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Lyons Snyder, beaten favorite in the recent rich Pennsylvania Classic Final at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, showed his bounceback abilities on Sunday night at The Downs, taking his $54,787 division of the first leg of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes for harness racing three-year-old pacing colts and geldings in an impressive 1:49.4 over "sloppy" going while taking a new mark.   Scott Zeron, handling the son of Well Said for trainer Mark Silva, sent his colt to the front past the 27 quarter and past early pacesetter Adrian Hanover. Zeron and "Snyder" then carried on to middle splits of 55.2 and 1:22.3, then got a major passing late foe late in the upstart Adrian Hanover, who only five days ago had triumphed in a "nw3" pace locally. Adrian Hanover even put a nose to a head up approaching deep stretch, but Lyons Snyder dug deep and found more to give, taking back a nose advantage on the money, with Settlemoir third just ahead of favored JK Will Power, second in the Classic Final. Lyons Snyder is now 3 for 5 on the season for owners Jeffrey Snyder and Geoffrey Lyons Mound.   The Ron Burke stable, which had finished 1-2-3 in the Pennsylvania Classic Final, won the other two divisions, including a $54,387 cut with Classic winner Check Six in 1:52.3. Check Six, a Somewheresomebeach colt driven by Yannick Gingras, went around early leader Sapient Hanover before a 28 quarter, then saw his Burkemate Manhattan Beach brush to the lead in front of the stands and hit the middle poles in a relatively soft 56.3 and 1:24.1. Check Six vacated the pocket on the far turn, and then sailed by in the stretch, with a four-way battle for second showing Arthur Pendragon, the longest shot in the race, ahead of Manahttan Beach for the place. But Check Six retained his spot in the sophomore spotlight, undefeated in four 2016 starts and now a winner of $328,443 this year and $443,332 lifetime for Burke Racing Stable LLC, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, William Switala and James Martin.   Burke charges were 1-2 in the other $54,787 Sires cut, but it was the lesser-fancied one who wound up in Victory Lane, as Fernando Hanover nipped his favored stablemate Big Top Hanover by a head while taking a new personal best of 1:51.2 despite the slop. Matt Kakaley positioned the Dragon Again gelding, directly behind Big Top Hanover, and the pair swung wide in the lane to try to catch pacesetting Another Daily Copy, doing so only in the last few strides, with Big Top Hanover never in front as Fernando Hanover had the strongest steps late. The famous Burke / Weaver-Bruscemi team owns this new member of the $100,000 Club with Frank Baldachino and the JJK Stables LLC. For the night, Team Burke went 6-2-1-1-1-$81,929 in the Sire Stakes Sunday.   In a $18,000 supporting trot, Armor Hanover overcame post nine to win his fourth starts in five outings since being claimed by trainer Doug and co-owner Leslie Berkeley, winning easily in 1:54.3. His driver was not one you normally link with $97.60 win prices - Yannick Gingras, although remember Gingras is a primary driver for Ron Burke, who currently leads the Pocono training colony in $50+ scores this year.   FINISHING LINES - After four scores at Philly and five at Pocono Saturday, George Napolitano Jr. took those nine victories and added six more on Sunday, equally split between the two eastern Pennsylvania tracks....Five $20,000 divisions of the PA Stallion Series event for the sophomore colt pacers will be featured on the Monday night card.   PHHA / Pocono

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - Dovuto Hanover charged home in midstretch to nail McArdles Lightning on the wire to take the featured $25,000 open handicap pace by a head Saturday night at the Meadowlands. Bushwacker was third. Yonkers shipper Always At My Place displayed good early speed and led through fractions of :27.1, :54.3, and 1:22.1. As McArdles Lightning came alongside the leader at the head of the stretch, driver Scott Zeron put Dovuto Hanover in striking position just behind the dueling leaders. McArdles Lightning got past Always At My Place in deep stretch only to get caught at the finish by Dovuto Hanover, who paid $17.80 to win in taking his second straight. The winning time was 1:50.3 for the 6-year-old gelded son of Dragon Again, who crept closer to the half-million dollar lifetime earnings plateau, his bank account now at just over $480,000 for trainer Richard Norman and owner Martin Scharf. The race marked the seasonal debut for $2 million earner - and 2014 North America Cup winner - JK Endofanera, who looked like a horse who needed a race. As the even-money favorite, he finished last in the field of seven. All-source wagering on the 12-race card totaled $2,728,678, representing an increase of $118,607 over the corresponding program from a year ago, which had 13 races. The 12th race 20 cent Jackpot Super High Five was not hit, upping the carryover to $174,174.88. Racing resumes at the Meadowlands Friday, first race post time is 7:15 p.m. by Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations

