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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

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (May 20, 2015) - Most harness racing trainers would be happy if their prized pupil started their three-year-old season with an impressive win, but Nik Drennan continues to describe Guess Who's Back as a work in progress. "He was good and I was happy, just not 100-percent happy," said Drennan in describing his colt's win in last week's opening leg of the New Jersey Sire Stakes at the Meadowlands. "He put in a few steps around the first turn so we're just trying to work some things out. He has to get over his issues. We need to get him on a regular routine of racing so that we can build his confidence and get him stronger both mentally and physically." Guess Who's Back has been installed as the 8-5 morning line favorite in the second leg of the New Jersey Sire Stakes, co-feature on the Meadowlands 12-race Friday program. Brian Sears will drive the Muscles Yankee colt. The other opening leg winner, French Laundry, was given the week off by trainer Jimmy Takter. Guess Who's Back sold for $90,000 as a yearling at the Harrisburg Sale. His dam is a half-sister to the millionaire Breeders Crown champion Poof She's Gone. He is owned by Joseph Davino in partnership with Brad Shackman, TLP Stable and J&T Silva Stables. Drennan said he has never had a horse as good as Guess Who's Back, yet he is far from a finished product. He flashed major talent last year, winning the $100,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes Final, but also frustrated Drennan by going off-stride in four starts. "He was pretty big," explained Drennan. "Last year he looked like a four-year-old and was racing against horses that were half his size. Now he probably looks like a five-year-old. He had to get over some aches and pains last year. It's more mental than anything with him now. The next couple of starts will tell with him." Friday's card also includes the second leg of the New Jersey Sire Stakes for three-year-old trotting fillies and an Open Handicap for pacing mares that serves as the seasonal debut of stakes-winning four-year-olds Sandbetweenurtoes and Act Now. 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. Post time is 7:15 p.m. 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. Justin Horowitz

MANALAPAN, NJ - May 16, 2015 - Artspeak, the Dan Patch Two-Year-Old Pacing Colt of the Year in 2014, coasted to a three and a half-length harness racing victory in his season's debut, a $20,000 first leg of the New Jersey Sire Stakes, the fourth race on Saturday, May 16, 2015 at the Meadowlands. Scott Zeron tipped the 3-2 favorite out and brushed to the lead before the half, hand driving the son of Western Ideal to a career best 1:49 flat. Gokudo Hanover [Cam's Card Shark] is second best with five and a half lengths to Dealt A Winner [Cam's Card Shark] in third. Artspeak, winner of the Governor's Cup and Metro Pace at two, lifted his bankroll to $752,185 with nine wins and two thirds in 11 career starts. The Tony Alagna trainee is owned by Brittany Farms, Marvin Katz, Joe Sbrocco and the In The Gym Partners. Artspeak Hurrikane Ali, driven by Yannick Gingras and trained by John McDermott Jr., won the second of the two $20,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings, the ninth race, in 1:50 flat on a surfaced rated good. Sent off as the 3-5 favorite, Hurrikane Ali claimed the lead before the half and held off Rock N' Roll World by two lengths. Rock Of The Ages was third by seven and a quarter lengths. All three are sons of Rocknroll Hanover. Hurrikane Ali now has two wins in two starts in 2015 after going winless in five starts at two. He has earned $55,575 for the partnership of Kuhen Racing LLC, Jonathan Klee Racing, Dr. Kenneth Rucker and Robert Pucila. The card began with victories by daughters of Rocknroll Hanover in both of two $20,000 divisions of New Jersey Sire Stakes for three-year-old pacing fillies. In the first race, 3-5 favorite Lindys Old Lady, unraced at two, posted her second straight victory, drawing away to a two and a half-length victory over Cheyenne Robin [Rocknroll Hanover] with three and three-quarter lengths to Wicked Little Minx [Rocknroll Hanover] in third. Lindys Old Lady, driven by Tim Tetrick and trained by Frank Antonacci, paced the mile in 1:51 flat. Lindy Farms of Connecticut owns and bred the filly who has now earned $19,200. In the second race, 1-9 favorite Happiness by Rocknroll Hanover, controlled the pace and repelled the late challenge of Stacia Hanover [Western Ideal] to win by a length and a quarter. Hollyrocker [Rocknroll Hanover] was third by three lengths in the 1:50.4 mile. Yannick Gingras drove the Ron Burke-trained Happiness for Burke Racing Stable LLC and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. She won three of six starts at two and now has two wins and one third in three outings this year. Overall, she has banked $67,765. By Carol Hodes for the SBOANJ

