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MANALAPAN, NJ - May 17, 2014 - Western Vintage opened his 2014 harness racing campaign on a winning note, capturing the $50,500 first leg of the New Jersey Sire Stakes for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings on Saturday night, May 17, 2014 at the Meadowlands. The son of Western Ideal was sent off as the 6-5 favorite in the 12th race and provided driver Yannick Gingras with his sixth win of the night. Western Vintage moved up with cover on the outside tier down the backstretch and then three-wide on the turn for home where he engaged Doo Wop Hanover [Rocknroll Hanover] until pulling away in the final sixteenth, stopping the clock at 1:49.4 for the mile. The Nancy Johansson trainee was a one-length winner over Doo Wop Hanover, and it was three lengths back to Frankandjoanne [Rocknroll Hanover] in third. Western Vintage [$4.40] picked up his sixth win in nine career starts and pushed his earnings over the $342,000 mark. He races for Perry L. Soderberg of Hightstown, NJ and Marvin Katz of Toronto, Ontario. Carol Hodes for SBOANJ      

Harness racing three-year-old filly trotters took the spotlight with the New York Sire Stakes at Vernon Downs on Saturday night. There were two divisions on the 12-race program.   The First Division, with a purse of $61,300, went to Glowngold. Glowngold is owned by Andy Miller Stables of New Jersey, Highland Green Farms of Florida, Blue Chip Bloodstock and S. Demeter of New York. Julie Miller is the trainer and Jim Morrill Jr. is the winning driver. Glowngold took command past the half-mile mark and never looked back after that. The early pacesetter, Bryan's Angel, set an opening quarter-mile time of 28.1. The half-mile was covered in 57.2 and three-quarters went by in 1:26.4. Glowngold built a five-length at one point before settling for a two-length margin of victory in 1:56.1. Trond Smedshammer drove Share My Secret to a surprising second at 45-1, rallying up the inside nicely to complete a $166 exacta.   The complete order of finish for the First Division was Glowngold, Share My Secret, Maud Blue Chip, Bryan's Angel, Winning Pursuit, Credit To Elgin, Gammy's Girl, and Driving Miss Crazy.   It appeared for a moment that Jim Morrill Jr. might sweep both divisions of the New York Sire Stakes on Saturday night, as he guided Market Rally to the lead in the $62,400 Second Division through strong early fractions of 27.2 for the quarter, 55.2 for the half, and 1:24.3 for three-quarters.   However, those punishing early times set things up for closers to come calling and they did once the field made the stretch. Lady With Credit was the first to attack on the outside and that first move proved to be the difference as she scored the victory at 7-1 with Truman Gale in the bike in a time of 1:55.1. Annie's List rallied from last through a half-mile to finish second and Slice Slice Baby finished third with a sustained drive after also settling at the back of the field early on.   Lady With Credit is owned by White Birch Farm of New Jersey and is trained by Trond Smedshammer.   The complete order of finish for the Second Division was Lady With Credit, Annie's List, Slice Slice Baby, Avalicious, Cutup Hanover, L Dees Scripture, Market Rally, Crediama, and Brookside Lily.   Live racing will resume of Friday night at Vernon Downs with a first post time of 6:45. There is a special holiday weekend racing schedule at Vernon Downs next weekend. Live racing will be conducted on Friday night and Saturday night at 6:45 plus there will be a Memorial Day Monday program that starts at 1:15pm.   by Michael Chamberlain, Vernon Downs Publicity  

MANALAPAN, NJ - May 17, 2014 - A pair of daughters of Rocknroll Hanover were winners in opening round divisions of the New Jersey Sire Stakes for harness racing  three-year-old pacers on Saturday night, May 17, 2014 at the Meadowlands. Gettingreadytoroll, sent off at odds of 1-5, claimed her victory with a front-end performance in the fourth race while Atsallrite Hanover, 7-2, closed from last to first to make her first trip to the winner's circle in the fifth race. Gettingreadytoroll [$2.60] doubled-down on her 1:50.1 winning effort in the Reynolds Stakes last week with an easy two and a quarter length victory in a matching 1:50.1 clocking in the $27,500 first division. Yannick Gingras, who won the first three races on the card, made in four straight, brushing the filly to the lead early in the backstretch and repelling a challenge from Rockingham Park. In the battle for second, Sayitall BB [Tell All] held off Act Now [Western Ideal], who was third by three lengths. Gettingreadytoroll, who won her only start at two, now has two wins in three starts at three. The Jimmy Takter trainee has banked nearly $44,000 for the ownership of Christina Takter of East Windsor, NJ and brothers John and Jim Fielding of Toronto, Ontario. Corey Callahan was at the lines of Atsallrite Hanover in the $27,000 second division as the filly picked up her first win in her second career start in 1:51.4. Callahan launched Atsallrite Hanover [$9.20] at the back of the outside tier and peeled out mid-track in the stretch to claim the two and a quarter length tally with a 26.1 final quarter. Blixtra, driven by Ake Svanstedt, was second across the wire but placed eighth for interference in the first turn. Highland Rockstar was placed second and Fanticipation was placed third. Both are by Rocknrolll Hanover. Atsallrite Hanover, trained by Ron Burke, is owned by the partnership of Burke Racing Stables LLC of Fredericktown, PA; Weaver Bruscemi LLC of Canonsburg, PA; Michelle Yanek of McDonald, PA and Phillip Collura of Mountain Top, PA.     -By Carol Hodes for SBOANJ      

