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EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - Supporters of the harness racing betting favorites found themselves empty handed following the Fall Final Four pacing events on Saturday (Nov. 21) at the Meadowlands. Breeders Crown champ Summa Cum Laude grew leg weary off quick fractions while pocket-sitter Always A Miki vaulted with fresh legs to a 1:50.2 victory in the $371,900 Governor's Cup--sponsored by Walnridge Farm & Heritage Hill Farm. Captain Sleaze, at odds of 90-1, kicked to the front and held a brief lead by a :26.3 opening quarter as Always A Miki pulled wide from the pocket with Summa Cum Laude on his back. Always A Miki cleared command to the backstretch before yielding to Summa Cum Laude. Then Abuckabett Hanover tipped first over from fourth tracked by his stablemate, Metro Pace winner Exploit, approaching a :54.3 half. Abuckabett Hanover ranged toward the pacesetter nearing three-quarters in 1:21.4, but his advance stalled nearing the straightaway and forced Exploit to launch three wide. Summa Cum Laude clung to the lead into the stretch as a lane opened for Always A Miki to vacate pocket, and the Always B Miki-Beach Gal colt lunged to a late lead over an extended Exploit and held firm to a half-length victory. Summa Cum Laude held third with Captain Fancy closing for fourth.   "He's a very small horse, there's not much too him--but he's shown all year [that] he's a true competitor," driver Dexter Dunn said after the race. "We re-moved there at the quarter, then Yannick [Gingras and Summa Cum Laude] came and it worked out perfect. The three-quarters was pretty fast, and he was tagged on Yannick's helmet the whole trip. I knew he had something left if I could get him clear." Owned by Christina Takter, Goran Anderberg, Herb Liverman and Rojan Stables, Always A Miki collected his fifth victory from 13 starts, earning $342,418. Nancy Takter trains the $16.00 winner. Blue Diamond Eyes culled the flames of red-hot Breeders Crown champ Fire Start Hanover and emerged victorious in the $323,600 Three Diamonds Final--sponsored by Daniel Baer & South Mountain Stables. Driver David Miller had Blue Diamond Eyes revved early, powering for the front past a :27.3 first quarter to pocket Notorious Pink into the backstretch. Fire Start Hanover raced fourth into the backstretch and gradually edged off the pylons until committing first over by a :56 half. Once taken outside, Fire Start Hanover rolled towards Blue Diamond Eyes to battle the leader by three-quarters in 1:23.3. However, the far-turn blitz paid a toll on Fire Start Hanover as she retreated through the field with shortening strides. Blue Diamond Eyes meanwhile blazed to the finish while prompted by pocket-popping Notorious Pink, who settled for second by one-and-a-half lengths in the 1:51.1 mile. Thebeachiscalling wove through traffic for third with Lindy At The Beach taking fourth.   "Really where she turned her whole year around was in the Kentucky Sires Stakes," trainer Ron Burke said after the race. "She went down, re-found herself, then she came back and won the final. Then even in the Breeders Crown, we couldn't get her in the right spots. Last week [David Miller] said she's ready for a big effort and he said we'll give it to her this week. Like, we're just going to put her on the front and make them come beat her. He was very right--I knew when they came into the last turn [that] they'd have to pace hard to get around her, because she'll fight when she gets the lead." Winning her fifth race from 13 starts, Blue Diamond Eyes has banked $554,617 for owners Thomas & Scott Dillon. The filly by Captaintreacherous-Aria Hanover returned $11.40 to win. An $81,000 consolation was contested earlier on the card for the Governor's Cup. Chris Ryder trainee Beachhead bolted down the center of the track off swift fractions of :26.2, :54.3 and 1:22.4 to win by three-quarter lengths in 1:51.2 over Baklouva, who rallied from last for second. David Miller drove the $13.40 winner for owners Steve Heimbecker and Mac Nichol. By Ray Cotolo, for the Meadowlands Racetrack

East Rutherford, NJ - The 2020 Grand Circuit stakes season at The Meadowlands will conclude on Saturday, November 21 with the $1 million TVG finals for older horses and $1.5 million Freshman Fall Final Four (Goldsmith Maid, Three Diamonds, Valley Victory & Governor's Cup).   While it seems a lifetime ago, when the live racing dates for 2020 were awarded by the NJRC last November they included the legislated right for Monmouth Park to run a Fall meet on the main track at The Meadowlands from October 2 through December 5, eliminating any possibility of a Fall harness meet.   Those dates were eventually revised through negotiations to end on November 21, the reason being to accommodate the Final Four and TVG finals. The issue remained that the earliest date the Standardbred meet could begin and those stakes raced would be November 28.   With such a late date for the Final Four and the fact that of the four stakes only the Three Diamonds required eliminations in 2019, a top money winning format was implemented for 2020. The conditions were amended to read "The eleven (11) highest 2020 money winners (USTA records) that are declared will race at one mile" . So, there will be no eliminations, just a single race composed of up to eleven horses with a provision for a consolation if enough are declared to warrant one.   Among the many COVID related changes this year was Monmouth's decision to not race at The Meadowlands at all, which has allowed the Standardbreds to continue through the Fall and the above mentioned stakes to be raced a week earlier.   The final two preliminary legs of the Kindergarten Classic Series will be raced the next two Fridays leading up to the $800,000e finals on Saturday, November 7. The current standings and conditions are available on the web.   Contact the Racing Office at (201) 842-5130 with any questions.   From The Meadowlands  

JK First Lady and driver Yannick GIngras used outside cover and came on in the stretch to best Rocknificent at the wire in the $411,000 Three Diamonds Final for two-year-old harness racing pacing fillies. The daughter of Western Ideal, the first foal from the Harness Horse of the Year mare, JK She's A Lady, who also won this race in 2014, covered the one mile race in a lifetime best record of 1:49.2, which was also the track and stakes record. She is trained by Nancy Takter and owned and was bred by the 3 Brothers Stable of New York, NY. She paid $8.20 to win. Rocknificent was second with Lyons Sentinel third. by Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink  

