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YONKERS, NY, Sunday, November 12, 2017— Harness racing favored Charmed Life (Yannick Gingras, $5.50) was first-up and faultless Sunday afternoon (Nov. 12th), winning Yonkers Raceway’s $40,000 Open Handicap Trot. With ‘only’ a seven-horse field, the weekly trotting feature went at the flat mile. Charmed Life, unhurried from post position No. 3, saw an early scrum for the lead. A very wide In Secret (George Brennan) eventually worked around Georgie’s Pockets (Joe Bongiorno) just after a :27.3  opening quarter-mile. It was a 57-second intermission as Charmed Life took out of fourth. The lone lass here found minimal resistance as In Secret closed up shop around the 1:26 three-quarters. Charmed Life, showing few effects from 21 days out, opened a couple of lengths in and out of the final turn. She eventually closed the sale, winning by 2¾ lengths in 1:54.4. Home’n Dry (Jason Bartlett) edged Tight Lines (Jeff Gregory) for second, with Buen Camino (Brian Sears) and ‘Georgie’ rounding out the payees.  For Charmed Life, a 7-year-old daughter of Majestic Son co-owned (as Allard Racing) by (trainer) Rene Allard, Yves Sarazin and VIP Internet Stable, it was her seventh win in 22 seasonal starts (career earnings in excess of $1.2 million). The exacta (two wagering choices) paid $33, the triple returned $99 and the superfecta paid $203. Sunday’s return of the ‘New York, New York Double’ offered a winning combination of 1-Dig That Mine (Aqueduct’s 3rd race) and 6-Jacks to Open (Yonkers’ 5th race) returning $15.90 for every correct $1 wager. Total pool was $4,608. Sunday matinees, along with the ‘New York, New York Double,’ return Nov. 19th (post time TBA). Frank Drucker

ANDERSON, Ind. - Hannelore Hanover became the first female harness racing winner of the Breeders Crown Open Trot in 19 years, beating Crazy Wow by 1¼ lengths in 1:52.1 in Saturday night's $526,250 final at Hoosier Park. Marion Marauder was third. Crazy Wow led the field around the first turn with Hannelore Hanover staying to his outside in a move for the lead. She got there just prior to the quarter, reached in :26.3, but held the spot only briefly as Marion Marauder trotted by and took the group to the half in :55.3. Marion Marauder remained on top as the field hit three-quarters in 1:25, but Hannelore Hanover and driver Yannick Gingras were soon to make a move in the stretch to take the lead for good. "I honestly didn't see that one coming," said Gingras about Marion Marauder leaving hard off the gate. "I didn't really want to be in a two hole. I know he is a nice horse, but I didn't want to be behind him. It's just the way it goes and it worked out." Hannelore Hanover, a 5-year-old mare trained by Ron Burke, became the first female winner of the Open Trot since Moni Maker in 1998. The only other mare to win the Open Trot was CR Kay Suzie in 1996. For the year, Hannelore Hanover has won nine of 16 races and earned $952,879. For her career, the former Indiana Sire Stakes champion has won 35 of 57 races and banked $2.37 million. Hannelore Hanover is owned by Burke Racing Stable, the partnership of Mark Weaver and Mike Bruscemi, Frank Baldachino and J&T Silva Stables. Burke Racing and Weaver Bruscemi each have seven Breeders Crown wins while J&T Silva Stables has three and Frank Baldachino two. Hannelore Hanover is a daughter of Swan For All out of the mare High Sobriety. She was bred by Hanover Shoe Farms. "It's an Indiana bred, we bought her as a baby," said Baldachino. "We never had expectations when we bought her. If she had been a nice Indiana-sired horse we would have been tickled pink. And for her to do this tonight is incredible." Gingras picked up his fourth Breeders Crown win of the weekend and pushed his career total to 20. Burke got his 12th trophy as a trainer. Hannelore Hanover paid $3.00 to win as the 1-2 favorite. Hannelore Hanover By Ken Weingartner, for Breeders Crown  

