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Manalapan, NJ ---Trainer Ron Burke sent out seven winning 2-year-olds Monday (June 16) as the second round of qualifiers was held at Gaitway Farm. There were 17 qualifiers for the 2-year-olds, with 101 horses competing. It was more than double the number of horses that appeared last week when heavy rains forced numerous scratches. Burke picked up wins with colt pacers Too Darn Hot, Play The Field and Cartoon Daddy, filly pacers Sassa Hanover and Eloquently Stated, colt trotter Habitat, and filly trotter Mission Brief. Cartoon Daddy recorded the fastest mile of the day, winning in 1:55 over a “good” track with driver Mike Lachance. Cartoon Daddy edged stablemate K-Rock by one length thanks to covering the final half-mile in :54. Cartoon Daddy (Art Major-Ask Alice) is a full brother to colt Ari Allstar, who finished fourth in the 2013 Breeders Crown, and his family includes multiple-stakes-winner Western Ace. Too Darn Hot won in 2:00 with Yannick Gingras at the lines. Too Darn Hot (Rocknroll Hanover-Kiss Me Kate) is the first foal out of Kiss Me Kate, who is a full sister to multiple-stakes-winners Kikikatie and Just Wait Kate. Habitat (Conway Hall-Habit’s Best) was driven to a 27-1/4 length win in 1:58.1 by Gingras, covering the final half-mile in :56. It was the second winning qualifier of the month for Habitat, whose dam is a half-sister to millionaire Civil Action. Mission Brief won by 23 lengths with Gingras in the bike, stopping the clock in 1:57.4, also with a :56 back half. Mission Brief (Muscle Hill-Southwind Serena) was purchased for $150,000 at the Lexington Selected Sale. Her dam won a Breeders Crown in 2007 and is a half-sister to Burke’s stakes-winning Southwind Spirit. Sassa Hanover (Rock N Roll Heaven-Sayo Hanover) notched her second qualifying win with a 1:58.1 effort with Gingras. She is the first foal out of Sayo Hanover, who is a half-sister to multiple-stakes-winner Shadyshark Hanover and 2009 New York Sire Stakes championship runner-up Shaky Hanover. Play The Field (Bettor's Delight-A Votre Pante) and Gingras won in 1:57. He is a half-brother to 2012 Ontario Sire Stakes champion filly Love Canal. Eloquently Stated won her second qualifier of June in 2:00, finishing with a :26.1 final quarter-mile. She won her debut in 1:55.4. Eloquently Stated (Well Said-Jennie Fanetta) is a half-sister to 2012 New Jersey Futurity winner Verdad. Trainer Steve Elliott won twice on the card. First came colt trotter Twain Drive (Credit Winner-What’s Your Name), who was guided to a 2:05 win by Jeff Gregory. One race later, Scott Zeron won in 1:57 with filly pacer Stacia Hanover (Western Ideal-Stolly Up Bluechip). Scott DiDomenico also had two winners. Filly pacer Harmony Hudson (The Panderosa-Heavenly Hudson) won for driver Tim Tetrick in 2:00.3 in her first try. She is a half-sister to Huxley, who finished second to Michael’s Power in the 2012 Upper Canada Cup. Filly pacer American Truth (American Ideal-Copywriter) also won for the Tetrick-DiDomenico duo. American Truth is a full sister to 2014 Buddy Gilmour Memorial runner-up Capital Account and his family includes millionaire Image Of Dawn. Colt trotter Elettrizzante, bred and owned by renowned race-caller Tom Durkin and Joe Spadaro, won in 2:01.1 for driver Gingras and trainer Julie Miller. Elettrizzante (Conway Hall-Electra Hanover) is a full brother to 2012 New York Sire Stakes champion Coraggioso, who also was bred and is owned by Durkin and Spadaro. Steve Smith drove filly pacer Arielle Lynn to victory for trainer Kevin McDermottin 1:57.4. Arielle Lynn (Somebeachsomewhere-Ladyking) is a half-sister to former McDermott trainee Lookout Hanover and current McDermott trainee Lonewolf Currier, who both have banked more than $325,000 lifetime. Filly trotter Tuscanellie (Andover Hall-Ornellaia) won in 2:01 for driver Jim Marshall III and trainer Donna Marshall. The Marshalls’ son, Jim IV, finished second in the qualifier with Doc Simon’s Dream (Muscle Massive-Lady Valla Hanover) in his first-ever drive. Rockntouch, a colt pacer, won in 1:57.1 for driver Brett Miller and trainer Monte Gelrod. Rockntouch (Rock N Roll Heaven-Touch Of Bogart) is a half-brother to two-time Indiana Sire Stakes champion Right Touch. Filly trotter Champagne Taste was the toast of her division, winning in 2:02.4 for driver Gregory and trainer Richard Johnson. Champagne Taste (Striking Sahbra-CR Mimosa) is a half-sister to multiple Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund champion Windshield. Colt pacer Dragon N Kickin, driven by Brett Miller for trainer Staffan Lind, won in 1:57. Dragon N Kickin (Dragon Again-Eicarls Valentine) is a half-brother to millionaire My Boy David. by Ken Weingartner, for Harness Racing Communications

Until recently, Staffan Lind figured if he was ever going to win a million-dollar race, it would be with a trotter. But that could change Saturday. Lind, a native of Sweden known for his work with stakes-winning trotters such as Celebrity Secret, Celebrity Deville, and Celebrity Bombay, sends Beat The Drum into Saturday's C$1 million North America Cup for 3-year-old pacers at Mohawk Racetrack. Beat The Drum finished second to Lyonssomewhere in his North America Cup elimination last weekend, covering the final quarter-mile in :25.4 to rally from fifth place and advance to the final. Beat The Drum will start from post one with driver Yannick Gingras and is 20-1 on the morning line. The long odds don't concern Lind. "He raced good [in his elimination] and came out of the race good," Lind said. "Hopefully he can do alright next week. He woke up. I knew he wasn't going to be ready for a couple races, but he woke up in the [New Jersey] Sire Stakes final and came home really good. That's why we took a shot." Beat The Drum finished third in the New Jersey Sire Stakes championship, again closing with a fast final quarter-mile of :25.4 as he rallied from seven lengths back to miss by two. For his career, Beat The Drum has won three of 17 starts, hit the board a total of eight times, and earned $164,574. He won a division of the Reynolds Stakes at Tioga Downs last September and capped his 2-year-old campaign with a fourth-place effort in the Governor's Cup. He is owned by Bender Sweden Inc. Beat The Drum, purchased for $17,000 at the Lexington Selected Sale, is a son of 2007 North America Cup winner Tell All out of the mare Pop Diva. His family includes stakes-winner Art's Conquest. "I think he has developed mentally a lot from last year," Lind said. "That's the biggest part. He's more racy now. He's always been good gaited and strong. Some of the other horses may have a quicker turn of speed, but he came home :25.4 again and you can't ask much more than that." Only once has Beat The Drum been better than third in the opening quarter-mile of any race and only twice has he held the lead at the half (and he won both those races). Lind, though, was pleased with Beat The Drum's ability to get good position in his North America Cup elimination and is hoping for a repeat. "He hasn't been able to leave [the starting gate] that good, that's why he always comes off the pace, but in the last race I thought he got away pretty good without being used," Lind said. "Hopefully he can get to position this time. He's a strong horse. For him, it's probably better when they go fast. I think he'll be alright." As for getting a million-dollar win with a pacer rather than a trotter, Lind laughed. "I wouldn't have thought it," he said, "but I'd take it." Following is the North America Cup field in post order with drivers, trainers, and morning line: 1. Beat The Drum, Yannick Gingras, Staffan Lind, 20-1; 2. McWicked, David Miller, Casie Coleman, 7-2; 3. Tellitlikeitis, Brett Miller, Jimmy Takter, 3-1; 4. Lyonssomewhere, Corey Callahan, Jimmy Takter, 4-1; 5. Let's Drink On It, Tyler Smith, Joe Seekman, 6-1; 6. Ideal Cowboy, Scott Zeron, P.J. Fraley, 15-1; 7. He's Watching, Tim Tetrick, Dave Menary, 5-1; 8. Luck Be Withyou, Ron Pierce, Bill Cass, 12-1; 9. JK Endofanera, Brian Sears, Ron Burke, 10-1; 10. Sometimes Said, John Campbell, Jim Campbell, 20-1. McWicked, Tellitlikeitis, and Lyonssomewhere were elimination winners. The connections of those horses picked post positions; the remainder of the field was drawn. by Ken Weingartner, for Harness Racing Communications

