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Freehold, NJ --- The test is coming soon. Harness racing trainer John Butenschoen hopes his young student Ideal Rocky is ready to excel. Ideal Rocky is among 23 horses preparing for Saturday’s (Aug. 29) three eliminations for the Metro Pace for 2-year-old male pacers at Mohawk Racetrack in Ontario. The top three finishers from each division plus a fourth-place finisher drawn by lot will advance to the C$685,000 final on Sept. 5. The Mohawk card also includes eliminations for the Canadian Pacing Derby for older male pacers and the She’s A Great Lady Stakes for 2-year-old female pacers. Ideal Rocky, the New Jersey Sire Stakes champion, is in the second of the three Metro eliminations. He is 6-1 on the morning line, with Corey Callahan driving for trainer Butenschoen. Brad Maxwell’s Control The Moment, undefeated in five lifetime starts, is the 7-5 choice. Eight of the last nine editions of the Metro Pace on a fast track have been won with times faster than 1:51, with four triumphs in less than 1:50. None of this year’s 23 Metro hopefuls have been quicker than 1:51.1 so far, and only four have won with times faster than 1:52. Ideal Rocky’s mark is 1:52.4, set in a non-stakes start Aug. 7 at the Meadowlands. “It looks like it’s a real evenly matched group of colts up there,” Butenschoen said. “A lot of these horses are pacing big last halves and quarters. We know they have speed, but when they stretch them out and get to the three-quarters in 1:21 or 1:22 we’ll see which ones get tired and which ones have fight to them. We don’t know. “It will be interesting to see which ones are going to step up. Time will tell. We’ll know in another week for sure. Hopefully when they push them a little harder (Ideal Rocky) will have enough fight left in him to push on and be a good colt.” With a name like “Rocky,” he should show some fight. “Hopefully he’ll be on the right side of the way we’re thinking than on the wrong side,” Butenschoen said, laughing. Ideal Rocky is a son of stallion Rocknroll Hanover, who won the 2004 Metro Pace in 1:49.4, out of the mare Eternity’s Delight, who won the 2006 Jugette. He was purchased for $47,000 at the Standardbred Horse Sale and is owned by Bill Wiswell, Jean Goehlen, and Eugene Schick. His family also includes previous New Jersey Sire Stakes champion colt I Fought Dalaw as well as stakes-winners Emeritus Maximus, Racing Star, and Western Glory. “We spend as much time at the farms as we can,” Butenschoen said. “We probably look at two-thirds of all the horses that are in the sale. He was on Bill’s list of pedigree and my list of conformation, so we went after him. He’s a real well-bred colt. He looked the part. “If he had been New York-eligible or Pennsylvania-eligible, I think he would have been well over a six-figure horse. We got a discount for the New Jersey program. It’s hard to make money there. Hopefully things will get changed around; some legislation (in New Jersey) will prove fruitful. My Pennsylvania colts aren’t eligible to the Metro because they can race for enough money without having to go. But this colt has to go somewhere to get a shot at better money.” Ideal Rocky has won three of six races and earned $82,144. He heads to his Metro Pace elimination off a third-place finish in a division of the Nassagaweya Stakes on Aug. 22 at Mohawk. The Catamount Kid won the race, with Sossy’s King Kong finishing second. “We made a couple little equipment changes on him after his start up there,” Butenschoen said. “He had the rail and was looking at stuff down on the inside. We kind of gave up the race a little bit last week when he wasn’t able to get out of there how we wanted to. Then coming first up into soft fractions wasn’t quite his trip. “But it was a good race for him and a learning lesson for us. We trained him yesterday and he trained good. Hopefully with a start up there over the track he should