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Mark Mullen of Fair Winds Farm in Cream Ridge, NJ had two reasons to celebrate on Saturday night – the winners of both the harness racing features, $200,000 Anthony Abbatiello New Jersey Classic for three-year-old New Jersey-sired pacing colts and geldings and the $100,000 Thomas D’Altrui Miss New Jersey, the companion event for fillies were born at his farm.  "For a breeder, there is nothing more satisfying than seeing a horse you've raised, go on to do well for its new owner," said Mullen. "It is a year's long process with many pitfalls along the way." "For a smaller breeder like Fair Winds, it is particularly gratifying to experience two big stakes wins on the same night at the greatest racetrack in North America [the Meadowlands]." "We are very happy for all the connections!" Split The House, by Rocknroll Hanover and out of Shake That Junk, captured the New Jersey Classic in 1:48.3 for trainer James "Friday" Dean while Wicked Little Minx, also by Rocknroll Hanover, is out of Beachy Lady and won the Miss New Jersey with a 1:50 mile. She is trained by Nancy Johansson for owner Courant AB of Stockholm, Sweden. "Steve Jones and I bought Beachy Lady from a Perretti dispersal at the Harrisburg Mixed Sale in 2011 for $37,000," Mullen recalled. "She was carrying this Rocknroll Hanover foal [Wicked Little Minx]." "She was foaled and raised at Fair Winds." "We sold her at the sale for $50,000." "As with many Rocknroll Hanovers, she was big, strong and with good conformation" "Ake Svanstedt trained her at two." "She has a Well Said colt to sell at Harrisburg this fall," Mullen noted. "I purchased Shake That Junk [the dam of Split The House] at Harrisburg in 2008 for $120,000," he said. "She is a good-looking, correct Camluck from the family of Western Maverick [p, 2, 1:52 -'01 $236,278]." "Her dam, Diamond Dawn, won over $370,000." "Split The House too was a big, good looking colt," Mullen said. "He sold for $60,000." He is owned by Ontario-based Scott Horner of Toronto, Peter Milligan of Mississauga and James J. Dean of Guelph Both mares are still at Fair Winds Farm with "Beachy" in foal to So Surreal and "Shake" in foal to American Ideal. Carol Hodes for the SBOANJ

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ – July 25, 2015 – Split The House gave harness racing trainer James “Friday” Dean his third Anthony Abbatiello New Jersey Classic victory and Wicked Little Minx overcame post 10 and a first-over trip to win the Thomas D’Altrui Miss New Jersey as the spotlight was on New Jersey-sired three-year-old pacers on Saturday night, July 25, 2015 at the Meadowlands. In the hands of Randy Waples, Split The House [$8.60], a son of Rocknroll Hanover – Shake The Junk, got up for a half-length tally over Revenge Shark [Cam’s Card Shark] while 6-5 favorite Artspeak [Western Ideal], the Dan Patch divisional champion at two, was third by a length and a quarter in the 11th race. The $200,000 New Jersey Classic and the $100,000 Miss New Jersey are sponsored by the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey.  Friday Dean harnessed previous winners Big Jim in 2011 and Panther Hanover in 2012 “He’s a nice horse with all the parts,” said Waples of Split The House.  “His only flaw was that he was silly behind the gate, But he’s turned the corner [after some equipment changes]. “I just wanted to draft as long as I could [behind Artspeak],” Waples added.  “Then he swelled up and dug in.”  Split The House, bred by Fair Winds Farm of Cream Ridge, NJ, paced the mile in 1:48.3 A $60,000 Harrisburg Sale purchase, Split The House was unraced at two and has now won seven of nine starts, including three straight.  He has banked $162,158 for Ontario owners Scott Horner of Toronto, Peter Milligan of Mississauga and James J. Dean of Guelph. Split The House Wicked Little Minx captured the filly companion race, the Miss New Jersey, the seventh race. “She’s like a big diesel truck,” said winning trainer Nancy Johansson of the Rocknroll Hanover – Beachy Lady filly who was driven to her second win of the year by Brett Miller.  She coasted past Stacia Hanover [Western Ideal], who cut most of the mile.  It was two and a half lengths to 6-5 favorite The Show Returns {Rocknroll Hanover], who had limited room trying to slip up the rail and finished third. Wicked Little Minx [$6.60], a $50,000 Harrisburg Sale purchase by Courant AB of Stockholm, Sweden, improved her record to two wins, one second and three thirds from eight starts this year and 10 of 19 in-the-money lifetime.  Her $109,199 earnings this year lifted her total to $157,234.  She was bred by Perretti Farms of Cream Ridge, NJ. Wicked Little Minx In other racing action, Graceful Vision put forth a sparkling debut, winning a maiden event for two year old filly pacers in 1:52.3.  The 1/2 favorite made a backstretch brush to the lead, dueled around the far turn and sprinted away from the competition to score and impressive maiden-breaking score with Steve Smith in the sulky.  She is owned and trained by Erv Miller. Graceful Vision Sayitall BB was a drop and pop winner, scoring an emphatic 1:50 triumph in the upper level condition event for the pacing mares.  On the heels of a troubled trip, the Breeders Crown winning mare earned a nice confidence building win which could set her up nicely for the Lady Liberty on Hambletonian Day, with eliminations (if necessary) next Saturday night.  Sayitall BB was driven by Joe Bongiorno, one of two wins on the program for him and is trained by Ron Burke who co-owns the mare with Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Sayitall BB The Jackpot Super Hi-5 went unclaimed again on Saturday night and that carryover now stands at $219,579 into the Friday, July 31st racing program. Darin Zoccali

