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Goshen, NY --- Check Out Trixie attracted plenty of attention Friday (June 29) at Historic Track, winning the $8,475 Landmark Stakes for 2-year-old female trotters in a track-record 1:58.4 on the opening afternoon of the half-mile oval's four-day Grand Circuit meet. The clocking shattered the previous mark of 2:01.3 for a 2-year-old female trotter, which was set by Daytona Blue Chip in 2012. Check Out Trixie, trained and driven by Historic Track-based Ray Schnittker, is a daughter of 2014 Hambletonian winner Trixton out of Schnittker's two-time Dan Patch Award winner Check Me Out. She prepped for her career debut at Historic Track with a 1:57.4 win in a qualifier June 20 at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. Her Pocono win time is the fastest of the season so far for a 2-year-old filly trotter on a five-eighths-mile track and her Historic Track clocking is the fastest for a 2-year-old trotter on a half-mile track. Check Me Out is owned by Schnittker and Steve Jones, who also are the breeders of the filly. She is part of Trixton's first crop as a sire and the second foal out of Check Me Out, who won 25 of 31 races at ages 2 and 3 and set multiple world records. "The mother, in my mind, is one of the greatest trotting fillies of all time," Jones said. "Trixton looks like he's got horses that have speed. I guess in time we'll find out if they have quality. I saw a couple at the Meadowlands that looked like they could fly. So I think he's off to a good start. This looks like probably his best filly, but you never know. Time will tell. But it looks like she's off on the right foot." Jones said Schnittker liked Check Out Trixie from the beginning and the filly is staked heavily. "Who's to say whether she's good enough to be the top dog, but she's off to a good start," Jones said. "I think trotting in (1):58.4 over this racetrack is a pretty good accomplishment. "I'm hoping that she shines when the lights get bright later in the summer." Jones also was the breeder of two other Landmark Stakes winners, with Major Sugar Rush (Art Major-Sugarcoated) taking the $12,100 event for 3-year-old male pacers in 1:54.2 and Hickfromfrenchlick (So Surreal-My Girl's A Star) winning the $11,000 event for 2-year-old male pacers in 1:57.3. Major Sugar Rush was driven to victory by Jordan Stratton for trainer/owner Schnittker. It the gelding's first win in eight starts this season. Hickfromfrenchlick, a reference to the nickname of basketball legend Larry Bird, was driven to his career-debut win by trainer Schnittker, who owns the colt with Nolamaura Racing and Thomas Spatorico. The Nolamaura Racing group is based in Goshen and led by Patrick English and also includes his father, Kerry. The family owns a beer distributorship. "This is our third year of racing," Patrick said. "The stable name is Nolamaura Racing; it's my two daughters' names. This is just a group of guys that like to have beer and have fun and we're just lucky to be with Ray and have a good horse. "I'm the third generation on the board of directors here at the track. My dad is on the board and my grandmother was here. It's fun to be involved and give back and now actually have a horse that looks really good and is winning." Other winners on the card Friday were Grammy Winner in the $6,125 Landmark for 3-year-old female trotters, Solitary in the $6,125 Landmark for 3-year-old female pacers, Midnight Express S in the $13,600 Landmark for 3-year-old male trotters, Ladybeluckytonite in the $9,125 Landmark for 2-year-old female pacers, and Amico Mio Bi in the $14,350 Landmark for 2-year-old male trotters. Grammy Winner (Credit Winner-Grammy Hall) won in 1:58.3 for driver Tyler Buter and trainer Todd Buter. The filly is owned by Gene Oldford Farms, Lynette Buter, William Fuhs, and Carol Fuhs. She has won three of 13 lifetime races and earned $24,733. Solitary (American Ideal-Lonesome Day) won in 1:55 for driver Marcus Miller and trainer Nick Surick. The filly is owned by William Daggett Jr., Lawrence Vukovic, and J L Benson Stables. She has won three of 22 career starts and earned $71,555. Midnight Express S (Maharajah-Truly Devoted) won in 1:58 with Oskar Florhed driving for trainer Ake Svanstedt. The colt is owned by Olle Leven and has won four of 14 career races (and three of his last five) and earned $32,881. Ladybeluckytonite (Art Major-Run On Luck) won in 1:57.3 for driver Jordan Stratton and trainer Rick Dane Jr., who owns the filly with the Rock And Roll Stable. Ladybeluckytonite has a win and a second in two races, with $17,687 in purses. Amico Mio Bi (Donato Hanover-Lapponia) won in 1:59.1 in his career debut for local owners Janice Connor, who also trains the colt with her husband Chuck, Brian Connor and Ebby and Peter Gerry's Arden Homestead Stable. Stratton piloted Amico Mio Bi to the victory. "He's a nice colt, so hopefully he'll keep going like he is," Chuck Connor said. "We made some changes on him that helped him. We put the trotting hobbles on him for the half-mile track. When we trained him last week he was a little shaky in the turns, but not bad. We wanted to steady him a bit with the hobbles and it worked. We'll keep (the hobbles) on now and just let them out for the bigger tracks. "He seems like he's improving, so that's a good thing." by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA 

