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East Rutherford, NJ - A quartet of $100,000 Finals bring the harness racing sophomore division of the New Jersey Sires Stakes (NJSS) to a conclusion on Saturday night (May 30) at The Meadowlands.   The trotting fillies come up first in the fourth race with the defending champion Mission Brief starting from the far outside in post ten. The fastest freshman in trotting history by virtue of her 1:50.3 tour of The Red Mile last fall and Breeders Crown champ, the daughter of Muscle Hill won the first leg in a measured 1:53.4, then stayed home last week while Rules Of The Road took the second leg.   Yannick Gingras takes his regular position behind Mission Brief for trainer Ron Burke, who owns her in partnership with Our Horse Cents Stable, J&T Silva and Weaver Bruscemi.   Race six is the glamour boy division, the pacing colts. Artspeak (Western Ideal) was the winner of last season's NJSS Final for this group on his way to year end honors while his main for here, Hurrikane Ali (Rocknroll Hanover) has an abbreviated five start freshman campaign in which he was winless.   What a difference a year can make, for as they come into the Final Hurrikane Ali has won all three of his 2015 starts including two NJSS legs in 1:50 and 1:50.1 with relative ease for young trainer John McDermott, Jr. Gingras has the drive here as well for the ownership group of Kuhen Racing, Jonathan Klee Racing, Dr Ken Rucker and Robert Pucila.   Artspeak spoke toward his potential for a big season via his effortless 1:49 romp in leg one. Trainer Tony Alagna then held him out of last week's with an eye toward the long campaign, setting up this interesting match-up on Saturday. Artspeak won eight of ten last season, among those the Metro and Governor's Cup trophies. Scott Zeron has been his constant companion in all races for the owners, Brittany Farms, Marvin Katz, Joe Sbrocco and In The Gym Partners (John Fodera and Steve Wienick).   The pacing fillies (race 8) shapes up to be the most contentious of the four Finals.   Lindy's Old Lady (Rocknroll Hanover) didn't race at two, but is quickly gaining notice by virtue of a pair of wins in as many starts. She was a leg one NJSS winner in 1:51, then stayed home at Lindy Farm last week as trainer Frank Antonacci carefully manages the frequency of his trips to the well with the talented filly.   Happiness (Rocknroll Hanover) also skipped leg two after a comfortable 1:50.4 win in leg one for Gingras and Burke. She has a Grand Circuit win on her résumé via the Simpson Memorial stake in 1:50.3 earlier this season for Burke Racing & Weaver Bruscemi.   Wicked Little Minx (Rocknroll Hanover) took the lone division of leg two, holding off the furious late charge of Stacia Hanover in 1:51.1. Nancy Johansson conditions Wicked Little Minx for Courant AB and Brett Miller is back in the driver's seat for the Final.   Stacia Hanover (Western Ideal) won this division last year and has the as the look of a filly on the verge of a big mile for her trainer driver combo of Steve Elliott and Zeron and owners David Van Dusen and Michael Cimaglio of Ohio.   Bringing the NJSS curtain down on the 2015 season in the eleventh race will be the sophomore trotting colts and a powerful group they are.   Guess Whos Back (winner of this division's final in 2014) has won both preliminary legs including a hard-fought 1:52.4 decision over Canepa Hanover last week. Driver Brian Sears used the entire stretch to eke out the half-length tally with Canepa Hanover never giving in. Nik Drennan trains Guess Whos Back for owners Joe Davino, Brad Shackman, TLP Stable and J&T Silva.   The potent duo of Canepa Hanover (Muscle Hill) and French Laundry (Muscles Yankee) represent the Jimmy Takter barn and both are top colts.   Canepa has been third and second in the two legs and last week's effort was a gritty one after being used hard to get to the front then facing a strong wind in the homestretch. With Takter off to Sweden for the Elitlopp, Yannick Gingras will drive for the interests of Brittany Farms, Marvin Katz, Sam Goldband, Al Libfeld, Brixton Medical and Christina Takter.   French Laundry was a winner in the first leg, his only 2015 start to this point. He has been rock solid throughout his career for owners Christina Takter, John & Jim Fielding, Katz and Libfeld. Brett Miller is his regular driver and will be aboard on Saturday night.   Both Hi-5 Jackpots remain intact going into Friday night's live card with the totals now at $131,037 (race 5) and $105,195 (race 12). Saturday night promotions include the chance to win a first class trip to the June 6 Belmont Stakes and JerseyFest which features the NJ vs Philly Food Truck Mash-Up. The thirteen race program starts at 7:15.   From Meadowlands Media Relations Dept  

Scarborough, Maine (May 23, 2015) - Making his very first state of Maine start on Saturday (5/23), Only The Lonely with harness racing driver Eddie Davis, Jr., just missed equaling one of the oldest Track Records on the Scarborough Downs books when they stopped the tele-timer in 1:54.1. The effort came within whiskers of matching Prince Ebony's standard for aged stallions set during the 1990 edition of The Presidents Pace, Scarborough's then marquee invitational, with driver Ron Pierce getting the entry home in 1:54 flat. The mile was the fastest recorded yet in 2015 at the Downs. Only The Lonely is the latest addition to the roster of Scarborough's 2014 Trainer of the Year, Bo Sowers and is owned by David MacDonald of Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. The five-year-old son of Western Ideal was insistently driven to an early lead through a contentious 28 second opening panel and maintained that front-seat advantage throughout, coasting to a 6-1/4 length margin at the wire, pretty much under wraps. We've got a feeling that Prince Ebony's ancient standard which has stood the test of time for nearly 25 years, may be in jeopardy soon with this new fleet stallion setting up shop at the Downs. Live harness racing is featured weekly at Scarborough Downs with the Friday and Saturday cards going to post at 4:00 p.m. (EDT) while the popular Sunday matinee gets underway at 1:30 p.m. For more information, visit www.ScarboroughDowns.com or our Facebook page. By Michael Sweeney for Scarborough Downs

