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ANDERSON, Ind. - Lost In Time, the top-rated freshman pacing colt, made it look easy in the first of three harness racing $20,000 eliminations for the Breeders Crown on Saturday night at Hoosier Park. With Scott Zeron in tow, Lost In Time was an easy winner in 1:52 4/5 as the 2-5 public choice. Lost In Time, a son of A Rocknroll Dance from the Artiscape-sired dam Summer Mystery, left belatedly and overtook early leader This Is The Plan past the :27 opening quarter. Zeron efficiently shut down the middle half and then put the Jim Mulinix-trained colt in gear for the homestretch. A :26 4/5 final quarter secured the victory with This Is The Plan second, 1¼ lengths behind the winner. Lost In Time, a $47,000 yearling purchase at last year's Lexington Selected auction, returned $2.80 to win. He's owned by A Rocknroll Dance Racing, D. Miller, W. Rufenacht and Team S Racing. Lost In Time, the Metro Pace winner, has now taken four of six starts in his first year of racing. "There's a huge headwind tonight and the fractions worked out perfectly," said Zeron following the victory. Keystone Tenacious rallied late for third, earning a berth in next week's final. Lost In Time Patience paid off for driver Doug McNair in the second Crown elimination for juvenile colts as Stay Hungry nosed out Indiana-bred Shnitzledosomethin on the wire in a brisk 1:50 4/5. There was plenty of early activity with Grand Teton taking control at the quarter in :26.1 and cutting a swift clip for Mark MacDonald. Shnitzledosomethin sat in the pocket throughout but came out at headstretch and easily disposed of the leader. Stay Hungry was sitting third throughout but in midstretch Doug McNair was able to find a seam and the son of Somebeachsomewhere from My Little Dragon (Dragon Again) drove by him as they hit the wire. A $150,000 yearling purchase from the Lexington Selected sale by trainer Tony Alagna for owners Bradley Grant and Irwin Samelman, Stay Hungry has now won five of his seven starts in his brief career. "He's much better off a helmet," said Alagna after the race. "Doug (driver McNair) said he was never better. He exploded when he popped the plugs." Whos Bettor came through inside to finish third with Western Passage wide in fourth. Western Passage earned a berth in the final as the high earner among the fourth-place finishers. Sent off at 5-2, Stay Hungry returned an even $7 to win. Stay Hungry Driver David Miller was aggressive with Karpathian Kid and that paid off handsomely in the final elimination. The Erv Miller-trained colt scored in 1:51. Karpathian Kid made a second move to regain past the :26.3 opening quarter from I'm A Big Deal but was immediately under pressure from Closing Statement with Brian Sears. That colt took control at the half and kept up a lively clip. In the homestretch, Closing Statement bore out opening the door for Miller and Karpathian Kid to squeeze through and score by a length over Closing Statement with Dorsoduro Hanover finishing third and advancing to the final. Karpathian Kid is a homebred son of Somebeachsomewhere from Vysoke Tatry, a daughter of Dragons Lair. The winner is owned by D. & J. Prushnok, D.J. Miller and L. Means. "The trip worked out well," said Miller following the race. As the favorite in the field, Karpathian Kid returned $3.40 with his fourth career win in 11 starts. Karpathian Kid By Jay Bergman, for Breeders Crown

Columbus, OH --- When Ellen Mulinix answered her husband’s phone regarding an inquiry about Lost In Time, she responded with a laugh as the couple was merely performing the daily tasks they had lovingly conducted with his sire at the very same stage in his harness racing career. “Jim is putting shoes on him right now while I am holding his head,” said Ellen. “Can he call you back?” A 2-year-old son of A Rocknroll Dance-Summer Mystery, Lost In Time, co-owned by Mulinix (as part of A Roknroll Dance Racing), Denny Miller, William Rufenacht and Team S Racing Stable, is certainly following in his world champion father’s hoofprints, as he hails from the same barn, possesses a similar demeanor and has thrived in an identical program. This colt, however, has already accomplished something the 2012 Meadowlands Pace victor did not with a triumph in the $660,960 Metro Pace at Mohawk Racetrack on Sept. 23. Jim and Ellen Mulinix hope he can replicate that achievement with a Breeders Crown trophy on Oct. 28 at Hoosier Park, but first he must place five other qualified rivals in his wake in the first of three $20,000 eliminations on Saturday (Oct. 21) to claim a spot on the starting gate for the $600,000 final. The colt will have the services of Scott Zeron and the duo will commence their quest for a Crown from post position six as the 2-1 morning line favorite. They will, however, have to contend with the likes of Nutcracker Sweet (post one, Tim Tetrick, 5-2) and This Is The Plan (post five, David Miller, 4-1). “As you already probably know Dance did not win the Breeders Crown just like the Metro Pace (he finished second in both races),” Jim Mulinix said. “And I think it could have been for the same reason as we had to change drivers from the eliminations to the finals for those races. Dance wasn’t a hard horse to drive but you had to know him.” Unlike his father, Lost In Time retains the services of his regular pilot, but Jim and Ellen Mulinix have embarked upon nearly exactly the same course they did with A Rocknroll Dance for his freshman campaign. To date, the colt is 5-3-2-0, has banked $375,555 and has a lifetime mark of 1:50.1 established during his Canadian journey. “We started Dance at Raceway Park for his first (qualifying) start,” Mulinix said. “People laughed at me when I started this colt at the fairs, but we had another horse in (at the Hicksville, Ohio Fair) and I just wanted to see how he would handle shipping. Shortly after the first turn is where all the rides are and that caught his attention so he was looking all over the place, but when it came time on the backside nothing was a problem. “Then we decided to take him to Kentucky for the sire stakes. His other owners kept telling me he had to finish first or second to make the final, but I was already thinking of the Metro Pace, as winning the Metro Pace would make him a real horse. Donnie Harmon drove him down there (at Red Mile) for me and he asked me if he could leave but I told him not to do that. My instructions were to not race him hard early, put him in position and let him come home. When Donnie got off of him he said he waited to let him go and when he did he could have went another mile. Since we finished second I could now talk my other owners into the Metro Pace.” Lost In Time did not capture his elimination for that contest like A Rocknroll Dance did, but was second by a neck to the very talented Stay Hungry in 1:50.2. “He ran into a little trouble in that race when another horse was doing something funny in front of him and saw his head go straight up,” Mulinix said. “Scottie had to pull him out of it and he hit himself, but he raced very well. “Scottie is such a good young driver and knows what he has to do to win races. He told me this horse would have to leave to win the Metro final so he could keep him in a good position. I told him he could, he just hadn’t yet because I didn’t want other people to know exactly what I’ve got and with the great drive Scottie gave him we won. We are just so lucky to have a driver like him for this horse.” Lost In Time returned to the Bluegrass State for the International Stallion Stakes on Oct. 7 at Red Mile. He won his $58,000 division well within himself and paced his final quarter in :26.1. “I was very pleased with how he raced in Kentucky,” Mulinix said. “He has some splint bones that have been bothering him and was really on the right line in Canada. We have been working on them and painting them, which seems to have helped him. So far our plan has worked for him and everything has fallen into place, which is unusual not only in this sport, but any sport. We just hope it continues for us at Hoosier Park.” The Anderson oval may also be the very last occasion Jim and Ellen will care for and condition Lost In Time for a Grand Circuit event, as the couple has decided to slow down as they learned from A Rocknroll Dance, it was time to relish life a bit more. “We couldn’t even enjoy it when Dance won the Meadowlands Pace,” Mulinix said. “My grandkids called us at 2:30 a.m. and couldn’t believe we were eating soup from a gas station, while trying to get a couple hours of sleep instead of having a nice dinner to celebrate winning such a big race. I tried to explain to them nothing else was open and I had other horses to get back and shoe and train; we also had a 10-hour drive. I’ll never forget that drive as we were so tired and worried something was wrong with the truck and we wouldn’t make it back without breaking down. “Even with only being down to eight or 10 horses, the travel for these big races is just too much for us. Because of Dance we were able to buy a farm, the Gilchrist Training Center in Florida, that is affordable for us and we will raise a couple babies, then have a couple horses to fool around with but I didn’t buy any yearlings this year and we don’t plan on it. In fact my wife made me pour cement in one of the stalls in Florida to make it a feed storage area so I wouldn’t be tempted to put a horse in there.” Even if Lost In Time procures restitution for his sire’s misfortune in the Breeders Crown, Jim and Ellen are still not tempted to continue with the horse’s career, no matter how bright the future may be. “I didn’t even want to buy him as a yearling, but I had to support Dance as a stallion and this horse looked like the best one,” Mulinix said. “I always thought and still think Dance will make a great stallion and this horse is so athletic, with the same attitude. If I had to compare them, it would be that Dance was a fullback and Lost In Time is like a running back or halfback, but the shipping and back and forth is too much for us. “At the Metro people were talking about Jimmy Takter retiring and I can understand why. You work so many hours and this is not like a regular job and it is so easy to get burnt out because you don’t have the chance to just enjoy what you have done. “Jimmy and I have called each other for years about how to shoe our horses when I go out east and he comes out here. I know he said it would be his last year next year, but I asked him to take this horse to train and he said yes. “Of course the Breeders Crown would be so meaningful for us to win, not just because it would make up for Dance, but because we are so blessed in our lives to have him, this horse and so many other things that have come along. We hope our good fortune continues in Indiana, but we made our plan whether this colt wins the race or not. “He might go to the Governor’s Cup, I’m not sure right now, then maybe to Florida with us but then it is time for us to pretty much retire.” Click here for Friday’s complete Hoosier Park card. Click here for Saturday’s complete Hoosier Park card. by Kim French, USTA Internet News Editor 

