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East Rutherford, NJ - It was a perfect Saturday morning for qualifiers at The Meadowlands with sunny skies, a slight cross breeze and temperatures in the 70's. The track was rated as fast when the races began at 10am. Hannelore Hanover is back! The 2017 Dan Patch Horse of the Year and career winner of $2.8 million made her 2019 harness racing debut an impressive winning one over current "Road to the Hambletonian" list topper Gimpanzee (Sears). Settled in fifth through the early poles, Hannelore had advanced to third via a few breakers by the 1:25.4 third panel, fanned wide and engaged the leading Gimpanzee then prevailed on the wire in 1:53 flat with a sub 27 final quarter under her own power. Super Schissel (Scott Zeron) was right in between the top pair in third. Ron Burke trains Hannelore Hanover for his interests as Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi, Frank Baldachino and J&T Silva and Joe Bongiorno picked up the drive this morning. Beautiful Sin was ultra-impressive this morning, not only beating a field of quality male rivals but doing so authoritatively. Driver Tim Tetrick moved the Muscle Hill lass first over from fourth as they passed the 59.2 half and brushed past the leader Gerry (Marcus Melander) through the 29.1 third panel, leaving the boys behind with a 27 flat close to the 1:55.3 mile. Gerry stayed on for second while White Tiger (Sears) was a rated third. Lennart Agren's S R F Stable owns Beautiful Sin who at $480,000 was the highest priced yearling of 2017 and Per Engbloom trains. Trainer Domenico Cecere brought a string of Lindy Farms 3-year-old trotting colts in for their first foray of the new season and drove the Chapter Seven colt Refi to a front stepping 1:56.2 / 28.2 win under wraps over stable mate Signor Cardin (Brian Sears). Wing Suit (Zeron) was comfortably third. Refi is owned by Lindy Farms and Bob Rudolph. Sophomore pacing colts came around next and a pair of trainer Tony Alagna's Captaintreacherous colts finished 1-2 with Captain McKee (Tetrick) prevailing from the pocket in 1:52.3 / 27.1 over mile cutter Captain Cash (Andy McCarthy) with Magic Joe Lindy (Zeron) third. Brittany Farms, Marvin Katz, Brad Grant and Captain Trevor Racing own the winner. Another round of Captains swept the first three spots in the next race with Latissimus Hanover (Tetrick) leading throughout under restraint and holding Captain Ahab (McCarthy) and Shipshape (Matt Krueger) at bay in 1:51.1 / 28.1. Trainer Ray Schnittker owns the speedy colt with Mary Kinsey Arnold and Ted Gewertz. Tall Drink Hanover (McCarthy) completed the "Captain sweep" for the sophomore pacers, winning handily in 1:51.4 / 27.1 under complete wraps. Key West (Tetrick) was a good second. Alagna trains both and owns the winner as Alagna Racing along with Marvin Katz and Riverview Racing (Stephanie & Myron Bell). Western Joe was pacing out of his skin through a 26.1 end to a 1:50.1 mile this morning, looking like he's ready to roll after this, his third qualifier. He tracked Shnitzledosomethin (Tetrick) throughout and roared past that rival under some Zeron rousing in the stretch. Chris Choate trains the 2018 Sam McKee Memorial winner for Anthony Ruggeri and Joe Tosies. It's a huge night at The Meadowlands with Graduate Series trotters on the track and BeerFest in the Back Yard. Live racing gets started at 7:15pm.   Nick Salvi

The Miss Versatility series for trotting mares gets underway on Monday at Woodbine Mohawk Park with a single $52,800 harness racing division of five led by Serge Godin's pair of starlets in Emoticon Hanover and Dream Together racing under his nom de course of Determination.   Emoticon Hanover (Dan Dube) has won the past two Breeders Crown Open Mare Trot Finals to go with a World Record and nearly $1.5 million on her imposing resume. The Miss Versatility leg will get her 2019 stakes campaign underway after a convincing 1:52.3 win in an overnight.   Dream Together (Randy Waples) burst onto the Grand Circuit scene with a $105 win mutuel in the 2018 Dr John Steele Memorial at The Meadowlands and is but a cheque away from $700,000 in career booty.   Luc Blais has trained both from the first day they had the harness on and continues to have them beautifully prepared for each engagement.   Sorceress Seelster, Pat Matters and The Erm complete the quintet, which is the second race on the Monday night bill.     Nick Salvi

