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Charisma Hanover has charmed driver Yannick Gingras with her recent form as he gets ready to race the 3-year-old filly pacer in Saturday’s $167,500 Nadia Lobell Stakes at Meadowlands Racetrack. Gingras and Charisma Hanover will leave from post seven in the field of eight 3-year-old fillies, which also includes world-record-holder Shebestingin from the stable of trainer Joe Holloway. Charisma Hanover has won 13 of 19 races this season, including seven of her last eight starts. Saturday’s stakes-filled card at the Meadowlands also includes the $534,500 Governor’s Cup for 2-year-old male pacers, $494,750 Valley Victory for 2-year-old male trotters, $456,150 Goldsmith Maid for 2-year-old filly trotters, and $394,950 Three Diamonds for 2-year-old filly pacers. Also in action is 3-year-old colt Captaintreacherous, who takes on older foes including Foiled Again and Pet Rock in the $512,000 TVG Free For All Series Championship for pacers, and 3-year-old filly trotter Bee A Magician, who looks to complete a perfect season in the $253,000 Moni Maker Stakes. There also is the $500,000 TVG Free For All Series Championship for older trotters. Charisma Hanover enters the Nadia Lobell off a 1:51.4 win in the 3-year-old open Nov. 23 at the Meadowlands. In her previous start, she beat I Luv The Nitelife by a head to capture the American-National Stakes at Balmoral Park. I Luv The Nitelife, the richest filly pacer in harness racing history, was expected to compete in the Nadia Lobell, but will miss the race because of a knee injury that will require surgery. “I think she’s gotten better as the season has gone on, but she’s raced really well all year,” Gingras said about Charisma Hanover, who is trained by Ron Burke and has earned $555,729 this season. “We’ve been racing her a little differently than early in the year. She would get a little too fired up early in the year.” Charisma Hanover got a little fired up in the Valley Forge Stakes at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs in August, finishing seventh, but has been simply on fire in her eight starts since then. Her wins included the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championship, the Lady Maud and American-National in a stakes- and track-record 1:49. Her only loss during that span came when she suffered broken equipment and was pulled up in a Keystone Classic division at The Meadows in September. “She got the right trip behind I Luv The Nitelife in the American-National, but she never saw the rail either,” Gingras said. “She’s a very good horse herself, really a top horse in my mind.” Charisma Hanover, owned by Burke Racing and Weaver Bruscemi LLC, is a daughter of stallion Dragon Again out of the mare Caught The Bouquet. She is a half-sister to 2004 Pennsylvania Sire Stakes champion Runover Feeling, who finished third in the 2005 North America Cup and has earned nearly $900,000 in his career. The Nadia Lobell field, in addition to Charisma Hanover and Shebestingin, includes UF Dragon’s Queen, Mattie Terror Girl, Aunt Caroline, Jerseylicious, Somwherovrarainbow and Authorize. Shebestingin is the fastest female pacer in history thanks to her 1:47 win in a division of the Glen Garnsey at The Red Mile in October. “There are some good fillies in there that can go real fast as well,” Gingras said. “It should be a great race.” by Ken Weingartner for HRC

Southwind Farms announced today that World Champion Muscle Hill will stand the 2014 season in Pennsylvania, at Marion Farms, New Hope, Pa., under the management of Southwind. Muscle Hill's first crop of two year olds has raced successfully this year and he is currently the leading sire of 2:00 Two Year Olds with 26 (tied with Donoto Hanover) and leads with 6 in 1:55. There are six Muscle Hill colts in this Saturday's Valley Victory Final at The Meadowlands. Mike Klau, Syndicate Manager for Southwind and the Muscle Hill Syndicate, said that the stallion has bred a full book of mares during the four seasons he has stood in New Jersey, but lack of racing opportunities in the state has prompted the move. For booking information, please contact Southwind Farms at (609) 737-9067.    

