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The result was never in doubt. That was the consensus of the $26,000 Open Trot on Friday night at The Meadowlands. Released as the odds-on favorite at twenty-cents on the dollar, Bee A Magician went straight to the lead off the wings of the gate and that was all she needed to do. While the 2013 Horse of the Year had to sprint to the opening quarter in 27-seconds, that wasn't the case for the middle-half mile of the race, as Bee A Magician was allowed to stroll through a 30.2 second quarter, picking it up a bit through a 28.4 third panel. But, give Bee A Magician a 59.1 middle half-mile and you simply are not going to catch here. The world champion sprinted to the wire with a 26.2 final quarter to score in 1:52.4. DW's NY Yank held second throughout the mile while Appomattox checked in third. Market Share was too far back and couldn't threaten with the slow fractions, but did trot the fastest final quarter in the race, 26-seconds flat. Bee A Magician won for the 38th time in 55 starts with earnings now standing at $3,143,340. The magnificent mare is owned by Mel Hartman, Herb Liverman and David Mc Duffee and is trained by Nifty Norman. Her usual partner, Brian Sears, was in the sulky. Bee A Magician New Jersey Sire Stakes Finals Driver Yannick Gingras scored two victories, including a stakes record with Southwind Frank, in a quartet of New Jersey Sire Stakes Finals for two-year-olds on Friday, July 17, 2015 at the Meadowlands. Boston Red Rocks, sent off as the 1-5 favorite, controlled the pace but in the end he had to fight off two challengers and one of them, Ideal Rocky, got by him in the final strides to win the $100,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes Final for two-year-old pacing colts, the second race. Ideal Rocky [$10.20], driven by Corey Callahan and trained by John Butenchoen, brushed three-wide to win by head, handing Boston Red Rocks his first loss in three starts. It was half a length to Winning Linc in third. All three are sons of Rocknroll Hanover. Ideal Rocky did not get off to an auspicious start, refusing to put his nose anywhere near the gate. "He decided the last couple of starts when we had the five-hole that he doesn't want to be close to the darn thing [the starting gate car]," said Butenschoen. "I guess we'd better go back to the drawing board to make sure he knows what to do when he's behind the car itself [and not the wings]. But he was able to overcome that. I was tickled. "The owner, Bill Wiswell, we were watching on the backstretch, and we were in an impossible spot here right now off of those soft fractions [27.3 to the quarter and 57.2 to the half]," Butenschoen noted. "If we got a check here, we'll be in good shape. Then he started motoring up around the last turn and mowed them down. That was great." A $47,000 Harrisburg Sale yearling purchase, Ideal Rocky paced a lifetime best of 1:53.1, with a last quarter in 26.2 seconds. He was bred by Fashion Farms LLC. He races for Bill Wiswell of Elkhorn, WI; Jean Goehien of Aurora, IL and Eugene Schick of Elgin, IL. He now has two wins and one third in three starts for earnings of $63,000. Ideal Rocky All The Time, handled by Yannick Gingras, was the best of three Jimmy Takter trainees in the $100,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes for trotting fillies, the fourth race. All The Time [$3.20] trotted the mile in 1:55.4, finishing a length and three-quarters ahead of Silent Blessings [by Muscles Yankee]. It was four lengths to Gifted Lady [Muscle Hill] in third. Takter also trains Gifted Lady and Hollywood Hill [Muscle Hill], who finished fifth. "All the credit to Jimmy Takter," said Marvin Katz, the Toronto-based co-owner and co-breeder of All The Time. "He developed this filly and was careful with her through the winter. Of course, she's a homebred. Jimmy Takter trained the mother [Cantab It All] and was kind enough to sell her to myself and to Al [co-owner and breeder Al Libfeld]. We bred her to Muscle Hill, and this is a topflight filly." All The Time has two wins in three career starts and has earned $52,400. All The Time Gingras was back in the winner's circle with Southwind Frank [$9.00] in the $100,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes for trotting colts and geldings, the seventh race. The son of Muscle Hill, bred by Southwind Farms, trotted the mile in a stakes record 1:53.4, supplanting Hill I Am [Muscle Hill, who set the mark of 1:55.3 in 2013. Southwind Frank controlled the tempo through fractions of 27.2, 56.4 and 1:26.2, covering the final quarter in 27.2 for a length and a half victory. Rallying for second was Bar Hopping [Muscle Hill] with Marion Marauder [Muscle Hill] third by a length and three-quarters. "I wanted to cut the mile; I thought he was the horse to beat," said Gingras. "I just wanted to have a clear path. My horse was a little bit shaky tonight, and I had to wait on him [to settle]. But I knew if I could keep him trotting, there was no one who would get near." Southwind Frank, trained by Ron Burke, won his opening leg of the New Jersey Sire Stakes but broke stride last week. He has banked $60,000 with two wins in three starts for the partnership of Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, Our Horse Cents Stables and J&T Silva Stables. He was a $100,000 Lexington Selected Sale purchase. Southwind Frank In the final division, 3-5 Blue Moon Stride [$3.40] popped out of the pocket at the top of the stretch, claimed the lead in deep stretch and held off Show Time Hill to win the $100,000 New Jersey Stakes for pacing fillies, in the 11th race. Andrew McCarthy guided the Mark Harder trained Blue Moon Stride, who paced the mile in 1:53.1, finishing a neck ahead of Show Time Hill. It was a length and a half back to Sonoma Valley in third. All three are daughters of Rocknroll Hanover. "They're all good in March, April and May but you just really don't know until you start racing them," said Harder. "And she's shown up good now." Blue Moon Stride was bred by Perretti Farms and races for Emilio and Maria Rosati of Condell Park in Australia's New South Wales. She has two wins in three starts for earnings of $68,750. Blue Moon Stride All-sources handle for the Friday card of $2,397,254 yielded a 17-percent gain over this same night last year. Both programs included 13-races. The $.20 cent Jackpot Super Hi-5 in the last race went unclaimed and the carryover into Meadowlands Pace night will be $202,817. Post time for Meadowlands Pace night is 7:15 P.M. The 14-race blockbuster card features 8-stakes races, highlighted by the $706,000 Meadowlands Pace, slated as race 10. There are also four guaranteed pools on the program including the $100,000 Guaranteed Pick 4 encompassing races 7 through 10. Post time for The Meadowlands Pace is 10:39 P.M. Darin Zoccali Director of Racing Operations New Meadowlands Racetrack LLC

