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DOVER, Del.--- For the second consecutive day, a Dover Downs harness racing driver had a five-bagger, Monday, Ross Wolfenden, Tuesday, Dec. 6, Yannick Gingras. Meanwhile Empress Deo, who was second beaten a nose last week, won the $20,000 Mares Open Handicap for the second time in three weeks splashing to victory in 1:52.3 over a rainy racetrack. Allan Davis used the passing lane to storm home first in the top distaff event of the week recording her fifth victory of the season with 11 seconds and six thirds for Legacy Racing. She has now won $147,633 in 2016. Consistent Elliesjet N (Jonathan Roberts) closed sharply to finish second ahead of early leader Scandalicious (Tim Tetrick), third. Inittowinafortune (Corey Callahan) was a close fourth. Terrror At Night got up in 152.2 to win the first of two $15,000 female paces with Jim Morand at the controls for trainer Les Givens and owners Ed Maas, Arlene Paisley and Nanticoke Racing. Arts Jem (Tetrick) and On Your Six (Tony Morgan finished second and third respectively. Terror At Night won for the eighth time this campaign moving seasonal earnings for the Western Terror-Enhance The Night filly to $130.555. Set Me up with Tim Tetrick scored a 1:53 conquest in the other $15,000 distaff pace. Ron Burke trains the Shark Gesture-Moccasin Flight mare for Weaver Bruscemi and Burke Racing. Dublin Rose (Corey Callahan) was runner-up. Enhance Your Mind (Vic Kirby) was the show horse. The Set Me Up win was her eighth of the year banking $132,325. Yannick Gingras made the winner's circle five times; Tim Tetrick had three wins, while owner-driver Vic Kirby and trainer Josh Green chalked up doubles. BOFFIN, AWSOME VALLEY JOIN DOVER $20,000 OPEN, $15,500 TROT SUB FEATURE Veterans Boffin and Awsome Valley are newcomers in the $20,000 Open/Handicap trot, the Wednesday, Dec. 7 feature race at Dover Downs. ACI Stuteri AB, Kjell Johannson and trainer Anette Lorentzon own Boffin who won two of her last four outings and will be driven from the outside by Yannick Gingras. Frank Chick’s Awsome Valley, a career winner of $471,538 makes his first pari-mutuel start since last June and will be driven by George Dennis. The well named Tough Mac also should benefit from a move to post 1. The Mike Casalino owned gelding will be in the hands of Corey Callahan.  CC Racing’s Il Mago with Tim Tetrick also makes a significant post position change, from 8 to number 2. The other starters capable of an upset include Celebrity Pegasus, fresh from a win last time driven by Art Stafford Jr for owners Ken Wood, Bill Dittmar, Steve Iaquinta nd Minisink Farms, Tag Up And Go with Tony Morgan. David Miller’s War Cry Hall has been a check-grabbing regular and Robert Key’s homebred Skates N Plates piloted by Yannick Gingras. One race earlier, in a $15,500 Winners-Over trot, Jovanni Vilanova’s Gillie The Kid (Tetrick) looks for a repeat of last week’s win, his second in the last two. Jim Moore’s Royal Becca J (Jack Parker)Rich Pollucci’s Frost Free Hanover (Vic Kirby) and Bobby Glassmeyer’s Tymal Signature (Pat Berry) all finished second in their most recent outings.     Weekday post time for Monday through Thursday racing is 4:30 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays are dark days. Parking and admission are free. Reservations are suggested for the Winner's Circle Restaurant’s acclaimed Buffet and for the 4-star Dover Downs Hotel. Call 302-674-4600. Marv Bachrad

East Rutherford, N.J. -- After patiently tracking an exacting pace, odds-on harness racing favorite Tessa Seelster ($3.00) was able to chase down pocket rival Inittowinafortune to capture Friday's (November 18) featured $17,500 top-level distaff pace at The Meadowlands.   Tessa Seelster was anxious to move forward when the gates folded in, but Yannick Gingras was able to wrangle the 4-year-old daughter of Shadow Play into a tracking spot behind pacesetter Nat a Virgin (David Miller) and the pocket-sitting Inittowinafortune (Corey Callahan) through early splits of :26.3 and :53.4. With five-sixteenths to go, Tessa Seelster angled second-over behind Inittowinafortune, who powered clear of a taxed Nat a Virgin approaching head-stretch. While Inittowinafortune edged away by nearly four lengths in upper stretch, she too began to tire in the final sixteenth, just nosed out in the last yards of a 1:50 mile by Tessa Seelster. Icommandmyspirit (Jim Marohn, Jr.) rallied belatedly to save third, 2-3/4 lengths in arrears of the top pair.   Ron Burke trains Tessa Seelster for the Burke Racing Stable, the Weaver Bruscemi partnership, and Jonathan Newman.   Always B Miki retired in trackside ceremony   World champion Always B Miki made one final visit to the Big M winner's enclosure for a special retirement ceremony after he capped his career with a resounding win in the $400,000 TVG Free-For-All Pace last weekend. The fastest Standardbred to ever set foot on a racetrack concluded his career with 30 wins in 53 career starts, over $2.7 million in earnings, and a career mark of 1:46 taken at the Red Mile in October. Always B Miki will transition from the Jimmy Takter stable to assume stud duty at Diamond Creek Farm in Pennsylvania.   Live racing returns to The Meadowlands with an 11-race card slated for Saturday (November 19) evening, and a last-race Jackpot Super Hi-5 carryover of $38,181.74. Post time is 7:15 p.m. Eastern.   by James Witherite, Meadowlands

DOVER, Del.----Sayulita, the only filly in a field of eight, pulled a surprise to win the $20,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap while harness racing Yannick Gingras registered a driving four-bagger at Dover Downs on Tuesday, Nov. 8. Four $20,000 DSBF 1st leg prelims were also on the female dominated card. Tony Morgan won the first of a double rolling Sayulita, a sophomore daughter of Somebeachsomewhere-Fresh Idea quickly past public choice Purrfect Bags after turning for home and streaking to a 1:52.1 truimph for trainer Dickie Lewis and owners David Banks and Layfield Horses. Empress Deo (Allan Davis) rushed from last to finish a close second. Scandalicious (Jim Morand) was third. The first two of four $20,000 elaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) prelims composed the daily double. JoAnn Looney-King's Logan Girl moved from third on the backstretch to take the lead and breezed to a 1:56.2 victory her fifth win in arrow and sixth in seven lifetime races. A Lady Sizzling (Morgan) was second best in front of Spinvisible (Davis). The Roddy's Bags Again-All Italian filly now has won $97,850. Lunar Phase, off at 17-1, came on to overtake early leader Spinpressive (Corey Callahan)to notch a 1:57 score in the second DSBF prelim. Art Stafford trains, drove and co-owns the Roddy's Bags Again filly with Wyatt Starkey. Bedeviled Renegade (Vince Copeland) was the show horse. Later Joel and Dianne Halpern's homebred Westwind Roddylee, a brown Roddy's Bags Again-Lee's Best filly, cruised home in 1:57.2 for Tony Morgan's second winner. Magicinthemoonlite (Gingras) tested the winner heading around the final turn then yielded still finishing second. So Many Friends (George Dennis) took third. Gingras and trainer Josh Green teamed for four triumph; Kissed By A Dragon in 1:56.2, Save The Treasure both owned by Rich Lombardo, L&J Racing and JJ&M Stable, and two owned by Josh Green, Lightning Ride in 1:53.2 for his fifth win in-a-row and Sherry My Sherry, a 1:54.2 winner. Vic Kirby had three wins, Ross Wolfenden, trainers Jim King and owner JoAnn Looney-King had doubles. The $20,000 Open trot and two $20,000 DSBF Filly trot 1st prelims head the Wednesday program. For the second straight Sunday, there will not be live racing. Monday through Thursday post time is 4:30 p.m. No live racing on Fridays and Saturdays. Dover Downs Race and Sports Book features daily racing from major harness and thoroughbred tracks and three-picks NFL football from Noon until 12 Midnight. There is no charge for parking or admission at Dover Downs. Reservations are suggested for the Winner's Circle Restaurant, call 302-764-4600. Marv Bachrad  

