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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

With the stakes season waning, each remaining race takes on greater importance for end of the year Dan Patch award honors. One race that voters will watch carefully is the $200,350 Matron Stake for 3-year-old male trotters this Thursday evening (Nov. 6) at Dover Downs. The race, set to go as race 10 at about 7:30 p.m., features on the far inside at post one, Father Patrick (Yannick Gingras), and the far outside in post eight, Nuncio (John Campbell). Nuncio comes into the race with four straight stakes wins, including two legs of the Trotting Triple Crown, the Kentucky Futurity and the Yonkers Trot. His stablemate Father Patrick has a pair of wins in the American-National and Bluegrass Stakes and two second place finishes in his four most recent starts. The two share the air at their home in East Windsor, N.J. and a trainer in Hall of Famer Jimmy Takter, but they'll be looking to separate themselves from each other in end of the year balloting. Here is a look at the numbers behind the 2014 season, with each horse putting in 15 starts. Data Point Nuncio 15-10-5-0 $1,297,896, 1:50.4m Father Patrick 15-11-3-0 $1,443,081, 1:50.2f Average margin of victory                   2.4 lengths                   3.82 lengths Fastest last quarter                   :27 – three times                   :27 – two times Races won for over $100,000                   2                   6 Average earnings per start                $86,526.40              $96,205.40 Race timed at 1:52 or better                   6                      4 Winning favorite                 88%                    73% Wins from post 8 or higher                 0 for 1                    3 for 4 Head-to-head                 33% - 2 for 6                    66% - 4 for 6 by Ellen Harvey, for Harness Racing Communications

It's seemed lately that Yannick Gingras has had the Midas touch, racking up stakes wins with incredible ease. He continued in that fashion on Saturday (November 1) evening at Vernon Downs, taking home gold in three of the four stakes races on the 11-race closing night program.   His stakes hat trick began in the $178,000 Artiscape distaff pace, where he kept double millionaire Rocklamation ($7.30) off a strenuous early pace. Second-over on the far turn behind Shelliscape (John Campbell), Gingras moved the six-year-old Rocknroll Hanover mare three-wide at head-stretch, drawing clear of the pacesetting Somwherovrarainbow (David Miller) en route to a three-length 1:50.2 win. Triple millionaire Anndrovette (Tim Tetrick) faded to fourth after tracking from the pocket through the race's middle stages.   Ron Burke trains Rocklamation for the Our Horse Cents Stables, Stable 45, and the J & T Silva Stables.   Gingras came right back in the $240,500 Kindergarten Classic for two-year-old colts, holding sway wither French Laundry ($5.90) after a middle move to the fore. Clearing the front just past a :57.1 half mile, the son of Muscles Yankee and Creamy Mimi held off a first-over challenge from Airman Batten (Lewayne Miller), subsequently keeping pocket rival Boots N Chains (Corey Callahan) at bay for a 1-3/4 length triumph in 1:54.4.   Jimmy Takter trains French Laundry for the partnership of Takter, Fielding, Fielding, Katz, and Libfeld.   The $251,100 Kindergarten Classic for two-year-old fillies was next on the card, yielding a narrow miss for the Green Hornet--his only defeat for the evening. Lady Clarabella ($7.10), who scored a 1:54.2 track record performance at Vernon earlier in the season, tracked live cover from Allerage Star (Corey Callahan) through the far turn, left uncovered in the stretch. In the final yards, David Miller urged Lady Clarabella to the fore, having just enough to stave off the late charge of Sarcy (Gingras).   Randy Beeckman trains Lady Clarabella, a daughter of Lear Jetta and Jet By, for Paul Kinnear and Dreamland Farms.   Gingras rebounded amply in the $178,000 Muscle Hill distaff trot, retaining his usual drive aboard Maven ($5.10) in her pari-mutuel debut for trainer Ron Burke, and turning in a sensational track-record effort. The five-year-old Glidemaster mare took the lead from the sharply-clearing Bee a Magician (Brian Sears) after :26.3 initial quarter, controlling the terms through a :57.4 middle half while keeping the first-over Classic Martine (Tim Tetrick) at bay through the stretch. Maven would not be deined in the extended battle, defeating Classic Martine by a half length in 1:52, a track record for older trotting mares.   William Donovan owns the internationally-acclaimed Maven.   Earlier in the card, driving champion Chris Lems and training champion David Dewhurst were honored in the winner's enclosure, along with 2014 Vernon Downs Horse of the Year A Penny Earned.   by James Witherite, for Vernon Downs

