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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

Eight years ago, harness racing owner Joe Sbrocco watched Hot Rod Mindale, a horse he co-owned at the time with several partners, finish second to Tell All in the Little Brown Jug. It was a moment the Ohio resident called “the thrill of my life.” On Thursday, Artspeak will try to make Sbrocco’s life even more thrilling. Artspeak, the 2014 Dan Patch Award winner for best 2-year-old male pacer, will start from post No. 1 in the second of two first-heat eliminations for Thursday’s $677,000 Little Brown Jug brought to you by Fazoli’s at the Delaware County Fairgrounds in central Ohio. The colt, who will have Scott Zeron in the sulky for trainer Tony Alagna, is the 5-2 second choice on the morning line behind 4-5 fovorite Wiggle It Jiggleit in the event for 3-year-old male pacers. Zeron became the youngest driver to win the Jug in 2012 when he piloted Michael’s Power to victory at the age of 23. A horse must win two one-mile races on the same day to capture the Little Brown Jug trophy. Fifteen horses entered the Jug and were divided into two first-heat eliminations. Lost For Words, who is stabled regularly at the Delaware County Fairgrounds with trainer Brian Brown, is the2-1 morning line favorite in the first division. The top four finishers in each elimination advance to the second heat. If one of the two elimination winners is victorious in the second heat, he is the Jug champion. Otherwise, the three heat-winners return for a race-off. The last race-off was in 2000, when Astreos won the event. Coverage of the Little Brown Jug will air live from 5-6:30 p.m. on CBS Sports Network. Artspeak, this year’s New Jersey Sire Stakes champion, heads to the Little Brown Jug off a career-best 1:48.2 win in the Simcoe Stakes on Sept. 12 at Mohawk Racetrack. The time established the stakes record, shaving one-fifth of a second off the previous mark set by 2013 Little Brown Jug champion Vegas Vacation. “It looks like he’s in top shape right now,” said the 74-year-old Sbrocco, who lives near Cleveland and has been involved in harness racing since 1970. “I’m anxious to get down there. We’ve always got to worry about Wiggle It Jiggleit, but it looks like he’s got a shot.” Artspeak, a son of Western Ideal-The Art Museum, won eight of 10 races last year including the Metro Pace and Governor’s Cup. This season, he has won four of 12 starts and finished second in the Hempt Memorial and Cane Pace while increasing his lifetime bankroll to $1.22 million for owners Sbrocco, Brittany Farms, Marvin Katz, and In The Gym Partners. He suffered from poor luck with the draws in the North America Cup and Battle of the Brandywine, starting from posts 10 and eight respectively, but got the coveted rail for his Little Brown Jug elimination. He will try to become the first divisional champion since Bettor’s Delight in 2001 to return and win the Jug. “He’s had a tough year, but hopefully he’ll be the horse we’ve hoped for all year,” Sbrocco said. “I’m excited, I can tell you that. I think he’s going to give a good performance anyway. He’s not a very big horse and I think he’ll take the turns well. I think now he’s ready.” Brittany Farms won the 1993 Little Brown Jug as the owner of Life Sign. Brittany Farms owner George Segal also was part of Jug-winning partnerships with Mr Feelgood in 2006 and Tell All in 2007. His three victories are tied with Jeff Snyder and Stanley Dancer for the most by an owner in history. Now, Sbrocco would like to know the thrill of standing in the Little Brown Jug winner’s circle himself in his state’s premier race. The event attracts a crowd of more than 45,000-plus to the Delaware County Fairgrounds, located 30 miles north of Columbus. “I’ve been going for years,” said Sbrocco, who has been involved in all aspects of harness racing, from driving in fairs to breeding and owning horses. “It’s so much fun. I enjoy that more than anything. It’s the greatest time.” The Little Brown Jug is the third leg of this year’s Pacing Triple Crown. Dealt A Winner won the first jewel, the Cane Pace, and Revenge Shark captured the second, the Messenger Stakes. Following are the fields in post order for the Little Brown Jug first-heat eliminations: $108,320 First Elimination Post-Horse-Driver-Trainer-Morning