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"I felt good in January, and that part hasn't changed," Teague said with a grin Saturday (July 4) after watching Wiggle It Jiggleit capture the $500,000 Max C. Hempt Memorial for 3-year-old male pacers at the harness racing meeting at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono by 1-1/2 lengths over Artspeak in 1:48.2. "He doesn't disappoint. Even in his loss, I wasn't jumping off the bandwagon. He's a good horse. I still think he's one of the best 3-year-olds I've ever had." Wiggle It Jiggleit has won 13 of 14 career races for owner Teague, trainer Clyde Francis and driver Montrell Teague. His only loss came June 20 in the North America Cup, where he was defeated by Wakizashi Hanover by three-quarters of a length. On Saturday in the Hempt, Wiggle It Jiggleit took the lead following a :26 opening quarter-mile, fought off a first-over challenge from Pierce Hanover on the backstretch, and then pulled away down the stretch. Artspeak finished second, followed by In The Arsenal and Wakizashi Hanover. "When he cleared to the front I knew he had a pretty good shot at it," Francis said. "Wakizashi has a big kick on the end of it but he wasn't making up much ground. Halfway down the lane nobody got close to him and I knew they weren't going to catch him then." Montrell Teague, who won the Hempt in 2011 with Custard The Dragon, was taking nothing for granted. "I was looking everywhere; I was looking for anybody," he said. "I saw Timmy (Tetrick with Wakizashi Hanover) pull three wide and that's when I popped the earplugs and stepped on the gas because I know how good his horse is coming off cover." Wiggle It Jiggleit, a son of Mr Wiggles-Mozzi Hanover, gave George Teague Jr. his fourth Hempt trophy. He trained Custard The Dragon as well as 2009 winner Johnny Z and 2008 champ Badlands Nitro. The gelding's next assignment will be the Meadowlands Pace. With the triumph, Wiggle It Jiggleit pushed his career earnings to $607,242. But the most important thing for Teague was the two people with whom he is sharing the ride. "Montrell and Clyde Francis are the best part for me," Teague said, adding about Francis, "We're like brothers. He works his (butt) off." Wiggle It Jiggleit  Luck Be Withyou overcomes post nine in Franklin triumph                               The $500,000 Ben Franklin free for all pace turned out to be as thrilling as a front-end win can be as Luck Be Withyou held on by the shortest of noses over Domethatagain in 1:49 on Saturday (July 4) at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. Domethatagain, driven by Simon Allard, left from the rail off the gate, but Luck Be Withyou and George Napolitano Jr. took command before the turn from post nine. Luck Be Withyou led through a quarter in :26.2 and the half in :55, which were favorable fractions in the eyes of the 4-year-old horse's owner, John Craig. "I didn't think it was so bad when it was :26.2, because he got the lead in :26 last week in the slop, with a half in :53 and change," he said. "When I saw :55 at the half, I said 'There are good horses back there like Foiled Again and State Treasurer and they are going to come at him. I hope he has enough.'" Luck Be Withyou kept on chugging through three-quarters in 1:21.4. He was a length clear at the top of the stretch, with only Domethatagain coming at him up the rail. It took a long look at the photo before Luck Be Withyou was declared the winner, with favored State Treasurer third. Luck Be Withyou paid $10 to win as the public's second choice. "He had just enough," Craig said with a grin. "It's hard to explain to people the adrenaline rush you get when you see a race like that." Luck Be Withyou, by Western Ideal-Trim Hanover, is trained by Chris Oakes, who got some credit from his owner. "All the credit goes to those who work on the horse," he said. "I just watch and pay the bills." Luck Be Withyou Pinkman bounces back to win Beal in world record score                                           Pinkman rebounded from his first loss of the year by posting a gate-to-wire win in Saturday's (July 4) $500,000 Earl Beal Jr. Memorial for 3-year-old male trotters, holding off stablemate Uncle Lasse by a head in a world-record 1:51.3 at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. Pinkman, last year's Dan Patch Award winner for best 2-year-old male trotter, and driver Yannick Gingras got the lead with a :27.1 opening quarter-mile and then controlled the race from there, going to the half in :56.2. Centurion ATM made a first-over bid on the backstretch, getting within a head of the leader, but was unable to get to the front. In the stretch, the Jimmy Takter-trained Pinkman held off Uncle Lasse to his inside to post his fourth victory in five starts this season. Pinkman's time was the fastest-ever mile by a 3-year-old gelding trotter on a five-eighths-mile track. Crazy Wow finished third followed by Centurion ATM. Last week, Pinkman finished second to Wicker Hanover in his Beal elimination and was found to be sick. "I can't complain about the trip, the fractions, everything went his way," Gingras said about Pinkman's performance in the Beal final. "He's got that intimidating speed; he can leave the gate so good. Last week leaving the gate I knew he wasn't quite right because he didn't leave the gate like he did today. Usually the first couple steps he just snaps right out. "Today he was back to himself and I don't even think he's a hundred percent. I'd say last week he was 50 or 60 percent and he was probably like 90 today. I think Jimmy can get him even better than this." For his career, Pinkman has won 10 of 13 races and earned $924,300 for owners Christina Takter, John and Jim Fielding, Joyce McClelland, and Herb Liverman. "I saw him open up at like 5-1 (odds) tonight and Crazy Wow was 3-5 or something," Gingras said. "They've got to start giving him credit. He doesn't do it flashy, he does it the way he did it today, but he gets it done. He's a winner." Pinkman  Bettor Be Steppin wins wild Lynch Memorial  What was a wide-open race on paper became a wide-open finish as Bettor Be Steppin and Corey Callahan got up to win the $300,000 James Lynch Memorial for 3-year-old pacing fillies Saturday night (July 4) at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono in 1:50.4. The race was heated from the start as The Show Returns gunned to the lead from post nine for driver Tim Tetrick. Favored Stacia Hanover (Scott Zeron) cleared to the lead in a first quarter in :26, with the outer flow setting up going to the half. Bettor Be Steppin wasn't a part of that forward flow, however, as she was shuffled back to last. According to her connections, stablemate Divine Caroline (David Miller) was getting the better trip "At the half I thought we were dead," said trainer Joe Holloway. "She was fourth on the rail, fourth or fifth, just totally boxed. Divine Caroline was on the outside, loaded with pace, so I was hoping to see her go. I was trying to watch them both and at the half I thought the only shot I had was Divine Caroline." Wicked Little Minx (Brett Miller), a 50-1 longshot, came first-over with Sassa Hanover (Yannick Gingras) third-over through a half in a swift :54.1. They paced through three-quarters in 1:21.4 before the leaders began to struggle and the closers came closing. Momas Got A Gun (Jim Morrill Jr.) was sitting third on the rail and somehow found room inside. She stuck a head in front before Single Me (Brian Sears) and Bettor Be Steppin came from way out. From the far outside, Bettor Be Steppin stuck a nose in front of Single Me at the wire. Momas Got A Gun finished third by a neck. The win was the fourth in seven starts this year for Bettor Be Steppin. She paid $33.60 to win. The 1-7 exacta paid $895.60 and the 1-7-6 trifecta paid $10,958.10. "This was a good horse last year," said Ted Gewertz, who co-owns the Bettor's Delight-Two Steppin' Sally filly with Val D'Or Farms and Rojan Stables. "She was having a little trouble earlier in the year. [2014 Horse of the Year] JK She'salady didn't make the final, so that helped." Bettor Be Steppin T.J. Burkett and Ken Weingartner / U.S. Trotting Association  

