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On Sept. 23, 2010, Rock N Roll Heaven dominated the Little Brown Jug with a historic and still unparalleled harness racing performance. The colt won his first Jug heat in a world-record-equaling 1:49.2 and returned later in the afternoon to sweep the event by winning the second heat in a duplicate 1:49.2. It was the first time in history a horse won twice on the same day with sub-1:50 miles. There have been 27 Little Brown Jug miles since Rock N Roll Heaven's victory a decade ago and only twice has 1:49.2 been equaled or bettered. Wiggle It Jiggleit won his first heat in 2015 in 1:49.2; Betting Line won the second heat in 2016 in 1:49. Rock N Roll Heaven's trainer Bruce Saunders recently looked back at that memorable day and memorable year for his colt. THE FIELD Rock N Roll Heaven's seven rivals in the second, and final, heat of the 2010 Little Brown Jug were (in alphabetical order) Classic Rock Nroll, Doc's Yankee, Dreamlands Art, I'm Gorgeous, Piece Of The Rock, Razzle Dazzle, and Rockin Image. One More Laugh was scratched. "He beat a very nice bunch of horses," Saunders said. "People want to say they weren't that good, but if the race went in (1):50 and a piece or (1):51, it would have been a very competitive race. The fact Rock N Roll Heaven was up to going (1):49 and a piece, and came home as quickly as he did, dwarfed the other horses' ability that particular day. "It made the race fairly boring as far as competition was concerned, but it wasn't boring for us." THE LEAD-IN Rock N Roll Heaven won four of his first five races in 2010, including the Berry's Creek and New Jersey Sire Stakes championship before a costly blip in a division of the Burlington Stakes at Mohawk. Racing in heavy fog, Rock N Roll Heaven got the lead on the backstretch but was frightened by a light on the infield's half-mile timer and went off stride. He had to qualify three days later to compete in the North America Cup eliminations. He won his qualifier in 1:52 and four days after won his Cup elim in 1:48.4. In the North America Cup final, he finished fourth. "He scoped full of pus and mucous," Saunders said. "I think he was definitely the best horse in the North America Cup. In my mind, it was that extra (1):52 mile he had to go in the middle of the week that stressed his immune system enough that he wasn't on his game for the final. It was what it was." Rock N Roll Heaven bounced back with a win in his Meadowlands Pace elimination, then finished second by a head to One More Laugh in the final after battling for the lead through hotly contested early fractions. A second-place finish by a head to Rockin Image in the Oliver Wendell Holmes followed, but the colt would not lose again the rest of the season. He captured the Battle of the Brandywine in a stakes- and track-record 1:48.4 over a rain-soaked "good" surface at Harrah's Philadelphia and then headed to Delaware, Ohio, for the Little Brown Jug. LITTLE BROWN JUG DAY In his first heat, the first of three Jug eliminations, Rock N Roll Heaven started from post two and was third for the first quarter. On the second turn, driver Dan Dube sent Rock N Roll Heaven on his way and the colt powered to a three-length win over Razzle Dazzle in 1:49.2, equaling the world record for a 3-year-old pacing colt on a half-mile track set by Somebeachsomewhere at Flamboro Downs in the 2008 Confederation Cup final. Classic Rock Nroll won the second elim in 1:50.4 and I'm Gorgeous won the third in 1:50.2. When the field was set for the second heat, Rock N Roll Heaven again started from post two. This time, Dube only waited to come off the first turn to move Rock N Roll Heaven to the front. He was not threatened from there, winning by 2-1/4 lengths over I'm Gorgeous, again in 1:49.2. He paced the second half of the race in :53.4 and final quarter in :26.2. Rock N Roll Heaven's two-heat time of 3:38.4 established the world record, lowering the former time of 3:40.1 set by Shadow Play in the 2008 Jug. Wiggle It Jiggleit is the only Jug winner to threaten Rock N Roll Heaven's mark, missing by a fifth of a second in 2015. "Winning the Jug was an unbelievable experience; it was sensational," Saunders said. "I guess as races go, there were far more exciting ones in the Jug than Heaven's dominant win in 2010, but his performance may not be beat for a while. His last half in the last heat, home in :26.2, without being contested was pretty remarkable." To view a replay of the race, click here. Following the race, Saunders told reporters, "I've been reluctant to call him a great horse, but he is a great horse." Looking back at that comment, Saunders said, "I aspire to Tim McGraw's song, 'Humble and Kind.' I think it's best to be humble, be kind, to your competition. But once (Rock N Roll Heaven) got to that level, I think he established himself. It wasn't braggadocious, it was more just a statement of fact." The atmosphere at the Delaware County Fairgrounds, where fans visit with the horses in the Jug Barn in the days preceding the race and 48,118 showed up for Jug Day, made Rock N Roll Heaven's victory even more memorable. "The two or three days when you're there, it's kind of like an out-of-body experience," Saunders said. "You go through doing what you've got to do (to prepare) and try to accommodate all the people that come by to see the horse to make sure it's a great experience for them as well as you. "Like most horses, he loved the attention. Horses love to be looked at and spoken to, they know when they're the focus. That whole aspect of it was very rewarding. The fans there love the game, they love the horses, and love the winner. To put in that kind of effort was special." THE AFTERMATH Rock N Roll Heaven won his remaining seven starts following the Little Brown Jug on his way to U.S. Horse of the Year honors. Five of those victories were by at least three lengths and the triumphs included the Breeders Crown, Tattersalls Pace, Messenger Stakes, and Matron Stakes. For the year, he won 16 of 21 races and earned $2.15 million. He paced a record 11 sub-1:50 miles, with victories in 1:49.2 or faster on every size racetrack -- half, five-eighths, seven-eighths, and mile. The colt, a son of Rocknroll Hanover out of Artistic Vision, was owned by Frank Bellino and bred by Steve Stewart, Charles "Cotton" Nash, Julie Nash, and Francene Nash. In 2017, Rock N Roll Heaven was inducted into the Harness Racing Hall of Fame. "He was an unbelievable horse in so many regards," Saunders said. "One of the remarkable attributes he had was that he could pace away from a field of horses any time during the mile. In the middle part, the first part, from the top of the stretch home; if he was fresh, he could just sprint away from horses. And a lot of them stood on their toes trying to keep up with him. "To get a horse that is Horse of the Year is pretty spectacular. He was special." At the end of the 2010 campaign, The Meadowlands Racetrack produced a video looking at Rock N Roll Heaven's season, which can be viewed here. Ken Weingartner Media Relations Manager

