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WILKES-BARRE, PA - The Rock N Roll Heaven gelding Anythingforlove A, in his second start back since competing in the Levy Final, had anything but an easy trip, but still posted a 1:50.2 victory at 11-1 in the $17,500 pacing feature Saturday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. Pat Berry got the winner of $327,308 away well and right to the lead, but after the :27 quarter he was passed in turn by second choice Sweet Rock and the 2-5 favorite, Funknwaffles, who guided the field past middle fractions of :55.1 and 1:22.1. Past the latter split Anythingforlove A vacated the third spot to begin his late challenge, and his determination carried him to a neck victory over Pocono Pike rallier Sweet Rock, with the favored Funknwaffles fading to fifth and losing a three-race winning streak. Anythingforlove A is trained by Jennifer Bongiorno for the Wish Me Luck Stables LLC. In a $16,000 claiming handicap pace, the Roll With Joe gelding Benji's Best enjoyed both a drop in company and a hotly-contested pace, as he was the eighth and final leader in a race which went in 1:50.2. Anthony Napolitano rolled the winner of $168,569 three-wide from third-over before the three-quarter pole, and the pair scooted past those horses who had been used in the early duel, winning by 2¾ lengths over Toddler Tantrum for trainer Dan Maier and owner Antonia Storer. The meet's leading driver, George Napolitano Jr., scored four wins on the Saturday card, with Pat Berry and Eric Carlson each coming home first three times. Among the trio, they won the last ten races on the twelve-race card. From the PHHA / Pocono Downs  

WILKES-BARRE, PA - Springsteen had his third straight "#1" at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono on Saturday night, grinding his way past Western Joe to take the $21,500 featured pace in 1:49 and add to a great evening for the brothers Allard. Springsteen, a four-year-old son of Rock N Roll Heaven, was away fourth as Rebellious cut a :27 quarter and the favored (even money vs. Springsteen's 6-5) Western Joe brushed past him to hit the half in :54.3. Springsteen came first-up at the 5/8 and gained on Western Joe to and past the 1:21.4 three-quarters, and he finally pressured his main foe into submission in deep stretch. Western Joe held on well to miss only a half length, winning a photo from the inside-shooting Rebellious for second. After missing a neck to Lather Up in a Franklin elimination in his first start of the year and then finishing within three lengths in the Franklin Championship, Springsteen has put together his current win streak for owners Allard Racing Inc., Bruce Soulsby, Alan Weisenberg, and Kapildeo Singh while boosting his earnings to $594,512. Springsteen was one of six winning drives on the night for Simon Allard, four of them for his brother Rene, the meet's leading trainer, including this one with Springsteen. In the $20,000 claiming handicap pace, the main question wasn't whether Atta Boy Dan would win - he did again, on the front end for driver George Napolitano Jr. in 1:50.1, his third straight and eighth of his last nine - but where he would wind up after the race. It turns out it won't be with trainer Vinnie Fusco Jr. and the P T Stable, for whom he won Saturday, but back with owner Clifford Grundy, who has now claimed him for $40,000 four times in his 11-race streak of being haltered for that top Pocono price. Atta Boy Dan is 15-11-2-1-$123,450 since coming to Pocono on May 11, 14-for-25 in 2019 (tied for second in wins among North American pacers), and a 66-time winner in a career that has seen the 10-year-old accumulate $896,417. From the PHHA/Pocono Downs

