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East Rutherford, NY - The buzz around the $144,000 Continentalvictory was centered around two fillies, Mission Brief and Wild Honey, hoping to earn divisional honors with a compelling performance. Mission Brief seized that opportunity and performed like a champion. Sent off as the prohibitive 1/9 choice, Mission Brief was hustled to the lead early in the mile by driver Yannick Gingras and it was a lead she would never relinquish. Sprinting past a quarter in 27.4, Mission Brief kicked away from Wild Honey down the backstretch and Wild Honey felt whip taps from her driver John Campbell just to try to keep up. In the meantime, Mission Brief was trotting smoothly on the lead past the half-mile in 56 seconds and she began to open up on the field on the far turn, reaching three-quarters in 1:24.1 while leading the field by four lengths. From there, Mission Brief had the Meadowlands homestretch all to herself and she trotted a 27.2 final quarter under no urging to win the Continentalvictory in 1:51.3 in the final start of her season, a win that put Mission Brief past $1 Million this season. "She's the best trotter in training," exclaimed Gingras in a post-race interview. "No disrespect to any of the older trotters, but I wish she was in that race tonight. I don't think any of them want any part of her." Trainer Ron Burke was beaming with pride in the winner's circle as well. "She's the best horse I've ever had," said Burke. "Next year is going to be tough, she is going to face all the good ones and I am not going to duck anyone. We are going to find out if she is as good as we all think she is." With the win, Mission Brief concludes her season with 10 wins from 14 starts and earnings of $1,001,317. For her career, the star filly has 19 wins from 27 races and earnings of nearly $1.6 Million. She is owned by Burke Racing Stable, Our Horse Cents Stables, Jerry and Theresa Silva and Weaver Bruscemi. Wild Honey completed the exacta with Kelsey's Keepsake and Lady Winona completing the field. by Darin Zoccali, for the Meadowlands  

EAST RUTHERFORD - All The Time was last seen in The Breeders Crown winner's circle at Woodbine three weeks ago. The Muscle Hill filly picked up right where she left off winning in authoritative fashion in the $20,000 elimination for the $409,950 Goldsmith Maid Final, which will be contested next Friday, November 20th at The Meadowlands. All The Time left for position, while Ultimate Shopper appeared intent on the lead in the early stages. Yannick Gingras guided the 4/5 favorite, All The Time, to the pylons briefly through a 29-second opening quarter before showing her racetrack as the field turned down the backstretch. The Breeders Crown champion easily cleared the lead before the 58.1 half-mile and the lead would only grow from there. All The Time powered away to a three length lead on the far turn, while Double Exposure assumed the daunting task of trotting first over against the favorite. All The Time reached three-quarters in 1:56.2 and poured it on to win by a geared down two and three-quarters lengths, tripping the timer in 1:54.4. Double Exposure trotted home well despite the first over trip to finish second with Haughty third. The top nine finishers qualified for the Final, therefore all but Lindy's On Fire will move on to that Final next Friday night. All The Time is a homebred of Marvin Katz and Al Libfeld and is trained by Jimmy Takter. She has now won seven of 11 starts this season with earnings of $452,240. The mares got their final tune-ups for the $200,000 TVG Free All Championships for both the pacing and trotting mares tonight. In the $25,000 Mare Trot, Shake It Cerry, adding Lasix for the first time, made a powerful first over move on the far turn and quickly trotted past pace-setter Classic Martine and drew clear to win convincingly in 1:53.3. Longshot Handover Bell was second while Classic Martine faded to third. Favored Bee A Magician was fourth. The 2014 Trotter of the Year won for the fourth time this season and she inched closer to $2.4 Million in her career. Shake It Cerry was driven by Dave Miller for Jimmy Takter and the champion is owned by Solveig's Racing Partners. The pacing mares also went in the final TVG preliminary leg for $25,000. Sandbetweenurtoes was compromised by traffic in the stretch of the Breeders Crown, but she faced no such issue on this night winning in wire to wire fashion in 1:52 with Brett Miller in the sulky. Skippin By, a 24-1 longshot sat the pocket and stalked the winner throughout and mounted a strong challenge up the pylons through the stretch, but Sandbetweenurtoes was dead-game and held off the challenge for the fourth win of the season as she closes in on $500,000 lifetime. In his 40th season racing a horse at The Meadowlands, fittingly trainer Larry Remmen earned a victory on opening night for owner Bradley Grant. In other action, Penpal put forth a fine effort in her tune-up for the $385,250 Three Diamonds Final with a three and a half length victory over Albany Girl in a condition event for younger filly pacers. She scored for Pat Lachance in 1:54.2. Radar Contact returned to her favorite location, winning for the seventh time in 15 starts at The Meadowlands in a condition event for pacing mares in 1:52.3. It was not an easy victory as Radar Contact was headed in mid-stretch by Sir Jillian Z Tam, but the battle-tested mare fought back tenaciously to earn the victory for John Campbell and trainer Noel Daley. The driving star of the night was Dave Miller, winning three races, including the late Daily Double. Total Handle for the opening night program was $2,127,362, a slight increase from this same night in 2014. That is despite two less races and being up against a 13-race card that featured six Breeders Crown elimination races. The Late Pick 4 was well-received in its new eighth race slot, handling over $76,000. Racing resumes on Saturday with a 13-race program that includes eliminations for the Governor's Cup and Valley Victory as well as the final preliminary legs for the TVG Pacing and Trotting Championships. Post time for the Saturday program is 7:00 P.M. Darin Zoccali  

