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JK Endofanera proved his North America Cup elimination to be an aberration, as he returned to his previous form winning the Final in 1:48.4. Last year Captaintreacherous parlayed his North America Cup victory into a Meadowlands Pace win, this year JK Endofanera will look to do the same. Ironically, Tellitlikeitis and He's Watching who were rated No.2 and No. 3 on last week's Road to the Pace finished 2nd and 3rd respectively in the North America Cup Final. Therefore there was no change amongst the top-10 in this week's Road to the Pace. Only four of the top 10, Western Vintage, Always B Miki, Sometimes Said and Doo Wop Hanover will race in The Max Hempt eliminations on Saturday, with the other six skipping the race and awaiting The Meadowlands Pace. Week 11 of the Road to the Meadowlands Pace is available here: http://www.meadowlandspace.com/pdf/Road_To_The_Pace-Week11.pdf by Darin Zoccali, for the Meadowlands  

WILKES-BARRE PA - "FOILED AGAIN VS. CAPTAINTREACHEROUS - ROUND 2", plus the continuing march of Father Patrick towards possible harness racing immortality, are the main storylines to be on display this Saturday night at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, as the northeast PA track presents elimination races for the $500,000 Ben Franklin Free-for-All Pace, the $500,000 Earl Beal 3YO Colt Trot, the $500,000 Max C. Hempt 3YO Colt Pace, and the $300,000 James Lynch 3YO Filly Pace, with those rich finals a week from this Saturday on the $2.3M "Sun Stakes Saturday" card. The Franklin and Beal will each have two elimination races Saturday; the top four finishers plus the faster of the fifth-place finishers will punch their tickets to their rich Championship races. The Hempt and Lynch have three eliminations, meaning that one would have to be among the top three finishers in her or his elim in order to progress to the big money next Saturday. (The track intends to hold consolation races for those not qualifying for the finals next week, if interest permits.) Here's a look at the eliminations for the four races: FRANKLIN ELIMINATIONS The luck of the draw has put Captaintreacherous, the richest harness horse of 2013 and the Pacer of the Year, just inside Foiled Again, the richest harness horse of all-time with earnings of $6,251,068, in the same Franklin elimination, race 10. Foiled Again has several advantages he can tick off: he was four for four at Pocono Downs last year, winning the Franklin elimination and final and the Breeders Crown elimination and final; he defeated his younger rival in "The Race of 2013," the TVG Series Final at The Meadowlands; and of course his accumulated bankroll, which at this point shows no signs of stopping its growing for the evergreen 10-year-old gelding. Foiled Again also has many early-season races under his belt, with four wins and over $220,000 in his column already, and he begins from post five Saturday for driver Yannick Gingras, trainer Ron Burke (who has 14 horses in the four sets of eliminations; more on that later), and Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, and JJK Stables. But Captaintreacherous need not apologize for anything on his racing card. Trained by Tony Alagna for Captaintreacherous Racing, the four-year-old started his 2014 campaign in fine style this past Saturday at The Meadowlands, winning the Meadowlands Maturity despite the outside post ten. He is the defending champ in the sport among both pacers and moneywinners, and he has a fine record over the Pocono track, having won his Hempt elim and final and his Breeders Crown elim and final over the fast red surface last year. Tim Tetrick has the mount as The Captain begins from post four in the field of seven. The two Franklin elims contain 14 horses with combined earnings of $20,752,328 (and an average mark of 1:48.2), and just behind the two race 10 favorites in money is the likely choice for race 12 favoritedom, Sweet Lou. Another Burke trainee co-owned by Burke Racing and Weaver Bruscemi, here with Lawrence Karr and Phillip Collura, Sweet Lou was his generation's two-year-old champion, and was among its best at three and four. Now five, Sweet Lou has found crushing form in recent starts, running off three straight against FFA horses, the fastest in 1:48, last quarter 26, from post ten at The Meadowlands. BEAL ELIMINATIONS Father Patrick, undefeated and untested in three starts at three and a horse who Hall of Fame trainer Jimmy Takter says "has the potential to be among the all-time greats of the modern era," will likely be a heavy favorite in his fifth race Beal elimination. Owned by the Father Patrick Stable and named after a New Jersey Catholic priest, Father Patrick has won three straight Pennsylvania Sire Stakes to start his march towards possible history, including a 19¾ length smashing triumph two weeks ago, and he will start from the rail Saturday for driver Yannick Gingras. Nuncio, the only horse ever to defeat Father Patrick, is likely to be highly-favored in the third race Beal elim. Owned by Stall TZ Inc, Nuncio switched barns over the winter to that of ... Jimmy Takter, with his fellow Hall of Famer, driver John Campbell, keeping the drive from last season. Nuncio, who also opened his yearly card with three straight Pennsy Sires wins, will start from post two in his elim for Campbell. The "unknown factor," probably rated #4 in the Hambletonian class at this point, is Datsyuk, unraced at two but with a 4-3-1-0 scorecard this year for trainer/driver Charlie Norris, who also co-owns with Leonard Buckner. Datsyuk, named after an NHL player, missed only a neck to Father Patrick at Pocono last Saturday, and will try to beat his stablemate this week from post three for Norris. (Oh, you ask ... Datsyuk is probably #4, and Nuncio and Father Patrick are rated at the top? Who's the other top trotter? His name is Trixton, he won the Goodtimes Final in Canada last week, he's considered more a "big-track" specialist and thus did not enter at Pocono ... and he is trained [and driven!] by Jimmy Takter.) HEMPT ELIMINATIONS The glamour division, the three-year-old colt pacers, assemble 22 strong in three eliminations this Saturday, searching for leadership in a group where the top horse seems to switch about every week. In the seventh race first elim, Always B Miki will be looking to rebound from a break in his North America Cup elim two weeks ago, from which he could recover for only fifth and thus did not qualify for the final. When on his best behavior, the Joe Holloway trainee, owned by Bluewood Stable, Val D'Or Farms, and Roll The Dice Stable, has shown terrific speed, including wins in the Somebeachsomewhere and Historic stakes. Corey Callahan has the drive behind Always B Miki as they start from post two. In the ninth race elimination, the crowd may have a hard time separating Western Vintage (post six, driver Yannick Gingras) and Doo Wop Hanover (post seven, John Campbell), who have traded New Jersey Sire Stakes victories this year, with Doo Wop taking the NJSS championship on May 31. All Bets Off (post two, driver Matt Kakaley) will try to extend the three-race win streak he has put together in New York state, including in the Rooney final, as he comes back to Pennsylvania. In the eleventh race elim, McWicked may be bad news for his opponents as he starts in the middle of the seven-horse field for driver David Miller, trainer Casie Coleman, and the S S G Stables. McWicked took his mark of 1:48.2 in winning his North America Cup elimination, and then was fourth, beaten only three lengths, in the final - only his second off-the-board finish in 15 career starts. LYNCH ELIMINATIONS In the fourth race Lynch elim, several horses have fine credentials. Act Now (post eight, driver Brian Sears) and Sayitall BB (post seven, Yannick Gingras) showed their quality by finishing 1-2 in their recent New Jersey sires final, but they may have a hard time from their outer draws and with opposition such as Gallie Bythe Beach (post five, John Campbell), who in her last local start set a 1:50.3 world record in her Breeders Crown elim, only to disappointingly come out of the race less than perfect and scratched from the final. In the race six elim, trainer Ron Burke, who we mentioned had 14 entrants in the stakes elims, has five in the Lynch and two in this event, starting from opposite sides of the starting gate. Allstar Rating (post one, Yannick Gingras) brings speed and consistency (in the money 10 of 11 times lifetime), while having the opposite luck at the draw was Southwind Silence (driver Matt Kakaley), the 2013 Pennsylvania Sire Stakes champion and third in the Breeders Crown final. Uffizi Hanover, after a very slow start to her 2014 campaign, has now won two straight, including the Fan Hanover final last week, and is the horse to beat in the eighth race elim, starting from post seven for driver David Miller. Trained by Jimmy Takter (yes, he does pacers, too) for the Ontario triumvirate of Libfeld, Katz, and Goldband, Uffizi Hanover has fond memories of Pocono, as she won the Breeders Crown here last year - only the second victory at that point of her career. From the PHHA for Pocono Downs

