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Last season's harness racing driver standings were pretty much a one driver race for a big part of the season. The Canadian superstar Yannick Gingras set a lot of personal bests on his way to claiming the North American driving premiership. His drives won over seventeen million over the season which pushed his career earnings over the one hundred million mark. The thirty four year old native of Quebec first arrived at the Meadowlands in 2004 and has worked his way to the top. Last season Yannick won his third straight drivers premiership at The Meadowlands and during the season passed the 5000 wins mark to boot. One of the first drivers to have a really large media profile, the "Green Hornet" as he is known looks set for many more record breaking seasons in front of him.  Harnesslink Media

A field of seven squared off in the featured harness racing event at Harrah's Philly on Friday, a upper- conditioned level pace for fillies and mares. The purse was $22,000. The favorite at post time was Ron Burke trainee Bazooka Terror (Yannick Gingras). At the start, it was Fast and Fiesty (Dave Miller) showing her familiar early speed. Her lead was short-lived however, as long shot Breathtaking (Geo. Napolitano Jr.) brushed to the front, by an opening quarter of :27.3. After a rated :29 second quarter, business picked up as Star Keeper (Tim Tetrick) moved first-over to challenge. They battled by three-quarters in 1:24.3 (:28). Breathtaking drew clear at the top of the stretch, barely holding off the late charge of Marty Party (Brett Miller) to win by a head, stopping the clock in 1:53.2. She paid $22.60 to win. Breathtaking is owned by trainer Gilbert Garcia-Herrera. Michael Bosch

A field of seven conditioned trotters squared off in the featured harness racing event at Harrah's Philadelphia on a cold and cloudy Thursday afternoon. The wagering public placed their support behind Reima Kuisla's Appomattox (Yannick Gingras). The 6-year-old son of Yankee Glide is coming off of a second place finish against open trotters at the Meadowlands. At the start, Appomattox fired quickly off the wings, securing the lead before the quarter (:28.1). Four-year-old Razor Ramone (Dave Miller) settled in behind, with the races lone mare Photosavvy getting away third. After rating a :29.2 second quarter, Appomattox faced a first over challenge from Photsavvy, but was able to sprint clear in the stretch and win by two lengths, stopping the clock in 1:53.4. It was the twelfth career win for the Ron Burke trainee, with career earnings just under the $500,000 mark. Photosavvy was second, while Possessed Fashion (Brett Miller) finished third. The winner paid $3.40. Harrah's Philadelphia  

A field of seven lined up behind the starter for the featured event of the day from Harrah's Philadelphia, a trot for non-winners of $25,000 in their last 5 starts or non-winners of 9 races or $90,000 lifetime. Three horses were making their 2015 debuts after solid 3-year-old campaigns. Linda Toscano trainee Uva Hanover, Chris Ryder trainee Madewell Hanover, and Walter Carroll trainee Wheelsandthelegman each made over $100,000 as 3-year-olds. At the start however, it was favored Il Mago (Yannick Gingras) going right to the front, and making every call a winning one, stopping the clock in 1:55. Spider Blue Chip (Dave Miller) closed up the inside to finish second, while millionaire trotter Sevruga (Andy Miller). It was the 24th career win for the 6-year-old horse by Kadabra, who was making his 99th start. The winner paid $4.00. Michael Bozich

