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Harness Racing Driver Hannah Miller and Rev It Now teamed-up again this time winning the $14,000 Final of the North American Amateur Drivers Association's Trotting Series at Yonkers Raceway on Thursday, May 14. Once again Miler sat cool and collective while trailing the leaders until the final turn where she revved-up Rev It Now and the veteran Revenue S gelding rallied for a 2:01.3 victory winning by a head over Wygant Prince and driver Paul Minore. One-half farther length back in third place was Tony Verusso with Flirting Duezy. It marked the sixth time that Miller had reined Rev It Now to victory in the NAADA Series and for the hot-handed lady she now has 11 wins, 6 seconds and one third in 28 seasonal starts which equates to a .524 UDR. As he has done in the majority of his races lately Rev It Now started slowly from post four and was next to last at the quarter where pace-setter Tagmaster (Bob Hechkoff) tripped the timer in :29.4 despite being challenged from command by Starsaboveallerage (Steve Oldford). But Oldford wasn't alone on the limb. Trailing him was Bad I Am (Alan Schwartz) while Minore was snuggled in along the pylons in second position behind the leader, Tagmaster. When the field headed toward the first quarter Miller moved Rev It Now out third-over and sat comfortably following those in front of her. "With two tiers of horses in front of me I decided that I better move out third-over so not to get boxed in later in the mile," Miller said. Up the backside Schwartz moved three-deep and the field bunched-up heading into the final turn. It was there that Miller got after her trotter and she moved him to the far outside on the turn and when they straightened for home Rev It Up was 'flying' on the far outside. Still some three lengths behind at the top of the lane Miller hustled Rev It Now and they passed the leaders and rallied for a neck victory over Wygant Prince, who never saw daylight until mid-stretch. "He's a grinder and we went a long mile but we had cover all the way," Miller said referring to her journey with Rev It Now. "On the final turn I got him fired up and he was the strong horse in the deep stretch. He's a classy ole guy who knows when he's heading for home. We really get along good together." The winner is co-owned by her driver, her dad Erv Miller and her proud boyfriend, Nick Surick, who doubles as the horse's trainer. Although he didn't have a mount in the series finale NAADA president Joe Faraldo was on hand overseeing the final event and was pleased with the outcome and complementary of Hannah Miller. "It was a real good race and an exciting one, too, with just 2/5ths of a second separating the first five finishers. All in all it was a good series. "And 'Hurricane Hannah' stuck it to the boys again. She comes from a family of horse people and she certainly knows her way around the race track. We're really going to need her when we host the amateurs from Spain in an international competition in early June" The North American Amateur Drivers Association makes it their business to donate money to worthwhile charities. Recently they made substantial donations to the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation in 2013 and to the Susan B Komen Breast Cancer Foundation last season. "After our Trotting Series this fall we'll make another donation to charitable organization," Faraldo added. John Manzi

Hot Shot Blue Chip has returned. Where he goes from here remains to be seen, but harness racing trainer Jonas Czernyson is happy to have the mercurial trotter back in his barn. It is a much better place for the 9-year-old gelding than out in his fields. Hot Shot Blue Chip, a multiple-stakes-winner with $1.20 million in career purse earnings, last raced in August 2013 and was retired in early 2014 because of a knee injury. But Hot Shot Blue Chip failed to enjoy his newfound leisure time, so Czernyson decided to bring him back for some work on the training track. "He was getting mean to the other horses he was turned out with, he was kicking at people," Czernyson said. "I said let's bring him in and put him back in training and see what happens. We did that in the beginning of February and slowly I got him trained down. He kept on going and kept on going. "It started out just as something to do because he was so bored being at the farm. That's why I brought him in. I saw that he was sound before I brought him in; the others were galloping in the field and he was trotting in the field. I said we'd give him a chance." Hot Shot Blue Chip, owned by Tom Dillon, progressed so well that Czernyson put him in a qualifier Thursday at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. With Scott Zeron handling the driving, Hot Shot Blue Chip sat in sixth place for most of the mile before coming home with a :28.2 final quarter-mile to post a 1:56 win. "He qualified pretty good and he came out of it OK," Czernyson said. "Now we're going to see what the next step is. We haven't gotten that far yet because we didn't know what he was going to do. "He likes to be a race horse, so whatever class we have to race him, that's where he's going to go," Czernyson added. "He's not staked to anything, so he's not going to make it back to be a stakes horse. He's going