Hambletonian/Breeders Crown Standardbred Poll: Week 4 – 6/10/2014                                                Rank Name (First Place Votes) Age/Gait/Sex Record Earnings Points Pvs 1 Sebastian K (28) 8th 2-2-0-0 $107,500 343 1 2 Perfect Alliance (6) 4tm 11-11-0-0 $122,575 299 2 3 Sweet Lou 5ph 6-3-1-1 $148,500 177 5 T4 Somwherovrarainbow 4pm 9-6-2-1 $287,213 168 3 T4 Trixton 3tc 5-4-1-0 $104,546 168 6 6 Father Patrick (1) 3tc 2-2-0-0 $53,781 126 8 7 Market Share 5th 4-2-0-0 $145,000 102 4 8 Foiled Again 10pg 8-4-1-2 $197,100 90 7 9 Modern Family 5th 12-6-5-1 $241,150 79 -- 10 Dancin Yankee 6ph 16-9-3-1 $212,640 61 9 Also: Shake It Cerry (56), State Treasurer (47), Anndrovette (36), P H Supercam (31), Maven (22), Apprentice Hanover, Tellitlikeitis (20), Yagonnakissmeornot (15), JK Endofanera (13), Bee A Magician (9), All Bets Off (7), Bandolito, McWicked (5), Act Now, Table Talk (4), Cammikey, Let's Drink On It, Lyonssomewhere, Precocious Beauty (3), Sam Hill, Tyra (2), I Like My Boss, Western Vintage (1). Compiled by Ken Weingartner, for Harness Racing Communications

McWicked brought his “A” game to Mohawk Raceway Saturday and the harness racing pacer came away with an ultra impressive 1:48.3 lifetime record triumph in capturing his $50,000 elimination division. The fifth race second division saw Capital Account and driver Ron Pierce look like they were shot out of a cannon as they zipped right to the lead from post eight with McWicked (David Miller) grabbing the early two-hole spot and then the race favorite, Always B Miki (Corey Callahan) three-wide going into the turn but Always B Miki went off-stride and that took him out of contention. Going to the opening quarter mile in :26.4, McWicked and Miller took command, but that was short lived as Ideal Cowboy (Tim Tetrick) came first-over by the half mile in :54.3 and they got to the front and just as they settled in on the lead, Let’s Drink On It and Tyler Smith came first-over and they were able to clear to the lead. At the three-quarters in 1:21.2 the action was still fast and furious as Sometimes Said and John Campbell were first-over and had nearly collared Let’s Drink On It as they started down the stretch, but it was McWicked and Miller, fanning around those two and going on to win by two and one-half lengths with Sometimes Said second and Let’s Drink On It third. The first three finishers in each of the three elimination divisions return for the $1,00,000 final next week along with one of the three fourth place finishers drawn by lot. Finishing fourth was Ideal Cowboy as Always B Miki did rally back but could only muster a fifth place finish. Trained by Casie Coleman, McWicked is sired by McArtle and posted his second win in four starts this year for Ed James S S G Stables of North Boston, NY. He paid $9.00 to win. ”I didn’t expect a 1:48 mile from him tonight,” Said Casie Coleman, “But I knew he could go this fast. I have been real high on this colt since Ed James gave him to me. The trainer who prepped him this winter did an awesome job. He is just a sweetheart of a horse. He makes out job real easy. We looked at his stakes schedule and this was the big race. We both wanted to gear him up for this. The way I have prepped him as been for this race. I would like nothing better than to win another NA Cup!” In the third race first elim for the North America Cup, another heavy favorite, JK Endofanera, barely made the final with a third place finish while Jimmy Takter contined to dominated the harness racing world, watching his Lyonssomewhere and driver Corey Callahan score a mild upset with a 1:50.1 lifetime mark. Callahan left hard with Lyonssomewhere from post six and went right to the lead with JK Endofanera (Brian Sears) getting the two-hole trip but they did not seat for long and Sears moved JK Endofanera to the front by the opening quarter mile in :27.4. They raced Indian-style to the half in a mild :56.3 as Sears controlled the pace with JK Endofanera and that forced Western Vintage (Yannick Gingras) to come first-over and they pushed the fractions to the three-quarters in 1:24 and all the while Callahan and Lyonssomewhere were eating it up in the two-hole. Starting down the stretch was when something went awry for JK Endofanera as he began to bear out from the rail and could not maintain his speed. This allowed Callahan and Lyonssomewhere to shoot up the inside to victory with Beat the Drum (Brett Miller) closing well to be second and JK Endofanera third. Western Vintage finished fourth. “I talked to Jimmy (Takter) earlier tonight when we got here,” said Corey Callahan, “And looking at the program we were really worrying about leaving out of there with Limelight Beach. Our plan was to get out there and then follow Brian (Sears). Everything worked out perfect. With him getting soft fractions I was worried but then his horse came up a little short and my horse was good. He was really going easy (when ask about the :26.1 last quarter). The other horse just drifted out of there and it gave me a nice easy trip up the rail. He just totally exploded. It was the first time I actually called upon him to really pace. I still think he has more speed left. “ Undefeated in his five lifetime starts, Lyonssomewhere is sired by Somebeachsomewhere and is owned by Geoffrey Lyons of Mount Burford, ON. He paid $9.30 to win. Tellitlikeitis and driver Brett Miller made it a happy night for trainer Jimmy Takter, getting his second North America Cup elimination winner with Tellitlikeitis beating race favorite He’s Watching in 1:48.4. The third and final NA Cup elim for the night saw Miller and Tellitlikeitis shoot out to the early lead, give way to Luck Be Withyou (Ron Pierce) and sit tight as He’s Watching and driver Jody Jamieson came up first-over to the opening quarter mile in :27.1. He’s Watching then led the field to the half mile in :54.2 as Jet Airway (Scott Zeron) tried coming first-over in vain. Once they passed the three-quarters in 1:21.4 the action began to heat up as Pierce pulled the pocket with Luck Be Withyou to go after He’s Watching and all the while Miller was sitting with Tellitlikeitis. Then as He’s Watching and Luck Be Withyou were going head and head, Miller weaved his way around those two and gave Tellitlikeitis the clearance he needed to zoom on by both of them to win going away by two open lengths. He’s Watching was second with Luck Be Withyou third and Jet Airway fourth. “I have sat behind him twice and one in a qualifier,” Said Brett Miller, “The colt has tremendous speed. He can sit in a hole nice and he is very very quick. He is special. He can relax and can sit in the hole well. He has been taught well.” It was a lifetime mark for Tellitlikeitis, the son of Well Said was bred and is owned by the Lothlorien Stable of Cheltenham, ON and paid $10.00 to win. By Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink.com

