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

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

CAMPBELLVILLE, ON-- Lady Shadow overcame a first-up trip to win the $365,000 Roses Are Red Final for the third year in a row Saturday at Mohawk Racetrack in 1:48.4. Lady Shadow floated off the gate towards the center of the field while Call Me Queen Be was sent for the front in :25.3. Soon overtaken by Nike Franco N midway down the backstretch, Lady Shadow soon edged off the rail and began a first-over advance towards the leader while Wrangler Magic struggled to find room, causing traffic issues through a :54 half. Pacing three-quarters 1:21.3, Lady Shadow edged past Nike Franco N in the stretch to take the lead and began to drift while she tried to sprint away from Wrangler Magic. Call Me Queen Be angled out of the pocket and chased behind while Lady Shadow held off Wrangler Magic to win, with Call Me Queen Be getting third and Nike Franco N holding onto fourth. A six-year-old Shadow Play mare from the Camluck mare Lady Camella, Lady Shadow won her 32nd race in 59 tries, compiling $2,108,662 in earnings. Competing for the interests of David Kryway, Carl Atley, Ed Gold, and Bfj Stable, trained by Ron Adams, and driven by Yannick Gingras, Lady Shadow paid $3.60 to win. "I had to move her over a little bit [while Wrangler Magic struggled for room] and I just hoped to get back to the two-path," Yannick Gingras said. "It was clear sailing after that. "I thought I had everyone pretty much where I wanted them [in the final turn]. I assumed, the way I saw [the issues in] the backstretch that Louis Phillippe[-Roy on Wrangler Magic] would be disqualified. I knew I had the field stacked up behind me, and I knew I could've gone by Timmy [Tetrick on Nike Franco N] earlier and let her do her thing in the stretch. "She's so tough. She has big lungs and is real tough. No doubt I would've rather been on the lead tonight, but there was plenty of action and a lot of horses would've tried to take their shot at her; she was the horse to beat. I think tonight she proved that she's the best." Lady Shadow paid $3.60 to win. Mark McKelvie / Ray Cotolo for WEG Communications  

CAMPBELLVILLE, June 17 - Hannelore Hanover, driven by Yannick Gingras and trained by Ron Burke, successfully defended her harness racing title in the $253,000 Armbro Flight Final for trotting mares on Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack, part of the Pepsi North America Cup undercard. The 2016 Dan Patch and O'Brien Award winner won last year's Armbro Flight in similar fashion to this year's edition: the mare basically front-stepped her way to the winner's circle. Emoticon Hanover showed early speed off the gate to claim the lead followed by Majestic Presence, who got away second. Hannelore Hanover, the heavy 1-5 favourite, was parked out into the first turn and was forced to make a bid for command. After Emoticon Hanover posted a :27 opening panel, Hannelore Hanover, who was second on the outside, cleared to the front. The five-year-old mare remained the tempo-setter, marching past the half in :56.1 and three-quarters in 1:24.1. Charmed Life took a shot at the leader while advancing first-over into the final turn, however Hannelore Hanover could not be caught as they entered the stretch. She opened up by three and a quarter lengths before stopping the clocked in 1:51.4. Charmed Life finished second and Emoticon Hanover was third. "There was a lot of movement behind the gate and a lot of close quarters there for a little bit so I just wanted to make my way to the front as easy as I could and keep her out of trouble," said Gingras. There was a delay to the start of the race as Majestic Presence required an equipment adjustment, which the reinsman noted caused Hannelore Hanover to become a little anxious. "I scored her down a little bit to get her attention before that happened and I got her attention, that's for sure," he said. "She was a little bit grabby and wouldn't quite relax for me after that." The daughter of Swan For All and High Sobriety is captured her fourth victory of the season and 29th career triumph. With the win, the brown mare lifts her career earnings to $1,692,108 for Burke Racing Stable LLC, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Frank Baldachino, and J And T Silva Stables LLC. The last time a mare won back-to-back Armbro Flight Finals was in 2005 and 2006 by great Peaceful Way. Hannelore Hanover paid $2.40 and $2.10, combining with Charmed Life ($2.80) for a $4.70 (4-3) exactor. A 4-3-8 (Emoticon Hanover) triactor was worth $28.10, while a $1 superfecta [4-3-8-5 (Majestic Presence)] returned $306.25. There was no show wagering. Ray Cotolo / Mark McKelvie - WEG Communications  

