Day At The Track
Search Results
1 to 16 of 87
1 2 3 4 5 Next »

East Rutherford, NJ - Yesterday, the New Jersey Superior Court in Monmouth County rejected an effort by an owner of a New Jersey bred horse to force New Meadowlands to host and race the harness racing New Jersey Classic and the Miss New Jersey Classic this year.   New Meadowlands determined in December 2016 to cancel this event for a variety of reasons, among them the cost of the purse and an insufficient field of eligible horses.   Agreeing with the host track, the Court refused to enjoin the New Meadowlands' decision to cancel the races. Consequently New Meadowlands' original cancellation notice stands as was previously announced.   Meadowlands Media Relations Department

East Rutherford, NJ - The Meadowlands currently faces a lawsuit over the cancellation of the 2017 edition of the Anthony Abbatiello New Jersey Classic and Thomas D'Altrui Miss New Jersey for three-year-old pacers, filed by an owner claiming eligibility. (Harnesslink has reported that the owner is attorney Howard Taylor)   While it pleased no one in Meadowlands management to exercise its right to cancel a stake, the reality is that with the purse account overpaid by more than $5 million at the end of 2016 there was little choice but to do so if management is to satisfy its many obligations to the numerous stakeholders who rely on the viability of our track and the industry.   Aside from the issues encountered in our continuing to fund these losses, The Meadowlands is required to demonstrate a plan for solvency to those financial institutions that hold the mortgage on the property. A part of that process is to submit a budget for all facets of the racing business, a budget to which it must abide. The purse/stakes account is one element of that budget. With no alternative source of revenue on the horizon, and with a handle on both live racing and the import simulcast (the largest revenue stream to purses) declining each year, The Meadowlands purse account faces the prospect of another substantial loss in 2017. Many options, short of exercising its clear right to cancel the Miss NJ and NJ Classic races,were considered ,including a dramatic reduction in stakes races, which would have serious ramifications to the industry. At first the decision was made to try and continue with as many stakes as possible. A sponsorship call went out within the industry to support the 2017 stakes program. That call, the response to which was well received for which we are grateful, did not cure the dilemma. A few stakes were still required to be deleted to meet budget, among them the NJ Classic and Miss NJ . This is largely due, but not exclusively, to the fact that  there are so few horses eligible to the NJSS program, particularly pacers. In last year's sophomore NJSS colt pace there were seven entered in each of the two legs and six entered the final. At the same time, neither the SBOANJ nor the Sire Stake Board had any funds available. In 2016 The Meadowlands, without obligation, added  $150,000 of the $235,000 in total purses for the NJ Classic and Miss NJ to run these stakes . For the foregoing reasons, among others, that option is simply not viable in 2017 . The fact is that $150,000 has to come from somewhere, so if The Meadowlands is forced to hold these races, others must be dropped from the schedule. The current plan would be for the Meadowlands to exercise its right to cancel the two Meadowlands races for older mare pacers, the Golden Girls and Lady Liberty which each require $65,000 in added money. Any payments made to these stakes would be refunded if that were to occur.  From the Meadowlands

MANALAPAN, NJ -- January 27, 2017 -- The Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of New Jersey (SBOANJ) would like to clarify its involvement with the New Jersey Classic and Miss New Jersey stakes races, which the Meadowlands previously announced as being cancelled for 2017. At one time purses for the New Jersey Classic and Miss New Jersey were supported in part by the New Jersey Sires Stakes (NJSS). In a Nov. 20, 2009, letter to the SBOANJ, the NJSS advised that it was withdrawing its guaranteed support of the races. In 2009, the NJSS contributed $50,000 to the Classic and Miss New Jersey, but between 2010 and 2015 no payments were made to the races. The SBOANJ has been collecting nominating and sustaining payments for both the New Jersey Classic and Miss New Jersey to be put in the purses of the races. The SBOANJ has not contributed funding to the purses of the races. "The New Jersey Classic and Miss New Jersey were raced with short fields in 2016, with just five in the Classic and only four in the Miss New Jersey, which prompted the filly stake to be raced as a non-betting event. It appears that there would be fewer entries for this year." said SBOANJ president Mark Ford. EDITORS NOTE: This controversary came about from owner Howard Taylor's statement on Harnessracing.com. Click here to view. by Courtney Stafford for the SBOANJ 

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ – July 31, 2016 – The spotlight was on New Jersey harness racing sired three year old pacers Saturday night at the Meadowlands.  Blue Moon Stride continued her winning ways at the Meadowlands by dominating the $85,000 Thomas D’Altrui for 3 year old fillies.  While Don’tcallmefrancis nosed out the competition in the $150,000 Anthony Abbatiello Classic. The Thomas D’Altrui and the Anthony Abbatiello Classic are both sponsored by the Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of New Jersey. Blue Moon Stride a Rocknroll Hanover sired filly driven by Andrew McCarthy wired the field from start to finish stopping the clock in 1:51.2.  JK Fannie [Rocknroll Hanover] finished second six lengths back while Rocknroll Vision finished third.  Miss New Jersey 2016 Brenna Weick presented the trophy to the Mark Harder trainee’s winning connections.  Blue Moon Stride was bred by Perretti Farms. Don’tcallmefrancis, a son of RocknRoll Hanover, took the colt companion race, the Anthony Abbatiello Classic in 1:51.0 over a sloppy track. Driver Yannick Gingras, managed a two hold trip behind heavily favored Boston Red Rocks.  The rail opened up enough for Gingras to nose out the competition.  Ideal Rocky was a fast closing third on the outside. Ron Burke trained, Don’tcallmefrancis a $25,000 Harrisburg Sale purchase, improved his record to four wins in 2016 pushing his lifetime total to $172,998.  He was bred by Stephen P. Dey III in New Jersey. Courtney Stafford

MANALAPAN, NJ -- July 8, 2016 -- The Anthony Abbatiello New Jersey Classic and the Thomas D'Altrui Miss New Jersey stakes races will be held on July 30,2016 at the Meadowlands. The estimated purses will be $145,000 for the Anthony Abbatiello NJ Classic and $85,000 for the Thomas D'Altrui Miss New Jersey. In addition the SBOANJ has announced that they will reimburse the starting fees to the 6-10th place finishers for both races. The draw will be held on Monday morning July 25, 2016. The following horses are eligible. 2016 Anthony Abbatiello NJ Classic All The Cookies Boston Red Rocks Dontcallmefrancis Ideal Rocky Katies Rocker Mad Mad World Road Block Rock N Roll Style Rock Power Rockefeller Roll N Catch Undrafted Winning Linc 2016 Thomas D'Altrui Miss New Jersey Blue Moon Stride Can'tgetenuffofyou Double Jeopardy Dreaming Silly Heart Of Glass JK Fannie Mymegarichmothrnlo N Angel Among Us On Top Of The Rock Place To Rocknroll Rock My Girl Rocknroll Fan Rocknroll Vision Rollatown Please contact the SBOA at 732-462-2357 or the Meadowlands Race Office at 201-842-5130 if you have any questions. by Courtney Stafford, for the SBOANJ

