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Harness racing trainer Ron Burke will send high-profile stars Hannelore Hanover and Southwind Frank into Breeders Crown action this weekend, but neither horse will be in the event the trainer considers the most important to his stable. Burke, who has 17 horses spread throughout nine of the dozen Breeders Crown races at the Meadowlands, considers Saturday's $500,000 final for 3-year-old male pacers integral to a successful weekend. Burke has four horses in the event, led by one of last week's elimination winners, Check Six. Check Six, the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes champion, has won nine of 19 races this year and earned $801,415. The son of 2008 Breeders Crown champ and Horse of the Year Somebeachsomewhere, Check Six captured his elimination by 1-1/4 lengths in 1:50.3. He is joined in the final by stablemates Fine Diamond, Fernando Hanover, and Manhattan Beach. "To me that's the most important race for my barn," said Burke, who has won nine Breeders Crown trophies in his career as a trainer and five as an owner. "We've got four of us in there; we need to do well out of that group. I think we can do good there. The horses all seem to be sharp." Check Six will start from post two. Western Fame, the other elimination winner, will leave from post one and Racing Hill, who finished fourth in Check Six's elim but is a multiple-stakes-winner of $1.33 million this season, is in post five. "I love his spot," Burke said. "He was good. It's just that once in a while he throws a dud in, and I'm just hoping it's not this week. But I love his spot. It's a huge spot for him. He has the chance to go over a million dollars. There are so many things he could do for himself and his career by putting in a good performance here." Fernando Hanover, who was second by a nose to Western Fame in his elimination, and third-place finisher Manhattan Beach drew posts eight and nine, respectively, in the 10-horse field. Fine Diamond, who was fifth in Check Six's elim, will start from post four. "The two who drew eight and nine have raced before very well from far back, it's kind of been their style anyhow," Burke said. "When there's not a definite favorite, that's usually when you see more action and movement, and that leads to you being able to race from the back." In other Breeders Crown races, Burke's Hannelore Hanover is the 8-5 morning line favorite in Friday's $250,000 Mare Trot. The field includes three past Breeders Crown champions -- two-time winners Bee A Magician and Shake It Cerry plus defending champion D'One. Joining Hannelore Hanover in the race from the Burke Stable is Classical Annie. Hannelore Hanover has won 15 of 18 starts this year and earned $896,111. She heads to the Breeders Crown off a seventh-place finish against male rivals in the Oct. 15 Yonkers International Trot. She started from post one and went off stride in the first turn. "That was her first start on a half-mile track and maybe the rail was the worst spot for her," Burke said. "She kind of just didn't make the turn. With the rail, you need to make a hard left and she just didn't get it. It doesn't bother me whatsoever. She trained great this week. She moves back to the Meadowlands, which she loves. I expect that she will race well." Southwind Frank is a returning Breeders Crown champion, having won the 2-year-old male trot last year on his way to the division's Dan Patch Award. This year Southwind Frank finished third in his elimination behind Sutton and Marion Marauder, but was beaten by only a head. Bar Hopping won the other elimination for Saturday's $500,000 final. A son of two-time Breeders Crown champion and 2009 Horse of the Year Muscle Hill, Southwind Frank has won six of 13 races this year and earned $1.05 million. He has been beaten by a neck or less in four races, including the Hambletonian and Kentucky Futurity, where he suffered a flat tire. "We're back to the drawing board on his gait a little bit, but usually in the final he gets it together and he should be good," Burke said. "I have a good feeling about this week that we can have him ready to go. There are four horses -- him, Sutton, Marion Marauder and Bar Hopping -- that so far are a step above the other ones. We'll see come this week. It's a good group of trotters. "Overall this year has been a disappointment because I really do believe he's the best horse. He wasn't right at the right times and (Marion Marauder) was right at the right times. I'd like to keep working through his problems and at least prove one more time that this horse is a champion and deserves to be considered that." Burke sends three horses into Saturday's $600,000 Breeders Crown for 2-year-old male pacers -- Miso Fast, Normandy Beach, and Filibuster Hanover. Miso Fast finished second to Huntsville in his elimination and Normandy Beach was second to Downbytheseaside in his elim. Filibuster Hanover finished fifth in Downbytheseaside's race, but Burke is hopeful the Somebeachsomewhere-sired colt can improve starting from post No. 1 in the final. Filibuster Hanover, who is a half-brother to Fernando Hanover and whose family includes Breeders Crown champion Galleria, has won only two of 11 races this year but defeated Huntsville in one and Downbytheseaside in the other. "I know he pulled one of his clown moves the other day trying to go out the third turn at the Meadowlands, but I like him," Burke said, referring to Filibuster Hanover drifting wide around the final turn and falling back to last place before rallying to grab the last qualifying spot for the final. "But he's now got the rail, where we can be very aggressive with him. He was very good at Lexington when we did that. "That horse can pace with any horse I have. He's a fast horse, he's just very inconsistent. I'm just hoping this week he trends the right way. He's in a great spot and I think he really could surprise." Burke also has multiple horses in Saturday's $600,000 Breeders Crown for 2-year-old male trotters and Friday's $250,000 Mare Pace. What The Hill, another son of Muscle Hill, finished second to world champion Walner in his elimination for the 2-year-old male trot, but has enjoyed success at the Meadowlands, winning this year's New Jersey Sire Stakes championship and Peter Haughton Memorial there. "He was super last week," Burke said. "He came back to the Meadowlands and it seems to be his track. He really likes it. I know Walner, everyone thinks it's a given, but our horse can trot. If we get away in the right spot we'll at least make it a race." Joining What The Hill in the race from the Burke Stable is Snowstorm Hanover, who finished fifth in his elimination, which was won by Sortie. In the Mare Pace, Burke has Sassa Hanover and Skippin By. The 4-year-old Rock N Roll Heaven-sired Sassa Hanover has four wins in 22 races this season, but two of the victories came in her last three starts. Lady Shadow is the 8-5 morning line favorite. "She was super last week and trained out of her mind," Burke said about Sassa Hanover, who has earned $1.06 million in her career. "She's finally starting to show what we thought too. Maybe she just had the 4-year-old blues. I do have a good feeling about her. She really is coming back around. "Lady Shadow is a freak when she's good, but she's not a hundred percent that you can count on her every week. I've got to hope for her to be not as good and I've got to hope for my horse to be better." Rounding out the list of Burke starters in the Breeders Crown are Crazy Wow in Friday's $500,000 Open Trot, All Bets Off in Friday's $421,000 Open Pace, and Rockette in Saturday's $600,000 2-year-old filly pace. For Friday's complete Meadowlands/Breeders Crown card, click here. by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications

