick. Truemass Volo now has three consecutive wins after making breaks in his first two outings, peaking at a good time for trainer Doug Hamliton and owners John Erdner and Martin Garey.   The Explosive Matter-Lotsa Love colt Love Matters went in the race immediately after Truemass Volo's, and he is now undefeated in five lifetime starts (and two PaSS races; he skipped a leg), here lowering his mark to 1:55.2 while triumphing for driver Marcus Miller and trainer/father Erv, whose Ervin Miller Stable Inc. is the co-owner along with Paymaq Racing and Harvey Eisman.   The two first-time PaSS winners both paid off at better than 20-1, and one of them put up the fastest clocking of all. That would be the colt Iron Mine Bucky, giving Explosive Matter a siring double (his dam is My Foolish Dream) and lowering his mark to 1:54.4. Driver George Dennis moved the winner, who has now taken half his six lifetime starts, first-over on the second turn, and "Bucky" threw a 28 uncovered third quarter to clear to the lead and win nicely for trainer Colby Hubble and Iron Mine Branch LLC.   The Cantab Hall-Likeavirgin Lindy colt Landjack Hanover did get a little help on the way to his maiden victory, and given the luck he knew what to do and tripped the timer in 1:57.1 under the guidance of Corey Callahan. Landjack Hanover was third-inside at the ¾, but first pocketsitting Alexander Hanover jumped midturn and went to the infield, and then Desert Runner, still with about a 2½-length lead in midstretch, unfortunately lived up to the second half of his name, with Landjack Hanover there to pick up the pieces for trainer John Butenschoen and owners Give It A Shot Stable, Jerry Graham, and VIP Internet Stable LLC.   PHHA / Pocono      

Mr Right went to the top of the standings among Pennsylvania Stallion Series two-year-old colt trotters when he won the fastest of seven divisions in the $140,000 third preliminary round in 1:56.3, a personal best, in Tuesday night action at the harness racing meeting at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono.   Driver Victor Kirby and the Donato Hanover-Hey Mister colt had to overcome a first-over trip, but the talented youngster came his own last half in 57.4 to run his series record to 3-2-1-0, the best of all the babies, for trainer Leigh Raymer, who is also co-owner with Stephen Moss and Harold and Helene Solomon.   The only horse to beat Mr Right in the Stallion Series is Cufflink Hanover, who won in the first leg, skipped the second to try the deeper waters of the Sire Stakes, and came back to the Stallion ranks Tuesday and won in 1:57.4 wire-to-wire.   The gelded son of Andover Hall-Savoire Faire, possibly named after the pet turtles in the movie Rocky, is owned by driver David Miller and the Enzed Racing Stable Inc of trainer Nifty Norman.   Besides Mr Right and Cufflink Hanover, Twin B Ammunition added his name to the list of two-time Stallion winners by reducing his mark to 1:58.4.   TNT Rusty, the only double winner in the first two Stallion legs, was on the lead turning for home but made a break, opening the door for the Explosive Matter-Anklets Aweigh gelding to get the decision for trainer Bennie Magliochetti, having a career season, and owner Mahlon Martin.   It's hard to believe that it has been 42 years since the filly Starlark Hanover set a world record at Pocono en route to being named 2YO Trotter of the Year (no colt/filly separate voting then), but trainer/driver Dave Wade is still going strong, as he showed by putting a 1:56.4 maiden mark on the Lear Jetta-Ponytail Xpress gelding Nathaniel in another cut.   The baby led at every call for the ownership of Wade, Jerry Brittingham, Kelley Rogers, and William Peel III, also his breeders.   The only siring double of the night went to SJ's Caviar, as two altered sons of his stepped home first: Skeezix, out of Queen Of Angels, who broke his maiden in 1:59 for driver Kevin Wallis, trainer Rollie Mallar, and owner/breeder Michael Andrew, and Petrossian As (out of Elegant Dame), who was second in his debut, a Stallion leg, but showed no signs of not having raced since that event 34 days ago with a 1:58 triumph for driver Andrew McCarthy, trainer Anette Lorentzon, and owner/breeder ACL Stuteri Ab.   The final division winner had even less experience than Petrossian, but the Muscle Massive-Raysofgrace De Vie colt Pilgrims Tide followed up on two winning qualifiers by winning at first asking in 1:57.4 for "The Trot Man" of Pocono, driver Mike Simons, trainer Scott Andrews, and owners Edward W. Andrews and Edward W. Andrews III.   The Sire Stakes counterparts to these freshmen will contest their third preliminary Wednesday, with $251,780 on the line in four divisions.   The second leg saw no horse as a repeat winner from the first.   Jerry Connors

