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Harness racing resumes at The Meadowlands on Friday evening (February 12) with fourteen pari-mutuel puzzlers on the menu beginning at 6:35 p.m. Optimism is high that the wagering can continue the current streak of four consecutive cards with all-sources handle on the live racing eclipsing the $3 million mark for the first time in a dozen years.   The various components that encourage play are again in place with twenty-three of the weekend's twenty-eight races filling to the limit of ten and the enticing combination of low take-out and guaranteed pools on the horizontal wagers offering value.   The recent racing has been contentious, competitive and exciting each night with an intriguing blend in the drivers colony of fresh, young faces intent on making their mark and the solid core of Meadowlands regulars representing the very best in the game.   The feature race on Friday is a $20,000 condition event for pacing mares comprised of eight well-matched distaff veterans in quest of the winner's share. Making her 2016 debut is The accomplished Fashion Farms homebred Gallie Bythe Beach. The multiple stakes winning daughter of Somebeachsomewhere has earned over $675,000 in her career and was a good second in the TVG Free For All Championship last November. She has been trained throughout her career by Jim Campbell and the red-hot Tim Tetrick has the drive on Friday.   The competition is led by Inittowinafortune, back from a two week stint at Yonkers to the scene of her greatest successes, Clear View Hanover who has won her last two at the Big M and Girllookatthatbody who has made a successful transition to the metropolitan scene since arriving from Michigan.   Handicapping help is available via each night's Race Reviews compiled with care by James Witherite. These reviews are available well in advance of each card, offering keen observations to supplement your own. Free program pages for the Late Pick 4 are available courtesy of Trackmaster.   The promotions this weekend are Valentine-centric with several dining options available to accompany the excitement of the live racing, providing an opportunity to show your sweetheart just how much you care.   Stakes Payment Reminder   All information and necessary forms to nominate horses to the 2016 stakes at The Meadowlands may be accessed on the track website. Mail must be postmarked by February 17 to meet the deadline.   Meadowlands Media Relations          

The 2016 Melbourne leg of the Australian Pacing Gold sale series is well underway and after 50 lots the harness racing sale has really yet to take off. Of the 50 lots to pass through the ring todate, 10 have gone back to their box with the vendor,a passing rate of 20% which will hopefully drop with out of the ring sales. Somebeachsomewhere has had just two lots todate and both made $50,000 which in the context of the overall sale has been very positive. Lot 38 was a SBSW colt from the imported Camluck Mitzi M Hanover and was sold to leading New Zealand owner Neil Pilcher, one of the all conquering All Stars barn long time clients. Lot 43 was a SBSW colt from the great racemare Mother Courage ($462,520) The top price from the first 50 lots went to Lot 9 which was offered on behalf of Lauriston Bloodstock. The upstanding Art Major colt from the imported Western Terror mare Kabbalah Karen B 1:52.8 ($285,089) made $61,000 Mark Purdon made his first move of the day for Lot 46, an outstanding looking Mach Three colt from the 1:54.4 Artsplace mare in National Gallery ($90,600) which cost Mark $52,000 Several other lots were keenly sought after but they were well outnumbered by lots that were below the overall average to date Lots to make more than $30,000 so far included * Lot 16 - A Mach Three colt from the Life Sign mare Left In Paris 1:56.7 ($151,200)    -    $35,000 * Lot 23  - A Western Terror filly from the In The Pocket mare Listen To The Rhythm     -    $45,000 * Lot 36  -  A Courage Under Fire colt from the Chandon mare Miss Kellie ($85,580)    -   $36,000 Harnesslink Media

If there is one thing you can be sure of heading into this years round of yearling sales in New Zealand, it is that the usual handful of stallions will dominate proceedings. Bettor's Delight just continues to raise the bar every year with his progeny dominating Australasian harness racing like no stallion in living memory and will deservedly be the most sought after sire. Hot in pursuit will be his biggest challengers in Art Major, Mach Three and Somebeachsomewhere but after that, the pacing stallion picture becomes a lot less clear. Rocknroll Hanover and Rock N Roll Heaven have had their moments at past sales and do have particularly strong offerings this year which may lift their results up to the top level above The averages for all of the other stallions at last years round of sales suggested buyers were a lot less forgiving of issues or faults with progeny of what we called the "second tier stallions". Some made reasonable money but a lot would have struggled to break even which in the context of what a lot of these sires have produced would seem an unfair result. In our view there is a lot of value for money to be had in the progeny of the second tier stallions at New Zealand sales and this year is no exception. Most of these stallions have shown they can leave that classic winning youngster but just not at the same frequency as the Bettor's Delights of this world. A good example for us is Lot 117 at the Australasian Classic Yearling sale. Named Lacey's Lad, he is a son of Lis Mara from the race winning Christian Cullen mare in Van Seraa. Van Seraa has three foals that are three years or older on the ground and to date she is batting at 100% winners to foals * Raesawinner - 1: 56.7 ($ 92,821) - By Elsu * Georgia's Jury 1:57.3 ($59,871) - By Lis Mara * Van Mara - 1:58.2 ($15,150) - By Lis Mara Georgia's Jury was a classic filly at three, running second to Adore Me in the three year old filly Sires Stakes final while Van Mara is a three year old who won recently at Alexandra Park. So this years offering is a full brother to two smart winners and the individual himself is a strong athletic looking colt so he ticks a lot of boxes for prospective buyers. To us he is typical of the value for money yearlings available at the sales by second tier stallions and deserves more than a passing glance from prospective buyers. Harnesslink Media  