CAMPBELLVILLE, September 23 - In less than a month, Lost In Time went from winning at an Ohio harness racing fair to capturing the $816,000 Metro Pace at Mohawk Racetrack. The Jim Mulinix trained son of A Rocknroll Dance came through with a huge performance to defeat nine other two-year-old pacers in harness racing's richest race for rookies on Saturday evening. Driven by Scott Zeron, Lost In Time shot out from post-five and got away second to a fired up Hayden Hanover, who posted a :27.1 opening-quarter. Just as the field paced by the first-quarter marker, Zeron circled around to the lead. Lost In Time's lead was brief, as Doug McNair sent Stay Hungry from fourth to first well before the half. Stay Hungry posted a :55 opening-half and carried the lead around the far turn. St Lads Neptune started a first-over bid at the half, which supplied cover for Twin B Tuffenuff and race-favourite Pedro Hanover. Lost In Time sat patient in the two-hole, while Stay Hungry paced by three-quarters in 1:22.4. In the stretch, Lost In Time was angled out of the pocket and immediately surged by Stay Hungry and onto a 1:50.1 victory. Hayden Hanover found racing room late and came charging through for second, three-quarters of a length short to Lost In Time. Pedro Hanover fired from third-over to finish third, while Twin B Tuffenuff finished fourth. "I knew last week heading into this week how great he was and if I got anywhere near the same effort we were going to be in good shape," said Zeron about Lost In Time. "I wanted to control the pace, at worst sit in the two-hole and it kind of ended up that way and the two-hole trip worked out good." Owned by Mulinix, Denny Miller and William Rufenacht, Lost In Time was a $47,000 purchase at last year's Lexington Selected Yearling Sale. The bay pacing colt, who finished second in his elimination, was making just his fourth career start on Saturday. "Well I'm old fashion, I like to have them ready before I race," said Mulinix. "When you just have one you can't afford to take a chance and hurt them, so I just took my time and let them beat each other for a while and then we stepped in." Lost In Time's only victory prior to the Metro was a 2:03.4 score in a $750 race at the Hicksville, Ohio fair on August 25. The fair start was also the first charted-line for the rookie, who then qualified at Hoosier Park before finishing second in a Kentucky Sires Stakes event prior to the Metro. Saturday's victory is extra special for Mulinix, as he finished second in the 2011 Metro Pace with Lost In Time's sire, A Rocknroll Dance. "That makes up for 'Rock'," said Mulinix. "With 'Rock' I didn't have the experience then and he (gave) me the experience to do it with this horse. I had never raced at this level much in my life, but this was really exciting. "I bought this horse just to show them that 'Rock' could do it and it worked out and I'm really thankful and actually quite humbled by the whole thing." Winning-driver Zeron is now a two-time Metro champion, as he piloted Artspeak to victory in the 2014 edition. Lost In Time is now two for four with $425,875 earned for his connections. A $2 win ticket on Lost In Time returned $8.20. The $2 Exacta with Hayden Hanover paid $184.20, while the $1 Trifecta including Pedro Hanover returned $368.30. The $1 Superfecta with Twin B Tuffenuff on the bottom paid $2,772.55. Lost In Time Mark McKelvie

Mr Wiggle Pants cruised to a 1 ¼ length victory in the $121,384 (div.) Ohio Breeders Championship for two-year-old pacers in a stakes record equaling 1:53 2/5 in Monday action at the harness racing meeting at the Delaware County Fairgrounds. Driver Kayne Kaufman gunned Mr Wiggle Pants off the gates wings and forced the favorite Primo Giovanni (Chris Page) to take the second spot. Montrell Teague sent Trayvon first up to challenge the leader at the half mile station and briefly stuck a nose in front at the ¾ mile pole. Mr Wiggle Pants fought back gamely along the rail and turned back a late rally by Primo Giovanni. Trayvon held on for third. The ultra-consistent son of Mr Wiggles is owned by Denny Miller, William Rufenacht and trainer Jim Mulinix, finishing on the board in all ten seasonal starts. Winwood Mac and driver Chris Page scored an upset in the fourth and final division. The eventual winner sat towards the back of the field seven, but found enough racing room in the stretch to nail the pacesetting Nothin Fancy (Dan Noble) by a half-length in a lifetime best 1:54 2/5 at odds of 28-1. The gelded son of Canyon Wind is owned by Dawne Luce and trainer Daniel O’Mara. Owner Stephen Sexton took the first and third divisions with World Of Gaming and Friskie Cruiser. World Of Gaming was dominant with a gate-to-wire win in 1:56 3/5. The son of World Of Rocknroll was trained and reigned by Dan Noble. The win was one of four for Noble on the 14 race card. Friskie Cruiser and Ryan Stahl took the third division over Aloha John (Kurt Sugg) and Whataboy (Chris Page) by a length and a quarter in 1:54 4/5. Local trainer Brian Brown conditions the Feelin Friskie gelding. A pair of $39,395 divisions of the OBCs for three-year-old filly trotters were also carded. Ryan Stahl steered Lisa Jane to a first over victory in the first division over Soaring Flight (Greg Grismore) and Student Of Life (Kurt Sugg) in 1:58 1/5. Scott Cox trains the Neely Dunn filly for Parent Racing Stable and G. Peters. In the second divison Honey B and driver Kyle Ater scored a nose victory of the late closing Like Old Times (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) in a stakes record 1:56 1/5. Dan Ater trains the winner for Jim Burnett and Tim Homan. Racing action continues on Tuesday with a 1:00 PM post time. Tuesday’s features are the $37,300 Standardbred (2 year-old filly trot) and $105,183 (div.) Ohio Breeders Championship (2 year-old colt trot). A $10,000 guaranteed Pick 4 will be held in races 12 through 15. Complementary past performance pages are available at www.littlebrownjug.com.   Photo: Dan Noble guides World Of Gaming to a 1:56 3/5 score in the OBC two-year-old colt pace. The win was one of four for Noble on the 14 race card. (Jay Wolf Photo)  

