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Balmoral Park - The $136,500 American National for Aged pacers Saturday at Balmoral Park see's Foiled Again, the richest Standardbred of all time, butt heads with this year's Breeders Crown victor, Always B Miki. Only four other horses were dropped in the box to vie against these two standouts. The seemingly-indefatigable Foiled Again, now just two months away from celebrating his 12th birthday and also a Breeders Crown winner, will leave from post five with regular driver Yannick Gingras in the sulky for trainer Ron Burke. The son of Dragon Again, out of the Artsplace mare In A Safe Place has racked up $7,281,913 in one of the most stellar careers ever in the sport of harness racing. Despite being named after cartoon villain Snidely Whiplash's favorite saying of "Curses, foiled again!" by his breeder Barbara Matthews, Foiled Again has bested every hurdle set before him. Owned by Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi and JJK Stables (Joseph Koury, Joseph Koury, Jr. and Kevin Koury), Foiled Again earned the majority of his money after his 6-year-old season. Co-owner Bruscemi, of Cannonsburg, PA, once remarked that "to find another horse like Foiled Again would be like saying you want to find the next Michael Jordan. It's unreasonable." If Foiled Again could speak, he'd likely say "True That!" with a plethora of accomplishments to his credit that few pacers ever attain. For instance, he's the only harness horse to compete strictly in North America and earn more than $1 million for three consecutive seasons (2011, 2012, 2013). He was named the 2011 Dan Patch Pacer of the Year by the U.S. Harness Writer's Association--the only pacer older than four ever to earn that honor--and his Breeders Crown win--having captured the pinnacle event for aged horses as a 9-year-old, was the oldest ever in Breeders Crown history for a pacer in 2013. Foiled Again also holds the record for the most miles paced in 1:55 or faster and as a 9-year-old rocketed to a winning mile in 1:48 at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, setting a world record for the fastest mile ever paced by an older horse on a five-eighths mile oval. He's a three-time winner of Northfield Park's Battle of Lake Erie and one of only a handful of Standardbreds to have a Breyer model created and sold in his honor. "He's a horse that never ceases to amaze you and he's not one to ever be underestimated," said Gingras. "He always shows up and never gives you less than 200%." Besides these accomplishments, the bay gelding has also won the Ben Franklin Pace, the Canadian Pacing Derby, the Levy Memorial, the Quillen Memorial, the Molson Pace, the TVG Championship Series and most recently took the $65,000 Hoosier Park Pacing Derby in a wire-to-wire 1:50.4 triumph with Gingras at the lines on Oct. 30 at that Indiana venue. Foiled Again's younger rival, the 4-year-old Always B Miki, is unbeaten this year in just three starts, but all have been impressive victories for the team of trainer Jimmy Takter, driver David Miller and owners Bluewood Stable, Roll the Dice Stable, and Christina Takter. Lifetime, the son of Always A Virgin-Art Stopper-Artsplace has won 17 of 34 races and earned $1,154,366. His last victory was a near gate-to-wire effort in the $400,000 Breeders Crown Pace that saw him stop the timer in 1:49.3. "This horse has a heck of a back story," said Takter. "He was supplemented to the Breeders Crown last year at two and won his elimination, then had to be scratched from the final." Always B Miki has more than made up for that unfortunate twist of fate as a sophomore, when he had to be scratched from harness racing's biggest event. It was discovered at the time that he had fractured a pastern bone, which resulted in him having surgery and substantial time away from the racetrack. Partnered with Takter over the winter, Always B Miki began prepping for his 4-year-old campaign when he fractured the opposite pastern bone, which necessitated more time off to recover. He did not return to the races until Oct. 3, when he notched a 1:49 mile at Hoosier Park, drawing off by 5¼ lengths in an Indiana Sires Stake. After that he headed to Woodbine Raceway where he swept both his Breeders Crown elimination and final with impressive efforts. Also in this American National line-up are Foiled Again's stablemate's Bettor's Edge--a winner of $1,580,300 lifetime--and Ultimate Beachboy, a winner of $425,593 from 18 career victories. Joe Seekman harnesses $723,502-winner Let's Drink On It, while Chris Oaks sends out million-dollar earner Luck Be Withyou from the rail. By Simon Augustus, for Balmoral Park  

Despite the fact he tasted defeat for the first time as a three-year-old Dr. Patrick Graham’s Homicide Hunter and his trainer Curt Grummel are coming into Saturday’s American National for 3yo trotting colts at Balmoral Park brimming with confidence as they return to their “home base”.    After stepping into “open” company and finishing a close up second behind Crazy Wow in last week’s Carl Erskine at Hoosier Park the Indiana bred son of Mr. Cantab renewed his camp’s enthusiasm in their Indiana bred champion.   “We were extremely happy with the way he raced against some of the best trotters in the country in the Erskine,” said conditioner Curt Grummel. “It cost us $20,000 to supplement to that race and we wound up earning around $68,000 so we figured we’d roll the dice right back and supplement him to the American National.”    So another check was cut, this time for $21,000, to make him eligible to the richest race on the Saturday night card at Balmoral.   “Even though we felt he had a bit of a home field edge at Hoosier because he had raced there so much and he put together those 16 straight wins this year on that track he may have an even bigger advantage here at Balmoral,” chuckled Grummel. “This is where he’s been based at, this is where he trained down at to get ready for this year and this is where he qualified at so really this is home for him.”    Up until tasting defeat for the first time in last week’s battle there had been 75 trotters in North America who had won 10 races or more in 2015, but only Homicide Hunter was still toting around a perfect record.   Despite that win streak coming to an end his conditioner was still in good spirits heading into Saturday’s American National.    “That win streak was not that big of a deal to me,” Grummel said. “He ranks but when you have to go up against the horses he faced last week and the one’s he’ll be up against on Saturday night it’s an entirely different world.”   Grummel said Graham did not hesitate to put up another large sum of money to make Homicide Hunter eligible to Saturday night’s battle.    “He came out of the Hoosier race in very good shape so we’re going to hope to get our supplement money back and then some,”Grummel laughed. “He’s been unbelievably sound and healthy his entire career and we are not hard on him at all. He  basically gets no training between starts, only his usual light jogging and he seems to enjoy the routine we’ve got him on.”    The first foal out of the mare Evening Prayer, Homicide Hunter enters Saturday’s American National with and an eye catching record of 19-3-3 in 27 lifetime starts with earnings of nearly $540,000.   by Tom Kelley, for Balmoral Park