As this years series of yearling sales draws closer, the progeny of the leading sires in Australasia are once again under the harness racing spotlight as buyers study pedigrees and inspect likely types. All the usual siring suspects are available again this year, headed by the champion sires Bettor's Delight and Art Major along with Somebeachsomewhere, Mach Three and Rock N Roll Heaven to name just a few but one stallion whose name we haven't heard much in discussions is the very well performed,Well Said. With his first crops in Australasia only turning two this year, Well Said has had no progeny down under to represent him to date which makes it incredibly hard to establish yourself when the stallion marketplace is as strong and as crowded as it is in Australasia. Both of his initial two year old crops in Australia (23) and New Zealand (14) are so small as to be insignicant which came as a real shock to us here at Harnesslink. Afterall, Well Said has already established himself in the Northern Hemisphere as an elite sire at the highest level. A 'Blue Blood' pedigree to die for which was coupled with a sensational racetrack career saw Well Said given every opportunity when he went to stud. And he hasn't disappointed with a great record to date with numbers that suggest he deserves to be recongnised as one of today's elite sires. From his first crop he produced the brilliant Uffizi Hanover 1:50.3 ($767,258) along with such standouts as Tellitlikeitis 1:48.4 ($513,917) and Southwind Silence 1:52.2 ($504,496). With that crop now just turning five in North America, Well Said is touching $90,000 per average starter which is a sure sign that he will become a member of the elite $100,000+ club of stallions who average six figures per starter. The second crop of Well Said carried on the good work as three year olds in the 2015 season with the likes of Lost For Words 1:49.3 ($913,571) and My Hero Ron 1:49.2 ($445,773) starring on the track and this crop already has an average per starter of nearly $70,000 so no drop off there. While Well Said was well represented in most of the age group classics from his first two crops, the one misgiving some breeders held was could he produce that dominant youngster that everyone is looking for. Well Control The Moment 1:49.4 ($461,457) from his third crop put that doubt to bed in emphatic fashion at two last season, dominating the division in a manner that we hadn't seen for several years. His win in the Metro Pace in 1:49.4 was one right out of the box as he destroyed a quality field by lengths and he is the horse to beat in all the major three year old classics in North America in 2016. Standing at Hanover Shoe Farms in Pennsylvania for $7,500 in the 2016 season, Well Said is now firmly established in the North American stallion marketplace which begs the question of what is happening in the Southern Hemisphere. Well Said only has nine yearlings for sale in New Zealand this year and just eleven in the three legs of the Australian Pacing Gold which makes it really difficult for him to get any oxygen in the marketplace. While there are only twenty Well Said yearlings for sale down under, several of them are from very well performed maternal families and at this stage one of those yearlings starring on the track next season at two is probably the only way Southern Hemisphere breeders and owners are going to reconise the elite stallion in their midst. Harnesslink Media

Yesterday Harnesslink did a breeding article on the growing influence that mares by Christian Cullen were having on harness racing in New Zealand and how he had quickly risen to the top of the broodmare charts here. We drew attention to the progeny of a maiden Christian Cullen in Supremacy which had taken our eye on the pedigree page and on the video on PGG in this years Australasian Classic Yearling Sale at Karaka. What followed was a lot of our readers suggesting that there were several lots at this years round of sales that were on a par at least with the Lot we were highlighting.  “We wouldn't disagree with any of the comments in general but we are still of the view that as an all-round package, the Supremacy filly ticked all the boxes for us.” Another yearling in this years Australasian Classic Yearling Sale whose name cropped up a lot in the correspondence we received on this issue was Beachbabebeauty. He had a number of people in his corner when it came to topline Christian Cullen mares now coming through at the sales. Lot 57 at this years Australasian Classic Yearling Sale, Beachbabebeauty is a son of champion sire Somebeachsomewhere from the former champion Christian Cullen three year old filly in O Baby 1:54.8 (($391,273) and is her first foal. It would be hard to find fault with the pedigree page when you have the Broodmare Excellence award winner Tuapeka Star close up like she is. She produced four standouts in Iraklis 1:54.2 ($1,019,042), Blue And Royal 1:51.6 ($235,856), Ermis 1:59 ($191,868) and Braeside Seel Star 1:58.7 ($169,541) and the individual himself has that real Somebeachsomewhere look about him which is a big plus in our book. We would have no doubt that Beachbabebeauty will be keenly sought after on sale day as he has the pedigree and the type that attracts the top end buyers these days and deservedly so. In fact we wouldn't be surprised if Beachbabebeauty turned out to be one of the top priced lots at the Australasian sale. It would just be further confirmation to us that any stock from quality Christian Cullen mares are now drawing a premium at New Zealand sales. To view the Australasian Classic Yearling Sale catalogue click here. Harnesslink Media  