James "Friday" Dean says it might have been ambitious to send lightly raced Split The House to the North America Cup earlier this year, but the harness racing trainer is looking forward to seeing the colt return to action against some of the best 3-year-old male pacers in North America in Saturday's $200,000 Anthony Abbatiello SBOA New Jersey Classic at the Meadowlands. Split The House drew post seven in the seven-horse field and is 9-2 on the morning line. Regular driver Randy Waples will make the trip from Ontario to New Jersey to drive the horse, who has posted six wins in eight starts this season. New Jersey Sire Stake champion Artspeak, who was the 2014 Dan Patch Award winner for best 2-year-old male pacer, is the 8-5 morning line favorite in the New Jersey Classic. He will start from post five with Scott Zeron driving for trainer Tony Alagna. Split The House was unraced as a 2-year-old because of a fractured pastern bone, but opened this year with four victories heading into the North America Cup at Mohawk Racetrack in June. Split The House finished fourth in his North America Cup elimination, just missing out on advancing to the final, and a week later finished fourth in the North America Cup Consolation. He bounced back from the setbacks by winning a preliminary leg and final of the Summertime Series at Mohawk. "I think if the North America Cup wasn't in our backyard I wouldn't have raced him in it," said Dean, who is based in Ontario and owns Split The House with Scott Horner and Peter Milligan. "We kind of threw him to the wolves a little early. He didn't embarrass himself though and he rebounded well. He's pretty sharp right now so we'll take another crack at the big boys." Waples left no doubt of what he thought about Split The House following the Summertime final, which Split The House won by 2-3/4 lengths over Rockin In Heaven in 1:50.2. "In my estimation he's one of the best 3-year-olds out there, it's just the truth," Waples said. "He was kind of misbehaving a little bit behind the gate (in the North America Cup) and Friday put a screen on him and he's just a different horse now. The last couple of weeks he seems like he's turned a corner. "I think he definitely deserves to be with (the Grand Circuit pacers). If you've got a good field of horses you can find one to follow and I just think this horse is going to go a big mile before the year is up." Split The House was purchased as a yearling under the name Current Course for $60,000. He is a son of Rocknroll Hanover out of the mare Shake That Junk, who raced for Dean and was successful on the Ontario circuit. "We really liked the look of this colt," Dean said. "Then he cracked a pastern behind and stood in a stall for four months. But he was really patient about it. "But we really liked what we had seen from him (prior to his injury). He loved his work. He was a natural. He's a real good horse to train." Split The House is staked to a number of major races, including the Battle of the Brandywine, Simcoe, Little Brown Jug, Bluegrass, and Breeders Crown. "If we're good enough, we'll show up," Dean said. Artspeak heads to the New Jersey Classic off a sixth-place finish in the Meadowlands Pace last weekend. He was second in the Hempt Memorial on July 4 at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono and fifth in the North America Cup. For the year, Artspeak has won three of eight races and earned $255,135 for owners Brittany Farms, Marvin Katz, Joe Sbrocco, and In The Gym Partners. Dealt A Winner is the 5-2 second choice in the New Jersey Classic. He will start from post four with John Campbell driving for trainer Mark Silva. He was fourth in the Meadowlands Pace and a multiple stakes-winner in 2014. The remainder of the New Jersey Classic field is Pierce Hanover, Revenge Shark, Badix Hanover, and Hurrikane Ali. Saturday's Meadowlands card also includes the $100,000 Thomas D'Altrui SBOA Miss New Jersey for 3-year-old female pacers. The Show Returns is the 5-2 morning line favorite, starting from post seven with John Campbell driving for Chris Ryder. The field for the $200,000 Anthony Abbatiello New Jersey Classic [11th race] with drivers, trainers and morning line: 1-Pierce Hanover, Douglas McNair, Ken Sucee, 6-1; 2-Revenge Shark, Brett Miller Tony Alagna, 8-1; 3-Badix Hanover, Ake Svanstedt, Ake Svanstedt, 20-1; 4-Dealt A Winner, John Campbell, Mark Silva, 5-2; 5 Artspeak, Scott Zeron, Tony Alagna, 8-5; 6-Hurrikane Ali, Jim Marohn Jr., John McDermott Jr., 10-1, and 10-Split The House, Randy Waples, James Dean, 9-2. Pierce Hanover, Revenge Shark and Dealt A Winner are by Cam’s Card Shark; Badix Hanover and Artspeak are by Western Ideal; Hurrikane Ali and Split The House are by Rocknroll Hanover. The field for the $100,000 Thomas D’Altrui Miss New Jersey [seventh race] with drivers, trainers and morning line: 1-Lindys Old Lady, Douglas McNair, Frank Antonacci, 6-1; 2-Thirty X, Vincent Ginsburg, Richard Silverman, 20-1; 3-Stacia Hanover, Scott Zeron, Steve Elliott, 3-1; 4-Cheyenne Robin, Randy Waples, Robert Siegelman, 20-1; 5-Strut My Stuff, Jim Marohn Jr, Ross Croghan, 15-1; 6-Happiness, Joe Bongiorno, Ron Burke, 10-1; 7-The Show Returns, John Campbell, Chris Ryder, 5-2; 8-Crescent City, Steve Smith, Chris Ryder. 12-1; 9-Ideal Nuggets, Mike Simons, Ed Lohmeyer, 8-1, and 10-Wicked Little Minx, Brett Miller, Nancy Johansson, 9-2. Stacia Hanover, Strut My Stuff and Ideal Nuggets are by Western Ideal; all others by Rocknroll Hanover. by Ken Weingartner Harness Racing Communications USTA  

