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EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - Leaving from post 8, Sayitall BB gained control of the race early and held her harness racing foes at bay as she advanced to a 1:50.3 score in the $593,750 Breeders Crown Three-Year-Old Filly Pace Final at the Meadowlands Friday. Driver Yannick Gingras gained the lead with ease entering the backstretch, while Major Dancer drafted in the pocket. Fractions of :27.2 and :55.4 were set by Sayitall BB, who remained unchallenged heading to three-quarters in 1:24.1. Major Dancer edged out of the pocket and pressured Sayitall BB through the stretch. Yet, the Ron Burke-trained Sayitall Bb remained in control and held off Major Dancer to win in 1:50.3. Beach Gal was third. Bred by Robert Bendel, she is owned by Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi. Yannick Gingras won his eighth Breeders Crown, while Ron Burke won his ninth. "She really didn’t have any stake races," Ron Burke said, "she was lightly staked so I just turned her out and figured we’d have her good for the end of the year and for once the plan worked. She’s Go On BB’s sister, it’s a great family, we played a lot of money with. Last week we thought we missed the final, I thought we were 6th. I had already started sending out an apology text to all the owners for putting up the money and we slid in, and you just need a little luck once in a while." Gallie Bythe Beach was a late scratch.Say It All BB paid $21.00 to win. Sayitall BB   by Ray Cotolo, for the Breeders Crown

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - The Ron Burke-trained Mission Brief, maintaining her stride throughout the mile, patiently progressed to the front and trotted away from her competition to a 1:51.4 score in the $500,000 Breeders Crown Two-Year-Old Filly Trot at The Meadowlands on Friday, November 21. Wiclet Hanover gained the lead early, while Wild Honey tracked in the pocket. Driver Yannick Gingras guided Mission Brief advanced uncovered approaching the quarter, which was timed in :26.4. Wild Honey went off stride in the pocket, and Mission Brief cleared the lead into the backstretch. Unchallenged through fractions of :55.3 and 1:24.1, she drew away by 4¾ lengths with Danielle Hall chasing in second, Livininthefastlane in third, and Smexi in fourth. Mission Brief crossed the wire in a stakes record of 1:51.4, lowering the previous record of 1:53.4 set by Shake It Cerry last year. "The strategy was making the front whenever I had to," Yannick Gingras said, "and I didn’t really want to pressure too much in the first length for no reason. I thought I’d let the dust settle and she was so well behaved tonight she was letting me do what I had to do and she showed what she can do. "In Lexington she went a scary mile," Yannick explained,  "but tonight she could have gone 1:50 tonight just as easily as she went 1:51.4. I showed her the whip around last and she got into another gear and she had more than that. The talent this filly has is unbelievable, as long as she stays sound in her brain and she lets us do what we want to do with her she’s going to do amazing things." Bred by Black Creek Farm and S. Stewart, she is owned by Burke Racing Stable, Our Horse Cents Stables, Jerry & Theresa Silva Stables, and Weaver Bruscemi. She paid $2.80 to win. Mission Brief by Ray Cotolo, for the Breeders Crown

This Week: Breeders Crown finals, Meadowlands Racetrack, East Rutherford, N.J. Schedule of events: The Grand Circuit will be at Meadowlands Racetrack this Friday (Nov. 21) and Saturday (Nov. 22) for 12 Breeders Crown championships. The Friday card features four of the Breeders Crown events: the $593,750 3-Year-Old Filly Pace, the $500,000 3-Year-Old Filly Trot, the $500,000 2-Year-Old Filly Trot and the $250,000 Mare Trot. The Saturday card offers eight Breeders Crown races: the $531,250 3-Year-Old Colt Pace, the $500,000 Open Trot, the $500,000 3-Year-Old Colt Trot, the $500,000 2-Year-Old Colt Trot, the $500,000 2-Year-Old Colt Pace, the $500,000 2-Year-Old Filly Pace, the $400,000 Open Pace and the $281,250 Mare Pace. Complete entries for the races are available at this link. Last time: Seven classes competed in Breeders Crown eliminations this past weekend at Meadowlands Racetrack. Let's take a look at some of the highlights: On Friday, JK She'salady increased her unbeaten streak to 11 with new driver Tim Tetrick, winning a $25,000 Breeders Crown elimination for 2-year-old filly pacers in 1:51.1. JK She'salady did it the hard way, with a prolonged first-over grind. She faced Sassa Hanover in the stretch, than pulled away to a 2-3/4 length victory. Color's A Virgin captured her 3-year-old filly pace Breeders Crown elimination, finishing in 1:51, 1-1/2 lengths ahead of second place finisher Precocious Beauty. Color's A Virgin extended her winning streak to seven with the victory. The Jugette winner is coming into the final in top form following this first-over victory with Trace Tetrick in the sulky. On Saturday at The Meadowlands, the Breeders Crown eliminations continued with Maven and driver Yannick Gingras finishing on top in a $25,000 Open Trot elimination race in 1:52.2. Maven was the only mare in the race, starting from post ten to win by a neck over Your So Vain and driver Ake Svanstadt. Maven, who was purchased for $750,000 earlier this month at the Standardbred Mixed Sale, was making her first start for new owner Herb Liverman and trainer Jimmy Takter. Always B Miki ran his winning streak to five as he and driver David Miller captured their $25,000 Breeders Crown elimination race on Saturday at The Meadowlands, finishing in 1:50. This win means that Always B Miki has earned a chance to win back his $62,500 supplement fee this Saturday in the $531,250 final. JK Endofanera and driver Ron Pierce moved to the lead early but ended up finishing second, a neck behind Always B Miki. Complete recaps of all the races are available at the Grand Circuit website. Grand Circuit Standings: In 2014, the Grand Circuit leaders in three categories (driver, trainer and owner) will once again be tracked on a points system (20-10-5 for the top three finishers in divisions/finals and 10-5-2 for the top three finishers in eliminations/legs). Winbak Farms is the sponsor for the 2014 Grand Circuit awards. Here are the leaders following the past weekend. Drivers: 1. Yannick Gingras - 2,157; 2. Tim Tetrick - 1,127; 3. David Miller - 988.5; 4. Ron Pierce - 797.5; 5. Corey Callahan - 642. Trainers: 1. Ron Burke - 2,345.5; 2. Jimmy Takter - 1,828; 3. Erv Miller - 446.5; 4. Joe Holloway - 406; 5. Tony Alagna - 332. Owners: 1. Burke Racing - 514.23; 2. Weaver Bruscemi - 464.23; 3. 3 Brothers Stable - 332; 4. Brittany Farms - 294.45; 5. Robert Key - 272. Looking ahead: Grand Circuit action will once again take place next week at Meadowlands Racetrack with the TVG Series championships for older pacers and trotters, while Dover Downs will host eliminations in the Progress Pace for 3-year-old male pacers. by Paul Ramlow, for the Grand Circuit  

