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Mike Gulotta of Deo Volente Farms has been appointed a Trustee with the New Jersey Sires Stakes program. For Mr. Gulotta, it’s the logical extension of the commitment Deo Volente Farms has made to the New Jersey breeding industry via the acquisition of a world class broodmare band in addition to standing the stallions Wishing Stone and If I Can Dream at its Flemington, NJ facility.

Most people have heard of the expression “horses for courses,” but in the case of sire Diamond Goal, standing at Leatherstocking Equine Center in New Berlin NY, the phrase might have to be revised to “horses for states” – for this son of champion Armbro Goal seems to have a wealth of dominant factors and traits that would have his offspring in a prime position to campaign in the Empire State: --He stands 15 hands 2, not a tall horse – but a good size for a sire in a jurisdiction which has five out of seven tracks which are half-milers. “His body is a little longer than his height,” Leatherstocking breeding overseer Nancy Herrick notes (Soren Nordin and his measuring stick are smiling somewhere), “so he is not a small horse, more of a ‘solid’ horse. He’s a nice-looking horse, and for a stud he’s a nice horse to be around.” --Although his trainer during his racing career, Dan Daley, has been racing primarily at bigger ovals the last few years, Diamond Goal won two New Jersey Sire Stakes at Freehold at three, showing his ability to adapt to a four-turn mile. And even while racing on a big track, taking his mark of 1:53.1 in the first heat of the 2001 World Trotting Derby, he picked his way through a 13-horse field while winning, showing drivability and maneuverability – key talents to pass on to his NY-based offspring. --He certainly has the class necessary to be a “player” among the talented New York sires crop: we noted Diamond Goal’s WTD elim win (the only race the vaunted $800,000 winner Chasing Tail lost among his last seven), and he just missed in the final, sitting behind a creaking pace set by Cobol in the raceoff, then closing individually in 26.3 to miss overhauling the pacesetter by a neck in the final; then he won a heat of the Kentucky Futurity before chasing home Mr. ‘Tail’ in that event’s last heat. In all, he earned over $300,000 at three, and then added another $200,000+ in his older form, including a win in the Frank Ryan Memorial at Rideau Carleton. “And he came off the racetrack sound,” added Herrick. --His mother, the stakes-placed Another Tiffany, also produced two other $100,000 winners, including the filly Royal Jewel, a five-time NYSS winner at three. A Carlisle sister to the Arnie Almahurst-sired Another Tiffany, Lauxmont Super Car, produced Natural Image, who trotted to a 1:56.1 mark in 1987, when that was a good time for a pacer, and “Super Car” was the granddam of the millionaire Stiletto – so there is plenty of maternal-side power to back the racetrack prowess and the talent sire Armbro Goal brings to Diamond Goal. --And finally, maybe even most importantly, he already has to his credit, from his initial crop, a $350,000+ winner in the still-racing Super Manning – who himself was a New York Sire Stakes winner, and hit the board in six other state-restricted events at three. Just last year, he won five times in Opens at the track with the highest purses in North America – Yonkers Raceway. Nancy Herrick refers to Diamond Goal “as a horse who is all business in the breeding shed – he knows why he is there, and he gets the job done.” She reserves the term “non-studdish” to speak only about his inherent placidness, his not being a behavioral problem near or away from the breeding shed. Leatherstocking is located in approximately the middle of a triangle described by the cities of Syracuse, Albany, and Binghamton – closest to Monticello, and not far from Tioga or the Metro New York area. Leatherstocking also has boarding facilities for mares – while there is no residency requirement to be eligible for the NYSS (although the mare must physically be in the state when bred by whatever method), the emerging breeders program does require the broodmare to be in-state for 180 days for offspring to generate them breeders awards based on racetrack performance. If Diamond Goal casts a sparkle in your eye, with all of the above-mentioned qualities going for him, contact Nancy Herrick at 607 847 9990. “Or come on up and see him,” she adds. “You should like what you see.” By Jerry Connors for Harnesslink.com

