Sebastian K, despite his photo finish first loss since coming to the USA last week in the Maple Leaf Trot, remains strongly in the #1 spot in the Hambletonian/Breeders Crown Top Ten Poll. He received 29 of the 35 first place votes with Father Patrick getting three votes and Sweet Lou getting two votes. Someone even used their first place vote by sentimentally giving it to Modern Family. Seems that a lot of voters feel that Dancin Yankee is not worthy of Top Ten status. He has only won 13 of his 20 starts, three seconds, one third while competing week in and week again against the best pacers in the country. He has won his last five in a row, eight of his last ten, a record of 1:57.2 and has beaten Sweet Lou. Plus he has raced and won at four different tracks already this season, including two half mile ovals. Pretty much the same for Perfect Alliance, who after two straight losses (she had 13 straight win to start off the year), is off the Top Ten list. It is every tough to remain on the board this season. by Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink.com Hambletonian/Breeders Crown Standardbred Poll: Week 10 – 7/22/2014 Rank Name (First Place Votes) Age/Gait/Sex Record Earnings Points Pvs 1 Sebastian K (29) 8th 6-5-1-0 $327,278 340 1 2 Father Patrick (3) 3tc 6-6-0-0 $510,931 304 2 3 Sweet Lou (2) 5ph 9-6-1-1 $642,650 277 3 4 He’s Watching 3pc 6-3-1-1 $558,235 229 4 5 Trixton 3tc 8-6-1-1 $283,855 160 5 6 McWicked 3pc 8-5-2-0 $418,830 130 6 7 JK Endofanera 3pc 7-5-0-1 $566,667 100 7 8 Shake It Cerry 3tf 6-5-0-1 $217,338 76 8 9 Sandbetweenurtoes 3pf 7-7-0-0 $211,157 68 10 10 Nuncio 3tc 7-5-2-0 $342,003 56 -- Also: Dancin Yankee (48), Perfect Alliance (31), Bee A Magician (27), Modern Family (17), Market Share (12), Intimidate, Somwherovrarainbow (10), Classic Martine (5), Anndrovette, Rocklamation (4), Artspeak, Your So Vain (3), Bettor’s Edge, Fancy Desire, Foiled Again, Mission Brief (2), Clear Vision, Designed To Be, I Like My Boss (1). Note: Modern Family received 1 first-place vote. Compiled by Ken Weingartner, for Harness Racing Communications
Former world champion Perfect Alliance, who was victorious in her first 11 races this year before suffering back-to-back setbacks, will try to get another win streak started when she faces five harness racing foes in Friday's $20,000 first round of the Ima Lula Series for 4-year-old female trotters at Meadowlands Racetrack. Perfect Alliance finished seventh in the third round of the Miss Versatility Series on July 12 at the Meadowlands. The race was won by Bee A Magician in a world-record 1:51.1, with Perfect Alliance 4-1/4 lengths back. Afterward, Perfect Alliance was found to have bled, in addition to scoping sick, and will compete with Lasix on Friday. In her previous start on June 14, Perfect Alliance finished second to Classic Martine in the Armbro Flight Stakes at Mohawk Racetrack in Ontario. Perfect Alliance starts Friday's Ima Lula from post six, with Corey Callahan driving for trainer Julie Miller, and is the 8-5 morning line favorite. The remainder of the field is Ma Chere Hall, Mistery Woman, Handover Belle, Rockin With Dewey, and NF Happenstance. "I was pretty surprised because she had a layoff and trained good during the week," Miller said about Perfect Alliance's performance last week. "This time of year, we do have a little bit of sickness in the barn with the young horses. She still went in (1):52 with a last quarter in :27, it's still an impressive mile, but I didn't like how she did it. "After scoping her and pulling the bloodwork, we elected to put her on Lasix and treat her for being sick. She seems really good. We took the necessary steps to get her better for this week. I'm just hoping for a nice bounce-back race. I'll let Corey decide behind the gate what he wants to do, if he wants to leave or race from behind. I just want to see her finish strong at the wire." Perfect Alliance -- owned by Jeff Gural's Little E LLC, Jason Settlemoir, David Stolz, and Arthur Geiger -- won the Singer Memorial Series and the Bobby Weiss Series during the winter and equaled the then-fastest mile ever by a 4-year-old female trotter when she won a division of the Miss Versatility in 1:51.2 at Woodbine Racetrack. She also set a track record at Mohawk, winning in 1:51.4. "You always want more, and we're the same way," Miller said. "She started luckily in good spots [earlier in the year] where she seemed to be the prohibitive favorite all the time, to where she did prove herself in those races in Canada. "You're going to have a clunker every now and then. They're living animals; they're going to have an off day. You just need to listen to your horse and let them decide their schedule. I'm still proud to train her and I'm sure the owners are still proud to own her." The second round of the Ima Lula is July 25 and the $55,000 estimated final is Hambletonian Day, Aug. 2, at the Meadowlands. Reynolds Memorial Stakes divisions for 3-year-old trotters are on Saturday's Meadowlands card. Only four fillies entered, so that race will be a non-betting event prior to the regular 7:15 p.m. post time for the night's first race. One of those fillies is Julie Miller-trainee Take The Money, who is auditioning for the chance to race in the upcoming Hambletonian Oaks. Eliminations for the Oaks are July 26 and the $500,000 final is Aug. 2 at the Big M. Take The Money, owned by Barry Guariglia's Black Horse Racing, has won six of 10 races this year, primarily in Pennsylvania. She has twice finished second to top Hambletonian Oaks contender Shake It Cerry. She will be driven Saturday by Marcus Miller and faces Bikini So Teeny, Silent Opera K, and Mity's Winner. "She's been