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec – The richest and fastest harness racing pacing colts of the 2014 season in North America have been nominated to the second annual revival of the $200,000 Prix D’Ete at the Hippodrome 3R. The $200,000 Prix D’Ete is restricted to four-year-old pacers only and the race will be held on Sunday, August 23. It is the richest harness horse race in all of Quebec and one of the richest races for four-year-olds in the sport. Headlining the list of the 28 four-year-olds that features six of the top ten money winning three-year-olds from last year is $1,472,937 winner McWicked. He was voted the Dan Patch award and the O’Brien award as North America’s top three-year-old pacing colt of the year in 2014. Last year he was victorious in the Breeders Crown, the Hempt Memorial, the Adios Pace and the Progress Pace for trainer Casie Coleman and Ed James SSG Stable. He is joined by other world class performers All Bets Off, He’s Watching, Always B Miki, Limelight Beach and Somewhere In L A among the top ten money winners from 2014. Three of the horses nominated are million dollar lifetime winners, McWicked, He’s Watching and All Bets Off. And if speed counts for anything, then the Prix D’Ete eligibles for 2015 have that too, as five of the six fastest three-year-old pacing colts last year were also nominated. There are 12 horses nominated with a race record of 1:50 or faster. He’s Watching, with his amazing 1:46.4 world record performance in the Meadowlands Pace final, which ties him as a co-fastest harness race horse ever, heads the lineup followed by McWicked’s  1:47.3 world record mile at Pocono Downs, Always B Miki (1:47.4), Luck Be With You (1:48) and All Bets Off (1:48.3). “With this caliber of horses nominated,” said 3R General Manager Vincent Trudel, “the Hippodrome 3R track record set last year by Sunfire Blue Chip in 1:50.3 in the Prix D’Ete could easily be broken. What a great group of horses we have that have been nominated.” Jimmy Takter trained Sunfire Blue Chip, who was driven in the Prix D’Ete by local favorite, Yannick Gingras. Takter hopes to return once again to vie for the Prix D’Ete trophy as his stable has nominated Somewhere In L A, who last year won over $500,000 with a record of 1:50. The top four leading money winner trainers in 2014 all have horses nominated to the Prix D’Ete. They are Ron Burke, Jimmy Takter, Erv Miller and Casie Coleman. “We could not be more pleased with such top horses nominated to the Prix D’Ete,” Trudel added, “There are still two more nomination payments that must be made in April and May, but I am sure that most of these horses will remain eligible. It will also be exciting as this season we have purchased a new starting car with a slated gate that will make the races even more competitive.” There is also a local flavor to the race as seven of the horses entered have Quebec-based connections. They are Atomic Million AM, Bettorever, Big Boy Dreams, Boomboom Ballykeel, Electric Western, Titus Seelster and Vance Bayama. “It is shaping up that we can look forward to an exciting live race meet at 3R,” Trudel said. “The race fans will not only get to see the best horses compete in the Prix D’Ete, but with the new starting gate, our $1 million Quebec-bred series, the drivers tournament and the special promotions we have planned throughout the season, opening day on Sunday, May 3 cannot arrive fast enough.” From the Quebec Jockey Club Here are the 28 horses nominated in alphabetical order: All Bets Off Always B Miki Arthur Blue Chip Atomic Million AM Best Said Bettorever Big Boy Dreams Boomboom Ballykeel Electric Western Fort Knox He’s Watching Jet Airway Limelight Beach Luck Be Withyou Mattamerican McWicked Melmerby Beach National Debt Roger Mach EM Silverhill Shadow Somewhere In L A Speckled Door Three Of Clubs Titus Seelster Unlocked Vance Bayama Whiskey N Pie Winds Of Change

