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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

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - On a harness racing program that saw four $100,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes Finals for 2-year-olds, Every Way Out and Ariana G stood out as the dominant winners at the Meadowlands Friday night. Every Way Out won the colt and gelding pace by 4¾ lengths over Deo Galileo. Firefox Hanover was third. The son of If I Can Dream led at every call, cutting out fractions of :28, :56.3 and 1:24.4, before sprinting home in :27.4 to record an easy 1:52.3 score for driver Tim Tetrick, trainer Dylan Davis and owners Taylor, Basen, Gold and Lazzaro. As the 1-9 public choice, Every Way Out returned $2.10 to win and stayed perfect in three starts. "He's got a pretty big motor," said Tetrick. "Every time I asked him, there was plenty left." There was plenty left in Ariana G's tank as well, as the daughter of Muscle Hill rolled by 7 lengths over Evelyn in 1:53.4 for her second win in as many starts in the filly trot. Feed Your Head was third. The daughter of Muscle Hill, driven by Yannick Gingras and trained by Jimmy Takter, came uncovered around the far turn and blew her foes away as the 3-2 second choice, returning $5.00 to win for owners Marvin Katz and Al Libfield. Checkmate Time, the 6-5 favorite, got jammed up at the three-eighths and went off stride, finishing far back. In the colt and gelding trot, What The Hill ($17.80) emerged victorious along the rail in deep stretch for driver Andrew McCarthy and trainer Ron Burke, scoring by a head over King On The Hill in 1:55.2. Fly On was third. Designated Drinker blew up the tote board in the filly pace, gunning down 1-5 favorite Livinginthedream in 1:55.2 to record a neck win for owner-trainer-driver Chris Lems at odds of 40-1, paying $82.40 to win. Wonderful World was third. Lems picked a great time to record his first career driving win at the Big M. "It could not have come at a better time," said Lems LITTLE EXTRAS: Jeff Gural's Little E LLC owned a half-dozen of the trotters in the NJSS finals. ... The fifth race 20 cent Jackpot Super High Five did not have a single-ticket winner, upping the carryover for the next program to $35,773.41. ... All-source wagering on the 14-race program totaled $2,590,736, which represents an increase of $193,482 over the corresponding card from last year, which had 13 races. ... Saturday night's huge Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace Night program has an early post time of 6:30 p.m. In addition to a star-studded stakes slate, the card also features a mandatory payout of the late Jackpot Super High FIve, which has a carryover of $267,769. by Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations    

YONKERS, NY, Monday, July 11, 2016-It was the second downstate go-round for the state's glamour division Monday night, with Yonkers Raceway hosting the $166,374 New York Sire Stakes Armand Palatucci Pace for 3-year-old colts and geldings. A pair of consecutive divisions, worth $82,437 and $83,937, respectively, comprised the event. Slight 2-1 favorite Roll Away Joe (Jim Morrill Jr., $6.30) had enough things go right for him in the opening division, which he won in a life-best 1:53. Starting outside his six rivals, he left into a chasmic three-hole as Stolen Glimpse (Matt Kakaley) was stung early by pole-sitting Autotune Hanover (Tyler Buter). A :26.2 opening quarter-mile gave way to a more sensible :55.3 intermission. Roll Away Joe was out and moving toward a 1:24.1 three-quarters, ducking inside when "Autotune" phoned it in. Stolen Glimpse held a tenuous, half-length lead into the lane, but was about to get swallowed up. Roll Away Joe slide inside, then whipped a second-over Craftship (Scott Zeron) by a length-and-a-half. Artmagic (George Brennan) was third, while Stolen Glimpse faded to fourth. "The fast early fractions helped, but at the finish he was so good that he wanted to go around again," Morrill said. For "Joe," a Roll With Joe gelding co-owned by Stephen Demeter, Howard Taylor and Thomas Lazzaro and trained by Tracy Brainard, it was his second win in 11 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $65, with the triple returning $228.50. Odds-on Missile J (Tim Tetrick, $2.10), surprised very few in the second sire stakes grouping, prevailing in 1:53.2. Looped leaving from post No. 4 by Fine Diamond (Kakaley), the people's preference made the lead