Over a hundred runners, walkers and striders hit the Meadowlands Racetrack under partly sunny and breezy skies this afternoon in the 5th annual Stride For A Cure at the E. Rutherford oval.   The winning time of 19:39 was set by Mike Favocci of Hawthorne, NJ. The 24-year-old medical supply distributor broke from the start and never looked back to complete 3.1 mile course faster than the rest.   Several prominent people from inside the harness industry participated in the event, as well as several people with close ties to the Meadowlands. Director of Television/Announcer Sam McKee entered the event as did both his daughters, Lindsey and Melissa, who finished 1-2 respectively, in the women's group. Lindsey a former M1 publicity department employee, finished the race 2nd overall in just over 20 minutes.   Along the race route, Rudy Maag, long-time M1 stall man could be seen keeping pace with stakes administrator Andrea Caswell. Carrie Davies-Gooch from the Hambletonian Society made her second appearance in the event. Bob Boni, well-known horse sales agent and owner of Northwood Bloodstock was also keeping the pace.   Kids as young as four-years-old participated in the event, as well as adults in their 60s.   The event was founded by Meadowlands track photographer Michael Lisa and his wife, Annette, a breast cancer survivor. Runners and walkers, who paid a $25 entry fee which benefits the American Cancer Society, enjoyed their chance to trot around the racetrack before the horses take the stage for tonight's big card featuring the $175,000 Cutler Memorial. Billed as a 'Clash of the Titans' the race features a match-up between local hero Market Share and Swedish star Sebastian K.   by Chris Tully, for Harnesslink  

Three Divisions of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes for harness racing 3-Year-Old Colt and Gelding Trotters were contested at Harrah's Philadelphia on Thursday afternoon. Each went for an estimated purse of $75,000.   The first division went to Wheelsandthelegman. The son of Donato Hanover fired fast off the wings, coasting to an easy win in 1:55.1 to remain undefeated in four lifetime starts. Wheelsandthelegman is owned by Beth Carroll of New Holland, PA, trained by Walter Carroll, and was driven by Jim Raymer.   The second division was won by Stall Tz's Nuncio. The talented Andover Hall bred was patiently driven the opening half, storming home the final half in :56.3 under minimal urging. Nuncio trotted the mile in 1:54.3 for his sixth career win. He was making his first start in 2014 after making $461,074 as a 2-Year-Old. Nuncio is trained by Jimmy Takter and was driven by regular driver John Campbell.   The third division was won by Charlie Norris and Leonard Buckner's Datsyuk. The son of Explosive Matter enjoyed the pocket trip behind heavily favored Don Dorado, and was able to outduel the favorite in the stretch to win by one length in 1:55.3. Datsyuk is now a perfect two for two in the win column, and was driven by Charlie Norris.   by Michael Bozich, for Harrah's Philadelphia

YONKERS, NY, Thursday, May 15, 2014--He's Watching, fresh from a world-record season and subsequent 2yo divisional honors, shall make his 3-year-old parimutuel debut in Yonkers Raceway's Art Rooney Pace. Co-owner and trainer Dave Menary confirmed the son of American Ideal is returning to Westchester, where he ended 2013 with a victory in September's final of the New York Sire Stakes. The win in the $225,000 event was his third as many Yonkers tries, wrapping an 8-for-8 ($291,722) initial resume. The 23rd Rooney has 34 eligible sophomore pacing colts/geldings. Eliminations (if necessary) are scheduled for Saturday, May 24th. The $300,000 (gtd.) final is set for Saturday, May 31st. "He loves the track, and to be perfectly honest, the money's too good," Menary said. "We could have gone to the Somebeachsomewhere (at Mohawk), but the divisions are about $100,000 each and he'd probably have to go (1) 49 and 3 right out of the box. "Ideally, I hope there are no eliminations (for the Rooney), but regardless, we plan to be there," Menary said. "He's going to qualify again tomorrow (Friday) up here (Mohawk). "After his first (May 2nd) qualifier, (driver) Jimmy (Morrill Jr.) said he'd never sat behind a horse as straight and as strong. I think of He's Watching as an Incredible Hulk version of Foiled Again," Menary said of the 12-for-12 (including qualifiers) $3,000 buy of a lifetime. He's muscular, with heart and stamina. I've never seen a horse dig through the ground the way he does." As far a 2014 schedule, "Obviously, after the Rooney, there's the North America Cup, but we're going to let him dictate that to us. The Raceway's five-night-per-week live schedule continues, with first post every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:10 PM. Evening simulcasting accompanies all live programs, with afternoon simulcasting available daily. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway  

