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Ron Burke will get a final look at Southwind Frank prior to next week's Hambletonian Stakes when the 3-year-old trotter faces 10 harness racing rivals in Saturday's Reynolds Memorial Stakes at the Meadowlands Racetrack. Burke trained Southwind Frank, the top-ranked horse in Ken Warkentin's "Road to the Hambletonian" ratings, on Tuesday morning and was pleased with the colt's effort. The $1 million Hambletonian, also at the Meadowlands, is Aug. 6 and will be televised from 4-5:30 p.m. on CBS Sports Network. "I was really happy with him," Burke said. "We changed his bridle the second trip, put a blinker hood on, and I thought he was more aggressive, which is what we're going for. Soundness-wise he was perfect. Blood-wise, everything's been good this week. I think he should be super sharp this week." The $53,488 Reynolds Memorial features six Hambletonian-eligible trotters: Southwind Frank, stablemate Southwind Flash, Tech Titan, Sliding Home, Honor Above All, and Desert Runner. Southwind Frank will start from post No. 11, which is in the trailing tier, in the 11-horse field. Southwind Frank has won four of five races this year, with his lone setback coming by a neck to Bar Hopping in his elimination for the Earl Beal Jr. Memorial. Southwind Frank's victories include the Beal final as well as the New Jersey Sire Stakes championship and a division of the Stanley Dancer Memorial on July 16 at the Meadowlands. The colt was not eligible to last weekend's Hambletonian prep, the $300,000 Dr. Harry M. Zweig Memorial at Vernon Downs, which was won by Bar Hopping. "This was the plan all along," said Burke, who is among Southwind Frank's owners as part of the Southwind Frank Partners. "I didn't want to race (in the Zweig) and then have the week off; I'd rather race him the week before (the Hambletonian). And I didn't want to race him both weeks. "Plus (the Reynolds) is another Meadowlands race and not a ship. I want to give him the best opportunity to be as good as he can be on August 6." Last year, Southwind Frank won 11 of 12 races and earned $786,419. His wins included the Breeders Crown, Peter Haughton Memorial, and William Wellwood Memorial. In addition, his time of 1:52.2 in a division of the International Stallion Stakes set the world record for a 2-year-old male trotter. He received both the Dan Patch and O'Brien awards for best 2-year-old male trotter. Southwind Frank, a son of 2009 Hambletonian winner Muscle Hill out of the mare Flawless Lindy, gives Burke a top Hambletonian contender for the second consecutive year. Last year, it was filly Mission Brief, who battled back issues before challenging the boys in the Hambletonian. She won her elimination and finished second to Pinkman in the final. "Compared to last year with Mission Brief when we were still putting together the pieces at this point, I think everything is coming together and hopefully we'll get through this week good, be sharp, and get a good draw (for the Hambletonian) and march on," Burke said. "He could race the way he was (prior to his equipment changes) but we want to have him as sharp as we possibly can. That's the whole goal. His best is good enough. We just have to have him at his best." Ken Weingartner

WASHINGTON, PA, July 23, 2016 -- Racing Hill, the 1-5 favorite, overpowered the field as he captured his elimination in the 50th edition of the Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids in 1:49.1, while Manhattan Beach found late racing room to take Saturday's other $25,000 harness racing elimination at The Meadows. Those two will be joined in next Saturday afternoon's $400,000 Adios final by Check Six, Lyons Snyder, More Dragon, Fernando Hanover, Another Daily Copy, American Passport and Big Top Hanover. Big Top Hanover earned his berth in the field of nine as the fifth place finisher with higher career earnings. Five of the six entrants trained by Ron Burke made it through to the final. The draw for Adios post positions is set for Tuesday at 12:30 PM and can be seen on Meadows Live! The connections of Racing Hill and Manhattan Beach will choose their post positions, with the others drawn randomly. Racing Hill boasted the strongest credentials in the field, having won the final of the $500,000 Hempt Memorial and finishing second in the Meadowlands Pace and the final of the North America Cup--each of those a $1 million event. If that grueling schedule of five tough races in little more than six weeks took anything out of him, it wasn't evident in his Adios elimination. The son of Roll With Joe-Chasing Ideals made the front with an extended quarter pole move for Brett Miller and thwarted the first-over challenge of Pick Six to down him by 3/4 lengths. Early leader Lyons Snyder finished third. "He's just ultra-sharp," said Tony Alagna, who trains Racing Hill for owner/breeder Tom Hill. "He felt so good coming out of the Meadowlands Pace--he was so fresh and jogged great--that I felt good about bringing him here. "If the final had been an open draw, I probably would have preferred that he sit in so we could make the final. But with the new format this year, it's important that you get to pick your post--especially with a bunch of Burke horses making the final. You don't want to draw the 9 hole against a big entry." The victory pushed Racing Hill's lifetime bankroll over $770,000. Manhattan Beach saved ground for most of the mile before Matt Kakaley sent him through a seam in mid-stretch. He held off the Lightning Lane charge of his stablemate, Fernando Hanover, to defeat him by a neck in 1:50.2, a career best. Another Daily Copy, who fronted the mile, saved show. Kakaley said he wasn't worried about being pinned late. "If I'd had to wait for the passing lane, he'd have got through," he said. "There was no worry there. He raced really good in the Meadowlands Pace, and he raced good today. He was sneaky good a few starts before the North America Cup. Hopefully he brings his 'A' game next week." Burke conditions Manhattan Beach, a Somebeachsomewhere-Benear gelding who soared over $200,000 in career earnings, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Geoffrey Lyons Mound and Wingfield Brothers. As thoughts turned to Tuesday's draw for post positions, both camps seemed to be heading in the same direction. "The inside here is tough to get off," Miller said. "I got away fourth today from the rail, and I was leaving just about as hard as I could. I could live with post 3, but I think I'd rather have post 4, right around there." Kakaley's reasoning was similar. "I don't want the 1 or 2 hole ," he said. "Probably 3 or 4." Evan Pattak

