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YONKERS, N.Y. - Ever since harness racing trainer Aaron Lambert purchased Dynamic Youth out of the 2010 Harrisburg Yearling Sale, Carl Cito Jr. has been involved. He started with a small piece of the talented pacer and was along for the ride as the gelding won the Cane Pace and captured multiple New York Sire Stakes at 3, won an elimination of the Ben Franklin and placed in the Confederation Cup, Monument Circle, and Windy City Pace at 4, placed in the Hoosier Park Pacing Derby at 5, and again made the Ben Franklin Final at age 6. But as Dynamic Youth’s stakes days ran out, the other partners in the ownership group fled. Soon, Cito found himself taking on a bigger role with the pacer. “I’ve always owned a small piece of him,” Cito explained. “As time went on and I ended up training him, some of the other guys were opting out; they were just into stakes horses. I acquired more of a share of him and now I own half of him with my partner Chris.” Cito trains, drives, and owns the Dynamic Youth in partnership with Chris Giaccio. The two met by chance and although Cito was reluctant to take on the new owner, eventually, they began partnering on horses. “I actually met (Chris) through the judges when Cammie Haughton was the presiding judge. He went into the office and asked for some recommendations for trainers and I was on the list,” Cito recalled. “The guy just called me and I wasn’t really taking owners at the time, it was just my own horses. But I kind of became friendly with him and we got some horses together and have ever since. It’s probably been about six or seven years now.” Dynamic Youth trains at Cito’s private farm in Jackson, New Jersey along with Cito’s four other horses. Cito and his wife, Natalie, know just how lucky they are to work with the accomplished  son of Bettor’s Delight, who is 35-for-116 with $1,219,492 earned. “You can’t ask for a better racehorse. Good manners, good personality, a lot of class. He’s got track records at probably two or three different tracks,” Cito said. “He’s just a class, class horse. You can’t ask for a better horse to be around. He really has no bad habits, which is rare. “My wife is the one who goes out and feeds him, gives him apples and carrots. He’s just a nice horse and they don’t come around like him very often. He’s special.” At age 8, Dynamic Youth is still in top form. He’s 3-for-15 this year racing primarily at Yonkers and finished third in the $55,000 Open Handicap Pace July 29. With Cito in the sulky, Dynamic Youth rode a pocket trip behind Great Vintage after stretching his rival out through a :26.3 opening quarter. Although Dynamic Youth was raging with pace, Cito had to take up behind Great Vintage, who tired badly with a furlong to race. Meanwhile, odds-on favorite Evenin of Pleasure enjoyed a perfect second-over trip. “The whole outer tier, Evenin of Pleasure and George (Brennan) got the jump on all of us,” Cito explained. “I actually came to a very, very slow pace at that time and when he hit the passing lane, he just charged. His last eighth was very fast. If he would have gotten me to the top of the lane, I think I would have won. The horse I was following finished last. My momentum was stopped.” Cito has driven Dynamic Youth in all 25 of his pari-mutuel starts since taking over the gelding’s training in April 2016. One of the few owner-trainer-drivers remaining in the sport, Cito’s days as a catch-driver in the 1990s motivate him to drive his own stock. A winner of 1071 career races, Cito only gave up driving full time after a series of accidents forced him to the sidelines. “I did the catch driving thing back in the 90s. I just basically drove for other guys. Then I had a couple of bad wrecks and I just started training and I did that for another 10 or so years, then I started doing both again. When I get the itch, I drive, when I don’t, I don’t.” Driving his own stock, the five stabled at his farm and a few others stabled with their owner in Colts Neck, New Jersey, gives Cito more insight about his horses. Cito says Dynamic Youth is a perfect horse to drive. “He’s a horse you can drive with no handholds. You rev him up, he can leave the gate :26.0, but he can go a quarter in 35 seconds. He doesn’t even wear ear plugs. He’s just a pleasure to drive,” Cito described. “It’s very rare to get a top horse like that who just does what you tell him to do. When he’s sharp like he is now, he can get a little aggressive, but he’s just a perfect horse to drive and he always was. Everyone who ever drove him said that.” Dynamic Youth will start from post one in Saturday night’s $55,000 Open Handicap Pace at Yonkers Raceway. He is a 12-1 morning line in a loaded field. Bit Of A Legend will make his first start since winning the Joe Gerrity Jr. Memorial Pace at Saratoga, but will start from post eight at odds of 4-1. Somewhere In L A is 7/2 from post six while last week’s Open winner Luck Be Withyou will start just to his inside as the 3-1 favorite. A winner two weeks ago, Evenin of Pleasure was assigned post seven and is 8-1. P H Supercam, Polak A, and Sunfire Blue Chip complete the field. “It’s definitely one of the toughest Opens this year so far at Yonkers with all them good horses in there at once,” Cito remarked. “They’re all pretty sharp right now. They’re all pretty good horses in there, but he’s not going to embarrass himself. He’ll hold his own for sure.” From the inside, Cito hopes to work out another garden trip. He will look to leave along the pylons and drop in behind the leader in a race that figures to feature plenty of early speed. “You leave hard and then you see who’s coming. If it’s not a good one, you try to seat them behind you and follow the next one that’s coming and roll on. His best race is on the front, but it’s hard to cut a mile. I can’t imagine nobody’s going to be leaving in that race. We’ll just try and follow the best one we can and hope he takes me to the top of the stretch.” As Cito continues to race Dynamic Youth at the top level of competition, he is acknowledges the special opportunity he has been afforded to not only own a horse of this caliber, but to work closely with him, too. “We’ve been fortunate to have him and have him stay healthy all this time and have him still able to compete with these horses at 8 years old. I’ve only had one other one that made $1 million that I’ve trained from the get go and they don’t come along very often. “The horse always shows up and if he doesn’t, there’s usually a reason. Not just because he throws a clunker. He doesn’t usually do that. And you get to know his quirks as far as what his routine is during the week. How hard to train him, how hard not to train him, if you train him at all. Sometimes I don’t even train him. Sometimes I just jog him and he seems to like that. I’ve just been lucky to have him.” First post time Saturday night at Yonkers is 7:10 p.m. Click here to view entries for Saturday’s races. Brandon Valvo for the SOA of NY