Bee A Magician, Captaintreacherous and I Luv The Nitelife, who have combined to win 35 of 37 races and $3.67 million this year, lead the list of 156 horses entered Tuesday for the 12 Breeders Crown events at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. Eliminations are unnecessary for the 3-year-old filly pacers and Open Trot, which both received nine entries. Eliminations for 2-year-old male and female trotters plus 2-year-old female pacers are Friday at Pocono Downs, with the remaining elims Saturday. Post time is 6:30 p.m. both nights. All 12 finals - with purses totaling $5.6 million - will be Saturday, Oct. 19, at Pocono Downs. Post time is 5 p.m. for the first race. Bee A Magician, a 3-year-old filly trotter, is 13-for-13 this year for trainer Richard "Nifty" Norman and owners Melvin Hartman, Herb Liverman and David McDuffee. She enters the Breeders Crown off a win in the Ontario Sire Stakes championship Sept. 28 at Mohawk, which pushed her seasonal earnings to $1.09 million. Other victories this season include the $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks and $356,981 Elegantimage Stakes. A daughter of the stallion Kadabra out of the mare Beehive, Bee A Magician is the fastest 3-year-old trotter this season, with a clocking of 1:51 that came in winning the $265,500 Delvin Miller Memorial on July 13 at the Meadowlands. The time is the fastest ever for a 3-year-old filly trotter. Bee A Magician has won 23 of 26 lifetime starts and earned $1.86 million - the most ever for a filly trotter at ages 2 and 3 combined. She finished third in last season's Breeders Crown for 2-year-old filly trotters, which was won by To Dream On. Bee A Magician is the second of two eliminations for the 3-year-old filly trotters, starting from post three. To Dream On, who on Sunday won the $205,100 Kentucky Filly Futurity final, is in the second of the two eliminations. To Dream On is one of 12 previous Breeders Crown champions entered in this year's event. Three-year-old colt pacer Captaintreacherous is a nose from perfect this year, with 10 wins in 11 starts and $1.61 million. He is trained by Tony Alagna for the Captaintreacherous Racing ownership group. He heads to the Breeders Crown following his victory Saturday in a $215,500 division of the Tattersalls Pace at The Red Mile. Other wins this year for the son of Somebeachsomewhere-Worldly Treasure include the $980,000 North America Cup, the $635,750 Meadowlands Pace, the $500,000 Max C. Hempt Memorial and the $360,211 Cane Pace. His only loss came by a nose to Sunshine Beach in the $500,000 Battle of the Brandywine in a world-record 1:47.4 mile. Captaintreacherous has won 18 of 21 career races and earned $2.53 million. He finished third in last season's Breeders Crown for 2-year-old male pacers. He is in the second of two eliminations for the 3-year-old male pacers and will leave from post four. I Luv The Nitelife, a 3-year-old filly pacer, has won 12 of 13 races this year and earned $968,337 for trainer Chris Ryder and owners Richard and Joanne Young. A daughter of Rocknroll Hanover-Lisjune, she most recently won the $154,650 Jugette final at the Delaware County Fair on Sept. 18 for her 11th consecutive victory. Other triumphs include the $384,044 Fan Hanover Stakes, the $350,000 Valley Forge and the $300,000 James M. Lynch Memorial. For her career, she has won 16 of 23 starts and $1.65 million. She finished second in last season's Breeders Crown for 2-year-old filly pacers, which was won by Somwherovrarainbow. Eliminations are unnecessary for the 3-year-old filly pacers, so the final was drawn Tuesday. I Luv The Nitelife will start from post seven; Somwherovrarainbow leaves from post eight. Shebestingin, who on Sunday paced the fastest mile in history by a female pacer when she won a division of the Glen Garnsey Memorial in 1:47, drew post five. The Open Trot, Mare Trot and Mare Pace each have three past Breeders Crown winners. Arch Madness, who makes his record-tying sixth Breeders Crown appearance, Intimidate and Uncle Peter all are previous trophy winners competing in this year's Open Trot. Arch Madness became the ninth trotter in history to surpass $4 million in career earnings when he won the Allerage Farms Open Trot on Sunday at The Red Mile. In the Mare Trot, Cedar Dove, Check Me Out and Maven have won titles, as have Mare Pace contenders Anndrovette, Economy Terror and Monkey On My Wheel. Anndrovette is seeking her third consecutive Breeders Crown, a feat never accomplished in any of the open divisions. Sweet Lou, in the Open Pace, completes the list of previous Breeders Crown champions. The Open Pace also includes Foiled Again, who is the richest pacer in harness racing history, with $5.38 million. Following are the fields with listed drivers and trainers. Elimination purses are $25,000. FRIDAY ELIMINATIONS 2-year-old filly trotters (top four in each elim and fifth place with highest seasonal earnings advance) Division One: 1. Struck By Lindy, David Miller, Nifty Norman; 2. Goddess, John Campbell, Paul Kelley; 3. Designed To Be, Andy Miller, Julie Miller; 4. Shake It Cerry, Ron Pierce, Jimmy Takter; 5. Lifetime Pursuit, Yannick Gingras, Jimmy Takter; 6. Cantabs Fortune, Rick Zeron, Rick Zeron; 7. Market Rally, John Cummings Jr., Megan Wilson. Division Two: 1. Cooler Schooner, John Campbell, Jim Campbell; 2. Scream And Shout, Jimmy Takter, Jimmy Takter; 3. Harley Momma, Howard Parker, Jim Raymer; 4. Vanity Matters, Yannick Gingras, Jonas Czernyson; 5. Noon Tea Party, Brian Sears, Paul Fusco; 6. Demanding Sam, Paul Macdonell, Scott McEneny; 7. Ruby, Marcus Miller, Erv Miller. 2-year-old filly pacers (top four in each elim and fifth place with highest seasonal earnings advance) Division One: She's Da Bomb, Jody Jamieson, Tony O'Sullivan; 2. Rain Cloud Hanover, Brian Sears, David Taff; 3. Put On A Display, Tim Tetrick, Chris Ryder; 4. Gallie Bythe Beach, John Campbell, Jim Campbell; 5. Bettor Business, Tim Tetrick, Scott DiDomenico; 6. Southwind Silence, Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke; 7. Ali Blue, Yannick Gingras, Jimmy Takter; 8. Beach Body, Ron Pierce, Chris Oakes. Division Two: 1. Precocious Beauty, Doug McNair, Gregg McNair; 2. JK Molly, Tim Tetrick, Ron Burke; 3. Act Now, Ron Pierce, Nikolas Drennan; 4. Quick Thrill, Jim Morrill Jr., Brewer Adams; 5. Allstar Rating, Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke; 6. Rockingcam Park, Brian Sears, Ron Coyne Jr.; 7. Scandalicious, Andy Miller, Scott DiDomenico; 8. Uffizi Hanover, David Miller, Jimmy Takter; 9. Delightful Dragon, Mike Lachance, Noel Daley. 2-year-old male trotters (top seven advance) 1. Southwind Spirit, Brian Sears, Ron Burke; 2. Expressive Action, Brian Sears, John Grasso; 3. Exodus Hanover, Andy Miller, Steve Elliott; 4. Another Transcript, Corey Callahan, Jerry Silverman; 5. Odds On Amethyst, Tim Tetrick, Robin Schadt; 6. Auspicious Hanover, Charlie Norris, Charlie Norris; 7. Muscle Network, Jody Jamieson, Tony O'Sullivan; 8. Nuncio, John Campbell, Jim Oscarsson; 9. Father Patrick, Yannick Gingras, Jimmy Takter. Byes: Credit Fashion, Don Dorado. SATURDAY ELIMINATIONS 2-year-old male pacers (top three finishers from each elimination advance) Division One: 1. Workandplayhard, Corey Callahan, John Butenschoen; 2. Journeyman, Mike Lachance, Tony Alagna; 3. Let's Drink On It, Ron Pierce, Joe Seekman; 4. So Surreal, Tim Tetrick, Ray Schnittker; 5. Idealbeach Hanover, Jody Jamieson, Mark Ford; 6. Somestarsomewhere, Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke; 7. Sometimes Said, John Campbell, Jim Campbell. Division Two: 1. Beat The Drum, TBA, Staffan Lind; 2. Doo Wop Hanover, Ron Pierce, Steve Elliott; 3. Bakersfield, Yannick Gingras, Jimmy Takter; 4. Melmerby Beach, Paul Macdonell, Brent MacGrath; 5. Crafty Master, Doug McNair, Gregg McNair; 6. Carracci Hanover, Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke; 7. Western Vintage, Yannick Gingras, Nancy Johansson; 8. Some Major Beach, Brian Sears, Tony Alagna. Division Three: 1. Luck Be Withyou, Ron Pierce, Chris Oakes; 2. Smack Talk, Ron Pierce, John Williamson; 3. Three Of Clubs, Doug McNair, Gregg McNair; 4. Fort Knox, Scott Zeron, Tony Alagna; 5. Pierce, Jimmy Takter, Jimmy Takter; 6. Ari Allstar, Brian Sears, Mark Ford; 7. Stevensville, Ray Schnittker, Ray Schnittker; 8. Arthur Blue Chip, Randy Waples, Ian Moore. 3-year-old filly trotters (top four in each elim and fifth place with highest seasonal earnings advance) Division One: 1. Royal Assets, Ray Schnittker, Ray Schnittker; 2. Bouncing Bax, Howard Parker, Jim Raymer; 3. Coffeecake Hanover, Matt Kakaley, Ron Burke; 4. Thistle Dhu, Brett Miller, Del S. Miller; 5. To Dream On, Jimmy Takter, Jimmy Takter; 6. Frau Blucher, Ron Pierce, Chris Oakes. Division Two: 1. Southwind Cocoa, Tim Tetrick, Linda Toscano; 2. Shared Past, Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke; 3. Bee A Magician, Brian Sears, Nifty Norman; 4. Ma Chere Hall, Corey Callahan, Jonas Czernyson; 5. Time To Kill, John Campbell, Ross Croghan; 6. Handover Belle, Mike Lachance, Tony Alagna. Mare trotters (top four in each elim and fifth place with highest seasonal earnings advance) Division One: 1. Bax Of Life, John Campbell, Jerry Duford; 2. Unefoisdansmavie, Matt Kakaley, Ron Burke; 3. Mystical Starlight, Brett Miller, Ross Croghan; 4. D'Orsay, Corey Callahan, Jonas Czernyson; 5. Cowgirl Hall, Brian Sears, Deborah Brunet; 6. Cedar Dove, Ron Pierce, Noel Daley; 7. China Pearls, Paul Macdonell, David Drew. Division Two: 1. Real Babe, David Miller, Mark Harder; 2. Maven, Yannick Gingras, Jonas Czernyson; 3. Check Me Out, Tim Tetrick, Ray Schnittker; 4. Intense America, Mike Lachance, Susanne Kerwood; 5. Win Missy B, TBA, Rich Gillock; 6. Beatgoeson Hanover, David Miller, Nifty Norman. 3-year-old male pacers (top four in each elim and fifth place with highest seasonal earnings advance) Division One: 1. Lucan Hanover, David Miller, Casie Coleman; 2. Sunshine Beach, John Campbell, Mark Steacy; 3. Wake Up Peter, Rick Zeron, Tony Alagna; 4. Fool Me Once, Brian Sears, Mark Austin; 5. Apprentice Hanover, Jody Jamieson, Ben Wallace; 6. Captive Audience, Randy Waples, Colin Johnson. Division Two: 1. Vegas Vacation, Brian Sears, Casie Coleman; 2. Urbanite Hanover, Yannick Gingras, John Williamson; 3. Emeritus Maximus, TBA, Tony Alagna; 4. Captaintreacherous, Tim Tetrick, Tony Alagna; 5. Sunfire Blue Chip, Yannick Gingras, Jimmy Takter; 6. Beach Memories, David Miller, Brian Brown. 3-year-old male trotters (top four in each elim and fifth place with highest seasonal earnings advance) Division One: 1. Bluto, Jimmy Takter, Jimmy Takter; 2. Dewycolorintheline, Ray Schnittker, Ray Schnittker; 3. Fico, Corey Callahan, Staffan Lind; 4. Deadliest Catch, Ron Pierce, John Duer; 5. Smilin Eli, Tim Tetrick, David Smith; 6. All Laid Out, David Miller, Noel Daley; 7. Possessed Fashion, John Campbell, Tom Fanning. Division Two: 1. Caveat Emptor, Ray Schnittker, Ray Schnittker; 2. Royalty For Life, Brian Sears, George Ducharme; 3. Hamdalla, Jody Jamieson, Riina Rekila; 4. E L Rocket, Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke; 5. Spider Blue Chip, Ron Pierce, Chuck Sylvester; 6. Aperfectyankee, Jim Oscarsson, Jim Oscarsson; 7. Creatine, Mike Lachance, Bob Stewart. Open Pace (top seven advance) 1. Warrawee Needy, Jody Jamieson, Mark Ford; 2. A Rocknroll Dance, Tim Tetrick, Jim Mulinix; 3. Bettor's Edge, Tim Tetrick, Linda Toscano; 4. Modern Legend, John Campbell, David Drew; 5. Sweet Lou, Matt Kakaley, Ron Burke; 6. Foiled Again, Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke; 7. Golden Receiver, Corey Callahan, Mark Harder; 8. Michael's Power, Brian Sears, Casie Coleman; 9. Bolt The Duer, Mark MacDonald, Pete Foley. Byes: Clear Vision, Pet Rock. Mare Pace (top seven advance) 1. Economy Terror, Ron Pierce, Chris Oakes; 2. Rocklamation, Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke; 3. Swinging Beauty, Ron Pierce, Ron Burke; 4. Ooh Bad Shark, Howard Parker, William Wiggins; 5. Anndrovette, Tim Tetrick, P.J. Fraley; 6. Monkey On My Wheel, Brian Sears, Casie Coleman; 7. Krispy Apple, Tim Tetrick, P.J. Fraley; 8. Camille, Matt Kakaley, Ron Burke; 9. Shelliscape, David Miller, P.J. Fraley. Byes: Drop The Ball, Feeling You. FINALS, ON OCT. 19 (no eliminations necessary) $500,000 3-year-old filly pace: 1. Parlee Beach, 2. Mattie Terror Girl, 3. Carols Desire, 4. Authorize, 5. Shebestingin, 6. Aunt Caroline, 7. I Luv The Nitelife, 8. Somwherovrarainbow, 9. Love Canal. $600,000 Open Trot: 1. Market Share, 2. Wishing Stone, 3. My MVP, 4. Guccio, 5. Intimidate, 6. Mister Herbie, 7. Arch Madness, 8. Uncle Peter, 9. Sevruga. by Ken Weingartner for HRC  

