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On Monday afternoon (Sept.30) Monticello Raceway hosted four $45,000 finals of the Excelsior Series for 2-year-old pacers and trotters and arguably the most impressive was the victory turned in by Spreester when she easily defeated seven other New York bred pacing fillies by four lengths in 1:57.4. Jimmy Morrill, Jr. was in the sulky when Spreester started from the seven hole but that position was quickly compromised when they left strong and made the front before the quarter mile timer flashed :29.1. Once on the lead they remained unchallenged as the daughter of American Ideal paced through fractions of :59 and 1:28:2 before Morrill gave her her head and she paced off to an easy victory over Barbuda Babe and Jimmy Meittinis . Carlota Blue Chip was third for Joe Bongiorno. Trainer Paul Zabielski handed the lines to Jimmy Morrill, Jr. and it was the first time that Morrill sat behind the filly who had previously won seven of nine races this year. A relatively small filly Morrill said of her; “She’s like a little car, just as handy as can be.” Although Morrill was impressed with the filly her owner Kimberly Zabielski was more so after she rushed from the paddock to the winners circle with a smile from ear. While she held Spreester for the photo she said;: We bred her and we’re so proud of her .She’s our first sires stakes winner.” In spite of having the seven hole Spreester was sent off as the odds on favorite and paid $3.80 for win. In the colt division Jason Bartlett and Natural Leda were also teamed for the first time and the talented reinsman took advantage of racing luck and got Natural Leda home first in a 1:57.2 mile. After a pocket trip though past the half and around the clubhouse turn Bartlett felt his colt was ready for action. “He was good up the backside and they were working hard in front of me so I moved (to challenge) and we got alongside of Jimmy (Morrill, Jr. with Cabbies Delight) and my colt outpaced him to the wire,” Bartlett said of Natural Leda. Cabbie’s Delight held on for second and Hands Off Frank (Jordan Stratton) finished third. Owned by Deanna Frost, Rick Phillips and John Fielding, Natural Leda returned a $16.00 win payoff. John Stark, Jr. guided Royal Max to his fourth win in his last five starts when they easily captured the freshmen colt trotting division turning back Uproar and driver Chris Lems in a time of 2:01.1 by an eased-up six lengths. Dan Daley got Commissioner Daley up for the show dough Royal Max looked mighty impressive in victory and Stark was asked why he wasn’t racing in the sire stakes to which he simply said; “He got good late.” Owned by Ed Smith, Crawford Farms, Jim Giannuzzi and Dave Smith the son of RC Royalty paid $3.60 for win. The $45,000 filly final went to Ski To The Max and driver Gates Brunet in 2:02.4 over Trish (Jim Meititnis) and Brookside Lily (Aaron Byron) “She got good late and I think next year she’s sires stakes caliber,” Brunet said of Ski To The Max. Co- owned by Ted Gewertz, Debbie Brunet and Jean Brunet Ski To The Max paid $3.60 for win. John Manzi

Four $45,000 finals in the Excelsior Series will be featured on the 14-race card at Monticello Raceway on Monday afternoon, September 30. These races are for the top point earners in the 2 year-old divisions that were contested  at various  raceways throughout the state during the summertime. They will go as races  one, four , eight and 11 on the Monday  program. Strangely, lawyer Ted Gewertz, alone or with partners , will start six youngsters in the Excelsior Series finals and will have at least one in each division. Gewertz is no stranger to racing top quality horses. He has owned, either wholly or partly, some of the greatest champions over the past few decades. Among them ; Deweycheatumnhowe, Windsong’s Legacy, Custard The Dragon, Thehousethatruthbuilt, Giant Hit, and Neighsay Hanover, to mention a few. And Gewertz is no stranger to the Catskills either, having spent his youth waiting tables at a multitude of hotels in the famous and now gone, “Borscht Belt”. In the first  $45,000 Excelsior division for 2 year old filly trotters Ted’s name adorns the ownership of both  Ski To The Max and Sweet Jesse T who’ll race coupled as the favorites  in their split. Gates Brunet trains both fillies and will drive the former from the four hole