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EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - Business at The Meadowlands continued its remarkable early stages of 2021 run, as after a highly-successful first quarter, action at the mile oval stayed vigorous as the second quarter kicked off last weekend with a pair of $3-million handles, upping the total number of harness racing cards that have surpassed that magic number to 18 on the year. During all of 2020, the $3-million barrier was broken a total of 11 times. Much of the success The Big M has experienced can be attributed to the half-dozen popular wagers offered nightly that offer a low takeout of 15 per cent. A prime example is last weekend's action in the extremely popular Pick-4, when the bet - which is offered four times every weekend - took in a total of $367,866 of action, an average per pool of $91,966. Meadowlands management is convinced that when you return more to the bettors, the more bettors will bet. "All of us at The Meadowlands feel that low takeout is a key component in bringing horseplayers of all breeds to wager on our track," said track Chief Operating Officer and General Manager Jason Settlemoir. "The Big M offers six chances a night to play into low 15 percent takeout pools. Another significant reason to the play The Meadowlands is that we offer only one wager (the trifecta, 25 percent) that has a takeout higher than 20 percent. Judging by our rapidly growing business this year, players around the world seem very appreciative for the built-in value created by our price-conscious wagering menu." Here is the takeout breakdown at the Big M: 15%: 50-cent Pick-4, 20-cent Pick-5, 20-cent Pick-6, 20-cent Survivor Pick-7, 10-cent Pentafecta/Hi-5 17%: Win, Place and Show 19%: Exacta, Daily Double 20%: Pick-3, 10-cent Superfecta 25%: Trifecta Saturday night saw betting total $3,444,133, with two popular multi-leg bets showing big returns, with the Pick-4 averaging $101,770 per pool while the first race Pick-5 saw action of $82,960. The ever-reliable exacta, which is available on every race, averaged $72,997, accounting for almost $950,000 of action on the night, more than one quarter of the total handle. Some potent payoffs from last weekend included Friday's Early Pick-4 ($3,556), Survivor ($15,231) and Pentafecta/Hi-5 ($1,224). Saturday's big payouts came in the Pick-5 ($1,632), Survivor ($6,506) and Pick-6 ($12,209). FINAL DERBY PREP: The last prep for the May 1 Kentucky Derby is on Saturday (April 10) as the $1-million Arkansas Derby takes place at Arkansas' Oaklawn Park. The card will be offered as part of an extensive simulcasting menu at The Meadowlands. The Oaklawn card has a post time of 1 p.m. with the Arkansas Derby slated to go as race 12 at 7:41 p.m. The horse to beat is the Joel Rosario-ridden, Bob Baffert-trained Concert Tour, who is the even-money morning-line favorite. There are four stakes events on the 13-race program that feature purses of at least $250,000. GET SOCIAL: You can always check in with the team at The Meadowlands on Twitter. For early changes, racing information and staff selections, go to @themeadowlands or #playbigm. On race nights, stay in touch with the Big M's Dave Brower (@eedoogie), Dave Little (@DaveLittleBigM), Ken Warkentin (@kenvoiceover), Andrew Demsky (@shadesonracing) and Jessica Otten (@JessicaOtten1). $100,000 GUARANTEED: Every night, The Meadowlands guarantees big green on both editions of its signature wager, as each 50-cent Pick-4 sports a guaranteed pool of $50,000. The wagers span races 6-9 and 10-13. CHECK OUT THE PICKS: For those who need to get a leg up on the action, go to playmeadowlands.com to see track oddsmaker and analyst Brower's selections and commentary. Click on the "handicapping" tab and go to "race reviews". Brower's input is generally available 48 hours before every card. THE SCHEDULE: Live racing continues every Friday and Saturday with a first-race post time of 6:20 p.m. Big M TV's live "Racing from The Meadowlands" pre-game show, which provides news and notes, features, a look at that evening's featured action and staff selections, gets underway at 5:47 p.m. BET THE MASTERS: Golf's biggest event of the year, The Masters, tees off Thursday (April 8) morning and the place to watch and wager on all the action is at The Meadowlands' FanDuel Sportsbook. Some of the bets that will be available include Bryson DeChambeau and Dustin Johnson, who are both +950 to wear the Green Jacket Sunday evening. Next up at +1100 are Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas. How about making the cut? DeChambeau leads the way at -1150, followed by Johnson, Thomas and Jon Rahm, all of whom are -1100. How about the top finishing former winner? Johnson is at +175, followed by Spieth (+250), Patrick Reed (+550) and Sergio Garcia (+900). All odds shown were as of Wednesday evening. The sportsbook is open Sunday-Friday from 10 a.m.-midnight and Saturday from 10 a.m.-2 a.m. The cash counter is open from 10 a.m.-11 p.m. by Dave Little, for the Meadowlands

