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

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

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

DAYTON, OH. - Hollywood Dayton Raceway, the new kid on the harness racing block, is pleased to announce that the richest pacer in history and the hottest free-for-all trotter in North America are headed to the five-eighths mile oval for the inaugural Grand Circuit stakes at the two-week old track. The $150,000 (est.) Dayton Trotting Derby and companion $110,000 (est.) Dayton Pacing Derby will both be contested on the Friday, October 24 program and each has an impressive list of nominated horses. Foiled Again, the 10-year-old wonder horse whose $6,702,111 in earnings is the best in harness racing history, is among the early commitments to the lucrative Pacing Derby. A six-time winner this season for trainer Ron Burke, Foiled Again will enter the race off back-to-back runnerup finishes in the prestigious $179,000 American National at Balmoral Park and the $160,500 Allerage at The Red Mile. A total of 26 of the continent's best older pacers are staked to the new event including, but not limited to, other notables like Apprentice Hanover, Bolt The Duer, Clear Vision, Sunfire Blue Chip and Twilight Bonfire. Creatine is also headed to Dayton for the trotting division, according to his trainer Bob Stewart. In his last two starts, the son of Andover Hall has captured the $166,300 American National at Balmoral in a track-record setting time of 1:51.3; and triumphed in the $173,000 Allerage, edging Sebastian K by a head in 1:51.2. A total of 47 trotters remain eligible to the Dayton Trotting Derby, a list that reads like the "Who's Who" of the best current open squaregaiters. The list includes Sebastian K, Archangel, Daylon Magician, Wishing Stone and local Dayton track record holder Count Me In, among many notable others. All trainers are reminded that the box at Hollywood Dayton Raceway closes at 2 p.m. on Monday (October 20) for the gala Friday (October 24) card. Entries can be submitted through the USTA's Online Entry platform or by calling the Dayton race office at 937-235-7860 from noon to 2 p.m. on Monday. From the press box at Dayton Raceway

Father Patrick added another feather to his illustrious cap by simply cruising to a five length victory in 1:52.2 in the $203,000 American National for harness racing 3-year-old trotters Saturday night at Balmoral Park.   The son of Cantab Hall-Gala Dream-Enjoy Lavec led at every post for driver Yannick Gingras, comfortably trotting through fractions of :28.2, :57.2 and 1:24.4. That final time equaled the Balmoral track record for sophomore trotting colts.   "I was open to any idea when the wings folded and no one was going out of there, so I left easily and it was a walk in the park for him. The last time he got away with a half like that was when he qualified," said Gingras. "I asked him to trot down the lane as I didn't want to get too cute and have anyone catch us, but was just on cruise control."   Trained by Jimmy Takter for the Father Patrick Stable of East Windsor, NJ, Father Patrick upped his seasonal earnings to $1,385,581 and his career earnings to $2,129,638.   E L Titan finished in second for driver Ron Pierce and trainer Riina Rekila, while Rompaway Galaxy got up for third with John Campbell in the sulky for trainer Krista Harmon.   The victory was career win 21 for Father Patrick and seasonal win 11. Father Patrick was the unanimous choice by the US Harness Writers as the Dan Patch Award winning 2-Year-Old Trotting Colt of 2013 when he won 10 of 11 starts, including the Peter Haughton Memorial, William Wellwood Memorial and the Breeders Crown, setting a world record mark of 1:52.1f at Pocono Downs. He was also the leading money winner in his division with $755,047 in seasonal earnings in 2013. This year, Father Patrick's wins include a 1:50.4 triumph in a division of the Bluegrass Stakes at The Red Mile on Sept. 28, and wins in the $613,800 Canadian Trotting Classic; the $260,000 Pennsylvania Sire Stakes Championship Final and the $340,000 Zweig Memorial, the $500,000 Earl Beal Jr at Pocono Downs in a world record time of 1:50.2f and the $317 Stanley Dancer Memorial in 1:51.3, among others. Father Patrick was bred by Brittany Farms, and was a $105,000 yearling purchase at the 2012 Lexington Selected Sale. He is a full brother to million-dollar-earner and 2010 Dan Patch Award winner Pastor Stephen, 3, 1:52.4s, ($1,048,607), and also has a 2-year-old full brother in Whom Shall I Fear (a $475,000 yearling purchase at the 2013 Lexington Selected Sale), who finished second by a head on Oct. 3 at Lexington to longshot Aldabaran Eagle in 1:55.1 with Gingras in the sulky. Takter also conditions this colt. Kimberly A. Rinker

Limelight Beach picked the perfect time of year to blossom.   The sophomore son of Somebeachsomewhere has done nothing less than win his last three starts with aplomb for trainer Ronnie Burke, and now tackles the daunting job of capturing Saturday's 11th race--the $227,000 American National Pace for 3-year-old pacing colts and geldings.   He's certainly proven he's up to the task, as Burke harnessed the bay gelding to a pair of victories on Sept. 18 in one of harness racing's most prestigious events--the Little Brown Jug--the second leg of pacing's Triple Crown.   Contested over Delaware, Ohio's half-mile, county fair oval, Limelight Beach and driver Yannick Gingras captured the 69th edition of the pacing classic in straight heats of 1:51 and 1:50.4.   "It was a dream come true--winning the Jug," Gingras said, after he and trainer Burke had both captured their very first Little Brown Jug title.   "Hopefully, this is the start of something big for him," Burke noted. "Maybe he's coming into his own now."   It would appear that is the case. On Sept. 27, Limelight Beach fittingly scored an impressive, wire-to-wire victory in a $92,600 Somebeachsomewhere Bluegrass Stake division at Lexington's Red Mile in a career best 1:49.1.   Limelight Beach had been paired with Delaware-Ohio based trainer Brian Brown until early July, when he made the switch to the Burke Stable.   Owned by Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, M1 Stable and Wingfield Brothers, Limelight Beach won six of 10 races last year, with victories in Bluegrass and International Stallion stakes divisions as a 2-year-old, earning $210,192.   This season he's amassed $515,038 from 15 starts with three wins, seven seconds and one third, pushing his lifetime bankroll to $725,230.   Limelight Beach was a $25,000 yearling purchase at the 2012 Standardbred Horse Sale at Harrisburg and is the second foal out of the Badlands Hanover mare Benear p,4,1:49.3f ($319,321). He is a full brother to Benearthebeach p,3,1:53.2f ($66,226) and Momas Got A Gun p,2,1:55f ($13,420).   His main rival appears to be stablemate and million dollar earner JK Endofanera--who won the $218,300 Tattersalls at The Red Mile in 1:49.1 on Oct. 4--and Let's Drink On It, who also won a heat of the Jug in 1:51, but then finished a bottled-up second to Limelight Beach in the final.   Burke, who has conditioned 5,464 winners to $116,631,100 in career earnings, will also throw the harness on the backs of Somesizesomestyle (post 2) and At Press Time (post 3) in addition to JK Endofanera (post 9) and Limelight Beach (post 8). By Kimberly Rinker    

