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East Rutherford, N.J. - October of 2016 has been quite a month for harness racing driver Scott Zeron--first, a Trotting Triple Crown with Marion Marauder, and now his first ever Breeders Crown title. Zeron sustained a first-over push through the far turn with Call Me Queen Be ($27.80) to duel down Jugette winner L A Delight for a 1:49.4 score in the $500,000 Breeders Crown for 3-year-old pacing fillies on Saturday (October 29) at The Meadowlands. The daughter of Somebeachsomewhere was forced to change tactics from a post 9 dispatch, settling into midfield on the first turn while Pure Country (Brett Miller) won a :27.2 first-quarter duel before yielding to L A Delight (John Campbell) midway up the far side. With just over half the journey remaining, Zeron moved Call Me Queen Be first-over and applied heavy pressure to L A Delight with three-eighths remaining. Of the new strategy, Zeron was pleased things worked out as well as they did. "I'm happy she was on her game tonight," he remarked. "That's not her style [going first-over], but things really worked out to her advantage, getting a soft third quarter and then just turn it into a sprint to leave [out] some of those horses that were following behind." While able to stick a head in front upon reaching head-stretch, Call Me Queen Be faced heavy resistance the length of the straight, forced to duel L A Delight through a :26 closing quarter to ultimately prevail by three-quarters of a length. Glen Garnsey Memorial winner Darlinonthebeach (David Miller) stayed on for third after directly tracking the winner's cover off the far turn. Ross Croghan trains Call Me Queen Be, now a 10-time winner, for the Let It Ride Stables and Mr. Dana Parham. by James Witherite, Meadowlands

Nichols, N.Y. -- First-time starter Rock the Boat ($4.30) dropped jaws in his career debut on Friday (July 29) evening at Tioga Downs, dominating eight other harness racing 2-year-old pacing colts and geldings in his $37,966 New York Sire Stakes event in going-away fashion.   Jim Marohn, Jr. was patient early with the royally-bred son of Rock N Roll Heaven and Tug River Princess, stalking comfortably behind an early charge led by 100-1 outsider This Is My Song (Aaron Byron), who pushed clear from post 9 through a :26.4 initial quarter. With a circuit to go, Rock the Boat powered clear from fourth, making up nearly five lengths to overtake This Is My Song on approach to the clubhouse turn.   After pulling the pace back through a :56.3 half, Rock the Boat braced for a first-over bid from Pointomygranson (Jim Morrill, Jr.), but accelerated in kind through a :27.4 third quarter. Once Pointomygranson's bid concluded, the main danger for Rock the Boat was Very Special Agent (Jason Bartlett), who switched off cover to keep the pressure on just above the eighth pole. Rock the Boat accelerated away while kept to task, mounting a 3-1/4 length margin en route to a 1:52.4 victory. Very Special Agent maintained runner-up honors, while Octane Blue Chip (Phil Fluet) emerged off third-over cover to claim third.   Ross Croghan trains Rock the Boat for the Let It Ride Stables, Inc. and Mr. Dana Parham.   Sons of Roll With Joe captured the other two Sire Stakes splits on the 13-race card for trainer Ron Burke, with Miso Fast ($2.50, part of entry) and Rock It Scott ($5.80) prevailing in their respective events.   Miso Fast, a son of Roll With Joe and Sakura Hanover, used a second-over trip behind Thrdthrsdaynsptmbr (Ken Holliday) to work closer to pacesetter Windsong Napoleon (Scott Coulter) on the far turn before vaulting to the fore off the corner. Jim Morrill, Jr. drove Miso Fast to a 1:53.1 victory over stablemate Offdahook Bluechip (Joe Bongiorno), while Windsong Napoleon checked in a worn-down third.   Rock It Scott had a more eventful journey, yielding to an aggressive Music Is Art (Morrill) on approach to the clubhouse turn before retaking and sprinting off by 4-1/2 lengths in the final quarter of a 1:54.1 mile under Joe Bongiorno. The son of Roll With Joe and Vanite Semalu held clear of a late bid from runner-up Willie Joe Hill (Patrick Lachance), while Americanfirewater (Marohn) saved third from a tracking trip   Jason Bartlett led all drivers with four wins on the 13-race card, while Morrill tallied three.   Live racing returns to Tioga Downs on Saturday (July 30) evening, with a 12-race card due to commence at 6:30 p.m. Eastern.   by James Witherite

