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HARRINGTON, Del. - Richard Polluci's Nike Franco N ($4, Tim Tetrick) won her North American harness racing debut Tuesday with a 1:53 effort in the featured $17,700 Fillies and Mares Open at Harrington Raceway. The 6-year-old McArdle mare came to the states with an impressive resume “down under” and did not disappoint in her local debut with a powerful second-over surge that saw her grab the lead near the top of the stretch and draw off from her rivals. Miss Me Yet was second, while Mcarma finished third. The winner was trained by Jo Ann Looney-King, who was in the winner's circle approximately an hour earlier for the exploits of another mare in her stable. After the third race, King's Purrfect Bags was awarded Horse of the Meet by the United States Harness Writers Association's Delaware Valley Chapter. The Roddy's Bags Again mare is trained by the husband/wife team of Jim King Jr. and Looney-King and was the highest overnight money earner at the Harrington meet with nearly $65,000. She won six races at the meet. King also won the ninth race with End To End Hanover ($4) in 1:54.2. In the third and fourth races, trainer and co-owner Vincent Bradley had consecutive mares win while establishing new lifetime marks. In The Shadows ($3, Tony Morgan, 1:53.3) and Matinee Dragon ($6, Allan Davis, 1:52.1) both authored new personal bests for Bradley and co-owner Louis Catana. Matthew Sparacino

Tim Tetrick was the top driver at the first week of the Grand Circuit meet at The Red Mile; he won seven splits of the Bluegrass and five late closers. Last year, including both weekends at Lexington, Tetrick won six stakes and eleven late closers. His 1:52.3 win on Sunday over John Campbell and Per Henriksen’s tough 8/1 shot Blenheim, a Yankee Glide colt coming off a win in the Bucket, was one of the best races of the opening stretch. We should see both of them in Sunday’s Kentucky Futurity. Tetrick also had a good win with Huntsville on the rainy Saturday night card. The freshman Somebeachsomewhere colt, an already more fully realized version of his brothers Stevensville and Cowboy Terrier, was a handy 1:53 winner at 4/5 for owner-trainer Ray Schnittker. SBSW was the star pacing stallion with eight Bluegrass wins—six of them on Saturday night. Jimmy Takter’s colt Blood Line bottomed the field in 1:52.1 over the off track for David Miller as the 6/5 favorite. In similar fashion to Huntsville, he’s full to Blood Brother, who hasn’t fulfilled his early promise. Andy Miller had four Bluegrass wins, while Corey Callahan and David Miller had three each. The latter also had a pair of late closer wins. Last year David Miller’s performance at Lexington propelled him to his driver of the year award. He had a strong second week with wins in the Allerage Mare stakes with Color’s A Virgin and D’One as well as both splits of the Tattersalls Filly with Rock Me Gently and Divine Caroline. He won seven stakes and four late closers overall. Jimmy Takter is making no secret of the fact that he is sending Miller out to break the world record with Always B Miki in the Allerage Open. Whether that’s simply the 1:46.4 race record or Cambest’s twenty-three-year old 1:46.1 mark, we don’t know. Cracking either barrier would give Miller, who is having an excellent year, momentum in his quest for another Driver of the Year title.  Brett Miller was the top driver in Lexington last year, with eight stakes wins and one late closer. After week one he has a single Bluegrass win, with the Art Major filly, Roaring To Go, who upset 1/9 Idyllic Beach in a $73,000 division, although he has captured four late closers. Two years ago money leader Yannick Gingras won sixteen stakes and four late closers at The Red Mile. That dropped to a more modest five and one, respectively, last year. In week one he won Bluegrass divisions with Jimmy Takter’s freshman trotting filly, Princess Aurora, and Ron Burke’s money machine Check Six. Yannick will be highly motivated in week two. Andy Miller won four stakes, three of them in conjunction with his wife Julie. He treated those who bet on him well as the freshman Yankee Glide filly Overland Hanover paid $49.20 on Friday and Ross Croghan’s Rock N Roll Heaven colt Rock The Boat paid $38.20 on Saturday night. Andy capped off his weekend with an eye opening win with the Donato Hanover colt Sutton on Sunday. The winner of the Zweig crushed his competition by four lengths in 1:52 at odds of 1/5. Sutton may add some excitement to Sunday’s Futurity. Newly minted Hall-of-Famer Brian Sears was saddled with dead stock and managed only one late closer win. Jimmy Takter, who led the trainers with four stakes wins, won 13 over the two weeks two years ago and seven last year. Two of his Bluegrass winners, Bar Hopping and Western Fame, should be players in the Futurity and Tattersalls, and you can bet he’ll have plenty entered in the ISS. Julie Miller had three stakes winners, which have already been mentioned, while Ake, Trond, Charlie Norris and Ron Burke had two each. The latter only had four last year, although he also had eight second place stakes finishes. He won nine in 2014. Muscle Hill led the trotters in stakes wins, with three on Thursday from freshmen Long Tom, Fly On and New Jersey Viking, and one on Sunday from Bar Hopping. Muscle Massive had three, a two-year-old colt and two fillies. Andover Hall, Cantab Hall and Donato Hanover had two each. On Thursday Dover Dan, a two-year-old Andover Hall colt out of the great CR Kay Suzie won a Bluegrass split in 1:55 for Corey Callahan and John Butenschoen. Suzie, who hasn’t matched her success on the track as a broodmare, is currently 24-years-old. The next day That’s All Moni, a freshman three-quarter sister to Snow White, won a stake in 1:54.4 at 4/5 for Tim Tetrick and Jimmy Takter. Celebrity Eventsy and Broadway Donna both disappointed on Sunday, and Ginny Weasley (Andover Hall) and Fad Finance (Credit Winner) picked up the pieces. On the pacing side, the SBSW filly Darlinonthebeach, who won the Shady Daisy and Valley Forge, put in a strong 1:50.2 mile on the front end for David Miller and Nancy Johansson. The Rocknroll Hanover filly Blue Moon Stride also won in wire to wire fashion for Andrew McCarthy and Mark Harder. Owner Emilio Rosati was ecstatic in the winner’s circle. And Mark MacDonald sent the lightly raced Western Ideal colt Western Fame, who recently won a Jug elimination, down the road and never looked back. He won a neck in 1:50.3 for Jimmy Takter. I can’t wait for round two. Joe FitzGerald has been an avid harness racing fan and historian for the last half-century. He writes a weekly blog for  Joe’s commentary reflects his own views and not that of Harnesslink.