YONKERS, NY, Friday, May 22, 2015 - With the Stanley Cup playoffs down to the nitty and the gritty, it was apropos that Krispy Apple (Jason Bartlett, $3.20) would record a Friday night harness racing hat-trick. She had to work a bit harder for this one than the previous two, but she was more than up to it, winning Yonkers Raceway's $42,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace in convincing fashion. Ordered outside her seven rivals, the 3-5 favorite fell into line fourth as Jonsie Jones (Tyler Buter) paid a :26.4 price for the privilege of leading the way. Witch Dali (Jordan Stratton) strung that one out, with pole-assigned Canaco Star (Dan Dube) third In turn two, was Krispy Apple moving again, making the lead by the :55.1 intermission. She went Westchester wide, however, as Witch Dali pulled pocket before aborting that attempt. Meanwhile, the new leader was well in hand at the 1:23.2 three-quarters, taking a two-length lead into the lane. The final margin was 2½ lengths in 1:53, a length closer and a few ticks slower than her previous two wins, but she is getting older. For Krispy Apple, a 7-year-old millionaires daughter of Western Ideal co-owned by Bamond Racing and Joseph Davino and trained by Jeffrey Bamond Jr., it was her fourth win in nine seasonal starts. The exacta paid $30.80, with the triple returning $179. The Raceway's live season continues Saturday night (post time 7:10 PM, eliminations for the Art Rooney Pace). After that, it's Memorial Night Monday (7:10 PM) and Tuesday (1 PM, two finals in the Jackpot Next Door Claiming Series). Frank Drucker

East Rutherford, NJ - The second leg of the New Jersey Sire Stakes (NJSS) for three-year-old harness racing pacers fields one $25,000 division each of fillies and colts at The Meadowlands on Saturday night. The top ten from the two elimination legs will race in the $100,000 finals on Saturday, May 30.   Race five is a field of ten pacing fillies with the 2014 freshman filly final winner Stacia Hanover the one to beat. The Western Ideal lass swept through both legs and the final last season, the highlights of her abbreviated five race campaign. After a few conditioning starts this season against older, "Stacia" rallied from well back to be second behind Happiness in last week's first NJSS leg, pacing her final quarter in a flat 26 seconds for the second consecutive race. Driver Scott Zeron has employed the "off-the-pace" style exclusively with Stacia Hanover and will have to fashion a trip from post nine on Saturday. Steve Elliott trains the filly for owners David Van Dusen and Michael Cimaglio.   The colts come up in the very next race with a field of eleven set to compete. Hurrikane Ali will draw the favorite's role with defending NJSS champ and co-leg one winner Artspeak taking the week off. Hurrikane Ali reduced his record to 1:50 over a deteriorating surface last week with driver Yannick Gingras never having to ask him for pace. Lightly raced at two, the Rocknroll Hanover colt has won both starts this season for trainers McDermott, John Sr & Jr and owners Kuhen Racing, Jonathan Klee, Dr. Ken Rucker and Robert Pucila.   There is a carryover of $124,509 in the race five Jackpot Super High 5 and $96,746 in the last race Jackpot Super High 5 as the live racing weekend begins on Friday night.   Belmont Stakes Trip Giveaway   With the eyes of the racing world fixed upon American Pharoah and his quest for thoroughbred racing's Triple Crown, the Meadowlands is going to give one of its fans a trip of a lifetime. Fans visiting the Meadowlands during live racing can enter to win a VIP trip to the Belmont Stakes. The prize package includes clubhouse seating for four, dining in the Marquee Tent, and a parking pass. The winner will be drawn May 29. Fans must be present to win the grand prize.   The thirteen race Saturday card begins at 7:15pm.   Meadowlands Media Relations

Clearing his four harness racing rivals early on, A Fool For Mark ($4.30) kicked clear on the far turn and remained elusive on the lead in a $6500 upper-level conditioned pace at Vernon Downs on Sunday (May 17) afternoon.   Owner/trainer/driver Dustin Ingraham sent the nine-year-old Western Ideal gelding right to the front, controlling a :54.2 first half mile while tracked by Giant Sculpture (Roman Lopez). On the far turn, A Fool For Mark kicked clear, leaving Giant Sculpture four lengths behind through a :27.4 third quarter. As Giant Sculpture faded in upper stretch, A Fool For Mark had amassed enough of a margin to stave off late challengers UF Bettors Hanover (Justin Huckabone) and The Green Knight (John MacDonald), both of whom rallied from the back of the pack to finish second and third respectively. A Fool For Mark ultimately held clear by two lengths, wrapping up his winning mile in 1:50.3.   Live racing returns to Vernon Downs on Friday (May 22) evening, with first post scheduled for 6:45 p.m. Eastern time.   by James Witherite, Vernon Downs