Line 1 - Lost For Words by Well Said -David Miller-Brian Brown-2-1 2 - Rockin In Heaven by Rock N Roll Heaven -Trevor Henry-Dr. Ian Moore-4-1 3 - Yankee Bounty by Dragon Again -Yannick Gingras-Ron Burke-6-1 4 - Dude's The Man by American Ideal -Corey Callahan-Jessica Okusko-5-2 5 - Trading Up by Somebeachsomewhere -Scott Zeron-Tony Alagna-15-1 6 - Cooperstown by Four Starzzz Shark -Matt Kakaley-Ron Burke-15-1 7 - Split The House by Rocknroll Hanover -Randy Waples-Chris Oakes-10-1 $108,320 Second Elimination Post-Horse-Driver-Trainer-Morning Line 1 - Artspeak by Western Ideal -Scott Zeron-Tony Alagna-5-2 2 - Paparazzi Hanover by Well Said -Matt Kakaley-Ron Burke-20-1 3 - Rise Up Now by Somebeachsomewhere -Tim Tetrick-Brian Brown-10-1 4 - My Hero Ron by Well Said -Yannick Gingras-Ron Burke-4-1 5 - Wiggle It Jiggleit by Mr Wiggles -Montrell Teague-Clyde Francis-4-5 6 - Arque Hanover by Rock N Roll Heaven -Corey Callahan-Casie Coleman-15-1 7 - Revenge Shark by Cams Card Shark -Brett Miller-Tony Alagna-6-1 8 - Blood Brother by Somebeachsomewhere -David Miller-Jimmy Takter-20-1 $324,960 Second Heat (first four finishers from eliminations)-Post Time 6:15 p.m. $135,400 Race-Off (if necessary) by Ken Weingartner Harness Racing Communications USTA

It was quite a day at the harness racing meeting at  Harrah's Philadelphia on a beautiful Sunday afternoon (Sept. 13). There were 3 divisions of The Liberty Bell Series for 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers, as well as a winners over $25,000 lifetime pace which featured two pacers at the doorstep of one million dollars in career earnings. Division 1 of the Liberty Bell went to upsetter Trading Up (Scott Zeron). The son of Somebeachsomewhere was 3 wide much of the first quarter before finally clearing the lead just before the half. He was able to hold off the heavy favorite My Hero Ron (Matt Kakaley) by a length, stopping the clock in 1:51.4. Blood Brother finished third. It was the 5th career win for Trading Up ($15.00), who is owned by Alagna Racing, John Fodera, Alan Alber, and Aaron Waxman. He is trained by Tony Alagna. Tri County Stable's Wakizashi Hanover (Tim Tetrick) was a dominant winner in the second division. The son of Dragon Again battled a game Badiou Hanover (Scott Zeron) the entire mile to secure the win in a time of 1:51.3, while in hand at the finish. It was the eleventh career win for the Joann Looney-King trainee, and his third straight. Jo Pa's Well Said (Dave Miller) was third. It was a lifetime's best performance for Allbeef N Nobull (Matt Kakaley) in division 3 of the Liberty Bell. The son of McArdle sat pocket behind the speed of Rise Up Now (Tim Tetrick), before roaring up the passing lane to win in 1:50.2. Paparazzi Hanover (Dave Miller) rallied for second, while McArdles Lightning (Corey Callahan) was third. It was the 8th career win for the Ron Burke trainee, who is also owned by Emond, Taylor, and Weaver Bruscemi. He paid $4.40. Ken Jacob's Doctor Butch is harness racing newest millionaire. The 5-year-old son of Art Major was victorious in a winner's over $25,000 lifetime pace, which pushed his lifetime earnings over the one million mark in his 94th career start. He now has 26 career wins, 9 on the season. The 8-year-old Nova Artist, who was also in the race (finished 7th) is also nearing the plateau. He has career earning of $961,267. Doctor Butch is trained by Linda Toscano. Michael Bozich

CAMPBELLVILLE, September 4 - On the eve of this year's Metro Pace, the 2014 harness racing champion returned to Mohawk Racetrack for a tune-up in qualifying action. Artspeak, last year's two-year-old champion, and driver Scott Zeron took to the track for the morning's fourth qualifier and turned in a sizzling mile of 1:50.1. The Tony Alagna trainee went directly to the front for Zeron and posted opening fractions of :28 and :56.4. The son of Western Ideal paced a third-quarter in :27, before firing home impressively in :26.2 for a :53.2 back-half and a 23¼ length victory. Friday's qualifier was Artspeak's first charted line since a fourth-place finish in the Battle of Brandywine on August 22 at Pocono. Owned by Brittany Farms, Marvin Katz, Joe Sbrocco and In The Gym Partners, Artspeak has three victories from eleven starts this season for earnings of over $409,000. Purchased for $100,000 at the 2013 