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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- A first-over grind proved no problem for even-money harness racing favorite Darlene Hanover, who dashed away in the stretch to win the $350,300 Jim Doherty Memorial for 2-year-old trotting fillies on Saturday (Aug. 8) at The Meadowlands.   In his fourth victory on the day, Queensland native Andy McCarthy floated Darlene Hanover off the gate while Ixia Maculata S barreled for the lead from post eight into a :27.1 first quarter. May Karp raced in second as her stablemate Mazzarati rolled first-over towards the front and cleared command midway up the backstretch. At that point, Altar, the second choice at 3-1, galloped while uncovered heading to a :56.3 half.   Darlene Hanover ventured into the far turn with no cover, racing sixth, and began to advance towards Mazzarati. By three-quarters in 1:26.3, Darlene Hanover ranged to within a length of command and soon downed the tiring pacesetter at the head of the stretch. The Chapter Seven-Danielle Hanover filly strolled through the lane in progress to a 1:55.1 victory while chased by Material Girl, who rallied from third-over to take second. Ineffable closed for third.       "I actually didn't think I would see the inside," McCarthy said of Darlene Hanover's overland grind to victory. "The way it worked out, I was happy to be first-over. I didn't really use all of her the first half, so I kept going up there and I could just hang onto her until the head of the stretch, and she turned around nice."   Darlene Hanover won her second race from four starts and has earned $188,700 for Yankeeland Partners LLP. Brett Bittle conditions the filly who paid $4.00 to win.   by Ray Cotolo, for the Hambletonian Society

East Rutherford, NJ -- Real Cool Sam iced the field in Saturday's (Aug. 3) $324,550 Peter Haughton Memorial for 2-year-old male trotters, beating Rome Pays Off by 2-1/4 lengths in 1:53.1 at The Meadowlands for his fifth victory in as many starts. Expectations was third.   Real Cool Sam's time was a track record and equaled the world record for a 2-year-old gelded trotter.   Real Cool Sam, the 1-2 favorite, took his time getting to the front in the Haughton. Rome Pays Off was the early leader, but saw Synergy take the top spot prior to the half. Real Cool Sam and driver David Miller were fifth at the half and followed the first-over cover of Expectations around the final turn before drawing off in the stretch.   Fashion Farms bred and owns Real Cool Sam, a son of Muscle Hill out of Cooler Schooner, trained by Jim Campbell. He has earned $216,998 this season. The horse was named in honor of late Meadowlands Racetrack announcer and broadcaster Sam McKee by Fashion Farms' owner Jules Siegel, who credited McKee with keeping him cool during nervous moments prior to his horses racing.   "He was a real good friend of mine," Siegel said. "He used to come down to the apron and watch me walking around as nervous as I was.   "I really appreciated what Sam did. I realize he did things for a lot of people, but to me it was a very personal thing. I know other people have done the same thing (naming horses in McKee's honor), but for me it was something special."   In the $310,700 James Doherty Memorial for 2-year-old female trotters, Hypnotic AM remained undefeated with a two-length win over Sherry Lyns Lady in 1:53. Hello Tomorrow finished third.   Hypnotic AM, bred and owned by Anders Strom's Courant Inc., is 4-for-4. She is trained by Marcus Melander and was driven to victory by Brian Sears.   The 2-5 favorite Hypnotic AM was fourth through the first half of the race, which saw Hello Tomorrow led to the first quarter before yielding to Crucial at the midpoint. Sears moved with Hypnotic AM and was alongside Crucial at three-quarters before kicking home to victory.   "It's a fantastic group of fillies this year, and for her to win first-over like that in 1:53 is fantastic," Strom said.   Hypnotic AM, by Chapter Seven out of Daydream AM S, has earned $196,932.   by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA  

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - August 4, 2018 - The Ice Dutchess won Saturday's $357,450 James Doherty Memorial for 2-year-old filly trotters, besting Beautiful Sin by a neck in 1:53 4/5 at the Meadowlands. Hanna Dreamgirl was third by three-quarters of a length. The Ice Dutchess and Beautiful Sin both are from the stable of trainer Jimmy Takter, who has won the Doherty Memorial three years in a row and six of the last nine editions. Johnny Takter, Jimmy's brother, drove The Ice Dutchess and put the filly in front on the backstretch after Hanovers Best left quickly from post nine and set the tempo of :28 to the first quarter. The Ice Dutchess yielded the lead to Beautiful Sin at the half, reached in :56.4, and followed the leader through three-quarters in 1:25.4. After turning for home, Johnny Takter and The Ice Dutchess found room inside and trotted to her second win in three starts. Her loss was by a nose in last week's Doherty eliminations. The Ice Dutchess is a daughter of Muscle Hill out of The Ice Queen and a full sister to stakes-winner Ice Attraction. She was purchased for $320,000 at last fall's Standardbred Horse Sale and is owned by John Floren's Coyote Wynd Farms. She pushed her earnings to $189,790. The Ice Dutchess paid $12.80, $4.80 and $3.40 Beautiful Sin paid $2.60 and $2.20. Hanna Dreamgirl paid $3.40. From the Meadowlands Publicity Department  

