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Winner: Jimmy Takter won three Breeders Crown races and is already an amazing $5.4 million ahead of last year’s $7.8 million earning’s figure. Shake It Cerry was already assured of a division win, while Father Patrick and Pinkman probably won their divisions last night. Loser: Always A Virgin came into the BC poised to have two winners and, if that happened, two division titles. This would have given the ten-year-old stallion, and the Indiana program he spearheads, a huge boost. Unfortunately, Always B Miki scratched out of the sophomore colt pace and his filly counterpart, Color’s A Virgin, was too far back in her race and finished fourth. Winner: McWicked stepped up and seized control of a floundering division with his BC victory. Neither the Adios nor the Hempt would rate grade one status in today’s environment, so McWicked needed a top shelf win to bolster his resume. That combined with his earning’s lead should give him a solid shot at division supremacy. Casie Coleman said he may have one more start in him. That would no doubt be the Progress Pace, which he can supplement to for $25,000. A win in the Progress should secure division honors. Loser: Joe Holloway had a clear path to a division title and a start in the lucrative TVG with Always B Miki, but that one was a late scratch when he injured a leg in his stall just prior to post time. Beyond that, Holloway came into the season positioned to dominate the aged pacing mares with four-year-old hotshots Shebestingin and Somwherovrarainbow. However, Rainbow finished tenth in the BC while the world record holder, Shebestingin, has only started three times since the end of July—all losing efforts. Winner: Yannick Gingras added $1.5 million to his earning’s pile over the past week. He has now handily eclipsed Tim Tetrick’s $16.1 million winning total from last year and Gingras is already $2.2 million up on what he earned in all of 2013. He won four BC races, and no doubt would have had five if he maintained his relationship with JK She’salady. Loser: Tony Alagna, the third leading trainer last year and currently ranked seventh, didn’t have any starters in the dozen BC finals. Captaintreacherous has been retired and Artspeak was shut down for the season. It’s unusual for a trainer like Alagna, who specialized in high-end stock, to be a bystander come BC weekend. Last year he won with Captain T and was second to Nitelife with Authorize. Erv Miller, who is the third ranked trainer on the earning’s list, also had no starters, but that’s not really his field of play. Winner: John Campbell’s off the pace wins with 4-1 Thinking Out Loud and 10-1 Shelliscape give him a record 47 Breeders Crown wins. Winner: Father Patrick has won 22 of his 28 lifetime starts and earned $1.6 million this year—$235,000 more than any other NA trotter or pacer. Yet, as was the case with Captaintreacherous during his sophomore season, Patrick seems to take a lot of heat. Going into last night’s race it was understood that a win by Nuncio would give him the division as well as serious Horse of the Year consideration. But now Patrick owns the division for good and will be given an opportunity to further his redemption for losses in the Hambletonion, Matron and Erskine when and if he takes on his elders in the TVG. Winner: JK She’salady probably secured Horse of the Year honors with her BC win in track and stakes record time. She completed a perfect 12 win season. The daughter of Art Major would be the first freshman filly ever to win that award. Loser: Jeff Gural had to be pleased that the weather cooperated and business was good over Breeders Crown weekend. However, BC wins by Traceur Hanover, trained by the indefinitely suspended Corey Johnson, and the PJ Fraley trainee Shelliscape, had to leave him with a sour stomach. Fraley, along with Rene Allard, whose Yagonnakissmeornot finished fifth as the favorite in the aged mare pace, were both deemed persona non grata by Gural last year. Legal precedent and BC staking rules left him with no choice but to allow the trio to compete. After Traceur won the freshman pace Johnson, who towered over everyone else in the winner’s circle, drew all eyes. The fact that good guy Andy Miller drove Traceur and handled the post-race interview offered some relief for Meadowlands and Breeders Crown execs. Winner: Hanover Shoe Farms had a very good weekend. Nineteen-year-old Western Ideal, who had grown out of favor with the buyers as his New Jersey eligibility lingered on, has turned that around of late. His son Always A Virgin has generated plenty of publicity this year and now Hanover has Traceur Hanover to join Artspeak at the vanguard of the freshman pacing ranks. The latter was a winner because In The Arsenal, who finished second behind Traceur Hanover, did not wrestle the division away from him. Also, Pinkman, winner of the two-year-old colt trot, gives the young stallion Explosive Matter the potential star performer he’s been searching for. Hanover also got wins from Father Patrick, a son of their premier trotting stallion Cantab Hall, and Donato’s daughter Shake It Cerry. Winner: With Thinking Out Loud, who is not a viable candidate for division honors, winning the BC open pace, Sweet Lou, who was second, set himself up nicely for division honors. Winner: Marginal pacing stallions stepped to the fore over the weekend. McArdle is trying to establish himself in slots rich Ohio and having McWicked, his number two son after One More Laugh, win the BC and in so doing pave the way for a division title, helps immeasurably in that regard. And ten-year-old Tell All has failed to light it up thus far in the stallion ranks, but that win by supplemental entry, Sayitall BB, certainly helps. Bob McIntosh would probably scoff at the notion that Ponder is a marginal stallion, but the volume has been so thin that it sometimes seems like they all belong to him. Diamond Creek is currently addressing that issue in Pennsylvania. Adding a BC trophy to Thinking Out Loud’s hardware collection will give the effort a boost. And while Artiscape’s great daughter Rainbow Blue has a BC trophy on the mantle; paternal sister Shelliscape now has two of them. by Joe FitzGerald for   http://viewfromthegrandstand.blogspot.com  

MCWICKED TAKES BREEDERS CROWN COLT PACE

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ – One of two namesakes of the popular AMC drama Breaking Bad, the Jimmy Takter-trained Pinkman took the lead into the backstretch and held off all foes to win the $500,000 Breeders Crown Two-Year-Old Colt Trot in 1:53.2.   Guess Whos Back gained control, while Uncle Lasse loomed closer to his outside. Through a :27.4 first quarter, Uncle Lasse (Ron Piere) took the lead. Pinkman soon followed the move of his stable mate, and gained the lead before the half.   Once in front, Pinkman was left uncontested through fractions of :56.4 and 1:25.3. French Laundry (Brett Miller) led the two-wide charge, with Muscle Diamond (John Campbell) riding his back.   Pinkman was drifting off the cones through the stretch, allowing French Laundry to dive to the inside and attempt to gain ground. Muscle Diamond put in his final charge towards the center of the course, and could only finish second to Pinkman, doing so in a track and stakes time. French Laundry was third, and Habitat (Brian Sears) was fourth. "I qualified him two starts ago, Gingras said, "and he was so good on the front in the qualifier. Last week in the eliminations, Brian came and I let him go, but tonight I felt it was his race to lose and I wanted him up on the front." "You know I love the Breeders Crown," said co-owner John FIelding. "We didn’t have much confidence in Pinkamn in the early stages, but boy has he come on since September, he’s just really turned into a different horse. We had him for sale and the magical Jimmy Takter got him figured out and he just went straight forward since then; he’s just been a real great surprise." Bred by O Narutac Equine Nursery, he’s owned by Christina Takter, John and Jim Fielding, Joe Mc Clelland, and Herb Liverman. Pinkman paid $4.00 to win. He closes out the 2014 season with six wins in just eight starts with earnings of $566,000.   Pinkman       by Ray Cotolo, for the Breeders Crown  