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - The final major date for big-time stakes racing in 2019 on the harness racing calendar is just nine days away as the sport's top venue, the Meadowlands Racetrack, will host eight events certain to have impact on many divisional honors - as well as Horse of the Year - on Saturday, Nov. 23. The lineup on Fall Final Four/TVG Finals Night is a stacked one. The four events for 2-year-olds are the $505,050 Valley Victory for trotting colts and geldings, $475,100 Goldsmith Maid for trotting fillies, $401,850 Governor's Cup for pacing colts and geldings and $411,000 Three Diamonds for pacing fillies. In addition, some of the sport's biggest names will be on the track in four TVG Finals. They include the $350,000 Open Pace, $175,000 Mares Pace, $350,000 Open Trot and $175,000 Mares Trot. Two of the stars expected to compete are presumptive Horse of the Year front-runner Shartin N (Mares Pace) and the top horse in training right now - the great mare Manchego - who is likely to get an invitation to the Open Trot as she seeks a seventh straight score in her quest to beat the boys. Purses for the eight races total $2,843,000. Not only will there be plenty of action on the track, but there will be off it as well. There will be a special early post time of 7 p.m. and they'll also be an enhanced wagering menu, which includes: 20-cent Survivor Pick-6 (Races 1-6) $40,000 guaranteed 50-cent Pick-5 (Races 3-7)  $75,000 guaranteed 50-cent Pick-4 (Races 8-11)  Rolling Pick-3s "All of us at the Meadowlands are looking forward to Fall Final Four/TVG Finals Night," said Meadowlands' Chief Operating Officer and General Manager Jason Settlemoir. "Our loyal fans are sure to enjoy our expanded wagering menu on what promises a spectacular card of racing, where divisional honors and Horse of the Year will be decided on the track. In addition, we'll expand our simulcast presence by adding Gabe Prewitt of Pompano Park and the Red Mile and Ft. Erie Racetrack's Ashley Mailloux, who has also done work for TVG, the Breeders' Cup and 'Post Time with Mike and Mike' to our TV team that night." BUILD YOUR BANKROLL: This weekend, the Big M will have its usual live race cards on Friday (Nov. 15) and Saturday (Nov. 16), with post time at 7:15 p.m. Faithful players will have plenty of opportunities to hit big throughout the 26-race weekend, as 17 of the races will have full 10-horse fields, while six others will have nine behind the gate. The three remaining races will have eight-horse fields. The average field size, assuming there are no scratches, will be 9.54 horses per race. BUILD YOUR HAND: "Free Poker Fridays" at the Big M continue Nov. 15. The event, which is sponsored by World Free Poker, begins trackside at 7 p.m. Players must be 21 years of age. GOBBLE, GOBBLE: On Saturday (Nov. 16), enter to win one of 25 vouchers (worth $20) to get a Thanksgiving turkey. Entry forms will be in the live racing program. TOYS FOR TOTS: Come on out to the track on Monday, Dec. 2 and bring an unwrapped toy for a child at Harlem Grown. Not only will you help a youngster have a happy holiday, but you will also get to greet New York Jets wide receiver Quincy Enunwa - the honorary Captain of the 2019 Toys for Tots Campaign - as the U.S. Marine Toys for Tots Annual Holiday Toy Drive Reception takes place at the Meadowlands. FOX5 sportscaster Tina Cervasio will host the event, where some of Enunwa's Jets teammates are expected to attend. For those who cannot make it but would like to help, they can bring a new, unwrapped toy to the track between Friday (Nov. 15) and the night of the event. MORE ACTION: In addition to the world's best harness racing, Big M fans can also bet all NFL, NBA, NHL and college basketball and football games in the track's FanDuel Sportsbook. This weekend's local gridiron action finds the Jets traveling to take on the Washington Redskins on Sunday (Nov. 17) at 1 p.m. while the Giants have a bye week. From the Meadowlands Media Department

East Rutherford, NJ - Entries were taken at The Meadowlands this morning for the Fall Freshman Final Four Grand Circuit stakes. With ten or fewer horses declared in three of the four races, eliminations became unnecessary for those and all horses that were entered in those harness racing stakes will move directly to the final.   Only the Three Diamonds filly pace with a dozen declared will require a single elimination. The stakes conditions call for byes to be offered the the leading money winners and the connections of Lyon's Sentinel and Looksgoodinaromper accepted direct passage into the final.   The remaining ten fillies will race in a $20,000 elimination on Saturday night with the top eight finishers in the official order of finish joining those that accepted the bye in final.   Those finals will be raced on Saturday, November 23 along with the TVG Finals as part of a $2.8 million stakes card.   Here are the horses entered for all divisions of the stakes, listed alphabetically.   The $411,000 Three Diamonds Final (12): Baby Your The Best Hen Party JK Finendandy JK First Lady Looksgoodinaromper* Lyons Sentinel* Marloe Hanover Perfect Storm Rapunzel Blue Chip Rocknificent Shouldabeenatd The Bethinator *Accepted bye into the final   $401,850 Governor's Cup (6) Captain Groovy Cattlewash Father Nuno Lake Charles Mac's Big Boy Papi Rob Hanover   $475,100 Goldsmith Maid (8) Common Sense S Hall Of Am S Musclesandmascara Queen Of The Hill Senorita Rita Sister Sledge Tricky Sister Winter Olympics   $505,000 Valley Victory (10) Amigo Volo Book Seven Chestnut Hill EL Ideal Moveoutofmyway K Patriarch Hanover Ready For Moni Rome Pays Off Southwind Fulton St Martins   by Nick Salvi, for The Meadowlands  

