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Three days after watching Wakizashi Hanover win the C$1 million Pepsi North America Cup at Mohawk Racetrack in Ontario, harness racing owner Bruce Kennedy was still unsure whether the magnitude of the accomplishment had sunk in completely. "I'm wondering myself," said the 74-year-old Nova Scotia resident, who heads the horse's Tri County Stable ownership group. "It's a lot to take in because it's a brand new level of enjoyment for us." Not that there is a lot of time to sit back and relax. Wakizashi Hanover is getting ready for his next challenge in Saturday's eliminations for the Max C. Hempt Memorial at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. The 3-year-old gelded pacer competes in the third of three $25,000 Hempt elims; the top three finishers in each division advance to the $500,000 final on July 4. Wakizashi Hanover, trained by Joann Looney-King, will start his elim from post four with driver Tim Tetrick and is the 5-2 morning line favorite. Brian Brown's Lost For Words, unbeaten in four races this season, is the 3-1 second choice from post seven with driver David Miller. Also competing in the eliminations are Wiggle It Jiggleit, who is the 5-2 favorite in the second division, and Artspeak, who is the 5-2 choice in the first elim. Wiggle It Jiggleit saw his career unbeaten streak snapped at 11 when he finished second by three-quarters of a length to Wakizashi Hanover in the North America Cup. Artspeak, who received the Dan Patch Award as the sport's best 2-year-old male pacer of 2014, finished fifth in the North America Cup after getting an outside trip from post 10. Betting Exchange, who finished third in the North America Cup, is the 3-1 second choice in the second Hempt elimination, and In The Arsenal, who was fourth in the Cup, is 3-1 in the first division. Wakizashi Hanover, a son of Dragon Again out of the mare Western Gesture, was purchased for $23,000 at the 2013 Standardbred Horse Sale and has won seven of 12 career races and earned $598,507 (U.S.). Kennedy owns Wakizashi Hanover with Percy Bonnell, Wayne Burley, David Bugden, David Chabassol, and Dr. Scott Bowen. Kennedy, who has more than four decades of experience in harness racing ranging from training, driving and working in an administrative capacity, is in the convenience store business in Bible Hill. On Tuesday afternoon he took time to talk about Wakizashi Hanover with Ken Weingartner of the USTA's Harness Racing Communications division. KW: You have several new owners involved with Wakizashi Hanover. Do they think this is easy now? BK: That's a good question. (Laughs.) They're well aware of how long it normally takes to get to sort of the halfway mark in this industry. To get the full distance in one shot, it's like a hole-in-one in golf for these people. KW: It's like a hole-in-one the first time you take the clubs out of the bag. BK: Exactly. KW: Were you getting anxious in the weeks leading up to the North America Cup? BK: He kind of flew under the radar prior to the race, and that suited our demeanor just fine. The people we have associated ourselves with in Jim King Jr., his wife Joann, and Tim Tetrick - those people have been so good to us and so good to our horse. They bonded really well and they know that horse inside out. The caretaker of the horse, Phil Moore, he bonded with the horse. The horse has such a personality that it was kind of an easy matchup. The horse is so well cared for, so healthy and so happy, and we think the key to a good horse is good health and happiness. KW: What's his personality like? BK: This horse wants to be a friend with everybody. He's very easy to be around. He likes to be around people. He's nice to jog on the track. He's so simple. He wears simple clothing; he wears a closed bridle, a pair of hobbles, and just for precautionary measures they wrap a pair of shin boots on him when he races. He's a pretty slick-going character, this guy. KW: As you watched the race unfold, what was going through your mind? BK: I kind of thought I was at the Indy 500; they got off to such a wicked pace in :25.1. Wiggle It Jiggleit is no slouch by any means; he's a speedster. When they got past the eighth pole and he took over, the race was on. Timmy's strategy from where we sat appeared to be to get out early and fend off all comers knowing almost for sure that Wiggle It Jiggleit was going to want to go to the top. We ended up sitting in the pocket and that's exactly where Tim wanted to be. KW: What did you think as you watched that trip? BK: It couldn't have worked out any better. He wasn't sitting back a length; he was sitting on the helmet. It appeared from our perspective that he was ready to strike. He was staying close and looking to tip out when it was the right time and hope he had a little horse to go with. That's when it became really exciting, halfway down the stretch when Tim pulled up beside (Wiggle It Jiggleit) and then was able to overcome the small lead he had on us. KW: What was the party like afterward? BK: I've been to a lot of parties, but none with more enthusiasm than we had with our group. (Laughs.) It was a nice gesture from the Woodbine Entertainment Group for how we were treated and looked after and cared for. The hospitality was second to none. That kind of makes you feel that everyone is just as important as another. It was a great feeling for us. We didn't really call it a party, but we were able to celebrate with some of the connections of the other contenders and it was really great. We found that people were there to win, but they were there for everybody. KW: Does it make it more enjoyable that way? BK: It does, it does. We know that only one (horse) is going to surface as the winner. We trucked from Delaware to Toronto with the Teagues (and Wiggle It Jiggleit) and we're grateful for that. (Trainer) Clyde (Francis) is a super guy. Phil trucked with him, stabled with him; we were stabled across the aisle from each other at the Ideal Training Centre. Everything was just so great about the trip and experience. The camaraderie there, it was great. KW: What was the reaction back home? BK: It was phenomenal. We've been told a lot of stories since we got back, from the grandstand at the racetrack to some very large house parties on race night. There was adrenaline flowing and tears flowing. This is the most excitement we've had since (Nova Scotian-owned 2008 Horse of the Year) Somebeachsomewhere. And the media has been super good. They've covered this story extremely well, from all corners of the continent. We're extremely pleased that TSN carried the race, that Pepsi stepped up to sponsor with Woodbine Entertainment Group, and we'd like to thank those people in a public forum. That's what makes it all worthwhile to stay in the industry and keep trying. KW: You're going to the Hempt elims this weekend. What are your thoughts? Are you sort of playing with house money now? BK: We are. The feeling was that if our horse was fresh and ready to go again, we'd go. If he was showing any fatigue, we would have given him a break before the Meadowlands Pace. We felt with his frolicking in the paddock, with the way he's been acting since they left Toronto, there's not a reason in the world to not go to the Hempt. KW: This division seems like it could be deep and competitive. BK: That's the way our group feels. Our owners are saying this is going to be a pretty nice ride, hopefully it will be smooth, and hopefully the competition will be good and as credible as it's been to this point. And we look forward being part of the level of competition that we're in. KW: When we talked last time, you said you've been doing this for more than 40 years and you had to take one more shot at getting a big-time horse. Was it worth the wait? BK: When you're on the winning end it's always worth it. Actually, it was worth it for us when we bought this horse and he made the races. To be a great horse and be on the Grand Circuit and compete at this level, it's over the top. We're ecstatic. I have to give credit, too, to Gordon Corey and the connections in Pinehurst, North Carolina, where they broke the horse. They were so kind to our horse and took their time with him and brought him along. Then he went to Jimmy and has been a family pet, if you will, at a competitive level. We couldn't be happier. If we'd known this was waiting for us, we would have waited another five years - if we thought we had that in us. (Laughs.) KW: Well, congratulations again and good luck with everything in the future. BK: We feel pretty blessed. When you see horses bought inexpensively and see them compete at a high level, it should give hope to the small buyer and small stables to know they could be part of it at any given time. Hopefully it will encourage people to go to the sale and try to find one that might turn out. By Ken Weingartner Harness Racing Communications USTA  