to tell us where he should race. But I'm never going to put him in a claimer and he's never going to leave my barn. Me and Tom have an agreement on that. He's going to stay here and be our pet." Hot Shot Blue Chip did not require surgery for his injury, but needed time to heal. "It was a bone in the knee, it wasn't in the joint or anything, and everyone just said he needed more time," Czernyson said. "But when you have an 8-year-old, it's tough to give him time. So we gave him a year off and it looks like it's healed." Hot Shot Blue Chip, a son of Revenue S-Hustle N Muscle, has been known for his inconsistent performances on the racetrack. He went off stride in nine of the 20 most lucrative starts of his career - including the Hambletonian, Kentucky Futurity and two editions of the Breeders Crown - but was talented enough to win the 2012 Credit Winner Stakes and 2012 Pride In Progress. He defeated Chapter Seven, Arch Madness and Mister Herbie in the Credit Winner while establishing his career mark of 1:51.2. In addition, he finished second in the 2010 Breeders Crown Open, 2011 Pride In Progress and two editions of the Allerage Farms Open Trot. He also finished third in several stakes, including two editions of the Maple Leaf Trot. "He always gives all he has - or runs," Czernyson said with a laugh. "But that's Hot Shot. I took the hobbles off of him (for Thursday's qualifier) because he runs with them too. There was no need to have him running in hobbles. And he looks nicer that way." For his career, Hot Shot Blue Chip has won 21 of 82 races. Time will tell whether he can add to that total. "He filled out nicely; he looks as good as he did before," Czernyson said. "He's a nice horse to have around. I'm excited about it. I'm happy to have him back." by Ken Weingartner Harness Racing Communications USTA

Pompano Beach, FL...May 6, 2015...Senorita Santanna, a bridesmaid to Godiva Seelster in their last two encounters, finally conquered her nemisis on Wednesday night (May 6) in Pompano Park's $10,000 Open Handicap Pace for Mares, stopping the clock in 1:53.4.   The five year-old daughter of Santanna Blue Chip, off as second choice at 5 to 2 and handled this night by Kevin Wallis, was away alertly, as usual, before yielding to Godiva Seelster, off at 1 to 5, with Wally Hennessey handling her lines, around the first turn and stalking that one through fractions of :27.3, :57.2 and 1:25.4.   Tilting out turning for home, Senorita Santanna began gnawing away at Godiva, drawing on even terms a sixteenth out and then on to a victory measuring three-parts-of-a-length.   Just Fine, longest chance on the board at 65 to 1, teamed up with Mickey McNichol to be thirdfour lengths away, while Artful Impulse finished fourth. Mach Me Not picked up the minors in the field of seven.   In a post race interview, driver Kevin Wallis related, "I had driven this mare before around the first of the year and won with her a couple of times so I knew of her talent. She has early speed so she left right out and I really didn't want to get in any speed duel early with a mare with the credentials of Wally's (Hennessey) mare (Godiva Seelster). He (Hennessey) rated her well to the half so I didn't know if I would be able to get by her off that, but my mare responded very well when asked and she must have paced her final quarter under :28 (actually :27.4) to get by."   Trained by Joe Sanzeri for the J L Benson Stables, Senorita Santanna won for the fifth time in 17 starts this year, sending her seasonal bankroll to just short of $50,000--$48,170 to be precise. She's banked $160,156 lifetime.   She returned a $7.00 mutuel to her faithful.   Godiva Seelster, by the way, with her second place finish, extended her streak of earning checks to 53, covering her every start as a three year-old, four-year-old and, thus far, five year-old.   In the companion $10,000 Open Handicap for Trotters, Count Speed extended his win skein to four with a 1:55.3 win for driver Wally Hennessey.   Trained by Dan Hennessey for owners Paul and Patricia O'Neil, the Majestic Son six year-old did not have the easiest of journeys as he went searching for the lead early, only to be out-scooted from the get-go by, first, Illusionsndreams (Andy Santeramo), and, then, Gold Savage (Mickey McNichol) through an opening panel of :27.2 with Count Speed's main rival, Increditable, handled by Kevin Wallis, finding a cozy spot in fourth after starting from the outside nine post.   But Count Speed kept pressing on, taking command halfway through the mile in :56.2 with Gold Savage second, Illusionsndreams third and Increditable fourth but on the move heading into the final turn.   With the three-quarters on the board in 1:25.2, Count Speed turned for home with a lead of 1 1/2 lengths but, through the lane, no serious threats developed and Count Speed hit the wire with that same margin over the late charging Increditable with Gold Savage third and Jailhouse Jessica rallying late for fourth. Illusionsndreams did pick up the nickel in the nine horse field.   After the event, Hennessey said, "This was not an easy trip...but, when you have an outside post with what seems to be your main rival one notch out, there is no choice but to keep pressing on. It was a pretty demanding 1:25.2 three quarters for him but, I guess it was a demanding three quarters for the others near the top, as well. He's (Count Speed) in very sharp form now and that's what got him through this one tonight."   