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JK Will Power (1:51.1) and Check Six (1:50.4) both posted new lifetime marks in winning the two $25,000 elimination races for next Saturday's inaugural $561,500 Pennsylvania Classic for harness racing PA-sired three-year-old colts and geldings at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. The winning duo also contributed to give trainer Ron Burke a familiar position of domination, as he sent out both winners, a second-place finisher, and a third-place finisher from four starters. The Classic Championship is to be held during the evening portion of the Kentucky Derby Day doubleheader next Saturday at the mountain oval.   The Burke Stable had the two favorites in the first Classic elim in JK Will Power (1 to 2) and Manhattan Beach (9 to 5), and they finished 1-3 respectively, split by Canadian invader The Catamount Kid. JK Will Power, off a strong 2016 bow at Philly, went by his stablemate early, briefly gave up the lead to the parked The Catamount Kid at the 26.4 quarter, but was quickly in the move to reclaim the front. Explained driver Yannick Gingras, "I wasn't sure, with my driving the favorite, that Jody (Jamieson) and his horse were the ones to sit behind from the program, but as it turned out I could have gone either way."   JK Will Power got a real rest during panel and hit the half in 56.2, continued on with a tailwind to put up a 1:23.3 ¾, then sprinted home in 27.3 - and needed all of that dash through the lane as The Catamount Kid tried hard to emulate the three "pocket rocket" winners of the Miss Pennsylvania elims. His Pocono Pike late effort, at 11-1, came up a neck shy, with Manhattan Beach holding his third spot ahead of Western Dynasty. Trainer Burke conditions the victorious Somebeachsomewhere colt for the 3 Brothers Stable.   In the other elim, Check Six and Big Top Hanover were coupled in the betting as the 3-5 favorite, and they finished a nose apart on the money, just ahead of Lyons Snyder. These three had been in the thick of the action throughout - Lyons Snyder claimed the front, yielded to Easy Lover Hanover before the 26.3 opener, then was quarter-mover #1 to the lead in front of the stands, yielding to quarter-mover #2 Big Top Hanover, who took the field to the half in 55.   Check Six and driver Yannick Gingras, completing the Classic elim sweep along with Burke, came up first-over and made a bold backstretch brush to clear his stablemate by the 1:22.1 3/4s, then stayed game late as Big Top Hanover came outside from the pocket for the drive and lost by the smallest possible amount, with Lyons Shadow only a half-length off the win; Duke Of Delray was fourth, and from this division JJ Flynn had the faster clocking of the two fifth-place finishers and thus was the last horse advancing to the Championship.   Somebeachsomewhere picked up his fourth sire credit in the five stakes elims, two at each sex, with the victory of Check Six, who is owned by Burke Racing Stable LLC, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, William Switala and James Martin.   Gingras said that he would await the results of Monday's open draw before finalizing a selection of whom he'll guide in the Championship. Matt Kakaley guided the other two Burke-ites. Trainer Chris Ryder will have three in the final, Western Dynasty, Duke Of Delray, and JJ Flynn; owner Geoffrey Lyons Mound is in the interesting position of having two horses in the final with different trainers: Manhattan Beach (Burke) and Lyons Snyder (Mark Silva).   Cooperstown (11-1) and Doctor Butch (14-1) both came steaming down the extreme outside and finished on equal terms in the $25,000 winners-over pace, stopping the timer in 1:50.2. The winners came into the race on different win wavelengths - the Four Starzzz Shark stallion Cooperstown having won four of his last five, while the Art Major stallion Doctor Butch had been winless (though with 8 board finishes) in 11 seasonal starts - but both laid off a backstretch battle between favorites Lettucerockthem and JK Endofanera, then rallied strongly for the top-end dead heat.   Tim Tetrick guided Doctor Butch for trainer Linda Toscano and owner Kenneth Jacobs, while Anthony Napolitano, who had seven winners here last Saturday, posted his fifth win of the night in this tenth race co-feature (the sixth non-stake race of the night at this point) with Cooperstown, trained by Daniel Renaud for owners Brian and Ina Ross Wallach.   Pocono / PHHA