a nice [Pennsylvania] Sire Stakes horse, in my opinion," Miller said. "We're using this race to decide whether if we're a Hambletonian Oaks contender or not. She's had a little bit of a layoff, but I want to see a nice race, finishing with trot. With a four-horse field, it's usually just a race home. That's what I want to do. "If Marcus hops off the bike and says 'She was vicious, she was super,' then you go in the Oaks. If he says she didn't seem strong, then we have to have a discussion. She trained really good. I know by program she seems to be the best, but that's why they still race. I'm just hoping for a strong race." On the boys' side, there are two 11-horse divisions worth $32,207 each. Jimmy Taker-trained Nuncio, who has won four of six races this year and twice finished second to nemesis, and stablemate, Father Patrick, is part of the 3-5 favored entry with Amped Up Hanover in the first division. Nuncio and Amped Up Hanover are eligible to the $1.2 million Hambletonian on Aug. 2. The rest of the field is Uva Hanover, Another Deposition, Sarcastic Man, Southwind Poseidon, Revrac Harbour, Resolve, Home Front, Dony Andreas, and Montalbano Bi. All are eligible to the Hambletonian except Another Deposition, Dony Andreas, and Montalbano Bi. Takter's Trixton is the 3-5 choice in the second division. The split also includes Mister B's Way, Skates N Plates, Another Transcript, Truxton, Well Built, Speak The Truth, Scacco Matto, Lightning Force, Muscle Midas, and Datsyuk. All are eligible to the Hambletonian. * * * The Pennsylvania Sire Stakes for 2-year-old female trotters on Friday visits Harrah's Philadelphia, where several horses with famous siblings will go behind the gate. Kolachke (Donato Hanover-La Riviera Lindy) is a half-sister to 2012 Horse of the Year Chapter Seven and Sistas (Andover Hall-Honorable Mother) is a half-sister to Honorable Daughter, the 2008 Dan Patch Award winner for best 2-year-old female trotter. Inch By Inch (Yankee Glide-Armbro Niagara) is a full sister to millionaire Falls For You, Lilu Hanover (Andover Hall-Lady Luck Hanover) is a full sister to stakes-winner Luckycharm Hanover, and Gatka Hanover (Muscle Massive-Girlie Tough) is a three-quarter-sister to 2014 New Jersey Sire Stakes champion Heaven's Door. Ken Weingartner Harness Racing Communications
There has been a flury of activities in the harness racing top ten poll for week 9 of the 2014 season. No, Sebastian K is still getting all 35 #1 votes as he should, but the middle range horses are moving up and down and in and out of the top ten list. He's Watching jumped up to #4 with his ultra impressive 1:56.4 Meadowlands Pace win, yet Dancin Yankee, who won once again, is out of the top ten list. Both Shake It Cerry and Sandbetweenurtoes moved into the top ten after very strong performances as Father Patrick and Sweet Lou are #s 2 and 3 respectively off their big scores at the Meadowlands. Trixton, depsit a game third place finish remains in #5 but Nuncio, who beat Trixton last week, is off the top ten list in 11th place. Perfect Alliance dopped down on the list after finishing of the board for the first time this year. by Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink.com Hambletonian/Breeders Crown Standardbred Poll: Week 9 – 7/15/2014 Rank Name (First Place Votes) Age/Gait/Sex Record Earnings Points Pvs 1 Sebastian K (35) 8th 5-5-0-0 $201,100 350 1 2 Father Patrick 3tc 6-6-0-0 $510,931 296 2 3 Sweet Lou 5ph 9-6-1-1 $642,650 280 3 4 He’s Watching 3pc 6-3-1-1 $558,235 214 -- 5 Trixton 3tc 7-5-1-1 $267,752 149 4 6 McWicked 3pc 7-4-2-0 $393,830 100 7 7 JK Endofanera 3pc 7-5-0-1 $566,667 97 6 8 Shake It Cerry 3tf 6-5-0-1 $217,338 73 -- 9 Perfect Alliance 4tm 13-11-1-0 $177,637 67 5 10 Sandbetweenurtoes 3pf 6-6-0-0 $176,216 55 -- Also: Nuncio (45), Dancin Yankee (43), Market Share (35), Bee A Magician (30), Somwherovrarainbow (18), Anndrovette (15), Modern Family (14), Your So Vain (8), Fancy Desire (6), Classic Martine, Rocklamation (5), Designed To Be, P H Supercam (4), Wake Up Peter (3), Artspeak, Bettor’s Edge, Mission Brief (2), Foiled Again, I Like My Boss, Uffizi Hanover (1). Compiled by Ken Weingartner for Harness Racing Communications
Bee A Magician, the 2013 Dan Patch Harness Horse of the Year after her undefeated 17 race season, finally got her first win of 2014 after five starts, beating the top trotting mares in the country in a $40,000 leg of the Miss Versatility at the Meadowlands Saturday. And unlike most of last year, she did it by coming from behind for driver Brian Sears. Classic Martine (Tim Tetrick) was the first to leave with Perfect Alliance (David Miller) also leaving and settling into the two-hole. They went to the first quarter in a quick :26.3. Then Miller came out with Perfect Alliance to quarter move and before she could clear to the lead, there was Maven and driver Yannick Gingras flying three-wide on the outside and they took command. Past the half mile marker in :55.2, Maven was in control of the lead as D’Orsay (Corey Callahan) came first-over and Miller followed the outside flow second over with Bee A Magician. To the three-quarters in 1:24.3, Maven was still on top but D’Orsay was gaining ground and giving Bee A Magician a perfect outside trip. Down the stretch D’Orsay past Maven and then Sears got Bee A Magician into high gear and she trotted on by and then was able to hold off a late closing Charmed Life (Brett Miller) to win by a neck in 1:51.1. D’Orsay was third. Trained by R. Nifty Norman, Bee A Magician is a four-year-old mare by Kadabra and is owned by Mel Hartman, Herb Liverman and David McDuffee. Her time of 1:51.1 was one fifth of a second from her lifetime mark. She paid $4.00 to win as the even money favorite. Bee A Magician By Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink.com