Ever since he began to perform limited stallion duties during the offseasons, McWicked has realized he's a man. Ever since the beginning of this year's racing season, he's been The Man. McWicked enters Saturday's $260,100 Sam McKee Memorial for older male pacers at The Meadowlands Racetrack with six wins in eight starts this season, including victories in the William R. Haughton Memorial on July 14 and the Ben Franklin Pace on June 30. He is the 2-1 morning-line favorite in a field of 12 that will go the distance of 1-1/8 miles rather than the traditional mile. He will start from post 12, in the second tier, behind Funknwaffles in post two. In his most recent win, on July 21 in the preferred at Woodbine Mohawk Park, McWicked rallied from fifth at the halfway point to beat Easy Lover Hanover by a neck in 1:50.1. He paced his final quarter in 25 seconds. "He was really good," trainer Casie Coleman said. "They had a really slow half (:56.4) and he had a lot of ground to make up, but he did it. He did it quite easily actually. I was very happy with him. "He had a three-week gap in the schedule (between the Haughton and McKee) and I wasn't sure what I was going to do. I ended up racing him and it worked out well." The 7-year-old McWicked was the Dan Patch Award winner for best 3-year-old male pacer in 2014. He was winless in a combined 14 races at ages 4 and 5 because of breathing issues and multiple throat surgeries, but bounced back last year with seven victories in 27 races and $560,025. This year, McWicked has already earned $556,831 as he tries to become the first pacer to win a Dan Patch Award at ages 2 or 3 and add another beyond the age of 5. For his career, McWicked has won 28 of 82 races and $2.87 million. "It's crazy to think that at 7 years old he's getting better, but it kind of seems like it," Coleman said. "He honestly has not put in one bad start. The couple times he got beat he raced just as good as the days he won, it's just the trips didn't work out." McWicked is owned by Ed James' S S G Stables. McWicked has bred a handful of mares in recent offseasons for James, which has brought about a change in the stallion's personality. "When he was 3 he acted like a gelding to be around," Coleman said. "He was a very calm, cool horse. "Now he's definitely not a kid's pony. When he comes into the paddock, everyone knows who's coming because he's roaring and screaming. He's nice to jog and train, he's real quiet, lazy if anything, but he definitely knows he's a man now that he's been breeding. But he makes it worth it because every time he steps on the racetrack he usually does pretty good." The McKee Memorial, formerly the U.S. Pacing Championship, honors the late Meadowlands Racetrack announcer and Communicators Hall of Fame member Sam McKee, who passed away in 2017. This year's race also includes defending champion Check Six as well as millionaires All Bets Off, Dealt A Winner, Filibuster Hanover, Mach It So, and Rockin Ron. Miso Fast is the 4-1 second choice. Here is a look at some of the remaining races on the Hambletonian Day card. Race 1 - $30,000 Vincennes (open trot) The day begins with Dan Patch Award-winners Pinkman, the 2015 Hambletonian champ, and Obrigado meeting in a field of 10. The race also includes Muscle Diamond, who trotted 1:50.1 on June 29 at the Meadowlands. Sutton, who missed winning the Hambletonian by a neck in 2016, is the 3-1 morning-line favorite in the deep field, which features seven horses entering the race off either a win or second-place finish in their previous start. Race 2 - $96,600 Shady Daisy (3-year-old female pacers) Kissin In The Sand and Youaremycandygirl meet again. Kissin In The Sand defeated Youaremycandygirl by a neck in the June 30 James M. Lynch Memorial, arguably the race of the year, and beat the returning Dan Patch Award winner by three lengths in the Mistletoe Shalee on July 14. Kissin In The Sand is the 2-1 morning-line favorite while Youaremycandygirl, who won a division of the Adioo Volo on July 28, is 5-2. Stakes-winner Alexa's Power is 4-1. Race 4 - $422,350 Peter Haughton Memorial (2-year-old male trotters) New Jersey Sire Stakes champion Greenshoe, trained Marcus Melander, is 2-for-2 this year, with a 1:53.3 victory in the NJSS final, and 2-1 on the morning line. He was purchased for $330,000 under the name Rifleman at the 2017 Lexington Selected Sale and is from the first crop of stallion Father Patrick. His dam, Designed To Be, was second in the 2014 Hambletonian Oaks. Melander's Gerry, also 2-for-2, is the 4-1 second choice. Race 5 - $357,450 James Doherty Memorial (2-year-old female trotters) Joe Holloway's Starita and Julie Miller's Special Honor both were nose winners in their respective Doherty eliminations. Starita is 9-2 on the morning line and Special Honor is 5-1. The favorite is Jimmy Takter's Beautiful Sin, whose second-place finish last week to Starita was her first loss in three races. Race 6 - $286,650 John Cashman Memorial (free-for-all trot) Hannelore Hanover, the defending Horse of the Year and No. 1-ranked horse in North America, is the 9-5 morning-line favorite. She starts from post 12 in the 12-horse field that will go 1-1/8 miles rather than the traditional one mile. Hannelore Hanover is unbeaten in six races this year. Will Take Charge is 4-1 followed by Dan Patch Award-winners JL Cruze (5-1) and Marion Marauder (8-1), who won the 2016 Hambletonian and Trotting Triple Crown. Race 7 - $281,000 Cane Pace (3-year-old pacers) Meadowlands Pace winner Courtly Choice is the 9-5 morning-line favorite in the first jewel in the Pacing Triple Crown. O'Brien Award-winner Stay Hungry, who was third in the Meadowlands Pace, is the 4-1 second choice. American History, fresh off his second-place finish in the Adios, is 5-1. Race 14 - $154,800 Dr. John R. Steele Memorial (mare trotters) Two-time Dan Patch Award-winner and 2017 Hambletonian Oaks champion Ariana G is the 9-5 morning-line favorite. The 4-year-old mare enters the race off wins over male rivals in the age-restricted Graduate Series final and Hambletonian Maturity. Broadway Donna, who also has multiple Dan Patch trophies, is the 4-1 second choice followed by Emoticon Hanover at 5-1. Both are 5-year-olds. Race 15 - $197,400 Lady Liberty (mare pacers) New Zealand-bred Shartin, the richest horse in North America at the moment with $590,040 in purses, is the 9-5 morning-line favorite in a field of 12 that will race 1-1/8 miles. She has won 12 of 16 starts this season. Three-time Dan Patch Award-winner Pure Country is the 4-1 second choice followed by two-time O'Brien Award-winner L A Delight at 5-1. Pure Country won last year's Lady Liberty. by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA   