Lexington Selected Yearling Sale, Artspeak currently has 11 career victories, a bankroll exceeding $1.2 million and a mark of 1:48.4 taken at The Meadowlands. The three-year-old pacing colt has only missed the top-five once in 21 career starts. Artspeak is expected to compete in next Saturday's (September 12) Simcoe Stakes. Also on Friday morning, Flanagan Memory, the Cashman Memorial winner, won a qualifier in 1:55.3. The five-year-old son of Kadabra was making his first appearance since making a break in the Crawford Farms Trot on August 21 at Vernon Downs. The Rene Dion trainee got away third and moved into second heading to the half. Flanagan Memory came to the outside at the three-quarter pole, took the lead at the top of the stretch and trotted home in :27.1 for a 10¼ length victory. Chris Christoforou, who has been out of action for several weeks with a broken collarbone, drove Flanagan Memory Friday morning. The veteran driver competed in his first qualifier since his injury on Tuesday. Christoforou tweeted following Friday's qualifier that he is at 80 to 85 per cent strength with no pain and hopes to return in a week to 10 days. Flanagan Memory is expected to be among the entrants for next Saturday's Maple Leaf Trot eliminations. Here is the full list of Friday's qualifying winners. Race/Horse/Driver/Time Q1. Ready Any Time - Rick Zeron - 1:56.1 Q2. Adored By Masses - Sylvain Filion - 1:59.4 Q3. More Than Many - Phil Hudon - 1:57.3 Q4. Artspeak - Scott Zeron - 1:50.1 Q5. Flanagan Memory - Chris Christoforou - 1:55.3 Mark McKelvie

WILKES-BARRE PA - Imagine Dragon and Momas Got A Gun both punched their tickets to the $350,000 Pennsylvania Sire Stakes Championship for harness racing three-year-old pacing fillies on September 5 with strong victories in $191,609 fourth and final round preliminary action Saturday at The Downs.   Imagine Dragon lowered her mark a tick to 1:51.1 for trainer Frank Antonacci and Lindy Farms of Connecticut in taking the first division. Driver Scott Zeron had three pieces of luck with the daughter of Dragon Again, and the first two did not augur well: he had to tuck third early, and he had to rethink a quarter-move when pacesetter Better Said showed no sign of wanting to give up the lead. But his third piece of luck was good - for victory: pocketsitting Triple V Hanover moved outside for the drive, and Zeron was able to guide Imagine Dragon to the famed Pocono Pike, winning easily late with a strong finishing kick. 31-1 Doll Fins, the longest shot on the board, shot through deep in the Pike for second, 1½ lengths behind the winner and a neck ahead of favored Better Said. Safe From Terror, one of two horses with two prelim wins coming to tonight (the other, Serious Filly, was absent here), was photoed out of third, and Triple V Hanover completed the checkgetters.   Momas Got A Gun had not raced at the mountain oval since July 4, where she had a stretch lead and missed just a neck in the $300,000 Lynch Final. Saturday the daughter of Somebeachsomewhere was on the right side of a neck decision, as she made two moves to control the pace, coming her last half in 54.2 to stop the timer in 1:50.1, a national season's mark and a personal best. Somewhere Sweet came at the winner late directly to her left, but Jim Morrill Jr. kept his filly going to win by a neck for trainer Virgil Morgan Jr. and Albertan owner Geoffrey Martin. Slight betting favorite Doctor Terror, first-over here, was 1¼ lengths further back in third; Well Hello There and Southwind Roulette, the defending divisional Champion, getting the last two paydays.   The official pointstandings are tabulated by the PA Harness Racing Commission, with money earned in the prelims used as a tiebreaker if the need arises, but an initial tabulation after tonight's two races showed the following: the eight spots available for the Championship were earned by Safe From Terror (88 points on a 35-25-15-10-8-5-4-2-1 basis), Imagine Dragon and Somewhere Sweet (tied at 85), Serious Filly (78), Momas Got A Gun and Storm Point (tied at 73), Arts Jem (60), and Southwind Roulette (58); spots in a 9-horse $60,000 Consolation were earned by Doctor Terror (56), Better Said (48), Triple V Hanover (47), Doll Fins (42), Deli Beach (32), Seeking Nirvana (27), Ginger Tree Alexis and Macarena Mama (tied at 25), and Well Hello There (24).   (Again, these are unofficial numbers; also, the race of participation depends on who drops in: if one declares in for Saturday, one declares for both races as eligible - you can't refuse the Championship for the Consolation, and those with fewer points, if declared, may make the Consolation if horses listed above don't drop in.   In the $30,000 Open pace, the Always A Virgin 4YO gelding Always At My Place came with a 1/5 of a second of the divisional world record when he won in 1:48.1, just off Mach It So's world and track record, stamping himself as a force to be reckoned with on a national level. Winning for the fifth time in succession, Always At My Place did it despite taking the first-over route, pacing his back half in an incredible 53.1 to tally for driver Matt Kakaley, trainer Ron Burke, and the owning partnership of Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi, Lawrence Karr, and Phillip Collura while taking a new mark and equaling Rockeyed Optimist's season's record.   FINISHING LINES - A reminder for those planning to attend or watch the $2M+ Super Stakes Saturday card next week are reminded that the first race is scheduled for 5:30 p.m., as there is a giant fireworks show planned for after the races.   PHHA / Pocono

It was the 2015 debut for multi-stakes winner McWicked in the featured event at the harness racing meeting at Harrah's Philadelphia on Sunday afternoon (July 26), an open pace going for a purse of $30,000. After back-to-back qualifiers at The Meadowlands, the now 4-year-old son of McArdle was coming off of a memorable 3-year-old campaign, including capturing the Breeder's Crown in late November. The favorite coming in however was The Jerry Taylor Invitational winner Great Vintage. The 30-time winner took 2 of his last 3 coming in, with the latest victory overcoming the 8 hole against open company at Yonkers. Great Vintage (Scott Zeron) wasted no time getting into gear, leaving aggressively from post 4 securing the front end. The 7-year-old son of American Ideal set fractions of :26.3, :55.2, and 1:22.1. McWicked (Dave Miller) took back at the start from post 7, taking up third over position. In the stretch, Great Vintage was able to get away, building an insurmountable lead, holding off the fast closing McWicked by two lengths in the end. The final time was 1:50.1. Great Vintage is now 5 for 8 in the win column this season, for the owning group of Takter, Fielding, Anderberg, and Falk. In other news, millionaire trotter Sevruga (Andy Miller) overcame a second tier starting spot to prevail in a winner's over $25,000 lifetime trot going for a purse of $24,000. The 7-year-old son of SJ's Caviar was able to grind first over to narrowly defeat the front stepping My Love Bi (George Napolitano Jr.), winning by a head in 1:54.3. Favorite DW's NY Yank (Matt Kakaley) overcame an early break to finish third. It was the 35th career win for Sevruga, who is owned by Joe P Racing and trained by Julie Miller. Michael Bozich

Brian Fisher trainee Abelard Hanover (Scott Zeron) was victorious in the featured event at the harness racing meeting on at  Harrah's Philladelphia on Sunday. It was a pace for non-winners of $20,000 in their last 5 starts or non-winners of 9 races or $90,000 lifetime. Starting from post 5, the 7-year-old son of Rocknroll Hanover stormed right to the front, setting fractions of :26.4, :55.1, 1:22.4, and 1:51.4. He had to deal with a challenge from Bob Bresnahan trainee Good Day Mate (Geo. Napolitano Jr.) who rushed up first over at the half. Good Day Mate finished a game second, while Smooth Criminal (Eric Carlson) rallied for third. Race favorite Jeneral Patton (Tim Tetrick) finished off the board despite a second over trip. It was the 37th career win for Abelard Hanover ($16.00), who now has earnings over $620,000. Winning driver Scott Zeron had four wins on the card. Michael Bozich