Roger Hammer, "King of the Pennsylvania Fairs," had five horses he owns, trains, and drove visit Victory Lane during the two-day harness racing Pennsylvania Fair Sire Stakes event at Dayton over the weekend - and lost the seasonal driving lead to Chris Shaw, who guided five winners on both two-year-old Saturday and three-year-old Sunday for a total of ten wins in all.   Six of Chris Shaw's winners were strictly "all in the family" affairs - driven by him for trainer/brother Jason and owner/nephew Mason, himself only three but likely to be able to pick the college and even program of his choice with all of this "college tuition" money that Team Shaw keeps winning.   Among the Team Shaw sextet of victories was one with Tropical Terror, the Western Terror filly who in 2014 led all of North America's freshmen with 16 victories. On Sunday she toured the Dayton twicearound in 2:02.3, fastest heat in her division, tacking on a 29.3 last quarter to her wire-to-wire triumph.   Two sophomore colts went in 2:01 to tie for meet speed honors.   One was R N Nate, a Nuclear Breeze gelding who had earlier set a 2:01 divisional track record at Butler for breeder/owner/trainer/driver Hammer.   The other was Royaltyhasarrived, already author of a fair 2:00 mile via his 1:59.1 triumph at Gratz and the "eraser" of R N Nate in the Dayton books when later in the day he went 2:00.4.   "Royalty" was king in his Dayton outing for driver Brady Brown, who had an excellent Sunday with four victories; trainer Steve Schoeffel, who provided Brown with three of his winners; and owners Virginia and Kathy Schoeffel and Michael Munn.   Trotting speed honors for the meet went to the Muscle Massive filly Missive, another Brown/Schoeffel collaboration who earlier had also erased a line in the track record book at Butler.   Sunday she traversed the local twicearound in 2:04 on the engine for the Lander Stable LLC and Kathy Schoeffel.   On the two-year-old side, generating the most "buzz" is still the Nuclear Breeze-B T Falcon gelding Billy's Falcon, who had won in 1:59.4 at Gratz.   Only Saturday Billy's Falcon moved early and won by a country mile, here translating to 18 3/4 lengths, in posting the fastest Dayton freshman clocking of 2:03.1 as yet another success story for owner/breeder/trainer/driver Hammer.   The PA fair circuit now moves to Hughesville for cards on Wednesday and Thursday.   When the circuit arrives at that midstate town not too far from the Little League World Series home of Williamsport, the top five trainers and drivers for the 2015 PA fair season to date will look like this:   DRIVERS: Chris Shaw, 23; Roger Hammer, 21; Brady Brown, 11; Steve Schoeffel, 6; and tied with 5, Shawn Johnston and Wayne Long (who got four of those at Dayton).   TRAINERS: Roger Hammer 21; Jason Shaw 17 (he had seven in all at Dayton); Steve Schoeffel 12; Bill Daugherty Jr., 5; and tied with 4, Lisa Dunn-Adams, Kevin Lare, and Todd Schadel.   Jerry Connors