WASHINGTON, PA, Nov. 18, 2014 -- Cowgirl Hall took the field through wicked fractions but had plenty of pop late, scoring in a track-record 1:52.3 in Tuesday's $18,000 Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. On a day not suited for track records -- temperature less than 20 degrees, wind chill even colder -- Cowgirl Hall was impervious to the weather. The 5-year-old daughter of Cash Hall-Centerfold Hall rolled through fractions of 26.4/55.2/1:23.1/1:52.3 for Dave Palone, defeating the pocket-sitting Count Me In by 2-3/4 lengths, with Mistress Valentine third. The time knocked a tick from the previous track record for older trotting mares that Cowgirl Hall held jointly with Daylon Miracle. Ron Burke trains Cowgirl Hall, who has won 15 races this year and $637,303 in her career, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Jack Piatt III and Michael Rosenthal. Mike Wilder and Palone each piloted five winners on the 15-race card. With his Tuesday haul, Palone pushed his career victory total to 16,762, solidifying his position as the world's "winningest" harness racing driver. The driver Palone passed, Germany's Heinz Wewering, has 16,754 victories but isn't scheduled to drive until Sunday, with six assignments at Hamburg-Behrenfeld. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

The drawing of post position for the final divisions of the Breeders Crown this weekend at the Meadowlands Racetrack took place this afternoon at the Meadowlands. For the $525,000 Older Horse Trot division, European world champion, Commander Crowe drew the outside post position nine but was still make the 3-1 morning line favorite. Market Share drew post two and is the second choice at odds of 7/2. In the $550,000 final of the Breeders Crown for two-year-old pacing colts, it was Go Daddy Go who drew post position five and was installed as the 5/2 race favorite while for the second straight week, In The Arsenal drew the far outside ten post. The $581,250 Breeders Crown final for three-year-old pacing colts saw Always B Miki draw post four and then be made the 8/5 favorite while JK Endofanera drew post six and was made the 5/2 second choice in the race. For the $500,000 final of the Breeders Crown for three-year-old trotting colts, it was Nuncio drawing post position three and he was made the 6/5 morning line favorite over stable mate Father Patrick, who drew post six and is the 7/5 second choice in the race. By Chris Tully , for Harnesslink.com

Even being just an elimination division, both Always B Miki and Limelight Beach were not holding back at all as they both steamrolled their way to victory over stellar fields to win their respective $25,000 Breeders Crown elimination divisions at the Meadowlands Saturday. JK Endofanera (Ron Pierce) was first on the lead with Luck Be With You (Brian Sears) sitting the pocket trip to the first quarter in :27. Then David Miller came charging up first-over and scooted right to the lead before the half mile in :55. With the lead firmly in their control, Always B Miki raced along as He’s Watching (Tim Tetrick) came first-over with a brush at the three-quarters in 1:23.1 with Let’s Drink On It (Tyler Smith) grabbing the second-over cover. Then as Always B Miki make the turn for him, Miller urged him on and ate up some more track and held off KJ Endofanera to win by a half length in 1:50. Let’s Drink On It was third. Also making the final was Somesizesomestyle fourth and Luck Be Withyou fifth. “He’s been real sharp,” David Miller said. “He raced great again tonight. This was one of his biggest efforts and he keeps on coming. When I asked him he paced right off to the wire. He seems to be in good shape.” Paying $3.00 to win, it was the fifth straight win and eighth victory of the season for Always B Miki. The son of Always A Virgin is trained by Joe Holloway and co-owned by Bluewood Stable, Val D’Or Farms and the Roll The Dice Stable who also bred Always B Miki. Always B Miki  Limelight Beach and driver Yannick Gingras were just as impressive in wiring the field in their elimination division, winning by one length in 1:49.3. Capital Account (Brett Miller) sat the pocket seat through fractions of :26.2 and :54.3 as McWicked (Brian Sears) was slowly moving up first-over. By the three-quarters in 1:23, McWicked nearly caught up with the leaders, giving Lyonssomewhere (John Campbell) live cover. But coming down the stretch Limelight Beach remained the strong horse, winning in hand with a :26.3 final quarter over a game McWicked with Doo Wop Hanover (Ron Pierce) third. Also making the final next week were Somestarsomewhere fourth and Capital Account fifth. “Just before he won the Little Brown Jug he has some good seconds and thirds,” Yannick Gingras said of Limelight Beach being 0 for 12 to start off the year. “He has just gotten better and better since then. Only hiccup was the race in Chicago. He (McWicked) gave me a good run in the stretch. I was confident that my horse had a good quarter left in him.” It was the fifth win on the year for Limelight Beach. The son of Somebeachsomewhere is trained by Ron Burke and is owned by the Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, the M1 Stable and Wingfield Brothers. He paid $3.60 to win. Limelight Beach By Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink.com