Freehold, NJ --- Long Tom might be short on experience, but trainer Marcus Melander believes the 2-year-old male trotter can stand tall when it comes to harness racing on the Grand Circuit. The colt, who spent time in Sweden after being purchased for $60,000 at last year’s Standardbred Horse Sale, competes Thursday (Sept. 29) in the first of six Bluegrass Stakes divisions at Red Mile. “He feels like the right horse, but there are some good horses out there as well, so it’s not so easy,” Melander said about Long Tom, who heads to Lexington with two wins and a second in three career races. “He started out good and we’ll see how he does against the best ones out here. I definitely think he can be on the Grand Circuit. “He feels like a good horse and I think he’ll get better and better with every race he can have. We’ll see after Lexington how we do. But so far he’s been very good.” Long Tom is a son of stallion Muscle Hill out of the mare Ilia. He is a half-brother to Tight Lines, who last week finished third in the Old Oaken Bucket at the Delaware County Fairgrounds in Ohio. Signed for by Swedish trainer Reijo Liljendahl, the horse is owned by the Finland-based AMG Stable Oy. Following the Harrisburg sale, Long Tom traveled to Sweden, where he was in Liljendahl’s stable. “We talked in February and Reijo told me he had a good horse he wanted to send over,” Melander said. “I liked him already at the sale, so when Reijo told me the name of the horse I was happy. He was a good-looking horse. He came to me at the end of March.” Because of his travels, Long Tom wasn’t ready to see action when qualifiers for 2-year-olds began in mid-June at the Meadowlands. But when Melander brought the colt to qualifiers a month later, he was pleased. On Aug. 9, Long Tom made his racing debut in a conditioned race at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono and won by 1-1/2 lengths in 1:59.1. Four weeks later, he finished second to New Jersey Viking in the Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of New Jersey-sponsored Harold Dancer Memorial Trot and followed that effort with a 1:56.1 victory in a conditioned race for 2- and 3-year-olds at the Meadowlands. “He’s been racing very well,” Melander said. “In the qualifiers I took it very easy with him and I felt he was a good horse. In his first lifetime start, he won very easy at Pocono even if it was just in (1):59.1. He did it so easy. “After that, he had some problems getting into races when the Meadowlands closed. But he raced very well at Freehold after some time off and when he won at the Meadowlands he raced great again.” Long Tom is a horse that tends to get complacent when he reaches the front, but Melander is impressed with the colt’s desire to win. “He’s not like a monster in training; he’s very lazy,” Melander said. “He’s like an older horse that’s been doing this for a while. He’s never grabby. He’s almost too lazy sometimes. Last week when he won at the Meadowlands he had plenty left. He’s just so lazy you need to get him going to hold his speed otherwise he waits for the other horses. “But you can feel in a horse when they want to be first. He’s nice gaited, but what I like most is his head. He wants to be a racehorse; he wants to win.” At Lexington, Melander is anxious to see if Long Tom has the speed to be a top colt. “That’s the thing, he’s never been coming home faster than :29 (seconds),” Melander said. “But he’s so lazy. When he’s first, he doesn’t go much faster. He knows he’s first and he knows he’s going to win. I think he’s got the speed. I’m not saying he’s going to go :26 quarters down here, but I think he can go faster than :29, that’s for sure.” Long Tom, who has earned $19,250 this season, is 9-2 on the morning line in his six-horse Bluegrass division, where he will start from post one with driver Tim Tetrick. Bill’s Man, from the stable of trainer John Butenschoen, is the 2-1 favorite from post two with driver Corey Callahan. The morning line favorites in the remaining divisions, in race order, are Tony Alagna’s stakes-winner Signal Hill, Frank Antonacci’s International Moni, Julie Miller’s stakes-winner Fly On, Ron Burke’s Peter Haughton Memorial champ What The Hill, and Jimmy Takter’s King On The Hill. For the complete card, click here. by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications 

