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East Rutherford, NJ -- Lather Up, the fastest harness racing horse in the 43-year history of The Meadowlands, captured the $423,000 William R. Haughton Memorial by one length on Saturday (June 13) at The Meadowlands.   The 4-year-old stallion, trained by Clyde Francis of the George Teague Jr. stable and driven by Montrell Teague, never missed a beat after taking the lead prior to the half mile in :53.1, and stormed home to complete a mile and an eighth in 2:01.1 over 10-1 This Is The Plan, driven by Yannick Gingras.   Last Saturday, Lather Up won the $250,000 Graduate Series final by equaling the all-time mile record of 1:46 set by then 5-year-old Always B Miki at Red Mile three years ago. He also broke the previous 4-year-old pacing mark of 1:46.4, previously shared by Warrawee Needy and Dr J Hanover.   "I just wanted to make sure I was up close and wanted to be close to the pace," said Montrell Teague. "I was happy with the fractions. It's a bit different at a mile and an eighth, because you're not sure how fast you are going, but I was trying not to back down and he got the job done."   Lather Up, who paid $5.80 to his backers to win, improved his record to 6-0-1 in nine starts.   "Montrell does a great job with him and he (Lather Up) can do whatever he wants. That's how good he has been racing," said Francis.   This Is The Plan, who finished second in four of his last five starts, took the runner-up spot again, while Always a Prince and David Miller finished third.   by Lou Monaco, Meadowlands Media      

East Rutherford, NJ - The $2.7 million Meadowlands Pace card leads a stakes-laden weekend of Grand Circuit racing at The Meadowlands with a special 6:35 pm on Saturday.   The $701,800 Pace has ten of the finest sophomore colts heading post-ward led by last week's elimination winners Courtly Choice and Stay Hungry.   The supporting stakes pretty much all filled up to the max with the WR Haughton Memorial, Golden Girls and Mistletoe Shalee all fielding a dozen horses at the route distance at a mile and one eighth. Virtually all of the division leaders are listed among the entrants.   The Hambletonian Maturity has drawn nine led by Ariana G in fresh of her amazing 1:50.2 World record romp in last week's Graduate final.   The leading preps for the upcoming August 4 Hambletonian and companion Oaks stakes filled with the logical contenders.   The Stanley Dancer Memorial for colts will split at 16 boasting both O'Brien award winner Alarm Detector and Dan Patch winner Fourth Dimension and Wolfgang fronting a half dozen from Jimmy Takter's loaded barn.   The Del Miller for fillies drew 14 featuring Manchego's return to racing against the girls. She'll face the potent duo of Phaetosive and Seviyorum coming off track record efforts at Harrahs. For the record, Atlanta was not eligible to the Miller.   Last but certainly not least comes the Miss Versatility composed of 13 (2 div) older trotting mares including the magnificent Hannelore Hanover compete for money and points toward the final on Jug Day in Delaware.   Friday's card features the New Jersey Sires Stakes finals with full fields of 10 in both trots and the first leg of the Kindergarten Series for trotters.   Complete information will be available later today on The Meadowlands website.   by Nick Salvi, for the Meadowlands        

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- After two rounds, Always B Miki remains the undisputed champion of the Free-For-All pacers. The 5-year-old again affirmed his standing as the king of what has become harness racing's glamour division, improving to 2-0 in the second high-profile matchup with Wiggle It Jiggleit and Freaky Feet Pete. Always B Miki took command down the backstretch with a powerful brush past Wiggle It Jiggleit and went on to a three-quarter length victory over 39-1 shot Shamballa in the $471,800 William R. Haughton Memorial Saturday night at The Meadowlands. And it was another world record--his third straight--pacing the 1 1/8 miles in 2:01.1 as the 2/5 favorite in the 12-horse field. Always B Miki ($2.80) posted a fourth straight win, improving his season mark to 6-2-0 in eight starts for trainer Jimmy Takter and the ownership team of Bluewood Stable, Roll The Dice Stable and Christina Takter. "He's just a fantastic horse to do what he does," Jimmy Takter said. "He's gone through a lot. It takes a special horse to come back from all the injuries he had. It gets me very emotional every time I see him race." The most surprising aspect of the Haughton was the determined showing by Shamballa, who ranged up first-over to challenge Always B Miki and hung in gamely right to the finish. Wiggle It Jiggleit, stung by a :25.3 opening quarter while forced three-wide as he worked his way to the front from post 10, finished third. Freaky Feet Pete was fourth. The stage for the Haughton was set in the Ben Franklin Pace at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono on July 2. Always B Miki won that first meeting, a 1:47 mile equaling the world record. Wiggle It Jiggleit, the defending Horse of the Year, bested Freaky Feet Pete last weekend in the Graduate over the sloppy track at Big M, a race restricted to 4-year-olds. Returning after the week off, Always B Miki delivered another dynamite performance as the leader in the weekly Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll again cemented his grip on the top spot. By Mike Farrell, for the Meadowlands    

