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Meadowlands Pace day provided another perfect morning for Breakfast With The Babies with comfortable temperatures and little to no wind. The two-year-old trotting star of the morning was 1:57.2 winner Lock Down Lindy, a filly from the first crop of Lucky Chucky from Love Lockdown. She led through a comfortable 1:01.2 half before Scott Zeron gave her the green light resulting in a 56 flat final half with a 27.2 closing quarter. Tony Alagna conditions the $40,000 Lexington buy for the partnership of Mystical Marker Farms, Crawford Farms, Joe Sbrocco and In The Gym Partners. Alagna and Zeron came right back to win the very next race with Michelle Crawford's homebred Conway Hall x Classic Yankee colt Titanium. He left for position from his outside post then cruised through an open rail into a 28.3 final quarter to take the 2:01 record. On the pacing side, Tony also sent out the sharp looking Somebeachsomewhere colt Dreams Beachboy for his second outing, this one an effortless 1:54.4 / 27 win with Zeron aboard. Dreams Beachboy was a $150,000 Harrisburg purchase by Myron Bell for Brittany Farms, Marvin Katz and Stillwater Partners. Ake Svanstedt continued to expose his freshmen, sending out three more colt winners this morning starting in the opener with Curfew, a Muscle Hill x After Midnight $75,000 Lexington yearling making his debut. He moved to the front past the quarter and ended the 1:59.2 mile with a 29.2 final quarter. He is owned by the Top Ten Racing Stable. Canappealformore was the next Svanstedt winner. This one is a Brittany bred by Cantab Hall from Appeal To Reason, haltered at Harrisburg for $60,000 by LGJ Invest. Ake held him in a loose pocket then wore down the leader with a 29.4 end to a 2:00.2 mile. A bit later, One Direction was a 1:59.2 front end winner for Svanstedt and owner / breeder Ernst Gerbaulet of Germany. He's a Deweycheatumnhowe from Angelina Chip. Tangerine Bi looked strong for Jimmy Takter, closing considerable ground into a 27.3 last quarter for a 2:00.1 win. She's a Yankee Glide that cost Takter, Katz, Fielding & Fielding $70,000 last fall in Lexington. John Campbell directed a pair of winners. On the trot it was the Donato Hanover filly Love Her Madly he steered though a quick 27.4 end to a successful 2:00.1 mile for Ross Croghan. She belongs to Let It Ride Stables, RBH Ventures and Joseph Myers who spent $65,000 on her at Harrisburg. Campbell later scored with the pacing filly Game Theory, a $75,000 Rock N Roll Heaven first cropper from Best Laid Plans for the Cancelliere brothers with a sharp 27.2 end to a 1:55.3 mile while holding off the good looking Sportswriter filly Capela. Owner / trainer Troyce Thomas drove his own Village Jolt filly Fie Fy Fo to a 1:56 flat win. She cost just $9,000 at Harrrisburg. The pacing colts sprinted some fast halves in their trials. Asap Hanover was a winner in his very first try for Toscano and Tetrick with a 56.1 back half, 26.2 quarter on the end of a 1:56.4 mile. He's a $150,000 Lexington Somebeachsomewhere colt owned by John Mehlenbacher of Ontario. Two fast and expensive Somebeach colts hooked up through a vicious 54.4 last half of a 1:57.1 mile with the $100,000 buy Southwind Torque holding off the $215,000 bonus baby Mohegan Blue Chip. Dave Miller handled the winner for Chris Ryder and owners Bob Mondillo and Craig Handerson. Qualifiers closed out the day with the speedy but erratic Master Of Law making his debut for the Takter barn. He wowed the crowd of veteran onlookers with a wicked close from well back into a :55.3 on the board final half of a 1:52.3 mile to get by Spider Blue Chip in the last few strides. Master Of Law was well back at the 57 half, he must've trotted his last half in the :53 range for Takter. Frank Antonacci of Lindy Farms declared post-race that, "Nobody has a faster horse than Master Of Law. He needed a change of scenery, a fresh approach so we took him to Jimmy. Look out Sebastian K, we're comin' for ya!" Tonight's races begin at 6:30 and will be one of the best offerings of the season. Watch the WR Haughton FFA final and Meadowlands Pace on CBS Sports Network from 9:00 to 10:00pm. by Nick Salvi, for the Meadowlands    