Canadians were prominent at the 2014 Breeders Crown championships at the Meadowlands Racetrack in New Jersey with two wins, two seconds and three thirds in four Breeders Crown races on Friday.   The good Breeders Crown form held on Saturday night as Canadian-connected horses added five wins, two seconds and two thirds for a championship total of seven wins, four seconds and five thirds.   Also, John Campbell, originally from Ailsa Craig, Ontario, drove Shelliscape to a win in the Mare Pace (Race 8).   Here are the results for the Canadian connected horses from Saturday races:   Race 11 - $500,000 Open Trot   #4 Maven SECOND - Owner: Herb Liverman (Montreal, QC).   #5 Flanagan Memory FOURTH - Trainer: Rene Dion (Saint-Lazare, QC). - Owners: Liette Flanagan (Repentigny, QC) and Rene Dion (Saint-Lazare, QC).   #10 Intimidate SIXTH - Driver: Sylvain Filion (Milton, ON) - Trainer: Luc Blais (Lochaber Ouest, QC) - Owners: Determination (Westmount, QC) and Judith Farrow (Hemmingford, QC).   Race 10 - $531,250 3-year-old Colt & Gelding Pace   #3 Mcwicked WON - Trainer: Casie Coleman (Cambridge, ON).   #9 Luck Be Withyou FIFTH - Owner: John Craig (North York, ON).   Race 9 - $500,000 3-year-old Colt & Gelding Trot   #5 Il Sogno Dream SEVENTH - Owners: Bill Manes (Rockwood, ON), Dan Manes (Erin, ON), Leonard Christopher (Acton, ON) and Randy Christopher (Rockwood, ON).   #6 Father Patrick WON - Co-Owners: John Fielding (Toronto, ON), Al Libfeld (Pickering, ON), Sam Goldband and Marvin Katz (Toronto, ON).   #9 Harper Blue Chip FOURTH - Owners: Landmark 6 Racing Stable (Kingston, ON), David McDonald (Cornwall, ON), David Reid (Glenburnie, ON) and George Judson (Athens, ON).   #10 E L Titan SECOND - Trainer: Riina Rekila (Campbellville, ON).   Race 8 - $281,250 Mare Pace   #3 Voelz Hanover NINTH - Trainer: Corey Johnson (Guelph, ON). - Owner: Richard Berthiaume (Pointe-Aux-Trembles, QC).   #5 Yagonnakissmeornot SIXTH - Co-Owners: Allard Racing Inc (Saint-Esprit, QC) and Yves Sarrazin (La Presentation, QC).   Race 7 - $500,000 2-year-old Colt & Gelding Pace   #2 Traceur Hanover WON - Trainer: Corey Johnson (Rockwood, ON). - Owner: Richard Berthiaume (Pointe-Aux-Trembles, QC).   #4 Franzo TENTH - Co-Owner: Lothlorien (Cheltenham, ON).   #5 Go Daddy Go FIFTH - Trainer: Bob McIntosh (Windsor, ON). - Owners: Robert McIntosh Stables Inc (Windsor, ON) and Dave Boyle (Bowmanville, ON).   #6 Sicily FOURTH - Trainer: Nikolas Drennan (Burlington, ON) - Co-Owners: Brad Shackman (Calgary, AB) and Nikolas Drennan (Burlington, ON).   #8 Soto NINTH - Co-Owners: John & Jim Fielding (Toronto, ON) and R A W Equine (Burlington, ON).   Race 6 - $400,000 Open Pace   #2 Modern Legend FOURTH - Trainer: Dave Drew (St. Catharines, ON). - Owner: Dave Drew Associates Inc (St. Catharines, ON).   #3 State Treasurer THIRD - Trainer: Dr. Ian Moore (Guelph, ON). - Owners: Sally MacDonald (Souris, PE) and Paul MacDonald (Regina, SK).   #4 Thinking Out Loud WON - Trainer: Bob McIntosh (Windsor, ON). - Co-Owners: Robert McIntosh Stables Inc (Windsor, ON) and Al McIntosh Holdings Inc (Leamington, ON).   Race 5 - $500,000 2-year-old Filly Pace   #1 Southwind Roulette NINTH - Co-Owner: Brad Grant (Milton, ON).   #8 Heavenly Bride EIGHTH -Trainer: Casie Coleman (Cambridge, ON).   Race 4 - $500,000 2-year-old Colt & Gelding Trot   #1 French Laundry THIRD - Co-Owners: John & Jim Fielding (Toronto, ON), Al Libfeld (Pickering, ON) and Marvin Katz (Toronto, ON).   #2 Walter White SEVENTH - Co-Owners: John & Jim Fielding (Toronto, ON) and R A W Equine (Burlington, ON).   #5 Pinkman WON - Co-Owners: John & Jim Fielding (Toronto, ON) and Herb Liverman (Montreal, QC).   #7 Guess Whos Back TENTH - Trainer: Nikolas Drennan (Burlington, ON). - Co-Owner: Brad Shackman (Calgary, AB)   #8 Uncle Lasse FIFTH - Co-Owner: John Fielding (Toronto, ON).   Here are the results for the Canadian connected horses from Friday races:   Race 10 - $593,750 3-year-old Filly Pace   #1 Major Dancer SECOND - Trainer: Casie Coleman (Cambridge, ON). - Owners: West Wins Stable (Cambridge, ON), Mac Nichol (Burlington, ON) and Adriano Sorella (Milton, ON).   #2 Beach Gal THIRD - Trainer: David Menary (Rockton, ON). - Owners: Kenneth Ewen (Georgetown, ON), Hewvilla Farms Inc (Mount Forest, ON), Denis Breton (Welland, ON) and Menary Racing Inc (Rockton, ON).   #3 Gettiggreadytoroll NINTH - Co-Owners: John & Jim Fielding (Toronto, ON).   #6 Uffizi Hanover SEVENTH - Owners: Al Libfeld (Pickering, ON), Marvin Katz and Sam Goldband (Toronto, ON).   #10 Precocious Beauty FIFTH - Driver: Doug McNair (Guelph, ON). - Trainer: Gregg McNair (Guelph, ON).   Race 9 - $500,000 3-year-old Filly Trot   #3 Shake It Cerry WON - Co-Owner: John Fielding (Toronto, ON).   #4 Stuck By Lindy THIRD - Co-Owners: Melvin Hartman (Ottawa, ON) and R A W Equine Inc (Burlington, ON).   #5 Cantabs Fortune FIFTH - Driver: Rick Zeron (Oakville, ON). - Trainer: Rick Zeron (Oakville, ON). - Owners: Rick Zeron Stables (Oakville, ON), Paul Marion (Marionville, ON) and Ferme Rico Limitee (Vars, ON).   #8 Riveting Rosie SEVENTH - Driver: Paul Macdonell (Guelph, ON). - Trainer John Bax (Cavan Monaghan, ON). - Owners: Parkhill Stud Farm (Peterborough, ON), Don Allensen (Wyoming, ON), Joseph Parkinson and John Hayes (Sharon, ON).   Race 8 - $500,000 2-year-old Filly Trot   #2 Wild Honey TENTH - Co-Owners: John & Jim Fielding (Toronto, ON) and Herb Liverman (Montreal, QC).   #3 Danielle Hall SECOND - Driver: Jody Jamieson (Moffat, ON). - Trainer: Carl Jamieson (Rockwood, ON). - Owners: Carl Jamieson (Rockwood, ON) and Thomas Kyron (Toronto, ON).   #6 Stubborn Belle FIFTH - Driver: Paul Macdonell - Trainer: John Bax (Cavan Monaghan, ON). - Owners: Al Libfeld (Pickering, ON) and Parkhill Stud Farm (Peterborough, ON).   #7 Lilu Hanover EIGHTH - Co-Owners: Marvin Katz (Toronto, ON) and Al Libfeld (Pickering, ON).   #9 Livininthefastlane THIRD - Owners: Marvin Katz and Sam Goldband (Toronto, ON) and Al Libfeld (Pickering, ON).   #10 Smexi FOURTH - Co-Owners: John & Jim Fielding (Toronto, ON) and Herb Liverman (Montreal, QC)   Race 7 - $250,000 Mare Trot   #1 Intense America SIXTH - Trainer: Rene Dion (Saint-Lazare, QC). - Owner: Ecurie Gaetan Bono Inc. (Montreal, QC)   #3 Bee A Magician WON - Co-Owners: Melvin Hartman (Ottawa, ON) and Herb Liverman (Montreal, QC).   #6 Charmed Life FOURTH - Driver: Jody Jamieson (Moffat, ON). - Trainer: David Menary (Rockton, ON). - Owners: Menary Racing Inc (Rockton, ON), Brad Gray (Dundas, ON) and Michael Guerriero (Puslinch, ON)   by John Siscos, for WEG  