ANDERSON, Ind. - As co-owner Marvin Katz made his way to the winner's circle for another harness racing celebration with Ariana G, the word he used to best describe the 3-year-old female trotter was "fantastic." He could have chosen others, including dominant. Ariana G won Friday night's $500,000 Breeders Crown for 3-year-old female trotters by 5¼ lengths over Ice Attraction in 1:54.3 over a sloppy track at Hoosier Park. Dream Together finished third. Ariana G joined Shake It Cerry as the only trotting fillies since 2002 to win the Breeders Crown at ages 2 and 3. Shake It Cerry was trained by Jimmy Takter, as is Ariana G. Takter extended his record for Breeders Crown training wins to 32 with Ariana G's victory. Ariana G, driven by Yannick Gingras, has won 12 of 15 races this year and earned $1.12 million. For her career, she has won 21 of 26 races and earned $1.86 million. Overdraft Volo led the field to the opening quarter in :27.1, but was still parked outside Checkmate Time when they hit the marker. Gingras moved three wide around the duo to take the lead in a :55.3 half and never slowed from there. "They tried to beat her, they just can't," said Katz, who bred Ariana G with Al Libfeld and still owns the filly with Libfeld. "I know she's great. I know she's a fantastic, exceptional, one-of-a-kind type filly. I just wanted her to perform well. She's great. She's fantastic. "(This year) is different. She was a 2-year-old last year, her career was ahead of her. Right now, she's at the pinnacle of the sport. She gotten so many accolades that she richly deserves. She's been a star for the whole industry for the whole year. She's really an exceptional, rare filly. She's one of these fillies that comes along every five or 10 years. "Jimmy Takter, Yannick Gingras, they deserve all the credit. They've managed her fabulously." Katz has 10 Breeders Crown wins and Libfeld nine. Gingras, who earlier on the card drove the Takter-trained Manchego to victory, has 18 trophies. "I thought she was by far the best trotting filly in the country and she proved it tonight," said Gingras. "Donald (Dupont with Checkmate Time) definitely took it to Andy (Miller with Overdraft Volo) and I didn't get in the hole because it looked like he was going to let him go very easy, but then he took him all the way to the half. That's the way it goes, when you go for $500,000, they are racing." Ariana G paid $2.40 as the 1-5 favorite. Ariana G By Ken Weingartner, for Breeders Crown

ANDERSON, Ind. - Manchego became the first undefeated 2-year-old female trotter to win a Breeders Crown, capturing Friday night's $600,000 harness racing final by 4¼ lengths over Seviyorum in 1:54.4 over a sloppy track at Hoosier Park. Phaetosive finished third. Manchego improved to 12-for-12 with the victory for trainer Jimmy Takter, who increased his record for Breeders Crown wins to 31. Takter has won this race five of the last six years. Yannick Gingras, Manchego's driver, has won 17 Breeders Crown finals. S M S Princess, Manchego and Phaetosive battled three wide through the first turn, with S M S Princess holding the early lead before yielding to Manchego as they reached the first quarter in :27.2. Manchengo kept Phaetosive to her outside up the backstretch before Phaetosive took the lead in a :55.4 half. On the final turn, Manchego made her move to claim the lead for good and powered past Phaetosive near the top of the stretch on her way to her historic win. Manchego is owned by Barry Guariglia's Black Horse Racing, John Fielding and Herb Liverman. Fielding has won 13 Breeders Crown trophies while Liverman has won six and Guariglia two. A daughter of Muscle Hill out of the mare Secret Magic, Manchego has earned $873,948 this year. She was bred by Brittany Farms. Manchego paid $3.00 to win as the 1-2 favorite. Manchego By Ken Weingartner, for Breeders Crown

ANDERSON, Ind. - Youaremycandygirl captured the second $20,000 Breeders Crown elimination for harness racing 2-year-old pacing fillies with an eye-catching 1:51 victory at Hoosier Park Friday night. Yannick Gingras guided the daughter of American Ideal to the score. Stablemate Strong Opinion and Matt Kakaley bolted to the :26.2 opening quarter lead but Youaremycandygirl, the 1-9 betting choice, shunned an early tuck and drove to take command between the first- and second-quarter mark. From that point the Ron Burke-trained filly cruised to victory easily holding off runner-up Reign On Me by a half-length. A $150,000 yearling purchase from last fall's Harrisburg auction, Youaremycandygirl is owned by W J Donovan of Delray Beach, Florida. "She was a little excited tonight," said Gingras after the race. "I heard the other filly (Reign On Me) and I asked her. She's a very honest filly." Youaremycandygirl won for the sixth time in eight career starts, which includes an impressive score in the Shes A Great Lady at Mohawk. Joining Youaremycandygirl in next Friday's Breeders Crown finale for juvenile pacing fillies will be Reign On Me, along with Strong Opinion, Pueblo Blue Chip and Im With Her. The overwhelming betting favorite Youaremycandygirl paid $2.20 to win. by Jay Bergman, for Breeders Crown

Yonkers, NY ---  Crazy Wow and harness racing driver Yannick Gingras made light work of the field to win the $250,000 Harry Harvey Invitational Trot at Yonkers Raceway on Saturday afternoon (Oct. 14) by a half-length in the time of the 2:25 in the 1-1/4 contest.  Crazy Wow and Gingras went right to the lead and reached the quarter mile mark in :28, with Lookslikeachpndale trailing him at that point and to the :58.3 half  Dia Monde (George Brennan) tipped off the rail past the half but could not make up ground on the leaders. At the 1:28 three quarters, it was still Crazy Wow and Lookslikeachpndale behind him. Crazy Wow hit the mile marker in 1:55.4 and never had a serious challenge in the stretch to win. Looklikeachpndale was second and Dia Monde was third.  “He raced good and the fractions worked out in our favor, no doubt,” said winning driver Gingras. “We took advantage of it.” “They don’t come much better than they, do they?” said Burke assistant trainer Shannon Murphy. “Awesome. He raced great in Lexington (fourth in the Allerage in 1:50.4). He got used really, really hard, but dug in and held forth. Breeders Crown next.”   by Ellen Harvey, Harness Racing Communications