WASHINGTON, PA, Oct. 25, 2016 -- Unefoisdansmavie battled her stablemate, Cowgirl Hall, for more than a quarter mile before edging away to capture Tuesday's harness racing $13,500 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life Trot at The Meadows. Unefoisdansmavie was fourth down the backside when Tony Hall sent her first up after Cowgirl Hall. The 9-year-old daughter of Revenue S-Peace To The World relentlessly pressured Cowgirl Hall, downing her by 1/2 length in 1:54. Whata Donato rallied for show. Ron Burke trains Unefoisdansmavie, who now boasts $621,467 in career earnings, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Jack Piatt III. Hall collected four wins on the 14-race card while Jim Pantaleano enjoyed a triple. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WILKES-BARRE PA - Limelight Beach, the 2014 Little Brown Jug winner, held off a determined railshooting Katies Rocker to take the $20,000 featured harness racing conditioned pace Saturday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono in 1:51.1. Matt Kakaley left strongly with the gelded son of Somebeachsomewhere but still had to race two-wide to get around Dreams Beachboy at the 26.2 quarter. Limelight Beach posted middle fractions of 55 and 1:22.4, had put away a strong first-over bid by Major Uptrend, and was able to get some separation from Dreams Beachboy, but in midstretch Katies Rocker, who had raced third-inside, shot to the deep Pocono Pike and gained rapidly, with Kakaley urging his charge on and withstanding that one by a half-length, with Theartofconfusion A coming from far back to edge Dreams Beachboy for third. The victory was the third in the last four starts for the lifetime winner of $1,175,699 - he had taken his previous start at Batavia on the Kane Pace undercard, with the feature taken by his Ron Burke stablemate Foiled Again. Burke Racing Stable LLC, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, M1 Stable LLC, and the Wingfield Brothers LLC are the "Superfecta LLC" owners. Rockin Rambaran won his fourth straight race when he took the $18,000 high-end claiming pace by two lengths in 1:51.1 for driver George Napolitano Jr., trainer Richard Banca, and the P T Stable. But "P T," who had claimed the pacer for $25,000 out of his last start, will (at least for now) have to settle for a "$9000 minus a week's training fees" profit from the horse, as he was taken Saturday right back by the Chris Oakes stable. PHHA / Pocono  

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, October 8, 2016 -- Favorites Bit of a Legend N (Jordan Stratton, $4) and Luminosity (George Brennan, $4.20) were the harness racing names above the moist Saturday night marquee, winning Yonkers Raceway's $45,000 co-featured Open Handicaps. Both did so in down-the-road fashion. Bit of a Legend N, from post position No. 6 in the weekly pacing feature, held off Mach it So (Jason Bartlett) in a two-speed number (:27.2, :56.3, 1:25, 1:52.2). The margin was a neck, with Feel the Need A (Eric Goodell) was a best-of-the-rest third. Melmerby Beach (Dan Dube) and a North American-debuting Ricimer A (Steve Smith) rounded out the payees. For Bit of a Legend N, a 7-year-old Down Under son of Bettor's Delight owned by Harry von Knoblauch and trained by Peter Tritton, it was his 11th win in 23 seasonal starts. The exacta (two wagering choices) paid $11, with the triple returning $32.60. The adult-table trot saw pole-sitting Luminosity go the distance (:27.4, :56.4, 1:25.4, 1:55.1), defeating a pocketed Cash Me Out (Tyler Buter) by a head. Crazy About Pat (Stratton) was a rallying third, with Dragin' The Wagon (Eric Abbatiello) and eight-ball-assigned Allerage Star (Dube) settling for the minors. For Luminosity, a 6-year-old Cash Hall gelding co-owned (as Burke Racing) by (trainer) Ron Burke and Weaver Bruscemi, he's now 6-for-25 this season. The exacta (two wagering choices) paid $7.30, with the triple returning $51. YONKERS’ MONDAY PICK 5 FEATURES $5,000 CARRYOVER A friendly reminder from Yonkers Raceway that Monday evening’s (Oct. 10) Pick 5 wager begins with a carryover  $5,023.18. The Pick 5 is a 50-cent base wager comprising races 7 through 11 during every racing program. It has no consolation payoff, meaning if no one selects all five winners (as was the case Saturday evening), the entire pool (minus takeout) moves to the next program. Frank Drucker