Freehold, NJ --- Owner Frank Bellino believes Pet Rock is fast enough to do what has never been done before. Whether he is lucky enough will be determined Sunday. Pet Rock will try to become the first harness racing horse in history to establish world records on three different sized tracks in as many starts when he faces nine rivals in the $175,000 Allerage Farms Open Pace at Lexington’s Red Mile on Sunday. In his most recent start on Sept. 19, Pet Rock won the Winbak Pace in 1:48.1 at the Delaware County Fair in Ohio. The time was the fastest ever on a half-mile track, shaving four-fifths of a second off the previous record. In his prior start on Sept. 7, he won the Jim Ewart Memorial Invitational in 1:47.2 at Scioto Downs. The time was the fastest ever on a five-eighths-mile oval, breaking the record by two-fifths of a second. Now Pet Rock takes aim at 1:46.4, which is the time of the fastest race in history on a mile track. That mark is shared by Holborn Hanover, Somebeachsomewhere and Warrawee Needy. The time for the fastest mile ever, 1:46.1, was established by Cambest in a time trial in 1993. Trained by Virgil Morgan, Jr. and driven by David Miller, the 4-year-old Pet Rock will start Sunday’s Allerage from post six. “I don’t think there is any question he can do it,” Bellino said. “It’s just a matter of whether everything falls into place. The most important thing is to race well, but I hope we can do something special this weekend.” The trotter Mack Lobell, who was Horse of the Year in 1987 and 1988, is the only horse to hold the records for the fastest miles on all three sized tracks simultaneously. Another trotter, CR Kay Suzie, set world records for her division (2-year-old filly) on all three sized tracks in a span of four races in 1994. Pet Rock, though, will try for the unprecedented. He has won four of 13 races this year, finished in the money a total of eight times, and earned $644,070. He won the $471,800 William R. Haughton Memorial in a lifetime-best 1:47 on July 13 at the Meadowlands. “It seems as the year goes on he’s getting better and better,” Bellino said. “It’s a tribute to Virgil and the way he trains. He’s been racing unbelievable. What he did at Scioto was eye-opening and what he did at Delaware -- I never thought I’d be alive to see that kind of time on a half-mile track.” Pet Rock, who received a bye into the Allerage final, will face a tough field Sunday. A Rocknroll Dance, who won the Allerage elimination in 1:48.4, will start from post three with regular driver Tim Tetrick at the lines for trainer Jim Mulinix. A Rocknroll Dance finished second to Pet Rock in both his world-record performances. Bolt The Duer, who previously shared the record for pacing on five-eighths and half-mile tracks, starts from post one with Mark MacDonald driving for trainer Pete Foley. The remainder of the field is Sweet Lou, Up The Credit, Golden Receiver, Our Lucky Chip, Escape The News, Clear Vision and Aracache Hanover. Bellino owned 2010 Horse of the Year Rock N Roll Heaven, but he is enjoying the ride with Pet Rock even more. “It was more nerve-wracking with Rock N Roll Heaven,” Bellino said. “That was the first time we ever went through anything like that and everything was magnified. This is a lot easier. I’m really enjoying this one.” Morgan, who has won more races -- 5,019 -- than any trainer in history, guided Mister Big to honors as the sport’s best older male pacer in 2007 and 2008. He wanted to bring Pet Rock along slowly this year as he transitioned to facing older rivals, in the process bypassing the lucrative Levy Memorial Pacing Series during the spring at Bellino’s home track of Yonkers Raceway. “I was taken aback at first because he’s so good on a half-mile track,” Bellino said. “But Virgil was right. That’s why you listen to the people that do it. He knows better and his plan has come together.” Bellino said it was unlikely that Pet Rock will continue racing next year. “Virgil is a big believer in keeping them racing, but even he said how much more can this horse do?” Bellino said. “How much faster can he go?” Sunday might provide the answer. by Ken Weingartner for USTA

Lexington, KY – A Rocknroll Dance and driver Tim Tetrick were able to hold off strong late charged by both Bolt the Duer and Our Lucky Chip to score a neck victory in the $10,000 Allerage Farms Open Pace elimination Saturday at the Red Mile in 1:48.4. It was Bolt The Duer and driver mark Macdonald who were first on the lead with Golden Receiver (Corey Callahan) getting the two-hole trip to the opening quarter mile in :27.1. But no sooner had the field started down the backstretch that Tetrick had A Rocknroll Dance on the move first-over and they were able to clear to the lead at the half mile in :53.4. Heading into the final turn there would be no rest for the weary as Escape The News (Ron Pierce) came first-over with Foreclosure N (Andy Miller) on their backs to the three-quarters in 1:22.1. Then as the field came down the stretch, A Rocknroll Dance held a minor lead as clearance opened up and Bolt The Duer started to charge after A Rocknroll Dance along with Our Lucky Chip (Trace Tetrick) but it was too little too late as A Rocknroll Dance held his ground to the finish. It was the sixth win this year for A Rocknroll Dance. The son of Rocknroll Hanover has yet to finish worse than second in his last six starts for trainer Jim Mulinix and the A Rocknroll Dance Stable of Wauseon, Ohio.  They will now be one of the favorites in next week $180,000 final of the Allerage Farms Open Pace. “All of these horses in this race are very talented,” Tetrick said, “they can all sprint fast and it can be anyone’s race. My horse really raced well. He fought game. They made a little bridle change and he can see a little more and when he seen them coming he was racing everyone he could see.” “He is really a special horse,” said co-owner Jerry Silva. “I’m glad to be part of the group that owns him. I’m happy he came back the way he did from last year when he had some problems. And Tim just drives him the right way.” By Steve Wolf for Harnesslink.com