This Week: Meadowlands fall stakes finals, Meadowlands Racetrack, East Rutherford, N.J. and Progress Pace final, Dover Downs, Dover, Del. Schedule of events: Meadowlands Racetrack will feature eight stakes on the Saturday night (Nov. 30) card led by the $512,000 TVG FFA Series final for older pacers and the $500,000 TVG FFA Series final for older trotters. Also on tap will be the $534,500 Governor's Cup for 2-year-old male pacers, the $494,750 Valley Victory for 2-year-old male trotters, the $456,150 Goldsmith Maid for 2-year-old filly trotters, the $394,950 Three Diamonds for 2-year-old filly pacers, the $253,000 Moni Maker for 3-year-old filly trotters and the $167,500 Nadia Lobell for 3-year-old filly pacers. On Sunday night (Dec 1), Dover Downs will feature the $284,160 Progress Pace final for 3-year-old male pacers. Complete entries for the races are available at this link. Last time: Meadowlands Racetrack's new season got underway this past Saturday night, with many of the top free for all trotters and pacers in the sport competing in the TVG FFA Series. The team of trainer Ron Burke and driver Yannick Gingras swept both contests as Wishing Stone captured the trot and Foiled Again the pace. In the $50,000 final preliminary leg of the TVG FFA Trotting Series, Wishing Stone and Yannick Gingras led at every quarter, hitting the first quarter in :28.3, stalked by Arch Madness (Trond Smedshammer) and Uncle Peter (David Miller). That trio stayed in the same order through the :56 half and 1:24.4 three-quarters. With about an eighth of a mile to go, Market Share was out and moving, but could not overtake the late leaders, Arch Madness, who came off the rail to challenge and the winner in 1:54 by 1-1/4 lengths, Wishing Stone. Arch Madness was second and Market Share was third. Wishing Stone is trained by Ron Burke for owners Cowboyland Aalborg, TLP Stable, J & T Silva Stables and Deo Volente Farms. "Foiled Again will not be passed." Announcer Ken Warkentin summed up the mile as Foiled Again won the $50,000 TVG FFA Pace at the Meadowlands in 1:49.3. The last chance to gain points for this week's final saw Golden Receiver (Corey Callahan) first on the lead at the opening quarter in :27.1, only to be overtaken by Sweet Lou and David Miller, who held the lead to the :53.4 half. Just past the half, Yannick Gingras had Foiled Again out and poised to advance on the stubborn Sweet Lou, who was still on the lead at the 1:22 three-quarters. As the field paced down the stretch, the advancing duo of Warrawee Needy (Tim Tetrick) and Foiled Again wore down Sweet Lou, and the battle was on between those two. Foiled Again inched ahead and would not yield to Warrawee Needy to win by a neck in 1:49.3. Modern Legend (John Campbell) was third and Sweet Lou was fourth. Foiled Again is trained by Ron Burke and co-owned by Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi and JJK Stables. The $35,000 Progress Pace elimination for 3-year-old males was held on Sunday night at Dover Downs and 20-1 Twilight Bonfire got his picture taken. In a two-colt battle down the lane, Twilight Bonfire finally passed the favorite, Sunshine Beach, in the final strides to win by a head. Dedi's Dragon closed to finish third. Complete recaps of all the races are available at the Grand Circuit website. Grand Circuit Standings: In 2013, the Grand Circuit leaders in three categories (driver, trainer and owner) will be tracked on a points system (20-10-5 for the top three finishers in divisions/finals and 10-5-2 for the top three finishers in eliminations/legs). Hanover Shoe Farms is the sponsor for the 2013 Grand Circuit awards. Here are the leaders following the past weekend: Drivers: 1. Yannick Gingras - 1,827; 2. Tim Tetrick - 1,580; 3. David Miller - 1,143; 4. Brian Sears - 726.5; and 5. Ron Pierce - 692.5. Trainers: 1. Ron Burke - 1,751.5; 2. Jimmy Takter - 1,166.5; 3. Linda Toscano - 495.5; 4. Jonas Czernyson - 472.5; and 5. Tony Alagna - 471. Owners: 1. Burke Racing - 396.8; 2. Weaver Bruscemi - 367.35; 3. Frank Bellino - 268.5; 4. Brittany Farms - 263.05; and 5. WJ Donovan - 242.75. Looking ahead: Grand Circuit action will once again take place next weekend at Meadowlands Racetrack. The Meadowlands will host W.N. Reynolds Memorial contests for 3-year-old colt and filly pacers.   by Paul Ramlow for the Grand Circuit  