Dovuto Hanover sprinted home in 26 seconds flat after a rated middle half on the way to an impressive 1-length harness racing victory in 1:50.1 in the featured $15,000 conditioned pace at the Meadowlands Saturday night. Big M leading driver Scott Zeron urged the son of Dragon Again to the top in :27.1. Unpressured from there, Zeron guided the 6-year-old to the half in :56 and three-quarters in 1:24.1. Flexing his considerable back-class muscles after that tepid :57 middle half, Dovuto Hanover then exploded home in the stretch to keep the fast-closing Pansformative and Ashley's Husband at bay to record his first win of the year in five starts for owner Martin Scharf and trainer Nifty Norman. Dovuto Hanover, who returned $4.20 as the even-money public choice, has won 17 of 59 lifetime outings for earnings of just over $468,000. McArdles Lightning ($11.40) extended his win streak to three in the secondary feature, a $13,000 conditioned pace, by moving past 4/5 favorite Real Nice at the three-eighth-mile marker and never looked back on the way to a dominant 3 1/4-length score in a lifetime-best 1:49.2. Odds On Equuleus outkicked Real Nice for second. All-source wagering on the card was $3,050,070, which represents an increase of $408,844 over the corresponding program from a year ago. The 12th race Jackpot Super High Five was again not hit, upping the carryover to $164,848.59. Live racing returns to the Big M Friday, with a first race post time of 7:15 p.m. by Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations

Odds-on favorite Capela (Scott Zeron, $3.10) maintained her form spree Monday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $60,200 final of the Petticoat Pacing Series. The harness racing series was open to 3- and 4-year-olds who were non-winners of four races and/or $40,000 through last Dec. 1. Capela, the lone lass to sweep her three series preliminary rounds, made short work of post position No.7 here. She worked around the miss directly inside of here, Bin N Heaven (George Brennan), securing the lead before a :27.3 opening quarter-mile. From there, a 57-second intermission as I'm in Luv (Matt Kakaley) moved from fourth. It was Little Miss Sporty (Brian Sears) gapping from second-over and pole-sitting Brown Brinny (Jason Bartlett) sitting a three-hole in and out of a 1:25.3 three-quarters. Capela widened to couple of lengths entering the lane, then won by that exact same margin in 1:54.4. Bin N Heaven saved second, with 63-1 shot Heavenly Hill (Jordan Stratton) closing from last to third. Brown Brinny and I'm in Luv grabbed the last couple of pay envelopes, while Little Miss Sporty, Special Package (Dan Dube) and Rolling Going Gone (Brent Holland) completed the order. For Capela, a 4-year-old daughter of Sportsmaster out of a Camluck daughter of New Zealand mare Tupelo Rose and is trained by Reginald Hazzard for co-owners Reginald Hazzard II and Legacy Racing of Delaware, it was her sixth consecutive win (6-for-9 this season). The exacta paid $25.80, with the triple returning $459.50. "She's just been getting better each start in this series," Zeron said. "When it started, she wasn't taking the turns very well, but that wasn't a problem in her last couple of races. "Tonight, with the wind, that was a very good mile." A $25,000 series consolation was won by favored Kryptos ($4.30)-now 5-for-5 in her season/career-in 1:55.4. Tuesday afternoon, it's the $63.000 finale of the Sagamore Hill Pacing Series for the 3- and 4-year-olds of the male persuasion. It's the Raceway's richest race of the season to date. Frank Drucker

William Donovan's 6-year-old pacing gelding Ashley's Husband ($16.60) sustained a first-over grind into a :54.4 last half to take Saturday (March 26) evening's harness racing featured $16,000 top-level conditioned event at The Meadowlands. Vinny Ginsburg wanted no part of the early pace, rating Ashley's Husband off dueling leaders Dynamic Youth (Joe Bongiorno) and Real Nice (Andy McCarthy) through a :27.1 quarter before tightening in on the backstretch as the pace slowed. After a :56.1 half, Ginsburg edged Ashley's Husband first-over, pushing Dynamic Youth to a :28.2 third quarter before wearing him down at the eighth pole. Ashley's Husband accelerated to the winning post for a 1:51 triumph, evading both Real Nice, who chased up the pegs, and the second-over Jacksrluckytoo (Jim Marohn, Jr.). Favorite Mel Mara (Scott Zeron) kept even off third-over cover, but posed no threat in the accelerating late pace, finishing fifth. The Kyle Spagnola trainee earned his 25th career win, and his second of the year in nine tries. Scott Zeron led all drivers with three wins on the night, teaming up with Watkins ($7.20, 1:55), Bettor Memories ($15.20, 1:52), and McArdles Lightning ($2.60, 1:51.2). A carryover in excess of $31,000 spurred $151,096 of new money in the 50¢ Pick 5, which returned $2252.30 to correct backers. As races 9 through 12 were cancelled due to a lighting malfunction on the clubhouse turn, the Late Pick 4 paid on all tickets with Ashley's Husband in race 7, McArdles Lightning in race 8, and any horses in races 9 and 10. The 1-4-all-all late Pick 4 returns $4.75 on every 50¢ wagered. Live racing returns to The Meadowlands on Friday, April 1, with post time at 7:15 p.m. EDT. The fifth race Jackpot High 5 carryover has grown to $12,633, while the same wager in the final race boasts $154,428 in added money. MEADOWLANDS FORCED TO CANCEL REMAINDER OF SATURDAY PROGRAM DUE TO POWER OUTAGE Due to a power outage that affected the track lights around the first turn and paddock area, the Meadowlands was forced to cancel the remainder of Saturday night’s racing card. Eight of the 12 scheduled races were completed before the outage. The outage only affected lights in those areas. The rest of the facility has power and continued to operate normally. The Meadowlands was already scheduled to be closed Sunday in observance of Easter. Daytime simulcasting will be conducted at Winners Bayonne Off-Track Wagering. For more information, visit www.playmeadowlands.com. by James Witherite, Meadowlands Media Relations

