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The road to August's $1 million Hambletonian goes through Ontario on Saturday when 10 harness racing 3-year-old male trotters meet in the C$268,000 Goodtimes Stakes at Mohawk Racetrack. Jimmy Takter, who has trained the last two Hambletonian winners, believes he's got another contender in Goodtimes finalist Bar Hopping. Bar Hopping finished second to Dayson in his Goodtimes elimination last Friday, losing by 1-3/4 lengths in a 1:53.2 mile. Dayson, who is not eligible to the Hambletonian, is the 2-1 morning line favorite in the final; Bar Hopping is the 7-2 second choice. "I like the horse a lot," Takter said. "He's got the right gear. He just has to know that he's a good horse." A son of Muscle Hill out of the stakes-winning mare Cocktail Hour, the colt sold for $190,000 under the name Revenger at the 2014 Standardbred Horse Sale. Bar Hopping's full brother Martiniwithmuscle finished second to Trixton, Takter's 2014 Hambletonian champion, in the 2014 New Jersey Sire Stakes championship and his family also includes Dan Patch Award-winner Jef's Spice. Last year, Bar Hopping won a division of the New Jersey Sire Stakes and finished second to early-season Hambletonian favorite Southwind Frank in the final. He finished second in divisions of the International Stallion and Bluegrass stakes and was fourth in the Peter Haughton Memorial. Bar Hopping debuted this season with a third-place finish in the first round of the New Jersey Sire Stakes, racing on the outside for most of the mile and closing with a :26.3 last quarter-mile. He was fourth in the sire stakes final in his start prior to the Goodtimes eliminations. "He was definitely not as good the last two starts as he was the first start, but something has been going on with him and hopefully we can get him cleared up now," Takter said, adding the colt had scoped with mucous following last week's race. "He was exceptional through the elimination for the sire stakes when he was third after (Southwind) Frank, but he charged like a great horse." Bar Hopping, who has won one of 12 career races and earned $118,163 for owners Christina Takter, Hatfield Stables, Marvin Katz, and Al Libfeld, will start the Goodtimes from post No. 6 with driver Tim Tetrick. Dayson, a son of Conway Hall-Nervey's Taurus who will start the Goodtimes from post No. 5 with Yannick Gingras driving for trainer Ron Burke, won seven of eight races last year on the New York Sire Stakes circuit. He became a member of the Burke Brigade in January and has won three of four starts this season. "I think he fits well with that (Goodtimes) group," Burke said about Dayson, who has earned $234,412 in his career. "It's not the best colts out there, but it's an even bunch. He's nice. He's a very good horse. I don't think he's quite as good as (Southwind) Frank, but he's right there behind him. He'll do well in the spots we put him in." Dayson is owned by Burke Racing, Our Horse Cents Stables, J&T Silva Stables, and Rossie Smith. Other Hambletonian eligible horses in the Goodtimes are Blenheim, Goin To The Limit, Honor Above All, Marion Marauder, and Tony Soprano. Dia Monde, who won the second of the two Goodtimes eliminations, is the 4-1 third choice in the final. The son of Deweycheatumnhowe-Lady Bar will start from post four with Randy Waples driving for trainer Thomas Durand. Dia Monde, who has won two of six lifetime starts, is owned by Durand, June Durand, and Allan Smith. Following is the field for the Goodtimes in post order. PP-Horse-Sire-Driver-Trainer-Morning Line 1. Blenheim by Yankee Glide - Chris Christoforou - Per Henriksen - 10-1 2. Marion Marauder by Muscle Hill - Scott Zeron - Michael Keeling - 6-1 3. Will Take Charge by Kadabra - Paul MacDonell - John Bax - 5-1 4. Dia Monde by Deweycheatumnhowe - Randy Waples - Thomas Durand - 4-1 5. Dayson - by Conway Hall - Yannick Gingras - Ron Burke - 2-1 6. Bar Hopping by Muscle Hill - Tim Tetrick - Jimmy Takter - 7-2 7. Goin To The Limit by Donato Hanover - Brett Miller - Tony Alagna - 20-1 8. Honor Above All by Muscles Yankee - David Miller - Jimmy Takter - 20-1 9. Zagster by Muscle Mass - Trevor Henry - Shannon Henry - 20-1 10. Tony Soprano by Kadabra - John Campbell - Bob McIntosh - 15-1  by Ken Weingartner

Anndrovette's home is in New Jersey, but the harness racing female pacer certainly seems to make herself at home in Canada; particularly when it comes to the Roses Are Red Stakes at Ontario's Mohawk Racetrack. The 9-year-old has won the Roses Are Red a record three times and goes for No. 4 on Saturday in the C$370,000 final at Mohawk. Anndrovette enters the race off a 1:49.4 win by a nose over Sandbetweenurtoes in her elimination last weekend. It was the mare's first victory in seven starts this season and her best win time since capturing the 2014 Roses Are Red --- the third of her threepeat --- in 1:49.1. For her career, Anndrovette has won nine of 22 races at Mohawk and hit the board a total of 17 times. "She really likes Canada and she's done really well in the Roses Are Red up there," said Tim Tetrick, who is Anndrovette's regular driver. "She raced great last week; it was a really good mile. She's a classy old mare, that's for sure. She never seems to go away; not for the whole season. She's older now, but you usually get three or four good starts out of her. She makes about $400,000 a year, and there's nothing wrong with that." Anndrovette has won 45 of 135 career races and earned $3.51 million in purses. She enters the Roses Are Red needing $237,102 to surpass Eternal Camnation's record of $3.74 million for the top spot among all female pacers in harness racing history. In addition, Anndrovette received four consecutive Dan Patch Award trophies from 2011-2014, setting the record for an older female pacer and equaling Eternal Camnation's record for the most awards given to any pacer in history. Anndrovette, a daughter of Riverboat King out of the mare Easy Miss, also has received four O'Brien Awards for best older female pacer in Canada. She is owned by Bamond Racing and Joe Davino. "I'll never count her out," trainer Jeff Bamond Jr. said. "Anytime I've ever counted her out before she comes back to prove me wrong. He then added with a laugh, "Maybe I will count her out. Maybe that will do it." Prior to the start in her Roses Are Red elimination, Anndrovette raced this season exclusively at Yonkers Raceway. She had a second-place finish and two thirds at the half-mile oval in New York. For her career, she has won 13 of 45 starts at Yonkers, but posted only two wins at The Hilltop since 2013. "I know Yonkers isn't her cup of tea," Tetrick said. "It hurts her that she doesn't get to race as much on a big track. (Last week) was the best she's raced all year. I think she'll be fine. She's very tough and she likes to win." Anndrovette rallied from sixth place at the midpoint of last week's elimination to post her triumph. Also winning eliminations were Lady Shadow, who claimed last year's Roses Are Red trophy, and Solar Sister. Lady Shadow won her elim by 3-1/4 lengths over Yagonnakissmeornot in 1:50.2 with Doug McNair in the sulky for trainer Ron Adams. Solar Sister won her elim by 1-1/2 lengths over Katie Said in 1:51, also with McNair handling the driving. McNair will sit behind Solar Sister, trained by his dad Gregg, in the final. Yannick Gingras is listed to drive Lady Shadow. Anndrovette will start the final from post No. 4, with Solar Sister leaving from post two and Lady Shadow from three. "You get a good spot and hope it works out," Bamond said. "I don't know what Tim will do; I don't know if he'll leave. She was real good from off the pace after being on the lead pretty much her whole life, so maybe he takes her off the gate and it works out." Following is the field for the Roses Are Red in post order. PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer 1. Waasmula - Trevor Henry - Bruce Goit 2. Solar Sister - Doug McNair - R. Gregg McNair 3. Lady Shadow - Yannick Gingras - Ron Adams 4. Anndrovette - Tim Tetrick - Jeff Bamond Jr. 5. Sandbetweenurtoes - Jody Jamieson - Richard Moreau 6. Devil Child - Brett Miller - Chris Oakes 7. Ms Mac N Cheese - Sylvain Filion - Richard Moreau 8. Wrangler Magic - Sylvain Filion - Stephane Larocque 9. Yagonnakissmeornot - Jody Jamieson - Rene Allard 10. Katie Said - Brett Miller - Jimmy Takter And with their sires; 1. Waasmula by Million Dollar Cam 2. Solar Sister by Mach Three 3. Lady Shadow by Shadow Play 4. Anndrovette by Riverboat King 5. Sandbetweenurtoes by Somebeachsomewhere 6. Devil Child by American Ideal 7. Ms Mac N Cheese by Badlands Hanover 8. Wrangler Magic by Mach Three 9. Yagonnakissmeornot by The Panderosa 10. Katie Said by Well Said by Ken Weingartner