I love to take credit when I do something right. Those of you that read my column last week or saw me at the Meadowlands knew how much I thought that Your So Vain could win the Hambo Matturity and he did at 7-1 and that Bee A Magician was the play in exacta’s and that came back a very nice $71.00. Now the action is almost all at the Meadowlands on Saturday headed by the Meadowlands Pace and other top stakes event, but Friday there are eliminations for the Maple Leaf Trot and thus we must see what magic Ake and Sebastian K can wow the crowd with. Good Luck! $40,000 Trot Maple Leaf Eliminations Mohawk Raceway 3rd race FRIDAY – No place or show wagering and rightly so as Sebastian K is the premier trotting star in the world of harness racing this year. After his amazing 1:49 world record victory in his last start everyone will be wondering if he can surpass that at Mohawk. Maybe not this week but perhaps next week. Use Flanagan Memory and Wishing Stone in exotic plays. $40,000 Trot Maple Leaf Eliminations Mohawk Raceway 8th race FRIDAY – Without Sebastian K in this field it becomes very competitive. Only Modern Family has been able to stay somewhat close to him so look for this good trotter to get out early to the lead and not look back. He usually can win when Sebastian K is not in the race. Use Market Share and Intimidate in exotic plays. $100,000 Trot NJSS Final 2YO Colts Meadowlands 1st race SATURDAY – Tough to go against a trotting colt from the Jimmy Takter Stable that has yet to face defeat and drops a few seconds every time he races. That’s the case in here with French Laundry who has been perfect early on and should reap some big rewards in here. Use Stonebridge Force and Canepa Hanover in exotic plays. $100,000 Trot NJSS Final 2YO Fillies Meadowlands 2nd race SATURDAY – Surprised at such a short field going for $100,000. Going with Mission Brief over Saturday Mornings as last week Mission Brief put on a trotting clinic for Ron Burke Stable in posting a ten length romp in 1:55.1. What a mile in only her second lifetime start! Use Saturday Mornings and Demons N Diamonds in exotic plays. $317,000 Trot Stanley Dancer Memorial Meadowlands 4th race SATURDAY – Let’s see if this will be an early prep for the finish of the Hambletonian as Jimmy Takter has all three of his top colts in the race. I nearly selected Trixton as he is not a great leaver but once he gets going he is too tough to beat. But after Father Patrick’s world record mile I think he may be in a class by himself. Going to be a great race. Use Trixton and Nuncio in exotic plays. $213,500 Trot Del Miller Memorial Meadowlands 5th race SATURDAY – Going to take a shot in here that trainer Ake Svanstedt has Heaven’s Door primed and ready to take on Shake It Cerry. Last two starts this filly has been awesome with a lifetime mark of 1:52. A repeat of that mile will make her a winner again. Use Shake It Cerry and Designed To Be in exotic plays. $212,150 Pace Mistletoe Shalee Final Meadowlands 6th race SATURDAY – Last week Sandbetweenurtoes showed true grit in grinding out a very impressive elimination division victory in 1:49.3. She is unbeaten in her five starts this year and same effort will get her back in the winner’s circle. Use Table Talk and Uffizi Hanover in exotic plays. $178,450 Pace Golden Girls FFA Mares Meadowlands 7th race SATURDAY – Another classic match-up of the best open mares in racing. I am going with Shebestingin as she has seemed to return to her winning ways and last week popped a 1:50.3 score against lesser competition but sometimes a win like that will wake a horse up. Use Anndrovette and Somwherorainbow in exotic plays. $463,300 Pace William Haughton Memorial Meadowlands 8th race SATURDAY – Here comes the best open pacers in all the land and heading the lineup is none other than Sweet Lou. He has been unbeaten in his last five starts against the very best and once he gets rolling I don’t think anyone will be able to catch him once again. Use Captaintreacherous and State Treasurer in exotic plays. $776,000 Meadowlands Pace Final 3YO Colts Meadowlands 9th race SATURDAY – Gentlemen, start your engines! This will be a classic race as it always is. JK Endofanera is the favorite and rightly so after his impressive win last week but He’s Watching impressed me the most. He showed that with any live cover he can beat the best and I think that is what is going to happen tonight. Either way it will be a great race. Use JK Endofanera and Lyonssomewhere in exotic plays. $40,000 Trot Miss Versatility Older Mares Meadowlands 10th race SATURDAY – What a great group of world class trotting mares in this race. I have to go with Bee A Magician after she wove her way around the best older trotters in the world last week and came away with a strong second place finish showed me she is back to winning form. Use Perfect Alliance and Maven in exotic plays. $100,000 Pace NJSS Final 2YO Colts Meadowlands 11th race SATURDAY – If Artspeaks continues to improve over his last two starts he will mop up this field once again. His late moves have been pretty sharp, especially last week when he scored in 1:53.3 for Scott Zeron. Use Dealt A Winner and Weapons Dealer in exotic plays. $100,000 Pace NJSS Final 2YO Fillies Meadowlands 13th race SATURDAY – When you show last quarters in :27.4 and :25.4 in just your first two pari-mutuel starts, then you are a force to be reckoned with. That’s what Stacia Hanover has done and she is undefeated in her early career and looks to stay that way for a while. Use Cashaway and Ideal Nuggets in exotic plays.