WASHINGTON, PA, July 22, 2016 -- With expectations of him high for Saturday's eliminations at The Meadows for the 50th edition of the Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids -- he trains six of the 12 entrants -- harness racing trainer Ron Burke found a way to relieve the pressure. He went fishing. And just as you would expect of America's leading trainer, he was as sharp on the ocean as he is on the track. He and his fellow anglers had been trolling the Florida coast for only 30 minutes Friday morning when they reeled in a large wahoo. Burke hopes Adios 50 won't be the one that got away. His six Adios entrants may be a record, but not by much. "The last year I worked with my dad (Mickey), we had five of them in," he said. "It's been something we've been doing for a while. Out of all the races every year, this is the one we point to." Here's how Burke handicaps his six hopefuls in the two Adios eliminations, which go as races 8 and 9: More Dragon (race 8, post 3) -- "He's probably the weakest of the bunch. He's good at qualifying for finals, but he's a little overmatched when he makes the finals." Stolen Glimpse (race 8, post 4) -- "He's the one with the most potential to get better. His first race on a half-mile track was very impressive. He has serious speed." Check Six (race 8, post 6) -- "He was a little dull about a month ago, but he's super now. He was great in the Meadowlands Pace but had two awful trips." Manhattan Beach (race 9, post 1) -- "He's been drawing the worst of any of my horses. From the inside, I look for him to be more aggressive. He should be tough to beat. Historically, Check Six has been the better horse, but Manhattan Beach is coming on." Big Top Hanover (race 9, post 2) -- "We've been racing him hard, so he skipped the Meadowlands Pace to prep for the Adios. He drew into the easier division, so I look for him to get into the final." Fernando Hanover (race 9, post 3) -- "He seems to be back to himself. He has more ability than he's been able to show. This is a good spot for him. He can sit and make one move." The $400,00 Adios final is set for Saturday afternoon, July 30. The first four finishers in each elimination, plus the fifth-place finisher with higher career earnings, return for the final. The Adios eliminations card offers two strong supporting stakes for 3-year-old filly pacers -- the Romola Hanover, a $159,360 Pennsylvania Sires Stake that features juvenile champion Pure Country, and a $100,000 PA Stallion Series event. First post Saturday is 1 PM, with the first Adios elimination set to go at approximately 3 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, July 19, 2016—Muscling up for the signature race at his home track, harness racing trainer Ron Burke has entered six horses in the $450,000 Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids, where they’ll clash with Racing Hill, runner-up in both the North America Cup and the Meadowlands Pace. They head a field of 12 for the Adios, which this year marks the 50th edition of the prestigious pace for 3-year-old colts and geldings that Delvin Miller founded and named for his foundation sire. Two eliminations, each with a purse of $25,000, are set for Saturday afternoon, July 23, while the $400,000 final goes Saturday afternoon, July 30. The eliminations are scheduled as races 8 and 9, with an estimated post time of 3 PM for race 8. The most formidable of the Burke six-pack may be Check Six, who finished third in the Meadowlands Pace final and has banked $576,442 in his career. He’ll leave from post 6 in race 8. Burke also sends out Big Top Hanover, Fernando Hanover, Manhattan Beach, More Dragon and Stolen Glimpse. Yannick Gingras is listed as driver for all six Burke horses, so most of those assignments remain to be finalized. Racing Hill was beaten only a nose by Control The Moment in the Meadowlands Pace, timed in 1:48.2. Trained by Tony Alagna, the son of Roll With Joe-Chasing Ideals captured the final of the $500,000 Max Hempt and has earned $757,528 lifetime. He goes from the rail in race 8. Alagna, the only trainer besides Burke with multiple Adios entrants, also will be represented by American Passport, who finished second in the Somebeachsomewhere at Mohawk but has neither won this year nor raced since July 1. He’ll leave from post 5 in race 9 for Scott Zeron. The fields for Saturday’s Adios eliminations, in post position order: Race 8 Racing Hill by Roll With Joe Western Fame by Western Ideal More Dragon by Dragon Again Stolen Glimpse by Art Major Lyons Snyder by Well Said Check Six by Somebeachsomewhere Race 9 Manhattan Beach by Somebeachsomewhere Big Top Hanover by Western Ideal Fernando Hanover by Dragon Again Another Daily Copy by Somebeachsomewhere American Passport by American Ideal Rip This Joint by Western Terror Evan Pattak

