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For the second consecutive night, driver Bruce Aldrich Jr and trainer Jose Godinez teamed up for the winner of the harness racing feature at Saratoga Casino Hotel. After recording a win in Friday's feature for fillies and mares, the Aldrich-Godinez tandem prevailed with RU Ready To Rock (Rocknroll Hanover) in Saturday's $18,000 Open Pace. The eight year old pacer who had been the runner-up in each of his last two tries in the Saratoga Open started from post three in Saturday's installment of the feature and wound up picking up cover in a race that was primed for closers to thrive. With first half fractions of 26.4 and 55.3 setting the table for the closers, RU Ready To Rock tipped off his cover turning for home in what wound up being a blanket finish. All eight horses finished within two lengths of each other with the top four finishers only separated by a total of a neck. RU Ready To Rock pulled off the upset at odds of 11-1 and bested Macherati (Mark Beckwith) and Ronny Bugatti (Jim Devaux) who ran second and third. RU Ready To Rock stopped the timer in 1:52.3 while recording his first Open win of the season at the Spa. The exacta and triple in the wide open feature paid $123 and $711. RU Ready To Rock is owned by Anthony Nicometo and the Blindswitch Racing Stable of New York whose Dilly Dali scored in the $10,060 Friday feature for distaffers. Live racing continues on Sunday afternoon at Saratoga with a matinee beginning at 12:15pm. Mike Sardella  

Columbus, OH --- Great minds think alike and when they all concur, their wallets are bound not only to come out of their pockets, but Franklins tend to fly. That is most certainly the case after Rick Berks, Peter Blood and Steve Elliott conferred on where to place defending Dan Patch Award harness racing male pacing champion Boston Red Rocks. “I have been involved in this business for 50 years and Steve has for 40,” Blood said. “Rick has generously contributed to the sport for decades. When we talked, we all agreed to supplement him to this race (Progress Pace, eliminations on Nov. 21 and final on Nov. 28 at Dover Downs). I have always believed you build a foundation for a horse and then they show you what they want to do. After his race last week he deserves that chance.” Blood was referring to the lifetime mark of 1:49.3 the son of Rocknroll Hanover-McGibson accrued in a powerful performance in Thursday’s (Nov. 10) $160,200 Matron Stake at Dover Downs. Steered by regular pilot Tim Tetrick, Boston Red Rocks defeated rivals that dominated the headlines this season in Check Six and Racing Hill off a first-over journey by open lengths. That performance reinforced not only the act of producing a hefty check, but rewarded the faith the horse’s connections had that never waned. After a trip in the $25,000 second leg of the New Jersey Sire Stakes on May 28 at The Meadowlands where Boston Red Rocks was fortunate merely to stay on his feet, he overcame being carried out nine-wide and interfered with to pace an explosive last quarter-mile in :25.2 to just miss the victory in finishing third. He returned the following week with another brutal foray in the NJSS to finish second to Katies Rocker by a neck in the $100,000 final. Since those two efforts, Boston Red Rocks was fourth in the $780,000 North America Cup final, third in the $500,000 Max Hempt Memorial final, seventh in the $732,050 Meadowlands Pace final and seventh in his Breeders Crown elimination. The Progress Pace may very well be the forum for the colt to demonstrate why he was the top ranked 3-year-old pacer in preliminary rankings this spring. He definitely has already illustrated he belongs and is well worth the wager Berks and Blood have plunked down for this participation in the Progress Pace. by Kim French, USTA Internet News Editor

WILKES-BARRE PA - Scott Rocks, a member of an elite club of double season's leaders on the various sizes of North American harness racing tracks, opened an insurmountable lead on the far turn in Saturday's $20,000 pacing feature at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, then coasted home to a 2½ length victory in 1:50 - the fourth mile to go in 1:50 on, fittingly, a low-50s temperature night at The Downs. The meet's winningest driver and trainer, George Napolitano Jr. and Chris Oakes, clicked for the second time on the night with the victorious Rocknroll Hanover gelding, with the final time especially impressive when one notes that once making the lead Scott Rocks and "George Nap" were able to rate the second quarter to 29.2. There was no getting to the winner of two straight races after that as defeated the winner of last week's feature, E Street Plan, for owners Susan Oakes and Chuck Pompey, who saw the pacer elevate his bankroll to $156,174 for the year and $493,279 lifetime. Scott Rocks set the season's record for older pacing geldings for 5/8-mile tracks with a 1:48 mile at Pocono May 28 (at the time the fastest mile in North American harness racing in 2016), and he set a world record of 1:49 over the half-mile Northfield oval on September 3. Nine horses are double season's leaders - eight of them set world records in at least one of their spotlight efforts, and three (Always B Miki, Hannelore Hanover, and Huntsville) went on to become Breeders Crown champions. One winning streak had to fall (barring a dead-heat to win) in the $18,000 claiming handicap pace, as Terror Time A came into the event having won his last six starts and Rockin Rambaran had triumphed in his last five. But both streaks went by the boards as Freeneasy Hanover went three-wide under the finish line the first time, into the wind, to get the lead before the half and go on to victory in 1:50. The Western Ideal gelding was making his first start after a claim for trainer Chris Oakes and owner Susan Oakes, and driver George Napolitano Jr. was named on four horses in the race, including the two streakers - but those who followed him to "Freeneasy" got a $6.40 return. Terror Time A, the favorite, was trapped to headstretch and was zooming late for third, while Rockin Rambaran got unlucky and was hung without cover; indeed, he was the horse that Freeneasy Hanover circled the first time under the wire.   PHHA / Pocono      