On a chilly night in Indiana, odds-on favorites were hot at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino as both of the heavy favorites delivered in the $21,000 featured trot and pace on Saturday, April 30. Each of the featured harness racing events saw familiar faces in the winner's circle as both races produced repeat winners from the previous week. Freaky Feet Pete, the 2015 Breeders Crown Champion for three-year-old pacing colts, turned in another dominant performance to score his second consecutive Hoosier Park victory in the $21,000 Invitational Pace. With regular driver Trace Tetrick at the lines, Freaky Feet Pete stopped the timer in 1:50.2 over a sloppy rated track. Using the same front-running tactics as the previous week, Freaky Feet Pete dictated first half fractions of :27.1 :55.2 while Fearless Diablo and LeWayne Miller benefitted from a pocket trip. With the heavy betting favorite calling the shots on the front, the rest of the field remained in single file line down the backside. Bluehourpower and Ricky Macomber Jr. were the first to commit to the outer flow but Freaky Feet Pete began to inch away from the field with every stride. With a three-quarter clocking in 1:23, Freaky Feet Pete began to put his talent on display as the rest of the field struggled to stay within striking distance. Freaky Feet Pete cruised to the wire under a hand drive from Tetrick finishing six and a half lengths in front of Fearless Diablo. SF Donttellonme and Joey Casagranda used a late closing kick to round out the trifecta. With the win, Freaky Feet Pete notched the second win of his four-year-old campaign and 26th career victory from 29 lifetime outings. The homebred son of Rockin Image-Skyway Lori has now earned $1,136,724 lifetime for his owners Mary Jo Rheinheimer and Marty Rheinheimer. In much the same fashion on the trotting side of things, Hannelore Hanover and Ricky Macomber Jr. extended their winning streak as they easily handled an abbreviated field of six in the $21,000 Invitational trot in 1:52.4 over a track rated good. Hannelore Hanover was unhurried from the gate and settled along the rail in third behind Churita and Trace Tetrick who reached the first quarter mark in :28. Macomber Jr. gave Hannelore Hanover the green light down the backside and the Ron Burke trainee easily reached the front to dictate middle fractions of :57 and 1:24.4. As the field turned for home, Hannelore Hanover was two lengths in front of her next closest competitor and used a :28 final panel to coast home three lengths to the good. Churita maintained her position to finish second while Rever Ever rallied nicely to finish third. As the heavy betting favorite, Hannelore Hanover returned $3.20 at the betting window. The four-year-old daughter of Swan For All-High Sobriety notched her fourth consecutive victory and remains undefeated in four starts in 2016. Owned by Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, and F. Baldachino, Hannelore Hanover has now amassed $345,324 lifetime. Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will continue on Tuesday, May 3 with a 14-race card that is set to begin at 5:45 p.m. The 160-day racing season will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 12. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule at Hoosier Park, please visit www.hoosierpark.com . Emily Gaskin

Mother Nature was sensational again this Sunday, with temperatures soaring to 70 degrees, with little wind and plenty of sunshine at Harrah's Philadelphia in Chester, PA. Also sensational was Driver Yannick Gingras, who had six wins on the card, which included four for trainer Ron Burke. Included in those four wins, were two pacing colts making their 3-year-old debuts. Check Six (Somebeachsomewhere-Southwind Vanna) drew post 8 in race two, facing NW of 5 races or $50,000 company. He went right to the front, and was able to sprint the last half home in :55.1 after rating a :57.1 front. The final time was 1:52.2, and he paid $4.80 to win. Check Six is owned by Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi, Bill Switala, and James Martin. The other debuting colt was JK Will Power (Somebeachsomewhere-What's New Pussycat). He settled in the three-hole before brushing to the front just past the quarter. He was also able to rate the front half (:57.1), before cruising home under wraps in 1:53. He paid $2.40. JK Will Power is owned by 3 Brothers Stables. Chalk up another win for the Burke-Gingras connection, this time in the featured event, a non-winners of $20,000 in their last 5 starts on the pace. The 4-year-old horse Rock N Roll World (Rocknroll Hanover-Worldly Beauty) was able to storm to the front, and never look back, carving fractions of :28, :56.2, and 1:23.2. He won by one length in 1:51.1. He is now a perfect two-for-two this season, and has made over $375,000 in His career. He paid $5.60. by Mike Bozich, for Harrah's Philadelphia