Freehold, NJ --- The USTA website provides periodic glimpses at some of harness racing’s stars as they prepare for harness racing action this year. Today, we look at ageless record-setting pacer Foiled Again. FOILED AGAIN Dragon Again – In A Safe Place – Artsplace Owners: Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, JJK Stables Breeder: Barbara Matthews Trainer: Ron Burke Driver: Yannick Gingras 2014 Record: 26-6-8-5; $863,563; 1:50.2h Career: 224-83-56-32; $6.90 million; 1:48f Honors: Dan Patch Award for best older male pacer in 2013, 2012, 2011. Dan Patch Award for Pacer of the Year in 2011. O’Brien Award for best older male pacer in 2013, 2011. The road back: The 11-year-old Foiled Again qualified in 1:54.3 at the Meadowlands on March 7 and will return to the Big M on Friday for another qualifier as he prepares for the George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series at Yonkers Raceway. The Levy begins March 21. Foiled Again won the series in 2010 and 2009. He finished second in the final in 2013 and 2012 and was third in 2014 and 2011. “It was good,” trainer Ron Burke said about Foiled Again’s first qualifier of the year. “He did everything we asked of him, so we were happy with him. “We lost some time with the weather, but he’ll be fine. He couldn’t be any better. He’s training back as good or better than any other year. He’s an incredible horse. He just gets better and better all the time.” Bittersweet: Last year, Foiled Again finished second to now-retired stablemateSweet Lou in earnings among older pacers. Sweet Lou, who set a record with six consecutive wins in faster than 1:48, was named best older male pacer and Pacer of the Year. Sweet Lou won six of the races in which Foiled Again competed, with Foiled Again finishing second on three occasions. Overall for the year, Foiled Again’s second-place finishes included the TVG Free For All Series Championship, Canadian Pacing Derby, Dayton Pacing Derby, American-National, Allerage, and Mohawk Gold Cup. “Foiled’s schedule this year is basically the same as in the past,” Burke said. “I decided to have him be one of my top two horses for the big races. I don’t think anybody has his consistency. I’m going to have to stay the course and hope the races are a little weaker this year. Without (Sweet) Lou being in it should help him a little bit. Lou hurt him because he just couldn’t pace as fast as Lou. No matter what he did, he couldn’t get to him. If Foiled can get to a horse, he’ll usually beat him. But he just could never get to him.” Oh, that’s rich: No horse in harness racing history has banked more money than Foiled Again’s $6.90 million in lifetime North American purses. Foiled Again is the richest 7-year-old in history ($1.40 million in 2011), richest 8-year-old ($1.20 million in 2012), richest 9-year-old ($1.40 million in 2013) and richest 10-year-old ($863,563 in 2014). Combine the earnings of the next three richest 10-year-olds on the all-time list and they fall nearly $66,000 short of Foiled Again’s 2014 campaign. One in a million: Foiled Again is the only horse in North American harness racing history to have three million-dollar seasons. “I don’t know if there will be another one that can do it for so many years at the top level,” driver Yannick Gingras said. “He’s one of a kind. I know at this point that he’s got less ahead of him than he has behind him, so I’m enjoying him a lot more. I know every race is a privilege. He’s a very special horse and I’m thankful I get to drive him.” As easy as 1-2-3: For his career, Foiled Again has hit the board 57 times in races worth at least $100,000. Size doesn’t matter: Foiled Again has won at least one race worth more than $450,000 on every sized racetrack in North America -- half, five-eighths, seven-eighths and mile. “I hate to say it, but it’s almost now where we take him for granted,” Burke said. “It’s just because he’s so consistent. You never have to worry about him. You never have to worry that he’s going to race bad this week. He’s not going to; he races good every week.” Rambling on: The only older male pacers to receive three consecutive Dan Patch Awards are Foiled Again and Rambling Willie (1975-77). Interestingly, until Silent Swing’s $155,270 season in 2013, Rambling Willie was the sport’s richest 11-year-old pacer of all time, with $151,599 earned in 1981. “I think the most remarkable thing about Foiled is that he’s an 11-year-old and we’re still talking about him,” Burke said. “You just don’t see horses that are even ages 8 or 9 that are a major factor in their class. He’s 11 years old and nobody can say they’re definitely going to beat him this year. He’s got as good a chance as anybody at the end of the year to be talked about for aged pacer of the year.” Crowning moment: Foiled Again won the 2013 Breeders Crown at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs by a nose over Pet Rock in the slop to become at age 9 the oldest Breeders Crown champion in history. “I really believe that race sums his career up,” said Gingras, who pumped his fist three times in celebration that night when the photo-finish result was posted on the tote board. “Doing it the way he did, roughing it up; he never had a breather at any point during the race. He was able to beat the best there was and no one had any excuse. He just refused to lose.” by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications 

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec, March 5, 2015 - The Hippodrome 3R management team wants every horse owner and trainer in North America to not miss the March 15 nomination payment for the 2015 $200,000 Prix D'Ete. The race is only eligible to four-year-old pacers with the top eight money earners in 2015 at time of entry going into the rich final. The race will be held on Sunday, August 23. Last year's revival of the one-time richest stakes event in all of Canada saw trainer Jimmy Takter's Sunfire Blue Chip rewrite the all-age track record at 3R with an amazing 1:50.3 mark over the 3R half mile oval. Driven by Yannick Gingras, Sunfire Blue Chip's clocking erased the prior record by nearly two full seconds and he started the race from post eight. "Not only was it great to come back to my home track and win the Prix D'Ete with Sunfire Blue Chip," said Gingras, but it was so special to win in front of my family and friends. I can't want to come back and compete in the Prix D'Ete again this year." There is a big resurgence of major stakes for four-year-old pacers in 2015 with the new formats for the Confederation Cup at Flamboro Downs and the Graduate Series at the Meadowlands and Tioga Downs. They will take place in May and June. Last year the Prix D'Ete was the richest race in North America for four-year-old pacers. To get the nomination form and for the payment schedule, rules and regulations for the Prix D'Ete go to www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club