Hightstown, NJ -- In mythology, the manticore was a fearsome creature with the head of a man, the body of a lion and the tail of a scorpion. On the racetrack, Manticore is a 2-year-old harness racing colt pacer. Like his legendary counterpart, he is proving to be formidable. Manticore, trained by Bruce Saunders for owners M And L of Delaware and M & M Harness Racing, enters Saturday's (Sept. 28) Bluegrass Stakes for 2-year-old male pacers at Red Mile with three wins in eight races and no finishes worse than third. He is the 5-2 morning-line favorite in the third of four Bluegrass divisions, starting from post three with driver Brian Sears. Already a Grand Circuit winner, Manticore heads to the race off a second-place finish in the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes final. "He's a very nice colt," said M And L of Delaware's Doug Paul. "He was a late foal, born June 5 (2017), and he's just coming into himself. But he started out early and hasn't missed a beat. He's really consistent. He can leave, he can follow, he can cut the mile; he's just very versatile." Manticore is a son of Western Ideal out of the McArdle-sired mare Southwind Piaya. He was purchased under the name Keystone Pablo for $20,000 at the 2018 Standardbred Horse Sale. "What we liked about him is that he was a Western Ideal out of a McArdle mare and he was late in the sale," Paul said. "Our rationale was that (2018 Horse of the Year) McWicked is a McArdle out of a Western Ideal mare, so we reversed it. "He was a very correct colt. Not the biggest colt but correct and substantially built. We had luck with Western Ideal the year before with (stakes-winner) Mangogh. They've always been nice horses." The Paul family traditionally incorporates either "man" or "lady" into the names of its horses. In addition to the mythological manticore, the television series "Game of Thrones" referenced insects called manticores, which contributed to the renaming of Keystone Pablo to Manticore. "It just fit, especially with how popular 'Game of Thrones' was at the time we were naming him," Paul said. Manticore is eligible to all the major stakes remaining this season, but Paul said the connections are taking a wait-and-see approach to deciding his future. "We'll see how he is in Lexington," Paul said. "So far he hasn't disappointed us in any race yet." In the first Bluegrass division, Kentucky Sire Stakes champion Catch The Fire is the 8-5 morning line favorite over undefeated Ohio Sire Stakes champion Elver Hanover at 2-1. Catch The Fire, trained by John Ackley, starts from post four with driver Mike Wilder. Elver Hanover, who is 7-for-7 for trainer Ron Burke, leaves from post two with Yannick Gingras. Seeyou At Thebeach is the 6-5 favorite in the second division. The Brian Brown-trained colt heads to the race off a fourth-place finish in the Metro Pace and starts from post three with Tim Tetrick. Tony Alagna's Captain Barbossa, with Andy McCarthy in the sulky, is the 3-1 second choice. He enters the race off a victory in the Kindergarten Classic Series. Kentucky Sire Stakes final runner-up Roll With Jr is the 3-1 choice in the fourth and final Bluegrass division. He is trained by Jeff Cullipher and will be driven by Doug McNair from post two. In addition to the stakes for 2-year-olds, there is a single 12-horse Bluegrass event for 3-year-old female pacers. Tall Drink Hanover, with McCarthy at the lines for trainer Alagna, is the 9-5 morning-line favorite. She brings a five-race win streak to the race, with her victories including the Shady Daisy and Simcoe. The race also includes Fan Hanover winner Treacherous Reign and sire stakes champions Zero Tolerance (New York), Queen Of The Pride (Ohio), and Beautyonthebeach (Kentucky). Racing begins at 1 p.m. (EDT) Saturday at Red Mile. For complete entries, click here. by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA

When trainer Bruce Saunders last sent a horse postward in the Breeders Crown, he took home a crystal trophy with 3-year-old pacing colt Rock N Roll Heaven. That was back in 2010 when the Crown races were first held at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. This year he returns to Pocono and the Breeders Crown with 2-year-old pacing colt Mangogh, a $63,000 yearling purchase (under the name Critical Artist) for M And L of Delaware and New York City-based M & M Harness Racing. He is from the family of three-time Breeders Crown winner My Little Dragon. "We went to Harrisburg looking to buy him," explained Doug Paul of M And L of Delaware. "He comes from a good family and we have had several of them and he was a good looking colt. He has exceeded our expectations." Mangogh, a son of Western Ideal from the Real Artist mare My Little Artist, has posted a 10-4-2-2 summary this year. He took his 1:50.3 lifetime mark in his most recent start at Lexington's Red Mile in the International Stallion Stakes. He also posted wins in the Reynolds Stakes and Liberty Bell, as well as a solid second-place effort in the Bluegrass. His bankroll stands at $117,980. "He certainly had ability from the start," said Saunders, who has trained the winners of more than $30 million in purses. "He always wanted to grab the bit and go on from the first time we trained him, but he has really matured. We have made some slight changes -- we want them to go as free and easy as possible -- and we have been able to lower his head, let him be more comfortable as he has learned his ways." Mangogh missed the board in his first two starts before running off a string of eight straight finishes of third or better. Saunders credits his drivers. "As a trainer you want to have the same driver on a colt week in and week out, but that doesn't always happen," he said. "They have other clients who may have more horses. I get that. But Timmy (Tetrick) has been a huge help with his input. I have to credit some of his other drivers, Andrew McCarthy and Eric Carlson, their input is helpful." Mangogh has the rail in race five, the first of three $25,000 Breeders Crown eliminations for 2-year-old pacing colts and geldings Friday. McCarthy is scheduled to drive. First race post at Pocono is 7 p.m. (EDT) with Mangogh's elim scheduled for 8:12 p.m. The top-three finishers from each freshman colt pace elimination will advance to the $600,000 final on Saturday (Oct. 27). The draw is scheduled to take place live after race 12 on Friday. Elimination winners, in an order by lot, draw for posts one-five. Mangogh is 5-1 on the morning line. De Los Cielos Deo, the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes final runner-up, is the 2-1 favorite. Pennsylvania Sire Stakes champ Proof is the 5-2 choice in the second elimination and Workin Ona Mystery, unbeaten in five races, is the 5-2 pick in the third. For the night's complete entries, click here. by Keith Gisser, for the Breeders Crown