In an effort to promote participation in the New Jersey Classic and the Miss New Jersey the Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of New Jersey will refund starting fees. Refunds will be sent to any horse that declares and starts in the harness racing NJ Classic or Miss New Jersey and finishes 6th through 10th. Sustaining 3 year old payments due March 15th for both the NJ Classic and the Miss New Jersey. The payment amounts are $900 for the NJ Classic and $600 for the Miss New Jersey. Courtney Stafford

Mark Mullen of Fair Winds Farm in Cream Ridge, NJ had two reasons to celebrate on Saturday night – the winners of both the harness racing features, $200,000 Anthony Abbatiello New Jersey Classic for three-year-old New Jersey-sired pacing colts and geldings and the $100,000 Thomas D’Altrui Miss New Jersey, the companion event for fillies were born at his farm.  "For a breeder, there is nothing more satisfying than seeing a horse you've raised, go on to do well for its new owner," said Mullen. "It is a year's long process with many pitfalls along the way." "For a smaller breeder like Fair Winds, it is particularly gratifying to experience two big stakes wins on the same night at the greatest racetrack in North America [the Meadowlands]." "We are very happy for all the connections!" Split The House, by Rocknroll Hanover and out of Shake That Junk, captured the New Jersey Classic in 1:48.3 for trainer James "Friday" Dean while Wicked Little Minx, also by Rocknroll Hanover, is out of Beachy Lady and won the Miss New Jersey with a 1:50 mile. She is trained by Nancy Johansson for owner Courant AB of Stockholm, Sweden. "Steve Jones and I bought Beachy Lady from a Perretti dispersal at the Harrisburg Mixed Sale in 2011 for $37,000," Mullen recalled. "She was carrying this Rocknroll Hanover foal [Wicked Little Minx]." "She was foaled and raised at Fair Winds." "We sold her at the sale for $50,000." "As with many Rocknroll Hanovers, she was big, strong and with good conformation" "Ake Svanstedt trained her at two." "She has a Well Said colt to sell at Harrisburg this fall," Mullen noted. "I purchased Shake That Junk [the dam of Split The House] at Harrisburg in 2008 for $120,000," he said. "She is a good-looking, correct Camluck from the family of Western Maverick [p, 2, 1:52 -'01 $236,278]." "Her dam, Diamond Dawn, won over $370,000." "Split The House too was a big, good looking colt," Mullen said. "He sold for $60,000." He is owned by Ontario-based Scott Horner of Toronto, Peter Milligan of Mississauga and James J. Dean of Guelph Both mares are still at Fair Winds Farm with "Beachy" in foal to So Surreal and "Shake" in foal to American Ideal. Carol Hodes for the SBOANJ

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ – July 25, 2015 – Split The House gave harness racing trainer James “Friday” Dean his third Anthony Abbatiello New Jersey Classic victory and Wicked Little Minx overcame post 10 and a first-over trip to win the Thomas D’Altrui Miss New Jersey as the spotlight was on New Jersey-sired three-year-old pacers on Saturday night, July 25, 2015 at the Meadowlands. In the hands of Randy Waples, Split The House [$8.60], a son of Rocknroll Hanover – Shake The Junk, got up for a half-length tally over Revenge Shark [Cam’s Card Shark] while 6-5 favorite Artspeak [Western Ideal], the Dan Patch divisional champion at two, was third by a length and a quarter in the 11th race. The $200,000 New Jersey Classic and the $100,000 Miss New Jersey are sponsored by the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey.  Friday Dean harnessed previous winners Big Jim in 2011 and Panther Hanover in 2012 “He’s a nice horse with all the parts,” said Waples of Split The House.  “His only flaw was that he was silly behind the gate, But he’s turned the corner [after some equipment changes]. “I just wanted to draft as long as I could [behind Artspeak],” Waples added.  “Then he swelled up and dug in.”  Split The House, bred by Fair Winds Farm of Cream Ridge, NJ, paced the mile in 1:48.3 A $60,000 Harrisburg Sale purchase, Split The House was unraced at two and has now won seven of nine starts, including three straight.  He has banked $162,158 for Ontario owners Scott Horner of Toronto, Peter Milligan of Mississauga and James J. Dean of Guelph. Split The House Wicked Little Minx captured the filly companion race, the Miss New Jersey, the seventh race. “She’s like a big diesel truck,” said winning trainer Nancy Johansson of the Rocknroll Hanover – Beachy Lady filly who was driven to her second win of the year by Brett Miller.  She coasted past Stacia Hanover [Western Ideal], who cut most of the mile.  It was two and a half lengths to 6-5 favorite The Show Returns {Rocknroll Hanover], who had limited room trying to slip up the rail and finished third. Wicked Little Minx [$6.60], a $50,000 Harrisburg Sale purchase by Courant AB of Stockholm, Sweden, improved her record to two wins, one second and three thirds from eight starts this year and 10 of 19 in-the-money lifetime.  Her $109,199 earnings this year lifted her total to $157,234.  She was bred by Perretti Farms of Cream Ridge, NJ. Wicked Little Minx In other racing action, Graceful Vision put forth a sparkling debut, winning a maiden event for two year old filly pacers in 1:52.3.  The 1/2 favorite made a backstretch brush to the lead, dueled around the far turn and sprinted away from the competition to score and impressive maiden-breaking score with Steve Smith in the sulky.  She is owned and trained by Erv Miller. Graceful Vision Sayitall BB was a drop and pop winner, scoring an emphatic 1:50 triumph in the upper level condition event for the pacing mares.  On the heels of a troubled trip, the Breeders Crown winning mare earned a nice confidence building win which could set her up nicely for the Lady Liberty on Hambletonian Day, with eliminations (if necessary) next Saturday night.  Sayitall BB was driven by Joe Bongiorno, one of two wins on the program for him and is trained by Ron Burke who co-owns the mare with Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Sayitall BB The Jackpot Super Hi-5 went unclaimed again on Saturday night and that carryover now stands at $219,579 into the Friday, July 31st racing program. Darin Zoccali