Anderson, Ind.--November 15, 2014--Hoosier Park Racing & Casino concluded the 2014 harness racing season with a 14-race card in front of a packed house on Saturday, November 15. In addition to the racing action, Trace Tetrick and Ron Burke secured leading driver and trainer titles, respectively. Ron Burke, who took home Hoosier Park's top training honors in 2013, was officially recognized as the 2014 leading trainer of the season at Hoosier Park. The Burke barn had an impressive 112 trips to the winner's circle and amassed over $2.6 million in purse earnings throughout the 160-day season. The Walter Haynes Jr. Stable finished second in the leading trainer standings with 80 trips to Hoosier Park winner's circle this season. Burke, who in 2013 became the first trainer in the sport of harness racing to eclipse $20 million mark in a single season, campaigns a large stable of horses throughout the country. The sport's leader in both wins and earnings in North America for the past six seasons romped to his Third Straight Hoosier Park training title this season. Jamie Rucker, Burke's assistant trainer, oversees all training operations in Indiana and was present in the winner's circle to accept the award from Jim Brown, Centaur Gaming's president and chief operating officer, and Rick Moore, Hoosier Park's vice president and general manager of racing. "This was definitely a team effort from the owners, trainers, horses, grooms, and everyone in between," Rucker noted. "We have a great team at the Burke Stable and that has made for a great year of racing. I know I speak on behalf of everyone involved with the Ron Burke Stable when I say it is always a pleasure racing at Hoosier Park. We had another great season this year and it has been a lot of fun to be a part of." In the driving ranks, Trace Tetrick, who led the driver standings from start to finish, earned his third leading driver title at Hoosier Park in 2014. Tetrick scored 289 wins and earned over $3.6 million in purse earnings to secure the title over last year's leading driver, Tyler Smith, who finished second with 241 victories. Tetrick also earned a spot in Hoosier Park's record books as he re-established the record for most wins in one season, a record that was previously held by Tony Morgan during the 1998 season with 262 victories. The Southern Illinois native started driving in 2003 and has since surpassed the $25 million mark in purse earnings in the bike. With multiple stakes wins to his credit, Tetrick is on track to record his best season to date in 2014 with over $4.5 million in purse earnings and counting. Tetrick is also closing in on career win 3,000. "I would like to thank all the owners and trainers for the opportunity to drive great horses all season," Tetrick noted in the winner's circle. "It's been a great year and I really appreciate all the support from everyone. I had a lot of nice horses to drive this year and it has been a great year for me, I really appreciate it." The Saturday night program wrapped up an extremely successful season at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. Hoosier Park Racing & Casino would like to thank all of the fans and horsemen who helped make the 2014 season at Hoosier Park an overwhelming success. by Emily Gaskin, for Hoosier Park