Two-million dollar winner Father Patrick invades the Chicago racing scene on Saturday night, headlining a field of ten sophomore trotters in the $203,000 American National 3-Year-Old Colt Trot, slated as the fourth race on the big American National Night program. Trained by Jimmy Takter and driven by Yannick Gingras, Father Patrick is owned by the Father Patrick Stables of East Windsor, NJ and to date has earnings of $2,036,258. Takter named the colt in honor of the Rev. Patrick McDonnell of the St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church in Hightstown, N.J. McDonnell said he was first taken aback, then welcomed the idea of having a horse named after him.   "Most people have a baby named after them," McDonnell, 70, offered. "What do you do when you have a 1,200-pound horse named after you when it comes to birthdays and things like that?" Takter, 53, was inducted into the Harness Racing Hall of Fame in 2012 and has conditioned three Hambletonian champions, including this year's winner Trixton, who he also drove to victory in trotting's biggest event. He also harnessed Hambo champs Muscle Massive in 2010 and Malabar Man in 1997. Despite training more than 1,487 winners to $86,429,844 in purses, Takter says Father Patrick is in a league of his own. "I had a lot of great horses," he acknowledged. "I'd been looking for that horse I consider quite outstanding. I think Father Patrick is that horse. He's so flexible, has a great gait and a very sound horse. He's extremely easy to work with and never gives you a bad day He's one of a kind." Father Patrick was the unanimous choice by the US Harness Writers as the Dan Patch Award winning 2-Year-Old Trotting Colt of 2013 when he won 10 of 11 starts, including the Peter Haughton Memorial, William Wellwood Memorial and the Breeders Crown, setting a world record mark of 1:52.1f at Pocono Downs. He was also the leading money winner in his division with $755,047 in seasonal earnings in 2013. This year, Father Patrick's wins include a 1:50.4 triumph in a division of the Bluegrass Stakes at The Red Mile on Sept. 28, and wins in the $613,800 Canadian Trotting Classic; the $260,000 Pennsylvania Sire Stakes Championship Final and the $340,000 Zweig Memorial, the $500,000 Earl Beal Jr at Pocono Downs in a world record time of 1:50.2f and the $317 Stanley Dancer Memorial in 1:51.3, among others. Last Sunday at The Red Mile he was bested by stablemate Nuncio in the $435,000 Kentucky Futurity in the late stretch after battling the latter throughout the last half of the race. Coincidentally, Nuncio was only horse to defeat Father Patrick during his freshman campaign. That tough-luck loss did nothing to tarnish the colt's image with regular driver Yannick Gingras who was still singing his praises after the loss. "He's a great horse," Gingras stated. "When I made the move to the Meadowlands, I made it to drive great horses and he's definitely the most talented horse I've driven." The Father Patrick Stable is comprised of owners Adam Bowden, John Fielding, Christina Takter, Brittany Farms, Brixton Medical AB, Marvin Katz, Al Libfeld and Sam Goldband. Co-owner Bowden owns Diamond Creek Farm, which has facilities in both Kentucky and Pennsylvania, and it's at one of those facilities that Father Patrick will stand stud once his racing career is finished. Father Patrick was bred by Brittany Farms, and is a son of Cantab Hall out of the unraced Enjoy Lavec mare Gala Dream. He was a $105,000 yearling purchase at the 2012 Lexington Selected Sale and is a full brother to million-dollar-earner and 2010 Dan Patch Award winner Pastor Stephen, 3, 1:52.4s, ($1,048,607). He also has a 2-year-old full brother in Whom Shall I Fear (a $475,000 yearling purchase at the 2013 Lexington Selected Sale), who finished second by a head on Oct. 3 at Lexington to longshot Aldabaran Eagle in 1:55.1 with Gingras in the sulky. Takter also conditions this colt. After going unclaimed on Thursday night, horseplayer’s will have a shot at a big payoff on Friday night at Maywood Park as the 10 cent Hi-Five will have a carryover of $6,522.88. Thus with the help of Maywood Park management and the United States Trotting Association’s Strategic Wagering Initiative, Maywood will offer aguaranteed Hi-Five pool of $25,000 on the Friday night finale!     Balmoral Hi-Five at $25,000 TONIGHT!   Once again the Hi-Five can be played for as little as a .10 cent investment giving all gamblers, regardless of the size of the their bankrolls, a chance to play for a nice payday tonight. The wager is often referred to as the “ultimate get out bet” by handicappers throughout the country.   There will also be a $10,000 guaranteed Pick 4 pool on races 10-13 this evening.   The Pick 6 also has a carryover of $595.10 for Friday night’s action. The Pick 6, which features a low 20 cent minimum wager is on races four through nine.     Handicappers across North America can get a head start on their competition with free 12 line program pages for the guaranteed pools courtesy of the USTA Strategic Wagering Initiative and Track Master on the handicapping section at   Post time for the opener on Friday, Oct. 10th, at Maywood Park is 7:10 p.m. (central). This marks the second straight Friday night that fans will have a shot at the big money before heading home!    by Kimbery RInker, for Balmoral Park