before a :27.4 opening quarter, Subsequent fractions of 57-seconds flat and 1:25.2 gave Missile J a couple of lengths in and out of the final turn. Fine Diamond chased from the pocket, beaten a non-threatening three-quarters of a length. Ideal Son (Morrill Jr.) was a three-hole third. For Missile J, the Art Rooney Pace-winning American Ideal gelding, he's now 8-for-13 this season resume ($312,902). Linda Toscano trains the winner for co-owning stables KJ and Purple Haze. "He rated well and paced home really strong," Tetrick said. Sire stakes continue here Thursday night, with the $163,374 Michael Sorentino Trot (3-year-old colts and geldings). Friday night, it's the $167,974 Art Watson Pace (3-year-old fillies). by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

  East Rutherford, NJ - Breakfast With The Babies at The Meadowlands took place under overcast skies with a slight tailwind in the homestretch and the temperature in the low 70's.   The presence of the great Moni Maker was felt in the morning's first race when Grandma's Moni swept by her competition in the stretch, finishing the 2:00.2 mile with a 27.1 final quarter. Grandma's Moni is by Donato Hanover out of All Our Moni, a daughter of Moni Maker.   Tim Tetrick held the filly in third before fanning her off cover in the stretch and she sailed by the early leader Can't I (John Campbell) who was a game second after cutting the mile. Grandma's Moni was retained by her breeders, the Moni Maker Stable and is trained by Frank Antonacci. She looks special.   The pacing colt Lindythefourteenth made it a very good day for trainer Frank Antonacci, winning in 1:55 / 27.4 from just off the pace for Scott Zeron. The Lindy Farms Somebeachsomewhere homebred from Antoinette Hanover was racing at his third venue in three career starts, all wins. Rock The Boat (Andy Miller) was second and Long Beach (first foal of American Jewel) was a closing third for Tetrick.   True Friends was a 2:01.2 winner in her first outing for Dave Miller and trainer Nifty Norman. Miller sat behind leader Ethanol as the field trotted by three-quarters in 1:32.2, inherited the lead when that one went off stride then held sway through the stretch. Blacksirenpedia (Campbell) rallied late to be a good second and Casaubon (Tetrick) survived a first over bid to be third. The winner was a $70,000 buy at the Harrisburg sale for Mel Hartman, Nifty's Enzed Racing Stable and RAW Equine.   Trainer Kevin McDermott's Donato Hanover x Emmamazing filly Envy Hanover was the race three winner. Yannick Gingras sent Envy Hanover out to the early lead, yielded to Campbell and Allbassnotreble through easy middle fractions then went by under mild urging through the 28.3 end to the 2:01.3 mile. Allbassnotreble held grimly for second and Amber Ella (Tetrick) flashed good late foot to get third. Jeff Gural's Little E LLC is the owner of the $50,000 Harrisburg purchase.   Trotting colts came around with race four where Beach Credit impressed with a 1:59 win for Dave Miller. Being the last to the lead after several early changes, Beach Credit tacked a 29.1 final panel onto the mile with something in reserve. Wutan (Gingras) was second best from the pocket and Break Free made a late gain to be third. Arden Homestead Stable and trainer Janice Connor paid $45,000 for the Credit Winner colt in Lexington.   Oddball and Kabang (Scott Zeron) traded blows through the stretch of race five with Oddball (Andover Hall x Little Rigs) prevailing in 200.1 / 28.3 for trainer-driver Jimmy Takter. John Fielding owns the winner, a $25,000 Lexington sale yearling.   Takter colts were one-two in the sixth with Sir John F (Brett Miller) getting up over the Italian bred Ready Cash colt Victor Deo IT (Gingras) in the shadow of the wire to win in 1:59.1 / 28.3. Put in play early from the outside, Sir John F sat a pocket as Golden Kronos led until the stretch then split rivals for the win. Victor Deo was a very good second while Golden Kronos held third. John & Jim Fielding, Herb Holland and Kevin Mc Kinlay own the winner, a $45,000 buy in Lexington last fall.   Tony Alagna fillies were one-two in the first pacing filly race with Ann Hill (Campbell) emerging from the pocket to track down stable-mate Everyone's Watching (Zeron) in the last strides of a 27.3 end to the 1:55.3 mile. The winner is a Tom Hill homebred Roll With Joe from Taxi Fare Hanover.   