Vernon, NY - The Empire Breeders Classic (EBC) for 3-year-old New York sired trotters at Vernon Downs was drawn today.   There were but nine colts declared and they will go directly to the $215,200 championship on Monday, May 27 as part of the matinee Memorial Day holiday harness racing card. No elimination necessary.   Last season's unbeaten freshman Gimpanzee is the headliner in the colt division. He won the New York Sires Stakes (NYSS) final and Breeders Crown final during his Dan Patch Award winning season for owner Courant, Inc. and trainer Marcus Melander.   They are in post position order: Horse Driver 1- Getting Serious - R. Lopez 2- Star Struck Hanover - TBA 3- Skyway Kon Man - T. Smedshammer 4- Whimzical Chapter - D. Daley 5- Gimpanzee - B. Sears 6- Mr Vicktor - T. Buter 7- Travel Winner - T. Buter 8- Cavill Hanover - J. Morrill Jr 9- Big Money Honey - T. Buter   Twelve fillies were declared and they will race in a pair of six filly eliminations on Friday night with the top nine (first four and one fifth drawn by lot) and the two winners will draw for posts 1-6 for the $209,500 championship on the same afternoon.   Last season's NYSS Final winner Winndevie will compete in the second division for Purple Haze Stable and trainer -driver Trond Smedshammer.   They are: Race 4 Purse $12,500 1. Pilgrims Lass M. Simons 2. Conway Kellyanna C. Norris 3. Amal Hall J. Morrill, Jr 4. Sensibility S. Zeron 5. Amanda Blue Chip TBA 6. Gobi Princess J. Morrill, Jr   Race 7 Purse $12,500 1. Quincy Blue Chip J. Morrill, Jr 2. Winndevie T. Smedshammer 3. Sweet Chapter J. Morrill, Jr 4. Hanna Dreamgirl TBA 5. With Out A Doubt T. Buter 6. Stella Jane J. Bartlett

East Rutherford, NJ - Saturday morning qualifiers at The Meadowlands were held under mostly sunny skies (the short sleeved colors made their first appearance of the season), negligible wind and temperatures in the 60's, with the track rated fast as they began at 10:00am. Trotting fillies opened the card with the good pair of Evident Beauty (David Miller) and Beautiful Sin (Yannick Gingras) crossing the wire together in hand, the mile in 1:58.4/28.2. Both were making their second start, Red Mile Grand Circuit winner Evident Beauty appeared flawless for trainer Nifty Norman and owners Mel Hartman, Little E and R A W Equine while Beautiful Sin looked healthy after sustaining a serious tendon laceration that ended her freshman season prematurely. Greenshoe clearly holds great promise with his remarkable speed but often authored his own undoing last season via his anxious temperament. Today was another triumph for the connections as Greenshoe looked more comfortable going to the gate, driver Brian Sears was able to settle the colt in third through slow fractions then got the response he wanted when the colt ground up uncovered and wore down a good colt in Super Schissel (Gingras) through a 27.1 end to a 1:55.1 mile. Great things may well be in store for owner Anders Strom (Courant Inc) and trainer Marcus Melander if they're able to continue to harness the power of the enigmatic Father Patrick colt. Ake Svanstedt unveiled the Swedish star Darling Mearas S this morning as the career winner of over three quarters of a million dollars led at every call then held pocket sitter Pat Matters (Matt Kakley) at bay in hand, the mile in 1:56.1/27.4. Darling Mearas has been made eligible to the top US stakes for mare trotters by owners Snogarps Stable. With a stretch headwind beginning to pick up, The Veteran was a 1:53.4 winner this morning for his new connections, the Paul Kelley Stable. Mark MacDonald held the powerful 4-year-old Muscle Mass horse in third as Manchego (Scott Zeron) set fast fractions while appearing somewhat fresh before rolling off stride on the final bend. Mac Donald has The Veteran marching up uncovered by then and he held off Ice Attracion (Svanstedt) comfortably. Trainer Kelley owns him with SRF Stable, Winske and Michaels. Odds On St Lucie (Matt Krueger) closed nicely to get the 1:54.3/27.4 win today over stable mate Wicked N Wonderful (Dexter Dunn) and Petticoat winner Catch An Ace (D. Miller). Tony Alagna trains the winner for Odds On Racing. Western Joe (Zeron) is making his way back to the wars and took another step forward with a 1:52.2/27.3 win from the pocket this morning over Limelight Beach (D. Miller). He's had two good Q's back now for trainer Chris Choate and owners Anthony Ruggeri & Joe Tosies. Sophomore colt pacers capped the card and Bettors Wish was an impressive out of the pocket winner for Dexter Dunn in 1:52.4/27.3 clearing pacesetter Captain McKee (Tim Tetrick) by a couple at the end. Trainer Chris Ryder owns the sharp Bettor's Delight colt with Bella Racing, Fair Island Farm and Ken Solomon. The results are available on the web. Live racing resumes tonight around 7:15 pm.   Nick Salvi