Bee A Magician will try to return to her winning ways when she faces 13 male rivals - including last year's Hambletonian Stakes winner Royalty For Life - in Saturday's $484,850 Hambletonian Maturity for 4-year-old trotters at Meadowlands Racetrack. Last year, Bee A Magician won all 17 of her starts and was named Horse of the Year in the U.S. and Canada. This season, the mare is winless in three races and coming off a ninth-place finish in the Armbro Flight Stakes on June 14 at Mohawk Racetrack. It was her first off-the-board finish since going off stride in her second lifetime start in July 2012. Trainer Richard "Nifty" Norman said Bee A Magician scoped sick following the Armbro Flight. Bee A Magician, who has won 27 of 33 career starts and $2.33 million, prepped for the Hambletonian Maturity with a 1:53.1 qualifier win on June 27, trotting her final quarter-mile in :26.3. She will start the Hambletonian Maturity, to be contested at 1-1/8 mile, from post No. 13 with regular driver Brian Sears. "She qualified really good and she's acting fine, so it looks good now," said Norman, who trains Bee A Magician for owners Mel Hartman, Herb Liverman and David McDuffee. "I was really happy with her qualifier and Brian thought she was back to her old self, so hopefully we're good. "It was a bit of a shock," he added about Bee A Magician's finish in the Armbro Flight. "I've never seen her stop before. But these things happen. She's never really had any setbacks before, so we weren't used to it. But she got over it, so we're OK. At least we knew there was something wrong." Joining Bee A Magician in the Hambletonian Maturity field are Your So Vain, Sweet Justice, Bambino Glide, Fico, Wheeling N Dealin, Royalty For Life, Flanagan Memory, Spider Blue Chip, High Bridge, Master Of Law, Major Athens, Possessed Fashion, and Creatine. Conditions for the Hambletonian Maturity allowed for up to 16 starters rather than the traditional 10. Royalty For Life, who is making his 2014 debut, won last year's Hambletonian Stakes while Spider Blue Chip was the Breeders Crown champion and Creatine captured the Kentucky Futurity. Wheeling N Dealin was the 2012 Dan Patch Award winner for best 2-year-old male trotter. "I think it will be OK; I think we'll be alright," Norman said about facing the boys. "We'll see how some of those colts are." Also on Saturday's card at the Meadowlands are two eliminations for the Meadowlands Pace and one elimination for the Mistletoe Shalee. The first elimination for the Meadowlands Pace features North America Cup winner JK Endofanera. The second division includes He's Watching, the 2013 Dan Patch Award winner for best 2-year-old male pacer, and last year's Breeders Crown champion Luck Be Withyou. The top five finishers from each elim advance to the July 12 final. As for Bee A Magician's future schedule, she is being pointed to the Ima Lula Series at the Meadowlands, which is for trotting mares, following the Hambletonian Maturity. "I think I'll try to keep her at home as much as possible, race her close to home," Norman said. "It's a long year and I don't want to over-race her. We'll see how it goes. If we can do some good on Saturday and get some money there, that's a big purse, it would make the rest of the year a lot nicer." Following is the field in post order for the Hambletonian Maturity with listed drivers and trainers: 1. Your So Vain, Ake Svanstedt, Ake Svanstedt; 2. Sweet Justice, Corey Callahan, Bruce Saunders; 3. Bambino Glide, Marcus Miller, Julie Miller; 4. Fico, Tyler Smith, Staffan Lind; 5. Wheeling N Dealin, Jody Jamieson, Luc Blais; 6. Royalty For Life, David Miller, George Ducharme; 7. Flanagan Memory, Ron Pierce, Rene Dion; 8. Spider Blue Chip, Ron Pierce, Chuck Sylvester; 9. High Bridge, Yannick Gingras, Jimmy Takter; 10. Master Of Law, Scott Zeron, Frank Antonacci; 11. Major Athens, John Campbell, Rich Gillock; 12. Possessed Fashion, Tim Tetrick, Tom Fanning; 13. Bee A Magician, Brian Sears, R. Nifty Norman; 14. Creatine, Mike Lachance, Bob Stewart. by Ken Weingarter, for Harness Racing Communications

Delray Beach, FL -- Harness racing “county fair style” is coming to Palm Beach County in Florida this September as the Sunshine Meadows Equestrian Village in Delray Beach will host two days of Sunshine Stakes racing on their one mile racetrack. The elite equine training facility has reached an agreement with the Florida Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association (FSBOA) to hold races for two and three-year-old state-bred trotters and pacers on Saturday, September 13 and Saturday, September 20. Rain dates will be on the following Sunday. “We are very excited that Sunshine Meadows has agreed to host the two days of stakes races,” said FSBOA executive director Joe Pennacchio. “We estimate that there will be in excess of $50,000 in purse money over the two days of racing. It will be exciting as the management team at Sunshine Meadows is committed to making the two race days a county fair type atmosphere centered on the live racing.” Post time each day for the racing is set at 11:00 am. It is estimated that there will be from 10 to 11 races on each program. “We are very excited about hosting these races,” said Brandon Mills, general manager at Sunshine Meadows Equestrian Village. “It is an opportunity to show our great facility to the general public and to have a fun community event for everyone to attend.” There will be free parking and admission for the races. People are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs as there is no grandstand or seating, only beautifully manicured lawns to watch from. In addition to the Sunshine Stakes races there will be an exhibition race with Racing Under Saddle (RUS), the Florida Amateur Driving Club will be participating and a local media celebrity race will take place each race day. Parents and grandparents can bring the children as there will be pony rides, face painting and other children activities plus plenty of food vendors, arts and crafts and equine product displays. “We are working to make this a very special event,” Mills said. “Something that people can look forward to attending every year. So many people drive by and see our signs on 441 but never think to come on in and check us out. We have a great facility here and want to show it off.” The Sunshine Meadows Equestrian Village features a one mile racetrack, a five-eighths mile training track and a half mile Euro strip. The facility has 18 barns that can house more than 650 horses, numerous show and jump rings and turnout paddocks. The facility is the winter home to world-renowned Standardbred trainers Jonas Czernyson, Chuck Sylvester and Frank Antonacci. World class trotters Maven, Spider Blue Chip and D’Orsay trained all winter at Sunshine Meadows. Also stabled at Sunshine Meadows are many riding horse trainers for English, Western and Dressage, who have shown successfully world-wide. Any vendors wanting to reserve rental space during the two days of Sunshine Stakes racing, businesses wishing to advertise in the race program, sponsor races or host sponsorships can contact the Sunshine Meadows Equestrian Village by calling 562-281-7659 or emailing sunshinemeadowsharness@gmail.com. Their website is www.sunshinemeadows441.com. From Sunshine Meadows Equestrian Village