Campbellville, ON --- Last weekend’s elimination winners McWicked, Tellitlikeitis and Lyonssomewhere head an extremely competitive field of 10 for the $1 million Pepsi North America Cup harness race, this Saturday at Mohawk Racetrack. The 31st edition of the world’s richest pacing event, showcasing the finest 3-year-olds on the continent, will go postward at 10:14 p.m. and will be shown live on TSN. A half-hour preview of the race will air on TSN GO from 9:30-10:00 p.m., with the race set for TSN from 9:30 p.m.–10:30 p.m. The winner will earn C$500,000. Post positions were drawn today at Mohawk, with Toronto Maple Leafs forward Dave Bolland as the guest drawmaster. Last Saturday, three Cup eliminations were held to determine the field for the final. The three winners earned their connections the right to choose a post position before the balance of the field was drawn. Seventeen of the past 30 Cup winners also won their elimination. Trainer Casie Coleman, who won the 2010 Cup with Sportswriter, sends out McWicked, who recorded the fastest elim, winning by two lengths in 1:48.3, from post two. Owned by SSG Stables, McWicked, a son of 2002 Cup third place finisher Mcardle, is a five time winner in 14 outings with career earnings of $244,707. Driver David Miller has yet to win the Cup in 13 tries, but has twice been second, including last year with a 96-1 shot Twilight Bonfire. Trainer Jimmy Takter, more renowned as a trotting conditioner for such stars as Moni Maker, Kadabra and Malabar Man, but who also directed filly pacer See You At Peelers to championship seasons, will have two Cup entrants, Tellitlikeitis (post three) and Lyonssomewhere (post four), who both won their elims in ultra-impressive fashion and who both will be solidly backed on Saturday night. Tellitlikeitis, bred and owned by Lothlorien of Cheltenham, Ontario, took his elim in a career best 1:48.4, blowing by heavily-favored He's Watching to win by 2-1/4 lengths in only his second start of the year. The regally bred son of 2009 Cup winner Well Said out of champion Kikikatie also won his season opener, a Pennsylvania Sires Stake, at Pocono Downs in May. Lothlorien has shared ownership of three previous Cup winners -- Well Said (2009), Rocknroll Hanover (2005) and Red River Hanover (2002). Takter has only started two previous Cup entrants, both in 2012, and finished second with Time To Roll. Driver Brett Miller has two previous Cup drives, finishing second in 2010 with We Will See. Lyonssomewhere, owned by Geoffrey Lyons Mound of Burford, Ontario is undefeated in five starts. The son of 2008 Cup winner and Horse of the Year Somebeachsomewhere took his elim comfortably in 1:50.1 by 1-3/4 lengths in his first stakes appearance. He’ll be driven by Corey Callahan, making only his second Cup drive after finishing fourth with Mr Wiggles in 2009. He's Watching (post seven), co-owned and trained by David Menary of Rockton, Ontario, finished second to Tellitlikeitis in his elim, but last year won all eight starts en route to a Dan Patch Award as the United States’ top 2-year-old colt pacer. Winner of a Somebeachsomewhere division on May 31 in a career best 1:49.3, the son of American Ideal will be driven by the continent’s perennial leader, Tim Tetrick, who steered champion Captaintreacherous to an authoritative score in last year’s Cup. JK Endofanera (post nine), trained by Ron Burke for owner-breeder 3 Brothers Stables of New York City, had a five-race win streak broken in his elim when finishing third as the 1-2 choice to Lyonssomewhere, while drifting out in the stretch. The son of Art Major is the field’s leading money winner with $453,517, topped by his win last year in the Governor’s Cup at the Meadowlands. He’ll be driven by Brian Sears, who steered Rocknroll Hanover to victory in the 2005 Cup. Last year’s Breeders Crown champion, Luck Be Withyou (post eight), was third to Tellitlikeitis in his elim, after finishing second to JK Endofanera in a Somebeachsomewhere division the week before in his seasonal debut. Trained by Bill Cass for owner John Craig of North York, the son of Western Ideal will be driven by Ron Pierce, who has won two Cups, with Total Truth in 2006 and Well Said in 2009. Let's Drink On It (post five), trained by Joe Seekman, is a seven-time winner in 16 starts and was third to McWicked in his elim. A son of Art Official, the only horse to defeat Somebeachsomewhere, he’ll be piloted by 21-year-old Tyler Smith, who would become the youngest driver to win the Pepsi North America Cup. Sometimes Said (post 10), another son of 2009 Cup winner Well Said, finished second to McWicked last Saturday, the ninth time in 14 outings he’s been the runner-up. Trained by Jim Campbell for owner Fashion Farms and driven by his Hall of Fame brother and record six-time Cup winner John Campbell, Sometimes Said was also second to Luck Be Withyou in last year’s Breeders Crown. Beat The Drum (post one), a son of 2007 Cup winner Tell All, finished second as a 27-1 shot to Lyonssomewhere in his elim for trainer Staffan Lind. Yannick Gingras drives the three-time winner in 17 starts, the most outings by any Cup entrant this year. Completing the field is Ideal Cowboy (post six), who finished fourth to McWicked in his elim but drew into the final. Trained by PJ Fraley, the son of American Ideal has banked $48,684 in 10 career starts. Scott Zeron will drive. In 2012, Thinking Out Loud set the stakes record of 1:47.4 at Mohawk, eclipsing the former mark of 1:48.1 established by Well Said in 2009 while Hall of Famer Bettor's Delight has won the race by the largest margin, 4-1/2 lengths, in 2001. Other winners of the Cup, which began in 1984 at Greenwood Raceway, include such champions as Jate Lobell (1987), Precious Bunny (1991), Presidential Ball (1993), Cam's Card Shark (1994), Gallo Blue Chip (2000), Rocknroll Hanover (2005), Somebeachsomewhere (2008) and Captaintreacherous (2013). The Cup was raced at Greenwood from 1984-93, followed by Woodbine from 1994-2006. It was held at Mohawk Racetrack for the first time in 2007. The shortest-priced winners, at $2.70, are Jate Lobell and Presidential Ball, while Goalie Jeff, in 1989, provided the highest win payoff, $93.60. Horseplayers will get an added bonus on Pepsi North America Cup night when Mohawk will offer three Pick-4 wagers including an “All Stakes Pick-4.” The All Stakes Pick-4, with a $100,000 guaranteed pool, will run from race seven to 10 and will feature the Roses Are Red, Mohawk Gold Cup, Fan Hanover and conclude in race 10 with the 31st Pepsi North America Cup. $1 million Pepsi North America Cup Post–Horse–Driver-Trainer-Line 1–Beat The Drum–Yannick Gingras-Staffan Lind-20-1 2–McWicked–David Miller-Casie Coleman-7-2 3–Tellitlikeitis–Brett Miller-Jimmy Takter-3-1 4–Lyonssomewhere–Corey Callahan-Jimmy Takter-4-1 5–Let's Drink On It–Tyler Smith-Joe Seekman-6-1 6–Ideal Cowboy–Scott Zeron-PJ Fraley-15-1 7–He's Watching–Tim Tetrick-David Menary-5-1 8–Luck Be Withyou–Ron Pierce-William Cass-12-1 9–JK Endofanera–Brian Sears-Ron Burke-10-1 10–Sometimes Said–John Campbell-Jim Campbell-20-1 AE–Jet Airway–Scott Zeron-Erv Miller From the Publicity Department at WEG