East Rutherford, N.J. - While Yannick Gingras captured both $250,000 Breeders Crown events for harness racing older distaffers on Friday (October 28) at The Meadowlands, teaming up with Hannelore Hanover ($3.40) in the Mare Trot and Lady Shadow ($2.40) in the Mare Pace, all eyes were on the showdown between pacing stalwarts Always B Miki and Wiggle It Jiggleit in the $421,000 Open Pace. The much-anticipated showdown between the top two harness horses in the world lived up to the hype as Always B Miki ($3.20) forged ahead by three-quarters of a length to upend 2015 Horse of the Year Wiggle It Jiggleit to capture his second straight $421,000 Breeders Crown Open Pace at The Meadowlands. Wiggle It Jiggleit stormed to the lead right from the gate and led throughout with Always B Miki right at his heels in second place every step of the way until surging ahead to take the lead right at the wire. Always B Miki won in 1:49 after tracking fractions of :27.1, :55.1, and 1:22.1. Wiggle It Jiggleit and Always B Miki have met seven times this year with Always B Miki now leading the head-to-head matchup at 4-3. David Miller drove Always B Miki for the Bluewood Stable, the Roll the Dice Stable, Christina Takter, and trainer Jimmy Takter. After using a middle move to take charge from Bee a Magician, Hannelore Hanover found no serious challengers in a 1:53.3 victory in the Mare Trot, sprinting away from the field in the last eighth of a mile to defeat Bee a Magician (Brian Sears) and Shake It Cerry (David Miller). Hannelore Hanover is trained by Ron Burke and owned by the Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, Frank Baldachino, and Jerry and Teresa Silva. Gingras completed his Crown double in the Mare Pace with Lady Shadow, the world-record holder at 1-1/8 miles by way of her Golden Girls win in July. The Ron Adams trainee stalked an early duel before pushing clear upon reaching the backstretch, and held sway for a 1:49.4 score over the late-rallying Sassa Hanover (Matt Kakaley) and staying Frost Damage Blues (Brett Miller) while kept to task. Lady Shadow, now a 27-time winner, is owned by the partnership of Kryway, Atley, Gold, and the BFJ Stable. In the $500,000 Open Trot, Flanagan Memory ($10.60) flushed out heavy favorite Resolve (Ãke Svanstedt) and waited his turn to wear down the field to prevail by a length in 1:52.1. The Rene Dion trainee angled off second-over cover off the far turn and trotted fastest of all to the finish after Resolve briefly headed pacesetter Windsun Revenge (Scott Zeron). Liette Flanagan shares ownership of Flanagan Memory with the winning conditioner. Kindergarten prelims highlight undercard A pair of Kindergarten Classic preliminary events headlined the Friday undercard, with 2-year-old trotting fillies vying for $10,000 in the night's opener and freshman trotting colts and geldings competing for an identical purse in the third event. In the filly division, Feed Your Head ($7.20) pushed to the fore on approach to the backstretch, clearing Overdraft Volo (Andy Miller) just upon completing a :29.1 first quarter mile. From that point, the daughter of Muscle Hill and Flawless Bluestone refused to relinquish control, evading her eight foes by two lengths and earning a lifetime mark of 1:55.4 in the act. Overdraft Volo parried a late bid from Crann Tara (Tim Tetrick) to defend the runner-up spot by another three-quarters of a length. Yannick Gingras once again drove Feed Your Head for Mellby Gard, Inc. and trainer Jimmy Takter. New Jersey Viking ($5.60) similarly made virtually all the pace to capture the Kindergarten split for colts and geldings, edging away from pocket rival Explosive Ridge to prevail in 1:55.3. The son of Muscle Hill and Hall of Wishes achieved the lead after being strung out by Explosive Ridge (David Miller) on the first turn, and New Jersey Viking would subsequently parry a challenge from that foe in upper stretch under moderate encouragement from Andy McCarthy while International Moni (Scott Zeron) rallied belatedly to just miss Explosive Ridge for second. New Jersey Viking scored his fifth career win by three lengths for trainer Ãke Svanstedt and owners Knutsson Trotting, Inc. and Jeff Gural's Little E, LLC. The Kindergarten Classic finals, with trotters vying for a combined $350,000 in estimated purses, are scheduled for next Saturday (November 5) at the Big M. Eight Breeders Crown events remain in the balance on Saturday (October 29) evening's card, with 2- and 3-year-olds in all divisions competing for a combined $4.4 million. First post is slated for 6:35 p.m. Eastern. by James Witherite, Meadowlands (with contributions from Ellen Harvey and Lou Monaco)  

East Rutherford, N.J. - Lady Shadow ($2.40) asserted her superiority in the $250,000 Breeders Crown Mare Pace at The Meadowlands, pushing clear of arch rival Solar Sister early and evading her foes en route to a 1:49.4 harness racing victory, her 11th of the season. The 5-year-old Shadow Play mare stalked the top flight from the two-path on approach to the first turn before pushing to the fore after Solar Sister (Doug McNair) won an early duel with Frost Damage Blues (Brett Miller) through a :27 first quarter mile. Once clear, Yannick Gingras maintained a strong and consistent pace with Lady Shadow through middle sectionals of :54.2 and 1:21.4, in fact edging away upon approaching the home straight. Despite all-out encouragement in the final eighth while now contending with a prevailing headwind, Lady Shadow maintained 2-1/4 lengths clearance over Sassa Hanover (Matt Kakaley), who rallied off stalled cover to claim the runner-up spot. Frost Damage Blues found room to vacate traffic in mid-stretch to save third over the tiring Solar Sister. Trainer Ron Adams was more than pleased with how Lady Shadow has matured from her 4-year-old campaign. "She's had a good year this year, a career year, actually," remarked Adams. "She had issues when she was younger, made miscues behind the gate, and it cost her a lot of money early on in her career. But she's put that behind her, she's turned in to a really nice mare. She likes the big track and she likes the speed. Speed is her game and she gets to use it here." Lady Shadow, now a 27-time winner, is owned by the partnership of Kryway, Atley, Gold, and the BFJ Stable. For Gingras, the winning drive earned him his second Breeders Crown title of the night. In July, Lady Shadow set the world record for pacers at 1-1/8 miles, winning the Golden Girls in a scintillating 2:00.3. by James Witherite, Meadowlands  