Brian Fisher trainee Abelard Hanover (Scott Zeron) was victorious in the featured event at the harness racing meeting on at  Harrah's Philladelphia on Sunday. It was a pace for non-winners of $20,000 in their last 5 starts or non-winners of 9 races or $90,000 lifetime. Starting from post 5, the 7-year-old son of Rocknroll Hanover stormed right to the front, setting fractions of :26.4, :55.1, 1:22.4, and 1:51.4. He had to deal with a challenge from Bob Bresnahan trainee Good Day Mate (Geo. Napolitano Jr.) who rushed up first over at the half. Good Day Mate finished a game second, while Smooth Criminal (Eric Carlson) rallied for third. Race favorite Jeneral Patton (Tim Tetrick) finished off the board despite a second over trip. It was the 37th career win for Abelard Hanover ($16.00), who now has earnings over $620,000. Winning driver Scott Zeron had four wins on the card. Michael Bozich

Split The House put on another impressive display to win the $50,400 Summertime Final Saturday night at the harness racing meeting at Mohawk Racetrack. A field of eight three-year-old pacing colts and geldings contested the final of three-week Summertime Series. Split The House, who won the second leg, was sent off as the 4/5 favourite and was clearly in a league of his own on this occasion. The James 'Friday' Dean trainee got away in fourth in the early going, while Poisonous and Sylvain Filion cut the mile and posted an opening-half of :55.3 Around the final turn, driver Randy Waples sent Split The House first up and the public's choice powered up to the leader at the three-quarter pole in 1:23.2. In the stretch, Split The House cruised by Poisonous and paced home effortlessly to win by 2¾ lengths in 1:50.2. Rockin In Heaven, the first leg winner, rallied to finish second, while Mr Carrotts was third. Poisonous finished in a dead-heat for fourth with Rustys Overload. Following the race, Waples said the first up trip was no issue for Split The House. "He was well in hand tonight. He's just a really nice horse and it worked out somewhat good," said Waples. "I did have speed to chase, but he was more than willing to be sitting out there and head of the lane there I asked him to pace and he was gone." A son of Rocknroll Hanover, Split The House was undefeated in three starts heading into the Pepsi North America Cup eliminations, but failed to make the final after a fourth place finish. The Dean trainee also finished fourth in the consolation, but has now quickly rebounded with a pair of victories. Waples said the North America Cup didn't go as planned, but he has full confidence in Split The House. "In my estimation he's one of the best three-year-olds out there, it's just the truth," said Waples. "He was kind of misbehaving a little bit behind the gate (in the North America Cup) and 'Friday' put a screen on him and he's just a different horse now." "The last couple of weeks he seems like he's turned a corner." The impressive victory in the Summertime stamps Split The House as one of the top three-year-olds locally and Waples believes the colt deserves another crack at Grand Circuit competition. "I think he definitely deserves to be with them." "If you've got a good field of horses you can find one to follow and I just think this horse is going to go a big mile before the year is up." Split The House is owned by Scott Horner, Peter Milligan and 'Friday' Dean. The sophomore pacing colt now has six wins from eight starts in his first season of racing for earnings of over $77,000. The clocking of 1:50.2 matched his career-mark set in his third career start. Split The House paid $3.70 to win. In order to be eligible to the Summertime, the three-year-old pacing colts and geldings had to be non-winners of $30,000 lifetime as of March 31, 2015. Split The House Mark McKelvie

Benefitting from wicked early fractions and a cozy second-over trip, Southwind Trini ($6.00) made good as the slim 2-1 favorite in Friday (July 10) evening's $10,000 Mares Open Pace at the harness racing meeting at  Vernon Downs.   Away fourth in the field of five, the 7-year-old Rocknroll Hanover mare was in no hurry to press Southwind Serenity (Truman Gale) through a torrid :53.3 initial half mile.   On the far turn, Greg Merton angled Southwind Trini to follow cover provided by The Filly Princess (Frank Davis), towed right up into second as Southwind Serenity was gathered in by the steadily-advancing The Filly Princess well past a 1:21.3 three-quarter sectional.   Southwind Trini sustained her bid off cover, putting 1-1/4 lengths on The Filly Princess in the end for a 1:50.2 triumph.   Love You Bye (Jimmy Whittemore) recovered well to take third after she was shuffled to last on the far turn.   Rob Harmon trains Southwind Trini for Karma Racing, Inc.   Claude Huckabone, III led all drivers with three wins on the evening.   Live racing returns at Vernon on Saturday (July 11) evening, with first post at 6:45 p.m. Eastern time.   Fans are invited to arrive early to receive their replica Chris Lems driving colors shirts (while supplies last), and to meet the defending Miracle Mile driving champion.   James Witherite