YONKERS, NY, - Monday, September 17, 2018- At 2, he won Grand River's Battle of Waterloo. At 3, he's a Yonkers Raceway track record-holder. For a horse that owns all of four career victories, he's certainly living right. Locally-debuting Simple Kinda Man (Jim Marohn Jr., $6.10) found his way into the annals Monday night (Sept. 17th), wiring his way to happiness in 1:51.2. That effort, in the $16,000, seventh-race pace, is the new Westchester watermark for 3-year-old geldings, wiping away Gokudo Hanover's 1:51.3 in 2015. From post position No. 5, Simple Kinda Man cruised through intervals of :26.3, :55.1 and 1:23, then finished it off by four lengths for just his second win in 13 seasonal starts. "I've had him about 10 days," trainer Bruce Saunders said. "The owners (M&L of Delaware) are hands-on and they said to race him with an open bridle because he can be a runaway. I saw the line where he was down in three-quarters in (1):21 and 2/5 in Canada, so I knew he was fast. "The plugs were in and I spoke to Jimmy (Marohn Jr.) after and he never felt as if the horse was getting away from him, so I'm very happy with the effort." by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

When it comes to the Blue Chip Matchmaker Series, Dudesalady is a bit of a young lady. She is one of only two 4-year-olds racing in the six-week harness racing event, but out to prove she can hold her own against some of harness racing's best older female pacers. In last week's opening round of the series at Yonkers Raceway, Dudesalady finished third behind New Zealand-bred Sell A Bit and Medusa. Sell A Bit, an 8-year-old, was the runner-up in the 2016 Matchmaker championship; Medusa, a 7-year-old, was the runner-up in the 2017 final. This week, Dudesalady competes in the fifth of five $40,000 divisions Friday (March 23). She will start from post six with Brent Holland driving for trainer Bruce Saunders. Her race features past Dan Patch Award-winner Lady Shadow, who was a Matchmaker winner last week, as well as Australian-bred defending series champion Mackenzie. "She came first up last week and held in against some tough mares," said Doug Paul of the M And L of Delaware stable, which owns Dudesalady with Victoria Dickinson. "We'll see how she does going forward. She keeps surprising us, so we're not going to stop now." Dudesalady is by Shadow Play out of Accountable and comes from the same family as Dude's The Man, a multiple-stakes-winner (including the 2015 Adios) for M And L of Delaware and Dickinson. Dudesalady was purchased for $40,000 under the name Solemn Oath at the 2015 Forest City Sale in Ontario. For several months, Dudesalady appeared disinterested in following in her family's footsteps. In fact, her connections put her in the 2016 Tattersalls Summer Mixed Sale at the Meadowlands, but pulled her out of the auction when Dudesalady began showing improvement. "She's been a nice surprise for us," Paul said. "We were interested in her because of the family. But in May of her 2-year-old year she could barely beat three minutes. She's one of those horses that does just enough. When she hits the racetrack and goes behind the gate, she's all racehorse. She's turned into a good honest racehorse." Dudesalady has won nine of 34 career races and earned $188,038. As a 2-year-old, she won the Ontario Sire Stakes Grassroots Series championship. Last season, she was winless in 18 races, but finished second to eventual O'Brien Award-winner Bettor's Up in the Simcoe Stakes and finished third in the Ontario Sire Stakes championship. This year, Dudesalady has raced exclusively at Yonkers for trainer Bruce Saunders. She has won four of eight starts and hit the board a total of six times. "She did real good in a lot of races last year, even though she didn't win," Paul said. "She had a lot of unfortunate trips. We knew she could get around a half-mile track. We normally don't keep horses from (age) 3 to 4, but in the long run we were going to probably keep her as a broodmare, so we decided to give her to Bruce and race her at Yonkers to see how she did. She's exceeded our expectations." The Matchmaker and companion George Morton Levy Memorial series, for older male pacers, both feature five preliminary rounds followed by added-money finals April 21. A horse receives 25 points each time she or he races in the preliminary rounds. Points are also awarded based on finish, with 50 points for a win, 25 for second, 12 for third, eight for fourth, and five for fifth. Joining Sell A Bit and Lady Shadow as winners in the Matchmaker's first round were Twinkle and New Zealand-bred Shartin. The second round of the Levy is Saturday at Yonkers. Winners in the opening round were Always At My Place, New Zealand-bred Bit Of A Legend, Dr J Hanover, Mach It So, and Rockin Ron. For Friday's complete entries at Yonkers, click here. For Saturday's complete entries at Yonkers, click here. Ken Weingartner Media Relations Manager