East Rutherford, N.J. -- Hannelore Hanover (Yannick Gingras) sprinted away from the field in the last eighth of a mile to win the $250,000 Breeders Crown for harness racing trotting mares in 1:53.3 by two lengths on Friday (October 28) night at The Meadowlands. Hannelore Hanover is trained by Ron Burke and owned by Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, Frank Baldachino, Jerry and Teresa Silva.  Bee A Magician (Brian Sears) and Hannelore Hanover were first to flirt with the lead, but Bee A Magician got there first just before the :27.4 first quarter. Hannelore Hanover was right behind her on the rail and was on the move just beyond that point and took over the lead and held it to the :56.1 half mile marker. Shake It Cerry (Dave Miller) was on the move toward the lead from the back of the pack past the half and ranged second on the outside when Hannelore Hanover led the field to the 1:25.4 three-quarters. Bee A Magician was still along the rail behind those two as the field turned for home.  Hannelore Hanover had no serious challengers down the stretch and pulled away from the field for the win, her 16th in 19 starts this year. Bee A Magician was second and Shake It Cerry was third. “I didn’t doubt my mare, she’s a great horse,” said Gingras. “The International was just a race to forget (she was 7th) on a half-mile track. There was definitely a Bee A Magician factor, she looked really good at Yonkers last week (October 15) and I thought she would definitely give me a run for the money.  “She’s (Hannelore Hanover) got big lungs and that’s one of the reasons we were interested in going to Yonkers, the distance doesn’t faze her at all. She’s always strong finishing like she showed again tonight. She didn’t handle the half but tonight she showed what a great horse she is.” by Ellen Harvey, Harness Racing Communications

Québécois harness racing driver Louis-Philippe Roy has announced that he will be leaving the province of Quebec within a month to take on the best drivers in the world at the Meadowlands and Yonkers Racing. Roy hopes to follow in the footsteps of world-renowned drivers Yannick Gingras and Daniel Dube and make the big move from Quebec to the New York-New Jersey area. Roy, 28, hails from Mont-Joli, Quebec and is having a breakout career season. He is the current leading driver at two tracks in Canada, Rideau Carlton Raceway with 117 wins and also at the Hippodrome 3R with 57 wins. "Drivers Simon Allard and Yannick Gingras made me a pressing invitation in recent weeks to come and drive in the USA," Roy said. "So I will try my luck. I will try at the Meadowlands, specifically where there will be races on Fridays and Saturdays in the coming months and hopefully at Yonkers Raceway too. There are a lot of tracks in the area. "Yannick assured me that I would have horses to drive," Roy said, "and there is no one more connected that Yannick, that's for sure. It is not a blind leap of faith I am taking. "I do not know when I can start," Roy explained. "It will depend on the ease more or less of when I can get a temporary work permit. It is not so simple. It could come soon, maybe within a month or so, I am not sure, but I know it will come. I even told my current employer that this week would be my last, so you know I am taking this move seriously." Roy started driving harness horses professionally in 2008 on the Quebec Regional Fair Circuit. After seven years of learning the ropes he had a good season in 2015, winning 58 races and $166,000(US) in purses with the horses he drove. Many local owners, trainers and fans saw that Roy had exceptional talent driving and that has continued in 2016. Roy currently has 191 wins in 2016 and purses won at $656,000 (US), but most impressive is his Universal Driving Rating or batting average, which is at .424. Talented young harness racing drivers from the province of Quebec that have gone on to become world renowned drivers in the sport has been taking place for many years. The great driver Herve Filion, his brothers Yves and Henri Filion, Yves's son, Sylvain Filion, Michel Lachance, Yannick Gingras, Daniel Dube, Luc Ouellette, Gilles Gendron, Lucien Fontaine, Jimmy Larente, Gilles Lachance, Stephane Brouchard, Simon Allard and many more from Quebec have made their mark in harness racing in the USA. According to the world's top harness driver, Yannick Gingras, "I got to meet him (LPR) a little at 3R." Gingras said. "And he seems like a very nice guy with great hands. He sits "right" in the bike and he seems to have all the tools including a good head on his shoulders. "I talked to a few friends of mine at home about him," Gringras explained, "and everyone had nothing but good things to say about him. We have been in communication since the summer and I'm very happy he's making the move now. There's definitely a need for a new driver around here and I will do my best to help him achieve his goals the same way I was helped when I moved here." Roy was also influenced in his decision when he traveled to Prince Edward Island in August and won the prestigious Gold Cup and Saucer Final at Charlottetown Driving Park and recently was second with Yagonnakissmeornot in the $311,000 (CA) final of the Milton Stake for older pacing mares at Mohawk Raceway in Ontario. "Winning for Rene Allard in the Gold Cup and Saucer and being second for him in the Milton Stake helped me to get great visibility," Roy said, "and from there I told myself that it might be the right time to try it, but I thought about it before as how I want to spend my life in the future. "If I want to be a harness racing driver full time," Roy explained, "I got to go somewhere else because racing in Quebec and Ottawa makes it hard to earn a living without having another job then just driving. With Simon Allard and Yannick Gingras telling me that I should try it in the USA this winter, it convinced me to go for it." Daniel Delisle has been the track handicapper at the Hippodrome 3R for many years and had this to say about Louis-Philippe Roy. "I have had the privilege of witnessing the ascent in the world of harness racing of both Daniel Dube and Yannick Gingras," Delisle said, "who as Louis-Philippe Roy, made their professional debut at 3R and I must say that the progress of Louis-Philippe is equally phenomenal. It can only be successful in the USA and that's what all the world wants for him in Quebec. "One advantage is that he has is that he is a young man, simple and articulate," Delisle said. "and he has such natural ability which to succeed in this industry is a necessary asset. He will be missed by many in Quebec, but his future looks very bright in harness racing." By Steven Wolf, for the Hippodrome 3R

