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Fridays 15-race program is headed by the Stuart A. Wiener Memorial Pace; a California Sire Stakes featuring Show Runner and two divisions of the second leg of the Dr. Gary Budahn Trotting Series. First post is 5:20 p.m. (PDT). The Stuart A. Wiener Memorial is named for the man who has raced trotters and pacers with his wife Wendi since 1990. They were married for 42 years and he passed away on Dec. 5 from a heart infection at the age of 65. He is also survived by his daughter Jennifer, her husband Jon and a 10-year-old grandson Nathan. He was CFO at Health Science College in Henderson, Nevada and enjoyed his work, but it was his love of horses that really showed through, Wendi said. Our first horse was Shot N, who we had with Ross Croghan, and he is still on the farm. Stu loved everything about the game, including the betting, and a perfect union was made. For many years, the Wieners have raced their horses with trainer Nathalie Tremblay, including their favorite pacer Bewareofthisaffair. Stuarts name did appear on some of the horses along with Wendis brother Alan Kraslow, but most of the performers raced under her name. Stu loved going to Sacramento and hanging out with the horses. We both loved Nathalie and Dave (Kuri) and we have all been together so long that its not as much a business as it is family. He even had the chance to jog a horse by himself once, and he never stopped talking about it. Stu really loved the horses and proof is that we have seven retired here on the farm. Life was always interesting, especially on race night when we went to Dish Network to watch every race. The last few months Stu actually felt good and was even back to golf, but who knew. I keep telling people that we need to celebrate Stus life. Even with all the health problems he had in the last several years, he had a pretty fantastic life. It was the horses that actually lifted him at the worst times. Contentious field set for Invitational Trot A well-matched field is set for Fridays $5,000 Invitational Trot, with last weeks upset winner K D Amazin Spirit taking on the stablemates Franks Best and Inside Broadway and the hard-knocking Axle. K D Amazin Spirit is a 7-year-old son of Thadrow out of the Monterey Judge mare K D Charm who is owned, trained and was bred by Keith Willey and will have xxxx at the controls. He comes into this assignment with $104,000 in his account and a 1:54 2/5 mark that was established here earlier this season. He had no shown much in his first three starts since returning from Running Aces, where he closed out that campaign with a win, but he certainly returned to top form in last weeks clash at the head of the class. Plano motored him right to the top, he set the fractions without a challenge and came home with nearly four lengths to spare at nearly 16-1 that evening. Franks Best was runner-up in that affair as the 2-1 choice and figures to once again get plenty of support. The Bob Johnson owned, trained and bred 6-year-old has $185,000 in the bank, a slew of Sire Stakes trophies on the mantle and has posed for pictures following three of his last six trips to the post here with Mooney Svendsen handling the lines. Inside Broadway is a half-brother to Franks Best and gives Johnson another strong look at the outcome. The 4-year-ood Broadway Hall offspring rattled off three straight wins between November 9 and December 6 and has been burdened with the outside posts in his last two appearances, including the demanding No. 10 slot on December 13. James Kennedy will again be in the sulky. Axle is a Michigan-bred son of Hard Rock who figures right in the thick of things with his best mile. He dead-heated for the win in a conditioned contest on November 22, but has had to settle for minor awards in the interim while doing his work at this top rung. George Reider trains and David Siegel drives and they co-own the performer with Robert Thronson and Greg Robinson. BEGINNING THIS WEEKEND, THERE WILL BE A $10,000 GUARANTED POOL FOR THE PICK 5 ON BOTH FRIDAY AND SATURDAY. THE PICK 4 GUARANTEE CONTINUES TO BE $20,000 ON FRIDAYS AND $25,000 ON SATURDAYS. Mark Ratzky                        