This Week: Hambletonian, Hambletonian Oaks, John Cashman Memorial, Sam McKee Memorial, Lady Liberty, Dr. John Steele Memorial, Cane Pace, Shady Daisy, Peter Haughton Memorial, and Jim Doherty Memorial, Meadowlands Racetrack, East Rutherford, N.J. Schedule of events: Grand Circuit action takes place this Saturday (Aug. 4) at Meadowlands Racetrack with one of the biggest Grand Circuit cards of the season. The afternoon program is led by the $1.2 million Hambletonian, the first leg of trotting's Triple Crown for 3-year-olds. Other major stakes races to be contested that day are the $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks for 3-year-old filly trotters, the $286,650 John Cashman Memorial for older trotters, the $260,100 Sam McKee Memorial for older pacers, the $197,400 Lady Liberty for older pacing mares, the $154,800 Dr. John Steele Memorial for older trotting mares, the $281,000 Cane Pace, the first leg of Pacing's Triple Crown for 3-year-olds, the $96,600 Shady Daisy for 3-year-old pacing fillies, the $422,350 Peter Haughton Memorial for 2-year-old colt trotters, and the $357,450 Jim Doherty Memorial for 2-year-old filly trotters. Complete entries for the races are available at this link. Last time: Victimized by brutal trips in his last two starts, Dorsoduro Hanover finally got the journey he needed and pounced on the opportunity to win Saturday's (July 28) $400,000 final of the Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids in 1:50.1 at The Meadows. American History, who won an elimination of the 52nd edition of the Adios, raced well first over to finish second, 1-1/4 lengths back, while Hitman Hill, the other elimination winner, could not improve position in the Lightning Lane and settled for show. Dorsoduro Hanover won Saturday's $400,000 final of the Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids in 1:50.1 at The Meadows. Dorsoduro Hanover gave The Meadows-based trainer Ron Burke, perennially the sport's leading conditioner, his first blanket of Adios orchids as the head of his stable, although he was assistant for his father, Mickey, when their horse, May June Character, won the 2007 Adios. A Somebeachsomewhere-Deer Valley Miss gelding who cost $100,000 as a yearling, Dorsoduro Hanover was roughed up from post 10 in the Meadowlands Pace final and again in his Adios elimination but still managed to finish second each time. It seemed likely that he was only a good trip away from a signature victory and Matt Kakaley provided it for him giving him a :28.3 second-panel refresher after a :26.3 opening-quarter burst to the lead. American History took up the chase before the half and pursued the winner gamely but was all out late to preserve his place finish. Once Dorsoduro Hanover crossed the wire, a jubilant Burke and members of his staff sprinted from the paddock to the winner's circle, eschewing the golf cart that customarily provides transport. Burke, however, indicated the wins in 2007 and 2018 were equally important to him. "We have a big crew, and to me, that's what it's about: doing it together," Burke said. "We probably spent about $10 million chasing this, and we finally got one. It's a great feeling to enjoy it with our staff and our core group." In that core group are the owners of Dorsoduro Hanover, who now has earned $575,603 for them: Burke Racing Stable, Silva, Purnell & Libby, Weaver Bruscemi and Wingfield Five. Complete recaps of all the weekend races are available at the Grand Circuit website. Grand Circuit Standings: In 2018, 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 2018 Grand Circuit awards. Here are the leaders following the past weekend. Drivers: 1. Tim Tetrick - 569; 2. Yannick Gingras - 568.5; 3. David Miller - 272.5; 4. Jordan Stratton - 268; 5. Corey Callahan - 228.5. Trainers: 1. Ron Burke - 595.5; 2. Jimmy Takter - 339; 3. Tony Alagna - 216; 4. John Butenschoen - 172; 5. Jim King Jr. - 171. Owners: 1. Burke Racing Stable - 133.5; 2. Weaver Bruscemi - 128.5; 3. Vonknoblauch Stable - 117; 4. Fashion Farms - 102; 5. Crawford Farms Racing - 85. Looking ahead: Grand Circuit action will be taking place next week at Northfield Park with the Carl Milstein Memorial for 3-year-old pacers; at Hoosier Park with the Dan Patch for free for all pacers; at the Indiana State Fair with the Fox Stakes highlighting 10 stakes; and at Tioga Downs with the Crawford Farm and Joie De Vie for older trotters and Tompkins-Geers races for 2-year-olds of both sexes and gaits. by Paul Ramlow, for the Grand Circuit  

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - These are the entries for the undercard stakes races on Hambletonian Day at the Meadowlands on Saturday (Aug. 4): $96,600 SHADY DAISY (3-year-old filly pace) PP HORSE (DRIVER, TRAINER), ODDS 1. Believe In Me (David Miller, Brett Pelling), 15-1 2. Youaremycandygirl (Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke), 5-2 3. Dance Blue (Andrew McCarthy, Nancy Johansson), 8-1 4. Kissin In The Sand (Scott Zeron, Nancy Johansson), 2-1 5. Sansovina Hanover (Louis-Philippe Roy, Ron Burke), 10-1 6. I'm Trigger Happy (Corey Callahan, Ross Croghan), 8-1 7. Double A Mint (Matt Kakaley, Ron Burke), 12-1 8. Alexa's Power (Tim Tetrick, Jim Campbell), 4-1 $422,350 PETER HAUGHTON MEMORIAL (2-year-old colt and gelding trot) PP HORSE (DRIVER, TRAINER), ODDS 1. White Tiger (Anthony MacDonald, Andrew Harris), 8-1 2. Marseille (Ake Svanstedt, Ake Svanstedt), 15-1 3. Gerry (Tim Tetrick, Marcus Melander), 4-1 4. Trix And Stones (Scott Zeron, Andrew Harris), 15-1 5. Greenshoe (Brian Sears, Marcus Melander), 2-1 6. Don't Let'em (Yannick Gingras, Jimmy Takter), 6-1 7. Mass Fortune K (Matt Kakaley, Charlie Norris), 12-1 8. Kredit Karma (David Miller, Marcus Melander), 15-1 9. Hudson River (Jimmy Takter, Jimmy Takter), 12-1 10. Green Manalishi S (Brian Sears, Marcus Melander), 5-1 $357,450 JAMES DOHERTY MEMORIAL (2-year-old filly trot) PP HORSE (DRIVER, TRAINER), ODDS 1. Beautiful Sin (Yannick Gingras, Jimmy Takter), 5-2 2. Hanna Dreamgirl (Tim Tetrick, Linda Toscano), 7-2 3. Special Honor (Andy Miller, Julie Miller), 5-1 4. Swizzle Sticks (Andrew McCarthy, Jim Campbell), 15-1 5. The Ice Dutchess (Yannick Gingras, Jimmy Takter), 8-1 6. Starita (David Miller, Joe Holloway), 9-2 7. Fate Smiled (Andrew McCarthy, Ron Burke), 15-1 8. Jezzys Legacy (Ray Schnittker, Ray Schnittker), 20-1 9. Hanovers Best (Brett Miller, Ron Burke), 12-1 10. Whispering Oaks (Scott Zeron, Jimmy Takter), 15-1 $286,650 JOHN CASHMAN MEMORIAL (Free For All trot) (1 1/8 miles) PP HORSE (DRIVER, TRAINER), ODDS 1. Will Take Charge (Tim Tetrick, Jeffrey Gillis), 4-1 2. In Secret (Matt Kakaley, Ron Burke), 15-1 3. Dayson (Matt Kakaley, Ron Burke), 20-1 4. Bill's Man (Corey Callahan, John Butenschoen), 10-1 5. International Moni (David Miller, Domenico Cecere), 15-1 6. Lindy The Great (Brian Sears, Domenico Cecere), 20-1 7. I Know My Chip (David Miller, Walter Haynes Jr.), 15-1 8. Marion Marauder (Scott Zeron, Paula Wellwood), 8-1 9. Warrawee Roo (Bob McClure, Luc Blais), 10-1 10. Yes Mickey (Ake Svanstedt, Ake Svanstedt), 30-1 11. JL Cruze (Brett Miller, Eric Ell), 5-1 12. Hannelore Hanover (Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke), 9-5 $281,000 CANE PACE (3-year-old open) PP HORSE (DRIVER, TRAINER), ODDS 1. Babes Dig Me (Brett Miller, Tony Alagna), 10-1 2. Courtly Choice (David Miller, Blake MacIntosh), 9-5 3. Stay Hungry (Doug McNair, Tony Alagna), 4-1 4. Nutcracker Sweet (Brian Sears, Jimmy Takter), 6-1 5. Grand Teton (Andrew McCarthy, Jimmy Takter), 15-1 6. This Is The Plan (Tim Tetrick, Chris Ryder), 12-1 7. Hayden Hanover (Andy Miller, Julie Miller), 8-1 8. I'm A Big Deal (Scott Zeron, Chris Ryder), 12-1 9. American History (Yannick Gingras, Tony Alagna), 5-1 $260,100 SAM McKEE MEMORIAL (Free For All pace) (1 1/8 miles) PP HORSE (DRIVER, TRAINER), ODDS 1. Dealt A Winner (David Miller, Mark Silva), 10-1 2. Funknwaffles (Corey Callahan, John Butenschoen), 20-1 3. All Bets Off (Matt Kakaley, Ron Burke), 10-1 4. Rockin Ron (Louis-Philippe Roy, Ron Burke), 8-1 5. Sicily (Victor Kirby, Wayne Givens), 20-1 6. Western Joe (Scott Zeron, Chris Choate), 5-1 7. Filibuster Hanover (Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke), 10-1 8. Miso Fast (Tim Tetrick, Virgil Morgan Jr.), 4-1 9. Western Fame (Andrew McCarthy, Jimmy Takter), 20-1 10. Check Six (Tim Tetrick, Ron Burke), 30-1 11. Mach It So (David Miller, Jeffrey Bamond Jr.), 20-1 12. McWicked (David Miller, Casie Coleman), 2-1 $154,800 DR. JOHN R. STEELE MEMORIAL (Free For All mare trot) PP HORSE (DRIVER, TRAINER), ODDS 1. P L Jill (Corey Callahan, Renaldo Morales III), 15-1 2. Broadway Donna (David Miller, Jim Campbell), 4-1 3. Dream Together (Bob McClure, Luc Blais), 15-1 4. Emoticon Hanover (Daniel Dube, Luc Blais), 5-1 5. Caprice Hill (Doug McNair, Tony Alagna), 6-1 6. Ice Attraction (Ake Svanstedt, Ake Svanstedt), 8-1 7. Checkmate Time (Donald DuPont, Marie DuPont), 20-1 8. Celebrity Ruth (Brian Sears, Trond Smedshammer), 8-1 9. Ariana G (Yannick Gingras, Jimmy Takter), 9-5 $197,400 LADY LIBERTY (Free For All mare pace) (1 1/8 miles) PP HORSE (DRIVER, TRAINER), ODDS 1. Shartin N (Tim Tetrick, Jim King Jr.), 9-5 2. L A Delight (Yannick Gingras, Nancy Johansson), 5-1 3. Twinkle (Jim Marohn Jr., Ross Croghan), 15-1 4. Pure Country (Brian Sears, Jimmy Takter), 4-1 5. Windsun Glory (Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke), 12-1 6. Safe From Terror (Brett Miller, Virgil Morgan Jr.), 15-1 7. Apple Bottom Jeans (Jason Bartlett, Kevin Switzer), 20-1 8. Caviart Ally (Andrew McCarthy, Noel Daley), 10-1 9. Nike Franco N (Victor Kirby, Jim King Jr.), 20-1 10. Call Me Queen Be (Scott Zeron, Ross Croghan), 20-1 11. Blue Moon Stride (Corey Callahan, Mark Harder), 15-1 12. Inverse Hanover (Brett Miller, Ed Hart), 15-1 From the Meadowlands Media Department  

