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White Birch Farm of Allentown, N.J., a four-time New Jersey Breeder the Year and two-time U.S. Harness Writers Association Breeder of the Year, has announced that its harness racing breeding stock will be sold as part of a complete dispersal of the famed nursery at the Harrisburg Mixed Sale on Thursday, November 7. Preferred Equine Marketing, Inc. will represent the farm as agent. The farm's final foal crop (foals of 2019) will be offered in the traditional manner at the 2020 yearling sales. World-renowned in harness racing, White Birch has bred and raised a host of champions including two-time Pacer of the Year Captaintreacherous, 3-Year-Old Pacing Filly of the Year Darlin’s Delight, U.S. and Canadian Horse of the Year Bee A Magician, and 2 and 3-Year-Old Pacing Fillies of the Year My Little Dragon and Worldly Beauty. Founded by the late Joseph and Marie Parisi, the farm was operated by their son Michael until his untimely death in December, 2015. Since Michael's passing, the farm continued to operate under Michael's estate and was named New Jersey Breeder of the Year in 2018. Leading the consignment will be the likes of millionaire Darlinonthebeach, carrying her first foal and selling in foal to World Champion Always B Miki; Hudson Trot winner Celebrity Ruth, carrying her first foal and selling in foal to Muscle Hill; and Act Now, selling in foal to Captaintreacherous. Other notables include My Little Dragon, carrying a three-quarter sibling to Stay Hungry; Darlins Delight, carrying a half to Darlinonthebeach; Worldly Treasure, carrying a half to Captaintreacherous; and Scandalous Hanover, carrying a full to Treacherous Reign. Please Behave sells carrying her first foal, that colt or filly by Chapter Seven; Belclare carrying a full to Captain Victorious; and Dragon Tale carrying a full to Workinonamystery. The mares will be selling in foal to many of the sport's most prominent sires including Captaintreacherous (eight in foal), Muscle Hill, Chapter Seven, Always B Miki, American Ideal and Bettor's Delight. For further information about the dispersal, please contact David Reid at Preferred Equine Marketing at (914) 773-7777. From Preferred Equine Marketing

Goshen, NY ---According to Alisa Horner, Office Manager at White Birch Farms, Allentown, NJ, "Three Mile Island died Feb. 2 of natural causes. She didn't have any health issues prior and still looked great, considering her age."   A bay mare by No Nukes, Three Mile Island was from the Race Time dam Racy Kathy.   Foaled in 1985, she took a 2-year-old World Record mark of 1:56.2f and earned $288,079 on the racetrack before starting her Hall of Fame career as a broodmare.   From 15 foals she was a 100% producer whose foals earned over $4.3 million with 12 going over $90,000. Her most notable son was ISLAND FANTASY p,3,1:50.1 ($1,371,525), but she also produced another six sub-1:53 pacers. She was inducted into the Living Horse Hall of Fame in Goshen as a broodmare in 2001, two years before her sire No Nukes. "Named for the worst nuclear disaster in North America," noted her page in the Standardbred Old Friends book, the year she foaled a postage stamp was just 22 cents and Gold traded for $327 an ounce. Also of note in 1985--the cost of a Super Bowl ad was a modest $525,000 (this year the cost was 10 times that amount). Her last foal was born in 2007 and she has lived the last 12 years as a happy retiree at White Birch Farm. by Chris Tully for White Birch Farm

MANALAPAN, NJ -January 28, 2019 - On Sunday (Jan 27), the New Jersey Department of Agriculture held its 62nd Annual New Jersey Breeder Awards Luncheon at Hilton Gardens Inn in Hamilton. This year the committee dedicated the luncheon to the late Steve Williams, longtime farm manager of White Birch Farm. SBOANJ directors in attendance were Mark Mullen, Anthony Romano, Chris Ryder, and Executive Administrator Al Ochsner. Take a Wish won the NJ Sire Stakes Horse of the Year for owner Dawn Anderson and the John McDermott trainee Hurrikane Emperor received the Standardbred of the year honors. The $7 million dollar horse Foiled Again also received special recognition. Mark Mullen presented Steve Williams sons Steve and Joseph Williams the Breeder of the Year award for White Birch Farm. The SBOANJ congratulates all of the award winners and wishes them continued success in 2019. by Courtney Stafford, for the SBOANJ

Steve Williams, 60, the longtime, hands-on manager at White Birch Farm in New Jersey, died Sunday morning, reportedly suffering a heart attack. He had attended the Breeders Crown eliminations at Pocono the night before. Williams was responsible for the foaling and raising of such champion Harness Horses as Bee A Magician and Captaintreacherous, and the pacing mare Darlin's Delight. He had been enjoying watching the sons and daughters of Captaintreacherous on the track this year and was in Lexington to see White Birch see success in selling part of its yearling crop. More information will be posted when available. From Harnessracing.com