East Rutherford, NJ - The Kentucky Derby day qualifiers got underway an hour early at 9:00 today on an overcast morning over a drying harness racing track started out rated as "good" then improved to "fast" with the eighth race, no discernible wind and temperatures in the 60's. Race Secretary/announcer Scott Warren called the action. The trotting race of the year thus far (until tonight's Cutler Memorial) came in the eighth race of the day with the fastest trotter ever, Homicide Hunter (Yannick Gingras) debuting for new trainer Ron Burke facing the fastest 3-year-old trotter ever in Six Pack and Ake Svanstedt. Six Pack had to work to get past Eurobond (Domenico Cecere) early with Homicide Hunter waiting in third as they trotted to a 57 first half. Six Pack held the lead through the stretch as they fanned across the track with Eurobond gaining from the pocket and Homicide Hunter closing widest of all into the 28 flat final quarter to get up by a scant nose over Six Pack in 1:53.4. Meadowlands track record holder JL Cruze, making his seasonal debut, was sneaky good in here as well. Al and Michelle Crawford are the proud owners of Homicide Hunter via their Crawford Farms Racing. The day kicked off with a "crunch", Captain Crunch that is as the top rated colt on Dave Little's "Road to the Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace" won easily in 1:51.2 with driver Scott Zeron motionless throughout including a 26.3 final quarter over the off going. Captain Trevor (Andy McCarthy) looked to nose out pocket riding US Captain (Matt Krueger) in the shadow of the wire for second while Major Deception (Gingras) was a well within himself fourth. All four colts are sons of Captaintreacherous. 3 Brothers, Christina Takter, Rojan Stables and Caviart Farms own Captain Crunch for trainer Nancy Johansson. Can't Beach That (Troy Beyer) now racing from the Brett Pelling barn was super impressive today winning from the pocket in 1:50.4 with his final quarter in 25.3. He was a couple clear of Captain Ahab (McCarthy) who was strong today with an uncovered march on the leaders to close for second with Odds On Boca Raton (Dexter Dunn)a willing third into the fast final fraction. Mel Segal, Kentuckiana Farms and Eddie Gran own the Somebeachsomewhere colt. Trainer Marcus Melander was back this morning with several of his sophomore colt trotters including last year's unbeaten champ Gimpanzee who was strong in his second go around, cutting the 1:55/27.2 mile while in hand to Brian Sears. Bordogna (Andy Miller) followed for second and last year's Peter Haughton winner Don't Let'em finished really well for Marcus Johansson to be third. Anders Strom as Courant, Inc. and Lennart Agren as SRF Stable share ownership of the talented Chapter Seven colt. Just before, Melander steered 2018 Wellwood Memorial winner Green Manalishi S to a 1:54.1/28.2 score for Courant, Inc. over a closing Hudson River (Johansson) with Memo (McCarthy) staying for third. 2018 She's A Great Lady winner Tall Drink Hanover (McCarthy) looked fabulous this morning with a pacesetting 1:51.4 win using a well in hand 26 second final quarter to hold off stable mate Treacherous Reign (Dunn) . Tony Alagna trains the daughter of Captaintreacherous for his interest as Alagna Racing along with Marvin Katz and Myron & Stephanie Bell as Riverview Racing. Queen Of Tricks (McCarthy) looked sensational in a front stepping 1:54.4/27.4 romp for trainer Lucas Wallin and owner Mario Mazza. The lightly raced Trixton filly certainly has a classy look to her. Sexy Wow (Dunn) followed her in for second with High Love (Dan Dube) third in her career debut. Marvelous Trix, with owner Steve Smith driving for trainer Karen Garland, nosed out Susy (Gingras) crossing the wire in 1:56/28.2 with Antonia (Sears) a reserved third. Both Susy (Father Patrick) and Marvelous Trix (Trixton) are preparing for the upcoming New Jersey Sires Stakes (NJSS) which will begin on Friday, May 17. Last year's Jim Doherty Memorial winner The Ice Dutchess (Gingras) prevailed over mile cutter Sister's Promise (Zeron) in a 27 second final quarter sprint to the finish of a 1:56 mile. Personal Paradise (Ake Svanstedt) was third. The winner is trained by Nancy Johansson for John Floren's Coyote Wynd Farm. After the break, Andy McCarthy took Pilot Discretion for a 1:54/28 spin around the oval with Totally Takter (Gingras) staying on over Bazillionaire (Trond Smedshammer) for second. The Muscle Hill colt won both of his freshman starts at The Red Mile for trainer Tony Alagna and owners Robert LeBlanc, David Anderson and John Fodera. Phaetosive (Smedshammer) converted a pocket trip behind her familiar rival from season's past in Manchego, driven by Jimmy Takter in his first appearance of the season, into a powerful 1:54.2 win trotting home in 26.4. Manchego held up well in her first qualifier to be second and Pat Matters (Zeron) closed from last to be third. Purple Haze Stable owns Phaetosive. Marcus Miller steered St Albray to a 1:53.1 win closing into the 28 final quarter to just get up over Odds On Clearwater (Dunn) and Disturbed Hanover (Bart Dalious). Erv Miller trains for Geis Enterprise, LLC. Fresh import Frankie Rocks A (McCarthy) held off the good open pacer Western Joe (Zeron) through a 26.2 end to the 1:51.4 mile to end the day. Tahnee Camilleri owns and trains Frankie. Tonight marks the start of The Meadowlands Championship meet with the $175,000 Arthur Cutler Memorial FFA Trot and a pair of $50,000 divisions of leg #1 of the Graduate Series for 4-year-old pacers. Come early for the Kentucky Derby simulcast and stay for the live action. Nick Salvi

