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One week after being beaten a neck for all the money, Ontario Success did not disappoint those that bet him down to odds on favoritism in the top-level harness racing condition pace for $17,000 on Saturday night at The Meadowlands. Released as the even money choice, driver Yannick Gingras took no prisoners, sending his horse to the lead past the opening quarter in 27-seconds. He was able to work out a 57.3 middle half-mile, hitting the half-mile in 55.3 and three-quarters in 1:24.3. On the far turn, he faced a bold challenge from 35-1 longshot Kingofthejungle, who launched a big move and was at the leaders throat latch coming off the far turn. Martini Hanover was tracking from the pylons while Rockin Wizard began to rally off the cover of Kingofthejungle. In the middle of the stretch, Kingofthejungle stumbled and Ontario Success suddenly found himself with a two length lead. Rockin Wizard was closing well down the center of the track, but the wire came just in time for Ontario Success who scored in 1:51.2 over Rockin Wizard. Martini Hanover, last week's winner in this class finished third. The victory was the sixth of the season for Ontario Success for trainer Ron Burke who co-owns the gelding with Weaver Bruscemi L.L.C. The win was one of three on the card for Yannick Gingras. Tim Tetrick also bagged three winners on the Saturday program. Ontario Success Ashley's Husband Returns A Winner Ashley's Husband has taken his seasonal mark each of the last two years at The Meadowlands, his mark this year of 1:50, was a lifetime best effort as well. So it was fitting that he returned off the 10-week layoff at The Meadowlands and it was no surprise that he returned a winner. Sent off as the 2-1 favorite, Ashley's Husband tracjed a live outer flow throughout the second half of the mile for Joe Bongirono, tipped three-wide into the stretch and paced fastest of all to the wire, to score in a lifetime-best equaling time of 1:50. The win marked his seventh trip to the Meadowlands winner's circle. Ashely's Husband is trained by Kyle Spagnola who made it four consecutive starts resulting in victories at The Meadowlands with this win. He would improve on that record when Our Dragon King won the 10th race as an overwhelming favorite as well. For the meet, Spagnola's record shows 7 wins from 9 starts, following a weekend that saw him go five-for-five. Ashley's Husband is owned by William J. Donovan. This was his 22nd lifetime win and he now has earnings over $164,000. Ashley's Husband Another Takter Two Year Old Trainer Jimmy Takter continues to send out powerful two year old performers at The Meadowlands. On Saturday evening, it was a two year old gelded son of Rocknroll Hanover, All The Cookies, the latest Takter-trainee to grace the Big M winner's circle. The even money favorite, with Yannick Gingras in the sulky was three-wide early in the first turn, but settled and made a strong brush to the lead as the field straightened away on the backstretch. After a 27.2 first quarter, All The Cookies led the field through fractions of 55.1 and 1:24.2 before turning for home in command. Major In Life rallied well in the stretch, but not enough to threaten the winner, All The Cookies who scored in 1:53. Wegottatruckyea was a sneaky-good third. All The Cookies won for the second time in three starts to begin his career. The Jimmy Takter trainee is owned by Christina Takter, Brixton Medical, L. Camara and J. Sbrocco. All The Cookies Surick Scores with New Acquisition Pistopackinpiper, who established his career in the Midwest, made his first start for new trainer Nick Surick a winning one, when he rallied in deep stretch to win a three-horse photo in 1:52.2 for Marcus Miller. Surick also teamed up to win the $10,000 claiming nightcap with Brioni. Pistopackinpiper had ground to make up on Mullet Blue Chip who led at every point of call, but used every inch of the long Meadowlands stretch to just grab the victory on the wire. App Heaven rallied up the pylons to be third. The winner, conditioned by Nick Surick is owned by Jerry Graham and Engel Stable Of Illinois. Pistopackinpiper Handle for the 13-race Saturday program was $2,519,723. Racing returns on Friday, December 4th, with first post time at 7:00 P.M. Darin Zoccali

BJ's Bequia (Rocknroll Hanover) scored a victory in the Open Pace at Saratoga Casino and Raceway on Saturday night. Bruce Aldrich Jr. piloted the eight year old veteran pacer in the $19,250 feature and swung three wide with him approaching the three quarter pole while pursuing longshot leader Titus Seelster (Frank Coppola Jr). BJ's Bequia paced past his rivals around the final turn before drawing away to win by two lengths in 1:52.3. City Hall, who raced the majority of the mile on the outside, fought gamely to finish second while Titus Seelster had to settle for third. The Jose Godinez-trained BJ's Bequia returned $10.20 in an evenly bet Open Pace. Aldrich and Godinez have teamed up for more Open wins than any other connections at the Spa this season. Live racing continues at Saratoga on Sunday afternoon with a matinee beginning at 12:15pm. Mike Sardella