This Week's Harness Racing: Historic Series, Harrah’s Philadelphia, Chester, Pa., and American-National finals, Balmoral Park, Crete, Ill. Schedule of events: Grand Circuit action this week will get underway on Thursday (Oct. 9) at Harrah’s Philadelphia with four divisions in the $100,680 Historic – Acorn for 2-year-old filly trotters. The Friday (Oct. 10) card at Philadelphia will feature a trio of divisions in the $104,178 Historic – Debutante for 2-year-old filly pacers. The Sunday (Oct. 12) card at Philadelphia offers three divisions in the $102,878 Historic – Goshen Cup for 2-year-old colt pacers and two splits in the $102,380 Historic – Harriman Cup for 2-year-old colt trotters. Balmoral Park will host eight American-National Grand Circuit stakes events on Saturday (Oct. 11). The card will feature the $227,000 3-year-old colt pace, the $203,000 3-year-old colt trot, the $179,000 open pace, the $173,500 3-year-old filly pace, the $166,300 open trot, the $150,000 3-year-old filly trot, the $86,000 2-year-old colt pace and the $61,150 2-year-old filly pace. Complete entries for the races are available at this link. Last time: The Kentucky Futurity, the second leg of Trotting’s Triple Crown, capped off two exciting weeks of Grand Circuit racing at The Red Mile.   USTA/Mark Hall photo Nuncio and John Campbell captured the Kentucky Futurity at The Red Mile. Team Takter provided Red Mile fans with a thrilling stretch duel between stablemates Nuncio and Father Patrick who slugged it out to the wire, with Nuncio emerging victorious by 1-1/4 lengths in 1:51.3 in the 122nd edition of the $435,000 Kentucky Futurity for sophomore trotting colts. Hall of Famer John Campbell steered Nuncio, a son of Andover Hall-Nicole Isabelle, to his eighth win of the season and his 13th career victory for owner Stall TZ, Inc. He now has $1,488,970 in career earnings. Nuncio had the lead from start to finish, trotting through splits of :27.2, :54.1 and 1:22.2 before Father Patrick (Yannick Gingras) began to challenge him. It appeared that Father Patrick was going to trot right past Nuncio, but the latter dug in hard and held off his stablemate. Shake It Cerry put forth a dominating performance in the 49th edition of the $224,000 Kentucky Filly Futurity, stopping the timer in 1:52.2 for driver Ron Pierce and trainer Takter. The 1-5 public’s choice, a daughter of Donato Hanover-Solveig, pushed her career earnings to $1,562,205 for the Solveig’s Racing Partners. Shake It Cerry took the lead handily in rein to Pierce, trotting comfortably through fractions of :27.4, :56.2 and 1:25.1 before drawing off in the stretch by 4-1/2 lengths. Vanity Matters (David Miller) made a bid first over going to the three-quarters and held on to be second, while Scream And Shout (Yannick Gingras) got up for third. Complete recaps of all the races are available at the Grand Circuit website. Grand Circuit Standings: In 2014, the Grand Circuit leaders in three categories (driver, trainer and owner) will once again be tracked on a points system (20-10-5 for the top three finishers in divisions/finals and 10-5-2 for the top three finishers in eliminations/legs). Winbak Farms is the sponsor for the 2014 Grand Circuit awards. Here are the leaders following the past weekend. Drivers: 1. Yannick Gingras – 1,685; 2. Tim Tetrick – 850; 3. David Miller – 780.5; 4. Ron Pierce – 565.5; 5. Corey Callahan – 501. Trainers: 1. Ron Burke – 1,735.5; 2. Jimmy Takter – 1,367; 3. Joe Holloway – 329; 4. Erv Miller – 311.5; 5. Tony Alagna – 310. Owners: 1. Burke Racing - 388.85; 2. Weaver Bruscemi – 346.35; 3. 3 Brothers Stable – 247; 4. Robert Key – 230; 5. Brittany Farms – 223.95. Looking ahead: Grand Circuit action will take place next weekend at Maywood Park, Woodbine Racetrack, Vernon Downs and Yonkers Raceway. Maywood Park will feature four races led by the Windy City Pace for 3-year-olds, along with the Cinderella for 3-year-old filly pacers, the Abe Lincoln for 2-year-old colt pacers and the Galt for 3-year-old trotters; Woodbine will offer eliminations in four events for 2-year-olds of both sexes and gaits (the Goldsmith Maid and Three Diamonds for fillies and the Governor’s Cup and Valley Victory for colts); Vernon will offer the fifth leg of the Kindergarten Series for 2-year-old colt and filly trotters; and Yonkers has four sets of eliminations in stakes for 3-year-olds of both sexes and gats, led by the Messenger, the final leg of Pacing’s Triple Crown, and the Yonkers Trot, the final leg of Trotting’s Triple Crown, along with the Lady Maud for pacing fillies and the Hudson Filly Trot for trotting fillies. Paul Ramlow Grand Circuit Publicity Director