WILKES-BARRE PA - E Street Plan, despite being away from the races for 21 days, thundered down the middle road of the stretch to be along in 1:49.1 while taking the $20,000 harness racing pacing feature at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono on Saturday.   E Street Plan was the first on top, but he yielded to favored Somewhere In L A before the rapid 26 quarter. It soon started to look that the gelded son of Rocknroll Hanover's fate was to be the "E Street shuffle," because as soon as Somewhere In L A cleared, Handsome Henry K made a wicked brush towards command, and the winner wound up third through Henry's wild middle numbers of 53.2 and 1:20.3.   Driver Eric Carlson got E Street Plan closer to the lead on the turn and out to the three-path in the stretch, and his pacer (who, yes, has raced at Freehold) found his best gear and strode clear late, 1½ lengths to the good at the wire. Somewhere In L A was up for second in a photo over another late charger, American Rage, with the speedy pacesetter Handsome Henry K another neck back in fourth.   Trainer Gilbert Garcia-Herrera had his charge sharp despite the brief respite to reduce his lifetime mark by 3/5 of a second for owner Michi Yvette Abday. He paid $26.20 to win.   Rockin Rambaran made it five wins in a row when he took the $18,000 high-level claiming handicap in 1:51.2 for driver George Napolitano Jr., trainer Chris Oakes, and owner Hunter Oakes. But the winner was claimed for the third straight week for the $25,000 tag - which is regarded as business as usual by the Oakes stable, which was one win behind the Rene Allard barn, 97-96, for the meet lead in training victories going into the card. Oakes and Allard have been going to the claiming box hammer and tongs the last couple Saturday nights - last week Allard claimed four, including three from Oakes, while losing two; this week Oakes claimed two, one from Allard, and lost one, while Allard claimed one.   Double season's leader Scott Rocks moved to the lead early and posted his 10th victory of the campaign in winning a $15,500 co-featured pace for Napolitano, Oakes, and owners Susan Oakes and Chuck Pompey. And if "double season's leader" elicited a mental shrug, here's the list of this year's other horses carrying that distinction heading into the weekend: Huntsville, Downbytheseaside, Dragnet Alert, Dayson, Hannelore Hanover, Obrigado, Betting Line, Wiggle It Jiggleit (the last-named pair season's leader on all three sizes of tracks), and Always B Miki. Of them, all but Dayson set a world record in a mile earning them inclusion - as did Scott Rocks, when he went 1:49 at Northfield for the older pacing gelding world record.   PHHA / Pocono    

DAYTON, OH. - Despite never seeing a pylon and still racing sixth at the three-quarter mile marker, Rockin Finish angled four-wide at the head of the stretch and swept to a 1:51.3 harness racing victory in Hollywood Dayton Raceway's $15,000 Open Pace on Saturday night (Oct. 22). Driver Eric Goodell, recently relocated to southwest Ohio and planning to compete on the Hollywood Dayton-Miami Valley circuit throughout the winter, was in the sulky of the 7-year-old gelding who notched his 8th win of 2016 and 36th of his career. The half-million-plus purse earner is a son of Rocknroll Hanover, owned by Gerrie Tucker, and trained by Tyler George. Hawk's Red Chief (Chris Page) was hustled from the outside post position directly to the front, clearing to the pylons just past the :26.4 quarter-mile clocking. Tail Gunner Hall (Kyle Ater), who was last week's feature race winner, settled into the pocket spot as favored My Buddy Ninkster (Josh Sutton), who paced the third fastest mile in track history (1:50) in a conditioned race his last start, moved first-over into the outer flow early in the second quarter. Eventual runnerup Sports Sinner (Dan Noble) took up residence in the second-over position throughout the middle stations with Rockin Finish in tow. The half was reached in :55 and the three-quarters in 1:22.1 before Rockin Finish collared the pacesetters during a :29.2 final panel. Dispatched at 7-1, Rockin Finish returned $17.60 to win, the $2 exacta coupled with Sports Sinner kicked back $67.80, while the 50-cent trifecta paid $79.25 with My Buddy Ninkster holding on for third. Gregg Keidel