Round Two in what is hoped to be a season-long series of pacing showdowns is set to take place at the Meadowlands Racetrack on Saturday, and at least one owner involved with the principal characters will cherish every minute of it. He likely won't be alone. Highlighting the $471,800 William R. Haughton Memorial for older male pacers is another much-anticipated battle between 5-year-old Always B Miki and 4-year-olds Wiggle It Jiggleit and Freaky Feet Pete. The trio will have its second head-to-head-to-head meeting in what is the most talked-about rivalry in harness racing in years. Always B Miki won the first match-up at the July 2 Ben Franklin Pace at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, beating Freaky Feet Pete by three-quarters of a length in a world-record-equaling 1:47. Wiggle It Jiggleit, the 2015 Horse of the Year, took third. Last weekend, Wiggle It Jiggleit beat Freaky Feet Pete at the Graduate Series championship at the Big M, but the race was only for 4-year-olds so Always B Miki wasn't eligible to compete. "Before the Ben Franklin, I can't recall seeing as much dialogue on a race in a very, very long time," said Bob Boni, one of Always B Miki's owners. "There was a real buzz all week about that. It started out this week with similar sentiments. Everyone is wondering what's going to happen in the race? "I think it's drawn a tremendous amount of attention. It's on a great card, a lot of people are going to see it. We've got a number of other times when we're scheduled to hook up, potentially, and I think it will be something that will continue to grow because it's a very talented field of older horses." It is something that Boni and his fellow owners (Bluewood Stable, Roll The Dice Stable and Christina Takter) do not take for granted. "We're very fortunate and very appreciative," Boni said. "Those are the words I constantly use. I've been very blessed that I've had some pretty good horses over the years. Miki's the latest right now and he's about as good as anybody's horse. It's a great thrill, but you can't race horses on this level for a long time and not appreciate how fortunate you can be and how great it is to be around horses like this." Especially when it comes to Always B Miki, who was sidelined for nearly a year because of injuries but has returned to win nine of 11 starts with two second-place finishes and earn $642,710 since last October. In seven starts this season he has five wins and two seconds, winning $341,500. Trained by Jimmy Takter and driven predominantly by David Miller, he has finished in the money in 36 of 42 career starts, with 23 wins and $1.56 million in earnings. Roger Welch trained him as a 2-year-old and Joe Holloway had him at age 3, and Boni credits everyone involved for making the pacer the horse that he is today. His chief rivals on Saturday have equally impressive statistics, which has helped create the excitement. Wiggle It Jiggleit -- owned by George Teague Jr. and Teague Racing Partnership, driven by Montrell Teague, and trained by Clyde Francis -- has won 32 of 40 lifetime races. Freaky Feet Pete -- bred by Larry Rheinheimer, who trains the stallion for his wife Mary Jo and son Marty -- has won 29 of 35 career starts. Always B Miki drew post five in the Haughton Memorial while Freaky Feet Pete is in post seven and Wiggle It Jiggleit is in 10. The race attracted 12 starters, so it will be contested at 1-1/8 miles rather than the traditional one-mile distance. "We always have confidence in him," Boni said. "Jimmy and David have just done a great job with the horse. It's going to be fun all year racing. We'll go at it again and I'll always say the same thing, I like our chances, as I'm sure the other guys will say too. "The Ben Franklin was a hard-fought race and they all were competitive, they all took shots and they made it a very good event. How it's going to happen this week I have no idea because if you try to talk to anyone that tried to handicap the Ben Franklin, I don't know anybody who handicapped it the way the race fell." Boni feels what is interesting is that all three horses are Indiana-sired and none of the three are owned by major stables, which he feels should give hope to other owners out there. "We're essentially a small stable, we're one horse," he said. "George Teague races a moderate stable and the Rheinheimers, this is the first time they've been exposed on this level, so these are not some of the names that you've seen in recent years. That's a very healthy thing. The naysayers that say you have to buy expensive horses and have to have a big stable, that's not always the case. You can compete. It can happen at any time." In assessing the horses, Boni feels each one has their unique qualities and some similarities. "Very little seems to bother Wiggle It Jiggleit, he can race on any size racetrack, and Freaky Feet Pete, the same thing; he's been a terrific horse from his 2-year-old season," he said. "They all have brilliant high speed. I would say the other two probably leave the gate faster than Miki does. He's not quick off the gate. But once they get settled in they can all go very fast and they show they can go fast a long way." Boni says Always B Miki enters the Haughton Memorial a healthy, happy horse. "It would have been nice if we didn't have those injury issues, but he did," the owner said. "In a somewhat bizarre way, I think he's a better horse for it. He's much sounder now." It's because of those injuries that Always B Miki's group continues to cherish all the good things that happen now. "I don't think there's anybody here that takes any of this for granted and if anybody did, Miki's had a way of reminding us with a couple incidents that we better not take it for granted," Boni said with a laugh. "I think we're all very appreciative. I don't know anybody who doesn't appreciate what he does." The Haughton Memorial is part of a stakes-filled card Saturday at the Meadowlands. Among the night's other races are the Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace, Mistletoe Shalee, Hambletonian Maturity, and divisions of the Stanley Dancer Memorial and Delvin Miller Memorial. Following is the field for the Haughton Memorial. PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer 1. Limelight Beach-Matt Kakaley-Ron Burke 2. Shamballa-Scott Zeron-Rick Zeron 3. Dealt A Winner-Brian Sears-Mark Silva 4. Americanprimetime-John Campbell-Rick Dane Jr. 5. Always B Miki-David Miller-Jimmy Takter 6. Mach It So-Tim Tetrick-Jeff Bamond Jr. 7. Freaky Feet Pete-Trace Tetrick-Larry Rheinheimer 8. Melmerby Beach-Corey Callahan-Ettore Annunziata 9. In The Arsenal -Brett Miller-Kelvin Harrison 10. Wiggle It Jiggleit-Montrell Teague-Clyde Francis 11. Always At My Place-Yannick Gingras-Ron Burke 12. All Bets Off-Matt Kakaley-Ron Burke *Always At My Place and All Bets Off start from the second tier. Story by Rich Fisher/USTA Senior Correspondent