WILKES-BARRE PA - OK: you just had many great horses race at your track on the previous card in the $2,120,000 Sun Stakes Saturday Championships Night. So what can you possibly do for a followup the next night, Sunday, July 1? Well, here's what The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono is doing - it has scheduled five $30,000 divisions of a Pennsylvania All-Stars event for two-year-old colt pacers. The top pacing colt trainers of the last few years all have multiple entries in the stakes sessions - Ron Burke has seven in, Brian Brown five, Ray Schnittker four. Despite the fact that raceday is the first day of July, the collective fields already have ten horses who have won in 1:56 or better, including six who have gone 1:54 or less (baby races and pari-mutuels treated equally throughout). There are eight horses in the All-Stars who have already twice crossed the wire first, including three who have beaten 1:55 in each of their two victories: Semi Tough (race 3, PP1, Burke), Blood Money (race 5, PP7, Jimmy Takter), and Captain Malicious (race 7, PP7, Schnittker). And that listing doesn't even include the fastest two-year-old of 2018 at the time of this writing, De Los Cielos Deo. This member of the Burke Brigade, on June 18 over the Gaitway mile track, won in 1:52.3 while coming his own last three-quarters in an astounding 1:21.3, in his second lifetime start (he won the first, but "only" in 1:56.4 - 27). De Los Cielos Deo, a name which is a Spanish/Latin hybrid meaning "from the heavens of God," does have un infierno de une mala posicion (a hell of a bad position) drawing the 8-ball, just outside of his fellow son of Captaintreacherous, Captain Malicious, in the seventh race, the last of the five All-Stars divisions. That's how you follow up a $2M+ card featuring the stars of today - load up the next card with the stars of tomorrow. FINISHING LINES -- Pocono will have a sixth $30,000 race on Sunday night, a Great Northeast Open Series (GNOS) event for pacing mares. Caviart Ally, who won in the GNOS last week from the rail at Philly and paid $72.20 to win, finds the other two series winners starting from more difficult spots: L A Delight from post six and Tequila Monday from post eight. From the PHHA/Pocono Downs

The inception of the idea of importing some French horses, cast in a comment to me made by Alex Dadoyan the executive director at SOA of NY over 18 months ago, became an odyssey that he and I initially never thought might ever become reality.  Originally cast as just something we would try to implement in November of 2017, we concluded that this project might fail because the finances to complete it might be too lean after the fall yearling sales and we were just too busy working on showcasing the "Day of Champions and the International Trot. Besides, all the the details had not really been thought through.More time was needed and with the break at Yonkers coming over some 10 days in May and June we thought it best to try to have the details in place by then. Alex and I decided to acquire 24 head- if possible - from France. A few questions like price; what would we ask interested parties to do; how could we make it fair to all; and how could we do our due diligence in the selection of these horses and gain the trust, of the 24 potential new owners of horses they had never seen? My first thought was to get someone like my friend Mike La Chance to come on board to help us select the horses. Then Ray Schnittker signed up and when Ron Burke was brought on board by Alex, all the expertise one could hope for was settled. Thinking that we need commitments from people, a non refundable payment was decided upon to test the real intent of the potential new buyers. That filled up quickly once it was decided that these horses would be written into a series of races just among themselves so as to avoid their being thrown in with horses taught more speed over shorter distances and harder tracks. They might never initially have had a shot. So off to management to get an agreement on the series, the number of legs and the purses. Both Bob Galterio and Steve Starr, thought that legs of $30,000 each and a $100,000 final and longer distances was the way to go. Next the details with the French Le Trot had to be worked out to get horses that were currently racing who were geldings and would only require a 24 hour quarantine, had to be found for a price of $25,000 saving an additional $3,000 for that matching cost for the shipping put up by the SOA of NY. The SOA board approved the project that has a substantial cost but provided everyone, and anyone, the opportunity to participate. The ARK at JFK -where these horses will be shipped to-is a $62,000,000 state of the art brand new facility unparalleled in the world today. That quarantine cost is being absorbed by the SOA of NY and besides saving the new owners money, more importantly it saves these horses from further shipping to Newburg, NY after traveling from France to their point of departure in Belgium . While the Le Trot or Cheval Francais as it is also referred to, had an original list of 132 horses meeting our general criteria that had to be whittled down to 60 or so head. That number, we assumed, would all be shipped for our convenience to the great training center owned by Le Trot outside of Paris known as Grosbois. Later we learned that our volunteer team of experts would travel the country by road, rail and air to get to see 12 here, 8 there, in either Paris, Nice, Normandy, Laval or Bordeaux.... France is bigger than we knew. The team of Burke, La Chance and Schnittker proved to us that not only is the harness horse breed very tough and durable but our trainers are even tougher. The schedule was very, very tight and saw unanticipated bumps in the road like a plane cancellation and a train strike that popped up 1 hour before departure. The audibles that had to be called by our French counterparts and guardians Damine and Emmanuelle came with the expected look of desperation but always an improvised last minute solution. It was always apparent to me that this was strictly a working trip but I never anticipated that our team would be subjected to this kind of a work load. Our guys nevertheless went about their business and trained all 60 or so head without a complaint. Comments like, "Oh, he's real good; too slow; may have a breathing problem; is unsound; hits his knee; interferes behind; I like him a lot; we are taking this one; I hope I get that one" was precisely the best we could hope for from this team of pros. We had vets at every place to pull bloods, scope and x-ray every horse if that was the call. In Bordeaux, Burke drew some of that racing juice out of La Chance as they had a match race while egging each other on. While there is never a guarantee how one will turn out, at least they did their best, worked like you would not believe, had a little fun and were happy to do it for the project. As Ronnie Burke commented he was intrigued with " the novel idea and felt it was creating some excitement in the game". The journeys end will be at Grosbois where all the horses selected in the draw will be beginning to arrive on Monday and will be taken care of by Le Trot, insured by them and the SOA until their arrival at the ARK at JFK . There, additional insurance will be at the option of the new buyers. While at this beautiful facility they will be under the exclusive care of the USDA until the bloods come back from the US government lab, disease free. The new owner will have to arrange shipping, either with their own individual trailers or can ask Global Horse Transport who will supervise all importing details and requirements once they are landed, or whoever is chosen, to ship them to their new homes at the new owners expense. The SOA 's financial obligation to the ARK will end at the conclusion of the time the blood results come back and any longer stay, for a spiked fever, or the failure to pick up the horse the minute the release is approved will fall on the new owner. by Joe Faraldo and John Manzi