While there is a long history of brilliant mares defeating the older horses at the Free For All trotting level in harness racing, it had never happened in the Arthur J. Cutler Memorial. That all changed on a rainy Saturday night at The Meadowlands. Bee A Magician, the overwhelming 4/5 favorite did what had yet to be done as she emerged victorious winning the Arthur J. Cutler Memorial Final in 1:51.2. She became the first mare in the 17 year history of the race to win the historic event. Shortly after the start heading into the first turn, Market Share and Master Of Law appeared to have contact and Market Share went off-stride, just as he did in the Cutler last year. Bee A Magician avoided the trouble and Brian Sears allowed his former Horse of the Year to relax off the early speed, which was established by Wind Of The north who reached the first quarter in a very strong 26.4. As the field straightened up on the backstretch, Sears felt the time was right to move his mare to the top and she responded with a strong brush, reaching the lead before the half-mile in 55.2. Wind Of The North yielded to the pocket position. Moving into the far turn, DW's NY Yank moved first over while Melady's Monet, who had been such a force this year at The Meadowlands fought to catch his cover on the turn. Bee A Magician reached the three quarter pole in 1:23.4 and turned for home with a comfortable lead. DW's NY Yank never got close to the mare and began to tire. Wind Of The North came out of the pocket and tried to rally but never appeared a threat as Melady's Monet moved into third. Brian Sears never asked his mare through the stretch and she coasted to an easy win in 1:51.2. Wind Of The North finished second with Melady's Monet third. It was the same result as the week prior in the prep for the Cutler Final. Brian Sears was very proud of Bee A Magician after the race. "She's just such a pleasure," said Sears. "Last year was tough for her, there was a lot of traveling and it was a long season. But right now, she is just really fresh and really sharp. It is hard to keep them this sharp all year long, but hopefully she keeps going forward." Bee A Magician won for the 34th time in 50 lifetime starts and her lifetime earnings surpassed $2.9 Million. With the win, she became the third richest trotting mare in harness racing history, trailing only the magnificent Peace Corps and the legendary Moni Maker. She is trained by Nifty Norman for Mel Hartman, Herb Liverman and David Mc Duffee. Bee A Magician While Bee A Magician was the best story of the night, the race of the night went to the Free For All pacers in the first leg of the TVG Free For All Pacing series for $50,000. A select field of six went to the post with all the speed coming from the outside early as JK Endofanera blasted to the front and reached the opening quarter in 27.3. Warrawee Needy moved to the pocket early on with Dovuto Hanover securing the three hole early on. But Brian Sears wasn't content with his position and he moved Dovuto Hanover to challenge for the lead down the backstretch. James MacDonald had similar thoughts with Modern Legend and he launched his gelding three-wide past the half mile in 54.4. Modern Legend cleared the top and opened up nearly three lengths on the Dovuto Hanover, while JK Endofanera was shuffled back as Modern Legend reached three quarters in 1:21.2 and turned for home in command. At this point, Doo Wop Hanover was making a three-wide move from the back of the pack as Modern Legend began to come back to the field. JK Endofanera found room between horses and began to re-rally through the stretch. As the wire neared, these three lined up together and they finished three across the track in a thrilling photo finish in 1:48.4. The win photograph revealed the nose of JK Endofanera reached the finish line first, with Modern Legend second and Doo Wop Hanover third. The son of Art Major earned over $1.1 Million last year which included a win in the North America Cup. His lifetime earnings surpassed $1.5 Million with the victory tonight for trainer Ron Burke and owners, the 3 Brothers Stables. Yannick Gingras was in the sulky for his fourth winner of the night, he would also win the nightcap to make it five wins on the program. JK Endofanera Artspeak's road to the Meadowlands Pace began in impressive fashion with a sharp 1:49 score in the first round of the New Jersey Sire Stakes at The Meadowlands Saturday night. Competing in the first of two $20,000 divisions, Artspeak had been the subject of some attention given his performances in the mornings at The Meadowlands as he geared up for his three year old campaign. It had been documented that Artspeak made a break in a training mile at the end of April at the East Rutherford oval and he also went off-stride in his subsequent qualifier. Last week, Artspeak went around the track while remaining flat, but was beaten nearly nine lengths by Lyons Levi Lewis. All that did was produce a better than expected 3/2 final price and Artspeak simply dominated. Allowed to settle off the speed early in the mile, Artspeak sat fourth through a 27.3 opening quarter established by Gokudo Hanover. Scott Zeron did not waste any time, sending his champion to the lead down the backstretch and Artspeak would reach the half-mile in 1:55 and three quarters in a sharp 1:22.1 before turning for home and turning it on. Gokudo Hanover sat the pocket behind Artspeak throughout the mile, but was never a threat to the favorite and all he could do was chase him through the stretch as Artspeak hit the wire in 1:49, a lifetime best effort. Dealt A Winner was well-back in third. The son of Western Ideal was voted the two year old pacing champion last year, winning eight times from ten starts with earnings of nearly $750,000. He is trained by Tony Alagna for Brittany Farms, Katz, Sbrocco and In The Gym Partners. Artspeak The other $20,000 Sire Stakes division featured a field of seven who all were exiting first or second place finishes. The bettors settled on Hurrikane Ali as their favorite and they were right as he scored a decisive 1:50 score for Yannick Gingras. Sent off at 3/5, Hurrikane Ali cleared the lead just before the half-mile pole and streaked through fractions of 55.3 and 1:23.2 before facing a challenge from Rock N' Roll Word who appeared to be full of pace in the pocket, but Hurrikane Ali was never letting that foe by and he rolled to a very impressive victory. Hurrikane Ali is now two for two on the season with earnings over $55,000 in his career. The 1:50 clocking was a lifetime best effort for trainer John McDermott Jr. The Rocknroll Hanover colt is owned by Kuhen Racing, Jonathan Klee Racing, Rucker and Pucila. Hurrikane Ali The fillies also went to the track in sire stakes action and Lindys Old Lady is a filly whose star is on the rise at The Meadowlands. The homebred