A total of 25 Hambletonian eligible 3-year-old male trotters will be in action on the New Jersey and Pennsylvania harness racing sire stakes circuits this week. Pennsylvania kicks it off Thursday with three divisions of sire stakes at Harrah's Philadelphia. The Hambletonian eligible trotters entered are, in alphabetical order: Auspicious Hanover, Datsyuk, Don Dorado, Exodus Hanover, Fashion Tagman, JJ Alex, Journey, Keystone Wasabi, Kumbaya De Vie, Nuncio, Outburst, Raise The Curtain, and Sarcastic Man. Nuncio is making his debut for trainer Jimmy Takter after spending most of last year with Jim Oscarsson. He won five of 10 races last season and never finished worse than second on his way to $461,074. His earnings were third most among 2-year-old trotters, behind Takter-trained colt Father Patrick and Takter-trained filly Shake It Cerry. Four of Nuncio's second-place efforts were against Father Patrick, in the eliminations and final of the Peter Haughton Memorial and elims and final of the Breeders Crown. Nuncio won the Matron Stakes and a division of the Reynolds; he also was runner-up to Muscle Network in the Valley Victory. Nuncio led at the half-mile point in eight of his 10 races last year. In two qualifiers this season, he was never put on the lead by driver John Campbell. In his most recent qualifier, a third-place effort in 1:55.1, he trotted :26.2 for the final quarter-mile. "He has got that speed like (Father) Patrick," Takter said about Nuncio earlier this year. "I thought he raced really good last year. He's definitely a horse I'm very happy to have in my barn. He's a serious contender. "But he cannot continue like he did last year as a 3-year-old. It takes too much out of you going :26, :27 (early) quarters to expect horses like Patrick not to pass you. That will happen. If he learns to manage himself a little bit, I'm sure he's going to be a good contender to have in the barn." Don Dorado, Auspicious Hanover, and Exodus Hanover finished 1-2-3 in last year's Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championship. Outburst, making his seasonal debut for trainer Noel Daley, trotted a world-record 1:53.1 in winning his division of the Bluegrass Stakes in 2013. "He's a nice horse," Daley said earlier this year. "I don't think he's a top three or four horse, but I think he's a top 10 horse if he comes back as good as he was. If you can be a top 10 horse you can make a lot of money if you pick your spots and get lucky now and then. There's so much money out there and the good ones can't be in all of them. If you can win one decent one, you can do alright there." New Jersey has two divisions of sire stakes Friday at the Meadowlands. The Hambletonian eligibles entered are, in alphabetical order: Dave Briggs, Great Society, King City, Lightning Force, Martiniwithmuscle, Odds On Amethyst, Royal Ice, Skates N Plates, Southwind Poseidon, Sumatra, Trixton, and Well Built. Trixton, another horse from the Takter Stable, is coming off a 1:51.2 win in the Simpson Memorial Stakes at the Meadowlands on May 9. The time was faster than any recorded by a 3-year-old male trotter in 2013. Trixton is a son of 2009 Horse of the Year Muscle Hill out of the mare Emilie Cas El, who was Canada's Horse of the Year in 1994. His family also includes past stars Andover Hall, Conway Hall and Angus Hall. Odds On Amethyst and Well Built are from the stable of trainer Chris Ryder. Odds On Amethyst, who trotted 1:53.2 in winning his seasonal debut on May 2, is a son of Muscle Hill out of the standout mare Mystical Sunshine, who was trained by Ryder during her racing career. "I'm really looking at the Hambletonian with that horse," Ryder said recently. "I'm not going to say he's a top one, but he's got a shot. I think he's going to improve on his (1):53. I know he's going to have to, but I think he will. If he gets much better he's right there. "He's been a bit of a problem child. He's his own worst enemy," Ryder added. "The last two or three weeks he's improved. He's starting to realize he's a racehorse." Sumatra is returning to action for trainer Tom Fanning for the first time since winning the Dexter Cup on May 3 at Freehold Raceway. Lightly raced Martiniwithmuscle, trained by Joe King, is 2-for-2 this year and coming off a 1:53.4 win in a conditioned race May 9 at the Meadowlands against a field that included Lightning Force, Great Society and Southwind Poseidon. Valley Victory winner Muscle Network also makes his seasonal debut Friday in the NJSS, but he is not eligible to the Hambletonian. Ken Weingartner Harness Racing Communications

In The Grippers started her 2014 harness racing season just as she finished her 2013 season by dominating her Ohio Sires Stakes rivals. Friday at Miami Valley driver Chris Page sent the big trotting filly to the front at the start of her $40,000 OSS split and she led at every post. The 2-5 favorite won by 5-1/4 lengths in 1:58.4 over Anniesbluejeanbaby and Mclean. Herres Stable LCC owns the daughter of Steven One, who is trained by Virgil Morgan. It was her first start of the year after several qualifiers. Two races later, Page and Morgan scored another victory in a $40,000 OSS split when Fayco Filly sat behind God Only Knows for much of the mile and then zoomed past the pacesetter to score a ¾-length win in 1:56. APP Panda got the runner-up money while Lady Julie finished third. God Only knows faded to finish fourth. Fayco Filly scored her first win of the season in a trio of tries. The winning pacing filly paid $7.40 to win and is owned by Marital Property LLC. Crown Time Keeper kept her 2014 slate perfect with her third win in as many tries. The odds-on filly overtook the early leader Friskie's Angel to post a two length win in 1:56.2 for driver Chris Page and trainer Steve Carter. The OSS winner was bred and is owned by Esther Crownover, a longtime patron of harness racing in Ohio. Crown Time Keeper had previously won the elimination and final of the James K. Hackett Memorial Pace at Miami Valley. Turbochargedroxie stepped to the front of the pack in her trotting split for driver Dan Noble and they went on to score an easy 3-1/4 length win over Sandys Victory and Emery Jean. Danny Collins trains the Cayenne Turbo trotting filly for Joyce McClelland, DM Stables LLC, Dean Davis, and William Rufenacht. As the heavy favorite, Turbochargedroxie paid $2.20 and tripped the timer in 1:59.3. She's now got a first and second in second races this year. Dean A. Hoffman for the Ohio State Racing Commission  