Trainer Anthony De Francesco III had four training wins on the Wednesday afternoon (July 1) card at the harness racing meeting at Harrah's Philadelphia. The first of which came when Joseph Laino's ER Room (Yannick Gingras) survived a :26.2 opening quarter to get the job done. The 6-year-old son of Cambest won for the thirteenth time in his career. It was his third win of the season, setting a lifetime's best 1:52 in the process. He paid $4.20. Six races later, Louis A. and Louis M. Di Tullio's Red Carpet Dude (Dave Miller) scored the upset victory ($57.20) The six-year-old son of Camluck tracked live cover up the backstretch, establishing prime position for his final push, which ended in a two length victory, and a 1:53.1 clocking. It was his first win for De Francesco III, who is also part owner. Once again the Di Tullio's reached the winner's circle, this time with six-year-old gelded pacer Special Blend (Eric Abbatiello). The son of The Panderosa drafted in the pocket spot after leading the first quarter-mile. He was able to punch through the passing lane for his eleventh career victory out of ninety-nine career starts. It was his first win of the season, paying $33.00 to win. Just two races later, in the live finale, Dante Scattolini Sr.'s Sonny McDreamee overcame post eight to score the upset win. The ten-year-old trotting gelding by Angus Hall went right to the front and made every call a winning one, stopping the timer in 1:57.4. It was his twenty-second win out of one hundred and sixty lifetime starts, and his first win in the De Francesco barn. He paid $21.40 to win. There was no winner in the pick four. The carryover for Thursday afternoon is $1,935.43. Post time is 12:40 PM, with the pick four getting underway in race seven. Mike Bozich

It was a big day for harness racing driver Yannick Gingras on Sunday afternoon (June 28) at Harrah's Philadelphia. Gingras had a natural hat trick, winning races 5,6, and 7. He followed that up by sweeping the late pick three and the late double for seven wins on the program. He also swept the co-featured events on Sunday, open affairs both on the pace and trot. In the open trot, it was Gural Hanover (Yannick Gingras) getting his first victory of the year. The 4-year-old son of Crazed was parked out the entire first quarter (:27.4) before clearing the lead. After rating the half (:56.4), he was able to maintain a solid lead throughout. He got three-quarters in 1:24.1, and the final time in 1:53, as he won by three lengths in the end. My Love Bi (Geo. Napolitano Jr.) finished second, while World Cup (Joe Bongiorno) finished third. It was the twelfth career win out of twenty starts for Gural Hanover ($4.40), who is owned by Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi, Little E LLC, and Panhellenic Stables. In the open pace, it was Brittany Farms and John Cherveny's Allstar Legend (Yannick Gingras) winning his fourth straight. The son of Four Starzzz Shark led the first quarter (:26.1), but was cleared by Doctor Butch (Tim Tetrick) who was three wide around the first turn. Allstar Legend drafted behind this pacesetter through a half in :54.1 and three quarters in 1:21.4 before engaging the leader in the stretch. Allstar Legend went on to win by a length, stopping the clock in 1:50.1 for his seventeenth career win out of sixty-one starts. Doctor Butch was second, while Fancyfreeshark (Allan Davis) finished third. The Ron Burke trainee paid $4.80 to win. Michael Bozich

Vernon, N.Y. -- Both brushing to the fore and opening up at will on their respective rivals, Barn Doll ($2.70) and Crazy Wow ($2.30, part of entry) proved dominant in a pair of harness racing  Empire Breeders Classic events for New York-sired 3-year-old trotters on Sunday (June 21) afternoon at Vernon Downs.   The $248,275 Classic for fillies saw Zanna Blu (Yannick Gingras) stride to the early lead past her stablemate Allerage Belle (Jim Morrill, Jr.), with Barn Doll tracking that pair comfortably through a :28 initial quarter. Moving off the clubhouse turn, Jeff Gregory brushed to the fore with the 3-year-old Conway Hall filly, clearing Zanna Blu with no trouble before controlling a :56.2 half mile. Barn Doll accelerated on the far turn through a :27.3 third sectional, leaving her eight rivals well in her wake after edging clear at head-stretch. She ultimately trounced the others, winning by 6-1/4 lengths in 1:52.1. Lock Down Lindy (Tim Tetrick) rallied down the center of the track to take second, while Jewels in Hock (John Cambell) kicked cover off the far turn to finish third.   Trainer Steven Pratt co-owns Barn Doll with Nancy Pratt and the Purple Haze Stables, LLC.   An overflow field of 11 3-year-old colts and geldings contested a $255,325 Classic event, with Crazy Wow overcoming a second-row start to obliterate his competition--and the previous track record for sophomore geldings. Yannick Gingras floated Crazy Wow second-over to follow entrymate Habitat (Jim Morrill, Jr.) to a :26.4 first quarter, continuing on without cover to clear the lead upon exiting the clubhouse turn. The Crazed gelding posted a :56.4 middle half and then edged clear of his entrymate in upper stretch, amassing a 6-1/2 length margin of victory in 1:51.1. Habitat held second, while Fashion Creditor (David Miller) rallied from a third-over trip to take third while well detached of the Ron Burke trainees.   The Our Horse Cents Stables, the JT 45 group, and the J&T Silva Stables, LLC own Crazy Wow, who knocked 1-2/5 seconds off Gym Tan Laundry's 1:52.3 mark for 3-year-old trotting geldings, taken in 2012.   Fireyourguns breaks his own all-age pacing record   Earlier in the 14-race program, Fireyourguns ($2.90) set blistering fractions and held sway from a late-charging JK Panache (Yannick Gingras) to take the $10,000 Open Pace in a track record 1:47.3. The 6-year-old American Ideal remains undefeated on the year in six starts, taking two-fifths of a second off his former mark with Jim Morrill, Jr. in the bike. Double millionaire Golden Receiver, reunited with 2011 World Driving Championship runner-up Corey Callahan, was all-out to chase the pacesetter, holding third. Trainer Terence McClory co-owns Fireyourguns with Jennifer and Robert Lowe.   NY Sire Stakes glamour boys contest four undercard events   In addition to the pair of Empire Breeders Classic events and Fireyourguns's track record mile, 3-year-old pacing colts and geldings squared off in a quartet of New York Sire Stakes events, offering a combined purse of $122,400. My Spirit Soars ($5.50, Jim Morrill, Jr., 1:49.3), National Seelster ($8.60, Andy Miller, 1:50.2), A Bettor Hat ($7.30, Morrill, 1:51.3), and Artistic Major ($8.50, Scott Zeron, 1:50.3) proved victorious in their respective races.   Live racing returns to Vernon Downs on Friday (June 26) evening, with post time set for 6:45 p.m. Eastern time.   by James Witherite, Vernon Downs    

