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Nichols, NY - Tioga Downs has an action packed harness racing day set for Sunday with the Grand Circuit stakes Roll With Joe FFA pace, Artiscape FFA pace for mares, Miss Versatility for trotting mares and the Empire Breeders Classic (EBC) for New York sired 3-year-old pacing colts and fillies. Stakes purses on the day total more than $800,000. The $170,000 Roll With Joe (race 7) features 2018 Horse Of The Year McWicked who when he look down the starting gate from post six will be pleased not to see this season's division leader Lather Up among the competition. McWicked at the ripe old age of eight can still make his own luck, remains a formidable opponent for anyone and will likely be the public's choice here. Brian Sears has the drive for trainer Casie Coleman and owner Ed James as SSG Stables. The $137,000 Artiscape (race 5) saw only four rivals drop in to take on the current "Queen of the Course", Shartin N. While her story may by now be familiar to racing fans, Shartin's ability is clearly extraordinary. She became the fastest female Standardbred ever via her 1:46.4 win at The Meadowlands in the Lady Liberty, the 12th success in 13 tries this season for Shartin N and owners Richard Poillucci, Jo Ann Looney-King and driver Tim Tetrick. Jim King, Jr is the trainer. The $40,000 third of four Miss Versatility legs (race 4) offers eight solid mare trotters with last week's Joie De Vie stakes winner Custom Cantab right back at Tioga to take on seven worthy rivals. Custom Cantab overcame a bad post, slight interference early on and a first over move into Atlanta to win impressively at long odds last Sunday. She will not offer that type of value this time around as she begins from the rail for Dave Miller and trainer Chris Beaver who owns her in partnership with Don Robinson and RBH Ventures. Zero Tolerance (Dave Miller) is clearly the girl to beat in the $232,700 EBC filly final (race 8). She has ruled the NYSS scene all season and raced competitively in Grand Circuit stakes as well. Joe Holloway trains Zero Tolerance for Val D'Or Farms and Ted Gewertz. The $238,200 EBC colt final (race 9) could be a showcase for a small town colt with big talent to shine. There may be no defense strong enough to thwart Hickfromfrenchlick who starts from post 1 for Matt Kakaley. Since paired with Kakaley, the "Hick" is shooting 100% from the field while needing no assists or picks as he's taken it right down the floor from the word go each time. The money is on the line here and it's a chance to show just how clutch the Ray Schnittker trained colt is under pressure. Nolamaura Racing, LLC and TC Spatorico share ownership with Schnittker. First post on the Sunday card is 1:00pm. More information may be found on the web. by Nick Salvi, for Tioga Downs

Vernon, NY - Vernon Downs will host the $330,000 Dr. Harry M. Zweig Memorial trot for 3-year-old colts and its $135,000 filly companion Grand Circuit harness racing stakes on Saturday, August 18.   The Zweig (race 9) has drawn the two Hambletonian elimination winners in Greenshoe and Green Manalishi S, both of whom reside in the Marcus Melander stable.   Green Manalishi S (PP#2 Tim Tetrick) has won half of his six starts this season for owner Anders Strom's Courant, Inc. including a 1:50.3 career best when his prevailed after a long uncovered bid in his Hambo elim. He made his way to the front in the final, eventually succumbing to winner Forbidden Trade.   The enigmatic Greenshoe (PP#6 Brian Sears) came into the Hambletonian as the heavy favorite. He won his elim in 1:50.2 and looked for all intents and purposes to be the final winner despite an eventful trip when he trotted boldly up to Forbidden Trade mid-stretch, but did not go by. Greenshoe has amassed $586,500 in seasonal earnings for Courant, Hans Backe, Lars Granqvist and Morten Langli.   The $135,000 Filly Zweig (race 8) is a very strong and competitive field led by NJSS final winner Evident Beauty (Dave Miller). She's won four of seven and is leading money winner in the field at over $200,000 this season for owners Mel Hartman, Little E, LLC and R A W Equine. Nifty Norman trains the filly.   Both of the Zweig races will be housed in a stakes barn where they must be checked in by 8:00pm on Friday evening. Call the Racing Office at (315) 829-6825 for details.   The NYSS for 2-year-old pacing colts supports the feature with a pair of divisions racing for a purse of more than $50,000.   by Nick Salvi, for Vernon Downs

Vernon NY - The 2019 Dr. Harry M. Zweig Memorial colt trot has drawn 10 horses (9 to race with the 10th horse to have his 3-year-old payments refunded) that include several of the harness racing sophomore trotting division headliners.   Among those entered are the potent Marcus Melander pair of Hambletonian first heat winners Greenshoe and and Green Manalishi S along with Beal Memorial winner Marseille. They will compete in a single division of the stake to be raced at Vernon Downs on Saturday, August 18.   The companion filly stake drew 14 including NJSS final winner Evident Beauty and 2018 Jim Doherty Memorial winner The Ice Dutchess. There is the possibility of a consolation race to accommodate the fillies that will not draw into the main event.   Further details and the draw for post positions will be available later this afternoon.   Saturday card will also include New York Sires Stakes for the 2-year-old colt pacers.   by Nick Salvi, for Vernon Downs            