With only about a month until the Breeders Crown on Saturday, October 19 at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, it’s as good a time as any to start looking ahead to how some of the top competitors shape up. Because of the increase in the number of stakes races at Pocono, many more of the North America’s best horses have already traveled over the oval this season than at the same point three years ago when the Breeders Crown was last held at MSPD. With that in mind, we thought we’d take a look at the Top 10 horses in the most recent Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown and see just how well they’ve done this year at Pocono. We’ll count them down in descending order, just like this really good Bob Dylan book I heard about lately. 10. SEVRUGA: This 5-year-old trotting gelding from the Julie Miller barn has won nine of 19 starts this year with earnings of close to $500,000. His first start at Pocono this season was a memorable one, as he ripped off a victory in an Invitational trot in 1:50:3, a new-world record for aged geldings on a 5/8-mile oval. He was upset, however, by Wishing Stone in his last Pocono appearance on Super Stakes Saturday. 9. MAVEN: This 4-year-old trotting gelding is one of the few in the Top 10 who has yet to make an appearance at Pocono in 2013, although fans with longer memories may remember him as a solid performer in Pennsylvania Sire Stakes action at the track as a two and three-year-old. Maven’s biggest success this season has been in Canada, where he in unbeaten in four races for trainer Jonas Czernyson. 8. PET ROCK: A four-year-old pacing stallion from the Virgil Morgan Jr. barn, Pet Rock has had an outstanding season once again in 2013 with earnings north of $600,000. But his story at Pocono has been one of near misses. He finished 3rd and 2nd in the Ben Franklin pace elimination and final in June, then came up just short behind A Rocknroll Dance on Super Stakes Saturday. 7. VEGAS VACATION: Most people have conceded the 3-year-old pacing division to Captaintreacherous, but this gelding trained by Casie Coleman pushed the super-horse to the limit in their last meeting on the Pocono oval, finishing just a nose behind him in the slop in the Max Hempt. He’s been building confidence since then, scoring big-money victories at Tioga and Mohawk. 6. A ROCKNROLL DANCE: Trainer Jim Mulinix hopes the old phrase “horses for courses” applies come Breeders Crown time, because the last two starts this 4-year-old pacer had at Pocono were memorable. In 2012, he turned around a floundering season with a win in the Max Hempt Memorial. His lone start here this season was a win on Super Stakes Saturday in 1:47:4, matching the fastest ever at the track. 5. ROYALTY FOR LIFE: As the Hambletonian winner as well as a victor in several other big stakes races, 2013 has been a great year for Royalty For Life, trained by George Ducharme. Except at Pocono. Back in June, the 3-year-old trotter broke stride in both the elimination and the final for the Earl Beal Jr. In August, he got caught up in a speed duel and faded to 7th as the favorite in the Colonial. 4. FATHER PATRICK: The most celebrated 2-year-old in the country, Father Patrick made his trotting debut at Pocono in July in Pennsylvania All Stars action with a seven-length victory. He returned a few weeks later for another easy score in the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes. With seven wins in eight races so far for trainer Jimmy Takter, you get the feeling he’ll be tough no matter what track hosts him. 3. I LUV THE NITELIFE: With just one loss in 11 races this season, the pride of the Chris Ryder barn has been without a doubt the class of the 3-year-old pacing fillies division. She has been especially fine at Pocono, winning all three of her races here this year. Included among those were big stakes wins in the James Lynch and the Valley Forge, the latter coming in a world record for her age group of 1:48:4. 2. CAPTAINTREACHEROUS: It took a world-record performance from Sunshine Beach to spoil his unbeaten season at Pocono in the Battle of the Brandywine, and even then it was only in a photo finish. Before that, the Captain overcame a treacherous trip, if you will, to win the Hempt in June. Will the 3-year-old  pacing colt from the Tony Alagna barn step up on Breeders Crown day? Time will tell. 1. BEE A MAGICIAN: The number-one horse in the poll is a relative unknown to Pocono fans, since she’s the only one on this list to have never raced at MSPD. The 3-year-old trotting filly from the Nifty Norman barn has done most of her damage in Canada, but she did stop at The Meadowlands this year to win the Hambletonian Oaks as part of her record of twelve wins in twelve races in 2013. Those are just some of the horses to watch come October at Pocono. With all of that firepower on display, it should be an amazing night. That will do it for this week, but we’ll see you at the track. Feel free to e-mail me at jbeviglia@mohegansunpocono.com. by Jim Beviglia for Pocono Downs  

Jim Mulinix has seen months of work go by in less than 108 seconds, but he doesn't mind. That's what he's been working for. Mulinix's A Rocknroll Dance last weekend became the first pacer in harness racing history to win three consecutive races in less than 1:48 when he captured the Canadian Pacing Derby by a nose over Clear Vision in 1:47.2 at Mohawk. The time set the stakes record and equaled the track and Canadian records. In his two previous starts, A Rocknroll Dance won his Canadian Pacing Derby elimination in 1:47.3 and won an invitational at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs in 1:47.4. The time at Pocono equaled the fastest mile in history on a five-eighths-mile oval. On Saturday, A Rocknroll Dance is the 5-2 morning line favorite in the $125,000 Jim Ewart Memorial Invitational for older pacers at Scioto Downs in Mulinix's home state of Ohio. Counting the multiple-stakes-winning A Rocknroll Dance, the nine-horse field includes five millionaires, with Fred And Ginger, Pet Rock, Sweet Lou and Up The Credit completing that group. Kayne Kauffman will drive A Rocknroll Dance in the Ewart. The two teamed to win the Battle of Lake Erie at Northfield Park, near Cleveland, in July. "This horse takes every bit of our attention," said Mulinix, who works with his wife, Ellen, in training and caring for A Rocknroll Dance. Mulinix owns the horse with Diamond Creek Farm, Denny Miller, J&T Silva Stables and the Muscara Racing Trust in a group called the A Rocknroll Dance Stable. "I'm not trying to sound arrogant, but it was no secret last year that (1):48 isn't enough to do it against this group. We knew we had to go (1):47 and nine months ago we started planning to be able to do that. It's not just one thing, either. It's working extra trips, the shoeing, the equipment, the driver - even giving him more room in the trailer and more cushion for when he ships. "He's a big, strong horse so I'm able to work him between races and that helps keep him sharp. It's hard to keep that sharp every week, but I'm lucky that he's sound enough to do it. People don't realize how much effort it takes. I've got 40 years in the business and I'm putting every ounce of it into this horse." A Rocknroll Dance was bothered by a sore mouth early in the season, but since having the issue resolved has won five of eight races, including his last three in a row. For his career, the 4-year-old horse has won 16 of 45 starts and earned $2.38 million. Tim Tetrick drove A Rocknroll Dance in his five starts since winning the Battle of Lake Erie. After finishing third in his elimination of the U.S. Pacing Championship and seventh in the final, A Rocknroll Dance has been doing the quick step. "It was amazing Tim was available and he's been a good fit," Mulinix said. "I just had to get Tim to have some confidence in the horse. I told him not to worry about trying to set up a trip, this horse can rough it a bit. Once he did, (Tim) got a little more confident in the horse and in me." Mulinix, who is based in Wauseon, west of Toledo, is happy to be racing in Ohio for the next several weeks. After the Ewart Memorial at Scioto, A Rocknroll Dance's next dance will be Sept. 19 in the Winbak Farm Pace at the Delaware County Fairgrounds on Little Brown Jug Day. "When we get to Scioto, he'll think it's just the first stop for water," Mulinix joked about the much-traveled A Rocknroll Dance. "It's nice to race at home. So many people follow this horse (from the region) that it will be nice to race there." Following is the field for the Ewart Memorial with driver, trainer (and morning line): 1. Ideal Champ, Chris Page, Joe Holloway (8-1); 2. Up The Credit, Ronnie Wrenn Jr., Carl Jamieson (8-1); 3. Pet Rock, Dan Noble, Virgil Morgan Jr. (7-2); 4. Fred And Ginger, Mike Wilder, Ron Burke (6-1); 5. A Rocknroll Dance, Kayne Kauffman, Jim Mulinix (5-2); 6. Our Lucky Chip, Greg Grismore, Jason Miller (10-1); 7. Sweet Lou, Tony Hall, Burke (9-2); 8. Rockin Finish, Brad Hanners, Morgan Jr. (15-1); 9. Hurrikane Kingcole, Randy Tharps, John McDermott (10-1). by Ken Weingartner  

