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Freehold, NJ --- The biggest day of the Freehold Raceway season is coming up this Saturday (May 1), with the 2021 editions of the Dexter Cup, for 3-year-old colt & gelding trotters, and the Lady Suffolk, for 3-year-old filly trotters. Both races were cancelled last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but both return with a flourish this year.   The $115,000 Dexter Cup drew a field of eight, six of whom competed in last week's elimination, while two received byes. Ambassador Hanover, for trainer/driver Ake Svanstedt, makes his 3-year-old debut in this spot after receiving a bye. He was impressive in the New York Sire Stakes last year, winning four legs in a row before finishing fourth in the final at Yonkers Raceway last September. He qualified at the Meadowlands on April 17, trotting the mile in 1:58.3. He will leave from post position two.   Sunny Crockett, for trainer Julie Miller, also received a bye. He won six of eleven starts as a 2-year-old, including back-to-back wins in the Liberty Bell and the Simpson. In his lone qualifying mile as a 3-year-old, he went in 2:01.3 at Harrah's Philadelphia on April 6. Andy Miller has the drive from post position three.   Svanstedt is also represented by elimination winner Incommunicado, with driver Yannick Gingras. He won by 2 3/4 lengths at Freehold last Saturday, moving first-over to the lead just before the half and drawing off once he took charge, trotting the mile in 1:57. Once again, he'll leave from post position seven.   Fifty Ways, trained by Joe Columbo, Believer, for trainer Randy Taft, Credit Con, trained by Todd Buter, Trond Smedshammer trainee Chapolier, and Share the Wealth, for trainer Ray Schnittker, complete the field. It's scheduled as the 11th race, with a listed post time of 3:50 PM.   The Dexter is sandwiched between two $36,000 divisions of the Lady Suffolk, which attracted a total of fourteen entrants and was subsequently split.   The first division will go as race 10, with a scheduled post time of 3:30 PM. Svanstedt sends out a pair in there, including Illuminata, who won the Matron last November at Dover Downs in a 22-1 upset. This marks her first pari-mutuel start of the year, after two qualifying miles at the Meadowlands. Svanstedt has the drive from post position four.   The second division is the 12th race, which will go at about 4:10 PM. Svanstedt once again has one of the likely favorites, in Presto. She won a leg of the Bluegrass series at the Red Mile last fall, then finished second in her Breeders' Crown elimination at Hoosier Park. In her last start, she finished fifth in the Breeders' Crown final. Most recently, she qualified in 1:56 at the Meadowlands on April 17. Yannick Gingras has the drive from post position seven.   The field also includes Hot As Hill, the morning line favorite, coming off an impressive win in the Lady Suffolk prep last Friday. She won by two lengths in 1:58.2 as the 1-5 favorite. Last fall, she won two legs of the Kindergarten series at the Meadowlands. Joe Bongiorno has the drive from post position two, for trainer Ron Burke.   In addition to the great 14-race live card, fans at Freehold Raceway can also enjoy the simulcast of the Kentucky Derby card from Churchill Downs. Gates open at 9:45 AM, with the first race from Churchill at 10:30 AM.   The first live race at Freehold is scheduled for 12:30 PM.   From Freehold Raceway  

Freehold, NJ --- The road to the Hambletonian will wind its way all over the country, before stopping at the Meadowlands on August 7. The first stop on the trail will be some 45 miles south, when Freehold Raceway hosts the Dexter Cup for 3-year-old colt and gelding trotters.   The eliminations for the Dexter will be held on Saturday, April 24, carrying a purse of $40,000. The final will be contested the week after, on Saturday, May 1. The box will close on Wednesday, April 21 at 9:00 AM.   In addition, Freehold will host the Lady Suffolk trot for 3-year-old fillies on Saturday, May 1. A prep has been scheduled for Friday, April 23, carrying a purse of $7,500. The box for the prep will close Tuesday, April 20 at 9:00 AM. All 3-year-old trotting fillies are eligible for the prep, but Lady Suffolk eligibles will have first preference.   The box for the Lady Suffolk itself will close Wednesday, April 28 at 9:00 AM.   Horsemen with any questions can call the racing office at (732) 252-2322.   From Freehold Raceway  

Freehold, NJ --- As a harness rawcing prep for the upcoming Grand CIrcuit Lady Suffolk and Dexter Cup trots, Freehold Raceway has scheduled a special open trot for 3-year-olds on Saturday, April 17.   The race carries a purse of $7,500, and is open to fillies, horses, and geldings. The race will be split by gender if there are enough entries.   All 3-year-old trotters are eligible, although Dexter and Lady Suffolk nominees will have preference.   The box for Saturday's card closes on Wednesday, April 14 at 9:00 AM.   Horsemen with questions are advised to call the racing office at (732) 252-2322.   From Freehold Raceway  