Idyllic Beach spent a lot of time near the front of a lot of races last year, but harness racing driver driver Yannick Gingras says the filly doesn't need to be setting fractions to be successful. "I really like her versatility," said Gingras, who will drive the award-winning Idyllic Beach in Saturday's C$440,000 Fan Hanover Stakes for 3-year-old female pacers at Mohawk Racetrack. "As a 2-year-old maybe she was a little ahead of the other ones early on. I think I maybe got caught up racing on the front too many times and at the end of the year she was a little tired. "But she can do it either way. She's got huge speed, but you can use her anytime you want. If I can race her from behind I think she's better chasing down horses. But if it's a slow pace we'll take it." Last year Idyllic Beach won eight of 14 races and never finished worse than third on her way to $647,678 in earnings for trainer Jimmy Takter and owners Christina Takter, John Fielding, Brixton Medical Inc., and Marvin Katz. She received Dan Patch and O'Brien awards for best 2-year-old filly pacer in the U.S. and Canada. Idyllic Beach led at the first quarter of six races last year and was in front at the half-mile point 11 times. Only once was she worse than second at the half, when she rallied from sixth to win her elimination for the She's A Great Lady Stakes at Mohawk. A week later she captured the final to join her dam, Idyllic, as a winner of the event. This year, Idyllic Beach is unbeaten in two starts. She won her Fan Hanover elimination by 2-1/2 lengths in 1:51. She was fourth at the half. "She was very good," said Gingras, who won the 2006 Fan Hanover with Darlin's Delight. "She needed the start. I think it will do her a lot of good and she'll be even better this week." Idyllic Beach, a daughter of stallion Somebeachsomewhere, is the 9-5 second choice on the morning line behind favorite Tequila Monday at 8-5. Takter has won four of the last six editions of the Fan Hanover, including last year's with Pure Country. He has five Fan Hanover trophies overall. Tequila Monday won her Fan Hanover elimination in 1:50.4 with Brian Sears driving for trainer Chris Oakes and owners Susan Oakes and Chuck Pompey. Tequila Monday has won seven of 10 career races, including last year's New York Sire Stakes championship and this year's Lismore Pace, and never finished worse than second. She has earned $303,853. "The race could go a lot of different ways; I'm not really sure," Gingras said, adding with a laugh, "If it's a slow pace I'm racing on the front, if it's a fast pace I'm racing from behind. So we'll see how that goes. "Tequila Monday was really good too last week, but I'm confident in my horse. She's got a big-time shot in there." Saturday's card at Mohawk also includes the C$1 million North America Cup for 3-year-old male pacers, C$365,000 Roses Are Red Stakes for older female pacers, C$253,000 Armbro Flight Stakes for older female trotters, and C$251,000 Goodtimes Stakes for 3-year-old male trotters. Racing begins at 6:30 p.m. Following is the field for the Fan Hanover Stakes. PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer-Line 1-Bettor's Up-Doug McNair-Scott McEneny-6/1 2-Al-Mar-Got A Fever-Trevor Henry-Mike Weller-10/1 3-She's Watching-Scott Zeron-Tony Alagna-12/1 4-Idyllic Beach-Yannick Gingras-Jimmy Takter-9/5 5-Tequila Monday-Brian Sears-Chris Oakes-8/5 6-Action Majesty-Sylvain Filion-Gregg McNair-15/1 7-Agent Q-David Miller-Aaron Lambert-10/1 8-Future Headlines-Tim Tetrick-Colin Johnson-25/1 9-Roaring To Go-Brett Miller-Kevin Lare-15/1 10-Dancing Shadows K-Randy Waples-Rod Boyd-25/1   Ken Weingartner Media Relations Manager

After watching Hannelore Hanover win her Armbro Flight Stakes elimination last Friday, harness racing trainer Ron Burke and driver Yannick Gingras believe the award-winning female trotter is back to her old self. The 5-year-old mare captured her elim by 2-3/4 lengths in 1:52.2 and is ready to defend the crown she won a year ago with a Canadian-record performance. "It's the first time I thought that she looked like herself," Burke said. "I think she's back to being sharp. She's ready to go. The other horses look good in there, but they're going to have to trot in (1):51 to beat her." Hannelore Hanover, who received 2016 Dan Patch and O'Brien awards as the best older female trotter in the U.S. and Canada, enters Saturday's C$253,000 Armbro Flight final at Ontario's Mohawk Racetrack off back-to-back wins following a half-length loss to Charmed Life in her seasonal opener. "She's vicious right now," Gingras said. "The first start she wasn't a hundred percent; the second start she was better. Last week she was on cruise control. She couldn't have done it any easier. She's sound, she's happy; all systems are go." The Armbro Flight is part of a stakes-filled card Saturday at Mohawk. The lineup also includes the C$1 million Pepsi North America Cup for 3-year-old male pacers, C$440,000 Fan Hanover Stakes for 3-year-old female pacers, C$365,000 Roses Are Red Stakes for older female pacers, and C$251,000 Goodtimes Stakes for 3-year-old male trotters. Last year Hannelore Hanover won 17 of 20 races and earned $1.11 million in purses, leading all female trotters in earnings. Her victories included the Breeders Crown Mare Trot and the Hambletonian Maturity, where she defeated male rivals. She also beat the boys in the Centaur Trotting Classic in addition to winning the Armbro Flight Stakes, TVG Series championship for female trotters, Fresh Yankee, Muscle Hill, and Miami Valley Distaff. Her mile time of 1:51 in winning the Armbro Flight equaled the world record for a 4-year-old trotting mare and established the all-age Canadian record for a female trotter. A daughter of Swan For All out of High Sobriety, Hannelore Hanover has won 28 of 44 career races and earned $1.47 million. She is owned by the Burke Racing Stable, the partnership of Mark Weaver and Mike Bruscemi, Frank Baldachino, and J&T Silva Stables. "She's a freak," Gingras said. "She's got big-time speed and she can carry it forever. Last year she was a little sore, but she's sound right now. The sky's the limit for her." Hannelore Hanover is trying to become the first horse to win the Armbro Flight in consecutive years since Peaceful Way in 2005-06. Hannelore Hanover won last year's race by 6-1/2 lengths over Shake It Cerry. The connections of the Armbro Flight's two elimination winners got to pick starting spots for Saturday's final. Hannelore Hanover and Gingras will leave from post No. 4. Charmed Life, who won the other elim in 1:53.1 with Louis-Philippe Roy driving for trainer Rene Allard, will begin from post three. Among the other horses in the field, two-time Dan Patch Award winner Broadway Donna starts from post seven after finishing second to Charmed Life last week. Two-time O'Brien Award winner Caprice Hill, who was third behind Charmed Life and Broadway Donna, got post nine. Emoticon Hanover, who finished second to Hannelore Hanover in their elimination, is in post eight. Emoticon Hanover was last season's 3-year-old Ontario Sire Stakes champion and the Breeders Crown runner-up to Broadway Donna. "There are good horses in there," Burke said. "This group is tougher than last year, I think. But (Hannelore Hanover) is ready. If there's somebody better, then they're better." Following is the field for the Armbro Flight in post order with listed driver and trainers. PP-Horse-Sire-Driver-Trainer 1 - Flowers N Songs - Deweycheatumnhowe - Randy Waples-Paul Reid 2 - Kestrel - Triumphant Caviar - Scott Zeron-Chris Beaver 3 - Charmed Life - Majestic Son - Louis Philippe Roy-Rene Allard 4 - Hannelore Hanover - Swan For All - Yannick Gingras-Ron Burke 5 - Majestic Presence - Majestic Son - Chris Christoforou-Dagfin Henriksen 6 - Renegade Magic - Kadabra - Trevor Henry-Jeffrey Thomson 7 - Broadway Donna - Donato Hanover - David Miller-Jim Campbell 8 - Emoticon Hanover - Kadabra - Sylvain Filion-Luc Blais 9 - Caprice Hill - Kadabra - Doug McNair-Tony Alagna 10 - Ready Any Time - Kadabra - Jack Moiseyev-Dagfin Henriksen Ken Weingartner