be ready to roll. We’ll see what we’ve got.” Below are the fields for the Metro eliminations, with drivers, trainers and morning line. Elimination One 1. Bank Shot Hanover by The Panderosa, Corey Callahan, Daniel Renaud, 12-1 2. Blayde Hanover by Somebeachsomewhere, Sylvain Filion, Tony O’Sullivan, 15-1 3. Stonebridge Beach by Mach Three, Stephane Pouliot, Stephane Larocque, 12-1 4. Check Six by Somebeachsomewhere, Matt Kakaley, Ron Burke, 5-2 5. Voracity by Sportswriter, Randy Waples, Tony Alagna, 2-1 6. American Passport by American Ideal, Scott Zeron, Tony Alagna, 4-1 7. Cruise Patrol by Bettor's Delight, Brett Miller, Jimmy Takter, 6-1 8. Nvestment Bluechip by Shadow Play, Jody Jamieson, Dave Menary, 8-1 Elimination Two 1. Carter Beach by Somebeachsomewhere, Jody Jamieson, Carl Jamieson, 10-1 2. Highlandbeachycove by Somebeachsomewhere, Scott Zeron, Tony Alagna, 12-1 3. Sossy’s King Kong by Dragon Again, Doug McNair, R. Nifty Norman, 8-1 4. Ideal Rocky by Rocknroll Hanover, Corey Callahan, John Butenschoen, 6-1 5. Manny by American Ideal, David Miller, Howard Okusko Jr., 10-1 6. Control The Moment by Well Said, Randy Waples, Brad Maxwell, 7-5 7. Racing Hill by Roll With Joe, Brett Miller, Tony Alagna, 5-1 8. Manhattan Beach by Somebeachsomewhere, Matt Kakaley, Ron Burke, 7-2 Elimination Three 1. Mind Trip by American Ideal, Brett Miller, Tony Alagna, 5-1 2. Talk Show by Art Major, John Campbell, Steve Elliott, 2-1 3. Betting Line by Bettor's Delight, Steve Condren, Casie Coleman, 3-1 4. Pretty Boy Hill by Somebeachsomewhere, Matt Kakaley, Ron Burke, 6-1 5. Rodeo Rock by Rock N Roll Heaven, Randy Waples, Don Swick, 12-1 6. The Catamount Kid by Well Said, Jody Jamieson, Carl Jamieson, 5-2 7. Real Kid by Real Desire, Doug McNair, Larry Ainsworth, 15-1 by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications 

Harness racing trainer-driver John MacDonald mounted a first-over bid through the far turn with Damon Blue Chip ($5.20) in Sunday (August 23) afternoon's $7,000 upper-level pacing feature at Vernon Downs, and the 6-year-old Rocknroll Hanover gelding had plenty left to hold off a late charge from Tundra at the end of a 1:50.2 mile.   Damon Blue Chip was used just enough in the early stages to track A Fool For Mark (Chris Lems) and Smile a Little (Austin Siegelman) through a :26 first quarter, maintaining that trip through a :54.1 half before commencing his first-over bid.   On the far turn, the 8-5 second choice made gradual progress, working into the lead in upper stretch as A Fool For Mark began to give way.   Just as Damon Blue Chip opened up in the stretch, Tundra (Truman Gale) began closing in from a midpack stalking trip.   Still, Damon Blue Chip prevailed by 1-1/4 lengths over Tundra, while Smile a Little managed to save third off his pocket trip.   The J P Stables own Damon Blue Chip.   Lems wins seven races   While A Fool For Mark was a beaten favorite in the feature, Chris Lems found success with seven of his drives on the afternoon.   The South Dakota native teamed up with Day to Ponder ($5.90, 1:53.1), Princess Elsa ($3.00, 2:00.1), Ardie B Speed ($3.80, 1:53), RG Riptide ($7.10, 1:54), Yankee Manny ($13.60, 1:55.3), Ashton Seelster ($5.80, 1:52.1), and Leah's Ex ($11.40, 1:56.3).   Live racing returns to Vernon Downs on Friday (August 28) evening.   Post time is 6:45 p.m. Eastern.   James Witherite