Harness racing driver Yannick Gingras is no stranger to driving successful filly trotters. In the past six years alone, the list of such horses includes Maven, Mission Brief, Lifetime Pursuit, All The Time and Ariana G. And now there is Manchego. Manchego is a perfect 8-for-8 this year for Gingras and trainer Jimmy Takter. Her next start is Friday in the fifth of five $66,000 Bluegrass Stakes divisions for 2-year-old female trotters at Lexington's Red Mile and she is 3-5 on the morning line. Her wins this season include the Jim Doherty Memorial, Peaceful Way, and Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championship. She has earned $501,948 for owners Black Horse Racing, John Fielding, and Herb Liverman. She was purchased under the name Whispering Hills for $120,000 at last fall's Lexington Selected Sale. "She's a very special filly," Gingras said. "She's not the biggest thing, but she's got a long, long gait to her. She doesn't trot like a little filly. She's very efficient in her gait." Manchego's best win time is 1:52.4, which is tied for seventh fastest by a 2-year-old filly trotter in history. Among the horses ahead of her: Mission Brief -- whose record of 1:50.3 is one full second faster than the next best time by a 2-year-old -- Ariana G and Lifetime Pursuit. "All of them had one thing in common - speed," Gingras said about the aforementioned filly trotters he has driven. "They all have really high speed and all of them could carry it a long way. "After that, they're different. Mission Brief had the most pure speed of the six of them, but she was hard on herself. The rest of them were all pretty handy, you could do whatever you wanted with them. They had more speed than anyone else they competed against, but you could race them any way you wanted, which made it easier on them and made them the fillies that they are." Gingras worked with Manchego in May and was impressed with the filly from the beginning. "I trained her in May and I really liked her then," Gingras said, adding with a laugh, "Jimmy qualified her the first time, and I was hoping he didn't decide to drive her himself. But I got her the following (qualifier). "Right from the beginning she showed that she had this kind of talent. Obviously, they have to keep improving, and some of them do and some of them don't. But she's got the pedigree and the attitude. You could tell from the beginning that she had that desire, that extra little push that great horses have." Manchego is a daughter of stallion Muscle Hill, the 2009 Horse of the Year, out of the stakes-winning mare Secret Magic. Her family includes multiple-stakes-winner and world champion Possess The Magic. Gingras has worked to teach Manchego not to get too revved up in races, and with the exception of her elimination of the Peaceful Way, the filly has been a good student. In her Peaceful Way elim, Manchego trotted away from the field to lead by as many as 10 lengths, but a bridle change had her back to herself for the final. "She was perfect," Gingras said. "She had never been like (she was in the elimination) before. Credit goes to Jimmy, he does a great job. "She's getting better and better, no doubt." In the first division of the Bluegrass, Ron Burke-trained Front Circle, a two-time winner on the Pennsylvania circuit, is the 2-1 morning-line favorite. Mooshka Stride, from the stable of trainer Mark Harder, is the 2-1 choice in the second division. She has a win and a second from three starts in the Kindergarten Series. The favorite in the third division, at 2-1, is Harder's Lily Stride, who has won four of seven races and never finished off the board. She finished second by a neck to Top Expectations in the Kentucky Sire Stakes championship. Top Expectations, trained by Erv Miller, is 3-1 in the same division. Julie Miller-trained Seviyorum, a two-time Pennsylvania Sire Stakes winner, is the 8-5 favorite in the fourth division. Click here for Friday's complete Red Mile card. Ken Weingartner Media Relations Manager

CAMPBELLVILLE, September 16 - Hannelore Hanover got her Maple Leaf Trot redemption with an impressive 1:51.1 harness racing victory in Saturday's $594,000 event at Mohawk Racetrack. The five-year-old trotting mare and driver Yannick Gingras seized the lead heading to the half and proceeded to trot away to a 4½ length victory for trainer Ron Burke and owners Burke Racing Stable LLC, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Frank Baldachino and J And T Silva Stables LLC. "When she's like this, in North America anyway, I'll take on any trotter," said Gingras following Hannelore Hanover's sensational performance. JL Cruze shot out to the grab the early lead and posted a snappy opening-quarter of :26.2. Hannelore Hanover settled into third in the early going, while Gingras waited to make his move. 'Hannelore' came with a second-quarter rush and secured the lead in time to post a half of :54.3. Odds On Amethyst came first up in the third-quarter and got up to the wheel of the leader, but Gingras got a comfortable third-quarter of :28.4 to lead at that station in 1:23.3. In the stretch, Hannelore Hanover waved goodbye to her rivals and trotted home strongly in :27.4 for her biggest victory to date. JL Cruze finished second, while Pasithea Face, the other mare in the field, was third. The Superfecta was completed by Warrawee Roo. "When she's like this you can race her any which you want," said Gingras about moving 'Hannelore' to the lead. "They told me how good she trained and the great week she had and they sure were right." The victory is extra special for Hannelore Hanover's connections after coming up just short in last year's event. "Last year she raced her heart out and was second to Resolve in a great race," said co-owner Baldachino. "For her to comeback a year later and actually win it, it's real sweet and very special." A daughter of Swan For All, Hannelore Hanover is now six for 10 this season with $634,986 earned. The talented trotting mare surpassed $2 million in career earnings with her 32nd career win Saturday. Hannelore Hanover's Maple Leaf Trot victory is the first win in the event for driver Gingras and trainer Burke. Hannelore Hanover returned $3, $2.60, $2.30. The $2 Exacta with JL Cruze ($7.50, $3.90) paid $15.70, while the $1 Trifecta with Pasithea Face ($3.40) returned $30.15. The $1 Superfecta with Warrawee Roo in the fourth-slot paid $228.10. Mark McKelvie