Most people have heard of the expression “horses for courses,” but in the case of sire Diamond Goal, standing at Leatherstocking Equine Center in New Berlin NY, the phrase might have to be revised to “horses for states” – for this son of champion Armbro Goal seems to have a wealth of dominant factors and traits that would have his offspring in a prime position to campaign in the Empire State: --He stands 15 hands 2, not a tall horse – but a good size for a sire in a jurisdiction which has five out of seven tracks which are half-milers. “His body is a little longer than his height,” Leatherstocking breeding overseer Nancy Herrick notes (Soren Nordin and his measuring stick are smiling somewhere), “so he is not a small horse, more of a ‘solid’ horse. He’s a nice-looking horse, and for a stud he’s a nice horse to be around.” --Although his trainer during his racing career, Dan Daley, has been racing primarily at bigger ovals the last few years, Diamond Goal won two New Jersey Sire Stakes at Freehold at three, showing his ability to adapt to a four-turn mile. And even while racing on a big track, taking his mark of 1:53.1 in the first heat of the 2001 World Trotting Derby, he picked his way through a 13-horse field while winning, showing drivability and maneuverability – key talents to pass on to his NY-based offspring. --He certainly has the class necessary to be a “player” among the talented New York sires crop: we noted Diamond Goal’s WTD elim win (the only race the vaunted $800,000 winner Chasing Tail lost among his last seven), and he just missed in the final, sitting behind a creaking pace set by Cobol in the raceoff, then closing individually in 26.3 to miss overhauling the pacesetter by a neck in the final; then he won a heat of the Kentucky Futurity before chasing home Mr. ‘Tail’ in that event’s last heat. In all, he earned over $300,000 at three, and then added another $200,000+ in his older form, including a win in the Frank Ryan Memorial at Rideau Carleton. “And he came off the racetrack sound,” added Herrick. --His mother, the stakes-placed Another Tiffany, also produced two other $100,000 winners, including the filly Royal Jewel, a five-time NYSS winner at three. A Carlisle sister to the Arnie Almahurst-sired Another Tiffany, Lauxmont Super Car, produced Natural Image, who trotted to a 1:56.1 mark in 1987, when that was a good time for a pacer, and “Super Car” was the granddam of the millionaire Stiletto – so there is plenty of maternal-side power to back the racetrack prowess and the talent sire Armbro Goal brings to Diamond Goal. --And finally, maybe even most importantly, he already has to his credit, from his initial crop, a $350,000+ winner in the still-racing Super Manning – who himself was a New York Sire Stakes winner, and hit the board in six other state-restricted events at three. Just last year, he won five times in Opens at the track with the highest purses in North America – Yonkers Raceway. Nancy Herrick refers to Diamond Goal “as a horse who is all business in the breeding shed – he knows why he is there, and he gets the job done.” She reserves the term “non-studdish” to speak only about his inherent placidness, his not being a behavioral problem near or away from the breeding shed. Leatherstocking is located in approximately the middle of a triangle described by the cities of Syracuse, Albany, and Binghamton – closest to Monticello, and not far from Tioga or the Metro New York area. Leatherstocking also has boarding facilities for mares – while there is no residency requirement to be eligible for the NYSS (although the mare must physically be in the state when bred by whatever method), the emerging breeders program does require the broodmare to be in-state for 180 days for offspring to generate them breeders awards based on racetrack performance. If Diamond Goal casts a sparkle in your eye, with all of the above-mentioned qualities going for him, contact Nancy Herrick at 607 847 9990. “Or come on up and see him,” she adds. “You should like what you see.” By Jerry Connors for Harnesslink.com

Longtime New Jersey harness horseman Edward Louis Morris, 75, of Jackson, NJ passed away at his home on February 1, 2014. Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, he moved to Jackson, NJ in 1959.  Ed Morris was a driver, trainer and breeder of Standardbred race horses for 40 years, until his retirement two years ago. He competed mainly in the New Jersey Sire Stakes program at the Meadowlands Racetrack, Freehold Raceway and on the New Jersey Fair Circuit.  He was a member of Harmony Lodge #18 Masonic Temple, Toms River since 1961. He led a very active lifestyle and enjoyed the outdoors. He served in the Air Force at Barksdale AFB in Louisiana. His hobbies include model railroads, bicycling and kayaking.   He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Ludy Morris; two sons, Ed Morris and his wife Jeanne of Manchester, NJ and Lou Morris of Zelienople, PA.; four grandchildren Katrina DiMiele and her husband Dominick of Forked River, NJ; Mindy Morris of Forked River, NJ; Colin and Myles Morris of Zelienople, PA.; three great-grandsons Gaetano and Matteo DiMiele and soon to be born Donato DiMiele.   The family received friends and relatives Thursday, February 6, 2014 from 2-4 p.m. at DeGraff Lakehurst Funeral Home, 119 Union Avenue, Lakehurst, NJ. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in his memory to the charity of your choice . With files from the Asbury Park Press  

A “brute” usually brings to mind a bully, a scuffler, a fighter – and one who is quite boisterous, outspoken, while going about what he or she perceives as his or her business. Never, then, was a harness racing horse less-aptly-named than the Credit Winner trotter Calchips Brute. He is a harness racing millionaire, but his steady march to seven-figure status has been among the quietest-such ascendancies in recent times. And both trainer Trond Smedshammer and Jerry Giuliani, handling the stud arrangements for the horse as he now tries a stallion/racehorse double career for the 2014 racing season, say that while he is all business on the racetrack, he is a very nice horse to be around, well-mannered. Credit Winner’s success story need not be retold; however, it can also be noted that his second dam, Grassbred, also produced Me Maggie, a $700,000+ winner. Where Calchips Brute gets his versatility, tractability, and tenacity, though, may find its key in his second dam – Petite Evander. Petite Evander’s story is a lot like Cardigan Bay’s – a star in her native New Zealand, brought over to the United States, and able to go with the best of her peers, male or female, for several years. Where “Petite” goes “Cardy” one better, though, was that she was also invited to race in Europe, where she won the Elitlopp Consolation in 1978, a year where she also was second in Cold Comfort’s Roosevelt International win – at the age of eight. She raced until she was 11, and earned $800,000+ worldwide. The quietest million-dollar winner may have been the quietest half-million dollar season winner too, when in 2009 Calchips Brute finished 3-3 in the Empire Breeders Classic (despite post 9 in the elim and 6 in the final), 3-3 in the Hambletonian (5 of 7 in the elim and 6 in the final), and 2-3 in the Yonkers Trot (7 in the elim and 6 in the final over the half-mile track; and the writer must defer credit to Mr. Giuliani for remembering/reliving-with-a-sigh that post rundown). With his $182,438 check for his third in the Hambo (the two in front of him that day you may have heard of: Muscle Hill and Explosive Matter) and other high stakes finishes (including a second in the Matron Final), plus six on the board (2w-2p-2s) finishes in NYSS competition, his sophomore bankroll was $552,573. Calchips Brute has not been fazed by anything thrown at him: bouncing back from time off; outside posts over the half-mile track, which were often his starting vantage in Open handicaps at Yonkers; or track size: he took his seasonal mark at The Meadowlands twice, Yonkers twice, and Tioga once. “He’s a good-looking, athletic horse,” states Smedshammer. “He is good-gaited, 100% safe, and has never made a break in his life. His trotting technique is very good. “Giuliani also noted that the horse has never lapsed from gait, then added, “He gives his best race 100% of the time. “We’re going to try racing him every other week and also do some stud duty this year,” Giuliani said, “I think he’ll be an outstanding sire. I have broodmares with other partners, and some of them have commitments to other stallions this year, but every trotting broodmare I own outright I’m breeding to Calchips Brute.” If you want to follow Jerry Giuliani’s lead and “get back in on the new ground floor of the New Jersey Sire Stakes,” Calchips Brute is standing for $3,500 ($3,000 for multiple mares) at Walnridge Farm, and Giuliani can be reached at 215-837-4629. Aside from his abilities at the post pill shake, it seems like Calchips Brute has a good chance as a stallion (a Brute as a lover – interesting), while also adding further to that $1,000,000+ bankroll. By Jerry Connors for Harnesslink.com