CAMPBELLVILLE, June 11... Betting Line and Boston Red Rocks head into Saturday's $1-million Pepsi North America Cup final after defeating the finest harness racing three-year-old pacers on the continent in a pair of eliminations, Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack. Betting Line used a first-over trip to capture the first $50,000 elimination in 1:49.1. The Casie Coleman-trainee, who was the 8-5 second choice, tracked from fifth in the early going then made a bid for lead at the midway point as Lyons Snyder took the field to the quarter in :27.2, half in :55.2 and three-quarters in 1:22.2. Into the stretch, Lyons Snyder veered off the rail and gave a pocket-sitting Racing Hill room to sneak up the inside, but Betting Line was on the outside and used a :26.2 final quarter kick to breeze by his rivals and score the victory by three-quarters of a length. Lyons Snyder finished second, while Racing Hill was third. Also advancing is fourth-place finisher Control The Moment and Beast Mode, who finished fifth. "I have been fortunate enough to have some unbelievably great horses over the years, but he never usually gets a good trip," Coleman added. "I don't know why, but he always seems to not be in the right place and he just keeps digging--first-over, on front with tough fractions from way off, like he's done it every way. I can't wait to get that second-over toe into it coming down the lane." Betting Line notches his third victory of the season from four outings and ninth lifetime triumph. With the win, the son of Bettor's Delight and Heathers Western lifts his career earnings to $619,922 for owners West Wins Stable of Cambridge, Christine Calhoun of Chatham and Mac Nichol of Burlington. Betting Line paid $5, $3.20 and $2.40, combining with Lyons Synder ($4.10, $3.50) for a $15.10 (6-4) exactor. A 6-4-9 (Racing Hill, $8) triactor returned a $120.40, while a $1 Superfecta [6-4-9-3 (Control The Moment)] was worth $205.40. Betting Line In the second elimination, the Steve Elliott pupil Boston Red Rocks used an off-the-pace trip to win by half a length in 1:50.3. Boston Red Rocks and driver Tim Tetrick followed from fourth as Nvestment Bluechip posted the opening panel in :26.4 and Nocturnal Bluechip clocked the half in :54.4. While the sophomores were passing the three-quarter marker in 1:22.4, Boston Red Rocks had advanced first-up and was stalking Nocturnal Bluechip from second. When the pacers entered the stretch, Boston Red Rocks, the 3-5 favourite, struck the front and held off a late surge from Big Top Hanover, who finished second and third-place finisher Michaels Victory. Magnum J, who went from last to fourth and fifth-place finisher Manhattan Beach also advance to the final. "I'm a firm believer in this horse," said Tetrick. "I know he's a nice horse. Every time he got beat, he got beat by a head, a nose. He got beat, but he raced good enough to win. Just horses sitting in the pocket beat him. He's a little lazy and he kind of loses focus sometimes and you got to stay after him, but he got the job done. He finds ways to win so that's what I like about him." Boston Red Rocks scored his second triumph of the season from four outings and sixth career victory. With the win, the son of the late Rocknroll Hanover and McGibson lifts his career earnings to $735,418 for Floridinans Peter Blood and Rick Berks. Boston Red Rocks paid $3.50, $2.80 and $2.10, combining with Big Top Hanover ($5.60, $3.10) for a $15.70 (2-6) exactor. A 2-6-5 (Michaels Victory, $3.20) triactor returned a $53, while a $1 Superfecta [2-6-5-9 (Magnum J)] was worth $221.60. Boston Red Rocks The top five finishers in each $50,000 elimination advance to the 33rd edition of the $1-million final on Saturday, June 18. Each winner earns his connections the right to select a post position before the balance of field is drawn at a press conference on Tuesday. $1-million Pepsi North America Cup starters in no particular order; Betting Line by Bettor's Delight Boston Red Rocks by Rocknroll Hanover Big Top Hanover by Western Ideal Lyons Snyder by Well Said Michaels Victory by Rocknroll Hanover Racing Hill by Roll With Joe Magnum J by Big Jim Control The Moment by Well Said Manhatten Beach by Somebeachsomewhere Beast Mode by Rock N Roll Heaven Mark McKelvie