East Rutherford, NJ - In response to Tuesday's announcement regarding the cancellation of the Governor's Cup and Three Diamonds stakes, several of last year's contributing sponsors have indicated that they would renew their support for the 2019 harness racing season.   As a result and with the February 15 deadline looming, The Meadowlands will accept nomination payments on those stakes while continuing to seek sponsorships. A decision on the fate of the stakes will then be made by early March.   The unfortunate truth is that the entire stakes sponsorship program is down significantly from 2018 and the purse supplement granted by the NJ Legislature does not allocate any funds for the Grand Circuit stakes.   The Meadowlands welcomes those who may be interested in becoming stakes sponsors for 2019. Please contact Vice President of Sponsorships Sales Jason Hall who may be reached via email at JHall@TiogaDowns.com or by phone at 607-972-6526 .   In the interest of clarity as to the distribution of the allocation and the measures that will be used to determine if the subsidy will be continued beyond the current fiscal year, NJ Senate Bill 2992 is available in its entirety from this link: https://www.njleg.state.nj.us/2018/Bills/S3000/2992_R2.HTM   The language directing the use of the supplement is clear;   "There shall be appropriated out of the General Fund of the State in the current fiscal year 2019 and in each of the four fiscal years thereafter $20,000,000 annually to the New Jersey Racing Commission to be used for horse racing purse subsidies. These amounts shall be allocated by the New Jersey Racing Commission equally between the thoroughbred industry and the standardbred industry. Of the funds allocated to the thoroughbred industry, 100 percent shall be allocated to Monmouth Park overnight purses. Of the funds allocated to the standardbred industry, 60 percent shall be allocated to Meadowlands overnight purses; 16 percent to Freehold overnight purses; 12 percent to the New Jersey Sire Stakes purses; 6 percent to purse bonuses for New Jersey sired horses; and 6 percent for breeders awards purses." by Nick Salvi, for the Meadowlands

East Rutherford, NJ - As the purse subsidy bill (Senate Bill 2992) awaits the signature of Governor Murphy, The Meadowlands is finalizing live racing and stakes purse details for this season. Although it is clear in the language of the bill that the subsidy money is to be used for overnight races, a number of breeders who have previously helped to fund Meadowlands Grand Circuit races over the past few seasons vis sponsorships have declined to continue their contributions for 2019, creating a shortfall in the stakes account. As a result of this shortfall the Governor's Cup 2 year-old colt pace and Three Diamonds 2 year-old filly pace will have to be cancelled for 2019 without the sponsor contributions. "The breeders had another record breaking year at the sales and seem to think that the pressure is now off at The Meadowlands with the purse subsidy, but it's far from off," said Meadowlands CEO Jeff Gural. "I am adding a minimum of $1 million from sports betting to the $6 million subsidy for overnight purses. The language is clear that the subsidy is not for use in our Grand Circuit stakes, so nothing has changed so far as funding those. If we get sufficient sponsors for these races we can reinstate them, if not they will be cancelled for 2019." It's important to realize that while the bill passed contains language to continue the $20 million in total to the horse racing industry for five years with $6 million directed to Meadowlands purses, it also requires the track to demonstrate that the funds are in fact improving the racing industry in New Jersey. The parameters set out by legislators include impact on handle, the number of horses in races, the success of the New Jersey bred horse in their home state and increased attendance and revenue at the tracks.  The overnight purses will be increased immediately after the bill is signed. Another increase will come in late March or early April, when the competition for horses increases. by Nick Salvi, for the Meadowlands

East Rutherford, NJ - The upcoming weekend of racing, featuring eliminations for the $1.8 million Freshman Fall Final Four and an overnight peek at a few of the sport's veteran stars looking forward to the $1 million Grand Circuit TVG Championships will serve as a hearty appetizer to nearly $3 million worth of finals on Saturday, November 24. Friday's headliners are a pair of $20,000 Open Handicap events both of which contain TVG eligible looking for a tightner before the final. The Open Mare Pace is led by Pure Country (Y. Gingras). The TVG Final will be the swan song for the great mare whose retirement following the TVG has already been announced. The triple Dan Patch award winner will race sans hopples for the first time on Friday as she closes in on $2.5 million in career earnings for owner/breeder Diamond Creek Racing and trainer Jimmy Takter. The Open Trot boasts the point leader in both the TVG Open and Mare division squaring off for $20,000. After a sparkling beginning to his season that placed him atop the TVG leaderboard, Will Take Charge (Tim Tetrick) has not had his finest form for the past few months and looks to reclaim that position in these late stages for owner Mac Nichol. Ice Attraction's campaign took an opposite course with early season struggles giving way to a successful fall including a World Record equaling performance at The Red Mile and a remarkable trip to gather the place in the Breeders Crown final. Andy Miller drives on Friday for owner/trainer Ake Svanstedt and partners Sipple, Burroughs and Little E, LLC. Saturday night brings a few elimination races for the Grand Circuit season's curtain call for the freshmen. Fifteen trotting colts entered the Valley Victory and after a pair of elimination races the top ten of those will pass through to next week's $435,900 final. It's an even group with the seasonal late bloomers making a last grab for the gold ring before winter training. The Governor's Cup drew 13 colt pacers and after three colts accepted a bye into the $469,300 final ten are left to battle over the seven remaining berths. Breeders Crown winner Captain Crunch (S. Zeron) brings the strongest resume to this one for trainer Nancy Johansson and the partnership of 3 Brothers Stable, Christina Takter, Rojan Stable and Caviart Farms. Both the $490,000 Goldsmith Maid and $391,250 Three Diamonds for 2-year-old trotting and pacing fillies respectively did not require elimination races and those two groups head directly into next week's finals. For good measure, the Saturday card also includes TVG Open Pace point leader and likely final favorite McWicked facing four others in an overnight Open Handicap. Post time for both nights is 7:15 pm. by Nick Salvi, for the Meadowlands

