Mark Harder's stable sends out a familiar face Saturday night at Meadowlands Racetrack along with a newcomer the trainer hopes becomes a well-known regular on harness racing's biggest stages. Nine-year-old pacer Golden Receiver, the winner of 58 lifetime races and $2.09 million, makes his seasonal debut in Saturday's $30,000 FFA handicap at the Meadowlands. He is the 6-5 morning line favorite in the six-horse field, which includes Road Untraveled, Dovuto Hanover, Live On, Alexie Mattosie and Easy Again. In Saturday's first race of the night - the first of two divisions of the opening leg of the Buddy Gilmour Memorial Series - fans will get to see the career debut of Well Said Stride. The now 3-year-old pacer was purchased for $380,000 under the name Churchill Hanover at the 2012 Standardbred Horse Sale. He is 20-1 on the morning line in an 11-horse field. Jimmy Takter's Capital Account, who has three wins and a second in four lifetime starts, is the 4-5 favorite. Golden Receiver was hampered by foot woes last year, but still won nine of 25 races and earned $497,878 for owners Our Horse Cents Stables and Nina Simmonds. His victories included the Allerage Open Pace and Presidential Series final. He finished second by a neck to Foiled Again in the season-ending TVG Championship at the Big M. "We had issues with a foot from mid-year on; we battled a little issue with it," Harder said. "He'd have his good days and bad days on it. That last race, that TVG, was really an exciting race. What a great horse (Foiled Again) is. We gave him a run there, but we were never getting past him. "(Golden Receiver) seems just as good. He's going to be a year older and I think older horses take a little more to get sharp, but he seems really good and healthy and happy and sound. We'll see what happens this year." Harder, who was prepping Golden Receiver for this year's Presidential only to see the event canceled because of a lack of entries, knows the gelding will need to be at his best to take on the sport's best older pacers again. The division saw nine different horses win major stakes last season. "We had that issue with the (right front) foot and there were weeks where he wasn't at his best and it showed on the track," Harder said. "This is like going to war every week because there are so many good horses and they race hard. They all had their little time, but there wasn't anybody that was good right through the year. It was just too tough of a class to dominate." Harder expects Golden Receiver to compete in most of the division's stakes events, but will bypass some races on smaller tracks. Golden Receiver hit the board 14 times last season, with 11 of those coming on one-mile ovals (10 at the Meadowlands). "We'll find his spots," Harder said. "We'll miss a few. We'll miss Tioga and a few other places that we went. I think we'll just do the Meadowlands and Woodbine and Mohawk." Golden Receiver has won 25 of his last 55 races, hitting the board 39 times, dating back to October 2011. He earned $1.48 milliCon during that span. "That's what you always look for, horses like him," Harder said. "It's nice to have him in the barn. He can never do anything to disappoint me, that horse. He really can't. Whatever happens going forward, I know he's getting older and he's going to get tired somewhere along the line, but he can't do anything to disappoint me." Meanwhile, Well Said Stride will try to find his stride in the Buddy Gilmour Memorial. Harder purchased the colt - a half-brother to stakes-winners Cathedra Dot Com, Cabrini Hanover, Western Shooter and The Preacher Pan - for Aussie's Emilio and Maria Rosati. The horse is a son of stallion Well Said out of the mare Cathedra. Well Said Stride qualified three times last year, but wasn't himself after making a break in his first attempt. "I liked him training down last year," Harder said. "We went to the Meadowlands for his first qualifier and he was going to pace (1):54-and-change and do it nicely and he made a little speed break. He kind of did something to himself behind and he was never the same after that. We tried to get him through it and it just didn't work, so we quit with him and gave him the time. Hopefully this is a better year." This year, Well Said Stride finished fourth in his first qualifier with driver Tim Tetrick and seventh in his second effort with driver Andy Miller. But Harder was happy with the preps and will have Tetrick in the bike Saturday. "We've just sat him in for both his qualifiers and he had good pace in both of them," Harder said. "He got shuffled out of the first out and was stuck behind some horses in the second one. Both drivers said he was good. "He's not a world-beater but I think he's still a very useful colt. We've got him staked to a lot. (But) he's got a lot to learn." The Gilmour Series is a good chance for Well Said Stride to get his feet wet. The series is for 3-year-old pacers that were non-winners of two pari-mutuel races or $30,000 lifetime through Dec. 15. "This is a good place to start because there are a lot of horses similar to him; a lot of them that went through last year and didn't do too well for one reason or another," Harder said. "When they didn't do anything at (age) 2 you're a bit behind the 8-ball going against those colts that had 10 or 12 starts and paced fast at 2. You've got to find a way to catch up to them without hurting them. These races, hopefully, will help. "You'll hear his name this year. He's a good happy horse. He enjoys himself. We hope we can go to the racetrack and it will carry over and he'll want to be doing that work out there. Mentally, he's just playful and not really into it yet. But I think in a few starts, as with any young horse, he'll hit his best stride. He'll be OK. He'll show up." by Ken Weingartner, for Harness Racing Communications
The flagships of the Division are the Australasian Classic and New Zealand Premier Yearling Sales held in Auckland Monday 17th February and Christchurch Tuesday and Wednesday 18th and 19th of February. Billed as the “Sale of the Stars” their graduates include seven modern day New Zealand Cup winners, thirty two Harness Jewels winners and thirty one Australasian Breeders Crown winners. Unity under the PGG Wrightson organisation has been a major benefit to the sales. Especially in producing a top quality catalogue, funding a very successful inward buyer scheme and the $1 million Sales Race Series now in its 24th year. Harnesslink is running a short series on some of the yearlings on offer. Lot 6 Premier sale - NERVE OF STEEL SIRE - ART OFFICIAL- His first crop raced in North America last year and made a very encouraging start in the Pennsylvania Sires stakes program against the likes of Somebeachsomewhere and the leading first season sire in Well Said. His son Let's Drink On It 1:51.2 created a big impression as did Xtra Desire 1:52.8. His first crop in Australasia are two year olds in the 2013/2014 season and several have shown up at the early workouts and trials with Taj Bromac the early standout. DAM - OUR FIRST LADY - She was a $50,000 yearling sale purchase who showed enormous promise before being sidelined with wind issues. Her first foal at stud was the Presidential Ball filly in Presidential Rose who qualified at two and had two starts at three for a win and a second before being sold to Australia for a reported $50,000. Her second foal by Mach Three is Wings Of Hope who also qualified at two but suffered a setback which has meant an enforced break. She is due back into work in three months and is held in good regard by trainer Steven Reid. The third foal and first colt is Nerve Of Steel. Our First Lady is a full sister to Line Of Fire (1:50.3. $240,077) and a half sister to Heres Rommel (1:55.3). Her dam is the very smart race mare Borowan who won 15 races in NSW and Victoria on her way to being voted four year old mare of the year in NSW. The third