It took exactly three decades for Jo Ann Looney-King and her family to discover a horse that would return them to the winner’s circle at the Meadowlands. That feat alone renders Maestro Blue Chip as a special animal to the family, however, they are also extremely attached to the 4-year-old harness racing stallion because they feel he is the most talented trotter ever to grace their shedrow. “My sister (Susan Looney) was the youngest driver to ever win a race at the Meadowlands when she was 16,” said Looney-King. “That was 30 years ago, so you cannot imagine how thrilling it was for us to finally return there when Maestro won the first leg of the Graduate Series. Our entire family was there to enjoy it and it only made it even sweeter that he beat a horse like Pinkman to get us there. That win really was like a dream come true. Any time you win it is so exciting, but when you win like that it makes it an unforgettable evening. Especially when Jim (her husband) thinks this horse is the best trotter we have ever had.” Purchased by Richard Poilluici for $90,000 at this year’s Tattersalls January Select Mixed Sale, the son of Credit Winner and the SJ’s Caviar mare Up Front Hotsey will attempt to collect his 11th victory since entering the Kings’ barn on Sunday (June 12) when he competes in the $75,000 third leg of the Graduate Series at Tioga Downs. Maestro Blue Chip will commence his journey from post position eight with Tim Tetrick holding the lines and is the 5-1 third choice on the morning line. He will have to face champion Pinkman (2-1), who will leave from post position six, and one of the hottest horses in harness racing in Musical Rhythm (3-1), who will begin trotting from the rail. Despite amassing the highest seasonal bankroll in the contest ($154,000) and serving notice he is a top contender in his division after holding Pinkman at bay at odds of 30-1 on May 21, Maestro Blue Chip appears to remain a bit under the radar, not only at the betting windows, but within the industry. In fact, his triumph over Pinkman and Crescent Fashion was shocking to many who follow the sport, but his endeavors and success were not shocking to his connections. “The minute Jim saw him at the sale he wanted him,” Looney-King said. “It is absolutely impossible not to fall in love with him at first sight. He is such a handsome horse and carries himself with such class. When a horse like that becomes available at the sale, you always wonder why, but this horse was co-owned by Michael Andrew and Purple Haze Stables. “I have experience with Michael’s horses and when I talked to him about this one, he said the only reason he was in the sale was because he had 30 babies at home and it cost money to feed them. That made perfect sense to us as we have been there and sold hoses that went on to do well for other people. That is what you want to see and we were just tickled to get the opportunity to have a horse like him.” Prior to his arrival in his new residence, Maestro Blue Chip, the second foal out of his dam who earned $433,643 during her racing career, was trained by Trond Smedshammer. He performed primarily on the New York Sire Stakes circuit and compiled a record of 13-2-2-2 with just over $78,000 in purse money. After joining the Kings’ stable, the stallion won 10 consecutive races, including the $73,500 Yonkers Raceway/SOA of New York Bonus Trotting Series final on April 26. The only blemish on his record in 2016 came when he finished behind his elders Obrigado and Il Sogno Dream in the Maxie Lee Memorial on May 29 at Harrah's Philadelphia in his last start. “We probably should not have skipped the second leg of the Graduate for the Maxie Lee,” Looney-King said. “But when a race goes for $200,000 and it’s close to home with no starting fee, it is difficult to turn down. Also, we always try to help out when the race office needs horses. We were very pleased with how he trotted and are looking forward to bringing him to Tioga. “This is the first time we have ever raced there and I hate to talk about (post) positions, because that is part of the sport, but we are hoping he works out a nice trip for himself from that spot. We are also fortunate to have one of the best drivers in the business that is terrific at always providing horses with the opportunity to win whenever they are on the track in Tim (Tetrick). Our goal is just to make the final and we could not be more pleased with how our horse is right now. We expect him to race very well even though it is a tough field.” Although his presence in the series final at the Meadowlands on July 9 has yet to be determined, the Kings have quite the season planned for Maestro Blue Chip as the horse is staked to contests such as the Cleveland Trotting Classic, Chip Noble Memorial, Centaur Trotting Classic, and Dayton Trotting Derby. “Jim believes in the horse enough to have him eligible to five $250,000 races after this series,” Looney-King said. “We know it’s a long season and Maestro will always tell us where to go. It always depends on the horse and how he is doing, but we are so excited to have him. He really is such a pleasure in every capacity. I can’t explain how enjoyable he is and what he has already accomplished in such a short time has been amazing for us.” Maestro Blue Chip is not the only member of the King stable that will be performing in a stakes event this weekend. The duo also have last year’s Matron victor, Newborn Sassy, in-to-go in a C$35,000 elimination for the Fan Hanover at Mohawk Racetrack on Saturday (June 11). The daughter of  Western Ideal and Sass Newton, an accomplished offspring of Storm Compensation, went through the ring at the 2014 Lexington Selected Sale for $38,000 as a yearling. The Kings own her in conjunction with CC Racing LLC and the filly has proved to be quite a bargain as she has earned $263,569 with a resume of 14-8-2-2. She has yet to have her picture taken from four trips to the gate this year, but she has placed twice and nabbed the show spot on one occasion. On Saturday evening (June 11), Newborn Sassy will start pacing from post six in the third race on the card. Tetrick is responsible for steering the 5-1 morning line selection when she faces the likes of L A Delight (2-1, post seven), Darlinonthebeach (9-5, post two) and Lindwood Beachgirl (9-2, post three). “We have her because Timmy (Tetrick) was familiar with her dam and just loved her,” Looney-King said. “We were shocked he kept putting up his hand to bid on her at the sale and then he told us she would be a terrific acquisition for us. He really wanted us to have her and it ended up he was 100 percent correct about how good to us she would be. “She got a bit of a late start last year because she had chips removed, but she was rolling at the end of the season. We realize this is a very strong division with fillies like Pure Country and Darlinonthebeach, but we really feel Sassy can not only compete but when she receives the right trip she can win. “We are just hoping for that with her this weekend so we can make the final. Again, it’s a long year with a lot of racing, but we have her staked to nearly all the important races and are anxious to see how her year goes. We are anticipating great things from her. Like Maestro, she is a dream to ship, an absolute pleasure in the barn and will do anything you ask of her on the track. “We just feel so blessed to have the horses we do right now. We are just overwhelmed to have the kind of horses that allow us to be involved in these races and that brings such joy into our lives. How can you ask for anything more? There are times we still cannot comprehend how fortunate we are.” by Kimberly French, USTA Internet News Editor   

