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Vernon, NY - The Kindergarten Trotting Classic series, a Grand Circuit event for freshman fillies and colts, comes to a conclusion with the rich finals on Halloween night (Saturday, October 31) at Vernon Downs. The harness racing card will also include the annual "Turn Back The Clock" pace and trot where the horses race one circuit of the track clock-wise and the "Four One One" race for greys.   There is a special 6:00pm post time on Saturday.   The Kindergarten colts come up first in race eight with a with a very competitive field of nine going for a purse of $191,500. Trainer Staffan Lind holds a strong hand sending the uncoupled entry of series point leader Hollywood Highway and the emerging talent Celebrity Express into the fray.   With the top point earners assured a draw between posts 1 & 6 by series conditions, Hollywood Highway drew four. He clearly found The Red Mile to his liking, arriving in Kentucky a lightly raced maiden and leaving a Grand Circuit stakes winner with a 1:54.2 mark. He also won a pair of Kindergarten legs there for owners Marvin Katz and Al Libfeld who also bred the son of Muscle Massive. Tim Tetrick drove to Hollywood Highway to his record mile and chose to stick with him for the final.   Celebrity Express (post 7) also came of age in Lexington when paired with driver John Campbell, scoring a late-closer win followed by a solid third in a division of the International Stallion Stake (INSS). The Andover Hall brother to Donato Hanover could make a significant dent in his $200,000 yearling purchase price with a good result here for owner Celebrity Farms.   Jimmy Takter who shattered records with his fantastic Breeders Crown tour de force last week has the power in the $174,500 Kindergarten filly final, race nine on the program.   The Takter coupled entry is led by series point leader Haughty who starts from the rail. The Donato Hanover lass is a three-time Kindergarten leg winner who finished second in last week's Breeders Crown, the only blemish on her freshman slate. Haughty won a Kindergarten split in 1:54.1 in Kentucky then captured an INSS division in advance of her Crown showing. Dave Palone has been the filly's regular pilot and is in to drive for owners Al Libfeld, Marvin Katz and Sam Goldband.   Hollywood Hill (post 2) is the Takter entry-mate here. She has been a model of consistency while winning three of ten seasonal outings for owner/breeder Goran Falk and his partner Christina Takter. John Campbell has the drive on Saturday.   Further information on Saturday's races are available by visiting the Vernon Downs website.   Nick Salvi

The fifth and last preliminary leg of the Kindergarten Classic series goes Friday night at the harness racing meeting at Vernon Downs with two divisions each of trotting colts and fillies.   With eleven colts declared, they split five and six with the second race quintet loaded with talent.   Maven's Way, Celebrity Express, Taco Tuesday and Brownie Hanover all emerge from the Red Mile Grand Circuit stakes-tested with sub-1:55 miles under their belts.   Maven's Way did much of the work in Southwind Frank's world record and was timed in 1:53.3 while hanging tough for third.   The Muscle Hill colt, currently third in the series standings, will be reunited with Oskar Florhed who drove him to a Kindergarten win in Kentucky last month.   Maven's Way races for the interest of trainer Ake Svanstedt, Mal & Janet Burroughs and the TLP Stables.   Divison two for the colts is the tenth race where Dog Gone Lucky boasts the best current form.   The homebred Lucky Chucky colt was fourth in the NYSS final then dropped a tough photo after battling eventual winner Brooklyn Hill tooth and nail in 1:53.1 at Lexington.   Tim Tetrick is listed to drive for trainer Chuck Sylvester and owners Amy Stoltzfus and Charles Stansley.   The fourteen fillies entered split nicely into a competitive pair of sevens as races six and eight.   Twice Is Right won a Kindergarten leg in 1:56.1 way back in July at The Meadowlands and has been chasing Grand Circuit types lately   She has drawn the outside post in the sixth Friday for owner Brittany Farms, trainer Jimmy Takter and driver Jim Morrill, Jr.   No fewer than three leg winners square off in the eighth race. I'm Volo, Sweet Ashley T and Hollywood Hill have Kindergarten wins on their resume.   Hollywood Hill is the most accomplished of the three, having amassed nearly $70,000 and a second place finish in the International Stallion Stakes in her most recent outing.   She also hails from the Takter barn with Christina Takter and Goran Falk sharing ownership and Morrill listed.   The top colts and fillies will return along with others residing at or near the top of the series standings for the Kindergarten finals next Saturday night at Vernon.   Post time on Friday is 6:45pm.   Nick Salvi