For the first time in 43 years of harness racing, two horses with Trotter of the Year honors to their credit will meet when Bee A Magician and Shake It Cerry clash in Saturday's C$272,000 Armbro Flight Stakes for older female trotters at Mohawk Racetrack in Ontario. Both mares were elimination winners last week; 5-year-old Bee A Magician in a Canadian-record 1:51.1 and 4-year-old Shake It Cerry in 1:52.4. It will mark the first time since 1972 that two horses with Trotter of the Year awards already on their resumes face each other in North America. Fresh Yankee, the inaugural Trotter of the Year winner in 1970, and his successor Speedy Crown met six times that season. Bee A Magician, who received the 2013 Trotter of the Year and Horse of the Year awards, has won five of six races this year and earned $284,910. She will start the Armbro Flight final from post five with driver Brian Sears and is the 3-5 morning line favorite. Shake It Cerry, the 2014 Trotter of the Year, has won three of six starts this season and earned $68,738. She brings a three-race win streak to the Armbro Flight final, where she will start from post three with driver Yannick Gingras. She is the 5-2 second choice. The field also includes Classic Martine, a Dan Patch Award divisional champion in 2014, who leaves from post two with Tim Tetrick in the sulky. She is third best on the morning line, at 8-1. "It's a great field, a fantastic field," said Richard "Nifty" Norman, who trains Bee A Magician for owners Mel Hartman, Herb Liverman and David McDuffee. "You couldn't ask for more. "(Bee A Magician) seems great. She looks good and is nice and relaxed. I'm really happy with her going into the race. She was fantastic last week. If she can repeat that kind of performance this week, she should be in good shape. I think it will be a pretty honest race. We'll see how it shakes out." Earlier this year, Bee A Magician beat the boys to become the first female trotter to win the Cutler Memorial at the Meadowlands. Her only loss this year was a second-place finish to Father Patrick in the Maxie Lee Memorial Invitational. She has won three times this year in 1:51.3 or faster -- the three fastest win times of any female trotter this season. Shake It Cerry and Armbro Flight finalist Frau Blucher are not far behind, both with a 1:51.4 victory in the books. Rockin With Dewey and Allie Labrook, two more Armbro Flight contenders, each has a mark of 1:52 this year. "It's going to be a hell of a race," said Jimmy Takter, who trains Shake It Cerry for the Solveig's Racing Partners ownership group. "I don't say I'm going to beat Bee A Magician because she is one of the better mares I've ever seen. But Shake It Cerry is one of the better mares I ever saw too. The trip could work out for her. She can open as fast as you want and maybe if she can get into position behind Bee A Magician it could be a good horse race. "I might try to make (Shake It Cerry) a little faster this week, lighten her up a little bit. We need another second to beat Bee A Magician." Following is the Armbro Flight field in post order with sires, drivers, trainers, and morning line odds: 1. Bax Of Life by Windsongs Legacy, Chris Christoforou, Jerry Duford, 20-1 2. Classic Martine by Classic Photo, Tim Tetrick, Chris Oakes, 8-1 3. Shake It Cerry by Donato Hanover, Yannick Gingras, Jimmy Takter, 5-2 4. Rockin With Dewey by Deweycheatumhowe, Mario Baillargeon, Benoit Baillargeon, 10-1 5. Bee A Magician by Kadabra, Brian Sears, R. Nifty Norman, 3-5 6. Charmed Life by Majestic Son, Jody Jamieson, Dave Menary, 12-1 7. Frau Blucher by Broadway Hall, Corey Callahan, Chris Oakes, 12-1 8. Harley Momma by Sjs Caviar, Sylvain Filion, Richard Moreau, 30-1 9. Handover Belle by Andover Hall, Matt Kakaley, Ron Burke, 20-1 10. Allie Labrook by Here Comes Herbie, Dan Shetler Jr., Brad Maxwell, 20-1 By Ken Weingartner Harness Racing Communications USTA  

A field of eight lined up for the featured harness racing event on a rainy Thursday afternoon (June 18) at Harrah's Philadelphia. It was an upper-conditioned level trot going for a purse of $18,000.   The heavy favorite was Thomas Cooke's BWT Taj (Tim Tetrick). The 5-year-old son of Broadway Hall was coming off of an impressive win against easier in his last outing. The favorite was able to secure a good early seat shortly after the start, landing in the three hole behind outside leavers. Long shot Pointe Of Honour (Brett Miller) had the lead at the quarter pole (:28.1), but was quickly passed by other speed. The first half (:56.2) saw several lead changes, including BWT Taj overtaking Calipari (Joe Bongiorno) heading towards three-quarters. The race favorite was immediately challenged by Chris Oakes trainee Auspicious Hanover (Yannick Gingras) at the three-quarter pole (1:25.3).   These two entered the stretch on even terms, with the latter asserting himself in deep stretch to win by a length, stopping the clock in 1:54.3. BWT Taj held second, while long shot Lazurus (Marcus Miller) finished third.   It was the seventh career win for Auspicious Hanover ($16.20), and the third this season.   The 4-year-old son of Andover Hall is owned by Susan Oakes.   Live racing resumes on Friday with a post time of 12:40 PM.   There is a Pick four carryover of just over $3,000 heading into Friday's program. The pick four starts in race seven.   Michael Bozich

