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Columbus, OH --- Bee A Magician, Father Patrick, and Maven were unanimous 2013 Dan Patch Award selections as the best harness racing horses in their respective divisions, the U.S. Harness Writers Association announced Thursday. A total of 131 ballots were returned. Three-year-old filly trotter Bee A Magician and older female trotter Maven were named on all 131 while 2-year-old male trotter Father Patrick was named on 130 with one abstention. Six other year-end champions were named Thursday in divisions that saw only one horse receive at least 10 percent of the vote. Three-year-old male pacer Captaintreacherous and older male trotter Market Share both received 130 votes and were declared winners in their divisions. Also being named winners were 2-year-old filly pacer Precocious Beauty, 2-year-old filly trotter Shake It Cerry, 3-year-old filly pacer I Luv The Nitelife, and older male pacer Foiled Again. Winners in the three remaining divisions - 2-year-old male pacer, 3-year-old male trotter, and older female pacer - will be announced at the Dan Patch Awards banquet on Feb. 23 at Dover Downs. Pacer of the Year, Trotter of the Year, and Horse of the Year also will be revealed at that time. Finalists for best 2-year-old male pacer are He's Watching and Luck Be Withyou, with the 3-year-old male trotter race coming down to Royalty For Life and Spider Blue Chip and older female pacer a battle between Anndrovette and Rocklamation. Bee A Magician was undefeated in 17 starts this year and joined Muscle Hill and Syrinx Hanover as the only trotters to go unbeaten at age 3 and receive Dan Patch divisional honors dating back to 1975. Trained by Richard "Nifty" Norman and driven by Brian Sears for owners Mel Hartman, Herb Liverman, and David McDuffee, Bee A Magician won the Breeders Crown for 3-year-old filly trotters, Hambletonian Oaks, Elegantimage Stakes, and Delvin Miller Memorial on her way to $1.54 million in purses. Her earnings are the most ever for a 3-year-old filly trotter, breaking the record of $1.17 million set by Continentalvictory in 1996, and her winning time of 1:51 in the Miller Memorial at Meadowlands Racetrack is the fastest mile ever by a 3-year-old filly trotter. Father Patrick, trained by Jimmy Takter and driven by Yannick Gingras for the Father Patrick Stable ownership group, won 10 of 11 races and $744,057. His victories included the Breeders Crown for 2-year-old male trotters, the William Wellwood Memorial, and the Peter Haughton Memorial. He finished the campaign with a nine-race winning streak and was unbeaten in stakes competition. He set the world record of 1:52.1 for a 2-year-old male trotter on a five-eighths-mile track in winning his Breeders Crown elimination at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. Maven won 10 of 14 races and earned $509,220 for trainer Jonas Czernyson, driver Gingras and owner Bill Donovan. Her wins included the Breeders Crown for older female trotters, Armbro Flight Stakes, and Miss Versatility Series championship. She trotted the fastest race mile ever on a half-mile track in winning the Miss Versatility in 1:51.4 at the Delaware County Fair in Ohio. Captaintreacherous, Foiled Again, and Market Share are repeat winners. Last year, Captaintreacherous claimed Dan Patch Awards as best 2-year-old male pacer and Pacer of the Year. This season at age 3, he won 13 of 16 races and $2.05 million for trainer Tony Alagna, driver Tim Tetrick and the Captaintreacherous Racing ownership group. He joined Rocknroll Hanover and Gallo Blue Chip as the only 3-year-old male pacers to win a Breeders Crown, the North America Cup, and Meadowlands Pace in the same season. The 9-year-old Foiled Again, who this season became the oldest horse to ever win a Breeders Crown and the richest North American harness racing horse in history, was named the sport's best older male pacer for the third consecutive year. He joins Rambling Willie (1975-77) as the only horses to win the division's top honor three straight seasons. Foiled Again, trained by Ron Burke and driven primarily by Gingras for owners Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, and JJK Stables, won 11 of 29 races in 2013 and earned $1.40 million. He is the oldest horse to ever have a million-dollar season. Market Share, a 4-year-old, also took divisional honors last season at age 3. This year, he won six of 14 races and earned $1.07 million for trainer Linda Toscano, driver Tetrick and owners Richard Gutnick, TLP Stables, and William Augustine. He finished the season by winning the Breeders Crown Open Trot, American-National Stakes, and TVG Free For All Series Championship. I Luv The Nitelife won 13 of 15 races and $1.25 million for trainer Chris Ryder, driver Tetrick and owners Richard and Joanne Young. Her victories included the Breeders Crown for 3-year-old filly pacers, Fan Hanover Stakes and Valley Forge (in a world-record 1:48.4 mile). Shake It Cerry, trained by Takter and driven by Ron Pierce for the Solveig's Racing Partners ownership group, captured eight of 11 starts and earned $827,769. Her triumphs included the Breeders Crown for 2-year-old filly