Royal Assets, trained and driven by Ray Schnittker, finished fourth in her elimination and drew the eight post in the final of the $500,000 Breeders Crown 3-year-old-Filly Trot but was scratched this morning. Per the Breeders Crown conditions, the first Also Eligible can opt to move into the race on the outside post nine of the remaining entrants. Linda Toscano, trainer of also eligible Southwind Cocoa, will start the filly from the nine post with Tim Tetrick in the bike and Time To Kill (Ross Croghan-John Campbell) will move in one place to the eight hole. In the $500,000 Breeders Crown 2-year-old filly pace, elimination winner Gallie Bythe Beach was also scratched. The daughter of Breeders Crown champions Somebeachsomewhere and Galleria held a world record briefly in her elimination win of 1:50.3f, only to see it lowered two races later by Allstar Rating. “She just didn’t come out of the race the way I wanted,” said trainer Jim Campbell. “I spoke with [owner] Jules Siegel and we decided we wanted to do what was right for her. We want to have a horse for next year and it was a decision we made together. You hate to scratch out of any race, especially the Breeders Crown.” Because Gallie Bythe Beach drew post two, all but the rail horse moves in one slot and Rockingcam Park, the AE1, starts from post nine. Rockingcam park is trained by Ron Coyne and will be driven by Brian Sears.    Post time for the Oct. 19 Breeders Crown at Mohegan Sun Pocono Downs will be 5:00 p.m. [EDT]. by Moira Fanning for the Breeders Crown

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

Daytime Grand Circuit racing returns to The Red Mile on Thursday, October 3 with post time set for 1:00pm, as will be the case through the balance of the meet.   Three divisions of the $266,500 International Stallion Stakes for two year old trotting fillies are the Thursday feature, with two of the three winners returning from last week's Bluegrass tests.   Struck By Lindy took a record of 1:53.1 here at The Red Mile last week and returns in race five on Thursday for her connections. From the impressive first crop of Explosive Matter, she has won half of her eight career starts and amassed over $160,000 this season for owners Mel Hartman, RAW Equine, Inc. and Adam Victor & Son Stable. Dave Miller is listed to drive for trainer R. "Nifty" Norman.   Chivaree Hanover is also looking to complete the "Lexington Double" by winning on both weeks of the Grand Circuit stand in Kentucky. She is from Muscle Hill's first crop and has exhibited both speed and consistency over the course of her young racing career for owner / trainer Gregg McNair. She has won three times in six outings and earned a 1:56.3 mark to go along with her rapidly escalating bankroll of $92,113. Doug McNair is back in town to drive the family horse in the tenth and final race of the day.   In between those two, race nine appears to be a handicapping puzzle, with several promising fillies looking to make their mark while in Lexington. Heaven's Door has blazing speed and impressed many with her Merrie Annabelle elimination effort where she finished third after an early break.   Trainer Ross Croghan gave her time to collect herself after The Meadowlands meet and spoke of her eccentricities in an interview last week. She responded with another strong effort, putting up some pretty fancy numbers on the lead for driver John Campbell and holding sway for the place behind Struck By Lindy, who sat the pocket and sailed by for the win. Heaven's Door was timed in 1:54.1 there and if John is able to settle the Muscle Hill filly into slightly less frenetic fractions she could get her first win for Let It Ride Stable, Robert Cooper and J & T Silva Stables.   The Grand Circuit meet continues with matinee racing at 1:00pm through Sunday, culminating with the Kentucky Futurity on closing day. Visit The Red Mile website for further details. Clubhouse dining reservations may be made by calling (859) 233-0814.   The Lexington Selected Yearling Sale starts on Tuesday evening at 7:00pm and the catalog is brimming with potential by Nick Salvi for the Grand Circuit  

Freehold, NJ – September 26, 2013 – Certified Ideal breezed to a three-length victory, extending her winning streak to three, in the $25,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes – Green Acres Final, the featured seventh race on Thursday, September 26, 2013 at Freehold Raceway. Six three-year-old pacing fillies went postward; My Tallia Ideal was scratched sick. Jim Pantaleano put Certified Ideal [$2.20] on the lead, and she performed like an odds on favorite, defeating Light of Day [Rocknroll Hanover] by three and Get The Look [Cam’s Card Shark] by seven and a quarter. Trained by Ross Croghan, Certified Ideal is a daughter of Western Ideal and races for her owner-breeders, Arthur Rudolph and the Rudolph Stables of Ronkonkoma, NY, and Bernard Owen of Boynton Beach, FL. The mile was timed in 1:56.3. Certified Ideal now has five wins, one second and one third in 11 starts this year and has finished in-the-money in 10 of 20 career starts, banking $69,029. Prior to the betting card, Vida De Vie, a three-year-old trotting filly, scored a six and three-quarter length victory in the $7,000 second leg of the New Jersey Sire Stakes – Green Acres.  The Muscles Yankee filly, driven by Daniel Dube and trained by Chris Ryder, trotted the mile in 1:59.1, defeating Connie Keeper [Muscles Yankee].  It was 27 ½ lengths to Queen of More [Chocolatier] in third. Owned and bred by Joie De Vie Farm LLC of Jobstown, NJ, Vida De Vie now has three wins, one second and three thirds in 17 starts this year and six wins, three second and four thirds in 29 starts lifetime with earnings in excess of $90,000. Submitted by Carol Hodes for SBOA/NJ  