dam is the race winning mare in Smooth Rowan who left seven winners and is a half sister to Summertime Girl who left the champion pacer, The Falcon Strike ($1.303,000) . OVERVIEW - This great looking horse is the first colt of his dam who had blinding speed but whose wind issues blighted her race career. Her first two filly foals have both qualified at two and the colt is the best type by far that the mare has produced to date. Coupled with his great maternal family, this colt has a lot to recommend him to potential buyers. Lot 32 Premier sale - OFFICIAL EXCUSE SIRE - ART OFFICIAL - The biggest stake earning son of super sire Art Major had his first crop race in North America as two year olds in 2013 . They competed in the very strong Pennsylvania Sire Stakes program against the great Somebeachsomewhere and the leading first season sire in Well Said. One of his daughters in Sister Stroll (1:54.1. $102,619) created a big impression in her debut season. His first crop in Australasia are two year olds in the 2013/2014 season and while it is very early both "Coaster " Howe and Gavin Smith have had promising types at recent trials in Canterbury. DAM - PRECIOUS EXCUSE-- she is an unraced Acquisitor (Albatross / Ambiguity) daughter of the broodmare gem Excuse me. This filly is the fifth foal of her dam who is developing a great record at stud. Her first was the smart colt in Precious Lord (p3,1:59.5) and he was quickly followed by the filly I Cee U (1:58) and her full sister Crazy Mach (1:58.6). The fourth foal was Machs Excuse who looked to be the best of them all, being un-beaten at trials and workouts before suffering a career ending pedal bone injury. She is now at stud. The grand-dam Excuse Me is one of the best broodmares of the last 30 years. Not only did she leave eight winners including the very smart Mighty Hurricane (15 wins) and No Excuse (19 wins) but her daughters and grand-daughters have produced a string of elite racehorses headed by the dual New Zealand Cup winner in Just An Excuse ($944,068), DB Bopper (1:50. $690,000), Second Wind (1;49.8. $341,000), Franco Sequel (1:51. $356,121) and Smooth Performer ($184,355). OVERVIEW - A lovely long barreled filly from a mare who has yet to miss at stud. With the incredible number of elite horses close up in her pedigree she would appear a great prospect on both the track and at stud. Her residual value when she goes to stud will be significant. JC
The Supplement Catalog and updated racelines for the Meadowlands January Select Mixed Sale are now available on the Tattersalls website, www.tattersallsredmile.com, and on the Equineline sale catalog app for the iPad. The printed supplement catalog will be available at major racetracks and at the sale. The January Mixed gets underway at 11:00 a.m. next Monday, January 20, in the Meadowlands race paddock, with yearlings, stallion shares and broodmares selling first, followed by racehorses. The supplement features a share in leading first-crop pacing sire Well Said, whose book is full and closed for the 2014 season. Several green 3 year olds will also be sold in the supplement, including Ideal Shadow, who won his first career start in a recent qualifier at the Meadowlands in 1:56.1-:27.1. "We've had a tremendous number of inquiries about the sale from all the big racing outfits, and as always, I expect there will be a huge demand for fresh, quality racehorses," said sale manager David Reid. "The number of horses that are currently racing with success, and those in-to-go this weekend, is outstanding. Over the past week or so there have been well over 25 horses that have won races just at the Meadowlands, Yonkers and Woodbine," he added. "Also, over 100 horses that are selling will race or qualify between now and sale time." The racehorse section of the sale also features 'Magnificent Mares' to race or breed, including the pair of World Champions Big McDeal and Frau Blucher. Submitted by Tattersalls Sales Co.
One of 2013's fastest two-year-olds, So Surreal p,2,1:49.4 has been retired and will stand stud in 2014. So Surreal (Somebeachsomewhere–Must See) suffered a broken coffin bone while preparing for the Governor’s Cup. He is the second fastest two-year-old of 2013, winning an International Stallion Stake division at the Red Mile in 1:49.4. So Surreal debuted at the Meadowlands on June 1 and won his first freshman race in 1:55.4, pacing his own last quarter in :26. Next he won at the Meadowlands in 1:55, again with a last quarter in :26 and change. So Surreal then ventured to Pennsylvania and won two Sire Stake events, in 1:53.1 and 1:53.3. He was also second in the Bluegrass (defeating the fastest two-year-old of 2013, Somestarsomewhere) and third in his Breeders Crown elimination before his unfortunate accident. He becomes the first son of Somebeachsomewhere to stand at stud and retires with just shy of $100,000 earned this year as a 2-year-old. So Surreal’s mother is Must See p,2,1:52 ($487,122), making him a half-brother to Well Said, and he was a $125,000 yearling. Cameo Hills Farm has purchased So Surreal and will stand him stud in 2014. The farm has committed 12 of their best mares to So Surreal, including Sweetheart winner Pedigree Snob, Donkeys Can Talk (a sister to Put On A Show), $750,000 winner Please Me Please, $465,000 winner Under Your Spell and several others. His service fee for 2014 will be $2,500 payable upon live foal. (with files from Cameo Hills Farm)
Harrisburg, PA --- It will be a white Christmas for the Sjoberg family. Tristan Sjoberg purchased the white colt named White Bliss for $240,000 on Tuesday on the second day of the Standardbred Horse Sale at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex. White Bliss was the day’s top-priced yearling. Bjorn “Bernie” Noren signed for White Bliss, who is an early Christmas gift for Sjoberg’s mother, Eva. A son of stallion Art Major out of the mare Coochie Mama, both bays, White Bliss is a rare all white Standardbred. The last time two bays produced a white Standardbred in North America was in 1998. “(Sjoberg) wanted to buy this horse for his mom,” Noren said. “She has always been looking for a white Standardbred. She went to Russia to buy some white horses, but couldn’t find any really purely white. When this horse came up for sale, he got really excited and his mom got really excited. He wanted to go for it. He bought it for his mom as a Christmas present.” Ake Svanstedt, who is coming to the U.S. after a successful career in Sweden, will train the colt. “He’s going to take him to Florida and train him and race him in the New York Sire Stakes program hopefully,” Noren said. “Then he will go to Sweden and get the chance to breed some trotting mares.” Noren added with a laugh, “He’s not going to get castrated.” The colt was among three horses to sell for at least $200,000 on the second day and a total of 14 sold for at least $100,000. After two days, the average price was $50,486 for 515 horses sold; an increase of 14 percent compared to 2012. Last year, the average was $44,270 for 545 horses sold. On the pacing side, yearlings sired by Somebeachsomewhere were going for an average of $84,243 – the top mark of the sale. On the trotting side, Credit Winner-sired foals were leading with an average of $83,636. Mohegan Blue Chip and Apple Bottom Lindy were tied for the No. 2 seller, both bringing $215,000. Mohegan Blue Chip, a son of stallion Somebeachsomewhere out of the mare Casino Miss, went to trainer Tony Alagna. Casino Miss finished second in the finals of the Tender Loving Care and Blossom series in 2003 and earned $431,698 lifetime. “I trained the first foal out of the mare, Ryder Blue Chip, and I liked her,” Alagna said. “She was just a nice sire stakes filly, but I liked her a lot. This was the first colt the mare had, the first Somebeachsomewhere, so he kind of fit the profile for what we were looking for. “There’s enough maternal