Freehold, NJ --- Osterc and harness racing driver Yannick Gingras made a three-wide move on the backstretch and overtook leader Cavill Hanover on the final turn on their way to victory in Saturday's $118,950 Dexter Cup for 3-year-old trotters at Freehold Raceway. Osterc, the 3-5 favorite, won by 1-1/4 lengths over HL Revadon in 1:57. Skyway Kon Man finished third and Cavill Hanover was fourth. The Dexter Cup is the first stakes race on the road to August's $1 million Hambletonian Stakes, the sport's premier event for 3-year-old trotters. Osterc is eligible to the Hambletonian, as are HL Revadon and Cavill Hanover. "He had plenty of go," Gingras said about Osterc, a 2018 Pennsylvania Sire Stakes champion who was making his seasonal debut. "He got a little bit bumpy going around the last turn, but other than that he was perfect. He had a lot of trot and he got the job done. As far as trot-wise, there were no worries anywhere." Osterc, who started from post six in a field reduced to seven horse by the scratch of Big Money Honey, got away in sixth place as HL Revadon went to the early lead. HL Revadon yielded the top spot to Cavill Hanover as the leaders reached the quarter-mile point in :28.2. Cavill Hanover continued to lead through a half in :57.4 and three-quarters in 1:27.3. Osterc, who began his move to the front just prior to the midway point and flushed the cover of Dexter Cup elimination winner Whirl Winds K, trotted the final quarter-mile in :29.1 to win for the sixth time in eight career starts. Osterc is trained by Per Engblom, who is in his first year with his own stable after spending the past six years as Jimmy Takter's top assistant. The Dexter Cup was Engblom's first stakes victory. He trains the colt, a son of Cantab Hall out of Oh Oh Hereshecomes who has earned $285,876 lifetime, for breeder-owners Christina Takter and Goran Falk. "That was nice, very nice," Engblom said. "Coming off the last turn Yannick said he hit the wheel and was close to making a break, but he had plenty of trot, so that was a good feeling. I was sure he had enough power it was just a question of keeping him flat." Osterc paid $3.40, $2.60 and $2.40. Osterc One race prior to the Dexter, Gingras captured the $66,000 Lady Suffolk for 3-year-old female trotters with 6-5 favorite Magical Beliefs. The filly, trained by Linda Toscano, won by a half-length over Cardinale in 1:57.4 with Golden Tricks finishing third. Magical Beliefs, a daughter of Cantab Hall out of Frisky Magic who was making her seasonal debut, is owned by Highland Green Farms, South Mountain Stables, and R-And-I Farms. She has won five of 11 career races and earned $201,989. Magical Beliefs, who is not eligible to the Hambletonian Oaks, paid $4.40, $3.20 and $2.40. Ken Weingartner

Harness racing trainer Riina Rekila cannot explain it, but something compelled her to make her first trip to drive in a race in New Jersey with E L Love in the Lady Suffolk Stakes. Whatever forces were at work, it proved to be a worthwhile journey. E L Love, hailing from a family of stakes-winners that includes full-brother Appomattox and half-brother E L Titan, improved to 4-for-4 in her career by winning a $35,750 division of Saturday's Lady Suffolk for 3-year-old female trotters by 2-3/4 lengths over favorite Riley's Dream in 1:58 at Freehold Raceway. It was E L Love's first try in stakes company - she previously had won three conditioned races at three different tracks in Canada by a combined total of eight lengths - and a rare visit to the U.S. by Rekila, who during the past three-plus years made only 10 starts as a driver in the States. "I've had an idea - I don't know why - that I just felt like I had to come here at some point," Rekila said after driving E L Love to victory for breeder/owner Erkki Laakkonen. "I've had in my mind for a few years that I was going to win this race. I don't know why, but that's why I paid her and some of my other horses into it." E L Love is a daughter of Yankee Glide out of the mare Courtney Hall, a stakes-winning full sister to millionaire Cameron Hall. E L Love is Courtney Hall's fifth foal and the previous four - E L Rock, Appomattox, E L Rocket, and E L Titan - each earned at least $233,000. E L Titan, who also is trained by Rekila and won last year's Carl Erskine Trot, leads the group with $581,351. "They have a different style, but they both have unbelievable speed and how easy they can go," Rekila said. "She's a fast horse and she wants to do it." Rekila plans to race E L Love on the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes circuit in addition to a number of open stakes, but the filly is not eligible to the Hambletonian Oaks. Rekila has had previous success in the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes with Christiana Hanover, who in 2010 won a preliminary round of the series in a then-track-record 1:53.4 at Pocono Downs. "She's the nicest horse, but she can be tough, tough, tough," Rekila said about E L Love, adding with a laugh, "I wouldn't make her mad if you want to be alive. You have to know how you treat her." Rekila also is preparing E L Titan for his 4-year-old campaign. E L Titan, who in addition to defeating Father Patrick in the Erskine finished second to Father Patrick in the Breeders Crown, Canadian Trotting Classic, and American-National Stakes, is doing stud duty while working his way back to the races. "He's training pretty good," Rekila said. "I've been taking my time. I've been to Mohawk a few times, a little bit faster but not very fast. I don't want to stress him too much. I just want to take my time, maybe race in late July or August and try to get him ready for later in the year." Rekila, a 33-year-old native of Finland, often drives the horses in her stable. She has won 163 races as a trainer and 140 as a driver. "I like to drive them, especially at the beginning, because then I know if I have to do some shoeing changes or if they are lame somewhere," Rekila said. "I know (catch) drivers can do it, but even when I win a race I'm thinking about things I can do for the next one." And maybe also thinking about places she can go, whether she can explain it or not. by Ken Weingartner Harness Racing Communications USTA