This weekend the bulk of the racing action is at Mohawk Raceway both Friday and Saturday as they host the eliminations for five major stakes events headlined by the North America Cup for three-year-olds pacers. The big stakes event of the weekend is Saturday at Scioto Downs with the $200,000 Charlie Hill Memorial FFA Trot plus on Sunday Vernon Downs hosts two rich ($217,000/$215,00) finals of the Empire Breeders Classic. Good Luck! $35,000 Trot Armbro Flight elims Older F&M Mohawk Raceway 2nd race FRIDAY – Very tough to go against perfection, as in Perfect Alliance, who is perfect this year with ten straight wins. She is the first to have beaten Bee A Magician and should be able to lay over this field with her front end dominance. Use Ma Chere Hall and Rocking With Dewey in exotic plays. $35,000 Trot Armbro Flight elims Older F&M Mohawk Raceway 3rd race FRIDAY – She may have tasted defeat for the first time in over a year, but Bee A Magician is still the best there is and may not get beat again this year. She was a game second to Perfect Alliance in her first start back and now gets tested again but should prevail. Use Classic Martine and D’Orsay in exotic plays. $30,000 Trot Goodtimes elims 3YO Colts Mohawk Raceway 5th race FRIDAY – This is the tougher of the two divisions tonight but I think that Flyhawk El Durado will end up being the best in here. He easily handled his division of the NYSS last week with a sharp 1:55.1 triumph at Tioga Downs and now seems primed to cut loose in here. Use Verdi and Hitchin A Ride in exotic plays. $30,000 Trot Goodtimes elims 3YO Colts Mohawk Raceway 8th race FRIDAY – Here comes on of the dynamic Jimmy Taker’s three top Hambletonian prospects. Trixton has been nearly perfect this year with three wins in his four starts this year, including a sizzling 1:51.2 lifetime mark. Once he gets rolling he should not be beat. Use Speak The Truth and Harper Blue Chip in exotic plays. $35,000 Pace Fan Hanover elims 3YO Fillies Mohawk Raceway 1st race SATURDAY – With five return winners in this field there is no clear standout so I am going with Nat A Virgin. This filly was decent last year and is coming off a sharp win here last week in 1:50.3 with a final quarter mile in :26.3. All she really needs to do is repeat that effort to win again. Use Beach Gal and Uffizi Hanover in exotic plays. $35,000 Pace Fan Hanover elims 3YO Fillies Mohawk Raceway 2nd race SATURDAY – Here comes the Dan Patch winning two-year-old pacing filly of the year in 2013, Precocious Beauty. She started off the season with an easy win in the NYSS at Vernon Downs in 1:52.4 and should be ready to cut loose against this field. Use Lady Shadow and Major Dancer in exotic plays. $50,000 Pace N.A. Cup elims 3YO Colts Mohawk Raceway  3rd race SATURDAY – Here is the first of three great preliminary round divisions. JK Endofaneara is undefeated in his three starts this year, can cut the mile of come from off the pace and is super razor sharp. He will be very tough to beat. Use Western Vintage and Limelight Beach in exotic plays. $50,000 Pace N.A. Cup elims 3YO Colts Mohawk Raceway 5th race SATURDAY – This is the toughest of the three divisions as a good case can be made for just about everyone in this field. I am going to go with Let’s Drink On It because last week he faced He’’s Watching and went first-over against him in a valiant second place finish. Same effort will make him a winner in here. Use Always B Miki and McWicked in exotic plays. $35,000 Pace Rose Are Red elims Older F&M Mohawk Raceway 8th race SATURDAY – This will be a real slugfest as some top mares will be going to post in this first division. Some are worried that Shebestingin was not at her best in her last start. Well, horses, especially mares, can have off days and I think this was one of them so watch her warm up and then you will see how great she really is. World champion mare will make amends. Use Anndrovette and Drop the Ball in exotic plays. $50,000 Pace N.A. Cup elims 3YO Colts Mohawk Raceway 9th race SATURDAY – Looks like He’s Watching is back into the swing of things after being choked down in first start in the Rooney elims. He came right back last week and smoked’em with a 1:49.3 romp and will most likely repeat that same effort tonight. Use Tellitlikeitis and Doo Wop Hanover in exotic plays. $200,000 Trot Charlie Hill Memorial Older Horses Scioto Downs 10th race SATURDAY – The older trotting ranks this year will be a sensational division. Tonight we have the return of $800,000 winner Creatine to the mix of outstanding squaregaiters but all eyes will be on the continuing world champion Market Share. With Sebastian K not yet in the traveling mood, Market Shares looms the horse to beat and rightly so. He made amends for his costly break two starts back with a world record effort last time out. Use Modern Family and Arch Madness in exotic plays. $35,000 Pace Rose Are Red elims Older F&M Mohawk Raceway 11th race SATURDAY – Another world record holder heads this field as Somwherovrarainbow comes to Mohawk off her amazing 1:48 mile in her last start. She has been tops this year with six wins in eight starts for the Joe Holloway Stable and should be able to continue her winning ways. Use Camille and Moneky On My Wheel in exotic plays. $217,725 Trot Empire Breeders Classic 3YO Fillies Vernon Downs 6th race SUNDAY - Looks like it will pay big time for a couple of horses to be New York sired with these two rich stakes. The filly field is headlined by the Leigh Raymer entry of Avalicious/Winning Pursuit for the Crawford Farms. They have each won recent starts and provided winning Pursuit can mind her manners, can take this field. Use Glowngold and Annies List in exotic plays, $215,125 Trot Empire Breeders Classic 3YO Colts Vernon Downs 9th race SUNDAY - Tough to not like Expressive Action in here. Undefeated early on with two straight wins against this same company. Look for him to either cut the mile or come from off the pace and win once again. Use Karets and Cash For Gold in exotic plays.