Coming off his first loss since December 13th, Rockeyed Optimist returned to the Meadowlands with a vengeance, winning his division of The Sonsam harness racing pacing series in 1:50.3. The first $17,500 division went post-ward as race two on the Saturday program with a field of six and Rockeyed Optimist was sent off as the 3/5 betting choice from post position one. The early speed came from Bettorever, fresh off his runner-up effort in round one with Corey Callahan. In fact, Bettorever would proceed to cut the mile, establishing fractions of 26.3, 55.4 and 1:24.4, stealing a 58.1 middle-half under no pressure, that is until Rockeyed Optimist and Brett Miller made their move. The favorite, a son of Rocknroll Hanover, sat back in fourth position early on and was guided to the outside approaching the half-mile pole where he would proceed first over, eventually racing on even terms with the pace-setter. Turning for home, Rockeyed Optimist exploded and powered away from the field winning in a sparkling 1:50.3, pacing the final quarter in an absurdly-fast 25.4. The win was one of four on the card for Brett Miller on the heels of his four-win performance Friday night. Rockeyed Optimist is trained by Steve Elliot for Anthony Perretti, Virginia Berkner, A and B Srable and Joseph Battaglia. With the win, Rockeyed Optimist has surged past $100,000 in lifetime earnings while earning his ninth win of his career from 23 starts. Major Uptrend will be shooting for the series sweep, following his win in the second division of The Sonsam on Saturday night. After briefly allowing JK Patriot to claim the early lead, Yannick Gingras quickly guided Major Uptrend to the lead before the opening quarter and would click off fractions of 28, 55.4 and 1:23.4 before facing just mild pressure from Company Man who moved first over. In the stretch, Gingras called to the Somebeachsomewhere gelding and the response was evident as there was never an anxious moment through the stretch. Major Uptrend won while racing well within himself equaling the mark of 1:50.3, identical to the winning time of Rockeyed Optimist in the first division of The Sonsam. Major Uptrend is trained by Ron Burke for Howard Taylor. In other racing action, National Seelster, the three year old colt that opened eyes winning upon debut two weeks ago returned to the races on Saturday night and returned with another win. Allowed to sit the pocket throughout the mile, National Seelster found room late in the stretch up the pylons and accelerated rapidly to win again, in 1:53.1. National Seelster, a son of Bettor's Delight is now two for two to start the career. An intriguing match-up could be on the horizon between a pair of undefeated and lightly raced three olds in the William "Buddy" Gilmour series between National Seelster and Wiggle It Jiggle It. The latter won a division of the first round of the Sonsam series and will square off with Rockeyed Optimist and Major Uptrend in the final of that series before tackling National Seelster in the Gilmour. The fifth race Jackpot Super Hi-5 went unclaimed, but there were only two winning tickets which were paid a dividend of $4,257. The last race jackpot also carried over to the tune of $123,827 into the last race on the Thursday program, which will begin at 7:15 P.M. Darin Zoccali

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec, February 9, 2015 – The Hippodrome 3R harness racing track in Quebec is ready to ring in the New Year with great racing and improvements for the 2015 season. The half mile oval will feature 40 days and nights of live racing action along with a robust stakes schedule and special events throughout the season. Opening day will be Sunday, May 3. Starting right off the bat, the track will switch from Tuesday night live racing to Wednesday nights for 2015 and will feature 15 live race cards under the lights with first race post time at 7:00 pm. Sunday afternoons will still be the mainstay of the season with 25 programs and a new post time of 1:30 pm, a half hour later then in 2014. And speaking of the Prix D’Ete, the Hippodrome 3R’s premier stakes event will take place in 2015 on Sunday, August 23. The race not only saw the great Sunfire Blue Chip and driver Yannick Gingras cruise the track in 1:50.3, but that clocking lowered the all-age track record by a full two seconds. The Prix D’Ete will once again be for four-year-old pacers with the top eight nominated horses with the highest money earned in 2015 eligible for the race. And speaking of track records, 2014 was a banner season as 19 track records were either rewritten or equaled during the race meet and the action looks to be even better for 2015. The Hippodrome 3R will again host the Quebec-Bred Series for two, three and four-year-olds in 2015 with more than $1,000,000 in prize money on the line. The purse structure for the meet will remain the same in 2015 as it was in 2014, which was a 50% increase over the prior year. “We are anxiously awaiting for opening day on Sunday, May 3,” said Vincent Trudel, general manager at the Hippodrome 3R. “We know that our 2015 meet will be great. We have created renewed interest in our racing product both locally and via simulcasting and are already working to improve our product this year. “We have signed up more simulcast locations to take our signal in 2015,” Trudel said. “And we are looking to have both harness racing and thoroughbred racing handicapping tournaments throughout our simulcasting off-track-betting network with the overall winners going to the national tournaments. We feel this will be very exciting for our horse players in Quebec.” There will also be a new set of wheels going around the half mile oval at 3R as track management has purchased a brand new Ford F-250 truck that is being outfitted by Howard’s Starting Gate in Ohio. The new starting gate will feature a 12 foot slant from the one post to the eighth position that will enable horses with outside starting positions a more competitive start. Then on October 11, the Hippodrome 3R will feature its third annual Drivers Tournament headlined by return winners Yannick Gingras and Jody Jamieson if possible plus a surprise guest competitor to be named later in the season. “We had a good season of competition in 2014,” Trudel added, “and we expect to improve on that this year. Our colony of drivers, trainers and owners continues to grow in Quebec and thus we feel the competition at our races in 2015 will be that much better.” From the Quebec Jockey Club