Billie Schwartz, who lost her husband Michael after his untimely death in 1999 after 35 years of marriage, has continued to carry on as a proud California harness racing owner and breeder and also recently returned to a seat on the California Harness Horsemen's Association board. "Michael and I met at Monticello Raceway in upstate New York," Billie related. "We both had a love for harness racing even then, but only as fans." The couple eventually moved to California, and as Michael became more successful in his professional life, they decided to become more involved in harness racing. They chose Ross Croghan to be their trainer, which right there was a very good move. "We attended our first yearling auction in 1981 and purchased our first yearling, Best of Dani, for $3,500," Billie recalled. "He was a late foal, a big strapping beautiful horse, and didn't race until he was a 3-year-old." Best of Dani went on to become the California Horse of the Year in 1983 under Croghan's direction, banking a then very cool $110,000. "I remember thinking "My, how easy is this?' We should have lots of horses. That's when the love affair with the horses really was born. "I can't tell you the excitement that occurred whenever Dani raced. He came from behind and could go first over, like no other horse I have ever owned. In those days, there was really tough competition, which made his wins even more exciting. "The winner's circle was thrilling, filled with friends and well wishers. Even today, Dani holds the world record for winning a mile and five-eighths marathon over some highly competitive peers." Best of Dani's groom was Nicole Kraft, who would go on to become editor of Hoofbeats magazine. When the horse was retired, Michael and Billie gave the pacer to his faithful and loving groom. "Every time the magazine needed a generic picture of a horse, she used a picture of Dani, because he was such a beautiful looking animal," Billie noted. Over the years, the Schwartz stable campaigned hundreds of horses. When Croghan decided to go East, Michael chose James Wilkinson Jr. to be their trainer. "It was a wise choice," Billie said. Due to Michael Schwartz' success in business, he was able to retire at a young age. This gave him time to become involved in the California Harness Horse Association, where he dedicated himself to helping horsemen and furthering the promotion of the sport in California. He served as President of the CHHA for a number of years, and during that time mastered the art of the deal, including several positive interactions with Los Alamitos owner Ed Allred," Billie noted. "Michael negotiated the harness lease at Los Alamitos and the game was thriving in the state." Billie's passion for the sport has continued after Michael's untimely passing, having bred and raced numerous California Horses of the Year in partnership with Wilkinson. "Jim and I have weathered the many challenges that California harness racing has incurred and continues to face," she noted. "We continue to try to keep our ship afloat over these very turbulent waters. We have remained loyal to California and cannot understand why this state, the richest in the nation, cannot support harness racing, a sport that has been woven into its very fabric for over 100 years. "We have bought horses at auctions and at times have had to import semen to impregnate our mares because of the diminishing returns from the California Sire Stakes program. California must remain competitive with other states as well as being innovative in delivering its product to a new generation. "We need to look at successful venues and see what works and implement these policies here in California. We need to be aggressive in promoting the excitement of the sport." Billie recalled two decades ago when she used to assist fellow California owner Eileen Brodbar in running the "Clocker's Corner" program at Los Alamitos. Fans were invited to hear owners, trainers, drivers and handicappers and were given free programs along with free donuts and coffee. "I recall that the most valuable freebie was when we had a drawing for a ride that evening in the starting car and a picture in the winner's circle. It created excitement and from that we had people who wanted the experience of owning their own horse. "We need to bring that magic back again," Billie said. Sire Stakes, pair of Open Paces spotlighted Uringoodhands, who dominated his peers last season, looks to pick up another added-money score in Saturday night's $10,000 California Sire Stakes for the 4-year-old pacing males. There will also be a pair of co-featured $6,000 Open Paces, with Bettormeboy and Party Hangover Two getting top billing in those events, respectively. The Sire Stakes will be the opener on the 13-race program with first post set for 6:15 p.m. There will be no live racing Super Bowl Sunday, with a return to the regular Saturday/Sunday schedule next week. Uringoodhands is a son of Kent's On Nuke out of the Surmo Hanover mare Sparks Will Fly who is owned and was co-bred by Mark Anderson, hails from the Gordie Graham barn and as usual has James Kennedy in the sulky. The dark-hued performer comes into this assignment having posed for pictures following eight of his 11 lifetime trips to the post. He closed out his 2015 campaign with a facile Sire Stakes score back in April and has continued his winning ways in a pair of conditioned victories this season. Uringoodhands has made every pole a winning one in both of those scores with Kennedy at the controls, including a sizzling 1:53 1/5 tour last week over a track labeled "good" He is strictly the one to beat this weekend. Taking him on are Musician, Laissezmopicoler, Hi Ho Houdini, Sounion, Ladi Machette Man, Hi Ho's Little Rev. *********** And a reminder there are two wagers that come with a reduced 16 percent takeout rate. They are the 50-cent Pick 5, which this season features a 25 percent minor pool payout; and the 20-cent Pick 4, which on Saturday comes with an increased $40,000-guaranteed gross pool. By Mark Ratzky  