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - Leaving from post 8, Sayitall BB gained control of the race early and held her harness racing foes at bay as she advanced to a 1:50.3 score in the $593,750 Breeders Crown Three-Year-Old Filly Pace Final at the Meadowlands Friday. Driver Yannick Gingras gained the lead with ease entering the backstretch, while Major Dancer drafted in the pocket. Fractions of :27.2 and :55.4 were set by Sayitall BB, who remained unchallenged heading to three-quarters in 1:24.1. Major Dancer edged out of the pocket and pressured Sayitall BB through the stretch. Yet, the Ron Burke-trained Sayitall Bb remained in control and held off Major Dancer to win in 1:50.3. Beach Gal was third. Bred by Robert Bendel, she is owned by Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi. Yannick Gingras won his eighth Breeders Crown, while Ron Burke won his ninth. "She really didn’t have any stake races," Ron Burke said, "she was lightly staked so I just turned her out and figured we’d have her good for the end of the year and for once the plan worked. She’s Go On BB’s sister, it’s a great family, we played a lot of money with. Last week we thought we missed the final, I thought we were 6th. I had already started sending out an apology text to all the owners for putting up the money and we slid in, and you just need a little luck once in a while." Gallie Bythe Beach was a late scratch.Say It All BB paid $21.00 to win. Sayitall BB   by Ray Cotolo, for the Breeders Crown

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - The Ron Burke-trained Mission Brief, maintaining her stride throughout the mile, patiently progressed to the front and trotted away from her competition to a 1:51.4 score in the $500,000 Breeders Crown Two-Year-Old Filly Trot at The Meadowlands on Friday, November 21. Wiclet Hanover gained the lead early, while Wild Honey tracked in the pocket. Driver Yannick Gingras guided Mission Brief advanced uncovered approaching the quarter, which was timed in :26.4. Wild Honey went off stride in the pocket, and Mission Brief cleared the lead into the backstretch. Unchallenged through fractions of :55.3 and 1:24.1, she drew away by 4¾ lengths with Danielle Hall chasing in second, Livininthefastlane in third, and Smexi in fourth. Mission Brief crossed the wire in a stakes record of 1:51.4, lowering the previous record of 1:53.4 set by Shake It Cerry last year. "The strategy was making the front whenever I had to," Yannick Gingras said, "and I didn’t really want to pressure too much in the first length for no reason. I thought I’d let the dust settle and she was so well behaved tonight she was letting me do what I had to do and she showed what she can do. "In Lexington she went a scary mile," Yannick explained,  "but tonight she could have gone 1:50 tonight just as easily as she went 1:51.4. I showed her the whip around last and she got into another gear and she had more than that. The talent this filly has is unbelievable, as long as she stays sound in her brain and she lets us do what we want to do with her she’s going to do amazing things." Bred by Black Creek Farm and S. Stewart, she is owned by Burke Racing Stable, Our Horse Cents Stables, Jerry & Theresa Silva Stables, and Weaver Bruscemi. She paid $2.80 to win. Mission Brief by Ray Cotolo, for the Breeders Crown

No matter what Maven accomplishes in Saturday's $500,000 Breeders Crown Open Trot at the Meadowlands, she will always be special to driver Yannick Gingras. Gingras was with the now 5-year-old mare when she went to the track for her first qualifier, back in June 2011 at the Meadowlands. He was behind Maven for her first start, a winning effort in a division of the Pennsylvania Sires Stakes at the Meadows, less than a month later. They teamed with previous trainer Jonas Czernyson to win Breeders Crown trophies at ages 3 and 4, and picked up the 2013 Dan Patch Award for best older female trotter. All totaled, Gingras has raced Maven in 46 of her 52 career races, winning 26. Now they will try to beat the boys in the Breeders Crown Open Trot. If they do, it will be the first time a mare has won the race since Moni Maker in 1998. Maven won last week's single elimination by a neck over Your So Vain in 1:52.2, starting from post 10 and racing on the outside for the entire mile. Maven, purchased earlier this month for $750,000 by Herb Liverman and turned over to trainer Jimmy Takter, will start the final from post four and is the 4-1 third choice on the morning line behind 3-1 favorite Commander Crowe and 7-2 Market Share. Commander Crowe and Market Share received byes to the final. "I think she's only going to be better," Gingras said. "It wasn't the best of weeks last week, Jimmy didn't really have much time to do anything. "But she was awesome last week. She was parked for every step and still was trotting at the wire. I think she can get a good mile in (1):51 this weekend. Whether it will be enough, I'm not sure, but I'm not afraid of anybody in the race, I can tell you that." For her career, Maven has won 29 of 52 races and earned $1.60 million. She finished second to Market Share in last year's American-National Stakes as the only mare in the race, and earlier this season went to Sweden for the Elitlopp Invitational, where she finished third in her elimination and sixth in the final. "It would definitely mean a lot to win this one, there's no doubt about that," Gingras said. "But she's already been really special and is always going to be a very special horse to me. And the ride is not over. There's a lot more left with her for sure." by Ken Weingartner, for Harness Racing Communications  