WASHINGTON, PA, May 1, 2014 -- Breeders Crown juvenile champion Uffizi Hanover headlines a field of 23 that will contest Saturday's 2014 Pennsylvania Sires Stakes opener, a harness racing $210,746 event for 3-year-old filly pacers known as the Adios Betty, at The Meadows. The event features three divisions, with Uffizi Hanover and David Miller leaving from post 8 in the third split, Race 11. First post is 11:25 AM. It's the first time since 2008 that the track has offered live racing on Kentucky Derby Day -- The Meadows also will stage live cards to complement this year's Preakness and Belmont -- and the celebration will include a number of festive activities. Uffizi Hanover won only two of 11 starts last year, but her victories -- including a Grand Circuit stake at the Red Mile -- were timely. Jimmy Takter, who trains the daughter of Well Said-Up Front Dragonfly for Al Libfeld, Marvin Katz and Sam Goldband, reports that the filly has prepped well for her sophomore debut. "She's come back very nice," Takter said. "She had two good qualifiers. This is an early stake, so she'll probably need a couple starts, although everybody is basically in the same boat. I think she'll belong to the top group of horses." Miller raced Uffizi Hanover primarily from behind last year, but Takter said she'll be more aggressive early -- in the right spots. "She just wasn't ready for early speed last year," he said. "I wanted to let her come to hand on her own. She's starting to show that she's a Breeders Crown winner, but in her first race of the year, with a lousy post, I don't mind if she races off the pace." Uffizi Hanover will renew her rivalry with Southwind Silence, who finished just two lengths behind her in the Breeders Crown. Also making her seasonal debut, Southwind Silence leaves from post 3 for Yannick Gingras and trainer Ron Burke. In the first division (Race 8), Burke sends out Beach Gal (post 6/Dave Palone) to take on Dan Altmeyer's That Woman Hanover (post 1/Mike Wilder), a game second in last week's Courageous Lady at Northfield Park. The second split (Race 10) pits Kelly O'Donnell's Weeper (post 7/Palone), who already has captured two straight this year facing mares at The Meadows, and Burke's Allstar Rating, (post 1/Gingras), a winner of $135,012 at 2. Special Derby Day activities include: · The Miss Adios Swimsuit USA preliminary competition at 3:00 PM (on track); · The annual Derby Day Hat Contest at each location; Live music and Coors specials at each location. Featured performers are NoMad (on track), Da Phunk (Harmar), and Dallas Marks (New Castle); The Triple Crown Survival Challenge (all locations), a handicapping contest for Racing Player Reward Members only. Effective May 1, The Meadows retention rate on trifecta wagers will be 27.00 percent. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