JK Endofanera solidified his spot atop the Road to The Meadowlands Pace, with another impressive win, this time in the Somebeachsomewhere at Mohawk. He has been perfect so far this harness racing season and the top spot is now his to lose. He headlines one of three North America Cup Eliminations Saturday at Mohawk. Meanwhile, He's Watching made a statement that his performance at Yonkers was nothing more than a aberration as he dominated his Somebeachsomewhere division at Mohawk as well. He moved right back toward the top of the leader board, now listed at No. 2 on this week's Road to the Pace. The biggest mover in the top-10 was Always B Miki, who appears to be getting better and better. He was a solid winner at Mohawk as well Saturday and moved up five spots from No. 9 to No. 4. Doo Wop Hanover makes his first appearance in the top-10 at No. 9 following his New Jersey Sire Stakes win over No. 3 ranked Western Vintage. Somestarsomewhere dropped to the bottom of the top-10 following a disappointing effort at Mohawk and now has to hold off the red-hot Lyonssomewhere who has looked like a serious contender in his last two wins at The Meadowlands and has moved up to No. 11. That's My Opinion has fallen out of the top-10 after making a break in the Somebeachsomewhere. He will skip The North America Cup this week and point to The Meadowlands Pace. The week 9 edition of the Road to the Meadowlands Pace can be found here. Darin Zoccali    

Hambletonian/Breeders Crown Standardbred Poll: Week 3 – 6/3/2014                                                   Rank Name (First Place Votes) Age/Gait/Sex Record Earnings Points Pvs 1 Sebastian K (29) 8th 2-2-0-0 $107,500 343 1 2 Perfect Alliance (4) 4tm 10-10-0-0 $106,650 266 2 3 Somwherovrarainbow (1) 4pm 8-6-1-1 $279,250 229 3 4 Market Share 5th 3-2-0-0 $145,000 185 5 5 Sweet Lou 5ph 6-3-1-1 $148,500 172 7 6 Trixton 3tc 4-3-1-0 $90,896 134 9 7 Foiled Again 10pg 8-4-1-2 $197,100 102 4 8 Father Patrick (1) 3tc 2-2-0-0 $53,781 101 -- 9 Dancin Yankee 6ph 15-8-3-1 $204,140 70 6 10 P H Supercam 7pg 15-4-3-6 $397,620 47 8 Also: State Treasurer (43), Shake It Cerry (36), Modern Family (35), Maven (33), JK Endofanera (23), Apprentice Hanover (21), Bee A Magician (20), All Bets Off (12), Yagonnakissmeornot (6), Bandolito, He’s Watching, Nitro Nittany, Shebestingin (5), Precocious Beauty, Tellitlikeitis (4), Act Now, Nuncio (3), Classic Martine, Sam Hill, Uncle Peter (2), Anndrovette, I Like My Boss, Let’s Drink On It, Sevruga, Tyra, Wake Up Peter, Western Vintage (1). Compiled by Ken Weingartner, for Harness Racing Communications

