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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      

East Rutherford, N.J. - Huntsville ($3.60) used a bold middle move to secure command in a fast pace before heading off two challengers--including rival Downbytheseaside--to capture the $600,000 Breeders Crown for harness racing 2-year-old pacing colts and geldings in 1:49.1, missing the stakes record by a fifth of a second. Tim Tetrick settled the son of Somebeachsomewhere and Wild West Show into midfield early on, remaining in the two-path before accelerating to clear Downbytheseaside (David Miller) with nine-sixteenths to go. Unfazed by a strenuous :54.1 first half mile, Huntsville would be pressed through a :27.4 third quarter by the first-over Filibuster Hanover (Brett Miller), turning him aside before facing a late challenge from Downbytheseaside, who found room to vacate the pegs and make a late bid upon cornering for home. Despite Downbytheseaside's ability to push to within half a length in mid-stretch, Huntsville responded at first asking to repel that foe, edging away to prevail by two lengths. Downbytheseaside held second, and Miso Fast (Matt Kakaley) rallied from third-over to take third. Trainer Ray Schnittker, who shares ownership with Ted Gewertz, Charles Iannazzo, and Steven Arnold, was worried by the fast pace, but his 7-time winner quelled any concerns in the last yards. "I got a little concerned at the :54.1 half, and around the last turn, I said 'Well, let's separate the men from the boys,' and he was the man." Huntsville has one more dance for his freshman campaign before coming back at three. "He's got the Governor's Cup up in Canada, and that will be it [for the season]," concluded Schnittker. The win with Huntsville earned Tetrick his second Breeders Crown title of the weekend. by James Witherite, Meadowlands

Charlie Iannazzo is optimistic about the future of his 2-year-old male pacer Huntsville, but knows that success at the harness racing division's top level won't come easily. "So far, this guy looks like a monster," said Iannazzo, who bred Huntsville with trainer Ray Schnittker and owns the colt with Schnittker, Ted Gewertz, and Steve Arnold. "He just looks like the real deal. "But there are a lot of good horses with a lot of good trainers out there. It's a very tough division. He's going to be in a tough race every race. That's why we're taking it one race at a time." Huntsville's next race is Wednesday in a $47,468 division of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes at The Meadows. And it looks like a tough race. Five of the six horses in the field already have won a race and as a group the six horses have combined to finish first or second in nine of 11 starts. Tim Tetrick will drive Huntsville for Schnittker. Huntsville, who debuted with a second-place finish by a length to Filibuster Hanover in a division of the Pennsylvania All-Stars and then won by a neck over Downbytheseaside in 1:51.4 in a sire stakes split at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, is the 5-2 morning line favorite. Jimmy Takter-trained Blood Line, this season's fastest 2-year-old with a mark of 1:51.3, is the 3-1 second choice followed by Brian Brown's Downbytheseaside at 7-2 and Ron Burke's Filibuster Hanover at 4-1. Huntsville is a son of Somebeachsomewhere out of the mare Wild West Show. He is a full brother to stakes-winners Cowboy Terrier and Stevensville. The family also includes stakes-winner Northern Luck. "He's big and strong," Iannazzo said of Hunstville, whose training regimen, like other Schnittker horses, includes swimming. "In his last start, Timmy took him off the gate and then with a big brush circled the field (on his way to a :27 third quarter). He looked like a freight train because of his size. "He's just a tremendously well-built and conformed colt. He's racing like he looks the part. I'm very encouraged." Huntsville's stakes schedule includes the Bluegrass, Breeders Crown, Governor's Cup, International Stallion, and Keystone Classic. He was eligible to last weekend's Sheppard Pace at Yonkers, but Iannazzo said the colt was not entered to focus on his upcoming sire stakes slate. As it turned out, another horse from the Schnittker Stable, Summer Side, won the Sheppard. Wednesday's four Pennsylvania Sire Stakes divisions also feature early-season speedsters The Wall (mark of 1:51.4), Fear The Dragon (1:52.2), and Beach House (1:52.4). The Wall, another Takter trainee, is the 5-2 morning line favorite in the fourth division, where Rich Gillock's Beach House is the 7-2 second choice. Brown's Fear The Dragon is the 2-1 pick in the second division while Christopher Choate's Western Joe is the 5-2 favorite in the opening division. "With the talent of the 2-year-old pacing colts in Pennsylvania, it's going to take an exceptional horse to outperform them," Iannazzo said. "Right now, we're very positive. I'm looking forward to Wednesday. The next few races will tell us a lot. But we're looking forward to something special." For a look at Wednesday's complete card at The Meadows, which begins at 1 p.m., click here. Ken Weingartner Media Relations Manager Harness Racing Communications

Summers Windsong (RC Royalty) scored a career best victory in Thursday's featured race at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. On an afternoon that felt more like summer than fall, Summers Windsong cruised to a wire-to-wire win in the $10,500 feature for New York Sired trotters. Phil Fluet catch drove the three year old for trainer Ray Schnittker and moved the favored filly out to the early lead. On a day in which temperatures approached the 70 degree mark in Saratoga Springs, Summers Windsong never had an anxious moment en route to a career best 1:57.3 score. It was the third win of the season for the filly who recently returned from a stint at Plainridge racing in Massachusetts Stakes competition. Fluet prevailed in both of his drives on Thursday as his Eternal Prince scored in wire-to-wire fashion on the afternoon card. Live racing continues on Friday night at Saratoga with first post time set for 6:45pm. Mike Sardella

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