Harness racing's richest horse this year, Father Patrick, will look to add to his bankroll when he visits Indiana's Hoosier Park for Friday's $230,000 Carl Erskine Trot for 3-year-olds. Father Patrick, who on Tuesday ascended to the No. 1 spot in the weekly Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll, knocking Sebastian K from the position he held each of the previous 23 weeks of the rankings, drew post one for the Erskine with regular driver Yannick Gingras. Father Patrick has earned $1.38 million this year. The Erskine is part of a stakes-filled card at Hoosier, along with the $275,000 Monument Circle for 3-year-old male pacers, $211,500 Hoosier Park Pacing Derby for older pacers, $193,000 Moni Maker for 3-year-old female trotters, and $176,500 Nadia Lobell for 3-year-old female pacers. Father Patrick hails from the stable of trainer Jimmy Takter, who conditions the five richest trotters in North America this season: 3-year-old colts Father Patrick, Nuncio and Trixton, followed by 3-year-old fillies Shake It Cerry and Lifetime Pursuit. Nuncio, who last weekend won the Yonkers Trot, has earned $1.29 million. It marks the first time in harness racing history that one trainer has produced two million-dollar trotters in the same division. Shake It Cerry and Lifetime Pursuit will square off in the Moni Maker Stakes. Father Patrick is coming off a three-length victory in the American-National Stakes at Chicago's Balmoral Park on Oct. 11. He has won 11 of 14 starts this year, including the Canadian Trotting Classic, Beal Memorial, Zweig Memorial, and Stanley Dancer Memorial. He has five wins in his most recent six races, with his only setback being a second-place finish to Nuncio in the Kentucky Futurity on Oct. 5. "He got a nice little break after the American-National," Takter said. "He had a little foot issue (in the Futurity). He wasn't happy about that. In his start in Chicago, I saw right away he was on the right foot there. "It's got to be perfect for these horses, that's the way it is." Father Patrick, a son of Cantab Hall-Gala Dream owned by the Christina Takter-led Father Patrick Stable ownership group, has won 21 of 25 career races and $2.12 million. He was the 2013 Dan Patch Award winner for best 2-year-old male trotter. Takter also sends Odds On Amethyst to the Erskine. Odds On Amethyst has won three of 10 races this season, but gone off stride in five losses. "He's fast enough, but whether he's going to manner himself, that's another thing," Takter said. The race also includes home-track star Rose Run Parker, from the stable of trainer Ron Burke. Rose Run Parker, who has never raced anywhere but Hoosier Park, has won 13 of 15 races this year and $324,700. He will start from post three with regular driver Ricky Macomber Jr. Shake It Cerry has won 12 of 14 races this year and $803,436 while Lifetime Pursuit has won eight of 15 starts and $706,729. Shake It Cerry, the 2013 Dan Patch Award winner for best 2-year-old female trotter, leaves from post six with driver Ron Pierce while Lifetime Pursuit has post two with Gingras. Last time out, Shake It Cerry beat Lifetime Pursuit by three-quarters of a length in the American-National for 3-year-old female trotters. "Both of them raced very good in Chicago," Takter said. "They're going to meet again in Indiana. They're both very, very nice fillies. They've been able to stay sound." Takter's Somewhere In L A, who bumped the starting gate and suffered a nosebleed in the American-National for 3-year-old male pacers and struggled to a seventh-place finish, takes on the Burke Stable's JK Endofanera, Limelight Beach, Big Boy Dreams, At Press Time, and Forty Five Red in the Monument Circle. "He's such a good horse," Takter said about Somewhere In L A. "I love that horse. He's as good as any 3-year-old pacing colt out there. He's very, very tough. I trained him back twice now, and no bleeding. I talked to (Dr.) Patty Hogan and she thought he's going to be fine." The Monument Circle also includes Joe Holloway's Always B Miki, Joe Seekman's Let's Drink On It, and Erv Miller's Jet Airway. Takter's Uffizi Hanover is among the nine 3-year-old filly pacers in the Nadia Lobell, which also includes Jugette winner Color's A Virgin from the stable of Brian Brown. "Uffizi trained so good," Takter said. "She's been having so much problems in the turns, but she was fantastic today. Uffizi, when she has the right day, she's good." The Burke Stable is also well represented in the Hoosier Park Pacing Derby, sending out Sweet Lou, Foiled Again, Bettor's Edge, Clear Vision, and Easy Again. Sweet Lou, who has won 10 of 16 races and $958,558 this year, will try to snap a three-race losing streak. Foiled Again has won six of 23 starts and $701,643 this season, pushing his North American record for career purses to $6.73 million. To view the full card, click here. by Ken Weingartner, for Harness Racing Communications  