Delaware, OH --- Don Dream was a nightmare for his rivals, winning Thursday’s (Sept. 22) second $32,050 division of the Standardbred Stakes for harness racing 2-year-old male trotters in a world record 1:55 at the Delaware County Fairgrounds. Moonshiner Hanover, who followed Don Dream throughout the mile, finished second by 1-3/4 lengths and Andy M was third. Don Dream’s time is the fastest in history for a 2-year-old trotter on a half-mile track. The previous mark of 1:55.2 was held by filly Wild Honey. The best prior clocking for a male trotter was 1:55.3 held by Dontyouforgetit. A son of Donato Hanover out of the mare Gabbys Dream, Don Dream was making his first start for new owners Michelle and Albert Crawford and Susan Oakes, who purchased the colt last week. The horse is trained by Chris Oakes. "David (Miller, his driver) really likes him and said he went around the track well in hand," said Chris Oakes. "He broke the track record in his last start at Harrah's (1:55.2) and I did speak with David about him before I bought him to discuss his opinion of him. The Crawfords were kind enough to agree with us and hopefully with their continued backing can purchase more nice horses just like him. "I wasn't surprised really that he set the world record. I flew in on Monday and trained him on the track earlier this week and he got over it extremely well. David said much the same thing about how he handled it today. "He goes on to Lexington next." Don Dream, the 2-5 favorite, and Miller went to the lead at the start and never looked back. Don Dream set fractions of :28.1, :57.3, and 1:26.4 on his way to his fourth win in eight races. He has earned $79,240. He’s On A Mission and driver Tim Tetrick won Thursday’s first $32,050 division of the Standardbred Stakes for 2-year-old male trotters, capitalizing when Lars Perry went off stride in the stretch as he attempted to lead the race from start to finish. He’s On A Mission stopped the timer in 1:58.3, with Lars Perry second but placed third because of the break. Brand New Key was third-placed-second. Lars Perry and Brand New Key battled on the first turn for the early advantage, with Lars Perry eventually forcing Brand New Key to back off and settle into second. Lars Perry set fractions of :27.4, :58.2, and 1:28.1 before pulling away from the field heading into the stretch. He’s On A Mission, who was third for most of the mile, was on the move in the stretch and took advantage of Lars Perry’s missteps. A gelded son of Groton Hall out of the mare Lisas Mission, He’s On A Mission is owned by trainer Stacey Ruddick along with Denise Dennis. He has won three of six races and earned $75,375. He was the Kentucky Sire Stakes championship runner-up in August. "Unfortunately he was not himself the night of the KYSS final," said Ruddick. "He had a bad week, was really nervous and right up on the bit which is not like him. I was a little concerned he would get wound up here with everything that was going on or that he would have to leave from the eight-hole in a big field. But we got here on Tuesday and he has been nice and relaxed and just taking everything in. "As far as how he drew, it could not have worked out any better. Also we have a small track back at the farm that we train on so I knew the turns would be no problem for him. Then Timmy (Tetrick) drove him perfectly. I've known Timmy for years when he used to drive for me when I raced at the Illinois fairs. He learned from his dad how to bring the babies along slowly. "I bought this horse as a weanling and it's an interesting story. I was looking at Kentucky babies because I knew there were not many mares bred there. I had a list printed out actually and Walnut Hall sold a bunch of mares in foal that year at the Delaware sale. His dam was a little older and I was looking more towards a younger mare. This Amish guy was looking at her and so I asked him if he was interested in the mare only because I was interested in the baby. He told me the mare only, so I told him I would not bid against him if I could have first shot at the baby. He agreed and when this horse was a baby we went to look at him, decided we wanted him and traded a stallion share, then I brought some other horses to that farm and we got him. "He is eligible next for some late closers at Lexington and he is a very nice colt. I think he's a nicer colt than he may receive credit for." by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications -- Kim French also contributed to this report

CAMPBELLVILLE, September 17 - Bar Hopping charged home to win the harness racing $687,000 Canadian Trotting Classic by three and half a lengths Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack. The Jimmy Takter trained colt was able to convert off a perfect second-over steer from driver Tim Tetrick to win Canada's biggest race for three-year-old trotters. A trio of longshots fired out for the front, while Marion Marauder, the 3/5 favourite, was unhurried and got away fourth ahead of main rivals Southwind Frank and Bar Hopping. Scott Zeron sent Marion Marauder to the front in the second-quarter and took the lead at the half in :55.4. Southwind Frank was pushed first up, which allowed Tetrick to put Bar Hopping in a perfect second over position. Marion Marauder led the field by the three-quarter pole in 1:24.2. In the stretch, Marion Marauder created a little separation on his rivals, but that was quickly erased by Bar Hopping. The Takter trainee fired off cover and powered by in the final-eighth for a 1:53.1 victory. "There was enough speed in there and I was trying to find a good horse to follow," said Tetrick following his second Trotting Classic victory. "I seen Yannick not getting away as good as I think he wanted and I got a good trip following him all the way to the promise land." "Scotty's (Zeron) horse was putting up decent enough fractions and my horse got to track him all the way to the top of the lane and he did the rest from there." Marion Marauder held on for second, while Bee In Charge finished third ahead of Winter Harbor. A son of Muscle Hill, Bar Hopping captured his elimination last week in 1:52.4 and was sent off at odds of 4-1 in Saturday's rich final. The sophomore trotting colt has had a strong season, but has been slightly overshadowed by rivals Marion Marauder and Southwind Frank, who had captured the classic three-year-old events before the Canadian Trotting Classic. "Well he's been really close, but he just hasn't got it done," Tetrick said. "It's not lack of trying. He put it all together tonight and there is still a lot of money to go for the rest of the year." Owned by Christina Takter, Hatfeld Stables, Marvin Katz and Al Libfeld, Bar Hopping is now a five-time from 13 starts this season for nearly $800,000 in earnings. His career totals are now improved to six victories and $901,048 earned. The Muscle Hill colt's triumph Saturday gives trainer Jimmy Takter three consecutive victories in the Canadian Trotting Classic and five overall. "We've got a lot of partners and great partners, so I'm so happy for this win," said Takter in the winner's circle. "I was due to win a big race with this horse because he is a very nice horse." Takter noted that Bar Hopping will now head to The Red Mile in Lexington, Kentucky for Grand Circuit action. Bar Hopping paid $10.10, $3.70 and $3.00. Mark McKelvie