Vernon, N.Y. -- Fresh off a six-win effort last night, leading driver John MacDonald led all drivers with four victories on Saturday (November 14) night's 11-race program at Vernon Downs.   The Prince Edward Island native kicked off his grand slam in the evening's featured $7500 top-level pace, sustaining a first-over bid with Damon Blue Chip ($4.90) to wear down the valiant Golden Gun for a 1:52.3 score. MacDonald also owns and trains the 6-year-old Rocknroll Hanover gelding who, after leveling off at head-stretch, fought back to not only collar pacesetter Golden Gun (Fern Paquet, Jr.), but also stave off a late charge from pocket rival Dodger Hanover (Jimmy Whittemore).   MacDonald subsequently teamed up with The Grey Bullet ($9.40, 1:56.1), Fox Valley Cadet ($4.60, 1:56), and Tarport Andy ($2.20, 1:55.2). His closest pursuer in the local standings, Chris Lems, remains 15 wins in arrears despite a driving double of his own.   Two programs remain in the 2015 Vernon Downs season: Friday (November 20) and Saturday (November 21) evenings both will see the first race due off at 6:45 p.m. Eastern time.   by James Witherite, for Vernon Downs    

Saratoga, NY - Rock Icon (Rocknroll Hanover) became the sixth different Jose Godinez-trained horse to win the Open Pace at Saratoga Casino and Raceway as the five year old pacer parlayed the pocket ride to victory on Saturday night. Starting from post one, Rock Icon (Bruce Aldrich Jr) left aggressively and yielded to rival Meetyouatmidnight (Stephane Bouchard) early on. The race's favorite JK Panache (Mark Beckwith) moved first over but never got to the top pair who drew away late. Rock Icon shook loose in the stretch and got up to prevail in 1:52.3 in the $18,000 Open Pace while Meetyouatmidnight had to settle for second. Longshot Its a Good Thing (Jim Devaux) earned the show spot. Rock Icon returned $17.20 to win. The exacta paid $110 while the triple came back $538. Live racing continues on Sunday afternoon at Saratoga with a matinee beginning at 12:15pm. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway

Pacers Newborn Sassy and Big Top Hanover along with trotters Dog Gone Lucky and Womans Will turned in winning efforts in the 2015 Matron Stakes for two-year-olds at Dover Downs on Thursday, Nov. 5. The richest Matron stake, the $216,300 male trot was won by Dog Gone Lucky. Fresh from victory in the Kindergarten Stakes at Vernon Downs the freshman notched his fifth win of the season for owners Amy Lynn Stoltzfus and Charles Stansley scoring a 1:55 victory. Corey Callahan guided the Lucky Chucky-Ebbtide Hall colt, conditioned by Hall of Famer Chuck Sylvester, to the easy victory. Milligan's School ((Andy Miller) closed quickly between horses to finish second with front-trotting Love Matters (Yannick Gingras) third. Dog Gone Lucky, a New York Sire Stakes contender, has now banked $321,493 in her first year of racing. The husband-wife team of Andy Miller and Julie Miller collaborated as Womans Will recorded a 1:54.2 triumph in the $185,400 Matron filly trot. Canadians Al Libfeld and Marvin Katz, two of the sport's leading breeders own the Donato Hanover-Will Of A Woman consistent first year performer. The bay filly now has five wins and nine times in the money in 12 starts good for purse money of $353,881 Kathy Parker (Gingras) led for most of the mile before relenting to Womans Will at the top of the stretch. Radian Beam (David Miller) picked up third money. The powerful Jim King Stable showed off in front of the local track patrons when Newborn Sassy scored her eight win in 10 starts to win the $183,400 Matron Filly event. Tim Tetrick, who had a banner three-win night during the program, steered the Western Ideal -Sass Newton distaff to an impressive 1:52 victory. Penpal (Pat Lachance) closed sharply for second. The win was the seventh in-a-row for Newborn Sassy, bringing her bankroll to $$216,284 this season. Big Top Hanover completed the Matron freshman festivities rolling to a 1:51.4 conquest in the $201,400 male pace. Yannick Gingras piloted the Jt45 and Burke Racing Western Ideal Blind Ambition colt to his third win of the campaign for the sport's leading trainer Ron Burke. The win was the third of the year for the winner who has been in the money in eight 13 starts. There were two $20,000 Matron consolations. In one, Bobby Myers and Frank Condurso's Moolah Moolah and David Miller came on in the lane to catch Black Broadway (Callahan) in deep stretch for a 1:56.2 filly trot win. The $20,000 Matron colt consolation went to Yannick Gingras-driven All The Cookies, a 1:52.4 winner in his first lifetime pari-mutuel race. Christine Takter, Joe Sbrocco and Brixton Medical own the Rocknroll Hanover-Queen Ota gelding. Tim Tetrick won three races, David Miller, Yannick Gingras and Ross Wolfenden had two wins apiece. Friday, Saturday and Sunday are dark live racing days at Dover Downs. Monday through Thursday racing begins at 4:30 p.m. A $5,000 Guaranteed Pick-4 Pool is now featured daily. At Dover Downs, there is no charge for parking and admission. Harness and thoroughbred simulcasts is available daily from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight. Reservations are suggested for the Winner's Circle Restaurant and for those planning to stay at the 4-star Dover Downs Hotel. Call 302-674-4600. Mach Bachrad  