WASHINGTON, PA, May 29, 2014 -- Frost Free Hanover rolled to a front-end victory in Thursday's $60,000 Pennsylvania Stallions Series stake at The Meadows, his fifth consecutive win and his second in the stallions series. The event for 3-year-old colt and gelding trotters was conducted over three divisions, with Explosive Cash and Kapow Hanover taking the other splits. Frost Free Hanover compiled his streak by taking two series legs at The Meadows, winning a conditioned event and capturing a stallion series split at Harrah's Philadelphia. On Wednesday, he vaulted to the lead for Brian Zendt and scored in 1:56.4, 3 lengths better than 51-1 bomb Lane's Caviar. Master Bedroom finished third. "A lot of his success is due to his gate speed," Zendt said. "He's so quick the first few steps he always puts himself in a good spot. He's had a little help being in the right divisions here and there. He'll be a nice horse -- he's easy on himself, too." Leslie Zendt trains Frost Free Hanover, a Cantab Hall-Free Spirit gelding, and owns with Bill Zendt, Sig Wolkomir and Fred Kayne. Explosive Cash, a loser in all 15 of his previous starts, followed cover for Eric Ledford and rallied wide in the lane to triumph at 12-1 in 1:57.3. Uriel Hanover was 2 lengths back in second, with Lighter Hanover third. Trenton Watson, who conditions the son of Explosive Matter-CERT for Watson Stable and William Augustine, said he never lost faith in his $12,000 yearling acquisition during the colt's protracted maidenhood. "Eric took care of him here last year, teaching him to race," Watson said. "We've had a little bad luck on draws and getting in with some real nice horses, but we had things go our way today. Eric kept telling me he would trot in 1:54 or 1:55 as a 3-year-old. We're not there yet, but hopefully we're in the right direction." Kapow Hanover erased a 3-1/2-length deficit late with a charge through the stretch that carried him to victory for David Miller in 1:57.4. Tea Party Politics was second, a length in arrears, while Ada Glide completed the ticket. "We have him staked to bigger races, but I want to start him out where he feels good. We can always step it up," said Staffan Lind, who trains the son of Explosive Matter-Kimberidge Hanover -- a $90,000 yearling purchase -- for Bender Sweden Inc. "He's eligible for the Earl Beal, so I'll let him get a little braver. Then, if he's good enough, I'll put him in that one." Friday's card at The Meadows features the Super Bowl, a $211,700 PA Sires stake for 3-year-old colt and gelding trotters. In the first division (Race 1), juvenile champion Father Patrick will attempt to extend his winning streak to 11. First post is 6:55 PM. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows                                        

Trainer Nancy Johansson might keep an eye on the racing in Canada on Saturday night, but her primary focus will be on her own horse at the Meadowlands Racetrack. Johansson's Western Vintage, one of the most highly regarded 3-year-old male pacers in North America, is the 3-5 morning line favorite in his division's $100,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes championship at the Big M. Sire Stakes crowns also will be handed out to 3-year-old female pacers, female trotters, and male trotters. If all goes well for Western Vintage, after the sire stakes final he will head to Canada's Mohawk Racetrack for the North America Cup eliminations June 7. The C$1 million North America Cup final is June 14. The final Canadian prep races for the North America Cup, three divisions of the Somebeachsomewhere Stakes, also are Saturday night. The first division will go to the gate approximately 30 minutes after Western Vintage's race at the Meadowlands. "We'll be watching, but really the most important thing is that my horse does his work," said Johansson, who trains Western Vintage for owners Perry Soderberg and Marvin Katz. "I think I have the best one, so I just need to worry about him and let the others worry about themselves. I can only control what happens with my horse anyway, I can't control anything with the others." A son of stallion Western Ideal out of the mare Major Harmony, Western Vintage was purchased by Soderberg for $7,000 as a yearling at the 2012 Lexington Selected Sale. Last season, he won five of eight races and earned $316,838. His victories included the $150,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes championship for 2-year-old male pacers and a division of the Bluegrass Stakes at The Red Mile. He finished second in the $648,850 Metro Pace at Mohawk. Western Vintage started his 2014 season by winning the opening round of the New Jersey Sire Stakes on May 17. He sat out last weekend's second round, which was won by Doo Wop Hanover. "So far I can't complain about anything with him," Johansson said. "He's sound and happy and doing his work well. We're where we want to be with him at this point." In the New Jersey Sire Stakes final for 3-year-old male trotters, Trixton is the 3-5 favorite thanks to winning the Simpson Memorial in a season-best 1:51.2 and exploding in the stretch to win the first sire stakes leg by 4-3/4 lengths with a :26.2 last quarter-mile over a sloppy track. Trixton is trained by Jimmy Takter, who is Johansson's father. Takter also has the 8-5 favorite in the New Jersey Sire Stakes championship for 3-year-old filly pacers, Gettingreadytoroll. And he has the 5-2 second choice in the sire stakes final for 3-year-old filly trotters, Moonlight In Miami. Julie Miller-trained Cee Bee Yes is the 2-1 choice. 2nd Race - $100,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes Final - 3yo Colts & Geldings Pace 1-Doo Wop Hanover [Rocknroll Hanover], John Campbell, Steve Elliott, 8-5 2-Dancin Hill [Rocknroll Hanover], Tim Tetrick, Tony Alagna, 9-2 3-Western Vintage [Western Ideal], Yannick Gingras, Nancy Johansson, 3-5 4-Rock Out [Rocknroll Hanover], Matt Kakaley, Steve Elliott, 15-1 5-Beat The Drum [Tell All], Brett Miller, Staffan Lind, 20-1 3rd Race - $100,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes Final - 3yo Colts & Geldings Trot 1-Well Built [Muscle Hill], Jim Meittinis, Chris Ryder, 15-1 2-Skates N Plates [Revenue], Trond Smedshammer, Trond Smedshammer, 20-1 3-Trixton [Muscle Hill], Jimmy Takter, Jimmy Takter, 3-5 4-Martiniwithmuscle [Muscle Hill], Yannick Gingras, Joseph King, 12-1 5-Speak The Truth [Muscle Hill], Tim Tetrick, Linda Toscano, 5-1 6-Resolve [Muscle Hill], Matt Kakaley, Roman Lopez, 20-1 7-Sumatra [Muscles Yankee], Brett Miller, Tom Fanning, 12-1 8-Odds On Amethyst [Muscle Hill], Howard Parker, Chris Ryder, 9-2 9-King City [Muscle Hill], Mike Lachance, Jonas Czernyson, 30-1 10-Lightning Force [Muscle Hill], John Campbell, Randy Beeckman, 20-1 4th Race - $100,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes Final - 3yo Fillies Trot 1-My Inspiration [Chocolatier], Trond Smedshammer, Trond Smedshammer, 6-1 2-Mistresswithmuscle [Muscle Hill], Matt Kakaley, Nifty Norman, 30-1 3-Ravine [Muscle Hill], Mike Lachance, Bob Stewart, 30-1 4-Yoga [Muscles Yankee], Yannick Gingras, Jimmy Takter, 4-1 5-Moonlight In Miami [Muscles Yankee], John Campbell, Jimmy Takter, 5-2 6-Heaven's Door [Muscle Hill], Ake Svanstedt, Ake Svanstedt, 9-2 7-Scream And Shout [Muscles Yankee], Tim Tetrick, Jimmy Takter, 8-1 8-Cee Bee Yes [Muscles Yankee], Marcus Miller, Julie Miller, 2-1 5th Race - $100,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes Final - 3yo Fillies Pace 1-Blixtra [Rocknroll Hanover], Ake Svanstedt, Ake Svanstedt, 20-1 2-Atasallrite Hanover [Rocknroll Hanover], Brett Miller, Ron Burke, 8-1 3-Sayitall BB [Tell All], Matt Kakaley, Ron Burke, 4-1 4-Highland Rockstar [Rocknroll Hanover], Mike Lachance, Buzzy Sholty, 20-1 5-Ideal Helen [Western Ideal], Marcus Miller, Erv Miller, 30-1 6-Fanticipation [Rocknroll Hanover], John Campbell, Michael Forte, 15-1 7-Act Now [Western Ideal], Tim Tetrick, Nikolas Drennan, 9-5 8-Rockingham Park [Rocknroll Hanover], Howard Parker, Ron Coyne Jr., 12-1 9-Fiyonce [Rocknroll Hanover], Joe Bongiorno, Ron Burke, 20-1 10-Gettingreadytoroll [Rocknroll Hanover], Yannick Gingras, Jimmy Takter, 8-5 by Ken Weingartner, for Harness Racing Communications

