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YONKERS, NY, Tuesday, September 30, 2014—Yonkers Raceway’s fifth race Saturday night doesn’t have a catchy name, but “Messenger Stakes Prep” might work. A $25,000 Open Handicap for 3-year-old pacing colts and geldings has attracted a pair of standout sophomores with their eyes presumably on the prize the next couple of weekends. Empire champion All Bets Off (George Brennan, post 6) returns for his first work night since rolling his rivals in the $225,000 final of the New York Sire Stakes here in mid-September. For the season, the son of Bettor’s Delight has won nine of his dozen starts (four in a row) and $642,925.  Trainer Ron Burke co-owns the Art Rooney Pace winner with Frank Baldachino, Panhellenic Stable and Rosemary Shelswell. While All Bets Off is a board-certified horse of the course (five wins and two seconds in seven career Westchester tries), McWicked (Jason Bartlett, post 7) makes his local debut. The millionaire son of McArdle, trained by Casie Coleman for S S G Stables, sports wins in the Hempt Memorial (Pocono), Adios (Meadows) and the final of the PA Sire Stakes (Harrah’s Philly). Also a nine-time winner this season (in 15 starts), McWicked has 2014 cash of $939,346. Note that the 59th Messenger Stakes, final jewel of the Pacing Triple Crown, is set for Saturday, Oct. 25th, with eliminations (If necessary) going the previous Saturday. 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

WASHINGTON, PA, Sept. 30, 2014 — Somewhere In L A, runner-up to McWicked in the 2014 Adios Pace for the Orchids Presented by Coors Light, made a successful return to The Meadows when he notched a facile victory in a division of Tuesday’s $83,400 Keystone Classic. When National Debt captured the other split in the event for sophomore colt and gelding pacers, it gave Brett Miller a stake sweep. In addition to his fine work in the Adios, Somewhere In L A finished third in the Little Brown Jug after tough trips in both heats. Miller indicated the colt’s demanding journeys helped shape his driving strategy for the Keystone Classic. “In the Adios and the Jug, I ended up first over with him,” he said. “Today, I tried to give him the easiest trip possible, and he exploded.” Away fourth, the Somebeachsomewhere-West Of L A gelding followed the first-over cover of Mattamerican, tipped three-wide entering the final turn and stormed home in 1:51.2, 2-3/4 lengths better than 25-1 long shot Sean Liam Q. Early leader Allstar Partner was third. Somewhere In L A extended his career bankroll to $466,703 for trainer Jimmy Takter and owners J&T Silva Stables, Deo Valente Farms and TLP Stable. National Debt was much the best in his split, rolling to a front-end triumph in 1:51.4 despite bearing out late. Seventh Secret was 4-1/2 lengths back in second while Hemingway completed the ticket. The son of Allamerican Native-Our Inheritance was making only his second stake appearance since the Meadowlands Pace, but Ron Coyne, Jr., who trains National Debt for Blair Corbeil, Erna Corbeil, Kelly Hoerdt and J&T Silva Stables, said the colt’s schedule will intensify. “He was off by himself and let his mind wander and started to drift a bit,” Coyne said. “We’ll make a couple adjustments and see if we can straighten him up. He has a full dance card for the fall; that’s why you saw him in some overnights. We needed some spots to keep him tight until his stakes.” $81,200 Keystone Classic, 3-Year-Old Colt and Gelding Trotters Tuesday’s program also featured two divisions of an $81,200 Keystone Classic for 3-year-old colt and gelding trotters, with Way Outta Here and Frost Free Hanover collecting comfortable wins. Hammered down to 1-5 following three consecutive wins in overnight races, Way Outta Here had little trouble extending his streak with a late brush for David Miller that carried him to victory in 1:54.4, 2-1/4 lengths ahead of Dony Andreas, with JJ Alex third. It was the first career stakes victory for the Broadway Hall-I’m A Pearl gelding, who has been limited to 10 starts over two seasons by persistent gaiting problems. “He’s been a bit of a project, but he’s finally got his act together,” David Miller said. “He’s coming around. He wouldn’t stay flat — ran all the time. We finally got him where he’s comfortable. He wasn’t really keeping up going to the half, so I couldn't move him. But he had plenty of trot when he got back out.” Mark Harder conditions Way Outta Here for Blair Blanchet. Ticketed for the Harrisburg sale, Frost Free Hanover presented his owners — trainer Leslie Zendt, Bill Zendt, Sig Wolkomir and Fred Kayne — a going-away present when he powered from the pocket before the three-quarters for Brian Zendt and strolled home in 1:55. Journey was second, 2-1/2 lengths in arrears, while Uva Hanover earned show. The Cantab Hall-Free Spirit gelding raced just once at 2 but this year won eight of 15 starts and $128,418. “I thought he was in pretty tough today,” said Leslie Zendt of this year’s Pennsylvania Stallion Series divisional champion. “I would have been happy with a second or third, but he stepped his game up. Brian used him three times, and he hung tough. He’s definitely been an overachiever all year.” Brian Zendt drove four winners and Dan Rawlings three on the 16-race card. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