Columbus, OH --- Top free for all pacer A Rocknroll Dance, who won three straight starts in August, all in sub-1:48 clockings (the first time any horse has won with three consecutive sub-1:48 miles), has been named Horse of the Month by the United States Trotting Association. The 4-year-old son of Rocknroll Hanover-Wichita Hanover is owned by the A Rocknroll Dance Stable and is trained by Jim Mulinix. He has won five of 12 starts this year and banked $448,675. After a disappointing seventh-place finish in his first start of the month, the U.S. Pacing Championship on Hambletonian Day at Meadowlands Racetrack, A Rocknroll Dance rebounded by scoring in 1:47.4 in a $50,000 Invitational Pace on Aug. 17 at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. That clocking equaled the all-age world record for a pacer on a five-eighths-mile track. Next up was a $38,000 Canadian Pacing Derby elimination on Aug. 24 at Mohawk. Driver Tim Tetrick sent A Rocknroll Dance to the front at the half-mile marker and he went on to score in a time of 1:47.3, edging Clear Vision by a neck. Those two dueled again a week later in the $618,450 Canadian Pacing Derby final, with A Rocknroll Dance again coming out on top by a nose in a personal-best clocking of 1:47.2, which was a new stakes record and also equaled the Mohawk and Canadian records. “It was very, very tight,” Tetrick said after the final, in discussing A Rocknroll Dance's head-to-head battle with his rival. “He had me by a head, a good head, and my horse fought back and his horse never gave up. It was a nice race all the way to the wire. “The Mulinix crew has got him on his toes and he feels good and he’s brave,” Tetrick continued. “He’s showing how good of a horse he really is in his last couple of starts.” A Rocknroll Dance will be back in action this Saturday at Scioto Downs in the $125,000 Jim Ewart Memorial Invitational Pace. USTA Communications Department

Two horsemen who ply their trade mainly at The Meadows are fast approaching some major milestones in their racing careers. Driver Mike Wilder is now just three wins away from scoring his 6,000th career win and trainer Virgil Morgan, Jr,. is just eight wins away from posting his 5,000th training victory. Weekend Back Track $360,211 Cane Pace, 3-year-old pacers, Sept. 2, Tioga Downs 1. Captaintreacherous, 2. Word Power, 3. Wake Up Peter. Time: 1:49.2. Margin: Neck. Winning driver: Tim Tetrick. Winning trainer: Tony Alagna. Winning owner: Captaintreacherous Racing. $122,212 Shady Daisy, 3-year-old filly pacers, Sept. 2, Tioga Downs 1. Scandalous Hanover, 2. Ms Caila J Fra, 3. Shebestingin. Time: 1:51. Margin: Neck. Winning driver: David Miller. Winning trainer: Casie Coleman. Winning owners: West Wins Stable, Adriano Sorella. $205,608 Simcoe Stakes, 3-year-old filly trotters, Sept. 2, Mohawk 1. Bee A Magician, 2. Shared Past, 3. Motown Muscle. Time: 1:52.3 (stakes record). Margin: 1-3/4. Winning driver: Rick Zeron. Winning trainer: Nifty Norman. Winning owners: Melvin Hartman, Herb Liverman, David McDuffee. $205,608 Simcoe Stakes, 3-year-old filly pacers, Sept. 2, Mohawk 1. I Luv The Nitelife, 2. Aunt Caroline, 3. Love Canal. Time: 1:50. Margin: 1. Winning driver: Tim Tetrick. Winning trainer: Chris Ryder. Winning owners: Richard and Joanne Young. $648,850 Metro Pace, 2-year-old pacers, Aug. 31, Mohawk 1. Boomboom Ballykeel, 2. Western Vintage, 3. Some Major Beach. Time: 1:50.4. Margin: 2-1/4. Winning driver: Sylvain Filion. Winning trainer: Richard Moreau. Winning owner: Ballykeel Racing. $618,450 Canadian Pacing Derby, older pacers, Aug. 31, Mohawk 1. A Rocknroll Dance, 2. Clear Vision, 3. Foiled Again. Time: 1:47.2 (stakes record; equals track and Canadian record). Margin: Nose. Winning driver: Tim Tetrick. Winning trainer: Jim Mulinix. Winning owner: A Rocknroll Dance Stable. $428,450 She’s A Great Lady, 2-year-old filly pacers, Aug. 31, Mohawk 1. Precocious Beauty, 2. Gallie Bythe Beach, 3. Beach Gal. Time: 1:50.2 (equals stakes record). Margin: 1/2. Winning driver: Doug McNair. Winning trainer: Gregg McNair. Winning owner: James Avritt. $115,650 Simcoe Stakes divisions, 3-year-old trotters, Aug. 31, Mohawk 1. Lindy’s Tru Grit, 2. E L Rocket, 3. High Bridge. Time: 1:53.4. Margin: Neck. 1. Your So Vain. 2. Deadliest Catch. 3. Loco Caballo. Time: 1:53.4. Margin: 4-3/4. HORSES BY EARNINGS   Horse Name Age Sex Gait Sts 1st 2nd 3rd Earnings CAPTAINTREACHEROUS 3 H P 8 7 1 0 1,431,273 BEE A MAGICIAN 3 M T 11 11 0 0 948,759 ROYALTY FOR LIFE 3 H T 9 5 1 0 874,850 I LUV THE NITELIFE 3 M P 11 10 0 1 852,350 FOILED AGAIN 9 G P 20 5 3 7 668,234 CORKY 3 H T 13 4 5 3 660,191 PET ROCK 4 H P 11 2 3 1 558,508 SMILIN ELI 3 H T 10 4 3 1 534,500 SPIDER BLUE CHIP 3 G T 11 6 1 1 512,113 VEGAS VACATION 3 G P 12 6 3 1 492,431   DRIVERS BY EARNINGS   First Name Last Name Starts 1st 2nd 3rd Earnings Tim Tetrick 2232 439 318 300 10,805,318 Brian Sears 1604 388 280 239 9,449,214 Yannick Gingras 1632 349 265 221 8,377,282 David Miller 2015 285 308 282 7,593,810 Ronald Pierce 2564 403 344 356 7,113,282 Corey Callahan 2558 447 316 354 6,456,160 George Brennan 1724 288 305 203 6,273,212 Matthew Kakaley 2060 316 320 303 5,405,413 Andy Miller 1938 284 278 248 5,232,311 James Morrill Jr. 1212 292 242 147 4,897,624   DRIVERS BY WINS   First Name Last Name Starts 1st 2nd 3rd Earnings Corey Callahan 2558 447 316 354 6,456,160 Ronnie Wrenn Jr. 2039 445 318 278 1,748,958 Tim Tetrick 2232 439 318 300 10,805,318 David Palone 1635 432 242 166 4,268,400 Ronald Pierce 2564 403 344 356 7,113,282 Bruce Aldrich Jr. 2196 395 335 294 1,827,672 Brian Sears 1604 388 280 239 9,449,214 Aaron Merriman 2233 380 370 309 2,857,040 Michael Oosting 1610 369 265 217 2,322,026 Tyler Smith 1964 356 284 247 2,227,440   TRAINERS BY EARNINGS   First Name Last Name Starts 1st 2nd 3rd Earnings Ronald Burke 3071 721 504 354 13,462,430 Jimmy Takter 384 93 53 55 4,420,541 Tony Alagna 512 96 64 55 3,521,489 Rene Allard 1362 313 209 157 3,327,620 Ervin Miller 929 184 148 124 2,889,915 P J Fraley 650 127 101 89 2,875,311 Richard Moreau 964 196 158 145 2,729,467 Virgil Morgan Jr. 984 247 144 119 2,633,961 Tony O’Sullivan 573 105 98 65 2,511,644 Linda Toscano 391 78 53 73 2,502,717   DRIVERS/TRAINERS APPROACHING MILESTONES   Driver Wins               First Middle Last Name Suffix LTD Wins LTD Earnings Last Track Last Start W Mike Wilder   5997 $42,137,535 ScD 8/31/2013 Eric S Ledford   4993 $56,786,775 Mea 8/31/2013 Howard G Parker   4985 $45,452,303 PcD 8/30/2013 Norman Chris Boring   3979 $19,828,659 RP 7/6/2013 Howard E Davis Jr 3975 $30,459,321 Har 9/2/2013 Timothy W Curtin   2985 $20,936,317 May 6/6/2013 Patrick D Berry   2980 $27,293,459 YR 9/2/2013 David Floyd Carey   2972 $2,433,051 Truro 9/1/2013 Ronald L Cushing   1997 $7,451,274 Wind 9/1/2013 Steven C Wiseman   1996 $7,552,141 Aces 8/31/2013 Ron Paul Wrenn   1995 $6,069,816 Nfld 7/18/2013 Rodney J Bolon   1992 $9,376,910 Mea 8/16/2013 Robert H Shepherd   1991 $14,648,536 GeoD 8/31/2013 Simon   Allard   1983 $15,248,659 TgDn 9/2/2013 Jerry G E Landess   1980 $2,037,837 Green 8/23/2013 John Paul Cummings Jr 1980 $8,646,735 Btva 9/2/2013 Kelly R Sheppard   1971 $9,404,905 GRvr 8/28/2013 Vaughan A Doyle   997 $780,366 Summ 9/2/2013 James R Mc Donald   997 $2,949,812 PPk 7/27/2013 Charles M Conrad   996 $5,778,458 Sbyvl 9/2/2013 DANIEL R                             OBRIAN        992 $2,122,046 GeoD 8/27/2013 Stephen K O'Toole   986 $2,423,974 PRc 9/3/2012 Robert                        L                             Sparling                                Jr 986 $5,212,019 Dres 9/2/2013 Clayton   Faurot Jr 981 $2,456,655 Mea 6/12/2013 Joseph   Ricco Jr 978 $3,727,744 MR 8/28/2013 GORDEN A MCKNIGHT   977 $2,885,134 Sar 8/31/2013 Wilbur L Yoder   976 $6,353,491 Mea 8/31/2013 John D Finn   975 $3,612,590 DuQ 8/25/2013 Darren R Crowe   975 $1,448,955 Truro 8/29/2013 Jeffrey A Smith   971 $2,729,884 Lex 8/29/2013 RONALD I MATHESON   970 $1,032,726 Chrtn 8/31/2013 Rocky Joe Loney   970 $2,398,869 VnWrt 8/29/2013 Steven B Norris   970 $2,548,111 RidC 8/29/2013                 Driver earnings in U.S. dollars             First Middle Last Name Suffix LTD Wins LTD Earnings Last Track Last Start Luc R Ouellette   8535 $129,529,339 Moh 8/29/2013 Stephane L Bouchard   7866 $69,999,632 Stga 8/31/2013 Peter M Wrenn   9102 $59,751,101 Lex 9/1/2013 Paul G                              MacKenzie        7769 $39,931,958 Dres 9/2/2013 James R Pantaleano   6122 $39,756,951 YR 9/2/2013 Raymond W Schnittker   2634 $39,710,068 Btva 9/2/2013 Jordan D Stratton   2321 $29,936,503 YR 9/2/2013 Aaron Edward Merriman   5938 $29,640,462 ScD 8/31/2013 Michael A Forte   3263 $19,923,592 MR 6/3/2013 Norman Chris Boring   3979 $19,828,659 RP 7/6/2013 Jimmy W Takter   711 $19,787,099 Moh 8/30/2013 Thomas D Strauss   2552 $19,687,609 GeoD 8/31/2013 Darrell L Coville   6564 $19,544,572 RidC 9/1/2013 Richard Lee Farrington   1250 $9,963,277 HoP 8/31/2013 Below that are trainers who may be approaching win milestones. USTA started tracking trainer statistics in 1991, so the trainers listed in green may have had training starts and wins prior to 1991, so the Life Wins column for those trainers may not be accurate. Trainer Approaching Wins Milestones   First Middle Last Name suffix Life Wins Life Earnings Last Track Last Start birth_date Virgil V Morgan Jr 4992 $41,615,720.00 ScD 9/2/2013 11/23/1965 John G Kina   1985 $5,997,768.00 RP 9/1/2013 3/1/1969 Roger S Welch   989 $13,017,393.00 BmlP 8/31/2013 9/22/1963 Matias S Ruiz   989 $3,694,560.00 Phl 9/1/2013 2/24/1958 Jeffrey R Gillis   989 $19,624,382.00 Moh 8/31/2013 10/1/1977 Edgar R Clarke   981 $5,293,443.00 VD 9/2/2013 12/6/1955 Guy   Gagnon   979 $4,998,721.00 RidC 9/1/2013 12/20/1968 James R Mc Donald   974 $4,558,300.00 PPk 7/27/2013 10/12/1955 by Ken Weingartner Harness Racing Communications  