MANALAPAN, NJ - July 14, 2015 -- Boston Red Rocks, who won both of his preliminary legs, will seek to extend his unbeaten streak to three in the $100,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes Championship for harness racing pacing colts, the first of four finals for two-year-olds on Friday, July 17, 2015 at the Meadowlands. The Steve Elliott trainee has been installed as the 3-5 morning line favorite with John Campbell driving from post two in the second race, which has six starters. “He’s a nice little colt, so far anyway,” Elliott said.  “We’ll find out.  He does everything right.  He’s good-gaited, he’s handy, he’s just a nice colt.  Peter Blood broke him, owns him, and sent him to me.  He said to see what I could do with him.  “He’s three-for-three with us – a qualifier and two races – and it’s hard not to like that kind,” Elliott added.  “He’s not flashy.  He’s a good-looking colt, but he just does what he needs to do.  He’s still a little green, but so far it’s not hard to like him because he’s done everything right.  He’s good in his stall.  He jumps around and plays, like most colts, but I told Peter after I qualified him that I think he’s better than Doo Wop (Hanover) was at this stage.  Peter said I was nuts. Only time will tell, but at this stage he is better than Doo Wop was.   He’s more manageable, he’s smarter; he just does everything right.” In the other divisions, Hollywood Hill, trained and driven by Jimmy Takter is the slight 3-1 morning line favorite from post eight in the filly trot, the fourth race; David Miller will handle Hollywood Hill for trainer Jonas Czernyson, the 2-1 pick from post four in the colt trot, the seventh race, and Blue Moon Stride at 6-5 and Rock My Girl at 8-5 are early choices in the filly pace, the 11th race. Blue Moon Stride is driven by Andrew McCarthy for Mark Harder from post six while John Campbell handles the Casie Coleman-trained Rock My Girl, post three. On the pacing side, all of the six colts are by the late Rocknroll Hanover and all but one of the seven fillies are his daughters. Two colts and two fillies are by Muscles Yankee while his son, Muscle Hill, sired the balance of the trotters in the 10-horse fields. Race 2 - $100,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes Final – 2yo c&g pace PP Horse Driver Trainer ML 1 Rock Power Jim Marohn Jr. Edward Hart 20-1 2 Boston Red Rocks John Campbell Steve Elliott 3-5 3 Rock N Roll Style Brian Sears Deleston Cote 30-1 4 Winning Linc Yannick Gingras Tony Alagna 12-1 5 Katies Rocker Tim Tetrick Jim Campbell 3-1 6 Ideal Rocky Corey Callahan Jjohn Butenschoen 7-2 All are by Rocknroll Hanover Race 4 -- $100,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes Final – 2yo filly trot PP Horse Driver Trainer ML 1 Silent Blessings Tim Tetrick Nancy Johansson 8-1 2 Southwind Adele Ake Svanstedt Ake Svanstedt 15-1 3 Dream Child David Miller Jonas Czernyson 8-1 4 Silvia Brian Sears Ron Burke 5-1 5 All The Time Yannick Gingras Jimmy Takter 7-2 6 Energy Bar Corey Callahan Jonas Czernyson 15-1 7 Everything N More Marcus Johansson Nancy Johansson 15-1 8 Hollywood Hill Jimmy Takter Jimmy Takter 3-1 9 Gifted Lady John Campbell Jimmy Takter 4-1 10 Skara Brae Andrew McCarthy Jonas Czernyson 20-1 Silent Blessings and Energy Bar are by Muscles Yankee; All others by Muscle Hill Race 7 -- $100,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes Final – 2yo c&g trot PP Horse Driver Trainer ML 1 Southwind Flash Brian Sears Ron Burke 8-1 2 Fumata Blanca Steve Smith Karen Garland 30-1 3 Dominion Beach Marcus Johansson Nancy Johansson 8-1 4 Brooklyn Hill David Miller Jonas Czernyson 2-1 5 Bar Hopping Jimmy Takter Jimmy Takter 3-1 6 Sigmund Jim Marohn Jr. Don Swick 20-1 7 Waitlifter K Tim Tetrick Chuck Sylvester 12-1 8 Jack Vernon Corey Callahan Randy Beeckman 6-1 9 Southwind Frank Yannick GIngras Ron Burke 4-1 10 Marion Marauder John Campbell Paula Wellwood 20-1 Sigmund and Waitlifter K are by Muscles Yankee; All others by Muscle Hill Race 11 -- $100,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes Final – 2yo filly pace PP Horse Driver Trainer ML 1 JK Fannie Yannick Gingras Nancy Johansson 12-1 2 LL Jackpot Corey Callahan Ivan Llopez 20-1 3 Rock My Girl John Campbell Casie Coleman 8-5 4 Heatherjean Ray Schnittker Ray Schnittker 20-1 5 Show Time Hill Tim Tetrick Tony Alagna 7-2 6 Blue Moon Stride Andrew McCarthy Mark Harder 6-5 7 Sonoma Valley David Miller Jimmy Takter 15-1 LL Jackpot is by Philos Hanover; All others by Rocknroll Hanover By Carol Hodes for the SBOANJ