Pennsylvania sired 2-year-old filly pacers took center stage at the harness racing meeting at Harrah's Philadelphia on Thursday afternoon (July 9) competing in five divisions worth just over $53,000 each. The highly regarded Pure Country (Brett Miller) looked every bit the part in the first division. The daughter of Somebeachsomewhere rated smartly off the speed duel which developed shortly after the half between second favorite Heels On The Beach (John Campbell) and Ron Burke trainee Eloquent Grace (Yannick Gingras). Pure Country ($2.40) edged off the cones from the pocket spot at the top of the stretch, sweeping up three wide for an in-hand one length victory, stopping the clock in 1:53.2. She is owned by Diamond Creek Farms, and is trained by Jimmy Takter. Gerard Malanga trainee Sail To The Beach (Daniel Dube) was equally as impressive in her divisional win. The daughter of Somebeachsomewhere sat off the pace until the half, when she uncorked a strong brush that pushed her well clear by the three-quarter pole. Her margin of victory was two lengths in the end, stopping the clock in 1:53.1. Danika P (Matt Kakaley) was a clear second, while My Lady Love (Brett Miller) overcame a severe shuffle to close for third. Sail To The Beach ($4.00) remained undefeated for owners Chester Orzell and Michael Talapa. Another Somebeachsomewhere filly proved prominent in division three, as Darlinonthebeach (Yannick Gingras) scored in front stepping style. The Nancy Johansson trainee faced a minor challenge up the backstretch from Sayulita (Brett Miller) before relegating her to the pocket by the three quarter pole. Darlinonthebeach ($3.40) won by an increasing four length margin in the end, stopping the clock in 1:53.1 for her first pair-mutuel win. Division four was home to an impressive performance by I Said Diamonds (Dave Miller). The daughter of Well Said benefitted when her main competition Shezarealdeal (Marcus Miller) made a break in the first turn, thus eliminating herself. I Said Diamonds ($3.00) then pounced on the leaders just after the quarter, never ceding command after completing the clearing move. She went on to win by a length, stopping the clock in 1:53 to remain undefeated in two starts. She is owned by Omar Beiler, Dennis Coons, and Susan Oakes, with Chris Oakes doing the training. The final division was taken by the front end stepping Peachy (Yannick Gingras). The daughter of Western Terror was able to rate back to back :29 quarters before facing a challenge from race favorite Skinny Dipper (Andrew McCarthy). Peachy ($9.80) was able to extend her lead off the soft fractions at three quarters, with plenty left to fend off the pocket sitting Corona Again in the stretch. She won by a little less than a length, stopping the timer at 1:54.1. It was the first career win for the Ron Burke trainee, who is owned by W J Donovan. Yannick Gingras lead all drivers with four wins on the day, while Corey Callahan, Scott Zeron, and Dave Miller each had three. Live racing resumes Friday at Harrah's Philadelphia with a first post of 12:40 PM. Michael Bozich

Gotmyredressontnit put up the fastest mile while Soft Idea and Encore Deo also found the winner's circle in their first career starts to highlight the action in the three $36,566 divisions of the New York Sire Stakes for 2-year-old filly pacers at the harness racing meeting at Buffalo Raceway Wednesday night (July 1).   The track record at Buffalo Raceway of 1:56.3 set by Silk Purse in 2011 and tied by Summertime Lea in 2012 will remain safe for another season.   The first division was the quickest as Gotmyredressontnit just missed the track record with a 1:56.4 clocking while Soft Idea and Encore Deo each went the mile in 1:57.3 over the fast track.   The favored Gotmyredressontnit ($4.10) toyed with the field in the first division.   Sitting third at the quarter pole, driver Jason Bartlett said it was time to go with Gotmyredressontnit and took command.   She was on cruise control from there, going 58.1 in the second half mile, including a 28.2 last panel to pull away from runner up Wishy Washy Girl (Jordan Stratton) by 2-3/4 lengths while Another Look (Tom Jackson) finished in third..   Bartlett said after the race, "This filly is really fast. She's high speed and has a great gait."   He added that he was confident when they passed the half-mile pole.   "The way she's been qualifiying, I knew we had it won at the half mile.   I still haven't pulled the plugs on her." Gotmyredressontnit won her two non-betting prep races by 3-1/2 and 4-1/2 lengths.   Owned and trained by Janice Connor, Gotmyredressontnit (Roll With Joe-Western Top Cat) is now a perfect 1-for-1 in her young career.   