FREEHOLD, NJ - May 2, 2015 - EL Love went wire-to-wire winner and Northern Obsession tipped out three-wide in the stretch to win their respective $35,750 divisions of the Lady Suffolk for harness racing three-year-old trotting fillies on Saturday, May 2, 2015 at Freehold Raceway. Riina Rekila, driver and trainer of EL Love, sent the Yankee Glide filly to the lead off the gate and repelled challenges throughout the mile to score a two and three-quarter length victory over 3-5 favorite Riley's Dream in the fifth race. It was four and a half back to Rules of the Road in third. EL Love [$8.20], who won both of her starts at two, is now two-for-two at three for a bankroll of $28,453. The mile in 1:58 flat was a career best for Finnish owner and breeder Erkki Laakkonen. Two races later, the seventh, 2-5 Jewels In Hock and 9-5 Blk Thai Optional broke stride in the first turn, leaving it to a trio of longshots to battle with 22-1 Northern Obsession [$46.20] who was a half-length winner over Southwind Cartier, the Muscle Hill filly who won the 2014 Marion Dancer Trot. Jewels In Hock recovered from her early break to finish third by a length and a quarter. Northern Obsession, driven to victory by Eric Abbatiello, picked up her second straight win for trainer Gilberto Garcia-Herrera of Columbus, NJ, who co-owns the daughter of Conway Hall with Barbara and Donald Arnstine of Sacramento, CA. Overall, the filly has two wins, three seconds and five third from 14 starts for career earnings of $50,813. By Carol Hodes for SBOANJ      

Harness Racing this week: Dexter Cup and Lady Suffolk, Freehold Raceway, Freehold, N.J.; John Simpson Memorial Stakes, Meadowlands Racetrack, East Rutherford, N.J.; Meadows Maturity, The Meadows, Washington, Pa.; and Chip Noble Memorial and Miami Valley Distaff, Miami Valley Raceway, Lebanon, Ohio. Schedule of events: The Grand Circuit at Freehold this week features the $133,170 Dexter Cup for 3-year-old open trotters and the $77,000 (est.) Lady Suffolk for 3-year-old filly trotters on Saturday (May 2). Meadowlands Racetrack offers the $39,416 John Simpson Memorial for 3-year-old filly pacers on Friday (May 1) and the $47,124 John Simpson Memorial for 3-year-old colt pacers on Saturday (May 2). Also on Saturday, The Meadows will feature the $62,100 Meadows Maturity for older male trotters. The Sunday (May 3) card at Miami Valley Raceway will feature the $100,000 (est.) Chip Noble Memorial for older pacing mares and the $100,000 (est.) Miami Valley Distaff for older trotting mares. Complete entries for the races can be found by clicking on this link. Last time: The George Morton Levy Series for open pacers and Blue Chip Matchmaker Series for open pacing mares wrapped up this past weekend at Yonkers Raceway. Domethatagain and driver Daniel Dube waited patiently for the last few yards of racing room to get ahead of the field to win the $529,000 George Morton Levy Series final for older pacers on April 25 at Yonkers Raceway in a time of 1:51.1. Domethatagain, by Bettor's Delight-Road Sign, is trained by Rene Allard and owned by Allard Racing Inc., Robert Hamather and Bruce Soulsby. The Levy win brings his lifetime earnings to $824,551. P H Supercam (Jason Bartlett) went to the lead from post eight and held that lead to the quarter (:27.2) and the half (:55.3). Past the half, Lucan Hanover (David Miller) came first up to the three-quarters in 1:23, while Domethatagain was content to wait in the pocket and sprung from that spot to win. Take It Back Terry (George Brennan), who made a long sustained bid on the outside, was second and Beach Memories (Yannick Gingras) was third. P H Supercam faded to fourth. Venus Delight and driver Jason Bartlett let Yagonnakissmeornot and driver Brian Sears do the heavy lifting for most of the mile in the $261,000 Blue Chip Matchmaker final for older pacing mares. In the final strides of the race, they came up her inside for the win in 1:52.4 by three-quarters of a length. Carolsideal and Daniel Dube, who were first over from the half on, finished third. The daughter of Bettor's Delight-Venus Killean had two earlier wins in the series and is trained by Jeffrey Bamond Jr. for Bamond Racing. It was the third win in five starts this year for the 5-year-old mare. Her career earnings are now $424,268. Daylon Miracle (Aaron Merriman) stalked 2014 Trotter of the Year Shake It Cerry from the pocket, then blew by the champ in the Lightning Lane to pull off a 5-1 upset in Friday's (April 24) inaugural edition of the $51,100 The Meadows Maturity for mare trotters. Daylon Miracle triumphed in 1:53.3, four lengths better than Cowgirl Hall, with the winner's stablemate, Anaffairtoremember, third. In the first start of her 4-year-old campaign, Shake It Cerry led the field through a snappy 1:24.3 three-quarters but tired late and faded to fourth, beaten five lengths. Classic Martine, the 2014 Mare Trotter of the Year, was buried from post nine and never got involved, finishing sixth. Bill Bercury, who owns and trains Daylon Miracle and Anaffairtoremember, called it the biggest win of his career. He had spoken of a 1-2 finish for his mares days before the race. It was a bold vision, and Bercury's mares nearly pulled it off with their 1-3 result. Complete recaps of the weekend races are available at the Grand Circuit website. Grand Circuit Standings: In 2015, 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 2015 Grand Circuit awards. Here are the leaders following the past weekend: Drivers: 1. Daniel Dube - 125; 2. Jason Bartlett - 123; 3. George Brennan - 92; 4. Brian Sears - 68; 5. Tim Tetrick - 62. Trainers: 1. Jeff Bamond Jr. - 154; 2. Ron Burke - 143; 3. Rene Allard - 105; 4. Mark Silva - 35; 5. Tony O'Sullivan - 32. Owners: 1. Bamond Racing - 138.5; 2. Allard Racing - 34.90; 3t. Burke Racing - 34.35; 3t. Weaver Bruscemi - 34.35; 5. Jeff Snyder - 30. Looking ahead: Grand Circuit action will again take place next weekend at Meadowlands Racetrack, with the John Simpson Stakes for 3-year-old colt and filly trotters, the W.N. Reynolds Memorial for 3-year-old filly pacers, and eliminations for the Arthur Cutler Memorial for older trotters. On Sunday (May 10), Flamboro Downs will host Confederation Cup eliminations for 4-year-old open pacers. Paul Ramlow Grand Circuit Publicity Director