Harness racing trainer Richie Silverman might have the 'X' factor in Saturday's Mistletoe Shalee elimination at Meadowlands Racetrack, if not the 3-year-old female pacing division as a whole. Silverman will send out Thirty X in the lone $25,000 elimination, from which the top seven finishers advance to the Mistletoe Shalee final on July 18 at the Big M. Unraced at age 2, Thirty X has two wins and a second-place finish in three lifetime starts for Silverman and breeder/owner Marvin Rounick. Thirty X will start the elimination from post three, with Tim Tetrick listed to drive. "She had some soundness issues last year, but I rated her as good as any filly that I've trained in a long time," Silverman said. "She showed a tremendous amount of ability, so Mr. Rounick and myself decided that we were going to give her time and let her mature and keep our fingers crossed for 2015. She's coming along well so far this year. It's very early in the season, but I'm happy where she is today." The Mistletoe Shalee elimination is part of a Saturday card that also includes two eliminations for the Meadowlands Pace for 3-year-old male pacers, Reynolds Stakes divisions for 3-year-old male and female trotters, and the $250,000 Graduate Series final for 4-year-old trotters. First race post time is 5:30 p.m. Saturday. Thirty X is a daughter of Rocknroll Hanover out of the Rounick/Silverman Stable star mare Glowing Report, who earned $2.09 million in her career and was a Nova and O'Brien Award winner. Thirty X is a half-sister to stakes-winner Net Ten Eom and her family also includes stakes winners Must See (who is the dam of Dan Patch Award winner Well Said), Perfect Union, and Urgent Action. "That pedigree, there's not much better in the business as far as I'm concerned," Silverman said. "I'm happy the way she's progressing. She's still getting tighter, still learning. This is only going to be her fourth lifetime start. We know that going in. I think she's going to race very, very well. "Hopefully she's going to be another step tighter and more mature going into, hopefully, the final. It's all stepping stones. She's going up the ladder the way we'd like her to at this point." The Mistletoe Shalee elimination features several open stakes winners from last year, including Happiness, Divine Caroline, Well Hello There, and Deli Beach. The top seven finishers in the elimination will join three fillies who received byes to the final: Lynch Memorial winner Bettor Be Steppin, New Jersey Sire Stakes champ The Show Returns, and multiple stakes winner Sassa Hanover. Silverman knows the Mistletoe Shalee is a step up for Thirty X, but he believes in the filly. "We wouldn't put her in this race just as a tightener, put it that way," Silverman said with a laugh. "I think if she stays sound she's going to be a top filly in this division this year." Following is the field for the Mistletoe Shalee elimination: HN-PP-Horse-Sire--Driver-Trainer 1-1-Happiness by Rocknroll Hanover -Yannick Gingras-Ron Burke 2-2-Divine Caroline by Rock N Roll Heaven -David Miller-Joe Holloway 3-3-Thirty X by Rocknroll Hanover -Tim Tetrick- Richard Silverman 4-4-Band Of Angels by Rock N Roll Heaven -Yannick Gingras-Ron Burke 5-5-Single Me by Bettor's Delight -Brian Sears-Ross Croghan 6-6-Well Hello There by Well Said -Brian Sears-Ron Burke 7-7-Moonlit Dance by Art Major -David Miller-Tony O'Sullivan 8-8-Deli Beach by Somebeachsomewhere -John Campbell-Brett Bittle 9-9-Storm Point by Somebeachsomewhere -Brett Miller-Ron Burke 10-10-Stacia Hanover by Western Ideal -Scott Zeron-Steve Ellio by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications     

Split The House stepped in fresh to the second leg of the Summertime Series Saturday night at the harness racing meeting at  Mohawk Racetrack and delivered a 1:51 winning performance. A field of eight three-year-old pacing colts and geldings, including leg one winner Rockin In Heaven, contested the $18,000 second round of the three-week Summertime Series. The James 'Friday' Dean trainee Split The House, who skipped round one, was making his first start since a fourth-place finish in the $75,000 Pepsi North America Cup Consolation. The son of Rocknroll Hanover came into Saturday night with four wins from six career starts and the public sent him off as the even-money choice. Rockin In Heaven, who won last week's first leg on the front end, sprinted off the gate to the front for driver Sylvain Filion. However, Split The House and driver Randy Waples rejected a spot along the pylons in fifth and drove on in the second-quarter to overtake the lead from the round one winner. After panels of :56 and 1:24.2, Split The House kicked it into sprint mode for the stretch drive and paced home in :26.3 to hold off Rockin Heaven by a length. A hard-closing Poisonous finished third. Owned by Scott Horner, Peter Milligan and Dean, Split The House increased his career earnings to $52,000 with his seventh career victory Saturday night. The sophomore pacing colt paid $4.20 to win. Split The House and Rockin In Heaven will likely meet in a rematch in next Saturday's (July 11) $50,400 Summertime Final. The $48,600 Town Pro Final will also be contested next Saturday. Mark McKelvie

The way Rockstar Temper has been racing at Buffalo Raceway the past two weeks, he is quickly reaching 'rock star status' after rolling to another impressive victory in the $10,000 conditioned pace at the harness racing there on Saturday night (July 4).   After watching Mr. Perserverance do the dirty work on the front end, the pocket-sitting Rockstar Temper ($3.90) cruised on by in the stretch and registered a length win in a seasonal best 1:53.2.   It was his second straight victory in the week's featured pace.   Mr. Perserverance (Shawn Gray) protected pocket position from the start and put up scorching fractions of 27.3, 56.2 and 1:24.4 over the fast track while Rockstar Temper (Drew Monti) followed in tow.   With a quarter mile to go, the duo broke away from the pack and were ready to duke it out to the wire.   Rockstar Temper had the most punch and rolled past the helpless-feeling Mr. Perservance in the lane.   Cobble Beach (Jack Flanigen) took the show spot.   Owned by James Caradori and trained by Darrin Monti, it was the fifth win this season for Rockstar Temper (Rocknroll Hanover-Dragon Temper).   The 7-year-old gelding has earned $48,520 this season and increased his lifetime mark to $337,853.   In the $9,500 Open II pace, there was no stopping Ain't No Stoppin' as driver Jim McNeight was able to take him to a gate-to-wire victory in a seasonal best 1:55.3.   Starting from the pylons, Ain't No Stoppin' went to the front and posted splits of 29.1, 58.1 and 1:26.4.   After seeing Ain't No Stoppin' drop anchor in the stretch last week, the closers were licking their chops at get a shot at tracking him down.   But the flame out didn't occur this week as Ain't No Stoppin' was strong enough to barely fend off the cavalry charge that developed behind him and notch the $23.20 win.   The heavily-favored Burton Blue Chip (Kevin Cummings) just missed and finished a mere head behind while Art Two D Two (Monti) took third.   Owned by Michael Calimeri and trained by McNeight, it was the fourth win of the campaign for Ain't No Stoppin' (Dream Away-Lasting Approval).   The 9-year-old horse has now put $21,746 in the bank in 2015 and $181,719 in his career.   LeReina Road scored a $82.50 upset victory in the third race with David McNeight III in the bike.   Racing will return on Sunday afternoon at 1:05 p.m. with a 13-race program scheduled.   For more information including the latest news, upcoming promotions, race replays and results, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