David Miller enjoyed one of the most memorable days of his harness racing career less than two weeks ago when he won a record five Breeders Crown finals at Woodbine Racetrack. On Saturday, he will be reunited with two of those champions, pacer Always B Miki and trotter The Bank, in American-National Stakes events at Balmoral Park. Balmoral Park hosts eight American-National Stakes on Saturday, with the final three races in the group featuring Breeders Crown winners: Freaky Feet Pete in the $150,000 contest for 3-year-old male pacers, The Bank in the $204,000 race for 3-year-old male trotters, and Always B Miki in the $136,500 event for older pacers. Post time is 6:50 p.m. (CST) for the night's first race, which is the non-wagering $101,350 American-National for older trotters. The pari-mutuel card begins 20 minutes later. Always B Miki, trained by Jimmy Takter, is undefeated in three races this year since returning from two injuries that left the stallion sidelined for 11 months. He won his Breeders Crown final by 5-1/2 lengths and has not seen anyone finish nearer than three lengths in his three starts. For his career, the 4-year-old has won 17 of 34 races and earned $1.15 million. Always B Miki is owned by Bluewood Stable, Roll The Dice Stable, and Christina Takter. "He's taking on older horses with not much racing under his belt this season," Miller said. "I feel that makes it pretty special to do what he's done. He amazes me at times." The American-National for older pacers also includes the sport's all-time richest horse, Foiled Again, who is coming off a win in the Hoosier Park Pacing Derby that pushed his lifetime earnings to $7.28 million. Ben Franklin Pace winner Luck Be Withyou, Bettor's Edge, Ultimate Beachboy, and Let's Drink On It complete the field. "It's not going to be a cakewalk, that's for sure," Miller said. "You can never take Foiled Again too lightly and it's a nice bunch of horses. But (Always B Miki) will give a good effort, I'm sure of that. If he comes back to the way he was in the Breeders Crown, he should be fine." The Bank, who surpassed $1 million in career purses with his Breeders Crown win, meets a group of rival 3-year-old male trotters Saturday that includes multiple open stakes-winners Habitat and Muscle Diamond, two-time Ontario Sire Stakes champion Dont Rush, and Homicide Hunter, once beaten in 17 starts in 2015. For the year, The Bank has won four of 16 races and finished second on eight occasions. In the Breeders Crown, he upset stablemate Pinkman at odds of 14-1. Two of The Bank's runner-up finishes this season came to Hambletonian champion Pinkman, who is the sport's leading money-winning trotter this year. The Bank is trained by Takter and owned by Christina Takter, Goran Falk, and Goran Anderberg. "Any time you can upset a horse like Pinkman, it's pretty special," Miller said, reflecting on the Breeders Crown. "The horse raced unbelievable that night. The trip he went and doing what he did was pretty neat. He picked a good night to stand up on his own." Miller will try to upend Freaky Feet Pete --- who has won 14 of 16 races this year --- with Lost For Words in the American-National for 3-year-old male pacers. Lost For Words has won only once in his most recent 13 starts, but during that span finished no worse than third in the Breeders Crown, Little Brown Jug, Adios, Tattersalls Pace, Milstein Memorial, and Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championship. Lost For Words has earned $661,673 this year for trainer Brian Brown and owners Country Club Acres, William Robinson, Richard Lombardo, and Strollin Stable. "He didn't win any of the major races this year, but they've definitely known he was there," Miller said. "He battled all summer with the top colts and he's had a great season. He's been right there knocking at the door. He's a good horse. The season is catching up with him a little bit, but he'll be all right in there (Saturday)." Miller will drive in two other American-National Stakes, sitting behind Muscle Baby Doll in the $125,000 3-year-old filly trot, and behind supplemental entry Triple V Hanover in the $120,000 3-year-old filly pace. Muscle Baby Doll has won 10 of 14 races this season, with two of the victories coming with Miller in the sulky. She heads to the American-National off a triumph with Miller in the Crossroads of America last Friday at Hoosier Park. She won by a neck over Bright Baby Blues, who also is in the American-National. "I got to race her once this summer and I was real impressed with her," Miller said. "I was happy to get back with her. She battled the whole length of the stretch with Bright Baby Blues last Friday and she put her nose in front at the end. I was impressed with her. She's easy to get along with, she's got a nice gait, and she's got some strength and stamina. She has the fight in her to put her head in front. She's pretty brave." Muscle Baby Doll is trained by Tony O'Sullivan and owned by Frank and Joe Bellino. Triple V Hanover, who has won five of 16 races this year for trainer Brian Brown and owners Donald Robinson, King McNamara, and Strollin Stable, finished fourth in her most recent race, the USS Indianapolis Memorial. The race was won by American-National contender Devil Child. Horses driven by Miller have earned $10.79 million this year, good for second place among all drivers in North America behind Yannick Gingras. It is the 13th time in the last 15 years that Miller has surpassed $10 million. No driver in history has reached $10 million in a season as often as Miller. Miller said his Breeders Crown night ranked among his greatest days in racing. "I was proud," Miller said. "I've had some good days, some really good days, and great moments. But that was one I'll always remember." by Ken Weingartner, for Harness Racing Communications