TORONTO, October 25 - The finest two-year-olds in harness racing were on display Saturday night at Woodbine Racetrack for the Fall Four Stakes. Consisting of the Governors Cup, Valley Victory, Three Diamonds and Goldsmith Maid, the Fall Four Stakes has been an annual showcase of the best freshmen in the sport. A costly miscue and a giant upset got the action underway in the $464,000 Goldsmith Maid for two-year-old trotting fillies. Mission Brief, the 3/5 heavy favourite, made a break leaving the gate throwing the fate of the rich final up into the air. Capitalizing on the public's choice break was 70-1 longshot Smexi and driver Corey Callahan. A daughter of Explosive Matter, Smexi got a two-hole trip behind Stubborn Belle and driver Paul Macdonell and was able to come off the leaders back in the stretch and trot on to a length and a half victory. Stubborn Belle held on for second, while Juanitas Fury finished third. "Leaving out of there I looked over and saw that she (Mission Brief) had made a break," said Callahan following the race. "We got really lucky Paul and I, we just kind of got things on our own up there, nobody really moved and it worked perfect for me." Trained by Jimmy Takter for owners Christina Takter, John and Jim Fielding and Herb Liverman, Smexi had only one victory in eleven starts heading into the Goldsmith Maid. Takter, who drove Smexi in her elimination last week, handed the lines over to Callahan and told the driver his filly was ready and to put her in the race. "Tonight before the race he (Takter) pulled me aside and told me listen she was a little rough on me last week," said Callahan. "But I warmed her up tonight and she was really sharp and on her toes." The Goldsmith Maid victory pushes Smexi's career bankroll to over $364,000. Smexi paid $159.30 to win, while a $2 exactor paid just under $1,200. Smexi Fall Four night quickly became the Takter show in the $521,000 Valley Victory for two-year-old trotting colts and geldings. Takter trainees finished first, second, fourth and fifth to almost take the entire purse home in the rich final Pinkman and driver Sylvain Filion were able to convert off a second over trip to narrowly defeat stablemate Uncle Lasse by a head in 1:55.4. The heavy 3/5 favourite, Habitat, finished third wedge between Takter starters, as The Bank and Walter White finished fourth and fifth respectively. A son of Explosive Matter, Pinkman was making only his sixth career start in the Valley Victory final, but has now won four of those starts for earnings of over $330,000. Following the race, Takter explained why Pinkman was a little late getting to the races. "We castrated him after his baby races, he kind of didn't pay attention where he was suppose to," said Takter. "He had a very complicated castration, so it took a little bit of a long time for him to get where he (is), but he has surprised me a lot." Takter also said the son of Explosive Matter wasn't on his radar as a superstar training down. "Average, he did everything right, but I had quite a few horses that I thought were a lot better, but these horses that have the good willing to want to do it, especially at this time of year, can get it all." Pinkman is owned by Christina Takter, John and Jim Fielding, Joyce McClelland and Herb Liverman. He returned $16.60 to win. Pinkman Artspeak, this year's Metro Pace winner, bounced back in impressive fashion to win the $565,000 Governors Cup for the two-year-old pacing colts and geldings. Leaving from post position six, Artspeak and driver Scott Zeron got away sixth and were able to get into the outer flow on the backstretch, as Lost For Words hung up a big half of :54.3. As the field rounded the final turn, Pierce Hanover cleared to the front leaving Artspeak second over on the back of Lyons Again, as the field ripped by the three-quarter pole in 1:21.4. In the stretch, Artspeak came off his cover and powered by his rivals to take the lead and score a solid length and a half victory in 1:50.4. Go Daddy Go got up to finish second, while Pierce Hanover held on for third. A son of Western Ideal, Artspeak is trained by Tony Alagna for owners Brittany Farms, Marvin Katz, Joe Sbrocco and In The GYM Partners. Heading into the Governors Cup final, Artspeak had made a break in two consecutive starts for the first two losses of his career. Following the race, Alagna spoke about the recent miscues from the two-year-old and getting him ready for the final. "I came up Tuesday, trained him up Wednesday and he trained fantastic at the farm, so I thought we had the kinks worked out," said Alagna. "Most people know that if I didn't have confidence the horse was ok, with the connections that own the horse he would've never been here to race, so I was very