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The big-race barrier curse of Petacular has been lifted. The marbles fell the way of the harness racing star Burrumbeet filly last night at Bendigo shortly after her Breeders Crown Race to Royalty Semi-Final win. Petacular drew gate three for Sunday’s $190,000 Woodlands sponsored three-year-old fillies Breeders Crown Final at Tabcorp Park Melton, a welcome change for connections who have endured horror luck at the draws in big races over the last 12 months. Petacular has also been made to work hardest several times in key qualifiers, so last night’s comfortable win was music to trainer/driver Michael Stanley’s ears. “It worked out really well,” he said of the Somebeachsomewhere daughter’s Semi-Final win, which saw her rate 2:00.8 after the 2150-metre race became just a dash up the straight (26.5s last quarter) after opening sectionals of 33.5s, 33s and 30.5s. “I was happy to go as slowly as I could once I was able to get to the lead because she’s had a few hard runs this year, and most of her semi-finals have been hard,” Stanley said. “It’s good that she’s had an easy one for a change. Hopefully we can go in (to next Sunday’s Breeders Crown Final) with a different game plan this time.” Partyon was a significantly quicker Semi-Final winner last night for trainer Mark Purdon and driver Luke McCarthy. The Allstars filly stopped the clock at 1:56.1 in the first semi, also leading throughout, but will have to negate a back-row draw on Sunday. Partyon has drawn gate nine, trailing out Gilty Hanover in two, whose runner-up effort to Petacular last night was full of merit for Kari Males and Zac Phillips. New South Wales filly Shezallapples will start from pole, which brings her absolutely into contention with the coveted leader’s back position behind Petacular a logical aim for reinsman Jimmy Douglass. Fellow NSW raider My Casino Belle has barrier four for the final, inside Better B Chevron, Perfect Look and Oaks winner Miss Graceland rounding out the front row. Tasmanian El Jays Mystery has the inside-back-row draw, just inside Partyon, with Lincolns Superstar, Six Elements, Be Not Afraid and Petacular’s stablemate Soho Angel, giving Stanley two runners in the final, rounding out the back row. Emma Stewart also has two runners qualified – Miss Graceland and Perfect Look. Video replay: Woodlands Stud Breeders Crown 3YO Fillies 1st Semi-Final at Bendigo Video replay: Woodlands Stud Breeders Crown 3YO Fillies 2nd Semi-Final at Bendigo $190.000 Woodlands Stud Breeders Crown Series 19 (3yo Fillies) Final (Group 1) 1 - Shezallapples by Sportswriter from a Fake Left mare - Jim Douglass 2 - Gilty Hanover by Rocknroll Hanover from a Courage Under Fire mare - Zac Phillips 3 - Petacular by Somebeachsomewhere from a Western Ideal mare - Michael Stanley 4 - My Casino Belle NZ by Bettor's Delight from a Christian Cullen mare - Brad Hewitt 5 - Better Be Chevron NZ by Bettor's Delight from a In The Pocket mare - Luke McCarthy 6 - Perfect Look by Art Major from a Live Or Die mare - Sidney Van Den Brande 7 - Miss Graceland by Rocknroll Hanover from a Fake Left mare - Chris Alford ........................................................Second Row....................................................... 8 - El Jays Mystery by Live Or Die from a Perfect Art mare - Anthony Butt 9 - Partyon NZ by Bettor's Delight from a Beach Towel mare - Luke McCarthy 10 - Lincolns Superstar NZ by Mach Three from a Beach Towel mare - Ashlee Grives Em 1  11 - Six Elements - by Art Major from a Classic Garry mare - David Miles 12 - Be Not Afraid by Courage Under Fire from a Lucky Camilla mare - Rodney Petroff 13 - Soho Angel by Bettor's Delight from a Artsplace mare - Michael Stanley Cody Winnell (HRV Media/Communications Manager)

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, August 12, 2017 - Somewhere in L A (Jason Bartlett, $7.70) avoided the third-turn happenstance Saturday night (Aug. 12th), winning Yonkers Raceway's harness racing $55,000 Open Handicap Pace. Passive from assigned post position No. 6, Somewhere in L A watched as Luck Be Withyou (Eric Goodell) 'won the break,' making the lead directly outside of 11-10 fave Sunfire Blue Chip (Dan Dube). The former, not in a giving mood, then hung the latter though testy early fractions of :26.1 of :54.3. However, passing the half and moving toward the three-quarters, Lucky Be Withyou had none of his own. He made a filthy break, wiping out himself and the parked-out 'Sunfire'. A three-holed Dynamic Youth (Carl Cito Jr.) then found himself leading at the 1:23.2 three-quarters, but the back markers were closing in. Somewhere in L A rolled wide around Sunfire Blue Chip opening a length-and-quarter lead into the lane. He won by a length-and-a-quarter in 1:52. Second went to an inside dive of 42-1 Polak A (Greg Merton), with Evenin' of Pleasure (George Brennan), Bit of a Legend N (Jordan Stratton) and P H Supercam (Brent Holland) rounding out the payees. For third choice Somewhere in L A, a 6-year-old Somebeachsomewhere co-owned by D'Elegance Stable IX, Carmen Iannacone, T L P & Gandolfo Stables, it was his 10th win in 25 '17 tries. The exacta paid $139.50, the triple returned $1,163 and the superfecta paid $10,118 (base $2 payout). Yonkers offers up the fifth of eight consecutive Sunday matinees (Aug. 13th), with a first post of 12:30 PM. Frank Drucker