CAMPBELLVILLE, September 16... Ariana G lowered the harness racing stakes, track and Canadian record with a flashy 1:51.4 score in the $385,000 Elegantimage Final for three-year-old trotting fillies on Saturday evening at Mohawk, part of the Canadian Trotting Classic and Maple Leaf Trot undercard. The 1-9 heavy favourite and driver Yannick Gingras got away third as Sweet of My Heart and Dream Together took turns leading the field into the backstretch. Sweet of My Heart was the earlier leader past the :26.4 opening panel. Dream Together was then pulled from the pocket and marched to the front. Before the mid-way point, Ariana G was on the move from third then past the :55.3 half she brushed to the lead and that is where she remained. The homebred filly breezed by the three-quarter pole in 1:23.3 as Dream Together was pulled from the pocket. The 8-1 second choice couldn't catch Ariana G as she opened up by four and one-quarter lengths before crossing the wire. Dream Together stayed for second and Magic Presto was third. When it comes time for Ariana G to retire and become a broodmare, Gingras notes that he will always remember the Jimmy Takter trained trotting miss for her versatility. "She can do anything you want her to do and she is so smart," said he reinsman. "It also makes my job real easy. She has high speed like the top fillies I have driven. She is so easy to drive. Every time I get on the race track I know I'll see how the race plays out." Ariana G, who has finished top three in all but one of her 22 lifetime starts, notched her ninth victory of the season and 18th lifetime. With the win, the daughter Muscle Hill and Cantab It All lifts her career earnings to $1,641,772 for owners/breeders Marvin Katz and Al Libfeld, who following the race were presented with a Breeder of the Year Award from Equestrian Canada. Ariana G paid $2.10 and 2.10, combining with Dream Together ($3.40) for a $4.40 (4-3) exacta. A 4-3-7 (Magic Presto) trifecta was worth $7.60, while a $1 superfecta [4-3-7-9 (Dream Baby Dream)] returned $18.70. There was no show wagering. Mark McKelvie