East Rutherford, NJ - Entries for the lucrative Freshman Fall Final Four stakes were taken today at The Meadowlands. Both filly races, the Three Diamonds and Goldsmith Maid required no elimination races, the Governor's Cup a single elimination and the Valley Victory with two elimination heats on Saturday, November 17.   All of the $1.8 million finals will be raced on Saturday, November 24.   The ten pacing fillies entered for the $391,250 Three Diamonds will go directly to the final and are listed in alphabetical order with driver and trainer:   Alkippe T.Tetrick L.Toscano Beautyonthebeach D. McNair G. McNair Love At First Bite A. McCarthy J. Takter Michelon's Filly M. Miller E. Miller Prescient Beauty D. McNair G. McNair Renaissance Lady K B. Sears N. Parker Summer Charm T. Tetrick R. Burke Sylph Hanover M. Kakaley R. Burke Warrawee Ubeaut Y. Gingras R. Burke Zero Tolerance D. Miller J. Holloway   The ten trotting fillies entered for the $490,000 Goldsmith Maid will go directly to the final and are listed in alphabetical order with driver and trainer:   Asiago B. Miller J. Takter Can't Touch It B. Sears J. Takter Caviart Jenny A. McCarthy N. Johansson Evident Beauty D. Miller R. Norman Fate Smiled M. Kakaley R. Burke Jezzy's Legacy R. Schnittker R. Schnittker Miss You Kelly T. Tetrick B. Lauer Princess Deo A. McCarthy N. Daley Sonnet Grace Y. Gingras R. Burke Stella Jane C. Callahan J. Butenschoen   The $469,300 Governor's Cup drew 13 declarations. The conditions require that byes to the final be offered to the top money winners in descending order. The connections of Captain Crunch and Reigning Deo declined the bye and will race in a single $20,000 10 horse elimination race with three colts to be eliminated from the final.   Accepting the three offered byes were the connections of Blood Money, Semi Tough and Sugar Factory. Those three will join the seven moving successfully from the elimination race to next week's final. The elimination winner will draw from posts 1-6 for the final.   The elim entrants are listed here in alphabetical order with the driver and trainer.   Artie's Ideal M. Miller E. Miller Captain Crunch S. Zeron N. Johansson Duddie's Lor A. McCarthy N. Daley Escapetothebeach T. Tetrick T. Alagna Lyons Johnnyjnr T. Tetrick J. Gillis Mac's Power D. Miller M. Silva Mangogh B. Miller B. Saunders Reigning Deo A. McCarthy B. Pelling Waterway B. Miller T. Alagna Yacht Week C. Lind S. Lind   The $435,900 Valley Victory took 15 declarations and will require 2 $20,000 elimination races. Elimination winners will draw from posts 1-6 for the final.   The elimination entrants are listed here in alphabetical order with the driver and trainer.   Battenberg C. Callahan J. Holloway Chin Chin Hall P. Wrenn M. Wrenn Divine Spirit A. McCarthy B. Pelling Forbidden Trade B. McClure L. Blais Gangham Style KS E. Abbatiello A. Svanstedt Hudson River B. Sears J. Takter No Drama Please A. Miller J. Miller Prospect Hill A. Miller J. Miller Quiksilvr Bluechip A. McCarthy L. Wallin Reign Of Honor D. Miller R. Norman Seven Hills C. Callahan J. Butenschoen Southwind Avenger D. Miller R. Norman Super Schissel Y. Gingras J. Takter Trix And Stones S. Zeron C. Jamieson Union Forces S. Zeron D. Cecere   The draw for the elimination races will be completed later today and available on the Meadowlands website.   by Nick Salvi, for the Meadowlands      

TORONTO, November 15 - The 2016 Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG) harness racing stakes season will come to a close Saturday night at Woodbine Racetrack with nearly $1.8 million on the line in the Fall Four. The Governor's Cup, Valley Victory, Three Diamonds and Goldsmith Maid will see many of the finest two-year-olds in the sport attempting to finish off their rookie seasons in style. The richest event of the Fall Four is the $520,000 Governor's Cup, which features a field of 11 pacing colts and geldings. Two of the fastest two-year-olds in harness racing history, Downbytheseaside and Huntsville, will go toe-to-toe in Saturday's main event. Huntsville is coming into the Governor's Cup off a sensational 1:49.1 Breeders Crown victory on October 29. The Ray Schnittker trained colt has won seven of 10 starts this season, including the Pennsylvania Sires Stakes (PASS) Championship and a pair of Grand Circuit events at The Red Mile. Downbytheseaside has done his best to stay out of the shadow of Huntsville, despite finishing second to his rival on three different occasions, including the PASS Championship and Breeders Crown. The Brian Brown trained colt has won seven of 12 starts this season. With no eliminations necessary for the Governor's Cup, Downbytheseaside tuned up for Saturday's contest with a winning qualifier last Friday at Dayton Raceway. The parallels between Huntsville and Downbytheseaside's rookie seasons run deep. Both are sons of Somebeachsomewhere, both have seven victories this season, both have followed almost identical schedules and both have victories over each other, with Hunstville holding a three to one advantage. However, the deepest connection that will long be remembered between the two standouts is October 8th, 2016 at The Red Mile. On a breezy fall afternoon in Lexington, Huntsville and Downbytheseaside each captured a division of the International Stallion Stake and both did so by equaling the World Record of 1:49. Huntsville versus Downbytheseaside is becoming one of the hottest rivalries in the sport and anticipation is already building for potential classic showdowns next season at age three. However, one final two-year-old battle looms for the superstar rookies and it only seems right that they will lineup side by side in the Governor's Cup. Huntsville and driver Tim Tetrick drew post position two, while Downbytheseaside and driver David Miller landed post position three for Saturday's $520,000 event. While the two big dogs in Saturday's Governor's Cup will have a close eye on each other, they will also have their hands full with their nine other rivals, which includes Breeders Crown third-place finisher Miso Fast, Kindergarten winner Air Strike and Dream Maker Series winner Bettors Dream. The Governor's Cup certainly has the makings of a potential classic, but the three other Fall Four events are also loaded with talent. The $427,000 Three Diamonds for two-year-old pacing fillies features Breeders Crown champion Someomensomewhere and Shes A Great Lady champion Idyllic Beach. IdyllicBeach bested Someomensomewhere in last Friday's elimination by just a neck, while Caviart Ally came through with a strong effort to take the other split. Someomensomewhere has won three of