It took the photo finish camera to separate A Rocknroll Dance and Clear Vision after a dramatic stretch drive and A Rocknroll Dance emerged the winner by a whisper of a nose over Clear Vision in winning the $651,000 final of the Canadian Pacing Derby Mohawk Raceway Saturday. The time of the race rewrote the stakes record at 1:47.2. It also tied the Canadian and track record at Mohawk Raceway last set by Won The West. Ten of the best pacers in the world lined up behind the starting gate for the 10th race feature. It was Bolt The Duer the first to show from post two for driver Mark Macdonald with Pet Rock and Dave Miller flying on the outside and taking command by the opening quarter mile in :26.2. The action never slowed down the entire mile as Macdonald came right back out and to the front with Bolt The Duer. Then it was A Rocknroll Dance and driver Tim Tetrick coming first-over at the half mile in :53.4 with Clear Vision and driver Brett Miller hoping to get their cover. But it never emerged as A Rocknroll Dance was able to clear to the lead by the three-quarters in 1:20.4 and Clear Vision was left first-over as they went around the final turn. Then in the stretch it became a two horse race. Bolt The Duer had the lead, Clear Vision wouldn’t go away and started to surge and collared A Rocknroll Dance, but Tetrick urged his horse on and they held a head lead coming to the wire but Clear Vision had true grit and would not quit as the two horses matched stride for stride at the finish. Foiled Again (Yannick Gingras) was third with Pet Rock fourth. “It was very very tight at the finish,” Tetrick said. “He caught us and had a head up and my horse came back and he wouldn’t give up. “Jim Mulinix (trainer) has him on his toes,” said Tetrick. “he’s brave, he has really showed how good he is his last few starts. He’s a big, strong, good looking horse. He knows how to get the job done and Mulinix had done a great job with him.  He just keeps on going.” It was a lifetime mark for A Rocknroll Dance as the son of Rocknroll Hanover posted his fifth win this year for the A Rocknroll Dance Stable of Wauseon, Ohio. It was the third race in a row of sub 1:48 miles for A Rocknroll Dance, his last three starts resulting in 1:47.4, 1:47.3 and 1:47.2 winning times.  I believe this to be a record for any horse of any age in harness racing history. Sent off as the second choice in the race at odds of 2-1, A Rocknroll Dance returned $6.70 to win. By Steve Wolf