For Count Speed, it was his fourth win--all consecutive--in six starts, good for bounty of $17,220 this semester. He's banked $215,620 lifetime.   As the 5 to 2 second choice in the betting, Count Speed paid $7.20 to win.   Other notable performances on Wednesday night were put in by My Revenuer, Cheap N Easy and Looney Dune.   My Revenuer, driven by Tom Sells for owner-trainer Tom Petri, "exploded" by his rivals in the stretch to score a 4 1/4 length in the $7,500 Open 2 Trot, defeating Goldstar Classic and Wally Hennessey in a season's best 1:55.3.   Ex King and Andy Santeramo rallied to finish third while Tyrone Showstopper was fourth after cutting panels of :27.2, :56.4 and 1:26.3. The Muscler picked up the final award in the field of nine.   My Revenuer, a seven year-old son of Revenue S, won for the second time this season--20th win lifetime--to send his 2015 earnings to $22,821. He's banked $156,596 lifetime.   As the 2 to 1 second choice, My Revenuer paid $6.20 to win.   Cheap N Easy, a seven year-old daughter of Cam's Card Shark, came into the action in her conditioned pace for mares with a mark of 1:52.2 set three season's ago at the seven-eighths Vernon Downs oval. She went into the Pompano Park winner's circle with a new mark--1:51.2--after leading at every pole--:26.4, :54.4 and 1:23--along the way.   Trained by Fred Cohen for Melvin Fink and Clifford Grundy, Cheap N Easy won for the 48th time during her career to send her lifetime bounty to $239,669.   Cheap N Easy was 3 to 5 on the tote-board and returned $3.40.   Looney Dune also recorded a new lifetime mark--1:52.1--in her conditioned pace for mares.   The Bettor's Delight seven year-old, trained by Jack Mc Neil III for owner Ellen Mc Neil, was driven by Ben Mc Neil and also led throughout the proceedings, carding fractions of :27.1, :55.4 and 1:23.3 before repelling the stout challenge of Taylor B Swift and driver Wally Hennessey turning for home and finishing off her opponents with her :28.3 finale.   Della Bea finished third for Bruce Ranger while DVC Kahlua Breeze and Goldstar Rcokette picked up the final two awards in the field of 10.   Second choice in the betting, Looney Dune paid $6.80 to win.   In Pompano Park's Super Hi-5, long shot Track Girl (12 to 1) keyed a 4-1-5-3-6 winning combination paying $211.16 to 20 astute handicappers for their 20 cent investment, sending the carryover to Saturday night's program over the $190,000 mark.   The track also announced that there will be a mandatory payout of the Super Hi-5 on Wednesday, May 20, provided no single winner cashes in prior to then.   Saturday night post time is set at 7:30 p.m with the Super Hi-5 carded as the final race on the card.   by John Berry for Pompano Park    

WASHINGTON, PA, May 5, 2015 -- Unefoisdansmavie had to battle for the early lead, but she was strong once on top, capturing her second straight  harness racing victory in Tuesday's $18,000 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Boo's Party Girl stung Unefoisdansmavie in a 28 opening panel and stalked her from the pocket. But the 8-year-old daughter of Revenue S-Peace To The World responded to Dave Palone's urging in the lane, downing Boo's Party Girl by 3/4 lengths in 1:55.1. Catching Katie rallied for show. Ron Burke trains Unefoisdansmavie, who extended her career bankroll to $512,962, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Jack Piatt III. Tony Hall piloted three winners on the 14-race card. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, May 4, 2015 -- Tall Cotton lulled the field with a sleepy second quarter, then scorched the back half in 56 to capture Monday's harness racing $18,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Tall Cotton, who shares The Meadows' all-age trotting record of 1:51.3, made an easy lead and enjoyed comfortable fractions of 28/57.4. Dave Palone turned him loose down the backside, and the 9-year-old Revenue S-B Cor Peatra gelding blew the race open, scoring by 1-3/4 lengths in 1:53.4. TSM Photo Bugger rallied for second while the first-over Trustworthy Kid earned show. Ron Burke trains Tall Cotton, who now boasts $637,131 in career earnings, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Edwin Gold and Howard Taylor. Elsewhere on the card, Roger Hammer collected career driving victory 3,999 with Camturo Beach, a 5-year-old Somebeachsomewhere-Camturo gelding he owns and trains. Mike Wilder piloted three winners on the 14-race program. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, May 2, 2015 -- Melady's Monet bounced back from a 55-length loss to capture the inaugural $62,100 The Meadows Maturity for harness racing stallions and geldings four and up Saturday at The Meadows and reclaim his spot as one of the sport's top older trotters. Melady's Monet was rolling along on a three-race winning streak -- all in the Open Handicap at The Meadowlands -- when things went awry on April 10 and John Campbell was forced to ease him. "He's an incredible animal; he's a weird horse," said Kevin McDermott, who trains the 6-year-old Revenue S-Keystone Melady gelding for Melady Enterprises. "If you take him out of his program, he ties up . . . He could have lost by 10 lengths that night, but John is a pro. He did what was best for the horse." The connections withdrew Melady's Monet from consideration for an Elitlopp invitation because of the long trip. But they risked the journey to the Meadows, and all systems were go. "We shipped him out here yesterday," McDermott said, "and we made sure his tie-up numbers were great." Leaving from post 4, Campbell waited for the field to settle before moving Melady's Monet to the front. He easily deflected the first-over challenge of Rose Run Parker, a 4-year-old conditioned by Ron Burke, and drew off to triumph by 4 lengths in 1:53. Classicality rallied for second while Madewell Hanover earned show. Burke's other contender, the 2014 New York Sires Stakes champion sophomore Gural Hanover, who was making his seasonal debut, never got involved and finished sixth. With the victory, Melady's Money boasts $497,508 in career earnings. $183,216 Adios Betty The Kentucky Derby Day card also featured the Adios Betty, a $183,216 Pennsylvania Sires Stake for sophomore filly pacers, with Safe From Terror, Storm Point and Serious Filly each taking a division. Burke enjoyed a stakes double with Safe From Terror and Storm Point. Safe From Terror clocked the fastest split when she charged from the pocket in the lane for Matt Kakaley to overtake the leader, Triple V Hanover, and defeat her by a neck in 1:52.1, a lifetime mark. Ginger Tree Alexis earned show. Our Horse Cents Stables, Stable 45, and J&T Silva Stables campaign Safe From Terror, a daughter of Western Terror-In A Safe Place who is a half-sister of the venerable Foiled Again. "She has a long way to go before she's like Foiled Again," Kakaley said, "but she's a little sweetheart. With a trip like that, she'll get the job done." Storm Point rated patiently in fourth for Dave Palone and Black Horse Racing, brushing in the stretch to score in 1:52.3, fastest of her career. Somewhere Sweet raced well first over for second, with Seeking Nirvana third. "She has a little bit of greenness," Palone said, "but she's very intelligent in a race." Serious Filly was just that, launching a serious uncovered bid from fifth that carried her to victory for Mike Wilder in 1:53.2. Arts Jem finished second, beaten a head, while Southwind Roulette, Pennsylvania's 2014 freshman champion, paced awkwardly through the Lightning Lane and settled for third. "She can grind for a long way," said winning trainer Brian Brown. "She's better at grinding than sprinting. You saw her put in a few steps today. When I get that straightened out, she'll be a good filly." Emerald Highlands Farm bred and owns the daughter of Somebeachsomewhere-Seriously. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

Hannah Miller sat a pocket and waited until the long homestretch to send Rev It Now to a 2:00.4 victory in her division of the North American Amateur Drivers Association's trotting series sixth leg presented at Yonkers Raceway on Thursday, April 16. And although Alan Schwartz used an overland journey from the half with Bad I Am he sparked similar results in their 2:00.3 triumph. For Ms. Miller it marked her third consecutive victory in the NAADA series after having been victorious at Monticello Raceway and Freehold Raceway in previous weeks. In her $6000 non-wagering split, Miller appeared to have the best trotter in the race and like she has done often this season, she gave Rev It Now a picture-prefect drive. She waited patiently in a pocket until the homestretch at which point she urged her trotter to overtake the pace-setter, Gimme The Loot, driven Joe Faraldo, and then hold off a late charge by Tony Verruso with Sam's Honeybee. At the wire Rev It Now was a solid one-length winner over Sam's Honeybee who photo-ed out Gimme The Loot for the place money. The 9-year old altered son of Revenue S is owned by Miller, her boyfriend, Nick Surick and her dad, Erv Miller. Schwartz, too, has been hot-handed of late with three wins in his last five starts. The 68 year old former Marine, is also one of the sport's top amateur drivers,currently with 580 career wins. In his division Schwartz left softly from the four-hole and as the field neared the halfway point he had Bad I Am out following the cover on the limb provided by Steve Oldford with Starsaboveallerage. Oldford's trotter cleared the pace-setter, Tagmaster (Bob Hechkoff), before the final turn and then braced for Schwartz with Bad I Am. Starsaboveallerage was determined by Bad I Am wore him down in the final strides to score a head victory. SF Ciro with Matt Zuccurello at the lines, finished third, some 4 lengths behind the top two. For Bad I Am, it marked the trotter's fourth win in his last five starts. The 4 year old Prayer I Am gelding, is owned by his driver. Still the buzz is all about Hannah Miller. Not since Jordan Stratton displayed his talents in the amateur ranks has anyone opened the eyes of the railbirds as does Miller. The 23 year old female phenom now has won four of her last five starts and she will be counted on the bolster the United States team in the upcoming U.S.A- French Amateur Competition which gets underway on Tuesday, April 21 at Yonkers Raceway. For that matter so will Schwartz who has driven successfully in amateur competitions in many of the European countries, as well as Canada and New Zealand. John Manzi