her last five going into Saturday, while Idyllic Beach is undefeated in three starts north of the border. The $404,000 Valley Victory for two-year-old trotting colts and geldings could be the scene of a "Snowstorm". Ron Burke trainee Snowstorm Hanover turned in a dominating effort to win his elimination last week in 1:55.1. The son of Muscle Massive is red-hot going into the Valley Victory final with back-to-back wins, including a victory on November 3rd in the Matron at Dover Downs. Local standout Jake will look to get in the way of Snowstorm Hanover. The Luc Blais trainee captured his elimination last week in 1:55.4 and has never finished out of the money in nine career starts. Similar to the Governor's Cup, the Goldsmith Maid for rookie trotting fillies did not require eliminations. A competitive field of 10 is scheduled to compete for $447,000. Princess Aurora has quietly earned $212,676 in the shadow of stablemate Ariana G this season, but with no Ariana G in the Goldsmith Maid, the Jimmy Takter trained filly will have a chance to grab the spotlight Saturday. Princess Aurora has three victories this season and has hit the board in eight of 10 outings. Saturday's card will be the final million dollar card of the 2016 North American harness racing season, which has seen many classic moments. With nearly $1.8 million up for grabs in the Fall Four, more signature moments will be added to the 2016 yearbook. The full draw for the Fall Four card will take place Wednesday. Post time Saturday is 7:30 p.m. Here are the post position draws for the Fall Four Finals. $520,000 Governor's Cup 1. Miso Fast by Roll With Joe 2. Huntsville by Somebeachsomewhere 3. Downbytheseaside by Somebeachsomewhere 4. Blood Line by Somebeachsomewhere 5. Some Attitude by Somebeachsomewhere 6. Who Said Not To by Well Said 7. Filibuster Hanover by Somebeachsomewhere 8. Western Hill by Western Ideal 9. Tuxedo Bay by Somebeachsomewhere 10. Air Strike by Always A Virgin 11. Bettors Dream by Bettor's Delight   $447,000 Goldsmith Maid 1. Princess Aurora by Cantab Hall 2. Southwind Tesla by Chapter Seven 3. Gravitator by Kadabra 4. Temple Ruins by Donato Hanover 5. Myammie Drama by Muscle Hill 6. Magic Presto by Kadabra 7. Winter Sweet Frost by Kadabra 8. Cameron Hill by Muscle Hill 9. Cool Cates by Yankee Glide 10. Blinded By Lindy by Crazed   $427,000 Three Diamonds 1. Someomensomewhere by Somebeachsomewhere 2. Bettors Up by Bettor's Delight 3. Idyllic Beach by Somebeachsomewhere 4. Caviart Ally by Bettor's Delight 5. Candlelight Dinner by American Ideal 6. Thats The Ticket by Roll With Joe 7. Rockette by Rocknroll Hanover 8. Black Jack Pat by Well Said 9. Obvious Blue Chip by Roll With Joe 10. Happy Hannah by Well Said AE: Bid Writer by Sportswriter   $404,000 Valley Victory 1. Southwind Cobra by Muscle Hill 2. Andy M by Andover Hall 3. Jake by Muscle Hill 4. Moonshiner Hanover by Andover Hall 5. Snowstorm Hanover by Muscle Massive 6. Quadrangle by Muscle Hill 7. International Moni by Love You 8. Fraser Ridge by Triumphant Caviar 9. What The Hill by Mucsle hill 10. Sir John F by Donato Hanover AE: Lindy The Great by Crazed Mark McKelvie

Winning races might be in Caviart Ally's blood and there could be no more appropriate time for the 2-year-old female pacer to get her first open stakes harness racing victory than Saturday's C$427,000 Three Diamonds Stakes at Woodbine. After all, Three Diamonds is in her blood too. Caviart Ally hails from a family of stakes winners, starting with half-brother All Speed Hanover and half-sister Allamerican Coed. Dam Allamerican Cool is a half-sister to Hall of Fame mare Eternal Camnation and Caviart Ally's fourth dam is Hall of Fame mare Three Diamonds. The family also includes stakes-winners Life Sign and Threefold, who were both out of Three Diamonds. "I think it's sort of cool that she's in this race," said owner Buck Chaffee, referring to Caviart Ally's connection to Three Diamonds. "We buy yearling fillies to become broodmares. She had just a great family, really deep. We picked her out because of the breeding and we're just really happy that she's developed into a nice racehorse." Chaffee and his wife Judy own Caviart Farms, a 230-acre breeding and boarding facility in Paris, Ky., and have enjoyed their share of success over the years, most notably with multiple-stakes-winner Caviart Sydney. Caviart Farms purchased Caviart Ally, whose sire is Bettor's Delight, under the name Airlie Hanover for $35,000 at last fall's Standardbred Horse Sale. "It's just really nice to have one at this level," Chaffee said. Caviart Ally heads to the Three Diamonds off a win in her elimination last Friday at Woodbine. Caviart Ally won by a half-length over That's The Ticket in 1:54.3 with Andy McCarthy driving for trainer Noel Daley. In her previous start, Caviart Ally finished second by a neck to Breeders Crown winner Someomensomewhere in the Kindergarten Classic Series championship at the Meadowlands. It was Caviart Ally's fourth second-place finish in a span of five starts, with none of the setbacks coming by more than a half-length. For the year, Caviart Ally has won two of 13 races, hit the board a total of nine times, and earned $110,479. "We've liked her from the beginning," Chaffee said. "She trained down super. Her first (qualifier) she raced really great. She came the last quarter in :25.4, just really strong. We didn't know if she was going to be able to race at the top level or not, but we thought she was going to be a good horse. "But we knew it was going to take her a little while. She was a late foal, she's a June foal, so we tried to give her as much time as we could to let her develop. She's really come on recently. She got a little sick in the middle of the year and had a couple of bad races, but other than that she's been right there. We're just happy that now she's gotten to compete against some really nice fillies." Caviart Ally was eligible to the Breeders Crown, but her connections decided to skip the event. "We didn't think she was quite ready," Chaffee said. "In retrospect, that might have been a mistake on our part. But maybe it turned out for the better, too, because she's still pretty fresh and racing well. Next year she's staked to all the big races and we're looking forward to that as well." Idyllic Beach won the other Three Diamonds elimination by a neck over Someomensomewhere in 1:55.3. In September, Idyllic Beach won the She's A Great Lady Stakes at Mohawk. Saturday's Woodbine card also includes the C$520,000 Governor's Cup for 2-year-old male pacers, C$447,000 Goldsmith Maid for 2-year-old female trotters and C$404,000 Valley Victory for 2-year-old male trotters. The Governor's Cup features the top three finishes from the Breeders Crown --- Huntsville, Downbytheseaside, and Miso Fast. Eliminations were unnecessary for the Governor's Cup and Goldsmith Maid. Snowstorm Hanover and Jake won eliminations for the Valley Victory. Ken Weingartner Harness Racing Communications