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. Post positions for the $500,000 freshman Breeders Crown filly pace and trot finals and the $593,750 3-year-old filly pace were drawn tonight at The Meadowlands Racetrack. Elim winners in an order determined by lot, are then placed in the draw for post positions 1 through 5. After those are drawn all other post positions are drawn for the remaining eight horse. Mission Brief and Wild Honey were heavily favored in their respective elims, paying just sixty cents on the dollar to their backers. Mission Brief, from the Burke Stable, went first in the shake and got post five. Wild Honey then drew post two. $500,000 2-Year-Old Filly Trot: (drivers listed from eliminations) 1. Love Me Madly, John Campbell, Ross Croghan 2. Wild Honey, Yannick Gingras, Jimmy Takter 3. Danielle Hall, Jody Jamieson, Carl Jamieson. 4. Wiclet Hanover, Ake Svanstadt, Ake Svanstadt; 5. Mission Brief, Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke 6. Stubborn Belle, Paul Macdonell, John Bax 7. Lilu Hanover, Scott Zeron, Jimmy Takter 8. Hot Start, Brian Sears, Jonas Czernyson 9. Livininthefastlane, Tim Tetrick, Julie Miller 10. Smexi, Corey Callahan, Jimmy Takter AE1 Sarcy AE2 Scented Roses The completed field is as follows: Undefeated filly JK She'salady extended her winning streak to 11 while Heart Major was placed first after an incident-plagued elimination race that ended with winner Ideal Nuggets set back to sixth for interfering with Well Hello There and fifth placed finisher Happiness placed seventh for multiple pylon violations. First in the draw was Heart Major, receiving pill number 5. JK She'salady then got post 4. $500,000 2-Year-Old Filly Pace: (drivers listed from eliminations) 1. Southwind Roulette, Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke 2. Divine Caroline, Corey Callahan, Joe Holloway 3. Happy Becky, David Miller, Casie Coleman 4. JK She'salady, Tim Tetrick, Nancy Johansson 5. Heart Major, Ron Pierce, Joe Pavia Jr. 6. Bettor Be Steppin, Corey Callahan, Joe Holloway 7. Well Hello There, Matt Kakaley, Ron Burke 8. Bettor N Better, Ron Pierce, Ron Burke 9. Heavenly Bride, Brian Sears, Casie Coleman 10. Sassa Hanover, Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke AE1 Ideal Nuggets AE2 The Show Returns Color's A Virgin continued her march towards divisional honors, making short work of an elimination race that could have passed for the Crown final. The Jugette winner was first in shake order and drew post five. The other elim winner Gallie Bythe Beach drew post four. $593,750 3-Year-Old Filly Pace (drivers listed from eliminations) 1. Major Dancer, Brian Sears, Casie Coleman 2. Beach Gal, Jody Jamieson, Dave Menary 3. Gettingreadytoroll, Yannick Gingras, Jimmy Takter 4. Gallie Bythe Beach, Tim Tetrick, Jim Campbell 5. Color's A Virgin, Trace Tetrick, Brian Brown 6. Uffizi Hanover, Brett Miller, Jimmy Takter 7. Beach Story, David Miller, Kelvin Harrison 8. Allstar Rating, Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke 9. Sayitall BB, Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke 10. Precocious Beauty, Doug McNair, Gregg McNair AE1 Weeper, Ron Pierce, Kelly O'Donnell AE2 Table Talk, Andy Miller, Bart Dalious The $500,000 2-Year-Old Colt Trot will be drawn after tonight's ninth race at The Meadowlands. by Moira Fanning, for the Breeders Crown