The February 15 deadline for New Jersey Sire Stakes first sustaining payments is the last chance for owners of NJ-sired two-year-old and three-year-old pacers and trotters to be kept eligible to the 2014 Premier and Green Acres racing programs. The NJSS Premier Division will be contested exclusively again at The Meadowlands in 2014 starting in May for three-year-olds and in late June for two-year-olds. The Green Acres Division begins August 28 at Freehold Raceway. Once again this year, the NJSS rule is that the Green Acres Program is limited to horses that have earned less than $25,000 in New Jersey Sire Stakes Premier Division earnings during the current calendar year. The NJSS Premier Division's first sustaining payment remains $300 for both two-year-olds and three-year-olds. The initial Green Acres Division payment remains $100 for both two- and three-year-olds. Also on February 15, a $650 supplemental 2013 yearling nomination (for foals of 2012) can be made for eligibility to the New Jersey Sire Stakes. That fee is in addition to the sustaining payments for two-year-olds also due on February 15. If the foal is produced by an out-of-state breeding, the supplemental fee is $850. The two-year-old sustaining payment must be made in order to keep the horse eligible as a three-year-old in 2014, even if the horse does not race in 2014 as a two-year-old. Supplemental yearling nominations are also due February 15 for the NJSS-sponsored 2013 Lou Babic Open Pace ($500) and Babic Filly Pace ($400). These payments must be in U. S. funds. No late payments will be accepted and no billing notices will be mailed. Certified mail is strongly recommended to NJSS, P.O. Box 330, Trenton, NJ 08625. For further information: Christopher Castens (609) 292-8830 Submitted by the New Jersey Sire Stakes  

East Rutherford, NJ --- Emeritus Maximus, who was purchased for $248,000, was the sales topper Monday at the Meadowlands January Select Mixed Sale presented by Tattersalls. Kevin McDermott bought the 4-year-old male pacer for brothers John and Tom Cancelliere. “He’s Roman, so I had to get him,” John Cancelliere said, laughing. “We’re from the same peninsula.” Emeritus Maximus was among three horses to sell for more than $200,000. Five-year-old male trotter Appomattox sold for $240,000 to Finland’s Reima Kuisla, with trainer Liisa Vatanen signing the ticket, and 4-year-old male pacer Wake Up Peter went for $210,000 to trainer Ray Remmen. A total of 17 horses sold for at least $80,000. Emeritus Maximus is a son of stallionRocknroll Hanover out of the mare Eternity’s Delight. He has won six of 35 career races and earned $292,305. His most recent victory was Jan. 18 at the Meadowlands, where he won by six lengths in 1:50.2. Last year, he won five times and banked $245,397 out of the stable of trainer Tony Alagna. He won a division of the New Jersey Sire Stakes and an elimination for the Hempt Memorial. He finished second to Lucan Hanover in the New Jersey Classic and was third in the Matron Stakes. “We talked to a bunch of people and we kind of liked him, so we went for him,” Cancelliere said. “He’s got to race against some of the best horses out there; it’s as tough as it’s going to get. You’ve got some killers floating around out there (in the older pacer division) and he’s still a babe in the woods. But you always have high hopes.” Alagna’s stable also raced Wake Up Peter last season. A son of Rocknroll Hanoverout of the mare Lovely Lady, Wake Up Peter earned $307,091 despite going winless in 19 starts. No 3-year-old pacer in history has ever earned as much money while failing to win a race. For his career, Wake Up Peter has won three of 29 starts and earned $604,821. Last year, he was third in the North America Cup, Cane Pace and American-National Stakes. “We liked the other horse better, Emeritus Maximus, but we couldn’t get him,” Remmen said. “We took a shot at this one. He fits some late closers here at the Meadowlands; maybe we can get a little money back. I think he’ll make a solid racehorse. “He doesn’t really match up with the good ones, we know that. But he’s solid. He raced against those good ones all year and he never really got his heart broken. A lot of horses would have called it off and said they were tired of chasing those horses, but he didn’t. He kept chasing them.” Appomattox, who won seven of 45 lifetime races and $407,858 out of the stable of Frank Antonacci, was the top selling trotter. He finished second to My MVP in the 2012 Kentucky Futurity final and was second to Market Share in that same year’s American-National. He is a son of Yankee Glide out of the mare Courtney Hall. Appomattox’s mother is a full sister to millionaire Cameron Hall. “He’s just a gorgeous, good-looking, all-around nice horse,” Vatanen said. “He’s going to stay here for now and eventually he’ll probably be going overseas. He’s very well bred, he’s beautiful, and he stands good. There’s nothing bad to say about him.” Vatanen, who previously worked for trainerTrond Smedshammer and has been on her own for two years, didn’t expect Appomattox to go for such a high price. “We thought maybe $200,000, but (Kuisla) really wanted him. He’s got some nice horses at home, but he wants to own a very nice one over here. He’ll have a little bit of a break and we’ll go from there.” Breeder Steve Jones bought 5-year-old female pacer Big McDeal for $125,000. A daughter of McArdle out of the mare Ideal Gal, Big McDeal won 11 of 56 career starts and earned $818,544. As a 2-year-old, she won the Champlain Stakes and a division of the International Stallion Stakes by a head over American Jewel in a world record 1:50.2 at The Red Mile. At 3, she won a division of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes in a world record 1:49.1 at The Meadows. She finished second to Economy Terror in the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championship. Big McDeal is a half-sister to 2010 Empire Breeders Classic winner Galimony and her second dam, Before Sunrise, won the 1996 Breeders Crown for 2-year-old filly pacers. “She’s done racing,” Jones said about Big McDeal. “I’m going to send her to the farm and probably breed her to Somebeachsomewhere, but I haven’t really decided on that yet. “I’m just happy to get her. You never know what she’s going to do as a broodmare, but her mother has had three fillies that were all very nice fillies. She’s got everything going for her, in my opinion. She’s got great pedigree, great conformation, great racetrack performance. I don’t really know anything she doesn’t have.” Other horses to sell for at least $100,000 were female pacer Yagonnakissmeornot, male trotter Toss Cartwright and male pacer Sparky Mark. A total of 234 horses were sold for $5.97 million, bringing an average of $25,519. Those numbers were better than in 2013 when 206 horses brought $4.54 million and an average of $22,085. Pacing males topped the sale for the second straight year as 97 head sold for an average of $29,754. In 2013, 71 pacing males sold for an average of $29,341. To see all the results from Monday's sale, click here. by Ken Weingartner for Harness Racing Communications