What a great weekend of top flight racing starting tonight with the Molson Pace at Western Fair then Saturday with the Rooney and Lizmore Finals plus NJSS finals at the Meadowlands and Mohawk has some great finals and the Somebeachsomewhere elims and then on Sunday the Roll With Joe Pace at Tioga Downs. The action is really heating up and, of course, the two-year-old are making their first baby race starts so it’s full steam ahead in North American racing this weekend and the action will be with us all spring, summer and fall. Good Luck! $150,000 Pace Molson Pace FFA Western Fair 12th race FRIDAY – I have not come across such a well matched field of great horses in quite some time. Everyone has a shot to win in here. Thus my history tells me when confronted with such good competitive talent then go with the class of the field. And the class is Foiled Again. Despite having to start from post seven, which is the worst post position at Western Fair (post 8 starts in the second tier), Foiled Again is well rested, in prime shape off qualifier at the Meadowlands and should be able to work out some trip and if not he can grind it out as well. Use Bandolito and Dancin Yankee in exotic plays. $100,000 Pace NJSS Final 3YO Colts Meadowlands 2nd race SATURDAY – Provided his minds his manners and stays on stride, Western Vintage should have it pretty easy in this very short field of just five starters. A repeat of his 1:49.4 effort last start will crush the rest of this group. Use Doo Wop Hanover and Dancin Hill in exotic plays. $159,287 Pace SBOA Final 3YO Fillies Mohawk Raceway 2nd race SATURDAY – Despite finishing fifth last start in open company against older horses, Lady Shadow two starts back was impressive in 1:52 triumph and looks ready for a big mile against her own kind. Use Artful Impluse and Porsche Seelster in exotic plays. $100,000 Trot NJSS Final 3YO Colts Meadowlands 3rd race SATURDAY – This will be a very good test for Trixton as he faces a very tough competitor in Speak The Truth. Trixton has the speed to blow away this field on his own merit and has been very good in just three starts this year and will be tested in here but still should be the best. Use Speak The Truth and Odds On Amethyst in exotic plays. $75,000 Pace Somebeachsomewhere 3YO elim Mohawk 3rd race SATURDAY – Lightly raced over two years, JK Endofanera has been super sharp and one of the leading 3YO pace prospects this year. His back to back 1:49.4 triumph’s shows he is ready to improve on those miles which will make him the overwhelming favorite in this prelimary race. Use Luck Be Withyou and Falcon Justice in exotic plays. $100,000 Trot NJSS Final 3YO Fillies Meadowlands 4th race SATURDAY – Even with starting from the outside in post eight, I see Cee Bee Yes being able to overcome poor post and win in here off her last effort. She has the needed gate speed, can sit the pocket or cut the mile if needed. Use My Inspiration and Moonlight In Miami in exotic plays. $178,287 Trot SBOA Final 3YO Fillies Mohawk Raceway 5th race SATURDAY – Taking a shot in here that Muscle Babe will come back with another superb mile like she did last week in 1:54.3 lifetime mark with :27.3 last quarter mile. She is in tough but proved she can upset. She won’t go off at 32-1 this week. Use Margie and Magic Feeling in exotic plays. $100,000 Pace NJSS Final 3YO Fillies Meadowlands 5th race SATURDAY – She may be starting from the far outside in post ten but Gettingreadytoroll looks too good to pass by. She raced and only won once as a 2YO but is unbeaten in two starts this year, both in 1:50.1 and she shows she can overcome an outside post and still win for fun. Use Act Now and Sayitall BB in exotic plays. $75,000 Pace Somebeachsomewhere 3YO elim Mohawk 8th race SATURDAY – It was nearly a coin toss to decide between Somewhere In L A and Somestarsomewhere in this race. Both horses are top notch and despite Somestarsomewhere beating Somewhere In L A by a nose last time out, I am going with Somewhere In L A and the reason is simple insofaras Somewhere In L A has a much better post. This will be a great race and others in the field are also high caliber but after getting parked out for his life last start and just missing by a nose I have to go with him. Use McWicked and Somestarsomewhere in exotic plays. $124,744 Pace Lizmore Final 3YO Fillies Yonkers Raceway 9th race SATURDAY – Tyra may be the favorite in here but I am going with Southwind Silence. She won her Lizmore elimination division on the front end in 1:54 with a :28 last quarter mile and on a half mile track early speed and endurance on the front end is what counts and she has both in her favor. Use Tyra and Also Encouraging in exotic plays. $75,000 Pace Somebeachsomewhere 3YO elim Mohawk 10th race SATURDAY – You need to allow for choking down last week in Rooney elim and that He’s Watching will make amends here tonight. He was all class last year and now has to prove it in a big way. I see him going right for the lead and not looking back. Use Let’s Drink On It and That’s My Opinion in exotic plays. $300,000 Pace Art Rooney Final 3YO Colts Yonkers Raceway 11th race SATURDAY – After wiring the field last week in his elimination division in 1:52.3, All Bets Off is in prime shape to dominate the field in here. Whether it be on the front end or sitting the pocket trip he should be the best. Use Stevensville and the entry of Maxi Bon and Gold Rocks in exotic plays. $160,000 Pace Roll With Joe FFA Tioga Downs 10th race SUNDAY – Very strong field here should be dominated by Sweet Lou who has been on a roll at the Meadowlands with two straight impressive wins in 1:48 and 1:48.3. He is coupled with Clear Vision who is no slouch either, finishing second last week to Sweet Lou and prior week to Dancin Yankee in world record mile. Use entry of Doctor Butch/Heston Blue Chip and Bolt The Duer in exotic plays.

MANALAPAN, NJ - May 31, 2014 - Trotters Trixton and Heaven's Door, and pacers Doo Wop Hanover and Act Now captured the quartet of $100,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes Finals for three-year-olds, the featured events on Jerseyfest night, Saturday, May 31, 2014, at the Meadowlands. Even in a field of five, drawing the rail was the key to victory for 9/5 second choice Doo Wop Hanover in the $100,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes Final for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings, the second race on card. John Campbell sent Doo Wop Hanover [$5.80] to the lead on the backstretch, relinquished the front to 2/5 favorite Western Vintage as they passed the half and drafted until they straightened out in the homestretch. Doo Wop Hanover, a son of Rocknroll Hanover, outsprinted Western Vintage [Western Ideal] to the wire in a lifetime best of 1:50 flat. The margin of victory was one-length. Beat The Drum [Tell All] was third by two lengths. There was no show wagering. "I think the difference was drawing the rail and getting away good, not using him hard," said Campbell. "I was able to follow Western Vintage into the lane. We beat a very good colt in Western Vintage. I think this colt earned the right to go to Toronto for the North America Cup." Trained by Steve Elliott, Doo Wop Hanover now has two wins and one second in three starts this year. The $52,000 Harrisburg Sale purchase has finished in-the-money in nine of 15 career starts, banking $137,013 for the partnership of Peter Blood of Pompano Beach, FL; Rick Berks of Boca Raton, FL and Gary Piontkowski of North Smithfield, RI. Trixton's six and a half-length victory was no surprise in the $100,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes Final for three-year-old trotting colts and geldings in the third race. The 1/5 favorite romped with a 26.4 final quarter, stopping the clock in 1:52.1, matching the stakes record set by Manofmanymissions in 2011 and equaled by Smilin Eli in 2013. "He is so nice, a real pleasure to drive," said winning driver-trainer Jimmy Takter. "He's a [perfect] 10 in every category." Takter moved the Muscle Hill colt to the lead on the backstretch and opened up ground in the final eighth of a mile, leaving it to Martiniwithmuscle to edge out Lightning Force, both by Muscle Hill, for minor spoils. Takter indicated that Trixton [$2.40] would be heading to the Goodtimes in Ontario and not likely to meet his other two trotting standouts, Father Patrick and Nuncio, until the Stanley Dancer Memorial on July 12 at the Meadowlands. Trixton, a $360,000 Lexington Selected Sale purchase, picked up his third straight win in four starts this year and now has seven wins, two seconds and one third in 12 tries. He has now earned $144,583 for the partnership of Brixton Medical AB of Orsundsbro, Sweden and Christina Takter of East Windsor, NJ. Last week, Heaven's Door was disqualified when she raced inside three pylons in the stretch. This week, the daughter of Muscle Hill was straight and true to the wire, winning the $100,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes Final for three-year-old trotting fillies, the fourth race, in a stakes record 1:52 flat. Trainer-driver Ake Svanstedt guided the filly to a length and a half victory over Lady Suffolk winner Cee Bee Yes [Muscles Yankee]. My Inspiration [Chocolatier] was third by six and a quarter lengths. Heaven's Door [$10.40] scored a wire-to-wire tally, picking up her first victory in her seventh career start and doubling her lifetime earnings to $100,255 for Mellby Gard Inc of Vero Beach, FL. Bred in Sweden by Winwintrotting AB, she was a $90,000 Harrisburg yearling purchase. The 1:52 clocking eclipsed the 1:52.4 stakes record established by Passionate Glide in 2006. Tim Tetrick tested Act Now early and pushed her to the lead with a 26.4 first quarter and 54.3 half and extended that advantage in the stretch to win the $100,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes for three-year-old pacing fillies, the fifth race, in 1:49.3. Sent off as the even-money favorite, Act Now, a daughter of Western Ideal, paid $4.20, finishing two lengths ahead of Sayitall BB [Tell All]. Fanticipation [Rocknroll Hanover] was third by four and three-quarter lengths. Act Now, a $40,000 Lexington Selected Sale purchase trained by Nikolas Drennan, posted her second straight win in her third start of the year. She now has five wins, one second and two thirds in 12 lifetime outings. She has banked $256,559 for Joseph Davino of Clarksburg, NJ and Patrick O'Brien of New Hyde Park, NY. By Carol Hodes, for the SBOANJ          