Talent Soup was limited to a handful of races last year at age 2 because of sickness, but harness racing trainer Bruce Saunders saw enough of the colt to believe there was ability beyond the horse's name. Good looking, well gaited, quick, and professional, Talent Soup checked all the boxes. "He's a beautiful horse," Saunders said about Talent Soup, who will compete in the third of Saturday's three eliminations of the Max C. Hempt Memorial for 3-year-old male pacers at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. "He's very athletic looking and he's got a brilliant head. That's a good start. That's part of the reason we have him in the barn. "He's very efficient with his gait. He usually does not get tired. Even though he didn't pass every horse in his last two starts he has a great capacity to take air and continue to go forward. He's got a will to win. He's a high-energy colt and very, very athletic. He likes his job a lot and that makes our job easier. He's happy to be on the racetrack." Talent Soup, owned by Charles "Cotton" Nash and Julie Nash, is 12-1 on the morning line in a seven-horse division that features world champion Downbytheseaside, who enters the race off a third-place finish in the North America Cup. The field also includes Heaven's Gait, Donttellmeagain, Eddard Hanover, Highalator, and Photobombr Hanover. Heaven's Gait, the 3-1 second choice behind 5-2 Downbytheseaside, goes to the Hempt elim off a 1:49 victory in New York Sire Stakes action at Vernon Downs. Every Way Out is the 2-1 favorite in the first Hempt elimination and North America Cup champion Fear The Dragon is the 8-5 choice in the second. The top three finishers from each elimination advance to the $500,000 final July 1 at Pocono. The July 1 card will also include the $500,000 Ben Franklin for older male pacers, the $500,000 Earl Beal Jr. Memorial for 3-year-old trotters, and the $300,000 James M. Lynch Memorial for 3-year-old female pacers. Eliminations for those stakes also are Saturday. Talent Soup won one of five races last year, when he lost time in late spring because of sickness, and has one victory in seven starts this season. His lone triumph this year came in a leg of the Weiss Series at Pocono, when he stopped the clock in 1:51.1 with a final quarter-mile of :26.3. The colt heads to the Hempt elim off back-to-back second-place finishes where he was charging late, coming home in :26.4 in a division of the New York Sire Stakes at Vernon on June 18 and :26.2 in a conditioned race June 10 at the Meadowlands. For his career, Talent Soup has hit the board eight times and earned $38,507. "His last two efforts have been very good," Saunders said. "The owners decided he earned the right to be in here and I agree with them. I don't know how fast they're going to go, but I know this colt is capable of pacing a very fast mile with the right kind of trip. "We'll just keep our fingers crossed and hope they mix it up a little bit. There are a lot of horses in that race that like to be in a controlling position. Maybe they'll mix it up and we can save some ground and finish with vigor. Stranger things have happened than for him to win a race like that." Talent Soup, bred by the Nashes and Steve Stewart, is a son of American Ideal out of the mare Tessa Hanover. His family includes stakes winners Took Hanover and Triple V Hanover plus mare Trim Hanover, who is the dam of millionaires American Jewel and Luck Be Withyou (racing Saturday in a Franklin elimination). His fourth dam is multiple Dan Patch Award winner Three Diamonds, who is the dam of millionaire Life Sign. Talent Soup was purchased for $65,000 at the Lexington Selected Sale. The Nashes and Stewart were the breeders of 2010 Horse of the Year Rock N Roll Heaven, who was trained by Saunders for owner Frank Bellino. "With (Rock N Roll Heaven) it didn't matter where we drew or who we were in with; he could muscle his way into position," Saunders said. "That's what these races are all about, being in position at the top of the stretch and still having a lot of energy. "(Post position) really compromises your chances a lot, unless you're a dominant horse. So far we have not been a dominant horse. We'll have to be a little lucky and (Talent Soup) will have to be a little better than he's been, but those things can happen." Talent Soup, who was hampered by a bruised foot earlier this season, is eligible to a number of stakes including the Breeders Crown, Little Brown Jug, and Matron. "I think he got enough experience last year," Saunders said. "He didn't go as fast as the good 2-year-olds, but he got enough starts for us to evaluate his talent level. He went some nice miles. That impressed us enough to make some stakes payments for this year. "Now he'll have an opportunity to mix it up with what is pretty much the cream of the crop. We've got some obstacles to overcome on Saturday but if he puts in a good performance we'll continue to give him a chance." For a look at all the entries for Saturday at Pocono, click here. Ken Weingartner Media Relations Manager Harness Racing Communications

When Jim Clarke Sr. invited longtime friend Andy Altobelli to join him in buying a harness racing yearling a little more than four years ago, he set their budget at $35,000. After Clarke exceeded that number by two grand to purchase female pacer Coffee Addict at the 2011 Standardbred Horse Sale, he joked the toughest part of the day was calling Altobelli with the news. "I was quite happy, but the hardest thing for me was telling Andy that I had to go a little bit above what we intended to spend," Clarke said, adding with a laugh. "He said don't worry about it, that's all right. I said, 'good.' "We've been crazy about her ever since. She's a really nice mare." Now a 6-year-old, Coffee Addict has won 23 races and earned $463,779 during her career. Clarke has owned horses off and on since the late 1970s, but Coffee Addict was Altobelli's first racehorse. "Maybe it was just beginner's luck," said Altobelli, a 63-year-old pharmacist and pharmacy owner from York County, Pennsylvania. "She was just a good horse right from the get-go." Coffee Addict, a daughter of stallion Dragon Again out of the mare Kahlua Queen, wasn't on Clarke's list of horses when he went to the auction. Clarke attended the sale with Zan "Pete" Kaiser and Kaiser's son, Zach, and Pete suggested Clarke take a look at the filly after Clarke was unsuccessful in buying several other horses. Kaiser was unfamiliar with Coffee Addict, but had seen her full brother Mudslide race recently and thought he was a nice colt. "When I got back to see her, she was being prepped to go up to the ring," Clarke said. "I looked at her and couldn't see a pimple on her. Then I sat down in a chair and just watched her demeanor for about 20 minutes. She stood perfectly. She didn't even flick her ear. She was just so attentive. She was showing me that she was a smart horse. She had a head on her shoulders. "I thought I had to buy her. I was so glad Pete suggested I go back and look. I probably wouldn't have looked at her going through the ring." Kaiser trained Coffee Addict through the middle of her 3-year-old season, when she moved to trainer Bruce Saunders and captured a Keystone Classic division at The Meadows in 2013 and later became a top performer in the Fillies & Mares Open Handicap ranks at Yonkers Raceway. Last September, Coffee Addict joined the stable of trainer Norm Parker at The Meadows. She has raced almost exclusively at the western Pennsylvania oval since then, winning seven of 17 starts and hitting the board a total of 14 times. She has won back-to-back races in the top-level handicap division for filly and mare pacers at The Meadows and is entered again for Monday (Feb. 15). "Pete is great at starting up horses, bringing along the young ones, and Bruce did a great job with her too," Clarke said. "At this point in her career I decided I wanted her to race where she lives, and I had done business with Norm a few years ago with Fionavar Hanover. He's been doing a terrific job." Added Altobelli, "We've had people right on through who have done a very good job with her. We've been very fortunate, very lucky. It's been a thrill, for sure." The calm demeanor Coffee Addict displayed while Clarke watched her prior to the yearling sale is not always evident these days on the racetrack. "She's relatively calm, but when she gets on the track she turns into a whole different person," Clarke said. "She had two personalities, I feel. But one thing about her, she's always trying." The 76-year-old Clarke is the retired former owner of a chain of building supply/home improvement centers in southcentral Pennsylvania. He also worked for 84 Lumber for a number of years prior to starting his own business. He was hired at 84 Lumber in 1966 by company founder Joe Hardy and went on to manage several stores. Clarke's interest in harness racing goes back to his days growing up in western New York. He worked as a groom at Buffalo Raceway when he was a teenager and also had a cousin involved in horse ownership. "I've always loved the sport," Clarke said. "I was transferred to Atlanta many years ago for work and we would travel to Hawkinsville to watch the horses at the winter training center and I would talk with all the horsemen. I couldn't wait to get back north and get back involved in harness racing because I could afford to own horses. I came back in 1975 and in 1978, I believe, I bought my first horse. I've been on and off owning horses since then." Altobelli grew up in New Jersey, but spent time as a teenager helping out at his grandfather's dairy farm in Bedford County, Pennsylvania. In 1985, Altobelli bought his own farm in Pennsylvania and raises beef cattle in addition to working as a pharmacist. His interest in harness racing was fueled in part by living near renowned breeding facility Hanover Shoe Farms, as well as his own interest in breeding and genetics. "There were many times we would stop over at Hanover Shoe Farms and see the foals and just look around," Altobelli said. "I really study the stallions and the classic families. I'm trying to get a better background. Even though I've been in it for five years I feel like I'm an amateur. Jim has been kind of a mentor to me and I'm always wanting to learn more." Clarke and Altobelli own three more horses together now: 5-year-old female pacer Adelita Hanover, 4-year-old female pacer Picksync Hanover, and 2-year-old male pacer Gossip Boy (who is a half-brother to millionaire McCedes). "It's a great partnership," Clarke said. "I don't know where it will go, but I'll be doing it for as long as I can. For us to have a horse like Coffee Addict, it's meant a lot. I've gotten a lot of enjoyment and satisfaction out of her. It's just satisfying for us to have what we consider a pretty nice one for just two guys from the York County area." Ken Weingartner Harness Racing Communications  