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec - It came down to the very last race of the competition with four drivers, John Campbell, Jody Jamieson, Tim Tetrick and Sylvain Filion all able to win the inaugural Hippodrome 3R All-Star Driver's Tournament Sunday with a triumph in the ninth race. And when the dust (mud actually) settled, it was Jody Jamieson's second place finish in the ninth race with Matts Phil that won him the tournament. Also in the tournament were Yannick Gingras, Daniel Dube, Mario Charron and Denis St-Pierre. They all competed in eight championship races with $10,000 in prize money on the line. Jamieson, with his 25 points in the last race, ended with 160 points. John Campbell was second with 135 points and Sylvain Filion third with 128 points. "This victory is just extra special," Jamieson said. "Going against John Campbell and Tim Tetrick, local stars Denis St-Pierre and Mario Charron, Yannick, Daniel and Sylvain, I'm just ecstatic with this trophy. "I drove one really bad earlier," Jamieson said, "or else I would have left nothing to chance, but it all worked out. The track was super despite the rain. It was actually better with the hard rain as it kept the mud down and make racing good. "I had no idea of the scores going into the last race," Jamieson explained. "And maybe that was the best strategy going forward. I went into the last race not know, just trying to win it. "I am so happy to represent racing in Ontario (WEG) and to bring home the trophy!" Jamieson said with a smile. "It means that much more to me. "And what a crowd here today despite the rain." Jamieson added. "I must of signed hundreds of autographs and the management at 3R are top notch. Harness racing has such a great following in Quebec and I hope they really do well this season." The tournament started in the second race with Jamieson taking the early point lead as he gave the maiden trotter, Victor D Morgan ($9.90), a perfect second-over trip and the three-year-old son of Charlie B Morgan came on in the stretch to win by two and one-half lengths in 2:03.4. The third race was won by Charlie Drummond ($9.00) and driver Sylvain Filion, who was winless in 23 prior starts. The fourth race saw John Campbell, who had no points after the first two rounds, put a lifetime mark of 2:01 with the trotter Sexy PC ($15.00). Tim Tetrick made his presences known in the fifth race and he was able to take the early lead away from Force Seelster (Yannick Gingras) and then wire the field with Hard Rock ($3.70) in 1:59.2. "What a super facility this is," Tetrick said. "The turns here are banked perfectly. Even in the rain my horse flew around the turns as if it was a fast track. It is my first time here and I am impressed with this racetrack. The fans get right up on the fence and you can hear them cheering and shouting for you down the stretch and right to the finish." Daniel Dube then got into the tournament with his victory in the sixth race aboard My Lucky Bluejean ($3.40) in 1:58.1. Then in the seventh race, John Campbell surged back into the lead with a strong front-end victory aboard Rainbow Palace ($5.90) in 1:58.1. Jamieson then surged back to the lead in the eight race, taking full advantage of starting from the rail with Fortune Playboy ($3.8), leading from start to finish in 1:58. That put Jamieson on top by just two points over John Campbell, 135 to 133 with the final race still to be contested. Both Tim Tetrick and Sylvain Filion could also come back and take the trophy if they could win the ninth race. It was Daniel Dube in the ninth race with SOS Mach Xtreme ($4.70) who was the victor, but Jamieson, who started from post seven, had left sharply with Matts Phil, then gave away and took the cover from SOS Mach Xtreme. He then waited until the top of the stretch to come after SOS Mach Xtreme, but it was too late. The move though did insure that Jamieson finished second and that gave him the tournament victory. Jamieson was the only driver in the tournament who was able to score points in all eight of the championship races. It was also the second 3R tournament that Jamieson has won. He was victorious in the 2014 fall tournament at 3R. "This has been a fantastic day." Said Vincent Trudel, general manager at 3R. "I never dreamed that these best drivers in North America would come for a tournament at 3R. I believe this is the confirmation that we have a nice facility, a good, fast and quality racetrack and these drivers all raved about how good it was despite the rain. "The people in Trois-Rivieres and the surrounding area are coming here. They proved that today with 4,000 fans braving the bad rains to come for this tournament and to meet and see great drivers in action. "Having these drivers supporting the relaunch of harness racing in Quebec is so great." Trudel added. "We have gone through turmoil in the past and will now show our government that racing could still be a big thing for this jurisdiction. If it was a sunny day this afternoon we might have had twice the crowd we did. "And what a competition it turned out to be." Trudel said. The winner could not be decided until the final race of the tournament. Each race was exciting for the drivers and for the fans and that is what counts." TRACK NOTES: Live harness racing resumes at 3R Tuesday night with the third round of the $120,000 Quebec-Bred Series for four and five-year-old trotters. For a free race program and live video feed of the races, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club    

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec - If there ever was more of an incentive to win Sunday's All-Star Drivers Tournament at the Hippodrome 3R on Sunday, Denis St-Pierre should capture the event hands down. The Quebec native is ready to take on fellow horseman Mario Charron and throw in harness racing greats John Campbell, Yannick Gingras, Tim Tetrick, Daniel Dube, Sylvain Filion and Jody Jamieson and St-Pierre is in awe. "What great talent and ability all of these drivers are bringing to 3R Sunday." St-Pierre said. "That is enough incentive for me to be on my best game, but I guess you can say that I have a special "ace" up my sleeve for tomorrow." Sure, Denis St-Pierre knows all these horses. It's his home track where he was won the driving title the last two years. He has driven some in the past, knows their quirks and knows the ability of the other horses and drivers in the race. It's a fair advantage in his favor. "My special "ace" is coming to see me at the autograph session," St-Pierre says with a smile. "I will get up from my seat when she arrives and walk in front and give her a big hug and kisses and then I will cry." See you, Denis St-Pierre is going to meet his half-sister, Nathalie Cartier, for the very first time at the autograph session. "Six months ago this woman contacts me to be her friend on Facebook," St-Pierre explained. "Then one night she sends me personal message that she has to talk with me. I was tired and did not want to. Then she writes again and again so I call her. "She asks me if I am the professional harness racing driver," St-Pierre explains, "Then she tells me about father and that I am her half-brother. Boy oh boy I nearly fell on the floor. We have since talked and talked and she has met other members of my family, but because of my schedule between Toronto and Montreal, I have not been able to actually meet her yet. That special meeting will take place Sunday at the Hippodrome 3R. "She called me and said that she is coming to meet me at the tournament." St-Pierre said. "And that she is expecting me to win it for her. If that is not enough of an incentive for me to be at my best, then nothing is. "Rain or shine tomorrow, I do not care." St-Pierre added. "I have a new angel in my life and she will be there rooting for me so I will be doing more than my very best on the track." St-Pierre said that after the races the family and newest member will all go out for dinner and catch up on a lifetime. TRACK NOTES: Track announcer Guy Lafontaine and his trademark start of every race, "Hippty Hippty Howe BOOM" will also be calling the races in both French and English. The 3R track commentator, Daniel Delisle will be joined by Harnesslink's Steve Wolf and they will do live interviews after every race also in French and English. Most racetracks, wagering website and OTB's will be carrying the Hippodrome 3R signal. There is a free program available at www.quebecjockeyclub.com along with a link to watch the races live on the internet via Roberts Communications. There are ten races on the Sunday program, the eight drivers will compete in races 2 through 9. The point system is 1st - 50 points, 2nd - 25 points, 3rd - 12 points, 4th - 8 points, 5th - 5 points, 6th - 2 points and 7th and 8th - 0 points. In the event of a scratched horse, that driver will get an average of his seven drives in the tournament. The meet and greet autograph session gets underway in the clubhouse at 12:15 pm and first race post time is 1:30 pm. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec, June 3, 2016 - With the upcoming All-Star Drivers Tournament at the Hippodrome 3R set for this Sunday, June 5, we thought to ask all the drivers for some of their thoughts heading into the competition. Featured in eight championship events, races two through nine on the 1:30 pm program, here is what the drivers had to say. Our main question we asked was "What special talent will you be bringing to 3R that will help you win the tournament?" First to respond was Toronto's Jody Jamieson from Moffat, Ontario, who has 7,300 career wins and purses won over $114 million. He was last at 3R in 2014 when he won the Fall Drivers Tournament. "Misdirection!" Jamieson said. "Ever see Monster University? Watch it to find out what I mean! With this incredibly talented group I'll need every trick up my sleeve! I've actually been to 3R twice before. I like it there. I was 3rd in the 1st Prix D'Ete with the ill-fated Apprentice Hanover. "As far as my experiences with 3R, I'd say it like this, totally incredible!" Jamieson added, "I've rarely felt more welcomed and comfy at a racetrack! I'm a bit worried about what I said in my victory speech after winning this tournament in 2014. I mistakenly said that I hate the people of Trois-Rivieres! "It was my poor attempt at expressing my appreciation to the people in the area while letting them know that I still #hate; the Montreal Canadians!" Jamieson added with a grin. "It didn't come out how I wanted so I'm cautiously optimistic about how the folks will receive me this year. "Bring it on habitants! #leafnation," Jamieson laughed. 3R's leading driver the past two seasons, Denis St-Pierre, who has over 4,000 wins and $25 million in purses, hails from Montreal and had this to say. "I'm going to bring a positive outlook that will help me to overcome any challenges I may face," St-Pierre said. "And keep going forward to the end! Being from Montreal and having raced most of my career at 3R, I am very familiar with the track. "Does this give me a special edge over the other drivers in the tournament?" St-Pierre said, "Well, it does not hurt to know the track really well, but these drivers can pick up fast on that. I look forward to representing the Hippodrome 3R and will make it a good show for my fans. It is such a pleasure to be driving against all of these talented horseman. This is going to make for a very memorable day!" Tim Tetrick is the lone American in the tournament. He currently resides in New Jersey and has nearly 9,200 career wins and nearly 168 million in purses won. Tetrick had this to say about the tournament. "I have no special talents," Tetrick said. "Just going to try my best and hope the horses respond for me. "It does not make any difference that I am the only American in the tournament. I do not speak French too." Daniel Dube is the lone native of Trois-Rivieres. He has now amassed 8,400 wins and $104 million in purses won. Back in 2012 he won the inaugural fall tournament at 3R. Dube said this about the tournament. "I am actually flying up to Montreal Thursday," Dube explained, "So I can have a little time with my family and friends. I do not get back home as much I would like. "I was born and raised in Trois-Rivieres and still have my longtime friends there. I think I will have a good number of friends and family at the track on Sunday rooting for me." Dube said. "That will help me, it will be a tough competition." Yannick Gingras is also a Quebec native and won his first race right at the Hippodrome 3R. He won the 2013 Fall Drivers Tournament at 3R with ease, capturing five of the eight races. He is now nearing his 6,000th career win and has $133 million in purse earnings. "It is always special when I come home and drive at 3R," Gingras said. "This year I am coming up with my son and daughter and with all the family members and friends that will come out, I will have the best cheering section supporting me. "I drive against most of these guys all year long." Gringras added, "So having my parents and my kids and friends and relatives all in my corner will be my edge in the tournament. Having some good horses to drive will help too!" Hall of Famer John Campbell hails originally from Canada but has been a New Jersey resident for many many years. He is the winner of 10,500 races with purses earned nearing $300 million. "I am mainly looking forward to being back in Quebec." Campbell said. "I have so many good memories of being at Blue Bonnets and the presentation they had for their big stake race days. I look forward to seeing the same at 3R on Sunday for this tournament." Mario Charron is from Quebec and this past year missed tying Denis St-Pierre for the driving title at the Hippodrome 3R by one victory on closing day. He has over 2,000 wins and purse earnings of more than $10 million. "I think my advantage is that I drive all the time at 3R," Charron said, "and I know all these horses very well so maybe that will give me a slight edge. I think that I drew very well for the tournament and have a good shot to be as they say "in the hunt." "I am also honored to be in this tournament with John Campbell." Charron added. "To me he is the Wayne Gretsky of harness racing. I have driven against him a few times over my career in some stakes races and he is just super. You do not win 10,000 races and $300 million in purses and not have super talent." Sylvain Filion is another Quebec native and last year won the 2015 O'Brien Award as Canada's leading driver. He is the son of Hall of Famers Yves Filion and nephew of Herve Filion. He has over 8,000 career wins and $86 million won with the horses he has driven. "It is always special to come back to 3R," Filion said. "I look forward to seeing my old buddies and that inspires me to do well. I get to see the horsemen and friends I grew up with like Daniel Dube and Mario Charron. I do not get to meet them too often anymore and it will be good. "This will be a great competition," Filion said. "Such talented drivers. Of course I want to win it in front of my 3R track, but I will need some strong horses, and of course, some racing luck." "When asked, Hipprodrome 3R general manager, Vincent Trudel would not be put on the spot. He said "There is no way I can or will make a choice of who will win the tournament. There is too much great talent among these drivers, but I promise everyone this will be a great event." TRACK NOTES: Statistician Jerry Connors tallied up the driver's points based on just the early morning line and came up with the following:                                             Driver Points       # Favorites     # Races points earned MARIO CHARRON                   149                       1                        8 JOHN CAMPBELL                     142                      1                        8 DANIEL DUBE                            130                      2                        6 TIM TETRICK                               109                     1                          6 JODY JAMIESON                          97                       1                       5 DENIS ST PIERRE                        77                      1                         5 YANNICK GINGRAS                    60                       1                         3 SYLVAIN FILION                           52                        0                          7 A free program for Sunday's card at 3R is now available at www.quebecjockeyclub.com. Most racetracks, internet wagering sites and off track betting sites will carry the ten-race program or you can watch for free at the Quebec Jockey Club website too. From the Quebec Jockey Club