Doo Wop Hanover made it a harness racing series sweep, winning the $250,000 Graduate Final in 1:48, but he had to work very hard to get to the winner's circle on Friday night at The Meadowlands. The pace was frantic and frenzied early in the mile as Lyonssomewhere and Andy Miller were intent on the lead, parking out Bushwacker around the first turn. That speed duel resulted in a wild 25.2 first quarter. There was a chasm of nearly six lengths back to Rockeyed Optimist in fourth, who then had to make up that ground and commit first over, which enabled Doo Wop Hanover to track his cover from the half-mile pole onward. Lyonssomewhere led the field past three quarters in 1:21, with Rockeyed Optimist stalled first over and Doo Wop Hanover forced to fan three-wide at the three quarter pole. In the meantime, Limelight Beach was lurking in the pocket as the field turned for home. Lyonssomewhere refused to yield ground as he continued to lead through the stretch, John Campbell got to work on Doo Wop Hanover and he was gathering momentum down the center of the track, but Lyonssomewhere just wasn't giving up. Finally, in the shadow of the wire, Doo Wop Hanover was able to reel in the pace-setter and score the series sweep getting up by a head over Lyonssomewhere who was very game in defeat to finish second, with All Bets Off a rallying third. Doo Wop Hanover is trained by Steve Elliot and owned by Peter Blood and Rick Berks. Blood confirmed that son of Rocknroll Hanover will make his next start in the William Haughton Memorial, with eliminations (if necessary) to be held on Saturday, July 11th and the Final on Meadowlands Pace Night, Saturday, July 18th. The victory was the twelfth in the career of Doo Wop Hanover, who now has earnings beyond $566,000. Doo Wop Hanover New Jersey Sire Stakes action kicked off the Friday program with a $25,000 division for the two year old filly pacers and the first division featured plenty of action. In fact, there were no less than five lead changes throughout the mile. The first to the lead was Show Time Hill, as she flashed the most speed off the gate, but Sonoma Valley paced on through the first quarter and she cleared the lead past the opening quarter in 28.2. That lead was short-lived, as Show Time Hill pulled the pocket as soon as the fillies straightened up on the backstretch and would lead again between calls because the 9/5 favorite Blue Moon Stride launched a backside brush to the lead and would clear that lead before the half-mile in 57.4. The race favorite then faced immediate pressure from Rock My Girl, who surged past the favorite as the field moved into the far turn and she glided past three-quarters in 1:26.2. before turning for home in full command. Blue Moon Stride briefly pulled from the pocket with hopes of catching Rock My Girl, but all she could do is chase that filly home as Rock My Girl powered home in 27.1 to win in style in 1:53.3. Rock My Girl, a $20,000 Lexington-Select yearling, is a daughter of Rocknroll Hanover and is the first foal out of the dam My Girl's A Star (Art Major). She is owned by West Wins Stable, Adriano Sorella and Ron Broadstone and trained by Casie Coleman. John Campbell guided the filly to victory. Rock My Girl In the first $20,000 Two Year Old Colt Trot, Southwind Frank was bet down like an international good thing and the punters were right, although they had to survive a real scare. Released as the 1/2 prohibitive choice, Southwind Frank went right to the lead and was able to roll through tepid fractions of 30, 1:00.3 and 1:30 with Brooklyn Hill, a $390,000 Harrisburg yearling on his back throughout the mile. While Southwind Frank seemed to be rolling right a long, Dave Miller pulled the pocket midway on the far turn with Brooklyn Hill and from there the race was on as the pair of freshman trotters kicked away from the field and stormed through a 26.3 final quarter with only a neck separating the two on the wire, with Southwind Frank holding on. Both trotters showed an amazing turn of foot and the future for both looks bright. Southwind Frank was a $100,000 yearling purchase at the Lexington-Select Sale. He is a son of Muscle Hill out of Flawless Lindy (Cantab Hall). This is that mares first foal. He is owned by Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, Our Hrs Cents Stables and J & T Silva Stables and trained by Ron Burke. The winner driver was Yannick Gingras. Southwind Frank The second division for the two year old trotting colts featured another short-priced favorite for Ron Burke in Southwind Flash. But he would have his hands full with Jack Vernon, a well-bred colt for Randy Beeckman. It would be Jack Vernon who dictated the terms. In fact, he led at every point of call into the stretch, wheeling off fractions of 28.4, 1:00 and 1:30.1, before facing the challenge of Southwind Flash who pulled the pocket as the field approached the top of the stretch. But, Jack Vernon had plenty left in the tank and trotted home in 27.1. while fending off the favorite to win in 1:57.2. Not to be out-done, Dominion Beach, the son of Hambletonian Oaks winner Windylane Hanover, who watched all the action early, trotted home quite well, showing rapid acceleration and rallied past Southwind Flash late to steal second money. Jack Vernon is by Muscle Hill out of Vernon Blue Chip (Sir Taurus). The win was the second in Sire Stakes action for John Campbell. Jack Vernon is a kin to New Jersey Sire Stakes Champion, Blue Mac Lad, trained by Randy Beeckman for Miller's Stable who purchased the talented colt at the Lexington-Select sale for $50,000. Jack Vernon The two year old colt pace drew 10 freshman pacers in one division for $25,000. Ideal Rocky was sent off as the 4/5 favorite, but she was green behind the gate, which cost her ground early on. There was not much early speed off the gate, which enabled longshot Rock N Roll Style to take the field to the opening quarter from the pole in 28.3. Rock Power was moved early to secure position and led between calls as Boston Red Rocks powered up and took the lead before the half-mile in 57.3 and would never look back, leading the field past three-quarters in 1:26.2 before pulling away in the stretch to win impressively in 1:53.2. The win was the third on the card for John Campbell, all in Sire Stakes action. Boston Red Rocks is by Rocknroll Hanover out of McGibson (McArdle). He is trained by none other than Steve Elliot, who is having a sensational season and ownerd by Richard Berks, who purchased the colt at Harrisburg last year for $50,000. Boston Red Rocks The two year old filly trotters were split into two $20,000 divisions. All The Time was released as the 3/5 favorite in the first split, but she was never in contention for the win, but the opposite was the case for her stablemate, Hollywood Hill. That filly was allowed to coast along first over while Silvia reach the opening quarter in 29.1, but Hollywood Hill quickly took over as the field reached the backstretch. From there, trainer and driver Jimmy Takter put the whip on his filly's tale and she responded past the half-mile in 59 seconds. The leading margin only expanded from there as Hollywood Hill found herself four lengths clear as she trotted past three-quarters in 1:27.4. Her lead proved to be insurmountable as she coasted through the stretch to win emphatically in 1:56.2. Southwind Adele rallied to finish second as Silvia faded to third. Hollywood Hill is by Muscle Hill, out of the marvelous mare, Lantern Kronos (Viking Kronos), making her a half-sister the Hambletonian contender The Bank. She is owned by Goran Falk and was trained and driven by Jimmy Takter. Hollywood Hill The second division saw speed from the far outside as Dream Child made the lead from post 10 and was able to do so through moderate fractions. The Muscle Hill filly spun through fractions of 28.3, 59.1 and 1:29.2, while going unchallenged. Race favorite Gifted Lady was allowed to settle just off the pace in third and Takter bided his time with his filly, before pulling her as the field circled the far turn. He steadily gained on the leader and was able to edge away late for a popular victory as the 6/5 choice in 1:57.4. Gifted Lady is by Muscle Hill out of Alix Hall (Conway Hall). She is a half-sister to Flex The Muscle and was driven by her trainer Jimmy Takter for owner and breeders Silver Linden Farms. Gifted Lady Both Jackpots in the Super Hi-5 went unclaimed, with the fifth race carryover now standing at $173,354 and the last race carryover growing to $157,586. Total handle for the Friday program yielded a 16-percent increase over 2014, with on-track handle up a staggering 46-percent. The large crowd remained after the races for a Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular. Post time for the 13-race Saturday program is 7:15 P.M. Darin Zoccali