The Living Horse Hall of Fame nominating committee of the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame has announced the results of recent balloting to determine the 2014 inductees into the Harness Racing Living Horse Hall of Fame. Annual members (in good standing) voted for the two horses they felt best exemplified greatness. Their choices are racehorses Donato Hanover and Precious Bunny.   The other nominees were Fool's Goal, Real Desire and S J's Photo.   Also entering the Living Horse Hall of Fame in 2014 will be broodmare Hattie, having met the required criteria for induction (see below).   Donato Hanover, Precious Bunny and Hattie will be inducted on Hall of Fame Day, Sunday, July 6th, 2014. The ceremonies honoring these extraordinary Standardbred horses will take place during the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame's annual dinner. For information on the Hall of Fame weekend and other festivities surrounding this important occasion visit www.harnessmuseum.com from April 2014 onward or call or write the Museum at 240 Main Street, Goshen, NY 10924. Phone: 845-294-6330.   Standardbreds are only eligible for nomination to harness racing's highest accolade if they comply with the following strict criteria:   They must be retired from racing for five years and had a drug-free career. In addition, racehorses must have won 75% of their lifetime starts, or gone undefeated in a single season campaign of 12 or more races, or been the winner of $3 million lifetime or named Harness Horse of the Year (US and/or Canada).   Stallions must rank among the 10 all-time leading money-winning sires at their gait or have sired at least 100 $200,000 winners or been a leading money-winning sire at his gait in three or more seasons.   BROODMARES are automatically elected if they have produced a $1 million winner and two other winners of $500,000 OR produced a Harness Horse of the Year (US and/or Canada) and another $500,000 winner.   The 2014 LIVING HORSE HALL OF FAME INDUCTEEs   Donato Hanover (Nominated as Racehorse) 3,1:50.1 ($2,998,777) Bay Horse, 2004 (Andover Hall - D Train - Donerail)   2007 Hambletonian Stake winner and Horse of the Year Donato Hanover was the first trotter in history to earn more than $2 million in a single season. Foaled on May 3, 2004, he raced in 2006-2007 and never finished off the board, compiling a career record of 22-19-1-2. He is currently the fourth-leading single-season moneywinning Standardbred of all time.   In 2006, two-year-old Donato Hanover finished third in his career debut, but would win his remaining 8 starts. The freshman earned $662,587 and was voted Two-Year-Old Trotting Colt of the Year. Major victories included the Peter Haughton Memorial (in a stakes record 1:55) and Breeders Crown.   As a three-year-old in 2007, Donato Hanover would extend his winning streak to 19, remaining undefeated until his last 2 races in November. Major victories that year included the Stanley Dancer Memorial, Hambletonian Stake, World Trotting Derby, Canadian Trotting Classic and Kentucky Futurity. Donato Hanover earned $2,336,190 that year, and became the first trotter in the history of the sport to surpass career earnings of $2.5 million during his three-year-old season. He broke the single-season moneywinning record for a trotter by well over $400,000 and was voted 2007 Horse of the Year. At the time of his retirement, Donato Hanover held the record for the fastest trotting mile on a mile track (1:50.1) and co-owned the record for fastest two-heat trotting race on a mile track (3:41.2).   As a sire, Donato Hanover has produced winners of over $12.6 million, including 2011 Two-Year-Old Filly Trotter of the Year and Breeders Crown winner Check Me Out 3,1:51.2 ($1,903,795).   Precious Bunny (Nominated as Racehorse) p,3,1:49.4 ($2,281,142) Bay Horse, 1988 (Cam Fella - Bunny's Wish - B.G's Bunny)   1991 Horse of the Year Precious Bunny was foaled on May 6, 1988. At the time of his retirement, he ranked as the number one single-season moneywinning Standardbred of all time (currently ranked ninth) and the fifth-leading moneywinning pacer of all time. Precious Bunny raced from 1990-1991 and had a lifetime record of 39-21-5-4.   As a two-year-old in 1990, Precious Bunny had 14 starts, winning a New Jersey Sire Stakes event and finishing the season with a record of 1:57.2 and $63,920 in earnings.   In 1991, three-year-old Precious Bunny won 20 of 25 starts, including the North America Cup, Meadowlands Pace (setting the stakes record in the second fastest race mile in harness racing history and fastest mile ever under the lights), Art Rooney Pace (stakes record), Adios (tying the stakes record and the world record for fastest mile by a Standardbred on a 5/8-mile track, and setting the world record for a second heat by a Standardbred on a 5/8-mile track - 1:50.4), Little Brown Jug (in straight heats with an electrifying start in the first), Cleveland Classic (stakes record), NJSS final and Windy City Pace.   With his Cleveland Classic victory, Precious Bunny became only the second Standardbred to earn over $2 million in a single season (Immortal Beach Towel 1990). He was the first to win two $1 million races in one season (North America Cup and Meadowlands Pace). Precious Bunny was voted Three-Year-Old Pacing Colt and Horse of the Year in both the U.S. and Canada.   As a sire, Precious Bunny has sired North American winners of over $50 million, with 181 in 1:55, 141 $100,000 winners and three millionaires, including 2001 Horse of the Year and Hall of Famer Bunny Lake. Precious Bunny was elected to the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame in 2004.   HATTIE (Broodmare) p,2,1:55.3 ($266,623) Bay Mare, 1992 (Abercrombie - Albaquel - Albatross)   Sired by 1978 Horse of the Year Abercrombie, pacer Hattie was bred by Richard Staley and was foaled on February 9, 1992 in Wallkill, New York. Hattie raced from 1994-1996 and compiled a record of 57-8-13-17 with earnings of $266,623. Her major career victories included a division of the 1994 International Stallion Stakes at Lexington, and a second-place finish in the 1994 Breeders Crown.   The progeny that qualified Hattie for the Hall of Fame are 2004 Meadowlands Pace winner Holborn Hanover p,5,1:46.4 ($2,070,648); 2006 Western Canada Pacing Derby winner Hyperion Hanover p,6,1:49.1s ($1,156,789) and Hillbilly Hanover p,4,1:49.3 ($592,218).   To date, Hattie has produced six fillies and seven colts, with thirteen starters and earnings of over $5,313,000. She is currently performing her broodmare duties for Hanover Shoe Farms in Hanover, Pennsylvania.   (USTA statistics as of January 2014)   Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame                    