The Sonsam pacing series attracted 20 entries for its first round of harness racing competition on Saturday night at The Meadowlands, split into two divisions. The first division went postward in race seven and featured the Escort Champion, Company man, who was sent off as the slight 9/5 favorite. JK Patriot, third in the Escort Final was also in the field. The newcomer on the scene was the three year old invading from Dover, Wiggle It Jiggleit for George Teague Jr. The speed came from JK Patriot, who made the lead early and hit the opening quarter in 27 seconds before yielding that lead to the oncoming Company Man who cleared the lead down the backstretch, reaching the half in 56 seconds. At that point, Montrell Teague decided it was time to move Wiggle It Jiggleit into contention as they went first over around the far turn, into a 26.4 third quarter. But, that did not phase the three year old one-bit as Wiggle It Jiggleit powered through the stretch, lengthening his stride and won impressively in 1:49.4, establishing a sub-1:50 mark in just his third lifetime start. As of now, the sky appears the limit for this three year old son of Mr Wiggles. Clyde Francis trains the gelding for George Teague Jr. Inc. Bettorever was second and JK Patriot checked in third. The second division of the Sonsam featured an interesting matchup of the razor sharp Rockeyed Optimist and the highly talented Major Uptrend. It would be Major Uptrend, The Escort runner-up who established the pace through fractions of 27.1, 55.1 and 1:23.3, while seeing pressure from Fritzie Pic Up Man who was challenging first over. In the meantime, Rockeyed Optimist, the 1/2 favorite was looming second over as the field turned for home and he would flip three wide for the drive. Yannick Gingras then asked Major Uptrend for more speed and he and Rockeyed Optimist would sprint to the wire together, with Major Uptrend narrowly holding off the favorite to win in 1:50.4. The winner is trained by Ron Burke for Howard Taylor. Rediscovery was third. The $25,000 Dash For The "C" Notes Final was also contested for the pacers on Saturday with 6/5 favorite Dragon Lore living up to his advanced billing, scoring an impressive victory in 1:51.1 with Corey Callahan in the sulky, rallying from just off the pace. Road Untraveled was second and Sir Melo's Z Tam third. Dragon Lore is trained by Mark Capone for Thomas Magliozzo, Steve Schachner and Christopher Duffy. Both Jackpot Super Hi-5 wagers continued to see their carryovers grow. The fifth race carryover is now $16,540.98, while the last race carryover grew to $102,498, surpassing the $100,000 mark for the first time. The bet continues to grow in popularity, with its largest amount bet into the last race pool to date on Saturday of over $36,000. Yannick Gingras won the last three races on the card, totaling four wins on the Saturday program after a grand slam on Friday as well. The 13-race Saturday program handled $3,328,477. Racing returns on Thursday with a 10-race program featuring the second round of the Charles Singer Memorial Trotting Series. Post time is 7:15 P.M. Darin Zoccali