During the winter, harness racing trainer Jimmy Takter said 3-year-old trotter Canepa Hanover could be "a Trixton kind of horse." As summer approaches, Canepa Hanover is doing his best to prove Takter correct. Canepa Hanover is the 2-5 morning line favorite in Saturday's C$233,000 Goodtimes Stakes for 3-year-old trotters at Mohawk Racetrack. Last week, the colt won his Goodtimes elimination by 11-1/2 lengths over Iron in 1:51.3. The time equaled Trixton's track record set in last year's Goodtimes final. But the similarities don't end there. Both Trixton and Canepa Hanover are sons of stallion Muscle Hill, the 2009 Horse of the Year, and hail from highly regarded families. Trixton is out of the mare Emilie Cas El, who was Canada's Horse of the Year in 1994 and sister to stars Conway Hall, Angus Hall and Andover Hall. Canepa Hanover is out of the mare Cressida Hanover, who also produced 2006 Horse of the Year Glidemaster. Trixton sold as a yearling for $360,000; Canepa Hanover for $300,000. Both trotters were limited by growing pains at age 2 and were overshadowed by some of their stablemates heading into their 3-year-old seasons. Trixton emerged early in his 3-year-old campaign and went on to capture the Hambletonian Stakes; now it is up to Canepa Hanover to write the rest of his story. "He's going the same path," Takter said about Canepa Hanover, who has won two of five races this year and hit the board in every start. "A lot of these Muscle Hills, they have tons of ability, but it just takes time sometimes. "Both Trixton and Canepa were among the better horses early (at age 2) but both are very big horses and they couldn't hold the speed together. They just weren't ready for it. You have to have a little patience with them." Canepa Hanover won one of six races last year. His victory came in a Peter Haughton Memorial Stakes prep race in 1:58.1 at the Meadowlands and he finished second in the New Jersey Sire Stakes championship. He went off stride in three races, including the Haughton final. This year, the colt posted two second-place finishes and a third in his first three starts, then captured the New Jersey Sire Stakes championship in 1:51.1 at the Meadowlands and his Goodtimes elim in 1:51.3. Those are the two fastest win times of any 3-year-old trotter this season. "He's definitely a fantastic horse," said Takter, who trains Canepa Hanover for owners Brittany Farms, Brixton Medical Inc., Christina Takter, and the partnership of Sam Goldband, Marvin Katz and Al Libfeld. "His ability is unbelievable, as good as I ever saw. "You always worry when you have horses climbing this kind of speed staying sound. He already has two (1):51 miles and a couple (1):52 miles. It's tough racing. But he's a beautiful horse." Canepa Hanover and driver Yannick Gingras will start the Goodtimes final from post four. He's not Takter's only hope in the Goodtimes, either. French Laundry won the other Goodtimes elimination, beating stablemate The Bank by 3-1/2 lengths in 1:53.3. He will start from post three in the final with driver Brett Miller and is 2-1 on the morning line. French Laundry, a son of Muscles Yankee-Creamy Mimi, has won nine of 15 career races and earned $360,269 for owners Christina Takter, John and Jim Fielding, Katz, and Libfeld. "He's not the best gaited horse, but he never gives up," Takter said. "He's a warrior. I like him." Following is the Goodtimes field in post order with sires, drivers, trainers, and morning line odds: 1. Hemi Seelster by Holiday Road, Stephen Byron, John Bax, 30-1 2. Caulfield by Kadabra, Trevor Henry, Chris Beaver, 30-1 3. French Laundry by Muscles Yankee, Brett Miller, Jimmy Takter, 2-1 4. Canepa Hanover by Muscle Hill, Yannick Gingras, Jimmy Takter, 2-5 5. Covert Operative by Deweycheatumhowe, Randy Waples, Per Henriksen, 30-1 6. Rubber Duck by Muscle Mass, Sylvain Filion, Julie Walker, 20-1 7. The Bank by Donato Hanover, Jimmy Takter, Jimmy Takter, 10-1 8. Win The Day by Deweycheatumhowe, Chris Christoforou, Paul Reid, 20-1 9. Olympic Son by Majestic Son, John Campbell, Paul Reid, 30-1 10. Iron by Cantab Hall, Tim Tetrick, Frank Antonacci, 12-1 11. AE - Infiniti AS by Infiniti, Richard Zeron, Anette K Lorentzon by Ken Weingartner Harness Racing Communications USTA

Sassa Hanover got "a perfect trip" in winning her elimination for Saturday's C$479,000 Fan Hanover for harness racing 3-year-old female pacers and trainer Ron Burke is now hoping for a perfect ending to her stakes trip to Mohawk Racetrack by posting a victory in the final. Last weekend, Sassa Hanover won her elimination by a half-length over Wrangler Magic in 1:49.4 - a time faster than all but two Fan Hanover finals in history. Sassa Hanover was sixth midway through the race, but followed the cover of favorite JK She'salady around the last turn before taking the lead in the stretch. JK She'salady, the 2014 Horse of the Year, finished fourth in suffering the first loss of her 14-race career, but still advanced to the Fan Hanover final. Following the race, trainer Nancy Johansson said the filly scoped sick. Sassa Hanover has won 11 of 16 career races, including last year's Matron Stakes and divisions of the Bluegrass and International Stallion, and finished worse than second only once. She faced JK She'salady twice last season, finishing second in both her elimination for the Breeders Crown and the Breeders Crown final. "I've always had faith in her," said Burke, who owns Sassa Hanover with The Panhellenic Stable Corp., the partnership of Mark Weaver and Mike Bruscemi, and Larry Karr. "She's a very good filly. She got the perfect trip and she did what you're supposed to do when you get a perfect trip." Sassa Hanover, a daughter of Rock N Roll Heaven out of the mare Sayo Hanover, has won two of three races this year. She entered her Fan Hanover elimination off a second-place finish as the favorite in the Lismore Pace on May 30 at Yonkers. "The only backward step was the race at Yonkers and we really don't know why," Burke said about the winner of $544,422 in lifetime purses. "There were bitty reasons, but not big reasons why she should have been just average that day. Not that she was bad, but she wasn't herself. So it was nice to see her come back vicious. "She's had a perfect schedule into this race and it should lead to her being very sharp I think." Sassa Hanover and driver Yannick Gingras will start the Fan Hanover final from post three and are the 7-2 second choice on the morning line. JK She'salady, who starts from post five with driver Tim Tetrick, is the 9-5 favorite. Moonlit Dance, who won the other elimination in 1:50.4, leaves from post two with driver James MacDonald at the lines for trainer Tony O'Sullivan. She is 4-1. "I think (Sassa Hanover) is the favorite now," said Burke, who also sends out 20-1 Storm Point in the Fan Hanover final. "Nancy's filly is a great filly, but it always scares me when one of mine is not perfect to only have seven days to get it perfect. (JK She'salady) is a champion, though, and maybe she can handle it. But I like my position right now a little bit better." Johansson said Tuesday afternoon that JK She'salady's condition was improving. "She seems like she's heading in the right direction," Johansson said. "We had her scoped (Tuesday) and it was day and night better than what it was Saturday. I'm happy about that. She seems much more alert, so that's always a good sign. Hopefully we can keep her that way. So far so good." JK She'salady, a daughter of Art Major-Presidential Lady with $901,123 in the bank, was making only her second start of the season in her Fan Hanover elimination. She won a New York Sire Stakes division on May 25 at Tioga Downs and entered last weekend's race off a 1:51.3 qualifier win at the Meadowlands. "It's not really disappointing considering I think she raced a good race," Johansson said. "She paced (1):50.2 first up for a ways. "In some sense, it worked out. If she was in the other division she might have won and we would have been standing around saying how great she was. We might not have realized how sick she was because that race went a full second slower and the stress factor is a lot less. Now you look into it a little more because she was extended. I'm happy to know that she was sick so I could work on it for this week." Whereas the connections of elimination winners earned the right to select their posts, Johansson sweated out the open draw for the remaining spots on the gate. "I was so nervous when they started drawing the race, but it couldn't have worked out any better," said Johansson, who trains JK She'salady for breeder/owner 3 Brothers Stables. "From (post five) maybe she can work out a little more of a trip than what she's been able to in the past. I think she's been first up in about 90 percent of her lifetime starts. It's time for her to get a nice trip." Following is the field for the Fan Hanover in post order, by sire, with drivers, trainers, and morning line odds: 1. Better Said, by Well Said - Scott Zeron, Linda Toscano, 12-1 2. Moonlit Dance, by Art Major - James MacDonald, Tony O'Sullivan, 4-1 3. Sassa Hanover, by Rock N Roll Heaven -  Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke, 7-2 4. Doctor Terror, by Wester Terror - Corey Callahan, Blake MacIntosh, 10-1 5. JK She'salady,  by Art Major - Tim Tetrick, Nancy Johansson, 9-5 6. Solar Sister, by Mach Three - Doug McNair, Gregg McNair, 6-1 7. Wrangler Magic, by Mach Three - Sylvain Filion, Stephane Larocque, 8-1 8. Storm Point, by Somebeachsomewhere - Brian Sears, Ron Burke, 20-1 9. Single Me, by Bettor's Delight - David Miller, Tony O'Sullivan, 20-1 10. The Show Returns, by Rocknroll Hanover - John Campbell, Chris Ryder, 30-1 by Ken Weingartner Harness Racing Communications USTA  

