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There is no question Goshen Historic Track is special to Harry Landy. He first visited the upstate New York oval at the age of 9 as a participant in the Harness Racing Youth League. Five years later, Landy won his driving debut in a matinee race at Historic Track and over the next two years he collected 10 more matinee triumphs there. In 2013, Landy enjoyed an unforgettable day at Historic Track, driving Useful Hanover to victory in a Landmark Stakes for his first Grand Circuit triumph. Useful Hanover, making his career debut, overcame a 15-length deficit to beat Stevensville, who in his previous start won a division of the Pennsylvania All-Stars. On Sunday, the 28-year-old Landy will return to Historic Track for another Landmark Stakes, this time with 3-year-old filly pacer Chuppah On. "I always support Goshen; I love it," Landy said. "Every year I look forward to hopefully having a horse to go there and try to win a race. There is a lot of history there and it's really cool to win a race there. It's a special place." Sunday's Landmark Stakes were originally scheduled in July as part of harness racing's Hall of Fame weekend in Goshen. Racing at Historic Track and the Hall of Fame inductions at the adjacent Harness Racing Museum and Hall of Fame were postponed because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Hall of Fame inductions for the class of 2020 will take place in July 2021. Five Landmark Stakes and eight New York Sire Stakes County Fair finals will be contested Sunday. No spectators other than owners with reservations will be allowed at Historic Track, but the races will be live streamed beginning with the pre-show at 11 a.m. (EDT). First-race post time is Noon, with the Landmark Stakes topping the card. The link to the live stream can be found Sunday morning at and Landy has cut down on driving over the past several years to focus on training, but he will drive Chuppah On and always looks forward to driving at Historic Track. His win with Useful Hanover, a horse he co-owned with trainer Blake MacIntosh, seven years ago ranks as a top moment in his career. "At no point going to Goshen did I think I was going to win," Landy said. "Stevensville was much the best. If it were a betting race, he would have been like 1-9 and I would have been 300-1 or some crazy number. "Down the lane, I was like, I'm going to catch him. It was cool. If I had to think of one of the coolest races I've won, it's that one." Chuppah On is a homebred daughter of Art Major out of Bell On Wheels. She is trained by Landy, who also trained and drove Bell On Wheels during her final three seasons on the racetrack. She was Saratoga's Pacing Mare of the Year in 2013. "Bell On Wheels was the first good mare that I had," Landy said. "She was an unbelievable horse. I'm really excited about all of her babies." Chuppah On has won five of 15 career races, with four of her victories coming on half-mile ovals. Last year she was fourth-placed-third in the Landmark Stakes for 2-year-old filly pacers at half-mile Historic Track. "She's coming into it real strong, she's feeling good, and she's the right kind of horse to win at Goshen," Landy said. "She loves to pass horses. If I could work out a good trip, that would be pretty cool. I think she's got a good chance. I'm really looking forward to it." For Sunday's complete entries at Historic Track, click here. by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA 

Hammer Time (John MacDonald) wins the $7,000 featured harness racing trot on Saturday (September 14). First Call (Homer Hochstetler) flew out of the gate and went right to the lead. She led to the first quarter in :28.0 and controlled to the half in :57.1. She still easily led the race hitting three-quarters in 1:25.3. Hammer Time ($8.00), who is trained by Harry Landy and owned by Glat Kosher Racing, was third as they made the turn for home. Hammer Time and First Call fought all the way down the stretch. Hammer Time wore her out in the end winning in a lifetime best of 1:54.0. First Call had to settle for second with Only Passing Thru (Jimmy Whittemore) getting third money. Hammer Time is a 5-year-old horse by Muscle Hill. It was his third win this season. He now has 10 career victories. John MacDonald drove four winners on the night and leads all drivers with 90 wins. His other wins came with Hennessey ($12.00), Lady Rapidash ($6.90), and Kitty Hoyne ($2.20). Danny Gill gets training wins number 1500 and 1501. Gill picked up his 1500th training victory with Awesum Ace ($24.00), who won in a lifetime best of 1:53.1. The 5-year-old gelding by United Ace is owned by Adam Friedland and was piloted by Leon Bailey. Gill won 1501 with All About Rusty (Howard Parker). Vernon Downs returns to live racing with a special Sunday (September 15) 11 race card. They will feature the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) consolations for all eight classifications. There will also be a long sleeve t-shirt giveaway while supplies last. Post time is 6:10 p.m. For more information go to by John Horne, for Vernon Downs