MANALAPAN, NJ – October 14, 2016 – Harness racing drivers Yannick Gingras was elected to the Board of Directors of the Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of New Jersey. Of the 758 members, 347 ballots were returned and counted on Friday October 14, 2016 by the accounting firm Drucker, Math & Whitman certified public accountants in North Brunswick, NJ. In one of the two contested categories – driver/trainer – Gingras received the most votes over incumbent Jacqueline Ingrassia and the other challenger Vincent Ginsburg. In the second contested category owners Anthony Perretti and Anthony Romano were both re-elected to another term.  The two incumbents were on the ballot with challenger Joe Jannuzzelli. In the uncontested breeders category Mike Klau and Mark Mullen were re-elected. This was Yannick Gingras’ first bid for a seat on the SBOANJ Board of Directors.  “I am happy to have been elected, I am looking forward to start working with those already in place on ways to get people in the stands and improve racing in New Jersey” said Gingras, who is currently top driver by earnings in North America. In other news reported from the annual SBOANJ meeting the board of directors took the opportunity to update members on the current status of the boards they chair. Anthony Romano Chairman of Insurance reported that the current status of the insurance account is in line to finish where it has been in the last few years.  Therefore, he does not foresee any increases to rates moving into 2017.  He also discussed the current alignment with the BCAP association, which recently opened its new medical trailer at Gaitway Farm.  The trailer is staffed by a Physician and Registered Nurse from Centra State and is currently open every other Friday to all members for medical needs. Chairman of Finance, Tom Pontone, discussed the benevolent fund payouts thus far, totaling $6,650.00 with a few more requests up for review. The benevolent fund has also been assisting a member navigate through the billing process and helping with claims while fighting cancer. Maritsa Quijada’Dill has been personally assisting this member in any way possible to help ease the financial burden during this difficult time.  The Benevolent Fund is available to help in more ways than simply awarding money if necessary. Mike Gulotta, treasurer, stated that the current conditions of the SBOANJ’s finances remain strong.  He made a point to mention the recent statements made by the Meadowlands that purses maybe cut in the upcoming winter meet.  If that does in fact happen, the SBOANJ income will drop and the budget will need to be reevaluated.  Gulotta assured all members that this was a matter that would continue to be monitored. Chairman of TrotPAC, Anthony Perretti updated all members on the grassroots campaign promoting the expansion of gaming in North Jersey. He played the two commercials that have been released to the public via social media, as well as appears on both the TrotPAC and SBOANJ’s websites.  Everyone is very happy with the response to the commercials as well as the amount of people they have reached on Facebook. The board held a closed-door meeting at the conclusion of the public meeting to further discuss campaign plans moving forward. Courtney Stafford Publicity Consultant SBOANJ 732-462-2357

Yannick Gingras has driven in some of the world's most prestigious trotting races --- the Prix d'Amerique, the Elitlopp, the Hambletonian --- and, as he says with a chuckle, "I'm yet to win any of them." He hopes to change his luck Saturday when he returns to the track that launched his harness racing career in the U.S., Yonkers Raceway, for the $1 million Yonkers International Trot. Gingras moved from Quebec to compete at Yonkers in 2001 and in the ensuing years established himself as one of harness racing's premier drivers. On Saturday, Gingras will try to win the International Trot with Hannelore Hanover, who starts the 1-1/4 mile invitational event from post No. 1 and is the 4-1 second choice on the morning line. "It would definitely be really, really special (to win) back where it all started for me," the 37-year-old Gingras said. "I was just a kid back then --- I'm still a kid --- but I was a really young kid then. To me I have three homes. Sorel is home in Quebec, the Meadowlands is obviously a big home for me, and Yonkers is where it all started for me." Hannelore Hanover, the winner of 15 of 17 races this year and 24 of 38 lifetime, is the lone female in the 10-horse field for the International Trot. She is trying to become the ninth mare to win the race. The International Trot was first contested in 1959 and held through 1995. The event was resurrected last year by Yonkers Raceway President and CEO Tim Rooney. It will be race six on a 13-race card Saturday at Yonkers. First race post time is 1:10 p.m. (EDT), with the International Trot expected to go at 3:20 p.m. Resolve, trained and driven by Ake Svanstedt, is the 3-1 morning line favorite and will start from post two. Resolve, a 5-year-old stallion, has won four of 10 races this year and earned $695,513. He heads to the International Trot off a win in the Maple Leaf Trot on Sept. 17 at Mohawk Racetrack. Earlier this season, he finished second to Nuncio in the Elitlopp at Sweden's Solvalla Raceway. Hannelore Hanover, trained by Ron Burke, heads to the International Trot off a win over the boys in the Centaur Trotting Classic on Sept. 24 at Hoosier Park. She finished second to Resolve in the Maple Leaf Trot. "I don't think because I have post one that it makes me a winner, there's no doubt about that," said Gingras, who has won 6,159 races in his career and was the Driver of the Year in 2014. "There are a lot of good horses in the race." Resolve and Hannelore Hanover are among three U.S. representatives in the International Trot, along with Obrigado, who drew post six and was made 6-1 on the morning line. Obrigado has won six of 15 starts this year and 40 of 77 lifetime, good for $1.36 million purses. He was a standout in Maine at ages 2 and 3 before developing into a Grand Circuit trotter for trainer Paul Kelley. "I never thought I had this kind of a horse," Kelley said. "When we started training him as a 4-year-old he trained down like a nice horse, but there was no way I could have envisioned him being this nice." Interestingly, it was a trip to Yonkers for the 2014 International Trot Preview --- the precursor to the return of the International Trot a year later --- that Obrigado opened Kelley's eyes. Obrigado finished fourth, beaten only 1-1/2 lengths in a field that included Natural Herbie, Commander Crowe, Bee A Magician, Arch Madness, and Sebastian K. "At that point, I kind of knew I had something pretty special," Kelley said. "He's actually gotten better each year. Last year he had a pretty good year, we had some ups and downs, but for the most part the downs were all related to just us going through a little bit of a learning curve in terms of shoeing and things like that. As we got into last fall we kind of had things figured out shoeing wise and he's just been a whole lot better since." Rounding out the North American contingent in the International Trot is Canada's Flanagan Memory. The 6-year-old stallion enters the event off a win in last Sunday's Allerage Open Trot and has won 18 of 65 races in his career. An O'Brien Award winner at age 3, Flanagan Memory has earned $1.16 million for trainer Rene Dion, who co-owns the horse with Liette Flanagan. Flanagan Memory starts from post four and is 6-1 on the morning line. "I can't complain at all," Flanagan Memory's driver Brian Sears said. "It's a big field and my horse doesn't have a ton of gate speed, but I'll just look to get in some flow and hopefully have the fractions work out for me. He's a solid horse, there's no question that he's a contender. He's got a good spot and Rene has done a great job with him. I'm looking for a little racing luck, that's all." The international group in the International Trot is led by three returnees from last year's race, Italy's Oasis Bi, Norway's BBS Sugarlight, and Sweden's On Track Piraten. Among the newcomers is Sweden's Explosive De Vie, who raced in the U.S. at age 2 and finished second on three occasions in Pennsylvania Sire Stakes divisions. A son of Explosive Matter-Ava, the 5-year-old gelding is co-owned and trained by Jim Oscarsson. Kevin Oscarsson, Jim's son, is the driver and Susie Oscarsson, Jim's wife, helps take care of the horse. Explosive De Vie drew post 10 and is 12-1 on the morning line. "We are having a great time here," Susie Oscarsson said. "I'm always dreaming, and this is a big dream." Another newcomer to the event is Finland's Jonsey, who won the 2016 Finnish Championship and 2014 Finnish Derby. He will leave from post No. 3 for trainer-driver Tuomas Korvenoja and is 15-1 on the morning line. "He's a really nice guy, cool guy, doing his job always pretty well," Korvenoja said about his 6-year-old stallion. "He's never met horses of this caliber before, so it's pretty interesting to see what he can do. "We've got nothing to lose here. I think he's had a really good season this year. He's a strong guy and a half-mile track is no problem. He can leave pretty fast, so we'll see. We're thrilled to be here." Following is the Yonkers International Trot field in post order. PP-Horse-Sire-Driver-Trainer-Line 1 - Hannelore Hanover - Swan For All - Yannick Gingras - Ron Burke - 4/1 2 - Resolve - Muscle Hill - Ake Svanstedt - Ake Svanstedt - 3/1 3 - Jonesy - Muscles Yankee - Tuomas Korvenoja - Tuomas Korvenoja - 15/1 4 - Flanagan Memory - Kadabra - Brian Sears - Rene Dion - 6/1 5 - Oasis Bi - Toss Out - Erik Adielsson - Stefan Pettersson - 5/1 6 - Obrigado - Boy Band - Mark MacDonald - Paul Kelley - 6/1 7 - BBS Sugarlight - Super Light - Vidar Hop - Fredrik Solberg - 6/1 8 - On Track Piraten - Kool Du Caux - Orjan Kihlstrom - Hans Stromberg - 10/1 9 - Tano Bork - Great Challenger - John Campbell - Christian Lindhardt - 20/1 10 - Explosive De Vie - Explosive Matter - Kevin Oscarsson - Jim Oscarsson - 12/1 Tano Bork and Explosive De Vie start in the second tier. For more about this year's competitors, visit the Yonkers International Trot website by clicking here. Ken Weingartner Media Relations Manager Harness Racing Communications