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec - The most competitive field of world class drivers ever to grace a harness racing oval in the province of Quebec, will be at the Hippodrome 3R on Sunday for their inaugural All-Star Drivers Tournament. Hall of Famer John Campbell, American sensation Tim Tetrick, 2015 Driver of the Year in the USA, Yannick Gingras, Yonkers sensation Daniel Dube, 2015 Driver of the Year in Canada, Sylvain Filion, World Driving Champion Jody Jamieson and 3R's leading reinsman from 2015, Denis St-Pierre and Mario Charron are the stars that will be performing. They will battle in eight All-Star races Sunday with $10,000 in prize money on the line. "What a super group of top drivers we have for this first time event," said Vincent Trudel, general manager at the Hippodrome 3R. "Never before has such a tournament like this with many of the best drivers in the world taken place not only in Quebec, but many tracks throughout racing. It will be very exciting for our fans, our horsemen and our staff to see this competition Sunday." The post positions were drawn earlier in the afternoon. All eight of the drivers will each start once from posts 1 through 8 on the afternoon card. The point system is 1st 50 points, 2nd 25 points, 3rd 12 points, 4th 8 points, 5th five points, 6th place two points and those that finish 7th and 8th get no points. If a driver loses a horse due to a scratch, that driver will get an average of his points from their other seven drives that day. For both John Campbell and Tim Tetrick, it will be their first time ever driving at the Hippodrome 3R. "I am very pleased with how the post-position draw came out today," said Trudel. "I want to thank all the trainers and owners who entered their horses today for the tournament on Sunday. "We were hoping to have at least nine races on the program," Trudel added, "and we have ten full fields, which is very encouraging. I also must thank the drivers for taking time from their busy schedules to come to 3R to participate. We feel this is a great event that will help promote the Hippodrome 3R and our strong growing race program in Quebec." TRACK NOTES: Post time is 1:30 pm but race fans will be treated to an autograph session with the eight drivers in the Clubhouse from 12:15 pm to 1:00 pm Sunday, then a special on-track introduction of all the drivers. The competition begins in the second race. Race fans that come to the track will also be able to compete in a special contest to pick the winner of the tournament. All that is needed is to selection the winning driver and deposit the entry form in the drum for that driver. After the tournament, one winning name from the driver that finishes 1st, 2nd and 3rd will be drawn to share in $500 cash. After each race on the program, there will live interviews by 3R's Daniel Delisle and USA's Steve Wolf with the drivers in the tournament. Race fans will be able to watch and wager on the 3R program at most simulcast outlets and online wagering websites. A free race program will be posted and there will be a free video feed of the race card by visiting www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club