MANALAPAN, NJ – September 25, 2013 – Trainer and co-owner Chris Ryder is bringing a lot of "muscle" to the $66,500 Harold Dancer Trot on Friday, September 27, 2013 at Freehold Raceway. Ryder will send out both Muscle On In and Well Built in the stakes for two-year-old New Jersey-sired trotters.  Both colts are by first year sire Muscle Hill. The entry is rated 5-2 in the morning line in race seven. A break at the start cost Muscle On In any hope in his last start, the $25,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes – Green Acres Final on September 20.  The victory in that race went to Choco Sun who nosed out Chocolate Day, both by Chocolatier.  Those two trotters are also in the Harold Dancer.  Chocolate Day is the 7-2 second choice in the morning line from post six and Choco Sun is listed at 9-2 from post eight. While Daniel Dube gets the call on Muscle On In from the rail, Ryder will take the lines on Well Built from post seven.  Muscle On In comes into the Harold Dancer with two wins in eight starts for earnings of $19,415.  He took his mark of 1:58.3 in a $20,000 Arden division at the Meadows.  A $15,000 Harrisburg Sale purchase, he races for the partnership of Ryder, Robert Mondillo of Delaware, OH and Max Wernick of New City, NY. Entrymate Well Built, owned by Ryder and Mondillo, has two seconds in six starts, banking $11,375.  He was a $30,000 Lexington Selected Sale acquisition. The stakes record for the Harold Dancer, which is sponsored by the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey, is 1:59, established in 2010 by Chapter Seven. The field for the $66,500 Harold Dancer Trot: HD #    POST   HORSE                  SIRE                        DRIVER                        TRAINER                 ML 1          1          Muscle On It         Muscle Hill             Daniel Dube                Chris Ryder                    5-2 1A       7          Well Built              Muscle Hill             Chris Ryder                  Chris Ryder                    5-2 2          2          Celebrity Spitfire  Muscles Yankee    Eric Abbatiello             Susanne Strandqvist    6-1 3          3          Resolve                 Muscle Hill             Jim Pantaleano          Roman Lopez               8-1 4          4          Hot Type               Chocolatier            DR Ackerman              DR Ackerman               5-1 5          5          Skates N Plates   Revenue                 Jim Marshall III            Paul Reid                      10-1 6          6          Chocolate Day     Chocolatier            Marcus Johansson      Julie Miller                     7-2 7          8          Choco Sun            Chocolatier            Jim Meittinis                Orjan Torstensson        9-2 In other stakes action on Friday, two $7,000 divisions of the New Jersey Sire Stakes – Green Acres will be contested prior to the betting card.  In the first event, the third leg for two-year-old trotting fillies, drew a field of five, including first leg winner Shelikescandy by Chocolatier and second leg winner Worldrecordsweeper by Muscles Yankee. The second non-wagering stakes is the first leg for three-year-old trotting colts and geldings with five entrants, including $38,500 Charles Smith runner up Dagget by Chocolatier. The $25,000 Green Acres Final for three-year-old pacing fillies is the featured seventh race on Thursday, September 26, 2013. The 6-5 morning line favorite is the Ross Croghan trainee Certified Ideal by Western Ideal who will be driven by Jim Pantaleano from post two.  Four of the finalists are by Western Ideal, two by Cam’s Card Shark and one by Rocknroll Hanover. Prior to the Thursday card, five three-year-old trotting fillies will face off in the second round of the Green Acres. by Carol Hodes for SBOA/NJ