daughter of Rocknroll Hanover has begun her career a perfect two for two after Saturday night's win in New Jersey Sire Stakes action. The Lindy homebred showed good speed to reach the pocket behind the early pacesetter, Crescent City. Tim Tetrick quickly guided his filly out of the pocket after an opening quarter in 27.2 and cleared the lead down the backstretch. From there, Lindys Old Lady soared through a 56.1 half-mile before reaching three quarters in 1:23.3 with no pressure whatsoever. Turning for home, Tetrick called on his filly for speed and she responded, accelerating away from the field to win going away in an impressive 1:51, lowering her lifetime mark from her first lifetime start. Cheyenne Robin rallied to be second with Wicked Little Minx showing good late speed to finish third. The winner is owned by the breeder, Lindy Farms of Connecticut and is trained by Frank Antonacci. Lindys Old Lady The second $20,000 sire stakes division for three year old filly pacers saw a prohibitive 1/5 favorite in the form of Happiness and the chalk did not disappoint. Leaving from post position four, Happiness was sent right to the lead by Yannick Gingras and she would never relinquish that lead. The three year old daughter of Rocknroll Hanover rolled through fractions of 27.4, 56.1 and 1:23.4 before turning for home with an expanding lead. Hollyrocker, who sat the pocket throughut the mile could not kick home with the winner and faded to third in the stretch. Meanwhile, Stacia Hanover, who was last until the top of the stretch uncorked a tremendous late rally to finish a very good second, validating her form. But, she was left with too much to do to get to the winner. Happiness has now won five times from nine starts for Ron Burke who trains and co-owns the filly with Weaver Bruscemi L.L.C. Happiness' earnings grew to over $67,000 with the victory. On the wagering front, total handle for the Saturday program was $3,099,409. Both Jackpot Super Hi-5 carryovers continued to grow after the conclusion of the Saturday program. The fifth race carryover now stands at $124,509, while the last race jackpot grew to $96,746. Racing resumes on Friday night with first post time at 7:15 P.M.   Darin Zoccali

MANALAPAN, NJ - May 16, 2015 - Artspeak, the Dan Patch Two-Year-Old Pacing Colt of the Year in 2014, coasted to a three and a half-length harness racing victory in his season's debut, a $20,000 first leg of the New Jersey Sire Stakes, the fourth race on Saturday, May 16, 2015 at the Meadowlands. Scott Zeron tipped the 3-2 favorite out and brushed to the lead before the half, hand driving the son of Western Ideal to a career best 1:49 flat. Gokudo Hanover [Cam's Card Shark] is second best with five and a half lengths to Dealt A Winner [Cam's Card Shark] in third. Artspeak, winner of the Governor's Cup and Metro Pace at two, lifted his bankroll to $752,185 with nine wins and two thirds in 11 career starts. The Tony Alagna trainee is owned by Brittany Farms, Marvin Katz, Joe Sbrocco and the In The Gym Partners. Artspeak Hurrikane Ali, driven by Yannick Gingras and trained by John McDermott Jr., won the second of the two $20,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings, the ninth race, in 1:50 flat on a surfaced rated good. Sent off as the 3-5 favorite, Hurrikane Ali claimed the lead before the half and held off Rock N' Roll World by two lengths. Rock Of The Ages was third by seven and a quarter lengths. All three are sons of Rocknroll Hanover. Hurrikane Ali now has two wins in two starts in 2015 after going winless in five starts at two. He has earned $55,575 for the partnership of Kuhen Racing LLC, Jonathan Klee Racing, Dr. Kenneth Rucker and Robert Pucila. The card began with victories by daughters of Rocknroll Hanover in both of two $20,000 divisions of New Jersey Sire Stakes for three-year-old pacing fillies. In the first race, 3-5 favorite Lindys Old Lady, unraced at two, posted her second straight victory, drawing away to a two and a half-length victory over Cheyenne Robin [Rocknroll Hanover] with three and three-quarter lengths to Wicked Little Minx [Rocknroll Hanover] in third. Lindys Old Lady, driven by Tim Tetrick and trained by Frank Antonacci, paced the mile in 1:51 flat. Lindy Farms of Connecticut owns and bred the filly who has now earned $19,200. In the second race, 1-9 favorite Happiness by Rocknroll Hanover, controlled the pace and repelled the late challenge of Stacia Hanover [Western Ideal] to win by a length and a quarter. Hollyrocker [Rocknroll Hanover] was third by three lengths in the 1:50.4 mile. Yannick Gingras drove the Ron Burke-trained Happiness for Burke Racing Stable LLC and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. She won three of six starts at two and now has two wins and one third in three outings this year. Overall, she has banked $67,765. By Carol Hodes for the SBOANJ

They left Krispy Apple (Jason Bartlett, $2.70) alone-again--Friday night and the seven-figure lass made 'em pay--again, winning Yonkers Raceway's harness racing  featured $42,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace. In other words, if you're looking for suspense, run along, nothing to see here. Once again assigned outside her six foes, the millionairess worked around Magic Starlight (George Brennan), then had no issues whatsoever (:28.3, :57.3, 1:25, 1:52.2). The time was a tick faster than a week ago, as well as a season's-best effort. The final margin for Krispy Apple was 3½ lengths, same as last week's romp. It was 34-1 rank outsider (Tyler Buter) sitting a three-hole and outgaming Magic Starlight for the role of bridesmaid. Witch Dali (Jordan Stratton)-making her first start since running roughshod in March's Petticoat Pacing Series-and Delightful Dragon (Dan Dube) completed the cashers. For Krispy Apple, a 7-year-old daughter of Western Ideal co-owned by Bamond Racing and Joseph Davino and trained by Jeffrey Bamond Jr., it was her third win in eight seasonal starts (career earnings of $1,344,323). The exacta paid $32.40, with the triple returning $114.50 The Raceway's live season continues Saturday night (post time 7:10 PM). After that, it's Monday (7:10 PM), a a "French-centric" Tuesday (1 PM, third round of the Jackpot Next Door Claiming Series), then Thursday through Saturday (all at 7:10 PM). Note Sunday matinees are done until November. Evening simulcasting accompanies all night programs, with afternoon simulcasting (including Saturday's Preakness Day card from Pimlico [first post 10:30 AM]) available daily. Frank Drucker