East Rutherford, NJ- The New Jersey Classic and Miss New Jersey for three-year-old state bred pacers will headline Saturday night's card at The Meadowlands.   Artspeak is the morning line choice over six rivals in the $200,000 Classic (race 11) as the dual NJSS champion attempts to find his winning form after a disappointing Meadowlands Pace. The speedy son of Western Ideal is just a few dollars shy of $1 million in career earnings, surely the partnership of Brittany farms, Marvin Katz, Joe Sbrocco and In The Gym Partners would enjoy having a winner's circle photo to commemorate the milestone. Tony Alagna trains and Scott Zeron is the regular pilot for Artspeak.   Heading the $100,00 Miss New Jersey is The Show Returns, a daughter of Rocknroll Hanover. She is the filly NJSS champ, having been a longshot winner of her divisional final in May. The Show Returns has danced every dance this season for owners Richard and Joanne Young on her way to $169,128 in earnings. John Campbell "returns" to the sulky on Saturday evening for trainer Chris Ryder.   Off the track it's Corntastic weekend with several corn-related activities and contests to go along with a complimentary ear of delicious Jersey corn.   A brand new promotion on Saturday is the FREE $5,000 Handicapping Contest on Victory Terrace rooftop bar open only to those between 18 and 30 years of age. It's a new angle designed by Meadowlands President Jeff Gural and sponsored by his and wife Paula's Allerage Farms. The intent is to direct the attention of our target audience to wagering in the hope that they will experience the excitement of betting on and winning cash at the races.   The evening gets underway at 7:15 as the Championship Meet winds through the final few weeks, culminating with the $1 million Hambletonian on Saturday, August 8.   Meadowlands Media Relations              

James "Friday" Dean says it might have been ambitious to send lightly raced Split The House to the North America Cup earlier this year, but the harness racing trainer is looking forward to seeing the colt return to action against some of the best 3-year-old male pacers in North America in Saturday's $200,000 Anthony Abbatiello SBOA New Jersey Classic at the Meadowlands. Split The House drew post seven in the seven-horse field and is 9-2 on the morning line. Regular driver Randy Waples will make the trip from Ontario to New Jersey to drive the horse, who has posted six wins in eight starts this season. New Jersey Sire Stake champion Artspeak, who was the 2014 Dan Patch Award winner for best 2-year-old male pacer, is the 8-5 morning line favorite in the New Jersey Classic. He will start from post five with Scott Zeron driving for trainer Tony Alagna. Split The House was unraced as a 2-year-old because of a fractured pastern bone, but opened this year with four victories heading into the North America Cup at Mohawk Racetrack in June. Split The House finished fourth in his North America Cup elimination, just missing out on advancing to the final, and a week later finished fourth in the North America Cup Consolation. He bounced back from the setbacks by winning a preliminary leg and final of the Summertime Series at Mohawk. "I think if the North America Cup wasn't in our backyard I wouldn't have raced him in it," said Dean, who is based in Ontario and owns Split The House with Scott Horner and Peter Milligan. "We kind of threw him to the wolves a little early. He didn't embarrass himself though and he rebounded well. He's pretty sharp right now so we'll take another crack at the big boys." Waples left no doubt of what he thought about Split The House following the Summertime final, which Split The House won by 2-3/4 lengths over Rockin In Heaven in 1:50.2. "In my estimation he's one of the best 3-year-olds out there, it's just the truth," Waples said. "He was kind of misbehaving a little bit behind the gate (in the North America Cup) and Friday put a screen on him and he's just a different horse now. The last couple of weeks he seems like he's turned a corner. "I think he definitely deserves to be with (the Grand Circuit pacers). If you've got a good field of horses you can find one to follow and I just think this horse is going to go a big mile before the year is up." Split The House was purchased as a yearling under the name Current Course for $60,000. He is a son of Rocknroll Hanover out of the mare Shake That Junk, who raced for Dean and was successful on the Ontario circuit. "We really liked the look of this colt," Dean said. "Then he cracked a pastern behind and stood in a stall for four months. But he was really patient about it. "But we really liked what we had seen from him (prior to his injury). He loved his work. He was a natural. He's a real good horse to train." Split The House is staked to a number of major races, including the Battle of the Brandywine, Simcoe, Little Brown Jug, Bluegrass, and Breeders Crown. "If we're good enough, we'll show up," Dean said. Artspeak heads to the New Jersey Classic off a sixth-place finish in the Meadowlands Pace last weekend. He was second in the Hempt Memorial on July 4 at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono and fifth in the North America Cup. For the year, Artspeak has won three of eight races and earned $255,135 for owners Brittany Farms, Marvin Katz, Joe Sbrocco, and In The Gym Partners. Dealt A Winner is the 5-2 second choice in the New Jersey Classic. He will start from post four with John Campbell driving for trainer Mark Silva. He was fourth in the Meadowlands Pace and a multiple stakes-winner in 2014. The remainder of the New Jersey Classic field is Pierce Hanover, Revenge Shark, Badix Hanover, and Hurrikane Ali. Saturday's Meadowlands card also includes the $100,000 Thomas D'Altrui SBOA Miss New Jersey for 3-year-old female pacers. The Show Returns is the 5-2 morning line favorite, starting from post seven with John Campbell driving for Chris Ryder. The field for the $200,000 Anthony Abbatiello New Jersey Classic [11th race] with drivers, trainers and morning line: 1-Pierce Hanover, Douglas McNair, Ken Sucee, 6-1; 2-Revenge Shark, Brett Miller Tony Alagna, 8-1; 3-Badix Hanover, Ake Svanstedt, Ake Svanstedt, 20-1; 4-Dealt A Winner, John Campbell, Mark Silva, 5-2; 5 Artspeak, Scott Zeron, Tony Alagna, 8-5; 6-Hurrikane Ali, Jim Marohn Jr., John McDermott Jr., 10-1, and 10-Split The House, Randy Waples, James Dean, 9-2. Pierce Hanover, Revenge Shark and Dealt A Winner are by Cam’s Card Shark; Badix Hanover and Artspeak are by Western Ideal; Hurrikane Ali and Split The House are by Rocknroll Hanover. The field for the $100,000 Thomas D’Altrui Miss New Jersey [seventh race] with drivers, trainers and morning line: 1-Lindys Old Lady, Douglas McNair, Frank Antonacci, 6-1; 2-Thirty X, Vincent Ginsburg, Richard Silverman, 20-1; 3-Stacia Hanover, Scott Zeron, Steve Elliott, 3-1; 4-Cheyenne Robin, Randy Waples, Robert Siegelman, 20-1; 5-Strut My Stuff, Jim Marohn Jr, Ross Croghan, 15-1; 6-Happiness, Joe Bongiorno, Ron Burke, 10-1; 7-The Show Returns, John Campbell, Chris Ryder, 5-2; 8-Crescent City, Steve Smith, Chris Ryder. 12-1; 9-Ideal Nuggets, Mike Simons, Ed Lohmeyer, 8-1, and 10-Wicked Little Minx, Brett Miller, Nancy Johansson, 9-2. Stacia Hanover, Strut My Stuff and Ideal Nuggets are by Western Ideal; all others by Rocknroll Hanover. by Ken Weingartner Harness Racing Communications USTA  