The John F. Simpson Memorial stakes, a Grand Circuit event for two year old pacers and trotters makes a stop at Vernon Downs on the evening of Friday, November 1. The freshman trotting colts start the show in races one and three dubbed the "Super Bowl", with a pair of five horse fields each for a purse of $13,271. Trainer Chris Ryder has a Muscle Hill contender in each division and has an ownership position in both. Well Built has had a consistent if unspectacular campaign and broke maiden in a Vernon overnight event just last week. Jim Meittinis is listed to drive the colt on Friday evening for Ryder and partner Robert Mondillo. Muscle On In is the more accomplished of Ryder's pair, having won the Harold Dancer Memorial and NJ Futurity at Freehold this fall. He has earned more than $60,000 for the partnership of Ryder and Mondillo along with Max Wernick. Chris will drive this one from post four in the abbreviated field. Trotting fillies go for $25,716 in race seven, named for the grand dame Davidia Hanover where Ruby looks like the one to beat. She is an Explosive Matter filly trained by Erv Miller for Patrick Quaid and James Bafia who comes to the Simpson off a solid fourth in the Breeders Crown final. Meittinis catches the drive on her from the advantageous post two. The "Bret Hanover" (race ten) is comprised of six pacing colts and geldings racing for $25,341. Beat The Drum is a Tell All colt who's won a few stakes this summer, including the Tompkins-Geers at Tioga Downs and took a 1:53- record winning a NJSS leg at The Meadowlands. He's made just shy of $90,000 for trainer Staffan Lind who owns him in partnership with Bender Sweden, Inc.  Jim Meittinis has the drive on this morning line choice as well. The filly pace, christened the "Razzle Hanover", boasts a competitive field of six with JK Molly and Ideal Helen the most accomplished. JK Molly was a factor all summer in the NYSS program, earning over $115,000 and took a fast 1:52.1 mark right here at Vernon in early September for owners the 3 Brothers Stable. Ron Burke trains and Roman Lopez has the drive on the Art Major lass. Ideal Helen has had a successful season in the Garden State with seven wins and nearly $120,000 earned for owner/breeder D. R. Van Witzenberg. She counts the Review Stakes, NJ Futurity and Babic Filly Stake among her conquests while in the care of Erv Miller. Chris Lems will plot her course from the outside. Post time is 6:45pm at Vernon on Friday. The season is winding down with just one more weekend of live racing to go. Visit the Vernon website for further information. by Nick Salvi for Vernon Downs