More Dragon survived a demanding first quarter and rolled on to a convincing victory in Saturday's $32,500 championship of the Atta Boy Dan Pace for harness racing 3-year-old colts and geldings at The Meadows. More Dragon was parked throughout a 27.2 opening panel before clearing to the lead. Winning driver Dave Palone said he wasn't overly concerned about the potential impact of that swift quarter. "We were just looking for everybody to get settled," Palone said. "It was just a matter of everybody finding a spot and then moving him to the front. He responded really strong through the wire." Once on top, More Dragon easily parried the first-over thrust of Trelane to score in 1:54.1, 2-1/2 lengths better than the pocket-sitting Arthur Pendragon. Rip This Joint was third. Palone indicated More Dragon, who's fresh enough with only three starts this year, may turn out to be a top performer. "I think he's a pretty good colt," Palone said. "I know they'll be out there in 1:49 miles, but he's been well within himself. I've seen these kinds of horses move to other tracks and shade 1:50. He has a terrific attitude. The only knock on him is he's a little fella, but he takes great big steps, and he has a good way of doing it." Ron Burke trains More Dragon, a Dragon Again-Liscaramore gelding, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Knox Services and David Wills. In the $22,500 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Pace, Dew N Doughnuts was able to slip by three horses in an early jackpot and prevail in 1:52.2. The trouble began when both Seventh Secret and Unlocked broke stride while trying for the lead, placing Sam Hill in a precarious position behind them. Aaron Merriman kept Sam Hill clear of the rest of the field, enabling Dew N Doughnuts and Tony Hall to ease through safely along the pylons. The 6-year-old son of Real Desire-Artbitration defeated the rallying Easy Again by a length, with the first-over Cammikey third. Norm Parker conditions Dew N Doughnuts, who now boasts $314,274 in lifetime earnings, for Tom Klosky, Jr. Palone piloted five winners and Mike Wilder four on the 15-race card. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

ANDERSON, Ind.-April 22, 2016-Hannelore Hanover extended her winning streak to two at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino after a decisive win in the featured event of the evening, a $21,000 Invitational Trot, on Friday, April 22. Driven by Ricky Macomber Jr., Hannelore Hanover has now gone back-to back at the top level with her 1:53 victory and remains undefeated in three starts in 2016. With combined lifetime earnings of over $3.4 million, the talented field of eight was comprised of multiple stakes winners and former Indiana Sires Stakes champions. Hannelore Hanover, Indiana's reigning three-year-old trotting filly of the year, was one of four mares in the field and started from the outside post 8. Macomber Jr. left no room for error as he sent Hannelore Hanover away from the gate firing. She would have to work for her position as Trace Tetrick also sent Churita away aggressively from post four. Hannelore Hanover reached the front and dictated fractions first half fractions of :27.1 and :57.4 while the rest of the field sorted out early positions. Churita benefitted from a pocket trip while Natural Herbie and Verlin Yoder were next in line in third. Hannelore Hanover looked strong on the front and continued to call the shots down the backside through the three-quarter clocking in 1:25.4. Il Mago and Jason Dillander were the first to commit to the outer flow and were on the attack first-over with Allie Labrook and Dan Shetler in tow. Hannelore Hanover was able to put away Il Mago before turning for home with an ever-increasing lead. Churita tipped from the pocket but Hannelore Hanover wasn't finished. Using a :27.1 final quarter, Hannelore Hanover kicked home under a hand drive from Macomber Jr. to win by two lengths over Churita. Allie Labrook staged a big rally late in the lane but had to settle for third place honors. As the publics' second choice, Hannelore Hanover returned $6.60 at the betting windows. Trained by Ron Burke, the daughter of Swan For All-High Sobriety notched her 11th win from 24 seasonal outings. Owned by Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, and F. Baldachino, Hannelore Hanover has now amassed $334,824 lifetime. Live racing continues at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, April 24 with a 14-race card highlighted by the highly anticipated return of Breeders Crown Champion Freaky Feet Pete in race 11. Hoosier Park's 'Family Fun Days' return this Saturday and will continue each weekend throughout the entirety of the harness racing season. Activities will include face painting, live entertainment, games and winner's circle giveaways. Saturday's live racing card will be followed by a free performance by The Ripple Effect in Hoosier Park's Terrace Showroom. With a daily post time of 5:45 p.m., the live racing schedule will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and continue through November 12. For more information, please visit www.hoosierpark.com. by Emily Gaskin, for Hoosier Park