Wiggle It Jiggleit made it look easy, capturing Saturday's (Aug. 22) $500,000 Battle of the Brandywine for 3-year-old male pacers by three lengths over Wakizashi Hanover in 1:48 at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. Dude's The Man finished third and Artspeak was fourth. The winning time equaled Lucan Hanover's world record for a 3-year-old gelding pacer on a five-eighths-mile track. Wiggle It Jiggleit has won 16 of 18 races this year and pushed his seasonal earnings to $1.43 million. His previous stakes victories this season included the Hempt Memorial, also at Pocono, Meadowlands Pace and Milstein Memorial. For his career, the son of Mr Wiggles-Mozzi Hanover has won 17 of 19 starts. "You're going to see a smile on my face for the rest of the year with this horse," said Montrell Teague, who drove Wiggle It Jiggleit for his father, owner George Teague Jr., and trainer Clyde Francis. "He's got 19 races under his belt and I can't pick one that makes me more happy." "He never has thrown out a bad mile." "You've got to be happy with that." Artspeak, who started from post eight, went to the early lead with Wakizashi Hanover, who started from post seven, following behind. After reaching the quarter in :25.4, Teague began to move Wiggle It Jiggleit from fourth place to the front. When Artspeak hit the half in :54.4, Wiggle It Jiggleit was 1-1/4 lengths behind, but gaining ground with every stride. By the time he reached three-quarters in 1:21.1, Wiggle It Jiggleit was in front by a length. "I looked over (at the start) and saw a couple of them leaving on the outside; I wasn't right up on them, so I wasn't going to try to retake," Teague said. "He's good from off the pace too, so I try to do that once in a while too. "I was happy. We weren't going enormous fractions. Once I got beside the other horse, he just swelled up. When he looked him in the eye he was determined to go by." George Teague Jr. was unconcerned about Wiggle It Jiggleit's early position and need to make a first-over charge to the front. "I liked his spot there," he said. "We always trained him off the pace and he's got a great set of lungs. If he's on his game, I don't care where he's at. He could be parked the whole mile and I think he could go a great mile from even out there." Wiggle It Jiggleit's schedule includes the Little Brown Jug on Sept. 24 at the Delaware County Fair in central Ohio. His connections could supplement to the Messenger Pace (eliminations Aug. 29 and final Sept. 5) at Yonkers, but Teague Jr. said he was not inclined to go to that race. "But I reserve the right to change my mind," he said with a laugh. Battle Consolations The Somebeachsomewhere gelding Blood Brother swung wide in the stretch after a cutthroat early duel involving four horses, sprinting clear late to take the $200,000 Consolation I in a personal best of 1:50. David Miller raced the normally-forwardly-inclined sophomore from behind tonight, and the change to second-over tactics worked perfectly as Blood Brother got the decision by a length for trainer Jimmy Takter (yes, this was a pace) and owners Diamond Creek Racing and J&T Silva Stables LLC. Rollin Ring Afire, left uncovered as Rufo ducked into the pocket at the three-quarters, closed strongly to defeat that rival, who had gotten to the lead using the Pocono Pike passing lane, by a half-length while reducing his mark to 1:50.1 in Consolation II. The son of Rocknroll Hanover gave driver Tim Tetrick half of the first four races on the card while winning for trainer Charlie Norris and owners Leonard Buckner and Rebecca Ewing. (By the way, the phrase "rollin ring afire" does not appear in the famous song by Johnny and June Carter Cash -- but the check for the winner's share of the $100,000 purse will cash very nicely, thank you.) Ken Weingartner

A strong group of rookie pacers will arrive at the harness racing meeting at Mohawk Racetrack this Saturday (August 22) to contest the Nassagaweya and Eternal Camnation Stakes. The Nassagaweya and Eternal Camnation serve as final preps for the Metro Pace and Shes A Great Lady Stakes eliminations on Saturday, August 29. A total of 21 two-year-old pacing colts and geldings have been split into three $78,334 divisions of the Nassagaweya. The first division features Ontario Sires Stakes standout Voracity (PP2, Randy Waples). The Tony Alagna trainee recently suffered his first defeat by a nose, but brings a record of two wins from three starts into Saturday's contest. A son of