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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Zenith Stride stayed on gait as two favorites broke stride, allowing driver Brian Sears to steer the Muscle Hill colt easily down the middle of the track for an 87-1 upset in the $339,000 Peter Haughton Memorial for 2-year-old trotting colts and geldings Saturday afternoon (Aug. 8) at The Meadowlands.   Favorite Plumville Prince never got started, breaking as the gate swung open and allowing Moonstone S to leave for the early lead over Venerate. As the first quarter ticked in :28, Type A took over the lead from Moonstone S, while Venerate followed the pair to the half in :57.   Moonstone S came out of the pocket and reclaimed the lead as Type A began to gallop, letting Venerate inherit the catbird seat. Moonstone cut three-quarters in 1:25.3 as Venerate began a hard chase. Sitting with cover all the way and with plenty of trot left, 85-1 shot Zenith Stride circled the front pair and flew past the top two with no urging to cross the finish line in 1:55.1. Moonstone S dismissed a late charge from Venerate to finish second.       "I liked this colt the first time I sat behind him," said Sears. "He had a few issues, made a few breaks, but I never lost confidence in him. I knew one he matured a bit, he'd come around and be the horse we thought he was."   Mark Harder trains Zenith Stride, who won her first race in four starts for owners Emilio and Maria Rosati. Sears recorded his fourth Peter Haughton Memorial win.   Zenith Stride paid $177.00 to win.   by Frank Cotolo, for the Hambletonian Society

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - It was a night for the players who love The Meadowlands' multi-leg wagers Friday night, as a pair of big carryovers led to windfalls for shrewd bettors. Right off the bat, the first race saw the 20-cent Pick-5 attract $330,061 in "new money" on top of the $52,665 carryover. The pool total was $382,726, and those who had winning tickets where the winner's odds were 7-2, 3-2, 17-1, 12-1 and 2-1 cashed in for $3,974.94. Twenty-cent Pick-6 winners also cashed in for big green. After $61,325 was pumped into the pool on top of the $13,524 carryover, a total of $74,489 was in the hat. Winner's odds for that sequence were 12-1, 2-1, 7-1, 6-5, 5-1 and 7-2, and those who held live tickets walked away with $4,689.20. With the boost provided by the big Pick-5 betting, the total pool on the first race was $483,599, which set the tone for the rest of the evening, as total wagering exceeded the $3-million mark for the eighth time this year with $3,065,942 pushed through the windows on the 13-race card. That number represented a 34 percent increase over the corresponding program from a year ago. ON THE TRACK: Plumville Prince scooted up the rail after three horses vacated the pylons on the far turn, then split rivals in deep stretch to record a 1¾-length score in the lone Peter Haughton Memorial elimination for 2-year-old colts and geldings on the trot. Sent to the gate as the 5-1 third choice in the wagering, Plumville Prince stopped the clock in 1:54.2 in winning for the first time in three lifetime starts. Scott Zeron drove the product of Father Patrick-Lady Athens for his father, trainer Rick. Finishing second through seventh, respectively, were Moonstone S, Venerate, Media Mogul, Caruso, Zenith Stride and Incentive. They will join three horses who accepted byes - Locatelli, Type A and Spy Booth - in the $324,000 Final on August 8. Chalk players took it on the chin in both eliminations of the Jim Doherty Memorial for 2-year-old filly trotters. In the first elim, 2-5 choice Insta Glam broke on the far turn, setting up a win from well off the pace from 12-1 chance Darlene Hanover (Chapter Seven-Danielle Hanover), who scored in 1:54.4 in registering her first lifetime score for trainer Brett Bittle and driver Andy McCarthy. Material Girl, Hot As Hill, Ineffable and May Karp finished second through fifth, respectively, earning berths in the August 8 final, which will go for $310,000. Altar, also 2-5 in the betting, was sailing along on the lead in mid-stretch before going off stride in the second elim, allowing Mazzarati (Cantab Hall-Falls For You) a trip to the winner's circle. Driven by Tim Tetrick for Lucas Wallin, Mazzarati hit the wire in a lifetime-best 1:56. Avenir, Ixia Maculata S, Altar (finished 3rd, disqualified and placed fourth) and Sel's Choice were second through fifth in the official order of finish to advance to the final. In a pair of $40,000 divisions of the Home Grown, Caviart Audrey (Somebeachsomewhere-Darlin's Delight) used a wicked late kick (:25.4 final quarter) to catch 3-5 favorite Grace Hill in taking her lifetime debut in 1:51.4 at odds of 2-1 for Yannick Gingras and Nancy Takter in the split for 2-year-old pacing fillies. The division for 2-year-old colts and geldings on the pace saw Summa Cum Laude (the 6-5 slight second choice) blast directly down the road for Dexter Dunn and Ron Burke. The son of Somebeachsomewhere-Western Graduate hit the wire in 1:51.4, a lifetime best. Monterrey Jack, also 6-5, finished third. BEFORE THE BETTING CARD: Shake That House, a son of American Ideal-Shake That Junk, went wire to wire in 1:49.1, taking the New Jersey Breeders Maturity Final for pacing 4-year-old horses and geldings for trainer Tony Alagna and driver Joe Bongiorno. It was 1¼ lengths back to Hurrikane Emperor in second. A Beach Cowgirl (Somebeachsomewhere-Limestone Cowgirl) sat a perfect pocket trip and got up as they hit the wire to gun down JK American Beauty by a nose in a lifetime-best 1:49.4 for Annie Stoebe and Andy McCarthy in the New Jersey Breeders Maturity Final for 4-year-old mares on the pace. HAMBO PROPS: Fans who want to stop into the FanDuel Sportsbook at the Big M will have a chance to make some prop bets on Saturday night's Hambletonian eliminations. You can get +220 on Zeron to finish on the board in both elims, or maybe you have a strong opinion on who will finish in front of whom in the matchup pitting Ramona Hill (-125) and Beads (+110). There will be a handful of bets available, including the winning margins of both elims. A LITTLE MORE: Dunn, Zeron, Bongiorno and McCarthy all recorded driving doubles on the program. ... Betting in the Late 50-cent Pick-4 surpassed the $100,000 mark for a fourth straight time, as $106,675 was put in play. ... Racing resumes Saturday at 7:15 p.m., featuring two eliminations for the $1,000,000 Hambletonian. By Dave Little, for the Meadowlands   