DOVER, Del. --- Mission Brief stole the thunder while Wiggle It Jiggleit was dominant in Thursday harness racing highlights of the Matron Stakes Series Finals at Dover Downs on Nov. 12. Crazy Wow and Mosquito Blue Chip won the other Matrons on a balmy 60-degree night. In the $187,400 Matron Mission Brief got back in winning form establishing a 1:50.2 world record over a five-eighth mile track. Yannick Gingras took the Muscle Hill-Southwind Serena brown filly past Wild Honey (John Campbell) after the opening panel and set sail to her ninth win of the season in 13 starts, along with three seconds, drawing off for a 5¾ -length conquest. Trained by Ron Burke, she now has $929,317 this season and $1,520,387 lifetime for Weaver Bruscemi, Our Hrs Cents and Burke Racing stables. Wild Honey (Campbell), who set a world record winning last year's freshman Matron, was second best with Speak To Me (Brett Miller) third. I'm So Fancy (Matt Kakaley) and Juanitas Fury (Tim Tetrick) took the fourth and fifth place checks. Mission Brief Wiggle It Jiggleit continued his assault on sub 1:50 miles for a sophomore\e pacer annexing a 1;49.4 triumph in the $201,900 Matron Male pace. Montrell Teague , who drove his second win on the program, permitted Wakizashi Hanover (Tetrick) to set the early tempo before pulling out in front of the grandstand and annexed command at the half. The George Teague Inc.-owned and Clyde Francis trainee, then roared down the backstretch and came home in :27.4 for a 2½-length score. The win was the 20th of 2015 for the Mr Wiggles-Mozzi Hanover gelding, who in 25 lifetime races has 21 wins and 3 second-place finishes. The dark bay pacer has now won $2,014,495 this campaign with two more starts to go later this month in the $350,000 (estimated) Hap Hansen Progress Pace at Dover Downs. Dealt A Winner (David Miller) was second and Artistic Major (Scott Zeron), third, as second-favorite Wakizashi Hanover back up and finished eighth for the first time in his career. Badiou Hanover (Andy Miller) and Dude's The Man (Corey Callahan) got the fourth and fifth place payoffs. Wiggle It Jiggleit  Tim Tetrick sent the sharp Crazy Wow to the front after the opening quarter and never looked back enroute to a 7-length victory in the $243,550 Matron Male trot giving the sport's leading trainer Ron Burke a double. The win was the ninth this season for the Crazed-No Pan No Gain colt who now goes into seven-figure earnings, $1,027,612 this season and $1,260,540 lifetime. He is owned by Deo Volente Farms, Our Hrs Cents and J&T Silva stables. Crescent Fashion (Scott Zeron) was best of the rest with French Laundry (B. Miller) third. The other purse earners were Bluebird Reverend (D.Miller) and Southwind Mozart (Ake Swanstedt). Crazy Wow In the $205,150 Matron Filly Pace, Daniel Dube went right to the front with Mosquito Blue Chip and took no prisoners chalking up a 1:49.2 success, only one-fifth-of-a-second off the track record set last year by Shebestinging. Owned by Falcicchio, Jessup and Our Three Sons Stable, the Bettor's Delight-Sandfly Hanover distaff conditioned by Rene Allard, racked up her sixth win of the year for $373,535. She has now earned $614,086 in her two years of racing. Race Favorite Devil Child (Tetrick) saw her three race win streak come to a close finishing second. Bedroomconfessions (Gingras) was the show horse. Single Me (A.Miller) was fourth and Divine Caroline (D.Miller) fifth. Mosquito Blue Chip There were two Matron $25,000 consolations. The trot was taken by Synerco Venture's Muscle Up The Goal. It was Yannick Gingras second winning drive making good use of post-1 for a 6¾ length victory. Chris Beaver trains the Muscle Mass-Taps Goal brown colt, now a three-time winner this year for $122,766, Cue Hall (D.Miller) was second, Olympic Son (A.Miller) third. The rail also paid off for Black Horse Racing's Storm Point and driver John Campbell. It wasn't easy, as 44-1 Girlofyourdreams (Montrell Teague) was only a nose away at the wire in the 1:50.2 Matron Filly consolation. Luck Be A Lindy (Tetrick) was third. Monday through Thursday racing begins at 4:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday are dark live racing days at Dover Downs Two $20,000 DSBF freshman colt 2nd leg pace prelims and an $18,000 Open trot tops the Monday card. A $5,000 Guaranteed Pick-4 Pool is now featured daily. By popular request, the Winner's Circle Buffet is back for those dinning in the Winner's Circle Restaurant. At Dover Downs, there is no charge for parking and admission. Harness and thoroughbred simulcasts is available daily from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight. Reservations are suggested for the Winner's Circle Restaurant and for those planning to stay at the 4-star Dover Downs Hotel. Call 302-674-4600. Marv Bachrad

TORONTO, ON--The Jimmy Takter-trained All The Time brushed to the lead after a quick quarter set by stablemate Kathy Parker, advancing to a 1:56.2 harness racing victory in the $600,000 U.S. ($778,440 Cdn) Breeders Crown two-year-old filly trot at Woodbine Racetrack. Going :26.4 to the first quarter, Kathy Parker held control while Caprice Hill occupied the pocket. All The Time swiftly pulled first over midway into the first turn and took the lead into the backstretch. By dictating the tempo, All The Time passed the half in :58. The lone pressure to All The Time came from Dewdle All Day heading to three quarters, passing that pole in 1:28.2. All The Time drew away in the stretch from pocket-rider Kathy Parker, who battled for second from Caprice Hill and Haughty in the final stages. Haughty, Caprice Hill, and Womans Will secured the bottom spots to All The Time at the wire. Paying $4.50 to win, Marvin Katz and Al Libfeld's homebred All The Time claimed her sixth win in 10 starts this year, earning $448,010. She is by Muscle Hill, out of the Cantab Hall mare Cantab It All, and was driven by Yannick Gingras, who celebrated his 13th career Breeders Crown victory and 12 in the last four years. "The minute I hit the track tonight, she's never felt better," Gingras said. "Jimmy's [Takter] second trainer told me that he thought she was better than she was last week, and he was right. They did a tremendous job with her in the last three or four weeks to get her where she is today." Gingras also said in regards to getting a start over the track that "for the two-year-olds, I think it matters more than [for] the rest of them. The other horses have probably been here at some point in the past, but for [the freshmen] it definitely helps to get around the racetrack; there's a different toteboard, different type of things everywhere. She's a true professional. I don't think it would have mattered with her." Katz said, "This is really fulfilling of all the expectations that Al Libfeld and myself, and Sam [Goldband], and the long journey we've had. This is the idea we had many, many years ago, where we would produce champions like this for ourselves, and out of our own broodmare bed." When asked about All The Time's future, Katz said that "I really don't know; she just won a Breeders Crown, and I think we will leave it at that. We'll talk to Jimmy [Takter] in a day or two and let the dust settle, and see from there." QUOTES; All The Time 1:56.2 Yannick Gingras Walk us through this one. She is really super, the minute that I hit the track, I knew that she had never felt better.  She was awesome to drive tonight.  They have done a great job the last few starts, getting her ready. With a 2yo is more important than the other horses.  Get them on the race track and feel things out.  She is a true professional, I don’t think that it would have mattered if she got a start here, or not. By Ray Cotolo