Sportswriter, Voracity scored both of his victories in OSS Gold action and is the richest horse in this year's Nassagaweya with $113,750 banked. Also in the first split is the speedy Steve Elliott trainee Talk Show (PP1, Jack Moiseyev). The son of Art Major also has two wins from three starts and sports a mark of 1:52.1 taken in his career debut at The Meadowlands. The second division features the undefeated colt Control The Moment (PP5, Randy Waples). The Brad Maxwell trainee will be making his first start since winning the Dream Maker series final on August 3 and improving to a perfect four for four to start his career. Control The Moment is a son of 2009 Pepsi North America Cup winner Well Said. The third and final split will be highlighted by New Jersey Sires Stakes champion Ideal Rocky (PP1, Andrew McCarthy). The son of Rocknroll Hanover is trained by John Butenschoen and has a record of three wins from five starts for earnings of $75,000. Ideal Rocky won his most recent start on August 7 at The Meadowlands in 1:52.4 with a :26.1 final-quarter. The Nassagaweya has an impressive list of past winners, including Artsplace, Presidential Ball, Real Desire, Mach Three, Sportswriter, Big Jim and Captaintreacherous. Artpseak, who won a division last year, went on to win the 2014 Metro Pace. The Nassagaweya divisions will be contested as Races 2, 4 and 10 on Saturday's 12-race card. A group of 15 rookie pacing fillies have been split into two divisions of the Eternal Camnation Stakes. The $110,631 first division will see a field of seven line up and features three OSS Gold winners. Twin B Thong (PP1, Steve Condren), Thatsoveryverynice (PP3, Jody Jamieson) and Thisorthat Hanover (PP4, Randy Waples) have all tasted success at the top level locally and will look for their first Grand Circuit victory. Blue Moon Stride (PP2, Andrew McCarthy), the New Jersey Sires Stakes champion, will also line up in the first split. The Mark Harder trainee enters the Eternal Camnation with a record of four wins from five starts and earnings of just under $110,000. Blue Moon Stride suffered her only loss in her career debut. A field of eight will contest the $112,130 second division and the Bob McIntosh trainee L A Delight (PP5, Randy Waples) will put her five-race win streak on the line. A daughter of Bettors Delight, L A Delight has built up an impressive resume with victories in two OSS Gold events and the final of the Whenuwishuponastar series. The McIntosh trainee, who suffered her only loss in her career debut, has compiled a bankroll of $105,080. Similar to the Nassagaweya, the Eternal Camnation Stakes has a strong group of past winners, including last year's Horse of the Year JK Shesalady. The Eternal Camnation splits have been carded as Races 3 and 9. Post time Saturday evening is 7:25 p.m. Here are the full fields for the Nassagaweya and Eternal Camnation Stakes. PP/Horse/Sire/Driver/Trainer Nassagaweya - Division 1 - Race 2 1. Talk Show (Art Major) - J. Moiseyev - S. Elliott 2. Voracity (Sportswriter) - Ra. Waples - T. Alagna 3. Heavymetal Hanover (Up The Credit) - M. Saftic - J. Darling 4. Blayde Hanover (Somebeachsomewhere) - S. Filion - T. O'Sullivan 5. Bottom Deals (American Ideal) - S. Condren - L. Toscano 6. Carter Beach (Somebeachsomewhere) - J. Jamieson - C. Jamieson 7. Adrian Hanover (Somebeachsomewhere) - L. Ouellette - W. Cass Nassagaweya - Division 2 - Race 4 1. Rock Power (Rocknroll Hanover) - S. Filion - T. O'Sullivan 2. Inspiration View (Shadow Play) - A. McCarthy - M. Harder 3. Racing Hill (Roll With Joe) - Ra. Waples - T. Alagna 4. Manny (American Ideal) - J. Jamieson - H. Okusko Jr. 5. Control The Moment (Well Said) - Ra. Waples - B. Maxwell 6. Real Kid (Real Desire) - D. McNair - L. Ainsworth 7. American Passport (American Ideal) - J. Jamieson - T. Alagna Nassagaweya - Division 3 - Race 10 1. Ideal Rocky (Rocknroll Hanover) - A. McCarthy - J. Butenschoen 2. Rodeo Rock (Rock N Roll