Jimmy Marohn, Jr picked up the drive on Caviart Malin for Nifty Norman and got her home, closing into the 27.3 final quarter of a mile in 1:55.4 mile. Let's Have A Party (Tetrick) and Beautiful Hill (Campbell) were across the track for second and third. The winner is a Well Said filly from Pretty Major owned by Caviart Farms who paid $20,000 for her at Harrisburg.     The Stohler Stable homebred Captain Velocity won today for driver Tim Tetrick, cutting the mile and drawing away powerfully in the 27 flat final quarter of his 1:55 mile. Incidentally, he becomes the twelfth 155 credit already this season for his sire Somebeachsomewhere, information (as well as bagels) courtesy of Murray Brown.   Tony Alagna trains Captain Velocity and it's entirely possible that Trent Stohler placed him with Tony when they broke camp at Sunshine Meadows due to the similarities this colt shares in both name and appearance (and perhaps talent) with Tony's champion Captaintreacherous. Deo De Janiero (Joe Bongiorno) was second and American Dreamer (Campbell) a drifting third.   Live racing tonight at The Meadowlands includes an elimination for next week's Meadowlands Pace and the $250,000 Graduate finals with Freaky Feet Pete and Wiggle It Jiggleit slated to square off in the featured tenth race.   From the Meadowlands Media Department

East Rutherford, NJ - Friday night's racing at The Meadowlands centers on the second preliminary leg of the New Jersey Sires Stakes (NJSS) for freshmen pacers and trotters. There is a single $25,000 division for each group in advance of next week's $100,000 finals.   Colt trotters open the card and Hammer Time returns after having won a division of the first leg while the other winner, New Jersey Viking, sits this one out with his slot in the final secure. Hammer Time rolled up uncovered on favored What The Hill setting up a stretch-long battle that resulted in a 26.4 final quarter from Hammer Time for the 1:58.1 win. Dave Miller has the drive back on the Muscle Hill colt from post eight of ten this week for trainer Andrew Harris and owner Glat Kosher Racing.   The pacing colts number seven in the second race. Every Way Out was a convincing winner in leg one for owner-trainer Aaron Lambert who has enlisted Tim Tetrick to drive from the rail. Lambert did the driving last week from just off the pace and when asked for speed, Every Way Out tacked a 26.1 close on to his 1:55.4 score with something left.   Eleven freshman trotting fillies populate race three with one of last week's winners, Checkmate Time, returning while the other, Ariana G, stays home. Checkmate Time (Muscle Hill) was nothing short of sensational in the first leg rallying from well back with a 26.1 final quarter to nail a game Southwind Avanti on the wire for the 1:58.1 win. She'll begin from post nine on Friday with Scott Zeron back in the bike for owner Roy Dobbins and trainer Dennis Laterza.   One must wait until race eleven for the filly pacers where Livingthedream (If I Can Dream) will defend her turf, having won the first leg impressively in 1:54.4 for Marcus Miller. Marcus put the filly into play from post ten last week dropping in third after a leave, moving to the front by the half and finishing the mile with a shut-down 27.2 final quarter. Erv Miller trains the homebred for his interests as Erv Miller Racing along with long time patron Ron Michelon.   GSY Amateurs Racing Friday   After a week's absence, the GSY Amateur Driving Club returns with a competitive field set to go in race four. Keenan and owner-trainer-driver John Calabrese have met with great success in the series as the royally-bred veteran with career earnings of more than a half million dollars has won all three GSY races in which he's participated.   Feisty Love (David Glasser) will contest the issue from the inside while Spectator K (Hannah Miller) and Keystone Thomas (Bob Hechkoff) will engage from outside posts.   Enjoy Air-Conditioned Dining   The forecast is hot for the coming weekend, all the more reason to watch the action from one of The Meadowlands grandstand dining options. Post time is 7:15 p.m.   From the Meadowlands Media Relations Department    