The result in the $300,000 James M. Lynch Memorial Final at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono today (Sunday) is a result for the Sunshine State. Queensland born horsemen Aaron Lambert and Noel Daley provided the top two finishers with Agent Q defeating Caviart Ally by three lengths in a time of 1:51.0 in the North American three-year-old feature. The mile was covered in 26.1, 29.1, 27.4 and 27.4 seconds. Agent Q, prepared by Lambert and driven by star reinsman David Miller, was the second elect in betting ($1.70) behind Tequila Monday ($1.20) while Caviart Ally driven by Andy McCarthy, a 196-1 longshot, finished second and 14-1 Brazuca was third. Tequila Monday finished 8th. Agent Q, a daughter of Western Terror out of the mare Teenage Paige, has won four of seven races this year and earned $297,931. It was her first win in an open stakes final after second-place finishes in this year’s Fan Hanover Stakes and Lismore Pace and last year’s Breeders Crown and She’s A Great Lady. The setbacks in the Fan Hanover and Breeders Crown were both by a nose. For her career, Agent Q has won seven of 17 races, finished second nine times, and earned $736,635. She is owned by Martin Scharf, Rochetti Cassar Racing, and Robert Muscara. Lambert was born and bred in Queensland and is the son of well-known and respected horseman Jim, who made the move to North America over a decade ago while McCarthy officially began his career in harness in the Sunshine State working for his champion father John. Daley is no stranger to success in North America owing to the deeds of Mr Muscleman, Broad Bahn, Explosive Matter, All Speed Hanover, Cedar Dove, Impressive Kemp, My Little Dragon, Little Miss Dragon, Magic Tonight, Ideal Matters, All Laid Out, Bad Bert, Day In The Life, Memphis Flash, Perfect Son, At Point Blank and E Dee’s Cam among many others.  Both Lambert and McCarthy have combined for considerable success in recent seasons with the likes of Dynamic Youth, Townslight Hanover and Mr Massimo among others. Daley and McCarthy were chasing a feature race victory in the $500,000 Earl Beal Jnr Memorial for the three-year-old trotters later in the program with the richly talented Sortie but unfortunately struck trouble and finished at the rear. The race was won by Devious Man for Andy and Julie Miller in a time of 1:52.4. Devious Man is a colt by Credit Winner. Both Devious Man and Sortie are aiming at the $1 million Hambletonian Stakes on Aug. 5 at the Meadowlands. Chris Barsby