Allan Beck plans to look after Riverton TC maiden winner Shortys Mate.   That’s because he knows that if he progresses the way he thinks he will, he could be a runner in the end of season feature for three year old colts and geldings in the province, the Alabar Southern Supremacy Stakes.   “He’s quite tough and has a good engine." "We’ll see how he handles the C1 grade before we make any plans." "He’s pretty inexperienced and only had a couple of run at the workouts as a two and three year old." "Some of the horses in that grade have won three to four races,” said trainer Allan Beck.    Shortys Mate is by Art Major out of the classy mare Shortys Girl. She won eleven races including the Group One New Zealand Standardbred Breeders Stakes in 2002 and 2003.   “She’s been a bit disappointing as a broodmare but he (Shortys Mate) appears to be the best of them." " She has a two year by Rocknroll Hanover." "A lot of his horses in New Zealand touch a knee but his fella (Shortys Image) is good gaited." "He won’t make a two year old but he goes good." "I actually sent a mare to Rocknroll Hanover who has semen at Macca Lodge." "He’s one of the top stallions in America and was $20,000 when he first stood here but now he’s $8,000 which is pretty good value.”   Shortys Mate is owned by Moira Bell whose late husband Graham bred him.   Moira’s son John Murchison who worked in the harness racing industry from the mid 80’s to mid 90s as a stable hand and driver was also on-course the share in the win.   Murchison worked and drove for the late Bryce Buchanan when he ran his successful stable at West Plains. He drove thirteen winners including twelve as a junior horseman. Bruce Stewart Reproduced with the permission of Southland Harness Racing   -   Check site here  

TORONTO - The Boston Red Sox didn't have a great year, but Boston Red Rocks knocked it out of the park Saturday night at Woodbine Racetrack in the $778,400 Breeders Crown for harness racing two-year-olds for colts and geldings. Posting the biggest upset of the night to that point in the card, Boston Red Rocks, driven by Tim Tetrick, emerged from far back in the stretch and finished furiously to post an impressive 2½ length victory in a lifetime best 1:51.3. It was the third victory in seven career starts for the son of Rocknroll Hanover. Owned by Peter Blood and Rick Berks, both of Florida, Boston Red Rocks had never finished worse than third. But he was basically overlooked because the focus going into the race was on Control The Moment, who had not lost in eight starts, and Racing Hill, which had won his last three. Control The Moment went postward at just under 9-10. Racing Hill was second in the wagering at 2-1. Boston Red Rocks placed second to Racing Hill in his elimination race last week, and if he was going to have any chance he'd need a good pace up front to use his finishing kick. It couldn't have worked out any better. Talk Show and Betting Line engaged in a heated battle for the early lead. Talk Show emerged on top following a :25.3 opening quarter, but Betting Line took over and led through a Breeders Crown record-setting half of :53.2. Racing Hill took over after three quarters in 1:22.1. But heading into the stretch Betting Hill had a half-length lead over Racing Hill. It looked promising for Racing Hill, bred and owned by Tom Hill of England, but the Roll With Joe colt driven by Brett Miller was having trouble clearing, setting it up for Control The Moment, driven by Randy Waples. It looked as if the colt would move seamlessly into the lead, but he lacked the finish he displayed in his previous races. It was a matter at that point which horse would emerge from the back of the pack. Boston Red Rocks became the one. At the top of the stretch, he was sixth, five lengths back of the lead, seemingly out of it. But at the wire, he was so much the best. Asked when he knew he had it won, Tetrick jokingly said at the end. "My horse had a nice little sneaky run last week and I felt if the fractions were fair I could have a shot and he really finished well," Tetrick said. Tetrick drove the colt for the first time the week before and liked the effort. "I really liked him, he's very smart, great to drive," he said. "He's push-button and it worked out tonight. I tried to stay as close as I could (at the start), but when I saw Corey (Callaghan) being aggressive with (Talk Show), he's pretty aggressive when he gets on his way. I just wanted to be on the outside in the flow and I got led up good enough and my horse charged well." Backers of Boston Red Rocks were rewarded. The 18-1 long shot paid $38.90, $15.90, $11.20. Big Top Hanover, let go at 33-1, placed second and paid $25.50 to place and $14.30 to show. Nvestment Bluechip, another 33-1 long shot, placed third and paid $16.20. The exacta paid $447.30. The trifecta paid a whopping $7,402.00. With the win, Boston Red Sox collected $389,220 and raised his lifetime earnings to $468,743. By Perry Lefko