A pair of Jimmy Takter trained and driven trotters reached the harness racing winner's circle and the pacer Boston Red Rocks remained unbeaten as two-year-olds in six divisions of the New Jersey Sire Stakes were in the spotlight at the Meadowlands on Friday, July 10, 2015.   Silvia [$4.60] rallied in the final eighth of the mile to post her first career win in her second start, a $20,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes for trotting fillies, the first race.   The daughter of Muscle Hill- My Favorite Chip, driven by Matt Kakaley and trained by Ron Burke, trotted the mile in 1:56.2, finishing a half-length ahead of Everything N More [Muscle Hill] and two and a half lengths up on Energy Bar [Muscles Yankee] in third.   A $100,000 Lexington Selected Yearling Sale purchase, Silvia races in the name of Burke Racing Stable, Weaver-Bruscemi, J&T Silva Stables and Joe DiScala Jr. She was bred by Steve Stewart and Junior Yutzy.   Brooklyn Hill [$2.20] delivered like a 1-9 favorite, coasting by the pacesetter Southwind Flash [Muscle Hill] for a two and a quarter length victory in the second race, a $20,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes for trotting colts and geldings. Sigmund [Muscles Yankee] was third by four and a half lengths.   David Miller guided Brooklyn Hill to the 1:56.4 clocking. He tipped the trotter out at the top of the stretch and hand drove him to victory.   The Muscle Hill - Brooklyn colt, trained by Jonas Czernyson, had finished second by a head in his first start in the opening round of the New Jersey Sire Stakes. Bred by the Order By Stable, he was a $390,000 Harrisburg Sale purchase for the SRF Stable of Boca Raton, FL.   All The Time [$5.00] had the lead at every call and expanded that advantage with driver-trainer Jimmy Takter at the controls. The Muscle Hill-Cantab It All filly won the third race, the second $20,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes division for trotting fillies.   All The Time finished a length and three-quarters ahead of Silent Blessings [Muscles Yankee], and it was two and three-quarters to Dream Child [Muscle Hill] in third.   Bred and owned by Marvin Katz and Al J. Libfeld, she now has a win in two starts.   Boston Red Rocks [$2.60] was tested a bit early and pressured on the turn for home and into the stretch but in the end, drew away like a 1-5 shot in the $25,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes division for pacing colts and geldings, the fourth race.   Unbeaten in two starts, Boston Red Rocks, a son of Rocknroll Hanover - McGibson, paced the mile in 1:52.2, with Hall of Famer John Campbell driving the Steve Elliott-trainee.   Katies Rocker, who made the last turn challenge, was three and a half lengths back in second at the wire. Winning Linc was third by seven lengths. Both are also sons of Rocknroll Hanover.   Bred by Andray Farm, Boston Red Rocks was a $50,000 Harrisburg Sale purchase by Floridians Peter Blood and Rick Berks.   Jimmy Takter was back in the winner's circle as the driver-trainer of Bar Hopping [$7.80], who passed 1-5 favorite Southwind Frank in the stretch and held off the challenge of Marion Marauder in the final strides of the sixth race, the $20,000 second New Jersey Sire Stakes division for trotting colts and geldings.   Bar Hopping, a son of Muscle Hill - Cocktail Hour, trotted the mile in 1:56.3, finishing a neck ahead of Marion Marauder [Muscle Hill]. It was a length back to Waitlifter K [Muscles Yankee] in third.   Southwind Frank broke stride in the final sixteenth, finished fourth across the wire but was placed sixth for failing to lose ground.   Bred by Douglass Hutchins, Bar Hopping was a $190,000 Harrisburg acquisition by Christina Takter, Hatfield Stables, Marvin Katz and Al J. Libfeld. The colt now has a win and a third in his two starts.   Blue Moon Stride [$8.40], driven by Andrew McCarthy and trained by Mark Harder, fired to the front and scored a gate-to-wire victory in the $25,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes for pacing fillies, the 11th race.   The daughter of Rocknroll Hanover - Classic Star paced the mile in 1:53.1, improving her record to a win and a second in two starts.   It was a length back to Show Time Hill [Rocknroll Hanover] in second while 2-5 favorite Rock My Girl [Rocknroll Hanover], who won the opening leg last week, was third by two and a half lengths.   Bred by Perretti Farms, Blue Moon Stride races for Australians Emilio and Maria Rosali   A quartet of $100,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes Finals for two-year-olds takes place next Friday night at the Meadowlands.   Request For Parole took the featured event for older horses on Friday night, winning an upper-level condition pacing event for fillies and mares quite impressively.   Sent off as the 2-1 favorite, Request For Parole left for position, sitting the pocket behind the speedster, That Woman Hanover past the quarter in 27-seconds. From there, Matt Kakaley guided Request For Parole to lead as the field turned down the backstretch, but the lead was brief as Tim Tetrick steered Witch Dali to the front before the half-mile in 54-seconds. Kakaley kept his filly in the pocket around the far turn and was in a prime stalking spot past three-quarters in 1:22.1. Request For Parole moved off the pylons in the stretched and powered past to the lead and from there, the filly drew clear to win by two convincing lengths in 1:50. Longshot River Runs Thru It, who saved ground throughout the mile found room at the pylons and rallied well to finish second at 24-1 while Act Now rallied from far back to just nail Witch Dali on the wire to take the show spot.   Request For Parole is trained by Ron Burke who co-owns the mare with Weaver Bruscemi L.L.C.   The win was one of three on the program for Matt Kakaley.   The 13th race Jackpot Super Hi-5 went unclaimed. The carryover into the Saturday program is $180,059.80.   Racing resumes on Saturday, Meadowlands Pace elimination night, with a special 5:30 post time. The 14-race program includes a pair of $50,000 Meadowlands Pace Eliminations, a single $25,000 Mistletoe Shalee elimination, Reynolds trotting action for the three year old colt and filly trotters as well as the $250,000 Graduate Final that features a rematch of JL Cruze and Father Patrick.   Carol Hodes from SBOANJ

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (July 8, 2015) - Before fans turn their focus to Saturday's eliminations for the $800,000 Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace, their attention will be on Friday night's second round of New Jersey Sire Stakes for two-year-olds at the Meadowlands. Friday's thirteen-race program and Saturday's fourteen-race program each begin at the special early post time of 5:30 p.m. to avoid traffic congestion with Taylor Swift concert goers at MetLife Stadium next door to the racetrack. The Sire Stakes include two divisions for both the male and female trotters plus single divisions for both male and female pacers. Round one winner Boston Red Rocks heads the fourth race for pacing colts and geldings. The colt by Rocknroll Hanover won last week's opening round by two lengths over Katies Rocker, who is also back in Friday's race. Boston Red Rocks, who is owned by Peter Blood and Rick Berks, scored in 1:53.2 for trainer Steve Elliott. Southwind Frank turned in perhaps the most impressive round one performance by a trotter with his 1:56.3 win, sprinting home in 26.3 to prevail by a head over the highly regarded Brooklyn Hill. Those well-bred sons of Muscle Hill drew in separate divisions on Friday. Race eleven features the pacing fillies and is headlined by Rock My Girl, a 1:53.3 opening round winner. She is shared in ownership by West Wins Stable, Adriano Sorella, and Ron Broadstone. John Campbell drives for trainer Casie Coleman. Fans are invited to follow along with the online conversation leading up to the Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace by using #Pace15 on social media. This past Saturday night, one lucky player cashed the jackpot Super Hi-Five in the last race at The Meadowlands for over $173,000. The wager was placed through TVG by a bettor in Virginia. It was the second time this meet that a person took home over six figures on the Jackpot Super Hi-Five Wager. Given that there are only ten racing dates remaining in the 2015 Championship Meet, rather than begin a new jackpot pool with only one month to build that pool, The Meadowlands has made some changes to its wagering format. Beginning this Friday, July 10th, the carryover pool for the fifth race Jackpot Super Hi-5, which presently sits at $175,601.70, has been moved from the fifth race to the last race. Therefore, those customers looking to wager into the Jackpot Hi-Five Carryover pool can do so in the last race each racing card going forward. The pool will have a mandatory payout on Hambletonian Day, Saturday, August 8th. The wager carries a $.20 cent minimum and consists of an eight-percent (8%) takeout rate. If there is one winner, the entire jackpot pool pays out. If there is more than one winner, the wager pays out 75-percent (75%) of the net pool of new money, with 25-percent (25%) added to the jackpot carryover pool for the next live harness racing date. Second, the fifth race will continue to offer a Super Hi-Five each night, but there will be no jackpot carryover pool. The pool will pay out each and every night and it will still carry an industry-low eight-percent (8%) takeout rate. It will be offered at the $.20 cent minimum as well. Lastly, the next two Saturday nights of racing, Meadowlands Pace elimination night and Meadowlands Pace night, will offer 14-races and will carry three pick four wagers, with the newest edition covering races 11 through 14 with a takeout of just 15-percent. The late night pick four pool will carry a $25,000 Guarantee and will be offered at the $.50 cent minimum. Meadowlands Pace Night will see increases for the guaranteed pools on The Meadowlands multi-race mainstay wagers. The Pick 5, covering races one through five and the Early Pick Four, covering races three through six, will carry $50,000 Guaranteed Pools. The Late Pick Four Pool, covering races seven through ten, will carry a $100,000 Guaranteed Pool. Post Time for both this Friday (July 10) and Saturday (July 11) is 5:30 P.M. The early post time is due to a Talyor Swift concert at MetLife Stadium which is scheduled to begin at 7:00 P.M. A race was added to each program due to the early post and customers will have a little more time in between in each race as well. Despite the racing cards beginning nearly two hours earlier than usual, the racing programs will conclude around 10:30 P.M., which will allow customers attending the races at The Meadowlands to exit without traffic congestions as the Taylor Swift concert is scheduled to conclude at 11:30 P.M. Post time will return to 7:15 P.M. the following weekend, Friday, July 17th and Meadowlands Pace Night, Saturday July 18th. Dining Options Reminder for Meadowlands Pace Just a reminder that dining reservations for Meadowlands Pace Night should be made as soon as possible as space is very limited. Dining options consist of Victory Sports Bar, Pink, Trotters and the West Deck. Victory will offer it's regular dining menu, which can be found at http://www.meadowlandsracetrack.com/uploadedFiles/SpringVictoryMenu1.pdf. Pink will offer a $39.95 Pre-Fixe Menu which can be accessed at http://www.meadowlandsracetrack.com/uploadedFiles/2015pace%20buffet%20menu_pink.pdf. Trotters will offer a $39.95 buffet for members-only as Meadowlands Pace night is one of the blackout dates on the calendar for Trotters. The West Deck will offer a $34.95 buffet and its menu can be found athttp://www.meadowlandsracetrack.com/uploadedFiles/2015pace%20buffet%20menuwestdeck.pdf. Each menu includes the necessary contact information for those looking to make reservations. Please note that Post Time for both this Friday (July 10) and Saturday (July 11) is 5:30 P.M, while Meadowlands Pace Night will begin at the usual time of 7:15 P.M. Darin Zoccali  