Plainville, MA -- Biggie lived up to his name, charging late from off the pace to capture the $14,000 conditioned pacing feature in impressive style at Plainridge Park on a harness racing Monday afternoon (Aug. 7). Biggie (Greg Merton) left from post six and dropped in third while American Rock (Jim Hardy) went up front to cut the mile. The leader dictated early fractions of :27 and :57 when Lew's Maverick (Mike Eaton) and Warrawee Nonsuch (Michael Stevenson) came knocking in the outer flow. That challenge was short-lived as both horses faded past the five-eighths, leaving the leaders to decide the winner. With American Rock still in control around the far turn, pocket-sitting Allstar Energy (Mark Beckwith) pulled at the head of the lane to try his luck. But Biggie, sitting behind him in third, tipped three deep with a head of steam and wasn't to be denied. With Merton active in the sulky, Biggie out-muscled his competition and paced away to a length victory in 1:52.2. Biggie ($7.60) scored his sixth win of the year and now boasts $40,135 in winnings for his efforts. Michael Huff owns the 4-year-old altered son of Somebeachsomewhere who is trained by Scott Rollins. In the co-featured $12,000 conditioned pace, Talldarknhandsome (Greg Merton) pulled first-over before the half and won a heavy-weight fight with Modern Yankee (Chris Long) around the last turn to win by two in 1:52.4. It was the 12th win of the year for Talldarknhandsome ($4.80) and 55th lifetime in only 198 starts. The Jackie Rousse Stable LLC and Steven Greene own Talldarknhandsome who is trained by Jackie Greene. Mark Beckwith scored three winners on Monday while Shawn Gray and Greg Merton each drove two. Trainer Elisha Lafreniere watched as three of her students entered the winner's enclosure. Racing resumes at Plainridge Park on Tuesday (Aug. 8) with post time at 4 p.m.   By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - August 5, 2017 - Pure Country faced pressure for the final quarter-mile from Nike Franco N but fended off the challenge to win Saturday's $200,400 Lady Liberty Stakes for harness racing older female pacers by a head in 1:50 at the Meadowlands. Nike Franco N was second and fast-closing Penpal finished third. Shesjustadelight N led the field to the first quarter in 27.2 before Pure Country made a move on the backstretch and claimed the lead at the half, which was reached in 55.2. Nike Franco N started a first-over drive prior to three-quarters and was alongside Pure Country when they hit the marker in 1:22.2. The two mares raced side-by-side the rest of the way, with Pure Country putting her head in front at the wire. "She's a really good mare, I'm very fortunate to pick up the drive," said winning driver Mark MacDonald, who sat behind Pure Country for the first time in her career. "That was a really brave, courageous effort down the stretch to fight off (Nike Franco N). She was actually beat. Halfway down the stretch Nike Franco had her headed. She's just so game and gutsy that she dug back in and stuck her head out and got there for me." Pure Country, a Dan Patch Award winner at ages 2 and 3, won for the first time in seven races this year, although she had three second-place finishes. "She's a fantastic filly," winning trainer Jimmy Takter said. "We ran into a lot of problems with her. She got sick and stuff like that." Takter credited former driver Brett Miller for suggesting a driver change. "He's such a class guy," Takter said. "This filly fits Mark's style. He drove a great race. I was very happy for Mark." By Somebeachsomewhere, Pure Country is owned by Diamond Creek Racing. She has won 21 of 38 career races and earned $1.9 million. Pure Country paid $10.40, $3.20 and $2.60. Nike Franco N, the 2-5 favorite, paid $2.10 and $2.10. Penpal paid $3.20. By Ken Weingartner

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - August 7, 2017 - Check Six was charging hard in the lane, propelling the harness racing four-year-old stallion to a 38-1 surprise in Saturday's $224,400 Sam McKee Memorial for older male pacers by two lengths over Mel Mara in 2:02.1 for the extended distance of 1-1/8 miles at the Meadowlands Racetrack. Mach It So finished third. Mel Mara was sent to the early lead, with All Bets Off second and Rock N' Roll World third. He led the field to the opening quarter in 26.2, half in 54.1 and three-quarters in 1:21.1. Mach It So launched a first-over bid for the lead as the group hit the mile in 1:48.1, with Check Six following his cover. In the stretch, Check Six and driver Yannick Gingras fanned three-wide and powered to victory. Check Six has won two of 12 races this year and 17 of 45 in his career, with earnings of $1.38 million. The son of Somebeachsomewhere-Southwind Vanna is trained by Ron Burke and owned by Burke Racing, the partnership of Mark Weaver and Mike Bruscemi, Bill Switala, and Jim Martin. "I thought I had a chance to get a good piece," Gingras said. "I thought this horse has a lot of bad luck. The last time he raced here he had post 11 and he never saw daylight. I was running over top of horses in the stretch. He's had a lot of troubled trips, but I thought he was sitting on a big one and he was." Check Six paid $79.00, $23.80 and $8.60. Mel Mara paid $3.20 and $2.60. Mach It So paid $3.00. The McKee Memorial, formerly the U.S. Pacing Championship, honors the late Meadowlands Racetrack announcer and Communicators Hall of Fame member Sam McKee, who passed away earlier this year. By Ken Weingartner