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - On a night that saw 10 trotting events on a 13-race harness racing program, two performances stood out at the Meadowlands Friday night. In a division of the Kindergarten Classic for 2-year-old colts and geldings on the trot, Walner rebounded to dominate in his second career Big M start. The Linda Toscano-trained colt brushed to command at the three-eighths before romping his way to a 6½ length win in 1:53.4 with Tim Tetrick doing the driving. A week ago in a similar spot, Walner went off stride as the 2-5 favorite, suffering the only loss of his brief four-race career, but the bettors forgave that outing, sending him to the gate as the 4-5 choice. The Kenneth Jacobs-owned son of Chapter Seven returned $3.60 to win. In the overnight feature for non-winners of $15,000 in their last five starts, Sutton ($8.80), who finished third in the Hambletonian last month, sat a perfect pocket trip and vacated the rail at the eighth pole to grab the top before holding off the late-charging Cash Me Out to record a neck win in 1:51.4 for the husband and wife team of driver Andy and trainer Julie Miller. Canepa Hanover, the 4-5 favorite after facing the likes of Obrigado and Resolve in his last two starts, moved to the lead at the three-eighths and led to the stretch before weakening to third. FOUR PAIR: Joe Bongiorno, Andy Miller, Ake Svanstedt and Yannick Gingras all recorded driving doubles on the program. ... Over the first three cards of the abbreviated four-program September meeting, Miller has driven nine winners. ... Racing resumes at the Big M Saturday at 7:15 p.m. by Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations

CHESTER, PA - The state of Pennsylvania's star 2-year-old pacers and trotters were in action on Sunday afternoon (September 11) at Harrah's Philadelphia. They were competing for purses that totaled over $1.2 million, with the finals going for $252,000 each. In the 2-year old filly trotting division championship, John Butenschoen trainee Fine Tuned Lady went down the road for owners William Wiswell and M &L of Delaware Inc. The daughter of Cantab Hall set fractions of 28.1, :27.2, and 1:26.2, before completing the mile three parts of a length better than race-favorite Can't I (John Campbell), in 1:55.3. Temple Ruins (Yannick Gingras) rallied on for third. It was the third win of the season for Fine Tuned Lady (Corey Callahan), boosting her career earnings to over $200,000. In the consolation for 2-year-old filly trotters, it was Fashion Farm's Donato Fashion (Tim Tetrick) scoring a huge upset to take the $50,000 affair. The daughter of Donato Hanover drafted behind live cover, before taking aim in the stretch to win in 1:57.1. It was the first career win for the Jim Campbell trainee. She returned $48.40 to win. The Butenshoen/Callahan connection struck again in the 2-year-old colt and gelding trotting championship, as Giveitgasandgo lived up to his name. The son of Yankee Glide powered to the front end just past the quarter, and led every step after. The fractions were :28.1, :56.4, and 1:26.1. The Butenchoen trainee was able to hold off the upset bid of the pocket-sitter Moonshiner Hanover (Scott Zeron) to win by a head in 1:56. Affair of Honor (Tim Tetrick) finished third. It was the sixth career win in eight starts for the talented freshman trotter. He as now bankrolled over $215,000 in his career. He is owned by Harmony Oaks Racing, David J. Miller, Lawrence Means, and VIP Internet Stables. Perhaps the show stealing performance of the card, however, occurred in the 2-year-old colt and gelding consolation. Todd Rooney and Kim Farmer's Don Dream (Dave Miller) set a track record for 2-year-old colt trotters in a stunning display. Taking command off the wings, Don Dream rated the half in :58.4, before trotting the back half in :56.3 to stop the clock in 1:55.2, breaking a 9-year-old track record. The previous mark of 1:55.3 was held by Lear Jetta, and accomplished in 2007. The 2-year-old filly pacing championship saw Aaron Lambert trainee Agent Q (Dave Miller) avenge her two straight losses to race-favorite Idyllic Beach (Yannick Gingras). The daughter of Western Terror had to brush, after longshot Someomensomewhere (Marcus Miller) found the front early. Agent Q was immediately challenged by Idyllic Beach, releasing her before the half. At the top of the stretch, Agent Q took aim, and powered by for a two length win, stopping the clock in 1:52. It was the third career win for Agent Q, as she boosted her bankroll to near $280,000. She is owned by Martin Scharf, Robert Muscara, and Bill and Tanya Rochetti. The freshman filly pace consolation went to a grinding Gotthisone Hanover (Yannick Gingras). The daughter of Somebeachsomewhere was able to hold off the fast-closing favorite Miss Jones (Dave Miller) to win for just the first time, in 1:54.1. She is owned by Burke Racing, Frank Baldachino, Aws Stables, and Weaver Bruscemi. The 2-year-old colt and gelding pacing championship was taken in front-end fashion by Ray Schnittker trainee Huntsville (Tim Tetrick). The son of Somebeachsomewhere brushed past early leader (and eventual second place finisher) Downbytheseaside (Matt Kakaley) and was able to hold off a host of challenges to win in 1:51.1. Race-favorite Fear The Dragon (Dave Miller) settled for show. It was the third win of Huntsville's career, vaulting his lifetime earnings to over $215,000. He is owned by Ray Schnittker, Ted Gewertz, Charles Iannazzo, and Steve Arnold. The consolation for the freshman colt and gelding pacers went to R J P (Marcus Miller). The son of Somebeachsomewhere was able to work out a cover trip after tucking early. He swept by in the stretch to win by a little less than a length, holding off the 80-1 longshot Bellows Binge in a furious stretch drive. It was his first career win. R J P is owned by Dave and John Prushnok, David J. Miller, and Lawrence Means. He is trained by Erv Miller. by Michael Bozich, for Harrah's Philadelphia

WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 30, 2016 -- Bettor's Up rocketed to the lead for Tim Tetrick at the quarter and blazed home in 1:51, matching Pure Country's track record for freshman harness racing filly pacers in Tuesday's Pennsylvania Sires Stake at The Meadows. Trace Tetrick guided Glassine Hanover to victory in the other division of the $183,616 event known as the Meadow Cheer, giving the Tetrick brothers a PASS sweep. Bettor's Up took the field through a 54.3 front half, fastest fractions the daughter of Bettor's Delight-Fresh Idea had ever seen. Tim Tetrick indicated Bettor's Up was comfortable throughout. "When I moved her, she was well in hand," he said. "You never know with fractions like that, but I thought she'd be okay." She had little trouble holding off the rallying Miss Jones by 2 lengths, with Pittstop Danika third. Her time knocked a tick from Newborn Sassy's stake record. Bettor's Up, who extended her bankroll to $171,879, has been defeated only once in her seven career starts for trainer Scott McEneny and owners Bradley Grant, Teresa Davidson and Michelle McEneny. But because of her diminutive size and unremarkable performance while learning her trade, Scott McEneny kept her eligible this year to only one significant late-season stake -- the Three Diamonds. "Training down, she was just an ordinary filly," he said of his $15,000 yearling acquisition. "Once I started qualifying her, she really came around. She'll have around 10 starts this year; that's enough on her plate for the size of her. Hopefully, we'll have a good year next year, too." Trace Tetrick watched four horses skirmish for the early lead and knew once the dust settled, it was time to give Glassine Hanover the gas. "We needed to be on the move probably quicker than we wanted to be," he said. "The way the track plays here sometimes, it's really hard to come first in early and grind it out, being out both turns. When she gets out there by herself, she'll get a little relaxed, so I needed to keep her attention. She never quit. She's been very honest from Day One." She prevailed easily in 1:51.3, a career best and a national season's mark until Bettor's Up took to the track. Somemoneysomewhere, another from the McEneny stable, was second, 3-1/4 lengths back, while Watch What You Say earned show. Trent Stohler trains the daughter of Dragon Again-Gifted Yankee, who has won five of six lifetime outings, for Trent Stohler Stable, Benjamin Graber, Tim Graber and Dolne Farm Services. Dave Palone collected three wins on the 14-race program. Wednesday's card at The Meadows marks the end of the Mountain Laurel Racing Meeting, which means mandatory payouts -- no carryovers -- for the Pick 4, the Pick 5 and the final superfecta on the program. The Washington Trotting Association Meeting gets underway Friday. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

Owner Ken Jacobs and harness racing trainer Linda Toscano came to Monticello Raceway on Monday afternoon with a full quiver. On the programs first race of the day, the regular Sires Stake for 2 year Old Pacing Fillies, racing for a purse of $52,500 showcased Planet Rock. The daughter of Rock N Roll Heaven - Villa Hanover filly wasted no time leaving from post position 4, in the 5 horse field to show the field thru fractions of 28.2, 58:0, 1:27:1 to win well in hand in 1:55, pacing her last ¼ in 27.4, setting a new track record for 2 Year Old Pacing Fillies. Breaking the previous record of 1:55.2 set by Freetime in 2012, Planet Rock remain flawless, with 6 wins in as many starts with lifetime earnings of $123,000. The combination of Toscano/ Trick swept both ends of the early daily double, the second race was first 1st split of the Excelsior A's Tim Tetrick went down the road with Yourlipstogodsears (Art Major-Role Reversal) score in 1:57.3 for owners South Street Farm & George & Theresa Rath. The Jacobs/Toscano/ Tetrick combo struck again with yet another impressive filly, Robin J, the daughter of Roll With Joe - Mommy Robin Q, was stellar as she scored wire to wire in 1:56.2 by 3 lengths. The filly now sports a bank roll of $158,000 thus far in her brilliant freshman career. The win gave Tim Tetrick a hat trick for the day. By Shawn Wiles

