Day At The Track

East Rutherford, NJ -- Lather Up, the fastest harness racing horse in the 43-year history of The Meadowlands, captured the $423,000 William R. Haughton Memorial by one length on Saturday (June 13) at The Meadowlands.   The 4-year-old stallion, trained by Clyde Francis of the George Teague Jr. stable and driven by Montrell Teague, never missed a beat after taking the lead prior to the half mile in :53.1, and stormed home to complete a mile and an eighth in 2:01.1 over 10-1 This Is The Plan, driven by Yannick Gingras.   Last Saturday, Lather Up won the $250,000 Graduate Series final by equaling the all-time mile record of 1:46 set by then 5-year-old Always B Miki at Red Mile three years ago. He also broke the previous 4-year-old pacing mark of 1:46.4, previously shared by Warrawee Needy and Dr J Hanover.   "I just wanted to make sure I was up close and wanted to be close to the pace," said Montrell Teague. "I was happy with the fractions. It's a bit different at a mile and an eighth, because you're not sure how fast you are going, but I was trying not to back down and he got the job done."   Lather Up, who paid $5.80 to his backers to win, improved his record to 6-0-1 in nine starts.   "Montrell does a great job with him and he (Lather Up) can do whatever he wants. That's how good he has been racing," said Francis.   This Is The Plan, who finished second in four of his last five starts, took the runner-up spot again, while Always a Prince and David Miller finished third.   by Lou Monaco, Meadowlands Media      

East Rutherford, NJ — Stonebridge Soul led from start to finish to capture Saturday’s $207,700 Mistletoe Shalee for harness racing 3-year-old female pacers by a neck over Tall Drink Hanover in 2:04.2 for 1-1/8 miles at the Meadowlands. Warrawee Ubeaut, the 4-5 favorite, finished third.   Tim Tetrick drove Stonebridge Soul, a daughter of Somebeachsomewhere out of Rock N Soul, for trainer Chris Ryder and owners Henderson Farms and Bob Mondillo. The filly, sent off at odds of 3-1, has won seven of 17 career races and earned $443,846.   Stonebridge Soul’s victory was her second consecutive Grand Circuit score, following her triumph in the Lynch Memorial on June 29.    “People said she got lucky in the Lynch,” Ryder said. “That was ridiculous, and she proved it tonight.”   by Ken Weingartner, Meadowlands Media

East Rutherford, NJ — Heavy public choice Evident Beauty marched to the front for harness racing driver David Miller and never looked back, scoring in the $124,000 first division of the Del Miller Memorial for 3-year-old trotting fillies at The Meadowlands on Saturday night (July 13).   The New Jersey-bred daughter of Trixton stopped the timer in 1:52.3, equaling her lifetime best.   Evident Beauty, trained by Richard "Nifty" Norman for owners Melvin Hartman, Little E LLC and RAW Equine, displaced Beautiful Sin from the lead at the :28.3 opening quarter. From there a soft :57.3 half gave the 1-5 favorite the confidence she would need. Cloud Nine Fashion and Tim Tetrick made a strong coverless challenge at the half and looked on the verge of going by the favorite through three-quarters timed in 1:25.3.    But once into the homestretch, Evident Beauty was driven by Miller and found her best stride to turn back Cloud Nine Fashion with a :27 final quarter.   Miss Trixton finished third behind the winner, who returned $2.40 as the prohibitive favorite.   "I felt pretty confident," Miller said after the second-half duel. "My mare held strong."   The $126,500 Del Miller division saw Millies Possession remain undefeated, capturing her seventh straight career outing in impressive fashion. The Fashion Farms LLC homebred by Possess The Will scored in 1:53.2.   Dexter Dunn rated Millies Possession in the early stages, allowing Starita to cut fractions of :28.1 and :57.3 before taking any interest. Dunn moved up methodically as Sears and Starita hit three-quarters in 1:26 and were in control. But in the homestretch, Millies Possession just kept eating up ground and devoured the leader, eventually drawing clear with a :27.2 final quarter. Queen Of Trixs was airborne in closing late for second, with The Ice Dutchess finishing third.   Also sent off as the public choice, Millies Possession returned $3.00 to win.     "I knew we were going slow, but at the moment she seems to overcome these kind of trips," said Dunn of Millies Possession, who last week was parked the mile winning the Reynolds and followed it up with another overland journey.   The victory capped a huge night for trainer Jim Campbell and Fashion Farms, who captured the $450,000 Hambletonian Maturity earlier in the night with Crystal Fashion. by Jay Bergman, Meadowlands Media