East Rutherford, NJ - Although live racing at The Meadowlands is currently on hiatus, the quest to continue to improve the best product harness racing has to offer never sleeps.   Playing a large role in that pursuit of excellence is the competitiveness of the races, which is a compilation of many and various elements. It is obvious that Standardbred racing has evolved into a speed favoring style of racing with horses being able to win from off the pace becoming a far less frequent occurrence.   Meadowlands owner Jeff Gural has long championed a more competitive style of racing and actively seeks answers to the question of how to make the track play more fairly to horses rallying from behind as they head into the stretch.   In a July meeting with the Meadowlands regular drivers, the case was made by several of them that were the track turns banked more steeply it would reduce the momentum lost while racing on the outside through the final bend. European tracks were cited for their elevated turns and it was the opinion of those drivers that a more steeply banked turn may allow the horses racing two to three wide to sustain and even gain speed as they come out of the turn and straighten up into the stretch.   Gural agreed at that meeting to bank the Meadowlands turns to the suggested angle. That task will be undertaken by track superintendent Ryan Napierala and his crew during the dark period and changes will be in place when live racing resumes.   "It's frustrating to see so many races won by horses that make the front early and hold up," said Gural. "I am always wanting the races to be more competitive and horses able to close into a win. The drivers said banking the turns would help, so I'm banking the turns. It should also make it easier on the horses as there won't be the stress on their legs as there is without much bank and maybe they won't tire as badly."   "I'm also hopeful this will remove another reason they use to give each other holes early in the races. Those "professional courtesy" tucks change the complexion of the races completely. The drivers must recognize that they are accountable to more than just themselves and the people connected to the horse; they are also responsible to the bettor to give their horse the best chance to win. Just like everybody says, without the horseplayers there is no racing and I expect them to take this seriously."   The Meadowlands kicks off the Fall Meet on October 11 with legs of the Kindergarten series followed by the TVG Fall Championships and the Freshman Fall Final Four.   by Nick Salvi, for the Meadowlands

Nichols NY - Tioga Downs will be the focus of the Standardbred racing world on Sunday when the "Jewel of the Southern Tier" plays host to a pair of harness racing Grand Circuit stakes as well as the elimination races for the Empire Breeders Classic (EBC) for pacing colts.   The best older trotting mares currently racing roll in for the $132,000 Joie De Vie stakes (race 9) where the fastest female trotter in racing history by virtue of her 1:49.1 Graduate final win, Atlanta returns after a short freshening.   Atlanta dominated the first half of the season with six consecutive stakes wins before a tight loss in the Hambletonian Maturity. Since then her only public appearances have been on owner Michelle Crawford's social media as she spent a few weeks being pampered at their horse resort in upstate New York. She's back as the favorite to take the Joie De Vie with regular driver Yannick Gingras slated to drive from post six for trainer Ron Burke and partners Crawford Farms, Brad Grant and Howard Taylor.   In Atlanta's absence, one of her chief rivals from last season Manchego has blossomed. After a bit of a slow start, Manchego has caught fire lately for trainer Nancy Johansson most recently a convincing 1:50 win in the Dr. John Steele Memorial setting up an interesting meet between these two queens of the trot. She'll start from post two for driver Dexter Dunn and owner Black Horse Racing.   The eight mare field is loaded with talent and includes; world record holder (set right here at Tioga Downs) and multiple Breeders Crown winner Emoticon Hanover for the Hambletonian winning connections of Determination, Luc Blais and Bob McClure, 2018 Steele Memorial winner Dream Together (stablemate to Emoticon Hanover), International star and 1:49.4 Meadowlands winner Darling Meras S along with her Svanstedt stablemate World Champion millionairess Plunge Blue Chip, the always tough multiple stakes winning Custom Cantab and former KYSS champ Top Expectations.   Six top trotting horses declared for the $148,000 Crawford Farms (race 8) and it is a well balanced, competitive field.   Mission Accepted (PP#4 - Gingras/Burke) won last week's Vincennes trot at The Meadowlands and his sharp gate speed allows him to be in position to succeed for owners Knox Services and David Willis.   Pinkman (PP#1 - Dunn/Per Engbloom) was a good second to Mission Accepted in that race and his story is a familiar one. The ageless 2015 Hambletonian winner perhaps doesn't win as often as he once did but is closing in on $3 million for owners Takter, Fielding & Fielding, Mc Clelland and Liverman and he has the rail.   The balanced of the field includes Ontario star Run Director, Spirit of Massachusetts runner-up The Veteran, former Breeders Crown champ Fiftydallarbill and decorated New Zealand import Speeding Spur N.   Also on the bill are a pair of eliminations for next week's $238,000 EBC finals.   Post time is 1:00 pm on Sunday and more info may be gleaned on the web.   by Nick Sali, for Tioga Downs  