ANDERSON, Ind.-August 11, 2017 - On an absolutely flawless Friday (Aug. 11) evening, Hoosier Park Racing & Casino possessed all the elements for a spectacular 24th edition of the $325,000 Dan Patch Stakes. The crowd was enthusiastic, the weather was sheer perfection and a quality field of 10, half of which were world champions, was certain to provide the harness racing fans with an exhilarating contest. Check Six was ultimately the horse to fulfill that goal with a three-quarter length victory over stable mate All Bets Off in 1:48.1 and stake his claim as the divisional leader. Rock N' Roll World closed with alacrity to reach the wire in third. After celebrating his win, Yannick Gingras, who guided the son of Somebeachsomewhere around the seven-eighths Anderson oval, acknowledged he was not exactly overjoyed when the 4-year-old stallion's post position was selected earlier this week. "I was not thrilled when I saw the draw sheet and we were in post nine," he said. "But you have to go out there, see how things work out on the track and then drive accordingly. He's had some back luck, but he's sharp right now so since the McKee ($224,400 Sam McKee Memorial on Aug. 5) maybe now his luck is changing." Gingras wasted no time putting Check Six into the race as he gunned him to the lead immediately after the wings folded on the gate. He was followed into the first turn by world champion Dr J Hanover (Doug McNair and Rock N' Roll World (John De Long), then tripped the timer for the first quarter-mile in speedy :26. Shortly after the time flashed upon the board, Matt Kakaley decided All Bets Off should control the tempo and that duo seized command by the :54.2 half-mile pole. At that juncture Aaron Merriman had his own ideas on how the race should be conducted and moved Dealt A Winner first-over to gain second place, with Gingras content to sit in third until after the 1:21.1 three-quarters. As Dealt A Winner began to tire from his earlier efforts as the field entered the top of the stretch, All Bets Off began to place of bit separation between himself and his rivals, with Rock N' Roll World and McWicked (David Miller) winding up for their drives to the wire. Just when it appeared All Bets Off was home free and would hold Check Six, Rock N' Roll World and McWicked at bay, Gingras ducked into the passing lane, strode by All Bets Off along the rail an collected the win for conditioner Ron Burke and owners Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, William Switala and James Martin. "He is a very versatile horse," Gingras said. "He has gate speed and last year we used a lot of that with him, but you don't want to get in the habit of going crazy with that. This year we have not been doing that as much with him and he has had a little bit of tough luck with some of his trips, where we could not really do it anyway. This just worked out well for us tonight and hopefully this will carry forward throughout the rest of the year." Check Six had demonstrated an affinity for the Hoosier Park surface last year with a win in the $200,000 Monument Circle in his only previous appearance. The stallion entered this event with $1.4 million in the bank, a sophomore campaign where he captured the $252,000 Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championship, in addition to competing in admirably in a number of stakes engagements such as the Adios, the Cane Pace, the Breeders Crown, the Matron and Progress Pace. Prior to his appearance at the Meadowlands last week, Check Six had faced the starter on 10 occasions this season with not one win. With two consecutive wins in marquee divisional contests, he is making a bid to leap to the top of a division that has no clear leader. "He is eligible to just about everything, but I'm not sure where Ronnie will end up going with him," Gingras said. Check Six paid $13.40 to win as the 5-1 third choice. The exacta was $77.40 and the trifecta a $689.80. Check Six Hoosier Park's Dan Patch Stakes saw measurable success on all fronts. Excitement pervaded throughout the grandstand as a large, enthusiastic crowd welcomed the 24th installment of Hoosier Park's premier harness race to the track. The wagering front also saw much success and offered remarkable value to the horseplayer with the introduction of a signature $25,000 Guaranteed Superfecta and a $15,000 Guaranteed Hoosier High-Five for the Dan Patch Stakes race. Live racing will continue at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, August 12 with a 12-race card that is set to begin at an adjusted post time of 4:30 p.m. At the conclusion of live racing on Saturday, American rocker Ted Nugent will perform in the outdoor concert venue as Hoosier Park closes its' summer concert series line-up. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com . Kim French, for Hoosier Park Racing & Casino

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ – August 5, 2017 – Arianna G cemented her dominance of the trotting filly division. The 1-5 harness racing favorite Ariana G, with Yannick Gingras driving, cruised to a four and three quarters length victory over Magic Presto to capture the $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks, the 12th race on Saturday at the Meadowlands. Trained by Jimmy Takter, Ariana G was moved  to the lead at the half-mile mark at 54.4 and then cruised to victory, the fourth time for the team of Takter and Gingras in the Oaks.  The mile was time in 1:51.2. Gingras was holding up four fingers to celebrate the win after crossing the finish line. It was Gingras’ fourth win on the card. “I was really concerned about Magic Presto and obviously you have to respect the competition,” said Gingras.  “When she got away on the first turn and I really didn’t want to be first over that long of the way, so I decided to do whatever I needed to do to get her to the front. It wasn’t the best move I think, but she is just a great horse and a great horse can overcome anything.” Arianna G’s full sister, All The Time, won the Oaks last year with a time of 1:52.1. The 2016 Dan Patch Award winner as Two-Year-Old Filly Trotter of the Year, the Muscle Hill filly has won 15-of-18 lifetime starts and this year has clocked sub 1:52 on four separate occasions. The Gingras/Takter combo has won four straight Hambletonian Oaks and Takter notched his seventh overall, which makes him the winningest trainer in Oaks history. “She did a tremendous mile. It was a tough opening, because she cut all the way to the front due to the high pace,” said Takter. “She is just in a class of her own.” Arianna G paid a modest $2.40, $2.10, and $2.10 . Magic Presto with Brain Sears finished second paying $3.00 and $2.40, and Dream Together with Daniel Dube finished third paying $2.60. Dream Baby Dream finished fourth. by Lou Monaco

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ -August 5, 2017 - The 1-2 favorite Manchego added another win to her harness racing resume, winning by two and a quarter over a closing Phaetosive, to capture the 35th edition of the $330,800 Jim Doherty Memorial Final for two-year-old trotting fillies, the fifth race on Saturday at the Meadowlands. It was trainer Jimmy Takter's third win on the day and Manchego, driven by Yannick Gingras, improved her lifetime record to five straight wins in as many starts. It was Gingras' second straight win on the card and second Doherty win of his career, having won his first with Mission Brief in 2014. Manchego, the daughter of Muscle Hill, took control just prior to the half-mile mark and came home with a lifetime-best time of 1:52.4. She paid $3.00, $2.10, and $2.10 to her backers. Phaetosive, trained and driven by Trond Smedshammer, paid $2,60 and $2.20 for second. Lily Stride with Tim Tetrick at the lines, was third by six and a half lengths, paying $3.00. Vivacious Allie with David Miller driving finished fourth. "She is a really special girl. We liked her from the get go and she keeps developing and certainly has a very effective way of going and has a tremendous inner-strength that few horses have," said Takter, who recorded his fifth win in the Doherty, formerly named the Merrie Annabelle. Manchego by Lou Monaco