CAMPBELLVILLE, June 20...Wakizashi Hanover, driven by Tim Tetrick, sat a perfect two-hole trip behind the pacesetting heavy favourite and previously unbeaten Wiggle It Jiggleit, before charging by the leader in deep stretch to win capture the $1 million Pepsi North America Cup, the richest harness racing pacing event in the world, Saturday at Mohawk Racetrack in 1:48. The final time was just a fifth of a second off the stakes record at Mohawk set by Thinking Out Loud in 2012. It also marked the 18th time that an elim winner had also won the final. Named for a ceremonial Japanese sword, 'Wakizashi' had come into the final off a blazing 1:49.2 elim win, when he threw down a :25.3 final quarter while upsetting last year's division champion Artspeak. The 32nd edition of the Cup brought together the finest three-year-old pacers on the continent, including the undefeated Wiggle It Jiggleit, a perfect 11-for-11, including his elim in 1:49.2 and Wakizashi Hanover, who tipped his hand last week as well. For Tetrick, it was his second Cup win, following a victory with favoured Captaintreacherous in 2013. Wakizashi Hanover, purchased for only $23,000 at the Harrisburg Sale in 2013, is owned by a group of Nova Scotians, based in Truro, and trained by Joann Looney-King. The Cup was his fifth and biggest win in six starts this year, after taking two of six last year. But the gelded son of Dragon Again-Western Gesture, bred by Hanover Shoe Farms in Pennsylvania, has only been worse than second once. The sire was fourth to Straight Path in the 1998 Cup. "It worked out perfect," said Tetrick. "I got to follow a really good horse (Wiggle It Jiggleit) and the horse did the rest. My horse tipped and we got the job done. He's a nice colt. The connections have done a great job with him. I appreciate them letting me drive the horse. He's versatile. He's a good horse and he's got tons of speed." As expected, Wiggle It Jiggleit, driven by 24-year-old Montrell Teague for his father, owner George Teague, went immediately to the front, laying down fractions of :25.1 (equalling the fastest Cup first-quarter), 53.3 for the half and 1:21 for three-quarters. But right on his tail throughout was Wakizashi Hanover, who was then angled out in mid-stretch and wore down the leader for the mild surprise by three-quarters of a length. Betting Exchange came on for third, three lengths behind the winner, while In The Arsenal, another elim winner from last week, was fourth. "Lots of supporters calling, sending messages in the last two days, it's just been phenomenal," said co-owner Bruce Kennedy, who along with his partners, races under the Tri County Stable banner. "We're living a dream. Three of the six people are brand new owners, never owned a horse before. What a way to start a career. Now they're hooked, I hope. "We've got a great trainer in Joann Looney-King and her husband, Jim, and we have a great relationship. We're all small time operators. I don't know how you get Tim Tetrick as a driver but we did. We had the package coming in." Wakizashi Hanover earned $500,000 for the prestigious win, pushing his career bankroll to almost $700,000. Sent postward the 5-1 third choice, he paid $13.40, $4 and $3.20, combining with Wiggle It Jiggleit ($2.50, $2.20) for a $30.60 (2-3) exactor. A 2-3-4 (Betting Exchange, $8.40) triactor came back $235.10, while a $1 Superfecta [2-3-4-5 (In The Arsenal)] was worth $410.45. Mark McKelvie