MANALAPAN, NJ - April 30, 2014 - Western Vintage, who swept last year's New Jersey Sire Stakes for harness racing two-year-old colt pacers, is among the 22 eligibles for the $250,000 estimated Anthony Abbatiello New Jersey Classic while 29 fillies were nominated to the $125,000 estimated Thomas D'Altrui Miss New Jersey. Both stakes, which will be contested on August 2, 2014, Hambletonian Day at the Meadowland, are restricted to New Jersey-sired three-year-old pacers and are sponsored by the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey. Perry Soderberg of Hightstown, NJ, who owns Western Vintage in partnership with Marvin Katz of Toronto, is pointing his son of Western Ideal toward a return to the races in the New Jersey Sire Stakes, which begin on May 17 at the Meadowlands. "Western Vintage qualified last Saturday [April 26] and was awesome," said Soderberg, a bloodstock agent. "Yannick [Gingras] just sat with him and then let him roll a bit down the stretch. He won in 1:52.4 with a 26.1 at the end, in to a pretty strong head wind. His heart rate was low afterwards and Yannick was very happy with him. "The plan is to skip a week, then qualify again, then do the New Jersey Sire Stakes [May 17, 24 and 31] at the Meadowlands," Soderberg explained. "After that, we take it as it comes and let the horse tell us the schedule. He has been strong, happy and loves to race, so we are aiming for the big ones. The New Jersey Classic is on his stakes schedule, but we make more plans after the New Jersey Sire Stakes and see what suits us the best." Swedish-born Soderberg, who has been evaluating horses since 1986, usually picks out yearlings for others, primarily trainer Jimmy Takter and his owners. But when no one wanted Western Vintage, he purchased the colt for himself for $7,000. Katz bought an interest last October. Western Vintage completed his two-year-old campaign with five wins and one second [in the Metro] from eight starts for earnings of $316,838. "The horse jogged 1:49.4 at two [winning a stakes at Lexington's Red Mile] and feels a lot stronger this year, so we are optimistic," Soderberg noted. "We, as all others, need some racing luck and the three-year-old pacers this year are good and many of them could show up. So we have to wait and see how it plays out." This year's New Jersey Classic eligibles represent 15 sons of Rocknroll Hanover, three by Cam's Card Shark and two each by Tell All and Western Ideal. The Miss New Jersey includes 19 by Rocknroll Hanover, seven by Western Ideal, two by Tell All and one by Cam's Card Shark. 2014 Anthony Abbatiello New Jersey Classic Eligibles Account Rollover, Beat The Drum, Bushwacker, Card Shock, Dancin Hill, Doo Wop Hanover, Earthshaker, Gold Rocks, In The Clear, Papa Fra, Rediscovery, Rock Fame, Rock Out, Rockeyed Optimist, Rocknroll Reality, Rockstar Stride, Say Uncle, Spanishtown, Sweet Rock, This Is Bill Byrne, Western Vintage, Whisky N Pie. 2014 Thomas D'Altrui Miss New Jersey Eligibles Act Now, Atsallrite Hanover, Beautiful Lady, Blixtra, Color Palette K, Cut A Deal, Fiyonce, Gettingreadytoroll, Highland Rockstar, I Need Hotstuff, Ideal Helen, Kate Can't Wait, Magnifique, Mako Wish, Mona Mona, My Lady Day, My Sweet Clara, Nikites, Poppies Pride, Rock N Roll Meg, Rockin Smile, Rockingcam Park, Rocknroll Queen, Rosie De Vie, She's Dangerous, Surfside Sexy, Val Di Noto, Wishfor Rocknroll, Zip Zip Boom. Carol Hodes for the SBOANJ  

When harness racing owner Bob Key was informed that Sarcastic Man drew post No. 8 for Saturday's $115,370 Dexter Cup for 3-year-old trotters at Freehold Raceway, a starting spot from which horses have won just 3.4 percent of 378 races at the half-mile oval, his reaction was as expected. "That's what you can call bad luck," Key said, laughing. Yet Key can look back through his own history in racing to find a reason for hope. In 1993, Key's American Winner started the Dexter Cup from post eight at Freehold and pulled out a neck win over Armbro Lexicon at odds of 51-1. American Winner went onto capture the million-dollar Hambletonian Stakes less than three months later. American Winner was driven by Ron Pierce. Sarcastic Man, who last weekend won the Dexter Cup elimination, will have Pierce in the sulky on Saturday. "Let's see if we can repeat it," Key said. "I like the way Ron is driving this horse, but he's going to have a tough time from (post eight). He's going to have to be Superman to win from there. "I just want to see him get a chance," he added. "I don't mind being first over and coming in last." Sarcastic Man, trained by Gail Wrubel, was bred by Key. The colt is a son of stallion Tom Ridge out of Key's mare Sass Away K. He has won three of 12 races this year and $46,926. He won the Dexter elim, from post seven, by 1-1/4 lengths over King City in 1:59.2. The Dexter Cup is the first major stakes test on the road to August's $1.2 million Hambletonian at the Meadowlands. If Sarcastic Man competes in the Hambletonian, he would be something of an oddity because of the number of starts he has made already. Last year, no horse entered the Hambletonian with more than 11 starts during his 3-year-old season; winner Royalty For Life entered with five. "Everyone now wants to point to the big race, but my attitude is that if a horse is ready, race him," Key said. "You never know what is going to happen (in the future)." Sarcastic Man is not Key's only Hambletonian hopeful. Key likes Skates N Plates, who last year won a division of the Simpson Stakes and finished second to Nuncio in the Matron Stakes, as well as Mister B's Way, who was unraced last year because of a fracture but qualified in 1:55.3 on April 15 at Spring Garden Ranch. Mister B's Way is a full brother to Key's female trotting star Win Missy B and half-brother to millionaire Winning Mister. "It would be unusual for a horse that never raced at (age) 2 to have a chance in the Hambo, but with his breeding I think we have a shot at it," Key said. As for now, though, Key is focused on Sarcastic Man. "I think we could have some fun with him this year," Key said. "He's a nice colt; I like him. It's going to be an interesting year." Following is the field in post order for the Dexter Cup, with listed drivers and trainers: 1. Sumatra, Brian Sears, Tom Fanning; 2. Derby, Jordan Stratton, Ray Schnittker; 3. Donato's Wish, Ray Schnittker, Ray Schnittker; 4. King City, George Brennan, Jonas Czernyson; 5. Sheer Action, Jeff Gregory, Ray Schnittker; 6. Dave Briggs, Johnny Takter, Jimmy Takter; 7. Consumer Rate, Daniel Dube, Rob Harmon; 8. Sarcastic Man, Ron Pierce, Gail Wrubel. Hambletonian eligible: Sumatra, King City, Dave Briggs, Sarcastic Man. Ken Weingartner Harness Racing Communications  