while Jimmy Marohn, Jr. got the assignment behind the latter and will leave from post five. In the Second $45,000 Excelsior final for 2 year old colt and gelding pacers, Gewertz is sole owner of High Q, a co-favorite who’ll race coupled with Bosak. Both colts are trained by Ray Schnittker, hence the coupling. Gates Brunet will drive the former from the eight hole while Jordan Stratton will handle the lines behind the latter from the pole position. Gewertz again is part- owner of two  colts who’ll start in the $45,000 Excelsior  Final for freshman trotting colts and  geldings. Both are  in the Ray Schnittker barn. Hands Off Frank has the pole position and  will enjoy the services of Jordan Stratton while One Last Roadie will leave from the four hole with the meet’s leading driver Bruce Aldrich Jr. at the controls. And in the last $45,000 Excelsior Series Final, for freshmen pacing fillies, Gewertz in partnership with Ray Schnittker, will send out Hay Stacked who’ll start from the five-hole with  Jordan Stratton in the sulky. But according to John Flynn, the track’s odds- maker, in that contest they’ll  all be hard pressed to beat Spreester who has a four race win streak and has won seven of nine  lifetime starts and owns a 1:52.3 record taken on September 6 at Vernon Downs. Betty Holt, the executive director of the Harness Horse Breeders of NYS, was asked if an owner ever had six horses in the previous finals? “No, “ she said unequivocally, and when  quizzed who the owner might be she guessed correctly when she answered, Ted Gewertz. “He’s a wonderful  man  who loves harness racing and Ted is a tremendous supporter of New York State racing.” First post for the Monday card will be at  12:50pm. by John Manzi for Monticello Raceway  

Saturday's Grand Circuit card at The Red Mile features the glamor boy division and "The Captain" is in to go. On a night when two and three year old pacing colt stakes dominate the ten race card for total purses in excess of $650,000, the weather man is predicting favorable conditions for a speed filled program.   Captaintreacherous will face a solid group of six in the $95,500 Bluegress Stakes event titled for his sire Somebeachsomewhere. He will begin from post five in the third race with Tim Tetrick aboard the pride of Captaintreacherous Racing for trainer Tony Algna .   "The Captain" had a few weeks away from racing after his Cane Pace win, then had a good tightener last week at Hoosier Park. The winner of the 2013 Meadowlands Pace, North America Cup and Max Hempt Memorial, he is harness racing's top seasonal money earner with just a hair less that $1.5 million and a career total of $2.374 million in the bank.    A second division of the Somebeachsomewhere goes for $96,500 in the eighth race with Little Brown Jug heat winner Resistance Futile facing Battle of the Brandywine champ Sunshine Beach.   Resistance Futile has long displayed high speed and seemed to put it all together winning the fastest "Jug' heat in 1:49.3, only eliminate himself from contention in the second heat by going off stride while gaining ground on the final bend. Corey Callahan retains the drive for trainer Blair Burgess, who owns the Real Desire colt in partnership with JH Walker and Deo Volente Farms.   Sunshine Beach is the only horse to finish in front of Captaintreacherous this season when he hung a narrow defeat on that one in their memorable world record  "Battle" of the Brandywine at Pocono Downs. This Somebeachsomewhere colt has been raced sparingly by trainer Mark Steacy and comes into this race three weeks stale after skipping the "Jug" due to a minor health issue. John Campbell gets the drive for owners Hudson Standardbred Stables, Conrad Leber and Diane Bertrand.   Supporting the sophomore stars are four divisions of the Bluegrass Stakes for two year old pacing colts where the likes of recent Delaware star On Golden Ponder, NJSS champ and Metro runner-up Western Vintage and PASS stars Limelight Beach and Sometimes Said will try their luck over the red clay carpet.   Three year old filly pacers will go in a single eleven filly division of the Bluegrass for $122,000 in the ninth race. The good Bettor's Delight filly Shebestingin is the likely choice in this one off a strong season that has seen her pick up over $300,000 on the strength of seven wins for Val D'Or Farms, Ted Gewertz and L & L Devisser. Joe Holloway trains and David Miller will drive the speedy lass.   Saturday post time is 7pm, the last of the night cards for 2013. Sunday racing has a 1pm post time and that will continue through the balance of the meet. Find more at http://www.theredmile.com./   by Nick Salvi for the Grand Circuit