The Tuesday evening Paris-Vincennes program was highlighted by the Gr. II Prix Victor Cavey (monte, purse €120,000, 2850 meters, eight starters) with victory, in decisive fashion, to 9/1 Durzie (5f Jag de Bellouet-Shall We) with Alexandre Abrivard up.  L.Cl. Abrivard trains the winner for Ecurie Augustin Normand that was timed in 1.15kr.  The 3/5 favorite Dexter Fromentro (5m Qwerty –Princesse d’Ombree) was second for jockey Camille Levesque, trainer Thomas Levesque and owner Ecurie Pierre Levesque. The 14/1 Darthey du Rib (5f Ganymede-Quille Castelets) was third for J.L.Cl. Dersoir, trainer Joel Hallais and Ecurie Rib. Dominator Blond and Dhikti Vedaquais were fourth and fifth. As many know a group of three USA trainers are in France training and inspecting FR trotteurs that may be exported to the USA to compete in races at Yonkers Raceway for the FR imports there. The FR program is shown below along with a few Facebook pics at Grosbois, Cagnes Sur Mer and Tuesday evening at Vincennes. Monday : Reims/Grosbois Tuesday : Cagnes sur Mer (plane) Wednesday : Argentan (train) Thursday : Meslay du Maine (train) Friday : Bordeaux (train) The French journey began May 26, 2018. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

Hightstown, NJ --- A 2-year-old’s first trip to the harness racing track for a training session is somewhat similar to high school orientation. It’s an opportunity to learn their way around and get comfortable in a new environment before the real work begins. “The first time, I don’t care how they go, really,” said trainer Ray Schnittker, who brought a small group of horses to the Meadowlands last week for the first of several training days at the track this month for 2-year-olds. “I just want them to experience going on the trailer. I just want them to see everything here; go by tractors -- because they’ve never seen this many water trucks or tractors -- be in the paddock, get used to a new setting. “A lot of guys don’t do it, but I think it does help. Usually the first time I’m disappointed in how they train here. The second time they’re a lot better. They figure it out.” The training days at the Meadowlands for 2-year-olds, a cooperative effort between the Big M and the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey, are offered from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. each Thursday in May. The costs for the sessions are covered by the SBOANJ. The organization and Backstretch Community Assistance Program (BCAP) also sponsor breakfast for grooms and trainers at JoJo’s Paddock Café. Schnittker’s horses making the trip to the Meadowlands included Branquinho (Somebeachsomewhere-Wild West Show), who is a homebred full brother to Dan Patch Award-winning pacer Huntsville, and Cloudbreak (Somebeachsomewhere-Must See), a half-brother to 2009 Pacer of the Year Well Said. They were joined by Check Out Trixie, a daughter of 2014 Hambletonian winner Trixton out of Schnittker’s two-time Dan Patch Award-winning trotter Check Me Out, filly trotter Jezzys Legacy (Donato Hanover-Jezzy) and colt pacer Captain Malicious (Captaintreacherous-Silky), who is a half-brother to stakes-winner Malicious. Schnittker, who has 15 total 2-year-olds in training, plans to bring a different group to the Meadowlands this week. The horses will train multiple times at the Big M before heading to qualifiers. “It’s a pretty good group,” Schnittker said. “No disappointments yet. We’ll see what happens.” Among the other trainers at the Meadowlands last week was Marcus Melander, who brought nine horses. “We only have a half-mile track to train on at home, so I don’t go that fast with them,” Melander said. “We will try them with a little more speed here, push them a little the last quarter, but mostly this first time they’re just here to learn. I’ve got another group for next week and this group will come back in two weeks. They should be ready to qualify at the beginning of June.” Melander’s horses included colt trotter Greenshoe (Father Patrick-Designed To Be), who sold for $330,000 under the name Rifleman at last year’s Lexington Selected Sale. Other colt trotters with Melander were Gimpanzee (Chapter Seven-Steamy Windows), who sold for $170,000 under the name Army Of Monkeys at the Standardbred Horse Sale, Kredit Karma (Credit Winner-No Pain No Gain; sold as The Fat Cobra), Great Explorer (Muscle Mass-Mayflower Volo; sold as Massive Volo), Swedish-bred Green Manalishi (Muscle Hill-Naga Morich) and Olympic Goal (Donato Hanover-Bewitching Beauty). He also had three filly trotters: Isolde (Cantab Hall-Tosca), Shee La (Cantab Hall-Victory Bouquet) and Tangent (Cantab Hall-Fraction). “They’re very nice,” Melander said. “I can’t say one bad thing about any of them right now. Hopefully they continue that way.” Overall, Melander is training 28 2-year-olds. “It’s a good group,” he said. “There are a couple that are a little bit behind, but we’re happy with most of them.” by Ken Weingartner, USTA Media Relations Manager 