Taking advantage of a pocket trip, Icommandmyspirit ($5.50) kicked on in the final yards to defeat 6-5 pacesetting favourite Arodasi in Friday (September 4) evening's $14,000 Mares Open Pace at the harness racing meeting at Tioga Downs.   The 5-year-old Dragon Again mare outsprinted K J's Caroline (Jim Taggart, Jr.) and Southwind Trini (Jim Marohn, Jr.) en route to the first turn, working clear through a :26.3 initial quarter before yielding to Arodasi (Mike Simons), who brushed aggressively from fourth with a circuit to go.   Icommandmyspirit drafted along through a :55.3 middle half before John Cummings, Jr. turned up the pressure on Arodasi off the far turn.   The two dueled in upper stretch, with Icommandmyspirit ultimately prevailing in 1:50.1 by half a length.   Southwind Trini held third off her tracking bid, while Mach It a Par (Dan Clements) failed to pose any threat throughout. K J's Caroline faded to finish last of the quintet.   Ross Croghan trains Icommandmyspirit for owner/breeder Cheryl Costello.   Jim Marohn, Jr. led all drivers with four wins on the 11-race program.   He reeled off a natural hat trick to kick off the evening, winning aboard Hercu Lindy ($6.70, 1:57), Twin B Alibi ($7.40, 1:56.3), and Frenchmen ($2.80, 1:56.4) before teaming up with Somedreamsomewhere ($6.20, 1:55) in the evening's ninth race.   Live racing returns to Tioga Downs on Saturday (September 5) evening, with post time at 6:15 p.m. Eastern.   James Witherite

Queensland young guns Brittany Graham and Trent Moffat jetted into New York on Sunday and have quickly settled in nicely to harness racing USA style. The two winners of the Centenary Classic Mercedes Benz (Toowong) Young Achievers Award at last years RQ Industry Awards, commenced their one month educational prize this week easily filling in their first two days in North America at expat Aussie trainer Ross Croghan’s Gateway Farms, New Jersey. “What an amazing place,” Graham said. “There are about 600 horses on the property which is privately owned and trainers rent barns. “(On our first day) Trent and I both got to do two jog trips which was exciting. “ Day two delivered even more positive experiences for the two Queenslanders. “We both got the opportunity to do trainers (fast workers) so that was very exciting, and I drove a two-year-old colt out of a half-sister to Rocknroll Hanover and Trent drove two other pretty promising colts,” an excited Graham said.  “I also got the opportunity to train a mare called Sudoku who has paced a mile in 1.51.4 this season. “As well as that I got to jog a mare called Single Me who is in a half-million dollar (US$500,000) race on Saturday night! “All in all a good day. “We are sitting and watching some races at Pocono Downs now and trying to learn what we can, which will hopefully help us out!” The education prize of the trip to the USA was the brainchild of Queensland’s young guns ‘supremo’, Kevin Seymour. With the assistance of Racing Queensland's management, Albion Park Harness Racing Manager Damian Raedler and Management at The Meadowlands, Seymour was able to initiate a harness racing educational trip of a life-time for the star young drivers. The duo is being mentored by Croghan and the team at Gateway Farms in all facets of training and driving. They will return after an Los Angeles stopover at the end of this month. Not one to rest on his laurels, Seymour has already selected another two young Queensland drivers, Danielle McMullen and Hayden Barnes to be educated in Canada next month. David Aldred

HARRINGTON, Del. - Three $20,000 divisions of harness racing 3-year-old pacing fillies in the Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) stakes' first leg were contested Tuesday at Harrington Raceway. Let It Ride Stable, Dana Parham and Carter Racing Stable's Totally Rusty ($2.10, Corey Callahan) equaled the track record for sophomore pacing fillies with a 1:52.1 romp over Nella's Bus and Gigi Deo. Trained by Ross Croghan, Totally Rusty recorded her 13th win in 16 lifetime starts. A daughter of Rusty's For Real, she was a 13-length winner in the $100,000 DSBF final at Dover Downs on April 8. The track record is now co-held with Seboomook Fool Yah, who achieved the feat in 2014. Henry Faragalli III's Fancy Sound ($2.80, Jim Morand) took the first division in 1:54.1 over Cedar Hall Heiress and Fountain Pen. Fancy Sound, a Les Givens trainee sired by Veeza, set the pace throughout in her victory. Joann Looney-King's Purrfect Bags ($2.80, Victor Kirby) was victorious in the final division with a front end win in 1:53 over Love Forbidden and Littlesandyloam. Trained by Jim King Jr., the Roddy's Bags Again filly notched her 11th win in 14 career starts. It was one of four winners on the program for Kirby. Richard Lombardo and David Kryway's Also Encouraging ($5.20, Allan Davis) won the overnight feature, the $16,000 Mares Open in 1:52.4 for trainer Josh Green. It was the fifth win in eight seasonal starts for the daughter of No Pan Intended. Matthew Sparacino