Get Legs entered last week's opening round of John Brennan Trotting Series at Yonkers Raceway with eight wins in nine starts at the Meadowlands, but miscued over the sloppy going and had to settle for rallying for third. He made no such miscues this Wednesday, though, cruising to a 1:55 2/5 harness racing victory. Driver Andy Miller didn't hustle Get Legs away from post two in Wednesday's final $20,000 division, but he didn't tuck on the inside, either, letting his horse move steadily up on the rim to get the lead from Lady Jeter (Scott Zeron) after the 28.4 opening quarter. From there, Get Legs put up the half in 57.2 and the three-quarters in 1:26.2, navigated the far turn without any issue, and pulled away impressively in the lane on his way to defeating Lady Jeter by 5 1/2 lengths. P L Notsonice (Renaldo Morales III) came in third after a first-over try. Julie Miller trains Get Legs, a 4-year-old son of Muscle Hill, for owners Andy Miller Stable Inc. and Michael Anderson. Get Legs has earned $76,010 to go with his 9-0-2 record from 11 starts, and he paid $2.10 across the board. The exacta returned $4.70 and the trifecta was worth $14.00. GET LEGS REPLAY   In other John Brennan Trotting Series action, Tyler Buter had a pair of winners in Stinglike A B K and Timon AS. Competing in the night's first split, Stinglike A B K raced in third through opening half fractions of 28.1 and 57.3, then made a first-over move past the half that carried him into second behind leader Swiss House Onfire (Austin Siegelman) at the 1:26.4 three-quarters. Stinglike A B K and Swiss House Onfire battled around the final bend and into the lane, but Stinglike A B K gained a narrow advantage and was able to hold sway to the wire, downing a gaining Lifetime Royalty (Dan Dube) by a neck in 1:56.3. Swiss House Onfire wound up third. STINGLIKE A B K REPLAY   Stinglike A B K is a 5-year-old Andover Hall stallion owned and trained by Nicole Dicostanzo. Stinglike A B K is now a nine-time winner in his career, and he has banked $97,054. Stinglike A B K, the 2-1 second choice, returned $6.00 to win and was atop a $45.40 exacta and a $112.50 trifecta. Two races later, Buter guided Timon AS to a 1:57 decision. Timon AS pocketed up behind Look In My Eyes (Jordan Stratton) and stalked that foe through a 29.1 opening quarter and a 58.1 half, then pulled out of the two-hole as they trotted to the 1:27.2 three-quarters. Timon AS wore down Look In My Eyes coming into the stretch, then drew clear, prevailing by a length and three-quarters. Look In My Eyes held second over Blue And Bold (Brent Holland). TIMON AS REPLAY   A 5-year-old Lionhunter gelding, Timon AS is trained by Melanie Wrenn for owner Michael Guest. Timon AS now has a record of 20-3-1 from 55 attempts, and he has put away $111,280. Timon AS was the 3-2 second choice and paid $5.10 to win. The exacta kicked back $59.00 and the trifecta was worth $728.00. Buter nearly nabbed another win with first-over attacker Grinder in the second section, but Windsong Pioneer (Holland), who put up stations of 27.3, 57.1, and 1:25.3, kept Grinder at bay in game fashion, hitting the wire a nose to the good in a 1:56.1 mile. Guilty Desire (Stratton) got third after a second-over journey. The victorious 5-year-old E L Titan gelding is trained by Paul Stafford for owner Thomas Ceraso Jr. Windsong Pioneer picked up his 14th career win, and he boosted his bankroll to $110,932. Windsong Pioneer, dispatched at 7-2, returned $9.00 to win and led a $24.40 exacta and a $66.50 trifecta. The John Brennan Trotting Series has one preliminary leg remaining next Wednesday, April 14, before the final on Wednesday, April 21. Stakes action continues at Yonkers on Friday (April 9) and Monday (April 12) as the final preliminary rounds of the Blue Chip Matchmaker Series and MGM Borgata Pacing Series are held. There are two $35,000 divisions in the Blue Chip Matchmaker, one a non-wagering affair and the other race two on the pari-mutuel program, and a trio of $40,000 splits of the MGM Borgata are slated as races four, five, and six. For full race results, click here. From Yonkers Raceway