Lexington, KY - The Kindergarten series returns to The Red Mile on Thursday evening with five divisions of the Grand Circuit event that include all four of last week's winners.   The colts are up first in races three, five and six and there are promising prospects in each.   Jack Vernon looks to make amends with the horseplayers for a miscue in last week's race having made a break at a nickel on a dollar. He'll face stiff competition led by Dominion Beach who comes into this race off a win in the Champlain at Mohawk for the training - driving team of Nancy and Marcus Johansson and owner Courant AB.   Southwind Flash appears to have found himself in recent efforts, chief among them an impressive start to finish 1:55.2 score over the clay in the series last week. Dave Palone is back in town to drive for trainer Ron Burke who owns the Muscle Hill colt in partnership with Weaver Bruscemi, Phil Collura and Jack Piatt III.   Division three appears to be a good spot for Hollywood Highway to repeat. The Muscle Massive colt broke maiden in 1:56.1 here at a huge price for Palone last week. Trainer Staffan Lind has his lightly raced charge going in the right direction for owners Marvin Katz and Al Libfeld.   Fillies split into a pair of nines and go in races seven and eight, both interesting and competitive contests.   The first of the two features both returning filly winners in Haughty and I'm Volo.   Haughty looked like a million bucks for trainer - driver Jimmy Takter last week drawing away to an eight-length win in 1:54.1 with the greatest of ease. Libfeld and Katz also own this Donato Hanover lass in partnership with Sam Goldband.   I'm Volo converted a perfect trip afforded her by trainer - driver Jan Johnson into a win, albeit four seconds slower than Haughty, last week. She is a homebred racing for Jorgen Jahre, Jr,.   Choosing a focus in the second split is slightly more complicated, of the nine six have yet to win a race.   Among the winners Gifted Lady is the most accomplished, having won a Kindergarten leg at Tioga Downs in 1:56 for Takter. She makes her Red Mile debut on Thursday for owners Silver Linden Farms.   Post time for Thursday evening is 7:15pm. Visit The Red Mile website for information on all things racing.   Nominations to the Grand Circuit Late Closing events must be postmarked by today, find the form here.   By Nick Saliv, for the Red Mile

The Kindergarten Classic series came to to the harness racing meeting at The Red Mile in Kentucky on Thursday night with a mixed bag results-wise.   Fillies began the stakes with Jimmy Takter steering the unbeaten Donato Hanover lass Haughty to an as easy as can be 1:54.1 win.   Takter moved Haughty to the front on the backstretch and widened at will in a very impressive outing. Southwind Adele was second and Sweet Ashley T third.   The winner is owned by Al Libfeld, Marvin Katz and Sam Goldband who paid $80,000 at the Lexington Select sale last fall.   Jan Johnson steered I'm Volo to a 1:58 win for owner and breeder Jorgen Jahre at 17-1 in the second division.   Johnson put the Yankee Glide filly in play early, accepted cover then angled out late to rally past Earn Your Wings and Coco Truffles late.   The tote board exploded in the first of two colt divisions when Dave Palone and Hollywood Highway closed from well back to win in 1:56.1 at odds of 43-1.   With 1-9 favorite Jack Vernon eliminated by a break in the final turn, Palone found clear sailing wide from last and guided the Muscle Massive colt to his first victory for trainer Staffan Lind and owners Marvin Katz and Al Libfeld, who have $50,000 for this fella at the Lexington yearling sale and had a pretty good night.   Sigmund came second and Mavens Way third.   Palone completed a driving triple on the night with a front end score aboard Southwind Flash in 1:55.2 for trainer Ronnie Burke.   The striking Muscle Hill colt took to the clay beautifully for his first win in six outings.   Honor Above All went beautifully in his very first career start tracking the winner and actually gaining late for driver Nicolas Roussel with Brownie Hanover third.   The winner is another Lexington Select sale grad costing Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi, Phil Collura and Jack Piatt lll $85,000 last fall.   Racing returns to The Red Mile on Saturday and the Kindergarten returns for leg four next Thursday.   Nick Salvi

Lexington, KY - The harness racing Grand Circuit rolls into Lexington, Kentucky with the third leg of the Kindergarten series for two-year-old trotters at The Red Mile on Thursday, September 10.   Two $10,000 divisions for both fillies and colts are on the bill with the girls splitting neatly into a pair of eights in races five and seven.   The Takter stable houses likely favorites in each, with Haughty coming into the first division off a 1:56 win in leg two at Tioga Downs ten days ago. Trainer Jimmy Takter is listed to drive the filly for owners Al Libfeld, Marvin Katz and Sam Goldband.   Jimmy may well be driving the favorite in the seventh too, as Hollywood Hill brings impressive credentials into her split having won three of her five career outings for owners Goran Falk and Christina Takter.   The colts compete in races six and nine with Tioga track record holder Jack Vernon a clear choice in the sixth for owners The Miller Stable, trainer Randy Beeckman and driver Corey Callahan.   The ninth race is more of a puzzle with several lightly raced prospects developing into contenders as the second half of stakes season gets underway.   Racing begins at seven o'clock at The Red Mile on Thursday. Live racing continues through September 19, breaks for Jug week then returns with the fortnight of Grand Circuit racing with a Wednesday through Saturday schedule beginning on September 30.   The first week is a 7:00 post time and week two is a 1:00 matinee each day. The Lexington Selected Yearling Sale begins on the evening of Monday, October 5 and continues through Friday night. Catalogues are available.   Also of note, nominations to the Grand Circuit Late Closers must be postmarked by September 15. The form is available here.   Nick Salvi  