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- She's A Billionair's front-running style paid big dividends in the New York Sire Stakes for the 2-year-old filly pacers on Wednesday night (June 6) at Buffalo Raceway as she set a new track record for that classification with an easy three-length win over Artrageous in 1:56.2.   The time erased the old mark of 1:56.3 established in 2011 by Silky Purse and tied by Summertime Lea in 2012.   It was also great night for driver Tim Tetrick, owner Ken Jacobs and trainer Linda Toscano as the trio teamed up to win two Sire Stake divisions. Robin J was the fastest winner for the connections with a gate-to-wire victory in 1:57.2 while stablemate Planet Rock covered the fast Hamburg half-mile oval in 1:58.0.   Okidoki Blue Chip (Jim Morrill Jr.) took the final $27,750 leg by rolling to a 1:59.0 triumph over Rollingndiamonds (Brett Miller).   She's A Billionair ($10.20) was in command the entire mile as she stepped off panels of 29.0, 58.4 and 1:28.1. There was little doubt was the winner was going to be in the stretch as Brett Miller was in a prone position under the wire with She's A Billionair in 1:56.2. Artrageous (Jim Morrill Jr.) was second best while Yourlipstogodsears (Tetrick) took third.   "She's a small filly who is built for this kind of track," Miller said She's A Billionair. "She felt really good, is good gaited, and can scoot around these tight turns on a half-mile track."   The Winbak Farm-bred She's A Billionair (Artiscape-She's Game) is owned by Frank Chick and trained by Dylan Davis.   Robin J had little problem in disposing of her field as she went wire-to-wire to defeat That's How We Roll by 2-1/4 lengths while Lady Of Heaven (Brett Miller) took the show spot.   Setting fractions of 29.2, 59.2 and 1:29.3, Robin J (Roll With Joe-Mommy Robin Q) was never threatened along the way in posting her first pari mutuel win.   Planet Rock (Rock N Roll Heaven-Villa Hanover) let Roaring To Go (Brett Miller) do all the dirty work on the front end and then rolled on by late to capture the opening division in 1:58.0.   Roaring To Go zoomed out to the lead off the gate and set splits of 29.2, 59.3 and 1:29.4 but had no answer in deep stretch as the pocket-sitting Planet Rock ($7.10) uncorked a 27.4 final panel to key the half length victory. Rockinsangria (Morrill Jr.) took the show position.   Okidoki Blue Chip took the last division that was scratched down to a field of five as Roll With Faith, Twin B Onaroll and Under The Bus were all under the weather.   The front end was the place to be as Okidoki Hanover had no problem in getting the advantage and never looked back in posting the solid 3-1/2 length score over Rollingndiamonds while Donato's Artist (Chris Lems) finished in third.   Okidoki Hanover (Roll With Joe-Mattaroni) is trained by Tracy Brainard and co-owned by Brainard, Blue Chip Bloodstock, Howard Taylor and Charles Iannazzo.   In the $15,000 Excelsior Series A races, Funkymonkeysunshine (Yannick Gingras) covered the mile in 2:02.0 and paid $4.90 in the opening leg.   Gingras made it two straight in the A division as he guided Bullvillestephanie to a $19.20 upset in 2:00.1.   Haviture Way Honey ($3.70) went coast-to-coast and just held on by a nose to tip Megyn K in 2:00.2 with Andy Miller in the sulky in the third bracket.   Hayleigh's Hat (Kevin Cummings) pulled a $23.00 surprise in the final division with a 2:01.4 time.   In the $6,700 Excelsior B Series event, Island Adventure had a trouble-free 2:02.1 journey for Morrill Jr. and posted the popular $4.10 victory.   Mach This Way (Brett Miller) rallied in the passing lane and took the $9,000 feature for the filly and mares pace in 1:56.4 and returned $8.90.   Morrill Jr. finished the night with a triple while Gingras, Brett Miller and Tetrick all doubled. JD Perrin, Brainard and Toscano all had a pair of training victories.   Racing will return on Friday night at 5 p.m. with a 10-race program scheduled.   For more information including the latest news, upcoming promotions, race replays and results, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- The 2-year-old pacing fillies coming to Buffalo Raceway on Wednesday night for the New York Sire Stakes may just be starting their careers but they sure did attract some of the top drivers from around North America to help them out.   Names such as Tim Tetrick, Yannick Gingras, Andy Miller, Jim Morrill Jr., Daniel Dube, Brett Miller and Chris Christoforou are all scheduled to be in the sulky guiding the ladies around the Hamburg half-mile oval in four divisions worth $27,500 each.   And while there are some well-known drivers coming to town, some big-name trainers will be bringing in their charges including top conditioners Ron Burke, Linda Toscano, Julie Miller and Ray Schnittker.   Besides the battles going on between the drivers, trainers and the damsels, bragging rights are also on the line for the sires. Art Major has 10 daughters entered while Roll With Roll has eight, Rock N Roll Heaven seven and American Ideal four.   