CAMPBELLVILLE, June 18 - For the harness racing Tri County Stable of Truro, Nova Scotia, their direct flight to cloud nine was a $23,000 ticket purchased at the Harrisburg Yearling Sale in 2013. The six-partner syndicate will touch down at Mohawk Racetrack on Saturday night, in the hopes of watching Wakizashi Hanover trip the timer first in the Pepsi North America Cup final. Comprised of Percy Bonnell, Scott Bowen, David Bugden, Wayne Burley, David Chabassol, and Bruce Kennedy, the group pooled $20,000 in the hopes of jumping back into the racing game. "Three of us have fifty years in the business," said partner Bruce Kennedy. "We had the yearning to get back into racing after some time away so we pulled a group together and hurried down to Harrisburg with the little Black Book in our hands." The story of the Dragon Again gelding snowballs from there. Close friend and neighbour Brent MacGrath of Somebeachsomewhere fame spoke with his contacts at Hanover Shoe Farms, who compiled a list of their yearlings that were likely to fit the requirements of the group. Among the group was Wakizashi Hanover. "We weren't looking for $100,000 yearlings; we were looking for something more reasonable. Everyone judges and grades yearlings differently and with the help of that list, we narrowed it down to 50 or 60 horses." As the sale progressed, the group put in bids on nine yearlings but failed to emerge the winning buyer. This caused them some concern, having purchased a new harness and all the necessary gear for their new horse earlier in the week. "There were around 1,118 yearlings or so in the sale and he was 1,104. We really started looking at the last fifteen horses; we paid a little bit over our budget for him but we were prepared to pay a bit extra over leaving without a horse at all." The group had connected with Maine-based trainer Gordon Corey prior to the sale, having worked with him in the past. The gelding shipped directly to Pinehurst, North Carolina to learn the ropes under Corey's watchful eye. "Corey was happy to have him; he was coming along pretty good from November to February. We kept a weekly record of him, tracking his progress every step of the way." As February arrived, so did stakes payment season. Unsure of what to pay him into, they chose to focus on the Pennsylvania Sires Stakes program. The two-year-old was showing his potential and didn't fail to catch the eye of others. Involved with a horse racing in Harrington, Delaware with Jim King Jr., Corey introduced King to the young hopeful. "Jim was at the Fun Day at Pinehurst to wrap up the winter program. He came over and trained the horse a few trips and really liked him. He trained the horse in 2:19 and Gordon relayed to us how pleased Jim was with the horse. "We made contact with Jim and said 'if you've got space for him, you've got him'. The plan was for Jim to keep him until July to see if he was good enough to bring home to race in our country. Long story short, he hasn't made it to Nova Scotia yet." During his freshman campaign, he posted a record of 2-3-0 in six starts and bankrolled over $100,000 for his connections. Posting a mark of 1:51 over Pocono Downs in a Sires Stakes event, he always seemed to indicate that there was more left in the tank. Kennedy describes the group fondly as a family, united by their beloved horse. "We've grown to have a great relationship with the Kings; Jim is a personal friend and a great partner with Tim Tetrick. We couldn't have afforded to look for a driver like Tim and yet he came our way. "Our six people are really ecstatic about this guy, we've rolled into racing with the elite at three and we never thought we'd be here." Wakizashi Hanover stormed home in his North America Cup elimination from sixth-place to claim victory in a career best of 1:49.2, holding off 1-5 favourite Artspeak in an impressive finish. Emerging from last Saturday fresh and in good spirits, Kennedy is confident in the horse's performance in the final. "He gave us something he was hiding all along, after the race Tim said to me 'he was explosive today, he gave me more than anything I expected to get'. Tim has had a few drives on him and it couldn't have been any better for us, the strategy panned out perfectly. "This morning (June 17) we were at the training center and he trained awesome, he looks as ready as can be. The way he was this morning proved that. He has never missed a meal, rests himself well every day and he's just a happy and healthy horse." Staked lightly last year due to financial constraints and uncertainty, Tri County have an impressive dance card slated for their horse in the upcoming season. "We took all his earnings from last year in Pennsylvania and we reinvested it all in the three-year-old stake program for him." Wakizashi Hanover has many major events on his radar, with the Hempt, the Meadowlands Pace and the Milstein in the near future. The syndicate is also looking further down the road with the Breeders Crown the goal at the end of the season, back on Canadian soil. "I don't know if the horse gets as tired listening to all of these things as I do listing them, but he's got a full place if he can handle it. It's a wicked schedule of fierce competitors. "We're not the richest people in racing but we're the luckiest right now. This kind of a trip, I wish everyone could have this one day in harness racing, just once." Wakizashi Hanover Hannah Beckett for WEG Communications

Jim King Jr. and Tim Tetrick's Powerful Charger ($8.40, Victor Kirby) notched his seventh win of the year Wednesday in his 1:54.1 triumph in the $16,000 Open Trot at the harness racing meeting at Harrington Raceway. The 7-year-old Powerful Emotion gelding stalked pacesetter Tough Mac throughout the mile before edging clear of that rival in the final strides. Rolls Blue Chip finished third. Trained by co-owner King Jr., it was the 29th career win for Powerful Charger. It is sure to be an eventful week for trainer King Jr., who trains Wakizashi Hanover (5/2, Tim Tetrick), a North American Cup elimination winner who will compete in the $1 million final at Mohawk Racetrack (Ontario, Canada) on Saturday June 20. The North American Cup Final is slated as the 12th race on the Mohawk program with an estimated post time of 10:40 p.m. Kirby had three driving wins on the program. Art Stafford Jr. had two wins. Matt Sparacino

A field of eight lined up behind the starter for the featured event at Wednesday afternoons harness racing meeting at Harrah's Philadelphia, a pace for non-winners of $15,000 in their last 5 starts. The favorite at post time was Joe Pavia Jr. trainee Steelhead Hanover. The 6-year-old son of Bettor's Delight was looking to rebound after a last place finish from post nine at Pocono in his last start. At the start, the favorite was put into play immediately, settling for pocket position behind the speed of Jodi Siamis' Eighteen (Geo. Napolitano Jr.). They remained first and second past the half (:54.3). Morning line favorite Mcardle's Lightning (Scott Zeron) drove up to challenge for the lead, as they reached three quarters in 1:22.1. Eighteen was able to quiet the bid of the first-over challenger, but was unable to stop the stretch surge of Steelhead Hanover (Tim Tetrick). With a last quarter of :26.3, Steelhead Hanover won by a length, stopping the clock in 1:49.1. Eighteen did finish second, while Mcardles Lightning finished third. It was the 20th career win for Steelhead Hanover ($4.40) in his 80th career start. He is owned by Dijo Racing, Agc Stables, J. Barbera, and Pint Size Racing. Driver Tim Tetrick continued his hot hand with 5 wins in the card. Michael Bozich