Day Two of the 22nd annual International Simulcasting Conference Tuesday covered a litany of new projects underway in racing along with interesting open forum discussions and presentations on two newest tracks in racing. The conference is being held at the Marriott Delray Beach and is co-hosted by the Thoroughbred Racing Association (TRA) and Harness Tracks of America HTA). TRA executive vice president Chris Scherf opened the day’s discussions talking about how everyone in the pari-mutuel industry must be prudent to stop the manipulating of wagering pools and also that the currently problems plaguing the NFL over Ray Rice and other plays could well serve notice to the racing industry that we can also be severely hurt by situations like what the NFL is going through and we should be prepared. The first panel covered the Who, What, Where & When of the Wagering Networks. Lauren Horah, wagering analyst for the Thoroughbred Racing Protective Bureau (TRPB) started off talking about her organizations services. In 2013 they handled over 1,100 alerts and 23 of them need formal investigations. She explained how they cover all aspects of wagering problems and look for “trigger alerts”. That they receive phone calls, emails from race commissions, fans & bettors, tote companies, track managers and also find situations via Facebook and Twitter. They usually take up to one week to compete an investigation. Harness racing no longer has an investigative service due to lack of funding. Curtis Linnell, the VP of Operations and Wagering analysis at the TRPB spoke about wagering pool cycles. He explained that “robotic wager” or incoming wagers from outside sources, internet, etc. first started back in 1999 and at times it could take three to four minutes to get the final wagers in on a race. Pari-mutuels back then featured 60 second cycles on pools showing changes in odds. By 1998 that cycle was sped up to 30-45 seconds. And now with accounts and sub-accounts the cycles takes place every 20 seconds. Also that about 20% of all bets are done robotically. It was noted that late bets or wagering pool odds manipulation is so easy to do from outside sources. Late bets can create final odds in the last seconds of wagering and no one knows about it until after the race is official. Illegal off-shore wagering has been affecting pools since they were first on the scene. There are outfits doing this also throughout the world on football, rugby and other sports by illegal groups wagering into pool to manipulate odds with tons of money being exchanged world-wide. One race was cited with $69,000 in the pool on the last cycle. There were 8 runners in the race, then 30 second later the race went off and the final pool total was $109,000. A $38,000 increase, 35% of the pool that people never saw come into the race. The late bet came in five seconds after the race went off. The favorite went from even money to 4-1 and the trifecta came back at half of what the price should have been. Tote companies are now able to break down wagering patterns within five seconds of each other and this will help in finding out who and where these bets are coming from. Jane Murray, Director of Services for TRA, spoke about how in the last year Thoroughbred wagering on-line has increased from 29% to 35%, which is a very rapid growth. That there are more than 1,500 non-racing gaming locations in the USA and less and less people are coming to the track as more wager via the internet. The influx of racinos on the industry is bringing in more money for purses but now the money is coming in from sources other than pari-mutuel handle and if those sources stop adding to purses, then purses will drop due to lack of pari-mutuel handle. Next was a lively open table discussion, led by Chris Scherf, on what is needed in the next five years from now to help the racing industry. Talks ranged from making fans and politicians more aware of the need for horse racing breeding programs and racetracks to keep the green acres alive, that tracks needs to be more competitive with reducing take-outs with major cuts, to not use the word “subsidies” when referring to outside sources adding to purses, that old facilities need to be upgraded. There were talks about working out a way to take 5% of all purses and dedicate it to national marketing for the industry but that horsemen would fight it but how is racing then to survive? The addition of the Super High 5 Jackpot has done well and many tracks are following suit. That our industry needs to draw young people and find ways to get them interested in racing and not just slots or playing poker. That the Advance Deposit Wagering (ADW) sites need to come to the table and help as they are getting away with paying very low rates for getting the signals for their players to wager on and that years ago all these players would go to the tracks. It was brought up about how great and interested people are in Fantasy Football, which is all the rage and how can we capture that idea and turn it and fans into racing. During the lunch break, it was announced that Keeneland Racetrack won the 2014 Simulcasting Award. Lou Rafferto, Jr., the president of YUP Racing, spoke on their new site,, is geared towards a specific audience in the USA. Their site caters to the Chinese and working with ExpressBet, they have developed a website ADW based on the simulcasting of the Thoroughbred racing from Hong Kong. Their site is in three languages, English, basic Chinese and Mandarin. The site is very extensive and they launched it in December, 2013. So far all their customers, 99% are Chinese and that everyone who answers the phone must be able to speak either Chinese or Mandarin. The site has been struggling since the beginning as most people involved have no internet savvy and needs to be talked through on how to wager. The site has added chat features in all three languages so people can talk with each other and the company is hopeful that business will improve over time as people get accustomed to the system. The next discussion featured the topic of on track mobile wagering and included speakers Frank Hopf, Director of Mutuels/Simulcasting at Sam Huston Race Park; Carrie Stallbories, Director of Mutuels/Simulcasting at Remington Park; Micah Lloyd, Director of Digital Operations/Products Development at Sportstech; David Payton, VP of Sales at AmTote and Chris Emslic, Senior Director of Key Accounts for United Tote. Most everyone spoke on how smart phones, iPhone and iPad wagering can be a challenge for first time users and it takes a while to get the knack of it. The service is just getting its feet off the ground and that a number of tracks have the service already. The biggest cost involved is setting up the Wi-Fi networking. Most tracks are regulated so that people cannot place wagers with these devices once they leave the facility or get near the race paddock and other restricted areas. As with most new wagering procedures it will take time as customers need to embrace the idea of wagering from their cell phones and iPad. The final session of the day features Meadowlands GM Jason Settlemoir and Penn National VP of Racing, Chris McErlean, talking about their new facilities. Settlemoir spoke about the new Meadowlands grandstand being 180,000 square feet and along with all the special amenities the new business has that the top two items are Social Media and Customer Service. All employees have been retrained in both areas before going into the new building and that Jason is the one who teaches everyone about Customer Service as that is their number one priority. He spoke about the new nightclub and how on a Saturday night the club may be dead during the live racing card but once 11:30 pm rolls in the joint begins to jump until the wee morning hours. He explained how they brought in a professional company to do the DJ’ing and special lighting and how it has turned into a happening place. Their first season they only did Saturday’s and now will seek to expand on that for the upcoming winter meet. Chris McErlean talked about the new Hollywood Dayton Raceway in Ohio that is opening this Friday evening and about the new Thoroughbred facility in Austintown, OH. He stated how they are very much the same in size and how they trimmed down the plants to fit with the population in the area. Both facilities will have at least 850 VLT’s and racing accommodations for up to 1,000 people indoors. Each facility is about 120,000 square feet in its entirety. Have great site lines for racing both from the lower and upper levels. That their dining rooms can hold up to 250 people, plenty of track apron room too. The racetracks are state of the art facilities and will feature mobile phone wagering. Chris also spoke about their new OTB in New Jersey called Favorites and is located in Gloucester Township outside of Cherry Hill, NJ. That is was a former restaurant and thus refitting was simple as it had a bar and dining areas so it was not too bad in preparing. TRA VP Chris Scherf concluded the conference stating that the final sessions would be Wednesday morning and that they saved the best or most interesting or hottest topics for the last day. The two presentations will be on the Models, Myths and Truths of the Horse Shortage followed by the Handicapper’s Access to Racing Information. By Steve Wolf, for