FREEHOLD, NJ – October 6, 2016 – On Top Of the Rock and Steve Smith rally to take the featured event of the afternoon, the $25,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes Green Acres final for three-year-old filly pacers, at Freehold Raceway on Thursday (Oct. 6). The Karen Garland trained filly left from post position two to wire the field in 1:58.3.  The Rocknroll Hanover filly, bred by Goldfinger Enterprises of NY, dominated the field to push her earnings to $69,801. Eric Abbatiello and Heart of Gold held off a late charge from Chase Vendervort with Heatherjean to finish second. The feature trot race on the card was the $10,000 NJSS Standardbred Development Fund for two-year-old colts.  Kevin McDermott sent the favorite Backstage Pass to the track hoping for a repeat of the first leg, and the Donato Hanover colt did just that.  Jim Marshall called on Backstage Pass when the gate closed and never looked back winning by three lengths in 2:01.3.  This gives the colt; bred by White Birch Farm of Allentown, NJ, win number seven of nine lifetime starts.  Chili finished second while He’s In The Game followed in third. Freehold Raceway resumes racing on Friday October 7 with a post time of 12:30 pm. Courtney Stafford

Batavia, NY---In the featured $10,000 Open pace at Batavia Downs on Saturday night (Sept. 24), the only race was for second as the heavily favored invader, Scott Rocks led at all stations en route to registering the fastest pacing mile of the year at the Genesee County harness racing oval. John Cummings Jr. left with Scott Rocks and after easing him through a brutally sunlit first turn, got his horse in gear on the back straight and took the lead by the quarter in :27.4. As soon as he crossed over to the pylons, Cummings popped the plugs and took a reclined posture in the bike as he became a passenger for the rest of his ride. Scott Rocks was up by one and one-half lengths at the half in :56.2 and by two at three-quarters in 1:23.4. With the rest of the field scrambling to keep up at that point, the leader opened up three lengths under mild urging from Cummings and won wrapped-up in 1:52. China Dream (Shawn Gray) closed strong to catch second and Heaven Rocks (Kevin Cummings), who followed the winner the entire mile, hung on for third. It was the ninth win of the year, including three straight most recently for Scott Rocks ($2.50) and the purse increased his 2016 bank to $133,374 for owners Susan Oakes and Chuck Pompey. The 6-year-old gelded son of Rocknroll Hanover is trained by Chris Oakes. John Cummings Jr. had a driving grand slam on Saturday winning with Scott Rocks ($2.50, 1:52), Keystone Dalton ($3.10, 1:55), Foreign Officer ($4.30, 1:54.1) and Untouchable One ($3.40, 1:56). Drew Monti had a driving triple while Ray Fisher Jr. doubled up. Trainer JD Perrin conditioned three winning horses on the night. Racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Wednesday night (Sept. 28) with the first post at 6:15 p.m.   By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

Nowuseemegirl did not win from eight starts as a two-year-old and it took her 18 starts to break through for her first harness racing victory. But she has blossomed into a smart three-year-old, with six wins this year, three at Bunbury and one each at Bridgetown, Albany and Wagin. She will start from the coveted No. 1 barrier on the front line in the $18,000 Westralian Pace over 2130m at Gloucester Park on Friday night and has sound prospects. Trained at Capel by Andrew de Campo and driven by his son Aiden, Nowuseemegirl notched her third win from four starts after a spell when she gave a splendid performance to win from Legendary Lou and Sea Me Smile in 1.54.6 over 1609m at Bunbury last Saturday night. She started from barrier five and raced wide early before bursting to the front after 200m. The 400m sections whizzed by in 28.2sec., 29.9sec., 28.3sec. and 28.2sec. She began fast from the No. 7 barrier and set the pace before winning over 2100m at a 1.58.9 rate at Bunbury a week earlier. Nowuseemegirl is by American stallion Rocknroll Hanover and she is following a strong family tradition. She is the first foal out of Christian Cullen mare Nowuseeme, who earned $287,234 from 23 wins (13 at Gloucester Park) and 25 placings from 88 starts. Nowuseeme’s dam Nowuseemenowudont (by Holmes Hanover) was also a smart performer who had 65 starts for 16 wins (nine at Gloucester Park), 20 placings and stakes of $116,931 from 65 starts. Nowuseemegirl looks assured of breaking through soon for her first Gloucester Park success. She has raced on that track five times for two seconds, one fourth and two fifths. There is plenty of exposed form in Friday night’s race in which the inexperienced and lightly-raced Ladys Are Ideal appears hard to beat. She will start from the inside of the back line and should enjoy a favourable passage behind Nowuseemegirl, the likely pacemaker. Ladys Are Ideal won once from two starts in New Zealand in June and impressed with her stylish pacing action and natural speed at her Australian debut, when she led and won convincingly from Eyes On The Money and Gunna Get Lucky over 2130m on Tuesday of last week. “She’s a bit light on, but I think she’s a winning chance if she can get a clear crack at them,” said trainer Gary Hall sen. “There’s quite a few chances and I think she is a better horse with a sit.” Trainer Ross Olivieri’s noted frontrunner Sheer Rocknroll has been an odds-on favourite at her past two starts in which she began from the No. 2 barrier and set the pace over 1730m and 2130m at Gloucester Park. She will be at a reasonable quote after drawing awkwardly at the No. 6 barrier on the front line. But the filly with a record of ten wins and eight placings from 29 starts cannot be underestimated.     Eyes On The Money (Shane Young) and The Shadow Knows (Ron Young) have drawn favourably at No. 2 and No. 3, respectively and should be prominent.  A case can be made for all 12 runners in an event which should get the ten-event program away to an exciting start. Ken Casellas