Through the first two legs of the Graduate Series for four-year-old pacers, it would be hard to find a harness racing trainer holding a stronger hand than Steve Elliott. Elliott has swept the series so far with his devastating duo of Doo Wop Hanover and Rockeyed Optimist. The pair will finally face each other as part of an overflow field of 12 going the extended 1 1/8 mile distance in the third leg of the Graduate Series on Friday (June 19) at the Meadowlands. "You never know what will happen in a twelve-horse field going that distance," said Elliott. "We'll let the drivers decide what to do when the race starts." In the opening leg of the series on May 25 at Tioga Downs, Rockeyed Optimist won his division in 1:48.1 while Doo Wop Hanover won his division in 1:47.4, the fastest mile ever at the Upstate New York track. The sons of Rocknroll Hanover came back to each win their respective divisions in leg two of the series at the Meadowlands on June 6 in 1:48. "Tioga was pretty impressive. The Meadowlands is just a fast track, but I really think they both have 1:47 miles in them," said Elliott without hesitation. Both horses are prime examples of why Meadowlands chairman Jeff Gural has advocated for more racing opportunities for four-year-olds. 'Doo Wop' and 'Rockeyed' were talented horses last year, but have blossomed into top-class racehorses after an extra year to develop. "The older horses all have four 26-second quarters in them which makes them so tough," said Elliott in explaining four-year-olds versus older horses. "The three and four-year-olds can give you three 26-second quarters with a 27-second quarter. It's a big change from three to four and racing against just four-year-olds puts them on a more even keel." Doo Wop Hanover will be reunited with his regular driver John Campbell, who missed driving him in his previous start while racing out of town. Tim Tetrick will once again get the drive on Rockeyed Optimist. Elliott's horses are hardly the only top contenders in Friday's race. Ron Burke sends out a pair of millionaires, recent Confederation Cup winner All Bets Off and last year's North America Cup winner JK Endofanera. Burke will also be represented by Little Brown Jug champion Limelight Beach. Friday's twelve-race card also includes the third leg of the Graduate Series for four-year-old trotters featuring a much-anticipated rematch between champion Father Patrick and the red-hot JL Cruze, who upset 'Patrick' two weeks ago in the second leg of the series. The 1:51 win was the eighth straight victory for JL Cruze, who has won 14 out of 17 races since trainer Eric Ell purchased him for $37,000 at last year's Harrisburg Sale for owners Kenneth Wood, Bill Dittmar, Jr., and Stephen Iaquinta. Handicappers will also have a pair of six-figure carryovers to chase on Friday in the two Jackpot Super High 5 wagers. The fifth race carryover is $159,224 while the last race carryover is $136,155. Post time is 7:15 p.m. Justin Horowitz