Wilkes-Barre, PA --- Agent Q and driver David Miller made a sustained first-over drive pay off in Saturday's (July 1) $300,000 James M. Lynch Memorial for harness racing 3-year-old female pacers, taking the lead coming off the final turn and pulling away from the field in the stretch to win by three lengths in 1:51 at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. Caviart Ally, a 196-1 longshot, finished second and 14-1 Brazuca was third.   Agent Q, the 8-5 second choice behind favorite Tequila Monday, was fourth on the first turn as Idyllic Beach battled with Brazuca for the front. Idyllic Beach got the lead in a :26.1 opening quarter-mile, but it wouldn't be long before Agent Q came calling.   "I expected there would be some horses to leave," Miller said. "In the first turn they were going too hard to try to retake and my mare is pretty game so I took my shot coming first over.   "I felt good (on the final turn). My mare still had a nice hold of me. Yannick (Gingras with Idyllic Beach) had just asked his filly and I was getting to her pretty easy. I thought we were going to be in good shape unless somebody off the back got us. But she raced well. She's very sharp right now."   Agent Q, a daughter of Western Terror out of the mare Teenage Paige, has won four of seven races this year and earned $297,931. It was her first win in an open stakes final after second-place finishes in this year's Fan Hanover Stakes and Lismore Pace and last year's Breeders Crown and She's A Great Lady. The setbacks in the Fan Hanover and Breeders Crown were both by a nose.   For her career, Agent Q has won seven of 17 races, finished second nine times, and earned $736,635. She is owned by Martin Scharf, Rochetti Cassar Racing, and Robert Muscara. She is trained by Aaron Lambert.   Agent Q     James M. Lynch Memorial Consolation   The Western Ideal filly YS Tallia, in the pocket early, looked shuffled out of contention in the $50,000 Lynch consolation as favored Roaring To Go made a big move in the :27.1 third quarter to gain a sizable lead, with gapping two-wide horses forcing YS Tallia to wait for clearance.   The filly was still four lengths out in midstretch, but driver Simon Allard kept after his charge as Roaring To Go tired, and he and YS Tallia crossed the wire first by a half-length in a lifetime mark of 1:51.4 over a track that had just been upgraded to "good." Roaring To Go held on for second, 1-1/2 lengths ahead of the Pocono Pike-using Risky Romance.   YS Tallia, a Rene Allard-trained daughter of Western Ideal out of Bolero Tallia, has won two of seven races this year and earned $41,890 for breeder/owner Yves Sarrazin (the "YS" in YS Tallia). She was unraced at age 2.   YS Tallia     Jerry Connors

Evelyn Harms teamed Southwind Alice (5f Muscle Hill-Accountability-Pine Chip) to victory Saturday evening at Kawartha Downs to kick off the 2016 harness racing monte season in North America. The winning pair were clocked in 2:01f in the C$4,000 purse pari-mutuel contest and the trainer is Dave Dowling for owner Allan Neal. Off at 3.25/1 odds they defeated last years’ top performing Santo Domingo (9g Amigo Hall-Victory Lady-Garland Lobell) with Marit Valstad up for trainer Mike Guitard as 1.55/1 favorite and third finishing Massive Muscles (5g Muscle Mass-Flirting Lavec-Mr. Lavec) ridden by Karoline Nielsen for trainer Julie Walker. Scheduled Ontario events next up include June 19 at Clinton, July 1 at Dresden and July 16 at Georgian Downs. The 2015 season wrapped up on October 31 with a C$10,000 final at Flamboro. Santo Domingo scored in that one timed in 1:59.3h for Marit Valstad. Earlier on September 26, a C$10,000 event at Mohawk went to Santo Domingo timed in a seven-eighths mile track North American record 1:56.4s with Philippe Masschaele aboard. Tragically Shipp (9g by Shipps Speed) posted back to back wins for Nathalie Elliott on September 12 at Hiawatha timed in 2:02f in a C$3,000 test and August 29 at Georgian Downs in a C$5,000 event timed in 1:59.4f. Watch for monte action throughout North America in 2016. Thomas H. Hicks Monteamerica.com

God Forbid N registered her second straight victory at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono Tuesday night, kicking home with a wicked personal last half of 53.2 to take the $15,500 featured pace for harness racing mares while establishing a new mark of 1:50.1.   The daughter of Elsu followed the lively backstretch cover of Scandalicious as that one went first-over after early splits of 26.4 and 56, then was left uncovered when Scandalicious was able to get around pacesetting Sayitall BB, a Breeders Crown winner at three, to the 1:23 3/4 pole.   Driver Andrew McCarthy, like the mare a Down Under "import" (although he comes from the other side of the Tasman Sea, in Australia), then asked for more from God Forbid N, and his charge soon drew up to Scandalicious, then convincingly outkicked her through the lane by 2¼ lengths to give McCarthy his third sulky success of the night. Trainer Aaron Lambert co-owns the winner, now 3 for 6 since coming to this country, with Kenneth Tucci and Kenneth Schwartz, and off her two Pocono showings, the sky's the limit for the talented God Forbid N.   George Napolitano Jr. won races 11 and 14 to give him three wins on Tuesday night, and 16 for the four-day racing week at Pocono (5 Saturday and Monday, 3 Sunday and Tuesday). He also had 4 at Philly Saturday afternoon and 3 there Sunday afternoon, for 23 sulky victories in the four-day stretch between the two tracks 100 miles apart on the Northeast Extension of the Pennsylvania Turnpike.   PHHA / Pocono    

Summerside, PE - DBS Rosco won the Victoria Day pace in an exciting stretch battle during opening day harness racing action Monday at Red Shores Summerside. The time of the mile was 1:58.2 Kenny Arsenault engineered the winning drive for trainer Wendell Shaw and his co-owners Robbie Shaw and Derek Folland. Arsenault put the pacer on the point and rolled through fractions of 28.1, 57:4 and 1:28. The son of Santanna Blue Chip held off a fast closing Carnivore (Walter Cheverie) down the lane to notch his third win of the year. Motorino was third. It was Arsenault's second winner of the day after guiding Montana Ben to top honours for owner-trainer Mike Ramsay, Summerside, PE. Shady Kowalski, under the command of Terry Gallant, opened up the 2016 campaign at Summerside. The five-year old mare is owned by Eric Johnston, Summerside, PE. Gilles Barrieau and Marc Campbell also recorded driving doubles up to press deadline. For complete results go to www.redshores.ca Tara Myers