MANALAPAN, NJ - July 7, 2015 - Six divisions of the second round New Jersey Sire Stakes for harness racing two-year-olds will be contested on Friday night, July 10, 2015 at the Meadowlands. Thirteen trotting fillies are split into two $20,000 divisions, carded as the first and third races; 13 colts and geldings will face off in two $20,000 divisions, the second and sixth races while the pacers will meet in single $25,000 divisions with six colts entered in the fourth race and eight fillies in the eleventh race. Opening round winners who will be back in action include two-year-old pacing colt Boston Red Rocks [Rocknroll Hanover], trotting colt Southwind Frank [Muscle Hill] and pacing filly Rock My Girl [Rocknroll Hanover]. Both Gifted Lady and Hollywood Hill, trotting filly division winners, and Jack Vernon, who won a trotting colt heat last week, will skip Friday's New Jersey Sire Stakes. All three are by Muscle Hill. The finalists in each division will meet in $100,000 championships on July 17, 2015. This Saturday's card features eliminations for the Meadowlands Pace and Mistletoe Shalee. Post time on both Friday and Saturday this week will be 5:30 p.m. By Carol Hodes for the SBOANJ

MANALAPAN, NJ - July 3, 2015 - Veteran harness racing driver John Campbell expertly guided a trio of first-time starters to victory in first round New Jersey Sire Stakes for two-year-olds on Friday night, July 3, 2015 at the Meadowlands. Hall of Famer Campbell won with filly pacer Rock My Girl in the $25,000 first race, colt trotter Jack Vernon in the $20,000 fourth race and colt pacer Boston Red Rocks in the $25,000 fifth race. Rock My Girl [$9.20] was a length and a half winner over Blue Moon Stride. It was three and a half lengths to Show Time Hill in third. All three fillies are daughters of Rocknroll Hanover. Trained by Casie Coleman, Rock My Girl paced the mile in 1:53.3, tossing in a last quarter in 27.1. Owned by West Wins Stable, Adriano Sorella and Ron Broadstone, she was a $20,000 Lexington Selected Sale purchase. Jack Vernon [$6.60], a Muscle Hill son of Vernon Blue Chip, trotted his mile in 1:57.2, finishing a half-length ahead of Dominion Beach [Muscle Hill]. Southwind Flash [Muscle Hill], who won both of his baby races and was the betting favorite, was third by three quarters of a length. Racing in the name of Miller's Stable Inc. of Leburn, KY, Jack Vernon is trained by Randy Beeckman and was purchased out of the Lexington Selected Sale for $50,000. Boston Red Rocks [$5.80] was a two and a quarter length winner over Katies Rocker. It was two and three-quarter lengths to Ideal Rocky in third. All three are sons of Rocknroll Hanover. The Steve Elliott-trainee paced the mile in 1:53.2. Purchased for $50,000 out of the Harrisburg Sale, Boston Red Rocks races in the name of Rick Berks of Boca Raton, FL. In other New Jersey Sire Stakes divisions for trotters, Southwind Frank [$3.00] won the $20,000 second race for colts and Hollywood Hill [$14.40] captured the $20,000 sixth race for fillies. Southwind Frank, driven by Yannick Gingras and trained by Ron Burke, prevailed by a head over Brooklyn Hill in a stretch duel that featured a 26.3 final panel in a 1:56.3 mile. It was two and a half lengths to Bar Hopping in third. All three are sons of Muscle Hill. Southwind Frank, a $100,000 Lexington Selected Sale purchase, belongs to the partnership of Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, Our Horse Cents Stables and J&T Silva Stables. Hollywood Hill, driven and trained by Jimmy Takter, coasted to a two and a half-length tally over Southwind Adele. It was three and three-quarter lengths to Silvia in third. The three fillies are all daughters of Muscle Hill. The mile was timed in 1:56.2. The winner is owned by breeder Goran Falk of Allentown, NJ. In the last division, the $20,000 ninth race for trotting fillies, Gifted Lady [$4.40] was a length winner over Dream Child in 1:57.4. Skara Brae was third by five and a half lengths. All three fillies are daughters of Muscle Hill. Jimmy Takter drives and traines Gifted Lady, for owner-breeder Silver Linden Farms of Woodburn, IN. The two-year-olds have another week of prelims before meeting in $100,000 finals on July 17, 2015 at the Meadowlands. By Carol Hodes for the SBOANJ