WILKES-BARRE PA - Allbeef N Nobull and Bourbon Bay, which sounds like a very good dinner, were the winners of the $15,500 featured harness racing events on the pace and trot, respectively, on Saturday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. Allbeef N Nobull swung four-wide headstretch from third-over and, still some 3 1/2 lengths out approaching midstretch, took advantage of a big late kick and a helping tailwind to run down YS Lotus in the final strides to post a neck tally in 1:51.2. The son of McArdle showed precociousness since his earliest racetrack days, where on July 9 of his freshman year he debuted with a 1:59.2 - 28.4 win at the Martinville IL Fair, and he has continued that ability to run his bankroll to $288,872 one start shy of his fiftieth race, winning tonight for driver Mike Simons, trainer Ron Burke, and the partnership of Burke Racing Stable LLC, Donald Eamon, Howard Taylor, and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. In contrast to the hard late charge Allbeef N Nobull put in to gain his victory, the Sand Vic gelding Bourbon Bay had an easier time in taking his feature, leaving in 27 to discourage any early challengers, continuing on quickly and hitting the wire in the clear while posting a time of 1:52.3. Anthony Napolitano had sulky duty behind the winner of $238,048 for trainer Ake Svanstedt, who assumed the trotter's training four starts back and already has rung up two wins and a third with him for Our Horse Cents Stables, JT45, J&T Silva Stables LLC, and Rossie Smith. FINISHING LINES - Pocono's and Philadelphia's strength were evident through the Grand Circuit card at Lexington's Red Mile on Saturday. Huntsville and Downbytheseaside, respectively 1-2 in the recent Pennsylvania Sire Stakes Championship and both by Somebeachsomewhere, both equaled the world record for two-year-olds of 1:49 first set by Pocono's co-track recordholder Sweet Lou; in another division of this two-year-old colt pacing stake, the Dragon Again gelding Dragnet Alert, trained by Oakes, set a divisional world record of 1:49.2. The other division of this stakes was won by Chip Walther, trained by Erv Miller and driven by his son Marcus, King of the Pocono Longshots - who paid $84.80, or less than half of what baby filly Zane Hanover paid ($189.80) for Miller and Miller in a division of the filly stake one race before Chip Walther won! The Napolitano brothers were dominant at Pocono Saturday, with Anthony recording five victories and George Jr., one ahead of his brother atop the local driving standings, visiting Victory Lane four times. Jim Marohn Jr. continued a hot recent hand with three scores; the evening's other two winners were driven by Mike Simons and Eric Carlson, and the way the aforementioned trio were going, it may not be surprising to learn that Carlson and Simons handled the two longest-priced horses of the night. PHHA / Pocono      

DAYTON, OH. - See The Wind saw nothing but harness racing racetrack in front of him capturing the 2016 Pink Ribbon $15,000 Open Trot at Hollywood Dayton Raceway on Saturday (October 1) night. Driver Chris Page sent the Ron Burke-trainee directly to the front when the Mike Woebkenberg mobile starting gate opened its wings. After sailing unchallenged through fractions of :27.1, :56.2 and 1:25, the five-year-old son of Deweycheatumnhowe was able to fend off the late charge of Rockn Stien (Josh Sutton) by a long neck to garner his second win in a dozen seasonal starts. Parkhill Lancelot (Randy Tharps) was also closing well in the stretch to finish third in the full field. Burke Racing Stable LLC and Weaver Bruscemi LLC co-own See The Wind, who banked almost $200,000 as a juvenile stakes colt, and has added almost $75,000 over the last two seasons. The second annual Pink Ribbon Trot was part of a day-long effort at Hollywood Gaming at Dayton Raceway to raise funds to benefit The Breast Cancer Foundation of Dayton. Activities included a 5K run/walk on the five-eighths mile race track in the morning, the sale of Pink Ribbon Trot t-shirts, and numerous silent auction items available for bidding in the racing grandstand. Gregg Keidel

Lakeisha Hall crossed the finish line faster than any other three year-old harness racing filly pacer in the history of Northfield Park when she won the $14,000 F&M Open Handicap in 1:52 on Saturday (October 1).  The clocking formally broke the 1:52.3 record held by both Pan And Teller (Brett Miller) set in 2004 and Purrfect Bags (Tim Tetrick) paced in 2015.  Burke Racing Stable LLC, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Jack Piatt II own Lakeisha Hall.  Ron Burke is her conditioner and Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. was in the sulky for the winning drive.       Lakeisha Hall (Third Straight-Lantana-Art Major) started from post six.  She fired off the gate and led her competition through fractions of :27, :56.2, 1:24.2 and 1:52, besting her competition by seven lengths.  Lakeisha Hall now has seven wins in 11 starts this year.  Saturday’s victory represents her 11th career score and bolstered her bankroll to $242,325.  She returned $6.80 to win.    Ayers Ratliff