trotters, Goldsmith Maid, and Merrie Annabelle. Precocious Beauty won seven of 11 races, including the She's A Great Lady Stakes, and $446,692 for trainer Gregg McNair, driver Doug McNair and owner Jim Avritt Sr. The competition for 3-year-old male trotter features Hambletonian winner Royalty For Life against Breeders Crown champion Spider Blue Chip. The race for older female pacer is between two-time defending division champ Anndrovette, who won the Roses Are Red Stakes, and Milton Stakes winner Rocklamation. Two-year-old male pacer honors come down to New York Sire Stakes champion He's Watching, undefeated in eight races, and Breeders Crown winner Luck Be Withyou, who won five of 11 starts. DAN PATCH AWARD WINNERS These divisions saw only one horse receive at least 10 percent of the vote. 2-YEAR-OLD MALE TROTTER Father Patrick (130 votes, 1 abstention) Cantab Hall - Gala Dream - Enjoy Lavec Breeder: Brittany Farms. Owner: Father Patrick Stable. Trainer: Jimmy Takter. Driver: Yannick Gingras. Races: 11-10-1-0. Purses: $744,057. Mark: 1:52.1 at Pocono Downs (world record). Top wins: $500,000 Breeders Crown; $354,050 Wellwood Memorial; $280,500 Haughton Memorial. 2-YEAR-OLD FILLY TROTTER Shake It Cerry (124 votes) Donato Hanover - Solveig - Yankee Glide Breeder: Solveig's Breeders. Owner: Solveig's Racing Partners. Trainer: Jimmy Takter. Driver: Ron Pierce. Races: 11-8-2-0. Purses: $827,769. Mark: 1:53.3 at Meadowlands. Top wins: $500,000 Breeders Crown; $456,150 Goldsmith Maid; $321,700 Merrie Annabelle. 2-YEAR-OLD FILLY PACER Precocious Beauty (117 votes) Art Major - Precious Beauty - Jate Lobell Breeder: James Avritt Sr. Owner: James Avritt Sr. Trainer: Gregg McNair. Driver: Doug McNair. Races: 11-7-3-0. Purses: $446,692. Mark: 1:50.1 at Red Mile (world record). Top win: $428,450 She's A Great Lady. 3-YEAR-OLD MALE PACER Captaintreacherous (130 votes) Somebeachsomewhere - Worldly Treasure - Artsplace Breeder: White Birch Farm. Owner: Captaintreacherous Racing. Trainer: Tony Alagna. Driver: Tim Tetrick. Races: 16-13-2-0. Purses: $2.05 million. Mark: 1:47.1 at Red Mile. Top wins: $980,000 North America Cup; $635,750 Meadowlands Pace; $500,000 Breeders Crown. 3-YEAR-OLD FILLY PACER I Luv The Nitelife (123 votes) Rocknroll Hanover - Lisjune - Camluck Breeders: MJG Racing Stables, Louis "Andy" Willinger. Owners: Richard and Joanne Young. Trainer: Chris Ryder. Driver: Tim Tetrick. Races: 15-13-1-1. Purses: $1.25 million. Mark: 1:48.4 at Pocono Downs (world record). Top wins: $500,000 Breeders Crown; $384,044 Fan Hanover; $350,000 Valley Forge. 3-YEAR-OLD FILLY TROTTER Bee A Magician (131 votes) Kadabra - Beehive - Balanced Image Breeder: White Birch Farm. Owners: Mel Hartman, Herb Liverman, David McDuffee. Trainer: Richard "Nifty" Norman. Drivers: Rick Zeron, Brian Sears. Races: 17-17-0-0. Purses: $1.54 million. Mark: 1:51 at Meadowlands (world record). Top wins: $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks; $500,000 Breeders Crown; $356,981 Elegantimage. OLDER MALE PACER Foiled Again (125 votes) Dragon Again - In A Safe Place - Artsplace Breeder: Barbara Matthews. Owners: Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, JJK Stables. Trainer: Ron Burke. Driver: Yannick Gingras. Races: 29-11-6-7. Purses: $1.40 million. Mark: 1:48 at Pocono Downs (world record). Top wins: $512,000 TVG Free For All Championship; $500,000 Breeders Crown; $500,000 Ben Franklin. OLDER MALE TROTTER Market Share (130 votes) Revenue S - Classical Flirt - Yankee Glide Breeder: Hayley Moore. Owners: Richard Gutnick, TLP Stable, William Augustine. Trainer: Linda Toscano. Driver: Tim Tetrick. Races: 14-6-1-5. Purses: $1.07 million. Mark: Q1:50.3 at Meadowlands. Top wins: $600,000 Breeders Crown; $526,710 Maple Leaf; $500,000 TVG Free For All Championship. OLDER FEMALE TROTTER Maven (131 votes) Glidemaster - M Stewart - American Winner Breeder: All La Nuova Sbarra Srl. Owner: Bill Donovan. Trainer: Jonas Czernyson. Driver: Yannick Gingras. Races: 14-10-2-0. Purses: $509,220. Mark: 1:51.4 at Delaware County Fairgrounds (world record). Top wins: $266,041 Armbro Flight; $250,000 Breeders Crown. DAN PATCH AWARD FINALISTS Top two vote-getters in these divisions were named finalists, with the winner to be announced at the Dan Patch Awards banquet Feb. 23 at Dover Downs 2-YEAR-OLD MALE PACER He's Watching American Ideal - Baberhood - Real Desire Breeders: Brittany Farms, Robert Burgess, Karin Olsson Burgess. Owners: David Menary, Brad Gray, Michael Guerriero. Trainer: David Menary. Driver: Jim Morrill Jr. Races: 8-8-0-0. Purses: $291,722. Mark: 1:50 at Tioga Downs. Top win: $225,000 New York Sire Stakes final. Luck Be Withyou Western Ideal - Trim Hanover - Camluck Breeder: Brittany Farms. Owner: John Craig. Trainers: Bill Cass, Chris Oakes. Drivers: Phil Hudon, Ron Pierce. Races: 11-5-1-0. Purses: $359,417. Mark: 1:50 at Pocono Downs. Top win: $500,000 Breeders Crown. 