With hot and humid conditions in the forecast along with a fast track, the Buffalo Raceway track record for 2-year-old filly pacers of 1:56.3 set by Silk Purse in 2011 and Summertime Lea in 2012 may be on the chopping block.   The opening division, set for the third race, features 5-2 morning line favorite Roaring To Go (Brett Miller), an impressive winner at The Meadowlands on June 24. Sitting 9-1/4 lengths from the lead in the race, Roaring To Go (Art Major-Lioness Hanover) unleashed a 25.3 final quarter mile to pull off the victory in 1:54.4.   Not to be overlooked is the 7-2 second choice in Planet Rock (Rock N Roll Hanover-Villa Hanover). The Linda Toscano-trained Planet Rock will be driven by Tetrick and produced a 1:56.2 time in a qualifier at The Meadowlands last time out.   The second leg, slated as the sixth race, will feature the Toscano-Tetrick combination once again as Robin J gets the seven post and is tabbed the 3-1 favorite. She has two victories in qualifiers including a 1:56.4 win back on June 18 at The Meadowlands.   That's How We Roll (Art Major-Rockn At The Beach) drew the rail and is the second choice at 7-2. Trained and driven by former Buffalo Raceway regular Ray Schnittker, That's How We Roll, a $75,000 purchase in 2015 at the Lexington Sales, showed some late pace with a 25.4 last quarter in a third place finish on June 24 at The Meadowlands.   The third division, the seventh race, appears to be the most competitive on paper with Artrageous (Morrill Jr.) the 3-1 pick out of the five post. She's undefeated with two wins in qualifiers and an impressive 3-3/4 length victory in 1:56.2 in her debut at Harrington Raceway on June 30. Artrageous (Art Major-In Deep Thought) was a $35,000 buy at the Lexington Sales in 2015.   Pleasant Roll (Andy Miller) gets the 7-2 second from the four hole. A $55,000 selection at Lexington, she has yet to taste defeat as Pleasant Roll (Roll With Joe-Pleasant Yet Bad) has a pair of 'baby race' wins including a 1:55.0 score at The Meadowlands on June 25.   At This Hour, a $75,000 buy at the Harrisburg Sales, is the favorite in the final leg, set for the ninth race. Trained by Ron Burke, At This Hour (Art Major-Dreamland's Jo Jo) gets the three spot with Gingras in the bike.   Getting the seven post is Okidoki Blue Chip (Morrill Jr.) who was tabbed the second choice at 7-2. She's just missed in her qualifying attempts, losing by just a neck and head in her only two appearances. Okidoki Blue Chip (Roll With Joe-Mattaroni) is trained by Tracy Brainard.   The 14-race program has a 5 p.m. post and will include four $15,000 Excelsior Series A races and one $6,700 Excelsior B Series race. There's also a $487 carryover in the Pick-5 which begins in the fifth race.   For more information including the latest news, upcoming promotions, race replays and results, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

Nichols, N.Y. -- Harness racing driver Tim Tetrick and trainer Linda Toscano swept the 3-year-old Geers Stakes divisions at Tioga Downs on Monday (July 4) afternoon, with both Missile J ($3.80) and Cut and Paste ($3.60) prevailing in convincing fashion.   In the $66,375 Geers for pacing colts and geldings, Missile J pushed clear of Mr D's Dragon (Jim Meittinis) midway on the first turn, controlling a :57.1 first half before accelerating clear on the backstretch. The 3-year-old American Ideal gelding used a :26.3 third quarter to get the jump on his eight rivals, ultimately besting pocket foe Mr D's Dragon by 3-3/4 lengths in 1:51.2. Fine Diamond (Matt Kakaley) circled belatedly to save third while detached from the top pair.   Missile J, a 7-time winner, is owned by the KJ Stables, LLC and the Purple Haze Stables, LLC.   Cut and Paste took advantage of a pocket trip through the first eleven-sixteenths of the $53,375 filly division, tracking Mother of Art (Mark MacDonald) before vaulting clear on approach to the far turn. As soon as Tetrick vacated the pocket with the Well Said filly, she sprinted clear with authority. The 6-time winner mounted a six-length margin over eventual runner-up Encore Deo (Mike Simons) before Tetrick geared her down in the last 70 yards to a 1:53 triumph. Ghose Runner (Tom Jackson) used a third-over trip to take third, just missing Encore Deo for the place spot. Early pacesetter Mother of Art faded on the far turn, finishing last of the seven fillies.   Cut and Paste is owned by the Stake Your Claim Stable, the Camelot Stable, and Fred Wallace.   Tetrick completed a driving hat trick on the nine-race card with Nitro Seelster ($3.60) in the $11,000 Open Pace, fanning three-wide off the far turn and out-sprinting Andreos Kardia (Aaron Byron), who found a seam up the pegs in the last sixteenth with an abundance of pace, in 1:51.2.   Live racing returns to Tioga Downs on Friday (July 8), with first post slated for 6:30 p.m. Eastern.   by James Witherite, Tioga Downs