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (July 13, 2016) - An extraordinary investment opportunity exists for horseplayers on Saturday night at the Meadowlands when the track will offer a mandatory payout of the Jackpot Super High Five wager on one of its signature race programs - Meadowlands Pace Night. The wager features a jackpot carryover of $267,769 and a 15 percent takeout. For the first time in harness racing history, the high five mandatory payout will be on a top-class stakes event, the $223,150 Golden Girls featuring the top pacing mares in North America. The field features an overflow field of 12 and will be raced at the extended one-mile-and-one-eighth distance. The Golden Girls is scheduled as Race 12 - one race after the $732,050 Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace Final. The Pace and the Golden Girls will be featured during a one-hour live broadcast on TVG Network from 10:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. eastern time. The broadcast will also be carried on MSG Plus and Fox Sports Southeast. In June, Mohawk Raceway offered a mandatory payout of its Jackpot Super High Five on North America Cup night. The carryover attracted about two-and-a-half times the carryover amount in new money. Using this ratio, the new money would be $669,422, making the Meadowlands Jackpot pool $937,191. The takeout would subtract $100,413 leaving a net pool of $836,778. Factoring in the carryover amount, horseplayers would be paid out from a pool of $836,778, or 25 percent more than the $669,422 of new money wagered. In other words, horseplayers taking a shot at this wager on Saturday would be playing into a pool with a negative effective takeout rate of 25 percent with the North America Cup night ratio. Furthermore, the horseplayer will still have a takeout advantage as long as the pool is less than $2 million. Low takeout combined with the sizable carryover has created the rarest of wagering opportunities. The Jackpot race will also be the final leg of an all-stakes pick four wager that begins with the $471,800 William Haughton Memorial featuring the next chapter of the budding Ali-Frazier-like rivalry between Wiggle It Jiggleit and Always B Miki, the top two ranked horses in harness racing. The duo, along with Indiana sensation Freaky Feet Pete, created tremendous buzz and interest when racing two weeks ago in a legendary renewal of the Ben Franklin at Pocono Downs. Adding further intrigue to the sequel is the race will be contested with an overflow field of 12 at the extended distance of one-mile-and-one-eighth. The three charismatic and fan-favorite horses have the potential to give any of the great rivalries in the history of the sport a major run for their money. As the final leg of Pick Four and Pick Three wagers, horseplayers playing the Jackpot race can also use the posted will-pays for those multi-race wagers to help form an opinion and structure their ticket. Free past performances for the entire Meadowlands Pace card will be available beginning Thursday at 4:00 p.m. on the Meadowlands website at http://bit.ly/1fsiDSY. For more information, visit www.playmeadowlands.com and www.meadowlandspace.com. by Justin Horowitz