With The Championship Meet upon us, The harness racing Grand Circuit took center stage on Friday night at The Meadowlands. The three year old filly pacers contested the $43,106 W.N. Reynolds Memorial. On paper it was a very competitive field of seven and it played out that way on the racetrack. Bettor Be Steppin, sent off as a very slight 8/5 favorite would dictate the terms establishing a tempo of 27, 55.4 and 1:24. She turned for home with the 9/5 second choice, Happiness right on her back. Bedroomconfessions was grinding away first over, with Divine Caroline riding her cover. With just an eighth of a mile to go, these four fillies lined up across the track. Happiness found room at the pylons and sprinted through to the tune of a 26.3 final quarter to win going away in the end. Divine Caroline rallied off cover to finish up second with Bedroomconfessions third. Happiness was driven to victory by Yannick Gingras for Ron Burke who co-owns the filly with Weaver Bruscemi L.L.C. The 1:50.3 clocking was a lifetime mark for the three year old daughter of Rocknroll Hanover. The $39,816 John Simpson Memorial for three year old filly trotters was also a part of the Grand Circuit action on Friday night. Riley's Dream was bet down to 3/5 favoritism, but she would find herself locked in throughout the first three-quarters of a mile as Shaqline never found the pylons and remained parked out outside Riley's Dream throughout. In the meantime, Rules Of The Road showed tremendous early speed for Dave Miller as she reeled off fractions of 27.1, 56.1 and 1:25.1 while trotting unopposed on the lead throughout the mile. Turning for home, Rules Of The Road kicked away from the field and she was never threatened, winning in 1:54. The win was one of four on the night for Dave Miller and the winner is eligible to The Hambletonian Oaks for trainer Janice Connor who co-owns the filly with Arden Homestead Stable. A field of six top mares went to the gate in the $27,500 Fillies and Mares Open Handicap Pace. Sayitall BB was the aggressor moving to the front and leading the charge around the track, reaching the half-mile in 55.4 and three-quarters in 1:24.3. The Breeders Crown winner turned for home with the lead, but the field began to close in. With mares coming from anywhere, the mare coming fastest of all was the one closing from last, Weeper. She appeared on the far left of the screen and sprinted home to a sub-26 second final quarter to win. Weeper was driven by Brett Miller for Jimmy Takter and owners Bay Pond Racing Stable. Weeper is eligible to all the major stakes for the mare pacers at The Meadowlands, including the TVG Championships. Jerseylicious returned a winner on Friday night at The Meadowlands, winning an upper level condition event for fillies and mares pacers. Sent off as the overwhelming 1/5 favorite Jerseylicious secured a pocket trip behind the speedy That Woman Hanover. But Dave Miller decided it was time to move with three-eighths of a mile to go and he pulled the pocket with Jerseylicious, securing the lead prior to the three quarter pole. From there, the five year old daughter of Western Ideal opened up several lengths and was able to fend off the late brush of Beautiful Lady to score in 1:50.4, just three-fifths off her lifetime mark. Jerseylicious is well-staked at The Meadowlands, including eligibility to the TVG Championship for the Pacing Mares, Golden Girls and The Lady Liberty. Muscle Network made it back to back wins Friday. The former Valley Victory Champion made it five wins from 13 career starts with his 1:53.3 winning performance. His earnings are now past $335,000 lifetime and he is eligible to The Graduate series which gets underway on Memorial Day at Tioga Downs. Hambletonian Eligibles were prominent on the program Friday night and a couple of them won. Saboro Hanover won a maiden event for Nifty Norman and Dave Miller. The $75,000 Harrisburg yearling was equipped with trotting hobbles and responded by sprinting a visually impressive final quarter to score in a sharp 1:54.3. Additionally, Dapper Don, making his three year old debut, scored in impressive first-over fashion in 1:55.4. The connections have a Hambletonian-ring to them, being the same that won the 2012 Hambletonian with Market Share, including driver Tim Tetrick, who was very high on the colt. "He's come a long way," said Tetrick. "He let me drive him how I wanted, let me put him where I wanted. He's matured. Current Crisis and Robert Krivelin were victories in the $15,000 GSY Amateur Final. Despite a frenzy of action that saw trotters stacked three and four wide on the first turn, Krivelin was able to secure a position near the lead where he tracked Mr Ridgetaker who was very wide early and Bambino Hall. Kriven guided his trotter to the lead past the half-mile pole and Current Crisis opened up daylight from there, soaring past three-quarters and romping to an easy triumph. Hannah Miller was forced very wide behind stalled trotters coming off the bend and finished with a flourish to be second while Jenny Melander and All About Justice checked in third. Robert Krivelin trains and drives Current Crisis for the Hero Stables. The win was the 25th in the career of the six year old trotter, sending his earnings to nearly $240,000. On the wagering front, the 11th race on the program featured the fourth largest payout in the history of The Meadowlands and the second largest trifecta of all time. It was a perfect storm, as Two Hip Dip, Donnie Darko and Lock Down Lindy, the three favorites all broke stride. Battle Mage avoided any trouble and scored the 32-1 upset. Cutup Hanover was second at 34-1 and Silverhill Volo was third at 99-1. That combination resulted in a $2 trifecta return of $62,559.60. The largest trifecta of all time came nearly twenty years ago and returned over $88,000 for a $2 return. The only larger payouts were a pick-6 that yielded over a $100,000 return and the recent $200,000 jackpot that was paid out in the Super Hi-5. The total handle of $2,597,671 was a ten-percent increase over this same Friday in 2014. Racing resumes on Saturday, with first post time at 7:15 P.M. There are carryovers in both $.20 cent Jackpot Super Hi-5 wagers, with the fifth race carryover now standing at $108,703 and the last race carryover growing to $83,532. Darin Zoccali