YONKERS, N.Y. – Rodeo Rock will make his first start since June 30 when he races in the $46,000 Open Handicap Pace at Yonkers Raceway Saturday night. The 6-year-old was in the midst of his best season to date for trainer Robert Cleary before suffering from minor setbacks in the beginning of the summer. Rodeo Rock’s big 2019 season began at the end of his 2018 campaign. Although the Rock N Roll Heaven son had six wins on the season by last November, his victories had come in mid-level conditions and he didn’t make an impression with two fourth-place finishes in legs of the Levy Series last spring.  Rodeo Rock’s breakthrough came in a $29,000 overnight at Yonkers November 17. Rodeo Rock utilized a :27.2 final quarter to come from off the pace and score by 1 1/4 lengths in 1:53. Two weeks later, he returned to claim his first victory in the $44,000 Open Handicap Pace by three-quarters of a length in 1:52.4. “He was super sharp,” Cleary recalled. “He won a non-winners of 30 event at Yonkers last November. Brian Sears drove him, and he was actually fifth at the top of the stretch and he won going away and Brian never touched him with the whip. You don’t normally do that in non-winners of 30 at Yonkers. In his next start, he won the Open at Yonkers. It wasn’t just the start of this year, he finished off the end of last year very sharp.” After some time off over the winter, Cleary brought Rodeo Rock back in a Meadowlands qualifier this February, which he won in 1:53.1. The gelding proved he was still sharp in winning his first pari-mutuel start of the year March 2. “He got a break at Christmas and came back and qualified late February,” Cleary said. “He was super sharp, the sharpest he’d ever been. He won his first start at the Meadowlands, took a life mark of 49-and-4, swooped the field from last to first.” Rodeo Rock then came to the Levy Series at Yonkers. He captured divisions of the first two legs of the series March 16 and 23 before finishing third and second in subsequent legs March 30 and April 13, respectively.  Rodeo Rock drew post six in the $664,000 Levy Final April 20 and despite racing seventh 10 lengths off the pace at the quarter with Andrew McCarthy in the sulky, rallied to finish second 4 3/4 lengths behind Western Fame. Rodeo Rock earned $166,000 for his runner up placing, more than the $136,350 he banked in 28 starts last year. “It was a great feeling. I thought the horse deserved to be second because I thought he was the second-best horse in the series,” Cleary said. “No doubt about it, Western Fame was the best horse in the series. I would have loved to have sat on Western Fame’s back in the final and seen if we could’ve had a shot at him from the two hole instead of sitting seventh at the half.  “My horse was racing good and he deserved to be second there,” Cleary continued. “It was very exciting. It was great to race for that kind of money and it was great to pick up a purse like we did. It’s a great series when you have a sharp horse.” Cleary has trained Rodeo Rock since 2017 when the pacer still fit the non-winners of six condition at Yonkers. He praised driver Eric Goodell for helping develop Rodeo Rock.  “I have to give a lot of credit to Eric Goodell,” Cleary said. “He drove him a lot at 4, he raced him in the 4-year-old Open at Yonkers. He did a good job with him. He raced him the way he was supposed to race him. When he was in the right spot, he got him on the front or first-up. And when he was meant to ride the fence, he rode the fence. I think he did a good job in bringing the horse along. “He was an immature big horse that had some soundness issues at 2 and 3,” Cleary continued. “When he developed into a 4-year-old, he just became a bigger, sounder, stronger horse.” After the Levy Series, Rodeo Rock went to Pennsylvania to compete in the Great Northeast Open Pacing Series. He won a leg at in a lifetime best 1:49.0 at Pocono May 18 and followed it with a second in the Commodore Barry Invitational at Harrah’s Philadelphia May 26. However, when Cleary shipped Rodeo Rock to Northfield Park for the Battle of Lake Erie June 8, the horse finished up the track beaten 29 lengths. “He’s actually a really calm, relaxed horse, but he just can’t handle shipping,” Cleary said. “He shipped out there, I thought he was OK. He made no noise in the trailer, drank a little bit on the way out. But when he came off the trailer out there, he was very, very uncomfortable. We did what we could to make him as comfortable as possible. The way he warmed up, I actually thought he was going to be OK, but in the stretch of the race, he didn’t want any part of it. I had a veterinarian check him out after the race and he actually had a touch of a gas colic.” Cleary gave Rodeo Rock a few weeks off to recover, but after a fifth and seventh in his next two starts at the end of June, Cleary stopped again. “He raced OK one start at Pocono after the break. I raced him once more at Chester and he was horrible. He wasn’t acting good, he wasn’t feeling good, so I sent him to the clinic,” Cleary said. “They scoped his stomach and he had ulcers. I gave him two weeks in the field and I treated him heavily for his stomach. He’s acting much better. “You just have to go back to the basics, let them be a horse, let them get back out into the field,” Cleary said. “They’ll rectify a lot of those problems themselves when they get out in the field.” Rodeo Rock returned in a qualifier over a sloppy track at Harrah’s Philadelphia August 6. He came from 8 1/2 lengths behind in fourth at the half to win by 2 1/4 in 1:55.2 with Goodell back in the bike. Despite the slow time, which Cleary attributed to the adverse conditions, the trainer was encouraged. “The biggest goal going into the qualifier was to braven him up and let him run down horses because that’s what he loves to do,” Cleary said. “It’s a little bit hard to get a reading on it because the weather was so bad. It was an absolute downpour, so I think it was hard for every horse to get around the track. Eric knows him pretty well and was happy with him. He said he was very strong, he was very pleased with him, so I’ll take his word on that.” Rodeo Rock drew post six for his return Saturday night and will be paired with Goodell again. Dr J Hanover is the 3-1 morning line favorite from post four off a nose loss on the front end in this class two weeks ago. Control Tower, who beat Dr J Hanover in that start, was sixth last week from post six, but drew post two this week and is 10-1 for Austin Siegelman and Nick Surick. Perfectly Close has been claimed three times in his last six starts and now trainer Michael Temming is bumping him up into the Open ranks. He will benefit from an assigned post one. The Real One was third in the Open last week and won it July 27; he will start from post five. Shneonucrzydiamnd, I’m Some Graduate, and Imarocnrollegend complete the lineup. “I know the horses that are in there and I want him driven the right way,” Cleary said of Rodeo Rock, who he plans to campaign at Yonkers and in Pennsylvania for the remainder of the year. “We can’t overdrive him when he’s been off for two months since his last start. I’ll be more than happy to let him race like he did in the Levy Final. Let him race from off the pace and pace home hard, hopefully he’s got some pace on the end of it. “It’s not even about a check, it’s about the horse racing good and finishing up strong.” Saturday’s card also features the $46,000 Open Trot and $46,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace.  Yonkers Raceway features live harness racing Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights. First post time is 6:50 p.m. For entries to the races, click here. By Brandon Valvo, for the SOA of NY

