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CAMPBELLVILLE, July 24 - The Show Returns, a full sister to world champion Put On A Show, captured the first leg of the Whenuwishuponastar Series Thursday night at Mohawk Racetrack. Only one $12,000 division was needed for leg one of the three-week series for two-year-old pacing fillies. The Show Returns and driver Jack Moiseyev got away fourth and make a second-quarter brush to the lead through a sensible half of :58.4. After leading the field past the three-quarter pole, Moiseyev turned up the tempo with The Show Returns for a final quarter of :27 to win by a length over Sheeztoughenough in 1:55.1. Aintsheasweetie and Yes You Can finished third and fourth respectively. The leg one victory was a maiden breaking score for The Show Returns in her third start of her young career. A daughter of Rocknroll Hanover - Stienams Place, The Show Returns is trained by Chris Ryder for owners Richard and Joanne Young. The same connections campaigned world champion Put On A Show ($2,459,903 - 1:47.3), a full-sister to The Show Returns, and I Luv The Nitelife ($1,946,011 - 1:48.4), last year's three-year-old pacing filly of the year. The Show Returns was $180,000 Lexington Selected Yearling Sale purchase and in three starts has earned just over $17,000. She paid $4.30 to win. Leg two of the Whenuwishuponastar Series goes next Thursday (July 31) at Mohawk, with the final scheduled to take place on Thursday, August 7. by Mark McKelvie, for WEG  

MANALAPAN, NJ - June 25, 2014 - Hope springs eternal as two-year-old New Jersey-sired pacers and trotters make their first career starts on Friday night, June 27, 2014 at the Meadowlands Racetrack. Eight trotting colts - five sons of Muscles Yankee and three by Muscle Hill - will make their debuts in the second race, the first leg of the New Jersey Sire Stakes, vying for a purse of $39,000. Seven trotting fillies, all by Muscle Hill, will go postward in the $38,500 fifth race. Two divisions of pacing colts and geldings, each worth $27,000, are carded as the ninth and 12th races on the 14-race card. In the first split, there are six sons of Rocknroll Hanover, two by Cam's Card Shark and one by Western Ideal. In the second division, five are by Rocknroll Hanover, and two each by Cam's Card Shark and Western Ideal. Two-year-old pacing fillies are competing in a pair of $25,500 divisions, races three and 11, and include seven by Rocknroll Hanover and five by Western Ideal. Yearling prices do not guarantee great racehorses but expectations will be high for the six entrants who cost $100,000 or more as yearlings. Among the trotters, they are French Laundry, a $115,000 Lexington Selected Sale purchase trained by Jimmy Takter and winner in both of his baby races, including a 1:57.3 clocking on June 14. The son of Muscles Yankee is out of the $927,169-earner and Hambletonian Oaks winner Creamy Mimi, who is also the dam of The Franchise and King City. French Laundry races for Christina Takter, John Fielding, Jim Fielding and co-breeders Marvin Katz and Al Libfeld. True Blue Stride, a Muscle Hill son of Sabrina Hall, cost $160,000 at the Harrisburg Sale. He is the three-quarter brother of He's A Demon, who banked more than $300,000. Mark Harder trains for Australians Emilio and Maria Rosati. The filly Mission Brief, trained by Ron Burke, was a $150,000 Lexington Selected Sale purchase by Burke Racing, Our Horse Cents Stables, J&T Silva Stables and Weaver Bruscemi. The daughter of Muscle Hill is out of Breeders Crown winner Southwind Serena and won her last baby race by 23 lengths in 1:57.4. On the pacing side, Richard and Joanne Young have invested $180,000 [Lexington Selected Sale] in The Show Returns by Rocknroll Hanover out of Stienam's Place and turned her over to trainer Chris Ryder. The Youngs campaigned her $2.4 million earning full sister Put On A Show. Tony Alagna is training Cashaway for Brittany Farms [co-breeder] and Marvin Katz, after the Western Ideal -CPA filly passed through the Lexington Selected sales ring for $105,000. She is the full sister to two who have won in excess of $250,000 each, Authorize and Act Now, and has won a baby race in 1:55.4. The Rocknroll Hanover colt Sid Rock is the first foal of My Fantasy, who earned nearly $345,000. He was a $100,000 Lexington Selected Sale purchase for William Wiswell, Jean Goehlen and Eugene Schick and is trained by John Butenschoen. by Carol Hodes, for the SBOANJ