Leading New Zealand harness racing trainer Mark Purdon has set his sights on Sydney and is set to hit the ground running this Friday when Our Waikiki Beach returns to Tabcorp Park Menangle. The son of Somebeachsomewhere won all of his twelve starts last season and will fly in on Wednesday with stablemate Our Dream About Me. Our Dream About Me is also undefeated and will take her spot in Saturday night's Raith Memorial at Menangle but Purdon has suggested his filly is not fully wound up. "There is a lot of improvement in her, she's big in condition and only had the one trial after a good break so I'd suggest she is a bit vulnerable," Purdon said. "She's in Sydney for the NSW Oaks and we've arrived early enough to give her the time to get some racing under her belt for that series." Star four-year-old pacer Have Faith In Me is set to fly into Australia on January 20th and will compete in the first Chariots Of Fire qualifier on January 23rd at Menangle. "Have Faith In Me has been good since the Auckland Cup, he had a couple of days off after that but I'm very happy with where he is at the moment. "He'll fly directly into Sydney, there looks to be a lot of good four year olds in Australia and it should be a very exciting series for them." Purdon was questioned about whether he would start Have Faith In Me in the Miracle Mile if he was successful in the Chariots Of Fire, with the winner gaining automatic entry. "Probably but I'll make my decision as he progresses, I wouldn't want to knock him around too much because I think he is going to be a serious horse on the Grand Circuit in coming years." Smolda may contest the Miracle Mile qualifiers on February 13 after his Victorian campaign but again Purdon will wait to see whether the horse is effected by several tough runs. "It is pretty tough on the horses with the Hunter Cup being on one week and the Miracle Mile qualifiers on the next because you have to keep in mind that the horses will have to travel up to Sydney and the weather could be extremely hot, it is a big ask, we'll wait and see. "Fight For Glory is coming over to Sydney as well to compete in the mares' races, she is tightly assessed over here so we'll see how she measures up." Greg Hayes

Twelve months ago in Australasia, it was hard to find many harness racing breeders who were prepared to stand up for the champion sire Somebeachsomewhere based on his performance to that point down under. Whereibylong 1:56.8 ($395,667) had won a Breeders Crown at two but a lot of the other runners had failed to reach anything like that level. However in the space of the last twelve months all that has changed and now Somebeachsomewhere is as hot down under as he is in North America. In producing the leading three year old colt /gelding in Australia in Menin Gate 1:54.3 ($502,335) and the the leading two year old colt/gelding in Australia in the unbeaten Waikiki Beach 1:53.7 ($510,421) in the past season, Somebeachsomewhere has proven that his stock can dominate down under as well. With his biggest crop by far in Australasia hitting the tracks as two year olds this season, Somebeachsomewhere has a great opportunity to build on the success of the last year. Mark Purdon and Cran Dalgety are two of the best juvenile buyers and preparers in the industry in Australasia and they have come to similar conclusions as to what makes the difference between a nice Somebeachsomewhere and a top class one. Both are very keen to see the name of Bettor's Delight as the maternal sire and for the same reasons. The Direct Scooter siring line is well noted for leaving horses that can get a touch hot when racing whereas the stock of Bettor's Delight are renowned for being very laid back. Put together, the combination seems to take a lot of that 'hotness' out of the foals. The other main reason for the Bettor's Delight influence is the issue of size. Somebeachsomewhere stock are renowned for being bigger horses than the norm whereas Bettor's Delight tends to leave a smaller type of horse. Again a combination of the two seems to work well. Waikiki Beach is bred on that cross and Cran Dalgety has high hopes for an Australian bred son of Somebeachsomewhere named Shineonucrazydiamond who is also bred on that cross and trialled smartly last Wednesday at Rangiora.  There are only two colts bred on this cross in the New Zealand yearling sales this year Lot 53 at the Australasian Classic Yearling Sale at Karaka on February 22nd has plenty to recommend him. Named Funatthebeach, the colt is the first foal from the very smart Bettor's Delight racemare Minnie Moose 1:55.9 ($140,958) who was placed in the Harness Jewels in the 4/5 year old Diamond as well the North Island Breeders Stakes. This is a family established and raced by the late Nelson Dalzell in North Canterbury and carried on today by his daughter Caroline and son in law Braeden Whitelock at Braeside Lodge in Palmerston North. It has produced a string of top liners over the years including Diamond Moose (13 wins), Lord Moose (9 wins), Lady El (8 wins) and Golden Moose (6 wins) to name just a few. On type as you can see from the photos and a pedigree right on the cutting edge, Funatthebeach has an awlful lot going for him. To view the Catalogue for the Australasian Classic Yearling Sale click here. Harnesslink Media