"Racing Under Saddle" Exhibition, T-Shirt Giveaway & Driver's Bicycle Race Highlight "Back to the Track" Promotion Sunday October 5 at Colonial Downs. (NEW KENT, VA --- 9/30/14) ---- Colonial Downs will host a "Back to the Track" promotion Sunday October 5th that features a "racing under saddle" exhibition race, t-shirt giveaway, harness driver's bicycle race, and bingo games that are based on race results. Member tracks of the United States Trotting Association (USTA) each are holding a "Back to the Track" event in 2014 and Colonial Downs has a list of events Sunday geared to fans of all ages. The first ever "racing under saddle" exhibition race at Colonial will be a non-betting event but will offer $3,000 in prize money. This is a hybrid of harness and thoroughbred racing that is popular in Europe. A field of five female harness trainers will sit atop their respective trotters instead of in the sulky, and will compete 1 ¼ miles around Colonial's entire oval, encountering both turns over the country's largest harness track. This exhibition will be held after the third harness race at approximately 1:45 PM. Six of Colonial's harness drivers will sit on top of two wheels in another non-betting competition later in the card, but their hardware features handlebars and pedals versus the shafts and aerodynamic aspects of a sulky. The first ever Agee's bicycle race will be contested at the distance of one-quarter mile after the seventh harness race, and the bikes will be given away via prize drawings as soon as the race is over. All fans will receive a free harness racing bingo card on Sunday and compete for $500 in prize money. Winning spaces on the bingo cards will be determined by race results, and the first five participants to complete an "X" on their card will win $100 each. The first 400 adults will also receive a free "Back to the Track" t-shirt and after each race, the winning driver will give distribute children's tees via a t-shirt toss. Other events include drawings for unique rides in the starter's car and winner's circle presentations, live music with the York River Concert Band, magic and juggling courtesy of Jonathan Austin, and a kids foot race on the track after the last harness race. Colonial Downs offers a Sunday $18 Family 'n Friends 4-Pack special, where four attendees can get admission, programs, tip sheets, hot dogs and soft drinks for $18 when they present a 4-Pack coupon which is available at Gates open at 12:30 PM and racing starts at 1:00 PM. Darrell Wood