ANDERSON, Ind.-September 24, 2016 - Hannelore Hanover, with driver Yannick Gingras in the bike, returned to her home state of Indiana to turn in a dominant performance in the featured harness racing event of the evening, the $220,000 Centaur Trotting Classic, at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, September 24. The Centaur Trotting Classic serves as Hoosier Park's richest trotting race and for the second consecutive year, the race was won by a mare. Just as Bee A Magician did the previous year, Hannelore Hanover easily handled a field of nine male counterparts to add another stakes victory to her resume. With a final time of 1:52.4, the World Champion mare made her game winning move down the backside and coasted on to the wire to finish two lengths in front of the competition. Leaving from post six in the talented field of ten, Hannelore Hanover was eased off the gate to settle in fourth while Homicide Hunter and David Miller got the first call through the opening panel in :26.4. Muscle Up The Goal and Aaron Merriman benefitted from a pocket trip while Crazy Wow and John DeLong were next in line third. Gingras gave Hannelore Hanover the green light just past the half in :55.0 and she ranged up to reach the leader's wheel to grab command just before the three-quarter clocking in 1:24.3. As the field turned for home, Hannelore Hanover began to put her talent on display as she found another gear and started to trot away from the field. Wind Of The North and Corey Callahan rallied gamely in the stretch but had to settle for second place honors while Crazy Wow and John DeLong rounded out the trifecta. As the 1-5 favorite, Hannelore Hanover returned $2.60 at the betting window. "She's just a great, great mare," Gingras noted in the winner's circle. "I wanted to race her off the pace but that was a nice horse on the front and I had to move when I did so he didn't get away from us. She was strong turning for home and just coasted to the wire. She was unbelievably good again tonight." Trained by Hoosier Park's leading trainer, Ron Burke, the four-year-old daughter of Swan For All-High Sobriety notched her 15th win from 17 seasonal outings. Hannelore Hanover has now amassed $1,201,685 for her connections of Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, Frank Baldachino, and J&T Silva Stables. "I always knew she was a nice mare," Burke noted before the race. "I told Yannick (Gingras) last year that she was third best trotting filly in the country and she's proving it now." "I am very fond of Mission Brief but Hannelore Hanover is right up there with her," he continued. "Hopefully Mission Brief can come back and we can see these two racing together. They are definitely the nicest trotting mares I've ever had and that's saying a lot because I also trained Buck I St. Pat. It's been a lot of fun with Hannelore Hanover this season." The victory with Hannelore Hanover was one of four winners on the evening's 14-race card for both Ron Burke and Yannick Gingras. Burke currently leads all trainers at Hoosier Park for the 2016 live harness racing season with 64 wins on the season through 125 days of racing. Live racing continues at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Tuesday, September 27 with a 14-race card. With a daily post time of 5:45 p.m., live racing will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 12. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit Emily Gaskin

CAMPBELLVILLE, ON- Securing the lead after the half, Ariana G advanced towards a 1:54 harness racing victory in the $363,000 Peaceful Way Final on Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack. Ariana G sat off a :27.3 opening quarter while Pure Kemp took the lead, parking Dream Together. Thats All Moni began her brush to the lead, getting away third behind Stuck In My Spanks. Clearing into the backstretch, Thats All Moni was challenged by Ariana G, who edged to control after a :56.1 half. Gaining the lead around the far turn, Ariana G started to kick away from Thats All Moni sitting second. Stuck In My Spanks, Dream Together, and Southwind Avanti all lost stride, leaving Pure Kemp trotting in third and Winter Sweet Frost inheriting fourth. Leading by two lengths, Ariana G trotted to three-quarters in 1:25.1 before pulling away for a 3¼ lengths victory over Thats All Moni and Magic Presto, who trotted down the center of the track to take third. A two-year-old filly trotter by Muscle Hill out of the Cantab Hall mare Cantab It All, Ariana G is a homebred for Marvin Katz and Al Libfeld. Undefeated in seven starts, she has earned $467,370. She is trained by Jimmy Takter and was driven by Yannick Gingras. "She's just incredible," Gingras said. "From the first time I trained her, she's just a pure professional. She feels like a three-year-old filly and you can do whatever you want with her. Seemed like the move to make today was to the front, and it cost us a little bit but I felt I was the one to beat and I would take my chances from there." Asked if Ariana G is the best two-year-old filly he has driven, Gingras said "She's pretty close to it, there's no doubt about that. She's very natural and can be driven with two fingers. There's nothing wrong with her; she has the whole package." "We'll see how she comes out of this," Marvin Katz said about Ariana G's next race. "We'd go to Lexington, all things being equal." Takter now holds the record for most Peaceful Way victories by a trainer with his fourth title courtesy of Ariana G. The daughter of Muscle Hill paid $2.10 to win. Ray Cotolo for WEG Communications

