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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

Harness racing driver Corey Callahan got the jump on Driver of the Week honors, finding the winner's circle five times on Friday night at The Meadowlands. Callahan didn't waste any time, winning the first two year old event of the season at The Meadowlands, with the John Butenschoen trained Ideal Rocky, a Rocknroll Hanover colt that cost $47,000 at the Harrisburg yearling sale. Callahan and Butenschoen would team up again later on the night, winning a condition trotting event with the Currier and Ives winner, Suit and Tie (Andover Hall). The Captain would also go on to score with B Stern (Bettor's Delight) in wire to wire fashion in a condition pacing event for fillies and mares at 13-1. He also guided Beach Story (Somebeachsomewhere) to a strong win in a very tough upper-level condition pacing event for mares and steered Tirade Hanover (Crazed) to a well-meant win in a competitive middle level condition trotting event. With the five wins, Callahan moved into the top-five in the Meadowlands drivers standings. The feature race of the night was the $50,000 TVG Free For All Trot, the third leg in the $1.2 Million series. Obrigado made his debut in the series and he made it a winning one, scoring in impressive fashion in 1:51.3, a lifetime best performance. Last week, Obrigado found himself locked in throughout the mile while crying out for racing room in the stretch, Mark Macdonald made sure that wouldn't happen this time, putting his gelding in the game early. But Obrigado had to work hard early on, parked out by DW's NY Yank, the 9/5 favorite and the two raced in tandem past the quarter in 26.3. Shortly after the trotters turned into the backstretch, Obrigado cleared the lead and it was a lead he would not relinquish. MacDonald effectively backed his trotter down to a 55.3 half mile before reaching three-quarters in 1:25.1, completely a tepid 58.3 middle half-mile. In the stretch, the Boy Band gelding  simply out-sprinted the field, kicking home in 26.2 to complete the triumph. Flanagan Memory rallied to finish second with Melady's Monet overcoming traffic trouble in the stretch to finish third. Obrigado is co-owned by his trainer Paul Kelley, L. Higgins and W. Weaver III. The fifth race Jackpot Super Hi-5 survived another night, despite a 15-1 upset and that carryover will be $168,564 into the Saturday program. The last race carryover swelled to $149,836 as well. Racing resumes on Saturday with first post time at 7:15 P.M. Darin Zoccali

CAMPBELLVILLE, June 26 - Harness racing three-year-old pacing fillies clashed Friday night at Mohawk Racetrack in round one of the Town Pro Series and a direct connection to the series namesake took the first of two splits. Imagine Dragon and driver Rick Zeron made a big third-quarter move to the front and never looked back en route to a three-length 1:51.3 victory in the first $18,000 division. A daughter of Dragon Again, Imagine Dragon's dam Town Pro Miss was the eighth foal out of Town Pro, making the series namesake the grand-dam of Friday's first division winner. Trained by Frank Antonacci for the Lindy Farms of Conn, Imagine Dragon was making her local debut Friday evening. The sophomore pacing filly now has two wins from five starts and earnings of over $35,000 in her first season of racing. Lovely Erin finished second, while Southwind Geisha rounded out the Triactor. Imagine Dragon paid $15.60 to win. Imagine Dragon Zeron, Antonacci and the Lindy Farms teamed up to win the second division in 1:52.1 with Lindys Old Lady for a sweep of the first round. Sent off as the 8/5 second choice, Lindys Old Lady sprinted out towards the lead and would receive a two-hole trip, as Invest In Art, the 3/5 favourite, overtook the lead just after the opening-quarter. Invest In Art was confronted by first up challenger Nationalize around the final turn, which softened up the favourite for the stretch drive. In the stretch, Lindys Old Lady, who had angled to the far outside, overtook the lead. The Antonacci trainee paced home strong to hold off Evas Girl, who charged up the rail, by a length. Abbijade Hanover finished third, while Invest In Art was able to hold on for fourth. A daughter of Rocknroll Hanover, Lindys Old Lady has now won three of five starts in her first season of racing for earnings of $33,200. Lindys Old Lady returned $5.50 to win. Lindys Old Lady In order to be eligible to the Town Pro, the three-year-old pacing fillies had to be non-winners of $30,000 lifetime as of March 31, 2015. The second leg of the Town Pro will take place next Friday (July 3). Series action continues Saturday night at Mohawk with the first leg of the Summertime for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings. Mark McKelvie

