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Joe P Racing's million-dollar earner Sevruga (Andy Miller) took the first of two co-featured events for upper-conditioned level trotters at Harrah's Philadelphia on Thursday. The son of Sj's Caviar took command shortly after the quarter-pole, when Razor Ramone (Yannick Gingras) went off stride. Sevruga was able to hold off the late challenge of Joe Smith's Possessed Fashion (Brett Miller) to pick up his 32nd career win, and his second straight. The mile was completed in 1:53.2. Sevruga paid $4.00 in a field that was scratched down to five. In the second division, it was Christy Markos and Greg Peck's Stan The Man (Scott Zeron) winning his fourth straight. The son of Credit Winner drafted patiently in the pocket behind favorite Uva Hanover (Tim Tetrick) until the top of the stretch, when he won the sprint home by a quarter-length, stopping the clock in 1:54.4. It was his 11th career win and his 4th of 2015. He paid $7.00. Uva Hanover finished second, while My Love Bi (Geo. Napolitano Jr.) was third. Michael Bozich

On a night that was tough on horses looking to rally from off the pace, Odds On Equuleus bucked the Saturday night trend at The Meadowlands, rocketing off cover to win in his harness racing return off a month freshening. Considered just one of many contenders in a loaded condition event to kick off the Late Pick 4, Odds On Equuleus was released at 7/2 in the highly competitive field. Blatantly Best was sent off as the lukewarm 3-1 favorite in the field and Windsong Gorgeous, riding a four race win streak was dismissed at 5-1 despite winning as an overwhelming favorite the previous week. The early lead belonged to Dapper Dude, fresh off three attempts in the Levy series. In fact, the six year old led the field all the way to mid-stretch, reeling off fractions of 26.3, 53.4 and 1:21.4. Despite setting a brisk pace, Dapper Dude found himself in front with just an eighth of a mile to go. Pocket-sitter Windsong Gorgeous offered no pace in the stretch and retreated, as did the first over Mister Virgin. A perfectly positioned Ontario Success, who sat second over launched a rally in the stretch, but Odds On Equuleus was tracking that foe every step of the way and he exploded through the stretch with a 26.4 final quarter to win going away in 1:49.2. The win was the second of the season for Odds On Equuleus, driven to victory by Scott Zeron who won three races on the card for trainer Tony Alagna and owners, Odds On Racing. Odds On Equuleus In other action, Panchester United won the prep for the Whata Baron series, scoring a head victory over a game Rock Out in 1:51 for Dave Miller and trainer Ron Burke, who both scored doubles on the card. Panchester United Tonight's Dash For The "G" Notes Final went to Let's Foal Around, who held on by a nose over the surging Mambo Italiano and Rock Star in 1:51.2. The win was one of three on the program for driver Andy Miller. Stacy Chiodo trained the G-Note winner for Eugene Landy. Let's Foal Around The high-money condition pace on the card came in race 12, a $22,500 pacing event that featured a select field of six. Fool Me Once emerged victorious in wire to wire fashion for Scott Zeron and Tony Alagna, who teamed up to win with the aforementioned Odds On Equuleus. Fool Me Once fended off the late challenge of Dovuto Hanover to score a 1:50.4 triumph for owner Bradley Grant. Fool Me Once Both Jackpot Hi-5 pools went unclaimed again. The fifth race Jackpot Super Hi-5 sports a carryover of $80,594 into the Friday, April 17th program, while the last race Jackpot carryover now stands at $46,357. Racing resumes on Friday at 7:15 P.M. Horsemen are reminded of the double draw for The Meadowlands, which takes place on Monday for both the Friday and Saturday programs. The upcoming weekend includes the first round of the Whata Baron pacing series as well as the Spring Preview for three year old pacers and trotters, colts/geldings and fillies alike, with separate events for non-winners of 1 and non-winners of 2 company. The Spring Preview requires just a one-time $500 entry fee. The Meadowlands condition sheet is available here. Darin Zoccali

The Meadows Standarbred Owners Association would like to congratulate members Martin Valentic and John Bednarski, Jr on a recent harness racing landmark win by their pacer, Schoolkids.   A longtime Meadows regular, Schoolkids earned a victory in the 14th race on April 9 at Harrah's Philadelphia. With the win, the 9-year-old pacer surpassed the $1 million mark in career earnings.   Schoolkids, a son of I Am A Fool-Game Bunny (Precious Bunny) is in his 8th season of racing. He started his career in 2008 in the Tracy Brainard Stable, winning 7 races and over $200,000. His top victory was in a division of the Matron Stakes eliminations at Dover Downs. At age three, he won 5 of 21 starts and banked just under $300,000, returning to Dover at the end of the season and winning the 3YO Matron Stakes with Tim Tetrick in the bike.   The remaining half of his career earnings have come in the aged ranks, where he has faced some of the sport's best horses. In all, he now has 46 career wins in 169 starts. This season, he is 2-for-9 and still has plenty of speed. Last season at age 8, he paced in 1:49.4, just one-fifth of a second shy of his career mark of 1:49.3, set at Harrah's in 2010.   His victory this week was in 1:53.2. Scott Zeron drove Schoolkids to the million-dollar-topping win for trainer Michael Capron. For Zeron, it was career win #2500.   Jeff Zidek