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Buffalo Raceway kicks off its final week of the 2016 harness racing season on Wednesday night (July 20) with the 2-year-old colt and gelding pacers ready to clash in three $36,566 divisions of the New York Sire Stakes.   Trainer Ron Burke is bringing in four promising youngsters and they all have been tabbed the morning line favorite in their respective divisions. He's bringing in Rock It Scott, Major Key, Miso Fast and Offdahook Bluechip to the Hamburg half-mile oval for the event.   With 10 track records either tied or broken this season at Buffalo Raceway, the standard for the 2-year-old colt and geldings is on the line. He's Watching holds the colt mark of 1:55.4 established in 2013 while Roadside Delight has the gelding mark of 1:56.3 set in 2010.   In the first division, Burke has an entry of Rock It Scott (Roll With Joe-Vanite Semalu) and Major Key (Art Major-Capri Hanover).They are the 2-1 top choice.   Matt Kakaley gets the call aboard Rock It Scott who easily wired the field at Saratoga on July 8 in the Sire Stakes. Starting from the rail, Rock It Scott won by 4-1/2 lengths in 1:54.3. They'll get the inside post once again in hopes of an instant replay.   Kevin Cummings will be behind Major Key who was seventh in his only start of his career after drawing the seven post. Major Key will get a better starting position this week as he got the four slot.   The main competition could come from Windsong Napoleon (Art Major-Bunny Dearest) with Jody Jamieson in the bike. Windsong Napoleon lost by a neck in 1:53.1 on July 11 at Mohawk Raceway. The Carl Jamieson-trained colt will start from the five post.   In the second leg, Miso Fast (Roll With Joe-Sakura Hanover) headlines the field after burying the field on July 8 in the Sire Stakes at Saratoga Raceway. He posted an impressive 3-1/2 length decision in 1:54.3. Kakaley will steer Miso Fast, the 8-5 morning line choice, from the six spot.   Leading driver at Buffalo Raceway Jim Morrill Jr. will try and contend with Outkast Blue Chip (Rock N Roll Hanover-Armbro Savannah). In his career debut, Outkast Blue Chip started from the seven position and managed to work out a fourth place finish. They'll try their luck from the three hole this time around.   The final division finds Offdahook Bluechip the 5-2 choice after a fast closing second place finish to Music In Art on July 8 at Saratoga. Starting from the three post with Kakaley in the sulky on Wednesday, Offdahook Hanover (American Ideal-Stefani Blue Chip) should be loving the long stretch at Buffalo Raceway.   Zampara put in a stellar performance in a $15,000 Excelsior A Series event at Saratoga on July 8 with a wire-to-wire victory in 1:54.3. Pat Lachance will guide Zampara (American Ideal-Valobesta) from the inside post and could be tough from the pylons.   Outrajus Blue Chip had tough luck in his career debut. He was interfered with at the start and lost all hope but finished sixth after trailing by more than 14 lengths. Morrill Jr. will drive Outrajus Blue for trainer Aaron Lambert.   There will also be three $15,000 Excelsior A Series races and two $6,500 contests in the Excelsior B Series on the card.   The Claiming Championship finals will also be contested. The first bracket is for filly and mare pacers ($8,000-$12,500 claiming price) who will tangle for the $14,800 purse while the other final features the filly and mare pacers ($4,000-$7,000 claiming price) who will go for $10,000.   The 12-race program gets underway at 5 p.m.   For more information including the latest news, upcoming promotions, race replays and results, go to   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

When 3-1 Winwood Mac captured his $40,000 Ohio Sires Stakes division on Saturday night (July 16) at Scioto Downs, it came as no surprise to his driver, Chris Page. The Canyon Wind gelding tripped the timer in 1:52.1 in the last of three divisions of OSS contests for 3-year-old pacing colts and geldings, in Leg Three of this series for Ohio-breds. "Anytime you drive a horse for (trainer) Ronnie Burke, you have a shot to win," Chris noted. "I drove this horse as a 2-year-old and he tends to run in a bit, but he can pace like heck in the straightaways." Which is exactly what Winwood Mac did, using game, come-from-behind tactics to score his second victory of the season and his first in OSS competition in 2016. Bred by the Winwood Farm of Michigan, the bay pacer is co-owned by the Pennsylvania-based partnership of Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi and Phil Collura. The winning time was a new lifetime record for Winwood Mac, who pushed his seasonal earnings to $51,565 and his career earnings to $90,048. What A Boy (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr), at 6-5 was just a head behind the winner to finish second, while 9-5 Mr Wiggle Pants (Kayne Kauffman) notched show honors. In the first OSS division Gotmoneyinmypocket bested eight rivals in an all-gelding field to pick up his sixth win of the year in 11 tries. Conditioned by Bill Dailey for Ohio breeders/owners Jerry Zosel and Kathy Ratcliff, the bay son of Feelin Friskie paced to a new lifetime clocking of 1:50.3 for driver Randy Tharps. Little Woody (Chris Page) was second and Nothin Fancy (Josh Sutton) was third. "The race set up perfectly for this horse tonight," Randy noted. "The fractions were fast but he was on cruise control." Gotmoneyinmypocket pushed his seasonal earnings to $79,750 and upped his career bankroll to $142,348. He is the third foal out of the Expensive Scooter mare Fran Ann p,3, 1:56.4s ($3,400) and is a full brother to Igottafeelinfran p,4, 1:51.1f, a 26-race winner of $521,665. He also has a half-brother in Gottatigerinmytank (by Panspacificflight) p,3, 1:54f ($36,250). The second OSS division saw Hustling Charley prevail with a new lifetime mark of 1:51.3 for driver Kyle Ater and trainer Danny Collins. The son of Charley Barley, who interestingly was the only colt in the field of nine (the rest were geldings), went three-wide around the last turn, chasing Canadia's Bakin (Kayne Kauffman), who had led the field through fractions of :26.1, :54.3 and 1:23. Hustling Charley then bested his rival by nearly four lengths to score seasonal victory four and lifetime win number five. The bay colt, who is co-leased by Collins and Ryan Holton, was bred by Ohio's Lisa Ezzo. Hustling Charley had won leg one of this series at Miami Valley Raceway on May 7 by six lengths in 1:53.4, and then finished second by a head in leg two to Smoke Up Johnny in 1:52.2 on June 11 at Scioto Downs. He now has $85,813 earned lifetime, and $67,200 amassed in 2016 for his connections. by Kimberly Rinker, for the OSDF