East Rutherford, NJ -- Real Cool Sam iced the field in Saturday's (Aug. 3) $324,550 Peter Haughton Memorial for 2-year-old male trotters, beating Rome Pays Off by 2-1/4 lengths in 1:53.1 at The Meadowlands for his fifth victory in as many starts. Expectations was third.   Real Cool Sam's time was a track record and equaled the world record for a 2-year-old gelded trotter.   Real Cool Sam, the 1-2 favorite, took his time getting to the front in the Haughton. Rome Pays Off was the early leader, but saw Synergy take the top spot prior to the half. Real Cool Sam and driver David Miller were fifth at the half and followed the first-over cover of Expectations around the final turn before drawing off in the stretch.   Fashion Farms bred and owns Real Cool Sam, a son of Muscle Hill out of Cooler Schooner, trained by Jim Campbell. He has earned $216,998 this season. The horse was named in honor of late Meadowlands Racetrack announcer and broadcaster Sam McKee by Fashion Farms' owner Jules Siegel, who credited McKee with keeping him cool during nervous moments prior to his horses racing.   "He was a real good friend of mine," Siegel said. "He used to come down to the apron and watch me walking around as nervous as I was.   "I really appreciated what Sam did. I realize he did things for a lot of people, but to me it was a very personal thing. I know other people have done the same thing (naming horses in McKee's honor), but for me it was something special."   In the $310,700 James Doherty Memorial for 2-year-old female trotters, Hypnotic AM remained undefeated with a two-length win over Sherry Lyns Lady in 1:53. Hello Tomorrow finished third.   Hypnotic AM, bred and owned by Anders Strom's Courant Inc., is 4-for-4. She is trained by Marcus Melander and was driven to victory by Brian Sears.   The 2-5 favorite Hypnotic AM was fourth through the first half of the race, which saw Hello Tomorrow led to the first quarter before yielding to Crucial at the midpoint. Sears moved with Hypnotic AM and was alongside Crucial at three-quarters before kicking home to victory.   "It's a fantastic group of fillies this year, and for her to win first-over like that in 1:53 is fantastic," Strom said.   Hypnotic AM, by Chapter Seven out of Daydream AM S, has earned $196,932.   by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA  

After talking up 2-year-old male trotter Stay Close during the spring, harness racing trainer Joe Holloway had to endure some questioning from owners Ted Gewertz and Marty Granoff when the colt qualified in 2:03.3 and 2:02 in June at The Meadowlands. "They both were, this is one you like?" Holloway said. "They were right. I watched him and he wasn't close to what I thought he should be. He was horrific, not even the same horse I had talked about. He was an embarrassment. You just scratch your head." Holloway gave the colt two weeks off, did some work, and returned for a third qualifier on July 13 at The Meadowlands. This time, Stay Close was close to what Holloway hoped, finishing second in 1:57.2. Six days later in his career debut in a division of the Kindergarten Classic Series at the Big M, Stay Close romped to a 1:54.3 triumph, besting the field by 10-1/4 lengths, to bring a smile to Holloway's face. The winning time equaled the fourth-best mark of the young season for a 2-year-old trotter. On Friday, Stay Close competes in the first of two eliminations of the Peter Haughton Memorial for 2-year-old male trotters at The Meadowlands. Stay Close, who retains the services of driver David Miller, is the 3-1 second choice on the morning line in the eight-horse field. Synergy, a $275,000 yearling purchase who won his debut by four lengths in 1:56 on July 12, is the 5-2 favorite. Synergy is trained by Per Engblom and will have Yannick Gingras in the sulky. Real Cool Sam, who is 3-for-3 for trainer Jim Campbell and driver Miller, is the 2-1 favorite in the second elimination. The top-five finishers from each elimination will advance to the final on Aug. 3 at The Meadowlands. Elimination winners will draw for posts one through six. Stay Close, by Father Patrick out of Tori Ann, was purchased under the name My Brother Jack for $100,000 at the 2018 Lexington Selected Sale and is owned by Granoff's Val D'Or Farms, Gewertz and Steve Arnold. He is a half-brother to Milligan's School, who was a stakes-winner and earner of $539,726 in North America before going on to success in Europe. "He's come a long way in the last couple weeks," Holloway said. "That race (in the Kindergarten) was more what I thought of him. He was one I was high on, and I told people. He was good gaited, always going good. Hopefully he keeps going the right way now." Holloway, who was inducted into the Harness Racing Hall of Fame on July 7, will have another stakes contender in action Saturday at The Meadowlands. Starita is 6-1 on the morning line in the first of two eliminations of the Hambletonian Oaks, which is the sport's premier event for 3-year-old female trotters. Starita Starita has won three of seven races this year, including a division of the Reynolds Memorial on July 6 at The Meadowlands, and has hit the board a total of six times. She heads to her Oaks elimination off a fourth-place finish in a division of the Delvin Miller Memorial on July 13. "Two starts back she raced great, was as good as anybody," said Holloway, who won the 2010 Hambletonian Oaks with Bar Slide. "She raced horrible her last start. She threw in a bad race. But it's very few and far between that she throws in a bad race. Hopefully we have that issue resolved and we'll go from there. "So far I've been real happy. She's got gate speed, she can race any which way, she's versatile; I like her chances. I think she can be a contender." Friday's card at The Meadowlands also includes three eliminations of the James Doherty Memorial for 2-year-old female trotters. The top-three finishes from each division plus a fourth-place finisher drawn by lot will advance to the final. For Friday's complete entries, click here. For Saturday's complete entries, click here. by Ken Weingartner, USTA Media Relations Manager

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. --- August 4, 2018 - Don't Let'em, driven by Yannick Gingras, led wire-to-wire to win by 3 1/4 lengths, setting a stakes and track harness racing record of 1:51 4/5 in the 38th edition of $422,350 Peter Haughton Memorial Final for two-year-old trotting colts and geldings, the fourth race on Saturday afternoon at the Meadowlands. By winning the Peter Haughton, Don't is the early favorite for the 2019 Hambletonian as the race has always served as a preview to harness racing's biggest trotting race. He is trained by Jimmy Takter. Wallner previously held the track record of 1:53, set on October 29, 2016. At odds of 3-1, Don't Let'em took the lead at the quarter in 27.1 and never looked back. Don't Let'em paid $8.00, $4.20, and $3.20. The 11-1 Green Manalishi S ($12.20, $9.80), driven by David Miller, finished second and Mass Fortune K finished third ($27.00) by 6 ¼ lengths. "It doesn't surprise anyone from the farm or any of the ownership. He is a very, very talented horse," said General Manager Art Zubrod of Brittany Farms, the co-owner and breeder of the Muscle Hill colt who is also owned by Christina Takter, John Fielding and Herb Liverman. This was Gingras's second win of the day and his fourth Haughton win, having won with You Know You Do (1:54.2) in 2017, Southwind Frank (1:53.4) in 2015 and Father Patrick (1:54.1) in 2013. From the Meadowlands Publicity Department    