Nichols, N.Y. -- Tim Tetrick and Linda Toscano teamed up to capture all three divisions of the Geers Stakes for harness racing 2-year-old pacing fillies on Friday (August 12) night at Tioga Downs, while Cougar Bait ($6.10) led 2-year-old pacing colts and geldings with a track-record performance in his Geers split.   Tetrick and Toscano wasted no time finding the winner's enclosure, teaming up with Robin J ($2.10) in the $26,356 third event. The daughter of Roll With Joe and Mommy Robin Q worked clear of Haviture Way Honey (Marcus Miller) with a circuit to go and used a :26.3 last quarter to repel a first-over push from runner-up Touchamatic (Mike Simons) by 2-3/4 lengths in 1:54.   They teamed up again with Planet Rock ($2.10), who kept her undefeated record intact in the $26,856 fifth race. The daughter of Rock N Roll Heaven and Villa Hanover settled off a contested pace, brushed out of midfield, and sprinted off to a 5-1/2 length margin of victory over Kiss Kiss (John Cummings, Jr.) in 1:53.1 for her fifth triumph in as many career starts. Robin J and Planet Rock also would give owner Kenneth Jacobs a stakes double on the night.   World Apart ($2.60) completed the sweep of the filly divisions for Tetrick and Toscano in the $26,856 ninth, chasing live cover provided by Pleasant Roll (Marcus Miller) on the backstretch before continuing to the fore in upper stretch after losing cover. The daughter of Art Major and Polar Opposition posted a 1:53 win for the South Mountain Stables, The Bay's Stable, LLC, Little E, LLC, and the Radio Racing Stable.   Of the three Geers divisions for 2-year-old pacing colts and geldings, Cougar Bait stole the show with his 1:52.2 track-record performance in the $24,640 fourth race. Mike Simons slid the Western Terror-No One Is Alone gelding second-over to track favorite Epic Union through the middle stages of the race, but lost cover on approach to the far turn as Epic Union cleared. Cougar Bait ultimately dueled to the fore at head-stretch, drawing off by 2-1/2 lengths over Beyond Delight (Jim Marohn, Jr.), who rallied to save second. John Butenschoen trains Cougar Bait for the Harmony Oaks Racing Stable, Jeremey Day, Tangie Massey, and the VIP Internet Stable, LLC.   Ocean Colony ($23.60) prevailed in the $24,640 sixth, dueling clear of R J P (Marcus Miller) in 1:53.3 after being left uncovered on the far turn. Brett Miller drove the son of Somebeachsomewhere and Amora Hanover for trainer Jimmy Takter and the partnership of Takter, Fielding, Katz, Libfeld, Goldband, and the Hatfield Stables.   In the $24,640 eighth race, Every Way Out ($2.50) accounted for his fifth career win in as many starts, and Tetrick accounted for the third leg of a stakes grand slam. The If I Can Dream-Every Play colt responded to a late push from Bettor's Western (Brett Miller), holding sway by three-quarters of a length in 1:51.1 for the fastest mile on the night. Dylan Davis trains Every Way Out for Howard Taylor, Abraham Basen, Edwin Gold, and Thomas Lazzaro.   Live racing returns to Tioga Downs on Sunday (August 14) afternoon, with post time at 1:30 p.m. Eastern.   by James Witherite, Tioga Downs

Nichols, N.Y. -- In Friday (August 12) evening's Geers Stakes for harness racing 2-year-olds at Tioga Downs, a pair of precocious pacers will aim to extend their career unbeaten streaks to five races, and both tasks will be up to driver Tim Tetrick to complete.   Kenneth Jacobs's Planet Rock, so far 4-for-4 while exclusively campaigning on the New York Sire Stakes circuit, has been installed the 6-5 morning line favorite in the evening's $26,856 fifth race, and she will commence her one-mile journey from post 5. Linda Toscano trains the daughter of Rock N Roll Heaven and Villa Hanover who most recently powered clear to a 1:52 victory at Vernon Downs. Her past wins have come at Buffalo, Yonkers, and Saratoga.   In the $24,640 eighth event for colts and geldings, Every Way Out will lead the charge for trainer Dylan Davis out of post 4. The son of If I Can Dream and Every Play swept the New Jersey Sire Stakes at the Meadowlands in early July before posting a 1:52.3 victory in his Arden Downs division over a sloppy Meadows track on July 30. Howard Taylor, Abraham Basen, Edwin Gold, and Thomas Lazzaro share ownership of Every Way Out, also installed a 6-5 morning line favorite.   The companion event of the Geers Stakes, the Arthur Tompkins Memorial for 2-year-old trotters, is slated for Thursday (August 11) evening at Tioga. Julie Miller trainee Fly On seeks his third career win following a 1:55.3 triumph in his Kindergarten Classic preliminary at the Meadowlands. Andy Miller makes the trek to the Southern Tier to drive the son of Muscle Hill and Calchips Finisher.   Post time for both the Thursday and Friday cards at Tioga Downs has been set for 6:30 p.m. Eastern.   by James Witherite, Tioga Downs