Lexington, KY ---  As reported by the USTA, the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale got off to a strong start Tuesday night (Oct. 2) at the Fasig-Tipton Sales Pavilion, with five harness racing yearlings selling for at least $300,000 to spark a 10.6 percent increase in average price compared to last year’s record-setting event. An additional 12 horses sold for at least $200,000 and a total of 64 of the 102 horses sold reached six figures. Last year’s opening night saw 93 horses sell for $10.63 million, an average of $114,344. The 2017 sale set records for gross, at $36.41 million, and average, at $58,537. This year, the opening night’s 102 horses brought $12.90 million for an average of $126,471. “That’s not intentional,” Cancelliere said with a laugh, referring to buying the top-priced yearling. “But he’s a beautiful colt and we’re pleased we got him. He’s a beautiful animal, an absolutely beautiful animal. He really is. When they look that good and carry themselves that well, he was going to bring a good price tag. You knew that going in. We stretched a little more than we wanted to. We went for it.”The sales topper Tuesday was Treasure Trove, a full brother to two-time Pacer of the Year Captaintreacherous. The colt, by Somebeachsomewhere out of Worldly Treasure, sold for $360,000 to John Cancelliere. Treasure Trove, who went through the ring as Hip No. 82, was bred by White Birch Farm and consigned by Preferred Equine Marketing as agent. Cancelliere also bought pacer Like Lightning Lou, who is a full brother to his 2-year-old Love Me Some Lou, for $150,000. Like Lightning Lou is by Sweet Lou out of Shark Lightning. “We desperately wanted him,” said Cancelliere, whose brother Tom trains their stable’s horses. “It worked out well on both occasions. We’re pleased.” Tall Dark Stranger, a pacing colt by Bettor’s Delight out of Dan Patch Award-winner Precocious Beauty, sold for $330,000 to Nancy Johansson as agent for Marvin Katz, Caviart Farms, Crawford Farms and Howard Taylor. Precocious Beauty’s first foal, Beautyonthebeach, won the Kentucky Sire Stakes final for 2-year-old filly pacers on Sept 16. The family also includes Dan Patch Award-winner Sportswriter. Tall Dark Stranger was bred by Jim Avritt Sr. and consigned by Hunterton Sales Agency as agent. “I liked his pedigree and the individual,” Johansson said. “My dad (Jimmy Takter) really liked him too. Now that he’s stepping into his new phase in life as a consultant when he retires, he’s been looking at yearlings with both Per (Engblom) and I. He loved, loved, loved this colt as well. “It’s a great family. It’s a modern family. There is a lot of ‘now’ stuff happening in that family, which is nice. And Bettor’s Delight is solid. They show up and do their work.” Johansson also bought pacing colt Remember The Beach (Somebeachsomewhere-Allamerican Memoir) for $140,000 as agent for 3 Brothers Stable and pacing filly Treacherous Act (Captaintreacherous-Act Now) for $100,000 as agent for Caviart Farms. “I thought I did really well,” Johansson said. “I was happy with all three purchases. I think all three could have brought more money than they did. The Somebeach colt is an absolutely gorgeous colt. The mare has already produced a world champion (Beach Memories) and he just had great charisma. I like that he has good size to him. I think pacing colts need to have some size because they race so tough nowadays. I felt he was the complete package. “The filly, Act Now was a tough race mare. Combine that with Captaintreacherous and I don’t think you can go wrong, especially with that price tag. She will be a great addition to Caviart Farms’ broodmare band.” The fifth horse into the ring, filly trotter Whose Blues, sold for $300,000 to Serge Godin’s Determination Stable. Whose Blues, by Cantab Hall, is the first foal out of stakes-winning mare Bright Baby Blues and her second dam, Bar Slide, was a Dan Patch Award-winner. The family includes Sliding Home, a stakes-winner in the U.S. as well as a winner in Europe. Whose Blues was bred by Bluestone Farms and Fredericka Caldwell and consigned by Cane Run Farm as agent. Das Deo, a pacing colt by Captaintreacherous out of Lisjune, sold for $300,000 to Dana Parham. He is a half-brother to Dan Patch Award-winner I Luv The Nitelife and the family also includes Dan Patch Award-winner Lis Mara. Das Deo was bred by Deo Volente Farms and Louis “Andy” Willinger and consigned by Preferred Equine Marketing as agent. Force N Fury, a pacing colt by Captaintreacherous out of My Little Dragon, sold for $300,000 to Tony Alagna as agent for Brad Grant, Marvin Katz and Al Libfeld. Force N Fury is a three-quarter brother to O’Brien Award-winner Stay Hungry, whose wins this year include the Cane Pace and Messenger Stakes. Force N Fury was bred by White Birch Farm and consigned by Preferred Equine Marketing as agent. Burke Racing Stable was the night’s top buyer, purchasing seven horses for $935,000. Trotting fillies led the night’s average, with 24 selling for an average of $141,542. Pacing colts followed, with 27 for $137,481, and then trotting colts, with 31 for $124,065. Twenty pacing fillies sold for an average of $97,250. Muscle Hill and Father Patrick led the trotting sires in gross, with 25 Muscle Hill yearlings totaling $3.16 million ($126,680 average) and 13 Father Patrick yearlings totaling $1.69 million ($130,077). Captaintreacherous and Somebeachsomewhere topped the pacing sires in gross, with 19 Captaintreacherous yearlings totaling $2.29 million ($120,632) and 13 Somebeachsomewhereyearlings totaling $1.88 million ($144,615). The five-day yearling sale continues through Saturday, with each session beginning at 7 p.m. at the Fasig-Tipton Sales Pavilion. For complete results, click here. by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA

CHESTER, PA - The only mare in the field, the four-year-old Archangel distaff Celebrity Ruth, showed her heels to the field in the $18,000 feature on "Trottin' Thursday" at Harrah's Philadelphia, taking a new lifetime best of 1:53.3. David Miller sent Celebrity Ruth charging after the lead first-over down the backstretch, and the mare responded with a 26.4 individual back split to clear before the ¾ and open a sizable lead on the far turn. She maintained a 1 ¾ length margin at the wire over Watkins, who escaped a shuffle and came back on. Celebrity Ruth, unraced at two, now has a career record of 17-8-8-0-$427,613 for trainer Trond Smedshammer and White Birch Farm. Another four-year-old trotter went even faster, 1:53.1, in the $17,000 co-featured event, as Top Flight Angel made a successful 2018 bow, leading every pole to tally by 3 ¼ lengths. The product of Team Orange Crush - trainer Julie Miller and husband-driver Andy - equaled the lifetime mark he set in a preparatory qualifier here at Philly for the Legendary Standardbred Farm. On a day where favorites won the first six races (though one was a dead-heat), Izoh sent the chalkplayers scrambling for cover with a pocket rocket rally over pacesetter Classic Belisima in 1:54.2, the Crazed gelding's fastest ever, while returning $104.60 for a $2 ticket. Another wife-and-husband team, driver Jackie and trainer Frank Ingrassia, got the job done with Izoh, whom Jackie co-owns with the Arden Homestead Stable, Donna Franchetti, and Thomas Doran.  From the PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia

East Rutherford, NJ --- Darlinonthebeach took care of business in Saturday’s (Aug. 6) $94,675 Shady Daisy for harness racing 3-year-old filly pacers on Hambletonian Day at the Meadowlands. Darlinonthebeach defeated fast-closing Call Me Queen Be by a head in a stakes-record 1:49.1. Blue Moon Stride was third. Darlinonthebeach, a Nancy Johansson trainee and Somebeachsomewhere - Darlin's Delight filly, got away third off the gate, but took command after a strong brush past the half, which was rated in :53.3. Darlinonthebeach continued to lead into the stretch and fought off Blue Moon Stride before holding off Call Me Queen Be at the wire. Driver David Miller drove the filly to a new lifetime mark in addition to the stakes-record. “I had to go pretty hard to get around (Blue Moon Stride) but I got a breather, the third quarter was only :28, and she swelled up and did the rest finishing,” said Miller. “I was a little surprised that (Call Me Queen Be) had as much pop as she did. But my mare fought game and kept her head in front.” Darlinonthebeach paid $4.80 to win as she went off the 7-5 second choice on the board behind the 3-5 favorite, Blue Moon Stride. The filly is owned by breeder White Birch Farm of Allentown, N.J. She has won six times this year with earnings of $232,941. by Hunter Holton, for the Clyde Hirt Workshop  Courtesy of The United States Trotting Association

