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VERNON, NY—Well Built, Skates N Plates, JK Molly, Bikini So Teeny and Bakersfield were all divisional winners in Friday night’s $88,844 John Simpson Memorial stakes for 2-year-olds at Vernon Downs. The favorite Well Built captured the $14,396 opening division of the Simpson stake for male members of the trotting persuasion with a strong-striding 1:59.3 victory in Friday’s first race. Jim Meittinis did the steering for trainer Chris Ryder as the bay colt rallied from third at the quarter into the top spot before the half, and then remained in charge en route to a 1-1/4 length score over the second-choice, Resolve. It was the second win, coupled with a trio of second-place finishes in nine starts for the strong son of Muscle Hill-Working Girl, who has earned nearly $36,900 this season for co-owner Ryder and his partner Robert Mondillo. In the $14,396 second division of the freshman colt and gelding trot, race three, Skates N Plates front-ended his way to a 1:56.3 score over the crowd’s choice, Starsaboveallerage, who finished a half-length back in second. It was the first career triumph for the bay son of Revenue S-Pleasure Skate, who now spots a 1-2-1 summary line and earnings of $26,233 in 13 outings for owner Robert J. Key. Chris Lems did the teaming for trainer Paul Reid. JK Molly, who owns the fastest mile by a 2-year-old pacing filly here in 2013 on the strength of a 1:52.1 performance back on Sept. 6, secured her second Vernon victory and improved her performance line to 5-1-2 after 10 trips to the track following a 1:54 score in Friday’s $26,766 fifth contest. The tomboy filly advanced from second into the lead early in the mile and continued on to a front-ending 1:54 tally over the favorite, Ideal Helen. Roman Lopez did the piloting for trainer Ron Burke as the daughter of Art Major-Heather’s Western raised here career winnings to $128,766 for the 3 Brothers Stables. Fourth choice in the wagering, Bikini So Teeny turned in a career-best 1:56.4 showing in race seven, the $27,366 filly trot. Trainer Charlie Norris was at the controls as the daughter of Yankee Glide-Momsgotitgoinon gained the upper hoof going to the half and continued on to record a head triumph over the second-choice, Ruby. The favorite, Annie’s List, ended up third. It marked the maiden victory for the bay filly, who also displays a pair of second-place finishes, a third and winnings of $29,149 after 11 starts for owners Carrie Norris, Neal Goldman and Harold “Bud” Coughlin. In the $27,591 2-year-old male pace, race 10, the crowd’s pick, Bakersfield, raced like he was the best, and then proved it with a gate-to-wire 1:54 victory. Andy Miller did the honors for trainer Jimmy Takter as the quick-striding son of American Ideal-Ride The Skies dominated through splits of :28.4, :58.2 and 1:26.4 en route to a 1-1/4 length tally over second choice Beat The Drum. It was the third tally, coupled with a second and two third in 11 tries for the career-winner of more than $51,100, who is shared in ownership by the Brittany Farms, Joe Sbrocco and John Fodera. In Friday’s $12,000 ninth race, the week’s Open trot, newcomer Picture This rallied from third entering the stretch drive and came on in a :28.4 final quarter to defeat The Triple Lindy by a neck. The fast-closing finish resulted in the fifth season’s score and the sixth lifetime win for the career-winner of more than $305,700, who is owned by Leonard Buckner. The win behind Picture This gave trainer and driver Norris a triple during Friday’s 12-race program. Chris Lems logged his meet-leading 23rd double of Vernon’s 85-card campaign, while two win performances were also registered by Roman Lopez, and trainer/driver Claude Huckabone, III. DOWNS DOINGS The Regina Dewhurst-owned trotter Ziegler Hanover recorded his meet-leading 10th victory after a 1:57.2 outing in Friday’s sixth session. Lems drove for trainer Dave Dewhurst, who is currently second on the season’s conditioning chart with 35 tallies… The winningest pacer at the meet is Hot Cowboy with seven scores… The Downs will offer simulcast wagering on the remaining 2013 Breeders Cup thoroughbred championship races on Saturday afternoon (1:15 p.m. post time)… Saturday night’s 13-race live program, which features a $12,000 Open pace in the seventh event, will get underway with a special 6 p.m. post time… Only three live racing dates remain during the track’s 60th anniversary season that continues through Nov. 9… Vernon’s program for Friday, Nov. 8 will start at 6:45 p.m., but the card for Saturday, Nov. 9 will begin at 6 p.m…. A revised 2013, 88-program racing and stakes calendar, as well as additional information regarding Vernon Downs, its casino, hotel, racing and promotional events can be obtained at Jim Moran  

Brittany Stallion Management announced today that World Champion racehorse and sire Glidemaster is being relocated to Winbak Farm of New York. Winbak will be assuming managerial duties for the stallion, whose fee will remain at $4,000. Glidemaster’s trainer and shareholder Blair Burgess said the move is a great fit. “Glidemaster sires outstanding gate speed and half-mile track ability, and his offspring are known for not making breaks over the half,” Burgess said. “His colts and fillies will be terrific candidates to be successful in the New York Sire Stakes.” Glidemaster becomes the ninth addition to the stallion barn at Winbak of New York. “We’re glad the opportunity presented itself to stand a ‘Horse of the Year’ and a sire who’s already producing world-class trotters. We’re excited to have him,” said Winbak owner Joe Thomson. Thomson added that Winbak will offer its full support of the stallion in terms of breeding mares to him and promoting him. Glidemaster 2,1:55.3; 3,1:51 earned close to $2-million during his racing career. He was a World Champion and Triple Crown winner who captured the Hambletonian in stakes record time. He was an overwhelming selection as “Horse of the Year” in 2006. Leading his progeny in 2013 earnings is World Champion and two-time Breeders Crown Champion Maven 2,1:56f; 3,1:52.3; 1:51.4h ($1,379,969). Winbak Farm  