Nichols, NY - Tioga Downs will host the Grand Circuit Crawford Farms FFA Trot and Joie De Vie FFA Mare Trot stakes this Sunday with a matinee post time of 1:00pm.   The $148,000 Crawford Farms drew a field of six that includes the venerable 2015 Hambletonian champ Pinkman as well as winner of last week's Vincennes trot on Hambo Day, Mission Accepted.   Eight top trotting mares will contest the $132,000 Joie De Vie led by the prolific 2018 Hambletonian winner Atlanta who will face the streaking Manchego on Sunday.   Horses for both races are requires to report to the Stakes Barn at Tioga by 8:00 pm on Saturday.   Also scheduled for the Sunday card are the eliminations for the Empire Breeders Classic for pacing fillies and colts.   With just nine fillies declared for the race there is no elimination needed and they will all go straight to the $232,700 final on Sunday, August 18.   They are listed by post position here: 1. JK American Beauty 2. Fool Me Again 3. DD Delicious 4. Zero Tolerance 5. St Somewhere 6. Gia's Surreal 7. Brooklyn Lilacs 8. Hurrikane Norakane 9. Topville Angelina   The colt stake attracted thirteen and that pair of $12,500 elimination races will go on Sunday afternoon with the $238,200 final next Sunday.   Questions may be directed to the Racing Office at (607) 699-7688.   The complete list of entries may be found on the web.   by Nick Salvi, for Tioga Downs  

East Rutherford, NJ - FanDuel Sportsbook, sports wagering provider at The Meadowlands Racetrack, has fashioned a list of proposition bets for your wagering pleasure on tomorrow's Hambletonian.   They range from the likelihood of trainer Marcus Melander converting one of his four entrants into his first Hambo win to the possibility of Meadowlands' leading driver Yannick Gingras grabbing the gold ring after years of disappointment.   The list of wagers may be found here.   You may wager right at the FanDuel at The Meadowlands Sportsbook if you should attend the "Greatest Day In Racing" live at the track or open an account online if you are within the confines of the state of New Jersey.   A free program for the entire Hambo card, compliments of The Meadowlands and Trackmaster may be downloaded from the track's website.   by Nick Salvi, for the Meadowlands

Nichols, NY - Horsepersons should be advised that all divisions of the Tompkins-Geers stakes for 2-year-old trotters and pacers will be raced on Friday, August 9 at Tioga Downs.   The draw for that card will be on Sunday, August 4 with a box close of 9:00am.   The Empire Breeders Classic pacing eliminations, Crawford Fars & Joie De Vie Open Trots are all to be raced on Sunday, August 11.   The draw for those stakes is on Wednesday, August 7 with a box close on 9:00am.   Horses for the Crawford Farms and Joie De Vie are required to be checked into the Stakes Barn by 8:00pm on Saturday, August 10.   Condition sheets may be found on the web. Electronic entry is encouraged. The Racing Office may be reached at (607) 699-7688.   By Nick Salvi, for Tioga Downs      

East Rutherford, NJ - The Meadowlands will host the $1,200,000 Hambletonian and its $500,000 filly companion Hambletonian Oaks on the "Greatest Day In Harness Racing" Saturday, August 3 with total purses on the card of nearly $4,000,000.   Sixteen horses were entered for the Hambletonian, resulting in two divisions of the first heat with the top five finishers in the official order returning for the $1,000,000 final (post time 5:14pm) which will be featured during the live broadcast on the CBS Sports Network from 4:00 to 5:30pm. The entered horses appear below in alphabetical order. Cantab Fashion Dont Let'em Forbidden Trade Gerry Gimpanzee Green Manalishi S Greenshoe Marseille Mr Vicktor Osterc Pilot Discretion Reign Of Honor Soul Strong Summit In Sight Super Schissel Swandre The Giant The top Grand Circuit stakes on the undercard include; The $230,000e Sam McKee Memorial FFA Pace with a full field of twelve going the route distance of a mile and one eighth (only stake at the added distance on the day) featuring Lather Up who became the co-fastest horse in Standardbred history by virtue of his 1:46 clocking for a mile in the July 10 Graduate final. The FFA Mare Lady Liberty brings out Shartin N who has had her way with the girls all season and currently sits atop the weekly Top Ten polls among the ten distaffers entered. The $300,000e John Cashman Memorial FFA Trot fields ten top trotters with Guardian Angel AS coming in from his Spirit of Massachusetts triumph and the streaking Eurobond facing stakes caliber off his record equaling 1:50.2 last week. The $175,000 Dr. John Steele also has ten to go led by the inimitable Hannelore Hanover, at her best once again facing nine rivals.   The $300,000e Cane Pace pits NA Cup winner Captain Crunch against Bettor's Wish in their continuing rivalry among the eight entered. Its companion filly pace the $100,000e Shady Daisy has the best nine currently racing led by Stonebridge Soul.   Freshman trotting stakes the $324,550 Peter Haughton Memorial for the colts and $310,700 Jim Doherty Memorial for fillies round out the Grand Circuit part of the 16 race extravaganza with post time at noon. The Hambletonian will be drawn live at 2:00pm today on The Meadowlands Facebook page. Check the complete draw later today on The Meadowlands website where you'll also find all pertinent information on the day's racing and all planned activities.   by Nick Salvi, for the Meadowlands  