Middletown, NY - Harness racing Lifetime Achievement Award honoree Ray Schnittker said, "If I had ten dollars for every person in this room that I had a drink with...I would be a billionaire!" Over 200 horse people enjoyed the Monticello-Goshen USHWA chapter's 59th annual awards banquet at the Fountains at Wallkill Golf Club on Sunday, Dec. 3. Those in attendance listened carefully as the Goshen Historic Track-based trainer/driver was thankful for all the friends and memories he has made throughout his many decades of success in the Harness Racing industry. Having been a fixture around Goshen Historic Track and wherever top Harness Horses are raced, "Rockin' Ray" and his Grand Circuit stable have amassed over $37 million in purse earnings since calling the Cradle of the Trotter home. Of course Schnittker may be best known for his work with Deweycheatumnhowe, the $3 million dollar-winning Hambletonian champion, but this year his star 3-year-old pacer Huntsville earned over a million dollars and won both the Meadowlands Pace and the Cane Pace at the Meadowlands while battling with some of the best colts in the country. Dave Hanson, the driving force behind the development of the Morrisville State College's Equine Program and Standardbred yearling auction received the chapter's Excelsior Award for his dedication and selfless contributions of time, talent and energy to the improvement and integrity of Harness Racing in the State of New York. Now as the general manager of Leatherstocking Veterinary Services, he noted that he "missed managing a farm while at Morrisville." In retrospect, however, Hanson said that teaching students at the equine institute was one of the highlights of his career as a breeding specialist and stallion manager. Herbie Burns, the affable vet that everyone calls their buddy, made the crown roar with tales of his trials and tribulations and stories from yesteryear. It was easy to see why he was this year's John Gilmour Good Guy Award honoree. Starting out as a trainer/driver at Pocono Downs, Burns graduated from U. Penn and then learned the ropes from local icon "Doc" Gill. Over time Dr. Herbert Burns continued to develop Pine Bush Equine into a state-of-the-art Vet clinic, while simultaneously serving as the staff veterinarian for Blue Chip Farms. For decades, Stephen Crevani recipient of the Cradle of the Trotter Breeders Award balanced a demanding career as a high-rise builder with his interest in breeding and racing harness horses. Now that he is retired, the 75-year-old has been able to focus all of his attention on the horse business and is reaping greater rewards as a result. Crevani always has a small but sincere group of horses in training and handful of broodmares at the family farm in Bullville, New York. All of his horses bear the "Bullville" moniker, and many compete at Goshen Historic Track with Steve in the sulky. Tim Masters was this year's recipient of the Amy Bull Crist Distinguished Service Award, presented for his hard work and dedication to improvements at Goshen Historic Track. The facility has undergone sequential renovation to the 100+ year old grandstand. Masters oversaw the replacement of all the seats and the floors and will address the steel beams and the girders next. This year amateur driver "Yankee" Joe Lee has garnered 15 wins in 87 starts and over $87,000 in purse earnings. His current UDRS of .281 is bolstered by an additional 11 seconds and 10 thirds, including copping the Billings Gold Final at Yonkers. In fact, in the last two years he has tripled the amount of wins had the previous two years, earning him the Amateur Driver of the Year Award honors. Brandon Parker, son of Monticello Raceway's all-time leading driver, Billy "Zeke" Parker, Jr. enthusiastically received the Rising Star Award. "Lil Zeke" has had logged an unparalleled 448 starts in his first year of driving. Capturing 42 wins, 56 seconds and 57 thirds, a UDRS of .206 and earnings of $218,881, his rocket-launch debut is probably a starts record for a rookie reinsman! Even more remarkable is the fact that Parker just got his "P" license in May, and therefore accomplished this feat in just over six months of active driving. Knowledgeable about simulcasting from the bottom up, Carole Macedonio has been a lead cashier, evening simulcast manager and been responsible for converting the handle figures into revenue for as long as anyone can remember. Long considered a "lifer" at the Mighty M, she also administers and moderates the Monticello Raceway Memorabilia facebook page, a popular destination for cyber-space nostaglia. A long tenured, devoted employee, there is no part of the wagering product that she in unfamiliar with or has not had some experience in helping manage. A backbone of the simulcasting department, Carole Macedonio received Award of Appreciation for her over three decades of service to Monticello Raceway. The event marked another huge success for the Monticello-Goshen chapter of the United States Harness Writers Association that donates over $8,000 to industry causes annually, most notably the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame, as well as Goshen Historic Track. by Chris Tully for Monticello-Goshen USHWA  

Monticello, NY - Harness racing trainer Ray Schnittker has become a household name around Orange County, New York. When the Monticello - Goshen Chapter of the United States Harness Writers hold their 59th annual awards banquet on Sunday, December 3, 2017, Ray Schnittker will again be the talk of the town. The New York horseman will receive the organization's highest honor: The Lifetime Achievement Award. Having been a fixture around Goshen Historic Track and wherever top Harness Horse's are raced, "Rockin' Ray" and his Grand Circuit stable have amassed over $37 million in purse earnings since calling the Cradle of the Trotter home. As a driver, he has won over $42 million and 2,761 dashes, often dominating the lucrative New York Sire Stakes. In 2008, when his undefeated 3-year-old trotter Deweycheatumnhowe swam, rode and drove his way into Hambletonian stardom, Ray was in the driver's seat. Although Schnittker may be best known for his association with the aforementioned $3 million dollar-winning triathlete, Ray has managed to develop a top horse nearly every season since since. 2017 is no exception. His star 3-year-old pacer Huntsville earned over a million dollars and won both the Meadowlands Pace and the Cane Pace at the Meadowlands while battling with some of the best colts in the country. A world champion at 2, the son of Somebeachsomewhere won 8 with 4 seconds in 14 starts this year. Schnittker has developed other World Champions and multiple stakes winners such as, Check Me Out, One More Laugh and Covert Action, just to name a few. This year, in addition to the year-end awards for horses and horse people from the local tracks, the Monticello-Goshen chapter will also honor Dave Hanson (Excelsior Award); Dr. Herbie Burns (John Gilmour Good Guy Award); Crevani Farms (Cradle of the Trotter Breeders Award); Tim Masters (Amy Bull Crist Distinguished Service Award); Joseph Lee (Amateur Driver); Brandon Parker (Rising Star); and Carole Macedonio (Award of Appreciation).   Tickets for the gala event can be reserved by contacting Shawn Wiles at (845) 794-4100 extension 458 or Email: swiles@empireresorts.com.   To place a congratulatory ad in the souvenir journal, please contact Chris Tully at (845) 807-7538 or Email: tullytrot@yahoo.com.   by the Monticello-Goshen Chapter of USHWA                  