This Week: Lady Suffolk and Dexter Cup, Freehold Raceway, Freehold, N.J., John Simpson Memorial Stakes, Meadowlands Racetrack, East Rutherford, N.J.  Chip Noble Memorial and Miami Valley Distaff, Miami Valley Raceway, Lebanon, Ohio. Schedule of events: The Grand Circuit at Freehold this week features the $115,370 Dexter Cup for 3-year-old open trotters on Saturday (May 3) and two divisions in the $66,150 Lady Suffolk for 3-year-old filly trotters on Friday (May 2). Meadowlands Racetrack offers the $33,016 John Simpson Memorial for 3-year-old filly pacers on Friday (May 2) and the $47,253 John Simpson Memorial for 3-year-old colt pacers on Saturday (May 3). The Sunday (May 4) card at Miami Valley Raceway will feature the $50,000 (est.) Chip Noble Memorial for older pacing mares and the $50,000 (est.) Miami Valley Distaff for older trotting mares. Complete entries for the races can be found by clicking on this link. Grand Circuit news: The Grand Circuit has chosen to support the initiative started by Jack Darling and will contribute to the fund created for sponsoring the television broadcast of the Little Brown Jug and Meadowlands Pace in 2014. "Thanks to Hanover Shoe Farms and Winbak Farms, who have sponsored the Grand Circuit awards for the past two seasons, we are able to contribute to this important industry initiative," said Grand Circuit president John Campbell. The Meadowlands has set up a special account for industry participants and racing fans who have pledged support for the television broadcasts, which will air on the CBS Sports Network. Checks can be made out to and mailed to: Meadowlands Racetrack TV Fund, 1 Racetrack Drive, East Rutherford, NJ 07073. Last time: The George Morton Levy Series for open pacers and Blue Chip Matchmaker Series for open pacing mares wrapped up this past weekend at Yonkers Raceway. Foiled Again was indeed foiled again for the second consecutive week in the $567,000 Levy Memorial final at Yonkers as P H Supercam and driver Jason Bartlett used the passing lane to get by the field to win in 1:52.3. P H Supercam is trained by PJ Fraley for Bamond Racing. As soon as the passing lane opened up in the stretch, P H Supercam was quick to drop in and make up ground as Foiled Again vainly fought to retain the lead. Apprentice Hanover made a hard charge down the lane to finish second, with Foiled Again holding for third. Somewherovrarainbow was the winner in the $371,400 Blue Chip Matchmaker in 1:52.3. When heavily favored Yagonnakissmeornot and driver Daniel Dube paced on to the early lead, Somewherovrarainbow and Brian Sears were right behind those two to the :27 first quarter and on to the :55.4 half. Anndrovette was trying to work her way from off the pace to the lead by the three quarters (1:23.4), but Yagonnakissmeornot maintained her lead as the field turned for home. When the passing lane opened, Somewherovrarainbow was the first horse in it and each stride drew her closer to the lead. She got her nose in front a few strides from the wire for the victory in 1:52.3 over Yagonnakissmeornot and Krispy Apple, who split horses in the middle of the track to be third. The first Grand Circuit event of the season for 3-year-old filly pacers was captured by Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi's Fiyonce, who won the $110,000 Courageous Lady on April 25 at Northfield Park. Trained by Ron Burke and driven by Josh Sutton, Fiyonce bested her competition by a head at the wire and was an upset winner, returning $48.60. Fiyonce started from post five and let her competition carve out the fractions of :27, :56.1 and 1:25.1. She was last at the top of the stretch and moved from worst to first in a thrilling stretch drive, stopping the timer at 1:55.1. Complete recaps of the weekend races are available at the Grand Circuit website. Grand Circuit Standings: In 2014, the Grand Circuit leaders in three categories (driver, trainer and owner) will once again be tracked on a points system (20-10-5 for the top three finishers in divisions/finals and 10-5-2 for the top three finishers in eliminations/legs). Winbak Farms is the sponsor for the 2014 Grand Circuit awards. Here are the leaders following the past weekend: Drivers: 1. Yannick Gingras - 166; 2. George Brennan - 129.5; 3. Tim Tetrick - 85; 4. Brian Sears - 67; 5. Daniel Dube - 60. Trainers: 1. Ron Burke - 280.5; 2. PJ Fraley - 130; 3. Joe Holloway - 72; 4. Rene Allard - 60; 5. Ben Wallace - 30.5. Owners: 1. Bamond Racing - 116; 2t. Burke Racing - 77.2; 2t. Weaver Bruscemi - 77.2; 4. Brad Grant - 34.5; 5. Diamond Creek Racing - 23.5. Looking ahead: Grand Circuit action will again take place next weekend at Meadowlands Racetrack, with the John Simpson Memorial Stakes for 3-year-old colt and filly trotters, the W.N. Reynolds Memorial for 3-year-old filly pacers, eliminations for the Arthur Cutler Memorial for older trotters and a leg of the TVG FFA Series for open pacers. Paul Ramlow Grand Circuit Publicity Director    