Australian native Aaron Lambert has returned home. The Queensland horseman has called North America home since moving there over a decade ago, originally starting as a groom with Mark Kesmodel and then Noel Daley before making the transition to be a successful harness racing trainer trainer. Since making the move, Lambert has never returned home, focused on getting himself established and providing for his family, married to his wife Lynn and their three children. Based in the ultra-competitive New Jersey area at Winner’s International Farm, Lambert has worked hard to build his clientele and numbers and his persistency has paid off with a number of talented performers originating from his barn. His best performer is quite clearly, Dynamic Youth. Lambert selected him from the 2010 Standardbred Horse Sale in Harrisburg. The son of Bettor's Delight and the Western Hanover mare Always True was an $85,000 yearling purchase and went through the ring named Altdelete Hanover. He is the first of six foals from his dam and the only one of her progeny to earn more than $100,000. At his most recent start, Dynamic Youth broke through the million dollar barrier in earnings following his fifth placing in the $500,000 Benjamin Franklin Final at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono behind Luck Be Withyou in a mile of 1;49.0. His biggest victory came in 2012 when successful in the Cane Pace at Tioga Downs where he defeated Pet Rock. He took at lifetime mark of 1;48.1 at age four when successful at The Downs which equaled the world record for a 1000m sized track. In total, Dynamic Youth has won 24 races in his career to date while amassing $1, 022, 907 in stake earnings. He was voted the 2013 Pennsylvania Horse of the Year for his performances in overnight events at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. Fellow countryman Andy McCarthy has been a consistent partner of Dynamic Youth during his career. Other top performers for Lambert include Townslight Hanover, Mr Massimo and Sharks Legacy among others. Lambert will catch up with his family and friends in Brisbane after flying into Sydney earlier this week. The talented horseman gained his basic skills from his father, Jim, a noted horseman in his own right.   Chris Barsby

Louisville, KY --- It wasn’t exactly how harness racing trainer Aaron Lambert hoped to have Dynamic Youth break the million dollar barrier, but he feels the 6-year-old pacing gelding will still have plenty of opportunities to hit the winner’s circle throughout the year. “It was not the set of circumstances I wanted for him when he accomplished that achievement,” he said. “With a fifth place finish in the (Ben) Franklin final (July 4); but the way the race set up for him I was not displeased with his effort. He always gives everything he’s got in every race and you can never ask for anything more than that.” Dynamic Youth has been a substantial presence in Lambert’s barn since he selected him from the 2010 Standardbred Horse Sale in Harrisburg. The son of Bettor's Delight and the Western Hanover mare Always True was an $85,000 yearling purchase and went through the ring named Altdelete Hanover. He is the first of six foals from his dam and the only one of her progeny to earn more than $100,000. Currently owned by J&T Silva Stables, Kenneth Tucci and C&G Racing Stable, the gelding has been a model of consistency throughout his career and has taken on the best in the sport in most of his trips to the post. In fact, he was the winner of the 2012 Cane Pace, equaled a world record of 1:48.1f on a five-eighths-mile track at age four, which remains his lifetime mark, and was the 2013 Pennsylvania Horse of the Year for his performances in overnight events at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. “He is just such a pleasure to be around,” Lambert said. “He’s an easy keeper around the barn and we really do not have to do much with him except turn him out with his chums. I’m just very glad to have him back because I was not sure if we would be able to return him to the races after last year. He got sore behind, so I just stopped on him and gave him all the time he needed. He’s actually come back even better than he was before and seems to be doing very well.” As a 2-year-old Dynamic Youth started 12 times with a record of 3-1-3 and a bankroll of just under $77,000. He competed primarily on the New York circuit and closed his year out with an eighth place finish in the $510,000 Governor’s Cup final at Harrah’s Philadelphia. As a 3-year-old the gelding collected nearly $600,000 from 18 trips to the gate. Although he was sixth in the $306,204 Art Rooney Pace, he was second in the $587,315 Confederation Cup final, won the Cane after a sixth in the elimination and closed out his season by finishing second in the $250,000 Monument Circle, the $260,000 American-National Stake and the $215,000 Windy City Pace. The gelding returned at age four to make $179,900 from 23 races. He was third in the $223,500 Hoosier Park Pacing Derby and fourth in the $223,500 Quillen Memorial, while also competing in the Ben Franklin, William Haughton Memorial and US Pacing Championship. Keep in mind he was facing the likes of Sweet Lou, Bolt The Duer, A Rocknroll Dance, Foiled Again, Thinking Out Loud, and Pet Rock every week. Those horses were certainly not an easy group to contend with week in and week out. In 2014, Dynamic Youth made 14 appearances on the track with a record of 4-3-1 and just missed breaking the $100,000 mark for the year in earnings with $90,375. After Lambert determined the horse just wasn’t himself and discovered he was off behind, he was placed on an extended vacation. He did not compete from August of last year until he qualified this year on March 10. With plenty of racing still remaining for the season, Dynamic Youth has already collected $83,075 with his record standing at 11-4-2-2. He’s won in 1:49f and appears poised for yet another successful year. His career statistics are 78-24-14-10 with purse money of $1,022,907. “We did not stake him to much this year because we really were not sure if he would race for us again,” Lambert said. “Since he seems to like a five-eighths track we are going to keep him up here in the overnights at Pocono and just race him on that schedule. “I’ve always said about him, that if he is within two lengths at the top of the stretch he always has the chance. He’s such an honest horse, with the best manners and is easy on himself. He really is a class act and definitely deserves some attention for what he has done throughout his career. Not many come around like him and he has proven the $85,000 that was spent on him was worth every penny, as in this business you never know what is going to happen or if the horse will work out. He certainly has done much more than that and in a very good way.” by Kimberly French, USTA Web Newsroom Senior Correspondent 