WASHINGTON, PA, April 19, 2016 -- Lightly regarded at 10-1, Pointblank Hanover seized the lead with an uncovered backside bid and rolled on to the upset in Tuesday's $33,100 championship of the Classicality Trot for 3-year-old colts and geldings at The Meadows. Pointblank Hanover's uneven performances in recent outings had prompted Ron Burke, who trains the SJ's Caviar-Puffed-Up gelding, to switch from blinkers to an open bridle for the Classicality. But after two lackluster efforts in preliminary legs -- he finished fourth and fifth -- regular driver Tony Hall had an idea. "He was more controllable with the open bridle, but he was just going through the motions in the race," Hall said. " I asked Ron if he could throw the blinkers on him. Even though he's a little more rank with them, he has more go to him. I figured they would be going some fractions today so I really wouldn't have to fight him that much. "They liked the way he trained with the blinkers. He really responded to them today. He's a decent horse. He just gets a little hot sometimes." When Hall moved him from fourth, Pointblank Hanover swept past the leader, 7-5 favorite Breedlove, and drew off to score in a career-best 1:55.3. Breedlove saved place, 3-3/4 lengths back, while Meadowbranch Memo rallied for show. The win brought Hall his second series championship in as many days, as he captured Monday's final of the Do Me Honor Pace with Wasaga Beach. Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and RTC Stables campaign Pointblank Hanover. The $22,500 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot also brought an upset, as 20-1 Princess Pablano moved first over and wore down the leaders to triumph in 1:54.3 for Mike Wilder, trainer Tyler Stillings and owner Rags To Riches of PA. Barn Girl shot the Lightning Lane for second, 3/4 lengths in arrears, with early leader Anaffairtoremember third. The 6-year-old daughter of Holy Guacamolie-CR Princess Bride now boasts $252,148 in lifetime earnings. Wilbur Yoder piloted three winners -- all with horses he trains -- on the 15-race card. Wednesday's program at The Meadows features the $31,300 championship of the Whata Donato Trot for 3-year-old fillies. First post is 1 PM. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows        

LEBANON, OH. - On the heels of One Lucky Dragon's 1:49.4 all-age pacing record at Miami Valley Raceway on Saturday night, Lady's Dude lowered the all-age trotting record to 1:52.1 on Sunday afternoon.   In addition, the track record for 3-year-old trotting colts was lowered by almost two full seconds when Fantasy League captured a division of the Robert J. Brown series in 1:55.2.   Lady's Dude, handled by red-hot Chris Page, in just his fifth 2016 start and second following a two-month break, left with alacrity and tripped the first quarter timer in :28, just as Boffin (Tyler Smith), who owned the track record (1:53.4) for older male trotters at that moment, was making a quarter-move to the front.   As the luke-warm favorite, Boffin continued to show the way through middle fractions of :56.2 and 1:24 before yielding in mid-stretch to pocket-sitting Lady's Dude, who trotted a :28 closing quarter to garner the track record as well as the winner's share of the $20,000 Open purse. Parkhill Lancelot (Randy Crisler) worked out a second-over trip to close for third.   Lady's Dude, an Ohio-sired 5-year-old son of Victory Sam, is owned by Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi and J. E. Yoder. Fantasy League (Kyle Ater) obliterated the sophomore trotting standard with his four-length triumph in the day's first race. Getting away third, the sophomore son of And Away We Go moved prior to the half, cleared to the front easily before the three-quarters and coasted home a winner in 1:55.2. Owned and trained by Mike Sowers, Fantasy League bested Kentucky Hall (Jeremy Smith) and Chip Or Don (Tyler Smith) in his record-setting performance.   A second division of the Robert J. Brown series, for non-winners of two pari-mutuel races or $15,000 lifetime, went to The Next Triumph (Jeremy Smith) over Rompaway Hustler (Roy Wilson) and Crowned With Glory (Ed Greeno Jr.) in 1:56.1.   From the Miami Valley Media Department