East Rutherford, NJ - No fewer than seven major Grand Circuit stakes will populate the Saturday night card at The Meadowlands, led by the track's signature race, The Meadowlands Pace. The all-star lineup begins with a pair of high-stakes preps for trotting's top prizes, the August 2 Hambletonian and Hambletonian Oaks. Race four is the $317,000 Stanley Dancer Memorial three-year-old colt trot which will be the stage for last year's top freshman Father Patrick to battle Trixton who has emerged as a worthy adversary this season. It is the first time these two have met, the occasion made even more intriguing by the fact that both are trained in the Jimmy Takter stable. Oddsmaker Darin Zoccali has Father Patrick (Yannick Gingras) listed as a strong morning line favorite at 4/5 from post nine, while Trixton is at 3/1 from post twelve in the second tier with trainer Takter aboard. The $213,500 Delvin Miller Memorial for sophomore trotting fillies also pits last year's finest against emerging talent. Shake It Cerry was clearly the best of a very talented crop last season, easily winning year end awards for the Takter stable and regular driver Ron Pierce. She has transitioned successfully to sophomore status winning four of five starts this season and is the 9/5 choice from post seven. Her only loss required the world record 1:51.3 effort by Designed To Be at Pocono last month. It was the second time Designed To Be has assaulted the record books, having taken the two-year-old title with her 1:52.2 mile last fall in Lexington. She will have Brian Sears aboard for trainer Julie Miller on Saturday. The remarkably fast Cooler Schooner is the fastest freshman trotter ever, regardless of sex by virtue of her amazing 1:51.3 win last summer at Pocono. She is sometimes guilty of self-sabotage but can never be dismissed. The Campbell brothers, John and Jim will conspire to manage that wicked speed toward its best use. The new shooter in this division is Heaven's Door another who demonstrated great talent at two for Ross Croghan but it took until this year for her mind to catch up to her speed. She was sold over the winter and moved into the Ake Svanstedt barn where she has flourished. She won last month's NJSS final in a stakes record 1:52 with great ease and is facing the division's best now for her new connections and adds another element of suspense. Next up (race six) will be the $212,500 Mistletoe Shalee for sophomore pacing fillies, another contentious contest. Sandbetweenurtoes raced but once at two for Tony Alagna but showed such promise in her first few starts at three that the brothers Remmen, Ray and Larry, bought her for John Grant and she hasn't lost since. She was the winner of last week's elimination in 1:49.1 with Brett Miller aboard and will likely be the post time fave off a 5/2 morning line. Precocious Beauty was the divisional leader last year for the McNair barn and has yet to find that form thus far at three, though last week's race was encouraging. Takter's Uffizi Hanover won the 2013 Breeders Crown and the Fan Hanover this year for her regular pilot, newly minted Hall of Famer David Miller. The older dames race on the pace for $178,450 in the cleverly named Golden Girls stake in the seventh race. Joe Holloway has always had a way with the ladies, training several distaff champions over the years and has a formidable pair in this one. Somwherovarainbow has well over a million in career earnings and has been in deadly form for Joe since early spring with six wins from ten starts, among those the Bluechip Matchmaker final. Brian Sears drives. Her stable mate Shebestingin is the fastest female Standardbred ever, having seared The Red Mile clay in an eye-popping 1:47 flat last fall. She has yet to beat the best of this division since graduating into the open ranks but her speed make her a danger for David Miller. The race favorite at 2/1 is the iron-tough race mare Androvette. Her story has been told many times but never gets old, particularly for her connections. She vaults over $3million lifetime with a win in this stake for trainer PJ Fraley and her constant racing companion Tim Tetrick. Just when you think, "Well, this just can't get any better," you come to the meat of the card. Race 8 contains the finest Free For All pacers in the land racing for $463,300 in the WR Haughton Memorial, one of the biggest events of their season. The lifetime earnings for these ten horses are just north of the $20 million mark. Captaintreacherous is the two time defending Pacer of the Year and a winner of over $3million in his racing career for trainer Tony Alagna. He's developed into a fan favorite with his gritty, never give up style and he'll need every bit of that heart, a large dose of speed and another clever steer from Tetrick on Saturday. He's drawn a favorable post starting just inside the 8/5 favorite, Sweet Lou. Sweet Lou has flashed brilliance from the start for his connections and still holds the freshman pacing world speed record. Now five year of age, he's in the best form of his career and has been invincible since paired with driver Ron Pierce in May. Together they are five for five, all in 1:48.3 or faster culminating with a world record 1:47 the hard way at Pocono in the Franklin, the fastest mile on a five-eighths track in history. Sweet Lou is one of a formidable four horse armada sent out in the Haughton by Meadowlands and national leading trainer Ron Burke. The four Burke horses alone have amassed a staggering $12million in career earnings led by the richest pacer in history, ageless wonder Foiled Again at $6.3 million. Foiled will have to overcome the extreme outside post for his regular driver Yannick Gingras in this battle. The $776,000 Meadowlands Pace is race nine on the star studded extravaganza and has been well covered in many arenas, so for our purposes let's just say it shapes up to be a very exciting and contentious race, as is usually the case in the absence of a clear division leader. Among the deepest and most contentious divisions this season is the older trotting mares. The returning Horse of the Year Bee A Magician, last year's division leader Maven and pair of four year old mares that have blossomed into trotting divas, Perfect Alliance and Classic Martine will all meet among a field of eight in the $40,000 Miss Versatility in race ten. It's one for the ages this Saturday night at The Meadowlands with over $2.5 million in purses offered over the 13 race card, including four $100,000 finals for state bred freshmen. Post time is 6:30pm and it's going to be well attended, so if you're thinking of coming out make your reservations now. If not, the Haughton and Pace will be carried live on the CBS Sports Network and the TVG Racing network. From the Meadowlands Media Relations Office