Next week, the harness racing action at Pocono really kicks into another gear with our first Sire Stakes action of the season and our first Open pacing and trotting events for the meet. This past week was no slouch though, thanks to Pennsylvania All Stars action and some thrilling overnight racing. Let's take a look at which horses and horsemen stood above all in the past four racing nights by handing out the Weekly Awards. Pacer of the week: Dynamic Youth It's good sometimes to have a long memory when you're trying to handicap a race. Take the case of Dynamic Youth in Saturday night's condition pace for non-winners of $15,000 in the last five starts. The 6-year-old gelding from the Aaron Lambert barn had won his previous start against lower company in a solid effort in 1:51:1. Saturday night represented a step up the condition ladder though, and considering he had finished ninth in a lower group at The Meadowlands, the morning line oddsmaker, who shall remain nameless (although his name rhymes with Schmim Schmeviglia), decided to tag him with odds of 6-1. The betting public, however, who likely remembered how many classic miles this one has put together in the past at Pocono, bet him down to a 4-5 favorite. The fans were right. With George Napolitano Jr. in the bike, Dynamic Youth took charge early and powered through the second half of the mile, keeping his competition at bay for a victory in 1:50:1. Maybe he just needed to be back at his old haunts, or maybe he just needed the backing of the faithful. Whatever the case, Dynamic Youth is back on top of his game with two straight victories, so under estimate him at your own peril. Other top pacers this week include: Rose Run Quest (Simon Allard, Rene Allard), who, even after a barn switch, picked up his third straight condition pacing win on Tuesday night in 1:52:3, which was a new career mark for him; A J Corbelli (Simon Allard, Rene Allard), who rolled to his second straight condition win on Saturday night, this one coming in 1:50:3; and Caviart Shelley (Matt Kakaley, Ron Burke), who moved up in class and still won her third straight condition pace on Wednesday night, matching her career mark of 1:51:4 in the process. Trotter of the week: Ali De Vie This 5-year-old gelding loves to race at Pocono. Coming into his start on Wednesday night in a $12,500 to $15,000 claiming handicap, he had won four races in a row when he was at the Pocono oval. Sprinkled in that stretch were a pair of struggling performances at Harrah's at Philadelphia, so maybe the right thing to do would be to keep this one here until somebody knocks him off. After wins the past two weeks for trainer Rene Allard, Ali De Vie was claimed and joined the barn of Jenny Melander for his start on Wednesday night. Leaving from post position #2 in a field of nine, the gelding sat in fourth early on as Browner Shuttle set the pace. Driver Jim Morrill Jr. waited for an opening and then sent Ali De Vie on a first-over journey on the back stretch. Although he found no cover to help him out, Ali De Vie corralled Browner Shuttle at the top of the stretch. Once he had the lead, he had to deal with Fall Creek Bandit, who had an excellent trip in the pocket and was coming up the passing lane. But Morrill and Ali De Vie had just enough to hold him off and win it in 1:55:3. That makes three wins in a row overall and five for his last five at Pocono. This horse truly loves this course. Honorable mention on the trotting side goes to: P L Eureka (George Napolitano Jr., John Barchi), whose claiming handicap victory on Wednesday night in 1:54:2 was his fourth in his last five; Sentry (Larry Stalbaum, Jenny Melander), who snuck up the inside late on Saturday night for an upset win in the week's top condition trot in 1:54, which matched a career-best; and Picture This (Charlie Norris driver and trainer), who rolled to a condition victory on Tuesday night in 1:53:3, the fastest trotting time of the week at Pocono. Long shot of the week : Cane Ridge Driver Joe Pavia Jr. worked out a pocket trip for this pacer on Saturday night and he rallied to win a claiming handicap at 45-1, paying out $92.40 on a $2 win ticket. Driver of the week: Joe Pavia Jr. Pavia only recently returned to driving duties, but he made his presence felt on Saturday night with ba pair of victories, including the huge long shot Cane Ridge. Trainer of the week: Mark Kesmodel Talk about efficiency: Kesmodel sent out three starters at Pocono al week, two on Saturday and one on Wednesday, and every one of the three came back to the barn a winner. Jim Beviglia