MANALAPAN, NJ - October 24, 2015 - In a battle to the wire, 2-1 Katies Rocker slipped up the harness racing pylons to nip 1-2 Ideal Rocky in the $30,000 New Jersey Futurity for two-year-old pacers, the featured sixth race at Freehold on Saturday, October 24, 2015. Ideal Rocky, winner of the Lou Babic at Freehold and a division of the International Stallion Stakes at the Red Mile, took the lead from Katies Rocker before the half and was leading well into the stretch. But then Jim Marohn Jr. moved the pocket-sitting Katies Rocker up the pylons to win the tight photo finish by a nose. It was a length and a quarter back to Don'tcallmefrancis in third. The time of the race was 1:55.3. The top three finishers are all sons of the late Rocknroll Hanover. Katies Rocker [$6.80], trained by Jim Campbell, posted his fifth win with two seconds in 10 starts. A winner of divisions of the Reynolds and Bluegrass, he is owned by his breeder, Fashion Farms LLC of New Hope, PA. The victory lifted his earnings to $134,348. The New Jersey Futurity is sponsored by the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey. By Carol Hodes for the SBOANJ

MANALAPAN, NJ - October 17, 2015 - Three offspring of the late Rocknroll Hanover - Roland N Rock, Quick Aint Fair and Don'tcallmefrancis - swept a trio of $25,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes - Green Acres for harness racing pacers on Saturday, October 17, 2015 at Freehold Raceway. Two of the three - Quick Aint Fair and Don'tcallmefrancis - were bred by Stephen P. Dey III of Allentown, NJ while Roland N Rock is a product of Perretti Farms of Cream Ridge, NJ. Roland N Rock [$2.60] was a two and three-quarter length winner over Artsmah [Western Ideal] in the third race for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings. Edward Teach [Rocknroll Hanover] was third by four lengths. Daniel Dube drove the winner for trainer Rob Harmon. Roland N Rock paced the mile in 1:52.3, only two-fifths of a second off the stakes record. Owned by Duane and Connie Roland of Grinnell, IA, Roland N Rock posted his seventh win of the year and has finished in-the-money in 10 of 13 starts in 2015 for earnings of $107,705 toward a career bankroll of $191,150. Quick Aint Fair [$4.60], driven by George Brennan for owner-trainer Christopher Ryder of Allentown, NJ, rallied for her third straight victory, finishing a length ahead of Cheyenne Robin [Rocknroll Hanover] in 1:55.2 in the fifth race division for three-year-old pacing fillies. Smart Zone [Rocknroll Hanover] was third by a length and three-quarters. Unraced at two, Quick Aint Fair has five wins, two seconds and four thirds from 18 starts for earnings of $83,696. Don'tcallmefrancis overcame an outside journey to win the sixth race, the split for two-year-old pacing colts and geldings, in 1:57.1. It was a career best for the Nifty Norman trainee who races in the name of the Enzed Racing Stables of Allentown NJ. Irish Joe Haney was at the lines as Don'tcallmefrancis [$5.00] got up for a one and three-quarter length win over Lissilas [Rocknroll Hanover]. Rock N Roll Style [Rocknroll Hanover] cut the fraction and held on for third, five and a half lengths back. Don'tcallmefrancis has three wins, two seconds and one third from seven starts and two straight trips to the winner's circle, banking $40,458. By Carol Hodes for the SBOANJ