Art History ($3.60) has been on a tear of late, reeling off three straight wins over increasingly difficult competition. His most recent triumph came on Saturday (March 19) evening's featured $20,000 top-level pace at The Meadowlands, giving harness racing driver Scott Zeron one of his four wins on the 12-race program.   Art History controlled most of the terms in the featured sixth event and held sway from a hard-closing K-Lees Shakenbake, employing a :26.1 last quarter to prevail over top-level company in 1:51.2 over fast going. Scott Zeron used the 5-year-old Western Ideal gelding to seize the lead after a :27.4 first quarter, working clear of Sweet Rock (Corey Callahan) upon reaching the backstretch.   Following a well-rated :57.2 middle half, Art History accelerated clear of his eight foes in mid-stretch--but remained under pursuit from the first-over Ashley's Husband (Vinny Ginsburg) and K-Lees Shakenbake (Brett Miller), who vaulted off cover to chase via a :25.3 closing split. Art History had just enough to prevail, a neck better than K-Lees Shakenbake in the end. Ashley's Husband stayed on for third, while Sweet Rock tired a bit amid his chase, finishing fourth.   Steve Elliott trains 13-time winner Art History for Kenneth Klein and the Old Block Stables.   For Zeron, the win with Art History began a natural hat trick, and was one of his four on the night. The 26-year-old driver also teamed up with Mel Mara ($7.40, 1:49.1) in race 7, McArdles Lightning ($3.40, 1:50.4) in race 8, and Hope for Badlands ($3.80, 1:52.4) in race 11.   Total handle for the 12-race program was $2,926,995, marking an increase of $324,605 over the corresponding Saturday night program in 2015.   Live racing returns to the Meadowlands on Friday, March 25, with first post at 7:15 p.m. EDT. Over a quarter million dollars will await punters in the form of carryovers and guaranteed pools, as carryovers of $9210 and $148,441 await 20¢ Jackpot High 5 players in the fifth and final races respectively, and the evening's Pick 4 and Pick 5 wagers offer $105,000 in combined guaranteed pools.   by James Witherite, Meadowlands Media Relations

In the words of Hall of Fame racecaller Sam McKee on Friday (March 18) night at The Meadowlands, "you can only hope to contain him." McKee was speaking of driver Scott Zeron, who captured four races on the 12-race harness racing card.   Total betting turnover on the program exceeded $3 million for the fourth consecutive live racing night, and for the 13th time in the last 14 cards.   Despite two fewer races in comparison to many of the February cards, total handle for the night's program was $3,059,381, averaging out to be just over a quarter million dollars per race. On- and off-track handle alike showed significant increases over those of a snow-laden card on the corresponding Friday of March 2015.   The 26-year-old Zeron wasted no time in registering his grand slam, teaming up with the yet-undefeated Ava N Ella ($2.10) in the evening's second race for a 1:53.2 going-away win, the fourth in the Tony O'Sullivan trainee's career. The Montreal native continued with a 1:54 triumph aboard Jonas Czernyson trainee Lauderdale ($6.00) in the sixth event before wins with Not Before Eight ($4.80) and Exquisite Glide ($7.60) in the eighth and tenth races, respectively.   The featured $12,500 fourth-level trot saw World Cup ($3.80) take full advantage of a third-over trip, rallying off cover to just prevail while odds-on. Joe Bongiorno pointed the 7-year-old Yankee Glide entire into the outer flow as Magenta Man (Andy Miller) engaged Its Payday Friday (John Campbell) in a middle-half duel. The two battled through a three-quarter split of 1:25.3, and after cornering 29-1 longshot Watkins (Jim Marohn, Jr.) tipped off cover to take the lead from a breaking Magenta Man in mid-stretch. Despite Watkins's best efforts, World Cup was just a bit quicker one path wider, prevailing in 1:54.3 by a scant head in the last yards. Its Payday Friday, worn down by heavy mid-race pressure, held third.   Richard Johnson trains World Cup for Carly Roman.   The evening's top distaff pace, a $12,000 fourth-level event, went to Purity ($4.40), a pillar-to-post winner in rein to Vinny Ginsburg. The 5-year-old Always a Virgin mare controlled the terms throughout her 1:52.2 mile, sprinting off in upper stretch to evade Do Your Job (Marcus Miller) and Mystical Treasure (Zeron) for her 16th career win. Joint favorite Mandy's Mattjesty (Bongiorno) failed to finish the race, having been eased on the backstretch with a broken hopple.   Vinny Fusco, Jr. trains Purity for Michael Casalino, Jr.   A pair of GSY Amateur Series races took place early on the card, with Tropical Storm Bi ($14.00, Tony Ciuffetelli) and Keystone Thomas ($3.80, Bob Hechkoff) both proving victorious.   Tomorrow evening's 12-race card has a 7:15 p.m. EDT first post, and the usual $105,000 in guaranteed Pick 4 and Pick 5 pools. The closing-race 20¢ Jackpot High 5 pool will be buoyed by a $143,778 carryover should one punter capture the entire pool.   by James Witherite, Meadowlands Media Relations