YONKERS, NY, Friday, May 8, 2015 - They left Krispy Apple and harness racing driver Jason Bartlett alone Friday night and the seven-figure sister made 'em pay, winning Yonkers Raceway's featured $42,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace. Assigned outside her six foes, the millionairess worked around Sir Jillian Z Tam (Pat Lachance), then had an anxious moment (:27.3, 57.1, 1:25.1, 1:52.3). Despite the cheapy fractions, "Jillian" lost touch, while 7-5 fave Delightful Dragon (George Brennan) was never able to get close from first-up. The final margin for Krispy Apple, as the second choice, was 3½ lengths, with 10-1 Cherry Bliss (Mark MacDonald) winning a three-way scrum for second. Delightful Dragon, Sir Jillian Z Tam and Virgin Mary (Jordan Stratton) settled for the remainder. For Krispy Apple, a 7-year-old daughter of Western Ideal co-owned by Bamond Racing and Joseph Davino and trained by Jeffrey Bamond Jr., it was her second win in seven seasonal starts (career earnings of $1,313,323). The exacta paid $72.50, with the triple returning $307. Note that since no one took down Friday’s Pick 5, Saturday’s gimmick offers a carryover of $3,165.90 (50-cent base wager, races 7 through 11). The Raceway's live season continues Saturday night (post time 7:10 PM). After that, it's Monday (7:10 PM), a Tuesday (1 PM, second round of the Jackpot Next Door Claiming Series), then Thursday through Saturday (all at 7:10 PM). Note Sunday matinees are done until November. Evening simulcasting accompanies all night programs, with afternoon simulcasting available daily. Frank Drucker

ANDERSON, Ind.-April 15, 2015 - Hoosier Park Racing & Casino and The Trent Stohler Stable have announced "The Ultimate Name Game", a Twitter competition to name the final foal from the standout harness racing open pacing mare Ultimate Velocity p,3,1:53; 4,1:51.1 ($254,373). The contestant that submits the winning name will win a VIP Certificate to Hoosier Park Racing & Casino compliments of the connections of Ultimate Velocity. Ultimate Velocity tragically passed away following complications from surgery after delivering her second foal only one day earlier. Ultimate Velocity's second foal, sired by Bettor's Delight, arrived healthy and full of life on March 18, 2015. This competition will honor the legacy of his dam and her prolific racing career. Ultimate Velocity raced 33 times, resulting in 19 wins, four seconds, and two thirds. While she did earn victories in multiple stakes, she was most known for her gritty efforts in the open mare events on the Indiana racing circuit. Sired by Western Ideal, Ultimate Velocity's lifetime mark was only one fifth of a second off of the track record at the time. She was also race timed in 1:49.2. Bred by brothers Kenneth "Dave" Stohler and Merrill Stohler, Ultimate Velocity was the second filly from their homebred mare, Extreme Velocity p,4,1:50.3 ($856,070). Among the highlights on Extreme Velocity's resume was a victory in the $288,000 Breeders Crown for older pacing mares in 1998. "We thought this would be a fun, unique way to remember Ultimate (Velocity)," trainer, driver Trent Stohler noted. "She was a great mare so this foal is going to need a great name. I would like the name to include the word 'velocity' in some way, but I am looking forward to seeing all the names submitted." All are welcomed to enter the contest. Contestants are encouraged to submit their name suggestions from now until 11:59 p.m. on April 24 via Twitter. Using #NameGame, contestants will send their submissions to Trent Stohler on twitter, @TrentStohler. Stohler along with his father Dave will select their favorite name for the colt on Saturday, April 25. All names must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. on April 24. Names must be USTA eligible, 18 characters or less, and not currently in use. Multiple submissions of the same name will be credited to the first person to submit the name. Emily Gaskin

YONKERS, NY, Friday, April 10, 2015 - Yonkers Raceway Friday night hosted the fourth round of the Blue Chip Matchmaker of Open Pacing Mares. As was the case in the third leg, a pair of small-but-select harness racing fields of five were bifurcated into $40,000 divisions. Pole-sitting favorite Venus Delight (Jason Bartlett, $4.80), finished what she started in the first event, holding off a second-up Camille (George Brennan) in a season's-best 1:53.2. Monkey on My Wheel (Brian Sears) was third. "Venus" seated all four of his foes early, forcing Yagonnakissmeornot (Dan Dube) into a two-hole. After cheapy opening intervals of :27.4 and :57.1, Monkey On My Wheel took out of third. That one threw down the gauntlet in and out of a 1:25.3 three-quarters, while "Yagonnakissme" was losing ground in behind. Venue Delight maintained a short, half-length advantage entering the lane, then whipped a charging Camille by that same margin. Yagonnakissmeornot and a non-factor Coffee Addict (Matt Kakaley) completed the order. For Venus Delight, a 5-year-old daughter of Bettor's Delight owned by Bamond Racing and trained by Jeffrey Bamond Jr., it was her second win in four seasonal starts (2-for-3 in series). The exacta paid $22.20, with the triple not offered to the abbreviated assemblage. The second Matchmaker