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ- AUGUST 5, 2017 - Huntsville got to the lead in the first turn and never looked back, winning Saturday's $334,325 Cane Pace for harness racing three-year-old pacers by a neck over R J P in 2:03 at the extended distance of 1-1/8 miles for the seventh race at the Meadowlands Racetrack. Downbytheseaside was third. Starting from post No. 1 in a field of 12, Huntsville and driver Tim Tetrick outdueled longshot Lawrencetown Beach for the lead as the field entered the first turn and reached the quarter in 25.4. Lawrencetown Beach remained parked out on the backstretch, with Downbytheseaside on the pylons in third, as Huntsville hit the half in 54. R J P made a three-wide move around Lawrencetown Beach and moved into second as the group neared three-quarters, which was reached in 1:21.4. Huntsville and R J P battled through the stretch, timed in 1:49 for a mile, with Huntsville prevailing for his seventh win in 10 starts this year. "He showed some toughness today," winning trainer Ray Schnittker said. "After the first quarter I was a little concerned and (R J P) eyeballed him, but he's just a very good horse. "I don't think they were going to beat us today." Schnittker co-owns Huntsville with Ted Gewertz, Steve Arnold, and Crawford Farms Racing. The colt is a son of Somebeachsomewhere out of the mare Wild West Show. Eight of the twelve starters were by Somebeachsomewhere including the first four home. Huntsville has won 14 of 21 career races and never finished worse than second. He has earned $1.58 million. "I hope he goes the rest of the year like that," Schnittker said. "I'd be very happy." The Cane Pace is the first jewel in the Pacing Triple Crown. The remaining two legs are the Little Brown Jug and Messenger. Schnittker said Huntsville would not go to the Little Brown Jug. Huntsville paid $3.40, $2.60, $2.10. RJP returned $5.40, $2.60. Downbytheseaside paid $2.10. By Ken Weingartner

Stylish Beachwhere (Somebeachsomewhere) made her local debut a winning one on Friday night at Saratoga Casino Hotel. Trainer Jackie Greene acquired the four year old pacing mare recently and debuted her in the $9,500 Friday feature pace for distaffers. Stylish Beachwhere was one of two even-money shots among the six mares who squared off on Friday night. Frank Coppola Jr. found early speed from the Spa newbie who marched out to the early lead. Co-favored Sometimes Graceful (Bruce Aldrich Jr) wound up first over but never got close to the eventual winner who stopped the timer in 1:53.2. West Liberty (Wally Hennessey) sat the pocket and was the runner-up while Sometimes Graceful had to settle for third. Stylish Beachwhere is owned by the Kellogg Racing Stables of Queensbury, NY. Live racing continues on Saturday night with a first post time set for 7:05pm. By Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway  

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The heated rivalry between Huntsville and Downbytheseaside reached a fever pitch in the $738,550 Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace on Saturday night at the Meadowlands. Huntsville held on by a head, gaining a 4-3 advantage in their eight showdowns. The only time neither got the victory was last month in the North America Cup - won by Fear The Dragon - where Huntsville was second and Downbytheseashore third. Fear The Dragon was not nominated to The Pace, leaving Huntsville and Downbytheseaside to battle it out. And battle they did. Huntsville got away fourth in the early stages before charging past Blood Line to grab the lead down the backstretch. The 1-5 favorite appeared comfortably in charge on the final turn as Downbytheseaside tipped outside for a long, grinding challenge. Huntsville flashed past the three-quarter pole in 1:20 3/5 and the torrid pace started taking a toll. In a display of guts and determination, Huntsville dug deep while Downbytheseaside relentlessly ate into his lead. The finish line arrived just in time for last season's 2-year-old champion to earn his first major win of this campaign. It was the fifth Pace victory for driver Tim Tetrick, trailing only the recently retired Hall of Famer John Campbell, who had seven wins in the Meadowlands Racetrack's signature event for 3-year-olds. Trainer Ray Schnittker improved his Pace record to 2 for 2. He combined with Tetrick to win in 2010 with One More Laugh. Huntsville continued his remarkable consistency with a 12th win in 18 starts. He has never finished worse than second. "My horse was tired late," Tetrick said. "He kept pushing all the way to the wire." The time for the mile was a lifetime best 1:47 4/5 for the son of Somebeachsomewhere, who earned $369,275 for the ownership team of Schnittker, Ted Gewertz and Steven Arnold. Huntsville Huntsville paid $2.40, $2.10 and $2.10. Downbytheseaside returned $2.80 and $2.40 as the 4-1 second choice. Classic Pro paid $6 to show. PAIR OF FIVES: Not only did Tetrick win his fifth Meadowlands Pace, but he registered five winners on the Meadowlands Pace Night program. SOLID WAGERING: Attendance for the card was 10,111. ... All-source wagering totaled $3,823,629, which was less than last year's $4.2 million, but that card included $747,891 in new money for a huge Jackpot Super Hi-5, which had a big carryover. On-track betting was $557,018, up almost $50,000 from 2016. ... Racing resumes at the Meadowlands Friday at 7:15 p.m. By Mike Farrell, for the Meadowlands

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- After standing tall for nine years, Buffalo Raceway's track record for the harness racing aged (5+) pacing horses took a beating for the second time in a week. On Saturday night (July 15), Utah Beach ($6.50) did the damage as he covered the mile over the fast track in 1:53.2, topping the old mark of 1:53.4 just set on July 8 by Show Stopping.   Before Show Stopping's effort last week, Civil Attack's standard of 1:54.0 stood proudly since 2008.   It was a gate-to-wire performance by Utah Beach (Ray Fisher Jr.) who notched fractions of 28.1, 56.2 and 1:24.4. Before Utah Beach was officially awarded the victory and becoming a track record holder, the 5-year-old horse had to sweat out a photo finish with Bahama Bay, who eventually was deemed a nose behind.   Sending Utah Beach right to the lead off the gate was the game plan according to driver Ray Fisher Jr. "The horse gets a little pouty if he's not on the lead so I just let him roll. I thought he might run out of gas but he dug in at the wire." Fisher Jr. added, "I didn't realize it was a record until (track photographer) Steve Roth told me in the winner's circle."   Owned by James Kurilla and trained by Jeff Amann, it was the third win in 12 starts this season for Utah Beach (Somebeachsomewhere-Pears N Amoretto). The victory pushed his 2017 earnings to $19,636 and $112,677 lifetime.   In the featured $9,000 Preferred Pace, Itsonlyrocknroll A ($4.00) tied a seasonal best of 1:53.3 in putting away Major Trick (Fisher Jr.) by two lengths while Western Alumni (Kevin Cummings) was third.   Starting from the five post, Larry Stalbaum had little resistance in getting Itsonlyrocknroll A to the top, posting solid fractions of 28.0, 56.4 and 1:25.4. There was little drama heading to the wire as Itsonlyrocknroll A kept to his task and cruised across the wire.   Owned by Stalbaum and trained by Kimberly Asher, it was the ninth win of 2017 for the 6-year-old gelded Itsonlyrocknroll A (Million Dollar Cam-Boldandbeautiful). He increased his seasonal winnings to $45,970 and $218,643 lifetime.   Stalbaum finished the night with four wins with Fisher Jr. adding a triple. Asher had a training double.   Racing will continue on Sunday afternoon with 11 races going to the post at 12:30 p.m. There will be action in the New York Sire Stakes for the 2-year-old filly pacers along with races in the Excelsior A and B Series.   For more information including the latest news, upcoming promotions, race replays and results, to to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