MANALAPAN, NJ - September 5, 2014 - Cee Bee Yes breezed to a length and a quarter victory, taking the $40,000 Helen Smith Trot in stakes record equaling time on Friday, September 5, 2014 at Freehold Raceway. Cee Bee Yes's 1:56.2 clocking matched Silver Credit's time in the 2013 edition of the Helen Smith. Both fillies are daughters of Muscles Yankee. The Helen Smith is restricted to New Jersey-sired three-year-old filly trotters and is sponsored by the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey. Driven by Steve Smith and trained by Julie Miller, Cee Bee Yes cleared to the lead past the quarter pole and maintained the advantage, crossing the wire ahead of Yoga [Muscles Yankee] and five and three-quarter lengths ahead of Mistressswithmuscle [Muscle Hill]. Cee Bee Yes, sent off as the 1-2 favorite, paid $3 to win. There was no show wagering in the featured seventh race. Cee Bee Yes, who also won the Lady Suffolk at Freehold in May, improved her record to three wins and two seconds in nine starts this year for earnings of $94,302 toward a two-year total of $293,182. A $45,000 Harrisburg yearling purchase, Cee Bee Yes competes for owners Jason and Douglas Allen of Vincentown, NJ. by Carol Hodes, for SBOANJ

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

Muscle Hill, Muscles Yankee's greatest son and the 2009 USA Horse of the Year, has made a spectacular start to his siring career. In his first season he left 81 foals, and of these he had 56 to the races half-way through their three-year-old season, and 40 were winners with 33 in 2:00 and 10 in 1:55. Last year's leading first-season sire, Muscle Hill's progeny has earned $2.24-million in stakes so far. Muscle Hill's first crop includes the richest and fastest three-year-old trotting colt in North America this year in Trixton (1:51.4) and the fastest three-year-old trotting filly, Heaven's Door (1:52). Trixton, who has won four of his five starts, and Heaven's Door, won their respective $100,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes Finals at The Meadowlands last month, with the former equalling the race record in a 6-1/2 lengths romp and the latter setting a new race mark. In fact, Muscle Hill sired the trifecta in the New Jersey SS colts and geldings' Final. Another of Muscles Hill's first crop, Fastdownthehill, captured a division of the time-honoured Lady Suffolk at Freehold Raceway at its first start in 2014, while Odds On Amethyst, one of Muscle Hill's six $100,000 winners, won at The Meadowlands recently in 1:53.4, handing Trixton his sole defeat this year. Saturday Mornings, a two-year-old Muscle Hill filly, won at The Meadowlands qualifiers recently in 2:00.2 including a 28.4 seconds closing quarter. Muscle Hill's frozen semen in Australia and New Zealand is available from Stallions Australasia representatives Peter O'Rourke, David Shammall, Greg Ryan and Daren and Gayle Garrard. For further information log onto the website From Stallions Australasia