MANALAPAN, NJ - June 30, 2015 -- Harness racing two-year-old New Jersey-sired trotters and pacers step into the spotlight on Friday night, July 3, 2015 at the Meadowlands. Fifty are entered to go postward in six New Jersey Sire Stakes races on the card, most of them making their pari-mutuel debuts. Twelve trotting colts and geldings have been split into two $20,000 divisions, carded as the second and fourth races. Each features a trainee from the Ron Burke trainee: Southwind Frank in the second and Southwind Flash in the fourth. Both are coming off of victories in qualifiers at Gaitway Farms on June 22. Southwind Frank, a son of Muscle Hill out of the mare Flawless Lindy, won in 1:55.3 over a track labeled "good." "He was very good and he was very good in his first qualifier [finishing second]," Burke said. "He's funny. He was a horrible colt all the way until 2:30, but he's just gotten better and better. The faster you go, the better he gets. He couldn't trot in three minutes to save his life. He was horrible gaited and didn't have a great attitude. But every time we trained him he got a little better and then at like 2:30 it clicked. "He's been a completely different horse since then. Either we were doing a very bad job at first or we're doing a great job now," Burke told Harness Racing Communications. "Horses learn at their own rates. You can push them all you want; some of them are going to do it quick, some you're going to have to wait on." Southwind Frank was purchased as a yearling for $100,000 at the Lexington Selected Sale, which was to the colt's benefit. "He was a $100,000 baby so we didn't just cut him loose," Burke said. "I thought I had to give him a chance, and I kept making stakes payments, and worried I was throwing just good money after bad, but for once it worked out." Southwind Flash, a son of Muscle Hill-Friendly Amigo, won his qualifier in 1:58.4. "He's a real horse, too, I think," Burke said. "He's just got to mind his manners. Today [June 22], he was good. He let somebody go, he came back; he had multiple moves. He did everything you're looking for in a horse." A field of eight pacing fillies vying in the $25,000 first race while 10 pacing colts and geldings will face off for $25,000 in the fifth race. All are offspring of the late Rocknroll Hanover, except LL Jackpot who is by Philos Hanover The largest response came from trotting fillies with two 10-horse $20,000 divisions - the sixth and ninth races. All are daughters of Muscle Hill or his sire, Muscles Yankee. After two weeks of preliminary legs, the finalists will meet in $100,000 championships on July 17, 2015. --Quotes & Photos courtesy of Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications By Carol Hodes for the SBOANJ    

During the winter, harness racing trainer Jimmy Takter said 3-year-old trotter Canepa Hanover could be "a Trixton kind of horse." As summer approaches, Canepa Hanover is doing his best to prove Takter correct. Canepa Hanover is the 2-5 morning line favorite in Saturday's C$233,000 Goodtimes Stakes for 3-year-old trotters at Mohawk Racetrack. Last week, the colt won his Goodtimes elimination by 11-1/2 lengths over Iron in 1:51.3. The time equaled Trixton's track record set in last year's Goodtimes final. But the similarities don't end there. Both Trixton and Canepa Hanover are sons of stallion Muscle Hill, the 2009 Horse of the Year, and hail from highly regarded families. Trixton is out of the mare Emilie Cas El, who was Canada's Horse of the Year in 1994 and sister to stars Conway Hall, Angus Hall and Andover Hall. Canepa Hanover is out of the mare Cressida Hanover, who also produced 2006 Horse of the Year Glidemaster. Trixton sold as a yearling for $360,000; Canepa Hanover for $300,000. Both trotters were limited by growing pains at age 2 and were overshadowed by some of their stablemates heading into their 3-year-old seasons. Trixton emerged early in his 3-year-old campaign and went on to capture the Hambletonian Stakes; now it is up to Canepa Hanover to write the rest of his story. "He's going the same path," Takter said about Canepa Hanover, who has won two of five races this year and hit the board in every start. "A lot of these Muscle Hills, they have tons of ability, but it just takes time sometimes. "Both Trixton and Canepa were among the better horses early (at age 2) but both are very big horses and they couldn't hold the speed together. They just weren't ready for it. You have to have a little patience with them." Canepa Hanover won one of six races last year. His victory came in a Peter Haughton Memorial Stakes prep race in 1:58.1 at the Meadowlands and he finished second in the New Jersey Sire Stakes championship. He went off stride in three races, including the Haughton final. This year, the colt posted two second-place finishes and a third in his first three starts, then captured the New Jersey Sire Stakes championship in 1:51.1 at the Meadowlands and his Goodtimes elim in 1:51.3. Those are the two fastest win times of any 3-year-old trotter this season. "He's definitely a fantastic horse," said Takter, who trains Canepa Hanover for owners Brittany Farms, Brixton Medical Inc., Christina Takter, and the partnership of Sam Goldband, Marvin Katz and Al Libfeld. "His ability is unbelievable, as good as I ever saw. "You always worry when you have horses climbing this kind of speed staying sound. He already has two (1):51 miles and a couple (1):52 miles. It's tough racing. But he's a beautiful horse." Canepa Hanover and driver Yannick Gingras will start the Goodtimes final from post four. He's not Takter's only hope in the Goodtimes, either. French Laundry won the other Goodtimes elimination, beating stablemate The Bank by 3-1/2 lengths in 1:53.3. He will start from post three in the final with driver Brett Miller and is 2-1 on the morning line. French Laundry, a son of Muscles Yankee-Creamy Mimi, has won nine of 15 career races and earned $360,269 for owners Christina Takter, John and Jim Fielding, Katz, and Libfeld. "He's not the best gaited horse, but he never gives up," Takter said. "He's a warrior. I like him." Following is the Goodtimes field in post order with sires, drivers, trainers, and morning line odds: 1. Hemi Seelster by Holiday Road, Stephen Byron, John Bax, 30-1 2. Caulfield by Kadabra, Trevor Henry, Chris Beaver, 30-1 3. French Laundry by Muscles Yankee, Brett Miller, Jimmy Takter, 2-1 4. Canepa Hanover by Muscle Hill, Yannick Gingras, Jimmy Takter, 2-5 5. Covert Operative by Deweycheatumhowe, Randy Waples, Per Henriksen, 30-1 6. Rubber Duck by Muscle Mass, Sylvain Filion, Julie Walker, 20-1 7. The Bank by Donato Hanover, Jimmy Takter, Jimmy Takter, 10-1 8. Win The Day by Deweycheatumhowe, Chris Christoforou, Paul Reid, 20-1 9. Olympic Son by Majestic Son, John Campbell, Paul Reid, 30-1 10. Iron by Cantab Hall, Tim Tetrick, Frank Antonacci, 12-1 11. AE - Infiniti AS by Infiniti, Richard Zeron, Anette K Lorentzon by Ken Weingartner Harness Racing Communications USTA

East Rutherford, NJ - Saturday night live harness racing at The Meadowlands offers thirteen races led by three divisions of the second leg of the Caramore pacing series.   Caramore was the star of an emerging New Jersey Sires Stakes program in the early 1980's and is remembered with this series that blends the two New Jersey harness tracks, welcoming Freehold horsemen to race at The Meadowlands while their home track is closed for the summer.   Caramore was bred and owned by the late Father Thomas J. O'Connor, a larger-than-life pastor at St. Robert Bellarmine Catholic Church in Freehold Township. Born in Moulagow, Rathmore, County Kerry, Ireland Father O'Connor arrived in Central New Jersey in 1952 and never left.   One of Father O'Connor's great passions was the horse and when New Jersey racing took off he supported it by owning and breeding more than eighty horses. The best of those was Caramore (Irish for big friend) who raced 199 times from 1980 to 1988, winning 55 while earning $1,129,411. The son of Jolly Roger-JM Dorothy captured the 1981 New Jersey Classic with Cat Manzi driving and was named the NJ Standardbred of the Year that season.   The Caramore is divided over races four, eight and eleven on Saturday.   You may watch and wager on the North America Cup elimination card from Mohawk Racetrack in any of the comfortable simulcast areas in the grandstand, or dine in the tiered clubhouse restaurant Pink which has received rave reviews from diners.   With any luck, the Hi-5 Jackpot pools will continue through live racing on Friday and be there for you to take a crack at on Saturday. Both carry-overs are well into six figures as the weekend begins. A list of upcoming events is available at The Meadowlands website. Post time is 7:15 pm.   Meadowlands Media Relations Department