There was only slight movement in the Harness Racing Top Ten Poll for week 8. Sebastian K once again remains "undefeated" in the Number 1 spot with all 35 top votes. Dancin Yankee did move into the top ten ranking and is in 10th place while Modern Family moved off the list for the first time in weeks and is at number 11. Hambletonian/Breeders Crown Standardbred Poll: Week 8 – 7/8/2014 Rank Name (First Place Votes) Age/Gait/Sex Record Earnings Points Pvs 1 Sebastian K (35) 8th 4-4-0-0 $182,500 350 1 2 Father Patrick 3tc 5-5-0-0 $352,431 266 2 3 Sweet Lou 5ph 8-5-1-1 $411,000 256 3 4 Trixton 3tc 6-5-1-0 $229,712 240 4 5 Perfect Alliance 4tm 12-11-1-0 $177,637 191 5 6 JK Endofanera 3pc 6-5-0-1 $566,667 178 6 7 McWicked 3pc 7-4-2-0 $393,830 85 8 8 Anndrovette 7pm 10-4-1-2 $366,037 77 7 9 Somwherovrarainbow 4pm 10-6-3-1 $355,523 62 9 10 Dancin Yankee 6ph 18-11-3-1 $277,640 53 -- Also: Modern Family (48), Nuncio (23), Market Share (17), Your So Vain (14), He’s Watching (13), Fancy Desire (11), Classic Martine, Foiled Again, Shake It Cerry (9), Uffizi Hanover (5), Designed To Be, State Treasurer (2), Domethatagain, I Like My Boss, Maven, P H Supercam, Tellitlikeitis (1). Compiled by Ken Weingartner for Harness Racing Communications
The weather could not have been nicer for Breakfast With The Babies this morning with sunny skies and gusty winds, the consensus temperature was 77 degrees. The star of the show wasn't a two year old at the start of their career but a Hambletonain candidate at the very peak of his powers, the remarkable Trixton. Out for a little leg stretching in a qualifier, Trixton went right to the front for trainer/driver Jimmy Takter and waltzed around the oval in 1:53.3, last quarter in 28 flat into a significant wind. He's looks ready to battle Father Patrick for the crown in the Stanley Dancer Memorial next Saturday. Perfect Alliance also got some work in this morning, touring the oval in 1:53.3 in preparation for the Miss Versatility leg here next week. She looked sharp with Yannick Gingras aboard for trainer Julie Miller and owners Little E LLC, Jason Settlemoir, Dave Stolz and Art Geiger. Baby trotters led off the card and a couple of fillies impressed with identical 1:58.1 miles. The pretty $140,000 Credit Winner Lexington filly Crazy Beautiful took by the 59.4 half then closed with a 28.4 final stanza to hold sway against the closing bid of Nunkeri. Scott Zeron drove, Tony Alagna trains for the Willow Oak Ranch of Tennessee. Lilu Hanover made a bold move around the final bend and drew clear in a 29 flat final quarter to win for Takter and Gingras in her third qualifier. Owned by Marvin Katz and Al Libfeld, she was a $130,000 Harrisburg purchase. Takter later drove the Cantab Hanover x Muscaloosa colt Walter White to a 1:59.4. He was a $57,000 Harrisburg purchase for the interest of Christina Takter, RAW Equine and John & Jim Fielding. Takter pacing pupil Bet You won his Third Straight non-betting race, this one in 1:57 for Yannick. He's by Bettors Delight out of Armbro Amoretto purchased inn Lexington $75,000 for Christina, the Fieldings and Mc Clelland. Trond Smedshammer won a couple, taking the second race with Finish Line a Yankee Glide gelding from Calchips Finisher in 2:00. He was a $50,000 Lexington purchase by Trond's American Viking Stable, Diane Giuliano and Purple Haze Stable. Trond won with Crazshana in 2:01.4 a few races later. This one is a Crazed gelding that Purple Haze gave $47,000 at Harrisburg last fall. Jonas Czernyson sent out a pair of winners, taking the fourth with Alderbaran Eagle in 2:00.3 with Corey Callahan aboard. He's a $70,000 Muscle Hill from Letsjustalkaboutme that the Alderbaran Stable bought at Harrisburg. Dave Miller drove the Muscle Hill filly Jolene Jolene to a 2:01 victory for Jonas and owner Bill Donovan. She's out of Celebrity Speedie and was an $87,000 Harrisburg baby. The pacers started off with the speedy Sportswriter filly Yellow Mustang dragging Dave Miller through fast middle splits then holding on in 1:57. Joe Holloway trains the daughter of Best Tussle, a $23,000 Harrisburg yearling buy, for Ted Gewertz and Val D'Or Farms. The cleverly named She's A Hot Mess redeemed herself after last week's miscue by beating a field of colts in 1:58 with a good 29.1 close into a gusting wind for Scott Zeron. She's an American Ideal homebred from Sure Fun Tryin trained by Tony Alagna who owns her in partnership with Stephanie & Myron Bell's Riverview Farms and John Fodera. Tony sent out a nice pair of colts in the fourteenth and Dream's Beachboy impressed, winning at first asking for Zeron in 1:56.2 / 29- off a nice pocket trip. He's a $150,000 Harrisburg Somebeachsomewhere colt from Dream-A-While owned by Brittany Farms, Marvin Katz and Stillwater Partners, a Myron Bell production. The Cancelliere brothers unveiled a sharp Rock N Roll Heaven colt named Raylan Givens in this heat, closing to be second and Official Prince (Art Official) from the Alagna barn was a good third. The next group also contained some pretty impressive looking colts. The winner was Major War, Shannon DePinto and Kovach Stables $60,000 Harrisburg purchase by American Ideal from Cantor's Daughter. He made a big move on the final turn to get clear and closed out a 1:55.4 mile in 27.4. Dave Miller drove for trainer Sam De Pinto. Somekindaparty, Shane Adam and Mohegan Blue Chip all flashed good pace down the stretch into the wind. Tonight is one of the big ones, Meadowlands Pace elim night. The inaugural Hambletonian Maturity fields fourteen of trotting's finest four year olds racing for $484,500 and a spectacular fireworks show after the races. Post time is 6:30. by Nick Salvi, for the Meadowlands