Roland N Rock, fresh off an impressive 1:53.2 qualifier at Running Aces harness racing track in Minnesota, is headed east to take on the "big boys." The sophomore son of Rocknroll Hanover's next scheduled start is the Landmark Stake on July 4th followed by The Meadowlands Pace eliminations the next weekend. Lightly staked at two, owners Duane and Connie Roland of Grinnell, Iowa, have their pride and joy staked to many of North America's marquee three-year-old events. Roland N Rock was undefeated in 14 two-year-old starts, including a dozen wins on the Iowa fair circuit. He did, however, also win the Review Stake at Springfield, Illinois in 1:51.2 and the American-National at Balmoral in 1:52.2. He has prepped for his trip east with another three Iowa fair victories in addition to the quick qualifier at Running Aces' highly-acclaimed five-eighths mile oval. "We waited a lifetime for a horse this good," related Duane Roland, who owns the horse with his wife Connie." "We went to the Harrisburg sale during the dispersal of Perretti pacing broodmares and plucked his mother Hack's Chip (by Cambest) out for $6000." "She was in foal to Rocknroll Hanover and this colt was the resultant foal. We've turned down some generous offers because this is a dream come true for us." "We want to see how far the dream takes us!" "I've driven him in all his Iowa fair wins, but we're hoping to get John Campbell when we come east," Roland related." "I've honed on him pretty good leading up to this qualifier and we're really excited to see how he stacks up against the best ones out there." Gregg Keidel Director of Racing - Running Aces

This Sunday Harness Racing New South Wales are staging the six $125,000 Breeders Challenge Finals at Menangle. The finalists and draws for the six races have been made and Harnesslink thought it was a good time to have a look at the sires represented in the three age groups. Note: We have included the emergencies in the analysis First up for analysis are the two year old finalists. 1) Two year old fillies The sire to have the most representatives in the final is the deceased Rocknroll Hanover who has three finalists in this division. Rocknroll Hanover has 141 two year olds this season and he is reaping the rewards for those big numbers being the current leader on the two year old sires premiership. Regardless of numbers it is still a notable effort for Rocknroll Hanover to provide a quarter of the final field in a $125,000 race Another string to his bow is he is also the sire of Rock N Roll Heaven who has one representative in the final but that of course is Heavens Trend 1:52.1 who is a dominating favourite for the final after drawing barrier three. Art Major is the only other sire to have more than one runner with two representatives in the final including the unbeaten Our Golden Goddess 1:54.3. One surprise when looking at the field was the lack of Sportswriters with him having only one finalist this year. Last season they were everywhere and challenging the established stars like Bettors Delight and Art Major but are a lot quieter this season. Champion sire and noted filly sire Bettor's Delight was a notable absentee from the list of sires who had finalists. 2) Two year old colts / geldings Two stallions have multiple finalists and they are Art Major and Somebeachsomewhere who both have two in the final. Somebeachsomewhere is really starting to make his mark in Australia and both his finalists here are top class. Waikiki Beach is unbeaten to date and from barrier three will stay that way on Sunday. His biggest challenger is the other Somebeachsomewhere finalist in Match In Heaven who is going to need a bit of luck from barrier 10 As Somebeachsomewhere only has 23 two year olds to represent him this season, his effort to have the two leading candidates for the $125,000 final is a huge achievement. Especially as earlier in the season he lost the super two year old Goodtime Sammy 1:54 to injury. One notable absentee from the colts/geldings division is Rock N Roll Heaven who with 153 two year olds this season should have at least had a finalist in this division. The other notable absentee is Rocknroll Hanover who after having three in the fillies final, has no  runners in the colts or geldings final.  Harnesslink Media