This Week: Kindergarten Series finals, Vernon Downs, Vernon, N.Y; Messenger and Lady Maud eliminations, Yonkers Raceway, Yonkers, N.Y.; and Madison County and Circle City, Hoosier Park, Anderson, Ind. Schedule of events: Vernon Downs will host the championship finals of the Kindergarten Series for 2-year-old colt and filly trotters on Friday (Oct. 25). The colts will race for a purse of $217,500 and the fillies will chase a $206,000 payday. Yonkers Raceway on Saturday (Oct. 26) will host a pair of $40,000 eliminations for the Messenger Stake, the third and final leg of Pacing's Triple Crown for 3-year-olds. The companion Lady Maud for 3-year-old pacing fillies will also have a pair of eliminations, with each carrying a purse of $20,000. Hoosier Park will host six Grand Circuit stakes events on Saturday (Oct. 26), with each carrying an estimated purse of $65,000. The Madison County will be contested for 2-year-olds of both sexes and gaits, while the Circle City will be held for 3-year-old pacing and trotting colts. Complete entries for the races are available at this link. Last time: The 12 Breeders Crown championship finals were raced this past Saturday night at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs and there were very few surprises; especially when it comes to clearing up the Horse of the Year picture. Bee A Magician, Captaintreacherous and I Luv The Nitelife, the top three horses in the Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll, were all impressive winners in their respective Crown finals. "Bee A Magician just coasts away," is how track announcer Jim Beviglia saw the finish of the $500,000 Breeders Crown for 3-year-old trotting fillies on Saturday, as Bee A Magician, driven by Brian Sears, made her season a perfect 15 for 15. Bee A Magician took the lead from Frau Blucher (Ron Pierce), who held it momentarily after a bold move to the front off the gate, and was never headed through fractions of :27 to the quarter, :55.2 to the half, 1:24 at the three-quarters and 1:52.4 for the win by 4-1/2 lengths on the sloppy track. Frau Blucher was second and Southwind Cocoa was third. Bee A Magician is trained by Richard "Nifty" Norman for owners David McDuffee, Mel Hartman and Herb Liverman. She has now earned $1,359,184 this year and $2,125,836 lifetime. She has 25 victories in 28 career starts. Captaintreacherous won for the sixth consecutive time, holding off Sunshine Beach in the stretch to win the $500,000 Breeders Crown for 3-year-old male pacers by a neck in 1:49.2 over a sloppy track. Lucan Hanover finished third. Captaintreacherous is a nose from being undefeated this season. His other wins include the $980,000 North America Cup, $635,750 Meadowlands Pace, $500,000 Max C. Hempt Memorial, $360,211 Cane Pace and a $215,500 division of the Tattersalls Pace. Sunshine Beach handed a first-over Captaintreacherous his only loss by a nose in the $500,000 Battle of the Brandywine in a world-record-equaling 1:47.4 mile. Captaintreacherous has won 12 of 13 races this year, with earnings of $1,874,273. I Luv The Nitelife made it 12 consecutive wins with a powerful pocket-trip win in the $500,000 Breeders Crown final for 3-year-old filly pacers in 1:50. Authorize was second with Aunt Caroline third. Chris Ryder trains I Luv The Nitelife for co-owners Richard and Joanne Young. He sent a filly into the Breeders Crown final that hadn't raced since winning the Jugette on Sept. 18. The daughter of Rocknroll Hanover-Lisjune had qualified at Pocono on Oct. 3 and Oct. 10. Complete recaps of all the races are available at the Grand Circuit website. Grand Circuit Standings: In 2013, the Grand Circuit leaders in three categories (driver, trainer and owner) will 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). Hanover Shoe Farms is the sponsor for the 2013 Grand Circuit awards. Here are the leaders following the past weekend: Drivers: 1. Yannick Gingras - 1,563; 2. Tim Tetrick - 1,396; 3. David Miller - 968; 4. Brian Sears - 652.5; and 5. Ron Pierce - 632.5. Trainers: 1. Ron Burke - 1,449.5; 2. Jimmy Takter - 1,054.5; 3. Linda Toscano - 468.5; 4. Jonas Czernyson - 412.5; and 5. Tony Alagna - 401. Owners: 1. Burke Racing - 322.2; 2. Weaver Bruscemi - 302.75; 3. Brittany Farms - 235.1; 4. Frank Bellino - 228.5; and 5. WJ Donovan - 217.75. Looking ahead: A busy weekend of Grand Circuit action will take place at Vernon Downs, Yonkers Raceway, Hoosier Park and Balmoral Park as the calendar turns to November. Vernon will host the John Simpson Staakes for 2-year-olds of both sexes and gaits, Yonkers will have the Messenger and Lady Maud finals for 3-year-old pacers; Hoosier Park will contest the Elevation for 2-year-old colt pacers, the Carl Erskine (formerly the Oliver Trot) for 3-year-old trotters, the Monument Circle for 3-year-old pacers, the Hoosier Park Pacing Derby (formerly the Indiana Pacing Derby) for free for all pacers, and divisions of the Circle City for 3-year-old filly pacers and trotters. Balmoral Park will race American-National eliminations for 2-year-old colt and filly pacers. by Paul Ramlow for the Grand Circuit  

Brittany Stallion Management announced this morning that the book for World Champion pacing sire American Ideal is now open for 2014, with his fee set at $10,000 ($7,500 in 2013) for next year. He stands at Blue Chip Farms in New York. In making the announcement, Brittany manager Art Zubrod noted that the stallion is enjoying one of his best years at the sales, while his offspring continue to add to his long list of credits on the racetrack. “American Ideal came away from the gate as a sire with 2-year-old champions, and year after year he continues to add to his siring accomplishments,” Zubrod said. “With his two year old He’s Watching setting a world mark and going undefeated this year, and the big bump in his yearling average in Lexington, he’s certainly established himself as an elite sire,” he continued. American Ideal is the sire of four millionaires in American Jewel, Heston Blue Chip, Idyllic and Romantic Moment, and 2013 stakes standouts that include Adios and Tattersalls Pace winner Sunfire Blue Chip p,3,1:48.3f ($607,299) and undefeated New York Sire Stakes Champion and World Champion He’s Watching p,2,1:50f ($291,722). He led all pacing sires at the recent Lexington Selected Sale in percentage of yearling average increase from 2012 to 2013, with his yearling average up 35 percent over last year. Those were led by his filly MTV Blue Chip, who sold for $145,000. Information and a booking application for American Ideal and all the Brittany stallions are available on the Brittany Stallion Management website, Brittany Stallion Management