happy that he showed us the redemption that everybody thought he should." After training Artspeak earlier in the week, Alagna said he told the connections at dinner that he had full confidence in the horse. "I told them that night at dinner, he's back on his game, we've got our horse back." By adding the Governors Cup to his resume that already includes the Metro Pace, Artspeak has now won the two richest events of the season for two-year-old pacers. His record now stands at eight wins from ten starts for career earnings of just over $805,000. Artspeak paid $3.50 to win. Jk Shesalady improved to a perfect ten for ten with another victory in the $424,000 Three Diamonds for two-year-old pacing fillies Saturday night at Woodbine. Sent off as the heavy 1/5 favourite, Jk Shesalady and Yannick Gingras got away fifth and sat along the rail until the midway point of the race. Around the final turn, Gingras sent Jk Shealady first up to challenge the leader, The Show Returns, as the fillies were on even terms at the three-quarter pole in 1:24. Jk Shesalady came off the turn and quickly created separation with the field and cruised home to an impressive looking length and a half victory in 1:52.1. Solar Sister took the place spot, while Ideal Nuggets finished third. The Three Diamonds victory was the tenth win in a row for the undefeated Jk Shealady. Following the race, Gingras talked about racing her first up once again Saturday night. "It seems to be working for her, so no sense in changing anything," said Gingras. "She likes to relax in the first half and she's got a huge brush for the second half." A daughter of Art Major, Jk Shesalady is trained by Nancy Johansson for owners 3 Brothers Stable. Jk Shesalady has now banked over $669,000 in her rookie season and has earned herself consideration in Horse of the Year talk. She returned $2.50 to win. Mark McKelvie

After guiding Lyons Again to his first career win in his Governor's Cup elimination at Woodbine last weekend, driver Yannick Gingras believes it is just the start for the 2-year-old male pacer. Gingras arrived at Woodbine last Friday and Saturday with plenty of firepower for the Fall Four Stakes for 2-year-old pacers and trotters, and it all fired. He drove horses in all eight Fall Four eliminations, posting five wins, two second-place finishes and one fourth. In addition to winning with Lyons Again, Gingras picked up victories in both eliminations for the Goldsmith Maid, with female trotters Mission Brief and Gatka Hanover, a win in the Three Diamonds with female pacer JK She'salady, and a triumph in the Valley Victory with male trotter Habitat. He finished second with Three Diamonds contender Band Of Angels and runner-up with Governor's Cup hopeful Blood Brother. His fourth-place finish was with Pinkman in the Valley Victory elims. The Fall Four Stakes finals, worth a total of nearly C$2 million, are Saturday at Woodbine. Lyons Again was the longest shot driven by Gingras, at 14-1, but his Governor's Cup elimination win from post nine by three-quarters of a length over Traceur Hanover in 1:52.4 was not a complete surprise. "He was a longshot for everybody (else) but I've really, really liked this colt," Gingras said. "He's really been a bridesmaid, always finishing second or third, but he ran into a really sharp horse in Artspeak early in the year. There's no shame in finishing second to him, as sharp as he was." A son of Dragon Again-A Filly To Fear owned by Geoffrey Lyons Mound, Lyons Again has one win, four seconds and two thirds in eight starts. Three times he hit the board in races won by Artspeak, with two runner-up finishes, and once he finished second to Yankee Bounty. Artspeak and Yankee Bounty are harness racing's two richest 2-year-old male pacers and have combined to win 15 of 18 races. Lyons Again, who finished third in the Metro Pace and has earned $161,687 this year, was not eligible to the Grand Circuit races at The Red Mile in Lexington, so the colt enjoyed a six-week layoff following his second-place finish in a division of the Champlain Stakes on Sept. 6 at Mohawk. "It's not very often that you'll have a horse at that level getting a six-week break in the middle of the summer when they're healthy," Gingras said. "I think it's going to help him. I think this week he should be even tighter; it will be his second start off the layoff." Lyons Again, trained by Ron Burke, will start the C$565,000 Governor's Cup from post three. Pierce Hanover, who won the other elimination, leaves from post two with Jody Jamieson at the lines for trainer Ken Sucee. Artspeak, who finished third after going off stride in his elim, won by Pierce Hanover, is in post six for driver Scott Zeron and trainer Tony Alagna. "After this we move onto the Breeders Crown," Gingras said. "I think (Lyons Again) could have a big fall. He's a big, strong