Several youngsters produced at the Rangiora Raceway trials today looked to have the ability to become nationally known before the harness racing season is out. One that took our eye is one Cran Dalgety produced,a sharp looking son of Somebeachsomewhere in the two year colts heat named Shineonucrazydiamond and although beaten a neck in his debut heat away from home, he really impressed how he dug in late and looks to have huge upside. Cran donned the silks for this heat which drew a lot of comment from horsemen nearby at the time. Leading early,Shineonucrazydiamond set a steady tempo for such an inexperienced horse and fought on well when challenged by Kiwi Bloke and Malcolm Shinn up the passing lane,only going under by a neck and under qualifying time. The closing sectionals were the best part of the heat, cut out in 57.9 and 28.6 Kiwi Bloke is held in high regard by the Shinn barn and todays run was his third at trials and workouts so he held a distinct experience advantage today. Cran brought Shineonucrazydiamond at last years Sydney leg of the APG Yearling Sales for the rather large sum of $86,000. The first foal of the first dam Bella Shine 1:55.5 ($53,890), this a pedigree full of classy performers. The second dam Bella Joy 1:55.8 ($109,849) left two standouts in Supersonic Miss 1:54.1 ($308,517) and Jukebox Music 1:53.9 ($298,591) while the third dam Intrude left the brilliant Christian Cullen mare in Make Mine Cullen 1:53 ($874,178). Cran said the colt ticked several boxes for him at the sales. "Being a Somebeachsomewhere from a Bettor's Delight mare is a big plus in my opinion for a couple of reasons." "The Bettor's Delight factor tends to help reduce them getting too hot which this sireline can and tends to help reduce the size factor that Somebeachsomewhere is known for which doesn't help when trying to craft a two year old." "Waikiki Beach was going great at the time at home and he is bred on that cross so that influenced me as well." "I really liked him as an individual and he comes from a great family so he ticked a lot of boxes for me," Cran said. Some clients who have had a great run from the Dalgety barn in the last few years such as Charlie Roberts and Vicki Purdon who raced Christen Me are in the ownership of Shineonucrazydiamond and look to have a very promising colt on their hands.   Harnesslink Media 

DOVER, Del. ---- Bad Boy Matt leaves from the rail in the $28,500 Delaware Special feature race on the Monday, Jan. 4 Dover Downs harness racing card. After a strong effort in last week's Preferred Handicap, Bad Boy Matt drew post 1 in this week's $28,500 Delaware Special. Allan Davis will be at the controls for the seven-time winner in 2015 for Reggie Hazzard and Legacy Racing. Two other starters also raced in the Preferred last time, Foulk Stables' Sparky Mark, get driver Yannick Gingras, who won five races in each of the last two Monday races, and driver Art Stafford and brother Andrew Stafford's Framed Art. Elizabeth Brittingham steps out of the claiming ranks after a victory with Bret Brittingham at the helm. Carter Racing and trainer Doug Lewis' Captive Audience has been sharp in all of his previous starts at the track. Corey Callahan will drive. Mustang Art, owned by Max Walton and Greg Papaleo, finished second a week ago and will again be piloted by Brett Miller, this time from post 9 in the second tier. Just A Jolt was never a factor last time. Owned by Janet Hudson, Vic Kirby drove the winner of 10 races last year, but again leaves from post 8. Kovach Stables Feel Like A Fool will be in the hands of Montrell Teague while George Dennis will drive the usually close Don't Ya Know for Joan Dalphon and Elanor Laws. Driver Art and Art Stafford Jr.'s Blazing Bobby Sox pits a three-race win streak on the line in a $15,000 f&5-Year-Old Male Pace against Weaver Bruscemi and Burke Racing's Classic Six (Gingras) fresh from a five-wins in his last six outings starting from post 1. C&G Racing's Twin B Stingray (Kirby), who finished second in his last two races, heads the opposition on a strong undercard. BRIONI STEPS UP IN COMPANY TO WIN SUNDAY $15,000 CLAIMER AT DOVER DOWNS After being claimed last time out, Brioni stepped up to win the $15,000 Claiming Allowance with a 1:53.1 effort at Dover Downs on the first Sunday card of the meet, Jan. 3. The holiday season has not ended for Jingle Bell Rocker, winner of his fifth in-a-row. Marcus Miller steered Broni to his second consecutive win and fourth in his last five races scoring a 1:53.1 triumph for new owner-trainer Arty Foster. The now five-year-old son of Four Starzzz Shark-Armbro Bahama won a tight photo from Native Art (Montrell Teague) second and Danish Diligence (Ross Wolfenden). The win extends his lifetime bankroll to $83,865. As Bad As Thunder (Brett Brittingham) saw a three-race win streak end with a fourth-place finish. Jingle Bell Rocker, a dominant claiming winner last year reaching the winner's circle 16 times, started off the New Year with his fifth consecutive victory, for owner Tina Calrk. Les Givens conditions the Rocknroll Hanover-Blizzard Of Oz gelding driven by Ross Wolfenden in all his local wins. Arockin Hanover (Allan Davis) was second with Alex In Wonderland (Sean Bier) third. Also on the program, Corey Callahan racked up his third winner steering Tom Lazzaro's Contraband Hanover, a Somebeachsomewhere- Castaway Hanover gelding, to an easy 1:53 win. It was meet leading trainer Dylan Davis' second winner. Lettucefib A (Art Stafford Jr.) finished second with Morgan Shark (Wolfenden) third. Coal Hanover and Tony Morgan ended a string of three second-place finishes, with a 1:54.2 victory in a 4&5-Year-Old pace. Foulk Stables owns the Dragon Again-Calgary Hanover gelding. Full On Rocknroll (Callahan) was runner-up in front of Mr. Pearl (Wolfenden). Jason Lynch drove Millenium Wheel from far back to pass the leaders in the late going for a 1:53.1 score in another Male pace. The Bettor's Delight-London Eye gelding was winless in 2015. Smart Rokker (Jonathan Roberts) and early leader Elite Awards (M.Miller) were second and third respectively. Corey Callahan led all drivers with three wins, Vic Kirby had a double. Joe Hundertpfund and Dylan Davis haltered two winners each. Marv Bachrad