East Rutherford, NJ -- An extra eighth of a mile can make the difference, and that seemed to be the case when 23-1 shot Crystal Fashion drove by heavy harness racing favorite Atlanta nearing the wire to capture the $450,000 Hambletonian Maturity for 4-year-olds at The Meadowlands on Saturday night (July 13) for driver Tim Tetrick.   The outcome of the race appeared to go through the 1-5 favorite Atlanta, as Yannick Gingras got her away in third in the early stages while Crystal Fashion wrestled the lead from Custom Cantab through a :26.1 opening quarter. Gingras hit the accelerator, and Atlanta hustled to the front after the opening fraction. Atlanta appeared in complete command through a half in :55 and three-quarters of a mile in 1:23.1, with Manchego on the offensive but Gingras appearing relaxed and ready to sprint home.   The fourth quarter had Atlanta leading through a 1:50.2 mile, but the mare started to bear out, enabling Tetrick and Crystal Fashion to find room along the pylons to go by the favorite. Custom Cantab and David Miller flew to the finish and came up just a nose off the winner, with Atlanta third past the finish line. However, a judges' inquiry into the race revealed that Custom Cantab had in fact interfered with three horses -- Phaetosive, Fiftydallarbill and Six Pack -- and was placed behind them as a result. The revised order of finish elevated Atlanta to second, with Six Pack placed third and Manchego fourth.   Crystal Fashion is a 4-year-old gelding by Cantab Hall trained by Jim Campbell for Fashion Farms LLC of New Hope, Pa. Sent off at 23-1, Crystal Fashion returned $48.20 in his third win of the season in seven starts.   "I wanted to be forwardly placed," said Tetrick following the victory. "I followed Atlanta last week and it didn't work out. I thought the extra distance would help my horse."   Crystal Fashion completed the mile and one-eighth distance in 2:04.3.   by Jay Bergman, Meadowlands Media

ANDERSON, Ind.--July 13, 2019 -- Indiana-sired harness racing two-year-old trotters were the featured attraction at Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, July 13 as the evening's 14-race card was highlighted by a pair of $65,000 Indiana Sires Stakes finals for the freshmen trotting colts. TJ's Top Pick and Trace Tetrick stole the show after they recorded a national season's record for two-year-old trotting colts with a 1:54.2 clocking in the first division. With the win, the Jeff Cullipher trainee recorded his second win of the season and established a new lifetime best. Leaving from post seven, Tetrick sent TJ's Top Pick away from the gate just enough to grab the pocket seat behind the pace-setting Emma Town Bud and Mike Oosting. Emma Town Bud led the field through splits of :27.3, :57.3, and 1:26.3 before ever feeling a threat from the rest of the field. As the field turned for home, Emma Town Bud appeared to be up to the task but TJ's Top Pick was winding up. Utilizing a :27.3 final panel, TJ's Top Pick coasted on to the wire to finish four lengths to the good under a hand-drive from Tetrick. Dude Included and Verlin Yoder rallied late in the lane to get up for second while Swan In Motion and Ricky Macomber Jr. finished third. As the heavy betting favorite, TJ's Top Pick returned $4.20 to his backers at the betting windows. Owned in partnership by Jeff Cullipher and Pollack Racing LLC, TJ's Top Pick is now two for two this season. The son of Swan For All-J A's Ayd has now earned $37,500 in lifetime purse earnings. In the second division of the stakes action, Osprey Hanover and Deshawn Minor turned in a gate to wire effort to deliver as the betting favorite. Scoring in 1:59.1, Osprey Hanover recorded his maiden breaking win in just his second lifetime start. Leaving from post six, Minor sent Osprey Hanover to the front and he dictated fractions of :28, :59.3 and 1:30.2. Turning for home, Osprey Hanover was still calling the shots but a host of trotters were closing in. Jekyil N Hyde and Trace Tetrick found late racing room up the inside and came storming home but were forced to settle for second. Osprey Hanover held off all challengers to the get the win by a quarter of a length. Classy Prince and Verlin Yoder finished third. Osprey Hanover returned $4.80 at the betting windows. Trained by Dewayne Minor, the gelded son of Swan For All-Oaklea Opal is owned by Brookside Stables. Osprey Hanover now sports a lifetime bankroll of $35,000. Osprey Hanover Live racing will return to Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Tuesday, July 16 with a 12-race card. With a daily post time of 6:30 p.m., live racing at Hoosier Park will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 9. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit www.hoosierpark.com. Emily Ratcliff | Race Marketing Manager and Commentator  

East Rutherford, NJ -- Hannelore Hanover, the 2017 harness racing Horse of the Year, proved to be too much in the second leg of the $40,000 Miss Versatility on Saturday (June 13) at The Meadowlands.   A surprising 9-5 second choice, Hannelore Hanover held off a late charge by even-money favorite Darling Mearas S to capture her second straight victory by three-quarters of a length in 1:50.2.   Both mares went head-to-head at the top of the stretch, but Hannelore Hanover, driven by Yannick Gingras, dug in and had an extra gear. It was her third win of the year and it raised her total to 45 victories in 76 lifetime starts.   "She was very good tonight and hopefully she can build from here," said Gingras. "When she got alongside me, I wasn't sure what was going to happen, but when he did get there, my horse was digging and the last 10 to 15 strides I knew I was home free."   The Swedish-owned and bred Darling Mearas S, driven by up-and-coming star Dexter Dunn, joined J L Cruze (2015) and Plunge Blue Chip (2018) just last Saturday as the only 1:49.4 performers in the history of the Big M.   Hannelore Hanover paid $5.80 to win for her efforts in the eight-horse field.   Satin Dancer finished third at 99-1, and Ice Attraction finished fourth at 44-1.   Shartin N wins ninth straight in Golden Girls   Shartin N, the 1-5 favorite driven by Tim Tetrick, took command early and held off a charging Caviart Ally and Andy McCarthy by three-quarters of a length to win the $179,550 Golden Girls TVG for pacing mares, covering a mile and an eighth in 2:02.1.   Shartin N, who paid $2.40 to win, recorded her ninth straight victory and her 10th of 11 starts this season, and she captured career win number 36 in 48 lifetime starts.   "My trainer (Jim King, Jr.) told me that we were good to go off the layoff and that's who I believe," said owner JoAnn Looney-King. "She is so easy and is such a happy horse. I'm so blessed to have this mare."   Apple Bottom Jeans took third at 19-1, and 15-1 Seaswift Joy N finished fourth.   Shartin N   by Lou Monaco, Meadowlands Media  