In the second division, a gutsy drive by Scott Zeron in the passing lane allowed Soft Idea (American Ideal-Walk Softly) to score a narrow victory over Vino And Formaggio and Angels Rockn Pink in an exciting blanket finish that was decided by a mere head.   Angels Rockn Pink (John MacDonald) set the fractions of 29.1, 59.0 and 1:28.1. They looked home free at the top of the stretch but things started to fall apart. The leg-weary Angels Rockn Pink was begging for the finish line but Soft Idea and Vino And Formaggio (Kevin Cummings) were pacing strong to the finish.   Soft Idea ($13.60) went as far down the passing lane as possible and managed to nose past the game Vino And Formaggio at the wire while Angels Rockn Pink was a head back.   Zeron admitted it was a tight squeeze down the stretch. He then added, "She was loaded the entire mile. I backed her off around the turns but down the stretch, I had a ton of horse."   Soft Idea is trained by Linda Toscano and is co-owned by the South Mountain Stable, the Bay's Stable, Radio Racing Stable and Little E LLC.   After losing a narrow decision in the second leg of the Sire Stakes, Cummings got his revenge in the third and final division aboard Encore Deo ($10.80).   Blasting to the top from the five post, Encore Deo, a $100,000 Lexington Sales purchase, played a game of catch me if you can and ended up wiring the field of seven. Putting up fractions of 30.1, 59.4 and 1:28.4, a 28.4 last quarter panel was enough to hold off any late threat. No Clouds Bluechip (Bartlett) finished 3/4 lengths back while Dime A Dance (Stratton) took the show spot.   "She handled the track really well," Cummings said of Encore Deo (Rock N Roll Heaven -Docdor Cameo). "I was a hair worried around the last turn, but once she straightened out in the stretch, she had a a lot left."   Encore Deo is trained by Ron Burke and co-owned by the Burke Stable, Weaver Buscemi, Jason Melillo and Lawrence Karr.   In the $15,000 Excelsior 'A' Series, it was a clean sweep for Jim Morrill Jr. as he guided Amazon Ideal ($3.40) to a 2:00.3 win and was in the sulky with Roll Of Dreams ($4.00) who turned in a 2:00.1 time.   The $6,800 Excelsior 'B' Series went to Milky Way Rae ($4.20) who toured the Buffalo Raceway half-mile oval in 2:00.4 with Bartlett in the bike.   BZ Glide (Morrill Jr.) was victorious in the $10,500 Open Trot in 1:57.2 and returned $2.70 for the win. Morrill Jr. finished the night with four victories.   Country Delight ($4.00) went coast-to-coast in notching a 1:57.3 win in the $9,500 Open pace for the filly and mares. John Cummings Jr. handled the driving duties.   Racing will continue on Friday night at Buffalo Raceway with 11 races scheduled to go to the post at 6:35 p.m.   For more information including the latest news, upcoming promotions, race replays and results, go to   Brian J. Mazurek

Nobody told Mother Nature that The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono was having one of its biggest harness racing cards of the season last Saturday night. Heavy rain pummeled Northeastern Pennsylvania starting in the wee hours of Saturday morning, and it was still going strong by the time the elimination races for Sun Stakes Saturday had come to a completion. As a result, the track was plenty sloppy as some of the world's best horses stopped by in the hopes of making it through to the big-money Sun Stakes finals on the Fourth of July. Elimination races are always a tricky bit of business because, while everybody wants to win, the most important thing is securing that spot in the lineup when those purses go rocketing skyward. So, considering the slop and the strategizing, the results we saw Saturday might not have all that much bearing on what occurs in the Finals. But it still made for a memorable night of racing, one featuring some unexpected outcomes and many stellar performances. Here is a division-by-division look at what went down. JAMES M. LYNCH MEMORIAL PACE (3-YEAR-OLD FILLIES) This felt like the most wide-open field going into the eliminations, and Saturday's races didn't provide a ton of clarity. We do know that JK She'salady, who dominated the division a year ago, won't be around for the finals, as her recent struggles continued with a 5th-place finish in her elimination. Instead. The Show Returns wheeled out 3-wide with John Campbell in the bike to come up for a mild upset win in the division containing JK She'salady. Speaking of mid-priced upsetters, Momas Got A Gun wore down favored Divine Caroline for a win in her split at 6-1. The only favorite to hold form was Stacia Hanover, who controlled matters on the front end to win with Scott Zeron in the bike. As further proof of just how tight these fillies are heading into the finals, all three winners came home in the slop in identical times of 1:51:3.   