Queensland’s young dynamic harness racing driving duo, Brittany Graham and Trent Moffat will proudly fly the Australian flag when they experience racing in the United States over the next month. The inaugural winners of the Centenary Classic Mercedes Benz Young Achievers Award will spend one month with highly successful veteran expat Aussie trainer Ross Croghan in the US. Graham (19) and Moffat (22) will don the Aussie green and gold driving suits and boxing kangaroo green and gold helmets at every promotional opportunity whilst overseas. Racing Queensland will publicly present the driver colours to Graham and Moffat this Saturday at Albion Park. Queensland’s young guns organizer Kevin Seymour said he has been busily organizing contacts overseas so the young drivers can experience as much US racing as they can during their month long stay. “The racing authorities at the Meadowlands  are helping us out where they can and I have been in touch with my contacts to ensure the kids get to experience as much as possible while they are there,” Seymour said. Graham and Moffat will leave Brisbane on 28 June and fly to New York via Los Angeles. They will start the trek home on 24 July with a three day fun stopover in LA where they will visit Universal Hollywood Studios and Disneyland. Croghan, the young drivers mentor in the US is originally from Luddenham, near Penrith in New South Wales. The US champion was born into harness racing, following in the footsteps of his father, the late Noel Croghan. His entry to the US began on the West Coast and Croghan racked up nine driving titles before he decamped for New Jersey in the 1990s. Since then, he has ranked among the top trainers in Meadowlands history with over 1,000 wins in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Croghan has four Big M training titles to his credit (1999, 2000, 2006, 2007) and holds the record for most starters in one season with 717 in 1999. He has a lengthy list of standouts to his credit, and his top trainees have included millionaire trotter Corleone Kosmos, Tug River Princess, Carolina Sunshine, Laughandbehappy, BJ’s Whirlwind, Mister Goal, Ultimate Falcon, Spendid Splinter and Artist Stena. Croghan also has a good record as a teacher of the trade and he has mentored some of the sport’s top training talents. His former assistants include Brett Pelling, the Meadowlands’ all-time leading money winner and Mark Harder. David Aldred  

Manalapan, NJ --- Training down, 2-year-old harness racing male trotter Southwind Frank didn't act like much of a race horse. But ever since getting a taste of more speed, he's come around. Southwind Frank was one of four Ron Burke-trained 2-year-olds to win qualifiers Monday at Gaitway Farms. A son of Muscle Hill out of the mare Flawless Lindy, he won in 1:55.3 over a track labeled "good" to lead all trotters. Last week, Southwind Frank finished second by a nose in 2:00.1. "He was very good and he was very good in his first qualifier," Burke said. "He's funny. He was a horrible colt all the way until 2:30, but he's just gotten better and better. The faster you go, the better he gets. He couldn't trot in three minutes to save his life. He was horrible gaited and didn't have a great attitude. But every time we trained him he got a little better and then at like 2:30 it clicked. "He's been a completely different horse since then. Either we were doing a very bad job at first or we're doing a great job now. Horses learn at their own rates. You can push them all you want; some of them are going to do it quick, some you're going to have to wait on." Southwind Frank was purchased as a yearling for $100,000 at the Lexington Selected Sale, which was to the colt's benefit. "He was a $100,000 baby so we didn't just cut him loose," Burke said. "I thought I had to give him a chance and I kept making stakes payments, and worried I was throwing just good money after bad, but for once it worked out." Burke-trained male trotter Southwind Flash (Muscle Hill-Friendly Amigo) followed his stablemate onto the track and won his qualifier in 1:58.4. Burke also won with 2-year-old male pacers Lyons Snyder (Well Said-Armbro Cachet) in 1:55.1 and Viceroy Hanover (Somebeachsomewhere-Vasmajorty Hanover) in 1:56. Both were winners a week ago, Lyons Snyder by 9-1/2 lengths in 1:56.2. "He's a real horse too I think," Burke said. "He's just got to mind his manners. Today was good. He let somebody go, he came back; he had multiple moves. He did everything you're looking for in a horse." Female pacer Skinny Dipper (Somebeachsomewhere-Xhilaration) posted the day's fastest mile for the 2-year-olds, winning the morning's first qualifier in 1:54.2 with a :56.1 final half-mile. It was her first time qualifying. "I didn't want that kind of mile, but they went those fractions up front and she seems like she did it real easy, and that's the main thing," trainer Ross Croghan said. "All winter she had a beautiful, big, loping gait. She looked like a 4-year-old training down, and sometimes that's what you want to see. "She'll qualify one more time, a little slower I hope." Tony Alagna captured two qualifiers, the first with female pacer Call Me Queen Be (Somebeachsomewhere-Preppy Party Girl) in 1:56.3 and the second with male pacer Craftship (Art Major-Capri Hanover) in 1:56.4. "(Call Me Queen Be) is a really nice filly," Alagna said. "She's been nice all along. She acts like a really nice filly and I'm real happy with her today. "I'm really happy with the group I've got overall. We're having a good day. And we qualified some nice colts (at the Meadowlands) on Saturday and last week here." Alagna also was happy with Dr J Hanover, a colt named in honor of Dr. Bridgette Jablonsky, the farm manager at Hanover Shoe Farms. Dr J Hanover (Somebeachsomewhere-So Perfect) was purchased under the name Stepenwolf Hanover for $300,000 at the Standardbred Horse Sale. His mother was a stakes winner and his family includes stakes-winners Perfectionist, Lifetime Member and Copywriter as well as millionaire Image Of Dawn. Dr J Hanover, making his debut, finished fourth in his qualifier, which was won by Troyce Thomas' Whata Twist (Quik Pulse Mindale-Passage) in 1:56.2. "I was very happy with his first go," Alagna said. "They paced the back half in 55 seconds and he closed into it and was right there at the wire. "He's got a lot of pressure on him with his namesake," he added with a laugh. "She texted me first thing this morning wishing good luck. We're very happy with him." No other trainer sent out more than one winner among the 2-year-olds. Other female pacers posting victories were Gerard Malanga's Sail To The Beach (Somebeachsomewhere-Sail Away) in 1:55 and Tom Fanning's Burden Of Proof (Western Terror-Dragonfest) in 1:57.2. Other male pacers winning were Aaron Lambert's Biggie (Somebeachsomewhere-Wenditions) in 1:55.2. Notching triumphs among the female trotters were Chris Ryder's Muffin Hanover (Andover Hall-Mayday Hanover) in 2:01.3 and Jimmy Takter's Keep It Classy (Yankee Glide-Classical Girl) in 2:02.1. For complete charts of all of Monday's qualifiers at Gaitway, click here. Ken Weingartner      