WILKES-BARRE PA -- Driver George Napolitano Jr. and trainer Chris Oakes combined for a sweep of the harness racing pacing features Saturday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, with Scott Rocks a pocket rocket in taking the $26,000 pace in 1:50.1 and Luck Be Withyou controlling the pace to report home first in 1:49.1 in a $24,000 event.   Napolitano left hard with Scott Rocks, an altered son of Rocknroll Hanover, forcing a pocket tuck from Lonewolf Currier, then surrendering the front to the brushing Bushwacker past the 27.1 opener. Bushwacker continued on the engine with middle fractions of 54.4 and 1:22.4, and held gamely through the drive, but "George Nap" guided Scott Rocks to the famed "Pocono Pike" passing lane, and wore down the frontstepper by midstretch, posting a neck triumph for the ownership of Susan Oakes and Chuck Pompey; Major Uptrend charged hard late to be a close third.   Luck Be Withyou continued to show his affinity for the Pocono red clay surface, having won the 2013 Breeders Crown two-year-old colt pace and the 2015 Ben Franklin Final against top-level competition. The son of Western Ideal then had a dull patch of form, enabling him to drop down in class, and Saturday he took his third straight win on the comeback trail, moving to the front after Somethinginthewind blew to the quarter in 26, putting up 54.1 and 1:21.4 middle splits, and staying strong with a 27.2 last quarter, winning by 2 1/2 lengths for owner John Craig.   In a $24,000 trot, Ray Hall, who ascended to the top levels during the Weiss Series in the spring of 2014, showed that he might prove a worthy rival to his 2015 "successor," JL Cruze, ringing up his second win in three starts since being acquired by Team Allard (driver Simon and trainer/brother Rene, also co-owner with Giselle Hebert). The Justice Hall gelding stayed off a wild early duel (25.4, 53.4) between Somebody As and Modest Prince, moved up to a great second-over spot by the 1:23 3/4 marker, then easily outtrotted his rivals home, tallying by 1 1/2 lengths over deep Pikeshooter Doc's Tebow in 1:52.4.    Pocono now shifts to a 3-night-a-week live schedule, with the trotters and pacers under the lights on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays until the meet's end on November 21.   PHHA / Pocono

BJ's Bequia (Rocknroll Hanover) parlayed the pocket ride to victory in Saturday night's harness racing Open Pace at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. Starting from the rail position, BJ's Bequia moved out quickly at the start before yielding to the race's favorite JK Panache (Jim Devaux). The Jose Godinez-trained pacer is no stranger to the Spa, having setting his seasonal mark here last year and has spanned the conditional and Open ranks in his limited local tries in '15. In Saturday's $18,000 feature, the eight year old pacer cruised past JK Panache in the final strides before stopping the timer in 1:52 to record his seventh victory of the season. BJ's Bequia scored his first local Open victory of the season and became the fifth different pacer to win the Saturday feature this year for trainer Jose Godinez. JK Panache was the race's runner up while Martial Bliss (Jay Randall) earned the show spot. BJ's Bequia returned $15.60 to win and led an exacta and triple that paid $36.20 and $219.50, respectively. Live racing continues on Sunday afternoon with a matinee beginning at 12:15pm. Mike Sardella

There was no one more surprised than North Canterbury harness racing trainer Bob Butt at Addington Raceway on Friday night by the manner in which Hall Of Fame dealt to his rivals on his raceday debut. Not that Bob didn't have a good opinion of the son of Rocknroll Hanover but the ease of the win and in near New Zealand record time left him with a big smile on his face. " He is still very green and really doesn't know anything about racing." " There is so much upside to this horse it is scary." " We have had to wait for him as it is no use chasing the Chase The Dream and company when they are not ready for it." " Time will be his biggest friend and he is probably twelve months away from being the finished product," Bob said. Bred by Robin and Jackie Butt who are Bob's grandparents, Hall Of Fame has been in Bob's care all the way through. " I was a bit concerned initially because the dam Special Rose never raced due to her poor gait and all the Rocknroll Hanovers I have had anything to do with have had plenty of ability but also gait issues. " So I was holding my breath a bit when I broke Hall Of Fame in but he is just a beautiful pacer with a great attitude so it has worked out fine," Bob said. Win or lose on debut, Hall Of Fame was going for a four week break after Friday night. " If I look after him now, we should reap the rewards later down the road with him." " I am looking at taking him to Auckland at Christmas time for some grade racing." " The trip away and the experience will do him the world of good." " If he keeps on improving like I think he will, then I will probably target something like the Southern Supremacy Series later in the season," Bob said. As to be expected when a horse wins like that on debut, the bloodstock agents have been very active over the weekend trying to buying Hall Of Fame. " Robin has put up the " Not For Sale" sign at this stage which I really appreciate as it is big plus to have a horse of his quality in the barn," Bob said. Bob Butt has been going from strength to strength in the last few months and in Hall Of Fame he looks to have a horse to help him raise his profile even more. Harnesslink Media  