Delaware, OH -- I Luv The Nitelife, the number 3 ranked standardbred in North America, is the heavy favorite in the $257,750 Jugette three-year-old filly pace on Wedensday, September 18th at the Delaware County Fair.   The daughter of Rocknroll Hanover has won 10 of 11 seasonal starts and has banked more than $1.5 million in career earnings. I Luv The Nitelife will leave from post #3 and will have the services of Tim Tetrick. She is owned by Richard and Joanne Young of Florida and is conditioned by Chris Ryder.   Shebestingin and Jerseylicious should provide the main competition to I Luv The Nitelife. Shebestingin has 10 career wins in 16 starts and owns a lifetime mark of 1:49. Joe Holloway trains the daughter of Bettor's Delight for Val D'or Farms, Ted Gewertz and L&L Devisser who will leave from post 7.   Jerseylicious drew the second strating poistion. She has shown consistancy this season with 15 top three finishes in 18 seasonal starts. Corey Callahan will drive Jerseylicious for the Legacy Stable of Delaware and Pamela M. Curran.   A pair of Jugette entries, Carol's Desire and Novascotia Hanover, will be racing tonight in the Pennsylvania Sire Stake Final at the Meadows.   All ten horses will advance to the second heat. The winner of the second heat will be declared the Jugette champion. The first heat will be raced for $103,100 and the second heat will carry a purse of $154,650.   The complete Jugette field and announced drivers:   1. Social Scene (Brian Sears) 2. Jerseylicious (Corey Callahan) 3. I Luv The Nitelife (Tim Tetrick) 4. UF Dragon's Queen (Dave Palone) 5. Carol's Desire (Matt Kakaley) 6. Macharoundtheclock (Brian Sears) 7. Shebestingin (David Miller) 8. Belle Boyd (Jody Jamieson) 9. Novascotia Hanover (David Miller) 10. Parlee Beach (Brett Miller)   by Jay Wolf for The Little Brown Jug

Freehold, NJ --- Giant Victory, winner of the 1991 Hambletonian, died overnight between Sept. 3 and 4 in his paddock at Hanover Shoe Farms, in Hanover, Pa. He was 25. The son of Super Bowl-Pink Cheeks showed no signs of illness when last checked on the evening of Sept. 3 and appears to have died of natural causes. He will be buried in the Hanover Shoe Farms cemetery. Bred by Stoner Creek Stud, Giant Victory was born in Paris, Ky. and owned by Ted Gewertz and Hanover Shoe Farms. Giant Victory also won the Breeders Crown as a 3-year-old and was named Trotter of the Year. He served stallion duties at Hanover Shoe Farms starting in 1992 and was exported to Marco Folli’s stallion station in Italy in 1997. After 12 seasons in Italy, Folli offered transit back to the US and Gewertz and Hanover Shoe Farms forged an agreement for him to live out his life at Hanover. Giant Victory, then 21, got the chance to return to the site of his shining moment in racing to lead the post parade for the 2009 Hambletonian. He carried out his task, trotting down the track and posing for photos, after a quick sideways duck away from a bouncy ride in the track’s Paddock Park. From 285 foals registered in the US, he had 200 starters, 83 2:00 winners and five winners in 1:55 or faster. His progeny collectively won $9,975,225. His top performer was Victory Margin (1:53.4, $623,329). “After all his years racing and living on two continents, he was as nice an old stallion as you’d ever want to meet, kind in every way,” said Russell Williams, chairman of Hanover Shoe Farms. “His special talent has been to bring out the best in every human being he’s ever been associated with. If there were a world record for that category, not many horses could compete with him.” by Ellen Harvey, Harness Racing Communications

WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 12, 2013 — Somewhere In LA worked out a comfortable pocket trip, then blew by in the lane to score in a stake-record 1:52.2 in Monday’s $80,000 Pennsylvania Stallion Series event at The Meadows. The stake for 2-year-old colt and gelding pacers was contested over four divisions, with Here Comes William, So Surreal and Leyden also taking $20,000 splits. Dave Palone enjoyed a stake double with Somewhere in LA and Here Comes William. Somewhere In LA sat second behind Stevensville, who entered the stake with strong credentials that included a Sheppard elimination victory. But Somewhere in LA was the stronger horse late, defeating Stevensville by a neck, with Good Citations well back in third. Bob McIntosh trains the homebred Somebeachsomewhere-West Of La gelding, who won his second straight in the stallion series, for Robert McIntosh Stables, CSX Stables and Al McIntosh Holdings. “My horse felt good in the rigging,” Palone said. “Usually everything Bob sends down here is right on his toes. This horse has a tremendous upside. Bob’s horses usually start coming into their own about right now. He plans it that way.” A pocket trip was the M.O. for Here Comes William, as well, as he outkicked the leader, A OK Hanover, to down him by 3/4 lengths in 1:52.3, with the first-over Stanhope third. The time matched the stake record that Somewhere In LA would lower moments later. “He has a nice little kick to him,” Palone said. “I didn’t ask on him until the head of the stretch, and he was loaded. I thought it was a two-horse race and that my colt would be a little stronger finishing, which he was.” Robert Barnard conditions Here Comes William, a son of Dragon Again-Miracles Delight who captured his third consecutive stallion series split, for Marie DuPont. So Surreal may not have recorded the fastest win in the stake, but he was the most visually impressive in only his second career outing, moving uncovered from fifth for Tim Tetrick and rolling to a 7-1/2-length cakewalk over the 45-1 Finley Hanover. Ivan Bob earned show. So Surreal is eligible for the Metro Pace at Mohawk, and Tetrick predicts he’ll be a force there. “He might be the Metro winner,” Tetrick said. “He’s just using this as a stepping stone. He has tons of ability and a lot of high speed. I think he’ll follow whoever he has to follow, and when you ask him, he’ll blow by horses.” Ray Schnittker trains the son of Somebeachsomewhere-Must See, a half-brother to the budding stallion Well Said, and owns with Ted Gewertz, Jonathan Kurnit and Steven Arnold. In the $20,000 Preferred Handicap Trot, Unefoisdansmavie, the only mare in the field, proved once again she’s not intimidated racing against males by scoring in 1:54 for Palone, trainer Ron Burke and owners Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Jack Piatt III. Bettis rallied for second while Redder Than Red completed the ticket. The 6-year-old daughter of Revenue S-Peace To The World extended her career bankroll to $313,357. Elsewhere on the 16-race card, trainer Sal Digati and owner Dina Digati teamed for a natural hat trick, winning Races 5-7 with Cradabra, Ive Got a Bono and Shootout Volo. Stake racing at The Meadows continues Tuesday with the Tyler B, a $265,408 PA Sires Stake for freshman colt and gelding pacers. First post is 12:55 PM. EDITORS: Attached is a finish-line jpg of Somewhere In LA winning his PA Stallion Series split Monday at The Meadows. For more information, please see: www.meadowsgaming.com. by Evan Pattak  

WASHINGTON, PA, July 27,2013 — Somwherovrarainbow, last year’s divisional champion who has struggled through sickness at times in 2013, appeared back on track Saturday at The Meadows when she captured a division of the $136,920 Quinton Patterson Adioo Volo. Nikki Beach took the other split in the event for 3-year-old filly pacers, which was part of the Delvin Miller Adios card. Montrell Teague piloted Somwherovrarainbow to her front-end victory in 1:51.1 for his father, trainer George Teague, Jr., and owners George Teague, Jr. Inc., K&R Racing and Ted Gewertz. Although she’s won four of eight starts this year, the daughter of Somebeachsomewhere-Rainbow Blue disappointed in the Lynch, finishing fourth in her elimination and seventh in the final. On Adios Day, she fired to the front from post 5 and encountered no serious challenges until the stretch, where she held off the determined Mattwestern by a neck. Antigua Hanover rallied for show. “She’s been tying up and had a little bit of allergies, but we got it fixed now,” Montrell Teague said. “I think she can race a lot better. If she gets the right race and the right competition, she can go a bigger mile. I think Dad has it all figured out. He’s been watching over her pretty good.” With the victory, Somwherovrarainbow boasts $674,547 in career earnings. Nikki Beach powered to the front with a quick backside burst and rolled to victory in a career-best 1:51.2, a neck better than Novascotia Hanover, with Handsoffmycupcake third. Chris Paige drove the daughter of Somebeachsomewhere-Western Wisdom, who extended her lifetime bankroll to $390,109, for trainer Tony Alagna and owner Brittany Farms. Evan Pattak