Adam Bowden is never quite sure what to expect from Blood Line. Last weekend, the colt finished second to award-winning Huntsville in the Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace elimination, completing the mile in 1:49.1 with a :26.3 last quarter. In his previous start, Blood Line went off stride at odds of 2-1 in his elimination of the Hempt Memorial and failed to advance to the final. Needless to say, Bowden is hoping for more of the former than the latter in Saturday's $738,550 Meadowlands Pace final for 3-year-old pacers at the Meadowlands Racetrack in New Jersey. Blood Line, co-bred by Bowden's Diamond Creek Farm and owned by Bowden's Diamond Creek Racing, will start from post No. 1 with Mark MacDonald driving for trainer Jimmy Takter. Blood Line is 5-1 on the morning line, third choice behind even-money favorite Huntsville and 4-1 Downbytheseaside. "If he puts it all together, you get a mile like the other night," Bowden said about Blood Line. "If not, then you get a horse that makes a break in an elimination that he's got a chance to win. He's frustrating in that sense, but he's clearly got high speed and if he's in the right spot he's going to challenge (Saturday). "He's kind of shown the ability to go with the top horses. I'm not sure he's in the same league as Huntsville, Fear The Dragon and Downbytheseaside, but I think that next group of horses is wide open and on any given day he's as good as they are. I was happy with the way Mark raced him in the elimination and put him in a good spot and kind of followed Huntsville all along. He gave himself a chance and then drew well for the final. I think we're in a good spot." The Meadowlands Pace is part of a stakes-packed card at the Meadowlands on Saturday, with an earlier-than-usual 6:30 p.m. post time for the first race. The Meadowlands Pace will air live on cable's SNY from 9-10 p.m., with the Hambletonian Maturity for 4-year-old trotters also part of the broadcast. Blood Line is a son of stallion Somebeachsomewhere out of the lightly-raced mare Blood Diamond. He is a full brother to Blood Brother, who has earned $613,613 in four seasons of racing, and his second dam is Hall of Fame broodmare Arterra, the mother of millionaires If I Can Dream and Western Terror. Third dam Delinquent Account was a Dan Patch and O'Brien award winner and the mother of similarly awarded Artiscape. "(Blood Diamond) got injured before she could really show anything, but she comes from one of those top-class families and the intention always was to keep everything out of her," Bowden said. "She's bound to produce a great one based on her pedigree and the way these horses look. Whether it's Blood Line or the next one or the next one, she's going to do it. "She's produced two talented horses. I don't know where the limit is for this horse, but I guess we'll find out Saturday and the rest of the year." Blood Line has won three of 17 career races and earned $165,119. Last year he won divisions of the Bluegrass Stakes and Pennsylvania Sire Stakes. So far this season he posted one win on the sire stakes circuit. MacDonald has driven the horse four times, posting a win among three in-the-money finishes and never being worse than fourth. "Mark seems to be the perfect fit for him, for whatever reason," Bowden said. "His skill set and the horse just seem to mesh well together and they've raced well together. Finger's crossed. I can't imagine that he's not going to drive him aggressively and get him in a good position. If the horse is talented enough he'll be there." Takter has sent seven horses to the Meadowlands Pace final, with his best finish coming in 2009 with runner-up Vintage Master. Blood Brother is not Bowden's only hope to win the Meadowlands Pace. Diamond Creek Racing is among the owners of Downbytheseaside. The remaining owners of the Brian Brown-trained colt are Country Club Acres, Joe Sbrocco and Richard Lombardo. Downbytheseaside was among three horses, with Classic Pro and Miso Fast, to receive byes to the Meadowlands Pace final. For the year, the colt has won five of seven races and earned $323,500. He won the Art Rooney Pace and was third in the North America Cup, behind Fear The Dragon and Huntsville, and fifth in the Hempt Memorial. "The Hempt final was a little bit of a disappointment but Brian said he scoped sick, so that sort of explains that," Bowden said about Downbytheseaside, who has won 13 of 20 career races and finished worse than third only once while earning $900,606. "It's kind of nice that he got a bye and I think he's coming into this race as good as he's been all year. I would expect he would be right there at the end. I'd be disappointed if he wasn't." Huntsville, trained by Ray Schnittker and driven by Tim Tetrick, has won four of six races this year and 11 of 17 lifetime. He has never finished worse than second and counts the 2016 Breeders Crown at the Meadowlands among his career victories. He was second in the North America Cup. Schnittker won the 2010 Meadowlands Pace with One More Laugh. Tetrick has won four Paces, tied with Ron Pierce for the second most in history. John Campbell holds the record with seven trophies. Following is the field for the $738,550 Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace for 3-year-old pacers in post order with drivers, trainers and morning line. PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer-Line 1-Blood Line-Mark MacDonald-Jimmy Takter-5/1 2-Mac's Jackpot-David Miller-Jim Campbell-15/1 3-Boogie Shuffle-Scott Zeron-Mark Harder-30/1 4-Huntsville-Tim Tetrick-Ray Schnittker-1/1 5-Downbytheseaside-Brian Sears-Brian Brown-4/1 6-Miso Fast-Matt Kakaley-Ron Burke-10/1 7-Filibuster Hanover-Yannick Gingras-Ron Burke-10/1 8-Santafe's Coach-Corey Callahan-Leo Iordan-20/1 9-Classic Pro-Trevor Henry-Dr. Ian Moore-15/1 10-Talent Soup-Eric Abbatiello-Bruce Saunders-30/1 by Ken Weingartner/Harness Racing Communications/USTA