LEXINGTON, KY-- Joe Holloway-trainee Divine Caroline put in the fastest mile of the three harness racing divisions for the $189,400 Bluegrass 3-year-old filly pace, winning in 1:53.2. The daughter of Rock N Roll Heaven out of the Art Major mare Loving Caroline stalked a pace of :29.1, :57.4, and 1:26 set by Band Of Angels. Driver David Miller tipped the even-money favorite first over after the half, and applied pressure to the pacesetter nearing the top of the stretch. The two battled for control through the stretch, with Divine Caroline edging past race leader and forced to fend off the late-pacing Daut Full from off cover. She held Daut Full off, however, winning by about a length over the closer, with Band Of Angels finishing third and Storm Point fourth. Owned by Val D'Or Farms, Ted Gewertz, Rojan Stables, and Michael Ouriel, the $4.00 winner won the fifth race of her career, pushing her earnings to $396,633.   "She raced really well," David Miller said. "She's been really consistent this year and gives a good effort."   "The rail's very deep, still," Miller also said. "There's a little bit of a wind, and I guess they're [the track crew] working a little too hard on the inside."   "They're [Bettor Be Steppin and Divine Caroline] very good and they're very consistent," Joe Holloway said. "[Bettor Be] Steppin had been the better filly for most of the time, but [Divine] Caroline's been consistent and she may be the fastest. The next three to four weeks may be fun."   "We go here [for the Tattersalls Filly Pace] then to Canada for the Breeders Crown," Holloway also said.   Wicked Little Minx stalked the front for the entire mile until she had an opportunity to pace through a vacant slot in the stretch and sneak to the lead and to a 1:55.3 win in the first division. Bettor Be Steppin set the tempo after circling by early leader Invest In Art for control. Once on the lead, she put up fractions of :28.4, :57.2, and 1:27.1. Pressure came nearing the three-quarter pole from Invest In Art, who popped out of the pocket heading into the stretch. Bettor Be Steppin held her at bay in the stretch, but drifted off the pylons in the process, which allowed for Wicked Little Minx to pace by the 3-5 favorite who attempted to retake the lead approaching the finish, but settled for second. Invest In Art finished third. Wicked Little Minx, owned by Courant A B, paid $11.80 to win. This was the fourth win of her career, earning $193,679 to date. The daughter by Rocknroll Hanover, out of Beachy Lady by Jenna's Beach Boy, is trained by Nancy Johansson and driven by Brett Miller.   "She's gotten her things together from summer and onwards, and now she's going for it again," owner Anders Strom said. "Today's trip by Brett was perfect. And well done by the stable, trainer, groom, and everyone because this horse has a lot to do in the future."   "It's so fun to also be involved in the pacing business," Strom also said. "I'm a trotting person, but a few years back I told my friend Bernie Noren that I would like to get involved in pacing a little bit, and Bernie actually helped me pick this one out [Wicked Little Minx at the 2013 Harrisburg Yearling Sale]."   "Besides the Jugette, there's been many other races so far where I've gotten very bad trips with her," Brett Miller said. "Finally things worked out and we got a good trip."   "It's still tiring," Miller also said talking about the track surface. "They've [the track crew] done a great job with this track. With all the rain we had yesterday and as bad as it was last night, they've done a great job, but it's still very tiring."   Storming from the back of the pack down the center of the track, Bedroomconfessions fulfilled her duty as the 6-5 favorite by winning the second split of the Bluegrass 3-year-old filly pace in 1:54.1. Setting the pace was Devil Child, with fractions of :28.2, :56.3, and 1:26.2. Around the far turn, Triple V Hanover tipped first over, with Moremercy Bluechip and Bedroomconfessions tracking the cover. Triple V Hanover edged into second after pocket-sitter Happiness retreated at the top of the stretch, while Moremercy Bluechip fanned wide of her cover, as did Bedroomconfessions. Once rolling from the back, Bedroomconfessions soon rushed up to and by Devil Child and edged away to a two length victory.   Devil Child held on for second, Triple V Hanover finished third, and Moremercy Bluechip was fourth.   Returning $4.60 to win, Bedroomconfessions is by American Ideal, out of Jenna's Beach Boy mare Turnoffthelights. She's owned by Riverview Racing LLC and Alagna Racing LLC, trained by Tony Alagna, and driven by Tim Tetrick. She obtained her sixth win of her career, earning $372,893.   "My wife made me buy the dam, Turnoffthelights," owner and breeder Myron Bell said. "She's out of a sister to Keystone Horatio; that's a family that goes back to Smooth Fella and Happy Lady, and I always wanted to have a filly in this family. We bred her to American Ideal and Bedroom[confessions] was the first foal, so we're happy to have her."   "We bought her [dam Turnoffthelights] in Lexington about seven or eight years ago," Bell also said. "We raced her as a two-year-old. She had minor ability."   "She'll [Bedroomconfessions] be bred to the Captain[treacherous] either next year or the year after, it depends on how well she wants to race," Bell also said.   Live racing at The Red Mile continues on Wednesday, Oct. 7 with four divisions of the $268,000 International Stallion Stakes for 2-year-old filly trotters. Wednesday also begins the week of matinee cards, with first race post set for 1:00pm.   By Ray Cotolo, for The Red Mile  