TORONTO - Southwind Frank made it look easy for harness racing driver Yannick Gingras clearing to the lead by the quarter pole and never looking back to capture the $600,000 U.S. ($778,440 Cdn) Breeders Crown event for two-year-old trotting colts and geldings at Woodbine Racetrack. The son of Muscle Hill has been a dominant force in the division all season long and the Crown performance was no exception as he cruised over the rain-soaked Woodbine oval in a 1:54.2 clocking under wraps. Owned by Burke Racing and Weaver Bruscemi, Our Horse Cents Stables and J & T Silva Stables, Southwind Frank is out of the Cantab Hall-sired Flawless Lindy. Sent off as the prohibitive 1-10 favorite, Southwind Frank left alertly but Gingras waited for Sliding Home inside of him to clear the lead before hustling his colt to the front before the :27.1 opening quarter. With little movement behind him, Gingras took the second quarter to shut down the pace with Southwind Frank trotting a :30.2 second quarter while in complete command. The first horse to pull was Marion Marauder and Scott Zeron. Also by Muscle Hill the colt grinded up towards the winner through the third quarter as Gingras let a notch out and Southwind Frank hit three quarters in 1:26.2. With Marion Marauder in pursuit, Gingras allowed Southwind Frank to hit his best stride and the colt opened ground effortlessly cruising a final quarter in :28 and winning with ease. Marion Marauder was a determined second-place finisher, the fifth time this year in 11 starts he finished in the bridesmaid role. Early leader Sliding Home earned the final board spot. The victory was win number 11 in a dozen starts for the impressive colt trained by leading conditioner Ron Burke, who celebrated his ninth Breeders Crown victory. "He was a bit more aggressive behind the gate this week," said Gingras, who won his 12th Breeders Crown and 11th in the last three years. "Once I settled him down he was all business... From the first time I sat behind him he's been all business." Deep Impact and Milligans School earned the final checks. Southwind Frank returned $2.20 as the third consecutive Crown odds-on winner on the Woodbine program. QUOTES; Yannick Gingris driver; Any anxious moments? YG: Maybe a few moments behind the gate.  He was a bit more aggressive than he has been the last few weeks. He was like that in the beginning of the year.  So, I just wanted to get him off on the right foot, because he was not sure footed then. The rest of the way I had no problem. From the first time that I sat behind him, at Gaitway, he has been all business.  Every time that I have raced him, he has been a perfect professional. Jerry Silva: I think that he may have surpassed his father, Muscle Hill, and that is saying a lot.  No one knows until next year how good he is going to be. I had this conversation with Ron Burke, trainer,  He should be able to do a lot.  This is his last race for the year.  We are not going to do anything else with him now.  Hambo: There is something in August that we like to go to.  The Hambo.  This year we tried it, but we were not good enough.  Next year we will try it again with Southwind Frank. Nights that make it all worthwhile? It makes it all worthwhile.  1to9 makes me nervous, trotters make me nervous.  Everything makes me nervous. You saw how relaxed he was out in the Woodbine winner’s circle.  He is just the picture-perfect horse. You love them more when they are that way. By Jay Bergman

Toronto --- Yannick Gingras will have nine drives in Saturday night's 12 Breeders Crown finals at Woodbine Racetrack as he looks to continue his hot streak in harness racing's championship event.   Gingras has won 10 Breeders Crown titles in the past three years, including four last year at the Meadowlands. He captured three trophies each of the previous two years, in 2013 at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono and in 2012 at Woodbine. Gingras' streak began five years after he won his first --- and only other --- Crown with 50-1 long shot Southwind Serena at the Meadowlands.   Tim Tetrick is second to Gingras in the past three years with eight Breeders Crown trophies.   "It's a great thrill, not only to be in the Breeders Crown, but the last few years I've had great horses to drive in it," said Gingras, a Quebec native who now lives in New Jersey. "That definitely makes it more exciting. It's like Hambletonian Day, where everybody wants to be part of those days. To be able to win some of the races makes it very enjoyable.   "This is as big as it gets. It all comes down to the Breeders Crown; that's the old saying, but it's the truth. Thankfully and luckily, I've been able to do well in it lately."   Ironically, Gingras' success in the Breeders Crown followed a Breeders Crown night he would like to forget. In 2011, Gingras and several other drivers and trainers were unable to fly from New Jersey to Toronto for the Breeders Crown at Woodbine because of a fluke snowstorm on the East Coast.   Gingras lost the chance to drive several top contenders that year, including A Rocknroll Dance and Foiled Again.   "It took me a while to win a Breeders Crown (after Southwind Serena) and I thought I had a great shot that year," Gingras said. "I had a great card that night. It was very disappointing. But it's been a good run since then."   Gingras, a third-generation horseman, moved to the U.S. in 2001 and began driving at Yonkers Raceway. Two years later, he won 426 races and received the Rising Star Award from the U.S. Harness Writers Association. The 36-year-old Gingras now has 5,750 career wins and $128 million in purses. He was the second youngest driver to reach $125 million, behind Tetrick.   Last year, Gingras set a career high with 556 wins and led all drivers in North America in purses with $17.29 million, the fourth highest total in history. He was voted Driver of the Year by the U.S. Harness Writers Association.   Gingras has enjoyed working with trainers Ron Burke and Jimmy Takter in recent years, and eight of his 11 Breeders Crown victories have come behind horses from those two powerful stables. This year, six of his Breeders Crown finalists are from Burke and two are from Takter. The remaining one is trained by Mark Silva.   Three of Gingras' drives in this year's Breeders Crown are with past champions: Burke's Mission Brief in the 3-year-old filly trot and Foiled Again in the Open Pace plus Takter's Pinkman in the 3-year-old male trot.   Foiled Again, who won the 2013 Open Pace, heads to this year's final off a win in his elimination on Saturday at Woodbine. The 11-year-old Foiled Again is the richest horse in harness racing history, with $7.18 million in lifetime purses. He snapped a 12-race skid with his victory in his Breeders Crown elim, which was the 85th triumph in his award-winning career.   "Every win is special with him," Gingras said. "He's the greatest horse I've ever driven."   Not surprisingly, Foiled Again's Breeders Crown win at the age of 9 at Pocono in 2013 is Gingras' top memory in the championship series. Foiled Again won by a nose over Pet Rock on a sloppy track and became, at the time, the oldest horse to win a Breeders Crown trophy.   "He had been so close a few times," Gingras said. "I felt really guilty when I missed here in Canada (in 2011). I thought he had a great chance that night and he finished second. To be able to get it done with him, especially the way he did it, was special. He took on all challenges and went a hundred miles an hour the whole race, for a full mile. It's not often you see a horse that can go that hard for that long and be able to finish it off."   Mission Brief, a world-record-setting daughter of Gingras' first Crown champ Southwind Serena, and Pinkman both advanced straight to their respective finals this year because eliminations were unnecessary. Pinkman's wins this year include two legs of the Trotting Triple Crown --- the $1 million Hambletonian, where the Gingras-driven Mission Brief finished second in her bid to become the first filly to win the race since 1996 --- and the Kentucky Futurity. Pinkman also won the Canadian Trotting Classic.   Other top contenders for Gingras on Saturday include Breeders Crown elimination winners Yankee Moonshine in the 2-year-old filly pace, Southwind Frank in the 2-year-old colt trot, and All The Time in the 2-year-old filly trot. Yankee Moonshine and Southwind Frank are trained by Burke, who last week topped $20 million in purses for the third consecutive year, and All The Time is trained by Takter.   "I have a lot of power this year," said Gingras, who in August captured his fourth consecutive driving title at the Meadowlands. "I train a lot of young horses during the year between Jimmy and Ronnie, and I enjoy it. I like going to the barn in the spring and watching them develop. To see them come to this point now is very exciting."   No driver has ever won more than four Breeders Crown finals in a single year, and Tetrick is the only driver to win four on a single card. Gingras is unconcerned with trying to rewrite the record book.   "I don't think about things like that at all," Gingras said. "I just take them one at a time. We'll see how it goes. But you've got to be in it to win it."   by Ken Weingartner for Breeders Crown