East Rutherford, NJ - Greenshoe rebounded from his first loss of the season with a commanding 1:50.1 win in the second of Saturday's (July 13) two $153,000 Stanley Dancer Memorial divisions for harness racing 3-year-old male trotters at The Meadowlands, defeating Pilot Discretion by 3-3/4 lengths to stamp himself as the favorite for the Aug. 3 Hambletonian. Super Schissel was third, another eight lengths back.   The time was one-fifth of a second off the stakes and track record for a 3-year-old male trotter set by Six Pack in a division of last year's Dancer Memorial.   In the first Dancer division, Swandre The Giant overtook favorite Green Manalishi S in the stretch to win by one length in a career-best 1:51.3. Reign Of Honor finished third.   Greenshoe, beaten a head in the Earl Beal Jr. Memorial on June 29, started from post seven in the Dancer and settled in third behind Pilot Discretion and Don't Let'em for the first half of the race. Driver Brian Sears put Greenshoe in motion from there and was alongside Pilot Discretion as they came out of the final turn before cruising to victory.   "All along he's been a really talented colt, has a really high turn of speed, and he showed it tonight," Sears said. "He's done everything we've asked all year long and he's done it pretty easily, pretty in hand, so we're real happy with where we're at right now."   Greenshoe, who was the 1-5 favorite, is trained by Marcus Melander for owners Courant Inc., Hans Backe, Lars Granqvist and Morten Langli. He has won six of nine career races and earned $403,223.   Last year, the highly regarded colt went off stride behind the starting gate or at the beginning of each of his four races, although he was able to recover and win two. The son of Father Patrick out of Designed To Be has been on his best behavior this year for Sears.   "I'm always nervous when he races," Melander said. "Even if he's behaved in all his starts this year, I still don't trust him because you know one little misstep can cost you the race. Today (Sears) left a little bit out of there (from the gate) and kept him calm, and he behaved."   In the second division, David Miller drove Swandre The Giant to his first Grand Circuit win after picking up nine of his 10 previous victories in Indiana Sires Stakes competition. The colt, a son of Swan For All out of Adagio, is trained by Ron Burke for owners Diamond Creek Racing, J&T Silva Stables and Howard Taylor.   Swandre The Giant, sent off at odds of 5-1, raced without shoes and added Lasix for his Meadowlands debut. He has won 11 of 18 career starts and $417,568. He has won two of six races this season.   "It was definitely the Lasix, and they pulled his shoes off too," driver David Miller said after Swandre The Giant snapped a four-race skid. "He felt really strong. Through the stretch I was getting by (Green Manalishi S) without even asking him yet. He trotted right on by. He went a huge mile." Swandre The Giant    Last year, Swandre The Giant won his first seven starts, all in Indiana, for trainer-driver Brandon Bates before being sold to his current owners.   "He dominated Indiana and Brandon did a great job developing him," Diamond Creek's Adam Bowden said. "This is the kind of horse that we saw. Finally, he realized that."   by Ken Weingartner, Meadowlands Media

WASHINGTON, PA, July 13, 2019 -- Saturday's harness racing card at The Meadows featured unofficial auditions for three hopefuls for the $400,000 (est) Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids, and the results were mixed. Two likely are in, but the third definitely will miss the prestigious event for 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers. When the entry box is opened Tuesday morning for the July 20 Adios eliminations, one name that won't be drawn is Air Force Hanover. A stakes-proven colt, Air Force Hanover had been scoping poorly of late, and trainer Brown Brown dropped him into an overnight to see how he would perform and exit the race. After a demanding opening quarter, the son of Somebeachsomewhere-Allamerican Cognac led until the top of the lane before tiring and finishing sixth. A post-race scoping showed only minimal mucus, so Brown removed him from Adios consideration. "He had no excuses," Brown said. However, the news was better for Volley Ball Beach and Highlandbeachlover. Volley Ball Beach raced well first up to earn second in his overnight, enough to persuade trainer Norm Parker that Bob Key's homebred son of Somebeachsomewhere-Alladorable is Adios-worthy. "He had better manners today," Parker said. "As long as he comes out of the race okay, I'll recommend to Mr. Key that we put him in." Parker also expects to be represented in the Adios by Wild Wild Western, who performs for Jacobs Creek Racing, Andrew Altobelli and John Deters. Highlandbeachlover aced his audition, taking his overnight in 1:51.3. "We've got some rigging changes to make if we do race him in the Adios," reports Kelly O'Donnell, who conditions the Somebeachsomewhere-Rockn Highland gelding, "but the owners are planning on it." Desyllas Racing, Elmore's Race Horses and William Beck campaign Highlandbeachlover. Elsewhere on Saturday's card, Windsong Leo exacted a measure of revenge against Carolina Beach, who had outkicked him in each of their last two meetings, by downing his rival by 1/2 length in 1:50 in the $20,000 Open Handicap Pace. Real Peace completed the ticket. Dave Palone piloted the 7-year-old Jereme's Jet-Windsong Goldie gelding, who now boasts a lifetime bankroll of $465,100, for trainer Ron Burke and owners Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Phillip Collura. Mike Wilder collected four victories on the 13-race card while Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. and Burke each enjoyed a three-bagger. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Monday, when the program features an $80,000 PA Stallion Series stake for freshman colt and gelding trotters. First post is 1:05 PM. By Evan Pattak for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