East Rutherford, NJ --- Emeritus Maximus, who was purchased for $248,000, was the sales topper Monday at the Meadowlands January Select Mixed Sale presented by Tattersalls. Kevin McDermott bought the 4-year-old male pacer for brothers John and Tom Cancelliere. “He’s Roman, so I had to get him,” John Cancelliere said, laughing. “We’re from the same peninsula.” Emeritus Maximus was among three horses to sell for more than $200,000. Five-year-old male trotter Appomattox sold for $240,000 to Finland’s Reima Kuisla, with trainer Liisa Vatanen signing the ticket, and 4-year-old male pacer Wake Up Peter went for $210,000 to trainer Ray Remmen. A total of 17 horses sold for at least $80,000. Emeritus Maximus is a son of stallionRocknroll Hanover out of the mare Eternity’s Delight. He has won six of 35 career races and earned $292,305. His most recent victory was Jan. 18 at the Meadowlands, where he won by six lengths in 1:50.2. Last year, he won five times and banked $245,397 out of the stable of trainer Tony Alagna. He won a division of the New Jersey Sire Stakes and an elimination for the Hempt Memorial. He finished second to Lucan Hanover in the New Jersey Classic and was third in the Matron Stakes. “We talked to a bunch of people and we kind of liked him, so we went for him,” Cancelliere said. “He’s got to race against some of the best horses out there; it’s as tough as it’s going to get. You’ve got some killers floating around out there (in the older pacer division) and he’s still a babe in the woods. But you always have high hopes.” Alagna’s stable also raced Wake Up Peter last season. A son of Rocknroll Hanoverout of the mare Lovely Lady, Wake Up Peter earned $307,091 despite going winless in 19 starts. No 3-year-old pacer in history has ever earned as much money while failing to win a race. For his career, Wake Up Peter has won three of 29 starts and earned $604,821. Last year, he was third in the North America Cup, Cane Pace and American-National Stakes. “We liked the other horse better, Emeritus Maximus, but we couldn’t get him,” Remmen said. “We took a shot at this one. He fits some late closers here at the Meadowlands; maybe we can get a little money back. I think he’ll make a solid racehorse. “He doesn’t really match up with the good ones, we know that. But he’s solid. He raced against those good ones all year and he never really got his heart broken. A lot of horses would have called it off and said they were tired of chasing those horses, but he didn’t. He kept chasing them.” Appomattox, who won seven of 45 lifetime races and $407,858 out of the stable of Frank Antonacci, was the top selling trotter. He finished second to My MVP in the 2012 Kentucky Futurity final and was second to Market Share in that same year’s American-National. He is a son of Yankee Glide out of the mare Courtney Hall. Appomattox’s mother is a full sister to millionaire Cameron Hall. “He’s just a gorgeous, good-looking, all-around nice horse,” Vatanen said. “He’s going to stay here for now and eventually he’ll probably be going overseas. He’s very well bred, he’s beautiful, and he stands good. There’s nothing bad to say about him.” Vatanen, who previously worked for trainerTrond Smedshammer and has been on her own for two years, didn’t expect Appomattox to go for such a high price. “We thought maybe $200,000, but (Kuisla) really wanted him. He’s got some nice horses at home, but he wants to own a very nice one over here. He’ll have a little bit of a break and we’ll go from there.” Breeder Steve Jones bought 5-year-old female pacer Big McDeal for $125,000. A daughter of McArdle out of the mare Ideal Gal, Big McDeal won 11 of 56 career starts and earned $818,544. As a 2-year-old, she won the Champlain Stakes and a division of the International Stallion Stakes by a head over American Jewel in a world record 1:50.2 at The Red Mile. At 3, she won a division of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes in a world record 1:49.1 at The Meadows. She finished second to Economy Terror in the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championship. Big McDeal is a half-sister to 2010 Empire Breeders Classic winner Galimony and her second dam, Before Sunrise, won the 1996 Breeders Crown for 2-year-old filly pacers. “She’s done racing,” Jones said about Big McDeal. “I’m going to send her to the farm and probably breed her to Somebeachsomewhere, but I haven’t really decided on that yet. “I’m just happy to get her. You never know what she’s going to do as a broodmare, but her mother has had three fillies that were all very nice fillies. She’s got everything going for her, in my opinion. She’s got great pedigree, great conformation, great racetrack performance. I don’t really know anything she doesn’t have.” Other horses to sell for at least $100,000 were female pacer Yagonnakissmeornot, male trotter Toss Cartwright and male pacer Sparky Mark. A total of 234 horses were sold for $5.97 million, bringing an average of $25,519. Those numbers were better than in 2013 when 206 horses brought $4.54 million and an average of $22,085. Pacing males topped the sale for the second straight year as 97 head sold for an average of $29,754. In 2013, 71 pacing males sold for an average of $29,341. To see all the results from Monday's sale, click here. by Ken Weingartner for Harness Racing Communications

Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment will host the first night of live racing in the glorious new facility on Saturday, November 23. The program is headed by the last leg of the TVG Free For All series with the stars of the open division prepping for next week’s $500,000 finals. The $50,000 TVG Pace (race seven) features the richest pacer in harness racing history, Foiled Again, facing seven worthy rivals as he nears $6 million in career earnings. Yannick Gingras will be aboard the ageless wonder for trainer Ron Burke and owners Burke Racing, Weaver / Bruscemi and JJK Racing. Breeders Crown winner Market Share heads up a field of six in the second race, the $50,000 TVG trot. Last year’s Hambletonian winner starts from post two with Tim Tetrick listed to drive for trainer Linda Toscano and owners Richard Gutnick, TLP Stable and William Augustine. The thirteen race card will get underway at 7:15pm. The feature promotion is a $1 million jackpot offered to the customer able to correctly select the winner of all thirteen races. Details for that promotion will be available at the track. New Meadowlands Chairman Jeff Gural spoke of the response by horsemen to the task of filling the opening day card. “I appreciate the response of the trainers and owners to the short box yesterday,” said Gural. “The number of entries more than doubled by Wednesday morning and we were able to card full fields. “We have a great opportunity to attract new customers with this modern facility and a strong product is imperative, Gural added. We want to give our fans competitive, exciting races when they make the choice to come to our track. I look forward to seeing many of you Thursday for the preview dinner or on Saturday night.” Submitted by the Meadowlands Publicity Department  