Mission Brief was able to mind her manners and wire the field in winning the 2nd race $25,000 elimination divisions for two-year-old trotting fillies at the Meadowlands Friday. Driver Yannick Gingras took command away from Scented Roses and then cut fractions of :28.1, :57, 1:26.4 and then kicked in a :27.3 last quarter mile to win by three open lengths in 1:54.2. She paid just $2.60 to win. Second was Danielle Hall (Jody Jamieson) with Smexi (Corey Callahan) third. Also making it to the final next week were Lilu Hanover (fourth) and Hot Start (fifth) It was the eighth win in twelve starts for Mission Brief, who is sired by Muscle Hill. She is trained by Ron Burke and owned by Burke Racing, Our Horse Cents Stable, J & T Silva and Weaver Bruscemi. “She was really good tonight,” Gingras said. “She was on her best behavior. When she is like tonight she is tough to be. Coming down the stretch she was running out a little bit, she’s a little green, but once I touched her with the whip she kicked into second gear and she has five gears. No one was going to touch her.” Mission Brief Wild Honey posted her tenth straight win with an easy two length victory in her Breeders Crown 12th race division.  Driver Yannick Gingras waited in third place as Wiclet Hanover (Ake Svanstedt) went to the lead to the first quarter in :28.2. Then Gingras sent Wild Honey to the lead for good. She led to the half in :58.2, the three-quarters in 1:27.4 as Sarcy (Brett Miller) tried coming first over in vain with Liveininthefastlane (Tim Tetrick) second over.  Down the stretch Wild Honey kicked in a :27.4 last quarter mile to win it in 1:55.3. Livinthefastane was second with Wiclet Hanover third. Rounding out the final were Stubbborn Belle fouth and Love Me Madly fifth. "She has just been an unbeliveable girl," said trainer Jimmy Takter. "She's not very big, but she got a big heart and she the highest earners of all freshman fillies this year. She's just terrific." The daughter of Cantab Hall has ten wins in eleven starts with one second place finish in her very first start by only a nose. She is co-owned by Christina Takter, Jim and John Fielding and Herb Liverman.  Wild Honey UNBEATEN JK SHE'ALADY WINS 11th STRAIGHT Unbeaten JK She’salady notched her 11th straight win in 2014 as she was able to grind it out first-over to win her $25,000 Breeders Crown division for two-year-old pacing fillies by two and three-quarter lengths in 1:51.1 for trainer Nancy Johansson. With Tim Tetrick picking up the catch-drive for the championship events, JK She’salady journeyed first over from sixth nearing the half-mile mark and wore down fellow world record holder Sassa Hanover and her former driver Yannick Gingras. Sassa Hanover, who cleared to command past the :26.3 opening panel and led through middle splits of :55.1 and 1:23.4, held for second. Also advancing to the final in third through fifth were Bettor Be Steppin, Bettor N Better and Heavenly Bride. After the race, Tetrick discussed his first impressions of the Art Major filly. "There's a reason she's undefeated, she's a beautiful filly and knows how to get things done. She's special," he said. "She loves it first over. She loves this track...she loves every track, she hasn't lost," said co-owner and breeder Alan Katz of the 3 Brothers Stables. She paid $2.80 to win. JK She’salady The 6th race second division was marred by two disqualifications as the race winner was taken down and placed seventh. In the stretch, eventual race winner, Ideal Nuggets and driver Tim Tetrick, came out from fourth place on the rail and hit the legs of Well Hello There (Matt Kakaley). Also, fourth place finisher Happiness (Mike Simons) went inside the pylons coming down the stretch and was placed last. So once it was all done, Heart Major, who led most of the race, was placed first for driver Ron Pierce. The race had gone in 1:52.1. Divine Caroline (Corey Callahan) was placed second with Happy Becky (David Miller) placed third. Also making the final were Southwind Roulette in fourth and Well Hello There, who made a break, was double placed to fifth and makes the final. For Heart Major, the daughter Art Major posted her fifth win in just eight starts for trainer Joe Pavia, Jr. and paid $23.00 to win. She is co-owned by Dijo Racing, Joe Pavia, Jr. Stable, V. Barbera and S. Held. Heart Major, GALLIE BY THE BEACH UPSETS AT 9-1 Closing with a burst of speed from the top of the stretch, Gallie Bythe Beach and driver Tim Tetrick rallied home off the cover of eventual runner-up Major Dancer (Brian Sears) to pull off a 9-1 upset in her elimination division of the Breeders Crown for three-year-old pacing fillies. She covered the one mile race in 1:50.4. Beach Gal finished third while Gettingreadytoroll was fourth and even-money favourite Sayitall BB was fifth. Sayitall BB and driver Yannick Gingras retook the lead from fellow supplemental entry Nat A Virgin after a :27.1 opening panel before Act Now swept around the top two near the :55 half-mile mark. Act Now then led the field by three-quarters in 1:22.4 and into the stretch before the late-closers closed in. "To have a daughter of Galleria come out here and race the way she raced tonight and get us to the final, we're very excited," said Jim Campbell, who trains Fashion Farms' homebred Somebeachsomewhere filly. Campbell explained that Gallie Bythe Beach learned to race off-the pace in Delaware winning a elimination heat of the Jugette and was also victorious using those same tactics in the Bluegrass Series at The Red Mile. "She can still go the other way if she needs to, she just happened to go some better races off the pace," he added. Gallie Bythe Beach paid $20.60 to win. Gallie Bythe Beach The seventh race second elimination division for three-year-olds pacing fillies saw Color’s A Virgin impress everyone by going first-over and grinding it out against Weeper, pulling away in the stretch for a one and three-quarter length triumph in 1:51. Driven by Trace Tetrick, Color’s A Virgin posted a lifetime mark with her seventh straight win and 13th victory on the year for trainer Brian Brown. The daughter of Always A Virgin is owned and bred by the Emerald Highlands Farm of Mount Vernon, Ohio. Sandbetweenurtoes (Brian Sears) was first on the lead in :27.2. Then Weeper and Ron Pierce brushed to the lead by the half in :56.2 as Tetrick moved Color’s A Virgin first up from fifth place. Uffizi Hanover (Brett Miller) grabbed her live cover. Precocious Beauty (Doug McNair) closed well to be second with Allstar Rating (Yannick Gingras) third. Also making the final were Uffizi Hanover in fourth and Beach Story fifth. Color’s A Virgin paid $3.80 to win. “It’s exciting,” said Trace Tetrick. “My mare showed up. She raced like she did all summer and she deserves a shot next week. She did it all summer racing first-over a lot. She comes through every week. She been a great mare.” Color’s A Virgin By Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink.com

Despite pouring rain that delayed the start of the first race by a half hour, Habitat and Wild Honey did not mind the “off-track” as they both cruised to half-length victories in winning their respective divisions of the Matron Stakes Thursday afternoon at Dover Downs. Both were strong wins in the daily double for driver Yannick Gingras. Wild Honey started off the show in capturing her $203,600 Matron Stakes for two-year-old trotting fillies. The track was labeled good despite constant rain. Bright Baby Blues (David Miller) was the first to show but by the opening quarter mile in :27.4, driver Yannick Gringas had Wild Honey, the 1/5 favorite, on the move and took over the lead. From that point on the field raced Indian-style past the half mile in :57.4 before the action began to pick up. Corey Callahan was sitting third with Smexi and then came first-over with Gold Gora (Tim Tetrick) following the live cover in the backstretch and past the three-quarters in 1:26.3. Then coming down the stretch Gingras held the field at bay with Wild Honey. Bright Baby Blues came up the passing lane to try and mount a challenge but it was too little too late as Wild Honey won in 1:55.2. “She’s just a fantastic filly,” said trainer Jimmy Takter in the winner’s circle, “Despite the conditions she was just on cruise control.” It was the eighth straight win and ninth of the year in only ten starts for Wild Honey. The freshman daughter of Cantab Hall is co-owned by Christina Takter, John Fieldings, Herb Liverman and Jim Fieldings. She paid just $2.20 to win. Wild Honey The $237,500 Matron Stakes for two-year-old trotting colts saw Habitat and Gringras go to the early lead over Uncle Lasse (Ron Pierce) with the first quarter mile in :28. Then it was Cruzado Dela Noche and driver David Miller quarter moving to the front before the half mile marker in :56.1. As they hit the backstretch Pierce came back first-over with Uncle Lasse and trying to follow their outside cover was Billy Flynn (Brett Miller) but to no avail as they could not close the gap. Past the three-quarters in 1:25 saw Uncle Lasse in contention but then he began to tire and at the top of the stretch, Gingras left the pocket with Habitat to come after Cruzado Dela Noche and all the while, sitting in fourth place along the race was David Miller with Muscle Diamond and they shot up the passing lane. But it was not enough as Habitat was the strong horse, winning by a half length in 1:54.2 with Muscle Diamond nosing out Cruzado Dela Noche for second place. “He (Habitat) is a very consistent horse,” said trainer Ron Burke, “and he can do it all. I was glad to see Yannick give him a trip today. I think he will be in great shape for the upcoming Breeders Crown.” Sired by Conway Hall, it was the seventh win this year for Habitat. He is owned by the Hauser Brothers Racing, and J & T Silva Stables and paid $6.20 to win. Habitat By Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink.com