(Pequannock, NJ – June 16, 2015)  --  He was named after a cartoon character’s catchphrase, but harness racing world champion Foiled Again has been nothing but serious when it comes to making money. The 11-year-old pacer is the richest Standardbred in history, with purse earnings of $7.01 million following his win last Friday in the Battle of Lake Erie at Northfield Park. With the victory, Foiled Again also became the race’s first three-time champion. And now this model of consistency on the racetrack has become a real model. Breyer has joined countless fans amazed by Foiled Again’s ability to compete successfully at the sport’s highest level year after year and is honoring the ageless wonder with a portrait model created in his likeness. Most harness racing horses earn the bulk of their lifetime money at ages 2 and 3 – the years during which the greatest number of lucrative stakes are offered – but Foiled Again has defied convention, banking more than $5.8 million after turning age 6. In fact, his earnings during that span alone outdistance the next richest pacer in history by more than $1 million. He is the only harness racing horse to compete solely in North America and earn more than $1 million for three consecutive years, a feat he accomplished from 2011 through 2013. In 2011, at the age of 7, Foiled Again was named the Dan Patch Award Pacer of the Year by the U.S. Harness Writers’ Association. He is the only pacer older than the age of 4 ever to receive the honor. In 2013, at the age of 9, he won the Breeders Crown Pace to become the oldest Standardbred to win a Breeders Crown event. In addition to his victory in the Breeders Crown, Foiled Again during his career has won many of the sport’s top stakes for older pacers, including the Canadian Pacing Derby, Ben Franklin Pace, TVG Free For All Series Championship, George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series, Bobby Quillen Memorial, and Molson Pace. The bay gelding also holds the record for most miles in 1:55 or faster and at the age of 9 equaled the world record for the fastest mile ever by an older pacer on a five-eighths of a mile racetrack, winning in 1:48 at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. Born on May 8, 2004 in central New Jersey, Foiled Again is a son of stallion Dragon Again. He was named by breeder Barbara Matthews, who recalled her daughter watching Rocky & Bullwinkle cartoons and hearing villain Snidely Whiplash often exclaim, “Curses, foiled again!” Foiled Again has been driven throughout the majority of his career by Yannick Gingras and trained by Ron Burke. He is owned by the Burke Racing Stable, Mark Weaver and Mike Bruscemi, and the JJK Stables group of Joseph Koury, Joseph Koury, Jr. and Kevin Koury. Weaver once said he hoped to someday find another horse like Foiled Again, but knows the odds are against it.  “It’s like saying you want to find the next Michael Jordan,” Weaver said. “It’s sort of unreasonable.” Breyer’s Foiled Again Traditional model is available now from Breyer retailers everywhere. Breyer’s special edition Stablemates version of Foiled Again will be the kid’s giveaway item on Hambletonian Day, Saturday, Aug. 8, at The Meadowlands Racetrack, East Rutherford, NJ. For additional Stablemates availability call Moira Fanning at  609-371-2211. A “launch party” for the Foiled Again Breyer Model will take place on Sat., July 4 at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, the scene of his historic Breeders Crown triumph.  Foiled Again is scheduled to race in the Ben Franklin Free For All Pace, one of four feature races on the $2 million Sun Stakes race card. About Breyer Animal Creations® For horse-crazy girls, there are only two kinds of horses: real horses and Breyer model horses. The iconic Breyer brand, a division of Reeves International, was founded in 1950, and is the leader in creating the world’s most authentic and realistic model horses for play and collecting. These hand-painted, collectable model horses and animals have a worldwide following, thanks to the incredible sculptures that form the foundation of the line. Today, Breyer has expanded its play lines to include play sets, craft activities and horsey accessories for its younger fans and its collector lines to include resins, crystal and porcelain. To see the complete line of Breyer horses, and to learn more about Breyer events and the model horse hobby, visit us at BreyerHorses.com! Please contact Kathleen Fallon at Breyer: Tel: 973-349-1704; Mobile: 917-592-5185 Email: kfallon@reevesintl.com

CAMPBELLVILLE, June 13 - Sassa Hanover and Moonlit Dance were upset minded three-year-old pacing fillies who beat their favoured harness racing rivals in their respective $35,000 Fan Hanover eliminations on Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack.   JK Shesalady, reigning Horse of the Year on both sides of the border, had a perfect 13-for-13 record going into the race, but Sassa Hanover played giant-killer and snapped her streak.   Sassa Hanover and driver Yannick Gingras got away sixth as The Show Returns, who was followed by Wrangler Magic and Bettor Be Steppin, led the fillies into the first turn. After a :26.1 opening panel, Bettor Be Steppin launched a second-quarter attack from third to take command, but her lead was short lived as Single Me was on the move.   Sassa Hanover was third-over behind JK Shesalady, who caught the cover of the leading Single Me. The 94-1 longshot posted the half in :55.3 and three-quarters in 1:22.1.   When they entered the stretch Sassa Hanover was fed open racetrack and she surged passed the fillies in deep stretch to score in a new lifetime mark of 1:49.4 by half a length. Wrangler Magic rallied for second while Single Me faded to third. The 1/9 favourite, JK Shesalady, finished fourth and Bettor Be Steppin was fifth.   "That's the trip I was looking for," said Gingras from the winner's circle. "You know JK Shesalady, she will take you where you need to go. I figured if she gets roughed up a little bit I had a good chance and that's what happened.   "It took her a little bit of time to come back," explained the reinsman. "I trained her a week before she qualified and she was just okay and the first qualifier she was okay, but then she really woke up after that. The second qualifier she was much better and at Vernon, [driver] Andrew McCarthy told me she was very good there. And at Yonkers, it was a tough track and tough trip as well, but tonight she was perfect."   The daughter of Rock N Roll Heaven-Sayo Hanover notched her second win of the season and 11th lifetime. With the win, she pushed her career earnings to $547,747 for trainer Ron Burke, who shares ownership with The Panhellenic Stb Corp, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Lawrence Karr. Sassa Hanover paid $15.70 to win.   Sassa Hanover     In the second elimination Moonlit Dance defeated Solar Sister, who was the 3/2 favourite, to score her fourth victory of her sophomore campaign for trainer Tony O'Sullivan.   Driver James MacDonald and Moonlit Dance was eighth as Solar Sister posted a :26.2 first quarter. A parked out Momas Got A Gun took to the front into the backstretch, but as soon as she cleared, Happiness was making a bid for the lead. The pair battled, but Happiness was the one to take command, posting the half in :54-flat just before clearing to front. Happiness then clocked the three-quarters in 1:22.1 after Deli Beach put pressure on the front-stepping pacer.   Into the stretch Moonlit Dance was back in seventh, but found a seam in-between horses to capture the winner's share of the purse by a neck and stopped the teletimer in a career-best clocking of 1:50.4. Doctor Terror got up for second and Better Said stayed for third. Solar Sister and Storm Point finished fourth and fifth, respectively.   "The speed has never been a problem with her," said O'Sullivan. "She is tough on herself and training there is no bottom to her. I was never worried about the speed. And racing against better horses, she is her own worst enemy. She's got her own mind sometimes and if we can coddle that a little bit then she is a very good filly."   The homebred daughter of Art Major-Gone Dancing picked up her fifth lifetime victory in 15 outings, which increases her bankroll to $103,379 for the David Goodrow Stable. Moonlit Dance paid $17.10 to win.   Moonlit Dance   The top five finishers advance to the $479,000 Fan Hanover Final, which is set for Saturday, June 20 as part of the $1-million Pepsi North America Cup undercard. Being elimination winners, Sassa Hanover and Moonlit Dance have selected their post positions for the final.   Here is how the sophomore fillies will line up behind the gate:   1. Better Said by Well Said   2. Moonlit Hanover by Art Major   3. Sassa Hanover by Rock N Roll Heaven   4. Doctor Terror by Western Terror   5. JK Shesalady by Art Major   6. Solar Sister by Mach Three   7. Wrangler Magic by Mach Three   8. Storm Point by Somebeachsomewhere   9. Single Me by Bettor's Delight   10. Bettor Be Steppin by Bettor's Delight   AE: The Show Returns by Rocknroll Hanover   Ashley Mayotte for WEG Communications