Bee A Magician, Captaintreacherous and I Luv The Nitelife, who have combined to win 35 of 37 races and $3.67 million this year, lead the list of 156 horses entered Tuesday for the 12 Breeders Crown events at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. Eliminations are unnecessary for the 3-year-old filly pacers and Open Trot, which both received nine entries. Eliminations for 2-year-old male and female trotters plus 2-year-old female pacers are Friday at Pocono Downs, with the remaining elims Saturday. Post time is 6:30 p.m. both nights. All 12 finals - with purses totaling $5.6 million - will be Saturday, Oct. 19, at Pocono Downs. Post time is 5 p.m. for the first race. Bee A Magician, a 3-year-old filly trotter, is 13-for-13 this year for trainer Richard "Nifty" Norman and owners Melvin Hartman, Herb Liverman and David McDuffee. She enters the Breeders Crown off a win in the Ontario Sire Stakes championship Sept. 28 at Mohawk, which pushed her seasonal earnings to $1.09 million. Other victories this season include the $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks and $356,981 Elegantimage Stakes. A daughter of the stallion Kadabra out of the mare Beehive, Bee A Magician is the fastest 3-year-old trotter this season, with a clocking of 1:51 that came in winning the $265,500 Delvin Miller Memorial on July 13 at the Meadowlands. The time is the fastest ever for a 3-year-old filly trotter. Bee A Magician has won 23 of 26 lifetime starts and earned $1.86 million - the most ever for a filly trotter at ages 2 and 3 combined. She finished third in last season's Breeders Crown for 2-year-old filly trotters, which was won by To Dream On. Bee A Magician is the second of two eliminations for the 3-year-old filly trotters, starting from post three. To Dream On, who on Sunday won the $205,100 Kentucky Filly Futurity final, is in the second of the two eliminations. To Dream On is one of 12 previous Breeders Crown champions entered in this year's event. Three-year-old colt pacer Captaintreacherous is a nose from perfect this year, with 10 wins in 11 starts and $1.61 million. He is trained by Tony Alagna for the Captaintreacherous Racing ownership group. He heads to the Breeders Crown following his victory Saturday in a $215,500 division of the Tattersalls Pace at The Red Mile. Other wins this year for the son of Somebeachsomewhere-Worldly Treasure include the $980,000 North America Cup, the $635,750 Meadowlands Pace, the $500,000 Max C. Hempt Memorial and the $360,211 Cane Pace. His only loss came by a nose to Sunshine Beach in the $500,000 Battle of the Brandywine in a world-record 1:47.4 mile. Captaintreacherous has won 18 of 21 career races and earned $2.53 million. He finished third in last season's Breeders Crown for 2-year-old male pacers. He is in the second of two eliminations for the 3-year-old male pacers and will leave from post four. I Luv The Nitelife, a 3-year-old filly pacer, has won 12 of 13 races this year and earned $968,337 for trainer Chris Ryder and owners Richard and Joanne Young. A daughter of Rocknroll Hanover-Lisjune, she most recently won the $154,650 Jugette final at the Delaware County Fair on Sept. 18 for her 11th consecutive victory. Other triumphs include the $384,044 Fan Hanover Stakes, the $350,000 Valley Forge and the $300,000 James M. Lynch Memorial. For her career, she has won 16 of 23 starts and $1.65 million. She finished second in last season's Breeders Crown for 2-year-old filly pacers, which was won by Somwherovrarainbow. Eliminations are unnecessary for the 3-year-old filly pacers, so the final was drawn Tuesday. I Luv The Nitelife will start from post seven; Somwherovrarainbow leaves from post eight. Shebestingin, who on Sunday paced the fastest mile in history by a female pacer when she won a division of the Glen Garnsey Memorial in 1:47, drew post five. The Open Trot, Mare Trot and Mare Pace each have three past Breeders Crown winners. Arch Madness, who makes his record-tying sixth Breeders Crown appearance, Intimidate and Uncle Peter all are previous trophy winners competing in this year's Open Trot. Arch Madness became the ninth trotter in history to surpass $4 million in career earnings when he won the Allerage Farms Open Trot on Sunday at The Red Mile. In the Mare Trot, Cedar Dove, Check Me Out and Maven have won titles, as have Mare Pace contenders Anndrovette, Economy Terror and Monkey On My Wheel. Anndrovette is seeking her third consecutive Breeders Crown, a feat never accomplished in any of the open divisions. Sweet Lou, in the Open Pace, completes the list of previous Breeders Crown champions. The Open Pace also includes Foiled Again, who is the richest pacer in harness racing history, with $5.38 million. Following are the fields with listed drivers and trainers. Elimination purses are $25,000. FRIDAY ELIMINATIONS 2-year-old filly trotters (top four in each elim and fifth place with highest seasonal earnings advance) Division One: 1. Struck By Lindy, David Miller, Nifty Norman; 2. Goddess, John Campbell, Paul Kelley; 3. Designed To Be, Andy Miller, Julie Miller; 4. Shake It Cerry, Ron Pierce, Jimmy Takter; 5. Lifetime Pursuit, Yannick Gingras, Jimmy Takter; 6. Cantabs Fortune, Rick Zeron, Rick Zeron; 7. Market Rally, John Cummings Jr., Megan Wilson. Division Two: 1. Cooler Schooner, John Campbell, Jim Campbell; 2. Scream And Shout, Jimmy Takter, Jimmy Takter; 3. Harley Momma, Howard Parker, Jim Raymer; 4. Vanity Matters, Yannick Gingras, Jonas Czernyson; 5. Noon Tea Party, Brian Sears, Paul Fusco; 6. Demanding Sam, Paul Macdonell, Scott McEneny; 7. Ruby, Marcus Miller, Erv Miller. 2-year-old filly pacers (top four in each elim and fifth place with highest seasonal earnings advance) Division One: She's Da Bomb, Jody Jamieson, Tony O'Sullivan; 2. Rain Cloud Hanover, Brian Sears, David Taff; 3. Put On A Display, Tim Tetrick, Chris Ryder; 4. Gallie Bythe Beach, John Campbell, Jim Campbell; 5. Bettor Business, Tim Tetrick, Scott DiDomenico; 6. Southwind Silence, Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke; 7. Ali Blue, Yannick Gingras, Jimmy Takter; 8. Beach Body, Ron Pierce, Chris Oakes. Division Two: 1. Precocious Beauty, Doug McNair, Gregg McNair; 2. JK Molly, Tim Tetrick, Ron Burke; 3. Act Now, Ron Pierce, Nikolas Drennan; 4. Quick Thrill, Jim Morrill Jr., Brewer Adams; 5. Allstar Rating, Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke; 6. Rockingcam Park, Brian Sears, Ron Coyne Jr.; 7. Scandalicious, Andy Miller, Scott DiDomenico; 8. Uffizi Hanover, David Miller, Jimmy Takter; 9. Delightful Dragon, Mike Lachance, Noel Daley. 2-year-old male trotters (top seven advance) 1. Southwind Spirit, Brian Sears, Ron Burke; 2. Expressive Action, Brian Sears, John Grasso; 3. Exodus Hanover, Andy Miller, Steve Elliott; 4. Another Transcript, Corey Callahan, Jerry Silverman; 5. Odds On Amethyst, Tim Tetrick, Robin Schadt; 6. Auspicious Hanover, Charlie Norris, Charlie Norris; 7. Muscle Network, Jody Jamieson, Tony O'Sullivan; 8. Nuncio, John Campbell, Jim Oscarsson; 9. Father Patrick, Yannick Gingras, Jimmy Takter. Byes: Credit Fashion, Don Dorado. SATURDAY ELIMINATIONS 2-year-old male pacers (top three finishers from each elimination advance) Division One: 1. Workandplayhard, Corey Callahan, John Butenschoen; 2. Journeyman, Mike Lachance, Tony Alagna; 3. Let's Drink On It, Ron Pierce, Joe Seekman; 4. So Surreal, Tim Tetrick, Ray Schnittker; 5. Idealbeach Hanover, Jody Jamieson, Mark Ford; 6. Somestarsomewhere, Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke; 7. Sometimes Said, John Campbell, Jim Campbell. Division Two: 1. Beat The Drum, TBA, Staffan Lind; 2. Doo Wop Hanover, Ron Pierce, Steve Elliott; 3. Bakersfield, Yannick Gingras, Jimmy Takter; 4. Melmerby Beach, Paul Macdonell, Brent MacGrath; 5. Crafty Master, Doug McNair, Gregg McNair; 6. Carracci Hanover, Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke; 7. Western Vintage, Yannick Gingras, Nancy Johansson; 8. Some Major Beach, Brian Sears, Tony Alagna. Division Three: 1. Luck Be Withyou, Ron Pierce, Chris Oakes; 2. Smack Talk, Ron Pierce, John Williamson; 3. Three Of Clubs, Doug McNair, Gregg McNair; 4. Fort Knox, Scott Zeron, Tony Alagna; 5. Pierce, Jimmy Takter, Jimmy Takter; 6. Ari Allstar, Brian Sears, Mark Ford; 7. Stevensville, Ray Schnittker, Ray Schnittker; 8. Arthur Blue Chip, Randy Waples, Ian Moore. 3-year-old filly trotters (top four in each elim and fifth place with highest seasonal earnings advance) Division One: 1. Royal Assets, Ray Schnittker, Ray Schnittker; 2. Bouncing Bax, Howard Parker, Jim Raymer; 3. Coffeecake Hanover, Matt Kakaley, Ron Burke; 4. Thistle Dhu, Brett Miller, Del S. Miller; 5. To Dream On, Jimmy Takter, Jimmy Takter; 6. Frau Blucher, Ron Pierce, Chris Oakes. Division Two: 1. Southwind Cocoa, Tim Tetrick, Linda Toscano; 2. Shared Past, Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke; 3. Bee A Magician, Brian Sears, Nifty Norman; 4. Ma Chere Hall, Corey Callahan, Jonas Czernyson; 5. Time To Kill, John Campbell, Ross Croghan; 6. Handover Belle, Mike Lachance, Tony Alagna. Mare trotters (top four in each elim and fifth place with highest seasonal earnings advance) Division One: 1. Bax Of Life, John Campbell, Jerry Duford; 2. Unefoisdansmavie, Matt Kakaley, Ron Burke; 3. Mystical Starlight, Brett Miller, Ross Croghan; 4. D'Orsay, Corey Callahan, Jonas Czernyson; 5. Cowgirl Hall, Brian Sears, Deborah Brunet; 6. Cedar Dove, Ron Pierce, Noel Daley; 7. China Pearls, Paul Macdonell, David Drew. Division Two: 1. Real Babe, David Miller, Mark Harder; 2. Maven, Yannick Gingras, Jonas Czernyson; 3. Check Me Out, Tim Tetrick, Ray Schnittker; 4. Intense America, Mike Lachance, Susanne Kerwood; 5. Win Missy B, TBA, Rich Gillock; 6. Beatgoeson Hanover, David Miller, Nifty Norman. 3-year-old male pacers (top four in each elim and fifth place with highest seasonal earnings advance) Division One: 1. Lucan Hanover, David Miller, Casie Coleman; 2. Sunshine Beach, John Campbell, Mark Steacy; 3. Wake Up Peter, Rick Zeron, Tony Alagna; 4. Fool Me Once, Brian Sears, Mark Austin; 5. Apprentice Hanover, Jody Jamieson, Ben Wallace; 6. Captive Audience, Randy Waples, Colin Johnson. Division Two: 1. Vegas Vacation, Brian Sears, Casie Coleman; 2. Urbanite Hanover, Yannick Gingras, John Williamson; 3. Emeritus Maximus, TBA, Tony Alagna; 4. Captaintreacherous, Tim Tetrick, Tony Alagna; 5. Sunfire Blue Chip, Yannick Gingras, Jimmy Takter; 6. Beach Memories, David Miller, Brian Brown. 3-year-old male trotters (top four in each elim and fifth place with highest seasonal earnings advance) Division One: 1. Bluto, Jimmy Takter, Jimmy Takter; 2. Dewycolorintheline, Ray Schnittker, Ray Schnittker; 3. Fico, Corey Callahan, Staffan Lind; 4. Deadliest Catch, Ron Pierce, John Duer; 5. Smilin Eli, Tim Tetrick, David Smith; 6. All Laid Out, David Miller, Noel Daley; 7. Possessed Fashion, John Campbell, Tom Fanning. Division Two: 1. Caveat Emptor, Ray Schnittker, Ray Schnittker; 2. Royalty For Life, Brian Sears, George Ducharme; 3. Hamdalla, Jody Jamieson, Riina Rekila; 4. E L Rocket, Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke; 5. Spider Blue Chip, Ron Pierce, Chuck Sylvester; 6. Aperfectyankee, Jim Oscarsson, Jim Oscarsson; 7. Creatine, Mike Lachance, Bob Stewart. Open Pace (top seven advance) 1. Warrawee Needy, Jody Jamieson, Mark Ford; 2. A Rocknroll Dance, Tim Tetrick, Jim Mulinix; 3. Bettor's Edge, Tim Tetrick, Linda Toscano; 4. Modern Legend, John Campbell, David Drew; 5. Sweet Lou, Matt Kakaley, Ron Burke; 6. Foiled Again, Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke; 7. Golden Receiver, Corey Callahan, Mark Harder; 8. Michael's Power, Brian Sears, Casie Coleman; 9. Bolt The Duer, Mark MacDonald, Pete Foley. Byes: Clear Vision, Pet Rock. Mare Pace (top seven advance) 1. Economy Terror, Ron Pierce, Chris Oakes; 2. Rocklamation, Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke; 3. Swinging Beauty, Ron Pierce, Ron Burke; 4. Ooh Bad Shark, Howard Parker, William Wiggins; 5. Anndrovette, Tim Tetrick, P.J. Fraley; 6. Monkey On My Wheel, Brian Sears, Casie Coleman; 7. Krispy Apple, Tim Tetrick, P.J. Fraley; 8. Camille, Matt Kakaley, Ron Burke; 9. Shelliscape, David Miller, P.J. Fraley. Byes: Drop The Ball, Feeling You. FINALS, ON OCT. 19 (no eliminations necessary) $500,000 3-year-old filly pace: 1. Parlee Beach, 2. Mattie Terror Girl, 3. Carols Desire, 4. Authorize, 5. Shebestingin, 6. Aunt Caroline, 7. I Luv The Nitelife, 8. Somwherovrarainbow, 9. Love Canal. $600,000 Open Trot: 1. Market Share, 2. Wishing Stone, 3. My MVP, 4. Guccio, 5. Intimidate, 6. Mister Herbie, 7. Arch Madness, 8. Uncle Peter, 9. Sevruga. by Ken Weingartner for HRC  