MANALAPAN, NJ – September 12, 2013 – Certified Ideal [$3.20] drew away to a 12 length victory in the $7,000 second leg of the New Jersey Sire Stakes – Green Acres for three-year-old pacing fillies on Thursday, September 12, 2013 at Freehold Raceway. Certified Ideal by Western Ideal cruised to her third win in nine starts this year in 1:54.1, with a last quarter in 27.1 seconds.  Air Miles Hanover and My Tallia Ideal, both also by Western Ideal, finished second and third, respectively.  Driven by Jim Pantaleano and trained by Ross Croghan, Certified Ideal has finished in-the-money in eight of career 18 starts.  She races in the name of her owner-breeders, Arthur Rudolph, the Rudolph Stables Inc. and Bernard Owen. Freehold will host the $42,100 New Jersey Futurity for two-year-old New Jersey-sired pacers on Saturday, September 14.  Gold Rocks, winner of the $96,200 Babic Final last week, has been installed as the 9-5 morning line favorite from post six in the ninth race feature.  The son of Rocknroll Hanover will have George Brennan at the lines for trainer Tony Alagna. Ideal Helen by Western Ideal is the 2-1 second choice in the morning line.  She won the $61,900 Babic Filly Final in her last outing.  Andy Miller will drive the filly for trainer Erv Miller.  She leaves from post nine in the second tier of the 10-horse field. The New Jersey Futurity is sponsored by the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey.  by Carol Hodes for SBOA/NJ  

WILKES-BARRE PA – The freshman pacing filly Weeper posted the fastest winning time in the history of the Pennsylvania Stallion Series Championships Friday night at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs when she stormed home in 55.2 to record a 1:51.4 victory on a Championship night devoted to two-year-olds. The victory by the daughter of Allamerican Native was certainly no surprise – she had posted the exact same clocking in her last start when, after all but clinching a berth in the Stallion final with two wins and a second in early prelims, trainer Kelly O’Donnell decided to try her against the Sire Stakes “big girls” – and she posted the fastest time in the three divisions of that event’s final leg. On Friday Weeper ran her record to four wins and three seconds in seven starts as driver Dave Palone settled her in an early spot, then rushed her uncovered into the second turn to quickly gain the point. Sub-28 pacing in the last two quarters kept her in control of the race, though Lucy’s Pearl made a fine stretch move to narrow in for second, with four for four prelim winner McVita Bella having to settle for fourth behind stablemate Mayabelle after hard early usage from post eight on the far outside. Weeper was victorious for the home state ownership of Bay Pond Racing Stable while also shattering the 1:53.1 Stallion Championship divisional record of Want Answers. The old all-time Stallion Final standard of 1:52.1 had been held by four horses, all male pacers – 2YO’s Eddie Sweat (who will be in Saturday’s 3PC Stallion final) and EZPass Hanover, and 3YOs Take It Back Terry and Sectionline Blast. That quartet’s joint record was almost equaled just an hour before Weeper broke it, as sire Allamerican Native accounted for both sidewheeling events when Jack Attack won the colt contest in 1:52.2. Driver George Napolitano Jr., who visited Victory Lane five times in all Friday night, quarter-moved with his gelding, rated a 57.1 half, and seemed to be in control as favored pocketsitter So Surreal struggled a bit in a 27.1 backside. But So Surreal just kept on coming in the last eighth, and the wire came just at the right time for Napolitano and Jack Attack, who like Weeper had earlier won a Sire Stakes division, for trainer P.J. Fraley and owner Bamond Racing LLC. The trotting filly Nitro Nittany emulated Weeper by setting a Stallion Championship divisional record, winning in 1:56 to reduce the old mark of Tattoo You by 2 1/5 seconds, with her sire Expensive Matter emulating Allamerican Native by fathering both winners on their respective natural gaits. Driver Howard Parker had Nitro Nittany perfectly placed behind two-moving favorite Tweet Me for most of the last half, then got by that game rival late for trainer Jim Raymer and the Harbor Racing Stable LLC ownership, who just missed having a Stallion “sweeper” after Nitro Nittany posted wins in the first three prelims, but had to settle for second behind Outsourced Hanover (who finished third tonight) in the last preliminary. Trainer Jim Campbell, who has already enjoyed some success at Pocono this year with baby trotters (does the name Cooler Schooner ring a bell?), added another freshman victory when Who Wants Soup cooked up a 1:56.3 triumph in his event for his third straight victory. Tyler Buter rushed the gelding wide at the ¾ to contention and made the lead in early stretch, but Who Wants Soup had to be brave to nip Pocono Pike flyer Faust while equaling the stakes mark set last year by Smoother Ride, while Monkey Man, also stuck with post eight while looking for the Stallion “sweep,” holding on OK for third. Runthetable Stables are the owners of the promising youngster, who also get credit for the Campbell-“Soup” pairing. In another feature of national importance, Drop The Ball, who in her last start, at Pocono on August 17, set a 1:48.2f world record for older pacing mares, did not let that brief layoff not the outside post seven deter her at all as she won a $30,000 mares handicap pace in 1:50. Driver Joe Pavia Jr. worked out a fine second-over trip for Drop The Ball, and the Western Terror mare took it from there, swinging wide entering the stretch and keeping safe Pocono Piker Feeling You by a neck, with the always-game Anndrovette, stung by a 26.2 opener before setting the pace, just a half-length off the winner at the finish. Drop The Ball is trained by Ross Croghan for Let It Ride Stables Inc, Dana Parham, and Robert Cooper Stables LLC. FINISHING LINES – The three-year-olds will contest their Stallion Series Championships on Saturday, and with the promise of good weather the recordbooks could again take a beating … Drivers Napolitano, Buter, and Parker posted their first-ever Stallion Series Championships wins, while Palone’s victory ties him with Ron Pierce for the all-time lead at four, in a series that as of this writing is only 32 races old … The aforementioned Smoother Ride, who made his Sire Stakes Championship this year, is to date the only horse to post five wins (four prelims and the final) in one year of Stallion Series competition. by Jerry Connors