Freehold, NJ --- El Diablo BR is getting thrown into the fire. A Norwegian-born son of Muscle Hill, El Diablo BR makes only his fourth career start Friday (May 15) when he faces six rivals in the second of two New Jersey Sire Stakes divisions for harness racing 3-year-old male trotters at the Meadowlands Racetrack. The field consists entirely of Hambletonian Stakes-eligible horses and includes stakes-winners Muscle Diamond and French Laundry. “That’s like the Hambletonian right from the get-go,” trainer Trond Smedshammer said. “I would have rather not found out this way what I’ve got, but that’s the way it is with the New Jersey Sire Stakes. “He showed some ability trotting in (1):55 and a piece as a 2-year-old and now in (1):54.4 this year. I know he’s going to trot in (1):52, but that doesn’t necessarily mean he’s good enough for the bigger stakes here. You see people qualifying in (1):52.” El Diablo BR was bred by Norway’s Bjorn Rishaug and is out of the stakes-winning mare Fiery Chip. Last year, the colt was limited to two starts because of sickness and soreness. He finished fifth in his debut, a preliminary division of the Kindergarten Series in which Habitat defeated The Bank by a neck, and was timed in 1:55.4. He then went off stride in a division of the New Jersey Sire Stakes Green Acres Series at Freehold and Smedshammer decided to turn out the colt for the rest of the year. El Diablo BR came back this season and began his campaign with a second-place finish from post nine in a conditioned race at the Meadowlands. The race was won by Soboro Hanover, who also is eligible to the Hambletonian. In addition to the Hambletonian, El Diablo BR’s stakes schedule includes the Goodtimes Stakes in June and Canadian Trotting Classic in September. “He trained good all winter,” Smedshammer said. “He’s been a little bit of a bully at the Meadowlands. He comes on the track and he wants to be a tough guy and kick and stuff like that. Hopefully by racing every week he’ll settle down and learn. He’s going to be going a few weeks in a row now and if he’s any good he’s got the Goodtimes right after. He’ll get plenty of races in the next five weeks, that’s for sure. “He’s also got stakes back there (in Norway). The Norwegian stakes competition level is like night and day compared to here. If he’s not good enough here, he’ll go back there.” El Diablo BR will leave from post four with driver Tim Tetrick in his New Jersey Sire Stakes division. He is 6-1 on the morning line. Muscle Diamond, who finished second in last year’s Breeders Crown, is the 6-5 favorite followed by French Laundry at 2-1. The eight-horse first division -- also consisting entirely of Hambletonian-eligible trotters -- is led by last year’s New Jersey Sire Stakes champion, Guess Whos Back. The Nik Drennan-trained colt is making his seasonal debut and is the 6-5 morning line favorite. Canepa Hanover is the 2-1 second choice. Also debuting Friday is Mission Brief, who is the 3-5 morning line favorite in the first round of the New Jersey Sire Stakes for 3-year-old female trotters. by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications 

East Rutherford, NJ – The Saturday night (May 16) harness racing card at The Meadowlands offers six stakes including the $183,650 Arthur J Cutler Memorial trot, the first TVG Open Pace of the season and the opening leg of the New Jersey Sires Stakes (NJSS) for three-year-old pacers.   The Cutler (race seven) field is a stellar yet evenly matched field of ten and promises to be an excellent betting affair.   2013 Horse of the Year Bee A Magician has begun the new season with aplomb. After a track-record performance at Yonkers in her first start, she handled this exact group with ease in last week’s Cutler prep employing a forwardly placed strategy from post ten in 1:51.4. She has drawn a touch better this week, beginning from the eight box with regular driver Brian Sears back in the bike after Scott Zeron handled her so beautifully in the prep. The champion mare is conditioned by Richard “Nifty” Norman for owners Mel Hartman, Herb Liverman and David Mc Duffee.   Both Wind Of The North and Melady’s Monet acquitted themselves well last week in their first forays versus the top Open stakes types with Wind Of The North finding a late seam to rally for second and Melady’s Monet surviving a sustained grind for third behind “Queen Bee”. Market Share had the look of a horse that needed one and with that now under his belt should be more of a factor in the final.   The $50,000 TVG Open Pace (race eleven) is a quality over quantity proposition with six solid sidewheelers taking the stage. The race marks the four-year-old debut of last year’s North America Cup winner JK Endofanera. He made over a million dollars while winning half of his twenty 2014 outings for owners 3 Brother Stable of New York and trainer Ron Burke. Yannick Gingras has the drive.   The competition includes last year’s Canadian Pacing Derby winner Modern Legend who is closing in on the $1 million mark in career earnings for his owner/trainer David Drew. Warrawee Needy is one of four pacers (the others being Holborn Hanover, Somebeachsomewhere and He’s Watching) that lay claim to the fastest race mile ever, a dazzling 1:46.4 accomplished over The Meadowlands strip in 2013. Doo Wop Hanover, Dovuto Hanover and Wake Up Peter complete the field.   2014 Dan Patch two-year-old pacing colt award winner Artspeak makes his seasonal bow in the NJSS (race four). The defending NJSS champ was also the winner of both the Metro and Governor’s Cup while earning nearly three quarters of a million dollars last season. Trainer Tony Alagna and owners Brittany Farms, Marvin Katz, Joe Sbrocco and In The Gym Partners embark on a season of high hopes for Artspeak and his young driver Scott Zeron.   Post time for live racing is 7:15pm on Saturday, making a nice follow up to American Pharoah’s attempt at the middle jewel of the Triple Crown, the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course which is schedule to be off at 6:18pm.  A list of the day's activities is available on The Meadowlands website.   Meadowlands Media Relations