Odds-on choice Rockeyed Optimist rolled to the front and never looked back en route to his third consecutive win in Saturday (March 12) night's $25,000 Open Handicap Pace at The Meadowlands, and handle exceeded $3 million for the 12th time in the last 13 harness racing cards at the North Jersey harness track.   In the featured $25,000 Open Handicap Pace, Rockeyed Optimist ($3.60) sprinted off from his five rivals after using the first three-eighths of the mile to work clear, earning his third consecutive win and second at the Open level. Tim Tetrick spotted the 5-year-old Rocknroll Hanover gelding second-over on the first turn, tracking Bettor's Edge (Joe Bongiorno) through a :27.1 quarter before losing cover and subsequently working clear on the backstretch. Once assuming the lead, Rockeyed Optimist faced no pressure, edging clear off the far turn and powering home in 1:49, using a :26 last quarter burst to evade his foes. Rockeyed Optimist ultimately prevailed by two lengths over Bettor's Edge, while Sunfire Blue Chip (John Campbell) stayed on for third from his stalking trip.   Steve Elliott trains the 18-time winner for the partnership of Perretti, Berkner, the A & B Stable, and Battaglia. For Elliott, it was a sweep of the evening's featured events, as another trainee of his--Art History ($8.20)--captured the night's sub-featured $16,000 upper-level conditioned pace earlier in the program. The 5-year-old Western Ideal gelding sustained a first-over push through the far turn, overtaking 2014 Little Brown Jug winner Limelight Beach in mid-stretch and subsequently staving off a late rally from K-Lees Shakenbake. Scott Zeron drove 12-time winner Art History to his 1:50 triumph.   Anthony Napolitano led all drivers with a grand slam, teaming up with Honey I'm Home ($2.80, 1:51.4), Hoboken Hanover ($7.40, 1:52.2), Last Dragon ($18.00, 1:50.2), and Major War ($4.60, 1:50.3). Tetrick and Bongiorno drove three winners apiece on the 13-race card.   Total betting turnover exceeded $3 million for the 12th time in the last 13 cards at The Meadowlands, with punters wagering $3,088,696 on the Saturday program--$423,919 more than the corresponding Saturday card in 2015.   Racing returns to The Meadowlands on Friday (March 18) evening, with post time at 7:15 p.m. EDT, $105,000 in guaranteed Pick 4 and Pick 5 pools, and a last-race 20¢ Jackpot High 5 carryover of $135,800.   by James Witherite, Meadowlands Media Relations

After securing the pocket on the first turn, Crosbys Clam Bake ($7.80) angled off the pegs in mid-stretch and chased down 8-5 harness racing favorite Opulent Yankee to take Friday (March 4) evening's featured $25,000 Open Handicap Trot at The Meadowlands.   Scott Zeron put the 6-year-old Kadabra gelding in play from the outset, outsprinting Appomattox (Andy McCarthy) to the first turn but in turn beaten to the early lead by Opulent Yankee (Andy Miller) through a :27.1 initial quarter mile. Crosbys Clam Bake enjoyed a cozy pocket trip throughout, only briefly boxed by the first-over DW's NY Yank (Joe Bongiorno)--who failed to sustain his bid--on the far turn.   Off the far turn, Crosbys Clam Bake was once again in the clear after Opulent Yankee rated a :57.3 middle half--but had to make up 2-1/2 lengths in the final eighth of a mile after the pacesetter edged clear off the corner. Just outside the sixteenth pole, Opulent Yankee was asked for all he had, but Crosbys Clam Bake ultimately had his measure, driven to prevail by a head in 1:53.1 over fast going. Appomattox stayed on for third off his stalking trip.   Andy Federico trains Crosbys Clam Bake--now a 23-time winner--for Randy Bendis, Jack Piatt, II, and Tom Pollack. The win was Crosbys Clam Bake's second in his three most recent Open-class events.   Crosbys Clam Bake     Zeron swept the evening's features, also capturing the $15,000 top-level distaff pace with Gweneeee J ($4.60). The 4-year-old American Ideal mare sustained a middle move out of midpack to take charge just after a :55.4 half, ultimately kicking clear to a 5-3/4 length victory over Inittowinafortune (Marcus Miller, elevated to second) and Sayitall BB (Joe Bongiorno, disqualified from second to third for a pylon violation) in 1:51.1.   Linda Toscano trains Gweneeee J for the KJ Stables, LLC.   The featured wins were part of a grand slam for Zeron, who led all drivers on the 13-race card. Andy McCarthy and Marcus Miller registered driving doubles.   Total handle for the evening's card was $2,842,825, an increase of $148,408 over the corresponding Friday card in 2015.   Neither 20¢ Jackpot High 5 went to a single winner, so they both carry over to Saturday (March 5) evening's 13-race card. The seventh-race High 5--just hit last Saturday--will have a newly-established carryover of $1,589, while the closing-race High 5 carryover has built to $120,824. Post time for the Saturday opener at the Big M is slated for 6:35 p.m. Eastern.   by James Witherite, Meadowlands Media Relations