East Rutherford, NJ - Breakfast With The Babies (BWTB) Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace day edition began at 10am on a prefect morning with a fast harness racing track, minimal wind and the temperature at 75f. Crucial opened the day with another win, her second in as many attempts in 1:57.3 / 28.2 in hand to Yannick Gingras. The Father Patrick filly took over as the approached the half in a minute, rated the turn then sprinted home to score over I'm Really Special (Tim Tetrick) and Hot Springs Volo (Brian Sears). Ronnie Burke trains the $200,000 Lexington purchase for his interests as Burke Racing, Bill Donovan, Weaver Bruscemi, J&T Silva and Purnell & Libby. Steve Stewart and Maumee River Stables, Black Creek Farm and Martin Schmucker bred the impressive filly. Paul Kelley sent out a winner this morning in Cover Girl (Scott Zeron), a Muscle Hill from the Grand Circuit stakes winning To Dream On. Zeron moved her to the lead past the quarter, rated fairly and held off the challenges of Fashion Charmer (Dexter Dunn) to the outside and Winter Olympics (Ake Svanstedt) to the inside for the 1:59.1 win. Cover Girl is owned by the trainer along with TLP Stable, SRF Stable and L. Thomases and was bred by Katz Libfeld & Goldband who sold her in Lexington for $70,000. Ready For Moni (Gingras) won right back in 1:57.2 / 29 from off the rated pace. Placed second over, the Ready Cash colt fanned off cover and went by willingly to pick up mile cutter Stay Close (David Miller). Platoon System (Corey Callahan) rallied for third. Fielding, Lindy Farms, Liverman & Hatfield gave $220,000 for him at Lexington. Moni Market Breeders bred the colt. Trond Smedshammer drove Bluffinner, a Credit Winner from Bluff with the grand dam being the million dollar winning Blur, both trained by Trond, to an easy forwardly placed 1:58.2 / 28.3 romp over Merger Hanover (Tetrick) and Rock Party (Callahan). Purple Haze Stable gave $40,000 for the colt at Harrisburg and the breeder is Fair Winds Farm. Papi Rob Hanover (David Miller) was a winner in 1:55.2 for trainer Brett Pelling and owner Dave McDuffee, a pair that have enjoyed great success together over the years. Papi Rob took over past the half then won as he pleased over a charging What The Luck (Matt Kreuger). The Hanover bred Somebeachsomewhere colt brought $130,000 at Harrisburg last fall. Caviart Jane (Zeron) won the last of the baby races in 1:53.3. A sick scratch from a Kindergarten last week, the Captaintreacherous filly was again in hand while scoring her third baby win in as many tries for trainer Nancy Johansson. Caviart Farms and Christina Takter (looking forward to a big night as partners on Pace favorite Captain Crunch) gave $100,000 for her in Lexington last fall, White Birch Farms bred and consigned the filly. The Greatest Night in Harness Racing, Meadowlands Pace night is on tap this evening with $2.5 million in stakes led by the track's signature race the $682,650 Meadowlands Pace begins at 7:15 with post time for the Pace set at 10:10 pm. Free Pace programs are available on the web. Compliments of The Meadowlands and Trackmaster. Nick Salvi        