MANALAPAN, NJ – September 4, 2013 – Time To Kill has picked up checks in the Hambletonian Oaks and Hudson Filly but victory in 2013 has thus far eluded the trotting filly who makes her next start in the $40,000 Helen Smith Final on Friday, September 6, 2013 at Freehold Raceway.  Time To Kill drew post four in the field of six New Jersey-sired three-year-old trotting fillies in the third race co-feature.  She is the 2-1 morning line favorite. A quartet of New Jersey-sire two-year-old trotting fillies will go postward in the $56,525 Marion Dancer Final which will take place off the betting card at 12:15 p.m. Both the Smith and the Dancer are sponsored by the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey.  At two, Time To Kill posted four wins and six seconds from 12 starts, banking more than $350,000.  This year the Ross Croghan trainee has added $58,361 to push her total over $410,000 but has yet to hit the board in 12 starts.  Some of it has to do with chasing Bee A Magician in the open filly trots like the $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks where Time To Kill finished fourth.  The daughter of Muscles Yankee will be teamed with Jim Pantaleano in the Smith Final.  She races in the name of Let It Ride Stables and Robert Cooper Stables, both of Boca Raton, FL, and J&T Silva Stables of Long Beach, NY. The $40,000 Helen Smith finalists, from the rail out, with sire, driver, trainer and morning line: Find The Magic, Chocolatier, Steve Smith, Ross Croghan, 8-1; Silver Credit, Muscles Yankee, Cat Manzi, Randy Beeckman, 3-1; Vintage Oaks, Muscles Yankee, Trond Smedshammer, Trond Smedshammer, 5-1; Time To Kill, Muscles Yankee, Jim Pantaleano, Ross Croghan, 2-1; Vida De Vie, Muscles Yankee, Daniel Dube, Chris Ryder, 6-1, and Southwind Cocoa, Chocolatier, Tim Tetrick, Linda Toscano, 4-1. The quartet of fillies in the Marion Dancer include the Jimmy Takter trainee Yoga, winner of both of her career starts, the Kindergarten Final and Historic.  Cee Bee Yes, trained by Julie Miller, won the $150,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes Final and was third in the Merrie Annabelle, both at the Meadowlands.  Chocolate Crisp carries a three-race winning streak and Shelikescandy is winless in two tries.  The $56,525 Marion Dancer finalists, from the rail out, with sire, driver and trainer: Shelikescandy, Chocolatier, George Brennan, Nifty Norman; Chocolate Crisp, Chocolatier, Tim Tetrick, Linda Toscano; Cee Bee Yes, Muscles Yankee, Cee Bee Yes, Andy Miller, Julie Miller and Yoga, Muscles Yankee, Jimmy Takter Jr., Jimmy Takter. by Carol Hodes for SBOANJ  