TORONTO, November 11 - Grand Circuit harness racing two-year-olds invaded Woodbine Racetrack Friday night for the eliminations of the Valley Victory and Three Diamonds, part of the Fall Four series. Each stake featured two $25,000 eliminations, with the other two events in the Fall Four, the Governor's Cup and Goldsmith Maid, going directly to a final. A group of 15 two-year-old trotting colts and geldings were split into a pair of eliminations to decide the field for the Valley Victory. Snowstorm Hanover turned in a huge performance to win the first elimination in 1:55.1. The Ron Burke trainee was sent right to the front from post-seven by driver Matt Kakaley. Snowstorm Hanover hung up fractions of :28, :58.2 and 1:27. The Burke trainee took off on his rivals at the top of the lane and powered home in :28 for a 2½ length victory. International Moni finished second, while Andy M edged out stablemate Fraser Ridge for third. Quadrangle finished fifth to grab a spot in next week's final. William Wellwood Memorial champion Seven And Seven went off as the public's choice in the first elimination, but made a break just after the start. A son of Muscle Massive, Snowstorm Hanover was coming into Friday's elimination with plenty of momentum after a victory in last week's Matron Stakes. "I wanted to put him in play and make sure he was up close, make sure we got a spot in the final no matter what," said Kakaley post-race. "He's good on the front and once I got there pretty easy, he was strong right through the wire." Snowstorm Hanover now has five wins and $193,519 earned in 13 starts this season. He is owned by Burke Racing Stable LLC, Frank Baldachino, Phillip Collura and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Snowstorm Hanover paid $9.10 to win. Snowstorm Hanover In the second elimination, Jake converted off a perfect two-hole trip for a 1:55.4 victory. The Luc Blais trainee and driver Sylvain Filion got a pocket journey in behind Moonshiner Hanover, who posted fractions of :28.3, :58.1 and 1:27.3. Jake was angled out of the two-hole at the three-quarter pole and unleashed a strong final-quarter of :27.4 to win by a length. What The Hill finished up well for second, while Southwind Cobra overcame some equipment issues for third. The last two spots in next week's final were claimed by Moonshiner Hanover and Sir John F. A son of Muscle Hill, Jake was coming into the Valley Victory eliminations off a fifth-place finish in the Breeders Crown final from post-ten. "He had to come first up (in the Breeders Crown), but he held on tough and raced really good," said Filion. "In his elim he wasn't trotting right and then Luc (Blais) made some shoeing changes and he was way better in the final and then again tonight he was just awesome." Owned by Determination, Jake now has two wins and $153,966 earned in nine starts this season. He paid $9.50 to win. Jake The Three Diamonds attracted 13 two-year-old pacing fillies, who were split into two eliminations. Idyllic Beach returned to the WEG Circuit for the first time Friday since her Shes A Great Lady triumph in early-September and turned in another winning effort in the first Three Diamonds elimination. The Jimmy Takter trained filly got away third in a field of six with driver Yannick Gingras, while Someomensomewhere stepped out to the lead and posted an opening-quarter of :29.3. The soft-opening quarter did not sit well with Gingras and he moved Idyllic Beach towards the front in the second-quarter, ultimately clearing to command at the half in :58. The Takter trainee got away with a :30.3 breather on the far turn to set up a stretch sprint. In the stretch, Someomensomewhere was angled to the outside by Marcus Miller, but despite a :26.4 final-quarter, she could not outsprint Idyllic Beach, who held her off by a neck in 1:55.3. Bettors Up finished third, while Rockette and Obvious Blue Chip rounded out the top-five to advance to next week's final. A daughter of Somebeachsomewhere, IdyllicBeach has been raced primarily on the front this season and Gingras was hoping to work out a trip Friday, but had to change his plans early. "The first-eighth was pretty slow and the second-eighth was even slower, so I had no choice but to go to the front," said Gingras. "It's really not what I wanted for her tonight, but it worked out. She had plenty of pace obviously off those slow fractions coming home and she did it easy." Owned by Christina Takter, John Fielding, Brixton Medical Inc. and Marvin Katz, Idyllic Beach is now an eight-time winner from 13 starts and has earned $632,962 in her rookie season. Idyllic Beach's dam, Idyllic, captured the Three Diamonds in 2010 at Woodbine and set a track record of 1:51 in the process. A $2 win ticket on Idyllic Beach returned $4.20. Idyllic Beach After finishing second in four of her last five starts, Caviart Ally finally got back to the winner's circle in the second Three Diamonds elimination. The Noel Daley trained pacing filly got away fourth with driver Andrew McCarthy, while Happy Hannah led the field of seven by the opening-quarter in :28.1. Candlelight Dinner brushed from third to first in the second-quarter to front the field by the half in :58. McCarthy waited until just after five-eighths to send Caviart Ally first up and the Daley trainee was three-lengths from the lead turning for home. Candlelight Dinner tried to take off on her rivals after three-quarters of 1:26.4, but Caviart Ally tracked down the leader and paced by powerfully in the lane for a half-length victory in 1:54.3. Thats The Ticket rallied from off the pace to nose out Candlelight Dinner for second. Black Jack Pat finished fourth, while Happy Hannah was fifth. A daughter of Bettor's Delight, Caviart Ally had only a single win to her name heading into Friday's contest, but had finished second on six different occasions. "She's just run into some really good fillies this year," said McCarthy. "She's been pretty much tripped out her whole two-year-old