Pop I (John MacDonald) would win the Vernon Downs featured trot ($9,000) on Saturday (September 2). Pop I (Andover Hall), who is owned by Glat Kosher Racing and trained by Harry Landy, would put up all the early fractions :27.0, :56.0, 1:25.1. Sweet Ashley T (Jimmy Whittemore) would take the lead at the top of the stretch. The two trotters would battle back and forth all the way down the stretch. In the end it was the 7 year-old gelding, Pop I ($5.20) the winner in 1:54.2. He would win for the fourth time this season and the 28th time in his career. Sweet Ashley T had to settle for second. Waiting On A Woman would come up for third. MacDonald would add three more wins on the night. His victories were with Miss Ruby ($2.20), Thundercrest ($4.90) and Mac's Black Hat ($4.50). Vernon Downs returns to live racing for a special Labor day (September 4) matinee starting at 1:05 p.m. For more information go to John Horne for Vernon Downs

Vernon Downs leading harness racing driver John MacDonald, would continue to dominate at the miracle mile with six wins on Friday (August 25). Pop I (John MacDonald) would capture the featured trot ($7,500), by going gate-to wire and setting all the fractions, :27.4, :57.2, 1:26.1, 1:55.1. Sweet Ashley T (Homer Hochstetler) would finish second. Twice Too Nice (Brett Crawford) came up to get third. Pop I (Andover Hall) is owned by Glat Kosher Racing and trained by Harry Landy. The 7 year-old would pay $5.20 for the victory. He won for the third time this season and the 27th time in his career. MacDonald's other wins came with Aerial Flight ($3.70), Miss Ruby ($5.30), Ozymandias ($9.00), Pinky The Intern ($6.20), and Thundercrest ($6.60). Vernon Downs returns to live action on Saturday night (August 26) at 6:45 p.m. For more information go to John Horne for Vernon Downs

Vernon, N.Y. -- Pop I ($10.40) sustained steady first-over gains through the far turn and ultimately reeled in 3-5 favorite Rules of the Road in Saturday (September 3) evening's harness racing featured $9,000 Miracle Mile/Open Trot at Vernon Downs.   Greg Merton situated the 6-year-old Andover Hall gelding in midfield early on before a last-to-first brush from Rules of the Road (Chuck Connor, Jr.) relegated Pop I to fourth at the completion of a :57.1 half mile. Pop I was quick to reclaim ground, angling first-over on approach to the far turn and steadily gaining on approach to the top of the stretch. Despite Rules of the Road's best attempts to evade her competition after a :28.2 third quarter, Pop I collared her in mid-stretch and drew off to a 1-3/4 length victory in 1:55. Wine Photo (Roman Lopez) made a stand-side rally from last to claim second, while Rules of the Road faded to third.   Harry Landy trains Pop I for Glat Kosher Racing.   Live racing returns to Vernon Downs on Labor Day (September 5). Monday's first race is slated for 1:25 p.m. Eastern.   by James Witherite, Vernon Downs