East Rutherford, NJ - Saturday's Meadowlands harness racing baby races began at 10 a.m. on a cloudy morning with slight stretch headwinds and temperatures in the low 70's.   Today's trotting races were the Yannick Gingras show as the top Grand Circuit's driver swept all six, hooking up with trainer Jimmy Takter on five of those.   Trotting fillies opened the day with a nice looking Chapter Seven filly named Sevenbuyeleven winning gate to wire in 1:58 with a 28 final quarter for Gingras. Linda Toscano trains the $50,000 Harrisburg but for owner Kenny Jacobs. Natalie Hanover (Ake Svanstedt) was second and Dab Hanover ( Jimmy Takter / Mattias Melander) third.   Yannick came right back to win race two for Takter with Bella Glos, a Cantab Hall filly that cost Black Horse Racing $95,000 at Harrisburg last fall. She led at every call and finished well in hand through a 28 flat end to her 1:57.2 mile. A pair of fillies from the Svanstedt barn followed, Vivacious Allie (Svanstedt) second and Lucky Ava third.   Gingras' reign with the fairer sex continued in race three with another Takter trainee. Air Quote Hanover cut the 1:57.4 mile, sprinting home in 27.4 under her own power. This one is a daughter of Donato Hanover the was a $70,000 Harrisburg purchase for Order By Stables last fall. Svanstedt was again second best, this time with What A Knockout.   The $350,000 Lexington purchase by Lennart Agrin's SRF Stable, Go To Hill (pictured) was an impressive winner for the Gingras/Takter combo with a front end 1:59.1 win, final quarter in 29 seconds. The Muscle Hill colt opened a considerable lead mid-stretch then coasted in on his own. Spee Club closed up nicely as Svanstedt's futile pursuit of Takter ran to three in a row.   Hill Street continued the mastery for Takter and Gingras with a 2:00.4 win. Yannick evidenced why he is in such demand with the youngsters as the agressive son of Muscle Hill wanted to go forward right from the start. Gingras had other ideas and wrangled him into fourth early through the slow 31.2 quarter. Things did not speed up much down the backside despite Svanstedt moving his $200,000 colt Sonofamillionaire to the top in 1:02.2 as Yannick edged his charge out of fourth to settle in second behind that one. That was the order through the 1:32.3 six panels where Gingras fanned him off the leader's back and Hill Street trotted on by through a 28.1 last quarter to get the win. Ray Schnittker closed up nicely with his Chasin' Dreams to lose in a photo while Ake had to settle for third this time. The partnership of Brixton Medical, Fielding, Liverman and Hatfield own the $180,000 Lexington buy.   The final piece of the trotting baby sweep for Gingras was with Takter's Andover Hall colt Storming Mist. The $120,000 Lexington purchase sat a comfortable pocket behind Fourth Dimension (Marcus Melander) through easy fractions and went by willingly through a 28.1 end to the 1:59.3 mile to hold off the closing Six Pack (Svanstedt). Brixton Medical, Fielding, Liverman and RAW Equine share ownership of Storming Mist.   There were only two races for pacers, fillies first and Hurrikane Shorty was the winner in 1:56.3 for Jimmy Marohn, Jr. The pair had the early lead, released eventual second place finisher Dance Blue (Gingras) through the middle fractions then brushed by in the stretch through a 27.2 final quarter. John McDermott, Jr trains the $8,000 Goshen Sale Art Major filly for Jonathan Klee, Pegasis Investments and GR Vierno.   JK Musicman took the colt pace from just off the pace in 1:56 / 27.1. Damion Diesel Hahn (Schnittker) cut the fractions and held up 'til mid-stretch then gave way first to the winner then Major Sugar Rush snuck by very late for the place. JK Musicman is a homebred American Ideal trained by Nancy Johansson for the 3 Brothers Stables.   Today's a big day at The Meadowlands with the Belmont Stakes up and both BeerFest and the hotly anticipated Hamburger Cook Off both on the bill tonight. Post time is 7:15 p.m.   Nick Salvi              