pedigree to be a home run. He was a great individual with a lot of presence. He passed all the tests.” Apple Bottom Lindy, a daughter of stallion Cantab Hall out of the mare Lindy’s Got Back, was purchased by Robert Lindstrom for owner Lennert Agren. Paul Kelley will train the filly. “She’s got size, she’s got great conformation, she’s got a pretty darn good family, and she gets over the ground really good,” Kelley said. “Hopefully those are all the qualities you’re looking for to start out with.” Migrate Blue Chip, a son of stallion Rock N Roll Heaven out of the mare Gro sold for $180,000 to Synergie Montreal. Gro was second in the 2006 Tender Loving Care Series final and earned $454,135 in her career. He will be trained by Luc Blais. “I liked the animal, the conformation; he’s a nice looking horse,” Blais said. “We went to the farm a week before the sale. When we saw him, we just liked him. I liked what I see and what I feel about the horse. I report that to the owner and the owner looked at the video and made the decision after that. “Rock N Roll Heaven was a great horse and had a great attitude. That’s what I feel about this yearling. I think he’s got a nice attitude. I was impressed.” Following is the list of horses to sell for at least $100,000: Hip-Name-Sex-Sire-Dam-Price 305 – White Bliss – Colt – Art Major-Coochie Mama – $240,000 Rare white Standardbred; half-brother to Western Posse (1:50.4s; $155,818) 428 – Mohegan Blue Chip – Colt – Somebeachsomewhere-Casino Miss – $215,000 Half-brother to Ryder Blue Chip (1:50.3; $190,825) 504 – Apple Bottom Lindy – Filly – Cantab Hall-Lindy’s Got Back – $215,000 First foal for Lindy’s Got Back; third dam is world champion Anamosa Hanover 346 – Migrate Blue Chip – Colt – Rock N Roll Heaven-Gro – $180,000 First foal for Gro, who had a mark of 1:50.3 and earned $454,135 459 – Severine Hanover – Filly – Donato Hanover-Secret Credit – $175,000 First foal for Secret Credit, who had a mark of 1:59.2h and earned $133,811; half-sister to Berto Primo (1:54.2; $296,298) 390 – Mullet Blue Chip – Colt – American Ideal-Babe Watching – $160,000 Half-brother to Baberhood, who is the dam of New York Sire Stakes champ He’s Watching 480 – Whataworkout – Colt – Muscle Hill-Southwind Sofia – $155,000 First foal for Southwind Sofia, who is half-sister to Southwind Serena (1:55.2; $385,088) and Southwind Spirit (1:54.1; $310,925) 348 – Adama Hanover – Filly – Camluck-Always True – $140,000 Half-brother to Dynamic Youth (1:48.1f; $822,957) 499 – Mentzer Hanover – Colt – Donato Hanover-Mayday Hanover – $120,000 Dam is half-sister to Macaria Hanover (1:55; $292,337) 498 – Magic Marker – Filly – Andover Hall-Susie’s Magic – $110,000 Dam won 2006 Breeders Crown for 3-year-old filly trotters; mark of 1:52.4 and earned $700,946 276 – Badiou Hanover – Colt – Well Said-Blind Ambition – $105,000 Dam is half-sister to Cheyenne Rei (1:51.1; $729,933) 279 – By Chance Hanover – Colt – Cantab Hall-Box Of Dreams – $105,000 First colt for Box Of Dreams, who had a mark of 1:58.1f and earned $86,100. 386 – Minix Hanover – Colt – Lucky Chucky-Madam Hooch – $105,000 First foal for stakes-winner Madam Hooch, who had a mark of Q1:58.3s and earned $181,843. 478 – Sobti Hanover – Filly – Cantab Hall-Sounds Swell – $105,000 Half-sister to Spellbound Hanover (1:54.3; $962,395) and Up Front Ben (1:54f; $381,326); full sister to Symphonic Hanover (1:53.4; $265,116) 412 – Mypaparox Bluechip – Colt – Rock N Roll Heaven-Musical Tone – $100,000 Half-brother to Big Al’s Delight (1:52; $385,154) by Ken Weingartner for HRC
Harrisburg, PA --- Bodacious sold for $355,000 and was the sales topper during Monday's opening session of the Standardbred Horse Sale in Harrisburg. Chris Oakes signed the sales slip for the daughter of Somebeachsomewhere-Silky. She is a full sister to Beach Body p,2,1:53.1f ($280,609), the runner-up in last month's Breeders Crown for 2-year-old filly pacers. Oakes is also the trainer of Beach Body. Canepa Hanover sold for $300,000 earlier in the day. The Muscle Hill-Cressida Hanover colt was purchased by Jimmy Takter. He is a half-brother to 2006 Horse of the Year Glidemaster. Below is a list of the $100,000-plus yearlings sold during Monday's session. A full recap will be available shortly. Hip-Name-Sex-Sire-Dam-Price 194–Bodacious–Filly–Somebeachsomewhere-Silky–$355,000 Half-sister to Malicious (1:50.1f; $780,859) and Ms Malicious (1:51.4f; $351,963); full sister to Beach Body (1:53.1f; $280,609) 89–Canepa Hanover–Colt–Muscle Hill-Cressida Hanover–$300,000 Half-brother to 2006 Horse of the Year Glidemaster (1:51.1; $1.96 million) 202–Honey I’m Home–Colt–Well Said-Sweet Future–$300,000 Half-brother to Bettor Sweet (1:47.2; $2.78 million) and Sweet Lou (1:47.4s; $2.04 million) 155–Way Bay Hanover–Colt–Somebeachsomewhere-Western Duel–$270,000 Half-brother to Westwardho Hanover (1:49.1f; $689,408), Woodstock Hanover (1:50.1f; $456,007) and Whackamole Hanover (1:49f; $439,896) 108–Katniss–Filly–Credit Winner–Armbro Deja Vu–$260,000 Full sister to Dejarmbro (1:52.2f; $1.13 million) 189–Fire Permit–Colt–Credit Winner-Amber Fire Hanover–$230,000 Dam is a half-sister to Spicy Wings (1:54.3f; $570,720) 164–Paparazzi Hanover–Colt–Well Said-Paula’s Best–$190,000 Half-brother to Pirouette Hanover (1:50.3; $608,759) 172–Lookslikeachpndale–Colt–Muscle Hill-Poster Pin Up–$185,000 Stakes-winning dam had a mark of 1:55.4f and earned $439,454 187–Off To Bed–Colt–Credit Winner-Satin Pillows–$185,000 Full brother to To Dream On (1:52.1; $975,395) 162–Peruski Hanover–Colt–Somebeachsomewhere-Paris Hanover–$180,000 Dam is a half-sister to Philos Hanover (1:49.3f; $523,246) and Panther Hanover (1:47.2; $367,877) 144–Hit The Hay–Filly–Kadabra-Bedtime Song–$160,000 Dam is a half-sister to Pampered Princess (1:53; $1.64 million) 186–Workout Warrior–Colt–Muscle Hill-Sabrina Hall–$160,000 Half-brother to He’s A Demon (1:53.1; $305,370) 82–Its Okay To Stare–Filly–Deweycheatumnhowe-Glide By–$155,000 Dam is a half-sister to Maven (1:51.4h; $1.37 million) and Lanson (1:51.3; $791,586) 106–Lady Winona–Filly–Credit Winner-Ladylind–$155,000 Full sister to Jezzy (1:55; $834,240) 176–Wheels Ah Smokin–Colt–Muscles Yankee-Quick Credit–$155,000 Half-brother to Wheeling N Dealin (1:55; $811,226) 222–Bring On The Beach–Colt–Mach Three-Wheres The Beach–$155,000 Full brother to 2008 Horse of the Year Somebeachsomewhere (1:46.4; $3.22 million) 61–Dreams Beachboy–Colt–Somebeachsomewhere-Dream-A-While–$150,000 70–Morning Blue Chip–Colt–Bettor's Delight-BJ’s Sunshine–$150,000 Full-brother to Fashion Delight (1:50.1s; $803,897) 116–Lovely Jan–Filly–Muscle Massive-Lotsa Love–$145,000 Dam is a half-sister to Malabar Man (1:53.1; $2.14 million) 175–Motleyjue Bluechip–Colt–Art Major-Fool That I Am–$145,000 Full brother to Feel Like A Fool (1:49.4; $933,986) and Fool Me Once (1:48.1s; $635,057) 149–Anwar Hanover–Colt–Well Said-Allamerican Nadia–$140,000 Half-brother to Rusty’s All In (1:50f; $481,589) and Apprentice Hanover (1:49.4f; $383,405) 158–Strong Sorceress–Filly–Kadabra-One Tough Lass–$140,000 Dam won 2008 Kentucky Filly Futurity 133–Class Included–Colt–Muscles Yankee-Yankee Blondie–$137,000 Full brother to 2009 Horse of the Year Muscle Hill (1:50.1; $3.27 million) 114–Raylan Givens–Colt–Rock N Roll Heaven-Lisheen–$135,000 Half-brother to Lismara (1:47.3; $2.14 million) 216–Azorean Art–Colt–Art Major-Dancin Barefoot–$135,000 Stakes-winning dam had mark of 1:51.4f and earned $219,147 107–Lilu Hanover–Filly–Andover Hall-Lady Luck Hanover–$130,000 Full sister to Luckycharm Hanover (1:52.2; $430,056) 151–Ideal Donato–Colt–Donato Hanover-New Ideal–$130,000 Half-brother to Kadealia (1:55.1s; $570,375) 183–Arque Hanover–Colt–Rock N Roll Heaven-A Pippin Hanover–$130,000 Dam is a half-sister to Appleoosa Hanover (1:52.1s; $468,725) 200–Gold Beach–Filly–Somebeachsomewhere-Sunone–$130,000 Three-quarter brother to Smashbox (1:51.4s; $426,282) 