MANALAPAN, NJ - July 21, 2015 - Artspeak, the Dan Patch divisional champion at two, has been installed as the 8-5 morning line favorite in the $200,000 Anthony Abbatiello New Jersey Classic, which will be contested as the 11th race on Saturday, July 25, 2015 at the Meadowlands. The filly companion race, the $100,000 Thomas D'Altrui Miss New Jersey, is slated as the seventh race. Both the New Jersey Classic for colts and geldings and the Miss New Jersey for fillies are restricted to New Jersey-sired three-year-old pacers. Both events are sponsored by the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey. Artspeak, a son of Western Ideal, is on the cusp of crossing the $1 million mark in earnings with a total of $997,320 thanks to 11 wins, two seconds and two thirds in 18 career starts. In 2014, he was voted Two-Year-Old Pacing Colt of the Year after he won eight of 10 starts and never finished worse than third for a bankroll of $742,185. His victories included the Metro at Mohawk on August 30 and, in his season finale, the Governor's Cup on October 25 at Woodbine. This year he has been first or second in five of eight starts, including a lifetime best 1:48.4 mile on May 30 to win the New Jersey Sire Stakes Final at the Meadowlands. His only off-the-board finishes were a fifth in the North America Cup on June 20 and sixth in last week's Meadowlands Pace. The Tony Alagna trainee, driven by Scott Zeron, is owned by his co-breeder, Brittany Farms of Versailles, KY, along with Marvin Katz of Toronto, Ontario; Joe Sbrocco of Brecksville, OH and In The Gym Partners [Showbiz Hall Partners, John Fodera & Steven Wienick] of Staten Island, NY. The field for the $100,000 Thomas D'Altrui Miss New Jersey [seventh race] with early driver assignments plus trainers: 1-Lindys Old Lady, Jim Marohn Jr., Frank Antonacci; 2-Thirty X, Vincent Ginsburg, Richard Silverman; 3-Stacia Hanover, Scott Zeron, Steve Elliott; 4-Cheyenne Robin, John Campbell, Robert Siegelman; 5-Strut My Stuff, John Campbell, Ross Croghan; 6-Happiness, TBA, Ron Burke; 7-The Show Returns, John Campbell, Chris Ryder; 8-Crescent City, Steve Smith, Chris Ryder; 9-Ideal Nuggets, TBA, Ed Lohmeyer, and 10-Wicked Little Minx, Brett Miller, Nancy Johansson. Stacia Hanover, Strut My Stuff and Ideal Nuggets are by Western Ideal; all others by Rocknroll Hanover. The field for the $200,000 Anthony Abbatiello New Jersey Classic [11th race] with early driver assignments and early morning line, plus trainers: 1-Pierce Hanover, Douglas McNair, Ken Sucee, 6-1; 2-Revenge Shark, Brett Miller Tony Alagna, 8-1; 3-Badix Hanover, Ake Svanstedt, Ake Svanstedt, 20-1; 4-Dealt A Winner, John Campbell, Mark Silva, 5-2; 5 Artspeak, Scott Zeron, Tony Alagna, 8-5; 6-Hurrikane Ali, Yannick Gingras, John McDermott Jr., 10-1, and 10-Split The House, Tim Tetrick, James Dean, 9-2. Pierce Hanover, Revenge Shark and Dealt A Winner are by Cam's Card Shark; Badix Hanover and Artspeak are by Western Ideal; Hurrikane Ali and Split The House are by Rocknroll Hanover. Click on the following link for all historic facts. Facts & Figures for the NJ Classic/Miss New Jersey, and Meadowlands Media Guide pages for the New Jersey Classic and Miss New Jersey By Carol Hodes for the SBOANJ

Three-year-old trotter Father Patrick is ready to get back to action Sunday in a division of the Tompkins-Geers Stakes at Tioga Downs in New York, looking to return to his winning ways after going off stride in the Hambletonian, snapping a 15-race unbeaten streak. His driver, Yannick Gingras, is ready too. "Win or lose, I'd always be looking forward to getting back on the track with him," Gingras said. "He's a great horse. He's provided me with great thrills so far, and I'm sure there are plenty more to come. "I'm looking forward to showing everybody what a great horse he is." Father Patrick's return is part of a card that features 10 Tompkins-Geers divisions for trotters and pacers. Among the horses competing Sunday are 3-year-old male pacer JK Endofanera, who earlier this year won the North America Cup, and multiple stakes-winning 3-year-old female pacers Precocious Beauty and Uffizi Hanover. Trained by Jimmy Takter, Father Patrick has won 16 of 18 career races and $1.26 million. He was the Hambletonian favorite, but drew post No. 10 - the outermost spot on the gate at the Meadowlands Racetrack - and went off stride at the start. The million-dollar race was won by Trixton, another colt from the Takter Stable, with Takter himself in the sulky. "I scored (Father Patrick) down pretty hard because I've never left with him before," Gingras said after the race. "I wanted him to pay attention and be ready for (the start). The gate opened and I touched him on the tail with the whip and he took off running. It's so unfortunate. Knock on wood, I'll have another chance. But he never will." Gingras, who leads all harness racing drivers in purses with $7.23 million this year, won five stakes races on Hambletonian Day. But he still had difficulty feeling upbeat. "It was a great day, but I still went home and was very disappointed," Gingras said. "When you focus on a race for so long, that's what makes it such a disappointment. There are only a couple million-dollar races and I haven't won one yet. That day had it all - the million dollars, the Hambletonian, Father Patrick and everything he's accomplished. It was such a downer. Even though I had a great day, I didn't feel like celebrating. "I do still think about it. It's a race I'll always want to take back, but you've got to live with it now at this point." Father Patrick races Sunday in the second of two Tompkins-Geers divisions for 3-year-old male trotters. His split also includes Datsyuk, who finished sixth in the Hambletonian. "They said he came out of the (Hambletonian) fine and he trained back good," Gingras said about Father Patrick. "That was to be expected. There's nothing wrong with him, so I'm sure he'll be ready to go on Sunday." The first of the Tompkins-Geers divisions for 3-year-old male trotters includes Dexter Cup winner Sumatra and Hambletonian fifth-place-finisher Resolve, a colt trained by Takter's daughter, Nancy Johansson. Precocious Beauty, who was the 2013 Dan Patch Award winner for best 2-year-old female pacer, and Uffizi Hanover meet in the sole Tompkins-Geers for 3-year-old female pacers. Precocious Beauty is coming off a win in the Empire Breeders Classic on Sunday at Tioga. The Tompkins-Geers for 3-year-old male pacers includes not only JK Endofanera, but Sweet Rock, who won the New Jersey Classic at odds of 92-1 on Hambletonian Day, and New Jersey Sire Stakes champion Doo Wop Hanover. Among the 2-year-old female trotters in action is Jolene Jolene, who finished second in the Merrie Annabelle Stakes. "There are a lot of nice horses racing there, that's for sure," Gingras said. by Ken Weingartner, for Harness Racing Communications  