The trotter Boffin and the pacer Bushwacker went their respective $24,000 featured events Saturday night at the harness racing meeting at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, on a night full of interesting storylines.   Both the feature winners were "pocket rockets" en route to victory.   First up was the 5YO Donato Hanover gelding Boffin, a 7-5 second choice who parlayed a two-hole journey behind 6-5 favorite Ray Hall into a 2¼ length victory in 1:51.1, a national season's record, a personal best, and only 3/5 of a second off his division's world record of 1:50.3, set by Sevruga here three years ago.   Ray Hall, who in one way was the precursor of JL Cruze in that they both run roughshod in their division of Pocono's Weiss Series the last two springs, was making his second start for Team Allard after a claim and a 1:52 victory - and he was timed even faster tonight, 1:51.3, but that wasn't enough to hold off Boffin, driver by George Napolitano Jr. for trainer Anette Lorentzon, also co-owner with ACL Stuteri AB and Kjell Johansson.   "George Nap," who had four winners in the first nine races on the card, almost made it five and a sweep of the headliners in the tenth race top pacing event, but tactical turnabout is fair play, as his pacesetting Scott Rocks came home in 54.1 on the engine and yet was overhauled by Bushwacker and driver Andrew McCarthy by a half length in 1:50, another second choice catching a favorite in the lane.   Chris Ryder conditions the altered son of Rocknroll Hanover for Henderson Farms.   Ben Franklin winner Luck Be Withyou made it two straight since returning to Pocono with a 1:50.2 victory in a $20,000 pace.   George Napolitano Jr. was in the sulky of the victorious Western Ideal horse for trainer Chris Oakes and owner John Craig.   It was no surprise when "GNap" returned to the winners circle after the high-price claiming handicap pace with R Gauwitz Hanover, as that veteran has won eight of his last nine starts (all the time driven by Napolitano - that fact's significance will emerge shortly) and is 15-for-27 for the year after a 1:50.4 score.   What is amazing, though, about R Gauwitz Hanover is that on Saturday he was claimed for the eleventh straight start in a string going back to July 11, when Howard Taylor haltered him from Nick Gampietro Jr. after Gampietro had him for a relative "eternity," almost two straight months.   Trainer Jennifer Sabot and the Verrazano Stables LLC benefited from the pacer's talents this week; in his next start, he will be "completing a circle," as the successful claimant tonight was - Nick Gampietro Jr.! (We'd love to hear from anyone who knows of another horse who was claimed in 11 straight races!)   The reference to superowner Howard Taylor above was not gratuitous, but a link to the final newsworthy item at press time - he is the owner of Verdad, who came from last at the ¾ to win and pay $105.40 for driver Joe Bongiorno.   Verdad's trainer is Ron Burke - who now, shockingly, has produced the MOST $50+ winners at BOTH Pocono and Philly this year, with three boxcar winners at each eastern Pennsylvania oval!   He has only one "in the west," at his home base The Meadows, but even that one was newsworthy, because it came with $77 winner Cooperstown in the fastest elimination of The Adios Pace!   Jerry Connors