Trainer Nancy Johansson might keep an eye on the racing in Canada on Saturday night, but her primary focus will be on her own horse at the Meadowlands Racetrack. Johansson's Western Vintage, one of the most highly regarded 3-year-old male pacers in North America, is the 3-5 morning line favorite in his division's $100,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes championship at the Big M. Sire Stakes crowns also will be handed out to 3-year-old female pacers, female trotters, and male trotters. If all goes well for Western Vintage, after the sire stakes final he will head to Canada's Mohawk Racetrack for the North America Cup eliminations June 7. The C$1 million North America Cup final is June 14. The final Canadian prep races for the North America Cup, three divisions of the Somebeachsomewhere Stakes, also are Saturday night. The first division will go to the gate approximately 30 minutes after Western Vintage's race at the Meadowlands. "We'll be watching, but really the most important thing is that my horse does his work," said Johansson, who trains Western Vintage for owners Perry Soderberg and Marvin Katz. "I think I have the best one, so I just need to worry about him and let the others worry about themselves. I can only control what happens with my horse anyway, I can't control anything with the others." A son of stallion Western Ideal out of the mare Major Harmony, Western Vintage was purchased by Soderberg for $7,000 as a yearling at the 2012 Lexington Selected Sale. Last season, he won five of eight races and earned $316,838. His victories included the $150,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes championship for 2-year-old male pacers and a division of the Bluegrass Stakes at The Red Mile. He finished second in the $648,850 Metro Pace at Mohawk. Western Vintage started his 2014 season by winning the opening round of the New Jersey Sire Stakes on May 17. He sat out last weekend's second round, which was won by Doo Wop Hanover. "So far I can't complain about anything with him," Johansson said. "He's sound and happy and doing his work well. We're where we want to be with him at this point." In the New Jersey Sire Stakes final for 3-year-old male trotters, Trixton is the 3-5 favorite thanks to winning the Simpson Memorial in a season-best 1:51.2 and exploding in the stretch to win the first sire stakes leg by 4-3/4 lengths with a :26.2 last quarter-mile over a sloppy track. Trixton is trained by Jimmy Takter, who is Johansson's father. Takter also has the 8-5 favorite in the New Jersey Sire Stakes championship for 3-year-old filly pacers, Gettingreadytoroll. And he has the 5-2 second choice in the sire stakes final for 3-year-old filly trotters, Moonlight In Miami. Julie Miller-trained Cee Bee Yes is the 2-1 choice. 2nd Race - $100,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes Final - 3yo Colts & Geldings Pace 1-Doo Wop Hanover [Rocknroll Hanover], John Campbell, Steve Elliott, 8-5 2-Dancin Hill [Rocknroll Hanover], Tim Tetrick, Tony Alagna, 9-2 3-Western Vintage [Western Ideal], Yannick Gingras, Nancy Johansson, 3-5 4-Rock Out [Rocknroll Hanover], Matt Kakaley, Steve Elliott, 15-1 5-Beat The Drum [Tell All], Brett Miller, Staffan Lind, 20-1 3rd Race - $100,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes Final - 3yo Colts & Geldings Trot 1-Well Built [Muscle Hill], Jim Meittinis, Chris Ryder, 15-1 2-Skates N Plates [Revenue], Trond Smedshammer, Trond Smedshammer, 20-1 3-Trixton [Muscle Hill], Jimmy Takter, Jimmy Takter, 3-5 4-Martiniwithmuscle [Muscle Hill], Yannick Gingras, Joseph King, 12-1 5-Speak The Truth [Muscle Hill], Tim Tetrick, Linda Toscano, 5-1 6-Resolve [Muscle Hill], Matt Kakaley, Roman Lopez, 20-1 7-Sumatra [Muscles Yankee], Brett Miller, Tom Fanning, 12-1 8-Odds On Amethyst [Muscle Hill], Howard Parker, Chris Ryder, 9-2 9-King City [Muscle Hill], Mike Lachance, Jonas Czernyson, 30-1 10-Lightning Force [Muscle Hill], John Campbell, Randy Beeckman, 20-1 4th Race - $100,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes Final - 3yo Fillies Trot 1-My Inspiration [Chocolatier], Trond Smedshammer, Trond Smedshammer, 6-1 2-Mistresswithmuscle [Muscle Hill], Matt Kakaley, Nifty Norman, 30-1 3-Ravine [Muscle Hill], Mike Lachance, Bob Stewart, 30-1 4-Yoga [Muscles Yankee], Yannick Gingras, Jimmy Takter, 4-1 5-Moonlight In Miami [Muscles Yankee], John Campbell, Jimmy Takter, 5-2 6-Heaven's Door [Muscle Hill], Ake Svanstedt, Ake Svanstedt, 9-2 7-Scream And Shout [Muscles Yankee], Tim Tetrick, Jimmy Takter, 8-1 8-Cee Bee Yes [Muscles Yankee], Marcus Miller, Julie Miller, 2-1 5th Race - $100,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes Final - 3yo Fillies Pace 1-Blixtra [Rocknroll Hanover], Ake Svanstedt, Ake Svanstedt, 20-1 2-Atasallrite Hanover [Rocknroll Hanover], Brett Miller, Ron Burke, 8-1 3-Sayitall BB [Tell All], Matt Kakaley, Ron Burke, 4-1 4-Highland Rockstar [Rocknroll Hanover], Mike Lachance, Buzzy Sholty, 20-1 5-Ideal Helen [Western Ideal], Marcus Miller, Erv Miller, 30-1 6-Fanticipation [Rocknroll Hanover], John Campbell, Michael Forte, 15-1 7-Act Now [Western Ideal], Tim Tetrick, Nikolas Drennan, 9-5 8-Rockingham Park [Rocknroll Hanover], Howard Parker, Ron Coyne Jr., 12-1 9-Fiyonce [Rocknroll Hanover], Joe Bongiorno, Ron Burke, 20-1 10-Gettingreadytoroll [Rocknroll Hanover], Yannick Gingras, Jimmy Takter, 8-5 by Ken Weingartner, for Harness Racing Communications