The 2015 Hambletonian Day card on Saturday, August 8 at the harness racing meeting at The Meadowlands has all the elements necessary to be one of the great events in harness racing history.   The races will begin at noon with a $40,000 Open Pace and over the next six hours 164 horses will compete in 16 races for purses of just over $4 million, led by the $1.2 million Hambletonian and the $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks.   The story line for the Hambletonian became far more interesting when trainer Ron Burke entered the great filly Mission Brief in the open event, bypassing the Oaks and taking on last year's Hambo winning trainer/driver Jimmy Takter's five horse armada in the process.   The drama increased when Yannick Gingras, the regular driver for Mission Brief and Takter's top contender Pinkman, was named on both horses for the race.   The two drew into separate divisions of the eliminations heats which will allow Yannick to drive each in their respective elimination before having to make a choice for the final, assuming both qualify.   Pinkman's late season rally as a freshman made him the champion of the division at two and he has defended his title with nearly flawless form this season.   The most accomplished of the Takter five, Pinkman has won the Earl Beal, Stanley Dancer and Harry M. Zweig Memorials (all major stakes) in his last three start and has made well in excess of $1 million over his career for owners Christina Takter, John & Jim Fielding, Joyce McClelland and Herb Liverman.   He is saddled with the far outside post ten in the first elimination.   Mission Brief has found the form that dazzled fans last season and was really keen to go in her most recent start, the Filly Zweig Memorial.   The Muscle Hill lass is poetry in motion when on her game and has drawn the favorable post two in the nine horse second division for Burke Racing, Our Horse Cents, J&T Silva and Weaver Bruscemi.   The $1,000,000 Hambletonian final is race 13 and is scheduled to go to post at 5:15 pm.   The Hambletonian Oaks is a very well matched group of ten talented fillies.   With the defection of Mission Brief to the main event and the tragic demise of elimination winner and consensus "horse to beat" Spirit To Win in a Monday morning training mishap, the race becomes a wide-open affair.   Lock Down Lindy won her split in 1:51.4, starts from the inside for owners Mystical Marker Farms, Crawford Partners, Joe Sbrocco and In The Gym Partners and is currently doing her best work.   Wiggle It Jiggleit, currently the most exciting horse in harness, will race in the $319,400 Cane Pace, the first leg of pacing's Triple Crown (race 10).   Wiggle It Jiggleit has been absolutely monstrous all season long and is coming into the Cane fresh off three weeks rest.   He is a family project with young Montrell Teague driving the Meadowlands Pace winner for his father George's stable and trainer Clyde Francis.   The $109,500 Shady Daisy for the sophomore pacing fillies is another chapter in a season that has seen a very evenly matched group slug it out over the past two months with no filly able to rise above the others just yet.   The very best aged performers in the game are out in force on Saturday and account for several of the most competitive and entertaining races on the program.   Eleven pacing mares will race the route distance of nine furlongs in the $251,250 Lady Liberty (race 3).   These mares may parade like ladies but when the starter says "Go" the gloves come off and the girls throw down.   The Bamond family's absolutely iron-tough Anndrovette has won four division titles, $3.3 million and the Golden Girls stake last month here against many of these at the same distance when it looked like she may have lost a step. Well, she hasn't.   This year's edition of the US Pacing Championship is up next and offers a purse of $215,400 to a field of nine really good horses...make that eight really good and one great horse.   The venerable $7 million winner Foiled Again has recently shown flashes of his best form after a slow start to the season for Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi and JJK Stables.   He raced about as good as he ever has in the Haughton Memorial three weeks ago and had plenty of pace but no place to use it in last week's TVG Open.   Foiled is also being honored with a Breyer likeness giveaway to all the kids that come out on Saturday.   The $301,500 John Cashman Memorial (open) and $181,450 Fresh Yankee (mares) feature trotting's elite in bulky fields at a mile and one eighth in races 5 and 6.   All the stars of the division are on the racetrack in these trotting classics.   Magic Tonight returns home a champion, having won this year's Elitlopp in May for Swedish owner A. O J Konsult and trainer Roger Walmann.   The expatriate son of Andover Hall faces a very deep field of eleven rivals including 2012 Hambletonian winner Market Share who is competing at the highest level on Hambo Day for a remarkable fourth consecutive season.   The Fresh Yankee is a brand new stake for mare trotters and the inaugural edition just could not have drawn a more stellar field.   "Queen" Bee A Magician is the undisputed monarch of her division having won seven of eight starts this year including several versus mixed company while passing the $3 million career earnings mark along the way for owners Mel Hartman, Herb Liverman and Dave McDuffee.   "What about the young horses," you may ask.   Well, the $389,450 Jim Doherty for fillies (race 2) and $349,850 Peter Haughton (race 7) for colts memorialize two of the game's legends with the first high-dollar opportunity for the freshmen.   Broadway Donna looks like a top filly, having dispensed of all competition with minimal effort thus far, including the fastest Doherty elimination last week for Jules Siegel's Fashion Farm. Woman's Will and Kathy Parker were the other elim winners and will seek the upset.   Southwind Frank is the favorite going into the Haughton, having won three of four thus far including both the NJSS final and his Haughton elimination with the greatest of ease.   He is another from the Ron Burke barn and races for the same partnership as Mission Brief on what could be a huge day for those connections.   You want Wagering opportunities? We got 'em. There are $275,000 worth of guaranteed pools spread over several horizontal wagers and the day ends with a $231,403 carryover on the 8% take-out Jackpot Hi-5.   With this the close of the 2015 Championship Meet, this wager takes on "Mandatory Pay Out" status which will create huge interest and great value, potentially driving the pool into seven figures. Programs will be available here and in the Daily Racing Form.   If you can't make it live, the Hambletonian will be broadcast on the CBS Sports Network from 4:00 to 5:30pm and is available in Hi-Def on TRN.   The races are also available via live streaming from The Meadowlands website.   There are a ton of promotions going on throughout the plant all day long including the ever-popular Hambo hat giveaway.   It's the greatest day of the year in harness racing and it all happens at The Meadowlands on Saturday.   Nick Salvi  