Multiple World Champion and 2012 Meadowlands Pace winner A Rocknroll Dance has been retired from racing and will begin his stud career in 2014 at Diamond Creek Farm of Pennsylvania, according to Diamond Creek owner Adam Bowden. A Rocknroll Dance p,2,1:49.1; 3,1:48.1f; 4,1:47.2-’13, by Rocknroll Hanover and from a half-sister to supersire Western Hanover, won $2,429,441 and was the first horse in history to take three consecutive sub-1:48 wins. Those scores came this year in an invitational at Pocono (1:47.4f) and then the elim and final of the $651,000 Canadian Pacing Derby (1:47.3-1:47.2). He established World Records as a four year old on both five-eighths and half-mile tracks. His 1:49.1 world mark on a half was taken winning the Battle Of Lake Erie at Northfield over Foiled Again, and his 1:47.4 world mark on a five-eighths came in the invite at Pocono. In addition, he set the pace for World Record miles for Bolt The Duer as a three year old (1:47.4f in the Adios Final) and Pet Rock as a four year old (1:47.2f at Scioto). He would later defeat all three of those horses in his tour de force winning the Canadian Pacing Derby at Mohawk in track and Canadian record time. “I think fans know he was among the fastest of a tremendous group of FFA pacers this year,” Bowden said. “But his speed didn’t develop late… he won the Metro elim and the Governor’s Cup at two in 1:49.1 and 1:51, and at three he won the Meadowlands Pace and Battle of Brandywine in identical times of 1:48.1.” Bowden noted that the horse had evidently suffered an earlier undiagnosed injury, perhaps after his last race in Lexington, which led to a subpar performance in the recent Breeders Crown elim. Bowden said A Rocknroll Dance is now being syndicated, and that his fee will be announced soon. *video attached - A Rocknroll Dance winning the 2012 Meadowlands Pace * * *  END  * * * Diamond Creek Farm  

HARRISBURG PA, October 15 , 2013 The Keystone Chapter of the United States Harness Writers Association is pleased to announce the first inductees into the Pennsylvania Harness Racing Hall of Fame. They are: BOWMAN BROWN SR. ROGER HUSTON MAX C. HEMPT DELVIN MILLER DAVE PALONE ED RYAN LAWRENCE SHEPPARD JOHN SIMPSON SR. PAUL E. SPEARS MARY MC CUNE (veteran) All but Mary McCune were elected by the membership of the Keystone Chapter from a list of candidates prepared by the Chapters Hall of Fame Committee. This Committee also selected Ms. McCune as a Veteran honoree by the Hall for her achievements in the sulky sport before the modern pari-mutuel era. This format will be used for the first couple years of selecting inductees; after a large part of the sports modern pioneers have been honored, the intake each season will be smaller. A Keystone Chapter website, focusing on honoring this initial Pennsylvania Hall of Fame class, is currently under construction. There will be ceremonies at tracks and other important gatherings honoring Hall of Famers of a particular area in the next few months. A search for a place for a permanent display honoring the Pennsylvania Harness Hall of Famers would benefit from any and all suggestions. Here are brief biographies of the inaugural Pennsylvania Harness Hall of Famers (much longer bios, giving more idea of the depth and breadth these Hall of Famers had on Keystone harness racing, will appear on the shortly-following website): BOWMAN BROWN SR. President of the important trade publication The Harness Horse; vice-president of the sales company holding the huge annual autumn auction in Harrisburg PA; breeder of top sires Hickory Smoke (a Hambletonian winner) and Hickory Pride. ROGER HUSTON The Voice of Harness Racing; racecaller and TV host at The Meadows racetrack; announcer for the Little Brown Jug and Grand Circuit Week in Delaware OH; master statistician; probably the most-traveled and busiest racing announcer in the sports history. MAX C. HEMPT Founder and operator of Hempt Farms, the Home of the Keystones, with the likes of Horse of the Year Keystone Ore going on to be champions. Owned Hambletonian winner Stenographer. Influential and longtime member of the sports leading organizations. A 68 talented amateur driver, DELVIN MILLER Mr. Harness Racing, Harness Racings Good Will Ambassador. Master horsemen in eight different decades. Founded The Meadows. Stood Adios, arguably the sports most influential sire. Introduced many celebrities to the sport. Suggested Meadowlands be a mile track. Friend to all. DAVE PALONE - The leading dashwinning driver of all-time in North America, with over 16,000 visits to the winners circle, and fast closing in on the world record of the German Heinz Wewering, which will likely be about 17,000 when Dave goes even. Has led the Meadows driving ranks for over two decades. ED RYAN A leader in the home construction business, Ryan and business associate Joe Hardy purchased The Meadows in the 1970s, and under Ryans stewardship The Meadows helped usher in the eras of telephone wagering and television broadcasting. Also a noted amateur driver. LAWRENCE SHEPPARD The pioneer of the Hanover Shoe Farms dynasty, Simpson began with the 1926 purchase of the Cox disbursal to acquire the top broodmares and, later, stallions, to build the leading Standardbred nursery in the world. President (1950-1958) of the U.S. Trotting Association. JOHN SIMPSON SR. A top-level horseman when joining the Hanover team as trainer/driver, Simpson continued to produce champions, and then became Lawrence Sheppards personal choice to take on oversight of the entire Hanover dynasty. Sire of two national Hall of Famers, John Jr. and Jim. PAUL E. SPEARS Parlayed his entre to Hanover as an accountant into progressively-more responsible positions in Hanover administration, rising to the farms President and Chairman, and in the Sales Company management. The most successful high-level amateur driver of the last 50 years. MARY MC CUNE (Veteran) A driving force behind the promotion of amateur racing across the country for the first half of the 20th century. Set a world record to wagon for an amateur, the 2:05 with the trotter Mignola when Ms. McCune was only 17 years old. by Jerry Conners for the Keystone Chapter USHWA  