Foiled Again, mired in one of his worst seasons when it comes to harness racing victories turned the tables on Saturday night capturing the first of two US$35,000 preliminaries in the Breeders Crown Open pacing division at Woodbine as an 8-1 outsider. The richest Standardbred of all time, Foiled Again entered the contest with nearly $7.2 million banked throughout his storied career but this year had just one victory in 17 starts prior to Saturday night. The lack of wins didn't stop driver Yannick Gingras from giving Foiled Again a good steer as he got away third in the early stages as Melmerby Beach and Paul MacDonell sprinted out through a :26 1/5 quarter to take control. Arthur Blue Chip was a distant second in the opening quarter with Foiled Again third. Gingras waited until the :54 2/5 half had been clocked before setting Foiled Again, an 11-year-old son of Dragon Again to the outside. The gelding knew exactly what to do as he grinded his way up to the leader through a 1:22 1/5 three quarter clocking and then shifted into high gear in the homestretch scoring quite safely in 1:50 flat. The victory was number 85 in the career of Foiled Again, trained by Ron Burke for owners Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi and JJK Stables. JK Endofanera was sent off as the heavy favorite but he trailed from the start and closed briskly for second as the 6-5 choice. Arthur Blue Chip squeezed in late for third with pacesetter Melmerby Beach and McWicked also advancing to the final. "Every win is special with him," said Yannick Gingras the winning driver. "He's the greatest horse I've every driven." The driver suggested that the wins have come with more spacing this year in parts due to Foiled Again's age and an abundance of poor post positions. "When he draws outside you have to use him too much early and he just can't finish after that. Usually I know how good he's going to be when we come through the final turn," said Gingras. "Tonight he latched on to me and I knew they weren't going to beat him."   Foiled Again  

TORONTO, ON-- Sent off the public choice at odds of 1-5, the Ron Burke-trained Southwind Frank floated to control entering the first turn and set mild fractions in his wire-to-wire performance of 1:55.2 to take the lone $20,000 Breeders Crown elimination for harness racing two-year-old colt and gelding trotters on Friday, at Woodbine Racetrack.   Taking the lead and setting an opening quarter in :28.2, Southwind Frank led Milligan's School, Will Take Charge, and Deep Impact around the first turn. He was unchallenged when passing the half in :58.3, which was when Dupree initiated the two-wide flow and supplied cover to Marion Marauder.   Southwind Frank extended his lead to four lengths around the far turn, due in part to Milligan's School becoming rough gaited in second. With Milligan's School faltering, Will Take Charge pulled to the outside from third and circled by into the second spot as Southwind Frank passed the third panel in 1:27.1.   Will Take Charge was the lone threat to Southwind Frank, who was under wraps in the stretch regardless. Marion Marauder fanned around Dupree and rallied late in the stretch with Milligan's School, who recovered from his gait issues around the turn. Southwind Frank led to the wire about two and a half lengths clear of Marion Marauder sniping second from Milligan's School, with Will Take Charge claiming fourth.   Owned by Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, Our Horse Cents Stable, and Jerry and Theresa Silva Stables, Southwind Frank collected his 10th win in 11 starts this year, pushing his career earnings to $552,591. He paid $2.40 to win, and was driven by Yannick Gingras. The Muscle Hill colt, out of the Cantab Hall mare Flawless Lindy, was bred by Southwind Farm.   "He was good here at Mohawk about a month ago [in the $373,000 William Wellwood Memorial], but Ronnie [Burke] thought he was getting a little tired," Yannick Gingras said. "He gave him a few weeks off and freshened him up before the second week of Lexington. He was vicious there last week, and he was just as good here tonight. He completely wrapped up; he could not have done this any easier."   Southwind Frank     With the late scratch of Southern Cross, Jimmy Takter's Lagerfeld and Bob McIntosh's Tony Soprano received byes into the final next week, Oct. 24. The post positions for the $600,000 final were drawn after the elimination, with Andovers Choice not qualifying due to finishing ninth in the elimination. Here are the posts for the final:   Post Position-Horse-Driver-Trainer   1-Muscles For Life-Doug McNair-Gregg McNair   2-Deep Impact-Steve Condren-Bradley Maxwell   3-Marion Marauder-Scott Zeron-Michael Keeling   4-Sliding Home-John Campbell-Jonas Czernyson   5-Southwind Frank-Yannick Gingras-Ron Burke   6-Lagerfeld-Johnny Takter-Jimmy Takter   7-Tony Soprano-John Campbell-Robert McIntosh   8-Dupree-Ake Svanstedt-Ake Svanstedt   9-Milligan's School-Andy Miller-Julie Miller   10-Will Take Charge-Paul MacDonell-John Bax   AE-Andovers Choice-Sylvain Filion-Dany Fontaine   Ray Cotolo Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown

Following two consecutive second-place finishes, the daughter of Yankee Cruiser won the first $25,927 Breeders Crown division for harness racing two-year-old filly pacers Friday night at Woodbine Racetrack. With Yannick Gingras driving for trainer Ron Burke, Yankee Moonshine emerged from far back and unleashed a furious kick down the stretch, seizing control late and emerging with a two-length victory in a time of 1:53 4/5. It marked the third win in 11 starts for the $42,000 Harrisburg graduate.   Given the fact that she has been facing the undefeated Pure Country several times in her first season, including a week ago in the International Stallion Stakes at the Red Mile in Lexington, Yankee Moonshine has done quite well. The fact Pure Country drew in the second division, didn't hurt her chances.   Yankee Moonshine was the race favorite at just under 8-5, but she had work hard for the win.   "She's a really nice filly," Gingras said. "She was good in (Pennsylvania) and then she tailed off a little bit, but the last three weeks she's been really good. She was good in Indiana. She was vicious last week in Lexington. She was first up against a really good filly, but she never quit. She was still trying in the stretch. She proved tonight she belongs with the top of the class."   The race featured several lead changes, but it was Yankee Moonshine, seemingly emerging from nowhere, that finished on top.   "I was in a pretty back spot there," Gingras said of his position heading into the stretch. "But she was running in pretty hard around the last turn, so it was hard for me to get her out three wide around (Rock Me Baby), so I took a chance to go back to the inside and hoping to be fifth.   "But they weren't pacing that strong up front and she was loaded with pace, so once I got daylight she did the rest."   Call Me Queen placed second, followed by Soft Idea. Blue Moon Stride and Skinny Dipper rounded out the top five that will move on the final.   Yankee Moonshine paid $5.50, $2.60, $2.60. Call Me Queen Be paid $2.60, $2.50. Soft Idea paid $3.80.   With her third win in 11 starts, Yankee Moonshine raised her career earnings to just shy of $140,000.   Call Me Queen Be led at the opening quarter in 27 flat, then Soft Idea made an outside move to inherit first place. But Blue Moon Stride then made a move and had the lead after three quarters in 1:24 flat.   Yankee Moonshine     Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown

LEXINGTON, KY-- Yannick Gingras made his move with the Jimmy Takter-trained Pinkman into the far turn, powering by Crazy Wow under a hand drive to win the $527,000 Kentucky Futurity in 1:51.2 on Saturday, Oct. 10 at The Red Mile.   The first quarter was set by The Bank, going :27 with Crazy Wow in the pocket and Pinkman tracking in third. Crazy Wow circled by The Bank and set a :54 half before Pinkman was given his marching orders from third, French Laundry on his back. He came alongside Crazy Wow through a 1:23 third quarter before edging to the lead at the top of the stretch. French Laundry angled to the inside for room, while Crescent Fashion and Muscle Diamond stormed from the back into the minor positions. With the reins in the air, Yannick Gingras sat still in the sulky as Pinkman crossed the wire in 1:51.2 over Crescent Fashion, French Laundry, and Muscle Diamond.   A winner of 17 in 23 starts lifetime and earnings of over $2,250,000, Pinkman, the Explosive Matter gelding out of the Angus Hall mare Margie Seelster returned $6.20 to win. He's owned by Christina Takter, John and Jim Fielding, Joyce McClelland, and Herb Liverman.   "He surely is game," Yannick Gingras said. "He puts in a one-hundred percent effort, even at Yonkers [in the Yonkers Trot]; he didn't like the track, but it wasn't like he wasn't trying. He's a winner and he wants to get it done."   "I've thanked them [the owners] many times on that," Gingras also said regarding his continuation in the position as regular driver on Pinkman. "That's something you don't see very often, probably never really, that somebody wins the Hambletonian and then he puts the driver back on the horse that won it. I'm very thankful."   "He's just a fantastic horse," Jimmy Takter said. "I'm so proud of him."   "I've got great staff and good people behind me," Takter also said regarding driving in the Filly Futurity and the Kentucky Futurity, as well as training four in the Filly Futurity and five in the Futurity. "I've got great owners, and they make it a heck of a lot easier."   "That's his next stop," Takter also said regarding the Breeders Crown.     By Ray Cotolo, for The Red Mile      

Joyce McClelland and her husband Richard have spent 35 years in harness racing, but have never enjoyed a year like this one. Pinkman has left them tickled pink. Pinkman, who counts Joyce McClelland among his owners, is the 2-1 morning line favorite in Saturday's $527,000 Kentucky Futurity for 3-year-old trotters at The Red Mile in Lexington. The gelding will start from post No. 9 with Yannick Gingras driving for trainer Jimmy Takter. Post time is 1 p.m. for the first race on a stakes-filled card at The Red Mile. The $262,500 Kentucky Filly Futurity for 3-year-old female trotters is scheduled for 4:29 p.m., followed by the $450,000 Tattersalls Pace for 3-year-old male pacers and the Kentucky Futurity. Mission Brief is the 3-5 morning line favorite in the filly event and Lost For Words is the 7-2 choice in the Tattersalls. Pinkman has won 10 of 14 races this year and earned $1.48 million. He heads to the Kentucky Futurity off a victory in the $532,000 Canadian Trotting Classic on Sept. 19 at Mohawk Racetrack and his other triumphs include the million-dollar Hambletonian Stakes, $500,000 Beal Memorial, and $370,000 Zweig Memorial. In addition to McClelland, the gelding is owned by Christina Takter, John and Jim Fielding, and Herb Liverman. The McClellands live in central Ohio, where they have owned and bred well more than 100 horses. Among their successes, they bred two-time Breeders Crown champion Call For Rain and co-owned 2011 Yonkers Trot winner Leader Of The Gang, who also was trained by Takter. And now there is Pinkman. "It's been the most amazing racing year of our careers," Joyce McClelland said. "We're still a little in shock, I think. Winning the Hambletonian is just amazing. I don't know how else I can put it. We had our three children and their spouses there. We all wore pink and we all went a little crazy after the race. "Wherever we go, people still come up to us and are congratulating us. We're very thankful and very grateful and very proud and very happy." Takter has five of the 10 horses in the Futurity, with French Laundry, The Bank, Uncle Lasse, and Canepa Hanover joining Pinkman in the field. Multiple-stakes-winner Crazy Wow is the 7-2 second choice. He will start from post No. 5 with Tim Tetrick driving for trainer Ron Burke. The Kentucky Futurity is the third jewel in the Trotting Triple Crown. Pinkman won the first jewel, the Hambletonian, on Aug. 8 at the Meadowlands and Habitat won the second, the Yonkers Trot, on Sept. 5 at Yonkers Raceway. Habitat was not entered in the Futurity. Pinkman will face a tough task in the Futurity, due in part to the outside starting spot in the 10-horse field. But as the winner of 16 of 22 lifetime races and $2.05 million, Pinkman usually finds a way to prevail. He has won back-to-back starts since suffering a three-race skid - the only losing streak of his career. "Drawing the nine hole is always tough, but he's got a huge heart and we'll see what he can do," McClelland said. "I think Yannick put it best. Someone said (Pinkman) is coming back, and Yannick said, 'He never left.' That's just such a good thing to feel. He's never left. He's an amazing horse. We're just thrilled." Following is the field in post order for the Kentucky Futurity with drivers, trainers, and morning line odds: 1. Aldebaran Eagle, Corey Callahan, Jonas Czernyson, 20-1 2. French Laundry, Brett Miller, Jimmy Takter, 12-1 3. Crescent Fashion, Scott Zeron, Ake Svanstedt, 20-1 4. The Bank, Jimmy Takter, Jimmy Takter, 6-1 5. Crazy Wow, Tim Tetrick, Ron Burke, 7-2 6. Uncle Lasse, David Miller, Jimmy Takter, 9-2 7. Canepa Hanover, Dave Palone, Jimmy Takter, 10-1 8. Honor And Serve, Matt Kakaley, Jim Campbell, 20-1 9. Pinkman, Yannick Gingras, Jimmy Takter, 2-1 10. Muscle Diamond, John Campbell, Brett Bittle, 10-1 For Saturday's complete card at The Red Mile, click here. by Ken Weingartner Harness Racing Communications USTA    