East Rutherford, NJ - Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace harness racing elimination day Breakfast With The Babies (BWTB) sponsored by Jules Siegel's Fashion Farm took place on another muggy Saturday morning at The Meadowlands. The track was fast, temperature in the 80's with a slight crosswind when the trotting fillies stepped onto the track to contest the first race at 9:00am. Colt pacer Tall Dark Stranger demanded a bid of $330,000 at last fall's Lexington sale and his first foray into racing indicated the money was well spent. Yannick Gingras bided his time along the rail early with the son of Bettors Delight as Just Say Joe (Matt Kreuger) rolled along on the lead through a 1:28.3 six panels. When the field turned home, Gingras fanned Tall Dark Stranger wide off his cover and he roared by the field with strong and sure strides through a 26.1 last quarter for the 1:55.2 win over the closing Force N Fury (Dexter Dunn) and Sea Of Life (Andy McCarthy). Crawford Farms Racing, Marvin Katz, Caviart Farms and HA Taylor own the winner trained in the Nancy Johansson stable. James Avritt bred the colt. She's Speechless (Marcus Miller) converted a pocket trip into a 1:54.4 / 27.2 win in a tight photo over Caviart Heather and late charging Annabella Hanover (Dexter Dunn) in the lone filly pace. The Artspeak filly is trained by Chris Freck for owner Anthony Olswfski who bought her at the Harrisburg sale for $17,000form the Hanover consignment. The day's opener was won by the Diamond Creek homebred Father Patrick trotting filly Bayou (Tim Tetrick) in a 1:57.1 / 28 front stepping masterpiece over Contepartiro Deo (Andy Miller) and Questichap (Trond Smedshammer). Linda Toscano, on the threshold of her induction into the Living Hall of Fame on Sunday, is the trainer. Crucial (Yannick Gingras) was a very impressive winner in her debut for the Ron Burke barn. Falling into the pocket as Wine Rack Hanover (Dexter Dunn) set easy fractions; Crucial tipped out in the stretch went zooming by through a 27.1 final quarter. The royally bred Father Patrick filly, first foal from Jolene Jolene. Crucial required a $200,000 final bid at the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale (LSYS) from Burke Racing, Bill Donovan, J&T Silva, Purnell & Libby and Weaver Bruscemi. Steve Stewart, Maumee River Stable, Black Creek Farm and Martin Schmucker are the breeders. Harry Landy drove his Father Patrick colt Father Figure to a 1:58.2 / 28.2 win in the front, holding off Light Blue Movers (Ake Svanstedt) and Zacapa (Jimmy Takter) under minimal urging. Father Figure was a $20,000 bargain purchase at the Lexington sale last fall from breeder Marvin Katz. A pair of really sharp lookin' colts battled to the wire in race 4 with Primo Padre (Andy McCarthy) holding off the charging Chestnut Hill (David Miller) through a 27.2 end to a 1:58.1 mile. Rose Run Voyage (Svanstedt) stayed for third. The winner is trained by Tony Alagna for Kelly Walker who bred and owns the son of Father Patrick. Hambo Prep Qualifier Several serious Hambletonian candidates lined up for the 7th race qualifier as a prep for next week's Stanley Dancer Memorial with Pilot Discretion (Andy McCarthy) continuing his unbeaten streak but he had to trot a 1:51.4 / 26.4 to hold off the late charging Don't Let'em (Gingras) who went a remarkable final half and 26 flat last quarter. These two trotted strong right through the wire, leaving the crowd to ruminate over the possibilities regarding the forecast dominance of the great Greenshoe heading into the August 3 Hambletonian. Kissin In The Sand (Scott Zeron) qualified on Lasix for trainer Nancy Johansson this morning and looked strong after a few sub-par efforts, leading all the way and sprinting home in 25.4 to close out the 1:51.2 mile under wraps. Soho Chelsea A (McCarthy) was a restrained second and Odds On Lauderdale (Kreuger) third. Nancy Johansson trains the champion filly. Live racing resumes with eliminations for the Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace, $250,000 Graduate Series finals, Fan Appreciation night and post-race firecrackers at the early post time of 6:30 this evening. Nick Salvi

East Rutherford, NJ - Horsemen should take note that this week's harness racing Breakfast With The Babies (sponsored by Fashion Farms) qualifying & Baby races at The Meadowlands will begin at 9:00am on Saturday, July 6. There are 9 races with a training break after race 3.   Program pages are available on the Meadowlands website and you may watch live from this link.     Nick Salvi

East Rutherford, NJ - The Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace has drawn 15 harness racing entries that will result in a pair of $50,000 elimination races on Saturday, July 6.   NA Cup winner Captain Crunch leads the talented group of sophomore pacing colts. The 2018 Dan Patch award winning freshman went over $1,000,000 in his career when he won the Cup for trainer Nancy Johansson and owners 3 Brothers, Christina Takter, Rojan Stables and Caviart Farms. Scott Zeron has been the colt's driver throughout and is listed for the Pace elims.   Cup place and show finishers Bettor's Wish and Workin' On A Mystery are in the field and trainer Tony Alagna has entered four in the big dance, three of his colts represent half of the six entered sired by Captaintreacherous.   Also on the Saturday card are the $250,000 Graduate finals featuring the finest 4-year-old pacers and trotters in the land.   Post time on Saturday is 6:30pm with Fan Appreciation night and the promise of fireworks after the races also holding allure for the Meadowlands faithful.   The entrants are listed below:   BEST IN SHOW - By Bettor's Delight BETTOR'S WISH - By Bettor's Delight CAPTAIN AHAB - By Captaintreacherous CAPTAIN CRUNCH - By Captaintreacherous CAPTAIN TREVOR - By Captaintreacherous   CAVIART ROCKLAND - By Sportswriter DE LOS CIELOS DEO - By Captaintreacherous ESCAPETOTHEBEACH - By Somebeachsomewhere HURRIKANE EMPEROR - By Hurrikane Kingcole LOVE ME SOME LOU - By Sweet Lou MAC'S POWER - By Somebeachsomewhere MANGOGH - By Western Ideal REIGNING DEO - By Rock N Roll Heaven U S CAPTAIN - By Captaintreacherous WORKIN ONA MYSTERY - By Captaintreacherous     Nick Salvi