Heading into the first round of the Burning Point series for pacing mares, all eyes were on the re-match of Worldly Beauty winner Witch Dali and her rival and runner-up from that same series, Donttellruss. New to the party was the Ron Burke trained Southwind Serentiy, a fine compliment to her stablemate, Donttellruss. Such a fine compliment, that Yannick Gingras, given his choice of the two, opted to Southwind Serenity. That harness racing entry was sent off as the 1/2 favorite, with Witch Dali the 2-1 second choice. But someone forgot to tell Empress Deo that this was a three-horse race. The early lead belonged to Southwind Serenity, who was hustled to the front by Gingras and established a 27.1 opening quarter under no pressure. She was allowed to coast through a 55.4 half-mile as her stable-mate, Donttellruss committed first over. But it was a slow grind and Southwind Serenity appeared comfortable as she reached three-quarters in 1:24. Witch Dali loomed as a menacing presence from second over as the field turned for home. But when the field straightened up in the stretch and Gingras asked his mare for more, there was no real response. Donttellruss had stalled first over at this point, Witch Dali kicked off cover and Somenicebeach pulled the pocket and was in contention. But behind all that, Empress Deo, hopelessly locked in on the pylons was angled all the way to the outside by Brett Miller and as soon as she saw clear racetrack in front of her, she exploded and stormed past the entire field to win in 1:51.4. Somenicebeach was second and Witch Dali third. The winner was trained by Wayne Givens for Legacy Racing Of Delaware Inc. She returned $30.20 to win. The $25,000 Dash For The "C" Notes for the trotters was contested Friday night at The Meadowlands. The race featured an overwhelming favorite in Rock Of Cashel at 1/2. There was plenty of action throughout the mile with four lead changes between the start and the three-quarter pole. Rock Of Cashel turned for home with the lead, but the field was closing in. Meanwhile, Perfect Picture, a 70-1 longshot was blocked and looking for racing room. Suddenly she found it inside the 1/8th pole and rallied to score a huge upset to kick off the late pick four, a sequence that returned over $24,000 for a $.50 cent ticket. My Muscleman was second and Rock Of Cashel faded to third. The winner was driven by Trace Tetrick for trainer Amber Buter, and owners Oldford Farms LLC and Tyler Buter. The same trainer and owner connections of the Thursday night Dash For The "C" Notes winner, Antigua Hanover. In the 11th race, a nw15000L5 condition event for pacing mares, Shebestingin, the fastest pacing mare of all time made her return to the races. She was taken off the pace, followed cover and rallied to finish second as the 1/2 favorite, defeated by 29-1 longshot, Addy's Way. Trainer Joe Holloway indicate in a pre-race interview that Shebestingin would need to return to the top level or she would likely head to the breeding shed for this breeding season. The brothers' Tetrick combined for four wins on the program, while Yannick Gingras hit a grand slam himself. The fifth race $.20 cent Jackpot Super Hi-5 went unclaimed tonight, resulting in a $12,996.60 carryover into the Saturday program. The last race jackpot also was not hit, and that carryover now stands at $94,175.03. That means there will be well over $100,000 on the line in the last race Jackpot Super Hi-5 on Saturday night. Post Time for the 13-race program, featuring the first round of the Sonsam series is 7:15 P.M. Darin Zoccali Director of Racing Operations New Meadowlands Racetrack LLC

The feature race on the Saturday Night harness racing program at The Meadowlands was the $20,000 B-1/A-2 Handicap Pace. The race favorite was Ultimate Beachboy leaving from the outside post, sent off as the 3/2 choice. Driven by Yannick Gingras, Ultimate Beachboy was asked for speed throughout the first quarter of a mile and cleared the lead nearing that first quarter in 27.1. Gingras and his gelding settled into a high-cruising speed and the 5yr old Somebeachsomewhere gelding reeled off solid fractions, including a 54-second half-mile and hitting three-quarters in 1:22.1. Ultimate Beachboy turned for home clinging to that lead while facing a challenge from pocket sitting Capozzo. When it was clear that Capozzo was not going by, a new challenge emerged in the hard-charging Ontario Success who rallied boldly on the far outside, but narrowly missed to a game Ultimate Beachboy, who completed the mile in 1:49.4 on a cold, windy night in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The win was one of five on the card for Yannick Gingras. Ultimate Beachboy is trained by Ron Burke for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi and M1 Stable and J Piatt III. The Saturday program also included six division of the Dash For The "C" Notes for the pacers. Only a win would guarantee a berth into the $25,000 Final next Saturday. The six winners were, Why Don't U Stay (1:52 - Gingras), Hare Craft (1:52 - D. Miller), Hunchie (1:51.2 - Gingras), Rock Star (1:52 - Tetrick), Road Untraveled (1:52.1 - Simons) and Dragon Lore (1:50.3 - Gingras) There were six second place finishers, of which four will make the $25,000 Final, drawn by lot. Those six were Jack Attack, Bakersfield, Abelard Hanover, Magic Tricks, Sir Melo's Z Tam and New Kind. Both Jackpot Super Hi-5's went unclaimed Saturday. The fifth race carryover stands at $7,487.21 while the last race carryover grew to $82,698.99. Racing resumes on Thursday, featuring the first round of the Charles Singer Series. Post time is 7:15 P.M.   Darin Zoccali