Darlinonthebeach handed Pure Country the first loss of her career in last weekend's eliminations for Saturday night's $313,800 Miss Pennsylvania Stakes, but harness racing trainer Nancy Johansson knows her filly faces another challenging task ahead. Johansson trains Darlinonthebeach for breeder/owner White Birch Farm. Darlinonthebeach, who is 2-for-2 this year after hitting the board in nine of 10 races last season, is the 5-2 morning line favorite in the Miss Pennsylvania, which is restricted to Pennsylvania-sired 3-year-old female pacers. Darlinonthebeach will start the final from post four with David Miller in the sulky. Pure Country, who was unbeaten in 10 starts in 2015 and received the Dan Patch Award for best 2-year-old female pacer, will leave from post six with driver Brett Miller and is the 3-1 second choice. She made her seasonal debut in the first of three Miss Pennsylvania eliminations and finished third after getting to the front following a :26.3 opening quarter-mile and leading into the stretch. Newborn Sassy, who finished second to Darlinonthebeach's 1:50.4 mile in that elim, is 5-1 on the morning line and will start from post two with driver Tim Tetrick. Newborn Sassy won eight of 10 races last year, including the Matron Stakes, for training tandem of Jim King Jr. and Jo Ann Looney-King. Call Me Queen Be and I Said Diamonds, the remaining two elimination winners, will leave from posts five and nine, respectively. Call Me Queen Be, with Scott Zeron driving for trainer Ross Croghan, is 4-1 on the morning line and I Said Diamonds, with Matt Kakaley in the bike for Matias Ruiz, is 10-1. "I think Pure Country is a great filly," said Johansson, who is the daughter of Pure Country's trainer, Jimmy Takter. "She needed that race. Newborn Sassy needed that race too; it was the first start of the year for them. I'm sure Pure Country and Newborn Sassy are going to be much better this week. They're going to be tighter. It's going to be a good race." Darlinonthebeach is a daughter of stallion Somebeachsomewhere out of the mare Darlin's Delight. White Birch Farm also bred, raced and owns Darlin's Delight, who earned $2.90 million in her career and received the 2006 Dan Patch Award for best 3-year-old filly pacer. Last year, Darlinonthebeach won two of 10 races, including a division of the International Stallion Stakes, and finished second on five occasions, including the She's A Great Lady Stakes. "It seems like she's matured a little bit from last year," Johansson said about Darlinonthebeach. "She grew up quite a bit; filled out quite a bit from last year. I think that helps. When they get stronger they can carry their speed a little longer. Mentally I think she's a bit more focused than she was last year. It all just needs to come together, which so far it has." Darlinonthebeach's only off-the-board finish came in last October's Breeders Crown final, where she finished sixth after going off stride at the halfway point. But Darlinonthebeach made up ground with a :26.4 last quarter-mile that was nearly one-second quicker than any other horse in the race. "It was unfortunate in the Breeders Crown that she ran into the horse in front of her because I think she would have been right there on the wire with Pure Country in that start," Johansson said. "She made up an enormous amount of ground; she was really sharp that day. But that is what it is; you can't change that now." Because she won only twice last year, Johansson was able to qualify Darlinonthebeach once and then put the filly into a conditioned race for Pennsylvania-preferred female pacers ages 4 and under. Getting a start prior to the Miss Pennsylvania eliminations was an advantage, she said. "Qualifying and racing is a big difference," Johansson said. "But you don't want to race these 3-year-old fillies against open (level) mares. For her, she had the advantage where she was still in non-winners of three and Pennsylvania-bred, so I had an option to race her somewhere. "I think she raced really well (last weekend)," the trainer added. "She went (1:)50.4 under no urging whatsoever. When I watched the replay I realized David didn't even encourage her to go coming down the stretch. He just pulled the earplugs and she was off. So I was happy with it. So far so good." Pocono will conduct two race cards Saturday sandwiching the Kentucky Derby. The first card, with first-race post time of 11 a.m., features three divisions of the Pennsylvania All-Stars for 3-year-old male trotters. The evening card, in addition to the Miss Pennsylvania, includes the $561,500 Pennsylvania Classic for Pennsylvania-sired 3-year-old male pacers. Ken Weingartner

Three $20,000 eliminations for next Saturday evening's inaugural $313,800 Miss Pennsylvania Pace for PA-sired harness racing three-year-old pacing fillies were held Saturday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, with the pocket the racing position to be in, as all three winners rallied from the two-hole - one outside, the other two inside up the famed "Pocono Pike."   In the first elimination, Pure Country, undefeated in 10 starts at two and national divisional champion, fell from the ranks of the unbeaten, as in a 54.3 sprint home she couldn't go enough in her seasonal bow and had to settle for third, and a position in the Miss Pennsylvania, behind the victorious Darlinonthebeach, a 1:50.4 winner, and Pocono Pike-shooting second-place finisher Newborn Sassy.   Driver David Miller sent the Somebeachsomewhere filly Darlinonthebeach directly to the front, ceding the lead at the 26.3 quarter to the 50-cent favorite Pure Country, with Newport Sassy sitting third. Pure Country got a breather into the second quarter headwind and hit the half in 56.1, picking up the tempo to reach the ¾ pole in 1:23.3.   Turning for home Miller pulled Darlinonthebeach (second choice at 2-1) outside and sailed right on by, with Miller sitting chilly in the bike. Newport Sassy came up the Pike to grab second, a length behind the winner and a neck ahead of Pure Country. Nancy Johansson had the winning filly ready for a 1:51.3 seasonal bow victory here, and now the fast miss is 2 for 2 in 2016 and possessor of a new speed badge for owner/breeder White Birch Farm.   "She was really strong all through the mile," Miller noted after the race; when reminded that a win in the Miss Pennsylvania would put Miller in the $200 Million Club in driving earnings, joining John Campbell and Ron Pierce, Miller gave the thumbs up and said, "Something to aim for!"   The two-hole was again the place to be in the second Miss Pennsylvania elimination, as the Well Said filly I Said Diamonds, parked to the 26.1 quarter for the top then yielding to sit behind Sail To The Beach through 54.2 and 1:22.3 middle splits, used the inside route to get the decision in a personal best of 1:51. I Said Please, uncovered from late backstretch, stayed game for second, a length back and completing the "I Said" Exacta, with Sail To The Beach hanging in for third, another half-length behind the victorious 3-5 favorite.   Matt Kakaley handled the sulky duties for Little Bapa LLC and trainer Matias Ruiz, who got the filly to train in the offseason and enjoyed victory with her at first asking. "She is by far the best horse I have ever trained," noted Ruiz after the race with a smile. "She was good last year, and she's a little bigger, a little stronger this year."   Driver Scott Zeron watched the first two elims and settled on a winning strategy in the third elim, sailing up the Pocono Pike to an easy 2 ¼-length triumph in 1:51.3 with the Somebeachsomewhere filly Call Me Queen Be, an even-money choice in her first start of the year. Zeron and the "Queen" parked main rival Ivy League to a 26.1 opener, and even when the pacesetter got a breather to the 56 half, Zeron was not worried: "This filly has great speed, and can do anything on the racetrack," he said after the race.   And sure enough, after a 1:23.3 ¾, Call Me Queen Be waited for the inside lane to open, then darted through with lightning quickness to go by with ease; Save The Treasure was along from third-inside position to get second, 1½ lengths ahead of Ivy League, who held for third. Ross Croghan trains the winner, who also took a new mark, for the Let It Ride Stables Inc. and Dana Parham.   These top three fillies for each division will return for the Miss Pennsylvania Championship during the evening card of a Kentucky Derby doubleheader next Saturday at The Downs. David Miller has the only driving decision to make, as he guided Darlinonthebeach and Ivy League; Ivy League's trainer Jimmy Takter, who also handles Pure Country, was the only conditioner to land two in the rich event.   Pocono / PHHA  