Who says racing fans won’t bet on 2 year old trotters, certainly no one from Monticello Raceway. Yesterday (July 25) racing fans , both on and off track, wagered over $785,000 on the card which featured eight races of freshmen trotting fillies in the $130,000 NY Sires Stakes and the $50,000 Excelsior Series. And two weeks earlier, with a betting card which featured 2-year-old trotting colts in Sire Stakes and Excelsior Series action, fans poured over $995,000 through the betting machines. Of the four $32,662 NYSS filly trots on Thursday (July 25) arguably the most impressive winner was Larry Dumain and Carlo Lattinelli’s L Dee’s Scripture who was driven to a 2:00.3 victory by Andy Miller in only the filly’s second lifetime start. Miller also won another division when he guided Annie’s List home first in a 2:02.4 clocking. A third split was won by Maud Blue Chip in 2:01.2 for Cat Manzi while the forth NYSS division saw Jason Bartlett catch-drove Ruby Ruby Who to a 2:02.1 triumph. Although all the winning fillies went outstanding miles, especially so early in their careers, L Dee’s Scripture ‘s victory stood out. Trained by Julie Miller and driven by hubby Andy, the daughter of Credit Winner-Graceful Way went wire to wire from the pole position trotting every quarter around 30 seconds and finishing 1-1/2 lengths ahead of Exotic Form , a daughter of Malabar Man-Form Fitting and driven by Dan Daley. L Dee’s Scripture won her first lifetime start at Tioga Downs o July 18 in 1:58.3 and her first race from behind the starting gate five days earlier Miller guided the filly to a 1:58.4 triumph at the Big M. “She’s a real nice filly and she does everything right,” Miller said of L Dee’s Scripture whom he said he had trained on a half mile track before starting her in the NY Sire Stakes. She paid $2.60 for win. As it turned out Miller won the very next race, another NYSS filly trot , with Annie’s List in a 2:02.4 clocking with a final stanza in :29.4. The daughter of Conway Hall-Annie’s Promise got away soft from the pole position and with a quarter pole move to the lead the ball game was over. Once on top Annie’s List breezed to an easy 1-1/2 length triumph over Winning Pursuit and daughter of Credit Winner-Victor’s Pursuit driven b y Jason Bartlett. “I was careful with her leaving out of there because she’s still green and learning ,” Miller said. When asked if this race was the one he really wanted to win,” he chuckled and replied “Yes it was, for my best owner”, referring to the filly who is owned by his wife Julie… and himself. When asked where he got the filly he broke out in a big smile and said,” We gave $2500 for her at Harrisburg last fall.” Annie’s List returned a $2.50 win mutuel. A third NYSS split saw Jason Bartlett guide Roy Dobbins’ Ruby Ruby Who to a 2:02.1 victory in the filly’s first lifetime start. Like the other winners Bartlett used the front-end route with the Turbonator-BJ’s Promise K filly to score a one- length over Lady And The Cash, a daughter of Cash Hall-Lady Berndt driven by John Campbell. Ruby Ruby Who paid $8.50 for win. Cat Manzi returned to the racetrack where he began his illustrious career and reined a winner in both the NYSS and the Excelsior Series. The Catman won a Sires Stakes trot with Maud Blue Chip, a daughter of Credit Winner-Queen Of The Moor, in an impressive 2:01.2. After allowing Flyhawk Falina (Cash Hall-Nowerland Nanette) and driver Dan Daley to take command and cut the fractions Manzi waited to the homestretch to move Maud Blue Chip out to challenge and she picked up all the marbles when she trotted to the front and went on to score a 1-1/4 length victory over Daley’s filly. “She’s real tight and a smart filly,” Manzi said in the winners circle after the victory. “ Chuck (Sylvester- the filly’s trainer) doesn’t rush them and lets them come into their own.” Maud Blue Chip is owned by David Mc Duffee, Melvin Hartman and Little E LLC. She