WILKES-BARRE PA - A pair of nicely-pedigreed harness racing distaffs paced back to their distinguished bloodlines in taking the co-featured pacing events at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono on Tuesday. Encore Deo, a sophomore daughter of Rock N Roll Heaven whose second dam is the $3.7 million-winning Eternal Camnation, rallied from the pocket to catch I Said Please by a half-length in taking the $16,000 "F/M nw 5 races" pace in 1:52.3, lowering her mark by 2 3/5 seconds. Despite showing a 1:51.4 time at Vernon in a NYSS consolation last time, the rail, and the talented backing of driver Matt Kakaley and trainer Ron Burke, Encore Deo was dismissed at 10-1 - the 20-race losing streak, dating back 53 weeks, may have had something to do with the odds - but she was able to rally for the tally for the ownership of Burke Racing Stable LLC, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Jason Mellilo, and Lawrence Karr. Gweneeee J, a full sister to millionaires Heston Blue Chip and Sunfire Blue Chip, made evereeee pole a winning one in taking a $14,000 conditioned mares co-feature in 1:51.3. The daughter of American Ideal won by a length over pocketsitting Mystical Nectar while scoring for driver Jim Marohn Jr., trainer Linda Toscano, and the KJ Stables LLC, who saw their mare raise her career earnings to $155,817. PHHA / Pocono

ANDERSON, Ind.-September 24, 2016 - Hannelore Hanover, with driver Yannick Gingras in the bike, returned to her home state of Indiana to turn in a dominant performance in the featured harness racing event of the evening, the $220,000 Centaur Trotting Classic, at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, September 24. The Centaur Trotting Classic serves as Hoosier Park's richest trotting race and for the second consecutive year, the race was won by a mare. Just as Bee A Magician did the previous year, Hannelore Hanover easily handled a field of nine male counterparts to add another stakes victory to her resume. With a final time of 1:52.4, the World Champion mare made her game winning move down the backside and coasted on to the wire to finish two lengths in front of the competition. Leaving from post six in the talented field of ten, Hannelore Hanover was eased off the gate to settle in fourth while Homicide Hunter and David Miller got the first call through the opening panel in :26.4. Muscle Up The Goal and Aaron Merriman benefitted from a pocket trip while Crazy Wow and John DeLong were next in line third. Gingras gave Hannelore Hanover the green light just past the half in :55.0 and she ranged up to reach the leader's wheel to grab command just before the three-quarter clocking in 1:24.3. As the field turned for home, Hannelore Hanover began to put her talent on display as she found another gear and started to trot away from the field. Wind Of The North and Corey Callahan rallied gamely in the stretch but had to settle for second place honors while Crazy Wow and John DeLong rounded out the trifecta. As the 1-5 favorite, Hannelore Hanover returned $2.60 at the betting window. "She's just a great, great mare," Gingras noted in the winner's circle. "I wanted to race her off the pace but that was a nice horse on the front and I had to move when I did so he didn't get away from us. She was strong turning for home and just coasted to the wire. She was unbelievably good again tonight." Trained by Hoosier Park's leading trainer, Ron Burke, the four-year-old daughter of Swan For All-High Sobriety notched her 15th win from 17 seasonal outings. Hannelore Hanover has now amassed $1,201,685 for her connections of Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, Frank Baldachino, and J&T Silva Stables. "I always knew she was a nice mare," Burke noted before the race. "I told Yannick (Gingras) last year that she was third best trotting filly in the country and she's proving it now." "I am very fond of Mission Brief but Hannelore Hanover is right up there with her," he continued. "Hopefully Mission Brief can come back and we can see these two racing together. They are definitely the nicest trotting mares I've ever had and that's saying a lot because I also trained Buck I St. Pat. It's been a lot of fun with Hannelore Hanover this season." The victory with Hannelore Hanover was one of four winners on the evening's 14-race card for both Ron Burke and Yannick Gingras. Burke currently leads all trainers at Hoosier Park for the 2016 live harness racing season with 64 wins on the season through 125 days of racing. Live racing continues at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Tuesday, September 27 with a 14-race card. With a daily post time of 5:45 p.m., live racing will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 12. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit Emily Gaskin

YONKERS, NY, Friday, September 23, 2016-Tessa Seelster (George Brennan, $7.70) again proved best Friday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $45,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace. In play from her 'inside' post position No. 5 (posts 5 thru 8 were drawn), Tessa Seelster easily worked around pole-sitting, slight 2-1 favorite Devil Child (Eric Goodell). After a :27.3 opening quarter-mile, a :29.1 second substation (:56.4 intermission) served her well. Secret's Out N (Tyler Buter) took out of fourth and was originally pacing in place. She did eventually make steady advances in and out of a 1:24.1 three-quarters, though the leader maintained a length-and-a-quarter advantage entering the lane. 'Tessa' found the wire a half-length before Devil Child in 1:51.3. Secret's Out N held third, with Rock N Roll Xample (Dan Dube) and Tipitina (Brent Holland) settling for the minors. For third choice Tessa Seelster, a 4-year-old daughter of Shadow Play co-owned (as Burke Racing) by trainer Ron Burke, Weaver Bruscemi and Jonathan Newman, it was her ninth win in 19 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $24.80, with the triple returning $121. Saturday's card is enveloped by the 27th New York Night of Champions, the $1.8 million culmination of the sire stakes season. The Empire State's richest night of racing features eight, $225,000 NYSS, for 2- and 3-year-olds of both sexes and gaits. They go as the first eight races during the 13-race card, with first post the usual 7:10 PM. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