Rockin Wizard got his nose on the wire, literally in a thrilling photo finish in the $22,500 featured condition pace at The Meadowlands on Saturday night. With four horses across the track on the wire, Rockin Wizard just got to the wire in time, holding off the fast closing harness racing longshot, Fool Me Once, who was rallying up the pylons. Sweet Rock was launched to the lead and reached the opening quarter in 27.2, but on the backstretch David Miller guided Rockin Wizard to the outside and launched their bid for the lead, which they would claim shortly before the 55.4 half mile. The son of Rocknroll Hanover led the field around the far turn, with Sweet Rock in the pocket and Ontario Success advancing on the outside. Sweet Rock pulled pocket through three-quarters in 1:23.2. In the stretch, Rockin Wizard was called on for everything he had, Sweet Rock was trying to get to the leader, Fool Me Once found room at the pylons and Smart Rokker rallied off cover. The four of them would race to the wire together, with Rockin Wizard gamely holding onto the lead and earning the victory in 1:51. The win was one of three on the program for David Miller. Rockin Wizard is trained by Virgil Morgan Jr. for Majs Ny Inc., Gerrie Tucker and RBH Ventures Inc. Rockin Wizard That's My Opinion, the $350,000 yearling, made his first start of his four year old campaign a winning one, scoring a 1:51.2 triumph in non-winners of four company. Released at 5-1 in his comeback, the Somebeachsomewhere four-year-old showed good speed off the gate, securing a pocket position behind the speed of Murder He Wrote. Driver Scott Zeron was content to remain in a stalking position from the pocket with his four year old gelding throughout the mile, allowing Murder She Wrote to establish the early pace, posting fractions of 27.2, 54.4 and 1:22.4. Murder She Wrote carried That's My Opinion all the way into the stretch, when the first over bid from FF Bigshow stalled, allowing That's My Opinion to rip out of the pocket and wear the down the early leader to grab the victory. The win was the sixth for That's My Opinion who was sent out by trainer Tony Alagna for Brittany Farms, Marvin Katz, Joe Sbrocco and Little E L.L.C. Windsong Gorgeous found the winners' circle for the fourth consecutive week. After back to back wins for the Virgil Morgan stable, 'Gorgeous picked up the victory for Mike Watson tonight, the eighth victory for the eight year old Rambaran gelding already this season. He was claimed once again for $35,000 and will return the Morgan barn once again. On the track, 'Gorgeous was a one-horse show, going right to the top, leading through fractions of 27.4, 56.1 and 1:24 before turning for home and accelerating once again when Ballinrobe came out of the pocket to challenge the leader. But Windsong Gorgeous promptly dismissed Ballinrobe and then fended off the late rally of Panchester United to win in 1:51.1. Windsong Gorgeous got his picture taken with owners Melvin Fink and Clifford Grundy tonight. You Bet Your Glass rebounded in the $10,000 Claiming Dash for the "G" Notes Final, scoring a victory out of the pocket for Corey Callahan, who had a big night winning five races on the program. The win was timed in 1:51. Trained by Robert Breshnahan Jr. for Lee Cotroneo, the twelve-year-old Bettor's Delight gelding scored his third victory of the season and made amends for his defeat as an overwhelming favorite the week before. You Bet Your Glass The fifth race Super Hi-5 carryover continues to grow, with the carryover pool now at $71,506 and the last race carryover is now $35,827. Racing returns on Friday, with first post time at 7:15 P.M. Darin Zoccali

East Rutherford, NJ - Saturday night's feature on the racetrack at The Meadowlands is the $20,000 "Dash For The G Notes" final but a little investigation will provide some tasty tidbits that are not on the regular harness racing menu.   The "G Note" field is comprised of horses that competed in a pair of $10,000 claimers last week with the strong (top five from each) surviving to race for the inflated purse. The oddsmaker has designated the improving Steady Pulse as the one to knock off here. Steady Pulse led all the way from post nine last week to be a handy 2 1/4 length winner for owner Nicole Dicostanzo and his trainer, the red-hot Mike Russo.   Scott Zeron had his choice of winners in this one as he also steered longshot Chilli NZ to a $77.60 upset in the other division last week and he chose Steady Pulse. John Campbell will make a nice replacement on Chilli NZ for owner Michael V Gubitoso and trainer Jenny Melander.   Also listed under "Saturday Night Specials" will be the continuing story of the Hi 5 Jackpots and Saturday brings not two but three chances to score. We offer the standard entrée of sizeable Jackpot pools at The Meadowlands which currently stand at $64,065 in race five and $29,735 in the last race.   However, as the pièce de résistance available while supplies last, Woodbine has designated Saturday's eleventh race as the mandatory pay-out vehicle for their Jackpot wager which stands at $847,458. With play on the twelve horse field assembled for the race expected to be in the $2 million range, the payoffs will be huge. This article offers more detail on the bet.   Woodbine offers a free program download for their Saturday card, so get started early on your handicapping.   Off the racetrack and on the hardwood, the NCAA college hoops Final Four will be up on the big screen in Victory Sports Bar with the Duke vs Michigan State game slated to begin at 6:09pm and the highly anticipated match-up of unbeaten Kentucky and Wisconsin up at 8:49pm. The crowd is lively and food & drink specials are available.   First post at The Meadowlands is 7:15pm.   Meadowlands Media Relations Department

"Cruze is the King." That was the call from announcer Ken Warkentin that echoed through The Meadowlands as JL Cruze powered to another compelling harness racing victory. Tonight's victory in the $59,800 Shiaway St. Pat Final complete a winter trotting series sweep at The Meadowlands for the four year old son of Crazed. The victory was the eighth of the season for JL Cruze, bringing his 2015 earnings to $126,410. Partnered with his stablemate Razor Ramone, JL Cruze was the 1/9 prohibitive favorite in the Shiaway St. Pat Final. Taken off the gate just a bit by John Campbell, JL Cruze settled mid-pack early in the mile, while Opulent Yankee went to the lead and reached the first quarter in 28.2. The instant the trotters straighted up with the strong wins at their backs on the backstretch, JL Cruze launched his bid for the lead and quickly cleared the front before the half-mile of 56.3. From there, the race was over as JL Cruze sailed through three-quarters in 1:24.1 under no pressure and he was never asked in the stretch to score an authoritative win in 1:52.3. According to trainer Eric Ell, JL Cruze will contest the final two legs of the Bobby Weiss trotting series at Pocono Downs before setting his sights on The Graduate series for four year old open trotters. JL Cruze is owned by W Kenneth Wood, W J Dittmar Jr and S J Iaquinta. In the $59,000 Clyde Hirt Final, Rockeyed Optimist was as advertised, winning decisively in 1:50. Driven to victory by Tim Tetrick, Rockeyed Optimist sat third through the first quarter which was reached in 27-seconds by his stable mate, Rock Out. As the field straightened away down the backstretch, Rockeyed Optimist made his move for the lead and cleared before the half-mile in 54.1. Around the far turn he received a challenge from Caviart Luca, who reached the leader's wheel through three-quarters of 1:22.2, but Rockeyed Optimist promptly dismissed that challenge and leveled off to win impressively again. Rockeyed Optimist is eligible to The Graduate series for trainer Steve Elliot and owners Perretti, Berkner, Battaglia and A&B Stable. The driving star of the night was Scott Zeron, who won five races, including the $25,000 Dash For The "G" Notes Final with Grab Your Keys. The Jackpot Super Hi-5 Carryover in the fifth race grew to $64,065 as multiple winning tickets connected on that wager this evening. The carryover in the last race Jackpot Super Hi-5 is now $29,735 with no winning tickets selecting the correct order of finish. Racing resumes on Friday, April 4th, with first post time at 7:15 P.M. Darin Zoccali