Trenton, NJ --- If Sweet Rock were a businessman instead of a harness racing horse, he would probably be Warren Buffett or Bill Gates. He sure doesn’t take long to turn a profit. “You have a horse less than a week and it pays for itself,” said the horse’s new trainer, Wayne Givens. “That’s unbelievable.” This past Saturday, it was time to believe. Purchased by Vicki Givens' Legacy Racing of DE Inc., Reginald Hazzard II and Gary Calloway for $63,000 at the Tattersalls Summer Mixed Sale on July 27, the 3-year-old male pacer was thrown right into the fray on Hambletonian Day. With just one win in 20 lifetime starts, Sweet Rock went off at 92-1 odds and promptly won the $225,000 Anthony Abbatiello SBOA New Jersey Classic at the Meadowlands. Not a bad return on the $63,000 purchase just six days earlier. He had been trained by Larry Remmen, one of the top trainers at the Big M. “At the sale was the first time I saw him,” Wayne Givens said. “I went and looked at him, he seemed like a good solid horse. I went over and talked to Larry, and he said there was nothing wrong. “He was a good bred horse. He looked good in his last start at the Meadowlands and paced at (1:)50 and a piece. He’s only 3 years old and pacing in (1:)50 and he’s a (gelded) son of Rocknroll Hanover.” The fact Remmen had worked with Sweet Rock also made Givens feel pretty secure with the purchase. “They’re good trainers,” he said. “I knew the horse would be in shape and health wise he was probably good. When you buy good horses off good trainers, sometimes all you have to do is get lucky, and that’s kind of what happened. “There were no issues at all when I started to work with him. He was racing fine at the Meadowlands. Hooking up with his harness I already knew what the horse wore. He’s perfect; a nice horse on the track and a nice horse to go out and train. With him it’s all in the trip.” Despite going off as the second biggest longshot in the NJ Classic (Card Shock was 102-1), Givens had faith in the horse. “I can tell you the truth, I was hoping he’d get a check,” the trainer said. “I told my partners it’s not every day you’re in a race for $200,000. “I think the odds were so long because he had just changed hands. The Remmens had him until a few days ago. Plus there were a couple horses in there that people didn’t think anybody could beat. But it worked out perfect.” Givens handed the reins to Brett Miller, who admitted after the race he knew nothing about Sweet Rock. But he managed to take him from behind and worked his way through a crowded stretch as Sweet Rock won by a nose over Beat The Drum in 1:49.4. “Miller did an outstanding job driving him,” Givens said. “I think that’s what the horse needed, was a trip. He needed a real good trip and luck went our way. Things opened up right before the wall and he came on.” Although Givens has no solid plans for the horse, he said his next race will probably be the Tompkins-Geers at Tioga Downs on Aug. 17. He is also eligible for several other races but the trainer said, “I’m not sure about any of them right now. But we’ll show up at Tioga.” By then, Givens will have had more time to work with the horse, although he obviously didn’t need much time to turn a profit. by Rich Fisher, USTA Web Newsroom Senior Correspondent