Scarborough, Maine - July 13, 2019 ... The Maine Sire Stakes made their second seasonal appearance at Scarborough Downs on Saturday (7/13) as the harness racing three-year-old pacing divisions, featuring twin splits for both the fillies and colts, co-anchored an extremely strong Mid-Summer Classic Day card. LucksRealDeal doubled his pleasure in the first colt division, grabbing the lion's share of the $9948 purse while scoring his second consecutive win in Maine Sire Stakes competition. Guided confidently off the car by driver Matthew Athearn, the son of Luckcammotion-Deal With Life maintained a comfortable margin over his closest rival throughout the mile before gliding to an 8-1/4 length romp at the wire, the effort timed in a career best 1:58.2. LucksRealDeal is trained by Marc Tardif who co-owns the gelding in partnership with Leighton Property. Just Chief (M. Sowers) rallied for second while Heza Deuce (B. Ranger) settled for third. Maverick Art continued his season long demonstration of blossoming ability, scoring his fourth career victory in the $9947 second division of colts. Steered with determination toward the early lead by driver Bruce Ranger - after the prohibitive favorite, Bait A Hook rolled off stride behind the gate - Maverick Art dug in gamely to repel all challenges before gliding to a comfortable 2-1/4 length margin timed in a lifetime best 1:57.1. Un-raced as a freshman, the impressive colt, a son of Western Maverick-Fiber Art, is trained by Adam Gray for owner Kenneth Piper. CBF Bantam (G. Mosher) threw in a game rally bid to secure the bridesmaid's share while Victoria's Maverick (H. Campbell) was third. The first $9717 division of fillies featured a battle of razor sharp pacers as both MoonLightAndRoses and MayDayMaverickHope putting their seasonal sire stakes unbeaten streaks on the line. The battle was rather short lived though as driver Steven Wilson hand drove MayDayMaverickHope to an uncontested early lead, gaining an advantage which they never relinquished. The daughter of Western Maverick-Summer Hope, who is trained by Charlene Cushing for owner Darrell Tibbetts, recorded her third victory from only five career starts, all wins coming sequentially, with this one timed in a career best 2:00.2. MoonLightAndRoses (H. Campbell) rallied three wide off the final turn to grab the place while JustCallMeBets (M. Athearn) secured the show. The second $9717 filly division drew out into a field of five pacers which were all winless on the season as the more accomplished campaigners grouped into a separate split by the mere luck of the draw. CominRightAtYou and driver Ron Cushing took full advantage of that happy circumstance by choosing the pike route toward Victory Lane. The victory did not come without perils though as they were forced to withstand a determined overland challenge from Wicked Wanda (D.Ingraham) through the final quarter, and then further withstand a judge's inquiry after Wicked Wanda rolled off stride as they veered wide off the pylons at the head of the lane. When the dust had settled, the daughter of Western Maverick-Express Ball N persevered though, scoring her first seasonal win for trainer Heidi Gibbs and owners Kevin Sywyk and Ron Cushing, in a career best 2:00 flat. Cranky (R. Lanpher III) rode the pylons for the runner-up placing while We Love Western (J. Nason) finished third. Live harness racing is featured three day a week at Scarborough Downs with 4:30 pm (EDT) twilight cards slated for Thursdays and Saturdays while the popular Sunday matinees go to post at 1:30 pm. For more information, visit www.ScarboroughDowns.com or visit our Facebook page. By Michael Sweeney for Scarborough Downs