East Rutherford, NJ - The harness racing stars were certainly out on Saturday morning at The Meadowlands for the day's qualifying races contested on a very windy morning over a track that was dry but dulled a bit by overnight rains. A steady, strong wind was blowing hard across the track, helping most around the final turn and somewhat against them in the stretch with the temperature at 54 degrees when they began at 10:00am. The great Hambletonian winning filly Atlanta (sans trotting hopples made) her first appearance today for her new trainer Ron Burke with Yannick Gingras at the controls and she was fabulous. The Chapter Seven lass was sent out to the front from post eight, Atlanta set all the fractions in a 1:52.3 mile, final half in 55.2 and into the wind last quarter of 27.3 with no urging. The Veteran (Zeron) was impressive in his first go around to hold second over a clearly in hand Cruzado Dela Noche (Brian Sears). Crawford Farms, Brad Grant and Howard Taylor own the trotting queen. Marcus Melander brought his imposing team of sophomore colt trotters up for the day and clearly the most impressive performance of the morning from his string was turned in by the enigmatic Greenshoe (Brian Sears) who looked composed and imposing at the same time. Greenshoe trotted an impressive 1:54.1 mile with a back half in 56 and 28.1 final quarter well under wraps, leaving his competition in some disarray 20 or more lengths in arrears. The Father Patrick colt is insanely talented and can certainly trot with anyone if his connections can keep his focus on business for owner Anders Strom's nom de course, Courant, Inc. Melander's Dan Patch Award and Breeders Crown winning Gimpanzee (Sears) who sat last of the field of six and closed some late as Hudson River (Marcus Johansson) set even fractions in an easy 1:57.2 win over Captain Krupnik (Svanstedt) and a closing Southwind Avenger (Dexter Dunn). Gerry (Melander) put in a solid front stepping 1:56.3 effort, closing it out in 28.1 under no urging. Soul Strong (Ake Svanstedt) closed a bit up the inside to take the place over pocket sitter No Drama Please (Tetrick). Gerry is owned by SRF Stable. The Millers opened the day with the good Father Patrick filly French Cafe cutting the mile for Andy to a 1:58 win off a 1:01.3 and 1:30 three quarters. Sister's Promise (Tim Tetrick) was second and Susy (Scott Zeron) third. For perspective she trotted in 1:55.4/27 in her first try two weeks ago. Julie Miller trains the winner for owner/ breeders Marvin Katz and Al Libfeld. Evident Beauty (David Miller) looked sharp in her first effort for trainer Nifty Norman passing fillies from well back in the stretch for a 1:57.4, with a wind compromised 30 second final quarter on the board. Winndevie (T. Smedshammer) was second and Whispering Oak (S. Zeron) third. The White Birch Farm bred Trixton filly was a multiple Grand Circuit winner at The Red Mile last fall for owners Mel Hartman, Little E and R A W Stable. The pacers began with the 7th and Captaintreacherous sired the winner of the first two sophomore colt races. Major Decption (Tetrick) was a winner in 1:55.3 leading through the 56.2 closing half comfortably holding on over No Mas Amor (Gingras). Tony Alagna is the trainer while In The Gym Partners (John Fodera & Steve Wienick), Martha Frank, Robert LeBlanc, Steve Head and Joe Sbrocco own the colt. Captain Victorious (Gingras) was giant in his first start from the Ron Burke barn. He set a solid pace then closed out a remarkable 1:51.1 mile in 27.2 with mild encouragement from the driver. Best In Show (Tetrick) was a good second and Dancin Lou (Matt Kakaley) third. Major March (D. Miller) raced right back to his good mile behind Captain Crunch last week with an effortless 1:52.1/27.2 daylight win over a closing Buddy Hill (Sears) and Escapetothebeach (Tetrick). Linda Toscano trains the Art Major colt for Bay Pond Racing. Last year's top freshman filly Warrawee Ubeaut (Gingras) has come back beautifully for Burke and the Sweet Lou lass was an easy 1:53.2 winner, settling nicely off the pace early and rolling by good fillies late under her own power. Odds On Clearwater (Dunn) and St Somewhere (D. Miller) followed the winner, owned by Burke, Collura, Silva, Purnell & Libby and Weaver Bruscemi in. Youaremycandygirl (Gingras) closed in tandem with 3-year-old Treacherous Reign (Dunn) nip Percy Blue Chip (Kakaley) in 1:53.1. Bill Donovan owns the mare and Ron Burke trains. Done Well was scary good in the last today dragging Dexter Dunn around in 1:50.4 to win by seven over a really good bunch of horses. Dorsoduro Hanover (Kakaley) left into play from post 10 and was real good for second with Filibuster Hanover (Gingras) completing the Burke sweep. The results are available on the web here. Racing resumes tonight at 7:15 pm. Nick Salvi