The mare showed the boys.   Hannelore Hanover and driver Yannick Gingras took the lead on the far turn and was much the best, capturing the $471,200 Hambletonian Maturity for 4-year-olds at 1 1/8 miles by 3 1/2 lengths on the Meadowlands Pace undercard Saturday night at the Meadowlands.   Hannelore Hanover, the 4-5 post-time favorite and daughter of Swan For All, recorded her ninth victory in 10 starts this year and paid $3.80 to win.   "She was even better tonight than she was in Canada (winning three straight in the Armbro Flight eliminations and final and Ms. Versatility)," said Gingras. "The second time I raced her in Canada, she was a little bit hot. They made a couple of changes on her and she usually starts out a little bit stiff, but she warms right out of it. Tonight, the minute she hit the track, she felt super. She just dominated them."   Trained by Ron Burke, Hannelore Hanover brushed past Musical Rhythm, driven by John Campbell, at the half-mile mark and cleared to take the lead for good.   Fractions for the 1 1/8-mile trot were :26.3, :55.4, 1:24.4, 1:52.3 and 2:05.4.   Wings of Royalty, driven by Brian Sears, held on nicely to finish second with Crazy Wow, driven by Tim Tetrick and also trained by Burke, grabbing the show spot.   Hannelore Hanover, who was supplemented to the race for $50,000, joined Bee A Magician (second in 2014) and Shake It Cerry (third in 2015) as the only mares to start in the Maturity against the males.   Created by the Hambletonian Society and the Meadowlands as a racing opportunity solely for 4-year-olds previously eligible to the Hambletonian and Oaks, the Maturity racing conditions prohibit the use of Lasix, the only race day medication permitted in New Jersey.   The highly anticipated wagering opportunity of the season, the mandatory payout of the Super High Five wager, returned $3,269.52 for every 20¢ winning ticket. The total pool of $1,015,660 included $747,891 in new money wagered, in addition to the $267,769 carryover amount. The wager had not been hit since the Meadowlands season began in November. The 3/5 favorite Lady Shadow set a world record for 1 1/8 miles to win the Golden Girls in 2:00.3. The favorite was followed across the wire by 6/1 Solar Sister and 27/1 Inittowinafortune. Fourth place went to 42/1 Devil Child and 11/1 Katie Said rounded out the winning combination. There was a total of 276 winning tickets that were rewarded thanks to the large carryover and low 15-percent takeout rate. by Lou Monaco, for the Meadowlands        

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- There's not a lot of quantity when the New York Sire Stakes for the 3-year-old trotting fillies rolls into Buffalo Raceway on Sunday afternoon (July 17) but there is definitely some good quality.   There are just 14 ladies entered in the two races with each going for a stellar purse of $60,200. The powerful Ron Burke stable has four trotters involved with the Cummings brothers, Kevin and Todd, scheduled to pilot the coupled entry in each event. Surprisingly, none are morning line favorites.   The high-steppers will also be chasing the Buffalo Raceway track record of 1:58.2 set in 2015 by High Rise in what is expected to be a perfect afternoon for racing.   The first division will kickoff off the Sunday card which begins at 12:30 p.m. Straight A Student (Credit Winner-Smarter Than Smart) gets the rail for driver Mark MacDonald and is the 2-1 morning line pick.   Straight A Student, who is trained by Paul Kelley, has been a bridesmaid most of this season with five second place finishes in seven tries. She was a heart broken second in her last start on July 10 at Tioga Downs, finishing 1-1/2 lengths behind Swinging Royalty in the NYSS. Despite only one win this season, Straight A Student has amassed $41,785 in earnings.   The Burke entry of Goosebump Hanover (Rc Royalty-Good Common Cents) and Winning Princess (Credit Winner-Cabaret Princess) will start from the four and seven post respectively.   Goosebump Hanover (Kevin Cummings) has earned $147,215 in her career but has only victory in 2016, that coming at Tioga Downs on July 1 in the Tompkins Stakes in 1:55.2.   Last season at Buffalo Raceway, Goosebump Hanover notched a 2:01.4 victory in the New York Sire Stakes for 2-year-old filly trotters with Kevin Cummings aboard. The pair are hoping lightning will strike twice.   Winkys Gal (John Stark Jr.) enters on a two-race win streak. Drawing the two post, Winkys Gal (Rc Royalty-Tessel) is fresh off a 16-1/2 length romp in a conditioned trot at Saratoga and followed that up with a 1-3/4 length decision in a $15,000 Excelsior Series A event at Tioga on July 10.   The second leg of the New York Sire Stakes is slated for the fourth race with the razor-sharp Swinging Royalty listed as the 2-1 morning line choice for driver Chris Lems.   With eight starts under her belt already in 2016, Swinging Royalty (Rc Royalty-Swing Anna Cash) has put $102,739 in the bank this season. In her most recent start on July 10 at Tioga, she went gate-to-wire in 1:56.2 from the seven post to get the stakes win. Lems will have a stern test once again as they drew the seven hole.   Swinging Royalty has hit the board in all eight starts this year, including a second place finish in the finals of the $225,000 Empire Breeders Classic at Vernon Downs on June 19.   The main competitor could be Fad Finance who gets the services of Buffalo Raceway's leading driver Jim Morrill Jr.   In her most recent try on July 10 at Tioga Downs, Morrill Jr. guided Fad Finance (Credit Winner-Armbro Vanity) to an easy two-length win in 1:54.3. in a $40,200 division of the New York Sire Stakes.   Dolly Drama PV pulled a $153.50 shocker last year in NYSS action at Buffalo Raceway and returns again this season with Drew Monti in the sulky. Dolly Drama PV (Lucky Chucky-Massive Drama) drew the pylons and is tabbed at 6-1.   The 11-race program will also feature two $15,000 races in the Excelsior A Series and a pair of $6,700 contests in the Excelsior B Series.   For more information including the latest news, upcoming promotions, race replays and results, go to   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