July 13, 2019 - A great harness racing day this was at Enghien with the Q+ and two competitive G.III events on the menu. The action began with the Quinte+ Prix du Palais de Chaillot (purse 58,000€, 2875 meters distance handicap) and even-money favorite Defi de Retz (6m First de Retz) delighted the crowd with his Alexandre Abrivard teamed victory. This J-M Bazire trainee, a career winner 11 times in 33 starts for 226,230€ earned, was clocked in 1.12.9kr as he defeated 4.3/1 Cocktail Desbois (7g Coktail Jet) and pilot Eric Raffin, with third to 10/1 Doum Jenikou (6g Rancho Gede). 9/1 Baladin Hongrois and 17/1 Belardo completed the top five leading to a short Q+ payoff of 160.40€ to 9,680 winning tickets. The Q+ pool was 4,323,741€ and over 8,686,000€ was wagered on the race. Defi de Retz The day’s featured Gr. III Prix de Bruxelles (purse 80,000€, 2150 meters autostart, nine starters) went to 1.11.2kr timed and 12/1 odds Drole de Jet (6m Coktail Jet-Likely Jet), a short nose winner for trainer/driver Pierre Vercruysse and owner Ecurie des As. The winner scored his eighth career win in 24 starts now for 391,775€ in life earnings. The 4/5 favorite Ble du Gers (8g Quinoa du Gers) was second handled by trainer Jean Michel Bazire for owner J.M. Rancoule. 9/1 Tessy d’Ete (7f Ganymede) closed quickly for third handled by Franck Nivard. 8.9/1 Orlando Jet (6m Orlando Vici) was fourth for Rudi Haller, ahead of 2.3/1 Tony Gio (7m Varenne) and pilot Eric Raffin. This was a superb contest with several lead changes and a stirring finish in deep stretch. Drole de Jet    The Gr. III Prix du Louvre (purse 74,000€, 2875 meters, European eligible) saw 4.8/1 Excellent (5m Real de Lou-Udine d’Odyssee) score timed in 1.15.9kr with Alexandre Abrivard up. Laurent Claude Abrivard bred, trains and owns the seven-time career winner in 32 starts that now has life earnings of 305,160€. 2.1/1 Tsunami Diamant (5m Gustav Diamant-Glide Chip) was second for Robin Bakker and trainer Paul Hagoort. 26/1 Electra Jet (5m Ready Cash-Olivia Jet) closed for third reined by trainer Pierre Vercruysse for owner Ecurie des AS. 2 .6/1 El Villagio and 9/1 Elena de Piencourt completed the top five. Excellent Another interesting race had an unusual ending, The Prix de Villiers (purse 43,000€, 2150 meters autostart, European eligible) saw 9/1 Very Impressive (4m SJs Caviar-Verify) declared the winner on the late dq of front trotting Hooters USA. The placed winner was teamed by Eric Raffin for trainer C.F. Kamminga and owner Ecurie Hodij Coatings. It was his first win in FR and he now has life earnings of 100,526€. The 19/1 outsider Fredo Griff (4m Love You) was placed second for Mathieu Mottier and 9/1 Innovation Love (4g Love You) was placed third with Robin Bakker up. Norton Commander, the 2/5 favorite, was also a dq. Race time was 1.12.4kr. Thomas H. Hicks  

Trois-Rivieres, QC - The 2018 O'Brien Award winning driver, Louis Philippe Roy, who also led all drivers in Canada last year in wins and money won, returns to his home town on Sunday for the $120,000C Quebec-Bred Series Finals. There are 11 races on Sunday's program and Roy is listed to drive in nearly every race. The stakes packed program has four $30,000C finals for the Quebec-Bred Series plus four divisions of the opening round of the $470,000C Breeders Cup Series for three-year-old pacers. Of the eight stakes races on Sunday, LPR is listed to drive in seven of them. He has only one morning line favorite, YS Tallia (post 7) in the 8th race $30,000C final for pacing fillies. She has dominated the series and is going for her fourth straight triumph. There are two trotters and one pacer who could become the first ever to win four Quebec championships. They are Capteur De Reve, Maximuscle and Atomic Million AM. Capteur De Reve goes for his fourth straight title in the seventh trot final. Now age 5, the son of Muscle Mass will have a very tough task as he starts from the outside in post seven for driver Stephane Gendron. Last week he beat the odds-on favorite, Seeyou Men, who drew post one. Maximuscle goes from post three for driver Louis Philippe Roy in trying for his fourth straight title. Then in the tenth race, Atomic Million AM heads the final for older pacing horses and starts from post five for driver Guy Gagnon. Undefeated at H3R this season, Atomic Million AM goes for his fifth straight win this year for trainer, owner and breeder, Alain Martin. Now age eight, the son of Million Dollar Cam boasts four wins in six starts this year, his fastest mile coming last week with a 1:54.1 triumph, the fastest mile at H3R this season. First race post time Sunday is 1:00 pm. Festival of Racing Saturday The Quebec Regional Fair Circuit races took place at the Hippodrome 3R Saturday afternoon. The fairs are where many of the two-year-old pacers and trotters start their career and nearly half of the 13 races Saturday were for the "babies". The fairs are also where the young men and women in Quebec get their first starts as drivers and trainers. Competing on Saturday were Samuel Fillion, Steven Gagnon, Jimmy Gagnon and Christian Gagnon. Also, on the fair circuit are Michel Berube, Mathieu Desrochers, Kevin Montmarquette, and Michel Lefebvre, all hopefully to become professionals at the races. There was also a young announcer, 15-year-old Louis Desrochers of Warwick, who called the second race trot and did a superb job, calling the race in both French and some English. One newcomer to Canada traveled all the way from Bermuda for his first pari-mutuel drive and he won. Kiwon Waldron, age 19, hails from Hamilton, Bermuda where he has been driving Standardbred ponies. In the third race he was able to lead from start to finish in 2:05.4 with the pacer Shemaksmefelunreal, who is sired by Sunshine Beach from the No Pan Intended mare, Dreamfair Orchid. She is trained by Michel Allard and owned by Rene Allard of Matamoras, PA. "I watched Kiwon drive last winter when I was in Bermuda," Rene Allard said. "I saw him win the FFA race there. He is a natural and I saw good talent in him and asked him to come to Quebec this summer and get more experience driving Standardbreds. He has a very bright future." Waldron made it a driver-trainer double with Michel Allard, winning the 8th race pace with Jeffs Journey in 1:59.2. Other two-year-old winners on the program were the trotter Major Bay (Amigo Hall - B Cor Bonita) in 2:08 for driver David Pilon and trainer Francis Richard; the pacer Saloon Magic (He's Watching - Ok Bravo) in 2:05 for driver Stephane Brosseau and trainer Marc Andre Simoneau; a trot to the filly Muscle Beauty (Muscle Mass - Ocean Mist Beauty) for driver Pascal Berube and trainer Serge Nadeau in 2:09.1. The final two-year-old race was the fastest of the day. Sophie's Destiny, a daughter of Delmarvalous - Tina's Bliss, cut all the fractions and won by a dozen lengths in 2:03.2. She was driven by Stephane Brosseau, who trains the filly. There was also an exhibition Monte (under saddle) trot race held with four contestants. The winner was R Rkadabra with jockey Anne-Marie Demers in 2:06.2 over Marie-Eve Jean riding VictoryCari. In the tenth race a track record was set as the race for pacers was only a half-mile long. Allstar Seelster ($3.30) and driver Stephane Brosseau led from start to finish, parking out Too Much Duncan (Pierre Luc Roy) to a :26.3 first quarter. Allstar Seelster went on to win by four open lengths in :55.1. The world record is :54.2. The highest win price of the season was set in the 9th race pace when driver Eric Beausoleil upset the field with Flashjack Soleil at odds of 36-1. They won the race in 2:00 and paid $74.20 to win. Stephane Brosseau led all drivers with three wins. There were three trainers, Francis Richard, Michel Allard and Marc Andrea Simoneau, who each had two winners from their stable. Throughout the afternoon on Saturday, fans were treated to special drawings, rides in a double-seat sulky and rides in the starting gate. There was also free balloon art and face painting for the children. The Festival of Racing continues on Sunday. First race post time is 1:00 pm. For a free race program, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club    