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec, August 20, 2016 - Without the other "Big Three" to contend with this weekend, Wiggle It Jiggleit could very well have an easy time Sunday in the $200,000 Prix D'Ete Sunday afternoon at the Hippodrome 3R.ham Racing fans throughout Quebec will have the rare chance to see this world champion performer in their backyard. The Prix D'Ete is just for four-year-old pacers and Team Teague is taking full advantage of the opportunity for what many consider to be an easy payday. Just don't try and tell that to the other four contenders in the race. Wiggle It Jiggleit comes into the Prix D'Ete off a dramatic comeback victory in the $325,000 Dan Patch at Hoosier Park where he defeated rivals Always B Miki, All Bets Off, Shamballa and Freaky Feet Pete. None of those rivals are in the race on Sunday. The 2015 Harness Horse of the Year is the current money winner leader in 2016 with more than $1 million bankrolled this season. He sports 11 wins in 17 starts, four seconds and two third place finishes, thus he has never finished off the board this season. Owned by George Teague, Jr. and the Teague Racing Partnership of Delaware, WIJI starts from the rail on Sunday in the 10th race feature with George Teague's son, Montrell, handling the lines as he has done all season long. Most figure that WIJI, a son of Mr. Wiggles, will go off at odds of 1-9 and rightly so off his past performances and uncanny ability to dig in when most horses would back off. "What I am most pleased about him right now," said owner George Teague, Jr. "Is that he has settled down into a groove and is relaxed more when he races. It took a few starts but I think he is at his best now and last week really showed it." "He (WIJI) arrived in good shape," said trainer Clyde Francis. "It took us around 12 hours to get to Quebec (I got a little lost finding the training center outside of Montreal) but once we arrived, WIJI was feeling pretty good. He ate up all his feed and this morning I jogged him and he was ready to go a mile. He will be in top shape for tomorrow." Is WIHI a sure bet? Perhaps, but then again, the other four rivals in the short field cannot read a program. Rival Rockin Ron from post five, beat WIJI back on May 15 in the Confederation Cup final at Flamboro Downs. At that time the son of Real Desire was undefeated in ten starts this season. Trained by Ron Burke and part of an entry in the race with Rock N Roll World, Rockin Ron starts from post five. The gelded son of Real Desire has yet to win a race since beating WIJI, but still has earned $324,000 this season and was fourth to WIJI in a leg and the final of the Graduate Series. "There are not many horses that can beat Rockin Ron out of the starting gate," said his driver, Yannick Gingras. "Starting from post five I plan on leaving hard and seeing how it develops. I really want to be on the lead early. With a five-horse field strategy is the key and I think the race will be won or lost by position by the opening quarter mile. Stablemate Rock N Roll World goes from post four for driver Daniel Dube. Dube is a native of Trois-Rivieres and Gringras also grew up in Sorel, Quebec. Both are world class drivers and will have the home town crowd rooting them on. Rock N Roll World is sired by Rocknroll Hanover and just pasted the $100,000 mark in earnings this season with just two wins. He was third to WIJI three starts back in the Graduate Final, pacing his mile in 1:48, so he is also a contender in this race. In peak form coming into the Prix D'Ete is Rockin In Heaven from post three for driver Jody Jamieson. The son of Rock N Roll Heaven is trained by Dr. Ian Moore and in his last two starts at Mohawk Raceway he was victorious in 1:50.4 and 1:51.2. He has $105,000 in earnings this year. "He (Rockin In Heaven) has picked the perfect time to come into form," said Jamieson. "He won his last two starts both on the front end and from behind and we did not enter this race to go for second place money. If he feels good enough behind the gate, we might leave and see how the race goes early on, but WIGI or not, we came here to win it." The long shot of sorts in the field is ASAP Hanover. This son of Somebeachsomewhere drew post two in the Prix D'Ete for local driving sensation Louis-Philippe Roy, made only one start at age 3 and has but two wins this year, one of them coming three starts back at Mohawk Raceway in a lifetime best clocking of 1:50.2. He is trained by Sean Mehlenbacher of Ontario, who decided to take a chance with young driver Louis-Philippe Roy. "I had read some stories of how Roy was driving very well at 3R and Rideau Carlton," Mehlenbacher explained, "but last week he impressed me a lot with his win in the Gold Cup & Saucer and I like having the leading driver at a track drive my horses. "We did not come all the way from Ontario to race for fifth place money," Mehlenbacher said. "I was real pleased my horse drew post two and despite finishing 10th last week as he was never able to get into the race, he is feeling good and I think he will be heard from on Sunday." The Hippodrome 3R track announcer, Guy LaFontaine, sees the short field capable of breaking the all-age track record of 1:50.3 that is co-held by Prix D'Ete winners Sunfire Blue Chip (2014) and All Bets Off (2015). "I think the forecast for rain will hold off until after the races Sunday afternoon," Lafontaine said. "And with a fast track and a rich purse, they will be flying around the 3R oval and will break the track record. I predict it will be Wiggle It Jiggleit by a nose over Rockin In in 1:49.2." TRACK NOTES: There are four divisions, two for colts and two for fillies, of the third leg of the Future Stars Series for pacers on the Sunday program. Standouts include Makasi (race 3) for driver Yannick Gingras, who despite being winless in two starts, was race timed at Mohawk Raceway in 1:52.3 and 1:53.4. He takes on Wildriverbumblebee, who in his last start won a leg of the series at 3R in 1:57.4. The fourth race for fillies features Yaris Bayama for trainer Yves Filion. She will be driven by Yves son, Sylvan Filion, and last week won the $105,000 final of the Grassroots Series at Mohawk in a lifetime best 1:52.4. Most simulcasting outlets and ADW's will be carrying the 3R race program Sunday with first race post time at 1:30 pm. For a free race program for Sunday, visit From the Quebec Jockey Club          