MANALAPAN, NJ - May 31, 2014 - Trotters Trixton and Heaven's Door, and pacers Doo Wop Hanover and Act Now captured the quartet of $100,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes Finals for three-year-olds, the featured events on Jerseyfest night, Saturday, May 31, 2014, at the Meadowlands. Even in a field of five, drawing the rail was the key to victory for 9/5 second choice Doo Wop Hanover in the $100,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes Final for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings, the second race on card. John Campbell sent Doo Wop Hanover [$5.80] to the lead on the backstretch, relinquished the front to 2/5 favorite Western Vintage as they passed the half and drafted until they straightened out in the homestretch. Doo Wop Hanover, a son of Rocknroll Hanover, outsprinted Western Vintage [Western Ideal] to the wire in a lifetime best of 1:50 flat. The margin of victory was one-length. Beat The Drum [Tell All] was third by two lengths. There was no show wagering. "I think the difference was drawing the rail and getting away good, not using him hard," said Campbell. "I was able to follow Western Vintage into the lane. We beat a very good colt in Western Vintage. I think this colt earned the right to go to Toronto for the North America Cup." Trained by Steve Elliott, Doo Wop Hanover now has two wins and one second in three starts this year. The $52,000 Harrisburg Sale purchase has finished in-the-money in nine of 15 career starts, banking $137,013 for the partnership of Peter Blood of Pompano Beach, FL; Rick Berks of Boca Raton, FL and Gary Piontkowski of North Smithfield, RI. Trixton's six and a half-length victory was no surprise in the $100,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes Final for three-year-old trotting colts and geldings in the third race. The 1/5 favorite romped with a 26.4 final quarter, stopping the clock in 1:52.1, matching the stakes record set by Manofmanymissions in 2011 and equaled by Smilin Eli in 2013. "He is so nice, a real pleasure to drive," said winning driver-trainer Jimmy Takter. "He's a [perfect] 10 in every category." Takter moved the Muscle Hill colt to the lead on the backstretch and opened up ground in the final eighth of a mile, leaving it to Martiniwithmuscle to edge out Lightning Force, both by Muscle Hill, for minor spoils. Takter indicated that Trixton [$2.40] would be heading to the Goodtimes in Ontario and not likely to meet his other two trotting standouts, Father Patrick and Nuncio, until the Stanley Dancer Memorial on July 12 at the Meadowlands. Trixton, a $360,000 Lexington Selected Sale purchase, picked up his third straight win in four starts this year and now has seven wins, two seconds and one third in 12 tries. He has now earned $144,583 for the partnership of Brixton Medical AB of Orsundsbro, Sweden and Christina Takter of East Windsor, NJ. Last week, Heaven's Door was disqualified when she raced inside three pylons in the stretch. This week, the daughter of Muscle Hill was straight and true to the wire, winning the $100,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes Final for three-year-old trotting fillies, the fourth race, in a stakes record 1:52 flat. Trainer-driver Ake Svanstedt guided the filly to a length and a half victory over Lady Suffolk winner Cee Bee Yes [Muscles Yankee]. My Inspiration [Chocolatier] was third by six and a quarter lengths. Heaven's Door [$10.40] scored a wire-to-wire tally, picking up her first victory in her seventh career start and doubling her lifetime earnings to $100,255 for Mellby Gard Inc of Vero Beach, FL. Bred in Sweden by Winwintrotting AB, she was a $90,000 Harrisburg yearling purchase. The 1:52 clocking eclipsed the 1:52.4 stakes record established by Passionate Glide in 2006. Tim Tetrick tested Act Now early and pushed her to the lead with a 26.4 first quarter and 54.3 half and extended that advantage in the stretch to win the $100,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes for three-year-old pacing fillies, the fifth race, in 1:49.3. Sent off as the even-money favorite, Act Now, a daughter of Western Ideal, paid $4.20, finishing two lengths ahead of Sayitall BB [Tell All]. Fanticipation [Rocknroll Hanover] was third by four and three-quarter lengths. Act Now, a $40,000 Lexington Selected Sale purchase trained by Nikolas Drennan, posted her second straight win in her third start of the year. She now has five wins, one second and two thirds in 12 lifetime outings. She has banked $256,559 for Joseph Davino of Clarksburg, NJ and Patrick O'Brien of New Hyde Park, NY. By Carol Hodes, for the SBOANJ          