DOVER, Del. --- Yankee Heaven and Giant Sculpture came from off the pace in each of the Thursday, Jan. 7 co-feature paces at Dover Downs. Harness racing driver Ross Wolfenden had a four-win 'grand slam.' Ross Wolfenden hustled Yankee Heaven up in the closing strides to overtake front-pacing McJagersonthemove (Tony Morgan) in a field of all 4-year-olds to score a 1:53.4 triumph for trainer Bruce Saunders and owners Clark, Altobelli, M&M Harness and M&L Of Delaware. A brown son of Rock N Roll Heaven-Adept Yankee, The win was the fourth in his career while earning $63,766 lifetime. McJagersonthemove was second with Shinobu Hanover (Ben Stafford Jr.) third. In the co-feature, Bill Emmons' Giant Sculpture dropped out of the claiming ranks to rack up the fastest win on the card, a 1:51.1 decision Besting Rock N' Roll Jet (At Stafford Jr.) and Black Aquila A (Corey Callahan). Allan Davis drove the Village Jolt-Ice Sculpture gelding conditioned by Eric Ell. A career 20-race winner, he has now won $160,123 in his career. Ross Wolfenden had a four-win driving 'grand slam,' meet leading driver Corey Callahan drove three winners while Tony Morgan had a double. Marv Bachrad

The featured harness racing event on Wednesday afternoon (June 10) from Harrah's Philadelphia was an upper-conditioned level filly and mare pace going for a purse of $22,000. The post time favorite was Gilbert Garcia-Herrera's Marathon Day (Geo. Napolitano Jr.). The daughter of Well Said was a beaten favorite in her last out against tougher at Yonkers. She secured pocket position as the race began, following the speed of Jeremes Sweetheart (Yannick Gingras) to the quarter pole (:26.3). Bruce Saunders trainee Coffee Addict (Corey Callahan) left from post eight, and was able to take the lead after traveling the entire first quarter wide. After a rated second quarter of :28.4, long shot Greatdayforamerica (Montrell Teague) attempted a first-over push, but failed to get any closer than four lengths from the lead. After three-quarters in 1:23.1, Coffee Addict was still clear on the lead. As they turned for home however, long shot Mach A Wish (Brett Miller) began to rally, after a ground saving journey for most of the mile. They hit the wire together, with Coffee Addict holding on by a head, stopping the clock in 1:52.1. The winner paid $11.40, keying a $189.00 exacta. There was a dead heat for third between Marathon Day and Jeremes Sweetheart. It was the sixteenth career win for Coffee Addict a daughter of Dragon Again, and her second win of the season. She is owned by James Clarke and Andrew Altobelli. In other notes, driver Tim Tetrick had four wins, while George Napolitano Jr. had three on the day. Michael Bozich

The featured $27,500 Fillies and Mares Open Handicap Pace at The Meadowlands was a wide open harness racing affair on paper, especially considering the scratch of morning line favorite Sayitall BB. But, Radar Contact had other ideas, taking the initiative from the start and powering home to win in 1:50. Sent off as the even-money favorite, Radar Contact was sent immediately to the lead and was allowed to settle on top of the field through an opening quarter of 26.4. The seven year old mare didn't see any challenge through the half-mile of 56.3, where she was able to catch a 29.4 breather in the second quarter. From there, Radar Contact picked it up, pacing a 27.4 third panel, reaching three-quarters in 1:24.2. Throughout the mile Inittowinafortune was riding the pocket behind the leader. Addys Way committed first over on the far turn, but could never get closer than the leader's wheel. That mare backed away in the stretch and with no one else rallying, Inittowinafortune ripped out of the pocket to challenge Radar Contact, but she stumbled inside the final eighth of the mile, costing her any chance of catching the leader. Amazingly, Radar Contact paced the final quarter in 25.3, winning by just over one length to trip the timer in 1:50, equaling her lifetime mark. Cloris Hanover rallied to be third. The winner was driven by John Campbell for trainer Noel Daley and owners Charles Stillings and Dean Ehrgott. The $25,000 Dash for the "G" Notes Final for trotters kicked off the late pick four. Muscolo, a winner of his division last week was sent off as the 8/5 favorite. But, it was second choice, Looking Hanover who would establish the pace, trotting to the lead in rather tepid fractions of 28, 57.2 and 1:26.3. The outer flow began to develop moving into the far turn, led by longshot Walltocousins. All About Justice was well-situated second over with Sweet Justice lurking in the cover flow as well. As the trotters straightened up, Looking Hanover was met with an onslaught of challengers and gave way in deep stretch. Muscolo sat the pocket and made his presence felt late and All About Justice loomed into contention off cover. But it was Sweet Justice who towered up over the crown of the racetrack and trotted past them all to reach the wire first in 1:54.1 for Dave Miller. Muscolo was second with All About Justice third. Sweet Justice is trained by Bruce Saunders for M&M Harness Racing L.L.C. The amateurs took to the track in the fifth race. Peter Kleinhans tried to steal the race, setting a torrid pace with his trotter, Mr. Ridgetaker, but Hannah Miller was able to reel him in near the wire to grab the victory in this round of the GSY Amateur series with her trotter, Jacks To Open. For Miller, it was her tenth win from 21 starts this year. Nine different drivers found the winners’ circle at The Meadowlands Friday night, with Dave Miller, Andy Miller and Corey Callahan scoring doubles. Both Jackpots went unclaimed in the Super Hi-5 wagers.  The fifth race carryover has swelled to $67,715, with the last race carryover now at $32,949. Racing returns on Saturday with first post at 7:15 P.M. Darin Zoccali