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec - If the morning line odds are true to form, then Louis-Philippe Roy will win Sunday afternoon's All-Star Drivers Tournament at the Hippodrome 3R. Then again, in past tournaments, the driver who is the morning line favorite, has never won. Louis-Philippe Roy (LPR) is the H3R driving champion last year and currently leads all drivers at the track early on this season. He is also the leading money winning driver in all of Canada so far, this year and is second in Canada in dash victories. But come this Sunday, LPR faces many of the world's top harness drivers in the second annual All-Star Drivers Tournament at H3R. Included in the line-up are Hall of Famer David Miller, returning tournament champion Jody Jamieson, two-time O'Brien Award Winning Driver of the Year, Sylvain Filion, Trotting Triple Crown winner last year, Scott Zeron, Grand Circuit driving champion Yannick Gingras, recent $529,000 Levy Series Final winning driver and Trois-Rivieres native, Daniel Dube and the return to Quebec after 17 years, Stephane Bouchard, who has 8,576 career wins. All eight drivers will compete in eight tournament races starting at 12:30 pm. The eight races are the 2nd through 9th events and the tournament prize is $10,000. Calculating from the morning line odds, LPR wins the tournament with 149 points, followed by Stephane Bouchard 140 points, Jody Jamieson (112) and Scott Zeron with 97 points. But as these tournaments have shown in the past, the morning line favorites usually do not prevail. Jamieson just got up last year in the last of the tournament races with a second place finish. The "tail of the tape" as they say, belongs to none other than David Miller. Inducted into the Harness Racing Hall of Fame last year, Miller has been the Dan Patch Award Winning Driver of the Year the past two seasons. He leads all drivers in the competition with over 10,200 wins, $212 million in purses won and he is the oldest competitor at age 53. LPR is the youngest of the eight drivers at age 27. Just three years ago he was driving mainly on the Quebec Fair Circuit and the last year has surged to become a national leader. LPR has only 540 career wins and $3.5 million in earnings, more than half of those earnings since January 2017 when he joined the WEG circuit. Two weeks ago, he set a track record at H3R, winning eight of his eleven drives on one card. Yannick Gingras, Daniel Dube and Sylvain Filion are hometown favorites at H3R as well as LPR. The morning line stats are interesting in that every driver in the tournament has only one morning line favorite to drive. If that statistic comes true, then the winner of the tournament is the driver who can finish 2nd through 6th the most, earning as many placing points as possible. Points are 1st - 50, 2nd - 25, 3rd - 12, 4th - 8, 5th - 5 and 6th - 2 points. No points for 7th and 8th place. A driver with a horse that is scratched gets the average points they have earned in the tournament. Last year it was Jody Jamieson that won the inaugural tournament because he was the only driver to score points in every race. That was his key to victory. Reading the morning line "points earned" for the tournament is sort of like calling a long race with some interesting turn of events. It starts out with Scott Zeron going to the early lead followed by LPR with Miller stuck first-over and Bouchard second over. Dube then sweeps three-wide and gets in front of Miller, who is tiring. Yannick Gingras, who followed Dube three-wide, gets into second-over position while Zeron still leads the field and LPR sitting good in the pocket-seat. Jamieson then goes three-wide, loops Gingras, but can't get by Zeron as Miller fades to the back and Bouchard ends up following Jamieson with Sylvain Filion getting into the outside flow as they enter the backstretch. Miller, who was shuffled back to last, gets a second wind and follows Filion as LPR finds clearance at the three-quarters and goes after Zeron on the final turn. Coming for home, Filion is three-wide and coming on, Zeron and LPR are neck and neck starting down the stretch. Bouchard looped Miller and followed Filion and then tips four-wide as Dube looks for an opening as Miller and Gingras fade out of the picture. Jamieson gets live cover following LPR. Down to the finish it's LPR winning by a half-length over the late closing Bouchard with Jamieson third over Zeron, Dube and Filion finish in a dead heat for fifth place with Gingras and Miller at the back of the pack. Then again, Jamieson and Filion were not expected to do that well last year and Jamieson won it and Filion was third with John Campbell second. I guess that's why this competition can be so exciting. You never know who can win it! There will be an autograph, meet and greet, with all the drivers in the grandstand at H3R starting at 11:15 am Sunday morning. To watch and wager on the H3R races, visit most any wagering website. For more information, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec - This Sunday afternoon, harness racing driver Jody Jamieson will be at the Hippodrome 3R racetrack, defending his title in the second annual All-Star Drivers Tournament. There will be eight championship races featuring the sports top drivers in races 2 through 9. First race post time is 12:30 pm. Jamieson will be joined by Grand Circuit Champion, Yannick Gingras, Hall of Famer David Miller, Trois-Rivieres native, Daniel Dube, the return after 20 years of Stephane Bouchard, Canada's leading driver the past two years, Sylvain Filion, 2016 Trotting Triple Crown winning driver, Scott Zeron, and the current leading money winning driver in Canada, Louis-Philippe Roy. "First off," Jamieson said. "I am tremendously grateful to be invited back to come back to Trois-Rivieres. The last couple of times I have been there it's been first class. They give me the best horses to drive, which I appreciate." (Jody won the last two tournaments at H3R) "I hope that trend continues," Jamieson explained. "because I'm going against some of the best drivers in the world." Last year Jamieson was the only driver to score points in all eight championship races that lead to his triumph over Sylvain Filion and John Campbell. "That's part of racing.," Jamieson said. "In order to get money or points, you have to finish in at least the top five every race. I've always prided myself on putting horses in the right spot so they can earn money or get the most points they can for me." How does Jody Jamieson feel, going into this Sunday's tournament? "I don't know if I am in the best of shape," Jamieson admitted, "but I'm feeling really good. "I'm pumped for this weekend," He stated. "I'm driving, in my opinion, the best I have driven in a while. My confidence in the sulky has all to do with the horses I am driving. I have been fortunate recently to drive some really good horses and helps build up your confidence." Jamieson also flecked on the "new kids on the block" in the tournament, Scott Zeron (28) and Louis-Philippe Roy (27). "I have raced against Scotty his whole career," Jamieson said. "He is a very tough, good young driver. He's going to have a great career, actually he has already won the trotting triple crown last year. He comes from a great family in racing, just as I have and he will be, if not already, a great driver. "This Louis-Philippe Roy sorta came out of nowhere," Jamieson added. "He raced a little in PEI last year for Old Home Week. I was kinda surprised to see him there and I did not know he had driven there in the past in some overnights. "I didn't realize he was friends with some of the great trainers and drivers in our sport," Jamieson said. "and he has really taken off after winning the Gold Cup and Saucer last year. "He's a force to be reckoned with," Jamieson added. "Given time he is another kid whose career has taken off extremely fast and he has already done a great job for the people he races for." Aside from harness racing, Jody Jamieson's other sporting passion is hockey. And he has always been outspoken about the Montreal Canadian's, even when being interviewed in the winner's circle at H3R a few times. And he spoke about the Canadian's. "It's typical of the Montreal Canadian's trading their best players away." Jamieson said. "They let on that they want to win the Cup every year, but they keep making mistakes like trading away P.K. Subban to the Nashville Predators for Shea Weber. He was the only reason I tuned into the Canadian's games. To see what P.K. was up to and to watch the English commercials. "Now you see what P.J. has done to help the Predators. They are going for the Stanley Cup. I might even see if I can get a Predators tee-shirt to wear up there Sunday, just for the kicks." Jamieson laughed. It will be interesting to see what Jody Jamieson has to say in the winner's circle this Sunday at H3R, harness racing or hockey wise. From the Quebec Jockey Club