The first of the Dash For The "C" Notes mini-series this week at The Meadowlands got underway on Thursday night with the filly and mare pacers. It was contested in four divisions requiring a horse finish first or second to guarantee a spot in the $25,000 harness racing Final next week. The word of the night was upset. The first division saw a mild upset as SGT Molly Pitcher (9/2), who led early in the mile, yielded to pressure and re-rallied to score the win in a lifetime best 1:51.2 for driver Vincent Ginsburg. The winner was trained and owned by Robert Ginsburg Jr. Next up was another upset as Antigua Hanover overcame post 10 to score a sharp first over victory at 8-1. Forced to press the pace uncovered after leaving smartly from the outside post, Antigua Hanover just kept on coming wearing down favored Best Boss to win in 1:52.1. Antigua Hanover was driven to victory by Andy Miller for Amber Buter and owners Oldford Farms LLC and Tyler Buter. The third division was captured by 11-1 Weekend Getaway and Yannick Gingras. Entering the contest off a seven week layoff, Weekend Getaway went first over, wearing down Marty Party on the far turn and then holding that mare at bay through the stretch to win in 1:51.2, easily a lifetime mark. Weekend Getaway is trained by Phil Fluet who co-owns the mare with Keith Franklin. The final division also featured an upset winner as Deliciouslynaughty worked out a perfect second over trip to score the victory at 12-1. The race became wide open when 3/5 favorite, Bring Them Home, broke on the first turn. Deliciouslynaughty tracked cover and chased down Rhapsody Rose who did the work on the lead to score in 1:52.4 for John Campbell. The winner was trained by Mark Ford who also owns the mare. The $.20 cent Jackpot Super Hi-5 in both races went unclaimed. The fifth race carryover stands at $1,797.86 while the last race carryover has grown to $71,788.83. Post Time for the Friday program is 7:15 P.M. Darin Zoccali

January 24, 2015 - The Prix Ready Cash (€60,000 purse, 2850 meters, 18 European harness racing six year-old males and geldings) went to Rooibus (6m Rotation-Miss Tresami) ) in 1.14.6kr for trainer/driver Bjorn Goop. Off at 5/1 the winner handled another 5/1 shot, Italy’s Paparazzi (6g Infinitif-Emily di Jesolo) with Adrian Kolgjini up. 2.3/1 favorite Princes di Paggio (6m Varenne-Moon Shadow) was third for Franck Nivard. The Prix Varenne (€55,000 purse, 2175 meters, monte with eight European starters) went to Scoot To Score (6g Quite Easy-Twilight Sund) at 19/1. Vincent Martens trains the winner and Jonathan Carre was up as he scored in 1.14.4kr to defeat Valentino Neige (6g Norman Jet-Notre Neige) and Mathieu Mottier. Viking Dream was third for Eric Raffin. Bjorn Goop teamed the Daniel Reden trainee Call Me Keeper (5m Pine Chip-Aliza Keeper), at 1.2/1 odds, to victory in the Prix de Chateaubriant (€50,000 purse, 2700 meters, 18 European starters). Stall Zet owns the winner. Lionel (5m Look de Star-Aurora Sign) was second for Frank Nivard, trainer Fabrice Souloy and owner Goran Antonsen, ahead of Aventin Belri (5m Fortuna Fant-Kolarkie) at 13/1. Time was 1.14.5kr. The Prix Offshore Dream (€70,000 purse, 2700 meters, 11 European monte starters) went to 1.7/1 Argan du Loulay (5m Jam Pridem-Ma Bella Ile) with Alexandre Abrivard up for J-M Bazire, trainer. The winner scored in 1.14.1kr over As de Godisson (5g Gai Brillant-Deese de Godisson) and David Thomain. Astre Blanc was third at 26/1 for Mathieu Mottier and trainer Sebastian Guarato. The final of the sunny afternoon at Paris-Vincennes (Prix Moni Maker) was the second drive of the day for US reinsman Yannick Gingras and first at the volt start. Teaming Franck Anne’s Bahira Buissunay at 22/1, Gingras found an excellent starting spot and was away nicely until the false-start siren sounded. On the second start the mare was among a cluster of horses trying to depart from the inside and she was forced toward the back. The race developed with three tiers and when Gingras  sought to make a backside brush on the petite piste his mare made a miscue and was disqualified. At least he had two volt experiences and will likely have a bit more luck when it counts tomorrow. Thomas H. Hicks