Whether you are a devoted harness racing fan, a purist of the Standardbred sport, a gambler or just someone who likes to watch a great event, then look no further than the Meadowlands Racetrack this Saturday, November 30. It’s a once in a lifetime match-up as Captaintreacherous, the three-year-old pacing machine, looks to close out his 2013 race season going against nine of the best older pacers in harness racing in the $512,000 final of the TVG Series. Voted the 2012 Pacer of the Year by the United States Harness Writers Association (USHWA), Captaintreacherous has lived up to those standards again in 2013. He has competed in 15 races this season, won 13 of them and lost the other two in photo finishes. He has a record at a mile of 1:47.1 and earnings this year of $2,055,033. Trained by Tony Alagna and owned by the Captaintreacherous Racing Stable out of Versailles, KY, the son of Somebeachsomewhere was a yearling purchase for $250,000 and worth every penny and then some as he now sports career earnings of $2,973,286. Now on Saturday he will be all out to prove once again he is the best pacer in the world for the second straight year. But it will not be an easy task as he faces nine opponents, many of whom have years of experience and tons of speed. Leading the way is Foiled Again, the richest pacer in the history of harness racing with more than $5.7 million in earnings. With a victory he will be challenging Captaintreacherous for the votes in the Pacer of the Year balloting in December by the membership of USHWA and the race secretaries. For three straight years world champion Foiled Again has earned over $1 million for trainer and co-owner Ron Burke. The nine-year-old gelded son of Dragon Again never seems to know where the finish line is. He continues races first-up on the outside and if he can’t get to the lead he just grinds it out against opponents with great success. Also in the race is Pet Rock, whose displays of raw unbridled speed saw him score world records on two different sized tracks in 2013, the fastest a dazzling 1:47 mile. Other standouts in the race include the 2011 Two-Year-Old Pacer of the Year, Sweet Lou, Warrawee Needy, Golden Receiver, Bolt The Duer, Modern Legend, Dynamic Youth and Bettor’s Edge. “Of course we would be happier with post four than post eight,” said Myron Bell, spokesman for Captaintreacherous Racing. “But the racing gods of the post position draw did not hear me. I promise everyone that Captaintreacherous will be heard from in this race. Our goals this year were to win the Meadowlands Pace, win the North America Cup and win the Breeders Crown so we could get an invitation to race in the TVG Final. Now it is up to Captaintreacherous and our driver Tim Tetrick to put the icing on the cake with a win this Saturday. “I am looking to have a great night on Saturday, win or lose,” Bell said. “He’s (Captaintreacherous) record speaks for himself. Of course I think he can beat these horses and I know he could lose too. But I am also happy because this race is for the fans. Anyone who loves a good horse race has to come to the Meadowlands on Saturday.” In addition to the TVG Pace Final, the 13-race program also features the $500,000 TVG Final for trotters headlined by Market Share, Arch Madness and Wishing Stone. There is the $534,500 final of the Governors Cup for two-year-old pacing colts, the $494,750 final of the Valley Victory for two-year-old trotters, the $465,150 final of the Goldsmith Maid for two-year-old trotting fillies, $394,950 Final of the Three Diamonds for two-year-old pacing fillies and the $167,700 Nadia Lobell Pace for three-year-old fillies. By Steve Wolf for  

Ron Burke, who is preparing a number of horses for Saturday's stakes-filled card at Meadowlands Racetrack, wanted his stable to win 1,000 races and $20 million this year. On Nov. 22, Burke got victory No. 1,000, which came nine days after his barn surpassed $20 million. No trainer in history ever reached 1,000 wins or $20 million in a single season. "Of all the things we've accomplished, I think the 1,000 wins are the most gratifying and impressive," said Burke, who entered Monday with 1,013 victories. "You have to win pretty much three races a day to reach 1,000, so that shows a level of consistency throughout the full year. "Even with the number of horses we race, I didn't know if it was a possibility to even do it." Since taking the lead role in the stable from his father Mickey in 2009, Burke has led all harness racing trainers in wins and purses for five consecutive years. He was Trainer of the Year in 2011. Burke's stable has won 23.9 percent of its 4,237 starts this year. His win total broke his own record of 906 triumphs, which he set last year, and his earnings topped his record of $19.69 million, also set in 2012. "I set goals every year and 1,000 wins and $20 million were the goals this year," Burke said. "I like to set them high and give us something to work toward. But I don't know where I'm going to set them next year. I want the goals to be realistic, and I don't know if we can have any better year than this one." Burke could add substantially to his wins and money with a strong Saturday night at the Meadowlands. He sends three horses into the $534,500 Governor's Cup for 2-year-old male pacers - Carracci Hanover, JK Endofanera and Somestarsomewhere - plus JK Molly to the $394,950 Three Diamonds for 2-year-old filly pacers and Southwind Spirit to the $494,750 Valley Victory for 2-year-old male trotters. In addition, Foiled Again won the last preliminary leg of the TVG Free For All Championship Series for pacers on Nov. 23 at the Meadowlands and Wishing Stone won the last preliminary leg of the TVG Free For All Championship Series for trotters. Both horses head to their respective $500,000 finals Saturday at the Big M. Somestarsomewhere enters the Governor's Cup with four wins in his last six races. His victories include a division of the International Stallion Stakes at Lexington's Red Mile and his elimination for the Breeders Crown. He was third in the Breeders Crown final over a sloppy track at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. He prepped for the Governor's Cup with two qualifiers at the Meadowlands, winning the second by a nose over JK Endofanera in 1:51.4. "Coming into the year, we thought he was our best 2-year-old, but he didn't get off to a great start and we were beginning to wonder whether we guessed wrong on him," Burke said about Somestarsomewhere, who was winless in his first four races. "He got a little sick, but I think really he just needed to mature and get on the big tracks. He's a big horse and I think he just needed to stretch out a bit. We knew the mud was going to get to him at the Breeders Crown, but otherwise since Lexington (in early October) he's been as good as any horse out there. He's just been super. He's my best shot for next year to be a top colt." JK Endofanera won the $157,100 Elevation Stakes in a track-record 1:51.4 on Nov. 1 at Hoosier Park, giving him three wins in six starts this season. He also had three second-place finishes. "He's a pretty big horse and more or less has been pointed for this race," Burke said. "He's just a good horse. He's big and strong and there's no end to him." Carracci Hanover has won one of 12 starts this year and is coming into the Governor's Cup off a third-place finish in the Matron Stakes on Nov. 17 at Dover Downs. "I think all three of mine should be extremely competitive," Burke said. "They're all good horses." In the Three Diamonds, JK Molly faces a field that includes stakes winners Act Now, Ali Blue, Instant Respect, My Lady Day and Somethinincredible. JK Molly has won five of 10 races, including divisions of the Tompkins-Geers and Simpson stakes. Southwind Spirit heads to the Valley Victory off a 1:55 win in the $217,500 Kindergarten Classic final at Vernon Downs. He has won six of 12 races and $310,925 this season. The Valley Victory field includes Matron Stakes champion Nuncio. The draws for the Governor's Cup, Three Diamonds, Valley Victory and $456,150 Goldsmith Maid for 2-year-old filly trotters will be Tuesday. by Ken Weingartner for Harness Racing Communications  