MANALAPAN, NJ - December 21, 2013 -- I Luv The Nitelife, one of the top pacers of the year, has been named 2013 Secretary of Agriculture's Trophy winner as New Jersey Standardbred of the Year as selected by the New Jersey Department of Agriculture. I Luv The Nitelife will be among the honorees at the 57th Annual New Jersey Breeders Awards Luncheon at 1 p.m. on January 26, 2014 at Charley's Other Brother in Eastampton Township, NJ. The daughter of the late New Jersey super stallion Rocknroll Hanover out of Lisjune had a nearly flawless campaign in 2013 on the back of a stellar two-year-old season in 2012. I Luv The Nitelife, trained by Chris Ryder and driven in most of her starts by Tim Tetrick, has already won national divisional honors as Three-Year-Old Pacing Filly of the Year for 2013. And she is a contender for Pacer of the Year and Horse of the Year, both of which will be announced in late February. In 2013, I Luv The Nitelife compiled a record of 13 wins, one second and one third from 15 starts, banking $1,253,757. Added to her two-year-old season, she possesses a lifetime record of 17 wins, five seconds and two thirds from 25 starts. Her career earnings sit at $1,943,287. The bay mare, foaled on April 23, 2010, was bred by Mike Gulotta's MJG Racing Stables of Annadale, NJ and Louis A. Willinger of Louisville, KY. She carried the name Hard Rock Deo when Floridians Richard and Joanne Young paid $60,000 for Hip No. 39 at the Lexington Selected Sale. "I recently have been naming my horses from songs from the 1960s and 1970s," explained Richard Young of Boca Raton, FL. "Nitelife's brother was named I'm the Pied Piper. I guess I just like the song." Young was drawn to the filly because he had owned her Western Ideal half-brother, a foal of 2009. "He had shown talent and was injured before he made it to the races," Young noted. "I Luv The Nitelife was a bigger, stronger individual than her brother and so it made sense to try the family again." The Youngs have a small stable, not more than five most years. They will be going into 2014 with three yearlings, one three-year-old and I Luv The Nitelife, who fractured her right knee and had surgery. "The operation was a success, and, with luck, she should be back in training May 1," Young said. "She will recuperate at Deo Volente Farms, where she was foaled. As long as she recovers as expected, we will attempt to race her in 2014. If things don't work out, we will breed her." Young and Ryder have been an owner-trainer team for several years. Among their success stories was Put On A Show, another daughter of Rocknroll Hanover, who won multiple stakes and banked more than $2.4 million. "One could say I'm quite involved or more involved than most," Young noted. "I don't believe in getting into any business with knowing what you are getting into, and so I've made a point of learning as much about it as I can. [After] conferring with Chris, I generally map out their schedules and decide which races I'd like to race in, always, of course, asking Chris if they are up to the task. "Nitelife trained down nicely, [and] Chris had evaluated her as stakes caliber," he recalled. "He did not say she was another Put On A Show, but then again how could he say that? Put On A Show trained down like the best filly on the planet. "I was a little disappointed in her first race [at two] as I guess I was expecting something more," he noted. "In retrospect, she did all she was supposed to do. When the half goes in a minute and then comes home in 55, and it's your first start against others who had been racing, I shouldn't have expected any more [she finished fourth]. She never missed the board again. "She continued to improve, and it was her third start that showed us she belonged as a stakes filly," he added. "She finished third, but she showed she was tough. She started winning then and broke the world record in her fifth start [1:50.1 in a prelim leg of the She's A Great Lady at Mohawk]." On May 4, 2013, I Luv The Nitelife won her season's debut in a New Jersey Sire Stakes leg at the Meadowlands, finished third two weeks later in the New Jersey Sire Stakes Final and then reeled off 12 straight victories, including the finals of the Fan Hanover, Lynch, Mistletoe Shalee, Thomas D'Altrui Miss New Jersey, Valley Forge, Simcoe, Jugette and Breeders Crown. Her 1:48.4 mile in the Valley Forge at Pocono was a world record clocking. Two weeks after finishing second by a head in the American National at Balmoral Park on November 9, she turned in a sharp qualifier in preparation for the Nadia Lobell at the Meadowlands on November 23, 2013. The Tuesday before that anticipated start, the knee fracture was discovered. Besides racing, the Youngs are involved with a charity called A Spring of Hope. "My daughter Brittany just graduated from the University of Pennsylvania, suma cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, and hopes to attend either Stanford or Berkeley for her PhD in cultural anthropology," he explained. "She founded A Spring of Hope [www.aspringofhope.org] when she was 14, and I'm confident it will forever be a part of her life. "The charity is involved in providing water to schools in South Africa and follows that up with education on how to grow crops and be self-sustaining," he noted. "Joanne and Brittany spend a great deal of their time supporting the charity, and I help when I can." For tickets to the awards luncheon [$35 per person], contact the New Jersey Department of Agriculture, Division of Markets & Development, Horse Industry, PO Box 330, Trenton, NJ 08625 or call at 609-984-4389. I Luv The Nitelife Rocknroll Hanover - Lisjune by Camluck Breeder: MJG Racing Stables, Annandale, NJ & Louis A. WIllinger, Louisville, KY Owners: Richard P. Young, Boca Raton, FL & Joanne Young, Coconut Creek, FL Trainer: Chris Ryder Driver: Tim Tetrick [among others] 2013 Races: 15 13-1-1 Purses: $1,253,757 [Lifetime: $1,943,287] Mark: 1:48.4 at Pocono 2013 Stakes Wins: Breeders Crown, Jugette, Simcoe, Valley Forge, Miss New Jersey, Mistletoe Shalee, Lynch & Fan Hanover by Carol Hodes for SBOANJ        