3-YEAR-OLD MALE TROTTER Royalty For Life RC Royalty - Bourbon 'N Grits - Donerail Breeder: Al Ross. Owners: Al Ross, Ray "Chip" Campbell Jr., Paul Fontaine. Trainer: George Ducharme. Driver: Brian Sears. Races: 14-7-2-0. Purses: $1.27 million. Mark: Q1:51.3 at Meadowlands. Top wins: $1 million Hambletonian; $665,420 Canadian Trotting Classic; $294,000 Dancer Memorial. Spider Blue Chip Andover Hall - Southwind Catlin - Muscles Yankee Breeder: McLain Ward. Owners: David McDuffee, Mel Hartman. Trainer: Chuck Sylvester. Driver: Ron Pierce. Races: 20-10-3-2. Purses: $1.08 million. Mark: 1:51.3 at Red Mile. Top wins: $500,000 Breeders Crown; $500,000 Colonial; $260,000 Pennsylvania Sire Stakes final. OLDER FEMALE PACER Anndrovette Riverboat King - Easy Miss - Big Towner Breeder: Golden Touch Stable. Owner: Bamond Racing, Joseph Davino. Trainer: P.J. Fraley. Driver: Tim Tetrick. Races: 21-7-7-4. Purses: $558,201. Mark: 1:48 at Mohawk. Top win: $313,795 Roses Are Red. Rocklamation Rocknroll Hanover - Art Sale - Artsplace Breeder: Perretti Farms. Owners: Our Horse Cents Stables, Stable 45, J&T Silva Stables. Trainer: Ron Burke. Drivers: Yannick Gingras, Brett Miller. Races: 21-5-7-6. Purses: $540,358. Mark: 1:49.3 at Meadowlands. Top win: $275,480 Milton. by Ken Weingartner for Harness Racing Communications    

This Week: W.N. Reynolds Memorial 3-year-old paces, Meadowlands Racetrack, East Rutherford, N.J. Schedule of events: Meadowlands Racetrack will feature a pair of W.N. Reynolds Memorial stakes for 3-year-old pacers on the Saturday night (Dec. 7) card with the $58,000 (est.) contest for colts and the $50,000 (est.) race for fillies. Complete entries for the races are available at this link. Last time: Meadowlands Racetrack featured a big stakes card last Saturday night (Nov. 30) led by the TVG FFA finals for pacers and trotters. Foiled Again, who will be 10 years old in less than a month, won the $512,000 TVG FFA pacing final by a head in 1:49.2 against a field with $17.7 million in collective earnings. The win pushed Foiled Again's lifetime earnings to $6,030,968. Golden Receiver and Corey Callahan were first off the gate, hitting the quarter-mile mark in :26 with Bolt The Duer on his back. Foiled Again was right up and at him at the three-eighths to take the lead away and took the field to the :53.1 half. Pet Rock made a bid for the lead past the half but could not get by Foiled Again through the 1:22 three-quarters. Throughout the deep stretch, Foiled Again (Yannick Gingras) faced relentless pressure from the 8-year-old Golden Receiver, second oldest horse in the race, who came up the rail, but Foiled Again maintained his march to the finish line for the win. Foiled Again, who paid $7.80 to win, is trained by Ron Burke for Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi and JJK Stables. Market Share (Tim Tetrick) trotted hard and fast every step of the mile, bursting off the gate to get the lead and never relinquishing it to win the $500,000 TVG FFA Trot in 1:51 by three-quarters of a length. The win pushed his lifetime earnings to $3,115,011. Market Share and Tetrick came off the gate from the outside post seven to press for the front and made it there in :26.2 at the quarter and held that lead with Uncle Peter (David Miller) on his back to the :55 half. Arch Madness came off the rail from fourth after the half to make a bid on the outside for the lead, still held by Market Share at the 1:23.1 three-quarters. Market Share pulled off two lengths from the field at the head of stretch, but Uncle Peter charged hard in the final strides to be second with a fast closing Guccio (Jimmy Takter) out and moving three wide at the head of the stretch, but he could not pass the leaders and was third. Market Share, the 2012 Hambletonian winner, is trained by Linda Toscano and owned by Tom and Louis Pontone, Bill Augustine and Richard Gutnick. He is a 4-year-old son of Revenue S-Classical Flirt. Bee A Magician made it a perfect 17 for 17 with her one length victory in 1:53.3 in the $253,000 Moni Maker Stake for 3-year-old trotting fillies at the Meadowlands. The win put her over the $2.3 million mark in career earnings. Time To Kill (John Campbell) made it to the lead first at the :27.2 quarter mile-mark while Ma Chere Hall (Corey Callahan) overtook her briefly just past that marker, but Brian Sears had Bee A Magician just behind her on the outside. Those two made an unpressured move to take the lead just before the :55.3 half. Sears put 2-1/2 lengths between him and the field and trotted on to the 1:25 three-quarters with Ma Chere Hall at his back. As the field trotted down the stretch, Ma Chere Hall made a bid to get past Bee A Magician, got just to her wheel at the wire, but could go no further, as Bee A Magician cruised home to win No. 17 for 2013. Bee A Magician is trained by Richard "Nifty" Norman for owners David McDuffee, Mel Hartman and Herb Liverman. Grand Circuit action also took place this past Sunday at Dover Downs. Sunshine Beach brushed to the lead heading to the half-mile marker and was never seriously challenged from there as he went on to capture the $284,160 Progress Pace final for 3-year-old male pacers in 1:50.3. Owned by Hudson Standardbred Stable, Conrad Leber and Diane Bertrand, Sunshine Beach is trained by Mark Steacy and was driven to victory by John Campbell. The win was the eighth in 20 season's starts for the son of Somebeachsomewhere-Light Up, while his 2013 earnings