horse and I think he's going to keep getting better." In addition to speaking about Lyons Again, Gingras provided some insights regarding the seven remaining horses he drove in the Fall Four Stakes elims. Blood Brother: Trained by Jimmy Takter, he finished one length behind Pierce Hanover last weekend. He will start the Governor's Cup final from post nine with Sylvain Filion listed to drive. A son of Somebeachsomewhere-Blood Diamond, his family includes millionaires If I Can Dream, Western Terror, Delinquent Account and Artiscape. He has one win in eight starts and $68,731 for owners Diamond Creek Racing and J&T Silva Stables. "He's a nice little horse," Gingras said. "He always fusses with his head. The day he decides that he's going to pay attention to racing and forget about all the other stuff he'll be an even better horse. He's got a lot of ability, but his mind is not always on racing. "Last week he raced really good. I used him a little bit early and then had to come out around the last turn because the horse in front of me didn't carry me as far as I'd have liked. He gave (Pierce Hanover) a good run in the stretch; it was a horserace. He'd been off for a few weeks, so I think he'll be even better. But he didn't draw very good, so that's going to be a little harder for him." Mission Brief: Trained by Ron Burke, she won her Goldsmith Maid elimination by 1-1/4 lengths over Danielle Hall in 1:54.4. She starts the C$464,000 final from post four. She is the fastest 2-year-old trotter in harness racing history, with a mark of 1:50.3, and winner of seven of 10 races for $324,440. She went off stride in all three losses. The filly is owned by Burke Racing Stable, Our Horse Cents Stables, J&T Silva Stables and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. "She was really good last week," Gingras said. "She might have been the most relaxed she's ever been. She was two fingers to drive, maybe a little bit on the lazy side if anything. I think she's getting to understand what we're trying to do with her. Obviously, she had plenty left. I came the last quarter in 28 and change and the earplugs were still in her and I never asked her. She was wrapped up. "She's her own worst enemy. If she's going to get beat, it's because she's going to go back to her bad habits. But knock on wood, she was solid last week and should be good again this week." Gatka Hanover: Trained by Burke, she won her Goldsmith Maid elim by 4-1/2 lengths over Jolene Jolene in 1:55.4. She starts the final from post three. A daughter of Muscle Massive-Girlie Tough, Gatka Hanover has won five of 11 races and $158,693. She is owned by Burke Racing, Our Horse Cents, Tracy Hendler, and Weaver Bruscemi. "She proved game last week," Gingras said. "She was a little bit too grabby; I went to the half fairly quickly (:56.4) and it was more her than me that was making that happen. But then when Jolene Jolene came at her, she still was strong. "I think she's second best in this race. Mission Brief is going to have to beat her to win, but I don't think they're quite in the same league." Habitat: Trained by Burke, he won his Valley Victory elimination by 2-3/4 lengths over Jetpedia in 1:55.4 and starts the C$521,000 final from post four. Habitat made breaks in his first two starts, but has won six of seven races since then, including the William Wellwood Memorial. He has earned $323,078. The son of Conway Hall-Habit's Best is owned by Burke Racing, Our Horse Cents, and Weaver Bruscemi. "Early in the year he had a couple little glitches behind the gate, but ever since he got over that stuff, he's been absolutely perfect," Gingras said. "He does everything you ask of him, and more. He's got perfect manners and is beautiful to drive. He makes my job really easy. "He's been racing on the front quite a bit, but he really doesn't need to. When he baby raced, he did it from the back and just stormed home, going by a lot of horses. He's very handy; you can do whatever you want with him. He showed that he's got a lot of speed and he's game, so he's got all the qualities that you're really looking for in a racehorse. He's very complete." Pinkman: Trained by Takter, he finished fourth in his Valley Victory elimination, which was won by Frank Antonacci's Whataworkout, snapping a three-race win streak. Pinkman, named after a character from the television series "Breaking Bad," starts the final from post one, with Filion listed to drive. A son of Explosive Matter-Margie Seelster, Pinkman has won three of five races and $72,615 for owners Christina Takter, John and Jim Fielding, Joyce McClelland, and Herb Liverman. "He's a very nice horse too," Gingras said. "He got locked in last week, otherwise I think he would have won too. I never had daylight. I tried to go up the inside, but there was no room there. "He's done nothing wrong. He's a little