HARRINGTON, Del. - Four $20,000 harness racing divisions of the first leg of the Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) stakes for 2-year-old pacing fillies were contested Monday at Harrington Raceway. The top eight point-getters from the first two legs will return to compete in the $100,000 final on October 20. The fastest and most impressive winner of the divisions was Carter Racing Stable's Totally Rusty ($2.10, Corey Callahan) who broke her dam's (mom's) track record with a 1:54.1 decisive score. It was one of three wins on the card for trainer Doug Lewis. As the only foal for sire Rusty's For Real, Totally Rusty is 3-for-3 in her young career. After clearing the lead near the opening quarter-mile, Totally Rusty never relented in a visually impressive performance. Totally Rusty's dam, Rusty's Joy, co-held the track record with She's Everything and Little Bit Tricky of 1:55.4. It was one of three wins on the program for Callahan. Totally's Rusty's 1:54.1 mile also established a new stakes record. Gigi Deo ($2.10, Andrew McCarthy) notched her third win in four starts in her career in the first division for owner J&T Silva Stables, C&G Racing Stables, and Deo Volente Farms after a 1:56.3 triumph as the heavy favorite for trainer Aaron Lambert. The Riggins-sired filly was recently second with grand circuit fillies in the Kentuckiana at Hoosier Park (Indiana). In the only upset of the DSBF divisions, Gary Simpson and Eric Good's Puddle Jumper ($14.20, George Dennis) was victorious in 1:57.2. A daughter of Riggins, Puddle Jumper sat behind pacesetter Fancy Sound throughout before emerging down the passing lane late for a win over the latter. Love Forbidden was the overwhelming favorite and battled first over throughout but was unable to close ground late and finished third. Puddle Jumper was making her Third Straight for co-owner and trainer Simpson. The final division went to Joann Looney-King's Purrfect Bags ($2.10, Victor Kirby), who improved to 2-for-2 lifetime with a front end 1:57 victory over a pocket sitting Brian's Thunder. The Roddy's Bags Again filly is trained by Jim King Jr. Kirby had three winners on the card. In the overnight feature, Callahan piloted Lewis-trained Delaware Hanover ($4) for owner Howard Taylor to an off the pace score in 1:53 in the $13,750 Open II. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrrington Raceway      

HARRINGTON, Del. - With just 12 days remaining in the Harrington Raceway meet, the first leg of the Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) stakes for 2-year-olds will be prominently featured over the final three weeks. DSBF action kicks off Monday with pacing fillies going postward in four divisions. The early favorite in the division would have to be J&T Silva Stables, C&G Racing Stables and Deo Violente Farms' Gigi Deo (9/5, Andrew McCarthy), who drew post four in the first split, the second half of the daily double as race two. A $55,000 Harrisburg sale yearling, "Gigi" is one of the most expensive Delaware-sired horses since the inception of the DSBF program. She finished second to Bettor Be Steppin in the Kentuckiana in grand circuit action at Hoosier Park. This will be her first time over a half-mile racetrack for trainer Aaron Lambert.   Another filly whose off to an auspicious start to her career is Carter Racing Stable's Totally Rusty (2/1, Corey Callahan), who is a homebred for Carter Racing Stable. Sired by Rusty's For Real, Totally Rusty is the only registered foal from her sire. She took a mark of 1:53.4 in her last start at Harrah's Philadelphia and is 2-for-2 thus far in her young career. Joann Looney-King and her husband, trainer Jim King Jr., will look to continue a banner year with budding filly Purrfect Bags (2-1, Victor Kirby) in the final division. The daughter of Roddy's Bags Again exploded to a five length win in her only career start at Harrah's Philadelphia. The four divisions are slated second, fifth, eighth and tenth on the Monday program. The pacing colts will headline Tuesday's program in four divisions. This year's group appears to be extremely competitive with early favorites among the 29 colts entered appearing to be the likes of CTC Stable's Smoking Joey (second division, 5/2, Callahan), Seboomook Katahdin (third division, 2-1, Allan Davis) as well as a contentious fourth division that features David Hamm's Byby Landon (2-1, Ross Wolfenden) and Michael White's SonofaSizzle (3/1, Allan Davis). Smoking Joey, trained by Doug Lewis, and Seboomook Katahdin, conditioned by Wayne Givens, are both sons of Riggins who have started their careers with two early wins. Byby Landon, a Dick Lewis-trainee, won his only previous start at Harrington with an impressive 27.3 last quarter, but perhaps drew into the deepest division that includes Life Sizzles-sired Sonofa Sizzle, who was third in a division of the Tompkins Geers at Tioga Downs. The trotters will be in action on Wednesday with three divisions apiece of fillies and colts. Two long time local Delaware trainers appear to have the preliminary favorites in the colt division as Eddie Dennis-trained Political Foe and Bob Shahan-trained Political Cash will head their divisions, which will be held as early non-wagering events at 4:45 p.m. and 5 p.m. respectively. Owned by Stephanie Brian Cassell, Political Foe was a strong second in his last start versus older rivals. Meanwhile, Shahan and Donald Marine's Political Cash finished third in his opening start after a series of impressive qualifiers. Among the 22 trotting fillies, most are making their first career starts and only Shahan and George Brem's Save The Night, has a pari-mutuel win, after winning an overnight event at Ocean Downs in 2:02.4. Live racing is conducted nightly with a 5:30 p.m. post time. by Matt Sparacino