MANALAPAN, NJ - September 17, 2015 - Saturday is Open Space Pace Day at Freehold Raceway, but the racing highlight of the card is actually a trot -- a $20,000 preferred trot -- with nine going to post for a mile and a half race. That is three times around the half-mile track, and the first mile and a half race in the modern era of Freehold Raceway, or as long as anyone can remember. The traditional distance for most harness races is one mile. Gural Hanover, driven by Joe Bongiorno and trained by Ron Burke, has been installed as the 8-5 morning line favorite in the featured seventh race, the $20,000 Open Space Pace Preferred Trot Handicap. "This is the first featured mile and a half distance race at Freehold Raceway," said Director of Racing and Racing Secretary Karen Fagliarone. "We have an outstanding field of trotters, totaling lifetime earnings of over $3.3 million. We are excited to offer something new to both our patrons and horsemen. We are thankful to the group of trainers and owners who co-sponsored this event along with Freehold Raceway." New Jersey-based trainers and owners donated half the purse: Ross Croghan's Dockside Stables, Joe Holloway. Linda Toscano, Mark Harder, Weaver & Bruscemi Stable. Ron Burke, Tom Fanning, Scott DiDomenico, Julie and Andy Miller, and Tony Alagna. The field, from the rail out with driver, trainer and morning line odds: PL Eureka, Nick Surick, Tara Hynes, 10-1; Pip I, Harry Landy, Harry Landy, 15-1; Silver Credit, Steve Smith, Karen Garland, 12-1; In Nomine Patri, Joe Haney, Joe Haney, 15-1; Mugshot Jess, Pat Lachance, Taylor Gower, 10-1; Sevruga, Andy Miller, Julie Miller, 4-1; Lucky Colby, Eric Abbatiello, Gilbert Garcia-Herrera, 9-2; Gural Hanover, Joe Bongiorno, Ron Burke, 8-5, and Photosavvy, Vincent Ginsburg, Robert Bresnahan Jr., 9-1. Photosavvy, the nine horse, will leave from the second tier. Longtime standardbred owners and the founding sponsors of the event, Mr. & Mrs. Eugene Landy will serve as grand marshals for the Fourth Annual Open Space Pace Day "Parade of Horses," starting at 10:30 a.m. at the Freehold Borough's Hall of Records and ending at Freehold Raceway. The parade will feature marching bands from Freehold Township and Freehold Borough high schools. After the parade, the festivities move to Freehold Raceway where there will be live harness racing, a petting zoo, vendor tables, food trucks and educational exhibits. There will be an autograph session with Julie Miller and Hannah Miller from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the winner's circle at Freehold Raceway A concert featuring Burlap to Cashmere and The Nerds begins at 3 p.m. By Carol Hodes, for the SBOANJ

MANALAPAN, NJ - September 27 2014 - Harness racing two-year-olds Dealt A Winner and Strut My Stuff won the Lou Babic Pace Finals for New Jersey-sired two-year-olds on Saturday, September 27, 2014 at Freehold Raceway. Dealt A Winner, a son of Cam's Card Shark, extended his winning streak to four and secured his fifth win in six career starts in the $100,000 Babic for colts, the ninth race. Sent off as the 1-9 favorite, the Ed Hart trainee drew away to an eight-length victory over Mitt Jagger [Rocknroll Hanover]. It was eight and a quarter lengths to Edward Teach [Rocknroll Hanover] in third. Dealt A Winner [$2.10], driven by Jason Bartlett, added the Babic title to wins in the Reynolds and Geers. He has now earned $119,879 for owner Jeffrey Snyder of New York City. In the $59,000 filly division, contested as the seventh race, 5-1 Strut My Stuff [Western Ideal] passed 1-5 Smart Zone [Rocknroll Hanover] in the stretch for the one-length victory in 1:57.4. It was two lengths to Hollyrocker [Rocknroll Hanover] in third. Strut My Stuff, driven by Jack Baggitt Jr. and trained by Ross Croghan, posted her Third Straight win and paid $12.20 to win. In nine starts, she has bankrolled $49,120 for the Let It Ride Stables of Boca Raton, FL and RBH Ventures Inc of New York City. Smart Zone, who held on for second, had her winning streak snapped at four. In a non-wagering New Jersey Sire Stakes - Green Acres for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings, Cheyenne Louie was a half-length winner over Card Shock in 1:55.3. Both are sons of Cam's Card Shark. It was a length to Nubble Light [Rocknroll Hanover] in third. The Harry Landy trained and driven Cheyenne Louie has won two straight and five of 17 this year for Glat Kosher Racing of Monroe, NJ. By Carol Hodes, for the SBOANJ