WASHINGTON, PA -  April 7, 2021 -- Filly Speaks was all out to do it, but she captured her second consecutive series win -- and fourth overall -- in Wednesday's Ruby Cook Memorial Pace at The Meadows. Peep N Weep took a similar narrow victory in the other $12,500 second-leg division of the event for 3-year-old filly pacers. Filly Speaks quarter-poled to the front for Tony Hall and opened a two-length lead past the three-quarters before Ocean's Apart began to gain ground. Filly Speaks held off that rival by a nose to score in 1:53.3, matching her career best. Defy The Odds finished third. Scott Betts trains the daughter of Artspeak-Filly's Victory for Tim Betts, Nick Catalano and Keith Pippi. FILLY SPEAKS REPLAY   Peep N Weep hadn't raced since Oct. 28, but the daughter of Captaintreacherous - Number Please came back plenty sharp, repelling the Lightning Lane charge of Captains Maid by a head in a career-best 1:54.3, with Realization third. Dave Palone drove for trainer Ron Burke and owners Burke Racing Stable, Joseph Critelli, William Switala and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. PEEP N WEEP REPLAY   Wednesday's card also featured the $12,500 second leg of the Terry Altmeyer Memorial Trot for 3-year-old colts and geldings. There, Whiskey Blu, who saw his career unbeaten streak snapped at seven last week, rebounded with a facile front-end triumph in 1:54.1, knocking two seconds from his lifetime mark. Donato Patriot K and Stewart completed the ticket. Dan Charlino piloted the Southwind Frank-Kendall Blue gelding for trainer Burke and owners Burke Racing Stable, Kitefield Stable and Weaver Bruscemi. The championship legs of the Ruby Cook and the Terry Altmeyer are set for Wednesday, April 21. Burke collected five wins and Palone four on the 13-race card. Live racing at The Meadows continues Thursday when the 14-race program features a $6,490.50 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5. First post is 12:45 PM. For full race results, click here. by Evan Pattak, for the MSOA

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Once Ellieonthemove got 'moving', there was no stopping her as she romped to a throttled down 1-3/4 length win over Laughing Emoji N in Buffalo Raceway's featured $9,000 Class A-Open Pace for the fillies and mares on Wednesday night (April 7).   With the field being trimmed down to five due to the scratch of Blue Bell Bonnie, Ellieonthemove was parked for most of the opening quarter as Yankee Secret tried to take some of the starch out of her.   That ploy didn't work as once Ellieonthemove ($3.50) got in gear, there was no looking back.   Grabbing the front end after an opening split of :28.2, driver Kevin Cummings and Ellieonthemove were never in danger after that as he guided her to fractions of :58.0 and 1:27.1, crossing the line in 1:56.1 over the fast track. Laughing Emoji N (David McNeight III) rallied late for the place position with Yankee Secret (Ray Fisher Jr.) taking third.   Owned by Sidney Easton and trained by Anthony Cummings, Ellieonthemove (Well Said - Ireneonthemove) is a 6-year-old mare that has now earned $17,316 this season and $110,564 lifetime. It was her fourth victory in 10 tries in 2021.   In the $7,200 Class B Pace for the ladies, Robintheatm (Jim Morrill Jr.) collected her fourth straight win by holding off Supreme Dumpling (Billy Davis Jr.) by a half length in 1:56.4.   Robintheatm ($9.30) is owned by Mike Torcello and conditioned by Gerry Sarama. The 9-year-old mare has now bankrolled $13,825 on the season and $167,162 in her career.   Keystone Apache ($4.40) went first over just before the half and cruised home from there in collecting a four length score in 1:59.3 over Barn Beast (Kevin Cummings) in the $7.200 Class B Trot.   Owned by Vogel & Wags Nags Stable, Team Rice Racing and Adelphia Bloodstock and trained by Maria Rice, it was the third decision in six attempts for Keystone Apache. The 6-year-old gelding has now produced $8,625 in winnings on the campaign and $232,367 lifetime.   Davis Jr. led the way with three victories in the sulky while Shawn McDonough and Morrill Jr. each collected a pair. Sarama, McDonough and Jim Graham each posted a pair of training wins.   Racing will continue on Saturday evening with a 12-race card scheduled to begin at 6 p.m.   For more information including the latest news, race replays, results and entries, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   For full race results, click here.   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