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec - Harness racing driver Stephane Bouchard is heading back to his home province of Quebec this Sunday to compete in the second annual All-Star Drivers Tournament at the Hippodrome 3R. He will be competing against top drivers David Miller, defending champion Jody Jamieson, H3R's leading driver Louis-Philippe Roy, Yannick Gingras, Daniel Dube, Sylvain Filion and Scott Zeron in eight tournament events. It has been 20 years since Bouchard last drove in a race at the Hippodrome 3R and 17 years since he drove in a race in Quebec. He last drove the pacer Sandy Dodge to a third-place finish on October 11, 1997. "Unfortunately, I do not remember that horse," Bouchard admitted, "but I have such good memories of driving at H3R and throughout Quebec, mainly at Blue Bonnets. A lot of good sire stakes horses back then, working for my mentor, J-P Gauthier, and then with Pierre Touchette. "I am so grateful to have been invited for this tournament," Bouchard said. "and to be competing with such a great group of talented drivers. Getting to see these drivers, trainers and owners from the past it will feel like a class reunion." Bouchard, 50, currently has 8,571 career wins and earning by the horses he has driven is over $75 million. Some of the major highlights of his career include winning the Yonkers Trot in 2008 with the great Napoleon. During that period, Bouchard was the leading driver at Yonkers Raceway five times. Come this Sunday, one of the tournament race will be named "THE ALS DREAM FOR A CURE" in memory of Bouchard's son, Olivier Bouchard, who tragically passed away last year at age 26 from ALS. "ALS is also called Lou Gehrig disease," Bouchard explained. "and it is a horrible disease with no discrimination and no cure yet. I asked track management and they are honoring my request to bring recognition to this disease. "I have done ice bucket challenges to raise money and awareness," Bouchard said. "and other charity events for ALS and hopefully one day they will find a cure. "My son was a very generous person," Bouchard added, "who cared about other people and never complained a lot about his condition, only dreaming for a cure until his last moments. My family will be at the track Sunday to be with me in the winner's circle for this special race." As for going against these top drivers in the tournament, Bouchard has a simple game plan in mind. "First, I need to say what an honor it is to be a participant in this tournament," Bouchard added, "and good luck to my fellow drivers. As for my tactics on the racetrack, it will be up to my horses. They will show me the way to the winner's circle!" In closing, Bouchard wanted to add one more special comment. "I was more of a driver at Blue Bonnet during my career in Quebec," Bouchard said, "but I do remember Yannick when he was a kid. I once put him in the dryer machine in the driver's room when he was around 10. Hopefully, Yannick won't hold that against me in the tournament." From the Quebec Jockey Club      