On the racetrack, the Saturday harness racing program at The Meadowlands featured four $100,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes Championships for three year olds, with big names making big headlines. On the track apron, over 15,000 patrons enjoyed the Jerseyfest festivities and the Food Truck Mash-up at the East Rutherford oval. There are certain performances in any sport that warrant somebody standing up and saying "wow, did you see that?" That is the best way to explain the turn of foot shown by Artspeak in the New Jersey Sire Stakes Final for three year old pacing colts on Saturday night at The Meadowlands. Sent off as the 3/5 favorite, Artspeak was allowed to settle well off the speed off the gate and into the first turn as the 8/5 second choice, Hurrikane Ali sprinted to the lead past the opening quarter in 26.3. As the field turned down the backstretch, Artspeak appeared to be nearly 10 lengths off his main competition, a margin that Scott Zeron acknowledged in a post-race interview "seemed to be too far back." But, that didn't last long. As soon as Zeron showed his champion colt racetrack, Artspeak grabbed the bit and "took off all on his own," showing a turn of foot that you don't see every day, to say the least. In just an eighth of a mile, Artspeak made up all the ground on Hurrikane Ali and blew past him, taking the lead past the half in 54.3, while settling into a high-cruising speed. At this point, Hurrikane Ali was asked to keep up with the favorite, but Artspeak was well within himself as ripped through three-quarters in 1:21.3 while opening up on the field. The lead continued to expand through the stretch and Artspeak reached the wire in a lifetime best 1:48.4. Gokudo Hanover finished well to be second with Revenge Shark third. Winning trainer Tony Alagna spoke to how well his champion wintered. "When he came off the truck from Brittany Farms, he looked like a million bucks," said Alagna. "When I saw him, I knew we made the right move skipping the Breeders Crown. Those extra 30 days really helped him." Artspeak's driver Scott Zeron was very impressed with his effort tonight. "That move was vicious," claimed Zeron. "He did it all on his own. He was always professional, but now as a three year old, he is bigger and stronger." In addition to being trained by Alagna and driven by Zeron, the colt by Western Ideal is owned by Brittany Farms, Katz, Sbrocco and In The Gym Partners. With the win, his career earnings have surpassed $800,000. Two weeks from the North America Cup eliminations, Artspeak is the presumptive favorite. Artspeak The other star on the program was Mission Brief, who was making her second start of her three year old campaign. Ron Burke reported to Harness Racing Update that Mission Brief is "not perfect right now," but that did not prevent the betting public from sending her to the post as the 1/5 favorite. Yannick Gingras allowed his world champion to float away to the gate and ease her way on the outside of horses as Marion Millionair established a tepid 28.4 opening quarter. As the field straightened up on the backstretch, Mission Brief assumed command and led past the half-mile in just 58.2. A challenge would soon follow as Tim Tetrick launched Model Behavior after the favorite as the field reached three-quarters in 1:27.1. Model Behavior put a head in front under strong urging, while Gingras remained motionless behind Mission Brief, not asking her for any more speed than he had to. Mission Brief fought back to win by a measured length in 1:54.3. Model Behavior was a very good second with Riley's Dream third. Driver Yannick Gingras was happy to win, but recognized there is room for improvement for his filly. "She warmed up really good," said Gingras. "But honestly, I was going as fast as I could with her on the turn. She wasn't having it. Time is on our side, but there is work to do." The daughter of Muscle Hill is trained by Ron Burke for Burke Racing Stable, Our Horse Cents Stables, J & T Silva Stables and Weaver Bruscemi. With the victory, her earnings have now eclipsed $650,000. Mission Brief While the favorites did what was expected in the first two Sire Stakes finals, there was an upset by a familiar name in the three year old filly pace. At post time, the bettors had a difficult time separating Stacia Hanover and Happiness, with less than $600 separating them in the win pool. Happiness would get the first call as she led the field past the quarter in 27.2, but she relinquished that lead to Lindys Old Lady down the backstretch, who reached the half-mile in 56.1. At that point, Stacia Hanover committed first over and she launched a move around the far turn, challenged for and assumed the lead past three quarters in 1:23.4. From there, Stacia Hanover opened up a lead in the stretch, but an upset was looming as The Show Returns who was well-back early hit her best stride and showed the kind of speed we saw from her at times last year and she rolled through the stretch to nail Stacia Hanover on the wire to spring the 40-1 upset for John Campbell. Stacia Hanover was second with Wicked Little Mix third. John Campbell spoke about the acceleration his filly showed. "Chris (Ryder) made some changes to her bridle and some shoeing changes tonight and it definitely worked," said Campbell. "Obviously that's the best finish she has shown this year." The daughter of Rocknroll Hanover is a sister to world-champion Put On A Show who also raced for trainer Chris Ryder and owners Richard and Joanne Young. The 1:51 clocking was a new lifetime mark. The Show Returns The New Jersey Sire Stakes for the trotting colts looked like a bit of a Hambletonian preview with the big three, Guess Whos Back, French Laundry and Canepa Hanover taking center stage. However, one of the three, Guess Whos Back wouldn't survive the first turn as he made a break while pressing the pace nearing the first quarter. That pace was established by Canepa Hanover who reached the lead in a 28-second opening panel, with French Laundry four lengths off the speed in third. Canepa Hanover would hit the half-mile in 56.2 before stretching his legs around the far turn and trotting a back half-mile in 54.4 to dominate the Sire Stake Final, hitting the wire in 1:51.1, a lifetime mark for Yannick Gingras, who replaced Jimmy Takter in the bike as Takter conditions Maven for her Elitlopp attempt in Sweden. French Laundry was second with Aldebaran Eagle third. Gingras was very impressed with his colt. "Last year training down he (Canepa Hanover) looked like the best one. Everyone liked him," said Gingras. "Before Jimmy left for Sweden he told me he had this horse as good as he could be. He got a little playful in the stretch, so I popped the plugs just to give him a reminder and he found another gear." It will be interesting to see if Gingras continues to drive Canepa Hanover, of if Takter will get back in the sulky upon his return from Sweden. Gingras also drives Mission Brief who is being pointed to The Hambletonian as well but while speaking about Canepa Hanover he stated that with Mission Brief "there are concerns for sure, but she's go trot and she wants to do it." It could be an interesting 10 weeks leading up to The Hambletonian. Canepa Hanover Handle for the Saturday program was $3,053,853 with over 15,000 people attending the Jerseyfest Foodtruck Mash-up event. Both Jackpots in the Super Hi-5 went unclaimed. The fifth race Jackpot carryover grew to $141,175 while the last race carryover will be $115,348 into the Friday program, when racing resumes at 7:15 P.M.   Darin Zoccali