WILKES-BARRE PA -- Scott Rocks yielded for the pocket after a lightning 25.2 opener, then stormed up the famed Pocono Pike to win the $30,000 harness racing Open Handicap pace Saturday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono.   Rainfall a half-hour before the feature was reflected in a downgrading of the red clay surface to "sloppy," but neither Scott Rocks on the inside nor Dynamic Youth just to his right seem to have gotten the news as they tore up the first turn, with Dynamic Youth finally making the top after paying the wicked price, with Dancin Yankee, 2014 Pennsylvania Horse of the Year and assigned outside in the field of seven, tucking in the big three-hole behind the streaking duo.   Dynamic Youth (driver Andrew McCarthy) moderated the middle splits to 54.3 and 1:22.4, with Scott Rocks (George Napolitano Jr.) and Dancin Yankee (Jim Morrill Jr.) maintaining their inside positions behind him, with the outer tier burning off before headstretch.   At that point Dynamic Youth went straight, Scott Rocks dove left, and Dancin Yankee angled right for clearance, and the stretch duel was on. Scott Rocks still had good energy after the early involvement and paced to the lead midstretch, but Dancin Yankee, still 2¼ lengths out at midpoint in the lane, was coming with a roar, and the winner had to stay sharp to withstand the late charger by a half-length in 1:50.1, with Dynamic Youth showing great tenacity to be only another neck behind at the wire.   Scott Point, sent off at 6-5, only $2 behind in the win pool behind Dancin Yankee, boosted his seasonal record to 8-4-3-0, and his bankroll now is $67,750 this year and $264,773 lifetime. The victorious Rocknroll Hanover gelding is trained by Chris Oakes for his wife Susan and Chuck Pompey.   PHHA / Pocono  

EAST RUTHERFORD (June 19, 2015) - The third leg of the Graduate Series for trotters at The Meadowlands pitted a rematch of JL Cruze vs. Father Patrick, this time for $100,000. Fresh off the upset two weeks ago that sent shockwaves throughout the harness racing sport, JL Cruze was given more respect at the windows Friday night, sent off as the 9/5 second choice. Father Patrick was given the nod as the favorite, despite the narrow loss last-out and post 10 tonight, released as the 1/2 choice. JL Cruze floated off the gate, while Father Patrick did the same, watching many trotters vying for early position to his inside. Around the first turn, JL Cruze sat mid-pack in fifth, with Father Patrick right behind him. The early lead belonged to Gural Hanover, who reached the quarter in 26.4. As the field straightened up on the backstretch, JL Cruze launched his bid for the lead, with Father Patrick hot on his heels and the pair ranged up into contention as JL Cruze cleared the lead going to the half-mile in a sharp 54.1. Father Patrick was left uncovered briefly, but he asserted himself rather quickly and made the lead as the field moved into the far turn. His pilot, Yannick Gingras, let Patrick roll to three quarters in 1:22.3, while Sumata was challenging first over. JL Cruze was locked in the pocket for much of the stretch as Father Patrick reached for the line. But inside the final eighth of a mile, the pylons opened up for JL Cruze and John Campbell guided his trotter through the narrow opening where he sprinted to the wire to defeat Father Patrick in a lifetime best 1:50.4. That clocking also equaled the fastest trotting mile of the season thus far. Resolve rallied to be third from well back. JL Cruze is owned by W Kenneth Wood, W J Dittmar Jr and S J Iaquinta and trained by Eric Ell. The four-year-old Crazed gelding cost just $32,000 at the Harrisburg Mixed Sale in November and has now earned $233,638 this season. Driver John Campbell spoke to how the horse has developed. "Back in February, we knew he was good, but I don't think anyone could have predicted this. But he kept getting stronger as time went on and I knew he could trot with these, but I wasn't sure he could win. But he just keeps getting better." Amazingly, trainer Eric Ell reported that JL Cruze kicked his stall the morning of the second round of the Graduate and he considered scratching the horse. Not only did he race, but he defeated Father Patrick, a feat he accomplished again tonight. The $250,000 Graduate Trot Final will be contested on Meadowlands Pace elimination night, Saturday, July 11th. JL Cruze The third leg for the Graduate pacers was also contested Friday night at The Meadowlands for $100,000. An overloaded field of twelve would go to the post and because of the two trailers, the race was contested at 1 1/8th miles. Rockeyed Optimist, a winner of nine of 10 starts this season was sent off as the odds-on favorite, while Doo Wop Hanover, a winner of the first rounds of the Graduate series was let go at 7/2. Both four year olds are trained by Steve Elliot. The early speed came from the inside as Limelight Beach and Lyonssomewhere blasted to the front, but Rockeyed Optimist was aggressive from his outside post and he would grind into it early on and made the lead past the quarter of 27.1. In the meantime, Doo Wop Hanover never saw the pylons and was allowed to settle into his stride uncovered while racing nearly 10 lengths off the lead as Rockeyed Optimist sprinted past the half-mile in 53.4. At that point, Doo Wop Hanover began to a launch a steady bid for the lead while leading the outer flow, tracked by All Bets Off. Rockeyed Optimist completed three-quarters in 1:22.1 as Doo Wop Hanover continued to close in. As the field straightened away in the stretch, the two Elliot trainees were side by side and they put on a show, pacing through the stretch together, leaving the field behind. Doo Wop Hanover, despite being uncovered throughout the nine furlongs, was able to wear down his stable mate and score a win in a world record clocking for one mile and one eighth, winning in 2:02.3, eclipsing the previous mark of 2:03.1, established by Noble Ability in 1999. All Bets Off checked in third. The four-year-old son of Rocknroll Hanover  was sent out by owners Peter Blood and Rick Berks. John Campbell swept The Graduate events Friday night and was extremely impressed with the performance of Doo Wop Hanover. "He went a huge trip, but he wasn't working that hard and that was the key. But we were out the whole way and he just kept coming." Both Elliot trainees are being pointed to the $250,000 Graduate Final on Friday, July 3rd. Doo Wop Hanover In other action, Hot List (McArdle) made it back to back victories, both in the form of pylon skimming drives as she won the $28,500 Fillies and Mares Open Pace over Iniitowinafortune in a sharp 1:49.4. The win was another on the card for John Campbell who scored a hat trick on the program. The mare is trained by Arnold Marks. The $26,000 Open Trot was won in wire to wire fashion by DW's NY Yank, who led at every pole to score in 1:52.1. Obrigado was locked in the pocket throughout the mile and appeared to have a ton of trot while finishing second. Trainer Ron Burke sent out the winner. DW's NY Yank The $22,800 Cathedra Dot Com Final went to Next Flight Up in a 24-1 upset and she rallied down the center of the racetrack and chased down Oceans Motion, Real Drama and That Woman Hanover to score in 1:50.4 for Brett Miller and trainer Jeff Smith. Next Flight Up Both carryovers in the Jackpot Super Hi-5 lived to fight another day, with the fifth race carryover growing to $162,597 and the last race carryover swelling to $141,004. Total handle for the Friday program yielded a 10-percent increase over the same night in 2014, despite one less race. Racing resumes on Saturday with a 13-race program beginning at 7:15 P.M. Darin Zoccali