Drivers Marcus Miller and Tim Tetrick both won three $20,000 first round divisions of Pennsylvania Stallion Series action for harness racing two-year-old pacing colts Sunday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, but it was a member of that dying-off “breed,” the trainer/driver – Pat Lachance – who guided the fastest freshman, Fullback, a 1:53.2 winner. Lachance had the early lead with the winning Bettor’s Delight colt, then yielded to favored Jo Pa’s Somebeach. In the stretch, Fullback came home like Jim Brown bulling his way to the end zone, closing into a 27.2 last quarter to beat out the pacesetter by a length and (like all the Stallion Series winners) taking a new mark for Lachance and the ownership of Down Easters Alroy Chow, Stanley Sclar, and “transplant” Del Cote. Fullback returned 8-1 at the mutuel wickets; there was one other non-favorite among the septet of winners, and if given a choice of that horse’s handler between Miller and Tetrick, one would logically go for Miller, who guided two $50+ horses home the previous night. And indeed it was Marcus Miller beating out the chalk Artist’s Ruffles with the Dragon Again gelding Epic Union, also an 8-1 proposition, coming from second-over to win in 1:55.3 for trainer Erv Miller (at Goshen with daughter Hannah as she was honored as Amateur Driver of the Year) and owners David and John Prushnok, Ervin Miller Stable Inc., and Paymaq Racing. Father/trainer Erv Miller and driver/son Marcus also clicked with another son of Dragon Again, the colt Maconupwiththedragon, who led coast-to-coast in 1:53.4, with back fractions of 56.1 – 27.4 for owner Ronald Michelon. Marcus’s third Stallion Series winner was behind the Les Givens-trained Ponder colt Ponderingjacksfame, another who led at every call, coming home in 27.3 to complete a 1:53.3 package fort Nanticoke Racing Inc., Jim Magno, and Joe Fonte. Tetrick’s Stallion Series triple, all behind favorites as the paragraphs above imply, included back-to-back wins for trainer Jo Ann Looney-King and owner Paton Racing Stable Inc., with both timed in 1:54.2. First up was the Well Said gelding Hulk Hanover, who marched to the front in front of the stands en route to victory; the other gave Dragon Again his third siring credit as the gelding Donttellmeagain became the only winner to run his record to two-for-two with an early move en route to the biggest victory margin, six lengths. Tetrick’s third triumph in the stake was behind Outcry, a colt who gave Well Said two winners in the first round action when he went to the lead early, backed off the half, then blitzed home clear in 1:57.3 for conditioner Mark Harder and owners Rick Phillips, Peter Venturini, and Deena Frost. Miller and Tetrick made the Pocono winners circle their own gladiator ring on Sunday, each winning five times in the first 12 races, with one-race visits from Lachance and Andrew McCarthy. Both were on the track trying to score the knockout blow in the 13th and final race, and both were at their “preferred” odds – Tetrick as second choice, Upset King Marcus at 24-1 – but David Miller ruined this showdown by checking home first, with Tetrick and Miller at honors-even with their quintuples. PHHA / POCONO

What can they possibly do for an encore? That's the question on the lips of anyone who was lucky enough to witness the spectacular performances during last Saturday night's eliminations for Sun Stakes Saturday coming up on July 2 at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. Elimination races can sometimes feel like formalities, with the favorites shuffling along without much movement in the hopes of sneaking into the finals. But the races on Saturday were almost uniformly thrilling, with the eliminations for the Ben Franklin free-for-all pace in particular going down as some of the most memorable races that Pocono has ever hosted in its half-century plus of existence. It's important to note that the other three sets of eliminations held on the night possessed their