November 25, 2013 – While Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment had a stellar opening, the same cannot be said of the handicappers in this past week’s racing action in HANA Harness’ 2013 Grand Circuit Handicapping Challenge sponsored by the Hambletonian Society, Chicago Harness, Meadowlands Racing and Entertainment, Tioga Downs, and Vernon Downs.  The ‘top’ handicapper was overall leader Richard Scott who had a net loss of only $14.50 for the two races on this past week’s slate.  Rusty Nash and Anne Stepien are the only other two handicappers who cashed any tickets.  Overall contest leader, Richard Scott remains on top with a net profit of $33.60, $670.45 ahead of second place handicapper Earl Paulson.   After this week, there are only three races remaining in the contest which concludes December 15, 2013. Here are the contest standings at the conclusion of action on November 23, 2013. As of November 23, 2013 Pos Handicapper Week Gain Net Profit Behind Last Pos Days Missed 1st Richard Scott ($14.50) $33.60 $0.00 1st 6 2nd Earl Paulson ($60.00) ($636.85) ($670.45) 2nd 7 3rd Rusty Nash ($36.60) ($776.87) ($810.47) 3rd 4 4th Ann Stepien ($57.90) ($924.90) ($958.50) 5th 1 5th Dennis O'Hara ($60.00) ($1,060.45) ($1,094.05) 4th 2 6th Garnet Barnsdale ($60.00) ($1,187.74) ($1,221.34) 6th 9 7th Mark McKelvie ($60.00) ($2,139.79) ($2,173.39) 7th 8 8th Gordon Waterstone ($60.00) ($2,233.60) ($2,267.20) 8th 4 9th Sally Hinckley ($60.00) ($2,785.50) ($2,819.10) 9th 0 10th Ray Garnett ($60.00) ($3,429.03) ($3,462.63) 10th 3 Ten grace days permitted.  After ten days, there is a penalty of $30 per race. Contest Schedule This Week Saturday, November 30, 2013 – Meadowlands Racing and Entertainment - $500,000 TVG FFA Series Trot Final; $500,000 TVG FFA Series Pace Final, $534,500 Governors Cup (2yo Open Pace), $394,950 Three Diamonds (2yo Filly Pace), $494,750 Valley Victory (2yo Open Trot), $456,150 Goldsmith Maid (2yo Filly Trot), $172,500(Est.) Nadia Lobell (3yo Filly Pace), $253,000(Est.) Moni Maker (3yo Filly Trot) Sunday, December 1, 2013 – Dover Downs - $330,000(Est.) Progress Pace (3yo Open Pace) by Allan Schott for HANA  

The Fall Final Four stakes required no eliminations. Below is an alphabetical listing of the horses that were declared for those races. The post positions will be drawn on Tuesday, November 26. No re-entry will be necessary. The Finals will be raced on Saturday, November 30 at The Meadowlands. Governor's Cup 2YO Colt Pace    Purse $534,500 Ari Allstar Arthur Blue Chip Beat The Drum Bushwacker Carracci Hanover Idealbeach Hanover JK Endofanera So Surreal Somestarsomewhere Stevensville Three Diamonds 2YO Filly Pace    Purse $394,950 Act Now Ali Blue Delightful Dragon Instant Respect JK Molly Kate Can't Wait My Lady Day Nine Lives Hanover Somethinincredible Valley Victory 2YO Colt Trot    Purse $494,750 Another Transcript E L Titan Expressive Action Muscle Network Musclesprinctonian Nuncio Odds On Amethyst Skates N Plates Southwind Spirit Well Built Goldsmith Maid 2YO Filly Trot    Purse $456,150 Noon Tea Party Scream And Shout Scully SAS Shake It Cerry Sweetie Hearts Valbrunella From the Meadowlands Publicity Department  