Freehold, NJ --- Harness racing trainer Frank Antonacci hopes he can get pumped about Iron, particularly if the 3-year-old trotter sees a favorable change in his fortunes. Iron was a stakes winner in 2014, but also suffered from some bad luck with post position draws and missed a month of action because of complications from what was believed to be a spider bite. This year, the colt jumped a partition in his trailer on the way to a qualifier, but avoided serious injury. “Luckily, he came out of it fine and he’s been doing well,” Antonacci said, adding with a laugh, “If his luck has changed this year, moving forward we’ll be in good shape.” Iron is one of the 13 horses entered in the Goodtimes Stakes for 3-year-old trotters at Mohawk Racetrack in Ontario. The field was divided into two eliminations, to be contested Friday, from which the top five finishers in each group will advance to the C$233,000 final on June 20. Iron and driver Tim Tetrick will start from post one in the first elim and are 6-1 on the morning line. Jimmy Takter’s Canepa Hanover, fresh off his lifetime-best 1:51.1 victory in the New Jersey Sire Stakes championship on May 30 at the Meadowlands, is the 2-5 morning line choice in the opening division. Takter’s French Laundry, a stakes-winner in 2014 who finished second in the New Jersey Sire Stakes final, is the 3-5 favorite in the second elimination. Friday’s card also includes two eliminations for the C$272,000 Armbro Flight Stakes for older female trotters. Bee A Magician -- taking on the ladies for the first time this year after going 4-for-5 against male rivals -- is the 6-5 morning line favorite in the first division. Classic Martine, who won the Armbro Flight last season, is the 2-1 second choice. Shake It Cerry, the 2014 Trotter of the Year, is the 9-5 pick in the second elimination, followed by Frau Blucher at 4-1 and Charmed Life at 9-2. Shake It Cerry started the campaign by going winless in three races, but enters her elim off back-to-back victories over male foes in the Graduate Series. Iron has started only once this year, winning a conditioned race for 3-year-olds in 1:53.4 at the Meadowlands on June 5. Last season, the colt won the American-National Stakes at Balmoral Park and finished third in a division of the Kindergarten Series. He finished fourth in a division of the Bluegrass Stakes, beaten by 2-3/4 lengths by Uncle Lasse. For his career, the homebred Iron has won two of seven races and earned $53,762 for the Antonacci family’s K R Breeding and Robert Rudolph. A son of Cantab Hall out of Ivory Lindy, Iron is a full brother to stakes-winner Lindys Jersey Boy and his family includes Breeders Crown champion Musical Victory as well as Higher Love, who is the dam of Hambletonian Oaks winner Lookout Victory. “He’s got the pedigree and he’s a fantastic looking horse with a great gait,” Antonacci said. “I’m hesitant to say what I think his potential is, but he was a pretty nice horse last year and I think he’ll be a better horse this year. It’s tough. There are a lot of nice horses out there. We’ll just have to see where he falls in. He’s got all the tools to be right up there near the top. “He’s just a physically impressive horse. He really is. That accompanied with his athleticism; for a horse his size, he’s got that 26-second speed, which you need nowadays. As big of a horse as he was, and lanky, he was a pretty good 2-year-old. He’s an improved 3-year-old. He’s got a big runway ahead of him.” Iron is eligible to the $1 million Hambletonian Stakes on Aug. 8 at the Meadowlands. The other Hambletonian eligible trotters in the Goodtimes field are Canepa Hanover, French Laundry, The Bank, Win The Day, and Infiniti As. “Going to the Goodtimes was one of those things we really weren’t sure (we were going to do) until we saw how he came out of the last race and looked at the list of eligibles,” Antonacci said. “I thought it was going to be two short (elimination) fields -- and that actually happened, which is nice. “Hopefully he’ll get two weeks in Canada. We’ll bring him back to the farm and let him miss a week or two and then rev him back up again. Historically most of the horses that win (the Hambletonian) go in with five or six starts under their belt.” Iron is not Antonacci’s only stakes hopeful racing at Mohawk this weekend. On Saturday, the 31-year-old trainer sends Lindys Old Lady to the eliminations for the C$479,000 Fan Hanover Stakes for 3-year-old female pacers. Lindys Old Lady and driver Scott Zeron got post 10 in the second of two divisions, where Happiness is the 2-1 morning line favorite and Solar Sister is the 5-2 second choice. The first group is headlined by 2014 Horse of the Year JK She’salady, who is 2-5 on the morning line. Bettor Be Steppin is next at 4-1. Unraced at age 2, Lindys Old Lady won her first two starts this season before finishing fifth in the New Jersey Sire Stakes championship on May 30. Happiness, who was the favorite in the sire stakes final, finished fourth as The Show Returns won at odds of 40-1. “We were disappointed,” Antonacci said. “I think the two horses that everybody thought would finish right next to each other did -- but we were fourth and fifth. “She came out of it good. She’s been sound. I hesitate to make any excuses. I think she’ll probably have a different kind of race this week from the 10-hole. That was only her third lifetime start. Sometimes that lack of experience kind of comes out.” Antonacci is making an equipment change in the hopes of getting Lindys Old Lady to relax. “We changed her bridle a little bit,” he said. “She had closed blinkers last week; we’ll use some blinkers with holes on it because she kind of got revved up behind the gate and had to slam on the breaks (early in the race) and then move to the front. She had to do a bunch of different things and sometimes that’s hard on a green horse.” Also on Saturday’s card at Mohawk are three eliminations for the C$1 million North America Cup for 3-year-old pacers and two eliminations for the C$350,000 Roses Are Red Stakes for older female pacers. Wiggle It Jiggleit, In The Arsenal and Artspeak are the morning line favorites in the Cup elims. Radar Contact is the choice in the first elim for the Roses Are Red, followed closely by Anndrovette, Weeper, Lady Shadow and Yagonnakissmeornot. Anndrovette, a four-time Dan Patch Award honoree, has won the last three editions of the race. Venus Delight is the favorite in the second elimination, followed by Krispy Apple, Table Talk, and Color’s A Virgin. by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications 

The featured event on Sunday (June 7) from the harness racing meeting at Harrah's Philadelphia was a pace for non-winners of $27,500 in the last 5 starts going for a purse of $25,000. The wagering public put their support behind 8-year-old gelding Dream Out Loud N. The son of Bettor's Delight was coming off of a fast closing third against similar at Yonkers. Driver Tim Tetrick settled into forth in the early stages, as Teddy Baker trainee Getitoffyourchest (Marcus Miller) and Ron Burke charge Outrageous Art (Yannick Gingras) battled for the early lead. After a fast opening quarter (:26), the tempo slowed, with Outrageous Art on top at the half (:54.3). That's when the race favorite got in gear, as Dream Out Loud N moved confidently first-over to challenge for the lead. He was on even terms with the pace setter at three-quarters (1:21.3). He was able to wear down the leader in the stretch, going on to a two length victory, stopping the timer in 1:50.1 Abelard Hanover (Scott Zeron) closed up the inside for second, while Outrageous Art faded to third. It was the nineteenth career win for Dream Out Loud N, moving his career earnings close to the $400,000 mark. The winner ($4.20) is owned by Muscara Racing Stables, and was one of three training wins for Darran Cassar. Tim Tetrick had five driving wins on the afternoon. Michael Bozich