It only took until the first race was made official for world records to be tied on Super Saturday Night at Mohegan Sun Pocono Downs. The very first race on the card, a $50,000 Mares Pace Invitational, saw Drop The Ball and driver Corey Callahan come first over at the half and take command away from Camille (Matt Kakaley) and then hold the field at bay, winning by one and three-quarter lengths in 1:48.2. Camille was second with Fashion Mystery (Eric Carlson) third. It was not only a lifetime mark for Drop The Ball, but the five-year-old mare by Western Terror tied the world record that she now co-owns with Southwind Tempo and Camille. It was the fourth victory for Drop The Ball, who is trained by Ross Croghan and owned by the Let It Ride Stable, Dana Parham and Robert Cooper Stable, all of south Florida. Drop The Ball paid $2.60 to win. But not to be outdone, in the 4th race $100,000 Battle of Brandywine consolation for three-year-old trotters, Ultimate Beachboy and driver Dave Palone overcame a big scare from Rocknrolwilneverdie (Brian Sears) and scored a 1:48.3 victory to tie the world record for sophomore geldings. It was Sir Richard Z Tam (Mike Lachance) who left from the outside in post eight and battled for the early lead control from Good Day Mate (Ron Pierce) by the opening quarter mile in :26. But that lead was short lived as Palone sent Ultimate Beachboy to the front before the half mile, but they had little rest as Brian Sears came charging first-over at the half in :53.4 with Rocknrolwilneverdieand nearly passed Ultimate Beachboy. But Palone would not let it happen as he woke Ultimate Beachboy up and they barely were able to keep Rocknrolwilneverdie from taking command at the three-quarters in 1:20.4. But from that point on Ultimate Beachboy drew away from the field and won by three and three-quarter lengths. Net Tem Eom (George Naptolitano, Jr.) closed well to be second with Normandy Invasion (Dave Miller) third. It was the fourth win this year for Ultimate Beachboy, a son of Somebeachsomewhere, who is trained by Ron Burke and owned by the Bruke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, M1 Stable and Jack Platt, III. Ultimate Beachboy tied the world record that is now co-held with three other horses, Alsace Hanover, Beach Memories and Vegas Vacation. By Steve Wolf

Drop The Ball and driver Corey Callahan showed true grit in being parked out the entire mile and still coming on at the finish to win the $217,000 Lady Liberty Pace for older mares in 1:49. Two-time Older Mare of the Year, Anndrovette, started off the fourth race for driver Tim Tetrick, going right to the lead with Krispy Apple (Brian Sears) on their back to the opening quarter mile in :26.1.  Meanwhile Callahan and Drop the Ball were in fourth on the outside and slowly grinding their way towards the leaders. At the half in :53.3, Anndrovette was still firmly in command but Drop The Ball had all but collared her and would not give up. The same took place at the three-quarters in 1:21, but Drop The Ball was still there on the outside and actually had the lead by a nose. And as they came down the stretch, racing neck and neck, head and head to the wire, Callahan was able to urge Drop The Ball on at the finish to win by three-quarters of a length as Anndrovette tired at the very end. Rocklamation (Yannick Gingras) was third. Trained by Ross Croghan and owned by the Let It Ride Stable, Dana Parham and the Robert Cooper Stables of Florida, it was the third win this year for Drop The Ball, a daughter of Western Terror, who paid $10.80 to win. “It really was some effort. She deserved the win today,” said Callahan, “Anndrovette is such a tough competitor and she’s kind of been getting the upper hand on Drop the Ball so it’s nice for her to go ahead and get a win today and get her picture taken.” Steve Wolf