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - August 5, 2017-- You Know You Do overtook stablemate Samo Different Day in the stretch to win Saturday's $360,650 Peter Haughton Memorial Stakes for harness racing 2-year-old male trotters in 1:54.2, the fourth race at the Meadowlands Racetrack. Samo Different Day held on for second in a photo over Farsetti Hanover. The margin of victory was two and a quarter lengths. You Know You Do, driven by Yannick Gingras, started a first-over bid on the backstretch against fraction-setting Samo Different Day, who led the field to the quarter in 28, half in 56.1 and three-quarters in 1:25.3, and was alongside the leader as the field exited the final turn. He won for the third time in four races for trainer Jimmy Takter. The colt was a $350,000 purchase at the Standardbred Horse Sale. He is owned by Howard Taylor, Order By Stable, Bud Hatfield, and the partnership of Marvin Katz, Al Libfeld, and Sam Goldband. "We put together a group and went after him vigorously," Katz said. "We have 80 to 90 percent fillies, 10 percent colts. (But) he was very, very special. We'll look for colts here and there that we think could be exceptional. It's really a policy of pursuing excellence and we thought he could fit that category." You Know You Do, sent off as the 3-2 favorite, paid $5.00, $3.00 $3.00 to win. The Muscle Hill colt pushed his career earnings to $206,932. Samo Different Day returned $4.60, $3.20. Farsetti Hanover in third paid $8.40. You Know You Do By Ken Weingartner

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (August 4, 2017) - Harness racing duo Jimmy Takter and Yannick Gingras will team up to go for their unprecedented fourth straight Hambletonian Oaks on Saturday with morning line favorite Ariana G. The duo tuned up Friday night at The Meadowlands by partnering to win the $50,000 Townsend Ackerman with 7/5 wagering choice Sir John F in a lifetime-best 1:53.4. Gingras, who won four races on the card, steered the Donato Hanover colt to a textbook second-over trip while Snowstorm Hanover cut out the fractions of :27.1, :56.3, and 1:25.3. In deep stretch, Sir John F struck the front while longshots Simply Volo and Thisguyisonfire gave chase. Sir John F hung on with a :28.1 final quarter mile to score his fourth lifetime victory and raised his career bankroll to $108,242 for owners Christina Takter, John & Jim Fielding, R A W Equine, and Kevin McKinlay. Sir John F In the $30,000 Duenna, Evelyn was aggressively moved to the front by Andy Miller. The Muscle Hill filly, who finished sixth in her Oaks elimination last week, held off the pocket-sitting Decadence (Corey Callahan) to win in 1:52.3. It was her first win of 2017 in eight starts and third lifetime. She has earned $124,666 for trainer Ake Svanstedt who shares ownership with Little E LLC, B Nasstrom, and Silva Stable 45. The ladies starred in two divisions of the Hambletonian Amateur Drivers as Sarah Svanstedt and Hannah Miller score wins with Real DJ Hanover and Danish Durango, respectively. Evelyn Total handle on the 12-race card was $2,629,799 Hambletonian Day is Saturday with a 16-race stakes-filled card beginning at 12:00 p.m. Gates open at 10:00 a.m. The Hambletonian, Hambletonian Oaks, and Sam McKee Memorial will be broadcast during a 90-minute live telecast on CBS Sports Network beginning at 4:00 p.m. For more information, visit www.playmeadowlands.com. Justin Horowitz