Looking at where drivers and trainers rank now, a week into October, for wins and money as compared with this point in the season last year, we see mixed results. Ron Burke’s high end aged stock has disappointed; perhaps that’s one of the reasons he’s about 100 wins and $2.6 million behind his record setting pace of 2014. He needs about $9.5 million in the last quarter of the season to reach his $28.4 million record; that would represent a third of what his stable earned in all of 2014. We still have the second week of the Lexington meet, the Breeders Crown, the Fall Final Four, Matron and others, but December is pretty much a dead month, so it will be a chore to make up all that ground over the course of the next seven weeks. Number two Jimmy Takter is having another great year, but he’s still more than $960,000 short of where he was a week into October in 2014. Patrick has been retired, Cerry isn’t herself and Nuncio is racing in Europe. Since the leader on the driver board, Yannick Gingras, works primarily for those two trainers, it’s no surprise that his bottom line is suffering. Like Burke, Yannick is down about 100 wins, and he’s light $3 million. He needs almost $7.5 million to reach last year’s record total. That 43% shortfall would be very tough to make up in such a short period of time. Rene Allard, who is not a major presence on the Grand Circuit, is ahead of last year by 65 or so wins and up more than $1.4 million. His brother Simon is also up by almost 50 wins and a million dollars. Jeff Bamond is fourth on the trainers list, but PJ Fraley was the trainer of record for that stable last year. Jeff is $390,000 ahead of what PJ had banked to this point. Second place driver David Miller has 40 more wins but he’s upf $1.3 million, while third place Tim Tetrick is right about where he was—showing 17 fewer wins but only $3,300 or so off what he had a week into October of 2014. Many of the Yonkers drivers are ahead of last year in the money column. Jason Bartlett only has a handful more wins, but he’s ahead $1.7 million; Sears is down more than 50 wins, but he’s still up more than $330,000; George Brennan is down 60 wins, but ahead $9,000. Dan Dube has 100 plus more wins than he had last October and he’s ahead of the game a nifty $2.6 million. Tyler Buter has 80 more wins and is up more than $2 million. Mark MacDonald is short 25 wins but he’s ahead $330,000. Sylvain Filion is the only WEG based driver with more money than MacDonald. That’s a telling stat. Filion is up more than 100 wins, but he only has an extra $350,000 to show for it. Doug McNair is up more than 50 wins and $340,000. Randy Waples has about the same number of wins, but he’s short $320,000. Jody Jamieson is down almost 80 wins and $940,000. While James MacDonald is off 100 wins and more than $650,000. So, for the most part, the WEG drivers aren’t faring very well in comparison to 2014. Trainer Tony Alagna is down a dozen wins, but up about $50,000. He’s currently in fifth and with Casie Coleman and Erv Miller dropping back, he’s in a position to improve on last season’s seventh place finish. Miller is off about 50 wins and $1.3 million, while Coleman, who is also short 50 or so wins, is short $2 million. Steve Elliott, the trainer of four-year-old star Doo Wop Hanover, is already 29 wins and $960,000 ahead of what he did in all of last year. Ake Svanstedt is ahead of his 2014 pace, as he has won 37 more races and his charges have earned a half million more to this point. George Napolitano Jr, who is only a half dozen wins from the top in the dash race, continues to have a tremendous year. He’s 75 wins ahead of last year and up more than $890,000. Scott Zeron is also thriving; his win total is up by 24 and his money by more than $840,000. Brett Miller, on the other hand, is down $840,000 and 100 wins. As Burke and Takter have cooled off, so have their regular drivers. Matt kakaley is down a million dollars and more than 70 wins. Some criticize Ronnie Wrenn Jr for racking up the wins but not earning a commensurate amount of money. Well, he’s only 7 wins ahead of last year right now, but he’s got an extra $825,000 in the piggy bank. Corey Callahan, who is fifth in the dash race and sixth in dollars, has more than 70 extra wins and $1.1 million beyond what he had on this day last year. The King of the NYSS, Jim Morrill Jr, is up a little more than that, despite 17 fewer wins. A couple of more trainers who are killing it are Brian Brown, who has 43 more wins than he did one year ago and has banked $1.1 million more, and Virgil Morgan Jr, who has earned $950,000 more than last year on 31 more wins. BAM’s trainer Nifty Norman is $720,000 ahead on 17 more wins. And Jim Campbell is plus $280,000 on 17 more wins. So the guys at the top of the totem pole, Burke, Takter and Gingras are still wildly successful, but for one reason or another not to the degree they were in 2014. One or all may get hot over the next several weeks and catch up to themselves, but it won’t be easy. In addition, there are plenty of success stories from across the spectrum, from the likes of Steve Elliott, Jeff Bamond, Jim Campbell, Dan Dube, Tyler Buter and Scott Zeron. Joe FitzGerald has been an avid harness racing fan and historian for the last half-century.  He writes a weekly blog for  Joe’s commentary reflects his own views and not that of Harnesslink.