TORONTO, May 29- The connections of 49 three-year-old pacing colts and geldings have kept their charges eligible to the 31st edition of the $1 million Pepsi North America Cup by making the final May 15 sustaining payment. Eliminations for the 'Cup' are scheduled for Saturday, June 7 at Mohawk Racetrack, while the rich final is scheduled to be raced Saturday, June 14 at the Campbellville, Ont. oval. Headlining this year's group of nominees is the Dan Patch Award winner and undefeated Hes Watching along with top candidates, Lets Drink On It, Always B Miki, JK Endofanera, Tellitlikeitis and Luck Be Withyou, just to name a few. The list of horses whose connections made the May 15 sustaining payment appears below. ALWAYS B MIKI AVALANCHE HANOVER BEAT THE DRUM BOOM BOOM BALLYKEEL BUGGER BRUISER CABANA BOY HANOVER CAPITAL ACCOUNT CARRACCI HANOVER CRAFTY MASTER DANCIN HILL DOO WOP HANOVER FOR A BETTOR TIME FORT KNOX GOLD ROCKS HERE COMES WILLIAM HE'S WATCHING IDEAL COWBOY IDEAL MAGIC I'M DRINKIN DOUBLES JET AIRWAY JK ENDOFANERA JOURNEYMAN LET'S DRINK ON IT LIMELIGHT BEACH LUCK BE WITH YOU LYONS SOMEWHERE MCWICKED MELMERBY BEACH NAKED CITY NATIONAL DEBT ODDS ON RHODONITE PARNU HANOVER PLAY IT AGAIN SAM SILVERHILL SHADOW SMACK TALK SOME MAJOR BEACH SOMESTARSOMEWHERE SOMETIMES SAID SOMEWHERE FANCY SURPRISE HANOVER SWEET BEACH SWEET TALKIN CLYDE TELLITLIKEITIS THAT'S MY OPINION THREE OF CLUBS UNLOCKED WELL WRITTEN WESTERN VINTAGE WINDS OF CHANGE Feb 15, 2014 - 77 nominations Mar 15, 2014 - 70 sustained Apr 15, 2014 - 62 sustained by Greg Gangle, for WEG

While there are no new faces to this week's Road to the Meadowlands Pace, the top 10 took on a different look with a new horse standing atop the division. Following the loss suffered by He's Watching, the Ron Burke trained JK Endofanera has moved into the top spot leading into the Somebeachsomewhere, where he will get a stiff challenge from the No. 3 ranked pacing colt, Luckbewithyou. He's Watching, who had been No. 1 for the first seven weeks of the Road to the Pace fell six spots to #7 after finishing last in a field of six in his Art Rooney Elimination. Of the 10 horses on this week's list, six (JK Endofanera, Luck Be Withyou, Always B Miki, Somestarsomewhere, That's My Opinion and He's Watching) are all in to go in the Somebeachsomewhere on Saturday at Mohawk. The No 2. Ranked Western Vintage is an overwhelming favorite in his New Jersey Sire Stakes Final Saturday at The Meadowlands, while Limelight Beach (No. 8) is entered in an overnight Thursday at The Meadows. Some of the biggest movers outside the top-10 were Lyonssomewhere who moved from No. 35 to No. 25 following an impressive overnight score at The Meadowlands. Additionally, Somewhere Fancy moved from No. 43 to No. 29 after also winning at The Meadowlands. Journeyman jumped seven spots to No. 26 following an impressive qualifier and Stevensville cracked the top-20 after winning his Art Rooney Elimination. The Road to The Meadowlands Pace is available here: http://meadowlandsracetrack.com/uploadedFiles/2014_Road%20To%20The%20Pace_Week%208.pdf by Darin Zoccali, for the Meadowlands

Hambletonian/Breeders Crown Standardbred Poll: Week 2 – 5/27/2014                                                Rank Name (First Place Votes) Age/Gait/Sex Record Earnings Points Pvs 1 Sebastian K (30) 8th 2-2-0-0 $107,500 345 1 2 Perfect Alliance (4) 4tm 10-10-0-0 $106,650 238 2 3 Somwherovrarainbow (1) 4pm 8-6-1-1 $279,250 226 4 4 Foiled Again 10pg 7-4-1-1 $180,540 158 3 5 Market Share 5th 3-2-0-0 $145,000 154 -- 6 Dancin Yankee 6ph 14-8-3-1 $193,100 121 5 7 Sweet Lou 5ph 5-2-1-1 $68,500 92 -- 8 P H Supercam 7pg 14-4-3-6 $397,620 89 6 9 Trixton 3tc 3-2-1-0 $40,896 77 7 10 Modern Family 5th 11-5-5-1 $141,150 71 8 Also: Apprentice Hanover (56), Father Patrick, Maven, Shake It Cerry (46), Bee A Magician (29), JK Endofanera (17), Yagonnakissmeornot (15), Wake Up Peter (11), Shebestingin (9), Sumatra (8), Classic Martine, DW’s NY Yank, Sevruga (6), Bandolito, Easy Again, Nitro Nittany, Western Vintage (5), Nuncio, State Treasurer (4), Dovuto Hanover, Let’s Drink On It, Mach It So (3), Anndrovette, Bettor’s Edge, Clear Vision, Rompaway Galaxy, Sam Hill, Tellitlikeitis, Uncle Peter (2), I Like My Boss, Seventh Secret (1). Compilied by Ken Weingartner for Harness Racing Communications