She might be best known for once bursting through a gaggle of geese on her way to victory at The Meadows, but co-owner Howard Taylor hopes that by the end of the season people recognize Southwind Roulette for her talent. Southwind Roulette, who has won five of seven starts this year, races in the third of three Historic-Debutante Stakes divisions at Harrah's Philadelphia on Friday. Her victories include the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championship and her $284,448 in purses rank No. 2 to undefeated JK She'salady among 2-year-old female pacers. "She's a really nice filly," said Taylor, who owns Southwind Roulette with Brad Grant. "She's real long gaited. If you watch her stride, she really reaches out. "And she wins," he added with a laugh. "And she wins a lot of money. There's nothing not to like about her." The first division of the Historic-Debutante Stakes includes stakes-winner Ideal Nuggets. Southwind Roulette's split also includes New York Sire Stakes championship runner-up Bossers Joy. Southwind Roulette is a daughter of 2008 Horse of the Year Somebeachsomewhere out of the stakes-winning mare Southwind Rio. She was purchased as a yearling for $30,000 at the 2013 Lexington Selected Sale. She started the year with trainer Doug Lewis before moving to the barn of Ron Burke in July. "I have a friend who has a real good eye for yearlings, Mike Hall," Taylor said. "Mike picked her out. He always finds holes in the sale, cheap horses for the breeding. He found her and told me I should buy her." Southwind Roulette began her career by winning a division of the Pennsylvania All Stars and then finished third in a division of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes. In her next start at The Meadows, in another PaSS division, she and driver Yannick Gingras won despite having to go through a gaggle of geese on the track just prior to the final turn. "I talked to Doug afterward and told him I didn't believe what I saw there," Taylor said. "He told me that the farm they're on has geese. She'd seen that before and gone through them before, so she didn't think anything of it. Of all the horses in the race, she's probably the only one that would have done that. Yannick said she didn't even bat an eye. He was worried, but she wasn't." Southwind Roulette followed that win with two more victories in the preliminary rounds of the sire stakes before capturing the championship on Sept. 6 at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. She enters the Historic-Debutante after a seventh-place finish in a division of the Kentuckiana Stallion Management Stakes at Hoosier Park, where she got parked in an opening :25.3 quarter-mile. "Other than that, she's been super," Taylor said. "We have hopes for the Breeders Crown. That's all you can ask for at this point in the year, that you're still going strong and you've got a shot to get the brass ring." GOLD CORA HOPES TO GLITTER IN ACORN After finishing second to Jolene Jolene and Mission Brief in back-to-back world-record miles, Gold Cora's connections might wonder: Who will it be this time? "I hope if anybody it would be us," trainer Rich Gillock said with a laugh. "It seems we're getting good at getting into those kinds of races. That's pretty tough sledding. "But I'm not complaining. I'm happy to be second in those kinds of races." Gold Cora races Thursday in the second of four Historic-Acorn Stakes for 2-year-old female trotters at Harrah's Philadelphia. She will start from post No. 1 with driver Tim Tetrick and is the 8-5 morning line favorite. A daughter of stallion Encore Encore out of the mare Striking Gold K, Gold Cora has won three of 11 races and $94,098 for breeder/owner Bob Key. Gillock trained both of Gold Cora's parents and Tetrick drove Encore Encore, who won a division of the Bluegrass Stakes and finished second to Federal Flex in the 2008 Valley Victory. "This filly has come along and she's been improving as the year progresses," Gillock said. "Hopefully we can get a piece of the pie every time and it will add up." Gold Cora went off stride in consecutive starts in August, but since then has been a steady performer. "I had to regroup with her and rig her a little differently," Gillock said. "She had a few little issues going on, just little things that were factors, and we got them squared away." Gold Cora has two wins, two seconds and a third in her last five races. Her victories came in divisions of the Reynolds Stakes at Tioga Downs and the Kindergarten Series at The Red Mile. Her remaining three on-the-board finishes during that span came in record-setting races. She finished third in a division the Kentuckiana Stallion Management Stakes at Hoosier Park, where Speak To Me established the track mark for 2-year-old female trotters with a 1:55.2 victory. Next, at The Red Mile, Gold Cora finished second to Jolene Jolene in a division of the Bluegrass Stakes in a 1:52.1 mile that equaled the world record. A week later, she was second to Mission Brief in a division of the International Stallion Stakes in the fastest-ever mile by a 2-year-old trotter, 1:50.3. "We stayed up tight (in the Kentuckiana) and she hadn't gone those kinds of fractions before and she just didn't get home any," Gillock said. "It was just the way that race went; it took a toll on the majority of them except the horse that won. But I think that stretched her out a little and I hope she'll keep going forward." Following the Historic-Acorn Stakes, Gold Cora could go to Canada for the Goldsmith Maid or to Vernon Downs for the final preliminary round of the Kindergarten Series. "We'll see how we do at (Philly) and go from there," Gillock said. Pennsylvania Sire Stakes champion Wild Honey is the 8-5 morning line favorite in the first division of the Historic-Acorn Stakes. The Jimmy Takter-trainee has won seven consecutive starts since losing her debut by a head to Gatka Hanover. In September, she trotted the fastest mile in history by a 2-year-old trotter on a half-mile racetrack, winning in 1:55.2 at the Delaware County Fair in Ohio. Takter's Shaqline, who is coming off second-place finishes in divisions of the International Stallion and Kentuckiana Stallion Management stakes, is the 8-5 choice in the third division. Jersey Strong, trained by Mark Harder, is the 8-5 favorite in the fourth and final division. She finished second to Wild Honey in the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championship. by Ken Weingartner, for Harness Racing Communications  

The Hippodrome 3R will be hosting a driver’s tournament on Sunday, October 12 and it will be quite an event. Special invitations have been accepted by Grand Circuit star and recent Prix D’Ete winner, Yannick Gingras, and also coming in special for the tournament with Ontario’s top driver, Jody Jamieson. The other six spots in the tournament will go to the six leading drivers this year after this Sunday’s ten-race program. It looks pretty well set as Marie Claude Auger has a prior engagement and cannot be in the tournament. Listed below are the six leading drivers who will most likely make up the 3R representatives in the tournament. Leading drivers at Hippodrome 3R as of 10-4-14 DRIVERS                     Sts   1st  2nd  3rd        $Won   Win%   UDRS Denis St Pierre             186    59   28   29     243,733   31.7   .453 Stephane Brosseau           226    33   37   31     216,574   14.6   .283 Mario R Charron             227    28   28   25     155,044   12.3   .229 Marie Claude Auger          204    24   32   34     151,675   11.8   .260 Sylvain G Lacaille          143    24   21   15     132,555   16.8   .284 Stephane Gendron            147    23   29   12     183,740   15.6   .293 Pascal Berube               188    21   20   11      87,146   11.2   .190 The winner of the tournament will be determined by a points system based on 50-25-12-8-5 in each race to the first five finishers. The purse of the tournament is $3,000 and will be divided among the top five drivers 50%-25%-12%-8%-5%. Sunday’s race program has nine trotters going to post in the seventh race feature. Despite making a break in his last start and finishing ninth, the 5/2 morning line favorite is Bel Gazou from post four for driver/trainer and owner, Martin Gingras. Two starts back the ten-year-old gelded son of Armbro Nash, who happens to be the oldest starter in the field, was a winner at 3R with a ten length romp in 1:58.2. Also in the field is Miss Jackpot from post five for driver Serge Quellet. Miss Jackpot has won her last two starts at 3R. Another return winner in the field is Aworthy Bi from post three for driver Francis Picard. Aworthy Bi won his last start by four lengths at 3R. Post time Sunday is 1:00 pm and for more information visit the tracks website at  From the Quebec Jockey Club