The regular Sunday night harness racing feature at Running Aces Casino & Racetrack is the $13,000 Open Handicap for Horses & Geldings, and tonight's edition was another great contest, with a very talented field of nine facing the gate, but there would be one horse who would steal the show on this night, "Rocky", a 4 year old by Rocknroll Hanover who goes by the official name of Roland N Rock ( his more intimate fans call him Rocky ) would take command of this field and serve immediate notice to the field that this was His night to shine at Running Aces, as he put forth a never-in-doubt, commanding gate-to-wire performance (his best ever locally), in 1:51.4, missing the track record for 4 year old gelding pacers by just a tick of the clock. Rocky is no stranger to success, in fact he won his first 18 lifetime races and took the Midwest by storm. He spent his 3 year old campaign knocking heads with the best horses in the sport, including Freaky Feet Pete and Wiggleit Jiggleit, and while he did not rise to the very top of that group, he certainly did not shame himself, earning $132,705 at 3 and counting a Grand Circuit win at Goshen and a 1:51.1 mark at Hoosier Park amongst his accomplishments. As a four year old, he started his campaign out east once again, facing the toughest 4 year old pacers around before making the pilgrimage back home to Iowa and his adoring Owners Connie & Duane Roland. Since his Midwest return he has raced at Aces 4 times now, with 2 wins, and a close third (by a neck) to his credit, but tonight's performance really was a shining display of his immense talent, and add that to back-to-back Track Record smashing performances at three Iowa fairs this summer and you have an idea of just how great this horse really is. The final tally tonight was a 4¼ length win, over I'm An Athlete (Jim Marino) and Bettormeboy (Rick Magee), the betting public made no mistake here, as Roland N Rock delivered as the 4-5 choice, with Nick Roland in the sulky, returning $3.80. The $10,200 Minnesota-Sired Class-A Trot went to post and it would be The Winnin Dollar ($7.20) returning to his winning ways this evening, posting a 1 length win off of a pocket trip tonight with Nick Roland in the bike for Trainer Justin Anfinson, and owner Jesse De Long, tonight's win was the 6th of the season and 13th lifetime for the gelding by Sos Lunar Eclipse. The $6,800 Class-B division would go to Bombshell Betty (Nick Roland), as she also returned to her winning ways this evening, posting her 5th win in 9 starts this year in 2:00.2, she is also owned by Jesse De Long, in partnership with Tabatha Canaar and Trained by Justin Anfinson, she paid $2.60 as the overwhelming choice in the field. Chewey Baca ($3.60) looked very sharp again, posting his 2nd consecutive win in the nightcap race tonight, with Luke Plano in the sulky. Tonight's score in 1:53.2, topping a decent conditioned pacing field for horses & geldings, was his 4th win in 13 starts this year. Chewy Baca is owned by Dr. James Findlay, and trained by Sean Lancaster. Driver Nick Roland had a Grand Slam with 4 winners on the card, and drivers Steve Wiseman and Luke Plano both posted doubles. The next card of Live Harness Racing action will go to post on Tuesday, August 2nd, at 6:00 pm CDT, with a $5,000 Guaranteed Pool in the Late Pick-4 wager. By Darin Gagne, Running Aces Track Announcer  