While there was no change in the top pair of the Road to the Meadowlands Pace, those were nearly the only positions that remained unaltered this week. He's Watching, who will make his 2014 debut in the Art Rooney elimination at Yonkers on Saturday remains No. 1 and JK Endofanera who will start in the Historic Pocono Cup on Saturday holds down the No. 2 spot. From there the Road to the Pace begins a different look. Western Vintage off his sparkling 2014 in New Jersey Sire Stakes action moves into the No. 3 spot, while Let's Drink On It (No. 6), Tellitlikeitis (No. 7), Limelight Beach (No. 9) and That's My Opinion (No. 10) make their first appearance in the top 10. Dropping out of the top 10 are Bugger Bruiser (No. 11), Sometimes Said (No. 12), BoomboomBallykeel (No. 13) and Allstar Partner (No. 14). The Top-10 for Week 7 of The Road to The Meadowlands Pace is available here: http://meadowlandsracetrack.com/uploadedFiles/2014_Road%20To%20The%20Pace_Week%207.pdf. Through the April 15th sustaining payment, 50 three year olds remained eligible for the 2014 Meadowlands Pace. Morning Line Oddsmaker Darin Zoccali has established the following Spring Book for this year's Meadowlands Pace. 1. He's Watching 3-1 26. El Bloombito 35-1 2. JK Endofanera 4-1 27. National Debt 35-1 3. Western Vintage 9-2 28. Capital Account 35-1 4. Luck Be Withyou 5-1 29. Some Major Beach 40-1 5. Somestarsomewhere 8-1 30. Smack Talk 40-1 6. Let's Drink On It 8-1 31. Gold Rocks 40-1 7. Tellitlikeitis 10-1 32. Sir Sam's Z Tam 40-1 8. Limelight Beach 10-1 33. Journeyman 45-1 9. Always B Miki 12-1 34. Parnu Hanover 45-1 10. That's My Opinion 15-1 35. Lyonssomewhere 50-1 11. Bugger Bruiser 15-1 36. Best Said 50-1 12. Sometimes Said 15-1 37. Sweet Beach 50-1 13. BoomboomBallykeel 15-1 38. Beat The Drum 50-1 14. Allstar Partner 15-1 39. Odds On Rhodonite 55-1 15. Doo Wop Hanover 20-1 40. Carracci Hanover 55-1 16. Jet Airway 20-1 41. Play It Again Sam 60-1 17. Twin B Speedo 25-1 42. Jack Attack 60-1 18. Ideal Cowboy 25-1 43. Somewhere Fancy 65-1 19. Dancin Hill 25-1 44. Avalanche Hanover 65-1 20. Wind Of Change 25-1 45. Ideal Magic 70-1 21. Stevensville 30-1 46. Sweet Talkin Clyde 70-1 22. Melmerby Beach 30-1 47. Westward Hanover 75-1 23. Ideal Fashion 35-1 48. Fort Knox 75-1 24. Unlocked 35-1 49. Rockstar Stride 80-1 25. Big Boy Dreams 35-1 50. Say Uncle 80-1 by Darin Zoccali, for the Meadowland

Here is the first week of the Hambletonian/Breeders Crown Standardbred Top Ten Poll of the best trotters and pacers in North America. Usually the first week is a very questionable collection of selections and this year is no different, the people who are invited to submit their Top Ten Poll are supposed to be extremely knowledgeable and follow the sport week after week throughout North America. In some cases they vote from their hearts and not from their knowledge. Thus you will see 1st place votes for Somwheroverarainbow and Maven, which is, in my opinion only, is totally ridiculous. That Yagonnakissmeornot and DW's NY Yank are not in the top ten are also a sin, that Modern Family is in 9th is ludicrous, but it's the first week and things will settle down in the coming weeks and the list will properly straighten out. Kudos to Ken Weingartner for compiling the Top Ten Poll, it is a lot of work and he does a fabulous job at it since its inception! By Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink.com Hambletonian/Breeders Crown Standardbred Poll: Week 1 – 5/20/2014                                                Rank Name (First Place Votes) Age/Gait/Sex Record Earnings Points Pvs 1 Sebastian K (28) 8th 2-2-0-0 $107,500 334 -- 2 Perfect Alliance (5) 4tm 10-10-0-0 $106,650 201 -- 3 Foiled Again 10pg 7-4-1-1 $180,540 190 -- 4 Somwherovrarainbow (1) 4pm 7-5-1-1 $266,750 164 -- 5 Dancin Yankee 6ph 14-8-3-1 $193,100 141 -- 6 P H Supercam 7pg 14-4-3-6 $397,620 128 -- 7 Trixton 3tc 3-2-1-0 $40,896 109 -- 8 Modern Family 5th 11-5-5-1 $141,150 98 -- 9 Maven (1) 5tm 1-1-0-0 $30,000 78 -- 10 Apprentice Hanover 4ph 11-6-4-1 $279,160 66 -- Also: Bee A Magician (60), Shake It Cerry (49), Market Share (43), Yagonnakissmeornot (37), Sweet Lou (24), Wake Up Peter (22), Shebestingin (17), DW’s NY Yank, Western Vintage (14), JK Endofanera (12), Classic Martine (11), Bandolito (10), Easy Again, Let’s Drink On It, Sumatra (9), Dovuto Hanover, Nuncio (8), JK Letitgo, Nitro Nittany, Sevruga (6), American In Paris, Captive Audience, Clear Vision, Rock N Roll Xample (5), Bettor’s Edge, Eighteen, Mach It So, State Treasurer, Tellitlikeitis, Uncle Peter (3), Cammikey, I Like My Boss, Sam Hill, Weeper (1). Compliled by Ken Weingartner for Harness Racing Communications

MANALAPAN, NJ - May 17, 2014 - Western Vintage opened his 2014 harness racing campaign on a winning note, capturing the $50,500 first leg of the New Jersey Sire Stakes for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings on Saturday night, May 17, 2014 at the Meadowlands. The son of Western Ideal was sent off as the 6-5 favorite in the 12th race and provided driver Yannick Gingras with his sixth win of the night. Western Vintage moved up with cover on the outside tier down the backstretch and then three-wide on the turn for home where he engaged Doo Wop Hanover [Rocknroll Hanover] until pulling away in the final sixteenth, stopping the clock at 1:49.4 for the mile. The Nancy Johansson trainee was a one-length winner over Doo Wop Hanover, and it was three lengths back to Frankandjoanne [Rocknroll Hanover] in third. Western Vintage [$4.40] picked up his sixth win in nine career starts and pushed his earnings over the $342,000 mark. He races for Perry L. Soderberg of Hightstown, NJ and Marvin Katz of Toronto, Ontario. Carol Hodes for SBOANJ      

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