climbed to $909,283. Complete recaps of all the races are available at the Grand Circuit website. Grand Circuit Standings: In 2013, the Grand Circuit leaders in three categories (driver, trainer and owner) will be tracked on a points system (20-10-5 for the top three finishers in divisions/finals and 10-5-2 for the top three finishers in eliminations/legs). Hanover Shoe Farms is the sponsor for the 2013 Grand Circuit awards. Here are the leaders following the past weekend: Drivers: 1. Yannick Gingras - 1,857; 2. Tim Tetrick - 1,625; 3. David Miller - 1,228; 4. Brian Sears - 781.5; and 5. Ron Pierce - 719.5. Trainers: 1. Ron Burke - 1,798.5; 2. Jimmy Takter - 1,211.5; 3. Linda Toscano - 515.5; 4. Jonas Czernyson - 507.5; and 5. Tony Alagna - 471. Owners: 1. Burke Racing - 405.7; 2. Weaver Bruscemi - 376.25; 3. Frank Bellino - 268.5; 4. Brittany Farms - 263.05; and 5. WJ Donovan - 244. Looking ahead: The final Grand Circuit action of 2013 will take place next weekend at Northfield Park when the northeast Ohio oval hosts the Cleveland Classic for 3-year-old pacing colts. by Paul Ramlow for the Grand Circuit    

Market Share and driver Tim Tetrick took command early and gave no quarter in winning the $500,000 final of the TVG Series for older trotters Saturday at the Meadowlands. "I wanted to take things into my own hands." Said driver Tim Tetrick about the start of the race. Leaving from post seven, Market Share out trotted Uncle Peter (David Miller) to the early lead and then cut fractions of :26.2 to the first quarter and :55 to the half. It was then that driver/trainer Trond Smedshammer came first-over with Arch Madness and started working their way towards the race leaders with Guccio (Jimmy Takter) following the outside cover. But by the three-quarter mile marker in 1:23.1, Arch Madness could not collar Market Share who started to draw away starting down the stretch. Uncle Peter and Guccio were both able to give chase but Market Share was too strong, winning by one length in 1:51. Uncle Peter was second with Guccio third. "I don't do it very often with him (leave with Market Share)," Tetrick said. "but when I do he always pays me back and we got paid today. It's been tough this year. I give Linda (trainer Linda Toscano) all the credit. He's had some rough spots this year but they always bring him back. He's a good horse and he overcomes." A four-year-old stallion by Revenue who was the 2012 Three-Year-Old Trotter of the Year, Market Share concludes his 2013 season with six wins for trainer Linda Toscano and owners Richard Gutnick, T L P Stable and Bill Augustine. The $250,000 winner's share of the purse put Market Share over the $1 million mark this year with $1,077,356 in earnings and lifetime at an impressive $3,015,011. Market Share paid $4.60 to win. "Mr. Gutnick and I sat down yesterday," trainer Linda Toscano said. "We talked about racing him next year. We decided that if he won tonight we would bring him back and race him again next year. He was really good tonight but he needs a rest now. I need a rest now too." "To use Linda's words, it's been surreal," Richard Gutnick said about the 2013 season with Market Share. "I can't believe this is really happening. I hope it keeps continuing. Right now we are leaning towards racing next year. We have been invited to compete in the Elitlopp (Sweden) next year. And we want Timmy (Tetrick) to have a shot at racing in the Elitlopp. By Steve Wolf for Harnesslink.com  

Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment will host the first night of live racing in the glorious new facility on Saturday, November 23. The program is headed by the last leg of the TVG Free For All series with the stars of the open division prepping for next week’s $500,000 finals. The $50,000 TVG Pace (race seven) features the richest pacer in harness racing history, Foiled Again, facing seven worthy rivals as he nears $6 million in career earnings. Yannick Gingras will be aboard the ageless wonder for trainer Ron Burke and owners Burke Racing, Weaver / Bruscemi and JJK Racing. Breeders Crown winner Market Share heads up a field of six in the second race, the $50,000 TVG trot. Last year’s Hambletonian winner starts from post two with Tim Tetrick listed to drive for trainer Linda Toscano and owners Richard Gutnick, TLP Stable and William Augustine. The thirteen race card will get underway at 7:15pm. The feature promotion is a $1 million jackpot offered to the customer able to correctly select the winner of all thirteen races. Details for that promotion will be available at the track. New Meadowlands Chairman Jeff Gural spoke of the response by horsemen to the task of filling the opening day card. “I appreciate the response of the trainers and owners to the short box yesterday,” said Gural. “The number of entries more than doubled by Wednesday morning and we were able to card full fields. “We have a great opportunity to attract new customers with this modern facility and a strong product is imperative, Gural added. We want to give our fans competitive, exciting races when they make the choice to come to our track. I look forward to seeing many of you Thursday for the preview dinner or on Saturday night.” Submitted by the Meadowlands Publicity Department  