July 12, 2019 - Friday’s Quinte+ race was the Prix du Sap (purse 32,000€, 2750 meters distance handicap, 15 harness racing starters) at Cabourg. The 1.14.2kr timed victory went to 12/1 Copain du Cedre (7g Orlando Vici) with David Thomain up. The winner recorded his seventh career win in 44 outings now for 109,550€ earned. 15/1 Boxeur des Baux (8g Lilium Madrik) was second with Paul Philippe Ploquin aboard and 9/2 odds Carioca de Lou (7g Jag de Bellouet) was third for Leo Abrivard. 50/1 Be Good and 17/1 Brihana completed the top five finishers and set up a sole Q+ winning ticket and payoff of 394,889.80€. The Q+ pool was 3,754,008€ and total wagered on the race exceeded 7,774,000€. Copain du Cedre The top race of the day was the GP de la Ville de Cagnes-Sur-Mer (purse 66,000€, 2925 meters, seven International starters). The 4/5 favorite Balbir (8g Ganymede-Manzir) prevailed timed in 1.16.2kr with Mickael Cormy the driver/trainer for Ecurie du Vieux Chene. Balbir won for the 29th time in a 69-race career and increased his life earnings to 715,930€. 1.9/1 Bahia Quesnot (8f Scipion du Goutier) was second for trainer/driver Junior Guelpa and 18/1 Creative Castelets (7f Pomerol de Laumac) took third for J.Ch. Feron. Baldi Star and Colonel Bond were next to the line. Balbir On the undercard at CSM was the Prix de la Promenade de la Plage (purse 39,000€, 2925 meters, 15 starters) and the 1.15.1kr timed victory went to 20/1 Carlo de Carsi (7g Ismael du Pont) with Pierre Vercruysse up for trainer Laurent Gout and owner Gilles Baubier Canarelli. Carlo won for the ninth time in 50 lifetime starts, now for 300,750€ earned. 4.1/1 Diadam Atout (6m Timoko) was second for Christophe Martens and 7.4/1 American Dollar (9m Rocklyn) was third with Laurent Guy Richard aboard. Carlo de Carsi Thomas H. Hicks  

East Rutherford, NJ - Breakfast With The Babies (BWTB) Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace day edition began at 10am on a prefect morning with a fast harness racing track, minimal wind and the temperature at 75f. Crucial opened the day with another win, her second in as many attempts in 1:57.3 / 28.2 in hand to Yannick Gingras. The Father Patrick filly took over as the approached the half in a minute, rated the turn then sprinted home to score over I'm Really Special (Tim Tetrick) and Hot Springs Volo (Brian Sears). Ronnie Burke trains the $200,000 Lexington purchase for his interests as Burke Racing, Bill Donovan, Weaver Bruscemi, J&T Silva and Purnell & Libby. Steve Stewart and Maumee River Stables, Black Creek Farm and Martin Schmucker bred the impressive filly. Paul Kelley sent out a winner this morning in Cover Girl (Scott Zeron), a Muscle Hill from the Grand Circuit stakes winning To Dream On. Zeron moved her to the lead past the quarter, rated fairly and held off the challenges of Fashion Charmer (Dexter Dunn) to the outside and Winter Olympics (Ake Svanstedt) to the inside for the 1:59.1 win. Cover Girl is owned by the trainer along with TLP Stable, SRF Stable and L. Thomases and was bred by Katz Libfeld & Goldband who sold her in Lexington for $70,000. Ready For Moni (Gingras) won right back in 1:57.2 / 29 from off the rated pace. Placed second over, the Ready Cash colt fanned off cover and went by willingly to pick up mile cutter Stay Close (David Miller). Platoon System (Corey Callahan) rallied for third. Fielding, Lindy Farms, Liverman & Hatfield gave $220,000 for him at Lexington. Moni Market Breeders bred the colt. Trond Smedshammer drove Bluffinner, a Credit Winner from Bluff with the grand dam being the million dollar winning Blur, both trained by Trond, to an easy forwardly placed 1:58.2 / 28.3 romp over Merger Hanover (Tetrick) and Rock Party (Callahan). Purple Haze Stable gave $40,000 for the colt at Harrisburg and the breeder is Fair Winds Farm. Papi Rob Hanover (David Miller) was a winner in 1:55.2 for trainer Brett Pelling and owner Dave McDuffee, a pair that have enjoyed great success together over the years. Papi Rob took over past the half then won as he pleased over a charging What The Luck (Matt Kreuger). The Hanover bred Somebeachsomewhere colt brought $130,000 at Harrisburg last fall. Caviart Jane (Zeron) won the last of the baby races in 1:53.3. A sick scratch from a Kindergarten last week, the Captaintreacherous filly was again in hand while scoring her third baby win in as many tries for trainer Nancy Johansson. Caviart Farms and Christina Takter (looking forward to a big night as partners on Pace favorite Captain Crunch) gave $100,000 for her in Lexington last fall, White Birch Farms bred and consigned the filly. The Greatest Night in Harness Racing, Meadowlands Pace night is on tap this evening with $2.5 million in stakes led by the track's signature race the $682,650 Meadowlands Pace begins at 7:15 with post time for the Pace set at 10:10 pm. Free Pace programs are available on the web. Compliments of The Meadowlands and Trackmaster. Nick Salvi        