With 75 horses already bedded down, and stall applications arriving daily "The Stable That God Loves" promises to again be a potent force for good in Harness racing in 2016.   As a horseman recently quipped, " the Stable That God Loves in 2015 produced important dollars to support the diligent work of the racetrack chaplaincy, and reams of excellent publicity worth a million ,or two, (dollars) for Harness racing. "We need one hundred horses in The Stable" said Uxbridge, Ont., horseman, Norm Clements, who is the Chair of the team that manages the Stable That God Loves. Clements is the founder of the Jennifer Ashleigh Children's Charity and no stranger to supporting those in need. He has pledged 21 of his colourbearers to God's Stable. All of the heavy hitters from last year's program, including Luck Be Withyou, Elegant Serenity, Madefromlucky, Nvestment Bluechip, Reverend Hanover, Rockin With Dewey, and more, are back in the fold, along with a host of new faces. One of the new faces in God's Stable is Rollaroundtheworld, a handsome bay three-year-old pacer owned by Adriano Sorella of Milton, Ontario. The $115,000 yearling purchase at Lexington won in his only two-year-old start at the Meadowlands in 1:52.3, and has two 2nds in his two starts this year.   "Like his sire, Roll With Joe, he is a bit late maturing, but he has shown he is good enough to go with the best" said Sorella. "We like him. He is staked is all of the rich three-year-old events , like the Hempt, Meadowlands Pace, Breeders Crown, and the Jug. We will see him at Mohawk In the North America Cup". Rollaroundtheworld, is in training at White Birch Farms in Allentown, New Jersey under the tutelage of Nancy Johansson.   "Nancy has done an excellent job with this colt " according to Sorella. Adriano Sorella supports other charities, but he says "the Stable That God Loves is an initiative close to home for people in the industry. It is helping some of the less fortunate in Ontario horseracing. It is horsemen helping horsemen." Stalls are always available in The Stable That God Loves. Every trotter, pacer, or Thoroughbred is welcome and guaranteed a stall. Please send requests for stall space to Ken Middleton: k.middleton@rogers.com, or Norm Clements: nclements@zing-net.ca For regular up-to-date postings on The Stable That God Loves© follow us on Facebook and on Twitter@StableGodLoves. For additional information: Bill Galvin: billgalvin2000@yahoo.caa by Bill Galvin, for The Stable That God Love

Allentown, NJ --- Arrangements have been announced for Michael Parisi, 51, harness racing owner and general manager of White Birch Farm in Allentown, N.J., who died Dec. 5, 2015. Visitation will take place on Friday (Dec. 11) from 2-5 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. at Papavero Funeral Home, 72-27 Grand Ave., Maspeth, NY 11378, 718.651.3535. The Funeral Mass will take place on Saturday (Dec. 12) at 10:30 a.m. at Transfiguration Church, 64-14 Clinton Ave., Maspeth, NY 11378. Interment at St. John's Cemetery, 80-01 Metropolitan Ave., Middle Village, NY 11379. White Birch Farm, Inc. 