Ever since he began to perform limited stallion duties during the offseasons, McWicked has realized he's a man. Ever since the beginning of this year's racing season, he's been The Man. McWicked enters Saturday's $260,100 Sam McKee Memorial for older male pacers at The Meadowlands Racetrack with six wins in eight starts this season, including victories in the William R. Haughton Memorial on July 14 and the Ben Franklin Pace on June 30. He is the 2-1 morning-line favorite in a field of 12 that will go the distance of 1-1/8 miles rather than the traditional mile. He will start from post 12, in the second tier, behind Funknwaffles in post two. In his most recent win, on July 21 in the preferred at Woodbine Mohawk Park, McWicked rallied from fifth at the halfway point to beat Easy Lover Hanover by a neck in 1:50.1. He paced his final quarter in 25 seconds. "He was really good," trainer Casie Coleman said. "They had a really slow half (:56.4) and he had a lot of ground to make up, but he did it. He did it quite easily actually. I was very happy with him. "He had a three-week gap in the schedule (between the Haughton and McKee) and I wasn't sure what I was going to do. I ended up racing him and it worked out well." The 7-year-old McWicked was the Dan Patch Award winner for best 3-year-old male pacer in 2014. He was winless in a combined 14 races at ages 4 and 5 because of breathing issues and multiple throat surgeries, but bounced back last year with seven victories in 27 races and $560,025. This year, McWicked has already earned $556,831 as he tries to become the first pacer to win a Dan Patch Award at ages 2 or 3 and add another beyond the age of 5. For his career, McWicked has won 28 of 82 races and $2.87 million. "It's crazy to think that at 7 years old he's getting better, but it kind of seems like it," Coleman said. "He honestly has not put in one bad start. The couple times he got beat he raced just as good as the days he won, it's just the trips didn't work out." McWicked is owned by Ed James' S S G Stables. McWicked has bred a handful of mares in recent offseasons for James, which has brought about a change in the stallion's personality. "When he was 3 he acted like a gelding to be around," Coleman said. "He was a very calm, cool horse. "Now he's definitely not a kid's pony. When he comes into the paddock, everyone knows who's coming because he's roaring and screaming. He's nice to jog and train, he's real quiet, lazy if anything, but he definitely knows he's a man now that he's been breeding. But he makes it worth it because every time he steps on the racetrack he usually does pretty good." The McKee Memorial, formerly the U.S. Pacing Championship, honors the late Meadowlands Racetrack announcer and Communicators Hall of Fame member Sam McKee, who passed away in 2017. This year's race also includes defending champion Check Six as well as millionaires All Bets Off, Dealt A Winner, Filibuster Hanover, Mach It So, and Rockin Ron. Miso Fast is the 4-1 second choice. Here is a look at some of the remaining races on the Hambletonian Day card. Race 1 - $30,000 Vincennes (open trot) The day begins with Dan Patch Award-winners Pinkman, the 2015 Hambletonian champ, and Obrigado meeting in a field of 10. The race also includes Muscle Diamond, who trotted 1:50.1 on June 29 at the Meadowlands. Sutton, who missed winning the Hambletonian by a neck in 2016, is the 3-1 morning-line favorite in the deep field, which features seven horses entering the race off either a win or second-place finish in their previous start. Race 2 - $96,600 Shady Daisy (3-year-old female pacers) Kissin In The Sand and Youaremycandygirl meet again. Kissin In The Sand defeated Youaremycandygirl by a neck in the June 30 James M. Lynch Memorial, arguably the race of the year, and beat the returning Dan Patch Award winner by three lengths in the Mistletoe Shalee on July 14. Kissin In The Sand is the 2-1 morning-line favorite while Youaremycandygirl, who won a division of the Adioo Volo on July 28, is 5-2. Stakes-winner Alexa's Power is 4-1. Race 4 - $422,350 Peter Haughton Memorial (2-year-old male trotters) New Jersey Sire Stakes champion Greenshoe, trained Marcus Melander, is 2-for-2 this year, with a 1:53.3 victory in the NJSS final, and 2-1 on the morning line. He was purchased for $330,000 under the name Rifleman at the 2017 Lexington Selected Sale and is from the first crop of stallion Father Patrick. His dam, Designed To Be, was second in the 2014 Hambletonian Oaks. Melander's Gerry, also 2-for-2, is the 4-1 second choice. Race 5 - $357,450 James Doherty Memorial (2-year-old female trotters) Joe Holloway's Starita and Julie Miller's Special Honor both were nose winners in their respective Doherty eliminations. Starita is 9-2 on the morning line and Special Honor is 5-1. The favorite is Jimmy Takter's Beautiful Sin, whose second-place finish last week to Starita was her first loss in three races. Race 6 - $286,650 John Cashman Memorial (free-for-all trot) Hannelore Hanover, the defending Horse of the Year and No. 1-ranked horse in North America, is the 9-5 morning-line favorite. She starts from post 12 in the 12-horse field that will go 1-1/8 miles rather than the traditional one mile. Hannelore Hanover is unbeaten in six races this year. Will Take Charge is 4-1 followed by Dan Patch Award-winners JL Cruze (5-1) and Marion Marauder (8-1), who won the 2016 Hambletonian and Trotting Triple Crown. Race 7 - $281,000 Cane Pace (3-year-old pacers) Meadowlands Pace winner Courtly Choice is the 9-5 morning-line favorite in the first jewel in the Pacing Triple Crown. O'Brien Award-winner Stay Hungry, who was third in the Meadowlands Pace, is the 4-1 second choice. American History, fresh off his second-place finish in the Adios, is 5-1. Race 14 - $154,800 Dr. John R. Steele Memorial (mare trotters) Two-time Dan Patch Award-winner and 2017 Hambletonian Oaks champion Ariana G is the 9-5 morning-line favorite. The 4-year-old mare enters the race off wins over male rivals in the age-restricted Graduate Series final and Hambletonian Maturity. Broadway Donna, who also has multiple Dan Patch trophies, is the 4-1 second choice followed by Emoticon Hanover at 5-1. Both are 5-year-olds. Race 15 - $197,400 Lady Liberty (mare pacers) New Zealand-bred Shartin, the richest horse in North America at the moment with $590,040 in purses, is the 9-5 morning-line favorite in a field of 12 that will race 1-1/8 miles. She has won 12 of 16 starts this season. Three-time Dan Patch Award-winner Pure Country is the 4-1 second choice followed by two-time O'Brien Award-winner L A Delight at 5-1. Pure Country won last year's Lady Liberty. by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA   