MAX C. HEMPT MEMORIAL PACE (3-YEAR-OLDS) Most of the top competitors in the eliminations came right from the North American Cup finals held on June 20 at Mohawk. Wakizashi Hanover, who sprung a mild upset to win that race in Canada, used a pocket seat to win his elimination in 1:50:4 with Tim Tetrick in the bike. The horse he surprised at Mohawk, Wiggle It Jiggleit, righted his ship after the first loss of his career, handling his split with ease for driver Montrell Teague in 1:50:1. And Artspeak outdueled In The Arsenal in the final division by a head in 1:50; those two horses finished fifth and fourth in the North American Cup. Certainly everyone will be watching for a rematch between Wakizashi Hanover and Wiggle It Jiggleit in the final, and the draw for post position will be all-important, since those two appear to be evenly matched.   EARL BEAL JR. MEMORIAL TROT (3-YEAR-OLDS) The night's biggest upset occurred when Pinkman, who was the 2-year-old divisional champ and had won three straight Pennsylvania Sire Stakes races to start 2015, was upended at the line by the late charge of Wicker Hanover, a 16-1 shot with Andrew McCarthy in the bike. In the first Beal split, heavy favorite Habitat made an early break, opening the door for Cruzado Dela Noche to come up first-over and surprise for the win in 1:53:3. Uncle Lasse won a showdown with Crazy Wow in the final division in a battle of odds-on horses. Trainer Jimmy Takter will have Uncle Lasse and an angry Pinkman in the final, so he'll most likely have a big say in the matter. But the preliminaries show that you can't take anything for granted, especially when horses as talented as Wicker Hanover can get away at such long odds.   BEN FRANKLIN FREE-FOR-ALL PACE (OPEN) The two eliminations provided a fascinating study on how races can be won in a variety of ways. In the first elimination, Luck Be Withyou, who had suffered a disappointing break of stride while leading his previous stakes race at Northfield, decided to give it another go on the engine on Saturday night. With George Napolitano on the bike, the 4-year-old stallion busted to the lead from the #8-hole and never looked back, hustling home to win in 1:50. In the second split, State Treasurer, a 6-year-old stallion who campaigns in Canada, had to deal with the dreaded outside #9 post. Driver David Miller stayed patient, even with his horse sitting last fifth-over at the three-quarter pole. Around the final turn he wheeled State Treasurer to the outside and the stallion blew by everybody for a last-to-first victory in 1:50:3. Most of the top aged pacers are headed to the final, including Foiled Again, the sport's all-time top earner who snuck in based on having the faster fifth-place finishing time of the two divisions. Saturday's final should be a donnybrook for the ages. With the eliminations in our rear-view, all that's left to do is look forward to the Fourth of July finals. Trust me, the on-track action on Sun Stakes Saturday will provide all the fireworks you'll need. That will do it for this week, but we'll see you at the track. Feel free to e-mail me at Jim Beviglia

The top 3-year-old male pacers in North America meet Saturday in the $500,000 Max C. Hempt Memorial at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, but with harness racing trainer Tony Alagna expecting the group to "trade punches all year," the event might as well be called "Round Two." Wakizashi Hanover won Round One, capturing the North America Cup on June 20 at Mohawk Racetrack in Ontario. The sport's leading money-winner this season, Wakizashi Hanover will start from post seven in the Hempt, entering the final off a 1:50.4 elimination victory over a sloppy track last weekend. He is the 3-1 second choice on the morning line with Tim Tetrick driving for trainer Joann Looney-King. North America Cup runner-up Wiggle It Jiggleit is the 5-2 morning line favorite after winning his Hempt elimination by four lengths in 