This Week: Matron Stakes, Dover Downs, Dover, Del. and American-National Stakes, Balmoral Park, Crete, Ill. Schedule of events: The Grand Circuit heads to Dover Downs this Thursday (Nov. 5) for four Matron Stakes for 2-year-olds of both sexes and gaits. The 2-year-old colt trot carries a purse of $216,300, the 2-year-old colt pacers will race for $201,400, the purse for the 2-year-old filly trot is $185,400 and the 2-year-old filly pacers will race for $183,400. Balmoral Park will host eight American-National Grand Circuit stakes on Saturday (Nov. 7). The card will feature the $204,000 3-year-old colt trot, the $150,000 3-year-old colt pace, the $136,500 open pace, the $125,000 3-year-old filly trot, the $120,000 3-year-old filly pace, the $101,350 open trot, the $78,450 2-year-old filly pace and the $74,000 2-year-old colt pace. Complete entries for the races are available at this link. Last time: Hoosier Park and Vernon Downs shared the Grand Circuit spotlight last weekend as each had several stakes on their respective cards. Freaky Feet Pete returned to his home state of Indiana and turned in another dominating performance to score his fifth consecutive victory, this time thrilling his hometown crowd in 1:49.3 in the $285,500 Monument Circle Pace at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday (Oct. 30). Driven by regular pilot Trace Tetrick, Freaky Feet Pete used a pocket trip to his advantage to best harness racing's top-rated horse, Wiggle It Jiggleit, late in the lane to win by 1-1/4 lengths. With the win, Freaky Feet Pete became the sport's newest millionaire and notched his 23rd lifetime victory from 26 starts. The son of Rockin Image and Skyway Lori is trained by Larry Rheinheimer and owned by Mary Jo and Marty Rheinheimer. The match-up between Wiggle It Jiggleit and Freaky Feet Pete was the pinnacle of a stakes-filled 14-race card at Hoosier Park with purses distributed throughout the evening over the $1 million mark. Just one race earlier, harness racing's richest Standardbred ever, Foiled Again, turned in a gritty performance to take the $165,000 Hoosier Park Pacing Derby. With regular pilot Yannick Gingras at the controls, Foiled Again dictated fractions of :27.3, :56.1 and 1:24 before he began to feel pressure from the rest of the field. Using a :26.3 final panel he fought off JK Endofanera and Brett Miller along with stablemate All Bets Off and Matt Kakaley to find the wire first. Trained by Ron Burke, Foiled Again notched his third victory from 20 seasonal outings and 86th lifetime win from 244 starts. Owned by Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, and the JJK Stables, the 11-year-old gelding has now earned $379,132 for the season and more than $7.2 million lifetime. Crazy Wow and Tim Tetrick pulled the slight 6-1 upset in the $270,000 Carl Erskine Trot for 3-year-old colt and gelding trotters, scoring in 1:54. The 2015 Hambletonian winning Pinkman was heavily favored at the betting windows and dictated early fractions of :27.2, :57, and 1:25.3 before succumbing to the long Hoosier Park stretch. Tetrick had Crazy Wow well placed turning for home and the 3-year-old colt did the rest. Homicide Hunter finished second and Pinkman wound up third. It was the eighth win of the season for the son of Crazed-No Pan No Gain who is trained by Ron Burke. Owned by Our Horse Cents Stables, JT45, J&T Silva Stables and Deo Volente Farms, Crazy Wow has now earned $905,837 this season. Vernon Downs hosted the finals of the Kindergarten Classic series -- worth a combined $366,000 -- on Saturday (Oct. 31) evening. The $191,500 Kindergarten final for 2-year-old colts and geldings saw eventual winner Dog Gone Lucky vault clear from his post nine dispatch, controlling a :57.2 half-mile before yielding briefly to a rapidly-advancing Celebrity Express (John Campbell) before exiting the back straight. As Celebrity Express started to struggle upon exiting the far turn, Corey Callahan edged off the pegs with Dog Gone Lucky, pressing to the lead just past reaching the three-quarter mark in 1:25.3. Dog Gone Lucky, narrowly in front on his own accord, inherited two lengths clearance over the others when Celebrity Express broke stride off the far turn. The son of Lucky Chucky and Ebbtide Hall would hold that lead intact over a late-rallying Waitlifter K (David Miller) and Mavens Way (Ã…ke Svanstedt), prevailing in 1:54.2. Chuck Sylvester trains Dog Gone Lucky for owners Amy Stoltzfus and Charles Stansley. In the $174,500 Kindergarten final for 2-year-old fillies, the complexion of the race changed when both halves of the Jimmy Takter-trained 1-10 entry -- Haughty and Hollywood Hill -- broke stride on approach to the far turn. An extended duel between Sweet Ashley T (Homer Hochstetler) and Radiant Beam (David Miller), joined at the quarter pole by Lookin Sharp (Callahan), ultimately dissolved as 91-1 outsider Wildflower split foes in the final sixteenth to just prevail in 1:55.4. Trainer-driver Ãke Svanstedt shares ownership of the daughter of Muscle Hill and Lightning Flower with Douglas Sipple along with Mal and Janet Burroughs. Complete recaps of all the races are available at the Grand Circuit website. Grand Circuit Standings: In 2015, the Grand Circuit leaders in three categories (driver, trainer and owner) will once again be tracked on a points system (20-10-5 for the top three finishers in divisions/finals and 10-5-2 for the top three finishers in eliminations/legs). Winbak Farm is the sponsor for the 2015 Grand Circuit awards. Here are the leaders following the past week's action: Drivers: 1. Yannick Gingras - 1,382; 2. David Miller - 1,080.5; 3. Tim Tetrick - 961; 4. Brett Miller - 636; 5. Scott Zeron - 559.5. Trainers: 1. Ron Burke - 1,702; 2. Jimmy Takter - 1,432; 3. Tony Alagna - 572.5; 4. Ake Svanstedt - 346; 5. Jeff Bamond Jr. - 340. Owners: 1. Burke Racing - 388.25; 2. Weaver Bruscemi - 333.8; 3. Bamond Racing - 275; 4. Christina Takter - 220.7; 5. George Teague Jr. Inc. - 200. Looking ahead: Grand Circuit action will take place next week at Dover Downs with Matron Stakes for 3-year-olds of both sexes and gaits. The Meadowlands will reopen with legs of the TVG Series for older trotters and pacers, to go along with elimiations for four 2-year-olds races -- the Governor's Cup, Valley Victory, Three Diamonds and Goldsmith Maid. by Paul Ramlow, for the Grand Circuit  