Lady Athens, who was off stride in both her previous career outings, was flat and fast Wednesday at the harness racing meeting at The Meadows when she trotted to a stake record 1:57.1 in a $100,000 Pennsylvania Stallion Series event for freshman fillies. The stake was contested over five divisions, with LOL Hanover, Ballerina Volo, Real Caviar and Witnesstheprincess taking the other splits. Aaron Merriman and trainer Chris Beaver teamed for a pair of stake victories with Ballerina Volo and Witnesstheprincess. Rich Gillock, who trains the homebred daughter of Muscle Massive-Miss Athens for Thomas Brice and Charles Receski, indicated he's been tweaking Lady Athens' shoeing to keep her on gait. " She caught a hard track in her first start, and I'm not so sure her feet weren't hurting her," Gillock said. "It's taken us a while to get her squared away." "Today everything worked out nice." "I'd like to have seen the last quarter in 28 rather than the first one." "We'll have to work on that next." On Wednesday, she led the field through a swift 1:26 three-quarters before tiring late. But she responded to Tony Hall's urging and held off 41-1 long shot My Pink Bike by a neck. Global Installation finished third. The time knocked a tick from the previous stake mark established by Nitro Nittany in 2013. It was one of four wins on the 15-race card for Hall. Lol Hanover took to the track for her career debut before the surface was upgraded from good to fast, but the daughter of Explosive Matter-Lil' Miss Tut had little trouble overcoming a parked-out first quarter and prevailing in 1:57.3 for trainer/driver Charlie Norris. Early leader Moolah Moolah was second, 1-1/4 lengths back, with Moots third. "She wasn't real sure of the track when I warmed her up, and I just wanted to get her set before I went forward with her," Norris said. "She's growing so fast -- that's why I didn't throw her in the sires stakes." "I want to bring her along slow." Carrie Norris and Neal Goldman campaign Lol Hanover, a $13,000 yearling acquisition. Ballerina Volo has been ahead at every pole in her two-race career, and the daughter of Yankee Glide-Bank of Newport hardly was tested in Wednesday's victory. She scored for owners Synerco Ventures, Bill Manes and Beaver in 1:59.4, 3 lengths better than Goodtogo Hanover. High Beam Hanover completed the ticket. "She won on her own today -- I left the plugs in," Merriman said. "I don't know how good she'll be." "I'm sure she'll go a little bit more when she's following." "Honesty pays. When you have an honest trotter, you'll make money." In the $18,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Pace, Atta Boy Dan not only made it five wins in his last six starts, but he also eclipsed Itrustyou's track record for older geldings by triumphing in 1:49.1, fastest mile this year at The Meadows. Dave Palone drove the 6-year-old son of Western Terror-Dropitlikeitshot, who extended his lifetime bankroll to $339,117, for trainer Ron Burke and owners Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Friday's program at The Meadows features six divisions of the Meadow Gladys, a $211,838 PA Sires Stake for 2-year-old filly trotters. First post is 6:55 PM. Evan Pattak

There were five divisions of Stallion Series action for 3-year-old colt and gelding trotters contested at the harness racing meeting at Harrah's Philadelphia on Wednesday afternoon (May 13). In the first division, it was J&T Silva Stable's Old Oak (Marcus Johansson) picking up the victory. The son of Donato Hanover brushed towards the front at the quarter pole, and led every step from that point. PCF Stable's Kolbee's Star (Corey Callahan) provided some tense moments late in the stretch however. The son of Lear Jetta maintained pocket position, but could not go by the winner in the passing lane. Bennie Magliochetti's Bistro finished third. It was the third career win for Old Oak, clocking a lifetime's best 1:56.4. He paid $3.20. In division two, Richard Gutnick's RG's Thunderbolt (Tim Tetrick) was dominant in victory. The son of Yankee Glide went right to the front and made every call a winning one, stopping the timer in 1:57. It was the second straight win for the Linda Toscano trainee, who is a perfect two for two on the season. Muscle Massive colt Ralph R (Marcus Miller) finished second via a pocket trip, while Hurrikane Jonny K (George Napolitano Jr.) finished third.The winner paid $4.80. In the third division, it was Jonas Czernyson trainee Keystone Bodacious (Corey Callahan) leading the field from start to finish. The son of Muscle Massive set moderate fractions to win for the first time. The final time was 1:57.1. Florida invader Silvermass Volo (George Napolitano Jr.) raced strong first-over, but had to settle for second, while long shot Wildintention As (Dave Miller) finished third. Keystone Bodacious is owned by Arden Homestead Stables, Mal and Janet Burroughs, Lst Stables, and Bill Devan Jr. He paid $9.80. In Division four, Harbor Racing's Don't Mind Me (Jim Raymer) went all the way for the victory. The son of Andover Hall faced a challenge at three-quarters from the upstart Handover The Money (Ake Svanstedt). Don't Mind Me responded however, pulling away to win by three lengths, stopping the clock in 1:56.4. Handover The Money (Ake Svanstedt) finished second, while W W (Tim Tetrick) finished third. It was the third career win for Don't Mind Me, who paid $4.80 to win. In the fastest of the five divisions, it was Newcastle going gate-to-wire for the win. The son of Cantab Hall quickly assumed command at the start and never looked back. It was the second win of the day for Harbor Racing Stable and trainer Jim Raymer. Newcastle (Corey Callahan) is now three for four in 2015. Ake Svanstedt trainee Colbert finished second, while Ferragamo (Brett Miller) finished third. The winner paid $2.60. Michael Bozich

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

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