LEXINGTON, KY-- The $264,000 International Stallion Stakes (ISS) for 2-year-old colt and gelding trotters was contested in five divisions on the Thursday, Oct. 8 harness racing program at The Red Mile.   Headlining the action was Ron Burke's Southwind Frank, a son of Muscle Hill out of Flawless Lindy by Cantab Hall, who broke the world record of 1:53.2 set by Centurion Atm in 2014. In a robust closing effort, Southwind Frank strided to the wire in 1:52.2 by open lengths over Lagerfeld and Mavens Way.   Mavens Way sprinted on the lead, establishing fractions of :27.2, :55.4, and 1:24.4. Drafting behind the leader, Lagerfeld was flushed first over approaching the head of the stretch, with Southwind Frank caught third over in that flow. Once in the stretch, driver Yannick Gingras fanned Southwind Frank towards the center of the course and accelerated by everyone as he sped to the wire clear.   Owned by Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, Our Horse Cents Stable, and Jerry and Theresa Silva Stables, Southwind Frank paid $2.10 to win. This was his ninth win in 10 starts this season.   "We've been looking to race him from the back, but you're 1-9 sometimes and everyone else is waiting for you," Yannick Gingras said. "Today, nobody was waiting for us, and it was a good thing. I wanted to race him from the back and trot home. He sure did."   "It's definitely cool," Gingras also said in response to driving the world's fastest 2-year-old trotters at Lexington. "I'm fortunate enough to drive for two powerful stables that have a lot of babies and young trotters. It's definitely been a thrill, and now both of them are great horses [the other being Mission Brief]."   Commandeering the lead after stalking a battle, Milligan's School advanced to a 1:53.3 performance to take the first division of the ISS.   Make Or Miss led through a :29 first quarter before going off stride in the backstretch, allowing the then-three wide Hititoutofthepark to circle by Honor Above All for control. Driver Andy Miller pulled Milligan's School off the rail and charged him to the lead, clearing through a :57.3 half. Being challenged only by first-over Celebrity Express through a 1:26.1 third-quarter, Milligan's School accelerated for the finish. Hititoutofthepark chased for second, while Celebrity Express held on for third over Honor Above All.   Now a winner in five of 11 tries this season, Milligan's School, a son of Yankee Glide out of the S J's Photo mare Tori Ann, paid $3.60 to win. He is owned by Stroy Inc. and trained by Julie Miller.   "A couple of them were living pretty good on the inside," Andy Miller said. "There was a little bit of movement into the first turn, and I just waited until we got to the backside. Corey [Callahan on Hititoutofthepark] made the front there and took a hold of his horse a little bit, so I let my horse trot up by him there and he was just strong the rest of the way."   "I think he's over them," Miller also said about Milligan's School's breaking issues. "It was a little bit unfortunate in the [Pennsylvania] Sires Stakes final [when he broke]; I thought he had a big shot at winning that, and the horse [Love Matters] began to run in front of him. David [Miller] was driving him that day, and when he moved him [Milligan's School] to go around that horse, he tipped over, so I don't really think it was his fault that day."   With the 1-5 favorite Love Matters breaking before the half, pocket-sitter Hollywood Highway pounced on the vulnerable leader Sliding Home to take the second division of ISS in 1:54.2.   On the lead, Sliding Home set fractions of :29.1, :57.2, and 1:26.4. By the far turn, only Hollywood Highway, and Desert Runner were in contact with the leader, but Desert Runner became rough gaited during his stretch bid, leaving Hollywood Highway and Sliding Home to compete for the top spot. Already out of the pocket, Hollywood Highway began to slide by Sliding Home by the eighth pole and extended to a three-length win over Sliding Home and Desert Runner.   Hollywood Highway, a son of Muscle Massive out of the Kadabra mare L A Freeway, returned $12.00 to win. He won his third race in six starts this season, and is owned by Marvin Katz and Al Libfeld, trained by Staffan Lind, and driven by Tim Tetrick.   "He was sold for $50,000 last year, and Staffan Lind's owner purchased him," Marvin Katz said. "They took him back to the farm and x-rayed him, and they really didn't like them. They called us and said 'Can we have our money back?' We said 'Sure, if you want, we'll take half; whatever you'd like.' They said they wanted their money back. So we took him back, sent him to Jimmy Glass's farm, and he did some vet work on him."   "He didn't go into training until near the middle of February," Katz also said. "Staffan [Lind] was the trainer who purchased him originally, so we sent him back to Staffan, and he has done a great job. He has really turned into a top-end colt."   "[Jimmy] Takter's horse made a break, but that happens," Tim Tetrick said. "Staffan really likes this horse; he's said he has been coming along good. Last week on the front, he just didn't like that and he fell asleep, but the colt raced good, trotted to the wire well. It was very pleasing."   Brooklyn Hill was game in his 1:53.1 effort in the fourth division of the ISS. Sitting second to Southwind Flash off a :27.4 first quarter, driver David Miller sent the Jonas Czernyson trainee around the leader and to the lead before the half. Once in control, he trotted fractions of :56.1 and 1:24.4 before experiencing serious opposition from Dog Gone Lucky, who pulled first over around the turn. They were throat to throat through the stretch, but Brooklyn Hill, despite losing the lead slightly in the battle, reemerged victorious.   Finishing third was Brownie Hanover.   Brooklyn Hill, a colt by Muscle Hill out of the Conway Hall mare Brooklyn, claimed his second win in 10 starts this season. He competes for the interests of Srf Stable.   "He raced really, really good," David Miller said. "He has been racing great all along, but he has just been up against Southwind Frank a lot. He might not have been at his best up in Canada [in the $283,480 William Wellwood Memorial], but he was definitely really good today."   "Yeah... We keep finishing second to him [Southwind Frank] all the time," Miller also said in regards to Brooklyn Hill's earnings of over $160,000 this season.   In the final ISS division, the Ake Svanstedt-trained Dupree scored his third win in eight starts this season with a 1:53.4 mile. He took control from Treasure Keys K through a :28.2 first panel, but then yielded to Bar Hopping heading to the half. He went :55.4 and 1:25.1 on the front and turned for home about two-lengths clear of Dupree, who just angled to the outside. By the midpoint of the stretch, Dupree began to approach Bar Hopping and was soon alongside the Jimmy Takter trainee, eventually pulling away from him and towards victory.   Petrossian As finished third.   A colt by Andover Hall out of the Muscles Yankee mare Hustle N Muscle, Dupree competes for the interests of Knutsson Trotting Inc. and Courant A B. With Ake Svanstedt in the sulky, Dupree paid $4.60 to win.   "We've always had high thoughts about this horse," assistant trainer Bernie Noren said. "He got a little sick in the middle of the season, but he really showed us the horse he's supposed to be. I knew he was going to race good in the [Pennsylvania] Sires Stakes final at The Meadows and the driver [Aaron Merriman] drove him carefully up there."   "Last week, the track was so heavy," Noren also said. "You can see today that the horse [Dupree] is running much faster. He's really good and showed he has a really good head, answering to the horse on the inside [Bar Hopping] and the outside [Petrossian As]."   "If everything works out okay and he works fine tomorrow we're going to go for the Breeders Crown, of course," Noren also said. "But this is a very tough group; very talented horses have won today, so it's going to be tough to come up there, too."   Live racing resumes tomorrow, Friday, Oct. 9, with three divisions of the $224,100 ISS 2-year-old filly pace and four divisions of the $272,000 ISS 2-year-old colt and gelding pace. First-race post is slated for 1:00pm.   By Ray Cotolo, for The Red Mile

Mission Brief put in an effortless performance in the first of two divisions of the $144,000 Bluegrass 3-year-old filly trot at the harness racing meeting at The Red Mile, taking the lead after the first quarter and striding away to a 1:54.4 win.   Classical Annie set the first quarter of :29.2 as Livininthefastlane edged towards the front first over, with Mission Brief on her back.   Taking the lead before the three-eighths pole, Mission Brief progressed towards fractions of :57.2 and 1:26.3.   Classical Annie, residing in third for most of the mile after losing the lead, circled around Livininthefastlane to take second, and Speak To Me charged down the center of the course to finish third.   Sent off the overwhelming favorite at 1-9, Mission Brief paid $2.10 to win.   The filly by Muscle Hill, out of Varenne mare Southwind Serena, is owned by Burke Racing Stable, Our Horse Cents Stable, Jerry and Theresa Silva Stables, and Weaver Bruscemi, trained by Ron Burke, and driven by Yannick Gingras   She scored her eighth win this season, seventeenth lifetime, and has earned $1,356,062 in her career.   "Even here she's a lot different," Ron Burke said. "There's not as much noise and there's not as much action, so she's obviously going to calm down a little bit more. The track's obviously better than it was last night, but it's still nowhere near fast. Basically all we wanted to do is get around there without hurting her [Mission Brief], and just get a mile in her."   "By the same thing, the Breeders Crown is six days later," Burke also said in regards to Mission Brief's speed as a three-year-old compared to her 1:50.3 last season at Lexington. "Like I've said all along: I want to come in here, win three races, and just go home."   "Love it," part-owner Jerry Silva said in regards to the experience of watching Mission Brief race. "She stacks right now on the top of the list of the filly trotters that I've had. I hope she continues to be healthy and continues, with Ronnie [Burke] and Yannick [Gingras] making me a happy owner."   Grinding to control uncovered around the far turn, Jimmy Takter-trainee Wild Honey patiently attacked pacesetter I'm So Fancy to then edge away from her rivals and towards a 1:55.4 win.   On the lead, I'm So Fancy set fractions of :29, :57.4, and 1:27.1. Wild Honey generated the two-wide move at the half, with Gatka Hanover and Katniss tracking her into the turn. Approaching I'm So Fancy at three-quarters, Wild Honey quickly took the lead at the head of the stretch, powering away from closers Lilu Hanover and Lady Winona, who finished second and third respectively.   Collecting her fifth win this season, fifteenth in her career, Wild Honey, a daughter of Cantab Hall out of S J's Photo mare U Wanna Lindy, pushed her career earnings to $1,125,135.   She is owned by Christina Takter, John and Jim Fielding, and Herb Liverman, and was driven by John Campbell. Also a resounding favorite at 1-5, she paid $2.40 to win.   "She went a great trip up in Canada [in the Elegant Image] to finish second to Mission Brief," John Fielding said. "She was awesome tonight, and she has just been a terrific filly all along for us at two and now at three. She's small, but she's very gutsy, and it's just a privilege to be associated with her."   "I don't know yet," Fielding said in regards to Wild Honey entering the Kentucky Filly Futurity next week, Oct. 10. "I'll have to talk to Jimmy Takter."   Ray Cotolo