East Rutherford, NJ - Breakfast With The Babies (BWTB) took place on a muggy Saturday morning at The Meadowlands. The harness racing track was fast, flags limp and temperature in the 80's when the trotting fillies stepped onto the track to contest the first race at 10:00am. Pacing colt Capt Midnight (Andy McCarthy) was an impressive 1:53 winner in the last baby race of the morning, leading all the way then sprinting home in 27 flat to hold off the well intentioned bid of pocket sitter Bombshell Hanover (Andy Miller) and an up the rail threat from Captain Nemo (Tim Tetrick). The Captaintreacherous colt was following up his 1:52.3 win of June 15 and looked like there was plenty left in the tank today. Tony Alagna trains the Captaintreacherous colt, a $350,000 Hanover bred Harrisburg yearling for the partnership of Marvin Katz, Ken Jacobs, Brad Grant and Capt Midnight Racing. Jula Champagne opened the card a winner for the potent combo of Yannick Gingras and Per Engbloom as driver and trainer respectively. The Trixton filly set even fractions then finished the 1:58.2 mile with a 28.4 final quarter in hand over Questichap (Trond Smedshammer) and Sashay Kemp (Marcus Melander). Jula Racing, Inc owns the $85,000 Harrisburg yearling purchase, bred by Windsong Stable. Adriano Sorella, in town to see his Jimmy Freight finish a very game second in the Graduate last night was present, bagel in hand, this morning to watch his namesake (though he has no ownership interest) the Muscle Hill filly Sorella (Christian Lind) win from the pocket in 1:59. She tracked Eye On The Hill (Andy McCarthy) through reasonable numbers then tipped off that rival in the stretch and went by willingly. Gertrude Hanover (Steve Smith) was third. The winner is conditioned by Steffan Lind for breeders Elmer Fanin and his partner on the filly Crawford Farms. Give Adriano a call if you're lookin' for a partner. The Muscle Hill filly Ramona Hill (McCarthy) looked great this morning, trotting confidently by rivals the widest of all, her final quarter in 27.4 to end the 1:57.1 mile to pick up Jula Beauty AM (Gingras) at the wire. Never Content (Andy Miller) was third. Tony Alagna trains the winner for owners Brad Grant, Crawford Farms Racing, Robert LeBlanc and In The Gym Partners, she was a $70,000 Lexington yearling bred by Crawford Farms. Ramona Hill Around a million dollars worth of trotting fillies comprised race 4 with Synergy (Gingras) clearly the best of the lot scoring a front end 1:56.3 / 28.2 with something left. EL Ideal (Ake Svanstedt) followed along to be second while Beyond Kronos (Tim Tetrick) closed nicely in hand to get third. Synergy was a $275,000 Lexington sale buy, bred by Southwind Farms and trained by Per Engbloom for Brittany Farms, John Fielding, Herb Liverman and David Anderson. Ready For Moni (Gingras) made an impression on the bagel and lox crowd with a come from behind 1:56.1, trotting home in 27.2 to track down Back Of The Neck (Brian Sears) and mile cutter Gangster Hanover (Svanstedt). Ready For Moni is by the International star Ready Cash from daughter of the great Moni Maker, bred by Moni Maker Stable and bought in Lexington by John Fielding, Lindy Farms, Herb Liverman and Bud Hatfield. Per Engbloom trains. Ready For Moni Ake Svanstedt unleashed his Muscle Hill colt King Alphonso with a front end tour de force 1:58.1 mile, trotting home in 28 flat by as many as he pleased. Stable mate Words Matter (A. Miller) stayed for second while Platoon System (Tetrick) rallied a bit late to get third. Ake owns King Alphonso with Bender Sweden, Little E, LLC and Doug Sipple. The $110,000 Harrisburg yearling was bred by Order By Stable. Beads (Andy Miller) inherited the lead on the backstretch when Cantab Cadet went erratically for a bit, then bore wide himself off the final bend yet held sway over the fast finish of Chestnut Hill (D. Miller) to get the 1:59.2 win. Beads is an Archangel colt bred by Atlantic Trot and Steve Stewart then purchased by Renee Spahr. He comes from the Svanstedt barn. The pacers started with race 8 where Brad Grant's Sweet Lou filly Lady Lou (McCarthy) won right back for trainer Tony Alagna in 1:54.1 after a 1:54 score two weeks ago. Andy put her on the lead past the quarter then moved away willingly through the 28.1 last quarter. Stable mate Watchful Eye (Dexter Dunn) was second. Lady Lou was a $55,000 Harrisburg yearling bred by Robert Hamather. Reflect With Me made it two straight for McCarthy, Alagna and Grant (this time in partnership with breeder Brittany Farms) when she flew home to get up very late over Shebesailin (Dunn) in 1:55 / 27.3. It was the third morning trial for the daughter of Captaintreacherous who went through the Lexington ring for $120,000. Seriously Hanover (Tetrick) was powerful in a 1:54.1 front end performance with a 26.4 kicker to hold off Choir Master (Dunn) and Rockin The Gates (D. Miller). Aggressive throughout, Seriously Hanover went under the wire in the grips for Tetrick and trainer Mark Harder. Cimaglio, Demeter and Giagni own the Western Ideal colt, a Hanover bred $92,000 Harrisburg yearling. Manchego (Dexter Dunn) was out for her first go on Lasix this morning and she looked fantastic. Restrained right to the wire, she floated along through the three quarters in 1:24.2 the ripped off a 26.3 quarter to finish it off well within herself. Bettors Wish and Dexter Dunn wrapped it up with an ultra-impressive 1:51.3 prep for the upcoming Meadowlands Pace storming home in 26.3 under a Dunn double arm lock. Mac's Power cut it and held second in only his second seasonal appearance while Captain Ahab went an encouraging race, all three with an eye on the Pace. Live racing resumes at 7:15 this evening with the WineFest leading the promotions. Nick Salvi