This Week: Hambletonian, Hambletonian Oaks, John Cashman Memorial, Sam McKee Memorial, Lady Liberty, Dr. John Steele Memorial, Cane Pace, Shady Daisy, Peter Haughton Memorial, and Jim Doherty Memorial, Meadowlands Racetrack, East Rutherford, N.J. Schedule of events: Grand Circuit action takes place this Saturday (Aug. 4) at Meadowlands Racetrack with one of the biggest Grand Circuit cards of the season. The afternoon program is led by the $1.2 million Hambletonian, the first leg of trotting's Triple Crown for 3-year-olds. Other major stakes races to be contested that day are the $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks for 3-year-old filly trotters, the $286,650 John Cashman Memorial for older trotters, the $260,100 Sam McKee Memorial for older pacers, the $197,400 Lady Liberty for older pacing mares, the $154,800 Dr. John Steele Memorial for older trotting mares, the $281,000 Cane Pace, the first leg of Pacing's Triple Crown for 3-year-olds, the $96,600 Shady Daisy for 3-year-old pacing fillies, the $422,350 Peter Haughton Memorial for 2-year-old colt trotters, and the $357,450 Jim Doherty Memorial for 2-year-old filly trotters. Complete entries for the races are available at this link. Last time: Victimized by brutal trips in his last two starts, Dorsoduro Hanover finally got the journey he needed and pounced on the opportunity to win Saturday's (July 28) $400,000 final of the Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids in 1:50.1 at The Meadows. American History, who won an elimination of the 52nd edition of the Adios, raced well first over to finish second, 1-1/4 lengths back, while Hitman Hill, the other elimination winner, could not improve position in the Lightning Lane and settled for show. Dorsoduro Hanover won Saturday's $400,000 final of the Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids in 1:50.1 at The Meadows. Dorsoduro Hanover gave The Meadows-based trainer Ron Burke, perennially the sport's leading conditioner, his first blanket of Adios orchids as the head of his stable, although he was assistant for his father, Mickey, when their horse, May June Character, won the 2007 Adios. A Somebeachsomewhere-Deer Valley Miss gelding who cost $100,000 as a yearling, Dorsoduro Hanover was roughed up from post 10 in the Meadowlands Pace final and again in his Adios elimination but still managed to finish second each time. It seemed likely that he was only a good trip away from a signature victory and Matt Kakaley provided it for him giving him a :28.3 second-panel refresher after a :26.3 opening-quarter burst to the lead. American History took up the chase before the half and pursued the winner gamely but was all out late to preserve his place finish. Once Dorsoduro Hanover crossed the wire, a jubilant Burke and members of his staff sprinted from the paddock to the winner's circle, eschewing the golf cart that customarily provides transport. Burke, however, indicated the wins in 2007 and 2018 were equally important to him. "We have a big crew, and to me, that's what it's about: doing it together," Burke said. "We probably spent about $10 million chasing this, and we finally got one. It's a great feeling to enjoy it with our staff and our core group." In that core group are the owners of Dorsoduro Hanover, who now has earned $575,603 for them: Burke Racing Stable, Silva, Purnell & Libby, Weaver Bruscemi and Wingfield Five. Complete recaps of all the weekend races are available at the Grand Circuit website. Grand Circuit Standings: In 2018, 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 2018 Grand Circuit awards. Here are the leaders following the past weekend. Drivers: 1. Tim Tetrick - 569; 2. Yannick Gingras - 568.5; 3. David Miller - 272.5; 4. Jordan Stratton - 268; 5. Corey Callahan - 228.5. Trainers: 1. Ron Burke - 595.5; 2. Jimmy Takter - 339; 3. Tony Alagna - 216; 4. John Butenschoen - 172; 5. Jim King Jr. - 171. Owners: 1. Burke Racing Stable - 133.5; 2. Weaver Bruscemi - 128.5; 3. Vonknoblauch Stable - 117; 4. Fashion Farms - 102; 5. Crawford Farms Racing - 85. Looking ahead: Grand Circuit action will be taking place next week at Northfield Park with the Carl Milstein Memorial for 3-year-old pacers; at Hoosier Park with the Dan Patch for free for all pacers; at the Indiana State Fair with the Fox Stakes highlighting 10 stakes; and at Tioga Downs with the Crawford Farm and Joie De Vie for older trotters and Tompkins-Geers races for 2-year-olds of both sexes and gaits. by Paul Ramlow, for the Grand Circuit  

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - These are the entries for the undercard stakes races on Hambletonian Day at the Meadowlands on Saturday (Aug. 4): $96,600 SHADY DAISY (3-year-old filly pace) PP HORSE (DRIVER, TRAINER), ODDS 1. Believe In Me (David Miller, Brett Pelling), 15-1 2. Youaremycandygirl (Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke), 5-2 3. Dance Blue (Andrew McCarthy, Nancy Johansson), 8-1 4. Kissin In The Sand (Scott Zeron, Nancy Johansson), 2-1 5. Sansovina Hanover (Louis-Philippe Roy, Ron Burke), 10-1 6. I'm Trigger Happy (Corey Callahan, Ross Croghan), 8-1 7. Double A Mint (Matt Kakaley, Ron Burke), 12-1 8. Alexa's Power (Tim Tetrick, Jim Campbell), 4-1 $422,350 PETER HAUGHTON MEMORIAL (2-year-old colt and gelding trot) PP HORSE (DRIVER, TRAINER), ODDS 1. White Tiger (Anthony MacDonald, Andrew Harris), 8-1 2. Marseille (Ake Svanstedt, Ake Svanstedt), 15-1 3. Gerry (Tim Tetrick, Marcus Melander), 4-1 4. Trix And Stones (Scott Zeron, Andrew Harris), 15-1 5. Greenshoe (Brian Sears, Marcus Melander), 2-1 6. Don't Let'em (Yannick Gingras, Jimmy Takter), 6-1 7. Mass Fortune K (Matt Kakaley, Charlie Norris), 12-1 8. Kredit Karma (David Miller, Marcus Melander), 15-1 9. Hudson River (Jimmy Takter, Jimmy Takter), 12-1 10. Green Manalishi S (Brian Sears, Marcus Melander), 5-1 $357,450 JAMES DOHERTY MEMORIAL (2-year-old filly trot) PP HORSE (DRIVER, TRAINER), ODDS 1. Beautiful Sin (Yannick Gingras, Jimmy Takter), 5-2 2. Hanna Dreamgirl (Tim Tetrick, Linda Toscano), 7-2 3. Special Honor (Andy Miller, Julie Miller), 5-1 4. Swizzle Sticks (Andrew McCarthy, Jim Campbell), 15-1 5. The Ice Dutchess (Yannick Gingras, Jimmy Takter), 8-1 6. Starita (David Miller, Joe Holloway), 9-2 7. Fate Smiled (Andrew McCarthy, Ron Burke), 15-1 8. Jezzys Legacy (Ray Schnittker, Ray Schnittker), 20-1 9. Hanovers Best (Brett Miller, Ron Burke), 12-1 10. Whispering Oaks (Scott Zeron, Jimmy Takter), 15-1 $286,650 JOHN CASHMAN MEMORIAL (Free For All trot) (1 1/8 miles) PP HORSE (DRIVER, TRAINER), ODDS 1. Will Take Charge (Tim Tetrick, Jeffrey Gillis), 4-1 2. In Secret (Matt Kakaley, Ron Burke), 15-1 3. Dayson (Matt Kakaley, Ron Burke), 20-1 4. Bill's Man (Corey Callahan, John Butenschoen), 10-1 5. International Moni (David Miller, Domenico Cecere), 15-1 6. Lindy The Great (Brian Sears, Domenico Cecere), 20-1 7. I Know My Chip (David Miller, Walter Haynes Jr.), 15-1 8. Marion Marauder (Scott Zeron, Paula Wellwood), 8-1 9. Warrawee Roo (Bob McClure, Luc Blais), 10-1 10. Yes Mickey (Ake Svanstedt, Ake Svanstedt), 30-1 11. JL Cruze (Brett Miller, Eric Ell), 5-1 12. Hannelore Hanover (Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke), 9-5 $281,000 CANE PACE (3-year-old open) PP HORSE (DRIVER, TRAINER), ODDS 1. Babes Dig Me (Brett Miller, Tony Alagna), 10-1 2. Courtly Choice (David Miller, Blake MacIntosh), 9-5 3. Stay Hungry (Doug McNair, Tony Alagna), 4-1 4. Nutcracker Sweet (Brian Sears, Jimmy Takter), 6-1 5. Grand Teton (Andrew McCarthy, Jimmy Takter), 15-1 6. This Is The Plan (Tim Tetrick, Chris Ryder), 12-1 7. Hayden Hanover (Andy Miller, Julie Miller), 8-1 8. I'm A Big Deal (Scott Zeron, Chris Ryder), 12-1 9. American History (Yannick Gingras, Tony Alagna), 5-1 $260,100 SAM McKEE MEMORIAL (Free For All pace) (1 1/8 miles) PP HORSE (DRIVER, TRAINER), ODDS 1. Dealt A Winner (David Miller, Mark Silva), 10-1 2. Funknwaffles (Corey Callahan, John Butenschoen), 20-1 3. All Bets Off (Matt Kakaley, Ron Burke), 10-1 4. Rockin Ron (Louis-Philippe Roy, Ron Burke), 8-1 5. Sicily (Victor Kirby, Wayne Givens), 20-1 6. Western Joe (Scott Zeron, Chris Choate), 5-1 7. Filibuster Hanover (Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke), 10-1 8. Miso Fast (Tim Tetrick, Virgil Morgan Jr.), 4-1 9. Western Fame (Andrew McCarthy, Jimmy Takter), 20-1 10. Check Six (Tim Tetrick, Ron Burke), 30-1 11. Mach It So (David Miller, Jeffrey Bamond Jr.), 20-1 12. McWicked (David Miller, Casie Coleman), 2-1 $154,800 DR. JOHN R. STEELE MEMORIAL (Free For All mare trot) PP HORSE (DRIVER, TRAINER), ODDS 1. P L Jill (Corey Callahan, Renaldo Morales III), 15-1 2. Broadway Donna (David Miller, Jim Campbell), 4-1 3. Dream Together (Bob McClure, Luc Blais), 15-1 4. Emoticon Hanover (Daniel Dube, Luc Blais), 5-1 5. Caprice Hill (Doug McNair, Tony Alagna), 6-1 6. Ice Attraction (Ake Svanstedt, Ake Svanstedt), 8-1 7. Checkmate Time (Donald DuPont, Marie DuPont), 20-1 8. Celebrity Ruth (Brian Sears, Trond Smedshammer), 8-1 9. Ariana G (Yannick Gingras, Jimmy Takter), 9-5 $197,400 LADY LIBERTY (Free For All mare pace) (1 1/8 miles) PP HORSE (DRIVER, TRAINER), ODDS 1. Shartin N (Tim Tetrick, Jim King Jr.), 9-5 2. L A Delight (Yannick Gingras, Nancy Johansson), 5-1 3. Twinkle (Jim Marohn Jr., Ross Croghan), 15-1 4. Pure Country (Brian Sears, Jimmy Takter), 4-1 5. Windsun Glory (Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke), 12-1 6. Safe From Terror (Brett Miller, Virgil Morgan Jr.), 15-1 7. Apple Bottom Jeans (Jason Bartlett, Kevin Switzer), 20-1 8. Caviart Ally (Andrew McCarthy, Noel Daley), 10-1 9. Nike Franco N (Victor Kirby, Jim King Jr.), 20-1 10. Call Me Queen Be (Scott Zeron, Ross Croghan), 20-1 11. Blue Moon Stride (Corey Callahan, Mark Harder), 15-1 12. Inverse Hanover (Brett Miller, Ed Hart), 15-1 From the Meadowlands Media Department  