Monticello, NY-- The final two races in the Italy vs NAADA Friendship Competition were contested at Monticello Raceway on Tuesday afternoon (Aug. 6) and when the shouting was over NAADA's Alan Schwartz and Chris Doherty each emerged victorious in their respective splits; Schwartz won his with We're Gonna Rock in 2:01.2 while Doherty copped his division with Machmemackie in 2:00.1. It was the first time that NAADA has swept all four races in an international competition on American soil. Perhaps that both races were for pacers gave NAADA an advantage since only trotting events are contested in Italy. Sent off as the 3-5 betting favorite Schwartz decided to find a hole when the gate sprung and he did in fifth position along the pylons, a position he held until he moved first up at the half as Monica Banca showed the way with Ryan's Mistress. It wasn't until they reached the three quarters that We're Gonna Rock had the leader in sight. When they headed for home Schwartz only tapped the wheel discs and shouted at his steed and little-by-little We're Gonna Rock began gaining ground on Ryan's Mistress. And at the wire it took a photo to determine that Schwartz's charge was victorious by a head as Italy's Enrico Colombino garnered the show dough with Local Art. The winner, a 6-year-old Rock N Roll Heaven mare is owned by Twin Bridge Racing and trained by Frank Yanoti. She paid $3.30 for win. Young Christopher Doherty was joyous after his victory with Machmemacki. And he should have been, after all, it was is first driving victory this year and only the third of his fledgling career. "We got off to a good start, and with some confusion behind, me we had a four-length lead at the quarter," Doherty related. "But we were never in any trouble through out the entire mile." Even when Relentless Dreamer, driven by Italy's Michele Bechis, looked Machmemackie in the eye at the three quarters Doherty said he still had plenty of horse which proved correct when, on the final turn Doherty's charge began to draw away from his challengers and went on to a 2-1/2 length victory over Relentless Dreamer. Despite a covered two-hole trip the entire way in the deep stretch Yankee Devil in rein to Enrico Colombino, could do no better than a third place finish. A recent purchase by Jim Doherty Jr and John Santini and trained by Doherty, Machmemacki paid $8.10 to win. by John Manzi, for NAADA

Plainville, MA --- The Massachusetts Sire Stakes (MASS) are still about two months away, but horses eligible to the $1.8 million (est.) series are already preparing to compete in that stake in competition at many tracks. At Plainridge Park on Friday afternoon a pair of 3-year-olds, one on each gait, moved one step closer to being ready after adding solid wins in their respective races. RFL's Lord Command (Royalty For Life-Tetiana) put in a gutsy performance in the $10,000 conditioned event for 5-year-old and younger trotters and continues to build an impressive body of work as a sophomore. RFL's Lord Command (Jim Hardy) sat third to the quarter and then pulled by the half to pressure the leading Pembroke Monet (Drew Campbell) for the next half-mile. After hitting the three-quarters in 1:27.1, RFL's Lord Command took control from Pembroke Monet but still wasn't in the clear. He then had to deal with Valentin (Wally Watson) who was trotting up a storm on the outside. Valentin got within a head of RFL's Lord Command at the top of the lane but the leader would not submit and RFL's Lord Command stayed tough to the wire, winning by 1/2 length in 1:57. It was the fifth win in only nine starts this year for RFL's Lord Command ($4.00) for owner/breeder Al Ross. Jim Hardy trains the winner. RFL's Lord Command is a 3/4 brother to Muscles Jared who was a 2-year-old MASS champion in 2016. On the pacing side, Good Heavens (Rock N Roll Heaven-Ms Pininfarina) scored an equally impressive win in the $10,000 conditioned event for 5-year-old and younger side-wheelers and kept his winning streak alive in the process. Good Heavens (Drew Campbell) left for position from post eight and dropped in fifth by the quarter. But that pylon position was vacated after they hit the front straight as Campbell brought Good Heavens first up to challenge Radical (Jim Hardy) who was cutting the mile. By the time they hit the half these two tangled eye to eye and were pacing strong up the backside in a :27.1 split. At the three-quarter, Good Heavens cleared and opened up a length advantage in the final bend. But as they were heading down the stretch, Radical found new life on the outside and was barreling down on the leader. The two hit the wire together, but Good Heavens hit it first by a neck in 1:54.2. It was the third straight win for Good Heavens ($4.80) and the winning time equaled the geldings lifetime mark set just last week. Nancy Longobardi owns Good Heavens who is trained by Ivan Davies. The gelding was bred by Frederick Hertrich III. Drew Campbell had a driving Grand Slam on Friday, pushing him to 72 wins for the meet at Plainridge. Live racing resumes at Plainridge Park on Monday (Aug. 5) with post time at 4 p.m. and there will be a $16,715 carryover in the sixth race Wicked Hi-5 Pentafecta jackpot wager. By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts    