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - (Friday, March 27, 2015) No Melady's Monet, no problem, that has been the theme for Odds On Amethyst over the past month and that them continued Friday night at The Meadowlands. In his last five starts, Odds On Amethyst has faced Melady's Monet twice, losing both races. In his other three starts, he has found the harness racing winner's circle, including tonight at The Big M. Assigned the outside post in the field of eight, Odds On Amethyst was a 4/5 favorite in the $30,000 Open Trot with Brett Miller in the bike. He showed his customary speed from the onset and took the early initiative through a quarter in 27.1 and a half-mile in 56.1. At that point, the favorite faced a challenge from the Ron Burke trained mare, Handover Belle, making her second start off the layoff. She pressed the tempo with Appomattox drafting in the pocket throughout. Tag Up And Go sat second over on the far turn, followed by Modest Price, who fanned wide through three-quarters of 1:24.2 while commencing a rally. But as the field of open trotters straightened away in the stretch, it was clear this race belonged to Odds On Amethyst as he opened up on the field at will, winning by open lengths in 1:52.3. Appomattox was able to save the runner-up spot, while Modest Prince rallied to be third. Odds On Amethyst is owned by Diamond Creek Racing and trained by Jimmy Takter. He is nominated to the Arthur J. Cutler Memorial, which kicks off the Championship Meet at the Meadowlands, with the eliminations on Saturday, May 9th and the Final on Saturday, May 16th. The supporting feature was the $25,000 Dash For The "G" Notes Final for filly and mare pacers. The race featured plenty of early action, with HS Open Waters reaching the quarter in 27.3, but Smokin N Grinin quickly grabbed the lead between calls, but yielded to Top Brand at the half-mile in 55 seconds. Brownsville Bomber came up to challenge the leader and took over past three quarters in a strong 1:22.4. That mare was quickly engaged by Crazy On You, who grabbed the lead in mid-stretch, but stumbled and went off-stride as both Beach Granny and Ballineen went by. Those two mares sprinted to the wire together with Ballineen nosing out Beach Granny on the wire in 1:52.1. Crazy On You was off-stride through the finish and was disqualified and placed ninth. Brownsville Bomber finished fourth and was placed third. Ballineen was driven by Scott Zeron for trainer Steve Elliot and owner Ernest Hartman. The win by Ballineen sent two lucky fans on a trip to Jamaica. The Meadowlands ran a promotion in which 10 customers were selected and each given a horse in the eighth race. The customer with the winning horse would win a trip for two to Jamaica. That winner was Brenton Rousey of Lawrence Harbor, N.J., who was just as excited to be cashing the winning exacta ticket and wrapped up his interview by exclaiming "The Big M is number one!" The GSY Amateur Series continued on Friday night and this week it was the Robert Krivelin show as he scored a driving double winning both $8,000 events with Current Crisis and Permanent Joy. Krivelin finished second in both amateur trotting events the previous week and has taken a commanding lead in the early part of the series. Hannah Miller had a good showing, finishing second with Jacks To Open and fourth with Rev It Now. The driving stars on the program were Jim Marohn Jr. and Scott Zeron, both scoring driving triples on the card. The fifth race Jackpot Super Hi-Five went unclaimed with multiple winning tickets connecting. That carryover will be $61,472 into the Saturday program. The last race Super Hi-Five also had multiple winning tickets, resulting in a carryover of $11,841 into 12th race on the Saturday program, which begins at 7:15 P.M. Meadowlands Signal Restored to Mid-Atlantic Customers Simulcast Impasse blacking out The Meadowlands signal has come to an end The simulcast dispute that had prohibited certain bettors from wagering on The Meadowlands has been resolved.  Effective tonight, Friday, March 27, 2015, those customers who wager at Mid-Atlantic sites will be able to bet into the largest pools in harness racing once again. “First and foremost I want to apologize to our customers who have been unable to partake in The Meadowlands product these past four months,” said General Manager/C.E.O. Jason Settlemoir.  “We are very thankful that this impasse has come to an end and we appreciate our customers sticking with us through this difficult time.  We thank them for being fans of The Meadowlands and are elated that they will be able to wager into our pools again.” “We have worked hard over these past few months to do our best at The Meadowlands to help resolve this dispute,” said Meadowlands Chairman Jeff Gural.  “It was very unfortunate, and we are very sorry that so many people were affected and essentially blacked out from wagering on our product.  We are hopeful that with this impasse being lifted they are eager to return to wagering on the world’s greatest harness racing.  We thank them for their continuous support.” Darin Zoccali