DAYTON, OH. - Atta Boy Dan, a well-travelled seven-year-old harness racing gelding with 43 career wins, added Saturday (September 17) night's $15,000 Open I Pace at Hollywood Dayton Raceway to his long list of laurels. Content to get away third through the :26.2 opening panel, driver Chris Page moved the 6-5 favorite into second-over position by the :54.3 half and circled up to challenge pacesetter Fancy Creek Elusiv (Peter Wrenn) at the three quarter mile beam, tripped in 1:22.3. Atta Boy Dan pulled away from the determined Fancy Creek Elusiv in deep stretch for the victory. The Ron Burke trainee boosted his lifetime bounty to $623,142 for Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Swing City (Josh Sutton) garnered the show dough in the feature event. Josh Sutton, the defending dash champion at Hollywood Dayton, atoned for a moderate start in Week One of the 2016 meet by capturing five of the first nine races on the lucrative Saturday night card. Sutton visited the winner's circle with Rockin Finish after the $12,500 Open II Pace for his third consecutive victory from races four through six. His first score came behind the trotter Marley's Guy in an $8500 condition race, followed by a triumph behind Smiling Terror in a $9500 condition-claiming pacing event. Two races later Sutton guided Tinhorn Creek to an open lengths win in a $10,000 condition race, his second tally for trainer Bobby Brower. King Harvest, a $20,000 claimer chasing a $12,000 purse, gave Josh his fifth win-or "one for the thumb," as announcer Barry Vicroy proclaimed as Sutton crossed the finish line. Hollywood Dayton takes a Monday through Thursday respite from racing, in deference to Little Brown Jug week at the Delaware, Ohio fairgrounds, and will resume its normal live racing schedule on Friday night, September 23 at 6:15 p.m. Gregg Keidel

YONKERS, NY, Friday, September 16, 2016 - A resurgent Tessa Seelster and harness racing driver George Brennan, proved best Friday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $45,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace. Away fourth from her assigned post position No. 6, 'Tessa' saw pole-sitting Jungle Genie N (Brent Holland) seat everyone early. 'Genie' paid a :27.1 price for the privilege before 11-10 favorite Rock N Roll Xample (Dan Dube) made her second move. Leaving into a three-hole, she went by Jungle Genie N right at the quarter-mile, then led the ladies through a :55.4 intermission. Tessa Seelster then made her second move, out to engage the fave down the backside. Rock N Roll Xample continued to lead in and out of a 1:24 three-quarters, where it appeared she put her stalker away. The lead was a length-and-a-half in and out of the final turn, but Rock N Roll Xample was about to fade from the scene. Tessa Seelster found renewed life, though, getting the better of Jungle Genie N by a length in 1:52.2. Mach it a Par (Brian Sears), last of the seven entering the lane, rallied for third, with Secret's Out N (Tyler Buter) and Al Raza N (Mark MacDonald) rounding out the payees. Rock N Roll Xample tired to sixth. For second choice Tessa Seelster, a 4-year-old daughter of Shadow Play co-owned (as Burke Racing) by trainer Ron Burke, Weaver Bruscemi and Jonathan Newman, it was her eighth win in 18 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $144, with the triple returning $574. YONKERS’ SATURDAY PICK 5 FEATURES $2,400 CARRYOVER A friendly reminder from Yonkers Raceway that Saturday evening’s (Sept. 17) Pick 5 wager begins with a carryover of $2,422.49. The Pick 5 is a 50-cent base wager comprising races 7 through 11 during every racing program. It has no consolation payoff, meaning if no one selects all five winners (as was the case Friday night), the entire pool (minus takeout) moves to the next program. Frank Drucker