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The two eliminations for the Jim Doherty Memorial for 2-year-old fillies on the trot were not safe for chalk players Friday night at the Meadowlands. Over a sloppy track that was battered by rain all night long, the first elim saw the top two betting choices go off stride as Susy (9-5) faltered around the first turn and Speed Titan (5-2) on the final turn. That left the door open for the tote board to light up. Special Honor, driven by Andy Miller and trained by Andy's wife Julie, was actually not even in play in the early stages of the race. In fact, at three-quarters she was in front of but one horse (Susy), but the daughter of Father Patrick-Honor Thy Daughter started to gather momentum heading into the stretch, swerved to the two path mid-lane and then found a seam in deep stretch to gun down the fast-closing The Ice Dutchess by a nose in a lifetime-best 1:55.1. Special Honor returned $38.60 to win. The exacta, comprised of an 18-1 shot over a 17-1 chance, returned $434.40. Hanna Dreamgirl, Hanovers Best and Jezzys Legacy were the third-, fourth- and fifth-place finishers, respectively, and earned a berth in next week's $357,450 Doherty Final. The second elim was contested in a deluge, and after 6-1 shot Starita yielded the early lead to 3-5 chalk Beautiful Sin, this result did not appear to be in doubt. The field raced well away from the rail as the rains continued to fall and Beautiful Sin turned for home on a safe 1½-length lead. Or so it appeared. In deep stretch, Beautiful Sin got leg weary and drifted away from the rail. That's when David Miller asked Starita for trot, and she gave him just enough to nip the favorite at the wire by a nose racing along the inside. Starita, a daughter of Trixton-Morningstar, paid $14.00 to win after completing the mile in a lifetime-best 1:55.2. The third- through fifth-place finishers earning a spot in the final were Fate Smiled, Swizzle Sticks and Whispering Oaks. A LITTLE MORE: One astute player in Ontario was the only bettor to survive seven legs of the 20-Cent Survivor Pick-10 and walked away with $15,469. ... David Miller drove three winners on the program, while Brett Miller, Corey Callahan and Andy McCarthy had two apiece. ... All-source wagering on the card totaled $1,621,378. ... Racing resumes at the Big M Saturday at 7:15 p.m. Atop the marquee sit a pair of Hambletonian Oaks eliminations, featuring Manchego, Hey Blondie, Phaetosive and the fastest-ever 3-year-old trotter regardless of sex, Plunge Blue Chip (1:49.4). by Dave Little, for the Meadowlands   