DOVER, Del. ---Atta Boy Dan gave Yannick Gingras his 5th win of the night scoring a 1:49.4 harness racing victory in the $30,000 Open/Preferred Handicap Monday, Dec. 28 at Dover Downs. Sweet Rock notched a 1:50.2 success in the $27,500 Delaware Special Handicap co-feature. For the 18th time this season, Atta Boy Dan recorded a victory in the $30,000 feature race, the fifth of the night for driver Yannick Gingras and second on the program for trainer Ron Burke and owners Burke Racing and Weaver Bruscemi. The Western Terror-Droplikeitshot Gelding had been racing and winner all over the Northeast since the fall winning his second of his last three starts and fifth in his last nine bringing his season record to 18 wins, 6-times second with four thirds making a 33 starts and 28 in-the-money efforts in 2015. Bushwhacker (Corey Callahan) saw a two race win streak end with a second-place finish with Dapper Dude (Vic Kirby) third. Phil Your Boots was scratched. Sweet Rock and Allan Davis made good use of starting from post 1 scoring a 1:50.2 triumph wire-to-wire in the $27,500 Delaware Special Handicap. Mustang Art (Brett Miller) was second best with Don't Ya Know (Gingras) third. The win was the second for Davis driving for trainer Wayne Givens and owners G.P.Calloway, R.A. Hazzard and Legacy Racing. In the $18,500 3,4&5-Year-Old Open Handicap, the fastest clocking on the fast 15-race card came when Howard Taylor's Major Uptrend, conditioned by Doug Lewis, negotiated the mile in a lifetime best 1:49.1. It was the Somebeachsomewhere-Tricky Tooshie gelding's 12th win of the year upping his season's bankroll to $147,595 Ken Wood, Bill Dittmar and Steve Iaquinta's Adventure Bound with Gingras at the controls never looked back in a 1:50.2 decisive victory take a $12,000 Male pace. Dedi's Dragon (Kirby) was second in front of Fancy Colt (Tony Morgan). The Camluck-Unchained Speed gelding reached three digits for the season with earnings of $100,595 and $525,434 in his career. Driver Gingras, trainer Burke, and owners Burke Racing, and Weaver Bruscemi struck earlier adding owner RTC Stables, as Speed Again (Gingras) rolled home in 1:50.3 to win a $14,500 Male Winners-Over pace. Papa Ray (Davis) was second with Soto (Kirby) third. An altered son of Dragon Again-Sand Speed, the six-year-old won for the fifth time this season lifting his lifetime earnings to $889,535. Blazing Bobby Sox won for the third straight start scoring in 1:51.1 to win a3,4&5-Year-Old male pace for Art Stafford and son trainer-driver Art Stafford Jr. A four-year-old gelding by prolific The Ponderosa-Liamatters, he has won four of his last five starts. Roll Big (Callahan) and BigSecret (Jonathan Roberts) were second and third respectively. $21,000, TWO $15,000 DISTAFFS, ELLIES JET N SEEKS 7TH STRAIGHT Shine N Shimmer, last week’s distaff winner, and veteran Paradise Lost, steps up after a victory, lead the $21,000 Mares Open Handicap pace, the Tuesday, Nov. 15 feature race at Dover Downs. Post time is 4:30 p.m. Invader Ellies Jet N puts six straight North America win streak on the line.  Post time 4:30 p.m. Howard Taylor’s Shine N Shimmer trained by  Doug Lewis with Corey Callahan driving, trainee has won of her last six starts including a near-miss second is program favorite in the nine female field. Fashion Showdown with Ross Wolfenden, finished second, a head back last week. Bob Bailey’s sharp Duneside Chella, driven by Marcus Miller, was a close third. . Bay Pond Racing’s Hearts N Flowers with Allan Davis has won two of last three races. Bob Winkleman’s hard hitting Paradise Lost raced most of his win a week ago on the outside before getting up for the win. Jim Morand will drive this time. Mike Casalino’s Double Joy, a second-place finisher in her last three starts will be driven by Allan Davis from post 2. CC Racing’s Tyra, with Vic Kirby, leaves from post 9 in the second tier. The other contenders are Randall Bendis and Tom Pollock’s Montenegra, piloted by Brett Miller, Handsoffmycookie, a $1.3-million winner has the rail with Tony Morgan driving. There are pair of $15,000 3,4&5-Year-Old Fillies and Mares paces on the 15-race card. In one, Ellies Jet N (Art Stafford Jr.), unbeaten in her six races since arriving from New Zealand for owners Evans, Spedden, Parker and Nanticoke Racing, and stakes seasoned Girlofyourdreams (Montrell Teague), is fresh from a win last week. These two starters have drawn inside posts. Plyncardswitroddy (G.Dennis) notched a win last week for George & Tina Dennis and Ask W Stable. Lady Beth (Wolfenden) won her second straight last Wednesday for owners Lorie and trainer Paul Davis. In the other $15,000 division, Nick Surick and Engel sables’ Luvniecestopieces (M.Miller), the only filly in the field, makes her first December start while  Don Reed, Jim Tessmer and trainer George Wagner (Ty Davis). Stakes seasoned Girlofyourdreams (Montrell Teague), owned by The Wiz Kids Stable, Ava Destruction (B.Miller) racing for Melissa Cabot and Dennis Olsen and the sharp Sweet Bobbie (Callahan) leaves from post 8 for owner-trainer Gary Ewing, lead the eight-horse field. Marv Bachrad  