On a brisk December night at The Meadowlands, a $22,500 B-1/A-2 Filly and Mare Handicap Pace headlined a robust overnight card with full and competitive fields. Sent off as the 2-1 favorite, Coffee Addict, the runner-up at this level the previous week, was allowed to settle off the pace for Corey Callahan. A keyed up Crazy On You made the lead to the quarter in 27.2 before yielding to the brush of Momma Rock, who would take the field into the stretch, through fractions of 54.4 and 1:23.2. With Montenegro applying persistent pressure to the leader, Coffee Addict was able to track the first over Montenegro while sitting in perfect stalking position second over. Callahan flipped his mare out and she rolled through the stretch, holding off the rallying UF Dragon's Queen to score in 1:51.3. The winner is owned by James Clarke Sr. and Andrew Altobelli and trained by Bruce Saunders. With the winter late closer series' just a few weeks away at The Meadowlands, those prepping for the January events took to the track Friday night. One trotter in particular emerged as a potential horse to beat in one of those events, The Super Bowl. In the first race, a non-winners of two trotting event, Opulent Yankee was sent off as a 1/9 favorite and did not disappoint. Leaving from post five with Andy Miller in the sulky, Opulent Yankee was allowed to settle just off the speed through a 29-second opening quarter. From there, Miller guided his trotter to the outside, where Opulent Yankee accelerated and moved to the lead and would never look back. The son of Muscles Yankee wheeled through fractions of 57 and 1:26.4 under no urging whatsoever. That continued in the stretch, as Miller didn't have to move a muscle with Opulent Yankee dominating through the stretch to win in 1:55.3. It was the second lifetime win for the $4,000 Harrisburg yearling. His other win came at The Red Mile in a sparkling 1:51.4. Opulent Yankee is owned by Jeff Gural's Little E L.L.C. and trained by Julie Miller. Mistery Woman got back to her winning ways, scoring a decisive victory in the $20,000 B-2/B-1 Handicap Trot. Sent off as the 6/5 favorite, Mistery Woman sat off the pace through fractions of 28- and 56-seconds flat, before following the move of Up Front Billy, securing the lead on the way to three quarters in 1:24.2 and leveling off in the stretch to score in 1:53.3 with Corey Callahann in the bike. Earlier in the season, Mistery Woman defeated 2013 Horse of the Year, Bee A Magician as well as the 2014 Aged Mare Trotter of the Year, Classic Martine in the Allerage Trot for Fillies and Mares at The Red Mile. Tonight, she held off the late rally of the talented Master of Law to earn the victory. Mistery Woman is owned by Millstream Stable L.L.C and Aldebaran Park Inc. and trained by Jonas Czernyson. In the third race, a $20,000 B-2/B-1 Handicap Trot for three year olds, Mister Anson pulled the upset of the night, scoring at 31-1. It Really Matters, led through an opening quarter of 27.4 before yielding to 3/5 favorite Odds On Amethystm, who trotted on the lead for the next three eighths of a mile, before breaking stride midway through the far turn, allowing It Really Matters to inherit the lead. But, Mister Anson was just behind the new leader through three quarters of 1:24.2 where he pounced on the leader, drawing clear to win rather easily, despite paying $64 to win. The victory made it back to back wins for Mister Anson for Darrell Tibbetts and trainer David Duspiva. Mark MacDonald guided the son of Conway Hall to that second consecutive win. The thirteenth race Jackpot Super Hi-5 went unclaimed again, sparking a carryover of $11,900.53 into the thirteenth race Jackpot Super Hi-5 on Saturday night. Total handle for the Friday program was $2,701,379 yielding an increase of nearly five percent compared to the $2,593,468 wagered on this same Friday in 2013. Racing resumes on Saturday, with first post time at 7:15 P.M. by Darin Zoccali, for the Meadowlands  

YONKERS, NY, Friday, October 3, 2014-Yonkers Raceway's Friday night $44,000 co-featured Open Handicaps-one for distaff pacers and one for trotters with valid membership cards--were won by a pocketed Coffee Addict (Dan Dube, $20.80) and a cone-skimming Obrigado (Eric Carlson, $10.40). Pole assignee Rock N Loud (Larry Stalbaum) gave her backers an early thrill, leading through a :26.4 opening quarter-mile and a :55.2 intermission. Coffee Addict (Dan Dube) was behind that one from post position No. 2, Simple Saver N (Eric Goodell), who aborted a quarter-move, tried it again, out from third toward to the leader at a 1:23.4 three-quarters. Monkey on My Wheel (Carlson), who had left into a four-hole, chased that one. Rock N Loud was about to wear out her welcome early in the lane, as the other lasses crowded around her. Set Me Up (George Brennan) set it up from third-over, but it was (Coffee) ground-saving "Addict" to get the decision in 1:53.1. The latter whipped the former by three-quarters of a length. Monkey on My Wheel flattened to third, with last week's victress, Venus Delight (Jason Bartlett) and tepid 5-2 favorite Campanile (Tyler Buter) completing the cashers. For sixth choice Coffee Addict, a 4-year-old daughter of Dragon Again trained by Bruce Saunders for Pennsylvania co-owners James Clarke Sr. and Andrew Altobelli, it was her sixth win in 25 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $319, with the triple returning $2,023. The week's marquee trot Fort Valley AS (Bartlett) loop a couple into the first turn, then give it up to Home Turf (Brennan). That invader, set away as the 6-5 fave, made the lead right at a 28-second first sub-station. It was a :57.4 half before Somebody AS (Dube) was in a hurry, moving from fourth. He and Home Turf dropped the gloves in and out a 1:26 three-quarters, with Fort Valley AS backing away In The Pocket. The two leaders were in a virtual dead-heat in and out of the final turn before Obrigado-seventh early from post No. 6-made up good ground. He found his way deep in the passing saw and disposed of a stubborn Somebody AS by a half-length in 1:55. Home Turf, Bentley Karan (Goodell) and Fort Valley AS settled for the remainder. For second choice Obrigado, a 4-year-old Boy Band gelding co-owned by (trainer) Paul Kelley, William Weaver III, Linwood Higgins and Stable 45, he's now 8-for-19 this season (29-for-42 lifetime). The exacta paid $55.50, the triple returned $259 and the superfecta paid $1,029. Please note that since no one hit Friday's Pick 5 wager, Saturday's version begins with a carryover of $3,429.04 (50-cent base wager, races 5 through 9). The Raceway's five-night-per-week live schedule continues, with first post every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:10 PM. Evening simulcasting accompanies all live programs, with afternoon simulcasting available daily. by Frank Drucker for Yonkers Raceway