East Rutherford, NJ ---- Bar Hopping and harness racing driver Tim Tetrick won the first of two $70,000 elimination races by open lengths in 1:51.4 to advance to the final of the $1 million Hambletonian, presented by Mullinax Ford, on Saturday (Aug. 6) at the Meadowlands. Milligan’s School (Andy Miller) was second and Lagerfeld (Yannick Gingras) was third. Iron Mine Bucky (George Dennis) was fourth and Mavens Way (John Campbell) was fifth and got the final spot in the Hambletonian final. The time was Bar Hopping’s lifetime best. The son of Muscle Hill is trained by Jimmy Takter and owned by Christina Takter, Hatfield Stables, Marin Katz and Al Libfeld. Brooklyn Hill (David Miller) was first to the lead in :27.2, but Bar Hopping was out past that mark to challenge and grabbed the lead before hitting the half in :55.4. Milligan's School was out to challenge at the five-eighths-mile marker but could not get past the leader at the 1:24 third quarter. Bar Hopping pulled away from the field for the win. “He was super. He was even better than he was the last couple weeks,” said Tim Tetrick. “Jimmy’s good at those big days and he’s got him right where he wants him. I didn’t know (about multiple horses making breaks past the three-quarters). But when Andy (driving Milligan's School) was first up and he started growling at his, mine took right off. I wasn’t worried from there. I think he’s ready for the final.” Bar Hopping Marion Marauder stormed through the stretch and overtook leader Southwind Frank in the final strides to win the second of Saturday’s two eliminations for the Hambletonian. The time for the mile was 1:51.3, a lifetime best for Marion Marauder, who was sent off at odds of 3-1. Joining Marion Marauder and Southwind Frank in the $1 million final were Waitlifter K, Sutton, and The Royal Harry. Southwind Frank, the 1-5 favorite, got the lead in a :26.4 opening quarter-mile and led through fractions of :55.1 and 1:23.2. Scott Zeron drove Marion Marauder for trainer Paula Wellwood and owners Marion Jean Wellwood and Devin Keeling. It was the colt’s fifth win in six races this year. “If I had a helmet cam on, it would have been pretty interesting to watch,” said Scott Zeron, competing in his first Hambletonian. “There were some people in front of me and I was hoping that things would work out a little bit differently but it didn’t and he ended up overcoming the distance we had to make up at the three-quarter pole. We were trying to mow down a horse that I thought was the best horse, I felt, to get to the final (Southwind Frank) and he did it. And he did it impressively.” Below is the draw for the Hambletonian final. 1 – Southwind Frank 2 – The Royal Harry 3 – Bar Hopping 4 – Waitlifter K 5 – Marion Marauder 6 – Sutton 7 – Milligan’s School 8 – Iron Mine Bucky 9 – Mavens Way 10 – Lagerfeld by Ellen Harvey, Harness Racing Communications 

WASHINGTON, PA, July 30, 2016 -- Newborn Sassy opened a sizable lead but needed to find another gear late to preserve her victory in Saturday's $110,950 Quinton Patterson Adioo Volo for 3-year-old filly pacers at The Meadows. The Grand Circuit stake was the sub-feature on the harness racing card headlined by the $400,000 final of the Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids. With victories in a Lynch elimination and a Pennsylvania Sires Stake leg on her resume, Newborn Sassy was the most accomplished in the field of seven and was hammered down to 1-2 in the wagering. She drew off to a 1-1/2-length lead at the top of the stretch and figured to jog home the winner. But the sloppy track proved tiring for the daughter of Western Ideal-Sass Newton, and Tim Tetrick had to remind her emphatically that her work was not done. She responded to his urging and held off Shezarealdeal by a neck in 1:51.1, with Heels On The Beach third. Jim King, Jr., husband of winning trainer Jo Ann Looney-King, said the gritty effort was representative of Newborn Sassy's heart. "She's a winner," he said. "There's no doubt she's a winner. She loves what she does. She was just here last week. When I took her off the trailer this week, she was like, 'are you sure we want to do this again?' She's a fighter. If you don't give up, she won't." Jo Ann Looney-King and CC Racing own Newborn Sassy, who soared over $400,000 in lifetime earnings, will be pointed to the next PASS leg. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

Vernon, N.Y. -- Bar Hopping and Trolley, the respective runners-up in the Stanley Dancer and Earl Beal Memorial events, are set to square off in the $300,000 main harness racing event of Sunday (July 24) evening's Dr. Harry M. Zweig Memorial at Vernon Downs.   Bar Hopping, one of three Jimmy Takter trainees to make the ninth-race main event, arrives at the Miracle Mile after chasing Marion Marauder to take second in a $153,250 Dancer Memorial split at the Meadowlands on the Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace undercard. While just a 2-time winner in 16 career tries, the son of Muscle Hill has amassed nearly a quarter million dollars in career earnings and top-four placings in the Beal and Goodtimes stakes as well. Tim Tetrick is nominated to drive Bar Hopping once again for the partnership of Christina Takter, the Hatfield Stables, Marvin Katz, and Al Libfeld.   Among the eight 3-year-old colts and geldings Bar Hopping will square off against is the lightly raced but mighty impressive Trolley, a son of Donato Hanover from the Erv Miller stable. Prior to a respectable effort to make belated gains from last behind divisional standout Southwind Frank in his Dancer split, he sustained pursuit of that same rival in the $500,000 Earl Beal Memorial at Pocono on July 2. In just six starts, Trolley has amassed over $173,000 in career earnings. Marcus Miller once again drives Trolley for Paymaq Racing, Mathias, Gillis, and Willinger.   Pennsylvania Sire Stakes standouts Hititoutofthepark (Corey Callahan nominated) and Love Matters (Brett Miller), Ontario invader Blenheim (Chris Christoforou), and New York Sire Stakes contender Smalltownthrowdown (Dan Daley) are other notable entrants.   Trotting fillies contest a $140,000 main event in race seven, with six of the nine entered mainly campaigning on the New York Sire Stakes circuit thus far this season--including Empire Breeders Classic runner-up Swinging Royalty. The marquee filly of the group is 7-time winner Womans Will (Andy Miller nominated), a dead-heat winner in the $95,250 Delvin Miller Memorial at the Meadowlands last week, sharing victory in 1:54.2 after making all the pace. Julie Miller trains the Donato Hanover filly for Al Libfeld and Marvin Katz.   In addition to the Zweig events, 14 New York-sired 3-year-old pacing fillies will vie for a combined $120,400 in twin Sire Stakes events. Multiple stakes winners American Ivy (Andy Miller) and Soft Idea (Jason Bartlett) square off in race 5, while Time On My Hands (Bartlett) headlines the seventh race.   Post time for the 14-race Zweig card on Sunday evening is 6:45 p.m. Eastern.   by James Witherite, Vernon Downs