Heaven) - Ra. Waples - D. Swick 3. Mindtrip (American Ideal) - J. Jamieson - T. Alagna 4. Sossys King Kong (Dragon Again) - D. McNair - R. Norman 5. The Catamount Kid (Well Said) - J. Jamieson - C. Jamieson 6. Cruise Patrol (Bettors Delight) - S. Filion - J. Takter 7. Max Is Back (Somebeachsomewhere) - P. MacDonell - P. MacDonell   Eternal Camnation - Division 1 - Race 3 1. Twin B Thong (Sportswriter) - S. Condren - C. Coleman 2. Blue Moon Stride (Rocknroll Hanover) - A. McCarthy - M. Harder 3. Thatsoveryverynice (Vintage Master) - J. Jamieson - T. Alagna 4. Thisorthat Hanover (Sportswriter) - Ra. Waples - J. Dean 5. Three Dreams (Mach Three) - J. MacDonald - J. Bamond Jr. 6. Betty Hill (Bettors Delight) - J. MacDonald - C. Auciello 7. JK Fannie (Rocknroll Hanover) - S. Filion - N. Johansson Eternal Camnation - Division 2 - Race 9 1. Darlinonthebeach (Somebeachsomewhere) - S. Filion - N. Johansson 2. Peg (Dragon Again) - Ph. Hudon - J. Dean 3. Stonebridge Pearl (Mach Three) - TBA - G. McNair 4. Shes Lights Out (Somebeachsomewhere) - P. MacDonell - K. Sucee 5. L A Delight (Bettors Delight) - Ra. Waples - R. McIntosh 6. Keystone Paula (Bettors Delight) - S. Filion - E. Miller 7. Show Time Hill (Rocknroll Hanover) - Ra. Waples - T. Alagna 8. Bernadette (Big Jim) - J. Jamieson - M. Steacy Mark McKelvie  

The Carl Milstein Memorial, Northeast Ohio's premier harness racing event, will go to post Friday (August 14) at Northfield Park. The Milstein's $405,000 purse is the largest ever in Northfield's 58-year history and has attracted the best three year-old colt pacers in North America. The Grand Circuit race is the featured event of a stakes-laden program that offers total purses of $663,500. Here is a runner by runner preview of this years field   1 - Go Daddy Go Draws the rail for trainer Robert McIntosh and owners Robert McIntosh Stables, Inc. and Diamond Creek Racing. With five wins to his credit and finishing in the top three in 13 of 21 starts, this colt has $438,646 in earnings and a career best of 1:51.1 at the Meadowlands. The son of Ponder has a victory in a $56,000 leg of the Ontario Sires Stakes this year. He won last year's $199,769 Battle of Waterloo at Grand River Raceway, the $26,400 Metro at Mohawk Raceway and a $25,000 Breeders Crown Elimination at the Meadowlands. Peter Wrenn, who won the Battle of Lake Erie with Dare You To in 1991, has been given the driving assignment with a morning line of 15-1.   2 - Lyons Levi Lewis Is one of two sons of Well Said in this year's edition of the Carl Milstein Memorial. He has won three and finished in the top three in 12 of 19 career races, taking a 1:50.4 mark at the Meadowlands and bankrolling $390,026. This colt is owned by Joseph Lyond-Mound and trained by Ron Burke, who won last year's inaugural edition of this event with All Bets Off. Lyons Levi Lewis is the winner of last year's $113,270 Champlain Stakes at Mohawk Raceway and was victorious in his most recent effort in a conditioned race at Harrah's Philadelphia on August 2. Burke has enlisted Northfield Park's leading driver, Ronnie Wrenn Jr., to drive this 10-1 morning line contender. Wrenn was the North American Dash winner for both 2013 and 2014.   3 - Lost For Words Sports career earnings of $378,642. He has 21 lifetime starts with nine wins and 16 top-three finishes. This colt is a son of Well Said with a lifetime mark of 1:49.3 at Harrah's Philadelphia. Lost For Words is Buckeye-owned by the partnership of Country Club Acres, William Robinson, Richard Lombardo and Strollin Stables. He is trained at the historic Delaware County Fairgrounds by Brian Brown. Last year Lost For Words won two divisions of the Pennsylvania Sires Stakes, the $58,045 Standardbred at the Delaware County Fair, the $72,000 International Stallion Stakes at the Red Mile and the $82,250 Bluegrass Stakes at the Red Mile. This year he has won three divisions of the Pennsylvania Sires Stakes. He has been assigned a morning line of 4-1 and is scheduled to have the driving services of Ohio native and Hall of Famer David Miller.   