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, September 28, 2013-Yonkers Raceway Saturday night hosted the richest night of racing in the state, the 24th edition of the New York Night of Champions. The $1.8 million event offered eight, $225,000 sire stakes finals for 2-and 3-year-olds of both sexes and gaits. So as to offend anyone, here's the chronologically-compiled skinny... Crawford Farms 2-Year-Old Colt/Gelding Trot- Flyhawk El Durado (Mark MacDonald, $10.60) took  the house from post position No. 4 (29.2; 1:00.2; 1:29.3; 1:58) for a fifth consecutive (NYSS) win. His dead-heat dance partner of a week ago here, Credit Fashion (Brian Sears), chased this night from the pocket, but missed a neck as the 2-5 choice. Cash Me Out (Mickey McGivern) rallied from third from the eight-hole. For second choice "El Durado," a s son of Conway Hall owned by Martin Scharf and trained by Mark Ford, he is now 6-for-9 this season. The exacta paid $14.60, with the triple returning $108.50. "You never worry about him trotting out of there, and that's a big help," MacDonald said. "He felt good in the lane." Allerage Farm 2-Year-Old Filly Trot-Late-season scourge Market Rally (John Cummings Jr., $10.40), from post No. 5, did her damage from third over. She picked up division leader Maud Blue Chip (Sears) by a neck in 1:59.1. "Maud," the 7-10 favorite, went first up-and-over Flyhawk Falina (Dan Daley) before the three-quarters (:29, :59, 1:29.2), but could not stave off the winner. Exotic Form (Jason Bartlett), stuck in when he entrymate quit on the lead, rallied for third. For third choice Market Rally, a Cash Hall miss ($7,500 @ Morrisville), co-owned by (trainer) Megan Wilson and Johnny Yoder, it was her fourth win in 10 '13 tries (3-for-3 here). The exacta paid $23.20, with the triple returning $47.40. "I just waited for the dust to settle and let her do her thing," Cummings said. "We thought she was a just a good filly from a good family," Wilson said, adding the Breeders Crown may be next on the dance card. Winbak Farm 2-Year-Old Filly Pace-Sweetnsinful (Jimmy Whittemore) tried taking no prisoners (:27.1, 56.2, 1:26), including stuffing a fumbly-gaited Ali Blue (Jim Morrill Jr.) into a three-hole. The two-hole was locked up by Bettor Business (Dan Dube), and wound up serving her well. From post No. 2, Bettor Business ducked inside, getting to the winner and prevailed by three-quarters of a length in a maiden-breaking 1:54.2. Ali Blue, as the 4-5 choice, was third. For fourth choice Bettor Business, a daughter of Bettor's Delight ($42,000 @ Harrisburg) co-owned (as Triple D Stables) by trainer Scott DiDomenico and JFE Enterprises, she returned $27.40 (partnered with Scandalicious) for that initial win in nine seasonal tries. The exacta paid $138.50, with the triple returning $124. Stirling Brook Farms 3-Year-Old Filly Trot-The aptly-named--and odds-on--Bouncing Bax (Bartlett, $2.70), who began the season losing her first nine races, romped to a fifth consecutive win (:28.4, :59, 1:27.2, 1:56.2), From post No. 4, she took over from Barn Babe (Cummings Jr.), then "ran away" and hid. The margin was fourth lengths in a life-best effort. Second went to Royal Malinda (Daley), with Alphadoodle (MacDonald) third. For Bouncing Bax, a Credit Winner lass ($30,000 @ Harrisburg) trained by Jim Raymer for Harbor Racing Stable, the resume is five wins in 14 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $16.40, with the triple returning $47. Morrisville College Equine Institute 3-Year-Old Colt/Gelding Trot-Crazy About Pat (Eric Goodell, $8.50) could not have asked for a better set-up. From post No. 4, he was perched In The Pocket as E L Rocket (George Brennan) dealt with a first-up, 7-5 choice Tirade Hanover (Morrill Jr.) through fractions of :27.4, :57.2 and 1:26.3. "Pat" edged off the cones, he edged past Tirade Hanover, winning by a half-length in 1:55, with E L Rocket third. For fourth choice Crazy About Pat, a homebred son of Crazed owned by (co-breeder) Patricia Stable and trained by Noel Daley, he's now 8-for-18 this season. The exacta paid $20.20, with the triple returning $67. "I raced him earlier in the season, and I was very fortunate to get the drive back," Goodell said. "I had the choice to go in and out, and things worked very well. He's a talented colt." Genesee Valley Farm 2-Year-Old Colt/Gelding Pace-What can we say about He's Watching? Try this. An eighth win as many starts, a 1:52.2 track record for his weight class--also matching a world record--after a 6¼ -length beat-down. Leaving from the pole with Morrill Jr. in tow, He's Watching worked around barn buddy Major Trick (Bartlett), then set sails through stations of :28.1, :56.1 and 1:24.4 (equal halves of :56.1 for the 1-9 favorite, after some fast math). Big Boy Dreams (Sears) was a first-up second, with Major Trick third. For He's Watching ($2.20), a son of American Ideal ($3,000 @ Harrisburg) co-owned by (trainer) Dave Menary, Brad Gray and Michael Guerrero, he's now earned $291,722. The exacta (two wagering choices) paid $6.80. "I don't where the bottom is," Morrill said. "He's a small colt, but he doesn't race like one. I was just letting him cruise." "This is the icing for him," Menary said. "He's been life-changing for me. He's probably done for the season, so while the others are down at Lexington, the Breeders Crown and the Matron, we can get a head start toward next season." Cameo Hills Farm 3-Year-Old Filly Pace-Track record-holder for this division, Social Scene (Brennan, $10.20) did her damage as per usual...from off the pace. After Winbak Heavenly (Jim Marohn Jr.) and defending champ Summertime Lea (Morrill Jr.) slugged it out early (:27.1, :55.4), Social Scene--from post No. 6--went up and after the leader. She zipped by 4-5 fave "Lea"--who was bothered by a first-turn breaker--opening five lengths by the 1:23.1 three-quarters. The margin was a half-dozen at the wire in 1:53, with longshots Cheyenne Miriam (Andy Miller), Springforth (Larry Stalbaum) and Ballineen (Sears) upping the exotics. For second choice Social Scene, an American Ideal ma'am ($37,000 @ Lexington) co-owned by West Wins Stable and Steve Calhoun and trained by Casie Coleman, she's won half of her 14 '13 tries. The exacta paid $214.50, the triple returned $2,198 and the superfecta paid $76,990 (base $2 payout, 10-cent ticket paid $3,849.50). Summertime Lea faded to seventh. "When she's right, there's no filly that can hold her out," Brennan said. "She'd has some breathing issues, but she was sharp tonight." Blue Chip Farms 3-Year-Old Colt/Gelding Pace-A third consecutive "lonely horse" to end the sires, as 3-10 choice Fool Me Once (Sears, $2.70) gave nothing else a shot. From post No. 5, it was effortless (:27.2, :56.2, 1:24.3, 1:51.3). The separation was 8½ lengths at the end, with Bettor Than You (Goodell) second at 42-1, ahead of 30-1 Framed Art (MacDonald). For Fool Me Once, a son of Art Major ($70,000 @ Harrisburg) co-owned by (trainer) Mark Austin and Daniel Smith, it was his 10th win in 14 seasonal starts (14-for-24 lifetime, earnings over $612,000). The exacta paid $42.40, with the triple returning $313.50. "He's a cut above the sire stakes horses," Sears said. "He was comfortable and I get let him go on with it." 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 around the NYRA schedule. Frank Drucker

CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — It took two trips to Campbellville, but the province’s top two-year-old pacing and trotting colts wrapped up their Gold Series regular season at Mohawk Racetrack on Saturday evening. After a power outage forced the cancellation of the Friday, Sept. 20 program before all divisions of the last regular season leg could be completed, nine trotting colts and eight pacing colts returned to Mohawk for a pair of non-wagering races just before the Grassroots Championship program got under way on Saturday night. The trotters kicked things off and Guelph resident Doug McNair guided Great White Way to his first provincial victory with a come-from-behind effort. The Deweycheatumnhowe son sprinted home to a one length victory in 1:58, besting Massive Muscles and Massacaia. Richard “Nifty” Norman conditions Great White Way for Fashion Farms LLC of New Hope, PA and will be readying the colt for the Sept. 28 Super Final. The win boosted Great White Way from a four-way tie for twelfth up to second spot in the point standings. Turning for home in the pacing colt division moments later, Doug McNair looked to have a second victory locked up, but leader Three Of Clubs made an unprompted break and went from the front to the back of the field. After making his own error at the start of the race, Arthur Blue Chip took full advantage of his opponent’s miscue and powered up the stretch to a one-half length score in 1:53. Cluster Hanover also closed well to be second, with Marco De Vie completing the top three. Arthur Blue Chip, who was the winner of the Gold Series Mid-Summer Challenge at Mohawk Racetrack in July, finished at the top of the two-year-old pacing colt division with a record of three wins, one second and one sixth in five Gold Series outings. Dr. Ian Moore trains the Shadow Play son for his partners in the Shadow One Stable of Guelph. The top 10 point earners from all eight Gold Series divisions will return to Mohawk Racetrack on Saturday, Sept. 28 for the $1,600,000 Super Final Night. For complete results       Sandr Snyder

YONKERS, NY, Friday, September 20, 2013--Yonkers Raceway Friday night hosted the $227,488 New York Sire Stakes Lew Barasch Trot for 2-year-old colts and geldings. Two, five-horse divisions--at $113,744 each--made up the event, which honored the memory of the iconic Hall of Fame harness publicist from the sport's golden age. Many of "Tootie's" family, including his wife, Bunny, and friends were on hand for winner's circle presentations. The first event that if the camera doesn't lie, in this case it doesn't separate, either. An old-fashioned "heater" between Flyhawk El Durado (Mark MacDonald) and even-money favorite Credit Fashion (Brian Sears). The former, from post position No. 2, led the latter--from post No. 3--through intervals of :30.1, 1:00.0 and 1:30.2. However, Credit Fashion made up a couple of lengths in the lane to match "El Durado" on the money in 1:58.3. The other three entrants broke, with JS Trotting Bob (Jim Morrill Jr.) recovering the grab third. As for the co-stars, third choice Flyhawk El Durado ($3.80 in sharing the win), a Conway Hall colt trained by Mark Ford for owner Martin Scharf, he's now 5-for-8 after a third consecutive win. Credit Fashion ($2.50 in sharing the win), a son of Credit Winner trained by Jim Campbell for owner Fashion Farms, it was his fourth win in nine seasonal starts. The exacta paid $8.80 (Flyhawk El Durado first) and $5.80 (Credit Fashion first), respectively. There was no triple wagering due to the abbreviated assemblage The second grouping had odds-on Cash Me Out (Mickey McGivern) lead from the pole and from the start (:30.4, 1:00.3, 1:29.4, 1:59.3). Bearing out a bit through the lane, he nonetheless defeated a sharp, debuting Expressive Action (Sears) by three-quarters of length, with General Bill Brown (Morrill) third. For Cash Me Out, a son of Cash Hall trained by Cheryl McGivern for owner Traylor Racing, has four wins and two seconds in seven seasonal starts (only board blemish a first-placed-fifth at Saratoga last week). The exacta paid $17.20, while, again, there was no triple wagering. Friday night's pair of $37,000 Open Handicaps were won by ... Filly and Mare Pace, a from-last Hula's Z Tam (Pat Lachance, $17) in 1:53.4) Trot, Can I Say (Dan Dube, $8.50) in 1:56.2, now 5-for-5 locally. The $1.8 million New York Night of Champions, with eight, $225,000 sire stakes finals comprising the richest night of racing in the state, is set for Saturday, Sept. 28. Post positions shall be drawn Tuesday afternoon. 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 around the NYRA schedule. Frank Drucker

