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Freehold, NJ --- The test is coming soon. Harness racing trainer John Butenschoen hopes his young student Ideal Rocky is ready to excel. Ideal Rocky is among 23 horses preparing for Saturday’s (Aug. 29) three eliminations for the Metro Pace for 2-year-old male pacers at Mohawk Racetrack in Ontario. The top three finishers from each division plus a fourth-place finisher drawn by lot will advance to the C$685,000 final on Sept. 5. The Mohawk card also includes eliminations for the Canadian Pacing Derby for older male pacers and the She’s A Great Lady Stakes for 2-year-old female pacers. Ideal Rocky, the New Jersey Sire Stakes champion, is in the second of the three Metro eliminations. He is 6-1 on the morning line, with Corey Callahan driving for trainer Butenschoen. Brad Maxwell’s Control The Moment, undefeated in five lifetime starts, is the 7-5 choice. Eight of the last nine editions of the Metro Pace on a fast track have been won with times faster than 1:51, with four triumphs in less than 1:50. None of this year’s 23 Metro hopefuls have been quicker than 1:51.1 so far, and only four have won with times faster than 1:52. Ideal Rocky’s mark is 1:52.4, set in a non-stakes start Aug. 7 at the Meadowlands. “It looks like it’s a real evenly matched group of colts up there,” Butenschoen said. “A lot of these horses are pacing big last halves and quarters. We know they have speed, but when they stretch them out and get to the three-quarters in 1:21 or 1:22 we’ll see which ones get tired and which ones have fight to them. We don’t know. “It will be interesting to see which ones are going to step up. Time will tell. We’ll know in another week for sure. Hopefully when they push them a little harder (Ideal Rocky) will have enough fight left in him to push on and be a good colt.” With a name like “Rocky,” he should show some fight. “Hopefully he’ll be on the right side of the way we’re thinking than on the wrong side,” Butenschoen said, laughing. Ideal Rocky is a son of stallion Rocknroll Hanover, who won the 2004 Metro Pace in 1:49.4, out of the mare Eternity’s Delight, who won the 2006 Jugette. He was purchased for $47,000 at the Standardbred Horse Sale and is owned by Bill Wiswell, Jean Goehlen, and Eugene Schick. His family also includes previous New Jersey Sire Stakes champion colt I Fought Dalaw as well as stakes-winners Emeritus Maximus, Racing Star, and Western Glory. “We spend as much time at the farms as we can,” Butenschoen said. “We probably look at two-thirds of all the horses that are in the sale. He was on Bill’s list of pedigree and my list of conformation, so we went after him. He’s a real well-bred colt. He looked the part. “If he had been New York-eligible or Pennsylvania-eligible, I think he would have been well over a six-figure horse. We got a discount for the New Jersey program. It’s hard to make money there. Hopefully things will get changed around; some legislation (in New Jersey) will prove fruitful. My Pennsylvania colts aren’t eligible to the Metro because they can race for enough money without having to go. But this colt has to go somewhere to get a shot at better money.” Ideal Rocky has won three of six races and earned $82,144. He heads to his Metro Pace elimination off a third-place finish in a division of the Nassagaweya Stakes on Aug. 22 at Mohawk. The Catamount Kid won the race, with Sossy’s King Kong finishing second. “We made a couple little equipment changes on him after his start up there,” Butenschoen said. “He had the rail and was looking at stuff down on the inside. We kind of gave up the race a little bit last week when he wasn’t able to get out of there how we wanted to. Then coming first up into soft fractions wasn’t quite his trip. “But it was a good race for him and a learning lesson for us. We trained him yesterday and he trained good. Hopefully with a start up there over the track he should be ready to roll. We’ll see what we’ve got.” Below are the fields for the Metro eliminations, with drivers, trainers and morning line. Elimination One 1. Bank Shot Hanover by The Panderosa, Corey Callahan, Daniel Renaud, 12-1 2. Blayde Hanover by Somebeachsomewhere, Sylvain Filion, Tony O’Sullivan, 15-1 3. Stonebridge Beach by Mach Three, Stephane Pouliot, Stephane Larocque, 12-1 4. Check Six by Somebeachsomewhere, Matt Kakaley, Ron Burke, 5-2 5. Voracity by Sportswriter, Randy Waples, Tony Alagna, 2-1 6. American Passport by American Ideal, Scott Zeron, Tony Alagna, 4-1 7. Cruise Patrol by Bettor's Delight, Brett Miller, Jimmy Takter, 6-1 8. Nvestment Bluechip by Shadow Play, Jody Jamieson, Dave Menary, 8-1 Elimination Two 1. Carter Beach by Somebeachsomewhere, Jody Jamieson, Carl Jamieson, 10-1 2. Highlandbeachycove by Somebeachsomewhere, Scott Zeron, Tony Alagna, 12-1 3. Sossy’s King Kong by Dragon Again, Doug McNair, R. Nifty Norman, 8-1 4. Ideal Rocky by Rocknroll Hanover, Corey Callahan, John Butenschoen, 6-1 5. Manny by American Ideal, David Miller, Howard Okusko Jr., 10-1 6. Control The Moment by Well Said, Randy Waples, Brad Maxwell, 7-5 7. Racing Hill by Roll With Joe, Brett Miller, Tony Alagna, 5-1 8. Manhattan Beach by Somebeachsomewhere, Matt Kakaley, Ron Burke, 7-2 Elimination Three 1. Mind Trip by American Ideal, Brett Miller, Tony Alagna, 5-1 2. Talk Show by Art Major, John Campbell, Steve Elliott, 2-1 3. Betting Line by Bettor's Delight, Steve Condren, Casie Coleman, 3-1 4. Pretty Boy Hill by Somebeachsomewhere, Matt Kakaley, Ron Burke, 6-1 5. Rodeo Rock by Rock N Roll Heaven, Randy Waples, Don Swick, 12-1 6. The Catamount Kid by Well Said, Jody Jamieson, Carl Jamieson, 5-2 7. Real Kid by Real Desire, Doug McNair, Larry Ainsworth, 15-1 by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications 