Freedomformysoul established a new Monticello Raceway track record for freshmen pacing colts when Jimmy Morrill, Jr. drove the son of If I Can Dream to a 1:55.2 triumph in their division of the $110,000 NY Sire Stakes. The victory erased the former standard of 1:55.3 set by Share The Delight during 2007. Coming into the race off a stunning 1:53.3 track record last week at Saratoga Raceway Freedomformysoul was understandably the overwhelming betting favorite and Morrill used the front-end route for an easy victory over Rockntouch and driver Yannick Gingras. After getting looped on the first turn by Mikado Blue Chip (Mark MacDonald) Morrill wheeled his colt back to the lead and they passed the first stanza in a stiff :28.0 and then paced the second quarter in :28.2 reaching the halfway point in :56.2. From there it was catch me if you can, and no one could. "I got to the half faster than I wanted to, so I didn't even pull the (ear) plugs." Morrill admitted after the race. "He's one of the best 2 year olds I've ever driven. He's the real deal." Owned by the Freedomformysoul Stable and trained by Nancy Johansson the son of If I Ca Dream paid $2.30 for win. Southwind Masimo won a division of the NYSS in 1:55.4 for Patrick Lachance. That final time was abetted by speed duel for the lead between We Think Alike (Ray Schnittker) and Old Man Cleary (Yannick Gingras) with early fractions of :27.1, :56.2. Lachance had Southwind Masimo out after the half and they swept to the front up the backside and were all by themselves at the wire some 11-lengths ahead of K Ryan Blue Chip and driver Joe Pavia, Jr. "They were playing hardball up front which worked out good for me," Lachance said in the winners circle when he stopped for a photograph. Southwind Masimo is owned in Canada by Hudson Standardbred Stable and Conrad Leber and trained by Lachance. The winner paid $27.60 for win. In yet another NYSS split Americanprimetime, sent off at odds of over 78-1, lit up the tote board and paid $161.50 for win when Tyler Buter drove him to victory in a time of 1:57. They rallied from five lengths back at the top of the lane to collar Ultimate G, driven by Jason Bartlett. Americanprime time is owned by the Rock N Roll Stable and trained by Rick Dane, Jr. Jason Bartlett won a pair of $110,000 NYSS splits. His first was with Twin B Stingray in 1:56.4 pacing a :28- second final stanza en route to victory. And they needed every bit of that to hold-off Bet You and driver Yannick Gingras by a head. Twin B Stingray is owned by J & T Silva Racing Stable and C C Stables and trained by Aaron Lambert. He paid $20.20 for win Bartlett's other sire stakes victory came with My Spirit Soars in1:57.2 for owner Daniel Van Wart. After putting My Spirit Soars on the lead, Corey Braden made a quarter pole move with odds-on favorite JD He's Da Bomb and Bartlett let them take command before the half. From there Bartlett bided his time and in the lane rallied My Spirit Soars to a head victory over Berkley and Scott Zeron. "I didn't want to go with him (Corey Braden) when he came at me near the half so I let him go. If I didn't my colt would probably not have gotten a check (piece of the purse)," Bartlett admitted. Trained by Tom Fanning, My Spirit Soars paid $5.90 for win. Excelsior Series winners and their drivers included: Can't It Be Me (2:00-Bruce Aldrich, Jr.); Southwind Rex (1:58.4-Jeff Gregory); Spiritintheclouds (2:00.3-Mickey McGivern); Artistic Major (1:59.2-Brent Holland) and Hayden's Little Man (1:59.3- Phil Fluet) by John Manzi, for Monticello Raceway

Three $15,000 divisions of the Bobby Weiss series for three and four-year-old fillies and mares were held on a sloppy, snowy Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs on Tuesday night. The winners were: Envious Hanover, driven by Matt Kakaley and trained by Ron Burke, in 1:56:1; Prima Dragon, driven by Brett Miller and trained by Michael Dowdall, in 1:53:4; and Sweet Charity, driven by Andrew McCarthy and trained by Aaron Lambert, in 1:55:4. by Jim Beviglia, for Pocono Downs  