East Rutherford, NJ - The Meadowlands hits its best stride in the final two weekends of live racing with many of the marquee Grand Circuit stakes desired by the connections of the top horses in harness racing taking place over the New Jersey mile oval.   The stakes begin on Friday with a pair of $20,000 elimination races for the Jim Doherty Memorial, a key race for the freshman trotting fillies and a tiara worn by many of the leading ladies of racing. Names like Winky's Gill, Peace Corps. CR Kay Suzie, Check Me Out, Mission Brief and Ariana G grace the list of those who have won previous editions of the stake.   This season, nineteen 2-year-old filly trotters were declared for the the Doherty and Beautiful Sin will attempt to add her name to the storied roster as she begins from post seven for driver Yannick Gingras in the second elimination, race six.   The Muscle Hill filly, first foal of her Cantab Hall dam Sina, captured the imagination of the Lexington Selected Sales crowd when she fetched $480,000, the highest price of any yearling sold at auction last year. Lennart Agren's SRF Stable was the final bidder and he placed his new treasure in the Jimmy Takter barn.   Beautiful Sin has been perfect by winning all five of her races thus far, three qualifying "Baby Races" and a pair of minor stakes. Friday brings the first major challenge of her fledgling career as she'll face the finest competition currently racing including Whispering Oaks (Takter/Scott Zeron) who took the $125,000 final of the New Jersey Sires Stakes two weeks ago.   Takter also sends out an imposing pair of fillies in the first elimination (race 4) including the home-bred Father Patrick fill Suzy, another potential star from the great broodmare Solveig who's daughter Shake It Cerry won the 2013 edition of the stake. Jimmy will drive Suzy for Christina Takter and Solveig's Racing Partners.   The Ice Dutchess cost the Coyote Wind Farm $320,000 at Harrisburg last fall and was also been enrolled in the Takter school of trotting. She has displayed remarkable talent in limited appearances thus far including a PA All Star stakes win in 1:57.1 for Gingras, who has the drive on Friday.   The top ten from the Doherty eliminations will race on Hambletonian Day, August 4 in the $357,450 final.   JAMES DOHERTY MEMORIAL - ELIMINATION 2 Year Old Fillies Live Purse:  $20000   Trot Distance: 1 Mile H PP Horse Driver Trainer Yrs. Best Last 3 Odds 1 1 Hanna Dreamgirl Ti Tetrick L Toscano 1:56.0 1-2-3 7-2 2 2 Bushy Tails Da Miller J Czernyson   4-3-3 15-1 3 3 Susy Ji Takter J Takter 1:55.1 1-2-2 4-1 4 4 The Ice Dutchess Ya Gingras J Takter 1:56.4 1-7-1 8-1 5 5 Hanovers Best Co Callahan R Burke 1:57.0 1-1-6 10-1 6 6 Speed Titan Br Sears M Melander 1:56.1 1-1-1 3-1 7 7 Special Honor An Miller J Miller 1:57.1 5-2-1 8-1 8 8 Jezzys Legacy Ra Schnittker R Schnittker 1:58.2 7-1-1 12-1 9 9 Mother Bonnie An McCarthy N Daley 1:55.0 10-1-3 5-1 JAMES DOHERTY MEMORIAL - ELIMINATION 2 Year Old Fillies Live Purse:  $20000 Available Wagering:  Trot Distance: 1 Mile H PP Horse Driver Trainer Yrs. Best Last 3 Odds 1 1 Fate Smiled An McCarthy R Burke 1:58.0 2-1-1 8-1 2 2 Devilish Delight Vi Kirby J Czernyson 1:58.0 8-4-3 15-1 3 3 Swizzle Sticks Ti Tetrick J Campbell   3-3-2 10-1 4 4 Whispering Oaks Sc Zeron J Takter 1:55.1 1-1-8 4-1 5 5 Starita Da Miller J Holloway 1:58.2 4-8-2 8-1 6 6 Miss You Kelly Br Miller B Lauer   2-3 15-1 7 7 Beautiful Sin Ya Gingras J Takter 1:55.1 1-1-1 2-1 8 8 French Cafe An Miller J Miller 1:58.1 2-1-2 5-1 9 9 Rush Lane Co Callahan R Gillock 1:56.2 1-2-2 10-1 10 10 Given Ji Takter J Takter   7-2-7 15-1   The Peter Haughton Memorial for 2-year-old colts drew 10 entries and will not require elimination races. Those ten colts (listed in alphabetical order) will also race on the Hambletonian card in the $422,350 final.   They are: DON'T LET'EM GERRY GREEN MANALISHI S GREENSHOE HUDSON RIVER KREDIT KARMA MARSEILLE MASS FORTUNE K TRIX AND STONES WHITE TIGER   Saturday brings with it the Hambletonian Oaks $50,000 eliminations where 17 of the fairer sex will quest for a spot in next Saturday's $500,000 final. It is a particularly talented group this year with last year's leading lady Manchego, Plunge Blue Chip, the filly who nosed Manchego out of a 1:49.4 world record in the Del Miller, Phaetosive who annexed the other Del Miller split and Harrah's track record holder Seviyorum crowding the entries for the classic.   HAMBLETONIAN OAKS NO. 93 - ELIMINATION 3 Year Old Fillies Live Purse:  $50000 Available Wagering:  Trot Distance: 1 Mile H PP Horse Driver Trainer Yrs. Best Last 3 Odds 1 1 What A Knockout Da Miller M Melander 1:52.4 7-12-1 15-1 2 2 Bill's Lady Co Callahan J Butenschoen 1:54.3 2-2-1 8-1 3 3 Lily Stride Ti Tetrick M Harder 1:55.3 5-2-7 10-1 4 4 Hey Blondie An McCarthy C Sylvester 1:53.2 1-3-6 4-1 5 5 Fly Fly Selena Br Miller R Jones 1:57.4 4-2-3 10-1 6 6 Courtney Hanover Sc Zeron R Zeron 1:54.2 1-3-2 8-1 7 7 Manchego Ya Gingras J Takter 1:52.4 2-9-1 9-5 8 8 Piranha Fury Br Sears R Norman 1:54.2 8-6-2 12-1 9 9 Seviyorum An Miller J Miller 1:53.1 5-1-2 5-1 HAMBLETONIAN OAKS NO. 93 - ELIMINATION 3 Year Old Fillies Live Purse:  $50000 Available Wagering:  Trot Distance: 1 Mile H PP Horse Driver Trainer Yrs. Best Last 3 Odds 1 1 Blonde Magic Th Durand T Durand 1:54.0 2-2-1 10-1 2 2 Lima Novelty Sc Zeron L Toscano 1:52.1 1-1-1 6-1 3 3 Winbak Noelle An McCarthy L Wallin 1:55.4 2-4-6 20-1 4 4 Perfect Summer K Lo Roy A Harris 1:58.4 2-6-3 10-1 5 5 Phaetosive Tr Smedshammer T Smedshammer 1:51.3 1-1-3 5-2 6 6 Live Laugh Love Da Miller R Norman 1:53.1 3-1-1 5-1 7 7 Nixie Volo Co Callahan J Butenschoen 1:54.3 2-1-3 8-1 8 8 Plunge Blue Chip Ak Svanstedt A Svanstedt 1:49.4 1-2-2 2-1 Two divisions of the $93,200 "Scott Frost" Reynolds Stakes for 3-year-old colt trotters is also on the Saturday card where 15 of the 18 entrants are making their closing argument for entry into the Hambletonian.   Saturday night is also the 5th Annual Seafood Truck Festival where culinary delights of the sea are offered for your consumption.   Post time both nights is 7:15pm.   by Nick Salvi, for the Meadowlands    