paid $7.40 for win. Manzi also won an Excelsior Series trot with Dr. Patty Hogan’s Conway Hall-So Wonderful filly, Trish in 2:05.1 for trainer Ed Lohmeyer. Andy Miller also won an Excelsior Series trot with Moon’s Twilight, a daughter of Cash Hall-Muscles Moonshine in 2:05.1 for owner Serge Beaumont. Brett Crawford also won an Excelsior split with his Credit Winner-Bibbidi Bobbidi filly, Julmyra in 2:05.3 He co-owns her with his wife Michelle. A final and most impressive victory in the afternoon’s Excelsior Series trots was the one turned in by Sweet Jessie T when Gates Brunet drove her to a 2:03 triumph with a 30 second last quarter. The daughter of Cash Hall-Rucoucou is owned by Ted Gewertz, Debra Brunet, and Jean Brunet. Sweet Jessie t paid $4.50 for win. John Manzi

YONKERS, NY, Tuesday, July 23, 2013--Elimination winners Don'tyouforgetit and Creampuff Macdaddy drew post positions Nos. 4 and 6, respectively, for Yonkers Raceway's 59th Yonkers Trot. The $450,000 first leg of Trotting's Triple Crown goes as Saturday night's seventh race, with post time at approximately 9:20 PM. Eight 3-year-olds--seven colts and one gelding--earned their berths after last week's pair of eliminations. First post for the baker's dozen buffet is the usual 7:10 PM. Don'tyouforgetit, a Cantab Hall colt, held off Fico by nose (1:57.2) in the second elim. He looks to give Jimmy Takter a fourth Trot training win in the last five editions. For the season, Don'tyouforgetit has four wins, a second and pair of thirds in seven tries ($195,732) and his $533,569 career bankroll (10-for-17 lifetime) makes him by far the wealthiest of the octet. Takter, who drove the Solveig's Racing Partners homebred last week, has enlisted Brian Sears for the final. Creampuff Macdaddy made a successful out-of-Ontario debut last week, winning the first elimination in a sharp 1:56.3. The son of Ken Warkentin whipped Dewycolorintheline by a length-and-a-half. Brad Maxwell trains for co-owners Howard Taylor, Ted Gewertz, Edwin Gold and Judith Taylor. The Trot elim was his first "official" win in three seasonal starts (one north of the border disqualification is under appeal). "Creampuff," a provincial standout at 2, has baked in excess of $302,000 in his career. Jason Bartlett, as of this writing, is double-listed behind Creampuff Macdaddy and pole-sitting Fico. The draw for Yonkers Trot 59, with declared drivers (please note driver changes and morning line shall be added Wednesday) 1-Fico (Jason Bartlett) 2-Dewycolorintheline (Ray Schnittker) 3-Celebrity Stimulus (Tom Jackson) 4-Don'tyouforgetit (Brian Sears) 5-Boffin (Charlie Norris) 6-Creampuff Macdaddy (Bartlett also listed) 7-Lauderdale (George Brennan) 8-Cantab Abs (Trond Smedshammer) Lauderdale is the lone gelding, while Denver and Explosive Action are the two also-eligibles, in that order. by Frank Drucker (photos-Mike Lizzi-accompany)  

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, July 20, 2013--Canadian import Creampuff Macdaddy (Jason Bartlett, $4.90) and favored Dontyouforgetit (Jimmy Takter, $3.60) won their respective $40,000 eliminations Saturday night for Yonkers Raceway's 59th Yonkers Trot. A total of 15 3-year-olds--11 colts and four geldings--went at it in two elims for berths in next Saturday night’s $450,000 final in the first jewel of the Trotting Triple Crown. Pole-sitting "Creampuff," as the second choice, played leapfrog on the lead with 9-10 choice Dewycolorintheline (Ray Schnittker). The former released the latter after a :28.2 opening quarter-mile. then retook in Turn 2. After a :58.4 intermission, Lauderdale (Mark MacDonald) moved from fourth. Creampuff Macdaddy dismissed that one right around a 1:28 three-quarters, taking a two-length lead into the lane. "Dewy" tested the "Creampuff" from the pocket, but couldn’t get closer than a length-and-a-half in 1:56.3. Third went to Lauderdale, with Cantab Abs (Trond Smedshammer) a ground-saving fourth. That quartet earned berths in next Saturday's $450,000 final, while Denver (Jordan Stratton), Broadway Prince (Eric Goodell) and Kegler Hanover( (Marcus Johansson) left with lovely parting gifts. For Creampuff Macdaddy, a son of Ken Warkentin trained by Brad Maxwell for co-owners Howard Taylor, Ted Gewertz, Edwin Gold and Judith Taylor, it was his first win in three seasonal starts (one north of the border disqualification