WASHINGTON, PA, July 20, 2014 -- Sandbetweenurtoes extended her winning streak to seven when she scored a gutsy victory in Saturday's $208,846 Pennsylvania Sires Stake for sophomore filly pacers at The Meadows. The event, known as the Romola Hanover, was contested over three divisions, with Beach Gal and Take That Hanover capturing the other splits. Sandbetweenurtoes raced only once at 2, finishing off the board. But she's won all her starts this year and was hammered down to 2-5 Saturday. Nevertheless, she had to withstand a stiff first-over challenge from Cinamony to down her by 3/4 lengths in 1:51 on a track rated "good." Allstar Rating was third. Winning driver Brett Miller, who has been aboard for six of those seven victories, said he knew Sandbetweenurtoes, was special the first time he drove her in the slop at the Meadowlands. "I got parked to the half that race, it was pouring down rain, and the fractions were wicked," Miller said. "At the half, I said to myself, this filly will stop. And she won. Right there I thought, wow, she's something else. "She's got guts. She gives 110 percent. Don't get me wrong -- she's well bred and a good-sized filly, but she has no quit in her. She is just dead game. That's what makes her special in my mind." Larry Remmen trains the daughter of Somebeachsomewhere-Al's Girl, who soared over $200,000 in career earnings, for Bradley Grant. Beach Gal moved first over from fourth and held off Also Encouraging to down her by a neck in 1:51.4 for David Miller, trainer Dave Menary and owners Kenneth Ewen, Hewvilla Farms, Denis Breton and Larry Menary. Early leader Marathon Day completed the ticket. "She's the type that can come first over," David Miller said. "I've raced against her before, and I know she's pretty gutsy. She's raced on the lead and got beat. So I think she races better going after them." Take That Hanover fired out to the early lead for Dave Palone and wasn't seriously threatened, scoring in 1:52.2. Southwind Silence was second, 2 lengths back, with Someislandsomwhere third. Chris Oakes conditions the daughter of Well Said-Transfer Hanover for J&T Silva Stables, Susan Oakes and Hauser Brothers Racing. $80,000 Pennsylvania Stallion Series, 3-Year-Old Filly Pacers Also featured at The Meadows Saturday night were four $20,000 divisions of the Pennsylvania Stallion Series for the sophomore filly pacers. All of them were staged later in the card, so all were raced over a "sloppy" surface -- but the mud didn't matter to newly installed Hall of Famer David Miller, who won two of the events among his five sulky victories on the card. Oogle Google, winner of only one of her first 10 starts, has improved tremendously in recent starts for trainer Bruce Saunders, here collecting her fourth win in succession with a 1:53 score for Miller on the front end. The daughter of Real Desire was game in victory for the ownership combine of Mondillo, Robinson, Robinson, and Cheatam. Eiffel Tower was a popular "hometown" and homebred winner in her cut, moving top the lead in front of the stands and going on to victory in 1:54. It was another visit to The Meadows' Victory Lane for driver Miller, this time guiding the daughter of The Panderosa for trainer Dean Collins and breeder Glenda Collins; the latter co-owner with Janine Zito. The Meadows' - and North America's - all-time leading driver Dave Palone put Lucy's Pearl on the front at the quarter in her cut, and when she opened up a clear lead on the far turn, it looked like it might be easy for the daughter of Well Said. But first-over McVita Bella never said die, and Lucy's Pearl was all-out to hold off her onrushing foe by the minimum margin in 1:53 for "The Trotting Guru," Ron Gurfein, taking a rare excursion on the pacing side as trainer and co-owner with Elizabeth Novak. The front end was also the route for success for the Western Terror filly Do Your Job, who did her job nicely to win in 1:54. Scott Zeron guided the filly, now 6 for 11 lifetime, for trainer Tom Fanning and owners David VanWert and the Fly By Night Stables. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows                

East Rutherford, N.J. - If Friday night was any indication, we are in for quite the speed show on Meadowlands Pace night tomorrow. Tonight's card, populated largely by C classes saw several sub 1:50 performances and with many of the regular drivers off on remote assignments Scott Zeron (five wins) and David Miller (four) stuck around and dominated.   On the race track, JK Letitgo continued her storybook season by winning the $20,000 distaff feature for Howard Parker. She led at every call and the wire arrived just in time for the daughter of Western Ideal to hang on over Montenegro in a personal best of 1:49.3. JK Letitgo ran her seasonal earnings to over $125,000 with the win for Nanticoke Racing, Joshua Parker, Barry Spedden & Kevin Evans with Mr. Parker handling the training duties for the partners.   Sweet Justice looked like the second coming when he blew into town last fall, ripping through the classes and lowering the track record for his group with a dazzling 1:51.1 win in January. As often happens, racing at that level took its toll and owners M&M Harness Racing then endured a few lean months with their Harrisburg purchase.   To his credit, trainer Bruce Saunders was able to right the ship and return the talented trotter back to his winter form. Tonight, Sweet Justice was put onto play up the backstretch and ground out a hard fought uncovered score over worthy adversary Not Afraid and trotted right back to his record, this win in 1:51.2. Waiting On A Woman was third.   This Indiana bred gelding was exiting last week's Hambletonian Maturity where he faced the very best in a big field and found welcome relief facing the $25,000 A/B handicap horses tonight. The win was part of a natural hat trick by driver David Miller, taking races nine, ten and eleven.   Also taking part on the speed show were a pair of pretty accomplished veterans that joined the sub :50 list.   Best Boss has been a solid earner throughout her career for Pat Lachance, boasting receipts well in excess of $600,000 with a 1:51 record taken at The Red Mile four years ago. Tonight she took command around the final turn and won in 1:49.2 for Vinnie Ginsburg. Pat owns her in partnership with Ira Rosenblum and the aforementioned M&M Harness, who had a good night.   Spender Hanover has been around awhile too, answering the call to the post 184 times with 57 wins and over $300k to show for his efforts. He had already lowered his record to 1:51.2 earlier this season and took another whack off tonight for Miller forging to the front past the half to win in 1:49.4. He's trained by Jeff Smith for Howard Ouriel.   Tomorrow brings with it one of the most intriguing racing cards of the entire season, Meadowlands Pace night. It's an All-Star program from start to finish with over $2.5 million in purses on the line and the quality of horseflesh to match. There is a special early post time of 6:30pm and the Pace will be telecast live on CBS Sports Network from 9-10pm.   From the Meadowlands Press Box