Offaly, Ireland – Oakwood Stud management has announced that they have purchased the racehorse/stallion Foreclosure N in the United States and will stand him for the remainder of the 2015 season in Ireland. A selling price was not disclosed. “While on our recent tour of the USA last week,” said Derek Delaney of Oakwood Stud, “I met with Mark Weaver at the Meadows and went out and saw the stallion on the farm and thought he would be perfect for us in Ireland. Within a week we struck a deal.” Forclosure N has just about traveled around the world. The stallion by Rocknroll Hanover is from the Australian-bred Fake Left mare Pleasing Package A, who had a great record at the races of 1:50.2 ($324,710). At two he won five times, including victories in the NJSS Championship - where he paced Freehold's half-mile track in 1:54.3h - and his Breeders Crown elimination where he set his freshman mark of 1:52.1f. At three he finished third in his North America Cup elimination and second in his Meadowlands Pace elimination... in both finals he drew PP #10 yet still managed to finish fourth both times, beaten less than three lengths in each. Foreclosure N was a six-time winner as an older horse and his record mile and biggest win of his career came in the $182,000 American National at Balmoral Park in 2012. There he romped by six and one-half lengths in 1:48.4 in defeating Foiled Again, Golden Receiver, Aracahe Hanover and Razzle Dazzle. In that race he took the field to the three-quarters in 1:19. With a final record of 1:48.4 and career earnings of $807,000, Foreclosure N had a promising career until age 5 when an injury sidelined him to stallion duty for the rest of his career. He was owned by Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi and the JJK Stables. Foreclosure N stood his first season in Ohio and now has 19 yearlings from his first crop. “My brother James, who runs Oakwood Stud, says this is a perfect stallion for us to stand,” Derek Delaney said. “The quarantine will go fast and we hope to breed at least 40 or more mares this first season. We have not yet set a stud fee price.” The stuff fee on Foreclosure N will be €700 and interested parties can contact James Delaney at +0851105010 or email derekd105@gmail.com.  by Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink.com  