The Escort Series resumed on Saturday at The Meadowlands and was split into two divisions. The first division was contested at one mile and one eighth due to the 11-horse field with one trailer. Longshot Rockstar Stride showed unsual speed and made the lead through a 26.2 opening quarter before yielding the lead to JK Patriot who made a brush early on the backstretch. Heavy-favorite and round one winner Major Uptrend was right on that rivals back and moved three-wide to the half mile pole, but broke stride nearing the far turn, causing several horses to scatter throughout the field. JK Patriot settled into a rhythm through a 54.4 half-mile and rolled through the far turn, taking the lead past the three-quarter mark of the race. Major Uptrend re-rallied following the miscue and rallied down the center of the racetrack, but couldn't get to the JK Patriot who paced powerfully through the mile in 1:50.4 and completing the mile and one-eighth in 2:04.2. Major Uptrend finished second, but was disqualified and placed last int he field of 11, moving Company Man to second with Blacktree third. Dave Miller drove the winner for Linda Toscano and owners Matthew Bencic and Sam Schillaci. The second division looked like a showdown between round one winner What I Believe and Khan Blue Chip on paper and it played out that way on the racetrack. In fact, a photo finish could not decided the winner as both horses got their nose on the wire simultaneously resulting in a dead heat. What I Believe cut the mile, establishing a 27.4, 57.1 and 1:26 tempo for the mile event, with Khan Blue Chip right on his back throughout the mile. Brick Bazooka flipped out three wide for the stretch drive and threatened the two favorites, but Khan Blue Chip promptly split horses decisively charging after What I Believe who was reaching for the wire, which they both hit together. What I Believe was driven by Yannick Gingras for Ron Burke, Burke Racing Stable LLC and Weaver Bruscemi LLC, while Khan Blue Chip was driven by Tim Tetrick for Linda Toscano and owners William and Jack Heinz. Brick Bazooka was third. Scratched down to a field of five, the $27,500 Free For All Pace turned into a showdown between the 3/5 favorite Wake Up Peter and the recent back to back winner at the top level, Doctor Butch. The two favorites got away fourth and fifth, while the chestnut and recent private purchase Dapper Dude, dictated the terms early, through fractions of 26.4, 56.2 and 1:24.3. Turning for home, Dapper Dude was bracing for the challenge of Wake Up Peter who rolled up first over and paced by the once-leader, while out-sprinting Doctor Butch, who had been riding his cover throughout. Wake Up Peter tripped the timer in 1:51, pacing a powerful final quarter in 26.1 for Brett Miller. The winner is trained by Larry Remmen for owner Bradley Grant. The fifth race $.20 cent Jackpot Super Hi-5 went unclaimed, in fact there were no winning tickets, resulting in a $34,076.55 carryover into Thursday's program. The last race $.20 cent Jackpot Super Hi-5 paid out to multiple winning tickets and will feature a carryover into the Thursday program of $52,684.69. Post Time for the Thursday card is 7:15 P.M. by Darin Zoccali, for the Meadowlands  

Harnes racing trainer driver Ake Svandstedt sent three horses to the post Friday night at The Meadowlands. His trio won all three of their starts. First, the second race, a trot carrying a non-winners of 2 condition went to Annapolis. Allowed to sit a pocket trip through fractions of 28, 56.4 and 1:26, Tim Tetrick guided his three year old filly up the pylons in the stretch where she sprinted past pace-setter Maximus Deo, who would fade to third, to score a decisive victory in 1:55 at odds of 6-1. Oneida rallied for the runner-up spot. It was the first of two victories on the card for driver Tim Tetrick. Annapolis is owned by Green Acquisition Corporation. On the heels of Annapolis was Dreams Of Thunder, sent to the post at 4-1 with Matt Kakaley in the third race C-2 Trot for Svanstedt. Just like Annapolis before him, he turned a perfect pocket trip into an easy victory in 1:55.1. The win also sparked a daily double for owners Green Acquisition Corporation. Svanstedt had to wait until the 11th race for his third start of the night, but Blixtra was worth the wait. Leaving hard from post 10 with Tim Tetrick, Blixtra made the lead through fractions of 27.2, 56 and 1:24.1 with Empress Deo in hot pursuit right behind her in the pocket. Turning for home, the even money favorite and the second choice, Empress Deo kicked away from the field and hooked up in a stretch duel where Empress Deo just could not get her nose in front of a game Blixtra as the favorite hung on in a lifetime best 1:51.3. Blixtra is owned by Courant A B and gave Tim Tetrick his third winner of the night. The dice came up 10 early and often at The Meadowlands on Friday evening. In fact, four of the first six winners donned the number 10 saddle pad and five overall. One of which came in the sixth race, $16,000 B-2 Trot with Lindy's Tru Grit who graduated from his C-1 victory in style with a repeat win at the B-2 level at 8-1. The race was hotly-contested with a speed duel through opening fractions of 26.4 and 55.2 with Here Comes Numbers and Cocotier battling on the lead. Modest Prince was launched three-wide on the far turn, with War Cry Hall just off his helmet. But, it was Lindy's Tru Grit, stacked up fourth over through three-quarters of 1:24.1 who accelerated dramatically in the stretch and mowed down the field, drawing clear to win in a lifetime mark of 1:52.2. The winner was driven by Andy Miller for his wife Julie Miller and owned by Lindy Racing Stable and Robert Rudolph. The other $16,000 B-2 Trot belonged to a drop and pop winner, named Il Mago. Asserting himself early in the mile, Il Mago established fractions of 28, 57 and 1:26.1 before powering away in the stretch to win impressively in 1:54.1. The class drop paid dividends for the 2-1 favorite and driver Scott Zeron. Il Mago is trained by Mark Harder who co-owns the five year old son of Kadabra along with Chris Alexander Stables Inc. Dave Miller also had a big night, winning five races on the Friday card, including four of the last seven races. The fifth race Jackpot Super Hi-5 was hit for $12,101. That pool will start fresh on Saturday. The 13th race Jackpot Super Hi-5 will carry over into the Saturday program. That carryover now stands at $17,867. The 13-race Friday program sported a handle of $2,737,008. Racing resumes on Saturday with first post time at 7:15 P.M. Darin Zoccali Director of Racing Operations New Meadowlands Racetrack LLC

