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Aperfectyankee's season so far has been less than flawless, but that has not dampened trainer Jim Oscarsson's opinion of his stakes-winning trotter as he heads into Saturday's $500,000 Colonial for 3-year-olds at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. The Colonial is part of Super Stakes Saturday at Pocono Downs, which also includes the $500,000 Battle of the Brandywine for 3-year-old pacers and the $350,000 Valley Forge for 3-year-old filly pacers. Aperfectyankee has won three of seven races this year and earned $179,451 for Oscarsson, who also owns and drives the colt. All of his victories this season have come on the Pennsylvania circuit, with two triumphs in divisions of the sire stakes and another in a division of the Pennsylvania All Stars. He is coming off a fourth-place finish in the $1 million Hambletonian on Aug. 3 at the Meadowlands. The nine-horse Colonial field features seven horses from the Hambletonian final, including winner Royalty For Life, runner-up Smilin Eli and third-place finisher Corky. "I'm not disappointed with him, but I know he's better than he's showed," Oscarsson said about Aperfectyankee, who won last year's $387,250 Peter Haughton Memorial by a neck over Corky. "I think with better race luck he can be right there with them at the finish. "I think he's going to win some races this year. It would be nice (to win the Colonial). I think he deserves that." Aperfectyankee entered the Hambletonian off back-to-back wins and finished third in his elimination before ending up fourth in the same-day final. He started the final from post seven and was as many as 11 lengths behind leader and eventual winner Royalty For Life in the early goings. He finished 3-3/4 lengths back on a track that favored trotters on the lead; all three Hambletonian elims and the final were won in wire-to-wire fashion. "(The Colonial) is going to be tough; it's pretty much the same as the Hambletonian," Oscarsson said. "Except this time we've got a better post. I think he can go with them. It's going to be a fun race." Last year, Aperfectyankee won three of seven starts and earned $310,035. In addition to winning the Haughton, he won a division of the Tompkins-Geers and was second to 2-year-old champion Wheeling N Dealin in a division of the Champlain Stakes. He saw his season come to an end after a sixth-place finish in his elimination for the William Wellwood Memorial in September. Oscarsson decided to turn out the colt because of allergies. "When we brought him back to train during the winter he was good and he's been healthy," Oscarsson said. "He's a nice horse. He's perfect to handle, perfect to drive. You can do whatever you want with him." Following is the field for the Colonial with listed drivers and trainers (and morning line odds): 1. Picture This, Charlie Norris, Norris (20-1); 2. Aperfectyankee, Jim Oscarsson, Oscarsson (12-1); 3. Fico, George Napolitano Jr., Staffan Lind (15-1); 4. Smilin Eli, Tim Tetrick, David Smith (3-1); 5. Spider Blue Chip, Ron Pierce, Chuck Sylvester (4-1); 6. Corky, David Miller, Jimmy Takter (5-1); 7. High Bridge, Yannick Gingras, Takter (6-1); 8. Royalty For Life, Brian Sears, George Ducharme (5-2); 9. Dontyouforgetit, Takter, Takter (10-1). by Ken Weingartner  

Robin Schadt would make a good baseball manager, but for the time being she's content being a pretty astute harness racing trainer. In a 162-game Major League season, a skipper must be patient if his team is struggling early in the season. He has to hang in there, tinker, and trust that his troops get the job done.

Trenton, NJ --- If Murphy's Law means whatever can go wrong will go wrong, 2012 was the year of Gutnick's Law -- whatever can go right will go right. Harness racing owner Richard Gutnick looks back on last year and still thinks he is dreaming.

Leave it to a horse named Word Power to inspire a play on words. The 3-year-old harness racing colt pacer has gone quickly from a dark horse to a winning horse this season. Yes, yes, feel free to groan, but it's true.

Coming off a campaign in which he was the 3-year-old Colt Pacer of the Year, Heston Blue Chip was conspicuously absent in the early stages of this season. It turns out that the horse was having a reaction to his ulcer medicine, although it took owner Ken Jacobs and harness racing trainer Linda Toscano a while to discover that little problem.

The only thing as good as Maven's finish last year is her start this year. The harness racing 4-year-old ended 2012 with two straight wins, taking the American-National Stakes and Breeders Crown.

It's safe to say Rich Gillock will be paying pretty close attention to the Currier & Ives Stakes on Friday night at The Meadows. The harness racing trainer has one horse in each of the three divisions, and all three are eligible to the Hambletonian.

Seth Rosenfeld, harness racing principal of Birnam Wood Farms, is a lifelong Yankee fan who is getting the same production from 4-year-old male pacer Sweet Lou as the Bronx Bombers got from Sweet Lou's namesake, Lou Piniella, back in the 1970s.

Harness racing owner John Fielding feels the 'success pendulum' may be swinging upward again for Uncle Peter. He hopes to see proof of that from his 4-year-old trotter in Sunday's $250,000 Maxie Lee Memorial at Harrah's Philadelphia.

Since he’s not Doctor Doolittle, harness racing owner Howard Schneidler feels there is no real science to buying a horse.

The mare Q And A gave harness racing owner John Mortberg his first Meadowlands triumph in 2004. She never had another victory but is still producing wins for Mortberg. Or at least winning horses.

Harness racing should feel good it has Heather Vitale on its side. When it comes to a positive spokesperson for the sport, Vitale is one of the best in the business. She is celebrating the 15th anniversary as producer, writer and host of her CBS and Fox affiliated 'Post Time' in Delaware, a highly popular half-hour weekly television show that covers Dover, Harrington and Ocean Downs.

Coming off a disappointing finish to an outstanding 2012 harness racing campaign, Champagne Tonight makes her season's debut in Friday night's $84,000 Courageous Lady for 3-year-old filly pacers at Northfield Park.

Earlier this week, a post on Perry Soderberg's Twitter page said 'My horse Rocky Mountain Guy won at the Big M tonight, great job by everyone involved!' At least one of those involved could not be more thankful for the opportunity to help -- harness racing trainer Nancy Johansson.

Jason Blatter has endured, thanks to incredible support from his family members. And a love of harness racing.

Born and raised in Canada, Scott Zeron has quickly made an impression on harness racing in both his homeland and across the border in the States.

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