YONKERS, NY, Sunday, September 3, 2017- 'Dewy Defeats Seven, None Named Truman'. Pole-assigned Dewycolorintheline and harness racing driver Mark MacDonald, held sway Sunday afternoon (Sept. 3rd), winning Yonkers Raceway's $50,000 Open Handicap Trot. With 'only' an eight-horse field, the weekly trotting feature went at the flat mile. The field left without 7-5 favorite Taco Tuesday (Jordan Stratton), who broke before the start. A handful were put in play early, including P L Hercules (George Brennan), but that one danced himself into the penalty box prior the first quarter-mile. When the sorting was completed, Dewycolorintheline had taken over from Money Maven (Brent Holland) soon after a :28.4 opening two furlongs. It was a 1:00.1 intermission when 96-1 proposition Prime Power N (Steve Smith) gave his backers a thrill with a first-up effort. That one did hang around in and out of a 1:28.3 three-quarters before getting put away. Dewycolorintheline opened a length-and-a-half in the lane, then held off Money Maven late. The final margin was half-length in 1:57.2. Sumatra (Eric Goodell), Crazshana (Greg Merton) and Prime Power N rounded out the payees. For third choice Dewycolorintheline, a 7-year-old, 2013 Yonkers Trot-winning son of Deweycheatumnhowe co-owned by (trainer) Ray Schnittker and Dewyolorintheline Stable, it was his fifth win in 19 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $121.50, with the triple returning $627. Sunday's installment of the 'New York, New York Double' offered a winning combination of 3-Rich Daddy (Saratoga's 3rd race) and 1-Infinisti AS (Yonkers' 4th race) returning $13.50 for every correct $1 wager. Total pool was $5,2,74. Sunday matinees, along with the 'New York, New York Double,' return Oct. 29th (post time TBA). Frank Drucker

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ- AUGUST 5, 2017 - Huntsville got to the lead in the first turn and never looked back, winning Saturday's $334,325 Cane Pace for harness racing three-year-old pacers by a neck over R J P in 2:03 at the extended distance of 1-1/8 miles for the seventh race at the Meadowlands Racetrack. Downbytheseaside was third. Starting from post No. 1 in a field of 12, Huntsville and driver Tim Tetrick outdueled longshot Lawrencetown Beach for the lead as the field entered the first turn and reached the quarter in 25.4. Lawrencetown Beach remained parked out on the backstretch, with Downbytheseaside on the pylons in third, as Huntsville hit the half in 54. R J P made a three-wide move around Lawrencetown Beach and moved into second as the group neared three-quarters, which was reached in 1:21.4. Huntsville and R J P battled through the stretch, timed in 1:49 for a mile, with Huntsville prevailing for his seventh win in 10 starts this year. "He showed some toughness today," winning trainer Ray Schnittker said. "After the first quarter I was a little concerned and (R J P) eyeballed him, but he's just a very good horse. "I don't think they were going to beat us today." Schnittker co-owns Huntsville with Ted Gewertz, Steve Arnold, and Crawford Farms Racing. The colt is a son of Somebeachsomewhere out of the mare Wild West Show. Eight of the twelve starters were by Somebeachsomewhere including the first four home. Huntsville has won 14 of 21 career races and never finished worse than second. He has earned $1.58 million. "I hope he goes the rest of the year like that," Schnittker said. "I'd be very happy." The Cane Pace is the first jewel in the Pacing Triple Crown. The remaining two legs are the Little Brown Jug and Messenger. Schnittker said Huntsville would not go to the Little Brown Jug. Huntsville paid $3.40, $2.60, $2.10. RJP returned $5.40, $2.60. Downbytheseaside paid $2.10. By Ken Weingartner

WASHINGTON, PA, July 20, 2017 -- For the harness racing trainers of all Adios colts and geldings not named Huntsville, his conditioner, Ray Schnittker, offers a scary report on the status of his Dan Patch Award winner: "He's probably as good as he's ever been." Huntsville is the 7-5 morning-line favorite in Saturday's first elimination (race 9) for the $450,000 Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids at The Meadows. Fear The Dragon, another superstar of the 3-year-old pacing division, is the 7-5 pick in the second elimination (race 10). First post is 1:05 PM, with the elims scheduled to begin at approximately 3:45 PM. The July 29 Adios final anchors a blockbuster afternoon card that features six Grand Circuit stakes. First post that day is noon. The schedule for elite 3-year-old pacers can be grueling. Those contesting the North America Cup, the Max Hempt, the Meadowlands Pace and the Adios can face up to eight tough races in as many weeks. Knowing that, Schnittker skipped the Hempt; the time off refreshed Huntsville, who returned to win his elimination and the final of the Meadowlands Pace and push his career bankroll over $1.3 million. Thus, when Schnittker indicates Huntsville is as good as he's ever been, he's referring more to fitness and race-readiness than ability, which is prodigious enough. Schnittker, who owns the son of Somebeachsomewhere-Wild West Show with Ted Gewertz and Steven Arnold, said he jogged the colt lightly this week. "After those two miles at the Meadowlands, he doesn't need much," Schnittker said. Tim Tetrick will pilot Huntsville from post 7, a starting slot that doesn't concern Schnittker. "With the slanted starting gate they have at The Meadows, post 7 doesn't bother me at all," he said. "I'd like to leave and get a good two-hole trip. You don't want to be on the front all the time -- it wears your horse out." Following the Adios, Schnittker said he would point Huntsville to the Cane Pace. The first four finishers in each elimination, along with the fifth-place finisher with higher career earnings, return for the Adios final. The connections of the elim winners will choose their post positions for the final, with the other slots drawn randomly. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The heated rivalry between Huntsville and Downbytheseaside reached a fever pitch in the $738,550 Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace on Saturday night at the Meadowlands. Huntsville held on by a head, gaining a 4-3 advantage in their eight showdowns. The only time neither got the victory was last month in the North America Cup - won by Fear The Dragon - where Huntsville was second and Downbytheseashore third. Fear The Dragon was not nominated to The Pace, leaving Huntsville and Downbytheseaside to battle it out. And battle they did. Huntsville got away fourth in the early stages before charging past Blood Line to grab the lead down the backstretch. The 1-5 favorite appeared comfortably in charge on the final turn as Downbytheseaside tipped outside for a long, grinding challenge. Huntsville flashed past the three-quarter pole in 1:20 3/5 and the torrid pace started taking a toll. In a display of guts and determination, Huntsville dug deep while Downbytheseaside relentlessly ate into his lead. The finish line arrived just in time for last season's 2-year-old champion to earn his first major win of this campaign. It was the fifth Pace victory for driver Tim Tetrick, trailing only the recently retired Hall of Famer John Campbell, who had seven wins in the Meadowlands Racetrack's signature event for 3-year-olds. Trainer Ray Schnittker improved his Pace record to 2 for 2. He combined with Tetrick to win in 2010 with One More Laugh. Huntsville continued his remarkable consistency with a 12th win in 18 starts. He has never finished worse than second. "My horse was tired late," Tetrick said. "He kept pushing all the way to the wire." The time for the mile was a lifetime best 1:47 4/5 for the son of Somebeachsomewhere, who earned $369,275 for the ownership team of Schnittker, Ted Gewertz and Steven Arnold. Huntsville Huntsville paid $2.40, $2.10 and $2.10. Downbytheseaside returned $2.80 and $2.40 as the 4-1 second choice. Classic Pro paid $6 to show. PAIR OF FIVES: Not only did Tetrick win his fifth Meadowlands Pace, but he registered five winners on the Meadowlands Pace Night program. SOLID WAGERING: Attendance for the card was 10,111. ... All-source wagering totaled $3,823,629, which was less than last year's $4.2 million, but that card included $747,891 in new money for a huge Jackpot Super Hi-5, which had a big carryover. On-track betting was $557,018, up almost $50,000 from 2016. ... Racing resumes at the Meadowlands Friday at 7:15 p.m. By Mike Farrell, for the Meadowlands