The final drivers have been announced for the 68th Little Brown Jug. In the second elimination David Miller has selected Lucan Hanover (post #4). Beach Memories (post #5) will have the services of Yannick Gingras. Urbanite Hanover (post #7) will be driven by Ron Pierce. In the final $58,939 elimination, Andy Miller will stay with Johny Rock (post #4) allowing Corey Callahan to pick up the drive with Resistance Futile (post #2). Jug Undercard Filled with Millionares Six millionares are scheduled to compete in the LBJ undercard on Thursday, September 19. A Rocknroll Dance with career earnings of $2.411,629 is the richest of the millionares. He will take on Pet Rock ($1,632, 397) in the $51,250 Winbak Farm Pace. Pet Rock established a new world record of 1:47 2/5 in his last start in the $125,000 Jim Ewart Memorial at Scioto Downs. The win snaped A Rocknroll Dance's three race win streak, all in 1:47 4/5 or better. The $125,000 Ms. Versitility Trot Final will be a showdown between Maven ($1,148,219), Cedar Dove ($1,101,080) and Beatgoeson Hanover ($1,123,580). Fred And Ginger is the lone millionare in the $10,000 Won The West Open pace. A Look Back 50 years at Overtrick, winner of the 1963 LBJ In 1963, Overtrick won the Little Brown Jug against arch rivals Meadow Skipper and Country Don setting seven World Records. Now, 50 years later, Overtrick was enshrined as an Immortal in Harness Racing’s Hall of Fame in Goshen, NY. The bay son of Solicator was bred and owned by Helen R. and Leonard J. Buck of Far Hills, NJ. Foaled in 1960, he was trained and driven by John Patterson, Sr. Overtrick raced from 1962 through 1964 and had a lifetime record of 50-34-10-0 including 15 two-minute miles and career earnings of $407,483. He was also voted "Two-Year-Old Pacer of the Year" in 1962 and "Three-Year-Old Pacer of the Year" in 1963. In 1962, no two-year-old Standardbred had a faster race time on a mile track than Overtrick’s 1:59.4 (tied with Meadow Skipper) and he was sole owner of the fastest two-year-old mile on a half-mile track (2:01.3). Winning efforts that year included the Little Pat Stake, McMahon Memorial and Ohio Standardbred Futurity at the Delaware County Fairgrounds. He finished his freshman season with a 16-10-3-0 record and $40,129 in earnings. In 1963, Overtrick became the fastest Standardbred to ever race on a half-mile track. His 1:57.1 mark in the first heat of the Little Brown Jug would help set seven World Records including the combined two-heat World Record of 3:54.4h. Other wins during his sophomore season included the Liberty Bell, Battle of Saratoga, Hanover-Hempt, Geers and Messenger Stakes. Overtrick finished his sophomore campaign with a 23-16-4-0 record and earnings of $208,833, the most ever for a 3-year-old pacer in a single season. Overtrick finished second to trotting triple crown winner, Speedy Scot in the voting for "Horse of The Year" in 1963. In 1964, Overtrick garnered season’s records for four-year-old horse on both a mile track (1:57.2) and half-mile track (1:59.1). Victories that year included the Realization Pace, International Pace (defeating the Immortal Cardigan Bay at 1 ½ miles) and the 1 ¼ mile Empire Pace. Despite being plagued by various injuries, he finished the season with an 11-8-3-0 record and $158,521 in the bank. Overtrick retired from the track as the ninth-leading money-winning Standardbred of all time. With each season, Overtrick’s winning and in-the-money percentages increased. As a two-year-old his winning percentage was 63 per cent and was in-the-money 81 per cent. As a three-year-old, 70 per cent and 87 per cent, and as a four-year-old, in spite of injuries which led to his premature retirement, his winning percentage was 73 per cent and was first or second in all 11 starts. Overtrick’s lifetime winning percentage of 68 percent compares topped several of his Immortal contemporaries, such as Meadow Skipper (44 per cent), Cardigan Bay (54 per cent in U.S.), and Bye Bye Byrd (52 per cent). Overtrick retired to stud at Lana Lobell Farm in Pennsylvania. He sired winners of over $22 million with one in 1:55—Shadydale Trixie, p,6, 1:54.3 $255,223—and 81 in 2:00. But his legacy was through his daughters. He was a top broodmare sire with over 600 two-minute credits. His daughters have produced winners of over $68 million, including Falcon Seelster p,3,1:51h ($1,121,045) and trotter Sandy Bowl 4,T1:54.1 ($1,299,199). Overtrick is the sire of Gidget Lobell, dam of No Nukes p,3,T1:52.1. In 1975, Overtrick was exported to Australia where he died in 1982 at the age of 22. Tom White, Publicity Director Emeritus

CAMPBELLVILLE, September 13 – After finding the wire first in 1:52.4 in his elimination, Your So Vain marked himself as a top threat for this year’s edition of the $686,000 Canadian Trotting Classic final, Saturday at Mohawk. The trotting son of Donato Hanover will look for his Third Straight win for driver Randy Waples. Trained by Brad Maxwell and owned by Paul and Glenn Van Camp (P G Van Camp Stables), Your So Vain has a record of 3-2-0 from seven starts this season along with $98,118 in earnings. Following last weeks elimination win, Paul Van Camp spoke about Your So Vain. To watch the video, click this link. by Greg Gangle for WEG  

The Zeke Parker countdown is over. On Thursday afternoon ( September 12) Parker won a pair of races at Monticello Raceway and in doing so he passed Walter Case, Jr. in career driving victories and became the sixth winningest driver in the sport. Parker now has driven 11039 winners in his career one better than Case’s total. A 2:01.1 victory with trotter Hardrock Kid in the fifth race brought Parker even with Case at 11038 and Zeke’s milestone triumph MD Bee Bee gave him sole possession of sixth place on the North American career leaderboard. The pacer, owned by John Stubits of nearby Liberty, NY, was sent off the prohibitive favorite in the race in which a sudden cloudburst, with thunder and lightning, sent the parading horses back to the paddock until the downpour passed. Back on the track the pacers headed for the starting gate and when the race was off Parker and MD Bee Bee paced to the front and made every pole a winning one en route to a 1:56.2 triumph. “I proud of what I have accomplished so far and hope to continue driving for many years,” said the 59 year old Maine native. “Being sixth all-time is a great but I feel bad for Casey. Except for a few a starts at Plainridge a few years ago he has driven a horse in nearly 10 years. Imagine how many races he would have won if he was still driving.” Although Parker stole the headlines of the day Jimmy Taggart, Jr. had an outstanding afternoon by reining five winners on the card. He won with Mike Sorentino and Frank Canzone’s, Game Jocko ($6.20) i in 1:57.1 in thwe third and c ame back in the next race to rein Winbak Farm’s and Rebecca Williams’ sophomore trotter, US Goalie, to a 2:03.1 triumph Taggart then won the eight with Brenda Messenger’s Lauxmont Capri ($5.00) in 1:55.3 and then copped the ninth with 3-year-old trotter Let’s Just Dance ($15.80) in 2:03.4, whose also owned by Brenda Messenger. Taggart finished his afternoon win skein witjh 2:00.2 victory with Jack & Rose DeLuca’s Another Mike ($5.30). With his five victories on Thursday Taggart has reined 182 winners this year and raised his lifetime total to 3051. Also of note was Bruce Aldrich, Jr.’s four-bagger on the card. With those wins Aldrich is now fifth in races won on the North American leaderboard with 419 John Manzi