Market Share and driver Tim Tetrick took advantage of an early break by Wishing Stone and worked out a perfect trip behind pacesetter and betting favorite, Intimidate (Ron Pierce) then outkicked Mister Herbie (Jody Jamieson) to win the $600,000 Breeders Crown by a long nose. The 2012 Hambletonian winner and Three-Year-Old Trotter of the Year, Market Share got off to a winning start in 2013 but as of late had been unable to win in his last seven starts but picked a perfect time to come back to winning form. Intimidate went right out to the early lead with Market Share sitting on his back through the opening panel in :26.4. They raced that way to the half mile marker in :54.3 as Arch Madness and trainer/driver Trond Smedshammer started moving first-over. Then in the backstretch, Jamieson came first-over with Mister Herbie and started to collar Intimidate at the three-quarters in 1:22.1. As the field started down the stretch, Intimidate was all done, Mister Herbie had the lead but Market Share started up the inside and looked to pass Mister Herbie by but Mister Herbie came back again but was too late at the wire in 1:51. Arch Madness was third. “It changed things when he (Wishing Stone) went off stride,” Tetrick said. “It surprised me so I figured I better get behind him (Intimidate). If Wishing Stone don’t run then he is in that spot. It worked out. On the last turn he came on and was great.” It was the fourth win this year for Market Share. The four-year-old stallion by Revenue is trained by Linda Toscano and is co-owned by Richard Gutnick, TLP Stables and Bill Augustine. He paid $6.00 to win. “He (Market Share) has had his share of bad posts this year,” said Linda Tocano. “Tonight he got a good trip from the rail. It was not where we wanted to start from tonight but it worked out fine. Video attached By Steve Wolf for Harnesslink.com

The Red Mile Grand Circuit concludes week one with a thirteen race matinee card on Sunday. The program features five divisions of the Bluegrass Stakes for sophomore trotters, three colt divisions and a pair for the fair sex.   A pair of eliminations for the Allerage Farms Open stakes, containing the stars of the mature set, highlight the program. When Racing Secretary Billy Perkins opened the box at 10am this morning, he found an overflow of declarations in both events, necessitating several byes being offered to get both fields down to ten starters.   On the pacing side, top seasonal earner and division leader Pet Rock was the first to have the option to accept a free pass into next Sunday's $175,000 final on the strength of his 2013 bankroll of $644,070. His connections, trainer Virgil Morgan, Jr. and owner Frank Bellino, accepted the offer and he will join the top nine finishers from this Sunday's elimination in the final. Left to battle for the remaining berths are the titans of the division including no less than five from the Ron Burke stable headed up by the razor sharp Clear Vision. A Rocknroll Dance, Bolt The Duer, Sweet Lou  and Golden Receiver (returning from a month long freshening) are chief among the contenders. Thirteen were declared for the Allerage Open Trot and the bye process took more effort to implement, as several trainers chose to bypass the free roll and race in the elimination. The pot is sweetened by the chance to win the right to select their post position for next week's final with a victory in this race. At the end of the process, Guccio, Southwind Pepino and Wishing Stone will go directly to the $170,000 final next Sunday. That left an awfully good field of horses to race for the remaining seven slots. Leading seasonal earner Sevruga leaves from post four with Andy Miller set to drive for owner KDM Stables Corporation. Market Share is also racing and will start just outside Sevruga as he makes his bid for the win. Tim Tetrick has driven him in each of his eight seasonal starts and will again call the shots for trainer Linda Toscano and owners Richard Gutnick, TLP Stable and Bill Augustine. The fun starts at 1:00pm and the weather forecast remains positive with a warm early fall afternoon predicted. Be reminded that The Red Mile clubhouse will be open each racing day and you may reserve a table by calling (859) 233-0814. Parking is free and admission is a mere $2 for a great day of harness racing. The Lexington Selected Yearling Sale begins on Tuesday, October 1st at the Fasig-Tipton sales pavilion. Find further sale info at their website. by Nick Salvi for the Grand Circuit  