MANALAPAN, NJ - July 3, 2015 - Veteran harness racing driver John Campbell expertly guided a trio of first-time starters to victory in first round New Jersey Sire Stakes for two-year-olds on Friday night, July 3, 2015 at the Meadowlands. Hall of Famer Campbell won with filly pacer Rock My Girl in the $25,000 first race, colt trotter Jack Vernon in the $20,000 fourth race and colt pacer Boston Red Rocks in the $25,000 fifth race. Rock My Girl [$9.20] was a length and a half winner over Blue Moon Stride. It was three and a half lengths to Show Time Hill in third. All three fillies are daughters of Rocknroll Hanover. Trained by Casie Coleman, Rock My Girl paced the mile in 1:53.3, tossing in a last quarter in 27.1. Owned by West Wins Stable, Adriano Sorella and Ron Broadstone, she was a $20,000 Lexington Selected Sale purchase. Jack Vernon [$6.60], a Muscle Hill son of Vernon Blue Chip, trotted his mile in 1:57.2, finishing a half-length ahead of Dominion Beach [Muscle Hill]. Southwind Flash [Muscle Hill], who won both of his baby races and was the betting favorite, was third by three quarters of a length. Racing in the name of Miller's Stable Inc. of Leburn, KY, Jack Vernon is trained by Randy Beeckman and was purchased out of the Lexington Selected Sale for $50,000. Boston Red Rocks [$5.80] was a two and a quarter length winner over Katies Rocker. It was two and three-quarter lengths to Ideal Rocky in third. All three are sons of Rocknroll Hanover. The Steve Elliott-trainee paced the mile in 1:53.2. Purchased for $50,000 out of the Harrisburg Sale, Boston Red Rocks races in the name of Rick Berks of Boca Raton, FL. In other New Jersey Sire Stakes divisions for trotters, Southwind Frank [$3.00] won the $20,000 second race for colts and Hollywood Hill [$14.40] captured the $20,000 sixth race for fillies. Southwind Frank, driven by Yannick Gingras and trained by Ron Burke, prevailed by a head over Brooklyn Hill in a stretch duel that featured a 26.3 final panel in a 1:56.3 mile. It was two and a half lengths to Bar Hopping in third. All three are sons of Muscle Hill. Southwind Frank, a $100,000 Lexington Selected Sale purchase, belongs to the partnership of Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, Our Horse Cents Stables and J&T Silva Stables. Hollywood Hill, driven and trained by Jimmy Takter, coasted to a two and a half-length tally over Southwind Adele. It was three and three-quarter lengths to Silvia in third. The three fillies are all daughters of Muscle Hill. The mile was timed in 1:56.2. The winner is owned by breeder Goran Falk of Allentown, NJ. In the last division, the $20,000 ninth race for trotting fillies, Gifted Lady [$4.40] was a length winner over Dream Child in 1:57.4. Skara Brae was third by five and a half lengths. All three fillies are daughters of Muscle Hill. Jimmy Takter drives and traines Gifted Lady, for owner-breeder Silver Linden Farms of Woodburn, IN. The two-year-olds have another week of prelims before meeting in $100,000 finals on July 17, 2015 at the Meadowlands. By Carol Hodes for the SBOANJ