Talented young gun Brittany Graham capped a tremendous harness racing season with a one point triumph in Saturday night’s BOTRA Queensland Young Driver’s Championships. In a thrilling finish, Graham edged out Hayden Barnes 51 points to 50 in the last race of the Championship at Albion Park on Saturday night. Both Graham and Barnes were locked on 49 points going into the final race and both went into the decider driving long shots. “It was a matter of who was going to finish ahead of who in the last race and Brittany got there,” BOTRA Queensland secretary Marg Reynolds said. “You never saw anyone cheer as loud for a horse to finish second last in a race as you heard from Brittany’s mother Linda Graham when Brittany got past Hayden in the run to the post.” Graham drove My Ultimate Hell which finished 9th, just one metre ahead of Red Rocker (10th) driven by Barnes. Early Championship leader Justin Storie finished third in the six race series on 43 points. Graham started the night well winning the 5th heat on the Vicki Rasmussen trained  Mind The Wire with the sixth heat won by Well To Do Lombo, driven by Trent Moffat. It was fitting the Graham and Moffat came to the fore on the final night of the Championships which was conducted over three nights at Redcliffe and Albion Park. Graham and Moffat have had stellar seasons, starring at representative level both nationally and overseas. In a couple of months the duo will head to the USA to join expat Aussie trainer Ross Croghan’s stable for one month of driving and training experience. Graham and Moffat won the right to represent Queensland in the United States as part of the Centenary Classic Mercedes Benz Young Achievers Award prize for their success during the 2013/14 season. by David Aldred  

East Rutherford, NJ - Delaware Sires Stakes champ Totally Rusty brought her act to New Jersey and the Queen of the First State made quite an impression on the harness racing locals at The Meadowlands with a career-best 1:50.3 win in the $39,416 Hardie Hanover, a division of the John Simpson Memorial Grand Circuit stakes.   A recent private purchase by Let It Ride Stables and Dana Parham in partnership with her breeder and prior owner Carter Racing Stable, Totally Rusty was making her first start for new trainer Ross Croghan but had the comfort of the regular driver from her Delaware exploits "Captain" Corey Callahan.   Callahan employed the "If it ain't broke don't fix it" strategy and sent the chestnut daughter of Rusty's For Real right for the front as he had done in each of the programmed past performance lines. The pair set honest fractions of 26.3, 55 and 1:24 before sprinting home in another 26.3 to seal the deal. Bedroomconfessions followed the winner throughout and held place while unable to menace the winner. Happiness rallied from well back for the show.   It's all happening tomorrow at The Meadowlands on Kentucky Derby Day. Gates open at 9:30am in preparation for the day-long card at Churchill. Live racing will start at 5:30pm with the brand new "4 in 40 minutes" wager which is a quick pick 4 between Meadowlands and Tioga Downs races. After a break for the Derby live racing will resume around 7:00 leading up to the hotly anticipated boxing match between Mayweather and Pacquiao which you may enjoy at a price of $25 for men/ $20 for women. Come early and stay late to enjoy one of the great days in sports.   Meadowlands Media Relations Department