MANALAPAN, NJ - May 23, 2014 - The truth is the weather was frightful, causing a 90 minute delay prior to the second race, but heavy showers did not deter 8/5 favorite Speak The Truth, who won the first of three second-round divisions of the New Jersey Sire Stakes for three-year-old trotters on Friday night, May 23, 2014 at the Meadowlands. Tim Tetrick, who piloted Speak The Truth, also won the third division, the 11th race, with 1-9 favorite Odds On Amethyst in a New Jersey Sire Stakes record for three-year-old trotting geldings of 1:53.4. Speak The Truth, a son of Muscle Hill-Tady's Comer, won his 2014 debut with a mile in 1:54.3 on a sloppy track, finishing two and three-quarter lengths ahead of Dexter Cup winner Sumatra [Muscles Yankee] with Skates N Plates [Revenue] in third by three and a quarter lengths. The third-race co-feature for colts and geldings carried a purse of $21,500. The team behind trotting stars Market Share and Chapter Seven - driver Tetrick, trainer Linda Toscano and owner Richard Gutnick - were back in the winner's circle with Speak The Truth [$5.20], who had two wins and one second in his five starts at two. Speak The Truth sat fifth most of the race, was sent after the lead on the turn for home and tipped out four-wide in the stretch. A $65,000 Harrisburg Yearling Sale purchase, Speak The Truth has earned $24,750. The half-brother to millionaire Hez Striking is eligible to the Hambletonian. Tetrick picked up his third driving tally of the night with Odds On Amethyst [Muscle Hill- Mystical Sunshine] in the $21,000 second colts and geldings division. Odds On Amethyst [$2.20] took the lead on the first turn and held on through fractions of 28, 56.2 and 1:25.2, where he opened up distance between himself and the pocket-sitting Resolve [Muscle Hill], who closed ground near the wire to narrow the margin to three-quarters of a length. King City [Muscle Hill] was third. Odds On Amethyst, also Hambletonian-eligible, trained by Chris Ryder, crossed the wire in 1:53.4, eclipsing the New Jersey Sire Stakes three-year-old trotting gelding record of 1:54.1 set by Green Day in 2007. It was Odds On Amethyst's second win in three starts this year and improved his record to four wins and two seconds in 13 career starts, banking $108,248 for Diamond Creek Racing of Wellsville, PA. In the $40,000 division for fillies, carded as the fifth race, winner Cee Bee Yes [Muscles Yankee - Embeecee] posted a lifetime mark of 1:54.1 with driver Marcus Miller at the lines. The Julie Miller trainee, winner of the Lady Suffolk on May 2 at Freehold, chased 8/5 favorite Heaven's Door [Muscle Hill] into the stretch, getting up for a two and a half length victory over My Inspiration [Chocolatier], who nipped Heaven's Door for second place. Heaven's Door, driven by Ake Svanstedt, was third across the wire but was placed last by the judges for racing inside three pylons in the stretch, moving Scream And Shout [Muscles Yankee] into third place. Cee Bee Yes, a $45,000 Harrisburg Yearling Sale purchase, won the New Jersey Sire Stakes Final at two. She now has six wins, three seconds and two thirds from 14 career starts and has banked $237,057 for the ownership of Jason Allen of Vincentown, NJ and Douglas Allen of Southampton, NJ. A quartet of $100,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes Finals for three-year-old trotters and pacers, fillies and colts, will be contested on May 31. Another Hambletonian eligible trotter earned a victory on tonight's card as Mister B's Way scored in 1:54.3 in a non-winners of 2 event despite being parked out to the half mile pole for driver Ron Pierce. The brother to Win Missy B and Winning Mister is a homebred for Robert Key. In the finale, the impressive Sandbetweenurtoes made it a perfect two for two on the season, scoring a decisive win in a very sharp 1:50.3, easily the fastest mile of the night. Rebuffed to the half-mile pole, Brett Miller guided is filly from the pocket to soar right past Up Front Elizabeth who cut sharp fractions of 26.4, 54 and 1:22 before finishing second to the odds-on favorite. Sandbetweenurtoes is trained by Larry Remmen for owner Bradley Grant. Racing resumes on Saturday with first post time at 7:15 P.M. The Saturday program features the second leg of the New Jersey Sires Stakes for three year old colt and filly pacers as well as the second leg of the TVG Free For All Pacing Championship. Carol Hodes for SBOANJ and Meadowlands Media Department