Following nearly nine months on the sidelines, Martin Scharf's Dovuto Hanover prepared to commence his 6-year-old harness racing season with a pair of qualifiers earlier in the month. In Saturday (February 27) evening's featured $20,000 ninth race at The Meadowlands, he will tackle nine others on debut for trainer Richard "Nifty" Norman.   "He had some issues last year, only having six starts, but he's been so far, so good," said Norman of his new acquisition. "I'm pretty happy with him so far."   While installed the 3-1 morning line favorite, a tall task awaits the gelded son of Dragon Again. Among those facing Dovuto Hanover are Erv Miller trainee Jet Airway (Marcus Miller, post 7), who rises off a decisive 1:50 win, the stout closer Ashley's Husband (post 4) who reunites with Tim Tetrick after a ferocious :25.4 closing quarter propelled him to victory two starts back, and Aslan (Andy McCarthy, post 9), who charged off cover on local debut last week after solid bids in top-level fields at Yonkers.   Scott Zeron will handle the driving duties aboard Dovuto Hanover, who took his mark of 1:48.4 at The Meadowlands as a 3-year-old. His greatest accomplishments came in 2014 where, as a 4-year-old, he won nine of 31 races--including top-level events at The Meadowlands, Pocono Downs, and on the Woodbine Entertainment Group circuit--and banked over $200,000.   "In this position we'll probably race him off the pace--he's raced well that way in the past," continued Norman. "A third-over trip would be great. If he can finish up well and with some pace, I'll be happy with him. The thing against him is probably tactical speed, but I think the run will do him some good."   The featured event kicks off the late 50¢ Pick 4, which carries a guaranteed pool of $50,000. As is customary, the earlier Pick 4 (beginning in race 5) and Pick 5 (in race 3) offer a combined $55,000 in guaranteed pools. Two 20¢ Jackpot High 5 wagers await punters in search of a large score, occurring in races 7 and 14. While the early High 5 was hit last Saturday, the late High 5 will boast a jackpot in excess of $106,000 should it not be captured by a lone ticket on Friday.   Saturday evening's card also features a World Harness Handicapping Championship qualifier, with the top four finishers guaranteed spots in the April 30 final. The entry fee is $400, split evenly between the prize pool and a live-money contest bankroll.   For further details, click here.   Post time for Saturday's 14-race card is 6:35 p.m. Eastern.   by James Witherite, Meadowlands Media Relations

East Rutherford, NJ --- Just like the night before, Saturday (January 30) night's harness racing program at The Meadowlands attracted over $3 million in total handle, and millionaire pacer Real Nice ($7.60) sustained a first-over push to capture the evening's featured $16,000 top-level conditioned pace. Driver Scott Zeron posted six wins on the night. All-sources handle for the 14-race card was $3,087,871, a healthy increase of $240,642 from the corresponding Saturday card in 2015, with both live and export handle showing gains over the previous year. In the night's top pace, Real Nice settled into a comfortable mid-pack stalking spot, situated well off a :26.3 initial quarter from pacesetter Sweet Beach (Brett Miller).  On approach to race's midpoint, Scott Zeron angled the 11-year-old Real Artist gelding off the pegs to head the outer flow, but Real Nice didn't gear up in earnest until well after a :54.1 half.  On the far turn, Real Nice made up four lengths through a :27.3 third split, continuing on to duel with Sweet Beach off the far turn.  The now 54-time winner ultimately took charge in the final sixteenth, fully extended to just collar Sweet Beach and narrowly stave off the flying 66-1 longshot First Of Itskind (Jim Marohn, Jr.) for the slimmest of victories in 1:49.4.  Lukewarm 5-2 favorite Kingofthejungle (Andy Miller) only could muster a fourth-place finish after angling second-over a quarter from home and not accelerating until the final 70 yards. Scott Blackler trains Real Nice--who recorded his third consecutive victory in tonight's feature--for Anthony Scussel and the Lightning 5 racing stable.  Blackler also found victory with Santanna Star ($2.60, 1:52.4) and Ethan Hanover ($23.80, 1:51), teaming up with Zeron on both occasions.  The 26-year-old Zeron led all drivers with six wins on the night, also aboard Wayward Son ($63.60, 1:52.3), Hope for Badlands ($7.20, 1:52), and Giant Slayer ($6.80, 1:52.1). Real Nice The sub-featured $13,000 third-level conditioned pace saw Starsky's Dream N ($6.20) work to the fore early after losing cover upon reaching the backstretch, rate a :57 middle half, and stave off a sustained first-over bid from Pansformative while accelerating to a half-length, 1:51.1 win.  Tim Tetrick drove the 11-time winner for owner Richard Poillucci and trainer Kelvin Harrison. Starsky's Dream N Heading to the upcoming Friday (February 5) program, not only will both .20 Jackpot High 5 wagers carry over ($14,981 to the seventh race; $73,603 to the finale), but the .50 Pick-5 will also see added money in the pool, with $18,653 carrying over after Saturday's punters were stymied by 16-1 and 30-1 winners in the sequence.  Post time will be 6:35 p.m. Eastern. by James Witherite, Meadowlands Media Relations 