WASHINGTON, PA, July 11, 2017 -- A handful for Aaron Merriman for much of the mile, Vivacious Allie got her act together in the Lightning Lane and broke her maiden in a stake-record 1:55 in Tuesday's $167,016 Pennsylvania Sires Stake at The Meadows. The event for freshman filly trotters, known as the Meadow Gladys, was contested over four divisions, with Manchego, Front Circle and Special Hill taking the other splits. Yannick Gingras and trainer Jimmy Takter teamed for a stake double with Manchego and Special Hill. The four winning fillies provided a sire's sweep for their dad, Muscle Hill. With two victories on the 13-race card, Dave Palone pushed his career win total to 17,999. He has 12 scheduled assignments on Wednesday's program. Merriman indicated Vivacious Allie was a little too vivacious early on. "She did every single thing but run in the first turn," he said. "It was a miracle I even kept her trotting. When she flattened out in the stretch, she showed a lot of heart for being as steppy as she was in the turns. I was very impressed with her resiliency." The daughter of Muscle Hill-KD Girl caught Hey Livvy late and defeated her by a head, with Seviyorum third. The time knocked a tick from the stake mark established last year by Fine Tuned Lady and is the fastest this year by a 2-year-old filly trotter on a five-eighths-mile track. Ake Svanstadt trains Vivacious Allie, a $120,000 yearling acquisition, for Hans Enggren. Manchego launched her career with an eye-popping June 30 Meadowlands win in 1:54.4. While not as fast in the Meadow Gladys, she was just as effective, winning on the front in 1:56.2. Tiffany's Flash was 2-1/2 lengths back in second while Msnaughtyashill completed the ticket. "So far she's one of the better-looking fillies, but there are a lot of good fillies out there, so we'll go from there," Gingras said. "Let her do the talking." Black Horse Racing, John Fielding and Herb Liverman campaign Manchego, a $120,000 yearling purchase out of Secret Magic. With her victory, Front Circle, who sold for $110,000 as a yearling, remains undefeated in her two-race career, with both wins from off the trot. That may be unusual for a green trotter, but winning driver Matt Kakaley indicated it's her preferred style. "She's way better with a target -- definitely," Kakaley said. "This one was pretty easy for her -- I didn't even pull the plugs. She won't go much more than she has to; she just gets the job done." Front Circle downed early leader Air Quote Hanover by 1-1/4 lengths, while Olive R Klosov closed well for show. Ron Burke conditions the daughter of Muscle Hill-Sheena Hall for Burke Racing Stable, Silva Purnel & Libby, Michelle Yanek and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. In the $22,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Trot, Jewels In Hock worked hard for the early lead but had little trouble thereafter, prevailing in 1:54.3 for Palone, Burke and owner Crawford Farms Racing. Goodtogo Hanover was second, 2-1/4 lengths in arrears, with Nothing But Nice third. The 5-year-old daughter of Credit Winner-Jewels Galore now boasts $491,193 in career earnings. Wednesday's card at The Meadows features a $120,000 PA Stallion Series stake for freshmen colt and gelding trotters. First post is 1:05 PM. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