Nichols, NY - Tioga Downs will kick off the 2019 live harness racing season on Saturday, May 4.   Racing will be Saturday and Sunday the first two weeks then pick up Friday beginning with May 17.   The first draw will be a double draw held on Wednesday, May 1 with a box closing of 9:00am.   A racing application is required and they may be found, along with other pertinent information, on the Tioga website.   The first condition sheet is up on   Enter via e-track or by calling (607) 699-7688 and the direct line to the Judges is (607) 699-7573.     Nick Salvi    

East Rutherford, NJ - Tioga Downs welcomes Rich Mattei to the announcer's booth and Racing Office for the 2019 season.   Rich had originally been hired to do the race calls at Vernon Downs, a position that will now be filled by John Horne whose voice is familiar as the Tioga announcer over the past few seasons. Horne will continue to write the lead-in and wrap-up articles for both tracks.   Mattei's introduction to calling races was attending the Tom Durkin announcing school in Goshen, NY. He then went on to serve as the announcer for the baby races at Gaitway Farm. That gig led to relief stints at various tracks such as Ocean Downs, Rosecroft, Northfield, Vernon, Freehold and Harrah's Philadelphia along with handicapping the races on TVG for Meadowlands.   "My first full season harness racing job was as the photo-finish/teletimer guy at Harrah's where Rob Pennington and Joe Auger would let me come in early and take entries, put races together and learn about how to do things in the Race Office," said Mattei. "Next was a season as the charter at Freehold, then Karen Fagliarone hired me on as the Assistant Race Secretary which has piqued my interest in that direction. I certainly appreciate the opportunity to work for Jeff Gural and Jason Settlemoir and look forward to the summer at Tioga Downs."   The Tioga meet begins on May 4 with the annual Kentucky Derby Day extravaganza. Live racing will be on Saturday and Sunday for the first two weeks, adding Friday with the May 17 card. Check the website or call (607) 699-7688 for more information.     Nick Salvi

East Rutherford, NJ - The spring of 2019 has been a good one at The Meadowlands. Handle is up as a result of greater field size and the gradual return to better quality horses, the logical explanation being increased purses made possible by the supplemental funding from the state. The horseplayers are voting with their wagering dollars and handle begets handle, that is fact. The entry box has been solid. There have been enough horses entered to card 13 races for each live racing night, most of them with full fields, which is exactly what The Meadowlands' customers desire. "We have momentum that we haven't had in a while and I want it to continue. We appreciate the support at the entry box by those trainers racing with us this spring, that's a big part of it," stated Meadowlands GM Jason Settlemoir. "I was excited watching the races this weekend. There is no question that horses closing in on the leader as they approach the wire with five or six across the track in deep stretch creates excitement. We have to demonstrate to the legislators that our product is enhanced and improved to continue the purse allocation, we're going in the right direction and it must continue." Saturday's card resulted in another night of over $3 million in all sources handle on The Meadowlands races, which were interesting and entertaining. The track is playing fair, a bit less speed favoring, with horses able to win from virtually anywhere. In every one of the races this past Saturday, the fifth place finisher was no more than 6 lengths from the winner, most were far closer, and in the 11th race the first five finishers were separated by just a head.   The competitiveness of the races, leading to fewer short priced favorites, is an important component of what drives handle. The average win payoff on Saturday was slightly over $10 and as pointed out in Dave Little's release the percentage of winning favorites over the past two weekends (9 from 52 races) is around 17 percent.   With several of the top Meadowlands/Grand Circuit drivers absent for most of the winter/spring meet it has provided an opportunity for the next generation of talent to ply their trade on the big stage. Their desire to succeed when the chance presents itself, along with less familiarity within the driver colony, has made for some exciting racing.   "I thought the racing Saturday night was fun to watch. The drivers closed the holes which makes it much more competitive and the handle reflects that. Hopefully with the championship season on the horizon and many of our regular drivers returning from Yonkers after the Levy I hope we will continue to see the same level of competitive driving with the elimination of the courtesy holes that we have seen for the last several years. There is no question that the racing on Saturday was the best I have seen in many years and reminded me of the good old days of the Meadowlands when horses either got to the top or were parked when they left from the outside. It obviously makes for a much better product," said Meadowlands CEO Jeff Gural.   Nick Salvi