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - Always At My Place found the drop in class from the open handicap ranks very much to his liking Saturday night as he overwhelmed seven overmatched foes in the featured $17,000 conditioned pace at the Meadowlands. The 5-year-old gelded son of Always A Virgin was urged to the lead by driver David Miller just after the quarter - which went in :27 - and maintained the top at the half in :54.4 and three-quarters in 1:22.3. Pansformative and driver Joe Bongiorno could only provide token pressure while racing first-over heading for the top of the stretch, at which time Always At My Place powered clear of the field with Miller sitting still in the sulky. Always At My Place was a 1¾-length winner gearing down at the wire and paid $3.80 to win as the 4-5 public choice. After pacing a final quarter in :26.4, the Ron Burke trainee hit the finish in 1:49.2, winning for the first time in four 2016 starts. All Week split rivals in deep stretch to get second, while Ashley's Husband was third. Miller had the hottest hands of the night, visiting the winner's circle four times. In addition to Always At My Place, "The Buckeye" also scored with Well Bred ($6.20 to win) in the first race, Good Day Mate ($14.20) in the ninth and Lyons Snyder ($5.20) in the 10th. All-source wagering on the 12-race card was $2,756,830, which was $104,839 more than the corresponding program from the year prior, which had 13 races. Once again, the 12th race Jackpot Super High Five was not hit, upping the carryover for the next card to $184,704.87. Live racing resumes at the Meadowlands on Friday, first race post time is 7:15 p.m. by Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations

East Rutherford, NJ - Two sure signs of spring, tax day has passed and the good horses begin to show up for qualifiers at The Meadowlands in anticipation of stakes season. The sky was cloudless, the wind negligible and the temperature hovered around fifty degrees when 3 year old filly trotters stepped onto the track to open the card.   Predictably, a Takter horse won the first race. Sunset Glider a Cantab Hall filly that won the Kentuckiana Sales stake at Hoosier last summer. She led all the way through slow numbers then sprinted home in 27.1 on the end of the 1:57.2 mile for Dave Miller. Wildflower, winner of the Kindergarten final last year, was second for Ake Svanstedt and Kathy Parker came third. Brittany Farms, Marvin Katz and Al Libfeld are the owners.   Ake took revenge in the second, cutting the mile to win in 1:57.4 with the Credit Winner filly New Sheriff In Town over a fast closing Miss Tezsla (Takter) and Brett Miller. Mellby Gard owns her.   Going back to the NYSS well that produced a million dollar return on investment last season, Crazy Wow, Ronnie Burke unveiled new purchase Dayson in the third. He led all the way through well rated fractions then edged away to a clear 1:55.2 / 27.3 score with driver Yannick Gingras motionless in the sulky. Honor Above All and Granite State followed him in. Burke Racing, Our Horse Cents, J&T Silva and Rossie Smith are now the owners of Dayson.   The fifth qualifier contained a few of the finest trotters in the land. Trainer Nifty Norman was recently quoted as saying Bee A Magician might be better than ever and off her pair of qualifiers the consensus is a resounding "You might by right, Nifty!"   She drafted along behind Aged Breeders Crown winner Creatine, who clicked through fractions of :29, :58 and 1:26.4 before Brian Sears tipped her and sat up. Bee edged past Creatine, who held well in his first outing, in a 27 flat conclusion to the 1:53.4 mile. Resolve sat mid pack early and gained some ground to be a controlled third. Mel Hartman, Herbie Liverman and David McDuffee own Bee A Magician.   Pacers started up after the break and sophomore fillies went a mile in 1:54.3 with JK Fannie and John Campbell holding off the late bid of last year's Three Diamonds winner Yankee Moonshine. She is owned by 3 Brothers Stables.   The seventh race pit last season's winners of the NJ, PA and NY Sires Stakes 2 year old filly finals and they finished right across the track in that order. Blue Moon Stride and Andy McCarthy set fractions of 29.1, 57.4, 1:26.4 with Dime A Dozen in the pocket and Dan Patch champ from last year Pure Country third. They fanned across the track in the stretch and Blue Moon Stride held off the late rally of Pure Country by an inch with Dime A Dozen another head back third in 1:54.1. Emillio and Maria Rosati own the winning filly, Mark Harder trains.   JK Will Power looked sharp this morning dragging Yannick around the oval in 1:53.1 / 27.1 in a winning effort over Carlos Danger and Sapient Hanover. The three year old pacing colt is trained by the Burke stable for 3 Brothers.   Burke sent out Check Six next and he looked sharp today winning for Yannick in 1:52. Settling third through the first three quarters, Check Six took off when shown racetrack and drew off over Love Tap Hanover and Western Dynasty with the 26.3 final stanza. He owned by Burke, Weaver Bruscemi, Switala and Martin.   Always B Miki made a good appearance in his first qualifier, setting slow fractions then sprinting home in 26.3 (and he didn't really start pacing until inside the final eighth) to close the 1:52 mile well in hand. National Seelster and Big Top Hanover both logged good efforts on the chase. Dave Miller drove for Takter and owners Bluewood Stable, Roll The Dice Stable and Christina Takter.   Older mare pacers closed the card with Katie Said making an impressive appearance with a pillar to post 1:54.1 / 27.3 win for Brett Miller. She's as fast as any when on her game and today was one of those days. Stacia Hanover and Bedroomconfessions followed her in with solid efforts. Black Horse Racing owns the winner.   Post time for the live card tonight is 7:15 p.m.   From the Meadowlands Media Department