The race for divisional honors could become clearer, or further muddled, depending on the outcome of Saturday's $531,250 Breeders Crown for 3-year-old male harness racing pacers at the Meadowlands. No fewer than eight horses in the 3-year-old male pacing division can claim at least one major open stakes triumph this season. The Pacing Triple Crown races - the Cane Pace, Little Brown Jug and Messenger - were won by Lyonssomewhere, Limelight Beach and All Bets Off, respectively. Among the richest remaining open stakes for 3-year-old male pacers, the North America Cup went to JK Endofanera, the Meadowlands Pace to He's Watching, the Max C. Hempt Memorial and Delvin Miller Adios to McWicked, the Monument Circle to Always B Miki, and the Matron to Big Boy Dreams. Always B Miki, JK Endofanera, Limelight Beach and McWicked are among the 10 horses in Saturday's Breeders Crown. So is Luck Be Withyou, who won last season's Breeders Crown for 2-year-olds, as well as Little Brown Jug runner-up Let's Drink On It. Limelight Beach and Always B Miki won their respective Breeders Crown eliminations last weekend. Always B Miki, who won by a neck over JK Endofanera in 1:50 for his fifth consecutive victory, drew post No. 4 and is the 8-5 morning line favorite. Limelight Beach, who won by a half-length over McWicked in 1:49.3, got post five and is the 3-1 third choice behind 5-2 JK Endofanera. Although the Progress Pace and Cleveland Classic follow the Breeders Crown, many will look to Saturday night to provide some clarity about the division picture. "I think Always B Miki has come on really good in the fall," said Yannick Gingras, who drives rival Limelight Beach. "If he wins, I think it gives him the division. The same thing for JK Endofanera. Limelight Beach, if he wins this, I think there will be talk there too. After that, I'm not sure." Always B Miki is a homebred son of Always A Virgin-Artstopper from Joe Hurley's Roll The Dice Stable and named in honor of Hurley's wife. Hurley owns the colt with Mitchel Skolnick's multi-partnered Bluewood Stable and Martin Granoff's Val D'Or Farms. His victories include his Crown elim, Monument Circle, Indiana Sire Stakes championship, and divisions of the Tattersalls Pace and Bluegrass Stakes. He has finished no worse than second in 12 consecutive starts, winning nine. For the season, he has won 12 of 19 starts and $791,482. One of his runner-up finishes came to He's Watching in world-record-equaling 1:46.4 in the Meadowlands Pace despite starting from post nine and racing on the outside - three to four wide at times - the entire way. "That was probably the biggest mile I've ever seen a horse go," said David Miller, who drives Always B Miki for six-time Breeders Crown-winning trainer Joe Holloway. "It was unbelievable." Always B Miki was supplemented to the Breeders Crown for $62,500. "It is unbelievably unexpressionable; that's all I can say," Hurley said about having the Breeders Crown favorite. "It's ecstasy." When Miller was asked if Always B Miki compared favorably to No Pan Intended, a 3-year-old colt pacer Miller drove to Horse of the Year honors in 2003, he replied with a grin, "Oh yeah, for sure." Always B Miki's half-sister, Yagonnakissmeornot, is the favorite in Saturday's $281,250 Breeders Crown Mare Pace. But family connections are not limited to Always B Miki as JK Endofanera's full sister, JK She'salady, is the favorite in Saturday's $500,000 Breeders Crown for 2-year-old filly pacers. JK Endofanera is a homebred son of Art Major-Presidential Lady owned by Alan, Ron and Steve Katz's 3 Brothers Stables. He was named to honor the Katz's late father, Jack Katz, as well as veterinarian Dr. Stephen P. Dey II, who passed away the day the horse was foaled at the Dey family's Heritage Hill Farm. The colt is trained by six-time Breeders Crown winner Ron Burke and driven by Ron Pierce. JK Endofanera's wins this year include the North America Cup, American-National Stakes and a division of the Tattersalls Pace. He has won 10 of 17 starts this year and $956,145. "I couldn't be happier with the way the horse raced (in his elimination) or the way I raced him," Pierce said. "He had a lot of pace. I'm very happy with him and I feel very confident going into next week. I really feel good about him and the trip he got. Even though I was on top at the half, he was well within himself." Limelight Beach, a son of Somebeachsomewhere-Benear, was winless in his first 12 starts this season before capturing his opening heat and the final of the Little Brown Jug in September. The gelding was purchased by the Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, and M1 Stable in July, with one of the original owners, Wingfield Brothers, remaining on board. In seven starts beginning with Jug Day, Limelight Beach has five wins and a second-place finish. His only off-the-board finish came in the American-National Stakes when he went off stride and was fifth. "He jumped something," Gingras said. "I'm not sure what he saw. I didn't see anything, but he saw something." Limelight Beach has made 12 starts for Burke, finishing worse than third only twice. He finished fourth in his first race, was found to have bled, and added Lasix for subsequent starts. His wins include divisions of the Circle City and Bluegrass Stakes, plus his elimination for the Breeders Crown. "Even two weeks before the Jug you could tell he was coming around a little bit," Gingras said. "He was racing better and better every week, the addition of Lasix I think helped him, and he was finally healthy. It all came together in the Jug and he's been really good since." McWicked, who is 6-1 on the morning line, also could make a statement for year-end honors. The son of McArdle-Western Sahara has nine victories in 20 starts, including a world-record 1:47.3 mile in the Hempt at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, and a division-best $1.03 million in purses. He was first-time Lasix in his Breeders Crown elimination after three consecutive third-place finishes. "I've been real happy with him," said Casie Coleman, a three-time Breeders Crown winner who trains McWicked for owner Ed James' S S G Stables. "I'm not a big fan of Lasix, but I decided to try it. He seems to be bouncing back at the right time. He trained (Wednesday) and was real sharp. "This division has been wide open, it's been a different winner almost every big race. It's been good racing, and good betting races, because you never know what's going to happen with this group. I'm thinking if one of these horses like JK Endofanera, McWicked, Always B Miki, Limelight Beach ends up winning the Breeders Crown, division honors is looking pretty favorable in their direction." $531,250 3-YEAR-OLD COLT PACE 1. Let's Drink On It, Tyler Smith, Joe Seekman, 15-1; 2. Somesizesomestyle, Matt Kakaley, Ron Burke, 30-1; 3. McWicked, Brian Sears, Casie Coleman, 6-1; 4. Always B Miki, David Miller, Joe Holloway, 8-5; 5. Limelight Beach, Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke, 3-1; 6. JK Endofanera, Ron Pierce, Ron Burke, 5-2; 7. Doo Wop Hanover, John Campbell, Steve Elliott, 20-1; 8. Somestarsomewhere, Matt Kakaley, Ron Burke, 30-1; 9. Luck Be Withyou, Brian Sears, Chris Oakes, 20-1; 10. Capital Account, Brett Miller, Jimmy Takter, 30-1. by Ken Weingartner, for Harness Racing Communications  