bit of a late-bloomer, but I've raced him his last four starts and he's won three of them, and he beat good horses doing it. He's a little bit on the lazy side, but once you get him to go, he can go a long way and he doesn't seem to get tired. He'll give you a hundred percent. "No doubt, he's one of the horses to beat. This race, there are five or six horses that can win. Whoever can trip out the best will be the winner." JK She'salady: Trained by Nancy Johansson, she won her Three Diamonds elimination by one length over Solar Sister in 1:53.3. She will start the C$424,000 final from post three. Undefeated in nine starts and ranked No. 3 in the current Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown Top 10 poll, behind trotters Sebastian K and Father Patrick, JK She'salady has earned $432,150 for owner 3 Brothers Stables. She is a homebred daughter of Art Major-Presidential Lady and her mark of 1:50.1 is tied for the fastest in history by a 2-year-old female pacer. "She hasn't done anything wrong," Gingras said. "She's got a crazy brush in her. I don't think she necessarily has to race (from off the pace) but why change something that's working? We'll see how this week plays out. Maybe we'll put her in play a little bit earlier than we have been. In an ideal world, they'll mix it up a little bit up front and I get to race her again first or second over and I think she'll get the job done from there." Band Of Angels: Trained by Burke, she finished second by a neck to The Show Returns in her Three Diamonds elimination. She starts the final from post eight. A daughter of Rock N Roll Heaven-Time N Again, and half-sister to millionaire Romantic Moment, Band Of Angels has won six of nine races and $177,487 for owner Bill Donovan. "I think she might have been a little bit short last week," Gingras said. "She felt really good turning for home and got outpaced in the last little bit. Not by much, but a little bit. She hadn't raced in a few weeks; I think she needed the start. I think she'll be even better this week, so there's no doubt in my mind that if I'm going to win (with JK She'salady) she's one of the major contenders I'm going to have to beat." Gingras is North America's leading driver in purses, with $13.42 million, and No. 1 in the Grand Circuit standings. He has won 29 races worth at least $100,000, with 14 coming with horses trained by Burke and 13 by Takter. Burke leads all trainers with a record $22.88 million in purses this year while Takter is second with a career-best $10.19 million. "It's been a great year, no doubt, but I'm only as good as the trainers I'm driving for," Gingras said. "Ronnie and Jimmy getting along and letting me do my thing and pick the best horse definitely helps tremendously. They really have been understanding. "It's definitely the hardest part of my job to tell one of them that I'm not driving their horse. But I've been honest with both of them. If I say to one of them I'm going with theirs, I'm going with theirs. I think they're both appreciative of that, that I'm up front. All three of us, nobody is playing games. They respect each other, and I think that makes it a lot easier. Hopefully there's more success to come for all of us." by Ken Weingartner, for Harness Racing Communications  

TORONTO, October 18 - The Fall Four Stakes eliminations were completed Saturday night at Woodbine Racetrack. Two $25,000 eliminations were contested for the Governors Cup for two-year-old pacing colts and geldings and the Valley Victory for two-year-old trotting colts and geldings. The top five finishers from both eliminations advanced to next Saturday's finals. Lyons Again and Yannick Gingras pulled off a 14-1 upset in the first elimination of the Governors Cup. Leaving from post nine, Lyons Again showed good early speed to grab the lead past the opening quarter in :26.3, but quickly took to the two-hole and allowed Lyons Levi Lewis to clear to the front. Lyons Levi Lewis carved out fractions of :56.1 and 1:23.3 to bring the field to the top of the stretch, while Lyons Again sat patiently In The Pocket and Rufo challenged first up with the favourite, Lost For Words, second over. In the stretch, Rufo could not sustain his pressure and faded back allowing Lyons Again to come off the rail and over take the lead from Lyons Levi Lewis. Lyons Again would hold off Traceur Hanover and Lost For Words to win by three-quarters of a length in 1:52.4. Go Daddy Go finished fourth, while Migrate Blue Chip got up for fifth to advance to the $565,000 final. The Governors Cup elimination victory was a maiden breaking score for Lyons Again, who is trained by Ron Burke for owner Geoffrey Lyons Mound. The son of Dragon Again finished third in the $667,000 Metro Pace on August 30 at Mohawk and had only missed the board once in seven career starts heading into his elimination. Lyons