Pop I (Andover Hall) won his first ever local Open Trot on Sunday afternoon at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. Harry Landy trains and drives the four year old trotter who rode a two race win streak into Sunday's co-feature. Dismissed at odds of 22-1, Pop I followed the cover of Baby Boy Grin (Stephane Bouchard) throughout the second half of the mile before tracking him down in the final strides of the $17,000 Open Trot. The win for Pop I came in a career best 1:55.2 and the earnings from the win moved the Landy trainee's career bankroll to over the $100,000 mark. Baby Boy Grin was the runner up in the Open for the second consecutive week while the race's favorite Tac's Delight (Billy Dobson) had to settle for third. Road Bet (Bettor's Delight) prevailed in the Fillies and Mares Open for the second straight week in the matinee card's co-feature. Road Bet was driven by Frank Coppola Jr. who piloted for trainer Kyle Spagnola. Live racing resumes on Thursday night at Saratoga with a first post time of 6:45pm. Mike Sardella  

MANALAPAN, NJ - August 27, 2014 - Trainer Ray Schnittker will send out a trio of Muscles Yankee colts in the first round of New Jersey Sire Stakes - Green Acres Division action when Freehold Raceway re-opens for its 2014 Summer/Fall Meet on Thursday, August 28. The 48-day meet [August 28 through December 13] will occupy Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays each week along with a special Labor Day card on Monday, September 1. Post time is 12:30 p.m. Seven New Jersey-sired two-year-old trotting colts and geldings are scheduled to go postward in the $7,000 first leg of the Green Acres, the third of 10 races, with the Schnittker entry of Switchblade Hall, Cruizinwithmuscles and Broken Record installed as the 1-5 morning line favorite by the newly adopted TrackMaster automated morning line. Broken Record, leaving fro post six with Steve Smith in the sulky, has two wins and three thirds from six starts and earnings of $41,763 for the ownership of Schnittker and Ted Gewertz. He finished third in his last start, the Tompkins at Tioga Downs. Harry Landy will handle Switchblade Hall from post three while Pat Berry has the assignment behind Cruizinwithmuscles from post four. The other starters are Firestop [Muscles Yankee] from the rail with Eric Abbatiello driving at 12-1; Wolfpack Muscle [Muscles Yankee] with David Pinkney Jr. at 25-1 from post two; the Francisco Del Cid trained and driven Mountain Top [Muscle Hill], the 5-2 second choice from post five and Muscle Night [Muscles Yankee] with Jim Marshall III from post seven at 25-1. A free t-shirt will be distributed with a paid Freehold live racing program [while supplies last] on Thursday, August 28. With six in the box, there will be no eliminations on Friday of this week and all the three-year-old filly trotters entered will advance to the $40,000 Helen Smith Trot on Friday, September 5, 2014. The field includes Cee Bee Yes [Muscles Yankee], Celebrity Fantasy [Muscles Yankee], Mistressswithmuscle [Muscle Hill], She Likes Candy [Chocolatier], Yoga [Muscles Yankee] and You And I [Muscles Yankee]. The Julie Miller trained Cee Bee Yes has banked more than $273,000 for Jason and Douglas Allen of Vincentown, NJ, with six wins, five seconds and two thirds from 19 career starts. This year, she has two wins and two seconds in eight starts. She captured the $33,075 Lady Suffolk at Freehold on May 2 and was second in the $100,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes Final at the Meadowlands on May 31. She qualified for the Hambletonian Oaks but broke at the start of the final and finished last. Labor Day is also Back to the Track, a cooperative effort by the United States Trotting Association, its member racetracks, and horsemen from coast-to-coast that combines exciting harness racing and fan-friendly promotions. Freehold's Labor Day festivities include a free Back to the Track cap with paid Freehold live program [while supplies last], 50-cent hot dogs, 50-cent sodas, drawings for a season's parking pass and Back to the Track t-shirts. Additionally, there will be a drivers' autograph session. by Carol Hodes, for SBOANJ