What Cheer, IA — Until a week ago 16-year-old Justin Gould thought he’d be coming to What Cheer to help race his family’s horses like he usually does. He unloads the equipment, harnesses the horses, and sometimes helps warm them up. That would have been his plan for the three days of racing (June 12-14) at the Keokuk County Fair until he got a call from harness racing trainer Casey Larson. “Everybody needs a start,” said Larson. “Everybody needs their first horse to get behind the gate.” Larson asked Gould if he was available to drive their 3-year-old pacing filly Dakota Roxy in the Drivers’ Race on Friday (June 12). The Drivers’ Race is an overnight for drivers that have less than ten lifetime wins. The horses entered can be any age or gait. Gould had taken his driver’s test, but had never driven in a race. This would be his first time. Gould agreed to take the drive. Daokta Roxy was coming off a couple tough weeks. She started the season with a win, then had two fifth-place finishes, then was scratched sick last week. “We just really wanted to braven her up a bit. The Drivers’ Race needed something to race. In order to braven the horse up we decided to put her in there,” said Larson. “Justin’s trained many horses with Mark (Mintin) so we weren’t worried about that.” Gould did have lots of experience training. His mother Stevie Gould and her brother Mark Mintin have a stable at the Humboldt County Fairgrounds were Justin is involved in the day-to-day operations. “Every day I go to the barn and feed in the morning, jog during the day, and feed at lunch and feed at night too,” said Gould. “During school year I feed in the morning before school, I go to school, then right after school I go to the barn.” Gould has been a staple at Humboldt for many years. “When I was 11 years old Adam Hauser let me jog horses for him,” Gould said of his first experiences behind a horse. Hauser trains out of Humboldt as well. Even with all the experience training, a first race can be stressful. Gould, in his new black, gray and white colors, headed to Larson’s barn to get Dakota Roxy for race 10. Larson had some advice for him regarding driving the horse. “He told me two things.” said Gould. “He said not to miss the car and go to the front.” And Gould did just that. Gould had Dakota Roxy right on the gate and shot out to the early lead. He led at the quarter in :33.3 and continued to lead at the half in 1:08.2 when competitor Shining Jewels made a move. “I’m used to training with Mark and James (Justin’s brother). Seeing other people out there is different. Usually they (Mark and James) don’t try to pass me. They just try to get up next to me so I wasn’t ready for that.” Gould urged on Dakota Roxy and kept Shining Jewels parked at the three-quarters in 1:40.2. Shining Jewels led into the head of the stretch and finished first in 2:11, with Gould and Dakota Roxy taking second. “That was more fun than anything else,” said Gould, smiling after the race. He was grateful to have the opportunity and looks forward to more racing in the future. “We couldn’t be more proud of him. He did everything we asked him to do,” said Larson. “She raced great and it was a great tightener for us so it worked out for everybody. I’m just happy for him because to get your first one out of the way is always a little nerve racking. I hope for many more to come for him, and if we’re ever in a bind he will surely be on our list to help us out.” by Gretchen Roland, for the Iowa Harness Horse Association