Freehold, NJ --- Harness racing trainer Ron Burke will try to win the William Wellwood Memorial for the third consecutive year, and while this season’s contender What The Hill might not enter Saturday’s race with the same buildup as 2015 champion Southwind Frank, the colt has shown he possesses one extremely coveted talent -- the desire to get to the finish line first. “He just seems to be a winner,” Burke said about What The Hill, who heads to the C$350,000 Wellwood final for 2-year-old male trotters at Mohawk Racetrack off a 1:55.3 victory in his elimination last weekend. “I’d like for him to show me a little more pure speed, but right now it just seems like all he wants to do is win. As long as he keeps doing that I’ll be happy. He’s first or second every week. I like the colt.” Later on Saturday’s card, Southwind Frank will try to join Father Patrick as the only horses to win the Wellwood and Canadian Trotting Classic since the Wellwood (which was raced as the Campbellville Stakes prior to 2005) went from divisions to a single-race final in 2001. Mohawk also on Saturday hosts the Maple Leaf Trot for older trotters, Peaceful Way Stakes for 2-year-old female trotters, Elegantimage Stakes for 3-year-old female trotters, and two eliminations for the Milton Stakes for older female pacers. Post time is 7:30 for the night’s first race. What The Hill, who defeated Signal Hill by a neck in his Wellwood elimination, has won three of seven starts and finished second on three occasions, good for a division-leading $233,718 in purses. His other victories were in the Peter Haughton Memorial and New Jersey Sire Stakes championship. David Miller will drive What The Hill in the Wellwood final, starting from post three. Purchased for $65,000 at last fall’s Lexington Selected Sale, What The Hill is a son of stallion Muscle Hill, who won the 2009 Canadian Trotting Classic on his way to Horse of the Year honors. What The Hill’s dam, K T Cha Cha, is a full sister to Majestic Son, who won the 2006 Canadian Trotting Classic and was Canada’s Horse of the Year. The family also includes O’Brien Award-winning mare Ramerizi and stakes-winner Misterizi. What The Hill is owned by the Burke Racing Stable, Our Horse Cents Stables, J&T Silva Stables, and Deo Volente Farms. “It seems like every year we have at least one very good Muscle Hill since the first crop,” said Burke, who has trained Muscle Hill’s top-earning offspring Southwind Frank ($1.70 million) and Mission Brief ($1.59 million). Other trotters sired by Muscle Hill include Hambletonian winners Marion Marauder and Trixton as well as Hambletonian Oaks winner All The Time, Maple Leaf Trot contender Resolve, and undefeated Peaceful Way favorite Ariana G. “When (Muscle Hill) came out I thought he would dominate, and he’s even more than dominated,” Burke said. Southwind Frank, last year’s Dan Patch Award winner for best 2-year-old male trotter, goes into the Canadian Trotting Classic off a second-place elimination finish to Bar Hopping. It was Southwind Frank’s first start since winning the Colonial on Aug. 20 at Pocono. He will start the C$687,000 CTC final from post one with Yannick Gingras at the lines. “I wasn’t as upset as everybody else was with the race,” Burke said. “Maybe he wasn’t as tight, so I think he’ll rebound great. Thankfully he got a great draw; we didn’t pay the price for not winning our elimination. I think it puts him in a great spot to race him aggressively. I believe he’ll be good. I think he’ll be ready.” Southwind Frank has won six of 10 races this year and finished second in his remaining four starts. For his career, he has won 17 of 22 races. He is owned by the Southwind Frank Partners. Marion Marauder, who won the first of the two Canadian Trotting Classic eliminations, enters the final with a three-race win streak. He has won eight of his last nine starts, including the Hambletonian and Yonkers Trot, with his only setback being a second-place finish in the Colonial. Trained by Paula Wellwood and Mike Keeling, the colt has earned a division-best $1.14 million for owners Marion Jean Wellwood and Devin Keeling. Bar Hopping will try to give trainer Jimmy Takter his third consecutive victory in the Canadian Trotting Classic. Following is the field for the Wellwood Memorial. Seven And Seven and What The Hill were elimination winners. C$350,000 William Wellwood Memorial 2-year-old male trotters Race 5 – Post time 8:50 p.m. (EDT) PP–Horse–Sire-Driver–Trainer 1. Real Lucky Day – Donato Hanover - Yves Filion – Richard Moreau 2. Seven And Seven – Chapter Seven - John Campbell – Thomas Durand 3. What The Hill – Muscle Hill - David Miller – Ron Burke 4. King On The Hill – Muscle Hill - Tim Tetrick – Jimmy Takter 5. Victor Gio IT – Rady Cash - Yannick Gingras – Jimmy Takter 6. Mountain Of Love – Muscle Hill - TBA – Tony Alagna 7. International Moni – Love You - Scott Zeron – Frank Antonacci 8. Signal Hill – Muscle Hill - Randy Waples – Tony Alagna 9. Jake – Muscle Hill - Sylvain Filion – Luc Blais 10. Soho Hanover – Cantab Hall - Doug McNair–Gregg McNair Follow is the field for the Canadian Trotting Classic. Bar Hopping and Marion Marauder were elimination winners. C$687,000 Canadian Trotting Classic 3-year-old male trotters Race 10 – Post time 10:30 p.m. (EDT) PP–Horse–Sire-Driver–Trainer 1. Southwind Frank - Muscle Hill - Yannick Gingras - Ron Burke 2. Waitlifter K - Muscles Yankee - Brian Sears - Andrew Harris 3. Bar Hopping - Muscle Hill - Tim Tetrick - Jimmy Takter 4. Marion Marauder - Muscle Hill - Scott Zeron - Mike Keeling 5. Tony Soprano - Kadabra - John Campbell - Bob McIntosh 6. Dia Monde - Deweycheatumnhowe - Randy Waples - Tom Durand 7. Winter Harbor - Muscle Hill - Jody Jamieson - Tony Alagna 8. Brooklyn Hill - Muscle Hill - Corey Callahan - Jonas Czernyson 9. Bee In Charge - Manofmnymissions - Chris Christoforou - Per Henriksen 10. Warrawee Roo - Majestic Son - Sylvain Filion - Luc Blais AE: Will Take Charge - Kadabra - Paul MacDonell - John Bax by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications 