Lindys Tru Grit will be seeking his second consecutive victory on a Chicago oval when he steps behind the gate in Friday’s $110,000 Galt Stake for sophomore trotting colts. Last week the son of Cantab Hall took a career record of 1:53.3 en route to capturing the $235,000 American National Three-Year-Old Colt Trot at Balmoral Park. Tim Tetrick steered the brown colt to his fifth seasonal victory for trainer Frank Antonacci, who conditions the youngster for his family’s Lindy Racing stable of Enfield, CT. “That was my first American National win and very exciting,” said Antonacci. “We love racing in Chicago and I think it’s a great test for a horse to go to different venues, different sized racetracks and do well. It’s a good opportunity for us this late in the year.” A winner of $291,924 in his career, Lindys Tru Grit came out of his American National victory in fine shape, Antonacci acknowledged. “He seemed fine after the win,” Antonacci confirmed. “There’s only six days in between starts and he’s plenty fit, so all week we’ve just concentrated on keeping him happy and jogging.” Lindys Tru Grit made only one start at two, but did take a qualifying mark of 2, Q2:00.1 in Lexington in late fall with his trainer at the lines. “Last year he was always battling bad allergies,” Antonacci explained. “He had terrible skin allergies and then would get sick. He battled back and forth with this problem all year long and it was a real struggle to keep him healthy. When he was feeling okay, he would show quarters in :28, and those sparks of speed were enough for us to keep him over the winter and try him again this year as a three-year-old.” In the end, Antonacci used an aggressive treatment to “de-sensitize him to his allergies.” “Him getting better could just be a natural function of the aging process, too,” Antonacci admitted. “It’s hard to say. But it was really a troublesome issue to deal with.” With his allergy problem behind him now, this year Lindys Tru Grit has secured victories in the $121,737 Simcoe Stakes at Mohawk; in the $75,000 Zweig at Vernon; and in a pair of Pennsylvania overnights—one at Pocono Downs and the other at Harrah’s Philadelphia — in addition to his Am-Nat triumph last week. “He’s great gaited, doesn’t wear (trotting) hobbles, and goes with a low head,” Antonacci said. “He’s got a little attitude — but just the kind that you like to see a horse have. He’s a very comfortable horse to be around and to have around in the barn.” Antonacci said he focused on getting Lindys Tru Grit confidence up early in the season, before sending him in against better horses. “For a horse like him that didn’t race at two, I look at the first half of this season like I would a horse’s freshman season,” he stated. “I let him run through the ranks at Pocono and let him progress there. It wasn’t until the third or fourth leg of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes that we started to get serious with him and he started to get confidence under his belt. He was also just a touch below the top horses but now is really coming into himself. He’s pretty fresh, especially for this late in the season. Lindys Tru Grit has drawn post six for the Galt Stake, but Antonacci thinks his versatile sophomore will be able to handle the task over the twice-a-rounder. “He’s got plenty of gate speed or can race off the pace,” Antonacci stressed. “I think whatever David (driver Miller) wants to do with him, he‘ll be able to with him. He can win on the front, be first-over, or race from off the pace. If he’s good, he’ll do it anyway he can.” Antonacci, 30, has conditioned 307 winners to $7,233,078 in earnings, and driven 100 winners to $906,022. His family’s name is synonymous with the trotting gait, as they have owned some of harness racing’s finest diagonally-gaited specialists, including Speedy Crown, Lindys Pride and $5.5 million dollar earner Moni Maker, to name just a few. A Boston College graduate, Antonacci first stepped into the spotlight in 2008 with the world champion Crazed, who earned more than $1 million at age three and won a Hambletonian elimination and finished second in the final. His other noteworthy trotters include Peter Haughton Memorial winner The Lindy Reserve and world champion filly Highscore Kemp. His father “Sonny” Antonacci established Lindy’s Farm in 1965, and to date the Antonacci family has assembled one of the finest trotting broodmare bands in North America. by Kimberly Rinker for Maywood Park

 Lindy’s Tru Grit ($25.00) scored a minor upset in the $235,000 American National 3-Year-Old Colt Trot at odds of 11-1, stopping the timer in a new lifetime mark of 1:53.3 for driver Tim Tetrick.  The 3-year-old son of Cantab Hall is trained by Frank Antonacci for the Lindy Racing Stable & Robert Rudolph. The brown colt notched his fifth career victory in 14 starts and pushed his career earnings to $288,881.  Lindy’s Tru Grit returned $25.00 on a two dollar ticket.   Creatine (Mike Lachance) took the lead to the :27.3 first quarter before Spider Blue Chip took (Ron Pierce) over at the :55.2 half, with Rossini (Peter Wrenn) first over and Pine Credit (Marcus Miller) second over.  Spider Blue Chip kept the lead to the 1:25 three-quarters with Pine Credit drawing even, before   Lindy’s Tru Grit shook loose and flew home to win easily for Tetrick by a length.   “There was a lot of speed early and the speed isn’t holding up,” said winning driver Tim Tetrick. “My horse is fresh at a time in the season when a lot of horses have been racing hard and aren’t fresh.  I wanted to make sure my horse didn’t run and tonight he was super solid.”   Creatine held on for second, while Lauderdale (David Miller) close well to be third and EL Rocket (Yannick Gingras) got up late to be fourth.   Video attached by Kimbery Rinker for Balmoral Park  