Again has now earned of over $174,000 in eight career starts. He returned $30.50 to win. Lyons Again In the second elimination, Pierce Hanover scored a 13-1 upset victory in 1:52.1. Driven by Jody Jamieson, Pierce Hanover sat third entering the final turn and edged to the outside to come first up, allowing the heavy favourite, Artspeak, to pick up second over cover. However, Artspeak would make a quick break on the turn and lost enough ground to take him out of contention. Pierce Hanover would capitalize on the break by the favourite and paced by the three-quarter pole leader, Arque Hanover, in the stretch and would go on to win by a length in 1:52.1. Blood Brother, who got a two-hole trip, finished second, while Artspeak regrouped and rallied to finish third. Arque Hanover held on to finish fourth and advanced to the final, along with fifth place finisher Lancaster Park. A son of Cams Card Shark, Pierce Hanover is trained by Ken Sucee, who shares ownership with Ralph Sucee. Pierce Hanover has now won four times in ten career starts and carries a bankroll of over $62,000. He returned $28.10 to win. Pierce Hanover In the first elimination of the Valley Victory, Whataworkout and Scott Zeron got up in the final stride to defeat seven other rivals in 1:56.3. Trained by Frank Antonacci, Whataworkout angled out from fourth on the final turn and was first up to challenge the leader Uncle Lasse, as the field reached the three-quarter pole in 1:26.4. In the stretch, Whataworkout grinded away at the leader and got up in the final steps to pull off a 21-1 upset. Uncle Lasse finished second by a neck, while Big Rich took the show spot. A son of Muscle Hill, Whataworkout is owned by Lindy Farms of Connecticut and has now won twice in four career starts for earnings of over $27,000. The clocking of 1:56.3 is a new lifetime best for the Antonacci trainee. Pinkman finished fourth, while The Bank finished fifth to lock up a spot in next week's final. Whataworkout paid $44.20 to win. Whataworkout There was no upset in the second elimination, as Habitat, the 1/5 favourite, did not disappoint. Driven by Yannick Gingras, Habitat was parked to the opening quarter in :27.3, before touching down on the lead. The son of Conway Hall would set fractions of :58 and 1:26.4 to lead the field into the stretch, where he cruised home under a Gingras hand drive to win by 2 ¾ lengths in 1:55.4. Jetpedia, who was second over on the last turn, got up for second, while Aldebaran Eagle prevailed in a show photograph over Walter White. Trained by Ron Burke, Habitat has now won six of nine career starts, including the $390,000 William Wellwood Memorial at Mohawk on September 13. Habitat has now earned over $349,000 for owners Burke Racing Stable LLC, Our Horse Cents Stables and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. He returned $2.90 to win. Iron finished fifth to punch the last ticket into next week's $521,000 final. Habitat Following the eliminations, the post positions for the finals were drawn. Elimination winners earned the right to select their post. Here is how they will lineup next Saturday night. PP/Horse/Driver $521,000 Valley Victory Final 1. Pinkman - Yannick Gingras 2. Uncle Lasse - Ron Pierce 3. Whataworkout - Scott Zeron 4. Habitat - Yannick Gingras 5. Aldebaran Eagle - Corey Callahan 6. Jetpedia - Mike Saftic 7. The Bank - Jimmy Takter 8. Walter White - Scott Zeron 9. Big Rich - Randy Waples 10. Iron - Brian Sears AE: Lookslikeachpndale - Sylvain Filion $565,000 Governors Cup Final 1. Lancaster Park - James MacDonald 2. Pierce Hanover - Jody Jamieson 3. Lyons Again - Yannick Gingras 4. Arque Hanover - Steve Condren 5. Lost For Words - Doug McNair 6. Artspeak - Scott Zeron 7. Go Daddy Go - Corey Callahan 8. Migrate Blue Chip - Rick Zeron 9. Blood Brother - Sylvain Filion 10. Traceur Hanover - Randy Waples AE: Lyons Levi Lewis - Sylvain Filion The Fall Four Stakes finals will take place next Saturday, October 25 at Woodbine Racetrack. Post time is 7:25 p.m. by Mark McKelvie, for WEG  

TORONTO, October 17 - Two-year-old fillies were in the spotlight Friday night for their Fall Four Stakes eliminations at Woodbine Racetrack. A pair of $25,000 eliminations were contested for both the Goldsmith Maid for two-year-old trotting fillies and the Three Diamonds for two-year-old pacing fillies. The top five finishers from each elimination advanced to next week's finals. In the first elimination of the Three Diamonds, JK She'salady improved to a perfect nine for nine to start her career with a 1:53.3. victory. The daughter of Art Major got away in third as Happy Becky set a soft opening half of :58.3. In the third quarter, JK She'salady made a first over bid and would take over the lead as they reached the third station in 1:26.3. In the stretch, JK She'salady would cruise home under a confident drive