YONKERS, NY, Tuesday, January 19, 2016 - Proving he's not quite ready to join AARP-that's the American Association of Retired Pacers-14-year-old Sakra Fella (Scott Zeron, $66.50) showed a group of harness racing youngins what for, winning Yonkers Raceway's Tuesday matinee opener. Sakra Fella closed from fourth through the lane in the $6,500 opener to whip pace-setting 2-5 favorite Arthur (Matt Kakaley) by three-quarters of a length in 1:58.1. Combined with an earlier win at Monticello, the Pacific Fella gelding is now 2-for-3 this season as the one-horse stable of Dolores and Carl Dobkowski. Mr. Dobkowski, the trainer since Day One, turns 91 next month. Sakra Fella had gone winless is limited work (10 starts) over the previous two seasons and has never won more than twice in a year since 2008, when he made 38 starts. As was pointed out by more than one shrewd observer, Sakra Fella's local race lines predate Yonkers' "slot era," beginning with a qualifier in February, 2005. Tuesday's win was his 20th in his 180th career start ($298,902). Frank Drucker

East Rutherford, N.J. -- After harness racing favourites dominated at The Meadowlands last week, Friday (December 4) evening's 13-race card kicked off with three consecutive odds-on choices all handed defeat. The upsets continued in the evening's featured $25,000 Open Handicap Trot, which saw Crosbys Clam Bake upset at 29-1, striking the front in just the final yards to collar pacesetter Waiting On a Woman for a 1:53.3 victory. A midpack leave attempt landed the 5-year-old Kadabra gelding just off the pace, stalking the sharp Waiting On a Woman (Corey Callahan) and Opulent Yankee (Andy Miller) through a :27.1 initial quarter. Locked in by outer flow headed by Handover Belle (Yannick Gingras) through middle sectionals of :56.2 and 1:24.4, driver Scott Zeron wouldn't be availed room until the eighth pole, where he wedged Crosbys Clam Back out from between a one-paced Opulent Yankee and a resurgent Handover Belle--who stalled briefly upon exiting the far turn. Once Crosbys Clam Bake shook free, he accelerated up to the winning post, driven to defeat Waiting On a Woman in the final yards by a scant neck while staving off Handover Belle's comeback rally. Master of Law (David Miller), sent off the 7-5 favourite, only mustered a fourth-place finish off his second-over trip. Crosbys Clam Bake Andrew Federico, Jr. trains 20-time winner Crosbys Clam Bake for Randy Bendis, Jack Piatt, II, and Tom Pollack. In the $20,000 "Dash for the 'G' Notes" final for distaff pacers, the Shaun Vallee-trained and driven Jungle Genie N notched her third Stateside win in as many starts in upset fashion, but only as the 9-2 third choice. After stalking a pressured pace from the mid-division, Vallee angled the 6-year-old Bettor's Delight mare second-over with five-eighths of the mile remaining, only really towed closer when Pan Luis Obispo (Callahan) accelerated at the apex of the far turn. With odds-on pacesetter Solid Queen (Gingras) starting to toil at head-stretch, Jungle Genie N kicked cover, drawing off to a two-length victory over Pan Luis Obispo in 1:52.3. Weekend Getaway (Andy Miller) mounted a mild stand-side rally to take third from her fourth-over trip, while Solid Queen ultimately faded to finish last but one. Jungle Genie N Total handle for the Friday card was $2,758,743, an increase of $485,278 compared to the same Friday last season ,or 21-percent. Live racing continues at The Meadowlands with a 13-race program on Saturday (December 5) evening, featuring a pair of $20,000 "Dash for the 'G' Notes" events. Post time is 7:00 p.m. Eastern. by James Witherite, Meadowlands 