The annual Kentucky Sires Stakes (KYSS) Championship Night, featuring eight $175,000 finals for 2 -and 3-year-old pacers and trotters, is set for Sunday, Aug. 30, at The Red Mile. The night is a great opportunity for fans in the Bluegrass State to see the "new" Red Mile, which has been undergoing renovations that includes a newly-remodeled simulcasting area and a soon-to-open area for 906 Historical Racing machines. All four KYSS 2-year-old champions will be on the track in their respective finals on Sunday night in hopes of repeating. Although the 2014 Two-Year-Old Colt Trot champ Cinnabar Hall was winless in 10 starts heading into this year's KYSS action, the son of Groton Hall has swept his two preliminaries as he is the odds-on favorite to repeat. Reigning filly trot champ Armatrading scored a career-best 1:55.4 victory in round two of the KYSS as she hopes to defend her title. Cielle, who won last year's 2-Year-Old Filly Pace final, is still searching for her first win in 2015, but the daughter of Third Straight has a second and third in the KYSS prelims. The one to beat in the final for 3-year-old filly pacers is Twilight Princess, who has swept her way into the final and has the continent's leading dash-winning driver Aaron Merriman in the sulky. Merriman will also drive defending colt champion Bestbestraight in the final for 3-year-old pacers, with the son of Third Straight posting a win and fourth in the opening two legs. Formidable competition should come the way of Tail Gunner Hall, who has six wins and four seconds in 10 starts this year. Also a son of Third Straight, Tail Gunner Hall scored a career-best 1:52 win in a Kentucky Fair contest earlier this month at The Red Mile, and he comes into the KYSS final off a 1:53.2 win in the second KYSS round. In the 2-year-old finals, prelim winners Cavalcade Hall and Barryscourt will meet up in the colt trot, as will Kentucky Hall and Abbieville in the filly trot. Filly pace prelim winners Lakeisha Hall and Bellatricks will square off in the filly pace, while Cracker Cam, who swept his way in the opening rounds for freshman male pacers, is heavily favored in the final. Nearly 200 televisions have been added to the renovated wagering and simulcasting area, with harness, Quarter Horse and Thoroughbred signals available. The area includes added wagering windows and self-serve units. Also, new, appetizing food service options are available. Two guaranteed Pick 4 pools will be available for wagering. There will be a $10,000 guaranteed Pick 4 on races 7-10, with a $7,500 guaranteed Pick 4 on races 11-15. If there are no winning tickets on the first Pick 4, there will be a carryover into the second Pick 4. Post time for the first race is 7 p.m. Admission and parking is free. The Red Mile  