The clouds hung ominously over the Philadelphia skies on Sunday, but the rain did hold off, ensuring dry conditions for the harness racing at Harrah's Philadelphia. The competitive Sunday tilt featured a winner's over $25,000 lifetime pace (purse $25,000) and two divisions of a non-winner's of $15,000 in their last 5 starts (purse $15,000). In the winners-over event, it was millionaire pacer Mach It So (Tim Tetrick) scoring an impressive front-end victory. Coming off of 3 wins in the preliminary rounds of the George Mortin Levy at Yonkers, Mach It So drew post 7 for the final, and ultimately had no chance the way the race shaped up. Today, the 6-year-old gelded son of Mach Three brushed powerfully to the front, stopping the clock in a stellar 1:50.2 (season's mark). It was the 29th career win for the Jeffrey Bamond trainee, and his 4th of the season. Steve Elliot trainee Rockeyed Optimist (Brett Miller) had a tough hill to climb, starting from post 8 in the event, but was able to establish early pylon position coming away 5th. He had no choice but to come first-over however, after Mach It So cleared the lead. It was a big effort for the gelded son of Rocknroll Hanover, as he gamely fought for second. Rockeyed Optimist continues to be a model of consistency for the owning conglomerate of Perretti, Berkner, Battaglia, and the A&B Stables. He has only been worse than third 3 times in the last 2 seasons. In the first division of the non-winner's of $15,000 last 5, it was Dedi's Dragon (Napolitano Jr.) overcoming post 8 to get the job done. The 6-year-old son of Dragon Again ended up with the pocket seat behind Bettorever (Tim Tetrick), and was able to outclose him in the passing lane, stopping the timer in 1:52.1. It was the 22nd career win for the Paul Holzman trainee, with earnings now just under $800,000. Division two went to Richard Poilucci's Starsky's Dream N (Yannick Gingras). The 6-year-old gelded son of Mach Three made the front end, and stayed on nicely, stopping the clock in 1:51.3. It was the 13th win for the Kelvin Harrison trainee, and his 3rd win of the year. Driver Tim Tetrick led the day with 4 wins. George Napolitano Jr. had 3 wins on the program. There is no live racing at Harrah's Philadelphia on Wednesday (May 25th). There is live racing on Memorial Day (Monday, May 30th) with a post time of 12:40 PM. Live racing resumes Thursday, post time 12:40 PM. Mike Bozich

Boston Red Rocks may have been given a bit of a scare at the wire, but ended a trend of high-profile beaten harness racing favorites on Saturday night at the Meadowlands, scoring in his 2016 debut in a division of the New Jersey Sire Stakes for 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers. The Steve Elliott trainee, who is pointing toward the Meadowlands Pace, was permitted to set tepid fractions of :28, :56.2 and 1:24.1 while unchallenged. Ideal Rocky, who sat the pocket throughout, stayed with the 1-9 favorite and sprinted home during the final sixteenth to come up just a head short of pulling off the upset. Katies Rocker was third. Boston Red Rocks went the mile in a lifetime-best equaling 1:50.3 with Tim Tetrick in the bike and paid $2.20 to win for owners Peter Blood and Rick Berks. Boston Red Rocks Earlier on the card, chalk players took two big punches to the chin. Maestro Blue Chip stayed perfect in 10 starts this season, winning a division of the Graduate Series for 4-year-old trotters in a lifetime-best 1:51.3. Pinkman, the 2015 Hambletonian champion who was upset a week ago in his first start of the year, tasted defeat for a second straight outing as the 3-5 public choice. Like last week, Pinkman had a clear lead at three-quarters but could not maintain his advantage to the wire, settling for third as Crescent Fashion closed to get the place spot, 1½ lengths behind the winner. Facing by far the stiffest task he's had this year, Maestro Blue Chip was sent off at odds of 30-1 and returned $63.20 to his backers. David Miller drove the Jo Ann Looney-King trainee for owner Richard Poillucci. Maestro Blue Chip Crazshana wins the other $50,000 Graduate Division In a division of the Graduate for 4-year-old pacers, another short favorite went down as Confederation Cup winner Rockin Ron lost for the first time in 11 starts this year, coming up a half-length short to Artistic Major, who scored for the team of Elliott and Tetrick in 1:48.1, a lifetime best. After grabbing the early lead, 1-5 shot Rockin Ron was shuffled back after several lead changes and had to overcome a three-hole trip. As Artistic Major was tipping off cover and storming home to victory, Rockin Ron was desperately seeking room to race and did not find a clear path until the sixteenth pole. He had explosive pace from there to get second. Split The House was third. Artistic Major returned $20.40 to win for owners Van Dusen, Cimaglio, Elliott and Patel. Artistic Major THE CLIMB CONTINUES: The 12th race 20 cent Jackpot Super High Five once again did not have a single-ticket winner, meaning that the carryover for the next program has now swelled to $231,017.66. ... All-source wagering on the card totaled $2,778,867. ... The Meadowlands is back with live racing Friday at 7:15 p.m. by Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations

It seems like we are in the middle of a stretch at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono where each week features another brand new batch of huge races. This past week we had the chance to witness the Pennsylvania All-Stars, a series for 3-year-olds from the Keystone State which brought out some of the best sophomore racing talent in the entire nation, lured as they were by the solid $30,000 purses available for each division. We saw a different class on three consecutive nights. Here are some of the highlights of this batch of Pennsylvania All-Stars races. SUNDAY: 3-YEAR-OLD PACING COLTS AND GELDINGS The three divisions held on Sunday night proved that there are many different ways to win a race. In the first split, The Catamount Kid, the even-money favorite after a solid 4th-place finish the previous week in the Pennsylvania Classic, used a pocket trip to come up a winner. Simon Allard did the driving for trainer Carl Jamieson, although it wasn't easy for The Catamount Kid. It took a career-best mile of 1:51:2 to hold off the extremely game Bully Pulpit by a neck. The next division provided a display of how to win from off the pace. As even-money favorite JJ Flynn started to lose grasp of his lead late, it appeared that Settlemoir, who was sitting the excellent pocket trip, had the edge to come up for the win. Yet it was Voltaire, an 11-1 shot guided by Tim Tetrick, who revved it up on the outside out of nowhere to win by a neck in a career-best 1:52:2. Trained by Brian Malone, it was Voltaire's first win since March. In the final split, Another Daily Copy provided a master's class on how to control a field on the front end. The colt from the Nicholas Devita barn was aided in that effort by driver Jim Morrill Jr., who expertly rated the pace so that even 4-5 favorite Fernando Hanover couldn't get past in the stretch. At 5-1, Another Daily Copy came home a solid winner by 1 ¼ lengths in 1:51:2, his first win of the season and a new career-best. MONDAY: 3-YEAR-OLD PACING FILLIES Monday night provided a chance for some of the fillies who came up short in the Miss Pennsylvania a few weeks ago to get a bit of redemption. In the first split, Darlinonthebeach, who had been favored in the Miss Pennsylvania after upsetting Pure Country in the elimination but got caught up in blistering fractions and faded to 7th in the final, nearly had bad racing luck doom her chances in the All-Stars race. She had to check while making a brush to the lead around the clubhouse turn. The Nancy Johansson trainee didn't panic, gathering her wits about her until called on again by David Miller in the stretch. She rolled by as the 4-5 favorite to win by a neck in 1:51:3, pushing her career earnings over $247,000 in the process. Next up was I Said Diamonds, who had battled to 2nd in the Miss Pennsylvania final despite a #9 post. She was once again on the outside in the All-Stars race, starting furthest out in the field of seven as the 1-2 favorite. By the end of the first turn she had assumed the lead. At the top of the stretch, with competitors starting to loom behind her, she kicked away from her foes with Matt Kakaley in the bike. Trained by Ron Burke, I Said Diamonds continues to impress; she's hit the board in every one of her nine starts with five victories and earnings topping $245,000. In the final split, Yankee Moonshine, who was a huge earner as a 2-year-old but missed the Miss Pennsylvania final after finishing fifth in her elimination race, was favored at 7-5. But she never really fired and finished fourth. Instead it was a newcomer to Pocono named Shesasmokinlady who came in from the Meadows and put together an outstanding performance. Fresh off a win in the slop, the filly trained and driven by Ray Paver worked out a pocket trip behind a sizzling pace and came on to win by a neck in the night's fastest time of 1:50:4 as an 8-5 second choice. TUESDAY: 3-YEAR-OLD TROTTING FILLIES The action for the distaff trotters started out on Tuesday night with a split featuring a pair of horses, Pink Pistol and Ginny Weasley, coming off wins in Pennsylvania Sire Stakes action. Synonymous Hanover, a 5-1 shot making her first start of the season, took the lead from Ginny Weasley at the half. Pink Pistol broke stride in her first-over attempt, and Ginny Weasley couldn't get there from the pocket. Instead Brett Miller guided Synonymous Hanover, trained by Chris Oakes, to the win by 1 ¼ lengths in a career-best 1:56. In the second split, Lookin Sharp was coming off a 5th-place finish in her season debut and was saddled with a #9 post, so it was understandable that she went off as a 6-1 shot. But the filly from the John Butenschoen was also the big earner in the field as a 2-year-old, and she regained that fine form on this night. With David Miller in the bike, Lookin Sharp grabbed the lead an eight of a mile into the race and never looked back from there, dominating the field in 1:55:2, a new career-best time. As it turns out, it wouldn't be a good night for Pennsylvania All-Stars favorites. Although Abbie's Celticlass, the 4-5 favorite in the final split, fared better than the favorites in the first two divisions, both of whom went off-stride, her first-over effort wasn't enough to get more than the show. Meanwhile Modern Mercury, a filly trained and driven by Charlie Norris coming off a win at Harrah's at Philadelphia, stepped into the breach and scored the victory on the front end in 1:56:1, ending an exciting week of Pennsylvania All-Stars action. That will do it for this week, but we'll see you at the track. Feel free to e-mail me at jbeviglia@mohegansunpocono.com. by Jim Beviglia, for Pocono Downs  