The Red Mile played host to the fourth and penultimate leg of the Kindergarten Trotting Classic series on Thursday evening. Conditions were ideal, as they often are in Lexington, KY, and seven divisions of the freshmen trotters were performing before a crowd of their human counterparts for a purse of $10,000 per split on “College Night” at the track.   Noel Daley has made a tidy living by being patient with his young stock and that program is again paying dividends. The Explosive Matter two year old gelding Outburst won for the third time in six outings, finishing a comfortable 1:59- mile with a 27.4 final quarter for driver Charlie Norris. A $33,000 Lexington Selected Yearling Sale purchase by Daley, Adam Victor & Son and Mirva Bogucki, Outburst has the look of a contender for the late season stakes, which are many and lucrative this year.   Speak The Truth is another making his first few career starts and he also looks like a player in the division. He is from Muscle Hill’s first crop from the accomplished race mare Tady’s Comer and cost Richard Gutnick $65,000 at Harrisburg last fall. He’s now won two of three and now has a record of 1:55.3. Brett Miller was in for the card and drove for trainer Linda Toscano. Great Society, another Muscle Hill, flashed willing late foot to be second.   The first of four filly divisions came next and Goddess made amends for disappointing her legion backers last week by trotting a strong 1:57.2 mile for driver Randy Jerrell. The Donato Hanover lass cost trainer Paul Kelley and his partners Joe Sbrocco and new Hall of Famer Bill Weaver $110,000 but looks like a bargain at the price. She now won half of her six outings and sports a 1:56.1 record from earlier this summer in a Kindergarten division at The Meadowlands.   Trixton was the highest priced trotting yearling sold at auction last fall when the Muscle Hill colt from a family of champions required a commitment of $360,000 from Brixton Medical and Christina Takter to bring him home. After a string of successes, he bounced back nicely after feeling the sting of defeat for the first time in last week’s Kindergarten and took his division in 1:56-. More impressive than the time on a perfect Lexington evening was the visual presence the colt displayed, moving beautifully under no encouragement from trainer/driver Jimmy Takter. He is a magnificent looking specimen ....Trixton that is.   Takter came right back in the next event with one for the hunch players, as the moon was full on Thursday night and his eighth race charge is named Moonlight In Miami. The public knows and sent the Muscles Yankee filly away as the 6/5 choice. She rewarded their confidence with a maiden breaking 1:55- win, held just off the fast fractions until the time was right. Takter trains the $100,000 Harrisburg purchase for the Ontario power brokers, Katz, Libfeld & Goldband.   Anonyme Hanover won right back for the Burke Stable equaling the 1:56.3 mark she took last week in the process. The Explosive Matter filly held off the late rally of race favorite Cee Bee Yes for Brett Miller and owners Burke Racing, Weaver / Bruscemi and Matt Kakaley who gave $47,000 for her at Harrisburg.   Takter tripled up with the 1/5 fave Yoga in the last race.    The Muscles Yankee filly was a bargain at $31,000 for Christina Takter and long-time patrons John & Jim Fielding. She was rated behind fast fractions and sailed by under her own power in 1:55- for Jimmy in the night cap.   The Red Mile will host the Grand Circuit in a week, beginning Thursday, September 26 with a 7pm post time. Over $6 million in purses will be offered over the two weeks of top caliber stakes. Visit The Red Mile’s website for more information.   The Kindergarten series will resume on Friday, October 18 with the finals a week later at Vernon Downs. Check the point standings here. Nick Salvi

Seven races for quality New York-bred sophomore colt and gelding trotters will adorn Monticello Raceway’s Tuesday afternoon card of September 17.  Over $158,000 is offered in two NYSS divisions and they’ll  be accompanied  by five $12,700 splits for Excelsior Series colt and gelding  trotters. Patricia Stable’s, Crazy About Pat, a seasonal winner of $217,505, has been installed as the early line favorite in first $77,975 NYSS division which will go as race eight, while Modest Prince, a $217,000  seasonal winner, gets the nod in the second $79,375 split, race 12 on the card. Jimmy Morrill, Jr. will be in the sulky behind Noel Daley-trained  Crazy About Pat when the son of  Crazed-Dibrizzi  leaves from post five in the six horse field. The colt has had six wins and four seconds in 16 starts this year and has a lifetime mark of 1:54 taken at Vernon Downs on July13. Of interest, especially to the local fans, will be Doc’s Tebow, a  Credit Winner gelding whose dam was the good race mare, local track record holder and NYSS standout,  Miss Gibbons. He’s owned by Doc Gill of Pine Bush, NY and  Howard Okusko, Jr. will handle the driving chores when they start from post four. Doc’s Tebow has five wins, three seconds and two thirds in 13 seasonal starts and this race will be the first time the colt will compete against the Sires Stakes colts after having been successfully mired in the Excelsior Series. Modest Prince, a Linda Toscano-trainee off a 1:54.4 victory in his last start, is the early line favorite in the second $79,375 split. Consistently on the board with three wins in 13 starts, Modest Prince will get the driving services of Andy Miller and the luxury starting from the pole position.  He’s owned by Richard Gutnick of  Blue Bell, Pa. But the Ron Burke-trained E L Rocket, a $170,000, seasonal winner with a 1:53.1 mark taken in a NYSS  trot at Vernon Downs on July 13, will offer stiff competition. The Credit Winner-Courtney Hall  colt  has drawn post six and will have George Brennan  in the bike. And Tirade Hanover, can’t be counted out despite having to start from the seven hole. Jimmy Morrill, Jr., who drove the Crazed -Teagarden Hanover  gelding to three consecutive wins in his last three starts, will again  handle the driving chores. The Excelsior trots make for a solid undercard and they’ll go in races one, four, five, six and 11. First post for the 13-race card will be at 12:50pm by John Manzi for Monticello Raceway