Lexington, KY --- The Lexington Selected Yearling Sale continued with its second session on Wednesday (Oct. 2), posting healthy increases of 10 percent in total sales and 7.6 percent in average prices over the comparable session a year ago. Through two sessions, the average sale price is running four percent ahead of the value in 2012. Cantab Hall continued his tremendous showing as his yearlings claimed the top three spots for the session. Leading the way at $175,000 was the colt Higher Ground, out of $146,000 winning mare Domestic Diva. That makes him a full brother to Modern Family, a winner in 1:51 this year and more than $265,000 lifetime. Bjorn Noren signed as agent for this colt coming from the Kentuckiana Farms consignment. Following closely behind in price at $170,000 was Gifted Way, out of Rare Gift, a three-quarter sister to 1996 Horse of the Year Continentalvictory. Tony Alagna cast the winning bid for this colt from Brittany Farms. The Cantab Hall filly Flyangelfly De Vie moved into the third spot when she sold for $160,000. The always-active Jimmy Takter made this one of his 10 purchases on the night, to accompany the nine he acquired in the previous evening’s sale session. The filly is a daughter of Dream Angel, who is both a winner of more than $229,000 and a half-sister to Dream Vacation. Preferred Equine Marketing, Inc. consigned the filly as agent for breeder Joie De Vie Farm. Takter was the most active buyer for the night, but just barely, as Ake Svanstedt signed for eight elite yearlings on Wednesday. Svanstedt, Sweden’s leading trainer, is making the move to the U.S. this year and will be looking to compete with Takter on the track as well as the sales ring. First crop pacing sire Rock N Roll Heaven continues to impress, and contributed the highest-priced pacer for the session, the filly Kisses From Heaven, selling for $150,000. Her dam, Kissing Bandit, a stakes winner of more than $230,000, is a half sister to millionaire Pacific Fella and the $764,000 winning Pacific Renegade. Alan Katz bought the filly out of the Preferred Equine marketing consignment. The Lexington Selected Yearling Sale continues each evening at 7 p.m. through Saturday at the Fasig-Tipton Sale Arena. Here are the summary statistics by gait and sex, from both the second session and overall, plus the leading horses by price from the second session: Session 2       Group -  No. Sold - Total Price - Average Price - Top Price - Median - $100,000+ Pacing Colts     -33  -$1,915,000 -$58,030-$120,000-$50,000-4 Pacing Fillies    -43  -$2,135,000 -$49,651-$150,000-$42,000-4 Trotting Colts     -37 -$2,296,000  -$61,514-$175,000-$50,000-6 Trotting Fillies    -45 -$1,986,000  -$44,067-$160,000-$40,000-2 Total-158-$8,332,000-$52,734 -$175,000-$50,000-16 Sale through two sessions       Group-No. Sold-Total Price-Average Price-Top Price-Median-$100,000+ Pacing Colts   -61-$4,377,000-$71,754-$150,000-$75,000-17 Pacing Fillies  -65-$3,740,000-$57,538-$180,000-$50,000-10 Trotting Colts  -68-$5,527,000-$81,279-$475,000-$60,000-17 Trotting Fillies -69-$3,752,000-$54,377-$260,000-$45,000-8 Total-263-$17,396,000-$66,144-$475,000-$50,000-52 Yearling-Sire-Dam-Sex-Gait-Price-Buyer Holy Ground-Cantab Hall-Domestic Diva-C-T-$175,000-Bjorn Noren, Agent Giifted Way-Cantab Hall-Rare Gift-C-T-$170,000-Tony Alagna Flyangelfly De Vie-Cantab Hall-Dream Angel-F-T-$160,000-Jimmy Takter, Agent Kisses From Heaven-Rock N Roll Heaven-Kissing Bandit-F-P-$150,000-Alan Katz Jake Blue Chip-Art Major-Sprig Hanover-C-P-$120,000-Dan W. Smith Give Me The Credit-Credit Winner-Vivica Hall-F-T-$120,000-Lars Palm, Agent Billy Flynn-Cantab Hall-Zeta Jones-C-T-$120,000-Staffan Lind by David Carr for USTA