Louisville, KY --- It’s a tough question to answer summing up a human or horse’s personality in one word but harness racing trainer Paula Wellwood had no problem describing 2-year-old trotting colt Marion Marauder, who has had the misfortune of chasing Southwind Frank around the track frequently this season, with pinpoint accuracy. “He’s a terror,” said the colt’s co-conditioner. “He is constantly on the go, getting into everything and continuously trying to amuse himself. You have to watch him every minute and then when he decides something is not fun anymore, he’s out like a light. “Whenever he decides he is done -- and it can be in an instant -- he is sleeping. You can yell at him, make all kinds of noise and try to do anything you can to get him up, but it will not happen. He is so much fun to be around and has one of the best personalities I have ever seen in a horse.” Of which Wellwood has seen many. She is the daughter of the late Canadian Hall of Fame trainer William Wellwood and was responsible for guiding the careers of O’Brien Award winners Was It A Dream and Laddie. In conjunction with her husband, Michael Keeling, Wellwood also added to her O’Brien collection for the couple’s success with dual winner Elusive Desire. Keeling and Wellwood will seek to add another piece of hardware to their collection when they send out Marion Marauder on Saturday (Oct. 24) at Woodbine Racetrack to contest the $600,000 Breeders Crown 2-year-old colt and gelding trot. The colt will commence from post position three with Scott Zeron at the lines. This son of Muscle Hill and the 2000 Nova 2-year-old trotting filly champion Spellbound Hanover, was bred by William Mulligan and purchased for $37,000 at the 2014 Lexington Selected Sale by Marion Wellwood and Devin Keeling. His dam, who was second in the 2000 Breeders Crown 2-year-old filly trot final, is by Donerail and out of the Super Bowl mare Sounds Swell. She has produced some top females in Spellyuptothebar (Malabar Man, 4,1:57.3h, $156,213), Sweetspellosuccess (Credit Winner, 3,Q1:58.4, $206,024) and Fifty Shades (Malabar Man, 3,1:59.2h, $205,659). “This is one very, very nice colt,” Wellwood said, with her voice full of pride over Marion Marauder. “He was really small when we first got him as a baby, but then he really grew up. He’s still not a big horse, but he is nice-sized and just oozes with all that character. We are extremely happy with him.” Marion Marauder closed swiftest of all with a last panel of :27.2 into a stiff headwind to come home second in his Crown elimination, five lengths behind division leader Southwind Frank. Pilot Scott Zeron was content to settle Marion Marauder in seventh in the early stages of the contest, then advanced to sixth by the three-quarter pole and fifth at the top of the stretch off Dupree’s cover, before he unleashed his closing kick on the far outside of the track. Although he packed a powerful late punch, the colt was no match for the winner who stopped the clock in 1:55.2. Marion Marauder started his racing career with a break behind the gate when leaving from post position nine in an $11,340 2-year-old conditioned event on June 23 at Mohawk Racetrack. The colt was fourth in his second engagement, which was a $20,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes race at the Meadowlands on July 3. He was then second in the next leg and third in the $100,000 final on July 17. Returning to his Canadian home-base, Marion Marauder was third in a $10,500 conditioned race at Mohawk and then fourth in an $88,055 Champlain Stakes race over the same surface on Sept. 4. He was second to Southwind Frank in a $22,500 William Wellwood Memorial elimination on Sept. 11 and also in the $283,480 final the following week. With that foe not a member of the field, the colt finally broke his maiden on Oct. 1 at Woodbine in a $12,160 2-year-old conditioned event directly prior to his Breeders Crown appearance. After his second in the elimination his record now stands at 10-1-4-2 and he has earned $107,392. “He had some problems early on in his career with breaking at the gate,” Wellwood said. “He’s not a bad mannered or bad horse, but when you would put him on the gate he would want to jab out at the other horses. We think it is something he will grow out of, but we worked with him so he doesn’t really do it anymore. We don’t want to take a chance though, so we never put him right on the gate and back off with him. We don’t feel there is any sense in rushing him along, but because we do that with him he will never get away from there very fast.” Although Keeling has captured an elimination for a Breeders Crown with Elusive Desire and Wellwood one with Laddie, a triumph by this colt in the final would be the first title for this horse’s connections. “Coming into the stretch, I thought we would get fourth,” Wellwood said about the elimination. “Frank was long gone, but this horse loves to pass other horses and he loves a target. We even trained him down to race that way because he enjoys it so much. He saw those other two horses and he was going to get by them. It was a huge mile for him and I think he trotted the fastest last quarter of the night and he’s only a 2-year-old. We think he is a very talented colt, so we will just see how we do in the final. “We will always let him tell us, but he might have one more race after the Breeders Crown, depending on if he is sound and happy. We just think the world of him and that he has a very bright future. Fortunately, he is family owned, so he owes us nothing, so there is no need to rush him, but we do think his time will come.” $600,000 Breeders Crown 2-year-old colt trot Post-Horse-Driver-Trainer-Line 1 - Muscles For Life - Doug McNair-Gregg McNair-30-1  2 - Deep Impact - Steve Condren-Brad Maxwell-20-1  3 - Marion Marauder - Scott Zeron-Michael Keeling-8-1  4 - Sliding Home - David Miller-Jonas Czernyson-15-1  5 - Southwind Frank - Yannick Gingras-Ron Burke-2-5  6 - Lagerfeld - Johnny Takter-Jimmy Takter-4-1  7 - Tony Soprano - John Campbell-Robert McIntosh-12-1  8 - Dupree - Ake Svanstedt-Ake Svanstedt-20-1  9 - Milligan's School - Andy Miller-Julie Miller-15-1  10 - Will Take Charge - Paul MacDonell-John Bax-20-1 by Kimberly French, USTA Web Newsroom Senior Correspondent 