East Rutherford, NJ - Entries were taken yesterday for several marquee events of The Meadowlands Grand Circuit season and there are a few details to go along with the draw.   The complete list of entries for Saturday, July 11 is available on The Meadowlands website.   Please be aware that Post Time for both Friday & Saturday live racing this week is 5:30PM.    Also note that Races 7 & 10 have been switched in order from the original draw.   The Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace drew fourteen three-year-old pacing colts, which split into a pair of $50,000 eliminations to be raced this Saturday, July 11. The top five finishers from each elimination return and winner of each will have their post for the final drawn from position 1 through 6. After the $100,000 cost of the elims, The Meadowlands Pace final will be for a purse of slightly more than $700,000.   All horses entered in the Meadowlands Pace elims must report to the Stakes Barn no later than 11:00PM on Friday, July 10.   Here are the fields:   RACE 6 MEADOWLANDS PACE - ELIMINATION - STAKES BARN - FRIDAY JULY 10 - 11 PM Live Purse:  $50000   Pace Distance: 1 Mile H PP Horse Driver Trainer Yrs. Best Last 3 Odds 1 1 Dealt A Winner  (L) Da Miller M Silva 1:52.0 5-2-2 0-0 2 2 In The Arsenal Br Sears K Harrison 1:49.4 3-2-4 0-0 3 3 Dude's The Man Co Callahan J Okusko 1:50.3 3-5-1 0-0 4 4 Artspeak  (L) Sc Zeron T Alagna 1:48.4 2-1-5 0-0 5 5 Hurrikane Ali  (L) Ya Gingras J McDermott 1:50.0 1-6-4 0-0 6 6 Revenge Shark Co Callahan T Alagna 1:50.2 1-7-4 0-0 7 7 Pierce Hanover Br Miller K Sucee 1:51.0 8-3-3 0-0   RACE 11 MEADOWLANDS PACE - ELIMINATION STAKES BARN - FRIDAY JULY 10 - 11 PM Live Purse:  $50000   Pace Distance: 1 Mile H PP Horse Driver Trainer Yrs. Best Last 3 Odds 1 1 Trading Up Sc Zeron T Alagna 1:51.1 1-7-3 0-0 2 2 Rock N' Roll World Da Miller M Silva   7-2-6 0-0 3 3 Roland N Rock Jo Campbell D Roland 1:53.2 1-1-1 0-0 4 4 Lyons Levi Lewis  (L) Ya Gingras R Burke 1:50.4 7-1-6 0-0 5 5 Badiou Hanover An Miller J Miller 1:50.2 1-4-1 0-0 6 6 Wakizashi Hanover Ti Tetrick J Looney-King 1:48.0 4-1-1 0-0 7 7 Wiggle It Jiggleit Mo Teague C Francis 1:48.2 1-1-2 0-0   The Mistletoe Shalee drew thirteen fillies which as per the conditions resulted in byes to the top three seasonal earners (Bettor Be Steppin, Sassa Hanover and The Show Returns). The remaining ten fillies will race to eliminate three to get to ten for the final which will go for just over $200,000. The winner of this elimination will have their post for the final drawn from position 1 through 6.   RACE 12   MISTLETOE SHALEE - ELIMINATION 3 Year Old Fillies    NO STAKES BARN Live Purse:  $25000 Available Wagering:  Pace Distance: 1 Mile H PP Horse Driver Trainer Yrs. Best Last 3 Odds 1 1 Happiness Ya Gingras R Burke 1:50.3 7-9-4 0-0 2 2 Divine Caroline Da Miller J Holloway 1:51.2 6-2-3 0-0 3 3 Thirty X Ti Tetrick R Silverman 1:52.0 1-2-1 0-0 4 4 Band Of Angels Ya Gingras R Burke 1:52.4 3-1-1 0-0 5 5 Single Me Br Sears R Croghan   2-3-9 0-0 6 6 Well Hello There Br Sears R Burke 1:51.3 2-7-1 0-0 7 7 Moonlit Dance Da Miller T Osullivan 1:50.4 3-7-1 0-0 8 8 Deli Beach  (L) Jo Campbell B Bittle   9-3-8 0-0 9 9 Storm Point Br Miller R Burke 1:52.3 2-6-5 0-0 10 10 Stacia Hanover  (L) Sc Zeron S Elliott 1:51.3 7-1-3 0-0     The WR Haughton Memorial Free For All Pace drew nine declarations and those horses will go straight to the $430,000 final next Saturday. That race will be drawn next week. The declared (in alphabetical order) are:   Bettor's Edge Dancin Yankee Doo Wop Hanover Foiled Again JK Endofanera Luck Be With You Lyonssomewhere Mach It So State Treasurer   Saturday is also the date for the Graduate Series Trotting Final. Here is the field for that race:   RACE 7   GRADUATE - FINAL 4 Year Old Open TROT         NO STAKES BARN Live Purse:  $250000   Trot Distance: 1 Mile H PP Horse Driver Trainer Yrs. Best Last 3 Odds 1 1 Rompaway Galaxy Ji Marohn K Harmon 1:52.0 4-5-1 0-0 2 2 Opulent Yankee An Miller J Miller 1:52.3 1-4-4 0-0 3 3 Resolve Ak Svanstedt A Svanstedt   3-3-3 0-0 4 4 Shake It Cerry Ji Takter J Takter 1:51.4 4-1-1 0-0 5 5 Gural Hanover  (L) Ma Kakaley R Burke 1:51.3 3-1-6 0-0 6 6 Jl Cruze Jo Campbell E Ell 1:50.4 1-1-1 0-0 7 7 Father Patrick Ya Gingras J Takter 1:52.0 2-2-1 0-0 8 8 Sumatra  (L) Da Miller T Fanning 1:54.0 7-7-3 0-0 9 9 Madewell Hanover Ch Ryder C Ryder 1:58.2 9-8-6 0-0   Call the Racing Office at 201-460-4214 with questions and to make dining reservations to attend the races this or any other weekend.   Meadowlands Media Relations Department