LEXINGTON, KY— A cavalcade of freshmen colt trotters gathered at The Red Mile to compete in four divisions of the $383,600 International Stallion Stakes over a slightly wet track on Friday, October 3. Aldebaran Eagle, heading to the pylons right at the gate’s dispersal, got a perfect trip, and slid up the pylons to win at 106-1 in 1:55.1. Whom Shall I Fear took the lead from Aldebaran Eagle through a :29.3 quarter, with The Bank trotting on the outside in pursuit of the lead. The Bank was the tempo setter to the half, passing that station in :58.2 (:28.4). Southwind Stryker applied pressure from first over, while Centurion Atm tracked his cover. He was sent three wide after The Bank through a 1:27.4 (:29.2) third-quarter. Centurion Atm gradually gained ground down the center of the course, while Whom Shall I Fear snuck by a drifting The Bank. Aldebaran Eagle had room to trot at the inside, and managed to sprint up that crevice to defeat Whom Shall I Fear and Centurion Atm in 1:55.1 (:27.2). Paying $214.80 to win, the son of Muscle Hill-Letsjusttalkaboutme-Self Possessed has earned $72,962 this season, breaking his maiden with his 1:55.1 victory and lifetime best. He’s owned by Aldebaran Park, trained by Jonas Czernyson, and driven by Corey Callahan. “I was just going to take a chance,” driver Corey Callahan said. “This was one of the stiffest divisions, but I’ve liked this colt all along. From the first day I baby-raced him, he felt like he was something special. He just hasn’t been wanting to pass [horses], so today, I figured I was going to get out of there, get away [near the lead.” Aldebaran Eagle Pinkman defeated the unbeaten Billy Flynn in 1:53.3. Crazy Wow set the tempo, while Pinkman stalked from second and Whataworkout sat third. Billy Flynn began his brush to the top after a :27 quarter. Billy Flynn cleared control approaching the half, but was soon contested by Suit And Tie, traveling first over. After a :55.2 (:28.2) half, Billy Flynn began to edge away from Suit And Tie. Remaining in control after a 1:25.2 (:30) third quarter, Billy Flynn appeared home free in the stretch. Out of the pocket came Pinkman, beginning to rally down the center of the track. Billy Flynn was kept to his task, but Pinkman had more trot and trotted by to win by a half-length in 1:53.3 (:28.1). Returning $10.00 to win, and $19.20 for a $2 exacta (over Billy Flynn), the son of Explosive Matter-Margie Seelster-Angus Hall has earned $70,835 this season, and set a lifetime best with his 1:53.3 effort. He’s owned by Christina Takter, John and Jim Fielding, Joe McClelland, and Herb Liverman, trained by Jimmy Takter, and driven by Yannick Gingras. “I was very confident in my horse,” driver Yannick Gingras said. “When I raced him in Delaware, I really liked him. I put him on the front here [at The Red Mile], and he wasn’t quite as good; he wasn’t a big fan of that. I got lucky to get out [of the three-hole] at the top of the stretch, but I knew he’d give me a good kick if he did.” Pinkman Cruzado Dela Noche traveled wire-to-wire through the misty atmosphere, winning in 1:53.4. Cruzado Dela Noche set opening fractions of :28.1 and :57.2 (:29.1) with French Laundry coasting in the pocket. Around the far turn, pressure came from Sugarmakesmecrazy, as well as Big Rich, traveling three wide. Cruzado Dela Noche held control through three-quarters in 1:26.1 (:28.4). Cruzado Dela Noche held onto command despite drifting off the pylons. French Laundry tried to seep up the fresh gap and claim victory, but Cruzado Dela Noche held onto the lead sternly and won by a neck in 1:53.4 (:27.3). Muscial Rhythm finished third, and Sugarmakesmecrazy was fourth. Sent off the 9/5 second choice, the son of Muscle Massive-Alidade-Credit Winner paid $5.60 to win, with the $2 exacta (over the 8/5 favorite) returning $14.20. Owned by Courant AB, trained by Nancy Johansson, and driven by David Miller, he’s now earned $135,540 this season. His 1:53.4 victory is a lifetime mark. “I was actually leaving to see if I could get a spot [near the lead], just to see how the race went,” driver David Miller said. “He was getting to the front, and they left him alone. He had a lot of trot finishing.” “He [French Laundry] sounded like he had a lot of trot behind me,” David Miller also said, in regards to the stretch drive. “My horse still felt pretty good; I hadn’t asked him yet [to trot], and he raced very tough.” Cruzado Dela Noche Walter White sat in the pocket for the whole mile, and snuck up the pylons by pacesetter Special Action to win in 1:56.1. Special Action set fractions of :28.2 and :58.4 (:30.2) while in control. Amicus applied pressure to the leader around the far turn, with Shoot The Thrill tracking second over, and Divisionist, after breaking at the start, trotting three wide. The fractions remained slow past three-quarters in 1:28.1 (:29.2). Special Action tried to hold off a duo of closers, Explosive Drama and Fashion Creditor. Walter White found room at the inside to get into contention, and it was soon Walter White sticking his nose in front of a sprinting Explosive Drama. Walter White was victorious by a nose with Fashion Creditor finishing third, and Special Action fourth in 1:56.1 (:28). A son of Cantab Hall-Muscaloosa-Muscles Yankee, Walter White is owned by Christina Takter, John and Jim Fielding, and R A W Equine, trained by Jimmy Takter and driven by Yannick Gingras. His 1:56.1 win is a lifetime best, and his win pushes his bankroll to $106,887. “It was a little bit tight turning for home, but all he [Walter White] needed was racetrack,” driver Yannick Gingras said. “I wanted to be up-close [to the leader], but I didn’t want to be on the front. Last week, I put him on the front, and he felt really good at the top of the stretch, but he got a little tired.” Walter White Muscle Diamond was gradually carried into the race, and flew by his competition in the stretch to win in 1:53.4. Piercewave Hanover was uncontested on the lead. Iron tracked from second, and On The Sly raced third. Piercewave Hanover set fractions of :27.3 and :56.1 (:28.3) before challengers began their march. Pierre traveled first over around the far turn, but was still nearly 3 lengths off of Piercewave Hanover. Piercewave Hanover continued in control passed three-quarters in 1:25 (:28.4). Piercewave Hanover soon lost the lead to Pierre in the stretch. On The Sly edged off the rail and began to close, while Muscle Diamond was trotting down the center of the course. Muscle Diamond took the lead, with Boots N Chains flying into second. On The Sly held third, and Pierre settled for fourth, as Muscle Diamond flew up to win in 1:53.4 (:28.4). Owned by Charlie Keller III, Charlie Keller IV, and trainer Brett Bittle, and driven by John Campbell, the son of Muscle Hill-Windylane Hanover-Lindy Lane has earned $110,039 this season, with his 1:53.4 victory serving as his lifetime best. He paid $4.60 to win. “Once we put the hopples on him, he’s just a little more steady with his gait,” driver John Campbell said. “He’s really just a nice, little horse. He’s very professional for a two-year-old, and he’s raced good, and finished every race really strong.” “I wasn’t that far back,” Campbell also said, in regards to his second-over trip. “Before we came off the turn, I saw David [Miller on Pierre] was gaining on Yannick [Gingras on Piercewave Hanover], so I wasn’t in any hurry to get off David’s back at that point.” Muscle Diamond  Live racing resumes on Saturday, October 4 with the $288,000 International Stallion Stakes for two-year-old colt pacers, the $220,000 Glen Garnsey Memorial for three-year-old filly pacers, and the $436,600 Tattersalls Pace for three-year-old colt pacers. First race post is scheduled for 1:00pmEDT. Race replays of action from The Red Mile can be found on our YouTube channel: Red Mile Harness. Keep track of all happenings on the Grand Circuit with our Facebook page: The Grand Circuit.  By Ray Cotolo, for The Red Mile