East Rutherford, NJ --- World champion Sebastian K, the fastest trotter in harness racing history, made his 2015 debut in Saturday's qualifiers at the Meadowlands Racetrack and trainer/driver Ake Svanstedt said the 9-year-old trotter felt good after having the start of his campaign delayed because of ulcers. In fact, the returning Dan Patch Award-winning divisional champion might have felt a little too good. "He was too good; I drove too fast," Svanstedt said after Sebastian K won his qualifier in 1:53.4 with a final quarter-mile in :26.4 in a light rain. "I was hoping to go in (1):55 or (1):56, but he feels so good. It was tough to feel the tempo. I had the (stop)watch, but I missed it. "Now he is healthy again and he feels good. Better than last year. He will start in two weeks at Pocono, on the Fourth of July." Sebastian K, owned by Knutsson Trotting Inc., won eight of 13 races last year and was named the sport's best older male trotter. He arrived in the U.S. last year after a record-setting career in Europe. The Swedish-born stallion trotted a world-record-equaling 1:50.1 in his debut at the Meadowlands (off a qualifier in 1:56.2) and capped a record streak of four consecutive victories in 1:50.3 or faster with his world-record 1:49 triumph at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. Overcast skies, moderate temperatures and little to no breeze greeted the harness racing enthusiasts that attended the Breakfast with the Babies card to watch 15 races of 2-year-olds in addition to the son of Korean, Sebastian K. Jimmy Takter and Yannick Gingras started right off with a winner in the first with $102,000 Lexington Selected Yearling Sale (LSYS) graduate I'm Outstanding. The Donato Hanover filly was sent up for the lead as the field neared the 1:01.2 half then coasted in for the 2:00.1 score over pocket-sitter Margarita M with Posterity lasting for third after a long uncovered bid. Christina Takter, John & Jim Fielding and Herb Liverman share ownership. Another well-regarded trotting duo hooked up to win the second race. Dave Miller drove Ready Any Time ($62,000 Standardbred Horse Sales) to an impressive 1:58.4 win for trainer "Nifty" Norman and owners Mel Hartman, Dave McDuffee, Little E, LLC and breeder Herb Liverman. Miller settled the Kadabra lass in behind eventual third place finisher Lindy's On Fire through the 1:30.2 three quarters then tipped off that one while closing in 28.2 for the comfortable win. Silent Blessings impressed with good late trot to be second for the Johanssons. Takter took the lines, but no prisoners with the Marvin Katz / Al Libfeld homebred Muscle Hill filly All The Time, leading all the way from post nine to win in 1:58.1 with a 27.3 final quarter under her own power. Encore Gold tracked the winner throughout and held well to be second for Charlie Norris. "All The Time was very good," Takter said. "She was just babied last week; I sat back with her. Today, she flew out of the gate like a rocket. She was strong." Miller and Norman again combined to win race four with Levitator, coming first over in 1:58.4 / 28.1. Nifty has had a remarkable run of success with fillies by Kadabra and by the looks of today's winning pair that run is going to continue. The winner was a $120,000 SHS buy for the same partnership as the above mentioned Ready Any Time. Gifted Lady made a late gain to be second in this one for Takter. "Nifty has got some nice fillies there," Miller said. "They went well last week and they came back and were stronger this week. It looks good for him. Right now their manners and gait is a big thing. So far, both of them have got that; real good manners, real good gait. It's good." More Katz & Libfeld home cookin' in the fifth race with the grand looking Donato Hanover filly Womans Will winning easily after leading all the way for Andy Miller in 1:58 / :28. Trained in the Julie Miller barn, Womans Will had a Gaitway 1:59 romp on her resume and bears watching. Colts came up after the break and Stayin Strong parlayed a pocket trip into a 2:00.1 win for Andy and Julie Miller, holding off the late charge of Boyz N Guitars and Sliding Home through the 28.4 final panel. He is a Muscles Yankee bought by Jason and Doug Allen at SHS last fall for the bargain price of $15,000. "Andy and I have been pretty high on them all winter long training down, but when you finally get to the baby races that kind of separates the men from the boys," Julie Miller said about Womans Will and Stayin Strong. "Andy was real pleased with Womans Will. She's two fingers to drive and a pleasure to be