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - Huntsville is ready for The Meadowlands Pace. The Ray Schnittker trainee had no trouble winning the Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace Elimination Saturday night at the Meadowlands, stopping the clock in 1:48.4. It was 2¼ lengths back to Blood Line with Santafe's Coach third. (See The Pace draw below) With Classic Pro, Downbytheseaside and Miso Fast having accepted byes to next week's $738,550 Pace Final, seven spots were up for grabs in the elim. In addition to the top three finishers, Mac's Jackpot, Talent Soup, Filibuster Hanover and Boogie Shuffle earned berths for the Meadowlands signature event. "We wanted to race because we didn't go to Pocono (for the Hempt) and we didn't want to go into the Meadowlands Pace being off so long," said winning driver Tim Tetrick of the decision to race Huntsville rather than accept one of the byes. "He was good tonight, plenty of go. He was on the left line a little again, but Ray will have him ready. He trained great the other day, wasn't on the line, so he'll have the quirks worked out of him." Huntsville, listed at even-money on the morning line for next week's final, sat third in the early going before taking the top just after the quarter. The son of Somebeachsomewhere sprinted the third quarter in :27 to reach three-quarters in 1:22.2 before a final quarter of :26.2 enabled him to establish a new lifetime best. Huntsville paid $2.20 as the 1-9 public choice and lifted his lifetime stats to 11 wins in 17 starts and earnings of just over $953,000. HAMBO READY: Hambletonian favorite Walner made his much-anticipated return to the races in a conditioned event earlier on the card and the Linda Toscano trainee spoke loud and clear about his standing as the top 3-year-old colt in training, crushing an overmatched field by 7½ lengths. Tetrick, who won five times on the program, got the son of Chapter Seven away third around turn one but quickly moved the 2016 Breeders Crown champion to the top where he cut easy fractions of :28.1 and :56.1. Walner went into sprint mode to the three-quarters, extending his lead to 5 lengths as he hit that station in 1:23.2 before powering home in a final quarter of :27.4 to complete the mile and equal Ariana G's 1:51.1 seasonal mark for a 3-year-old on the trot. Sweet Thing was second with Winter Harbor third. "He's ready to rock," said Tetrick. "It feels like I'm driving a Corvette with a Mack Truck engine. I had the whip tucked. I never asked him to go one bit. He's got a full stakes schedule from here on. He had a little bit of a slow start this year but I think he's going to make up for it." A LITTLE MORE: On the undercard, Roses Are Red winner Lady Shadow tuned up for next week's Golden Girls by winning a fillies and mares invitational in 1:49 at odds of 1-5. She paced her back half in :53.3 and stayed unbeaten in five starts this year. ... Total handle on the card was $2,689,967. ... Racing resumes Friday at 7:15 p.m. with Meadowlands Pace Night Saturday going 45 minutes earlier, at 6:30 p.m. THE 2017 MEADOWLANDS PACE FIELD Here is the field for the $738,550 Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace for 3-year-old open pacers on July 15 at the Meadowlands Racetrack with post position, horse (driver, trainer) and morning-line odds: 1. Blood Line (Mark MacDonald, Jimmy Takter), 5-1 2. Mac's Jackpot (David Miller, Jim Campbell), 15-1 3. Boogie Shuffle (Scott Zeron, Mark Harder), 30-1 4. Huntsville (Tim Tetrick, Ray Schnittker), 1-1 5. Downbytheseaside (Brian Sears, Brian Brown), 4-1 6. Miso Fast (Matt Kakaley, Ron Burke), 10-1 7. Filibuster Hanover (Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke), 10-1 8. Santafe's Coach (Corey Callahan, Leo Iordan), 20-1 9. Classic Pro (Trevor Henry, Dr. Ian Moore), 15-1 10. Talent Soup (Eric Abbatiello, Bruce Saunders), 30-1 by Dave Little, for the Meadowlands  