As 2010 Horse of the Year, Rock N Roll Heaven became the inaugural recipient of the Harness Racing Museum’s Delvin & Mary Lib Miller Horse of the Year Perpetual Trophy. The members of the Museum elected Rock N Roll Heaven to harness racing’s Hall of Fame in December 2016.   Year of Induction: 2017 Year of Birth: 2007 Inducted as a: Racehorse Election Into Living Hall of Fame: 2016 Gait: Pacer Record: p,3,1:47.3 Earnings: $2,748,818 Sire: Rocknroll Hanover Dam: Artistic Vision Sire of Dam: Artsplace   Biography:  Bred by Charles “Cotton” Nash, Julie Nash, Francene Nash and Steve Stewart, 2010 Horse of the Year and world champion pacer Rock N Roll Heaven was foaled on April 29, 2007 in Paris, Kentucky. The yearling was purchased at the Lexington Selected Sale in October 2008 for $57,000 by Roy O’Hagan, who then sold the colt to current owner Frank J. Bellino of Bronxville, New York the following June. Rock N Roll Heaven was trained by Bruce Saunders and his primary driver was Dan Dube. At the time of his retirement from racing, Rock N Roll Heaven was the tenth-leading single-season money winning Standardbred of all time, recording 20 wins out of 30 career starts. Rock N Roll Heaven’s 2009 two-year-old season was highlighted by victories in the New Jersey Sire Stakes final and a division of the Bluegrass. At Harrah’s Chester in September, he set the world record for two-year-olds on a five-eighths mile track (1:50.3). The freshman finished with an impressive 9-4-4-1 record and $592,626 in earnings. In 2010, three-year-old Rock N Roll Heaven won sixteen of twenty-one starts, earning $2,156,192, and was that year’s leading money winning Standardbred. Victories included the Breeders Crown, Little Brown Jug, Tattersalls Pace, Battle of the Brandywine, Messenger Stakes, Berry’s Creek Final, Matron Stakes, Bluegrass Stakes and the New Jersey Sire Stakes Final. In winning the Little Brown Jug in record time (1:49.2h), Rock N Roll Heaven became the first horse to pace two sub-1:50 miles on the same day, while setting the world record for pacing on a half-mile track in a two-heat race, and the record for three-year-old pacers on the half-mile. Rock N Roll Heaven winning the Little Brown Jug in record time (1:49.2h) In 2010 he paced a record 11 sub-1:50 miles, with victories in 1:49.2 or faster on half-mile, five-eighths, seven-eighths and mile tracks.  Rock N Roll Heaven was voted 2010 Dan Patch Horse of the Year, Dan Patch Pacer of the Year, and Dan Patch and O’Brien Three-Year-Old Colt Pacer of the Year, and joined the ranks of the top ten single-season money winning Standardbreds of all time. As a stallion with five crops racing in North America, Rock N Roll Heaven has sired the winners of $26,673,814 with one millionaire to date. He has produced 253 winners, 82 with $100,00 plus earnings, 24 with $250,000 plus earnings, 8 with $500,000 plus earnings, 3 with $750,000 earnings and one millionaire, a filly Sassa Hanover. He progeny have average earnings of $56,623 per eligible horse and a per starter average of $84,411 a very good result for a young stallion. He also has 18 progeny with a record of 1.50 or faster. His leading North American progeny are detailed below - Leading Foals: Top 10 All Time by Earnings Foal Name YOF Gender Life Record Total Earnings Dam Last Raced SASSA HANOVER 2012 M P 3, 1:49.4 S   $1,227,824  SAYO HANOVER  2018 DIVINE CAROLINE  2012 M P 3, 1:49.2 M   $880,335  LOVING CAROLINE  2016 ROCKIN IN HEAVEN  2012 H P 6, 1:49.2 S   $681,335  TROPIC'S BEACHGIRL  2018 BLAZIN BRITCHES  2014 M P 3, 1:48.4 M   $575,911  SOGGY BRITCHES  2018 SOTO  2012 H P 4, 1:48.4 F   $569,565  INCREDIBLE BEAUTY  2019 SPRINGSTEEN  2015 H P 3, 1:48.3 F   $557,762  AMERICAN CHARM  2018 FINE DIAMOND  2013 H P 5, 1:50.0 S   $518,290  YELLOW DIAMOND  2019 ARQUE HANOVER  2012 H P 4, 1:49.4 F   $502,794  A PIPPIN HANOVER  2018 MACKENZIE A  2012 M P 5, 1:52.4 H   $487,263  KEPT FOR PLEASURE  2018 BAND OF ANGELS  2012 M P 3, 1:50.0 M   $484,038  TIME N AGAIN  2015 Leading Foals: Top 10 All Time by Record  Foal Name YOF Gender Life Record Total Earnings Dam Last Raced SPRINGSTEEN  2015 H P 3, 1:48.3 F $557,762  AMERICAN CHARM  2018 BLAZIN BRITCHES  2014 M P 3, 1:48.4 M $575,911  SOGGY BRITCHES  2018 SOTO  2012 H P 4, 1:48.4 F $569,565  INCREDIBLE BEAUTY  2019 HEAVEN'S GAIT  2014 H P 3, 1:49.0 S $250,860  BOOYA BEACH  2018 BELL I NO  2012 G P 6, 1:49.1 M $213,229  JERSEY DREAM  2019 DIVINE CAROLINE  2012 M P 3, 1:49.2 M $880,335  LOVING CAROLINE  2016 BEAST MODE  2013 G P 4, 1:49.2 S $135,618  GAIA'S GOLD  2018 ROCKIN IN HEAVEN  2012 H P 6, 1:49.2 S $681,335  TROPIC'S BEACHGIRL  2018 MYSHARONA BLUECHIP  2012 H P 4, 1:49.3 F $193,897  MARIAH BLUE CHIP  2019 HEAVEN ROCKS A  2012 G P 6, 1:49.3 F $418,856  MENDELICO  2018     Millionaire, Rock N Roll Heaven filly Sassa Hanover winning the Jugette Rock N Roll Heaven has also stood Down Under and his progeny have done exceptionally well especially in Australia where he has sired the winners of over $10,500,000 to date. He has produced 209 winners from 304 starters that have average earnings of over $34,000 per starter a grand record. Rock N Roll Heaven was the Sire of the Champion filly from last year Shez All Rock, 11 starts for 10 wins with $426,350 in earnings. She came to New Zealand prior to been exported to North America winning two Classics in the process, completely dominating her class like never before. Shez All Rock winning the $160,000 New Zealand Oaks Shez All Rock winning the $150,000 New Zealand Jewels Let us not forget Heaven Rocks another top colt by Rock N Roll Heaven that was bred in Australia but raced mostly in New Zealand and now making a name for himself in North America. Heaven Rocks won 11 races in New Zealand mostly in spectacular fashion. He had earnings of $362,000 in New Zealand alone Here is just one of his outstanding and unbelievable impressive wins. Heaven Rocks winning the $150,000 Emerald   In New Zealand Rock N Roll Heaven has 126 foals of racing age for just under $2 million in progeny earnings, his best performer to date the Open Class Pacer AGs White Socks who has won $249,513 to date. AGs White Socks best win to date was in The Taylor Mile at Auckland. AGs White Socks winning The Taylor Mile At this years inaugural National Standardbred Yearling Sale at Karaka, Auckland on the 18th of February 2019, there is a Rock N Roll Heaven colt for sale entered by Breckon Farms called Shape Of You. He is Lot 106 and is from the race winning Artsplace mare Stateofthenation. This colt is a ¾-brother in blood to (HEZA) HEAD HONCHO (p.2, 1.55.8f, 1.53.7f, 5 wins, $58,371) from the race winning Artsplace mare STATEOFTHENATION (1 win, $4,898). 2nd Dam is the Group 1 placed Affairs Of State (p.3, 2.00.1, 1 win, $50,811) who is a half-sister to 5 winners and has produced 5 winners from 6 starters to date including 2-time Group 3 placed (MY) CHACHINGCHACHING (p.2, 1.56.6, 1.51.6m, 15 wins, $175,474), RING THE TILL (1.57.4h, 6 wins, $31,085), HIGH SOCIETY GAL (p.3, 1.57.7, 4 wins, $18,737) and Group 1 placed Smart Fortune (p.2, 2.01.1, 1 wins at 2, $24,593). 3rd Dam is Champion mare UNDER COVER LOVER, a Million Dollar earning international Group 1 winner who is the dam of 6 winners incl Group 1 placed and Listed winner (MY) EXOTIC LOVER (p.2, 1.59.5, 2 wins, $110,336) who is the dam of Group 2 winner & Group 1 placed MATCH IN HEAVEN (p.2, 1.53.7m, 1.50.9m, 19 wins, $289,579).  This is the family of Million Dollar earner, Harness Jewels and 5-time Group 1 winner and 2YO NZ Record holder BETTOR COVER LOVER (p.2, 1.55, 1.53.8; 19 wins, $1,061,534). Lot 106 - Shape Of You Smooth Deal sensational in Young Guns Breckon Farms Young Gun Series kicks off $100,000 Queen Of Hearts – Who wins Miss Streisand makes it four straight Funatthebeach too strong in Ashburton Cup Captaintreacherous leading two-year-old sire Never Say Never N in 17th victory Greatest trotting stallion on earth – Muscle Hill Breckons make impact in three Countries Harnesslink Media