Freehold, NJ --- Sebastian K followed his world record with perfection. The 8-year-old trotter, fresh off his 1:49 win Saturday at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, received all 35 first-place votes in this week’s Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll. Three-year-old trotter Father Patrick moved from No. 5 to second in the rankings thanks to his world-record 1:50.2 victory in Saturday’s Earl Beal Jr. Memorial at Pocono Downs while 5-year-old pacer Sweet Lou improved one spot to No. 3 following his world-record 1:47 triumph in the Ben Franklin Pace. McWicked, a 3-year-old pacer who won the Max C. Hempt Memorial in a world-record 1:47.3, was the only newcomer to the Top 10. He joined the rankings at No. 8 while older trotter Market Share dropped out. Hambletonian/Breeders Crown Standardbred Poll: Week 7 – 7/1/2014 Rank Name (First Place Votes) Age/Gait/Sex Record Earnings Points Pvs 1 Sebastian K (35) 8th 4-4-0-0 $182,500 350 1 2 Father Patrick 3tc 5-5-0-0 $352,431 262 5 3 Sweet Lou 5ph 8-5-1-1 $411,000 252 4 4 Trixton 3tc 6-5-1-0 $229,712 244 2 5 Perfect Alliance 4tm 12-11-1-0 $177,637 195 3 6 JK Endofanera 3pc 5-4-0-1 $541,667 156 6 7 Anndrovette 7pm 9-4-1-1 $362,437 90 7 8 McWicked 3pc 7-4-2-0 $393,830 83 -- 9 Somwherovrarainbow 4pm 10-6-3-1 $355,523 63 8 10 Modern Family 5th 13-6-6-1 $266,150 55 9 Also: Dancin Yankee (52), Classic Martine (24), Nuncio (21), Market Share (17), Fancy Desire, Foiled Again (12), Shake It Cerry (10), Uffizi Hanover (7), Tellitlikeitis (6), Maven (5), Captaintreacherous, Designed To Be, State Treasurer (2), Domethatagain, I Like My Boss, P H Supercam (1). by Ken Weingartner, for Harness Racing Communications
Hambletonian/Breeders Crown Standardbred Poll: Week 6 – 6/24/2014 Rank Name (First Place Votes) Age/Gait/Sex Record Earnings Points Pvs 1 Sebastian K (34) 8th 3-3-0-0 $132,500 349 1 2 Trixton 3tc 6-5-1-0 $229,712 271 2 3 Perfect Alliance (1) 4tm 12-11-1-0 $177,637 229 3 4 Sweet Lou 5ph 7-4-1-1 $161,000 221 4 5 Father Patrick 3tc 4-4-0-0 $102,431 193 5 6 JK Endofanera 3pc 5-4-0-1 $541,667 140 6 7 Anndrovette 7pm 9-4-1-1 $362,437 103 8 8 Somwherovrarainbow 4pm 10-6-3-1 $355,523 96 7 9 Modern Family 5th 12-6-5-1 $241,150 68 9 10 Market Share 5th 5-2-0-1 $151,000 34 10 Also: Nuncio (29), Foiled Again (25), Dancin Yankee (23), Classic Martine (21), Maven (15), McWicked, Shake It Cerry (13), P H Supercam, Tellitlikeitis, Uffizi Hanover (12), Captaintreacherous (11), State Treasurer (7), All Bets Off, Designed To Be (6), Domethatagain (4), Apprentice Hanover, Table Talk, Weeper (3), Cammikey (2), I Like My Boss (1). Compiled by Ken Weingartner, for Harness Racing Communications
This Week: TVG Free For All Trot, Meadowlands Racetrack, East Rutherford, N.J. and Ben Franklin Pace, Earl Beal Jr. Memorial, Max C. Hempt Memorial and James M. Lynch Memorial eliminations, Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, Wilkes-Barre, Pa. Schedule of events: The Grand Circuit spotlight will shine on Meadowlands Racetrack on Friday (June 20) with a $50,000 leg of the TVG Free For All Championship Series for older trotters. A field of seven will go to the post in race 11. Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs will host four sets of stakes eliminations on Saturday (June 21). There will be two eliminations in the Ben Franklin for older pacers and the Earl Beal Jr. Memorial for 3-year-old male trotters and three eliminations in the Max C. Hempt Memorial for 3-year-old male pacers and the James M. Lynch Memorial for 3-year-old filly pacers. Complete entries for the races can be found by clicking on this link. Last time: Last weekend's Grand Circuit action was highlighted by the $920,000 Pepsi North America Cup for 3-year-old pacers at Mohawk Racetrack. JK Endofanera, with driver Brian Sears, roared down the stretch to take the Cup, Canada's richest harness race, in 1:48.4. It was the second Cup win for Sears, who took the 2005 edition with Rocknroll Hanover, but the first for trainer Ron Burke and owner 3 Brothers Stables (Alan, Steven and Ronnie Katz) of New York City. Dismissed at 12-1 odds, JK Endofanera, leaving from post nine, came from well out of it, collaring He's Watching and favored Tellitlikeitis deep in the lane. The winning margin was 1-1/2 lengths over Tellitlikeitis, with He's Watching third and McWicked fourth. Mohawk also hosted four other lucrative stakes events on the Saturday evening program. Trixton, the 1-9 choice in the $250,332 Goodtimes Stakes for 3-year-old trotters, kicked off the evening and lived up to his billing with another facile triumph. Trained and driven by Jimmy Takter, Trixton romped as his odds reflected, scoring by six lengths in a stakes, track and Canadian record time of 1:51.3. Trixton took over from Harper Blue Chip after a half in :55, got to three-quarters in 1:22.4 and floated home in record time. Il Sogno Dream wound up second and Harper Blue Chip was third. Classic Martine snapped Perfect Alliance's attempt at a perfect season by capturing the $244,720 Armbro Flight Stakes for older trotting mares. After following in third, Classic Martine found open racetrack at the top of the stretch. The Chris Oakes trainee dug in, trotting past Perfect Alliance just strides before the wire to win by a length. The mare stopped the clock in 1:52.1, which was a fifth of a second off the stakes record. Perfect Alliance finished second and Rockin With Dewey was third. The classy veteran pacing mare Anndrovette showed she was all heart by completing the three-peat in the Roses Are Red stakes. Anndrovette was pushed hard off the gate by driver Tim Tetrick and got to the front near the quarter pole. Leading the group of mares in the $303,600 event, Anndrovette took the field down to the three-quarter pole in 1:21.4 with Somwherovrarainbow and driver Brian Sears pressuring first-over. The two mares would then hook up in the stretch with Somwherovrarainbow taking a slight lead, but Anndrovette was dead game, fighting back on the inside to retake the lead and win the Roses Are Red in 1:49.1. Rocklamation wound up third in the mile. Trainer Jimmy Takter scored his second stakes wins on the card with Uffizi Hanover in the $420,900 Fan Hanover final for 3-year-old pacing fillies. Into the lane, Uffizi Hanover was angled out of the pocket spot by driver David Miller. Nat A Virgin and Uffizi Hanover battled for the lead and it was Uffizi Hanover who was victorious by 1-1/4 lengths. The 8-5 favorite stopped the timer in 1:50.4. Nat A Virgin was second and Take That Hanover was third. The $100,000 Meadowlands Maturity Pace was the feature of last Friday night's card at the Meadowlands and served as the stage for the successful return to the races of two-time defending Pacer of the Year Captaintreacherous. Saddled with post ten for his seasonal debut, Captaintreacherous was sent away from the gate by Tim Tetrick, improving to a mid-field tuck in fifth as first Word Power and then Apprentice Hanover led past the opening quarter in :26. Tetrick tipped Captaintreacherous at about the three-eighths mark and within a few strides had the lead at the half in :54. A :28.2 breather in the third panel was all he needed to get home as Captaintreacherous responded to Tetrick'a urging when Sunfire Blue Chip approached head-stretch and then held stablemate Odds On Equuleus safe by a length in 1:49.2. Dovuto Hanover was third. Complete recaps of the weekend races are available at the Grand Circuit website. Grand Circuit Standings: In 2014, the Grand Circuit leaders in three categories (driver, trainer and owner) will once again be tracked on a points system (20-10-5 for the top three finishers in divisions/finals and 10-5-2 for the top three finishers in eliminations/legs). Winbak Farms is the sponsor for the 2014 Grand Circuit awards. Here are the leaders following the past weekend. Drivers: 1. Tim Tetrick - 341; 2. Yannick Gingras - 328; 3. Ron Pierce - 215; 4. Brian Sears - 165; 5. George Brennan - 164.5. Trainers: 1. Ron Burke - 527.5; 2. Jimmy Takter - 225; 3. PJ Fraley - 189; 4. Joe Holloway - 132; 5. Julie Miller- 110. Owners: 1. Bamond Racing - 146.5; 2. Burke Racing - 112.3; 3. Weaver Bruscemi - 104.8; 4. 