Not only did Maven beat her nine harness racing male rivals in winning the $25,000 Breeders Crown elimination for older horses. Not only did she do it having to start from the far outside in post ten. Not only did she make her second start for a new trainer a winning effort. But she also did it having to close from sixth place around the final turn. Quick Deal (Corey Callahan) was first to show with Wheeling N Dealin (Rick Zeron) sitting the pocket trip and Sevruga (Andy Miller) stuck first-over to the quarter in :27.2 with Arch Madness (Brian Sears) second over. Maven and Yannick Gingras was just getting into gear third over following Archangle (Brian Sears) on the outside. Then after the half mile in :56, Quick Deal went off-stride and Callahan sharply took him inside as to not hinder the field. Sevruga was able to take the lead, Arch Madness then came first-over and they went to the three-quarters in 1:24.2. Turning for home Sevruga began to fade as Arch Madness came on but then there was Maven and Gingras pouring it on to take the lead and following them with a ton of speed was Your So Vain and Ake Svantedt. Your So Vain kept gaining ground but it was too late as Maven held on to win by a half-length in 1:52.2. “She really showed me in the post parade she was going to be good,” said Yannick Gingras. “She was parked out with cover the whole, it was an OK trip, not the worst.  It was about as good as it was going to get. She is such a great horse. She didn’t have the best of weeks from the sale and being able to race on the outside the whole mile and still dug in she showed what a great horse she is.” Your So Vain was second with Flanagan Memory (Brett Miller) third. Also making it to the final next week were Archangle in fifth and Arch Madness in sixth. Maven paid $6.60 to win. A five-year-old mare by Glidemaster, she is now trained by Jimmy Takter as she was purchased at the Harrisburg sale for $750,000 earlier this month by Herb Liverman of Miami Beach, FL. By Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink.com

Even being just an elimination division, both Always B Miki and Limelight Beach were not holding back at all as they both steamrolled their way to victory over stellar fields to win their respective $25,000 Breeders Crown elimination divisions at the Meadowlands Saturday. JK Endofanera (Ron Pierce) was first on the lead with Luck Be With You (Brian Sears) sitting the pocket trip to the first quarter in :27. Then David Miller came charging up first-over and scooted right to the lead before the half mile in :55. With the lead firmly in their control, Always B Miki raced along as He’s Watching (Tim Tetrick) came first-over with a brush at the three-quarters in 1:23.1 with Let’s Drink On It (Tyler Smith) grabbing the second-over cover. Then as Always B Miki make the turn for him, Miller urged him on and ate up some more track and held off KJ Endofanera to win by a half length in 1:50. Let’s Drink On It was third. Also making the final was Somesizesomestyle fourth and Luck Be Withyou fifth. “He’s been real sharp,” David Miller said. “He raced great again tonight. This was one of his biggest efforts and he keeps on coming. When I asked him he paced right off to the wire. He seems to be in good shape.” Paying $3.00 to win, it was the fifth straight win and eighth victory of the season for Always B Miki. The son of Always A Virgin is trained by Joe Holloway and co-owned by Bluewood Stable, Val D’Or Farms and the Roll The Dice Stable who also bred Always B Miki. Always B Miki  Limelight Beach and driver Yannick Gingras were just as impressive in wiring the field in their elimination division, winning by one length in 1:49.3. Capital Account (Brett Miller) sat the pocket seat through fractions of :26.2 and :54.3 as McWicked (Brian Sears) was slowly moving up first-over. By the three-quarters in 1:23, McWicked nearly caught up with the leaders, giving Lyonssomewhere (John Campbell) live cover. But coming down the stretch Limelight Beach remained the strong horse, winning in hand with a :26.3 final quarter over a game McWicked with Doo Wop Hanover (Ron Pierce) third. Also making the final next week were Somestarsomewhere fourth and Capital Account fifth. “Just before he won the Little Brown Jug he has some good seconds and thirds,” Yannick Gingras said of Limelight Beach being 0 for 12 to start off the year. “He has just gotten better and better since then. Only hiccup was the race in Chicago. He (McWicked) gave me a good run in the stretch. I was confident that my horse had a good quarter left in him.” It was the fifth win on the year for Limelight Beach. The son of Somebeachsomewhere is trained by Ron Burke and is owned by the Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, the M1 Stable and Wingfield Brothers. He paid $3.60 to win. Limelight Beach By Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink.com

The Jimmy Takter Stable kicked off Day Two of the Breeders Crown eliminations at the Meadowlands Saturday in grand style, winning both $25,000 divisions for two-year-old trotting colts with Pinkman and French Laundry. Pinkman and Yannick Gingras took the early lead away from Guess Who’s Back (George Brennan) after an opening quarter mile in :27.3. Habitat (Brian Sears) was parked out and kept on going with Habitat and they cleared to the lead by the half mile marker in :57. Then Guess Who’s Back came back first-over with The Bank (Jimmy Takter) grabbing the live outside cover to the three-quarters in 1:26.3. Down the stretch Guess Who’s Back collared and started to pass Habitat, but Sears came back with Habitat but it was all in vain as Gringras weaved Pinkman to clearance and came charging down to the wire to beat The Bank by a half length in 1:54.1. Guess Who’s Back and Habitat finished in a dead heat for third with Walter White (Scott Zeron) grabbing fifth place and making it to next week’s final. It was the fifth win in just seven starts for Pinkman, a gelded son of Explosive Matter who paid $4.40 to win. He was a $70,000 yearling purchase and is co-owned by Christina Takter, John & Jim Fielding, J McClelland and Herb Liverman. Pinkman French Laundry got an uncharacteristic second over trip and used it for well for driver Brett Miller in winning the second Breeders Crown elimination division for freshman trotting colts. Uncle Lasse (Ron Pierce) was first on the lead but after the opening quarter in :28 it was Whataworkout and driver Scott Zeron pressing to the lead at the half mile in :56.4. That moved flushed out Stonebridge Force (Ake Svanstedt) first-over and they gave French Laundry the needed outside cover past the three-quarters in 1:27.1. Racing down the stretch Miller was able to get French Laundry into gear late and as he started to pull away, John Campbell with race favorite Muscle Diamond came charging at them but it was too late as French Laundry held on to win by a neck in 1:55.1. Suit And Tie was third with Piercewave Hanover fourth and Uncle Lasse fifth to complete the finalists for next week. It was the second straight win and seventh victory on the year for French Laundry. The son of Muscles Yankee paid $9.80 to win for co-owners Christina Takter, John & Jim Fielding and Marvin Katz. French Laundry By Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink.com