Darren McCall continues to live his harness racing dream and is now firmly re-established in Australia after twelve years in North America Originally from Queensland, Darren went to North America to work for Ross Croghan in 1998 for a three month stint and ended up staying in North America for nearly twelve years. After four years in America under Croghan, Darren and his wife Karina moved to Canada and struck out on their own and had an unbelievable run over the next eight years. Horses that passed through their stable at various times included the two time Breeders Crown champion Corleone Kosmos. The son of S J's Photo won $2,141,310 and took a mark of 1:51.2 The outstanding Bettors Delight mare Southwind Tempo 1:48.2 ($2,445,541) was another champion to pass through the McCall barn when in Canada along with two other outstanding mares in Tug River Princess 1:49.3 ($1,858,219) and Carolina Sunshine 1:48.4 ($1,388,062) Deuce Seelster 1:49.4 ($1,149,825) was another millionaire who competed for McCall while in Ontario. All up in the eight years that Darren was training on his own account in Canada he won 395 races for $12,027,532 in purses. “I learnt so much during my 12 years in North America." "In 2006 Karina and I came up with a five year plan with the aim that we would move back to Australia at the end of that time." The reason we stayed for so long on was because the experience we gained was so valuable," Darren said. The McCall's brought home a couple of mares with them with the long term aim of establishing these as their foundation mares in years to come. One is Ice Ice Baby by Modern Art and she is a half sister to Village Blast 1:51.1 ($425,373) while her dam is a half sister to none other than the brilliant racehorse and sire, Cambest 1:46.1 ($1,444,835) " We brought Ice Ice Baby at the yearling sales for just $9,000 and she won us $240,000 and went 1:52.3 so she owes us nothing," Darren said. The other mare was Warrawee Flare who won $609,019 and took a record of 1:50.3 She is a half sister to Safe Harbour 1:50.1 ($492,113) from a half sister to After Life 1:51.4 ($659,328) so lacks nothing on the pedigree or performance front. Arriving back in Australia in 2011, Darren has worked hard to get re-established and feels now the hard work is starting to pay off. "I have settled in Sydney and things are on the up here so it is the right place to be." "I have got a few nice horses in the barn at the moment." "Bettor Bet Black, Western Rockstar and American Highlights have all won on a Friday night at Menangle in the last month so things are ticking over nicely," Darren said. Darren is about to move into a new stable set up right across the road from the Menangle Track which will see his number of boxes increase to twenty two. " I have been doing fifteen because thats all I could accommodate so the extra boxes will be great." " I have been training one horse for some New Zealand owners and l get on good with the New Zealand horses so I am looking to hopefully get a few more now that I have a bit more room," Darren said. With his record in both Australia and North America, Darren McCall has a CV that is right up there with the best in the business. Harnesslink Media  

Trixton, who trotted the fastest mile in New Jersey Sire Stakes history, has been selected as the New Jersey Sire Stakes' Premier Division Horse of the Year for 2014 while Strut My Stuff was named the Green Acres' Horse of the Year. The awards, which are voted annually by the New Jersey Sire Stakes Board of Trustees, are based solely on performances in races for New Jersey-sired horses, including NJSS races and other major stakes for NJ-sired horses. Trixton established the Sire Stakes record of 1:52.1 in winning the NJSS Premier Division Championship Final for three-year-old trotting colts and geldings in May at the Meadowlands. He was undefeated in NJSS competition, also winning a preliminary leg of the Premier Division. Jim Takter, who was the colt's trainer, drove in both victories. After his NJSS campaign, Trixton went on to win the Good Times and Simcoe at Mohawk in addition to the Reynolds and the $1,006.125 Hambletonian at the Meadowlands. The son of Muscle Hill won eight of 11 starts overall as a three-year-old, earning $893,370 overall this year for his owners Christina Takter and Brixton Medical Ab. The colt was bred by Steve Stewart, Marti Ala-seppala and John Bootsman. Strut My Stuff was undefeated in three NJSS Green Acres series starts at Freehold, including the $25,000 championship final for two-year-old pacing fillies in that series where she established a new Green Acres record for her division. Additionally, the daughter of Western Ideal was victorious in the $59,000 filly division of the Lou Babic. Trained by Ross Croghan for co-owners Let It Ride Stables of Boca Raton, FL and RBH Ventures of New York, Strut My Stuff finished the year with career earnings of $52,620. by Christopher Castens, for the New Jersey Sire Stakes