Harness racing owners Chris and Dale Lawton have thrived in the ladies' features in the early stages of the 2021 racing season at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The Central New York-based ownership team owns both top-flight mares Racine Bell and Surreal Feeling. Over the course of the last three Wednesdays at the Spa, those distaffers have recorded victories in a trio of features. Racine Bell, who is trained by Dave Dewhurst, won the local Open on March 17 when she scored with Brian Cross in the sulky. Surreal Feeling (So Surreal) has always enjoyed success at the Spa and the Dale Lawton trainee returned to town last Wednesday (March 31th) to compete in the $10,000 Winners Over for pacing mares. She had little difficultly going wire-to-wire in that one with Jimmy Devaux at the controls. This week, the six year old was assigned post six in the six-horse feature for the ladies but wasted no time moving out to the early lead. Surreal Feeling was hounded throughout the entire second-half of the mile by rival Berazzled (Billy Dobson) who was making her debut in the local Open but held strong in the stretch to prevail in a win photo scoring in 1:54 in the feature. SURREAL FEELING REPLAY   For Surreal Feeling, it was victory number 24 in 71 lifetime starts. Berazzled was a strong second while Thats Incredible (Jay Randall) finished third. The exacta and triple in the feature paid $8.90 and $27.20, respectively, with the 1-5 favorite on top. The win in the feature was one of three on the card for Jimmy Devaux who currently sits third in the driver standings for the '21 season. Live racing resumes on Monday afternoon at Saratoga with a first post time of Noon. For full race results, click here. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway  

Harness racing horseman Pete Arrigenna joins Freddie, Trade and Bob as this week's featured guest on the Harness Racing Alumni Show.   Pete just recently resigned his Governor appointed position as a board trustee on the Agriculture and New York State Horse Breeding Development Fund. Arrigenna explains his reason behind his resignation and discusses some of the important issues that face our sport.   He also told us why he wholeheartedly supports the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act and believes that every honest horseman should do the same....!!! All on this week's Harness Racing Alumni Show.   From the Harness Racing Alumni Show

CHESTER, PA - Developing younger harness racing horses were featured on Wednesday afternoon at Harrah's Philadelphia, with an $11,200 event for both male pacers and for trotters. Hall of Fame driver David Miller took the shortest way home to triumph in both features, coming up the inside after front-end battles. On the pace, the Well Said gelding Step On The Gas had the inside seas part for him after favorites Jollity and Miki U So Fine dueled, with clear sailing for Miller as he put a new mark of 1:52.4 on the pacer. The winner is now 2-for-3 since entering the Ron Burke stable for owner Shannon Murphy. STEP ON THE GAS REPLAY   It was deja vu all over again for Miller behind the Muscle Massive gelding Keystone Thunder in the trotting headliner. Horse and driver followed along behind Gerard and favored Boom City as they traded the lead, then came home steadily to get the decision in 1:57.1, also taking a new speed badge for trainer Joseph Eisenhower Sr. and owners Howard and Joshua Kauffman. Those bettors who relied on the active driver with the most money earned in the sulky were rewarded with $20.20 on Step On The Gas and $28.00 on Keystone Thunder. KEYSTONE THUNDER REPLAY   Trainer Nancy Takter looks like she has yet another nice trotter, although this one comes from an unconventional route, through France and Ireland. The mare Eva Dairpet FR was reserved off cover by driver Dexter Dunn (who topped drivers with three wins), then tipped wide and finished full of trot to win her North American bow in 1:53.3. Alan Wallace of Dublin, Ireland owns the promising distaff, now with six wins and three seconds in 17 lifetime starts. Harrah's will be racing on Thursday with a first post of 12:25 p.m. Program pages will be available at https://www.phha.org/harrahspps.html. For full race results, click here. From the PHHA/Harrah's Philadelphia

Credit List's late swoop in the Apr. 7 feature at Monticello Raceway earned him a third Open Trot win in four weeks.   With Justin Huckabone at the controls, the six-year-old gelding settled into the four-hole going through the first turn and continued in that spot through the :29.3 opening quarter. He went to the outside approaching the half in :58.1 and caught the cover of Cinnamon Stick (Bruce Aldrich Jr.) as they pursued longshot leader American JJ (Michael Miller).   Credit List forged to the three-path going by three-quarters in 1:27.3 as Cinnamon Stick began to stall and accelerated coming off the turn. Kabang (Michael Merton), who saved ground and went up the rail, briefly gained a stretch advantage. Credit List was brimming with late pace, though, and outkicked Kabang to win by half a length in 1:57.3.   Kabang was second, and Cinnamon Stick stayed on for show. The winner paid $3.   CREDIT LIST REPLAY     Credit List breaks the $150,000 earnings mark with the victory and improve his lifetime record to 15-for-103. Justin Huckabone also trains the son of Credit Winner for Jonathan Appelbaum of Yorktown Heights.   Monticello will be back with an extended 13-race card on Thursday, Apr. 8.   For full race results, click here.   by Nicholas Barnsdale, for Harnesslink