Louisville, KY --- She may not possess the height, girth or breadth of some of her colleagues or capture any awards for her breathtaking beauty, but Armatrading has what it takes to be a Kentucky Sire Stakes champion. Her pilot and conditioner, Mark O’Mara, actually has a specific phrase for her personality and feels this particular trait sets her up perfectly to repeat that feat on Sunday (Aug. 30) at The Red Mile in the $175,000 final for 3-year-old filly trotters. “She has the “little man’s syndrome,” said the Florida Hall of Fame member. “She is not very big or flashy, but when it is time to go on the track she puffs up because all she wants to do is win. I think she wants to prove size doesn’t matter and with her it doesn’t. She always tries so hard.” A daughter of Groton Hall and the Dream Vacation mare Silver Thatch, Armatrading is co-owned by her breeder Atlantic Trot Inc. and Oscarsson Racing Stable. Although Silver Thatch was unraced and is not as prolific as Wonderbolt, the dam of Kentucky Sire Stakes champions Bolt The Duer (Ponder, p,3,1:47.4f, $1,828,995), Blue Claw (Jenna’s Beach Boy, p,4,1:49.4, $576,635) and Shanghai Lil (Jenna’s Beach Boy, p,2,1:51.2, $1,070,251), she has produced three Sire Stakes finals starters and one champion. Armatrading, the fifth of six foals from her dam, is the only one of her siblings to bring home the title, as she was the 2014 2-year-old trotting filly winner. Her half-brother Banco Solo (Master Glide, 4,1:53.4f, $264,852) was fifth as the second choice in 2012 as a freshman and his connections thought enough of him to race him in the Hambletonian, Stanley Dancer Memorial and the American-National as a 3-year-old. Her other half-brother Scacco Matto (Master Glide, 4,1:55.4f, $121,434) was third in his edition of the 2013 2-year-old final as the favorite and second as the public’s second selection in his 2014 contest as a sophomore. This filly’s record may not be to the same level as her older brothers, but give it time. Last year as a freshman, Armatrading was 9-2-0-2, earned $111,184 and trotted in 1:57.4, which may not immediately grab peoples’ attention, but she was in top form throughout the summer and fall months. Previously trained by the now deceased Kenneth Oscarsson, Armatrading was brought along slowly by design to be in peak fitness for the Kentucky competition in both the Sire Stakes series and for the Grand Circuit at Lexington. The filly ended her campaign with fourth place finishes in an $84,250 division of the Bluegrass Stake and an $80,550 division of the International Stallion Stake. O’Mara is following the same program as Oscarsson, who thought highly of her last year, when Armatrading was a freshman. She has only gone to the gate on five occasions this year as a 3-year-old with two wins, a second place finish and $12,750 in the bank, but she has lowered her mark to 1:55.4. She also enters the final off a very sharp triumph in her $15,000 Sire Stakes leg on Aug. 20. This was when she set her new speed badge and it was a strong rebound from a costly break when she finished sixth in the same company on Aug. 9. “She came to my barn in April,” O’Mara said. “The Kentucky Sire Stakes final was the goal for her all along so I brought her along slowly. She raced at Hoosier but that was to prepare her for this very race. She has a very smooth stride and does not normally break. That night (Aug. 9), however, she was actually a little too fresh. She was full of herself and wanted to go right then, but she got right back on stride. In her last race she was so ready to trot I had trouble keeping her settled in the post parade. Hopefully, I have done my job and she will be prepared to race well on Sunday night.” Armatrading is unlike many of the other members of her age, gender and gait group, in that she has absolutely perfect manners and is very calm. “She is so quiet,” O’Mara said. “When she is in the stall it is like she is not even in the barn. We train at a fair track and the fair recently ended, but we had a lot of visitors come to our barn. They would go right up to her stall, because she is the one they were attracted to because of her demeanor and manners. She got all the attention.” After her campaign to capture her second Kentucky Sire Stakes title has been satisfied, Armatrading will follow the same schedule that was employed last year. “I am not sure if she is quite good enough to beat some of the best 3-year-old trotting fillies out there,” O’Mara said. “But she has the heart and wants to win so badly. She proved herself last year at The Red Mile meet so she is eligible to those races again this year and to the American-National. I am very much looking forward to Sunday night and to the rest of the fall with her to see if we did our job right.” $175,000 Kentucky Sire Stakes Final-3-year-old Filly Trot PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer 1 - Jane Eyre by Groton Hall -Tom Jackson-Fred Grant      2 - Mama's Brokn Heart by Tsunami Ranger -TBA-John Duer      3 - Skeeter P by Master Glide  -Josh Sutton-Eric Patalan      4 - Wildcat Spirit by Groton Hall -Joe Putnam-Frank O'Mara     5 - Crime Wave Hall by Groton Hall -Luke Ebersole-Renee Houska     6 - Armatrading by Groton Hall -Mark O'Mara-Mark O'Mara by Kimberly French, USTA Web Newsroom Senior Correspondent   