The Catamount Kid and Another Daily Copy tied for speed honors in capturing their respective $30,000 divisions of a Pennsylvania All-Stars event for state-sired harness racing three-year-old pacing colts Sunday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, with both tripping the timer in 1:51.2, while in the third division Voltaire scored a 14-1 upset and like the other two victors took a personal mark with his 1:52.2 clocking.   The Catamount Kid was second in his elimination for the Pennsylvania Classic and then fourth in the Classic Final the last two weeks at Pocono, finishing behind only Ron Burke trainees, but Sunday nothing got in the way of the Well Said colt en route to the winners circle. The Catamount Kid sat a pocket trip until the ¾, moved out to challenge and grab the lead into the stretch, then held off Bully Pulpit from off his back for a neck decision. Simon Allard handled sulky duties for the winner, whom trainer Carl Jamieson co-owns with Thomas Kyron, George Harrison, and Brian Paquet.   Driver Jim Morrill Jr., who held the hot hand at Pocono on Sunday, posted his fourth victory of the night when he guided Another Daily Copy home first. Morrill rated a 29.2 second quarter, getting to the half in 56, then sprinted off to a big lead on the far turn, with the final 1¼ length margin of victory over pocketsitting Fernando Hanover a bit deceptive. Nicholas Devita trains the son of Somebeachsomewhere, who doubled his lifetime victory total with the All-Stars triumph, for owner Carl Sackheim.   It's usually not a benefit to gap two-wide cover, but driver Tim Tetrick made it work for him and Voltaire in the other division. The Western Terror gelding was originally second-over but couldn't stay with his cover, letting More Dragon out - whom Voltaire and Tetrick prompted followed three-wide on the far turn, then swung wider in the stretch. Settlemoir was closing in the Pocono Pike, pacesetter JJ Flynn was trying to maintain his advantage, and More Dragon continued his wide gain - but in the last 50 yards Voltaire found his best strides and was along to win by a head over Settlemoir, who was a neck ahead of More Dragon, with JJ Flynn settling for fourth. Brian Malone conditions the winner for owners Peter Paul Venturini and Peter Venturini III.   Pennsylvania All-Stars action continues in the second half of the Pocono race week, Monday and Tuesday, with three $30,000 divisions for distaffs each night: the pacers in the spotlight Monday, and then the trotters headlining on Tuesday.   PHHA / Pocono

Wings Of Royalty received a perfect drive from Tim Tetrick and the pair spoiled the 4-year-old debut of Pinkman in the Friday night harness racing feature at the Meadowlands, a $20,000 conditioned event for trotters. The race looked like an easy one for 3-5 favorite Pinkman, the winner of last year's Kentucky Futurity, Canadian Trotting Classic and Hambletonian. But Wings Of Royalty, who finished last in last year's Hambo, scored some revenge on his high-profile foe. Pinkman worked his way to the top in :27.2, but was pressured by the first-over Bourbon Bay at the half in :55.4 and three-quarters in 1:23.4. Pinkman finally shrugged his challenger off to lead by 2 turning for home, while Tetrick was finding open road for Wings Of Royalty, who was third at the head of the stretch. Pinkman still looked like a safe winner with a sixteenth of a mile to go, but Wings of Royalty found more in deep stretch and got up on the wire to win by a nose in a lifetime-best 1:51.4. Possessed Fashion was third. As the fourth choice in the wagering, Wings Of Royalty paid $27.40 to win for trainer George Ducharme and owner Raymond W J Campbell Jr. The 4-year-old son of RC Royalty has now won 12-of-32 lifetime outings and earned just over $417,000. STILL GROWING: The 11th race 20 cent Jackpot Super High Five carryover keeps getting bigger and bigger. After the official order of finish of 5-1-3-7-6 failed to produce a single winning ticket, the carryover for the next program stood at $217,277.84. ... Only two favorites emerged victorious on the 11-race card. ...The start of racing was delayed over an hour as inclement weather made extensive track maintenance necessary. ... The Big M is back Saturday with a live program that gets underway at 7:15 p.m. by Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations  

Jim King Jr. and Tim Tetrick's Powerful Charger ($22, Montrell Teague) was an upset harness racing winner in the $17,500 Open Trot Wednesday at Harrington Raceway in 1:57.2 over a sloppy racetrack. In the top weekly overnight event for trotters on the circuit, Spunky Jack made the early lead before Awsome Valley went back to the front at the quarter mile in 29 seconds. The 7-year-old 6-to-5 favorite Awsome Valley then marched through remaining fractions of 58.2 and 1:27.4 with Hemi Seelster applying heavy pressure. Powerful Charger followed that live cover and surged in deep stretch for a narrow win. Hemi Seelster was second. Awsome Valley finished third. It was the 36th career win for Powerful Charger who was a former Harrington horse of the meet. Victor Kirby had three winners on the program. Teague had a driving double. Meanwhile, once again the pick five (50-cent based wager, races 7-11) went unsolved and now has a carryover of $10,023.26 heading into the Thursday program. Track officials have guaranteed a $25,000 pool for Thursday. Matthew Sparacino