East Rutherford, NJ (December 13th) - Ignored on the tote board at 37-1, The Real One lived up to his name and pulled off the upset of night, winning the A-2/Free For All Handicap Pace with Scott Zeron. Taken back early in the mile, The Real One was allowed to sit sixth, well off the strong pace set by the 6/5 favorite Speed Again. That included a 26.1 opening quarter and a 54-second half mile. Brett Miller pulled Wake Up Peter to the outside approaching the half-mile pole and made a strong first over bid from last, which allowed Scott Zeron to guide The Real One off the pylons and positioned himself just off the helmet of Brett Miller and Wake Up Peter. Following that cover all the way to the top of the stretch, The Real One tipped off cover through three-quarters of 1:22.2 and out-sprinted the field to the wire to score in 1:50.1. Wake Up Peter went a big first over mile and dug in gamely to be second. Speed Again fought tenaciously to the wire as well to be third, with Dapper Dude a close fourth and Doctor Butch a traffic troubled (once again) fifth. The entire field finished with two and one-half lengths of each other. The Real One established a new lifetime mark with his 1:50.1 timing for owner Helene Fillion and trainer Pat Lachance. The most impressive effort on the racing program may have come from K-Lees Shakenbake who emerged victorious in the eighth race C-1 pace. Sent off at 5-1, K-Lees Shakenbake was last moving into the far turn and stacked up fourth over turning for home, some six lengths off the lead. Scott Zeron simply pulled on the right line and the moment his gelding saw racetrack his response was instantaneous, ripping through a 26-second final quarter to win going away in 1:51.2. Among those left in his wake was the 3-1 favorite, Hurrikane Kingcole, making his first start in nearly 11 months for John McDermott. He raced well, making a strong first over move and finishing a solid second in his comeback. K-Lees Shakenbake scored for trainer David M. Smith and owners Randall Bendis and Thomas Pollack. Brick Bazooka, who is likely pointing toward winter late closer events, remained unbeaten in four starts winning the first race on the card, a non-winners of 2 pace. Sent off as the 1/9 favorite, Brick Bazooka and John Campbell took command nearing the open quarter and never looked back, leading through fractions of 27.2, 55.3 and 1:24.3, before tripping the timer in 1:53.1, equaling his lifetime mark. Ironbarbassy was second and Call Me Muddy was third. The three year old gelded son of Another Mile is owned by James Henry Springer and raced out of the stable of Larry and Ray Remmen. On the heels of his record-breaking night, Ron Burke kept his good fortunes rolling, earning two wins on the program. First, Bettor Than You took the B-2/B-1 Handicap pace. Initially sitting the pocket, Bettor Than You moved to the lead past the opening quarter and proceeded to dominate throughout the mile as the 9/5 second choice. Al's Hammered rallied to finish second with Lonewolf Currier third. The winner is owned by Burke Racing Stable L.L.C and Weaver Bruscemi L.L.C. Later on the card, Four Starzzz Z survived a speed duel through wild fractions of 27.2, 54.3 and 1:22.1 to capture a C-1 Pace for the Burke-Gingras connection completing the training double for Burke and giving Gingras his third winner of the night. Total handle for the Saturday program was $2,616,757. The Meadowlands was cancelled on this date in 2013. There will be a carryover in the $.20 Jackpot Super Hi-5 of $9,217 when racing resumes on Friday, with post time at 7:15 P.M. by Darin Zoccali, for the Meadowlands  

Intimidate and harness racing driver Scott Zeron closed from seventh place at the top of the stretch in upsetting the field in the $500,000 TVG Trot Final at the Meadowlands Saturday. They use to call it the “Meadowlands Shuffle” and that was what Intimidate used to beat out many of the best trotters in North America at odds of 14-1. The classic race began with the race favorite Sebastian K and trainer/driver Ake Svanstedt shooting to the lead out of the starting gate with Bee A Magician (David Miller) vying for the two-hole garden spot and leaving from the far outside from post ten was Maven (Yannick Gingras) looking for position. To the opening quarter mile in a quick :26.1, Sebastian K was on top as Maven was able to squeeze in front of Bee A Magician and take the two-hole spot. Creatine (Ron Pierce) came first-over with a charge, pushing Sebastian K to the half mile in :54.1 and then to the three-quarters in 1:23. Meanwhile Arch Madness (Trond Smedshammer) caught the outside flow from Creatine with Market Share (Tim Tetrick) third-over and then fourth-over in eighth place was Zeron and Intimidate. Starting down the stretch Sebastian K began to tire as Creatine pushed on. Fanning three and four wide were Market Share and Intimidate as Maven and Bee A Magician had no real clearance. Coming down to the wire, Zeron and Intimidate were the strongest and pulled away at the wire for a one and three-quarter length triumph in 1:51.2. Market Share was second with Creatine third. Sebastian K ended up ninth. “I saw how the draw come out,” said Scott Zeron, “And I knew I was going to half to follow Market Share and it worked out. I talked with trainer Luc Blais after last week’s race and he told me the horse tied up because I know if he is right he will give me a :26 last quarter. “What a great way to finish off the year,” Zeron said with a smile. “It feels great and I got to say hi to everyone up in Quebec. This horse represents Canada and this win is for everyone back home.” A five-year-old gelded son of Justice Hall, Intimidate was bred by Blais with co-owner Judith Farrow and the Determination Stable of Quebec, Canada. Intimidate paid $30.00 to win. It was his fifth victory this year and with the $250,000 winner’s share of the purse, has become harness racing’s newest million winner with earnings of $1,224,008. By Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink.com

The Friday night harness racing feature at The Meadowlands was a $30,000 B-1/A-1/FFA event featuring Melady's Monet, who entered the contest off back to back wins. He would get a challenge from Tirade Hanover who entered the featured trot off a monstrous win in a $40,000 Four Year Old Open on Breeders Crown Saturday, where he won despite being parked the mile. Sent off as the 2-1 second-choice from post 8, Melady's Monet tracked the cover of 8/5 favorite Tirade Hanover while racing third over through fractions of 27.3, 56.2 and 1:25, before exploding in the stretch to score his third consecutive victory for Kevin McDermott. The margin of victory was not nearly as comfortable as his two previous wins, this time scoring by just a nose over the upset-minded Upfront Billy who narrowly missed at 60-1. Waiting On A woman was third. The winner was driven to victory by John Campbell for Melady Enterprises LLC of Pompano Beach, Florida. The $20,000 B-2/B-1 Handicap for mare pacers saw Mattie Terror Girl get back to her best form, winning for the seventh time this season in 1:51. Mattie Terror Girl, who raced very well against the best Free For All mares earlier in the year, earned the confidence builder for Scott Zeron, giving him a driving double. Tony Alagna trains the mare for Big Als Stables Inc., of Woodbridge, Ontario, Canada. In other action, Martini With Muscle was a sharp winner in a non-winners of 3 trotting event in 1:55 for Yannick Gingras, who had a driving double and trainer Christopher Freck. Martini With Muscle spent much of his three year old campaign facing the best of the sophomore trotting division and appreciated the class relief for owner Douglass B. Hutchins. The most impressive win on the Friday program came in race 8, a C-1 pace for Fillies and Mares, where newly acquired That Woman Hanover, a $55,000 purchase at the Harrisburg Mixed Sale for Henrik Lundell and the Joi De Vie Farm soared to an impressive 1:50.2 lifetime best performance, winning by open lengths. Lundell noted prior to the race in a paddock interview with Wendy Ross that "this filly is in a much softer spot this week and I think she will race really well tonight." He couldn't have been more right. The $.20 Cent Jackpot Super Hi-5 was hit for the first time, returning $40,502 for a $.20 cent ticket. The pool will start fresh again on Saturday, with first post time at 7:15 P.M. The Saturday program features the $500,000 Finals of the TVG Free For All Championships. Darin Zoccali