CAMPBELLVILLE, June 12 - Canepa Hanover put the entire three-year-old trotting colt division on notice with another dominant harness racing performance Friday night at Mohawk Racetrack. A group of 13 sophomore trotting colts and geldings were split into two $30,000 eliminations for the Goodtimes Stakes. The first elimination featured New Jersey Sires Stakes champion Canepa Hanover and the Jimmy Takter trainee more than lived up to the hype. Sent off as the 1/9 choice, Canepa Hanover and driver Yannick Gingras trotted out to the lead and posted an opening-quarter of :27.1. The middle-half saw the son of Muscle Hill hang up panels of :55.3 and 1:23.2 before trotting home under cruise control to win by an incredible 11½ lengths in 1:51.3. The impressive clocking equaled the track record of set by Trixton, also a Takter trainee, in last year's Goodtimes final. "He's got crazy power," said Gingras following the race. "He was even better tonight than he was in the sires stakes. Tonight he got over this track very good. At the quarter in :27.1 I felt like I was going :30." The Frank Antonacci trainee Iron finished second, while Rubber Duck finished third. Hemi Seelster and Olympic Son finished fourth and fifth to secure spots in next week's final. Canepa Hanover is owned by Brittany Farms, Brixton Medical Inc., Christina Takter and the partnership of Marvin Katz, Al Libfeld and Sam Goldband. He now has two wins this season and has not missed the board in five starts. Canepa Hanover, who was a $300,000 yearling purchase, pushed his career earnings to $112,150 with the victory. He paid $2.10 to win. Canepa Hanover The combination of Gingras and Takter teamed up to also take the second elimination with French Laundry. A son of Muscles Yankee, French Laundry followed stablemate The Bank in the second-quarter to the front. After reaching the three-quarter pole in 1:25.1, French Laundry said goodnight to his rivals and trotted away for an easy 3 ½ length victory in 1:53.3. The Bank finished second to make it a Takter exactor. Win The Day, Covert Operative and Caulfield rounded out the top-five to advance to the final. French Laundry is owned by Christina Takter, John and Jim Fielding, Marvin Katz and Al Libfeld. The sophomore trotting colt now has two wins from three starts this season. Last season, French Laundry had seven wins from 12 starts. The Takter trainee's career earnings now sit at over $368,000. French Laundry paid $2.30 to win. French Laundry The $233,000 Goodtimes final will take place next Saturday (June 20) as part of the Pepsi North America Cup card. The post positions for the final were drawn following the eliminations. Here is how they will lineup. 1. Hemi Seelster 2. Caulfield 3. French Laundry 4. Canepa Hanover 5. Covert Operative 6. Rubber Duck 7. The Bank 8. Win The Day 9. Olympic Son 10. Iron AE: Infiniti As Mark McKelvie

CAMPBELLVILLE, June 12 - Bee A Magician set a Canadian record in her harness racing return to Mohawk Racetrack Friday night for the Armbro Flight eliminations. A fantastic group of 17 older trotting mares were split into two $35,000 eliminations to qualify for the $272,000 Armbro Flight final. Bee A Magician, the 2013 Horse of the Year, headlined the first elimination and continued her impressive five-year-old season with a Canadian and track record performance of 1:51.1. Driven by Brian Sears, Bee A Magician got away in fourth and sat in that spot through the opening-half. Around the final turn, Sears sent the Richard 'Nifty' Norman trainee first up to challenge the leader Handover Belle and edged ahead to the lead at the three-quarter pole in 1:23.4. In the stretch, Bee A Magician trotted home effortlessly in :27.2 to win by four-lengths and establish a new Canadian and track record. Classic Martine finished second, while Allie Labrook was third. "I was really happy with the way things worked out," said Sears following the race. "She was really good tonight scoring down and I think the cool weather might have helped her a little bit too." Bee A Magician has now won five of six starts this year. All six of her starts have been made over the course of the last 41 days, but Sears said that didn't show Friday night. "She was razor-sharp tonight, I was really happy with her." A daughter of Kadabra, Bee A Magician now has 36 career victories and added to her bankroll of over $3 million. The clocking of 1:51.1 erased the former track record of 1:51.4 set by Perfect Alliance in last year's Armbro Flight final. Perfect Alliance also set the former Canadian record of 1:51.2 in May last year at Woodbine. A graduate of the Ontario Sires Stakes program, Bee A Magician has now won 15 of 17 career starts at Mohawk. She returned $2.80 to win. Bee A Magician The second elimination saw another heavy favourite visit the winner's circle. Shake It Cerry extended her win streak to three in a row with a 1:52.4 victory. Driven by Yannick Gingras, Shake It Cerry made a second-quarter move from fourth to take the lead at the half in :56.1. After reaching the three-quarter pole in 1:24.4, Shake It Cerry pulled away from her rivals in the lane and trotted home under no urging from Gingras in :28 for a 2 ¾ length victory. Rockin With Dewey finished second, while Bax Of Life got up for third. Charmed Life and Frau Blucher rounded out the top-five to advance to the final. Following the race, Gingras talked about a pending matchup with Bee A Magician. "Bee A Magician is tough and she's a great mare," said Gingras. "She won just as easy as myself, so it's going to be a great matchup." A four-year-old daughter of Donato Hanover, Shake It Cerry is trained by Jimmy Takter for the Solveigs Racing Partners. She now has three wins from six starts this season and 26 in her career. Shake It Cerry's career earnings sit at over $2.1 million. She paid $2.60 to win. Shake It Cerry The Armbro Flight final will take place next Saturday (June 20) as part of the Pepsi North America Cup card. The post positions for the final were drawn following the eliminations. Here is how they will lineup in the $272,000 final. 1. Bax Of Life 2. Classic Martine 3. Shake It Cerry 4. Rockin With Dewey 5. Bee A Magician 6. Charmed Life 7. Frau Blucher 8. Harley Momma 9. Handover Belle 10. Allie Labrook AE: White Becomes Her Mark McKelvie