Four divisions of harness racing sophomore fillies are set to wage war on Friday night at Scioto Downs Racino, vying for $120,000 in combined Ohio Sires Stakes (OSS) purses. A total of 15 pacing and 19 trotting Buckeye-bred distaffs will line up behind the starting gate, beginning with a first race post time of 6:30 pm, ET. Multiple OSS victress Karlee Sue headlines the first $40,000 division of OSS pacing fillies (Race One) for trainer and co-owner AL Tomlinson. The Novi, MI-based conditioner has harnessed the daughter of Feelin Friskie-Magical Jeanie-Magical Mike to $99,227 in career earnings for partners Dennis Stolz of Midland, MI and Daniel A. Mitchell of Novi, MI. Karlee Sue, a $20,000 yearling purchase from the 2013 Blooded Horse Sale, captured the third leg of this series on Aug. 14 at Northfield Park, stopping the timer in 1:55.1. She captured leg two on June 12 at Scioto Downs, timed in 1:54.2. Bred by Midland Acres, Karlee Sue will leave form post two in the eight horse field with Kayne Kauffman at the lines. Her seasonal earnings stand at $73,088. Rival Bell Flower will leave from post four in this same race for Chris Page and trainer Virgil Morgan, Jr. This daughter of Fly Fly Buckeye-Our Lady Countess-Artsplace was an $8,000 yearling at the 2013 Blooded Horse Sale and has returned $198,501 to her investors. Owned by Bruce & Patricia Soulsby of Powell, OH, Dean Davis of Wooster, OH and Carl Howard of Powell, OH, Bell Flower is a multiple Ohio Fair Stake (OHFS) winner and captured the first leg of this OSS series on May 1 at Miami Valley Raceway in 1:53.1 in wire-to-wire fashion. She has ten career wins, a second and one third in 16 trips postward. In the second $40,000 OSS pacing division (Race Five), Crosswinds Cupcake, a homebred daughter of Stand Forever leaves from post four with Danny Noble in the sulky. Conditioned by David Elliott for owner Stephen Sexton of Xenia, OH and Crosswinds Stable Farm of Waynesville, OH, Crosswinds Cupcake has seasonal earnings of $85,690 to date. She won her OSS test on Aug. 14 at Northfield Park wire-to-wire in 1:54.1 and had won the second OSS leg on June 12 at Northfield in similar fashion, timed in 1:55. A winner of $126,362 lifetime, this venerable filly is out of the unraced Artsplace mare Keystone Mulberry, a multiple stakes producer. Friskie Lil Devil starts from post seven in this same event for trainer Brian Brown and driver Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. The daughter of Feelin Friskie-Devils Desire-Cole Muffler won the $200,000 OSS Championship and one $40,000 leg of this series as a 2-year-old, amassing $177,266 during her freshman campaign. Bred by Midland Acres and owned by the Lil Devil Stables of Findlay, OH, Friskie Lil Devil was a $20,000 yearling purchase at the 2013 Blooded Horse Sale. She won the $38,000 Hackett at Miami Valley Raceway on April 24 and has added an additional $52,924 to her coffers this season. Dark Roast, who has captured every leg of this OSS series to date for diagonally-gaited specialists, will start from post nine in this fourth $40,000 leg (Race Three). The daughter of Full Count-Edens Mardi Gras-Armbro Mesquite will be reined by Kurt Sugg for trainer Marty Wollam, and owners Acadia Farm of Canfield, OH and G&B Racing of New Wilmington, PA. Bred by Marvin Raber of Baltic, OH, Dark Roast has $118,288 in career earnings, with six wins, a trio of seconds and four thirds in 16 lifetime starts. She won leg one on May 1 at Miami Valley Raceway in 1:58; the second leg on June 12 at Northfield Park in 1:57.3 and the third leg on Aug. 14 in 1:57.1, with wire-to-wire ease. To date this season she has $69,245 in earnings. Lisa Jane and driver Ryan Stahl will leave from post six for trainer Scott Cox. Owned by the Parent Racing Stable LLC, Holland, OH and G Peters of Akron, OH, Lisa Jane won her OSS test on June 12 at Northfield in 1:55.4, leading at every post. The daughter of Neely Dunn-Vanilla B-Donerail was bred by Henry Burkholder of Homesville, OH and was a $10,000 yearling purchase at the 2013 Blooded Horse Sale. Lisa Jane also won an OBS on June 19 at Scioto Downs in 1:56.3 and has only missed one check all season. She last finished second to the aforementioned Dark Roast in that Northfield, Aug. 14 OSS outing, and has seven career victories to her credit in 18 starts. In the second, $40,000 OSS trotting division (Race Six) Like Old Times leaves form post four with Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. aboard. Trained by Don McKirgan for breeder-owner Keith Ross of Bellefontaine, OH, the daughter of Chip Chip Hooray-Royal Two-Royal Troubadour has amassed $108,512 in seasonal earnings, and has captured two previous OSS series legs. Like Old Times won her last OSS test on Aug. 14 at Northfield, leading at every post, in 1:57. She captured the second leg of this series on June 12 at Northfield Park in 1:57 and won an Ohio Breeders Stake (OBS) on June 9 at Scioto Downs in 1:56.2. This 3-year-old lass has 12 career victories to her credit with $172,617 in lifetime earnings. From 12 starts this season, she's garnered nine wins and a trio of third-place finishes. Student Of Life hails from post ten, in the second tier, for driver Kurt Sugg and trainer Marty Wollam. The daughter of Full Count-Lynn's Slider-Andover Hall has earned $86,300 during her sophomore campaign, with five wins, three seconds and one third in ten tries. She last finished second to Like Old Times in that OSS test at Northfield on Aug. 14, but had previous won a $53,150 Ohio State Fair-Pride Of Ohio Stake on Aug. 7 at Scioto Downs in 1:57.3. She also won an OHFS in 1:57.1 at Northfield on Aug.1 and had won the first leg of this series on May 1 at Miami Valley Raceway in 1:59.1. Bred by Marvin Raber of Baltic, Ohio, Student Of Life is owned by Acadia Farms of Canfield, OH and by G&B Racing of New Wilmington, PA. Kimberly Rinker