event was more of the same for series leader, odds-on choice Carolsideal (Dube, $2.80). The only perfect participant made it four wins in series succession, defeating Krispy Apple (Tim Tetrick) by a half-length in 1:53.2...same time as the opening division. Unhurried early from post position No. 2, "Carol" watched both Charisma Hanover (Brennan) and Fancy Desire (Kakaley) slug it out approaching a :27.1 opening quarter-mile. Carolsideal then moved from third, securing the lead in Turn 2 and getting a 56-second intermission. Fancy Desire made her second move going toward the 1:24.4 three-quarters, with Krispy Apple in behind. However, Carolsideal widened to 3½ lengths turning for home, holding sway to keep the roll going. Strings (Eric Carlson) was a best-of-the-rest third, with Fancy Desire and Charisma Hanover completing the order. For Carolsideal a 6-year-old daughter of Western Ideal trained by Rene Allard for co-owners himself (as Allard Racing), Yves Sarazin and Kapildeo Singh, she's now 9-for-10 this season. The exacta paid $8.20, with Krispy Apple. The Raceway's live season continues Saturday night (post time 7:10 PM), with the fourth round (three, $50,000 divisions) of the George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series. After that, it's Monday (7:10 PM), Tuesday (1 PM, second round of YR/SOA of NY Bonus Trotting Series), then Thursday through Saturday (all at 7:10 PM). Note Sunday matinees are done until November. Evening simulcasting accompanies all night programs, with afternoon simulcasting available daily. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Friday, April 3, 2015 -- Yonkers Raceway Friday night hosted the third round of the Blue Chip Matchmaker of harness racing "Open Pacing Mares". A pair of small-but-select fields of five were subsected into $40,000 divisions. Carolsideal (Dan Dube, $4.30), no one trick pony she, rallied from second-over after going down-the-road in her first two series starts Starting outside her four foes, "Carol" watched as 11-10 favorite Anndrovette (Tim Tetrick), getting some early encouragement from her escort, left and pocketed Medusa (George Brennan). After early intervals of :27.3 and :56.3, For the Ladies N (Brian Sears) offered a fair amount of first-up pressure in and out of the 1:24.4 three-quarters. Anndrovette maintained a short lead into the lane, but company was coming. Carolsideal vaulted wide off her tow, then went by to win going away. The margin, over 19-1 outsider Fancy Desire (Matt Kakaley), was a length-and-a-half in 1:53.1. Anndrovette, snapped for second, settled for third. For second choice Carolsideal, a 6-year-old daughter of Western Ideal trained by Rene Allard for co-owners himself (as Allard Racing), Yves Sarazin and Kapildeo Singh, it was her eighth win in nine seasonal starts. The exacta paid $57, with the triple not offered to the abbreviated assemblage. The second Matchmaker event was barely more than a public workout for 4-5 fave Yagonnakissmeornot (Dube, $3.70). In play from post position No. 2, she easily went around pole-sitting longhsot Strings (Eric Carlson), them had no issues whatsoever. Pedestrian fractions of :28.3 and :58.2 were going to make "Yagonnakissme" very tough to catch, and a :55.1 back half (1:26.1, 1:53.3) made it impossible. A season's-best effort whipped first-up Venus Delight (Jason Bartlett) by a comfortable length-and-a-half, with Strings third. For Yagonnakissmeornot, a 6-year-old daughter of The Panderosa trained by Allard for co-owners himself (as Allard Racing), Yves Sarazin and Kapildeo Singh--the same contingent behind Carolsideal--she's now 2-for-4 this season. The exacta paid $15.40, with again no triple wagering due to the quintet. Series standings, through three of five prelims legs...1-Carolsideal (225 points), 2-Yagonnakissmeornot (158), 3t-Camille (125), 3t-Venus Delight (125), 5-Monkey on My Wheel (120), 6-Fancy Desire (113), 7-Anndrovette (111), 8-Krispy Apple (105). Special Friday props to Luminosity (Brennan, $6.20), whose 1:55, open-length romp in the $21,500 second race was fastest local trot mile of the season. Friday's Pick 5 wager, vitamin-enriched by a $4,667 carryover, attracted $12,602 of fresh money. The formful combo of 2/1/5/2/2 (all wagering favorites) returned $111.87 for every correct half-a-buck wager. The Raceway's live season continues Saturday night (post time 7:10 PM), with the third round (four, $50,000 divisions) of the George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series. After that, it's Monday (7:10 PM), Tuesday (1 PM), then Thursday through Saturday (all at 7:10 PM). Note Sunday matinees are done until November. Evening simulcasting accompanies all night programs, with afternoon simulcasting available daily (save for Easter Sunday). Frank Drucker

WILKES-BARRE PA - The Quik Pulse Mindale gelding Victory At Last became the first two-time winner in his section of the Bobby Weiss Series for late-developing pacing males, winning one of the three $15,000 second round Weiss events Saturday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. Last week Victory At Last led at every call and lasted over the late charge of a Rene Allard-trained horse, YS Lotus, by a head; this week the winner sat the pocket behind another Allard trainee, Vance Bayama, and rallied in the Pocono Pike to win in 1:54.2, last quarter 27.3, with the victory margin a head this week as well. Matt Kakaley again handled Victory At Last for trainer Ron Burke and the powerful combine of Burke Racing and Weaver Bruscemi. Rene Allard, the leading trainer at Pocono last year, sent out the fastest winner in the two rounds of competition when YS Lotus, mentioned above, made a sweeping move around tired foes to the 3/4s and won by five lengths in a personal best 1:52 (on a 26 degree night). Rene's brother Simon was in the sulky behind the altered son of If I Can Dream, an "iron horse" racing for the fourth time in 11 days, for owner Yves Sarrazin. Both Victory At Last and YS Lotus were the crowd choices; such was not the case in the third Weiss event, as 13-1 shot Weapons Dealer angled wide in the stretch and caught Shadow Margeaux, a $77 win bomber last week, by a neck, taking a new speed badge of 1:54.1. Anthony Napolitano handled sulky duties behind the Western Ideal gelding for trainer Daniel Renaud and owner Robert Di Mozzi. Jerry Connors for PHHA / Pocono  