R Journey Together, Envious Hanover, and Sweet Charity all scored wins Tuesday night at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs in the Bobby Weiss series. The three divisions, which included three and four-year-old pacing mares, each carried a purse of $15,000. R Journey Together (Western Ideal-R Xample), driven by George Napolitano Jr. and trained by Lou Pena, came off a two-month layoff to win the first split in 1:54:1. In the second split, Envious Hanover (Western Ideal-EicarlsOlvidar), with Matt Kakaley in the bike for trainer Ron Burke, overcame an outside post for a victory in 1:54. Sweet Charity (Art Major-Fool For You), diven by Andrew McCarthy and trained by Aaron Lambert, picked up her maiden win in the final division in 1:53:3. by Jim Beviglia, for Pocono Downs  

Despite being up against one of its most successful Saturday nights in 2013, the Meadowlands was able to do one better. The total handle for the Saturday program of $3,658,400 marked an increase of $154,699 over the $3,503,701 wagered on this same Saturday last year, or just over 4-percent. The 2013 performance was a 29-percent increase over the prior year. The Meadowlands has started the new calendar year showing gains on top of gains. On-track handle also showed a mild increase. On the racetrack, three drivers shared in the majority of the wealth as Yannick Gingras, Ron Pierce and Corey Callahan all scored driving triples. Gingras' three wins brought his tally to nine for the weekend. There were five sub 1:50 miles on the card, including Bettor's Edge who captured the $30,000 A-1/FFA Handicap over 2012 Cane Pace Winner Dynamic Youth in 1:49.1. Bettor's Edge led the field from start to finish, giving Gingras one of his three wins for trainer Ron Burke and owners Burke Racing Stable L.L.C., Weaver Bruscemi L.L.C. and M1 Stable. The fastest mile of the night was also the first mile of the night, as Eddie Sweat went right down the road for Ron Pierce in 1:48.4 for trainer Aaron Lambert and owners Lasalle Racing Group L.L.C. The other sub 1:50 winning performers were Cobalt Man, Magic Tricks and Rage N Ryan. Racing returns on Thursday night, which will be the opening round of the Super Bowl series. The cancelled program from January 2nd has been carried over to this upcoming Thursday night in its entirety. The Super Bowl Final is now scheduled for Wednesday January 22nd. For more information log onto PlayMeadowlands.com. Rachel Ryan  

East Rutherford, NJ - While there were many storylines on the racetrack at Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment Saturday night, the most important story was in the final numbers. Comparing to the Opening night Saturday of last season, the results could not have been any better. Most notably, the live handle of $360,212 yielded a 56-percent increase over this same day in 2012. The total handle of $3,248,413 was a 12-percent increase over that same card and marked the first time the Meadowlands eclipsed $3 Million in the month of December since December 27, 2008. On the racetrack, it was the 2013 Rising Star Award winner Corey Callahan who led the charge. Callahan scored four wins on the night, and more impressively he did so in his last five drives of the night and came within one length of winning the last five races on the card. The first of his four wins came with a repeat winner in Road Untravelled who took the 9th race B-1 Pace in a 1:50.3 dead heat for trainer Gail Wrubel and owners Mike Simons and Christopher Giaccio. The Captain came right back in the 10th race with A Sweet Ride who scored in the $50,000 Claiming Pacing event in 1:50.3 for trainer Aaron Lambert and C&G Racing Stable. Callahan narrowly missed in the 11th race, but came right back to win the 12th with a rallying Late Night Joke in the C-1 event in 1:51 for P.J. Fraley and Bamond Racing. Callahan put a bow on the night winning the C-1 event to close the card with heavily favored Avenue Hanover in 1:52.1 for owner/trainer Mark Silva. The dead heat on the card not only featured one of Callahan's four wins, but a triumphant ending to a marvelous career. Forest Vic A, having never won a race at the Meadowlands in his 14 years, got his nose on the wire simultaneously with Road Untraveled to dead heat for the win and close out his career on the highest of high notes. Forest Via A was campaigned by Karen Garland for Night Rogue Racing Stable, B. Kay and Steve Smith, who was in the bike for the gelding's last trip around the oval. The featured $30,000 A-1/FFA Handicap was won by Arockin Hanover who rallied from dead last to win in 1:49.2 for Jason Robinson and owner Robert Main. The victory was one of three on the card for John Campbell. Ron Pierce also scored a driving triple on the night. The fastest mile of the night went to Dovuto Hanover, who looked like a powerhouse drawing clear impressively in a 1:48.4 triumph in the B-1/A-2 Handicap for 3 Year Olds. Ron Pierce Drove for trainer Darran Cassar and Marty Scharf. Racing returns as we flip the calendar to 2014 on Thursday night, featuring a 13-race program and the opening round of The Super Bowl Trotting Series containing four divisions. Post Time for the Thursday card is 7:15 P.M. For more information, log onto playmeadowlands.com

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