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - Huntsville is ready for The Meadowlands Pace. The Ray Schnittker trainee had no trouble winning the Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace Elimination Saturday night at the Meadowlands, stopping the clock in 1:48.4. It was 2¼ lengths back to Blood Line with Santafe's Coach third. (See The Pace draw below) With Classic Pro, Downbytheseaside and Miso Fast having accepted byes to next week's $738,550 Pace Final, seven spots were up for grabs in the elim. In addition to the top three finishers, Mac's Jackpot, Talent Soup, Filibuster Hanover and Boogie Shuffle earned berths for the Meadowlands signature event. "We wanted to race because we didn't go to Pocono (for the Hempt) and we didn't want to go into the Meadowlands Pace being off so long," said winning driver Tim Tetrick of the decision to race Huntsville rather than accept one of the byes. "He was good tonight, plenty of go. He was on the left line a little again, but Ray will have him ready. He trained great the other day, wasn't on the line, so he'll have the quirks worked out of him." Huntsville, listed at even-money on the morning line for next week's final, sat third in the early going before taking the top just after the quarter. The son of Somebeachsomewhere sprinted the third quarter in :27 to reach three-quarters in 1:22.2 before a final quarter of :26.2 enabled him to establish a new lifetime best. Huntsville paid $2.20 as the 1-9 public choice and lifted his lifetime stats to 11 wins in 17 starts and earnings of just over $953,000. HAMBO READY: Hambletonian favorite Walner made his much-anticipated return to the races in a conditioned event earlier on the card and the Linda Toscano trainee spoke loud and clear about his standing as the top 3-year-old colt in training, crushing an overmatched field by 7½ lengths. Tetrick, who won five times on the program, got the son of Chapter Seven away third around turn one but quickly moved the 2016 Breeders Crown champion to the top where he cut easy fractions of :28.1 and :56.1. Walner went into sprint mode to the three-quarters, extending his lead to 5 lengths as he hit that station in 1:23.2 before powering home in a final quarter of :27.4 to complete the mile and equal Ariana G's 1:51.1 seasonal mark for a 3-year-old on the trot. Sweet Thing was second with Winter Harbor third. "He's ready to rock," said Tetrick. "It feels like I'm driving a Corvette with a Mack Truck engine. I had the whip tucked. I never asked him to go one bit. He's got a full stakes schedule from here on. He had a little bit of a slow start this year but I think he's going to make up for it." A LITTLE MORE: On the undercard, Roses Are Red winner Lady Shadow tuned up for next week's Golden Girls by winning a fillies and mares invitational in 1:49 at odds of 1-5. She paced her back half in :53.3 and stayed unbeaten in five starts this year. ... Total handle on the card was $2,689,967. ... Racing resumes Friday at 7:15 p.m. with Meadowlands Pace Night Saturday going 45 minutes earlier, at 6:30 p.m. THE 2017 MEADOWLANDS PACE FIELD Here is the field for the $738,550 Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace for 3-year-old open pacers on July 15 at the Meadowlands Racetrack with post position, horse (driver, trainer) and morning-line odds: 1. Blood Line (Mark MacDonald, Jimmy Takter), 5-1 2. Mac's Jackpot (David Miller, Jim Campbell), 15-1 3. Boogie Shuffle (Scott Zeron, Mark Harder), 30-1 4. Huntsville (Tim Tetrick, Ray Schnittker), 1-1 5. Downbytheseaside (Brian Sears, Brian Brown), 4-1 6. Miso Fast (Matt Kakaley, Ron Burke), 10-1 7. Filibuster Hanover (Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke), 10-1 8. Santafe's Coach (Corey Callahan, Leo Iordan), 20-1 9. Classic Pro (Trevor Henry, Dr. Ian Moore), 15-1 10. Talent Soup (Eric Abbatiello, Bruce Saunders), 30-1 by Dave Little, for the Meadowlands  