Standardbred owner and breeder Don Tiger knows where Charlie May's 3-year-old harness racing season will begin. Where the pacer goes from there will be decided as his campaign unfolds, but the owner knows where he would like to see his horse. All around the Grand Circuit. Charlie May, who was voted Ohio's best 2-year-old male pacer in 2020, makes his seasonal debut Saturday in a $15,000 elimination of the James K. Hackett Memorial for 3-year-old male pacers at Miami Valley Raceway. Charlie May, trained by Steve Carter, will start from post seven in a seven-horse field with driver Brett Miller. Last year, Tiger's homebred gelding won seven of nine starts and finished second in both defeats. Charlie May earned $328,627 to rank sixth among all 2-year-old male pacers in North America and his best win time of 1:50.2, established in a track-record Ohio Sire Stakes championship performance at Scioto Downs, tied for fifth. Charlie May will be pointed toward events for Ohio-sired horses to begin the season, but Tiger has paid the horse into numerous open stakes for 3-year-old male pacers including the North America Cup, Meadowlands Pace, and Breeders Crown. He is not eligible to the Little Brown Jug but can be supplemented if he wins one of the following races: North America Cup, Meadowlands Pace, Messenger Stakes, or Cane Pace. "We've got four weeks here (in Ohio) to find out where we're at," Tiger said. "The goal is to get better each week, and then at the beginning of May we'll have decisions to make as far as where we're going. I paid the money for everywhere. He's staked until the end of November. I did my part. Now it's going to be up to the horse. "I'm real excited. You never know what is going to happen between (ages) 2 and 3, but I think the good thing for me is I've been playing with house money, so I'm calm and relaxed and excited and happy. I wouldn't trade places with anybody." Charlie May is by McArdle out of Stipple Hanover. He is the first horse Tiger ever bred. "I just took a leap of faith," Tiger said. "This is for the little guys. This isn't supposed to happen to Steve Carter and Don Tiger. It's a feel-good story. I own the horse, but he's not my horse. It's those guys at the barn -- Steve Carter and his staff. They've told me he's a one-in-a-million horse. "I'd love for those local guys to get the chance (on the Grand Circuit). It would be great for them and great for Ohio racing." Tiger plans to bring a realistic approach to determining Charlie May's stakes schedule. "I want to make a stamp on the national scene, but I'm not going to go through it just to do it," he said. "I'm not going to go to the Meadowlands Pace to be 30-1 and hope I'm fifth. If we're going to those kinds of races we're going to go because we're bringing a howitzer. We're not going with a squirt gun. "We'll see how it shakes out. I just want him to be healthy. If he's healthy and gets beat, I'm great with that. I just don't ever want to play the 'what if' game. If he's healthy, then it's just up to the racing gods and whatever is supposed to happen is going to happen." Charlie May's opening assignment will not be easy. Among his Hackett rivals is Heart Of Chewbacca, who handed Charlie May a setback in a preliminary round of the Ohio Sire Stakes last year and was second in the final. Heart Of Chewbacca, trained by Ron Burke and driven by Dan Noble, also is staked to numerous Grand Circuit races. He was one of last season's fastest 2-year-olds on both a five-eighths and half-mile track. "Ohio has gotten tougher," Burke said. "I think you'll see that maybe those colts can step and go with the other ones. They're breeding a lot of horses; they're breeding way more quality. Things are heading in the right direction there." Laughagain Hanover, who was third in the Ohio Sire Stakes championship, leads the first Hackett elimination. He is trained by Christi Noble and driven by Dan Noble. The first-four finishers from each elimination will advance to the $40,000 final April 17. They will be joined by the fifth-place horse with the fastest time. Racing begins at 4:05 p.m. (EDT) Saturday at Miami Valley. For complete entries, click here. by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA    