Bell On Wheels scored in the Fillies and Mares Open for the second consecutive Sunday afternoon at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. The winner of the Aged Pacing Mare of the Year award at the Spa last year, Bell On Wheels (Western Hanover) won her first feature of the 2014 season last week and drew the rail on Sunday while seeking to repeat in the $17,000 Open for distaff pacers. Bruce Aldrich Jr.again sat behind the Harry Landy-trained mare as they sat the pocket behind rival Godiva Seelster (Wally Hennessey). Bell On Wheels flew late to reel in the top rival and stop the timer in 1:52.2, the fastest for a lady pacer at the track this year and just a fifth of a second off of the track record for aged pacing mares. Godiva Seelster was the runner up on Sunday while Aint No Dollatable (Billy Dobson) finished third in the condensed five horse feature. Live racing resumes on Thursday night at Saratoga with a first post time set for 6:45pm. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway  

Justa Rebel (Valley Victor) pulled off a rarely seen move in Friday's feature at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. The Stephen Reid-trainee went last to first to win the evening's $17,000 Open Trot. Justa Rebel finished third from post eight in his previous start and didn't have much post relief on Friday, starting from the seven hole. Driver Jim Devaux sat patiently with the 9-5 favorite before moving out of last after the start of the second lap. It took a four-wide move in the back stretch to get Justa Rebel passed all of his rivals and he wound up drawing away in the stretch before stopping the timer in 1:58.2 over a tracked labeled "good". Slugfest (Jay Randall) closed up the inside to finish second while Victom As (Harry Landy) earned the show spot. Live racing continues on Saturday night at Saratoga with a 6:45pm first post. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway

Victom As (Striking Sahbra) went wire to wire in Friday's Open Trot at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. The six year old trotter made an easy lead in the $15,000 feature and after racing unopposed in lap one, stepped on the gas in the final half to sprint away to a 1:57.4 victory for trainer-driver Harry Landy. It was the second win in November for Victom As whose career earnings moved to just shy of the $300,000 mark. Easy Strength (Jim Devaux) finished second to hit the board for the fourth consecutive week in the local Friday feature while longshot Speed Hanover (Bruce Aldrich Jr) earned the show spot. The victory for Victom As was his seventh of the season. Live racing continues on Saturday night at Saratoga with a first post set for 6:45pm. by MIke Sardella for Saratoga Raceway  

Victom As (Striking Sahbra) won the Open Trot on Friday night at Saratoga Casino and Raceway in 1:58.3. Trainer-driver Harry Landy moved the six year old trotter out to the lead in a quick opening quarter of 28.1 and held tough, turning back a host of rivals before hitting the line first. Victom As was making just his second start in over two months and followed up a third place finish last week with a victory in the $15,000 Friday feature. Slugfest (Phil Fluet) was the Open’s runner up for the third straight week while Easy Strength (Sam Schillaci) closed for third. Landy scored a training and driving double as his Fandango Dancer (Revenue S) prevailed earlier in the night. Live racing continues on Saturday night at the Spa with a first post time set for 6:45pm. by Mike Sardella for Saratoga Raceway  