62–Late Night–Colt–Art Major-Dreamland’s Jo Jo–$125,000 Half-brother to Real Nice (1:51.1h; $1.24 million) 227–Hard Rock Deo–Colt–Rocknroll Hanover-Worldly Beauty–$125,000 Full brother to World Of Rocknroll (1:50.3s; $338,561) 14–Raptureblisterburn–Filly–Conway Hall-Lady Marian–$120,000 Half-brother to Possessed Fashion (1:53.4; $314,272) 59–Day Man Hanover–Colt–Credit Winner-Dornello–$120,000 Half-brother to Lauderdale (1:54.1s; $217,535) 79–Sacreligulous–Colt–Credit Winner-Religulous–$120,000 168–Taiya Hanover–Filly–Rock N Roll Heaven–Trim Hanover–$120,000 Half-sister to American Jewel (1:48.2s; $1.84 million) 213–Penji Hanover–Colt–Art Major-Platinum Hanover–$120,000 Dam is a half-sister to Philos Hanover (1:49.3f; $523,246) and Panther Hanover (1:47.2; $367,877) 177–Can’t Wait Hanover–Colt–Somebeachsomewhere-Carolina Angel–$110,000 Dam is a full sister to Knock Three Times (1:51; $645,922) 204–Tady’s Legacy–Colt–Muscle Hill-Tady’s Comer–$110,000 Half-brother to Hez Striking (1:52.3s; $1 million) and Tady Strikes Again (1:54f; $585,681) 104–Rocknroll Katie–Filly–Rocknroll Hanover-Kutekatie–$100,000 Dam is a full sister to Kikikatie (1:50.3; $1.26 million) and Just Wait Kate (1:50.4; $387,931) by Ken Weingartner for USTA/HRC
ANDERSON, Ind.-October 26, 2013-Just one week after hosting the $1 million Hoosier Champions night, Hoosier Park continued the stakes action with an exciting 14-race card on Saturday, October 26. In its' 20th season of live harness racing, Hoosier Park hosted divisions of the Madison County and Circle City Stakes for two and three-year-olds for the first time ever. E L Titan and Riina Rekila kicked off the stakes action with a 1:57.1 score in the opening division of the $44,950 Madison County stakes for two-year-old colt and gelding trotters. Using a sharp, front running effort, the son of Muscle Hill was able to hold off a late charge from Justice Jet and Ed Hensley to score his third win of the season. Owned by Erkki Laakkonen, E L Titan is trained by Riina Rekila and has now amassed $93,139 during his freshman season. The recently crowned Indiana Sire Stakes champion, Rose Run Parker followed suit in the second split of the $45,250 Madison County stakes action for two-year-old trotting colts and geldings with a 1:58.2 victory. With Ricky Macomber Jr. in the bike, Rose Run Parker was able to track down horses late in the lane to win by two lengths. Sired by Jailhouse Jesse, Rose Run Parker extended his win streak to five as he notched his ninth win of the season. Sweetnsinful and Sam Widger scored in the only division of the $83,600 Madison County Stakes for two-year-old pacing fillies in 1:54. Widger sent the American Ideal filly to the front from the start and never looked back. Trained by Homer Hochstetler, Sweetnsinful scored her fourth win in nine starts this season and sent her bankroll over the $200,000 mark. The freshman trotting fillies were up next and Kween Mightus broke her maiden in a big kind of way taking her $42,550 split of the Madison County Stakes. Driven by Hoosier Park's leading driver, Tyler Smith, Kween Mightus was sent to the front and reached the wire in 1:57.3 to finish two lengths in front of the field. Trained by Krista Williams, the two-year-old daughter of Earl of Stormont notched her first win in 11 seasonal outings. Luck is All Ineed and Trace Tetrick took the second split of the stakes action for two-year-old trotting fillies with a 1:58 victory. Trained by Tom Harmer, the Muscle Mass filly benefitted from a pocket trip to score her third win of the season from eight starts. Luck is All Ineed sent her bankroll over $131,178 for her connections, Greg McNair and Tom Harmer. Three splits of the Circle City Stakes for three-year-old trotting colts were contested and it was King Mufasa who reigned supreme with a 1:56.3 romp. With Hall of Famer Dave Palone in the sulky, King Mufasa extended his win streak to five in his Hoosier Park debut. Sired by Powerful Emotion, King Mufasa is trained by Mike Brink and owned by Mystical Marker Farms and H.W. Wright. Punxsutawney and Pete Wrenn turned a sharp, front running effort into a 1:54.4 score in the second split of the Circle City stakes action. Sired by Glidemaster, Punxsutawney scored his fourth win of the season from 14 outings. Owned by Jerry Graham, Punxsutawney is trained by John Butenschoen and now sports a seasonal bankroll of $156,988. Pine Credit and Marcus Miller took the final split of the stakes action for three-year-old colt trotters with a 1:55.4 victory. Trained by Erv Miller, the son of Credit Winner was able to find late racing room in the stretch to score his third win of the season. That'll Be The Rei and Mike Micallef extended their win streak to four with a 1:51.3 score in the opening division of the $40,350 Circle City stakes for three-year-old pacing colts. The Michigan champion is trained by Mike Micallef and has won 15 of 22 seasonal starts. Owned by Daniel Courtemanche, That'll Be The Rei has earned $185,242 through two seasons of racing. Silver Devil and Jason Dillander scored a 21-1 upset in the second division of the $40,350 Circle City stakes for three-year-old colt and gelding pacers. Rallying from well off the pace in the stretch, Silver Devil used a :26.0 final panel to score his ninth win of the season in 1:53.1. Trained by Nick Giberson, the sophomore son of Duneside Perch sent his career bankroll over $50,000 with the victory. Totally Kissed and Sam Widger followed suit and pulled a slight upset in the first split of the stakes action for two-year-old pacing colts with a 1:52.1 score. The freshman son of Total Truth got up in the final strides to score his third win of the season in a lifetime best effort. Kingofthejungle continued the upset trend and scored a 14-1 upset in his split of the $49,300 Madison County stakes for two-year-old pacing colts. Driven by Pete Wrenn, Kingofthejungle rallied from well off the pace to score in a lifetime best effort of 1:52.3. Trained by Dirk Simpson, the two-year-old gelding is sired by Well Said has now won 4 of 12 lifetime outings. Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will follow a Tuesday-Saturday schedule with a daily post time of 5:30 p.m. The 160-day, all harness racing meet began on April 2 and will be conducted through November 9. Emily Gaskin
WILKES-BARRE PA -- Trotter or pacer, colt or filly -- it doesn't matter to all-time leading Breeders Crown trainer Jimmy Takter, as the Hall of Famer calimed the first two Breeders Crown races Saturday at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs with the win of the Well Said filly Uffizi Hanover in the $500,000 2PF Championship, a race after winning with 2TC Father Patrick. In the 20th Breeders Crown race of 2013 at Pocono (including last week's elims), somebody was able to win off of cover, but the early pace helped. The two favorites, Allstar Rating and chalk Precocious Beauty sped a wicked 25.3 opener before the latter claimed the top. Act Now was first-over before the 55 half and battled the pacesetter to the 1:23 3/4s. "Uffizi," sent off as the 4-1 third choice despite owning only one previous career win, was right on Act Now's back throughout, moved three-wide approaching headstretch, made the lead in midstretch, then withstood a late burst by Beach Body, who benefited from excellent Brian Sears handling to find a lane behind the winner then angle inside, by 3/4 of a length. Southwind Silence showed late speed for third, swith She's Da Bomb snd Allstar Rating collecting the last check. Miller, who handled the Hanover-bred for the famous Ontario ownership trio of Libfeld, Katz, and Goldband, was his usual quiet self even after the big victory. The newly-elected Hall of Famer noted, "Last week she was good, but we made an adjustment, and she was even better tonight. Tonight Pierce's horse (Act Now) was able to carry us to the top of the stretch, and my filly was very good." "This filly has been coming on more and more at the end of the season," Jimmy Takter said. "She was OK in some overnight races and then starting getting better and better. Timing is perfect on her right now!" Video attached Jerry Conners for Harnesslink.com