Unbeaten two-year-old harness racing filly, JK She’salady, continued her domination in 2014 posting her eighth straight victory Friday afternoon at the Red Mile in Lexington, Kentucky, winning an $83,900 division of the International Stallion Stakes. With driver Yannick Gingras in the sulky, JK She’salady got away in fourth place early on as Heavenly Bride (Brian Sears) took the early lead, then gave way to Bettor Be Steppin (Corey Callahan) after the opening quarter mile in :27.1. Then at the half mile in :55.1, Gringas had JK She’salady on the move first-over and the pacing filly cleared to the lead at the three-quarter mile mark in 1:23.3 and then had little trouble leading to the finish to win by two open lengths in 1:50.2. Her time was just one fifth of a second from tying the world record that she already co-owns. Heavenly Bride was second with Bettor Be Steppin third. “This is the way she likes it,” Gringras said. “We have not yet tried her on the front because this is working. When I call on her she has a huge move.” Trained by Nancy Johansson, who is the daughter of Hall of Fame Jimmy Takter, JK She’salady is sired by Art Major and is owned and bred by the 3 Brothers Stable of New York. Sent off as the overwhelming 1/9 wagering favorite, JK She’salady paid just $2.10 to win. JK She’salady Not to be overshadowed by JK She’salady unbeaten streak, Sassa Hanover and driver Yannick Gingras tied the world record in winning their $84,900 division of the International Stallion Stakes with a 1:50.1 lifetime mark. It was a real battle royale from the start as Deli Beach (John Campbell) left quickly to take the early lead but that was short lived as Crescent City and Mark MacDonald sat early and then bolted to take command at the opening quarter mile in :27. The action only heated up from there as Ideal Nuggets (David Miller) came first-over with a strong brush as Sassa Hanover followed second-over. Ideal Nuggets cleared to the lead at the half mile in :54.3, then Sassa Hanover looked to clear as Divine Caroline (Corey Callahan) came three-wide to the push the pace. Once the dust settled by the three-quarters in a speedy 1:22, Sassa Hanover was in front with Divine Caroline following her cover as they started down the stretch. Sassa Hanover held on to win by one and one-half lengths with Divine Caroline second and Ideal Nuggets third. It was the eighth win in just ten lifetime starts for the daughter of Rock N Roll Heaven. She is trained by Ron Burke and owned by the Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi and Larry Karr, paying just $3.00 to win. Sassa Hanover is now tied with I Luv The Nitelife, Precocious Beauty and JK She’salady for the world record at 1:50.1. “Yannick didn’t like the trip he worked out for her,” said trainer Ron Burke. “But she was strong and dug in and I was happy with the effort.” Sassa Hanover In the $83,900 first race first division, Bettor N Better and driver Yannick Gingras had little trouble in having to go first-over at the half mile marker, shoot by pacesetter Shakai Hanover (Tim Tetrick) to take the lead before the three-quarters and then hold off Wicken Little Minx (Ake Svanstedt) to win by one length in 1:51. It was the a lifetime mark for the daughter of Bettor’s Delight, who is trained by Ron Burke and is owned by the Our Horse Cents Stable and Blue Chip Bloodstock. She paid $7.20 to win and it was her fifth lifetime victory. “She was much more relaxed this week,” said driver Yannick Gingras. “And she had a better kick in finishing the mile today.” Bettor N Better By Steve Wolf, for