This Week: TVG FFA Series legs, Meadowlands Racetrack, East Rutherford, N.J. and Progress Pace elimination, Dover Downs, Dover, Del. Schedule of events: Meadowlands Racetrack will unveil their new grandstand this Saturday with a card featuring the final preliminary legs of the TVG series for older pacers and trotters. Eliminations were also scheduled in the Governor's Cup for 2-year-old colt pacers, the Three Diamonds for 2-year-old filly pacers, the Valley Victory for 2-year-old colt trotters and the Goldsmith Maid for 2-year-old filly trotters, but will not be required. Those races will go directly to their lucrative finals on Nov. 30. On Sunday night (Nov. 24), Dover Downs will feature a $35,000 elimination in the Progress Pace for 3-year-old male pacers. The top eight pacers in the nine horse elimination will advance to the $330,000 (est.) Progress Pace final on Dec. 1. Last time: Eight Matron Stakes finals were featured on the Sunday (Nov. 17) program at Dover Downs. The biggest night in Delaware harness racing history featured multiple track records in the Matron events with more than $1.32 million in purses at stake. [cid:image002.jpg@01CEE5D8.AE518DC0] Among the horses setting a track record was 3-year-old filly pacer Shebestingin, who scored in 1:49.1, besting Ms Caila J Fra (Andy Miller) to the wire in a final quarter of :27.4. Joe Holloway trains the Bettor's Delight-Armbro Tussle filly for Ted Gewertz, L&L DeVisser and Val D'or Farms. She won for the 11th time this season and has earned $554,876. Matt Kakaley moved All Bets Off into the lead after a :26.1 opening quarter and was never headed, collecting a 1:50 triumph in the $154,575 Matron 2-year-old colt pace final, breaking the former track mark of 1:50.4 shared by Heston Blue Chip and If I Can Dream. Ron Burke trains the winner for Frank Baldachino, Rosemary Shelswell, The Panhellenic Stable and Burke Racing Stable. Nuncio knocked two seconds off Explosive Matter's freshman track mark of 1:55 with a powerful 1:53 decision in the $166,650 2-year-old male trot. John Campbell was at the controls as the Andover Hall-Nicole Isabelle youngster record his fifth victory in nine starts. Scott Andrews conditions the winner for Stall TZ Inc. Maywood Park hosted four Grand Circuit stakes on their Friday night (Nov. 15) card and Word Power did all the talking in the Windy City Pace, coming up the inside lane to capture Maywood's premiere event in 1:51.4. Scott Zeron steered the 3-year-old son of Western Ideal-Lush Limbaugh for trainer Larry Remmen and owner Brad Grant. Unraced at 2, Word Power pushed his career earnings to $375,804 in securing his seventh lifetime victory in 17 trips postward. Lucan Hanover picked up second-place money, while Apprentice Hanover held on for show honors. Grand Circuit Standings: In 2013, the Grand Circuit leaders in three categories (driver, trainer and owner) will be tracked on a points system (20-10-5 for the top three finishers in divisions/finals and 10-5-2 for the top three finishers in eliminations/legs). Hanover Shoe Farms is the sponsor for the 2013 Grand Circuit awards. Here are the leaders following the past weekend: Drivers: 1. Yannick Gingras - 1,772; 2. Tim Tetrick - 1,523; 3. David Miller - 1,123; 4. Brian Sears - 701.5; and 5. Ron Pierce - 672.5. Trainers: 1. Ron Burke - 1,706.5; 2. Jimmy Takter - 1,131.5; 3. Linda Toscano - 493.5; 4. Tony Alagna - 466; and 5. Jonas Czernyson - 447.5. Owners: 1. Burke Racing - 388.5; 2. Weaver Bruscemi - 364.05; 3. Frank Bellino - 268.5; 4. Brittany Farms - 263.05; and 5. WJ Donovan - 242.75. Looking ahead: Grand Circuit action will once again take place next weekend at Meadowlands Racetrack and Dover Downs. The Meadowlands will host eight stakes, the TVG FFA Series finals for trotters and pacers; the Governor's Cup, Valley Victory, Three Diamonds and Goldsmith Maid for 2-year-olds; the Moni Maker for 3-year-old filly trotters; and the Nadia Lobell for 3-year-old filly pacers. Dover will host the final in the Progress Pace for 3-year-old pacing colts. by Paul Ramlow for the Grand Circuit  