East Rutherford, NJ -- The Meadowlands and the SBOA of NJ will again cooperate to provide access to the racetrack for those horsemen wishing to train their young harness racing horses over the oval during the month of May beginning on Thursday, May 2. The track will be open each Thursday in May from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. and the paddock is open and available during those hours. The cost for these sessions will be covered by the SBOA of NJ. Please call the Race Office at 877.782.2537 by noon each Wednesday with an estimated number of horses so preparations may be made.   Nick Salvi

East Rutherford, NJ - Foul weather caused the postponement of today's Meadowlands qualifiers until 3:00 pm. By then, despite overcast skies and a slight helping breeze in the stretch, the harness racing track was fast and dry with a temperature of 64f at post time. The session quickly turned into Nancy Johansson day as she brought big power to the table and got the results she and driver Scott Zeron were hoping for from several potential stars of the 2019 Grand Circuit season. Nancy unveiled the sophomore edition of her Dan Patch award and Breeders Crown winning freshman pacing sensation Captain Crunch (Zeron) and he was absolutely fabulous. Moving comfortably on the lead through a 56.1 half and 1:24.4 three quarters, "Crunch" sprinted home in a sizzling 25.2 under his own power to win by 4 or 5 lengths over Major March (Tim Tetrick) in 1:50.1 with Zeron motionless in the sulky. The Captaintreacherous colt won more than $600,000 at two for owners 3 Brothers Stable, Christina Takter, Rojan Stable and Caviart Farms who plucked him from the Standardbred Horse Sales (SHS) for the bargain price of $85,000. Walnridge Farm and Sherri Meirs are the breeders. The 2018 Doherty Memorial winner The Ice Dutchess (Yannick Gingras) returned to the racing wars today for Johansson and looked fantastic in her debut. Gingras sat in third with the filly as stable mate Can't Touch It (Zeron) rated even fractions while Speed Titan (Mattias Melander) ground up uncovered. As they trotted home, the rail opened and The Ice Dutchess bolted through to score an four length win moving away from her rivals unasked in a 26.1 close to the 1:54.4 mile. Speed Titan was second while Can't Touch This stayed on for third. The Muscle Hill lass was a $320,000 Standardbred Horse Sales (SHS) purchase by Canyon Wind Farm from breeders Stephen Dye and David Reid. She paid for herself as a 2-year-old and appears ready to add to that booty at age three. Six Pack is back! The Dan Patch award winner and fastest 3-year-old trotter in history by virtue of his KY Futurity win was awesome in his returning qualifier for Ake Svanstedt. The pair sat a pocket to an old rival in Fashionwoodchopper (Gingras) past the 1:28.3 six panels and roared by that rival when tipped out at that station to a 1:55.2 mile easily. The Muscle Mass 4-year-old is owned by Svanstedt in partnership with Little E; LLC, Knutsson Trotting, Stall Kalmer and I. Berg this season. Svanstedt also won with Galixton in 1:59 for himself, Little E and Joe Sbrocco. Kissin In The Sand may have looked better this week than last, if that's even possible. Zeron sat behind the early pace of Izzy Hanover through a 56.1 half, passed that rival and the three quarters in 1:24.3 with top pacing mare Caviart Ally (Andy McCarthy) following up and dropping in behind as they sprinted home in 25.3 for a 1:50.1 mile. Both mare had plenty left and were well ahead of the others. Marvin Katz and Bud Hatfield own the exciting Somebeachsomewhere 4-year-old returning divisional award winner and Nancy Johansson trains. Blood Money (Zeron) closed in 25.2 to run down Buddy Hill (Brian Sears) the mile in 1:52.2. Johansson trains last year's Matron Stakes winning homebred for Diamond Creek Racing. Johansson and Zeron capped their memorable afternoon with Thinkbig Dreambig zipping around the oval in 1:52.2, holding American History (McCarthy) at bay with a 26 flat final stanza while both were in hand. This imposing Bettor's Delight 4-year-old was a winner of multiple Grand Circuit stakes in 2018 including a division of the Tattersalls Pace in 1:48.2 for Brixton Medical, Fielding, Anderberg and Falk. Sharp Action Money (Gingras) won the last of the day's races, ending a 1:52.4 mile with a 25.3 final quarter for the Burke barn. Charted results may be found on the Meadowlands website. Nick Salvi