White Birch Farm and its training center will continue "business as usual," despite the sad news of the recent death of farm owner and general manager Michael Parisi.   White Birch Farm Inc. announced to industry participants--especially those who currently utilize the training center--that the farm will continue under current management and staff, and that business operations will continue as before.   The farm plans to maintain its business of breeding and selling many of the sport's finest yearlings, and operating the training center that is considered one of the industry's premier facilities.   With 800 acres in Allentown, N.J., White Birch maintains a broodmare band of more than 100 head. In 2012 and 2013, it was named harness racing's "Breeder of the Year," having bred the champions Bee A Magician and Captaintreacherous.   The training center, with its 5/8-mile stonedust track, 1/2-mile sand jogging track and 7/8-mile straightaway, consists of 11 barns that presently house approximately 300 horses.   Arrangements for Mr. Parisi's funeral are still pending, and will be made available in the near future.   White Birch Farm, Inc.

MANALAPAN, NJ - September 5, 2015 - Harness racing driver Joe Bongiorno and trainer Ron Burke teamed to win a pair of New Jersey Sire Stakes - Green Acres on Saturday, September 5, 2015 at Freehold Raceway. Both events were pre-card, non-wagering races and both were $7,000 opening legs for three-year-old pacers. In the event for fillies, Bongiorno guided Lissan to a wire-to-wire victory in 1:57 flat, finishing a length and a half in front of Smart Zone with a nine-length margin to Callacam in third. The colts and geldings split went to Edward Teach who also had the lead at every call and crossed the wire in 1:55.3. He was two and a half lengths ahead of Devils Cut with three lengths back to Rock Of the Ages. Both winners were offspring of Rocknroll Hanover. Lissan, owned by White Birch Farm of Allentown, NJ, picked up her second win of the year in 13 starts and has a career total of four wins, four seconds and four thirds from 20 starts for earnings of $44,538. Edward Teach, who was winless at two, now has three wins, two seconds and one third in 14 starts this year and has finished in-the-money in six of 14 career outings, banking $60,650 for Dale Towle of Leamington, Ontario. All seven entrants in the Charles Smith Trot will advance to the $50,500 final on September 17, 2015 at Freehold. No eliminations will be needed. Three - Crescent Fashion, Natural Kemp and Southwind Mozart - are from the stable of trainer Ake Svanstedt. Both Broken Record and Switchboard Hall are Ray Schnittker trainees. Mountain Top is conditioned by Noel Daley and P Mac Attack by Nancy Johansson. By Carol Hodes for the SBOANJ

She might have difficulty equaling the career of her award-winning mother, but Darlinonthebeach will be looking to turn heads in Saturday's C$455,000 She's A Great Lady Stakes for 2-year-old female pacers at Mohawk Racetrack. The first daughter of Dan Patch Award-winning mare Darlin's Delight, Darlinonthebeach heads to the She's A Great Lady off a second-place finish to L A Delight in her elimination last weekend. She will start the 10-horse final from post six for trainer Nancy Johansson. For the year, Darlinonthebeach, by stallion Somebeachsomewhere, has won one of five races and finished no worse than third in any start. She has earned $58,785 for breeder/owner White Birch Farm. White Birch Farm, headed by Michael Parisi, also bred, raced and owns Darlin's Delight, who earned $2.90 million in her career and received the 2006 Dan Patch Award for best 3-year-old female pacer. "Darlin's Delight was a great mare," Parisi said. "I've kept (Darlinonthebeach) as a future broodmare and I'm just hoping for the best. I think we'll have fun racing her, but I don't think she's her mom. Her mom was probably the best mare my family ever owned. She really was special." That doesn't mean Parisi is unhappy with what he's seen so far from Darlinonthebeach. The filly finished second in her debut and won a division of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes before missing a month because of illness. She returned with two third-place efforts prior to her second-place finish in her She's A Great Lady elim. David Miller drove Darlinonthebeach in the elimination. "I really thought a lot of this filly off her first couple starts," Parisi said. "After the second start she got pretty sick on us and it took a while for her to bounce back. She qualified good off the layoff and now she's starting to come back to her own, I think. "I was really happy with her last start. I think she's going to put in a good mile this week." Darlin's Delight's first two foals were colts, both by Rocknroll Hanover, and were sold at yearling auctions by White Birch. They have combined to win six races and $40,498. "The first two colts didn't pan out like I thought," Parisi said. "This one looked a lot different than the colts. The colts were a little short-legged and she was long-legged. Darlin was a very small mare, so that's why I really liked this filly. L A Delight defeated Darlinonthebeach by 1-1/2 lengths in 1:54.2 in their She's A Great Lady elimination. L A Delight, a daughter of Bettor's Delight-West Of L A, has won seven of eight races this year and earned $136,359 for trainer Bob McIntosh, who owns the filly with C S X Stables and Al McIntosh Holdings. She has won seven consecutive starts, including a division of the Eternal Camnation Stakes, since finishing third in her debut. "That one filly (L A Delight) she's been racing against is going to be the tough one," Parisi said. "I just hope (Darlinonthebeach) gets a good trip and gets a piece of it. I think she's going to race good." Thatsoveryverynice won the remaining She's A Great Lady elimination by 2-1/2 lengths over Upside Surprise in 1:54.2. A daughter of Vintage Master-Fox Valley Zena, Thatsoveryverynice has won four of five starts and earned $109,764 for trainer Tony Alagna and owners Alagna Racing and Marvin Katz. Following is the field for the She's A Great Lady with listed drivers and trainers: 1. Three Dreams by Mach Three, James MacDonald, Jeff Bamond Jr. 2. Albany Girl by Somebeachsomewhere, Doug McNair, Jimmy Takter 3. Thatsoveryverynice by Vintage Master, Jody Jamieson, Tony Alagna 4. L A Delight by Bettor's Delight, Randy Waples, Bob McIntosh 5. Upside Surprise by Art Major, Doug McNair, Tony O'Sullivan 6. Darlinonthebeach by Somebeachsomewhere, Brett Miller, Nancy Johansson 7. Highland Rocksolid by Rocknroll Hanover, Rick Zeron, Marty Fine 8. Ivy League by Somebeachsomewhere, Matt Kakaley, Jimmy Takter 9. JK Fannie by Rocknroll Hanover, Matt Kakaley, Nancy Johansson 10. Blue Moon Stride by Rocknroll Hanover, Scott Zeron, Mark Harder by Ken Weingartner Harness Racing Communications USTA