WILKES-BARRE PA - Huntsville, last year's North American two-year-old pacing colt champion coming off a sensational victory in his 2017 bow, will start from post four Sunday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono in the eleventh race division of the $148,492 second leg of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes for harness racing sophomore male pacers.   A son of Somebeachsomewhere owned by trainer Ray Schnittker in partnership with Theodore Gewertz, Charles Iannazzo, and Steven Arnold, Huntsville posted an 11-7-4-0 slate last year, good for $689,814, took his Breeders Crown Final and Pennsylvania Sire Stake Championship, and at Lexington paced in 1:49, a clocking which equaled the fastest mile ever by a two-year-old.   Huntsville made his first start of this year in the first Sire Stakes leg at The Meadows on May 6, going a devastating mile to win by ten lengths in 1:50.3 over a "sloppy +2" track in 44 degree temperatures - with none of the other three divisions going faster than 1:52.1. Regular pilot Tim Tetrick handled him in that impressive victory, and he is again slated for Sunday sulky duty.   The duels between Huntsville and a member of the Brian Brown stable were highlights of the late season last year, and again on Sunday there will be a Schnittker vs. Brown showdown - but Huntsville won't be facing archrival Downbytheseaside, who also went in 1:49 the same day Huntsville did and who took his measure in the Governor's Cup in 2016. Downbytheseaside this week will be down by the Hudson River, competing Saturday in an elimination race for the Art Rooney Pace at Yonkers.   But if ever a trainer were going to have to send a "second-stringer" against a star like Huntsville, Brown is in as good a position as anyone could be - for his "second-stringer" is Fear The Dragon, a son of Dragon Again owned by the Emerald Highlands Farm. Fear The Dragon defeated Huntsville in 2016, a 1:51.2 Sire Stakes triumph at Philly August 18, was second to him in his 1:49 record mile, and two weeks ago won a Sire Stakes division in 1:52.1 in the off going at The Meadows, the same time as his winning stablemate Downbytheseaside. David Miller will be in the sulky as Fear The Dragon starts from post five.   The other divisional winner at The Meadows in the first leg of the Sires, Filibuster Hanover (1:52.2), appears to be the horse to beat in the tenth race Sires division, beginning from post two for driver Yannick Gingras, trainer Ron Burke, and the ownership collective of Burke Racing Stable LLC, Joseph Di Scala Jr., J&T Silva Stables LLC, and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. The altered son of Somebeachsomewhere showed at the end of last year that he can pace with the best around, finishing third behind Downbytheseaside and Huntsville in the Governor's Cup despite suffering interference.   In the twelfth race Sires division, Gingras may again be behind a favored son of Somebeachsomewhere, Ocean Colony, who won his yearly bow in 1:51.3 - 26.3 over "good going" at The Meadowlands after taking a mark of 1:50.1 at two. Jimmy Takter trains Ocean Colony, who will start from post two for Christina Takter, John Fielding, Hatfield Stables, and MKatz ALibfeld SGoldband.   Also part of the super Sunday show at The Downs will be a pair of $25,000 handicap events, one for pacing mares and one for trotters. The first post for the Sunday card at the mountain oval is listed to go at 7:30 p.m.   PHHA / Pocono

WASHINGTON, PA, May 6, 2017 -- If there were any doubts that freshman harness racing champion Huntsville would come out smoking for his 3-year-old debut, he quickly dispelled them in Saturday's $151,280 Pennsylvania Sires Stake at The Meadows when he roared to victory by an eye-popping 10 lengths. His time of 1:50.3 in the slop not only is the fastest this year by a sophomore on a five-eighths-mile track, but it also was at least 1.3 seconds faster than the clocking of any of the other three divisional winners Saturday. Downbytheseaside, runner-up to Huntsville is last year's Dan Patch Award voting, also fashioned a successful if less spectacular seasonal debut, scoring in 1:52.1. Filibuster Hanover and Fear The Dragon also won splits, the latter giving Brian Brown, trainer of Downbytheseaside, a PASS double. Brown also collected a Pennsylvania Stallion Series victory with Kellys Bett. Huntsville had qualified well for his sophomore campaign, but even trainer Ray Schnittker, who owns the son of Somebeachsomewhere-Wild West Show with Ted Gewertz, Charles Iannazzo and Steven Arnold, wasn't expecting a runaway. "I thought he might win by a length or two," Schnittker said, "but I guess he's right back to where he was last year. He looked really good." Huntsville quarter-poled around Highalator, opened up 5 lengths at the three-quarters and poured it on from there. Highalator, who saw his nine-race winning streak snapped, saved second, with Blood Line third. Winning driver Tim Tetrick had mixed feelings about the huge performance of Huntsville, who now boasts $708,724 in lifetime earnings. "That was all him, that was Ray getting him ready," Tetrick said. "I was hoping I didn't have to go that fast. I wanted to save that for another month. He just dragged me around there -- he's that talented." Huntsville Using Lasix for the first time, Downbytheseaside was efficient in victory, powering to the lead from fifth before the half for Chris Page and holding sway in a business-like manner -- Page never popped his earplugs -- to down the first-over Normandy Beach by 1-1/4 lengths. Boogie Shuffle earned show. "I thought he was a little dull getting out of the gate," Brown said, "but Chris kept him really quiet. Last year we had trouble taking him off the gate. This was perfect for the first start. Everything went as easy as it could." Country Club Acres, Joe Sbrocco, Richard Lombardo and Diamond Creek Racing campaign Downbytheseaside, a son of Somebeachsomewhere-Sprig Hanover who extended his career bankroll to $596,016. Downbytheseaside Their trainers indicated the next starts for Huntsville and Downbytheseaside likely will occur in two weeks in the PASS leg at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. Filibuster Hanover defeated both Huntsville and Downbytheseaside early last year. In fact, trainer Ron Burke once regarded him as the most promising 2-year-old in his stable. But the son of Somebeachsomewhere-Fashion Ecstasy became unfocused and willful as the year progressed and so was gelded. He was fast and professional Saturday, moving three wide into the final turn for Matt Kakaley and downing Point Somewherelse by 1-1/4 lengths in 1:52.2, with Candell third. "He's a lot smarter and way more manageable to drive," Kakaley said. "I think he has things figured out now. The front wasn't too good in the early races, so I just tried to get him in the middle where he could make a big move on the end." Filibuster Hanover has earned $133,309 for Burke Racing Stable, Joseph DiScala, Jr., J&T Silva Stables and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Filibuster Hanover $80,000 PA Stallion Series -- 3-Year-Old Colts & Geldings The Derby Day card also featured four $20,000 divisions of a PA Stallion Series event, with wins going to Cougar Bait, Independent One, Southwind Yukon and Kellys Bett. Mike Wilder (Cougar Bait, Kelly Bett) and trainer John Butenschoen (Cougar Bait, Independent One) enjoyed stake doubles. Cougar Bait was impressive in his seasonal debut, moving first over and grinding out a tough win in 1:55.4. Keystone Phoenix shot the Lightning Lane for second, 1-3/4 lengths back, while Cinnabar Dragon completed the ticket. "The rail today is real heavy, and he doesn't show a whole lot of gait speed," Wilder said. "I just kind of landed where I did and planned to move when they forced my hand. In the stretch, he just paced right off. That's not the ideal trip, but it sure didn't seem to bother him." Harmony Oaks Racing, Jeremey Day, Tangie Massey and VIP Internet Stable own Cougar Bait, a Western Terror-No One Is Along gelding. Southwind Yukon took the final of a late-closing series at The Meadows in his most recent outing, and he kept on rolling Saturday, retaking the lead for Dave Palone and defeating the hard-used Magritte by 1/2 length in 1:54.4. Iminurblindspot completed the ticket. "He's a big, lazy colt, only does what he has to," Palone said. "That's what I like best about him -- he's very easy on himself." Burke trains the son of Somebeachsomewhere-Southwind Solara for Burke Racing Stable, Larry Karr, Richard Suda and Weaver Bruscemi. Kellys Bett Southwind Yukon Independent One Cougar Bait The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