By now Hannah Miller is used to competing against the boys. And since she's among the few female amateur drivers in the United States she more than holds her own against her harness racing counterparts. At Freehold Raceway on Saturday afternoon in a leg of the North American Amateur Drivers Association's (NAADA) trotting series Ms. Miller wore down the pace-setter and then held off a late charge by the betting favorite to score a hard fought head victory with Rev It Now in a time of 2:01.. After the race got underway Ms. Miller allowed Rev It Now to coast away from the gate and watched Tagmaster ( Bob Hechkoff) and Wygant Prince (Paul Minore) circle them on the first turn. At the first panel, which was trotted in :29.1, Tagmaster had command followed closely by Wygant Prince. Miller was content to be in third position at that point, but when Hechkoff grabbed leather she was out and moving while Minore chose to stay put in the cat-bird seat. Still third at the halfway point Miller's veteran trotter kept grinding toward the lead but they were second on the limb at the three quarters. However the only lead Miller's charge had came at the wire after Rev it Up trotted by Tagmaster in mid-stretch and then held off the late rally by Wygant Prince to score a head triumph over Minore's trotter. Rev It Now, a 9 year old altered son of Revenue S is owned by her driver along with the Nick Surick and the Erv Miller Stables. Sent off as second choice in the wagering Rev It Now paid $6.40 to win. Watching all the action in that contest while himself chasing the leaders and finishing fifth with Gimme The Loot, NAADA president Joe Faraldo said he is impressed with Hannah Miller's talent. "Being Erv Miller's daughter she has good breeding," Faraldo said jokingly. "I mean,she grew up in the sport and she has solid knowledge of harness racing. And she drives a horse really well, too. However, she'll be moving up in class later this month when NAADA hosts the French Amateur Drivers in an international competition. Hannah will get to compete against another top female driver and the reigning French Amateur Champion, Sophie Blanchetiere whose won over 350 races. We're counting on Hannah to bolster our NAADA team in that competition." John Manzi for NAADA  

Pompano Beach, FL...March 15, 2015...She's All In, driven by harness racing owner-trainer Rick Plano, pulled off a mild (7 to 1) upset in the $12,000 Open Trot for mares on Sunday night at Pompano Park.   The six year-old daughter of Revenue S enjoyed a picture perfect garden journey before tipping out at thr head of the lane, wearing down the leader Blushing Hanover and then holding off the late surging Jailhouse Jessica, driven by Bruce Ranger, to score by a length-and-a-half.   Mc Tiny's Hope rallied for third for Ben Mc Neil while Blushing Hanover finished fourth, just a nose ahead of Trot Fudge Sundae in the septet.   At the outset, the 34-1 outside Blushing Hanover, handled by Mickey Mc Nichol, was away alertly along with She's All In, the latter ducking in right behind the leader and continuing that way through panels of :27.4, :58.3 and 1:26.3 with Saint Patty's Doll third at that station, Trot Fudge Sundae next but stalled a bit through that picked up third quarter, Sweet As Music double-bubbled, Mc Tiny's Hope next with nowhere to go and Jailhouse Jessica looking for some room to roam.   Turning for home, She's All In left the coziness of the pocket, surged on by and held safe late.   After the event, driver Rick Plano said, "She had started to give hints the last couple of starts and, tonight, everything jelled for her. Bruce's mare (Jailhouse Jessica) must've had some road trouble because I expected her to be there...and she was, just a little late! My mare was good tonight but luck was on our side, too, that's for sure."   She's All In won for the second time this season--22nd lifetime--to send her seasonal bounty to $17,735 and $177,519 lifetime.   As fifth choice in the wagering, She's All In paid $16.80 to win.   In the $10,000 "Pop-Up" Final, Ed Hensley's Speed Hanover turned the tables on last week's winner, Dream Lake, and wired the latter along with six others with a lifetime best 1:55 performance--his margin 1 3/4 lengths at the wire.   Oaklea Sydney was third, 11 lengths away, with BSMaximummoondream fourth and Famous Legs overcoming the outside eight post in picking up the nickel.   At the outset, both Dream Lake (Matt Romano) and Speed Hanover left with alacrity to vie for early supremacy with Speed Hanover gaining the top around turn one and traveling to an opening panel in :27.3. Once on top, Hensley's charge lolly-gagged over to the half in :57.4 and, deterring any backside threats, picked up the pace with a :28.4 third panel keeping Dream Lake still in the garden spot with no other challengers within three lengths.   In the lane, Speed Hanover, on his own, picked up the pace a tick or two even faster, completing his mile in :28.2 for the handy score.   In a post race interview, Hensley said, "I just got him (by claim) about a month ago and I figured he was a solid trotter that could always go in (1):56 and a piece. This mile pleasantly surprised me...as I didn't think he was going at a (1):55 rate--he was doing it so easily."   For this eight year-old son of Cantab Hall, it was his initial victory of the year in nine starts, sending his seasonal earnings to $10,829. He's banked $218,934 lifetime with his prior mark being 1:56.4 over the Saratoga half miler two seasons back.   As the even money tote-board favorite, Speed Hanover paid $4.00 to win.   In Pompano Park's Super Hi-5, the 10-7-8-1-3 combo produced eight winning 20 cent tickets sending the carryover to Monday's Hi-=5 finale close to $44,000.   Post time for the Monday extravaganza is 7:30 p.m.   John Berry reporting for Pompano Park