YONKERS, NY, Friday, June 19, 2015 - Pocket-sitting Tipitina (Jason Bartlett, $10.40) beat pace-setting Jonsie Jones (Tyler Buter) in a two-speed number Friday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's harness racing featured $42,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace. Jonsie Jones made the lead, working around Tipitina before a :27.1 opening quarter-mile. The latter, assigned post position No. 2, has moved past pole-sitting Magic Starlight (George Brennan) at the outset. "Jonsie" found a :55.4 intermission before getting token, first-up advances from Watch Dali (Jordan Stratton). That meek move didn't do much for a second-over 8-5 choice For the Ladies N (Brian Sears) going toward a 1:23.2 three-quarters. Jonsie Jones owned a length-and-a-quarter lead into the lane, but Tipitina edged out and by. The margin was three-quarters of a length in 1:52.2. For the Ladies N rallied into third, while Sir Jillian Z Tam (Pat Lachance) and Magic Starlight settled for the remainder. For third choice Tipitina, a 5-year-old daughter of Rocknroll Hanover owned by Rags to Riches of PA and trained by Mike Forte, it was her sixth win in 17 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $41.60, with the triple returning $177.50. Special Friday props to the invading lass Cinamony (Brennan, $6.50), whose snappy 1:51.3 effort in the $25,000, fifth-race pace matched (Rocklamation, Venus Delight) the track record for 4-year-old mares. Note that since no one took down Friday’s Pick 5, Saturday’s gimmick begins with a carryover of $2,598.52 (50-cent base wager, races 7 through 11).   The Raceway's live season continues Saturday night (post time 7:10 PM). After that, it's Monday (7:10 PM), Tuesday (1 PM), then Thursday through Saturday (all at 7:10 PM). Note Sunday matinees are done until November. Evening simulcasting accompanies all night programs, with afternoon simulcasting available daily. Frank Drucker