Even horses can use a pal, or in this case, a palomino. Dr J Hanover recently started enjoying daily paddock time with a palomino quarter horse named Zippy, who is the "mascot" at harness racing trainer Tony Alagna's stable, and the buddy system seems to have produced favorable results when it comes time to race. Dr J Hanover has won two of his last three starts, including a world-record 1:46.4 effort in a preliminary round of the Graduate Series on June 3 in Canada. "They go out together every day," Alagna said. "When we first put them out together they played really hard. I think it just kind of woke (Dr J Hanover) up a little and piqued his attention. Since then he's really gotten better. I don't know if that's all of the reason why he's gotten better, but I'm not going to find out by taking him away." Dr J Hanover, who is a gelding, is the 5-2 morning line favorite in Saturday's $240,000 Graduate Series final at the Meadowlands Racetrack in New Jersey. The Graduate Series, which featured preliminary rounds at the Meadowlands, Mohawk and Tioga Downs, is reserved for 4-year-olds. First race post time is 6:30 p.m. Saturday. The card also includes the $240,000 final of the Graduate Series for 4-year-old trotters, the $41,880 Reynolds for 3-year-old female trotters, a single elimination for the Meadowlands Pace for 3-year-old pacers, and the seasonal debut of Hambletonian contender Walner in a conditioned race. Dr J Hanover, a son of stallion Somebeachsomewhere out of the mare So Perfect, was in Alagna's stable at ages 2 and 3, winning eight of 19 races and earning $326,773. The majority of his success last year came at Yonkers Raceway, where he won six times. On the Grand Circuit, he finished third in the Messenger Stakes, Little Brown Jug, and a division of the Tattersalls Pace. The horse sold at the Tattersalls January Select Mixed Sale, where Alagna had the top bid of $280,000 for new owners Brad Grant, Robert Leblanc, Steven Wienick, and Irwin Samelman. "That horse came so good last year at midseason; he just got better and better and better," Alagna said. "I think he was showing us that he was going to continue to improve. That's why I bought him out of the sale for a new partnership, because I felt like he was going to continue to improve. He's a gelding so he can hopefully race a long time." Dr J Hanover started slowly this season, in part to drawing outside posts (seven or eight) at Yonkers in three of his first four races. He was fifth in the first round of the Graduate Series at the Meadowlands, but won at Mohawk with his 1:46.4 mile, which established a world record for a 4-year-old in addition to being the fastest mile in Canadian history. He followed that victory with a 1:48.3 score in the Graduate Series at Tioga Downs. He then finished fifth in the Gold Cup Invitational at Mohawk, where he got parked from post eight in an opening quarter-mile of :25.4. "He's definitely getting better and getting stronger," Alagna said. "His last couple races have been phenomenal. Even in the Mohawk Gold Cup he got hung pretty hard and still hung in there tough to be fifth. I'm really happy with how he's been racing." Dr J Hanover heads to the Graduate Series final off a 1:50.3 win in a qualifier on July 1 at the Meadowlands. The Graduate final also includes Sintra, who has won five of seven races this year and is the 3-1 second choice, and Boston Red Rocks, who is 5-1. A group of horses - Lyons Snyder, Check Six and Western Fame - are 8-1. "I was happy with the way he qualified and these are horses he's been racing against, so as long as he's sharp and on his game there's no reason he can't be there on the wire," Alagna said. "It just depends on how the trip works out. Doug (McNair) is coming down to drive him and he knows the horse and has gotten along with him well. Hopefully everything works out." Alagna on Saturday also will send out two horses in the $50,000 Meadowlands Pace elimination, Mr Varsity and Western Hill. The top seven finishers will advance to the $700,000 final on July 15. They will be joined in the final by three bye recipients based on seasonal earnings: Downbytheseaside, Classic Pro, and Miso Fast. Dan Patch Award winner Huntsville, last season's top male 2-year-old, is the 9-5 morning line favorite in the Meadowlands Pace elimination. Filibuster Hanover is the 4-1 second choice, followed by Blood Line at 5-1. The elimination winner will draw from post one through six for the final. Western Hill was second to Downbytheseaside in their North America Cup elimination and then finished fifth in the final from post nine. He heads to the Pace elim off a 1:50.1 win in a conditioned race. For his career, the son of Western Ideal-Cosmo Blue Chip has won six of 15 races and earned $134,507 for breeder/owner Tom Hill. Mr Varsity, a son of Roll With Joe-Bronzer Babe, has won three of seven career races and earned $21,024 for owners Crawford Farms Racing, Robert Leblanc, Joe Sbrocco and In The Gym Partners. He is 1-for-2 this season, with a 1:50 win in a conditioned race. He is scheduled to be sold at the Tattersalls Summer Mixed Sale on July 16 at the Meadowlands. "Western Hill has been fantastic coming back," Alagna said. "He was really good the other night. He ended up first over a long time against aged horses and had a nice colt, R J P, following him and he fought him off down by the wire. He was fifth in the (North America Cup) final from an impossible spot, but he raced his heart out. We definitely wanted to give him a shot in the Pace. The post position (nine) isn't ideal, but he's a strong closer and maybe Doug can work something out." "Mr Varsity was really good in his first start. His next start there were big fractions up front and he was kind of stuck in an impossible spot. He was just too far back with poor cover, but I thought he raced well to even be fourth. I figured we'd take a shot and put him in there. We'll see how it works out." For Saturday's complete Meadowlands card, click here. Ken Weingartner Media Relations Manager