The Meadowlands qualifiers on Saturday, May 10 got underway on a fast track at 60 degrees under skies clearing from an overnight fog with minimal wind. Trotting fillies started the day and the fastest freshman trotter ever, Cooler Schooner, made her seasonal debut for John Campbell. She appeared composed as she set easy fractions then tacked a 27.2 quarter on the end of a mile in 1:56. Lady Suffolk division winner Fastdownthehill impressed, follwing the winner around the track then making a mild gain in the fast final panel on her own for Jim Marshall III. Race two same group, same time with My Inspiration from the Smedshammer barn with Yannick Gingras aboard winning from just off the fractions in 1:56 / 28- over Moonlight In Miami. The Green Hornuts paired up to win the third event for trotting colts with Gingras steering his namesake to the first successful mile of his career in 1:55.4 and looked good doing it. The royally bred Muscerene, by Muscle Hill from Queen Serene, unraced at two, looked terrific for Trond Smedshammer closing to be second. Father Patrick made his second qualifying start in the next race and he looked great. He sat comfortably behind Well Built through moderate numbers before stepping off under his own power through a 27.4 final quarter, mile in 1:53 flat for Yannick. Race five and a pair of Muscle Hill colts, Royal Ice and Speak The Truth, flashed some talent in this one. Royal Ice was the winner for Smeds in 1:56.1 / 27.4 with Speak The Truth closing in nicely late for Tim Tetrick. After a short break in the action, play resumed with the unbeaten Perfect Alliance taking a 1:52.3 tour of the oval, getting in a little leg stretching in anticipation of the first Miss Versatility on May 19 at Woodbine. Gingras was along for today's ride. Bee A Magician raced next and won comfortably in 1:55.3 / 27.4 after drafting along behind the classy Celebrity Secret (who is returning to the races after a six year absence) through dawdling fractions. She's getting there. by Nick Salvi, for the Meadowlands

May 5, 2014 - While early on in the contest, Bob Zanakis led all the handicappers this week and easily rolled to the front in HANA Harness' 2014 Grand Circuit 'Shoot-Out' Handicapping Contest presented by The Hambletonian Society, DRF Harness, Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment, Northfield Park, Tioga Downs, and Vernon Downs. Thanks to a net profit of $953.85 for the week and an overall profit of $827.35 for the first four legs of the contest, Zanakis' leads over Barndon Valvo as he drops back to second place with an overall profit of $695. Out of 15 handicappers, seven were in the black. Gordon Waterstone kicked off the weekend's activity with a $540 profit on the second division of the Lady Suffolk at Freehold Raceway with a $40 Exacta Wheel topped with 1-9 Cee Bee Yes and 35-1 long shot Pinking of You in the runner up spot. After that, it was the Bob Zanakis show. On Saturday, Zanakis earned $408 on the Dexter Cup by earning $275 with a $25 Exacta partial wheel and $162.15 on a $.50 Superfecta play. Sunday night, the debut of the Grand Circuit racing at Miami Valley Raceway once again found Zanakis in front with a $490.20 profit followed by Mark McKelvie ($390), Brandon Valvo ($375), and Garnet Barnsdale ($322). Barnsdale earned $442 on a $65 Trifecta partial wheel in the Miami Valley Distaff Trot while McKelvie earned a profit of $196 on the Sam 'Chip' Noble Memorial Pace and $194 on the Distaff trot. First week leader Valvo earned $375 by betting $250 to win on Shebestingin in the Skip Noble Memorial. The standings at the end of the fourth leg of the contest are: As of May 4, 2014 - Leg 4 Pos Handicapper Week Gain Net Profit Behind Last Pos Days Missed 1st Bob Zanakis $953.85 $827.35   1st 0 2nd Brandon Valvo $330.00 $695.00 $132.35 2nd 0 3rd Gordon Waterstone $538.00 $325.00 $502.35 3rd 0 4th Mark McKelvie $244.00 $265.00 $562.35 9th 0 5th Derick Giwner $254.00 $142.00 $685.35 7th 0 6th Brian McEvoy $70.00 $107.50 $719.85 4th 0 7th Earl Paulson $217.50 $67.50 $759.85 8th 0 8th Sally Hinckley ($108.40) ($113.40) $940.75 6th 0 9th Rusty Nash ($503.00) ($160.00) $987.35 5th 0 10th Ray Garnett ($65.50) ($250.70) $1,078.05 10th 0 11th Garnet Barnsdale ($168.00) ($343.00) $1,170.35 14th 0 12th Ann Stepien ($413.00) ($385.00) $1,212.35 11th 0 13th Dennis O'Hara ($292.00) ($491.00) $1,318.35 13th 0 14th Ray Cotolo ($439.00) ($541.00) $1,368.35 12th 0 15th Josi Verlingieri ($529.00) ($779.00) $1,606.35 15th 0 Five grace days permitted. After ten days, there is a penalty of $200 per day. The Grand Circuit Shoot-Out resumes on Saturday evening, May 10, at the Meadowlands for the 1st leg of the TVG/Meadowlands Early Closing series. by Allan Schott, for HANA        