Duane and Connie Roland hope to rock the Meadowlands Pace later this month, but first they will prep their 3-year-old pacer for the big harness racing event by competing in one of the 10 Landmark Stakes on Saturday at Historic Track in Goshen. The Rolands' horse, Roland N Rock, is undefeated in 17 career races, with most of his victories coming on the Iowa fair circuit. It is an unlikely starting point for a Meadowlands Pace hopeful, but one the Rolands decided was worth following after watching the gelding dominate his competition to date. "It's very exciting," said Duane Roland, a corn and soybean farmer from Grinnell, Iowa, who trains and usually drives Roland N Rock. "Whatever happens, this is like an experience no one that I know ever gets to do. Who gets to train their own horse and go to New Jersey and race in the Meadowlands Pace? "Back home almost everybody sells their horse when it gets good. Most of the horses that are really good get sold between $50,000 and $75,000. My wife Connie and I are in the position that we don't have to sell him. We figured, let's just keep him and go have fun." Roland N Rock will face four rivals in Saturday's $17,470 Landmark Stakes at Historic Track, which also is an unlikely place to find a Meadowlands Pace hopeful. The only other horse since 1992 to prep for the Meadowlands Pace eliminations by racing at Historic Track was Exporter, who in 2001 won a New York Sire Stakes division in Goshen six days prior to finishing ninth in his Pace elim. Since 1992, four Meadowlands Pace finalists competed at Historic Track the year prior to racing in the Pace, most notably 2000 Pace winner and Horse of the Year Gallo Blue Chip. John Campbell is listed to drive Roland N Rock on Saturday at Historic Track. Post time is 1 p.m. for the first race on the card, which also includes three divisions of the Billings amateur drivers' series. The Grand Circuit weekend at Historic Track concludes Sunday with Hall of Fame Day. The Rolands decided to stake Roland N Rock to several of this year's top races after the horse won the $86,000 American-National Stakes by 2-1/4 lengths in 1:52.2 at Balmoral Park in October. The American-National was one of only two stakes engagements for Roland N Rock last year; the other was the $21,450 Review Stakes at Springfield, Ill., where the gelding romped by 13-1/4 lengths in 1:51.2. "He's never been tested in any of his races," Roland said. "We thought we would test him last year when we went to Springfield and he just took off and won in (1):51.2. Then at Balmoral he was an easy winner too. We decided this was our opportunity, so we took all the money from the American-National and staked him to a bunch of races. We figured we'd just go for it." This year, Roland N Rock is 3-for-3, with his most recent victory coming in 1:55.4 at Wapello County Regional Fair in Eldon, Iowa on June 18. The time shattered the previous track record by 2-2/5 seconds. "It's a car racing track, so the turns are banked pretty good," Roland said. "We talked about it and thought he needed to go in 1:56 there for us to make the decision to come out here. And he did that. He still had more left, so that was good. "I'm still trying to get him to peak. He just needs one more good workout and he should be ready to go. Almost everybody else was ready to race in May and was prepping for the North America Cup (in June). They're going to have raced four to six weeks as hard as they can go leading up to this, so I'm thinking I have a fresh horse, at least that's in my favor." Roland N Rock is a son of the mare Hank's Chip, who the Rolands purchased in foal to stallion Rocknroll Hanover for $6,000 at the 2011 Standardbred Horse Sale's Mixed Sale, when Perretti Farms dispersed its broodmare band. The resulting foal was Roland N Rock. And what did Duane Roland like about Hank's Chip? "The price," he said with a laugh. "We'd gotten about $15,000 in breeders awards and I said let's go spend that and try to buy two mares in foal to Rocknroll Hanover. We had $15,000 to spend. We bought two. This happened to be the good one." The Rolands soon will find out how good. In addition to the Meadowlands Pace, Roland N Rock's stake schedule includes the Carl Milstein Memorial, Battle of the Brandywine, Circle City, Jenna's Beach Boy, Messenger, Matron, and Progress Pace. "We've got to give it a shot," said Roland, who has never raced a horse at the Meadowlands. "We paid him in to all these races, so we're just like let's go do it. If we're eliminated (in the Meadowlands Pace eliminations) and we're in the consolation, we're still happy because we got to go." Roland said the emergence of his horse continues the feel-good storylines surrounding the top 3-year-old pacers so far this season: Wakizashi Hanover ($23,000 yearling with three newcomers in ownership group), In The Arsenal ($7,500 buy back) and Wiggle It Jiggleit (privately purchased as a weanling). "Now you've got this farmer from Iowa bringing this Rocknroll Hanover to the Meadowlands," Roland said. "It's all good for harness racing just to say that anybody can get the good horse. You've got four different stories there all going against the great horse Artspeak. So you never know how it's going to turn out. "We just hope that (Roland N Rock) does well, makes some money, and we have some fun." by Ken Weingartner Harness Racing Communications USTA