Two-year-old trotting colts and pacing fillies will race for nearly a half million dollars in purses in the Grand Circuit International Stallion Stakes on Friday at The Red Mile. Outsourced returns to the scene of his world record effort of last week in Friday's fourth race. The Explosive Matter gelding set the fastest mark of any male freshman trotter in the sport's history when he converted a perfect Ron Pierce drive into a narrow 1:53.1 win in the Bluegrass stakes. He faces a slightly less accomplished group of seven in this quest to double up for trainer Noel Daley who owns him in partnership with Adam Victor & Son Stable and Mira Bogucki. Pierce is listed to drive from post four. Odds On Amethyst spins right back after a dominant four length 1:54.2 romp in the Bluegrass. He's a Muscle Hill first cropper from the great Mystical Sunshine and he had the look of a contender last week. Tim Tetrick has the drive (and quite possibly the warm up call) again for trainer Robin Schadt and Dana Parham's Odds On Racing in the third race. The final division (race 8) holds great promise, with a couple of lightly raced but royally bred colts. E L Titan is a Muscle Hill from Courtney Lobell and he's been brought along carefully by trainer / driver Riina Rekila. Among his just three starts is an impressive second to division star Father Patrick (who sits this one out) in the Champlain stakes. Erkki Laakkonen bred and retains ownership of this top prospect. Also in the field is Muscleprinctonian, Jules Siegel's homebred result of pairing his 2009 Hambletonian Oaks winning mare, Broadway Schooner with 2009 Hambo winner Muscle Hill. He looked great in his Meadowlands qualifiers and had a few lackluster starts in Jersey Sires Stakes competition before trainer Jim Campbell gave the colt some time off. He qualified very nicely in 1:56.3 for John Campbell here last week. The pacing fillies are carded in races five, six and ten with the best saved for last. Division leader Precocious Beauty hooks up with Uffizi Hanover, who won her Bluegrass division from an impossible spot last week. Precocious Beauty (Art Major) has a five race winning streak including the season's top dollar race to this point, the She's A great Lady and won her Bluegrass split in 1:51- last Friday. She sports a pair of 1:50.2 wins and over $400,000 on the year for breeder/owner Jim Avritt and trainer (father) Gregg McNair and driver (son) Doug McNair. Uffizi Hanover had lost a few photos before breaking her maiden in the Bluegrass, coming from tenth and last at the three quarters call blasting home in 26.1 to win in 1:50.3 for Dave Miller. She is by first crop sire Well Said and is indicative of the late season bloom by his get. Jimmy Takter trains her for Al Libfeld, Marvin Katz and Sam Goldband. Post time is 1:00 pm on Friday and through the meet's end on Sunday. The Lexington Selected Standardbred Yearling sale began at 7:00 pm tonight at the Fasig-Tipton pavilion. by Nick Salvi for the Grand Circuit
Myron Bell will have his eyes on Captaintreacherous when the sport's top-rated pacer headlines Saturday's card at The Red Mile in Lexington, but "The Captain" will share Bell's attention with several youngsters looking to make names for themselves in Bluegrass Stakes action. That's My Opinion, Fort Knox and Journeyman will be among the horses competing in Saturday's four Bluegrass divisions for 2-year-old male pacers. That's My Opinion and Fort Knox are co-owned by Brittany Farms, for which Bell is the racing manager, while Journeyman is owned by Brittany Farms and Bell's Riverview Racing. Bell and Brittany Farms also are among the owners of Captaintreacherous, who is the 3-5 morning line favorite in the first of two Bluegrass divisions for 3-year-old male pacers. All of the horses are trained by Tony Alagna. Captaintreacherous, the defending Pacer of the Year, has won eight of nine races and $1.45 million this season. His wins include the North America Cup, Meadowlands Pace, Cane Pace and Hempt Memorial. He finished second by a nose to Sunshine Beach in the Battle of the Brandywine. He is the No. 2-ranked horse in the sport's Top 10 poll, behind only trotter Bee A Magician. "I wasn't that smart - I never thought he would go almost undefeated," Bell said. "He's exceeded all of our wildest expectations. We knew that he was a top horse, but the Captain has been super in every one of his races this year, even in his narrow defeat. You can't say anything bad about him." Still, Captaintreacherous has had his critics this season; some lamenting his connection's decision to skip the Little Brown Jug, others pointing to his lack of total domination (three wins by a neck). "(Heart) is what makes greatness," Bell said. "Speed is one facet of greatness, and he's got the will to win. People are always going to knock something that's good. I really don't worry about that. If they don't talk about you, you don't exist." For his career, the son of Somebeachsomewhere-Worldly Treasure has won 16 of 19 starts, never been off the board, and earned $2.37 million. He was purchased as a yearling for $250,000 at the 2011 Lexington Selected Sale. That is a big price, but not as hefty as the $350,000 paid for That's My Opinion, who was purchased under the name Blister Hanover at last year's Standardbred Horse Sale. A son of Somebeachsomewhere-Boldnbrash Hanover, That's My Opinion has won one of four races and earned $13,029. He is coming off a second-place finish in a condition race at Mohawk, where he missed by a head after battling through traffic in the stretch. The Bluegrass will be his first try in stakes company and he drew into a division including New Jersey Sire Stakes champion Western Vintage, world-record-setter On Golden Ponder and stakes-placed Some Major Beach. That's My Opinion and driver Scott Zeron will start from post seven in the seven-horse field. "He was a beautiful yearling and he was very costly," Bell said. "Tony has done a phenomenal job with him. He went through a growth spurt and Tony did a very good job. I want to give Scott Zeron and (driver) Brian Sears, who baby raced him, a lot of credit too. We babied him to a certain degree and he's ready to rock and roll now. "He's in a tough division and drew a tough post, but I believe we'll make a good account of ourselves. Right now he's a nothing because he hasn't won on the Grand Circuit yet. I don't want to brag him up, but I think he's a really nice colt." As for the colt's name change, it came indirectly from Bell himself. "I have a favorite saying, 'That's my opinion,' and Tony wanted to dedicate that name to this horse for some reason, so we went along with it," Bell said. "It's a fun conversation piece." Fort Knox has won one of three races and was second in a division of the Champlain Stakes. Bred by Brittany Farms and Melvin Hartman, he is a son of American Ideal-The Art Museum and a three-quarter-brother to Acquavella. "He's a very nice horse," Bell said. "I bought the mare for Brittany for a lot of money; she never got to the races and her first two foals have been very good. Acquavella just had a career-ending injury, but she was meant to be a good filly. He raced very well when he came first over in (the Champlain)." Journeyman, also bred by Brittany Farms, has won once in five starts. He is a son of American Ideal-Cosmic Journey. "He's been a little disappointing so far, but he's got high speed," Bell said. "He had a foot problem earlier in the year; he's sound now and I expect a decent effort. I think he'll be OK this year." In addition to the colts, Bell will be watching Authorize, who is in the Bluegrass for 