DOVER, Del.---- There was a mild surprise in the Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) Three-Year-Old Filly pace final, Fashion Guru went right to the front for Tim Tetrick and never looked back fashioning a 1:54.3 triumph in the first of four $100,000 DSBF finals this week. On the regular card, Spend It All won the $24,000 Mares Open pace on a drizzling Monday, April 7 at Dover Downs. Driver Ron Pierce won four races. Second in both her $20,000 preliminaries, this time the Ben Stafford trained filly for Winbak Farm, took control early with a :26.3 opening panel and continued on for her fourth win with four seconds in nine lifetime starts. The Rustler Hanover-Natural Luck homebred now has boosted her career earnings to $75,925. Jonigold (Corey Callahan), who left from the outside but relinquished the lead to Fashion Guru, was second. Megginspin (Ron Pierce) closed for third money. Fashion Guru went off at odds of 4-1 and paid $10.00 to win. The public-choice, Seboomook Fool Yah (Allan Davis), had won both her prelims impressively, but after making an unsuccessful bid on the backstretch flattened out finished off the board for the first time in her 13 race career. In the $20,000 DSBF consolation, Corey Callahan took Treasure Valley to the front and then had to ward off a challenge from Juliana's Director on the backstretch before pulling away to a 1:57.2 victory. The Roddy's Bags Again-Fox Valley Hooker filly is trained by Del Cote for owners Henry Faragalli III, Trevor Johnson and Joe Thomson. Hen's Playmate (Eddie Davis Jr.) came on to finish second in front of Crushed Again (Vic Kirby). Reversing racing positions from the previous two weeks, Jeremes Sweetheart and Ron Pierce cut out the fractions with Spend It All getting a 2-hole trip in the $24,000 Mares Open pace. This week, it was Spend It All, and driver Jim Morand, that took the passing lane route and came away with a 1:54 victory. Les Givens conditions the Tell All-Dream Card four-year-old to her first win of the year and 17th of a two-year career. Spend It All, owned by Brooke Givens and Steve Head, has earned $163,290 lifetime. Alexachase (Bret Brittingham) was first over again and had to settle for third. Scootin For Joy came out of third half way down the stretch then won the foot race to the finish line in 1:53.1 to win the $17,500 Mares Winners-Over pace. Ron Pierce picked up his third win of the day guiding the four-year-old Western Paradise-Scooting Annie daughter to her fourth win of the year for trainer Pete Tritton and owner Harry von Knoblauch. Lloyd's Lady (Montrell Teague) sat second from the start and finished second with front-pacing Pacific Wine (Corey Callahan) having to finish third. Pierce led all drivers with four trips to the winner's circle; meet leader Callahan had a triple. 100,000 DSBF 3YO Filly Trot final Tuesday Eight start in the $100,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) Three-Year-Old Filly Trot Final, the Tuesday, April 8 feature race during Dover Downs final week of racing this meet. Last week - trainer, driver and co-owner Art Stafford Jr. with Wyatt Starkey - guided Overnight Hit to a mild upset overtaking favorite JJ&M Stable, Richard Lombardo and breeder Pam Wagner’s Kelsey’s Commando and Vic Kirby, for the 1:58 victory. Meanwhile, Stop The Jade Farm’s Bella’s Spunkin, driven by Allan Davis, scored his second straight prelim victory. The other $20,000 DSBF prelim was won by 30-1 longshot Onery Inc.’s Even Brighter piloted by Bret Brittingham. The rest of the contenders are; Lowe Walker and ONB’s Gogh Gogh teamed with Tony Morgan; Ed and Karen Wells’ Oso Grateful and George Dennis, Way Over Paid, owned, trained and driven by Bryan Truitt burdened by outside post 8 and Limborghini with Eddie Davis Jr. bred and trained by Andy Markano and co-owners E.L. Goans and V.P. Schoeffel. The final week of Dover Downs’ 45th season presents a $100,000 DSBF Final for sophomore male trotters on Wednesday. The $100,000 colt and gelding final is the closing day headliner on Thursday. by Marv Bachrad, for Dover Downs

DOVER, Del. ---- Bestofthebunch and Thetruthaboutdavid, both were beaten favorites last time out, head separate Delaware $9,500 3,4&5-Year-Old Male pace divisions on Sunday, March 16 at Dover Downs. After winning two of three 2014 starts, Bestofthebunch, who was beaten by a neck last week and in both of his recent starts, must overcome starting for post 8 in the nine-horse field of younger horses. Ron Pierce will drive for trainer Trish Foulk and owner Foulk Stables. Two of the gelding's rivals won last time out; Jeff Franklin and LeBlanc Racing's Reindance with Ross Wolfenden, the only other three-year-old in the lineup, and Brenda Teague's Sink The McBismark, handled by Montrell Teague. Trainer Lauren Allen's Public Enemy, reined by Vic Kirby, heads the opposition. In the other 3,4&5-year-old section, George Teague's Thetruthaboutdavid (M.Teague), a two-time winner this year and beaten favorite last start, drew the rail, with his expected stiffest opponents starting alongside; Louis Catana's Pantheon Seelster (Jonathan Roberts), Lauren Allen's On The Horizon (Wolfenden) and William Moffett Inc.'s Leyden (Allan Davis), from posts 2,3 and 4 respectively. Driver Jack Parker and Carol Parker's Suits and Arty Foster Jr.'s Champion's Club (Trace Tetrick) have upset credentials. by Marv Bachrad, for Dover Downs