MANALAPAN, NJ - July 29, 2015 - Jacqueline Ingrassia, affectionately known as Lady Jay, is about to break new ground. She and her harness racing and life partner for more than four decades, Frank Ingrassia, will be sending out their first Hambletonian Oaks starter on Saturday night, August 1, 2015 at the Meadowlands Racetrack. Cocoacabana drew post two in the sixth race, the first of two $35,000 elimination races which will whittle down the 16 three-year-old trotting fillies to the 10 finalists who will face off in the $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks Final on August 8. "This will be our first Hambletonian Oaks starter," the 68-year-old Allentown, NJ resident explained. "Just to be in it is an honor. To make the final would be icing on the cake." The Ingrassias currently have nine horses in training at White Birch Farm, which is two miles from their home. Three of their trainees, including Cocoacabana, are owned with Peter and Ebby Gerry's Arden Homestead Stable of Delhi, NY; one they own outright and five are for Dr. Donna Franchetti and her husband, Tom Doran. Ingrassia, a member of the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey Board of Directors, is also a District 12 representative of the United States Trotting Association. A versatile horsewoman, she is also involved with the Standardbred Pleasure Horse Organization of New Jersey. Born in Ipswich in Great Britain, she started driving in races in the United States in 1977. She became the first woman driver to win a Triple Crown race when she guided Goalfish to victory in the 2000 Yonkers Trot. She topped the 1,000-victory plateau in 2003. She was a 1999 inductee into the Jersey Shore Sports Hall of Fame. Jacquie Ingrassia will be driving Cocoacabana in the Oaks Elimination if John Campbell opts for the Jimmy Takter-trained Wild Honey, also in the same division. She would be the first woman driver in the Oaks since it debuted in 1971. Cocoacabana is aptly named, being a daughter of Chocolatier-Beachcomber. She has two wins, one second and nine thirds in 21 career starts. This year she has been in-the-money in five of 11 starts, including her first two trips to the winner's circle. She has a bankroll of $40,444 and a mark of 1:53.3, taken in her last start on July 17 at the Meadowlands. Cocoacabana winning at The Meadowlands on the 12th of July "Cocoa had the usual two-year-old issues last year - sickness, sore knees, growth spurts," Ingrassia explained. "We felt she needed time to develop and, hopefully, she is over the worst. She is a Chocolatier and has very pronounced haunches, and also doesn't carry much weight. I'm told this is a trait with them." The Gerrys' Arden Homestead bred the filly in partnership with Tad Egloff's Vieux Carre Farm. "We really liked her at the sale," she said. "I bought her [for $32,000 at Harrisburg], and, subsequently, Peter and Ebby bought 50 percent from me." "We have four nice two-year-old filly trotters, all racing, including Twice a Night [Donato Hanover-Working Girl], whom we co-own with Arden Homestead Stable," Ingrassia noted. "She won a leg of the Stallion Series at Pocono last week and is turning out to be a nice filly. Hopefully, you will see us again in the Oaks next year [with her]. Hope springs eternal!" Following are the elimination fields in post order for the Hambletonian Oaks with listed drivers and trainers: 1 - Lady Winona by Credit Winner -Andy Miller-Julie Miller  2 - Cocoacabana by Chocolatier -John Campbell-Frank Ingrassia  3 - Lock Down Lindy by Lucky Chucky -Tim Tetrick-Tony Alagna  4 - Smexi by Explosive Matter -Corey Callahan-Jimmy Takter  5 - Bright Baby Blues by Andover Hall -David Miller-Bob Stewart  6 - Gatka Hanover by Muscle Massive -Yannick Gingras-Ron Burke  7 - Wild Honey by Cantab Hall -John Campbell-Jimmy Takter  8 - Smokinmombo by Explosive Matter -Aaron Merriman-Christopher Beaver  Race 7 1 - Rules Of The Road by Muscle Hill -Corey Callahan-Janice Connor  2 - Sarcy by Donato Hanover -Johnny Takter-Jimmy Takter  3 - Speak To Me by Muscle Massive -Scott Zeron-Jimmy Takter  4 - Magic Marker by Andover Hall -David Miller-R. Nifty Norman  5 - Katniss by Credit Winner -Ake Svanstedt-Ake Svanstedt  6 - Livininthefastlane by Donato Hanover -Andy Miller-Julie Miller  7 - Classical Annie by Andover Hall -Aaron Merriman-Jim Arledge Jr.  8 - Spirit To Win by Cantab Hall -Brett Miller-R. Dustin Jones By Carol Hodes for the SBOANJ