Sweet Lou will be honored Saturday, November 8 at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs in a special ceremony.  The powerhouse pacer dominated in a World Record performance on Sun Stakes Saturday, June 28, with a time of 1:47, the fastest mile ever paced on a 5/8 mile track. The son of Yankee Cruiser has won 10 of 17 starts this year, with those 10 coming consecutively, and all in sub-1:49 fashion.   He’s owned by Burke Racing Stable; Weaver Bruscemi LLC;  Larry Karr; and Phil Collura, and trained by Ron Burke.  His connections will be on hand to escort Sweet Lou to the Winner’s Circle following the 6th race. Starting at 6:30pm, fans may pick up their official Sweet Lou hat at the Trackside Concession Stand on the apron, located in the lower Grandstand, with their Racing Rewards card and valid ID, one per fan, while supplies last.  The hat is in Burke Racing Stable colors, and boasts the pacer’s 1:47 time under his name.  Fans are asked to wear their hat and be outside the Winner’s Circle to greet the champion pacer as he makes his way to the circle for his ceremony.  Post Time for the night is 6:30pm., and racing continues at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs Tuesday, Wednesday, and Saturday nights until November 22. JENNIFER STARR

DOVER, Del ---  A total of $1,561,150 in Matron Stakes purses is on the line in eight stakes finals on a giant Thursday, Nov. 6 program at Dover Downs. Post time is 4:30 p.m. A $26,000 Delaware Special headed by defending Horse of the Meet Nova Artist and track record holder Bandolito, lead a strong undercard. There are five $1,000,000 winners, one of whom, Father Patrick, has earned more than $2-million among the Matron starters. Leading trainers Ron Burke and Jimmy Takter have entered their top young horses. The Filly and Colt freshmen trotters make up the daily double. Wild Honey, a winner of eight of nine races with one second with Yannick Gingras driving for Christine Takter, Liverman and the Fielding’s is the one to beat in the first race boasting a $203,800 purse while Burke-owned Habitat with partners Weaver Bruscemi and Our Horse Cents Stable matches strides with Bender Sweden and Roy Holth’s Bill Flynn with Brett Miller in race #2 going for $237,500.  A Delaware-owned filly pacer, Bettor Be Steppin, owned by Rojan Stables, along with Ted Gewertz and Val D’or Stable and trained by University of Delaware grad Joe Holloway, is a major contender in the $199,600 Matron frosh pace meeting Southwind Roulette, with Corey Callahan, a winner of five of eight starts for Phila. attorney Howard Taylor and Brad Grant and Burke Racing, Pahellerric Stable, Larry Karr and Weaver Bruscemi’s Sassa Hanover, who has won eight of 10 and driven by Gingras. Another local tie comes in the $193,200 colt and gelding pace where Yankee Bounty, owned by Frank Pitts of Harrington, and the Yankee Bounty Partnership, holding an impressive eight wins in nine races record meeting Joe Lyons-Mound’s Lyons Levi Lewis, handled by Ron Pierce, and White Birch Farm’s In The Arsenal, reined by Brian Sears and New York Sire Stakes champion Cartoon Daddy driven by Gingras for Joe Scala and Burke Racing. Takter has the trotters to beat in the sophomore division. The streaking Shake It Cerry racing for Solveig’s Racing Partners and driver Pierce and Lifetime Pursuit, owned by breeder Brittany Farms with Gingras in the bike, are both listed in the sport’s Top 10 and meet in the $160,950 three-year-old filly trot. Father Patrick, owned by the Father Patrick Stable, a winner of 11 of 15 and nearly $2.2-million in his career drew the rail with Gingras driving in the $200,350 colt trot. Red hot trotter Nuncio, winner of last year’s from Matron with John Campbell, returns but most overcome outside post 8. The Stall Tz Inc. colt has never been worse than second winning 15 of 25 lifetime and approaching $1.8-million in earnings. SSG Stable’s McWicked, with David Miller driving for trainer Casey Coleman, a $1-million winner; Matt Kakaley teams with All Bets Off , another million-dollar winner, for Baldachino, Shelswell, Panhellenic Stable and Burke Racing, are among the contestants in the $186,550 Matron Colt pace. Fast finishing Weeper, owned by Bay Pond Stable of Paoli, Pa. and steered by Corey Callahan, is a dramatic fast finisher, She tangles with a pair of Coleman trainees, Mac Nichol’s Major Dancer and Brett Miller and Also Encouraging with David Miller. Both are owned by West Win Stables, in the $179,200 filly pace. To top off the outstanding card, in the $26,000 Delaware Special, Bandolito, co-owned by trainer-driver Daryl Bier, Charles Dombeck and David Bier, closed out last meet scoring a 1:48 performance to break the former track record. In the first Del. Special of the new meet, he collides with Eddie and Kathy Davis’ Nova Artist, with driver Allan Davis, who was voted Horse of the Meet twice in the past three seasons. Among the nine contestants, John Dayton’s Just A Jolt, handled by Vic Kirby, and Kovach Stable’s Feel Like A Fool with Corey Callahan are fast contenders on the strong undercard. Throughout the year, Harness and Thoroughbred Simulcasting opens daily at 12 Noon until 12 Midnight at Dover Downs Race and Sports Book in the Colonnade. There is no charge for parking or admission at Dover Downs.