Charlie Iannazzo is optimistic about the future of his 2-year-old male pacer Huntsville, but knows that success at the harness racing division's top level won't come easily. "So far, this guy looks like a monster," said Iannazzo, who bred Huntsville with trainer Ray Schnittker and owns the colt with Schnittker, Ted Gewertz, and Steve Arnold. "He just looks like the real deal. "But there are a lot of good horses with a lot of good trainers out there. It's a very tough division. He's going to be in a tough race every race. That's why we're taking it one race at a time." Huntsville's next race is Wednesday in a $47,468 division of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes at The Meadows. And it looks like a tough race. Five of the six horses in the field already have won a race and as a group the six horses have combined to finish first or second in nine of 11 starts. Tim Tetrick will drive Huntsville for Schnittker. Huntsville, who debuted with a second-place finish by a length to Filibuster Hanover in a division of the Pennsylvania All-Stars and then won by a neck over Downbytheseaside in 1:51.4 in a sire stakes split at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, is the 5-2 morning line favorite. Jimmy Takter-trained Blood Line, this season's fastest 2-year-old with a mark of 1:51.3, is the 3-1 second choice followed by Brian Brown's Downbytheseaside at 7-2 and Ron Burke's Filibuster Hanover at 4-1. Huntsville is a son of Somebeachsomewhere out of the mare Wild West Show. He is a full brother to stakes-winners Cowboy Terrier and Stevensville. The family also includes stakes-winner Northern Luck. "He's big and strong," Iannazzo said of Hunstville, whose training regimen, like other Schnittker horses, includes swimming. "In his last start, Timmy took him off the gate and then with a big brush circled the field (on his way to a :27 third quarter). He looked like a freight train because of his size. "He's just a tremendously well-built and conformed colt. He's racing like he looks the part. I'm very encouraged." Huntsville's stakes schedule includes the Bluegrass, Breeders Crown, Governor's Cup, International Stallion, and Keystone Classic. He was eligible to last weekend's Sheppard Pace at Yonkers, but Iannazzo said the colt was not entered to focus on his upcoming sire stakes slate. As it turned out, another horse from the Schnittker Stable, Summer Side, won the Sheppard. Wednesday's four Pennsylvania Sire Stakes divisions also feature early-season speedsters The Wall (mark of 1:51.4), Fear The Dragon (1:52.2), and Beach House (1:52.4). The Wall, another Takter trainee, is the 5-2 morning line favorite in the fourth division, where Rich Gillock's Beach House is the 7-2 second choice. Brown's Fear The Dragon is the 2-1 pick in the second division while Christopher Choate's Western Joe is the 5-2 favorite in the opening division. "With the talent of the 2-year-old pacing colts in Pennsylvania, it's going to take an exceptional horse to outperform them," Iannazzo said. "Right now, we're very positive. I'm looking forward to Wednesday. The next few races will tell us a lot. But we're looking forward to something special." For a look at Wednesday's complete card at The Meadows, which begins at 1 p.m., click here. Ken Weingartner Media Relations Manager Harness Racing Communications

YONKERS, NY, Monday, July 18, 2016 - Yonkers Raceway Monday night hosted the $150,425 New York Sire Stakes Clyde Hirt Pace for harness racing 2-year-old fillies. Five divisions went at it, with a 'dead-heat' for fastest femme. Odds-on numbers Planet Rock ($2.90) and Robin J ($2.10) both owned by Ken Jacobs, trained by Linda Toscano and driven by Tim Tetrick, won in life-bests 1:56. The first two events went for $29,725 and $30,325, respectively. The former is a daughter of Rock N Roll Heaven, while the latter is a Roll with Joe lass. The ma'ams have each won two races in as many tries begin their careers. Toscano and Tetrick did it a tick slower in the fourth ($30,325) event as pole-sitting Worlds Apart ($2.20) opened through the lane in win her purse debut by 8¼ lengths. The daughter of Art Major, 2-for-2 to begin her career, is co-owned by the stable quartet of Radio Racing, Bay's, South Mountain and Little E. The fourth puny parimutuel of the sire stakes evening was a final-gathering ($29,725) Roaring to Go (Brett Miller, $2.70). She matched World Apart's 1:56.1 effort with a snappy, uncovered :27.4 third quarter. The margin was 4¾ lengths for "Roaring'. The daughter of Art Major, owned by Frank Chick and trained by Kevin Lare, is now 2-for-3 in her early going. Jordan Stratton had his sire stakes moment in the sun (it was night racing, but play along) with a first-up That's How We Roll ($19.20), taking the third ($30,325) event in a maiden-busting 1:56.4. Trainer Ray Schnittker co-owns the Art Major miss with Mary Kinsey and Steven Arnold. Frank Drucker

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