The very first races using the new racetrack configuration in front of the brand new Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment grandstand were the Thursday morning qualifiers. Eight races in total were highlighted by several stars of the season using the races as a prep for next week’s opening in the fantastic new facility.   The first qualifier was won by the accomplished older trotter Blacktuxwhitesocks, driven to a closing win from just off the pace over stable mate Bluff by his trainer Trond Smedshammer in 1:57-. The career winner of nearly $900,000 has been owned throughout his career by Wanda Polisseni’s Purple Haze Stable.   Trond came right back to win the second race with his champion trotter Arch Madness in a tightner for the upcoming TVG last leg on Opening Day, November 23 and the $500,000 Final a week later. The old boy has really found his best form lately, winning the Allerage Farms Open trot elimination at The Red Mile in a career record equaling 1:50.2 and then the final of that race a week later. He trotted along on a happy lead this morning through comfortable fractions tacking a :56 final half and 27.3 last quarter on his 1:54- win. He is the pride of owners Marc Goldberg and Barry Goldstein’s Willow Pond LLC.   The Kindergarten Trotting Classic final winner Southwind Spirit knocked the dust off with a 1:57.4 win, home in 28.2 for regular driver Yannick Gingras. He is one of the leading eligibles for the $430,000e Valley Victory for the Burke Stable, who owns him in partnership with Weaver & Bruscemi, LLC and Stable 45.   Pacers came up in race four, with a couple of nice two year old colts sharpening up for the $500,000e Governor’s Cup. Arthur Blue Chip (Dave Miller) and Somestarsomewhere (Yannick Gingras) went right to the wire together in 1:53.3. Watching the pair of talented freshmen battle rekindled memories of watching their sires, Shadow Play and Somebeachsomewhere, square off in the 2008 Messenger Stakes.   Miller had Arthur on the lead through conservative numbers and Yannick wrestled his mount into a four hole before moving first over around the final bend. Both were willing through the sprint home.   Dr. Ian Moore trains Arthur Blue Chip, owned in partnership with RG McGroup and Serge Savard. Somestreetsomewhere is conditioned by Ron Burke for his own interests with Weaver & Bruscemi, M. Yanek and L Karr.   Freshman pacing fillies were next, Gingras and Miller battled to the wire again with JK Molly (Gingras/Burke for 3 Brother Stable) and Delightful Dragon (Miller for Noel Daley and the Adam Victor & Son Stable) in 1:55- /28. Those two debutantes are among the top candidates for the $400,00e Three Diamonds.   Western Vintage and JK Endofanera paced to the wire together in 1:54.2/28- in a tight finish between two more Governors Cup eligibles. Brian Sears had JK Endofanera forwardly placed throughout for Ron Burke, who trains the Art Major colt for the 3 Brothers Stables. Western Vintage was reserved off the pace and finished strong for Gingras. Perry Soderberg now has a partner in the good Western Ideal colt in Marvin Katz. Nancy Johansson is the trainer.   The next qualifiers will be on Monday evening with a scheduled post time of 6:00pm, the box for those will close at 10:00am tomorrow (Friday).  A preview of the new grandstand will be made available to horsemen with the evening qualifiers of Thursday, November 23, again at 6:00pm.   More information is available on the Meadowlands Racing& Entertainment website. by Nick Salvi for the Meadowlands  

The North American Amateur Drivers Association Three-Track Trotting Series moved to Yonkers Raceway on Thursday evening, November 7 and over a racetrack rated good John Kokinos and Jerry Fielding emerged victorious in their respective splits. Kokinos not only held on to the point lead in the series but actually opened up daylight against his competitors when he guided Jennifer Lappe's Impressive Earl to a 2:03.2 victory. And in his first NAADA Trot start Fielding won a decision with Bill Mulligan's Lady Love Hanover in a time of 2:04.2. In his division Kokinos hustled his trotter to the lead and Impressive Earl was just that as the veteran Valley Victory gelding raced in front the entire way. Steve Oldford made a run at the leader nearing the halfway point with Habanero but they couldn't reach and by the final turn Impressive Earl trotted away and scored a two length triumph over Oldford's mount. Third place went to George's Vacation, driven by last year's National Amateur Driver of the Year, Bobby Krivelin. Fielding employed the same strategy with his victory when he sent Lady Love Hanover to the lead on the first turn and then played catch me if you can. Although there were challenges from Tremendous Hit (Bob Hechkoff) and Rodeo Red (Tony Berruso), Fielding and his trotting mare remained undaunted and they had two lengths on the field at the top of the lane. However, Lady Love Hanover tired a bit in the deep stretch and Monica Banca and Hardrockenjessica came from far back with a rush and darn near won it all, only falling short by a head at the finish. Verruso's Rodeo Red was third best some two lengths off the winner. Kokinos, with 30 points, is the series leader, followed by Banca (18) and Bob Davis (16).Fielding , Paul Minore, and Dave Yarock follow, each with 10 points. Alan Schwartz (9) and Bobby Krivelin (8) round out the top 8. The series moves on to Freehold Raceway on Friday afternoon, November 15. John Manzi