East Rutherford, NJ - Scott Zeron, the 2012 Rising Star Award winner will make the Meadowlands his home beginning with the Grand Opening of the new facility on Saturday November 23rd. Zeron will make the transition to the United States and will be a Meadowlands regular for the upcoming meet. Zeron, who became the youngest driver in history to reach 2000 wins on March 21st of this past year, said that this was not an easy decision. "This was difficult for me," said Zeron. "Canadian racing has been my home and it's not going to be easy leaving. But I have to do what is best for the longevity of my career and I think heading to the (United) States, specifically the move to the Meadowlands is the best thing for my career." Zeron already has his name on one of harness racing's most coveted prizes, The Little Brown Jug which he won in 2012 with Michael's Power. He was the youngest driver to ever win that prestigious event. "I got to drive a horse that I drove regularly in Canada on a big stage and I think it showed people what I can do and that I can drive with the best. The Meadowlands is iconic and it means a lot to me to become a part of that driving colony." Despite the excitement Zeron feels in getting to drive at the track he referred to as "iconic," leaving home won't be easy. "Canadian racing made me who I am, it has given me every opportunity to succeed and I am forever grateful for that. It has been home and leaving that home makes things extremely tough on me. I want to thank everyone in Canada that gave me an opportunity." While Zeron admitted he is taking on a new challenge and in a way is starting over, he'll get a little help from his friends. "I'll have to work my way up and do it picking up catch drives, but there are some American trainers that I have driven for, like Frank Antonacci who I think will give me opportunities. Tony Alagna is another trainer that I think I will do some work for as well." To get a head-start on the meet, Zeron will be coming down to New Jersey this week to get himself situated and is looking forward to seeing the new facility. "I am coming down there this week and I can't wait to see this new building. I hope I can get a tour from Mr. Gural." Zeron will begin touring the Big M oval on a regular basis starting November 23rd. Rachel Ryan

CAMPBELLVILLE, September 10…Your So Vain and Master of Law, last week’s elimination winners, and Hambletonian champion Royalty for Life head the field for the prestigious $686,000 Canadian Trotting Classic for three-year-olds, Saturday at Mohawk Racetrack. The Classic honour role includes such recent winners as champions Market Share, Muscle Hill, Donato Hanover and Deweycheatumnhowe, all of whom were Hambletonian winners as well. Post time for the Classic, which has been carded as Race 8 in the 12-race program, is 9:45 p.m. Also on the card are the $365,000 William Wellwood Memorial Trot for two-year-old colts/geldings and the $374,000 Peaceful Way for two-year-old filly trotters. Last week, Scott Zeron drove both elim winners, but has chosen Master of Law for the final. Thus, Randy Waples has picked up the drive on Your So Vain. Both winners earned their connections the right to choose a post position before the balance of the field was drawn. Master of Law (PP3), trained by Frank Antonacci for owners Lindy Racing Stable of Connecticut, Brittany Farms of Kentucky and Adam Victor and Son Stable of New York, has now won six in a row, after making a break in his debut. He won his elim by a neck over Punxsutawney in 1:53.4. The son of Deweycheatumnhowe-Possess The Magic had come into his elim off an impressive eight length score in a Kentucky Sires Stakes on September 1 at Lexington, hence his 3-5 post-time favouritism. “I know how talented he is, so does Frank,” said Zeron, after the race. “But he just wanted to take his time and let him mature a little bit because he’s a little bit tough to handle in a race. “We wanted to bring him along nice and easy, so we tripped him out his first few starts, then at Lexington we let him go to the front. He’s very tough to handle but it’s his absolute endurance (that’s his best quality). He can go all day. He likes to mow them down.” Your So Vain (PP4), trained by Brad Maxwell for P G Van Camp Stables of Port Perry, pulled off a 9-2 upset in his elim, rallying from last to blow by the 2-5 favourite Royalty for Life near the wire and score by one and one-quarter lengths in 1:52.4. The son of Donato Hanover-Tennis Lover has won three of seven this year and came into his elim off a dominating performance in the Simcoe Stakes. “I’m very fortunate to pick up a very live catch drive,” said Waples. “This horse really seems to be on his game right now and coming into the race in top form. It looks like he takes a while to get involved in the race, so racing luck is going to be important. He’s got a punishing late kick, which he used in his elimination, which is also a major plus for us.” Meanwhile, Royalty for Life (PP6, Brian Sears) may still go off favoured despite failing in his elim. The son of RC Royalty-Bourbon N Grits, trained by George Ducharme for owners Alfred Ross and Raymond Campbell of Maine and Paul Fontaine of Rhode Island, is far and away the field’s leading money winner with over $1.2 million in career earnings. Completing the field are Wheeling N Dealin (PP1, Sylvain Filion), Punxsutawney (PP2, Corey Callahan), Toocool Forschool (PP5, Jody Jamieson), Pine Credit (PP7, Doug McNair), Corky (PP8, David Miller), All Laid Out (PP9, Yannick Gingras) and Smilin Eli (PP10, Tim Tetrick). The William Wellwood Memorial Trot, Race 3 on the program at 8:05 p.m., is headed by elim winners Harper Blue Chip (PP3, Sylvain Filion) and Father Patrick (PP4, Yannick Gingras). The Peaceful Way, at 8:45 p.m. as Race 5, includes elim winners I Jasmin (PP2, Scott Zeron), Danica Hall (PP3, Trevor Ritchie) and Grammas Girl (PP4, Randy Waples), along with Riveting Rosie (PP5, Paul Macdonell) and Reflection Hanover (PP6, Jody Jamieson). Post time for the first race is 7:25 p.m. Greg Gangle  

CAMBELLVILLE, September 9 – Master Of Law, driven by Scott Zeron, captured his Canadian Trotting Classic elimination this past Saturday at Mohawk in 1:53.4. The son of Deweycheatumnhowe remains a top threat for this year’s $686,000 final, Saturday at the Campbellville oval. The youngster has tasted defeat just once from seven starts this season along with $178,500 in earnings. Trained by Frank Antonacci for owners Brittany Farms, Lindy Racing Stable and Adam Victor And Son Stable, Master Of Law was a $70,000 yearling purchase in the 2011 Lexington Select Yearling Sale. He will begin from post three in the rich final. Following his elimination victory, Zeron spoke about the talented trotter. To watch the video, click here: by Greg Gangle for WEG  