WILKES-BARRE, PA - Two horses trained by Ray Schnittker and driven by Mark MacDonald turned heads during Wednesday morning qualifiers at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, with Splash Brother (1:50.4) and Billy Flynn (1:52.4) winning by a combined 36¼ lengths. A four-year-old So Surreal gelding, Splash Brother went down the road while posting fractions of :28.2, :56.3, 1:23.3, and 1:50.4 for the partnership of Schnittker, Nolamaura Racing LLC, Steven Arnold, and Tammy Flannery. He took a mark of 1:48.2 at The Meadowlands last year and won over $300,000, including a victory in his Empire Breeders Classic and a second in his New York Sire Stakes final. The sophomore colt Billy Clyde (Always B Miki) posted a 1:52.3 qualifying mark in limited campaigning last year, and just missed that clocking Wednesday after hanging up fractions of :29.4, :58, 1:25.2, and 1:52.4. Billy Clyde, owned by Schnittker and Dr. John Egloff, may be pointing for the first Pennsylvania Sire Stakes of the season, to be held at The Meadows on Kentucky Derby Day, May 1. From the PHHA/The Downs

Carl Arnett of Medina, New York passed away on Saturday, April 3, 2021 at his home surrounded by his wife and two children. Mr. Arnett was born on July 26, 1951 in Medina, a son of the late Charles and Jean (Kepner) Arnett. He graduated from Medina High School in 1970, the same year he met his wife, Marge Stawicki. They were married in 1971 and made their home in Medina. Mr. Arnett worked for Eastman Kodak in Rochester, New York for 34 years, retiring at the age of 62. Mr. Arnett and his Jeremy bought a race horse named Give Me Credit and did very well with him at Batavia Downs and Buffalo Raceway, winning many races. Survivors include his wife, Marge Arnett; daughter, Jenni Arnett; son, Jeremy Arnett; three brothers; two sisters; and several nieces and nephews. Services will be privately held at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to PAWS Animal Shelter, 3371 Gaines Basin Rd., Albion, New York 14411 or to the Orleans County Animal Shelter, 4125 Oak Orchard Rd., Albion, New York 14411. Arrangements are in the care of Cooper Funeral Home, 215 W. Center St., Medina, New York. By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

WILKES-BARRE, PA - The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono hosted its first Tuesday harness racing card of the year, with the spotlight on three $17,500 divisions of the first preliminary of the Bobby Weiss Series for three-year-old trotting fillies. And all three divisions finished the same way - with the red, black, and white colors of two-time Driver of the Year Dexter Dunn going under the wire first with the winner. Dunn combined with trainer Nifty Norman and the ownership grouping of Melvin Hartman, David McDuffee, and Diamond Creek Racing in two of the successes. The first came with the Muscle Hill miss Eazy Pass, who raced second-over, then made a "nifty" move to the inside off the far turn and came up the Pocono Pike to post a maiden victory in 1:56. EAZY PASS REPLAY   The team also enjoyed success with the Cantab Hall filly Rebel Girl, who swept to the lead entering the far turn and reduced her mark to 1:56.2 in her initial outing of 2021. REBEL GIRL REPLAY   The fastest of Dunn's three Weiss successes (he had a total of four over the entire card) was behind the Chapter Seven miss Trip Sevens, who moved to the lead early and was under little duress afterwards in lowering her speed standard to 1:55.3. Trainer Blake MacIntosh co-owns the winner with Steve Heimbecker and Mortgage Boys Stable. TRIP SEVENS REPLAY   Pocono will be back in action on Saturday afternoon, featuring the second preliminary of the Bobby Weiss Series for sophomore pacing colts - with the entrants likely to enjoy the fact that One Eight Hundred, a devastating 1:50.2 - :26.1 winner in the first prelim, will be missing from the entrants. First post Saturday is at 12:30 p.m.; program pages will be available at https://www.phha.org/downsmsppps.html. For full race results, click here. From the PHHA/The Downs