Kentuckiana Stallion Management is excited to announce that leading Ontario stallion and former World Champion Muscle Mass (b.c. 2005), by Muscles Yankee out of Graceful Touch will stand the 2014 breeding season at Blue Chip Farms, located in Wallkill, New York. Kentuckiana Farms will continue to serve as Syndicate Manager and along with Blue Chip Farms will manage his breeding career. With just two crops of racing age, Muscle Mass has established himself as the leading trotting sire in Ontario. Muscle Mass was the leading first crop sire of Ontario Sire Stakes winners in 2012 and followed it up with a spectacular second season in 2013 as the current leading Ontario sire of two-year-old trotters in overall earnings. Muscle Mass is the sire of multiple Ontario Sire Stakes Gold Champions including Motown Muscle ($445,979), Princess Lilly ($269,109), and Muscle Matters ($211,066), to name a few. Most impressive, however, is the impressive two-year-old Grand Circuit Champion Riveting Rosie ($452,618), winner of the Champlain Stakes, Peaceful Way and Ontario Sire Stakes Super Finals. “We are extremely excited to bring Muscle Mass to the lucrative New York Program. He has proven with just two racing crops that he is a preeminent young stallion that has the potential to become a super-sire like his great father Muscles Yankee. He has passed on his tremendous speed and gait and his depth of pedigree has proven him to be a true Valley Victory line sire. We are confident that with the continued support of breeders throughout all of North American, Muscle Mass can become the go to son of Muscles Yankee and a perfect cross for the many Credit Winner, Conway Hall, and Cantab Hall mares to name a few,” says Tom Grossman, owner of Blue Chip Farms. “Although he has clearly earned the right to have his service fee bumped significantly based on his first two racing crops, we have worked closely with the team at Blue Chip to establish a real value play for breeders with the 2014 fee being set at $6,000. We have also created loyalty and multiple mares programs to reward breeders for their support. Based on early indications, we are confident that he will get a full book of quality mares,” says Bob Brady of Kentuckiana Stallion Management. Muscle Mass retired to stud duty as the fastest two-year-old son of super-sire Muscles Yankee having established his world-record mark of 1:53.4 in only his second career start. He won five major stakes in an undefeated season at 2 winning all seven of his starts, including back-to-back wins in Lexington and a 10-length, track and stakes record in the American-National. Muscle Mass hails from one of harness racings most prolific families. A Muscles Yankee son of Graceful Touch, 2, 1:56.1 ($161,983), a brilliant stakes winning two-year-old herself and a daughter of the sensational ill-fated Valley Victory racemare and producer Act of Grace, 3, 1:52.3 ($403,525). Before her tragic death, Act of Grace produced stakes winning Cobol, 3, 1:54.1 ($411,457) and Graceful Touch in only two foals. Submitted by Blue Chip Farms  

In the upcoming breeding season, Winbak Farm of New York will be welcoming two of the industry’s most distinguished trotting stallions.   “With the New York Sire Stakes program having the richest purses in North America, we are excited to announce the addition of Lucky Chucky and Muscles Yankee,” said Garrett Bell, Winbak Farm General Manager. “Both individuals were outstanding racehorses and have two of the best trotting pedigrees in the industry.”   Lucky Chucky, 2,1:55.1s; 3,1:50.4 ($2,099,973), will be standing his fourth season in 2014. His yearlings sold for an average of $53,214 at the 2013 Lexington Select Sale and were led by Mr Lucky Luke, who sold for $450,000.   “We are thrilled that Lucky Chucky will be rejoining our farm in New York, his offspring look athletic and will be starting to race in 2014,” said Bell.   Muscles Yankee, 2, 1:56.3; 3, 1:52.2. ($1,424,938), is the sire of 12 Millionaires. A son of Valley Victory, his offspring include Mr Muscleman, 2, 1:59; 3, 1:53.3; 1:51.1s ($3,589,142) and 2009 Horse of The Year, Muscle Hill, 2, 1:53.3, 3, 1:50.1 ($3,273,342). His offspring have earned $82,548,387.   “Muscles Yankee has been a consistent sire of the best trotters in North America. His offspring have proven they are tough racehorses at any age and will be a force to be reckoned with in the New York Sire Stakes,” said Bell. “We appreciate the partnership with Perretti Farms and look forward to another successful year.”   For more information on either stallion visit or call 845.778.5421. Submitted by Winbak Farm