It was Scott Zeron Night at Mohawk Raceway as the young driver captured both $40,000 divisions of the Canadian Trotting Classic Saturday and now must make a tough decision of which horse to drive next week in the $700,000 final. Your So Vain picked off race favorite Royalty For Life in deep stretch to pull off an upset victory in the first of the two elimination divisions. The 2/5 wagering favorite, Royalty For Life, and driver Brian Sears came flying out of the starting gate along with Smilin Eli (Tim Tetrick) and Royalty For Life took command and led the field to opening quarter mile in an easy :27.4. The field then raced Indian-style past the half in :56.3. As the field came to three-quarters in 1:24.4, All Laid Out and driver Yannick Gingras moved first over to challenge and all this time Your So Vain and driver Scott Zeron was on the outside in sixth place. As they started down the stretch Sear looked over his shoulder briefly to see that All Laid Out was not gaining ground and Smilin Eli was stuck behind him, so whether Sears was caught napping in the stretch with a comfortable lead aboard Royalty For Life or Your So Vain had just too much speed built up for anyone to stop him from winning, victory was not to be. Scott Zeron had fanned out three-wide from sixth place on the final turn and once with a clear path the three-year-old son of Donato Hanover flew down the stretch to win by one and one-quarter lengths in 1:52.4. Royalty For Life held for second with Smilin Eli third. Also making it to the final are All Laid Out fourth and Pine Credit (Corey Callahan) fifth. "He's always had the ability, there has just always been an issue and I think Brad has the issues fixed," said owner Paul Van Camp, who is looking forward to competing against the sport's top three-year-old trotters next weekend.  "There are some unbelievable horses," he noted. "Royalty For Life, Smilin Eli, they're awesome, Corky, Master Of Law, it's just and honor to race against horses like this." It was the second straight win and third victory this year in seven starts for Your So Vain. He is trained by Bradley Maxwell and is owned by the P G Van Camp Stable of Port Perry, Ontario. Sent off at odds of 9/2, Your So Vain paid $11.40 to win. The second division saw Punxsutawney and driver Corey Callahan go right to the front with Corky (Dave Miller) taking the two-hold spot to the opening quarter mile in :27.3. Callahan then quarter moved with Corky to take the lead and by the half mile marker in :56.2 was when Scott Zeron came first-over with Master Of Law giving live outside cover to Wheelin N Dealin (Sylvain Filion). Corky was comfortable on the lead at the three-quarters in 1:25.3 as the field began to bunch up for the stretch drive to the finish. Down the stretch Master of Law and Zeron were able to pass Corky who began to fade but Punxsutawney and Callahan found clearance and nearly collared Master of Law and Zeron coming to the wire but Master Of Law was able to hold on to the wire and win by a head in 1:53.4. Wheeling N Dealin was third with Corky fourth and Toocool Forschool (Jody Jamieson) finishing fifth to make the CTC final. So now what or who does Scott Zeron decided on driving for the Canadian Trotting Classic Final next week? “The one benefit of having driven the two elimination winners,” Zeron said, “is that they get to choose their posts. I will have to wait and see what the connections and owners decide on.” It was the sixth straight win in seven starts this year for Master Of Law. The son of Deweycheatumnhowe is trained by Frank Antonacci and is owned by the Lindy Racing Stable, Brittany Farms and Adam Victor and Son Stables. Sent off as the 3/5 favorite, Master Of Law paid $3.30 to win. “When you are sitting there at 3/5 everyone wants to follow you,” Zeron said about coming first-over. “I was fine coming first-over. He hasn’t really faced Grand Circuit colts until tonight. I knew how talented he is and Frank Antonacci wanted to take his time bringing this colt around. He is a little bit tough to handle in a race so we took it nice and easy with him. He has great endurance and can trot all day.” The field will line up as follows for the $686,000 final. 1) Wheeling N Dealin 2) Punxsutawney 3) Master Of Law 4) Your So Vain 5) Toocool Forschool 6) Royalty For Life 7) Pine Credit 8) Corky 9) All Laid Out 10) Smilin Eli By Steve Wolf for Harnesslink.com  