Delaware, OH --- French Laundry cleaned up in Thursday’s (Sept. 24) $126,000 Old Oaken Bucket for harness racing 3-year-old male trotters at the Delaware County Fairgrounds, winning by 2-3/4 lengths over Andy Ray in a track-record 1:53.4. When the starting gate opened, Mesmerized went to the early lead from post five, leaving French Laundry and driver Yannick Gingras in second place around the first turn. Gingras moved French Laundry to the front quickly, though, clearing to the lead before reaching the quarter in :28. From there, it was all French Laundry. The colt reached the half in :57.2 and three-quarters in 1:25.1. His winning time lowered the Delaware County Fairgrounds track record for a 3-year-old colt trotter, previously 1:54.2 by Triumphant Caviar in 2009, and was one-fifth of a second off the stakes record of 1:53.3 established by gelding Dennis in 2008. Andy Ray, named in honor of driver Andy Ray Miller, finished strong to edge Mesmerized, driven by Miller, for second place. Walter White finished fourth. French Laundry, sent off as the 4-5 favorite, is trained by Jimmy Takter for owners Christina Takter, John and Jim Fielding, Marvin Katz, and Al Libfeld. A son of Muscles Yankee out of the mare Creamy Mimi, French Laundry has won four of 14 races this year and earned $212,038. For his career, the colt has won 11 of 26 starts, including the 2014 Kindergarten Classic championship, and earned $525,157. "This colt is definitely not as temperamental as (his dam) Creamy Mimi," said co-owner Marvin Katz. "She could be cantankerous and be a handful. This colt is not like that, but he does have her ability. He has showed that just by making half a million dollars. "This year he has just had some bad luck. That includes racing luck and some bad draws. Like the outside in the Hambletonian for instance. But we always knew he was talented and are very pleased with his win here today." by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications  -- Kimberly French also contributed to this report

Bill Donovan is looking forward to seeing Band Of Angels compete in Wednesday’s $212,250 Jugette for 3-year-old female pacers at the harness racing meeting at Delaware County Fairgrounds in central Ohio, but the longtime owner will watch from afar.   “Of course, I’m excited,” Donovan said. “Anytime you have a horse good enough to go into one of the premier races in the sport, you’re excited. She’s earned her way in, for sure.   “(But) I’m very superstitious,” he added with a laugh. “Every time I go to a big race, it seems like disaster strikes.”   Band Of Angels is one of 12 fillies entered in the Jugette, and one of four horses in the race from the stable of trainer Ron Burke. She will start from post No. 3 with driver Yannick Gingras in the second of two $50,450 eliminations and is the 3-1 second choice on the morning line. The top four finishers from each division return later in the day for the $151,150 final. A horse must only win the final to be declared the Jugette champion.   Post time is noon for Wednesday’s first race at the Delaware County Fairgrounds, located 30 miles north of Columbus. The Jugette eliminations are races 12 and 13. The final is race 17.   Band Of Angels heads to the Jugette off a nose win over Devil Child in the New York Sire Stakes championship on Sept. 12 at Yonkers Raceway. Band Of Angels and driver Jason Bartlett started from the outside, post eight, but got the lead in the opening quarter-mile and went on to victory.   “I think most people wrote her off from winning the sire stakes final, but she persevered,” Donovan said. “I was surprised myself. Jason Bartlett gave her an aggressive drive getting her off the (starting) gate and she did the rest. She’s just been a real pleasure.”   Band Of Angels has won six of 13 races this year and 12 of 23 lifetime starts, with total earnings of $462,745. She has finished worse than third only once in her most recent 11 races.   In 11 career races on half-mile tracks, such as the oval at the Delaware County Fairgrounds, she has posted eight wins, one second, and one third.   “She is awful good on a half-mile track, so I think she’ll give a good accounting of herself on Wednesday,” Donovan said. “She’s been a solid horse this year. When they make the money she’s made this year, it’s obviously a good year."   “We’ve been fortunate with Band Of Angels in that she did come out of a terrific 2-year-old season and she has more than held her own at 3. I think she belongs there. I think she’s definitely in the top 10 of 3-year-old fillies this year.”   Band Of Angels is a daughter of Rock N Roll Heaven, the 2010 Little Brown Jug winner and Horse of the Year honoree, and the mare Time N Again. She is a half-sister to millionaire Romantic Moment and was purchased as a yearling for $100,000 at the 2013 Lexington Selected Sale.   Donovan is making his second appearance in the Jugette as an owner. His filly Bettor B Lucky finished second to Darena Hanover in the 2012 Jugette. Both horses were trained by Burke.   “I’m hoping to turn the tables on that finish this year,” Donovan said.   The morning line favorite at 5-2 in the second elimination is trainer Virgil Morgan Jr.’s Momas Got A Gun, who will start from post No. 2 with driver David Miller. She is coming off back-to-back second-place finishes in the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championship, where she missed by a head, and Valley Forge Stakes.   A daughter of stallion Somebeachsomewhere out of the mare Benear, she is a full sister to 2014 Little Brown Jug winner Limelight Beach. She has won three of 14 races in 2015 and earned $313,368.   Triple V Hanover is the 3-1 morning line favorite in the first elimination. The Brian Brown trainee will start from post one, also with Miller in the sulky. She has won four of 11 races this year and earned $105,265 for owners Donald Robinson, King McNamara, and Strollin Stable.   Following are the Jugette elimination fields in post order with drivers, trainers and morning line odds.   $50,450 First Elimination Post-Horse-Driver-Trainer-Morning Line 1. Triple V Hanover-David Miller-Brian Brown-3-1 2. Southwind Roulette-Matt Kakaley-Ron Burke-7-2 3. Bettor N Better-Yannick Gingras-Ron Burke-6-1 4. Moremercy Bluechip-Andy Miller-Julie Miller-10-1 5. Wicked Little Minx-Brett Miller-Nancy Johansson-12-1 6. Mosquito Blue Chip-Jim Morrill Jr.-Paul Jessop-7-2   $50,450 Second Elimination 1. Serious Filly-Scott Zeron-Brian Brown-6-1 2. Momas Got A Gun-David Miller-Virgil Morgan Jr.-5-2 3. Band Of Angels-Yannick Gingras-Ron Burke-3-1 4. Bedroomconfessions-Tim Tetrick-Tony Alagna-12-1 5. Somewhere Sweet-Jim Morrill Jr.-Brian Brown-8-1 6. Sassa Hanover-Matt Kakaley-Ron Burke-4-1 Ken Weingartner

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