TORONTO, ON— Tony Alagna-trainee Artspeak racked his 14th win of his 26-race career on Saturday, Oct. 17 by surging off cover and nailing 3-5 harness racing favorite Wakizashi Hanover on the wire by a neck in 1:51.3 in the latter elimination of the Breeders Crown Three-Year-Old Colt and Gelding Pace.   Wakizashi Hanover set a tepid pace, starting with a :28.2 first quarter. The first move came from Dealt A Winner down the backstretch, who initiated the two-wide flow through a :57.3 half. Carrying Artspeak into contention around the turn, Dealt A Winner stalled in his challenge towards Wakizashi Hanover, while In The Arsenal remained to his inside from the pocket.   Off a three-quarters in 1:25, Wakizashi Hanover gained two lengths of separation on In The Arsenal has he attempted to accelerate. Artspeak fanned wide into the stretch and didn’t begin to gain ground until the final eighth. As Artspeak loomed closer to Wakizashi Hanover, In The Arsenal shifted his path out of the pocket and tried to chase down the race leader, but was outkicked by Artspeak within a matter of strides.   Capping out the finalists were Lost For Words and Dealt A Winner.   Competing from the interests of Brittany Farms, Marvin Katz, Joe Sbrocco, and In The Gym Partners, Artspeak pushed his lifetime earnings to $1.6 million. An $8.00 winner, he was driven by Scott Zeron.   “I’ve gone on record many times saying that this horse had a lot of things not go his way earlier in the year,” Alagna said. “[There] were too many weeks in a row in his schedule; weeks that you couldn’t pass up for the amount of money they were going for. But, he’s as good right now as he’s ever been. Scott [Zeron] said today he was better in [1]:51[.3] than he was at Lexington in [1]:47 and change.”   “Concerned was probably the best way to put it,” Alagna also said in regards to his reaction towards the slow fractions in the race. “When the race is setting up that way, you know your horse can sprint, but it’s so important to win these eliminations so you have a chance at a decent draw. Just that he was able to get up for the win means a lot.”   “Earlier in the year, when he had the North America Cup, the [Max] Hempt, Meadowlands Pace, and the New Jersey Classic, that was seven weeks in a row and the horse just doesn’t recover like a standardbred,” Alagna also said. “He’s very much more like a thoroughbred; if he can just have a week off here and there in his schedule, he’s as good as ever.”   The draw for the $500,000 Breeders Crown Three-Year-Old Colt and Gelding Pace will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 20 at a press conference hosted by Woodbine Racetrack.   BREEDERS CROWN FINAL –3YO PACING COLTS & GELDINGS   Artistic Major          Ti Tetrick          S Elliott            Artspeak                S Zeron             T Alagna              Dealt A Winner          Y Gingras           M Silva              Dudes The Man           C Callahan          H Okusko Jr           Freaky Feet Pete        Tr Tetrick          L Rheinheimer         In The Arsenal          B Sears             K Harrison            Lost For Words          D Miller            B Brown               Reverend Hanover        C Christoforou      C Coleman             Wakizashi Hanover       Ti Tetrick          J Looney King         Penji Hanover           J Jamieson          B Wallace            AE:1 Yankee Bounty      Y Gingras           R Burke               AE:2 Arque Hanover      C Callahan          C Coleman   Artspeak     By Ray Cotolo, for the Breeders Crown

LEXINGTON, KY -- After yielding to Split The House at the quarter, Tony Alagna-trainee Artspeak sat patiently in the pocket before pulling out at the three-quarter pole and rallying to the wire whilst holding off the bid of Lost For Words in his 1:47.4 triumph in the harness racing $450,000 Tattersalls Pace on Saturday, Oct. 10 at The Red Mile.   Scott Zeron sent Artspeak to the top heading to the opening quarter, passing it in :27. Split The House soon tipped first over and cleared the lead before the half, timed in :53. Enjoying no pressure on the lead, Artspeak generated a challenge that created a 1:20.1 third-quarter, and was soon alongside the pacesetter. Lost For Words, tracking Artspeak into the stretch, fanned wide and accelerated towards Artspeak, but Artspeak dug in and fought off Lost For Words, hitting the wire in 1:47.4. Rock N' Roll World was third, and In The Arsenal was fourth.   Sired by Western Ideal from the Artsplace mare The Art Museum, Artspeak collected his fifth win in 15 starts this year, paying $8.20 to win. He races for the interests of Brittany Farms, Marvin Katz, Joe Sbrocco, and In The Gym Partners.   "I really respect Split The House," Scott Zeron said. "He beat me one day when he followed me [in the New Jersey Classic at the Meadowlands], so I knew we were following a great horse there. I've always wanted my horse to be in a spot like that with fractions [like that], and he delivered."   "I was pretty enthused in the post parade just by the way he felt," Zeron also said. "To come back off of two heats [in the Little Brown Jug] and to be that strong and aggressive, and to go a lifetime mark of 1:47[.4], is impressive."   "We've had a great meet," Tony Alagna said. "We've had a lot of horses step up. Our two two-year-olds yesterday were fantastic [American Passport and Racing Hill]. We brought this horse down here hoping we could get the mark he deserved and it worked out tonight; he got his [1]:47-and-change mark. We couldn't be more pleased with him."   "He came down here, he was undefeated, and when I warmed him up the second week, the track was wet," Alagna also said regarding bringing Artspeak to Lexington last year. "It [the track] was real punchy underneath, and, of course, hindsight's never wrong: I should've pulled his back shoes that day because he had stifled joints and cords were getting to him late in the mile; that's why he got rough. Today was a nice redemption for the horse because he deserves it. I've been telling people all year that this horse is racing a lot better than people realize, and he showed that today."   "With the support of my customers, we bought some really nice stuff [yearlings] this year. I've got a great staff. They give me the ability to go out and look at horses and do what I need to do. They do a great job for me here at The Red Mile when I'm out doing what I need to do in the days and the nights. It's been a great meet."     By Ray Cotolo, for The Red Mile

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