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, December 1, 2018 - Rodeo Rock (Eric Goodell, $28.20), one of eight come-from-behind winners during Saturday night's (Dec. 1st) 10-race harness racing card, disposed of Yonkers Raceway's $44,000 Open Handicap Pace in first-up fashion. Away fourth from assigned post position No. 2, Rodeo Rock swallowed up early (:26.3, 56) leader Mach it So (Joe Bongiorno) just past a 1:24 three-quarters. Rodeo Rock quick opened two lengths off the final turn, then held off even-money favorite Great Vintage (Jim Marohn Jr.) by three-quarters of a lengths in 1:52.4. The latter, trapped in behind a tiring leader, angled out but could not reach. Christen Me N (Matt Kakaley), Soho Lennon A (Jordan Stratton) and Bettor Memories (Jason Bartlett) rounded out the payees. For seventh choice Rodeo Rock, a 5-year-old Rock N Roll Heaven gelding owned by Royal Wire Products and trained by Robert Cleary, it was his eighth win in 28 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $92, the triple returned $448 and the superfecta paid $1,005. The Raceway offers a Sunday (Dec. 2nd) matinee, with a first post of 11:45 AM. Frank Drucker

CHESTER PA - The Rock N Roll Heaven mare Oceania overcome the worst win-producing post at Harrah's Philadelphia, the trailing post nine (fewer than one win every 20 starts at 4.8%), in winning a $14,500 featured distaff pace during a special post-Thanksgiving Friday night harness racing program at the southeast Pennsylvania oval. Driver Scott Zeron, a three-time winner on the card, got the winner away alertly in third behind the two favorites, pacesetting JK Jazzitup and pocketsitting Bronze Over N, with early fractions of 27.4 and 57.2. When moved outside off the second turn by Zeron, Oceania grabbed right on the bit and jetted up to challenge, and she was right at JK Jazzitup by the 1:24.4 3/4s. Around the turn and into the stretch it was the 9-1 horse on the outside, and not the 2-1 horse against the pegs, who proved stronger. Bronze Over N, the race favorite, shook clear inside the tiring pacesetter, but her late kick was not enough after Oceania had built up a full head of steam that she kept going to the wire. The winner is trained by Robert Cleary for the partnership of Royal Wire Products Inc. and United Process Control Company. "The Napolitano brothers swept the Daily Double" is a phrase usually used at Pocono, not Harrah's Philadelphia. However, with the season at the mountain oval having concluded last Saturday, Anthony Napolitano visited Harrah's for the first time in 2018 and promptly wound up in the winners circle with trotter Gustavo Fring after the evening's first race, with brother George then taking the second contest with Carson Hill. "Anthony Nap" had a 2pl1 victory with E Dee's Well Said here last season, but this was the first time he had gone under the wire first at Philly since a victory with Tom's Torpedo on October 18, 2013. Anthony would have two more victories late on the card, with former pacing fair queen Unbeamlieveable and with trotter Delcrest Holiday, for a total of three wins on his local seasonal debut - but remember this is the driver who has led The Meadowlands two separate times during winter meets. Tim Tetrick was top driver on the card with four trips to Victory Lane. PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia

The $20,000 Open Pace was comprised of just five horses on Saturday night at Saratoga Casino Hotel following a pair of scratches. Amanda Kelley's Mar Nien A (Rock N Roll Heaven) had been first or second in all of his local starts since coming to town in September and on Saturday night was the public's 3-5 betting favorite in the feature. Jay Randall, who has become the regular reinsman for Mar Nien A, wasted no time moving the favorite out to the lead in the Open and once he got there, Mar Nien A never faced an anxious moment. The Australian invader cruised to a 1:52.3 victory on Saturday, his second score in the Open since coming to town and his fourth win in six starts since the move to the Kelley stable. JK Panache (Shawn Gray) continues to be a force in the feature and was the runner-up to the big favorite on Saturday while longshot Itsonlyrocknroll A (Larry Stalbaum) earned the show spot. The exacta paid $9.00 and with the field condensed to just five participants, there was no triple wagering. Though Mar Nien A is too late of an addition to the Spa to be considered for any of the end of the season awards, the six year old certainly looks like he will be a force to be reckoned with on Saturday nights for quite some time. Live racing continues on Sunday afternoon with a first post time of 12:15pm. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway  

Mar Nien A (Rock N Roll Heaven) prevailed in his first start for new connections last Saturday night (Sept 15th) when he parlayed a pocket trip to victory in 1:51.1 at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The Amanda Kelley trainee moved up into the $15,000 Open Pace this weekend and despite the step up, was the public's 1-5 betting favorite. Jay Randall sat behind the six year old Australian invader who had just four starts under his belt in the USA before his try in the Saturday Open. Randall sat back patiently with the big chalk in a first half that went in 55.3. Mar Nien A made his move heading to three quarters before tipping off the cover of rival Lachie Maguire N (Bruce Aldrich Jr) and powering past his rivals to draw away to win in 1:52 on a chilly evening in the Spa City. Lachie Maguire N was the Open's runner-up while All Artist (Billy Dobson) earned the show spot. Mar Nien A was purchased by the Scheigert Racing Stable, LLC just a few weeks ago and the expensive investment is already beginning to pay dividends as the six year old gelding appears to be one that will be a force in the local Open moving forward. The 1-5 favorite led an exacta and triple in the feature that came back $14 and $40.20, respectively. Live racing continues on Sunday afternoon at Saratoga with a 15-race card highlighted by eight New York Sire Stakes Excelsior Finals, each of which will go for a purse of $55,000. First post time is set for 12:15pm. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway  

Vernon Downs will host two divisions of the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) for 2-year-old pacing colts & geldings, in a special Labor Day matinee on Monday (September 3). Both divisions will race for a purse of $56,500. The first division features three time winner Major Blake (Jason Bartlett) as the 5-2 morning line choice. Matthew Bencic, Howard Berke, and trainer Sam Schillaci own the colt by Art Major-Bet Your Life. He has paced his way to NYSS wins at Yonkers ($53,000) on June 26, Tioga Downs ($36,566) on July 29, and again at Yonkers ($52,000) on August 24. The second morning line choice in the first division is the Brett Pelling trained Reigning Deo (Jim Morrill Jr.) at 7-2. The colt by Rock N Roll Heaven-Little Miss K is owned by Deo Volente Farms, Pelling Racing, and S Gordon. Reigning Deo is two for four with a NYSS win at Saratoga ($81,750). The first division will also include four time NYSS winner Melodies Major (Tyler Buter) at 9-2. Owned by Martin Scharf and trained by Mark Ford, he is a colt by Art Major-Hilarious. He got his wins at Yonkers ($52,000), Monticello ($54,500), Buffalo ($53,500), and Tioga Downs ($35,866). In the second division, the morning line favorite is Hickfromfrenchlick (Ray Schnittker) at 5-2. The colt by So Surreal-My Girl's A Star is owned by Nolamaura Racing LLC., Thomas Spatorico, and trainer Schnittker. He has three wins in four starts including a big win in the Lawrence B. Sheppard Pace ($100,000) on July 14th at Yonkers Raceway. The Second morning line choice is the Erv Miller trained Cub Fan (Marcus Miller). The gelding by So Surreal-Pardon is owned by Michael Anderson. Cub Fan is one for three in his young career. His victory was a Geers Stakes ($25,200) win at Tioga Downs. The 11 race card at Vernon Downs on Monday (September 3) starts at 1:05 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com by John Horne, for Vernon Downs