Tioga Downs held two divisions of NYSS for 3-year old colt and gelding trotters and five divisions of excelsior stakes on Sunday afternoon. In the first $66,043 division of the NYSS, Modest Prince and Mike Simons got away second as Crazy About Pat (Jim Meittinis) cut through fractions 27.4, 56.1, and 1:25.2. Around the final turn, Crazy About Pat was still in command and in the stretch Simons tipped Modest Prince to the outside and got up to win in a new lifetime best of 1:54.4 by a length and a quarter. The 3-year old son of RC Royalty - In To Me is owned by Richard Gutnick and is trained by Linda Toscano. Crazy About Pat (Jim Meittinis) hung on for second, while Rolls Blue Chip (Aaron Byron) was third. In the second $66,043 NYSS division, Jim Morrill Jr. opted to take Tirade Hanover from post position number eight over EL Rocket (Jim Marohn Jr.) post six. When the field hit the quarter pole in 27.3, Morrill was on top with Tirade Hanover while Marohn settled in second with El Rocket. Morrill then cut through fractions of 57.4 and 1:27 before asking Tirade Hanover for trot in the final quarter mile of the race. Down the stretch Marohn tipped El Rocket to the outside, but was unable to get by Tirade Hanover and those two finished first and second a quarter length apart at the wire in 1:55. The win was the fourth in nine seasonal starts for the 3-year old son of Crazed - Teagarden Hanover for trainer Tyler Raymer. Tioga Downs also held five divisions of NYSS excelsior stakes which were won by: Jelectric - Jim Marohn Jr. (1:58.2), Bromance Hanover - Mike Simons (1:56.4), Prove Up - Marcus Johansson (1:56.3), Golden Tate - Mike Simons (1:56.3), and Brookroaddonnie - Mike Simons (1:56.1). Tioga Downs continues live racing action on Thursday, September 12 with a post time of 6:50pm, for more information on Tioga Downs please visit us online at www.tiogadowns.com . Dustin Ross  

After Market Share won the Hambletonian Stakes last year, trainer Linda Toscano had one worrisome thought. "I said please don't let him be a one-hit wonder," Toscano said, laughing. Toscano's fears were put to rest in the following weeks as Market Share won the Canadian Trotting Classic, Zweig Memorial, American-National, and Galt stakes on his way to being named the Dan Patch Award winner for best 3-year-old male trotter and finishing second to stablemate Chapter Seven for Horse of the Year. On Saturday, the 4-year-old trotter will try to add to his list of accomplishments by winning the C$543,000 Maple Leaf Trot at Mohawk Racetrack in Ontario. Market Share, starting from post eight in an eight-horse field, is the 4-5 morning line favorite with Tim Tetrick driving. Market Share last raced June 21 when he won the third round of the TVG Free For All Championship Series for trotters by a half-length over Uncle Peter in 1:51.1 at the Meadowlands. His only other race this year came on May 31 when he won the FFA Handicap at the Big M by three-quarters of a length in 1:51.1. To get ready for the Maple Leaf Trot, Market Share raced in a qualifier on July 13 at the Meadowlands, winning by 5-1/2 lengths over Uncle Peter in 1:50.3. The time equaled the fastest mile of the year by any trotter. "Unfortunately we haven't been able to get him as many starts as we'd like," Toscano said. "I was forced to qualify him, but he's great. He's actually real sharp as evidenced by his qualifier. When he gets a little bit of a break he's been really good so I don't think it's going to affect him. I think he's ready to roll." The Maple Leaf field includes 2012 winner Mister Herbie, who captured the event in a stakes-record 1:50.4. Mister Herbie, starting from post two, is the 5-2 second choice with Jody Jamieson driving for trainer Jeff Gillis. Also in the race is the Jimmy Takter-trained duo of Uncle Peter and Guccio. Uncle Peter, who is 8-1 on the morning line, set the world record for trotting on a five-eighths-mile track when he won the preferred handicap in 1:50.3 on June 29 at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. He has won three of eight races this year and finished no worse than third in any start. Arch Madness, who was second to Uncle Peter in his world-record performance and finished second in the Elitlopp in May in Sweden, is the 5-1 third choice. The 9-year-old gelding is winless in seven starts, but has earned $202,327 this season. For his career, he has won 31 of 96 starts and banked $3.92 million. Maxie Lee Memorial winner Wishing Stone also is in the Maple Leaf Trot. "I think it's an incredibly deep group of trotters this year," Toscano said. "I think that any horse is capable of winning the race. I'm leery of Uncle Peter and Guccio is always