Boca Raton, FL - August 27, 2015 - Meadow Skipper, The Untold Story, written by equine professionals Victoria M. Howard and Bob Marks, has been pre-released. Meadow Skipper, The Untold Story, is an unofficial autobiography of the historical life story of the Standardbred world champion pacer, Meadow Skipper, as told in a unique fashion with commentary by the horse himself. The book features many action photographs of Meadow Skipper during his racing career and his life as the most prominent stallion in the history of the sport since Rysdyk's Hambletonian back in the 1850's. The novel follows Meadow Skipper from his birth in 1960 through his intense racing career with trainer/driver Earle Avery. Meadow Skipper was a world or seasonal champion during each year that he raced. Once retired to stud duty, he went on to sired more than 1,700 progeny and as a stud, his progeny earned more than $66 million. Some of his world champion foals include Albatross, Most Happy Fella, Ralph Hanover, Handle With Care, Naughty But Nice, Genghis Khan, Chairmanoftheboard and Governor Skipper, just to name a few of the nearly countless top horses he bred. Published by Tate Publishing, the book is now available only through the publisher at It will be sold throughout bookstores nationwide beginning in September. Victoria M. Howard has raised, bred and raced harness horses for over 40 years. Howard has published 12 books. Her prior equine novels include Roosevelt Raceway; Where it all began and a children's book, The Adventures of Max & Molly. Bob Marks is a longtime marketing head of Perretti Farms in New Jersey and a noted equine writer, Standardbred pedigree expert and professional handicapper. He was recently inducted into the Harness Racing Hall of Fame in July, 2015. This is his first novel. A book signing tour is set to begin on Sunday, October 4 at the Lexington Select Yearling Sales in Lexington, KY. For more information or interview requests please contact Steven Wolf, publicist, at (954) 654-3757 or send an email to by Steven Wolf

The Ohio State Racing Commission (OSRC) unanimously approved recommended fines and suspensions regarding "Use of the Whip" and other rules for Standardbred (harness) Racing at its monthly meeting at 77 S. High St., Columbus, Ohio on Aug. 25. The "Use of Whip" rule outlines specifies types of whips and the amount of force a driver can deliver when utilizing a whip in a race. "These fines and suspensions are a guide for judges," stressed Chairman Schmitz. "Judges, ultimately, have the final call and it's up to their discretion to issue penalties in regards to the severity of infractions." Listed below are the guidelines for fines and suspensions, reviewed & approved by the OSRC, on Aug. 25, 2015. 1) Cutting a horse with the whip or visibly injuring a horse (3768-17-17- (L)) a) $500 fine and a 3-day driving suspension for first offense in Ohio b) $1,000 fine, a 5-day suspension, and referral to OSRC for second offense with 365 days in Ohio 2) Excessive/Indiscriminate, abusive whipping, whipping after the finish, whipping out of contention, illegal whip (3769-17-17 (B), (C), (D), (E), (F), (G), (I), (J), (K), (L)) a) $300.00 fine for first offense in Ohio b) $300.00 fine, a 3-day driving suspension for second offense within 365 days in Ohio c) $500.00 fine, a 5-day driving suspension & referral to OSCR for third offense within 365 days in Ohio 3) Failure to keep a line in each hand (3769-17-17 (A)) a) $300.00 fine for first offense in Ohio b) $300.00 fine and a 3-day driving suspension for second offense within 365 days in Ohio c) $500.00 fine, a 5-day driving suspension and referral to OSRC for third offense within 365 days in Ohio 4) Kicking (3769-17-16 (C)) a) $300.00 fine for first offense in Ohio b) $300.00 fine & a 3-day suspension for second offense within 365 days in Ohio c) $500.00 fine, a 5-day driving suspension & referral to OSRC for third offense within 365 days in Ohio 5) Leaning back excessively in the sulky (3769-17-16 (D)) a) $200.00 fine for first offense in Ohio b) $300.00 fine for second offense within 365 days in Ohio c) $500.00 fine, a 3-day driving suspension and referral to OSRC for third offense within 365 days in Ohio. Kimberly Rinker

This year's Racing Under Saddle New York Fair Series championship will be held on September 2 at Monticello Raceway along with the New York Sire Stake's County Fair Finals. This marks the second year of the series, which included nine races at seven fairs across the state. Horses and riders have been competing the last two months with the hopes of making it into the final race and capturing the championship title. Horses earned points during the series to determine final entries. Soon, the anticipation of what horses and riders will be competing in the final will be over. The draw will take place this Friday. All participants will earn $650 for earning their way into the championship race. Monticello Raceway is contributing $2,500 toward the final and the rest of the funds is coming from the series' flagship sponsor the New York Sire Stakes. The NYSS generously donated $5,000 as initial purse money. The winner will also receive a championship cooler donated by Peterson's Harness Shop in Vernon, N.Y. and a lead line donated by Divine Equine Custom Equipment. A High Point Rider Award will once again be presented at the final to the rider who has earned the most points, regardless of horse(s) ridden throughout the series. To be eligible for the award riders must participate in at least three races. Horses are required to compete and finish in at least two races throughout the series to be allowed entry into the championship race. Nine horses participated in the series with seven qualifying for the final. Points earned are accrued by horse, regardless of rider in each race. Up to five qualifiers will be eligible for the final race. In the event of a scratch, the horse with the next highest points will be entered into the final. In the event of a tie, charted race lines will be reviewed and the RUS NY Management Committee will select the horse to be entered based on past performance history. Michelle Miller, RUS NY President  

WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 27, 2015 -- The Meadows Racetrack & Casino announced today that it will take a break from live racing from Oct. 12 to Oct. 29. The break will enable The Meadows to prepare for winter racing. The Pennsylvania Harness Racing Commission has approved the schedule modification. The last program before the break is set for Saturday, Oct. 10, when the track hosts the Pennsylvania Fairs Championships. Opening weekend of the fall-winter meeting includes a live card Friday, Oct. 30, first post 12:55 PM, and an added live program Saturday, Oct. 31, to complement The Meadows' simulcast of the Thoroughbred Breeders' Cup. Live racing on Breeders' Cup day begins at 11:25 AM. The track and its Harmar off-track facility will remain open for simulcast viewing and wagering throughout the hiatus. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (August 27, 2015) - Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment (MRE), the world-class horse racing and entertainment facility located in New Jersey, announced today that its popular free to play "Real Time" Sports Contests will return for a second year in a row starting September 10, 2015 with the MRE Football Challenge. The contest can be played throughout MRE's $100 million facility that opened in November 2013 and at its sister property, Winners Off-Track Wagering in Bayonne. Players who have registered will be given an account with 1,000 points, enabling them to play every week starting Tuesday morning on any listed football game through the Monday Night game. Each Tuesday, Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment will award a weekly cash prize of $2,000.00 to the player who has earned the most points from the previous week. At the end of the regular football season, a Grand Prize of $10,000.00 will be awarded to the player with the most weekly wins. In addition, gifts and prizes from MRE will be awarded to runners up. Official rules will be posted at MRE and on its website, The MRE contest is played entirely via the MRE Sports App which is available for free download on both Androidâ„¢ and Apple® powered devices. The contest system is powered by CG Technology; a preeminent technology company based in Nevada, and will utilize real time information and real time results ensuring continual action for the contestants every day. "At Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment, we offer a state of the art facility with a popular Las Vegas themed sports bar," said Jeff Gural, owner of MRE. "Unlike other sports contests, our free to play "Real Time" Sports Contests offers football enthusiasts the opportunity to play all week long throughout our luxurious facility. We look forward to offering this product again this fall." About CG Technology CG Technology is an innovative gaming technology solutions provider for lottery, gaming, race, and sports wagering worldwide. We specialize in providing secure, scalable, mobile technology and risk management solutions to integrated resorts, gaming partners, race and sports books, and lottery industries. Our technology solutions are designed to meet the highest standards of regulatory compliance, transactional security, and customer experience. Headquartered in Las Vegas, Nevada, CG Technology continues to expand into new global markets in response to partner demand for its gaming and manufacturing licenses and superior technology solutions. Our products include Android and Apple compatible applications for sports wagering and real-money casino gaming, as well as our state of the art account-based wagering system. For more information please visit: Justin Horowitz          

Excess of $5000 to be donated to charities of top 3 drivers. Total races: 6 The series will consist of drivers representing 9 European countries, 1 New Zealand representative, along with 1 U. S. representative driver. Driver Nomination: USA drivers wishing to be eligible, will be required to pay in $200 prior to November 15, 2015. Any drivers paying after November 15, will be required to pay $300.00. Representative driver to be determined: USA Representative will be determined by FADC series point leader prior to February 14, 2016. Point and eligibility Series schedule will run from October 4, 2015 through February 14, 2016. The races will be the regular FADC races held at the Isle at Pompano Park. Currently, Pompano Park has scheduled weekly $5,000 claiming and $7,500 claiming races. Points also will be awarded for Event #18 late closer series scheduled for Saturday, December 19, Saturday December 26, and Final Saturday, January 2, 2016. Estimated Purse $12,000. Please see the Isle at pompano park web site for late closer nomination form. Drivers that race, but not paying a nomination fee will not receive points. Drivers will utilize their best 12 drives to determine their point total. In the event of a point tie, the USA representative will be determined by the driver with the highest UDRS of the eligibility series. Example: 12 starts 12 wins would have priority over driver with 15 starts and 12 wins. Points awarded by the following formula: 1st Place = (S+5) 2nd Place = (S) 3rd Place = (S-2) 4th Place = (S-3) 5th Place = (S-4) 6th Place = (S-5) 7th Place = (S-6) 8th Place = (S-7) 9th Place = (S-8) etc. Eligibility payment cut- off date: December 21, 2015. Payments will be made to: The Florida Amateur Driving Club. These funds will be used to help pay for our international guests accommodations and expenses. ELIGIBILITY of DRIVERS: All USA drivers will be required to be a member in good standing with the FADC, FSBOA and a USTA recognized amateur driving club. Drivers must have a minimum of a USTA "P" or Canadian "D" Lic. The Isle and FADC reserve the right to reject any driver nomination for safety concerns.   FURTHER QUESTIONS: Contact Dein Spriggs at or call (561) 676-0745   by Dein Spriggs for Isle Casino Pompano Park