East Rutherford, NJ - Friday night, March 6 at The Meadowlands saw Melady's Monet overcome an uncovered trip in blustery conditions to return to his winning ways in the $27,500 Open Handicap trot. Driver John Campbell used a quick backstretch move around cloggers and trotted right up to race favorite DW's NY Yank as that one eased through a :59 middle half. Once Melady's Monet headed the leader, he kicked home in a powerful 26.3 for the 1:52.4 score. Lindy's Tru Grit rallied late to pick up the place and DW's NY Yank held the show. Melady's Monet had won five of six starts earlier in the meet.  He briefly went to the sidelines in January with what trainer Kevin McDermott described as a quarter crack.  The gelded son of Revenue S returned in spectacular fashion, defeating the top class of trotters by three lengths with a powerful stretch drive.  He seemed to tail off from there, finishing a dull fifth in his next start before a sick scratch and a fourth place finish one week ago.  But tonight, Melady's Monet returned to his best form, equaling his seasonal mark of 1:52.4 with the compelling victory. Kevin McDermott trains the winner for Melady Enterprises, LLC of Pompano Beach FLA.  The connections of Melady's Monet have staked him to the Meadowlands Free For All Trot Stake Program, including the Arthur Cutler Memorial, John Cashman Memorial and TVG Free For All Trotting Championship. Corey Callahan scored three wins on the program as his winter to remember continues.  Callahan is currently the leading money winning driver in the country and sits third in the race for most wins. Andy and Julie Miller teamed up for a pair of wins on the program, as did Jim Marohn Jr., who is having a breakout season at The Meadowlands and Rob Harmon. The fifth race $.20 cent Jackpot Super Hi-5 returned $4,824 for two winning tickets, but the jackpot remains unclaimed with a carryover into the Saturday program of $44,210.71.  The 13th race Jackpot also carried over into the Saturday program.  That carryover now stands at $154,649. The 13-race Saturday program consists of the second round of the Buddy Gilmour series, which features the intriguing match-up of Wiggle It JiggleIt against National Seelster. Post time is 7:15 P.M. Darin Zoccali

Melady's Monet is painting a picture of success this winter at the Meadowlands and the 6-year-old trotter's connections hope his artistry continues into the upcoming stakes season. But no matter what decisions the horse's connections make in the future, they will be secondary to the choices that led to his present. Melady's Monet, who has won five of six starts since arriving at the Meadowlands in November and is the 4-5 morning line favorite in Friday's open handicap, is a son of stallion Revenue S out of the mare Keystone Melady. The mare was owned by Luca and Ester Balenzano when she suffered a career-ending fracture at Pompano Park two days before Christmas 2005. The injury was severe and veterinarians recommended euthanizing Keystone Melady, but Luca Balenzano wanted to try to save the mare. Keystone Melady underwent successful surgery and the Balenzanos decided to keep her as a broodmare. "She was special, she really was," Ester Balenzano said. "She would always give you everything she had every time she raced. We were told to put her down (following the accident) but Luca wouldn't stand for it. "It really is a miracle." The couple's first two breeding attempts resulted in one horse making it to the races, but little success. The Balenzanos were ready to give up on the idea, but friend Tom Faulhaber suggested breeding the mare to Revenue S. The result was Melady's Monet. "It was getting to the point where we said we were getting too old for this and maybe we should adopt her out, (but) we thought we'd give it one more shot," Ester said. "We were lucky enough to get (Melady's Monet). He is a blessing." Melady's Monet has won 24 of 88 career races and earned $420,183 for the Balenzanos' Melady Enterprises LLC. As a 3-year-old, then in the stable of trainer Taylor Gower, the trotter won the New Jersey Sire Stakes Green Acres championship at Freehold and in subsequent seasons found success in the open handicaps at Yonkers. In September, Melady's Monet arrived in the stable of trainer Kevin McDermott. In his first start for McDermott, the gelding finished second to Bee A Magician in a conditioned handicap at Harrah's Philadelphia, kicking off a string of 13 races in which he has finished worse than second only once. He established his career mark of 1:52 in November at the Big M. "Amy Allen at Gilcrest Training Center broke him for me," Ester said. "She did a fabulous job and from the very beginning she said to