Breakfast with the babies at The Meadowlands Friday style enjoyed perfect morning under cloudless skies with temperatures in the low 70's and little to no wind. The opener was trotting fillies and the Donato Hanover X Nicole's Promise Livininthefastlane won for Yannick Gingras in 1:58 with a 27.2 kicker well in hand over Saturday Mornings after sitting the pocket. She was an $80,000 yearling purchase by Marvin Katz, Al Libfeld and Sam Goldband at Harrisburg and is trained in the Julie Miller stable. Julie wired up the double by training and driving Kelsey's Keepsake to a 2:00 flat win in the second. The Yankee Glide filly from Distaff led all the way and dug in gamely for the win over True Blue Stride in a 28.3 final quarter. She is owned by Andy Miller Stable and Peggy Hood who had the final bid of $35,000 at the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale. Taxed To The Max completed the early pick 3 for Julie's stable when the Yankee Glide colt won in 2:00.1. Yannick used the same strategy as he did in the first race tracking place finisher Muscle Blues and going by late. This colt is from the accomplished brood mare Prime Mistress and cost Andy Miller, Arden Homestead and Steve Demeter $92,000 at Lexington last fall. Pacers began in race four and the sharp looking Western Ideal x CPA filly Cashaway won impressively with Tim Tetrick aboard in 1:55.4, home in 27.3. She was a $105,000 yearling sold at The Lexington sale and is trained by Tony Alagna for Brittany Farms and Marvin Katz. Ideal Nuggets and Sawyer followed her under the wire. Next up was an impressive mile from The Show Returns, Richard and Joanne Young's $180,000 Lexington sister to their champion mare Put On A Show. Tim Tetrick sent the Rocknroll Hanover x Steinam's Place lass to the top from post six by the half in a minute then turned on the jets covering the final half in 56.1, last quarter in 27.3 going right to the wire with the colt Badiou Hanover and late rushing filly Bettor Be Steppin. Bruce's Magic won the last of the two year old races wire to wire in 1:55.4 with Gingras aboard for Tony Alagna. He is a Rocknroll Hanover colt from Special Magic that Alagna Racing, Joe Sbrocco, Eagles Soar Partners and Louis Willinger paid $65,000 for at the Lexington sale. Touch Of Luck closed up nicely for the place and Artspeak rallied from well back for third. An imposing group of trotters lined up for race seven with both last year's Hambletonian winner Royalty For Life and Breeders Crown winner Spider Blue Chip sharpening up for the $400,00 Hambletonian Maturity on July 5. Those two traded leads through honest fractions, but deep in the stretch the mare Mistery Woman went by both to win in 1:53.2 for John Campbell. Her record this season has been spotty but today she looked like she's ready for anything. Jonas Czernyson trains for Millstream Stable and Aldebaran Park, Inc. Maven came back from Sweden in good form and took a spin around the oval in 1:53.2 willingly holding off Your So Vain with a 28.1 close for Yannick. Jonas and owner Bill Donovan have a lot to look forward to this summer with their champion mare, as that division is deep with talented ladies. They will make for interesting races throughout the season. Live racing resumes tonight at The Meadowlands with the $50,000 TVG FFA as the highlight featuring the finest older trotters in the land. Also, a reminder that traffic is expected to be very heavy this evening due to events in and around Metlife stadium. Horsemen are advised to come in before 5:00 to avoid being tardy. by Nick Salvi, for the Meadowlands

PUT ON A SHOW’S FILLY GETS A NAME

Drawing May 9 at Hanover Shoe Farm

TOP Tasmanian harness trainer Barrie Rattray celebrated one of his most cherished wins when he partnered Devendra to an impressive victory in the $30,000 Raider Stakes at the Devonport Showground tonight. Devendra showed brilliant gate speed to lead which was the first surprise as most pundits expected the favourite Riverboat Jasper to make the most of the pole position and lead. But once Devendra was in front Rattray ensured a steady pace with the favourite on his back and the leader's stablemate on his outside. Two laps from home another Rattray runner Pachacuti (Todd Rattray) set off from the rear to eventually face the breeze and that pair out on a show of strength with neither prepared to wilt. They forge clear with the favourite off the fence to mount a challenge 300 metres out. But it was the Rattray duo that put on a show with Devendra edging out Pachacuti by a head when they hit the line with Riverboat Jasper a game third. It was Devendra's fourth feature race win this season having also won the Burnie Cup, Carrick Cup and Devonport Cup leading up to the Raider Stakes. Listen to what trainer-driver Barrie Rattray had to say about the win. By Peter Staples

It’s a match made in harness racing heaven. Two world champion racehorses, Somebeachsomewhere and Put On A Show have a filly. It was foaled early Saturday morning at Hanover Shoe Farm in Hanover, PA. “I am estatic,” said Put On A Show’s co-owner Richard Young. “They said at the farm that she is healthy and good looking and that is all I wanted to hear.” “I already have photos and have posted them on Facebook,” said Joanne Young. “And she is beautiful. We are so happy and I can’t wait to see her. I knew Put On A Show would be a great mommy.” This is the first foal from Put On A Show. Sired by Rocknroll Hanover from the Artsplace mare, Stienam’s Place, Put On A Show was a career winner of $2.4 million. During her racing career she won 31 of 50 starts and in 2010 was named the Dan Patch Three-Year-Old Pacing Filly of the Year. At age four she took her lifetime mark of 1:47.3, becoming the fastest female pacer in history. Stienam’s Place, Put On A Show’s dam (mother) was also a world champion racehorse and career winner of $1.4 million. Put On A Show is owned by Richard Young, Joanne Young and Craig Henderson. Somebeachsomewhere is perhaps already established as one of the greatest Standardbred horses in history. On the racetrack, the son of Mach Three from the Beach Towel mare, Where’s The Beach, was nearly unbeatable. He won 20 of 21 lifetime starts, earnings of $3.2 million and in 2008 became not only the fastest three-year-old in history but tied the all age world record with an amazing 1:46.4 record. He was voted the unanimous winner of the 2008 O'Brien Award for top three-year-old pacing colt. He was also named recipient of the prestigious Cam Fella Award as well as named Canadian Horse of the Year. He was also the recipient of the Dan Patch Award as the 2009 Pacer of the Year and named the first ever Canadian-sired U.S. Horse of the Year. Somebeachsomewhere is owned by the Somebeachsomewhere Syndicate of Hanover, PA. There will be a special world-wide “Name The Foal Contest” for the filly that will be conducted by Harnesslink.com and details of that event will be announced shortly. By Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink.com

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