East Rutherford, NJ - A quartet of $100,000 Finals bring the harness racing sophomore division of the New Jersey Sires Stakes (NJSS) to a conclusion on Saturday night (May 30) at The Meadowlands.   The trotting fillies come up first in the fourth race with the defending champion Mission Brief starting from the far outside in post ten. The fastest freshman in trotting history by virtue of her 1:50.3 tour of The Red Mile last fall and Breeders Crown champ, the daughter of Muscle Hill won the first leg in a measured 1:53.4, then stayed home last week while Rules Of The Road took the second leg.   Yannick Gingras takes his regular position behind Mission Brief for trainer Ron Burke, who owns her in partnership with Our Horse Cents Stable, J&T Silva and Weaver Bruscemi.   Race six is the glamour boy division, the pacing colts. Artspeak (Western Ideal) was the winner of last season's NJSS Final for this group on his way to year end honors while his main for here, Hurrikane Ali (Rocknroll Hanover) has an abbreviated five start freshman campaign in which he was winless.   What a difference a year can make, for as they come into the Final Hurrikane Ali has won all three of his 2015 starts including two NJSS legs in 1:50 and 1:50.1 with relative ease for young trainer John McDermott, Jr. Gingras has the drive here as well for the ownership group of Kuhen Racing, Jonathan Klee Racing, Dr Ken Rucker and Robert Pucila.   Artspeak spoke toward his potential for a big season via his effortless 1:49 romp in leg one. Trainer Tony Alagna then held him out of last week's with an eye toward the long campaign, setting up this interesting match-up on Saturday. Artspeak won eight of ten last season, among those the Metro and Governor's Cup trophies. Scott Zeron has been his constant companion in all races for the owners, Brittany Farms, Marvin Katz, Joe Sbrocco and In The Gym Partners (John Fodera and Steve Wienick).   The pacing fillies (race 8) shapes up to be the most contentious of the four Finals.   Lindy's Old Lady (Rocknroll Hanover) didn't race at two, but is quickly gaining notice by virtue of a pair of wins in as many starts. She was a leg one NJSS winner in 1:51, then stayed home at Lindy Farm last week as trainer Frank Antonacci carefully manages the frequency of his trips to the well with the talented filly.   Happiness (Rocknroll Hanover) also skipped leg two after a comfortable 1:50.4 win in leg one for Gingras and Burke. She has a Grand Circuit win on her résumé via the Simpson Memorial stake in 1:50.3 earlier this season for Burke Racing & Weaver Bruscemi.   Wicked Little Minx (Rocknroll Hanover) took the lone division of leg two, holding off the furious late charge of Stacia Hanover in 1:51.1. Nancy Johansson conditions Wicked Little Minx for Courant AB and Brett Miller is back in the driver's seat for the Final.   Stacia Hanover (Western Ideal) won this division last year and has the as the look of a filly on the verge of a big mile for her trainer driver combo of Steve Elliott and Zeron and owners David Van Dusen and Michael Cimaglio of Ohio.   Bringing the NJSS curtain down on the 2015 season in the eleventh race will be the sophomore trotting colts and a powerful group they are.   Guess Whos Back (winner of this division's final in 2014) has won both preliminary legs including a hard-fought 1:52.4 decision over Canepa Hanover last week. Driver Brian Sears used the entire stretch to eke out the half-length tally with Canepa Hanover never giving in. Nik Drennan trains Guess Whos Back for owners Joe Davino, Brad Shackman, TLP Stable and J&T Silva.   The potent duo of Canepa Hanover (Muscle Hill) and French Laundry (Muscles Yankee) represent the Jimmy Takter barn and both are top colts.   Canepa has been third and second in the two legs and last week's effort was a gritty one after being used hard to get to the front then facing a strong wind in the homestretch. With Takter off to Sweden for the Elitlopp, Yannick Gingras will drive for the interests of Brittany Farms, Marvin Katz, Sam Goldband, Al Libfeld, Brixton Medical and Christina Takter.   French Laundry was a winner in the first leg, his only 2015 start to this point. He has been rock solid throughout his career for owners Christina Takter, John & Jim Fielding, Katz and Libfeld. Brett Miller is his regular driver and will be aboard on Saturday night.   Both Hi-5 Jackpots remain intact going into Friday night's live card with the totals now at $131,037 (race 5) and $105,195 (race 12). Saturday night promotions include the chance to win a first class trip to the June 6 Belmont Stakes and JerseyFest which features the NJ vs Philly Food Truck Mash-Up. The thirteen race program starts at 7:15.   From Meadowlands Media Relations Dept  

In his own words, harness racing owner Duncan McPherson OAM is “living the dream” with his three-year-old colt Aldebaran Eagle, who will race in the New Jersey Sires Stakes Final at the Meadowlands on Sunday morning Australian time. The son of Muscle Hill / Letsjusttalkaboutme ran third in his heat in 1:52.4 and will come out the five gate in the $US100,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes Final for three-year-old colts and geldings over a mile. “It’s an incredible experience,” a beaming McPherson said. Aldebaran Eagle will be driven by Corey Callahan and is trained by Jonas Czernyson. McPherson, the Principal at Aldebaran Park, has a passion for harness racing that has no bounds and will also get a huge thrill out of having Excellent Boku competing at Sweden’s Solvalla racetrack on the Elitlopp program on Sunday. Raced in conjunction with Michael Taranto, who also has a big week ahead with Australian and international runners – including Livin The Life in the New South Wales Trotters Derby – Excellent Boku was purchased to ultimately be exported to Australia. And as if the weekend wasn’t going to be jam-packed enough for McPherson, he will also line up Aldebaran Ay in the 2YO Ruby at the rich Harness Jewels program at Ashburton. The Colin De Filippi trained and driven filly has drawn outside the front line in the $100,000 race. By Cody Winnell