Centurion ATM is the type of horse that seems ready to step up when it's time to race. The 2-year-old trotter didn't do much to impress trainer Ake Svanstedt before beginning his rookie campaign, but Svanstedt has been happy with the colt since he started going behind the gate. Last week, Centurion ATM won the single elimination for the $355,500 Peter Haughton Memorial by 3-1/2 lengths over Uncle Lasse in 1:54.2. It was Centurion ATM's first victory after second-place finishes in his first two races. "He's a racehorse," Svanstedt said. "He trained from the beginning and he was a normal horse until he qualified. Then he was something special. Before the qualifier, he did the job and was a nice and friendly horse, but he was nothing special. He loves to race." Centurion ATM will start the Haughton Memorial from post one, with Svanstedt handling the driving, as usual. The colt is 3-1 on the morning line, which makes him the third choice behind New Jersey Sire Stakes champion Guess Whos Back (2-1) and NJSS runner-up Canepa Hanover (5-2), who received byes to the final. The race is part of a stakes-filled Hambletonian Day card at the Big M. Among the other highlights are the $300,650 John Cashman Jr. Memorial for older trotters, $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks for 3-year-old female trotters, and the $1 million Hambletonian for 3-year-old trotters. Coverage of the card will air throughout the afternoon on TVG and from 4-5:30 p.m. on CBS Sports Network. Centurion ATM is a son of SJ's Caviar out of the mare ENS Tag Session. He was purchased for $100,000 at the 2013 Standardbred Horse Sale and is a full brother to stakes-winner Triumphant Caviar. He is owned by Knutsson Trotting and Courant AB. "I hope he can do a good race," Svanstedt said. "If everything is normal, he can do a good race. I think he has potential. We'll see." Svanstedt, who was Sweden's Trainer of the Year five times and Driver of the Year on three occasions, will have nine horses racing on Saturday's card. "Absolutely, I'm looking forward to it," he said. In addition to Centurion ATM, he sends out Amicus in the Haughton plus Doncango in the $1 million Hambletonian for 3-year-old trotters, Heaven's Door in the $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks for 3-year-old female trotters, Sebastian K and Your So Vain in the $300,650 John Cashman Jr. Memorial for older trotters, Home Front and DD's Hitman in $50,000 divisions of the Townsend Ackerman for 3-year-old trotters, and Blixtra in the $100,000 Thomas D'Altrui SBOA Miss New Jersey for 3-year-old female pacers. Sebastian K, the fastest trotter in harness racing history thanks to his 1:49 mile at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs in June, is the 3-5 favorite in the Cashman Memorial. He has won six of seven races this year and is coming off a 3-1/4 length triumph over Mister Herbie in 1:51 in his Cashman elimination. "Everything was good in the last race," Svanstedt said. "And he loves the Meadowlands and the big track. He feels very good at the Meadowlands. He is a different horse at the Meadowlands." Sebastian K's only loss came by a nose to Intimidate in the Maple Leaf Trot on a sloppy track at Mohawk. "He didn't win in Canada, I think he left too fast and the track was very heavy," Svanstedt said. "We opened in :26.4 in the first quarter and that's too fast on that heavy a track, so he would be tired. He was tired, but he lost by just a nose, so he was good. He fought." Svanstedt did not plan to train Sebastian K during the week. "He is just going to go in the paddock every day for the whole day," Svanstedt said. "This is four weeks [of racing] in a row and he's never done that before. It's very different for him. But I'm not worried because he felt so good in the last race." Heaven's Door is the 9-2 third choice in the Hambletonian Oaks, behind world champion Designed To Be (2-1) and Delvin Miller Memorial winner Shake It Cerry (5-2). Heaven's Door has won two of five races this year, including the New Jersey Sire Stakes championship for 3-year-old filly trotters, and finished second in the Miller. "There are tough horses in there, but I have a good horse too," Svanstedt said. "She has everything. She pulls a little, but she is getting better with that. Some races she pulls a lot and I cannot drive slowly. The one time [in a race in May] she galloped at the start because she is pulling so much. But she is getting better." Doncango, a 20-1 longshot in the Hambletonian, has only raced once this year - winning in 1:54 - after battling leg woes throughout the winter. "It's tough for him," Svanstedt said. "We had a lot of problems with him at the beginning. But he trained tough and feels good. He's trained three months without problems and feels sound. "If he can earn money, we'll be really happy." by Ken Weingartner, for Harness Racing Communications  