4 - Wiggle It Jiggleit Has been named the 3-5 morning line favorite by Northfield Park Executive Vice President of Racing and Simulcasting, Dave Bianconi. He is the richest horse in this event with $993,144 in earnings. Wiggle It Jiggleit's 1:47.4 mark at the Meadowlands is the fastest in this field. This gelded son of Mr Wiggles has 15 wins to his credit in 17 starts. He was victorious this year in the $47,124 John Simpson Memorial at the Meadowlands, the $58,000 "Buddy" Gilmour at the Meadowlands, the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Final at Hoosier Park, the $500,000 Hempt at Pocono Downs and the $706,000 Meadowlands Pace at the Meadowlands. Wiggle It Jiggleit is trained by Clyde Francis for owner George Teague Jr., Inc. Montrell Teague has been named to drive.   5 - Allbeef N Nobull Is one of two horses in this race for Ron Burke, the leader of all North American trainers in both wins and earnings. This son of McArdle is owned by the partnership of Burke Racing Stable, Donald Emond, Howard Taylor and Weaver Bruscemi. Allbeef N Nobull was undefeated in four starts last year and has posted three wins in 11 starts this year, including a victory in a leg of the Pennsylvania Sires Stakes, where he took his 1:51 mark at Harrah's Philadelphia. He has $119,470 in earnings and enters the Milstein off a 1:54.1 win at Yonkers Raceway. This 12-1 morning line selection is scheduled to be driven by Chris Page.   6 - Rock N' Roll World Is owned by the partnership of Jeffrey Snyder and Three Decades Racing, LLC. This colt has 23 career starts, winning three races and finishing in the top three 15 times. His 1:50.3 lifetime mark at the Meadows came on August 1 in the $50,000 Adios Consolation. Rock N' Roll World is a son of Rocknroll Hanover and has career earnings of $219,518. Trainer Mark Silva has listed current North American leading driver, Aaron Merriman, to drive this 20-1 morning line contender. Merriman, the youngest inductee ever enshrined in Northfield Park's Wall of Fame at age 36, has won more races than any other driver in the track's 58-year history.   7 - The Wayfaring Man Enters this event off two straight wins at Mohawk Raceway, taking his 1:51 lifetime mark in his most recent race on August 8. His victories include a win in last year's $39,744 Dream Maker Stakes at Mohawk Raceway. He is one of two horses in this event by Dragon Again, the 2000 Battle of Lake Erie Champion. The Wayfaring Man has six wins in 19 starts, earning $96,233. Bruno Comegna owns this colt and Nicky Comegna is his conditioner. Dan Noble is scheduled to pilot the 25-1 morning line contender.   8 - Wakizashi Hanover Enters this event for owner Tri County Stable and trainer Joann Looney-King. This son of Dragon Again has eight wins and 14 top-three finishes in 16 starts. His victories this year include the $32,000 Pennsylvania All-Stars at Pocono Downs, a $58,842 division of the Pennsylvania Sires Stakes at Pocono Downs and the $810,000 North America Cup at Mohawk Raceway. This gelding has a 1:48 lifetime mark at Mohawk Raceway and earnings of $743,991. National driving star Tim Tetrick is coming in to drive this 9-2 contender.   The race is named in honor of Carl Milstein, who owned and operated Northfield Park from 1984 until his death in 1999. His son, Brock Milstein, immediately took over as Chairman of Northfield Park and is now also the Chairman of Milstein Entertainment, LLC, majority owner of the Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park. In 1972, the senior Milstein, a Cleveland builder and real estate developer, headed a group of several partners, including George Steinbrenner, who purchased Northfield Park. They leased the facility to other operators through the early 1980s. The track lost significant amounts of money during that period before