Manalapan, NJ --- Harness racing trainer Ron Burke was happy with all the 2-year-olds he sent out for qualifiers Monday morning at Gaitway Farms, and particularly pleased with Muscle Hill-sired trotters Silvia, Southwind Flash, and Southwind Frank. Burke-trained horses were entered in eight of the qualifiers for 2-year-olds, and won seven. Southwind Frank missed by a nose in the final qualifier for the rookies, preventing a sweep. In the same race, stablemate Edinburgh was leading in the stretch but went off stride when several birds on the track took flight in front of him. Yannick Gingras drove all seven of Burke's winners on a morning that featured early occasional rain, gusty wind and later sunshine. Horses trained by Julie Miller won the two qualifiers for the 2-year-olds that did not go to the Burke Brigade. Southwind Flash (Muscle Hill-Friendly Amigo) won by 1-3/4 lengths over Miller's Stayin Strong (Muscles Yankee-Loch Katrine) in 1:58.1 with a :57.1 final half-mile. Southwind Flash, a colt purchased for $85,000 at the Lexington Selected Sale, is the first foal out of Friendly Amigo, who was an Ontario standout and captured the 2011 Allerage Farms Mare Trot. Silvia (Muscle Hill-My Favorite Chip) won by 2-1/2 lengths over Miller's Best Of Dreams (Donato Hanover-Lunar Dream Om) in 2:01.4 with a final quarter-mile of :29.1. Silvia, a filly purchased for $100,000 at the Lexington Selected Sale, is a half-sister to millionaire Adrian Chip, who was second to Donato Hanover in the 2007 Hambletonian. The colt Southwind Frank (Muscle Hill-Flawless Lindy) trotted his back half in :57 and missed by a nose to Miller's Staying Focused (Yankee Glide-Raising The Bar), who won in 2:00.1. Southwind Frank was purchased for $100,000 at the Lexington Selected Sale and comes from a family that includes stakes-winners Cayster, Giant Hit, Program Speed, and Rockaroundtheclock. "All three of the Muscle Hill trotters were very good," Burke said. "I think Muscle Hill is going to change the breed; they're just better than other horses." Burke's pacing winners all were sired by Somebeachsomewhere. The colt Manhattan Beach (Somebeachsomewhere-Benear) produced the fastest mile of the day for the 2-year-olds, winning by 15-1/4 lengths over Linda Toscano's Rocket J (Rock N Roll Heaven-Must See) in 1:55.2, back half in :55.4. Manhattan Beach was bought for $100,000 at the Standardbred Horse Sale and is a full brother to 2014 Little Brown Jug winner Limelight Beach. Rocket J was purchased for $155,000, also at Harrisburg, and is a half-brother to Dan Patch Award winner Well Said. His family also includes $2-million-earner Glowing Report. JK Will Power (Somebeachsomewhere-Whats New Pussycat), another colt, won by 4-3/4 lengths over Nancy Johansson's Marcus N Max (American Ideal-Lady Of Lust) in 1:56.1. JK Will Power, purchased for $110,000 at the Standardbred Horse Sale, is the first foal out of stakes-winner Whats New Pussycat, whose mother was Breeders Crown champion Molly Can Do It. Viceroy Hanover (Somebeachsomewhere-Vasmajorty Hanover) won by 1-1/4 lengths over Miller's Headforthebeach (Somebeachsomewhere-Head Of The House) in 1:58.3. Viceroy Hanover, a colt bought for $47,000 at the Standardbred Horse Sale, is from the same family as millionaire Voelz Hanover. Burke-trained female pacer Lyons River Pride (Somebeachsomewhere-Mississippi River) won by 3-1/2 lengths over Ivan Llopez's LL Jackpot (Philos Hanover-Wygant Rose) in 1:57.4 and stablemate East Side Hanover (Somebeachsomewhere-Edra Hanover) won by a half-length over Gerard Malanga's Sail To The Beach (Somebeachsomewhere-Sail Away) in 2:01.2, with a :27.1 final quarter-mile. "It's a very good group," Burke said. "Everybody was super. I'm very happy. "We knew they were nice, but it's nice to see them matched up against other people and see that they're at least decent." Miller, in addition to winning with Staying Focused, won with female trotter Womans Will (Donato Hanover-Will Of A Woman). She bested Cozette McAvoy's Zette Starlet (Credit Winner-Scottish Starlet) by 16-1/4 lengths in 1:59, with the final half-mile in :57.1. Staying Focused was purchased for $47,000 at the Standardbred Horse Sale and is a full brother to stakes-winner Raising Rachel. The family also includes Dan Patch Award winner Casual Breeze. "We were happy with all of ours that went today," driver Andy Miller said. "The trotters all stayed at it, that was the main thing, and got some good miles in them. "The trotting filly, Womans Will, I think she could be like a stakes filly. All four of the trotting colts - Open Road Hanover, Staying Focused, Stayin Strong and Milligan's School - all performed really good today and did what we asked." Also in action Monday morning were Joe Holloway's 3-year-old stakes filly pacers Divine Caroline and Bettor Be Steppin. Divine Caroline won her qualifier in 1:53 and Bettor Be Steppin won her qualifier in 1:52.4. For Monday's complete charts from Gaitway, click here. by Ken Weingartner Harness Racing Communications USTA      

There were two sensational mares making their second start of their 4-year-old campaign on Wednesday (June 3) at the harness racing meeting at Harrah's Philadelphia. Brad Grant's Sandbetweenurtoes and Joe Davino and Pat O'Brien's Act Now were in action in the feature, an upper-conditioned level pace for fillies & mares. Sandbetweenurtoes was eight for eleven in her sophomore campaign, earning more than $250,000, while Act Now bankrolled more than $300,000 in her three-year-old season. As the wings closed, Sandbetweenurtoes (Brett Miller) left aggressively for the lead, but so did others, including Cinamony (Yannick Gingras) from post eight. They battled through an opening quarter of :27.1. Sandbetweenurtoes was able to secure the lead shortly after, getting the half in :55.1. Fifteen time winner Coffee Addict (Corey Callahan) emerged first-over but failed to gain, hampering the efforts of Act Now (Dave Miller) who was caught behind stalling cover. After three-quarters in 1:23, Act Now began to make progress, but not before Sandbetweenurtoes was able to sprint away, winning by two lengths, stopping the clock in 1:51. Cinamony narrowly held second, while Act Now finished third. It was the daughter of Somebeachsomewhere's first win of the season, and her ninth overall. She is trained by Larry Remmen and paid $6.20 to win. In other news, Yannick Gingras had five driving wins on the day. He won four of the first five on the card. Corey Callahan checked in with two, while Scott Zeron drove 81-1 Attention Seeker to a huge upset victory in Race 13, keying a $3,327.60 late daily double payoff. Live racing returns Thursday at 12:40 PM. Michael Bozich