East Rutherford, NJ - The Meadowlands is drawing for several major stakes this morning to be raced the upcoming weekend of July 27 & 28.   The Hambletonian Oaks box held 17 fillies entered for the stake. Eliminations will be on Saturday, July 28 and the top 10 will move on to the $500,000 final on Hambletonian Day, August 4.   The Peter Haughton Memorial 2YO Colt Trot had 10 declarations and not require eliminations. The 10 horses will go to the $422,350 final on Hambletonian Day, August 4.   The Jim Doherty drew 19 fillies and will have a pair of eliminations on Friday, July 27. The finals is also on Hambo Day and the purse will be $357,450.   Horses are listed below in alphabetical order.   Hambletonian Oaks Field Bill's Lady Blonde Magic Courtney Hanover Fly Fly Selena Hey Blondie Lily Stride Lima Novelty Live Laugh Love Manchego Nixie Volo Perfect Summer K Phaetosive Piranha Fury Plunge Blue Chip Seviyorum What A Knockout Winbak Noelle   Peter Haughton Field DON'T LET'EM GERRY GREEN MANALISHI S GREENSHOE HUDSON RIVER KREDIT KARMA MARSEILLE MASS FORTUNE K TRIX AND STONES WHITE TIGER   Jim Doherty Field BEAUTIFUL SIN BUSHY TAILS DEVILISH DELIGHT FATE SMILED FRENCH CAFE GIVEN HANNA DREAMGIRL HANOVERS BEST JEZZYS LEGACY MISS YOU KELLY MOTHER BONNIE RUSH LANE SPECIAL HONOR SPEED TITAN STARITA SUSY SWIZZLE STICKS THE ICE DUTCHESS WHISPERING OAKS   by Nick Salvi, for the Meadowlands

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - August 5, 2017-- You Know You Do overtook stablemate Samo Different Day in the stretch to win Saturday's $360,650 Peter Haughton Memorial Stakes for harness racing 2-year-old male trotters in 1:54.2, the fourth race at the Meadowlands Racetrack. Samo Different Day held on for second in a photo over Farsetti Hanover. The margin of victory was two and a quarter lengths. You Know You Do, driven by Yannick Gingras, started a first-over bid on the backstretch against fraction-setting Samo Different Day, who led the field to the quarter in 28, half in 56.1 and three-quarters in 1:25.3, and was alongside the leader as the field exited the final turn. He won for the third time in four races for trainer Jimmy Takter. The colt was a $350,000 purchase at the Standardbred Horse Sale. He is owned by Howard Taylor, Order By Stable, Bud Hatfield, and the partnership of Marvin Katz, Al Libfeld, and Sam Goldband. "We put together a group and went after him vigorously," Katz said. "We have 80 to 90 percent fillies, 10 percent colts. (But) he was very, very special. We'll look for colts here and there that we think could be exceptional. It's really a policy of pursuing excellence and we thought he could fit that category." You Know You Do, sent off as the 3-2 favorite, paid $5.00, $3.00 $3.00 to win. The Muscle Hill colt pushed his career earnings to $206,932. Samo Different Day returned $4.60, $3.20. Farsetti Hanover in third paid $8.40. You Know You Do By Ken Weingartner