around. That was a nice last quarter and Andy said he didn't even ask her. I think she was well within herself. "If things keep going in the right direction I think she'll be a top filly. Coming up her and being at the Meadowlands, it was a new venue for her and she handled it well. She wasn't stressed out, she remained a professional, and I was real pleased with her." Just For Today took over before the half for Mark MacDonald and led the rest of the way to win the seventh in 1:59.3 with a 28.2 close. He's a Credit Winner trained by Paul Kelley for Patricia Stable, Joe Sbrocco and Bud Hatfield who paid $85,000 for him at Harrisburg. Dave McDuffee's homebred Donato colt Granite State from his good race mare Bella Dolce closed will into the fast last quarter here. Gingras drove Takter's Muscle Massive colt Dominus Hanover to a 1:59 / 28.3 win, taking over before the half and opening a long lead before coasting in over the late closing Brooklyn Hill and Dominion Beach. He is a SHS graduate at a cost of $60,000 to Christina Takter, Black Horse Racing and RAW Equine. Goin To The Limit left quickly from the outside and set all the numbers, winning in 1:58.3 / 28.1 for Tim Tetrick. This Donato Hanover colt from Azalea Gal was another $15,000 bargain, this time selected from the Lexington sale by trainer Tony Alagna for his interests along with partners Jodi Siamis, John Fodera and Tangie Massey. Jack Vernon showed grit in holding off the determined bid of Brownie Hanover in the stretch for John Campbell in 1:59.3 with a 28 second close. Randy Beeckman selected the Muscle Hill colt from Vernon Blue Chip at the SHS for $50,000 for owners the Miller's Stable of Kentucky. Pacing fillies came up in the eleventh and the Diamond Creek homebred Somebeachsomewhere filly Pure Country dazzled the crowd with a 1:54.4 win, setting all the pace and sprinting home in 26.4 for Brett Miller and Takter. Blue Moon Stride stayed on well for second in this one. "So far she's very special, really good," Takter said. "She's powerful." The $5,500 SHS chestnut Shadow Play filly Miss Read won her third baby race for Tyler and Leigh Raymer with Corey Callahan steering her to a front running 1:56 win with a 27.1 final quarter. She came in with a pair of Pocono scores and answered affirmatively when faced with this royally bred field of competitors in her Meadowlands debut. Bank Shot Hanover made it a consecutive double for chestnuts, winning in 1:55.2 for Scott Zeron. The Panderosa colt set all the fractions and used a 27.2 final quarter to hold Headforthebeach a length. It was the second start for Bob Di Nozzi's freshman who flashed some talent with the owner driving last week. He is trained by Daniel Renaud. Trainer Steve Elliott is on some roll this year and he sent out Boston Red Socks by Rocknroll Hanover, a winner in 1:54.2 this morning for Peter Blood and Rick Berks, the same connections as last night's Graduate leg winner Doo Wop Hanover. John Campbell was the driver in both instances, putting Boston Red Socks into the race from post ten going right to the top, releasing Fast And Victorious for the middle half then powering by in the 27.4 last panel. He was a $50,000 Harrisburg buy. Capital Builder was a good second for Alagna and Zeron. Another winner came from post ten in the very next race in the Rocknroll Hanover colt Ideal Rocky for Callahan. He got a tuck in third early, moved up a spot when Highlandbeachycove broke on the lead by the half then closed inside JJ Flynn through the 27.1 final quarter for the 1:54.4 win. John Butenschoen trains the $47,000 SHS buy for mid-west owners W. Wiswell, J. Goehlen & E. Schick. Other older horses to post qualifier wins Saturday were 3-year-old male trotter Guess Whos Back, who won in 1:54.2 for trainer Nik Drennan and driver Brian Sears, as well as 3-year-old male pacer Lyons Levi Lewis, who won in 1:50.4 for trainer Ron Burke and driver Yannick Gingras. Race 1 - I'm Outstanding by Donato Hanover Race 2 - Ready Any Time by Kadabra Race 3 - All The Time by Muscle Hill Race 4 - Levitator by Kadabra Race 5 - Womans Will by Donato Hanover  Race 6 - Stayin Strong by Muscles Yankee Race 7 - Just For Today by Credit Winner Race 8 - Dominus Hanover by Muscle Massive Race 9 - Goin To The Limit by Donato Hanover Race 10 - Jack Vernon by Muscle Hill Race 11 - Pure Country by Somebeachsomewhere Race 12 - Miss Read by Shadow Play Race 13 - Bank Shot Hanover by The Panderosa Race 14 - Boston Red Rocks by Rocknroll Hanover Race 15 - Ideal Rocky by Rocknroll Hanover Sebastian KS By Nick Salvi and Ken Weingartner