Smilin Eli has been selected as the New Jersey Sire Stakes Premier Division Horse of the Year for 2013. The son of Muscles Yankee won all three of his NJSS starts at The Meadowlands, including the $150,000 championship final in a career best and stakes record matching 1:51.2. The award for NJSS Green Acres Division Horse of the Year went to the two-year-old pacing filly Ideal Helen, winner of all three of her major NJ-sired stakes races at Freehold Raceway, the $61,900 Lou Babic Memorial Filly Final, $52,650 New Jersey Futurity and $25,000 NJSS Green Acres Final. These awards, which are voted by the Sire Stakes Board of Trustees, are based only on performances in races for New Jersey-sired horses, including NJSS races and other NJ-sired major stakes and futurities. Owned and bred by Nicholas Cimino of Pompano Beach, Fla., Smilin Eli is out of Cimino’s homebred mare Gerri’s Joy.  Unraced at two, he won both his preliminary NJSS Premier Division legs in the first two races of his career. Smiin Eli compiled an overall 2013 record of four wins and 11 in-the-money finishes in 14 starts, with four seconds and three thirds. His purses earnings for the year totaled $638,629. In open competition, he was second in the $1-million Hambletonian at The Meadowlands and the $500,000 Colonial at Pocono. and third in the $500,000 Breeders Crown Final at Pocono.    Ideal Helen, a daughter of Western Ideal out of the mare Armbro Nectarine, won six of her nine starts in NJ-sired competition and was in the money in 11 of 14 starts overall, earning $125,736 for owner D.R. Van Witzenburg of Crest Hill, Illinois. The awards will be presented Jan. 26, 2014 at the 57th annual New Jersey Breeders Awards luncheon at Charley’s Other Brother in Easthampton.  Tickets are $35.00.  For reservations, call (609) 984-4389. For further information:  Christopher Castens (609) 292-8830 by Leon Zimmerman for the New Jersey Sire Stakes