Pompano Beach, FL - April 7, 2021 - Casie's Believer and Muscles For Life were victorious as Pompano Park offered twin $11,500 harness racing features on Tuesday night (April 6). Casie's Believer, handled by Joe Chindano, Jr., took top honors in the Open Handicap for the pacing mares as she found a seam turning for home and use a :28 final panel in rallying by a stubborn Ask Me Ifi Care (Mike Micallef) in 1:52.4. Tempus Seelster (Dave Ingraham) rallied for third, 1½ lengths away while Roll With Angel paced an evenly rated mile from the rail to finish fourth. Persistent Bettor picked up the final award in the field of seven. At he outset, Roll With Angel left well from the inside as Casie's Believer was sent launching from her outside seven post, taking command at the opening marker in :27.2. Shortly thereafter, Ask Me Ifi Care made a quarter move to the top three-eighths in and took the field to the half in :56.1. On the backside, Eva's Sports Czech made a first up bid and reached second a length away with Casie's Believer looking for room to roam past the third station in 1:24.3. Turning for home, Casie's Believer found that seam and started gnawing away, edging by in the final few strides. CASIE'S BELIEVER REPLAY   In a post-race interview, driver Joe Chindano said, "She (Casie's Believer) had been knocking on the door the last few starts from off the pace, so I decided I'd try something different from this outside post because I didn't want to be seven or eight lengths back early. After we made the top, we got some cover and then we had to be patient--and I'm not really a patient kind of guy--waiting for something to open up. She sure responded and that was a great mile for her being used at both ends." For Casie's Believer, a six year-old daughter of Betterthancheddar, it was her third win of the year with her scorecard reading a consistent 3-5-1 in 12 starts, good for $34,015 for Chindano, who is owner-trainer. Off at 2 to 1 as second choice, Casie's Believer paid $6.00 to win. In the companion for Open Trotters, Muscles For Life, driven by Wally Hennessey, put some daylight at the start on his main rival Toy's For You (Rick Plano) and went on to score a win measuring three-parts-of-a-length over that one in 1:54.1, this after posting number of :27.3, :57.1 and 1:26.1. The Lionking AS (Kevin Wallis) was third, 2¾ lengths away while Ev's Girl was fourth. The nickel went to Burn Notice in this septet. As the wings folded, The Lionking AS and Muscles For Life were fastest out while Toy's For You, a son of Airzoom Lindy, did anything but "zoom" as he took back unhurried and some eight lengths off the leader at the opening quarter. Positions remained virtually unchanged until Toy's For You began his charge on the backside, reaching third and less than two lengths awa around the final bend. Even though Toy's For Us closed fastest of all--:27.3--the line came soon enough for Muscles For Life to score his third straight win for trainer Steve Oldford and owner Jarold Hawks. MUSCLES FOR LIFE REPLAY   The victory was number five in eight starts for the eight year-old son of Muscle Mass and sent his 2021 bankroll to $35,570. He's banked $383,665 lifetime to go along with 37 wins. Off at a dime to a dollar, Muscles for Life paid $2.20 to win. Racing continues on a Sunday-Monday-Tuesday schedule through April with closing night scheduled for May 2. Post time remains at 7:20 p.m. For full race results, click here. by John Berry, for Pompano Park  

Greg Schuler Interactive (GSI), the largest advertising agency serving the harness racing industry, has launched a redesigned website. According to Greg Schuler, who owns the company with his wife, Barbara, “it has to be about the sixth new look in our 11 years in business.”   The site’s URL is gregschulerinteractive.com.   GSI’s harness racing accounts include such heavyweights as Brittany Farms and Stallion Management, Preferred Equine Marketing and four of the industry’s largest sales companies: Lexington Selected, Standardbred, Tattersalls and the Ohio Jug Sale.   Occasionally smaller breeding farms, along with stallion ownership groups and syndicates, are part of the mix.   “We started designing and launching industry websites in the mid-’90s when I was with Horseman Publishing, and with every new site, it was amazing how far the technology had come in such a short time,” Schuler said.   “It started very early on with everything on a website being centered, to everything being in defined-width tables; but mobile changed all that. Now it’s all column-flow that looks great wherever it’s viewed... on desktops, laptops, iPads and phones. Functionality is now king.   “When GSI did the redesign of the Brittany Farms website (britfarms.com) two years ago, it made me realize how important it is to have clean performance across devices and platforms,” Schuler said. “Almost 50 percent of Brittany’s traffic is from mobile devices, and those users are certain to go up as phones continue to improve.”   Schuler said the updates to the GSI site over the years have come from using it as kind of an online lab, testing the latest applications, code, video embedding, snippets and content management systems.   “All of our company’s print and digital creative goes through the Provations Group in Lexington, Ky.—and there’s none better in my opinion—but I’ve had a great relationship with ELink Design in Lexington since their founding in 2001, and they’re specialists in the web field. They’re our go-to for web design and hosting.   "When I wanted harness racing action on the open, they made the movie work."    From GSI Publicity  