is under appeal). The exacta paid $7.50, with the triple returning $63. "It was his first start here, and he left the gate trotting," Bartlett said. "Once I retook, we were able to get some cheap fractions, but when I asked for speed late, he gave it to me." As for Dontyouforgetit, he showed some moxie from post position No. 6. Settling in fourth early, he watched as Detour Hanover (Dan Dube)—he of the record $825,000 yearling price tag—lead through early intervals of :28.4 and :58.4. The people’s preference then began his second move, grinding toward the leader at the 1:27.3 three-quarters. Detour Hanover remained two lengths to the good…then, he went bad, jumping it off going into the final turn. That left Dontyouforgetit with the baton, which he used to hold off a determined Fico (Bartlett) by a nose in 1:57.2. Boffin (Charlie Norris) and 75-1 rank outsider Celebrity Stimulus (Tom Jackson) were third and fourth, respectively, grabbing invites to the final. Explosive Action (MacDonald), Twisted Pretzel (Brent Holland) and Theraputic (Stratton)—who also broke—comprised the rear. "To be honest, he had some trouble with his footing. which we're going to have to take care of," Takter said. "He was moving, but he wasn't really going anywhere. "I know that Detour Hanover is a very fast horse, and even though we had to chase him. I was trying to put the squeeze on him and not to let him get too far in front. "When he broke, we sort of became the target, but this colt loves to races and always tries.” For Dontyouforgetit, a homebred Cantab Hall colt trained by Takter for Solveig's Racing Partners, it was his fourth win in seven '13 tries (10-for-17 lifetime). The exacta paid $18, with the triple returning $91. The open draw for the final takes place Tuesday night in the winner's circle, between the four and fifth races on that evening's racing program. Frank Drucker  

True Day Dream and Jim Meittinis captured Saturday night's $35,383 division of the Tompkins-Geers trot for 3-year old trotting fillies at Tioga Downs. Leaving from post position number four in a field of eight, Meittinis settled True Day Dream in second as he relinquished the lead to the favored Andie Sophia (Cat Manzi) by the quarter in 28.1. Andie Sophia who was coming off of her Hudson Trot victory then led the field through fractions of 57.4 and 1:26.4 with her main contender sitting on Manzi's helmet. As the field headed into the stretch, Meittinis moved True Day Dream to the outside and battled Andie Sophia through the stretch to get up and win by a length and a half in 1:56. Dan O'Mara trains the 3-year old daughter of Infinitif - Tenacious Victory for owner Joseph Hess of New Milford, NJ. Andie Sophia (Cat Manzi) finished second, while Silver Credit (Jim Marohn Jr.) finished third. The other division winner for the 3-year old trotting fillies was Southwind Cocoa (Jeff Gregory) in 1:57.2, after the 2-5 betting favorite Classic Martine made a break just past the quarter. Classic Martine (Jim Marohn Jr.) did rebound after dropping to last to close and finished second. In the $62,766 lone division for 3-year old trotting colts, Pine Credit received an extremely patient drive from Brandon Simpson and it paid off. Simpson sat in with Pine Credit fifth as the field was led through fractions of 28.4 and 58.3 by Crazy About Pat (Cat Manzi). As the field passed by three quarters in 1:27.3, Simpson found room to his right and slid Pine Credit to the outside. The duo began tracking horses three wide around the final turn and as they entered the stretch he was picking up ground on the leader Crazy About Pat with every stride. Pine Credit got up to win in the final strides over Crazy About Pat by a neck in 1:56.4, for his first seasonal victory of the year for trainer Erv Miller. Erv Miller shares ownership of the 3-year old son of Credit Winner - Ms Piggy Pine with Harvey Eisman and Paymaq Racing. Sunday afternoon wraps up the Grand Circuit Tompkins-Geers stakes for 2013. A dozen sophomore pacing colts are split into two sixes, each for a prize of $31,833 in races one and five. The opener is an even field with Don't Ya Know a slight choice off of his win in the Historic stakes here last month. He has followed that one up with two more wins in overnights at Yonkers. Bluestone Farms, Kitty Hawk Stable and Val D'Or Farms share ownership of the Western