TORONTO, October 25 - The finest two-year-olds in harness racing were on display Saturday night at Woodbine Racetrack for the Fall Four Stakes. Consisting of the Governors Cup, Valley Victory, Three Diamonds and Goldsmith Maid, the Fall Four Stakes has been an annual showcase of the best freshmen in the sport. A costly miscue and a giant upset got the action underway in the $464,000 Goldsmith Maid for two-year-old trotting fillies. Mission Brief, the 3/5 heavy favourite, made a break leaving the gate throwing the fate of the rich final up into the air. Capitalizing on the public's choice break was 70-1 longshot Smexi and driver Corey Callahan. A daughter of Explosive Matter, Smexi got a two-hole trip behind Stubborn Belle and driver Paul Macdonell and was able to come off the leaders back in the stretch and trot on to a length and a half victory. Stubborn Belle held on for second, while Juanitas Fury finished third. "Leaving out of there I looked over and saw that she (Mission Brief) had made a break," said Callahan following the race. "We got really lucky Paul and I, we just kind of got things on our own up there, nobody really moved and it worked perfect for me." Trained by Jimmy Takter for owners Christina Takter, John and Jim Fielding and Herb Liverman, Smexi had only one victory in eleven starts heading into the Goldsmith Maid. Takter, who drove Smexi in her elimination last week, handed the lines over to Callahan and told the driver his filly was ready and to put her in the race. "Tonight before the race he (Takter) pulled me aside and told me listen she was a little rough on me last week," said Callahan. "But I warmed her up tonight and she was really sharp and on her toes." The Goldsmith Maid victory pushes Smexi's career bankroll to over $364,000. Smexi paid $159.30 to win, while a $2 exactor paid just under $1,200. Smexi Fall Four night quickly became the Takter show in the $521,000 Valley Victory for two-year-old trotting colts and geldings. Takter trainees finished first, second, fourth and fifth to almost take the entire purse home in the rich final Pinkman and driver Sylvain Filion were able to convert off a second over trip to narrowly defeat stablemate Uncle Lasse by a head in 1:55.4. The heavy 3/5 favourite, Habitat, finished third wedge between Takter starters, as The Bank and Walter White finished fourth and fifth respectively. A son of Explosive Matter, Pinkman was making only his sixth career start in the Valley Victory final, but has now won four of those starts for earnings of over $330,000. Following the race, Takter explained why Pinkman was a little late getting to the races. "We castrated him after his baby races, he kind of didn't pay attention where he was suppose to," said Takter. "He had a very complicated castration, so it took a little bit of a long time for him to get where he (is), but he has surprised me a lot." Takter also said the son of Explosive Matter wasn't on his radar as a superstar training down. "Average, he did everything right, but I had quite a few horses that I thought were a lot better, but these horses that have the good willing to want to do it, especially at this time of year, can get it all." Pinkman is owned by Christina Takter, John and Jim Fielding, Joyce McClelland and Herb Liverman. He returned $16.60 to win. Pinkman Artspeak, this year's Metro Pace winner, bounced back in impressive fashion to win the $565,000 Governors Cup for the two-year-old pacing colts and geldings. Leaving from post position six, Artspeak and driver Scott Zeron got away sixth and were able to get into the outer flow on the backstretch, as Lost For Words hung up a big half of :54.3. As the field rounded the final turn, Pierce Hanover cleared to the front leaving Artspeak second over on the back of Lyons Again, as the field ripped by the three-quarter pole in 1:21.4. In the stretch, Artspeak came off his cover and powered by his rivals to take the lead and score a solid length and a half victory in 1:50.4. Go Daddy Go got up to finish second, while Pierce Hanover held on for third. A son of Western Ideal, Artspeak is trained by Tony Alagna for owners Brittany Farms, Marvin Katz, Joe Sbrocco and In The GYM Partners. Heading into the Governors Cup final, Artspeak had made a break in two consecutive starts for the first two losses of his career. Following the race, Alagna spoke about the recent miscues from the two-year-old and getting him ready for the final. "I came up Tuesday, trained him up Wednesday and he trained fantastic at the farm, so I thought we had the kinks worked out," said Alagna. "Most people know that if I didn't have confidence the horse was ok, with the connections that own the horse he would've never been here to race, so I was very happy that he showed us the redemption that everybody thought he should." After training Artspeak earlier in the week, Alagna said he told the connections at dinner that he had full confidence in the horse. "I told them that night at dinner, he's back on his game, we've got our horse back." By adding the Governors Cup to his resume that already includes the Metro Pace, Artspeak has now won the two richest events of the season for two-year-old pacers. His record now stands at eight wins from ten starts for career earnings of just over $805,000. Artspeak paid $3.50 to win. Jk Shesalady improved to a perfect ten for ten with another victory in the $424,000 Three Diamonds for two-year-old pacing fillies Saturday night at Woodbine. Sent off as the heavy 1/5 favourite, Jk Shesalady and Yannick Gingras got away fifth and sat along the rail until the midway point of the race. Around the final turn, Gingras sent Jk Shealady first up to challenge the leader, The Show Returns, as the fillies were on even terms at the three-quarter pole in 1:24. Jk Shesalady came off the turn and quickly created separation with the field and cruised home to an impressive looking length and a half victory in 1:52.1. Solar Sister took the place spot, while Ideal Nuggets finished third. The Three Diamonds victory was the tenth win in a row for the undefeated Jk Shealady. Following the race, Gingras talked about racing her first up once again Saturday night. "It seems to be working for her, so no sense in changing anything," said Gingras. "She likes to relax in the first half and she's got a huge brush for the second half." A daughter of Art Major, Jk Shesalady is trained by Nancy Johansson for owners 3 Brothers Stable. Jk Shesalady has now banked over $669,000 in her rookie season and has earned herself consideration in Horse of the Year talk. She returned $2.50 to win. Mark McKelvie