3-year-old filly pacers. She has won one of 13 races this year after winning the New Jersey Sire Stakes championship in 2012. Authorize is a daughter of Western Ideal-CPA and her granddam is Delinquent Account, who is also the mother of millionaire Artiscape. "She's only won one race this year, so I guess she's a bit of an underachiever, but I think she's going to be very good at The Red Mile," Bell said. "She had some issues and right now she's as sound as she could be. She'll race through the year and then she'll become a broodmare for next year; she has a great pedigree. "I hope she can finish up well. She's a trip horse. She can't leave the gate, so everything is predicated on the trip. But she can really close pretty good." That's My Opinion is not the only big-money yearling racing Saturday at The Red Mile. Rockstar Stride, who is in a late closer for 2-year-old male pacers, was purchased for $300,000 at the Lexington Selected Sale under the name Rock The Casbah and is owned by Emilio and Maria Rosati. Trained by Mark Harder, Rockstar Stride is winless in two starts and heads to The Red Mile off a second-place finish by a neck in a conditioned race at Yonkers. Rockstar Stride is a son of Rocknroll Hanover-Stienam's Place and a full brother to $2 million-earner Put On A Show, the fastest female pacer in harness racing history. Sweet Talkin Clyde, another 2-year-old male pacer, also will be in late closer action. He was purchased for $325,000 at the Standardbred Horse Sale by brothers John and Tom Cancelliere. A son of Well Said-Sweet Future, he is a half-brother to stakes-winners Bettor Sweet and Sweet Lou. He has one win in four starts this year. by Ken Weingartner, for HRC
Trainer Jim Campbell often says there can be a big difference between the way a horse trains and the way he races. Ideal Fashion is the ideal example. The 2-year-old colt pacer, a half-brother to stakes-winner Fashion Delight, heads into Saturday's Bluegrass Stakes at Lexington's Red Mile having won one of seven races and earned $27,408. Ideal Fashion, a son of American Ideal out of the mare BJ's Sunshine, competes in the fourth of four Bluegrass divisions. "I trained him this morning, and the way he trained, it blows my mind that he hasn't done more," Campbell said. "He trains as good as any horse I have in the barn. I have no answer why, but it just hasn't carried over into his races. But I think he still has it in him." Ideal Fashion was purchased as a yearling for $115,000 at the Standardbred Horse Sale under the name Bonaparte Bluechip. He is owned by Fashion Farms, which also owned Fashion Delight prior to this year. "He's a big colt; he did a lot of growing in the spring," Campbell said. "Hopefully he can mature and put it all together." Ideal Fashion is one of two 2-year-old colt pacers competing on Saturday for Campbell. The other is Sometimes Said, a son of Well Said-Lady Sometimes. Sometimes Said is coming off a second-place finish in the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championship. He won his division of the Historic-Goshen Cup in August and has finished no worse than second in five consecutive races. He has won once in seven starts, banking $140,924. "I've been very happy with him," Campbell said. "He's a very versatile horse. You can race him any way you want." Campbell's Bluegrass week kicks off Thursday night when Cooler Schooner races in the third of three Bluegrass divisions for 2-year-old filly trotters. The split also includes Merrie Annabelle winner Shake It Cerry and Pennsylvania Sire Stakes champion Designed To Be. Cooler Schooner opened eyes with a world-record 1:51.3 win in a division of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes on Aug. 21 at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. She followed up with another sire stakes victory, this one in a track-record 1:54.2 at Harrah's Philadelphia, before finishing fourth in the sire stakes final Sept. 15. "She scoped sick after her last start, so we're hoping she rebounds," Campbell said. "She seems good. She shipped in (to Lexington) on Sunday and she's acted good all week." Cooler Schooner, who has won three of eight starts, is a full sister to 2009 Hambletonian Oaks winner Broadway Schooner. "Personality-wise, she's pretty much a clone of Broadway," Campbell said. "But Cooler has a more efficient gait. Not that Broadway was bad, but this one is just better. And she's more advanced at (age) 2 than Broadway. "I always knew she had speed, but I never thought she would go in (1):51.3," Campbell added. "She's perfect to be around; a real sweetheart. She can get a little keyed up when racing, but that's just her nature." On Friday, Campbell sends Gallie Bythe Beach into the Bluegrass Stakes for 2-year-old filly pacers. She is a daughter of Somebeachsomewhere out of the millionaire mare Galleria. There are three divisions of the Bluegrass for 2-year-old filly pacers, with Gallie Bythe Beach in the third. The first division features multiple-stakes-winner Precocious Beauty, who is the No. 10 ranked horse in harness racing's current Top 10 poll. Gallie Bythe Beach has won five of eight races, including three divisions of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes, and earned $304,004. She finished second to Precocious Beauty in the She's A Great Lady Stakes and also finished second in the sire stakes final. "She's having a really nice year," Campbell said. "She's a real professional. She trained down pretty good, but training down and racing are two different things. She's been real good." Ideal Fashion, Sometimes Said, Cooler Schooner and Gallie Bythe Beach are all eligible to the Breeders Crown. Eliminations for the Breeders Crown are scheduled for Oct. 11-12 and the finals are Oct. 19 at Pocono Downs. "The plan is for Gallie and Cooler to race one time in Lexington and then go home and get ready for the Breeders Crown," Campbell said. "With the others, we'll see how it goes and play it by ear." by Ken Weingartner for USTA
WASHINGTON, PA, Sept. 24, 2013 — Weeper had the field in tears once again Tuesday at The Meadows as she jogged off to the fastest win in a $121,200 Keystone Classic for 2-year-old pacing fillies. The event was contested over four divisions, with That Woman Hanover, Lucy’s Pearl and McVita Bella taking the other splits. Mike Wilder (That Woman Hanover, McVita Bella) and Dave Palone (Weeper, Lucy’s Pearl) each enjoyed a stakes double . . . but that’s not all they did. Wilder won a total of seven races and Palone four — including his 16,000th career victory — meaning the duo won all but four of the 15 races on the program. Weeper won the Pennsylvania Stallion Series championship this year and set The Meadows track record of 1:51.4 for freshman fillies earlier in the season. While she didn’t go quite that quickly Tuesday, she grabbed the lead before the quarter and sailed home, scoring in 1:52.3. Also Encouraging was second, 3-1/4 lengths back, with Mayabelle third. “She was staked nice and casual this year,” said Kelly O’Donnell, who conditions the homebred daughter of Allamerican Native-Pleasant Yet Bad for Bay Pond Racing. “She’ll be staked quite a bit more next year for sure. She’ll be put away nice, fresh, solid and sound and should be a great 3-year-old.” That Woman Hanover won her third straight by retaking the lead at the quarter and holding off the late challenge of The Beach Nextdoor to down her by a length in 1:55.2. Case Dismissed earned show. That Woman Hanover had finished no better than fifth in her four Pennsylvania Sires Stakes splits, but Wilder said he never doubted her ability. “I couldn’t draw inside the six hole in any of those races,” Wilder said. “She loves to be in position, she loves to do the work. I was never in position where I wanted to go 26 and risk burning her up.” Dan Altmeyer trains the daughter of Somebeachsomewhere-Sub Rosa Hanover and owns with