DAYTON, OH. - Penn, Somenicebeach and Freddyscooter won the three featured Open races during the Saturday night (December 26) harness racing program at Hollywood Dayton Raceway. Track record holder Penn (Josh Sutton) topped the Open trotters in 1:53.3 over a sloppy surface, topping Rehab Mountain (Tyler Smith) and Martz Time (John De Long) in relatively easy fashion. After working hard to get the front from the assigned outside No. 7 post position just before the :26.3 quarter station, the five-year-old son of Master Glide raced evenly throughout the remainder of the mile stopping the subsequent teletimers in :55.4, 1:24.1 and 1:53.3 for his ninth win in 20 starts this season. His seasonal earnings end at $97,860 with his lifetime bounty increased to $211,294 for owner Barkley Counts. The weekly top distaff pace went to Somenicebeach, giving meet-leading driver Josh Sutton his second feature win on the program. In her first start at Hollywood Dayton, the four-year-old Somebeachsomewhere lass narrowly edged Albanian Era (Dan Noble) with Sectionline Aqua (LeWayne Miller) also looming large in the stretch. The 1:53 score was the winner's sixth in 2015 and twelfth lifetime. She was claimed at Yonkers Raceway six months ago by Carl Howard and Bruce Soulsby and entrusted to trainer Virgil Morgan Jr., who laid her up for a couple months, put her on lasix and qualified her twice before her winning debut pari-mutuel effort. Freddyscooter (Tyler Smith) beat the best boys at the meet in 1:51.2, giving the ten-year-old gelding his 49th career visit to the winners circle and upping his earnings to $894,895, all for trainer and co-owner Steve Brannan, who also bred him, and partner Frederick Shiery. Freddyscooter benefitted from a two-hold trip behind eventual runnerup PQ Three (Jeremy Smith), who set early fractions of :26.3, :55 and 1:22.2 before begrudgingly giving way to the winner in deep stretch. E R Oliver (LeWayne Miller) closed well to finish third in the $12,000 race. Just three nights remain in the Hollywood Dayton Raceway meet with 6:35 post times on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of the coming week. Gregg Keidel