Freehold, NJ --- Hannelore Hanover will face the toughest challenge of her career when she meets nine rivals in Saturday’s (Sept. 17) C$632,000 Maple Leaf Trot at Mohawk Racetrack, but with wins in 21 of her last 22 races, the 4-year-old harness racing mare has already proven she knows how to ace a test. The Ron Burke-trained standout brings a nine-race win streak to the Maple Leaf as she tries to become the second consecutive female to capture Canada’s top event for older trotters. Last year’s race was won by Bee A Magician, who is currently sidelined because of an injury. Eight of this year’s 10 Maple Leaf finalists are males, including 2015 runner-up Resolve. The other mare in the race is 2014 Trotter of the Year Shake It Cerry. Hannelore Hanover, who defeated male foes in the Hambletonian Maturity as well as in several opens and invitationals this season, was supplemented to the Maple Leaf Trot for C$45,000. She won her elimination last week by 3-1/4 lengths over Il Sogno Dream in 1:52. It was the seventh time during her current nine-race victory streak that she won by more than three lengths. “She’s gotten to be one of the horses I count on for a solid effort each week, but this is the biggest thing we’ve asked her to do,” said Ron Burke, who trains and co-owns Hannelore Hanover. “She’s beaten the boys, but they were 4-year-old boys (in the Hambletonian Maturity) or in short fields in opens. “She’s really good right now, but this is a full field of 10, so this is asking a lot. If she can do this I think it really would equate with her being something special.” Hannelore Hanover, a daughter of Swan For All-High Sobriety, has won 14 of 15 races this year and 23 of 36 lifetime, accumulating earnings of $983,613. She has finished worse than second only four times in her career. The mare, an Indiana Sire Stakes champion last season, is owned by the Burke Racing Stable, the partnership of Mark Weaver and Mike Bruscemi, and Frank Baldachino. In addition to winning the Hambletonian Maturity, Hannelore Hanover’s triumphs this season include the Armbro Flight Stakes, Fresh Yankee, Muscle Hill and Miami Valley Distaff. Although Hannelore Hanover and driver Yannick Gingras won their six-horse Maple Leaf Trot elimination by open lengths, Burke knows it means nothing heading to the final. “She drew probably the easier (elimination) and she had some things go in her favor,” Burke said. “She really ended up getting the easiest trip. For her, everything worked out perfectly. It’s hard to get a read on her. I’m sure she’s not that much better than those horses, but everything that had to work out for her worked out for her.” Resolve won the remaining Maple Leaf elimination, beating Shake It Cerry by 1-3/4 lengths in 1:51.1. John Campbell drove Resolve for trainer and regular driver Ake Svanstedt, who missed the race because of travel issues. The Maple Leaf Trot is part of a stakes-filled card at Mohawk. Also on Saturday is the Canadian Trotting Classic for 3-year-old male trotters -- featuring Hambletonian winner Marion Marauder -- plus the William Wellwood Memorial for 2-year-old male trotters, the Peaceful Way for 2-year-old female trotters, and the Elegantimage for 3-year-old female trotters. Following is the field for the Maple Leaf Trot, with drivers and trainers. PP–Horse–Driver–Trainer 1. Resolve–Ake Svanstedt–Ake Svanstedt 2. Lookslikeachpndale–Sylvain Filion–Luc Blais 3. Flanagan Memory–Chris Christoforou–Rene Dion 4. Hannelore Hanover–Yannick Gingras–Ron Burke 5. Il Sogno Dream–Scott Zeron–Chris Beaver 6. JL Cruze–John Campbell–Eric Ell 7. Windsun Revenge–Rick Zeron–Jeff Durham 8. Nahar–TBA–Robert Bergh 9. Musical Rhythm–Mario Baillargeon–Benoit Baillargeon 10. Shake It Cerry–David Miller–Jimmy Takter by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications 

YONKERS, NY, Friday, August 26, 2016 - Favored Tessa Seelster (George Brennan, $5.60) just held off a stubborn Mach it a Par (Brent Holland) Friday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $45,000 Filly and Mare harness racing open handicap pace. Put in play from her assigned post position No. 5, 'Tessa' had to wait her turn at the outset. She sat outside while Jonsie Jones (Tyer Buter) stuffed Inittowinafortune (Jon Bongiorno) in behind. Tessa Seelster then found an unimpeded path to the front, though she a paid a zippy :26.3 price for the opening-quarter privilege. After a rated :56.2 intermisision, she saw Mach it a Par, who tried it first-up from seventh. Tessa Seelster found a 1:24 three-quarters, taking a length-and-three-quarter lead into the lane. She lost everyone save for Mach it a Par, who did not go away quietly. Tessa Seelster did close the sale, however, winning by a nostril in 1:51.4. Rock N Roll Xample (Dan Dube) was a crisp, ground-saving third, with Krispy Apple (Jason Bartlett) and Sell a Bit N (Jordan Stratton) settling for the minor awards. For Tessa Seelster, a 4-year-old daughter of Shadow Play co-owned (as Burke Racing) by trainer Ron Burke, Weaver Bruscemi and Jonathan Newman, it was her seventh win in 15 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $100.50, with the triple returning $671.50. Saturday night's card includes a pair of stakes for 3-year-old fillies, the $118,574 Hudson Trot and $109,050 Lady Maud Pace. Hambletonian winner Marion Marauder also hits town, leading the lone, $40,000 elimination for Yonkers Trot No. 62. Frank Drucker