YONKERS, NY, Friday, March 27, 2015--Yonkers Raceway Friday night hosted the second round of the harness racing Blue Chip Matchmaker. A baker's-dozen worth of of Free-For-All pacing mares went it in two, $40,000 divisions. The opening Matchmaker event was an early series two-fer for pole-sitting, odds-on Carolsideal (Dan Dube, $2.80). Outdrawing her rivals for the second consecutive start, "Carol" gave it up to a parked-early Sayitall BB (George Brennan) passing a :27.4 opening quarter-mile. The people's choice then retook in Turn 2, finding a 57-second intermission before Monkey on My Wheel (Brian Sears) took her shot from fourth. Carolsideal held that one at bay in and out of a 1:25.1 three-quarters, as "BB" dropped anchor. "Carol" owned a measured half-length lead into the lane, then widened to close the sale, winning by a couple of lengths in a season's-best 1:53. Monkey on My Wheel held second, with Anndrovette (Tim Tetrick) a rallying third for the second week in a row. For Carolsideal, a 6-year-old daughter of Western Ideal trained by Rene Allard for co-owners himself (as Allard Racing), Yves Sarazin and Kapildeo Singh, it was her seventh win in eight seasonal starts. The exacta paid $8.10, with the triple (three wagering favorites in order) returning $18.20. The second sojourn was won by a first-up Camille (George Brennan, $5.60), snapping pace-setting, 11-10 fave Yagonnakissmeornot (Dube) on the money in 1:53.1, also a season's-best effort. Winning the draw, Camille saw longshot Coffee Addict (Jordan Stratton) grab the first lead before Yagonnakissmeornot worked around that one. The advantage belonged to "Yagonnakissme" through early intervals of :27.4 and :57.1. Camille slipped out from third, just in front of For the Ladies N (Sears). It was Camille prompting a :27.3 third quarter (1:24.4), with Yagonnakissmeornot taking a length-and-a-half lead into the lane. However, Camille wasn't ready to throw in the camisole. She engaged the leader in earnest in the late going before sticking her tongue out just in time. The final margin was a head, with For the Ladies N holding third. For second choice Camille, a 7-year-old millionaires daughter of Camluck co-owned (as Burke Racing) by (trainer) Ron Burke, Weaver Bruscemi, M1 Stable and Jack Piatt III, she's 2-for-6 this season. The exacta paid $12.40, with the triple returning $59. The Raceway's live season continues Saturday night (post time 7:10 PM), with the second round (four, $50,000 divisions) of the George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series. After that, it's Monday (7:10 PM, $54,800 final of Petticoat), Tuesday (1 PM, $62,200 final of Sagamore Hill), then Thursday through Saturday (all at 7:10 PM). Note Sunday matinees are done until November. Evening simulcasting accompanies all night programs, with afternoon simulcasting available daily. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Friday, March 20, 2015--In theory, spring sprung Friday night, with Yonkers Raceway hosting the snowy opening round of the Blue Chip Matchmaker. Three compact, $40,000 fields of the some of the best Free-For-All harness racing mares went it at. Friday's first Matchmaker melange went to a grinding Venus Delight (Jason Bartlett, $6.10), who picked off pace-setting (:27.4, :57.1, 1:25.2) Charisma Hanover (George Brennan) in 1:55.1. Sitting fourth early from post position No. 3, slight wagering choice "Venus" wore down the leader, winning by three-quarters of a length. Coffee Addict (Jordan Stratton) was a pocket third. For season-debuting Venus Delight, a 5-year-old daughter of Bettor's Delight owned by Bamond Racing and trained by Jeff Bamond Jr., it was her 18th win in 44 career starts. The exacta paid $28, with the triple returning $83. The second Matchmaker event couldn't have been much easier for pole-sitting, odds-on Carolsideal (Dan Dube, $2.90). She sauntered through the snow (:29.3, :59.1, 1:28, 1:55.4), whipping a pocketed Camille (Brennan) by a length-and-three-quarters, with Anndrovette (Tim Tetrick) a very good, two-move third in her first start of the season. For Carolsideal, a 6-year-old daughter of Western Ideal trained by Rene Allard for co-owners himself (as Allard Racing), Yves Sarazin and Kapildeo Singh, it was her sixth win in seven '15 tries. The exacta paid $4.90, with the triple (three wagering favorites in order) returning $13.20. The final division, pared down to a barber shop (beauty shop?) quartet after defending series champ Somwherovrarainbow came up ill, saw Krispy Apple (Tetrick, $5) pass the rest of the field--all three of 'em--to win going away. Backing away early from post No. 2, Krispy Apple saw 7-5 fave Medusa (Brennan) work around Monkey on My Wheel (Bartlett), then put up intervals of :28.2, :58 of 1:26.4. It was Krispy Apple making her move around a tiring Strings (Dube) and steadily advancing toward the lead. With "Monkey" wandering out of the pocket, Krispy Apple went inside, defeating Medusa by a couple of lengths in 1:55.2. For second choice/season-debuting Krispy Apple, a 7-year-old millionaires daughter of Western Ideal trained by Bamond Jr. for co-owners Bamond Racing and Joe Davino, she's now 28-for-93 lifetime. The Raceway's live season continues Saturday night (post time 7:10 PM), with the opening round of the George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series. After that, it's Monday (7:10 PM), Tuesday (1 PM), then Thursday through Saturday (all at 7:10 PM). Note Sunday matinees are done until November. Evening simulcasting accompanies all night programs, with afternoon simulcasting available daily. Frank Drucker Director of Publicity

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