Tioga Downs’ 2013 racing season came to a finish on Saturday night (September 14) with 2-year old pacers in the Reynolds Stakes, and yet another open pace victory by 2013 pacer of the year at Tioga Downs, Eastend Eddie. Two divisions of 2-year old colt and gelding pacers in the Reynolds Stakes were captured by Stratos Hanover – Andy Miller (1:54.1) for trainer Joe Holloway, and Beat The Drum – Jim Meittinis (1:53.3) for Staffan Lind. The fillies also drew two divisions in the Reynolds, and were taken by: Ali Blue – Jimmy Takter (1:53.4) also trained by Jimmy Takter, and Instant Respect – Jimmy Takter (1:54.1) to complete the Takter sweep of the Reynolds filly pace. In the $16,000 open handicap pace, Eastend Eddie continued his dominating ways and even did it against free for all pacer, Hurrikane Kingcole, who was shipped in to Tioga Downs for closing night by trainer John Mc Dermott. Driver Matt Kakaley settled Eastend Eddie in fifth as Aaron Byron hustled Hurrikane Kingcole to the front, but was unable to clear until past the opening quarter in 26.4. From there Byron tried to rate the 4-year old son of Cam’s Card Shark on the front getting by the half mile mark in 54.2. Down the backside Eastend Eddie was underway from the back of the pack by Kakaley and by three quarters in 1:22.1, Kingcole was under attack on the front end as Andy Miller had pulled the pocket with Panesthetic. Around the final turn it was apparent that Hurrikane Kingcole had enough and Eastend Eddie was charging three wide eating up ground with every stride. In deep stretch Eastend Eddie had put the field away once again to win by two lengths in 1:51.2. It was the tenth win of the season, nine of which have come at Tioga Downs for Eastend Eddie who was named the 2013 pacer of the year at Tioga Downs making it two years in a row for the Ron Burke trainee. The 2013 year end awards were given out on Saturday night at Tioga Downs wrapping up its eighth racing season and the 2013 driver of the year was: Jimmy Marohn Jr (76 wins) for the second consecutive year, trainer of the year: Jamie Paquet (24 wins), trotter of the year: Aruba Vacation, and pacer of the year: Eastend Eddie (2nd consecutive year). Tioga Downs would like to thank all of its fans and horsemen for their support in making 2013 another successful year of harness racing in Nichols, NY. For more information on Tioga Downs please visit us online at www.tiogadowns.com . Dustin Ross

Aperfectyankee's season so far has been less than flawless, but that has not dampened trainer Jim Oscarsson's opinion of his stakes-winning trotter as he heads into Saturday's $500,000 Colonial for 3-year-olds at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. The Colonial is part of Super Stakes Saturday at Pocono Downs, which also includes the $500,000 Battle of the Brandywine for 3-year-old pacers and the $350,000 Valley Forge for 3-year-old filly pacers. Aperfectyankee has won three of seven races this year and earned $179,451 for Oscarsson, who also owns and drives the colt. All of his victories this season have come on the Pennsylvania circuit, with two triumphs in divisions of the sire stakes and another in a division of the Pennsylvania All Stars. He is coming off a fourth-place finish in the $1 million Hambletonian on Aug. 3 at the Meadowlands. The nine-horse Colonial field features seven horses from the Hambletonian final, including winner Royalty For Life, runner-up Smilin Eli and third-place finisher Corky. "I'm not disappointed with him, but I know he's better than he's showed," Oscarsson said about Aperfectyankee, who won last year's $387,250 Peter Haughton Memorial by a neck over Corky. "I think with better race luck he can be right there with them at the finish. "I think he's going to win some races this year. It would be nice (to win the Colonial). I think he deserves that." Aperfectyankee entered the Hambletonian off back-to-back wins and finished third in his elimination before ending up fourth in the same-day final. He started the final from post seven and was as many as 11 lengths behind leader and eventual winner Royalty For Life in the early goings. He finished 3-3/4 lengths back on a track that favored trotters on the lead; all three Hambletonian elims and the final were won in wire-to-wire fashion. "(The Colonial) is going to be tough; it's pretty much the same as the Hambletonian," Oscarsson said. "Except this time we've got a better post. I think he can go with them. It's going to be a fun race." Last year, Aperfectyankee won three of seven starts and earned $310,035. In addition to winning the Haughton, he won a division of the Tompkins-Geers and was second to 2-year-old champion Wheeling N Dealin in a division of the Champlain Stakes. He saw his season come to an end after a sixth-place finish in his elimination for the William Wellwood Memorial in September. Oscarsson decided to turn out the colt because of allergies. "When we brought him back to train during the winter he was good and he's been healthy," Oscarsson said. "He's a nice horse. He's perfect to handle, perfect to drive. You can do whatever you want with him." Following is the field for the Colonial with listed drivers and trainers (and morning line odds): 1. Picture This, Charlie Norris, Norris (20-1); 2. Aperfectyankee, Jim Oscarsson, Oscarsson (12-1); 3. Fico, George Napolitano Jr., Staffan Lind (15-1); 4. Smilin Eli, Tim Tetrick, David Smith (3-1); 5. Spider Blue Chip, Ron Pierce, Chuck Sylvester (4-1); 6. Corky, David Miller, Jimmy Takter (5-1); 7. High Bridge, Yannick Gingras, Takter (6-1); 8. Royalty For Life, Brian Sears, George Ducharme (5-2); 9. Dontyouforgetit, Takter, Takter (10-1). by Ken Weingartner  