Ideal colt from Caviart Vegas, Joe Holloway trains and David Miller drives. The second division fave is Kenny Jacobs good Art Major colt Doctor Butch. He won the Art Rooney last month and has been on the board in every one of his 18 career outings while bringing home more than a half million dollars. Linda Toscano trains this fella and Jim Morrill, Jr has the drive. Eleven filly pacers made for an owner-friendly split of five and six in the stake. JK Black Beauty (Bettor's Delight) headlines the first division in race three. She is another Toscano trainee, this one for the 3 Brothers Stable, who's been lightly raced but very successful. JK Black Beauty captured the Lismore stake last month on her way to over $80,000 in seasonal earnings. The second filly division is race eight with the six pack racing for a purse of $29,883. Shebestingin is (Bettor's Delight) the most accomplished of the group with over $160,000 earned this year on the strength of five wins in nine outings. She took her personal speed record at Tioga in a NYSS event last month and is paired with her regular driver, Dave Miller, for this engagement. Joe Holloway trains her for Val D'Or, Ted Gewertz and L & L Devisser. Kenny Jacobs' fan favorite and track record holder Heston Blue Chip makes a local appearence in the Open pace on Sunday afternoon as well. The fun starts at 1:30. by Dustin Ross  

Another hazy Saturday morning session with the two year olds at The Meadowlands with the temperature in the mid-80's began at 10am. Ron Pierce and Noel Daley opened the card with a pair of wins with colt trotters. The first was Way Outta Here, a Broadway Hall gelding from I'm A Pearl, who added trotting hopples and led all the way, sprinting home under his own power in 27.2 on the end of a 1:59.2 mile. Sharlene Vanderkemp owns that one. They came right back with Severus Hanover to win race two for Adam Victor & Son Stable. This one was a $20,000 Harrisburg purchase from the impressive first crop sire raced by the same connections, Explosive Matter, out of Sorbet Hanover. Severus cut the mile and closed his 1:58.4 mile with a 29.1 quarter. John Campbell won with the sharp looking Muscle Hill x Girlie Tough filly Heaven's Door in 1:57.2 for Ross Croghan. She led all the way and was under no encouragement in this test. Let It Ride, Robt Cooper, J&T Silva and J Myers bought her at Harrisburg last fall.  Pacing colts lined up in the 7th and they went right at it. Well Said Stride made the early lead then released Journey Man past the 57.3 half. That colt led until mid-stretch where first Shadios then I'm All Heart wrestled the lead away to win in 1:54.3 / 28.2. Ray Schnittker drove, trains and owns the Bettor's Delight from Sealed In My Heart in partnership with Creative Racing Stable. Over $1million was spent on the eight pacing colts that faced the gate in race eight. That's My Opinion set slow fractions with So Surreal stalking him from the start. After a restrained 1:28- three panels, Schnittker tipped So Surreal, a Somebeachsomewhere half brother to Well Said, and he went by willingly into a 27- last quarter. He was an impressive winner in 1:55.4 on June 1 and looked just as good in his return today. Ray owns the colt with Ted Gewertz, Steve Arnold and Jonathan Kurnit. Pacing fillies came next and Easter Surprise scored a come from behind 1:55.3 win with Corey Callahan driving for Chuck Sylvester. The Allamerican Native filly from Ultimate Test is owned by the trainer with John Tronco and Pinstripe Stable. Gordjus closed out the babies with a geared down 1:58.2 off the pace win for Simon Allard. Robbie Siegelman trains the Dragon Again x Matinee homebred for Barry Rubenstein Farms, LLC. The charts and video replays can be accessed at The Meadowlands website. Nick Salvi  

Without people like Ted Gewertz harness racing in North America would struggle. The former United States Owner-of-the-Year has loved harness racing all of his 74 years but only ventured into ownership in 1983.

Cowgirl Hall - this month's national season's record holder on a five eighths harness racing track - should be dead! The daughter of Cash Hall - Centerfold Hall (Garland Lobell) set a 3yo trotting filly's record of 1:55.1 at Tioga Downs on May 6. The time was just three fifths of a second outside the track record.

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