Cam's Card Shark, one of the leading stallions of his generation, has just been retired from stud duty, but hopes are high in Ohio that one of his greatest progeny can carry on his dynamic legacy in the breeding shed. Shark Gesture, whose earnings in excess of $2.8 million are the most of the more than 1,700 racehorses that Cam's Card Shark sired and one of the fastest with a speed mark of 1:48.1s, will be represented by a crop of two-year-olds this season. Abby Stables in Sugarcreek, Ohio, is standing the big, dark brown stallion.  "Shark Gesture is the total package," Abby Stables' Teresa Maddox told Harness Racing Update."   Shark Gesture developed into a horse for the ages. A $110,000 yearling purchase by Norm Smiley, Shark Gesture raced from two to four, posting some impressive victories.  He was retired to the breeding shed due to an injury and stood as a stallion in Ontario for the 2008 season. Later that year, when the injury had fully healed and he trained excellently, Shark Gesture returned to the races and started three times. But it was as a six- and seven-year-old that he excelled, earning over $1.8 million. He beat some of the best aged pacers, including the likes of Foiled Again, Mister Big, Art Official, Boulder Creek, Artistic Fella, Shadow Play and Won The West 12 times, including by more than 10 lengths in the Hoosier Cup.  Maddox said because Shark Gesture disappeared from the breeding scene for three years people may be confused about his history.  "He really hasn't gotten a fair shake as a stallion," Maddox said. "If you go back and look at some of his races, he was phenomenal. He's well-mannered, he's intelligent and was a bear on the racetrack. It's just a breath of fresh air to have him in Ohio. We welcomed him with open arms." Shark Gesture can be seen in action on his page at www.abbystables.com . His web page comes complete with race footage, photos, pedigree, articles and both a downloadable and digital breeding contract.  "There is no reason because he had 44 foals that raced from his first and only crop as a stallion, standing in Ontario and bred to mostly Ontario-bred mares, that people should have forgotten about him because he went back to the races," said Smiley. "He is still a good horse.  This year he has two-year-olds that are training and I've got good reports on them. Trainer Fred Grant has a colt by Shark Gesture out of Boca Babe.  Fred owns the dam and owns a piece of the colt and said, 'he's very good-gaited, very sound, very willing and has lots of speed. I just love him.'" Trainer David Miller, currently training a two-year-old Shark Gesture filly named Hex, described her as a "big, strong, great-gaited, intelligent filly who is showing excellent speed." Another trainer, Jenny Melander, has a nice sturdy black filly named When Sharks Fly and echoed Miller's comments about Shark Gesture's offspring. "His foals are big and sturdy, with heart, speed, intelligence and strength," she said.   Shark Gesture is truly an anomaly. How many horses return to the races two years after retiring and earn almost twice as much, facing battled-hardened competitors? In total, he posted 31 sub-1:50 miles, 16 of those 1:49 or better and four of those sub-1:49. As a 2-year-old, he won the Bluegrass Stakes (recording a freshman mark of 1:51.3), the Simpson Stakes and an elimination of the Breeders Crown.  