Harness racing trainer Jim Campbell hopes Mac's Jackpot can cash in with a strong performance in Saturday's Meadowlands Pace elimination. Mac's Jackpot is among 10 horses in the $50,000 elimination at the Meadowlands Racetrack, where the top seven finishers will advance to the $700,000 final on July 15. They will be joined in the final by three bye recipients based on seasonal earnings: Downbytheseaside, Classic Pro, and Miso Fast. Dan Patch Award winner Huntsville, last season's top male 2-year-old, is the 9-5 morning line favorite in the Meadowlands Pace elimination. Filibuster Hanover is the 4-1 second choice, followed by Blood Line at 5-1. The elimination winner will draw from post one through six for the final. First race post time is 6:30 p.m. Saturday. The card also includes the $240,000 finals of the Graduate Series for 4-year-old trotters and pacers, the $41,880 Reynolds for 3-year-old female trotters, and the seasonal debut of Hambletonian contender Walner in a conditioned race. Mac's Jackpot, who will have David Miller in the sulky and is 10-1, heads to the Meadowlands Pace elimination off a career-best 1:50.2 win in a division of the Tompkins-Geers Stakes at Tioga Downs on July 2. In his previous start, Mac's Jackpot was beaten by a head in the consolation division of the North America Cup at Mohawk. "He raced real good at Tioga," Campbell said. "This is a different level, but he's a good gaited big strong colt. He's got the speed and everything, we just hope he can take it to the next level. Dave's going with him Saturday and Dave gets along good with him. We're hoping he can continue to put in a good race." Mac's Jackpot was bred by owner Jeff Snyder, who is a record three-time winner of the Meadowlands Pace. Mac's Jackpot is by Somebeachsomewhere out of the O'Brien Award winning mare Michelle's Power. He hails from the same family as Snyder's first Meadowlands Pace winner, Cam's Card Shark, as well as 2012 Canadian Horse of the Year Michael's Power. For the year, Mac's Jackpot has won three of nine races and earned $84,950. For his career, the gelding has won seven of 23 starts and banked $180,079. "It's going to be a tough field," Campbell said about the Meadowlands Pace elimination. "Huntsville stands out in there, but anytime you're racing in a race like the Meadowlands Pace there are always horses that step up that maybe don't look as good in the program. There's never an easy spot. There's never an easy spot at the Meadowlands, it doesn't matter what the class is." Mac's Jackpot is not Campbell's lone stakes hopeful in action Saturday. The trainer will send out two-time Dan Patch Award winner Broadway Donna in the Graduate final for trotters and, across the Hudson River at Yonkers, Jo Pa's Way and Matinee Fashion in the eliminations of the Lawrence B. Sheppard Pace for 2-year-old male pacers. Broadway Donna, the only female in the nine-horse Graduate field for trotters, is 5-1 on the morning line. Marion Marauder, last year's Trotting Triple Crown winner and Trotter of the Year, is the 5-2 choice from post nine while Trolley is 3-1 and Dayson is 4-1. In her most recent start, Broadway Donna finished eighth in the Armbro Flight Stakes for trotting mares at Mohawk. Campbell said Broadway Donna suffered from tying up (muscle cramping) while in Canada and looks better since returning to his stable's base in central New Jersey. Broadway Donna has won one of five starts this season, with the victory coming in a preliminary round of the Graduate, and has hit the board a total of four times. For her career, the Fashion Farms bred and owned lass has won 17 of 27 races and earned $1.25 million. "She didn't have a good week that last week up in Canada," Campbell said. "She seems to be happy to be back in New Jersey. She acts good, everything like that. We'll see how she goes. Marion Marauder is the one to beat in there, but there are a few other horses in there that can go along pretty good too." There are three $25,000 eliminations of the Sheppard, with Jo Pa's Way at 9-2 in the first division and Matinee Fashion at 15-1 in the third. The first two finishers from each elimination plus the two fastest third-place finishers return for the $110,500 final on July 15. Jo Pa's Way, a son of American Ideal-Marie's Z Tam owned by Emposimato Stables, makes his debut after two qualifiers, one at Harrah's Philadelphia and the most recent at Yonkers. He finished sixth at Yonkers, timed in 1:59.4. "It's kind of a strange situation with him," Campbell said. "We haven't really gotten a fair reading on him. His first qualifier he locked up on a line and flipped his palate. His next one was a qualifier at Yonkers and he was against older horses. He's a really good gaited colt and he trained down nice. At least he's had a go around Yonkers, which I think is an advantage. We'll get a better reading on him on Saturday." Fashion Farms-owned Matinee Fashion, who finished fourth in his only start, meets three horses with wins under their belts in his elimination, including 2-1 favorite Paprike Blue Chip. Matinee Fashion is a son of Roll With Joe out of the mare Clara and was bred by Yonkers Raceway President Tim Rooney. "He's a nice big strong good gaited colt," Campbell said. "He went good in his one start and he's an easy going colt. He's in what looks like a pretty tough division, but he seems like the type of horse that should go around Yonkers good. "I think it's the toughest I've ever seen this race," Campbell added. "There are a lot of good colts. It's amazing how fast these 2-year-olds are starting off." For Saturday's complete Meadowlands card, click here. For Saturday's complete Yonkers card, click here. Ken Weingartner Media Relations Manager

Regally-bred daughter of harness racing champion Rainbow Blue wins in 1:52.4. Nearly five years after her world-champion full sister Somwherovrarainbow won her first career start, Rainbow Room debuted with an eye-catching harness racing victory Friday night in the first two-year-old race of the season at the Meadowlands. Rainbow Room, by Somebeachsomewhere out of Rainbow Blue, had been the talk of the morning after a pair of impressive Meadowlands baby race victories earlier this month. She backed up the hype in her first appearance under the lights in a $10,000 maiden event. David Miller put the 1/9 favorite on the front end and led the field through fractions of :27.4, :57.4 and three-quarters in 1:26.3. That's when All On Top Hanover ripped off her cover and pulled nearly even to Rainbow Room midway down the stretch. Rainbow Room found another gear and held off the Erv Miller trainee to stop the teletimer in 1:52.4 to win by a length. Despite the loss, All On Top Hanover deserves watch moving forward as she was charted with a last quarter mile in :25.3. Rainbow Room was purchased for $100,000 at the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale and is owned in partnership by Crawford Farms Racing, Val D'Or Farms, and Ted Gewertz. She is trained by Joe Holloway. Rainbow Blue The big night for Crawford Farms continued in the $17,500 trotting feature when their Cufflink Hanover converted a pocket trip to victory in 1:51.1 over pacesetter In Secret. Cufflink Hanover had most recently finished third behind Triple Crown winner Marion Marauder in a division of the Graduate at Tioga Downs. Cufflink Hanover Fellow Graduate leg winner Trolley also tuned up for the $250,000 Graduate Final on July 8 with a 1:51.4 win in a $13,000 conditioned trot. The Erv Miller trainee had equaled the all-time track record at Tioga Downs of 1:52.1 in his previous Graduate victory 12 days ago. Trolley Corey Callahan and Tyler Buter each posted driving doubles. Total handle on the 10-race card was $1,836,992. Racing resumes Saturday night. Post time is 7:15 p.m. For more information, visit www.playmeadowlands.com. Justin Horowitz