Kentucky native Randy Jerrell is enjoying his best season as a harness racing driver and wouldn’t mind adding to the fun with a win behind Armatrading in Thursday’s International Stallion Stakes for 2-year-old female trotters at The Red Mile in Lexington. Armatrading, trained by Ken Oscarsson, has won two of eight starts this season, including the Kentucky Sire Stakes championship for 2-year-old female trotters. Last week, she finished fourth in a division of the Bluegrass Stakes at The Red Mile. On Thursday, Armatrading competes in the first of four International Stallion Stakes divisions. She will start from post five in an eight-filly field that includes recent Keystone Classic division winner Kelsey’s Keepsake and Bluegrass Stakes division runner-up Wiclet Hanover. Although Armatrading is winless in three starts since her sire stakes triumph, with sixth- and third-place finishes in the Kindergarten Series in addition to the Bluegrass, Jerrell likes what he’s seen from the filly. “She’s been improving every week,” Jerrell said. “In the Kindergarten the first week, I couldn’t get out with her. She was wanting out around that turn terrible bad and we couldn’t get a clear shot until after we straightened up. She trotted home good that night, but we didn’t get a check. “In the next leg of the Kindergarten, she raced real good and trotted faster, and last week she trotted even faster. When I pulled her, it felt like she was going to trot right up beside the leader. Then they took off and sprinted home. But I thought she raced well and Kenny was pleased with her.” Armatrading won the sire stakes championship in 2:00 over a sloppy track at The Red Mile on Aug. 31. In her three losses since then, she’s been timed in 1:57.1, 1:56 and 1:55.1. Jerrell expects the International Stallion Stakes to be her last start of the year because she failed to earn enough points for the Kindergarten Series final. Bred and owned by Mario Zuanetti’s Atlantic Trot Inc., Amatrading is a daughter of stallion Groton Hall out of the mare Silver Thatch. She is a half-sister to 2012 Kindergarten Series champion Banco Solo. “She’s nice to drive,” Jerrell said. “She gets a little fussy in the post parade when you get ready to turn her (to the starting gate). She gets to shaking her head, but once she gets to rolling, she’s nice. You don’t ever have to worry about her. I think she’s got a lot of potential.” A win with Armatrading would be the biggest open stakes victory of Jerrell’s career. In addition to winning this year’s sire stakes with Armatrading, he won a Kentucky Sire Stakes title with Ohmybelle in 2012. This season, the 52-year-old Jerrell has won 56 races and a career-best $329,200 in purses. No one has won more races so far at The Red Mile this year, and he was the top driver at Bluegrass Downs for the second consecutive year. He also was a top driver on the county fair circuit. Kentucky Sire Stakes championship night was the highlight of the season so far. In addition to winning with Armatrading, Jerrell trained 2-year-old filly pacing winner Cielle and drove third-place finisher Mama’s Home in the same division. He also drove 3-year-old colt trotter runner-up Scacco Matto for Oscarsson and 2-year-old colt trotter fourth-place finisher Joburg for trainer Bob Stewart. “Good owners, good horses (are the key),” said Jerrell, who also has 32 wins and $217,468 as a trainer this year. “I’m very blessed.” The second International Stallion Stakes division features world champion stakes-winner Mission Brief, who will look to rebound from going off stride in the Peaceful Way Stakes on Sept. 13 at Mohawk. Bluegrass division winner Bee The Queen and Kentuckiana Stallion Management Stakes winner Livininthefastlane lead the third division while Bluegrass winner Lilu Hanover and New York Sire Stakes championship runner-up Nunkeri are in the fourth. by Ken Weingartner/Harness Racing Communications/USTA  