At three, he won the Breeders Crown, the Tattersalls Pace (with a sophomore speed mark of 1:49.1), the Bluegrass Stakes, the Simpson Stakes and the Progress Pace. In an abbreviated four-year-old season, he won the New Hampshire Sweepstakes. In his return to the races, he won the William R. Haughton Memorial two years in a row, the Canadian Pacing Derby Final (with a lifetime mark of 1:48.1), the Graduate Series twice, the Dan Patch Invitational Pace and the Bettor's Delight. He broke track records at Tioga Downs and Hoosier Park and tied the track record when he won the Canadian Pacing Derby. "He's won all the big races, beat all the good horses," Maddox said. "He beat Foiled Again (the top aged pacer last year) more than once. He beat Won The West. He's beat them all at one point or another. His owners believed in him so much, they told us the story (of why he retired and then returned to the races) and it was just a no-brainer for us." 2010 Graduate Final William R. Haughton Memorial Smiley recalled why he bought Shark Gesture. Even though he was big and growthy, Smiley liked him, viewing him six times. "There are certain horses you go to the auction and put a price on and you go to that price or a few bucks more," Smiley said. "With him I said I was buying him, period."  Smiley subsequently offered shares to his brother, Gerald, and Thomas and Louis Pantone. Typical of a Cam's Card Shark offspring, Shark Gesture grew into his body from two to three. He stood about 17 hands high and had a long stride. Early in Shark Gesture's two-year-old season, he won the Bluegrass in 1:51 3/5, but he was still developing and growing. As a three-year-old, he did some amazing things, none more so than winning the Breeders Crown only a week after he fell down in a mishap in his elimination race for the final. He finished third and was moved up to second, but Norm Smiley and trainer Erv Miller feared the colt might not survive the accident. Once the bike and equipment were removed, Shark Gesture stood up and walked off as if nothing had happened, although he did have some cuts and abrasions. Driver Brian Sears, Miller, Smiley and the horse's vet shook their heads in disbelief. "If that's not a tough horse, I don't know what is," Smiley said.   A week later, he won the Breeders Crown with George Brennan, who would become his principle driver, steering him in what was a clean trip, racing on or near the pace. "Nobody knew that horse like Georgie," Smiley said.  "George was tremendous with that horse from the first time he drove him." Shark Gesture raced only eight times in an abbreviated four-year-old season and was retired, his notable victory in the New Hampshire. Some of the notable offspring from the 32 starters from his first crop as a sire include stakes winner Piston Broke, 1:49.2s ($291,131) and Best Ears, 1:49.4f, ($188,483). After Shark Gesture recovered from his injury and trained solidly, Norm Smiley made the decision to bring the horse back to the races. It would prove to be a shrewd decision. In 2009 at the age of six, Shark Gesture came into his own, racing 29 times and winning seven, including the Haughton Memorial and Canadian Pacing Derby and topping all pacers with more than $900,000 in earnings. At age seven, he raced 12 times and winning seven, notably the Graduate, Bettors Delight, Dan Patch (by a whopping 10½ lengths), and repeating in the Haughton.  He finished second by a length in the Franklin. He was retired at the end of the season.  "He was just amazing," Norm Smiley said. "This horse never got the respect he deserved. He was a tremendous racehorse." By Perry Lefko, for Harness Racing Update