YONKERS, N.Y. – Rene Allard admits Springsteen can be a complicated horse to deal with and the challenge is reflected in the colt’s results. His sophomore season has been a mix of impressive miles and dull efforts. He won the $500,000 Max Hempt Memorial and two divisions of New York Sire Stakes, but came up flat in the Carl Milstein, Adios, and Art Rooney Pace.  Allard looks to make amends for the Rooney loss when he sends Springsteen out in the $500,000 Messenger Stakes Saturday night (Sept. 1), slated as race seven on a stakes-laden card. The son of Rock N Roll Heaven drew the inside while rival Jimmy Freight landed post eight. “We’re happy with the season. Obviously, he threw a couple clinkers, there’s a couple races I wish he would have shown up better,” Allard said. “The final of the Art Rooney, he tied up that start and then the start at Northfield. Other than that, he’s a nice horse, he’s got high speed. We’re happy with him.” Springsteen suffers from tying up when he trains too hard and deals with trying conditions, like long trips to the races and drastic changes in the weather. He can also be a difficult horse to drive. All these factors converged two starts back in the Milstein. After shipping all the way to Ohio, Springsteen choked in the race when Lather Up broke to his outside on the second turn. “He had some tying up issues and he choked. (Lather Up) made a break and he shut his air off. He’s a real tricky horse,” Allard said. “When he sees the gate, he gets a little grabby and sometimes he shuts his air off. When he shuts his air off, that’s it, the race is over. That’s why the drivers have to be a little careful with him.  “If he doesn’t tie up and doesn’t shut his air off, he’s probably as good as any 3-year-old colt out there,” Allard continued. “So, we just kind of keep our fingers crossed that everything goes good and have the equipment on him to control him and so far, 90 percent of the time it’s been working out.” Everything worked out in the Hempt Final at Pocono Downs June 30. Springsteen followed the cover of Hitman Hill and Lather Up as Dorsoduro Hanover paced through a :53.1 opening half-mile. Simon Allard tugged on the right line before the three-quarters and Springsteen charged three-wide. He circled Lather Up past a 1:20.2 panel, the 1-9 favorite off his North America Cup and Hempt elimination wins offering no resistance.  Allard drove Springsteen confidently into the stretch, the colt drifting wide and the driver still holding the whip over his shoulder as he leaned flat in the bike. Allard finally went to the whip in the final sixteen as Nutcracker Sweet shot through up the passing lane and put a head in front. Allard sat up in the bike and gave Springsteen a pair of right-handers and the colt extended, edging his nose in front just as the glow of the finish line lights appeared. He registered a head win in 1:48.3. “He’s definitely got high speed and he’s a nice horse and it’s been a very fun ride, for sure,” Allard said. Allard bought Springsteen with Bruce Soulsby midway through his 2-year-old season. After watching Springsteen use a :26.1 final quarter to finish second in a Metro Pace elimination at Mohawk last September for Chris Ryder, Allard and Soulsby finally came to an agreement to purchase the horse during the Grand Circuit meet at the Red Mile, adding partners Alan Weisenberg and Kapildeo Singh.  Springsteen finished seventh in the International Stallion Stakes in Lexington Oct. 7, but the June 2 foal kept on improving. He registered his first win in a $12,000 maiden at Pocono Oct. 22 and won the Matron at Dover in his next start. Springsteen capped his freshman year with a win in the Governor’s Cup elimination and a seventh in the final after being parked the mile. “We watched him finish second in the Metro Pace elimination and he came a huge last quarter. That’s when he caught my eye and I was talking to Bruce Soulsby about it and we ended up making a deal in Lexington. Chris Ryder did a tremendous job training him down and getting him ready,” Allard said. “I don’t see why he wouldn’t keep on going and keep on improving. Last year, toward the end of the year he just kept getting better and better.” Springsteen finished a distant second to Jimmy Freight in his Messenger elimination last week, pacing a 1:51.2 mile and finishing 3 ¾ lengths behind the latter’s track-record effort. Off a 14-day break since his Milstein effort, Allard was happy with the trial. “He was first-over to a horse that was just unbelievable. That was a huge mile, off 14 days and we don’t do a lot with him between races,” Allard said. “He’s one of those that you can’t train real hard between races, so I expect him to be a little better this week. I think he should be tighter. We just kind of keep him on his routine, light work every day. We don’t work him real hard, just kind of steady all week. No hard, fast miles, a lot of slow miles.” Springsteen already won the Messenger post position draw. Although Springsteen typically doesn’t show early speed, Allard loves the prospect of starting along the pylons while Jimmy Freight will start from the far outside. Last week’s other elimination winner, Babes Dig Me, drew post five while the other runner-up, JK Wildfire, drew post four. Stay Hungry will try to keep his Triple Crown hopes alive from post six. Winston, Topville Olympian, and Nutcracker Sweet complete the lineup. “Everything kind of has to go his way, but he has high speed and I think he’s in a good spot there. He’s got the rail, the best horse has the eight hole. I think the draw could not work any better,” Allard said. “Brian (Sears) is going to have to work his magic. Of all the drivers at Yonkers, Brian is one of if not the best ones and I have a lot of confidence in him, so I’m going to let him do his thing.” Saturday’s card also features the $500,000 Yonkers Trot for 3-year-olds in race six where Six Pack is favored over Helpisontheway. Lindsey`s Pride, Lindy`s Big Bang, Maxus, Mississippi Storm, Tito, and The Veteran will try to upend the favorites. The filly companions to the Messenger and Yonkers Trot, the $129,014 Hudson Trot and $122,904 Lady Maud Pace go as races four and five, respectively. The night’s $44,000 Open Handicap Pace goes to post in race eight and features Bit Of A Legend and Evenin Of Pleasure. First post time is 6:50 p.m. For entries to the races, click here.  By Brandon Valvo, for the SOA of NY

Skip Jive (Jimmy Whittemore) won the Vernon Downs featured pace ($6,500) on Saturday (August 18). Whittemore wins four. Skip Jive ($8.80) jumped out to the lead and never looked back. Owned by Diane Whittemore and trained by Dennis Whittemore, he put up all the fractions (:28.4, :55.0, 1:22.1, 1:50.3). He held off the late charging JDs Brent N Sheree (Truman Gale) to secure the victory. Weapon to win (John MacDonald) finished third. Skip Jive is a 5-year-old gelding by Rock N Roll Heaven. It was win number five this season. He now has 16 career victories, none faster than tonight. Leading driver of the meet, Jimmy Whittemore, added four more wins to his total for the season. His other three wins came with Kerry B ($40.20), Muffin's Man ($8.80), and Serious Major ($4.60). Truman Gale added two wins on the night as well. He went to the winner's circle with Coopers Beach ($13.40) and Western Toro ($4.90). Vernon Downs returns to live racing on Thursday (August 23) featuring two division of the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) for freshman trotting fillies. Post Time is 6:10. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com by John Horne, for Vernon Downs