CAMPBELLVILLE, June 11 - As bidding stalled at $7,000 on one of White Birch Farm's yearlings at the Harrisburg sale in 2013, Farm Manager Steve Williams felt compelled to act. Choosing to buy the colt back for $7,500, he soon proved to be the ultimate harness racing bargain. Making his first start on Canadian soil in the second $50,000 North America Cup elimination on Saturday night, In The Arsenal will be looking to extend his sophomore win-streak after going three for three to start his campaign. In his first start of 2015, the American Ideal colt captured a New York Sires Stakes event in a tidy 1:50 before finishing on top in both his Art Rooney elimination and the $300,000 final. Choosing to forego the Somebeachsomewhere at Mohawk Racetrack on June 6, trainer Kelvin Harrison believes he is good and fresh going into the eliminations. "He's a little more mature as a three year old," said Harrison. "He didn't grow much but he is a lot smarter than he was last year. "I didn't feel it was necessary to send him to the 'Somebeach'. He raced three weeks in a row and I wanted him to get some rest before the North America Cup." In The Arsenal's freshman campaign saw a 6-1-1 record in eleven starts, banking just shy of $400,000. Owned by White Birch Farm and In The Arsenal Racing, he took a mark of 1:49.4 over Lexington in September before rounding out the season with an impressive performance in the Breeders Crown final, finishing second by a head to Traceur Hanover. Though he picked up the lion's share of the purse in the Art Rooney final on May 30, a slight bobble at the wire gave fans pause and nearly cost him the race. Fortunately, Harrison believes this nothing to show concern over. "It was the finish lights at Yonkers. There was a little bit of sunlight peaking over the building and he ducked a little sideways. He made it look worse than it actually was." The fourteenth foal out of Ladyotra headed north Wednesday morning with Harrison following suit on Thursday. Brian Sears is confirmed to drive, after establishing a successful partnership with the colt in his last nine starts. "He's going to be stabled at (Richard) 'Nifty' Norman's place. Hopefully we'll be there after the eliminations and for the final." In The Arsenal's first start in Canada will bring Harrison back to Mohawk after a seven year hiatus. His last start came in the Breeders Crown Open Mare Pace where his trainee Free held off a hard-closing Invitro to finish third. He will be looking for repeat success, with a finish in the top three guaranteeing a coveted spot in the $1 million Pepsi North America Cup Final on June 20. "He was very good coming out of the Rooney. He's obviously as good as anything I've ever had; he's a real tough horse." Harrison has seen his fair share of success, with $11.9 million in purses collected over the last thirteen years and he is hopeful In The Arsenal will do his part in helping him surpass the 1,000 win milestone. The three-year-old will start from post position seven and is one of only two horses in his elimination field to bypass the Somebeachsomewhere. He will face off against division winner Dudes the Man, who won handily in his 'Beach' division for Corey Callahan in 1:50.3, to his outside in post position eight. The field also includes Bob McIntosh trainee Go Daddy Go, who rallied to finish a strong second in his division after starting from the ten hole. Pennsylvania invader Allbeef N Nobull and The Wayfaring Man are likely to find themselves in the mix as well, posing a challenge for Harrison's trainee. "It's a talented field; they wouldn't be there if they weren't. It comes down to a little luck and a big effort. "It's like I always say 'it's not where you start, it's where you finish'." In The Arsenal is staked to the majority of major stakes event throughout the rest of the season, with the Meadowlands Pace and the Little Brown Jug on Harrison's radar. Twenty-four horses will start in three North America Cup eliminations Saturday (June 13) at Mohawk in search of a spot in the $1 million final the following week. The first race goes to post at 7:25 p.m. Hannah Beckett for WEG Communications

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