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec, July 30, 2016 - The Future Stars Series for two-year-old harness racing pacing colts and fillies are the feature attraction at the Hippodrome 3R Sunday with four divisions of the second round of the series. Sunday's program is the last live racing at 3R as the track goes on a two-week hiatus for another form of horse power, auto racing, as the Grand Prix de Trois-Rivieres comes to town and uses part of the racetrack for their two-week event. Live harness racing will resume on Tuesday evening, August 16. The pacing fillies are first on the track Sunday with an early, non-wagering race at 1:15 pm. World class harness racing driver, Daniel Dube, a favorite son and native of Trois-Rivieres, takes on a new roll in this race, that of the owner and breeder of Queen Elsa, who starts from post five. While Dube will not be in town to drive, Steeven Genois will be in the sulky for trainer Guy Boulianne. Although winless in two starts in the New York Sire Stakes, Queen Elsa (by Rocknroll Hanover) started off her career with an impressive 1:57.4 triumph with Dube in the sulky back on June 20 at Gaitway Farms mile oval in Englishtown, NJ. The second filly division is the third race where Kinnerruntouchable looks for a repeat winning performance in the series. She led from start to finish last week for driver Justin Filion, just holding on by a head in 2:03. This daughter of Allamerican Native was bred and is owned and trained by Denitza Petrova of Les Cedres, QC. Kinneruntouchable will start from post two. Starting from post five is the Shanghai Phil filly, D G's Elsa. She was just a step away from defeating Kinneruntouchable last week for driver Jonathan Lachance. The first division for pacing colts takes place in the second race where the morning line favorite is the Ontario invader, Doc Semalu, in post two. This gelded son of Mach Three hails from Yves Filion's Bayama Farms and has been competing in the Ontario Sire Stakes where he has been race timed in 1:54.4. Second choice in the race is Histoire Enchantee from post three for driver Mario Charron and trainer Maxime Velaye. This son of Shanghai Phil just held on to the lead from start to finish in the series last week in 2:01.1. Another return winner in the field is C L Sportsaction in post six. A son of Sportswriter, C L Sportsaction is coming off the Quebec Fair Circuit where last week he was victorious in 2:02. There are no return winners in the sixth race second colt division, but five of the six horses in the race were either second or third in the series last week. The early favorite is Majo Lou Beka for driver Jonathan Lachance, who with trainer Marie Lachance, have three contenders racing in the series. This son of Badlands Hanover goes from post five and last week closed with a :28.4 last quarter mile to lose by just a neck to Histoire Enchantee. Other contenders include Wildriverbumblebee (post 4), Brave Magic (post two) and Chaleurs Magic (post one). Sunday's program features a unique two-mile pace in the tenth race with ten starters. Strokin is the favorite in the four lap event for driver Louis-Philippe Roy after setting a Quebec Fair track record two starts back at a 1.5 mile distance race. From the Quebec Jockey Club

Nichols, N.Y. -- Oldford Racing, LLC's Stratocaster ($7.60) worked to fend off pressure though the far turn in Sunday (July 17) afternoon's featured Open 2 Pace at Tioga Downs, subsequently edging clear of a belated rally from Dee's Rocketman to prevail by 1-3/4 lengths.   John Cummings, Jr. floated forward with the 5-year-old Rocknroll Hanover entire, letting Winyard Hanover (Jim Meittinis) clear from post 9 through a :27 first quarter before pushing to the fore with a circuit remaining in the one-mile event.   Stratocaster subsequently faced stern pressure on the backstretch from the first-over Vangura (Corey Braden), who forced a :56 middle half. Stratocaster repelled that challenge off the corner, sprinting off as Dee's Rocketman (Fern Paquet, Jr.) mounted a late charge off third-over positioning. Stratocaster's lead was never threatened in the straight, and he went on to a convincing 1:52 victory.   Dee's Rocketman charged into second, while an all-out Winyard Hanover checked in a beleaguered third from the pocket. Favorite Rollin Ring Afire (Jim Marohn, Jr.) failed to fire from a second-over trip, finishing eighth in the field of nine.   Allen Sisco trains Stratocaster, now a 23-time winner. For Cummings, the driving win was one of three on the 13-race card. Jim Marohn, Jr. also recorded a hat trick on the afternoon.   Buoyed by the defeat of two odds-on favorites in the day's first five races, the 50¢ Pick 5 returned $557.75.   Live racing returns to Tioga on Friday (July 22) evening, with post time slated for 6:30 p.m. Eastern.   by James Witherite, for Tioga Downs