January 24, 2015 - Erik Adielsson put Sweden’s veteran On Track Piraten (7g Kool du Caux-Monrovia) on the front early and led throughout to record a three length harness racing score timed in 1.12.2kr in this Gr. III Prix du Luxembourg (€110,000 purse, 2100 meters autostart, Quinte+). The Stall Morkermassa owned campaigner is trained by H.R. Stromberg and he was off as 1.9/1 favorite. Un Fille d’Amour (7f Infant du Bossis-Never So Great) was second at 11.5/1 for David Thomain with Ru de l’Airou (10g Cygnus d’Odyssee) third at 31/1 for Pierre Levesque. Backfire was fourth for Jos. Verbeeck driving. The winner finished briskly after an even pace (fractions 1.11.2kr at 1500; 1.13.1kr at 1000l 1.13.1kr at 500 and 1.12.2kr at finish). The race record was set in 2011 by Rapide Lebel in 1.10.9kr. Turbo Jet took the 2014 edition. Yannick Gingras driven SHT’s Playmate raced well but finished eighth timed in 1.13.2kr for trainer Anders Lindqvist. This mare was in the Arqana Trot sale last evening but did not achieve reserve. Gingras first mount Pershing Bi was a scratch in the second race. Thomas H. Hicks  

For the first time this harness racing meet, there was a back to back winner in the Free For All Handicap Pace at The Meadowlands and his name is Doctor Butch. Doctor Butch showed good speed early in the mile for Tim Tetrick, who elected to sit the pocket behind the hard-leaving Beach Memories. The pacesetter established an opening quarter of 26.3 and while not feeling any pressure on the lead, settled down and reached the half-mile in 54.4. From there Beach Memories picked up the pace, with Casimir Jitterbug stalling first over. Doctor Butch was able to stick with the leader through a third quarter of 27 seconds flat. Wake Up Peter kicked off dull cover and came with his rally in the stretch as Doctor Butch took dead aim from the pocket. The field closed in on Beach Memories nearing the wire, with Doctor Butch grabbing the lead and holding off the rally of Wake Up Peter to score in a sensational 1:48.4. A son of Art Major Doctor Butch is trained by Linda Toscano for Kenneth Jacobs. Major Uptrend may have been making his debut for the Ron Burke stable, but he picked up right where he left off, in the winner's circle, this time in the first round of The Escort pacing series. Sent off as the 2/5 betting choice, Major Uptrend settled just off the speed of Khan Blue Chip through an opening quarter in 27.2. Moving past the three-eighths pole, Major Uptrend made an aggressive move to the lead for new pilot Yannick Gingras and settled in through a half-mile of 56 seconds. Not feeling any pressure, Major uptrend coasted through a 28.2 third panel before sprinting to the wire in just 26.1 to score a compelling victory over Khan Blue Chip in 1:50.3, which established a new lifetime mark for the four year old gelded son of Somebeachsomewhere. I Am Will shook free late to be third. Major Uptrend is owned by Howard Taylor. The second division of The Escort was a more competitive event on paper as it looked like a three-pronged battle between JK Patriot, Brick Bazooka and Company and it played out that way throughout the mile on the racetrack. JK Patriot showed speed and after briefly relinquishing the lead to Autobiographical, he would move back to the front past an opening quarter of 28 seconds. Big Bazooka was the next to move for John Campbell as he was launched past the three-eighths pole and cleared the lead past the half-mile in 56.3. Company Man was not far behind as he revved his engine and was the next to brush to the front and would clear the lead into the far turn, where he proceeded to widen the margin past three quarters in 1:24.3. Company Man put some daylight between himself and Big Bazooka in the stretch while JK Patriot searched for racing room. Company Man would take them all the way to the wire, winning in 1:51.4 for Tim Tetrick. JK Patriot shook free too late and was a fast-closing second with Brick Bazooka third. Company Man is trained and owned by Daniel Mitchell. The third division of The Escort featured a 3/5 favorite in What I Believe who worked on to earn the victory in 1:51.2.  What I Believe moved to the lead early, before relinquishing the lead briefly on the backstretch and then re-taking the advantage through fractions of 27.4 and 55.4.  He would lead the field through three-quarters of 1:24 before holding off the late charge of Blacktree to score in 1:51.2.  What I Believe gave Yannick Gingras his fifth victory of the night, his fourth teamed up with trainer Ron Burke. What I Believe is owned by Burke Racing Stable LLC and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Honorable mention tonight goes to Hurrikane Kingcole, widely known as one of the fastest horses this sport has ever seen.  He got back to his winning ways in a $10,000 C-1 event with a powerful first over performance, completing the mile in 1:49.4. by Darin Zoccali, for the Meadowlands

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