It was a solid day for Hall Of Fame Driver Dave Miller on Sunday (April 10th) at Harrah's Philadelphia. Miller had five wins on the afternoon program, including the first two legs of the pick 4 and the late pick 3. The Ohio native has been on quite a roll as of late, winning 10 races at 3 different racetracks in a 24 hour period. Miller had 3 wins on Saturday night at The Meadowlands, and 2 wins at Pocono on Sunday night, to go along with his 5 wins on Sunday afternoon.   In other news, there was a $2,709 carryover in the pick 4 headed into Sunday's program. Despite the fact that a heavy 1/2 favorite won the first leg (Hickory Icon), the pick 4 still managed a handsome return of $833 for a .50 cent wager. The new minimum in 2016 is .50 cents, with a low 15% takeout.   Ron Burke trainee Verdad (Gingras) picked up his third straight win in the featured event of the day, a non-winners of $15,000 in the last 5 starts for pacers. The Howard and Judith Taylor owned 7-year-old horse out of Western Ideal was game in his win, grinding much of the mile first-over. The mile was timed in 1:52.3. It was his 29th career victory, as he continues to edge towards the $500,000 mark in career earnings. The red hot Toatsmygoats (Andy Miller) finished a bang-up second, despite being shuffled behind a tiring leader. The Nick Surick trainee came into this race winning 2 of his last 3 starts.   The upset of the day came in race 5, as Chris Temming's Gavin's Designer (McCarthy) came from off the pace to win at at 54-1. The 7-year-old gelded son of Camluck was able to take advantage of the tired pacesetters, after the initial quarter was ripped off by Burke trainee Allstar Legend in :25.4. The gelding prompted a 2 out of 3 Pick 3 payoff.   And in a milestone watch, millionaire pacer Versado was looking for his 50th career win on Sunday. The 9-year-old gelded son of Dragon Again was starting from post 4 in a non-winners of $10,500 in their last 5 starts event. After challenging the speedy Bestjetyet first-over in the races middle half, he tired to finish 5th beaten 5 lengths. It was his second start of 2016.   Live racing continues on Wednesday, April 13th, with a first post of 12:40 PM.   by Mike Bozich, for Harrah's Philadelphia