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (July 28, 2017) - Eliminations for the pair of signature freshman races at the Meadowlands, the Peter Haughton and Jim Doherty Memorials, were contested on Friday night at the Big M and Jimmy Takter was the human star. The Hall of Famer sent out both elimination winners in the Haughton with You Know You Do (1:56.1) and Samo Different Day (1:54.2). He drove the latter, who scored as a 21/1 longshot. Takter's four other colts all qualified for next Saturday's final, giving him a six-pack in the Hambletonian Day fixture. In the Doherty, Trond Smedshammer's Phaetosive followed behind as S M S Princess rolled through suicidal fractions of :27.3 and :54.4. As that one folded through three-quarters of a mile in 1:24.3, Phaetosive got rolling and drew away to win with ease in 1:53.1. In the second elimination, Takter's Manchego remained undefeated in four career starts with a facile win off a picture-perfect second-over trip in 1:55.2. Takter will send three fillies into next Saturday's final. Nike Franco backed up her powerful win in the Golden Girls two weeks ago with a lifetime-best mile of 1:48 to win the Fillies & Mares Preferred Handicap. She enters next Saturday's Lady Liberty in top form for trainer Jo Ann Looney-King and owner Richard Poillucci. The biggest upset of the night was authored by Canadian invader Lookslikeachpndale who powered up first-over to win the $20,000 Preferred Trot in a lifetime-best 1:51.1. The Luc Blais trainee was winless in seven seasonal starts entering Friday night, but has shown a liking for the Big M surface in the past, finishing third at 24/1 in last year's TVG Free For All Final. He is being pointed to next Saturday's John Cashman Memorial on the Hambletonian undercard. Earlier in the night, the fifth race jackpot super high 5 pool featured a mandatory payout. The jackpot stood at $35,864 and attracted $57,774 in new money, chasing the negative takeout scenario. Second choice King's Cavalier and favorite Nono Lindy finished 1-2 with 80/1 longshot Jazebel De Vie finishing third. That helped trigger a 20-cent return of $2,832.40 to 30 winning tickets. Total handle on the 11-race card was $2,121,251. Live racing continues Saturday with a 12-race program headlined by a pair of eliminations in the Hambletonian Oaks. Post time is 7:15 p.m. For more information, visit www.playmeadowlands.com.   by Justin Horowitz, for the Meadowlands

Trenton, NJ --- As a father of two, Staffan Lind knows about raising kids; which makes him qualified to assess that training a harness racing 2-year-old colt trotter like Captain Morgan is comparable in certain ways. Captain Morgan is racing in one of two eliminations of the Peter Haughton Memorial Friday night (July 28) at the Meadowlands. The top five finishers from each race advance to the final on Hambletonian Day (Saturday, Aug. 5), at the Big M. “It’s a challenge with 2-year-olds, but when you come this far, it’s basically like having your own kid at graduation,” Lind said. “You try to make improvements in helping them along. It’s similar with dealing with kids, they need the help and you appreciate the maturation as they get better. “There’s a lot of unknown, but that’s the beauty of it too. I think most guys that develop young horses, it’s everything from finding them at the sale and developing them, and trying to figure out which is the best way forward with him.” Lind owns a share of the horse, which was purchased for $47,000 at the Lexington Selected Sale, with Bender Sweden Inc., Roy Holth, and KemppiSuojalampiStable. By Cantab Hall out of Muchness, his original name was Muchadoaboutnothin. But Staffan and Marie Lind felt that a nice glass of rum is much to do about somethin’ and renamed him Captain Morgan. “We were actually talking about naming a horse that,” Staffan said. “That’s my wife’s favorite drink. I like it too. We knew we had to have a good horse to give it that name.” And Lind thinks he has a good one, as this relationship was love at first sight. “I liked this horse from the moment I saw him at the farm in Kentucky,” the trainer said. “I was doing my homework in Kentucky before the sale, it was one of the horses that really jumped out that I liked. Going into the sale I knew that I would try to get him. He’s a big, good-looking horse that I see a lot of potential in. “I liked his build and his gait; the way he was moving in the field and on the video. He reminded me a lot of Billy Flynn, another colt that we had some success with in the past.” Captain Morgan has done little to dismiss those thoughts through his first three starts, where he collected a first and a third with Brett Miller in the sulky. The horse won his debut in a division of the Pennsylvania All-Stars, but made a break in his next race (a PA Sire Stakes event) and finished third in his most recent, also in PASS company. Lind said of his victory, “He was good, he was up front all the time. He just did what he needed to do to win that day.” Things were going well in the second start until he broke. “He left the gate really good and Brett said once he got to the front he kind of relaxed and slowed down by himself; so he kind of lost focus there,” Lind said. “He did that in one of his qualifiers too. You have to keep him on his mind a little bit, but after that he’s usually very fast. “He’s like most 2-year olds, He’s developing as we go, it’s very hard to know who’s going to jump up more than others. I believe because of his size it should be beneficial to be on the big track (this week at the Meadowlands).” One thing the horse does not lack is the art of conversation. He’s one of those animals who’s already worldly at age 2. “He’s a big talker, but he never does anything wrong,” Lind said. “He wants to keep the conversation going with everybody, he’s a very friendly horse and nice to be around. He’s a sweetheart. He never minds his work and he knows everything about life at this point.” Lind is optimistic heading into the Haughton, noting that the horse has developed well in each start and trotted a solid 1:56.3 in his last start at Harrah's Philadelphia. “I think we have him set with the way we want him to race,” Lind said. “We have an outside post (six) but he’s good behind the gate. I think we can get into the top five.” In looking at the big picture, Lind said, “I think he’s a Grand Circuit horse for sure. He’s good sized, I think at this point he hasn’t reached his potential, I think he’s going to improve as we go along.” And if Captain Morgan does well this weekend, perhaps the Linds will celebrate with a yo-ho-ho and a bottle of rum? “We will, for sure,” Staffan said with a laugh. For the complete entries for the Peter Haughton Memorial eliminations, click here. by Rich Fisher, USTA Web Newsroom Senior Correspondent 