East Rutherford, NJ - The Meadowlands hits its best stride in the final two weekends of live racing with many of the marquee Grand Circuit stakes desired by the connections of the top horses in harness racing taking place over the New Jersey mile oval.   The stakes begin on Friday with a pair of $20,000 elimination races for the Jim Doherty Memorial, a key race for the freshman trotting fillies and a tiara worn by many of the leading ladies of racing. Names like Winky's Gill, Peace Corps. CR Kay Suzie, Check Me Out, Mission Brief and Ariana G grace the list of those who have won previous editions of the stake.   This season, nineteen 2-year-old filly trotters were declared for the the Doherty and Beautiful Sin will attempt to add her name to the storied roster as she begins from post seven for driver Yannick Gingras in the second elimination, race six.   The Muscle Hill filly, first foal of her Cantab Hall dam Sina, captured the imagination of the Lexington Selected Sales crowd when she fetched $480,000, the highest price of any yearling sold at auction last year. Lennart Agren's SRF Stable was the final bidder and he placed his new treasure in the Jimmy Takter barn.   Beautiful Sin has been perfect by winning all five of her races thus far, three qualifying "Baby Races" and a pair of minor stakes. Friday brings the first major challenge of her fledgling career as she'll face the finest competition currently racing including Whispering Oaks (Takter/Scott Zeron) who took the $125,000 final of the New Jersey Sires Stakes two weeks ago.   Takter also sends out an imposing pair of fillies in the first elimination (race 4) including the home-bred Father Patrick fill Suzy, another potential star from the great broodmare Solveig who's daughter Shake It Cerry won the 2013 edition of the stake. Jimmy will drive Suzy for Christina Takter and Solveig's Racing Partners.   The Ice Dutchess cost the Coyote Wind Farm $320,000 at Harrisburg last fall and was also been enrolled in the Takter school of trotting. She has displayed remarkable talent in limited appearances thus far including a PA All Star stakes win in 1:57.1 for Gingras, who has the drive on Friday.   The top ten from the Doherty eliminations will race on Hambletonian Day, August 4 in the $357,450 final.   JAMES DOHERTY MEMORIAL - ELIMINATION 2 Year Old Fillies Live Purse:  $20000   Trot Distance: 1 Mile H PP Horse Driver Trainer Yrs. Best Last 3 Odds 1 1 Hanna Dreamgirl Ti Tetrick L Toscano 1:56.0 1-2-3 7-2 2 2 Bushy Tails Da Miller J Czernyson   4-3-3 15-1 3 3 Susy Ji Takter J Takter 1:55.1 1-2-2 4-1 4 4 The Ice Dutchess Ya Gingras J Takter 1:56.4 1-7-1 8-1 5 5 Hanovers Best Co Callahan R Burke 1:57.0 1-1-6 10-1 6 6 Speed Titan Br Sears M Melander 1:56.1 1-1-1 3-1 7 7 Special Honor An Miller J Miller 1:57.1 5-2-1 8-1 8 8 Jezzys Legacy Ra Schnittker R Schnittker 1:58.2 7-1-1 12-1 9 9 Mother Bonnie An McCarthy N Daley 1:55.0 10-1-3 5-1 JAMES DOHERTY MEMORIAL - ELIMINATION 2 Year Old Fillies Live Purse:  $20000 Available Wagering:  Trot Distance: 1 Mile H PP Horse Driver Trainer Yrs. Best Last 3 Odds 1 1 Fate Smiled An McCarthy R Burke 1:58.0 2-1-1 8-1 2 2 Devilish Delight Vi Kirby J Czernyson 1:58.0 8-4-3 15-1 3 3 Swizzle Sticks Ti Tetrick J Campbell   3-3-2 10-1 4 4 Whispering Oaks Sc Zeron J Takter 1:55.1 1-1-8 4-1 5 5 Starita Da Miller J Holloway 1:58.2 4-8-2 8-1 6 6 Miss You Kelly Br Miller B Lauer   2-3 15-1 7 7 Beautiful Sin Ya Gingras J Takter 1:55.1 1-1-1 2-1 8 8 French Cafe An Miller J Miller 1:58.1 2-1-2 5-1 9 9 Rush Lane Co Callahan R Gillock 1:56.2 1-2-2 10-1 10 10 Given Ji Takter J Takter   7-2-7 15-1   The Peter Haughton Memorial for 2-year-old colts drew 10 entries and will not require elimination races. Those ten colts (listed in alphabetical order) will also race on the Hambletonian card in the $422,350 final.   They are: DON'T LET'EM GERRY GREEN MANALISHI S GREENSHOE HUDSON RIVER KREDIT KARMA MARSEILLE MASS FORTUNE K TRIX AND STONES WHITE TIGER   Saturday brings with it the Hambletonian Oaks $50,000 eliminations where 17 of the fairer sex will quest for a spot in next Saturday's $500,000 final. It is a particularly talented group this year with last year's leading lady Manchego, Plunge Blue Chip, the filly who nosed Manchego out of a 1:49.4 world record in the Del Miller, Phaetosive who annexed the other Del Miller split and Harrah's track record holder Seviyorum crowding the entries for the classic.   HAMBLETONIAN OAKS NO. 93 - ELIMINATION 3 Year Old Fillies Live Purse:  $50000 Available Wagering:  Trot Distance: 1 Mile H PP Horse Driver Trainer Yrs. Best Last 3 Odds 1 1 What A Knockout Da Miller M Melander 1:52.4 7-12-1 15-1 2 2 Bill's Lady Co Callahan J Butenschoen 1:54.3 2-2-1 8-1 3 3 Lily Stride Ti Tetrick M Harder 1:55.3 5-2-7 10-1 4 4 Hey Blondie An McCarthy C Sylvester 1:53.2 1-3-6 4-1 5 5 Fly Fly Selena Br Miller R Jones 1:57.4 4-2-3 10-1 6 6 Courtney Hanover Sc Zeron R Zeron 1:54.2 1-3-2 8-1 7 7 Manchego Ya Gingras J Takter 1:52.4 2-9-1 9-5 8 8 Piranha Fury Br Sears R Norman 1:54.2 8-6-2 12-1 9 9 Seviyorum An Miller J Miller 1:53.1 5-1-2 5-1 HAMBLETONIAN OAKS NO. 93 - ELIMINATION 3 Year Old Fillies Live Purse:  $50000 Available Wagering:  Trot Distance: 1 Mile H PP Horse Driver Trainer Yrs. Best Last 3 Odds 1 1 Blonde Magic Th Durand T Durand 1:54.0 2-2-1 10-1 2 2 Lima Novelty Sc Zeron L Toscano 1:52.1 1-1-1 6-1 3 3 Winbak Noelle An McCarthy L Wallin 1:55.4 2-4-6 20-1 4 4 Perfect Summer K Lo Roy A Harris 1:58.4 2-6-3 10-1 5 5 Phaetosive Tr Smedshammer T Smedshammer 1:51.3 1-1-3 5-2 6 6 Live Laugh Love Da Miller R Norman 1:53.1 3-1-1 5-1 7 7 Nixie Volo Co Callahan J Butenschoen 1:54.3 2-1-3 8-1 8 8 Plunge Blue Chip Ak Svanstedt A Svanstedt 1:49.4 1-2-2 2-1 Two divisions of the $93,200 "Scott Frost" Reynolds Stakes for 3-year-old colt trotters is also on the Saturday card where 15 of the 18 entrants are making their closing argument for entry into the Hambletonian.   Saturday night is also the 5th Annual Seafood Truck Festival where culinary delights of the sea are offered for your consumption.   Post time both nights is 7:15pm.   by Nick Salvi, for the Meadowlands    