TRENTON, NJ - December 12, 2013 - The deadline for registering mares to New Jersey's new Standardbred Development Fund Series is January 15, 2014. Beginning with the foal crop of 2014, the Standardbred Development Fund Series will replace the Green Acres Division of the New Jersey Sire Stakes. The first of the new stakes races will be contested in 2016. "The SDF will be open to the traditional New Jersey-sired horses plus horses whose dam resided in New Jersey for a minimum of 150 consecutive days prior to and including foaling," said Chris Castens, executive director of the New Jersey Sire Stakes, which administers the program. "These events will be open to the eligible foals without regard to the location of the sire. So a horse by a New York or Pennsylvania-based sire would be eligible to the SDF if the broodmare resides in New Jersey for the required number of days and foals in-state. "If the offspring is by a New Jersey-based stallion, no registration is necessary," Castens explained. "However, for matings involving out-of-state stallions and New Jersey-resident mares, a mare nomination form must be submitted along with a fee of $100. And it must be postmarked by January 15, 2014." Subsequent payments to continue eligibility include yearling nominations and sustaining payments during a horse's two- and three-year-old seasons. "The dates of the races will not be established until the fall of 2015," Castens noted. "We expect that races will be held at the Meadowlands and/or Freehold Raceway. Purses will be established by the New Jersey Sire Stakes Board of Trustees at a later date but should at least approximate what is offered in the Green Acres. If there are a large number of participants, I expect the purses will be greater than those of the current Green Acres." The full rules and registration form are available at www.newjerseysirestakes.com For further information, contact Chris Castens at christopher.castens@ag.state.nj.us or by calling 609-292-8830. by Carol Hodes for SBOANJ    

The list of those bullish on the resurgence of New Jersey’s racing and breeding industry continues to grow, as Brittany Stallion Management announced today that multiple World Champion Vintage Master will relocate there for 2014. Vintage Master p,4,1:48.1f ($2,160,953) will stand at Walnridge Farm of New Jersey for a fee of $3,500. He stood his first two seasons in Ontario. “New Jersey has long been the sport’s flagship state, and the Meadowlands certainly its flagship track,” said Brittany manager Art Zubrod. “We think harness racing in New Jersey--and the sire stakes program--will make a comeback in the years ahead, and we want to show our support. He makes a great fit for that program as well,” he continued. Vintage Master’s foals will be eligible to the New Jersey Sire Stakes, and for mares bred that meet Kentucky’s foaling and residency requirements, they could become eligible to the Kentucky Sire Stakes as well. Vintage Master, twice a World Champion on a five-eighths mile track and a double millionaire, is by Western Ideal, also the sire of New Jersey’s long-time leading pacing sire, the late Rocknroll Hanover. In fact, they rank one-two on Western Ideal’s list of leading money-winning sons. His speed-producing Artsplace dam descends from the maternal line of the great Hall Of Fame mare Silk Stockings. Vintage Master earned over a million dollars as a 3-year-old and won the Tattersalls and Bluegrass on a mile track, the Adios on a five-eighths and the Cane Pace on a half. He then went on to become one of his generation’s best FFA pacers, with victories that included the $500,000 Ben Franklin. Those interested in more information may visit his stallion page on the Brittany Stallion Management website, www.britfarms.com. Submitted by Brittany Stallion Management  

 MANALAPAN, NJ – October 24, 2013 – Chocolate Delight could sweeten his bankroll on Friday in the $25,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes – Green Acres Final for three-year-old trotting colts at Freehold Raceway. The son of Chocolatier, driven by Jim Meittinis and trained by Oyvind Hegdal, has been installed as the 2-1 morning line favorite in the field of six. The gelding will leave from post three. Chocolate Delight splits his time between the racetrack and the show ring.  Twelve-year-old Victoria Hegdal of New Egypt, NJ has earned ribbons with the trotter, who is trained by her father and owned by her mother, Camilia. On the track, Chocolate Delight has three wins, two seconds and one third from 11 starts this year, banking $27,165 toward a career total of $36,225. Among his victories was the $27,000 New Jersey Futurity on October 3, posting his career best time of 1:59.3. The field from the rail out, with sire, driver, trainer and morning line odds:  Fandango Tornado, Revenue, Harry Landy, James Porter, 3-1; Order By Road, Chocolatier, Jim Pantaleano, Syl King Jr., 4-1; Chocolate Delight, Chocolatier, Jim Meittinis, Oyvind Hegdal, 2-1; Marion Mayday, Chocolatier, Kyle DiBenedetto, Syl King Jr., 6-1; Power Wheel, Muscle Yankee, Steve Smith, Gary Cameron II, 5-1 and Dagget, Chocolatier, Tyler Butenschoen, John Butenschoen, 8-1.  by Carol Hodes for the SBOA/NJ      

MANALAPAN, NJ – October 19, 2013 – Filly favorite Ideal Helen did not disappoint while longshot Nubble Light lit up the toteboard in a pair of $25,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes – Green Acres Finals for two-year-old pacers on Saturday, October 19, 2013 at Freehold Raceway. In the final for fillies, Ideal Helen [$2.60], a daughter of Western Ideal, was a five-length winner over Fanticipation and six and a half over third-place Cut A Deal, both by Rocknroll Hanover.  The time of the third race mile was 1:57.1. The Erv Miller trainee, driven by Andy Miller, controlled the pace of the race and easily recorded her seventh win along with two seconds and one third in 13 starts.  Ideal Helen has banked $118,770 for her owner-breeder, DR Van Witzenburg of Crest Hill, IL. In contrast, the colts and geldings final, the sixth race, went to a longshot.  Nubble Light, driven by Steve Smith and trained by Nifty Norman, was a one-length winner over Rock Absorber.  The first two are both sons of Rocknroll Hanover.  It was a length and a half back to Useful Hanover, by Western Ideal, in third. Nubble Light paid $90.60 to win.  The betting choice, Card Shock, finished last in the field of seven. It was the second win in nine career starts for Nubble Light who paced the mile in 1:57.4. The victory pushed Nubble Light’s earnings to $21,700 for owner-breeder David H. McDuffee of Delray Beach, FL.  by Carol Hodes for SBOA/NJ  