Most people in this day and age operate on a budget and understandably so. They want some bang for their buck and that is especially true in harness racing. Frank Baldachino, however, is emphatic that splurging on Hannelore Hanover and not sticking to the bottom line may have very well been the best investment he has ever made. "Ron (Burke) and I always have a set limit on what we will spend when we look at horses," said Baldachino. "You have to stick with that line because it is easy to over spend, so for this filly we had $30,000 as our price (at the 2013 Standardbred Horse Sale), but I looked at Ron and said let's go up one more tick for her. So we went in for $2,000 more and that made her ours. It was the best $2,000 I have ever spent." Baldachino and his partners, Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi, decided to open up their wallets yet again in regards to this world champion when they footed the $50,000 bill to supplement her to the $471,200 Hambletonian Maturity on Saturday (July 16) at the Meadowlands. The 4-year-old daughter of Swan For All and the Dream Vacation mare High Sobriety will begin trotting from post position four with Yannick Gingras in the bike. The Indiana champion is 3-1 on the morning line in the 1-1/8 mile contest and is only the third female to participate in this event after Bee A Magician and Shake It Cerry. She is certainly a top contender to have her picture taken after the field crosses the line. She possesses the swiftest season's mark of her 10 rivals (1:51) and only the Graduate Series final victor, Musical Rhythm, has earned more cash this season ($270,573 to her $224,505). "It really was not a difficult decision to supplement her," Baldachino said. "We kept a close eye on the race last week (the Graduate Series final) and felt none of the colts stood out over her. She has been simply terrific this year and has done everything so easily without even being really asked. With those kind of performances we felt now was the time to put her against the colts. No one from that division has proved to stand out and with what she has accomplished at this point, she deserves the opportunity." With only two starts at age two, Hannelore Hanover was given an extended vacation after a 10th place finish in the $75,000 Indiana Sire Stakes final on July 5, 2014. The filly was stabled at Hoosier Park and under the watchful eye of Jamie Macomber, one of trainer Ron Burke's stellar staff and her husband, Rick. Hannelore Hanover had her hooves full competing against the likes of Indiana champion Churita as a sophomore, but as the year progressed, so did this filly. On Aug. 5, 2015 she demolished her rivals in a $20,000 Indiana Sire Stakes leg while coming home in :27.4. That triumph was the first of seven straight wins to close out her 3-year-old season and since then she has only tasted defeat in one event, which was a second to the seasoned Allie Labrook at Hoosier Park on June 2. The mare was timed in :26.4 for her last quarter-mile in that contest and she finished in front of Natural Herbie. She then traveled to Canada where she dominated her fellow females in the elimination for the $208,260 Armbro Flight final and then equaled the world record of 1:51, which was also a stakes and track record, in the final itself. The next engagement on her agenda was another romp in a $23,100 leg of the Miss Versatility Series, also at Mohawk Racetrack, on July 1. Hannelore Hanover stopped the clock in 1:53.4 without being seriously tested. "She is just a big, strong, perfectly made animal," Baldachino said. "She has all the parts and they are all put together. She looks exactly like a trotter should look. Everything she has done this year has just been outstanding. She did require some patience to grow into herself and Jamie, Rick and Ron all deserve credit for bringing her along. They gave her everything she needed and she has rewarded us with how she has performed. "We are all excited about Saturday night and for the rest of the year with her. To do what she has done already without being asked makes you wonder what else she has to show. Like I said, putting up that extra $2,000 to get her was unbelievably worth it." Baldachino also has another horse competing on Saturday evening's card in All Bets Off. The son of Bettor's Delight and the Dexter Nukes mare Armbro Penelope will leave from post position 12 in the $471,800 William R. Haughton Memorial. He will have to contend with the likes of Always B Miki, Wiggle It Jigglieit and Freaky Feet Pete, but this horse has earned more than $1.9 million and should never be dismissed. "It's not the best post position and he has not had the best luck with the draws this year," Baldachino said. "But he is a very nice little horse. He has speed and has demonstrated he can use it if the trip works out for him. "He's a horse we purchased that was already developed and we did not get him as a yearling like Hannelore, but how can you ever be disappointed with a horse that has done the things he has? We know no matter what he will go out there and give it his best. That's all you can ask for." Following is the field for the Hambletonian Maturity. PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer-Line 1. Fashion Creditor-David Miller-Tom Fanning-30/1 2. Centurion ATM-Trace Tetrick-Ake Svanstedt-20/1 3. Wings Of Royalty-Brian Sears-George Ducharme-10/1 4. Hannelore Hanover-Yannick Gingras-Ron Burke-3/1 5. Crescent Fashion-Scott Zeron-Ake Svanstedt-15/1 6. Muscle Up The Goal-Aaron Merriman-Christopher Beaver-6/1 7. Crazy Wow-Tim Tetrick-Ron Burke-4/1 8. Lookslikeachpndale-Brett Miller-Luc Blais-25/1 9. Musical Rhythm-John Campbell-Benoit Baillargeon-5/2 10. Honor And Serve-Ake Svanstedt-Ake Svanstedt-25/1 11. Canepa Hanover-Corey Callahan-Jimmy Takter-8/1 by Kim French, USTA Internet News Editor