This Week: Maple Leaf Trot, Canadian Trotting Classic, Elegantimage, William Wellwood Memorial and Peaceful Way finals and Milton Stake eliminations, Mohawk Racetrack, Campbellville, Ontario; and Kindergarten Series, Meadowlands Racetrack, East Rutherford, N.J. Schedule of events: Grand Circuit action kicks off at the Meadowlands on Friday (Sept. 16) with three $10,000 divisions in the Kindergarten Series for 2-year-old colt trotters and two $10,000 divisions in the Kindergarten Series for 2-year-old filly trotters. On Saturday (Sept. 17) the Meadowlands will offer two $10,000 divisions in the Kindergarten Series for 2-year-old colt pacers and two 10,000 contests in the Kindergarten Series for 2-year-old filly pacers. Grand Circuit action at Mohawk will be held on Saturday with the C$632,000 Maple Leaf Trot for older trotters, the C$687,000 Canadian Trotting Classic for 3-year-old male trotters, the C$436,000 Elegantimage for 3-year-old filly trotters, the C$350,000 William Wellwood Memorial for 2-year-old male trotters, the C$363,000 Peaceful Way final for 2-year-old filly trotters, and two C$35,000 eliminations in the Milton Stake for older pacing mares. Complete entries for the Meadowlands races are available at this link. Entries for the Mohawk races are available at this link. Last time: When the horses placed their hooves on the track for the post parade of the $225,000 Jim Ewart Memorial on Saturday (Sept. 10) at Eldorado Scioto Downs, the throng lining the fence let out a roar for defending Horse of the Year Wiggle It Jiggleit. The stands were packed to catch a glimpse of an athlete that has captured the hearts and imaginations of legions of fans during his two-year career. When the horses crossed the finish line, however, all those in attendance had shifted their adulation to honor the effort of his winning rival, Always B Miki, for not only had they been privy to witness greatness, but they were present for a world record equaling performance of 1:47, that will surely become an integral component of the sport's history. That time equaled the all-age mark for a pacer on a five-eighths-mile oval set by Sweet Lou in 2014 and equaled by Always B Miki in both the Ben Franklin elimination and final earlier this year. Those miles all came at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. When the superb field of nine left the gate, Always B Miki, who commenced pacing from post six, was the 4-5 favorite but Wiggle It Jiggleit at 8-5 was also receiving his share of support at the windows. Shortly after the starter allowed the horses to begin the mile, Eric Goodell sent Luck Be Withyou to the lead from post position five. Wiggle It Jiggleit and his regular reinsman Montrell Teague were not content to allow that competitor to cut the mile and made their move to the front from post position eight. Miller and Always B Miki had their own designs on the lead. The crowd was gasping at the sheer speed displayed by the pacers as Luck Be Withyou had laid down a scorching :25.2 first quarter. Wiggle It Jiggleit brushed to the lead in front of the grandstand before Always B Miki procured the lead on the outside by the half-mile marker. The Jimmy Takter trainee appeared to pay the price for that effort when :53 flashed on the timer. As Wiggle It Jiggleit sat second, Always B Miki still maintained a head advantage after three-quarters in a sizzling 1:19. Wiggle It Jiggleit appeared poised to come through on the inside and overhaul Always B Miki down the lane, but the 5-year-old stallion would not be denied. After a nip and tuck battle between these two champions, Always B Miki prevailed. Several hundred feet from the wire, he repelled the bid of Wiggle It Jiggleit and hit the wire three-quarters of a length in front. Luck Be Withyou raced exceptionally well to be third, while Freaky Feet Pete, who had a very tough trip, finished fourth. Conditioned by Jimmy Takter and owned by Bluewood Stable, Roll The Dice Stable and Christina Takter, Always B Miki paid $3.80 to win. Complete recaps of all the races are available at the Grand Circuit website. Grand Circuit Standings: In 2016, the Grand Circuit leaders in three categories (driver, trainer and owner) will once again be tracked on a points system (20-10-5 for the top three finishers in divisions/finals and 10-5-2 for the top three finishers in eliminations/legs). Winbak Farm is the sponsor for the 2016 Grand Circuit awards. Here are the current leaders: Drivers: 1. Yannick Gingras - 899.5; 2. David Miller - 663; 3. Tim Tetrick - 638.5; 4. Brett Miller - 333.5; 5. Matt Kakaley - 291. Trainers: 1. Ron Burke - 831.5; 2. Jimmy Takter - 775.5; 3. Tony Alagna - 388; 4. Ake Svanstedt - 276; 5. Linda Toscano - 237. Owners: 1. Burke Racing Stable - 196.47; 2. Tom Hill - 177; 3. Weaver Bruscemi - 160.82; 4.Harry von Knoblauch - 149.5; 5. Marvin Katz - 147.05. Looking ahead: A busy schedule of Grand Circuit racing will be taking place next week at the Delaware County Fair, Mohawk Racetrack, and Hoosier Park. Delaware will be hosting nine Grand Circuit events, led by the Little Brown Jug, the third and final leg of Pacing's Triple Crown for 3-year-olds; Mohawk will feature the final of the Milton Stake for pacing mares; and Hoosier will host six Grand Circuit races, including the Centuar for open trotters and the Hoosier Park Pacing Derby for open pacers. by Paul Ramlow, for the Grand Circuit

Freehold, NJ --- Hannelore Hanover will face the toughest challenge of her career when she meets nine rivals in Saturday’s (Sept. 17) C$632,000 Maple Leaf Trot at Mohawk Racetrack, but with wins in 21 of her last 22 races, the 4-year-old harness racing mare has already proven she knows how to ace a test. The Ron Burke-trained standout brings a nine-race win streak to the Maple Leaf as she tries to become the second consecutive female to capture Canada’s top event for older trotters. Last year’s race was won by Bee A Magician, who is currently sidelined because of an injury. Eight of this year’s 10 Maple Leaf finalists are males, including 2015 runner-up Resolve. The other mare in the race is 2014 Trotter of the Year Shake It Cerry. Hannelore Hanover, who defeated male foes in the Hambletonian Maturity as well as in several opens and invitationals this season, was supplemented to the Maple Leaf Trot for C$45,000. She won her elimination last week by 3-1/4 lengths over Il Sogno Dream in 1:52. It was the seventh time during her current nine-race victory streak that she won by more than three lengths. “She’s gotten to be one of the horses I count on for a solid effort each week, but this is the biggest thing we’ve asked her to do,” said Ron Burke, who trains and co-owns Hannelore Hanover. “She’s beaten the boys, but they were 4-year-old boys (in the Hambletonian Maturity) or in short fields in opens. “She’s really good right now, but this is a full field of 10, so this is asking a lot. If she can do this I think it really would equate with her being something special.” Hannelore Hanover, a daughter of Swan For All-High Sobriety, has won 14 of 15 races this year and 23 of 36 lifetime, accumulating earnings of $983,613. She has finished worse than second only four times in her career. The mare, an Indiana Sire Stakes champion last season, is owned by the Burke Racing Stable, the partnership of Mark Weaver and Mike Bruscemi, and Frank Baldachino. In addition to winning the Hambletonian Maturity, Hannelore Hanover’s triumphs this season include the Armbro Flight Stakes, Fresh Yankee, Muscle Hill and Miami Valley Distaff. Although Hannelore Hanover and driver Yannick Gingras won their six-horse Maple Leaf Trot elimination by open lengths, Burke knows it means nothing heading to the final. “She drew probably the easier (elimination) and she had some things go in her favor,” Burke said. “She really ended up getting the easiest trip. For her, everything worked out perfectly. It’s hard to get a read on her. I’m sure she’s not that much better than those horses, but everything that had to work out for her worked out for her.” Resolve won the remaining Maple Leaf elimination, beating Shake It Cerry by 1-3/4 lengths in 1:51.1. John Campbell drove Resolve for trainer and regular driver Ake Svanstedt, who missed the race because of travel issues. The Maple Leaf Trot is part of a stakes-filled card at Mohawk. Also on Saturday is the Canadian Trotting Classic for 3-year-old male trotters -- featuring Hambletonian winner Marion Marauder -- plus the William Wellwood Memorial for 2-year-old male trotters, the Peaceful Way for 2-year-old female trotters, and the Elegantimage for 3-year-old female trotters. Following is the field for the Maple Leaf Trot, with drivers and trainers. PP–Horse–Driver–Trainer 1. Resolve–Ake Svanstedt–Ake Svanstedt 2. Lookslikeachpndale–Sylvain Filion–Luc Blais 3. Flanagan Memory–Chris Christoforou–Rene Dion 4. Hannelore Hanover–Yannick Gingras–Ron Burke 5. Il Sogno Dream–Scott Zeron–Chris Beaver 6. JL Cruze–John Campbell–Eric Ell 7. Windsun Revenge–Rick Zeron–Jeff Durham 8. Nahar–TBA–Robert Bergh 9. Musical Rhythm–Mario Baillargeon–Benoit Baillargeon 10. Shake It Cerry–David Miller–Jimmy Takter by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications 