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (July 1, 2015) - Fresh off his world-record victory, Doo Wop Hanover seeks a series sweep in the $250,000 Graduate Final, the highlight of a stakes-filled harness racing card on Friday (July 3) at the Meadowlands. In victories in the first three legs of the series for four-year-old pacers, Doo Wop Hanover set two different track records, one at Tioga Downs when he won in 1:47.4, and two weeks ago at the Meadowlands when he set a world record of 2:02.3 for the little used one-and-one-eighth mile distance. The Steve Elliott-trained son of Rocknroll Hanover drew post two in Friday's race and faces eight other foes including fellow Elliott-trainee Rockeyed Optimist, who saw his seven-race winning streak come to an end when finishing second to Doo Wop Hanover in his world-record victory. Doo Wop Hanover is the 6-5 morning line favorite. Rockeyed Optimist is the second choice at 8-5. Ron Burke sends out the uncoupled duo of All Bets Off and Limelight Beach. All Bets Off adds Lasix for the first time on Friday. Burke said the career earner of more than $1.2 million bled in his previous two starts. The Graduate Final is race ten on Friday's twelve-race card that also features six divisions of the New Jersey Sire Stakes for two-year-old trotters and pacers. Burke sends out a pair of two-year-old trotters that drew in separate six-horse divisions. In race two, Southwind Frank makes his pari-mutuel debut for Burke off a sparkling win in a baby race at Gaitway in 1:55.3. "He was not impressive starting out," explained Burke of the $100,000 Lexington Select yearling, "but he's got really good upside and we have plenty of reasons to believe he's a top colt." Burke sends out morning line favorite Southwind Flash in race four, the other division for male freshman trotters. Southwind Flash won both of his baby races at Gaitway. He was an $85,000 Lexington Select yearling and the first foal out of Friendly Amigo, an earner of more than $557,000 during her racing career. "He actually trained down better than 'Frank," said Burke. "No one else could go with him in both of his qualifiers, but we actually think he'll be even better following horses when he races the better ones." Handicappers will also have the opportunity to wager into a pair of large carryover pools in the Jackpot Super High 5. The Race Five carryover is $170,877 and the Race Twelve carryover is $154,332. Post time is 7:15 p.m. Justin Horowitz

Six wins from ten starts is a clear indication of Sheer Rocknroll's ability and she has the class to overcome her back-line draw in the $100,000 Westbred Classic for two-year-old fillies at the harness racing meeting at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Sheer Rocknroll will start from the inside of the back line and looks set to get a perfect run behind the polemarker Topless Beach Girl, a noted frontrunner. The task then will be for Stuart McDonald to manoeuvre Sheer Rocknroll off the pegs in plenty of time to issue a strong challenge and make a determined bid for victory. Sheer Rocknroll has won at three of her past four starts for Byford trainer Ross Olivieri and McDonald. At her latest outing, at Bunbury last Saturday week, Sheer Rocknroll started from the No. 1 barrier and was beaten for early speed before McDonald sent her to the front after 550m. She dashed over the third quarter of the final mile in 28.1sec. and had to fight doggedly to hold on and defeat Dodolicious by a metre. Dodolicious, who raced in the breeze, should again fight out the finish this week. She will start from the outside (barrier three) on the back line and Colin Brown will be keen to settle her ahead of Sheer Rocknroll. Ken Casellas

Vernon, N.Y. -- After stalking from midpack, the J P Stables' Damon Blue Chip ($3.00) angled off the pegs en route to head-stretch, steadily closing on the pacesetters and ultimately prevailing for a 1:51.1 score in Sunday (June 28) afternoon's $7000 harness racing featured conditioned pace at Vernon Downs.   The 6-year-old Rocknroll Hanover gelding was relaxed early, allowing A Fool for Mark (Dustin Ingraham), Dont Tell Rusty (Todd Frocione), and Walks of Life (Frank Davis) all to make moves to the lead before commencing his. Rated well off a :54.4 half mile, trainer-driver John MacDonald put Damon Blue Chip into play on the far turn, passing a tiring Dont Tell Rusty to take third before reaching the head of the stretch, but still five lengths out of second. Damon Blue Chip made better progress upon straightening out for home, closing steadily to collar A Fool For Mark--who vacated the pocket to pass Walks of Life in mid-stretch--by a half length. Celebrity Scandal (Claude Huckabone, III) rallied from the back of the pack to take fourth.   MacDonald scored a driving double on the 12-race card, as did Claude Huckabone, Jr., Greg Merton, and Shawn McDonough.   Live racing returns to Vernon Downs on Saturday, July 4. First post for the Independence Day program is 6:45 p.m. Eastern time.   by James Witherite, Vernon Downs

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Rain, wind and a sloppy harness racing  track was a winning combination for Rockstar Temper ($8.00) as he took the $10,500 Open Pace in convincing fashion at Buffalo Raceway Saturday night (June 27), beating Unicorn Hanover by 1-1/2 lengths in 1:58.1.   The heavily-favored Youwillwishyouhad (Kevin Cummings) was parked to the opening panel in the feature and needed a wicked 27.3 first split to reach the lead. The hot fractions of 58.0 and 1:28.3 over the sloppy going would eventually be costly for the front runner.   Sand Savage (Jim McNeight) was first over going down the backstretch the final time and Rockstar Temper (Drew Monti) drafted perfectly behind.   The brutal times took their toll on Youwillwishyouhad as he threw in the towel at the top of the stretch and Sand Savage had enough as well.   Rockstar Temper in the meantime was loving the proceedings and rolled off cover to post the victory. Unicorn Hanover (David McNeight III) showed late kick to take second while Mr. Perserverance (Shawn Gray) rode the pylons for third.   Owned by James Caradon and trained by Darrin Monti, Rockstar Temper has scored four victories in 18 appearances in 2015. The 7-year-old gelding (Rocknroll Hanover-Dragon Temper) has earned $43,520 this season and $332,153 lifetime.   Jokerman ($43.40) didn't joke around in the $9,500 Open II pace by springing a 1-1/2 length upset win over Beachfront in 1:57.2.   After watching a speed duel on the front end between Ain't No Stoppin' and I C D Moolah, Jokerman was in 'wait and see' mode. Waiting and seeing the speed crumble, Jokerman was three-wide and winging, rolling in the stretch for a 1-1/2 length win over Beachfront (McNeight III). Cobble Beach (Cummings) rallied for the show spot..   Co-owned by trainer Richard Roth along with Randy and Robert Roth, Jokerman has six victories on the season and $43,894 in the bank. The 6-year-old gelding (American Ideal-Shark Tail) has now made $93,037 in his career.   Racing will continue on Sunday afternoon at 1:05 p.m. with a 12-race card.   For more information including the latest news, upcoming promotions, race replays and results, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

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