Louisville, KY --- His record stands at a perfect 14 for 14, he’s paced in 1:51.2 at the Illinois State Fair in Springfield and ended his freshman season with a triumph in the $86,000 American-National Stake over Earndawg, the Orange and Blue victor, so it’s pretty difficult to imagine getting Roland N Rock on stride was no simple task. “He always wants to trot and we just let him do it now,” said his co-owner/trainer Duane Roland. “He’ll even trot right up until the gate, but once he’s racing he’s all pace. We have never had one problem with him breaking so we allow him to do whatever he wants.” Born in Iowa, a son of Rocknroll Hanover and the Cambest mare Hank’s Chip, Roland N Rock competed primarily on the fair tracks in his native state and is the product of Duane and Connie Roland’s Harrisburg excursion in 2011. The couple, whose entire family has been heavily involved in the sport since 1969, were hoping to cash in on the Perretti Farms dispersal of their broodmare band. After spending $6,000 for Hank’s Chip, who was already in foal, it appears the Rolands did just that. “We have about 75 to 80 horses out here, with about 25 foals a year,” said the Grinnell resident, who owns, conditions and steers all his own stock. “We were looking for some mares in foal to Rocknroll Hanover, but we have a budget as we own a 1,500 acre farm that produces soybeans and corn. That is how we make our living and our horses are just for pleasure. We were able to purchase two mares, as we paid $9,000 for another, but her foal turned out nothing like Roland.” As Roland N Rock paced his way through the Iowa fair circuit, offer after offer came through to buy him, but there was not even the most remote possibility they would sell. “I am 47 years old and I’ve waited a lifetime for a horse like this,” Roland said. “My entire family is in this business and we have had some nice horses. My father Roger sold Panaramic Art for $60,000 and that was one of them, but I think this one is even more special. “Ones like these sometimes never come along. I knew we had something different on my hands in July when he paced the fastest half in Iowa history (:57.2) at Oskaloosa. When John Delong got off him at Springfield, he said he could have went much faster and was very impressed with him. All the way back to the paddock after that race, people were asking me how much they could buy him for, while I just kept shaking my head.” The Roland family certainly is a mainstay and/or cornerstone of the Iowa harness industry, as cousin Dan has grabbed headlines for his driving and brother Royal is no slouch in the sulky either. Royal is also a director for the United States Trotting Association and the treasurer for the Iowa Harness Horsemen’s Association. Duane is the secretary and Dan is on the board. “We all have our own places, half-mile tracks and training facilities,” Roland said. “We race against each other because when we tried keeping our horses together, no one could agree on anything. We all have our own ideas on how things should be done and no one is willing to change that.” There is, however, an alteration in the Roland family’s agenda for the summer of 2015. “We think he is the real deal and we are taking him out East to race against the best,” Roland said. “We are coming with him as I want to do all the work on him myself. I could ship him out there to someone else, but this horse means a lot. Connie and I are looking forward to the journey. “In fact, I just finished staking him and he’s in just about everything. There’s the Meadowlands Pace, the Progress Pace, the Matron and the Messenger. He will have to earn his way into the Jug or Lexington, but I think he will give a good account of himself. We just used the money he made to give him the opportunity. I don’t know about the Breeders Crown right now. That depends on how well he races. “We are just very excited to have this kind of opportunity with him and to be on the road all summer long. I can’t explain the kind of thrill this horse has provided us with. He was so much better than these other horses, some guys were wondering if it would take the heart out of them having to chase him all the time and never being able to catch him. “Also, you just can’t describe the feeling of holding a horse back for a half behind the entire field and just waiting for the chance to let them loose because you know he is going to go by them all. It’s absolutely unbelievable.” by Kimberly French, USTA Web Newsroom Senior Correspondent 

In the 1980s there were a number of memorable race track confrontations on the local harness racing circuit and one that has always stuck out in my mind came in the latter part of 1988 at Sportsman’s Park. It was the $384,000 American National on the first Saturday of November, a 3-year-old pacing stake that was billed nationally as the “Showdown of the Tear. A victory by Matt’s Scooter would clinch 3-year-old of the year honors and put the Direct Scooter colt in strong positon to win Pacer of the Year Honors. However the task wasn’t going to be easy for Matt’s Scooter. All the big guns in the sophomore division came to town and each one wanted to leave with the winning $192,250 check Unfortunately the weatherman didn’t co-operate on November 5, 1988. The evening was very chilly and the track was sloppy from a steady day-long rain but that didn’t put a damper on the race or the enthusiasm of a jam-packed crowd in attendance at the Cicero, Illinois facility. Matt’s Scooter and driver Mike Lachance earlier that year became the fastest harness horse in the sport’s history with a 1:48.2 time trial at Lexington, smashing the old record of 1:49.2 set by the great Niatross 8 years earlier. In The American National showdown Lachance got Matt’s Scooter to the top on the rain-soaked racing strip and put away a bid from Camtastic, one of his chief rivals, at the three-quarter pole. He then held off a spirited rally from another major rival, Albert Albert, finishing 1 and 1/2 lengths ahead in the 1:55.3 mile in the slop. Matt’s Scooter would go on to earn $1,783,588 in his second season winning 11 of 22 starts with 7 seconds and 2 thirds, failing to hit the tote board only once in 1988, earning both Three-Year-Old and Pacer of the Year honors. A season-later as a 4-year-old Matt’s Scooter was named the 1989 Harness Horse of the Year when he captured 23 of 30 starts. often against the very best pacers in the U.S. and Canada for trainer Harry Poulton while adding another $1.14 million to his bankroll for his Canadian owners Illa Rumpel and Charles Juravinski. Matt turned in at that time the fastest mile ever in Canada when he captured the Mohawk Gold Cup in 1:51. He also won the Breeders Crown, William Haughton Memorial, Driscoll Free-For-All, and legs of the U.S. Pacing Championship, George Morton Levy Memorial, and Graduate Series. In a 1989 media interview his trainer Harry Poulton had this to say about Matt’s Scooter: “He never really did anything bad. He didn’t break any carts, but it wasn’t for lack of trying. He was always bucking, kicking or doing something. We shipped him home 12 hours one day, and the next day he was on his hind legs in the yard. I don’t know where he got his energy.” Matt’s Scooter was retired at the end of his 4-year-old campaign and went on to be an splendid stallion. In his 22 years at stud—all but one standing at Perretti's flagship farm in New Jersey—Matt’s Scooter sired the winners of more than $76.3 million, with five millionaires. His greatest legacies as a sire were Mach Three (1:49, $2,376,700), who won the 2002 Meadowlands Pace and produced the great Pacer of the Year and world record holder Somebeachsomewhere (1:46.4, $3,221,299), Royal Mattjesty (1:48.4, $1,840,681); the 1996 Three-Year-Old Filly of the Year Mystical Maddy (1:50 $1,436,325) and His Mattjesty (1:50 $1,038,861). As a broodmare sire, Matts Scooter's credentials include the million-dollar winning mares Glowing Report, Economy Terror, Yellow Diamond and Drop The Ball. The horse was inducted into the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame in 1992 and into the U.S. Living Hall of Fame in 1996. Matt’s Scooter was euthanized on June 30 of 2014 at the age of 29. 1989 Breeders Crown 1998 Meadowlands Pace 1998 Confederation Cup By Mike Paradise The Illinois Harness Horsemen's Association