The third edition of the modern day Hambletonian Maturity will go post ward Saturday, July 16 at The Meadowlands with a field of 11 four-year-old trotters competing for a purse of $471,200. Ten eligible trotters plus a $50,000 supplement by the connections of the latest Indiana-sired sensation, distaffer Hannelore Hanover, comprise the field of 11. Musical Rhythm, who won a Graduate leg at Mohawk Raceway and the $250,000 Final at The Meadowlands in 1:51.2 last Saturday, leads the field for trainer Ben Baillargeon. With 12 victories in 14 starts and $270,573 this year, a win with Musical Rhythm would give driver John Campbell consecutive victories in the Hambletonian Maturity, following his successful steer with JL Cruze, also a racetime supplement, last year. A son of 1998 Breeders Crown freshman champ Musical Victory and sire Cantab Hall, Musical Rhythm was a $33,000 Standardbred Mixed Horse Sale purchase at Harrisburg last November for owner/trainer Ben Baillargeon, Claude Hamel and Santo and Nunzio Vena. "He is amazing us," said Baillargeon after Musical Rhythm's Graduate Final victory from post 10, setting a new lifetime mark of 1:51.2. "I go to the sale and look for young trotters with speed - I don't care if they make breaks because I think I can fix them- but they have to show some speed. This guy was maybe a little guy when he went through the ring as a yearling but he fit what I was looking for and in my price range. "Both times down at the Meadowlands, I don't know what happened, he didn't get a good trip but he went a hell of a mile Saturday night," continued Baillargeon. "Because he won in 1:52 in March I was able to stake him to the Graduate, Crawford and Allerage, although I originally wanted him to just stay in 4-year-old races." Though Baillargeon has returned to his home base in Ontario, his daughter Sara is headquartered at Magical Acres training center in New Jersey with Musical Rhythm. Hannelore Hanover joins Bee A Magician (second in 2014) and Shake It Cerry (third in 2015) as the only mares to start in the Maturity against the males. The $50,000 supplemental decision was "kinda easy" according to trainer Ron Burke. "We've had to count on her to do everything we planned on Mission Brief doing this year and she has really come through," said Burke. "Her last two wins were in complete shutdown mode without her ever being asked, and everyone who has driven her believes she can trot in 1:49. She just won at Mohawk in 1:51, so that's not out of the question. "It's a lot of money to put up, but she's made a lot so we are kind of playing with our own money here. She has been just unbelievable this year - and no other horse shows the kind of miles she's been doing." The Burke Racing Stable owns Hannelore Hanover, along with the partnership of Mark Weaver and Mike Bruscemi, and Frank Baldachino. A $32,000 purchase as a yearling from the 2013 Standardbred Horse Sale, Hannelore started just twice at two in Indiana-sired events, and also stayed home in Indiana as a sophomore, racking up close to $300,000 in state-bred earnings. Now four, the daughter of Swan For All - High Sobriety has joined Indiana stand outs like Wiggle It Jiggleit, Freaky Feet Pete, Always Be Miki and Color's A Virgin in beating the best North America has to offer. Ironically, Hannelore Hanover's sole loss this year came in her home state to the mare Allie Labrook. Otherwise she has picked up stake wins in the Miami Valley Distaff, Armbro Flight and Miss Versatility. Burke will also start Crazy Wow for Our Horse Cents Stable, JT45, Silva Stables and Deo Volente Stable. A winner of $1.2 million lifetime, Crazy Wow has struggled to find his stride this year but put it together in an overnight race last Friday, scoring in 1:51.2. Ake Svanstedt will start three trotters: Centurion ATM, Crescent Fashion and Honor And Serve. Svanstedt won the first edition of the Maturity in 2014 with Your So Vain. Muscle Up The Goal comes in off a second-place finish to Obrigado in the Cleveland Trotting Classic an open race. Trained by Chris Beaver to more than $300,000 in earnings in just 25 lifetime starts, the son of Muscle Mass-Tag's Goal will be making his first start at The Meadowlands. 2015 Hambletonian winner Pinkman was not entered, but Jimmy Takter has representation in Canepa Hanover. Trainer Luc Blais who has a history of sending out longshot winners has entered Lookslikeachpndale, a lightly-raced son of Muscle Hill; George Ducharme could be the first trainer in modern times to send out a Hambletonian winner [Royalty For Life in 2013] and a Maturity winner should Wings Of Royalty step up; and Tom Fanning adds Fashion Creditor for owner Joe Smith to round out the field. Created by the Hambletonian Society and the Meadowlands as a racing opportunity solely for 4-year-olds previously eligible to the Hambletonian and Oaks, like those events the Maturity racing conditions prohibit the use of Lasix, the only race day medication permitted in New Jersey and entrants are subject to out of competition testing. The distance is a mile and an eighth. All starters in the race will receive money, with the winner receiving 50% of the purse. One percent of the total purse will be paid to the owners of the finalist finishing sixth thru eleventh. The remainder of the purse for the Maturity will be divided 50-24-16-10% for the horses finishing second through fifth. Post positions will be drawn later this afternoon with the rest of the sensational Meadowlands card which features the Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace, Mistletoe Shalee, Stanley Dancer Memorial, Delvin Miller Memorial, Golden Girls, Miss Versatility and the WR Haughton Memorial. The 11-horse field, in alphabetical order, is below: Canepa Hanover Centurion ATM Crazy Wow Crescent Fashion Creditor Hannelore Hanover (S) Honor And Serve Lookslikeachipndale Muscle Up The Goal Musical Rhythm Wings Of Royalty by Moira Fanning for the Hambletonian Society  