The weekend for harness racing driver Corey Callahan could not have started any better. On the eve of his first drive in The Meadowlands Pace, behind Beach Memories, Callahan lit the track on fire in East Rutherford, to the tune of six winners.

Ok harness racing fans, after seven weeks I have picked horses in 39 races with only 17 winners, not that good. I had three out of five winners last week which made a $6.00 overall profit. We are in the minus earning column by only (-$1.30) going into this weekend.

With the $450,000 George Morton Levy Memorial done and dusted, now New Jersey harness racing trainer Mark Silva wants to win the Haughton Memorial Pace at the Meadowlands.

Golden Receiver ended the 2012 Meadowlands meet right where he began - in the winner's circle. The season's dominant older pacer led from gate to wire to win the $431,400 William R. Haughton Memorial, the headliner on the final harness racing program of the Championship Meet.

Harness racing driver Doug McNair believes his father's trainee Aracache Hanover is about as ready as he's going to be to pull an upset in Friday's (August 17) $431,400 William R. Haughton Memorial at the Meadowlands Racetrack.

It might be a stretch to call Golden Receiver the hardest working horse in harness racing, but the 7-year-old pacer has certainly kept busy. When Golden Receiver won the $242,500 U.S. Pacing Championship in 1:48 at the Meadowlands Racetrack on Hambletonian Day, August 4, it was his 11th victory of the season in 18 races.

New Jersey-based harness racing trainer Cosmo 'Sam' DePinto has two of the top pacers in the country in 2-year-old colt I Fought Dalaw (4-4-0-0, $111,600) and 4-year-old horse We Will See, winner of almost $1.5 million lifetime and winner of the $500,000 Ben Franklin on July 3 at Harrah's Chester and a $174,250 US Pacing Championship division at the Meadowlands on August 6. Those two represent fully 25 percent of DePinto's eight-horse stable, based at Showplace Farm.

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