JK Endofanera paced confidently to victory in the $227,000 American National Stake for harness racing 3-year-old pacing colts and geldings, stopping the timer in 1:49.1 against nine rivals.   The son of Art Major-Presidential Lady-Presidential Ball had Ron Pierce in the sulky for trainer Ronnie Burke and owners 3 Brothers Stable of New York, NY.   JK Endofanera took the lead at the start and never looked back, pacing through pedestrian panels of :27, :55 before stepping it up to 1:22 at the three-quarters and drawing off in the stretch. The victory gave Pierce a driving double on the night and Burke his fourth victory on the evening's program.   "It was no problem at all to make the top, we got around there easy," said Pierce. "We got a good breather the second quarter and he paced on in the third quarter and in the lane, I asked him to go a bit and never touched him with the whip, I just struck the wheel discs a few times. It was the first time I drove him and I was very impressed with him. I would think he's a candidate for divisional honors."   Somewhere in LA (Brett Miller) rallied for second, five lengths behind the winner, while Let's Drink On It (Travis Seekman) nailed show honors.   JK Endofanera now has $921,145 in seasonal earnings from nine wins, two seconds and one third in 14 starts. His career earnings now total $1,292,995 from 13 wins, five seconds and one third.   The seventh foal out of his dam, JK Endofanera is a full brother to the sensational 2-year-old filly Jk She'salady p,2,1:50.1s ($421,025) and to JK Fine Art p,4,1:50.2f ($374,102). He is a half-brother to JK Matchmaker (by Western Hanover) p,3,Q1:54.2 ($116,621); JK Rocketman (by Rocknroll Hanover) p,3,1:58.3f) ($20,401) and to JK Lady Like (by Artiscape) p,4,1:56.4 ($17,835) By Kimberly Rinker for Balmoral Park  

Thinking Out Loud scored a seasonal best 1:49.1 en route to capturing the $179,000 American National Aged Pace for driver John Campbell and trainer Robert McIntosh. "I never did see the fence but we got to be second over, following State Treasurer," said Campbell. "Foiled Again is a very hard horse to get by and I was pretty happy to be up close in the race. I knew I had a chance at the end and my horse was giving me his best and I knew we'd have to go right to the wire if we were going to beat Foiled Again. He really didn't race that great in Lexington, but he was back to himself tonight."   Foiled Again (Yannick Gingras), Bettor's Edge (Matt Kakaley) and Ultimately Beachboy (Ron Pierce) all scrambled to get the lead going to the :27.2 first quarter, with Foiled Again garnering the rail spot on top. State Treasurer (Tim Tetrick) came up to challenge Foiled Again around the final bend, but to no avail, with Thinking Out Loud and Campbell lurking just behind to the 1:21.2 three-quarters. The field fanned out as Foiled Again dug in gamely, but Thinking Out Loud paced hard in the stretch to nail down the win by a whisker over harness racing's richest equine athlete. Clear Vision (Brett Miller) got up for third.   Thinking Out Loud is owned by the Robert McIntosh Stables, CSX Stables, and Al McIntosh Holdings. The son of Ponder-Los Angeles-Camluck has $280,415 in seasonal earnings and $1,667,564 in career earnings. Lifetime, he has 15 wins, seven seconds and 10 thirds in 50 career trips postward.   Thinking Out Loud is the fourth foal out of his dam and is a half-brother to West Of LA (by Western Hanover) p,2,1:53.2 ($252,712) and to You See LA (by The Panderosa) p,3, 1:52s ($238,518).   By Kimberly Rinker for Balmoral Park

Creatine captured the $166,300 American National Aged Trot in a new track record time of 1:51.3 with harness racing driver Dan Noble at the lines. The previous time of 1:51.4 was set by Sand Vic in 2006. "Late in the stretch I went up in the inside and was able to get through," said Noble. "I was in the two-hole for nearly all of the mile and was in trouble late, I was lucky to get through."   Archangel (Yannick Gingras) took the lead quickly from post one, with Creatine taking advantage of post two and following closely on his heels to the :27 first quarter. Uncle Peter (David Miller) and Market Share (Tim Tetrick) were in close pursuit with positions unchanged though the :55.1 half. Market Share was the first to pull, making his way slowly up to challenge the leaders to the 1:23 three-quarter marker. In the lane, Creatine finally shook loose behind Archangel and charged through the inside. Wishing Stone (Matt Kakaley) came flying late on the outside to get up for second, while Archangel held on for third   When the numbers were posted, however, Creatine's began flashing and it was nearly a ten-minute wait before judged determined that the son of Andover Hall-Berry Nice Muscles-Muscles Yankee had only touched, but not gone inside the pylons.   "I saw the number flashing there and was worried, but still thought the horse raced great," said trainer Bob Stewart. "It was a similar trip as the one we got behind Spider Blue Chip last year when we finished second. It worked out better this year."   The 4-year-old stallion is owned by Diamond Creek Racing of Wellsville, PA and now has $322,571 in seasonal earnings from three wins, three seconds and one third in 13 starts. Lifetime, he's amassed 14 wins, nine seconds and three thirds in 37 trips postward, with $1,189,730.   Creatine is the second foal out of his dam and has half-siblings in Mister Anson (by Conway Hall) 2, 2:00.4h ($158,011) and Strawbery Wine (by Kadabra) 4, 1:56f ($101,285). By Kimberly Rinker for Balmoral Park