TORONTO, October 25 – Woodbine Racetrack will once again proudly host the ‘Fall Four’ stakes for two-year-olds in 2014, which includes the Goldsmith Maid and Three Diamonds for fillies and the Governor's Cup and Valley Victory for open competitors. With The Meadowlands Racetrack hosting the Breeders Crown in 2014, Woodbine Racetrack was asked to host the ‘Fall Four’ stakes at the Toronto oval. The quartet of Fall Four stakes races, which were launched at Garden State Park in the mid-1980s will be hosted by WEG for a sixth time. The races will be raced at Woodbine in late October during the Fall/Winter meet. The Woodbine Entertainment Group would like to inform racing fans and horsepeople that Woodbine’s Saturday night November 2 Standardbred program will have a special 7:55 p.m. first-race post time. The change in standardbred post time is due to Breeders’ Cup coverage and WEG's Saturday afternoon thoroughbred program. by Greg Gangle for WEG

The three-track, eight-leg trotting series sponsored by the North America Amateur Drivers Association kicked off at Monticello Raceway on Thursday afternoon, October 17. Relative newcomer to the amateur driving ranks, Dr. John Kokinos, scored his first pari-mutuel victory when he guided Impressive Earl to a 2:01 three length victory over Hardrockinjessica and driver Monica Banca. In a race marred by a driving infraction, Kokinos sent his trotter to the lead and remained on top the entire mile. On the clubhouse turn the second time around the racing was tight and there was interference which caused the trailing horses to scatter, but all remained unscathed . Banca and her trotter skirted the confusion as did Alan Schwartz, who worked his way between breaking horses to finish third with Two Shot Lead. It was the fourth victory of the year for the veteran Valley Victory gelding who is owned by his trainer, Jennifer Lappe. Impressive Earl was impressive to his backers when he returned a $13.20 win payoff. The NAADA series continues at the Mighty M on Thursday, Oct. 31 before moving on to Yonkers Raceway on Thursday, November 7, and then to Freehold Raceway on Friday, November 15. A$14,000 Final at Yonkers Raceway on December 19 awaits the eight drivers who earn the most points in the eight preliminary legs. At the end of the series NAADA will make its annual donation to a worthy charity. by John Manzi for Monticello Raceway  

Freehold, NJ --- Bill Parcells once said “You are what your record says you are.” So when trainer Steve Elliott says Exodus Hanover “is what he is,” it could echo that notion. Exodus Hanover, who is the 8-5 morning line favorite in Sunday’s $260,000 Pennsylvania Sire Stakes final for 2-year-old male trotters, has won six of eight races this season. His victories include divisions of the Arden Downs, Historic-Harriman Cup and Reynolds stakes. So what is he? “He’s a nice colt,” Elliott said. “How good he is, we don’t know. You never know until you get in with the good ones. But he’s done everything we’ve wanted him to do.” Exodus Hanover is a son of stallion Andover Hall out of the stakes-winning mare Exotic Destination, whose victories included the 2007 Filly World Trotting Derby. The colt was purchased for $42,000 at the Standardbred Horse Sale and is owned by the Angelo Frassetto Estate, Kenneth Klein, Old Block Stables and Elliott. The same group, minus Elliott, is among the owners of Exodus Hanover’s half-brother Etruscan Hanover, who has won two of nine career starts but been troubled by making breaks. Etruscan Hanover was trained by Elliott until June. “(Etruscan Hanover) had a lot of talent, but no sense,” Elliott said. “He was a very fast colt, just very stupid, but it showed that the family had speed. This one seems to have the manners his brother didn’t have. I don’t know that this one has his speed yet, but he’s a pretty nice colt.” Exodus Hanover went off stride in his first start when he was taken to the back of the field from post seven at Harrah’s Philadelphia. In Elliott’s words, “He got mad and made a break.” In his seven races since then, Exodus Hanover has had the lead by the first quarter on five occasions. He has led at the halfway point in all seven. His only blemish during that span was a third-place finish in a division of the sire stakes at Philly in August. “After (he made that break) we kind of let him do what he wants to do and he’s been good,” Elliott said. “When he was third he came up a little bit sick after the race. I’m not making excuses for him because he still trotted in (1):56.1, but he was sick. We got him over it and he’s been pretty good for us.” Exodus Hanover is eligible to the Bluegrass Stakes on Sept. 27 at Lexington’s Red Mile, the Breeders Crown in mid-October at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs and the Valley Victory in late November at the Meadowlands. Where he goes remains fluid. “We’re trying to pick our spots,” Elliott said. “I try to limit the 2-year-old starts because you want to have a 3-year-old. I’m not sure I’m going to go to Lexington. I might just give him a start here before the Breeders Crown. It’s all up in the air. We’ve got to get through Sunday first.” On Sunday, Exodus Hanover starts from post three with Andy Miller driving. “We drew a good spot,” Elliott said. “There are some nice horses in there. You’ve got to get lucky and be on your game. He’s handy and he’s got manners. With 2-year-old trotters that can change at any minute, but so far it’s been pretty good. He just does everything right.” by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications   Courtesy of the United States Trotting Association Web Newsroom

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