Delaware, OH --- Fazoli’s, America’s largest quick-service Italian restaurant chain, will once again be the presenting sponsor for the $700,000 (est) Little Brown Jug brought to you by Fazoli’s scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 24, at the Delaware County Fairgrounds in Delaware, Ohio. The 70th edition of the Little Brown Jug, North America’s most prestigious harness race for 3-year-old pacers, will air live on CBS Sports Network, the 24-hour cable home of CBS Sports, from 5-6:30 p.m. (EDT). The Little Brown Jug telecast is made possible by the United States Trotting Association, Fazoli’s and the Ohio Harness Horsemen’s Association. “The Little Brown Jug is truly a part of Americana and we want to be a part of that tradition,” said Carl Howard, Fazoli’s president and CEO. “The Little Brown Jug and the national telecast is a great way to highlight the Fazoli's brand and to introduce to the public of the amazing franchise opportunities available with Fazoli’s.” "The Little Brown Jug is pleased to once again partner with Fazoli’s," noted Phil Terry, marketing manager of the Little Brown Jug. “With last year’s nationwide broadcast, we are gaining momentum in presenting this sport and our event to a whole new audience. Fazoli’s has been a great partner and with the way things are shaping up, we will have a very exciting and memorable event.” In addition to the live telecast, the 2015 Little Brown Jug will be promoted with a 30-day “Countdown to The Jug” and through an integrated social media campaign on The effort will also include creating content for the Harness Racing Fan Zone’s social media platforms, including Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Instagram, YouTube, Vine and Pinterest. In addition to the online promotions and television broadcast support, Fazoli’s will participate in race presentations and its logo will appear around the track and on race and wagering promotional material. About Fazoli’s An American family favorite for more than 25 years, Fazoli’s features a premium menu of freshly prepared Italian entrees. Already America’s largest Italian quick-service chain with approximately 220 company and franchised restaurants, Fazoli’s is expanding throughout the country. For your chance to own your own Fazoli’s go to You can also connect with Fazoli’s online at, @Fazolis, and About The Little Brown Jug The Little Brown Jug is the most prestigious 3-year-old pacing race in North America. The final leg of pacing’s “Triple Crown” is held each September at the Delaware County Fairgrounds in Delaware, Ohio and traditionally draws up to 50,000 fans. Since its establishment in 1946, many of the sport’s greatest champions have participated in the Little Brown Jug. For more on the Little Brown Jug, please visit Jay Wolf

COLUMBUS, MN. - Harness racing driver Luke Plano, a winner of 2,818 races, reached the $10 million purse earnings plateau on Wednesday night (August 26) at Running Aces. The 35-year-old son of veteran trainer-driver Rick Plano began his driving career at Cal Expo in California in 2000 when he won 26 races and earned $121,902 in purse money for the owners of the horses he drove in his rookie season. He had his first 100 win season in 2003 and has captured between 118 and 292 races every year since. Luke has sported a UDRS over .320 for the last eight seasons and earned purses in excess of $500,000 every year since 2004. Currently Plano is completing his first full season at Running Aces and stands fourth in the dash standings behind Nick Roland and Steve Wiseman, who are tied for the lead with 62, and Tim Maier who is one win ahead of Plano with 48. Plano's milestone victory came behind the trotter Al-Mar Pizzazz, who notched her fifth win in six starts since Luke became her regular pilot. The four-year-old SOS Lunar Eclipse daughter bested a field of condition and claiming trotters chasing a $4800 purse in 1:58.4. Norwegian-born trainer Ulf Holm-Johansen owns the Minnesota-sired trotter in partnership with Vernon Devine. A single astute handicapper solved the 50-cent Pick Six on Wednesday and was rewarded with a handsome $2,452 return. Gregg Keidel

Batavia, NY---Western New York harness racing driver Drew Monti was taken to a local hospital Wednesday night (Aug. 26) after being involved in a post-race spill that took place just past the wire. After finishing second with Schooner or Later in the fourth race, Monti's horse locked wheels with another horse while pulling up after the finish line, causing him to fall off the race bike. Before he could get up, he was struck by a trailing horse and knocked down again. Track and first aid personnel were on the scene immediately to assist Monti off the track and into the ambulance. He was evaluated on the scene and then transported to the Erie County Medical Center as a precautionary measure. Monti suffered cuts and abrasions but no broken bones and was released from the hospital late Wednesday night. Drew Monti currently sits third in the Batavia Downs driver standings with 19 wins on the meet. He finished second at the recently concluded Buffalo Raceway meet with 139. For his career, the 20-year-old Monti has 417 wins and $2.1 million in earnings. Tim Bojarski, Batavia Downs Media Relations