WASHINGTON, PA, Dec. 21, 2015 -- Some Kinda Beach made it three straight harness racing victories when he endured a demanding first quarter and triumphed convincingly in Monday's $20,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Assigned post 8, Some Kinda Beach dueled with Stonebridge Adam through a 26.3 opening panel before grabbing the lead. Eric Goodell gave Some Kinda Beach a 29.3 second-quarter breather, and the 5-year-old son of Somebeachsomewhere-Art's Fantasy was plenty strong in the stretch, downing the first-over Dew N Doughnuts by 1-1/4 lengths in 1:51.2. Stonebridge Adam saved show. Paul Kennedy trains Some Kinda Beach, who extended his career bankroll to $256,782, for Keith Pippi. Tony Hall piloted four winners on the 16-race card while Jim Pantaleano and trainer Randy Bendis each fashioned a triple. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

East Rutherford, N.J. -- Following wins in mid-level and upper-level company, Kingofthejungle took the crown in Saturday (December 19) night's featured $25,000 Open Pace at The Meadowlands, reeling off his third consecutive harness racing win. Andy Miller settled the 4-year-old Well Said gelding into the mid-division early on, rated off a contested :27.1 first quarter. Upon yielding briefly on the first turn, 2-1 favourite Ashley's Husband (Joe Bongiorno) brushed to secure the top spot, maintaining a torrid pace through a :54.2 half while Sunfire Blue Chip (Brett Miller) would head outer flow from midfield, slipstreamed by Kingofthejungle. With three-eighths to go, UF Rockin Dragon (Corey Callahan) pulled the pocket to avoid traffic, pushing past a tiring Ashley's Husband through a :27.4 third quarter. Meanwhile, Kingofthejungle still enjoyed the aid of live cover, towed a bit closer before vaulting off his third-over trip just outside the eighth pole and accelerating to the fore in final 50 yards to just prevail in 1:50. Ontario Success (Yannick Gingras) rallied from farther off cover to just nab Sunfire Blue Chip for second. Mark Capone trains Kingofthejungle for Fox Racing, Inc. and Darius Oshidar. Earlier in the program, upper-level conditioned pacers contested a pair of $16,500 sub-featured events. In the evening's sixth race, 2-1 joint favourite Sweet Beach alternated on the lead early with Halton Hurricane, yielding and reclaiming the lead through a :55.3 initial half before edging clear of a first-over charge from fellow joint favourite Jeneral Patton (Brett Miller). After a :27.4 third quarter, Anthony Napolitano let out a notch with Sweet Beach, and the 4-year-old Somebeachsomewhere gelding accelerated to a 3-1/4 length victory while in hand for a 1:50.3 triumph. Jeneral Patton checked in a clear second, while That'll Be the Rei (Jim Marohn, Jr.) took full advantage of live cover to finish third. Tom Cancelliere trains Sweet Beach, now a 7-time winner, for owner John Cancelliere. The second sub-feature, carded as the ninth event, saw David Miller send 6-5 public choice Shooter's Dream out from fourth to take charge at the completion of a :54.1 half mile before he was subsequently engaged by 17-1 outsider Mr Franklin N (Callahan). The two dueled through the entirety of the far turn, and in fact Shooter's Dream was headed briefly by Mr Franklin N in upper stretch. The 5-year-old Sand Shooter gelding would not be denied though, battling back at the pegs to reach the winning post a half-length in front, matching Sweet Beach's 1:50.3 mile from earlier. Mr Franklin narrowly held second from Duel In the Sun (Napolitano), who kicked cover to rally strongly. David M. Smith trains 15-time winner Shooter's Dream for owners Randy Bendis and Tom Pollack. Total handle for the 14-race program was $2,936,828, a gain of $107,452 over the 13-race program from the comparable Saturday card in 2014. Both Jackpot Super High 5 carryovers grew tonight, as neither pool was captured by a single 20-cent winning ticket. On the Boxing Day program, the fifth race High 5 will boast a $10,225.51 carryover, while the finale will have $40,952.10 added to the pool. Live racing returns to The Meadowlands on Saturday, December 26. The Boxing Day card will kick off at 6:35 p.m. EST. For further details, visit playmeadowlands.com. by James Witherite, Meadowlands Media Relations