Lexington, KY --- A quartet of Explosive Matter International Stallion Stakes were contested for 2-year-old harness racing trotting fillies on a bright and sunny Thursday afternoon (Oct. 2) at Lexington’s famed Red Mile. In the second $80,550 division Mission Brief provided fans with another world record performance, trotting to a 1:50.3 mile with her nearest rival some ten lengths behind her. Driver Yannick Gingras had the filly under wraps at the finish line in a simply electrifying mile over the red clay. The time was two-fifths of a second off the all-age record for distaffs in the sport of harness racing, set by 7-year-old mare Giant Diablo. “She’s been here for two weeks and she’s been very good here -- mentally. It’s never been a soundness thing with her, it’s always been getting her mentally sound for the race,” trainer Ron Burke said. “She’s a super freaky filly and Yannick has done a super job with her. She could have gone another direction, but Yannick has been very patient with her and today was the calmest I’ve seen her.” Leaving nothing to chance, Gingras moved his filly quickly off the gate and right to the lead, with Waiting Room (Marcus Miller) settling calmly in behind him, with Gold Cora (Tim Tetrick) following in third. From there, it was simply a walk-over as Mission Brief cruised through easy fractions of :28, :55.1 and 1:23. After opening up 3-1/2 lengths going into the last turn, it was apparent no other horse would come close to the slick-gaited distaff as long as she minded her manners. Gold Cora got up for second, while Hot Start (David Miller) was third. Owned by Burke Racing, Our Horse Cents Stables, J&T Silva Stables and Weaver Bruscemi, Mission Brief upped her career earnings to $313,315 with the win, the sixth of her career in nine tries. “She is just a special filly and also makes me nervous,” said co-owner Jerry Silva. “A filly with her kind of speed is just scary. She ranks right up there with some of the greats, including Muscle Hill.” A $150,000 yearling purchase from the 2013 Lexington Selected Sale last fall, Mission Brief is by Muscle Hill, and is the third foal out of the Varenne mare Southwind Serena. She is a half-sister to Exemplar (by Andover Hall) 3,1:54.3s ($74,391). Mission Brief The first $80,550 division went to team Takter and Flirting Filly, who stopped the timer in a lifetime best of 1:54.3 for driver Yannick Gingras. The daughter of Broadway Hall - Flirtin My Way - Mr Lavec was bred by Brittany Farms, who co-owns with Marvin Katz and AJ Libfeld. “She felt good and I thought it was the right time to make a move when I did,” Gingras said. Gingras positioned himself mid-pack as Ready To Ignite (Ron Pierce) took the field through the first turn to the :28 first quarter before relinquishing the lead to Flirting Filly just past the :56.1 half. “She responded very well when I did move her,” Gingras added. “Her gait has never been a problem, but it’s been more her mind. The trotting hobbles seem to keep her mind on her business now.” Gingras kept the filly well-rated, staving off challenges from several rivals through the 1:25.1 three-quarters and in the lane, where two horses broke trying to best his charge. After a lengthy inquiry, the judges determined that second-place finisher Ready To Ignite -- a full sister to Explosive Matter who made an untimely break just a few feet before the wire -- would be placed as she finished. Aarena Hanover (David Miller) was third, with Kentucky Sire Stake champion Armatrading (Randall Jerrell) finishing fourth. Wiclet Hanover (Ake Svanstedt), the 6-5 favorite, had also made a break in the lane, finishing fifth, but was disqualified and placed seventh. Flirtin Filly now has $71,121 in career earnings from ten starts, with a trio of wins and one second to her credit. She had taken her previous top mark of 1:57.1 en route to winning a $20,000 Pennsylvania Stallion Series leg on Aug. 20 at The Meadows for Dave Palone. She had also won a similar contest on Aug. 12 at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs in 1:59 with her trainer Jimmy Takter at the lines. Flirting Filly Livininthefastlane and Tim Tetrick took advantage of a perfect rail trip to capture the third $80,550 Explosive Matter International Stallion Stake in a career best 1:53.4. The daughter of Donato Hanover-Nicole’s Promise-Dream Vacation pushed her career earnings to $205,813 from four wins and two thirds in nine starts. After sitting third behind the pacesetting Bee The Queen (Brian Sears) through fractions of :28.3 and :56.2, Tetrick guided his filly to the outside and battled Bee The Queen through the turn to the 1:25.3 three-quarter marker, before trotting well in hand through the lane to take the victory. Pad Princess (Marcus Miller) got up for second, while Bee The Queen held on for third. “The last two races she’s really put it together and I’m the one lucky enough to be in the winner’s circle with her,” said Tetrick. “When my filly came out, she came out strong and she trotted all the way to the wire.” Livininthefastlane was an $80,000 yearling purchase at the 2013 Standardbred Horse Sale at Harrisburg last fall for the connections of Marvin Katz, Al Libfeld and Sam Goldband. “This filly is very nice and raced well all year for us,” said Andy Miller, husband of trainer Julie Miller. “She was especially good in Indiana at Hoosier Park when she won the Kentuckiana Stake in 1:56 (on Sept. 20).” Livininthefastlane is the second foal out of her dam, and is a half-sister to Mistresswithmuscle (by Muscle Hill) 3,1:55.1s ($72,625).  Livininthefastlane by Kimbery Rinker, for the USTA