3 Brothers Stable - 82; 5. Brad Grant - 49.5. Looking ahead: Next weekend Grand Circuit action will be taking place at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs and Mohawk Racetrack. Pocono will have the finals for the Ben Franklin (older pacers), Earl Beal Memorial (3-year-old male trotters), Max Hempt Memorial (3-year-old male pacers) and James Lynch (3-year-old filly pacers) on Saturday (June 28). On Monday (June 30), Mohawk will host a leg of the Miss Versatility for older trotting mares. by Paul Ramlow, for the Grand Circuit
The track it pedigrees for the 24 Deo Volente yearlings of 2014 can be found on their website at http://deovolentefarms.com/Home.html and activated by clicking on the yearlings name. Of the 24, 17 are slated for the Lexington selected sale as part of the Preferred Equine consignment. The remaining seven are slated for Harrisburg and will be consigned by Northwood Bloodstock. Among the Lexington highlights include Mikhail Deo, a Kadabra brother to this year’s sensational Perfect Alliance and Can’t Hold This a Donato Hanover colt from Yursa Hanover, she a near million dollar winning sister to Perfect Alliance’s dam Yalta Hanover. Among the outstanding pacing prospects are Timber (Art Major-Bjs Canouan) from a productive sister to Rocknroll Hanover and Charlies Man the Art Major colt from Worldly Beauty’s productive dam World Of Her Own. Charlies Man is thus a half brother to the well known Sir Richard Z Tam Leading the Harrisburg offerings are Lovin Life (Western Ideal-Lisjune) a three quarter sister to last year’s brilliant I Luv The Nitelife and Mavens Way (Muscles Yankee-Doris Deo) he from a sister to Donato Hanover. From Deo Volente Farms
Despite not having raced in weeks, Sebastian K remains #1 in the weekly harness racing Top Ten Poll. Trixton, with his big score in the Goodtimes Final at Mohawk Raceway, moved ahead of Perfect Alliance to the number two spot while Perfect Alliance, who saw her 11-race win streak come to a close to Classic Martine in the Armbro Flight, get voted down to third place. JK Endofanera, who was not even in the top ten last week, jumped up to fifth place off his impressive win in the $1 million North America Cup final. Hambletonian/Breeders Crown Standardbred Poll: Week 5 – 6/17/2014 Rank Name (First Place Votes) Age/Gait/Sex Record Earnings Points Pvs 1 Sebastian K (29) 8th 2-2-0-0 $107,500 341 1 2 Trixton (2) 3tc 6-5-1-0 $229,712 267 T4 3 Perfect Alliance (4) 4tm 12-11-1-0 $177,637 230 2 4 Sweet Lou 5ph 6-3-1-1 $148,500 194 3 5 Father Patrick 3tc 3-3-0-0 $89,931 146 6 6 JK Endofanera 3pc 5-4-0-1 $541,667 112 -- 7 Somwherovrarainbow 4pm 10-6-3-1 $355,523 106 T4 8 Anndrovette 7pm 9-4-1-1 $362,437 95 -- 9 Modern Family 5th 12-6-5-1 $241,150 67 9 10 Market Share 5th 4-2-0-0 $145,000 66 7 Also: Foiled Again (59), Dancin Yankee (47), Shake It Cerry (39), Uffizi Hanover (33), Captaintreacherous (24), Classic Martine (23), P H Supercam (20), Maven (16), Tellitlikeitis (12), State Treasurer (8), Act Now (7), Apprentice Hanover, Cammikey, Table Talk (3), Let’s Drink On It (2), I Like My Boss, Sam Hill (1). Compiled by Ken Weingartner for Harness Racing Communications
Perfect Alliance saw her 11-race winning streak come to a close at the hands of Classic Martine Saturday at Mohawk Raceway in the $266,000 final of the Armbro Flight Final for older trotting mares. Also in the race was the 2013 Harness Horse of the Year, Bee A Magician, who had a good trip behind Perfect Alliance but lacked any closing kick and finished a disappointing ninth. It was Classic Martine and driver Tim Tetrick who shot away from the starting gate to the early lead like a rocket. Bee A Magician also left from post nine and was parked three-wide early and had to grind her way to the lead by the opening quarter mile in a quick :27 seconds. There was no rest for the weary as driver Yannick Gingras was also on the move with the race favorite, Perfect Alliance, and they were able to then clear to the lead going to the half mile pole in :56. From there Perfect Alliance led the field as Rockin With Dewey (Mario Baillargeon) came first-over and started to challenge at the three-quarters in 1:24. Then as they started down the stretch, Bee A Magician had room along the rail but began to fade. Rockin With Dewey was still strong on the outside as Perfect Alliance held her ground. But Tim Tetrick was able to swing wide with Classic Martine and they closed with a burst of speed to win by one length in 1:52.1 over Perfect Alliance with Rockin With Dewey third. “Leaving out of the gate I wanted to get in good position,” Tim Tetrick said. “I thought that Yannick was going to get his mare (Perfect Alliance) in front and I would be in great position. Then Brian (Sears) put his mare (Bee A Magician) in front and was I content and I was fine having those two great mares in front of me. “I was just concerned about finding some clearance at the top of the lane. She is so quick off the wings and I knew she would follow the cover. She was content to sit and once I got clear with her she can really get to the house. She is just a really nice mare. She is really handy. She can leave the get in :27 or :26 if you have to. Then she can come home in :27 and that makes her very versatile.” It was the fourth win in five starts this year for Classic Martine. The four-year-old mare by Classic Photo is trained by Chris Oakes and is co-owned by the Hauser Brothers Entertainment, LLC and Suan Oaks. She paid $11.90 to win. By Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink.com