1:50.1. Wiggle It Jiggleit, the winner of 12 of 13 lifetime races, will start from post five with Montrell Teague at the lines for trainer Clyde Francis. Artspeak, who was the 2014 Dan Patch Award winner for best 2-year-old male pacer, won the remaining elimination by a head over In The Arsenal, stopping the clock in 1:50 for Alagna and driver Scott Zeron. He drew post No. 4 and is 4-1 on the morning line. In The Arsenal, who earlier this season won the Art Rooney Pace, is 5-1and will start from post six with Brian Sears driving for Kelvin Harrison. Those four horses have combined to win 24 of 30 starts this season while finishing on the board a total of 28 times. "I think those are the top four contenders right now and they're going to trade punches all year, I believe," Alagna said. "But I think that our horse is definitely going to get his fair share." Joining the four top morning line picks in the Hempt final are Lost For Words, who has won four of five races this year and finished second to Wakizashi Hanover in his elimination, as well as North America Cup third-place finisher Betting Exchange, Pierce Hanover, A Bettor Hat, and National Seelster. The top three finishers from each of last week's three eliminations advanced to the Hempt final. All of the finalists were in the top three entering the last quarter-mile of their respective elims and only two of the finalists - National Seelster and A Bettor Hat - were worse than third at the halfway point. They were fourth and on the move. "It's going to be a cavalry charge into the first turn," said Alagna, who won the 2013 Hempt with Captaintreacherous. "Everybody is going to be leaving. Nobody wants to come from off the pace and going for $500,000 everybody is going to be forwardly placed. We just have to hope we land in a good spot and get a decent trip and get a shot at it in the stretch." In his elimination, Artspeak got the lead heading out of the first turn and then rebuffed challenges from Pierce Hanover (outside) and In The Arsenal (inside) to post the win. It was only the second time in his seven most recent starts that Artspeak was in front at the half. "People thought he would have trouble with the five-eighths (of a mile track) and he whipped right around there," said Alagna, who trains Artspeak for owners Brittany Farms, Marvin Katz, Joe Sbrocco, and In The Gym Partners. "He did it on the front end and that's not normally his style. He's a much better horse off a helmet, but we took a shot and Scott did a great job. "He showed a lot of grit. He's won a lot of races on talent, but the other night he showed true grit and what kind of horse he really is. They collared him at the head of the lane and he fought all the way to the wire to win. I was very impressed with his effort." Saturday's card at Pocono also includes the $500,000 Ben Franklin Pace for older male pacers, $500,000 Earl Beal Jr. Memorial for 3-year-old male trotters, $300,000 James M. Lynch Memorial for 3-year-old female pacers, and $75,000 Sun Invitational for older trotters. Following is the Hempt Memorial field in post order with drivers, trainers, and morning line odds: 1. Pierce Hanover by Cams Card Shark -  Brett Miller, Ken Sucee, 10-1 2. Betting Exchange by Bettor's Delight -  Jim Morrill Jr., Tom Fanning, 12-1 3. Lost For Words by Well Said -  David Miller, Brian Brown, 6-1 4. Artspeak by Western Ideal -  Scott Zeron, Tony Alagna, 4-1 5. Wiggle It Jiggleit by Mr Wiggles -  Montrell Teague, Clyde Francis, 5-2 6. In The Arsenal by American Ideal -  Brian Sears, Kelvin Harrison, 5-1 7. Wakizashi Hanover by Dragon Again -  Tim Tetrick, Joann Looney-King, 3-1 8. A Bettor Hat by Bettor's Delight -  Yannick Gingras, Gilbert Garcia-Herrera, 20-1 9. National Seelster by Bettor's Delight -  Andy Miller, Chris Ryder, 15-1 Notes: George Teague Jr. owns the homebred Wiggle It Jiggleit. He trained 2011 Hempt winner Custard The Dragon, who scored with Montrell Teague in the sulky. George Teague Jr. also won the race in 2009 with Johnny Z and 2008 with Badlands Nitro. Chris Ryder won the 1999 edition of the race, then known as the Joseph Banks Memorial, with Artistic Freedom. McWicked holds the Hempt Memorial stakes record of 1:47.3, set last year. by Ken Weingartner Harness Racing Communications USTA          

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