East Rutherford, NJ - The Meadowlands will offer the first of a harness racing series of Open races for all gaits and sexes of older horses for a purse of $30,000 on Saturday, April 27.   These opens have been spaced throughout the Meadowlands season to provide a race when there is a gap in the stakes schedule. All four groups will have three or four legs with the purse increasing for each, to $35,000 for the second and $40,000 for the third of the races with the top performers eligible to a $60,000 final.   There is no nomination needed and there will be NO FEE for these races. The complete conditions are available on the next condition sheet. Questions should be directed to Scott Warren, Racing Secretary at (201) 842-5130.   Here is the schedule:   Open Pace (Golden Receiver) Saturday (April 27)-Purse $30,000 Saturday (May 11)-Purse $35,000 Friday (June 14)-Purse $40,000 Saturday (July 27)-Final-$60,000 (est.)   Open Trot (Mr. Muscleman) Saturday (April 27)-Purse $30,000 Saturday (May 18)-Purse $35,000 Friday (June 14)-Purse $40,000 Saturday (July 6)-Purse $40,000 Saturday (July 20)-Final-$60,000 (est.)   Open Mare Pace (Rainbow Blue) Saturday (April 27)-Purse $30,000 Saturday (May 18)-Purse $35,000 Friday (June 21)-Purse $40,000 Friday (June 28)-Final-$60,000 (est.)   Open Mare Trot (Bee A Magician) Saturday (April 27)-Purse $30,000 Friday (May 31)-Purse $35,000 Friday (June 28)-Purse $40,000 Saturday (July 27)-Final-$60,000 (est.)   Nick Salvi      

East Rutherford, NJ – Many of the sport’s stars assembled at The Meadowlands for qualifiers on an overcast, windless Saturday morning over a track that may have been slightly dulled by overnight rains with the temperature at 10am in the mid 60’s. The card began with the Grand Circuit stakes winning Father Patrick filly Special Honor (Andy Miller) closing through the stretch to edge mile cutter Fate Smiled (Matt Kakaley) in 1:54.4 / 27.2. Can’t Touch It (Scott Zeron) held safe for third and Goldsmith Maid winner Sonnet Grace (Yannick Gingras) fourth in a conservative effort. Brittany Farms, Marvin Katz and Al Libfeld bred and own the winner, trained by Julie Miller. Hall of Fame trainer Linda Toscano has a sharp looking prospect in the 3-year-old Muscle Hill colt Guaranteed (Tim Tetrick) who won his second qualifier in as many tries this morning by closing furiously under no urging into a 27.2 end of a 1:54.4 mile to nip Halliama (Trond Smedshammer) and Summit In Sight (A. Miller). The winner, unraced at two, was a $125,000 Lexington Select Yearling Sale (LSYS) purchase by Michael and William Pozefsky and Myron Eckstein from breeders Tommy B. Andersson and Courant AB. Matter Of Fact (Marcus Melander) who led throughout and the closing French Café (A. Miller) went under the wire together in 1:55.4 / 28.1 in race three with the latter prevailing by a nose. Golden Tricks (Ake Svanstedt) was third. French Café is another daughter of Father Patrick, a Katz & Libfeld homebred again stabled in the Julie Miller barn. Miss Trixton scored for Melander from just off the pace in 1:55.3 / 27.4 over Trix Are For Kids (Corey Callahan). The winner is a Trixton filly from million dollar winner Possess The Magic, a $105,000 LSYS purchase for the Order By Stable from breeder Hanover Shoe Farm. Last year’s International Trot winner Cruzado Dela Noche (Mattias Melander) was sharp in his 2019 bow leading all the way and trotting a 26.3 final quarter to hold off Top Flight Angel (A. Miller) in 1:53.3. Yes Mickey completed the three horse field. All three of these top trotters are eligible to the May 4 Cutler Memorial, the first major stake of the 2019 Meadowlands season. World record holder Ice Attraction (Andy McCarthy) is back for another season versus the top mare trotters and got her year underway with a front stepping 1:55.4 / 27.4 effort under her own power. Muscle M Up (Sarah Svanstedt) outmuscled EL Platinum and her husband Ake for the place with a nice stretch move. All three are trained in the Svanstedt barn and Ake owns the winner with Sipple, Burroughs and Little E. Dan Patch award winning 2-year-old pacing filly Warrawee Ubeaut (Gingras) got her sophomore season off to a great start as the fastest freshman in harness racing history by virtue of her 1:48.3 Red Mile win last fall scored from second over in 1:53.2 with her final quarter in the 26 second range. Stonebridge Soul (Dexter Dunn) went well to be second with She’s Allright (Kakaley) third. Warrawee Ubeaut is from the first crop of Sweet Lou and was a $70,000 LSYS buy Burke, Collura, Silva, Purnell & Libby and Weaver & Bruscemi from breeder Warrawee Farm. Yannick and Burke came right back with the good American Ideal soph filly pacer St Somewhere for a 1:53.4 / 27.2 decision over stablemate Sylph Hanover (Kakaley) and Fool Me Again (Dave Miller) who closed with good pace for third. St Somehwere shares her ownership group with Warrawee Ubeaut who bought her from breeder Crawford Farms in Lexington for $55,000. Kissin In The Sand was absolutely vicious in her return this morning, loping along through even fractions before dragging Scott Zeron home in 26.3 for a 1:51.2 mile. The Dan Patch 3-year-old filly pace champ won by open lengths over her nemesis from last season Youaremycandygirl (Gingras) who was reserved early and not asked by the driver. Kissin In The Sand is trained by Nancy Johansson for Marvin Katz and Bud Hatfield. Captain Victorious (A. Miller) closed to a 1:52.1 / 26 win for the Millers, besting Caviart Rockland (Zeron) and Sugar Factory (D. Miller) in a race where all six looked good. The $40,000 (LSYS) White Birch Farm product races for Andy Miller Stable, Goehlen and Huffman. Love Me Some Lou (D. Miller) was a 1:52.2 / 26.4 winner for the Cancelliere brothers Tom (trainer) and John (owner). The Sweet Lou $95,000 LSYS buy sat just off the pace and roared by when asked. Blood Money (Zeron) and De Los Cielos Deo (Gingras) were next across the line. Spring Haven Farm bred the winner. The twelfth and final qualifier was easily the best race of the Meadowlands season to date, pari-mutuel or not and Filibuster Hanover (Gingras) emerged from the packet to go by the front running Delta Winner (D. Miller) in a 26.2 end to a 1:51.1 mile. The winner races out of the Ron Burke barn. Results and eventually race replays are available on The Meadowlands website. Live racing tonight at 7:15 with the World Harness Handicapping Championship taking place in the building. Walk-up registrations will be available until 7 p.m. Saturday. For more information, call 201.842.5015 or go to this link.   Nick Salvi