Harness racing driver Brett Miller has suffered few anxious moments this season with undefeated 2-year-old male trotter Billy Flynn, but the minutes prior to the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championship were difficult to endure. Billy Flynn, in the midst of enjoying himself as the field warmed up for the race, accidentally took off his right front shoe. Miller tried to locate the shoe, but muddy track conditions that night made it impossible. So Miller brought Billy Flynn back to the paddock, where the blacksmith put on a random shoe moments before racing for $260,000. "I was sick to my stomach," said Miller, who is able to laugh now as he retells the story. "It felt like it took an hour. For him to go through all that and then go out and annihilate the field, it was pretty amazing." Billy Flynn won the race, held Sept. 6 at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, by 2-3/4 lengths in a career-best 1:55.2. He rallied from fourth place after three-quarters with a three-wide move around the final turn. "He races great on the front, but I think he's better from off the pace," Miller said. "When he's following horses and has a target to go after, he's unreal." Billy Flynn puts his 8-for-8 record on the line Friday in the third of five International Stallion Stakes divisions at The Red Mile in Lexington. Billy Flynn will start from post six with Miller at the lines for trainer Staffan Lind. Last week, in his first start since the sire stakes championship, Billy Flynn won a division of the Bluegrass Stakes by a half-length over Muscle Diamond in 1:55.4. "I thought he raced great," Miller said. "He felt as good as he's felt all year. He was a little wound up, a little more grabby than usual, but I think being at Lexington he was just feeling good." Billy Flynn is a son of stallion Cantab Hall out of the mare Zeta Jones and was named after the smooth-talking lawyer in the musical "Chicago," which co-starred Catherine Zeta-Jones in the film version. Owned by Bender Sweden Inc., the colt was purchased as a yearling for $120,000 at the 2013 Lexington Selected Sale and is a full brother to Mr Chicago, who was a winner in both the U.S. and Europe. "Staffan has done some kind of job training him, manners-wise," said Miller, who has driven Billy Flynn in all eight of his races, earning $312,057 in purses. "I know a lot of that, too, is the horse himself, but Staffan has done a great job with him. "He's like an older horse because you can do anything you want with him in a race. He's so handy. His manners are so good. And he gives 110 percent. When a horse is near him, he tries so hard to fight that horse off. So far, he has (fought them off)." Billy Flynn's International Stallion Stakes division includes stakes-winner Pinkman and New York Sire Stakes champion Crazy Wow. Also part of the field is Canepa Hanover, a $300,000 yearling purchase who is a half-brother to 2006 Horse of the Year Glidemaster. "I'm realistic," Miller said. "I know there are some colts out there that he could have a tough time with. I love the colt, he's the best 2-year-old trotting colt I've ever sat behind, but he hasn't faced everybody. I'm sure he's going to get beat one day. "It's just been a fun ride so far, that's for sure." Stakes-winner French Laundry and New York Sire Stakes championship runner-up Wings Of Royalty are among the trotters in the first division of the International Stallion Stakes. Shoot The Thrill, who won a division of the Arden Downs, is in the second split. Uncle Lasse, a full brother to standout 3-year-old female trotter Shake It Cerry and a Bluegrass division winner last week, is in the fourth division. The fifth division finds Peter Haughton Memorial champion Centurion ATM and Bluegrass division winner The Bank, plus Whom Shall I Fear, a full brother to star 3-year-old male trotter Father Patrick. Friday's card at The Red Mile also includes three divisions of International Stallion Stakes for 2-year-old female pacers. by Ken Weingartner/Harness Racing Communications/USTA

YONKERS, NY, Tuesday, September 30, 2014--When Yonkers Raceway presents its sixth annual harness racing Fall Harvest Festival Saturday, Oct. 11, all the entertaining elements are coming back... music, pony rides, New York State craft beers, exciting harness racing (including the Legislators' Challenge), face painting, a pumpkin patch and so much more in a fun, family atmosphere This time around, however, one of the colors of fall is pink, as Empire City, Yonkers Raceway and the Standardbred Owners Association are doing to their part in the fight against breast cancer. A donation of $10 shall be made (with a maximum gift of $15,000) to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure for every Fall Harvest Festival guest who wears something pink while they're enjoying the festivities. Representatives from the Komen organization are also going to be on hand to answer questions and provide informational materials. As an extra incentive, the first 1,500 Empire Club members who visit a promotions booth that day receive a free, $2 exacta box ticket on one of that evening's live races. "While the Fall Harvest Festival is one of our fun events, we wanted to use to help a worthy cause," Raceway COO Bob Galterio. "We encourage everyone to come out and have a great time." "Our organization is pleased to participate," SOA of New York president Joe Faraldo said. "The owners, drivers and trainers have always been very generous with their support." The Fall Harvest Festival takes place trackside from 4 PM-8 PM, with the first Legislators' Challenge races set for 5:30 PM. Post time for the live racing card is the usual 7:10 PM. Frank Drucker

DAYTON - Hollywood Dayton Raceway is pleased to announce it will offer a text alert system to keep harness racing trainers and owners apprised of daily developments at the new track. Included in the text alerts will be timely notifications of class condition changes, classes being combined, classes that did not fill, classes carried over or added to the next draw, classes remaining open to get fuller fields, weather updates when significant enough to cause concern, etc. To get on the list to receive the text alerts, horsemen need to text to: 55000, and then type the word: Dayton (in the message area), then hit send. You will receive a welcome notice that asks you to reply with your first and last name, then you are on the list. If you do not have an unlimited text plan, text charges could apply. You can opt out at any time. "This is a valuable communications tool that can keep trainers better informed about key information they need and want. Especially at ship-in only facilities, it is a great option to get key information disseminated as quickly as possible," said Race Secretary Gregg Keidel. Gregg Keidel  