As the races for divisional honors head toward the finish line, trainer Ron Burke is hoping for continued strong performances from his horses down the stretch. Burke sends 18 horses into Friday's stakes action at Hoosier Park, not to mention five more to Vernon Downs for stakes engagements on Saturday. Among Burke's top contenders at Hoosier are 3-year-old male pacers JK Endofanera and Limelight Beach in the $275,000 Monument Circle, older male pacers Clear Vision, Foiled Again and Sweet Lou in the $211,500 Hoosier Park Pacing Derby, and 3-year-old female trotter Market Rally in the $193,000 Moni Maker Stakes. "There is still money left out there, so you want to finish up strong with some of these," Burke said. "We usually tend to do good in races at the end of the year. We've always done that. It's been more of a tradition that we tend to start poorly and do better late. Hopefully it will continue." Burke's stable already has earned a record $23.75 million this year and is nearing 1,000 wins for the second consecutive season. His earnings are the most for any trainer in horse racing, more than $3.70 million ahead of Thoroughbred leader Todd Pletcher. Last year, Burke's horses won 262 races over the final three months of the campaign. Only three other trainers won more races - in the entire year. This season, Burke has 109 victories in October, including 25 in stakes events. JK Endofanera is the 2-1 morning line favorite in the Monument Circle, a race won by Burke two of the past three years. JK Endofanera brings a four-race win streak to the race, including victories in the American-National Stakes and a division of the Tattersalls Pace. Last week he won a division of the Circle City at Hoosier. For the year, the son of Art Major-Presidential Lady has won 10 of 15 races and $936,145 for breeder/owner 3 Brothers Stables. Joe Holloway-trained Always B Miki, who also won a Tattersalls division and has captured seven of his last eight starts, is the 5-2 second choice, followed by Limelight Beach at 3-1. Limelight Beach has won four of his last five races, including the Little Brown Jug. The gelded son of Somebeachsomewhere-Benear has banked $539,118 this season. He is owned by Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, M1 Stable, and Wingfield Brothers. "All my 3-year-olds have been real good recently," said Burke, who also has At Press Time, Forty Five Red, and Big Boy Dreams entered in the Monument Circle. "They're finishing up the year strong. I'm glad about that. "The Monument Circle is our best two shots (Friday) with JK (Endofanera) and Limelight Beach. We'll see how that works. They've got to beat Always B Miki." McWicked leads all 3-year-old male pacers in purses, with $1.01 million, followed by JK Endofanera, All Bets Off, He's Watching, Always B Miki, and Limelight Beach. "There are three or four horses (that could win divisional honors); whoever wins the Breeders Crown is probably the 3-year-old of the year," Burke said. "It's going to be exciting. It's not like last year, where it already was all decided (with Captaintreacherous). Coming into the Breeders Crown this year, there's still a lot up for grabs." Clear Vision is the 2-1 morning line favorite in the Hoosier Park Pacing Derby, followed by Foiled Again at 5-2 and Sweet Lou at 7-2. Burke-trained Bettor's Edge and Easy Again also are part of the 10-horse field. Foiled Again won the Hoosier Park Pacing Derby - then named the Indiana Pacing Derby and raced at Indiana Downs - in 2011 and 2012. Clear Vision is coming off a win last week in the Dayton Pacing Derby, where he edged Foiled Again by a nose. Sweet Lou won 10 consecutive races during the summer, and has earned $958,558 this year, but heads to the Pacing Derby trying to snap a three-race losing streak. "Lou trained great this week," Burke said. "I went out and trained him myself on Tuesday and I was very happy with him. I think he'll be back to himself. "Bettor's Edge and Clear Vision drew great spots and Foiled is still Foiled. Hopefully we should do alright. They've stayed sound all year, all of them, and raced great. I could see them finishing up the year great too." Burke's Rose Run Parker is the 4-1 second choice in the $230,000 Carl Erskine Trot for 3-year-old male trotters. Multiple-stakes-winner Father Patrick, from the stable of Jimmy Takter, is the 3-5 morning line favorite. Takter also has the top choices in the Moni Maker - Shake It Cerry and Lifetime Pursuit - followed by Burke's Market Rally, who is a two-time New York Sire Stakes champion trying open stakes company for only the third time in her career. "She's in very tough, against very good horses," Burke said. "But I've always wanted to see what Market Rally would do against top horses, so I'm excited to see what she'll do there." by Ken Weingartner, for Harness Racing Communications