Archangel's world-record 1:50 performance in last week's John Cashman Jr. Memorial eliminations might have surprised some observers, but not his driver, Yannick Gingras. "I kind of thought it was coming," Gingras said. "He's had a couple miles where he's shown that kind of brilliance, but he was unlucky." The 5-year-old trotter, who sat out last season because of stallion duty, is the 4-1 second choice in Saturday's $300,650 Cashman Memorial final. The Cashman, formerly called the Nat Ray, is for older trotters and has attracted a star-studded field that includes world champion Sebastian K, two-time Dan Patch Award winner Market Share, and numerous other stakes winners. Sebastian K, who won his Cashman elim in 1:51, is the 3-5 morning line favorite for trainer-driver Ake Svanstedt. Sebastian K, an 8-year-old standout from Sweden who is in his first season of racing in North America, holds the record for history's fastest mile thanks to his 1:49 victory in June at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. Archangel's 1:50 mile is the fastest ever on a one-mile oval, breaking the record of 1:50.1 that was shared by Donato Hanover, Muscle Hill, Chapter Seven, Giant Diablo, Lucky Jim, and Sebastian K. The 1:49 mile by Sebastian K in the Sun Invitational at Pocono Downs came on a five-eighths-mile track. Archangel was second to Sebastian K on the final turn of that race, but went off stride and finished seventh. "He was going to trot 1:49 a few weeks ago at Pocono if he didn't make a break," Gingras said. "Around the last turn he just overtrotted a little bit, but I still had the earplugs in. Ake was already driving on his and I had trot behind him. Whether I would have gone by or not, we'll never know, and the record is his. But my horse was going to trot 1:49 too." Archangel entered his Cashman elimination off a 10th-place finish in the Maple Leaf Trot, where he went off stride early in the race. Gingras was not the driver in Canada because he was racing Foiled Again at Northfield in the Battle of Lake Erie. "He's a little bit of a tricky horse, you need to know him, and unfortunately he made a break," Gingras said. "He's a little bit grabby. You've got to know him a little bit. Sometimes he'll throw in a funny step, he's got those little quirks about him, but once you know him he's pretty good." Archangel, trained by Ron Burke for owners Alan Hainsworth's Legendary Standardbred Farm and Clare Semer, has won two of 10 races this year and 16 of 41 in his career while earning $1.02 million. His top win came in the 2012 Yonkers Trot. He has two wins, two seconds and a third in his last seven starts. "He's a horse that didn't race for a full year, so you know it's going to take him six, seven, eight, nine starts to get going," Gingras said. "He was trotting a little further in the stretch each week, so I thought he was going in the right direction. Hopefully he keeps going forward from here on out. I don't think you've seen the bottom of him yet." The Cashman Memorial is part of a stakes-filled card on Saturday, which also includes the $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks for 3-year-old female trotters and the $1 million Hambletonian for 3-year-old trotters. The Cashman, Oaks, and Hambletonian will air during Saturday's national telecast, which begins at 4 p.m. on CBS Sports Network. Following is the Cashman field in post order with drivers, trainers and morning line: 1. Sebastian K, Ake Svanstedt, Ake Svanstedt, 3-5; 2. Your So Vain, Mike Lachance, Ake Svanstedt, 20-1; 3. Arch Madness, Brian Sears, Trond Smedshammer, 20-1; 4. Archangel, Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke, 4-1; 5. Uncle Peter, David Miller, Jimmy Takter, 15-1; 6. Appomattox, Brett Miller, Liisa Vatanen, 50-1; 7. Mister Herbie, John Campbell, Mark Ford, 20-1; 8. Intimidate, Ron Pierce, Luc Blais, 8-1; 9. Market Share, Tim Tetrick, Linda Toscano, 9-2; 10. Sevruga, George Brennan, Kevin Carr, 50-1. HARNESS RACING NOTEBOOK John Campbell will try to extend his record for Hambletonian wins to seven when he drives Nuncio in Saturday's 89th edition of the trotting classic. The Hall of Famer has a legitimate chance to win the race, even with prohibitive favorite Father Patrick in the field, but that's not what makes Campbell most happy. "I'm just so happy anytime I get the chance to be part of the Hambletonian," said Campbell, who has raced in every Hambletonian final but two since 1983. "When you have a horse that figures in it, that makes it more special, no question about it, but it's the best we have to offer and I never take it for granted." Nuncio is the only horse to beat Father Patrick, on July 12, 2013. Father Patrick has won 15 consecutive races since then, but drew the unenviable No. 10 post for Saturday's Hambletonian. No horse has ever won a Hambletonian final from post 10. "I'm happy with the draw; it gives me options going out of the gate," Campbell said. "I'm going to be forwardly placed, or try to be, there's no question about that. I think the unknown is how many underneath me and on the outside are going to leave. I think there's going to be a lot of action in the first quarter of the mile, it just depends how hot that is and how many are involved." Nuncio, a son of Andover Hall-Nicole Isabelle owned by Stefan Melander's Stall TZ stable, has won 10 of 17 career races and never finished worse than second. The colt is trained by Jimmy Takter, who also is the trainer of Father Patrick and Hambletonian contender Trixton. Six of Nuncio's seven runner-up finishes have come against Father Patrick. "I know Nuncio is going into the race in good shape," Campbell said. "He's raced well every start of his life and I don't expect that to change. Father Patrick, believe me, he's earned all the accolades he's gotten. His 15-race win streak is incredible. But at the same time, I'm going to try to upset him on Saturday. "You have to race against the competition, whatever it is that year. [Nuncio] ran into a horse that has a chance to be one of the all-time greats. But I'm hoping he doesn't add the Hambletonian to his resume." Nuncio will try to give Melander his second Hambletonian victory. He was the owner, trainer and driver of 2001 winner Scarlet Knight. Part of Nuncio's success this year is because the horse has been able to relax in races. Last season, Nuncio led at the half-mile point in eight of 10 starts. This year, it's only happened once in seven races. "He wouldn't be in the Hambletonian if it wasn't for the job that Jimmy did over the winter," Campbell said. "When he came back, we made a special effort to keep him quiet and race him from off the pace and make sure he didn't get into the same mode as last year. "Last year was just him being very talented and he got so exuberant that I couldn't rate him during the middle part of the mile and it cost him a couple of races. Now he's to the point where I can leave hard with him and still control him, and that's vital. If he wasn't that way going into the Hambletonian, it would compromise his chances dramatically." Aaron Merriman will get his first drive in the Hambletonian on Saturday. He is North America's leading driver in wins, with 452. Over the past 55 years, these are the drivers who ended the season No. 1 in wins and also drove in the Hambletonian final that same year: Dave Palone (2012, Stormin Normand, and 1999, Cherry Hills), Jody Jamieson (2009, Federal Flex), Tim Tetrick (2007, Pampered Princess), and Jack Moiseyev (1991, Giant Victory). Moiseyev is the only driver to win the Hambletonian in the same year he was No. 1. Merriman, a 36-year-old Ohio native with nearly 6,600 lifetime wins, will drive 50-1 longshot Il Sogno Dream in the Hambletonian. The horse is owned by Bill Manes, Dan Manes, Leonard Christopher and Randy Christopher. He is trained by Chris Beaver. "It doesn't matter what my odds are, it's an unbelievable opportunity and I'm just really excited," Merriman said. "I feel blessed I'm even involved in the race day. Even if I was the presenter of a trophy, I'd be happy. It's the premier event in harness racing and I'm very excited." Of the 11 drivers in this year's Hambletonian, four have won the race at least once previously. John Campbell (Nuncio) holds the record with six triumphs, followed by Ron Pierce (Royal Ice) with three, Brian Sears (Harper Blue Chip) two, and Tim Tetrick (Don Dorado) one. Sears won last year's Hambletonian with Royalty For Life. If he wins again this season, he will be the first driver to win the Hambletonian in back-to-back years since John Campbell in 1987-88. Jimmy Takter and Trond Smedshammer are the only trainers in this year's Hambletonian with previous victories. Takter - who sends out favorites Father Patrick, Nuncio and Trixton - won in 2010 with Muscle Massive and 1997 with Malabar Man. Smedshammer, who trains Royal Ice, won in 2004 with Windsong's Legacy. Trainer Nancy Johansson is making her first start in the Hambletonian, with Resolve, but she is no stranger to the race. She is the daughter of two-time winning trainer Jimmy Takter and was the caretaker of the 2010 Hambletonian winner, Muscle Massive. "That helps me tons," Johansson said. "I don't really feel stressed out. I think a lot of people in my situation would be a little more stressed out, but I kind of expect to be here because we were always there working for my dad. And most of the times, I took care of those horses. "There's a lot of pressure to take care of a good horse. I always say caretakers are so underrated because every day that horse is their charge. It's your job to make sure they don't get hurt, or if they're sick you need to notice in time so something can be done. I feel like I've had that pressure a lot before. I've seen my dad deal with the pressure. It doesn't really bother me because I'm used to it." Howard Taylor, who is among the owners of 20-1 Hambletonian longshot Doncango, never expected to have a starter in this year's race. Doncango has raced only once this year, winning on July 25. "I have tickets for the Billy Joel concert Saturday at the Wells Fargo Center, so I had to scramble to rearrange my plans," Taylor said with a laugh. "In about February or so, [Doncango] got injured. We have just been rehabbing him and bringing him back slowly and he got a late start. "We have a lot of year left and [trainer Ake Svanstedt] thinks he'll be heard from for the rest of the year. But I was a little surprised that he entered the horse in the Hambletonian." Taylor has had two previous starters in the Hambletonian. He is looking for his first win. "It would be a dream," Taylor said about Doncango winning. "It would be a shock, but it would be a dream." Ron Pierce can tie Berndt Lindstedt for most Hambletonian Oaks wins by a driver, with four, if he guides Shake It Cerry to victory Saturday. She is trained by Jimmy Takter, who with a triumph would move into sole possession of second place in trainer wins. Takter is tied with Glen Garnsey with three Oaks titles. Jan Johnson leads the way with six. Shake It Cerry, who has won six of seven races this year and was the 2013 Dan Patch Award winner for best 2-year-old female trotter, is the 5-2 second choice on the morning line. "She's good," Takter said earlier in the week. "It was good we didn't have to extend her too much [in the Oaks prep, a 1:54.4 win]. The Hambletonian Oaks won't go like that. The race next week, they're going to mix it up a little bit. "I think she's the best one. The only time she got defeated, she had a bad trip. She's sound, everything is good with her. She is ready to go a big mile. She'll take [Pierce] home. She's not known to give up in the stretch." Prior to this Saturday, trainer Julie Miller's only Hambletonian Oaks starter was 90-1 longshot Timelesswinner Two in 2009. Timelesswinner Two finished eighth. This year, she is sending out three fillies in the Oaks including morning line favorite Designed To Be. Starting from post one with driver Brian Sears, Designed To Be has won two of four starts this year. She was second to Shake It Cerry, who drew post 11 in the Oaks, in last week's prep. "She's had a little bit of traffic trouble her last two starts," Miller said. "I give a lot of credit to Brian. He knows my filly and he's been able to control her during the pedestrian second quarters we've been going. I'm excited for [the final]. Obviously, I'd like to see them go a little more [early fractions] in the race. We'll see how it plays out. I have all the confidence in the world in Brian and Designed To Be." Miller's other starters in the Oaks are 12-1 Take The Money and 20-1 Cee Bee Yes. "Take The Money had a nice win in the Reynolds [on July 19]," Miller said. "She proved to me that she should be in here. She seems to be a horse that's better with a week off in between starts. So that's why we [skipped the Oaks prep and] gave her the week off rather than go three weeks in a row. "[Cee Bee Yes] is my sleeper. She does her job, she's a sweetheart, and Marcus [Miller] gets along with her well. If they mix it up, I think she can pick up the pieces." Saturday's card, which begins at noon, features the Hambletonian Day returns of 2012 Hambletonian winner Market Share and 2013 Hambletonian Oaks winner Bee A Magician. Bee A Magician, the 2013 Horse of the Year, is the 4-5 favorite in the $52,000 Ima Lula Series final for 4-year-old female trotters. Market Share is the 9-2 third choice in the $300,650 John Cashman Jr. Memorial for older trotters. Here is a look at the morning line choices for Hambletonian Day's top races. $52,000 Ima Lula: Bee A Magician 4-5, Classic Martine 7-5, Handover Belle 8-1. $100,000 Miss New Jersey: Gettingreadytoroll 2-1, Act Now 3-1, Blixtra 9-2. $225,000 New Jersey Classic: Doo Wop Hanover 9-5, Western Vintage 5-2, Bushwacker 9-2. $257,700 U.S. Pacing Championship: Sweet Lou 4-5, Captaintreacherous 7-2, Thinking Out Loud 6-1. $352,050 Merrie Annabelle: Mission Brief 4-5, Lock Down Lindy 3-1, Gatka Hanover 5-1. $355,500 Peter Haughton Memorial: Guess Whos Back 2-1, Canepa Hanover 5-2, Centurion ATM 3-1. $50,000 Townsend Ackerman: Amped Up Hanover 8-5, Southwind Poseidon 7-2, Marathon Man 9-2. $50,000 Townsend Ackerman: Outburst 3-1, Sumatra 7-2, Hillustrious 9-2. $75,000 Vincennes: Master Of Law 3-1, Southwind Pepino 7-2, D'Orsay 9-2. $300,650 John Cashman Jr. Memorial: Sebastian K 3-5, Archangel 4-1, Market Share 9-2. $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks: Designed To Be 2-1, Shake It Cerry 5-2, Heaven's Door 9-2. $1 million Hambletonian: Father Patrick 4-5, Trixton 7-2, Nuncio 9-2. $177,750 Lady Liberty: Rocklamation 5-2, Drop The Ball 3-1, Somwherovrarainbow 7-2. by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications  