Lexington, KY - Grand Circuit harness racing resumes on Friday at The Red Mile with no fewer than eight two-year-old stakes on the eleven race card. The $382,600 International Stallion Stakes (INSS) for colt trotters drew five divisions while the $253,000 filly pace split three ways.   The pacing fillies open the Friday matinee card in races one, three and five with the middle division looking the toughest on paper. That split features the Red Mile debut of undefeated World Champ JK She'salady for owner/breeders the 3 Brothers Stable of New York.   The Art Major filly from Presidential Lady has been just vicious thus far in her seven race career putting a few withering moves on the competition at Mohawk including the record-equaling 1:50.1 mile in the $441,600 She's A Great Lady final. Her most recent was an easy score in a division of the Kentuckiana stakes at Hoosier Park.   Trained in the Nancy Johansson barn and driven by Yannick Gingras, JK She'salady will find a pretty talented field waiting for her on Friday.   Chief among the competition is the speedy Bettor Be Steppin, who won the other Kentuckiana split and further impressed last week here in Lexington with a forwardly placed 1:52 win, closing it out with a 26.3 final quarter under no pressure. She races for the Val D'Or Farms, Rojan Stables and Ted Gewertz and is trained by Joe Holloway, who has long had a "way with the ladies".   The accomplished Bedroomconfessions also caught this division as did Hilary's Style and Heavenly Bride, both coming off excellent races in week one of the meet.   Two of the Bluegrass division winners from last week will meet in a division of the INSS carded as the day's tenth race. The Bank and Southwind Stryker square off for the top prize in the $76,100 contest. Both colts trotted in 1:53.4 in their respective Bluegrass start and both used a stalking trip to get the job done.   The Bank has a slight post advantage beginning from post two for trainer/driver Jimmy Takter. He rolled up second over, closing in 28 flat to win by a half-length. Bred by part owner Goran Falk he races for Falk and Christina Takter and has made just shy of $65,000 thus far.   Southwind Stryker (Muscle Hill x Soxeelady) was a winner for the very first time in the Bluegrass mile but is just shy of the $100,000 mark in earnings for the partnership of Millard, Van Camp, Taylor and trainer Brad Maxwell who gave $40,000 for him at the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale last fall. Driver Tim Tetrick gave him a good trip then said good things about the colt last week and has the return engagement this Friday.   It is by no means a two horse races as Haughton winner Centurion ATM and the highest priced yearling of 2013 Whom Shall I Fear (Father Patrick's little brother) are also a part of the talented field.   Friday post time is 1:00pm.   Nick Salvi

Columbus, OH --- Harness Racing Update is reporting that Hambletonian champion Trixton has been retired. Trainer/driver Jimmy Takter confirmed to HRU that the son of Muscle Hill-Emilie Cas El, who last raced in the Canadian Trotting Classic, where he broke stride, has had some nagging problems that finally caught up with the colt. To read the full story, click here. Trixton - Hambletonian from the USTA Communications Department 

Freehold, NJ --- Father Patrick made it four wins in a row when he captured his division of the Bluegrass Stakes at The Red Mile and as a result moved up to No. 2 in this week’s Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown harness racing poll. The 3-year-old male trotter received eight first-place votes, an increase of five. Older male trotter Sebastian K, who did not race, remained No. 1. He received 25 first-place votes, a decrease of two from last week. Artspeak, a 2-year-old male pacer who won his division of the Bluegrass and is ranked No. 5, got the remaining two first-place votes. Sweet Lou finished fifth in the Ewart Memorial for older male pacers at Scioto Downs and slipped from second to third in the rankings. There were no newcomers to the Top 10. Hambletonian/Breeders Crown Standardbred Poll: Week 20 – 9/30/2014 Rank Name (1st Place Votes) A/G/S Record Earnings Points Pvs 1 Sebastian K (25) 8th 10-8-1-0 $620,603 334 1 2 Father Patrick (8) 3tc 12-10-1-0 $1,183,451 308 3 3 Sweet Lou 5ph 15-10-1-1 $950,533 264 2 4 Trixton 3tc 11-8-1-1 $893,370 207 4 5 Artspeak (2) 2pc 7-7-0-0 $479,450 191 5 6 JK She’salady 2pf 7-7-0-0 $378,575 145 6 7 McWicked 3pc 15-9-3-1 $939,346 90 7 8 He’s Watching 3pc 11-5-3-1 $824,728 85 8 9 Shake It Cerry 3tf 12-10-0-1 $622,436 77 10 10 Lifetime Pursuit 3tf 14-8-2-2 $673,729 64 9 Also: Limelight Beach (38), JK Endofanera (25), Nuncio (23), Yankee Bounty (17), Sandbetweenurtoes (10), Mission Brief (7), Classic Martine, Market Share (6), Modern Family (5), All Bets Off, Billy Flynn (4), Always B Miki, Bigtown Hero, Cee Bee Yes, Dancin Yankee, Habitat, Somewhere In LA, Somwherovrarainbow (2), Wild Honey (1). by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications 