The Prairie State lost one of its most popular Illinois bred horses of this century with the passing last week of King Johnny, the Illinois bred pacer who played a major role in the early development of "Hall of Fame" harness racing driver Tim Tetrick. King Johnny was the only horse to win the same Super Night championship three consecutive years at Balmoral Park, capturing the Dan Patch (later renamed later the Tony Maurello) Final in 2005, 2006 and 2007 with Tetrick “I found King Johnny down in our field,” said is co-owner and trainer Clark Fairley. “It appears he died of natural causes. There were no signs of a struggle or anything like that.” King Johnny was 17. King Johnny, a son of Kingston out of the Artsplace broodmare Swift Sister, was purchased privately by Fairley and his mother Marlene soon after the horse’s freshman season when he went unplaced in two starts at fair tracks. You would think his consecutive ICF championships would have come in the gelding’s prime years as a 4, 5 and 6-year-old. Amazingly, they came in his last three seasons of racing as a 7, 8 and 9-year-old. King Johnny was purchased privately by Fairley and his mother Marlene soon after the horse’s freshman season when he went unplaced in two starts at fair tracks. You would think his consecutive ICF championships would have come in the gelding’s prime years as a 4-, 5- and 6-year-old. Amazingly, they came in his last three seasons of racing as a 7-, 8- and 9-year-old. King Johnny had health issues that limited his career starts to 93 and he never went postward more than 18 times in a single season. “He only raced five times as a 4-year-old,” said Fairley. “He pulled a ligament in a knee that required a lot of time off. Later on in his career he had a problem with an ankle that needed a lot of attention. King Johnny wasn’t a horse you could race week to week. But when he did go out to race he always gave you his best. “King Johnny was a pussy-cat to be around. All of my daughters at one time or another jogged him. I always knew they would be just fine with King Johnny. He was such a pleasure to have around.” Nevertheless, when it came to competing on a race track, King Johnny was all business and very often in his later years business was very good for the Fairley family. That’s why he’ll always be remembered in Illinois as the Super Night “Kingpin.” In his first three seasons the horse earned less than $37,000, but King Johnny turned into a solid pacer in 2005 as a 5-year-old when Clark turned in his lines to the up and coming then 22-year-old Tetrick. That combination put both horse and driver on the road to stardom. “King Johnny was one of the first big horses I got to drive and was one of my all-time favorites. No doubt about that,” said Tetrick. “He always put out 110 percent and he could find a way to win. He was a talented horse and the fact he belonged to such a very nice family and Clark being one of my very good friends, made King Johnny very special to me. He’ll always have a spot in my heart.” In 2004, as a 6-year-old, King Johnny lowered his lifetime mark by almost three full seconds to 1:50.3 with Tetrick. The next year at 7 he would step into the spotlight on Super Night at Balmoral Park and go on to become a huge fan favorite. King Johnny won the 2005 Dan Patch with Tetrick at odds of 6-1 over the public’s choice Fox Valley Gallant in a 1:51 mile. As an 8-year-old in 2006 the Fairley trainee pulled away to defend his older pacing crown by 6-1/2 lengths in 1:50.1 after he took a new mark of 1:49.2 a week earlier in his elimination. In 2007 Tetrick was in his second year of driving almost exclusively outside of Illinois, nevertheless the Flora, Ill., native got off his scheduled drives in Canada to come back home to drive King Johnny on Super Night and his beloved horse didn’t disappoint him. As a 9-year-old King Johnny made Super Night history when he became a “three peat” victor of the Dan Patch in 1:50, finishing almost two lengths ahead of such ICF stars as My Boy David and Thisbigdogwilfight. After the race, Tetrick told that Super Night crowd, “It’s amazing that every year he gets better and better. This horse has got so much heart. You don’t find horses like him. He’s got physical problems and is not the best gaited to go fast like he does. He’s a freak, that’s what he is.” Earlier in the summer of 2007 at Springfield Tetrick steered the 9-year-old to a lifetime best mile of 1:48.4, the horse’s last year of competition. King Johnny was then retired by Fairley and went on to enjoy the rest of his days frolicking in the fields of the Lema, Ill., conditioner’s farm until the horse’s untimely death. Mike Paradise

A field of eight squared off in the featured harness racing event on Sunday (May 31) from Harrah's Philadelphia. It was a pace for upper-conditioned level pacers going for a purse of $22,000. The favorite at post time was Bamond Racing's Here We Go Again. The 8-year-old son of Dragon Again was coming off of a front end win against softer last time out. At the start, it was Ooh Bad Boy (Allan Davis) leaving aggressively for the lead. The favorite moved up to take over just beyond the quarter (:27.1). There was no opportunity to rate for the Bamond trainee, as morning line favorite Ideal Race (Simon Allard) rushed up to challenge at the half (:55.2). The battle continued to the three-quarter pole (1:23.3). As they rounded the final turn, Here We Go Again (Tim Tetrick) began to edge clear. He was able to survive the furious stretch rush of Bestjetyet (Geo. Napolitano Jr.) to win by a nose, stopping the timer in 1:51.4. Cobalt Man (David Miller) rallied up for third. It was the twenty-ninth career win for Here We Go Again, and his third of the season. He paid $6.00. Michael Bozich

With several of the leading Meadowlands drivers racing at The Meadows for Pennsylvania Sire Stakes, Tim Tetrick made the most of his live-mounts, scoring four wins in a row on the Friday program at The Big M. The Tim Tetrick parade began in the second race on Friday night at The Meadowlands as he scored in wire to wire fashion with the overwhelming favorite, That Woman Hanover for trainer Henrik Lundell. The four year old mare went right down the road in the condition event for pacing mares to score in 1:51. Tetrick then guided Hambletonian Oaks-eligible Sarcy to a win in the third race condition trot for Jimmy Takter. Tetrick quarter-moved his filly, stole a 29.3 third quarter and had enough left to last in the stretch as the 3/5 choice. Real Drama would go on to make it three in a row for Tetrick as she scored in wire to wire fashion in the fourth race condition event for pacing mares and Watkins would score in the fifth race condition trot after making a backside brush to give Tetrick four consecutive wins on the program. Tetrick appeared to have a fifth straight win in his sights with Lightning Storm who turned for home with an expanding lead, but he was gunned down by the classy Flyhawk El Durado who came from far back to nail Tetrick in the shadow of the wire. The upper-level trot featured the class Master of Law, but he was seemingly left with too much ground to make up and could not catch World Cup who worked out a very good trip for Joe Bongiorno to score in 1:52.4. World Cup now has earnings of over $320,000 while earning the sixteenth victory in his career. Total handle for the Friday program was $2,411,238, a 7-percent increase over the same racing night in 2014, despite one less race. Live handle also realized an increase. The Saturday night program at The Meadowlands features four New Jersey Sire Stakes Finals for the three year olds, including Mission Brief in the three year old filly trot and Artspeak in the three year old colt pace. Those two stars headline the 13-race program. On the wagering menu, both Jackpot Super Hi-5 carryovers continued to grow. The fifth race carryover now stands at $136,118 while the last race carryover grew to $109,372. Saturday also features the ultra-popular Jerseyfest and the Food Truck Mash-up. Post time is 7:15 P.M.   Darin Zoccali