East Rutherford, NJ - The Meadowlands racetrack was abuzz this morning as some of the top older horses and three-year-olds were prepping for upcoming stakes. A dozen qualifiers began at 9:30 on a dry track under clear skies with little wind and the temperature in the 50's.   A number of Mack Lobell Elitlopp Playoff eligibles used today's qualifiers to prep for next Sunday's stake and JL Cruze made a strong case for his chances, sprinting clear of a good field by several lengths off the last turn then coasting late in 1:53/:27.   Crazy Wow left for the lead, released JL Cruze approaching the half and was second best while Pinkman made late gains to be third. Eric Ell conditions the winner for owners Ken Wood, Bill Dittmar, Jr and Steve Iaquinta.   DW's NY Yank is another eligible that impressed with an easy 1:53.2/:27.3 win for Yannick Gingras and trainer Ron Burke. Canepa Hanover got another good work in on his return to the races and was a comfortable second while Jewels In Hock and Crazshana also went well and were together at the wire. Burke Racing owns the winner in partnership with Howard Taylor and Weaver Bruscemi.   Be advised that there will be no live racing at The Meadowlands on Friday, May 6. There will be a live card on Sunday, May 8 a Mother's Day matinee card with post time at 12:40 p.m. The first race on that Mother's Day card will be the $150,000e Mack Lobell Elitlopp Playoff.   Radiant Beam won the day's opener for Andy and Julie Miller in 1:56/:28.2 after a pocket ride behind Dizzy Broad. Hollywood Hill split horses to gain the place while Dizzy Broad tired a bit though held third. Jason and Ronald Allen own the winner.   Several of 2015's finest two-year-old trotting fillies gathered for the second race and Caprice Hill was the winner in 1:53/:28 for Tim Tetrick. She sat a pocket behind the anxious Black Broadway who rattled off fast fractions, went by quickly and finished willingly in the fast mile. Last season's Dan Patch award winner, All The Time, made good gains late to be just a neck back in second, a useful first seasonal effort and Womans Will was a good third in her first go. Tony Alagna trains Caprice Hill for owner Tom Hill.   Southwind Flash (Y. Gingras/R. Burke) and Free Willy Hanover (T. Smedshammer) went under the wire together after a stretch-long duel finishing the 1:56.3 mile with a 27.4 final quarter in race four.   Lagerfeld won his second qualifier in 1:56/:28.1 with a strong rally from a stalking position for Gingras. He rode along in third as The Perfect Lindy set the fractions, fanned out and went by with no encouragement needed from the driver. Bar Hopping impressed in his first outing, closing strongly to be second for John Campbell and The Perfect Lindy held for third. Jimmy Takter trains Lagerfeld for his wife Christina, Herb Liverman and the Fieldings, John & Jim.   After the break sophomore colt trotters resumed the program with Make Or Miss looking very strong in his first outing of the season. Held in third by driver Joe Bongiorno early as Brooklyn Hill set a faster clip than David Miller would have liked, Make Or Miss was fanned wide in the stretch and went by under his own power in 1:54.2/:28. Brooklyn Hill held up well for second with Milligan's School and Love Matters both making a good appearance in their seasonal bow. Division leader Southwind Frank was programmed for this qualifier but did not race due to what's being reported as a quarter crack issue.   Pacers came up in race nine and a good group of sophomore colts and geldings finished across the track in a line with Voracity and Ideal Rocky together in advance of the six-pack. The mile was 1:52.3 with a 26.4 final quarter. Voracity is on his way to Ontario for trainer Alagna who owns the colt in partnership with Brad Grant and John Fodera while Ideal Rocky is prepping for the New Jersey Sires Stakes for trainer John Butenschoen and owners William Wiswell, Jean Goehlen and Eugene Schick.   Mindtrip went a good mile this morning, taking over near the half then winning as driver Yannick Gingras pleased in 1:52.4/:27.1. Tap Into Power closed nicely for second and Highlandbeachycove was an even third, while racing a bit greenly when shown racetrack. Mindtrip hails from the Alagna barn and is owned by the trainer in partnership with Crawford Racing, Sbrocco, Fodera and Massey.   American Ivy was a winner this morning in 1:52.4/:27.1 for Andy and Julie Miller. She sat second as Blue Moon Stride cut the mile then edged by that one late while staving off the rail rally by Three Dreams. Joe P Racing is the owner.   Mcwicked closed out the day with a 1:50.4/:26.2 win for Scott Zeron. Mcwicked zipped to the lead early, yielded to In The Arsenal for the middle half then took the rail route back by that rival for the win. In The Arsenal went well in his first qualifier, a solid second. Steve Elliott now trains Mcwicked for the SSG Stables.   The final of the World Harness Handicapping Challenge is tonight, call Rachel Ryan if you want in. Post time for the live card tonight is 7:15 p.m.   From the Meadowlands Media Department

YONKERS, NY, Tuesday, April 23, 2016--The song remains the same for Maestro Blue Chip. Tuesday afternoon was the ninth victory in as many seasonal starts for the prohibitive ($2.50) favorite, easily winning the $73,500 final of Yonkers Raceway/Standardbred Owners Association of New York Bonus Trotting Series. The series was open to 3-year-olds and their elders who were non-winners of six parimutuel races and/or $100,000 through this past Feb. 1 (winners over $150,000 through that date ineligible). In play early from post position No. 6, "Maestro" (Tim Tetrick) had to work around first leader Summers Windsong (Jason Bartlett) before taking over. Lakota (George Brennan) was away third from the pole. Once pointed toward the point, there wasn't a whole lot of suspense. Maestro Blue Chip did his thing (:28.3, :57.4, 1:27.1, 1:56), dismissing a weak, first-up challenge from Newcastle (Brett Miller). "Maestro" owned and length-and-a-three-quarter lead entering the lane, before closing the sale by a length-and-a-quarter. He had won his three series legs by nearly 15 combined lengths. Summers Windsong was a solid second in a very good effort, with Lakota a three-hole third. Newcastle did hold fourth, while Tuscanellie (Dan Dube) recovered from an early misbehave to grab the final pay envelope. Jackie Goldstein (Vinny Ginsberg), Stormont Park (Jordan Stratton) and breaking-early A List Lindy (Matt Kakaley) rounded out the order. Maestro Blue Chip is a 4-year-old son of Credit Winner owned Richard Poillucci trained by JoAnn Looney-King. The exacta paid $41.60, with the triple returning $82. The $36,750 winner's share upped the seasonal earnings to an even $105,000, not including the $10,000 bonus from the SOA of NY. "He's just so versatile," Tetrick said. "I don't think we know where his bottom is since he hasn't race that much (22 career starts). He can get over any size track and I know they're very high on him. He has some tougher stakes later in the season, so we're going to find out." A $30,000 series consolation was won by a down-the-road Covert Operative (Brian Sears, $5.40) in 1:56.4. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

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