VERNON, NY—The favorite Maud Blue Chip continued her winning ways with a career-best 1:58 performance in a division of Thursday night’s $109,124 New York Sires Stakes feature for 2-year-old filly trotters at Vernon Downs. Competing against eight eager rivals over a rain-affected good track in Thursday’s ninth race, Maud Blue Chip rallied from fourth at the half to become a challenging second entering the final quarter. With Tyler Buter doing the teaming for trainer Chuck Sylvester, the steady-striding brown filly turned on the speed in the stretch and defeated Market Rally by 1-3/4 lengths. It was the Third Straight NYSS score, and the fourth win (coupled with a pair of third-place finishes) in six starts for the quick-footed daughter of Credit Winner-Queen of the Moor, who increased her winnings to $126,639 for owners Melvin Hartman, David H. Mc Duffee and Jeff Gural’s Little E LLC stable. Thursday’s other NYSS winner was Exotic Form, a representative of the Dan Dailey Stable entry, who also closed late to post a 1:58.2 lifetime-fastest tally in the sixth session. Claude Huckabone, III was at the controls for Daley as the opportunistic bay filly overtook the favorite, Gammy’s Girl, in the final furlong and secured a three-quarter length score, her second NYSS win in succession and third (coupled with a second-place finish and a third) in seven official outings. The fast and fit daughter of Malabar Man-Form Fitting increased her earnings to $103,045 for the Winbak Farm. Thursday’s 12-race program also included three divisions of a $38,200 Excelsior Series contest for state-bred frosh-filly high-steppers. The winners were Ski To The Max (Conway Hall-Enjoy The Sun) in 1:59.3 for driver and trainer Gates Brunet and the Theodore Gewertz, Y. Jean Brunet and Deborah Brunet ownership contingent; Emiliana (Cash Hall-Monalisa Can) in 1:59.3 with Chris Long teaming for trainer Jim Graham and owner Lisa Wyatt, and Holly’s Lightning (Conway Hall-Indigo Sakra) in 2:00.2 for driver/trainer Sam Schillaci and owner Greg Martin. The crowd’s choice Billmar Scooter, making just her second local appearance, delivered a 1:51.2 triumph in Thursday’s $10,000 second race, the week’s Open distaff pace. The hard-hitting 8-year-old mare rallied from fourth in the final quarter to defeat Love You Bye, last week’s victor in this class, by two lengths. It was the fifth current victory and 38th all-time for the bay daughter of Keystone Raider-Its Scooter Time, who is owned by driver Tyler Buter, trained by Amber Buter and owned by the Oldford Farms. In addition to Tyler Buter’s driving double, reinsman Chris Lems collected his meet-leading 19th two-win credit during the track’s 63rd program of 2013. DOWNS DOINGS The Peter Carney-conditioned trotter Rattle On (2:02.1) and Holly’s Lightning (2:00.2) each earned their first pari-mutuel victories during Thursday’s card… The Downs will present a 10-race program starting at 6:45 on Friday night… A revised 2013 racing and stakes calendar, as well as additional information regarding Vernon Downs, its casino, hotel, racing and promotional events can be obtained at Jim Moran  

This week's celebrity sections come from a Dave Briggs. Briggs is the publisher and editor for the Canadian Sportsman magazine. He was presented the Harness Tracks of America's Dan Patch Award for exceptional media, publicity and public relations contributions to the sport of harness racing earlier this year. Little Brown Jug Top 10 Contenders By Dave Briggs - Canadian Sportsman 1. Vegas Vacation inherits top spot after winning the Simcoe and the connections of Captaintreacherous elected not to race in Delaware. Can trainer Casie Coleman win back-to-back Jugs? 2. Sunshine Beach was a solid second to Vegas Vacation for trainer Mark Steacy and has a 1:47.4 mark set a month ago beating Captaintreacherous in the Battle of Brandywine. 3. Sunfire Blue Chip has been a consistent money-maker all year for trainer Jimmy Takter and topped Vegas Vacation in the Adios on July 27. 4. Lucan Hanover, Casie Coleman's other horse, won the New Jersey Classic on Hambletonian Day and has been a solid producer all year. 5. Word Power was just a neck behind Captaintreacherous in the Cane Pace and the Larry Remmen trainee has cashed a check in all but one start this year. 6. Twilight Bonfire was second to Captaintreacherous in the $1 million Pepsi North America Cup in June and the Danny Collins pupil has cashed a cheque in six of the seven starts since. 7. Johny Rock has been a solid performer his last five starts for trainer John Butenschoen. 8. Wake Up Peter is, perhaps, the best winless sophomore pacing colt on the continent. Though a little on the inconsistent side, when he is on, he's near the front-runners. 9. Emeritus Maximus is a sizable longshot, yet the Alagna trainee has been on the board nine times this year in 14 starts against stakes competition and sports a 1:48.4 mile at Pocono. 10. Lonewolf Currier has won a third of his starts, but has been either on or out of it too much to be a serious Jug threat. 1. Vegas Vacation (Last Week #2) Owners: West Wins Stable (ONT), Adriano Sorella (ONT), Anthony Beaton (ONT) & Phyllis Saunders (ONT) Trainer: Casie Coleman Driver: Brian Sears & Scott Zeron Career Earnings: $646,516 Career Mark: 1:48.3 TgDn He won the $114,948 Simcoe Stakes (9/7) at Mohawk Raceway in 1:48.3, equaling his lifetime best. 2. Sunfire Blue Chip (Last Week #5) Owners: Christina Talker (NJ), John & Jim Fielding (ONT), Brixton Medical AB (SWE) and RAW Equine Inc. (ONT) Trainer: Jimmy Takter Driver: Yannick Gingras Career Earnings: $476,819 Career Mark: 1:48.3 Mea The son of American Ideal was third in the Simcoe Stakes on September 7. 3. Sunshine Beach (Last Week #6) Owners: Hudson Standardbred Stable (QUE), Conrad Leber (QUE) and Diane Bertrand (ALB) Trainer: Mark Steacy Driver: Chris Christoforou, Jr./George Brennan Career Earnings: $531,565 Career Mark: 1:47.4 PcD He was second to Vegas Vacation in the Simcoe at Mohawk Raceway (9/7). 4. Johny Rock (Last Week #8) Owners: William C. Wiswell (WI), Jean A. Goehlen (IL) and Eugene W. Schick (IL) Trainer: John Butenschoen Driver: Andy Miller Career Earnings: $387,498 Career Mark: 1:48.0 PcD He set a new lifetime mark with a 1:48 win at Pocono Downs (9/7) in a conditioned event. 5. Lucan Hanover (Last Week #NR) Owners: West Win Stable (ONT) and Christine Calhoun (ONT) Trainer: Casie Coleman Driver: David Miller Career Earnings: $232,284 Career Mark: 1:48.3 M Finished third in a $114,948 division of the Simcoe Stakes (9/7). 6. Twilight Bonfire (Last Week #7) Owners: Robert J. Key (PA) Trainer: Danny Collins Driver: David Miller Career Earnings: $681,489 Career Mark: 1:50.1 Mea Took the fifth spot in the Cane Pace Final at Tioga Downs (9/2). 7. Wake Up Peter (Last Week #3) Owners: Wake Up Peter Partners (IL), Brittany Farms (KY), Louis Willinger (KY) and Eagles Soar Partners (NY) Trainer: Tony Alagna Driver: Ron Pierce Career Earnings: $532,680 Career Mark: Q1:50.0 M The son of Rocknroll Hanover has yet to win in 2013. He could set Jug history with a win. 8. Word Power (Last Week #9) Owner: Bradley Grant (ONT) Trainer: Larry Remmen Driver: Jody Jamieson Career Earnings: $225,802 Career Mark: 1:49.4 M He was just a nose short of an upset of Captaintreacherous in the Cane Pace Final. 9. Odds On Equuleus (Last Week #NR) Owners: Odds On Racing (IL) Trainer: Tony Alagna Driver: John Campbell Career Earnings: $622,801 Career Mark: 1:50.0 M Recently moved to the Tony Alagna Barn. He only has a couple of weeks to straighten him out. 10. Lonewolf Currier (Last Week #10) Owners: Francis Azur (PA) Trainer: Kevin McDermott Driver: John Campbell/Jason Bartlett Career Earnings: $274,495 Career Mark: 1:48.4 Mea Did not race last week. By Jay Wolf – Little Brown Jug Publicity Director  