Ariana G starts Saturday's $500,000 Earl Beal Jr. Memorial for 3-year-old trotters from an unfavorable spot, but harness racing trainer Jimmy Takter is confident the filly can step up and defeat eight male rivals in one of the season's few remaining preps for August's Hambletonian Stakes. No female trotter has ever competed in the Beal Memorial final in its seven-year history. Ariana G, who received the 2016 Dan Patch and O'Brien awards for best 2-year-old female trotter in the U.S. and Canada, is this year's fastest 3-year-old trotter, with a mark of 1:51.1. Takter has won the Beal three times. Ariana G was among three elimination winners last weekend - along with Long Tom and Perfect Spirit - and begins Saturday's final with driver Yannick Gingras from post No. 8. Horses win 5.8 percent of their starts from post eight at Pocono, which is second to only post nine's 5 percent victory rate for the lowest at the five-eighths-mile oval. "I really think she can win it anyway. I really do," Takter said. "Of course she's got to work a little harder to get out of there, but if Yannick wants to press it, he can. She could be as good as any horse I ever had. "It looks like there could be a lot of horses leaving (quickly from the gate). The horse to beat is Long Tom; he's the one that looked the best in the eliminations. But it is going to be a really interesting race." Ariana G and Long Tom both enter the Beal final undefeated in three races this season. Ariana G is the 5-2 morning line favorite while Long Tom, who starts from post one, is the 3-1 second choice. Both trotters are New Jersey Sire Stakes champions. The Beal is one of four stakes finals Saturday at Pocono, with the $500,000 Ben Franklin Pace for older male pacers, $500,000 Max C. Hempt Memorial for 3-year-old male pacers and $300,000 James M. Lynch Memorial for 3-year-old female pacers. North America Cup champion Fear The Dragon and stablemate Downbytheseaside are the top choices in the Hempt while the top four finishers in the Fan Hanover Stakes -- Bettor's Up, Agent Q, Tequila Monday and Idyllic Beach -- are ready for a rematch in the Lynch. Elimination winners Mel Mara and Keystone Velocity lead the Franklin. Ariana G, who has won 12 of 14 career races and earned $816,467 in purses, is owned by breeders Al Libfeld and Marvin Katz. She is a daughter of stallion Muscle Hill out of the mare Cantab It All and is a full sister to 2016 Hambletonian Oaks winner All The Time. Last week, Ariana G won her Beal elimination in gate-to-wire fashion by 1-1/2 lengths over Bill's Man in 1:53.4. She opened with a :27.3 first quarter-mile and closed with a :27.3 final quarter. The middle half was :58.3. "She had a very nice elimination," Takter said. "I was a little bit concerned bringing in a horse off a three-week layoff; I don't train horses hard between races. I was very happy for her to get a nice mile; she raced for basically a half. She should be sharp. She came out of the race super and felt wonderful here jogging. "She's much more a horse this year," he added. "Last year she was a little awkward looking. She just was fast. Now she is very solid. She grew a good inch and a half and she filled out. She probably weighs 150 pounds more than she did last year. She couldn't be better. She's gorgeous now." Takter is uncertain whether Ariana G will race against the fillies on Aug. 5 in the $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks at the Meadowlands or challenge the boys in the $1 million Hambletonian Stakes. And he is in no rush to make a decision. "We'll just take one step at a time with her," Takter said. Takter remains hopeful that colt Rubio can find consistent winning form in time for the Hambletonian. Rubio has won six of nine career races, with two of his losses -- including a seventh-place finish in his Beal elim -- coming in races in which he went off stride. "I'm still very optimistic about Rubio," Takter said. "I know (last week) he was over-trotting himself in the last turn, but Yannick said he had plenty of go. I know he can go with these horses. I don't say he can go with (returning Dan Patch Award winner) Walner, but he's a very good horse. "If Rubio is really good, then I'll probably keep Ariana in the (Hambletonian Oaks). I've been in this game a long time, and you can look like you have five horses going into the Hambletonian and you have none. And it can look like you have no horses going to the Hambletonian and you have five. There is so much going on. It's how these horses handle these tough races. The main thing is don't get panicked. If you know you have a good horse, you can be a little more patient." Racing at Pocono begins at 6:30 p.m. Saturday. The night's stakes finals are races nine through 12. Following is the field for the Earl Beal Jr. Memorial, which is race 12. For the complete card, click here. PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer-Line 1-Long Tom-Tim Tetrick-Marcus Melander-3/1 2-Perfect Spirit-David Miller-Ake Svanstedt-6/1 3-Sortie-Andy McCarthy-Noel Daley-10/1 4-Moonshiner Hanover-Scott Zeron-Chris Beaver-12/1 5-Bill's Man-Corey Callahan-John Butenschoen-4/1 6-Lucky Matter-Brian Sears-Chris Beaver-20/1 7-Devious Man-Andy Miller-Julie Miller-5/1 8-Ariana G-Yannick Gingras-Jimmy Takter-5/2 9-Dover Dan-Brett Miller-John Butenschoen-15/1 ROAD TO THE HAMBLETONIAN A look at open stakes for 3-year-old male trotters and state-restricted stakes featuring Hambletonian eligibles Date - Track - Event - First - Second - Third May 6 - Freehold - Dexter Cup - Lord Cromwell - Gustavo Fring - Southwind Cobra May 19 - Meadowlands - NJSS - Long Tom - Yes Mickey - Deacon Tony May 19 - Meadowlands - NJSS - What The Hill - Southwind Cobra - New Jersey Viking May 20 - Meadows - PASS - Sortie - Giveitgasandgo - High Glider May 20 - Meadows - PASS - Andy M - Gustavo Fring - Stealth Hanover May 20 - Meadows - PASS - Common Parlance - Brown Bear - Brand New Key May 29 - Vernon - NYSS - Stick With Me Kid - Bill's Man - Top Flight Angel May 29 - Vernon - NYSS - Devious Man - Lord Cromwell - Aces And Eights May 29 - Vernon - NYSS - Enterprise - Swell Chap - Meetmeinthemiddle June 2 - Meadowlands - NJSS Final - Long Tom - King On The Hill - What The Hill June 3 - Meadows - Currier & Ives - Fraser Ridge - Meme Hanover - Muay Hanover June 3 - Meadows - Currier & Ives - Moonshiner Hanover - Giveitgasandgo - Lars Perry June 3 - Meadows - Currier & Ives - Sortie - Dover Dan - Always A Good Time June 9 - Mohawk - Goodtimes Elim - International Moni - Guardian Angel As - Jake June 9 - Mohawk - Goodtimes Elim - Enterprise - AWOL Hanover - Shake It Off Lindy June 9 - Vernon - EBC Elim - Bill's Man - Such An Angel - Stick With Me Kid June 9 - Vernon - EBC Elim - Devious Man - Swell Chap - Lord Cromwell June 10 - Pocono - PASS - Rubio - Muscles Jared - Di Oggi June 10 - Pocono - PASS - Dover Dan - Moonshiner Hanover - Sir John F June 10 - Pocono - PASS - Giveitgasandgo - President Lindy - Andy M June 17 - Mohawk - Goodtimes - International Moni - Mass Production - Seven And Seven June 18 - Vernon - Empire Breeders Classic - Devious Man - Bill's Man - Stick With Me Kid June 24 - Pocono - Beal Elimination - Long Tom - Sortie - Lucky Matter June 24 - Pocono - Beal Elimination - Perfect Spirit - Devious Man - Dover Dan June 24 - Pocono - Beal Elimination - Ariana G* - Bill's Man - Moonshiner Hanover July 1 - Pocono - Earl Beal Jr. Memorial - July 9 - Pocono - PA All Stars - July 15 - Meadowlands - Stanley Dancer Memorial - July 22 - Meadowlands - Tompkins-Geers - July 29 - Meadowlands - Reynolds - Aug. 5 - Meadowlands - Hambletonian - Hambletonian eligible in bold *Filly; also eligible to Hambletonian Oaks Ken Weingartner  

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