WASHINGTON, PA, May 30, 2015 -- Dan Patch Award winner Pinkman strolled to a workmanlike win in Friday's Pennsylvania Sires Stake at The Meadows, but it was his stablemate, Uncle Lasse, who stole the show, blazing to a harness racing track- and stake-record 1:51.4 -- despite losing two shoes in the race. Wicker Hanover captured the other division of the $191,217 event, known as the Super Bowl, for sophomore colt and gelding trotters. Leaving from post 6, Uncle Lasse was three wide through the turn before making the front in 27.2. Winning driver Brett Miller indicated that was not exactly where he wanted the son of Donato Hanover-Solveig, a full brother to 2014 Trotter of the Year Shake It Cerry. "Three deep around the first turn here -- that's usually disaster," Miller said. "He was a little warm, and I couldn't get him in behind another horse. I kind of had to move him to the front. For that colt to overcome that alone, that just shows you what kind of horse he is." The challenges appeared to mount for Uncle Lasse as he threw the right rear shoe, then the right front shoe. "I was really concerned about it, but he didn't miss a beat," Miller said. "He acted like he still had the shoes on." Uncle Lasse opened a daylight lead and held off Cruzado Dela Noche by 1/2 length, with Soboro Hanover third. Jimmy Takter trains Uncle Lasse, who soared over $400,000 in career earnings, for Solveig's Racing Partners. Uncle Lasse's time eclipsed the stake record of 1:52.4 established by Magic Tonight in 2012. It also is the fastest mile ever trotted at The Meadows by a 3-year-old colt, breaking the previous mark of 1:52.3 set by Valley Of Sin in 2013. Pinkman's win was much less dramatic. In fact, about the only dramatic things about the laid-back Explosive Matter-Margie Seelster gelding are his lifetime statistics -- eight wins in 10 starts, more than $600,000 in the bank. "We always joke around about who's the best one in Jimmy's stable -- he's got a bunch of them," said winning driver Yannick Gingras. "His name doesn't always come up in the conversation. He's not flashy. It's not like he trained back down that great. He just goes about his business. He can get a little bit lazy. I didn't try to get his attention. I knew he would be good enough to win." Pinkman relinquished the early lead to Bobs Hope, reclaimed it, and scored under wraps in 1:53.3. Honor And Serve shot the Lightning Lane for second, 2-3/4 lengths back, while Cue Hall earned show. Takter conditions Pinkman for Christina Takter, John Fielding, Jim Fielding, Joyce McClelland and Herb Liverman. David Miller had Wicker Hanover in the pocket behind Walter White, who had been trying to switch to the pace for Brett Miller for much of the mile. Around the far turn, he got his wish and broke stride, but David Miller already had steered Wicker Hanover clear of trouble. "The other horse was having trouble when he went by me going to the half; he wasn't trotting good," David Miller said. "I could hear Brett trying to talk him out of it. So I just edged over, and Brett's horse finally ran. It worked out well. He felt good and strong tonight." Wicker Hanover went on to prevail in 1:53 for trainer Noel Daley and owner Christer Haggstrom Stable, 2-1/2 lengths better than Chef Lee. Shoot The Thrill completed the ticket. The son of Explosive Matter-Won An Done vaulted over $100,000 in career earnings. In the $20,000 Filly & Mare Not Listed Preferred/Preferred Handicap Pace, Certified Ideal held off the determined challenge of Sand Tilly Lace to defeat her by a neck in 1:51.4. Early leader Phone Terror was third. David Miller drove Certified Ideal, who now boasts $338,772 in lifetime earnings, for trainer Randy Bendis, who owns the 5-year-old daughter of Western Ideal-Areba's Last with Mike Novosel, Jr., Tom Pollack and James Walton. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

There could come a time when Hurrikane Ali can be called the greatest, but for now he is just out to prove himself on the harness racing scene. Hurrikane Ali is 3-for-3 this season as he prepares for Saturday's $100,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes championship for 3-year-old male pacers at the Meadowlands. Among the horses standing in his way of winning the crown is Artspeak, who defeated Hurrikane Ali by 1-3/4 lengths to capture last year's NJSS title and also received the Dan Patch Award for best 2-year-old male pacer. "We've got Ali here, who would like to be the champ," said John McDermott, who trains the colt with his son John Jr. "But to be the champ you've got to beat the champ, and we ain't beat him yet." Hurrikane Ali, whose three victories this season include two preliminary rounds of the New Jersey Sire Stakes, and driver Yannick Gingras will start from post four in the NJSS final. Artspeak, who has won nine of 11 career starts and never finished worse than third, leaves from post eight with Scott Zeron at the lines for trainer Tony Alagna. Saturday's card at the Meadowlands also features $100,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes championships for 3-year-old female pacers as well as 3-year-old male and female trotters. Dan Patch Award winner Mission Brief headlines the race for female trotters, but will have to overcome starting from post 10. Stakes winner Happiness and Lindys Old Lady, unbeaten in her only two career starts, are among the 10 finalists among female pacers while French Laundry and Guess Whos Back will try to stay unbeaten this year in the final for male trotters. Hurrikane Ali is a son of stallion Rocknroll Hanover out of the mare She's The Greatest. He is a half-brother to stakes winners Driven To Win and Latte Lady and his family includes Dan Patch Award winner She's A Great Lady. He was purchased under the name He's So Great for $63,000 at the 2013 Lexington Selected Sale. "I don't spend that kind of money, but after watching Pet Rock and A Rocknroll Dance against 'Cole' I said I've got to give it one more shot," McDermott said, referring to his now retired world champion Hurrikane Kingcole. "I really liked this one. He's really nicely put together, a solid horse with a great head. His conformation is real good and his body, he just has mass to him. He's a strong, strong horse." Hurrikane Ali raced five times at age 2, finishing second on three occasions, including the New Jersey Sire Stakes final. But the colt would get on the right line while racing - to the point of going off stride in his final start of the campaign - and McDermott decided to shut down the horse in August after he was unable to find any physical ailment causing the trouble. The issue resurfaced again earlier this year, but a bridle change corrected the problem. "He came off the line and he hasn't touched it since," McDermott said. "I guess it was just dumb luck, but I'll take it." Hurrikane Ali has won all three of his starts this year by at least 1-1/4 lengths, with a best time of 1:50. McDermott knows the horse can go faster, the question is how much faster. "I've yet to see him tired," McDermott said. "He doesn't blow after the races. He's got a huge set of lungs on him and he loves what he's doing. He comes out of the race sharper than he goes in. "He's just a happy-go-lucky colt. He doesn't know he's working right now, which is absolutely great. There's no stress to him at all. He's got some great manners and a great head on his shoulders. I just hope he has the speed." Hurrikane Ali - owned by Kuhen Racing, Jonathan Klee Racing, Kenneth M. Rucker, MD, and Robert Pucila - is eligible to a number of major stakes, including the North America Cup, Meadowlands Pace, and Breeders Crown. For now, though, his connections are focused on Saturday. "I think it's going to be a great race," McDermott said. "I think my horse is really sharp. Artspeak is a wonderful horse and I just hope we get to have a great battle. Either way, I just want it to be a really wonderful race. There are a few other real nice ones in there, too, but Artspeak is the one to beat. "If we have a great race and they go on the wire together, I'm thrilled with that. Win or lose I'll be thrilled with that kind of mile." For a look at the entire Meadowlands card, including the four New Jersey Sire Stakes finals, click here. Ken Weingartner  - ken.weingartner@ustrotting.com

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