Columbus, OH --- The Ohio State Racing Commission approved several items on an agenda shorter than normal when it met in Columbus earlier today, including a request to add a live quarter horse racing day at Belterra Park on Oct. 5. The commission also ratified Northfield Park’s proposal to make up four days lost earlier in the year. Three days will be added in October and another in December. A majority of time was spent listening to updates on agreements, as required by Ohio law, that relate to the opening of Video Lottery Terminals at two racetracks, and on applications for 2015 racing dates. Representatives of the seven harness and thoroughbred tracks and Ohio Harness Horsemen’s Association President Steve McCoy provided assessments. Updates included the following: Mr. McCoy and Luther Heckman, representing the racetrack, said Northfield Park and horsemen will sign a two-party agreement allowing the track to schedule 214 live racing days in 2015, four days over the legislated limit without an agreement. Mark Loewe, representing Dayton Raceway, said he believes the OHHA supports 75 days for next year at the racetrack, and he expects to have a schedule finalized shortly. Helen Carlo said Miami Valley Gaming and Racing has requested 89 days next year, a number of live days supported by the OHHA. Scioto Downs has applied for 100 days, the legislated minimum based upon VLT wagering at the racetrack.  Mr. Loewe also spoke on behalf of Mahoning Valley and said an agreement has been signed for 2015 and beyond for the racetrack to schedule 100 live days over 25 weeks annually. David Ellsworth said Thistledown will revise its current dates application in order to add an extra week and offer 100 live days during 25 weeks. The track has a signed agreement to that effect with the HBPA. Ken Kaufman, representing Belterra Park, said 93 Thoroughbred days were applied for in 2105, a number he expects the HBPA to endorse. Mr. Kaufman also addressed possible issues with the racing surface following the deaths of five horses during a short period of time. He had Dennis Moore, track superintendent at Santa Anita in California, visit the Cincinnati racetrack recently. He reported that Mr. Moore made suggestions, already adopted. Mr. Moore is expected to make final recommendations shortly. There have been no problems in this area during the last two weeks.  Belterra Park’s general manager also commented positively about progress to reach agreement on the amount of revenue horsemen will receive from VLT proceeds at the racetrack. OHHA and Northfield Park representatives also expressed optimism related to negotiations for the same type of agreement there.  One or both agreements, if approved in time, would be considered by the racing commission at its next meeting on Oct. 23. It will be held at the Riffe Center in Columbus at 10 a.m. by Marty Evans, for the Ohio State Racing Commission Courtesy of the USTA Web Newsroom

The connections of Swedish star Commander Crowe have officially accepted an invitation to the $500,000 Breeders Crown Trot for the third time and the chestnut champion will make his first star on U.S. soil this fall. Commander Crowe raced in the Breeders Crown Trot in 2011-2012 at Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto, finishing third to San Pail and third to Chapter Seven in his respective events. Since moving to the stable of French trainer Fabrice Souloy in 2010, Commander Crowe, now 11, is still going strong. He earned a Breeders Crown invitation by winning the Aby Stora Pris, a Grade 1 event in Gothenburg, Sweden, in August. Owned by Snogarps Gard AB (Barbro Wihlborg, Ulf Wihlborg & Joakim Wihlborg) the gelded son of Juliano Star-Somack-Mack Lobell has won 60 races in 103 starts, for earnings of $4.7 million. "We are delighted to accept your kind invitation for our horse Commander Crowe in order to participate in this years Breeders Crown for older trotters," said Joakim Wihlborg via emial. "We are fully aware of the conditions and we are looking forward to be a part of the big event." The last invited foreign horse to win the Breeders Crown Trot was Italian sensation Varenne, who captured the trophy with a then-world-record 1:51.1 at the Meadowlands. Trainer Fabrice Souloy reports that Commander Crowe will arrive in the U.S. in mid-October. The $500,000 Breeders Crown Trot is one of 12 championship events worth a total of $5.6 million to be raced at The Meadowlands over the weekend of Friday, Nov.21 and Saturday, Nov. 22. For more information visit or    