The Meadowlands - As the 2017 Championship Meet at The Meadowlands draws to it's August 5 conclusion, the harness racing stakes action increases to a fever pitch.   Friday night brings with it elimination races for the track's top freshman trotting races, the Peter Haughton and Jim Doherty Memorials.   The Peter Haughton drew fourteen declarations, necessitating a pair of seven colt elims, the first of which comes in race six while the Doherty fillies number 16 and race in the ninth and tenth.   Hall of Fame trainer Jimmy Takter has entered six of his freshmen trotters in the Haughton and sends out the top three morning line choices in the first division, led by the $350,000 Muscle Hill yearling purchase You Know You Do. The colt breezed through his Meadowlands morning trials and a PA All Stars division before tasting defeat in a PASS at Harrah's in his latest start.   You Know You Do races for the partnership of Howard Taylor, Order By Stable, Bud Hatfield, Marvin Katz and Al Libfeld and leaves form the rail for driver Yannick Gingras.   The second division (race eight) contains a really talented bunch of trotting colts that include NJSS champ You Need Stones from the Ronnie Burke barn and PASS winner Met's Hall, the slight ML choice for the Millers.   You Need Stones had his way with three other Jersey-breds throughout the sparsely attended sires stakes but he did that in very impressive fashion. He trotted to a fast 1:55.2 in each of his last two starts with 27 and change last quarters in both, compelling his connections to take a crack against open company. You Need Stones gets introduced to a new driver in Tim Tetrick on Friday and starts from post six for owner / breeders Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi and Larry Karr.   Met's Hall has also won all of his races, including two stakes in Pennsylvania the most recent in track record time of 1:55.1 at Harrahs. The sharp looking Cantab Hall colt is owned by Stroy Inc and the Andy Miller Stable, trained by Julie and driven by Andy Miller.   Trainer George Ducharme has enjoyed remarkable success with trotters including a Hambletonian win in 2013 with Royalty For Life. This year George brings his filly Hey Livvy to The Meadowlands as the favorite in the first Doherty division (race nine). She's a speedy Donato Hanover lass the Ducharme and long-time owner (and a partner on Royalty For Life) Paul Fontaine paid the bargain price of $35,000 for at the Lexington sales last fall. Brian Sears drives Hey Livvy from post six.   Takter and Gingras team up again in the second Doherty split with the unbeaten Muscle Hill filly Manchego (PP #2). In a field of fast, talented fillies Manchego is the fastest thus far with a 1:54.4 win a PA Sires action at Pocono. She's been perfect through all five of her public appearances for owners Black Horse Racing, John Fielding and Herb Liverman but faces her toughest test to date on Friday.   The top five official finishers from all eliminations will move on to next week's rich finals on Hambletonian Day.   The undercard has several interesting contests led by a powerful field of Open trotters in race two that includes the return of 2015 Hambletonian winner Pinkman, 2016 Breeders Crown champ Flanagan Memory and speedy import Tuonoblu Rex as they prepare for the upcoming Cashman Memorial.   Open pacing mares are also on the card in anticipation of the Lady Liberty stake. Golden Girls winner Nike Franco N leads seven others in the $20,000 seventh race.   Just when it seemed things just couldn't get any better they did with Friday's Christmas In July promotion where gift cards will be awarded to lucky sweepstakes winners.   For the horseplayer Friday is a "Must Pay" night on the fifth race Jackpot Super Hi 5 carryover of $35,864. For the uninitiated that translates to a $35,864 head-start in that pool which will grow quickly with new money.   Post time is 7:15 p.m.   Nick Salvi

East Rutherford, NJ --- What The Hill (David Miller) came off the rail and split horses to grab the lead in the final hundred feet to win the $294,450 Peter Haughton Memorial for harness racing 2-year-old trotting colts on Saturday (Aug. 6) at The Meadowlands. The time of 1:54.4 was a career best for the son of Muscle Hill - K T Cha Cha for trainer Ron Burke and owners Burke Racing, Deo Volente Farms, Our Horse Cents Stable and J&T Silva Stables. Burke won the Haughton last year with Southwind Frank. The early pace was set by Snowstorm Hanover and driver Matt Kakaley who got to the quarter in :28,2, trailed by What The Hill. Those two were in the same order at the :57 half, with Bjorn Goop creeping up on the outside with Victor Gio and moving into the lead by the 1:25.4 three-quarters. As Goop started to move away from the field in the homestretch with Victor Gio, Rubio (Yannick Gingras) was trotting down the center of the track trying to catch him, but What The Hill trotted off the rail to dart between Rubio and the leader to overtake him in the final yards for the win by three-quarters of a length. Victor Gio held for second and Rubio was 2-1/4 lengths off the winner to be third and New Jersey Viking was fourth. “I knew he had a shot,” said co-owner Jerry Silva. “Ronnie (Burke) and I spoke about a driver. Yannick (Gingras) was really committed to a lot of Takter horses, and Ronnie spoke to David Miller. David said he would commit to What The Hill for the rest of the year, I think, and after this race I’m sure he will. That’s what is very important with young trotters. You need a consistent driver behind them.” by Ellen Harvey, Harness Racing Communications 

East Rutherford, NJ - Harness Racing at The Meadowlands is down to the final two weeks of the Championship Meet and the stars are out on Friday.   The cream of the freshman trotting crop thus far is well represented in two $20,000 elimination races each for the Peter Haughton and Jim Doherty Memorials housing two-year-old colts and fillies respectively. Their collective aim is to make it through to next week's rich finals on Hambletonian Day, August 6.   The undefeated Rubio takes on six rivals in the fourth race. The tractable son of Cantab Hall has had the right answer each week for trainer Jimmy Takter and driver Yannick Gingras, most recently a 1:56.1 Kindergarten score by a widening three lengths. Christina Takter, John & Jim Fielding and Brixton Medical share ownership of Rubio.   The tenth race division fields eight and boasts several precocious colts yearning to advance to the $295,000 final.   Takter has a powerful presence here as well in the Italian bred son of French super horse Ready Cash known as Victor Gio IT. Blessed with tremendous speed, Victor Gio IT went off-stride in his first foray under the lights and will require careful handling. Fortunately, Yannick Gingras is able to provide that guidance for the ownership group of Christina, Takter, Antonio Somma & Frencesco Ruscigno of Italy and Nicolas Pietro De Mitri of Sweden.   He'll face Ronnie Burke's What The Hill, winner of the New Jersey Sires Stakes (NJSS) final in 1:55.2 earlier this month. What The Hill has speed on both ends and may have a seasoning edge on his chief rival. Burke Racing, Our Horse Cents and J&T Silva own the imposing son of Muscle Hill.   These Grand Circuit stakes are designed to showcase extreme talent and ideally provide the stage for intriguing match-ups. The fillies for the Doherty split into a pair of eights and if their past performance is any indicator, next week's $305,000 final has the potential to be one of those races we recall fondly.   The amazing Ariana G is clearly the one to beat in the first division, race two. She's been nothing short of spectacular thus far, romping to a 1:53.4 win in the NJSS filly final by a widening seven lengths under wraps for Gingras. She's also a Takter pupil, owned by the breeders Marvin Katz and Al Libfeld.   Those same connections will bring another prodigy to the party in race eight with That's All Moni. Add George Segal's storied Brittany Farms to the registration with Mssr's Katz and Libfeld and you have the group that shelled out $230,000 for this close sibling to the legendary Snow White. She boasts a pair of PA Sires Stakes wins coming in for trainer Takter and the Yannick Gingras may face one of those "difficult" choices a driver must sometimes face if both fillies advance as expected.   Also among the Friday features is a $25,000 Open trot which older stars like Obrigado, JL Cruze and Hannelore Hanover will use as a springboard into supporting Free For All stakes on the Hambletonian card.   For the horseplayer, we offer a free look into the $50,000 Guaranteed Late Pick 4 wagers each week.   Come on along and see the best of the best battle for the big money at The Meadowlands. Post time is 7:15 p.m.   Meadowlands Media Relations    

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