The best of racing in the Bluegrass State was on display Sunday night at The Mile as the historic track hosted the $2 million Kentucky Super Night with eight $250,000 Kentucky Sires Stakes (KYSS) finals for 2 and 3 year olds highlighting the program. Included among the large crowd at The Red Mile was Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear and his wife, Jane. Six different stallions were represented among the eight championship winners, with only Deweycheatumnhowe and Ponder having double winners. It was a big night for Alan and Meg Leavitt's Walnut Hall Ltd. as the Lexington farm bred and own a pair of KYSS final winners in the 2-year-old gelding trotter Sorrento Hall and the 3-year-old filly trotter Ma Chere Hall. Sorrento Hall broke her maiden in her fourth career start with a 1:59 effort for driver Mike Lachance. The son of Groton Hall-SB Fuchias Image dropped in third from post 9 and then moved to the lead around the final turn, drawing clear to win by 2 1/4 lengths over Samburu and Trace Tetrick, with Scacco Matto and Jeff Nisonger third. Fred Grant trains Sorrento Hall, who came into the race with just $5,550 in earnings but leaves $125,000 richer with the winner's share of the purse. Ma Chere Hall had no problems in capturing her $250,000 final with a career-best 1:52.3 effort for driver Corey Callahan. Rockin With Dewey and Lachance finished second, with Little Bitty Lies and Tim Tetrick third. Jonas Czernyson trains the winning daughter of Deweycheatumnhowe-Margarita Hall for Walnut Hall Ltd. and partners Aldebaran Park Inc. and Joe Sbrocco. Ma Chere Hall was a three-time winner in 2012, including the $202,500 Kindergarten Series final at Vernon Downs, and she is now five for nine this year as she increased her career earnings to $351,408. It was also a big night for Master Of Law, who had no problems with post 10 in the KYSS final for 3- year-old male trotters as he cruised to a 1:52.4 triumph for driver Scott Zeron. Lauderdale and driver Callahan finished second, with Dewey Luvs Britt and Kevin Oscarsson third to complete the Deweycheatumnhowe-sired trifecta. A gelded son of Deweycheatumnhowe-Possess The Magic, Master Of Law posted his fifth straight victory as Zeron go away third and then made a move to the front approaching the half, taking control and never looking back as he scored a career mark. Trained by Frank Antonacci and owned by Lindy Racing Stable, Brittany Farms and Adam Victor & Son Stable, Master Of Law is headed next to the Canadian Trotting Classic at Mohawk, according to driver Zeron. Bandolito stretched his winning streak to nine in what trainer and co-owner Daryl Bier was his last start of the year in the rich final for 3-year-old colt pacers. Although Bier had been driving the son of Ponder-Sody's Home Brew, he turned the lines over to Tim Tetrick on Sunday and the decision paid off with a 1:49.4 victory. Duel In The Sun and Callahan finished second, with Phenomenon and Lachance third. Bier shares ownership of Bandolito with his brother, Tommy, and Charles Dombeck. Unraced at two, Bandolito finished third in his career debut but hasn't been beaten since as he increased his earnings to $188,940. Gov. Beshear presented the trophy for the KYSS final for 2-year-old colt pacers and it was the connections of Last Best Chance who were celebrating in the winner's circle. The race got off on a bad note for the heavily-favored On Golden Ponder, who made a break for driver Lachance, but that paved the way for Tim Tetrick to go on to post the 1:56.2 victory with Last Best Chance. Proceed To Party and Tyler Smith was three-quarters of a length behind in second, with Up N At It and Doug McNair third. Trained by David Nelson, Last Best Chance is a son of Cambest-Pinehurst Lady. The win was his second in four starts and came after a pair of third-place finishes behind On Golden Ponder in the KYSS preliminaries. He boosted his earnings to $133,250 with the career-best victory. Things went much better for Lachance in the KYSS final for 2-year-old filly pacers as he directed Somethinincredible to a 1:55.3 victory, besting runner-up Salsa Star and Randy Tharps by 8 1/2 lengths, with Magical Bestern and Jimmy Stiltner II third. Sent off the 1-9 favorite after two easy wins in the KYSS opening rounds, Somethinincredible is a daughter of Ponder-Breathdefying trained by Bob McIntosh and owned by Robert McIntosh Stables, CSX Stables and Dave Boyle. The win was a career best as she boosted her earnings to $161,825. "She's a pretty good filly," said Lachance. "It's easy to say she could be a Grand Circuit filly, but I think she could be. She's beautiful and good gaited." Petticoat Affair and driver Brad Hanners romped to a 7 1/4-length win in 1:56.4 in the final for 2- year-old filly trotters. KJ Brenda and Lachance were second, with Dress For Success and Callahan third. Bobby Brower trains and co-owns the daughter of Valley Victor-Katie Hall with Mystical Marker Farms. The career-best win was Petticoat Affair's fourth in a row in six career starts, increasing her earnings to $160,063. KZ Beach Girl was a 1:53.2 winner in the KYSS final for 3-year-old filly pacers with Chris Page driving for trainer Steve Carter. So Nice and Peter Wrenn were second, with Diligent Prospect and Callahan third. A daughter of Jenna's Beach Boy-Artical, KZ Beach Girl is owned by Peggy and Steve Cater, Chuck Grubbs and RB Reid. The win was her fifth of the year and a career best, increasing her earnings to $220,825.  

Vernon, NY – Royalty For Life and driver Brian Sears were able to rebound from their loss last week by posting an impressive 1:53.1 victory in capturing the $360,000 Zweig Memorial Trot for three-year-olds at Vernon Downs Sunday. It was just about a cakewalk for the New York sired son of RC Royalty at his home-based track. Corky and driver Dave Miller left out of the gate as did Sears and Royalty For Life and Sear was able to take command by the opening quarter mile in :27.1. Spider Blue Chip (Ron Pierce) made a break out of the gate and was never in the hunt. Just about walking to the half mile marker in :58 and the three-quarters in 1:26, Royalty For Life had things his own way on the lead but Pine Credit has come first-over and collared the race leader with Modest Prince (Jeff Gregory) getting great second-over cover by the final turn.  But in the stretch it was all Royalty For Life, who seemingly held the field at bay and went on to win by one and one-half lengths with Corky second and Pine Credit third. It was Royalty For Life’s fifth win in nine starts this year. He is trained by George Ducharme for owner/breeder Al Ross with RWJ Campbell, Jr. and Paul Fontaine, all of New England. Royalty For Life paid $4.70 to win. “Tonight behind the gate he was a little extra quiet,” said driver Brian Sears of Royalty For Life. “He usually wants to get on the gate and take off but he was pretty docile tonight. I don’t think he was 100% tonight. He was extra docile, extra quiet tonight. But when I asked him to pick it up a little on the backside he did.” Punxsutawney and driver Corey Callahan could not take advantage of soft early fractions and gave perfect cover to Lindy’s Tru Grit and driver Tim Tetrick, who came on late in the stretch to win the $75,000 Zweig Memorial Trot consolation for three-year-old colts. Wannacmyguns and trainer/driver John Stark, Jr.  was the first to show from the starting gate and then gave way to Lindy’s Tru Grit by the opening quarter mile in :28.1. But by the half mile in :58.3 it was race favorite Punxsutawney moving first over and taking command in the backstretch. Punxsutawney led the field to the three-quarters in 1:27.2 as Crazed N Lindy and driver Ron Pierce came first over to challenge. As the field started down the stretch it looked as if Punxsutawney was well in command but no one told that to Tetrick and Lindy’s Tru Grit came after them, kept gaining ground and past them by before the wire to win by three-quarters of a length in 1:54.4. All Laid Out (Andrew McCarthy) closed well to be third. Sired by Cantab Hall, it was the third win this year and a lifetime mark for Lindy’s Tru Grit, who is trained by Frank Antonacci and is bred and owned by the Lindy Racing Stable of Enfield, CT with Robert Rudoph of Vineland, NJ. Sent off at odds of 5-1, Lindy’s Tru Grit paid $13.00 to win. By Steve Wolf