Milstein took full ownership and control. In late 1984 he successfully applied to the Ohio State Racing Commission for the necessary licenses and, beginning in January 1985, conducted permanent race meetings at Northfield of between 212 and 238 days every year. Milstein was the driving force behind a resurgence of the beleaguered track, which ascended to among harness racing's top tracks in attendance and handle. He was an innovator in promotions and advertising and successfully led the track into the era of simulcast racing. Another added attraction on the track will be the "Legends Driver Challenge," featuring Northfield's leading drivers of days gone by. Last year's winner, Dan Ross, will try to defend his title against Gerry Bookmyer, William Irvine, Keith Kash and Don McKirgan, as well as newcomers Jeff Fout, Del S. Miller and William Popio. The eight veteran reinsmen have all won driving titles at Northfield during a span that covered the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s. The Milstein crowd will enjoy food trucks on the outdoor apron from 6-10 p.m. and Northfield Park dice games and the Majic 105.7 prize wheel with Chip Kullik from 7-9 p.m. Classic rock band Unknown Reason will be performing on the trackside apron from 6 to 10 p.m. ESPN Cleveland WKNR's Bruce Hooley will be broadcasting live from 5-7 p.m. Lady Luck's Clubhouse Restaurant will be offering a $19.95 signature buffet, inspired by Hard Rock Rocksino Executive Chef Chris Poplin. Due to the expected large crowd reservations are highly recommended and can be made by calling 330.467.4101. First race post time for the Carl Milstein Memorial card is 6 p.m. Parking and admission are always free at Northfield Park. Ayers Ratliff  

WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 1, 2015 -- Promising 2-year-olds competed for more than $151,000 in a pair of Arden Downs stakes Saturday as part of the Adios Day card at The Meadows Racetrack & Casino. Here are the highlights: $71,170 Governor Lawrence -- 2-Year-Old Colt & Gelding Pacers Ideal Jimmy, bet down to 3-5 despite making breaks in his previous two starts, stormed home in 54.3 from second over to catch Big Top Hanover and Whata Twist in 1:53.2 in the first division. The altered son of Western Ideal-Armbro Nectarine, who had recovered with sub-28 quarters after his recent pair of errors, continued that streak of late speed with a 27.4 kicker in winning for driver Marcus Miller, trainer Robin Cruise, and owner D. R. Van Witzenberger. "They've been working hard on him -- I think he had a little soundness thing," Miller said. "It got in his head, where he would look for a way out. He still threw in a couple steps, but he worked through it. I was happy to make it through the first turn." Second-over tactics also proved successful for the Somebeachsomewhere-Mouse Hanover colt Mr Right Hanover, who scored his first victory in 1:54 after circling to the lead approaching the head of the stretch. Tim Tetrick handled sulky duties for trainer Brian Brown and owners James Stambaugh, Wingfield Brothers, Alan Keith and Milton Leeman. 1:53.3 may be only an "average" time for these baby colts, but 1:24/55.4/27.4 back numbers are impressive, and that's what the quarter-moving Check Six stormed home in to take his third win in five starts. Another Somebeachsomewhere out of the mare Southwind Vanna, Check Six followed up two straight sire stakes wins with this Grand Circuit triumph for driver Yannick Gingras, trainer Ron Burke yet again, and Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi, William Switala and James Martin. $80,000 Mary Lib Miller -- 2-Year-Old Filly Pacers Yankee Moonshine inherited the lead when early leader Graceful Vision made a miscue, then threw back fractions of 55 - 27.2 in defeating Corona Again to take the first division in 1:53.4, a personal best. The daughter of Yankee Cruiser-Bootleg Yankee, bred by Hall of Fame nominee