CAMPBELLVILLE, September 8 - Harness racing driver Yannick Gingras and Jimmy Takter swept the eliminations of the Peaceful Way Stakes Thursday night at Mohawk Racetrack with Thats All Moni and Ariana G. A group of 17 two-year-old trotting fillies were split into two $30,000 eliminations for the $363,000 Peaceful Way Stakes. Thats All Moni got a perfect trip to capture the first elimination in 1:54.4. The Takter trained filly got away fifth in the field of nine and sat in that position until near the midway point. Gingras was able to catch cover with Thats All Moni behind Magic Presto, who was sent first up. Grandmas Moni cut out opening fractions of :28.1 and :58.3, but didn't have any trot on the final turn and went off stride just after giving up the lead to Magic Presto. The new leader reached the three-quarter pole in 1:26.3, while Gingras dropped his filly in behind to sit on the leader's back turning for home. In the stretch, Thats All Moni edged to the outside and rocketed by to defeat Magic Presto by 2¼ lengths. Winter Sweet Frost finished third, while Southwind Avanti and Cameron Hill grabbed the final two spots to qualify for next week's final. "She felt real strong," said Gingras post-race about Thats All Moni . "I dropped back in behind (Magic Presto) at the end of the last turn because I could, but my filly was really strong all the way through the stretch." The daughter of Cantab Hall is a three-quarter sister to the $1.4 million winning Snow White and was purchased for $230,000 at last year's Lexington Selected Yearling Sale. Thats All Moni, who paid $3.30 to win, is owned by Brittany Farms, Marvin Katz and Al Libfeld. She now has three wins in six starts and over $121,000 in earnings. Thats All Moni The second elimination featured arguably the top two-year-old in the sport and she didn't disappoint. Ariana G crushed her rivals by 7¾ lengths in a flashy 1:53.2. The daughter of Muscle Hill and driver Gingras got away third before brushing to the lead at the half in :56.3. Ariana G trotted to the three-quarter pole in 1:25.1 and then pulled away without breaking a sweat for a :28.1 last-quarter and another dominating victory. "She's unbelievable" said Gingras following the victory. "I've been really blessed the last three years with trotting fillies. I've got three Hambletonian Oaks in a row, but this filly ranks right up there with them." Ariana G is a full-sister to Breeders Crown and Hambletonian Oaks champion All The Time and the rookie trotting filly is quickly upstaging her big sister. "She had a lot more tonight, that's for sure," Gingras said. "Turning for home she was really latched onto the bit in a good way. She wasn't being too grabby or nothing, but she just had a whole awful lot of trot and all the way through the wire I had a handful and I was really impressed." Dream Together finished second to Ariana G, while Pure Kemp was third. The final two spots in the Peaceful Way final were secured by Stuck In My Spanks and The Erm. Ariana G, who paid $2.10 to win, improves to six for six with her victory Thursday. The Katz and Libfeld homebred will carry earnings of $295,870 into next week's rich final. Ariana G Following the eliminations, the post positions for the $363,000 Peaceful Way final were drawn. Elimination winners earned their connections the right to select their post for the final. The Peaceful Way Stakes final will take place on the Maple Leaf Trot and Canadian Trotting Classic card on Saturday, September 17th. 1. Stuck In My Spanks 2. Thats All Moni 3. Pure Kemp 4. Ariana G 5. Cameron Hill 6. Southwind Avanti 7. Winter Sweet Frost 8. The Erm 9. Dream Together 10. Magic Presto AE: Glitzey Gal Mark McKelvie

CAMPBELLVILLE, September 3... Idyllic Beach proved that the apple didn't fall from the tree when she captured the $427,000 Shes A Great Lady Final for harness racing two-year-old pacing fillies on Saturday night at Mohawk, which is part of the Canadian Pacing Derby undercard. The Jimmy Takter trained Idyllic Beach is the daughter of the great Somebeachsomewhere and Idyllic, who captured the Shes A Great Lady in 2010. Idyllic Beach and driver Yannick Gingras got away third but never settled in along the rail as World Apart led the field past the opening panel in :27. In the first turn, Gingras then marched Idyllic Beach to the front and held command past the half in :55.3 and three-quarters in 1:23.2. Agent Q, who launched a first-up attack from fourth at the half, added pressure to the tempo-setter in the final turn and into the stretch, but Idyllic Beach fought her off to score the lion's share of the purse by half a length in a career best clocking of 1:50.3. Agent Q finished second and Candlelight Dinner stayed for third. "I really didn't know going to the gate what I was going to do," offered Gingras from the winner's circle. "The inside three left pretty hard so that made my job pretty easy. That way they took the outside speed out of the race. At the eighth pole, I knew I would be cutting the mile." The freshman pacing miss scored her fifth victory in six outings, which includes wins in her Shes A Great Lady elimination and Pennsylvania Sires Stakes divisions. With the win, she also lifts her bankroll to $316,262 for her owners. "Jimmy knew she was a good filly all the way down," said Marvin Katz, who shares ownership with Christina Takter, John Fielding, and Brixton Medical Inc. "Every time I would speak to him in the winter time he said she was a top filly. He was confident in her abilities. Just when she started to qualify, he just had to get her settled a little bit and she got a little anxious early on, but he was very confident about her abilities most of the way down." Idyllic Beach returned $2.80 to win. Mark McKelvie