Shake It Cerry trotted to a new harness racing stakes and track record clocking of 1:52.2 in the $150,000 American National 3-year-Old Filly Trot Saturday night at Balmoral Park. The previous record was 1:54, set in 2010 by Springtime Volo and in 2000 by Armbro Temple. Reined by Ron Pierce for trainer Jimmy Takter and the Solveig's Racing Partners of East Windsor, NJ, the daughter of Donato Hanover notched her 20th career victory and pushed her career earnings to $1,631,205.   "She's incredibly fast off the gate," said the filly's caretaker Helen Engblom. "I know that Lifetime Pursuit is a really good racehorse so I was a little concerned with her being right on her back. She is a special filly. She's a real sweetheart to be around and easy to take care of."   Shake It Cerry left hard from post nine, with stablemate and 2013 Hambletonian Oaks winner Lifetime Pursuit (Yannick Gingras) right beside her until the former cleared at the :28.1 first quarter. Those two remained tightly bunched through the :57.3 half and the 1:25.3 three-quarters, with Broadway Socks (Dan Rawlings) and Cee Bee Yes (Scott Zeron) following.   Turning for home, Shake It Cerry began to open up on her rivals, being challenged only briefly by Lifetime Pursuit, but to no avail as the former brushed in :26.4 to keep her six-race win streak intact. Lifetime Pursuit picked notched runner-up honors, with the hard-trying Cee Bee Yes grabbing the show money.   Shake It Cerry should be a cince for divisional honors, especially off her victory in the the 49th edition of the $224,000 Kentucky Filly Futurity just one week ago. This season Shake It Cerry has also won the $368,100 Elegant Image at Mohawk in 1:52.1; the $213,500 Miller Memorial at The Meadowlands in 1:53; the $150,000 Zweig at Vernon in 1:53.1; the $93,850 Currie & Ives Final in 1:55.3 at The Meadows; her $35,000 Hambletonian Oaks prep at The Meadowlands in 1:54.4; and the $99,997 PASS Final in 1:53.1 at The Meadows, among others.   Shake It Cerry is the fourth foal out of her dam and is full sister to Solvato 3, 1:53.2f ($300,931) and the 2-year-old Uncle Lasse 2, 1:54.1 ($203,279). She also has a half-brother in Dontyouforgetit 3, 1:52.1f ($598,049). By Kimberly Rinker

Only seven freshman pacers went postward in the $86,000 American National Pace for harness racing  2-year-old colts and geldings. Roland N Rock kept his unblemished record intact, upping his win total to 14 with his 1:52.2 triumph for driver John Delong and trainer Duane Roland.   "I was pretty confident," said DeLong. "I thought he had a real shot in here and he showed it. Actually, we really wanted to give this horse a trip tonight, but when Brett moved in front, this colt grabbed on pretty well, so I said let's go. He did it all very easy, he's just awesome. I saw Earndawg coming in the lane, but it was Roland N Rock's night."   The son of Rocknroll Hanover followed Buckle Up (Brett Miller) out of the gate to the :28 first quarter, before pulling and taking the lead. From there, he continued through splits of :56.3 and 1:23.4, before drawing off by five, with a late challenge by the hard-pacing Earndawg (Todd Warren). Sir Mammo (Tim Tetrick) got up for third.   Twelve of Roland N Rock's victories have come on the Iowa county fair circuit, with his other win coming in a $21,450 Review Stake at Springfield on Aug.13, when he was clocked in 1:51.2, winning by 13¼ lengths.   "He was on idle at Springfield," Delong offered. "He was super impressive there and could have gone faster."   Roland N Rock's career earnings now stand at $83,445. He is the fourth foal out of his unraced Cambest dam Hank's Chip and is a half-brother to Sir Globalop Z Tam (by American Ideal) p,4,1:51.2 ($153,138). By Kimberly Rinker  

Father Patrick added another feather to his illustrious cap by simply cruising to a five length victory in 1:52.2 in the $203,000 American National for harness racing 3-year-old trotters Saturday night at Balmoral Park.   The son of Cantab Hall-Gala Dream-Enjoy Lavec led at every post for driver Yannick Gingras, comfortably trotting through fractions of :28.2, :57.2 and 1:24.4. That final time equaled the Balmoral track record for sophomore trotting colts.   "I was open to any idea when the wings folded and no one was going out of there, so I left easily and it was a walk in the park for him. The last time he got away with a half like that was when he qualified," said Gingras. "I asked him to trot down the lane as I didn't want to get too cute and have anyone catch us, but was just on cruise control."   Trained by Jimmy Takter for the Father Patrick Stable of East Windsor, NJ, Father Patrick upped his seasonal earnings to $1,385,581 and his career earnings to $2,129,638.   E L Titan finished in second for driver Ron Pierce and trainer Riina Rekila, while Rompaway Galaxy got up for third with John Campbell in the sulky for trainer Krista Harmon.   The victory was career win 21 for Father Patrick and seasonal win 11. Father Patrick was the unanimous choice by the US Harness Writers as the Dan Patch Award winning 2-Year-Old Trotting Colt of 2013 when he won 10 of 11 starts, including the Peter Haughton Memorial, William Wellwood Memorial and the Breeders Crown, setting a world record mark of 1:52.1f at Pocono Downs. He was also the leading money winner in his division with $755,047 in seasonal earnings in 2013. This year, Father Patrick's wins include a 1:50.4 triumph in a division of the Bluegrass Stakes at The Red Mile on Sept. 28, and wins in the $613,800 Canadian Trotting Classic; the $260,000 Pennsylvania Sire Stakes Championship Final and the $340,000 Zweig Memorial, the $500,000 Earl Beal Jr at Pocono Downs in a world record time of 1:50.2f and the $317 Stanley Dancer Memorial in 1:51.3, among others. Father Patrick was bred by Brittany Farms, and was a $105,000 yearling purchase at the 2012 Lexington Selected Sale. He is a full brother to million-dollar-earner and 2010 Dan Patch Award winner Pastor Stephen, 3, 1:52.4s, ($1,048,607), and also has a 2-year-old full brother in Whom Shall I Fear (a $475,000 yearling purchase at the 2013 Lexington Selected Sale), who finished second by a head on Oct. 3 at Lexington to longshot Aldabaran Eagle in 1:55.1 with Gingras in the sulky. Takter also conditions this colt. Kimberly A. Rinker