It might be a longshot for Holmdel's Tom Pontone and his father Lou to visit the winner's circle again in Saturday's $1.2 million Hambletonian Stakes, but that is better than no shot. The Pontones' TLP Stable and Mario Zuanetti's Atlantic Trot share ownership of Banco Solo, who is competing in the third of three Hambletonian elims and is 15-1 on the morning line. Jim Morrill Jr. will drive the colt for trainer Ken Oscarsson. Corky (2-1 on the morning line) and Spider Blue Chip (5-2) are the favorites in the elim. In a return to a format last used in the mid-1990s, the Hambletonian will be contested entirely in one day. The top three finishers from each elim plus the fourth-place finisher with the highest lifetime earnings will advance to the Hambletonian final. The final is scheduled for 4:41 p.m. CBS Sports Network will air live coverage of the Hambletonian from 3:30-5 p.m. "Listen, you have to be there to win," Lou Pontone said. "That's what we're doing." Winning the Hambletonian is something that has become familiar to the Pontones. They won in 2009 with Muscle Hill and made another trip to hoist the trophy last year with Market Share. Only nine owners have won the Hambletonian more than twice in the history of the event, which began in 1926. Banco Solo is winless in seven races this year. He finished third in a 3-year-old open for Hambletonian eligible horses on July 27 at the Meadowlands. The race was won by Corky in 1:54.3. Banco Solo was 4-3/4 lengths back, timed in 1:55.3. He was third in a division of the Currier & Ives at The Meadows and fourth in the Reynolds Memorial at the Meadowlands. He was nosed out for a spot in the final of the $500,000 Beal Memorial at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs despite trotting a 1:53.1 mile. "He's been OK, he's just had some bad racing luck," said Oscarsson, whose younger brother Jim trains and drives Hambletonian contender Aperfectyankee in the second elim. "He seems like he's good enough (to go in the Hambletonian). He feels good and acts like everything is fine. He feels stronger this year; he really grew up and is more mature. He's got the speed to go with them, but hasn't had the racing luck. It's been frustrating." Last year, Banco Solo closed the campaign by winning seven of his last eight starts, including the $206,000 Kindergarten Classic final at Vernon Downs. He finished the season with seven wins in 10 races and earned $157,481. "We didn't think the (Hambletonian) field this year was that strong, like in some previous years," Tom Pontone said. "Who knows what happens. There's not a horse out there that you could really say is the horse to beat. It's not like there is a Donato Hanover or Deweycheatumnhowe or Muscle Hill. We had the possibility to get in the race, so we said why not try it." Muscle Hill won the Hambletonian in 1:50.1, setting the stakes record and equaling the time for the fastest mile ever trotted on a mile track. He was a perfect 12-for-12 as a 3-year-old and was named Horse of the Year. "When you have a horse like Muscle Hill it spoils you," Tom Pontone said. "We never went to a race expecting to lose; we went to every race wondering by how many lengths we were going to win. "You have to come back to reality and hope you can get another good horse that can maybe win some big races. Maybe he doesn't. But you just accept it and go forward and give that horse the opportunity to do the best he can." The Pontones are hoping Banco Solo's best is Saturday. "He's been gradually improving every week," Tom Pontone said, "so we figured we'd give him a shot." by Ken Weingartner  

Freehold, NJ --- When the Rev. Patrick McDonnell found out there was a 2-year-old named after him, he was flattered. He also was a little perplexed. The 2-year-old in this case was a racehorse. Hall of Fame harness racing trainer Jimmy Takter, who lives in East Windsor, named a colt trotter Father Patrick in honor of the Rev. McDonnell, who is the pastor at St. Anthony of Padua Roman Catholic Church in Hightstown. “A lot of people have babies named after them, but how many people have a 1,000-pound 2-year-old named after them? That’s kind of cool,” the Rev. McDonnell said. “It was a surprise and it’s an honor. I’m thankful for that. “But I don’t know what you do,” he added, laughing. “When you have a 2-year-old or someone has a birthday you buy them a little toy. I guess I have to buy him 60 pounds of carrots or something.” Father Patrick has seen his racing career get off to a strong start. He has won two of three races and will likely be the favorite in Saturday’s $280,500 Peter Haughton Memorial at the Meadowlands Racetrack. Father Patrick will start from post three with driver Yannick Gingras in a field of 10 2-year-old male trotters. The Peter Haughton Memorial is one of harness racing’s top stakes races for 2-year-old trotters. The premier race for 3-year-old trotters, the $1.2 million Hambletonian Stakes, also will be contested Saturday at the Meadowlands. Takter has three horses -- Corky, Dontyouforgetit and High Bridge -- in the Hambletonian. He has won the race twice, with Muscle Massive in 2010 and Malabar Man in 1997. CBS Sports Network will air live coverage of the Hambletonian from 3:30-5 p.m. Saturday. Father Patrick is a full-brother to stakes-winning trotter Pastor Stephen, who was named after the Rev. Stephen Heinzel-Nelson, the pastor of Allentown Presbyterian Church. Pastor Stephen won 10 of 22 lifetime races and earned $1.04 million before seeing his career cut short by injury. “I know of Pastor Stephen,” the Rev. McDonnell said, referring to both the man and the horse. “Hopefully we’ll be as successful as he was.” Father Patrick’s father is Cantab Hall, who won $1.44 million in his career and finished second in the 2004 Hambletonian. His mother is Gala Dream, who was unraced but is a half-sister to stakes-winners Sugar Trader and Chocolatier. Father Patrick was purchased for $105,000 as a yearling (under the name Royal Press) at the Lexington Selected Saleand is owned by a group headed by Takter’s wife, Christina. “I don’t think I’ve had a more gifted 2-year-old trotter at this point in his career,” Takter said about Father Patrick. “He has all the things I like in a horse. He’s a good sound horse. You can’t find any fault with him.” Takter became friends with the Rev. McDonnell through attending early morning services at St. Anthony. The two have known each other for a little more than a year. “It was nice that it started off with him coming to morning prayer when he could,” the Rev. McDonnell said. “The door was open and we got to know each other. “We know there is a little community here of people working with the horses and maybe someday we can work with them a little bit. We have a lot of people in our parish that are from Central and South America and they work in the stables. They’re kind of forgotten and sometimes fall through the cracks. This may be a way to begin ministering to them. ” The Rev. McDonnell, who grew up in Elizabeth and knew little about racing prior to following Father Patrick’s career, has been a priest for 40 years, the last 13 of which have been spent at St. Anthony. “He’s such a great guy and I think this is a really, really, really special horse,” Takter said. “It’s a big congregation and hopefully we’ll get some people interested in the races. It’s a lot of fun.” Following is the field for the Peter Haughton Memorial with listed drivers and trainers: 1. Nuncio, John Campbell, Jim Oscarsson; 2. Derby, Ray Schnittker, Schnittker; 3.. Father Patrick, Yannick Gingras, Jimmy Takter; 4. Southwind Spirit, Brian Sears, Ron Burke ; 5. Kapow Hanover, Ron Pierce, Staffan Lind; 6. Great Society, Mike Lachance, Tony Alagna; 7. Well Built, Ron Pierce, Chris Ryder; 8. Song In My Heart, David Miller, Linda Toscano; 9. Quikwit, Tim Tetrick, Stefan Lind; 10. Donato’s Wish, George Brennan, Ray Schnittker. by Ken Weingartner  

Five divisions of Pennsylvania All Stars races were held for two-year-old colts and geldings on the trot on Wednesday night at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, and a track record fell in the process.

Harness racing driver Marcus Miller made the most of his trip to the Meadowlands on Saturday night, scoring wins in 5 of the 14 races on the card.

Staffan Lind is settling into new surroundings, but with familiar hopes. The 48-year-old harness racing trainer moved his 15-horse stable to Showplace Farms in central New Jersey after spending the winter in Florida at owner Karl-Erik Bender's Palema Training Center. Lind and Co. arrived at their new digs on Sunday after a two-day trip.

The second round of the Dream Maker Pacing Series continued at Mohawk on Thursday evening (July 19) featuring 2-year-old pacing colts. Lucan Hanover and Oakville harness racing driver Scott Zeron, captured the fastest of two $30,000 divisions in 1:53.1.

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