East Rutherford, NJ - A field of seven pacing fillies including the darling of the morning trials Rainbow Room, comprise the first harness racing two-year-old race of the 2017 season as race three on Friday at The Meadowlands.   Rainbow Room has impressed onlookers and delighted her connections with a pair of effortless wins in Meadowlands Baby Races. Her first appearance was on June 3 where she toured the oval in the day's fastest of 1:55 and social media lit up with superlatives. She returned Saturday past with a similar effort, closing out the 1:55.2 win with a 26.4 final quarter under no encouragement from driver David Miller.   By Somebeachsomewhere from Rainbow Blue, both World Champions and Horse of the Year following their respective three-year-old season, Rainbow Room clearly possesses the championship gene. She was bred by Vieux Carre Farms and Steve Jones and was a $100,000 purchase from the 2016 Lexington Selected Yearling Sale by Crawford Farms, Val D'Or Farms and Ted Gewertz who placed her with trainer Joe Holloway.   Holloway has trained plenty of champions including some of the sport's best filly pacers including the fastest ever in Shebestingin. Joe recognized early on that Rainbow Room had the potential to follow in that tradition and now sets her on that course.   The competition includes several others who have impressed in morning trials including KJ'S Bekah who was a good second to Rainbow Room on June 17 and has gone well in both of her qualifiers. The American Ideal lass was plucked from the Lexington sale by Kenny Jacobs for $140,000 and is trained by Linda Toscano. Tim Tetrick has the drive.   All On Top Hanover is from the first crop of Betterthancheddar and has been an easy winner in her pair of qualifying efforts for trainer Erv Miller and driver Marcus Miller. She was a bargain buy from last year's Goshen Yearling Sale, costing Erv and partners Ron Michelon & GT Golemes a mere $14,000.   It's a ten race program that gets underway at 7:15 p.m.   Nick Salvi    

Idyllic Beach spent a lot of time near the front of a lot of races last year, but harness racing driver driver Yannick Gingras says the filly doesn't need to be setting fractions to be successful. "I really like her versatility," said Gingras, who will drive the award-winning Idyllic Beach in Saturday's C$440,000 Fan Hanover Stakes for 3-year-old female pacers at Mohawk Racetrack. "As a 2-year-old maybe she was a little ahead of the other ones early on. I think I maybe got caught up racing on the front too many times and at the end of the year she was a little tired. "But she can do it either way. She's got huge speed, but you can use her anytime you want. If I can race her from behind I think she's better chasing down horses. But if it's a slow pace we'll take it." Last year Idyllic Beach won eight of 14 races and never finished worse than third on her way to $647,678 in earnings for trainer Jimmy Takter and owners Christina Takter, John Fielding, Brixton Medical Inc., and Marvin Katz. She received Dan Patch and O'Brien awards for best 2-year-old filly pacer in the U.S. and Canada. Idyllic Beach led at the first quarter of six races last year and was in front at the half-mile point 11 times. Only once was she worse than second at the half, when she rallied from sixth to win her elimination for the She's A Great Lady Stakes at Mohawk. A week later she captured the final to join her dam, Idyllic, as a winner of the event. This year, Idyllic Beach is unbeaten in two starts. She won her Fan Hanover elimination by 2-1/2 lengths in 1:51. She was fourth at the half. "She was very good," said Gingras, who won the 2006 Fan Hanover with Darlin's Delight. "She needed the start. I think it will do her a lot of good and she'll be even better this week." Idyllic Beach, a daughter of stallion Somebeachsomewhere, is the 9-5 second choice on the morning line behind favorite Tequila Monday at 8-5. Takter has won four of the last six editions of the Fan Hanover, including last year's with Pure Country. He has five Fan Hanover trophies overall. Tequila Monday won her Fan Hanover elimination in 1:50.4 with Brian Sears driving for trainer Chris Oakes and owners Susan Oakes and Chuck Pompey. Tequila Monday has won seven of 10 career races, including last year's New York Sire Stakes championship and this year's Lismore Pace, and never finished worse than second. She has earned $303,853. "The race could go a lot of different ways; I'm not really sure," Gingras said, adding with a laugh, "If it's a slow pace I'm racing on the front, if it's a fast pace I'm racing from behind. So we'll see how that goes. "Tequila Monday was really good too last week, but I'm confident in my horse. She's got a big-time shot in there." Saturday's card at Mohawk also includes the C$1 million North America Cup for 3-year-old male pacers, C$365,000 Roses Are Red Stakes for older female pacers, C$253,000 Armbro Flight Stakes for older female trotters, and C$251,000 Goodtimes Stakes for 3-year-old male trotters. Racing begins at 6:30 p.m. Following is the field for the Fan Hanover Stakes. PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer-Line 1-Bettor's Up-Doug McNair-Scott McEneny-6/1 2-Al-Mar-Got A Fever-Trevor Henry-Mike Weller-10/1 3-She's Watching-Scott Zeron-Tony Alagna-12/1 4-Idyllic Beach-Yannick Gingras-Jimmy Takter-9/5 5-Tequila Monday-Brian Sears-Chris Oakes-8/5 6-Action Majesty-Sylvain Filion-Gregg McNair-15/1 7-Agent Q-David Miller-Aaron Lambert-10/1 8-Future Headlines-Tim Tetrick-Colin Johnson-25/1 9-Roaring To Go-Brett Miller-Kevin Lare-15/1 10-Dancing Shadows K-Randy Waples-Rod Boyd-25/1   Ken Weingartner Media Relations Manager

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