LEBANON, OH. - Rockin Ron invaded Miami Valley Raceway Saturday night (April 9) and ran his win streak to nine with an impressive 1:52 win in the $20,000 Open I pace. Driver Chris Page sent the prohibitive favorite, who won six consecutive races at The Meadows this year and a pair at Hoosier Park at the end of 2015, directly to the front from an assigned outside post position. Although eventual runnerup Fancy Creek Elusiv (Josh Sutton) forced the 4-year-old Real Desire gelding to scoot to the quarter-mile marker in :26.4, Rockin Ron was able to post a pedestrian second quarter (reaching the half in :56) before coasting through an identical :56 back half. Fancy Creek Elusive did make it interesting in the final strides, falling just a half-length short. Tyber Tyke (Peter Wrenn) raced well to finish third. Rockin Ron is trained by Ron Burke and owned by Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi and the RTC Stable. A $15,000 Open II pace was captured by Sports Sinner (Dan Noble) by a head over Can He Go (Peter Wrenn) with E R Oliver (Randy Tharps) grabbing the show dough. The 1:53.1 tally was Sports Sinner's 19th in 85 career starts and ran the 5-year-old son of Western Ideal's bankroll to over $130,000 for owner-trainer Steve Perkins. Final preliminary heats in the Tom Tharps Memorial Series were also contested with K Ryan Bluechip and Freedomformysoul victorious in the two divisions. K Ryan Bluechip (Josh Sutton) topped Arti Gras (Kyle Ater) and Prince Bayard (Jason Brewer) in 1:53.2. It was the second straight series score for the 4-year-old Art Major gelding trained by Virgil Morgan Jr. He now has 7 lifetime wins in 20 starts, and earnings approaching $100,000, for owners Carl Howard, Bruce and Trish Soulsby, and Alan Weisenberg. Freedomformysoul (Dan Noble) scored in 1:52.1 by just a head over Undertaker (Peter Wrenn), with Truly Kissed (Kyle Ater) not far behind in third. The triumph was the sixth by the 4-year-old altered son of If I Can Dream and did push his total racing bounty over the $100,000 plateau. Freedomformysoul is owned by Rocco Ruffolo and trained by Jim Ellison. The claim box remains active at Miami Valley as another six Saturday night claimers were collared for $78,000. A total of 227 horses have been claimed during the first 65 nights of the current meet for a total of $2,337,325-another indication of just how vibrant the Ohio racing program has become in the three years since racino legislation was implemented in the Buckeye State. From the Miami Valley Media Department

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (April 7, 2016) - North America's leading trainer will have strength in numbers when he tries to add the inaugural edition of the Elitlopp Playoff to his list of major stakes wins. Ron Burke is pointing Gural Hanover, Crazy Wow, and DW's NY Yank to the $150,000 race at the Meadowlands that will be contested on a special Mother's Day matinee program on Sunday, May 8. The winner of the race will also receive an invitation to compete in The Elitlopp, one of Europe's most prestigious events, at Solvalla Racecourse outside Stockholm, Sweden on Sunday, May 29. The Elitlopp Playoff is part of a groundbreaking partnership between The Meadowlands and Solvalla. In addition to the Playoff, other trotting races on the Meadowlands card will be simulcast to Europe for separate pool wagering. "Having competed in The Elitlopp in 2009 with Buck I St. Pat, I know what a great experience it is to race over there in Sweden," said Burke. "It would be especially nice to go over there this year with the major upgrade in shipping they have set up. Rather than it taking 19 hours or more to get over there, now they are providing a direct flight from the East Coast to Sweden." Four-year-old Crazy Wow, who won the Colonial, Matron, Erskine, and Empire Breeders Classic during his millionaire sophomore season, leads the Burke trio. He is one of only two four-year-olds amongst the 15 Playoff nominees. "Crazy Wow was the only aged horse I sent down to train in Florida this winter," explained Burke. "He trained so well down there last year that I sent him down there again. We have him staked to everything this year and with the injury to Mission Brief, he is the best four-year-old in our barn." Crazy Wow is entered to qualify at the Meadowlands this Saturday morning to kick off his Playoff preparations. Gural Hanover won just once last year during his four-year-old season, but was competitive against the sport's top trotters including a runner-up finish in the Cashman Memorial and a third place finish to close out the year in the Breeders Crown. He has since returned in 2016 with two wins and a third place finish in Open events. "He has come back awesome," said Burke. "Horses always make a jump from their four-year-old season to the five-year-old season and I think that jump will be even bigger for this horse." As for DW's NY Yank, who won a $25,000 Winners Over trot this week at Harrah's Philadelphia, the Playoff will be a chance to score a signature stakes win in a hard-hitting career that has the modestly-bred seven-year-old just $15,015 away from $1 million in lifetime earnings. "This spot is a bit of a reach for him, but most of the other horses in here will not be fully cranked up this early in the season and we are hoping we can get them while he is sharp and they aren't at their absolute best," said Burke. Fans that wish to follow along the road to the Elitlopp Playoff may visit a special website that will provide the latest news and profiles of all nominated horses at www.elitloppplayoff.com/ and follow along on social media using #ElitloppPlayoff. by Justin Horowitz, for the Meadowlands