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. Post positions for the $500,000 freshman Breeders Crown filly pace and trot finals and the $593,750 3-year-old filly pace were drawn tonight at The Meadowlands Racetrack. Elim winners in an order determined by lot, are then placed in the draw for post positions 1 through 5. After those are drawn all other post positions are drawn for the remaining eight horse. Mission Brief and Wild Honey were heavily favored in their respective elims, paying just sixty cents on the dollar to their backers. Mission Brief, from the Burke Stable, went first in the shake and got post five. Wild Honey then drew post two. $500,000 2-Year-Old Filly Trot: (drivers listed from eliminations) 1. Love Me Madly, John Campbell, Ross Croghan 2. Wild Honey, Yannick Gingras, Jimmy Takter 3. Danielle Hall, Jody Jamieson, Carl Jamieson. 4. Wiclet Hanover, Ake Svanstadt, Ake Svanstadt; 5. Mission Brief, Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke 6. Stubborn Belle, Paul Macdonell, John Bax 7. Lilu Hanover, Scott Zeron, Jimmy Takter 8. Hot Start, Brian Sears, Jonas Czernyson 9. Livininthefastlane, Tim Tetrick, Julie Miller 10. Smexi, Corey Callahan, Jimmy Takter AE1 Sarcy AE2 Scented Roses The completed field is as follows: Undefeated filly JK She'salady extended her winning streak to 11 while Heart Major was placed first after an incident-plagued elimination race that ended with winner Ideal Nuggets set back to sixth for interfering with Well Hello There and fifth placed finisher Happiness placed seventh for multiple pylon violations. First in the draw was Heart Major, receiving pill number 5. JK She'salady then got post 4. $500,000 2-Year-Old Filly Pace: (drivers listed from eliminations) 1. Southwind Roulette, Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke 2. Divine Caroline, Corey Callahan, Joe Holloway 3. Happy Becky, David Miller, Casie Coleman 4. JK She'salady, Tim Tetrick, Nancy Johansson 5. Heart Major, Ron Pierce, Joe Pavia Jr. 6. Bettor Be Steppin, Corey Callahan, Joe Holloway 7. Well Hello There, Matt Kakaley, Ron Burke 8. Bettor N Better, Ron Pierce, Ron Burke 9. Heavenly Bride, Brian Sears, Casie Coleman 10. Sassa Hanover, Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke AE1 Ideal Nuggets AE2 The Show Returns Color's A Virgin continued her march towards divisional honors, making short work of an elimination race that could have passed for the Crown final. The Jugette winner was first in shake order and drew post five. The other elim winner Gallie Bythe Beach drew post four. $593,750 3-Year-Old Filly Pace (drivers listed from eliminations) 1. Major Dancer, Brian Sears, Casie Coleman 2. Beach Gal, Jody Jamieson, Dave Menary 3. Gettingreadytoroll, Yannick Gingras, Jimmy Takter 4. Gallie Bythe Beach, Tim Tetrick, Jim Campbell 5. Color's A Virgin, Trace Tetrick, Brian Brown 6. Uffizi Hanover, Brett Miller, Jimmy Takter 7. Beach Story, David Miller, Kelvin Harrison 8. Allstar Rating, Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke 9. Sayitall BB, Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke 10. Precocious Beauty, Doug McNair, Gregg McNair AE1 Weeper, Ron Pierce, Kelly O'Donnell AE2 Table Talk, Andy Miller, Bart Dalious The $500,000 2-Year-Old Colt Trot will be drawn after tonight's ninth race at The Meadowlands. by Moira Fanning, for the Breeders Crown