VERNON, NY—The 2-year-old filly pacers Spreester (American Ideal) and Barefoot Beauty (Art Major) each delivered career-best 1:54.3 clockings in Friday night’s $76,100 New York State Fair competition at Vernon Downs, while in a non-Excelsior series event, the 2-year-old colt pacer Jet Airway (Jereme’s Jet) became the fastest freshman performer of the 53-program meeting with a 1:53.1 performance in race seven. The victories by Spreester and Barefoot Beauty came in divisions of Friday’s $37,900 Excelsior series for NY-breds, and tied another frosh filly high-stepper, Misty Major, for fastest mile honors by a representative of their age, sex and gait through Aug. 23. Spreester’s score, her fifth in seven career outings, came in Friday’s fourth event with Frank Coppola, Jr. doing the driving for trainer Paul Zabielski and owner Kimberley Zabielski, while Barefoot Beauty’s second season’s triumph came two races later, with Ron Waples doing the steering for trainer Gregg McNair and owner James Avritt, Sr. Friday’s other 2-year-old filly pacing winner was Sweet Brown (Bettor’s Delight), who earned a 1:55.1 “maiden” victory with Jim Morrill, Jr. doing the teaming for trainer Amber Buter and owner Tyler L. Buter in race five. Jet Air Way produced his second win in five starts with Charlie Norris at the controls for trainer Erv Miller, the Ervin Miller Stable, Tangle Massey, Paul Sunderhaus and Larry Agle. The swiftest first-place finisher in Friday’s $38,200 Excelsior series action for 2-year-old trotting fillies was Thoughtfilly (Conway Hall), with Morrill, Jr. driving in the first race. It was the second score in five starts for quick-stepping bay, who is trained by Brandon Simpson and owned by the Mystical Marker Farms, Peggy Hood, Dirk Simpson Stable and the Simpson Racing Stable. Friday’s other trotting division winners were Absinthe (Crazed) in 1:59.4 in race nine, and Lindy’s Crazy Dolly (Crazed) in 2:00 in event 10, each a first-time starter trained by Frank Antonacci for the Lindy Farms of CT and the Lindy Racing Stable, respectively. Chris Lems, who teamed both Absinthe and Lindy’s Crazy Dolly, earned his 15th driving double of the Vernon campaign, while Antonacci earned a pair of conditioning credits, and Morrill, Jr. two driving wins. DOWNS DOINGS In addition to Sweet Brown, Absinthe and Lindy’s Crazy Dolly, other equine athletes earning their initial pari-mutuel victories during Friday’s 12-race program were the freshman trotter Justin On Broadway (Broadway Hall) in 1:59.4, and the 3-year-old pacer Battle Gun (Dragon Again) in 1:55.1… The Downs will continue with State Fair racing for New York-bred freshmen tomorrow (Aug. 24), with male trotters and pacers displaying their talents in seven Excelsior series divisions during a 13-race program, that will begin at 6:45 p.m… A special program on Sunday, Aug. 25 will feature the first round of this season’s 7th-Annual All-Star Drivers’ Championship, as well as the $700,000 (est.) Dr. Harry M. Zweig Memorial for 3-year-old trotters. There will also be a Corey Callahan bobblehead doll giveaway, free drivers’ championship T-shirts (both items dispensed while supplies last), as well as an iPad and Laptop computer giveaway… A revised 2013 racing and stakes calendar, as well as additional information regarding Vernon Downs, its casino, hotel, racing and promotional events can be obtained at www.vernondowns.com. Jim Moran

Sunday's Gr. I Gallop Prix Mornay (1200 meters, 350,000 euro purse) was captured by No Nay Never (2m Scat Daddy-Cat’s Eye Witness-Elusive Quality) under David Flores for trainer Wesley Ward. The colt, with principally US owners that include Frank Antonacci (Lindy Farms) and trainer Ray Schnittker, was bred by Johnson and Sparrow and scored for the third time in 2013. He was off at 2/1 odds in the feature event at Deauville, before a large crowd, that is also hosting a three-day thoroughbred sale with today being the second day. Saturday's first day  of the Arqana sale reported 66 of 87 horses offered as sold for total receipts of €14,091,000 ($8,778,736). The gross, which includes one private sale, marked a 50% increase compared with the first day of last year's sale. The average price increased by almost 40% to €214,323 ($285,623). The median price was €128,000 ($170,583), and the clearance rate was 74.7%. Six horses sold for €500,000 ($666,338) or more, 11 were sold €400,000 ($533,318) or more, and 22 for more than €200,000 ($266,659), compared with 15 at that price in 2012. by Thomas H. Hicks    

Frank Antonacci batted .1000 on Thursday afternoon (August 30) at Plainridge Racecourse. The harness racing owner, driver, trainer, a product of Lindy Racing Stable of Enfield, Ct.,swept the first three out of four programs on the 10-race card.

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