ANDERSON, Ind.- The best in the sport of Harness Racing will be showcased at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, October 31 as Grand Circuit racing action returns to Hoosier Park's seven-eighths mile oval for the fourth and final time this season. With over $1.2 million in purses to be distributed on the evening, Hoosier Park will offer arguably one of the best cards of the 2014 live racing season on Friday with a 14-race card that includes the $275,000 Monument Circle pace, the $230,000 Carl Erskine trot, and the $211,500 Hoosier Park Pacing Derby. Also complimenting the card will be the $193,000 Moni Maker stakes for 3-year-old trotting fillies and the $176,500 Nadia Lobell for three-year-old pacing fillies, which are being held at Hoosier Park for the first time this season. The first race of the card will line-up behind the starting gate at 5:15 p.m. Harness racing's richest horse this year, Father Patrick, will look to add to his bankroll when he visits Indiana for the first time in the $230,000 Carl Erskine Trot for 3-year-olds slated as the tenth race on the card. Father Patrick, who recently reached to the No. 1 spot in the weekly Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll, drew post one with regular driver Yannick Gingras in the sulky. Father Patrick has earned $1.38 million this year and 11 of 14 seasonal outings. The Carl Erskine trot also includes the Indiana Sires Stakes Champion Rose Run Parker from the stable of Hoosier Park's leading trainer, Ron Burke. Rose Run Parker, who has never raced anywhere but Hoosier Park, has won 13 of 15 races this year and has yet to be defeated in his last eight outings. He will start from post three in the field of ten with regular driver Ricky Macomber Jr. The 2014 Dan Patch Invitational winner, Sweet Lou will return to Hoosier Park for the first time since his Dan Patch victory and look to snap a three-race losing streak in the $211,500 Hoosier Park Pacing Derby from post six. Sweet Lou, who has won 10 of 16 races and $958,558 this year, will line up behind the gate with his Burke stablemates Foiled Again, Bettor's Edge, Clear Vision, and Easy Again. With victories in nearly every major stakes race to-date, Foiled Again will start from post eight with Yannick Gingras handling the lines. Foiled Again has won six of 23 starts pushing his career purse earnings to $6.73 million which is the most money for any harness racing horse in North American history. Burke will also send out the 2-1 morning line favorite, JK Endofanera, in the $275,000 Monument Circle Pace for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings. Starting from post two in the powerful field of ten, JK Endofanera will look to score his fifth consecutive win and second consecutive Hoosier Park win after a dominant performance in the Circle City Stakes last week. With $1.3 million amassed lifetime, JK Endofanera has won 10 of 15 starts this season including a victory in the $920,000 North America Cup at Mohawk Racetrack in Ontario earlier in the season. In conjunction with the racing action on the track, Hoosier Park will also host the 2014 Monster Bash beginning at 9:00 p.m. in the Terrace level of the grandstand in honor of the Halloween holiday. The 2014 Monster Bash will offer live music, drink specials and a costume contest with a top prize of $1,000 in each of the contest categories. For more information on the upcoming live racing and entertainment at Hoosier Park, please visit www.hoosierpark.com. The live racing schedule at Hoosier Park will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 15. by Emily Gaskin, for Hoosier Park  

WASHINGTON, PA, Oct. 28, 2014 -- Cowgirl Hall endured a brutal first quarter and went on to capture her second straight -- and 13th this year -- in Tuesday's $18,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Cowgirl Hall dueled with Classicality through a wicked 26.4 opening panel before yielding to the pocket. But when Dave Palone sent her out again past the quarter, the 5-year-old daughter of Cash Hall-Centerfold Hall, responded willingly. She found the wire in time, holding off the rallying Call To Post by 3/4 lengths in 1:53.2. Better Caviar was third. Ron Burke trains Cowgirl Hall, who now boasts $619,303 in career earnings, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Jack Piatt III and Michael Rosenthal. Tony Hall and Palone each piloted four winners on the 15-race card. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, Oct. 27, 2014 -- Dead last heading into the final turn, Doubelieveinmagic unleashed a wide rally through the lane that carried her to victory in Monday's $15,000 Filly & Mare Not Listed Preferred Pace at The Meadows. Doubelieveinmagic trailed the leader, Novascotia Hanover, by 7 lengths before she got rolling for Dave Palone. The 4-year-old daughter of Western Terror-Hawaiian Beachlady scored in a career-best 1:52, one and one-quarter lengths better than the first-over Do Me Honor. Novascotia Hanover was able to finish third. Ron Burke trains Doubelieveinmagic, who extended her career bankroll to $110,419, for Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Palone piloted five winners -- three for Burke -- on the 15-race card while Tony Hall and Dan Rawlings each fashioned a triple. by Evan Pattak, for The Meadows

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