Mission Brief was able to mind her manners and wire the field in winning the 2nd race $25,000 elimination divisions for two-year-old trotting fillies at the Meadowlands Friday. Driver Yannick Gingras took command away from Scented Roses and then cut fractions of :28.1, :57, 1:26.4 and then kicked in a :27.3 last quarter mile to win by three open lengths in 1:54.2. She paid just $2.60 to win. Second was Danielle Hall (Jody Jamieson) with Smexi (Corey Callahan) third. Also making it to the final next week were Lilu Hanover (fourth) and Hot Start (fifth) It was the eighth win in twelve starts for Mission Brief, who is sired by Muscle Hill. She is trained by Ron Burke and owned by Burke Racing, Our Horse Cents Stable, J & T Silva and Weaver Bruscemi. “She was really good tonight,” Gingras said. “She was on her best behavior. When she is like tonight she is tough to be. Coming down the stretch she was running out a little bit, she’s a little green, but once I touched her with the whip she kicked into second gear and she has five gears. No one was going to touch her.” Mission Brief Wild Honey posted her tenth straight win with an easy two length victory in her Breeders Crown 12th race division.  Driver Yannick Gingras waited in third place as Wiclet Hanover (Ake Svanstedt) went to the lead to the first quarter in :28.2. Then Gingras sent Wild Honey to the lead for good. She led to the half in :58.2, the three-quarters in 1:27.4 as Sarcy (Brett Miller) tried coming first over in vain with Liveininthefastlane (Tim Tetrick) second over.  Down the stretch Wild Honey kicked in a :27.4 last quarter mile to win it in 1:55.3. Livinthefastane was second with Wiclet Hanover third. Rounding out the final were Stubbborn Belle fouth and Love Me Madly fifth. "She has just been an unbeliveable girl," said trainer Jimmy Takter. "She's not very big, but she got a big heart and she the highest earners of all freshman fillies this year. She's just terrific." The daughter of Cantab Hall has ten wins in eleven starts with one second place finish in her very first start by only a nose. She is co-owned by Christina Takter, Jim and John Fielding and Herb Liverman.  Wild Honey UNBEATEN JK SHE'ALADY WINS 11th STRAIGHT Unbeaten JK She’salady notched her 11th straight win in 2014 as she was able to grind it out first-over to win her $25,000 Breeders Crown division for two-year-old pacing fillies by two and three-quarter lengths in 1:51.1 for trainer Nancy Johansson. With Tim Tetrick picking up the catch-drive for the championship events, JK She’salady journeyed first over from sixth nearing the half-mile mark and wore down fellow world record holder Sassa Hanover and her former driver Yannick Gingras. Sassa Hanover, who cleared to command past the :26.3 opening panel and led through middle splits of :55.1 and 1:23.4, held for second. Also advancing to the final in third through fifth were Bettor Be Steppin, Bettor N Better and Heavenly Bride. After the race, Tetrick discussed his first impressions of the Art Major filly. "There's a reason she's undefeated, she's a beautiful filly and knows how to get things done. She's special," he said. "She loves it first over. She loves this track...she loves every track, she hasn't lost," said co-owner and breeder Alan Katz of the 3 Brothers Stables. She paid $2.80 to win. JK She’salady The 6th race second division was marred by two disqualifications as the race winner was taken down and placed seventh. In the stretch, eventual race winner, Ideal Nuggets and driver Tim Tetrick, came out from fourth place on the rail and hit the legs of Well Hello There (Matt Kakaley). Also, fourth place finisher Happiness (Mike Simons) went inside the pylons coming down the stretch and was placed last. So once it was all done, Heart Major, who led most of the race, was placed first for driver Ron Pierce. The race had gone in 1:52.1. Divine Caroline (Corey Callahan) was placed second with Happy Becky (David Miller) placed third. Also making the final were Southwind Roulette in fourth and Well Hello There, who made a break, was double placed to fifth and makes the final. For Heart Major, the daughter Art Major posted her fifth win in just eight starts for trainer Joe Pavia, Jr. and paid $23.00 to win. She is co-owned by Dijo Racing, Joe Pavia, Jr. Stable, V. Barbera and S. Held. Heart Major, GALLIE BY THE BEACH UPSETS AT 9-1 Closing with a burst of speed from the top of the stretch, Gallie Bythe Beach and driver Tim Tetrick rallied home off the cover of eventual runner-up Major Dancer (Brian Sears) to pull off a 9-1 upset in her elimination division of the Breeders Crown for three-year-old pacing fillies. She covered the one mile race in 1:50.4. Beach Gal finished third while Gettingreadytoroll was fourth and even-money favourite Sayitall BB was fifth. Sayitall BB and driver Yannick Gingras retook the lead from fellow supplemental entry Nat A Virgin after a :27.1 opening panel before Act Now swept around the top two near the :55 half-mile mark. Act Now then led the field by three-quarters in 1:22.4 and into the stretch before the late-closers closed in. "To have a daughter of Galleria come out here and race the way she raced tonight and get us to the final, we're very excited," said Jim Campbell, who trains Fashion Farms' homebred Somebeachsomewhere filly. Campbell explained that Gallie Bythe Beach learned to race off-the pace in Delaware winning a elimination heat of the Jugette and was also victorious using those same tactics in the Bluegrass Series at The Red Mile. "She can still go the other way if she needs to, she just happened to go some better races off the pace," he added. Gallie Bythe Beach paid $20.60 to win. Gallie Bythe Beach The seventh race second elimination division for three-year-olds pacing fillies saw Color’s A Virgin impress everyone by going first-over and grinding it out against Weeper, pulling away in the stretch for a one and three-quarter length triumph in 1:51. Driven by Trace Tetrick, Color’s A Virgin posted a lifetime mark with her seventh straight win and 13th victory on the year for trainer Brian Brown. The daughter of Always A Virgin is owned and bred by the Emerald Highlands Farm of Mount Vernon, Ohio. Sandbetweenurtoes (Brian Sears) was first on the lead in :27.2. Then Weeper and Ron Pierce brushed to the lead by the half in :56.2 as Tetrick moved Color’s A Virgin first up from fifth place. Uffizi Hanover (Brett Miller) grabbed her live cover. Precocious Beauty (Doug McNair) closed well to be second with Allstar Rating (Yannick Gingras) third. Also making the final were Uffizi Hanover in fourth and Beach Story fifth. Color’s A Virgin paid $3.80 to win. “It’s exciting,” said Trace Tetrick. “My mare showed up. She raced like she did all summer and she deserves a shot next week. She did it all summer racing first-over a lot. She comes through every week. She been a great mare.” Color’s A Virgin By Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink.com

This is a reminder that the New Jersey Racing Commission's new medication rules went into effect on November 3rd. Most notably, the recommended withdrawal time for Clenbuterol in New Jersey will increase to 14 days. All horsemen who are planning to race at The Meadowlands beginning Friday November 14th, including The Breeders Crown Eliminations and Finals, should take note of these new Racing Commission rules. Additionally, there are now 26 medications categorized as Controlled Therapeutic Medication. Information relating to these 26 medications can be found within the ARCI Controlled Therapeutic Medication Schedule at www.acri.com/ . The initial announcement of these new medication rules can be found at http://sboanj.com/index.asp?Key=3880. by Darin Zoccali, for the Meadowlands Big action in Meadowlands qualifiers Racing returned to The Meadowlands in the form of a dozen qualifying races on the morning of Friday, November 7. The races were contested on a fast track under overcast skies with a fairly stiff breeze facing them in the home stretch and temperatures in the low 50’s.   Race one fielded freshman trotters and (does this sound familiar at all) Jimmy Takter ran one-two with siblings to a pair of his more successful stars, driving Ferragamo (full brother to Guccio) to a head win over Father Parick’s little brother, Whom Shall I Fear (Yannick Gingras) in 1:58.4.   Valley Victory final winner Pinkman was absolutely vicious this morning with a start to finish romp in 1:55.1 with Gingras aboard for Takter. He sailed through the wind in 28.2 without being asked to finish the mile, widening to a six or seven length decision over the good filly Livininthefastlane who finished resolutely under minimal urging from Tim Tetrick.   Three year old fillies were next up on the menu and NYSS champ Market Rally showed that she’s not just a small track girl, “rallying” wide into the breeze from well back to get up over Harley Momma (Jim Raymer) and Miss Liv (Andy Miller) in 1:56.1/29.3. Matt Kakaley drove for the Ron Burke stable in this one.   Odds On Amethyst had a good morning, leading all the way for Yannick while dominating a group of sophomore square-gaiters in 1:54.3. Loose on the lead, as he prefers, the Muscle Hill gelding sprinted a good 28 flat final panel as he moved away from Opulent Yankee (A. Miller) and Journey (Dan Dube). Takter trains.   After a training break, with less of a breeze now, Master Of Law got in a good prep in with Takter. The imposing looking four-year-old sat in until the half, moved to the lead before the final turn and held Your So Vain at bay in 1:56-/27.4 willingly. Your So Vain was ok in his first public appearance since the Cashman on Hambo Day and held second, looking like he needed the work for Ake Svanstedt.   Creatine looked strong this morning in his first race with new designated driver Ron Pierce. He sat a loose pocket behind the front-loving Sevruga through honest fractions, emerged from the pocket and went by willingly in 1:54.3/29.1. Sevruga looked sound and fit in his return to his favorite track and stable, racing again out of the Julie Miller barn today, he held up well. Wishing Stone (Kakaley) was a comfortable third.   Pacers were next and Hall Of Terror held off the charge of four rival freshmen in 1:53.2/27.4 for Andy Miller in this one. Franzo, ASAP Hanover and Soto were all rallying in the stretch, to no avail.   A mere quartet of two-year-old filly pacers took the track for the ninth and Happy Becky was the winner with Dave Miller aboard in 1:54.2 over pacesetter Zip Code Envy.   Sayitall BB cut the mile in the tenth and held off the late bid of packet sitter Sandbetweenurtoes in 1:53-/28-. The winner has been lightly raced this season and with the possibility of being supplemented to the Breeders Crown just might have a “say” in the outcome. Kakaley drove for Burke Racing.   Bettor Believe It was a powerful winner of race eleven for Andy Miller, holding off a determined bid by the good Parnu Hanover after leading all the way in 1:52.4/27.3. He should relish a shot at the NW 3 class when the meet opens next week.   The venerable Golden Receiver toured the oval in 1:52.4 to close out the day’s events. He was racing out of the Julie Miller barn for the first time and Andy returned to the sulky, where he’s been for several of the old horse’s greatest moments.   Live racing at The Meadowlands begins next Friday, November 14 with the return of harness racing’s championship series, the Breeders Crown. The eliminations are set for opening weekend and the $5.3 million finals on November 21 & 22.   Visit www.playmeadowlands.com for charts and video replays of today’s qualifiers, information on the upcoming live race meet and seating and dining options for the Breeders Crown.   by Nick Salvi, for the Meadowlands