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - It was a case of long and short at the Meadowlands in a pair of New Jersey Sire Stakes Finals Friday night, as Villiam scored at 85-1 in the 2-year-old colt and gelding harness racing pace while 3-5 shot Fortune Starlet dominated in the 2-year-old filly trot. Villiam, a gelded son of Rock N Roll Heaven-Village Mirage, had plenty of action unfold in front of him as the top three horses in the wagering - 3-1 Follow Your Heart, even-money Rockin The Gates and 8-5 Rockin The Aces - all battled for supremacy from the quarter to the three-quarters, and that suited driver Tim Tetrick just fine, who had Villiam in a third-over flow around the far turn. Rockin The Aces was dead game to the wire after racing uncovered for the final half-mile but got nailed by the smallest of noses at the finish. Follow Your Heart was third. The win payout of $172.60 was the highest of the meeting at the Big M. It was Villiam's first victory in three lifetime starts for trainer Eric Foster. The time for the mile was 1:53.1. "I didn't think about winning at three-quarters, I just wanted to get a good check," said Tetrick. "But those other colts beat themselves up and I picked up the pieces." Fortune Starlet ($3.20 to win), a daughter of Trixton-Fortune Dream, had no anxious moments in her dash, grabbing the lead while parked at the half before powering clear of her foes by five lengths in 1:54.3 in winning for the second time in three starts. Caviart Eva finished second but was off stride at the wire and placed fourth behind official second-place finisher Jula Champagne and Spoiled Princess, who was placed third. "She's got a beautiful gait and a great attitude," said winning driver Dexter Dunn of the George Ducharme trainee. "She showed last week (when she won in 1:55.4) what she can do. She's still learning a little, but she's got a bright future." Before the betting card, two other NJSS Finals were conducted. Play Trix On Me, a son of Trixton-Lima Playmate, took the 2-year-old colt and gelding trot in 1:55.3 for driver Tetrick and trainer Gareth Dowse to stay perfect in four lifetime tries. Ready Set Rock, a daughter of Rock N Roll Heaven-Popcorn N Peanuts, took the 2-year-old filly pace. Driver Andy McCarthy guided the winner to a 1:56.3 score for trainer Michael Hall. A LITTLE MORE: Leading driver Yannick Gingras had the hot hand once again, scoring five times on the program, twice with Per Engblom trainees. ... Chalk players cashed plenty of tickets on the card, as eight favorites visited the winner's circle. ... All-source handle on the 14 races totaled $2,682,541. ... Racing resumes Saturday at 7:15 p.m. with a stakes-laden 13-race card that features the $682,650 Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace.   By Dave Little Meadowlands Media Relations

A quartet of $40,000 Ohio Sires Stakes for 2-year-old trotting youngsters fired up the Northfield Park harness racing crowd on a lovely cool and mildly breezy Friday evening, July 12. Expect The Sweep, the 5-2 choice, took the first OSS division with a 1:57.2 front-stepping performance with Aaron Merriman steering the brown gelding. Owned by Beaver, Fleming, Yoder and Zeehandelar, the son of Triumphant Caviar was making just his second lifetime pari-mutuel start under the tutelage of trainer Chris Beaver. Expect The Sweep had finished a handy third in OSS Leg One and finished a length ahead of 6-5 Count On Barney (Kurt Sugg), with 18-1 Action Uncle (Brett Miller) nailing down third-place honors in this second leg. Expect The Sweep upped his career earnings to $24,800 with this first career triumph. As the son out of the Lockkeeper mare Locksweeper 2, 1:54.1z ($105,247), this trotter is a half-brother to Roseberg (by Manofmanymissions) 5, 1:57.4f ($83,965) and Red's Winner (by American Winner) 3, 1:59f ($57,610). Merriman, North America's leading reinsman, was back in the winner's circle for the second OSS contest, this time with another Triumphant Caviar freshman, the 3-5 favorite Exhibit Class. The bay homebred gelding trotted to a 1:58.1 clocking via come-from-behind tactics for trainer Sean Smithpeters and owner Marion Beachy. Exhibit Class had finished second in Leg One of the OSS series to the winning Wading Boots, and now has $30,000 in career earnings. Exhibit Class                                              --Jeff Zamaiko photo Attache' was second for Ronnie Wrenn, Jr., just a length behind the winner at odds of 3-1, while 6-1 Larochelle Hanover was third for driver Hunter Myers. Exhibit Class is the third and most prolific foal out of the Classic Photo mare Classic Blaze 5, 1:55.3 ($27,185). Even-money favorite It's Academic benefited from a perfect steer by driver Chris Page to capture the third OSS division easily in 1:57.3. The Ronnie Burke-trained son of Uncle Peter had won his first OSS leg on July 4 at Scioto Downs and no problem scoring his third consecutive lifetime victory in as many tries for owners Burke Racing, Bill Donovan, Joe Sbrocco and the Hatfield Stables. It's Academic finished 1¼ lengths in front of the 2-1 hard-trying Doubleyellowline (Brett Miller), while 35-1 longshot Pete Stamas did well to finish third for Kayne Kauffman. The winner now sports a hefty bankroll of $43,400 for his connections. Bred by Gbw Breeding Farms of Ohio, It's Academic is the first foal out of the Muscle Hill mare Annapolis 3, 1:55 ($49,594). It's Academic                                              --Jeff Zamaiko photo Another Uncle Peter youngster, the 9-5 Big Box Hanover, also made his second trip to the winner's circle in OSS competition, having won leg one at Scioto Downs on July 4 in 1:57.4. For the second leg, the Dalton Walls-trained gelding was clocked in 1:59, finishing half a length in front of 19-1 Howyadoingub (Brett Miller) with 50-1 Greek Legend (Kayne Kauffman) notching third-place money. Big Box Hanover                                             --Jeff Zamaiko photo Big Box Hanover is owned by Bruce Soulsby and Dalton Walls and was bred by Hanover Shoe Farms. He is the ninth foal out of the Donerail mare Box of Dreams 3, 1:58.1f ($86,100) and is a half-brother to Boadicea Hanover (by Andover Hall) 2, 2:01.4f ($113,287); Ballare Hanover (by Broadway Hall) 5, 1:55 ($98,552) and By Cance Hanover (Cantab Hall) 3, 1:59f ($34,811).   by Kimberly Rinker Ohio Standardbred Development Administrator