me that this is one special colt. "It's been unbelievable to see him blossom the way he has. Not that I ever had a doubt, but you never think your horse fits in with the upper open trotters. I know right now he's not racing with all the top-caliber trotters, but (driver) Tim Tetrick said he belongs with the best and we should stake him to the top races this year." The plan is to keep Melady's Monet near McDermott's base in New Jersey, but make the horse eligible to events such as the TVG Free For All Series, John Cashman Jr. Memorial and Crawford Farms Trot. "I want to keep him at home," Ester said. "I really don't want to ship him. I'm very protective of him. I don't just think of this year; I hope he's another Arch Madness. I want to race him until he's 8, 9, 10. I always tell Kevin, I want to protect this horse. "I plan on giving him a little time off in the spring. I want him to be fresh for the races that are coming up in the late spring and early summer." Melady's Monet enters Friday's open handicap off a three-length victory over Take My Picture in 1:55.1 on Jan. 30 at the Meadowlands. It was the horse's first start in 28 days, a layoff necessitated by a quarter crack. "The owners wanted to give him time and get him right," McDermott said. "He's been a different horse since. The owners deserve all the credit. They love this horse. They did right by saving the mare and they deserve what they got. "He's just an incredible horse." by Ken Weingartner, for Harness Racing Communications

The trotter that had stolen the show this winter at The Meadowlands had been conspicuous by his absence for the last four weeks. Melady's Monet had not been seen since winning the top-level trot on January 2nd. Harness racing trainer Kevin McDermott reported the gelding suffered a quarter crack and was given time to heal and freshen up. There was no evidence of any lingering affects of that quarter crack Friday night at The Meadowlands. Sent off as the 4/5 favorite, the Revenue S gelding was allowed to settle in last in the field of seven and remained there as the field rolled through tepid fractions of 28.2 and 57.1, established by Modest Prince. Still last turning for home through three-quarters of 1:25.1, Melady's Monet saw Lindy's Tru Grit, who he was tracking the outer flow go off-stride directly in front of him. That was no problem either as the Tim Tetrick driven trotter towered up and powered home through the stretch while Tetrick remained motionless at all times to win going away into extremely strong headwinds, completing the mile in 1:55.1. Take My Picture rallied to be second while Team Six raced well uncovered finishing third. Melady's Monet is trained by Kevin McDermott for Melady Enterprises LLC. The Dash For The "C" Notes for trotters returned Friday night at The Meadowlands as well, featuring six divisions, providing very competitive racing as only a win in your division guaranteed a spot in the $25,000 Final next week. The remaining four finalists are to be drawn by lot from the second place finishers in the six divisions. The divisional winners were Captain Primeau (1:57.3 - Pierce), Perfect Picture (1:57.3 - Pierce), My Muscleman (1:55.3 - B. Miller), Bluebird Kidsqueen (1:56.4 - Abbatiello), Rock Of Cashel (1:55.3 - Richardson) and Scorcher Hall (1:56 - A. Miller). The second place finishers were comprised of Walltocousins, Mr Fenwick, Grey Ice, Worth The Money As, Most Wanted Lindy and Lauderdale. Four of these six runner-up trotters will complete the field of 10 for the $25,000 "C" Note Final next week, with the four being drawn by lot. Both Jackpot Super Hi-5's went unclaimed, with the fifth race carryover at $4,611.57 and the last race carryover standing at $76,077.56. Racing resumes on Saturday with first post time at 7:15 P.M. Darin Zoccali

Tina Duer's Chinese Cuisine continued a record breaking fall meet at Rosecroft Raceway by setting a mark for all trotters, winning the $10,000 Open in 1:53.4. Trainer-Driver John Duer was in the bike for the son of Revenue S.   Duer put Chinese Cuisine on the lead just after the first quarter and posted fractions of :56, 1:24.2 and coming home in 29.2 to win by nearly 5 lengths over House On Fire (Jonathan Roberts) and Molly B'Golly (Donnie Russell).   It was the fourth different track record broken this fall at Rosecroft and knocked Mandabra, Pekoe Fashion and Hambletonian Champion Vivid Photo from the record book.   Lord terror gave trainer Eric Ell his third different Open pace winner of the meet as Mike Beaver steered the son of Western Terror to a half-length victory over Lyons Meandragon (Roger Plante) and Game Day (Corey Braden) in 1:52.2.   Roberts and Brian Burton had driving doubles on the card.   To watch the replay of the race click below:   http://replays.robertsstream.com/racereplays/playf_llnw.php?customer=Rosecroft&t=1415788583&h=3a1ebaa526507cbc15294137c77b5246&url=201411111854RON2   by Pete Medhurst, for Rosecroft Raceway  

Chinese Cuisine (6g Revenue - Missysmandarine-Malabar Man) took a gate to wire victory in tonight's $6,000 monte test at Rosecroft Raceway. Raced as a non-betting event, owner Tina Duer effectively teamed the winner, trained by John Duer, to a six length win over Flowing James and Tara Hynes with third to Point Of Honour with Jenny Melander aboard. Chinese Cuisine was timed in 1:59.2f to record the score over five rivals. Thomas H. Hicks