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Harness racing driver Yannick Gingras rushed Ontario Success to the lead at the quarter in a pulse-pounding :26.4 and then was permitted to tap the brakes for the middle half-mile, which proved to be the difference as the pair took the Saturday night feature at the Meadowlands, a $17,500 conditioned pace. Ontario Success, a 7-year-old gelded son of Lis Mara, was permitted to sleepwalk to the half in :56 and three-quarters in 1:25. Off a middle half that was timed in :58.1, the lifetime earner of $386,613 then sprinted home in a quarter identical to his opening split to win by a diminishing neck over the fast-closing 6-5 favorite Bettor's Edge in 1:51.4 for trainer Ron Burke, upping his lifetime stats to 30 wins from 103 starts. As the second choice in the wagering, Ontario Success returned $5.00 to win. J J Flynn was third. BOMBS AWAY: Longshots ruled in the first three legs of the Pick 5 (Races 1-5), setting up a big payday for one lucky bettor. One Tough Nut ($34.60), Jaye's A Lady ($63.00) and Stitch In Time ($27.60) took the first three races on the card, so even after favorites Sams Triple Crown ($3.80) and Cherokee Ranger ($4.00) completed the quintet, the payout for the winning combination of 5-4-2-8-3 was a whopping $28,411.20. CHALKY COREY: Driver Corey Callahan led the driver colony with four winners on the card, each was the pubic choice. ... All-source wagering on the program totaled $2,310,037. ... Racing resumes Friday at 7:15 p.m. Ontario Success By Dave Little, for the Meadowlands

CAMPBELLVILLE, May 22 - Hannelore Hanover returned to Mohawk Racetrack for the first time this season Monday and turned in a dominating 1:52.4 harness racing victory in the first leg of the Miss Versatility. A field of eight older trotting mares clashed in the $53,200 Grand Circuit event. Hannelore Hanover was sent off as the 1/5 favourite and made a winning performance look like a walk in the park. Driver Yannick Gingras let the big mare stride out early, but yielded for a four-hole spot and allowed Emoticon Hanover and Side Bet Hanover to play musical chairs with the lead. As Emoticon Hanover reclaimed the lead for the second-time at the half in :56.3, Hannelore Hanover was sent first-up by Gingras and the heavy-favourite claimed the top spot swinging into the turn. The superstar trotting mare proceeded to post a :27.2 third-quarter followed by a :28.1 kicker to secure a 5¼ lengths victory. Emoticon Hanover held her position to finish second, while Barn Girl won a Show photo over Oho Diamond. Trained by Ron Burke, Hannelore Hanover came into her second start of the season Monday off a second-place finish at Miami Valley on May 7th. "They all get beat some point and for her it was her first start," said Gingras. "She's not going to go undefeated this year, but I'm not so worried about that, I'll worry about the big money races." The regular driver behind Hannelore Hanover also pointed out that he was hoping to give the sensational trotting mare an easy trip on Monday. "I was trying to take it easy on her as much as I could. They were battling a little bit early on so (I) just sat there," said Gingras. "She can race any which way. She loves tracking down horses, she's game on the front, so she makes my job really easy." A five-year-old daughter of Swan For All, Hannelore Hanover is owned by Burke Racing Stable LLC, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Frank Baldachino & J And T Silva Stables LLC. Last season, 'Hannelore' won 17 of 20 starts and earned nearly $1.2 million. Her victory Monday gives her 27 career wins and an additional $26,600 to her bankroll of over $1.5 million. She paid $2.40 to win. Hannelore Hanover The Miss Versatility Series for older trotting mares has three preliminary legs before a rich final at the Delaware County Fairgrounds on Little Brown Jug Day. The series visits Mohawk, The Meadowlands and Tioga Downs. Monday evening's card also saw a record payout for a $2 Exacta. Driver Paul MacDonell steered three-year-old pacer Dubious Claim to a 103-1 shocker in the evening's fifth-race. The triple-digit longshot was followed across the finish line by Jaydens Place and driver Phil Hudon at odds of 82-1. The $2 Exacta in the fifth-race paid $3,896.50, eclipsing the old Mohawk Racetrack record of $2,515.80 set on May 21, 1984. The horses that combined for the previous record were Rock N Chris, driven by Steve Condren, and Foolish Ward, driven by Roger Mayotte. Live racing resumes Thursday night at Mohawk Racetrack. Post time is 7:30 p.m.   Mark McKelvie