Richard Kelson, Jack Piatt II and Jeffrey Altmeyer. Although Lucy’s Pearl was parked and didn’t reach the front until the three-eighths, she got the half in a slowish 58.1. It was a cakewalk from there, as she prevailed in 1:55.1, 3-3/4 lengths better than the pocket-sitting Put On A Display. Stucklikeglue stuck around for show. “I think she’s better racing off the pace,” Palone said, “but when the brakes came on up front, I figured we’d be over to the half in 1:01. So I moved her, and they let me put them to sleep the middle half. She gives you a good try every time.” Ron Gurfein trains the daughter of Well Said-Remember When and owns with Elizabeth Novak. In the $18,000 Preferred Handicap Trot, Run And Tell Pap and Wilder shot the Lightning Lane to score in 1:55.1 for trainer Ron Burke and owners Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and M1 Stable.. Redder Than Red was a head back in second with Big And Little third. With the win, the 6-year-old High Falls-Adele’s Jade gelding soared over $400,000 in career earnings. Wednesday’s card at The Meadows features a $120,000 Keystone Classic for 2-year-old filly trotters. First post is 12:55 PM. by Evan Pattak for The Meadows
WASHINGTON, PA, Sept. 23, 2013 — Used multiple times during the mile, Ewald Hanover responded like a polished veteran, roaring through the stretch to capture the fastest division of Monday’s $121,400 Keystone Classic at The Meadows. The event for 2-year-old cold and gelding pacers was contested over three divisions, with Kingofthejungle and Seventh Secret taking the other splits. Dave Palone’s four wins on the 15-race card gave him 15,999 in his quest to become the first North American driver with 16,000 victories. Only Germany’s Heinz Wewering, who is still active with 16,689 wins (as of Sept. 20), has more. Palone has 14 scheduled assignments on Tuesday’s program. David Miller pushed Ewald Hanover from post 7 for an early seat fourth, then moved him second over. But when his cover faltered, the The Panderosa-Endela Hanover gelding went back to the pylons, squeezed between horses around the final turn and triumphed in 1:52.2, a tick off the stake mark. McWicked was second, 3-1/4 lengths back, with Workandplayhard third. “But for one clunker, he’s raced well every start,” Miller said. “He’ll be a nice 3-year-old, I think. They’re turning him out now, and I think he’ll be a nice horse next year.” Casie Coleman trains Ewald Hanover for West Wins Stable and Adriano Sorella. Kingofthejungle provided the Keystone Classic shocker when, at 25-1, he overpowered 1-9 favorite Allstar Partner with a first-over move for Brett Miller and scored in a career-best 1:53. Here Comes William was 2 lengths back in second while Allstar Partner saved show. “We were going kind of slow, and my horse was getting a little rammy,” Brett Miller said. “So I thought I would pull and sit out there and hopefully finish second or third. My intentions weren’t to go by like that. But when I got to (Allstar Partner’s) wheel, this colt felt so good that I just popped the earplugs, and he was gone.” Brandon Simpson conditions the Well Said-Allamerican Calico gelding for DeSyllas Racing, William Beck and Carol Rieken. Mike Wilder didn’t necessarily want Seventh Secret on the early lead, but once the son of Allamerican Native-Secret Song got there by looping the field, he made the most of it. He downed Good Citations by a neck in 1:54.4, with Caviart Luca completing the ticket. “I was taking him back, and they weren’t going any,” Wilder said. “”We were crawling, and I’m getting away sixth was how it looked. So I just hit the gas. He’s never been on the front, and I didn’t know how that would work out. For a colt with a little bit of a stale date, he met the challenge.” Dan Altmeyer trains Seventh Secret for owner/breeder Ruth Altmeyer. Tuesday’s card at The Meadows features a $121,200 Keystone Classic for freshman filly pacers. First post is 12:55 PM.
There were both betting favorites and long shots that prevailed as Harrah’s Philadelphia hosted four $260,000 Championship Finals for two-year-old trotters and pacers Sunday afternoon. The fastest mile of the four finals was in the 12th race for two-year-old pacing colts and geldings as Allstar Partner was not only able to lead from start to finish for driver Corey Callahan, but was also able to handle a first-over challenge for half of the one mile race by Let’s Drink On It. Callahan sent Allstar Partner right to the lead from post four with McWicked (Andy Miller) leaving from post six and grabbing the two-hole trip as they raced to the opening quarter mile in :26.4. Then it was Let’s Drink On It and driver Tim Tetrick the first to show, coming first-over at the half mile in :55.3 with Limelight Beach (Dave Miller) following his outside cover. On to the three-quarters in 1:23.1, Let’s Drink On It kept inching up on race leader Allstar Partner, but that all came to an end as the field started down the stretch to the finish. Let’s Drink On It spit out the bit and began to fade fast and Sometimes Said (John Campbell) moved up from fifth place and mounted a challenge but it was too late as Callahan had the race measured with ease for Allstart Partner, who went on to win by two and one-quarter lengths in 1:52. Sometimes Said was second with McWicken third. Trained by John Butenschoen, it was the sixth straight victory for Allstar Partner and his seventh win in nine starts this year for the VIP Internet Stable of Piscataway, NJ and Michael Foti of Brigantine, NJ. The two-year-old gelding by Four Starzzz Shark paid $3.00 to win as the betting favorite. Betting fans were not impressed enough by Cooler Schooner’s last two victories, including a world record mile nor Lifetime Pursuit’s five wins in six starts as they made Designed To Be the betting favorite in the 10th race $260,000 PASS Championship Final for two-year-old trotting fillies. And the betting fans were right! Tipped out three-wide on the final turn and then kicking in the afterburners, Designed To Be and driver Andy Miller romped by five opening lengths in winning the championship final in a lifetime best time of 1:54.3. The race started off with none other than Cooler Schooner and driver John Campbell leaving from post eight and going right to the lead with A Perfect Gem (Marcus Miller) sitting the two-hole trip. Past the opening quarter mile in :27, then the half mile in :55.2, Cooler Schooner led the way. In the backstretch Juniata Hanover and driver Matt Kakaley came first-over and following their cover was Designed To Be. But the live cover was not good enough after the three-quarters in 1:25.1 as Miller moved out with Designed To Be and by the top of the stretch was in second place and collaring Cooler Schooner as they started down the home stretch. From there is as easy as pie as Designed To Be pulled away from the field and cruised to the finish. A Perfect Gem was second and Struck By Lindy (Dave Miller) closed well to be third. Owned and bred by Al Libfeid of Pickering, Ontario and Marvin Katz of Toronto, it was the third win in six starts for Designed To Be. The daughter of Donato Hanover is trained by Julie Miller and paid $5.20 to win. In the 9th race $260,000 Championship Final for two-year-old pacing fillies it was a long shot that ruled the day as 15-1 Southwind Silence and driver Yannick Gingras upset the race favorite Gallie Bythe Beach (John Campbell) with a stunning 1:52.2 victory. It was Southwind Silence who was first to show out of the starting gate, grabbing the early lead but that was short lived as Tyra and driver Tim Terick wanted the top and got it at the opening quarter mile in :26.3. Meanwhile, Gallie Bythe Beach was in third place and Campbell then sent the daughter of Somebeachsomewhere to the front before the half mile marker in :55.1. The field then raced down the backstretch through the three-quarters in 1:23 with only Ron