East Rutherford, NJ - The final Thursday night racing program of the 2015 meet featured the $25,000 filly & mare "Dash for the G-Note" series final and Black Magic Eyes took home the big slice off a perfect Brett Miller steer. She flashed off cover to a new career record of 1:52 for harness racing trainer Jason Robinson and his main owner Bob Main.   Also on the bill was a short $10,000 claiming series that offers a $20,000 bonanza for those making it through to next week. Bestnotlie Hanover, Western Tsunami and Keeping Optomistic won those races and will return next week with their eye on the big prize.   On the wagering front, the payoffs were generous with the fifth race Hi-5 Jackpot pool eclipsing $35,000 and the giant last race Jackpot now at $137,815 going into Friday's program. Find more details at   Nick Salvi  

There were just a few (five) qualifiers on a blustery Breeders Crown Saturday morning at The Meadowlands held under sunny skies with temperatures in the mid- 30's and a considerable cross-wind.   Sebastian K came out to get some pre-TVG Final work in and he looked sharp in a 1:55 win for Ake Svanstedt.   Sebastian left the gate alertly with ears pricked, then allowed Svanstedt to rate him through a kind 59.4 half with Lindy's Tru Grit in close pocket attendance. The pair of trotters finished the mile out with a final quarter of 27 flat,   Sebastian K held to be a comfortable three-quarters length winner over a very willing Lindy's Tru Grit who closed it up a bit near the wire for Tetrick.   Race three saw a pair of nice three year old pacers zipped around the oval in 1:53.4 / 26.4 with Ontario-bred Play It Again Sam holding off early season sensation National Debt.   Golden Receiver looked fantastic in a 1:52.1 / 26.2 romp, leading all the way with driver Andy Miller never straightening up on him. The "Golden One" has the TVG Final next week if his connections so choose and he certainly made a case for himself this morning.   To view the qualifying races at the Meadowlands click here.   The Breeders Crown championship races continue at The Meadowlands this evening with first post at 7:15. It's quite a card, the weather looks good and excitement is high. Get any info you may desire on tonight's racing at   by Nick Salvi, for the Meadowlands

A few high-profile trotters who weren't required to race in Breeders Crown eliminations used the Saturday morning qualifiers as a prep for next week's finals. The morning was sunny, though crisp with temperatures in the mid 30's and the horses facing a fairly significant headwind in the homestretch.   Trotters opened the card, so Jimmy Takter won. He steered Ferragamo, a two-year-old facing some three-year-olds and swept by in the stretch to win in 1:57.2.   Father Patrick came out for race two with trainer Takter driving for the first time all season. He tracked Bluto through fair fractions and pulled pocket past the 1:25.2 three quarters, closing out the 1:54- mile with a 28.3 final quarter. It took some Takter encouragement in the stretch to hold off Don Dorado and Team Six who were both gaining near the wire.   Vanity Matters went well this morning, leading all the way for Dave Miller in 1:57- with a 28.3 final panel. She held Cantabs Fortune at bay, moving away in deep stretch under her own power as both fillies look forward to next week's three-year-old filly Breeders Crown trot final.   Commander Crowe took a spin around the big track in anticipation of his third Crown appearance with Trond Smedshammer baby sulky-sitting the beautiful chestnut champion for his French connections. He cut the mile through even numbers ending the 1:54.1 mile in 29 flat while using Lasix for the first time. Creatine, also getting some work in toward next week's championship, broke before the start but went well after getting that out of his system.   Some classy older pacers competed in the fifth, with millionaire veteran Real Nice holding sway for John Campbell over the returning Lonewolf Currier and I Am Bonasera in 1:55.1 / 27.4. They all looked sharp and ready for action.   Breeders Crown eliminations resume this evening at The Meadowlands with post time for the first race set for 7:15. Find all the info you'll ever need, including charts and replays for this morning's races by visiting The Meadowlands website.   by Nick Salvi, for the Meadowlands    

The Meadowlands will open the 2014 fall meet this coming weekend with harness racing's championship series the $5.4 million Breeders Crown. Entries for Friday, November 14 and Saturday, November 15 will be accepted by the Racing Office at 877-782-2537 until the box closes at 9:00am tomorrow (Tuesday) morning. A double-draw for both cards will be executed after the box close.   Supporting races have been designed to complement the Breeders Crown, along with a slate of overnight races. The condition sheet and letter classification for overnight horses are available here. It is imperative that trainers submit a new racing application for the fall meet, any application submitted previously is now void. Also, your stable roster will allow the Racing Office to award a letter to each horse for classification purposes.   It is recommended that horsemen subscribe to The Meadowlands text service for all racing announcements including classes that need more entries to fill, class changes, weather related issues and important travel and traffic information. You may subscribe by following this link or texting "meadowlands" to 84700 on you phone. There no charge for this service other than carrier rates.   by Nick Salvi, for the Meadowlands  