own share of standouts and surprises. In the Max Hempt eliminations for 3-year-old pacers, favorites Control The Moment and Racing Hill delivered in their respective splits and seem headed for a showdown in the final. Pure Country reasserted her dominance among three-year-old pacing fillies in her elimination for the James Lynch, winning despite a tough first-over grind. And Bar Hopping provided the biggest upset of the night, handing 1-9 favorite Southwind Frank just his second career loss in an elimination for the Earl Beal for three-year-old trotters. In all fairness, the night really began with Race 10, the first of three consecutive races on the card that would serve as eliminations for the Ben Franklin pace, which carries a $500,000 purse for the finals. The top three finishers in each race would punch a ticket (although that got a bit complicated, as you'll read in a moment.) And the very first elimination gave Pocono fans their first 2016 glimpse of Wiggle It Jiggleit, the sport's preeminent superstar. Among the 22 wins that Wiggle It Jiggleit amassed in his ridiculously successful 2015 3-year-old campaign were a pair of huge stakes wins at Pocono. He came into Saturday night with seven wins and three places in ten starts so far in 2016 against the very best competition. As a 1-9 favorite, the four-year-old gelding trained by Clyde Francis didn't have an easy time making the lead, clearing just past the half. He then had to deal with a strong first-over charge on the back stretch from Always At My Place, who pulled up even at one point. Driver Montrell Teague knows how to coax something extra out of Wiggle It Jiggleit, which is what he did in the stretch on Saturday night. The gelding stepped away from the pursuit to win in a scorching 1:48:1, a length-and-a-quarter in front of State Treasurer. Meanwhile Always At My Place faded to a a dead heat for third with Shamballa, meaning that there will be ten horses eligible for the Franklin final, with four of them coming from the first division. As for the other six finalists? Well, the second split featured Always B Miki as the 1-5 favorite. The 5-year-old stallion from the Jimmy Takter barn won three of his first five races this year and was coming into the elimination off an incredible 1:47:1 victory at Tioga. But it looked like his chances might be doomed on Saturday when he was strung out around the clubhouse turn by Mel Mara, who set the pace on the inside. Driver David Miller never gave in with Always B Miki. He was still battling it out with Mel Mara even as he had to endure a second turn on the outside and even as the fractions bordered on the sadistic. Always B Miki then uncorked one more burst of speed to free himself from Mel Mara and the rest of the pursuit. He crossed the line in 1:47, matching the fastest time ever on a 5/8-mile oval. All Bets Off came on late for second, while Mel Mara managed to dig deep to hold on for third to make the final. After that world record performance, it seemed like expecting even more drama was greedy. But we still had one elimination to go, and it featured the amazing Midwesterner Freaky Feet Pete in his Pocono debut. Trained by Larry Rheinheimer, the four-year-old stallion came into the eliminations with a staggering career record of 28 wins in 32 career starts and over $1.2 million in the bank. Were it not for Wiggle It Jiggleit's exploits, we'd likely be talking about Freaky Feet Pete as the sport's dominant superstar. Based on his performance on Saturday night, the jury may still be out on that. From the inside post, driver Trace Tetrick grabbed the lead early with Freaky Feet Pete, and it was a lead that no one would take away. In what appeared to be an effortless performance, the stallion clipped fraction after stunning fraction without seeming to break a sweat, until he was well in front of the rest of the standout field and crossing the line in 1:47:1, which broke the world record for 4-year-old stallion pacers on a 5/8-mile oval. Rock N'Roll World and Sunfire Blue Chip were nowhere in the ballpark with Freaky Feet Pete but at least snuck into the final by finishing second and third, respectively. Three Ben Franklin eliminations and three incendiary performances. The final should be an incredible showdown, as should the three other huge stakes races to be contested on Sun Stakes Saturday. Don't even think about missing it. 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  

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