Adam Bowden was in the Kentucky Futurity winner's circle last year with Creatine and he hopes to return there following Sunday's 122nd edition of the trotting classic, this time with Father Patrick. Bowden and his father, Chris, operate Diamond Creek Farm, which is part of Father Patrick's ownership group. Father Patrick, who has won 20 of 23 career races and $1.92 million, drew post No. 1 for Sunday's $435,000 Kentucky Futurity for 3-year-old trotters at The Red Mile in Lexington. Nine horses entered the Futurity, so eliminations are unnecessary. Yannick Gingras will drive Father Patrick for trainer Jimmy Takter in the one-dash-for-the-cash event. Rounding out the field in post order are Il Sogno Dream, Martiniwithmuscle, Datsyuk, Hillustrious, Nuncio, Mr Lindy, DD's Hitman, and Lightning Force. Sunday's card also includes the $224,000 Kentucky Filly Futurity, $173,000 Allerage Farm Open Trot, $160,500 Allerage Farm Open Pace, $90,000 Allerage Farm Mare Pace, and $89,000 Allerage Farm Mare Trot. Father Patrick brings a four-race win streak to the Futurity, including a 4-1/2 length victory over Lightning Force in 1:50.4 in a division of the Bluegrass Stakes at The Red Mile last Sunday. He also has won the $613,800 Canadian Trotting Classic, $260,000 Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championship and $340,000 Zweig Memorial since losing by a half-length to Datsyuk in a division of the Tompkins-Geers Stakes. "Last week he was on cruise control and still trotted in sub-1:51," said Bowden, who owns Father Patrick with John Fielding, Christina Takter, Brittany Farms, Brixton Medical AB, and the group of Marvin Katz, Al Libfeld and Sam Goldband. "Hopefully, we're in the winner's circle on Sunday. Jimmy gives me two thumbs up. I'm hoping that's going to be the case." Last year, the Diamond Creek-bred-and-owned Creatine won the Futurity for hometown trainer Bob Stewart. Bowden had planned to sell Creatine when he was a yearling, but the horse was withdrawn from the auction because of an infected hock and remained with Diamond Creek. Creatine races Sunday in the Allerage Farm Open Trot. "We've been with Bob since the beginning and for him to be a Kentucky guy, no offense, I love Father Patrick, but I don't think anything is going to top last year," Bowden said. "That was the most exciting thing for me. It was the first time. It was a homebred with a good friend of mine. We always believed in the horse and we finally won one of the big ones. That was exciting." The Bowdens started Diamond Creek Farm in 2005 in Paris, Ky., and now have a second location in Pennsylvania. Diamond Creek will stand Father Patrick as a stallion at the conclusion of his racing career. Father Patrick, bred by Brittany Farms, is a son of stallion Cantab Hall out of the mare Gala Dream. He is a full brother to million-dollar-earner Pastor Stephen. "We're very happy and lucky; we want to stand the best horses," Bowden said. "After his 2-year-old year, we took a huge risk that (Father Patrick) was going to come back and be dominant at 3. Right now it looks like our gamble is going to pay off. Cantab Hall is arguably the hottest sire in the sport, along with Muscle Hill, and here's his greatest son so far. It's a great sire line and we're hoping it continues with Father Patrick." The Kentucky Futurity is the second jewel in this year's Trotting Triple Crown. Trixton won the first, the Hambletonian, but has since been retired because of injury. The third jewel, the Yonkers Trot, is Oct. 25. Takter trained and drove Trixton in the Hambletonian. Another of his charges, Nuncio, finished second in the race. Father Patrick went off stride from post 10 and finished off the board for the only time in his career. Nuncio will be driven by John Campbell, his regular pilot, in Sunday's Futurity. Nuncio has won 12 of 22 career races and finished second in the other 10. Eight of those runner-up finishes have come behind Father Patrick. "Nuncio is one tough horse," Bowden said. "He's a great horse and in any other year he's the best horse. "One of these days you think he's going to beat his stablemate. But I hope it's not Sunday." Takter sends out the likely favorite in the Kentucky Filly Futurity, Shake It Cerry. She was the 2013 Dan Patch Award winner for best 2-year-old female trotter and has won 10 of 12 races this season. She will start from post three with driver Ron Pierce. Scream And Shout and Heaven's Door will start inside of Shake It Cerry while to her outside are Highest Peak, Chivaree Hanover, Vanity Matters, and Yoga. Scream And Shout and Yoga also are from the Takter Stable. The Allerage Farm Open Trot features Sebastian K, the fastest horse in harness racing history thanks to his 1:49 win earlier this year, two-time Dan Patch Award-winner Market Share, 2010 Kentucky Futurity winner Wishing Stone and recent Centaur Trotting Classic winner Master Of Law. Bee A Magician, the 2013 Horse of the Year, and multiple-stakes-winner Classic Martine lead the way in the Allerage Farm Mare Trot, where they will encounter Dan Patch Award-winner and defending race winner Maven. Sweet Lou, who has won 10 of 15 races and nearly $1 million this year, and Foiled Again, North American harness racing's all-time money-winner, are among the 10 horses in the Allerage Farm Open Pace. Eleven horses were entered in the Allerage Farm Mare Pace, including three-time Dan Patch Award-winner Anndrovette, stakes-winners Rocklamation and Somwherovrarainbow, world champion Shebestingin, last year's race winner Shelliscape, and 2012 winner Drop The Ball. by Ken Weingartner, for Harness Racing Communications  

The featured race at Harrah's Philadelphia on Wednesday afternoon was a conditioned pace for non-winners of $12,500 in their last five starts or non-winners of seven races or $70,000 lifetime. The wagering public put their support behind the Ron Burke charge Rage N Ryan (Yannick Gingras), and he wasted little time getting things going. He charged immediately for the lead, getting the quarter in 26.3. After a rated 28.3 second quarter, he felt mild pressure from Blended Whiskey (David Miller), who was parked the mile to this point. After a 27.3 third quarter, Rage N Ryan was able to hold steady to the finish, winning by a length, stopping the clock in 1:50.4. The class dropping Cambassador (Geo. Napolitano Jr) closed well for second after getting shuffled back, while Cinderella Guy (Anthony Morgan) finished third. The winner paid $4.40, keying a $9.40 exacta, and a $43.60 trifecta. Rage N Ryan is owned by Burke Racing and Weaver Bruscemi. Michael Bozich

Lexington, KY - Grand Circuit harness racing resumes on Friday at The Red Mile with no fewer than eight two-year-old stakes on the eleven race card. The $382,600 International Stallion Stakes (INSS) for colt trotters drew five divisions while the $253,000 filly pace split three ways.   The pacing fillies open the Friday matinee card in races one, three and five with the middle division looking the toughest on paper. That split features the Red Mile debut of undefeated World Champ JK She'salady for owner/breeders the 3 Brothers Stable of New York.   The Art Major filly from Presidential Lady has been just vicious thus far in her seven race career putting a few withering moves on the competition at Mohawk including the record-equaling 1:50.1 mile in the $441,600 She's A Great Lady final. Her most recent was an easy score in a division of the Kentuckiana stakes at Hoosier Park.   Trained in the Nancy Johansson barn and driven by Yannick Gingras, JK She'salady will find a pretty talented field waiting for her on Friday.   Chief among the competition is the speedy Bettor Be Steppin, who won the other Kentuckiana split and further impressed last week here in Lexington with a forwardly placed 1:52 win, closing it out with a 26.3 final quarter under no pressure. She races for the Val D'Or Farms, Rojan Stables and Ted Gewertz and is trained by Joe Holloway, who has long had a "way with the ladies".   The accomplished Bedroomconfessions also caught this division as did Hilary's Style and Heavenly Bride, both coming off excellent races in week one of the meet.   Two of the Bluegrass division winners from last week will meet in a division of the INSS carded as the day's tenth race. The Bank and Southwind Stryker square off for the top prize in the $76,100 contest. Both colts trotted in 1:53.4 in their respective Bluegrass start and both used a stalking trip to get the job done.   The Bank has a slight post advantage beginning from post two for trainer/driver Jimmy Takter. He rolled up second over, closing in 28 flat to win by a half-length. Bred by part owner Goran Falk he races for Falk and Christina Takter and has made just shy of $65,000 thus far.   Southwind Stryker (Muscle Hill x Soxeelady) was a winner for the very first time in the Bluegrass mile but is just shy of the $100,000 mark in earnings for the partnership of Millard, Van Camp, Taylor and trainer Brad Maxwell who gave $40,000 for him at the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale last fall. Driver Tim Tetrick gave him a good trip then said good things about the colt last week and has the return engagement this Friday.   It is by no means a two horse races as Haughton winner Centurion ATM and the highest priced yearling of 2013 Whom Shall I Fear (Father Patrick's little brother) are also a part of the talented field.   Friday post time is 1:00pm.   Nick Salvi

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