East Rutherford, NJ - The Meadowlands is drawing for several major stakes this morning to be raced the upcoming weekend of July 27 & 28.   The Hambletonian Oaks box held 17 fillies entered for the stake. Eliminations will be on Saturday, July 28 and the top 10 will move on to the $500,000 final on Hambletonian Day, August 4.   The Peter Haughton Memorial 2YO Colt Trot had 10 declarations and not require eliminations. The 10 horses will go to the $422,350 final on Hambletonian Day, August 4.   The Jim Doherty drew 19 fillies and will have a pair of eliminations on Friday, July 27. The finals is also on Hambo Day and the purse will be $357,450.   Horses are listed below in alphabetical order.   Hambletonian Oaks Field Bill's Lady Blonde Magic Courtney Hanover Fly Fly Selena Hey Blondie Lily Stride Lima Novelty Live Laugh Love Manchego Nixie Volo Perfect Summer K Phaetosive Piranha Fury Plunge Blue Chip Seviyorum What A Knockout Winbak Noelle   Peter Haughton Field DON'T LET'EM GERRY GREEN MANALISHI S GREENSHOE HUDSON RIVER KREDIT KARMA MARSEILLE MASS FORTUNE K TRIX AND STONES WHITE TIGER   Jim Doherty Field BEAUTIFUL SIN BUSHY TAILS DEVILISH DELIGHT FATE SMILED FRENCH CAFE GIVEN HANNA DREAMGIRL HANOVERS BEST JEZZYS LEGACY MISS YOU KELLY MOTHER BONNIE RUSH LANE SPECIAL HONOR SPEED TITAN STARITA SUSY SWIZZLE STICKS THE ICE DUTCHESS WHISPERING OAKS   by Nick Salvi, for the Meadowlands

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ -August 5, 2017 - The 1-2 favorite Manchego added another win to her harness racing resume, winning by two and a quarter over a closing Phaetosive, to capture the 35th edition of the $330,800 Jim Doherty Memorial Final for two-year-old trotting fillies, the fifth race on Saturday at the Meadowlands. It was trainer Jimmy Takter's third win on the day and Manchego, driven by Yannick Gingras, improved her lifetime record to five straight wins in as many starts. It was Gingras' second straight win on the card and second Doherty win of his career, having won his first with Mission Brief in 2014. Manchego, the daughter of Muscle Hill, took control just prior to the half-mile mark and came home with a lifetime-best time of 1:52.4. She paid $3.00, $2.10, and $2.10 to her backers. Phaetosive, trained and driven by Trond Smedshammer, paid $2,60 and $2.20 for second. Lily Stride with Tim Tetrick at the lines, was third by six and a half lengths, paying $3.00. Vivacious Allie with David Miller driving finished fourth. "She is a really special girl. We liked her from the get go and she keeps developing and certainly has a very effective way of going and has a tremendous inner-strength that few horses have," said Takter, who recorded his fifth win in the Doherty, formerly named the Merrie Annabelle. Manchego by Lou Monaco

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (July 28, 2017) - Eliminations for the pair of signature freshman races at the Meadowlands, the Peter Haughton and Jim Doherty Memorials, were contested on Friday night at the Big M and Jimmy Takter was the human star. The Hall of Famer sent out both elimination winners in the Haughton with You Know You Do (1:56.1) and Samo Different Day (1:54.2). He drove the latter, who scored as a 21/1 longshot. Takter's four other colts all qualified for next Saturday's final, giving him a six-pack in the Hambletonian Day fixture. In the Doherty, Trond Smedshammer's Phaetosive followed behind as S M S Princess rolled through suicidal fractions of :27.3 and :54.4. As that one folded through three-quarters of a mile in 1:24.3, Phaetosive got rolling and drew away to win with ease in 1:53.1. In the second elimination, Takter's Manchego remained undefeated in four career starts with a facile win off a picture-perfect second-over trip in 1:55.2. Takter will send three fillies into next Saturday's final. Nike Franco backed up her powerful win in the Golden Girls two weeks ago with a lifetime-best mile of 1:48 to win the Fillies & Mares Preferred Handicap. She enters next Saturday's Lady Liberty in top form for trainer Jo Ann Looney-King and owner Richard Poillucci. The biggest upset of the night was authored by Canadian invader Lookslikeachpndale who powered up first-over to win the $20,000 Preferred Trot in a lifetime-best 1:51.1. The Luc Blais trainee was winless in seven seasonal starts entering Friday night, but has shown a liking for the Big M surface in the past, finishing third at 24/1 in last year's TVG Free For All Final. He is being pointed to next Saturday's John Cashman Memorial on the Hambletonian undercard. Earlier in the night, the fifth race jackpot super high 5 pool featured a mandatory payout. The jackpot stood at $35,864 and attracted $57,774 in new money, chasing the negative takeout scenario. Second choice King's Cavalier and favorite Nono Lindy finished 1-2 with 80/1 longshot Jazebel De Vie finishing third. That helped trigger a 20-cent return of $2,832.40 to 30 winning tickets. Total handle on the 11-race card was $2,121,251. Live racing continues Saturday with a 12-race program headlined by a pair of eliminations in the Hambletonian Oaks. Post time is 7:15 p.m. For more information, visit www.playmeadowlands.com.   by Justin Horowitz, for the Meadowlands

The Meadowlands - As the 2017 Championship Meet at The Meadowlands draws to it's August 5 conclusion, the harness racing stakes action increases to a fever pitch.   Friday night brings with it elimination races for the track's top freshman trotting races, the Peter Haughton and Jim Doherty Memorials.   The Peter Haughton drew fourteen declarations, necessitating a pair of seven colt elims, the first of which comes in race six while the Doherty fillies number 16 and race in the ninth and tenth.   Hall of Fame trainer Jimmy Takter has entered six of his freshmen trotters in the Haughton and sends out the top three morning line choices in the first division, led by the $350,000 Muscle Hill yearling purchase You Know You Do. The colt breezed through his Meadowlands morning trials and a PA All Stars division before tasting defeat in a PASS at Harrah's in his latest start.   You Know You Do races for the partnership of Howard Taylor, Order By Stable, Bud Hatfield, Marvin Katz and Al Libfeld and leaves form the rail for driver Yannick Gingras.   The second division (race eight) contains a really talented bunch of trotting colts that include NJSS champ You Need Stones from the Ronnie Burke barn and PASS winner Met's Hall, the slight ML choice for the Millers.   You Need Stones had his way with three other Jersey-breds throughout the sparsely attended sires stakes but he did that in very impressive fashion. He trotted to a fast 1:55.2 in each of his last two starts with 27 and change last quarters in both, compelling his connections to take a crack against open company. You Need Stones gets introduced to a new driver in Tim Tetrick on Friday and starts from post six for owner / breeders Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi and Larry Karr.   Met's Hall has also won all of his races, including two stakes in Pennsylvania the most recent in track record time of 1:55.1 at Harrahs. The sharp looking Cantab Hall colt is owned by Stroy Inc and the Andy Miller Stable, trained by Julie and driven by Andy Miller.   Trainer George Ducharme has enjoyed remarkable success with trotters including a Hambletonian win in 2013 with Royalty For Life. This year George brings his filly Hey Livvy to The Meadowlands as the favorite in the first Doherty division (race nine). She's a speedy Donato Hanover lass the Ducharme and long-time owner (and a partner on Royalty For Life) Paul Fontaine paid the bargain price of $35,000 for at the Lexington sales last fall. Brian Sears drives Hey Livvy from post six.   Takter and Gingras team up again in the second Doherty split with the unbeaten Muscle Hill filly Manchego (PP #2). In a field of fast, talented fillies Manchego is the fastest thus far with a 1:54.4 win a PA Sires action at Pocono. She's been perfect through all five of her public appearances for owners Black Horse Racing, John Fielding and Herb Liverman but faces her toughest test to date on Friday.   The top five official finishers from all eliminations will move on to next week's rich finals on Hambletonian Day.   The undercard has several interesting contests led by a powerful field of Open trotters in race two that includes the return of 2015 Hambletonian winner Pinkman, 2016 Breeders Crown champ Flanagan Memory and speedy import Tuonoblu Rex as they prepare for the upcoming Cashman Memorial.   Open pacing mares are also on the card in anticipation of the Lady Liberty stake. Golden Girls winner Nike Franco N leads seven others in the $20,000 seventh race.   Just when it seemed things just couldn't get any better they did with Friday's Christmas In July promotion where gift cards will be awarded to lucky sweepstakes winners.   For the horseplayer Friday is a "Must Pay" night on the fifth race Jackpot Super Hi 5 carryover of $35,864. For the uninitiated that translates to a $35,864 head-start in that pool which will grow quickly with new money.   Post time is 7:15 p.m.   Nick Salvi