MANALAPAN, NJ - October 10, 2014 - SS Poseidon, winner of the Harold Dancer Trot, added the $33,500 New Jersey Futurity to his list of stakes wins on Friday, October 10, 2014 at Freehold Raceway. The Futurity, restricted to New Jersey-sired two-year-old trotters, is sponsored by the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey. SS Poseidon [Muscle Hill] was a two and a quarter-length winner over the filly Demons N Diamonds [Muscle Hill] in the open trot, carded as the third race. It was six lengths to Switchblade Hall [Muscles Yankee] in third. Steve Smith guided SS Poseidon, who paid $4.20 to win, to his third win in 10 starts. The Erv Miller trainee has finished in-the-money in eight of those starts. In addition to the Harold Dancer at Freehold, he also won a division of the Reynolds Stakes at Tioga Downs. The victory pushed the trotter's earnings to $105,255 for Paymaq Racing of Long Grove, IL and Shim Racing LLC of Deerfield, IL. In the co-featured $25,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes - Green Acres Final for two-year-old pacing fillies, the eighth race, Strut My Stuff was a half-length winner over the pacesetting Cheyenne Robin [Rocknroll Hanover] in a stakes record 1:55.3. Lissan [Rocknroll Hanover] was third by a length and a quarter. Strut My Stuff [$9.80], who captured the Lou Babic Filly in her prior start, extended her winning streak to four in the tenth start of her career. Jack Baggitt Jr. drove the Ross Croghan-trained daughter of Western Ideal who is owned by the Let It Ride Stables of Boca Raton, FL and RBH Ventures Inc. of New York, NY. She has a bankroll of $52,620. The clocking of 1:55.3 was a fifth of a second faster than the previous stakes record shared by Happy Dreamer [2007] and Cheyenne Robin [2013]. By Carol Hodes, for the SBOANJ

MANALAPAN, NJ - September 27 2014 - Harness racing two-year-olds Dealt A Winner and Strut My Stuff won the Lou Babic Pace Finals for New Jersey-sired two-year-olds on Saturday, September 27, 2014 at Freehold Raceway. Dealt A Winner, a son of Cam's Card Shark, extended his winning streak to four and secured his fifth win in six career starts in the $100,000 Babic for colts, the ninth race. Sent off as the 1-9 favorite, the Ed Hart trainee drew away to an eight-length victory over Mitt Jagger [Rocknroll Hanover]. It was eight and a quarter lengths to Edward Teach [Rocknroll Hanover] in third. Dealt A Winner [$2.10], driven by Jason Bartlett, added the Babic title to wins in the Reynolds and Geers. He has now earned $119,879 for owner Jeffrey Snyder of New York City. In the $59,000 filly division, contested as the seventh race, 5-1 Strut My Stuff [Western Ideal] passed 1-5 Smart Zone [Rocknroll Hanover] in the stretch for the one-length victory in 1:57.4. It was two lengths to Hollyrocker [Rocknroll Hanover] in third. Strut My Stuff, driven by Jack Baggitt Jr. and trained by Ross Croghan, posted her Third Straight win and paid $12.20 to win. In nine starts, she has bankrolled $49,120 for the Let It Ride Stables of Boca Raton, FL and RBH Ventures Inc of New York City. Smart Zone, who held on for second, had her winning streak snapped at four. In a non-wagering New Jersey Sire Stakes - Green Acres for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings, Cheyenne Louie was a half-length winner over Card Shock in 1:55.3. Both are sons of Cam's Card Shark. It was a length to Nubble Light [Rocknroll Hanover] in third. The Harry Landy trained and driven Cheyenne Louie has won two straight and five of 17 this year for Glat Kosher Racing of Monroe, NJ. By Carol Hodes, for the SBOANJ