Well Hello There and harness racing driver Matt Kakaley led from pillar to post in the $61,150 American National Stake for freshman pacing fillies Saturday night in Balmoral's third race.   Facing just three rivals--after two scratches in the field of six--Well Hello There posted a 1:53.2 clocking for trainer Ronnie Burke, who conditions the daughter of Well Said-Helen Of Leda-Pro Bono Best for Burke Racing Stable, Blue Chip Bloodstock, Our Horse Cents Stable and Weaver Bruscemi.   "I wanted to go the front and get some easily fractions and then just sprint home," said Kakaley. "I was pretty comfortable and didn't realize that other horse had made a break, but when we turned for home, I asked her to pace on, and she responded well and paced strong all the way to the wire."   Kakaley had Well Hello There out quickly from the gate to nail the lead going into the first turn and she comfortably posted splits of :28.4, :57.4 and 1:26, with Angel Demon (Todd Warren), Dunside Splash (Travis Seekman) and Mr Leland's Filly (Casey Leonard) following her in single file fashion. When Leonard asked Mr Leland's Filly to move in the final turn, the daughter of Sportsmaster made an uncharacteristic break, costing her precious lengths. She recovered quickly however, and as Well Hello There drew off by nearly six lengths, Mr Leland's Filly was able to collar Duneside Splash for show honors. Angel Demon held steady in second.   Well Hello There now has three wins in 11 seasonal starts and $188,931 in career earnings. She recoded a mark of 1:53 at Philadelphia earlier in the season. A $50,000 yearling purchase at the 2013 Standandbred Horse Sale at Harrisburg, Well Hello there is a half-sister to Natural Leda p,3,1:50.1f ($122,67) and to Ring Leda p,4, 1:51f ($78,495)--both by Bettor's Delight.     By Kimberly Rinker for Balmoral Park  

Limelight Beach picked the perfect time of year to blossom.   The sophomore son of Somebeachsomewhere has done nothing less than win his last three starts with aplomb for trainer Ronnie Burke, and now tackles the daunting job of capturing Saturday's 11th race--the $227,000 American National Pace for 3-year-old pacing colts and geldings.   He's certainly proven he's up to the task, as Burke harnessed the bay gelding to a pair of victories on Sept. 18 in one of harness racing's most prestigious events--the Little Brown Jug--the second leg of pacing's Triple Crown.   Contested over Delaware, Ohio's half-mile, county fair oval, Limelight Beach and driver Yannick Gingras captured the 69th edition of the pacing classic in straight heats of 1:51 and 1:50.4.   "It was a dream come true--winning the Jug," Gingras said, after he and trainer Burke had both captured their very first Little Brown Jug title.   "Hopefully, this is the start of something big for him," Burke noted. "Maybe he's coming into his own now."   It would appear that is the case. On Sept. 27, Limelight Beach fittingly scored an impressive, wire-to-wire victory in a $92,600 Somebeachsomewhere Bluegrass Stake division at Lexington's Red Mile in a career best 1:49.1.   Limelight Beach had been paired with Delaware-Ohio based trainer Brian Brown until early July, when he made the switch to the Burke Stable.   Owned by Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, M1 Stable and Wingfield Brothers, Limelight Beach won six of 10 races last year, with victories in Bluegrass and International Stallion stakes divisions as a 2-year-old, earning $210,192.   This season he's amassed $515,038 from 15 starts with three wins, seven seconds and one third, pushing his lifetime bankroll to $725,230.   Limelight Beach was a $25,000 yearling purchase at the 2012 Standardbred Horse Sale at Harrisburg and is the second foal out of the Badlands Hanover mare Benear p,4,1:49.3f ($319,321). He is a full brother to Benearthebeach p,3,1:53.2f ($66,226) and Momas Got A Gun p,2,1:55f ($13,420).   His main rival appears to be stablemate and million dollar earner JK Endofanera--who won the $218,300 Tattersalls at The Red Mile in 1:49.1 on Oct. 4--and Let's Drink On It, who also won a heat of the Jug in 1:51, but then finished a bottled-up second to Limelight Beach in the final.   Burke, who has conditioned 5,464 winners to $116,631,100 in career earnings, will also throw the harness on the backs of Somesizesomestyle (post 2) and At Press Time (post 3) in addition to JK Endofanera (post 9) and Limelight Beach (post 8). By Kimberly Rinker    

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