Mr Web Page (Muscles Yankee) went from last to first to secure a win in the local Open for the second time in as many tries at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. The Roman Lopez-trained five year old won his local debut two weeks ago and was back in town following a second place finish at Vernon Downs in his previous race. Stephane Bouchard sat patiently in last with Mr Web Page while the fractions were fast in the early going. Moving three wide around the final turn, Mr Web Page swooped the group and drew away late to win in 1:58.3 to move his record in $15,000 Spa Opens to two-for-two. Lightly raced in 2013, Mr Web Page has now finished first or second in seven of his last eight starts. Slugfest (Phil Fluet) was the Open’s runner up for the second consecutive Friday night while Victom AS (Harry Landy) closed for third. Mr Web Page returned a solid $9.60 to win. Live racing continues on Saturday night at Saratoga with a first post time of 6:45pm. by MIke Sardella for Saratoga Raceway  

 MANALAPAN, NJ – October 24, 2013 – Chocolate Delight could sweeten his bankroll on Friday in the $25,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes – Green Acres Final for three-year-old trotting colts at Freehold Raceway. The son of Chocolatier, driven by Jim Meittinis and trained by Oyvind Hegdal, has been installed as the 2-1 morning line favorite in the field of six. The gelding will leave from post three. Chocolate Delight splits his time between the racetrack and the show ring.  Twelve-year-old Victoria Hegdal of New Egypt, NJ has earned ribbons with the trotter, who is trained by her father and owned by her mother, Camilia. On the track, Chocolate Delight has three wins, two seconds and one third from 11 starts this year, banking $27,165 toward a career total of $36,225. Among his victories was the $27,000 New Jersey Futurity on October 3, posting his career best time of 1:59.3. The field from the rail out, with sire, driver, trainer and morning line odds:  Fandango Tornado, Revenue, Harry Landy, James Porter, 3-1; Order By Road, Chocolatier, Jim Pantaleano, Syl King Jr., 4-1; Chocolate Delight, Chocolatier, Jim Meittinis, Oyvind Hegdal, 2-1; Marion Mayday, Chocolatier, Kyle DiBenedetto, Syl King Jr., 6-1; Power Wheel, Muscle Yankee, Steve Smith, Gary Cameron II, 5-1 and Dagget, Chocolatier, Tyler Butenschoen, John Butenschoen, 8-1.  by Carol Hodes for the SBOA/NJ      

MANALAPAN, NJ - October 5, 2013 - Rockaholic caught Sky Is The Limit to win the $25,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes - Green Acres Final for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings in the ninth race on Saturday, October 5, 2013 at Freehold Raceway. Driven by Eric Abbatiello and trained by Yogi Sheridan, Rockaholic [by Rocknroll Hanover] paced the mile in 1:54.1 for the half-length victory, snapping the two-race winning streak of Sky Is The Limit [Western Ideal]. It was a length and a quarter to Always There [Western Ideal] in third. Rockaholic [$6.00], racing for Joseph Zicchino of Point Pleasant, NJ, improved his record to three wins, three seconds and two thirds from 20 starts this year. Lifetime, the gelding has finished in-the-money in 15 of 32 starts for a bankroll of $66,780. Earlier in the card, two-year-old pacers competed in a pair of $7,000 preliminary Green Acres legs. Useful Hanover [by Western Ideal] was a length and a quarter winner over Rock Absorber [Rocknroll Hanover] in the second leg for pacing colts and geldings. Card Shock [Cam's Card Shark] was two lengths back in third.  Useful Hanover [$3.80] was driven to victory by Jim Pantaleano for trainer Black MacIntosh, who co-owns with Harry Landy of Monroe, NJ. The mile was timed in 1:57.4. In the filly division, Ideal Helen [Western Ideal] extended her winning streak to four with a length and a quarter victory over Cut A Deal [Rocknroll Hanover] in 1:57.1. Ideal Helen paid $2.60 to win. Fanticipation [Rocknroll Hanover] was a length and a half back in third. Ideal Hanover, owned by breeder DR Van Witzenburg of Crest Hill, IL, has already recorded victories in the Babic Filly Final and the New Jersey Futurity for two-year-olds in recent weeks. She has six wins and two seconds in 11 starts and earnings that now top $100,000. by Carol Hodes for SBOANJ  

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