East Rutherford, NJ - The Meadowlands has seen an increase of 28% in all sources wagering on the live harness racing product over the first quarter of 2019 vs the 2018 figures.   Thus far in 2019 the amount wagered on Meadowlands races both live in the building and on the exported signal is $73,429,590 against $56,969,899 over the first quarter of 2018.   Further broken down, the handle increase in the live on track is at 15% while the exported signal is 30% higher than last year.   "We believe that the purse subsidy has had the positive effect on handle that we expected. Hopefully the positive momentum we have established will continue as we enter the next phase of the racing season with the younger horses coming back followed closely by the Grand Circuit stakes season," said Meadowlands Chairman and CEO Jeff Gural.   Nick Salvi

  Del Ray Beach, FL - Sunshine Meadows Equestrian Center in Delray Beach, FL will hold qualifying races on Friday (April 5) at 11 a.m.   Horses may be entered via online entry until 10 a.m. on Thursday (April 4).   The condition sheet is available here.   To use online entry, trainers will need to add Sunshine Meadows to their list of tracks.   The track abbreviation is SSM and they can be searched in the Maintenance tab of online entry in "Search by fair" option. Horses must have electronic eligibility activated for the entry to be accepted. There will be a charge of $100 per horse to cover the cost.     Nick Salvi

East Rutherford, NJ - The Meadowlands is announcing a series of races for Open pacers and trotters, designed to provide races on those weeks where there are no stakes for the older horses. There is no advance nomination payment required but there will be a one time entry fee of $500 that is payable only in the first leg in which the horse competes with no fee for subsequent starts. The series will cover each gait and sex and the top point earners will race for an estimated purse of $60,000 in each final. A minimum number of starters may be required for these races to fill.   Here's the schedule:   OPEN PACE (Golden Receiver) Saturday, April 27 Purse $30,000 Saturday, May 11 Purse $35,000 Friday, June 14 Purse $40,000 Saturday, July 27 Final $60,000e   OPEN TROT (Mr Muscleman) Saturday, April 27 Purse $30,000 Saturday, May 18 Purse $35,000 Friday, June 14 Purse $40,000 Saturday, July 6 Purse $40,000 Saturday, July 20 Final $60,000e   OPEN MARE PACE (Rainbow Blue) Saturday, April 27 Purse $30,000 Saturday, May 18 Purse $35,000 Friday, June 21 Purse $40,000 Friday, June 28 Final $60,000e   OPEN MARE TROT (Bee A Magician) Saturday, April 27 Purse $30,000   Friday, May 31 Purse $35,000 Friday, June 28 Purse $40,000 Saturday, July 27 Final $60,000e   Also, there will also be 4-year-old Opens written as prep races for the Graduate Series the last two weeks of April. Finally with both of the series written for 3-year-old filly trotters and pacers having been cancelled, there will be a short overnight series written for Non Winners of 2 PM races that will have $15,000 legs on April 13 & 20 then a $30,000 final on April 26 or 27. This also may require enough entries to fill a minimum of two divisions to be raced. There will be no fee for these races.   Nick Salvi

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