Yannick Gingras will head to Mohawk Racetrack on Saturday to drive the morning line favorites in both the She's A Great Lady Stakes and Metro Pace, and the harness racing driver is impressed with both of the Jimmy Takter-trained horses. Idyllic Beach is the 2-1 choice in the C$427,000 She's A Great Lady for 2-year-old female pacers while Ocean Colony is the 5-2 pick in the C$661,000 Metro Pace for 2-year-old male pacers. Both horses won their respective eliminations last weekend, with Idyllic Beach posting her victory by three-quarters of a length in a career-best 1:51.1 and Ocean Colony triumphing by a head in 1:50.1. Both horses were sired by Somebeachsomewhere, who won the 2007 Metro Pace and a year later enjoyed a magical campaign that culminated with Horse of the Year honors. Idyllic Beach's dam, Idyllic, won the 2010 She's A Great Lady on her way to an O'Brien Award and finished her career with $1.29 million in purses. Idyllic Beach has won four of five races, all with Gingras in the sulky, and finished second once. "She's gotten better and better," Gingras said. "She qualified really good, did nothing wrong, but I didn't maybe have the idea she was going to be this type of filly. It's hard to tell with pacers, that's the bottom line. She was doing everything she had to do and she was winning. She's gotten stronger and more mature every start. "When I qualified her, she was a little bit grabby. Usually with these Somebeachs they get grabbier, they don't start to relax. But Jimmy's done a great job getting her to settle down and now I can race her any way I want. She always had the speed. Most of the Somebeachs can go so fast, and she's definitely one of them. But her versatility and mannerisms are what I like best at this point. Now she can do it all and she's very willing." Idyllic Beach was purchased for $100,000 under the name Lima Incredible at the Lexington Selected Sale. She is owned by Christina Takter, John Fielding, Brixton Medical Inc., and Marvin Katz. Ocean Colony was winless in his first three races, but has posted back-to-back triumphs heading into the Metro final. He won a division of the Tompkins-Geers Stakes at Tioga Downs, with Brett Miller in the bike, before capturing his Metro elimination last weekend with Gingras. "Jimmy told me he thought he was the best colt he had," Gingras said. "Brett told me that he's a horse he babied when he first started racing, but the last couple starts he raced him he was really good. He said the horse is coming around at the right time. I was really impressed with him. He was good to drive. "I think he can race any way I ask him to race. We'll go behind the gate (in the Metro final) with an open mind and play it as it goes." Ocean Colony's dam is Amora Hanover and his second dam is Armbro Romance, who won Nova and O'Brien awards in 1998 as best 3-year-old female pacer. Ocean Colony was purchased for $115,000 under the name OMG Blue Chip. He is owned by Christina Takter, Fielding, Hatfield Stables, and the partnership of Katz, Al Libfeld and Sam Goldband. Here is the field for the Metro Pace: PP-Horse-Sire-Driver-Trainer-Line 1 - Beyond Delight - Bettor's Delight - Sylvain Filion-Tony O'Sullivan-8/1 2 - Darling's Dragon - Dragon Again - Donald Dupont-Marie Dupont-15/1 3 - Windsong Napoleon - Art Major - Phil Hudon-Carl Jamieson-10/1 4 - Ocean Colony - Somebeachsomewhere - Yannick Gingras-Jimmy Takter-5/2 5 - Calvin K - Classic Card Shark - Jody Jamieson-Tony O'Sullivan-6/1 6 - Bobcat Bound - Somebeachsomewhere - James MacDonald-Carl Jamieson-20/1 7 - Classic Pro - Shadow Play - Randy Waples-Ian Moore-12/1 8 - Ideal Wheel - American Ideal - David Miller-Casie Coleman-3/1 9 - Blood Line - Somebeachsomewhere - Doug McNair-Jimmy Takter-12/1 10 - Bettor's Dream - Bettor's Delight -Tim Tetrick-Scott McEneny-5/1   Here is the field for the She's A Great Lady: PP-Horse-Sire-Driver-Trainer-Line 1 - Candlelight Dinner - American Ideal - Matt Kakaley-Casie Coleman-4/1 2 - That's The Ticket - Roll With Joe - Sylvain Filion-Chris Ryder-6/1 3 - World Apart - Art Major - Tim Tetrick-Linda Toscano-10/1 4 - Idyllic Beach - Somebeachsomewhere - Yannick Gingras-Jimmy Takter-2/1 5 - Everyones Watching - Artiscape - Jody Jamieson-Tony Alagna-20/1 6 - Agent Q - Western Terror - David Miller-Aaron Lambert-5/2 7 - Awash - Somebeachsomewhere - Phil Hudon-Tony Alagna-15/1 8 - Obvious Blue Chip - Roll With Joe - James MacDonald-Mark Steacy-20/1 9 - Blameitonthenight - Mach Three - Jonathan Drury-Tony Alagna-20/1 10 - Happy Hannah - Well Said - Randy Waples-Mark Steacy-8/1 In other stakes action at Mohawk on Saturday, Gingras will drive Pure Country in the C$215,704 Simcoe Stakes for 3-year-old female pacers. Pure Country, another Takter trainee, is the 2-1 second choice on the morning line behind 9-5 favorite Darlinonthebeach. Saturday's race will mark the first time anyone other than Brett Miller will drive Pure Country. Miller will be at Yonkers Raceway with Racing Hill in the Messenger Stakes. "I know it's only for one week, but it's still exciting to get this drive," Gingras said. "She's a great filly." Pure Country won all 10 of her starts last year at age 2, earning the Dan Patch Award as her division's best, and has won six of 12 races this season. She has earned $1.40 million for owner Diamond Creek Racing. Darlinonthebeach heads to the Simcoe off a dominant 1:49.3 win in the Valley Forge Stakes. Pure Country, who started that race from post nine and was on the outside for most of the mile, finished fourth. In her two prior races, Pure Country took on male rivals in the Cane Pace (finishing fourth) and Carl Milstein Memorial (finishing second). "She's been in some tough spots (against the male pacers) and then drawing the nine hole the last time out at Pocono, it's almost an impossible spot on that track with the quality inside of her," Gingras said. "Now she's got an inside post (No. 1) and I'm looking for her to bounce back." There also are two C$104,020 Simcoe Stakes divisions for 3-year-old male trotters on Saturday. Gingras will drive Takter-trained Reigning Moni in the first and Jimmy William in the second. Jimmy William enters the race after picking up his second triumph in 11 races this season, a 1:55.2 score in a division of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes at The Meadows. A son of Cantab Hall-Solveig and a half-brother to 2014 Trotter of the Year Shake It Cerry, Jimmy William raced only once last year because of sickness. "I told Jimmy after the race at The Meadows that you feel like he's going on 50 or 75 percent of his ability; he holds back a little bit," Gingras said. "He's always had really good potential. He's strong and he trots really nice, but I just don't think he's giving his all. The last time the way we raced him, with one move on the end of it, he was full of trot in the stretch. I'm hoping to probably do the same, not use him too much early and let him trot on the end of it. "He has a beautiful gait. He definitely has got the ability. Maybe he will be a late developer. If you don't get a lot of experience as a 2-year-old, it's definitely something you're lacking as a 3-year-old." Complete entries for the Saturday card at Mohawk may be viewed at this link. Ken Weingartner Media Relations Manager Harness Racing Communications

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