CAMPBELLVILLE, August 1 - All eyes in harness racing will be on the Meadowlands this Saturday for the Hambletonian and local standout Harper Blue Chip will be one of eleven trotters vying for harness racing's highest profile trotting title. Trained by local conditioner Mark Steacy, Harper Blue Chip will start from post position nine with driver Brian Sears in the $1,006,125 Hambletonaian, which is carded as Race 13 on Saturday afternoon. Harper Blue Chip races for owners Landmark 6 Racing Stable of Kingston, David McDonald of Cornwall, David Reid of Glenburnie and George Judson of Athens, Ontario. The son of Majestic Son - Winning Jonlin is coming off a 3 ¾ length victory in the Canadian Breeders Championship at Mohawk on July 19. In six starts this season, Harper Blue Chip has visited the winner's circle twice and has only missed the board once when he finished fourth to the Father Patrick in the $500,000 Earl Beal Memorial at Pocono Downs on June 28. Just like the Beal Memorial, Harper Blue Chip and the rest of the field will be gunning for Father Patrick, who enters the Hambletonian on a 15 race win streak. Father Patrick is just one of three starters (Nuncio and Trixton) sent out by trainer Jimmy Takter. Takter's trio are the top three choices on the morning line. Harper Blue Chip is the fourth choice in the early odds of 12-1. Steacy admits that it will be a tough task defeating Takter's trio, but that his horse is on top of his game. "We've got our work cut out for us," said Steacy. "I was quite disappointed drawing the nine, it kind of made things a lot more difficult, but our horse is going into the race really good and healthy, so I expect a good effort from him as long as we have some race luck." Since the fourth place effort in the Beal, Harper Blue Chip has dominated locally and Steacy believes Harper Blue Chip is a better horse than the last time he faced the continent's very best. "I think with the trio of Jimmy Takter's it's a big step up, but he's raced against these horses before, never been able to beat them, but he's gone against them and he's been respectable," said Steacy. "I think my horse is better than the last time he raced against these horses and I think he's improved with every start and again a lot of racing luck and you never what might happen." Steacy has an idea of the trip he would like for his charge, but will leave the strategy up to defending and two-time Hambletonian winning driver Brian Sears. "It's going to be up to Brian Sears, but I'm hoping he will try to charge off the gate...obviously you want to be as close to Father Patrick or Trixton or one of those horses that you can be." Defeating Takter's trio will be a tough task for the Mark Steacy trainee, but Steacy knows what it takes to win a million dollar race with a three-year-old trotter. In 2006, Steacy captured the million dollar Canadian Trotting Classic with Majestic Son, the sire of Harper Blue Chip, overcoming favourites Chocolatier and Trotting Triple Crown winner Glidemaster. On Saturday afternoon, Steacy will be looking to recreate that million dollar magic with Harper Blue Chip. No horse has been hotter on the WEG circuit this season than State Treasurer and the Dr. Ian Moore trainee will take his talents south to the Meadowlands to battle with the sport's top free-for-all pacers on Saturday. State Treasurer will start from post two with driver David Miller in a field of nine for the $257,700 US Pacing Championship. The five-year-old son of Real Desire - Ideal Tresurer has won seven times in ten starts this season, including a victory last Saturday night in the Preferred at Mohawk in 1:48.3. State Treasurer has started in the WEG Preferred seven times this season and is currently riding a six race win streak in the circuit's top class. All six of those wins have been sub-1:50 miles. His biggest victory of the season was on May 30 in the $150,000 Molson Pace at Western Fair. State Treasurer's rivals on Saturday include Sweet Lou, who is currently on a seven race win streak, and Captaintreacherous, the 2013 Pepsi North America Cup winner. Two starts back, State Treasurer tackled this group in the $463,000 William Haughton Memorial at the Meadowlands and finished fourth, while only beaten 2 ½ lengths. This Saturday, State Treasurer will need to bring his top game and the speed he has been putting on display. by Mark McKelvie, for WEG