MANALAPAN, NJ - September 13, 2014 - Favorites dominated in a quartet of $7,000 legs of the New Jersey Sire Stakes - Green Acres for pacers on Saturday, September 13, 2014 at Freehold Raceway. The most dominant performance was by Smart Zone [Rocknroll Hanover] in a non-wagering division for two-year-old pacing fillies. The Erv Miller trainee collected her fourth straight win. Steve Smith was at the lines as Smart Zone scored a five and three-quarter length victory over Lissan [Rocknroll Hanover]. It was seven and a quarter back to Cheyenne Robin [Rocknroll Hanover] in third. Smart Zone, who paced the mile in 1:56.3, races for Paymaq Racing of Long Grove, IL and D&M Trading of Chicago, IL. She now has four wins and two thirds in nine starts for earnings of more than $33,500. The second division for two-year-old pacing fillies, carded as the tenth race, went to 1-9 favorite Strut My Stuff [Western Ideal] who was a one-length winner over Hollyrocker [Rocknroll Hanover] in 1:59.3 on a track rated sloppy. Rocknroll Olivia [Rocknroll Hanover] was third by a length and a half. Strut My Stuff [$2.10], driven by Jack Baggitt Jr. and trained by Ross Croghan, picked up her second straight win in eight starts, pushing her earnings over $10,000 for Let It Ride Stables of Boca Raton, FL and RBH Ventures of New York City. The focus was on two-year-old pacing colts in the third race as 1-9 Too Darn Hot [Rocknroll Hanover] held off Devils Cut [Western Ideal] for a neck victory in 1:59. Boulder Roller [Rocknroll Hanover] was third by seven and a quarter. Too Darn Hot [$2.10], a Ron Burke trainee, cut the fractions as Devils Cut drafted behind him until challenging in the stretch. Too Darn Hot held on for his fourth win with two seconds in seven starts, pushing his earnings over $45,000 for Burke Racing Stable, Our Horse Cents Stables, Weaver Bruscemi and Larry Karr. In the eighth race for three-year-old pacing colts, 3-5 Art History took the lead off the gate and extended it the stretch for a three and a quarter tally in 1:55.4 on a sloppy track. In the photo for second, Nubble Light [Rocknroll Hanover] edged out In The Clear [Western Ideal]. Art History [$3.40], a Western Ideal gelding, was piloted by Pat Berry for trainer Steve Elliott. This year he has three wins, one second and three thirds from nine starts for earnings of $31,840. Art History races in the name of his breeders, Kenneth Klein of Armonk, NY and the Old Block Stables of New York City. by Carol Hodes, for SBOANJ

MANALAPAN, NJ - September 1, 2014 - Too Darn Hot was too much the best, winning the $7,000 opening leg of the New Jersey Sire Stakes - Green Acres for two-year-old pacing colts and geldings at Freehold Raceway on Labor Day, September 1, 2014. Driven by Eric Abbatiello and trained by Ron Burke, Too Darn Hot scored an easy five and a quarter length victory in 1:59 flat in the co-featured eighth race. Skullhouse Raider [Cam's Card Shark] edged out Devil's Cut [Western Ideal] for second. Too Darn Hot [$2.20], as on of Rocknroll Hanover, has been first or second in five of seven starts, banking $33,475 for the ownership of Burke Racing Stable of Fredericktown, PA; Our Horse Cents Stables of Clifton Park, NY; Weaver Bruscemi LLC of Canonsburg, PA and Lawrence Karr of Randolph, NJ. In a pair of $7,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes-Green Acres for two-year-old pacing fillies, one division was a stretch battle with a narrow margin of victory and another was a wire-to-wire tally, extending a winning streak to three. In the second race, Smart Zone by Rocknroll Hanover, drew off to a five and three-quarter length victory in 1:56.1 after leading at every call. The Erv Miller trainee, in the hands of Steve Smith, has won three in a row and finished in-the-money in five of eight starts. Lissan was second best and it was eight lengths to Cheyenne Robin in third. Both are daughters of Rocknroll Hanover. Smart Zone paid $2.40 to win and pushed her career bankroll over $30,000 for Paymaq Racing of Long Grove, IL and D&M trading LLC of Chicago, IL. Strut My Stuff by Western Ideal won the second division, the third, racing, prevailing by a neck over Crescent City in a closely contested duel. Jack Baggitt Jr. was at the lines of the Ross Croghan trainee who paced the mile in 1:58.1. She paid $8.20 to win. Runner-up Crescent City and Hollyrocker, who was six and a half lengths back in third, are both by Rocknroll Hanover. It was Strut My Stuff's first win in seven starts. She is owned by Let It Ride Stables of Boca Raton, FL and RBH Ventures Inc. of New York City. Green Acres action at Freehold continues on Thursday with the second leg of two-year-old trotting colts and geldings with six going postward in a non-wagering event at 12:10 p.m. The six, in post order, are Algorithm, Broken Record, Cruizinwithmuscles, Firestop, Switchblade Hall and El Diablo BR. Algorithm and El Diablo BR are sons of Muscle Hill. The others are by Muscles Yankee. The $40,000 estimated Marion Dancer Final for New Jersey-sired two-year-old trotting fillies will also be a non-wagering race and is scheduled for 12:20 p.m. Three fillies dropped in the box: Southwind Cartier by Muscle Hill, Showy Starlet by Muscles Yankee and Rules of the Road by Muscle Hill. The Marion Dancer's stakes record of 1:59 was set by Lovely in 2005. The Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey sponsors the Marion Dancer. by Carol Hodes, for SBOANJ

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