East Rutherford, NJ - Saturday night's live harness racing card at The Meadowlands may be absent star power but one would be hard-pressed to find a more daunting pari-mutuel puzzle than the $24,300 Caramore final, going as the featured seventh race.   The ten strongest survivors from two previous legs will do battle with Account Rollover leaving from the pole as the only repeat winner in the series. Vinnie Ginsberg caught the drive last week for trainer Jim Eaton and responded by steering Account Rollover to a career best 1:50 flat win, one of three on the night for the young driver.   Robert Silberberg owns Account Rollover, a four-year-old gelded son of Rocknroll Hanover who has come to hand for his connections on the mile expanse.   Chief among the solid group of contenders is another altered son of the aforementioned Rocknroll Hanover, Long Live Rock. A reliable sort who equaled his life's best of 1:50 in leg one of the Caramore, Long Live Rock is handled by Jeff Dauplaise who is also his trainer and owner, a rare triple threat.   Saturday promises even more intrigue with the inaugural edition of The Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment World Pork Roll-Eating Championship. Copious amounts of porcine delights will be consumed by renowned big eaters competing for cash and prizes.   For the horseplayer the Hi-5 Jackpot Juggernaut continues to build with just shy of $160,000 in the fifth race pool and $136k and change in the last into Friday's live offering which features the third and last preliminary leg of the $1 million Graduate Series.   Simulcast wagering on the blockbuster North America Cup card at Mohawk Racetrack Saturday will be available in all in-house locations and Players Club members will receive 2X points on those races.   The fun starts at 7:15pm.   Meadowlands Media Relations Department

Through the first two legs of the Graduate Series for four-year-old pacers, it would be hard to find a harness racing trainer holding a stronger hand than Steve Elliott. Elliott has swept the series so far with his devastating duo of Doo Wop Hanover and Rockeyed Optimist. The pair will finally face each other as part of an overflow field of 12 going the extended 1 1/8 mile distance in the third leg of the Graduate Series on Friday (June 19) at the Meadowlands. "You never know what will happen in a twelve-horse field going that distance," said Elliott. "We'll let the drivers decide what to do when the race starts." In the opening leg of the series on May 25 at Tioga Downs, Rockeyed Optimist won his division in 1:48.1 while Doo Wop Hanover won his division in 1:47.4, the fastest mile ever at the Upstate New York track. The sons of Rocknroll Hanover came back to each win their respective divisions in leg two of the series at the Meadowlands on June 6 in 1:48. "Tioga was pretty impressive. The Meadowlands is just a fast track, but I really think they both have 1:47 miles in them," said Elliott without hesitation. Both horses are prime examples of why Meadowlands chairman Jeff Gural has advocated for more racing opportunities for four-year-olds. 'Doo Wop' and 'Rockeyed' were talented horses last year, but have blossomed into top-class racehorses after an extra year to develop. "The older horses all have four 26-second quarters in them which makes them so tough," said Elliott in explaining four-year-olds versus older horses. "The three and four-year-olds can give you three 26-second quarters with a 27-second quarter. It's a big change from three to four and racing against just four-year-olds puts them on a more even keel." Doo Wop Hanover will be reunited with his regular driver John Campbell, who missed driving him in his previous start while racing out of town. Tim Tetrick will once again get the drive on Rockeyed Optimist. Elliott's horses are hardly the only top contenders in Friday's race. Ron Burke sends out a pair of millionaires, recent Confederation Cup winner All Bets Off and last year's North America Cup winner JK Endofanera. Burke will also be represented by Little Brown Jug champion Limelight Beach. Friday's twelve-race card also includes the third leg of the Graduate Series for four-year-old trotters featuring a much-anticipated rematch between champion Father Patrick and the red-hot JL Cruze, who upset 'Patrick' two weeks ago in the second leg of the series. The 1:51 win was the eighth straight victory for JL Cruze, who has won 14 out of 17 races since trainer Eric Ell purchased him for $37,000 at last year's Harrisburg Sale for owners Kenneth Wood, Bill Dittmar, Jr., and Stephen Iaquinta. Handicappers will also have a pair of six-figure carryovers to chase on Friday in the two Jackpot Super High 5 wagers. The fifth race carryover is $159,224 while the last race carryover is $136,155. Post time is 7:15 p.m. Justin Horowitz

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