East Rutherford, NJ --- Ariana G was the most dangerous woman in Saturday’s (Aug. 6) $306,500 Jim Doherty Memorial for harness racing 2-year-old female trotters, rallying in the stretch to beat Chezatter by one length in 1:53.1 at the Meadowlands. That’s All Moni finished third. Ariana G, a daughter of  Muscle Hill - Cantab It All and a full sister to multiple-stakes-winner All The Time, is 4-for-4 this year. She is trained by Jimmy Takter for owners Marvin Katz and Al Libfeld, who also bred the filly. Takter also trains That’s All Moni, who is co-owned by Katz and Libfeld with Brittany Farms. Waffle Cone was the race’s early leader, hitting the opening quarter-mile in :28.1, before briefly yielding the top spot to That’s All Moni. Waffle Cone retook the lead by the half, reached in :56.1, before facing pressure from Broadway Idole entering the final turn. Chezatter made a three-wide move coming off the turn and Ariana G, who was fifth in the early goings, followed her before fanning four-wide in the stretch to begin her march through the lane. “I was sweating in the first turn, actually,” said winning driver Yannick Gingras. “I got myself in a bad spot, well, I had the rail so I didn’t have much of a choice with (horses) outside of me there but I was able to get out. After that, I felt I was following the filly to beat, so I was confident from there.” Ariana G, the 3-5 favorite, pushed her career earnings to $215,587 with the victory. She paid $3.20 to win. by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications 

East Rutherford, NJ - Harness Racing at The Meadowlands is down to the final two weeks of the Championship Meet and the stars are out on Friday.   The cream of the freshman trotting crop thus far is well represented in two $20,000 elimination races each for the Peter Haughton and Jim Doherty Memorials housing two-year-old colts and fillies respectively. Their collective aim is to make it through to next week's rich finals on Hambletonian Day, August 6.   The undefeated Rubio takes on six rivals in the fourth race. The tractable son of Cantab Hall has had the right answer each week for trainer Jimmy Takter and driver Yannick Gingras, most recently a 1:56.1 Kindergarten score by a widening three lengths. Christina Takter, John & Jim Fielding and Brixton Medical share ownership of Rubio.   The tenth race division fields eight and boasts several precocious colts yearning to advance to the $295,000 final.   Takter has a powerful presence here as well in the Italian bred son of French super horse Ready Cash known as Victor Gio IT. Blessed with tremendous speed, Victor Gio IT went off-stride in his first foray under the lights and will require careful handling. Fortunately, Yannick Gingras is able to provide that guidance for the ownership group of Christina, Takter, Antonio Somma & Frencesco Ruscigno of Italy and Nicolas Pietro De Mitri of Sweden.   He'll face Ronnie Burke's What The Hill, winner of the New Jersey Sires Stakes (NJSS) final in 1:55.2 earlier this month. What The Hill has speed on both ends and may have a seasoning edge on his chief rival. Burke Racing, Our Horse Cents and J&T Silva own the imposing son of Muscle Hill.   These Grand Circuit stakes are designed to showcase extreme talent and ideally provide the stage for intriguing match-ups. The fillies for the Doherty split into a pair of eights and if their past performance is any indicator, next week's $305,000 final has the potential to be one of those races we recall fondly.   The amazing Ariana G is clearly the one to beat in the first division, race two. She's been nothing short of spectacular thus far, romping to a 1:53.4 win in the NJSS filly final by a widening seven lengths under wraps for Gingras. She's also a Takter pupil, owned by the breeders Marvin Katz and Al Libfeld.   Those same connections will bring another prodigy to the party in race eight with That's All Moni. Add George Segal's storied Brittany Farms to the registration with Mssr's Katz and Libfeld and you have the group that shelled out $230,000 for this close sibling to the legendary Snow White. She boasts a pair of PA Sires Stakes wins coming in for trainer Takter and the Yannick Gingras may face one of those "difficult" choices a driver must sometimes face if both fillies advance as expected.   Also among the Friday features is a $25,000 Open trot which older stars like Obrigado, JL Cruze and Hannelore Hanover will use as a springboard into supporting Free For All stakes on the Hambletonian card.   For the horseplayer, we offer a free look into the $50,000 Guaranteed Late Pick 4 wagers each week.   Come on along and see the best of the best battle for the big money at The Meadowlands. Post time is 7:15 p.m.   Meadowlands Media Relations    

East Rutherford, NJ --- There were two fillies alone at the wire and it took a photo to determine that Broadway Donna was the winner by a nose in the $389,450 Jim Doherty Memorial Trot for 2-year-old harness racing fillies on Saturday (Aug. 8) at The Meadowlands. The race was formerly known as the Merrie Annabelle and was renamed this year for the late Hall of Fame trainer who made The Meadowlands his home base. Broadway Donna was driven by David Miller for trainer Jim Campbell and owner/breeder Fashion Farms. Her sire, Donato Hanover is a Hambletonian winner and her dam, Broadway Schooner is a Hambletonian Oaks winner. The caretaker of Broadway Donna is Walter Teat, who also cared for Broadway Schooner and her dam, Pine Schooner. The 1-9 favorite, Broadway Donna raced off the pace set by early leaders Kathy Parker (Johnny Takter) and Sunset Glider (Yannick Gingras). They hit the quarter-mile mark in :27.3. Celebrity Eventsy (Brett Miller) made a break right around the quarter-mile marker, which put some ground behind those leaders and the rest of the field. Broadway Donna rushed up to the lead just past the :56.4 half-mile marker and was still on top at the 1:25 three-quarters. As they turned for home, Kathy Parker and Johnny Takter had room to make up ground along the rail and they moved alongside Broadway Donna for the final strides to the wire. Broadway Donna held off that late charge for the win by a nose in 1:54.2. Sunset Glider finished third. The victory was Broadway Donna's sixth straight to begin her career. She has purse earnings of $274,941. “He (the late Jim Doherty) was a very good friend and a great horseman,” said winning trainer Jim Campbell. “He was a gentleman. If you bumped into him 10 times in a day he would say hello to you 10 times. For me, when I first came to the Meadowlands, he was someone I looked up to. He had a powerful stable and he knew how to do things right and he continued that right on to the end. He was a first-class man. I’m glad I got to know him the way I did. “She (Broadway Donna) fought off the horse (Kathy Parker) that was coming on hard on the inside. She’s done everything we’ve asked of her. That was her sixth start today. She did it easier last week, but she dug in when she had to and got the job done. That’s the main thing.” Broadway Donna by Ellen Harvey, Harness Racing Communications 