LEBANON, OH - After a two month absence, It's A Herbie returned to the Miami Valley harness racing winner's circle following Tuesday (April 6) afternoon's $20,000 Open Trot. Using the winner's customary come-from-behind tactic, driver LeWayne Miller rallied him from sixth and last at the half and fourth at the top of the stretch to edge Lane Of Stone (Trevor Smith) in 1:52.4. The clocking represents a new lifetime mark for the five-year-old son Here Comes Herbie. Shake It Mary (Dan Noble) earned the show dough in the compact field. Verlin Yoder owns It's A Herbie, who now has 17 career victories and eclipsed the half million earnings plateau with the win. IT'S A HERBIE REPLAY   Ohio-sired trotting colts went postward in two $15,000 elimination divisions of the annual James K. Hackett Memorial late-closer, which kicks off the Buckeye stakes season. The $40,000 championship leg will be raced next Tuesday (April 13). Winning Ticket (Aaron Merriman), who banked $95,047 as a two-year-old, commenced his sophomore season by coasting to a 1:55.3 score over Fire Cross (Trace Tetrick) and Lockbox (Chris Page). Come On Sail (Tyler Smith) also qualified to advance to the lucrative final from the first split. Trainer Chris Beaver co-owns Winning Ticket with partners Steve Zeehandelar, Tim Homan and Jim Burnett. WINNING TICKET REPLAY   Panzano (Noble) guided another Beaver trainee to victory in the other division, beating Credit Ace (Chris Page) and Tango With Me (Ronnie Wrenn Jr.) in 1:56.1. The Spaaaartners Stable own the son of Coraggioso, who also earned $75,224 in his two-year-old campaign. Peter's Royalty (Josh Sutton) and Poets N Pirates (Tetrick) also earned spots in the $40,000 championship field. PANZANO REPLAY   Racing resumes Friday (April 9) and Saturday (April 10) at Miami Valley with the customary weekend 4:05 p.m. post times. For full race results, click here. From Miami Valley Raceway            

The preliminary rounds of the MGM Borgata Pacing Series conclude on Monday night (April 12) at Yonkers Raceway with three $40,000 harness racing divisions in races four, five, and six. The first section showcases four horses who have tasted success during the event in Backstreet Shadow (post one, Tim Tetrick), San Domino A (post three, Todd McCarthy/Nancy Takter), Lyons Steel (post five, Corey Callahan/Dennis Watson), and Western Joe (post six, Dexter Dunn/Chris Choate). Backstreet Shadow, San Domino A and Lyons Steel both have won once in the series, and Western Joe enters having won his last two appearances. None of the entrants in race five's second split have picked up a victory in this year's MGM Borgata Pacing Series, so a new face will get a big boost to their point total. The horse that looks to be in the best form is Mach N Cheese (post three, Joe Bongiorno/Edwin Quevedo), as he has finished second and third the past couple of weeks. In contrast to that tilt, the final flight (race six) features two horses that are both three-for-three in the series in Leonidas A (post one, Austin Siegelman/Sheena Mcelhiney) and Hesa Kingslayer N (post five, Jim Marohn Jr./Mike Deters). Also entered in that contest is This Is The Plan (post six, Yannick Gingras/Ron Burke), who has a record of 1-3-0 in four MGM Borgata Pacing Series efforts and prevailed in 1:51.1 on April 5. Prior to that stakes action, Yonkers will play host to four $20,000 divisions of the second leg of the John Brennan Trotting Series on Wednesday night (April 7). Opening round winners Guilty Desire (race five/post six, Jordan Stratton/Betty Clegg), Hunting AS (race six/post one, Todd McCarthy/Jenny Melander), Look In My Eyes (race six/post eight, Jordan Stratton/Anette Lorentzon), and Lady Jeter (race seven/post four, Scott Zeron/Ed Gannon Jr.) are all back in action. Then, on Friday (April 9), Yonkers has a pair of $35,000 splits of the final preliminary round of the Blue Chip Matchmaker Series for pacing mares. The first of those races will take place as a non-wagering contest, and the second one is race two on the pari-mutuel program. In the non-wagering tilt, Blue Ivy (post one, Tyler Buter/Todd Buter) and Machnhope (post three, Andrew McCarthy/Noel Daley) will both shoot for their third win in the series, and in the other Blue Chip Matchmaker match-up, Alexa Skye (post four, Todd McCarthy/Jeff Cullipher), currently three-for-three in the event, meets up with one of last Friday's victors in Siesta Beach (post three, Matt Kakaley/Nick Devita).. Yonkers Raceway has a Monday-Friday live racing schedule, with first post at 7:15 p.m. From Yonkers Raceway

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