It was a sweep by offspring of the late, great Rocknroll Hanover in a trio of stakes for New Jersey-sired pacers on Saturday, September 26, 2015 at the harness racing meeting at Freehold Raceway. Rock N' Roll World captured the New Jersey Futurity while Babic Finals went to Ideal Rocky and On Topof the Rock. In a battle to the wire between a pair of Mark Silva trainees, Rock N' Roll World [Rocknroll Hanover] drew off from Dealt A Winner for a length and a quarter victory in the $37,500 New Jersey Futurity for three-year-old pacers, the eighth race, in a sizzling 1:52.3. Rock N' Roll World [$2.80], sent off as the 2-5 favorite, cut the fractions with Daniel Dube driving. Jason Bartlett sent Cane Pace victor Dealt A Winner [Cam's Card Shark], the 8-5 second choice, after his stablemate but had to settle for second. It was 11 lengths to third-place Strut My Stuff [Western Ideal], one of three fillies in the field. Owned by Jeffrey Snyder of New York City and Three Decades Ra of Moorestown, NJ, Rock N' Roll World posted his third win of the year, finishing in-the-money in 10 of 16 starts this year. Lifetime, he has banked more than $270,000. He was bred by MJG Racing & Hill View Enterprises. The New Jersey Futurity is sponsored by the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey. Ideal Rocky, who won the $100,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes Championship in July at the Meadowlands, turned in an effortless two and a half-length victory in the $85,400 Lou Babic Final for two-year-old New Jersey-sired pacing colts, the sixth race. Corey Callahan guided even-money Ideal Rocky [$4] to an early lead and held off 6-5 Boston Red Rocks. It was 10 lengths to Don'tcallmefrancis in third. All three are sons of Rocknroll Hanover. Ideal Rocky paced the mile in 1:55.1, picking up his fourth win of the year. He has finished in-the-money in seven of nine starts for earnings of $198,163 for the ownership of William Wiswell of Elkhorn, WI; Janet Goehlen of Aurora, IL and Eugene Schick of Elgin, IL. John Butenschoen trains the colt who was bred by Fashion Farms. It took a photo to separate the top three finishers in the $56,000 Lou Babic Final for two-year-old New Jersey-sired pacing fillies. On Top Ofthe Rock [Rocknroll Hanover], in the middle of the three-way finish, got up for a nose victory over Queenofthedreams [If I Can Dream] with a neck back to LL Jackpot [Philos Hanover] in third. The time of the mile was 2:01 flat. The race was contested prior to the betting program. Steve Smith guided the Karen Garland trainee to her first victory in her third career start. In her first two outings, she finished third and then second to LL Jackpot in New Jersey Sire Stakes - Green Acres events the prior two weeks. Owned by Night Rogue Racing Stable of Hillsborough, NJ; David Rousso of Aventura, FL; Charles Krippendorf of Spring Lake, NJ and Stephen Smith of Freehold, NJ, she has now banked $30,590. Bred by Goldfinger Enterprises, she was a $25,000 Harrisburg Yearling Sale purchase. The Lou Babics are sponsored by the New Jersey Sire Stakes. Carol Hodes            

Vernon, N.Y. -- Following the live cover of Oh My Joepa off the far turn, No Monkeys Allowed ($7.40) vaulted to a two-length harness racing victory in Saturday (September 12) evening's featured $7,000 top-level conditioned pace at Vernon Downs.   Mike Merton settled the 8-year-old Rocknroll Hanover gelding into midfield, 5-1/4 lengths off pacesetter Lilys Real Boy (Dan Daley) through a :26 initial quarter. Upon exiting the far turn, No Monkeys Allowed advanced nearer the front flight while tracking the cover of Oh My Joepa (John MacDonald), kicking to the fore in upper stretch. No Monkeys Allowed drew off to a 1:52 victory by way of a :27.2 final quarter, edging clear of Oh My Joepa while 6-5 favourite Gratias Deo (Chris Lems) could only muster a third-place finish despite having the winner's cover to follow.   Edgar "Sparky" Clarke trains No Monkeys Allowed for owner Robert Orr.   The win in the featured event was one of three on the 11-race card for Merton, who teamed up with another Clarke trainee in Wheels Ah Smokin ($14.00, 1:58.1) along with Rob Harmon trainee Nathan Feelsgood ($8.50, 1:52.3).   Live racing returns to Vernon Downs on Wednesday (September 16) evening. Post time is 6:45 p.m. Eastern.   by James Witherite, Vernon Downs

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