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (May 13, 2015) - "She is her own woman, that is for sure," said harness racing trainer Ron Burke as he described his brilliantly fast, yet quirky world champion Mission Brief. Last year's champion two-year-old trotting filly, who set the world record of 1:50.3 at The Red Mile, makes her official three-year-old debut Friday (May 15) in the opening leg of the New Jersey Sire Stakes at the Meadowlands. Mission Brief earned $591,070 last year in nine wins including a season-ending victory in the Breeders Crown. She also broke stride in four races. "I have told the other owners that with this horse, the highs will be really high and the lows will be horrible," said Burke. "With her, I'm holding my breath and maybe getting ready to drive to the George Washington Bridge." Mission Brief made a break in her first qualifier on May 1, a miscue that Burke attributes to a shoeing change that the temperamental filly did not like. She stayed trotting in her second qualifier a week later, a victory in 1:56.2. "I tried to shoe her a little more aggressively like I shoe most of my other good trotters and she just didn't take to it so we switched her shoes back to how we had them last year," explained Burke. Mission Brief, owned by Burke Racing Stable, Our Horse Cents Stable, J&T Silva Stables, and Weaver Bruscemi, faces nine other rivals in Friday's New Jersey Sire Stakes, which is carded as race eleven on the twelve-race card. Yannick Gingras will take his usual seat behind the daughter of Muscle Hill. She is the 3-5 morning line favorite and carries career earnings higher than the rest of her nine rivals combined. "She was great training this week and maybe she is just waiting for us to get aggressive with her," said Burke. "It seems that the hardest quarters for her are when she has to go medium speed. She can easily warm up in 35 second quarters and can go those big 27 second quarters in a race, but it's going that in-between-speed that seems to be the hardest." The Meadowlands will also host a pair of divisions in the New Jersey Sire Stakes for three-year-old male trotters. The first division, carded as race two, is headlined by last year's Sire Stakes champion, Guess Whos Back, and emerging Hambletonian contender Canepa Hanover, driven and trained by last year's Hambletonian winner, Jimmy Takter. The second division goes as race four and features Muscle Diamond and Takter's French Laundry, second and third, respectively, in last year's Breeders Crown. Friday's card also features a pair of growing carryovers in the Jackpot Super High 5 wagers. The fifth race carryover has grown to $112,844 and the twelfth race carryover sits at $87.837. Rachel Ryan

The 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 2015 Premier and Green Acres harness racing programs. Because February 15 falls on a Sunday this year and Presidents' Day will be observed on the following Monday, the deadline for mailing purposes will be February 17. The NJSS Premier Division will be contested exclusively again at The Meadowlands in 2015 starting in May for three-year-olds and in late June for two-year-olds. The Green Acres Division begins September 4 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 17, 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 17. 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 2016, even if the horse does not race in 2015 as a two-year-old. Supplemental yearling nominations are also due February 17 for the NJSS-sponsored 2015 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        

Trenton, NJ - Horsemen wishing to nominate their mares to the New Jersey Standardbred Development Fund are reminded of the approaching due date to nominate mares to the program. The official due date is Jan. 31, but since that falls during the weekend registrations postmarked by Feb. 2 will be accepted. The Standardbred Development Fund will be replacing the New Jersey Sire Stakes’ Green Acres series beginning with the 2-year-old season in 2016. Last year 221 mares were nominated in the first year of the program. The Standardbred Development Fund series will be open to all New Jersey-sired horses as well as to the offspring of mares who have spent 150 consecutive days in New Jersey and foal within the state, regardless of the stallion they are in foal to. Only mares in foal to non-New Jersey based sires need to register at this time. The registration fee is $100. Registration forms may be downloaded from the NJSS website at www.newjerseysirestakes.com.      

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