Saratoga kicked off the first Wednesday of the fall racing season with a 15 race card featuring 6 divisions of the New York Sire Stakes for 2 year old trotting fillies. Exotic Form, with trainer/driver Dan Daley in the bike, captured race 13 in 200.3, to claim the winner’s share of the $53,775. purse. Owned by Winbak Farm, the 2 year old Malabar Man filly out of Form Fitting returned a whopping $41.00 to win, the largest payoff of the evenings NYSS races. Other NYSS winners were Sweet Jessie T, Trish and Ski To The Max all competing in the Excelsior Series; and Maud Blue Chip and Gammy’s Girl in the NYSS. Live racing continues Thursday evening with a post time of 6:45 PM. by Dave Oxford

CAMPBELLVILLE, August 28 – Perry Soderberg is usually a man behind the scenes when it comes to recruiting some of harness racing’s great pacers and trotters, but come Saturday evening at Mohawk, he will be square in the spotlight. The native of Sweden spends many of his summer months visiting North America’s top breeding farms in search of future champions. He’s not selecting the youngsters for himself necessarily, but finding top yearlings for the sport’s top owners. But with the up-and-coming Western Vintage, that wasn’t the case. The youngster was a yearling that Soderberg recommended to all of his clients, but when the hammer fell at $7,000 at the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale last year, it was Soderberg who was the purchaser. One year later, the son of Western Ideal is one of the key contenders in the $683,000 Metro Pace, North America’s richest two-year-old pacing event. “What an unbelievable thrill,” Soderberg said, of racing for the rich purse. “There are a lot of other top colts in the race, but I’m also confident in our guy. Like anything else, we’ll need some luck and all we can do is hope for the best.” Western Vintage was a horse of which Soderberg spoke highly, but his clients thought otherwise. “I told all my clients about him, but no one really seemed interested. I knew the family very well because of Vintage Master and Great Vintage, so I knew what type of horse the family has been known to throw. “He was average-size, but has a lot of muscle tone and stood very well,” Soderberg continued. “He did have a scar on his back right ankle, which was maybe why he scared some people away, but not me. He was also New Jersey-bred, which isn’t in demand with the Sires Stakes program, but he was well worth a chance.” The homework Soderberg did last season has allowed him to reap the rewards to himself this season as Western Vintage has banked $117,250 with a 4-0-0 record from five starts. “I’m not one to buy yearlings for myself because that’s not my business. My business is scoping out the yearlings each year and giving my recommendation to my clients and allow them to make their own decisions to hopefully end up with a champion. In this case, my clients knew I recommended the horse, but nobody jumped, so I did.” After Soderberg purchased the youngster, he quickly received a text message from Nancy Johannson Tatker, daughter of Hall of Fame Jimmy Takter. “Nancy messaged me asking if she could train the horse because that was the direction her and her husband, Marcus, were going. I quickly agreed. I’ve known Nancy for 30 years, so it was an obvious fit. She’s done a fabulous job with this horse and deserves a lot of recognition.” Soderberg's main clients that he recruits yearlings for include Takter, Al Libfeld, Marvin Katz and Brittany Farms to name a few. Soderberg’s results at selecting youngsters speaks volumes as he’s recruited Mr Feelgood, Muscle Massive, Passionate Glide, Pampered Princess, Ken Warkentin, Pastor Stephen, Cabrini Hanover and in recent years American Jewel, Romantic Moment, Father Patrick and Ali Blue. “I have a terrific clientele and it’s not just about spending a lot of money and purchasing the highest price yearling. It’s about finding the correct individual at the right price with the right conformation. “I get a great thrill just being apart of a horse’s career,” said Soderberg, a resident of New Jersey. “I’m not the type to be in spotlight. I’m content being behind the scenes. “On an average year I’ll look at between 1,600 to 1,700 yearlings,” Soderberg continued. “I remember one year I was close to 2,000. I spend a lot of time on the road, but in the end it has paid off very well.” After Soderberg purchased Western Vintage, the training reports he received were always encouraging, but Soderberg remained grounded. “I follow every horse that I pick out for clients and sometimes they turn out and sometimes they don’t, it’s just the way it works. I’ve been down this road before, so I didn’t want to get too high on him until he stepped foot on to the racetrack.” Western Vintage qualified at The Meadowlands, before scoring three straight wins including a $150,000 New Jersey Sires Stakes final. Most recently, Western Vintage scored a 1:51.3 lifetime best victory by two lengths in his Metro Pace elimination, while in the hands of regular driver Yannick Gingras. “He’s really progressed well this season and I was a bundle of nerves in his (Metro) elimination,” said the 53-year-old. “I usually don’t get worked up when he’s racing. I was fine when he raced in New Jersey, but not last week. Maybe it’s the thought of racing for that kind of money.” Soderberg’s hard work and dedication has paid dividends for his clients. On Saturday, he may well be the beneficiary. Greg Gangle – WEG Communications  

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