season, so she's fresh enough and getting good at the right time." Owned by Caviart Farms, Caviart Ally increased her seasonal earnings to $113,229 with Friday's score. She paid $4.90 to win. Caviart Ally Following Friday's eliminations, the finals for all the Fall Four events were drawn. Elimination winners earned the right to select their post. The Fall Four Finals will take place next Saturday (November 19) at Woodbine. Post time is 7:30 p.m. Here are the post position draws for the Fall Four Finals. $520,000 Governor's Cup 1. Miso Fast by Roll With Joe 2. Huntsville by Somebeachsomewhere 3. Downbytheseaside by Somebeachsomewhere 4. Blood Line by Somebeachsomewhere 5. Some Attitude by Somebeachsomewhere 6. Who Said Not To by Well Said 7. Filibuster Hanover by Somebeachsomewhere 8. Western Hill by Western Ideal 9. Tuxedo Bay by Somebeachsomewhere 10. Air Strike by Always A Virgin 11. Bettors Dream by Bettor's Delight   $447,000 Goldsmith Maid 1. Princess Aurora by Cantab Hall 2. Southwind Tesla by Chapter Seven 3. Gravitator by Kadabra 4. Temple Ruins by Donato Hanover 5. Myammie Drama by Muscle Hill 6. Magic Presto by Kadabra 7. Winter Sweet Frost by Kadabra 8. Cameron Hill by Muscle Hill 9. Cool Cates by Yankee Glide 10. Blinded By Lindy by Crazed   $427,000 Three Diamonds 1. Someomensomewhere by Somebeachsomewhere 2. Bettors Up by Bettor's Delight 3. Idyllic Beach by Somebeachsomewhere 4. Caviart Ally by Bettor's Delight 5. Candlelight Dinner by American Ideal 6. Thats The Ticket by Roll With Joe 7. Rockette by Rocknroll Hanover 8. Black Jack Pat by Well Said 9. Obvious Blue Chip by Roll With Joe 10. Happy Hannah by Well Said AE: Bid Writer by Sportswriter   $404,000 Valley Victory 1. Southwind Cobra by Muscle Hill 2. Andy M by Andover Hall 3. Jake by Muscle Hill 4. Moonshiner Hanover by Andover Hall 5. Snowstorm Hanover by Muscle Massive 6. Quadrangle by Muscle Hill 7. International Moni by Love You 8. Fraser Ridge by Triumphant Caviar 9. What The Hill by Mucsle hill 10. Sir John F by Donato Hanover AE: Lindy The Great by Crazed Mark McKelvie

TORONTO, October 25 - The finest two-year-olds in harness racing were on display Saturday night at Woodbine Racetrack for the Fall Four Stakes. Consisting of the Governors Cup, Valley Victory, Three Diamonds and Goldsmith Maid, the Fall Four Stakes has been an annual showcase of the best freshmen in the sport. A costly miscue and a giant upset got the action underway in the $464,000 Goldsmith Maid for two-year-old trotting fillies. Mission Brief, the 3/5 heavy favourite, made a break leaving the gate throwing the fate of the rich final up into the air. Capitalizing on the public's choice break was 70-1 longshot Smexi and driver Corey Callahan. A daughter of Explosive Matter, Smexi got a two-hole trip behind Stubborn Belle and driver Paul Macdonell and was able to come off the leaders back in the stretch and trot on to a length and a half victory. Stubborn Belle held on for second, while Juanitas Fury finished third. "Leaving out of there I looked over and saw that she (Mission Brief) had made a break," said Callahan following the race. "We got really lucky Paul and I, we just kind of got things on our own up there, nobody really moved and it worked perfect for me." Trained by Jimmy Takter for owners Christina Takter, John and Jim Fielding and Herb Liverman, Smexi had only one victory in eleven starts heading into the Goldsmith Maid. Takter, who drove Smexi in her elimination last week, handed the lines over to Callahan and told the driver his filly was ready and to put her in the race. "Tonight before the race he (Takter) pulled me aside and told me listen she was a little rough on me last week," said Callahan. "But I warmed her up tonight and she was really sharp and on her toes." The Goldsmith Maid victory pushes Smexi's career bankroll to over $364,000. Smexi paid $159.30 to win, while a $2 exactor paid just under $1,200. Smexi Fall Four night quickly became the Takter show in the $521,000 Valley Victory for two-year-old trotting colts and geldings. Takter trainees finished first, second, fourth and fifth to almost take the entire purse home in the rich final Pinkman and driver Sylvain Filion were able to convert off a second over trip to narrowly defeat stablemate Uncle Lasse by a head in 1:55.4. The heavy 3/5 favourite, Habitat, finished third wedge between Takter starters, as The Bank and Walter White finished fourth and fifth respectively. A son of Explosive Matter, Pinkman was making only his sixth career start in the Valley Victory final, but has now won four of those starts for earnings of over $330,000. Following the race, Takter explained why Pinkman was a little late getting to the races. "We castrated him after his baby races, he kind of didn't pay attention where he was suppose to," said Takter. "He had a very complicated castration, so it took a little bit of a long time for him to get where he (is), but he has surprised me a lot." Takter also said the son of Explosive Matter wasn't on his radar as a superstar training down. "Average, he did everything right, but I had quite a few horses that I thought were a lot better, but these horses that have the good willing to want to do it, especially at this time of year, can get it all." Pinkman is owned by Christina Takter, John and Jim Fielding, Joyce McClelland and Herb Liverman. He returned $16.60 to win. Pinkman Artspeak, this year's Metro Pace winner, bounced back in impressive fashion to win the $565,000 Governors Cup for the two-year-old pacing colts and geldings. Leaving from post position six, Artspeak and driver Scott Zeron got away sixth and were able to get into the outer flow on the backstretch, as Lost For Words hung up a big half of :54.3. As the field rounded the final turn, Pierce Hanover cleared to the front leaving Artspeak second over on the back of Lyons Again, as the field ripped by the three-quarter pole in 1:21.4. In the stretch, Artspeak came off his cover and powered by his rivals to take the lead and score a solid length and a half victory in 1:50.4. Go Daddy Go got up to finish second, while Pierce Hanover held on for third. A son of Western Ideal, Artspeak is trained by Tony Alagna for owners Brittany Farms, Marvin Katz, Joe Sbrocco and In The GYM Partners. Heading into the Governors Cup final, Artspeak had made a break in two consecutive starts for the first two losses of his career. Following the race, Alagna spoke about the recent miscues from the two-year-old and