WASHINGTON, PA, July 5, 2016 -- Refreshed by a 30.1 second-quarter breather, Unefoisdansmavie easily thwarted a pair of challengers and scored a front-end victory in Tuesday's $20,000 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Bessie took the first shot at Unefoisdansmavie, a first-over bid that stalled near the three-quarters. Princess Pablano unleashed a more serious threat when she moved three wide down the backside and loomed large in the lane. But Unefoisdansmavie responded to Dave Palone's urging and held off Princess Pablano by 1-1/4 lengths in 1:54.4 on a sloppy surface, with Whata Donato third. Ron Burke trains Unefoisdansmavie, a 9-year-old daughter of Revenue S-Peace To The World who soared over $600,000 in career earnings, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Jack Piatt III. Elsewhere on Tuesday's card, Rose Run Slider broke his maiden in 1:57, fastest mile this year by a freshman colt trotter on a five-eighths-mile track. Brian Zendt piloted for trainer Bill Zendt, who owns the son of Western Ideal-Alcyon Semalu with Shanamphilaniklou, Inc. Mike Wilder collected three wins on the 14-race card. Wednesday's program at The Meadows features a $100,000 Pennsylvania Stallion Series Stake for 2-year-old pacing fillies. First post is 1 PM. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - Hawk's Red Chief continued his winning ways Saturday night at the Meadowlands, taking the $17,500 featured conditioned pace in determined fashion for his seventh win of the year in only 10 starts. The 5-year-old gelded son of I Scoot Hanover was away well from post five and had the lead in a leisurely :28 at the quarter. Another rated fraction followed as the half was reached in :56.3 before the cadence quickened considerably. Medoland Jate, a 17-1 longshot, came first-over and raced alongside the leader as three-quarters went in 1:23.3, but Hawk's Red Chief shrugged off that challenger through the stretch before having to hold off another longshot, 30-1 chance Rockin Wizard, who rallied well along the rail, only to come up a neck short. Americanprimetime finished third with Medoland Jate fourth. Dealt A Winner, the 2015 Cane Pace winner and 3-5 favorite, was far back most of the way and paced evenly in deep stretch after going a third-over trip to finish fifth. Hawk's Red Chief, who paced his back half in a sizzling :53.3, completed the mile in 1:50.1 and paid $7.40 as the 5-2 second choice for driver Joe Bongiorno, trainer Ron Burke and owners Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi and M L Yanek. STILL GROWING: The 5th race 20 cent Jackpot Super High Five once again did not have a single-ticket winner, upping the carryover for the next program to $30,444.15. ... Pat Berry led the driver colony with three winners on the card. ... The Meadowlands returns with live racing Friday at 7:15 p.m. by Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations

WASHINGTON, PA, July 2, 2016 -- Last by 4-1/2 lengths into the final turn and finding no seam available, Easy Again swung wide and roared through the lane to score his second straight win in Saturday's $18,000 Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Unlocked, the even-money favorite, appeared comfortable on the lead and headed to victory when Dave Palone opened the throttle on Easy Again. The 7-year-old Dragon Again-Kuklapanandollie gelding triumphed in 1:51.3, downing Unlocked by a head, with Techtor Hanover third. Ron Burke trains Easy Again, who now boasts career earnings of $873,018, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, M1 Stable and Panhellenic Stable. It was one of four wins for Palone on the 13-race card. Live racing at The Meadows resumes with a special July 4 card, first post 5 PM. Highlighting the program are a pair of total-pool guarantees -- $15,000 for the Pick 5, $5,000 for the Pick 4. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

CAMPBELLVILLE, Ontario, June 29 - Fresh off a Canadian record performance in the Armbro Flight, Hannelore Hanover headlines the second leg of the Miss Versatility on Friday's Canada Day card at Mohawk Racetrack. A group of 13 older trotting mares have been split into two $30,000 divisions for the second leg of this year's series. The first leg, which was contested on May 23 at Mohawk, saw Jewels In Hock and Rockin With Dewey draw first blood, but this time around the hottest trotter in the division will make an appearance. Ron Burke trainee Hannelore Hanover will start from post five in the six-horse first division Friday. The four-year-old daughter of Swan For All has won seven of eight starts this season, including a Canadian record 1:51 victory in the Armbro Flight Stakes two weeks ago. Hannelore Hanover's six-plus length victory in the Armbro Flight was a loud statement to the older trotting mare division. Racing under the radar in the Indiana Sire Stakes last season, Burke always believed she belonged in the conversation as one of the top trotters in her division. "Ron has been telling me how good she was since last year," said Yannick Gingras after driving 'Hannelore' to victory in the Armbro Flight elimination. "He believed she was the third best trotting filly behind Mission Brief and Wild Honey." With Mission Brief sidelined this season, Hannelore Hanover has stepped into the spotlight and quickly gained elite status. Owned by Burke Racing Stable LLC, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Frank Baldachino, Hannelore Hanover will team up with driver Sylvain Filion for the first time in Friday's race. The first division also features leg one winner Rockin With Dewey and