Last week was OK but nothing to write home about with some chalk coming in and the big guns in the Levy not being able to hold up. But this is a new week and plenty of racing action across North America with “Roarin” Grand Circuit action featuring the Dexter Cup Trot, Miami Valley, Meadowlands and a superb Van Rose Memorial Pace at Pocono Downs. The action takes place Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Good Luck! $33,075 3YO Filly Trot The Lady Suffolk Freehold Raceway 3rd race FRIDAY – It may be a short field of just five fillies but they all show good trotting lines. I am going with Fastdowntheghill. This daughter of Muscle Hill is making her pari-mutuel debut, qualified with a win at age 2 and was turned out, and in her two recent qualifiers showed great speed and comes into this race off an impressive 1:58 score. Use Bella’s Spunkin and Suegrabbitnrun in exotice plays. $33,075 3YO Filly Trot The Lady Suffolk Freehold Raceway 9th race FRIDAY – Provided that Cee Bee Yes can handle a half mile track this filly showed great speed in her two qualifying races, the fastest a 1:56.2 win at the Meadowlands. Super well bred she won $198,000 last year and looms over this field as the class of the race. Use Mistresswithmuscle and Glams K in exotic plays. $30,000 FFA Trot Meadowlands 11th race FRIDAY – What a great matchup with only Modern Family missing from the lineup. I am going to take a shot with the old man of the race, Arch Madness. He made me look good twice last year, is coming off strong qualifying wins and in short field may work it out late to steal the show against some great competition. Use Servuga and the entry of Not Afraid/Uncle Peter in exotic plays. $115,370 3YO Trot The Dexter Cup Freehold Raceway 10th race SATURDAY – It’s the start of season leading towards the Hambletonian. Last week Sarcastic Man was able to overcome outside post at 12-1 and upset the field so what’s stopping them from doing it again. Owner Robert Key and driver Ron Pierce have won this race before from this far out and can do it again. Use Sumatra and King City in exotic plays. $47,253 Pace John Simpson Memorial Meadowlands 6th race SATURDAY – In his last start of the 2013 season, JK Endofanera won the $534,000 Governor Cup in impressive fashion and off his two very strong qualifying wins I think he is ready to cut loose for Ron Burke Stable. Use entry of Ideal Cowboy/Moliere Hanover and Allstar Partner in exotic plays. $34,000 Preferred Pace Woodbine 8th race SATURDAY – After two very sharp qualifying wins, State Treasurer returns for 2014 looking to be in prime shape. He closed out 2013 with a win before being turned out and can surprise this field despite having to make his seasonal debut from an outside post. Use Thinking Out Loud and In Commando in exotic plays. $50,000 Trot Van Rose Memorial Pocono Downs 10th race SATURDAY – This is the class race of the weekend. Every single horse in this field could be made a case for if they win. Last year this division was the most exciting throughout the year and it is shaping up that way once again. I am going to go with Bandolito as last week he came first over after a slow half and was able to grind it out in a dramatic stretch drive finish. If he can get any live cover he has the ability to score once again. Dovuto Hanover and Dancin Yankee in exotic plays. $50,300 Pace Sam “Chip” Noble, III Memorial Miami Valley 8th race SUNDAY – What a befitting match-up in the inaugural honoring the great horsemen Chip Noble. Yagonnakissmeornot comes in as the top pacing mare in the country right now but I think that title will be short lived as I am going with Shebigstingin. World class mare is ready for action of her recent qualifiers and I am looking for her to cut loose with a big score. Use Yagonnakissmeornot and Jerseylicious in exotic plays. $60,000 Trot Miami Valley Distaff Miami Valley Raceway 9th race SUNDAY – It’s the 2014 debut of world champion trotting mare Maven and she looks prime and ready for action. She only beat Market Share in her last qualifier and looked good doing it. Class of the field will prevail once again. Use D’Orsay and Mistery Woman in exotic plays.

Fastdownthehill picked an ideal time to not only make her first harness racing pari-mutuel start, but also to score her first win in capturing a $33,075 division of the Lady Suffolk Trot at Freehold Raceway Friday. The three-year-old filly, driven by Jim Marshall, III, started from post two in the Grand Circuit event. Fastdownhill got away in second place early behind Suegrabbitnrun (Ray Schnittker) but after the first turn, Marshall sent the filly right to the lead at the opening quarter mile in :29.1. And from that point on it was “catch me if you can” as Fastdownthehill led the field past the half mile marker in 1:00.2 and the three-quarters in 1:30.3 as no one could mount a challenge against her. Fastdownhill went on to win by one and one-half lengths in 2:01 with Suegrabbitnrun second and Bella’s Spunkin (Jim Meittinis) third. Sired by Muscle Hill, Fastdownhill is trained by Donna Marshall and is owned by Robert and Regina Beinhauer of Venetia, PA and the T L P Stable of Kearny, NJ. She paid $3.00 to win as the betting favorite. In the $33,075 second division of the Lady Suffolk, Cee Bee Yes went off as the overwhelming 1/9 wagering favorite and she did not disappoint any of her backers. The daughter of Muscles Yankee, driven by Jason Barlett, rolled through fractions of :30.2; 1:01 and 1:31.1 before kicking in another gear and pulling away in the stretch to win by seven and one half open lengths in 2:00.3. Pinking Of You (Jim Marshall, III) was second with Mistresswithmuscle (David Miller) third. It was the first start this year for Cee Bee Yes, who is trained by Julie Miller and is owned by Jason Allen of Vincentown, NJ and Douglas Allen of Southampton, NJ. As a two-year-old, Cee Bee Yes won four times with earnings of $198,000. This was her first start this year and she paid $2.20 to win. By Steve Wolf, for

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