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec - They race horses for a reason and that was very evident Sunday afternoon at the Hippodrome 3R as 14-1 Rockin Ron was able to defeat the 1/9 overwhelming favorite Wiggle It Jiggleit (WIJI) in the $200,000 Prix D'Ete for four-year-old pacers. It took a herculean effort by Rockin Ron and driver Yannick Gingras over a sloppy, rain-soaked track to defeat Wiggle It Jiggleit and driver Montrell Teague, covering the one-mile race in 1:52. The 10th race feature saw Gringras, the sports leading money winning driver and a native of Quebec, fly to the early lead from post five to take control with WIJI content to sit in the two-hole going to the opening quarter mile in :27. They raced Indian-style to the half mile marker in a mild :56.3 and that was when the action heated up for the nearly 5,000 race fans that came to 3R to see the World Champion WIJI perform despite the rain. As they started down the backstretch, Teague came after Rockin Ron with WIJI and those two pulled away from the field, racing neck and neck, stride for stride to the three-quarters in 1:26 and then around the final turn. As they straighten out for the stretch drive, it seemed that everyone held their breath to see if WIJI could come back and win again as he has done so often in his career, but it was not to happen today. Coming to the wire, Gringras knew he and Rockin Ron would be victorious and did a fist-pump in triumph as they came to the finish, winning by one and one-half lengths. Rockin In Heaven (Jody Jamieson) was third with Rock N Roll World (Daniel Dube) fourth and ASAP Hanover (Louis-Philippe Roy) fifth. "Obviously Wiggle It Jiggleit was the best horse in the race," Gringas said. "Everyone knew that but we got a little advantage when I was able to get right to the lead and control the race. "I knew it was the only way I could win the race if they came first-over," Gringras explained, "If they had sat behind me maybe they could have beaten us, but I was backing it down and forced his hand. I knew the only way I could beat him was to get him to come first-over." Sired by Real Desire, Rockin Ron is trained by Ron Burke and owned by the Burke Racing Stable, LLC, Weaver Bruscemi, LLC and the RTC Stables, Inc. of Canonsburg, PA. Rockin Ron paid $30.40 to win. Rockin Ron, who earlier this season was undefeated at 10 straight wins, picked the perfect time for win number 11 in the Prix D'Ete. His last week was also in defeating WIJI in the Confederation Cup at Flamboro Downs. He now sports 11 wins and C$424,000 in earnings this season. It is the second straight year that the Burke Stable has won the Prix D'Ete, scoring last year with All Bets Off. "Yannick drove Rockin Ron has perfect as he could," said trainer Mickey Burke. "WIJI pulled and tried to come after him and those two put on a hellva show. I'm glad it worked out the way it did and the great crowd here got to see a heck of a race." Burke did not know what racing plans were in store for Rockin Ron. Rockin Ron's time of 1:52 over the sloppy track was the third fastest mile in the history of 3R behind the last two Prix D'Ete's that were won in 1:50.3 by Sunfire Blue Chip (2014) and All Bets Off (2015). TRACK NOTES: The Hippodrome 3R trackman, Sylvain Blais did a superb job with the racing surface Sunday as despite the rain, two tracks records were set early on the program before the downpours and seven of the winners on the day recorded lifetime marks. Both track records came in the third round of the Future Stars Series for two-year-old pacers. Yannick Gingras scored his first of three winners on the day in the third race Future Stars division for colts. He sent Makasi to the lead by the opening quarter mile and never looked back, scoring in 1:55.2 in his maiden victory. Trained by Helene Fillion for owner/breeder Hudson Standardbred Stable of Hudson, QC, Makasi is sired by Shanghai Phil and paid $2.40 to win. The previous track mark was set 23 years ago by Canaco Score (1993) and was tied by Hall Bro in 2013. It was the longest standing record at 3R. Then in the next division for pacing fillies, Canada's newest hall of famer, Yves Filion, also led from the quarter mile to the finish with Yaris Bayama in 1:56.4. The daughter of Sportswriter, trained by Yves and owned and bred by Filion's Bayama Farms, has been razor sharp all season. It was Yaris Bayama's third win in five starts and last week she had won the C$105,000 Ontario Sire Stakes Grassroots at Mohawk Raceway in a lifetime best 1:52.4. Her clocking erased the prior record of 1:57.3 held by HP Sissy in 2015. Yaris Bayama paid just $2.10 to win. The other colt division was won also won by Filion with Yogi Bayama ($2.10) in 1:59.1 and the filly division went to Carl Duguay's Chaleurs Melodie ($6.70), driven to victory by Daniel Dube in 2:00. Live racing resumes at 3R on Tuesday evening, first race post time at 7:00 pm. From the Quebec Jockey Club    

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