A field of six 'Winner's Over $25,000 lifetime' trotters lined up for the featured event at Harrah's Philadelphia on Thursday afternoon, going for a purse of $25,000. The favorite going in was Ron Burke trainee DW's NY Yank. The 7-year-old gelded son of Dilbert Hanover was coming off of a tough trip from post 7 at Yonkers. As the gate closed, the favorite quickly settled into the pocket behind Opulent Yankee (Andy Miller), by a quarter in :28 over a track labeled sloppy. They remained one-two passed the three-quarter pole, when DW's NY Yank (Yannick Gingras) vacated the pocket to challenge for the lead. They battled down the stretch, with the favorite edging clear to win by a length, stopping the clock in 1:54.4 for his first win of the season. War Cry Hall (Tim Tetrick) finished third. Owned by Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi, and Howard Taylor, DW's NY Yank is now just over $15,000 shy of $1 million in career earnings. He paid $5.20. Drivers Brett Miller and Tim Tetrick each had 3 wins on the program. by Mike Bozich, for Harrah's Philadelphia

East Rutherford, NJ - Friday night at The Meadowlands has some really interesting races on the card as new faces begin to filter in to town and the overall quality improves in anticipation of the upcoming stakes season.   The $25,000 Open Handicap trot is an example of the shifting landscape as only two of the seven participants in this edition raced in last week's Open.   New to the scene is Rose Run Parker who dominated the Indiana program as a two and three-year-old, then was lightly campaigned last year at age four by Ron Burke. Now with three impressive sub-1:53 wins in as many starts at The Meadows at age five, Rose Run Parker is making his first foray into the "Big Time" at The Meadowlands.   He's drawn the open outside post seven from the three spots available to him via the handicap condition of the race. His last line indicates Rose Run Parker doesn't mind a little air, showing being wide through a 55.4 half and living to tell of it. Joe Bongiorno has the drive for owners Burke Racing and Weaver Bruscemi.   Returning to the wars is the accomplished veteran Melady's Monet, who makes his 2016 debut in Friday's Open. The pride of the Balenzano family's Melady Enterprises had far and away his best season in 2015, earning $364,450 on the strength of a dozen wins. John Campbell drives the veteran from post five for trainer Kevin McDermott.   The lead promotion this weekend in the Tax Relief Sweepstakes where The Meadowlands will put smiles on the faces of a few customers by giving them money. The possibility of winning a trip to the Kentucky Derby exists with entry accepted via a form in the program or on social media through April 23.   You may dine in any of several venues while enjoying the races including a delightful buffet in Pink, the trackside dining room.   For those interested in the gambling, all horizontal wager guarantees remain at the expected level and the last race Jackpot Super Hi-5 carryover stands at $164,848 entering the weekend. Past performance for the Late Pick 4 is yours at the click of a mouse for each night's card, courtesy of Trackmaster.   Post time is 7:15 p.m.   From the Meadowlands Media Department

Like a Timex watch of yore, Rockin Ron takes a lickin' but keeps on tickin'. He demonstrated that once again in Saturday's harness racing $20,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows when, for the fourth consecutive start, he was parked in a sub-27 opening quarter while trying for the lead. He prevailed easily Saturday, just as he did the previous three races, and stretched his overall winning streak to seven. Once the 4-year-old Real Desire-Im All A Roan gelding settled on the front for Dave Palone, he repelled the first-over challenge of Dew N Doughnuts and scored in 1:51, 1-3/4 lengths better than the pocket-sitting Unlocked. Dew N Doughnuts saved show. Ron Burke trains Rockin Ron, who now boasts $189,918 in career earnings, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and RTC Stables. Aaron Merriman piloted five winners on the 15-race card while Tony Hall and trainer Paul Corey each enjoyed a three-bagger. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

Rose Run Parker endured a brutal first quarter but rolled on to a harness racing victory -- his fourth straight -- in Wednesday's $22,500 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Assigned post 8, Rose Ron Parker was three wide for most of the 27.1 opening panel and didn't clear to the lead until the three-eighths. But once he settled in for Dave Palone, he held off the late charge of his stablemate, I Know My Chip, and downed him by a length in 1:52.3 Trustworthy Kid, who lacked racing room, finished third. Ron Burke trains Rose Run Parker, a 5-year-old Jailhouse Jesse-Centergy gelding who now boasts $664,240 in career earnings, for Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Burke and Palone each enjoyed four wins on the 15-race card while Mike Wilder fashioned a triple. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

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