DOVER, Del.---- For the third consecutive start, Tina Clark and Joe Clark's Baximum came on strongly to win the $20,000 Open Trot/Handicap over a 'sloppy track' on Wednesday, March 12 at Dover Downs. As has been usual, Baximum began his move after the first half mile. Daryl Bier ushered the Cantab Hall-Bax Machine veteran up on the outside in mid-backstretch picking up steam to go into the lead approaching the final turn and then waltzed home in a 1:55 mile. I'm So Striking (Eddie Dennis) last turning for home dashed home to finish second with Struttin Conway (Ron Pierce) taking the show payoff. Baximum, conditioned by Bobby Clark, has assembled a 2014 record of five of seven times in the money and won $34,290 in purses. His career bankroll is $457,014. After making a misstep last time out, Jailhouse Juice returned to the winning track disposing of eight rivals for a 1:54.4 victory in the semi-feature $15,000 4&5-Year-Old Winners-Over trot. Trainer-driver Toby Lynch got the Jailhouse Jesse-Wine Cup gelding to the top and he stayed there for his third win of the year. Ideal Revenue (George Dennis) came from far back to edge Six Gun Hall (Allan Davis) for second. Toby, and son Jason, Lynch owned the winner of $27,365 this year and $100,952 lifetime. Corey Callahan drove three winners; Trace Tetrick, Ron Pierce, Tony Morgan and G. Dennis had two win each. Mustang Art seeks repeat in Delaware Special Wednesday Mustang Art drew the outside facing Nova Artist and All Stienam this week after winning the last $27,500 Delaware Special/Handicap, this week’s feature on Thursday, March 13 at Dover Downs. Post time is 4:30 p.m. Max Walton and Greg Papaleo’s Mustang Art sat behind front pacing Nova Artist driven by Allan Davis for Eddie and Kathy Davis’ Nova Artist until the stretch before recording his second victory of the year. Sean Bier drove Heavenly Way’s Jeremy’s Successor to a third-place finish in front of Brit Evans and Foulk Stables’ Full Of Sand, and Corey Callahan.  Not to be overlooked in the fast field are J,J&M Stable and Green Racing’s All Stienam with Ross Wolfenden; Ed Gannon’s Artists Rally, handled by Trace Tetrick;  Kovach Stable’s Feel Like A Fool driven by George Dennis, and Peter Tritton’s Malak Uswaad N, piloted by Tony Morgan. John Cancelliere’s Emeritus Maximus (Pierce), last week’s winner starts from the outside in the $17,500 4&5-Year-Old Open/Handicap pace facing Jim Berndt’s Ice Scraper (Roger Plante) and Baron Racing’s EZ Noah (A.Davis) in the seven-horse field on a strong supporting card. by Marv Bachrad, for Dover Downs

Perfect Alliance completed her sweep of the Charles Singer Memorial with dominant 1:52.2 stakes record performance in the $53,200 final for Andy Miller. Sent away as the overwhelming 1/5 betting choice, Perfect Alliance followed Time To Quit around the first turn before brushing to the top before the 55- half. Ray Hall ranged up first over for Tetrick and pressed the leader toward the 1:24- three quarters before Perfect Alliance kicked it into another gear and drew out to an open length win under minimal urging in the record mile. Longshot Little Bitty Lies rallied late for Marcus Miller to take the place and Time To Quit stuck around for third. The winner is trained by Julie Miller for owners Meadowlands Racing Entertainment Chairman Jeff Gural (racing under Little E, LLC), General Manager & CEO Jason Settlemoir, Dave Stolz and Art Geiger. Julie Miller was beaming with pride in the winners circle. "She was unbelievable tonight," said Miller. "I couldn't be more excited. She had a great week, was training great all week and she raced great tonight." Miller confirmed the Bobby Weiss will be next on her mare's agenda. National Debt continued the parade of unbeaten prospects when he captured the $60,500 Buddy Gilmour pacing series final in Saturday's eleventh race. Driver Tim Tetrick protected the eventual winner's position from the rail, allowing second choice Capital Account a short lead before retaking before the 55.2 half. The winner faced token pressure through the 27.4 third panel with Gingras waiting in the pocket with Capital Account for the homestretch to unleash his colt from the pocket. National Debt had the answer when asked by Tetrick, sprinting home in 27.2 for the 1:50.3 win. Capital Account was a well meant second and Dinner At The Met third. Tetrick was pleased with his colt once again. "A 1:50 mile in March is pretty big," said Tetrick. "He got a little lazy on the lead and he has some things to learn, but the talent is there. Now we just have to see if he can pace in 1:47." National Debt is now six for six in his career and doubled his lifetime earnings with the Gilmour win for owners Kelly Hoerdt, Ema & Blair Corbell and their new partner J & T Silva Stables. Ron Coyne, Jr has been deputized by Hoerdt to tend to his prize pupil while stateside and his work thus far has been impeccable. Total handle for the Saturday program was $3,426,720, which included slight on-track gains. Racing returns Thursday, with a 10-race program and post time at 7:15 P.M. Darin Zoccali    

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