Rules Of The Road, who finished third in the Armbro Flight after winning an elimination. Jewels In Hock will aim for another Miss Versatility leg victory in Friday's second division. The Linda Toscano trained four-year-old has won two of four starts this season after winning nine races and over $350,000 last season. The daughter of Credit Winner will start from post five in a field of seven with driver Jack Moiseyev. Local trotters Elegant Serenity, Stormont Kate, Bax Of Life and White Becomes Her will look to protect home turf in the second split. Following Friday's leg, the Miss Versatility will make its next stop at The Meadowlands on Saturday, July 16. The second leg divisions have been carded as Races 2 and 6 on Friday's 12-race program. Post time Friday is 7:30 p.m. Here are the fields for the second leg of the Miss Versatility. PP/Horse/Driver/Trainer Race 2: Division 1 - Purse: $30,000 1. Missys GaGa (Trevor Henry - Richard Moreau) 2. Charmed Life (Jody Jamieson - Dave Menary) 3. Harley Momma (Rick Zeron - Ake Svanstedt) 4. Rockin With Dewey (Mario Baillargeon - Ben Baillargeon) 5. Hannelore Hanover (Sylvain Filion - Ron Burke) 6. Rules Of The Road (Paul MacDonell - Charles Connor Jr.) Race 6: Division 2 - Purse: $30,000 1. Elegant Serenity (Roger Mayotte - Roger Mayotte) 2. Stormont Kate (Bruce Richardson - Bruce Richardson) 3. Sky Hanover (Rick Zeron - Ake Svanstedt) 4. Classical Annie (Sylvain Filion - Ron Burke) 5. Jewels In Hock (Jack Moiseyev - Linda Toscano) 6. Bax Of Life (Chris Christoforou - Jerry Duford) 7. White Becomes Her (Mario Baillargeon - Ben Baillargeon) by Mark McKelvie - WEG Communications

In many cases, winning seven harness races in a row would be the most notable achievement of any harness racing driver's day. But for Yannick Gingras, such a streak got him to an even more noteworthy accomplishment --- career victory No. 6,000. On Sunday, the 36-year-old Gingras won his final four drives at Harrah's Philadelphia before heading north to The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, where he had three drives in Pennsylvania All-Stars action. Gingras won all three, finishing the day with 6,000 lifetime triumphs. Gingras notched his milestone win with Ron Burke-trained 2-year-old male pacer Normandy Beach in the seventh race at Pocono. "That's just neat that it worked out that way," Gingras said. "Someone mentioned to me yesterday that I was getting close, but I wasn't sure how close I was. "At this stage, it's a good number --- it's always nice to get these milestones --- but at this point we race so many horses they come quite often, honestly. But it's definitely nice. I'm sure it's something that later on it will be nice to talk about these numbers. Hopefully, I'll have made it higher than 6,000." Gingras was harness racing's Driver of the Year in 2014 and has led the sport in purses each of the past two seasons. This year, Gingras has won 164 races and $3.12 million, which ranks fifth in North America. His top wins this season include the Pennsylvania Classic with Check Six, Roses Are Red with Lady Shadow, Armbro Flight with Hannelore Hanover, Confederation Cup with Rockin Ron, New Jersey Sire Stakes championship with Southwind Frank, and a Group 2 race in Sweden with Pinkman. Other stars driven by Gingras during his career include Foiled Again, Mission Brief, Father Patrick, JK She'salady, Maven, Pastor Stephen, and Darlin's Delight. This weekend, Gingras will turn his attention to Pocono's Sun Stakes Saturday card, where his drives include Southwind Frank in the $500,000 Earl Beal Jr. Memorial. Southwind Frank, last year's Dan Patch Award winner for best 2-year-old male trotter, saw a 12-race win streak halted by Bar Hopping last Saturday in their Beal elimination. Bar Hopping won by a neck in 1:52.1. "He's good," Gingras said about Southwind Frank, who has won 13 of 15 career races and is the early Hambletonian Stakes favorite. "He wasn't a hundred percent on Saturday. That's pretty scary to get beat a neck when he's not at his best. I think he'll be ready to rock on Saturday night." Gingras also is anticipating the $500,000 Ben Franklin, where older male pacing stars Always B Miki, Freaky Feet Pete, and Wiggle It Jiggleit all head to the final off impressive elimination victories. "That's going to be an unbelievable race," said Gingras, who is listed on Burke trainees Rock N' Roll World and Always At My Place. "I'm looking forward to, not only being a part of it, but seeing who is the king of the division now. I hope it's everything we hope it's going to be. "There will be a lot of good racing there at Pocono on Saturday night. I have some good ones, so I'm definitely looking forward to it." Ken Weingartner

HARRINGTON, Del. - Howard and Judith Taylor's Verdad ($7.20, Tony Morgan) was a 1:51.2 winner in the $15,000 featured harness racing Open Pace Monday at Harrington Raceway. In a consolidated field of three as a result of two scratches, Verdad, a 7-year-old Western Ideal stallion, sat third most of the mile before wearing down pacesetter and race favorite Dancin Yankee and edging clear in narrow fashion late. It was Verdad's 31st career win for trainer Ron Burke. Dancin Yankee was second with Singing Saint third. Janet Hudson's Just A Jolt ($5, Victor Kirby) prepped for a likely Governor's Cup performance in July with a 1:51.3 victory in a $10,000 conditioned pace for trainer Jim King Jr. The 6-year-old Village Jolt gelding and 2015 Governors Cup winner set all the fractions in his narrow win over Soto and Raritan Bay. The Governor's Cup, held on July 28, is a $40,000 annual event with local bragging rights on the line for Delaware owned aged horses. It is held as the centerpiece for older horses on the biggest day of the year for the state's harness racing industry, Governor's Day during the Delaware State Fair. Live racing continues through Thursday. Post time is 5 p.m. Matthew Sparacino  

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