Nicholas, NY - Tioga Downs and Vernon Downs will both celebrate America's Independence with live harness racing on Thursday, July 4.   Tioga will race a matinee card beginning at 1:00 pm. A New York Sires Stakes for 2-year-old filly trotters is the day's highlight along with Filly & Mare pacing races. The condition sheet is posted on the internet and the box closes at 9:00 am on Sunday, June 30. The Race Office may be reached at (607) 699-7688. There will be no Friday live card at Tioga this week, racing will resume on Saturday and Sunday.   Vernon will race an evening overnight card that begins at the standard post time of 6:10 pm. The box for this card will close at 9am on Saturday, June 29. The condition sheet is available here. Vernon will have racing on Friday and Saturday, constituting a 3 da live racing week. The Race Office number is (315) 829-6825.   Electronic entry is encouraged at both tracks.     Nick Salvi

East Rutherford, NJ - Breakfast With The Babies took place on a perfect Saturday morning at The Meadowlands. The sky was clear, breeze light, harness racing track fast and temperature in the 70's when the trotting fillies stepped onto the track to contest the first race at 10:00am. Panem (Andy Mc Carthy) took the opener in 158.2, 29.1 after taking control from eventual third place finisher Winnerano (Trond Smedshammer) on the way to the 1:00.3 half then opening up a long lead before coasting in. Spoiled Princess (Brian Sears) closed to be second. The winner, a daughter of Father Patrick, is an Adam Bowden homebred via his Diamond Creek moniker and is trained by Nancy and Marcus Johansson. Race two was inherited by Violet Stride (Tim Tetrick) who was sitting a nice pocket to Jula Champagne (Yannick Gingras) when that rival jumped off stride just into the home stretch. Violet Stride never lifted her nose then trotted straight and true to a 1:59 record over Woodside Datendiva (Marcus Miller) and a strong stretch trotting Centa Hanover (Ake Svanstedt). Violet Stride is owned by Emilio and Maria Rosati of Australia who paid $280,000 at the Lexington Selected yearling Sale (LSYS) for the Trixton lass, bred by Kentuckiana Farms and Jorgen Jahare, Jr. Mark Harder is the trainer. Al Libfeld's impressive Muscle Hill homebred filly Ms Savannah Belle (Gingras) rolled by the filed from far back to get up in the shadow of the wire in 1:57 / 29.3 in the third. Bank Wise AS IT (Tetrick) set honest fractions throughout, faced a stretch challenge from Solsbury Hill (Scott Zeron) then succumbed to both rivals grudgingly. Per Engbloom trains the winner. Julia C (David Miller), a full sister to 2018 Goodtimes winner Wolfgang, led all the way and took a 1:58.1 record in this morning's 4th race. She faced no pressure and trotted home in 29 flat to seal the deal over the closing pair of Munster (Tetrick) and Creature Of Habit. Bred by Art & Leah Zubrod's Fair Island Farm who retain a share of the ownership with partners Brixton Medical Inc and Hatfield Stables, Julia C is trained by Engbloom. Hypnotic AM (Sears) and Hello Tomorrow (Gingras) threw down in a stretch battle in race five. After taking over early, Yannick relinquished the lead to Sears just before the 59.2 half with Hypnotic AM then sprinting to an open lead through a 27.4 third panel. Once straightened up, Gingras flipped Hello Tomorrow out for the drive and the fillies traded blows right to the wire with Hypnotic AM prevailing under careful Sears handling in 1:55.4. Marcus Melander trains the winner, A Courant, Inc. (Anders Strom) homebred. Word Of Honor took a 1:57.2 record for Team Miller (trainer Julie and driver Andy) when she sat quietly behind Sequin (Zeron) as that rival sailed along on the lead, then slid up the inside for the win. Thankful For You (Corey Callahan) got up over Sequin for the place. Word Of Honor is a daughter of Father Patrick, bred and owned by Brittany Farms, Marvin Katz and Al Libfeld. Trotting colt races commenced with the seventh where Fire N Fury (Tetrick) was a front stepping 2:01.1 winner over pocket rider Startrick (Josert Fonseca) and Ballcapsnbluejeans (Callahan). Marcus Melander trains the Explosive Matter colt, a $22,000 LSYS buy for Stall TZ. Celebrity