Charles Keller III, broke her maiden in style for Gingras, Burke and owners Burke Racing, JT45, Weaver Bruscemi and Lawrence Karr. Another getting her first victory was the McArdle-Smokin Pistol filly Shesasmokinlady, who set the pace, then withstood a stern Lightning Lane challenge by Hug A Dragoness to earn a 1:53 triumph by a head. Tony Hall kept the baby game nearing the wire to bring success to trainer Kelly Paver and owner Iris Horowitz. And as if Ron Burke weren't winning enough races, he almost found a way to get two wins in one race; his fillies Danika P and Eloquent Grace were separated by inches at the end of another division, with the Yankee Cruiser-Danika Hanover miss Danika P getting the nod in 1:56.1. The winner stepped home in 27.2 for driver Matt Kakaley and the Burke Racing / Weaver Bruscemi / M1 Stables combine. Blue Moon Stride was in full stride during 55.3 - 27.2 back fractions in catching Lyons River Pride to capture the final Mary Lib division while taking a mark of 1:53. The daughter of Rocknroll Hanover-Classic Star showed an impressive turn of late foot in running her record to 3 for 4 for driver Andy McCarthy, trainer Mark Harder and owners Emilio and Maria Rosati. Evan Pattak The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

Last night Port Pirie stepped onto harness racing's big stage when it hosted this years finals of the $60,000 Southern Cross series. The two year old finals were like chalk and cheese with the fillies looking a one horse race while the colts and gelding section looked a lot more even. South Australian reinsman Mark Billinger was the star of the show winning both two year old finals Two year old colt/geldings final  The two best horses here on paper both drew poorly and as a result the race was thrown wide open. The Art Major gelding Rap Artist drew three on the second line while the Mach Three gelding  Presidentmach drew five on the second line which really evened up the contest. The Big Show from barrier three lead early while trainer / driver Mark Billinger followed him through from the second line with Rap Artist but was left parked out three wide for over 600 metres before finding the death seat. Danni Hill settled Presidentmach back early but took off three wide with a lap to go and ranged up outside the leaders at the 400 metres mark. As they turned for home The Big Show still had the front but was grabbed by a very game Rap Artist 50 metres out who then just held off an equally game Presidentmach who just kept coming. To make it more interesting, Jumping Jolt flashed late for a very close third just in front of The Big Show who battled on gamely. The mile was cut out in 1:58.3 with closing sectionals of 59.2 and 30.1. It was a great race with the first two home putting up huge efforts. Two year old fillies final On paper this looked a one horse affair and thats how it panned out. The Rock N Roll Heaven filly Rocknroll Magic from the Emma Stewart barn drew beautifully at barrier three and driver Mark Billinger let her work to the front under her own steam after 300 metres and from there it was a one horse show. Given her head by Mark at the 500 metres mark, Rocnkroll Magic raced away and won easing down by a huge 23 metres. The Rocknroll Hanover filly Rockfromcork ran home well along the inner for second in front of the Union Guy filly, Little Miss Piggy who battled on for third but the winner was in a class of her own She paced the mile in a smart 1:57.8 with closing sectionals of 57.4 and 29.1 and won with a lot in hand. The task of Rocknroll Magic was made a touch easier when stablemate and second favourite Celebrity Guest was involved in an early skirmish which extinguished her chances. Rocknroll Magic has now won eight from eleven in her debut season and looks a filly of the highest class. Harnesslink Media  

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

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