Blue Moon Stride might not attract the same attention as some of her division rivals, such as Pure Country, L A Delight, and Darlinonthebeach, but the 3-year-old female pacer draws plenty of admiration from her trainer, Mark Harder. "Because I train her and I like her, I think she can win a big one," said Harder, who trains Blue Moon Stride for owners Emilio and Maria Rosati of Australia. "I think somewhere along the line, I don't think it will be a surprise, but I think one day she can win a big race. We'll see. She'll show up and race them. Who knows what can happen. "She's a little unnoticed, but she's been pretty consistent and been a real nice filly. I just look at her having a great solid year; being exciting, being fun, and hopefully we can beat those good fillies. There are some really good fillies out there. Pure Country has shown that she's the best. But maybe we'll get our turn." Blue Moon Stride is the 2-1 morning line favorite in Saturday's $157,400 Mistletoe Shalee for 3-year-old female pacers at the Meadowlands Racetrack. Dan Patch Award-winner Pure Country and stakes-winner Darlinonthebeach are absent, but the six-filly field also includes Canada's O'Brien Award-recipient L A Delight, Skinny Dipper, Shezarealdeal, Lindwood Beachgirl, and Penpal. Andrew McCarthy will drive Blue Moon Stride, who starts from post five. Saturday's card at the Meadowlands also includes the Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace, William R. Haughton Memorial, Hambletonian Maturity, and divisions of the Stanley Dancer Memorial and Delvin Miller Memorial. For her career, Blue Moon Stride has won seven of 19 races and earned $444,362. In addition to her seven victories, she has finished second on seven occasions. This year, the filly opened her campaign with a sixth-place finish against older horses, but was beaten only 1-3/4 lengths. She then swept three races in the New Jersey Sire Stakes series, culminating with a victory in the $100,000 championship on June 4 at the Meadowlands. She also was the series champion in 2015. From there, it was on to the James M. Lynch Memorial, where she finished second by a neck to Pure Country in her elimination and second again to Pure Country, this time by a half-length, in the $300,000 final. Last season, Blue Moon Stride's wins also included divisions of the Arden Downs and Tompkins-Geers stakes. She finished second in the Three Diamonds and divisions of the International Stallion and Bluegrass stakes. "I always liked her," Harder said. "She was not that great gaited early, but when you got her in top gear she was pretty clean going. She always showed talent right from the get-go." Blue Moon Stride was purchased as a weanling for $27,000 as part of the Perretti Farms dispersal sale at the 2013 Standardbred Mixed Sale. She is a daughter of Rocknroll Hanover out of the mare Classic Star. Mom is a full sister to Dan Patch Award-winners Bettor's Delight and Roll With Joe and a half-sister to 2003 Horse of the Year No Pan Intended. "We went to buy (Blue Moon Stride's) yearling sister at the sale, but we passed on her," Harder said. "Even though (Blue Moon Stride) was a little bit on the small side, we took a chance on her. As soon as we got her home, she just took off (growing). She's just one of those horses that grew more later than early. She's a big filly now." A big filly with a little bit of attitude. "She's got a little fight to her," Harder said. "She's got that little nastiness to her and it shows up on the racetrack. Nothing seems to bother her too much. "She's just a big strong filly sort of right on top of her game right now." PP - Horse - Driver - Trainer - Morning Line 1 - Skinny Dipper - Scott Zeron - Ross Croghan - 8/1 2 - L A Delight - John Campbell - Robert McIntosh - 5/2 3 - Shezarealdeal - Marcus Miller - Ross Croghan - 9/2 4 - Lindwood Beachgirl - Yannick Gingras - Mark Steacy - 3/1 5 - Blue Moon Stride - Andrew McCarthy - Mark Harder - 2/1 6 - Penpal - Pat Lachance - Pat Lachance - 10/1 by Ken Weingartner/Harness Racing Communications/USTA

WILKES-BARRE PA - The Summer Wind made a big first-over move into the far turn and blew away her competition in the $15,500 mares featured pace Tuesday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, winning by 6½ lengths in 1:51.1.   Driver Jim Marohn Jr. kept the daughter of Rocknroll Hanover off a three-ply duel to the 26 quarter, then sent her up raw after favored leader Request For Parole before the 55 half.   The chalk still clung to a nose lead at the 1:23.2 3/4s, but the momentum was all behind the winner as she cruised away from the field, with Envious Hanover and Tataria claiming the minor honors. The $5.80 second choice of the Tuesday Pocono bettors, The Summer Wind is trained by Greg White for owners Charles Rowe and Lewis Whitaker Jr.   Marcus Miller continued to burnish his credentials as a master handler of longshots, as he got the most out of Energizer Ivy ($28.60) and Sheza Tim Too ($37.40), the latter a trotter with one win and no seconds in 65 previous career starts, but here a wire-to-wire winner while lowering her mark 2 3/5 seconds to 1:57.1 with Miller in the sulky.   Marcus is the leading producer of $50+ winners at the current Pocono meet with four, including two within three races on Sun Stakes Saturday Championship Night - which puts him in good position to defend his 2015 Pocono "title" in this category, having had five such bombers last year.   From the PHHA Media Department