The 2015 Hambletonian Day card on Saturday, August 8 at the harness racing meeting at The Meadowlands has all the elements necessary to be one of the great events in harness racing history.   The races will begin at noon with a $40,000 Open Pace and over the next six hours 164 horses will compete in 16 races for purses of just over $4 million, led by the $1.2 million Hambletonian and the $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks.   The story line for the Hambletonian became far more interesting when trainer Ron Burke entered the great filly Mission Brief in the open event, bypassing the Oaks and taking on last year's Hambo winning trainer/driver Jimmy Takter's five horse armada in the process.   The drama increased when Yannick Gingras, the regular driver for Mission Brief and Takter's top contender Pinkman, was named on both horses for the race.   The two drew into separate divisions of the eliminations heats which will allow Yannick to drive each in their respective elimination before having to make a choice for the final, assuming both qualify.   Pinkman's late season rally as a freshman made him the champion of the division at two and he has defended his title with nearly flawless form this season.   The most accomplished of the Takter five, Pinkman has won the Earl Beal, Stanley Dancer and Harry M. Zweig Memorials (all major stakes) in his last three start and has made well in excess of $1 million over his career for owners Christina Takter, John & Jim Fielding, Joyce McClelland and Herb Liverman.   He is saddled with the far outside post ten in the first elimination.   Mission Brief has found the form that dazzled fans last season and was really keen to go in her most recent start, the Filly Zweig Memorial.   The Muscle Hill lass is poetry in motion when on her game and has drawn the favorable post two in the nine horse second division for Burke Racing, Our Horse Cents, J&T Silva and Weaver Bruscemi.   The $1,000,000 Hambletonian final is race 13 and is scheduled to go to post at 5:15 pm.   The Hambletonian Oaks is a very well matched group of ten talented fillies.   With the defection of Mission Brief to the main event and the tragic demise of elimination winner and consensus "horse to beat" Spirit To Win in a Monday morning training mishap, the race becomes a wide-open affair.   Lock Down Lindy won her split in 1:51.4, starts from the inside for owners Mystical Marker Farms, Crawford Partners, Joe Sbrocco and In The Gym Partners and is currently doing her best work.   Wiggle It Jiggleit, currently the most exciting horse in harness, will race in the $319,400 Cane Pace, the first leg of pacing's Triple Crown (race 10).   Wiggle It Jiggleit has been absolutely monstrous all season long and is coming into the Cane fresh off three weeks rest.   He is a family project with young Montrell Teague driving the Meadowlands Pace winner for his father George's stable and trainer Clyde Francis.   The $109,500 Shady Daisy for the sophomore pacing fillies is another chapter in a season that has seen a very evenly matched group slug it out over the past two months with no filly able to rise above the others just yet.   The very best aged performers in the game are out in force on Saturday and account for several of the most competitive and entertaining races on the program.   Eleven pacing mares will race the route distance of nine furlongs in the $251,250 Lady Liberty (race 3).   These mares may parade like ladies but when the starter says "Go" the gloves come off and the girls throw down.   The Bamond family's absolutely iron-tough Anndrovette has won four division titles, $3.3 million and the Golden Girls stake last month here against many of these at the same distance when it looked like she may have lost a step. Well, she hasn't.   This year's edition of the US Pacing Championship is up next and offers a purse of $215,400 to a field of nine really good horses...make that eight really good and one great horse.   The venerable $7 million winner Foiled Again has recently shown flashes of his best form after a slow start to the season for Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi and JJK Stables.   He raced about as good as he ever has in the Haughton Memorial three weeks ago and had plenty of pace but no place to use it in last week's TVG Open.   Foiled is also being honored with a Breyer likeness giveaway to all the kids that come out on Saturday.   The $301,500 John Cashman Memorial (open) and $181,450 Fresh Yankee (mares) feature trotting's elite in bulky fields at a mile and one eighth in races 5 and 6.   All the stars of the division are on the racetrack in these trotting classics.   Magic Tonight returns home a champion, having won this year's Elitlopp in May for Swedish owner A. O J Konsult and trainer Roger Walmann.   The expatriate son of Andover Hall faces a very deep field of eleven rivals including 2012 Hambletonian winner Market Share who is competing at the highest level on Hambo Day for a remarkable fourth consecutive season.   The Fresh Yankee is a brand new stake for mare trotters and the inaugural edition just could not have drawn a more stellar field.   "Queen" Bee A Magician is the undisputed monarch of her division having won seven of eight starts this year including several versus mixed company while passing the $3 million career earnings mark along the way for owners Mel Hartman, Herb Liverman and Dave McDuffee.   "What about the young horses," you may ask.   Well, the $389,450 Jim Doherty for fillies (race 2) and $349,850 Peter Haughton (race 7) for colts memorialize two of the game's legends with the first high-dollar opportunity for the freshmen.   Broadway Donna looks like a top filly, having dispensed of all competition with minimal effort thus far, including the fastest Doherty elimination last week for Jules Siegel's Fashion Farm. Woman's Will and Kathy Parker were the other elim winners and will seek the upset.   Southwind Frank is the favorite going into the Haughton, having won three of four thus far including both the NJSS final and his Haughton elimination with the greatest of ease.   He is another from the Ron Burke barn and races for the same partnership as Mission Brief on what could be a huge day for those connections.   You want Wagering opportunities? We got 'em. There are $275,000 worth of guaranteed pools spread over several horizontal wagers and the day ends with a $231,403 carryover on the 8% take-out Jackpot Hi-5.   With this the close of the 2015 Championship Meet, this wager takes on "Mandatory Pay Out" status which will create huge interest and great value, potentially driving the pool into seven figures. Programs will be available here and in the Daily Racing Form.   If you can't make it live, the Hambletonian will be broadcast on the CBS Sports Network from 4:00 to 5:30pm and is available in Hi-Def on TRN.   The races are also available via live streaming from The Meadowlands website.   There are a ton of promotions going on throughout the plant all day long including the ever-popular Hambo hat giveaway.   It's the greatest day of the year in harness racing and it all happens at The Meadowlands on Saturday.   Nick Salvi  

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