Two-year old harness racing World Champion and Dan Patch Award winner, Huntsville, is prepping for his 3 year old campaign at Goshen Historic Track in Goshen, New York.   The colt may be a Pennsylvania bred but he has New York connections all the way. He was bred by Ray Schnittker of Middletown New York & Charles Iannazzo of Tappan, New York , his co - owners, along with Ted Gewertz of New York, New York and Steve Arnold of Purchase, New York. He was raised at Steve Jones's Cameo Hills Farm in Montgomery, New York Huntsville's career began at the Meadowlands on June 4, 2016, he debuted with a winning effort in 1:54.2, with a last quarter in 26.3 . He marched through his 2 year old season by winning three Pa. Sire Stake events, including the final in 1:51.1. He headed to Lexington and won the Bluegrass in 1:53 and the following week at the Red Mile, he tied the World Record for 2 year old pacing colts, winning the International Stallion Stake in 1:49 After that it was back to the Meadowlands, where he won the Elimination and Final of the Breeders Crown, winning the final in 1:49.1 , a new track record for 2 year old pacing colts. On the season, he had 7 wins and 4 seconds, in 11 starts with earnings of $ 689,814 and was voted the 2 year old pacing colt of the year by USHWA According to trainer and co-owner Ray Schnittker, the colt's connections are aiming for the 2017 North America Cup at Mohawk Raceway in early June. "But prior to that Huntsville will probably make his first seasonal start in the Pennsylvania Sires Stakes on May 21," Schnittker said. "Of course we'll tune him up in qualifiers at the Meadowlands before he begins his 3-year-old season." Huntsville is by Somebeachsomewhere from Wild West Show by Western Hanover. Huntsville - Breeder's Crown by Steve Jones with John manzi for Goshen Historic Track

TORONTO, November 17 - Going for his seventh-consecutive harness racing win in his 11th start of the season, Huntsville headlines the $520,000 Governors Cup Final on Saturday night at Woodbine Racetrack. The homebred Somebeachsomewhere colt for owner-trainer Ray Schnittker and Charles Iannazzo, owned along with partners Steven Arnold and Ted Gewertz, has amassed $603,234 in earnings this season, taking a mark of 1:49 at The Red Mile in a division of the International Stallion Stakes. "We had two other colts, both were [by] Somebeach[somewhere], but they just never finished their last hundred feet," Schnittker said. "Both of those horses had about $350,000, $400,000 made, but they never had that pop. [Huntsville] was second at Chester the one day; he got shuffled into the last turn and was still big enough to come home in a [1]:51 mile; he showed me he might have what it takes." Most of Huntsville's wins this year have come on the lead, with his effort in the Breeders Crown elimination being one of his few off-the-pace performances. Huntsville in Breeder's Crown "He's pretty nice to drive," Schnittker said. "He can leave, sit a hole, and he's very comfortable. He really feels like he wants to get by at the end of the mile; towards the wire." Huntsville's 1:49.1 victory in the $600,000 Breeders Crown Two-Year-Old Colt and Gelding Pace was his last start heading into the Governors Cup, as no eliminations were necessary. "I've had enough races the way these have been going," Schnittker said. "Other than that race in the mud [at The Red Mile in a Bluegrass division], every race he has been in or has gone [1]:51 or better. Those miles start beating up on them, but so far he has been taking them pretty well. "We trained him in a mile of [1]:57 at Goshen, and are more or less trying to keep an edge on him. He's probably as sharp as he's ever going to get right now; it's hard to keep him this good this long." Tim Tetrick will drive Huntsville from post position two. "The way they cross the track at Woodbine I don't think post matters that much," Schnittker said. "If we were at the Meadowlands, I'd like [post] two a lot better, but I think Woodbine's pretty fair that way." The Governor's Cup will be Huntsville's last race this season. "I haven't really looked at the schedule [for next year], but he's going to get a good eight to ten weeks off," said Schnittker. "We'll bring him back when he's ready." Ray Cotolo for WEG Communications      

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