MANALAPAN, NJ - September 30, 2014 - The schedule for the free health screenings supervised by the Backstretch Community Assistance Program [BCAP] and sponsored by the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey, has been revised, shifting the Freehold Raceway event to Thursday, October 9, 2014. This is a week later than originally announced. The time remains 12 noon to 3 p.m. The program, which began in mid-September, will make its next stop on Monday, October 6 at Gaitway Farms from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. For further information, contact Dr. Chris Samaha at 732-740-5376. Dates, times and which screenings are available at each location are listed below: 2014 HEALTH SCREENINGS & FLU VACCINATIONS DATES Monday, October 6 at Gaitway Farms 355 Highway 33 Manalapan Township, NJ 07726 11:30 am - 2:30 pm (CH, BP, G, BF, V & Flu Shots) Thursday, October 9 at Freehold Raceway Paddock 12 pm - 3 pm (CH, G, BP & Flu Shots) Wednesday, October 15 at White Birch 214 Route 526 Allentown, NJ 08501 11:30 am - 2:30 pm (CH, G, BP, BF & Flu Shots) Monday, October 20 at Magical Acres 160 Crosswicks-Chesterfield Road Trenton, NJ 08620 11:30 am - 2 pm (CH, BP, G & Flu Shots) Wednesday, October 22 at Showplace Farms [BCAP Office, Above Barn J] 11:30 am - 2:30 pm (CH, BP, G, BF, V & Flu Shots) Screening Legend: BF= Body Fat Index BP= Blood Pressure. CH=Cholesterol G= Glucose V= Vision by Carol Hodes, for the SBOANJ

The Meadowlands has unveiled its supporting feature races for The Breeders Crown. There will be four (4) separate mini-series for three year olds of both sex and gait. The conditions for these series will be horses that have not earned $100,000 in 2014. Purses for the eliminations will be $20,000, with an estimated $50,000 Final. The races will include a one-time $500 starting fee. The three year old colt and filly trotters will compete in their eliminations on Friday, November 14th with the finals to be contested on Friday, November 21st. The three year old colt and filly pacers have eliminations on Friday, November 21st and the finals on Saturday, November 29th, which is the night of the TVG Free For All Championships. In addition, there will be four (4) separate four year old open events for pacers, trotters, mare pacers and mare trotters carrying a $40,000 purse on Saturday, November 22nd. Lastly, any overnight events that are used on either Friday, November 21st or Saturday, November 22nd will carry a 20-percent increase above the standard purse. Any horsemen with questions can contact Director of Racing Operations, Darin Zoccali at (201) 460-4041 or Click here for the undercard Darin Zoccali

Columbus, OH --- Results of an intensive, United States Trotting Association-funded scientific study intended to ascertain the appropriate regulatory level for determining the excessive presence of the naturally-occurring substance cobalt were announced on Tuesday (Sept. 30). Based upon extensive research, the scientists have concluded that 70 parts per billion in blood is the appropriate regulatory threshold. The recommendation guards against false positives, while identifying those who are engaged in artificial administration with the intent to enhance a horse's performance. "I want to thank Doctors Maylin, McKeever and Malinowski for applying appropriate scientific principles and protocols to achieve a regulatory threshold that is both reasonable for the industry and efficacious in deterring those who would choose to violate it," said USTA President Phil Langley in praising the contingent's diligent efforts. "With substances that are a natural constituent of a horse like cobalt, there is always a fine line between catching the cheaters and protecting innocent horsemen from violation. These scientists worked hard to achieve a proper balance, which should serve as a guidepost for the rest of the industry," added Langley. The USTA Medication Advisory Committee will continue to study the overall effects of cobalt and other substances in the racehorse in greater detail. Research indicates that cobalt stimulates the production of erythropoietin (EPO) to produce red blood cells. Widespread abuse of cobalt by human athletes has been rumored for years, and its purported use in racehorses prompted the USTA to take a highly proactive approach in the prevention of its artificial administration for the purpose of illicit performance enhancement. In June, the USTA contracted with Dr. George Maylin of New York's Drug Testing and Research Program at Morrisville State College to determine at what level cobalt ceases being considered a naturally occurring substance and becomes a clear attempt at performance enhancement. His work was assisted by Director Dr. Karyn Malinowski and Associate Director Dr. Ken McKeever from the Equine Science Center at Rutgers University in New Jersey. Based upon the USTA's funding, Dr. Maylin was able to secure a long-term lease of a specialized state-of-the-art instrument required to conduct proper scientific analysis to determine the presence and levels of cobalt in samples. That new, unique equipment with unrivaled performance differentiates these results from any other scientific study on the artificial introduction of cobalt in horses. It is anticipated that the regulators in several jurisdictions will consider the suggested threshold when the supporting data is released. From the USTA Communications Department    

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