This is a reminder that the New Jersey Racing Commission's new medication rules went into effect on November 3rd. Most notably, the recommended withdrawal time for Clenbuterol in New Jersey will increase to 14 days. All horsemen who are planning to race at The Meadowlands beginning Friday November 14th, including The Breeders Crown Eliminations and Finals, should take note of these new Racing Commission rules. Additionally, there are now 26 medications categorized as Controlled Therapeutic Medication. Information relating to these 26 medications can be found within the ARCI Controlled Therapeutic Medication Schedule at . The initial announcement of these new medication rules can be found at by Darin Zoccali, for the Meadowlands Big action in Meadowlands qualifiers Racing returned to The Meadowlands in the form of a dozen qualifying races on the morning of Friday, November 7. The races were contested on a fast track under overcast skies with a fairly stiff breeze facing them in the home stretch and temperatures in the low 50’s.   Race one fielded freshman trotters and (does this sound familiar at all) Jimmy Takter ran one-two with siblings to a pair of his more successful stars, driving Ferragamo (full brother to Guccio) to a head win over Father Parick’s little brother, Whom Shall I Fear (Yannick Gingras) in 1:58.4.   Valley Victory final winner Pinkman was absolutely vicious this morning with a start to finish romp in 1:55.1 with Gingras aboard for Takter. He sailed through the wind in 28.2 without being asked to finish the mile, widening to a six or seven length decision over the good filly Livininthefastlane who finished resolutely under minimal urging from Tim Tetrick.   Three year old fillies were next up on the menu and NYSS champ Market Rally showed that she’s not just a small track girl, “rallying” wide into the breeze from well back to get up over Harley Momma (Jim Raymer) and Miss Liv (Andy Miller) in 1:56.1/29.3. Matt Kakaley drove for the Ron Burke stable in this one.   Odds On Amethyst had a good morning, leading all the way for Yannick while dominating a group of sophomore square-gaiters in 1:54.3. Loose on the lead, as he prefers, the Muscle Hill gelding sprinted a good 28 flat final panel as he moved away from Opulent Yankee (A. Miller) and Journey (Dan Dube). Takter trains.   After a training break, with less of a breeze now, Master Of Law got in a good prep in with Takter. The imposing looking four-year-old sat in until the half, moved to the lead before the final turn and held Your So Vain at bay in 1:56-/27.4 willingly. Your So Vain was ok in his first public appearance since the Cashman on Hambo Day and held second, looking like he needed the work for Ake Svanstedt.   Creatine looked strong this morning in his first race with new designated driver Ron Pierce. He sat a loose pocket behind the front-loving Sevruga through honest fractions, emerged from the pocket and went by willingly in 1:54.3/29.1. Sevruga looked sound and fit in his return to his favorite track and stable, racing again out of the Julie Miller barn today, he held up well. Wishing Stone (Kakaley) was a comfortable third.   Pacers were next and Hall Of Terror held off the charge of four rival freshmen in 1:53.2/27.4 for Andy Miller in this one. Franzo, ASAP Hanover and Soto were all rallying in the stretch, to no avail.   A mere quartet of two-year-old filly pacers took the track for the ninth and Happy Becky was the winner with Dave Miller aboard in 1:54.2 over pacesetter Zip Code Envy.   Sayitall BB cut the mile in the tenth and held off the late bid of packet sitter Sandbetweenurtoes in 1:53-/28-. The winner has been lightly raced this season and with the possibility of being supplemented to the Breeders Crown just might have a “say” in the outcome. Kakaley drove for Burke Racing.   Bettor Believe It was a powerful winner of race eleven for Andy Miller, holding off a determined bid by the good Parnu Hanover after leading all the way in 1:52.4/27.3. He should relish a shot at the NW 3 class when the meet opens next week.   The venerable Golden Receiver toured the oval in 1:52.4 to close out the day’s events. He was racing out of the Julie Miller barn for the first time and Andy returned to the sulky, where he’s been for several of the old horse’s greatest moments.   Live racing at The Meadowlands begins next Friday, November 14 with the return of harness racing’s championship series, the Breeders Crown. The eliminations are set for opening weekend and the $5.3 million finals on November 21 & 22.   Visit for charts and video replays of today’s qualifiers, information on the upcoming live race meet and seating and dining options for the Breeders Crown.   by Nick Salvi, for the Meadowlands

The fifth and last leg of the Kindergarten Classic series for freshman trotters will be raced on Friday, October 17 at Vernon Downs. Declarations must be made by 9:00am on Tuesday, October 14.   You may reach the Racing Office by calling 315-829-6825 and all pertinent info, including current point standings, is available on the Vernon Downs website.   by Nick Salvi, for Vernon Downs    

This past summer the New Meadowlands hosted the Manzo family, Famously of the Bravo TV series "The Real Housewives of New Jersey", on which wife/mom Caroline has starred before spinning off their own reality show titled "Manzo'd With Children" for a few nights at the races.   An episode of "Manzo'd With Children" was filmed in part at the track showcasing the new grandstand, Victory Sports Bar, Victory Terrace and the Backyard outdoor park. Also included in the broadcast, driver Marcus Miller took family matriarch Caroline Manzo for a spin around the oval behind a horse.   The episode titled, "Off To The Races", will be broadcast tonight on Bravo TV at 9:00pm on the east coast. Follow this link for more info and to locate the channel in your area.   Ep 3: Off to the Races Chris and Albie attempt to open a lavish new restaurant at the Meadowlands Race Track but quickly learn the space isn't big enough to accommodate their vision.   by Nick Salvi, for the Meadowlands  

Vernon, NY - Vernon Downs will conduct a double draw with the entry box closing at 9:00am on the morning of Tuesday, August 26 for the Friday (Zweig Memorial, Crawford Farms open trot, 2014 Drivers' Championship) & Saturday (NYSS 2YO Colt Pace) race cards. The condition sheet will be available on Saturday afternoon.   Horsemen should contact the race office at (315) 829-6825 or to for hotel reservations for next weekend. Rooms are limited on Saturday due to a wedding and a VIP Event in the casino, so reservations will be on a first come, first served basis.   From Nick Salvi, for Vernon Downs