What a weekend last week for some favorites and some not! On Friday I hit all four horses I picked on the nose…then on Saturday not one single winner! That’s how tough the racing has been this season and the only difference this weekend is that purses are BIG TIME. We have the 2014 much anticipated debut of the 2013 Pacer of the Year, Captaintreacherous, in the $100 Meadowlands Maturity for four-year-olds Friday, the Saturday the program is magnificent at Mohawk Raceway with the $1,000,000 North America Cup, the Fan Hanover, Armbro Flight, Goodtimes, Roses Are Red and Mohawk Gold with the greatest pacers and trotters in all of North America under the limelight. Good Luck! $100,000 Pace Meadowlands Maturity 4YO’s 10th race FRIDAY – What a way to begin your four-year-old season by drawing the 10 post. I don’t think it will hamper Captaintreacherous as much as many others think. Myron Bell, Tony Alagna and the Captaintreacherous partners have planned it all out and Tony says his colt is going to be better than last year and thus the outside post should not hinder his winning efforts. Use Apprentice Hanover and Odds On Equuleus in exotic plays. $72,300 Trot PASS 3YO Colts Pocono Downs 3rd race SATURDAY – Looks like Wheelsandthelegman is in the softest of the three divisions tonight and this gelded son of Donato Hanover has been razor sharp and with the rail he should be able to wire the field. Use DD’s Hitman and JJ Alex in exotic plays. $72,300 Trot PASS 3YO Colts Pocono Downs 4th race SATURDAY – Here comes the Jimmy Takter Show…this time it’s Nuncio and new driver Matt Kakaley, but this young man has tons of talent and should enjoy the trip. Colt is unbeaten in his two starts so far and has looked super each week. Takes another here. Use Uva Hanover and Auspicious Hanover in exotic plays. $272,100 Trot Goodtimes Final 3YO Colt Mohawk Raceway 4th race – Right now I would have to say that Trixton is more powerful looking and faster than Father Patrick. He looms over the field tonight by a full second. Big powerful horse likes racing on the big track and goes for his fifth straight win. Use Flyhawk El Durado and Harper Blue Chip in exotic plays. $72,300 Trot PASS 3YO Colts Pocono Downs 5th race SATURDAY – Here come’s the 2013 Dan Patch award winning two-year-old colt trotter of the year, Father Patrick. Unbeaten in his two starts this year and crushing the competition each time. He is so powerful and it looks like the rest of the field will be racing for second money. Use Datsyuk and Dony Andreas in exotic plays. $266,000 Trot Armbro Flight Final Older Mares Mohawk Raceway 5th race SATURDAY – It is so hard to consider going against Perfect Alliance. She’s perfect at 11 for 11, she has an inside post and the gate speed to get out front and not get caught. But something inside of me says that Bee A Magician was so sensational last year and now after two very good starts she can overcome post nine and return to her winning ways. Use Perfect Alliance and D’Orsay in exotic plays. $330,000 Pace Roses Are Red Final Older Mares Mohawk Raceway 7th race SATURDAY – She may be the oldest mare in this field but she is on a roll right now. Anndrovette is the three-time Dan Patch Pacing Mare of the Year, highest money earning in this top field at $2.7 million and the last two starts showed she is still best from either off the helmet or on the front end. Use Yagonnakissmeornot and Somwherovrarainbow in exotic plays. $100,000 Pace Mohawk Gold Cup Invitational 8th race – Here are many of the top Free-For-All pacers in the world going head and head once again. I am going to stick my neck out on a mild long shot and am going with Sunshine Beach. Top three-year-old set world record last year in 1:47.4 so we know he has the speed. He won over $900,000 in 2013 and off his two very sharp qualifying wins he looks ready for action. Can’t ignore his :25.2 last quarter mile! Use State Treasurer and Foiled Again in exotic plays. $457,500 Pace Fan Hanover Final 3YO Fillies Mohawk Raceway 9th race SATURDAY – With Precocious Beauty out of the final this race really becomes a wide-open affair with most anyone coming up with a big effort and winning. I am going with Uffizi Hanover as she hails from none other than Jimmy Takter’s barn. She showed her former winning ways last week with a sharp head triumph in 1:51.4 with an amazing :25.1 last quarter mile. That’s tops in my book. Use Table Talk and Nat A Virgin in exotic plays. $1,000,000 Pace North America Cup 3YO Colts Mohawk Raceway 10th race SATURDAY – They always save the best for last and this race is the best. What a final with everyone in the field a legitimate contender. As much as I want to think that He’s Watching can rebound and wire the field, I don’t see that happening, but the action up front will be tremendous as no one wants to sit and hope going for this kind of cash. I am going with McWicked as he was really used twice in the race last week and still was able to draw away at the finish for Casie Coleman Stable. It was really a tough call. Use Tellitlikeitis and He’s Watching in exotic plays.
Quietly, and without much fanfare, Rose Run Nash keeps winning. At Monticello Raceway on Wednesday afternoon (June 11) the 9-year-old altered son of Trainforthefuture Was victorious in 2:01 which was his 11th seasonal victory and it ties him for the lead in races won by a trotter this year in North America. With Jimmy Marohn, Jr. at the controls, he sent the big-gaited gelding to the lead from the four-hole but they didn't take command until they neared the quarter which was trotted in 30 seconds. From there Marohn kept the pedal to the metal and Rose Run Nash trotted by the half in 1:00.4 and when they passed the three quarters in 1:30.3 they had two lengths on the field. At this finish Marohn had his trotter well in hand and they scored a length victory over Hawaiian Sweetie (Greg Merton) over a track softened by intermittent rain. My Cool Breeze finished third for driver Jimmy Devaux, who by the way won the first three races on the eight-race card today. "Rose Run Nash been going under the radar here this year but finally they took notice of him today," said trainer Danny Gill. "Geez, he only missed the board once this year and he's been super consistent." In 19 seasonal starts Rose Run Nash also has five seconds and two thirds to go along with his 11 wins and has won over $25,500 in purse money "Although he's nine years old he only started racing when he was six," Gill added. "He's getting better with age." Rose Run Nash's victory today ties him for the lead in races won this year with Perfect Alliance. However,their yearly bankrolls differ. Owned by Edward Hall, the trotter paid $2.90 for win. by John Manzi, for Monticello Raceway