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Ariana G gave notice Friday night at the Meadowlands that the road to the Hambletonian Oaks goes through her as she crushed seven overmatched foes in a division of the first leg of the New Jersey Sire Stakes for harness racing 3-year-old trotting fillies by 7¾ lengths in 1:52.2. The Jimmy Takter trainee was more than prepared for her seasonal debut as driver Yannick Gingras put the daughter of Muscle Hill on the lead just after the quarter. Racing unpressured, the winner of 10-of-12 lifetime starts opened up an insurmountable edge after pocket-sitting Ice Attraction broke at the head of the stretch. She then sprinted home in :27.2, paying $2.10 as the 1-9 favorite for owners Marvin Katz and Al Libfeld. Dream Baby Dream was second with Southwind Prius third. "She was really good," said Gingras. "I couldn't be any happier with her. She was as good as I expected her to be. I'm crossing my fingers she stays healthy and let her talent do the rest." Ariana G Glitzey Gal ($7.40 to win, 1:52.3 for the mile, David Miller driving, trainer Nifty Norman) and Colorful Jasmine ($2.40, 1:54.1, Corey Callahan, Thomas Cancelliere) were victorious in the other two NJSS filly divisions. Ron Burke trainee What The Hill lowered his lifetime best by two-and-two-fifth seconds, impressively taking one of three NJSS divisions for 3-year-old colt and gelding trotters. Driven by David Miller, the son of Muscle Hill stopped the clock in 1:52.2 to stay perfect in two seasonal starts. He returned $2.40 as the 1-5 public choice. Every Way Out ($2.10, Dylan Davis) and Long Tom ($3.80, Marcus Melander) won the other sophomore colt and gelding divisions in identical clockings of 1:52.1. Both were driven by Tim Tetrick. JL Cruze CHALK TALK: Seven favorites scored on the card, bringing the total over the last three programs to 18 winning chalks from 32 races (56%). ... David Miller piloted four winners on the card. ... All-source wagering totaled $2,475,077. ... Racing resumes Saturday at 7:15 p.m. with the Graduate for 4-year-old trotters, featuring Dayson and Broadway Donna. By Dave Little, for the Meadowlands  

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec - Harness racing driver Louis-Philippe Roy experienced on Sunday at the Hippodrome 3R what most drivers only dream about, scoring eight winners on a single program. Roy was down to drive in 11 of the 13 races on the card. Little did he know it would be a history making afternoon. The prior record was six wins on a program, set by Yannick Gingras in 2013. "I knew I had some competitive horses," Roy said, "but I didn't think before the races that eight of them could win. Some of them really surprised me and were feeling really good yesterday. "It was really great to have my parents in the winner circle for the eight races," Roy added, "especially my mom, as it was Mother's Day." Only three of his eleven drives Sunday were race favorites on the morning line odds, which did not prevent him from achieving eight victories. Of these eight victories, one was from the 10th post position, twice from the 9-hole (both posts are in the second tier behind the #1 & #2 horses) and twice from the 7th-post position. That is tough to do on a fast track, which was not the case at H3R Sunday as constant rains had the track listed as sloppy with a five-second allowance. "I was happy to have a break of a race to clean my face and my eyes." Roy laughed. "It was really muddy out there." In the ninth race, Roy was driving the race favorite, Code Word, who broke stride leaving from post five and Roy could not get him back on stride and was in seventh place on the outside by a dozen lengths after the start. They raced on the outside the entire mile and still was able to come on and win by a half-length. "I was just trying to get him back pacing in a hurry," Roy explained. "Because I know he is a really good horse when he feels good like he was yesterday." Roy seemed to be all over the track Sunday, racing on the front end when possible, but most of the time he was two and three-wide with horses on the sloppy track. "Some horses were feeling so good," Roy said. "that I wasn't concerned at all using them earlier to make sure that I stay close of the leaders. The track was good enough that I was not worried when I had to go three-wide with some of them." When will Roy be coming back to drive again at H3R? "I'm not a 100% sure," Roy said, "but I might be there on May 28th for the last elims of the 4-5 years old Quebec. For sure I will be back on Sunday, June 4 for the All-Stars Driving Tournament. I really look forward to competing then." So, after a long drive from Toronto to Quebec, then driving and winning eight of the eleven races he was in, what did Louis-Philippe Roy do to celebrate after the races Sunday? "We went to a restaurant with friends," Roy said, "and they then went to Karaoke afterwards, but I had to miss it, I was too tired from all the traveling. "By the way, Roy concluded, "I would like to congratulate Karaoke contest winner, Guillaume Desrochers, for his interpretation of "Femme libérée" in an even better way than Cookie Dingler!" From the Quebec Jockey Club  