Mark MacDonald joked that he almost got lost last weekend when he returned to Ontario's Mohawk Racetrack for the first time since November 2011, but once there, the former Canadian driving champion had no trouble finding his way to the winner's circle. A native of Prince Edward Island, the 34-year-old MacDonald moved to New York prior to the start of the 2012 campaign and had raced only in the U.S. prior to heading to Mohawk for the eliminations of the Canadian Pacing Derby and She's A Great Lady stakes. MacDonald finished second with Bahama Blue in her She's A Great Lady elim and followed up two races later by winning with Bolt The Duer in his Canadian Pacing Derby elim. MacDonald and Bolt The Duer will start Saturday's C$651,000 Canadian Pacing Derby final from post two, one spot inside of fellow elimination winner A Rocknroll Dance in the field of 10 older male pacers. "That was fun," MacDonald said. "I only had a couple drives, but I made the best of it. It was a good night. "It doesn't matter where you're going when you have a horse like Bolt The Duer, but of course it was fun to go back home and drive a horse like that." As for finding his way around his old stomping grounds, MacDonald said with a laugh, "I almost took the wrong exit. But I'll be alright this weekend." MacDonald has won 5,192 races in his career and was Canada's Driver of the Year in 2005 and 2006. He also was the U.S. Harness Writers Association's Rising Star Award winner in 2005. He has enjoyed some of his most memorable racing moments in Canada, including winning the 2010 North America Cup and 2009 Metro Pace with Sportswriter, both at Mohawk, and two Breeders Crown triumphs. "Mohawk is place where I raced for a long time and I have a lot of friends there and my brothers (Anthony and James) are up there," MacDonald said. "It's a great place to go to. "It would be very special to win there." Bolt The Duer will give MacDonald a good chance to win. He won his Canadian Pacing Derby elimination by 3-1/4 lengths over Sweet Lou in 1:48.1. One week earlier, he equaled the fastest mile ever paced on a half-mile track when he captured the $275,000 Joe Gerrity Jr. Memorial in 1:49 at Saratoga. "He was freaky good at Saratoga," MacDonald said. "That was great. He cut the mile himself, and it was kind of a cool night with a little bit of a headwind. If that was an afternoon race on a track like Delaware (Ohio), I don't know what kind of mile it would have been. It might have been (1):48 or sub-(1):48." Bolt The Duer has won four of 11 races this year and earned $490,862 for trainer Pete Foley and owner John Como Jr.'s All Star Racing. In addition to winning the Gerrity, the 4-year-old horse won the $200,000 Dan Patch Invitational at Hoosier Park in May. He was second in the William R. Haughton Memorial and the U.S. Pacing Championship. Last year, he won the $500,000 Delvin Miller Adios, $415,820 Messenger Stakes, $250,000 Kentucky Sire Stakes championship and $130,000 Cleveland Classic. His time of 1:47.4 in the Adios is the fastest ever on a five-eighths of a mile oval - and he matched that world record time this year at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. For his career, Bolt The Duer has won 19 of 38 races, finished second on eight occasions, and earned $1.60 million. "He's an any (size)-track horse and that's what makes him great," MacDonald said. "Every once in a while a special horse comes along like him. He's got a flawless gait and covers the ground real nice. He's a handful around other horses, but on the racetrack and driving-wise, he's just the ultimate professional. He does everything right. "With his gait and his attitude and his professionalism you can put him on any size track. He knows what he's there to do. He shows up every week." Bolt The Duer raced only eight times as a 2-year-old, winning six, and developed slowly into the horse he is today. "Pete Foley has done a great job with him," MacDonald said. "He was a very nice 3-year-old, but he was really green. He had some issues last year because he was sick, but other than that I've never seen him get tired. Sometimes he would just get lost out there, but now he's able to put it all together. "It's been a work in progress to get him to where he could be ultra-good and you could race him any way you want. He seems to be there now." Bolt The Duer faces a tough field in the Canadian Pacing Derby. A Rocknroll Dance won his elim by a neck over fast-closing Clear Vision in a Canadian-record 1:47.3. One week earlier, A Rocknroll Dance won the invitational at Pocono Downs in 1:47.4 to equal the world record. North America's leading trainer Ron Burke has four horses in the final: Sweet Lou, Clear Vision, Foiled Again and Atochia. Last year, Foiled Again won the Canadian Pacing Derby and in the process became the richest pacer in North American harness racing history. "There will be a lot of speed, I'm sure, but with these races you just never really know how it will go," MacDonald said. "I'm sure a few guys will be really aggressive. Hopefully we can be in the right spot." Saturday's card also includes the C$683,000 Metro Pace for 2-year-old male pacers and the C$451,000 She's A Great Lady for 2-year-old filly pacers. Following is the field for the Canadian Pacing Derby in post position order: 1. Sweet Lou, Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke; 2. Bolt The Duer, Mark MacDonald, Pete Foley; 3. A Rocknroll Dance, Tim Tetrick, Jim Mulinix; 4. Clear Vision, Brett Miller, Burke; 5. Foiled Again, Ron Pierce, Burke; 6. Aracache Hanover, Doug McNair, Gregg McNair; 7. Heston Blue Chip, Jim Morrill Jr., Linda Toscano; 8. Pet Rock, David Miller, Virgil Morgan Jr.; 9. Atochia, Scott Zeron, Burke; 10. Dapper Dude, John Campbell, Robert McIntosh. by Ken Weingartner  

Super Saturday was truly a night for world records at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs and another record was tied in the $50,000 Invitational Pace by A Rocknroll Dance and driver Tim Tetrick. It was Hurrikane Kingcole (Ron Pierce) who was first to show, flying to the early lead with Abelard Hanover (Frank Milby) getting the two-hole seat as they flew by the opening quarter mile in :25.2. After the half mile marker in :53.1, Pet Rock (Dave Miller) started up first-over and gave great second-over cover to A Rocknroll Dance as they sped past the three-quarters in 1:20.3. And then as the field started down the stretch, Tetrick swung A Rocknroll Dance three-wide as Hurrikane Kingcole began to fade and after collaring Pet Rock before the wire, A Rocknroll Dance pulled away to win by three-quarters of a length. Pet Rock was second with Sweet Lou (Yannick Gingras) third. Now the all-age world record on a five-eighths mile track is co-held by A Rocknroll Dance with Bolt The Duer, who set the mark earlier this season. It was only the third win this season for A Rocknroll Dance (Rocknroll Hanover), who is trained by Jim Mulinix and the A Rocknroll Dance Stable of Wauseon of Ohio.    By Steve Wolf

A Rocknroll Dance broke the world record for four year-old horses on a half-mile track, posting a 1:49.1 win on Saturday (July 20). The 4-length world record victory came in the 28 edition of Northfield Park’s $120,500 Battle of Lake Erie. A Rocknroll Dance (Rocknroll Hanover-Wichita Hanover-Cam’s Card Shark) is buckeye owned by A Rocknroll Dance Stable of Wauseon, Ohio and trained by Jim Mulinix. Mulinix called upon Kayne Kauffman to drive. “I told Kayne, ‘we’ve come here to race, so let’s race,’” said Mulinix. A Rocknroll Dace started from post five and left alertly, finding the perfect trip behind dueling pacers Aracache Hanover and State Treasurer. He sat the pocket through torrid fractions of :26.1, :53 and :1:21. “At the 5/8 I was just hoping to get out,” said Kauffman. A Rocknroll Dance found the room to pull and drew away in the stretch posting the final world record time 1:49.1. The win pushes A Rocknroll Dance’s earnings to $2,021,154. Following A Rocknroll Dance were Rockin Finish, Clear Vision, Aracache Hanover, Thinking Out Loud, Foiled Again, Versado and State Treasurer. Ayers Ratliff  

Freehold, NJ --- Jim Mulinix believes A Rocknroll Dance still will make noise in the older male pacer division this season. He hopes the sweet music begins in Saturday’s $120,500 Battle of Lake Erie at Northfield Park in Ohio. The 4-year-old A Rocknroll Dance entered this season with 11 wins in 33 starts and $1.93 million in purses. He struggled to begin 2013, but last weekend picked up his first victory in six races when he captured a $26,400 winners-over event at Hoosier Park. A Rocknroll Dance won by 3-1/4 lengths over Time To Roll in 1:48.2. A Rocknroll Dance and driver Kayne Kauffman will start the Battle of Lake Erie from post No. 5 and are 4-1 on the morning line. Foiled Again, the all-time money-winning pacer in harness racing history with $5.17 million, is the 2-1 favorite from post two with Tony Hall in the sulky for trainer Ron Burke. Foiled Again won the Battle of Lake Erie in 2009 and 2011. He was second in 2012 and third in 2010. “I think before the year is over he’ll do some good things,” said Mulinix, who owns A Rocknroll Dance with Diamond Creek Farm, Denny Miller, J&T Silva Stables and the Muscara Racing Trust under the A RockNRoll Dance Stable banner. “I think he’s been pretty good this year, he just hasn’t had any luck. It seems wherever he drew he always ended up in a bad place.” During the early part of his campaign, A Rocknroll Dance also was bothered by a sore mouth that affected him getting on the bit. Mulinix had the issue resolved prior to the William R. Haughton Memorial eliminations on July 6 and his horse responded with a 1:47.4 mile -- which was only good enough for seventh place (he missed advancing to the final by a half-length), but gave Mulinix an improved outlook for the future. “He seems much happier with his mouth and hasn’t been fussing with his head and is driving good,” Mulinix said. “Before he was throwing his head going to the gate and turning his head and I think it might have affected his breathing too. He seems much better now.” A Rocknroll Dance’s career wins include the 2011 Governor’s Cup and 2012 Meadowlands Pace, Hempt Memorial and Battle of the Brandywine. He was second in the 2011 Breeders Crown and Metro Pace. In his win at Hoosier Park last weekend with Trace Tetrick driving, A Rocknroll Dance battled for the lead in the opening quarter-mile and got the top spot prior to the halfway point, which was reached in :53.3. He paced the last two quarters in :27.2 each. “That was really no indication because it was like a training mile,” Mulinix said. “He got to the front and no one could really come at him.” Still, with his mouth issues in the past and a win under his belt, the future appears brighter for A Rocknroll Dance. “This group is so tough, but he seems as good as ever,” Mulinix said. “But who knows if as good as ever is good enough with this bunch of horses. You have to get better. I’ve been working him a little harder, trying to pick up a step here or there. I think he will be OK. We’re just going to take it one week at a time.” Following is the Battle of Lake Erie field with listed drivers and trainers: 1. Aracache Hanover, Greg Grismore, Gregg McNair; 2. Foiled Again, Tony Hall, Ron Burke; 3. Rockin Finish, Wyatt Irvine, Virgil Morgan, Jr.; 4. Thinking Out Loud, Dan Noble, Robert McIntosh; 5. A Rocknroll Dance, Kayne Kauffman, Jim Mulinix; 6. Clear Vision, Chris Page, Ron Burke; 7. State Treasurer, Aaron Merriman, Dr. Ian Moore; 8. Versado, Ryan Stahl, Nick Surick. by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications Courtesy of the United States Trotting Association Web Newsroom

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