MANALAPAN, NJ - July 23, 2013 - The Meadowlands has carded prep races on Saturday night for the finalists in the $250,000 Anthony Abbatiello New Jersey Classic and the $125,000 Thomas D'Altrui Miss New Jersey. Neither of the two events for New Jersey-sired three-year-old pacers, which are sponsored by the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey, required elimination races. The New Jersey Classic drew 11 entrants, nine of whom will compete in the $25,000 prep carded as the fourth race on Saturday, July 27, 2013. All seven of the entrants in the filly companion stakes, the Miss New Jersey, will compete in the $20,000 prep, the first race, including 3-5 morning line favorite I Luv The Nitelife, who swept three major stakes - the Fan Hanover, Lynch and Mistletoe Shalee - and has won six of seven starts this year. The daughter of Rocknroll Hanover, driven by Tim Tetrick and trained by Chris Ryder, drew post four in the Miss New Jersey Prep. Lifetime, she has banked $1,191,577 for Richard and Joanne Young of Coconut Creek, FL. The filly has finished in-the-money in 16 of 17 career starts. Ms Caila J Fra, who swept the New Jersey Sire Stakes, including the $150,000 final on June 1, is rated the 3-1 second choice. Simon Allard will drive the Steve Elliott trainee.  A daughter of Western Ideal, Ms Caila J Fra was unraced at two but has accounted for $136,225 in earnings this year, finishing in-the-money in nine of 14 starts for her owner-breeder, The Fra Stable LLC of Upper Saddle River, NJ. Installed as the 9-5 morning line favorite in the New Jersey Classic Prep, the fourth race, is the Tony Alagna-trained duo of Emeritus Maximus and Wake Up Peter, both sons of Rocknroll Hanover. Tim Tetrick has the call on Emeritus Maximus, post six, who has five wins in nine starts this year, including the Hempt Elim on June 22 at Pocono. He has a career bankroll of $100,908 for the Cheap Speed Stable of Steger, IL, Alan Alber of Ontario and Eagle Soar Partners of Staten Island, NY. Entrymate Wake Up Peter, with Ron Pierce driving, is still looking for hisfirst win of the year but was third in the $980,000 North America Cup. He leaves from post eight. Wake Up Peter races for the Wake Up Peter Partners, Brittany Farms, Lou Willinger and Eagles Soar Partners. He has a career record of two wins, four seconds and three thirds from 16 starts and earnings of $446,453. Rockin Amadeus, who won the $150,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes Final on June 1, is the 2-1 second choice from post four with Yannick Gingras in the sulky for trainer Jimmy Takter. The son of Rocknroll Hanover has banked $552,390 lifetime for owner-breeder Lothlorien of Ontario. Skipping the prep will be the Casie Coleman-trained Lucan Hanover, who won a Summertime Stakes at Mohawk on July 19, and Word Power, from the Larry  Remmen Stable, who is scheduled to compete in the $450,000 Delvin Miller Adios Final on July 27. Stakes records are held by Panther Hanover in the New Jersey Classic [1:47.2 in 2012] and Put On A Show in the Miss New Jersey [1:50 in 2010]. The draws for the preps [in post position order with sire, driver, trainer and morning line]. FIRST RACE -- $20,000 Thomas D'Altrui Miss New Jersey Prep 1-Ideal Ginny, Western Ideal, Marcus Miller, Erv Miller, 12-1 2-Ms Caila J Fra, Western Ideal, Simon Allard, Steve Elliott, 3-1 3-Certified Ideal, Western Ideal, John Campbell, Ross Croghan, 20-1 4-I Luv The Nitelife, Rocknroll Hanover, Tim Tetrick, Chris Ryder, 2-5 5-JK Letitgo, Western Ideal, David Miller, Linda Toscano, 10-1 6-Authorize, Western Ideal, Ron Pierce, Tony Alagna, 30-1 7-Jerseylicious, Western Ideal, Corey Callahan, Wayne Givens, 9-2 FOURTH RACE -- $25,000 Anthony Abbatiello New Jersey Classic Prep 1-Always There, Western Ideal, John Campbell, Nick Surick, 12-1 2-Ideal Carver, Western Ideal, David Miller, Casie Coleman, 10-1 3-Rocks N Bonds, Rocknroll Hanover, Mike Lachance, Joseph Poliseno, 15-1 4-Rockin Amadeus,, Rocknroll Hanover, Yannick Gingras, Jimmy Takter, 2-1 5-Real Rocker, Rocknroll Hanover, Corey Callahan, Trish Foulk, 10-1 6-Emeritus Maximus, Rocknroll Hanover, Tim Tetrick, Tony Alagna, 9-5 7-Only The Lonely, Western Ideal, Pat Berry, Nick Surick, 12-1 8-Wake Up Peter, Rocknroll Hanover, Ron Pierce, Tony Alagna, 9-5 9-Johny Rock, Rocknroll Hanover, Andy Miller, John Butenschoen, 7-2 Always There and Only The Lonely are coupled as 1 & 1A; Emeritus Maximus and Wake Up Peter are coupled as 2 & 2A. Carol Hodes for SBOANJ  