Two year old pacing colts taking part in the New York Sire Stakes were featured on Tuesday night at Saratoga Casino Hotel. There were two divisions of the $80,000+ Sire Stakes for freshman colts and in the first division, what looked like it would be a battle of the titans between the undefeated Melodies Major and the super-fast superstar Major Blake never came to fruition. The Sam Schillaci-trained Major Blake was a late scratch due to sickness which made Melodies Major (Art Major-Hilarious-Die Laughing) a 1-9 favorite as the freshman looked to build on a beginning to his career that yielded four wins in four tries. On Tuesday night, Tyler Buter once again piloted the Mark Ford trainee and moved the star pacer out to the early lead in his $81,750 division of the NYSS. Though Melodies Major had his way on the front end, the freshman came up empty and longshot Reigning Deo (Rock N Roll Heaven- Little Miss K- Artsplace) came from well off the pace to prevail in career-best fashion. Jim Morrill Jr. piloted the freshman to the 1:54.2 victory for trainer Brett Pelling. Buddy Hill (Scott Zeron) was the runner-up for the second consecutive start while World On Edge (Matt Kakaley) earned the show spot. The heavily backed Melodies Major faded sharply late and ended up last. Reigning Deo returned $24.40 to win in recording his second victory in just three career starts. The other division of the NYSS for two year old pacing colts and geldings went the way of Bicorne Hanover (Art Major-Boldnbrash Hanover-The Panderosa) who pulled off the mild upset as he and driver Matt Kakaley went wire-to-wire in 1:54.3. Bicorne Hanover is now a two-time winner in the New York Sire Stakes this season as the Ron Burke trainee took advantage of post position one to wire the field. Returning $11.40 to win, Bicorne Hanover bested longshot runner-up KJ Leo (Scott Zeron) and co-favored Jack Nation (Jim Morrill Jr) who earned the show spot. The 1:54.3 clocking served as a lifetime mark for the freshman pacer. Live racing continues on Wednesday evening at Saratoga with live racing starting at 7:05pm. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway  

Dee's Rocketman (Andy Santeramo) takes the Open Pace ($11,000) at Tioga Downs on Sunday (August 5). Dee's Rocketman ($9.70) went right to the front and hit the first quarter in :28.3. Dreams Beachboy (Gates Brunet) took over as they went by the stands the first time. He led to the half in :56.4 and three-quarters in 1:23.1. Dee's Rocketman was patient in the loose pocket. Owned by Joe Martinelli Sr. and trained by Mickey Mc Nichol, he flew down the stretch to win in 1:50.4, equaling his lifetime best. Dreams Beachboy held for second with Dash Of Danger (Corey Braden) getting third money. Dee's Rocketman is a 6-year-old ridgling by Rock N Roll Heaven. It was his 10th win this season and career victory number 21. Trainer Mike Deters wins four races on the day Deters got three wins with driver Jim Meittinis, Ideal Feeling ($3.60), Doo Wop Hanover ($6.00), and Winyard Hanover ($4.20). His fourth win was with Hurricane Howard ($25.00) and driver Mike Merton. The drivers win title continues to be wide open. Jim Meittinis leads all driver with 44 wins this season. Mike Merton is second with 42 wins. Aaron Byron is third with 40 wins. Jim Taggart Jr. is fourth with 39 wins. Andy Santeramo occupies the fifth spot with 33 wins. Gary Messenger leads all trainers with 28 wins so far this season. His top rival is defending champion Mike Deters with 26 victories. Tioga Downs returns to live racing on Friday (August 10) featuring the Tompkins Geers racing series for freshman trotters and pacers. Post time is 6:15 p.m. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com by John Horne, for Tioga Downs

YONKERS, NY, Sunday, July 28, 2018--Yonkers Raceway Monday night (July 30th) hosts the $172,000 New York Sire Stakes Bruce Hamilton Pace for 3-year-old harness racing colts and geldings. Post time for the dozen-race card is 6:50 PM, with the sire stakes event going as races 7 (purse $85,250) and 8 (purse $86,750), respectively. The event again honors the memory of one of the true movers and shakers (not to mention a damn fine fellow) in the state's harness program. The opening event for the big boys offers some solid resumes, the haughtiest of which belongs to Springsteen (Dave Miller, post 2). The season has been highlighted by a win in the half-million-dollar final of Pocono's Max Hempt Memorial (life-best 1:48.3). He hits town, though, after faltering first-up in the his elim of the Adios. The son of Rock N Roll Heaven, co-owned (as Allard Racing) by (trainer) Rene Allard, Bruce Soulsby, Alan Weisenberg and Kapildeo Singh. has two wins in six starts ($286,500). Rootin' Tootin' (Mark MacDonald, post 6) has plied his craft versus statebreds, with sire stakes wins at Saratoga (life-best 1:52.1). The Roll with Joe colt is co-owned by (trainer) Blake MacIntosh, Stuart McIntosh, Robert MacNeil and Fred Brayford. Topville Olympian (Brian Sears, post 5) and Twin B Tuffenuff (George Brennan, post 7) have both been bridesmaids in their last two statebred sojourns. Monday night's second and final division finds the return of Art Rooney Pace winner Trump Nation (Jason Bartlett, post 2). The son of Betterthancheddar, who wired that $300,000 event in a life-best 1:51.3, comes back after sire stakes wins at Buffalo and Saratoga. For the season, he's 5-for-8 with $238,896 in the till for co-owners Evan Katz and Crawford Racing. My Delight (Brent Holland, post 5) authored a 34-1 upset in a $23,066 division of the Reynolds here in mid-May, then won (at 14-1) a sire stakes event at Vernon (life-best 1:49.4). Ostro Hanover (Miller, post 7) tries it after a 10-1 statebred win at Saratoga. Rockapelo (Sears, post 8) has hit the board in six of his eight '18 tries, including a win (life-best 1:50.2) in his $24,000 division of Tioga's Geers. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

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