East Rutherford, NJ - On Saturday May 30th, award- winning Jersey and Philly Food Trucks will travel to Meadowlands Racing and Entertainment for JerseyFest 2015. Beginning at 5:00 pm until 11:30 pm, fest-goers will experience an evening of the best live-harness racing, music and food the Garden State has to offer. This year, Meadowlands Racing and Entertainment has partnered with Exposure and North Jersey Media Group to sponsor the Food Truck Mash-Up: Jersey vs. Philly. Over 20 specialty food trucks will participate including Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream, Tony Baloneys, Amanda Bananas, Empanada Guy, The Thai Elephant, Callahan's Hot Dogs, El Lechon de Negron, The French Quarter, Luke's Lobster, Polkadot Cupcake Shop, Waffle de Lys, IncrediBalls Food Truck and Kimchi Smoke Barbecue of New Jersey and The Cow and The Curd, Fresh Truck, Samboni Boys, Luscious Bakery, Oink & Moo BBQ, Pizza Wagon, PBandU, Lil Pop Shop, Rigatoni Crab and Chicken N'Cone of Philadelphia. Other non-truck food and beverage vendors participating include Frezy's, Paul's Gourmet Foods, Jack's Zeppoles, Kath's Catering, Uncle Joe's Kettle Corn, Wild Bills Soda, Metro Candy Apple, Bevs & Bites, Organo Gold and Hot Sauce 4 Good. Guests will cast their vote for favorite food truck. The Jersey vs. Philly Food Truck Mash-Up will be held in the Backyard and on the East Apron and will open to the public at 5:00 pm for $5 general admission at the door. Kids under 12 will be admitted at no charge and the track will remain open and free to the public before, during and after the festivities. Free parking will also be available and every guest will have the opportunity to pre-register for a $2 betting voucher online. Craft beer from Yards Brewing and River Horse Brewery will be available for purchase and live musical entertainment by The B-Street Band will commence at 6:00 pm until 11:00 pm. A VIP Admission Package is available for $25 exclusively online. The package includes 3:30pm admission, a $2 betting voucher and $5 in Mash-Up cash to redeem at any of the participating food trucks. For more information on JerseyFest, admission and to purchase tickets, please visit: https://exposure.webconnex.com/foodtruckmashup. On the track, 3 year old New Jersey Sire Stakes highlight the racing action with four races totaling $400,000. Rachel Ryan

East Rutherford, NJ - Hurrikane Ali continued to impress with another effortless harness racing win in the $25,000 second leg of the New Jersey Sires Stakes at The Meadowlands on Saturday night.   The son of Rocknroll Hanover was away patiently for Yannick Gingras as the field passed the quarter in 26.4 but once the dust settled Gingras moved him to the front and the race was effectively over. Hurrikane Ali closed out the 1:50.1 mile with a 26.2 final quarter and sets up an interesting match up with Artspeak (who skipped the second leg) in next Saturday's $100,000 final. John McDermott, Jr is the trainer of the winner for owners Kuhen Racing, Jonathan Klee Racing, Dr Ken Rucker and Robert Pucila.   Gokudo Hanover was a length and a quarter in arrears for second with Edward Teach third.   The filly pacers also completed their preliminary leg obligations and Wicked Little Minx scored a mild 10-1 upset in a front stepping career best 1:51.1 effort for driver Tim Tetrick. Wicked Little Minx was left alone on the lead through friendly fractions while favored Stacia Hanover was mired in traffic and left with too much to do at the end despite her ferocious 26.2 final quarter rally.   Trainer Nancy Johansson was racing Wicked Little Minx, also by Rocknroll Hanover, for only the second time since she took over the duties for owner Courant AB of Sweden.   Information on next week's NJSS finals will be available on the SBOANJ website.   Meadowlands Media Relations Dept

East Rutherford, NJ - Friday night at the Meadowlands featured the second leg of the New Jersey Sires Stakes (NJSS) for harness racing three-year-old trotters with the fillies and colts each competing in a single $25,000 race with next week's $100,000 finals as their target.   Nine fillies went to the post absent last week's winner Mission Brief who remained in the barn with her final berth secure and Rules Of The Road took full advantage of that circumstance.   The Muscle Hill filly from Right On Renee led all the way for David Miller through comfortable fractions and held off a serious bid from Model Behavior to win in 1:55. Riley's Dream was third. Arden Homestead Stable and trainer Janice Connor share ownership of Rules Of The Road.   Guess Who's Back took another step on the Hambletonian trail with a measured 1:52.4 win over a game Canepa Hanover in the colt division. Sent for the front early, Guess Who's Back led by the 55:3 half where Brian Sears deferred to the Jimmy Takter driven Canepa Hanover who was working his way up through a wind-aided sub 27 second quarter. Using the cover as a breather for his colt, Sears fanned his mount for the drive off the last turn and went by for a narrow win under is own power with a 29.2 final stanza into the wind. Aldebaran Eagle gained some late to be third.   Guess Who's Back moves onto the final as the horse to beat for trainer Nik Drennan and owners Joe Davino, Brad Shackman, TLP Stable and J&T Silva.   Weeper won the $27,500 Mare Open Pace again, this time in a front-running effort for Yannick Gingras. Allowed uncontested fractions, Weeper responded with a 26.4 close to the 1:50.3 mile. Inittowinafortune held second after a pocket ride and Coffee Addict was a gallant third after an uncovered charge at the winner around the final bend. Jimmy Takter trains the winner for the Bay Pond Racing Stable.   Live racing resumes tomorrow night at 7:15pm.   From Meadowlands Media Relations

East Rutherford, NJ - The second leg of the New Jersey Sire Stakes (NJSS) for three-year-old harness racing pacers fields one $25,000 division each of fillies and colts at The Meadowlands on Saturday night. The top ten from the two elimination legs will race in the $100,000 finals on Saturday, May 30.   Race five is a field of ten pacing fillies with the 2014 freshman filly final winner Stacia Hanover the one to beat. The Western Ideal lass swept through both legs and the final last season, the highlights of her abbreviated five race campaign. After a few conditioning starts this season against older, "Stacia" rallied from well back to be second behind Happiness in last week's first NJSS leg, pacing her final quarter in a flat 26 seconds for the second consecutive race. Driver Scott Zeron has employed the "off-the-pace" style exclusively with Stacia Hanover and will have to fashion a trip from post nine on Saturday. Steve Elliott trains the filly for owners David Van Dusen and Michael Cimaglio.   The colts come up in the very next race with a field of eleven set to compete. Hurrikane Ali will draw the favorite's role with defending NJSS champ and co-leg one winner Artspeak taking the week off. Hurrikane Ali reduced his record to 1:50 over a deteriorating surface last week with driver Yannick Gingras never having to ask him for pace. Lightly raced at two, the Rocknroll Hanover colt has won both starts this season for trainers McDermott, John Sr & Jr and owners Kuhen Racing, Jonathan Klee, Dr. Ken Rucker and Robert Pucila.   There is a carryover of $124,509 in the race five Jackpot Super High 5 and $96,746 in the last race Jackpot Super High 5 as the live racing weekend begins on Friday night.   Belmont Stakes Trip Giveaway   With the eyes of the racing world fixed upon American Pharoah and his quest for thoroughbred racing's Triple Crown, the Meadowlands is going to give one of its fans a trip of a lifetime. Fans visiting the Meadowlands during live racing can enter to win a VIP trip to the Belmont Stakes. The prize package includes clubhouse seating for four, dining in the Marquee Tent, and a parking pass. The winner will be drawn May 29. Fans must be present to win the grand prize.   The thirteen race Saturday card begins at 7:15pm.   Meadowlands Media Relations

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