There were four divisions of Pennsylvania Stallion Series action contested at the harness racing meeting at Harrah's Philadelphia on Wednesday afternoon (May 27) for 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers. In the first division, it was Tony Alagna trainee Trading Up (Scott Zeron) winning under-wraps. The son of Somebeachsomewhere brushed to the lead just beyond the quarter and went on to an easy 3 length victory, stopping the clock in a lifetime's best 1:52.2. It was his second career victory, and his first of the season in three starts. Long shot That's My Harley (Montrell Teague) finished second while Aberdeen Hanover (Tony Morgan) finished third. Trading Up ($3.40) is owned by Alagna Racing, John Fodera, Alan Alber, and Aaron Waxman. Division two saw Ray Schnittker trainee Well Well Well (Tim Tetrick) spring the mild upset. The son of Well Said came from off the pace to pick up his second victory in a career best 1:52.4. Jo Pa's Well Said (David Miller) closed solidly for second, despite being used in the early going. Colorful Speech (Geo. Napolitano Jr.) finished a game third. Well Well Well ($8.40) is owned by Schnittker and the Well Well Stable. In the third division, Shirley Le Vin's Parklane Eagle (Dave Miller) was able to narrowly hold off the competition. The son of Somebeachsomewhere was three-wide to the quarter-pole, but still had enough to hold off a late challenge from long shot Guantanamo Bay (Corey Callahan). Reggiano (Yannick Gingras) finished third. It was the third straight win for the Peter Foley trainee, who paced the mile in 1:52.1. He paid $3.00 The fourth division saw This Time (Scott Zeron) picking up his second career win. The son of Well Said seized command and was geared down the final sixteenth, winning by a length in 1:53.1. Lyons Geoffjnr (Yannick Gingras) held pocket position throughout to finish second, while Techtor Hanover (Corey Callahan) finished third. This Time ($6.20) is owned by Peter Blood and Rick Berks, and is trained by Steve Elliott. Mike Bozich

Jim King Jr. and Tim Tetrick's Powerful Charger (Victor Kirby, $2.60) notched his sixth win of the year Wednesday with a 1:55.3 triumph in the $16,000 Open Trot at Harrington Raceway. The 7-year-old Powerful Emotion gelding grinded away first over on pacesetter Spunky Jack and edged clear at the top of the stretch for a decisive score over I'm So Striking and I Like My Boss. Trained by King Jr., it was the 28th career win for Powerful Charger. Trainer John Wilkerson had a double on the night with trotters Wingus ($5) and Keystone Orion ($8.40). Kirby, Montrell Teague and George Dennis each had a driving double. Matt Sparacino

Making her much-anticipated return to the races off her 2014 Horse of the Year campaign, the 3 Brothers Stables' JK She'salady ($2.10) sustained a first-over bid to beat seven New York Sire Stakes ($110,000 added total purse) foes as part of an all-stakes harness racing card on Monday (May 25) afternoon at Tioga Downs.   The 3-year-old daughter of Art Major and Presidential Lady was in no hurry through an initial :55.2 half mile, stalking from fourth as Single Me (Brett Miller) took command from Bettor N Better (Yannick Gingras) with a circuit to go. On the backstretch, Tim Tetrick moved the undefeated JK She'salady first-over, steadily closing in on Single Me through three-quarters in 1:22.3, working up to the lead at the top of the stretch. Off the corner, JK She'salady kicked clear by two lengths, kept to task in a 1:51.2 victory over Single Me and a stalking Divine Caroline (David Miller).   Nancy Johansson trains JK She'salady, who improved her career record to 13 wins in as many starts. JK She'salady The three other New York Sire Stakes winners on the afternoon were Bettorhaveanother ($2.50, Jim Morrill, Jr., 1:51), Bettor Be Steppin ($2.30, Corey Callahan, 1:51.2), and Rock Me Gently ($11.20, Scott Zeron, 1:52).   The Memorial Day program also featured the first leg of the new Graduate series for 4-year-old trotters and pacers, with two $37,500 divisions carded on each gait. Both pacing divisions resulted in track records, as Doo Wop Hanover ($2.20) powered clear of his six rivals on the backstretch en route to a 1:47.4 score. The 4-year-old Rocknroll Hanover entire drew off by 7-1/2 lengths after sustaining his middle move, keeping clear of Rock Out (Scott Zeron) and Mattamerican (Mark MacDonald), both of whom passed early pacesetter Lyonssomewhere (Andy Miller) after the latter tired from dictating a :53.4 half mile.   Hall-of-Fame driver John Campbell was in the bike for Doo Wop Hanover's mile, which knocked two fifths of a second over the previous all-age pacing record at Tioga. Steve Elliott trains Doo Wop Haover for owners Peter Blood and Rick Berks.   Not even 40 minutes later, Rockeyed Optimist ($3.90) broke the track record for 4-year-old pacing geldings, turning aside Three of Clubs (Brian Sears) in a 1:48.1 Graduate win. Tim Tetrick drove the 4-year-old Rocknroll Hanover gelding, pushing clear with a circuit to go before prevailing in an extended battle through the far turn. Limelight Beach (Yannick Gingras) stayed on well from the pocket to maintain third after pushing the pace early.   Another Elliott trainee, Rockeyed Optimist is owned by Anthony Perretti, Virginia Berkner, the A and B Stable, and Joseph Battaglia.   Four-year-old trotters contested their Graduate divisions earlier in the afternoon, with distaffer Shake It Cerry ($2.90) beating the boys in the five-horse first division. After getting away at the back of the pack, the Donato Hanover mare steadily advanced to the front through a :55.2 half mile, opening up at will for a 1:52.4 score over Sumatra (David Miller) and Datsyuk (Charlie Norris). Trainer Jimmy Takter handled the driving duties aboard Shake It Cerry, who is owned by Solveig's Racing Partners. Likewise, Opulent Yankee ($6.20) drew clear of his rivals at head-stretch in the other Graduate division, edging clear of the late-rallying Madewell Hanover (Chris Ryder) and Resolve (Ã…ke Svanstedt) in a 1:52.3 triumph. Andy Miller drove the Muscles Yankee gelding for trainer Julie Miller and owners Little E, LLC, Arthur Geiger, Jason Settlemoir, and David Stolz.   Tim Tetrick led all drivers on the card, registering a grand slam on the 13-race program.   Live racing returns to Tioga on Friday (May 29) evening, with first post scheduled for 6:15 p.m. Eastern time. Horsemen are advised that this week's draw schedule provides for Friday's races to be drawn on Tuesday (May 26) morning, while the Sunday (May 31) and Monday (June 1) programs will be drawn on Wednesday (May 27) morning. by James Witherite, Tioga Downs  