In The Arsenal has stamped himself as a contender to challenge Artspeak for top harness racing honors in 2014 as the two-year-old pacing colt notched his fourth straight win with an impressive 1:51 triumph in the $193,200 Matron Stake at Dover Downs Thursday. It was the longest shot on the board, 99-1 Lyons Levi Lewis and driver Ron Pierce who shot out of post seven to take early command. But then In The Arsenal and driver Brian Sears was grinding it out and after the opening quarter mile in :26.4 they took command for good. No one was willing to take a shot at In The Arsenal as he sped to the half mile in :55.1. Then Tomy Terror (Corey Callahan) came first-over with Cartoon Daddy (Yannick Gingras) following their cover but they could gain no ground on In The Arsenal. After the three-quarters in 1:22.4, Cartoon Daddy tried coming three-wide and Yankee Bounty (David Miller) four-wide but their moves were to no avail as In The Arsenal sped away to a two length triumph. Lyons Levi Lewis held for second with Bet You (Brett Miller) third. “He’s got a lot of go in his engine,” said Brian Sears, “He may still be a little green but he is figuring it all out. He will fight you a little but when he throws that engine into another gear he can go.” Sired by American Ideal, In The Arsenal posted his sixth win of the year in nine starts and now heads to the Breeders Crown as the race favorite. He is trained by Kelvin Harrison and was bred and is owned by White Birth Farm of Allentown, NJ. He paid $4.80 to win. In The Arsenal Yannick Gingras put on a driving clinic at Dover Downs as he made it three-for-three early on the program in the Matron Stakes, winning the $199,600 division for two-year-old pacing fillies with Sassa Hanover. Gringras took no chances having to start from the far outside with Sassa Hanover in post eight and left after the lead. Bettor Be Steppin and driver Corey Callahan were the first on the lead to the opening quarter mile in :26.2. But Gingras had Sassa Hanover already on the move and then on the lead. With the track upgraded from sloppy to good, Sassa Hanover led to the half mile in :55 as Ideal Nuggets (David Miller) came first-over, flushed out by Heavenly Bride (Brian Sears). By the three-quarters in 1:23.4, Gingras and Sassa Hanover still held the field at bay as Heavenly Bride came three-wide on the final turn to try and mount a challenge. But Sassa Hanover proved to be the tough horse, holding off all contenders to win by one and one-quarter lengths in 1:52.3 Bettor N Better (Ron Pierce) closed well to be second with Well Hello There (Matt Kakaley) third. The first three finishers in the race are all trained by Ron Burke, who had four of the eight starters in the race. Southwind Roulette was fifth for the Burke Stable. “I had my options opens at the start,” said Yannick Gingras,” but I was not going to get away in last place from the eight hole. I knew the move we had to make was to go to the front and she was great.” Sired by Rock N Roll Heaven, Sassa Hanover is owned by Burke Racing Stable, Panhellenic Stable, Weaver Brucemi and Larry Karr. She paid $8.40 to win in scoring her ninth victory on the year in just eleven starts. Sassa Hanover By Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink.com

Despite pouring rain that delayed the start of the first race by a half hour, Habitat and Wild Honey did not mind the “off-track” as they both cruised to half-length victories in winning their respective divisions of the Matron Stakes Thursday afternoon at Dover Downs. Both were strong wins in the daily double for driver Yannick Gingras. Wild Honey started off the show in capturing her $203,600 Matron Stakes for two-year-old trotting fillies. The track was labeled good despite constant rain. Bright Baby Blues (David Miller) was the first to show but by the opening quarter mile in :27.4, driver Yannick Gringas had Wild Honey, the 1/5 favorite, on the move and took over the lead. From that point on the field raced Indian-style past the half mile in :57.4 before the action began to pick up. Corey Callahan was sitting third with Smexi and then came first-over with Gold Gora (Tim Tetrick) following the live cover in the backstretch and past the three-quarters in 1:26.3. Then coming down the stretch Gingras held the field at bay with Wild Honey. Bright Baby Blues came up the passing lane to try and mount a challenge but it was too little too late as Wild Honey won in 1:55.2. “She’s just a fantastic filly,” said trainer Jimmy Takter in the winner’s circle, “Despite the conditions she was just on cruise control.” It was the eighth straight win and ninth of the year in only ten starts for Wild Honey. The freshman daughter of Cantab Hall is co-owned by Christina Takter, John Fieldings, Herb Liverman and Jim Fieldings. She paid just $2.20 to win. Wild Honey The $237,500 Matron Stakes for two-year-old trotting colts saw Habitat and Gringras go to the early lead over Uncle Lasse (Ron Pierce) with the first quarter mile in :28. Then it was Cruzado Dela Noche and driver David Miller quarter moving to the front before the half mile marker in :56.1. As they hit the backstretch Pierce came back first-over with Uncle Lasse and trying to follow their outside cover was Billy Flynn (Brett Miller) but to no avail as they could not close the gap. Past the three-quarters in 1:25 saw Uncle Lasse in contention but then he began to tire and at the top of the stretch, Gingras left the pocket with Habitat to come after Cruzado Dela Noche and all the while, sitting in fourth place along the race was David Miller with Muscle Diamond and they shot up the passing lane. But it was not enough as Habitat was the strong horse, winning by a half length in 1:54.2 with Muscle Diamond nosing out Cruzado Dela Noche for second place. “He (Habitat) is a very consistent horse,” said trainer Ron Burke, “and he can do it all. I was glad to see Yannick give him a trip today. I think he will be in great shape for the upcoming Breeders Crown.” Sired by Conway Hall, it was the seventh win this year for Habitat. He is owned by the Hauser Brothers Racing, and J & T Silva Stables and paid $6.20 to win. Habitat By Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink.com

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