East Rutherford, NJ - The $257,700 United States Pacing Championship (USPC) will provide the stage for nine of the finest in the aged pacing division to do battle on Hambletonian Day at The Meadowlands. A testament to the quality of the group is the fact that the combined career earnings of these nine pacers is in excess of $20 million. Among the chief contenders in Saturday's race is Captaintreacherous who dominated his division and was subsequently named "Pacer of the Year" as a freshman and sophomore, a distinction he shares with only the immortal Niatross. Faced this season at age four with graduation into the open ranks to battle the best of the older set was expected to be a daunting task and the competition has been fierce. Captaintreacherous was born to be a star with the pedigree and presence to demand $250,000 at the 2011 Lexington Selected Yearling Sale. He came from the greatly anticipated first crop of champion racehorse Somebeachsomewhere and boasts a very accomplished maternal line. White Birch Farm bred and raised the colt and when Myron Bell and Tony Alagna saw him during their annual farm canvass they agreed he was priority one. The winning bid was made by Bell on behalf of a partnership that included George Segal's Brittany Farms, Marvin Katz, Joe Sbrocco and Myron and Stephanie Bell's Riverview Farm. White Birch proprietor Michael Parisi was offered a stake and remained a partner on the horse as well. They would choose the nom de course Captaintreacherous Racing for this endeavor. Myron Bell has been the racing manager for George Segal's Brittany Farms for more than thirty years. Throughout their relationship many of the sport's stars both on the track and in the breeding shed have campaigned under the Brittany banner. Over the past decade, Myron has managed a number of partnerships that include several high-profile Standardbred owners and breeders with remarkable results. Captaintreacherous represents the culmination of a lifetime spent breeding, buying and racing the best. "My groups, such as Captaintreacherous Racing, are looking for that top horse that we can race successfully at the highest level and then hopefully have a future in the breeding shed. I could not do any of this without their confidence and support," said Bell. "We bought just one colt from Somebeachsomewhere's first crop and our aim was to buy the best one. "Captaintreacherous was the number one colt from that crop, in our opinion. He showed beautifully and offered the best pedigree that I'd seen for years. He had all of the attributes that we seek; conformation, attitude, ability...and he had no weaknesses." Things began well for Captaintreacherous. He seared through his two-year-old campaign with Tim Tetrick joining the team as his regular driver, listing the Wilson and Metro among eight wins in ten starts for over $900,000 and his first "Pacer of the Year" title. Brought back at three with great expectations, "The Captain" exceeded even those lofty ambitions and ran the table with the North America Cup, Meadowlands Pace and Breeders Crown among his thirteen triumphs and $2 million in seasonal earnings. Along the way Captaintreacherous captured the hearts of racing fans with his grit and determination, often appearing on the brink of defeat only to battle back and get to the wire first. His talent and will; coupled with his breeding and imposing presence, drew the attention of several suitors for his services as a stallion. Ultimately it would be industry leader Hanover Shoe Farms whose participation in a syndication agreement led to a decision to stand Captaintreacherous at their Pennsylvania nursery when he goes to stud in 2015. "It is absolutely imperative that you have a strong syndicate when the horse goes to stud," Bell opined. "You need breeders with the right mares to want the horse to succeed and support him with those mares. If they are shareholders they are enhancing their own interests as well as that of the horse. After the first two seasons in the shed, when a new star retires to stud, if you don't have that support, interest wanes and you have a few down years even if the horse hits. "We sold a few shares of the horse to serious breeders after his freshman season to establish value. There was understandably great interest in "Captain" last year and by Lexington we had a few serious offers to stand him. Hanover bought a significant interest in him and they have the type of mares we seek to give him a chance to be his best. We will syndicate him further at the end of this racing season and he will go to stud at Hanover." For his career, Captaintreacherous has won 22 of 31 starts and over $3.1 million, averaging a remarkable $100,000 per start. He won the Meadowlands Maturity his first race this season, but is winless in his last four starts. In Saturday's USPC as "The Captain" looks to move forward off a wicked tune-up in last week's prep, he finds himself starting from post eight, just outside Sweet Lou who has won seven straight and been the star of this division thus far in 2014. "We had no illusions that he was going to go through this season against these types of horses without getting beat. I think he has raced well in each of his starts this year and was fantastic last week, pacing his last half in :52 flat. Sweet Lou has been very good, but I don't fear him. My feeling is that "Captain" is improving in each race and will continue to improve. He needs to get lucky at the draw and you always need racing luck, that's a given. "Tony Alagna and Tim Tetrick have done a marvelous job racing Captaintreacherous. To campaign a horse at that level over three seasons, keep him fit, healthy and sound is a testament to Tony and his crew. Tim handles the pressure that comes with the job beautifully and deserves tremendous credit for his body of work driving "Captain". It truly "takes a village" to campaign a horse like this and I really feel that we have yet to see his best. "One of the most gratifying elements of this ride has been the response to Captaintreacherous by the harness community and particularly the racing fans," Myron said in closing. "He has given the ownership group many thrills and the enthusiasm shown by his fans is right at the top of that list." The complete field: UNITED STATES PACING CHAMPIONSHIP - $257,700 1. GOLDEN RECEIVER CoCallahan JaHuff 2. STATE TREASURER DaMiller IaMoore 3. THINKING OUT LOUD JCampbell RoMcintosh 4. SUNFIRE BLUE CHIP ScZeron JiTakter 5. FOILED AGAIN YaGingras RoBurke 6. BETTOR'S EDGE MaKakaley RoBurke 7. SWEET LOU RoPierce RoBurke 8. CAPTAINTREACHEROUS TiTetrick ToAlagna 9. CLEAR VISION BrAMiller RoBurke   The US Pacing Championship is race five on Saturday's All-Star Hambletonian card and clearly one of the most anticipated races of the day. The fifteen-race program begins at noon, gates open at 10:00am with the annual Hambo hat giveaway. The Hambletonian may be viewed on CBS Sports Network from 4:00 to 5:30pm. Find more information including access to a free Hambo Day program by visiting The Meadowlands website. by Nick Salvi, for the Meadowlands  

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