Farms is the breeder. The Melander barn came right back with Rome Pays Off (Mattias Melander) who led at every call and won easily in 1:59 /29.1. Beyond Kronos (Tetrick) made a good impression in his maiden voyage to be second for trainer Jim Campbell and El Ideal (Svanstedt) took third. This Muscle Hill colt was a $155,000 Harrisburg sale purchase by Lennart Agren as SRF Stable. Brian Sears tamed Hayek this morning, holding the EL Titan snugly in the pocket behind even fractions set by Hennessey AM (Christian Lind), then easing past that rival through a 28.4 end to the 1:56.2 mile with something left. Big Oil (Andy Miller) raced well to get up for the place over Hennessey AM. Another Melander pupil, Hayek is owned by Courant, Inc who paid breeder Kostas Diakoloukas $70,000 for the colt in Lexington. Melander made four straight when Fly Eagle Fly (Sears) led all the way for a 1:59.1 win over Saxon (Tetrick) and Fear The Tiger (Marcus Miller). Fly Eagle Fly is a son of International star Bold Eagle bred in Italy and bought from the Lexington sale by Pontone, Gutnick, Lozito and Deo Volente Farms for $145,000. Sermon scored for Gingras and Engbloom in 1:58 under confident handling. Yannick mover the Muscle Hill colt to the top at the 59.2 half then held sway under no urging over Sheena Soldier (Zeron) and Kasha V (Dan Dube).Sermon is a Diamond Creek Farm/ Mel Hartman bred sold in Lexington for $115,000 to Consus Racing Inc and Longbridge Trotting. Ake Svanstedt won with the sharp EL Titan colt Moon Bridge with a late rally to get up over King Slayer (Gingras) in 1:58 / 29. I Have A Dream (C. Lind) was third. The winner is a homebred for Overseas Farm and Janne Korpi.' The pacing fillies got underway after the break with a pair by Captaintreacherous hitting the wire together in 1:54.3. After Never Ever Forget and Dexter Dunn sailed along on a clear lead past the 1:25.3 three quarters, Tim Tetrick got Rocknificent into gear and made a strong wide rally in the stretch to just miss. Tony Alagna trains the winner for AlagnaInTheGym, VJ Stable, Bill Donovan and Joe Sbrocco who gave $85,000 at Lexington. AM Bloodstock is the breeder. Three six figure yearling fillies by "The Captain" finished across the track the 14th with Caviart Jane (Zeron) holding Shebesailin (Gingras) and Baby Your the Best (D. Miller) at bay in 1:53.1 / 27.2 after setting all the fractions. The winner is a White Birch bred sold in Lexington to Cavirat Farms for $100,000, trained in the Johansson barn. Real Long Hanover (Dunn) took the same route to victory as her stable mate and continued the Captaintreacherous reign of terror as she led by many throughout then held on for the 1:54.3 / 28.4 win over JK Finendandy (Zeron). Alagna owns the filly with Marvin Katz and Riverview Racing who paid $50,000 at Harrisburg for the Hanover bred. Lottery Winner (Zeron) set all the fractions before facing a stern challenge from Chief Mate (Andy McCarthy) and dug in tenaciously to hold that rival off in stretch scrap for the 1:53.2 / 27.2 win. This $185,000 LSYS Bettor's Delight colt comes from the Johansson barn where he is trained for owners Joyce McClelland, Hatfield Stable, R A W Equine and the Ric Flair Stable. Kentuckiana Farms is the breeder. Territory (Gingras) took the 17th in 1:53.2 / 28.4, benefitting greatly when It's Showtime rolled off stride while on the lead as the field turned into the stretch. Territory took the baton then held on grimly for the win over Captain Groovy (Mark MacDonald). Per Engbloom trains the Diamond Creek homebred Sweet Lou half-brother to the great Pure Country. The last of the 18 baby races went to the Well Said colt Lake Charles (MacDonald) in 1:54.3 over Captain Barbosa (McCarthy). Lake Charles sat up close through even fractions before tipping out in the stretch to take the lead then dug in to hold rivals on both sides at bay. Ray Schnittker trains and owns the $35,000 Harrisburg yearling with Egloff, Hempt and Arnold. Vieux Carre is the breeder. Today's results are available on The Meadowlands website. Racing starts at 7:15 tonight highlighted by the "Wiener Dog" races in between the live races. Nick Salvi  

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