getting him ready for the final. "I came up Tuesday, trained him up Wednesday and he trained fantastic at the farm, so I thought we had the kinks worked out," said Alagna. "Most people know that if I didn't have confidence the horse was ok, with the connections that own the horse he would've never been here to race, so I was very happy that he showed us the redemption that everybody thought he should." After training Artspeak earlier in the week, Alagna said he told the connections at dinner that he had full confidence in the horse. "I told them that night at dinner, he's back on his game, we've got our horse back." By adding the Governors Cup to his resume that already includes the Metro Pace, Artspeak has now won the two richest events of the season for two-year-old pacers. His record now stands at eight wins from ten starts for career earnings of just over $805,000. Artspeak paid $3.50 to win. Jk Shesalady improved to a perfect ten for ten with another victory in the $424,000 Three Diamonds for two-year-old pacing fillies Saturday night at Woodbine. Sent off as the heavy 1/5 favourite, Jk Shesalady and Yannick Gingras got away fifth and sat along the rail until the midway point of the race. Around the final turn, Gingras sent Jk Shealady first up to challenge the leader, The Show Returns, as the fillies were on even terms at the three-quarter pole in 1:24. Jk Shesalady came off the turn and quickly created separation with the field and cruised home to an impressive looking length and a half victory in 1:52.1. Solar Sister took the place spot, while Ideal Nuggets finished third. The Three Diamonds victory was the tenth win in a row for the undefeated Jk Shealady. Following the race, Gingras talked about racing her first up once again Saturday night. "It seems to be working for her, so no sense in changing anything," said Gingras. "She likes to relax in the first half and she's got a huge brush for the second half." A daughter of Art Major, Jk Shesalady is trained by Nancy Johansson for owners 3 Brothers Stable. Jk Shesalady has now banked over $669,000 in her rookie season and has earned herself consideration in Horse of the Year talk. She returned $2.50 to win. Mark McKelvie

If her recent results are any indication, The Show Returns has arrived. But harness racing owner Richard Young says the reason the filly was slow to find the spotlight had more to do with unfortunate luck than lack of performance. The Show Returns heads into Saturday's $424,000 Three Diamonds Stakes for 2-year-old female pacers at Woodbine off a neck win over Band Of Angels in 1:53.1 in their elimination division, giving the Chris Ryder-trainee three victories in a row. She will start the Three Diamonds from post No. 2, with Scott Zeron listed to drive. A daughter of stallion Rocknroll Hanover out of Stienam's Place, The Show Returns is a full sister to previous Young female pacing star Put On A Show, who earned $2.4 million in her career and was the 2010 Dan Patch Award winner for best 3-year-old female pacer. The Show Returns, who was purchased for $180,000 under the name Hey There Delilah, at last year's Lexington Selected Sale, has won four of nine races and earned $98,738 for Richard and Joanne Young.  "We thought she was quite good from the get-go, so to speak, but she just had unfortunate situations," Richard Young said. "People are saying she kind of tailed off in the middle (of the year) but she didn't really tail off. Some things happened. It wasn't that she got bad; if she had gotten bad, I'd have turned her out." The Show Returns finished second by a half-length to Stacia Hanover in her debut in a preliminary round of the New Jersey Sire Stakes, then finished a troubled-trip fifth in the final. She bounced back to win a round of the Whenuwishuponastar Series at Mohawk Racetrack, then finished fifth-placed-fourth in the final.  After the race, The Show Returns was diagnosed with synchronous diaphragmatic flutter; spasms of the diaphragm in synchronization with the heartbeat more commonly called "the thumps."  The Show Returns was off-the-board in her next two races, but has been unbeaten since. Among her wins were the She's A Great Lady Consolation and a division of the Champlain Stakes, both in 1:52.  "She's a nice filly," said Young, who in addition to Put On A Show owned I Luv The Nitelife, the 2013 Dan Patch Award winner for best 3-year-old filly pacer. "I don't know if she'll ever be as good as the other two; I think that's asking a lot. But she's competitive and she has good speed. "Anytime you have speed, you can get position. And when you get position, something (good) can happen. I like her." The Show Returns is Young's only racehorse at the current time. "If you look at her on the track, she's a peanut," Young said, laughing. "I don't generally buy peanuts, I like the bigger horse. But she was a June foal, so I thought she might grow. I don't think she's grown an inch. But she has speed, she has an ability to get position, and it looks like she will fight. I can always hope."  The Show Returns will face - for the first time - undefeated JK She'salady in the Three Diamonds. JK She'salady won her elimination on Saturday by one length over Solar Sister in 1:53.3 for driver Yannick Gingras and trainer Nancy Johansson. The filly, who in August won the She's A Great Lady Stakes by four lengths in a world-record-equaling 1:50.1, is 9-for-9 this year.  "I've been touting 'Lady' for Pacer of the Year, and I think if she stays undefeated, she should be," Young said. "I don't know if very many people are going along with me, but the fact is she does have the best record out there. She's undefeated and she's won them all easily.  "Of course, I want to beat her and prove me wrong. I wouldn't bet my horse with your money, but that doesn't mean I can't hope that we beat her. I think she's untouchable right now, but I'm hoping that she's not. "I'm a little spoiled. In the last six years or so, I had the horse that was supposed to win. I have to get used to not being the best one. But she could in fact be the second-best one. That's OK, too." The Show Returns in her Three Diamonds Elimination The full field in post order for the Three Diamonds is 1  Happy Becky 2  The Show Returns 3  JK She'salady 4  Float On By 5  Solar Sister 6  Ideal Nuggets 7  Rock Her World 8  Band Of Angels 9  Zip Code Envy 10 Shakai Hanover. Ken Weingartner Harness Racing Communications

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