MANALAPAN, NJ – October 17, 2013 – Vida De Vie, winner of all three preliminary legs, made it a series sweep with her fourth victory in a row in the $25,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes – Green Acres Final for three-year-old trotting fillies on Thursday, October 17, 2013 at Freehold Raceway. The daughter of Muscles Yankee – Velma K continued her dominance of the trotting fillies division with a nine-length tally over Connie Keeper [by Muscles Yankee], the perpetual bridesmaid.  It was 23 ¾ lengths to Ninety Five Janet [by Muscles Yankee] in third. Vida De Vie, trained by Chris Ryder and driven by Daniel Dube, trotted the mile in 1:59.3, picking up her fifth win with one second and three thirds in 19 starts this year.  Lifetime, she has finished in-the-money in 15 of 30 starts. Owned by her breeder, Joie De Vie Farm of Jobstown, NJ, Vida De Vie pushed her career bankroll to $108,816 with the winner’s share. Green Acres Finals for 2YO pacers is Saturday Two-year-old pacers will be in the spotlight on Saturday, October 19, 2013 at Freehold Raceway in a pair of $25,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes – Green Acres Finals for colts and fillies. Seven fillies will face off in the third race where Ideal Helen, teamed by Andy Miller for trainer Erv Miller, has been installed as the 7-2 morning line favorite from post five. Colts and geldings face off in the sixth race.  The linesmaker has given the rail horse, Card Shock, the slight 5-2 preference over Rock Absorber at 7-2 from post five. Ideal Helen, a daughter of Western Ideal, had a four-race winning streak snapped last week in the third leg of the Green Acres, finishing third behind Cut A Deal [by Rocknroll Hanover] and Tech Trade [Western Ideal].  Still, she comes into the final as the richest of the fillies with $101,270 in earnings and a record of six wins, two seconds and one third in 12 starts.  Ideal Helen is owned by her breeder, DR Van Witzenburg of Crest Hill, IL. Card Shock, by Cam’s Card Shark, drew the rail with Daniel Dube driving for trainer Ed Hart.  The colt is seeking his first win after collecting a second and two thirds in four starts.  Card Shock races in the name of Jeffrey and Michael Snyder of New York City, and Robert Unice of Elizabeth, NJ. Rock Absorber, by Rocknroll Hanover, has two wins and a second in the three preliminary legs of Green Acres competition.  Overall, he has finished in-the-money in five of 12 starts.  Kyle DiBenedetto drives the colt for trainer and co-owner Robert Horowitz.  The field for the fillies final, from the rail out with sire, driver, trainer and morning line odds:  Odds On Magic, Rocknroll Hanover, Steve Smith, Clyde Oglesby Jr., 8-1; Tech Trade, Western Ideal, Jim Pantaleano, Tim Crissman, 9-2; Cut A Deal, Rocknroll Hanover, Daniel Dube, Chris Ryder, 5-1; Seaside Gal, Western Ideal, Pat Lachance, Christopher Freck, 6-1; Ideal Helen, Western Ideal, Andy Miller, Erv Miller, 7-2; Fanticipation, Rocknroll Hanover, Jim Marshall III, Chuck Sylvester, 5-1 and My Caroline, Rocknroll Hanover, Eric Abbatiello, Jacob Hartline, 10-1. The field for the colts final, from the rail out with sire, driver, trainer and morning line odds: Card Shock, Cam’s Card Shock, Daniel Dube, Edward Hart, 5-2; Cheyenne Seeber, Rocknroll Hanover, Eric Abbatiello, Robert Siegelman, 5-1; Useful Hanover, Western Ideal, Harry Landy, Blake MacIntosh, 9-2; Nubble Light, Rocknroll Hanover, Steve Smith, Nifty Norman, 6-1; Rock Absorber, Rocknroll Hanover, by Carol Hodes for SBOA/NJ  

MANALAPAN, NJ – October 16, 2013 – Vida De Vie, winner of all three preliminary legs, puts her streak on the line in the $25,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes – Green Acres Final for three-year-old trotting fillies on Thursday, October 17, 2013 at Freehold Raceway. The daughter of Muscles Yankee – Velma K has won her last three straight for a combined 27 ½ lengths. Trained by Chris Ryder, the filly will be in the hands of Daniel Dube, leaving from post four in the field of five. Owned by her breeder, Joie De Vie Farm of Jobstown, NJ, Vida De Vie has finished in-the-money in eight of 18 starts this year, banking $54,187 toward a career total of $96,316.  The Green Acres Final will be a non-wagering event at 12:15 p.m. The field, from the rail out with sire, driver and trainer: Connie Keeper, Muscles Yankee, Jim Marshall III, Christopher Freck; Ninety Five Janet, Muscles Yankee, Steve Smith, Karen Garland; Tax Revenue, Revenue, Arthur Giambrone, Arthur Giambrone; Vida De Vie, Muscles Yankee, Daniel Dube, Chris Ryder and Queen Of More, Chocolatier, Mike Simons, Gail Wrubel. By Carol Hodes for SBOA/NJ

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