Jolie I Am (Prayer I Am) continued his winning ways on Wednesday night at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. The Andrew Byler-trained three year old is enjoying a terrific season in which he now owns six harness racing victories in nine starts. Leading driver Bruce Aldrich Jr. piloted Jolie I Am and moved the favorite out to the lead approaching the quarter pole. The race's 4-5 betting favorite dug in to prevail in a career best 1:58.1 in the evening's co-featured $11,250 conditional trot for New York Sired participants. The win was one of three on the night for Aldrich who owns a hefty lead in the local driver standings while conditioner Andrew Byler scored a pair of victories on the card. Byler's Dions Prayer (Prayer I Am) cruised to a wire-to-wire victory in a career best 2:00 with reinsman Jimmy Devaux in the sulky. Devaux scored a grand slam on the Wednesday card. Live racing continues on Thursday night at Saratoga with a first post time set for 7:05pm. Mike Sardella  

WILKES-BARRE PA - Truemass Volo and Love Matters both became two-time winners in the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes for harness racing two-year-old trotting colts with victories within the four divisions of the $251,780 third preliminary leg event on Wednesday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono.   First to record the double was the Muscle Massive-Tresbien Volo colt Truemass Volo, who set the pace then held off Sliding Off to his inside and Milligan's School to his outside in taking a new mark of 1:56.2 under the guidance of Tim Tetrick. Truemass Volo now has three consecutive wins after making breaks in his first two outings, peaking at a good time for trainer Doug Hamliton and owners John Erdner and Martin Garey.   The Explosive Matter-Lotsa Love colt Love Matters went in the race immediately after Truemass Volo's, and he is now undefeated in five lifetime starts (and two PaSS races; he skipped a leg), here lowering his mark to 1:55.2 while triumphing for driver Marcus Miller and trainer/father Erv, whose Ervin Miller Stable Inc. is the co-owner along with Paymaq Racing and Harvey Eisman.   The two first-time PaSS winners both paid off at better than 20-1, and one of them put up the fastest clocking of all. That would be the colt Iron Mine Bucky, giving Explosive Matter a siring double (his dam is My Foolish Dream) and lowering his mark to 1:54.4. Driver George Dennis moved the winner, who has now taken half his six lifetime starts, first-over on the second turn, and "Bucky" threw a 28 uncovered third quarter to clear to the lead and win nicely for trainer Colby Hubble and Iron Mine Branch LLC.   The Cantab Hall-Likeavirgin Lindy colt Landjack Hanover did get a little help on the way to his maiden victory, and given the luck he knew what to do and tripped the timer in 1:57.1 under the guidance of Corey Callahan. Landjack Hanover was third-inside at the ¾, but first pocketsitting Alexander Hanover jumped midturn and went to the infield, and then Desert Runner, still with about a 2½-length lead in midstretch, unfortunately lived up to the second half of his name, with Landjack Hanover there to pick up the pieces for trainer John Butenschoen and owners Give It A Shot Stable, Jerry Graham, and VIP Internet Stable LLC.   PHHA / Pocono      

Batavia, NY---A patient steer from a veteran harness racing driver produced an upset victory in the $9,500 mares Open pace feature at Batavia Downs on Wednesday night (Aug. 26). It was Badlands Love (Jim McNeight) who sat last and watched the rest of the field argue position before swooping in to claim the spoils. There was a traffic jam off the wings when Country Delight (Jack Flanigen) and All About Boyz (Dave McNeight III) went toe-to-toe through a fast 27.3 quarter. Not wanting to join the front-end fray yet locked out of a hole, heavy 1-9 favorite Ugly Betty (Drew Monti) ended up drafting third on the outside the entire time. These positions held firm past the half and three-quarters; that station in 1:26.2. As the group left the turn at the top of the stretch, Ugly Betty tried a three-wide tip and Dontch Remember (Ray Fisher Jr.) reached four-high. But wily veteran McNeight, who was saving ground the entire race, stuck to his guns and thus, the pylons, before barreling up the inside the pack to end up best of all with a 1:57.2 victory. It was the seventh win in 30 starts this year for Badlands Love ($29.40) and the winner's share pushed her coffers to $52,803 for owners Richard, Randy and Robert Roth. Richard Roth conditions the 4-year-old Badlands Hanover mare. Driver Shawn McDonough score a natural hat trick winning races six, seven and eight. Jim McNeight, Ron Beback Jr. and Jack Flanigen all tallied doubles. Racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Friday night (Aug. 28) with the first post set for 6:35 p.m. Tim Bojarski, Batavia Downs Media Relations  

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