We have been on a roll as of late with winning weekends the last two weeks. I am confident we can make it three straight winning weeks and never have to leave the Meadowlands. It’s their closing weekend and that mean’s Hambletonian Day, one of the best days of racing in the sport of harness racing this Saturday, headlined of course by the Hambletonian Trot. The card is jamming with top stakes action. The only problem is something we have no control over and that is Mother Nature. I handicapped based on a fast track so here’s hoping the rain either ends early or does not stop until late in the day. Good Luck! $52,000 Trot Ima Lula Final 4YO Mares Meadowlands 1st race SATURDAY – With a serious case of seconditis after her championship season last year, we keep hoping for Bee A Magician to return to her unbeaten form of 2013 but it just isn’t happening. Perhaps they will change tactics here and go back to racing her off the pace and that she will be able take this field. Use Classic Martine and Ma Chere Hall in exotic plays. $100,000 Pace Miss New Jersey 3YO Fillies Meadowlands 3rd race SATURDAY – Seems that trainer Jimmy Takter may have solved the previous breaking problems of Gettingreadytoroll off her lifetime mark last week in 1:49.3 and that she is settled down to keeping her mind on business. Repeat of last winning effort will bring home the bacon in here. Use Act Now and Bliztra in exotic plays. $225,000 Pace New Jersey Classic 3YO Colts Meadowlands 4th race SATURDAY – Western Vintage has had a rough 3YO season after many thought he would be one of the leaders in this division after his great two-year-old season. Seems he has not lived up to expectations but should go off the favorite here after decent qualifying win. I’m going with Doo Wop Hanover. He has had good success when not racing against the best in the country, drew well for this and could get the dream two-hole trip to score off of. Use Western Vintage and Bushwacker in exotic plays. $257,700 Pace FFA US Pacing Championship Meadowlands 5th race SATURDAY – Too tough to even consider going against the best pacer in the sport. Sweet Lou is on a seven-race winning streak, last four in less than 1:48 and he is just a pacing machine. He is facing a strong field but he has beaten all of them before and can do it again. Use Captaintreacherous and State Treasurer in exotic plays. $352,050 Trot Merrie Annabelle 2YO Filly Final Meadowlands 6th race SATURDAY – This will be an interesting matchup as both Mission Brief and Gatka Hanover have yet to meet and both are hot fillies that race on the front end. Mission Brief gets the call with her blinding early speed but you never know how Gatka Hanover will handle getting a two-hole trip. Use Gatka Hanover and Lock Down Lindy in exotic plays. $355,500 Trot Peter Haughton 2YO Colt Final Meadowlands 7th race SATURDAY – It’s interesting that in this final there are four return winners of the ten starters. Ake Svanstedt’s Centurion ATM showed he is the horse to beat after coming off the pace in his elimination race last week and strolling to a 1:54.2 win in just his third lifetime start. Repeat of that mile will make him an easy winner once again. Use Canepa Hanover and Guess Who’s Back in exotic plays. $75,000 Trot FFA Vincennes Invitational Meadowlands 10th race SATURDAY – All the talk was that after Master Of Law won his qualifying race that he was on his way to taking on the best in the country. He lived up to performance with a 1:52 win last time out and now gets really tested against a good field and having to start from post nine. Use Wishing Stone and D’Orsay in exotic plays. $300,650 Trot John Cashman Memorial FFA Meadowlands 11th race SATURDAY – Whether it rains or not I think Sebastian K and Ake Svanstedt are too tough to get caught again at the wire. No one can out leave him and unless every horse in the field tries to go first-over against him, he has too much stamina to not hold them off. Use Uncle Peter and Market Share in exotic plays. $500,000 Trot Hambletonian Oaks 3YO Fillies Meadowlands 12th race – Last week in prep race, Ron Pierce and Shake It Cerry held Designed To Be and Brian Sears at bay and were able to win. Now Shake It Cerry starts from second tier in post 11 and won’t be able to dictate early fractions to anyone. I still think that Shake It Cerry will “shake it loose” somehow and find a different way to beat Designed To Be once again. Use Designed To Be and Lifetime Pursuit in exotic plays. $1,066,125 Trot Hambletonian Final 3YO Colts Meadowlands 13th race SATURDAY – Trainer Jimmy Takter has his heart set on finishing one, two, three in harness racing’s most prestigious race and he very well should get what wants as he has the best colts in racing. Father Patrick needs to just overcome starting from post ten as he is seconds faster than the rest of the field. Use Trixton and Nuncio in exotic plays. $177,750 Pace Lady Liberty Final Older Mares Meadowlands 14th race SATURDAY – Was super impressed with the three moves Drop The Ball made for driver Corey Callahan last week in winning elimination race. She will need that gusty performance once again to win the final as Rocklamation will be in the hunt this week. Drop The Ball gets the slim call in here. Use Rocklamation and Somwherovrarainbow in exotic plays.

1 to 16 of 87
1 2 3 4 5 Next »