Pierce and Beach Body coming first-over but they could not even come close to the race leaders who were cutting awesome fractions. Then in the stretch the fast early fractions caught up to both Gallie Bythe Beach and Tyra as Southwind Silence and Gingras out kicked both of them in the stretch to win by one length. Gallie Bythe Beach was second with Tyra third. Sired by Well Said and trained by Ron Burke, it was the second win this year and a lifetime mark for Southwind Silence. She is owned by the Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, Kar and Di Scala, Jr. At 15-1 odds, Southwind Silence paid $33.80 to win. There was nothing super special in the 11th race $260,000 PASS Championship Final for two-year-old trotting colts. Just watch Don Dorado and driver Tim Tetrick leave out of post position two, cut the entire mile race and hold the field at bay in winning in 1:56.2. Simple as that. Monte Cristo Spur (Richard Stillings) was able to get the two-hole trip as they raced to the opening quarter in :27.1. Then as the field came to the half mile marker it was Exodus Hanover and driver Andy Miller) coming first-over in :57 but at first it seems they were rating themselves on the outside as Exodus Hanover could not even collar Monte Cristo Spur in second place. Then after the three-quarters in 1:25.2 it became evident that Exodus Hanover was not going to get the job done and Monte Cristo Spur was running out of gas as Tim Tetrick has Don Dorado on automatic pilot and they went on to win by one and one-half lengths. Auspicious Hanover (Charlie Norris) closed from fifth place at the top of the stretch to be second and Exodus Hanover stayed game in finishing third. Trained by Robert Baggitt, Jr. for breeder/owner Michael Walker of Davison, Michigan, it was the fourth win in just six starts for Don Dorado. The son of Donato Hanover went off at odds of 2-1 and paid $6.80 to win. By Steve Wolf for Harnesslink.com
WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 14, 2013 — Palm Beach, confidently handled by Brett Miller, pulled the pocket before the final turn and rolled to victory in a stake-record 1:53.4 in Wednesday’s $100,000 Pennsylvania Stallion Series event at The Meadows. The stake for 2-year-old filly pacers was contested over five divisions, with McVita Bella, Lucy’s Pearl, Myrichmothernlaw and Dragon Town also taking $20,000 splits. Miller piloted Dragon Town to give him a stake double among his five wins on the 16-race card. Palm Beach had been getting checks in Pennsylvania Sires Stakes so was enjoying class relief. Miller, however, said there was a more important factor in her record-setting performance. “When they scoped her after her race last week, she was sick with mucous — eight on a scale of 10,” Miller said. “They wanted to put her in a little cheaper class to brave her back up. She definitely feels like she’s getting over her sickness. She was grabbing on and wanting to go.” Palm Beach downed Legal Process by 2-3/4 lengths, with Corona With Lime third. Michael Hall trains the daughter of Somebeachsomewhere-Duncans Artsplace for Rojan Stables, Howard Taylor and Lightning 5 Racing Stable. McVita Bella completed a sweep of her four stallion series preliminary divisions, although she needed a late miscue by the apparent winner to do it. Uffizi Hanover crossed the wire first but was placed back to sixth for an extended gallop in the stretch. Starnight Dancer was promoted to second while Cams Dali was fourth-placed-third. “She did get a gift; it’s always nice to get a little lucky,” said winning driver Mike Wilder. “She’s definitely a threat in the championship. You couldn’t ask for a filly with a better attitude.” John Butenschoen conditions the daughter of Somebeachsomewhere-Cheyenne Sabrina for Harmony Oaks Racing Stable, VIP Internet Stable, Tangie Massey and Bill Boyce. Hammered down to 1-9, Lucy’s Pearl quarter-poled to the lead and jogged home in 1:55 for Dave Palone and trainer Run Gurfein, who owns the daughter of Well Said-Remember When with Elizabeth Novak. Rados Girl was second, 4-1/4 lengths in arrears, while Sunlight Dancer earned show. “I was very happy with her, the way she got home,” Palone said. “I thought she was the best; I just wanted to steer clear of trouble. She likes to do her work, and she can race any way you want her to.” Racing at The Meadows resumes Friday with a trio of Pennsylvania stakes worth approximately $500,000. Since Friday’s card is the final program of the current meeting, the Pick 5, Pick 4 and last superfecta on the card all are “must-pays.” First post is 6:55 PM. Evan Pattak
WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 13, 2013 — Allstar Partner and McWicked began the day tied for second in Pennsylvania Sires Stakes points. They ended the day still tied but atop the leader board after winning their respective divisions of a $265,408 PASS at The Meadows in the final preliminary leg. Allstar Partner earned bragging rights for the day by scoring in 1:51.4, fastest mile this year by a 2-year-old gelding on a five-eighths-mile track. The PASS championships for 2-year-olds, each with a $260,000 purse, are set for Sept. 15 at Harrah’s Philadelphia. The stake, known as the Tyler B, was contested over four divisions, with Tellitlikeitis and Let’s Drink On It taking the other splits. Allstar Partner roared to the early lead for Corey Callahan and never experienced an anxious moment, defeating the-pocket-sitting The Lunch Pail by 1-1/2 lengths, with Somesizesomestyle third. Limelight Beach, winner of his first three PASS splits, never could mount an effective rally from mid-pack, finishing fourth and dropping to third in PASS rankings. “He can get a little lazy on you and kind of relax,” Callahan said of Allstar Partner. “I gave him a couple taps going to the three-quarter pole. He goes anytime you ask him to go. If I’d needed more, he’d have given me some more. We’ll have to see where we draw (in the championship), but I think he’s as good as any of them.” John Butenschoen trains the son of Four Starzzz Shark-Faithful Ideal for VIP Internet Stable and Michael Foti. McWicked also had an easy time of it, as the son of McArdle-Western Sahara quarter-poled to the lead and prevailed by 3 lengths in 1:53 for Andy Miller, trainer Julie Miller and owners Andy Miller Stable, Paymaq Racing and Hanna Miller. Invictus Hanover and Mattamerican completed the ticket. Tellitlikeitis needed a big race to make the championship — he was tied for 11th entering the Tyler B — and he delivered one, pulling the pocket early for Yannick Gingras and triumphing in 1:52.3. Wicked Business was second, 1-1/2 lengths back, while Avalanche Hanover earned show. “When I qualified him, I thought he was one of the best,” Gingras said. “But he went into a spell there for like two starts when he really was not that good. It looks like he’s bounced back. He likes to follow. If you keep him on a helmet, he gets home good.” Jimmy Takter conditions the homebred son of Well Said-Kikikatie for Lothlorien. Let’s Drink On It, tied for sixth in PASS points before the stake, cemented his position in the finals with an overpowering front-end victory in 1:52. Sometimes Said, the other member of that sixth-place tie, made the championship by finishing second, 1-1/2 lengths in arrears, with At Press Time third. “He shows a lot of front-end speed, but he’s really a two-finger horse,” said Joe Seekman, who trains the son of Art Official-Letmedowneasy for Martin Scharf, Larry Bond and Hal Hewitt. “We got him out of the ‘Scratch & Dent.’ He had curbs in the back (when we bought him). We brought him home, broke him and then pin-fired those. They’ve never bothered him.” Dan Rawlings and Mike Wilder each enjoyed a triple on the 16-race card. Stake racing at The Meadows continues Wednesday with a $100,000 PA Stallion Series event for 2-year-old filly pacers. First post is 6:55 PM. by Evan Pattak