finishing at the end of the mile. Mister Herbie has shown his class and Arch Madness is an amazing, amazing animal. I just absolutely smile every time I see him on the racetrack. He just keeps going; he's like the Energizer bunny. He just goes forever." Market Share, owned by Richard Gutnick, TLP Stable and Bill Augustine, raced from April into November last year, winning 10 of 20 races and earning $2 million. He finished worse than third only twice. "I just never dreamed (last year) he was this kind of horse so I wanted to get the early money because I knew the bears were going to come," Toscano said. "He just kind of evolved into the horse he is today. "About halfway through last year he started to get it and he started to get very racy. That's held through to this year. He's just a good feeling, easy horse to be around. I don't know if he knows he's good or not, but he really enjoys his work. To me, that's the No. 1 thing for a horse. I've been very fortunate over the last couple years and trained some good horses and they all seem to enjoy their work." Market Share's late start to this year was by design, and takes into account the connection's plan to race the trotter as a 5-year-old. "It's not a one-year plan," Toscano said. "I planned kind of the same schedule that we did with Chapter Seven last year. I had to start a little bit later with him because he raced so late into (last) year and started so early. I wanted him to have a good rest and I wanted to try to build momentum for the bigger and more premier races at the end of the year." All as Market Share tries to add to his string of hits. by Ken Weingartner  

CAMPBELLVILLE, July 17 - Last year's Hambletonian and Canadian Trotting Classic winner, Market Share will be the likely favourite for the 61st edition of the $543,000 Maple Leaf Trot, Saturday at Mohawk. The Linda Toscano-trained son of Revenue S remains undefeated in two starts this season after a pair of convincing victories at The Meadowlands. The 17-time winner recently posted a sizzling 1:50.3 qualifying effort this past Saturday at the East Rutherford, New Jersey oval, defeating Maple Leaf Trot rivals Uncle Peter (2nd), Wishing Stone (3rd) and Guccio (4th). The $2-million dollar winner appears to be on his toes heading into the rich final according to his veteran conditioner. “He’s been terrific so far this season,” Toscano said. “I wish I would have had a few more starts into him by now, but it’s just hard finding him a race and I want to keep him relatively close to home and aim for the bigger stakes like the Maple Leaf Trot and Nat Ray.” Coming into this season, Toscano admits that she hasn’t noticed much difference in her four-year-old. “A lot of people say that he’s gotten thicker, but to be honest, I don’t see much change in him,” she said. “I think he’s the same type of horse that he was last year. He’s got a great gait and conformation and still covers the ground so easily.” Market Share will once again face another tough test on Canadian soil. The bay will face off against the richest Canadian-bred trotter of all-time in Arch Madness ($3,961,141) and last year’s defending champion, Mister Herbie ($1,312,263). “It’s a good field again this year and obviously there are many good horses in this race. We can only worry about our guy and try to have him at his best,” said the New Jersey-based trainer. “He’s had a good week and will ship to Canada sometime on Thursday. The weather has been very hot, so we want to make the ship as easiest as possible on him. We don’t want to take too much out of him. ” The compact field of eight will feature North America's top aged trotting horses and geldings. “I would have liked to drawn a little better, but that’s not my department," she said. "Tim (Tetrick) has many options with him and I’ll leave that up to him. He can race on the front or behind and that’s always good when you draw to the outside.” Owned by Richard Gutnick, T L P Stable and William Augustine, Market Share has a career record of 17-5-3 from 27 career starts and $2,062,202 in career earnings. The $16,000 yearling purchase took his 1:50.3 lifetime best last year at The Red Mile for regular pilot Tim Tetrick. The field will line up as follow: 1) Burnin Money – Jonathan Drury 2) Mister Herbie – Jody Jamieson 3) Arch Madness – Scott Zeron 4) Knows Nothing – James MacDonald 5) Uncle Peter –David Miller 6) Wishing Stone – Jody Jamieson 7) Guccio – Ron Pierce 8) Market Share – Tim Tetrick $391,000 Roses Are Red final. The field will line up as follows: 1) Monkey On My Wheel – Keith Oliver 2) Bettor B Lucky – David Miller 3) Drop The Ball – Doug McNair 4) Anndrovette – Tim Tetrick 5) Economy Terror – Ron Pierce 6) Camille – Sylvain Filion 7) Rocklamation – Yannick Gingras 8) Shelliscape – Randy Waples 9) Greystone Ladylike – Scott Zeron 10) Krispy Apple – Billy Davis, Jr. A lucrative night of racing also includes four Canadian Breeders Championship finals featuring the province’s finest three-year-olds. Post time for the 12-race programme is slated for 7:25 p.m. by Greg Gangle      

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.

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