Over the past few weeks one of harness racing’s top young performers, Artspeak, has seemed to have fallen apart to a degree. The two-year-old son of Western Ideal had been enjoying a perfect season, was unbeaten in seven starts and everyone in the industry was talking about him becoming the second “Captaintreacherous” for trainer Tony Alagna. Then came the second week in Lexington. Artspeak made his big move in the backstretch, cleared to the lead after the half mile marker and as they started down the stretch he did something he never did before. He made a break. He went off-stride for driver Scott Zeron, was able to regroup but it was too late as In The Arsenal won the race and Cartoon Daddy was second and Artspeak had to settle for third place. OK, Artspeak is not a machine, he is flesh and blood and he is still a somewhat green young horse that can have a “bad day” so you don’t look back and move forward to the next race. Remember this is the colt that romped in the Metro Final. That next race was the following week, the eliminations at Woodbine Racecourse for the prestigious Governors Cup. Drawing the outside post eight, Zeron gets away in fourth place with Artspeak, can’t seem to follow any cover, then gets rough gaited and makes a break before the three-quarter pole. But once again he regroups for Zeron and finishes third to make this Saturday’s $565,000 final. But what is going on with Artspeak? Why is he breaking? What happened to this unbeaten colt that was all the talk of harness racing? Since Artspeak isn’t speaking to anyone about what happened we went to the next best source, trainer Tony Alagna. “The day he raced at Lexington,” Alagna said, “We chalked that up to the way the track was that day. A few horses made breaks that normally don’t make breaks. We took him home and he was fine. Trained great and then we race him again and he breaks again. “We were really taken by surprise when he broke again,” Alagna said. “I was just happy that he was able to come back and finish third and make the final. We are not really sure why he did it again. I came up early to Canada and trained him today and all systems are good for the weekend.” Artspeak drew post six in the 7th race Governors Cup final. He will be facing nine rivals, most of whom he had handily beaten in the past. “He is still green in many ways,” Alagna explained. “Even when we baby raced him he showed some tendencies to want to make a break on the final turn, but once he started racing that was a thing of the past. He has matured over the summer and he was a good this morning as he has been all season and we are going into the race this weekend in top form. “When you look at his lines,” Alagna said,” in both races where he made the breaks, he still was able to come back and pace his last quarters in :27 and change to finish third. Horses usually don’t come back from breaks and do that. Even with his bobble last week he still paced as fast as the other elimination winner.” Provided that Tony Alagna is correct and Artspeak is back to form, then the rest of the field had better watch out. By Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink.com

If her recent results are any indication, The Show Returns has arrived. But harness racing owner Richard Young says the reason the filly was slow to find the spotlight had more to do with unfortunate luck than lack of performance. The Show Returns heads into Saturday's $424,000 Three Diamonds Stakes for 2-year-old female pacers at Woodbine off a neck win over Band Of Angels in 1:53.1 in their elimination division, giving the Chris Ryder-trainee three victories in a row. She will start the Three Diamonds from post No. 2, with Scott Zeron listed to drive. A daughter of stallion Rocknroll Hanover out of Stienam's Place, The Show Returns is a full sister to previous Young female pacing star Put On A Show, who earned $2.4 million in her career and was the 2010 Dan Patch Award winner for best 3-year-old female pacer. The Show Returns, who was purchased for $180,000 under the name Hey There Delilah, at last year's Lexington Selected Sale, has won four of nine races and earned $98,738 for Richard and Joanne Young.  "We thought she was quite good from the get-go, so to speak, but she just had unfortunate situations," Richard Young said. "People are saying she kind of tailed off in the middle (of the year) but she didn't really tail off. Some things happened. It wasn't that she got bad; if she had gotten bad, I'd have turned her out." The Show Returns finished second by a half-length to Stacia Hanover in her debut in a preliminary round of the New Jersey Sire Stakes, then finished a troubled-trip fifth in the final. She bounced back to win a round of the Whenuwishuponastar Series at Mohawk Racetrack, then finished fifth-placed-fourth in the final.  After the race, The Show Returns was diagnosed with synchronous diaphragmatic flutter; spasms of the diaphragm in synchronization with the heartbeat more commonly called "the thumps."  The Show Returns was off-the-board in her next two races, but has been unbeaten since. Among her wins were the She's A Great Lady Consolation and a division of the Champlain Stakes, both in 1:52.  "She's a nice filly," said Young, who in addition to Put On A Show owned I Luv The Nitelife, the 2013 Dan Patch Award winner for best 3-year-old filly pacer. "I don't know if she'll ever be as good as the other two; I think that's asking a lot. But she's competitive and she has good speed. "Anytime you have speed, you can get position. And when you get position, something (good) can happen. I like her." The Show Returns is Young's only racehorse at the current time. "If you look at her on the track, she's a peanut," Young said, laughing. "I don't generally buy peanuts, I like the bigger horse. But she was a June foal, so I thought she might grow. I don't think she's grown an inch. But she has speed, she has an ability to get position, and it looks like she will fight. I can always hope."  The Show Returns will face - for the first time - undefeated JK She'salady in the Three Diamonds. JK She'salady won her elimination on Saturday by one length over Solar Sister in 1:53.3 for driver Yannick Gingras and trainer Nancy Johansson. The filly, who in August won the She's A Great Lady Stakes by four lengths in a world-record-equaling 1:50.1, is 9-for-9 this year.  "I've been touting 'Lady' for Pacer of the Year, and I think if she stays undefeated, she should be," Young said. "I don't know if very many people are going along with me, but the fact is she does have the best record out there. She's undefeated and she's won them all easily.  "Of course, I want to beat her and prove me wrong. I wouldn't bet my horse with your money, but that doesn't mean I can't hope that we beat her. I think she's untouchable right now, but I'm hoping that she's not. "I'm a little spoiled. In the last six years or so, I had the horse that was supposed to win. I have to get used to not being the best one. But she could in fact be the second-best one. That's OK, too." The Show Returns in her Three Diamonds Elimination The full field in post order for the Three Diamonds is 1  Happy Becky 2  The Show Returns 3  JK She'salady 4  Float On By 5  Solar Sister 6  Ideal Nuggets 7  Rock Her World 8  Band Of Angels 9  Zip Code Envy 10 Shakai Hanover. Ken Weingartner Harness Racing Communications