Market Share, the 2013 Hambletonian winner and victor in the $235,000 American National for 3-year-old colt and gelding trotters, returns to Balmoral Park on Saturday night in Race 9 to defend his harness racing crown in the $166,300 American National Aged Trot. The son of Revenue S-Classical Flirt-Yankee Glide was clocked in 1:53.3 with driver Tim Tetrick at the lines for the Linda Toscano-trained, then-sophomore. Owned by Richard S. Gutnick of Pennsylvania, TLP Stable and J Augustine of New Jersey, Market Share will leave from post five in the field of eight trotters. "Never, never in a million years did we dream that Market Share could be this kind of horse," Toscano offered. "He's just one of those horses that enjoys his work and tries real hard. It's surprising, but that's a good thing." Bred by Hayley Moore of Paris, Kentucky, Market Share, a $16,000 yearling purchase from the 2010 Lexington Selected Sale, won all five of his 2-year-old starts over Freehold Raceway's half-mile oval. Toscano and principal owner Richard Gutnick were uncertain if he could excel at the bigger tracks, such as the Meadowlands. So it was up to Market Share to show them. In 2012, at age 3, Market Share won the $1.5 million Hambletonian at the Meadowlands and the $1 million Canadian Trotting Classic at Mohawk en route to earnings of $2 million. He also trotted the fastest mile in the history of Maywood Park when he captured the $108,000 Galt in 1:54.4, erasing Green Day's previous track record of 1:55.1, set in 2007. As a result, he was named the Dan Patch Award winner for best 3-year-old male trotter. Last season, his wins included the Breeders Crown Open Trot, Maple Leaf Trot, TVG Free For All Series Championship and American-National Stakes. He led all older trotters with $1.07 million in purses and received the Dan Patch Award for best older male trotter. "It's a treat to be able to bring one back like that as a 5-year-old," Toscano said. "By bringing back the older horses, people recognize the names and the horses become the stars again. I think that's what is missing in our industry. I think it's a real good thing." This year Market Share has added another $357,296 to his bank account, pushing his career earnings to $3,471,308 via a $37,200 Maple Leaf elimination at Mohawk, the $250,000 Maxi Lee at Harrah's Chester--when he set a new world record and career best clocking of 1:50.2 for an aged gelding trotter on a five-eighths mile oval--and a victory in a $40,000 Cutler elimination in 1:50.3. Driven by Tim Tetrick, Market Share surpassed the previous world mark of 1:50.3 that was co-held by Uncle Peter and Sevruga, both set in 2013 when he scored that record clocking in the Maxi Lee. Market Share now has 24 wins, seven seconds and 12 thirds in 53 career starts. On Oct. 5, he was race-timed in 1:52, finishing fifth by three lengths in the $173,000 Allerage Trot at Lexington's Red Mile. Market Share is the fourth of six foals out of his unraced dam Classical Flirt, and is a half-brother to Photogenic Legs (by Classic Photo) 3, 1:57.2h ($102,892) and to Broadway Legs (by Broadway Hall) 3, 1:55 ($57,225). By Kimberly Rinker

Tall Cotton sets a new track record of 1:53.2 for a harness racing aged gelded trotter at Scioto Downs. The previous record of 1:54 was held by JJ Hall and War Cry Hall. The 8-year old son of Revenue S out of B Cor Peatra is trained by Ron Burke who also owns along with Weaver Bruscemi, Ed Gold and Howard Taylor. Tall Cotton started from post four in the field of eight condition trotters. Chris Page had the lines and chased after the $18,000 purse. Page left hard for command and trotted an opening quarter in :27.3. Dan Noble and Fusion Man followed suit and were able to drop in second. The quick pace continued on to the half clocked in :55.4. Boy Meets Girl K and Randy Tharps started their first up rally and pushed the pace down to three quarters in 1:24.4. Fusion Man sat the pocket until wheeling in mid stretch to give his bid, but would be just a head shy. Final Breath and Hugh Beatty were a closing third. She's Shocking sets a new career best of 1:51 in the $25,000 Filly and Mare Open Pace. The 5-year old mare by Electric Yankee out of Notorious One is conditioned by Scott Mogan who partially owns with Diamond Chip Stable and Charles Guiler. Kayne Kauffman had the assignment from post six in the full field of nine, but that didn't deter him from leaving. She's Shocking left like a rocket along with heavy favorite, Betterluvnexttime who cleared to the opening quarter in :26.2 and provided a perfect pocket trip to She's Shocking. The pace didn't slow much as they paced to the half in :54.4. Sissy Bar and Dan Noble started their first over bid and gave cover to a second over Sweetheart Dance. Sissy Bar applied pressure as they paced down to three quarters in 1:22.3. This left Kauffman licking his chops as they battled until the top of stretch. She's Shocking waited for room from a tiring Sissy Bar to pull out and pace a head clear of Betterluvnexttime. Jim Pantaleano and Sweetheart Dance came on for third. Racing returns Saturday (September 13) post time 6:30 p.m. Scioto Downs Racino

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