East Rutherford, N.J. -- Of the eight horses to do battle in Saturday (December 19) evening's featured $25,000 Open Pace at The Meadowlands, seven of them enter the race having won their most recent effort. But the only one which hasn't--Melmerby Beach--could very well be the horse to beat in the evening's 12th of 14  races. Ettore Annunziata's 4-year-old Somebeachsomewhere entire ships in from Yonkers after a quartet of solid efforts, earning back-to-back wins against other 4-year-olds before he was engulfed late in an open event last week, only mustering a fourth-place finish after setting a torrid pace. Melmerby Beach has been installed the 5-2 morning line favourite, and John Campbell drives the 15-time winner from post 7. Melmerby Beach will square off against William Donovan's Ashley's Husband (3-1, post 1), who reeled off back-to-back wins from off the pace since arriving at the Meadowlands with a sharp qualifier. Two weeks ago, he kicked cover to defeat top-level conditioned company by way of a :26.1 closing sectional. Trainer Kyle Spagnola, sporting a .517 rating so far this meet, once again nominates Joe Bongiorno to handle the driving duties. Other top contenders include Ron Burke trainee Ontario Success (7-2, post 5, Yannick Gingras) and Jimmy Takter trainee Sunfire Blue Chip (9-2, post 3, Brett Miller), both of which rise from narrow local wins, along with UF Rockin Dragon (10-1, post 6, Corey Callahan) who most recently defeated upper-level foes at Yonkers before shipping over the Hudson River for trainer Mark Ford. A pair of sub-featured upper-level conditioned events take place earlier in the card, with each $16,500 dash open to pacers which have not won $15,000 in their last five starts or seven races. In the first sub-featured event, carded as race six, Benjaminbanneker N looks to rebound from recent traffic trouble, not lacking for pace in his last two outings after charing home from far back to prevail in 1:51.1 on November 21. Corey Callahan drives the 3-1 morning line choice for trainer Bob Bresnahan from post 8. A pair of strong shippers from Harrah's Philadelphia line up in the closing leg of the early Pick 4 as well, with Jeneral Patton (7-2, post 3, Brett Miller) coming in off back-to-back runner-up efforts, and What I Believe (4-1, post 10, Mike Simons) dropping down from top-level events in his fourth start off the claim for owner Albert Abdala, III and trainer Shawn Simons. The sub-featured ninth race sees 5-2 morning line choice Shooter's Dream return at this level after mounting first-over bids in his last three races and subsequently sustaining them to hit the board on all three occasions. David Miller opted to drive the 5-year-old Sand Shooter gelding for trainer David M. Smith. "The Buckeye" was also nominated on Sicily, a winner in two of his last three races at Philadelphia. Andy Miller takes the lines on the Wayne Givens trainee installed as the 7-2 second choice. Also of note, Mah Sish N invades from Yonkers off a narrow win against just easier company. Ireland native Jonathan Dunne takes the lines of the 9-year-old Mach Three gelding for trainer Richard "Nifty" Norman. All save two of Saturday's 14 races feature at least ten horses, while six boast overflow fields of eleven. Paired with $105,000 in guaranteed pools through the evening's Pick 5 and twin Pick 4 wagers, punters have ample opportunity to maximize value. As of Friday morning, the fifth-race Jackpot High-5 carries $7,181.28 in added money, while the final race Jackpot High-5 boasts a $34,296.44 carryover. The first race on Saturday's card is due off at 7:00 p.m. EST. For more information on racing, dining, and entertainment at The Meadowlands, visit playmeadowlands.com. by James Witherite, Meadowlands Media Relations

WASHINGTON, PA, Dec. 14, 2015 -- When stablemates Some Kinda Beach and Bestinthebusiness squared off in the stretch one week ago, Some Kinda Beach prevailed by a nose to earn bragging rights in harness racing trainer Paul Kennedy's barn at The Meadows. On Monday, the racing conditions were different -- the pair battled in the slop -- but the results were the same, as Some Kinda Beach again outdueled Bestinthebusiness in the $20,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Pace. After considerable early skirmishing, Bestinthebusiness brushed to the front before the half, giving Some Kinda Beach and Eric Goodell the pocket. Freshened by that breather, Some Kinda Beach powered past in the lane to score in 1:51.2, 2 lengths better than his stablemate. Early leader Stonebridge Adam saved show. Keith Pippi campaigns the 5-year-old son of Somebeachsomewhere-Art's Fantasy, who now boasts $246,782 in career earnings. Jim Pantaleano piloted four winners and Dave Palone three on the 15-race card. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino  

WASHINGTON, PA, Dec. 7, 2015 -- Let go at a generous 10-1, Some Kinda Beach overpowered the leader with a first-over move, then dug in late to preserve his victory in Monday's $18,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Some Kinda Beach was third when Eric Goodell sent him after the leader, Unlocked. The 5-year-old son of Somebeachsomewhere-Art's Fantasy easily dispatched Unlocked but was all out to hold off the rallying Bestinthebusiness. Some Kinda Beach edged his stablemate by a nose in a career-best 1:49.4, with Doctor Carter third. Paul Kennedy trains Some Kinda Beach, who now boasts $236,782 in career earnings, for Keith Pippi. It was one of Goodell's five wins --three for Kennedy -- on the 15-race card. Dave Palone also fashioned a five-bagger, including four for trainer Ron Burke. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

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