TORONTO, October 18 - The Fall Four Stakes eliminations were completed Saturday night at Woodbine Racetrack. Two $25,000 eliminations were contested for the Governors Cup for two-year-old pacing colts and geldings and the Valley Victory for two-year-old trotting colts and geldings. The top five finishers from both eliminations advanced to next Saturday's finals. Lyons Again and Yannick Gingras pulled off a 14-1 upset in the first elimination of the Governors Cup. Leaving from post nine, Lyons Again showed good early speed to grab the lead past the opening quarter in :26.3, but quickly took to the two-hole and allowed Lyons Levi Lewis to clear to the front. Lyons Levi Lewis carved out fractions of :56.1 and 1:23.3 to bring the field to the top of the stretch, while Lyons Again sat patiently In The Pocket and Rufo challenged first up with the favourite, Lost For Words, second over. In the stretch, Rufo could not sustain his pressure and faded back allowing Lyons Again to come off the rail and over take the lead from Lyons Levi Lewis. Lyons Again would hold off Traceur Hanover and Lost For Words to win by three-quarters of a length in 1:52.4. Go Daddy Go finished fourth, while Migrate Blue Chip got up for fifth to advance to the $565,000 final. The Governors Cup elimination victory was a maiden breaking score for Lyons Again, who is trained by Ron Burke for owner Geoffrey Lyons Mound. The son of Dragon Again finished third in the $667,000 Metro Pace on August 30 at Mohawk and had only missed the board once in seven career starts heading into his elimination. Lyons Again has now earned of over $174,000 in eight career starts. He returned $30.50 to win. Lyons Again In the second elimination, Pierce Hanover scored a 13-1 upset victory in 1:52.1. Driven by Jody Jamieson, Pierce Hanover sat third entering the final turn and edged to the outside to come first up, allowing the heavy favourite, Artspeak, to pick up second over cover. However, Artspeak would make a quick break on the turn and lost enough ground to take him out of contention. Pierce Hanover would capitalize on the break by the favourite and paced by the three-quarter pole leader, Arque Hanover, in the stretch and would go on to win by a length in 1:52.1. Blood Brother, who got a two-hole trip, finished second, while Artspeak regrouped and rallied to finish third. Arque Hanover held on to finish fourth and advanced to the final, along with fifth place finisher Lancaster Park. A son of Cams Card Shark, Pierce Hanover is trained by Ken Sucee, who shares ownership with Ralph Sucee. Pierce Hanover has now won four times in ten career starts and carries a bankroll of over $62,000. He returned $28.10 to win. Pierce Hanover In the first elimination of the Valley Victory, Whataworkout and Scott Zeron got up in the final stride to defeat seven other rivals in 1:56.3. Trained by Frank Antonacci, Whataworkout angled out from fourth on the final turn and was first up to challenge the leader Uncle Lasse, as the field reached the three-quarter pole in 1:26.4. In the stretch, Whataworkout grinded away at the leader and got up in the final steps to pull off a 21-1 upset. Uncle Lasse finished second by a neck, while Big Rich took the show spot. A son of Muscle Hill, Whataworkout is owned by Lindy Farms of Connecticut and has now won twice in four career starts for earnings of over $27,000. The clocking of 1:56.3 is a new lifetime best for the Antonacci trainee. Pinkman finished fourth, while The Bank finished fifth to lock up a spot in next week's final. Whataworkout paid $44.20 to win. Whataworkout There was no upset in the second elimination, as Habitat, the 1/5 favourite, did not disappoint. Driven by Yannick Gingras, Habitat was parked to the opening quarter in :27.3, before touching down on the lead. The son of Conway Hall would set fractions of :58 and 1:26.4 to lead the field into the stretch, where he cruised home under a Gingras hand drive to win by 2 ¾ lengths in 1:55.4. Jetpedia, who was second over on the last turn, got up for second, while Aldebaran Eagle prevailed in a show photograph over Walter White. Trained by Ron Burke, Habitat has now won six of nine career starts, including the $390,000 William Wellwood Memorial at Mohawk on September 13. Habitat has now earned over $349,000 for owners Burke Racing Stable LLC, Our Horse Cents Stables and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. He returned $2.90 to win. Iron finished fifth to punch the last ticket into next week's $521,000 final. Habitat Following the eliminations, the post positions for the finals were drawn. Elimination winners earned the right to select their post. Here is how they will lineup next Saturday night. PP/Horse/Driver $521,000 Valley Victory Final 1. Pinkman - Yannick Gingras 2. Uncle Lasse - Ron Pierce 3. Whataworkout - Scott Zeron 4. Habitat - Yannick Gingras 5. Aldebaran Eagle - Corey Callahan 6. Jetpedia - Mike Saftic 7. The Bank - Jimmy Takter 8. Walter White - Scott Zeron 9. Big Rich - Randy Waples 10. Iron - Brian Sears AE: Lookslikeachpndale - Sylvain Filion $565,000 Governors Cup Final 1. Lancaster Park - James MacDonald 2. Pierce Hanover - Jody Jamieson 3. Lyons Again - Yannick Gingras 4. Arque Hanover - Steve Condren 5. Lost For Words - Doug McNair 6. Artspeak - Scott Zeron 7. Go Daddy Go - Corey Callahan 8. Migrate Blue Chip - Rick Zeron 9. Blood Brother - Sylvain Filion 10. Traceur Hanover - Randy Waples AE: Lyons Levi Lewis - Sylvain Filion The Fall Four Stakes finals will take place next Saturday, October 25 at Woodbine Racetrack. Post time is 7:25 p.m. by Mark McKelvie, for WEG  

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