Ideal Rocky hasn't found himself in many ideal situations this season, but trainer John Butenschoen remains a fan of the 3-year-old pacer and hopes his luck can change in Saturday's lone Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace elimination at the Meadowlands Racetrack. The top nine finishers in the elimination will advance to the $736,000 Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace final on July 16 at the Big M, where they will join bye-recipient Racing Hill. Saturday's card also includes the Graduate Series championships for trotters and pacers as well as two Reynolds Memorial divisions for 3-year-old female trotters. Ideal Rocky's luck certainly was no good in the draw for the Pace elimination, as he got post 10 in the 10-horse field. In his previous start, he had post eight in a conditioned race at Mohawk and got stuck on the outside for most of the mile. Before that, he had post eight in his North America Cup elimination and failed to advance to the final. And he had post six in the six-horse New Jersey Sire Stakes championship, where he finished third despite a :26.1 last quarter-mile. "It is what it is," Butenschoen said. "That's part of horseracing. "The horse is a good horse. It's a long season and hopefully he'll get his chance to show it somewhere down the line here. You just hope things will turn around at some point." Ideal Rocky, a son of stallion Rocknroll Hanover --- the 2005 Meadowlands Pace winner --- out of the stakes-winning mare Eternity's Delight, was purchased for $47,000 under the name Rocabybaby Fashion at the 2014 Standardbred Horse Sale. He is owned by William Wiswell, Jean Goehlen, and Eugene Schick. Last year, Ideal Rocky won a division of the International Stallion Stakes and defeated future Dan Patch Award-winner Boston Red Rocks in both the New Jersey Sire Stakes championship for 2-year-old male pacers and the Lou Babic. For his career, Ideal Rocky has won five of 20 races and earned $263,873. Ideal Rocky heads to the Meadowlands Pace elimination off a qualifier on July 2 at the Meadowlands. He finished second, sandwiched between Pace hopefuls Good Living and Check Six. "I was real happy with his qualifier the other day and (driver) Corey (Callahan) was real happy with him," Butenschoen said. "We figured we'd throw our hat in the fire again. The only silver lining (to the Pace elimination draw) is that he only has to beat one horse, and if he can't beat one he doesn't deserve to be in the final." Ideal Rocky wasn't eligible to last week's Max C. Hempt Memorial, which was won by Racing Hill. Following the Meadowlands Pace, the colt is eligible to the Adios and New Jersey Classic. "The schedule is impossible," Butenschoen said. "Everyone asks what you have to do to get owners or keep owners in the business, and staking is one of the major obstacles. It's expensive as all get out if you were to pay them into every week, and they're not easy miles. "Do you pay them into everything and then pick your races as you go? Or do you just opt to take out something? We picked our spots. The horse has been good on a mile track. We know if he's healthy he's going to have several weeks in a row, so it might not hurt to skip a week." The Meadowlands Pace elimination includes, from post one through nine: Talk Show, Lyons Snyder, Another Daily Copy, JK Will Power, Boston Red Rocks, Manhattan Beach, Good Living, Check Six, and Control The Moment. Check Six, from the barn of trainer Ron Burke, won this year's Pennsylvania Classic, where stablemate JK Will Power finished second. JK Will Power also finished second in the Hempt Memorial. Control The Moment, last year's O'Brien Award winner in Canada, finished third in the North America Cup, behind Betting Line and Racing Hill. Betting Line wasn't eligible to the Meadowlands Pace. "It's very rare that these horses can go out there and be good from beginning to end," Butenschoen said. "They're going to trade blows as they go along. Hopefully (Ideal Rocky) is right at the right time if we do draw inside. "We'll keep our fingers crossed and hope for the best." By Ken Weingartner/Harness Racing Communications/USTA  

Vernon, N.Y. -- The return to two turns suited Damon Blue Chip ($14.80) well on Independence Day, as the harness racing 7-year-old Rocknroll Hanover gelding took advantage of a pocket trip to capture Monday's (July 4) featured $8,000 Miracle Mile/Open Handicap Pace at Vernon Downs in going-away fashion.   Damon Blue Chip was prominent from race's outset, out-sprinted only by Pantheon Hanover (Chris Lems) through a :26.2 first quarter. Despite Pantheon Hanover's best attempts to sprint off at head-stretch after middle splits of :54.1 and 1:22.1, trainer-driver John MacDonald and Damon Blue Chip kept up their pursuit before pulling the pocket at the eighth pole. Damon Blue Chip sped by to a two-length lead in the end, capturing his second Vernon win in as many local starts in 1:49.3. Memory Game (Jimmy Whittemore) rallied up the pegs to take second from a fading Pantheon Hanover, while Modern Gesture (Truman Gale) stayed on to save third.   The J P Stables of Ontario own Damon Blue Chip, now a 33-time winner. For Damon Blue Chip, the 1:49.3 mile was good for a lifetime mark, and for MacDonald, the driving win was the foundation for a hat trick on the day. Chris Lems shared top billing among drivers, also winning three of the afternoon's 12 races.   No one hit the 50¢ Pick 5, resulting in a $261.58 carryover to Thursday (July 7) evening's card. Post time for the first of 10 races at the Miracle Mile is scheduled for 6:45 p.m. Eastern.   by James Witherite, Vernon Downs

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