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec - Track management at the Hippodrome 3R today released the names of the eight harness racing drivers who will be competing in the second annual All-Star Drivers Tournament set for Sunday, June 4. Invited to participate in the tournament will be Stephane Bouchard, Daniel Dube, Sylvain Filion, Yannick Gingras, Jody Jamieson, David Miller, Louis-Philippe Roy and Scott Zeron. The tournament features a prize purse of $10,000 (US) as the eight drivers will compete in eight races with each driver starting once in posts 1-8. There will also be a special Meet & Greet before the start of the races where fans will be to get autographs, photos and chat will all eight of the drivers. Live interviews with all eight drivers will take place in the winner's circle throughout the afternoon. Last year's inaugural All-Star Drivers Tournament winner, Jody Jamieson, was able to pull away with the victory in the last race of the tournament and defeat John Campbell and Sylvain Filion. This year, a special newcomer to the tournament is Hall of Famer David Miller, who was last at H3R in 2014, driving Lucan Hanover in the $200,000 Prix D'Ete. Also, new to the tournament and representing H3R, is last year's leading driver at both H3R and Rideau Carlton, Louis-Phillip Roy, Montreal native Stephane Bouchard, a career winner of 8,555 races and another Quebec native, Scott Zeron, who last year won the Trotting Triple Crown with Marion Marauder, round out the rookies in the tournament. Of course, Quebec native drivers Yannick Gingras, Daniel Dube and Sylvain Filion need no introduction to race fans at H3R or anywhere in harness racing. "This is a superb group of drivers we have coming to H3R on June 4." Said Claude Levesque, president of the Quebec Jockey Club. "I know the harness racing fans not just in Quebec but throughout North America will want to see these great drivers compete in our tournament. It has become one of our biggest events at H3R." More details about the All-Star Drivers Tournament will be announced shortly and you can also visit, www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

After sitting out last week's round in the George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series because of a numbers crunch, Rockin Ron's connections hope the harness racing gelding can come back this weekend with a performance good enough to maintain a spot in the upcoming $200,000-added final at Yonkers Raceway. The preliminary divisions of the six-week Levy Series for older male pacers conclude Saturday at The Hilltop. Rockin Ron will enter the night holding the eighth-and-final spot for the April 22 championship, but might need nothing less than a win Saturday to keep his position. Rockin Ron holds a five-point edge over Wakizashi Hanover and eight-point advantage over the trio of Long Live Rock, Mach It So, and McWicked in the battle to qualify for the final. He trails both Blood Brother and Provacativeprince N by 22 points, so numerous possible outcomes are in play, but the simplest way for Rockin Ron to roll into the final is by winning his division this weekend. A horse receives 25 points each time he races in the series. He then gets points based on his finish, with 50 points for a win, 25 for second, 12 for third, eight for fourth and five for fifth. The complete standings are available at this link. Rockin Ron, who has a win, second and fourth in the series, sat out last week's action because trainer Ron Burke could enter only three of his five eligible horses. A trainer can have only one horse in each division and last week there were three divisions. There has been a maximum of four divisions in the preliminary rounds. "To be fair we've had to space out who gets to race, which really hurts your chances to get into the final," said Mark Weaver, who is among the owners of Rockin Ron. "I wish we could have raced him because it pretty much would have assured him being in the final. But that's the situation we're in. "If he's good enough to get in, he deserves it. If he's not good enough, then he probably didn't deserve it." Rockin Ron, a 5-year-old son of Real Desire-Im All A Roan, is in the second of three divisions Saturday. He faces a group that includes series leader Missile J, third-place Keystone Velocity, fifth-place Bit Of A Legend (the series defending champion) and Blood Brother. "Fortunately he drew inside," Weaver said, referring to Rockin Ron's post No. 2 starting position with driver Yannick Gingras. "Hopefully we can get a good chunk of it." Last year, Rockin Ron won 11 of 26 races and earned $390,910 for owners Burke Racing Stable, the partnership of Weaver and Mike Bruscemi, and RTC Stables. His victories included the Confederation Cup and Prix d'Ete, defeating 2015 Horse of the Year Wiggle It Jiggleit in both. He finished second to Wiggle It Jiggleit in the Dorothy Mullin Invitational. "Obviously we were high on him coming into this year and we've got him staked up to pretty much everything," Weaver said. "I think so far his year is starting off well. I think every start he's been pretty good. He hasn't been raced too hard and I think the week off should help. I'm real happy. "For some of these Levy horses, after the Levy they're back to being overnight horses. With Ron and All Bets Off, those are two that I think have a chance to go on and be competitive in the open ranks." All Bets Off, a 6-year-old stallion who has earned $2.21 million in his career, has finishes of second, third and sixth in the Levy. He competes in Saturday's third division, where Somewhere In L A is a slight 2-1 morning line favorite over 5-2 Wakizashi Hanover. All Bets Off and driver Matt Kakaley are 6-1 from post six. "We contemplated standing him at stud last year, but figured we would give him another year of racing," Weaver said. "He qualified great and his first race was super. Then he was sick and drew badly. It's a little disappointing, but at the same time we've got a long year. Matt loves him and still has confidence in him. Hopefully Ronnie can get him straightened out." Burke's other Levy competitors have been Caviart Luca, Always At My Place, and Take It Back Terry. Caviart Luca will race in Saturday's first division and is 4-1 on the morning line. "Ronnie said they all trained great, all the Saturday night horses, especially Caviart Luca," Weaver said. "Hopefully (Caviart Luca and All Bets Off) can do all right and sneak into the consolation." Complete entries for Saturday's races can be found at this link. Ken Weingartner

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