from Yannick Gingras to win by a length. Solar Sister finished second, while Happy Becky took the show spot. Trained by Nancy Johansson, JK She'salady's biggest victory to date was in the $480,000 She's A Great Lady Stakes at Mohawk on August 30. She is owned by the 3 Brothers Stable of New York, New York and has now earned over $456,000 in her young career. Float On By and Shakai Hanover finished fourth and fifth to earn the last two spots in next week's final. Jk Shesalady paid $2.10 to win. JK She'salady In the second elimination, The Show Returns converted off a two-hole trip to win in a tight three-horse photo. Driven by Scott Zeron, The Show Returns took a seat in second as Band Of Angels and Yannick grabbed the early lead. Band Of Angels carved out fractions of :27.2, :56.1 and 1:25 to bring the field into the stretch without any challenge. In the stretch, The Show Returns came off the rail and battled with Band Of Angels to the wire, as Ideal Nuggets made a bid on the outside to make it a tight three-horse finish. At the wire, The Show Returns prevailed by a head over Band Of Angels and a neck over Ideal Nuggets in 1:53.1. Rock Her World and Zip Code Envy secured the final two spots in the final by finishing fourth and fifth. A daughter of Rocknroll Hanover, The Show Returns is trained by Chris Ryder for owners Richard and Joanne Young. The Show Returns The Three Diamonds elimination victory was her fourth win in nine starts and boosts her career earnings to over $100,000. She returned $5.40 to win. The first elimination of the Goldsmith Maid saw Gatka Hanover pull off a 6-1 upset over the 1/5 favourite Jolene Jolene. Driven by Yannick Gingras, Gatka Hanover was parked past the first quarter in :27.4 and cleared to the front as the field entered the backstretch. Trotting along in fourth, Sylvain Filion sent Jolene Jolene first up as the field was approaching the half. Gatka Hanover posted fractions of :56.4 and 1:25.1 to bring the field into the stretch, with Jolene Jolene edging closer to the leader. In the stretch, Gatka Hanover responded to urging from Gingras and turned aside Jolene Jolene to win by 4 ½ lengths in 1:55.4. Jolene Jolene held on to finish second, while Juanitas Fury finished third. Smexi and Flirting Filly finished fourth and fifth respectively to advance to the final. A daughter of Muscle Massive, Gatka Hanover is trained by Ron Burke for owners Burke Racing Stable LLC, Our Horse Cents Stable, Tracy Hendler and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. The elimination victory was Gatka Hanover's fifth win in 11 starts and boosts her earnings to over $160,000. She paid $14.00 to win. Gatka Hanover In the second elimination, Gingras and Burke teamed up once again, this time with World Champion Mission Brief. Sent off as the 2/5 favourite, Mission Brief cleared to the front after an opening quarter of :27.3. After setting fractions of :57.2 and 1:26.1, the daughter of Muscle Hill fought off an inside challenge from Danielle Hall to win by length and a quarter in 1:54.4. Tymal Illbthere finished third, while Stubborn Belle and Demons N Diamonds grab the last two spots in the final. Owned by Burke Racing Stable LLC, Our Horse Cents Stable, J and T Silva Stables and Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Mission Brief was making her first start since setting a World Record of 1:50.3 at The Red Mile on October 2. Mission Brief has now won seven of ten career starts and carries a bankroll of over $327,000. She returned $2.80 to win. Mission Brief The $464,000 Goldsmith Maid final and the $424,000 Three Diamonds final will be contest next Saturday, October 25 as part of the Fall Four Stakes Night. The post positions for both finals were drawn after the eliminations. Elimination winners were able to select their post for the final. Here is how they will lineup next week. PP/Horse/Driver Three Diamonds Final 1. Happy Becky - Chris Christoforou 2. The Show Returns - Scott Zeron 3. JK She'salady - Yannick Gingras 4. Float On By - James MacDonald 5. Solar Sister - Scott Zeron 6. Ideal Nuggets - Sylvain Filion 7. Rock Her World - James MacDonald 8. Band Of Angels - Yannick Gingras 9. Zip Code Envy - Ron Pierce 10. Shakai Hanover - Jody Jamieson AE: Storm Point - Ron Pierce Goldsmith Maid Final 1. Jolene Jolene - Sylvain Filion 2. Demons N Diamonds - Sylvain Filion 3. Gatka Hanover - Yannick Gingras 4. Mission Brief - Yannick Gingras 5. Flirting Filly - Ron Pierce 6. Smexi - Jimmy Takter 7. Stubborn Belle - Paul Macdonell 8. Juanitas Fury - Paul Macdonell 9. Tymal Illbthere - Trevor Henry 10. Danielle Hall - Jody Jamieson AE: Lilu Hanover - Scott Zeron The eliminations for the Governors Cup and Valley Victory will take place tomorrow evening. Post time is 7:25 p.m. by Mark McKelvie,for WEG  

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