Bee A Magician will try to return to her winning ways when she faces 13 male rivals - including last year's Hambletonian Stakes winner Royalty For Life - in Saturday's $484,850 Hambletonian Maturity for 4-year-old trotters at Meadowlands Racetrack. Last year, Bee A Magician won all 17 of her starts and was named Horse of the Year in the U.S. and Canada. This season, the mare is winless in three races and coming off a ninth-place finish in the Armbro Flight Stakes on June 14 at Mohawk Racetrack. It was her first off-the-board finish since going off stride in her second lifetime start in July 2012. Trainer Richard "Nifty" Norman said Bee A Magician scoped sick following the Armbro Flight. Bee A Magician, who has won 27 of 33 career starts and $2.33 million, prepped for the Hambletonian Maturity with a 1:53.1 qualifier win on June 27, trotting her final quarter-mile in :26.3. She will start the Hambletonian Maturity, to be contested at 1-1/8 mile, from post No. 13 with regular driver Brian Sears. "She qualified really good and she's acting fine, so it looks good now," said Norman, who trains Bee A Magician for owners Mel Hartman, Herb Liverman and David McDuffee. "I was really happy with her qualifier and Brian thought she was back to her old self, so hopefully we're good. "It was a bit of a shock," he added about Bee A Magician's finish in the Armbro Flight. "I've never seen her stop before. But these things happen. She's never really had any setbacks before, so we weren't used to it. But she got over it, so we're OK. At least we knew there was something wrong." Joining Bee A Magician in the Hambletonian Maturity field are Your So Vain, Sweet Justice, Bambino Glide, Fico, Wheeling N Dealin, Royalty For Life, Flanagan Memory, Spider Blue Chip, High Bridge, Master Of Law, Major Athens, Possessed Fashion, and Creatine. Conditions for the Hambletonian Maturity allowed for up to 16 starters rather than the traditional 10. Royalty For Life, who is making his 2014 debut, won last year's Hambletonian Stakes while Spider Blue Chip was the Breeders Crown champion and Creatine captured the Kentucky Futurity. Wheeling N Dealin was the 2012 Dan Patch Award winner for best 2-year-old male trotter. "I think it will be OK; I think we'll be alright," Norman said about facing the boys. "We'll see how some of those colts are." Also on Saturday's card at the Meadowlands are two eliminations for the Meadowlands Pace and one elimination for the Mistletoe Shalee. The first elimination for the Meadowlands Pace features North America Cup winner JK Endofanera. The second division includes He's Watching, the 2013 Dan Patch Award winner for best 2-year-old male pacer, and last year's Breeders Crown champion Luck Be Withyou. The top five finishers from each elim advance to the July 12 final. As for Bee A Magician's future schedule, she is being pointed to the Ima Lula Series at the Meadowlands, which is for trotting mares, following the Hambletonian Maturity. "I think I'll try to keep her at home as much as possible, race her close to home," Norman said. "It's a long year and I don't want to over-race her. We'll see how it goes. If we can do some good on Saturday and get some money there, that's a big purse, it would make the rest of the year a lot nicer." Following is the field in post order for the Hambletonian Maturity with listed drivers and trainers: 1. Your So Vain, Ake Svanstedt, Ake Svanstedt; 2. Sweet Justice, Corey Callahan, Bruce Saunders; 3. Bambino Glide, Marcus Miller, Julie Miller; 4. Fico, Tyler Smith, Staffan Lind; 5. Wheeling N Dealin, Jody Jamieson, Luc Blais; 6. Royalty For Life, David Miller, George Ducharme; 7. Flanagan Memory, Ron Pierce, Rene Dion; 8. Spider Blue Chip, Ron Pierce, Chuck Sylvester; 9. High Bridge, Yannick Gingras, Jimmy Takter; 10. Master Of Law, Scott Zeron, Frank Antonacci; 11. Major Athens, John Campbell, Rich Gillock; 12. Possessed Fashion, Tim Tetrick, Tom Fanning; 13. Bee A Magician, Brian Sears, R. Nifty Norman; 14. Creatine, Mike Lachance, Bob Stewart. by Ken Weingarter, for Harness Racing Communications

Friday night at The Meadowlands offered co-features with a top field of pacing mares up first in the $25,000 A/B Handicap eighth race. JK Letitgo continued her form spree for Delaware connections winning her seventh straight since her purchase from the Tattersalls January Mixed Sale for a price of $65,000, earning a sub 1:50 record in the process. The Western Ideal mare was held off the pace by driver Jonathan Roberts as first Lorrie Please then Pan Luis Obispo took turns on the lead through demanding 26.4, 54.1 fractions. Scandalous Hanover rolled up first over past the 1:22.4 three panels with JK Letitgo now in striking position at her flank. When Roberts tipped her off the cover and fed her racetrack, JK Letitgo responded and cruised by for the 1:49.4 win. Scandalous Hanover was game to hold the place in her seasonal bow and Pan Luis Obispo was third. The winner has now returned her owners Nanticoke Racing, Joshua Parker, Barry Spedden and Kevin Evans $57,500 on their $65,000 investment. Josh Parker is also the mare's trainer. Trotters took to the track for race eleven, a B-1/A-2 Handicap for a purse of $22,500. The field was reduced to a half dozen with the defection of morning line favorite Twin B Spike Man due to an injury. For a short field the action was hot with no fewer than four lead changes by the 55.1 half. Whata Donato wrestled the lead away from Sweet Justice just past that marker and sprinted clear around the final bend only to jump off stride just beyond the 1:23.1 three quarters, leaving a scrum for top honors in her wake. Sweet Justice stayed the course and fought off late bids by Drift Away, a very wide Real Babe and World Cup splitting horses. At the wire, it was Sweet Justice a clear winner in 1:52.1 for the returning John Campbell, his second on the card. World Cup's late bid got him the place and Drift Away got the show dough. Sweet Justice is trained by Bruce Saunders for M&M Harness Racing LLC of Suffern, NY. He was winning for the first time since his stunning January 3 1:51.1 track record performance, set with Campbell aboard. Racing resumes on Saturday, with a 13-race program featuring Finals of The Clyde Hirt and Horse & Groom Series. In addition, Golden Receiver headlines a $30,000 Free For All pacing event. Post time is 7:15 P.M. Simulcasting gets an early start Saturday, as the gates open at 8:45 A.M. for the Dubai World Cup Simulcast. Darin Zoccali

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