East Rutherford, NJ - Hurrikane Ali continued to impress with another effortless harness racing win in the $25,000 second leg of the New Jersey Sires Stakes at The Meadowlands on Saturday night.   The son of Rocknroll Hanover was away patiently for Yannick Gingras as the field passed the quarter in 26.4 but once the dust settled Gingras moved him to the front and the race was effectively over. Hurrikane Ali closed out the 1:50.1 mile with a 26.2 final quarter and sets up an interesting match up with Artspeak (who skipped the second leg) in next Saturday's $100,000 final. John McDermott, Jr is the trainer of the winner for owners Kuhen Racing, Jonathan Klee Racing, Dr Ken Rucker and Robert Pucila.   Gokudo Hanover was a length and a quarter in arrears for second with Edward Teach third.   The filly pacers also completed their preliminary leg obligations and Wicked Little Minx scored a mild 10-1 upset in a front stepping career best 1:51.1 effort for driver Tim Tetrick. Wicked Little Minx was left alone on the lead through friendly fractions while favored Stacia Hanover was mired in traffic and left with too much to do at the end despite her ferocious 26.2 final quarter rally.   Trainer Nancy Johansson was racing Wicked Little Minx, also by Rocknroll Hanover, for only the second time since she took over the duties for owner Courant AB of Sweden.   Information on next week's NJSS finals will be available on the SBOANJ website.   Meadowlands Media Relations Dept

There were five divisions of Stallion Series action for 3-year-old colt and gelding trotters contested at the harness racing meeting at Harrah's Philadelphia on Wednesday afternoon (May 13). In the first division, it was J&T Silva Stable's Old Oak (Marcus Johansson) picking up the victory. The son of Donato Hanover brushed towards the front at the quarter pole, and led every step from that point. PCF Stable's Kolbee's Star (Corey Callahan) provided some tense moments late in the stretch however. The son of Lear Jetta maintained pocket position, but could not go by the winner in the passing lane. Bennie Magliochetti's Bistro finished third. It was the third career win for Old Oak, clocking a lifetime's best 1:56.4. He paid $3.20. In division two, Richard Gutnick's RG's Thunderbolt (Tim Tetrick) was dominant in victory. The son of Yankee Glide went right to the front and made every call a winning one, stopping the timer in 1:57. It was the second straight win for the Linda Toscano trainee, who is a perfect two for two on the season. Muscle Massive colt Ralph R (Marcus Miller) finished second via a pocket trip, while Hurrikane Jonny K (George Napolitano Jr.) finished third.The winner paid $4.80. In the third division, it was Jonas Czernyson trainee Keystone Bodacious (Corey Callahan) leading the field from start to finish. The son of Muscle Massive set moderate fractions to win for the first time. The final time was 1:57.1. Florida invader Silvermass Volo (George Napolitano Jr.) raced strong first-over, but had to settle for second, while long shot Wildintention As (Dave Miller) finished third. Keystone Bodacious is owned by Arden Homestead Stables, Mal and Janet Burroughs, Lst Stables, and Bill Devan Jr. He paid $9.80. In Division four, Harbor Racing's Don't Mind Me (Jim Raymer) went all the way for the victory. The son of Andover Hall faced a challenge at three-quarters from the upstart Handover The Money (Ake Svanstedt). Don't Mind Me responded however, pulling away to win by three lengths, stopping the clock in 1:56.4. Handover The Money (Ake Svanstedt) finished second, while W W (Tim Tetrick) finished third. It was the third career win for Don't Mind Me, who paid $4.80 to win. In the fastest of the five divisions, it was Newcastle going gate-to-wire for the win. The son of Cantab Hall quickly assumed command at the start and never looked back. It was the second win of the day for Harbor Racing Stable and trainer Jim Raymer. Newcastle (Corey Callahan) is now three for four in 2015. Ake Svanstedt trainee Colbert finished second, while Ferragamo (Brett Miller) finished third. The winner paid $2.60. Michael Bozich

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