Another hazy Saturday morning session with the two year olds at The Meadowlands with the temperature in the mid-80's began at 10am. Ron Pierce and Noel Daley opened the card with a pair of wins with colt trotters. The first was Way Outta Here, a Broadway Hall gelding from I'm A Pearl, who added trotting hopples and led all the way, sprinting home under his own power in 27.2 on the end of a 1:59.2 mile. Sharlene Vanderkemp owns that one. They came right back with Severus Hanover to win race two for Adam Victor & Son Stable. This one was a $20,000 Harrisburg purchase from the impressive first crop sire raced by the same connections, Explosive Matter, out of Sorbet Hanover. Severus cut the mile and closed his 1:58.4 mile with a 29.1 quarter. John Campbell won with the sharp looking Muscle Hill x Girlie Tough filly Heaven's Door in 1:57.2 for Ross Croghan. She led all the way and was under no encouragement in this test. Let It Ride, Robt Cooper, J&T Silva and J Myers bought her at Harrisburg last fall.  Pacing colts lined up in the 7th and they went right at it. Well Said Stride made the early lead then released Journey Man past the 57.3 half. That colt led until mid-stretch where first Shadios then I'm All Heart wrestled the lead away to win in 1:54.3 / 28.2. Ray Schnittker drove, trains and owns the Bettor's Delight from Sealed In My Heart in partnership with Creative Racing Stable. Over $1million was spent on the eight pacing colts that faced the gate in race eight. That's My Opinion set slow fractions with So Surreal stalking him from the start. After a restrained 1:28- three panels, Schnittker tipped So Surreal, a Somebeachsomewhere half brother to Well Said, and he went by willingly into a 27- last quarter. He was an impressive winner in 1:55.4 on June 1 and looked just as good in his return today. Ray owns the colt with Ted Gewertz, Steve Arnold and Jonathan Kurnit. Pacing fillies came next and Easter Surprise scored a come from behind 1:55.3 win with Corey Callahan driving for Chuck Sylvester. The Allamerican Native filly from Ultimate Test is owned by the trainer with John Tronco and Pinstripe Stable. Gordjus closed out the babies with a geared down 1:58.2 off the pace win for Simon Allard. Robbie Siegelman trains the Dragon Again x Matinee homebred for Barry Rubenstein Farms, LLC. The charts and video replays can be accessed at The Meadowlands website. Nick Salvi  

Icommandmyspirit quarter-poled to the front and overpowered the field from there, rolling to victory in a stake-record 1:52 in Monday's $60,000 Pennsylvania Stallion Series event at The Meadows.

Tobago Cays and harness racing driver Jim Pantaleano tuned in the fastest local mile of the season through the snowflakes Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $35,000 Open Handicap Pace.

Tobago Cays (Jim Pantaleano) prevailed in blanket photo Saturday night (December 15), winning Yonkers Raceway's featured $28,000 winner-over pace. Leaving from post position No. 2, he watched early as the 2-5 harness racing choice Something for Doc (Yannick Gingras) seemed to be involved in a bit of early happenstance with another leaver in Fox Valley Tribal (Larry Stalbaum).

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